Gaming News Australia - May 2004
01 May 2004
, Australian Hotelier
Ebet welcomes new CEO
Mr Tony Toohey, who has an outstanding record of management achievement in the gaming industry, has been appointed as Managing Director and CEO of Ebet Limited.
Ebet developes and markets a range of networked solutions for gaming machines.
Mr. Toohey was most recently general manager of Wentworthville Leagues Club where he oversaw a substantial increase in revenues and worked closely with eBet to pioneer the introduction of card-based cashless gaming. Prior to this he headed Wests Leagues Illawarra and Dee Why RSL.
Mr. Toohey replaces the company’s current managing director, Mr. Keith Cullen, who has accepted a position outside of the gaming industry. Mr. Cullen will remain on the board of eBet.
In other news, the company has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with TAB Limited to exploit Tab’s wide-area linked jackpot brands in the US gaming market, including Maximillions, Dollar Dazzler, The Stash and Bullionaire.
The agreement provides eBet with exclusive rights to exploit the brands, trade marks and associated material and images in Native American casinos for supplying, installing and operating gaming systems, software and games for electronic gaming machines, including the operation of wide-area linked jackpot systems such as those operated by Tab in Australia.
eBet Gaming Systems was also recently granted LAB approval for port sharing between the EPS cashless systems and CCCE download link controllers in New South Wales. The TAB Statewide Link combination, Aristocrat Hyperlink (Paltronics) combination, and eBet EPS T4000 Wedge combination were approved to share with the eBet EPS.
Ainsworth releases two new Ambassador games
Ainsworth Game Technology has two new games available to hoteliers, to maximise their gaming revenue. “Lucky Rabbits” was launched during the Easter period, and is proving a strong performer.
With entertaining cartoon-style animation, bright colours and adorable rabbit characters; the game offers lots of scattered ‘Lucky Rabbit’ wins for maximum thrills.
“This game offers up to 25 free games and the opportunity to re-trigger feature during free spins,” said Todd Triebler, Marketing Manager of Ainsworth Game Technology.
“We also have a new special feature: 3 high symbol ‘Lucky Rabbits’ for maximum wins and player interactivity, and expect this to be a hit with hotel patrons,” Triebler told Hotelier.
In addition, Galaxy Gold is the first in a series of games to feature a new ‘attract mode’ use of the Ambassador BenchTop’s revolutionary 29 inch screen.
“The ‘attract mode’ introduces unique game animations and artwork on the top half of the screen. The pay table details are now relocated to their own full-size screen available at the touch of a button,” explained Triebler
This unique Ambassador feature provides the player with larger symbols and explanations of the pay-table. The gaming experience is enhanced by the animations making full use of the Ambassador’s 65,000 colour display and 3D graphics. Up to 25 free games and the opportunity to re-trigger during free spins are offered, and during free games all wins are tripled.
Hotel Groups link gaming rooms with new technology
Two leading Sydney hotel groups, P.J. Ryan's Hotels and the Surfside Hotel Group, have recently signed with Australian company MaxGaming, to operate linked poker machine jackpot systems for their numerous hotels.
The MaxGaming product offers individually themed, branded and configured linked jackpots utilising the exclusive MaxGaming 15 year jackpot licence.
"MaxGaming offers us a 'fraternal link' to our six hotels, so that we can offer an in-house jackpot between our various properties," said Peter Ryan, CEO of the PJ Ryan Group of Hotels.
With a NSW state-wide linked jackpot and an internal link between
properties, MaxGaming can offer choices to both small hoteliers and groups.
Predominantly based in the Sydney CBD, the PJ Ryan’s Hotels and Surfside Hotel Group signings by MaxGaming will link several hundred machines over 13 strategically located venues, offering city players an even greater choice and chance to win large linked jackpots.
The Surfside Hotel Group will operate a 4 level link branded and themed
under the name "Las Vegas Link". Surfside will retain the top level of The Stash jackpot with payouts offering $20,000 - $25,000 and introduce an additional 3 levels of jackpot, starting from $88 up to a $55,000 top prize. This will operate at all of their member hotels.
The P.J. Ryan group is offering their players a chance to win one of three levels of poker machine jackpots, themed as "Treasure Quay" with prizes starting from $50 up to $15,000.
"There are now three large hotel groups operating their own jackpot links in the Sydney area, namely the Surfside Hotel Group, Ryan and Laundy Groups," said Maxgaming Sales and Marketing Manager John Newson.
"They have chosen configurations to support their customer’s requirements, and in each case they have linked most of their machines at all of their sites. With greater than 800 machines already participating in various maxgaming hotel links throughout NSW hotels and thousands of dollars in jackpots won daily, the big winners are the customers - and the operators."
Aristocrat takes lion’s share of business in NSW hotels
Poker machine manufacturer Aristocrat has advised Hotelier magazine that it has
increased its market share in NSW hotels, and now boasts 80 per cent market share.
"Based on data we obtained from the DGR, as of January 2004, King of the Nile has grown to over 1000 machines while 50 Lions is up to 600 machines," Aristocrat told Hotelier. "Quarter on quarter Hotel machines have increased in turnover by 3% on average per EGM. This is comparing Sept 2003 with Sept 2002."
Hot on the heels of successful games released in 2003 Aristocrat has a number of new
games in the pipeline that will be rolled out progressively throughout the year. It is through such games as 50 Lions, King of the Nile, Dream Catcher, and Hyperlink(r) and Bonus Bank products, that Aristocrat continues to grow its market position in NSW.
Aristocrat Technologies Receives Key Product Approvals in Three of America’s Largest Gaming Jurisdictions
US subsidiary Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., has received key product approvals in three of the largest gaming jurisdictions in the United States, allowing the Company to now offer its most innovative games to casinos nationwide.
The New Jersey Casino Control Commission recently approved Aristocrat’s random bonusing product Mr. Cashman® and its globally patented Reel Power® game, a unique concept where players buy reels instead of lines. Aristocrat offers both products on select base video slot games designed on Aristocrat’s powerful MKVI™ slot platform.
The Company also announced that the Mississippi Gaming Commission approved three of its top-performing MKVI video slots – King of the Nile™, Tiki Torch™, and Double Dolphins®.
And in Nevada, the country’s largest gaming jurisdiction, Aristocrat received Nevada Gaming Commission approval for eight additional MKVI games – Boot Scootin’®, Go Ape, Sun & Moon™, King of the Nile, Wild Amazon®, Black Panther®, Gamblin Jack, and Wild Cougar®.
“It’s very exciting to see these product approvals continue to come in, allowing us to further expand our product offerings in the largest gaming jurisdictions in the country,” said Gavin Isaacs, President of Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
“Reel Power and Mr. Cashman are two of our best-performing and most innovative products worldwide; we’re thrilled to be able to offer our New Jersey customers the chance to delight their players with this boundary-pushing technology. Mississippi customers now get to play our MKVI video slots, which feature multipliers and a variety of bonusing features to increase player excitement and anticipation.
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