Play with confidence in Canadian casinos and gaming facilities

    TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ - Canadians can continue to play their games of
chance with confidence the President of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA)
said today.
    "Trust is the cornerstone of the gaming business and Canadians should be
comfortable in knowing that gaming devices are carefully screened by
provincial agencies to ensure the integrity of the games," said CGA President
William Rutsey.
    Mr. Rutsey was commenting on a CBC news report questioning the operation
of three Konami Gaming video slot machines. Earlier this week Konami announced
its intention to sue the CBC for the misinformation contained in its newscast.
    "Gaming devices are not programmed or designed to display subliminal
messages. No gaming manufacturer would do something like this," said Rutsey.
"It is unethical and it would place manufacturers' licenses at risk in
jurisdictions around the world. This was simply a technical glitch and Konami
has provided conversion kits to correct the problem," Rutsey added.
    Gaming Laboratories International, Inc., the largest and most respected
independent testing lab in the world confirmed that the invalid graphical
display occurs for one fifth of a second, is not visible to the human eye and
can only be seen when the game is videotaped and then stepped through on a
frame-by-frame basis. The invalid graphic only occurs prior to the reel spin,
and most importantly, has no bearing on the random number generator or the
outcome of the game.
    Gaming equipment manufacturers (including Konami) together with all
gaming industry participants place the integrity of the industry and customer
trust and confidence above all else. The Canadian gaming industry operates
under strict licensing and testing standards overseen by provincial regulatory
    "We will continue to work with our members, provincial agencies and
regulators to ensure that the public has the facts that it needs to ensure
that trust and confidence are maintained," said Rutsey.

    The Canadian Gaming Association represents industry leading operators,
manufacturers, suppliers and others nation-wide.

For further information:

For further information: on the CGA, visit or
contact Paul Burns at (416) 579-3922

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