April was the nationwide launch month for the new Orion slot cabinet from supplier AGS, but the company reports that the games placed so far in around 50 U.S. casinos are performing at four times the house average.

In an interview with CDC Gaming Reports, AGS Vice President of Slot Products Andrew Burke said the early returns on the cabinet are twice what was anticipated. “We

didn’t reinvent the wheel, but the packaging has made a big difference,” he said.

The cabinet, which accompanies the standard Icon cabinet in the manufacturer’s game library, has already won awards as one of the most innovative products of the year. It features a 42-inch marquee-style vertical LCD monitor surrounded by 500 game-controlled LED lights. “When you’re walking through the casino, they’re going to catch your attention,” Burke said.

Among Orion’s inaugural suite of games are Fu Nan Fu Nu, Wolf Queen and River Dragons. The company shipped around 250 Orion machines to markets across the country on April 28 to start the launch, followed by another 250 machines this summer.

Author: GGB Staff

Staff writers for Global Gaming Business magazine, Las Vegas, Nevada.