Category: News

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.

02 Oct 2012

Gauselmann expands in Great Britain

regnounitoThe Gauselmann Group, with headquarters in eastern Westphalia in Germany, has further substantially increased its business activities in Great Britain. This follows on from the initial British market comeback in 2008 with Blueprint Gaming which has grown to become very successful. As communicated by the publicly listed Marwyn Management Partners plc (MMP) on 1st October 2012, the Espelkamp family-owned enterprise has purchased Marwyn Gaming Limited for a price of approx. 100 million euros. The well-known arcade chain Praesepe belongs to this company. The purchase price thus corresponds to just less than half of the sum that the Gauselmann Group has invested in recent years annually into the German side of the business.

“The acquisition of Marwyn Gaming is the largest so far in the history of the Gauselmann Group and will decisively inspire our business success in Great Britain. We are now able to offer our self-developed games and gaming machines as well in over 170 of our own entertainment centres and bingo clubs. This will create excellent synergy effects”, explains Paul Gauselmann, Chairman, the benefits of this transaction. “I would personally like to welcome the entire team of over 1,500 to the games maker. Together we will create a first-class range of gaming solutions for players in Great Britain”, continues Paul Gauselmann. The number of employees at the family-managed group of companies now amounts to approx. 8,000.

The Gauselmann Group has been internationally active since 1993. Approx. 40 percent of the business volume of 1.7 billion euros was generated outside of Germany in 2011. The future global focus will further gain in importance, emphasizes Paul Gauselmann: “As responsible entrepreneur, it is my duty to structure my group of companies so that they can be successful in the long-term, in particular given the dangers facing the commercial gaming market in Germany with the new arcade laws there. Thus, the purchase of Marwyn Gaming is central to this strategy in a proven long-term legally stable market”.

Furthermore, the acquisition by the newly founded Merkur Casino UK Ltd also encompasses the companies Restcare Limited, Baleday Limited and Beacon Bingo Limited that are also active in the entertainment sector. Ulrich Wüseke, CFO and Deputy Chairman of the Gauselmann Group, adds, “We are pursuing a visionary strategy that is unique in Great Britain. We are offering a broad range of gaming solutions together with Blueprint Gaming UK and the pioneering technologies of the Gauselmann Group. In this way we are excellently delivering on our commitment to offer gaming fun with stakes and prizes at any time, anywhere”, explains Mr. Wüseke. Praesepe founder Nick Harding will remain at the company and continue to lead it as CEO. “I am very pleased that the Gauselmann Group that is internally renown for its high quality standards in the gaming machine industry has invested in our company and thus also in the British gaming and amusement industry”, notes Mr. Harding.

02 Oct 2012

Gauselmann boosts UK gaming activities with Praesepe purchase

NickHardingOne of the most significant acquisitions in UK low-stake gaming has been completed with the Gauselmann Group acquiring 100 percent of Marwyn Gaming from MMP, owners of Praesepe plc. The purchase, which was announced to the City on Monday 1st October 2012, comprises a market-leading 159 Adult Gaming Centres, nine Bingo Clubs, five Family Entertainment Centres as well as the Internet business, Beacon Bingo Online. A new company, Merkur Casino UK Ltd, has been formed and will be chaired by Ulrich Wuseke, Chief Financial Officer of the Gauselmann Group. Praesepe founder Nick Harding will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the new company.

Commenting on the acquisition Ulrich Wuseke said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce the purchase of Praesepe which has been completed after a long period of research and negotiations. The company enjoys a very strong reputation across the markets it serves and offers good high street coverage throughout Britain. As well as buying the physical business, which includes of course Europe’s biggest Bingo Club and the internationally famous Crystal Rooms in London’s Leicester Square, we are also investing in a progressive philosophy, an energy and an approach to entertainment retailing which, we believe is unique in the UK. Together with Blueprint Gaming, another UK subsidiary that develops games and devices, we now have a complete range for the UK market – true to our self-conception to offer entertainment and gaming fun with stakes and prizes anywhere at any time. We want to nurture and encourage this approach and provide the financial investment necessary to help turn visions into reality.”

Nick Harding, who took Praesepe from a standing start to a total of 173 operating sites in just five years said: “The Gauselmann story, which saw Paul Gauselmann launch his business in 1957 and grow it to an internationally acclaimed 1.7bn Euro enterprise, is one of the most inspiring in gaming and one which I genuinely admire. I am delighted that an organisation of this calibre has made such an investment in our business and, for that matter, in UK gaming. Even against the backdrop of the double dip recession and the handbrake of limited investment, my team has registered a series of very significant successes, which have cemented our position as operators of the most successful gaming brands on Britain’s high streets. The financial confidence that we now have will allow us to drive forwards and implement the progressive initiatives which I believe will transform the sectors that we operate in.”

01 Oct 2012

Spielo International’s Intelligen™ central system first ever to recevice game to system product certification

SPIELO-International original CYMK-300x60SPIELO International has announced that its INTELLIGEN™ Central System, Distributed Game Management application, and iLink™ site controller are the first products to ever receive the Gaming Standards Association™ (GSA™) Game to System® (G2S®) certification as part of the GSA’s Certification Program.

The GSA, the world’s foremost standards-setting organization for the gaming industry, issued the certification on Sept. 20, 2012. As a result, these SPIELO International products, developed for the distributed video lottery terminal (VLT) and venue markets, now proudly bear the GSA Certified mark.

The products successfully passed Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) testing to ensure that they use the protocol and interoperate with Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) according to the GSA’s standards. GLI is a qualified ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory and is trusted throughout the international gaming industry to independently provide testing, inspection and certification services.

“This certification proves that SPIELO International walks the walk when it comes to open standards,” said SPIELO International Senior Vice President and COO Victor Duarte. “It means customers can be confident that the G2S protocol has been implemented on the INTELLIGEN system exactly the way the GSA intended. As a result, we can deploy the system in a multi-vendor environment quickly and efficiently, offering full interoperability with other suppliers’ GSA-enabled EGMs.

“We’re grateful to the GSA and to our customers for the work they’ve done to promote and support open standards in our industry.”

“This is a landmark day in the gaming industry,” said GSA President Peter DeRaedt. “This was a true coming together, as certification would not have been possible without the significant work completed by our committee members, all volunteers from the GSA member companies, without whose commitment, dedication, and perseverance, this outcome would not have been achieved. This was an incredible example of all facets of the industry working together and this will be another launching point for a new phase of our industry.”

SPIELO International is a Platinum Member of the GSA, with representation on a number of technical committees. In July 2010, the INTELLIGEN Central System was the first G2S-compatible system in the distributed VLT market to be deployed in the field. By 2013, 79 per cent of SPIELO International’s INTELLIGEN deployments around the world will be providing the benefits of G2S to its public gaming customers.

As part of its ongoing support of the GSA, SPIELO International’s Duarte will be the keynote speaker at the GSA’s Annual Meeting in the Bellini Room at the Sands Convention Centre in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. Duarte will be discussing how the GSA’s standards have translated into success in the global lottery market. The meeting is open to the public.

INTELLIGEN offers stable, secure command and control capabilities uniquely tailored to operators of distributed and venue VLT environments, based on more than 20 years of proven central system experience. It interoperates with a wide range of VLTs using multiple protocols, including the Game to System (G2S) open standard protocol.

GSA Certification ensures correct and consistent GSA protocol implementation. Based on the Internation¬al Standards Organization (ISO) 17025, the program consists of internationally recognized testing procedures with actual test requirements developed by GSA members.

01 Oct 2012

Second ECA Slot Summit – The streak of success continues!

ECA logoThe European Casino Association (ECA), in partnership with the Slot Academy, continued their streak of success with the concluding event of their second Slot Summit. Hosted by the renowned Lucien Barrière Casino and Hotel, 130 participants flocked to Enghien-les-Bains from as far as Finland, Spain, and even New Caledonia (a mere 28-hour flight) for the three-day slot training event and discussion forum. The program was packed with expert speakers sharing their practical knowledge as well as plenty of social events to encourage networking and casual discussions.

Each presentation focused on a specific topic related to improving the casino slot floor. These topics ranged from creative marketing strategies and player protection initiatives to slot machine comfort, floor planning and new product sneak previews. To ensure all delegates gained the maximum benefit from the event, a team of simultaneous interpreters was on hand throughout the entire three days. Participants were clearly impressed by the presentations, keen to discuss the innovations and eager to take the new ideas home to their own operations.

The ECA hosted a dinner and reception for all delegates on the first night of the event to demonstrate its appreciation for all those involved in the organization of the event and for all the delegates, whose presence and participation were integral to its success. ECA Chairman Ron Goudsmit spoke proudly at the event, adding “a special thank you to Lucien Barrière for the organization and, specifically, to Bruno Cagnon, the French ECA member, and his team, for making this event such a success!” Goudsmit also did not forget to mention that “the event owes equal praise to Lucien Wijsman of the Slot Academy for recruiting the excellent presenters and arranging an impressive program that is perfectly suited to its audience.

It is thanks to these combined efforts that the goal of bringing people together, meeting each other and working in cooperation was met.”

Organizer Lucien Wijsman was also clearly delighted with the event: “Thanks to the enthusiasm of the participants and the excellent teamwork between the organizing parties of the event, I am already looking forward to continuing this mutually beneficial partnership with the ECA at future Slot Summits. I am proud to announce that the dates for next year’s two-part ECA Slot Summit have already been set. The first part will take place at Casino Hohensyburg in Dortmund, German, from 23-25 April 2013, and the second will again be held here at Lucien Barrière Casino and Hotel from 19-21 November 2013.”

The ECA would also like to thank the event’s sponsors: AGEM, who sponsored a Dinner Cruise on the River Seine, as well as the leading slot manufacturers who provided prototypes of their games for participants to view and try out, including Ainsworth Game Technology, Austrian Gaming Industries,

Bally Technologies, Inspired Gaming, IGT, Gaming Support, SPIELO International, and WMS Gaming International.

26 Sep 2012

Spielo International to showcase powerful Galaxist Casino system management solutions at G2E

spielo topSPIELO International™’s Casino Systems Division will be presenting its wide range of powerful GALAXIS™ casino systems management solutions at G2E Las Vegas with a special focus on modules designed to help casino operators attract, bonus, and reward their players. A wide choice of bonusing tools is available including numerous mystery jackpot templates with Star BONUS FEVER™ to bonus and reward players, and to target specific player groups when the conditions on the floor warrant it. Two of the newest tools, OnTarget FEVER™ and TimeBomb FEVER™, permit operators to optimize their promotions by allowing laser-like targeting of player segments with features of GALAXIS Star MARKETING™.

The Star MARKETING Loyalty Club Management, Player Tracking and Player Management modules promote loyalty programmes and allow casinos to recognize and reward their most valued customers, providing operators with the tools to achieve maximum participation, and incentivize longer stays, repeat visits, and increased play.

Targeted rewards, player communications, as well as services can be delivered directly to the player through the CRYSTAL.net™ platform touchscreen player interface on the slot machine, which has more powerful and attractive graphical multimedia capabilities. A suite of Player Services apps on the CRYSTAL.net interface allows the operator to increase the time of play.

Attract players to the casino with myPromo™, the latest tool from SPIELO International to bring players to your land-based gaming venue. myPromo allows operators to design targeted promotions that can be sent by SMS or email for redemption to boost play during specified times. Credit vouchers, qpon cash™ tickets, raffle tickets or gift vouchers can be delivered to targeted player segments to support events that are part of the casino’s marketing strategy. This powerful tool appeals to a new generation of smartphone users.

SPIELO International is also presenting its full suite of cashless solutions at G2E including cash wallet™ (magnetic stripe card), qpon cash (ticketing) and chip cash™ (smartcard). As one of the few gaming suppliers with a full cashless suite of solutions, it offers real choice to gaming operators, and it can provide considerable cost savings with cash wallet at a tenth of the cost of a smartcard.

Through their partnership with BIS², an innovative leader in advanced analytical software, SPIELO International’s Casino Systems will be featuring gameViz data visualization software for the casino industry. Integrated into the GALAXIS datastore and product portfolio, gameViz provides a new way to visualize advanced business intelligence that helps operators to understand slot machine performance and customer preferences at a whole new level.

SYSTEM2Go™ is a complete lower cost slot floor management solution alternative from SPIELO International that is ideally suited to multi-site club markets and smaller casinos. It performs a range of essential functions, from core accounting and data reporting critical to decision-making, to jackpot management and control, with additional player tracking, ticket-in/ticket-out and card cashless functionalities. Because it’s web-based, management can remotely access real-time information from a single property, even a single machine, or an entire multi-site estate.

But that’s only the beginning of SPIELO International’s exciting events and systems solutions at G2E 2012. Visit Booth 1265 to see much more, and find out how SPIELO International speaks systems as well as entertainment.

26 Sep 2012

Virtual Racing™ Nascar to make worldwide debut at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa on the Las Vegas Boulevard

bally-technologies-logoBally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a leader in slots, video machines, casino-management, interactive solutions, and networked and server-based systems for the global gaming industry, today announced that Virtual Racing NASCAR™ will debut at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa on the Las Vegas Strip during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Oct. 1-4.

Bally’s Elite Bonusing Suite™ Virtual Racing promotional tool has already been a huge hit, creating floor-wide excitement on casino floors across America, driving coin-in, carded play, new player’s club signups, and tremendous excitement. Now – for the first time – Virtual Racing will feature a NASCAR-themed car racing event that lets players actually choose their favorite driver and cheer him across the finish line.

Players will select one of eight famous NASCAR drivers: Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, or Martin Truex Jr. from the touch-screen on the iVIEW™ or iVIEW Display Manager™ (DM) player-user-interface on each of South Point’s slot or video-poker machines.

Players who select the winning driver will split a guaranteed prize pool of $20,000 in bonus credits daily during the promotion. The NASCAR races will happen every Monday through Thursday during the month of October at 3:30, 4:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. The South Point is giving away $380,000 during this first-of-its-kind floor-wide promotion.

South Point patrons who are members of The Club at South Point and earn 50 points on their player’s club cards within one hour of each race will be eligible to participate in the virtual NASCAR races. The virtual-racing events are available on all of the South Point’s gaming machines – without interrupting game play.

“Our mission is to give players a rewarding gaming experience, and we are doing that once again as the first casino in the world to offer the excitement of Bally’s Virtual Racing NASCAR,” said Michael Gaughan, owner of the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. “We like to stay at the forefront of gaming technology while offering our guests something completely new to the market. There is nothing like the excitement of NASCAR and we are thrilled to be bringing it to players on Las Vegas Boulevard.”

Earlier this year, the South Point became the first Las Vegas property to use iVIEW and iVIEW DM with the Elite Bonusing Suite applications to enable interactive, floor-wide player-bonusing applications such as instant slot tournaments, Virtual Racing™ events, and U-Spin™ real-time bonusing.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Bally Technologies again to bring this trailblazing technology to the Las Vegas market and to our patrons,” said Cliff Paige, Director of Slots at the South Point. “Bally’s iVIEW DM really brings the NASCAR races to life and gives our players the chance to take the checkered flag and experience the action and excitement of NASCAR racing.”

The South Point is also using these new systems to enable interactive, floor-wide player-bonusing applications such as U-Spin Bonusing, Lucky Match Bonusing™, Dynamic Random Bonusing™, and DM Tournaments™.

“We are extremely proud to continue our partnership with South Point as they continue to build casino excitement and player loyalty,” said Bally Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer Richard Haddrill. “This will be the first casino anywhere to bring the power of the NASCAR brand to their floor.”

25 Sep 2012

Mount Airy Casino Resort goes mobile with app created by Bally

mountairyBally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a leader in slots, video machines, casino-management, mobile and interactive applications, and networked systems for the global gaming industry, today announced that the Apple® and Android™ mobile applications it created for Mount Airy Casino Resort located in Mount Pocono, Penn. are now available, along with a new mobile website also created by Bally Technologies.

Anyone can download the free apps, which are available in the Apple iTunes® store and in Google Play®. The Mount Airy Casino Resort apps enable users to do things like view benefits, rewards, and sign up instantly for the Player’s Club, view and book a room on-the-go, view dining menus before leaving for the restaurant, plan their evening ahead of time by checking out Mount Airy’s nightlife events, view exclusive promotions, get easy directions with GPS mapping, and catch up on the latest social media buzz. The apps also include a mobile play-for-fun version of Bally’s Cash Spin video slot, as well as casino gaming information, feedback surveys, and much more.

“The new Mount Airy apps are terrific customer-service and marketing tools for our property,” said Robert Phillips, Chief Information Officer of Mount Airy Casino Resort. “They not only deliver useful information, entertainment, and mobile functionality for our guests, they also allow us a wealth of ways to more effectively promote our property and what’s happening here.”

“Mount Airy Casino is another great partner for Bally Technologies and our mobile business,” said Aron Ezra, Vice President of Mobile at Bally Technologies. “The new apps we’ve created for them provide an amazing tool for their guests and will deliver very positive return-on-investment for the property.”

24 Sep 2012

Spielo International to showcase first progressive link using episodic gaming: Egyptian Gold

Egyptian GoldSPIELO International™ is showing more entertaining games than ever before at the 2012 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. Among SPIELO International’s new content-driven titles for the International casino market, EGYPTIAN GOLD™ is the company’s first progressive link using EPiSODiC GAMiNG™. As the player progresses through the game during one session, he or she can save and reactivate their achieved status during the next play session. The player unlocks more features and additional bet options for more action to become available. When the player reaches the highest status, an additional award is randomly revealed by Tutankhamun. EGYPTIAN GOLD offers an exciting 5-Level Progressive Playoff, where the player is able to win multiple progressives.

Visitors to the show will also get a sneak peek at MEGA KONG™, the exciting new follow-up to the widely successful KING KONG CASH™. With hundreds of installations, KING KONG CASH has been a top performer for years. Now Kong is back and aiming to follow in those footsteps. MEGA KONG offers the action of two bonus rounds: the Mystery Kong Bonus and the Mega Kong Bonus.

Mermaid’s Spell™ is an intriguing rapid hit 8-level linked progressive that will mesmerize players. Featuring three distinct titles – Great Reef™, Magic Lagoon™, and Bay of Fortune™ – Mermaid’s Spell enables players to select “enchanted symbols” for re-spins and increased chances at the progressives. Five-of-a-kind line wins trigger the corresponding progressive. Players can choose their volatility by seeking their favorite progressive level.

KITTY CASH™ is the latest addition to SPIELO International’s multi-level progressive links, and features the cuddly cats from the internationally recognized brand, the Artlist Collection’s “THE CAT,” on the state-of-the-art OXYGEN™ cabinet. On top of the two supporting game titles, this purr-fect multi-level progressive features two bonus rounds: the Mystery Cat Bonus and the KiTTY CASH Bonus.

SPIELO International has expanded its successful multi-game solution, diversity™, with the introduction of Magic Maroon™ and Sweet Sunshine™. Each edition offers players a choice of core game titles in addition to top-performing, stand-alone DOGGIE CASH™ progressive titles and at least one classic, low-line game. Extremely volatile versions of a top-performing game complete the offering in each suite, while Sweet Sunshine offers the added choice of Master Roulette™.

On top of those titles, SPIELO International is presenting a wide range of new core games with unique and innovative features.

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 entertainment.

24 Sep 2012

Bally Technologies to provide iGaming platform for Stratosphere Casino, hotel e tower parent company

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, and ACEP Interactive, LLC, the iGaming arm of American Casino & Entertainment Properties, LLC (ACEP), today announced an agreement for Bally to provide its iGaming platform to ACEP and its properties, Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Aquarius Resort and Casino, and the two Arizona Charlie’s properties.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with a premier gaming operation and a globally recognized brand like the Stratosphere,” said Bally Technologies’ Vice President of Business Development John Connelly. “What makes this even more significant is the fact that ACEP is located in Nevada, one of the only approved and regulated markets within the United States.”

The Nevada Gaming Commission approved ACEP Interactive, LLC as an interactive gaming operator on Sept. 20, 2012.

“We are pleased to be involved in the leading edge of this emerging segment in the U.S.,” said American Casino & Entertainment Properties’ Chief Executive Officer Frank Riolo. “This partnership with Bally will allow us to establish a play-for-free poker site by the end of the year, which we plan to use to further enhance our brands and enable us to be poised to launch a real money poker site at such a time as permitted.”

Bally’s iGaming 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, and sports betting.

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

“Our iGaming platform delivers a host of advantages to ACEP,” Connelly said. “With integration to their core casino-management systems, they will ultimately have the ability to conduct marketing, bonusing, data tracking and collection seamlessly, enabling the casino to market to their players in a way that has never been possible before. Players can play the same games, receive the same bonuses, offers, and earn the same points on the casino floor, at home, or on the move. We are committed to offering our casino customers a single view of the player.”