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G2E 2011

combination. INAG teamed up with Austria’s Amatic Industries to further develop this solution. Now the Turbo Card Shuffler can be expanded to a greater playing audience thanks to the Turbo Card Roulette from Amatic. Amatic provides the electronic terminals (Satellites) and the necessary networking between the Turbo Card Shuffler and each individual terminal. This in-depth technology now enables operators to offer this great solution to more players at a time.

Aristocrat showed up with an impressive 258

games on their stand, featuring a spread of Class III gaming products, with multi-site and wide area progressive, linked, community and standalone categories all featuring a host of new creative ideas adding more interactivity and immersive gaming experiences. Licensed and proprietary themes were

expanded across the range whilst Aristocrat unveiled its new VIRIDIAN Hybrid concept with a modern twist that harnesses the full flexibility of video graphics. A 5-reel stepper base game is complemented by full-screen video graphics and a 3-reel stepper bonus, courtesy of Active Reel Technology reel blocking. “G2E heralds the beginning of a new

season,” explained William Wilsnagh, Managing Director – Europe & Africa. “Customers from across the globe come here and share their views on games they would like to see in their venues. The insight we have gained from them will help guide our forward planning.” He added: “With operators having enthused

over so many of Aristocrat’s fabulous new concepts shown here, our regional selection process continues in earnest. An added bonus for us from a European perspective is that we will also benefit from performance data of early US trials.” Aristocrat used G2E to launch the Aristocrat

Live Network (‘Alive’), an advanced technology infrastructure designed to power its games across a number of distribution channels incorporating both paid and fun-to-play formats globally. On- stand demonstrations showed one of the company’s classic Class III games, 5 Dragons, deployed through Download & Configure, nLive- Online, VLT and mobile platforms. The inter-connected theme was further

boosted by new modules being added to the Oasis 360 casino management system; nCompass, nRich and nVision bringing greater flexibility, control and bonusing ability to operators’ fingertips.

Amatic exhibited an interesting alternative to

roulette, a game developed with INAG, of California. Instead of a roulette wheel and ball, a shuffler holds 38 cards; as in roulette, there is only one winning number and colour

44 NOVEMBER 2011 Cadillac Jack continue to bring exciting,

different products to gaming operators across the Class II and Class III markets, as Gina Lanphear, Senior Director of Marketing explains: “The expansion and diversification of our newest product lines provides entertainment options for every player and every personality. Our goal at G2E was to demonstrate greater variation and bonusing capabilities across all of our portfolio. Some of the highlights for the show included Hot Streak which features persistent multipliers, Connect to Win with natural paylines, and Xtra Bonus, as well as new multi-level bonus games and progressives, new game mechanics and rich game content. Our customers discovered that we have product lines for their entire slot floor and a game for every player style.”

Specialist OEM solution provider International Brand Gaming

exhibited alongside partner companies Quixant, Elite Casino Products, Elektrosil, Astrosystems and Blue Alpha. The highlights on their stand included the new Nitro XL cabinet, from Elite Casino Products, and the recently launched 65” Elektrosil dreaMTouch electronic table screen being run by the Quixant QXi-200 gaming PC. “Not only is G2E 2011 the perfect

opportunity to showcase the entire product offering of International Brand Gaming in one place,” said John Malin, Managing Director for IBG, “it also enables us to show the strong links between our partners and how we all work together to provide the best solution for each specific customer and their exact requirements.”

Gone are the days when you would roll up to

a bill validator company and just see validators – they’ve all diversified and extended their product ranges to bring to the casino customer a complete cash handling solution. MEI’s product lines now include SC Advance, the newest iteration of the CASHFLOW SC acceptor line. MEI’s stance is all about reliability, and greater profits through increased

uptime of the validator. SC Advance is now with OEMs for testing, MEI says, and then it will go out to different jurisdictions for approval; it should be available to buy in the first quarter of 2012. The advantage of the Advance for Europe is that it has two barcode readers, so where before it had an 85mm note path, if a barcode was too far left or right the validator had trouble reading it; now there are two readers, no matter how far it goes to the side it can be read. Even in Asia, where the players insert tickets upside-down, this works because there is four-way barcode reading, with two sensors on the bottom too. Win-win!

IGT’s stand, rather than totally dominating

the room from a lofty position at the Convention Center, fitted in better with the rest of the show. The stand featured an absolutely amazing array of games, too many to take in in a single visit. We don’t have space to cover everything, so we’ll look at some key licenses. New MegaJackpots titles included Ghostbusters Who Ya Gonna Call, Elvis The King Multi-Level Progressives, Big Buck Hunter Pro, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Twilight Zone, Sex and The City Fabulous and The Joker’s Heist.

An addition to the enduring player favourite Wheel of Fortune family is Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin, Wheel of Fortune Wild Getaway and a new Wheel of Fortune Multi- Level Progressive game. The company also premiered the expansion of the MegaJackpots Center Stage series on mindblowing 103-inch and 70-inch platforms, and the new Center Stage Duo with its 55- inch screen. IGT’s new Core games included the excellent

Atari Centipede and Huevocartoon, plus Wolf Run 2 Into the Wild, the sequel to player- favorite Wolf Run, joins with the progressive excitement of Sky Pilot and Mount Fortune OnCore Progressives, and Pink Diamond. Spinning reel games were also prominent, with the premiere of the industry’s first 5-reel

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