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UK – Alea opts for Bally’s i-Table and Fusion Live

By - 27 June 2014

To increase playing capacity, the Alea Casino in Glasgow has installed a new Bally Technologies i-Table roulette wheel with seven playing positions, a 16-position Fusion Hybrid, dealer terminal and the ability for the player to choose from four different wheels located throughout the casino via the Fusion Live video link.

This complex project was completed in less than a week, ready to open for a busy Saturday evening.

Des Joseph, Field Service Engineer from maintenance and installation experts E-Service, said: “Managing such a large installation requires careful planning weeks in advance to ensure all the equipment, resources and transport arrangements are in place at the right time. The casino market is global and equipment is manufactured throughout the world. Even so, we arranged for all the products to arrive just in time, keeping storage, handling costs and disruption to the casino and players to a minimum.”

The main delivery included 16 terminals, one i-Table Roulette, one Fusion Hybrid dealer terminal, an automatic Slingshot wheel and four crates of peripherals such as cables, cameras and infills for cabinets. To prepare for installation, the existing eight-year-old system was taken out, the area was cleaned and new Cat 5 cables were installed.

“Preparing the area for installation is always critical,” Mr. Joseph explained. “Terminals and power supplies need to be in the right place and all cables are carefully labelled and double checked. To accommodate new wiring, we cut channels and fit ductwork. This is all completed behind screens whilst the casino remains open, so we have become very skilled at keeping the noise down.”

The complexity of the project means working long hours and once installed, a clear head is then needed for the equipment to be made operational. Every unit was commissioned according to Alea Casino’s own requirements. This involves setting up the central computer and camera feeds, calibrating wheel speed and timing by adjusting the Cammegh slingshot mechanisms, linking Ticket In/Ticket Out mechanisms to the control system and undertaking thorough testing.

After several weeks of planning and one week of hard graft for the highly skilled engineers, the new electronic tables are now working effectively to generate extra income for the Alea Casino, part of London Clubs International. This is the latest in a series of Bally Technologies equipment upgrades which have been installed on time and within budget by E-Service, Bally’s approved maintenance partner for automatic card shufflers, chip sorters and e-table equipment in casinos throughout the UK.

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