There are few better times to be on the Gulf Coast than in spring, a fact not lost on the longtime attendees of Southern Gaming Summit, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and will take place as usual at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi, Miss., from May 7-9.
Though the pull to be outdoors in the sun and sand will be strong, showgoers will find plenty of reason to stay around the convention center and its environs. The event, which will once again be held in conjunction with the BingoWorld Conference & Expo, features a stellar array of speakers, sessions, networking events and show floor booth displays.
The speaker portion is highlighted by keynoter Gary W. Loveman, chairman, CEO and president of Caesars Entertainment; who will share the stage with outgoing American Gaming Association (AGA) President Frank Fahrenkopf, the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from event co-producers the Mississippi Casino Operators Association and BNP Media Gaming Group.
Meanwhile, the sessions slate will feature a broad range of speakers conversant on management, operations and regulation topics. “This year’s program is the most operator-focused we have ever done, and we have more hands-on decision makers on the program,” said Larry Gregory, executive director, Mississippi Casino Operators Association.
On the events side, the second annual Global Gaming Women Luncheon, co-sponsored by the AGA, will take place May 7 at Island View Casino in Gulfport, Miss. The networking and professional development event for women executives in gaming will feature a panel of leaders from the tribal and commercial sectors discussing the challenges unique to women in the casino industry
The trade show floor of Southern Gaming Summit/BingoWorld is also set to shine, with dozens of local, regional and national vendors displaying wares designed to excite player interest and streamline property operations. Casino Journal offered some of these companies the chance to briefly describe these wares in their own words. Here are their responses:
The Cash Wizard returns in Cash Wizard Tiki Magic, a fantasy-themed follow-up to the original hit title. This time, the Cash Wizard has found a faithful partner in Ms. Magic. Together the two will take players on a thrilling journey through the magical forest in this five-reel, 30-line video slot from Bally Technologies.
The magic happens on the Pro Series V22/32 cabinet with its towering 32-inch monitor, LED cabinet lighting, and compelling sound. The duo will lead players to new levels of interaction and bonus-feature excitement as they sit in an enchanting and musical surround-sound chair, grooving and moving to the lighthearted song Do You Believe in Magic.
Opportunities for riches and rewards are plentiful with five otherworldly bonuses including Pick-a-Wand, Free Games with Stacked Wild reels, and a spells feature that will have players dragging-and-dropping secret ingredients to mix their own magic potions. There are also two fun Wizard Bonus Bet features that can be won only with a bonus wager of 20 credits times the line bet. The Tiki Magic Bonus will have players launching the Cash Wizard and Ms. Magic onto the game screen to reveal a Pachinko-style game. In Wizard Wild Reels, Cash Wizard and Ms. Magic appear to randomly award two wild reels to the base game, increasing excitement and giving players more chances to win.
Your players will be delighted and entertained by this adventure, where the powerful tiki delivers the chance for some incredible winning experiences.
SGS/BW booth #404
UP IN FLAMES
ALL POINTS ACCESS
Gaming Laboratories International has a series of exclusive tools for regulators and suppliers. At the center of them all is the powerful GLIAccess, a web-powered database of submissions, certifications and revocations. With GLIAccess, the world’s most complete online library of testing information is at the fingertips of GLI’s clients. GLIAccess gives users 24/7 access to the lab in a password-protected environment where they can easily track submission status, 24 hours a day with real-time tracking and project management. Users can also receive important notifications by e-mail. GLIAccess was recently updated, and now the database is available in English, Spanish and Italian. And now GLIAccess is available on GLI Mobile and through GLiCloud.
SGS/BW booth #281
CHANGE FOR THE BETTOR
International Game Technology’s thrilling show line-up includes products that encourage exciting player experiences with cutting-edge technology. Featured in IGT’s extensive portfolio of both land-based and interactive games and systems solutions include the all-new MegaJackpots Game Changers category will keep operators’ floors fresh with industry-best configurability options, progressive action and a robust pipeline of available and upcoming game themes.
The MegaJackpots Game Changers series with the Great Zodiac Race and Plunder Bay bonus themes feature rich thematic content tailored to global player demographics. This game-within-a-game product can be customized to appeal to players of all types and skill levels. Additionally, the series features custom celebration animations that draw attention to big wins and which create a winning atmosphere that attracts players and drives coin-in.
SGS/BW booth #704
Rymax understands the important role rewards play in keeping players engaged in your loyalty program. Our segmentation strategies are proven to increase onsite visits, boost spend and provide a solid margin for casinos, giving your property a competitive edge. Rymax offers in‐demand merchandise that appeals to players across all demographics, ranging from luxury brands to commodities. We understand the importance and share of wallet that VIPs bring into casinos and the integral way to engage them by offering desirable rewards. Casinos who work with Rymax receive the benefit of factory direct pricing and substantial costs savings to their loyalty program.
SGS/BW booth #571
POWER AND THE GLORY
The Southern Gaming Summit Biloxi venue and location provides Glory Global Solutions with the opportunity to meet with hundreds of casino customers and potential customers to provide them with customized product demonstrations focused on solving their cash management challenges.
The Glory booth will showcase the new SK-100C casino kiosk. The SK-100C is an ADA-compliant casino kiosk with enhanced security features. It’s an easy-to-operate kiosk that provides floor patrons with fast and accurate cash dispensing and the casino customer with accurate and timely reports. It features ticket-in and ticket-out transactions, bill-breaking and ATM functionality and an ADA compliant pin pad.
SGS/BW booth #424
Crazy costumes, deals, zonks and more are waiting for your players behind curtain number three in Let’s Make A Deal, the hilarious and fun new Class III video slot from Aristocrat Technologies. Let’s Make A Deal is one of the most popular daytime TV game shows, and now it’s playing at your casino with Wayne Brady as host.
The game creates big winners with an MSP $250,000 top award. Let’s Make A Deal has a five-level progressive and is feature rich with two base game features and eight bonus features, including three different free games features and the Big Deal Jackpot Wheel feature.
The game has an innovative Modular Video Platform package that lets you configure banks with anywhere from two to eight machines. The game also comes with Aristocrat’s surround sound iChair.
SGS/BW booth #808
JCM Global, the proven leader in currency validation solutions, is bringing an incredible array of award-winning solutions to Southern Gaming Summit that help make casino operators do business better, smarter and faster.
Building on the award-winning iVIZION bill validator’s foundation of intelligent validation is JCM’s new DNA (Dynamic Network Applications), recently named to Casino Journal magazine’s 16th annual Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products Awards. Operating wirelessly or hard-wired, DNA passively monitors the EGM “SAS” line for critical housekeeping data, while securing two-way communication with all critical peripheral components. With JCM’s DNA, operators can get extensive reports and alerts in real time and deliver firmware updates instantly, with no downtime, across the entire operation. DNA also enables regulators to instantly verify peripheral devices, software versions, view reports and more. In other words, this original technology is even further enhancing profitability, productivity and efficiency.
SGS/BW booth #825
Konami Gaming is born from fun with entertaining games that ignite players’ imaginations and an innovative casino management system that drives business forward. Konami is a complete gaming manufacturer that develops, designs, manufacturers, distributes, sells and services slot machines and an innovative casino management system, SYNKROS.
Konami is thrilled to be an exhibitor at the 2013 Southern Gaming Summit. Konami will showcase many new games and release an exciting new cabinet, Podium Goliath. The Podium Goliath is a conspicuously larger version of the Podium, one of Konami’s most popular cabinets. The Podium Goliath stands over 7 feet tall and features dual 32-inch high-definition LCDs, colossal sound and 360-degree attract lighting. The Podium Goliath is compatible with most K2V and KP3 video game themes and will be released with Konami’s most popular titles.
SGS/BW booth #718
THE X FACTOR
The XChange Kiosk - CXC 4.0 from GCA is a newly designed, sleek and flexible multi-function, full-service kiosk incorporating the latest cash handling and full-service cash access. Combined with powerful marketing peripherals, multiple TITO interfaces and high-capacity components, the CXC 4.0 delivers maximum velocity and patron interaction. Features and functionalities include ticket/multi-ticket redemption; bill breaking; ATM, POS debit, credit card cash advance; GCA patented ATM 3-in-1 rollover; points to cash/points to voucher and much more.
SGS/BW booth #525
HISTORY OF COMPLIANCE
For more than 20 years, NEWave has helped casinos across the South do business more efficiently and more profitably, while avoiding fines for non-compliance. NEWave’s award-winning solutions include the leading software suite myCompliance Manager.
myCompliance Manager suite completes, files and archives all of your federal, state and locally mandated forms for money laundering, suspicious activity and taxes; provides consolidation of all audits, across multiple properties, regardless of EIN; and validates identification documents, verifies tax identification numbers, and provides alerts for OFAC, SDN, PEP and other watch lists.
Only NEWave’s myCompliance Manager offers casinos a total solution from one vendor. The suite is modular, allowing you to grow into products as your business needs require. Plus only NEWave licenses this type of software by site, not by seat, giving you unlimited users and a lower cost of ownership.
myCompliance Manager is backed with NEWave’s exclusive 365/24/7 one-call support, with support given by NEWave staff, and after more than 20 years, not one casino using NEWave software has been fined for non-compliance.
SGS/BW booth #529
Incredible Technologies (IT) will showcase their ever-expanding game mix at the 2013 Southern Gaming Summit with exciting, new titles alongside the company’s most proven performers. The southern gaming region has been a critical piece of Incredible Technologies’ success, with games sold in over 20 properties throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida in the past year.
Among new titles at Southern Gaming, Incredible Technologies will introduce the latest addition to their Innovation Collection with The Winning Pick—a colorful puppet-filled 30-line game show in which players participate in interactive bonus rounds. The company will also debut Rorschach Riches, a 40-line game with mind-blowing ink blot art and a free-spin bonus featuring giant groups of symbols with wilds that lock. Also set to debut, a new licensed title based on the most successful comic book of all time, Archie in Riverdale Riches.
Other games on display include the company’s hottest newly available 40-liners, The Herd and Oceanic in addition to the region’s best performers Crazy Money, King of Bling and more. Other new-to-market games on display include Nautica, Lock Down, Munsters Family Portrait and Crazy Money Millionaire.
SGS/BW booth #1002
Aruze Gaming’s latest Innovator DELUXE hit, THE GOLD, is a five-reel, 30-line stepper game featuring Radiant Reels with variable speeds of up to 200 RPM and hundreds of LED lights, brilliantly illuminating each reel. THE GOLD comes fitted with a dynamically lit top box to grab player’s attention and the reels contain 3D Gold bars.
THE GOLD features Wild symbols that multiply winnings when they appear. THE GOLD also features the Big Gold Bonus Free Games. BIG GOLD BONUS includes Gold Prize Selection with seven free games that trigger when five or more Bonus symbols appear. The Big Gold Bonus can be retriggered.
Performance that’s worth its weight in GOLD.
SGS/BW booth #818
GOING WITH THE FLOW
PowerKiosk from Atrient is an extensible workflow engine designed to provide operators with the ability to reward players in new and exciting ways. In addition to offering promotions, PowerKiosk can also be used as a self-service tool for account management, allowing your guests to spend less time at the players’ club line and more time gaming. One of the most powerful and unique features of PowerKiosk over any other industry solution is the scalability and flexibility of our system. PowerKiosk is designed to allow new and unique promotional rules to be inherited by the system. PowerKiosk integrates directly to your patron management system. We currently integrate with patron management systems developed by Bally Technologies, IGT, Aristocrat and Konami. Through our professional services team, we are also able to develop custom interfaces to other systems.
SGS/BW booth #7
BUCKING A TREND
Ride ‘em cowgirls! Wild Belles from Cadillac Jack is a western-themed game with eye-catching super-sized Train Scatter symbols, Sultry Cowgirls and a seemingly infinite Free Spin Bonus where players continue to lasso additional free spins.
During Free Spins, scattered star-shaped Badge symbols are awarded representing each Wild Belle, and the player earns one additional free spin per badge. When three badges are accumulated for a particular cowgirl, the symbols then convert into a Wild symbol. The potential is for all four cowgirls to become Wild during the course of the bonus round, thus increasing the player’s potential bonus awards, while the perpetual free spins continues with each Badge symbol awarded.
Wild Belles will be available as a 30-line game for Class II and III markets and as a 25-line game in Class II markets.
LAW AND ORDER
For nearly twenty years, Watson Rounds has been building a reputation as Nevada’s preferred intellectual property and business litigation attorneys. We do it by practicing quality law in the fields of intellectual property, business transactions and litigation, and insurance defense. We litigate intellectual property rights, provide services related to acquisition, licensing and enforcement, and excel in entertainment law and intellectual property prosecution.
With offices in Las Vegas, Reno and San Francisco, Watson Rounds has also provided litigation counseling and procurement services for such diverse industries as domestic and international gaming, computer technology, chemical and pharmaceutical, art and publishing.
BUILT TO LAST
MLP Seating Corp. introduces its new Heavy Duty Poker Chair Base. Made with oval-shaped steel tubing with welded foot pads and Teflon glides, it can be installed on any of our five Comfort Series Gaming seats with removable seat pad or any of our four standard Poker seats. A steel reinforcement plate is added to the seat wood to deal with the added stress of pushing against the back in a sit-down chair. This base provides a fourth poker chair base option—standard “claw” poker legs, oval tube four-legged swivel base, spider base with casters and gas lift as well as this new HD Poker Chair base. In addition we have three seat foam density options for the level of softness you want and two back bracket options—upright and reclined. Let us build your chair the way you want!