Hot Shot Progressive is a thrilling performer in US

Bally Technologies new multi-level progressive video slot game, Hot Shot Progressive, has received Nevada, Mississippi, Onatario, Michigan and Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) regulatory approvals in the US. The company has also confirmed advance orders have reached an all-time high for the company’s Gaming Operations division. Hot shot Progressive initially went live at Greek town Casino in Detroit prior to the end of 2005 and has now gone live at a variety of casinos in Las Vegas, California, New York and Connecticut. “We are excited that Greek town Casino was the first in the USW to have Bally’s new Hot Shot game,” said Jack McGinty, Vice President of Slots at Greek town. “It’s a unique concept that is different from other multi-level progressives.

  Our play have certainly responded to the game and Hot Shot is yet another example of a game that makes our slot floor so exciting. They went live right before Christmas and we have been thrilled with their performance so far. ” “Hot Shot is off to a very good start and I’m also pleased to report games on Cine Vision and S9000 are also performing very strongly in early placements,” said Richard Haddrill, CEO of Bally Technologies. “Rarely in Bally’s long history has a convergence of quality products been approved and deployed in such a short period of time and we’re pleased our customers are responding enthusiastically. Bally also announced that its S9000 reel-spinning slot has received approval in Nevada, Mississippi, Michigan and by GLI, and that its wide-screen CineVision video cabinet has received approval in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Michigan, Ontario and by GLI.

Casino Venezia is taking a new spin

Casino Municipal di Venezia in Venice has recently signed to have the first European installation of the Wheel of Fortune Special Edition Super Spin product, as part of a contract for 76 IGT Premium Plus products. “We have re-designed our layout to feature it on a prime spot,” explained Franco Malvestio, Venice Casino’s Gaming Director . The Italian casino has also ordered IGT’s EZ Pay system and 140 standard IGT machines including the state-of-the art Trimline DIGI Glass cabinets, awarding IGT approximately 70 per cent market share of their re-launching project.

Dynamic Italian market focus

Magic Dream’s Gianfranco Scordato is delighted with the recent amendments to the Italian gaming law. Having  only recently moved from operations to manufacturing, the former casino manager of the Lugano casino in Switzerland, believes that the legislation has shifted AWP games into a much closer comparison with their casino gaming counterparts.

 “Magic Dreams ’ new game library is moving closer and closer to casino style games thanks to the new Comma 6A law,” said Mr. Scordato, whose latest holdmm game for Italy is almost ready for the new law. “The multi-terminal strength of our games and privileged partnership with SNAI, a major provider in the Italian market, ensures that we have a model for the present and future of this gaming market. ” The convergence of gaming devices in Italy, the liberalization of AWPs the introduction of sports-betting and VLTs has created an opportunity for Magic Dreams to expand into operations. “The new gaming law takes us as close as possible to the slot casino model,” said Mr. Scordato. “So close that we are looking to develop locations and have been scouting sites across Italy to launches this new gaming hall model. ” Recent changes to the law to allow multi-player gaming has brought further opportunities for the Italian manufacturer. “Another announcement at this show, is our partnership with Alfastreet.

The company’s multi-station gaming solution, we believe, will quickly establish itself as a leader in the Italian market,” said Mr. Scordato of the exclusive agreement signed with Slovenia’s Alfastreet. And having launched its new casino slot cabinet, the mD-500 at the ICE 2006 show, Magic Dreams is also making a strong assault on international casino markets, with several projects focusing on highly regulated markets. “We’re targeting western Europe for slot manufacturing, while at the same time consolidating our business in South America, undertaking trial projects in which we seek to customize our products for the operators to very high standards,” said Mr. Scordato. “One of our key strengths is that we offer the best of Italian style, quality and flexibility. We can customize games for our customers and still deliver in one third of the time of our competitors. The average delivery time from Magic Dreams is four weeks. ” Mr. Scordato believes that it is the mix of delivery, configuration, price and service, which sets apart Magic Dreams. Especially as its library of 10 new titles continues to expand for  its dynamic MD-500 range of machines.