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Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Winners for 2nd Annual EKG Slot Awards Show

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Winners for 2nd Annual EKG Slot Awards Show

Event held on February 27th at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, March 4, 2020 — Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) is proud to announce the category winners for the 2nd Annual EKG Slot Awards. This event was produced by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC and was designed to recognize excellence in slot machine game development within the land-based casino gaming industry and interactive gaming sector. All category winners were announced on February 27th at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

“On behalf of everyone at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, I would like to thank all award nominees for participating in the 2nd Annual EKG Slot Awards”, said Todd Eilers, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC. “I would also like to thank our Board of Advisors, Official Voters, VIPs, and our Event Sponsors.” It was a great night celebrating excellence in the slot sector with approximately 210 executives in attendance from all the major gaming equipment suppliers as well as several of theindustry’s largest casino operators and key media representatives.

The land-based category winners for the 2nd annual EKG Slot Awards were determined by the official voting from over 150 qualified slot managers and slot directors representing over 300 casinos across the U.S. and Canadian markets and representing roughly 350,000 total slot machines. For the Social Casino and iGaming segments, winners were determined by voting from a distinguished panel of industry experts. A complete listing of the winners for the 2nd annual EKG Slot Awards is provided on the following page.

Link to Event Photos

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s5gzhut6jmqe528/AABtvFXsf4xbQHFsDteXPAq3a?dl=0

Land-based Awards
1. Top Performing Core Video Reel Game

Buffalo Gold – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Dancing Drums – Scientific Games
Fate Of The 8 Power Wheel – Incredible Technologies
Fortune Coin – IGT
Fu Nan Fu Nu – AGS
Selexion – Konami
Super Charged 7’S – Quick Spin – Ainsworth

2. Top Performing Core Mechanical Reel Game

88 Fortunes – Scientific Games – 2019 WINNER
Black Diamond – Everi
Quick Hit Triple Blazing 7s Super Wheel – Scientific Games
Red Hot Tamales – IGT
Triple Double Diamonds Free Games – IGT

3. Top Performing Premium Game

Buffalo Diamond – Aristocrat
Dragon Link – Happy And Prosperous – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes  – Scientific Games
Smokin Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel – Everi
Wheel of Fortune: Exotic Far East – IGT

4. Top Performing NEW Video Reel Core Game

Buffalo Gold Revolution – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Coin O Mania – IGT
Fu Dai Lian Lian Dragon – Aristocrat
Fu Dao Le Riches – Scientific Games
Griffins Throne – IGT
Heidi & Hannahs Bier Haus – Scientific Games
Money Ball Inferno – Everi
Multiplay Super Charged 7s – Ainsworth
Rakin Bacon – AGS
Treasure Ball – Lion Carnival – Konami

5. Top Performing NEW Mechanical Reel Core Game

Cash Flurry – Aristocrat
Cash Machine – Everi – 2019 WINNER
Cash Flurry – Aristocrat
Easy Riches – Everi
Triple Double Diamond Progressive Free Games – IGT

6. Top Performing NEW Premium Game

Buffalo Diamond – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Dancing Drums ExplosionCasino Royal – Scientific Games
Farmville – Aristocrat
Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes Sparkle – Scientific Games
Shark Week – Jaws Of Steel – Everi
Wheel Of Fortune – Exotic Far East – Cash Link:

7. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Core

Infinity Summit – Incredible Technologies
Kx 43 – Konami
Mars X – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Muso Curve 43– Aruze
Orion Slant – AGS
Twinstar Wave Xl– Scientific Games

8. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Premium

Crystalcurve True 4D – IGT
Edge X – Aristocrat
Empire 5527 – Everi
Flame 55 – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Infinity Pilot – Incredible Technologies
Twinstar Wave Xl – Scientific Games

9. Top Performing 3rd Party IP Branded Game

Farmville– Aristocrat
James Bond: Casino Royal – Scientific Games
Shark Week – Jaws of Steel – Everi – 2019 WINNER
Tarzan– Aristocrat
Wheel of Fortune – Triple Gold Gold Spin – IGT

10. Top Performing Proprietary Branded Game

Buffalo Diamond– Aristocrat
Colossal Diamonds – AGS
Crazy Money Deluxe– Incredible Technologies
Dragon Link – Happy And Prosperous – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Fortune Gong Phoenix – IGT
Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes – Scientific Games
Lightning Link – Aristocrat
Ultimate Fire Link: By the Bay – Scientific Games

11. Top Performing Electronic Table Game (ETG)

Interblock – Roulette – 2019 WINNER
IGT – Roulette
Aruze – Craps
Interblock – Baccarat
Alfastreet – Roulette
Scientific Games – Blackjack
Scientific Games – Roulette

12. Top Performing Video Poker game

All Star Poker 2 – IGT
Double Double Match Card Draw Poker – Scientific Games
Ultimate X – IGT – 2019 WINNER
Winners World Multigame – Aristocrat

13. Top Performing Interactive Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM)

GemFlux!Gamblit – 2019 WINNER

MahJong – Synergy Blue

Multiplayer Arena – GameCo

Running Rich Reels – Competition Interactive

14. Most Improved Supplier – Core Sponsored by Gaming Analytics

IGT – 2019 WINNER

All Suppliers Considered

15. Most Improved Supplier – Premium

Everi – 2019 WINNER

All Suppliers Considered

16. Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content

Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER

All Suppliers Considered

Social Casino Awards
17. Best New Social Casino Game

Cash Frenzy Slots Casino – Bole Games
Double Win Casino Slots – Avid.ly
Game of Thrones Slots CasinoZynga – 2019 WINNER
Tycoon Casino – Vegas Slots – Triwin Games
Video Poker by Pokerist – KamaGames

18.Most Innovative Social Slot Game

Huuuge Games – Huuuge Casino
Scatter SlotsMurka – 2019 WINNER
POP! Slots – PlayStudios
MONOPOLY Slots – SciPlay
Game of Throne Slots Casino – Zynga

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

Cashman Casino featuring Aristocrat content (published by Product Madness)
DoubleDown Casino featuring IGT content (published by Double Down Interactive)
High 5 Casino featuring High 5 Games content (published by High 5 Games)
Jackpot Party Casino featuring SciGames content – SciPlay
my KONAMI featuring Konami content (published by PlayStudios) – 2018 WINNER

20. Top Social Casino Company – Sponsored by Aarki

Aristocrat
Bole Games
Huuuge Games
PlayStudios
Playtika
SciPlay – 2019 WINNER

iGaming Awards (Real-Money Online Gaming)
21. Best Overall Supplier of Online Table Games

Evolution – 2019 WINNER
IGT
NetEnt

22. Best New Online Slot

Fu Nan Fu Nu– AGS
Goldstruck – High 5 Games
Halloween Jack – NetEnt
Jin Ji Bao Xi Endless Treasures – Scientific Games
Quick Hit Ultra Pays Sun DragonScientific Games – 2019 WINNER
Star Watch Fire – Konami
Wolf Ridge – IGT

23. Top Performing Online Slot

88 FortunesScientific Games – 2019 WINNER
Black Diamond – Everi
Bonanza Megaway’s – Big Time Gaming
Cleopatra – IGT
Divine Fortune – NetEnt
Maximus Soldier of Rome – Inspired
Merlin’s Millions Superbet – NextGen Gaming

2019 Hall of Fame Inductee

Ernie Moody

Thank you to our sponsors

Platinum

Cocktail Reception

Silver

After Party

Single Awards

Media

The EKG Slot Awards – Land Based Casino Advisory Board

Skyelar Perkins – is Corporate Senior Director of Slot Operations for the Choctaw Casinos & Resorts. Skyelar oversees the slot operations across 22 individual properties in southeastern Oklahoma totaling approximately 10,000 slot machines. The Choctaw’s flagship property is located in Durant,OK and has 4,300 slot machines and is one of the largest casinos in North America.

Mike Laubach – is the Corporate VP of Slot Operations for Boyd Gaming Corporation. Mike oversees the slot operations for 29 individual properties across 10 different states totaling 38,000 slot machines. Boyd Gaming is one of the largest casino operators in the world in terms of both revenue and number of slot machines installed.

Roger Pettersson – is the Vice President of Corporate Slot Operations for Red Rock Resorts. Roger oversees the slot operations across 21 individual casinos with roughly 22,000 slot machines. Station Casinos (or now called Red Rock Resorts) is the largest Las Vegas based local’s casino operator inthe state of Nevada.

Todd Eilers – is a Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, where he is responsible for leading all market research and consulting services related to the Gaming Equipment & Technology sector within thecasino gaming industry. Todd created the gaming industry’s largest slot survey tracking industrydemand and market share trends and is one of the leading voices in the Gaming Equipment sector.

Marcus Prater – Currently serves as Executive Director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), a non-profit trade organization comprised of the world top gaming industry suppliers whose mission is to further the interests of its members throughout the world.

Dan Cherry – is the Corporate Vice President of Gaming for Penn National Gaming. Dan oversees the gaming operations across 40 individual casinos with roughly 50,000 slot machines. Penn National Gaming is one of the largest casino operators in the world in terms of both revenue and number of slot machines installed.

Rick Eckert – Currently serves as Managing Director – Slot Performance & Analytics at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming. Prior to joining EKG, Mr. Eckert worked at Wynn Resorts as Manager of Slot Administration, Analytics, and Operations, where he was recognized as “Manager of the Year” in 2016. Mr. Eckertpreviously worked for MGM Resorts International as a Slot Analyst at Luxor, Excalibur, and thenBellagio upon completing the company’s leadership development program.

Ron Nesbitt – is the Corporate VP of Gaming at Wind Creek Hospitality. Ron oversees all gaming activities at a corporate level for Wind Creek Hospitality, which is the principal gaming and hospitality entity of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Wind Creek owns and operates six casino properties in Alabama, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and the Caribbean totaling approximately 10,000 slot machines. Prior to joining Wind Creek, Mr. Nesbitt held various operational roles within Caesars Entertainment over a seventeen year period.

The EKG Slot Awards – Interactive Gaming Advisory Board

Lior Shiff – is an entrepreneur and active investor in early stage companies. He is currently the Co- Founder & CEO and of Tripledot Studios, a mobile game studio based in London. Previously he was the Co-founder and CEO of Product Madness, a leading social casino company that was sold to Aristocrat.

Brett Nowak – is the Founder & CEO of Liquid & Grit, a leading provider of product insight and business intelligence reports for the social casino gaming industry. Previously he worked at Zynga as a Lead Product Manager and Blue Shell Games as a Director of Product.

Niko Vuori – is a proven entrepreneur with a passion for consumer products and technology. He is currently the Founder & CEO of Drivetime, which is developing next generation of interactive entertainment for drivers. He was previously Co-Founder & COO of Rocket Games, a social casino company that was sold to Penn National Gaming in 2016.

Lloyd Melnick – is a Gaming industry veteran with over 20 years of experience. He is currently Director of StarsPlay (The Stars Group), where he is responsible for building and leading social casino, slots, and poker products. He has previously worked for Zynga, Spooky Cool Labs, and The Walt Disney Company.

Adam Krejcik – is a Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, where he is responsible for leading all research and consulting services related to the interactive gaming industry. He has become one of the leading voices in the social casino industry and his quarterly research reports have become the gold standard.

Kirsten Bond – General Manager, Gamesys. Ms. Bond has been in online gambling sector for nearly 20 years, joining Gamesys in 2008. Gamesys operates one of NJ’s first legal online casino’s, VirginCasino.com, as well as managed services for fellow operators from Gamesys’ s New Jerseyoffice.

Chris Grove – is Managing Director of Sports Betting & Emerging Verticals for Eilers & Krejcik Gaming. Grove is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on the subject of the U.S. regulated sports betting landscape. His insights and research regarding the sports betting industry have been quoted in hundreds of articles, including outlets such as Bloomberg, ESPN, Forbes, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Dermot S. Smurfit – brings deep operational & management experience in Internet gaming through his years in GAN together with his M&A, strategic advisory and private equity financing experience in the gaming technology space. Dermot is a qualified UK attorney specialized in corporate finance.In 2012 Dermot was identified among the Internet gaming Industry’s ‘Top10 Supplier Superstars’ byspecialist Industry publication Gaming Intelligence.

Thomas Winter – is SVP and General Manager of Online Gaming of Golden Nugget, the award winning, US number 1 online gaming operator. Prior to that, Winter served as CEO of Betclic, a major European online sports betting brand, helping the business grow organically 10 folds to $200m revenues over 3 years. He was also responsible for Expekt.com, which he merged with Betclic. Prior to joining Betclic, he spent 9 years in the Telco and Sports Media industries, notably as a Marketing and Sales Director. Thomas Winter holds an MBA from ESSEC business school in Paris.

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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Ernie Moody to be inducted into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame

Ernie Moody to be inducted into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame 

Ceremony to be held on Thursday, Feb 27th at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, February 7, 2020 – Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC (EKG) is proud to announce that Ernie Moody will be inducted into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame. Ernie will be honored at the 2nd Annual EKG Slot Awards show held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Thursday, February 27th.

“When you think about video poker, Ernie Moody is the first person that comes to mind given his substantial contributions to the gaming industry and specifically the video poker segment of the casino floor,” said Todd Eilers, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC. “We are very excited and honored to induct Ernie into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame.”

Ernie Moody was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1948 and attended the University of Colorado. After college, Ernie became a stockbroker and he started several businesses including an ice cream shop, pizza restaurant, and an amusement arcade.   Ernie eventually made his way into the Gaming industry when he led an investor group that opened the Gilpin Casino in Blackhawk, Colorado in 1991.

Although starting out on the operator side, Ernie would ultimately make his mark on the gaming industry with the invention of the patented concept of “multi-hand poker” and the ultimate creation of a video poker game called Triple Play Poker in 1995.   After promoting the game for nearly two years, Ernie reached an agreement with IGT to distribute the game in 1997. The game was an instant hit from the start and was a key product in IGT’s portfolio of games for many years with many games still on casino floors today.

In addition to Triple Play Poker, Ernie also invented several additional video poker games over the years including: Five Play Poker, Spin Poker, Super Times Pay Poker, Ultimate X Poker, All-Star Poker, Super-Star Poker and dozens of other unique titles. Ernie’s inventions and products revolutionized the casino floor and the gaming industry.

Ernie Moody will be inducted into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame during the 2nd annual EKG Slot Awards, which will be held on February 27, 2020 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In the coming days our Media Sponsor for the EKG Slot Awards, Fantini Research, will publish an in-depth profile of Ernie and his career in the gaming industry.

EKG Slot Awards Agenda:

Thursday, February 27, 2020

6:00pm – Cocktail Reception

7:00pm – Dinner and Networking

8:00pm – 9:30pm – Awards Show

9:30pm – 10:30pm – After Party

Ticket and Sponsor Info:

Please contact via e-mail to tnorton@ekgamingllc.com if you are interested in attending the EKG Slot Awards Show and/or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.

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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Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Official Nominees for the 2nd Annual EKG Slot Awards Show

Event to be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, Dec 9, 2019— Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) is excited to announce the award categories for the 2ndAnnual EKG Slot Awards including new categories for the interactive sector.  In addition to announcing award categories, EKG has also secured several key sponsors for the event. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a Platinum sponsor and is hosting the event.  Macquarie Capital is sponsoring the pre-event Cocktail Reception and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufactures (AGEM) is a Sliver sponsor.   Finally, we note that both Fantini Research and Global Gaming Business (GGB) are Media Sponsors for this year’s event.   

 

Ticketing & Sponsorship Info

 

Please RSVP via e-mail to tnorton@ekgamingllc.comif 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 27, 2020

 

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

 

Land-based Awards
1. Top Performing Core Video Reel Game

Buffalo Gold – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Dancing Drums – Scientific Games
Fate Of The 8 Power Wheel – Incredible Technologies
Fortune Coin – IGT
Fu Nan Fu Nu – AGS
Selexion – Konami
Super Charged 7’S – Quick Spin – Ainsworth

2. Top Performing Core Mechanical Reel Game

88 Fortunes – Scientific Games – 2019 WINNER
Black Diamond – Everi
Quick Hit Triple Blazing 7s Super Wheel – Scientific Games
Red Hot Tamales – IGT
Triple Double Diamonds Free Games – IGT

3. Top Performing Premium Game

Buffalo Diamond – Aristocrat
Dragon Link – Happy And Prosperous – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes  – Scientific Games
Smokin Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel – Everi
Wheel of Fortune: Exotic Far East – IGT

4. Top Performing NEW Video Reel Core Game

Buffalo Gold Revolution – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Coin O Mania – IGT
Fu Dai Lian Lian Dragon – Aristocrat
Fu Dao Le Riches – Scientific Games
Griffins Throne – IGT
Heidi & Hannahs Bier Haus – Scientific Games
Money Ball Inferno – Everi
Multiplay Super Charged 7s – Ainsworth
Rakin Bacon – AGS
Treasure Ball – Lion Carnival – Konami

5. Top Performing NEW Mechanical Reel Core Game

Cash Flurry – Aristocrat
Cash Machine – Everi – 2019 WINNER
Cash Flurry – Aristocrat
Easy Riches – Everi
Triple Double Diamond Progressive Free Games – IGT

6. Top Performing NEW Premium Game

Buffalo Diamond – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Dancing Drums ExplosionCasino Royal – Scientific Games
Farmville – Aristocrat
Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes Sparkle – Scientific Games
Shark Week – Jaws Of Steel – Everi
Wheel Of Fortune – Exotic Far East – Cash Link:

7. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Core

Infinity Summit – Incredible Technologies
Kx 43 – Konami
Mars X – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Muso Curve 43– Aruze
Orion Slant – AGS
Twinstar Wave Xl– Scientific Games

8. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Premium

Crystalcurve True 4D – IGT
Edge X – Aristocrat
Empire 5527 – Everi
Flame 55 – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Infinity Pilot – Incredible Technologies
Twinstar Wave Xl – Scientific Games

9. Top Performing 3rd Party IP Branded Game

Farmville– Aristocrat
James Bond: Casino Royal – Scientific Games
Shark Week – Jaws of Steel – Everi – 2019 WINNER
Tarzan– Aristocrat
Wheel of Fortune – Triple Gold Gold Spin – IGT

10. Top Performing Proprietary Branded Game

Buffalo Diamond– Aristocrat
Colossal Diamonds – AGS
Crazy Money Deluxe– Incredible Technologies
Dragon Link – Happy And Prosperous – Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER
Fortune Gong Phoenix – IGT
Jin Ji Bao Xi – Rising Fortunes – Scientific Games
Lightning Link – Aristocrat
Ultimate Fire Link: By the Bay – Scientific Games

11. Top Performing Electronic Table Game (ETG)

Interblock – Roulette – 2019 WINNER
IGT – Roulette
Aruze – Craps
Interblock – Baccarat
Alfastreet – Roulette
Scientific Games – Blackjack
Scientific Games – Roulette

12. Top Performing Video Poker game

All Star Poker 2 – IGT
Double Double Match Card Draw Poker – Scientific Games
Ultimate X – IGT – 2019 WINNER
Winners World Multigame – Aristocrat

13. Top Performing Interactive Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM)

GemFlux!Gamblit – 2019 WINNER

MahJong – Synergy Blue

Multiplayer Arena – GameCo

Running Rich Reels – Competition Interactive

14. Most Improved Supplier – Core Sponsored by Gaming Analytics

IGT – 2019 WINNER

All Suppliers Considered

15. Most Improved Supplier – Premium

Everi – 2019 WINNER

All Suppliers Considered

16. Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content

Aristocrat – 2019 WINNER

All Suppliers Considered

Social Casino Awards
17. Best New Social Casino Game

Cash Frenzy Slots Casino – Bole Games
Double Win Casino Slots – Avid.ly
Game of Thrones Slots CasinoZynga – 2019 WINNER
Tycoon Casino – Vegas Slots – Triwin Games
Video Poker by Pokerist – KamaGames

18.Most Innovative Social Slot Game

Huuuge Games – Huuuge Casino
Scatter SlotsMurka – 2019 WINNER
POP! Slots – PlayStudios
MONOPOLY Slots – SciPlay
Game of Throne Slots Casino – Zynga

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

Cashman Casino featuring Aristocrat content (published by Product Madness)
DoubleDown Casino featuring IGT content (published by Double Down Interactive)
High 5 Casino featuring High 5 Games content (published by High 5 Games)
Jackpot Party Casino featuring SciGames content – SciPlay
my KONAMI featuring Konami content (published by PlayStudios) – 2018 WINNER

20. Top Social Casino Company – Sponsored by Aarki

Aristocrat
Bole Games
Huuuge Games
PlayStudios
Playtika
SciPlay – 2019 WINNER

iGaming Awards (Real-Money Online Gaming)
21. Best Overall Supplier of Online Table Games

Evolution – 2019 WINNER
IGT
NetEnt

22. Best New Online Slot

Fu Nan Fu Nu– AGS
Goldstruck – High 5 Games
Halloween Jack – NetEnt
Jin Ji Bao Xi Endless Treasures – Scientific Games
Quick Hit Ultra Pays Sun DragonScientific Games – 2019 WINNER
Star Watch Fire – Konami
Wolf Ridge – IGT

23. Top Performing Online Slot

88 FortunesScientific Games – 2019 WINNER
Black Diamond – Everi
Bonanza Megaway’s – Big Time Gaming
Cleopatra – IGT
Divine Fortune – NetEnt
Maximus Soldier of Rome – Inspired
Merlin’s Millions Superbet – NextGen Gaming

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Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Winners For 1st Annual EKG Slot Awards Show

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Winners for 1st Annual EKG Slot Awards Show

Event held on February 28th at The Bellagio in Las Vegas

 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, March 4, 2019 — Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) is proud to announce the category winners for the 1stAnnual EKG Slot Awards. This event was 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 social casino sector.  All category winners were announced on February 28th at the Bellagio casino and hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“On behalf of everyone at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, I would like to thank all award nominees for participating in the 1st Annual EKG Slot Awards, said Todd Eilers, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC.  I would also like to thank our Board of Advisors, Official Voters, VIPs, and our Event Sponsors, Macquarie Capital and Fantini Research.” It was a great night with approximately 200 executives from all the major gaming equipment suppliers as well as several of the industry’s largest casino operators and key media representatives.

The land-based category winners for the 1st annual EKG Slot Awards were determined by the official voting from over 100 qualified slot managers and 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 segment, winners were determined by voting from a distinguished panel of social casino industry experts.  A complete listing of the winners for the 1st annual EKG Slot Awards is provided on the following page.

 

Event Photos

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Land-based Awards

  1. Top Performing Core Video Reel Game
  • 88 Fortunes – Scientific Games
  • Buffalo Gold – Aristocrat
  • China Shores – Konami
  • Dancing Drums – Scientific Games – WINNER
  • Fu Dao Le – Scientific Games
  • Fu Nan Fu Nu – AGS
  • Wonder 4 – Aristocrat

 

  1. Top Performing Core Mechanical Reel Game
  • 88 Fortunes – Scientific Games – 2018 WINNER
  • Blazing 7’s – Scientific Games
  • Gold Bar 7’s – IGT
  • Red Hot Tamales – IGT
  • Triple Double Diamond – IGT
  • Wild Wild Gems – Everi
  • Triple Red Hot 7s Free Games – IGT

 

  1. Top Performing Premium Game
  • Buffalo Grand – Aristocrat
  • Dragon Link – Aristocrat – 2018 WINNER
  • Lightning Link – Aristocrat
  • Monopoly Millionaire – Scientific Games
  • Wheel of Fortune: Double Diamond – IGT
  • Willy Wonka World Of Wonka – Scientific Games

 

  1. Top Performing NEW Video Reel Core Game
  • Dancing Foo – Aristocrat
  • Double Blessings – Scientific Games
  • Fate of the 8 Power Wheel – Incredible Technologies
  • Scarab – IGT
  • Star Watch Magma – Konami
  • Super Charged 7’s Quick Spin – Ainsworth
  • Wonder 4 Boost – Aristocrat – 2018 WINNER

 

  1. Top Performing NEW Mechanical Reel Core Game
  • Diamond Jewels 2x3x4x5x – Aristocrat
  • Dragons Luck – Everi
  • Easy Riches – Everi
  • Quick Hit Triple Blazing 7s Super Wheel – Scientific Games – 2018 WINNER
  • Triple Double Diamond Progressive Free Games – IGT
  1. Top Performing NEW Premium Game
  • Dragon Link: Happy and Prosperous – Aristocrat – 2018 WINNER
  • James Bond: Casino Royal – Scientific Games
  • Lightning Zap – Everi
  • Solstice Celebration Triple Sparkle – Konami
  • Timber Wolf Grand – Aristocrat
  • Ultimate Fire Link: China Street – Scientific Games
  • Wheel of Fortune: Triple Gold Gold Spin – IGT

 

  1. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Core
  • Concerto Crescent – Konami
  • CrystalDual 27 – IGT
  • Helix Xt – Aristocrat
  • Infinity V55 – Incredible Technologies
  • Twinstar J43 – Scientific Games – 2018 WINNER

 

  1. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Premium
  • Concerto Opus – Konami
  • Gamefield 2.0 – Scientific Games
  • MegaTower – IGT – 2018 WINNER
  • Relm XL – Aristocrat
  • Twinstar V75 – Scientific Games

 

  1. Top Performing 3rd Party IP Branded Game
  • James Bond: Casino Royal – Scientific Games
  • Gentlemen prefer Blondes: Starring Marilyn Monroe – IGT
  • Monopoly Hot Shot – Scientific Games
  • Tarzan King of The Jungle – Aristocrat
  • Wheel of Fortune Triple Red Hot 7s Gold Spin – IGT – 2018 WINNER

 

  1. Top Performing Proprietary Branded Game
  • Buffalo Grand – Aristocrat
  • Colossal Diamonds – AGS
  • Dragon Link – Aristocrat – 2018 WINNER
  • Lightning Link – Aristocrat
  • Money Rain Deluxe – Incredible Technologies
  • Riches with Daikoku Triple Sparkle – Konami
  • Ultimate Fire Link: China Street – Scientific Games

 

  1. Top Performing Electronic Table Game (ETG)
  • Interblock – Roulette – 2018 WINNER
  • IGT – Roulette
  • Aruze – Craps
  • Interblock – Baccarat
  • Alfastreet – Roulette
  • Scientific Games – Prism Lightning Launch Roulette
  • Scientific Games – Fusion Blackjack

 

  1. Top Performing Video Poker game
  • All Star Poker 2 – IGT
  • GameKing – IGT
  • Match Card Draw Poker – Scientific Games
  • Super Star – IGT
  • Ultimate X – IGT – 2018 WINNER

 

  1. Top Performing Skill game
  • Match 3Volution – Gamblit – 2018 WINNER
  • Nothin’ but Net 2 – GameCo
  • Lucky Karts – Synergy Blue
  • Beat Square – Konami

 

  1. Most Improved Supplier – Core
  • AGS – 2018 WINNER
  • All Suppliers Considered

 

  1. Most Improved Supplier – Premium
  • Aristocrat – 2018 WINNER
  • All Suppliers Considered

 

  1. Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content
  • Aristocrat – 2018 WINNER
  • All Suppliers Considered

 

Social Casino Awards

  1. Best New Social Slot Game
  • Confetti Casino – Fort Mason Games
  • Lightning Link – Product Madness/Aristocrat – 2018 WINNER
  • MONOPOLY Slots – Scientific Games
  • Royal Charm Slots – PlayStudios

 

  1. Best Use of Land-Based Content in a Social Slot Game
  • DoubleDown Casino featuring IGT content (published by Double Down Interactive)
  • Heart of Vegas featuring Aristocrat content (published by Product Madness)
  • High 5 Casino featuring High 5 Games content (published by High 5 Games)
  • Jackpot Party Casino featuring SciGames content – Scientific Games – 2018 WINNER
  • my KONAMI featuring Konami content (published by PlayStudios)

 

  1. Most Innovative Social Slot Game
  • Huuuge Casino – Huuuge Games
  • MONOPOLY Slots – Scientific Games
  • POP! Slots – PlayStudios – 2018 WINNER
  • Scatter Slots – Murka
  • Willy Wonka Slots – Zynga

 

  1. Best B2B Social Slot Company
  • AGS
  • GAN – 2018 WINNER
  • Greentube / Novomatic
  • Ruby Seven Studios
  • Scientific Games

 

  1. Top Social Casino Company
  • Aristocrat
  • Huuuge Games
  • Playtika – 2018 WINNER
  • PlayStudios
  • Scientific Games

 

EKG Hall of Fame

  • Joe Kaminkow – 2018 Inductee

 

The EKG Slot Awards – Land Based Casino Advisory Board

Skyelar Perkins – is Senior Director of Slot Operations for the Choctaw Casinos & Resorts.  Skyelar oversees the slot operations across 22 individual properties in Southeastern Oklahoma totaling approximately 10,000 slot machines.  The Choctaw’s flagship property is located in Durant, OK and has 4,300 slot machines and is one of the largest casinos in North America.

 

Mike Laubach – is the Corporate VP of Slot Operations for Boyd Gaming Corporation.  Mike oversees the slot operations for 29 individual properties across 10 different states totaling 38,000 slot machines.  Boyd Gaming is one of the largest casino operators in the world in terms of both revenue and number of slot machines installed.

 

Roger Pettersson – is the Vice President of Corporate Slot Operations for Station Casinos.   Roger oversees the slot operations across 21 individual casinos with roughly 22,000 slot machines.  Station Casinos (or now called Red Rock Resorts) is the largest Las Vegas based locals casino operator in the state of Nevada.

 

Todd Eilers – is a principle at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, where he is responsible for leading all research and consulting services related to the Gaming Equipment & Technology sector within the casino gaming industry.  Todd created the gaming industry’s largest slot survey tracking industry demand and market share trends and is one of the leading voices in the Gaming Equipment sector.

 

The EKG Slot Awards – Social Casino Advisory Board

Lior Shiff – is an entrepreneur and active investor in early stage companies. He is currently the Co-Founder & CEO and of Tripledot Studios, a mobile game studio based in London. Previously he was the Co-founder and CEO of Product Madness, a leading social casino company that was sold to Aristocrat.

 

Brett Nowak – is the Founder & CEO of Liquid & Grit, a leading provider of product insight and business intelligence reports for the social casino gaming industry. Previously he worked at Zynga as a Lead Product Manager and Blue Shell Games as a Director of Product.

 

Niko Vuori –  is a proven entrepreneur with a passion for consumer products and technology. He is currently the Founder & CEO of Drivetime, which is developing next generation of interactive entertainment for drivers. He was previously Co-Founder & COO of Rocket Games, a social casino company that was sold to Penn National Gaming in 2016.

 

Lloyd Melnick – is a Gaming industry veteran with over 20 years of experience. He is currently Director of StarsPlay (The Stars Group), where he is responsible for building and leading social casino, slots, and poker products. He has previously worked for Zynga, Spooky Cool Labs, and The Walt Disney Company.

 

Adam Krejcik – is a principle at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, where he is responsible for leading all research and consulting services related to the interactive gaming industry. He has become one of the leading voices in the social casino industry and his quarterly research reports have become the gold standard.

 

Thank you to our Sponsors

 

  

About Macquarie Capital

Macquarie Capital is the advisory, capital markets and principal investment arm of Macquarie Group. Macquarie Capital provides strategic M&A and capital raising advice as well as partnering with clients by investing capital into their projects and companies. Globally Macquarie Capital focuses on six core sectors: infrastructure, utilities and renewables; real estate; telecommunications, media, entertainment and technology; resources; industrials; and financial institutions.

 

About Fantini Research

Fantini Research publishes e-dailies and information services for investment professionals and corporate executives. Fantini also performs research projects on request and offers an advisory service, Gaming Investment Research.  Additional information regarding Fantini research products and services can be obtained calling Ashley Diem at 302-730-3793, or visiting the company’s website at www.fantiniresearch.com.

 

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 .

Recent News
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Joe Kaminkow To Be Inducted Into The EKG Slot Awards Hall Of Fame

Ceremony to be held on Thursday, Feb 28th at the Bellagio in Las Vegas

 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, February 7, 2019 – Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC (EKG) is proud to announce the first ever Inductee to the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame, Joe Kaminkow.  Joe will be honored at the 1st Annual EKG Slot Awards show held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on Thursday, February 28th.

“When we thought of who should be the first inductee into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame, it was a clear choice, Joe Kaminkow,“ said Todd Eilers, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC.  “Joe has consistently been one of the top game developers in the land-based gaming industry and most recently has created some of the industry’s top social casino games.  We are very excited to have him be our first inductee into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame.”

Joe Kaminkow began his career in gaming in the early 1980s creating video games and pinball machines for Williams Electronics. Seeing a growth opportunity in pinball games, Joe co-founded Data East Pinball in 1986.  Joe was able to leverage his natural talent at securing licenses to create some of the most successful pinball games including RoboCop, Back to the Future, The Simpsons, among many others and the company was eventually acquired by SEGA.

After his time at SEGA, Joe moved to Reno, NV and joined IGT where he began developing slot machines.  While at IGT Joe revolutionized the slot industry with his use of licensed titles and exceptional game design skills.  Many of the games Joe created are still on casinos floors today including mega hits Wheel of Fortune, Sex and the City, and The Price is Right.  During his time at IGT, Joe was named one of the “Top 10 Most Influential People in the History of Slots”.

Joe then left IGT in 2012 to found Spooky Cool Labs, which created social casino games for the emerging social casino market.  Once again Joe utilized a key brand, the Wizard of Oz to create a hit social casino game. Spooky Cool was eventually sold to Zynga and Joe currently remains employed by Zynga and continues to develop social games based on beloved brands like Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Harry Potter.  In addition to his work at Zynga in the social casino sector, Joe also serves as Senior Advisor for one of the world’s largest casino game manufacturers, Aristocrat Technologies.  While at Aristocrat Joe has continued to develop highly successful branded games like Britney Spears, Game of Thrones and Big Bang Theory.

Joe Kaminkow will be inducted into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame during the 1st annual EKG Slot Awards, which will be held on February 28, 2019 at the Bellagio Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.  In the coming days our official Media Sponsor for the EKG Slot Awards, Fantini Research, will publish an in-depth profile of Joe and his career in the gaming industry.

Ticket and Sponsor Info:

Please contact via e-mail to tnorton@ekgamingllc.com if you are interested in attending the EKG Slot Awards Show and/or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.

EKG Slot Awards Agenda:

Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00pm – Cocktail Reception
7:00pm – Dinner and Networking
8:00pm – 9:30pm – Awards Show
Attire:  Black Tie Attire Optional

Existing Sponsors

 

         

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 .

Recent News
[ March 23, 2020 by EKG Awards Show 0 Comments ]

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming Announces Nominees For 1st Annual EKG Slot Awards Show

Event to be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at The Bellagio in Las Vegas

 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, Jan 23, 2019— Eilers & Krejcik Gaming (EKG) is excited to announce the nominees for the 1stAnnual EKG Slot Awards. This event is being produced by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC and is designed to recognize excellence in slot machine game development within the casino gaming industry.  In addition to announcing the nominees, EKG has also secured its first two sponsors for the event. Fantini Research will be the exclusive Media Sponsor for the EKG Slot Awards Show and Macquarie Capital will be the exclusive Cocktail Reception Sponsor.

“We are very excited to announce the official nominees for the 1stannual EKG Slot Awards and to secure our first two sponsors for the event”, said Todd Eilers, Principal at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC.  “The list of nominees is very impressive and includes some of the best new games we’ve seen in quite some time.  We look forward to hosting fun and exciting event to honor and recognize the winners in each category.”

Ticketing & Sponsorship Info

Please RSVP via e-mail to tnorton@ekgamingllc.comif 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 28, 2019
6:00pm – Cocktail Reception
7:00pm – Dinner and Networking
8:00pm – 9:30pm – Awards Show
Attire:  Black Tie Attire Optional

Thank you to our Sponsors

 

         

 

The EKG Slot Awards Categories

The EKG Slot Award categories for 2018 were determined by EKG principals and 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 awards where proprietary data is not available, the award winner will be solely determined by the survey responses.   For the Social Casino segment, winners will be determined by a distinguished panel of social casino industry experts as well as our proprietary Social Casino database.

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

 

Land-based Awards

  1. Top Performing Core Video Reel Game
  • 88 Fortunes– Scientific Games
  • Buffalo Gold– Aristocrat
  • China Shores– Konami
  • Dancing Drums– Scientific Games
  • Fu Dao Le– Scientific Games
  • Fu Nan Fu Nu– AGS
  • Wonder 4– Aristocrat
  1. Top Performing Core Mechanical Reel Game
  • 88 Fortunes– Scientific Games
  • Blazing 7’s– Scientific Games
  • Gold Bar 7’s– IGT
  • Red Hot Tamales– IGT
  • Triple Double Diamond – IGT
  • Wild Wild Gems– Everi
  • Triple Red Hot 7s Free Games– IGT
  1. Top Performing Premium Game
  • Buffalo Grand– Aristocrat
  • Dragon Link– Aristocrat
  • Lightning Link– Aristocrat
  • Monopoly Millionaire– Scientific Games
  • Wheel of Fortune: Double Diamond– IGT
  • Willy Wonka World Of Wonka– Scientific Games
  1. Top Performing NEW Video Reel Core Game
  • Dancing Foo– Aristocrat
  • Double Blessings – Scientific Games
  • Fate of the 8 Power Wheel– Incredible Technologies
  • Scarab– IGT
  • Star Watch Magma– Konami
  • Super Charged 7’s Quick Spin– Ainsworth
  • Wonder 4 Boost– Aristocrat
  1. Top Performing NEW Mechanical Reel Core Game
  • Diamond Jewels 2x3x4x5x– Aristocrat
  • Dragons Luck– Everi
  • Easy Riches– Everi
  • Quick Hit Triple Blazing 7s Super Wheel– Scientific Games
  • Triple Double Diamond Progressive Free Games– IGT
  1. Top Performing NEW Premium Game
  • Dragon Link: Happy and Prosperous– Aristocrat
  • James Bond: Casino Royal– Scientific Games
  • Lightning Zap– Everi
  • Solstice Celebration TripleSparkle– Konami
  • Timber Wolf Grand– Aristocrat
  • Ultimate Fire Link: China Street– Scientific Games
  • Wheel of Fortune: Triple Gold Gold Spin– IGT
  1. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Core
  • Concerto Crescent – Konami
  • CrystalDual 27 – IGT
  • Helix Xt – Aristocrat
  • Infinity V55 – Incredible Technologies
  • Twinstar J43 – Scientific Games
  1. Top Performing NEW Cabinet – Premium
  • Concerto Opus – Konami
  • Gamefield 2.0 – Scientific Games
  • MegaTower – IGT
  • Relm XL – Aristocrat
  • Twinstar V75 – Scientific Games
  1. Top Performing 3rdParty IP Branded Game
  • James Bond: Casino Royal– Scientific Games
  • Gentlemen prefer Blondes: Starring Marilyn Monroe– IGT
  • Monopoly Hot Shot– Scientific Games
  • Tarzan King of The Jungle– Aristocrat
  • Wheel of Fortune Triple Red Hot 7s Gold Spin– IGT
  1. Top Performing Proprietary Branded Game
  • Buffalo Grand– Aristocrat
  • Colossal Diamonds– AGS
  • Dragon Link– Aristocrat
  • Lightning Link– Aristocrat
  • Money Rain Deluxe – Incredible Technologies
  • Riches with Daikoku Triple Sparkle– Konami
  • Ultimate Fire Link: China Street– Scientific Games
  1. Top Performing Electronic Table Game (ETG)
  • Interblock – Roulette
  • IGT – Roulette
  • Aruze – Craps
  • Interblock – Baccarat
  • Alfastreet – Roulette
  • Scientific Games – Prism Lightning Launch Roulette
  • Scientific Games – Fusion Blackjack
  1. Top Performing Video Poker game
  • All Star Poker 2 – IGT
  • GameKing– IGT
  • Match Card Draw Poker– Scientific Games
  • Super Star– IGT
  • Ultimate X– IGT
  1. Top Performing Skill game
  • Match 3Volution– Gamblit
  • Nothin’ but Net 2– GameCo
  • Lucky Karts– Synergy Blue
  • Beat Square– Konami
  1. Most Improved Supplier – Core
  • All Suppliers Considered
  1. Most Improved Supplier – Premium
  • All Suppliers Considered
  1. Best Overall Supplier of Slot Content
  • All Suppliers Considered

 

Social Casino Awards

  1. Best New Social Slot Game
  • Confetti Casino– Fort Mason Games
  • Lightning Link– Product Madness/Aristocrat
  • MONOPOLY Slots– Scientific Games
  • Royal Charm Slots– PlayStudios
  1. Best Use of Land-Based Content in a Social Slot Game
  • DoubleDown Casinofeaturing IGT content (published by Double Down Interactive)
  • Heart of Vegasfeaturing Aristocrat content (published by Product Madness)
  • High 5 Casinofeaturing High 5 Games content (published by High 5 Games)
  • Jackpot Party Casinofeaturing SciGames content (published by Scientific Games)
  • my KONAMIfeaturing Konami content (published by PlayStudios)
  1. Most Innovative Social Slot Game
  • Huuuge Casino– Huuuge Games
  • MONOPOLY Slots– Scientific Games
  • POP! Slots– PlayStudios
  • Scatter Slots– Murka
  • Willy Wonka Slots– Zynga
  1. Best B2B Social Slot Company
  • AGS
  • GAN
  • Greentube / Novomatic
  • Ruby Seven Studios
  • Scientific Games
  1. Top Social Casino Company
  • Aristocrat
  • Huuuge Games
  • Playtika
  • PlayStudios
  • Scientific Games

Combined 

  1. The EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame Inductee

To be announced at the show

About Eilers & Krejcik Gaming

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC is a boutique research and advisory firm focused on servicing the gaming equipment, technology, and interactive gaming sectors within the global gaming industry. Our products and services include market research, company research, consulting and advisory services designed specifically for land based & online casino operators, equipment & technology suppliers, social gaming companies, real-money online game companies, and institutional investors. Additional information regarding our research products and advisory services can be obtained calling Adam Krejcik at 714-619-9330, or visiting our website at www.ekgamingllc.com .