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Aristocrat Launches New Progressive Cash Express Platform

12 October 2001

LAS VEGAS--(Press Release)--Oct. 12, 2001-- Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has begun installations of Cash Express, the first of the company's Hyperlink linked progressive gaming platforms, following recent gaming approval in several key jurisdictions.

The new progressive jackpot games are being installed in markets accepting Gaming Laboratories International, Inc. (GLI) approval, including the majority of Native American casinos across the country.

Additionally, the company announced the start of its field test of Cash Express for the Nevada market following receipt of approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The field test at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nev. began on September 27 and is expected to continue for 30 days.

``Twenty years ago, the gaming industry was revolutionized by the progressive jackpot,'' noted Dave Lucchese, the company's Vice President of Sales. ``Today, progressive jackpots have become a proven way to attract players and add revenues for the casino. Now, we are introducing a new generation in jackpot bonus games that's so unique, it's patented.''

With the Hyperlink system, banks of Aristocrat video games are linked to four levels of progressive jackpots. A unique random trigger continuously cycles and selects individual games to enter a bonus. As appropriate for its name, in Cash Express, the bonus features the sights and sounds of a train theme. At the sound of a stationmaster's whistle, a lucky player is transported into the second-screen bonus, complete with digital sound and 3-D graphics. The player touches a button to stop each reel, which reveals a number.

The numbers are added together to accumulate a score and the score determines which of the four levels of jackpots are won. A higher score results in a higher level of jackpot. Once in the bonus round, a player is guaranteed to win one of the four progressive jackpots. These can range from a start-up of $20 to a grand jackpot at $40,000.

``In other gaming markets, games linked to Hyperlink consistently outperform on casino floors,'' explained Lucchese. ``It's not only the player interaction with the second screen bonus or the chance at one of four jackpots. The real draw is how often the jackpots are triggered. Depending on coin-in, a player on a bank of games could get a shot at the progressive bonus prize every couple of minutes on the average, even if the bank isn't completely full. And jackpots this frequent create their own frenzy.''

Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of global gaming leader Aristocrat Leisure Limited, is responsible for all North and South American operations from its headquarters in Las Vegas. With its acquisition of Casino Data Systems in June 2001, Aristocrat now offers a diversified product line that reaches into virtually all facets of the casino floor. In addition to both video and stepper slots, the company provides casino management systems, multi-site progressive (MSP) systems, progressive jackpot meters and customized overhead sign packages. The company holds 17 licenses in various states and with more than 80 Native American tribal casinos in the United States.

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