LAS VEGAS, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SHFL entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: SHFL) ("SHFL" or the "Company") will showcase an array of new and proven product offerings during the 2013 Australasian Gaming Expo ("AGE") at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, August 13-15, 2013. Product demonstrations will be available at booth #1300.
"We're thrilled about our exceptional lineup at AGE this year, which will further display our continued commitment to offering our customers secure and profitable solutions, while attracting players with fun and exciting content," said Gavin Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer for SHFL. "We are confident that our unique product mix remains unmatched by any other gaming supplier and that is what allows us to cater to the needs of such a diverse group of customers."
SHFL's exhibit will feature products from four of its product categories – slot machines, electronic table systems, utility products, and proprietary table games.
SHFL will feature over 20 slot titles at AGE this year, further showcasing the depth and the diversity of its content portfolio and highlighting its continued success in the dynamic Australian marketplace. This year, the Company's focus with slot machines is not limited to new titles, but is expanded to include enhanced and unique new feature sets.
The new MultiDeluxe brings together a superior lineup of standalone progressives into one amazing package. MultiDeluxe is a four-level standalone progressive with an interactive second screen feature, showcasing three incredible games in one cabinet: 88 Fortunes, 5 Treasures, and the latest addition, Diamond Eternity. MultiDeluxe has been specifically designed for the competitive Australian market and for operators who are looking to maximize their gaming floor returns.
SHFL's Reelways feature launched just over a year ago and has been popular amongst players ever since. With no fixed pay lines, all symbols pay as scatters left to right, letting players experience more wins, more often. Dancing Drums and Golden Relics Kings Coins are the newest titles in the series and are the first games designed specifically for the five-cent market. The new GRAWR! Feature Plus and Gold Boom Feature Plus are Super Reelways games, which build upon this feature, offering an extra row of symbols that lead to more winning combinations, more jackpots, and more free games.
Introduced in March 2013 with Hero Jackpot Edition, the Block Pays series gets a boost with the launch of Mixteca and Royal Realm. Block Pays games offer prizes up to 250 times the bet when a "block" is formed anywhere on the reels. These new titles were created to broaden player interest in the Block Pays platform and each has its own unique free games feature.
Available on both line games and Reelways games, SHFL's All Up feature gives players the opportunity to improve the scorecard pays by buying "gold" symbols. Higher bet options offer more excitement by increasing the frequency of prizes.
Rounding out SHFL's robust slot display are Big Red Lantern, Royal Gold, Royal Garden, Epic Quest, Eastern Empire, Imperial Fortunes, Northern Buck, Kelly's Gold Deluxe, Jumpin' Pumpkin, Lotus Magic, Legend of the Lamp, and The Flintstones.
SHFL plans to showcase two multi-game e-Table offerings. Vegas Star Multi Game is a fully electronic platform allowing players to switch between sic bo, baccarat, and craps, while SHFL Fusion Hybrid Multi Game features a live dealer with sic bo, baccarat, or roulette as game options. Both platforms boast user-friendly, 22" widescreen electronic touchscreen betting terminals allowing for optimal flexibility, easy selection, and a stunning graphical display of gameplay and results. A new "Mystery Link" for Vegas Star will be featured at this year's AGE.
i-Table Roulette and i-Table Blackjack will be on display at SHFL's booth. i-Table Blackjack now features a bill validator, a printer for all cash-outs and the ability to interface with an operator's Slot Accounting System ("SAS") to provide financial metrics and produce tickets.
SHFL's newest card shuffler, the DeckMate 2 for poker, will be on prominent display at AGE and greatly improves upon its predecessor, the DeckMate, with an impressive shuffle time of 22 seconds and takes game security to a new level with SHFL's proven card recognition technology. Additionally, the DeckMate 2 features an innovative new shuffling method, an on-board timer, and a remote touchscreen display.
Also new to SHFL's utility lineup, the ChipStar roulette chip-sorting machine offers state-of-the-art technology to deliver an exceptionally smooth, efficient, and accurate chip sorting process.
Other utility offerings include the MD3 baccarat and blackjack shuffler and the one2six single- and multi-deck continuous shuffler.
Proprietary Table Games
Completing SHFL's AGE product showcase are several exciting new table game offerings. The newly launched Game Manager 2 progressive management system is a perfect example of how SHFL never stops innovating for its customers and improving the experience for players. A network-based system, Game Manager 2 takes progressive wagering to a whole new level by enabling both multilevel jackpots and fully configurable multiple reserve pools. Previously, players would only be eligible for one real-time incrementing jackpot per round.
Game Manager 2 will link multiple jackpots between Ultimate Texas Hold'em, a long-time player favorite in the Australian market, and Big Raise Stud Poker, SHFL's newest table game. In this five-card poker game, the player's three cards are combined with two community cards to make a five-card poker hand and a player can win with a pair of 6s or better. To add extra excitement to this game, a 3 Card Bonus side bet wager is available and wins if the player's three cards make a pair or better, regardless of the player choosing to play or fold.
Straight Edge Poker, also a new SHFL title, will make its debut at AGE. The object of this game is for the player to achieve a straight with more cards than the dealer. Straights may "wrap-around" the ace; for instance, Q-K-A-2-3 is a five-card straight. If the dealer and player have straights of equal length, the higher straight wins.
Completing the Company's specialty table games lineup is newcomer, Gold Jack, a game that combines baccarat and blackjack.
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About SHFL entertainment, Inc.
SHFL entertainment, Inc. is a leading global gaming supplier committed to making gaming more fun for players and more profitable for operators through product innovation, and superior quality and service. The Company operates in legalized gaming markets across the globe and provides state-of-the-art, value-add products in five distinct categories: Utility products, which include automatic card shufflers and roulette chip sorters; Proprietary Table Games, which includes live games, side bets and progressives; Electronic Table Systems, which include various e-Table game configurations; Electronic Gaming Machines, which include video slot machines; and newly introduced iGaming, which features online versions of SHFL's table games, social gaming, and mobile applications. The Company is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. Information about the Company and its products can be found on the Internet at www.SHFL.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.
Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements included in this release other than statements that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation: our anticipation that all of our products and game titles will be accepted in all of our markets, will be commercially successful and will be received and in-demand by casinos and their customers; our expectation that our existing products and game titles will continue to be successful and products and titles that are built around such products and game titles will have similar success; our strategy and ability to continue to focus on the Australian and Asian markets; our ability to continue to innovate and to exploit our technology, brands, and intellectual property across all of our product lines; our expectation that our products will perform as they are designed to do and to and will meet our profitability, performance and innovation expectations. Our beliefs, expectations, forecasts, objectives, anticipations, intentions and strategies regarding the future, including without limitation those concerning expected operating results, revenues and earnings are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from results contemplated by the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: unexpected changes in the market and economic conditions and reduced demand for or increased competition with SHFL's products; our inability to accurately gauge the commercial appeal of our products or our unanticipated inability to accomplish our innovation objectives or; increased infringement on SHFL's intellectual property or proprietary brands or claims of SHFL's infringement of other's intellectual property that would limit SHFL's ability to market or sell its products in a region or jurisdiction; unanticipated changes in the laws, rules or regulations governing gaming and the regulation of gaming in all markets.
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