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Six licenses issued for slots manufacturing

| Wednesday, March 1, 2006

State gambling regulators issued their first licenses of any kind Tuesday -- to six companies that can manufacture slot machines to be sold in the state.

"This is a major step for expanded gaming in Pennsylvania," board chairman Tad Decker said in a written statement.

The licenses are subject to 40 conditions set by the board to comply with state gambling law.

Companies receiving the licenses are Aristocrat Technologies Inc., Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty. Ltd., IGT, NRT Technology Corp., Western Money Systems and WMS Gaming Inc.

The board has yet to act on seven other companies that sought manufacturer's licenses in the control board's first round of applications. The remaining applicants are Atronic Americas LLC, Bally Gaming Inc., GTECH Corp., Spielo Manufacturing ULC, KONAMI Gaming Inc., KONAMI Corp. and Shuffle Master Inc.

Most of the public attention on gambling has focused on the board process for awarding operators' licenses to groups seeking to run the state's 14 casinos.

The control board expects to issue the first casino licenses to racetrack operators in late summer and the remaining licenses by late this year or early 2007.

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