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Suzohapp’s Norman Ridall: ‘I believe that gaming will become stronger’

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Now in his fifteenth year with Suzohapp Norman Ridall comments on the where the industry finds itself at present, the company's place within it, and what the next few years could hold. Coinslot: What is your role at SUZOHAPP Norman Ridall: “I am responsible for our Key Accounts and also for our inside sales team. As the leading company for spares...

A touch of Italian class

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SB Machines is renowned as a supplier of top quality children’s rides, sourced from the design capital of the world - Italy. For more than 25 years, the seaside amusement sector has been fundamental for the Porthcawl-based company. Paolo Sidoli, principal of SB Machines, said: “The seaside has always captured the imagination of the general public and improvements in facilities...

Joyland on track for Eastercation success

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Joyland is set to mark 70 years of trading with a special charity event, explains the park’s director Michael Cole, who reports that just a few weeks in to the 2019 season, trading is already off to a “strong start”. Great Yarmouth is set to benefit from the uncertainty surrounding Brexit according to a report which shows the town ranks...

When it comes to the Bulldog range, Chris Widdowson states the cashbox speaks louder than words

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Chris Widdowson, Key Account Manager at RLMS Sales, likes nothing more than a day at the seaside and believes the Bulldog currency of FUN translates directly to the cashbox. From the time that you’ve spent talking to operators at Britain’s coastal resorts, what’s your impression of the offering and what do they deliver in terms of fun and entertainment? Chris Widdowson:...

Don’t forget your roots, says BNAE’s John Crompton

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The most iconic games in the UK leisure market can often trace roots back to the Great British seaside, a true testament to its continuing significance, comments John Crompton - UK and Ireland sales manager at BNAE. Coinslot: Both for yourself, and the wider scope of the industry, how important are coastal operations? John Crompton: “The coastal industry is majorly important...

Gamestec: A year of transition

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In years past, the external perception of Gamestec has sometimes been less than complimentary. Thankfully, self-analysis has been brought to the fore and the past 12-15 months has seen the company acknowledge a need for change and understand where improvements were required in order to take real steps to reposition itself in the eyes of customers, peers and suppliers. As...

Coleman: Pusher development has been time well spent

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Unmistakable gameplay and additions such as ticket payout keep pushers central to operational planning comments Sam Coleman, sales executive at JNC. Add to that the broadest possible family appeal and it’s clear to see why the sector has remained so integral. Coinslot: Pushers have always been a mainstay of the amusements industry, but their rise in recent years has been phenomenal....

Standing the test of time with Deith Leisure.

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Whilst trends may come and go, pushers have stood the test of time with a mix of classic appeal and fun new features comments Kevin Temple, sales director, Deith Leisure. Coinslot: Pushers have always been a mainstay of the amusements industry, but their rise in recent years has been phenomenal. What’s behind this major resurgence of pushers and why are...

Pushers:“The backbone of the FEC” says Martin

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Picking up Monopoly and Cops N Robbers for the coming season, Carousel Amusements operator John Martin believes a winning combination of great products and exciting prizes is key to keeping pushers - “the mainstay of the FEC” - running strong. Over the last four or five years, Carousel Amusements in Westward Ho! has slowly replaced all but one of the...

Harry Levy: Pushing the market forward

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Pusher units have been a mainstay of the UK leisure market for generations and owing to diligent work all through the supply chain the sector is remaining as relevant and profitable as ever, commented Harry Levy commercial director, Matthew Deith. ushers are as important to the UK leisure gaming market as they have ever been, Matthew Deith, commercial director at...

Reflex Gaming: Supplying sustainable success

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By delivering the popularity of online titles to the core land-based market via its digital terminals, Reflex Gaming is establishing a new precedent for players and operators alike in PubCos up and down the country. Quentin Stott, managing director of the independent supplier, enthuses on the synergy between digital and pub play, the fallout of April’s cut and the...

Keeping it reel: The Chase outperforms across the board

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With Betcom’s latest Cat C title, The Chase, already generating “exceptional” performance figures just weeks after its release, the company’s MD, Simon McCarthy, reaffirms its commitment to the analogue market. Simon McCarthy, MD of Betcom Games, emphasises that the ongoing demand for analogue products continues to drive innovation,as illustrated by the company’s latest reel-based Cat C title for the pub...

Fun for all the family

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JNC has long been one of the leading names in the redemption market and a spate of new releases means this is unlikely to change any time soon. Managing director Tom Clarke and sales executive Sam Coleman speak to Coinslot about their focus on redemption and how their products appeal to all ages in an expanding market. The redemption sector...

Boulton: “Delivering choice and variety for players is the only way forward”

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Project’s Tony Boulton talks to Coinslot Review on why delivering choice and variety for players is the only way forward. Project’s line up for EAG is all about delivering choice and variety - is this the strategic way forward for low stake gaming in the UK? Modern consumers demand choice and variety across the board and the low stake industry is...

Blueprint: Committed to success

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Ahead of EAG Gavin Wright, UK sales manager at Blueprint, comments on the company’s impressive plans for the year ahead. Coinslot: What will be the highlights on your stand at EAG? Gavin Wright: “Our B3 Carbon Premium and Black Edition menus with the debut of Genie Jackpot Megaways with its 15,625 win lines will be key high- light. The new B3...

SB Machines: Child’s Play!

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As one year draws to a close, Coinslot caught up with Paolo Sidoli of SB Machines, to get his take on what lies in store for 2019. So, what are your objectives for 2019? Our aim is to launch certainly four and possibly five new rides for 2019, some of which we presented to the industry at ACOS in October. All...

Jo Waterland’s My TouchTunes

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As we Cha Cha Slide away from Tony Glanville’s dancefloor centric playlist, things take a decidely guitar heavy lead this week. Jo Waterland, Sales Adminstrator at Sound Leisure, brings her years of jukebox savvy to the table as she plays puppet master with a unique rock line-up of rebel youths, prog aliens and sweet children... Jo got an early start...

Betcom: Kicking on from an encouraging summer

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Coinslot spoke to Betcom managing director Simon McCarthy about the company’s successes to date and plans going forward. Coinslot: How important is ACOS as a chance to assess performances from summer? Simon McCarthy: “As new entrants into the AGC/FEC market sector we find the timing of the ACOS imperative to analyse performance and discuss the overall summer business with our customer...

Electrocoin to be bigger and better on Olympia’s stage

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John Stergides, managing director at Electrocoin, comments on the strength of the industry, the importance of ACOS and what those in attendance of the show can expect from the company. Coinslot: How important will next week be in terms of assessing performances from the summer season? John Stergides:“It is very important as it gives a clearer indication on which products have...

Crown leisure MD believes it’s time to look forward

Dean Harding
Coinslot spoke to Dean Harding, managing director of Crown Leisure, about what lies ahead for the industry. With many operators wrapping up what has been a record breaking summer it would be easy to expect the foot to be taken off the gas somewhat in the run up to ACOS. Such is not the case however, for in an industry...

Acknowledging the need for change in Rank

John O'Reilly
As the Rank Group posts disappointing financials for the past twelve months, its new helmsman John O’Reilly lays out how he plans to right the ship for the years ahead. You have now been in the business for four months, what have been your first impressions? JO: Since joining I have been made to feel very welcome and I have met...

International espionage spells end for Salisbury AGC

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President Putin, Porton Down, or someone else entirely? Whoever is responsible for the Salisbury poisonings, they are also to blame for the closure of the town’s only AGC, says Jackpots owner John Liang, speaking exclusively to Coinslot. Salisbury’s only AGC has closed its doors following two high-profile instances of poisoning in the town that remain shrouded in suspicion. Jackpots, operated by JGL...

John Sullivan’s Playdium Picks

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As the summer holidays draw to a close following Paul Purcell’s sunny selections, John Sullivan, Partner and Director of GB Media Corporation, brings music alive again with showstopping Las Vegas crooners, muddy Mancunians at Glastonbury and 50,000 Liverpool fans at home! With a showman’s family background and decades of experience working across the amusements and gaming sectors, it’s fair to...

“There is a need for a great deal more money, than simply the money that we are asking for”

Marc Etches
Speaking to Coinslot, CEO of GambleAware Marc Etches explains how much more money the industry will need to provide beyond the two years set out by the charity’s Strategic Delivery Plan. COINSLOT: You’ve doubled your annual spending, but you are not asking the industry for more money this time because it’s coming from bad behaviour. I suppose the question is,...

Virtual reality, untethered and unleashed

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With more and more virtual reality arcades springing up throughout the country, Chris Webster caught up with Silicon Valley VR developer Jacob Pennock and asked him - just how much untapped potential lies in the new VR leisure market? CW: Do you think we’ve now reached a point, in terms of the quality of technology and its accessibility, where pay-to-play...

Reflex Gaming: Covering all bases

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Portfolio breadth is crucial when it comes to the digital games marketplace comments Mat Ingram, chief product officer, Reflex Gaming, with content flexibility key to commercial success. Coinslot: How do you analyse variances in content performances across sectors? Mat Ingram: “Yes,the game requirements for different venue types are different.These differences can be as simple as the game theme or design,but also...

National Piers Society sees positive future for Hastings’ new owner

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Under new commercial ownership, the National Piers Society believes Hastings Pier is well placed to capitalise on a strong UK tourism economy. he National Piers Society has said that Hastings Pier is set to have a bright future after meeting with the new owner to discuss future plans for the troubled attraction. Chairman Tim Wardley travelled to the south coast resort...

NRM name CHIPS Champion

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RM, the industry’s leading independently owned gaming technology and software solutions provider,has underlined its commitment to charity partner, CHIPS by nominating finance director, Kelly Roberts,to become the organisation’s‘ CHIPS Champion’. Roberts’ remit is to help create and co-ordinate a range of money generating initiatives to fund the purchase of a powered wheelchair and in the process help change the...

TouchTunes highlight power of technology as Playdium enjoys market leading status

Toby Hoyte
The Playdium, regarded as the world’s smartest jukebox, accounted for more than 50 percent of new UK sales in the last 12 months, a feat that sales and marketing manager Toby Hoyte is attributing to a combination of technology and terms. Expanding on his argument, Hoyte told Coinslot: “Operators are looking for products that deliver enhanced cash box figures and...

RLMS: Helping players drive the redemption experience

Tony Glanville
The redemption range from RLMS and Bulldog Games continues to increase in popularity up and down the country. Tony Glanville, MD of RLMS Sales, talks about maximising trends and how interactive play is the key for players of any age. What do you feel the hottest trends this year have been in the redemption machine market place? Tony Glanville: From our...

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