In terms of number of wagering facilities, Oklahoma remains the largest market in the United States, home to almost 120 wagering operations ranging from small slot parlors to modern, multi-use gaming entertainment facilities.
The size and continuing growth of this market is the reason casino vendors continue to flock to the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) conference and trade show, which it taking place July 27-29 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. On display will be the newest products and services developed by some of the industry’s most leading-edge providers. Casino Journal offered some of these companies a chance to describe these offerings in their own words. Here are some of the responses:
AINSWORTH GAME TECHNOLOGY
Website: www.ainsworth.com.au | OIGA Booth #206, 208 & 305
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.
AMERICAN GAMING SYSTEM (AGS)
Website: www.playags.com | OIGA Booth #1208
The big news from AGS, a leading supplier of Class II and Class III slot machines as well as live table games, was the recent acquisition of RocketPlay, a social gaming company. RocketPlay, founded by Mani Honigstein and backed by Pitango Venture Capital, is a leading gaming company developing social casino titles for mobile devices. With primary offices in San Francisco, Calif., and Tel Aviv, RocketPlay’s flagship product, Lucky Play Casino, gives players a casino-quality experience with slots, table games, tournaments, and live events.
Website: www.cadillacjack.com | OIGA Booth #1208
AGS and Cadillac Jack have joined forces, resulting in a stellar combination of gaming suppliers with a commitment to customer service and product innovation. Experience the companies’ combined product portfolio at OIGA.
The adventures of Peter and Wendy continue as the Stratos series of cabinets bring fantasies to life with innovative game mechanics and ingenuity that captures the imagination of your players. Peter & Wendy: Hook’s Revenge features vibrant illustrations, a custom-themed façade and the PowerXStream pay mechanic, plus Reflex Wilds, Power Blocks and Turbo Boost Progressives. Every twist and turn will get your players hooked.
DITRONICS FINANCIAL SERVICES
Website: www.ditronics.com | OIGA Booth # 301
DiTRONICS Financial Services, a Las Vegas-based full service provider of cash access solutions for the gaming industry, offers next generation kiosk and ATM technology for the casino floor. The all-new DFS-500 Kiosk from DiTRONICS is an “all in-one” solution that optimizes the player experience directly at the kiosk, cage and via DiTRONICS’ digital wallet. Housed in state of-the-art hardware, the DFS-500 Kiosk maximizes efficiency through exclusive software enhancements for ticket redemption, bill breaking, ATM, cash advance and check cashing transactions.
FIRST AMERICAN BANKCARD
Website: www.fabicash.com | OIGA Booth #207
FABICash, from First American Bankcard, is designed to provide easy to use cash solutions for the casino cage. FABICash is harmoniously integrated with ATMs, compliance needs and the casino. A proprietary gaming platform was developed with input from cage and finance professionals. Cage personnel will be thrilled to process credit/debit card cash advance and e-check on one set of devices. The company’s electronic signature capture also makes researching chargebacks as simple as a click of a button.
GARY PLATT MANUFACTURING
Website: www.garyplatt.com | OIGA Booth #502
Gary Platt chairs are handcrafted and engineered for quality and unsurpassed comfort to enhance any casino floor. With over 40 years of providing premium seating for slots, table games, poker and bingo, our customers have come to expect the best.
Known for consistently driving innovation in the Casino Seating industry, Gary Platt Manufacturing is introducing their new X2-Tended Series as “the Next Generation” of ergonomic design. With additional ergonomic sculpting and plush toppers, the X2-Tended Play series creates more comfort and player involvement, translating into longer play-time and larger return-on-investment. The X2 series is truly the next generation of quality casino seating.
HNEDAK BOBO GROUP
Website: www.hbginc.com | OIGA Booth #914
Hnedak Bobo Group (HBG) is a national leader in gaming and hospitality design and a past NIGA Associate Member of the Year. HBG specializes in architecture, interior design, and master planning. HBG offers a proven history delivering distinctive design solutions that drive competitive advantage and successful performance results for their gaming clients. Recognized with more than 200 design and industry awards, including five G2E Casino Design Awards, HBG is an innovative design leader and trusted partner to tribes across Oklahoma and the U.S. The firm’s recent projects include two hotel towers and a major casino expansion at WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The firm is currently working with the Tohono O’odham Nation on the West Valley Resort and Casino project in Arizona and is providing planning and design services to four properties owned and operated by Ho-Chunk Gaming, an economic enterprise of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin.
INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY (IGT)
Website: www.igt.com | OIGA Booth #908
IGT presents triple the fun with the new Triple Stars Free Games Class II bingo title, a classic spinning reel game that delivers explosive slot entertainment and a sparkling display of red, white and blue symbols. Based on the proven math of IGT’s Triple Red Hot 7s Free Games slots, this three-reel, multi-payline game features the Spitfire Multipliers, which awards seven initial free games with the possibility of re-triggers and random multipliers. The game’s reels turn ablaze with bright flames, elevating the thrill of winning big and attracting neighboring players. Operators can optimize performance by banking the Triple Stars Free Games slots with other high-denomination mechanical spinning-reel games such as IGT’s Triple Butterfly Sevens Free Games and Triple Red Hot 7s Free Games slots.
Website: www.konamigaming.com | OIGA Booth #314
Konami Gaming, a global leader in casino gaming and systems, announced that its SYNKROS casino management system has been selected by Southern California’s Barona Resort & Casino. With 2,000 casino slots and more than 90 gaming tables, Barona is installing Konami’s SYNKROS for its proven stability, extensive marketing capabilities, and flexible architecture in order to further empower Barona staff members to deliver exceptional customer service. Barona has a proven history of innovation to enhance the customer experience. Continuing its long tradition of technology-delivered service improvements, Barona has now selected SYNKROS for tools like the Konetic Mobile Employee App and True-Time Bonusing Tool Kit.
RYMAX MARKETING SERVICES
Website: www.rymaxinc.com | OIGA Booth #1005
Rymax Marketing Services develops and manages award winning player and employee loyalty programs for the gaming industry’s largest properties. The company’s unique programs engage millions of players annually by delivering proven generational segmentation strategies and offering players access to over 10,000 trending products from 300 plus brand name manufacturers, such as Michael Kors, Denon, Giam, Salvatore Ferragamo and Viking. Their programs are custom designed to drive ROI for the property, while increasing loyalty and driving repeat play from guests. Complimenting these programs is R-S.I.T.E (Rymax’s Strategic Interactive Themed Events). These customized events create an impactful experience that makes a long-lasting impression on players by offering rewards that can be customized for virtually any player demographic.
VIDEO GAME TECHNOLOGY (VGT)
Website: www.vgt.net | OIGA Booth #726
Class II players everywhere have a new reason to cheer because VGT, an Aristocrat Technologies company, is introducing the Easy Money Jackpot Wide Area Progressive! The Easy Money Jackpot Wide Area Progressive takes players’ favorite VGT titles and adds the excitement of a life-changing jackpot, with a startup value of $250,000.
The Easy Money Jackpot is a three-reel mechanical wide area progressive and the suite of titles provides the same player experience as VGT’s player-favorite, top-performing games. Easy Money Jackpot is available on 777 Bourbon Street, Crazy Cherry, Hot Red Ruby, King of Coin, Lucky Ducky, Mr. Money Bags, Reel Fever and Smooth as Silk.