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Alliance Gaming Launches New Slot Device and Game

30 August 2001

LAS VEGAS, Nevada –- (Press Release) -- Alliance Gaming (Nasdaq: ALLY) announced today that its Bally Gaming and Systems unit plans to utilize the pioneering television game show To Tell The Truth to introduce the new interactive Evo Slot incorporating both reel-spinning and video features.

To Tell The Truth, secured through an agreement with FremantleMedia (formerly Pearson Television), will join Ray Charles America The Beautiful and a new Popeye® game as introductory titles on Evo Slot. An additional 12 new game titles on the Evo Slot platform are in development and scheduled for regulatory submission in the March quarter.

With the power of Evo reaching into Bally's reel-spinning line, the Evo Slot utilizes the same Microsoft Windows NT Embedded operating system driving the Evo Video platform. The Evo Slot combines the compelling features of Bally's successful reel-spinning machine with a 15-inch touch-screen liquid crystal display (LCD) ergonomically positioned directly above the reels.

The LCD replaces the standard top glass found in most reel-spinning games and displays a dynamic paytable during normal game play. When players hit a certain combination on the reels, the LCD comes alive with an interactive bonus feature. On the To Tell The Truth game, for example, players will see an animated sequence that mimics the popular game show and prompts players to select the contestant they believe is telling the truth. A successful selection awards players bonus credits.

``There has been very little development for the traditional reel-spinning slot game over the last decade,'' said Mickey Roemer, Vice President of Game Development for Bally Gaming. ``Bally's new Evo Slot brings to the market the power of the reel-spinning player appeal and combines it with a fully interactive LCD video monitor integrated into a single machine.

``Other companies have attempted to combine video and reels, but the Evo Slot perfects it,'' Roemer added. ``Now the reel slot player, who still makes up almost 70 percent of the North American market, can enjoy on-screen bonus features, dynamic paytables, on-screen progressives, ticketing options and much more. The Evo Slot will be the game that brings the reel-spinning machine back to the future.''

To Tell The Truth, which first aired in 1956 during the golden age of television and is still going strong today, is known for its celebrity panel that has included everyone from Kitty Carlisle to Johnny Carson. To Tell The Truth has been hosted by the likes of Garry Moore, Joe Garagiola, Lynn Swann, Alex Trebek and currently John O'Hurley.

``To Tell The Truth fits very well into the niche we have established as creators of nostalgic content that appeals to a wide cross section of the slot-playing demographic,'' said Robert Miodunski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Gaming.

Along with To Tell The Truth, Ray Charles America The Beautiful, Popeye and Wild Times, which is based on a popular Bally Gaming original title, will be unveiled on the Evo Slot at the upcoming Global Gaming Expo and World Gaming Congress trade shows in Las Vegas in October. The Popeye Evo Slot game will complement the existing video slot that is scheduled to go live in California later this week as Bally Gaming's first video wide-area progressive.

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