After a particularly long and harsh winter, the thought of heading south to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for business should strike most as a reward, if for no other reason than a chance to feel warm and walk around in shorts and tee-shirts again.

Toss in a chance to attend one of the gaming industry’s largest regional trade shows, and the trip to sun and sandy beaches takes on even more value. And this year’s Southern Gaming Summit/BingoWorld trade show and conference, set to take place May 5-7 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center is Biloxi, Miss., aims to provide the best of both pursuits—a cutting-edge gaming conference chock full of topical subjects and speakers, interspersed with plenty of social events for those looking to network and enjoy the various hospitality aspects of the region. For more information on the event, visit www.sgsummit.com.

The show floor at Southern Gaming Summit/BingoWorld will also be center stage once again; a chance for one and all to peruse the latest gaming products, services and technologies from both domestic and international manufacturers. Casino Journal offered these vendors, and some others who could not attend the show, an opportunity to describe their latest product introductions and improvements their own words. Here are their responses:

 

ONE COOL CAT

King Cat is the latest addition to join Ainsworth Technologies’ highly successful Sweet Zone brand. 

When “Diamond” appears in a blue bordered Sweet Zone on reels two and/or four, all symbols on reels two and/or four are transformed to wild. When “Diamond” appears in the red bordered Sweet Zone on reel two, all symbols on reels one, two and three are transformed to wild. When “Diamond” appears in the red bordered Sweet Zone on reel four, all symbols on reels thee, four or five are transformed to wild.

When “Diamond” appears in both Sweet Zones on reels two and four, the Super Sweet Zone feature is triggered and the entire game array transforms to wild symbols.

For greater excitement, any three or more scatters triggers eight free games with an expanded game array and wild multipliers that combine on reels two and four.  During the free games, any two or more scatters triggers five additional free games.

Website: www.ainsworth.com.au

SGS/BW booth #714

 

HELPING HAND

Aristocrat Technologies’ Oasis 360 Mobile Concierge is a new mobile app that allows players to have full touch?point access to a casino. With Mobile Concierge, a property can:

Deliver event?driven marketing messages;

Capture business intelligence;

Design tailor?made marketing;

Create a social community; and

Reduce overall marketing expenses.

Website: www.aristocrat-US.com

SGS/BW booth #808

 

HAPPY DANCE

Feel the rhythm, feel the vibe, step right up its wild dance time! Wild Dance Fire is a new five-reel 30-line Innovator series Class III video slot machines from Aruze Gaming America that features multiple tribal dance animations, free games, stacked wilds symbols and multiple interactive reel actions. This recommended 1cent denomination adds yet another title to the Aruze Innovator library which is known for “forging paths” throughout the gaming industry.

The Wild Dance free games, which consists of five free games, are triggered when three scattered bonus symbols appear on reels two, three and four during the base game. During the free games, three consecutive stacked wild symbols can appear on reels two, three and four to help multiply line wins. Take notice of the tribal men on the top monitor as they dance to the games music to build anticipation in each of the five free games. If you feel like dancing and you think you can stand the heat, step right up for one wild experience with Wild Dance Fire.

Website: www.aruzegaming.com

SGS/BW booth #506

 

DESIGNED TO SUCCEED

Cuningham Group provides architecture, interior design and planning services for a diverse mix of client and project types with significant focus over the last 24 years on gaming and entertainment. Using an approach they call “Every Building Tells A Story,” the firm explores innovative ways to solve their clients’ problems and deliver distinctive, award-winning and profitable environments. Their Gulf Coast region work includes Palace Casino Resort, Biloxi, Miss.; Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, La., winner of a Casino Design Award for Best Architectural Design of a Casino Resort over $100 Million; and the recent rebranding of Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino, Hotel and Spa in Biloxi.

As leaders in gaming and entertainment design, Cuningham Group is currently promoting “Casinos of the Future” and challenging clients to embrace bricks-and-mortar changes that support the evolving nature of gaming and its customers while setting new standards for the future of entertainment.

Website: www.cuningham.com 

SGS/BW booth #529

 

VESTED INTEREST

VESTS DIRECT carries a large, in-stock inventory of top quality basic items, and specializes in custom made garments for your business, custom cocktail waitress apparel and vests under our “MARK OF DISTINCTION” label.

A division of Pure Silk Fabrics, VESTS DIRECT shares a long history in formalwear design and men’s formalwear rental garments. With company-owned manufacturing facilities, VESTS DIRECT eliminates “middle man” charges to give you a better customer experience.

Make VESTS DIRECT your new supplier for men’s and women’s hospitality and formal accessories.

Website: www.VestsDirect.com

SGS/BW booth #619

 

EVEN CRAZIER

Crazy Money, the most popular game in Incredible Technologies’ slot history, is back in a much anticipated sequel. Crazy Money II is 15 lines of winning fun and maintains all of the same easy-to-understand gameplay of the original in addition to new bonus innovations and a four-level progressive.

Three or more bonus scatters triggers the Wheel Bonus where players spin a wheel to determine which bonus will be played. Fans of the original Crazy Money will surely recognize the Money Catch Bonus round where players must grab flying dollar bills which reveal credit values once touched.

The wheel spin may instead fall on The Mint Bonus which initiates a free spin round with a new 3x3 reel array featuring only the top four symbols. Players are rooting for five or more gold coins to land on the reels as they are collected for a chance to win CRAZY progressive prizes.

Website: www.itsgames.com

SGS/BW booth #612

 

FAMILY AFFAIR

Survey says—this game is a winner! Housed in the larger-than-life and visually arresting Skytower cabinet, Family Feud from American Gaming Systems (AGS) is a game that players will not want to miss. The latest addition to the popular It Pays to Know series, the game is based on one of the most popular game shows of all time and features survey questions and answers directly from the show. By choosing the most popular answers, players can actually affect the outcome of their bonus round and win more credits.

Website: www.playags.com

SGS/BW booth #404

 

PARADISE FOUND

International Game Technology (IGT) pays tribute to the tropics with Wheel of Fortune Jackpot Paradise video slots. Developed for players who prefer low?denomination slots and fans of the most popular slot family of all time, this five?reel, 30?payline, progressive game cruises into thrilling slot play with an island?inspired symbol set featuring kiwis, coconuts and bananas.

Housed on IGT’s CrystalCore hardware, Wheel of Fortune Jackpot Paradise delivers a dynamic touch?screen interface and interactive bonus rounds presenting a larger?than?life Wheel. Players will arrive at a tropical oasis when triggering the Jackpot Pick Bonus, which offers the opportunity to win the top progressive award. Players can immerse themselves in the Wheel of Fortune experience with a spin of the big Wheel and bonuses including the Mystery Wedge and Toss?Up bonuses.

Website: www.igt.com

SGS/BW booth #514

 

GETTING IN SYNCH

Konami Gaming’s new multi-platform, multi-device SYNKiosk patron loyalty tool, powered by SYNKROS casino management system, allows casino players to simultaneously access loyalty kiosk functions—such as player account information, special offers, casino promotions, and more—from personal mobile devices, video slot machines, and traditional kiosk machines. In addition, SYNKiosk’s exclusive enroll features offer self-serve player account enrollment and retrieval via an automated kiosk, allowing casino guests to independently create and/or reprint their players card in under 60 seconds.

Website: www.konamigaming.com

SGS/BW booth #704

 

CODE BREAKERS

Built on JCM Global’s foundation of intelligent bill validation technology, the company’s Dynamic Network Applications (DNA) empowers operators as well as regulators with real-time monitoring, triggered event alerts, along with peripheral component management. DNA provides real-time health and event monitoring of all peripheral components used inside EGMs, on table games or inside redemption kiosks, utilizing either a wired or wireless connection to a local server. Peripherals that DNA can monitor are practically limitless and include bill validators, ticket printers, card readers, digital displays and coin acceptors.

Website: www.jcmglobal.com

SGS/BW booth #825

 

PRIZE CONTROL

Gaming Support prides itself in being constantly on the prowl to come up with solutions which will make operators and customers’ lives as convenient as possible. That is why the company chose to develop a reliable and secure mobile platform that allows the casino to have full control over their operational needs, being part of the gaming floor and standing next to their customers.

Our multi-game and multi-denom Jackpot Controller works with practically any slot machine on the market. With our Jackpot Controller, you can remotely manage your jackpots, update settings, emphasize jackpot values and trigger special effects…all from the comfort of your computer.

Website: www.gamingsupport.com

SGS/BW booth #824

 

TABLE SERVERS

Catco Gaming is the manufacturer and supplier of the finest table game products in the industry with facilities in Chatsworth, Calif. and Las Vegas. Catco Gaming makes the highest quality paper and plastic playing cards printed on our own proprietary custom blended materials. We offer several card back options, wide color array, custom logo printing and your choice of indices. We produce beautiful, robust casino chips with several high security protection options. We custom fabricate casino tables for all games with a wide variety of options, features and finishes, as well as table accessories and furniture. We design and print the best layouts in the market, with the richest color and most crisp detail on our premium water resistant fabrics.

Website: www.catcogaming.com

 

UNIFORM APPROACH

At Work Uniforms is your key ingredient to building brands through successful image apparel. Since 1991, At Work has been featuring:

Merchandising stylish and economical uniform solutions;

Expertise to create new or update existing uniforms;

On-site solutions to sizing and ordering the right garment;

Decoration and distribution services;

On-line, web ordering platforms; and a

Simple, one-stop ordering solution.

Building your business and creating a lasting impression is our only focus. From cruise ships to hotels, restaurants to the gaming floor, At Work Uniforms is your single source devoted to making your team and property look fantastic.

 Website: www.atworkuniforms.com