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New table game combines slots, cards

Jan 7, 2003 5:52 AM

Blending slot play with card play, iGames Entertainment is rolling out a new product aptly called Table-Slots.

"We think this is a way to get slot players to the tables,’’ iGames CEO Jeremy Stein tells GamingToday. "We believe it will be one of the fastest spreading and most requested card table games to hit the casino market since Caribbean Stud.’’

Stein knows whereof he speaks. During his tenure at Mikohn, he helped develop the wildly popular Caribbean Stud.

Table-Slots matches slot machine symbols and characters dealt to players for high-stakes payouts on standard size blackjack tables. As with slots, the object is for players to wager on the symbols being dealt in combinations made up of three, four and five cards. Players have up to three chances of winning each time a hand is dealt.

"For many years, casinos have searched for a new and exciting game to bring the loyal slot player to the more traditional table games,’’ Stein said. "Where other games such as Let it Ride and Caribbean Stud may have been intimidating to these players, Table-Slots is not.’’

Stein says the hold percentage on Table-Slots falls somewhere between slots and table games. "It offers low-pay cherries as well as the larger payouts,’’ he notes.

Table-Slots, offering progressive payouts, was field-tested for eight months at the Tropicana in Atlantic City and received regulatory approval from the New Jersey Gaming Commission.

iGames hopes to begin field trials in Nevada in the not-too-distant future. "We’re talking to several casinos,’’ Stein reports. The company also plans to install the game on selected cruise lines.

Heading iGames for the past two years, Stein has turned the Florida-based firm into a leading developer of state-of-the-art gaming systems. Products range from sports book management systems to in-room betting programs.

iGames executives are in Las Vegas this week to talk up their latest game, and to install their Protector slot security device at the Union Plaza downtown. That product is already in place at the Barbary Coast Casino.