United Kingdom-based gaming equipment maker TCS John Huxley Ltd has added baccarat to its Blaze LED surface technology product range. Blaze Baccarat joins the firm’s existing range of Blaze products which includes “Roulette”, “Sic Bo”, “Money Wheel” and “Craps”.
“Baccarat is one of the biggest games in Asia, so it made sense for us to develop Blaze for baccarat,” said Mark Howell, TCS John Huxley’s head of sales for Asia Pacific. “The reason we do Blaze is because it adds a unique element of style and elegance to the [gaming] table and enhances players’ gaming experience.”
The Blaze Baccarat product was displayed at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia 2019, held at the Venetian Macao casino resort from May 21 to 23.
“This is a first prototype. We have a number of projects that will go ahead quite soon in the Philippines, Singapore and other markets shortly after,” Mr Howell said in comments to GGRAsia, referring to deployment of the product. “There is also a lot of interest from the Macau market, and we’re currently developing it for specific customers,” he added.
According to the company, the introduction of Blaze Baccarat “brings a new and exciting twist” to the traditional game of baccarat by incorporating what it terms “game attract animations” patented by the company, that can also function to highlight player wins. TCS John Huxley said additionally that its Blaze product increased security for operators and assisted dealers in terms of game accuracy.
The new baccarat product will help the company expand its footprint in Asia, which it says already includes “thousands” of Blaze units across several markets. “Our product is robust, it performs well, and players are used to and happy with our technology, particularly the Asian customer,” said Mr Howell.
TCS John Huxley also unveiled at this year’s G2E Asia its eight-player Qorex carousel product. It is available via either the 23-inch or 27-inch version of the firm’s Qorex electronic gaming terminal and incorporates 65-inch overhead screens. The carousel units can be customised to include features attractive to players in Asian markets stated the company.
“Qorex is a very interesting and exciting product for us. TCS John Huxley has been in the live gaming space for many, many decades and in more recent years we started providing much more advanced technology and systems into the market,” explained Mr Howell. “In terms of electronic table games, it was a natural progression for us to move into that space, and this product offers some unique features,” he added.
TCS John Huxley says the carousel format offers operators “extreme flexibility” and can be built around automated devices which include the “Saturn Auto Roulette” wheel, or the firm’s baccarat based-game of Gameball. In addition, players can also choose from multiple games of live roulette and baccarat linked with live-camera feeds from around the gaming floor.
TCS John Huxley also showcased two new additions to its Ora range of displays, which incorporate surveillance cameras and information on minimum and maximum bets. The displays are double sided and available in either landscape or portrait format, and can be supplied in a variety of screen sizes.
“We like to be different and offer our customers something new and exciting, and tailored to their needs,” said Mr Howell. “The real point is the pairing of our software with the displays, and that’s to create unique functionalities that the casino requests,” he added.
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