SHFL entertainment (Asia) Limited (SHFL Macau) was acquitted by the Macau First Instance Court last month in a case brought against it following a complaint made by Jay Chun alleging a violation of a patent related to terminal betting on live baccarat.
“We are very pleased that the Court has found no patent infringement by SHFL Macau,” said Ken Jolly, executive vice president of Asia for SHFL Macau, in a prepared statement. “We have consistently maintained that our Rapid Baccarat solution does not infringe Mr. Chun's patent. As a long‐term member of Macau's corporate gaming community, SHFL Macau has been committed to competitively serving the needs of our customers in this important market. Today's positive ruling enables us to continue on that path with even greater focus.”
Rapid Baccarat (now called SHFL Fusion Hybrid) is an electronic table configuration that combines a live dealer and electronic betting terminals. The system can accommodate handling multiple terminals on a live baccarat game and includes a user‐friendly touch‐screen betting interface. All wagers are reconciled automatically, resulting in greater productivity and enhanced security.
In other SHFL entertainment international news, the company has begun the installation of its Operator Wide Area Progressive (OWAP) technology to link 50 BJ Aces tables across 35 of Genting's casinos in the United Kingdom.
SHFL's OWAP technology provides casino operators the ability to offer linked progressive jackpots across multiple properties, leading to faster incrementing and more frequent jackpots, while delivering even more excitement for players.
All 50 tables are scheduled to be linked by mid‐August.