Play with confidence in Canadian casinos and gaming facilities

Mar 01, 2007, 00:00 ET from Canadian Gaming Association

    TORONTO, March 1 /PRNewswire/ - Canadians can continue to play their
 games of chance with confidence the President of the Canadian Gaming
 Association (CGA) said today.
     "Trust is the cornerstone of the gaming business and Canadians should
 be comfortable in knowing that gaming devices are carefully screened by
 provincial agencies to ensure the integrity of the games," said CGA
 President William Rutsey.
     Mr. Rutsey was commenting on a CBC news report questioning the
 operation of three Konami Gaming video slot machines. Earlier this week
 Konami announced its intention to sue the CBC for the misinformation
 contained in its newscast.
     "Gaming devices are not programmed or designed to display subliminal
 messages. No gaming manufacturer would do something like this," said
 Rutsey. "It is unethical and it would place manufacturers' licenses at risk
 in jurisdictions around the world. This was simply a technical glitch and
 Konami has provided conversion kits to correct the problem," Rutsey added.
     Gaming Laboratories International, Inc., the largest and most respected
 independent testing lab in the world confirmed that the invalid graphical
 display occurs for one fifth of a second, is not visible to the human eye
 and can only be seen when the game is videotaped and then stepped through
 on a frame-by-frame basis. The invalid graphic only occurs prior to the
 reel spin, and most importantly, has no bearing on the random number
 generator or the outcome of the game.
     Gaming equipment manufacturers (including Konami) together with all
 gaming industry participants place the integrity of the industry and
 customer trust and confidence above all else. The Canadian gaming industry
 operates under strict licensing and testing standards overseen by
 provincial regulatory agencies.
     "We will continue to work with our members, provincial agencies and
 regulators to ensure that the public has the facts that it needs to ensure
 that trust and confidence are maintained," said Rutsey.
     The Canadian Gaming Association represents industry leading operators,
 manufacturers, suppliers and others nation-wide.

SOURCE Canadian Gaming Association