LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Barona Valley Ranch Resort
and Casino in San Diego, California, went "live" just before Christmas with
the first IGT (NYSE: IGT) server based gaming system and machines ever
IGT's server based gaming (sb(TM)) products now in operation at Barona
include the sb(TM) system, 20 Game King sb(TM) machines and six video slot
themes, all recently approved for use by the Barona Gaming Commission and
certified by Gaming Laboratories Inc.
"This is the first step in a long process of submittals, development and
live testing, in jurisdictions throughout the world, which we hope will lead
to widespread acceptance and use of this new technology," said Steve Morro,
President of IGT's Gaming Group. "Barona is a great partner that is forward
thinking and committed to helping make these products successful for them and
for their players."
"We believe that the future value of server based gaming for the operator
will be directly related to its value to the casino player. We already
analyze information from various sources with some pretty forward thinking
predictive modeling. Our goal is to help IGT incorporate those capabilities
into this product," said Lee Skelley, assistant general manager of casino
operations at the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. "For the first time,
an up-to-the-second slot experience, customized to the players' expectations,
will become possible."
Barona has been on the leading edge of new casino technological
advancements since it opened as the first California casino to offer patrons
Ticket-In/Ticket-Out and via its proprietary patron service system for the
high denomination area.
"As server based gaming evolves on Barona's casino floor and our
understanding of its potential becomes more clear, our focus will be to
integrate all of Barona's well known customer-centric capabilities and CRM
strategies with this innovative technology," said Chuck Hickey, director of
slot operations at Barona.
Server based applications will allow casinos numerous operational
advantages including downloading of game themes and machine configurations
from one central computer, which will simplify the process that today is
handled manually on each machine on a given casino floor.
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"forward-looking" statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. Although IGT believes that the expectations reflected in any of
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International Game Technology (www.IGT.com) is a global company
specializing in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and sales
of computerized gaming machines and systems products.
About Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino
Blending the best of San Diego's most elegant resorts with the gaming
excitement of Las Vegas, the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino is San
Diego's leading destination resort featuring 400 luxury guest rooms and
suites, a 300,000 square foot casino, a lakefront wedding chapel, the AmBience
Day Spa, a full-service events center, and the 18-hole championship Barona
Creek Golf Club, rated the 3rd best resort course in California by Golfweek
Magazine. For Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino reservations and
information, visit www.barona.com or call toll free 888-7-BARONA (722-7662).