SiP steps first into Macau WAP

Systems in Progress is soon to manage Macau’s first and only casino Wide Area Jackpot Link

From the beginning of last month, the jackpot system and online casino management solution from Systems in Progress (SiP) has been managing a three-level wide area jackpot in the Lisboa and Golden Dragon casinos in -Macau A total of 94 slot machines are connected in the venues operated by sociedade de Jogos de Macau S.A (SJM). The smallest jckpot has already been hit more than 6,400 times, just as the company planned. The installation of the SiP hardware in the Aruzew slots as well as the systems set-up and configuration of local jackpots had already been completed by the Macau staff when SiP’s Senior Project Manager, Max Passenger, arrived. “Due to the superb preparation work performed at the two venues, my part of the implementation went like clockwork,” commented Mr. Passenger After completing the few remaining configuration steps, such as making the local jackpots wide area ready, Mr. Passenger delivered short training sessions to the casino staff and provide go-live assistance. Maintenance manager Sunny Mok is “extremely pleased about the easy, convenient browser-based the easy,

convenient browser-based configuration and monitoring” and about the low-maintenance and hassle –free operation of the network and software. As the only operator in -Macau to be currently featuring a wide area link and the only one in the world to be using this set of games, SJM is proud to be introducing another multi-site link. “The SiP system combined with the SJM- exclusive games will greatly benefit   both poker player and SJM as the operator,” said Assistant Slot Manager Tammy Ng. “I commend the professional way in which SiP has helped us bring this wide area progressive on-line and am looking forward to implementing the other project phases together with SiP. ”
      The next phase of the project has already started. The existing link is gradually being replaced with the new solution powered by SiP. By the end of 2005, close to 200 slots in all SJM operated gaming sites around -Macau will be equipped with SiP’s jackpot system, with another 200 machines following in 2006.

Astra restructures its technical support team

Following the appointment of Alec Morris as Senior Technical Support Engineer, Novomatic Group’s UK subsidiary, astra Games, has announced the successful restructure of its technical support department. Mr. Morries has a wealth of experience in both the AWP and casino environments, and is joined by Technical support Engineers Kris Crook, Andy Lewis and Paul Abbott; Spares Coordinator Anthony Evans and Spare Sales Administrators Claire Lewis and Emma Little. “We now have one of the most experienced support teams in the industry,” said Alan Rogers, astra’s Director of Sales. “Astra is arguably the number one designer and manufacturer of gaming machines in the UK market at this time, and with Novo Casino UK rapidly expanding and gaining market share, it is essential  the level of technical support mirrors the high quality of the games. Alec has energized the department, which provides comprehensive service to customers with the overall aim of ensuring our products are operational at all times. ” He added.

Progressive wins Nevada approvals

Progressive Gaming International has received approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission for its newest table game, Texsas Hold’Em Poker. Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Robert Parent stated: “We can now being to fulfill the pipeline of orders currently at approximately 200 and growing for this exciting table game that has gained strong popularity in other jurisdictions in North America. Additionally, we are experiencing better than expected demand for the TableMax product in Oklahoma and expect to being installation shortly. ”

* Joe Hachem, the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Champion has joined as a sponsored tournament player and ambassador. The signing of Mr. Hachem, gives a triple crown, as the 2003 and 2004 WSOP Champions, Chris moneymaker and Greg Raymer, both already serve exclusively as PokerStars representatives. “Joining Team PokerStars is a natural decision for me,” said Mr. Hachem. “It is the site where I really picked up on the intricacies of tournament poker. The selection of tournaments and games is so great that I become a skilled player within a relatively short time. The truth is, I would never have even come to the WSOP of my Aussie friend had not qualified through the site. ”

TCS JohnHusley’s Sydney office has announced that Mick Cabin, Sales and Marketing Director based in Sydney since may 2004 is relocating to the company’s office in Macau and will manage the Group’s expanding business throughout the region serviced by that office. In Sydney, Graham Wood, well known and highly regarded within the Gaming industry has been appointed to the role of Sales Director, TCS JohnHuxley. Graham has a strong and successful background in gaming equipment supply spanning some 18 years including careers with Claude Neon, Progressive Gaming International and most recently the Bright Group.

Italian slot creator, Magic Dream, has welcomed to its management team Gianfranco Scordato. Mr. Gerardini, Managing Director: “Magic Dreams continues its amazing growth, both domestically and internationally and we were searching for fresh, talented, additional forces to sustain the challenge of our worldwide business development. Gianfranco showed us to be a qualified and competent professional and we now count on his guidance to lead our business development department. Mr. Scordato (previously the Director of Casino Operations, casino Lugano, Switzerland ) stated: “I spotted immediately a very high potential in Magic Dreams growth. Staff is a major company asset and we value the T3 philosophy of talent, technology and tolerance. We will tune our operations to be the ultimate model of a dynamic, young and fast moving management, which will lead us to challenge global business operations. ”