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AGS Installs First Orion Slant for Class II

AGS Installs First Orion Slant for Class II

PlayAGS, Inc. announced that it has launched its popular Orion Slant platform in Class II tribal markets, with installations at the Wind Creek properties of Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

The Orion Slant, launched in Class III markets last May, is now approved in more than 42 jurisdictions across North America.

The first Orion Slant cabinets for Class II were installed last month at the Poarch Band’s Wind Creek Hospitality locations in Atmore, Montgomery, and Wetumpka, Alabama. AGS currently has 15 Class II slot titles available for the Orion Slant, with more games in development.

The Orion Slant cabinet is the newest member of the AGS Orion family, following the success of the award-winning Orion Portrait platform, introduced in 2017 and named one of the top 20 most innovative gaming technology products of that year.

Wind Creek Hospitality Corporate Director of Class II Gaming Operations Trenton Daughtry said, “We appreciate the opportunity to be the first property to install the Class II version of AGS’ Orion Slant. We pride ourselves on striking a good balance between player-favorite classics and new products; this is an exciting opportunity to offer an eye-catching new platform and new game content to our players.”

Although only introduced in Class III markets in May, by August 31 there were already 630 Orion Slant units installed in 62 casino properties across North America. AGS introduced the sophisticated platform with three engaging titles—Dragon Fa, Phoenix Fa and Tiger Fa. These high-volatility Asian-themed games feature AGS’ Xtreme Jackpots local-area progressives, PowerXStream Evaluation, up to 10 free spins, and a progressive pick bonus. The company recently added four additional titles—Aztec Gold, Fu Nan Fu Nu Lucky Dragons, Toro Gordo and Vegas Gold—and will have a library of nearly 30 titles by the end of 2018.

AGS Senior Vice President of Slot Products Andrew Burke said, “We soft-launched the Orion Slant a couple of months ago and it is already outpacing our expectations. The Orion Slant’s presentation package, with its unique starwall design in a lower-profile cabinet, attracts players from across the casino floor, and the games available for the platform combine to deliver an exceptional player experience.”

The Orion Slant features an optional 21.5-inch LCD HD topper, dual LCD HD monitors, an optional ergonomic LCD digital multi-touch button deck, and a U-shaped starwall design featuring 420 game-synchronized, full-color LED lights for an innovative game play celebration.

The starwall’s striking ring of emotive lights surrounds the Orion Slant’s game-play HD LCD touch-screen monitor, and can be configured to change colors and patterns on each machine or across entire banks for an engaging experience that corresponds to each feature within the game. The latest HD audio, along with a self-contained subwoofer, intensifies game play with a cinematic theater surround-sound experience.

The cabinet also features a USB charging port, a large button deck for increased player comfort, and an optional 10.1-inch LCD button panel for a familiar digital multi-touch player user interface.

To help gaming operators effectively manage labor costs, the Orion Slant is engineered with a design that makes maintenance and service faster and easier, including centrally located locks, full-service access, and a uniquely engineered latch pin design.