Gaming machine distributor Asia Pioneer Entertainment (APE) has announced the third Macau installation of Konami’s new “Fortune Cup” horse racing Multi-Terminal Gaming Machines (MTGM) at MGM Cotai.
“Fortune Cup”, which was first introduce to Macau in March with installations at Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace, is an arcade style MTGM combining the mechanics of traditional arcade horse racing with the actual horse race experience.
It integrates a mechanical field racecourse with real-time digital video animation and a large LCD screen to offer spectators sports broadcasts in real time. Cantonese voice-overs for these broadcasts are jointly produced by electronic gaming equipment supplier APE and renowned Hong Kong horse racing commentator Samuel Hung.
Developed by gaming machine specialist Konami Australia Pty Ltd, the machine comprises a central 274cm-wide race track for eight horses, which can move freely and independently across the course. There are 12 high-definition touchscreen terminals for players to place bets and view horse odds, race statistics and comprehensive bet options for win, place and quinella.
“Fortune Cup is an absolute hit in Macau,” said APE’s CEO and Executive Director, Herman Ng. “For those regular players of electronic games, they find the racing game extraordinary. They can experience the excitement as if being on the real racecourse. More importantly, it is a racing game which combines sports elements where they can cheer on their stallion to final victory instead of solely pressing the bet button to wait for the result.”
Hideo Goto, International Sales Manager of Konami Australia Pty Ltd, added, “Macau represents a strategic area for us in the Asia market. It has proven an important market for the company as well, with Konami expecting to conclude several more installations in the territory by the end of the year.”