WMS to distribute Rapid Roulette

Sep 17, 2002 7:44 AM

WMS Gaming entered into an agreement last Thursday with Stargames Corporation regarding the Rapid Roulette gaming product.

The Illinois-based WMS Gaming will be the exclusive distributor for Rapid Roulette in North America. The game will be on display at this week’s Global Gaming Expo this week as the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Rapid Roulette is a unique gaming product that has proven to be very popular in its initial field trial in the United States and at existing international installations in casinos in Canada, Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom,” said Brian Gamache, WMS president and chief executive officer in a company statement.

“We are confident that the combination of traditional roulette play and personal player stations, as well as the attraction of a live dealer, will broaden the player market beyond regular table game players in North America.

“Stargames has proven to be a valuable partner in our successful efforts to expand our international footprint,” Gamache continued. “We look forward to realizing the benefits of this expanded relationship.”

The amended agreement with Stargames increases the number of WMS game themes to be ported onto the PC3 platform in Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea. It also modifies the commercial pacts between the parties on a mutually satisfactory basis.

Rapid Roulette is an innovative casino game that combines the traditional play of classical roulette operated by a live dealer with electronic player stations.

WMS announced two weeks ago that the Nevada Gaming Control Board gave authorization to resume submitting games for approval.

The Board recently endorsed the Bottom Line game. WMS will implement a statewide upgrade of all its gaming devices beginning later this month.

“As we achieve this and other milestones, we continue to make very good progress on the mid-term phase of our technology improvement plan,” Gamache said.

“The goal is to launch a complete product line in the summer of 2003 that addresses all of the needs of the casino slot floor,” he continued.

WMS also received its first approval in Mississippi last month for the company’s Leprechaun’s Gold game.

“On the heels of the recent new game approval in Mississippi, these milestones further demonstrate that we continue to meet all timelines in our technology improvement plan,” Gamache said.

Larry Pacey, WMS vice president of game development, is scheduled to participate Tuesday in a panel discussion at G2E involving global games and 21st century slots.