There is nothing cool about July in Oklahoma, and among the items heating up is the annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference & Tradeshow, which will take place July 23-25 at Cox Business Services Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.
As in past years, many OIGA attendees will find their way to the event’s packed tradeshow floor, which will feature products, systems and services from gaming suppliers. What follows are some highlighted items and recent news from OIGA trade show vendors, in their own words:
A past NIGA Associate Member of the Year, HBG Designis 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 expansion of Choctaw Grant Casino Resort in Grant, Okla.; the Four Winds South Bend Casino for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi; as well as three complementary projects for Ho-Chunk Gaming in Black River Falls, Wittenberg and Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.
www.hbg.design | OIGA booth number: 914
Players love VGT’s original Wide Area Progressive games, and now the company is raising the stakes and teaming up with Professional Bull Riders (PBR) to bring edge-of-your-seat action to casino floors. As the first major licensed brand offered in the VGT portfolio, the PBR family of games premiere with the titles with Blazing Bulls, VS, Fearless and Ryan Dirteater. Each of the three-reel mechanical wide area progressive games has a starting jackpot of $20,000 and gives players the chance to ride the excitement towards 8 Red Spins designed to mimic the thrill of an eight-second bull ride.
www.vgt.net | OIGA booth number: 726
The legendary country music of Willie Nelson, one of the most iconic American singer-songwriters of all time, will debut on slot floors with two new games for Everi’sPlayer Classic mechanical reel cabinet:Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie andWillie Nelson’s Whiskey River. These classic Everi mechanical reel games feature eye-catching merchandising such as a 55-inch sign display surrounded by backlit plexiglass, as well as pod fillers that showcase the game themes.
www.everi.com | OIGA booth number: 1026
VizExplorer, a leading provider of operational intelligence solutions to the gaming industry, recently signed an agreement to deploy its packaged operational intelligence solutions at Native Lights Casino and Tonkawa Hotel & Casino, operated by the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma. Between the two casino properties, the tribe oversees more than 1,000 slot machines on nearly 44,000 square feet of gaming space. Seeking to optimize profitability at each casino, Tonkawa selected VizExplorer’s packaged solution to deliver a core set of functionality intended to optimize gaming operations, manage marketing campaigns and improve player development efforts.
www.vizexplorer.com | OIGA booth number: 918
Hear your players roar with excitement while they play Fortune Lion from AGS. Fortune Lion is a Chinese, lion-themed game that features Chinese-themed symbols and a traditional Chinese color palette that strongly features reds, greens, yellows and golds. Pays in Fortune Lion are from left to right and right to left and use the PowerXStream evaluation method with 2000 ways to win. This new game also offers the bonus trigger, which is a scattered trigger with multiple triggers available on a single spin.
www.playags.com | OIGA booth number: 1208
IGT’s Wolf Ridge Video Slots will keep players engaged with its player-favorite Prize Disk feature. Before each spin, new Prize Disk awards appear above reels one, three and five. If a Wolf trigger symbol lands on reels one, three or five, the Prize Disk feature is activated. When a trigger symbol lands on a reel beneath a free games bonus trigger, the free games bonus is initiated with up to 30 free games.
www.igt.com | OIGA booth number: 602