Galaxy Gaming has inked a partnership agreement with Blueprint Gaming for the release of table games with Side Bets

The leading UK-based game studio that belongs to Germany’s Gauselmann Group had chosen Galaxy Gaming for its popular, trademarked Side Bets feature.

Once it has been added to its table games in the second quarter, the Side Bets feature is expected to enhance the engagement potential for Blueprint Gaming’s table games while breathing fresh life into the gameplay.

The freshly licensed Side Bets features will become available across Blueprint Gaming’s entire portfolio of table games in all the jurisdictions the studio currently operates in. 

The first game that will reach the portfolio will be Blackjack Player’s Choice with as many as six Side Bets made available on the date of the launch.

The terms of the new agreement also include the 21+3, which is the leading Side Bet on online and brick-and-mortar gaming venues. The game reunites two of the most popular casino card games on the planet, Blackjack and Three Card Poker. 

21+ 3 has been proven to offer high-paced action at the tables and an overall growing table win and hold.

According to Galaxy Gaming’s director of iGaming Jason McCulloch, the newly signed licensing partnership will also include other popular titles like Lucky Ladies, Perfect Pairs, Suit’em Up, Lucky Lucky, and Buster Blackjack.

McCulloch described the games as “some of the most popular side bet titles in the world” while expressing excitement to watch them bring new thrills to players in all parts of the world. 

Blueprint Gaming’s director of key accounts and marketing UK Jo Purvis acknowledged their games’ trusted performance over the years while expressing their interest in constantly offering new experiences for players and operators alike. 

Purvis called Galaxy Gaming’s Side Bets “the perfect tool that would help boost player engagement and revenue growth through their potential of adding fresh ways of enjoying their favorite table games.

Galaxy Gaming has established itself as a premium provider of proven games with top-tier performance. Via its Progressive Games Partners subsidiary, the company is considered the leading licensor of proprietary table games for the iGaming industry. 

High 5 Games bolsters their executive leadership team with Chief Technology Officer, Chris Armes.

 Chris brings to High 5 Games the experience of having managed global engineering teams for several Fortune 100 companies over the past 25 years. Since moving into iGaming in 2017, he’s never looked back and compares the burgeoning industry today to the dotcom business during the boom in the mid to late 90s.


Chris Armes 

In his position as CTO, Chris will work closely with Jerry Wilson, who is in charge of creative strategy for game content and brands at High 5 Games. Another ally Chris counts on to help him meet deliverables is Gino Fratto, who leads the product and project management teams.

As a leader of a tech organization, you and the business are only as good as the team you build, which is why building the best technical team is the key to success, ” stated Armes. 

Luxury Northern California casino to launch cashless slot play via IGT's award-winning technologies

LONDONMarch 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) announced today that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, Calif. to enable cashless gaming via the award-winning Resort Wallet™ and IGTPay™ solutions. As modules of the IGT ADVANTAGE™ casino management system, Resort Wallet and IGTPay comprise the gaming industry's only fully integrated turnkey cashless solution and will give Graton's guests more choice, convenience and security for funding their play at the property's 3,000+ slot machines.

LAS VEGAS, March 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galaxy Gaming, Inc. (OTCQB: GLXZ) (“Galaxy” or the “Company”), a developer and distributor of online and land-based casino table games and enhanced systems, announced today that its meeting of Shareholders will be held virtually on June 14, 2023, for shareholders of record as of April 17, 2023. The Notice of Shareholders Meeting will be provided to shareholders of record as of April 17, 2023, in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations.

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (March 20, 2023) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is pleased to announce the promotions of Andrea Bossard and Mike Burger to Directors of Engineering. The two are exceptional leaders with an unwavering commitment to providing top-notch service and support.

Andrea Bossard, left and Mike Burger, right

Bossard has been with GLI for nearly two decades, beginning her career as a Quality Assurance Engineer, then transitioning to GLI as a Test Engineer, working her way steadily up to her new director position. Her strong background in mathematics and computer science from Benedictine College has enabled her to bring a unique perspective to GLI's engineering team.
Burger has been with GLI since 2001 and began his GLI career as a Test Engineer specializing in video lottery software and systems testing. He has developed test scripts for testing software on the VLC AGS F3 protocol, demonstrating his in-depth technical knowledge and skills. He graduated from Brick Computer Science Institute and Richard Stockton College of N.J.
GLI Vice President of Engineering Mackenzie Haugh said, “Andrea and Mike are both strong, independent, and unique leaders. They share a very common approach to supporting our supplier and regulator customers with relentless service and support through a strong foundation in technical product and market knowledge. I couldn’t be more proud of their growth thus far and am eager to see how and where they help take us and our clients.”
Join Andrea Bossard and Mike Burger on LinkedIn and get to know more about Andrea and Mike in their “Illuminating Questions” video profiles.

Miami, March 17, 2023 - Win Systems, a leading provider of technology for the gaming and entertainment industry, will participate with its exclusive distributor in Colombia, Golden Gaming, in the next edition of the GAT trade-show. The event will take place in Cartagena de Indias on March 29th and 30th. The booth of the company will be A10.

As every year, Win Systems could not miss GAT Cartagena to exhibit its state-of-the-art solutions for casinos. The company will take a step forward in its slots offering, with its incredible ST3 and Rhapsody cabinets, which already have +100 games in its extensive library. In addition, it will present its new and spectacular Goddess Link and Jin Long games and the launch of two multi-games: Adventure and Orion.

The company will also showcase its iconic Gold Club multi-position electronic roulettes, which are extremely popular in the Colombian market. Win Systems will exhibit at GAT its latest release Gold Club series 25, which is available for its entire range of roulettes. The series 25 already achieved great success in the markets where it has been introduced, thanks to its exclusive design in red and black colors, with attractive lighting that makes it incredibly eye-catching from any point of the casino. The series 25 has renewed software, including a new game layout design. In addition, it includes the Lucky Number jackpot.

Eric Benchimol, CEO of Win Systems, commented: "We are very pleased to participate once again in GAT, since Latin America is one of the main markets for Win Systems. Our position in Colombia has been highly strategic for several years and we enjoy great recognition from both operators and players. The solutions we will present at the trade-show are adapted to the needs of this market. In addition, having Golden Gaming as a strategic partner in the country allows us to respond to the high demands of the Colombian market and continue competing at the highest level".

Zitro has entered a new collaboration agreement with UNNIC Casino, the first casino to open in Andorra. UNNIC Casino has bet on Zitro’s GLARE cabinet line, which offers a unique combination of high-quality graphics, immersive soundtrack, ergonomic design, and innovative features.



As part of this commitment, UNNIC has added 40 GLARE cabinets, which feature some of Zitro’s most popular titles, including Mighty Hammer, Mega King, Link King, Link Me, 88 Link, Wheel of Legends, among others.

Coolbet, an online sports betting and casino brand of GAN, has revealed it will be leaving the Ontario market next month.

The operator entered the newly regulated market last April under an iGaming Ontario (iGO) license, having previously been available to residents via a license from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

But Coolbet has now confirmed that it will pull out of the Canadian province completely by the end of Apr. 3.

Ahead of that date the brand will implement a transition period to tie up all loose ends.

First, Coolbet will turn off all deposit options on Mar. 21, leaving players with low balance left in their account a decision to make; to either use up all of the existing funds on bets or casino spins, or to top up the balance to withdraw all of the funds. The minimum withdrawal amounts are $1 (Interac) and $0.01 (Trustly).

Then, on Mar. 22, its casino and sportsbook will close. Bets that cannot be settled by then because the outcome is still unknown will be voided and refunded. This includes futures and in parlays; if any of the outcomes result is not known the part of that parlay will be voided and odds set to 1.00.

Furthermore, any bonus funds will be fully unlocked from wagering requirements on Mar. 23.

The final step happens on Apr. 3, when the website and mobile app will be shut down.

Coolbet’s statement concluded: “Thank you for all the good times, and always remember…Stay Cool. Bet Responsibly.”


Story by Nick Ware; appeared in SBCAmericas on March 17, 2023


Zitro is pleased to announce that it has achieved the ISO 27001 certification for its Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). This certification acknowledges the company’s commitment to protecting information and guaranteeing the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive data of both clients and employees.


ISO 27001 establishes the requirements for information security management systems. It is part of the ISO 27000 family of standards related to information and cybersecurity, and is based on best practices for implementing information security measures, thus providing a framework for organizations to follow.

With this certification, Zitro can manage its information flows while avoiding potential threats and complying with current legal requirements. As a result, this ensures business continuity and offers added value to customers seeking secure and reliable gaming products. Principio del formularioFinal del formulario

Johnny Viveiros Ortiz, Founder of Zitro, said: “We are proud to have obtained the ISO 27001 certification, which is a testament to our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of information security. This certification demonstrates that at Zitro, we have implemented the best practices for managing and protecting sensitive information and enhances our credibility as a trusted partner”.

The Mexican Winpot group has added more than 200 slots with Mighty Hammer game theme. Mighty Hammer is  a 4-level progressive link multigame that offers the perfect combination of players ‘favorite features: the Link Up and Link King functions. With three unique link bonuses, players will have a higher jackpot amount depending on the bet placed. The higher the bet, the more intense the gaming experience, and the bigger the prizes and rewards.


“Mighty Hammer is already being felt in Winpot’s Casinos and players are delighted with this new addition with its impeccable graphics, sound effects and engaging and innovative game mechanics” states Anuar Haua, Winpot’s Chief Operating Officer.

“I would like to thank Winpot again for the opportunity they give us to be present with all our products at their casinos’ properties, this time with the addition of Mighty Hammer. I am very pleased to continue our personal and commercial relationship with Winpot, which brings us so much success”, said Johnny Viveiros Ortiz, Founder of Zitro.

LAS VEGASMarch 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Acres Manufacturing Company ("Acres" or the "Company"), a leading casino loyalty and technology innovator, announced today the launch of TIBO (Ticket-In Bonus-Out), a groundbreaking new slot ticketing solution enabled by its next-generation Foundation™ technology. TIBO dispenses cashable tickets and bonuses directly to players via the slot machine's ticket dispenser. Acres will demonstrate its new TIBO solution at the upcoming Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, to be held on March 27-30, 2023, in San Diego, California. Deployments are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2023.

TIBO is one of the first true evolutions of Ticket-In Ticket-Out ("TITO") technology, a solution that changed the industry when it debuted roughly 20 years ago and is now installed nearly universally in slot machines worldwide. The new TIBO offering from Acres takes TITO to the next level, performing core ticket issuance and redemption functions at slot machines, kiosks and cashier terminals while enhancing the player experience by delivering tangible, physical bonuses of value to the player. Players appreciate and value the power and excitement of a printed ticket and TIBO makes it easier for casino operators to bring bonuses to players' hands.

TIBO works on any slot machine, including those connected to casino management systems ("CMS") from Aristocrat, IGT, Konami and Light & Wonder, allowing casino operators to immediately deploy TIBO on their casino floors. While the legacy CMS continues to account for play and loyalty data, the combination of TIBO and Foundation takes over ticketing responsibilities to deliver exciting new bonus opportunities, which can be triggered by Foundation's real-time data stream. This new, seamless solution from Acres follows on the current success of Acres' Cashless Casino deployments which have now reached 31,000 games in 9 states. Over time, casinos will be able to migrate all CMS functionality to Foundation – including loyalty, bonusing, cashless, reporting and analytics – and remove the legacy CMS without disruption, resulting in meaningful annual hardware and maintenance savings that flow immediately to the bottom line.

"We are continuously looking for ways to innovate to bring new technology to casino floors. In much the same way we've pursued the burgeoning cashless opportunity, we created TIBO because consumer tastes have changed in the 20 plus years since TITO was released," said Noah Acres. "Modern consumers want gamified experiences triggered by real-time personal data and TIBO fulfills these desires by issuing targeted, data-driven bonuses through the slot machine's ticket printer."

Legacy TITO solutions cannot leverage real-time player data, can only print in response to the push of the cash out button on a slot machine and only issue tickets for the amount shown on the game's credit meter at the time of cash out. Acres' new TIBO solution leverages the real-time data stream provided by Foundation and benefits from access to game commands to print a ticket of any value at any moment, including a 'print ticket' pop-up in the casino operator's Cashless Casino app or even automatically if a trigger event occurs. Bonus tickets produced by TIBO and dispensed by the ticket printer can be redeemed for a multitude of value categories, including cash, free play, or merchandise.

Zitro is pleased to announce a new distribution agreement with KGM, a leading supplier of casino gaming equipment and systems throughout the United States. Under the agreement, KGM will act as Zitro’s exclusive distributor in New York, Connecticut, and the Ohio Racino market.



“KGM has a long-standing commercial relationship in these key markets, and we look forward to leveraging their market experience and existing sales and service networks”, said Derik Mooberry, CEO of Zitro USA.

Jason Peters, President and CEO of KGM, said: “We are excited to add the Zitro portfolio of games to KGM’s catalogue of products and we appreciate the opportunity presented. We believe this partnership will be very beneficial to both parties, and above all, for casino operators”.

“We are proud to partner with KGM, a company that shares our commitment to providing high-quality, innovative gaming products to customers,” added Derik Mooberry, CEO of ZITRO USA. “We are confident this partnership will provide a great opportunity for us to bring our products to new customers and further expand our business in these key markets.”

Highly anticipated Class II portfolio to debut

LAS VEGAS (March 13, 2023) – It’s all about “INNOVATION IN MOTION” for Aristocrat Gaming™ at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention (IGA) 2023 as the company plans to bring a diverse, industry-leading portfolio of next-generation cabinets, games, and features, along with 80 percent custom content specifically for Class II tribal customers. 

“We are excited to showcase our commitment to Class II gaming content at IGA, ensuring our tribal customers have a variety of fresh content to diversify their floor and appeal to new and current players alike,” said Jon Hanlin, senior vice president of commercial strategy Americas and EMEA for Aristocrat Gaming. “Aristocrat Gaming is continuously investing in innovation throughout our hardware and product portfolios, elevating our games to new and exciting places to meet and exceed player demand.”
Headlining the show are:

  • Lightning Buffalo Link™ on the Neptune™ Single - Named one of the most anticipated games of the year, this builds on the success of Buffalo Link™ incorporating player-favorite mechanics like Hold & Spin and Buffalo Mystery collection feature with a $50K MSP.
  • Hunt for Aztec Riches™ on the MarsX™ Portrait - Class II customers will enjoy this expansion of the popular Hunt for Neptune’s Gold™ game on premium hardware.
  • Hunt for Neptune’s Gold Wheel™ on the RELM™ XL 5-reel cabinet - Also in Class II, this is an expansion of the Hunt Brand Universe featuring a $100K progressive linked to The Hunt for Neptune’s Gold Diamond™.


Hunt for Aztec Riches™ on the MarsX™ Portrait 


Also making their IGA debuts are:

  • Buffalo Triple Power™ - An ultimate combination of Buffalo Gold Collection™ and Triple Metamorphic, allowing Class III players to enjoy the classic Buffalo Gold Collection experience while waiting for one, two, or all three metamorphic features to trigger simultaneously.
  • Money Dragon Drop™ - Blue Skies and Money Dragon Drop™ - Purple Dawn, which are all-new versions of the player-favorite Class III game Big Fu Cash Dragons™. The new game family has been configured for Class II play while maintaining the original essence of the game.

Visit Aristocrat Gaming in booth #1831.
Aristocrat Technologies Inc. is a subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL), a global games leader with more than 6,500 employees. The company is licensed in over 300 gaming jurisdictions, operates in more than 90 countries, and offers a unique blend of products and services. The company is the leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of Class III games as well as Class II Innovations for Native American casinos and emerging markets. The company’s mission is to bring joy to life through the power of play. Its values are rooted in creativity and technology, and the company has a rich history of innovation that has shaped the gaming industry over many decades. For further information, visit the company’s website at

In 2021, Zitro set itself the ambitious goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 80%. The company has not only achieved this target but exceeded it by achieving a further 50% reduction by 2022. This reduction has been made possible by investing in the renewal of all IT equipment to make its offices more efficient and environmentally friendly. Zitro’s commitment to sustainability is not limited to reducing its carbon footprint. The company has also made a major effort to switch to renewable energies. 100% of the electricity consumption at the Barcelona technology campus now comes from renewable sources.



The company’s achievement of the ISO 14064-1 certification sets a new benchmark in the gaming industry for sustainability and environmental responsibility. Zitro’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and switching to renewable energy sources is a significant step towards a more sustainable future.

Johnny Viveiros Ortiz, Founder of Zitro, commented, “We are proud to have achieved the ISO 14064-1 certification. This is a testament to our commitment to sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment. We will continue to invest in sustainable practices to ensure that we meet our goals and lead by example in the industry”.

March 8, 2023  -  Zitro has set a new milestone in its geographical expansion and has arrived in Croatia with Luckia. Thus, the Zagreb Casino already has the most successful video slots on the market, thanks to the number of prizes and fun they provide. These first-class slot games, which are presented on the Fusion Glare cabinet, include all the exciting features that players love and have proven to be a safe bet in casino venues around the world. 


“Link King and Link Me are truly amazing products, both for players and for us as operators. It is certainly a very attractive option to diversify the full range of games that we at Casino Zagreb make available to our customers,” says Pedro Rodríguez, Country Manager at Luckia.

For his part, Jaime Aníbal, from Zitro, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer some of our greatest hits in Croatia for the first time with Luckia and we are very grateful to them for betting on our products, also outside our borders. We are fully confident that Link King and Link Me will succeed in Croatia just as they are succeeding worldwide.”

Grand Fortune Series to Make North American Debut; More than 30 Unique Game Themes on Display

LAS VEGAS (March 8, 2023) – Ainsworth Game Technology (“Ainsworth”) will showcase more than 30 gaming cabinets across Class III and Class II markets at the annual Indian Gaming Association (IGA) Tradeshow on March 29-30 at the San Diego Convention Center.


“Our focus at the show will be on sharing with our valuable Tribal partners some new game concepts and strategies aimed at improving low denomination performance on casinos floors,” said Ainsworth President – North America Deron Hunsberger. “Ainsworth has invested heavily in R&D over the past year, and we believe new Linked Progressive titles like Treasure Spirits, Ca$h Stacks Gold, Ultra Shot and Grand Fortune represent significant progress in our ability to attract players.”

The new Grand Fortunes series will make its North American debut at IGA. These two companion titles – Wild Wins and Temple Riches – offer player-selectable multi denomination play with the chance to win a Linked Progressive Jackpot, instant bonus prizes up to 800x, and the exciting Hold ‘n Stack Feature.

Grand Fortunes will follow the recently released Treasure Spirits and Ca$h Stacks Gold game series that also offer the Hold ‘n Stack Feature as part of a bonus that can award a Standalone Major Jackpot and a Linked Grand Jackpot.

Ultra Shot – a two game series scheduled to be available in North American casinos in Spring 2023 – similarly provides a player-selectable multi denomination experience on a Linked Progressive title. These two games – Tiger and Panda – offer the Ultra Shot Feature, which gives players a three-level Coin Collection bonus.

New games will be available on both the A-STAR Curve XL and A-STAR Curve cabinets.

“The games we will showcase at IGA will give a snapshot of the step forward Ainsworth has taken in improving the overall sight of our games, the overall sound of our games and the general action-packed experience of our games,” said Ainsworth Chief Technology Officer David Bollesen. “We’re excited to be able to share our work with Tribal gaming operators.”

Elsewhere in Ainsworth’s 1,500-square-foot booth, the Company will showcase new titles like: Fai Cai Coins, a 243-ways Linked Progressive series with multiple bonus levels; Falcon Cash and Coyote Bucks, a pair of low denom “Win Before” Progressive titles based on Ainsworth’s top performing High Denomination games; and Cash Attack and Prime Time, new high limit three-reel games offering a persistent state bonus feature.

Not to be overlooked is the North American debut of an improved Gambler’s Gold MultiGame Keno package. The Gambler’s Gold package now has significant upgrades. Improvements include the additions of the 2 to 20 Card Keno, Seahorse Keno, and the QuickSpin Super Sonic 7s slot to the nearly 20-game pack.

Gambler’s Gold focuses on Keno by offering an array of bonus Keno experiences that give players to chance to win extra draws, Free Games, multipliers, and other fun bonus awards. It will be available in many Class III Tribal markets soon.

To learn more about Ainsworth’s latest product offerings, visit

Illinois’ newest casino destination opens its temporary structure with industry award-winning systems technology

Las Vegas, NV — March 2, 2023 - Full House Resorts (NASDAQ:FLL) announced it is expanding Konami Gaming, Inc.’s SYNKROS® casino management system to the sixth gaming destination in its portfolio, American Place. Located approximately 30 minutes north of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, a temporary structure called The Temporary by American Place will open shortly with approximately 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games, three restaurants, and SYNKROS’ award-winning technology running throughout. The permanent American Place facility is scheduled to open approximately three years later with a world-class casino, state-of-the-art sports book, premium boutique hotel, 1,500-seat live entertainment venue, and a wide array of eateries, bars, and other amenities.

“With SYNKROS at the core of The Temporary at American Place, our guests can immediately
begin to connect with tailored rewards, offers, and communications across the site,” said Daniel R.
Lee, president and chief executive officer of Full House Resorts. “When the permanent American
Place casino makes its debut, the earned rewards and relationships will move seamlessly to the new facility, with even more entertainment opportunities.”

In addition to launching SYNKROS’ full marketing suite, The Temporary at American Place is beta
site for the SYNKROS launch of Oracle Analytics, considered one of the nation’s leading options for
business intelligence and analytics. Full House Resorts’ entire portfolio is powered by SYNKROS,
including Silver Slipper Casino and Hotel, which has pioneered the system since 2006.

“Full House Resorts brings an innovative approach to every casino destination it operates, and American Place is the latest world class casino set to entertain guests with a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “With SYNKROS’ agile system architecture, robust integrations, and flexible marketing tools, we’re thrilled to flexibly support a diverse spectrum of goals and objectives across the organization’s growing portfolio of properties.”

Those interested in learning more about SYNKROS’ award-winning product suite are encouraged to

Ruby Seven's game portfolio will expand to include player-favorite IGT themes

LONDON and RENO, Nev.March 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) and Ruby Seven Studios announced an agreement today that will expand Ruby Seven's extensive content library to include some of IGT's most popular games across Ruby Seven's suite of social casino applications. IGT will provide Ruby Seven players with well-known casino games such as the Wheel of Fortune Slots, Top Dollar™ Premium, Wolf Run™ Eclipse, and many more player favorites.

"We are excited to expand the Ruby Seven Studios content portfolio with a great selection of IGT games," said Michael Carpenter, Ruby Seven Studios Founder and CEO"This IGT content includes some of the biggest and most popular names in slots, and now our partners will be able to offer it to players in their favorite social casinos."   

"IGT is very pleased to establish this relationship with Ruby Seven Studios as we expand the offering of our proven land-based and online casino gaming content in the social casino space," said Jennifer Fales, IGT VP Global Licensing and Social Casino Gaming. "We're providing Ruby Seven Studios with content that players know and love, and the tribal casinos who have partnerships with Ruby Seven Studios have experienced great success with the land-based versions of these games."

To learn more about Ruby Seven's offerings, download and play today via the Apple AppStore or Google Play Store.

Zitro USA will be exhibiting its new products at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention (IGA) from March 27-30, at booth #741 in the San Diego, CA. As the largest gathering of tribal leaders and casino executives in North America, IGA presents a valuable opportunity for Zitro to showcase its ongoing development efforts and demonstrate its commitment to Tribal Gaming. With significant growth in many tribal jurisdictions, the company is proud to be a part of this year’s event.

At the IGA show, Zitro will unveil its latest innovations for the GLARE cabinet line, including Altius Glare, Illusion Glare and Allure Glare. Each form-factor combines unique features and a variety of new slot content to offer players an all-new gaming experience. Among the titles on display will be Fantasy WealthMega KingMighty Hammer and Colossus Fire, designed to maximize player engagement and drive profitability for tribal operators.


“We are eager to showcase our strong game portfolio at IGA and connect with the tribal gaming community”, commented Derik Mooberry, CEO of Zitro USA. “Our entire team has been working hard over the past year to create cutting-edge gaming experiences that will captivate players and drive growth for tribal casinos. I have high expectations for our new product lineup, and I am confident it will further strengthen our position in this market”.


LONDONMarch 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that its proven IGT PlaySports™ technology is expanding its footprint within Ohio through an agreement with BetSkybox to deploy IGT's PlaySports QuickBet™ Kiosks at licensed restaurants and bars across Ohio.

"BetSkybox is thrilled to deliver IGT's award-winning sports betting technology to our licensed partners and offer the convenience of PlaySports' self-service betting solutions to the many sports fans throughout Ohio," said Ron Frederickson, President of Skybox Sports Network / BetSkybox. "IGT's high-performing betting solutions will add another layer of excitement as patrons gather at these social establishments to watch their favorite sports and teams."

"Expanding IGT PlaySports' footprint in Ohio through our partnership with BetSkybox increases the opportunity for sports fans throughout the state to enjoy premium betting experiences while they are watching games at restaurants and bars," said Joe Asher, IGT President of Sports Betting. "Ohio's high-profile professional and collegiate sports teams have loyal and engaged fan bases. The simplicity and intuitive nature of IGT's PlaySports kiosks will make it easy for any fan to responsibly place bets on their favorite sports teams."

IGT PlaySports' best-in-class solutions have launched both class A and C licensee partners in Ohio, demonstrating the depth of its sports betting capabilities and offerings. IGT PlaySports, part of IGT PlayDigital, is deployed at more than 80 gaming venues across the U.S. and Canada. To learn more visit or follow us on LinkedIn.

LAS VEGAS (1 March 2023) — Anaxi, a division of Aristocrat, and Caesars Sportsbook & Casino, a division of Caesars Entertainment, Inc., a leading sports betting and iCasino operator, today announced a strategic partnership to deliver Aristocrat’s online Real Money Gaming iconic titles and brands to Caesars online casino customers. This collaborative partnership allows for some of the world’s most exciting gaming content to be available to online players on the Caesars Sportsbook & Casino platform. 

Anaxi™ officially launched its brand at G2E in October 2022, creating a destination where players can enjoy the excitement of online real money and gaming with confidence showcasing world-class content via one seamless experience. 

As part of Aristocrat, Anaxi brings an extensive catalogue of world-class digital and mobile products anywhere, anytime to the iGaming industry. With the growing talents of its global content studios and Customer Experience Solutions (CXS) team, Anaxi is enhancing the way players and patrons connect from their mobile devices to the casino floor seamlessly. 

“Our commitment to both guest and operator entertainment experiences are at the heart of everything we do, and great partnerships of this kind are the driving force in continuing to move our industry innovations forward,” said Cath Burns, Executive Vice President of Anaxi. “We are excited for this collaboration as Anaxi brings iconic titles to the Caesars empire.” 

As one of the fastest-growing iGaming operators in North America, Caesars Sportsbook & Casino has an online casino presence in: New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia & Ontario. The new partnership with Anaxi adds to Caesars’ online casino game library and builds on the commitment of provided an elevated gaming experience to its customers. 

“World-class content is synonymous with Aristocrat, and we’re excited to be an early adopter of the Aristocrat content with Anaxi,” said Matt Sunderland, SVP of iGaming at Caesars Sportsbook & Casino. “Coupling this new content with our exciting and innovative platform will provide players with the best experience available in the industry.” 

Anaxi will launch several iconic Aristocrat titles on Caesars Sportsbook and Casino in 2023. The Caesars Sportsbook & Casino app is available for download via iOS and Android, as well as via desktop by visiting 


About Anaxi™ 

Anaxi is Aristocrat Leisure Limited’s (ASX:ALL) dedicated online Real Money Gaming and Customer Experience Solutions business. Founded in 2022, Anaxi creates destinations where players can enjoy the excitement of online Real Money Gaming with confidence. Powered by the world’s greatest 

gaming content and the creativity of over 600 passionate people, Anaxi is on a mission to become the most trusted name in online RMG, globally. Anaxi: Experience Entertainment. 

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Miami, March 1, 2023 - Win Systems, a leading provider of technology for the gaming and entertainment industry, has announced the installation of its powerful WIGOS management system in 4 new casinos of the prestigious New Hampshire Group, a subsidiary company of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment (P2E). The P2E Group, with over 20 years of experience, is the leading charitable gaming operator in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Group has chosen WIGOS to optimize the management of its casinos Casino Dover Bowl (Dover), Filotimo Casino Manchester (Manchester), Casino Wonder (Keene), and Casino Lebanon Poker Room (Lebanon), all in New Hampshire. Win Systems continues to drive the growth of its WIGOS casino management system, which is expanding rapidly in the U.S. market.  

WIGOS stands out as a stable, flexible, and profitable management system designed to optimize the operation of casinos of all sizes. Fully committed to innovation and with extensive industry experience, it offers a powerful range of solutions for day-to-day casino management and a comprehensive player loyalty and rewards program. All this has enabled WIGOS to become the #1 CMS in cashless operations worldwide and to connect over 100,000 machines around the world.

Chad Dickie, EVP & GM of Win Systems USA, commented: "We are honored that Peninsula Pacific Entertainment has trusted in our track record and has chosen WIGOS to manage their casinos. We are very pleased to start the year with new and exciting installations, which allow us to reinforce our growth strategy in the United States."

Ainsworth Gaming Technology Wednesday announced a partnership with Loren Nelson to create a game development studio in Reno, Nevada.

Nelson has created video slot content for more than three decades and has worked for IGT, Sierra Design Group, Bally’s, and Everi. His new team will concentrate on creating “trendsetting, innovative slot content” for Ainsworth to complement current products.

Ainsworth Chief Technology Officer David Bollesen said in a statement that in the past year, the company has revamped studios in Sydney, Australia and Las Vegas, and opened a new game development studio in Austin, Texas.

“Now we are adding our fourth studio in Reno,” Bollesen said. “These developments teams will focus on developing a more diverse and creative range of games aimed at improving performance in all markets.”


story written by Rege Behe, lead contributor to CDC Gaming Reports

Company fortifies industry leadership with premium, mechanical reel, video poker and video slot recognition

LONDONFeb. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it was recognized with top honors in four distinguished categories at the fifth annual EKG Slot Awards in Las Vegas. The EKG Slot Awards Show is produced by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) and is designed to recognize excellence in slot game development in the casino gaming industry.

In addition to winning the "Most Improved Supplier - Premium" category, IGT won the "Top Performing New Mechanical Reel Cabinet" award for its innovative new DiamondRS™ cabinet. Solidifying its commitment to delivering engaging content that captivates players, IGT's Ultimate X Poker™ won the "Top Performing Video Poker Game," and the Company's Wheel of Fortune® High Roller™ video slots was recognized as the "Top Performing Third-Party IP-Branded Game."

"IGT is extremely honored to be recognized at the EKG Slot Awards Show for achieving high performance across our diverse content and hardware product portfolio," said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO Global Gaming. "This marks an important milestone for IGT and further propels our commitment to developing engaging player experiences and delivering the industry's most compelling products and solutions to our customers."  

Each year, EKG determines winners across 15 land-based gaming product categories, utilizing a data-driven process and evaluation by a distinguished advisory board.

Event held on February 23rd at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, February 28, 2023 -- Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) is proud to announce the individual category winners for the 5th Annual EKG Slot Awards. This event was produced by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC and is designed to recognize excellence in slot machine game development within the land-based casino gaming industry, iGaming and social casino sector.  All category winners were announced last Thursday, February 23rd at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

“On behalf of everyone at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, I would like to congratulate all of the individual award winners, as well as this year’s Hall of Fame Class,” said Todd Eilers, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC.   “I would also like to thank our Board of Advisors, official voters, VIPs, and our event sponsors.  It was a great night celebrating the industry’s top games and people.”


The land-based category winners for the 5th annual EKG Slot Awards were determined by the official voting from over 100 qualified slot directors representing over 300 casinos across the U.S. and Canadian markets and representing roughly 300,000 total slot machines.  For the iGaming and Social Casino segments, winners were determined by voting from a distinguished panel of industry experts.

Land-based Awards

  1. Top Performing NEW Video Reel Core Game –

Sponsored by Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)

  • Bao Zhu Zhao Fu Red Festival – Aristocrat **2022 WINNER**
  • China Shores Boosted Great Stacks - Konami
  • Devil’s Lock - Bluberi
  • Gold Hills Prospector Pete - Everi
  • Monkey Legends - AGS
  • Rich Little Piggies Meal Ticket - Light & Wonder
  • Wolf Run Eclipse - IGT
  • X Wheel Supreme Dragon - Aruze
  1. Top Performing NEW Mechanical Reel Core Game
  • Blazin' Gems Deluxe - Everi
  • Blazing 777 Triple Double Jackpot Wild - Light & Wonder **2022 WINNER**
  • Buffalo Instant Hit - Aristocrat
  • Pinball Double Gold – IGT
  1. Top Performing NEW Premium Game – Sponsored by BMM Testlabs
  • Golden Pots - Golden Dragon - AGS
  • Lightning Dollar Link - Kung Fu Master - Aristocrat**2022 WINNER**
  • Lucky Envelope - Plum Riches - Konami
  • Prosperity Link Wan Shi Ru Yi - IGT
  • Smokin Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel Ice - Everi
  • Ultimate Fire Link Explosion - Light & Wonder
  1. Top Performing NEW Video Cabinet – Core
  • A Star Dual - Ainsworth
  • Kascada Dual Screen - Light & Wonder
  • Muso Curve 55 - Aruze
  • Neptune Single - Aristocrat**2022 WINNER**
  • Prism VXP - Incredible Technologies
  1. Top Performing NEW Mechanical Reel Cabinet – Core
  • DiamondRS - IGT**2022 WINNER**
  • Landmark 7000 - Light & Wonder
  • Player Classic Signature – Everi
  1. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Premium
  • A Star Curve XL - Ainsworth
  • Dimension 75C - Konami
  • Kascada Dual Screen - Light & Wonder**2022 WINNER**
  • Peak65 - IGT
  1. Top Performing Proprietary Branded Game
  • All Aboard - Konami
  • Dragon Link - Aristocrat**2022 WINNER**
  • Prosperity Link - IGT
  • Rakin Bacon - AGS
  • Super Charged 7s - Ainsworth
  • Ultimate Fire Link - Light & Wonder
  • Ultra Rush - Incredible Technologies
  • Wicked Wheel - Everi
  • X Wheel - Aruze
  1. Top Performing 3rd Party IP Branded Game
  • Conan – Aristocrat
  • Farmville Golden Harvest - Aristocrat
  • Monopoly Lunar New Year - Light & Wonder
  • Press Your Luck Whammy Wilds – Everi
  • Shark Week – Feeding Frenzy – Everi
  • Wheel of Fortune – 4D Collectors Edition – IGT
  • Wheel of Fortune - High Roller – IGT**2022 WINNER**
  • Willy Wonka – Dreamers of Dreams – Light & Wonder
  1. Top Electronic Table Game (ETG) Supplier
  • Alfastreet
  • Aruze
  • Gaming Arts
  • IGT
  • Interblock**2022 WINNER**
  • Light & Wonder
  1. Top Performing Video Poker Game
  • All Star Poker 3 - IGT
  • Game King X - IGT
  • Super Star Poker - IGT
  • Ultimate X Poker - IGT**2022 WINNER**
  • Winners World Multigame – Aristocrat
  1. Top Performing Game from an Emerging Supplier
  • 88 Wild Duels - Monkey vs Dark Warrior - Zitro
  • Brian Christopher’s Pop N Pays More - Gaming Arts
  • Devils Lock - Bluberi**2022 WINNER**
  • House Of The Dead Scarlet Dawn - Sega Sammy
  • Jackpot Multiplier - Play Synergy
  • Red Hot Burning Clover Link Edition - Apogee
  • Screaming Links Great Balls of Fire - Lightning
  • Thunder Cash Link Voodoo Magic - Novomatic
  1. Most Innovative Game
  • Bao Zhu Zhao Fu Red Festival - Aristocrat**2022 WINNER**
  • Dragon Rush Fei Nu - Incredible Technologies
  • Fu Bamboo - Bluberi
  • Fu Gui Hao Men Splendid Fortunes - IGT
  • Go Go Claw Cash Grab – Aruze
  • Huff N More Puff - Light & Wonder
  • Kung Fu Empress - Gaming Arts
  • Money Line - Everi
  • Treasure Spirits – Dragon – Ainsworth
  1. Most Improved Supplier – Core
  • Bluberi **2022 WINNER**
  1. Most Improved Supplier – Premium
  • IGT **2022 WINNER**
  1. Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content
  • Aristocrat **2022 WINNER**


Social Casino Awards

  1. Best Social Slots Game
  • DoubleDown Casino - DoubleU Games
  • Jackpot Party Casino - SciPlay
  • Lightning Link Casino - Pixel United**2022 WINNER**
  • Lotsa Slots - Netmarble
  • Slotomania - Playtika
  1. Best New Social Casino Game
  • Choctaw Slots - The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Grand Cash Casino - Gamehaus Network
  • MGM Slots Live - PlayStudios**2022 WINNER**
  • Poker Chase - C-bet Inc.
  • Vegas Keno - PLAYDOG
  1. Top Social Casino Company
  • Netmarble
  • Pixel United
  • PlayStudios
  • Playtika
  • SciPlay **2022 WINNER**
  1. Special Award for Overcoming Adversity (Social Casino)
    • Murka **2022 WINNER**


iGaming Awards (Real-Money Online Gaming)

  1. Top Performing NEW Online Slot
  • 10,000 Wonders 10k Ways - Reel Play
  • 10k Fortunes - Design Works Gaming
  • Almighty Buffalo Megaways - White Hat Studios **2022 WINNER**
  • Big Fishing Fortune - Inspired
  • Carnival Cow Coin Combo - Light & Wonder
  • Golden Wins Deluxe - AGS
  • Lone Star Jackpots - Greentube
  • Megajackpots Wolf Run - IGT
  • Primate King - Evolution
  • Slingo Shark Week - Gaming Realms
  • Triple Jackpot Gems - Everi
  1. Top Performing NEW Online Table Game
  • 21+3 Progressive Blackjack - Bragg Gaming Group **2022 WINNER**
  • Bet the Set 21 - Light & Wonder
  • Free Bet Blackjack - Evolution
  • Multihand Blackjack Perfect Pairs 21+3 - IGT
  • Space Invaders Roulette - Inspired
  1. Top Performing Online Live Casino Game
  • Blackjack Unlimited - Playtech
  • Live Dealer Blackjack - Evolution**2022 WINNER**
  • Live Dealer Craps - Evolution
  • Live Dealer Texas Hold Em - Evolution
  • Live Roulette – Playtech
  1. Most Innovative Online Game
  • Big Spin Bonus - Inspired
  • Break the Bounty LuckyTap ™ - Design Works Gaming**2022 WINNER**
  • Doubleplay Super Bet HQ - Light & Wonder
  • El Dorado Infinity Reels - Reel Play
  • Extra Chilli Megaways - Evolution
  • Lightning Blackjack - Evolution
  • Slingo Shark Week - Gaming Realms
  1. Best Overall Supplier of Online Content
  • Evolution **2022 WINNER**
  1. Top Performing Omni-Channel Slot (Retail & Online)
  • 88 Fortunes - Light & Wonder
  • Cleopatra - IGT
  • Crazy Money Deluxe - Incredible Technologies
  • Mustang Money - Ainsworth
  • Rakin Bacon - AGS
  • Triple Jackpot Gems - Everi**2022 WINNER**


The EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame Inductees for the Class of 2023

  • Dennis Mead – Game Development
  • Charles Fey – Game Development
  • Buddy Frank – Slot Operations 

Company demonstrates leadership, scores in 88th percentile amongst evaluated businesses in the casinos and gaming industry

LONDONFeb. 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT" or the "Company") (NYSE: IGT) announced today that it scored in the 88th percentile in the casino and gaming industry category in the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). IGT was one of 69 companies that were assessed in its category, and the Company particularly demonstrated strong performance against its peers in environmental and social reporting and operational eco-efficiency.

"IGT remains committed to advancing the Company's global sustainability and ESG initiatives," said Wendy Montgomery, IGT SVP, Marketing, Communications and Sustainability."This improved ranking from S&P Global provides insight on the impact of our sustainability efforts and helps IGT remain 'Ahead of the Game' when it comes to sustainability best practices. This enhanced score reassures our stakeholders that we continue to demonstrate industry leadership in global sustainability."

Within S&P's CSA, IGT received an overall ESG score of 52 on Jan. 20, 2023, an improvement from its previous assessment. On the basis of their performance, companies receive rankings for more than 25 financially relevant sustainability criteria across economic, environmental and social dimensions.

Since 1999, the CSA and the collaboration with Dow Jones Indices (now S&P Dow Jones Indices) have been used to create a leading global sustainability benchmark. The CSA applies a best-in-class approach, meaning no industries are excluded from the assessment, and the CSA compares companies across 61 industries. Active participation in the CSA has helped many companies to stand out as ESG leaders.

For more information on IGT's global sustainability program, visit, or follow IGT on LinkedIn.

LAS VEGAS (February 27, 2023) – Today, Aristocrat Gaming™ and the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX announced a multi-year sponsorship making Aristocrat the Official Slot Machines of the race, coming to the Las Vegas Strip on November 16-18, 2023.


“Las Vegas is widely known for world-class entertainment,hospitality experiences and slot gaming, which is why we are thrilled to be the official slot machines of the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX,” said Mark Wadley, Chief Marketing Officer of Aristocrat Gaming. “This event will be like no other and we look forward to inviting interested F1 fans to play our great lineup of entertaining slot games that match the excitement on the track.”

“Introducing the F1® experience to a new city, it was crucial to partner with a local brand that shares our mission to enhance guest experience through innovation and technology, and also understands Las Vegas’ unique market,” said Emily Prazer, Chief Commercial Officer for the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN SILVER LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX. “Aristocrat aligns perfectly with our values and vision for the 2023 race, and we are excited for the start of what we believe will be a seamless partnership.”

This partnership is just the latest in a series of deals for Aristocrat Gaming across the sports industry. In 2021, the company announced an exciting new license agreement with the National Football League to build land-based, NFL-themed slot machines, debuting in fall 2023. The company has multiple relationships, notably with the Las Vegas Raiders as an official partner of the Raiders and Allegiant Stadium.

For more information on Aristocrat, and their partnership with the Las Vegas Grand Prix, please visit the company’s website at

February 24, 2023. 

Zitro presented its latest innovations for the Spanish market at the recently held FIJMA Madrid, demonstrating once again its ability to surprise operators, who are looking for the most innovative products on the market for their players.

The company has launched a totally innovative concept: MEGA Y MÁS, the new progressive jackpot system in which all players win. It is a product created exclusively for players and operators in the Spanish Gaming and Bingo market. For operators, MEGA Y MÁS allows them to connect as many games as they want, combining as many Zitro cabinets as they wish to offer an incredible experience in the gaming hall. For players, with no additional bet required, if one player wins the MEGA jackpot, the additional MEGA Y MÁS jackpot will be shared among the rest of the players. With MEGA Y MÁS every player wins!


Furthermore, during FIJMA 23, Zitro unveiled its new game offer for the salon and bingo market, ready for immediate installation in gaming halls. On the striking Altius Glare cabinet, with the best graphics on the market, Zitro has launched the new Seven Chests multi-game. For the Allure Glare cabinet, Zitro has presented Mighty Hammer and Light Temple, and on Fusion Glare, Magic Roots. To enhance the overall gaming experience, these multi-games come equipped with the new MEGA Y MÁS progressive system.

At FIJMA, attendees were given a glimpse of the latest games available for Salons and Bingos, including the highly anticipated Mega King multi-game. With scalable progressives and an “ENERGY BOOST” feature, Mega King is fast becoming a favorite amongst players worldwide and is now available for Spain.

Undoubtedly, Zitro made a name for itself at FIJMA Madrid with its exceptional Video Bingo offerings. Zitro has a long history of success in this market segment, and its latest addition, Dragon Win, is no exception. Dragon Win allows players to win free games, additional lamps, or quicker access to the Dragon Lamp Progressive Bonus by simply activating the new Dragon Lamp Win button.

Zitro has launched an extensive range of new games for the Casino market, including Mighty HammerMagic RootsMega KingFantasy WealthLight Temple, and Fu Shou Qí Tían. These games promise to add a touch of novelty, excitement, and lots of prizes to Casinos across Spain.

Zitro also presented its vast array of online games at FIJMA Madrid, through its division, Zitro Digital. The company has expanded its product portfolio and launched the Bashiba Link series with its Emperor game, in addition to the 88 Link series featuring Kokeshi Dolls, Maneki Neko, Daryma Mystery, and Koinobori Party. These games are now part of a wide range of video slots, including popular products such as Link KingLink Me, and the Pick & WinSeries, as well as the most extensive collection of video bingo games in the market.

Johnny Ortiz, the founder of Zitro, spoke highly of the company’s recent exhibition at FIJMA Madrid, highlighting that “Zitro’s success is not solely dependent on chance. With a combination of creativity, equipment, and technology, Zitro has been able to offer attractive video bingo and video slots, as well as iGaming content, showcasing why Winning is not about luck! Vicente Fernández, Zitro’s Sales Director for Spain, expressed his pride in offering a new gaming concept to the salons and bingos in Spain, particularly with the new MEGA Y MÁS system, which is expected to be a massive success. Zitro has always been known to offer the latest and most innovative products in the market, and the company is grateful to its customers who visited its stand at FIJMA23 and were able to witness the high-quality and remarkable products on display. 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, February 13, 2023 – Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC (EKG) is proud to announce that Buddy Frank, Dennis Mead, and the late Charles Fey have been inducted into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame (HOF) Class of 2023. Both Buddy and Dennis will be honored in person at the 2023 EKG Slot Awards in Las Vegas on February 23, 2023.

Dennis Mead is the fifth inductee to the EKG Slot Awards HOF under the Game Development category while Buddy Frank is the third inductee under the Slot Operations category. In addition to the current inductees, the late Charles Fey will be honored during the event for his key contributions to slot machine game development.

“Once again our distinguished Board of Advisors has selected three outstanding individuals to be inducted into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame,” said Todd Eilers, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC. “Both Dennis and Buddy have made substantial contributions to the gaming industry and are well deserving of this honor and the decision to honor Charles Fey is significant given his invention sparked an entire industry.”

Buddy Frank

Buddy Frank was raised in Reno, Nevada. After a brief stint in the Navy, Buddy attended the University of Nevada in Reno and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Electrical Engineering. Fresh out of school Buddy started covering the Reno gaming market as a TV reporter and weekend anchor for the local CBS station in Reno.

Buddy joined the Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel in Reno in 1986 as a freelance PR writer and eventually was promoted to Marketing Director. He then moved into slot operations taking over as the Slot Director and spending roughly 11 years with the Fitz Group. 


Buddy Frank

Buddy also worked as the Slot Director at two of Reno’s premier casinos including the Eldorado Hotel & Casino and the Atlantis Casino Resort.

Buddy then moved into Tribal gaming taking over as the Vice President of Slots at the Viejas Casino in San Diego in 2002. He then joined the Pechanga Resort Casino as Vice President of Slots in 2007.  While at Pechanga, Buddy managed the slot operations at one of the largest casinos in the world.

During his career Buddy was known for his exceptional slot marketing skills and data driven decision making. He was also known for being an early adopter of new slot systems technology and while at Pechanga set a Guinness World Record for the largest Slot Tournament at the time connecting over 2,500 slot machines across the property.

Buddy retired in 2015 and remains an industry consultant and content contributor for CDC Reports.


Dennis Mead

Dennis Mead was born in 1951 in Downy California and attended the University of California Fullerton and the University of Nevada in Reno. Dennis joined IGT in the late 1980s as a Senior Graphic Designer and would eventually become Director of Graphics.

While at IGT Dennis was awarded several technology related patents and was a key game designer for IGT’s very successful S2000 mechanical reel platform.  Dennis was the art director on the original S2000 Wheel of Fortune product line, S2000 Megabucks product line and S2000 Quartermania product line plus many more, and personally designed Wild Cherry.


Dennis Mead

In the 1990s Dennis was the first to work with several Las Vegas Strip operators to develop custom themed slot machines for several of the new casinos opening including the Mirage, MGM, Bellagio, Paris, Luxor and several other casinos.

In the 2000s Dennis helped to create some of the key branded slot machines including The Addams Family, The Munsters, Jeopardy, and Dimond Cinema among many others.  Finally, Dennis was in charge of the art and graphics for IGT’s next generation S3000 mechanical reel product line which launched in 2016 and received Game of the Year at G2E.

Dennis was recognized as IGT’s first Distinguished Producer in the graphics field in 2016.  Dennis retired from IGT in 2019 leaving a lasting impression on the gaming industry.


Charles Fey

Charles Fey was born in 1862 in Vohringen (Bavaria) Germany and was one of twenty-one children. He left his home at the age of 14 and worked in various manufacturing jobs across Europe. He moved to the United States in 1885 and settled in San Francisco.

Once in San Francisco Charles continued his career in the manufacturing sector finding a job with California Electric Works as an instrument maker.  With the proliferation of coin operated gaming devices in San Francisco, he decided to setup his own manufacturing plant designed to produce gaming devices in 1896.  His company was called Charles Fey & Company.


Charles Fey

Charles and his company produced several coin operated gaming devices that were popular during this time, but it was a certain game that sparked an entire industry.   In 1898 Charles was credited with developing the gaming industry’s first modern day “slot machine” called the Liberty Bell. Prior to the Liberty Bell most gaming devices were wheel-based machines or card-based machines. It was the first gaming machine where the outcome of the game was displayed on three spinning reel strips. The games proved to be immensely popular and spread across the country with competitors also producing similar games.

After a long and successful career, Charles Fey retired in 1943 and passed away of pneumonia in 1944.

Congratulations to Buddy Frank, Dennis Mead and the late Charles Fey as inductees into The EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame – Class of 2023. Thank you for your contributions to the gaming industry.

One-of-a-kind Konami entertainment and advancements come to the world’s largest tribal gaming tradeshow

Las Vegas, NV — February 22, 2023

Konami Gaming, Inc. announced a mix of original game series, game cabinets, and systems technology arriving at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention in San Diego, on March 29 – 30, 2023. The industry’s first and only large top box machine with a curved display is making its Indian Gaming Tradeshow debut. DIMENSION TOP Box™ is landing at the event for the first time, ahead of the premium machine’s market release later this year. It is joined by four other unique DIMENSION cabinet form factors, each featuring a strong pipeline of original game series including Great Guardians Link™, Lucky Hog Extreme™, and Lion Frenzy™.


Throughout show hours, Konami’s award-winning SYNKROS® casino management system is featuring fresh tools and technology like the Konetic™ employee mobile app, SYNK31™ Title 31 / Anti-Money Laundering (AML), and new enhancements to Money Klip™ cashless payments.

“Guests at this year’s Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention can encounter a broad spectrum of original entertainment and tech from Konami,” said Tom Jingoli, executive vice president & chief operating officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “From the world debut of an Ocean Spin multi-game on our big-screen DIMENSION 75C, to the launch of our award-winning Konetic mobile app to casino teams across different tribal jurisdictions, Konami has many different options to deliver top results to casinos.” Konami’s eye-catching Cash Parade™ debut slot series for DIMENSION TOP Box is appearing at the 2023 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, placed as a wall bank to showcase the series’ unique cross-machine bonus animations.


The company is also celebrating two premium multi-game packs available for DIMENSION 75C™: All Aboard™ and Ocean Spin™—both proven series with a mix of popular base games. More premium slot series for Konami’s award-winning DIMENSION 49J™ are coming to the event, alongside never-before-seen games for the industry’s number one ranked DIMENSION 49™ portrait screen machine and DIMENSION 27™ stacked screen.

“All-new core slot series are coming to the 2023 Indian Gaming Tradeshow on DIMENSION 49 and DIMENSION 27, with original math and mechanics,” said Jingoli. “A new brand extension on Konami’s popular Lucky Hog is premiering at the event as an integrated link, and we’re taking our cross-machine animations even further with a series called Lion Frenzy, for fantastic bank displays on the floor.”

Konami’s latest award-winning systems technology is another key showcase of the 37th annual event. The casino management system of choice for many of the industry’s most innovative tribal operators, SYNKROS is recognized for its leading reliability, strong data capture, and robust integrations. Current and prospective SYNKROS properties can experience Konami’s latest innovations in employee mobile technology, Title 31 / AML compliance, and cashless payments throughout show hours.

“Connecting with our SYNKROS customers is one of the major highlights of the event. We look forward to hearing the latest observations from the field, while exploring more opportunities to serve the needs and interests of our casino customers, both today and into the future,” said Jingoli.

Attendees are encouraged to visit booth #1141 at the San Diego Convention Center on March 29 - 30, 2023 to explore these and more Konami releases. For more information about Konami Gaming, Inc., please visit

About Konami Gaming, Inc.

Konami Gaming, Inc. is a Las Vegas-based subsidiary of KONAMI GROUP CORPORATION (TSE: 9766). The company is a leading designer and manufacturer of casino games and technology for the global gaming market. For more information about Konami Gaming, Inc. or the SYNKROS® casino management system, please visit