Dublin: are the craics beginning to show?
Let’s be completely honest – the attraction of the Dublin show is not only in the opportunity to do business. Companies have stayed loyal to the exhibition because it provides good value for money, it’s not too hard to get to and it is a chance to get together for a couple of great nights out.
Often I have heard exhibitors explain that they will have pre-sold most of the stock on their stands before attending so that they can kill two birds with one stone. It is certainly common knowledge that a lot of the business is conducted in the bar and why not? After the large, formal London shows, Dublin is cozy and familiar.
This year, however, the bar seemed a little empty (at least until Happy Hour) and the show appeared quieter than normal.
The Dublin show is split up into two clear camps, there is the amusement product and then there is casino-style slot machine product. The archaic legislation that covers gaming has led to a self-regulated environment, which seems to work for all concerned. Gaming legislation is still in the process of being passed, however, it is difficult to say whether this will give the sector a boost or lead to interference with the status quo…
On the first afternoon of the show there was an Irish Gaming Legislation Update, which informed visitors on the situation, including some information on the changes to stakes and prizes of slot machines, as well as the classification of licences and facilities.
Of the amusement machine companies who attended, there was AMG Leisure who brought three of their exclusive products; Balloon Buster and Toyzone Crane from LAI Games and Fruit Mania Delux from UNIS.
Brent Sales showed a snapshot of their extensive range of machines with Ball Spectacular, Drop the Hook and Pac Man Bowling from the Namco stable. Sno Cross and Dirty Driving from Raw Thrills were also on show. In addition, there was a wide range of prizes and plush from Namco Prize Europe, including the 18inch Pac-Man plush and the new NAM-GEAR mobile phone that is expected to do extremely well for Easter. These products are available through Brent Electronics.
Crown Direct showed a number of amusement machines including Sega’s Doodle Jump and the Key Master SWP. In addition, the company showed the popular Candy Floss Vendor from Intermatic.
Harry Levy Amusements are long-time supporters of AMEX and the company showed the exciting Temple Run Video redemption game, which is based on the No. 1 App. Micky Kennedy says it has been performing extremely well in its first two sites at Butlins and Pontins. The company also showed the popular redemption game, Pull My Finger, as well as the hammer game Snakes n Ladders.
Gary Newman was at the show for JNC Sales with a range of the company’s new and used machines including a giant submarine kiddie ride (pictured with Gary). “The big size and the small price of this immersive ride has made it a huge hit for us,” he said. “We have already sold 80 units of this and we also have high hopes for a new Jetski ride.”
Novelty World Ltd showed its range of soft toys, capsules, bouncy balls and tattoos. Tobyco Ltd. based in Ireland also had a wide range of arcade equipment, including cranes, video, cue sports and bowling supplies. Baize Craft, from County Antrim also showed a wide range of cue sports equipment.
On the gaming side, the picture was more international with Apex Gaming from Austria showing a range of games and cabinet options with the Pinnacle 22inch upright games machine for sale and the Dual Slim Line and 19inch Slant Top available for rent or sale. The company was also promoting a new profit-share scheme.
Carnaby Gaming Machines are specialists in the Irish market and this year showed Data Providence, its full loyalty, SMS-promotion and Player Tracking System.
DLV from Latvia has gained a good market share in Ireland in recent years. “Ireland is a very good market for us and the show is really worthwhile,” said the company’s Kai Prengel. On show was the new game series Jewel Jackpot with a mystery progressive jackpot system. Also on show were the Gauya Quest and Diamond Games premium multigames.
Seeben from Belgium has been supplying pre-used slot machines to the Irish market for over 50 years. The company showed some of its current range of quality used machines at the show.
Another Belgian company who attended the show was DR Gaming Technology which specialises in cashless payment systems. Using the DRGT system it is possible to connect all slot machines, even old ones to a cashless ticket-in, ticket-out system.
Genesis Games were back again this year at AMEX and showed its latest cabinet design and game compendiums. The Amatic 27inch Grand-Arc sit-down and the 22inch Performer upright multigames were the stars of the stand.
John Purcell, one of the joint organisers of the show raised a few eyebrows with his own stand featuring a number of different machines for the casino, arcade, bingo and lottery sectors. John Farringdon of Cashpoint drew our attention to an innovative little retro wall-mounted SWP game called Bullet Coin which is ideal for pubs. Players insert a euro coin and then flip it up to try and catch it in one of four cups. If they succeed they get a small payout and if not the coin joins a queue that snakes down the playfield.
Hazel Electronics featured the Site Manager machine management system from JCA Systems. There were a couple of new features launched at the Irish show, including a progressive jackpot system which is extremely well priced for the Irish market. It can be applied to a row of machines or an entire site and can also be used to display loyalty points accrued on the Site Manager loyalty system. Also launched at AMEX is a Cashless system using the same smart card as the popular loyalty system, again offering superb value.
Wexel Gaming’s Chris Shipley was showcasing the company’s latest Bingo Link technology and a range of electronic solutions including handheld wireless devices.
Jukeboxes were represented by Sound Leisure in association with Automatic Amusements. A Soundwave and a V-Hub featuring the latest technology were on display. Alastair Tevendale was on hand to show the new V-Hub customer interface and explain the many new features, including DanceMe.
Finally, on the cash handling front, Cummins Allison was showing its exciting new IFX range of cash counters. The amazing 9-pocket I400 is configurable depending on available space and can be placed on a desktop and yet can take any number of notes of any denomination. The I100 even scans serial numbers as it counts and is opening up new markets for Cummins.
Scan Coin Ireland showed its versatile heavy duty SC8200 note sorter which counts and authenticates single or mixed denominations. Also on the stand is the Perconta Sortovit MS 7 a high-speed coin sorter at a low price.
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