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Arizona Casinos Want More Poker, Slots

2 August 2005

ARIZONA – As reported by the Tucson Citizen: "More poker games and multistate progressive slot machine games are in the early talking stages among casino executives in Arizona.

"Executives at Arizona's 22 Indian casinos are in ongoing talks with state gaming regulators to update and amend the gaming compact, a voter-approved measure that allows Indian gaming in Arizona.

"…Next on the agenda is an update of keno regulations, also dating from 1993, when the only way to display numbers was to look at balls blown into a tube. Now, wireless technology and other technological advancements have come to keno, but they are not addressed in the current compact.

"…The two topics casino players would notice the most are the casinos' desire to broaden poker offerings and add multistate progressive machines, in which jackpots are based on the combined play in several states. The casino executives have not formally entered into talks with state regulators on these.

"…Casinos have far more enthusiasm for wide-area progressive slots, because slots make up more than 80 percent of casino gaming revenue. Arizona's casinos are limited to in-state progressives, but slot machine makers focus much more on multistate systems…"

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