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Q & A on Class II Gaming Machines


Q: What makes Class II machines different from Class III machines (slots)?
A: Class II machines are inherently different from Class III devices in that the terminal is a technological aid to the playing of bingo. Players compete against each other in a bingo game as opposed to playing against the machine in Class III. The bingo game itself is powered by an independent system, with the machines functioning as terminals for bingo play. Players view the bingo game at the Reel Touch 15-inch touchscreen LCD, while its 19-inch video monitor subsequently displays a graphical representation of the bingo game's outcome.
Q: What do you think the future of Class II machines is?
A: There are approximately 30,000 devices currently operating in pure Class II jurisdictions.  We believe there are replacement and expansion opportunities in those markets, and there may be opportunities in new markets. Our products will be competitive in markets that are Class II.
This technology may also be used in jurisdictions that allow charity gaming (depending on technical specifications) and, with some modification, in jurisdictions that permit lottery-based games such as those used by Washington tribes and New York racetracks. A good example is the facility at Victoryland Racetrack in Alabama where over 300 IGT central determination platform games are currently operating.
Q: Do you believe Class II machines will take business away from traditional bingo?
A: It may, in the way table games have had to share the casino floor with Class III slots. However, these new products will certainly bring more excitement and entertainment value to the properties that offer them to players. This means more business and, as a result, casinos will be able to invest in their facilities, offering hotels, restaurants and entertainment. Tribal economic development will occur in the manner anticipated by Congress in passing the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) in 1988. Having said all this, there will always be a demand for traditional bingo at tribal gaming facilities.
Q: What Class II gaming machines does IGT offer?
A: IGT offers 15 themes on its Reel Touch Bingo series including Wheel of Fortune®, Enchanted Unicorn®, Lucky Larry's Lobstermania, Used Cars, Cleopatra®, TABASCO®, Beetle Bailey, SPAM, Red White & Blue®, Double Diamond®, Money Storm®, Phone Tag®, Ghost Island, Money Mansion, and Catch A Wave® . Many more are on the way.
Q: What makes your machines stand out from your competitors' machines?
A: IGT Reel Touch Bingo devices come equipped with:

  • EZ Pay ticket-in, ticket-out technology
  • SAS 6.0 slot accounting software that communicates seamlessly with most player tracking software systems
  • Acres Lucky Coin bonusing that brings player comps to a new level
  • Multi-Denomination progressive is the first of its kind with no max bet required to play for a progressive prize
  • A full-color, full-motion LCD display offers player interaction
  • The formidable IGT library of game themes is only available on Reel Touch Bingo; Wheel of Fortune® is offered in the first wave of proven themes
  • Enhanced sound package
  • Regional service centers and remote service technicians offer training and maintenance in addition to technical support 24/7

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