Category: News

21 Sep 2012

Spielo International appoints Heutmekers to lead international casino business

Marcel Heutmekers official useSpielo International’s Senior Vice-President and COO, Victor Duarte, has announced the appointment of Marcel Heutmekers as Vice-President & General Manager for the International Casino business. Heutmekers brings a wealth of experience to his new role, most recently serving as Spielo International’s Senior Director of Developing Markets. In his new role, Heutmekers will now oversee all of Spielo International’s Casino Business, which includes Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He plans to further continue the growth path from recent successes in the International Casino markets, increasing Spielo International’s global footprint. While Heutmekers focuses on the casino games and terminals side of the business, casino systems will remain the remit of Marc Attal, Managing Director, Casino Systems.

“Marcel joins my team after a very successful period overseeing the emerging markets of Latin America and Asia. Under Marcel’s leadership, we enjoyed a doubling of our business in Latin America and increased levels of stability and performance in our operations within these emerging markets,” said Duarte.

Heutmekers has had a long and successful career in the gaming business, including senior positions both on the operator and on the supplier side. As a result, he has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the needs of the

operators across the various territories. As part of his new role, he will be splitting his base between Spielo International offices in Luebbecke, Germany and Graz, Austria.

Spielo International is convinced that this experienced professional will lead the way to a continued and successful expansion in targeted international casino markets. Customers can expect an ongoing ability to execute successfully across various geographies and market segments under Heutmekers’ leadership.

21 Sep 2012

Quixant makes its debut at the BEGE show 2012

quixantbegeQuixant is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the BEGE Expo 2012 in Bulgaria (Booth B-08). The exhibition will take place from the 16th – 18th October 2012 at the International Expo Center (IEC) in Sofia. Quixant will be showcasing its wide range of all-in-one gaming platforms including the QXi-200, flagship QX-40 and the latest addition to the range, the QXi-4000. The QXi-4000 will be launched at G2E in Las Vegas, USA (Booth 1936) two weeks before BEGE.

The QXi-4000 is based on the powerful AMD Embedded R-Series APU with integrated AMD RadeonTM HD7000G graphics processor and is capable of driving up to four independent HD screens (with support for daisy-chaining of screens through the integrated DisplayPort 1.2 interface). Despite the processing and graphics power available, the QXi-4000 remains a compact solution and through the use of Quixant’s innovative cooling solution, remains suitable for fan-less operation. The QXi-4000 offers high performance and an exceptional range of features at a competitive price point. The QXi-4000 also integrates Quixant’s latest PCI Express® based gaming I/O and non-volatile SRAM/MRAM and includes the comprehensive software support for Windows Embedded and Linux which Quixant is synonymous with.

21 Sep 2012

Spielo International to launch patented proactive diagnostics solution at G2e 2012

spielo internationalAt this year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E), SPIELO International is showing systems and products that will enhance the sustainability and performance of distributed VLT, route and venue markets, and take player entertainment to new heights. G2E takes place at The Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas from Oct. 2 to 4, 2012. Featured distributed-market products on display at Booth #1265 include the unique, patented Proactive Diagnostics value-added application of the INTELLIGEN™ Central System, which offers operators significant cost savings and improved efficiency through increased uptime of gaming devices and retailer terminals. Using sophisticated data mining software, Proactive Diagnostics predicts gaming machine and site controller faults before they occur, and its intuitive user interface means operators always have a clear and comprehensive picture of the health of their gaming operation.

Visitors will also see innovative solutions and game content based on SPIELO International’s Player User Interface (PUI) technology. The PUI takes full advantage of existing screen real estate and uses a web browser to deploy content on a large variety of hardware and operating system combinations. The PUI uses the Game to System™ (G2S™) open standard protocol for integration with any manufacturer’s G2S-compliant VLT.

The PUI can give players access to various game content, such as Rubber Ducky Riverboat Run™, which brings multi-player social gaming to video lottery players. Participants pick their favorite ducks to win, and watch the ducks float down the river while playing their favorite VLT title. Meanwhile, Fruit Bashin™ is an updated look at a classic one-line game, presented as an add-on incremental wager opportunity.

SPIELO International will also be presenting an updated version of its Responsible Gaming (RG) System with modified user screens delivered via the PUI window. This solution provides operators and players with a set of flexible tools to enable players’ informed choice about their gaming activity and voluntary management of their own behavior.

As part of its commitment to responsible gaming, SPIELO International is proud to be a Bronze sponsor of the 13th Annual National Center for Responsible Gaming Conference on Gambling and Addiction, taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

At the show, SPIELO International is also featuring new distributed multi-line games targeting global video lottery markets. Highlights include Treasures of Olympus™, a penny game featuring guaranteed full reel wilds in the free games bonus; Five Frenzy™, featuring the Action Wheel bonus; Jungle Riches™, a penny game featuring the brand new Trigger Tiles bonus triggering system; and Tawa the Sun Spirit™, a penny game featuring single symbol progressives.

Rounding out the game selection are titles tailored to new and existing route operator markets, including Illinois and Montana.

But that’s only the beginning of SPIELO International’s exciting content-driven solutions. Visit Booth 1265 at G2E 2012 to see much more, and find out how SPIELO International speaks performance

20 Sep 2012

Justin ‘ZeeJustin’ Bonomo wins first WCOOP title

bonomoHe’s one of the biggest poker stars in the world, with over $5 million in live tournament winnings ($2 million of which was earned by winning the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller event in May this year), but Justin ‘ZeeJustin’ Bonomo had never won a WCOOP title. Until now that is, because last night Bonomo took down the $530 Razz tourney – after overcoming ‘to0dey’ heads-up – to win the first prize of $36,765.16. His joy was encapsulated in one short tweet: “I won a WCOOP!”

Meanwhile, a host of well-known players contested the final table of WCOOP-48 – $320 Mixed NL Hold’em / PL Omaha, with 2011 WCOOP Player of the Series Joel Adam ‘2FLY2TILT’ Gordon finishing fourth for $24k, Jason ‘Taknapotin’ Somerville coming fifth for nearly $17k, and David ‘Betudontbet’ Emmons coming sixth for $13.5k. In the end though, it was ‘mookstar’ from Canada who took the victory to scoop a first prize worth nearly $60k.

In the other result from last night, ‘Puropoker123’ became Panama’s first ever WCOOP winner, after he outlasted the day 2 opposition in event 46 – $320 NL Hold’em [2x Chance] to win the first prize of $139,104.

Latest results

WCOOP-46: $320 NL Hold’em [2x Chance] – $500,000 guaranteed

Entrants: 2,218

Prize pool: $869,400

Cashes: 288

Final table result:

1. Puropoker123 (Panama) – $139,104

2. StigR (Norway) – $104,328

3. Kora Fett (Canada) – $78,246

4. samuraiUA (Ukraine) – $53,902.80

5. jenbizzle (United Kingdom) – $39,123

6. Poeira4 (Portugal) – $30,429

7. dsnka (Czech Republic) – $21,735

8. Festivuss (Argentina) – $14,779.80

9. Armando2011 (United Kingdom) – $8,259.30

WCOOP-48: $320 Mixed NL Hold’em / PL Omaha – $200,000 guaranteed

Entrants: 1,132

Prize pool: $339,600

Cashes: 144

Final table result:

1. mookstar (Canada) – $59,362.08

2. me so fish (Finland) – $43,129.20

3. Jan ‘hairos’ Sorensen (Denmark) – $32,262.20

4. Joel Adam ‘2FLY2TILT’ Gordon (UK) – $24,111.60

5. Jason ‘Taknapotin’ Somerville (Canada) – $16,980

6. David ‘Betudontbet’ Emmons (Mexico) – $13,584

7. vikkinen (Finland) – $10,188

8. lyzardos (Hungary) – $6,792

9. bbbbb33 (Malta) – $3,905.40

WCOOP-49: $530 Razz – $100,000 guaranteed

Entrants: 387

Prize pool: $193,500

Cashes: 56

Final table result:

1. Justin ‘ZeeJustin’ Bonomo (Canada) – $36,765.16

2. to0dey (Russia) – $27,090

3. YoHHH_ViraL (Malta) – $20,317.50

4. sonajero (Uruguay) – $14,512.50

5. pmahoney22 (Mexico) – $9,675

6. hummylun (Canada) – $6,772.50

7. Shawn ‘buck21’ Buchanan (Canada) – $4,837.50

8. MintTrav (UK) – $3,870

WCOOP-50: $1,050 NL Hold’em – $750,000 guaranteed

Entrants: 1,308

Prize pool: $1,308,000

Cashes: 153

Players remaining: 70

Chip leader: ‘jampiriki’ (Hungary)

Resumes: 17.00 ET


Today’s events

06.00 ET – WCOOP-51: $215 NL Hold’em [1R1A] – $300,000 guaranteed

11.00 ET – WCOOP-52: $215 NL Hold’em [Big Antes] – $300,000 guaranteed

14.00 ET – WCOOP-53: $320 PL Omaha H/L – $150,000 guaranteed

19 Sep 2012

Net Entertainment’s financial performance during the third and fourth quarter 2012

NETENT LOGONet Entertainment’s revenues are affected by the development of the Swedish currency in relation to other currencies, mainly the Euro. The majority of revenues are invoiced in Euro. The revenues are reported in Euro which is then calculated to Swedish SEK for the Group’s reporting. Since the end of the previous quarter the Swedish Krona has strengthened significantly towards the Euro which affect Net Entertainment’s revenues negatively in the third quarter.

Furthermore the company’s revenues have been negatively affected by delays of the launch of two large customers and the Olympics during July and August since the Company’s customers, the operators, have focused marketing spending towards sports betting.

Due to the above factors the Company estimates that the revenue growth for the third quarter compared to previous period 2011 is expected to be around 10 percent ( around 20 percent in Euros), which is lower than current market expectations.

During the fourth quarter the Company’s depreciation level is expected to increase as the projects Live Casino and the development related to the UK entry is completed. As the Company grows and different authorities set increased requirements the need to further develop Net Entertainments processes and systems increases which increases costs during the fourth quarter.

Long term Net Entertainment is in a good position and the Company estimates hat the strategic efforts made on Live Casino, the UK entry and mobile games in combination with slot games being available in Italy will generate good revenues during 2013.

15 Sep 2012

Viridian Hybrid into European markets

aristocratAristocrat Technologies has launched its innovative VIRIDIAN Hybrid™ Stepper into selected European markets. The first wave of this new breed of gaming, combining the best of mechanical reels with video technology, incorporates five games spanning three different genres.

“The VIRIDIAN Hybrid™ Stepper represents the ultimate fusion of Aristocrat video technology with the traditional mechanical reel games from our RFX™ Stepper lineage,” said Damien Greig, Product Manager responsible for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

“Active Reel Technology™ uses LCD shutters to mask the reels and overlay them with stunning video animations, resulting in a seamless display of unique gaming entertainment,” he explained.

Released at the beginning of September were two titles in the all-new UltraSpin™ range of games, bringing together this mix of mechanical reel game play and video bonusing in a fast-moving entertainment package. Diamond Destiny™ and Ruby Saloon™ host a symbol-triggered, four-level progressive jackpot bonus in a unique horizontal spinning reel feature.

“Complete with traditional free games with extra video bonusing elements to boost player interaction and excitement, these games will add plenty of sparkle to gaming floors!” said Mr Greig.

Rolling out at the beginning of October are Persian Prize™ and Pixie Riches™, part of Aristocrat’s magical Winning Wishes™ bonus bank library.

With a triple progressive jackpot bonus feature, three common symbol driven features and unique free games features with video bonusing elements, the genie is sure out of the bottle, Mr Greig said of the Winning Wishes series.

He continued, “Of all five new hybrid releases, the most eagerly awaited is ZORRO™ The Legend Returns, a licensed character game where swordplay meets slot play and a theme which has already proven highly popular amongst European players.”

In addition to Active Reel Technology and an optional Nteractiv™ dynamic LCD button deck, ZORRO™ The Legend Returns sports a 32-inch LCD feature top box, interactive edge lighting and a sleek design.

“As a defender of masterful play, ZORRO is a cut above with three standalone progressive jackpots, symbol-triggered progressive jackpot feature and four additional random bonus features. So if your floor is ready for epic action, this game is ready to ride again,” concluded Mr Greig.

14 Sep 2012

International gaming investors praise inaugural casino investors congress Batumi

roulettenuovaA total of 120 investors representing over 70 gaming, leisure and tourism organisations attended the first ever Casino Investors Congress, which took place at the five-star Batumi Sheraton last week. The investors, who travelled from 25 countries including the US, Russia, Macau, Austria, France, India, Portugal, Armenia and the United Kingdom, received senior level presentations outlining the government’s overall short- and long-term vision for the development of gaming and tourism in Ajara, and Georgia as a whole.

Topics presented at the Congress included the current and future framework of gambling legislation and regulation, the development of tourism, as well as practical information on how to go about doing business in Georgia. Joining Levan Varshalomidze, Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, as key speakers at the Congress were Jambul Ebanoidze, Deputy Minister of Finance and head of the Georgian Revenue Service; Nino Sharashenidze, head of Service Department, Georgian Revenue Service; Keti Bochorishvili, Vice Minister of the Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia; Kakha Baindurashvili, Director, Georgian Chamber of Commerce; Giorgi Pertaia, First Deputy Director, Georgia National Investment Agency, and David Kikava, head of the Ajaran Department of Tourism and Resorts.

The presentations were supported by case studies from leading hospitality and gaming companies already operating successfully, or in advanced stages of development in Batumi, including Liberty Gaming, Peace Casino and Groupe Partouche. Delegates also had the opportunity for one-to-one contact with all the speakers during networking events staged throughout the Congress.

Congress Director John Sullivan, Director of publishing and events company GB Media, which developed the Congress, said: “The response to the inaugural Casino Investors Congress was fantastic. To have so many chief executives and owners of such major international businesses travel to Batumi is a great testament to the appeal of this wonderful and inspiring city, and the investment opportunities it holds. “The Congress represents a unique opportunity to be able to discuss and help shape the future of gaming in this part of the world,” he added. Irakli Goradze, Ajara’s Director, International Affairs, commented: “On behalf of Mr. Levan Varshalomidze, the Chairman of the Government of the Ajara Autonomous Republic, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Casino Investors Congress Batumi. “We were delighted to host so many key gaming influencers in Batumi, and believe that the Congress provided a great opportunity to introduce both our on-going and our future projects, to supply information about our investor friendly regulatory framework and to establish initial contacts with local business and government representatives.”

14 Sep 2012

Vne brings change machines into a new world

Valentina Santarelli and Lorenzo Verona at the last ENADA exhibition back in Rimini early this yearOn the occasion of Enada Roma 2012 VNE will propose something new yet again regarding both the Italian and European market: a commercial innovation and a product revolution. It is difficult to establish what is the more important aspect. Mr. Lorenzo Verona, Commercial Director of the leading Italian money change machine manufacturer, starts by explaining the most ambitious commercial project ever faced by an Italian company – known as ‘The Rent Project’: “We think that in this particular economic period it is important not just to offer products but several services: from maintenance of peripherals to online connection of machines for a remote control of money inside the cashbox”.

By renting a VNE change machine it is possible to have all those services being completely aware of the money spent every month and consequently, we offer the customer the opportunity to accurately plan investments. Moreover, the fiscal advantage for the companies renting machines will be very strong as the entire expense is deductible including the sales tax / value-added tax. Furthermore, VNE is offering the opportunity to have high performing change machines at a reasonable cost, connected to a powerful network able to control and handle them, with fixed expenses and a programmed maintenance that even brings about the potential for fiscal advantages.

“As those machines are connected to our server, customers will visualise not just accounting, refilling, door opening, every kind of operations but they will even visualise machines on google maps. This will allow them to find out the device in the case it is illegally removed”, explains Mr. Verona.

Finally, all the VNE machines could be equipped with TV screens which, still connected to the VNE server, can provide personalised advertising or customers can even sell advertising to a third party.

The Italian market recognises VNE as the ‘Ferrari’ of money change machines as they have never been defrauded. VNE is synonymous with innovation, technology, originality, reliability and honesty but from today everyone has to know that VNE is even synonymous with convenience. VNE offers convenience by providing excellent products and services, maintaining utmost quality.

The second but not less important revolution VNE will propose in Rome is a new model of Change. A new cabinet, which has been planned to be even more secure and reliable: namely the VIKING. It has a modular structure so that it can be used or just as a normal single change machine or as a double change machine. To realize this new change machine, VNE signed an agreement with MDS, allowing VNE to use very high quality peripherals, as the for new 2 banknotes Bill to Bill or the 1 denomination Bill recycler that are particular suited for bars and smaller premises.

On the VIKING, each refilling is monitored and registered for a higher security even in the case of a simple change. Inside, the machine is divided in different sections: in this way it will not be possible to have access to hoppers or to the bill cashbox without having keys or without being authorised. Coins are divided into two hoppers for high capacity alongside a cashbox for the overflow coins or for those coins which are not to be recycled. Thus, with just one cabinet several configurations are possible.

In conclusion, VNE will be presenting a new retail machine – in cooperation with Cogetech – for paying bills, fines, charge up mobile phones and so on. It is the device that can really make the difference and offer additional possibilities. Thus, this new machine offers the dual advantage of being a change machine and retail machine providing several services.

13 Sep 2012

Spielo International to launch new slot titles at G2E

spielo topCasino operators, get ready to soil your plants. Spielo International is announcing the launch of four new exclusive licensed slot titles based on some of the world’s most popular casual video games. Spielo International and PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts, have entered into a licensing agreement and have developed slot games based on three internationally recognized PopCap franchises – Plants vs. Zombies™, Zuma™, and Bejeweled™.

Four slot games based on the brands – including Plants vs. Zombies™ Gargantuar™ and Plants vs. Zombies™ Backyard Showdown™ – will be unveiled at Booth 1265 at G2E Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2012. Don’t miss the morning launch as the rivalry between the plants and the zombies spills out onto the show floor.

“Spielo International immediately recognized the strength behind PopCap’s casual games, which are known for their creativity, humor, and attention to detail. They’re played by billions of people worldwide, and appeal equally to both men and women,” said Spielo International President and Ceo Walter Bugno.

“We know our customers want compelling and entertaining content that will intrigue current players while also growing the player base, so we’ve worked closely with PopCap to stay true to the spirit of their brands and create terrifically fun and engaging new slot gaming experiences.”

Plants vs. Zombies Gargantuar and Plants vs. Zombies Backyard Showdown feature the Graveyard Bonus, where players pick tombstones, collecting suns to win one of three progressives and avoiding the brain-craving zombies. Plants vs. Zombies Gargantuar offers a plant/zombie scatter pay and random wilds in the base game, with the Vase Breaker Pick-a-Prize and Gargantuar Free Spins bonuses. Meanwhile, Plants vs. Zombies Backyard Showdown has a base game where plant symbols have special powers – just like the casual game! In the Who Will Win the Spin bonus, players win extra credits for guessing three correct spins in a row.

Based on PopCap’s hugely popular ball-blasting game, Zuma features the familiar Zuma frog shooting at an innovative moving ball track. The ball track increments progressives and triggers one of five unique Power Frogs, which places wilds on the base game. Among four bonuses, there are two-tiered Boss Battles and optional skill elements – players can choose to Be the Frog by timing ball shots to defeat the bosses.

With a copy of Bejeweled, PopCap’s flagship title, purchased somewhere in the world every 4.7 seconds, players will instantly recognize this global bestseller in its slot game form. Spielo International has adapted the original game mechanics to the slot adaptation, with a cascading matrix, buyable game boosts, and seven linked non-hierarchical progressives. Players can select between three skilled and three random-outcome bonuses. Experienced Bejeweled casual game players will recognize the similarities in the slot adaptation, while players new to the game will quickly learn why the brand has been so successful.

Visit Booth 1265 at G2E 2012 to see how PopCap’s universally beloved casual game brands are translating into Spielo International’s most entertaining titles to date.

13 Sep 2012

Vne at G2E: Queen Change and new Ticket Tender on display at Coin Mechanisms stand

Vne queenVNE – the number one manufacturer in the largest and most competitive market for change machines – namely in Italy – will be displaying two key solutions on the stand of their American partner – Coin Mechanism.

Italy is the most important market in Europe for video lottery terminals (VLTs). VNE has amassed great experience in change requirements for this market.

Queen Change machine is a change specifically designed for the VLT market. It has a PC platform, a thermal printer, one ticket and banknote acceptor and one Fujitsu dispenser banknote (5 cassettes for 5 different denomination of notes for a total capacity of 2,500 banknotes). Three coin hoppers ensure that there is ample capacity for paying out different coin denominations. All VNE change machines can be remotely monitored – so operators have 24/7 real-time information of the money in and out. Furthermore, remote servicing ensures long-term customer satisfaction. Naturally the strong, solid and secure cabinet plays a major role in the VNE design. The Queen Change can be fixed securely in place either on a wall (by using the Blindo from VNE) or in any position by Heavy from VNE.

VNE will also be presenting a brand new product – especially designed for the American market. The Ticket Tender (TT) allows operators to simply and easily pay players with winning tickets. Operators have an electronic key to access the TT. VNE provides five levels of operator ID so individual levels of access can be programmed. The upper console has an integrated display so that operators immediately see the amount to be paid out which they then confirm by pressing a further button. The buttons are arranged in a user-friendly way – thus combining security with speed of payout. This upper console can be removed from the TT body – for example the operator can place it on a desk to even more user-friendliness. The TT is equipped with a Fujitsu F53 banknote dispensing system that consists of three separate note dispensing units. Therefore, three separate note denominations, each of 500 notes, are available for payout. A sneak preview can be seen by video on http://youtu.be/Ptf_kYuS_sM

Mr. Lorenzo Verona, Commercial Director at VNE, commented, “We have ideal solutions for the American market. Queen Change is perfect for the VLT market and the new TT has been particularly created for the US market. Our partner Coin Mechanisms looks forward to greeting visitors at the forthcoming G2E in Las Vegas”.