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Parrott joins Shuffle Master board
Shuffle Master announced at its Annual Meeting of
Shareholders that Timothy Parrott, chief executive
officer of the company, was elected to serve on the
company’s Board of Directors. Parrott joined
Shuffle Master on February 2, 2009 as CEO-Elect
and officially commenced duties as the company’s
CEO on March 15, 2009.
Ameristar has installed its
gaming is a go at first server based offering
Ameristar with the
at its casino in St. Charles
operator’s initial sbX
green light for
Tier One Package
live a few weeks
Nevada invasion
back courtesy of
IGT. The initial signs
opensesame offer players $3 rake on all
for the partially
POKERTEK $1/2 No Limit Hold’em
games, as well as all of their
converted slot floor
PokerTek has now officially Limit Hold’em games. This
are highly positive.
been approved by the cutting-edge poker room is
Nevada Gaming Commis- running a Super 64 heads-
sion, paving the way for up tournament on Poker-
PokerTek to expand its Pro, to coincide with the
presence in the state of NCAA basketball champi-
Nevada, home to over 1,000 onships.
poker tables. “Since we started field
Chris Halligan, Pok- trials in Nevada, we’ve had
erTek’s CEO, said: “We are tremendous interest from
delighted to be approved prospects around the
by the Nevada Gaming state,” said Robert Perry,
Commission. Nevada is one PokerTek’s vice president
of the most important of sales. “Thanks to this
gaming markets in the approval, we’re now able
world and its regulatory to grow the footprint of
Ameristar leads the way
processes are stringent and automated poker in the
challenging. To receive Silver State.”
approval from Nevada is a PokerPro, the only auto-
with server-based install
huge milestone for our mated poker table
company and our product.” approved in Nevada, pro-
PokerPro commenced vides operators a highly
its field trial last August at innovative, low cost
the Excalibur Hotel and method of delivering
starinstall sion during our recent sbX patented Multi-Layer Display based initiatives.” Casino in Las Vegas, poker to their patrons. Pok-
INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY Tier One Package installa- technology on REELdepth The sbX Tier One Package Nevada, where there are 12 erPro benefits players by
tion,” said Bob Forister, vice games. The property has combines sbX Floor Manager tables installed in Excal- significantly increasing
International Game Technol- president of casino opera- more than 50 game themes with the power and flexibil- ibur’s poker room. Thanks hands per hour, eliminat-
ogy has successfully installed tions at Ameristar Casino St. to choose from in the IGT ity of IGT’s new AVP machine to PokerPro, Excalibur has ing player mistakes,
the sbX Tier One Package at Charles. “We are pleased to Game Library, which is models and access to the IGT become the hub for low showing hand histories
Ameristar Casino St. Charles, work side by side with IGT included in the Tier One game library. In tandem with stakes Pot Limit Omaha on and offering innovative
Missouri. and Missouri Gaming on this Package. the IGT game library, sbX the Vegas Strip. Excalibur is options that are not possi-
This installation has been pilot. Thanks to their high “The success we’re seeing Floor Manager revolu- leveraging PokerPro to ble on manual tables.
launched as a prelude to level of preparedness, the with the Ameristar pilot tionises the game theme con-
commercial installations entire install process ran installation is proof that IGT version process by allowing
anticipated beginning in the very smoothly. We’ve now is leading the industry in operators to change and con-
second quarter of calendar been live with the system on bringing server-based figure games in real time
2009. In partnership with our floor for a few weeks, gaming to market,” said with no machine downtime
Ameristar, IGT has now com- and are already seeing some Javier Saenz, vice president - driving customer loyalty
pleted testing and validation of the benefits this technol- of Network Systems Product and decreasing associated
of the entire order and instal- ogy delivers.” Management and Market- operational costs.
lation process for the indus- As part of the Tier One ing. “We are meeting the The IGT game library is
try’s first G2S game Package, sbX Floor Manager call for partial server-based the industry’s largest GSA-
management solution. is live on 62 AVP machines at floor solutions that don’t compliant library. New
“We were impressed with Ameristar, including 40 G20 require major infrastructure themes will be added to the
the professionalism and flex- machines, 10 AVP TrimLine investments. No other man- game library each month and
ibility of both IGT and the machines and 12 G MLD ufacturer has reached this will be delivered as part of
Missouri Gaming Commis- machines, featuring IGT’s level of success with server- the Tier One package.
Money Controls to distribute MEI’s EasiTrax
easistreet EasiTraxSoft Count, along opportunity to work with documenting how many bills specifications with gaming
MEI with the positive feedback MEI,” said Mike Innes, are in each cashbox and the original equipment manufac-
we have received from the Money Controls’ chief exec- percentage of collected turers (OEMs) or via retrofit
MEI has agreed to license numerous customers using utive. “At the end of the day, denominations over a period package kits. The system
use of EasiTrax Soft Count to the product, verifies the we both benefit from making of time. has been configured to be
Money Controls, allowing the value of this solution. The casino operations more effi- The drop status manages compatible with
latter global access to the ability to work with a com- cient - which EasiTrax Soft the daily collection of the sorter/counter equipment
integrated soft- petitor - to raise the expecta- Count definitely accom- money and cashboxes, produced by Cummins, G&D
ware/hardware solution that tions for bill validator plishes.” whilst jams reports identifies and Glory - further illustrating
makes cash verification more manufacturers - helps us to EasiTrax Soft Count any potential problems. the ease in which it can be
efficient and places informa- move the industry forward.” utilises RFID technology to Rejection types defines one incorporated into an existing
tion collected in a bill valida- The full potential of Eas- connect slot machine asset of seven categories as to operation. EasiTrax Soft
tor into a database that can iTrax Soft Count can only be numbers and bill validator why the bill was rejected Count can be implemented
be accessed to analyse slot realised if the slot floor is operational information to a whilst version report ensures with minimal capital (using
floor performance. fully enabled. Expanding the specific cashbox. Accessing the accompanying software. each bill validator has up-to- existing components
“This is a proud day for product’s reach improves its data has never been faster - Whilst improving acceptance date software. reduces system costs) and
MEI,” said Tom Nugent, MEI ability to redefine the cash allowing operators to base rate of what is in the Applying EasiTrax Soft with the hardware each oper-
president of gaming. management process. decisions on several instant cashbox, the software also Count to casino operations ation has specified for its
“Money Controls’ interest in “We’re excited about the reports programmed within allows for a currency report can either be done through particular needs.
42 May 2009 • suppliernews
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