IGT inks server-slot deal with CityCenter

April 22, 2008 7:02 PM
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Staff & Wire Reports | MGM Mirage’s CityCenter and International Game Technology (IGT) have signed a formal memorandum of understanding for installing a server-based network and related IGT gaming management systems at the sprawling resort/casino project, scheduled to open in late 2009.

IGT’s evolutionary sb Service Window and a server-based casino floor network will provide the basis for the first casino-wide installation of a system of this kind.

The Service Window will be accessible to players via slot machines and eventually table games to link them to their MGM MIRAGE Players Club accounts and to various casino services.

Server-based technology represents an evolution in the gaming industry, and IGT and CityCenter are expected to work closely with Nevada gaming regulators to make this advancement a reality.

A mini-version of server-based slots has undergone testing at the company’s Treasure Island casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

CityCenter is an $8 billion mixed-use development jointly owned by MGM Mirage and Dubai World, currently under construction between Bellagio and the Monte Carlo resorts.

"We will continue to work with MGM Mirage and our other test locations that have been working with us on the development and testing of these new products to refine the various aspects of the system and prepare for CityCenter’s floorwide deployment of IGT’s sb products," said Steve Morro, IGT’s chief operating officer. "Work has already begun with other manufacturers and suppliers on making this all come together for the CityCenter opening."

MGM Mirage officials said being the first to implement a server-based system will put the company on the cutting edge of casino operating systems.

"We are always exploring new innovations that will both enhance the customer experience and set us apart in the industry," said William P. McBeath, CityCenter’s president and chief operating officer.

Server-based gaming – also called "downloadable slots" – is a technology in which a library of casino games with a variety of denominations and pay tables, can be downloaded by the casino operator into generic slot machines on the casino floor.

In addition to giving the operator the option of changing out its slot mix at any given time, the system allows casinos to offer promotions and other features to players, while they are sitting at the machine.

MGM’s CityCenter project is a Manhattan-like, vertical city in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The development combines into a single urban core approximately 2,650 luxury residences, two 400-room non-gaming boutique hotels (one of which will be managed by luxury hotelier Mandarin Oriental), a dramatic 61-story, 4,000-room resort casino, and a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district.