Issue Date: Vol. 46, No. 6, June 2006, Posted On: 6/1/2006
JUNE 1, 2006: AMOA Launches Online PR Campaign; Suzo-Happ Acquires Mazzco; NC House Votes To Ban Poker By 2007; AP Discovers Downloading Jukeboxes
JUKEBOX “SLIDE SHOW” DEBUTS ONLINE TODAY
SO. BARRINGTON, IL — The Amusement and Music Operators Association today launches the first of a planned series of Internet-based public relations programs. Each program will consist of online slide shows and related trivia games. The first such program is now visible at http://www.88slide.com and features jukeboxes. The next episode will be shown Monday, June 5. Two more episodes are planned; site visitors may sign up to get email notification of new episodes with hyperlinks to each program. AMOA president Jim Pietrangelo says the messages are aimed at “players and potential players,” and are intended to begin reintroducing coin-operated amusements as a viable entertainment option.
SUZO-HAPP ACQUIRES MAZZCO ELK GROVE, IL — Happ has announced its acquisition of Mazzco, a major parts distribution company that was a part of the Lieberman Cos. (Bloomington, MN) serving the vending, amusements, billiards, gaming and industrial sectors. The combined organization is a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of parts and accessories, with nearly 400 employees in 14 locations serving customers in more than 80 countries. Pfingsten Partners (Deerfield, IL) is the majority shareholder in the enterprise. Jim Norton, managing director of Pfingsten and chairman of the Suzo-Happ Group, described the acquisition as “another strategic move that will enhance our global leadership position in the amusement and gaming parts and accessories market.”
NORTH CAROLINA WILL PHASE OUT VIDEO POKER BY NEXT YEAR
RALEIGH, NC — Video poker operators in North Carolina suffered a major defeat Wednesday when House members voted 113 to one to ban the games. House Speaker Jim Black (D-Mecklenburg), until last week the biggest defender of legal poker, was among those voting for a phased ban that will close the market by July 2007. The measure now moves to the state Senate, where a competing bill calls for a poker shutdown by December.
ASSOCIATED PRESS DISCOVERS DOWNLOADING JUKEBOXES
U.S.A. — After slamming amusement arcades last month as possibly being in a “death spiral,” the Associated Press in late May issued a story announcing that the new generation of downloading jukeboxes is popular at “tens of thousands of bars and restaurants.” The story also quotes Rock-Ola president Glenn Streeter, who says downloading technology has boosted the factory’s sales 50% in the past two years. The upbeat story has run in more than a dozen U.S. newspapers so far and has also appeared in media outlets as far away as China.
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Benchmark Games now provides customized “signature versions” of its 11-ft. tall Slam a Winner X-treme redemption game, featuring the name of the location on the top of the game. Officials said the unit, intended as an attraction piece, makes a particularly strong impact on players when it is positioned to be visible as soon as they enter a location. For details visit http://www.Benchmarkgames.com or email Rich Long at firstname.lastname@example.org…
…Incredible Technologies is launching a networked, tournament-enabled version of its bowling-themed video game, titled Silver Strike 2007 Bowler’s Club. The Internet-based tournament support program will include weekly sweepstakes, contests, player statistics and online functions. To publicize the launch, IT is holding a promotion party for operators and distributors on June 14 from to at The Beer Academy, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL. Company officials will demonstrate the game and give away a full SSBC kit and an SSBC conversion kit to winners of sweepstakes demos, along with door prizes. Complementary food and beverages will be provided. Industry members may RSVP to IT’s Katrina Braun at (847) 870-7027 x 196.
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