San Diego hosts NIGA trade expo

April 22, 2008 7:00 PM
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The gaming industry’s leading slot manufacturers will unveil their latest games and operating systems at the 2008 National Indian Gaming Association trade show, set for April 22-23 at the San Diego Convention Center.

International Game Technology, Bally Technologies and Aristocrat Technologies are among the manufacturers that will man booths, complete with displays and working models of their new games. Plus TableMAX will provide a glimpse of the casino of the future with its line of electronic table games.

IGT to highlight  86 new games

Gaming giant IGT will showcase 86 new games, as well as new cabinet models and server-based network software.

"We’re showing a number of new games and products that weren’t at G2E," said Steve Morro, IGT’s Chief Operating Officer. "We’ve made significant progress since that time on the games, machines and systems side of our business. We know that our customers need to keep their floors fresh with new options, and we want to deliver on that.

"Our emphasis at NIGA 2008 will be on games and systems available right now, all designed to improve our customers’ ROI (return on investment)."

Three new MegaJackpots products will take center stage at the NIGA show: the Star Wars Multi-Level Progressive video slot, the eBay video slot, and Wheel of Fortune Super Spin Video Slots Five-Station.

A number of the new IGT game themes unveiled five months ago at the Global Gaming Expo have already proved to be hugely popular with players. Those themes include 100 Wolves, Rembrandt Riches, Fire Opal MultiWay Xtra, Red Lions, Arctic Fox, Wild Wolf, Diamond Queen and Golden Tiger Eternal Dragon.

Several new themes developed since G2E include Thunderbird 7s, Sizzling Wild 2-for-1, Silver Fire 7s and Diamond Fire slots; and Grand Monarch and Super Lucky Lotus video slots.

New IGT video slot themes will include Fame & Fortune, a two-level progressive; Golden Gate, featuring the industry’s first horizontal expanding-wild symbol feature; and Eastern Sun.

New video poker themes are Ultimate 4-of-a-Kind, Multi-Strike Poker Deluxe, and Quick Quads.

IGT’s table games area will feature M-P Series multi-player electronic table games with video roulette and baccarat variations, Digideal with Pai Gow and High Tie, and Table iD, the only automated table game system of its kind.

IGT Network Systems will highlight the power of an open network and display a host of products under the IGT Advantage Casino System, IGT Mariposa Software Suite, and sb Products families.

Bally to showcase over 30 games

Bally Technologies will preview more than 30 new games and a number of new system innovations at the NIGA show.

"We will show a variety of new game titles designed to deliver high performance in the rapidly growing and vitally important Native American gaming market," said Gavin Isaacs, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Bally Technologies. "This venue also gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our Networked Floor systems solutions, many of which are already available to gaming operators."

The new offerings include Class II and Class III games, including Million Degrees, Reel Money, Seven-Reel Stepper and ALPHA Elite Bar Top.

The new Million Degrees is a wide-area progressive that features four linkable games and five jackpots with a top award of $999,999.

For low-denomination players, Bally’s Reel Money stepper slot features a five-level progressive jackpot with a top award that starts and resets at $25,000. The game plays like the company’s popular Hot Shot Progressive, with a guaranteed winner in the bonus feature.

Two new Seven-Reel Stepper slots will be on display – Bonus Frenzy Freegames and Fortune 8’s. These are the first slots to offer seven stepper (electro-mechanical) reels.

The space-age ALPHA Elite Bar Top is a new game module designed for bar top applications. It features a 20-inch, high-definition LCD display and touch-screen interface.

Bally will also display several of its newest server-ready systems solutions.

Aristocrat previews its newest games, platforms and cabinets

Aristocrat Technologies will display a line of futuristic games, platforms and cabinets at the trade show.

Among the offerings are Aristocrat’s new VIRIDIAN cabinet and GEN7 platform, an innovative system that recently won and industry-wide award.

The GEN7 product features dynamic scorecards and enhanced Easy Play, on-screen interface, including player-selectable denominations. In addition to making play easier for patrons, the platform paves the way for downloadable slot applications and wireless gaming.

On the game side, Aristocrat’s Player’s World – By Demand features four low-line games in three different player-selectable denominations under one umbrella. The system allows players to select their game and denomination on screen.

Aristocrat has also capitalized on the popularity of its Cash Express, four-level progressive game with a new edition – Cash Express Player’s World Super. The new game combines the popularity of Cash Express themes with the Player’s World multi-game concept, giving players the choice of four different Aristocrat games.

Taking table games to the TableMAX

The most fertile area of the casino floor’s future could be the table game pit, where electronic tables from manufacturers such as TableMAX are generating interest among casino operators.

"Studies and in-casino use have clearly shown that electronic table games are the industry’s next big demand from players, and TableMAX has the products to satisfy that demand," said Benjamin Parks, the company’s vice president of sales. "TableMAX delivers the table gaming experience but with the convenience and labor savings of dealerless, automatic table games, meaning instant cost savings in labor and supplies."

Among the games to which TableMAX has secured global rights are Progressive Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Caribbean Draw Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker and Bonus Blackjack.