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Bally Technologies Reports Issuance of Wheel-Game Patent

6 Sep 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against International Game Technology in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. The lawsuit alleges that various IGT slot machine products, including IGT's popular "Wheel of Fortune" gaming machines, infringe on a U.S. patent issued today to Bally by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Other IGT games alleged to infringe the patent include "Wheel of Gold," "The Addams Family," "American Bandstand," "The Apprentice," "Dilbert Wheelbert," "Drew Carey Great Balls of Cash," "Elvira," "I Dream of Jeannie," "I Love Lucy," "Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark," "M*A*S*H," "Megabucks with Morgan Fairchild," "Regis On the Town," "Sinatra," and "Twilight Zone." Bally's lawsuit requests preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, a court declaration of infringement, and monetary damages.

The newly issued patent, entitled "Indicator Wheel System" (U.S. Patent No. 7,100,916) benefits from an original Oct. 2, 1992, filing date and relates to, among other things, the use of spinning wheel indicators on a game.

"Bally has a 75-year history of developing outstanding gaming products and has also acquired a number of innovative companies and technologies," said Richard Haddrill, CEO of Bally Technologies. "The newly issued patent was developed by Arcade Planet, a gaming company that Bally acquired more than two years ago. Bally intends to aggressively prosecute any infringement of this patent."

With a history dating back to 1932, Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies designs, manufactures, operates and distributes advanced gaming devices, systems and technology solutions worldwide. Bally's product line includes reel-spinning slot machines, video slots, wide-area progressives and Class II, lottery and central determination games and platforms. As the world's No. 1 gaming systems company, Bally also offers an array of casino management, slot accounting, bonusing, cashless and table management solutions.

 
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