Mikohn, PPE ink
‘Garfield’ pact

Dec 23, 2003 6:46 AM

Mikohn Gaming is teaming up with Park Place Entertainment to exclusively distribute its new Garfield slot game.

Under the terms of the agreement, Park Place will have a 90-day exclusive in each of the U.S. markets in which it operates casinos.

"We are pleased to acquire the rights to distribute Mikohn’s new Garfield game at our properties," said Kenneth Geiger, Park Place Entertainment senior vice president of slot operations. "This agreement will offer our slot players another fun and interesting game that features the conveniences of ticketing technology."

Mikohn’s new Garfield game is scheduled to debut in casinos in early 2004. Company officials expressed optimism that the game will be the first in a successful series.

"Our game designers have done a tremendous job creating a highly entertaining game based on the Garfield character," said Russ McMeekin, president and CEO of Mikohn Gaming. "This is the first in a series of games based on the world’s most lovable and recognized feline."

McMeekin added that the game features innovations that include three highly interactive bonus games ”” Mission: Refrigerator, Target Practice and Slice of Life.

"This new game will be an enhancement on any casino floor with its enhanced premium top box," McMeeking said.

Mikohn is a diversified supplier to the casino gaming industry, specializing in the development of innovative products with recurring revenue. Its product mix includes an array of slot games, table games and advanced player tracking and accounting systems for slot machines and table games.

Park Place Entertainment is one of the world’s leading gaming companies, which owns, manages or has an interest in 29 gaming properties operating under the Caesars, Bally’s, Flamingo, Grand Casinos, Hilton and Paris brand names.

The company has a total of approximately two million square feet of gaming space, 29,000 hotel rooms and 54,000 employees worldwide.