he contract follows a trial of Global Draw's Nevada dual screen terminals, which can be set up to offer either category B2, formerly fixed-odds betting, or B3, formerly jackpot, services. This follows recent changes to British gaming laws that allows betting shops to site up to four category B2 or B3 gaming machines.
William Hill has over 2,250 betting shops across the United Kingdom and Ireland with an installed base of over 8,300 gaming machines and the contract will see Global Draw supply approximately 2,100 Nevada terminals to a minimum of 548 sites by the end of the first quarter of 2008.
“William Hill is the largest betting shop operator in the UK and one of the best known names in the betting industry and we are proud to become a part of their family,” said Lorne Weil, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Scientific Games.
“Global Draw has worked extremely hard to create a new standard for gaming machines following the recent changes in British gaming laws and we are extremely encouraged by this contract award.”
“We have been very impressed with the performance of Global Draw’s new Nevada terminals and level of service we have received during our trial period,” said Ian Chuter, Group Director Gaming for William Hill.
“The Global Draw dual purpose machines, server-based gaming technology and in-house content should ensure greater choice and flexibility for William Hill’s betting shop customers and we are looking forward to rolling out these machines in approximately one-quarter of our estate."