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MAKING SUNSHINE

Peter White talks to Des Whitcher, Director of Gaming Development & Slots at Sun International

Sun International is Southern Africa’s undisputed casino leader with 376 tables and 10,770 slots across casinos in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland, and Monticello in Chile.We spoke to Des Whitcher about the scale of the operation and the issues he faces in making sure Suns slots deliver.

Des, how did you start out in the gaming industry –and what has kept you there?

DOUBLING DOWN

Glyn Thomas talks to Michelle Cummins, GM of Casino Bucharest in Romania and the Corinthian Casino in Glasgow.

Glyn Thomas talks to Michelle Cummins, GM of Casino Bucharest in Romania and the Corinthian Casino in Glasgow.

Michelle, can you introduce yourself to our readers?

MULTI-CHANNEL ROADMAP

Chris Sanson interviews Marcel Heutmekers, Vice President and General Manager, International Casino, SPIELO International

Chris Sanson interviews Marcel Heutmekers, Vice President and General Manager, International Casino, SPIELO International

Can you give us a brief history of SPIELO International, from its original plans and ambitions to present day?

SPIELO International™ represents the joining of SPIELO, the global leader in the government sponsored VLT gaming market, and ATRONIC, a leading supplier to commercial casino gaming markets. SPIELO was established in Moncton, Canada, in 1990, while ATRONIC was established in Austria in 1993.

A SILVER LINING

Glyn Thomas talks to Sabby Gill, Regional Vice President, South Latin America & Caribbean, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) at IGT

Glyn Thomas talks to Sabby Gill, Regional Vice President, South Latin America & Caribbean, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) at IGT

South Latin America & Caribbean, Europe, Middle East & Africa that a lot of regions to cover you must rack up a lot of air miles?

Enough to take myself around the world a couple of times I am sure. I just wish I had the time to use them! When you are responsible for three of the major continents in the world, you soon get to experience every major airport and airline that operates and so many time zones that you forget where you are on occasion. Even with all of this, I do consider that I have one of the best jobs in the industry.

What aspect of your job are you most passionate about?

HARD ROCKERS | Love All, Serve All. Save the Planet’

Seminole Gaming and CEO Jim Allen are on the move in the U.S. and in no small way by David McKee

Florida’s Seminole Tribe is feeling bullish about the future of its gambling operations, including its two Hard Rock-branded casinos. On Dec.20, it bestowed a five-year contract extension upon CEO James F. Allen, and granted shorter extensions to Hard Rock International CEO Hamish Dodds (three years) and Seminole Gaming CFO Brad Buchanan. In an additional spate of executive hiring, it snapped up former Borgata president Larry Mullin, installing him as Seminole Gaming’s chief operating officer. Projects either going up or in development under the Hard Rock imprimatur literally span the globe from Hungary to the city of Haikou, in China.

BROAD VISION

Glyn Thomas talks with Armin Karu, chairman of the board at Olympic Entertainment Group.

Your 9 months 2012 financial results are very encouraging. Do you think that gaming has become more an “affordable” entertainment expense in Europe or is it just that Olympic – with its focus on gaming and entertainment - taps into a market that is part of consumers everyday expenditure?