We look forward to a great show where we'll have the opportunity to demonstrate how our products are designed to deliver more profitability to Asian casino operators and more fun and excitement to players," added Isaacs. The exhibit spotlights key innovations from the following product categories – utility products, specialty table games, e-tables, and iGaming.
More productivity from new e-table developments
Front and center at the show are Rapid Table Games Multi Game, offering anticipated superior flexibility needed in the busy Asian casino environment. Combining a live dealer and a touch-screen electronic betting interface, the Rapid line of electronic table systems are designed to significantly increase game security and productivity.
It is the latest enhancement to the Rapid platform and includes a multigame feature that gives players the flexibility to choose which Rapid game – Baccarat, Roulette or Sic Bo – they would like to play on their terminal, without ever having to leave their seat. Enhanced live statistics are available at the touch of a button and seamless betting can be conducted across multiple games. With the capability to accommodate over 300 terminals per table and up to 6 tables of each game type, betting limits can be easily configured to suit each betting position.
Vegas Star Roulette Live is also prominently displayed at the exhibit, featuring a fully electronic roulette table with a live wheel that sits in the middle of individual touch-screen betting terminals. The compact design can accommodate up to 10 individual player terminals with flexible and configurable bet limits. Roulette Live provides all the efficiencies of a fully electronic table with the added benefit of a live wheel and ball. Unlike most other roulette e-Table offerings, it offers an optional display with live video dealers. The sleek, cutting-edge display makes it an exciting addition to any casino floor that is looking for a more efficient roulette solution.
Vegas Star Craps with Shuffle Master's latest proprietary side bet, Fire Bet, offers players all the action of live craps with none of the downtime, plus the chance to win 1,000 to 1 odds if the shooter makes all six distinct points. Its touch-screen functionality allows players to throw virtual dice and its attractive life-like video dealers deliver the same kind of excitement available on a live table. Help screens and pop-up tutorials serve to assist novice players providing a fun and unintimidating way to learn craps. This product supports up to 64 player terminals and features integrated surround-sound to create a compelling gaming atmosphere.
New i-Table innovations
All i-Table games on display at G2E Asia feature vivid, intuitive graphic interfaces tied together with compelling new content. The i-Table game's automated betting and wager resolution process dramatically increases game security, accuracy and speed, resulting in more rounds per hour over a basic felt game, while eliminating errors, a key advantage on specialty table games that have complex paytables with high odds and complicated payouts. It can also connect to back-of-house player tracking systems that allow casino customers to rate, track, and comp their player base.
The i-Table products on display at G2E Asia include:
i-Table Roulette- It features a roulette table with a live wheel, ball and dealer, and has an identical footprint to a traditional table. The i-Table Roulette provides all the added functionality and benefits of electronic wagering. Its graphically-enhanced central display screen replicates a felt layout and virtual betting stations resolve all bets accurately and instantaneously. Spins per hour are significantly increased, virtually eliminating errors while more than doubling table productivity. The i-Table Roulette has stunning graphics, an intuitive interface, and its inherent game-integrity enhance the experience for both the player and the dealer.
i-Table for Specialty Games – Specialty games on the i-Table offer multiple benefits for the operator, most notably the elimination of errors that frequently arise on live felt versions due to complex paytables and a high-transaction environment. Utilizing the i-Deal card shuffler, the i-Table specialty games Three Card Poker Progressive and Ultimate Texas Hold'em dramatically increase game security, accuracy and speed, resulting in significantly more hands per hour. The progressive feature on Three Card Poker helps improve the overall house edge of the base game by offering players an exciting opportunity to win a continuously incrementing jackpot. Additionally, due to the immediate resolution of wagers, additional high house advantage side bets such as 6 Card Bonus and the exciting Bad Beat Bonus can all be offered concurrently, increasing player excitement while offering additional profits for casino operators.
High-Performance Games for the Equinox Cabinet
Housed in the stylish new Equinox cabinet, Shuffle Master will showcase its wide variety of slot machine titles that feature stunning graphics, enticing progressive jackpots and rewarding free game features. Since its introduction into the Australian marketplace, the Equinox cabinet has witnessed phenomenal success, doubling year-on-year ship share and branching into other non-U.S. markets. This year's lineup will spotlight titles exclusively for the Asian market, including:
Duo Fu Duo Cai – Fu - Pronounced: "Door Foo Door Chai" and meaning "a lot of luck/fortune, a lot of treasure/money", this link is an exciting addition to the Shuffle Master Asian-themed game portfolio. This link delivers a unique "All Up" Chinese-themed game style where all lines are always in play even at minimum bet of one credit. As players buy more gold symbols they access a higher-paying scorecard and more opportunities to win progressive jackpot prizes.
Launching with the game 88 Fortunes, it is a 4-level link progressive that is loaded with entertaining game components such as stacked symbols, the ability to offer players 10 free games, and a link jackpot win in the feature.
Super Top Box - It includes four interactive multi-feature games that are randomly triggered. Jackpot prizes can be won in conjunction with bonus feature games and combine the highly acclaimed Equinox cabinet with a 32" LCD top-box surrounded by a stunning themed trim. Two Super Top Box games will be highlighted at the show: Random Magic and Legend of the Lamp.
Yellow Emperor – Shuffle Master's latest standalone progressive jackpot game combines the legendary Chinese hero warrior with a proven, high-performance game formula. In the Year of the Dragon, the flying dragon feature promises to be a popular gaming floor addition. Developed in Shuffle Master's new studio in China, a range of new Asian-inspired standalone titles will also be showcased, including: My Fortune Star, God of Wealth, Monkey & Moon and Cash Carry. Each title offers its own unique features such as increased subs, stacked symbols, more coinciding wins and a free games multiplier.
It will highlight Shuffle Master's strong brands and compelling content leveraged across multiple online and mobile devices. Superior quality, security and accessibility will be standard on all Shuffle Master online and mobile games. The Shuffle Interactive platform seamlessly integrates into any online casino or third-party platform and can deliver content through nearly any device including PC, Mac, Betting Terminals, iOS and Android. Shuffle Interactive will formally launch in the coming months with free-to-play and for-wager versions of Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Fortune Pai Gow Poker and Casino War; however, demonstrations of its advanced capabilities are available in the booth during the show.
Enhanced utility offerings
Card shufflers are designed to increase table game productivity, profitability and security. The new MD3 card shuffler demonstrates advanced security features and utilizes the latest shuffling technology. Using proven optical card-reading technology, the MD3 scans and verifies pre-shuffled baccarat and blackjack decks right at the table. Featuring an innovative platform and gripper system, the MD3 counts and shuffles up to eight decks of cards quickly and quietly, with significantly reduced wear and tear, making cards last longer. The MD3 also features an optional on-board ticket printer that produces a receipt of the deck verification results right at the table.
Other utility offerings highlighted at the show include:
Deck Checker – The latest Deck Checker has been re-engineered and updated with all new components, including touch-screen controls and Shuffle Master's proven optical card recognition technology. It provides a fast, effective alternative for customer's card verification needs by checking and verifying up to eight decks of cards in less than 2 minutes. The Deck Checker is also able to identify missing, extra or unknown cards.
Popular Specialty Table Games Brands
Three exciting specialty table games are highlighted at the show – Mississippi Stud, Fortune San Lo Poker and Crazy 4 Poker – in addition to Shuffle Master's new Nexus Command table hardware for progressives. Chip sensors embedded in the table allow players to place an optional jackpot wager to potentially win fixed prizes or a continuously incrementing progressive jackpot.