by David Stratton | For the first time ever, Class II slot players have a million-dollar, wide-area progressive to shoot at.
Last week, Bally Technologies announced it has installed its new 1,000,000 Degrees progressive-linked game at the Riverside Casino in Alabama.
"This is the first time anyone has offered this type of linked progressive game in the Class II market," said Gavin Isaacs, chief operating officer of Bally Technologies. "We are also launching this ground-breaking new Class II link with a brand new multi-progressive gaming product designed to appeal to players with its top million-dollar jackpot prize."
Bally plans to deploy the progressive link – similar to Megabucks and Wheel of Fortune in Class III casinos – to other tribal casinos throughout the country.
"We already have a backlog of orders for this exciting new WAP (wide-area progressive) and we therefore expect this link to expand very quickly," Isaacs said.
Class II slot machines are offered in gaming jurisdictions – primarily tribal – that aren’t permitted to offer Nevada-style Class III slots. However, they look and play basically the same way "standard" slots play.
For a complete report and analysis of the new Bally wide-area progressive, see next week’s GamingToday, beginning Tuesday. The issue will also feature many new gaming developments expected to be unveiled at next week’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas.