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HIPPODROME Welcomes the World

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Simon Thomas, Owner of The Hippodrome Casino, chats to Glyn Thomas

The Hippodrome Casino has just announced it is working with Hollywood A-Lister Channing Tatum to bring his Vegas show Magic Mike Live to the London venue. We spoke to Hippodrome CEO Simon Thomas about his ambitions for the production which has taken £5m in advance ticket sales in its first week.

What is Magic Mike Live?

In one word: Amazing! Magic Mike Live was conceived and co-directed by the Hollywood actor Channing Tatum. The original production opened to rave reviews in March 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It is a large-scale, live production based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL.

Industry Welcomes ICE Africa

Kate Chambers, Managing Director, Clarion Gaming chats to JJ Woods

How did ICE Africa actually come about?

The Votes Are In

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Fifty percent of Americans polled, favor legalized sports betting according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll It’s Now Legal, However, the Work is Just Getting Started. By: Robert Ambrose

The dust is beginning to settle on the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down as unconstitutional, The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, (PASPA.)

Bringing Sports Betting (SB) into a recognized, legal, transparent model means jobs and a tax stream for states, as it provides another “market-driver” in customer visitation for casino properties. And at the same time, also reducing, and hopefully making illegal betting less desirable, putting those operations out of business.

Quality Innovation from GeWeTe

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Aristidis Tsikouras, Managing Director, GeWeTe Interview. By Sophie Behan

Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary! What plans has the company this year to celebrate this impressive milestone?

We are proud to look back on 25 successful years of GeWeTe. The beginnings were naturally humble – we introduced a change machine to change notes into coins. Today we offer the greatest range of solutions for change and redemption machines and are active in a variety of markets. We have the right solution for each application. This anniversary gives us the opportunity to thank our customers personally and we expect over 400 people from all over the world to our celebrations at a special location – Phantasialand (that is near to our headquarters).

It’s Time To Unite

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Richard Noble Chairman of The National Casino Forum chats to Peter White

Congratulations on your appointment to chairman of The National Casino Forum. Can you outline your aims and ambitions for this role?

First of all, I’d like to thank Simon Thomas, CEO Hippodrome, for the energy and vision he’s shown as Chairman over the last two years. I have been the vice-chairman during this time, so we should have a smooth transfer from his tenure across to mine. It has been a real pleasure to work alongside Simon.

We are very fortunate to have a trade body where we have 100% of all UK casino operators as members. We all work very closely together and we all speak as one voice.

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Technology Solutions

Jurgen De Munck, CEO, DR Gaming Technology™ talks to Peter White

How important is DR Gaming Technology™s attendance at G2E Asia 2018, and for how many years have you now been attending the event?

Our attendance at G2E Asia is driven by the fact that as a global supplier, we believe that it, combined with G2E Las Vegas, and ICE Totally Gaming London provides us with the best possible spread of global customers, across equally well spread times of the year.

2018 will see us exhibiting at G2E Asia for only the second time, following our initial attendance in 2017.

What key products and/or solutions will DR Gaming Technology™ be showcasing at G2E Asia 2018, and why?

Casino Business

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Glyn Thomas interview with Lawrence Levy, VP Global Sales, NOVOMATIC

Okada Manila Iconic Asian Entertainment

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One of the recent additions to Metro Manila’s Entertainment City is the Okada Manila, set to become one of the iconic integrated resorts located on the city’s gaming strip. We’ve had an opportunity to chat with Alastair Dick, Vice President of Table Games at Okada Manila

 
Could you give us a bit of a background on your position with Okada Manila. What does the position entail?

Is It Unlucky to Be Superstitious? Wearing Red and Other Quirky Gamblers' Habits

Superstitions are as human as it gets. We all hold on to significant rituals before big moments or scary situations – and anyone who claims to have never had any superstitious thought is probably lying. Gamblers are among the most superstitious crowds and if you hang around in any big Monte Carlo casino long enough, you will start noticing players exhibiting their own personal rituals while gambling, especially before a crucial moment in play comes up, like drawing a card or rolling the dice.

Why Do We Need Superstitions?