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The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced yesterday the passing of a bill in the Senate allowing skill-based games to casinos for the very first time. For Konami, a company that has been struggling in the video game arena, the Senate Bill 9 (expected to become law once signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval) will open new doors to profitability.

“AGEM is especially proud to be the initiator and one of the driving forces behind the milestone event,” said Thomas Jingoli, AGEM President and Chief Compliance Officer at Konami Gaming. “We’d like to thank the Gaming Control Board and Chairman A.G. Burnett for supporting this initiative over the past year and we are excited that Nevada will be the first in the world to offer the full extent of this innovative new form of gaming.”

The bill allows for “variable-payback percentages in slot machines to enhance the player experience by bringing true skill-based gaming, arcade-game elements, hybrid games and other unique features and technologies to the casino floor for the first time,” says the post on MarketWired.com. The more success a player has in the bonus games of skill, the more chances of payback. Such bonus games could include gameplay of various types of games such as racing, shooters, etc.

The bill will most likely become law sometime in the next two weeks.

[Source]: AGEM (via MArketWired.com): Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Hails Passage of Senate Bill 9 in Nevada That Ushers in New Era of Gaming Entertainment.

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