CAI awarded tender for Serbian capital casino

Casinos Austria International announced in December that it has been awarded the exclusive licence for the new casino in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. The Austrian company successfully outbid strong competition in a recent international tender process.

. The CAI bid was backed by the company’s many years of experience and proven record of success in the international casino industry and its strong commitment to and focus on responsible gaming. The introduction of a new Gaming Act 2004 paved the way for the opening of a maximum of 10 casinos in the Republic of Serbia. A Government Resolution passed on September 8, 2005 based on this Act allows for the award of one casino license for the city of "elgrade. in 2005 and a further four licenses outside the capital by the end of 2008. The exclusive new casino, which is due to open in 2007, will be located in the heart of the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Initial plans foresee an extensive gaming area including around 20live gaming tables and some 150 state of the art slot machines. The casino will also offer top class restaurant and Barcrest facilities, as well as an exciting mix of other entertainment opportunities. Partnering CAI in the new project will be the Serbian National Lottery Company and Club Hotel Casino Loutraki in Greece. “We are highly delighted with this award,” said CEO Paul Herzfeld. “The new casino will be a valuable asset for "elgrade.’s economy and will play a key role in establishing the casino industry in this new and dynamic market. We are extremely proud that the concession has been awarded to CAI. ” CAI attributes its success to its extensive international poker experience, expertise and strong reputation for integrity.

Integrating protocols to create a single industry solution, the Gaming Standard Association has announced the new name of the combined Best of Breed (BOB) Version 1.1 and IGT’s SuperSAS ’ protocols. The new protocol will be known as the Game-to-System, or G2S, protocol. The name was chosen to give a accurate description of the protocol, bringing clarity to the industry as to what the protocol encompasses. Engineers have been working steadily over the past few months to combine the best elements of the BOB and SuperSAS protocols to create G2S, and the new combined protocol is expected to be released in April 2006 as a single industry solution. Operators are embracing the idea of the combined protocol. Lyle Bell, Senior VP of IT with the Seminole Tribe of Florida and chairman of GSA said: “The combined protocol really is the best of both worlds, and is better than either protocol alone. It’s flexible, efficient, and brings the casino floor of the future to life today. ” John Boushy. SVP for Harrah’s Entertainment and GSA Secretary, said: “G2S is a tremendous step forward for the industry because G2s moves the industry forwards in the same direction, not divided between protocols with separate potentials. hopefully this will result in more rapid innovation, lower R &D costs for suppliers, improved regulatory approval times, and more choice for casino operators. ”

Sega Sammy , Japan’s amusement arcade equipment manufacturer, stated in December that it’s to start Internet game and arcade operation business in China through partnership with local companies. As the first step in its full-scale business launch in the market with high growth potential, Sega intended to open a large-scale amusement arcade with a total floor space of 12,000sq.m. before Christmas at a Shanghai department store run by Shanghai New World Co.

In Germany, Reinhard  Fensch has been appointed CEO of AWP manufacturer, Bally Wulff Automaten. Mr. Fensch will join Dr. Christopher Hofener as joint managing director of Bally Wulff and will remain responsible for national sales and marketing. During the course of an internal restructuring the two companies were merged as of January 1, 2006, simplify internal business operations. Consequently, Mr. Fensch has been appointed joint Managing Director of Bally Wulff Automaten.

Las Vegas –based Shuffle master stated that in December the company had received sufficient acceptances of more than 56 per cent of Australian gaming equipment manufacturer, Stragames ’ shares under its recently announced A $1.55 per share, cash takeover offer. “We are delighted with the response of Stragames ’ shareholders to our cash offer, which appears to be on track for an early 2006 Chairman of the Board and CEO.

Novo Unity scores a double hit at Germany’s Erfurt Casinos as AGI installs multiple terminals.

Germany’s new Casino Erfurt is the first to operate a combination of AGI’s most popular multi-player systems. Both Novo TouchBet Live-Roulette and Novo Multi-Roulette are linked to one system fort the first time even and are already proving to be very successful. The new casino from Germany’s Westspielgruppe is located in Erfurt’s 5-star Hotel am Dom, and offers the ultimate in both comfort and elegance. The central focus of the casino is the large slot room. Aside from its 90 slot machines, the main attraction is the combination of AGI’s multi-player system. 13 Participants can try their luck on the two system, comfortably selectable on their TouchBet terminals. Jens Halle, Managing Director AGI stated: “Our electronic roulette system have quickly conquered the markets and brought new players to the game – players   who may have been intimidated to learn poker live game. On the terminal you cannot do something wrong and, in addition to this, you have more privacy. Plus, it is very flexible for the operator. Those are the reasons why the system has become so popular shortly after its introduction and we are very proud about the installation of this unique multi-player combination in Erfurt. ”

Frank Ziegler, Erfurt’s Director of Business Development., said that the acceptance of the new multi-player systems has been overwhelming: “The trend is clearly going from live games to slot machines in Germany. Novo Unity is the perfect system to reach fast and flexible to casino guests ’ preferences. The new roulette systems have brought very good returns. ” While the server-linked Novo TouchBet Live Roulette is connected to a classic live Roulette wheel, the Novomation Multi- Roulette operates with a fully automated wheel. The whole gaming process, starting with placed bets, air density spins and results, are displayed in real time on high resolution plasma screens, as well as on each of the linked TouchBet terminals. This makes an automated Roulette game as attractive as a live game. The individual placement of the TouchBet – Terminals gives operators the chance for online poker casino floor space optimization and to offer to a much wider audience.