Regulators approve Aristorcrat progressives

Jan 29, 2002 9:09 AM

Gaming manufacturer Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. announced last week it has received approval from Nevada gaming regulators for its Cash Express progressive jackpot system.

Using the company’s patented Hyperlink technology, the Cash Express system awards one of four progressive jackpots based on the outcome of a unique second screen bonus. The regulatory approval clears the way for Cash Express installations in Nevada.

“We are pleased to pass this final regulatory milestone as there is quite a lot of excitement from Strip and local casinos for this innovation in progressive jackpots,” said Mark Newburg, President of Aristocrat Technologies. “Recent developments not only here in Nevada but across the country demonstrate a growing acceptance and popularity that mirrors the positive response Cash Express received when introduced in other global markets.”

Aristocrat has indicated it will initially install 25 Cash Express machines in Harrah’s casinos. The system also has been approved by Gaming Laboratories International, Inc. (GLI) and has been installed in casinos accepting GLI approval, including Native American operations in Arizona and California.

The Hyperlink technology links banks of Aristocrat video games to a common progressive game with four levels of jackpots. A unique random trigger continuously cycles and selects individual games to enter an interactive second screen bonus.

The technology has proven very successful in other international markets with some casinos installing the system on 30 to 40 percent of their games. Player response indicates that the appeal is the opportunity to win a major jackpot that is not out of the reach for the average player. Players are also drawn to the games based on the frequency of jackpots, which create interest and play.

In the Cash Express version, as appropriate for its name, the common Hyperlink progressive game and bonus round features the sights and sounds of a train. At the sound of a stationmaster’s whistle, a lucky player is transported into the second screen bonus, complete with digital sound and 3-D graphics. The player touches a button to stop each of five reels, which reveals individual numbers. The numbers are added together to accumulate a score and the score determines which of the four levels of jackpots are won. Once in the bonus round, a player is guaranteed to win one of the four progressive jackpots. These can range from a start-up of $20 to a grand jackpot at $40,000.

Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of global gaming leader Aristocrat Leisure Limited, is responsible for all North and South American operations from its headquarters in Las Vegas. In addition to both video and stepper slots, the company provides casino management systems, multi-site progressive (MSP) systems, progressive jackpot meters and customized overhead sign packages.

From its worldwide headquarters in Sydney, Australia, Aristocrat has grown to be the second largest slot machine manufacturer in the world (behind IGT), and pioneered video slot machine technology.