Gaming lounge houses most Lightning Link games in one space across the globe

Thackerville, Oklahoma (August 25, 2017) – The largest collection in the world of one of gaming’s most popular titles is open at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma. The Lightning Link™ Lounge powered by Casino 360? features over 150 Lightning Link units across almost 4,000 square feet in the London Gaming Plaza of one of the world’s largest casinos.

Jenny Cross said the overhaul of the existing Casino 360? area was a collaborative effort between the casino and Gaming Capital Group – a long-standing partner of the casino.

“Since its opening, Casino 360? had grown to be a popular area in the casino with its vibrant lighting and immersive experience,” said Jenny Cross, WinStar’s assistant general manager. “We wanted to continue the momentum of this particular gaming area. The opportunity to reinvent the space into the Lightning Link Lounge powered by Casino 360? was a way for us to continue our partnership with GCG and enabled us to continue creating that unique patron experience for which we are known.”

Melissa Cox, Gaming Capital Group’s VP of Marketing and Customer Relations, said the performance of Lightning Link games at WinStar as well as in other markets made the project a natural fit for the state’s largest gaming facility.

“Our partnerships with both Winstar and Aristocrat are very important to our operation. At GCG, it’s our mission to place the best product for our customers and we are very fortunate to have a product like Lightning Link to offer,” said Cox. “We are confident the Lightning Link Lounge will perform well and our team is very excited to see more themes like Lightning Link from Aristocrat.”

Aristocrat’s Lightning Link gaming machines have struck a chord with players around the world, continuing to grow in popularity since the product’s launch in 2015 and garnering multiple industry awards.

In 2017, Lighting Link was named Best Slot Solution at the Asian Gaming Awards. It was named the industry’s top performing game in the Premium Leased category in the EILERS-FANTINI Quarterly Slot Survey and was given the Platinum Award from Casino Journal’s Top 20 Most Innovative Products in 2015.

With this addition, WinStar will be the only casino in Oklahoma to offer an extensive collection of the Lightning Link games with 151 machines in the new lounge, along with the other 50 that will remain on the casino’s main gaming floor. The games will continue to keep players engaged with free games, Hold & Spin bonuses, and a single bonus spin that could award multiple progressives and bonus values.

For more information about the Lightning Link Lounge powered by Casino 360?, visit

August 2017

The Dude will abide in casinos across North America as Aristocrat unveils The Big Lebowski™ Slot Game, its newest Class III video slot.

The Dude, Walter, Maude, and Donny are all here in Aristocrat’s fun and entertaining take on the cult classic film. Players take a front row seat as the action plays out on the big screens of Aristocrat’s Arc Double™ cabinet.

Not even the best Nihilist can ruin the fun of this entertainment-style game that is filled with every fan’s favorite scenes and quotes, and along with frequent game features, combine to create a thrilling play session. Songs by Sons of the Pioneers, Bob Dylan, and Kenny Rogers & The First Edition add to the atmosphere.

The Big Lebowski™ Slot Game has two great base game bonuses: Coffee Can Wilds™ and Take It Easy, Man™ that award random wilds and random reel growth with entire wild reels. Denominations range from 1c to $20; volatility is low and features hit frequently.

A single-site progressive jackpot can be awarded at any bet level. The top jackpot value starts at $2,000 when using 1c denomination, making it appealing to both destination and local jackpot chasers.

Other features include “The Dude Abides Free Spins,” which offers the action of Reel Growth with random wilds for up to 138 lines of exciting play; and “Over the Line Free Spins” with random wilds and multipliers.

Dude, everyone will want to take a spin, so contact your Aristocrat representative today at (702) 270-1000 and bring The Big Lebowski™ Slot Game to your rug.

LAS VEGAS (July 10, 2017) – Ainsworth Game Technology today announced that Tulalip Resorts Casino has agreed to serve as its sponsor for required central determination gaming system testing with the State of Washington.

Testing will take place on Ainsworth A600 cabinets featuring three of the Company’s most successful games -- Twice the Diamonds; Mustang Fortune; and Cash Cave. In addition to the A600, Ainsworth plans to offer the A560SL Noir cabinet to Washington casino operators.

“I’d like to thank to leadership of Tulalip Resorts Casino for offering us the opportunity to test our new central determination product,” said Ainsworth President – North America Mike Dreitzer. “We are excited to begin this process and to soon offer our unique and industry-leading titles to casino operators in Washington State.”

LAS VEGAS—The Las Vegas debut of the new PAC-MAN™ WILD EDITION video slot will take place at eight Boyd Gaming properties across Southern Nevada, including The Orleans, Gold Coast, Cannery and more. The machines will be rolled out to properties and available to play by June 1.

The iconic PAC-MAN character is one of the most recognizable figures in video game history and was the basis for the most successful arcade game of all time. Now, PAC-MAN will arrive on casino floors this month as the star of PAC-MAN WILD EDITION, a new game from Ainsworth Game Technologies.

Boyd Gaming properties will be the first in southern Nevada to offer the game, including The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Suncoast Hotel and Casino, Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; the Cannery Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas; and Fremont Hotel and Casino, California Hotel and Casino, and Main Street Station Casino Hotel Brewery in Downtown Las Vegas.

“Our customers expect the latest, hottest slot titles at our properties, and we’re excited to be able to offer Las Vegas locals and visitors alike the first opportunity to play PAC-MAN WILD EDITION,” said Matt Ryan, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Boyd Gaming.

The title provides all the recognizable PAC-MAN sounds and imagery loved by people around the globe. PAC-MAN WILD EDITION is the first offering as part of a strategic partnership between Ainsworth and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

“This is the biggest brand we have ever offered at Ainsworth,” said Ainsworth President – North America Mike Dreitzer. “The game looks amazing and it’s packed with bonuses that will attract both slot fanatics and PAC-MAN fans. We are thrilled to introduce the product at Boyd Gaming’s amazing properties.”

PAC-MAN WILD EDITION offers players all the excitement of the classic arcade game. The game features a thrilling Free Games feature, a Wheel Spin feature and a progressive jackpot. PAC-MAN appears throughout the game, offering players wilds and other fun ways to win.

For more information on Boyd Gaming properties, please visit

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (4/12/2017) - Aruze Gaming America, Inc. (“Aruze”) just announced that, as of April 12th, 2017, they are instituting an industry-leading two-year performance guarantee on all of their APX and any new video platforms going forward. Leading the way, Aruze will now offer this first of its kind performance guarantee on all new orders of APX and any new video platforms going forward at no cost to the customer. This promotion will be introduced at the 2017 National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Tradeshow & Convention.

Eric Persson, General Manager and Senior Advisor of Product Development, states, “Aruze has some of the best game designers in the industry and is proud to stand behind our products. When you purchase hardware from us, we see it as the beginning of a relationship, and we want our customers to be 100% happy. We believe it’s the right thing to do.” Previously a slot machine buyer for one of the largest gaming companies in the world, Eric added, “I always thought there was something wrong when I’d make a significant slot machine purchase only to be forced to buy new software when the game they sold me didn’t perform. We at Aruze feel the same way and that is why all of our APX video platforms and any future video platforms will come with a 24-month performance guarantee.”

For more information, please contact an Aruze Regional Account Executive.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (3/1/2017) - Aruze Gaming America, Inc. (“Aruze”) announced today that it has appointed Eric H. Persson as General Manager. As General Manager, effective March 6, 2017, Eric will oversee all of Aruze’s operations in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. In this role, his initial focus will be on the Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Production and Service functions.

“Aruze is very fortunate to have secured the experience and skill-sets of such a talented gaming executive,” said Aruze’s Global COO Yugo Kinoshita. He added that, “the gaming industry has become very competitive, requiring a leader with strong product knowledge and an understanding of our customer’s customer, the player. There are very few people in the industry that can match Eric’s proven track record in this area.”

Eric’s career in the gaming industry spans 17 years, most recently as Corporate Senior Vice President of Global Slot Operations and Slot Marketing at Las Vegas Sands Corporation. In this position, Eric was responsible for slot operations and marketing at each of Las Vegas Sands’ and Sands China Limited casinos. This included all slot purchases and mass marketing programs via direct mail, Email, events and promotions. Prior to joining the Las Vegas Sands Corp., Eric held senior positions at Harrah’s Entertainment, Coast Resorts, Delaware North, and American Racing and Entertainment. His titles in these organizations included Director of Tables Games, President, and General Manager. While in these positions, Eric gained an in-depth knowledge of all regional gaming segments including Las Vegas Resorts, local casinos, Native American casinos, and local racinos. “I'm looking forward to being part of such a dynamic company and team,” said Eric.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology and Communications from the University of Nevada Las Vegas as well as a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Aruze also announced that with Eric’s arrival, Richard Pennington will no longer maintain the title of CEO at Aruze Gaming America. Mr. Pennington will remain on the Board of Directors and focus on his global responsibilities, including Finance, Accounting, Legal, and Compliance as Global CFO and CAO. “Eric joins Aruze at a time when its financial stability and long term competitive advantages position it to build on a history of growth in the North American markets. I’m confident that with a strong staff at his side our sales momentum will kick into an even higher gear,” Mr. Pennington commented.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (2/6/2017) - Aruze Gaming America, Inc. (“Aruze”) announced that on January 27th, 2017, the State of Wisconsin Division of Gaming, Office of Indian Gaming and Regulatory Compliance (“OIGRC”), granted Aruze a certificate to operate as a gaming related contractor, which allows Aruze to distribute gambling equipment to the state’s tribal casinos.

Melissa Sweitzer, Senior Vice President of Sales, states “As part of our continued efforts to expand Aruze’s market share, we are very happy to announce the receipt of our license in the State of Wisconsin. This milestone strengthens our strategy to provide innovative and cutting edge products to new customers as well as offering fun and exciting experiences to players.”

Aruze has a variety of game content for video and stepper slot games. Its well-known electronic table games have also gained a significant popularity among casino operators and players in recent years. With such a strong product offering, Aruze is excited to add more gaming options for the Wisconsin market.

For more information, visit or contact the Senior Vice President of Sales Melissa Sweitzer at