Following months of success of the first two Konami Fortune Cup horse racing Multi-Terminal Gaming Machines (MTGM) debut in Cotai and Macau this year, Asia Pioneer Entertainment Holdings Limited announced the third installation of the popular game has been operating since late August, 2019 at MGM COTAI.
The innovative horse racing MTGM reportedly resonated throughout the city after its first installation in March this year. Encouraging feedback was obtained from casino operators that players are really gravitating towards the game. The arcade style MTGM combines the mechanics of traditional arcade horse racing with the actual horse race experience.
Fortune Cup integrates mechanical field racecourse with real-time digital video animation. A large LCD screen to offer spectators sports broadcasts in real time. Cantonese voice-overs for these broadcasts are jointly produced by electronic gaming equipment supplier APE and renowned Hong Kong horse racing commentator Samuel Hung.
Developed by gaming machine specialist Konami Australia Pty Ltd, the machine comprises a central 274cm-wide race track for eight horses, which can move freely and independently across the course. There are 12 high-definition touchscreen terminals for players to place bets and view horse odds, race statistics and comprehensive bet options for win, place and quinella.
“Fortune Cup is an absolute hit in Macau. For those regular players of electronic games, they find the racing game extraordinary. They can experience the excitement as if being on the real racecourse. More importantly, it is a racing game which combines sports elements that they can cheer on their stallion to final victory instead of solely pressing the bet button to wait for the result”, said Herman Ng, APE’s CEO and executive director.
“Macau represents a strategic area for us in Asia market,” said Hideo Goto, international sales manager of Konami Australia Pty Ltd. “It has proven an important market for the company as well, with Konami expecting to conclude several more installations in the territory by the end of the year”