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Transitional Protocol Allows Gaming Devices to Run New Sophisticated Software; Brings Future to Today’s Casino Floors

LAS VEGAS – November 29, 2004 - Today’s gaming floor will meet the future's software thanks to a new transitional protocol from the Gaming Standards Association (GSA). The organization will soon unveil its new Serial Best of Breed (SBOB) protocol, which allows today's gaming devices to run tomorrow's more sophisticated software.

SBOB provides an immediate software solution for games currently on the casino floor, allowing operators and manufacturers to work together as they transition products and take advantage of the many benefits of GSA's BOB protocol, while BOB games and systems of the future are being developed.

GSA has already received a great deal of positive feedback from operators and manufacturers, including Mandalay Resort Group, Aristocrat Technologies and Revive Partners. GSA President Peter DeRaedt said, "GSA's membership represents all facets of the gaming industry and many of our member companies have been telling us that while BOB is further developed, SBOB is an immediate solution for them as they prepare for full BOB implementation."

SBOB follows GSA tradition by taking advantage of an existing open standard (WBXML) developed for the wireless industry. This protocol compresses xml messages into binary xml code using methods that can be executed on older slot machines that do not have the processing capabilities of the newer gaming devices. Older slot machine microprocessors are not required to create or decode all the xml messages. SBOB communicates using an off-the-shelf transport protocol, namely the point-to-point (PPP) protocol from the internet community.

GSA's BOB committee is in the initial stages of making the SBOB a formal GSA standard protocol, and expects full membership approval in early 2005, with the protocol being made available to the industry shortly thereafter. A preview of the standard was demonstrated in the GSA booth at the recent Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

About the Gaming Standards Association (GSA): The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) is an international trade association representing gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators. We facilitate the identification, definition, development, promotion, and implementation of open standards to enable innovation, education, and communication for the benefit of the entire industry. Since its incorporation on May 6, 1998, GSA has grown to 76 members representing a wide cross section of the global gaming industry. Platinum members include Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; Bally Gaming and Systems (AGI); E-Genting Holdings Sdn Bhd; Harrah’s Entertainment (HET); Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE); Konami Gaming Inc.; Mandalay Resort Group (MBG); Seminole Tribe of Florida; and WMS Gaming Inc. (WMS). Other members include: 3M Touch Systems (MMM); AGMMA – Australasian Gaming Machine Manufacturers Association; Alliance Gaming Services; Argosy Gaming Company (AGY); AstroSys International Ltd.; Atronic Americas LLC; Atronic Systems; BMM North America; Boss Media AB (BOSS); Cadillac Jack; Caesars Entertainment; CashCode Company Inc.; Casino Management Association; Casino Technology AD; Coin Mechanisms Inc.; Cory Investments, Ltd.; Densitron Technologies, Plc. (DSN.L); Elo Touchsystems; Euro Games Technology; European Gaming Organization; Flint & K, Inc.; Foxwoods Resort Casino; Friedberg & Associates; GameLogic, Inc.; GameTech International, Inc. (GMTC); Gaming Consultants International; Gaming Laboratories International, Inc; Giesecke & Devrient; GGS-US LTD; Global Payment Technologies Inc. (GPTX); Glory USA Inc.; Gold Club; Greektown Casino LLC; GTECH Corporation (GTK); Himecs Co, Ltd.; Holland Casinos; Hyatt Gaming Services, LLC; International Currency Technology; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); JCM American Corporation; Kare Technology; Loto-Quebec; Mars Electronics International; Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Business Development Authority; Mikohn Gaming Corporation (MIKN); Molex Incorporated (MOLX and MOLXA); Money Controls; Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL); Nick Farley & Associates; Nova Gaming, LLC; NRT Technology Corporation; Octavian International, LTD; Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation; Quest Entertainment, Inc.; Renaissance Casino Solutions, Inc.; Revive Partners, LLC; R. Franco USA; Scientific Games (SGMS); SGC-Link Corporation; Spielo; Summit Amusement & Distributing, Ltd.; Transact Technologies (TACT); Unidesa Gaming & Systems; Universal Distributing of Nevada; UNLV International Gaming Institute; Video Gaming Technologies, Inc; and Viejas Casino. For more information, visit .

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