News and notes from the international slot industry

IGT selects Microsoft executive as new CTO

IGT has hired Microsoft CTO Chris Satchell to be the slot maker’s chief technology officer.

Satchell will be responsible for IGT’s Information Systems team, research and development and advanced software architecture group, the company said in a statement.

“Chris brings a long history of success and great depth of technical expertise to IGT,” CEO and President Patti S. Hart said in a June 8 statement. “He will play an instrumental role in shaping our strategic and tactical technological vision and refocusing our internal technology support on many levels within the organization.”

IGT said Satchell has an extensive 17-year work history in the video game and technology industries. While at Microsoft, he was general manager and chief software architect of XNA, Microsoft’s game development platforms and services, director of engineering for Microsoft Game Studios and development manager for Studio RX that made games like Forza Motorsport, Fable and Crackdown, the company said. Prior to Microsoft, Satchell held positions of executive director and engineering director at the 3DO Company and technical director at Silicon Dreams, Ltd. He also has held research and development positions involved in building distributed artificial intelligence systems and safety critical systems.



Oneida Nation upgrades to Bally's new platform

Bally Technologies was awarded a contract with the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin to provide a comprehensive system solution for its eight casinos in Wisconsin.

The Oneida Nation chose to replace its system with a Bally system, including 2,375 iVIEW patron-communication network displays, Bally Business Intelligence Solutions, TableView Real-Time Table Rating and Player-Tracking System, and Bally’s full suite of Power Bonusing, casino marketing, player-tracking, and promotions tools.

The Oneida Nation will become the first casino with more than 2,000 slot machines to go live with Bally’s SDS Version 11 slot system across an eight-casino network.

The significantly upgraded, Java-based solution provides an easy and familiar user interface and a single code base that supports multiple hardware platforms and databases.

The Oneida Nation will go live late this summer with Bally’s fully networked floor systems solution over the gaming operator’s new high-speed Ethernet floor network.



City of Dreams resort selects TransAct printer

TransAct Technologies’ Epic 950 printer was selected exclusively by the City of Dreams entertainment resort on the Cotai Strip of Macau for all of the approximately 1,350 slot machines featured on the casino floor, which opened on June 1.

TransAct CEO Bart C. Shuldman describes the TITO printer as a highly reliable and robust printer which offers numerous advanced features including quick disconnect, reliable ticket burst and present, paper low ticket sensing, the ability to print in two colors and in Chinese characters, and an easy upgrade path to server-based gaming with the company’s patented ServerPort technology.

“TransAct has proven themselves in the Macau marketplace over the last couple of years in terms of product performance, and their excellent service and support as a leading supplier of printers in the region, and we are happy to be working with them moving forward on our exciting project,” said Matt Hurst, vice president, gaming machines for City of Dreams.



Gary Platt supplies seats for WSOP

Reno-based Gary Platt Manufacturing is the supplier of 325 dealer chairs for the famous World Series of Poker tournament that began in May at the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Gary Platt also announced it shipped 350 Sierra X-Tended Play chairs to Hipodromo De Las Americas in Mexico and 450 Gazelle Style chairs to Skagit Valley Casino Resort in Bow, Washington, which recently expanded its gaming area.



GLI grants approval for Gaming Support's BonusBox

Gaming Support has been granted Gaming Laboratories International certification covering its BonusBox player bonusing system. BonusBox is a gaming peripheral that enables operators to award physical bonus prizes to slot players. Offered in stand-alone and linked configurations, BonusBox creates a direct, intimate connection between prize and player, thereby increasing notions of “winability,” excitement and value.

“Gaming Support is delighted to announce this critical product approval,” said Gaming Support CEO Lucien van Linden. “The results from BonusBox field trials have been nothing short of phenomenal, and we look forward to rolling-out this exciting new technology to regulated jurisdictions worldwide.”

Initial field trials have demonstrated dramatically positive impacts upon machine utilization, duration of play, coin-in, net win and overall customer satisfaction.



IGT's MultiPLAY finding home in some 38 jurisdictions

IGT’s MultiPLAY video slot has now been approved and released in 38 jurisdictions including Nevada, California and Oklahoma, along with five additional pending jurisdictions, the company announced.

The MultiPLAY video slot allow players to choose to play up to four video slot games on the same machine – at the same time.

In addition to playing up to four video slot games on the same machine at the same time, players can hit four progressives sequentially or even hit four bonuses on one spin. Bonus rounds fill the base game screen, and play one after the other. Available MultiPLAY themes include Cleopatra and Wolf Run.

A variety of additional themes are already in development.

“It’s the multi-hand video poker experience now in a multi-game video slot for the very first time,” said Ryan Griffin, IGT product manager for Standard Products. “And the flexibility, superior design and options provided by MultiPLAY Video Slots set it apart from all the competition.”

Casino operators can configure MultiPLAY video slots to let players choose how many games they want to play at any given time. Another benefit is the screen layout with four equal-sized game screens, causing less eye strain and making it easy to follow the action. Plus, each game spins independently, allowing a clear understanding of each outcome.



Konami becomes first slot maker to win temporary Kansas certification

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission received its first application for a gaming supplier certification from a major slot machine manufacturer. Konami Gaming delivered its paperwork to KRGC licensing officials.

KRGC Executive Director Stephen Martino issued a directive in April regarding reciprocal certification for gaming suppliers. The directive details certain conditions suppliers must meet to enter the Kansas market. On May 20, the KRGC’s security and licensing division determined that Konami had met all conditions for temporary certification. That certification was issued, and an investigation commenced that sets Konami on a course to receiving permanent certification to conduct business in Kansas.

“We are pleased to receive the first of what we hope are many applications from slot machine manufacturers,” Martino said.

Seminole Hard Rock adds new multiplayer games

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., introduced new multiplayer community gaming slot machines, Slingo Bonus Deluxe and Super Bankroll Bonus, from AC Coin & Slot.

Slingo Bonus Deluxe is an interactive slot machine based on the popular online casual game. This new slot features Slingo bonus events displayed on a 21-inch LCD screen and utilizing IGT’s Double Diamond 20-line program.

Super Bankroll Bonus is a new six-station community bonusing game with a five-reel, 20-line video slot that capitalizes on the popularity of AC Coin’s Bankroll, which has been placed in more than 400 casinos throughout North America.

Super Bankroll boasts a 7-foot by 6-foot-9-inch presence with jumbo-sized signage that features a scrolling display of a printing press printing oversized dollar bills while it broadcasts the song “Money (That’s What I Want).”

“Multiplayer games have proved to be popular draws and provide superior value for our present slot mix,” said Seminole Hard Rock General Manager Larry Frank.