Corporate Bits | Macao gaming show announces ‘bigger and better’ slot experience

MGSfooterThe Slot Experience Center (SEC), at this year’s Macao Gaming Show (MGS), is set to become a test bed in the industry for the world’s Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) manufacturers. Visitors to November’s ‘By Asia For The World’ exhibition will have the opportunity to test drive the latest machines and provide feedback to participating manufacturers. Players, together with senior level slot experts will evaluate the games across a number of criteria including game theme, graphics, sound and the overall playing experience with awards going to the EGM manufacturers who receive the highest number of votes. In 2013 Bally Titanic swept the awards, recording the highest number of votes for Best Music and Audio; Best Game Theme; Best Users Experience and Best Game Graphics.
David So, Slot Experience Center Manager said: “The Slot Experience Center was an idea created by MGS to help Electronic Gaming Machine manufacturers receive important feedback from slot players. In 2013 877 professional and general players voted on the 40 models which were installed by the world’s major EGM manufactures all of whom received valuable feedback which was fed back into their R&D teams. Our plan is to grow this popular feature with more machines and more game styles and to introduce new voting categories in order to more accurately reflect the diversity of today’s EGM sector. We are also inviting senior level slot experts from major casino operators to form an industry review panel in order to provide professional feedback.”

mpc21 red dragon: wei shows the way on day 1a

wei_yang_mpc_day1aThe Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon turned 21 today marking a significant chapter in the growth of Asian poker. The ‘PokerStars LIVE Macau’ poker room was abuzz as the 21st edition of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon kicked off for the week ahead.
The HK$5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool for the Red Dragon lured a field of 213 for Day 1a including high-stakes pro Winfred Yu, former Red Dragon winners Kenny Leong, Patrick Lee and Buyanjargal Bold, APPT Seoul runner-up Christian Haggart, Macau Millions champ Hao Chen, 2011 Asia Player of the Year Hung-sheng “Shaq” Lin and reigning APPT Macau champion Jiajun Liu.
Team PokerStars was also represented with former APPT Cebu champion and Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im.
“I said from the start I would be happy with anything over 200 entries this first day,” commented APPT President Danny McDonagh. “We should be able to crack 700 total players, which would be great considering there were 645 in this event in August last year.”
Eleven forty-minute levels would be played and the high attrition rate would see the field reduced to just 52 players by the end of play.
China’s Wei Yang topped the counts with 166,700 chips followed by South African Robert Schwartz not far behind.

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