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E UROPEAN ROUND UP UROPEAN ROUND UP 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. 40 41 E UROPEAN ROUND UP UROPEAN ROUND UP 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”. 42 43 E UROPEAN ROUND UP UROPEAN ROUND UP 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. 44 E UROPEAN ROUND UP UROPEAN ROUND UP 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. 46 E UROPEAN ROUND UP UROPEAN ROUND UP 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. 48 E UROPEAN ROUND UP UROPEAN ROUND UP 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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