Bally Technlogies will release a brand new slot machine based on the popular television series Pawn Stars at next week’s Global Gaming Expo that will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
Slot machines based on television shows and movies are becoming increasingly popular with current popular games including: The Dark Knight, The Hangover, Spiderman and American Idol themed slot machines.
Pawn Stars is now watched in over 150 countries worldwide and is the top rated cable television program in the United States and Europe.
“The biggest names in the pawn business are here to play,” said Bally Technologies Vice President Jean Venneman.
“We can’t wait to see the response to a game that captures the best of such a universally loved show, enhances it with the latest bonus features, and offers it to fans and newcomers alike. Pawn Stars’ global popularity is important, too, as we make this game available to our worldwide customer base.”
Pawn Stars Rick Harrison is extremely impressed with the new game and believes it is a wonderful opportunity for the show and his family’s business.
“We are excited to see two of the gaming industry’s top names, Bally and G2, create this game in our likeness,” Harrison said.
“We are excited to see two of the gaming industry’s top names, Bally and G2, create this game in our likeness”.
The game allows players to choose their favourite character from the show and take part in the buying, selling and negotiating that has made the show so popular.
It will feature a wide range of innovative features such as pawn star credits, eleven wheel bonus prizes as well as interactive wild card and pickem features based on events from the show.
The game will be revealed on October 2 at booth number 1127 at the Global Gaming Expo.
Source: 4 Traders
Pop culture themed slot machines are now a major revenue driver for casinos.
It therefore comes as no surprise that slot machine developers are producing as many of these games as possible with Spiderman, Dolly Parton, Kiss, and Pawn Stars themed games all set to be released next week.
Lou Crescenzo, Vice President of Slot Operations at Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino, believes that pop culture themed slot machines are the major reason why slot machines are now the most popular games at casinos.
“They have become bigger just because of the variety,” Crescenzo said.
“Thirty years ago there was one or two models…so you didn’t have much of a choice.
“Today there’s hundreds of manufacturers, thousands of games, and just like with anything else technology is more advanced, there’s so many things they can do.”
The development of new technology means that slot machine developers are consistently coming up with new and innovative ideas that draw new players to slot machines.
Crescenzo said the new Grease themed machine really drew in players because of its unique features.
“When you get into the bonus it actually plays clips from the movie and you see Olivia Newton-John in a dancing scene with John Travolta,” Crescenzo said.
Robert Bledsoe, Pecnhanga Resort and Casino public relations manager, is a big fan of pop culture themed slot machines but believes that the variation of gaming has an overall appeal to players because of other factors.
“Slot machines were the first to introduce the concept of the bonus wheel and one of the first wide-area progressives with monstrous jackpots,” he said.
“The simplicity of the betting definitely attracts gamers and it is very easy for first time players to understand all aspects of the game.”
Numerous pop culture themed slot machines will be released at next week’s Global Gaming Expo at the Sands.
Source: The Press-Enterprise
Multimedia Games will release their brand new TournEvent range of slot machines at next week’s Global Gaming Expo that will be held the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
The company specializes in slot machine tournament games but will also introduce a new group of video and mechanical reel gaming machines.
“Continuing to build a diverse portfolio of great games and technologies that address all U.S. gaming markets is a critical element to our long-term growth and our showing at G2E 2012 will clearly demonstrate that our targeted investment in product development is delivering results,” Multimedia Games CEO Patrick Ramsey said.
Multimedia Games has built a reputation as one of the most innovative slot gaming developers in the industry and they look set to enhance that reputation this year.
“We’re committed to developing distinct new gaming experiences for our customers and their players. Our display this year at G2E will include 31 innovative new titles which highlight our ability to create the differentiated play features, enhanced art and dynamic sound that players love,” Ramsey said.
Multimedia Games TournEvent system allows casinos to bring the excitement of a slot tournament right to their casino floor and offers an exciting experience for players as they can easily see their current tournament ranking right above their machine.
Ramsey announced that Multimedia Games will be expanding the TourEvent system.
“Multimedia Games is taking our TournEvent of Champions, which has been a huge success already in several states, nationwide in a year-long event that will culminate at Global Gaming Expo 2013,” Ramsey said.
“The incredible buzz generated by TournEvent of Champions in both California and Washington State as well as the overwhelming demand for our TournEvent slot tournament system made it clear that we needed to offer our customers an unparalleled slot tournament experience on a national level.
“The nationwide TournEvent of Champions will roll across the country in 2013, bringing increased gaming revenues to participating casinos and unmatched player excitement.”
Multimedia Games will have one of the largest display areas at the Global Gambing Expo and Ramsey believes that customers will not be disappointed.
“We are bringing to Global Gaming Expo 2012 our unique brand of Austin, Texas fun and are confident that the over 100 games on display at the show will deliver on our promise of helping our customers generate a solid return on their purchase or placement of our games while adding a new level of fun to their slot floors,” he said.
WMS Gaming Inc has teamed up with original Kiss band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons to release a new Kiss slot machine that will be unveiled at the twelfth Global Gambing Expo that begins at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Las Vegas next Tuesday.
Stanley and Simmons will be at the Sands to unveil the game and sign autographs for fans.
The game will use WMS Gaming’s innovative Sensory Immersion Platform that means players will be able to enjoy all of Kiss’ greatest hits in surround sound while they play the game.
It will also contain an innovative free game feature that awards players a backstage pass, which gives them the choice between a free spin bonus, a bonus prize or a special Kiss Alive bonus.
Simmons and Stanley were both extremely excited when asked about the game and believe it will be a big hit at casinos.
“We’ve spent 40 years bringing our spectacle music and the KISS experience to life on stages around the world. We’re blown away by this new cutting edge slot game. WMS has done an incredible job of capturing the energy of KISS and bringing our classic rock to life on the casino floor,” Simmons said.
Rob Bone, WMS Gaming Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing, believes the innovative slot machine will be a crowd favourite.
“KISS is a unique and legendary band that has entertained fans around the world since 1973; and our game designers have brought the distinctive music and energetic appeal of this iconic band to life in a new slot experience that is sure to engage and entertain players everywhere,” Bone said.
“Everything that makes KISS one of the most well-known bands of all time is featured in this game, from their distinct look and original album artwork, to their chart-topping hits.
“We know that bringing a player popular brand like KISS to life creates some big platform shoes to fill, but I’m confident we’ve succeeded. And, with Gene and Paul at G2E to help kick off this exciting new product, it doesn’t get any better.”
The brand new game will be unveiled on the first day of the Global Gaming Expo.
Source: Daily Finance
United Coin Machine Company has spent the last eighteen months developing new slot machines and is finally ready to release the new games for bars, taverns and convenience stores.
The company has taken the unusual step of leasing out a convention space at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to give players the opportunity to test out their five new products.
“We knew in the long term that we had to do something to differentiate ourselves,” United Coin President Steve Arntzen said.
“We also wanted to make sure we had all our products ready to go at once rather than rolling them out piecemeal. We’re confident we hit the mark.”
Artnzen believes that United Coin is now one of the leaders in the slot machine industry and owners of venues that currently host their slots appear to agree.
“I think United Coin leaped ahead of the industry,” said Nick Hubber, whose thirteen taverns all play host to United Coin games.
“We’ve been a United Coin customer for a number of years, and they took it to the next level.”
Artnzen believes one of the main reasons for United Coin’s success has been the gamblers bonus system that makes it incredibly easy for venues to manage their games and their players.
“Basically, the first premise was to maintain what we had with Gamblers Bonus,” Arntzen said.
“We couldn’t lose anything we had with that product.”
One of the features that had been added to the new games is large flat-screen terminals that announce to entire venues when a jackpot has been won as well as a bonus system that gives the player additional prize opportunities and the chance to win by bonus jackpots by playing interactive games.
“The system can be tailored for whatever the location has in mind,” Arntzen said.
“We listened to our customers and we’re confident we hit the mark.”
If Nick Hubber is any indication than United Coin have clearly hit the mark for what their customers want.
“It seems like they took into account what we need to manage our own games,” Hubber said.
“The bonusing is far and away different than anything we’ve had.”
The new slot machine games are still awaiting approval from the Nevada gaming regulatory commission but are expected to be rolled out before the end of the year.
United Coin currently operates 4500 slot machines in 450 locations throughout Nevada.
Source: Casino City Times
Slot parlor chain Dotty’s Tavern has had it lawsuit against Clark County thrown out by a federal judge.
Dotty’s sued the county last year because the County Gambling Commission required them and similar small businesses with gaming to build bars with at least eight embedded slot machines to ensure that gaming was an incidental part of the business model as opposed to being the key revenue driver.
Dotty’s refused to do this as they were attempting to give their slot parlor a female friendly vibe and their market research showed that women preferred playing slots in a living room type environment.
“Our due process rights were violated because we had a property interest in its county gaming licenses and the new rules amounted to a back-door revocation of those licenses,” a Dotty’s spokesperson said.
However Judge Kent Dawson quickly rejected the argument and ruled that the county had not restricted Dotty’s licenses.
“The county has a legitimate interest in promulgating ordinances that facilitate the proper use of gaming licenses. Regulations aimed at preventing misuse of restricted licenses and closing loopholes in licenses that provide only for ‘incidental’ gaming are well within the county’s purview,” Judge Dawson said.
“The county also has an interest in requiring that businesses with the privilege of holding a gaming license provide employment, services and amenities to the community. The court will not second guess the county’s determination that taverns operating under limited gaming licenses should comply with certain physical requirements, including having eight bar-top gaming devices, to enhance public welfare.”
Dotty’s were not happy with the ruling and will continue to fight against the Clark County rules.
“This was not an ordinance intended for general application or to cure a widespread problem,” a Dotty’s spokesperson complained.
“It was targeted and engineered for the singular, overt, and illegal purpose of squelching a successful small business that the county’s well-heeled, big gaming constituents want to pillage of its loyal, slot-playing customers.”
Source: Vegas Inc
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Negotiations are continuing between Bonita Springs Council and Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing Track as the November 6 referendum date, which will decide whether the track will be allowed to have slot machines, moves closer.
The City Council has upped their demands and is now likely to receive 2.5 percent of revenue from the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing Track if their revenue exceeds $250 million.
However some Bonita Spring residents believe that the City Council should be demanding an even bigger share of the revenue.
“I think we’ve got to up the negotiations. We’re going to have to suffer the negative consequences along with the positive stuff they bring to the city,” local resident Ron Pure said.
Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing Track co-owner Izzy Havenick believes that the city is already receiving an excellent deal and added that he offered the City Manager Carl Schwing a most favored nation clause that allows the city to renegotiate terms if another party offers a better deal.
“Most cities do not get anything unless it trickles down from the state,” Havenick said.
“The slot machine industry in Florida is the highest taxed business by far. It’s just shy of 40 percent of our gross revenue goes to the state of Florida. That doesn’t include what goes to the city. That doesn’t include what goes to counties.”
Havenick family matriarch stressed that the track had always done what they thought was best for the community.
“Since the day my father opened the doors, we formed a bond with Lee County and Bonita Springs,” Mrs. Havenick said
“I think supporting the interlocal agreement will get us near to our promise to provide jobs for the people of Bonita Springs.”
Local resident Ruth Oberholtzer is in favor of slot machines and believes that they will bring tourism to the area like the advent of riverboat gambling did in the 1970s.
“It did bring revenue. It did bring people who would have never dreamed of coming to East Peoria,” Oberholtzer said.
Source: News Press
Florida greyhound racing administrators are desperate for a referendum to pass in November that would allow slot machines at greyhound racing tracks.
The Palm Beach Kennel Club is working with local business leaders and believes that the addition of slot machines is the only thing that will save the struggling industry in Florida.
They believe the addition of slot machines to greyhound tracks will have an positive effect on the Florida economy, particularly in Palm Beach, and have formed called a group called the Coalition for More Jobs, Better Schools, and a Stronger Economy led by greyhound racing administrator and former city-councilor Mike Jones.
Jones believes the main problem that the Palm Beach Kennel Club is having is that they can’t compete with tracks in Broward and Miami-Dade that are allowed to have slot machines.
“The market clearly shows that people are interested in this form of entertainment, and we strongly believe the benefits of that should stay here in Palm Beach,” Jones said.
“It would boost the local economy, create local jobs and generate tax revenues for school.”
Jones and other Palm Beach Kennel Club administrators believe that if the referendum does not pass the greyhound track would be forced to close within the year.
“The Palm Beach Kennel Club employs 556 people and has an annual payroll of $15.6 million. We spent $14 million on goods and services from 534 vendors last year,” Theresa Hume, PR director of the Palm Beach Kennel Club, said.
Hume added that the greyhound track also drew tourists to the area.
“We are asking residents of Palm Beach County to vote yes in order for our company to stay competitive,” Hume said.
“We need to be able to provide the products and services that people want.”
Source: Palm Beach Post
Those who say that big progressive jackpots on Slots are never won were proved wrong on Saturday when Roger Berube won almost $2 Million playing one of the fourteen Megabucks Progressive slot machines at Casino Rama in Canada.
The massive price is the eighth jackpot that has been won at Casino Rama since its opening and the second million dollar prize this year.
Casino management was delighted to be able to pay out such a large prize, especially to a regular customer.
We’re thrilled that Mr. Berube’s dream was able to come true with us”, Harry Oshanski, President of Casino Rama, said.
“Making the impossible possible; that’s why Casino Rama is known as the home of Big Time Excitement.”
The huge windfall will have an overwhelmingly positive affect on the life of Mr. Berube and his family.
The family man revealed that the jackpot will allow him to return to Quebec and care for his mother.
“My mom is getting older and last week she fell and we realized she could no longer live alone,” Mr. Berube said.
“We had planned to move back to PQ to help, but this win takes away all the stress and is an answer to our prayers.”
Mr. Berube’s wife thought that he was playing a cruel practical joke on her when he rang to tell her about the win.
“I had to have a Casino Player Service team member take the phone and confirm the amazing news that we were now millionaires,” a delighted Mr. Berube said.
Mr. Berube has been playing the Megabuck slot game for years but never believed he was a chance to win the progressive jackpot.
The wins shows that progressive jackpot can be won and that they do have life-changing consequences for those that win them.
Source: Canadian Newswire