The nation’s top slot manufacturers will put their most innovative products on display this week at the 2009 National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) trade show, scheduled for April 13-16 in Phoenix.
IGT, Bally and Aristocrat will be among the dozens of gaming manufacturers on hand to showcase their latest products for tribal casino operators from around the country.
"Our customers asked us for new games, new machines, new products and new thinking," said IGT Senior Vice President of North America Sales Ron Rivera. "Our booth at NIGA is filled with the most interesting, untraditional and never-before-seen concepts in the industry today – innovations that are truly driving change in the gaming world."
Topping the list of new IGT games are its REELdepth slots, which use Multi-Layer Display technology, an ingenious layering of two or more Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) that creates the visual effect of true depth without the use of 3-D glasses.
The 3-D style technology allows the player to view and play dozens of their favorite games by switching from a 3-reel to 4-reel to 5-reel to video reel to poker within seconds – all on the same machine. Featured game themes include Pirates Bay Slots, Magic Butterfly Slots, Glitter & Gold Slots, Slingo, Pink Diamonds Slots, Big Times Payroll Slots, Lucky Lines Slots and Three Kings Slots.
IGT’s MegaJackpots product line will also showcase REELdepth games including the new Indiana Jones: Sankara Stones REELdepth theme, The Joker’s Wild Multi-Level Progressives theme featuring MLD technology and the new Wheel of Fortune Advanced Slot, which also uses the 3-D technology.
Already a success in the market, IGT’s new MultiPLAY Video Slot lets players play one theme up to four times, simultaneously, on the same machine. The MultiPLAY Video Slot family showing will include well-known games Cleopatra, Wolf Run and Lil’ Lady, and new themes Hawaiian Sunset and Golden Eagle.
Also in the spotlight will be the new suite of IGT machine models fueled by the power of the AVP platform, featuring the award-winning Service Window and sb NexGen. The new models converge with a new library of game themes and sbX, the Experience Management solution from IGT.
The server-based sbX allows a casino to design and manage customized player experiences for a distinct competitive advantage. The sbX Tier One package combines the first G2S server-based game management solution with the industry’s largest G2S game theme library in an all-inclusive package. IGT will also spotlight new and different sbX tournament solutions and an innovative Beverage on Demand function, all further enhancing the player’s gaming experience.
The NIGA trade show will be the launching pad for Bally’s much-anticipated 77777 Jackpot and Fireball on the all-new Digital Tower Series platform, and Bally Systems Version 11.0. These systems and more are sorely needed by operators in today’s environment, according to Gavin Isaacs, Bally Technologies’ Chief Operating Officer.
"The portfolio of video and stepper slots we are showcasing at NIGA is designed to drive revenue and increase customer loyalty by providing players with exciting, unique and compelling gaming excitement," Isaacs said. "Many of the innovative products previously shown are now available for sale. There is no better time than now to refresh your floor and drive increased ROI. Additionally, our modular cabinets will help protect capital investments by providing a relatively simple and inexpensive way to convert games on the floor."
More than 40 new game titles will be on display at Bally’s 2,000 sq. ft. booth. These include Goldbeard’s Treasure, a new series of three "bankable" pirate-themed games; Power Strike, offering a new dimension of high-end, merchandise-driven gaming action.
There are also two new additions to the highly popular Quick Hit library of games; four new game titles presented on the Transparent Reels 3D stepper platform; the new Playboy Platinum on the striking V32 cabinet; and 1,000,000 Degrees, the first million-dollar, wide-area progressive link for Class II gaming jurisdictions (also available for the Class III market).
Bally will also spotlight its new spinning-wheel game, Cash Wheel, as well as Instant Fortune, a new variation on Bally’s successful QuarterMillion$ $250,000 wide-area progressive with three unique "Mega-Reels" for enhanced gaming excitement.
Other game highlights include the new Cash Burst Instant Spin video slots and the gigantic Jumbo cabinets, which are designed up to 12 feet tall to dominate the slot floor. On the other end of the spectrum, Bally will demonstrate its space-saving collection of FineLine cabinets, designed to create improved traffic flow for casinos with space issues.
A pioneer in video gaming, Australia-based Aristocrat will feature the latest high-tech marvels from its exciting portfolio.
"For more than 50 years, Aristocrat has been leading the gaming industry with innovative games that players love and powerful systems that increase operators’ bottom lines," said Aristocrat President Nick Khin. "At NIGA 2009, we are helping Tribes build for the future, and we are proud to present a wide range of exciting products perfectly suited for Tribal casinos and their players, for today and tomorrow."
Expected to take the slot market by storm is JAWS, based on the Academy Award-winning film franchise. In addition to compelling movie-theme graphics and the film’s distinctive sound effects, JAWS’ unique game play is powered by the award-winning GEN7 platform and includes 4-level linked progressive jackpots. Hyperlink jackpot triggers with three additional bonus features creates a high bonus frequency for the player.
Casino operators will also get a close-up look at Aristocrat’s new VIRIDIAN RFX Stepper system that features intelligent reel hardware that gives fine-grained reel control and consistently reliable performance. The RFX stepper uses new and more reliable reels co-developed with leading industry reel manufacturer, Gamesman. The specially designed reels were crafted to eliminate "bounce" and thereby eliminate visual fatigue, so players can play longer and in greater comfort, and its cabinet houses two graphic-intense LCD screens.
The Sopranos video Double Standalone Progressive slot is part of a big family of Aristocrat top-performers housed in the VIRIDIAN cabinet and powered by the GEN7 platform. The Sopranos offers a double-standalone progressive with five exciting bonus features where players win free credits, games, multipliers and progressive jackpots, and is available on two base games: Respect the Bing! and This Thing of Ours.
Aristocrat has upped the ante for the penny slot world with its Mega Millioni$er, a multi-site progressive that offers higher awards and a life-changing top jackpot. Mega Millioni$er is available in the VIRIDIAN cabinet with a multi-game video pack, and as a VIRIDIAN RFX Stepper. The Mega Millioni$er grand jackpot startup in most jurisdictions is $1,000,000.
Great games deserve a great system, and Aristocrat’s OASIS 360 is a comprehensive gaming solution for operators of any size or location. Utilizing advanced technology, OASIS 360 is a suite of configurable operational modules that collect, analyze, and report player, gaming, and non-gaming activity. The combination gives casino operators a powerful 360-degree view of their entire enterprise.