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                                                                                                                          NOVOMATIC AND IGT ANNOUNCE AN INTERNATIONAL “TITO” LICENSE AGREEMENT
     ABBIATI CRUISES                                                                                                      Novomatic have taken a license from IGT under the Burns cashless gaming patents issued throughout Europe. The
     Abbiati Casino Equipment has had a large number of new orders for delivery                                           purpose of this license is to facilitate the use of Novomatic and placements of “TITO” technologies across international
     to various Cruise Ship operators in the last quarter, including both new                                             territories. The license will allow Novomatic to implement “TITO” in affiliated Novomatic group companies. It also allows
     builds and increases in the number of gaming tables on existing vessels.                                             for licensing where connected to an IGT “EZ Pay®” system.
     The beginning of the quarter was particularly busy when two new builds and                                           “We are excited to have entered into this agreement with the industry’s pre-eminent vendor. We have seen the benefit
     installations were required for the same dates, Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa                                         of TITO in markets around the world and look forward to working together towards full deployment of this technology.
     Concordia and MSC Musica and Sinfonia                                                                                This agreement serves to emphasize our commitment to intellectual property rights enforcement issues. We applaud             Jens Halle, Managing Director of
     Giovanni Abbiati, Chairman of Abbiati, headed up the Costa Concordia                                                 and will continue to vigorously support all anti-piracy efforts,” says Jens Halle, Managing Director of Novomatic.                       Novomatic

     installation which included 5 American Roulette Tables and Wheels, 8 Blackjack
     Tables and 1 Caribbean Table, all with custom design bases.
     Giorgio Abbiati, Abbiati General Manager, headed up the installation for MSC Musica
     consisting of 4 American Roulette Tables and Wheels, 8 Black Tables and a Craps Tables, again all
                                                                                                                         HOLLAND CASINO CHOOSES AGI’S BEST-SELLING “GAMINATOR®“
                                                                                                                         Holland Casino has ordered a considerable number of highly successful games running in the Gaminator® and
                                                                                                                         Classic Streamline™ cabinets produced by Novomatic.
                                                                                                                         Based on the established success of AGI products Holland Casino has now ordered 22 Classic Streamline™
                                                                                                                                                                                                       cabinets with the single-player
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Roulette game World of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Roulette™ as well as 12 of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       best-selling Gaminator® with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                       selection of the latest top-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       games such as Lucky Lady’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Charm™, Dolphin’s Pearl™,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Knight’s Quest™ and Sharky™.




     with custom designed bases.
     MSC Sinfonia had an existing Casino but purchased new tables for the refurbishment of the Casino with 3 American
     Roulette Tables and wheels and 4 Black Jack Tables.
     Giorgio Abbiati, commented: “We have had to deliver additional tables to Carnivals, Crown Princess and the
     Queen Mary 2, all of which have installed Texas Poker Tables into their existing on-board Casinos. The             CASINOS AUSTRIA BET ON AGI ROULETTE PRODUCTS                                               NOVO CASINO UK LAUNCH DAZZLING NEW
     manufacturing and scheduling of the installations were difficult but had to be met, due to planed sea trials and   Austrian Gaming Industries (AGI) has delivered sophisticated Roulette technology           £4000 JACKPOT GAMES
     dates when the vessels are in port. We are proud to say that once again, Abbiati                                   to four new Casinos belonging to exclusive Austrian Casino concessionary                   Novo Casino UK, part of Novomatic Group of Companies, are
     delivered quality custom designed tables to meet our customers                                                     Casinos Austria.                                                                           cementing their position as one of the key players in the ever
     requirements, and we delivered them on time”.                                                                      The Novo TouchBet® Live-Roulette and Novo Multi-Roulette™ are already to be                evolving and expanding UK Casino market sector by releasing
                                                                                                                        found in the majority of Casinos Austria’s national operations, with the newest            three new Section 31 games to coincide with the beginning of the
                                                                                                                        orders being installed in late July.                                                       autumn period.
                                                                                                                        “Now Casinos Austria has made the decision to further improve its stakes in our            Each of the three £4000 jackpot games – 9 line 5 reel “Hearts of
                                                                                                                        multi-player Roulettes by seeing the clear advantages of interactive live games            Gold™”, “Dolphin’s Pearl™”, and “Pharaoh’s Gold II™” – take a
                                                                                                                        made in Austria. As a superior blend of live-game and slots both the Novo Multi-           proven and successful platform and colour it with a vibrant theme,
                                                                                                                        Roulette™ and the Novo TouchBet® Live-Roulette attract new players to the                  introducing lively characters and absorbing journeys that are
                                                                                                                        Roulette game and                                                                          brought to life by exciting game play and features.
                                                                                                                        at the same time
                                                                                                                        convince Roulette
                                                                                                                        traditionalists with
                                                                                                                        their increased
                                                                                                                        comfort and
                                                                                                                        privacy” says Jens
                                                                                                                        Halle, Managing
                                                                                                                        Director AGI.




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                                               By Julie Clark

                            Photos: EUROPEAN CASINOS-The Elite and Archive




     RECORD FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR GPI
     Gaming Partners International Corporation announced substantial increases in sales and profits to record
     levels for both the second quarter and six month periods, compared with results for the corresponding
     periods one year ago.
     Net income for the second quarter increased by 36% to $2.0 million from $1.5 million a year ago. For the
     first half of 2006, net income totaled $4.1 million, an increase of 106% from $2.0 million last year.
     Gérard P. Charlier, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the
     company’s ongoing rapid progress as demand from the Casino gaming industry for our RFID-based
     products continues to escalate. In particular, the continuing strong growth of Casinos in Macau is a key
     factor supporting our progress”.                                                                                               Gérard P. Charlier, President of GPI




                                GPI SUPPLIES FIRST RFID CHIPS IN THE U.K
                                GPI added another major operator to its already-long list of RFID chips customers worldwide as it
                                recently supplied new chips embedded with 125KHz transponders to Grosvenor new “G Casino”
                                located in Bury New Road, Manchester.
                                Manufactured by GPI Sas at their Bourgogne & Grasset plant in France, the RFID chips are from the
                                new hugely successful “S2” range of hard-plastic compound, high quality injection-moulded chips.
                                 “After major supplies of RFID chips in Asia, the USA, South-Africa and Continental Europe, we are
                                extremely pleased to provide this technology for the first time in the U.K. Together with our agent
                                Peter Donegan, we have been developing a strong partnership with Grosvenor to better suit their
                                requirements and match their specific needs, particularly in terms of software. Our technology is yet
                                again proving its supremacy when it comes to fully deploy a readily available, proven and cost-
                                effective RFID solution for currency control in a Casino”, says Christophe Leparoux, Manager
                                International Sales & Marketing for GPI.


                             Christophe Leparoux,
                             Manager International Sales
                             & Marketing for GPI                                                                                                                           ALFASTREET PRESENTS A NEW SERIES OF MODULAR MULTIPLAYER
                                                                                                                                                                           MACHINES
                                                                                                                                                                           Alfastreet have recently added a new product to their already very successful modular
     GPI TO SUPPLY NEW GRAN CASINO DE
                                                                                                                                                                           line of multiplayers.                                                                                DROP IN THE NUMBER OF CASINOS
     CARTAGENA
                                                                                                                                                                           The “SL Line” is composed of single terminals distinguished by their elegant design, ergonomics,     IN RUSSIA
     Gaming Partners International (GPI) has secured an order for the
                                                                                                                                                                           precision crafting and use of selected materials.                                                    Iosif Ordzhonikidze, assistant mayor of Moscow,
     supply of RFID chips and readers to the Gran Casino de
                                                                                                                                                                           The “SL Line” terminal is a single player terminal connected to a fully automated or live roulette   has informed us that by early 2007, there will
     Cartagena, to open in October 2006 in South East Spain.
                                                                                                                                                                           wheel and can easily be adapted to suit all Casino floors.                                           only be 540 gaming establishments in the city,
     “GPI will supply all RFID chips and plaques fitted with 125KHz RFID microchips as well as operating software and a range of various readers for
                                                                                                                                                                           Casino operators can connect up to 24 “SL Line” single terminals to a single roulette wheel.         down from the current number of 855.
     cage, table and chip bank applications. This will be the first Spanish Casino to adopt the RFID technology” said Nicolas Diénot, Area Sales Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is also possible to combine and extend the “SL Line”     “On 1 January 2006, there were 2,770 Casinos in
     for GPI.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with Alfastreet “TT” series bar table terminals, bar        Moscow. By August this number had dropped by
     As a world premiere, Casino de Cartagena will feature a RFID vault reader that will enable the complete inventory of the total chip bank of up to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    extension terminals and specially designed lounge area      69%. Of the remaining number, 315 will have
     32,000 RFID chips. Thanks to the multiplexing of various readers, the entire inventory will be repeated in a record time as often as desired by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tables.                                                     left the city by the end of the year”, he explains.
     Casino. GPI will also supply its popular Classic American Roulette Wheel from the Bourgogne & Grasset brand.




                                                                EU CONFIRMS THE EXCLUSION OF GAMING FROM THE INTERNAL
                                                                MARKET
                                                                Following the European Parliament decision, the European Council has decided to exclude
                                                                gaming activities, such as Casinos, lotteries and betting from the internal market services
                                                                directive.
                                                                Winfried Wortmann, President of the European Lotteries Association, said, “This decision
                                                                shows that the member states and the Parliament are showing their responsibility and
                                                                conscience, considering gaming an activity of a very special, sensitive nature. Gaming cannot
                                                                be treated in the same manner as other services”.




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                                              By Julie Clark

                             Photos: EUROPEAN CASINOS-The Elite and Archive




SUCCESS FOR TCSJOHNHUXLEY AT G CASINO MANCHESTER
G Casino, Manchester, is the first of Grosvenor’s next generation Casinos. Designed to break the
mould and create an impact on an already established market, the new Casino will undoubtedly
become a major entertainment destination.
The main Casino gaming floor is sophisticated in style with sumptuous warm reds and dark veneer
finishes. Games include Roulette, Blackjack, 3-card and Progressive poker, whilst a separate card
room invites players to try their luck at any one of the 10 tables. Completing the mix is a slick late
night bar, with the addition of great food and live entertainment, and a themed Sports Lounge                   G Casino

beaming all the latest events on numerous large screen plasmas.                                                                                                     SUZO INTERNATIONAL IN DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT
TCSJohnHuxley has provided Grosvenor with exclusive custom built tables for the new G Casino                                                                        WITH VISATON
brand. Grosvenor also chose “Saturn” Wheels and a 28 terminal Unity “Novo Touch Bet Roulette”                                                                       Suzo International has reached a distribution agreement with German
system consisting of 2 live wheels and 1 automated wheel.                                                                                                           company Visaton. Visaton manufactures high-end speakers. With Suzo’s
                                                                                                                                                                    drive to offer the best quality to the market, it was only natural to turn
                                                                                                                                                                    to Visaton for speakers.
                                                                                                                                                                    Marcel Oelen, Managing Director of Suzo International, stated, “We are
                                           TCS IN THE NEW CIRCUS CASINO                                                                                             very pleased to be able to offer Visaton speakers to the gaming and
                                           Stanley Casinos’ latest venue The Circus Casino in Stoke-on-Trent opened on 3rd August.                                  amusement markets. The very high quality fits in with our strategy of
                                           The larger 30,000 sq ft custom built venue allows Stanley’s 35,000 members to play in a more comfortable                 representing the best companies in the given product range”.
                                           setting, while other features, including a new stage area which allows entertainers to perform, will broaden the
                                           venue’s appeal.
                                           The Casino features two open plan rooms and a 60 seat restaurant. The main room has 18 live gaming tables,
                                           wheel of fortune, a choice of live and automatic electronic Roulette terminals and £4000 jackpot slot machines.
                                           The second room is a devoted card room, boasting a further 15 poker tables – the biggest in the West Midlands.
                                           TCSJohnHuxley has delivered all of the bespoke gaming tables. They feature sleek aerofoil bases and wooden
                                           drink rails. The order also included Novo Multi-Roulette™ and all game chips and wheel checks.
        The Circus Casino

                                                                                                                                                                    RoHS AND HEBER PRODUCTS
                                                                                                                                                                    Heber Limited can supply gaming control systems complying fully with
 TCSJOHNHUXLEY EQUIP THE NEW BRISTOL                                                                                                                                RoHS legislation that became law in the European Union (EU) on 1st July
 HARBOURSIDE CASINO                                                                                                                                                 2006. Any product sold within the EU after 1st July must comply with
 June 29th saw the launch of Gala’s Bristol Harbourside Casino – a                                                                                                  RoHS legislation.
 stunning multi-million pound complex covering nearly 44,000 sq feet                                                                                                Over the last 18 months, Heber has been sourcing replacement
 making it one of the largest Casinos in the UK.                                                                                                                    components for its gaming control systems. Components containing
 The Casino’s interior has a contemporary design featuring a large                                                                                                  banned substance such as lead or cadmium have been replaced to
 gaming floor with a raised high roller area.                                                                                                                       comply with RoHS legislation. For Heber this has meant amending bills
 TCSJohnHuxley was the star of the opening party. All the gaming                                                                                                    of materials and sourcing new and replacement components from its
 tables were built to Gala’s specification including Roulette, Blackjack,                                                                                           suppliers. Many components have become obsolete which has meant
 Brag, and Jackpot Stud Poker. To complete the order, Gala selected a                                                                                               finding suitable replacement components from alternative suppliers.
 Moneywheel and the exciting LuminAR table with Saturn Roulette
 wheel.
 Rob Black, Casino General Manager, said: “We are extremely pleased                      Harbourside Casino
 with the tables and equipment supplied, particularly the LuminAR
 and Play & Party tables which completely compliment the market we are targeting. The whole process was seamless from the initial
 brief right through to the installation with all teams providing excellent support”.
                                                                                                                                        Rob Black, Casino General
                                                                                                                                        Manager



                                               WMS GAMING IN FRANCE
                                               WMS Gaming International launched their “Bluebird” technology in France. The
                                               product will be distributed through Bally France.
                                               The “Bluebird” platform was launched in France early April with four initial themes:
                                               “Big Money Cheese Caper”, “Great Scot”, “Kaboom” and “Neptune’s Kingdom”,
                                               others to follow shortly.
                                               After a first install of seven games in Casino de Cassis from Groupe Barrière, WMS has
                                               sold “Bluebird” games to almost 50 Casinos, representing around 25% of the market.



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                                                       SUCCESSFUL POKER
                                                       TOURNAMENTS AT CASINO GRAN
                                                       MADRID
                                                       Over 220 gamers played at the poker
                                                       tournaments held at Casino Gran Madrid over
                                                       the summer.
                                                       In view of this success, the Casino is now
                                                       preparing the third edition of its monthly
                                                       championships. This 3rd Tournament, to be
                                                       played in the No Limit Texas Hold’em
                                                       modality, will be held on 4 October at the
                                                       Casino’s La Cúpula buffet.




 CASINO GRAN MADRID INSTALLS ABBIATI TABLES
 On 12 August last, Casino Gran Madrid launched 13 luxury American Roulette
 tables manufactured by Abbiati, using blue layouts, unlike the traditional
 green used in all Casino tables to date.
 The new tables are characterised by their original design, meticulous
 appearance, high quality materials (noble wood) and security.
 In the immediate future, the Casino plans to renovate all its tables, some 50
 units.
 Casino Gran Madrid has taken the vanguard in offering the highest levels of
 quality in its gaming materials, enriching the remarkable value of its leisure
 offer.




“THE ROULETTE OF LIFE”, CASINO GRAN                                               NEW IMAGE FOR CASINO TORREQUEBRADA
MADRID PAINTING AWARD                                                             Casino de Torrequebrada, in the heart of the Costa del Sol, Spain, is due
“The Roulette of Life” by Pablo Rodríguez Guy took the                            for renovation before the end of the year.
palm at the painting competition organised by Casino Gran                         With its new image, the Casino, owned by Gran Madrid Business Group,
Madrid to celebrate its 25th anniversary.                                         will become one of the most important on the Mediterranean coast.
The work, chosen over 59 others, will be reproduced on a                          Equipment will be
commemorative edition of gaming chips.                                            supplied by
The winning picture and a selection of the finalists’ work                        Bourgogne et
can be seen at the exhibition “25 years of Casino Gran                            Grasset,
Madrid” from October 2006 to January 2007.                                        TCSJohnHuxley,
                                                                                  Hispania Casino
                                                                                  Equipment, Naipes
                                                                                  Fournier, Unidesa,
                                                                                  WMS Gaming,
                                                                                  IGT, Atronic and
                                                                                  Foster, among
                                                                                  others.
                                                                                  The new image
                                                                                  has been designed
                                                                                  by reputed US
                                                                                  company Paul
                                                                                  Steelman,
                                                                                  specialists in
                                                                                  Casino decoration.




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 SMARTGAMES AND OCTAVIAN: THE BEGINNING OF A CLOSE
 COOPERATION
 Several months ago SmartGames announced a strategic cooperation with the Russian
 subdivision of British Octavian, influenced by the great success of World of Games 2006.
 Under the deal, “Admiral Parrot”, “Dream Factory”, “Flight Academy” and other vivid
 and popular game platforms from Octavian will be delivered in reliable and stylish
 cabinets from SmartGames such as Deluxe and Slant Top (the company’s new cabinet).
 All SmartGames slots are grouped in Extra Cash, Octavian’s jackpot system. This offer is
 considered unique to the market.
 The first Extra Cash jackpot systems in SmartGames slot machines have already been
 ordered by one of the largest gaming networks in the Ritzio holding.




  CASINO BARRIÈRE INAUGURATES FIRST THEMED SLOT
  On 31 July, Casino Barrière, Dinant, inaugurated the first themed slot machine in Belgium, in the presence of Olivier Rochus, the great
  Belgian tennis player.
  The “Olivier Rochus” slot has three rollers representing a collection of images of the champion. This theme, the first of many more to
                                                                                                            follow, was born through a
                                                                                                            partnership and sponsoring
                                                                                                            deal between the Casino and
                                                                                                            Olivier Rochus, signed in
                                                                                                            February 2006 and valid until
                                                                                                            February 2007.
                                                                                                            Casino Barrière has 60 slot
                                                                                                            machines, 5 American
                                                                                                            Roulettes tables, 2 Black Jacks
                                                                                                            and a mini Punto Banco. Since
                                                                                                            January 2004, the Casino has
                                                                                                            welcomed 120,000 visitors
                                                                                                              and has made a gross profit of 12 million.
     Casino Barrière of Dinant                Olivier Rochus and Thierry Granville, General Manager, next to the “Olivier
                                                                            Rochus” slot



GAMBLING MACHINES BANNED IN                                                                     MAUQUOY TOKEN COMPANY BOOSTS STRIKE
NORWAY FROM NEXT JULY                                                                           POWER
The Norwegian Government aims to ban all one-armed                                              Mauquoy Token Company has announced its acquisition by Group
bandits and slot machines from the market from July 1st                                         Heylen. This Belgian investment group uses existing structures to
next year, Trond Giske, Minister of Culture, has announced.                                     guide and implement a successful growth strategy, provides
All licenses for gambling machines expire on that date, and                                     management support and seeking cost-cutting synergies within its
none will be renewed, Giske has said to the VG newspaper.                                       network, simultaneously creating economies of scale and added
This means that 15,000 machines will be removed by July                                         value.
1st 2007 at the latest.                                                                         Within the framework
                                                                                                of the acquisition,
                                                                                                Bob Schmeitz has
                                                                                                been appointed
                                                                                                General Manager,
                                                                                                while Chris Jansen,
                                                                                                Mauquoy Token
                                                                                                Company’s founder
                                                                                                and CEO, will retain
                                                                                                his primary
                                                                                                responsibilities.




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NEW DIMENSION TO ICE 2007
The 2007 International Casino Exhibition (ICE), will be the biggest ever in the
show’s history, with organisers Clarion ATE projecting a year-on-year growth in
exhibits of more than 43 per cent. January’s event will see around 230
suppliers occupy 14,500 square metres of net floor space, compared with 186
exhibitors covering 10,100 sqm. in 2006.
Having completely filled its home in the Earls Court 2 exhibition hall, ICE is
now expanding into the adjacent Hall 1, which also accommodates the remote
gaming sister show, ICEi, as well as the soft gaming component of ATEI.
Early projections for ICEi by organisers show the exhibition growing 70 per cent
year-on-year with 1,500 square metres of net floor space set aside for well in
excess of 50 suppliers.
Head of Exhibitions, Karen Cooke commented: “2007 will be the biggest




London Show to date for all three component exhibitions, with upwards of
500 exhibitors occupying around 30,000 square metres of net floor space. The
restructuring of the floor plan, which has allowed us to achieve this
momentous landmark, will mean that seasoned visitors will need additional
help to find their favourite suppliers on the show floor, so we have ring fenced
additional resources to make the changeover as smooth as possible for all our
customers”.
On the other hand, ICE 2007 is set to welcome more South American buyers
than ever before following the announcement of a joint promotional
agreement between the London show organisers, Clarion ATE, and
Monografie S.A., the team behind South America’s SAGSE exhibitions.

				
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