Bally Signs Agreement to Offer Content from SHFL entertainment
Bally Technologies Inc. announced it has signed an agreement to offer online casino table game content from SHFL entertainment. SHFL’s online casino table game content will become available to Bally’s iGaming platform customers, allowing them to deliver top offerings in online casino table games to their players. Bally’s open iGaming platform enables casinos to deliver play-for-free and wager-based poker, table games, video slots, sports betting, and social connection, and choose from best-of-breed content and a library of interactive games based on proven casino-gaming content and popular play mechanics. Bally is providing its iGaming platform for the Golden Nugget casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, which can be found at goldennuggetpoker.com. The company also recently announced an agreement to provide its iGaming platform for Mohegan Sun’s casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and American Casino & Entertainment Properties’ Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Aquarius Resort and Casino, and two Arizona Charlie’s casinos. For more information, visit www.ballytech.com or www.shfl.com.
Aristocrat Purchases Online Platform
Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. has announced an agreement with GameAccount Network (GAN) by which Aristocrat will assume full ownership of the award winning nLive™ platform solution. The agreement encompasses the purchase of GAN’s Internet gaming system (IGS) and remote game server (RGS). GAN, a U.K.-based and privately held firm, owns and operates an Internet gaming platform, powering online casinos in regulated jurisdictions. Aristocrat and GAN previously entered into a partnership to provide Internet gaming platform services and solutions to North American operators via the nLive platform. Aristocrat CEO and Managing Director Jamie Odell said this transaction positions Aristocrat to benefit, as the online gaming segment gains momentum over the medium term, and represents a significant milestone in the execution of the company’s online strategy. “The nLive platform is an integral part of our plans—offering land-based operators a turn-key, wager-ready, ‘virtual casino’ online,” he said. “Since its launch in the U.S. in April, nLive has delivered impressive results and generated strong customer interest.” For more information, visit www.aristocrat.com.au.
IGT to Install Systems and UGA at Desert Diamond Casinos
International Game Technology (IGT) announced that the Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment will be installing the IGT Advantage® System Solution and IGT Universal Game Adaptor® (UGA) at their Tucson, Sahurita and Why, Ariz., locations. The install also effectively marks the replacement of their previous system from another systems manufacturer. The IGT Advantage System and IGT UGA create a path for an open-system architecture, which allows the use of the Service Window across all slots on the gaming floor, including other manufacturers’ games. Advantage also includes the use of sbX® Media Manager, to increase player engagement through the use of highly flexible applications, allowing Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment to deliver branded messages directly through the game screen. In addition, Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment will also install IGT’s Bonusing Applications. For more information, visit www.igt.com.
Gary Platt Manufacturing Ships to Isle of Capri
Gary Platt is excited to ship more than 1,200 chairs to the new casino, Isle of Capri in Cape Girardeau, Mo., which opened in November 2012. Gary Platt supplied them with chairs for their slot machines, table games and poker tables. The preferred choice of chair was the Gazelle Style seat, specified by Kuhlmann Design, located in St. Louis. Cape Girardeau is the latest addition to the Isle of Capri’s chain of casinos. For more information, visit www.garyplatt.com.
JCM Global Supplies Novomatic and Löwen with Bill Recyclers
JCM Global has secured an agreement for a significant number of bill recycler units supplied on the basis of a long-term cooperation with Novomatic and its German subsidiary Löwen Entertainment. After previous positive experiences with JCM Global bill acceptor technologies, Novomatic and Löwen Entertainment recently successfully completed extensive field trials of the UBA-RC™ bill recycler and now are planning to roll out the UBA-RC with their new product line in Germany and throughout Europe in the future. For more information, visit www.jcmglobal.com.
Konami Appoints Ortega, Selected by Seven Clans
Konami Gaming Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Ortega to senior director, games customer service. Ortega will be responsible for providing leadership in field service and support in domestic and international markets for the games division. He has extensive experience leading cross-functional teams responsible for product development, manufacturing, sales and marketing. Most recently, Ortega served as director of global service for Pacific Biosciences Inc., where he was responsible for training, logistics, and customer service for the Americas, EMEA and Asia.
Konami also announced that the operators of the Seven Clans casinos in northern Minnesota, Red Lake Gaming Enterprises Inc., have selected Konami Gaming Inc. to install its Konami Casino Management System (KCMS) in all three of their gaming and entertainment properties, located in Red Lake, Warroad, and Thief River Falls, Minn. “The three Seven Clans casino properties combined currently offer more than 1,450 of the latest slot machines, table games featuring blackjack and poker, a range of dining options, and more than 230 hotel rooms,” said Clark Warren, director of systems sales and marketing at Konami Gaming Inc. “By closely linking all three properties with our KCMS system, we will enable the Seven Clans operations team to understand more about the behavior of their customers across all three properties, and we will provide new marketing and bonusing tools to help ensure that their customers are recognizing the value Seven Clans is offering.” For more information, visit www.gaming.konami.com.
FutureLogic Partners with Resort Advantage, Extends Agreement with Aristocrat
FutureLogic Inc. announces a new partnership with Resort Advantage. Integrated with Resort Advantage’s mobile jackpot payout processing solution—Slots Jackpot Accelerator™ (SJA)—FutureLogic’s GEN2 Universal™/GEN3 Evolution® dual port printers and PromoNet® promotional couponing solution now offer instant access to both promotional coupons and jackpot payout documents directly at the gaming machine linked to real-time game play. This combination greatly enhances the experience of each winning patron and reduces the manual effort required by the floor, cage and compliance personnel to process jackpot payouts, enhancing the player experience and giving the property a unique customer service advantage.
FutureLogic Inc. also announced that it has extended its agreement with Aristocrat to remain their global technology partner for thermal ticket printing, promotional marketing and couponing applications. According to the agreement, FutureLogic’s thermal printers will continue to be the preferred option in all Aristocrat current and new TITO gaming platforms around the world for the next two years. For more information, visit www.futurelogic-inc.com.
Interblock Announces Installation in Africa
Interblock is proud to announce installation at Le Grande Casino in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the latest casino in Africa to offer their players an unrivalled gaming experience with Interblock’s G4 Organic Range. Le Grande Casino is the only casino on the continent with Interblock’s luxurious black and red illuminated multi-game setup that simultaneously offers players semi-automated roulette and baccarat—operated by a dealer—as well as automated Sic Bo, craps, horse racing and blackjack, at any time of the day or night. For more information, visit www.elektroncek.eu.
Casino Data Imaging Announces Strategic Relationship with Qualex Asia Limited
Casino Data Imaging (CDI) announced a strategic alliance with Qualex Asia Limited. Through its parent company Qualex Consulting Services, Qualex Asia brings more than two decades worth of consulting experience to the Pacific Rim. Qualex Asia’s consultants are experts in data warehousing implementations, predictive analytics, digital marketing, as well as some of the leading implementers of mobile and social media solutions. “Under this arrangement, in the delivery of GlobalSuite™ and other products, CDI’s development and support teams will be able to tap into Qualex Asia Limited’s pool of highly technical resources and knowledge base for these markets,” said Andrew Pearson, president of Qualex Asia Limited. “Conversely, we look forward to working with CDI and leveraging the power of their visualization and analysis technology.” For more information, visit www.casinodataimaging.com.
GLI Adds Iwaskow to Global Professional Services Group
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) is again expanding its Global Professional Services group. Joining the team as manager of global professional services is widely respected project management consultant Doug Iwaskow. Iwaskow will be positioned in GLI’s Global Professional Services center of operations in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Iwaskow is an experienced IT professional with a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and more than 25 years of experience successfully leading a diverse range of technology projects. Most recently, Iwaskow served as principle for Megolas Technology Inc., where he provided project management and software development services to organizations that were developing and/or integrating IT products and services. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Opens Atlantic City Office
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck expanded its national, multi-jurisdictional platform with the opening of an Atlantic City office and the hiring of New Jersey gaming attorneys Paul O’Gara, Pacifico “Pat” Agnellini and Dennis Daly. The office opened Oct. 15, and is located at Absecon Professional Center, 707 White Horse Pike, Suite C-5, Absecon, NJ 08201. With this expansion, Brownstein positions itself as one of the largest national gaming practice, with offices in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The expansion east also allows the Gaming Law Group to better serve its existing clients on a national, multi-jurisdictional platform.
O’Gara, shareholder, has extensive experience representing casinos, casino holding companies, financial institutions and investors, as well as those who do business with casinos before the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and other gaming regulatory bodies both in the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions. Agnellini, shareholder, concentrates his practice in all aspects of casino gaming law and various commercial transactional matters. Daly, of counsel, was an attorney for 23 years with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, most recently as its General Counsel. He possesses a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of gaming law, particularly in the casino regulatory arena. For more information, visit www.bhfs.com.
Zynga Announces Executive Appointments
Zynga Inc. announced a number of changes to the company’s executive team. Among these changes, Mark Vranesh, chief accounting officer, has been appointed chief financial officer. Vranesh succeeded David Wehner, who is leaving the company to pursue a senior finance position at Facebook Inc. The company also announced that David Ko, previously chief mobile officer, has been appointed chief operations officer; Barry Cottle, previously executive vice president, business and corporate development, has been appointed chief revenue officer; and Steven Chiang, previously executive vice president of games, has been appointed president of games. For more information, visit www.zynga.com.
Gaming Support Announces New Corporate Visual Identity
Gaming Support announced the launch of a new global company visual identity that reflects the significant transformation of Gaming Support’s business over the past 12 and a half years. At the heart of the new company identity is a redesigned logo, appearing in capital letters, complemented by a tricolored visual image with strong connections to both the infinity symbol, and the lucky number 8. The tricolored visual image reflects the three business pillars of Gaming Support—signs, systems and services. The infinity image reflects how Gaming Support is always in touch with casino players through its continuous support work for all 14 casinos operated by Holland Casino. The infinity image also emphasizes that Gaming Support makes best use of the operational experience it gains from this continuous services work to create and make innovative signs and systems solutions for casinos and gaming halls worldwide. For more information, visit www.gamingsupport.com.
GCA Announces Retirement of Scott Betts, Appointment of David Lopez
Global Cash Access Holdings Inc. announced that on Nov. 6, 2012, Scott Betts, chief executive officer of the company, advised the board of directors of the company of his intention to retire as CEO of the company effective Dec. 31, 2012. Betts will remain an employee of the company in a strategic planning role through March 2013, and will continue to serve as a board member. David Lopez, president of the company, will assume the role of CEO. Lopez has been president of GCA since June 1, 2012. He has extensive background in the gaming industry, joining GCA from his previous position of COO of Shuffle Master Inc. (now SHFL entertainment). Lopez spent the past 14 years with Shuffle Master, holding various positions within the organization, as well as serving as a member of its board of directors. For more information, visit www.gcainc.com.
Agilysys Promotes Robert R. Ellis to COO
Agilysys Inc. announced the promotion of Robert R. “Robb” Ellis to chief operating officer of the company, effective immediately. Ellis has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Agilysys since October 2011 and will remain in that role. His additional responsibilities as chief operating officer will include driving financial improvements in the company’s services, support and operations and leading customer satisfaction initiatives. Prior to working at Agilysys, Ellis was with Radiant Systems, joining the company as corporate controller and later managing a global team as vice president of accounting and financial operations. For more information, visit www.agilysys.com.
Genesis Gaming Solutions Installs at Sycuan; Interactive Technologies at Cache Creek Casino
Genesis Gaming Solutions Inc. announced that it has completed the installation of its BRAVO Pit and Poker table management systems at Sycuan Casino. Installed on 42 gaming tables at Sycuan, the BRAVO Pit system is a complete table game management and player tracking system designed for more efficient player ratings and pit management utilizing electronic data collection. The BRAVO Poker system, which is installed on all 17 tables in the Sycuan Poker Room, is a complete poker room management system that allows for accurate monitoring, tracking and managing of the entire poker room.
Genesis Interactive Technologies announced that it has delivered eight new gaming tables to Cache Creek Casino for their high-limit room expansion. The gaming tables, which were designed and built to seamlessly integrate into Cache Creek’s existing high-limit area, constitute the first table order for the recently launched table game supplier. Along with gaming tables, Genesis Interactive is also providing its BRAVO™ table game layouts for the high-limit area, as well as the rest of Cache Creek Casino’s gaming tables. For more information, visit www.genesisgaming.com.