080714 GTR_Turning Stone Casino Resort_300Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., has upgraded its entire slot floor of 2,100 games with a combination of MEI SC Advance note acceptors and EASITRAX Soft Count technology from Pennsylvania-based Crane Payment Innovations (CPI).

The installation was completed earlier this year as part of a $15 million investment by the Oneida Indian Nation to upgrade the casino’s entire operating system and provide new cash-play slot machines. Now guests can enjoy an enticing slice of Vegas right in the heart of Upstate New York.

“Our goal is to provide a world-class leisure experience for our visitors,” said Guy Renzi, vice president of gaming for Turning Stone in a prepared statement. “When our guests requested the convenience to play with cash, we turned to the CPI portfolio for a reliable and secure cash handling solution.”

Turning Stone first opened its slot floor in 1995 with an account-based system that required guests to load money onto cards prior to game play. “Sometimes they had to wait in line or get up from the machine to reload,” Renzi said. “It was disruptive, whereas now they can just walk in our doors and go straight to the game—and with SC Advance, there really are no more interruptions.”

According to company press materials, SC Advance is part of the SC family of note acceptors that has achieved an installed field base of nearly 1 million units across the worldwide gaming industry. More than 110,000 of those units are coupled with the EASITRAX Soft Count in the U.S. alone. EASITRAX is an integrated hardware/software cash management system that drives operational efficiencies from the slot floor to the back room. It works by gathering data from multiple SC Advance note acceptors and funneling that information into a secure remote database that can be accessed to track revenues and analyze slot performance.
“We’re proud to have helped Turning Stone achieve their goal for a Vegas-style cash-based operation,” said Eric Fisher, CPI president of gaming. “Their experience reflects CPI’s focused approach to providing meaningful solutions that enhance the player experience, drive newfound cash management efficiencies and, ultimately, increase operator profitability. We look forward to extending our relationship with Turning Stone and providing more support into the future.”