News and notes from the international slot industry

ATRONIC‘s STARGATE SG-1 finding success in Italy

Players at Casino San Remo in San Remo, Italy, have entered a new dimension of linked gaming with ATRONIC´s multibonus progressive link STARGATE SG-1. Presented on the premium double screen e² SLANT cabinet and based on the blockbuster movie and globally popular TV series, STARGATE SG-1 offers five distinct bonuses and four progressive levels.

“The new STARGATE SG-1 machines and attractive signage package have been well received by our clients immediately. The four jackpot levels, five bonus features and three individual base games have proven very successful with our players,” said Marco Calvi, slot manager at Casino San Remo. “It’s great to see players getting excited to enter the Jackpot Bonus and we are confident that the new STARGATE SG-1 slot machines will continue to be a success for our casino.”

KonamiPodium.com to introduce cabinet

Konami Gaming, a leading provider of slot machines and casino management systems for the global gaming market, has unveiled KonamiPodium.com, a flash-driven micro site supporting the launch of Konami Gaming’s latest innovation in gaming technology – the Konami Podium.

“For a company such as Konami, known for being a technological leader, we can’t just walk in with a brochure,” said Ross O’Hanley, senior director of marketing for Konami Gaming. “KonamiPodium.com allows us to use innovative technology to introduce our product in an enticing manner that will help casino operators better understand the end benefit for their customers.”

Designed and developed by Concussion, a full-service advertising agency based in Fort Worth, Texas, the new site for Podium can be described as an interactive commercial targeted to key slot purchasing decision makers in the casino industry. The site opens with a full-screen flash video, offering visitors a 360-degree view of a 3D rendering of the Podium. On the back end, viewers can click on highlighted parts of the Podium for details on features such as 360-degree lighting effects, a Bose sound system, 3-D displays, ergonomic game play and the smaller footprint. Visitors can even download podium specifications and origami templates, in keeping with Konami’s ‘Born from fun’ brand personality.

Holland Casino to use Gaming Support's SlotTimer

Gaming Support has reached a definitive agreement with Holland Casino covering the purchase and installation of SlotTimer. Under the terms of the agreement, Holland Casino will use SlotTimer across all 14 of its domestic casino venues in The Netherlands.

“In this period of challenging economic conditions, it’s more important than ever to devise and implement no-nonsense cost-cutting strategies,” stated Robin Middendorp, Holland Casino’s manager, operations support. “For us, the procurement and implementation of SlotTimer was an obvious winner. It’s fast, simple, secure and produces savings which are nothing short of astonishing,” Middendorp said. “Further, as a product which will alleviate excess power consumption across our network of 7,200 gaming machines, SlotTimer reinforces Holland Casino’s commitment to responsible corporate citizenry through the support of green commerce initiatives.”

“Since launching SlotTimer commercially in the second quarter of this year, we’ve experienced rates of adoption which have exceeded considerably our initial expectations,” said Nick Hogan, Gaming Support vice president of sales and business development. “Whether we’re dealing with a sophisticated, enterprise-class gaming organization such as Holland Casino or a 60-unit, stand-alone arcade, SlotTimer’s benefits are immediate, highly significant, easily quantifiable and grounded in basic physical realities,” Hogan said.

JCM products selected for new River Spirit Casino

The new $195 million River Spirit Casino, which recently opened in Tulsa, Okla., is exclusively operating with JCM Global’s Universal Bill Acceptor (UBA and Intelligent Cash Box (ICB on the casino’s 2,745 gaming devices.

River Spirit is the 32nd casino in the world to purchase and operate exclusively with JCM Global’s UBA and ICB, providing superior acceptance and counterfeit detection while managing currency transactions. The installation brings the total worldwide number of devices operating with the powerful UBA/ICB combination to more than 56,000.

“The new River Spirit Casino is a dream come true for our Tribe and was a significant investment. We wanted only the best in our casino, and we selected JCM Global products after reviewing products from JCM and their competitors,” said Jim Dickstein, director of casino operations. “JCM’s products fit right in line with our desire to have the best products available.”

The UBA/ICB combination helps a casino increase its accounting accuracy with advanced technological solutions, such as UBA’s overt and covert note sensing and ICB’s triple electronic check and suite of reports. The result is a powerful combination for the highest levels of accuracy, accountability and security possible.

In addition to JCM Global’s UBA and ICB, the casino also exclusively installed the Epic 950 from JCM alliance partner TransAct Technologies.

Greektown first Detroit casino to install Ainsworth games

Greektown Casino-Hotel has installed 24 new Ainsworth slots on the casino floor, making Greektown the first casino to install the games in Detroit.

“Teaming up with Ainsworth to be the first in the area to showcase their product demonstrates our continuing efforts to bring more excitement to the players at Greektown,” said Chris Colwell, general manager of Greektown Casino-Hotel. “This is a great partnership and we are excited about their product line-up.”

The new machines will feature Ainsworth’s popular Firestrike slot package. Firestrike is a multilevel mystery progressive feature and will offer a three level mystery link progressive allowing configurable prize levels coupled with Ainsworth’s array of new Play 50Line games.

This latest package premieres Ainsworth’s proven range of innovative Play 50Line games including Secret Garden, Jungle Monkeys, Wild Wins and Dragon Lines.

This range is designed to provide the ultimate “stacked” experience, which results in a greater player appeal and opportunities for bigger, more exciting prizes.

Iverson system installed on MSC Splendida

Iverson Gaming Systems, Inc. has successfully installed its Iverson SMPro slot accounting system, as well as a new, integrated gaming floor mapping capability, and other gaming support functions on the MSC Splendida cruise ship. The MSC Splendida was formally christened earlier this month at Barcelona, Spain.

The new installation will provide slot accounting support for some 180 slots in the Splendida’s on-board casino, which features machines from IGT, Williams and Unidesa among others. In addition, Iverson deployed a new capability – the Iverson Jackpot Viewer – which allows casino players to track jackpot wins anywhere in the casino from a large central display which also carries other shipboard and cruise information.

The Splendida installation represents the fifth MSC ship to use Iverson technology to manage gaming environments.

AGEM announces SAGSE partnership

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) has entered into a strategic alliance with international gaming event organizer Monografie for AGEM to support the South American Gaming Suppliers Exhibition (SAGSE) in Buenos Aires for an initial two-year term.

Under terms of the agreement, AGEM will be classified as an Ambassador Level supporter and receive a variety of branding and PR opportunities as Monografie promotes the trade show, which is set this year for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Costa Salguero Convention Center in Argentina’s capital city.

AGEM-member companies also will receive substantial benefits for exhibiting at the largest gaming trade show in Latin American, now in its 17th year.

“This is an important agreement for AGEM members because it brings together all of the leading gaming suppliers, anchored by the big slot companies, and the largest trade show targeting buyers from active gaming markets in Argentina and throughout South America,” said AGEM President Thomas A. Jingoli.

“Monografie is very pleased to form this partnership with AGEM and its members,” said Alan Burak, SAGSE marketing and show manager. “AGEM’s list of members is very impressive and covers companies from throughout the world that will benefit from the high volume of business that takes place at SAGSE every year.”