Electronic casino table game supplier Interblock DD is showcasing its newest product, called “Roulette Diamond Station”, at the MGS Entertainment Show 2017, a three-day gaming trade show held in Macau. Michael Hu (pictured), the firm’s vice president for Asia, says the company expects the new product to be in demand in Asian markets, especially those where live gaming is not allowed.
The electronic gaming product – which was first showcased at the Australasian Gaming Expo in August – allows players to control the launch of the roulette ball and the speed of the play. This product is already available in some casino properties in Australia, the executive said.
“At the moment, most of the slot machines are multi-terminals – eight, 10, or more than that. But we want to create something that is [played] individual, and allows people to play based on their own preferences,” Mr Hu told GGRAsia.
“We have the push button [for players] to control the launch of the ball, so it gives a lot of flexibility to players. It is also like a slot machine, so it can be adapted to the slot market as well,” he added.
Mr Hu believes this new product can really appeal to the Asian market.
“This is very good for the market where live gaming is not allowed. If they have live roulette tables, usually they don’t have much interest in this machine. For markets like Vietnam, where most of the gaming venues provide e-gaming, this [product] is good for that,” the Interblock executive explained.
At the exhibition floor, Interblock has also showcased the “Big Six” lucky wheel, a product that the firm is supplying to the Philippines and is looking to expand the installed base in the Macau market, Mr Hu noted. The Big Six lucky wheel – where players can play the wheel at both sides of it – has already been installed in Wynn Palace in October, he said.
“Usually the big [lucky] wheels are installed against the wall, which you can play at one side only. So [Big Six] can maximise the game set-up,” Mr Hu said.
“Very importantly, we can make this game [Big Six] into a multi-game stadium set-up. In a stadium format, people usually do baccarat, roulette, and sic-bo; but we can do money wheel. We are the only company that can do this,” he added.
Mr Hu additionally said that his firm would be signing three more agreements to install the firm’s electronic table games (ETG) in casinos in Vietnam and the Philippines in the coming months.
Interblock announced on Monday that the Jeju Sun Hotel and Casino had signed a deal to install some of the company’s ETG products. The installation will consist of a 26-seat Diamond Stadium composed of a live baccarat dealer table, automated roulette and automated sic-bo generators, according to a company press release.
The casino will also deploy Interblock’s organic product line on its casino floor, including Organic Roulette with eight seats and Organic Sic Bo with eight seats, according to the release.
Mr Hu said that the firm deployed about 1,000 gaming machines in Asia this year – a figure that he expects to grow in 2018.
“Now we are walking on two legs: we used to only sell; now, we can do selling [of ETG products], leasing, revenue share – we can do whatever suits any particular market,” Mr Hu said.
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