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The Innovators

The 11th annual Global Gaming Business Gaming & Technology Awards highlight the industry's groundbreakers

The Innovators

For as long as this magazine has been published, the occasion of the annual Global Gaming Expo has been accompanied by our nod to the most innovative products being displayed at G2E. This year, as usual, we called for nominations for the annual Global Gaming Business Gaming & Technology Awards.

Also as usual, we were inundated with nominations from various sectors of the industry, and we submitted them to a distinguished panel of judges drawn from different disciplines within the industry.

This year’s judges included Claudia Winkler, president, GHI Solutions; Rob Russell, gaming analyst, Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C.; Frank Neborsky, vice president of slot operations, Mohegan Sun; Gerhard Burda, president and CEO, ESCAPES Advisory Services; and Matt Hurst, vice president, gaming machines, Melco Crown Entertainment.

Our awards are separated into four categories: Best Consumer Service Technology, Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology, Best Slot Product and Best Table Game Product or Innovation. Our judges had the monumental task of picking the top three products in each category, as well as two “Honorable Mention” selections. Here are what the judges consider the cutting edge in this year’s technological developments:

The award for Best Consumer Service Technology goes to Bally Technologies for its iGaming Platform, an open-architecture platform for creating internet casinos that enables operators to choose from best-in-class content from a multitude of providers. The iGaming Platform, recently used to create an internet casino hosted by American Casino & Entertainment Properties, is also designed for mobile integration.

In the Productivity-Enhancement Technology category, this year’s winner is the DM Tournament system from Bally Technologies, which uses the iVIEW Display Manager system for floor-wide slot tournaments using the base games of several different manufacturers.

This year’s Best Slot Product is the Dynamic 5 cabinet from Konami Gaming, a slant-top version of Konami’s popular five-reel stepper. The steppers feature two-part reels—a second physical transparent layer on the reels transforms them into bonus reels, wild reels or other features normally found only in video or transparent video overlays on reels.

The Best Table Game Product or Innovation for 2012 is SHFL?Entertainment “House Money,” a side bet for blackjack that allows players to add side-bet winnings to the bet for the regular hand—”playing with house money,” so to speak. It’s a feature that’s been proven to increase blackjack hold.

11th annual Gaming & Technology Awards Winners

Best Consumer Service Technology:
1stBally Technologies—iGaming Platform
2ndAristocrat Technologies—nLive Online Casino Solution
3rdMultimedia Games—TournEvent of Champions

Honorable Mention:
Cantor Gaming—WiFi Sports Wagering Solution
Joingo—Mobile Loyalty System

Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology:
1stBally Technologies—DM Tournaments

Honorable Mention:
The Fine Point Group—LaserPoint CRM
Rainmaker Group—GroupREV

Best Slot Product:
1st Konami Gaming—Dynamic 5
2ndWMS Gaming—Super Team
3rdBally Technologies—NASCAR

Honorable Mention:
Aristocrat Technologies—Tarzan & Jane Forbidden Temple
IGT—Movin’ On Up Poker

Best Table Game Product or Innovation:
1stSHFL?Entertainment—House Money
2ndGaming Partners International—RFID Total Money Management
3rdTangam Systems—TYM Table Game Yield Management

Honorable Mention:
DEQ Systems—Real Link
Airistar Technologies—Airistar 100 GT

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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