Scientific Games Corporation today announced it has signed an agreement with The Rank Group Plc (“Rank”) to supply Rank with its Operator Wide Area Progressive System for table games at its casinos in the United Kingdom to increase performance and excitement in the pit.

The Rank Group, which is the largest casino group in Europe, has chosen Scientific Games as its preferred business partner to install the Company’s Operator Wide Area Progressive System on its Blackjack tables. The initial rollout covers 21 tables in 10 casinos across the United Kingdom, with 86 more progressive tables to be installed by the end of this year. Overall, the progressive jackpot will be offered on 107 tables in 53 properties. This will be a worldwide record in the history of Operator Wide Area Progressive table game rollouts.

The Company’s exciting Operator Wide Area Progressive System for table games brings the life-changing progressive jackpot experience of the slot floor to the table games pit. With more than a dozen options, it gives operators the chance to thrill their players and offer them an unforgettable entertainment experience.

Kevin Grahame, head of table gaming, The Rank Group, said, “We are excited to embark on a new partnership with Scientific Games. We chose to upgrade our existing Blackjack tables with the Shuffle Master Operator Wide Area Progressive system for table games as we believe this unique progressive solution will add tremendous gaming excitement for our customers to our live game tables and this in turn will help drive our revenues. Scientific Games is the only supplier we have encountered who is able to link progressive jackpots across multiple properties, leading to faster incrementing and more frequent jackpot wins.”

Rank has been a strong business partner with Scientific Games ever since the first shuffler was introduced on the market. The group deploys a broad range of Shuffle Master branded table products: shufflers (one2six, MD3, DeckMate) and a vast array of proprietary table games (House Money, Ultimate Texas Hold`Em, Free Bet Blackjack and a lot more).

Marco Herrera, vice president & managing director (EMEA) for Scientific Games, said, “We are extremely proud to expand our long-standing partnership with Rank. The opportunity to provide Rank properties with our Operator Wide Area Progressive technology for table games on such a large scale is amazing. Our mission is to make gaming more exciting for players, which in turn benefits our customers, and the Operator Wide Area Progressive technology for table games does just that. By enabling greater action across so many properties, the progressive jackpots quickly climb to very appealing levels.”

Scientific Games’ Operator Wide Area Progressive System for table games is now available in more than 50 casinos in the United Kingdom, representing more than a third of the industry. The United Kingdom has the largest live casino gaming industry in Europe.