Konami Gaming Unveils Dungeons and Dragons Slot Machine Games at NIGA
Slot machine players who grew up in the era when Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) became one of the tabletop games converted into a highly successful video game, will be pleased to know that Konami Gaming Inc. (KGI) is bringing the D&D theme to casino gaming floors. Konami’s new slot machine is currently in exhibit at the ongoing National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Gaming Show at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, CA from May 11 to 14, 2014.
In January of this year, KGI gained Hasbro Inc’s approval to use the D&D cast of characters, engaging storylines and mythical worlds in developing a new slot game that could attract a diverse range of slot players. After all, D& D’s fame spreads to nearly every household across the globe, starting from its very origin as a tabletop or board game through its evolution as one of the best role playing video games ever developed during its era.
Konami’s Dungeons and Dragons slot machine game showcases the adventure of the D&D characters as they embark on quests to search for buried treasures in the dark recesses of mythical dungeons. However, the expectations over a D&D slot machine game could be high, as KGI is not the first to incorporate the theme into a form of slot entertainment.
In 2009, IGT came out with a 20 payline online video slot entitled Dungeons and Dragons Fortress of Fortune. It features a mini game bonus round that has players hunting for treasures and engaging in battles to which enemies could be defeated by the outcomes of virtual dice throwing actions. Obviously, the development of a Konami D&D version seems like a daunting task, but a challenge that the gaming company took on without reservation.
In terms of physical appearance, KGI is out to impress land-based casino operators seeking for new gaming products that could attract the patronage of the younger generation of gamblers. The slot machine takes a different form, for which its two D&D games namely “Conquests & Treasures” and “Enchanted Riches”, are secured in pods of two, three or four. Merchandising of the slot machine includes high-quality chairs with custom logo, while the machine’s cabinet, features a themed bezel complete with authentic-looking stone designs, glowing ancient symbols and a 3D dragon or a large spinning red dragon as toppers, which vary according to the merchandise package.
Ross O’Hanley, KGI’s VP of Domestic Game Sales is quite proud of their collaboration with Hasbro, in bringing the iconic D&D game brand into the gambling industry.
About Konami Gaming Inc.
Konami Gaming, Inc. is known worldwide as a leading designer and manufacturer of slot gaming machines and gaming enterprise managements systems. The Las Vegas-based KGI is a subsidiary of Konami Corporation, a corporate entity founded in 1978 in Osaka, Japan by Mr. Kagemasa Kozuki, who up to this date still serves as Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
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Online Gambling Site Offers Betting Odds on Toronto Mayoral Candidates
Toronto, Ontario’s largest city and Canada’s most populous metropolis is still several months away from holding its election, but this early online gambling site Bodog is offering betting odds on who would win as mayor. Although many are placing their hopes on Olivia Chow as the candidate likely to succeed in dislodging incumbent mayor Rob Ford, many are placing their bets that Ford will win come Election Day on October 27, 2014.
In response to an email interview as to why Bodog Canada is venturing into a non-traditional political gambling and why Toronto’s mayoral election for that matter, Bodog Canada’s sportsbook manager Adam Burns acknowledged that it is indeed a first for the online gambling site. Accordingly, part of it is because of the increasing demand for this type of gambling; but the main reason, says Burns, is Rob Ford.
The sportsbook manager did not have to elaborate much further, because despite Olivia Chow’s strong showing at the polls, there is still a great deal of chance that Rob Ford could still pull off his re-election bid. This is despite the scandal created by the video clips turned over to the Globe and Mail by a self-confessed drug dealer, which showed Ford smoking crack cocaine.
Although the mayor later confirmed the contents of the video clip as true, he asserted that it was only because he was in a “drunken stupor”. After which, the crack-smoking incumbent mayor of Toronto took a leave of absence from his office and from his campaign activities, to enter rehabilitation in order to address what he asserts as his “issues with alcohol”.
Adam Burns says that they have seen money coming in for Olivia Chow; but so far, most of the bets placed are for Rob Ford. Chow is the odds-on favorites but there are those who believe that the odds could still tilt in favor of Rob Ford because the Anti-Ford votes will be distributed among four candidates running against him.
Many of the city’s political observers believe that this is exactly what Rob Ford wants. After all, Chow does not have the full support of the Anti-Ford voters, seeing that she also has a lot of detractors. Since there are other credible candidates in the running, namely: TTC chair Karen Stintz, David Soknacki and John Tory, the votes needed in frustrating Rob Ford’s re-election bid will be splintered instead of being placed as solid votes to support a single candidate.
Toronto’s mayoral race could become even more crowded if city councilors Adam Vaughan, Shelley Carroll and Denzil Minnan-Wong decide to push through with their own bids to wrest the mayoral seat away from the beleaguered Ford. Betting on who will become the next mayor will also get even more interesting, since every potential vote taken away from odds-on favorite Olivia Chow, will bring greater chances of winning to those who placed their bets on Ford.
As of this writing, Bodog’s payouts for every CA$100 bet placed on the five current mayoral candidates are: Chow at CA$130, Ford at CA$300, Soknacki at CA$1,500, Stinz at CA$1,000 and Tory at CA$175.
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