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Virtual Evolution:
Software Provider Launches the Next Generation of Online Slots
by J. Phillip Vogel

More than reels will be spinning soon as Internet software provider Playtech unveils its newest line of virtual interactive slot machines. “Playtech’s new slot project will open the online market to a variety and quality of innovative slot machines rarely seen in virtual casinos today,” said Esther Abramowicz, Marketing Director for Playtech. “We are launching a mul-titude of feature-rich slots with a degree of graphics and designs that are unprecedented. Some of these slot machines are available in land-based casinos but we are the first supplier to bring such popular games to a virtual casino.”

Playtech, who first entered the online gaming industry in 1999, has pleased players and casino operators alike since the initial release of their software in late 2000. Their new software offers players the choice of entering the virtual casino doors instantly through their web browser or by quickly download-ing the free software program to their own computer (PC or Mac). The eagerly anticipated release demonstrates an even higher level of player participation through decision making, which translates to the most realistic gaming experience you can have without heading to a bricks-and-mortar casino.

“Most of Playtech’s newly added slot machines are inter-active and offer much more player input during the session of play, thus they are more exciting to the end user,” said Abramowicz. “In addition, some of them even offer bonus rounds enabling players to win relatively high stakes not often seen in non-progressive games, ranging from tens of dollars to as high as thousands of dollars.”

Playtech’s original slot selection offered a wide range of Internet mainstays such as three-reeled progressive slots like Safecracker and Magic Slots and five-reeled favorites like Diamond Valley and Fruit Mania. Their new project, however, features a higher level of variety, interactive capa-bility, and innovation for Slots, Video Poker and Blackjack. The new games include three and five-reel bonus stage slots and special multi-spin slots that allow players to decide how to continue playing by letting them hold certain reels. “The ‘hold’ feature has become very popular in the next generation land-based slot machines. We believe that they will draw as much attention online as they have in the land-based casinos,” said Abramowicz.

Despite these impressive additions to the software reper-toire, Playtech has no intention of resting on their laurels. “Our primary objective is to become the market leader in the online gaming software industry by offering cutting edge solutions to answer today’s needs. Our solutions will include all aspects of the gaming industry, ranging from casino games and bingo, to a jackpot network. Incorporated in a high end administration tool, our software solution aims to offer the casino manager a complete software package that would allow him to manage his online business with the same high standards expected from a land-based casino.”

These newly designed machines are avail-able on all Playtech casinos. To preview them go to: Playtech.

New Games
Playtech’s newest slot software includes:

3-Row Multi-Spin Slots:
• Goblins Cave
• Triple Profits

5-Row Multi-Spin Slots:
• Ocean Princess
• Tropic Reels

5-Reel Multi-Line Slots:
• 9-Line Captain’s Treasure
• 9-Line Highway Kings
• 9-Line Silver Bullet
• 5-Line Golden Tour

10-Line Jacks or Better Video Poker

25-Line Aces & Faces Video Poker

This story was first published in the October - November 2002 issue of Gambling Times Magazine.

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