Kewadin Casinos added 142 slot machine between all five of its gaming floors this month in the largest addition of slot machines in over a year. “This month has been very busy for our department at all sites with the installation of new participation games, brand new slot cabinets and the conversion of coin slot machines to Ticket-In-Ticket-Out machines,” said Kewadin Casino Slot Director Dave Kucharczyk.
Multiple game types –including some of the most recent additions in the slot field - were added with this latest upgrade. “When we go to gaming shows, we get a sneak peak at the latest games in gaming industry before they are even on any casino floor and are able to look around the corner from today into tomorrow to give our customers the very best,” said Kucharczyk. This includes new game types like the ones installed this past month which include Twilight Zone® Duo and Sex and the City and Elvis™ at Kewadin Christmas; THE PRICE IS RIGHT® PLINKO® slot machine, Wheel of Fortune® Triple Extreme Spin and Twilight Zone® Duo at Kewadin Manistique; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation™, Sherlock Holmes™, Outback Jack™, Crazy Taxi™, Beverly Hillbillies™, American Idol™, Judge Judy™, Reel em In Greatest Catch™, and Monopoly Legends™ at Kewadin Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace; and KISS®, CHEERS ™, The Mummy ™, Cash Express Gold Class™, Game Field Emerald City™, Game Field Haunted Forest™, at Kewadin Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Manistique and Christmas Kewadin locations.
All of the above games are participation slot machines and among some of the most popular with casino goers. “At Kewadin we work hard to be innovative and forward thinking to bring our customers the latest in gaming technology, and a wide variety of gaming choices for our guests,” said Kucharczyk.
In addition to the new slot types and brands, Kewadin’s slot staff maintains a solid mix of games including customer favorites. Some of the most well known entertainment-related brands include The Lord of the Rings™, Wheel of Fortune® and Wizard of Oz™ . Most of these well known slot brands are what’s known as a progressive slot machine. This type of game is networked within casinos and even between multiple casinos so players have a chance to win large jackpots based on the number of machines in the network. With progressive machines, the jackpot continues to grow as more people play the machine until somebody hits the winning symbols for the top award.
Enhancing the slot experience
There are many factors that are discussed when choosing a slot machine and many extras that can be incorporated into a new themed game at a facility, such as the slot cabinet. In April, the Blade™ and Game Field™” cabinets were installed at all of our Kewadin properties. “These cabinets are much more comfortable for the player and are the latest in slot cabinets,” said Kucharczyk. The new slot cabinets seamlessly integrates cutting-edge cabinet design, an amazingly fast CPU-NXT®3 processor and superior content to deliver a game-changing player experience.
Another enhancement for players is the installation or conversion of a coin slot machine to a Ticket-In-Ticket-Out (TITO) slot machine. Since 2004, Kewadin has worked to convert as many slot machines as possible to a TITO system. This coinless slot machine form of gaming is one that all major players in the gaming industry are working towards. With TITO machines, gaming customers insert cash to play the slot machine. When the player is ready to cash out, a ticket will be issued instead of receiving coin. This ticket can be taken to another “Ticket In – Ticket Out” slot machine to be inserted for play or they can turn it into the casino cage for cash. Currently, the casinos gaming floor is 77% converted to TITO slot machines.
In addition to slot machines, new "My Poker" games were installed at Kewadin Sault Ste. Marie & St. Ignace. The My Poker Multi-Game Poker product combines player-popular themes with better pay tables, optional Feature Bet games, Player’s Life® Web Services enabled personalization and a custom-built poker button panel with better sight lines, maximized visibility and superior padding.
For more information on Kewadin’s five casinos, visit www.kewadin.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Kewadin Casinos with locations in Sault Ste. Marie, St. Ignace, Hessel, Manistique and Christmas offers over 86,000 square feet of gaming space which includes just over 2,200 slot machines and 50 table games.