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11 Oct 2012

Merkur Gaming takes largest stand on its debut at SAGSE Argentina

SAGSE2012Argentina 957The strong growth and sheer fascination for Merkur Gaming in Latin America is being done justice at the forthcoming SAGSE Argentina that will take place between 13th and 15th November at the Costa Salguero C. Center in Buenos Aires. Merkur Gaming has positioned its stand to align itself alongside local demand – by taking a stand size of 360 square metres – the largest at this forthcoming exhibition.

The dedication to offering local games for the Latin American market, specifically developed to represent the traditions and culture, has been drawing in visitors in large numbers to the Merkur Gaming stand at previous Latin American exhibitions. Mr. Richard Hellwig, Sales Director for Latin America at Merkur Gaming, explains, “This is already our fifth exhibition in Latin America this year. The feedback at the ELA in Mexico, the SAGSE in Panama, the Peru Gaming Show and the FADJA in Columbia underlines our focus on the Latin American gaming market. We believe it is very important to be customer-oriented and respect the needs and customs of the local people. This is why we have created our new ‘Cantinflas’ line of games. Certainly we are constantly working on new games for this great market”.

Indeed this local dedication is truly reflected in the Cantinflas line of games. Cantinflas was a Mexican actor and comedian who was and to this date remains dear to Latin American hearts. He has been described as the ‘Charlie Chaplin of Latin America’. Thus, Cantinflas captures the enthusiasm, humour and wit of the locals. The hit game Cantinflas has been joined by the new exciting game Cantinflas 777.

Merkur Gaming, as part of the family-owned and family-managed Gauselmann Group, naturally has a unique benefit of belonging to a company that has decades of experience and success in the gaming market. This ‘made in Germany’ technology gives Merkur Gaming a true advantage in the international gaming market. Combined with the games specifically developed for local markets, it is no wonder that Merkur Gaming is enjoying such popularity.

The Cantinflas games will be joined by the Casinoline games selection – a true world of wonderful and proven games. Furthermore, these games will be shown in a wide variety of cabinets. The Highflyer brings a whole new dimension to gaming with its two cabinets completely separated so that the upper cabinet seems to be floating in the air. Players can choose from a more upright or reclined way of sitting when playing, which is particularly important given the popularity of Merkur Gaming. Secondly, the Evolution slant top cabinet will be on display that contains two wide-screen monitors, the upper being 26”. Thirdly, the upright Privilege cabinet offers two 22” wide-screen monitors in an exquisite design.

Merkur Gaming has fundamental experience in the server-based gaming (SBG) / video lottery terminal (VLT) sector, supplying such solutions to several key markets around the world. Merkur Gaming offers complete solutions in this growing yet extremely complicated gaming segment. These solutions will be on display on the Merkur Gaming stand at the forthcoming SAGSE.

The ever-popular solution for banknote recycling – the Merkur Dispenser 100 – will be on show. With already over 80,000 units manufactured, the Merkur Dispenser 100 is the proven solution for banknote recycling. It can recycle three separate note denominations. The ‘made-in-Germany’ engineering enables 34 notes of each denomination to be recycled – thus having a total capacity of 102 notes.

Mr. Thomas Niehenke, COO of the Gauselmann Group, is looking forward to what will be a very busy show for Merkur Gaming, “Our goal is to set a new benchmark for gaming entertainment in Latin America. We are taking the largest stand at the SAGSE Argentina as previous feedback at exhibitions in this continent have shown us that our commitment to this market is being mirrored by the demand for our gaming solutions from local operators. We will not just be making our debut at the SAGSE Argentina, we will be sending out a strong signal – that Merkur Gaming is the right partner for local operators, given our history, success, service, games and cabinet choice alongside of course the new Cantinflas games”.

Merkur Gaming will be exhibiting at stand number 209. Merkur Gaming will be joined by two further Gauselmann subsidiaries on the stand – GeWeTe and HESS

11 Oct 2012

Eag: travel to Excel Reaches New Heights

EAG externalAs celebrations of a spectacular London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games draw to a close, visitors to the city’s Docklands continue to benefit from the huge investment in transport infrastructure and increased hotel capacity.

Voted ‘Europe’s Best Business City’ for 18 years, London offers a staggering array of business and entertainment options, notably ExCel London, which is not only an award-winning and truly world-class events venue, but also home to the EAG International Expo 2013 to be held on 22nd – 24th January. Speaking about ease of access to the show, EAG Chairman Martin Burlin commented: “It’s difficult to imagine a European amusements and attractions event with better transport options and certainly not one now accessible by cable car across the Thames!

“In 2012, EAG International Expo’s visitors travelled from 61 countries so transport links and a choice of good quality hotels are extremely important. Visitors from the UK are equally well catered for and our exhibitors tell us that excellent access by road, coupled with efficient loading and unloading facilities, make ExCel a great choice for the show,” he reported.

London ExCel benefits from three onsite Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Stations providing ready access to the Jubilee Line on the London Underground. The Jubilee Line connects with all other lines on the Underground and has been recently upgraded to achieving greater capacity and 33% faster journey times. This means that for show visitors planning to stay in London’s West End, ExCel will be an even shorter commute. European visitors to EAG International Expo have the option of travelling to London St Pancras by Eurostar from Paris or Brussels, and then onto Excel on the new high-speed Javelin service. For air travellers, London’s Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick and Southend airports are all within one and a half hour’s journey time. London City Airport is actually within walking distance of Excel (weather permitting) and handles over 350 flights a day to 40 UK and international destinations. Those not wishing to travel quite so high may elect to try the new cable car service linking Greenwich and the O2 Arena to ExCel. With a river crossing every 30 seconds at a height of around 50 metres, this less conventional route to Excel is likely to be popular as some visitors opt to stay across the river in the attractive and historical Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The newly re-designed EAG International Expo website features easy to use interactive journey planners with links to convenient mobile apps. The site also provides access to some great hotel deals via the Expo’s hotel reservations partner, Event Express.

EAG International Expo’s Karen Cooke advises visitors to make their arrangements sooner rather than later: “The new EAG International website has been designed to enable visitors to readily compare travel and hotel options and Event Express; they’re just a phone call away,” she explained.

“In our experience, a small amount of online research at this stage can play a significant part in achieving the best possible show experience.The new redesigned EAG International Expo website will make light work of planning your trip,” promised Karen.

For advice and information on travel, accommodation and a whole lot more, visit www.eagexpo.com

10 Oct 2012

Bally Technologies signs agreement to provide iGaming platform for Mohegan Sun Casinon in Connecticut

bally-technologies-logoBally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a leader in slots, video machines, casino-management, interactive applications, and networked and server-based systems for the global gaming industry, today announced it has reached an agreement to provide its iGaming platform to Mohegan Sun’s casinos in Uncasville, Conn. and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., adding to the growing portfolio of online gaming sites the Company develops for casino operators.

The agreement will enable Mohegan Sun to offer play-for-free online poker in Connecticut and Pennsylvania in preparation for online wagering regulation. Mohegan Sun selected Bally Interactive following a six-month review process.

“We’re thrilled to continue our successful partnership with Bally Technologies,” said Mitchell Etess, Chief Executive Officer for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. “Our goal is always to provide our guests with the best gaming and entertainment offerings, and we believe iGaming is the next step in fulfilling the demand for regulated online play when customers aren’t able to be on property. Further, we believe this exciting new offering will entice new players to visit our properties and experience all that we have to offer.”

Bally’s iGaming platform offers casino operators a number of benefits. The platform’s open architecture enables operators to choose from best-in-class content from a multitude of providers. Additionally, content is hosted, limiting the infrastructure required. The iGaming platform is also designed for mobile integration and is ready to accommodate online gaming beyond poker, such as casino table games, video slots, sports betting, and social.

Earlier this year, Bally Technologies became the first company licensed in the United States as an interactive gaming system manufacturer and service provider.

“We are proud of our long-term strategic partnership with Mohegan Sun,” said Bally Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer Richard Haddrill. “This partnership will demonstrate the advantages of having an open iGaming platform, which allows for best-in-class content.”

10 Oct 2012

New slots and Vlts: the number of active terminals in the Peninsula decreases, 300 machines less in a month

newslot sala2The increase of Vlts in Italy restrains. According to data released at this time by the State Monopolies, the number of active videootteries in our country, updated at last Monday, is of 44,735 units: that is to say 281 terminals less than a month ago, when the vlts collecting bets in Italy was 45,016. It is still early to say if it is a sign of the market crisis or, rather, of a simple rationalization of the videolotterie’s network. However, is a fact that the field restrained in comparison with the growth trend of recent months. On the contrary, the number of the comma 6a devices (Awp) installed in the Italian public places is substantially stable, and it is slightly higher than 378,800 units by virtue of 415,024 machines approved.
About 800 slots collecting bets more than last month , while the ones authorized by AAMS to operate are 5 thousand more.

Look here the official dates by Aams.

10 Oct 2012

Net Entertainment Casino launched with Boylesports

NETENT LOGONet Entertainment is happy to announce that Boylesports, Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker, has launched the Net Entertainment casino games to its online player base. Per Eriksson, CEO at Net Entertainment comments; “I am very pleased with the launch of Boylesports, a recognized operator both in terms of quality and size. The addition of Boylesports will strengthen Net Entertainment’s position in the UK & Ireland and I look forward to our continued partnership”.

08 Oct 2012

Quixant exhibiting its class-leading gaming platform range at Enada Rome 2012

quixantQuixant Italia Srl. will be showcasing its extensive range of gaming platforms at Enada Roma 2012 (booth 005). The show runs from 17–19 October 2012 at the Roma New Exhibition Center (Nuova Fiera di Roma).

Taking centre stage will be the QXi-106, Quixant’s all-in-one platform designed for compliance with Italian “Comma 6a” regulations. Featuring a high performance, low power AMD 64-bit CPU, integrated ATI Radeon X1250 GPU and support for dual independent DVI screens (with optional support for analogue VGA if required), the QXi-106 offers strong processing and graphics capabilities, but nonetheless has a compact physical footprint.

Features required to achieve Comma 6a compliance are embedded onto the logic board, including AAMS smart card socket and serial port, cctalk interface, SATA Disk-on-Module support and anti-tamper monitoring. The QXi-106 is powered by a standard JAMMA connector and no additional power supply is required.

The latest additions to Quixant’s range of gaming platforms will also be on display at the show, including the all-new QXi-4000 and QX-40 which are based on the ground breaking AMD R-Series APU. We will also be demonstrating a number of other accessories which Quixant has designed to work with its gaming platforms as part of its objective of being able to offer its customers complete, coherent solutions, including Quixant’s new range of DisplayPort monitors which uniquely support daisy-chaining of displays through the use of the innovative DisplayPort 1.2 multi-stream transport (MST) technology.

Nick Jarmany, Managing Director of Quixant, said “Quixant offers unique, dedicated hardware to provide compliance with Article 110, Comma 6a of T.U.L.P.S. Quixant is also officially accredited by AAMS (Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato) for the production of gaming platforms for the Italian market. This makes the creation of 6A games much faster and the approval process smoother, quicker, and more efficient for our customers so they can focus on what they do it best: making superb games. Quixant is also actively contributing to the proposed Comma 6a+ regulations.”

05 Oct 2012

Online slots, Net Entertainment gets ready to its debut in December

NETENT LOGO“At Net Entertainment we are very excited about the debut of online slots in Italy, which should have a positive impact on further growth in the Italian market. When cash poker and non-slot casino games were launched in Italy last year, we could see a healthy growth, and we expect to see a similar trend once online slots are introduced”.

Per Eriksson, president and ceo of the Swedish company, explains: “When we first entered the Italian regulated market there was a great deal of work for us to perform in order to achieve necessary compliance approvals and we have learned a lot during that process. Our local Italian business has been growing according to plan with our current portfolio offering, so when Aams announced the scheduled go live date for slots in December 2012 this was very good news for us and our partners. We were one of the first casino suppliers to enter the Italian market and we believe we are in a strong position to take advantage of the new opportunities with online slots to be launched”.

To Erisson believes that “From a regulatory perspective, the ongoing legalisation of online gaming, both within and outside Europe, presents great opportunities for Net Entertainment. We follow regulatory developments very closely and we always evaluate each market from a strategic and financial perspective. Our experience as one of the first suppliers in Italy gave us very good insights and allowed us to improve our go to market efficiency when adapting our systems for Denmark earlier this year. Regulations can be difficult, it takes time to make sure you are compliant in every way, but the more experience you get the more synergies we will see between one regulated market to another”.

In reference to the products “one of our main priorities is to make our current and future product offerings available to all of the regulated markets we support. We have launched a number of games this year, including Scarface, Jack Hammer 2 and Zombies, but we are continuously developing new games and products, as well as introducing new technologies and targeting new channels. We will launch our initial Live Casino offering later on this year and we are also building up our NetEnt Touch mobile games portfolio. The games are now available on both IOS and Android, which gives our partners the possibility to reach an even larger player base”.

05 Oct 2012

All the best of Spielo International at Enada Rome

Spielo International will be showing more entertaining games than ever at the 40th annual Enada Rome gaming trade show from October 17-19, 2012 at Fiera di Roma, in Rome.

As part of Lottomatica booth, Spielo International will be featuring its latest Awp and Vlt games and cabinets tailored to Italian and European players.

spielo topAmong the hot new awp titles on display, Secrets of Babylon™ is an action-packed four-reel slot game where a mystery bonus and the Babylon Re-spin conjure excitement! The unique Babylon Re-spin locks the trigger symbols while the remaining positions keep spinning for six re-spins, or until all positions are locked. each additional locked symbol increases the bonus win amount.

Magic Pharaoh™ features the Superplay 243 Ways to Win feature, and top symbols act as horizontal expanding wilds that could lead to big wins. this version of the popular international game features lower volatility for players who want more time on this egyptian-themed thriller. Based on the much-loved ‘Phantom of the opera’ theme, mystery features maximum player entertainment with interactive bonuses.

Spielo International’s top-performing Awp products, presented on the Italy Awp Delite™ cabinet will be also on display on the booth of our exclusive distribution partner in Italy, Marim.

For Vlt environments, Spielo International has a full suite of proven and new core game titles. Rickety Cricket™ is generating a buzz with fun critters and full-reel stacked wilds in this five-reel, forty pay-line game.  

Decadence™ indulges players in a rich and satisfying game experience, where they’ll crave the 5-reel, 25-payline chocolate-themed interactive game, while the hidden chocolate bonus is a sweet treat!

The ancient art of alchemy conjures fun and excitement in Lead to gold™. Players transform their luck in this 5-reel, 15-payline game, featuring an enchanting multi-level pick-a-prize and randomly triggered mini-games.

Visitors to the show will also enjoy soon-to-come titles including Gypsy Moon™ , a 5-reel, Superplay 243 ways to win to win game that allows players to choose their own destiny in the mystical free games bonus; trouble in the Henhouse™, where players must outwit, outplay, and outfox the roosters as they guard valuable eggs; Poseidon™ where players can choose their risk by selecting win one way or win two ways play-mode, in addition to the super play mode, for a total of four selectable play modes; and many more.

Visit the Lottomatica booth at Enada Rome 2012 and find out how Spielo International speaks gaming.

05 Oct 2012

Gaming & smoking, in Europe the party of moderates wins

sigaretteSwitzerland says no to the complete no smoking prohibition in public places, and in the meantime Spain, also due to the multimillionaire investments promised by the casino baron Sheldon Adelson, wants to revise the very strict law in force.

A “useless and extreme” initiative, which would “expose jobs to a risk” and would reduce “taxes paid by casinos to AVS and to the Cantons”. Christophe Darballay, president of the Swiss Federation of casinos, was clear branding the popular initiative ‘Protection from passive smoking’ that about fifty associations, leaded by the helvetic pulmonary Association, finally managed to put to the vote. And last 23 of September, with a high rate of abstentionism, Swiss citizens rejected the measures to completely ban smoking in public places, providing for a worsening in comparison of what the law came into force in May 2010 ordered and that required considerable investments from the companies, in order te be in accordance with the law.

Apparently, the smoking argument is still capable to inflame minds, even if it seems strange in Italy which, though it is contentious on many other spheres, willingly accepted the Sirchia’s law that from January 10, 2005 banned cigars and cigarettes in public places, including of course those dedicated to gaming. There was a period of adjustment, especially in the gaming locations where a person spends a lot of time, and where the couple slot-cigarette or cigarette-roulette was almost a tradition, but then managers and customers, willingly or not, adapted themselves.

But obviously one thing is to ban smoking, but allow it in dedicated areas equipped with technological devices ad hoc, another matter is to forbid it without further explanations. They wanted to do that in Switzerland, but 66 percent of voters was against it. On the contrary in Spain casinos, bingo and slot rooms since last year must deal with the severe restrictions imposed by the new law, that once it got his hands on the ticklish question, wanted to do it in a very drastic way.

We wonder if the result of the Swiss vote is not a further weapon in the hands of those in Spain who would like to debate the existing prohibitions. Of course now also Sheldon Adelson, the american baron of Las Vegas Sands, supports this battle, and finally he announced his final choice about the location of Eurovegas, of which we are talking about for months: the Independent Community of Madrid, Alcorcon to be precise (but a final decision has not yet made). Among the various conditions made, (as they seem to the outside observer, although the Spanish government quickly pointed out that any favour won’t be made to Adelson, rather that they are creating better conditions to attract foreign investments), there is the one to allow smoking in the casinos of the rising Eurovegas. The Ministry of Health ensured that (still) there wasn’t any request for changing the law and, in case, certainly would be interesting to know the terms. The other Spanish casinos, who certainly are not favourable to the arrival of a hardened competitor as Lvs, hopes in fact that at least the ‘conditions’ of Adelson will be in force for everyone. And therefore everyone can smokes in all the casinos, at least in dedicated areas (especially because it will take years before the first casinos of Eurovegas can open the doors) and certainly not just in the ones of the rich baron.

The fact is that at least for the moment, the health-fanatics at all costs was defeated, and it was peraphs an even more stinging defeat because it has been obtained in the healthy Switzerland: “The victory of No – Luca Antonini, director of the Lugano casino affirms – shows that the arguments of the opponents to the initiative (including casinos) have been understood by the majority of voters, who in this way avoided a further penalisalition for Swiss companies active in the fields of food and entertainment, in a period of severe economic crisis”

05 Oct 2012

Italy proud of sport pinball

flipper cupOver 15 thousand players from 36 countries in the world. This is the new, incredible record globally achieved by sport pinball. And Italy is proving to be the country of reference for this sport at the European level.

The sport pinball reached a new important record at international level: the ranking of the World Pinball Player Rankings (Wppr) exceeded, during past few weeks, the threshold of 15 thousand players, belonging to 36 different countries. Last summer, in July 2011, the International flipper pinball association announced with satisfaction of having reached the number of 10 thousand players, but the race of the game-sport subject never stopped and, indeed, overcame a new aim.

But the number of players continues to grow because the number of tournaments prganized around the world by various organizations related to the american IFPA who runs the rankings continues to grow. The average of tournament is currently 71 events per month in the current year, while in 2011 it reached the top of 64 tournaments per month, an increase of 10 percent. The average number of players participating in each tournament was of 28 in 2011 and during the current year it exceeded the threshold of 30 players. Italy, as it is known to everybody now, is one of the greatest interpreters of this subject, helping with a very big importance during last three years to this incredible development.

Surely the impulse coming from the title of World Champion won twice in three years by the champion Daniel Acciari from Rome, pushed this growth in our country. Following the great enthusiasm with which our player was welcomed at home, IFPA Italia started an extensive promotional activity of the subject inventing new formats for everyone. First the tournament valid for the international ranking within the fair ENADA, that this year, in Rome (17-19 October) celebrates its third edition, and that continues to attract players from all over Europe. Then the start of the ‘Launch Party’, the travelling event to present each new model of Stern’s pinball, organized with the support of Tecnoplay, the distributor of Stern in Italy, which is bringing people to embrace pinball in the amusement arcades like we didn’t see since a lot of time.