PokerPro clears UK approvals

Aristocrat Technologies Europe has announced that the PokerPro electronic poker teble, manufactured by US-based PokerTek is a software-development company that markets tables at which up to 10 people can play Texa Hold’em. The company’s electronic system deals the cards, displays them on private screens to the players and displays general information on a large screen in the centre of the table. it also enables customers to set up accounts for betting and keeps statistical information on the games. Following a successful field trial, aristocrat will look to roll-out the PokerPro tables throughout the UK in the near future.

“We are extremely excited to be offering this innovative technology to the UK gaming market,” said Julian Standford, Managing Director of Aristocrat Technologies Europe. “The approval and roll-out of the PokerPro table in the UK falls into line with Aristocrat’s new multi-station game strartegy, which follows the distribution agreement with PokerTek and the 50 per cent acquisition of Elektroncek. ”
      Aristocrat is the exclusive distributor of the PokerTek’s PokerPro tables outside the US and owns an equity share of the 5S-based company. To expedite the global deployment of PokerPro tables, aristocrat and PokerTek will continue to work closely with regulators and products testing laboratories around the world to ensure that Pokerpro complies with local regulations. Last month, PokerTek reported a first-quarter net loss of nearly US $1.6m compared with a net loss of $ 725,000 in the same period last year. 

Leisure Line plans £ 120m equity floatation on AIM

UK games and gaming machine operator, Leisure Link, has opted for an accelerated public offering instead of a sale to another private equity fund. Leisure Link, which is being advised by the boutique investment bank Hawk point, was put up for sale by its private equity owner, Henderson Private Equity, several months ago. However, it is understood the stockbroker Evolution Beeson Gregory made the final shortlist of bidders with an offer of an accelerated listing on the Aim market. The float is likely to give the company an equity valuation of around £ 120m, for £ 210m including £ 90m of debt. The move means Henderson Private Equity is likely to incur a multi-million pound loss, after it acquired Leisure Link for £ 230 m from the private equity firm Duke Street Capital five years ago.

  Before that, Leisure Link, which manages about 100,000 gaming terminals, was owned by the brewing company Bass. Leisure Link has opted for a listing because it feels it will be less constrained without having to support the high levels of debt applied by private equity. The company is now in talks with potential institutional investors and will float in about two weeks. Luke Alvarez and Norman Crowley, who run Leisure Link’s subsidiary, Inspired Broadcast Networks, will become joint group chief executives while Russell Hoyle will become executive chairman. The company will rename itself Inspired Gaming Group and focus on digital gaming products.

Matsui delivers on price and quality

      Matsui Gaming Europe showed its latest card games, cloth and chips range at the World of Entertainment show in Prague last month. In a very price sensitive market, Matsui’s David Holt took the opportunity at the exhibition to demonstrate the quality range of supplies available from the company. “We’ve been very busy recently in Bulgaria, Romania and especially the UK,” said Mr. Holt “We also plan to exhibit at the World of Games show in Moscow, delivering the same message, to educate operators in terms of the quality and security of our products. ”

Paul Williams Chief operating Officer of Sega Amusements Europe, has confirmed that the company will be taking a major presence in the newly configured upstairs section of Earls Court for ATEI 2007. The international video giant becomes the first key exhibitor in the new layout, which is being introduced by organizers Clarion ATE for the 2007 show. Explaining the strategy behind the decision to move from Sega’s traditional location on the ground floor, Paul Williams said: “Our main requirement was to get a bigger stand in a high impact location. We will be trading up from the two stands totaling 232sq,m. (2,496sq.ft.) to a single presence in excess of 430 sq.m. (4,627 sq.ft.). Obviously at this stage I can’t divulge exactly what we will be showing, but there will be a lot of products including two revolutionary, extremely large pieces, the likes of which have never been seen before at the London show. ” He continued: “We’ve always been of the mind that it’s important to grasp opportunities when they arise, which is exactly what we’ve done. There’s a talented and creative team in place at Sega Europe who will be focused on making what is a very, very important show for us an even bigger success in 2007. We’ve already generated some great ideas and look forward to working with the organizers on a range of marketing initiatives. ” Clarion ATE’s Karen Cooke said: “Sega is one of the most prestigious exhibitors we have at ATEI and represents a major attraction for buyers. The team at Clarion ATE is committed to making this into a major success ad we look forward to working with Paul and his team at Sega. ”

*   Austrian Gaming Industries is to unveil a series of exciting new product developments at the World of Games 2006 exhibition this month in Russia. AGI will once again exhibit   in Moscow with the purpose of setting new trends for the Russian market and to support its local distributors CATS and Game One, Jens Halle, Managing Director of AGI, is looking forward to the World of Games 2006: “We are traveling to Moscow with some exciting ideas. It is always a very enjoyable experience to present new products to the experts at a trade show – as in the preceding years we have prepared a few surprises and we can hardly wait to reveal them. ”
      Visitors to the Novomatic booth will be greeted by a host of current and brand-new games; Premier players will be invited to experience the magic of gaming with illusionist; and sample the precious riches in Joker Jewels and party with the fun and entertaining party On –but also numerous recent gaming hits will be presented in the original Germinator Professional cabinet and are waiting for visitors to try and test. AGI is looking forward to meeting  partners, customers and visitors at the World of Games 2006, booth No.1305.

Spin doctors

Back in August 2005, Spiel bank Berlin approached UK roulette wheel expert, cammegh, to provide it with 12 bespoke roulette wheels to compliment its new gaming table as part of Spiel bank Berlin’s casino refurbishment. It was an exciting enquiry for Cammegh as up until this time the German market had presented few opportunities, with Casino Stadzentrum Schenefeld and Casino Luebeck-Travemuende the only notable exceptions, both having purchased Cammegh roulette wheels within the last 12 months. Spiel bank Berlin needed the design of its existing wheels to be updated to match the new tables and casino décor. Knowing Cammegh’s reputation and expertise in both manufacturing and the design of bespoke roulette wheels, Michael  Merten, Vice Director of Spiel bank Berlin, contacted Cammegh outlining the casino’s ambitions for their new wheel design. The specification Mr. Merten presented demanded that every external element of the wheel be different from anything Cammegh  had previously produced.

This include the shape the four spoke capstan, the size of the ball stops, width of the rotor, depth of the pockets and the profiling of the separator frets. Even the numbers ring was unique, set in at a precise specified angle with a number font similar to the out going wheels.   In short, every facet and feature was unique to Spiel bank Berlin’s specification. There were many challenges in creating this wheel, but compared to the re-tooling, precision engineering, machining and geometry required to produce the new wheel, staining the birds-eye maple veneer to match the casino décor was a mere cosmetic detail. But like everything else to do with the design and manufacturing to the wheel, the color match was carried out perfectly. Reflecting on the project, Michael Merten said: “Cammegh has been extremely attentive and has listened with care to our requests concerning the design of our new wheel. The result of our collaboration is that our specifications have been met and the wheel itself has exceeded our highest expectation. ”