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[ December 8, 2021 by EKG Awards Show 0 Comments ]

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Details for the 4th Annual EKG Slot Awards Show

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Details for the 4th Annual EKG Slot Awards Show

Event to be held on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, Dec 3, 2021 — Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) is excited to announce the details of the 4th Annual EKG Slot Awards Show. For the upcoming show, EKG has secured The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as the Platinum sponsor.  As the Platinum sponsor, The Cosmo will be hosting the event on February 24, 2022. Similar to prior year shows, there will be a cocktail hour prior to the main event, followed by the awards show dinner, and then capped off with an exclusive after party.

In addition, the EKG team is excited to announce that Brian Christopher has agreed to be the official host of the awards show.  Brian Christopher is the host of the gaming industry’s largest slot focused YouTube and Facebook channels. He travels the country weekly showcasing casinos and slot machines while hosting events for thousands of fans. He currently has over a million followers across social media.

Finally, EKG is proud to add the following new Board members to The EKG Slot Awards Show:

  • Gavin Isaacs – Gavin is currently on the Board of Directors of Galaxy Gaming Ltd and I.C. Intelligence LLC (Spotlight). He is also an advisor to Jackpocket, an online lottery app and to PureSoftware, a developer and talent source based in India. Gavin is also the Chairman of Altitude Acquisition Corporation (ALTU), a SPAC focused on Travel and Technology.  Gavin was previously a Board member of Draftkings Ltd, the Chairman of SBTech and before that was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Scientific Games.  Prior to Scientific Games, he was CEO of SHFL Entertainment and the EVP and COO of Bally Technologies.
  • Debi Nutton – Debi is a gaming consultant and executive coach. Most recently Debi assisted with the openings of Encore Boston Harbor and Resorts World Las Vegas.  Prior to that, Debi served as EVP of Casino Operations for Wynn Las Vegas.  Before joining Wynn, Debi held the position of Senior Vice President of Casino Operations at MGM Resorts.  In addition to her many executive roles, Debi was also named Top Corporate Fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Light the Night Walk in Southern Nevada in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  She is also a member of the G2E Advisory Board and serves as a mentor for Global Gaming Women.
  • Mike Gatten – Mike is the Corporate Senior Vice President of Slot Strategy for MGM Resorts International. Mike started his career at MGM Resorts International in 1996 at The Mirage as a Slot Club Representative and was quickly promoted to Assistant Slot Club Shift Supervisor.  Mike transferred to ARIA in January 2013 as the Vice President of Slot Operations & Marketing. He held this position until moving on to MGM Resorts International as the Corporate Vice President of Direct Marketing Strategy in April 2016. He led the department until his most recent promotion to Corporate Senior Vice President Slot Strategy.

Official nominees for all award categories will be announced in January 2022 along with inductees into The EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame Class of 2022.  Award winners will be announced at the show in February.  Additional information can be found at www.ekgslotawards.com .

Ticketing & Sponsorship Info

Please RSVP via e-mail to tnorton@ekgamingllc.com if you are interested in purchasing a ticket and/or table to this year’s event or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.

EKG Slot Awards Agenda:

Thursday, February 24, 2022

6:00pm – Cocktail Reception

7:00pm – Dinner and Networking

8:00pm – 9:30pm – Awards Show

9:30pm – 10:30pm – After Party

Attire:  Black Tie Attire Suggested

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor

 

The EKG Slot Awards

 The EKG Slot Awards Show is produced by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC and is designed to recognize excellence in slot machine game development within the casino gaming industry.

The EKG Slot Awards Categories

 The EKG Slot Award categories are determined by EKG principals and EKG Slot Awards Board of Advisors.  Individual award winners will be determined by utilizing a data-driven approach to include both proprietary game performance data as well as a survey of qualified slot managers for land-based categories.  For award categories where proprietary data is not available, the award winner will be solely determined by the survey responses.   For the Social Casino and iGaming segments, winners will be determined by a distinguished panel of industry experts combined with EKG proprietary data.

About Eilers & Krejcik Gaming:

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC is a boutique research and consulting firm focused on servicing the gaming equipment, interactive gaming, and sports betting sectors within the global gaming industry.  Our products and services primarily include market research, company research, and consulting and advisory services designed specifically for land based & online casino operators, equipment & technology suppliers, social gaming operators & suppliers, gaming regulators, and institutional investors. Additional information regarding our research products and advisory services can be obtained calling Todd Eilers at (949) 387-7701 or visiting our website at www.ekgamingllc.com .

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[ April 2, 2021 by EKG Awards Show 0 Comments ]

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Official Winners for the 3rd Annual EKG Slot Awards

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Winners for 2020 EKG Slot Awards

https://ekgslotawards.com

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, April 2, 2021 — Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) is proud to announce the individual winners for the 3rd Annual EKG Slot Awards. This event is produced by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC and is designed to recognize excellence in slot machine game development within the land-based casino gaming industry and interactive gaming sector. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, EKG did not host a live in-person event.  Instead, EKG announced award winners earlier this week via social media.

“On behalf of everyone at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, I would like to congratulate all of the individual award winners as well as this year’s Hall of Fame Class, said Todd Eilers, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC.  I would also like to thank our Board of Advisors, Official Voters, and our Event Sponsors.”

A complete listing of the winners for 2020 EKG Slot Awards is provided below.  The land-based category winners were determined by official voting from over 100 qualified slot directors representing over 300 casinos across the U.S. and Canadian markets and representing roughly 300,000 total slot machines.  For the Social Casino and iGaming segments, winners were determined by voting from a distinguished panel of social casino industry experts.

 

Land-based Awards – 2020

 

  1. Top Performing NEW Video Reel Core Game
  • Buffalo Chief – Aristocrat – 2020 Winner
  • Diamond Trails Safari Winnings – Konami
  • Drop & Lock – Deep Sea Magic – Scientific Games
  • Money Storm Classic Hits – IGT
  • Red Silk – AGS
  • Roller Wheel Jungle Roll – Incredible Technologies
  • Wicked Wheel Panda – Everi Holdings

 

2. Top Performing NEW Mechanical Reel Core Game

  • 3x Wild Diamonds – IGT
  • Dancing Drums Reels – Scientific Games – 2020 Winner
  • Jixing Gaozhao – Aristocrat
  • Triple Wild Dragon – Everi Holdings

 

3. Top Performing NEW Premium Game

  • All Aboard – Dynamite Dash – Konami
  • Cash Express Luxury Line Buffalo – Aristocrat – 2020 Winner
  • Fortune Coin Boost – IGT
  • Golden Wins Deluxe – AGS
  • Hong Kong Double Deluxe – Incredible Technologies
  • The Vault Egypt Gems – Everi Holdings
  • Willy Wonka – Everlasting Gobstopper – Scientific Games

 

4. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Core

  • A Star Curve – Ainsworth
  • Empire Flex – Everi Holdings – 2020 Winner
  • Infinity Summit – Incredible Technologies
  • Orion Curve – AGS
  • Twinstar Matrix – Scientific Games

 

5. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Premium

  • Dimension 49j – Konami
  • Infinity Pilot – Incredible Technologies
  • Mars X – Aristocrat – 2020 Winner
  • Orion Starwall – AGS
  • Peak Slant 49 – IGT
  • Twinstar J43 Motion Wheel – Scientific Games

 

6. Top Performing Core Video Reel Game

  • Buffalo Gold Revolution – Aristocrat – 2020 Winner
  • Dancing Drums – Scientific Games
  • Fortune Coin Free Games – IGT
  • Rakin Bacon – AGS
  • Super Charged 7’S – Quick Spin – Ainsworth
  • Wheel Of Prosperity Dragon – Aruze
  • Wicked Wheel Fire Phoenix – Everi Holdings

 

7. Top Performing Core Mechanical Reel Game

  • 88 Fortunes Diamond – Scientific Games
  • Buffalo Gold – Aristocrat
  • Cash Machine – Everi Holdings – 2020 Winner
  • Quick Hit Triple Blazing 7s Super Wheel – Scientific Games
  • Red Hot Tamales – IGT

 

8. Top Performing Premium Game

  • Colossal Diamonds – AGS
  • Dancing Drums Explosion – Scientific Games
  • Dragon Link – Happy And Prosperous – Aristocrat – 2020 Winner
  • Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes – Scientific Games
  • Lightning Link – High Stakes – Aristocrat
  • Smokin Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel – Everi Holdings
  • Wheel Of Fortune – Exotic Far East – Cash Link – IGT

 

9. Top Performing 3rd Party IP Branded Game

  • Game Of Thrones – Winter Is Here – Aristocrat
  • Smokin Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel – Everi Holdings – 2020 Winner
  • The Price Is Right – Triple Showcase Showdown – IGT
  • Wheel Of Fortune – Exotic Far East – Cash Link – IGT
  • Wizard Of Oz – Munchkinland – Scientific Games

 

10. Top Performing Proprietary Branded Game

  • All Aboard – Dynamite Dash – Konami
  • Crazy Money Deluxe – Incredible Technologies
  • Dollar Storm – Ninja Moon – Aristocrat
  • Dragon Link – Happy And Prosperous – Aristocrat – 2020 Winner
  • Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes – Scientific Games
  • The Vault Egypt Gems – Everi Holdings
  • Ultimate Fire Link – China Street – Scientific Games

 

11. Top Performing Electronic Table Game (ETG)

  • Baccarat – Interblock
  • Baccarat Maximum Fortune – Sega Sammy
  • Casino Wizard – Gaming Arts
  • Craps – Aruze
  • Fortune Cup – Konami
  • Roulette – Alfastreet
  • Roulette – IGT
  • Roulette – Interblock – 2020 Winner

 

12. Top Performing Video Poker game

  • All Star Poker 2 – IGT – 2020 Winner
  • GameKing – IGT
  • Match Card Draw Poker – Scientific Games
  • Super Star – IGT
  • Ultimate X – IGT
  • Winners World – Aristocrat

 

13. Top Performing Interactive Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM)/Skill

  • Bust-A-Move – Next Gaming
  • Cannon Beards Treasure – Gamblit Gaming – 2020 Winner
  • Sweet Spot Golf – Gameco

 

14. Top Performing Game from an Emerging Supplier

  • Dice Seekers Heroes and Villains – Gaming Arts – 2020 Winner
  • Flags of Fortune – Castle Hill
  • Fortune Feast – Bluberi
  • Fruit Jackpots Progressive – Lightning Gaming
  • Money Party Link Fruity Fruity – Novomatic
  • Wealth Rush Incredible Coins – Sega Sammy

 

15. Most Improved Supplier – Core

Everi – 2020 Winner

All Suppliers Considered

 

16. Most Improved Supplier – Premium

Aristocrat – 2020 Winner

All Suppliers Considered

 

17. Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content

Aristocrat – 2020 Winner

All Suppliers Considered

 

 

Social Casino Awards

18. Best Use of Land-Based Content in a Social Slot Game

  • 88 Fortunes featuring Scientific Games content – SciPlay
  • DoubleDown Casino featuring IGT content – published by Double Down Interactive – 2020 Winner
  • High 5 Casino featuring High 5 Games content – published by High 5 Games
  • Lightning Link featuring Aristocrat content – published by Product Madness

 

19. Top Social Casino Company

  • Aristocrat – 2020 Winner
  • Bole Games
  • Playtika
  • Zynga

 

iGaming Awards (Real-Money Online Gaming)

 20. Best New Online Slot

  • Extra Chili — Big Time Gaming – 2020 Winner
  • Fortune Coin — IGT
  • Hypernova Megaways — Reel Play
  • Rise Of The Mountain King — Scientific Games

 

21. Top Performing Online Slot

  • 88 Fortunes – SG Digital – 2020 Winner
  • Bonanza – Big Time Gaming
  • Cleopatra – IGT
  • Divine Fortune – NetEnt

 

Hall of Fame – Class of 2021

Hall of Fame Inductee                                                      Hall of Fame Inductee

                                                      

Game Development – Scott Olive                          Slot Operations – Charlie Lombardo

Highlight Video HERE                                                       Highlight Video HERE

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

              Hall of Fame                                                                        Hall of Fame

        Scott Olive Sponsor                                                      Charlie Lombardo Sponsor

                                      

 

Event Sponsors

                                                                                                       

                                                                

   Media Sponsor

 

 

About Eilers & Krejcik Gaming: Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC is a boutique research and consulting firm focused on servicing the gaming equipment, interactive gaming, and sports betting sectors within the global gaming industry.  Our products and services primarily include market research, company research, and consulting and advisory services designed specifically for land based & online casino operators, equipment & technology suppliers, social gaming operators & suppliers, gaming regulators, and institutional investors. Additional information regarding our research products and advisory services can be obtained calling Todd Eilers at (949) 387-7701, or visiting our website at www.ekgamingllc.com.

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[ March 3, 2021 by EKG Awards Show 0 Comments ]

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Official Nominees for the 3rd Annual EKG Slot Awards

Event will not be held in person this year, Winners to be announced via social media & press release

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, March 2, 2021 — Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) is excited to announce the official award category nominees for the 3rd Annual EKG Slot Awards. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we will not be hosting an in-person event.  Instead, EKG will be announcing the award winners in late March via social media and press release.

“After consulting with our Board of Advisors and Sponsors, we have made the tough decision to forgo a live event this year,” said Todd Eilers, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC.   “Nevertheless, we want to continue to recognize excellence in game development within the slot machine sector.  As always, the list of nominees is very impressive and includes some amazing new games.”

“Once again we will also recognize some of the leading social casino companies as well as some of the best real-money online slot games this year,” said Adam Krejcik, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC.

Sponsorship Info

Interested in our 2021 sponsorships for the 3rd Annual Slot Awards Show. Contact Tatum Norton at tnorton@ekgamingllc.com.

The EKG Slot Awards

The EKG Slot Awards Show is produced by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC and is designed to recognize excellence in slot machine game development within the casino gaming industry. More info and highlights from last year can be found at www.ekgslotawards.com

The EKG Slot Awards Categories

The EKG Slot Award categories are determined by EKG principals and EKG Slot Awards Board of Advisors.  Individual award winners will be determined by utilizing a data-driven approach to include both proprietary game performance data as well as a survey of qualified slot managers for land-based categories.  For award categories where proprietary data is not available, the award winner will be solely determined by the survey responses.   For the Social Casino and iGaming segments, winners will be determined by a distinguished panel of industry experts combined with EKG proprietary data.

A complete listing of the EKG Slot Awards categories is provided below.  All nominees are listed in alphabetical order.

Land-based Awards

1. Top Performing NEW Video Reel Core Game

  • Buffalo Chief – Aristocrat
  • Diamond Trails Safari Winnings – Konami
  • Drop & Lock – Deep Sea Magic – Scientific Games
  • Money Storm Classic Hits – IGT
  • Red Silk – AGS
  • Roller Wheel Jungle Roll – Incredible Technologies
  • Wicked Wheel Panda – Everi Holdings

2. Top Performing NEW Mechanical Reel Core Game

  • 3x Wild Diamonds – IGT
  • Dancing Drums Reels – Scientific Games
  • Jixing Gaozhao – Aristocrat
  • Triple Wild Dragon – Everi Holdings

3. Top Performing NEW Premium Game

  • All Aboard – Dynamite Dash – Konami
  • Cash Express Luxury Line Buffalo – Aristocrat
  • Fortune Coin Boost – IGT
  • Golden Wins Deluxe – AGS
  • Hong Kong Double Deluxe – Incredible Technologies
  • The Vault Egypt Gems – Everi Holdings
  • Willy Wonka – Everlasting Gobstopper – Scientific Games

4. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Core

  • A Star Curve – Ainsworth
  • Empire Flex – Everi Holdings
  • Infinity Summit – Incredible Technologies
  • Orion Curve – AGS
  • Twinstar Matrix – Scientific Games

5. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Premium

  • Dimension 49j – Konami
  • Infinity Pilot – Incredible Technologies
  • Mars X – Aristocrat
  • Orion Starwall – AGS
  • Peak Slant 49 – IGT
  • Twinstar J43 Motion Wheel – Scientific Games

6. Top Performing Core Video Reel Game

  • Buffalo Gold Revolution – Aristocrat
  • Dancing Drums – Scientific Games
  • Fortune Coin Free Games – IGT
  • Rakin Bacon – AGS
  • Super Charged 7’S – Quick Spin – Ainsworth
  • Wheel Of Prosperity Dragon – Aruze
  • Wicked Wheel Fire Phoenix – Everi Holdings

7. Top Performing Core Mechanical Reel Game

  • 88 Fortunes Diamond – Scientific Games
  • Buffalo Gold – Aristocrat
  • Cash Machine – Everi Holdings
  • Quick Hit Triple Blazing 7s Super Wheel – Scientific Games
  • Red Hot Tamales – IGT

8. Top Performing Premium Game

  • Colossal Diamonds – AGS
  • Dancing Drums Explosion – Scientific Games
  • Dragon Link – Happy And Prosperous – Aristocrat
  • Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes – Scientific Games
  • Lightning Link – High Stakes – Aristocrat
  • Smokin Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel – Everi Holdings
  • Wheel Of Fortune – Exotic Far EastCash Link – IGT

9. Top Performing 3rd Party IP Branded Game

  • Game Of Thrones – Winter Is Here – Aristocrat
  • Smokin Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel – Everi Holdings
  • The Price Is Right – Triple Showcase Showdown – IGT
  • Wheel Of Fortune – Exotic Far East – Cash Link – IGT
  • Wizard Of Oz – Munchkinland – Scientific Games

10. Top Performing Proprietary Branded Game

  • All Aboard – Dynamite Dash – Konami
  • Crazy Money Deluxe – Incredible Technologies
  • Dollar Storm – Ninja Moon – Aristocrat
  • Dragon Link – Happy And Prosperous – Aristocrat
  • Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes – Scientific Games
  • The Vault Egypt Gems – Everi Holdings
  • Ultimate Fire Link – China Street – Scientific Games

11. Top Performing Electronic Table Game (ETG)

  • Baccarat – Interblock
  • Baccarat Maximum Fortune – Sega Sammy
  • Casino Wizard – Gaming Arts
  • Craps – Aruze
  • Fortune Cup – Konami
  • Roulette – Alfastreet
  • Roulette – IGT
  • Roulette – Interblock

12. Top Performing Video Poker game

  • All Star Poker 2 – IGT
  • GameKing – IGT
  • Match Card Draw Poker – Scientific Games
  • Super Star – IGT
  • Ultimate X – IGT
  • Winners World – Aristocrat

13. Top Performing Interactive Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM)/Skill

  • Bust-A-Move – Next Gaming
  • Cannon Beards Treasure – Gamblit Gaming
  • Sweet Spot Golf – Gameco

14. Top Performing Game from an Emerging Supplier

  • Dice Seekers Heroes and Villains – Gaming Arts
  • Flags of Fortune – Castle Hill
  • Fortune Feast – Bluberi
  • Fruit Jackpots Progressive – Lightning Gaming
  • Money Party Link Fruity Fruity – Novomatic
  • Wealth Rush Incredible Coins – Sega Sammy

15. Most Improved Supplier – Core

  • All Suppliers Considered

16. Most Improved Supplier – Premium

  • All Suppliers Considered

17. Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content

  • All Suppliers Considered

Social Casino Awards

18. Best Use of Land-Based Content in a Social Slot Game

  • 88 Fortunes featuring Scientific Games content – SciPlay
  • DoubleDown Casino featuring IGT content – published by Double Down Interactive
  • High 5 Casino featuring High 5 Games content – published by High 5 Games
  • Lightning Link featuring Aristocrat content – published by Product Madness

19. Top Social Casino Company

  • Aristocrat
  • Bole Games
  • Playtika
  • Zynga

iGaming Awards (Real-Money Online Gaming)

20. Best New Online Slot

  • Extra Chili — Big Time Gaming
  • Hypernova Megaways — Reel Play
  • Fortune Coin — IGT
  • Rise Of The Mountain King — Scientific Games

21. Top Performing Online Slot

  • 88 Fortunes – SG Digital
  • Bonanza – Big Time Gaming
  • Cleopatra – IGT
  • Divine Fortune – NetEnt

Hall of Fame

The EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Hall of Fame Inductee – Game Development
  • Hall of Fame Inductee – Slot Operations

In Memoriam Recognition

About Eilers & Krejcik Gaming:
Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC is a boutique market research and consulting firm focused on servicing the gaming equipment, interactive gaming, and sports betting sectors within the global gaming industry.  Our products and services primarily include market research, company research, and consulting and advisory services designed specifically for land based & online casino operators, equipment & technology suppliers, social gaming operators & suppliers, gaming regulators, and institutional investors. Additional information regarding our research products and advisory services can be obtained calling Todd Eilers at (949) 387-7701, or visiting our website at www.ekgamingllc.com.