Slot-maker Bally Technologies announced that Florida’s Seminole Tribe has given the manufacturer an initial order for 2,000 Class III slot machines, to be spread across the tribe’s seven Florida casinos.
Bally announced a three-year operating agreement to provide the tribe with games to replace its current Class II slots. The Seminoles, even as the case on the validity of its Class III compact was being heard by the state Supreme Court, began installing Class III slots at its casinos, since the Class III slot portion of the compact is not what is under challenge.
“Bally has been a key strategic partner of the Seminole Tribe for a number of years,” said James Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming. “We have been impressed with Bally’s momentum in both games and systems and are pleased they will be playing an important part in our introduction of Las Vegas-style slot machines with the placement of an initial order of 2,000 games.”
“We are honored to be a part of this historic moment for the Seminole Tribe of Florida as they move to a Class III, Las Vegas-style gaming model,” said Bally CEO Richard Haddrill. “Bally has been providing Class II games for the past five years through our subsidiary, Sierra Design Group, and we are also providing casino management system technology including our iVIEW interactive player display. This has been a successful collaboration that we only see continuing to evolve and prosper as the tribe implements our newest and most exciting Class III games throughout its world-class casinos.”
Class III games went live first at the Seminole Hard Rock casino in Hollywood, Florida, on January 28.