EVO Air Hockey top the charts for SAM Leisure

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Owner of SAM Leisure Gary Drage explains why the company’s newest range of EVO air hockey tables are proving so popular with operators.

Amusements manufacturer SAM Leisure has been talking about the success of its newest range of EVO air hockey tables.

And it’s the aesthetic features that are really hitting the mark. Gary Drage, owner and director of SAM Leisure, explained: “Visual appeal is paramount. We want players to be attracted to the machine, thus colourful, quality build, appealing design and a good balanced look are all significant. The new EVO range now incorporates new LED technology to enhance the visual appeal, and coupled with striking backlit graphics and novel play field designs, the machines are breaking income records wherever they are located.”

However, the actual gameplay of air hockey isn’t about looks – it’s about fun – and to achieve this SAM Leisure ensures its tables are all up to speed.

 

“The speed of game is often overlooked but some brands are simply quicker than others. SAM hockey’s are designed to ensure the puck travels ultra-fast yet stays on the bed with minimal lift. The classic Evo Fast track is without doubt the most popular in our range.”

 

Drage said: “The speed of game is often overlooked but some brands are simply quicker than others. SAM hockey’s are designed to ensure the puck travels ultra-fast yet stays on the bed with minimal lift. The classic Evo Fast track is without doubt the most popular in our range. The reason for this is simple; it is air hockey as everyone knows and loves it. The fastest game with the most appealing cabinet, an easy game to approach and play with the most pleasing performance.”

Drage continued: “Faster play means air hockey’s are more entertaining and take more money, it’s the simplest and the most important thing in achieving the best revenue. To this end we’ve developed a unique Methacrylite playfield, which is much better than softer Perspex copies. Methacrylite is more resilient, harder wearing, more scratch proof but most importantly faster. In addition to the faster and superior bed material, the air hole sizes, spacing and shape all contribute to work effectively with the proper SAM puck to make the pucks run faster too.”

While SAM Leisure acknowledge the Fast Track’s popularity, the company has noticed a trend where a location has space for more than one hockey table.

Drage explained: “We are finding our curved bed EVO Slalom model is proving to be as popular. It seems the arcade/FEC owners are pretty savvy, and sites with two or more hockey’s have found that by providing two different versions of Air hockey increases the second game spend. For example, when someone plays the standard air hockey, why would they then go and play on another hockey machine of the same style. However offer a curved bed version in the same location and they enjoy the first game, their interest is piqued to see how the curved playfield effects the game thus generating a second game which may otherwise not have been achieved.”


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