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Bally Gaming Announces Third Progressive Hit In California

23 February 2001

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – (Press Release) – Feb. 23, 2001 – Bally Gaming and Systems, a business unit of Alliance Gaming Corp. (Nasdaq: ALLY), announced today that three lucky players in California hit the instant-pay top jackpot on the Betty Boop-themed wide-area progressive slots in a span of 30 days.

The first Betty Boop jackpot in California hit on Jan. 21 when Gloria C. Avila of National City, Calif., won $418,822.25 at Viejas Casino in Alpine. Cindy Trevino of Bakersfield, Calif., followed on Feb. 16 with a jackpot of $227,285.95 at Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville. And on Feb. 19 -- 52 hours after Trevino's good fortune -- an anonymous lucky player hit a jackpot of $121,509.04 on a Betty Boop game at Rincon Casino in Valley Center.

The payouts brought the total of national Betty Boop progressive jackpots to 44 in the last 18 months, an average of nearly 2.5 per month. The Betty Boop slots have now produced a total of $12,142,796 in top awards paid instantly to lucky players.

In addition to the national Native American link that includes California and Connecticut, statewide links in Nevada and Mississippi and one in Atlantic City offer separate Betty Boop's Big Hit wide-area progressive systems.

Betty Boop's Big Hit, the latest in entertaining, high-jackpot games on Bally Gaming's Thrillions wide-area progressive system, offers a $100,000 initial jackpot that increases in relationship to player wagering. The game is designed to produce frequent jackpots and immediate payment to winners.

Blondie, based on the comic strip that has been popular for more than 70 years, is the second game theme on the Thrillions system. With the top award resetting at $25,000, Blondie targets the mid-range progressive market and is now available for play in both California and Nevada.

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