Station Casinos Inks accelerates new machines purchasing
Station Casinos, Inc. has signed an agreement with International Game Technology to define an accelerated schedule to purchase and take delivery of 5,000 new EZ Play(TM) gaming machines to complete their transition to 100% ticket-in ticket-out machines at all Station Casino locations within two years.

ECOA - the way forward
At a recent meeting of its steering committee in Amsterdam the organisation for European Operators originally formed in June adopted the name the European Casino Operators Association. This new body, to be registered in Brussels, initially represents some 60 casinos in Europe and has attracted great interest from potential members.

Dates Set for 2004 AMOA Show
The dates for the 2004 AMOA Expo and Fun Expo have been set for Thursday, September 30 to Saturday, October 2, in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. The Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA), in response to its originally-scheduled 2004 show dates being on top of the Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah in mid-September, had opted to move the dates of its show to October 7-9 in Vegas, but subsequently learned its revised dates conflicted with the World Waterpark Association's annual show, as well as some European trade venues.

Casino Operators are Interested
Mikohn Gaming Corporation today provided an update on progress the Company is making under its new slot games business/licensing model as announced during last month's highly successful participation at the 2003 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

FX Simulation put first U2 Mirage into Northern Ireland
Managing Director of FX Simulation, John Fleming was in Belfast installing the first U2 Mirage simulator into Northern Ireland. This marks a landmark for FX Simulation as the first U2 Mirage ever to be installed into Northern Ireland.

IGT Announces Acquisition of Acres Gaming
International Game Technology and Acres Gaming jointly announced the consummation of the previously announced planned merger, pursuant to which Acres became a wholly-owned subsidiary of IGT in a cash-for-stock merger.

Norsk Tipping choosen EssNet Interactive as VLT system supplier
EssNet Interactive AB today announced that the Company has been selected by Norsk Tipping as the preferred supplier of a VLT system with 10,000 terminals, a central system and games. The decision follows an extensive evaluation process, following the Norwegian rules for public procurement. The project to implement the new system is expected to be finalised in December 2005. Further details will be released upon the Company's signing of a formal agreement with Norsk Tipping in November.

IAAPA to partner with the artist
Internationally recognized impressionist painter Kay Kandra is donating an original 22" x 30" watercolor painting and subsequent prints to the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions' annual convention and trade show in Orlando to raise funds for Give-Kids-The-World (GKTW).

JOB-Quiz on Photo Play
The JOB-Quiz idea was forwarded to funworld by the teachers of the Polytechnic School Schwanenstadt during a visit and tour of the company building. Within only a short while, an exemplary cooperation was developed. Exactly 1,103 questions on topics to do with choice of professions and job options were developed by the teachers of the Polytechnic School Schwanenstadt and the employees of the public Job Service Centre (AMS) of Vöcklabruck.

Namco Europe to distribute Taito
Namco Europe has secured distribution rights for Taito coin-op products throughout Europe. The first Taito manufactured product to fall under the agreement is Battle Gear 3, the ground-breaking driving game which enables players to race against each other in several different modes.

Beach Head 2000 Pup is in vogue
British students like nothing more than a realistic 'combat shoot-'em-up' according to feedback received by Brent Sales. The Namco-owned machine company claims that Global VR's Beach Head 2000 Pup is currently the coolest game with undergraduates, as the nation's student bars are swelled by the intake of 2003.

Photo Play World Games 2004
On 3rd November 2003, the qualification for the players' event of the year will officially commence in as many as 21 nations: At the end of March 2004, the Photo Play world champions will be chosen in Alpbach, Tyrol! Over 400 players, operators and Photo Play distributors will be coming to the event.

Elo TouchSystems Introduces New Touchmonitor
Elo TouchSystems Introduces New MultiFunction Integrated Casino Touchmonitor. Options Include MSR, RearFacing LED Display and Fingerprint Recognition Device.

Games Media aims to make impactful London debut
ATEI will celebrate its 60th anniversary next January in some style. Alongside the show's international collection of long-term exhibitors, the London spectacular will feature at least 32 companies making their first ATEI appearance. The 32 debutantes, which are drawn from 11 countries, constitute 14 per cent of the total ATEI exhibitor base and will occupy 1,025 square metres (11,029sq.ft.) of stand space - just less than 10 per cent of the show floor.

IGT Announces Slot Purchase Agreement
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. has agreed to purchase a minimum of 11,000 new coinless-capable gaming machines from International Game Technology to expedite the introduction of Fast Cash(TM), the Harrah's-branded ticket-out, ticket-in coinless system being rolled out to its casinos across the country.

Namco announces exclusive deal
Namco Europe has strengthened its portfolio of exclusive distribution deals with the addition of Need For Speed. Making its European debut on the company's stand at the London Preview 2004 exhibition, the new driving simulator from Global VR is being marketed in Ireland by Brent Sales and in mainland Europe by Namco.

ICE 2004 will be bigger than ever before
Apart from the relocation of the show, which has resulted in 33 per cent more floor space being made available, one of the most noticeable features of this January's event will be the increased number of larger stands able to host a wider array of products and services than has previously been possible in the 10-year history of ICE.

New ATEI landscape evolving
The ATEI landscape is changing as a growing number of companies decide to increase their stand presence at the London coin-op show.

Houthoff Buruma launches partnership with ATEOnline
Houthoff Buruma is the latest company to enter the ATEOnline partnership programme and the first partner based outside the British Isles. In a deal that will give them unparalleled access to the global gaming and gambling market via ATEOnline ( - the leading online business resource for the gaming and gambling industry - Houthoff Buruma will provide invaluable legal advice and information on the Dutch market to the industry.

ICE steering group meets in Amsterdam
Casino suppliers and operators were brought together recently when ATE, organisers of ICE, staged a meeting in Amsterdam to discuss preparations for January's London show.

RAAPA's International Conference and Trade Show
Russian Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (RAAPA), informs about it's first International Conference and Trade Show "Amusement Industry Development in Russia", which take place in September 21-23, 2003 in Gelendjik, holiday resort city on the Black sea coast. This International event was the first, however, successful attempt of RAAPA to combine the conference and trade show and bring operators and manufacturers together in a brand-new venue of holiday resort at the Black Sea and Caucasus mountains.

Czech Players Tune into TV Lottery
The Czech lottery company SAZKA, a.s., in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the GSM mobile operator T-Mobile and the commercial television station TV Nova, has launched a new instant lottery combined with a television show called T-Mobile RENTA.

Gaming industry refuses Single Currency
With the debate over whether Britain should join the Single Currency raging on and the Yes campaign thrown off course by Sweden's recent decision on the issue, the industry has delivered a resounding No vote in a recent poll run by SGM-FX, the independent Foreign Exchange company that is working with ATEOnline to deliver specialised currency services to the gaming and gambling industry.