Twenty-one years ago, Oklahoma tribes signed the first tribal/state gaming compacts, allowing the facilities to include pari-mutuel horse race wagering along with their high-stakes bingo operations. Safe to say the Oklahoma tribal gaming industry has evolved a bit since then.

Today, there are 33 tribes involved in Oklahoma gaming, operating 116 venues that generate $3.4 billion in yearly gaming revenue, making the Sooner State the second largest tribal gaming market in the country and third largest overall. The facilities offer a plethora of gaming options, from tried-and-true high-stakes bingo to traditional table games to the latest in Class II and Class III slot machine concepts.

Overseeing this marketplace is the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA), a trade association whose purpose is to educate and disseminate information to the tribal, federal and state governments and the general public on issues relating to tribal government gaming. The group also promotes the general welfare of the Oklahoma Indian Tribes through the development of sound policies and practices with respect to the conduct of gaming enterprises in Indian Country.

To help fulfill its mission, OIGA holds an annual Conference and Trade Show, which will take place this year at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City August 12-14. This year’s event, which will be the nineteenth for OIGA, is expected to attract upwards of 2,500 attendees—a cross-section of tribal gaming executives, state officials, industry vendors and others interested in learning more about the state’s burgeoning casino marketplace while networking with peers.

One of the highlights of the OIGA show remains its exhibit floor, which is sold out and will feature an eclectic mix of gaming products and services. We provided some of the companies exhibiting at OIGA 2013 a chance to describe some of the products/services they will be highlighting on the show floor. Here are their responses:

 

ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES

Caribbean Treasure, Aristocrat’s new Class III community game, is a high-seas adventure where players take on a new persona and sail to new heights of fun—with a little plundering and pillaging along with way.

Players begin by choosing to play as Captain Blackheart or as Lady Jade. Choose carefully—the character the player chooses fights for them in the three bonus features: Treasure Cave, where each pirate chooses chests in an attempt to match prizes; Jackpot Island where pirates battle in an exciting game of Rock-Paper-Scissors in an attempt to receive additional prizes; and Wheel of Plunder, where pirates battle for segments of a wheel and collect credit prizes during multiple spins of the wheel. In all bonus rounds, all prizes are multiplied by the player’s community multiplier.

Caribbean Treasure is housed in the modular video platform, has multi-game base games, and surround-sound iChair with rumble.

Website: www.aristocratgaming.com

 

BALLY TECHNOLOGIES

Hot Shot has been a player-favorite on casino floors for years. The latest Hot Shot is Hot Shot Progressive on the new ALPHA 2 Pro V22 with Digital Tower. This slot, the latest and biggest in Bally’s Pro Series product line, has a massive 42-inch vertical secondary display that provides an unparalleled entertainment experience.

Hot Shot Progressive includes Bally’s proven Game-in-Game play mechanic in which players are awarded mini versions of classic Bally games with the chance for progressive jackpots. This new title also includes two U-Spin wheel features. The Credit Wheel feature is triggered by three matching Bonus symbols and includes a shot at the huge Hot Shot Progressive jackpot when played at max bet.

The second wheel feature is the Free Games Wheel. Triggered by three mixed Bonus symbols, players receive a spin on the Free Games Wheel and the Multiplier Wheel, awarding free games and a multiplier.

Website: www.ballytech.com

 

GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL (GLI)

For nearly 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has been the leading company in providing independent testing, inspection and certification services to the global gaming industry. With more than 800 employees in 21 laboratory locations, GLI has more ability and capacity to serve the land-based and online gaming testing, certification and consultation needs of both regulators and suppliers.

GLI offers independent evaluation and certification of casino gaming technology, devices and systems and provides network and information security assessments. Today, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020 and Guide 65 standards for technical competence in the casino gaming industry.

GLI is different from all other test labs for many reasons, including its exclusive tool box, filled with award-winning tools for regulators, suppliers and operators that help each group do business more efficiently, most cost-effectively, with more global reach and impact.

Website: www.gaminglabs.com

 

HNEDAK BOBO GROUP

Hnedak Bobo Group, a G2E-award-winning provider of architecture and interior design, has been creating highly-competitive and exciting properties for commercial and tribal gaming clients for 34 years. HBG has built a reputation for thinking differently. They know what it takes to operate a competitive property and translate that knowledge into unique project delivery solutions. HBG also owns, operates and has developed their own four-star Westin hotel: an experiential laboratory for operational efficiency and design innovation. The firm also launched a separate hotel development company in 2010, DreamCatcher Hotels; the first 400-room property recently opened at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La., for the Coushatta Tribe. HBG recently introduced CasinoNow an original comprehensive design and delivery system developed to help operators get a head-start to realizing gaming revenues sooner. HBG’s unique prototypical CasinoNow approach results in a custom-designed, high-quality casino delivered to the market at “lightning speed.”

Website: www.hbginc.com

 

INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY (IGT)

International Game Technology (IGT) is delivering entertaining gaming experiences to players across many devices, from online to mobile with universally-recognized brands and top-performing IGT classics via the IGT Casino Remote Game Server (IGT rgs).

Ranked as one of the top five grossing apps on Facebook, with more than six million monthly active players, IGT’s social gaming product,DoubleDown Casino, brings a full casino-style offering to one place with classic IGT games, multiplayer poker, blackjack, roulette and more. The DoubleDown Casino features top-performing land-based games, including Da Vinci Diamonds and Cleopatra, with plans to include many more popularly-ranked IGT land-based and online game titles in the coming year.

IGT’s free-to-play DoubleDown Casino Partner Program is an innovative solution leveraging IGT’s interactive technology by giving casinos immediate access to the DoubleDown Casino application directly on their property websites, providing a great acquisition and retention tool. More than 40 casinos across the U.S., including several tribal casinos, have partnered with IGT to embed the DoubleDown Casino experience on their property websites with players spending 29 minutes on average on their websites.

Website: www.igt.com

 

KONAMI GAMING

Konami Gaming, Inc. will introduce innovative and captivating games and systems products at G2E this year. Podium Monument, the newest addition to Konami’s Podium family, will be showcased.  The Podium Monument features a 22-inch touchscreen LCD for base games, a 32-inch vertical top box to display progressive levels and attract mode lighting that synchronizes with game play. Quick Strike Quad is one of the first titles that will be released on the Podium Monument. It’s a KP3 video theme that includes a four-level progressive. The progressive feature is randomly triggered and the more a player bets, the greater the chance of hitting the progressive. SYNKROS, the new gaming enterprise management system will also be showcased. It is the only system that delivers marketing horsepower on the most stable and reliable platform in the industry.

Website: www.konamigaming.com

 MULTIMEDIA GAMES

Travel to faraway lands with Crystal Jackpots Orient Express, the latest five-reel, 50-line game from Multimedia Games’ High Rise Games Series. Get whisked away to destinations unknown with the Destination Bonus, when scattered Destination Bonus symbols land on reel three, four and five. The player will pick from an array of luggage revealing different travel stamps inside, along with a possible Wild or Bump It Up. Wilds add one stamp to each of the stamp types, and the “Bump It Up” increases all prize values. Players continue to pick luggage until they match four of one certain stamp! The journey doesn’t end there though—once scattered Crystal Jackpots symbols land on reels one, three and five, 10 free spins and 2x total bet are awarded. The game then transitions to a unique free-spin bonus game with a different set of symbols and colored gems on each reel. Each color corresponds to a progressive tier that is won by accumulating the correct number of gems for that tier during free spins. Hop aboard this train of winnings in Crystal Jackpots Orient Express.

Website: www.multimediagames.com

 

ORTIZ GAMING

Triple Bonus is a game comprised of four cards with 15 numbers each where 30 balls are drawn from a central server. At the end of the main draw, players will be offered the opportunity to join the 10-level EXTRA BONUS. At every level, a new ball will be drawn that will be marked on the activated card and it will offer the chance to win more prizes.

Besides the guaranteed prize, Triple Bonus has 11 prizes plus the jackpot and a bonus, which is activated after the player wins the SQUARE prize.

The Ortiz jackpots, on all of our titles, are true community bonuses, sharing winnings between all players. When a player wins a jackpot, every other player on the bank of games wins a percentage of the jackpot. Meanwhile, the big winner gets the full jackpot amount.

Suddenly, the players are encouraging each other to bet more to increase the jackpot amounts to be shared. This brings true community excitement and participation to the gaming floor and increases time-in-chair.

Website: www.ortizgaming.com

PENTA BUILDING GROUP

The PENTA Building Group is a nationally recognized, full-service general contractor, with offices in Arizona, California, Nevada and Oklahoma. PENTA can provide services on a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) basis with preconstruction services, under a traditional general contractor arrangement or on a Design-Build basis.

The success and experience of PENTA spans a wide variety of market segments including hospitality/entertainment, gaming, education, healthcare, Native American, retail/tenant improvements, commercial, industrial, public works and parking structures.

PENTA has completed over 500 projects totaling more than $4 billion since its inception 13 years ago, with the vast majority being hospitality and gaming projects. PENTA has extensive experience in Indian Country, having recently completed the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center in Fort Hall, Idaho.  Other notable projects include Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel Tower in Maricopa, Ariz., Comanche Red River Casino Expansion in Oklahoma, and Indian Head Casino in Warm Springs, Ore.

Website: www.pentabldggroup.com

 

RYMAX MARKETING SERVICES

Rymax places bets on brands with benefits.

Rymax is the leading provider of player loyalty solutions in the gaming industry, with expertise in segmentation strategies that are proven to encourage repeat visitation, foster loyalty, stimulate play and give your casino a competitive advantage over the competition. Rymax offers merchandise that is on trend and appeals to players across all demographics, such as the innovative Klipsch Image ONE Bluetooth Headphones. These headphones boast Bluetooth connectivity and an integrated microphone for both music and call functions. Professional grade foam ear cups provide premium comfort and Klipsch’s renowned speaker performance let you fully surround yourself in sound.

Casinos who partner with Rymax, a loyalty provider that is on the pulse of what’s trending, receive the benefit of exclusive pricing and substantial costs savings to their loyalty program. From concept to fulfillment, Rymax is the only choice to build loyalty and retain players that will remain loyal for life.

 Website: www.rymaxinc.com/player-loyalty