Cox Business Center in Tulsa will once again be ground zero for all things tribal gaming when the annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) conference and tradeshow comes to town this month.
The event, which will take place July 22-24, will feature the conference content, networking opportunities and tradeshow floor attendees have grown to love and expect. On the entertainment front, OIGA 2019 will open bright and early Monday morning with the John Marley Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Page Belcher Course. The Monday late afternoon/evening slate of happenings includes the Global Gaming Women reception and the annual OIGA Poker Tournament along with a Women’s Blackjack contest and a Bartender Wars competition; all capped by the OIGA Kickoff Party which will take place at Cain’s Ballroom.
Other entertainment activities at OIGA include the OIGA Awards luncheon and a reception on the OIGA tradeshow floor.
The session slate for OIGA is new, improved and expanded. Sessions titles and descriptions include:
- Exploring the Strategic Business of Finance- Funding capital and financing can take many forms and drive numerous opportunities, especially if it’s strategically done. Financing tribal economic development can be is its own “Game of Thrones,” requiring creative and competitive financing models to meet the future demands of tribal economic sovereignty. Listen in as these financial advisors talk to the various strategies they have developed to strategically position their clients.
- Sports Betting: Who is on Your Team- Sports betting is expanding rather quickly around the country and experienced resources are becoming a valuable commodities. From the “owners rep”-type advisor who ferrets out the best suited provider and technical requirements, to the internal operations group that operates and promotes the casinos sports betting offering—you want experienced and well-trained people. Find out how to address this potential resource shortage and who understands what your property may need.
- Class II / Class III: The Ongoing Evolution of Technology- The slot floor remains the consistent lifeline to casino revenues. Providers have incorporated a number of technology driven features to entice players like 3D, 4D, vibrating chairs, drink ordering and the list goes on. Offered is a candid discussion with providers on what impact and value these features have had on patrons and numbers, and where they see this futuristic fury going.
TRADESHOW FLOOR PREVIEW
As always, leading gaming industry providers will be displaying their latest and best wares at booths on the OIGA tradeshow floor. What follows is recent news and product releases from some of the companies that will be present at OIGA, in their own words:
AGS (booth 1208): AGS launches a steady stream of new Class II game content into the market each month. Recent game titles include Tiger Magic, Orbs of Fortune, the Kingdom Cash series (Wolf, Water, Plains, Fire and Earth), Chinatown Luck Xtreme Jackpots, Golden Skulls, Fu Pig and Wolf Queen Xtreme Jackpots. At OIGA, AGS will likely showcase new Class II content for its Orion Portrait and Orion Slant cabinets. The company will also likely display its Kingdom Cash Series for Class II—Kingdom Cash Earth, Kingdom Cash Plains and Kingdom Cash Water. This series features a free games bonus, two linked progressives and two static jackpots that scale with bet based on the bet multiplier, for better rewards with higher bets on more frequent-hitting jackpots.
Aruze Gaming (booth 1026): Aruze Gaming will showcase the expansion of its the Muso product line with the new Muso Curve-43 Hybrid. Enhancing the gaming experience, the Muso Curve-43 Hybrid features breathtaking images on a vertical 43-inch J-style curved LCD monitor with a 27-inch LCD monitor topper. The look of the unique LED web lighting is extended the full length of the cabinet. Player amenities include an expansive glass table button deck equipped with the industry’s first Qi standard wireless charger, dual USB charging ports and a 13.3-inch LCD touchscreen. An integrated base adds a comfortable footrest and slant-top feel. Lighting above the footrest continues the full-cabinet lightning experience.
Everi (booth 1114): At recent tradeshows, Everi featured new hardware platforms and gaming content that can engage players at higher levels and help enable operators to generate higher returns on their investments in its products. Discovery Channel’s Shark Week on Everi’s new fully featured banked product Empire Arena is one such product that may be displayed at its OIGA booth.
IGT (booth 602): Fans of progressive jackpots are sure to enjoy IGT’s Class II Fortune Coin Bingo and its frequently occurring Fortune Coin feature. This signature feature is triggered when one or more coin symbols land on the reels to award bonus credits, a progressive pick or up to 20 free games. The base game features stacked symbols, wilds, and a MultiWay configuration that offers 243 ways to win. Offered on the CrystalCurve, CrystalDual 27, and CrystalSlant gaming machines, this 3x5 reel Asian-themed game features a 60-credit cost-to-cover and a max bet of 300 or 600.