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Premier Gaming to develop statewide progressive jackpot for California tribal casinos

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In an innovative move designed to augment their continuing efforts to strengthen the tribal gaming industry, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association will partner with Premier Gaming Solutions to design and develop a statewide Wide Area Progressive jackpot game for its member casinos.

“CNIGA is dedicated to preserving and protecting the inherent sovereign right of tribes to have gaming on our own lands,” said Daniel J. Tucker, CNIGA chairman. “Revenues generated through the CNIGA wide area progressive will be used to fund the association’s ongoing efforts, which in turn will benefit all segments of the industry.”

California C-Notes is Premier’s title for the CNIGA game, which will be part of a WAP program developed by CNIGA to provide additional value to their member tribes. Fees generated by this program will be used to offset CNIGA membership dues and other expenses.

“The genesis of this project was a desire by CNIGA to find an additional source of revenue for member tribes,” said Mark Nizdil, Premier chairman and CEO. “As a game developer and manufacturer, we’ve stood side-by-side with our tribal partners in growing the gaming industry in the state.

“Premier is the only manufacturer that focuses exclusively on California, supplying unique and popular slot games specifically for the state’s tribal casino market. When we began our discussions with CNIGA on the WAP, there was no doubt that we could develop a quality game that would not only support the industry as a revenue source, but also provide an exciting gaming experience that would be popular with their customers.”

The target goal is for 250 machines statewide, which it is estimated will generate almost $6 million in annual run-rate revenue.

With tribal-state gaming compacts in place with 68 tribes, and a total of 61 casinos operated by 60 tribes, there is a tremendous opportunity to generate more revenue with a unique WAP such as C-Notes. Slots continue to be the most popular casino game, with more than 70,000 slots in the state.

“Tribal governments are proud of the employment growth and the hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and economic development being generated from our government gaming activities,” Tucker said. “We are pleased to be able to partner with Premier to help protect an industry that is so beneficial to the California economy.”

Premier has selected BetStone Ltd from Dublin, Ireland as its WAP systems partner. BetStone is the world’s leading provider of server based gaming and networked gaming systems to casino operators globally.

“We are thrilled to be part of this exciting opportunity,” said Basil Bielich, BetStone director. “We look forward to demonstrating our joint capability with Premier to make a difference in tribal gaming.”

Premier Gaming Solutions is a California-based developer, manufacturer and marketer of slot machines and related services and systems, focusing exclusively on the California tribal gaming market.