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CASINO NEWS
Orenes adds
Peñiscola to
Spanish portfolio
S
panish casino operator Orenes
Group has opened a new venue
in Peñiscola.
Its latest casino is in the Hosteria
del Mar Hotel on the town’s
seafront promenade.
Games include American roulette
and blackjack – with two tables
apiece – along with French roulette,
five-card stud and poker.
Orenes runs seven casinos
throughout Spain as well as
arcades and bingo halls.
Aristocrat lines up ten new games,
Voters to decide future
enters German arcade market
of Taiwan casinos
A
ristocrat Technologies Marketing at Aristocrat Europe.
Europe will offer nearly 80 Meanwhile, Aristocrat will this
games across its year break into the German arcade
Viridian/Gen 7 and Xcite/Mk VI market by providing games for Bally T
aiwan could get its first casinos if residents of the Penghu archipelago
off its western coast approve in a September referendum. About 3600
of the Penghu islands’ 70,000 residents – slightly more than required –
platforms after the launch of a new Wulff’s Game Station platform. have signed a petition to request the referendum, which will ask voters
range in the autumn. “This is a great example of how whether Penghu should “host international-calibre hotels with gaming
On the way for Viridian cabinets Aristocrat content can be utilised facilities”. Tourism is a significant industry on the islands.
are three Multi Line games – Agent under contract for deployment into The referendum on 26 September will be preceded by a government-
M, Attack of the Monsters, and a sector adjacent to Aristocrat’s sponsored televised debate on 16 September, giving airtime to both
Kick’n Ass – and three 50 Line existing casino market. We have supporters and opponents of casinos on Penghu.
products, Harlequin Hearts, Reel worked very closely with the However, even if the plan is passed casinos will remain prohibited on the
Power Flights of Fancy, and Spring development team at Bally Wulff main island of Taiwan, although some analysts believe that they will follow if
Festival. They bring the total Viridian to ensure that the initial games offshore locations are unproblematic.
range to 43. selected meet the new
Xcite, meanwhile, gets two Multi regulations and offer players an
Line games - Creature Feature and exciting and appealing product,”
More Chilli – as well as a pair of 50 said Lindsay.
Competition heats
Line launches, Roamin’ Italy and From Bally Wulff’s perspective,
Reel Power Sky Dancer. With these “the unique selling proposition of
additions, Aristocrat’s Xcite platform our game platform for the German
up in western
will have a total of 35 games street market is the opportunity to
available. integrate games of selected
The firm says the new games can partners”, said the German firm’s Pennsylvania
be configured to suit individual Managing Director Tim
casinos’ customer profiles, with a Wittenbecher.
wide range of volatilities and “Aristocrat is definitely the best A
new casino in western Pennsylvania is expected to grab a large share of
the region’s gaming revenue.
frequency of feature hits. partner that we could have chosen The $800m Rivers Casino, a joint venture by Walton Street Capital,
“Operators need to cater for all to make our multigame portfolio High Pitt Gaming and Don Barden, will be a competitor for the area’s
player types, from social through more attractive. The power of currently dominant pair of racinos - the Meadows, southeast of
casual to experienced gamblers, Aristocrat games is well known in Pittsburgh, and the Mountaineer complex just over the state line in New
not to mention appealing to the German market.” Cumberland, West Virginia.
different demographics and The German arcade sector is With 3000 slots, it is forecast to take $400m revenue in its first year. The
attracting new clientele. Providing estimated to include 125,000 casino’s owners plan to add a further 1000 slots around the end of 2009,
myriad options for all-comers on machines across 8000 sites. bringing the total to 4000, with long-term plans for the figure to reach 5000.
the gaming floor has to be the Australian-owned slot and While the number of gaming locations in Pennsylvania has been growing in
most effective way to maximise systems company Aristocrat’s recent years, most development has been in the east of the state. Currently,
returns,” said Daniel Lindsay, games are played in more than 90 only slots are permitted, although state authorities are considering
General Manager – Sales and countries, according to the firm. legalisation of table games.
8 SEPTEMBER 2009
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