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Australian Slot Firm Gets Nevada License

24 August 2000

CARSON CITY, NEVADA –Aug. 24, 2000 – As reported by The Associated Press: "An Australian slot machine manufacturer won a Nevada license Thursday after state regulators were assured the company has no more ties with its founder, Leonard Ainsworth.

"The state Gaming Commission voted 4-1 to license Aristocrat Technologies Inc. to make and distribute slots.

"…Ainsworth allegedly made questionable payoffs to casino operators in Australia. He resigned from Aristocrat in 1993, although officials said he remained active in the business for several years afterward.

"..Aristocrat chief executive officer Des Randall told regulators that his was a "reinvented company." He also said its Nevada office would relocate to Las Vegas because it's "the hub of gaming."

"…Though other commissioners accepted Randall's report on efforts to change Aristocrat, Gurrola said he still had questions about two employees whose activities had caused concern earlier…"

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