Let’s face it, when gaming executives peruse the trade show floor of Global Gaming Expo (G2E), they are usually on the lookout for the newest products that either add a touch of distinction or help the overall enterprise operate more efficiently. These products can take many forms—the latest eye-catching game, a next-generation systems upgrade, a new business-enhancing service, an evolutionary, ground-breaking technology—the list is truly endless.Casino Journal has invited some G2E vendors to highlight their latest and greatest gaming products in their own words. Below are some excerpts.



There’s a new star in the Aristocrat Technologies’ lineup of games, the E*SERIES. Conceived to appeal to a fresh stripe of Aristocrat player, the E*SERIES features dynamic animation and rich and detailed graphics combined with a low or medium volatility and prolonged celebrations for a true entertainment experience.

E*SERIES games are housed in the 22-inch VIRIDIAN WS cabinet with alluring purple edge lighting that creates a visual destination for the games on the casino floor, and a LCD topper that attracts players. E*SERIES games showcase intriguing main characters that are central to the game’s story. Once on the game, players will love the E*SERIES’ highly stylized poker symbols and elegant artwork that adorns all reel symbols. A unique user interface and differentiated layout enhance the entertainment experience.

The E*SERIES comes to market on the back of the high-flying Sky Rider theme, and its two base titles, Golden Amulet and Silver Treasures.

Website: www.aristocrat-us.com
G2E booth number: 1141



ZITRO, a world leader in bingo games, is proud to officially launch into North America at G2E 2013. Based in Las Vegas, ZITRO’s U.S. headquarters will offer and support the extremely popular BLACKWAVE cabinet, in Class II and Class III variations. Multiple game titles are already certified and interoperability verified, by BMM, for installation.

The BLACKWAVE platform is the ultimate gaming machine, providing total sensory immersion, in the world’s best bingo games. BLACKWAVE offers multi-level jackpots, community-wide mystery jackpots, server-based and server-supported configurations, and individual or multi-game setups. BLACKWAVE’s quad-core processors effortlessly run its twin 22-inch touch screens, 2D & 3D graphics, full HD video, HQ sound and ability to communicate with casino management systems via G2S or AFT-capable SAS.

Website: www.zitrogames.com/en
G2E booth number:  2214



FutureLogic will showcase PromoNet Bank, A network-less couponing solution for banks of slot machines at G2E 2013.

With no network or server requirements, the PromoNet Bank solution is unlike any other promotional couponing solution and can be up and running at the operator’s bank of choice within hours. It links game play metrics and slot promotions directly to player behavior, thus enabling casinos to boost Player Club sign-up, extend game play and increase slot revenues. With PromoNet Bank, operators have the means to allocate budgets, design coupons, select trigger marketing conditions and manually upload promotions and download issuance and redemption data to an entire bank of slots using Bluetooth or a USB flash drive. Once uploaded into a bank, coupons are issued automatically from the slots based on game play behavior that meets preset conditions. Players can then redeem the coupons at the relevant location.

Website: www.futurelogic-inc.com
G2E booth number: 4041C



Aruze Gaming introduces Golden Frontier, a four-reel, stepper slot machine that features the EXTRA REEL.  Reel five is a multi-action EXTRA REEL, which utilizes a mechanical fifth reel to creatively and interactively add exciting bonus multipliers, a CHANCE bonus feature indicator, and free games to the popular Innovator Radiant Reel technology. The symbol appearing on the EXTRA REEL varies depending on each game scenario and interacts directly with the top monitor graphics.

Trigger the GOLD RUSH free games with three BONUS symbols appearing on reels one to four or through the BONUS SYMBOL appearing only on the EXTRA REEL.  When the GOLD RUSH free game is triggered the EXTRA REEL randomly selects the number of free games.  The EXTRA REEL then spins with every free game multiplying your win by up to 10 times, winning up to two additional free games.

Website: www.aruzegaming.com
G2E booth number: 1254



Continuing to strengthen its position in the casino seating industry with its ability to provide customized solutions, Gary Platt Manufacturing is introducing new styles of table game chairs at G2E. The Capri, a stylish, sleeker version of its popular Vue model, will be on display. This addition to its Designer Series incorporates softer lines while maintaining the comfortable ergonomic features Gary Platt customers have come to expect.

New enhancements to the company’s X-tended Play Series will also be introduced, including a larger seat and newly designed insert handle.

Website: www.garyplatt.com
G2E booth number: 2832



Players of the TITANIC progressive video slot from Bally Technologies will fall in love again with a slot experience based on the Academy Award-winning film from James Cameron. This game includes clips and music from the blockbuster phenomenon and will feature many of Bally’s proven play mechanics, including three mystery features, U-Spin wheel bonus events, free games, and the Radiating Wilds play mechanic. There’s even an iDeck level three mystery multi-touch feature.

The TITANIC progressive video slot will be available with a life-changing wide-area progressive (WAP) top jackpot award on the Cash Connection link as well as stand-alone versions for non-WAP jurisdictions.

Website: www.ballytech.com
G2E booth number: 1127



GCA will unveil Everi at 2013 G2E. Everi is an innovative payments and monetization solution for interactive gaming that bridges the payments gap between land-based and interactive gaming. Everi integrates seamlessly with GCA’s extensive network of kiosks and land-based operations, reduces operators’ PCI burden, increases operator brand awareness, and gives operators more control over their interactive gaming solution. The Everi solution includes: Everi Payments, a straight through payment wall; Everi Digital Wallet, a funds management and payments solution; and Everi Productivity Suite, a player monetization and analytics solution. Each product offers a single integration with modular feature implementation allowing operators to select as few or as many of the customizable options that the Everi product offers. Leveraging the sophisticated technology of Live Gamer’s Elements platform, Everi easily navigates the ever changing regulatory and legal landscapes to ensure interactive gaming and lottery payments are always in compliance with jurisdictional gaming regulations as well as PCI and PII rules.

Website: www.gcainc.com
G2E booth number: 3754



Ainsworth Game Technology is showcasing their latest innovation-inspired penny product Reels of Wheels in the eye-catching A560 Wide Boy cabinet. Be enthralled by the high definition graphics encased in a 32-inch LCD top box brilliantly displaying a unique multi-wheel game feature.

Reels of Wheels is bursting with fun and excitement, and designed to provide the ultimate in anticipation. At the beginning of each feature, five wheels will appear; these visually spectacular wheels will spin to determine special symbols linked to reels one through to five. Reels of Wheels is feature rich with eight exhilarating free games providing guaranteed wild symbols and an accumulating wild multiplier, multiplying wins up to five times on reel three. 

In addition, Reels of Wheels is sure to be a hit with players as it continuously rewards with four levels of rapid triggering Standalone Progressives featuring a $5,000 Grand Jackpot option.

The A560 Wide Boy, Ainsworth’s newest addition to the outstanding A560 cabinet family, features a 32-inch landscape LCD top box sign and LED lighting.

Website: www.ainsworth.com.au
G2E booth number: 1665



BIS²’s gaming industry solution, gameViz, enables casino operators to gain a competitive advantage by viewing and analyzing gaming-floor data. BIS² uses innovative visual data representations known as Super Graphics to provide sophisticated business insights, allowing casinos to rapidly adapt to changes in customer behavior. BIS² is an innovative leader in enterprise-ready, standards-based, visually enabled analytics solutions that reveal the trends and patterns in operational data so organizations can identify what actions are required today. BIS² also offers industry-specific solutions for the airline industry (airViz), clubs and hospitality (clubViz), resorts (resortViz), telecommunications (telViz), insurance (insuranceViz), retail (retailViz), entertainment (entertainmentViz), manufacturing (makeViz) and financial services (moneyViz).

Website: www.bis2.net
G2E booth number: 1936



Aladdin’s Luck from Cadillac Jack is a 40-line North African-themed game with Streaming Stacks, a line-initiated bonus and a Special Wild Plus One feature. The games theme loosely follows the Arabian Nights storyline with a magical lamp, except this magical lamp provides Free Spins.

The bonus features in this game are richly rewarding and include Streaming Stacks—a randomly chosen stacking symbol at the beginning of each reel spin and Wild Plus One—a special wild symbol that appears on reels two-four during free spins and awards an additional free spin. The Free Spin Bonus is line-initiated and the number of free spins varies based on the number free spin symbols on the line. Up to 120 free spins are awarded and free spins can be retriggered during the bonus.

Website: www.cadillacjack.com
G2E booth number: 2554



Glory Global Solutions will exhibit its full assortment of cash management solutions during this year’s G2E. New for this year, Glory will showcase two products: QuickChange, a self-service coin deposit solution; and the Mach 9 coin counters/sorter.

Also on display is Glory’s award-winning CASHINFINITY touchless cash management solution; an ADA-compliant ATM casino kiosk; and the RBG-300 / SDRC-100 Tandem Solution cash and coin recycling system. For added value, Glory has been working together with leading cash access providers to provide both small and large casinos with innovative ATM functionality. Casinos can now choose a solution that best meets their needs without compromise.

Website: www.gloryglobalsolutions.com
G2E booth number: 5454



Among the products International Game Technology (IGT) will spotlight at G2E is its highly-successful DoubleDown Casino Partner Program. Already a success in nearly 50 casinos around the globe, this convergence program makes the full catalogue of titles offered via the social gaming site DoubleDown Casino such as Da Vinci Diamonds and Cleopatra available on participating casinos’ websites. More than 1.7 million people from around the world play in the DoubleDown Casino every day. The DoubleDown Casino Partner Program offers a collaborative solution for expanding operators’ reach for new players and ultimately creating increased customer loyalty and retention.

Website: www.igt.com
G2E booth number: 2241



Gaming operators require innovative technology solutions to address the ever-changing landscape of their industry. Vantiv Gaming Solutions can help. Its comprehensive, scalable, customizable solutions run on a single, proprietary platform and are built to enhance the overall customer experience beyond just traditional core services.

Merchant Services include: credit and debit card processing; ACH and other alternative payments; Internet and mobile gateways; prepaid loyalty and rewards; customer intelligence; cardholder data security; least-cost transaction routing; treasury management and currency processing; and network and regulatory consulting. Vantiv supports casino, iGaming, lottery, advance deposit wagering, social gaming, and fantasy sports gaming disciplines.

Vantiv knows what it takes to seamlessly integrate merchant services into the gaming business. Operators know what it takes to keep customers coming back. Together, we’ll make you more efficient, more secure and more successful.

Website: www.vantiv.com/cj
G2E booth number: 4024



Konami Gaming will introduce Rapid Revolver at G2E—a cabinet that combines a video reel experience with six vertically-mounted, cyclonic spinning reels in an oversized top box. This cabinet is packed with multiple features and a synchronized lighting display that links the video reels and top box. Rapid Revolver launches with two base game titles, Rising Dragon and Northern Treasure. Both themes are driven by Konami’s powerful KP platform and feature fully rendered 3D graphics. Rising Dragon features a free game event and a two-level stand alone progressive game. Northern Treasure is a four-level progressive that includes a bonus multiplier in the top vertical reel. The spinning vertical reels reveal letters one at a time to determine which level of the progressive is won. The Rapid Revolver series takes exciting thrills and amusement to new heights and again sets another high bar for amusement in the gaming industry.

Website: www.konamigaming.com
G2E booth number: 1154



The introduction of the PPM Advance represents the next generation of support tools for MEI products. Whereas the PPM (portable programming module) was a one-button flash tool, the PPM Advance is a portable version of MEI’s STS (support and test systems) software. The PPM Advance features a display screen and menu navigation buttons to allow operators to perform: fast and easy in-field updates for currency data, configuration data and software, performance diagnostics and audit data reporting.  Additionally, the PPM Advance can be configured to offer an upgrade to Bluetooth functionality with phones and tablets on the Android platform.  Operators will now be able to remotely download software from their secured Internet/intranet locations as well as add EASITRAX Soft Count asset numbers. Software management and performance monitoring have never been easier—further lowering cost of ownership associated with SC Advance.

Website: www.meigroup.com
G2E booth number: 4041



G2E will play host to the industry’s first-ever nationwide slot tournament, National TournEvent of Champions (NTOC), asMultimedia Games brings over 85 players from more than 75 casinos across the country to battle it out for the crown and a share of $250,000. Launched by Multimedia in March of 2013, NTOC will have traveled more than 20,000 miles in its search for the nation’s Best Tournament Player by the time it reaches Las Vegas for the championship tournament. Building on TournEvent’s operator efficiency updates from last year, Multimedia Games will debut a new control center, holiday-themed out-of-revenue games and new user interface options with this latest version of their slot tournament system.

Website: www.multimediagames.com
G2E booth number: 1165



Triple Bonus, a new community game from Ortiz Gaming, is an electronic bingo game comprised of four cards with 15 numbers each where 30 balls are drawn from a central server. In this module of the game there will always be a player that wins a prize. At the end of main draw, players will be offered the opportunity to join the Extra Bonus that has 10 levels. At every level, a new ball will be drawn that will be marked on the activated cards, offering the chance to win additional prizes. Besides the guaranteed prize, there are 11 prizes plus the jackpot and a bonus, which is activated after the player wins the Square prize.

Website: www.ortizgaming.com
G2E booth number: 3865



The PENTA Building Group is a locally-owned and nationally recognized general contractor, headquartered in Las Vegas, with additional offices in Reno, Nev., Phoenix, Ariz., Los Angeles and Palm Desert, Calif., and Tulsa, Okla.  As a general contractor, construction manager, and concrete subcontractor, PENTA partners with every member of the development, design, and construction team to build a variety of projects ranging in size and scope.  PENTA provides services on a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) basis, with full preconstruction services commencing early in the design phase; or 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.

Website: pentabldggroup.com



Promotion Group Central, a Chicago, Ill.-based marketing and sales promotion agency, announced that their Turkey and Ham Gift Coupons have seen a significant increase in orders year to year. Over the past five years PromoGroup Rewards have delivered and executed successful promotions to over 80 casino properties including Caesars, Sands, Rivers, Hollywood, Treasure Island, Pinnacle and Seminole Gaming.

Website: www.promogroup.com
G2E booth number: 6032



SHFL entertainmentis a leading global gaming supplier committed to making gaming more fun for players and more profitable for operators through product innovation, and superior quality and service. The company operates in legalized gaming markets across the globe and provides state-of-the-art, value-add products in five distinct categories: Utility products, which include automatic card shufflers and roulette chip sorters; Proprietary Table Games, which includes live games, side bets and progressives; Electronic Table Systems, which include various e-Table game platforms; Electronic Gaming Machines, which include video slot machines; and newly introduced iGaming, which features online versions of SHFL entertainment’s table games, social gaming, and mobile applications.

Website: www.shfl.com
G2E booth number: 1241



Fighting evil tiki bosses while having ball-blasting fun is the name of the game in SPIELO International’s Zuma, the exciting slot version of the PopCap casual game favorite. Zuma features an innovative, industry-first moving ball track that surrounds the reel set—an element taken directly from the casual game. The track is a win-triggering element that increments the three-level guaranteed-to-hit pots, or triggers five unique, colorful power frogs that place wilds on the main game base screen.

Zuma offers four entertaining bonuses, three with two-tiered Boss Battles and an optional skill-based feature where players can choose either the “Skill Challenge” or the “Pick-A-Prize” option. Combine those features with some of the best sound, visuals, and animations ever to hit the casino floor and you have a product that is sure to attract new slot players.

Website: www.spielo.com
G2E booth number: 1265



At G2E, TransAct Technologies will provide attendees with insight into the proven benefits of its industry-leading Epicentral Print System. Epicentral is a state-of-the-art software system which allows casino operators to develop targeted marketing programs that deliver promotional/bonusing coupons to players at the most opportune time, right at the slot machine or electronic table game.

Now live on over 5,000 gaming machines, Epicentral is delivering proven performance and successes. Examples include a 100 percent increase in player average daily theoretical, a 73 percent boost in coin-in for a single unadvertised promotion, a 40 percent redemption rate on midweek visit coupons and a 25 percent increase in players qualifying for the top-tier status.

Website: www.transact-tech.com
G2E booth number: 2617



When it comes to ticket stock for TITO slots, operators have an important choice. To get maximum slot performance and profitability, tell suppliers you want direct thermal Royale ticket stock from Appvion.

Appvion Royale means reduced paper jams and breaks, virtually trouble-free perforations, extended cutter blade life and nearly dust-free operation. Machines spend more time up and running and less time down for repair and maintenance. Appvion’s precision manufacturing ensures uniform thickness, outstanding fiber strength and consistent paper formation.

Gaming operations will also get exceptionally reliable scanning because Appvion Royale direct thermal delivers superior imaging for sharp, precise bar codes. The company’s TITO stocks can withstand exposure to oils, lotions, alcohols, heat, UV light and rough handling.

Website: www.appvion.com
G2E booth number: 1837



Reward and redeem anywhere! Players’ club professionals can increase casino traffic and build long-lasting player loyalty even when space, staffing and funds are limited. All Star Incentive Marketing, with decades of gaming experience, offers cost-effective solutions to fulfill your player loyalty programs, special events and promotional product needs. And whether onsite or at home, patrons can redeem for thousands of award options—from iPods or golf clubs to cruises or ringside event tickets. If you’re involved in players’ club initiatives, coordination of special events or the purchase of promotional merchandise, All Star Incentive Marketing has a solution.

Visit All Star at G2E to start increasing casino traffic and build better long-lasting player loyalty.

Website: www.incentiveusa.com
G2E booth number: 2711



“Creating a Stronger Indian Gaming Workplace: Perspectives on High Trust Demand in a Low Trust Environment” is a new Raving Consulting half-day workshop that will be held in January at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, Calif. In typical Raving fashion, it is designed to bring into the open those issues that are real, too rarely discussed, and that prevent the tribal gaming work environment from being more motivating, more fun and more effective. 

Indian gaming, at its heart, is a people business.  There are Native American, Caucasian, African-American, Asian American, Hispanic and numerous people of other origins. And therein lies the challenge—the people and the fact that they don’t always get along.

This workshop will: establish an understanding of gaming as a low-trust environment with a need for high- trust relationships; show how better workplace trust leads to higher morale, better employee retention and a vastly improved work environment; and address uncomfortable, yet real, everyday work situations in the Indian gaming workplace.

Website: www.ravingconsulting.com
G2E booth number: 3610



Smoke-free indoor air is the future of gaming—for the health of casino employees, patrons, host communities and sovereign tribes. There are now more than 500 smoke-free casinos and other gambling venues in the U.S.—including hot new properties such as Resorts World NYC, Horseshoe Cleveland, Hollywood Toledo, Maryland Live!, and the proposed developments in Massachusetts.

Stop by theAmericans for Nonsmoking Rights booth for dialogue on regional trends, lessons learned, and best practices for making smoke-free indoor air work. Learn how smoke-free workplace laws benefit the gaming industry, shareholders, and corporate green initiatives. Learn why HVAC systems do not address the health hazards of second-hand smoke.

Website: www.smokefreecasinos.org
G2E booth number: 5847



For nearly 20 years, Watson Roundshas been building a reputation as Nevada’s preferred intellectual property and business litigation law firm. They do it by practicing quality law in the fields of intellectual property and business litigation. Watson Rounds has worked with a diverse group of clients, from start-up companies to Fortune 500 firms. In areas of business and technology, it represents and counsels businesses and individuals across the globe. The company has provided litigation counseling and procurement services for such diverse industries as: the domestic and international gaming industries, the computer industry, the music industry, the movie industry, the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, the weather detection industry, the art industry, the literary and publishing industries and the sporting goods industry.

Website: www.watsonrounds.com



Imagine you’re playing your favorite slot machine when all the sudden it locks up and all play stops. You start to look for someone, but before you can, a friendly casino employee approaches you and greets you by name: “Hi, Laura! My name is Steve, and I’m here to fix your machine.” Wow, you think. How did Steve even know I had a problem? What is he, some kind of psychic? 

In reality Steve is just the front for his new favorite, and electronic, co-worker Kai.  Developed by Acres 4.0, Kai helps casinos deliver expedited and personalized service, reduce costs, improve employee satisfaction and make players happier. Kai eliminates the need for human dispatchers and replaces costly handheld radios. Kai also measures employee performance and keeps managers informed of floor activity in real time and historically. Casinos can now plan more efficient staffing levels, improve training and conduct more objective employee reviews. To meet Kai at G2E, send him an e-mail at kai@acres4.com. 

Website: www.acres4.com



Quixant, a premier designer and manufacturer of gaming platforms for the gaming and slot machine industry, will showcase the QXi-300, its new, all-in-one gaming platform that is an evolution of the company’s best-selling QXi-200, at G2E. This new addition to Quixant’s platform range is based on the groundbreaking technology of the AMD Embedded G-Series SoC with integrated AMD Radeon HD8000 Series graphics and also includes Quixant’s latest PCI Express-based gaming logic and non-volatile memory. It is available in Dual- or Quad-Core configurations clocked at up to 2.0GHz

The launch of the QXi-300 brings a new level of performance at the price point and is capable of running two independent HD screens from a single DisplayPort 1.2 interface through the use of Multi-Stream Transport (MST) technology. Housed in a compact, fan-less case, the QXi-300 is form factor compatible mechanically with the QXi-200 and QXi-4000.

Website: www.quixant.com
G2E booth number: 2431



The next generation of the Casino Technology’s GAMOPOLIS features multiple games in high-end cabinets designed to attract players and benefit operators with great game variety, an optimized player selection interface and a new level of interaction. GAMOPOLIS 23 and 24, released under the name GAMOPOLIS MULTISKIN, feature 30 games each, and, depending on market needs, can be housed in regular and modular cabinets.

Website: www.casino-technology.com
G2E booth number: 4354



The new DFS-200 Casino Kiosk from DiTronics Financial Services is an “all-in-one” kiosk solution for ticket redemption, bill breaking, ATM, cash advance and check cashing transactions. The DFS-200 offers a wide range of enhanced DiTronics software applications housed in a state-of-the-art hardware platform for optimum reliability and efficiency. Unique features include “Advanced Bill Mix Control,” which lets operators customize and define the bill break, ticket redemption, ATM and check cashing transaction denomination presentation to their customers.

Website: www.ditronics.com
G2E booth number: 3617



The CashCode one bill validator from Crane Payment Solutions offers a range of benefits to operators across the globe whether their business is casinos, AWP or VLT, and its use is further maximized with audit solutions and high-capacity cashboxes. oneCheck is an asset reporting and tracking cashbox management solution for both bills and tickets, offering dispute resolution at the press of the button, as well as CAPR (Cash Audit and Performance report) and hot box tracking.

Website: www.craneps.com
G2E booth number: 3426



Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) is different from all other test labs for many reasons, not the least of which is 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. GLI’s exclusive tools include GLIAccess, GLI Mobile, GLI Verify, Ask GLI, GLI Link, and Point.Click.Transfer.

Website: www.gaminglabs.com
G2E booth number: 4431



StylGame has added a line of Texas Hold’em tables to its product lineup. The Poker Division table features a playing panel with interchangeable layout that can be removed and replaced easily and quickly, which saves operators both time and money. All Poker Division table products can be customized to meet an operator’s needs.

Website: www.royalstool.com
G2E booth number: 2224


GTECH, with its gaming product brand, SPIELO, is launchingRub4Richesat G2E. Rub4Riches brings the thrill of instant reward scratch cards to slot machines on the Crystal.NET player interface. Players can scratch to win a variety of different bonuses directly at the slots. This new, customizable bonusing tool allows casinos to design targeted campaigns using sophisticated segmentation criteria to promote player loyalty clubs, reward loyal customers, and/or encourage longer play.

Website: www.gtech.com
G2E booth number: 1265