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billryan
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October 10th, 2018 at 1:16:10 PM permalink
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Still trying to sleep. Always fun when you wake up at two in the morning to "Love me, Daddy!"



Depends how deep the voice is.
RS
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October 10th, 2018 at 4:04:44 PM permalink
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Still trying to sleep. Always fun when you wake up at two in the morning to "Love me, Daddy!"


Oh was that you? I thought you said your username was "Menthis" or something and I was like wtf idk who that is. But Venthus makes a lot more sense.
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October 10th, 2018 at 4:40:08 PM permalink
Quote: billryan

Depends how deep the voice is.



Artificially squeaky. Like Barbie, from Aqua's Barbie Doll song.

Also, I got a reprise at 5AM, so, yay...

Quote: RS

Oh was that you? I thought you said your username was "Menthis" or something and I was like wtf idk who that is. But Venthus makes a lot more sense.



Well, at least I'm not from Memphis?

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So a few ACTUAL thoughts from a first timer to G2A:
It's tiny. I'm used to JCK and E3, that have multiple convention halls that are each larger than the main room here.
Swag is lackluster.
Everi tends to have a rather flat looking aesthetic that just turns me off. One slot caught my eye specifically-- conceptually, it's an updated Hundred or Nothing. That I hit 5k on my first press, and then lost it in 5min. Woo! (Not set to any special win mode.)
IGT underestimated how much people like free stuff. Ran out of the good swag by 1PM on the first day. Two people ahead of me. Go figure. Got a photo with Drew Carrey.
Does Konami always have such a large presence? I noticed that they've been leveraging a lot more of their video game properties lately.
That Sir MixALot slot theme is... quite something. And so is their giveaway. (A stress ball peach... in a thong.)
4$ for a slice of pizza in a convention Hall is amazingly cheap. (Last expo I went to, it was 35$ for a cooked frozen pizza.)
Lots of sports betting stuff. Probably related to the recent legal changes.
Lots of iGaming literature.
There's some pretty cool bingo-based machine games. Not sure who actually would play them though. One that caught my eye had a physical hopper and scoop, and would pull 10(?) balls... Depending on how many balls it took to Bingo, your payout went from 4-1000x. I believe this was made possible by only going to 25, as opposed to whatever normal bingo is.
Lots of stadium-style game installations were being pushed... I'm inclined to believe that'll be the way of the future for onsite gaming, eventually.

Oh, and I grabbed way too much random literature, including industry mags. If anybody wants them (lightly thumbed), you're free to 'em for shipping, FCFS.
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October 10th, 2018 at 6:04:36 PM permalink
I was in and out of town in 20 hours for this years show, so missed the gathering. Here is what I saw that I thought was good/noteworthy:

Sci Games :

U Turn Blackjack - All cards read by a smart shoe and allow all the dealer's hit cards (if any) to be dealt out immediately face down (smart shuffle allows dealer to continue to deal cards face down to his/her hand until locking). So before you act on your hand, players will see the dealer's normal upcard and how many additional face down cards will complete the dealer's hand. Game continues as normal with Push 22 rule in effect.

TriLux Runner - not sure why they used the "Tri Lux" name on this bet as that is Sci Games 21+3 knockoff, but this appears to be a side bet you could use on any BJ game where the payout is determined by the number of cards needed to determine the dealer's hand outcome. Kinda like Buster BJ, but the whether the dealer busts is irrelevant. Pay Table started at 5 cards paying 9-1, 6 cards 70-1, etc., so I assume hit frequency is low. Had the "Lucky George" dealer participation feature included.

I Love (insert heart symbol instead here) Suits - looked like a High Card Flush knock off...did not see any differences in the game vs. HCF.

Cover All Bonus - this poker side bet was on the I Love Hearts table, but could be attached to any poker variant game. Basically an envy bet on all other players and dealers hand, pay tables depend on number of other players at the table.

AGS:

Dragon Poker - as described in another thread...I just can't see a game that requires a special/new deck of cards to be popular.

Vegas 3 Poker - basically three card poker with a community fourth card that can be used by player and dealer to make their best 3CP hand. Dealer qualifies with A/Q high if I recall correctly (ante push on NQ hand). Raise 2X before community card is revealed, 1X of fold after community card is revealed. There were three card (Vegas 3) and four card (Vegas 4) side bets, but I didn't take a pic of the pay tables there...I do know that Vegas 3 paid on any pair so likely similar to Pair Plus wager as it was based on your three hole cards only.

Pai Gow Linx - Only uses 6 cards with one card used in both the high and low hand. Card were set in a line of 5 cards with the 6th card being placed above the 1st card of the 5 card line. The 6th card and the 1st card in the line of 5 cards makes your low hand and must beat the hand made by the line of 5 cards. Claim to fame was a bonus pay for a two card PGP poker hand...I guess. Not sure what the draw to this form of PGP would be.

Galaxy:

Only new item I saw there was a device that allowed player's to chose which pay table they wanted to use for various Galaxy side bets. As an example, you could chose between the "all events pay 9-1 pay table for 21+3 or play the Extreme pay table. Allows players at the same table to use different pay tables on their side bets. Seemed like a bit of a dealer nightmare, but they do have a dealer screen which locks in the pay tables and tells dealer the payoff odds and player location of wins. Not sure there is a huge amount of players that want to change the pay tables on their side bets, but who knows.
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October 10th, 2018 at 7:25:22 PM permalink
The show felt smaller and a lot less crowded than usual. I was having back issues so I only spent about three hours there. Sadly, nothing really stood out to me this year.
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mrsuit31
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October 11th, 2018 at 7:35:14 AM permalink
Thanks for the reports Drich and Paradigm!
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October 11th, 2018 at 1:34:58 PM permalink
So mad I missed it. I had planned on going but I have a cmwork convention in vegas starting on Thursday next week. I cant be out of town for 2 weeks. I will be going to this conference every year and it is always the week after.. sigh
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October 11th, 2018 at 1:57:27 PM permalink
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Thanks for the reports Drich and Paradigm!


+1
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October 11th, 2018 at 2:45:17 PM permalink
Although I was at the show, I really didn't look at anything; I'm there for the networking and visiting clients. I did play 3 games, though:
1. Gamblit Pacman. This was fun, though I doubt it will make much money in the casino. This was much more fun than the Candy Crush-esqe game that I played for real money at the Linq. The problem is that it takes 3 or 4 players to really make it fun, and everyone needs to agree on which bet to make. If one player chooses a lower bet, then everyone will play at that bet. Currently, there were only 2 choices, $2 or $4, although they said it is configurable.
2. Gamblit Deal or No Deal. This is the slap poker game where players claim cards as they are dealt to make their best hand. The winner got to choose a single deal or no deal round. I really thought it would keep eliminating cases, but it only did it once. I didn't like this one as much, but probably because I was more skilled at Pacman. The betting is the same as Pacman.
3. NextGen Bust a Move (90s bubble popping arcade game). I really liked this game because it wasn't too rushed. I lost slightly faster than the quarters I spent in college on this game.

I only attended the meet-up for a short time and met one new member. I had to leave to go do some business.

The other highlights of my trip: got Diamond in a Day, hit 2 royals, one on 25 line penny and the other on single line quarter, which was nice and made up for my DIAD losses. DIAD was a lot of fun, especially because I didn't lose too much. I did it mainly at Planet Hollywood on a 100 play 9/5 quarter machine. I played 25 lines, though. The other game I played was a $1 50 play 8/6 at Harrah's, but only 1 to 5 lines at a time. My Royal was on a garbage 7/5 at the Linq, but I was just going to lose another $20 on my last night.
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October 12th, 2018 at 2:38:37 AM permalink
Gamblit Pacman is tremendous fun (subject to the usual problems with the Gamblit games on the betting/wins side...) partly because it's a modified version of an actual arcade game.

The Gamblit Bingo is also pretty fun, where everybody has a card, numbers pop up, and the first person that has the number and presses the button gets it marked off. Press a number you don't have, you get locked up for a few seconds. First to Bingo wins.

Good social games. Not so good with the hold they have. As far as the non-standard gaming goes, I think the other companies do it better than Gamblit.

Next Gaming (not NextGen, I believe?) is... interesting and captures a different niche. With that, you're just playing the arcade game with a water/payout every few game actions. (Galaga, or some other similar SHMUP, triggered after every ship shot down, with allegedly extra for skilled play. I question the robustness of the software as I managed to crash two different units, doing different things, without trying.) .The end result is much like an actual arcade game: You're playing and slowly being bled dry... But it's more on the gameplay side of things.

GameCo's Match-3 game was quite engrossing, but could use more transparency. I'm not sure why it took a huge chunk of credits each time you went up a level (whatever the actual impact of that is). That one, you paid per move you made, with your gameplay decisions seeming to impact your result. The interview in one of the mags covered a few insights that I agree with. I wouldn't mind an ad/micropay version on my phone.

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