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Aristocrat's Penguin Pays Games to Be Installed Throughout Nevada Casinos

17 May 2001

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – (Press Release) --May 17, 2001 -- Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of one of the world's largest slot manufacturers, announced today it has received final regulatory approval from Nevada for its Penguin Pays game and associated hardware.

``This approval marks one of the most highly significant milestones for the company,'' stated Des Randall, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Aristocrat worldwide. ``We are now in all major gaming markets in the world and will be able to significantly expand our presence in the U.S. where, even before this, we had been recognized as pioneering the industry's move to video games,'' Mr. Randall continued.

``In total, Nevada represents not only a huge market of casinos,'' explained Mr. Randall, ``but also a window to the headquarters of the world's largest gaming operators. This approval and our planned acquisition of Casino Data Systems empowers us to build upon our position as the world leader in video gaming.''

``With this final regulatory hurdle cleared, we are now finalizing orders and expediting installations in Nevada casinos and look forward to having a substantial presence throughout the state in the very near future,'' said Ken Jolly, Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service for the subsidiary which relocated its corporate offices and special manufacturing facilities to Las Vegas late last year. ``Additionally, the receipt of this regulatory approval of the game and platform will help expedite the approval of future Aristocrat games. We are committed to providing the full range of our sophisticated video technology to Nevada casinos.''

The Nevada gaming approval followed a successful field trial at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nevada. According to Richard Fitzhugh, Vice President of Slot Operations for Station Casinos, Inc., the performance of the Penguin Pays games over the length of the field trial at Sunset Station resulted in their decision to purchase the games for Station Casinos.

``The player response was very positive,'' said Fitzhugh. ``We field test many of the new games from various gaming manufacturers at Station Casinos to gauge performance and provide the results to all our Station properties. We were able to report that these games continued to perform at a level well above our floor standard.''

``The response at Station Casinos just reconfirms the player appeal of our games and further underscores our ability to provide innovative and entertaining gaming solutions that consistently outperform the competition,'' stated Jolly. ``We already have more than 2,500 of this Penguin Pays game in casinos throughout the U.S.''

As with other Aristocrat games, which have been recognized for numerous special features that contribute to gaming experience and performance, the Penguin Pays game allows for a variety of exciting ways to earn credits. The game, based on the popular multi-line (9-line) video reel format with a maximum play of 90 coins, is one of Aristocrat's most successful games in other gaming markets and features much of the company's latest video technology for enhanced player entertainment. The Penguin Pays game, as the name connotes, is themed around the animation of an appealing penguin and other arctic symbols. During a special bonus feature, high tech graphics depict the penguin first appearing in the upper left most position on the reels and then ``skating'' to all locations on the screen. During this part of the game, the penguin substitutes for all symbols except the ``whale'' symbols. In addition to this penguin bonus feature, players can win with an ``iceberg,'' which is ``wild'' and substitutes for other symbols, or with scattered ``whale'' symbols on adjacent reels.

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