Profiles of NIGA 2018 exhibitors, including Cunningham Group, Everi, HBG, IGT, Incredible Technologies, Konami, Next Gaming, Omaha Steaks, and PDS Gaming.
CUNINGHAM GROUP ARCHITECTURE
www.cuningham.com • NIGA booth number: 801
This year, Cuningham Group celebrates 50 years of architecture and interior design practice. The firm has focused significantly over the past 27 years on gaming and entertainment and its world-class portfolio includes a broad range of casinos, hotels, convention centers, restaurants and retail venues. The 355-person firm is known for its client-centered, collaborative approach “Every Building Tells a Story,” which emphasizes one-of-a-kind solutions reflecting the vision of clients and the character of each property and site. This approach is especially prevalent in the contemporary designs they create for Native American clients.
Successful tribal gaming projects evolve from a combination of culturally relevant design and a keen awareness of the central issues involved in resort development. Backed by this understanding, Cuningham Group is pleased to align its own Native-led design expertise with Full Circle Indigenous Planning, a Native American-owned planning and visioning firm. The firms have a long working relationship built on a shared goal of advancing the economic and cultural health of tribal communities through design and master planning.
www.everi.com • NIGA booth number: 1146
The legendary country music of Willie Nelson, one of the most iconic American singer-songwriters of all time, debuted on slot floors last month with two new games for Everi’s Player Classic mechanical reel cabinet—Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie and Willie Nelson’s Whiskey River. These two games share a WAP and are being shipped together as a leased product. These games have exciting bonus features and an eye-catching merchandising package with a 55-inch display surrounded by backlit plexiglass and Willie themed pod fillers that are sure to draw in players.
www.hbg.design • NIGA booth number: 813
The 120 architects and interior designers of HBG Design create award-winning design experiences for clients across the entertainment and hospitality industry. The firm is consistently ranked a national Top 10 hospitality and entertainment design firm and was named a Top 35 “Interior Design Hospitality Design Giant” by Interior Design magazine. HBG Design has office locations in Memphis, Tenn., and San Diego, Calif.
A past NIGA Associate Member of the Year, HBG Design is one of the largest providers of professional services in the Indian gaming industry. The firm’s clients represent almost 40 Native American Nations, with numerous large-scale projects in the works including the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Resort outside Phoenix, Ariz., the expansion of Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., and the expansion of Sycuan Casino Resort in El Cajon, Calif.
HBG Design’s diverse projects are inspired by a passion for designing memorable, transformative guest experiences. The firm is excited to announce multiple project openings in 2018, including the first Native American-owned casino in the state of Indiana, the Four Winds South Bend Casino for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.
www.igt.com • NIGA booth number: 647
IGT is continuing its legacy of innovation with the introduction of the CrystalDual 27 cabinet. Representing the evolution of the Crystal hardware series, the modern cabinet features dual, high-definition, 27-inch displays, the option for bank-wide synchronized lighting, a mobile device charging port and more. A marquee title on the stunning new cabinet is IGT’s Mistress of Egypt Video Slots, which features frequently-occurring scattered wilds that are sure to keep players engaged. During the base game, a pyramid symbol rotates on the top screen and levitates in the Mistress’ hands until she releases it onto the reels where it can cover any symbol and become wild. When all five reels are filled with the Mistress symbol, the top prize is awarded.
www.gaming.itsgames.com • NIGA booth number: 353
Incredible Technologies (IT) prides itself in producing high performing, innovative game content on revolutionary form factors. Humble beginnings in software and hardware development paved the way for over 30 years of award-winning products. With corporate headquarters outside of Chicago and a development studio in Las Vegas, IT empowers the most talented gaming and production personnel to envision and create industry-first products. As IT’s catalog of proven content continues to grow, so too does its slot floor footprint; the company recently received licenses in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Michigan. The expansion into these new markets marks the 28th U.S. state gaming license for IT and the company shows no signs of slowing down.
The latest addition to IT’s product line is the Infinity V55™. Debuted at G2E 2017, the Infinity V55 continues to impress, both visually and in performance. The striking 55-inch vertical screen, the largest screen on a for-sale cabinet in the industry, is 4K resolution and fully touchscreen capable. The visual impact is impossible to miss on casino floors, while the ultra-immersive game content keeps players returning.
www.gaming.konami.com • NIGA booth number: 946
Players will discover a shower of boosted betting power with Konami Gaming’s new Star Watch series. Star Watch Fire is a multi-denomination standalone progressive game with instant credit prize symbols, a wheel spin feature, free games, two fixed bonus awards and two progressive jackpots. Star Watch Fire showcases Konami’s Strike Zone game feature, which invites players to activate increasing areas of the reel frame for special bonus events at various extra bet increments. Throughout game play, star prize symbols appear across all reels. Players can catch these star prize awards by expanding their Strike Zone to activate entire reel strips from left to right, up to the entire frame. Every star prize symbol that lands in the player’s selected Strike Zone awards a random credit prize, jackpot or wheel spin bonus with guaranteed mini, major, mega or maxi jackpot. The Strike Zone also remains active during the free games, where prize symbols nudge to the fill the entire reel with individual prizes, bonuses, and/or progressives.
Star Watch Magma is a KP3+ platform game featured on Konami’s 43-inch curved Concerto Crescent cabinet, with spectacular lighted inserts that span the entire length of the game cabinet.
www.nextgaming.com • NIGA booth number: 1652
Next Gaming, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., has put together a team of seasoned casino and gaming professionals, creative design artists and technical experts to create some of the most entertaining and compelling skill-based slot games. Tapping into their decades of knowledge in multiple aspects of casino operations, they have combined their game designs to be engaging, exciting, challenging and capable of meeting the performance standards expected for revenue generation. The evolution of the slot gaming experience demands inspiration, imagination and innovation, which are the tenants of the Next Gaming culture.
As the discussion of appealing to the Millennial demographic has become clearer, Next Gaming has chosen not to exclude the multitude of players who have been casino patrons for years. That valued group has both time and money and an equal desire to elevate their gaming experience. With IP partnerships with Taito for Arkanoid and Bust-A-Move and Atari for Asteroids, these games have a familiarity that transcends all age groups.
Appealing to an audience who has fond memories of these games, Next Gaming products also offer the desired attributes that attract new adopters and promote diversity in the player base. For more information contact Next Gaming at (702) 366-7304.
Omaha Steaks is a family-owned company that markets and distributes a wide variety of the finest quality USDA-approved, grain-fed beef and other gourmet foods. As a brand whose quality image is indispensable and reputation impeccable, their product offering is wide and varied, from the famous Filet Mignons to succulent seafood, pork, poultry, sides and desserts.
Great food has universal appeal and is a powerful motivator. Delicious, mouth-watering steaks and gourmet food are guaranteed to spark event participation and game play, in addition to being a much appreciated gift.
Omaha Steaks specializes in helping casinos run successful player’s club promotions. Its incentive programs can be designed to fit every budget. The Custom Certificate program offers turn-key ease with gourmet choices at 10 different price points, and can be fully customized with logos and messaging. Any unused gift certificates can be returned for a refund. Unique gift packs, all-new meat snacks and BBQ rubs kits are perfect for on-property distribution.
Whether for a player’s club event, employee gift or even just the perfect thank-you, look no further than Omaha Steaks. Contact the B2B division at (800) 228-2480.
www.pdsgaming.com • NIGA booth number: 629
PDS Gaming is an innovative lease and finance company that specializes in customized financing and operations solutions for the gaming industry worldwide. In the 30-year history of PDS, the company has built customized financial arrangements with many of the world’s strongest institutional funds and banks in order to bring its financial strength to bear for PDS’ gaming industry clients. This enables PDS to offer attractive rates, flexible terms and steady access to capital in many forms, including route contracts, off- and on-balance sheet leasing, vendor financing and traditional secured lending.
PDS has operated in 20 countries worldwide and has managed and sold over 53,000 gaming devices. Many of the iconic casinos have been or are currently PDS clients, including Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Foxwoods and the Seminole Hard Rock Casinos. PDS provides reconditioned gaming devices through its production facility that maintains a dynamic inventory, and each device is carefully reconditioned to match the specific requirements of a client. Whether the equipment is new or reconditioned, PDS offers a number of exclusive and custom leasing and financing programs, in addition to revenue based participation, bucket and other earn-out agreements.