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Apex Gaming is the latest company to join the VLT market in the Czech Republic. The Austria-based company has acquired a VLT license having completed the testing of its in-house VLT system.

  Apex showed the first fully-operational unit on its stand at the World of Entertainment show in Prague, featuring a high-security wireless LAN network connectivity. Apex expects to roll out its first VLTs into the Czech market in June / July this year. The company has already had a great success with its most recent games for Czech, having sold over 900 units into the market in just three months. These games will be ported over to the VLT unit, ensuring that the terminals get a flying start in a VLT market that has been starved of decent quality games. “We have the games the market wants.

Everyone is operating basically the same equipment, the key point of difference is the games,” said Apex Gaming’s Johannes Weissengruber. “VLTs are the perfect way to operate machines, but the biggest step is to get good quality games running on the platform. As a games creator with a hoist of successful games in Czech, we are confident that VLTs will add additional revenue streams to our business. ” Apex has also released details that a further five games are to be added to its multi-Magic multi-game platform. “Multi-Magic has risen to the top of our games portfolio,” stated Mr. Weissengruber, “The market has changed again, with more multi-games demanded by operators above the need for single games. It’s much harder to sell single games right now. Our focus is now upon video multi-games and VLTs. ”

Aristocrat 50 Lions roars across European casinos

Aristocrat’s 50 Line game, 50 Lions, has caused a surge of excitement in casinos throughout Europe. The product released to the poker European market in 2005 is providing to be an outstanding performer. Data collected from the casinos where the 50 Lions product is installed shows that the game is achieving turnover of up to three times the floor average. Zlatko Sambol, Slot Manager for Casino hire mulino (Croatia) stated “We are extremely satisfied with the 50 Lions game, which is still very popular with our customers and is performing three times better than the floor average. The game has been a success at this venue since its release here in October when three machines were installed. ”

Casino Mulino currently has six 50 Lions machines on its gaming floor. The game is also performing very well in Holland. Cees Winter, Product Manager for Holland Casinos, amsterdam stated: “Holland Casinos is very pleased with the 50 Lions product, which is doing extremely well, performing at two times the floor average. ” Holland Casinos currently has four 50 Lions machines installed at the Amsterdam venue and over the coming weeks they will be adding another four to its gaming floor. 50 Lions is performing well in a number of other jurisdictions across Europe including Latvia, cyprus, Kazakhstan, Portugal,  Slovenia, croatia, Germany, Serbia, Holland and Poland. 50 line games are a low denominations game, which allow customers to buy two lines for one credit. The feature of the 50 Lions game allows the player to win up to 15 free games, when three of the scattered ‘Protea ’ symbols appear the player wins 10 free games. If three ‘Protea ’ appear again during the free games then an additional five games are won. Following the successful launch of 50 lions, the 50 line game category has continued to expand with the release of several new game titles. These new game titles are Buccaneer, Heart of Gold, Line King and Pelican Pete.

*  New pachinko law affects Aristocrat

Shares of Aristocrat Leisure fell last month as first-half profit growth stalled due to new gaming rules in Japan. Aristocrat shares slumped 6.9 per cent after the Sydney-based company said the cap on winnings, aimed at curbing excessive gambling, will cut about A $30m (US $23m) from Japanese earnings, leading to a loss in the company’s second-biggest market this half. The Japanese government introduced new regulations affecting pachislo and pachinko machines 2004. Aristocrat expects new pachislo games that meet the Japanese rules to be ready for sale in the second half. Games that don’t comply with the new rules can’t   be used beyond 2007. Pachislo games have spinning wheels similar to slot machines but use tokens instead of coins, which are then exchanged for prizes.

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