IGT Signs Agreement for sbX™ Tier One System at Barona Resort and Casino in San Diego, Calif.

IGT and Barona Casino continue to lead innovation with Server-Based gaming

Sep 23, 2010, 09:00 ET from IGT

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT), a global leader in creating the games players love and network systems that improve the player experience, announced today that it has signed a sbX™ Tier One agreement with Barona Resort and Casino located in San Diego, Calif.

"IGT is excited to continue our working relationship with Barona Resort and Casino. sbX™ products have added a new way for them to continue delivering the highest level of customer service that their casino is known for throughout the industry," said Ron Rivera, IGT senior vice president of North America sales.

"The sbX™ Tier One system offers casinos, like Barona, a series of server-based gaming solutions to manage their slot machine floors," said Rivera.

The Tier One Package includes sbX™ Floor Manager and is available on IGT's AVP® machine models. sbX™ Floor Manager allows access to the industry's largest Game-to-System game library and lets operators reconfigure a casino floor with the touch of a button. As part of Barona's Tier One Package, sbX™ Floor Manager is live on 100 machines at Barona and the casino has more than 200 games to choose from in the IGT Game Library, with new games released monthly.

"With the addition of sbX™, we at Barona have an advantage over our competition because we have the ability to quickly identify and adapt to our guests' needs. We may see our guests choosing one type of game over another and, with sbX™, we can quickly change directions on game types to meet their demands. With Tier One, we are not dependant on the next mail delivery to configure a new, hot game – it is simply a matter of scheduling a few minutes in the server room to adapt our games to the ever-changing preferences of our guests," said Chuck Hickey, vice president of slot operations at Barona Resort and Casino.

Barona Casino has been a pilot site for the sbX™ Tier One system. As such, the property served as a test site for the server-based gaming and management system technology.  Barona has chosen to convert from a pilot site because of the flexible game and management functionality the system provides.

As the industry's first GSA-compliant server-based solution, sbX™ was designed to operate on a floor-wide network, connecting multiple manufacturer's games to create a seamless experience for the player and a more cost-effective floor management solution for operators. IGT has brought sbX™ to market with an emphasis on interoperability.

sbX™ is currently installed at ARIA at CityCenter and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino and will be installed at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Also in the US, the sbX™ Tier One package is currently installed at Ameristar St. Charles Casino Resort, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Colusa Casino, FireKeepers Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, Motor City Casino Hotel, IP Biloxi Casino Resort, and The Orleans Hotel and Casino. And on an international scale, sbX™ is installed at Casino d'Evian in France and Grand Casino Helsinki in Finland, as well as Casino de la Vallee and Casino di Venezia in Italy.

About IGT

International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products worldwide. More information about IGT is available at www.IGT.com.

About Barona Resort & Casino

Barona Resort & Casino blends the best of San Diego's leading resorts with the gaming excitement of Las Vegas. LEED™ Gold Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, Barona is San Diego's leading destination resort featuring 400 guest rooms and suites all with beautiful views of the Barona Valley, a variety of award-winning dining options, 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 Resort & Casino reservations and information, visit www.barona.com, or call toll free 888-7-BARONA (722-7662). You can also join Barona on Facebook, Twitter and the Barona Casino blog.