LONDON, Oct. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its subsidiary, IGT Canada Solutions ULC (hereinafter "IGT"), has signed a five-year contract extension with Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis ("AGLC") to deliver an enhanced version of its INTELLIGEN™ systems software and continue to be the AGLC's central systems provider. The extension runs through July 2026.

"IGT's INTELLIGEN systems software supports the volume, complexity and security of monitoring video lottery terminals throughout Alberta," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. "As the leader in the regulated video lottery industry with more G2S deployments and specific VLT features than any other vendor, IGT developed its INTELLIGEN system to respond to the unique needs of its customers. AGLC will receive the most advanced updates INTELLIGEN has to offer, allowing them access to quick insight into the status of their entire VLT network."

Under the terms of the extension, IGT will upgrade AGLC's video lottery central system to the latest version of INTELLIGEN, which includes improved network diagnostics and stability. AGLC will also receive several iLINK Ultras, IGT's latest retailer site controller that has a separate point-of-sale device and logic box for increased flexibility, and an updated user interface with improved features for the retailer.

IGT's INTELLIGEN systems are deployed worldwide connecting a wide range of VLTs in a variety of gaming environments. The software is built on more than 25 years of central system experience and offers stable, secure command and control capabilities. It supports the Gaming Standards Association's Game to System® (G2S) standard protocol, which enables an enhanced player user interface, improved responsible gaming features, exciting multi-level mystery jackpots (Vault Breaker®) and additional player-centric functionality.

In addition to VLTs and the INTELLIGEN central system, IGT also provides AGLC with commercial casino cabinets and games as well as IGT PlayDigital PlayCasino games. AGLC has been an IGT customer since 2003.

For more information, visit IGT.com. Follow IGT on Facebook at facebook.com/IGT or watch IGT videos on YouTube at youtube.com/igt.

Progressive Meter Reporting Technology Adds New Functionality to Everi's FinTech Portfolio

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) ("Everi" or the "Company"), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, today announced that it is acquiring certain strategic assets of Meter Image Capturing, LLC ("MIC"), a privately owned provider of progressive meter reporting technology that utilizes optical and voice recognition to accurately record and store all progressive meter data of electronic gaming machines on a casino gaming floor, significantly enhancing the process and reducing time casino operators spend on this daily task. The acquisition was funded from existing cash on hand and Everi expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings and operating cash flow. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Introduced to the gaming market in February 2020, MIC's technology solution is a revolutionary new system designed to improve operating efficiencies by reducing labor costs created by the monotonous task of recording progressive values to stay compliant with regulatory requirements. The technology collects progressive meter data more accurately and exponentially faster than typical methods commonly used in the gaming industry today, as well as automatically provide this data to back-end audit/financial departments. The MIC technology is currently deployed in more than 20 casinos.

Darren Simmons, Everi's Executive Vice President and FinTech Business Leader, said, "The acquisition of MIC's innovative technology is highly complementary with our portfolio of FinTech offerings that create efficiencies and cost savings for casino operators. This addition will allow our customers to streamline operations on their slot floor and back-of-house compliance audits. MIC's solution has been well received since its introduction early last year and we expect to leverage our experienced sales and marketing team and broad distribution channels to significantly expand the product's market awareness. This technology will seamlessly integrate with our award-winning Jackpot Xpress™ mobile product. Adding this functionality further enhances our comprehensive 'Digital Neighborhood' suite of financial, casino loyalty and RegTech products and services, bringing commonality and continuity to operator workflows.

"Everyone at Meter Image Capturing is excited that the gaming industry's FinTech leader, Everi, has chosen to incorporate our technology into their portfolio," said Patrick Schmit, MIC's Chief Executive Officer. "I'm confident MIC's existing customers and future users will be thrilled with the technical advances and superior service Everi provides going forward."

Companies Help Power World’s Most Technologically Advanced Casino at Resorts World Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – (October 1, 2021) Sightline Payments and Konami Gaming, Inc. today announced a partnership to deliver cashless gaming solutions through Sightline’s Play+ digital payments technology and Konami’s SYNKROS® casino management system. This partnership is helping to power what is being billed as the world’s most technologically advanced casino experience at Resorts World Las Vegas, where patrons can pay for gaming and nongaming activities onsite without using cash.

Sightline and Konami’s complementary technologies enable Resorts World Las Vegas guests to have a seamless digital payments experience through the Resorts World Las Vegas mobile app that JOINGO by Sightline designed. Konami’s SYNKROS enables players to utilize a digital login at slots and table games, and utilize their cashless wallet that they can fund through Sightline’s Play+ solution.

“Our industry must modernize its payments infrastructure to keep up with consumer preferences, and this partnership offers patrons the same seamless digital payments convenience they enjoy across most retail and hospitality verticals,” said Sightline Co-CEO Joe Pappano. “The ecosystem that we are bringing to life at Resorts World Las Vegas with Konami and our other partners there is showcasing a level of collaboration the industry has not seen before and will serve as a hallmark for other operators adopting cashless technology.”

“SYNKROS continually powers leading-edge convenience and integration to guest touchpoints throughout the resort, and all of it is taken to a new level in partnership with Sightline,” said Tom Jingoli, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “Through the success of this launch, guests can enjoy the complete benefit of quick, seamless rewards and cashless wagering.”

Both Sightline and Konami will be exhibiting at Global Gaming Expo 2021 in Las Vegas from October 4-7. To learn more about this partnership, stop by Sightline’s booth 4353 and Konami’s booth 1256.

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) ("Everi" or the "Company"), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, announced today that it will host a live webcast of management's investor presentation to preview their products for the upcoming 2021 Global Gaming Expo ("G2E") followed by a question and answer period on Monday, October 4, 2021, at 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT. The webcast of the presentation will be available beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT October 4, 2021 and be archived through October 21, 2021 on the Company's website at www.everi.com (select "Investors" followed by "Events & Contact").
Gaming Arts is pleased to announce it has entered into a distribution partnership with Jumbo Technology Co., LTD (Jumbo). Under this Agreement, Gaming Arts will be the exclusive distributor for certain Jumbo casino games in North America. Headquartered in Taiwan, Jumbo has been a major force in the gaming space across Asia for over 25 years.

The first product to be launched will be the amazing Ocean Phoenix™ multi-player fishing game which will be on display at G2E 2021. This game has taken Asia by storm with game mechanics never before seen in North America. The platform for Ocean Phoenix™ is the massive ARK-65 6-seat gaming cabinet. Ocean Phoenix™ is sure to turn many heads at G2E.

"This is an exciting announcement for Gaming Arts," said Mike Dreitzer, CEO of Gaming Arts. "We are honored to partner with our friends at Jumbo, as we bring their product into the North American market. The Ocean Phoenix game is an extraordinarily fun and unique game that is unlike any other, so we are eager to get customer feedback at G2E," Dreitzer concluded.

Ainsworth Game Technology (ASX: AGI) announced today that Mike Trask has been promoted to Vice President of Product Marketing & Communications.

Trask has been with Ainsworth since 2016, previously serving as Director of Marketing and Director of Product Marketing & Strategy. Prior to joining Ainsworth, he served in key marketing roles with Scientific Games and Bally Technologies.

“Mike has grown tremendously over the past few years at Ainsworth,” said Chief Commercial Officer Deron Hunsberger. “He has built a highly successful product marketing team; created and strengthened our gaming analytics efforts; taken on increasing responsibility for Class III, Class II and HHR product management; and driven Ainsworth marketing and communications efforts such as our ongoing Showroom Live virtual events. I am an excited to continue working with him in this new role and seeing Mike further develop into a key leader for the company.”

Trask will continue to be based in the Las Vegas office with a focus on key North American initiatives such as the launch of the A-STAR Curve XL premium cabinet, HHR product growth, and aiding in the creation and release of the next generation of Ainsworth content.

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- At G2E 2021, Gaming Arts (Booth 3353) will be showcasing its new and approved VertX™ Grand cabinet This new 49" portrait cabinet is state-of-the-art and serves as the flagship platform for Gaming Arts' new VertX™ line of cabinets. In conjunction with the VertX™ cabinet debut, GA proudly offers a full library of new and approved games ready for immediate release, only on the VertX™

Gaming Arts New Pub™ Series at G2E

The new VertX™ Grand creates a new standard in cabinet design. It's sleek and feature-rich cabinet is designed to stand out on any casino floor and its "best of breed" components have been carefully selected to maximize the gaming experience by balancing functionality, precision and entertainment. This exclusive library of new games for the VertX™ Grand includes eleven truly exciting and innovative themes designed to delight players while meeting the high expectations players everywhere have come to expect from Gaming Arts.

Leading off the new VertX™ library will be the Let's Spin™ series which are fast-paced new games that will bring out the true gambler in any player with their industry first game mechanics. The library also includes the new Pub™ series which provide players an exciting world tour of great Pubs across the globe from Kaleigh's Irish Pub to Isabella's Tequileria to Anastasia's Tavern to Sofia's Cellar. When the drinks start to flow, so does the player excitement and wins! In addition, Kung Fu Empress™ and Jackpot Go™ will also make their debut.

The new lineup of VertX™ games doesn't stop there. Gaming Arts' Casino Wizard™ electronic table multi-game, which has taken the country by storm with unparalleled performance will soon have a big brother, Casino Wizard VIP™. Casino Wizard VIP™ will include a greatly expanded game lineup with some of the most intriguing side bets available anywhere, all of which can only be found exclusively on Casino Wizard VIP™.

Many new games for the dual screen Phocus™ cabinets will also take center stage including the fast-paced Quick X™ series, Fortune Finders™, Cash Quest™ and Cyber Dragon™. Premiering as well are several new games for Gaming Arts' HaloTop™ wheel cabinet including the fun-loving Gumball Game™, the hilariously scary Spooky Spins™ and Fortune Flip™.

Jean Venneman, newly promoted to COO of Gaming Arts, commented, "This is a very exciting time for the company as we continue to expand into new markets with a host of new games and products and we fully expect the VertX™ Grand to continue this success and greatly increase placements. The initial response to VertX™ Grand has been tremendous, well exceeding early estimates. With over 200 units in backlog already and growing rapidly."

"I could not be prouder of the entire Gaming Arts family who have exceeded expectations in the creation of this wonderful new cabinet line along with a historic number of new games," Venneman concluded.

As the world leader in keno systems and high stakes bingo, Gaming Arts will also continue its tradition of innovation in these areas including the new TITO enabled and completely self-contained EZ Keno kiosk along with exciting new bingo offerings.
Acres Manufacturing Company (AMC) introduced the PayAction™ Sports Bonus as part of its 2021 Global Gaming Expo lineup. The unique bonus uses a live sports data feed to trigger a bonus round on any slot machine connected to AMC’s Foundation™ casino management system.

“Foundation gives casinos unprecedented ability to connect slot machine behavior with live real-world events,” said Noah Acres of AMC. “Players are going to love the feeling of winning more just because their favorite team scored, and they’ll be willing to play more just to experience the thrill.”

The PayAction™ Sports Bonus works by interfacing a live sports data feed with any slot machine connected to the Foundation™ casino management system. When a goal, touchdown or other configured event occurs, all designated machines enter a bonus sequence that is automatically paid to the game’s credit meter.

“These machines will pay double whenever the Golden Knights score in an NHL game,” said Noah Acres, gesturing towards a bank of slot machines at AMC’s office during a recent Golden Knights preseason NHL game. When Vegas scored a goal early in the 2nd period, a loud goal horn sounded, and AMC’s slot machines entered a celebration mode indicating that all pays would be doubled for 90 seconds.

The company describes the bonus as highly configurable, with casinos able to select any team or player in any sport into the promotion. Any measurable statistic can be used to trigger the bonus and prizes can be paid to the game’s credit meter or to the Acres Wallet in either cashable or non-cashable credits. Eligibility can also be configured to ensure profitable operation of the bonus.

“We’re actively negotiating with sports franchises, athletes and brands interested in distributing their own branded jackpots,” said Noah Acres. “PayAction is just the latest example of how AMC is using Foundation to reinvent the player experience.”

About Acres Manufacturing Company
Acres Manufacturing Company (AMC) is a leading casino loyalty and technology expert and the creator of Foundation™, the first-of-its-kind casino management system. Foundation provides casinos with real-time data from slot machines and a direct interface to the credit meter on any slot machine. AMC was founded by John Acres, the inventor of casino systems technology. For more information on Acres Manufacturing Company and Foundation, visit acresmanufacturing.com.
MACAO, China (1 October 2021) – Digital gaming is growing and evolving throughout Asia-Pacific and Europe, fueled by a rapid rise in consumer demand and an exciting stream of innovation from APAC-based developers. Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Asia is playing a critical role in this growth by supporting suppliers, operators, and regulators at each step of the compliance path.
 
“There has been a noticeable rise in the demand of compliance-based consultation services by sports and event wagering developers in Asia. Most recently, GLI Asia has been privileged to serve many companies, and our team of global professionals are proud to support current and future clients by providing strategic consultation on regulated markets, new and cutting-edge technologies, compliance strategies, and end-to-end testing,” said Marina Wong, General Manager of GLI Asia.
 
Specifically, GLI has provided a wide range of services surrounding esports evaluations, game and platform evaluations against both the “GLI-19 Interactive Gaming” and “GLI-33 Event Wagering Systems” standards, and live dealer platforms. The broad spectrum of GLI’s digital and iGaming services speaks to the larger growth on digital gaming in the region that GLI is supporting.
 
“GLI has been working hard to support both our existing clients, as well as exciting start-up developers in the APAC region, as the demand for digital gaming continues to grow,” said Ian Hughes, GLI Chief Commercial Officer. “While digital gaming may be new to some, GLI has been working in this space for more than 30 years. We are thrilled by the opportunity to assist with exciting new products and plans to enter existing and emerging jurisdictions, sharing insights into the future that help our partners successfully navigate these digital waters.”
 
For more information about how GLI can give you insights into the future of digital gaming, contact your GLI representative. You can also learn more by following GLI on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

 

Las Vegas celebrities compete for $15,000 prize pool that benefits local charities in celebration of the 25th anniversary of IGT’s Wheel of Fortune® Slots

 

What: Wheel of Fortune hostess and entertainment icon, Vanna White, will host a celebrity slot tournament, on IGT’s all-new Wheel of Fortune Spin & Win Tournament solution. The participant with the highest score at the conclusion of four rounds will be rewarded with a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choice. The remaining $5,000 from the prize pool will be split among other participants and donated to their preferred charities.

Celebrity participants include: Jonathan Bennett, actor, TV host and author;  Mark Shunock, entertainer, founder of Mondays Dark and in-arena announcer for Vegas Golden Knights and Las Vegas Raiders; Jeff Civillico, Las Vegas performer and corporate entertainer; and Michelle Johnson, acclaimed vocalist, backup singer to the stars and Smith Center headliner.

Why: Throughout 2021, IGT is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Wheel of Fortune Slots. Additionally, G2E is the global debut for IGT’s Wheel of Fortune Spin & Win Tournament game and 13 other Wheel of Fortune-themed casino games and Wheel of Fortune digital games.

When: Tuesday -- October 5, 2021

Media is encouraged to arrive by 2:15 p.m.

Tournament starts at 2:30 p.m. and check presentation will happen at approx. 3:05 p.m.

Where: IGT’s booth 3659 at the Global Gaming Expo (”G2E”) Venetian Expo -- 201 Sands Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169

 

Note:

Vanna will be available for a limited number of pre-approved interviews only, however, IGT representatives will be available for comment.

 

Wheel of Fortune Facts and Milestones:

  • Wheel of Fortune Slots is the most famous slots brand of all time as it was the industry’s first licensed slot theme
  • On average Wheel of Fortune awards a jackpot of $100k-plus every 65 hours
  • Paid more than $3.3 billion in jackpots
  • Wheel of Fortune slots has minted more than 1,100 millionaires
  • Wheel of Fortune Slots awarded a record-setting $14.4 million jackpot in 2009 to a lucky player in Biloxi, Miss.
  • Wheel of Fortune slot games are manufactured in Reno, Nevada
  • In 2016 Mayor Carolyn Goodman gave Vanna White a Key to the City of Las Vegas in honor of the game’s contributions to the city
  • IGT has made more than 250 variations of player-favorite game.
  • Wheel of Fortune is leveraged across IGT’s entire gaming and lottery portfolio: digital, land-based casino, mobile and lottery instants.

 

Ainsworth and Pariplay plan to offer their combined game catalog to all Latin American markets via the Fusion platform.

Ainsworth Game Technology Limited and Pariplay have joined forces in Latin America to distribute Ainsworth’s real money gaming (RMG) content exclusively through Pariplay’s innovative Fusion platform. Ainsworth already has a solid presence in Mexico and the rest of Latin America with both its land-based and iGaming products.

Through this agreement, Ainsworth and Pariplay plan to offer their combined game catalog to all LATAM markets via the Fusion platform. This facilitates the availability of premium game content and promotes expansive and effective growth in the targeted markets.

Jason Lim, Ainsworth’s General Manager of Online, said: “Ainsworth is continuing our online growth strategy and this partnership with Pariplay will significantly strengthen our offering and further consolidate our position as a top-tier slot developer in the Latin American markets.”

Andrew Maclean, Vice President of Sales for Pariplay, commented: “We are pleased and very excited about the beginning of this alliance. The new opportunities and reach that we will have in a greater number of regulated markets by the hand of a great company like Ainsworth, with experience and knowledge, is encouraging. This event undoubtedly marks the beginning of a very successful and innovative partnership."

Bernie Gamboa, Marketing and Online Director for Ainsworth Latin America, added: "The innovation of Ainsworth games and the potential of Pariplay's Fusion platform is a strategic step to jointly grow our presence in the markets with Pariplay."

Seasoned gaming industry executive to build on IGT PlaySports market leadership

LONDON, Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT) ("IGT") today announced that it has appointed Joe Asher as President of Sports Betting, effective October 1, 2021. Reporting to Enrico Drago, IGT CEO Digital & Betting, Asher will lead the ongoing expansion of the IGT PlaySports sports betting business in North American markets.

"The PlaySports sports betting solution is among the most widely used in the U.S., powering approximately 50 U.S. sportsbooks for 20 customers across 18 states. We expect continued growth in our PlaySports business, and Joe Asher's knowledge, experience, network and vision for sports betting are key ingredients to boosting our future success," said Enrico Drago, IGT CEO Digital & Betting.

Asher joins IGT having recently served as CEO of William Hill US. He held this position from 2012, when the business was created, until it was sold to Caesars Entertainment Inc. in April 2021. Asher joined William Hill when it acquired Brandywine Bookmaking, a company he created as a start-up in 2008.

"I'm really excited to join Enrico Drago and the IGT PlaySports team to help this business reach new heights for our customers and our shareholders," said Joe Asher, IGT President of Sports Betting"This is a unique moment in the North American gaming industry as sports betting is expanding rapidly and opportunities abound. I have some background working in partnership with PlaySports and I look forward to working with our team to further enhance our technology and trading capabilities to serve our existing and future customers."

Asher's background in the gaming industry is built on a lifelong passion for the race and sports betting business. Honored as a member of the Sports Betting Hall of Fame Class of 2021, he has held management positions at several racetracks including Brandywine Raceway, Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway and Foxboro Raceway. Asher was also the Wilmington News-Journal's thoroughbred racing handicapper for Delaware Park. He also became the youngest track announcer in North America, calling races at Harrington, Foxboro, Brandywine and Dover Downs. Asher continues to announce horse races, serving as a guest announcer at the Elko County Fair every year.

Outside of his career in sports betting, Asher was an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. A graduate of the University of Delaware and the Delaware Law School of Widener University, Asher served a judicial clerkship with the Supreme Court of Delaware and was admitted to the bar in Delaware and New York.

Longtime industry leader recognized for contributions to the advancement of women in gaming


Las Vegas, NV — September 30, 2021

Konami Gaming, Inc. formally congratulates Vice President of West Game Sales Lauren Bates as one of Global Gaming Women’s 2021 Patricia Becker Pay It Forward Award recipients. She was selected for her commitment to the development and advancement of women, the Global Gaming Women organization, and the community. A 15-year Konami veteran, Lauren Bates leads the company’s games product sales strategy in markets across the western United States and part of the Rocky Mountain region. She is on the Board of Directors for Global Gaming Women and is currently serving as the organization’s Vice President and Mentorship Committee Co-Chair.

“In addition to her demonstrated leadership and professional success, Lauren Bates actively works toward the professional growth and development of women in the gaming space,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president & chief operating officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “Her dedication to Global Gaming Women helps bring networking and education opportunities to current and future gaming leaders in regulated markets around the world.”

For more information about Konami Gaming, Inc., please visit www.konamigaming.com.

A recent product installation brought a well-diversified choice of NOVOMATIC cabinets, games and Progressives to the luxurious Casino Loutraki in Greece. Delivery and implementation were accomplished in record time and the new products now add an attractive new choice of games to the slot floors of one of Europe’s largest casinos.

Gumpoldskirchen, September 30th, 2021 – The latest supply of NOVOMATIC gaming machines found their place of action at one of Europe’s largest casinos, which is part of the 5-star resort Club Hotel Casino Loutraki. The management of Casino Loutraki is committed to always offering the latest innovations on the slot floor, which currently comprises 696 slots and 40 Roulette ETGs including 12 highly attractive Linked Progressives.

A new bank of ten PANTHERATM 2.27 machines featuring the thrilling THUNDER CASHTM Link enhance the casino’s jackpot offer with a Linked Progressive across the titles Emperor’s ChinaTM, The Great ConquerorTM and Empress of the PyramidsTM. Presented in NOVOMATIC’s best-selling multi-screen upright cabinet and with high-visibility jackpot signage, the bank makes a distinct footprint on the main slot floor. Another broad bank of V.I.P. LoungeTM 2.32 machines feature the Impera-LineTM HD Edition 6 multi-game mix with 56 titles, including classics, fruit games and proprietary Impera games. To complete the installation, 14 NOVOSTAR® SL 2.24 cabinets comprise a third new machine bank featuring Premium-V+ Gaminator® editions 5, 6 and 7. All machines have been arranged so as to comply in the best way possible with the current COVID-19 safeguarding protocols.

Kenan Bajram, Sales Manager NOVOMATIC Global Sales, said: “During the peak holiday season, we managed to produce, deliver and install 34 machines exactly according to customer specifications in just under six weeks. I am very happy that we were able to keep our promise within this tight schedule. We are now leaving a great footprint on the Greek market – in a renowned casino and with an excellent selection of our latest products. I would like to thank the team at Casino Loutraki for their support and great teamwork.”

Sokratis Charitatos, General Manager & Director of Casino Operations Casino Loutraki, said: “We actually didn’t think that this installation would be completed in such an extremely short time. Yet NOVOMATIC kept their word and proved to be an exceptionally good partner: All our wishes have been fulfilled, and the first weeks of operation prove that our players love the new games. Based on this experience, we will certainly extend our NOVOMATIC offer in the near future.”


John Acres

By  Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Founder, Acres Manufacturing Company

 

John Acres is already in the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame. He got there by inventing several breakthrough technologies that today are widely used in the industry, such as the first player tracking system, progressive jackpots, bonusing, and more. He sold his previous companies to major manufacturers, but now he’s back with another idea and founded Acres Manufacturing Company (AMC) to promote Foundation, a system that reports data from every slot machine in real time and can change any slot machine’s credit meter on command, allowing executives to reward players immediately. AMC also has other products that make the way a casino interacts with customers easier and more transparent. Acres spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from his offices in Las Vegas in July. See below for a Zoom podcast of this interview.

GGB: What makes the new company, Acres Manufacturing, different from EDT, Mikohn, Acres Gaming, and Acres 4.0?

John Acres: Well, it’s very different and very much the same. We’ve always been about creating fantastic experiences for players, that are simultaneously profitable for casinos. And there’s always opportunity to improve that, especially as technology improves. We’re technologists; we create hardware, and write software, that connects the equipment and the systems to the player, for the casino’s benefit. And as that technology changes, we come up with new opportunities.

There is a whole lot of data coming in through all the systems, and it’s difficult to know how to interpret that. How is your new Foundation system able to do that better than anything else in the past?

We started with the premise that it’s not enough to do a weekly email or a monthly email; we needed to know in real time what’s happening with that player. So existing systems were designed to measure your total play, and then report in descending order, by theoretical win, and call the top group the platinum, and the middle group the gold, and the bottom group the silver. And what we found in the age of Amazon and Google is that people expect a lot more personalization. We have opportunities to deliver bonuses in real time, but part of what we need to know is, “Are you almost out of money or do you have a lot of money left?” Because when we deliver a bonus, it’s very contingent upon that.

We also need to know if you are winning in the moment, or losing in the moment. If you just won $100, it’s probably not a very effective thing to give you another $10 in a bonus. On the other hand, if you’re down to three credits left, a $10 bonus might well be appreciated at that moment. So, we wanted to have this very careful timing of the delivery of what we call free play and things like that right now.

We know that there’s a lot of inefficiencies in how players are bonused. That seemed very reasonable 25 years ago, but that needs to be updated. And our system Foundation is designed to collect literally 100 times more information per game play, including the timing of each button pressed, if you pressed bet one or bet max. Are you starting with a $20 bill or a $100 bill? And to report all of that, within half a second of the time that it occurs.

Is Foundation designed to replace the legacy casino management systems?

Over time. But right now it’s meant to supplement. Foundation is first system that can be installed alongside another system.

    Let’s say the casino wants to implement cashless wagering. They can take Foundation and put it in, and keep everything that’s running on the existing system. Everything. And then have cashless on top. Then they can move one application at a time from the existing system, over to Foundation. And the other difference with Foundation is that the whole thing is designed with mobile in mind. All the other systems were designed in the desktop era. Our view of the world is that’s all going to be handled on a mobile device. We already have our Kai mobile dispatch system installed in almost 40 casinos around the country. So we’ve got a lot of experience with that; we know that it works.

How scalable is Foundation? Can you get it in a small Indian casino, versus a huge corporate entity?

The smallest installation that we could do reasonably is two machines, and the largest… well, there’s no limit. We’ve got sales going on with casinos with 4,000 to 5,000 machines, no problem. We’ve got sales going on with casinos that have 20 or 30 properties that are all connected.

A lot of the issues with the previous casino management systems have been training of the casino employees. How are you helping the casino employees to really understand how to use Foundation?

One of the first steps is to stop presenting raw data to the employee, and saying “make sense of this.” Instead, we have these intelligence agents embedded in our system, that will assign a problem to the nearest available qualified person to do that task. So, by turning it into specific directions, instead of a bunch of information from which they have to absorb, we get rid of a lot of that training problem.

So, it sounds like Foundation has some applications for responsible gaming as well, right?

Yes, and you can also give players the opportunity to set their limit before they even arrive at the casino. Just like, “I only want to be able to transfer $80 from my bank account to the casino in one night.” The player can control his own spending at that time.

CashClub Wallet®, Jackpot Xpress®, PitXpress™, and Trilogy™ Highlight Comprehensive Solutions Portfolio

LAS VEGASSept. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) ("Everi" or "the Company"), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology, and player loyalty solutions, will showcase its ever-expanding "Digital Neighborhood", a fully integrated suite of FinTech solutions, at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2021 (October 4-7; Booth #1150).

Everi's "Digital Neighborhood" represents a complete suite of financial, casino loyalty and compliance products and services that bring commonality and continuity to operator workflows. The "Digital Neighborhood" suite demonstrates the Company's leadership position and highlights Everi's ability to develop solutions that incorporate customer-centric features across loyalty, payments, and casino operations.

"Our innovative financial technology and loyalty solutions allow casino operators to greatly increase the efficiency of their casino, loyalty and compliance operations," said Michael Rumbolz, Everi Chairman and CEO. "The newest iterations of our solutions on display at G2E, highlighted by our fully integrated 'Digital Neighborhood' portfolio, further build on Everi's position as the industry's FinTech leader and a strategic partner of choice for our customers across North America."

CashClub Wallet® Ushering in New Age of Cashless Funding Options
Everi's CashClub Wallet® integrates and extends cashless payments throughout the gaming enterprise using traditional, alternative, and mobile technologies. CashClub Wallet is a mobile digital wallet that allows casino operators to offer their guests the option of cashless and contactless funding of electronic game play, including funding at the gaming device, as well as payments at the point of sale or online to fund sports betting or social gaming. CashClub Wallet also provides guests with multiple options to access their funds while on the casino floor. Available on more than 26,000 electronic gaming devices, CashClub Wallet is the most widely deployed land-based digital gaming wallet in the U.S., and the market's only fully-integrated, multi-property, multi-jurisdictional, system-agnostic, solution. CashClub Wallet is scheduled be available at 16 commercial and tribal properties across four states by the end of October, and at nearly 30 properties by the end of 2021.

"CashClub Wallet anchors our mission-critical tools and serves to seamlessly connect our portfolio of FinTech products and applications," said Darren Simmons, Everi's Executive Vice President and FinTech Business Leader. "As we create operational efficiencies with existing infrastructure, it's important that the interactive journey of the player reflects our collective goal of providing casino guests with a convenient, end-to-end mobile funding experience."

Jackpot Xpress® Offers New Player and Casino Operator Efficiencies
Everi's award-winning jackpot management system, Jackpot Xpress®, is an extension of the Company's "Digital Neighborhood" concept. Installed in over 30 locations nationwide, the intuitive jackpot and tax forms management solution allows casino staff to securely and efficiently process slot jackpots using a mobile device right at the winning gaming machine. Jackpot Xpress is the only jackpot management system that combines mobile productivity, secure payment, tax forms management and anti-money laundering tracking into a single solution. Jackpot Xpress also powers digital adoption by integrating with CashClub Wallet, enables new card signups via integration with Everi's Loyalty Platform, and has secure email capabilities to allow casino patrons to electronically retrieve their tax forms.

Loyalty Platform Expands Award-Winning Capabilities
Everi's Trilogy™ represents a critical bridge between its operator-centric financial technology solutions and its player-centric gaming solutions. The enrollment and promotional kiosk, as well as the loyalty mobile module, are powered by an intuitive control panel that increases operational efficiency. It is the only loyalty software that is moving towards HTML5 based components, increasing security of patron information, and giving Everi the ability to offer more advanced engaging game content and the ability to integrate secure web content. In addition to this technological advancement displayed at G2E, a new Everi mobile platform, Trilogy Go!™, advances how casinos can engage with their patrons by extending many of our offered services; guests can book a table at a restaurant, participate in promotions and more directly from their mobile device.

Comprehensive Suite of RegTech Solutions
Everi is a leading compliance provider in the gaming industry and its range of integrated solutions helps keep casino operators in compliance and manage risk with ease. Everi will showcase two of it's latest RegTech innovations at G2E: Entegrity and PitXpress.

Entegrity is Everi's 4th generation Anti-Money Laundering platform that combines the latest in technology with Everi's decades of compliance experience to bring the most advanced toolkit for AML professionals in the gaming industry.

PitXpress modernizes table games operations and improves both the player and operator experience by automating the credit, front money and marker lifecycle using mobile technology. Marker issuance, redemption, and transfers are performed in real-time and mobile bet tracking allows for more accurate ratings for VIP players.

Everi has also partnered with Veridocs to integrate TrueAuthentication® and TrueListCheck™ technology into its numerous product offerings and to distribute the industry's leading ID authentication technology.

Ainsworth Game Technology (ASX: AGI) announced today that David Bollesen has been appointed the new Chief Product Officer (CPO) effective October 7, 2021.

Bollesen has a distinguished career spanning more than 25 years in the digital entertainment industry and will head Ainsworth’s Game Development teams globally. 

Most recently, he spent more than 11 years working at IGT, including serving as Vice President of Game Studios in the company’s Australia headquarters. Prior to moving to Australia, Bollesen served in several key roles for IGT in Reno, Nev.

Ainsworth Chairman Danny Gladstone said: “We are looking forward to having David on board to lead the next generation of Ainsworth products to the market.”

Bollesen has led and collaborated on numerous video games and slot machine products with proven success. Based in Ainsworth’s Sydney headquarters, he will be responsible for building on the existing game studios and driving increased game performance and market share in all regions.

“I firmly believe that developers and operators must aggressively drive for new features and technologies with a keen awareness of the core concepts,” said Bollesen. “I believe in the strength of the Ainsworth brand and with the right strategies in place there is an opportunity to build on the fundamentals by understanding what core gamers are looking for in their experience.”

LAS VEGASSept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaming Arts, LLC, an end-to-end gaming technology provider of electronic gaming machines, bingo, keno, and interactive casino-wide promotional systems, today announced some key personnel changes ahead of G2E 2021.

Effective immediately, Jean Venneman, the Company's current Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

"Over the last three and a half years, Jean has played a critical role in the growth of the Company," said Mike Dreitzer, CEO of Gaming Arts. "This appointment reflects what has been a natural expansion of responsibility for her within our organization." Dreitzer continued, "I look forward to continuing to work with Jean alongside David Colvin, Gaming Arts owner and founder, as well as the rest of the executive team as we collectively work to help lead the Company to the next level."

Venneman added, "I am appreciative of the continued faith that David and Mike have placed in me.  The future of Gaming Arts has certainly never been brighter. We have come so far in such a short amount of time and still have great opportunity in front of us."

In another key appointment, Mike Smykowski has been named Director of Sales. Mike comes to Gaming Arts after a decade-long successful tenure in Gaming sales at Ainsworth Game Technology.

"I have long admired Mike Smykowski as an award-winning gaming sales professional and strategic thinker. We are delighted to have him join us at this time", said Dreitzer. "Mike's a great fit for us. He will add tremendous leadership to our already solid sales team."

"Smykowski added, "I am so happy and honored to be joining Gaming Arts at this pivotal time in their history. I look forward to working with the team to achieve our sales goals in an accelerated manner".

Smykowski's appointment is effective October 11, 2021 and subject to any regulatory approvals that may be deemed necessary by applicable jurisdictions.

Colvin concluded, "These moves are extremely important to position ourselves for continued expansion and growth as a company. We congratulate Jean and welcome Mike to the team."

AXES.ai, the Global Gaming Land-Based Industry’s Cashless Pioneer and FinTech Innovator, announces that it has been granted two key Gaming Supplier Licenses by the Puerto Rico Gaming Commission (PRGC).

The Slot Machines in the Route Service Industry License and the Casino Service Industry License are essential to obtain the authorization to commercialize in Puerto Rico. AXES will now offer and integrate its Regulatory Monitoring System, its Casino Management System and its Route Management System in the Puerto Rico market. 

“The Puerto Rican market is one of the highest potential markets in the USA”, stated Earle G. Hall, President & CEO of AXES. “The PRGC is focused on creating a world-class, legitimate gaming market, and AXES is very excited to have obtained these two gaming supplier licenses at such a strategic moment. AXES offers a fast, affordable and powerful path to legitimacy, transparency and traceability through data monitoring, cashless, responsible gaming and anti-money laundering to name but a few of the hundreds of applications and functions in the AXES Cloud. We are very excited to offer our expertise and applications to this promising market.”


ABOUT AXES

AXES is the Global Gaming Industry’s cashless pioneer and FinTech Innovator. AXES is a real-time IoT, Blockchain and Big Data Cloud Information Management System that eradicates fraud, theft and illicit activities to focus on performance. The AXES Cloud streams deep, rich data from governments, casinos and route/street operations in more than 40 countries from every type of gaming machine to generate actionable intelligence and enhanced performance. The AXES APP Store offers a wide range of proprietary and third-party apps to empower its prestigious clientele with next-generation, affordable Apps to generate and leverage new and incremental revenue sources. AXES is the future of casino information management today. 

For more information about AXES or to request a demo, visit AXES at www.AXES.ai 

LONDON, Sept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its U.S. market-leading PlaySports platform will power sports betting at Angel Of The Winds Casino Resort in Arlington, Wash. Operated by the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, the casino will leverage IGT's PlaySports turnkey solution for retail and on-premise mobile sports betting.

"Angel Of The Winds Casino Resort patrons will be able to experience this new and exciting form of gaming from anywhere on our property, thanks to IGT's omnichannel PlaySports platform," said Travis O'Neil, Angel Of The Winds Casino Resort CEO."IGT's comprehensive PlaySports solution, paired with the company's extensive experience and expertise, will enable us to offer a world-class sports betting operation for many years to come."

"As the leading choice for U.S. operators to power their sports betting enterprises, IGT PlaySports is thrilled to add Angel Of The Winds Casino Resort to our growing list of customers," said Enrico Drago, IGT CEO Digital & Betting."Our proven all-in-one PlaySports technology was designed to offer maximum flexibility for operators of all sizes to seamlessly establish exciting sports betting programs."

For more information about IGT PlaySports, visit igt.com/PlaySports or visit us on LinkedIn.

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galaxy Gaming, Inc. (OTC: GLXZ), the world’s largest independent developer and distributor of casino table games and technology, announced major milestones in its commitment to best-in-class omnichannel table game content and solutions.

“At Galaxy Gaming, we’re hyper-focused on developing innovative table game content that performs both online and on the casino floor and continues to delight the player, wherever they may be,” said Todd Cravens, President and CEO of Galaxy Gaming. “This G2E season, we are thrilled to premiere a suite of brand new table game content and solutions and announce some big wins in iGaming.”

Debuting New Comprehensive Baccarat Portfolio

 

In response to the need for customizable Baccarat games and tools, Galaxy Gaming unveils its Baccarat collection this October. Traditionally, the industry featured a variety of baccarat side bets offered separately. After listening to their partners, Galaxy developed a series of games that allow for one-of-a-kind combinations that solve this challenge and an engaging trend board solution.

Galaxy Gaming is proud to launch Rising Phoenix, Golden Talons, and Mystic Baccarat, and the elegant Baccarat trend board solution, Lunar Table Display.

  • The bet combinations of Rising Phoenix and Golden Talons mark the first time players will have the opportunity to take advantage of both styles of side bets on one table.

  • In addition to this combination, all of Galaxy’s Baccarat side bets can be mixed. Also, new to the Prime Membership portfolio, Mystic Baccarat presents three additional side bets and allows the option to add Golden Talons.

  • All games are available as both commission and commission-free and with the option of adding single or multi-denom progressives.

  • The Lunar Table Display transforms the typical trend board offering support for most industry intelligent shoes and displaying comprehensive game results. The user-friendly dealer interface makes the dealer’s job streamlined, allowing more hands to be dealt.

Launching Innovative High Action Table Games

Galaxy Gaming is also thrilled to announce a suite of exciting high-action games joining the Prime Membership Portfolio: Split to Double Blackjack, Super Omaha Poker, Three Card Pick’em, and High Roller Hold’em.

  • All five of these games are designed for high action while maximizing the player’s time on the table.

  • Each title offers a reasonable house edge while providing the players with several opportunities to raise.

  • Galaxy Gaming acquired the rights to this game portfolio from High Variance Games, LLC.

Announcing One Billion Online Bets Annually and Counting

In the last twelve months, over one billion wagers worldwide have been made online on Galaxy Gaming side bets alone. Galaxy Gaming’s well-known and trusted titles in brick-and-mortar casinos continue to shine in the iGaming space as well.

  • Of the top seven side bets online, Galaxy iGames make up five including the world’s number one side bet, 21+3, Perfect Pairs, Buster Blackjack, Lucky Ladies, and Lucky Lucky.

  • Galaxy iGames can be found across over 750 of the world’s leading online casino iGaming sites.

  • Currently, Galaxy iGaming titles produce 2% of Gross Gaming Revenue in the U.S., and Galaxy expects that percentage to grow as new markets and products become available.

Coming Soon: 21+3 Progressive Blackjack with Lucky Ladies in Partnership with Spin Games LLC

Bringing two of Galaxy Gaming’s most successful titles together, Spin Games will launch 21+3 Progressive Blackjack. A leader in Remote Gaming Server technology and interactive content, Spin Games specializes in designing and developing world-class gaming content and best-in-class interactive technologies for regulated B2B social and real money gaming markets.

  • 21+3 Progressive Blackjack’s upcoming launch will be the first time 21+3 and Lucky Ladies will appear as dual bets in the market.

  • This also marks the first time a 21+3 Progressive will launch an RNG casino game.

  • 21+3 and Lucky Ladies are two of the most popular side bets in the world in both physical and online casinos.

Already Powering Some of the Largest Convenience Store Names in the Country, TransAct Invites Attendees to Learn Firsthand How To Transform Their Fresh Food Programs with Mobile-First Technology

HAMDEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 28, 2021-- TransAct® Technologies Incorporated (Nasdaq: TACT) (“TransAct” or “the Company”), a global leader in software-driven technology and printing solutions for high-growth markets, today announced that it will debut the BOHA!® Work Station and BOHA! software for convenience stores’ fresh food operations at the National Association of Convenience Stores (“NACS 2021”) on October 5-8, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. BOHA! is the industry’s first single-vendor solution to combine applications for FDA-compliant Grab ‘n Go Labeling, Digital Food Safety, Tasks and Checklists, Kitchen Production, Temperature Monitoring of Food and Equipment, and Inventory Management in a single platform. NACS 2021 attendees visiting TransAct’s booth (#4384) at McCormick Place will see how convenience store operators can leverage the power of BOHA! to execute their fresh food program with digital precision.

“TransAct’s BOHA! Solutions have rapidly become the go-to solution for C-Store operators as they continue to expand into freshly prepared & pre-packaged foods,” said Bart C. Shuldman, Chairman and CEO of TransAct Technologies. “Our BOHA! solution is the perfect tool to reduce the time and cost required to meet FDA compliance with grab ‘n go food, and our system is adaptable to specific customer needs to provide them with information that is essential to running any fresh food program.”

The solutions will be on full display at booth (#4384) as TransAct demonstrates its ability to dramatically improve grab ‘n go labeling with on-demand printing from the BOHA! Work Station, calculating food prep lists with food production, managing inventory with predictive ordering and digitized counts as well as digital HACCP-compliant temperature monitoring for food and equipment. In addition, TransAct will be showcasing the newly released BOHA! Work Station which prints 1”-3” wide grab ‘n go labels to accommodate FDA-compliant, dual nutrition fact panels and round parfait labels, along with industry leading 300 DPI capabilities for superior print quality.

For more information on the Company’s BOHA! ecosystem, please visit www.transact-tech.com/cstore

Aristocrat Gaming™ is the clear leader in innovative hardware, games, and customer experience solutions that perform for its customers and help to create memorable gaming experiences for their guests. Now at G2E 2021, Aristocrat will introduce the next evolution of premium products designed to drive market growth through innovation and player engagement.

At G2E, Aristocrat will show a vast array of new games, including next-generation evolutions of proven game families such as Mighty Cash Ultra 88™, and Gold Stacks 88™ and new innovations like Jackpot Catcher™, Triple Supreme™, and Wild Fireball Rumble™.

Aristocrat will also show new innovations to player-favorite brands such as Mighty Cash™, Buffalo™, Gold Stacks 88™, Baby Choy™, Mr. Cashman™, Make That Cash™, and more.

Core stepper players everywhere love Aristocrat’s RELM™ and new RELM 5 Reel, and Aristocrat is expanding the game library with new games such as Make That Cash™ Sensational Stars™, Jackpot Hits™ Red Flame Inferno™, Jackpot Hits Sunrise Riches™ & Twilight Treasures™ and Gold Stacks 88™ Prosperity Pig™.

Building on its success in high-denom rooms, Aristocrat will display new products designed for high-limit players with video games including Buffalo™ High Limit, Pompeii™ High Limit, and Win Line™ and new stepper titles including Make That Cash™, Wild Wild Wild™, Jackpot Hits™, and Wheel Max™.

The most popular game in North America is a focal point at casinos from coast to coast and the instantly legendary Buffalo Link™ will be a focal point at G2E as well, standing tall amongst other recently released player favorites including Wild Wild Buffalo™ and  Timber Wolf Diamond™.

The all-new adventure of Game of Thrones™ Kings Landing will be in the booth, shining like oracles of what’s to come from Aristocrat – new titles that will be revealed only when the curtain rises at Aristocrat’s booth.

VGT Class II Innovations by Aristocrat Gaming brings recognizable, high-performing Class II-only content on superior hardware combined with top trending features and mechanics. At G2E, Aristocrat will unveil a new Class II MarsX Portrait with a launch title that is available only in Class II. Additionally, Aristocrat will show Class II exclusives, such as Hunt For El Dorado™, Silver Dollar Shoot Out™, and a new Buffalo™ game created exclusively for Class II.

Additionally, the RELM XL™ cabinet brings new MSP versions of Polar High Roller®, Lucky Ducky®, Hot Red Ruby®, and Polar Riches®. And if that weren’t enough, Aristocrat will unveil a new version of the global sensation Lightning Link™ for Class II.

For specialty markets, Aristocrat will debut a new line of games built specifically for Washington with upgraded math and new hardware, and the company will showcase innovations for growing markets, such as Historical Horse Racing and VLT with high-performing games and unique hardware.

Aristocrat’s customer experience (CX) solutions drive and enhance the guest experience, and the company will show dozens of cutting-edge and innovative CX solutions, including leading solutions for contactless and cashless gaming, such as Aristocrat’s Digital Wallet™, the fast and simple way players can fund their entertainment experience online or on an app.

Also enhancing the guest experience is Aristocrat’s PlayerMax™ loyalty app, which links guests to their account status and allows for fun interactive brand features like gamification and in-app notifications; the Oasis Loyalty™ Kiosk, an all-in-one solution that combines card re-printing with promotional tools; and Tickets at the Table, which gives guests a seamless slot-to-table experience.

Guest experience meets employee experience in Drinks on Tap™, a fully mobile-based solution that allows guests to easily order drinks, food, merchandise, and more right at the EGM through the nCompass™ unit. Guests can even pay and tip for beverages using comps or points. On the staff side, Drinks on Tap helps increase efficiencies by automatically directing drinks to the nearest service well, viewing when servers are available or on break, and it even integrates with MICROS and InfoGenesis.

Aristocrat also helps enhance the employee experience with Oasis 360 apps for mobile devices such as EnrollMix™, which lets staff quickly enroll players into the player’s club from anywhere on the casino floor; and FloorFocus™, a slot dispatch solution that notifies floor attendants and slot technicians when an EGM needs immediate service and does it all in real time.

Operators everywhere love the leading ONE LINK™ solution with advanced technologies for progressive management, bonusing, and media management; and Aristocrat’s nVision™ is a business intelligence tool that empowers operators to better use data with interactive dashboards and customized reporting.

Aristocrat has the top talent making the best products. Experience the innovations in Aristocrat’s booth #1133 at G2E 2021.

Compliance is the heart of what Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) does for suppliers, regulators, and operators, all over the world. In more than 480 jurisdictions, suppliers, regulators, and operators turn to GLI for help in overcoming their compliance challenges in the areas of land-based gaming, iGaming, lottery, and cybersecurity.

GLI’s compliance offerings consist of four overarching categories that help clients wherever they are on their journey: regulatory compliance, technical compliance, end-to-end testing, and full lifecycle compliance, and its cybersecurity services protect operators, regulators, and suppliers across each compliance category.

GLI advises on many different parts of the compliance journey for existing and emerging jurisdictions regarding both existing and emerging technologies. Regardless of when and where in the world those projects might happen, or if GLI’s clients need one thing or many, their needs are intertwined, and GLI is the best partner for all of those integrated needs. The company helps clients leverage its decades of experience to help them achieve their goals—no matter how big or small, or how unique the challenge.

GLI aims to be the first call every time and is committed to its clients’ success from beginning to end and every stage in between. GLI’s global expert team of advisors are here to serve its clients during every stage of the gaming and regulatory process.

Additionally, with many jurisdictions requiring responsible gaming due diligence and other compliance-related issues such as recertification, ongoing auditing, AML compliance, GLI offers robust solutions to help its clients maintain and understand ongoing compliance obligations.

The GLI global team is always preparing for what’s next, with experts on the ground around the world, in terms of technology and cybersecurity. No matter the market or geography, GLI provides the intelligent insights needed to help its clients to get where they want and need to be. Throughout the process, GLI helps mitigate risk, enabling clients to stay focused on the future.

To meet continually increasing demand, GLI recently boosted its staffing levels in its labs, adding more than 100 team members overall, so GLI is better equipped than any other lab to meet the challenge – from pre-compliance to market launch, sports betting to iGaming – anywhere in the world.

Visit the GLI team at G2E to learn more.

Company Set to Debut Brand New Epicentral Mobile Host

HAMDEN, Conn. & LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 27, 2021-- TransAct Technologies Incorporated (Nasdaq: TACT) (“TransAct” or “the Company”), a global leader in software-driven technology and printer solutions for high-growth markets, announced that it will demonstrate for attendees at the 21st Annual Global Gaming Expo (“G2E 2021”) how its line of gaming products enhance the player experience with its Epic technology. TransAct’s display (Booth #2423) at G2E 2021, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 5-7, 2021 at the Venetian Expo, will highlight the Company’s full lineup of casino and gaming printers and software solutions, including the latest version of its innovative Epicentral Software Bonusing System which includes the all new Epicentral Mobile Host feature running on iPad or Android Tablets and its TITO and roll-fed printers.

“TransAct has long offered print and player bonusing solutions that allow casino and gaming operators to get an edge over their competition. There’s no better proof of this than our showcase of the new Epicentral Mobile Host feature of Epicentral giving Casino Slot Floor Managers the ultimate tool to identify and reward their most valuable players on the property in real-time. With our Epic Edge printer and Epicentral solution, we are bringing to casinos worldwide the most advanced printing technology that takes gaming capabilities to the next level,” said Bart C. Shuldman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TransAct Technologies. “Most importantly, we’re thrilled to reunite with our colleagues, clients and other industry leaders in person.”

Epicentral and Epicentral Mobile Host Delivers Casino Revenue Growth and Drives Loyalty

TransAct will again demonstrate at G2E 2021 its Epicentral Software Bonusing System along with its newest innovation, Epicentral Mobile Host. Together with the Epic Edge, Epicentral prints intelligent promotional offers at the slot machine or table-top game while the guest is playing. With the addition of Epicentral Mobile host, running on an iPad or Android tablet, Casino Slot Floor Managers will have a real-time dashboard of every player and activity on every game in the casino, giving them the ability to instantly deliver promotions to their best players. Additionally, Epicentral Mobile Host can provide a drill-down list of each slot machine player session to give hosts the ability to assess if a well-timed reward can further enhance play for their customer. If for any reason a player’s reward coupon has been damaged or lost, the host can look-up and reprint rewards on-demand. Casino Marketing and Slot Floor Managers can also view active promotions and coupons and select which offer they would like to award at the moment.

Epicentral extends time-on-device, increases player spend, and generates increased customer loyalty – all leading to more revenue for casinos. Epicentral offers a variety of new and improved features that are strategically designed for casino operators to increase their profits while using the most effective and user-friendly software in the industry. The latest version of Epicentral is cloud-based, which makes it easier to install, update, and keep secure. Epicentral can be enabled with the Acres Foundation System for real-time data or connected to the casino management system.

Epic Edge: The Leader in Ticket-In/Ticket-Out

The next-generation Epic Edge is the newest and most advanced TITO printer, offering a more than 50 percent improvement over existing printers thanks to its 300-DPI print resolution. Higher print resolution allows the Epic Edge to replicate a nearly unlimited array of characters and graphics, making it an ideal fit for casino operators around the globe. The Epic Edge also creates sharper barcodes which drive better ticket acceptance and reduced attendant calls, resulting in measurably improved floor performance that allows slot and table operations to run at peak efficiency. Epic Edge also prints eye-catching, dynamic graphic images, making it ideal for implementation alongside applications such as Epicentral. The Epic Edge allows for firmware updates via a full speed USB 2.0 connection or directly via a micro SD card, making the process of updating firmware faster than ever. Other features include a single rugged outer chassis with color coded rails, numerous flexible port options (Serial and USB), hot swap capability to eliminate game downtime, a faster ServerPort™ connection and an adjustable ticket bucket that accommodates standard and smaller, paper-saving tickets.

Also on display will be the Epic Edge TT made especially for table games, players’ club desks and cash desks. It packages a printer and internally mounted power supply in a tidy, compact design that is easy to deploy. In addition, thanks to its dual port capability, the Epic Edge TT allows operators to expand the bonusing environment created by their Epicentral deployments to non-gaming device applications.

The Epic printer offering is rounded out by the Epic 880®, a compact printer for all types of gaming and sports betting machines (including video lottery terminals) which features a modular design that is configurable to nearly any space, a variable length ticket presenter and ticket retract capability. It also offers auto paper loading and can accommodate 4-inch or 6-inch paper rolls.

- Expands mechanical reel hardware portfolio with DiamondRS™ cabinet
- Unveils large-format Peak65™ cabinet with premium licensed content
- Leads cashless gaming revolution with IGT Resort Wallet™ and IGTPay™
- Demonstrates iGaming growth with extended IGT PlayCasino game portfolio
- Introduces PlaySports content on market-leading PeakBarTop™ cabinet
- Expands performance-tested game library across core and MLP portfolio
- Continues 25th anniversary celebration of IGT's Wheel of Fortune® Slots

 

LONDON, Sept. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it will exhibit its latest innovations for land-based casinos, the digital gaming sector and the fast-growing sports betting industry at the 2021 Global Gaming Expo ("G2E") held Oct. 5-7 in Las Vegas, Nev.

IGT expands mechanical reel hardware portfolio with DiamondRS™ cabinet

Under IGT's theme "It's Game Time!" the Company's G2E showcase in booth #3659 will feature performance-tested solutions that are attuned to player preferences of today and market opportunities of the future. The Company will also leverage the three-day event to unveil two new form factors, the DiamondRS cabinet and the Peak65 cabinet, which will feature a new Wheel of Fortune theme as part of the Company's 25th anniversary celebration of Wheel of Fortune® Slots.

IGT's partnership with Sony Pictures Television on Wheel of Fortune Slots set a landmark precedent in gaming. For 25 years, the strength of the Wheel of Fortune brand and widespread appeal of the game have set the standard for how licensed brands can translate into compelling slot themes.  

"IGT's G2E 2021 theme 'It's Game Time!' celebrates our excitement for the gaming industry to reconvene and our opportunity to demonstrate compelling, future-forward solutions that engage and entertain players and meet the needs of the evolving gaming industry," said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO Global Gaming. "IGT's research-backed G2E portfolio is anchored in next-generation games and cabinets, never-before-seen innovations such as the DiamondRS cabinet and growth-driving products such as the Resort Wallet with IGTPay cashless gaming solutions."

"G2E 2021 provides a prime platform for IGT PlayDigital to showcase its digital and sports betting innovations and illuminate how our solutions for these fast-growing segments can deliver incremental growth and complement land-based gaming enterprises," said Enrico Drago, IGT CEO Digital & Betting. "IGT continues to evolve our PlaySports solution with new platform and self-service betting features, and we continuously expand our PlayCasino library with in-demand omnichannel games and compelling business analytics tools."

Product highlights within IGT's G2E booth will include:

  • Elevates Classic Mechanical Reel Hardware Innovation: G2E will be the global debut for IGT's dazzling DiamondRS mechanical reel cabinet. Backed by IGT's leading pedigree in mechanical reel slots and content, the future-forward DiamondRS cabinet retains many player-preferred classic stepper elements, includes IGT Diamond Glass and features an attention-grabbing square, video top box. The hardware's IGT Diamond Glass allows for supreme player engagement, increased content innovation, and options for denomination and multi-game configurability. The cabinet also accommodates an in-game progressive controller, giving operators even more options for rewarding players. The DiamondRS cabinet is supported with a large library of performance-tested games including new spins on player-favorites with games such as Double Top Dollar and Fortune Coin™ Extra™.

  • Expansion of High-Performing Peak Hardware Family: Tradeshow attendees will be chanting "WHEEL-OF-FORTUNE!" on IGT's new, super-sized Peak65 cabinet. This addition to IGT's Peak hardware family features a 65-inch progressively curved display, a 13.3-inch dynamic player panel with dual bash buttons, and the most advanced graphics, sound and ergonomic technology. At G2E IGT will unveil the Peak65 with new Wheel of Fortune Slots theme, Wheel of Fortune High Roller™. With a vibrant, electronic wheel topper, the Peak65 stands more than 10 feet tall and instantly becomes a jackpot beacon on a casino floor. IGT will also debut the Peak65 with The Price is Right® Come on Down Video Slots, which is an entertaining take on one of the most successful, longest running TV game shows of all time and leverages fan-favorite mini-games such as Plinko, the Showcase Showdown Big Wheel and the Range Game. The Company will also debut Wheel of Fortune Wild Spins Night Life on the PeakSlant49™ cabinet.

  • Industry's Only Fully Integrated Turnkey Cashless Solution: IGT will demonstrate the usability and versatility of its IGT ADVANTAGE casino management system Resort Wallet and IGTPay modules. The convenience-driving solutions make "going cashless" easy for operators and players, and give operators multiple options for offering cashless gaming including carded cashless and cardless cashless, and option with external funding via IGTPay. The Company's systems showcase will also include play-driving Bonusing delivery games and employee mobile convenience apps. Additionally, IGT will spotlight FloorNet™, the Company's latest advancement in IGT ADVANTAGE system architecture that maximizes system performance and provides casino operators with the means to drive incremental growth.

  • Play-Driving iGaming Content from IGT PlayDigital: In a year that has delivered significant growth in digital and betting, IGT PlayDigital™ will present a high-performing portfolio of engaging PlayCasino games for the globally expanding iGaming market. Standout games from IGT PlayDigital's game portfolio at G2E will include the high-paying MegaJackpots™ Elephant King™ slots, Great Bear slots and a sequel to the Company's top-performing digital game in 2020, Fortune Coin Boost! ™. Next-generation Wheel of Fortune slots and additional omnichannel Powerbucks™ titles will also be on display for G2E attendees.

  • Winning Sports Betting Technology and Services: Powering sports betting at more than 50 gaming venues across the U.S., IGT's PlaySports platform is backed by a portfolio of user-friendly self-service betting technologies. At G2E, IGT PlaySports will demonstrate its new CrystalFlex™ betting software bundle on the award-winning CrystalBetting™ Terminal and, for the first time, showcase PlaySports content on the widely deployed PeakBarTop cabinet. These new multi-game bundles include the legendary Game King X™ content and enable players to watch their favorite sports, place sports wagers, enjoy slots, and play video poker and keno on the same gaming machine and with the same on-machine funds. IGT PlaySports will also showcase the capabilities of its trading advisory services team, introduce cashless wagering on its PlaySports Kiosk, spotlight the versatility of the PlaySports Pad and demonstrate why PlaySports is the most widely used B2B sports betting solution in the U.S.

  • New Content for Peak Series Hardware: IGT's focus on quality, performance-tested content for all its form factors will be highly evident at G2E. On the PeakSlant32 cabinet, IGT will debut new games such as Lucky Larry's Lobstermania™ 4 and Greek Lightning/Lucky Lightning™, while Stinkin' Rich Skunks Gone Wild! ™, Da Vinci Diamonds® Masterpiece™, and Wolf Run Eclipse™ are all new, must-play core titles for the premium-quality PeakSlant49™ cabinet. New multi-level progressives within IGT's G2E showcase will include the frequently hitting static WAP Money Mania™, and Wu Wu Coins™ MLP with multiple persistence features.

  • Silver Anniversary of Most Popular Slot Theme of All Time: IGT will utilize G2E as a platform to continue the 25th anniversary celebration of Wheel of Fortune Slots. The booth will include 25 gaming machines with Wheel of Fortune themes, including 13 never-before-seen titles spanning mechanical reel and video slots. Throughout the three-day event, IGT will host Wheel of Fortune Slots-themed promotions, coordinate giveaways and run spirited tournaments on the Company's all-new Wheel of Fortune Spin & Win game.

Other gaming innovations within IGT's G2E booth will include:

  • Advancements in Electronic Table Games (ETG) content and technology including the highly versatile Peak Terminal, new side bets and the option for multiple games to run on a single terminal via IGT's Concurrent technology.
  • New innovative video poker game concepts for the PeakBarTop, CrystalSlant Poker™, Cobalt 23™ and CrystalCurve™ cabinets. Must-see IGT video poker games at G2E will include All Star Poker® III™, Keno Star™, Lucky Suit Poker™ and Powerhouse Poker Plus™, as well as player-favorites Super Star Poker II™ and Game King X.
  • IGT will round out its G2E portfolio with modernizations in VLT content and hardware, as well as next-generation specialty market products for Historical Horse Racing, Class II and CDS Class II.

To learn more visit IGT.com, like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/IGT or follow us on Twitter via @IGTJackpots or via our G2E hashtag: #IGTxG2E21.

27 September 2021– Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) is pleased to announce the launch of Big Piggy Bonus™, a novel pig-themed slot game where players can “bring home the bacon,” available online and on mobile.

Big Piggy Bonus with its vibrant piggy character and symbols of extravagance, will transport players to a fun-filled world of riches, monocles, and top hats! Set in the Piggy’s mansion, the game’s big band jazz soundtrack will have players on the edge of their seats, spinning the dazzling reels to win ham-some cash pay-outs.

With a configuration of 6×4 reels and 50-win lines, Big Piggy Bonus uses Inspired’s well established and exceedingly popular Big Bonus mechanic, to deliver players a thrilling, engaging and visually impactful iGaming experience.

During the base game, three to six scatters can activate the bonus which triggers the Pick Me feature. Players can bag guaranteed multipliers of x20, x25, x30, x50 or x100 in the game’s bonus round.

Big Piggy Bonus’s Free Spins feature includes sticky Wilds that will continue to accumulate wins indefinitely until the player achieves a single win of greater than or equal to the game’s Big Win amount.

Claire Osborne, Vice President of Interactive at Inspired, said: “We’re thrilled to launch Big Piggy Bonus, our first ever pig-themed game. The pig is a likeable animal around world, regarded by many cultures as a sign of prosperity and good fortune, so we hope the theme brings just that for our Operator partners and their players! With its extremely popular Big Bonus mechanic and its crisp graphics, I’m certain Big Piggy Bonus will become a hit, adding even more vibrancy to our growing portfolio of innovative and player-favourite slot titles.”

Big Piggy Bonus is a medium-volatility game with a return to player (RTP) rate of 95%, aimed at the casual online casino player.

Head over to Inspired’s website to sample Big Piggy Bonus here:

https://inseinc.com/interactive/games/big-piggy-bonus

For all of Inspired’s other online and mobile games, head here: https://inseinc.com/interactive/games

Rising industry executive named as next generation leader in gaming


Las Vegas, NV — September 24, 2021

Konami Gaming, Inc. officially congratulates Vice President of West Game Sales Lauren Bates as one of this year’s “Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40”. She has been recognized by Global Gaming Business magazine and The Innovation Group (TIG) as one of the most significantly impactful gaming industry professionals under the age of 40. Lauren Bates’ 15-year career at Konami Gaming has evidenced an unmistakable expertise in forging meaningful business partnerships in some of the world’s most competitive casino markets. In addition to her senior leadership position at Konami, Bates is on the Board of Directors for Global Gaming Women and is currently serving as the organization’s Vice President and Mentorship Committee Co-Chair.

“The leadership demonstrated by Lauren Bates is characterized by committed partnership, genuine mentorship, and skilled ambition,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president & chief operating officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “Her contributions have been an instrumental factor in Konami’s growth success, and her positive influence continues expanding out to the broader industry through work with casino operators, strategic partners, and charitable organizations such as Global Gaming Women.”      

Lauren Bates joined Konami in 2006 and quickly excelled, building strong partnerships and collaborative solutions with some of America’s largest casino resort destinations. She was promoted from National Account Manager to Director of Regional Sales West in 2019, before being named Vice President of West Game Sales in 2020. Lauren Bates will be honored during the 2021 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Las Vegas this month and profiled in an upcoming edition of Global Gaming Business.

For more information about Konami Gaming, Inc., please visit www.konamigaming.com.
PRESS RELEASE - September 23, 2021

Fantini CEO Insights Interviews with the Gaming Industry’s Leaders


SCHWARTZ TALKS TECH, MARKET ENTRY

Rush Street Interactive CEO Richard Schwartz discusses the importance of iGaming and sports betting companies owning their own technology in the latest interview in Fantini’s CEO Insights series.

Schwartz also discusses how critical it is to get into new markets early and the focus Rush Street Interactive has on continually improving the user experience.

Full interview at: https://youtu.be/jMK3YOgP-lo.


Fantini’s CEO Insights are sponsored by IGT.


Previous videos feature Caesars CEO Tom Reeg, Penn National CEO Jay Snowden, Rush Street CEO Greg Carlin, Renato Ascoli of IGT and Barry Cottle of Scientific Games, among others.

All can be viewed at
https://www.fantiniresearch.com/conventions/ceo-insights.html



Other video interviews in the Insights series - Emerging Insights, Investor Insights and Public Policy Insights – can be viewed at https://www.fantiniresearch.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10547

Any questions about the series can be addressed to Associate Publisher Ashley Diem at ADiem@FantiniResearch.com or at +1 302 730 3793.

LAS VEGAS (September 23, 2021) – Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) Director of Systems and Audit Joseph Marchetti has been named to the ELG 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 by Emerging Leaders of Gaming (ELG) and Global Gaming Business (GGB) magazine.

 

Joseph Marchetti, Director of Systems and Audit
 
GLI Vice President of Engineering Sangeeta Reddy said, “We are thrilled for the industry to recognize Joseph as an Emerging Leader in Gaming. For more than 15 years, Joseph has led teams in creating innovative solutions for GLI’s clients, helping clients discover new paths forward, and providing valuable consultative advice on their integrated compliance journey.”
 
Since assuming his new role in May 2021, Marchetti has led his team of systems testers, auditors, and automation developers as they work closely with regulators, operators, and suppliers, paving the way in the ever-evolving world of gaming systems. He has also streamlined processes and created automation tools which expedite the time to market while also reducing clients’ costs.
 
He has been with GLI for more than 15 years, previously serving as Technical Group Manager. Over that time, he has developed an enviable and proven record of success as an engineer, as a manager, and in developing engineers for multiple aspects of testing.
 
Over the past 15 years, Marchetti has grown from an entry-level Test Engineer to his current role. Along the way, he has reached a high level of expertise in the regulatory compliance testing of multiple game types, platforms, progressive controllers, shufflers/shoes as well as casino management systems.
 
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