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Aristocrat launches new suite of slots

Apr 6, 2004 6:53 AM

Aristocrat Technologies, the world’s second largest slot maker behind IGT, launched a new suite of slots and video poker games at this week’s National Indian Gaming Association Trade Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"We’re displaying the broadest portfolio of new games that we’ve ever shown at NIGA, including new suites of 25-line video slots, high denomination progressive games, and several new Mark VI video slots," said Kent Young, Aristocrat’s vice president of sales.

Young added that more than 80 percent of the new machines have already been approved in some or all of the major gaming jurisdictions in the country.

"With our recent approvals in Nevada, Mississippi and New Jersey, we’re making a strong statement that we can now offer innovative, high-performing games in every major gaming market in this country," Young said.

Heading Aristocrat’s lineup are four new three-reel, high-denomination video slot games that merge the familiarity of mechanical reel games with the high-impact sounds and graphics of video.

The games offer two progressive jackpots for the high-end ($1 denomination) player, and include titles such as Hot Cash, Sun Queen, Triple Eagle and Wild Hearts.

Also on display are Aristocrat’s new 15- and 25-line video slots available in 1-cent, 2-cent and 5-cent denominations.

"Our new 25-line games are a natural fit for Aristocrat as we continue to dominate the penny slot market with over 50 percent of our games offered in low denominations," Young said. "Players can cover 25 lines while getting more value, more time and much greater entertainment out of their play."

Aristocrat also debuted Lil’ Lucy, its second generation of bonusing slot machines that follows on the heels of its highly-successful Mr. Cashman series of slots.

"We’re finding that more and more casino operators are looking at random bonus games like Lil’ Lucy and Mr. Cashman to offer something exciting and different for today’s sophisticated player," Young said. "Lil’ Lucy keeps player anticipation levels high because everyone wants to see what she’ll do in all five bonus games."

The bonus characters, Lil’ Lucy and Mr. Cashman serve as entry points to numerous bonus rounds that include multipliers, extra spins or additional screens.

Finally, Aristocrat broke into the video poker market with the release of four new video poker progressives ”” Draw Poker, Super Aces, Acey Deucey and Double Acey Deucey. The poker games offer up to three levels of progressive wins.

Based in Australia, Aristocrat is a leading manufacturer of reel and video slot machines. Young said the company hopes to expand its foray into the video poker market, which is especially strong in Las Vegas casinos that cater to locals.