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VEGAS, Nov. 3, 2011 - The over 150 million Texas Hold'em
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at no longer having to wait in long lines to play
the tables or lasso up a willing opponent with the
debut of Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker(TM) from International
Game Technology (NYSE: IGT). Premiering at the 2011
World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas on Nov.
5-6, fans can now enjoy everything they love about
Texas Hold'em - the strategy, bluffing and tells -
in an interactive poker machine.
Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker(TM) is the first poker
game to use a neural net, a technology-developed mathematical
model that simulates the operation of the human brain.
The advanced technology of Texas Hold'em Heads Up
Poker(TM) recreates engaging behavioral nuances such
as opponent "bluffing" and "thinking"
in a scenario that's less intimidating than a live-table
experience - making the slot machine inviting to all
levels of Texas Hold'em players.
addition to the innovative technology, a number of
other features will have casino-goers strapping on
their cowboy boots to test their skills against this
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After the conclusion of a game, the "peek"
feature gives the player the choice to see the opponent's
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the player insight as to how the opponent plays.
this year's World Series of Poker, Texas Hold'em Heads
Up Poker(TM)will be on display for players, operators
and media to try on Nov. 5-6. IGT brand ambassadors
will be handing out free play coupons from 4-6 p.m.
on Saturday, Nov. 5, and from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
on Sunday, Nov. 6.
to bring all the thrills and high drama of live-action
table Texas Hold'em to the slot machine format, players
will want to put on their shades and pull down the
brim of their hats to hide their tells when they saddle
up to Texas Hold'em Heads Up Poker," said Eric
Tom, IGT executive vice president, North America Sales
and Global Operations. "This is a game that players
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International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is a global
leader in the design, development and manufacture
of gaming machines and systems products, as well as
online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets.
Game Technology is a Reno, Nevada based maker of slot
machines and other gaming products. The company also
operates a facility in Las
Vegas and has branch offices around the United
States. Presently, IGT
also has offices in the United
Africa. For purposes of facilitating operations
America, IGT also maintains a presence in South
was founded by William S. Redd in 1975 as A-1 Supply.
The name was changed to SIRCOMA in 1979 and finally
International Game Technology in 1981.
On December 8, 2002, Terrible Herbst Gaming agreed
to buy IGT's Anchor Coin 1,100 machine slot routes.
On October 27, 2003, IGT acquired Acres Gaming, a
slot machine and gaming software development company.
August 25, 2005, IGT acquired WagerWorks,
a San Francisco, California based company that provides
software for online casinos. Wager Works has exclusive
rights to provide online versions of slot machine
games like Wheel
of Fortune, I Dream of Jeannie and The
Price is Right.
On December 21, 2006, IGT completed its acquisition
of Venture Catalyst Incorporated, changing its name
to Mariposa Software Inc. and selling its gaming consulting
division to a group of its previous management. Mariposa
Software continues to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary
of IGT, enhancing IGT's positioning as a single-source
supplier, offering a complete package for all of a
casino's gaming & profit operations.
expansion in the Class III market has led IGT to New
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma,
along with the cruise
ship industry. According to New Jersey and Pennsylvania
law, IGT cannot enter without a distributor; in accordance
to state law, AC Coin bought Class III IGT machines
and is now entering them into the New Jersey and Pennsylvania
market under the AC-Coin/IGT name. IGT had a similar
problem in the Oklahoma market when a new state compact
was introduced allowing Class III vendors to enter
Indian Oklahoma casinos (where before, only Class
II games were allowed; Class II typically being games
based on bingo and other community-style wagering
systems); in accordance to this compact, the casino
had to offer an electronic back-end system to monitor
the hard-meters within the game. IGT also offers the
IGT Advantage System, which is very expensive, thus
prompting smaller casinos (which are the majority
of Oklahoma's 95+ casinos are) to find independent
companies to monitor the meters.
On July 8, 2008 IGT completed their acquisition of
Cyberview Technology, a company with intellectual
property and experience in the field of server-based-gaming.
The acquisition of Cyberview Technology also brought
a contract to supply gaming machines to the UK's biggest
bookmaker, Ladbrokes, which will allow IGT to supply
their slot machine games to the UK market. Competitors
in the server-based gaming industry include distributors
such as Betstone and game manufacturers such as RocketGames
and ID Interactive.
company created the Slot Accounting System (SAS) protocol,
one of IGT's most notable technologies is EZ-Pay,
their ticket-in, ticket-out system.
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I Love Lucy
Laverve & Shirley
The Beverly Hillbillies
Star Wars (Multiple themes)
Back to the Future
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11th December 2008
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CAP Euro London is the group’s largest conference
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very pleased to announce PartyPartners.com as the
Platinum Sponsor to yet another CAP Euro event,”
said Lou Fabiano, President for CAP.
one of the true leaders of this industry, PartyPartners.com’s
presence is an ideal contribution to the overall spirit
of excellence in gaming that CAP Euro events have
come to represent.”
addition business networking, online marketing discussions,
advice panels and after-hours socialising, CAP Euro
London will also include the second annual CAP Awards
celebrating the most successful and innovative members
of the global Internet gaming community.
and AffClub.com are delighted to again be the Platinum
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said Jon Salmon, Chief Marketing Director for PartyPartners.com.
play a key role in helping to make our business a
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affiliates’ needs is of paramount importance
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25th November 2008
online gaming provider PartyGaming has released its
results for the third quarter of the year showing
strong growth in its casino, bingo and sportsbetting
businesses but a decline in revenues from poker.
revealed that poker revenues for the third quarter
were down to $65 million from the $76.3 million it
earned during the same period last year. The firm
stated that this was due to lower player frequency
and yield and also reported that nine-month revenues
from poker decreased one percent to $218.9 million.
revenues from its casino business grew 25 percent
to $45.9 million for the third quarter from the $36.7
million it reported for the same period last year
due to higher player numbers and yields. Nine-month
revenues from its casino business fared even better
by increasing 33 percent to $135.8 million.
addition, its sportsbetting division reported that
revenues grew by 19 percent for the quarter to $5.1
million from the $4.3 million it reported for the
same period last year due to continued growth in live
betting. It declared nine-month revenues from sportsbetting
of $14.1 million, which was 29 percent up on the $10.9
million it acknowledged for last year.
the good news, bingo revenues were up by 143 percent
to $1.7 million for the short-term from the $700,000
announced for 2007’s third quarter due to a
growth in the firm’s UK business. Just as spectacular,
nine-month revenues from bingo increased 106 percent
to $3.7 million from 2007’s $1.8 million.
PartyGaming reported total revenues of $117.7 million
for the quarter, which was $300,000 less than last
year’s third quarter, alongside an eleven percent
rise in nine-month results to $372.5 million.
are making solid progress on executing our strategic
plan, albeit against a challenging economic backdrop
and strengthening US Dollar,” said Jim Ryan,
Chief Executive Officer for PartyGaming.
Gaming CEO Discusses Future of Online Poker, by Earl
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recent news in December of Party Gaming co-founder
Anurag Dikshit’s plea bargain with the U.S.
Department of Justice thrust the company back into
the spotlight. Now, in a December 28th interview with
Financial Times, new Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan
has announced his plans for returning the company
to the lofty perch it once held.
article, written by Roger Blitz, points out that it
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its initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock
Exchange in 2005, Party Gaming was valued at almost
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Party Gaming’s value has fallen to under £1
billion. However, as Blitz states, there could be
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dark tunnel” for Party Gaming.
light that Blitz refers to is the mid-December decision
by Dikshit to succumb to Department of Justice pressures
and plead guilty to violations of the Wire Act of
1961. In submitting his guilty plea, Dikshit paid
a $300 million fine and could face a two year jail
term, although sentencing will not occur until 2010.
He continues to assist the United States Government
in its investigations into online gaming.
the article, Ryan - who took over for Gerber in June
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discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding
the company’s liabilities, but wouldn’t
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asked about the future of the company, Ryan was upbeat
about Party Gaming’s abilities in not only online
poker, but also in a realm of online gaming options.
“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” Ryan
is quoted as saying in the Financial Times article
by Blitz. “We have been chasing quarterly profits,
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not so much slowing down, but keeping ourselves focused.”
three year plan that Ryan has set for Party Gaming
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companies want to do, but his company already does.
The Financial Times quotes Ryan as saying that the
company, since its exodus from the U.S. market, has
built a complete gaming operation that is focused
on all aspects of the online world, including poker,
casino, sports betting, bingo, and backgammon. “[We
offer] different products with one back office platform,”
he explains in Blitz’s article. “One deposit,
one account – it’s a one stop shop. That
is still the main strategic objective for a number
of our competitors and we have it already.”
also states that he sees a day when the online gaming
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Party Gaming at this time ranks fourth in that equation
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Ryan - but his quote in the Financial Times piece
looms large: “We need to retake the hill and
position ourselves to be that leader again.”
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Gaming Full-Year Results Released
Poker disappoints in latest financial numbers
11, 2009 (InfoPowa News) -- Party Gaming plc may have
started out as a primarily online poker destination,
but the performance of this sector of its wider group
activities was disappointing last year, judged by
the 2008 full-year financials released this week.
Poker net revenues declined by $21 million to $274
million (2007: $295 million).
Elsewhere the outlook was rosier, with online casino
net revenues up $31,8 million to $176 million; the
more recent sportsbetting venture up $1.9 million
to $18 million and Bingo up $2.4 million to $4.9 million.
Total net revenues reached $472.9 million, down $3.1
million on the corresponding period in 2007 after
a "non-recurring net revenue adjustment"
of $18.2 million.
Other highlights included:
* Continuing Clean EBITDA up 29 percent to $144.2
million (2007: $111.7 million); total Clean EBITDA
up 53 percent to $133.3 million (2007: $87.0 million)
* The addition of DM plc and CIRSA to the Party Gaming
portfolio of business-to-business (‘B2B’)
* Cash flow from operations before working capital
movements up 23 percent to $132.5 million (2007: $107.6
million) with group cash after client liabilities
and progressive prize pools of $70.3 milion.
Commenting on the results, Jim Ryan, PartyGaming Chief
Executive Officer, said:
"We are pleased to announce another strong set
of results with Clean EBITDA from Continuing operations
up 29 percent to $144.2 million. Our business model
is both flexible and robust with a capacity to generate
strong cashflow. Our brands and market position are
strong and we have a healthy balance sheet with which
to execute our business strategy. I believe that we
are in an excellent position, not just to withstand
the macroeconomic challenges that may lie ahead, but
also to execute our strategy, create value for all
of our stakeholders and achieve our long-term objective
of becoming the world’s most valuable online
Regarding current trading he added:
“In the 5 weeks ended 4 February 2009, average
gross daily revenue was $1,442,900. In poker, new
player sign-ups increased to an average of 1,494 per
day, and there were on average 51,000 active players
per day generating average gross daily poker revenue
of $756,700. In casino, gross revenue was $597,200
per day. In sports betting gross win per day was $75,700
and in bingo, average gross daily revenue was $13,200.
In the four weeks ended 4 March 2009, average gross
daily revenue was $1,536,200. In poker, new player
sign-ups averaged 1,550 per day and there were on
average 51,100 active players per day, generating
average gross daily revenue of $738,500. In casino,
average gross daily revenue was $662,500; in sports
betting, average gross win per day was $123,000; while
in bingo it was $12,200.
“The Group has continued to make good progress
in the first few weeks of 2009 despite the pressures
of a highly competitive market and substantial year-on-year
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