The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) remains the preeminent one-stop shop for those thirsting to experience the entire gaming industry in a finite time period. After all, where else can you spend the mornings learning about the latest business and industry trends, the afternoons perusing new, cutting-edge gaming products and evenings networking with fellow operators and suppliers, all at one time and in one location? G2E is a truly a gaming education concentrated into three very hectic days.
Still, it is a safe bet to assume that most people attend G2E for one primary purpose…to see the latest and greatest games, systems and support products. To whet your appetite for what is sure to be a new products feast, Casino Journal presents its annual G2E Product Preview, in which top industry suppliers describe their latest cutting-edge innovations in their own words. Below are some excerpts:
TAKING IT TO XTREMES
Step inside AGS’ G2E booth to experience one of the company’s many latest obsessions: Xtreme Jackpots. With never-seen-before local-area progressive features, this new Class III multi-level progressive ecosystem connects across AGS’ most popular cabinet lines, Orion and ICON. This means that Xtreme Jackpots links to hit progressive game families currently on ICON and newly available for Orion. With these connections to Da Ji Da Li and Stampede Power, players get more frequent awards and more explosive jackpots across a variety of game styles, bet levels and volatility. Specially-designed digital sign packages add flash and attraction to up the intensity of hitting a jackpot at every moment.
Strategically cycled attract messages and celebrations burst across the screens to showcase jackpot totals, game play and bonus rounds. Excitement spreads when a jackpot hits and a special win celebration message explodes across the screens creating a community-win feeling. With customizable configurations, casinos can create an extreme excitement zone that’s unique to the property.
Website: www.playags.com G2E booth number: 1253
WHEN IT RAINS…
The newest series in Aruze Gaming’s Cube-X Vertical 80 family is a force of nature! Extreme Thunderstorm—Diamond Noir and Extreme Thunderstorm—Gilded Treasures are five reel, three-row video games with 30 pay lines, Bonus Wheel, Super Free Games, Jackpot Wheel, four-level progressives and four fixed jackpot bonus prizes. Both Class III titles are recommended to be set at a penny denomination.
Three bonus symbols on reels one, three and five trigger the Bonus Wheel. The Bonus Wheel will award either credits, Super Free Games or the Jackpot Wheel. Super Free Games expand to 12 rows and 120 lines. Each free game will have between one and five wild reels. The Jackpot Wheel spins once and will award either a progressive jackpot or a fixed jackpot bonus prize. This powerful game will create an electrifying experience!
Website: www.aruzegaming.com G2E booth number: 2659
TAKE IT EASI
Crane Payment Innovations (CPI) continues to empower the gaming industry with its proven range of currency validation technologies and real cash management solutions. This year at G2E, the company is dedicating an entire section of its booth to innovation and connectivity. Visitors will have the opportunity to evaluate an array of cashless and emerging payment technologies, including potential solutions to automated payments at the tables.
From its traditional product portfolio, CPI will show a range of cash management and payment system solutions—including EASITRAX, one of the world’s most powerful smart cashbox systems. EASITRAX works in tandem with SC Advance note acceptors to provide all the transaction and performance data needed to drive faster, smarter and more profitable efficiencies throughout operations—from the gaming floor to the soft count room and back offices. It is now installed in more than 200,000 machines worldwide and routinely delivers a return on investment in less than one year.
Website: www.CranePI.com G2E booth number: 1850
Cuningham Group provides architecture, interior design and planning services for a diverse mix of client and project types with significant focus over the last 25 years on gaming, hospitality and entertainment. Using a client-centered, collaborative 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. Recent projects include the renovation of The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa; renovations at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Hinckley properties in Minnesota for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; and the new Rhythm City Casino in Davenport, Iowa.
As leaders in gaming and entertainment design, Cuningham Group also continues to promote “Casinos of the Future” and is 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 G2E booth number: 3506
POST BILLS HERE
Housed in state-of-the-art hardware, the DiTRONICS 4-in-1 Multi-Function DFS-500 Kiosk maximizes efficiency through exclusive software enhancements that support ticket redemption, bill break, ATM transactions (with cash dispensed by the kiosk) and both credit card and POS debit card cash advance authorizations.
Proprietary DiTRONICS’ software also includes 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.
The DFS-500 Kiosk also features a dual bill validator (multiple ticket pay-off capability can process up to 10 tickets at the same time), greater bill holding capacity (five cassettes/3,000 notes each reduces need to refill cassettes during busy times), a 17-inch touchscreen and eye-catching multi-color LED illumination. The kiosk is available with optional lighted toppers and custom belly panel art.
Headquartered in Las Vegas, DiTRONICS provides “one-stop shop” funds access solutions with a fully integrated suite of products and services for the gaming industry.
Website: www.ditronics.com G2E booth number: 3616
Eclipse Gaming creates entertaining gaming experiences that truly connect with the player. The company’s featured game at G2E is Sweet Shots, showcased with eye-catching signage and merchandising. Tempting the senses with colorful, animated scenes filled with candy, ice cream and cupcakes, Sweet Shots is low on calories but high on fun. The exciting Double Wheel Bonus awards free spins and credit multipliers while six levels of progressive jackpots take players to new sugar highs!
Sweet Shots is presented on the new Saros game cabinet. Elevating the gaming experience from ordinary to extraordinary, Saros takes players to new dimensions in gaming with exceptional content, superior graphic and sound capabilities, emotive lighting and outstanding player comfort. Stunning visuals showcased on dual 27-inch full high-definition displays, sophisticated curves and vibrant lighting sets Saros a world apart. Its patent-pending modular design allows Saros to have multiple configurations—from a slant version to upright to vertical monitor.
Website: www.eclipsegamingsystems.com G2E booth number: 2840
Everi’s games display at G2E 2017 will feature the most diverse set of products in the company’s history, with over 90 unique gaming themes including several new licensed titles as well as new hardware and game innovations driven by the powerful Nitro media system.
Leveraging the big win celebration capabilities enabled by Nitro is Pop-N-Win. Similar to the tournament celebrations seen with TournEvent and funded by a mandatory side bet, Pop-N-Win is a unique, tournament-like experience for in-revenue games. The Pop-N-Win game is a three-reel, five-line, 20 second bonus game where points accumulate to lock in escalating credit prizes with additional time added as prize thresholds are reached. Upon completion of a Pop-N-Win game, players are awarded a spin of the Jackpot Wheel which allows them to win progressives, credit prizes and free re-spins of the wheel.
Website: www.everi.com G2E booth number: 1116
Gary Platt Manufacturing is the leading provider of performance casino seating internationally, having produced premium seating exclusively for casinos, including slots, table games, poker, bartop and bingo, across five continents. Gary Platt Manufacturing is the premier chair manufacturer that focuses exclusively on gaming chairs for the casino market.
Gary Platt will continue to be at the pioneering edge of casino seating design through the display of multiple new and innovative ergonomic chair concepts at G2E. From the curvy San Remo to the sleek Monaco, come see modern chair styles that will reinvent the shape of comfort industry-wide.
Each new style was created with our premium foam, a unique proprietary injection molded blend made exclusively for Gary Platt and designed for casino applications. It is molded to the perfect density to ensure lasting comfort and elasticity, coming with a lifelong guarantee. The ergonomics of our new styles are the independent creation of the company’s team of seating experts. Providing built-in lumbar support and other contours to fit the human form; every seat has a unique waterfall front edge, to relieve stress on the player’s legs.
Website: www.garyplatt.com G2E booth number: 2618
QUITE A CARD
G2E is one of Gaming Partners International’s (GPI) most anticipated annual gaming shows. Being a leading global supplier with an extensive suite of table game products including chips, plaques, jetons, playing cards, RFID solutions, layouts and dice, GPI uses the opportunity to meet with customers from around the world. The company will be showcasing a full suite of table game products including new currency features, a line of playing cards and RFID solutions.
GPI has a suite of gaming currency offerings, unmatched in the industry. Customers’ options include multiple currency lines under the well-recognized brand names of Paulson, BG, Bud Jones, Gemaco and Dolphin. Each line offers its own set of innovative design and security features giving customers the ability to design a one-of-a-kind piece of currency with multiple layers of security. Customers will be able to see firsthand demonstrations of the exclusive high-frequency SMART RFID products and solutions. SMART offers the latest advancement is casino currency RFID technology and, when used with our Chip Inventory System (CIS) software, delivers a complete currency tracking and authentication solution.
Customers who visit the GPI booth will also see the company’s latest enhancements to its playing card lines. GPI will introduce a new line of premium paper playing cards under the Paulson brand, Paulson Aces. Paulson Aces are manufactured using a heavier, high-grade European paper stock and offers superior handling.
Website: www.gpigaming.com G2E booth number: 4433
HBG Design creates gaming and hospitality experiences that delight and inspire. A nationally-recognized leader in entertainment architecture and interior design, HBG Design specializes in creating personal, memorable, and transformative design environments for national and international clients. HBG Design’s talented team delivers innovative design solutions from offices in Memphis, Tenn., and San Diego, Calif.
HBG Design has recently worked with Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas Sands, 20th Century Fox World Dubai and Hard Rock International, and is proud to serve over 35 tribal nations across the U.S. in developing experiential gaming destinations that serve to enrich and advance tribal enterprise. The firm is currently designing the Rock & Brews Casino Resort, for the Kaw Nation in Braman, Okla., a brand co-founded by rock legends KISS, and completing the expansion to Choctaw Grant Casino Resort, Grant, Okla.
Website: www.hbg.design G2E booth number: 3807
FAST AND FURIOUS
Ignite excitement on the casino floor with IGT’s new title Wild Fury Jackpots Video Slots.
During the title’s free game bonus, players ascend its five-level “jackpot ladder” and gain eligibility to larger jackpots with every wild symbol that lands on the reels. Players will also enjoy the vibrant game’s Stacked Wilds and Gold and Blue Dragon features, along with its use of upgrades, double upgrades and free spins.
Wild Fury Jackpots features remarkable player communication and is housed on IGT’s CrystalCurve cabinet. The cutting-edge cabinet boasts a 43-inch, curved ultra-HD display that delivers pristine graphics, and a modern, comfortable player experience.
Website: www.igt.com G2E booth number: 3659
Sochi Casino & Resort has selected StylGame as the supplier for both seating and slot stands.
This is a high-end casino, unique in its kind, located on the shores of the Black Sea in Russia. The floor space is mainly dedicated to VIP and high-limit rooms, where the most exclusive players can enjoy their luxury and splendor.
StylGame, through its experience in the design of gaming dedicated products, has collaborated with the prestigious Steelman Partners to provide Sochi Casino & Resort with chairs completely customized according to the customer’s requirements, using only high-quality, exclusive materials.
The chair selected for the main floor was Florence Ergo. This chair, a StylGame best seller, was designed in accordance to the ergonomic guide lines intended to increase player’s comfort.
Website: www.stylgame.com G2E booth number: 2430
FIT TO PRINT
Nanoptix has been hard at work to bring the most technologically advanced and reliable TITO printer to market with the Paycheck NextGen. This new technology has spawned a new era for Nanoptix and its Paycheck Series of products including its newest product the Paycheck NextGen Terminal.
Once integrated with a gaming management system or marketing kiosk provider, the Paycheck NextGen Terminal has the ability to be a validation station, self-serve players’ kiosk, TITO at table games, a cross-channeling of lottery offerings (online, traditional, sports betting, etc.) or all of the above. The Paycheck NextGen’s PC based infrastructure, its touchscreen, its card reader and bar code scanner allow the built-in TITO printer to incorporate many applications all adding to an array of functionality.
Paycheck NextGen TITO printers and Paycheck NextGen Terminals can also be interconnected with Nanoptix Paycheck Connex.
Website: www.nanoptix.com G2E booth number: 2036
The From Dusk Till Dawn slot game from NOVOMATIC will blow minds with three random bonuses, two jackpot levels and one hell of a ride on the Bonus Twister Wheel. To borrow a line from the movie, “Everybody be cool…”
Presented on the NOVOSTAR V.I.P. III and V.I.P. Lounge cabinets, this 50-line, five-reel game will not disappoint. One of the three mini bonuses may trigger at any base game spin: “Everybody Be Cool” (all characters grow into Seth); “On the Run” (speeding car randomly turns some symbols Wild); or “Cash Explosion” (any win of minimum the total bet is randomly multiplied by up to x25).
Wild substitutes for all symbols except for Bonus Twister (scatter on wheels one, three and five only). The scatters trigger the Bonus Twister Wheel with prize wins and bonus wins where players can select: Either the Dancing Bonus (with 10 free games, Xtra Stax and Dancing Wilds) or the Mugshot Bonus (hold and spin feature with three initial spins on 15 individual reels, Level Up and Transform symbols and extra spins for Seth and Richie).
Come experience pandemonium and the whole cast of From Dusk Till Dawn. It’s a beast of a game.
Website: www.novomatic.com G2E booth number: 1259
BANK ON IT
U.S. Bank Gaming Services combines an award winning processing platform, cutting edge cash access solutions, dedicated professionals and the industry leading expertise that comes with more than 25 years in the gaming industry. Clients who choose U.S. Bank for ATMs, TITO kiosks and cash access services such as credit/debit card cash advance and check guarantee get a partner with a solution that exceeds expectations for dependability, responsiveness and, ultimately, cash to the floor.
Phone number: (800) 784-5414 G2E booth number: 2816
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Interblock is best known as a producers of electronic table games (ETGs), and guests attending G2E will see a variety of advancements made to the company’s Stadium products. Interblock will unveil and demonstrate keno, bingo, tournaments and a live craps table—a new gaming platform that will allow players to shoot real dice on a live table within a stadium environment.
The company’s Stadium solutions let operators maximize their floor space by adding incremental play stations, dealer assist, live tables and/or automated generators based on their footprint availability. Players place wagers through individual play stations, while the dealer conducts games on the dealer assist or live tables. Interblock is also the only company to offer six Stadium game platforms in multiple configurations including wheel and dice generators, baccarat, multi-hand blackjack and roulette dealer assisted tables and the new live craps table.
Website: www.interblockgaming.com G2E booth number: 1239
CASTLES IN THE SKY
Konami Gaming is showcasing the next chapter in Castlevania themed video slots at G2E 2017 with two new themes for guests to explore. Based on the iconic video game first popularized in the 1980s, Castlevania: Labyrinth of Love and Castlevania: Ring of the Heavens explore new territories, beasts and monsters across the 43-inch canvas of Konami’s Concerto Crescent curved screen cabinet. Authentic art, animation, and music from the series are found throughout, with multi-mystery bonus adventures that bring the legend of Castlevania to life.
A slightly darker take on the original debut title, Castlevania: Labyrinth of Love takes place in the unique setting of a moonlit, mountaintop castle across a stormy red sky. Players have the chance to take on monsters, slay the undead and become a legendary hero with fun free games, arcade-inspired bonus features, and progressive bonus battles. Castlevania: Ring of the Heavens features a never-before-seen, symbol-driven progressive bonus throughout primary play. Whenever a feature wild symbol appears on reels one and five, players enter the Castlevania Feature and follow the hero through a trial against the dark forces.
Website: www.gaming.konami.com G2E booth number: 1154
SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED
From Dr. No to Spectre, from Blazing 7s to Cash Spin Deluxe, Scientific Games is raising the bar this year at G2E, showcasing beloved classics, cutting-edge innovations and visionary concepts that will elevate every casino floor.
This year it is all about Bond, James Bond. Experience James Bond like never before in the immersive James Bond G2E Environment. The company’s engaging display will incorporate three inaugural game titles based on the hit movies Casino Royale, Goldfinger, and Diamonds Are Forever, while showcasing some of the latest Premium platforms.
Website: www.scientificgames.com G2E booth number: 1126
JCM Global’s award-winning line of transaction solutions has been helping operators make real connections with customers for decades. Now at G2E 2017, JCM is showing the bill validators, printers, promotional solutions and digital media operators need to take customer connections to the next level.
Leading the way to the future is JCM’s revolutionary FUZION technology, which stole the show last year in a back-room preview. Now fully realized, FUZION is ready to adapt onto any provider of the casino management systems and address any regulatory challenges. When paired with JCM’s iVIZION bill validator and GEN5 printer, the transformative FUZION technology unleashes the power of “what if.” With FUZION, each slot machine could become a multi-line profit center with the current potential to vend and redeem lottery tickets; vend and redeem race and sports betting slips; facilitate daily fantasy sports (DFS) wagering, the casino’s own or a third party’s; conduct cross-enterprise promotional couponing for carded and uncarded players; enable real-time currency exchange with exchange rates that could be preset or could be real-time; and streamline tax forms processes by printing system-generated tax forms and deliver required documentation to the customer while the back-end system stores the signature forms and data that needs to be delivered to the IRS.
Website: www.jcmglobal.com G2E booth number: 4039
Incredible Technologies (IT) will prove again why it is an innovator on the rise by introducing Infinity V55, a new Infinity core form factor utilizing a fully touchscreen 4K vertical 55-inch monitor on an Infinity U23 base—creating an immersive gaming experience on the largest screen on a core cabinet in the industry. While the impression is huge, the footprint is not. Like all of IT’s products, Infinity V55 was designed with the operator in mind and can be installed on a standard 28-inch base. Infinity V55 debuts with four exciting titles in two unique product feature families, each utilizing IT’s most popular brands as launch titles. The Power Wheel game family features Heat ‘Em Up Power Wheel, and the GoldLink game family features Crazy Money Gold—both new twists on two of IT’s hottest titles currently in the Infinity Skybox segment, Heat ‘Em Up and Crazy Money Deluxe.
Website: www.gaming.itsgaming.com G2E booth number: 4047
Aristocrat Technologies will show more of what works for customers and players, such as new titles with globally popular themes, the rock-solid Oasis 360 gaming systems solution and leading-edge cabinets to transform the floor.
Aristocrat’s best titles take a step up in Aristocrat’s new RELM XL reel spinner cabinet, which features a dynamic topper wheel, a range of denominations to cover the floor and game themes players love such as Buffalo and Britney. Meanwhile, Aristocrat’s popular RELM cabinet is expanding with extensions of the Burning Spins and Forever Free game brands; new brands for the low- and high-denom space; and new Asia-themed games from the popular Lucky Destiny and Fortune Prosperity themes.
Website: www.aristocrat-us.com G2E booth number: 1141
For the first time at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, NOVOMATIC and Ainsworth Game Technology will team up to showcase a combined booth, brimming with market-first innovation. Presenting a comprehensive product portfolio that features best-in-class technologies from both companies, booth visitors will see the latest range of cabinet innovations, premium branded slots, electronic table games, linked progressive jackpot solutions, system tools, online and social content, as well as a few surprises in store.
A major highlight for Ainsworth will be Pac-Man Dynamic Edition that sees one of the most recognizable figures in arcade game history on the A640 cabinet. This title follows the success of Pac-Man Wild Edition, which has seen significant uptake in the U.S., and adds even more fun with thrilling bonus features and massive jackpots.
The full range of Ainsworth cabinets, including the A640, A600 and A600 Slant Top, will display more than 130 games, for both Class III and Class II markets.
Website: www.agtslots.com G2E booth number: 1259
EIGHT IS GREAT
Lucky 8 from Alfastreet Gaming is a newly designed eight-station roulette cabinet, featuring a compact design with approximately 25 percent smaller footprint compared to the company’s R8 machine, with the exact same size roulette wheel. Lucky 8 is fresh in design, durable, attractive and guaranteed to attract attention on the casino floor.
Website: www.alfastreet.si G2E booth number: 2448
Casino resorts are known for almost unlimited dining choices, from high-end restaurants and celebrity chef bistros to all-you-can-eat buffets. But when your guests crave a fast, filling meal on the go, a Subway restaurant is the natural choice. Customers love the hearty, healthy food, friendly people and speedy service. Casinos value the internationally known brand, strong corporate support, and the Subway brand’s ability to turn even small spaces into profit centers.
A Subway restaurant fits right into the gaming environment and fill a need—quickly and deliciously. The choice is simple. The Subway brand is the undisputed leader in fast, wholesome food, and a winning bet for casinos.
Website: www.subway.com G2E booth number: 3008
Spintec, a worldwide leader in design and production of electronic table games, will show their latest innovations for the gaming industry at G2E. The new generation of compact and amphitheater gaming solutions offering a well-known Spintec’s promise of longer gaming sessions will be showcased the company’s booth.
Spintec will invite casino operators to experience the new generation of multigame solutions. Aura is the latest addition to their machine range. With a revolutionary new approach in design, Aura aims to be the most comfortable and ergonomic gaming terminal on the market, resulting in proven longer playing sessions and popularity among players. Spintec will showcase Aura gaming terminals with a stand-alone display offering live, automated and virtual games in one multigame experience.
Website: www.spintec.si G2E booth number: 2046
FABICash makes casino inroads through the cash cage
ICash, a division of First American Bancard, has carved a successful niche in the gaming industry as the go to company for casino cash access needs. The company have over 100 casino partners and currently processes over $1 billion in credit/debit card cash advance.
Website: www.fabicash.com G2E booth number: 1630