The 2017 version of the National Indian Gaming Association’s (NIGA) Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, to be held April 10-13 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., promises to be among the best ever, thanks in part to a conference program that includes 70 sessions.

According to a NIGA press release, this year’s conference program is designed to be an inclusive learning opportunity for every role and level of experience in the tribal gaming community. The program, led by conference chair, Victor Rocha of Pechanga.net and Victor Strategies, has an impressive advisory board of industry thought leaders whose focus is on ensuring attendees stay ahead of the ever evolving gaming landscape while exchanging ideas with some of the best in tribal leaders and casino executives in the country.

“We, as gaming community advisors, need to prepare our leaders for what’s next so they are aligned for success in their markets,” said Rocha in a prepared statement. “We recognize the time commitment of attending the conference and are increasingly focused on bringing forward the most relevant topics and best speakers to this year’s program in an effort to expand the value the conference provides for each of our attendees.”

For more information on the Indian Gaming Tradeshow conference program, visit www.indiangamingtradeshow.com.

In addition to an expanded slate of sessions, the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention once again boasts an impressive list of social activities as well as a show floor backed with vendors displaying their latest products, systems, technologies and services. To help navigate this exhibition, Casino Journal offered some vendors a chance to profile recent game introductions or products they will showcase at NIGA in their own words. Here are their responses:


GETTING HOT

Retirement clockHeat 'Em Up by Incredible Technologies (IT) will set the Indian Gaming Show floor ablaze with it’s hot wins, sizzling bonus events and a fiery eight-level linked progressive. Heat 'Em Up is available exclusively on the company’s premium Infinity Skybox cabinet, which features a 55-inch vertical overhead monitor to display bonus events and progressive jackpot wins.

Players will be on the lookout for four bonus scatters to trigger the Power Up Bonus which is displayed on the overhead screen and features a huge tower of four colorful wheels, each spun to award credit prizes.

Heat ‘Em Up debuts the patented Sky Reels feature which utilizes the Skybox screen to display another 6x4 reel set, providing an additional 60 pay lines when activated. The Sky Reels activate when two or more arrows land on the main reels. Each arrow displays a number indicating how high the arrow will fly to unlock slots on the corresponding Sky Reel.

Website: www.gaming.itsgames.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 622


HITTING THE JACKPOT

Retirement clockThe Jackpot Bundle from Everi combines the mobility of Everi’s Jackpot Xpress and the dependability of Everi’s JackpotXchange (JXC and JXC-L) kiosks to deliver the most robust jackpot processing service in the industry.

Jackpot Xpress allows slot and floor staff to provide point of play service to players while securely processing jackpots through a mobile application. Jackpot Xpress collects, verifies and records winning patron information and renders and completes necessary IRS forms (W9, 1042S and W2G). Jackpot Xpress is fully integrated with Everi Compliance and Everi’s JackpotXchange kiosks.

JackpotXchange-Lite (JXC-L) integrates with Jackpot Xpress to dispense the proper amount for player payment in cash, ticket or multi-ticket, with a smaller footprint than other JackpotXchange kiosks.

With Everi’s Jackpot Bundle, jackpot processing and dispensing times are reduced by up to 80 percent, allowing players to return to gaming more quickly and creating operational efficiencies for the slot floor staff.

Website: www.everi.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 1344


THE UNIVERSE AWAITS

AGS's OrionAGS’ Orion takes premium cabinet design into a new world of performance, flexibility and style. From its 42-inch LCD HD touchscreen portrait monitor to the striking full-color LED lights that encircle it, Orion is impossible to miss and impossible to ignore. Fueled by a dynamic library of high-performing game content, Orion offers a collection of low-and high-volatility games, multi-linked progressives, and incredible bonus features. Fu Nan Fu Nu, River Dragons and Fire Wolf II—three new title highlights debuted this year—offer players captivating game content with emotive features, stunning interactive graphics and immersive sound packages. Built with the core-gambler in mind, these games incorporate AGS’ popular PowerXStream pay evaluation, multi-linked progressives, jackpot pick bonuses, volatility pickers and scatter-initiated free spins. Connect with your AGS account executive today and get ready to experience a new universe of game performance.

Website: www.playags.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 1144


THE RIGHT WAY

CastNET TouchViewCastNET TouchView is an engaging touchscreen kiosk solution that provides game and property wayfinding for casino properties. Casino guests are able to find their favorite games, amenities, shops, and events using interactive maps that zoom and scroll. The maps show animated walking paths from a guest’s current location to their selected destination.

In addition to interactive maps, CastNET TouchView uses pictures and video content to engage guests and help them understand all the excitement your casino has to offer. Kiosk screens will even show eye-catching video animations as part of any floor-wide jackpot celebrations.

CastNET TouchView makes it easy for casino staff to change text, add pictures, and upload video so content stays up-to-date. Game and property wayfinding has never been this powerful or easy-to-use.

Website: www.castnet.com  

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 715


A CHAIR TO REMEMBER

Gary Platt ManufacturingGary Platt Manufacturing has been in the casino seating business since 1996. At the inception, the founders of the company had over 40 years of experience in the casino seating industry in a related company prior to establishing Gary Platt Manufacturing. The company was relocated from Southern California to Reno, Nev., in 1999.

Gary Platt produces premium seating exclusively for casinos including slots, table games, poker, bartop, and bingo. Every Gary Platt chair is designed with unrivaled attention to detail, using the highest quality materials inside and out. Every detail is considered and planned to deliver a carefully crafted experience. The result is more than a chair—it’s the next generation of extended play and unsurpassed comfort.

Gary Platt will feature their most popular new models, including the Monaco, the Lido Revo, and the Lido Revo Mini. Make sure to visit the Gary Platt booth for the best seats in the expo!

Website: www.garyplatt.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 1045


THE FOURTH DIMENSION

IGTIGT will bring “Innovation at Play” to the 2017 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention. The company will demonstrate its unwavering commitment to developing and deploying compelling content, leading innovation and new player experiences for its tribal gaming partners across the U.S.

The company will highlight a range of new premium titles on a mix of new and proven hardware solutions. Tradeshow attendees will have the opportunity to experience the multi-sensory gaming sensation SPHINX 4D on the CrystalCurve TRUE 4D cabinet. The game enhances its glasses-free 3D technology with mid-air haptic and gesture-based technologies, which enable players to touch and manipulate 3D objects emerging from the screen. IGT also will present a robust portfolio of compelling core and Class II titles on a variety of hardware solutions.

IGT will highlight “Proven Performer” video and mechanical reel core titles excelled in its global test banking process. IGT’s video poker portfolio, skil-based game Texas Tea Pinball, Dynasty electronic table games (ETGs), Cardless Connect mobile systems technology and its award winning PlaySpot mobile software solution will be other standout products in the company’s stand at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention.

Website: www. igt.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 1035


HEAD RUSH

Money Rush from Aruze Gaming AmericaMoney Rush from Aruze Gaming America expands the excitement by introducing free games to the popular 999.9 Gold Wheel series. No matter what, all wins during the eight free games—which can be retriggered—are multiplied by three. Three scattered SPIN symbols appearing on reels one, three and five trigger the 999.9 Gold Wheel Feature. The credit prize wheel at the top consists of credit prizes and four jackpot levels. If the wheel stops on a progressive, the corresponding jackpot is won and the wheel spins again to determine a credit prize. If the Gold Wheel feature is triggered during the free games, the credit prizes on the wheel are multiplied by three. The Cube-X Ultimate platform has been a huge success ever since it hit casino floors a little over a year ago. Aruze Gaming continues to keep the excitement rolling!

Website: www.aruzegaming.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 1525


CASH MATTERS

DiTRONICSDiTRONICS is an “all-in-one” solution for all operator financial service needs, optimizing the player experience through our ATMs, cash advance software, check guarantee software and ticket redemption kiosks.

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. Proprietary DiTRONICS’ software options include: Check Express that allows players to simply swipe their player card and enter a personal identification number (PIN) to cash checks directly at the DFS-500 Kiosk; and JACKPOT Pay technology that makes jackpot pays a breeze—available on one, several or all of a casino’s ticket redemption kiosks—enhancing customer service by saving time and money while eliminating costly additional equipment. Schedule a demo on our website today.

DiTRONICS is changing the way players experience funds access in your casino. Make sure you visit the DiTRONICS booth to receive a free gift with every software demo.

Website: www. ditronics.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 929


LOUNGE LIFE

Novomatic AmericasNovomatic Americas places a great importance on its relationship with tribal gaming. NIGA 2017 will be the subsidiary’s fourth appearance at the trade show.

Leading the NIGA product lineup will be the VIP experience including the V.I.P. Lounge, providing innovative player comfort in an intuitive, sleek design. The V.I.P. Lounge, with its space conscious footprint, is proving to be an operator favorite.  The Dominator Curve display will feature a wide range of standalone base themes including the wildly popular Asian Fortunes, and include engaging entertainment packages like JackPOP!, with varying standalone progressive options.     

The World Championship of Slots will be featured prominently with a reel competition package that includes prizes and a true game show experience.

Jackpot Edition,
a three-level stand-alone progressive option continues to boost standard game performance when added to Novomatic base themes—and will be present at the booth.

At NIGA 2017, Novomatic Americas will continue to demonstrate its upward trajectory.

Website: www.novomaticamericas.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 633


TAKE A SEAT

Gasser is the latest addition to the wide selection of gaming seating products for the gaming industry. The unique flowing design of both seat and backrest conforms to its user’s body to provide maximum comfort and support.  Ergonomically contoured foam cushions provide a backrest with lumbar support which is shaped to hug the body, and the waterfall seat with front edge foam is shaped for better leg circulation.  This results in an advanced seating system that provides a better overall customer experience which leads to more playing time and is designed for what Gasser is known for—comfort and durability.

The new Allegro, as well as all other seating products produced by Gasser, is manufactured in the U.S. with the highest quality materials and superior craftsmanship. Backed by more than 70 years of experience, dedication and dependability, with Gasser’s Allegro Series, properties are making an investment in style, innovation and durability that will be a better value over the long run.

Website: www.gasserchair.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 640


DESIGNING EXPERIENCE

Point Casino HotelHBG Design delivers integrated architecture and interior design to the national hospitality and entertainment industry from offices in Memphis, Tenn., and San Diego, Calif. The firm is consistently recognized as a top 10 hospitality design firm in the U.S. Formerly known as Hnedak Bobo Group, the company recently rebranded, changing its name to HBG Design—a move inspired by the firm’s passion for designing personal, memorable, transformative experiences for clients and their guests.

Recently completed projects include the “Coastal Modern”-inspired Point Casino Hotel, Kingston, Wash., and the “Elvis”-influenced The Guest House at Graceland Hotel, Memphis, Tenn. HBG Design was announced as designer for Kaw Gaming’s proposed Rock & Brews Casino Resort, in Braman, Okla., a brand co-founded by rock legends KISS. Upcoming project openings include the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino expansion, Buffalo, N.Y., and the Choctaw Casino expansion, Grant, Okla. Visit our website to see how we are “Designing Experience” for our clients.  

Website: www.hbg.design.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 1320            


VISION QUEST

JCM Global Vision HubTake your customer connections to a bigger, more impactful level in the JCM Global Vision Hub at NIGA 2017.

Picture the excitement of the casino floor punctuated with awe-inspiring video displays and content creation by JCMedia. The company’s flagship PixelPro Display Technology delivers LED video like you’ve never seen it used before: screens that contour and convex; three dimensional cubes; and panels that can be combined into an endless array of shapes and sizes.

Now visualize delivering the right promotion to the right player at precisely the right moment, all with the knowledge that they are earned and desired. JCM’s PromoNet 2.0 gives operators all of this, plus the freedom and flexibility to create their own promotion or choose from a wealth of pre-packaged ideas.

All good things begin in the JCM Vision Hub, Meeting Room B at NIGA.

Website: www.jcmglobal.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: Meeting Room B


A STAR IS BORN

MerkurstarMerkurstar, from Merkur Gaming Americas, stands out immediately on any casino’s gaming floor thanks to its distinctive modern look and feel. This action packed upright cabinet is the combination of German innovation and top quality manufacturing.

Featuring two 24-inch widescreen high-definition displays (full-HD widescreen monitors) that are further enhanced by brilliant color effects on the monitor to compliment the cabinet’s striking overall appearance, Merkurstar is a high performance, multi- or single-game enabled technology platform for stress free operational performance.

Compatible with all major online systems, Merkurstar offers easy service access to all its technical components and will be heard as well as seen in action thanks to its excellent acoustic and powerful sound projection.

Merkurstar is a proven top performer in international markets and is being brought to U.S. casino floors by Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Merkur Gaming Americas.

Website: www.merkur-gaming.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 1515


VINNY, VIDI, VICI

Aristocrat's My Cousin VinnyVinny Gambini, Mona Lisa Vito, and Judge Chamberlain Haller are back in Aristocrat's new My Cousin Vinny video slot game.

My Cousin Vinny is a timeless top box video wheel game. Adding to the fun is the game’s Rapid Roll-up Jackpot$ bonus and Xtra Reel Power configuration. The combination of elements energizes players with strong base game play, a new progressive jackpot concept, and a frequent wheel bonus game with large classic win values.

Housed in the big screen experience of Aristocrat’s Arc Double cabinet, My Cousin Vinny perfectly captures the iconic moments of the movie with favorite video clips accompanying big wins and wheel wins.

Whether or not your father was a mechanic, his father was a mechanic, your mother’s father was a mechanic, your three brothers are mechanics or your uncles on your father’s side are mechanics, players will appreciate the fine-tuned mechanics of the Arc Double.

Even better than the film’s metallic mint green convertible is My Cousin Vinny’s start-up progressive jackpot of $500,000. Plus, the game has two standalone progressives with a new Rapid Roll-up Jackpot$ mechanic.

My Cousin Vinny is a high volatility game with a frequent feature frequency.

Website: www.aristocrat-us.com.

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 834


BENEATH THE WAVES

Moonlit Mermaids from Scientific GamesMermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. They are often portrayed as either causing treacherous events, such as storms and shipwrecks, or bestowing gifts and good fortune. In Moonlit Mermaids from Scientific Games, these mystical sirens can bestow riches if you are ready to play. The game offers an exciting Free Games feature, as well as a unique Scatter Bucks feature that is activated with a side bet. Free games are triggered by three scattered Free Games symbols on reels two, three, and four and award seven free games. A sidebet can activate the Scatter Bucks feature where the player has the chance to win additional credit values that are displayed on the wild symbols, ranging from 25 up to 10,000 credits depending on the reel.

Website: www.scentificgames.com

Indian Gaming 2017 booth #: 1334


AT STEAK

Omaha SteaksOmaha Steaks all-new grill starter kit and BBQ rub kits are gourmet gifts sure to drive VIP traffic at a price under $20. These kits are shelf-stable, easy to distribute and perfect to include with an Omaha Steaks custom certificate. Cobranding and personalization are available.

Website: www.omahasteaks.com/casinos


SIGN OF THE TIMES

YESCOYESCO now brings its legacy reputation for spectacular signage into the architectural realm. Recent projects incorporate lighting and animation, fully integrated within branded facades and structures; the definition of “seamless.”

Website: www.yesco.com.