Seminole Hard Rock casino

Bally Technologies has landed an enterprise-wide, multi-year contract with the Seminole Tribe of Florida to deploy its SDS Windows slot-management and slot accounting system at six casinos in Florida by the end of the 2011 calendar year.

Bally will upgrade the Seminole Tribe of Florida with the latest version of SDS for Windows, which provides gaming operators with a competitive and scalable slot-management system using a modern architecture, delivers flexibility, easy maintainability, horizontal and vertical scalability for any size of casino operation, and advanced reporting for all legacy and new games including multigame, multi-denomination, bonusing, and cashless.

In conjunction with the Seminoles’ installation of SDS, the products that they will be using include Bally’s new soft GMU feature, which uses the iVIEW communication board for interfacing with the slot machine for all gaming transactions, thereby reducing the hardware required for operating the slot floor.

“We selected Bally Technologies for this major undertaking because we have a strong belief in the direction in which they are taking and evolving their products, and because Bally delivers on its commitments, providing seamless integration with all other Bally products in which we have already invested throughout our enterprise,” said Lyle Bell, senior vice president and chief information officer of Seminole Gaming and chairman of the Gaming Standards Association.

The Seminole operation is large, consisting of more than 10,000 slot machines at six casinos throughout Florida: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa; Seminole Casino Brighton; Seminole Casino Coconut Creek; Seminole Casino Hollywood; and Seminole Casino Immokalee.

“After an extensive evaluation and discussion with other gaming operators, it was clear to us that Bally’s slot-management systems are the industry standard. SDS, coupled with all of our other Bally solutions, including the iVIEW player-user-interface network, will enable us to take our point-of-play patron experience to a whole new level,” said Paul Tjoumakaris, senior vice president of gaming for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Gaming is using a host of Bally solutions throughout its operations, which boast the largest high-speed Game-to-System (G2S) network in the gaming industry run on Bally’s system since 2007. Every one of Seminole Gaming’s more than 10,000 games feature Bally’s iVIEW player-user-interface displays, and the gaming properties are also using Bally Command Center for centralized upload of iVIEW content; eTICKET for ticket-in/ticket-out, Bally Power Bonusing for bonusing and promotions; TableView for real-time table ratings and table management; and CMP for casino accounting, financial audits, reporting and compliance, player ratings, and management of player-loyalty programs.

“We are honored to take our partnership with the Seminoles to the next level with this multiyear commitment that makes the Seminole enterprise the most recent to receive our newest and most sophisticated version of SDS,” said Richard M. Haddrill, Bally chief executive officer.

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New Iowa casino chooses Konami

The Grand Falls Casino Resort opening this summer in Grand Falls, Iowa, has selected the Konami Casino Management System (KCMS) to manage its slot machine and table games patron tracking, accounting, marketing campaigns and analytical reporting, Konami Gaming announced this week

The Grand Falls Casino Resort is due to open in summer 2011 with 900 slot machines (15 percent of which will be supplied by Konami), 24 table games and eight poker tables.

KCMS is a leading casino management system with an increasing number of installations spanning America, Canada, Australia as well as other international regions. KCMS is best known for its advanced capabilities, such as its real-time TCP/IP-based technology, multi-channel in-machine streaming video, powerful rules-based bonusing engine, true multigame, multi-denomination analytics at both the device and patron level, and documented high availability.

“Having undergone several rigorous selection processes involving casino management systems over the years, this is now the fourth time in a row that the superior business benefits of KCMS have won out over the competition,” said Joe Massa, chief operating officer of Grand Falls Casino Resort.

The decision to implement KCMS at the Grand Falls Casino Resort was also partly due to its successful track record at its sister property, the 1,226-machine Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa.

“The architecture behind KCMS has proven itself within our organization, time and time again, to be extremely reliable,” said Karlyn Ollendick, chief information officer, Grand Falls Casino Resort. “KCMS simply doesn’t go down, which is an important factor to consider when preparing for a new casino. Konami’s continued ability to deliver forward-looking technology made our decision to go with KCMS for our prestigious new Grand Falls Casino an easy one.”

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Organic Roulette gets Nevada approval

Interblock, a global provider of multiplayer games, has received final approval in Nevada for its Organic Roulette game. The game is the first ever electro-mechanical roulette approved in the state.

Interblock’s Organic Roulette game allows for all of the same wagers on a live game, but via a touch screen display on an electronic player station. Players enjoy playing the game due to the setting of a real roulette wheel and a game that is faster paced than a live table. The electronic wagering also allows players to spread large amounts of chips across the betting layout without the worry of an errant pay out and the ease of the Re-bet button that allows prior wagers to be easily repeated on each new spin.

Interblock’s Organic product family offers casino operators the ability to maximize their floor space with the most luxurious and productive multi player products available. The comprehensive and advanced Organic platform demonstrates unparalled flexibility with multi-language support, multi-game capability, time of day denomination scheduling and player selectable denominations.

Interblock Organic Roulette games were placed at three major properties on the Las Vegas Strip for the Nevada field trial. “The games performed phenomenally,” said Tom O’Brien, vice president of sales for Interblock. “The customer feedback was great. The interest level from other properties has been substantial. We look forward to a full rollout of the games in Nevada.”

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Ramesh Srinivasan

Srinivasan tapped as new Bally president, COO

Bally Technologies has appointed Ramesh Srinivasan as president and chief operating officer. In his new role, Srinivasan will be responsible for all of Bally’s worldwide games, systems, and server-based solutions, as well as customer service, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Richard Haddrill.

Srinivasan joined Bally in 2005 as executive vice president of Bally Systems. Under Srinivasan, Bally Systems has become the clear market leader, positioning Bally to capitalize on the convergence of the games and systems businesses as well as emerging mobile and web-based gaming platforms.

Gavin Isaacs, the company’s chief operating officer for the past four years, departed Bally March 30 to join Shuffle Master Inc. as its chief executive officer.

“Ramesh Srinivasan has been a terrific business partner for more than 11 years across two companies, and I am confident that his outstanding track record of success will continue in these new responsibilities,” Hadrill said. “Gavin Isaacs has been an important part of our success at Bally, and we wish him well at Shuffle Master.”

Bally Technologies also announced that Bryan Kelly, who has been leading Bally’s Innovation Lab and has been integral to many of the company’s recent breakthrough technologies, has been promoted to senior vice president of technology and will continue to lead Bally’s technology innovation efforts as well as networked gaming, reporting to Haddrill.

The company promoted Derik Mooberry to senior vice president of products and operations, reporting to Srinivasan, capitalizing on Mooberry’s leadership experience in both Bally Games and Systems’ organizations.

Robert (Bob) J. Parente, who joined Bally in 2009, has been promoted to vice president and managing director of Canada to lead all of Bally’s activities in this growing gaming market.

Bally also announced that John Connelly, who previously served as company vice president of international, will rejoin the company as vice president of business development with responsibility for new markets, partnerships, and acquisition activities, reporting to Haddrill.

IGT installs products at Chilean casino

International Game Technology and the Enjoy Group have signed an agreement to install IGT’s industry-leading sbX server-based experience applications and 50 IGT games at the Enjoy Santiago’s Casino Rinconada de Los Andes, Chile.

“We are excited to be the first customer in Chile to adopt IGT’s server-based applications,” said Pier-Paolo Zaccarelli, chief of strategic development for the Enjoy Group. “IGT Floor Manager will allow us to better facilitate floor management while being able to differentiate ourselves from other properties.”

“We are thrilled to see IGT Floor Manager live on the Casino Rinconada floor,” said Francisco Larez, IGT sales director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “This industry-leading game management solution will give the Enjoy Group access to IGT’s hottest new themes while also allowing for customized player experiences at their leading Chilean property.”

IGT Floor Manager provides the Casino Rinconada with access to a library of games, including a wide variety of international game releases with multi-denomination and multi-percentage capabilities. The system will provide a bank-level, server-based game management solution on 248 IGT machines at the casino, with the potential for an eventual floorwide conversion.

In addition, 20 IGT G20 Fort Knox II and Party Time! 2 slot machines will also be installed at the casino. Party Time! 2 Mystery Progressives is the newest version of Latin America’s most popular multi-level progressive. Further installations include 50 IGT G20 and G22 stand-alone machines with various themes.

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