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Seminoles, Slots and Mish-Mash

I just read something that makes me want to go ahead and reveal my true heritage as a member of the Seminole Tribe.

Seminoles, Slots and Mish-Mash

I just read something that makes me want to go ahead and reveal my true heritage as a member of the Seminole Tribe.
It’s all because of something I just read in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which, of course, lands on my doorstep every morning along with major daily newspapers from every other part of the country.
(Really. I flip through dozens of newspapers every day, searching for pertinent gaming industry news. Some people just enter the word “casino” in an internet search engine. Imagine that. Lazy deadbeats!)
The item in the Sun-Sentinel was about how the huge casino the Seminoles want to build in Coconut Creek, Florida, is unlikely to have to pay any property, payroll and hotel taxes to the county, since it will be considered sovereign tribal land. However, what really got my attention was this line:
“Every man, woman and child in the 3,700-member tribe receives $126,000 in annual dividends from gambling profits, according to uncontested filings this year by tribe members in a child support lawsuit.”
Is this true? I’ve got a wife and three kids. Does that mean if I were a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, my family would receive $630,000 a year in casino income? Without even having to do anything, other than being a member of the Seminole Tribe?
That’s it. I’m a Seminole. Where do I sign up?
Oh, come on! Really, I just looked it up. There were ancient Seminoles in Calabria, Italy, where my family is from. What, you never heard of the Calabria Seminoles? That’s right, the Calabria Seminoles. Now give me my $126,000, and $126,000 for each of my family members.
OK, I guess I’m losing that argument, so let’s move on to other frivolity. This is our big annual G2E issue, which means I just finished writing my annual 20,000-word tome on the new slot machines being introduced at the trade show. (I was going to write an opus, but this year I decided to go with a tome.)
I wrote this after I got back from a trip to Europe, where I spent a week in Sofia, Bulgaria.
I was in Bulgaria to speak at a conference, and while I was there, I saw great games from local slot-makers Casino Technology and Euro Games Technology, and I ate something called “Mish Mash,” which was friggin’ great, and a couple of not-so-great dishes, like something called “Chicken On A Slab.” (I remember asking the server if there had been an autopsy performed on the chicken. She didn’t get it.)
I also found out that in Bulgaria, nodding your head means “no,” and shaking your head means “yes.” It’s true. I lost a couple of taxis because of it.
Anyway, back to our slot issue: The creativity of the slot-makers never ceases to amaze me. And, remarkably, as they tell me every year, each of them makes the best games in the industry. Yes, I know, it may not seem possible to the casual observer, but the gaming industry is the only place on earth where everyone is the best. People ask me who the best slot-maker is, and I tell them, “There is no best slot maker. They are all equally great. So long as they advertise in Global Gaming Business, they’re all winners.”
Yes, in the happy world of our annual “Global Games” feature, everyone is the best. It’s like in T-ball, where none of the parents keep score, or the Special Olympics, where everyone gets a medal.
I am, of course, being a wise-guy here (imagine that), but it is true that there is great stuff from all of the slot-makers. If you pressed me for my favorite games of the year, there are a few I’d have to mention. “Dirty Harry: Make My Day” by WMS would have to be at or near the top. Here’s a game that puts you in a bonus where you feel like you’re in Clint Eastwood’s unmarked squad car, chasing bad guys through the streets of San Francisco, shooting that big .44 Magnum out the window at the criminal’s car.
How cool is that?
I’d also have to put IGT’s new “MultiPlay” series, where you play four video reel slots at once and share the bonuses, near the top. And Konami’s “Secrets of Egypt,” and Bally’s “Two for the Money,” and Atronic’s new “Deal Or No Deal” game.
I could go on and on, but then you wouldn’t have any surprises when you turn to my tome. (Or is it an opus?)
Besides, I have to end this little ditty (that’s right; I do ditties as well as tomes and opuses) because I have an important date with the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.
I have to convince them I’m a member of the Calabria Seminoles.

Frank Legato is editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. He has been writing on gaming topics since 1984, when he launched and served as editor of Casino Gaming magazine. Legato, a nationally recognized expert on slot machines, has served as editor and reporter for a variety of gaming publications, including Public Gaming, IGWB, Casino Journal, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Atlantic City Insider. He has an B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the books, How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying, and Atlantic City: In Living Color.  

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