For us, 2017 can be summed up in one word: awesome. Sure, there were less awesome moments along the way; but as with any year, we made the most of them to make it our best year yet.
This year at Awesome Hand Gaming was a year of newness: new games, new events, new locations, and new people. We’ve learned new things about each other, and implemented new strategies to keep our customers playing and our brand growing. These changes haven’t changed us, but instead enhanced and amplified our customer-centric marketing services.
To show you just how much we’ve been up to, we’ve compiled a review of all of this year’s happenings. Take it from us: there’s plenty more where this comes from!
Maggie O’Neill’s Public House (Marengo, IL)
Town Liquors (Algonquin, IL)
Village Vintner Winery and Brewery (Algonquin, IL)
Big Fran’s Boardwalk Gaming (McHenry, IL)
Addison’s Steakhouse (McHenry, IL)
The Breakers Restaurant (Crystal Lake, IL)
Dawn’s Voodoo Room (St. Charles, IL)
Kumi Sushi (Crystal Lake, IL)
Matt’s Tavern (Crystal Lake, IL)
Pub 83 Pizza and Smokehouse (Long Grove, IL)
Village Pizza and Pub (Elgin, IL)
VFW Post 5040 (Woodstock, IL)
Chinabar (McHenry, IL)
Hot Slots Cafe (South Elgin, IL)
All Inn Pub & Grub (Holiday Hills, IL)
Lucky 7’s Gaming Cafe (Hebron, IL)
Leona’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria (Elk Grove Village, IL)
Galati’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria (Lake Villa, IL)
Looney’s Pub (Antioch, IL)
St. Charles Bowl (St. Charles, IL)
Keep up with all Awesome Hand Gaming locations here!
This year, we’ve seen a wealth of new games from different terminals that have brought more fun and more ways to win. Gaming innovations are becoming increasingly responsive to consumers’ gaming behavior by tying in nostalgic characters and themes that sustain customer recall. There are endless opportunities for creativity, and these new games are no exception.
Monopoly Jackpot Station
Colossal Bier Haus
Bigger City 5’s
Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania II
Wild Wild East
Icarus: The Journey
Doctor Bone Jangles
Better Off Ed
Wild Jackpot: Quick Hit Platinum
Wonder Woman Gold
Spin For Cash
New People and Events
This has been Awesome Hand Gaming’s most “eventful” year to date. There were repeats of great annual events in addition to many first-time events for our team. Our deliberate focus on conducting more local events would not be possible without bolstering our own events team. Our new events manager, “KJ,” joined the events team this year to help us do just that! A market research graduate from Elmhurst College with eight years of hospitality industry experience, KJ has helped us pull off some of the best events we’ve ever done!
Speaking of events, here are the great events we hosted this year. If you couldn’t attend any of these, don’t worry: 2018 has much more in store!
Party with a Playmate
This past April, AHG – along with Tomczak’s Tap, Crossroads of Wood Dale, Jb’s Inn, and Thornwood Restaurant and Lounge – hosted our second Playboy Playmate meet and greet. We partied with playmate Carly Lauren as she met and took professional pictures with patrons. Participants received complimentary Playboy merchandise, and free slot play was given to the first 10 guests in line. Carly was the second Playboy Bunny we’ve had, the first being Alison Waite, who came to Woodstock in November 2014.
Jumbo Battle Pong
On July 13th, 2017, AHG hosted our first ever Jumbo Battle Pong tournament at Sunnyside Tavern, which quickly became a favorite of customers and locations alike. This colossal version of the house party favorite involved throwing volleyballs into painted red garbage cans to resemble giant red solo cups. Sufficed to say, we’ve started a new AHG summertime tradition! Check out the event photos here!
This event was a slam dunk. AHG hosted its first Bar Olympics in August 2017 at Hoops Sports Bar in Hebron, IL. The tournament was Olympic-style scoring, with each event totaling up at the end to give each competitor a grand total. The stations for the event included: Jumbo Jenga, LifeSize Battle Pong, Darts, Football Toss, and a Flip Cup Face Off. Each participant was able to “free play” from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. The owner, Gus, also generously gave all participants $5 in free slot play! Take a look at the event photos for a closer look at all the stations!
Mario Kart Tournament
Beer specials and N64: what more could a 90’s kid want? Awesome Hand Gaming came to Muggs-N-Manor to host our first-ever Mario Kart Tournament. This favorite childhood pastime was a hit for patrons, and the $5 in free slot play just for giving it a shot wasn’t bad either.
Caribbean Nights Costume & Game Challenge With Pirate Impersonator
If there’s one thing we know, it’s a good costume party. On August 19th, Awesome Hand Gaming partnered with Glo-Bowl/Trio Grille in Marengo, Illinois for our Caribbean Nights costume party! It was our first time hiring a pirate impersonator (we’re sure you do that all the time….), and it was a blast. The party started the second Captain Jack Sparrow walked in the door. Needless to say, attendees were shocked at the uncanny resemblance. This was a multi-station event, featuring bar favorites like bag toss, 1-shot-strike, darts, limbo, and pinball with Captain Jack himself.
Bring It On Billiards Tournament
Awesome Hand Gaming hosted its first ‘Bring It On Billiards’ tournament at Tinman’s Pub in Fox River Grove on September 13, 2017. It was in speed challenge formation, with timed challenges and random player pairings. The person who got the most amount of balls in the pockets within the time frame won. Scoring was bracket style, with the winners advancing to the next rounds of play until the championship. Each player received $5 in free slot play, compliments of Tinman’s.
Let’s Flamingle, Because We’re Single
First Place Sports Bar in Hoffman Estates and AHG kicked off “cuffing season” this November with our first singles mixer, “Let’s Flamingle, Because We’re Single!” The tropical-themed event required all attendees to wear buttons designating them as single or taken as they played and socialized their way through stations of games: Pineapple Bowling, Tropical Limbo, Flamingo Toss, and Tropical Beer Pong. Five dollars in free slot play was also given out to participants. Just call us Cupid.
New Promotional Video
This year, AHG excitedly debuted our first promotional video! Actual AHG team members and locations were involved in the production, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with how it turned out. It’s real people, real opportunities, and real success!
Re-watch it below.
And that’s a wrap on 2017! We’ll see you in 2018 for even more spectacular events, games, and chances to win from Awesome Hand Gaming!