Massive GPI RFID deal in Macau

The growth of RFID acceptance within the gaming sector took a huge boost last month as Gaming Partners International Corporation (GPI) secured a major contract to supply its RFID chips to the new Rio and Grand Waldo casinos to be opened early next year by Galaxy Resorts in Macau.

  This order consists of over 900,000 units of various gaming chips, plaques and jetons. These chips are exact in every way to those used and liked by dealers and players, but additionally feature embedded 125Khz RFID microchips. As such, the deal represents the largest of its kind for the company, which started developing RFID chips more than 10 years ago and which has accumulated an impressive and unparralled track record in this field over the years. Claran Carruthers, VP Casino Operations for Galaxy Resorts stated: “We have always been very impressed with the quality of the products and the levels of service provided by GPI. The introduction of RFID technology will enable Galaxy to further improve and enhance our table game operations while at the same time leaving us well placed to take full advantage of this game technology as it develops and new applications become available. ” GPI’s Christophe Leparoux added: “We are thrilled with this very large order. First, because it shows Galaxy’s confidence in the capability of our company to produce and deliver the expected levels of quantity and quality products sale of the entire inventory of gaming chips to their Waldo casino last year. Second, because this represents another major endorsement of our RFID technology. We are very grateful to Galaxy for their support. ”

      In addition to providing the casino with an extremely high level of security through the ability to identify each chip individually, the information carried by the microchips is also used to track large number of chips simultaneously, carry out inventory and monitor play. Readers, also developed and supplied by GPI, are available in various formats and can be configured and installed at cashiering points, on tables for quick verifications, and embedded in float trays on all table games enabling instant authentication and reconciliation of floats.

Other prominent casino operators worldwide have already understood the economical solutions that GPI’s 125KHz technology brings to the casino-currency- control issues. With over 5,000,000 125KHz RFID chips and 300 reading devices already sold to more than 40 casinos worldwide, GPI has definitely positioned itself as the world leader in RFID technology supply to the gaming industry. “GPI is proving that the RFID technology in the gaming chips and on the table games provides a working,  cost effective and readily available management tool,” said Mr. Leparoux.

Atronic Systems debuts Casino Gems at EELEX

Atronic Russia is to present the ultimate range of products from Atronic’s Systems at this year’s EELEX show in Moscow, including the debut of Casino Gems, based on Atronic Systems proven Crystal Web hardware platform. The Gems software consists of a slot accounting package, developed by Dutch casino operator, Holland Casino, as well as Atronic Systems ‘ Star/Jackpots module. This means that Gems impressively offers full capabilities when it comes to slot Accounting and Jackpt management. In addition to Casino Gems, Tournamania from Atronic Systems is an exciting tournament module that runs for pre-defined sessions on three Atronic e-motion machines using Crystal Web hardware. The only requirement for a fair competition is that all machines have the same payout percentage and the same max-Betfair’s value. Chip Cash, Atronic Systems ’ proven cashless solution has already been successfully installed in various casinos in Russia and will be taking its pace alongside Star Tables Compact Edition at the EELEX show. Star/Tables Compact Edition enables the analysis of live table activity in real time (online) and provides complete report of table game results, table sessions with dealer names and drop information. Offline features from Star/Tables include table accounting and statsitics, counts and player rating. Russian casino operators will also be able to experience an array of modules from Atronic System ’ Galaxis range of casino games management software that have produced positive feedback from satisfied customers. Also on show is Display Evolution, which fulfils the growing need for exciting multi-media shows.

Photo Play Strikes liquid gold

The latest funworld promotion in Austria hits the right mark with Viennese Photo Play fans.

Fun world is describing its latest catering promotion with beer label, Stiegl, as the sensation of Vienna and has gone so far as to label the craze ‘Stiegl-Mania. ’  The Austrian touchscreen specialist masterminded the promotion in which players can win draft Stiegl beer aplenty. While the poker winner of the main prize is to be invited to visit Austria’s largest private brewery with his/her friends and receive a special edition of Stiegl beer with personally designed labels, 100 selected pubs across Vienna have held events with promotion teams in special Stiegl outfits are equipped with Photo Play Smart terminals. Anyone who loves brain-teasers has the chance to obtain refills when finding a right answer to questions posed by the beer quiz, which was specially developed for Stiegl by Photo Play.
     ‘Practice questions ’ can be found on  “The legal change to taxes on entertainment equipment in Vienna has made the setting up of the entertainment terminals in food and beverage outlets attractive once more,” explained Herbert Ehmer, Manager of funworld Austria. A Photo Play terminal that is correctly positioned in a pub enhances the fun-factor and extends the time people actually remain in the particular outlet. This applies especially to pubs that host their own Photo Play Club. A Photo Play Club consists of three to seven players who join up to play against international players. Club members meet frequently at the regular pub; drink and play, the perfect combination for the operator.

Heber ends year on a high at the Moscow exhibition

Designers and manufacturers of electronic control systems for the gaming and amusement industry, Heber, will be rounding the year off by exhibiting at EELEX 2005 in December. Following on from its huge success at various exhibitions throughout the year, and to help focus on the ever increasing Eastern European markets, Heber will be exhibiting products from all three of their comprehensive product ranges including the Axis dual video, Linux based, control system. This system was previewed  at EELEX 2004 and was designed to specifically meet the technical demands of this market. With a tremendous response, axis is now in production and is going from strength to strength. Members from both sales and product support teams will also be at the show to assist with questions on any of the products in Heber’s range. “EELEX 2004 was a great success for us and for our Axis product and we hope to have the same response at this years show,” said Amy James, Marketing Co-coordinator. “With our continued increase in sales within Eastern Europe, EELEX is the obvious choice, enabling us to communicate direct with our target markets. ”

Cromptons saved by the Bell Fruit

    Having announced that it had gone into administration for the second time in four years, cromptons Leisure International looks to have been rescued by a bid from UK- based bell-Fruit Group. The company has in the past been involved in kiddie rides, but the Intellectual Property rights for a range of  Cromptons games will firmly move the AWP/SWP manufacturer into the amusement realm. Although not confirmed, it is believed that QPS now holds the IP and stock for the poker tricks games and that Cromptons ’ Ramsgate factory in the south of England will be retained in the deal. It’s believed that Cromptons moved into administration when its funding was pulled by parent company, ICE, in the US. The move was preceded by the rights to distribute Cromptons ’ X-Factor crane passing to Brent Sales days before the Preview London show. Cromption ’ downfall has been blamed on poor sales of its core pusher products in the UK, where operators have been without reluctant to buy new equipment without discounted trade-in-deals.