International Game Technology (IGT) has completed a deal in which 1,250 of its historical racing machines (HRMs) will be sold to Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI). The units will operate on Ainsworth Game Technology‘s proprietary HHR platform, featuring themes on some of IGT’s highest performing hardware.
HRMs are approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and utilize the results of previously run, live horse races to generate player outcomes.
CDI will utilize the IGT HRMs at its Kentucky gaming facilities including Derby City Gaming in Louisville, Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel in Oak Grove when it opens in September 2020, Newport Racing & Gaming in Newport when it opens in early fourth quarter 2020 and future facilities.
Austin Miller, CDI Senior Vice President, Gaming Operations, commented: “CDI is excited to introduce IGT’s HRMs with their top-rated themes to our venues and players. IGT’s vast content library and reputation for delivering world-class products aligns with our commitment to delivering premier gaming and entertainment experiences to our guests.”
Ryan Comstock, Ainsworth Chief Operating Officer, noted: “We believe offering IGT’s content and hardware with our proven HHR platform will elevate the player experience in Kentucky. Having an industry-leader such as IGT partner with us helps to validate the relevance of and bright future for this exciting part of the gaming market.”
“Adding HRMs to IGT’s vast portfolio further strengthens our position as an end-to-end solutions provider and creates new opportunities to help drive our customers’ growth,” said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming.
“Our HRMs will be offered on some of our top-performing hardware including the CrystalDual 27, CrystalSlant and CrystalCurve cabinets, and will leverage some of the most recognizable themes in the gaming industry such as Fortune Coin, Griffin’s Throne and Stinkin’ Rich.”