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Elixir announces appointments

Technology solutions consultant Elixir Gaming Technologies, Inc. announced the appointment of several Asia-based gaming veterans to executive positions in the company. Company officials say they are making staff additions to increase the company’s level of gaming venue technical support expertise, while the addition of four high-level executives to strengthen Elixir Gaming’s finance, legal and human resources capabilities.

Joining Elixir Gaming in senior executive positions are: Rolando Sangalay as vice president, projects; Andy Crestafi as regional gaming director; Loke Beng Hwa as Cambodia country manager; Frank Magpantay as chief technician; Tony Lam as VP of general administration and human resources; Stephanie Wong as regional finance director; Athena Tse as business control director; and Edmond Choi as vice president, legal (Asia).

“Elixir Gaming continues to rapidly transform itself as we execute against our business model to place electronic gaming machines on a participation model in emerging Asian gaming markets,” said Elixir CEO Gordon Yuen, “and we expect to benefit from the addition of this exceptional group of executives who bring decades of experience to the company.

“The addition of Rolando, Andy, Loke and Frank to our gaming venue technical support team allows us to provide our operating partners with an enhanced level of industry expertise, which is expected to benefit our customers and Elixir Gaming through improvements in win per day per machine.”

Delaware to add auto-roulette

The three racetrack casinos in Delaware plan to add some form of automated roulette by the fall to their slot and electronic table-game offerings, according to the Delaware Lottery, which controls the games.

Delaware’s racinos have had solid success with the Shuffle Master electronic table games, which they added last year. Those games feature individual play stations surrounding a video dealer for blackjack and specialty poker games.

However, with Pennsylvania having added the same electronic table games-the closest Pennsylvania racino, Harrah’s Chester, is only 10 minutes from the Delaware state line-Delaware lottery officials and the racinos themselves are looking for more of an edge.

The games to be added will be fully automated roulette games that use a real roulette wheel and ball, with individual betting stations linked to the wheel. A video camera will show the spinning wheel live on the screen of the player stations. It is the type of roulette game that is popular across Europe, and is produced by a dozen or so different vendors worldwide.

Lottery officials say they will select a vendor over the summer, and begin installing the games in the fall. Ed Sutor, president and CEO of Dover Downs Casino & Slots, told the News Journal newspaper last month that the addition of the games will be one more step in producing a first-class, traditional casino experience. “We’re trying to make it as close as you would experience if you went to Vegas or Atlantic City,” he said.

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