Zorro leaves mark at Terrible’s

Dec 19, 2005 2:31 AM

Being the first in Las Vegas with Aristocrat’s new Zorro Hyperlink multi-level progressive games is one of the highlights of the year for Brian Cribbens, the director of slot operations at Terrible’s Hotel & Casino.

Cribbens said he knew he had to have Zorro after he saw the game on display in Aristocrat’s Las Vegas games showroom.

"I told (Aristocrat President) Gavin Isaacs that I wanted them, and I ended up being the first to get them after they were approved in Nevada. I like to be the first in town with new models."

Adding Zorro to his slot mix was an easy decision for Cribbens. He already has experienced first hand the kind of performance offered by Aristocrat’s Hyperlink progressive series. The Terrible’s casino floor also features Millioni$er, Jackpot Carnival, and Cash Express Hyperlink games.

"Aristocrat’s Millioni$er Hyperlink is our number one performing machine," Cribbens said. "It’s a penny game with a great math model that offers players the time-on-device and the entertainment value they are looking for, plus the chance to win $1 million. The coin-in is there and the hold percentage is there. I’m sure Zorro will deliver similar performance."

Terrible’s first installed Millioni$er on December 31, 2003. Cribbens said that Aristocrat games comprise the top five games on his casino floor.

"Over the past couple years we have seen a drastic upswing in Aristocrat’s game performance, and we continue to install more and more of their products," Cribbens said. "We realize that people only have so much discretionary income, so we look for games that will offer our players value for their money and that will keep them coming back."

The gaming industry veteran knows what makes a game perform through years of experience on both the manufacturer and operator side. While attending high school in England, Cribbens began working part time for an amusement machine company. After two years service in the British Army, he joined a UK-based amusement machine manufacturing company where he learned to design, build, repair, and sell the machines over his 20-year tenure.

After his first stint on the operator side as a slot technician at the Westward Ho Casino, Cribbens held a number of slot technical positions of increasing authority at Caesars Palace, The Mirage and the Bellagio. He helped design the slot floors for the opening of the Mirage and Bellagio.

Cribbens joined Terrible’s shortly before the casino-hotel opened in 2000. Although his office is at Terrible’s Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, he spends a large percentage of his time traveling to the company’s six other properties, where he directs slot operations and works closely with onsite staff.

Zorro’s adventurous spirit and exciting life are reflected in the sophisticated product package which includes two unique MKVI 20-line base games, four jackpot bonuses, six bonus events, plasma overhead signage, and customized chairs and slot bases.

Aristocrat’s Zorro features three progressive jackpots and a top Grand Jackpot award of $50,000. Players can win one of the four jackpots by touching five cards. Each card reveals a character prize. The player’s jackpot level win is awarded based on the score of each card added together.

Zorro Hyperlink offers a $50,000 top prize. In addition to the jackpot bonus, Zorro features six bonus features which players are eligible to win when they play maximum lines and wager an extra 10-credit ante bet.

The bonus is triggered whenever Z-O-R-R-O appears on the adjacent reels. The bonuses include player’s choice features, touch-a-coin, touch-a-barrel, multipliers, and free games.

"Aristocrat’s Millioni$er Hyperlink is our number-one performing machine. It’s a penny game with a great math model that offers players that time-on-device and the entertainment value they are looking for, plus the chance to win $1 million," Cribbens said.