Category: News

29 Aug 2012

New slots and VLTs: over 410 thousand machines into circulation and 45 thousand videolotteries

newslot sala410,181 new slots are authorized by the State Monopolies for wager’s collection in the country while the ones actually operating at the beginning of the current week were less than 378 thousand (377,969 to be precise). According to the latest updating released by Aams about the ‘numbers’ of the field of the amusement machines, the network of new slots is supported by the one of the videolotteries which, at present, has more than 45 thousand active terminals that collect wagers (45,016 to be precise, on August 27, 2012), which correspond to 79 percent of the total market, by virtue of the about 57 thousand rights at the concessionaires’ disposal.

29 Aug 2012

Omi Gaming delivers certified mobile video slots to Alderney Operators

cellulariOmi Gaming is thrilled to announce that the three mobile games; Benny The Panda, Princess Fortune and Jungle Fruits has been “approved in principle” by the AGCC. The games have been tested, evaluated and certified by SQS India, an independent provider of Software testing authorized by the AGCC.

Benny The Panda is thirty paylines video slot with two progressive jackpots, freespins and wilds. The wild symbol does not only substitutes all symbols except scatters it also doubles all the wins in the combinations it appears on. The player can win up to 59 400 coins in one spin beside the progressive jackpots.

Princess Fortune welcomes the players to a world of fantasy were finding the right prince will make you win big. The game has twenty paylines, wilds, freespins, scatter wins and a bonus feature where a little kiss can make you rich.

Jungle fruit is a ten paylines, fast paced, frequently winning game. As the reels spins the players have the chance to hit the jungle jackpot and scatter wins which multiplies by the number of paylines.

“Omi Gaming is committed to create high end, triple-A, mobile casino games entertainment that generates revenues to our partners, so quality assurance is a natural part of our day to day business. We are absolutely thrilled that we now can begin to offer our mobile games to operators and platform providers on Alderney.”

25 Aug 2012

Spanish heavyweights Grup Perelada and Grupo Orenes bring more value to players with systems solutions

casino antiguaNew deployments for SPIELO International’s next generation systems are underway at properties belonging to Grupo Orenes and Grup Perelada, the biggest casino groups in Spain, to add value to the player experience and stay ahead of the game.

Grup Perelada

The Grup Perelada’s Barcelona casino is migrating to the new, more powerful CRYSTAL.net™ next generation floor platform. CRYSTAL.net enhances the player experience with its interactive touch-screen interface for multi-media player communications and services. It opens up a world of opportunities for exciting new player applications and directed marketing messages.

SPIELO International’s relationship with Perelada started in 1999 when the gaming supplier installed Perelada’s first casino system. The Barcelona, Perelada, and Tarragona Perelada Group casinos in Catalonia have all moved to SPIELO International’s qpon cash™ ticketing solution on a total of 524 slot machines. They also use the Star MARKETING™ player tracking module of GALAXIS™, as well as Star JACKPOTS™ for progressives.

Mr. Josep Mª Roig, Slot Director, Grup Perelada, said, “We found the new CRYSTAL.net interactive player interface very interesting and look forward to making it available to our players in Catalonia starting with Barcelona, with our other casinos to follow. We want to provide players with the best casino experience.”

Grupo Orenes

SPIELO International congratulates Grupo Orenes for the new Gran Casino Antigua – Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) that opened in July with the GALAXIS™ suite of casino systems, including Star SLOTS™ for all 41 of their slot machines, and the first Star DISPLAY™ installation in Spain, which provides a versatile and powerful multimedia system for jackpot celebrations and player advertising.

Star SLOTS is a powerful slot management system for accounting, reporting, monitoring, and maintenance across the slot floor. They are also using the qpon cash ticketing solution. Grupo Orenes has been using the GALAXIS solutions since 2005, starting with Gran Casino Costa Meloneras.

Mr. Gregorio Hernández, Slots Director for Group Orenes, commented, “We are delighted to continue our long-standing collaboration with SPIELO International for key casino systems management operations in our new Gran Casino Antigua – Fuerteventura.”

23 Aug 2012

Galaxis™ incorporates gameViz™ software for deeper understanding of real-time casino floor dynamics

accordoSpielo International has announced a partnership with Bis², a world leader in advanced analytical software, for Bis²’s gameViz product, a state-of-the-art data visualization software solution for strategic, operational, and analytical users of gaming data.

Bis² is supplying and supporting the gameViz software, which is a seamless part of Spielo International’s Galaxis™ gaming management system portfolio, thereby making sophisticated business intelligence more accessible and affordable for casino operators worldwide. gameViz can be installed within a rapid timeframe, and can provide a return on investment of less than one year through a sophisticated understanding of the casino’s real-time floor dynamics.

“We are very excited to be introducing this next generation, advanced gameViz technology to casino operators worldwide,” said Marc Attal, Managing Director of the Casino Systems division of Spielo International.

“We have a growing number of customers in over 50 countries and see great opportunities to bring this proven world-leading gaming analytics technology to them. It entirely complements our wide portfolio of powerful and diverse gaming systems solutions with a new way to visualise advanced business intelligence, integrated into our Galaxis datastore and product portfolio. The visualisation of advanced data will really help operators to understand slot machine performance and customer preferences at a whole new level.”

The technology handles a range of casino operator needs, from simply monitoring the live activity on the gaming floor, to advanced analysis of multi-game data, deployment of a mini-casino strategy, War Room analytics and comprehending the machine and customer effects of game changes on the casino floor. This is all done with ease using Bis²’s Super Graphics. Unlike classical Business Intelligence tools, the BIS² solution is focused on innovative visualizations using hyper-advanced graphics (called “Super Graphics”) that help operators make the right business decisions.

“We are delighted to have Spielo International’s Casino Systems division partner with us to offer Bis²’s multi-award winning technology to casino operators,” said Mukesh Gordhan, Ceo of Bis2. “The ability to better understand data is a challenge that exists for all casino operators around the world. The power of visual query is something we do exceptionally well at Bis², and I am pleased that we can offer our technology to Spielo International’s casino operator customers. I have been very impressed with the Casino Systems division team, and our solutions are a good fit in their impressive systems portfolio.”

From 18-20 September at the Slot Summit in Paris, Marc Attal will be making a presentation about the newest trends in the gaming systems market worldwide, as well as the evolution of gaming regulations in France. He will be joined by Andrew Cardno, Bis² Cto, who will demonstrate the increasing importance of understanding player behaviour, and the factors that influence customer preferences in order to optimise revenue on the casino floor.

21 Aug 2012

Mermaid’s Spell™ enchants South Africa

mermaidIt was a splashy affair at this year’s Wild Coast Winter Games as Atomic Gaming showcased SPIELO International’s most innovative products yet. The Atomic Gaming stand was abuzz as Mermaid’s Spell™, the latest innovative progressive link from SPIELO International, was introduced to the South African Gaming industry. With eight progressive levels, Mermaid’s Spell is yet another addition to SPIELO International’s successful library of multi-level progressive links. No need to wait for any bonus features – this 8-level progressive link enables players to win one of the progressive levels at any time. By enchanting your favourite progressive symbol players can “hunt” for their desired progressive level!

Three brand new suites of the top-performing diversity™ multi-game were also unveiled on the Atomic Gaming stand. These included Gambling Green™, Absolute Azure™ and Magic Maroon™.

diversity Absolute Azure offers players the choice of five core game titles in addition to 1 top-performing, stand-alone CASH FEVER™ progressive title and 2 classic, low-line games. One extremely volatile version of the top-performing game, Master Roulette™, rounds out Absolute Azure.

diversity Magic Maroon offers players the choice of five core game titles in addition to two top-performing, stand-alone titles from the successful Doggie Cash™ progressive link, as well as two classic, low-line games. One extremely volatile version of a top-performing game rounds off this exciting diversity multi-game suite.

diversity Gambling Green offers players the choice of 4 core game titles in addition to the top-performing, stand-alone CASH FEVER™ progressive title, a Roulette title, and two classic, low-line games. Two extremely volatile versions of top-performing games round off the offering in this suite.

Also on the Atomic Gaming stand was HOT & WiLD™, another impressive progressive link from SPIELO International based on the successful CASH FEVER series.

All the SPIELO International games were displayed on the OXYGEN™ upright and slant top cabinets, featuring crisp graphics, a simplified button panel, 22-inch screens and the sensys EP™ platform that’s powerful and robust, yet easy to service.

“Thank you to all the customers and friends of Atomic Gaming that visited our stand at the Wild Coast Winter Games. We are very pleased with the feedback we received on the product and are looking forward to making next year even better!” said Cliff Lamberton, Managing Director: Atomic Gaming.

17 Aug 2012

Pinball Magazine launches on August 18th

sharpePinball Magazine, a new glossy magazine for pinball operators, location owners and hobbyists will be launched on August 18th .What makes Pinball Magazine unique is that each issue of will focus on a single pinball related topic – an important pinball personality, a pinball company, or perhaps the development of a particular pinball machine – and explore it in depth.

Whatever the subject, Pinball Magazine will give it as many pages as are needed to cover it fully. The first issue has 112 full color pages and uses large, high quality pictures and a clean, modern design.

The focus of the first issue is pinball industry veteran Roger Sharpe, who is also the issue’s Guest Editor. He has some valuable suggestions for professional pinball operators about how to make operating pinball on location more profitable.

“I was excited to hear Roger’s ideas about how pinball on location could be marketed,” said Jonathan Joosten, Pinball Magazine’s editor. “Roger has proved that his ideas work and I’m happy I can share them with others to help their businesses.”

Sharpe also explains how easy it can be for operators to generate publicity for pinball tournaments or other events. “Any pinball operator can benefit from those tips and tricks, making Pinball Magazine a must read for any pinball distributor, operator and location owner,” Joosten added.

The Roger Sharpe interview is comprehensive, and with involvement in so many aspects of the pinball industry Pinball Magazine is able to give this fascinating personality the space he deserves .

Other articles in the first issue of Pinball Magazine include a look at popular online community Pinside, an introduction to the International Flipper Pinball Association, a visit to the Pacific Pinball Museum and much more.

Pinball Magazine will be launched on August 18th at the UK Pinball Party, where the first issue will be on sale. It can also be purchased online at www.pinball-magazine.com, priced at US$15 / Euros 12.50 / UK £ 9.75 plus postage.

16 Aug 2012

New ICE campaign invites the world of gaming to think big!

ice-totally-gaming-awardsThe creative for ICE Totally Gaming has gone live, with the organisers of the world’s most complete and now the world’s largest gaming exhibition, challenging the industry to think big for 2013 when it takes residence at its new home at ExCeL, situated in the heart of London.

The creative, which has been launched following a tease campaign run through www.totallygaming.com, heralds the show’s relocation to the purpose built ExCeL London venue and on new dates across February 5th, 6th and 7th. Kate Chambers, Portfolio Director responsible for ICE Totally Gaming said: “We are launching our biggest marketing campaign to date in support of what promises to be the biggest exhibition for the international gaming industry. ICE 2013 is already 12% bigger than the 2012 event and we still have more than six months before the show opens. With a net floor space of 31,000 square metres we believe that ICE 2013 will be the biggest b2b gaming event in the calendar and one not to be missed.

“Our message to customers and stakeholders is simple – just think big: the show is going to be the biggest ever, the exhibitors are the biggest in gaming, the ideas will be bigger than ever before, and the opportunities that ICE generates for all attendees will be immense. To quote Donald Trump: ‘You have to think anyway so why not think big?’

16 Aug 2012

Joa Casino de la Seyne Fully Equipped with Crystal.net

iPad FloorMasterCongratulations to the new Joa Casino de la Seyne, which opened its doors on 5 July 2012 fully equipped with Crystal.net on 75 slot machines and 7 electronic roulette machines. The solution includes Crustal.net casino floor network and applications, and Galaxis™ modular system solutions including Star Slots™, Star Tables™, Star Cage™ and FloorMaster® monitoring tool.

– Crystal.net is a casino floor network with touchscreen interface that allows casino operators to provide interactive communications with players. It also supports multimedia. It is the hardware base for innovative applications, such as myBar and access to the jackpots and members’ loyalty club.

– myBar™ allows players to conveniently order their drinks on the interface. The drinks are delivered to the slot without interrupting play.

– Other applications allow privileged access to the casino’s jackpot information directly from via the player interface, as well as club member access to their account status.

– Galaxis is a modular system solution and consists of the various Star modules for different applications in the casino. With its scalable design and customizable modular integration, Galaxis offers a powerful and diverse casino management tool set for both slots and table games operations.

– Star Slots™ provides all the functions necessary for efficient slot accounting and slot floor maintenance.

– Star Cage™ is a complete vault, front cage, and credit management tool.

– Star Tables™ is an advanced table management system with features such as accounting, player tracking, and statistics.

– Star Marketing™ delivers player-related functions tailored to business needs with player tracking, player management, and loyalty club.

– FloorMaster gives hands-on floor management and real-time activity reporting and monitoring, on a tablet touchscreen.

Joa is the third largest casino operator in France, with 20 casinos and more than 2,000 slot machines and 80 tables, as well as restaurants and bars. France is one of the largest and most sophisticated casino markets in Europe with around 200 casinos and revenues in excess of €2.3 billion.

Spielo International is the number one external supplier of games and systems in France, where they have been operating for over 25 years. Joa has been a Spielo International Casino Systems customer since 2001.

Didier Tomas, Spielo International’s Casino Systems regional sales manager, said: “It’s a great honour for Spielo International that Joa Group has once again chosen our systems solutions, including our innovative applications and Crystal.net technology for their new casino in La Seyne sur Mer. This decision is a clear indication that they put their players first, and demonstrates that our customers recognize the value and power of our comprehensive and flexible systems solutions.”

14 Aug 2012

Betradar and Don Best Sports announce partnership agreement for American Odds Monitoring Services

accordoBetradar, the world’s leading supplier of sports and betting related data, and Don Best Sports, the leading supplier of odds services for North American sports, are proud to announce their new partnership agreement.

The partnership includes the launch of a new Betradar American Odds Monitoring service based on data provided by Don Best.

The new American Monitoring Service has been carefully designed to extend Betradar’s monitoring services into the growing US Sports marketplace. The first version of Betradar’s American Monitoring offers comprehensive coverage of American Football, Basketball, Baseball and Ice Hockey matches playing in the US and Canada for all relevant professional and college leagues. The new product offers a wide range of Betradar’s unique features. Expected Total Points and Supremacy Values allow users to easily compare any spread or total against their own or any of the selected bookmakers. It offers a comprehensive but simple alert system based around bookmakers’ own odds that can be easily configured to suit exclusive needs and desired thresholds. Furthermore, it offers a new and innovative feature to quickly follow all market trends. Plans have already been made to extend coverage into other sports that have strong links to US sportsbooks and casinos industries.

Benjie Cherniak, president of Don Best Sports, stated: “We are very excited to be launching a partnership venture with Betradar. Given Betradar’s vast distribution capabilities within the European sports market, the partnership will enable us to better meet the growing need for reliable and consistent information relevant to North American sporting events. This venture is part of Don Best’s continuing goal of expanding the geographic scope of our sports information service”.

Carsten Koerl, group chief executive officer, Sportradar, said: “It has been widely noted that the overall interest in traditional American sports has been steadily growing year on year allowing European bookmakers the opportunity to tap into revenue streams that are outside their local time zones. To ensure we can provide our existing clients with the best information and data possible we are happy to have entered into a unique partnership with Don Best Sports, the foremost authority in American sports odds services.”

14 Aug 2012

Merkur Gaming – the must-visit stand at the forthcoming G2E

las vegasstripMerkur Gaming will once again have a strong presence at the upcoming G2E that will take place in Las Vegas, USA, between 2nd and 4th October. The gaming solutions continue to expand and remain extremely focused on player experience. These solutions will be on display at stand number 2665. As the international gaming representative of the German Gauselmann Group, Merkur Gaming belongs to an enterprise, which has a track record that spans over five decades of offering the right mix of player experience, machine quality and finesse, a great games collection alongside ‘made in Germany’ reliability.

Mr. Thomas Niehenke is the COO of the Gauselmann Group and sums the strength in depth that Merkur Gaming offers, “Today more than ever it is essential to have a strong partner at your side with a proven track record. The Gauselmann Group is family-owned and family-managed and thus the management team is completely focused on this long-term strategy of bringing the right gaming solutions to each individual market. The numbers mirror this goal – global turnover topped 1.7 billion euros in 2011 and the number of our staff is over 6,300. We place utmost priority on research and development as the Gauselmann Group plays a leading role in international gaming”.

This focus on marrying new ideas and technologies will be on display at the G2E. A fine example is the sheer size of the games collection that includes a strong variety of different themes, gripping features, thrilling free games and unique win-line concepts. Thus, players can find the right game that suits them amongst such diversity. Merkur Gaming Spokesman of Executive Management, Mr. Rolf Falke, explains a classic example of Merkur GamigG catering for local gaming needs, “We at Merkur Gaming understand how important culture and local tastes are. Naturally we have an abundant games collection that reaches out internationally to players. Our strategy is to combine these global games successes with local games. Our Cantinflas game is a perfect example. Cantinflas was a much-loved actor and comedian in Latin America, the so-called ‘Charlie Chaplin of Mexico’. We have played a major role at the Latin American exhibitions this year and each time our expectations for this game were exceeded. Naturally we are now developing further games around the Cantinflas theme”.

The Merkur Gaming games feel right at home with its exquisite cabinet choice. These stylish, durable and ultra-modern cabinets combine the latest technology with the highest quality standards that offer maximum player convenience. The Evolution cabinet is the slant top that caters for special casino flair. The Privilege cabinet is the new wide-screen upright cabinet that includes two 22” monitors for optimum game presentation. The innovative prowess is exemplified in the Highflyer cabinet. This truly unique cabinet is a real ‘made in Germany’ innovation as the second, upper monitor seems to float in mid-air. Studies have shown that specific players prefer to focus on one monitor only. Such players can choose to focus on the lower monitor or lean back in the specifically designed chair and enjoy a more relaxing gaming experience via the upper monitor. A further player benefit is that the player has a clear, unobstructed view between the monitors around the gaming location. The design of the Highflyer has been such a hit that Merkur Gaming can even offer the cabinet design with just the lower monitor. This cabinet is called the Uno.

Merkur Gaming has proven experience and success in the VLT / SBG market and is – for example – a major player in the VLT markets in Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Mr. Peter Amling, Managing Director at Merkur Gaming, explains, “VLT / SBG technology is complex and many facets must be perfectly mastered. Gaming and technology must flow constantly together. The amount of development work required to master this technology can be daunting. Not for MERKUR GAMING. As the international subsidiary of Germany’s Gauselmann Group, Merkur Gaming fulfils all the requirements to ensure the long-term success in VLT / SBG technology”.

The Merkur Dispenser 100 – the ideal banknote recycler for gaming, change and redemption machines – will naturally be on proud display at the Merkur Gaming booth. This proven modern cash management system can dispense 102 separate notes of three individual denominations. Well over 60,000 such units are in daily operation. Merkur Gaming has further developed the Merkur Dispenser 100 to cater for worldwide banknote needs as well as being able to offer the option for ticket-on, ticket-out.

Merkur Gaming will be joined by two further sister companies in Las Vegas. GeWeTe – the leading manufacturer of change machines in Germany – will be exhibiting its extremely wide range of money changing and payment systems. edict egaming is the specialist for online gaming platforms and focuses on the development and technical operation of online casino solutions and system platforms in the gaming market. The edict team will be present on the Merkur Gaming stand alongside GeWeTe. The whole team is looking forward to welcoming visitors at the forthcoming G2E.