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Radical New Slot Machine Is Coming

31 August 2004

Just when you thought innovative, interactive slot machine play had reached its technological zenith, leave it to the gambling world's most flamboyant business personality to tease us with a provocative announcement.

Steve Wynn, the man single-handedly responsible for transforming the Las Vegas Strip into a mega-resort landscape, said at a meeting of the Nevada Gaming Commission in Carson City last month that he and a partner are developing a "rather radical new machine that is quite a breakaway thing".

As reported by Thomas J. Walsh of the Reno-Gazette Journal, when asked after the meeting for details about the new slot, Wynn responded by saying "I can't talk about it. It's a secret."

Wynn is developing the new slot machine in conjunction with his Japanese partner, Kazuo Okada, chairman and president of the Tokyo based Aruze Corporation, which also is partnering with Wynn on his $2.4 billion resort project currently under construction on the Las Vegas Strip.

Okada owns the Universal Distributing Company of Nevada (UDN) which also has a plant in Japan that reportedly is bigger than United States based slot machine developer and manufacturer International Game Technology.

The new slot machine has been dubbed the "Wynn Machine". Wynn himself said: "I'm interested in a machine that says 'Wynn' and that makes everybody else say 'wow'."

UDN's website says the company distributes gaming devices in more than 40 countries using "distinct amusement elements of the Japanese pachislot tradition into casino gaming machine designs, game liquid crystal display computer graphics, character design and animation".

Wynn doubts his radical new concept will be ready for the opening of his new mega-resort next year because the machine will have to be tested by the Nevada gaming control board and commission.

Poker News: Ben Affleck became the first movie star to win a major poker tournament when he pocketed $356,400 for capturing Commerce Casino's California State Poker Championship on June 20. Affleck bested a field of 90 players for the $10,000 buy-in event that also brought out Tobey Maguire. The victory earned Affleck a $25,000 seat in the World Poker Tour Championship to be held next April at the Bellagio in Las Vegas which will be covered by The Travel Channel. Commerce Casino in Commerce, California, is the largest poker casino in the world with more than 200 tables.

Harrah's Entertainment reports that the recently concluded World Series of Poker, which was held at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Las Vegas, attracted a total prize pool of $49 million, a new poker tournament world record. The original field of 2,576 players paid $10,000 each to participate in the championship event. ESPN had 14 cameras focused on the last day of action which saw Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, a corporate patent attorney from Stonington, Connecticut, win the final pot of the night, a whopping $25 million in chips, to earn the $5 million first prize, the largest prize in poker tournament history.

John G. Brokopp

John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insider’s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.

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John G. Brokopp
John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insider’s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.

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