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Issue Date: Vol. 44, No. 8, August 2004, Posted On: 8/20/2004


Aug. 20, 2004: Merit Launches Software Updates; Bay Tek, Firestone Announce Financing; Alabama Video Gambling Crackdown

MERIT RELEASES 'FORCE 2005' AND 'MAXX JADE'

BENSALEM, PA - Merit's "Force 2005" and "Maxx Jade" software systems are now available from authorized distributors. The updates include card, quiz, word and sports games, some with new licensed content. The "Force 2005" software kit includes a coupon for three free months of TournaMAXX (up to $120 value) for additional connections. Release highlights include "Fantasy Football," featuring Merit's first-ever cash prize tournament awards, offered weekly. A "Super Cash" prize will be awarded the end of the 2004-05 season. Also available is a stand-alone version, "Classic Fantasy Football." More than 100,000 players enjoy over 7,000 connected Merit games nationwide, said officials. "Force 2005" features 19 new games while "Maxx Jade" sports15 new titles.

BAY TEK PARTNERS WITH FIRESTONE

PULASKI, WI , Bay Tek and Firestone Financial are offering a 24-month financing program available September 1 through October 31 for any combination of "Movie Stop," "Red Zone," Whistle Stop," and/or "Winner's Edge. " The new program, called Gold Medal, requires a three-piece minimum and is not valid with any other promotion. Terms include no money down and no payments for 90 days, at an interest rate of 7.99%. A processing fee of $125, tax and freight must be paid up front to Firestone Financial or a Bay Tek distributor.  Log onto http://www.firestonefinancial.com for online credit applications or view the Gold Medal Promotion on Bay Tek's website at http://www.bay-tek.com.

ALABAMA LAUNCHES GAMBLING CRACKDOWN

TROY, AL , Alabama Attorney General Troy King was part of an August 13 raid here where one operator was arrested and more than 60 video gambling machines were seized from an arcade. King is wrapping up an investigation into illegal gambling statewide. "We are receiving calls from all over this state about this same problem," King told reporters. "Our office stands ready, with investigative and prosecutorial staff, to cooperate with local law enforcement anywhere in Alabama to assist in eradicating these illegal gambling operations."

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