RENO, Nev., Jan 15, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --
The 2003 Platinum award for "Most Innovative Gaming Product of the Year" was presented to IGT (NYSE: IGT) for its Multi Strike Poker(TM) game at the recent American Gaming Summit in Las Vegas.
Multi Strike Poker(TM) beat out a Top 20 list of products from several gaming manufacturers. That list, in turn, had been narrowed down from a much larger field of nominees. IGT placed five products in the Top 20, including Wheel of Fortune(R) Special Edition(TM), Othello(R), Multi Strike Poker(TM), Slot Accounting System (SAS)(TM) version 6.00, and IGT's Progressive Controller. The final selection of "Most Innovative Product" was made by the American Gaming Summit's attendees.
Multi Strike Poker(TM) offers a player between one and four poker hands. A separate, independent deck for each hand and paytable accelerators multiply a second winning hand by two times, a third winning hand by four times, and a fourth hand by eight times the standard payout. If a winning hand is dealt, the player advances to the next level, as long as the level was part of the initial wager.
"The anticipation of climbing levels -- that's a new dimension in poker," said one of the judges, in a review of the game in the January issue of Casino Journal. "It looks like it adds an exciting new dimension to video poker. I'm intrigued."
Multi Strike Poker(TM) also features a randomly appearing Free Ride symbol. When that symbol appears on one of the five initially dealt cards on any level, the game advances the player to the next level after the hand is done, even if the played hand is not a winner.
"It's terrific to take the top spot this year for the 'Most Innovative Gaming Product'," said Mike Fields, IGT Marketing Director for video poker. "Multi Strike Poker(TM) is the latest variation on a product line that IGT invented and continues to perfect. This game is already generating extraordinary play in the casinos that have it."
Multi Strike Poker(TM) is a patented concept and is available in Nevada casinos and in gaming jurisdictions where the game has been approved by Gaming Laboratories Inc. (GLI).
To find out more about Multi Strike Poker(TM) and practice the game on your web browser, visit www.ledgaming.com .
IGT is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of microprocessor-based gaming and video lottery products and software systems in all jurisdictions where gaming and lotteries are legal. For more information on the Company, visit IGT's web site at www.IGT.com .
Statements in this release which are not historical facts are "forward looking" statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in any of its forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed. IGT's future financial condition and results of operations, as well as any forward-looking statements, are subject to change and to inherent known and unknown risks and uncertainties. IGT does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update our forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. Information on risks and factors that could affect IGT's business and financial results are included in our public filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Rick Sorensen of IGT, +1-775-448-8022
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