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Bingo is on the Money and More

28 November 2000

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Nov. 28, 2000 -- As reported by the Modesto Bee: "If bingo seems hopelessly, unfashionably low-tech to you, you haven't seen this year's edition of the World Gaming Congress & Expo.

"Hand-held computing devices track dozens of games at a time, and, in some bingo parlors, they have eliminated the need for sheets of paper and daubers. Indian casinos throughout North America have made room for banks of automated bingo machines, many of which are linked to similar devices in other casinos -- and a centralized ball-caller -- and can attract hard-core players intent on winning huge progressive payouts.

"...`Our Megamania runs approximately 45 to 60 games an hour, said Matthew Coulter, a regional sales manager for Austin, Texas-based Multimedia Games Inc.

"...A live ball-call from a secure site in Oklahoma is transmitted via satellite simultaneously to machines in dozens of casinos.

"...BK Entertainment has supplied the multibillion-dollar North American bingo industry for 52 years. It supplies 44 billion newsprint cards each year, and also distributes pull-tabs, flashboards, power blowers and modern hand-held bingo devices.

"...The current pride and joy of BK's product line is a PowerTouch monitor that can keep track of hundreds of pre-loaded games in a flash, and also allow the player to watch TV at the same time..."

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