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GAMING with Nick Bainbrigge NEWS ARISTOCRAT AT THE AHG FOO TOWN TIME QHA REVIEW | 10 It’s hard to believe that we are only a month out from AHG 2018 where we will demonstrate that “it’s all about what’s inside”. We are excited to get the opportunity to showcase a variety of our new products across our various portfolio categories. A few highlights at the show for our Queensland operators include 5 Dragons Empire, Lightning Link Eyes of Fortune and Magic Totem and Welcome to Fantastic Jackpots to name a few. Experience 5 Dragons reincarnated like never before in 5 Dragons Empire at AHG. Entertain a variety of different players with a wide spread of denominations including never before offered 5c, 20c, 50c and $1 options. 5 Dragons Empire is available in our Helix, Helix+ and Helix XT cabinets. We’ve seen significant performance with the launch of Dragon Link Spring Festival and Peacock Princess performing at 2.59x and 2.55x respectively. There’s no doubt about how important it is to maintain the momentum within this category. We’re excited to showcase new Lightning Link titles, Eyes of Fortune and Magic Totem, at AHG. Building on the popular hold ‘n’ spin mechanic, we will debut Welcome to Fantastic Jackpots at AHG, which addresses the growing linked progressive segment. This Queensland first market product entertains a variety of players with player selectable multi denomination, scalable bonus prizes and cash on reels. Check out the two Vegas style launch themes, Fantastic Hits and Fantastic Pays, at the show. So, join Aristocrat at AHG 2018 as we showcase how “it’s all about what’s inside”. We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our Queensland customers even further and gaining your valuable feedback on our portfolio. See you at the show! What do you get when you are the world’s greatest rock band? A beer named after you. Sydney craft brewers Young Henrys have collaborated with none other than the Foo Fighters to create a limited edition beer while the juggernaut rolls around Australia. Foo Town lager is described as an easy-drinking, hazy Aussie lager which is light gold in colour with a light hop aroma and low to mid bitterness. It’s pouring at the official Sydney and Melbourne venues and will also be sold in cans through bottleshops and the brewery website. It follows a long line of musical collaborations for the Newtowners that’s taken in beers with the likes of You Am I, Front End Loader, Frenzal Rhomb, Dune Rats and PVT as well as supporting countless gigs and festivals. Young Henrys co-founder Oscar McMahon says: “Getting a call to say the Foo Fighters want to brew a beer with Young Henrys was huge for us. “It’s thanks to working with local legends that we’ve got the opportunity to brew a beer with one of the world’s best known rock bands.”

Osbourne Hotel, Fortitude Valley NEWS Photo: Seth and Vicki’s Australian Travels GHOST TOWN PUB TO REOPEN It’s been a long time between drinks at the Betoota Hotel. On a lonely road 170km east of Birdsville, the outback town of Betoota has been uninhabited since its publican and sole resident shut shop in 1997. Now a Brisbane resident and long-time fan of the pub, Robert (Robbo) Haken, has bought it and plans to reopen it in time for the Betoota races in August. Robbo recently told the Brisbane Times that he first visited the pub 30 years ago, but after seeing how derelict it had become by 2015, he knew he had to restore it. “When I walked into the place I just thought, what an amazing bit of Australia history and why isn’t someone doing something with it,” he said. In partnership with three friends, Robert is now giving the old hotel a much-needed makeover and is confident it will become a popular stop for thirsty, tired and curious travellers. “There are a lot of grey nomads that go through there and they’re all fatigued by the time they get to the centre, so basically we looked at it and thought we could be assistance there,” he said. “The response that we got from everybody in the bush out there, from the shops, to the hardware, to the local bakery, to people wanting to help us, including the local police, was absolutely astronomical.” In its heyday Betoota a busy Cobb & Co. change station and meeting point for pastoralists and drovers moving herds of cattle through customs and onto markets in South Australia. 07 3252 8899 q u e e n s l a n d h o T E L S a s s o c i a t i o n m a g a z i n e DON’T MISS OUR SPECIAL SHOWCASE ON FINANCE, ATM & POS Featured within the QHA REVIEW April edition this special editorial Showcase will address the important decisions that need to be made before the end of the financial year in relation to your business finance, insurance, superannuation, accountancy and taxation needs. We talk with industry experts on their recommendations along with previewing the latest cash and payment technology services for your patrons. All queries, be it in relation to this showcase or advertising in general can be directed to Bryony Brand 0400 462 843 or QHA REVIEW | 11