On the systems side, Bally will offer enhanced, back-end capabilities to its progressive platforms to allow for better target marketing. The company will also introduce PokerView, a turnkey solution designed to handle card room and poker tournament management.
Bally also previewed its Take n’ Play system, which allows a slot customer to play a favorite slot machine remotely through an iPad from anywhere within the casino facility. While playing the game from the iPad, the slot that houses the actual game goes gray to let customers know it is in remote use, but still show reel spins, jackpots and the various other bells and whistles associated with live use.
“Take n’ Play offers the flexibility to engage the player anywhere on the casino floor,” said Tom Doyle, vice president product management for Bally Technologies. “With the iPad, they can walk away from the machine and play remotely while the meter and other on the slot machine continue to run.”
Bally will also introduce a number of enhancements to its SHFL entertainment line of table games products and systems, such as ShuffleFlex, a new pricing program for its card shufflers. Essentially, instead of buying shufflers outright, operators will be allowed to lease the devices and be charged a fee every time the product is used during table game play. Bally will also produce SafeBacc, a combination shuffle and show to make baccarat play more efficient and safer.
The company is also working on Infinilink, a system that will create a single progressive jackpot link for all table games throughout a facility. “Mohegan Sun has something like 43 different progressive jackpot links for its table games; casinos and players would probably want to link to a single common jackpot,” said Roger Snow, senior vice president of table game products for Bally Technologies. “The Infinilink solution will match up the different systems to a single, larger progressive jackpot.”
Bally plans for slot development in 2014 include the introduction of Wonder Woman, a for-sale video slot based on the iconic 1970s television series. “We have two games we are bringing out so you can create a nice bank experience,” said Jean Venneman, vice president of product management for Bally Technologies. “I am really excited about how this game has come together.”
The company will also be releasing Duck Dynasty, a licensed slot game that will feature elements from the popular cable television series of the same name.