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The CIO’s role in managing Global multi-billion dollar integrated casino resorts

How do you describe the role of CIO in gaming organizations.      

The role of CIO is no different from any other Business executive, it is  24 x7, it does not matter where you are physically , whether you are in Vegas, Macau or in Timbuktu ,on the premise or off the premise, the same goals as the CEO , namely driving the top line, improving the bottom line,  optimization of slots/tables , managing  customer experience, Leveraging the technology towards creating business value, ensuring 24 x 7 operations & customer service,  and strategic collaboration with all the stakeholders .

Reach for the Stars

Earlier this year Interblock launched the G5 Diamond Series, can you explain to our readers about these new EGM’s as well as the reaction by Casino operators when they see them in operation on your booth at exhibitions.

"Staying in focus"

“Focus” is a word you’ll hear often in conversation with Pinnacle Entertainment CEO Anthony Sanfilippo. It’s his mantra for the company and it’s his operating philosophy. How many companies of Pinnacle’s stature would simply walk away from the application process for a New York State casino because it disrupted the focus of their integration of Ameristar Casinos into Pinnacle?

“We knew we would be, as it turned out, one of 22 companies putting in for four licenses,” Sanfilippo says. “We felt the distraction of going after a license was [less] important to focus on than the integration of Ameristar and Pinnacle Entertainment … there was not a better and higher use of our time than to focus on system integration, people integration and really get the value out of two companies of the same size coming together.”

Partnering in Education

How is the first year of the courses proceeding?

We have accomplished a great deal in one year. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of this program at Drexel and working with an outstanding academic team.  Being in a position where you can both initiate and facilitate positive educational change is rewarding.

My goal for several years has been to establish myself academically in a university setting such as Drexel and instruct gaming and hospitality.

We Listen and Build Trust

At Bally Technologies, it’s a Team Effort that Translates into a Diverse Product Portfolio

            The Bally Technologies duo of Marco Herrera and Jean Venneman are quite a team. Herrera, Vice President of Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, is versed in the strategy of developing market-specific games. Venneman, Vice President of Product Management and Licensing, is getting ready to showcase those specific games for Europe, Australia and Asia at G2E

            Herrera is based in Amsterdam and Venneman in Reno, NV. They were together in Las Vegas for a two-day Bally Technologies global sales conference, yet found time to sit with Jack Bulavsky, Special Assignment Correspondent for Casino Life.

What’s going to be your main focus at G2E?

From Jersey with Love: An Online Casino Tale

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie approved Caesars Online Casino to start operating on 21 November 2013. The current legislation permits this gaming giant to offer online casino games to all legal age players – 21 and over – located within the state of New Jersey. Legislation was passed by the Department of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) for all real money casino games. Among others, players can enjoy roulette, video poker, video slots, progressive slots, and blackjack. Caesars Interactive Entertainment in New Jersey is an affiliate of Boardwalk Regency Corporation. CaesarsCasino.com uses the Amaya platform, based in Canada.

Atlantic City Casinos Branch Out

Getaway Try the Norwegian Cruise Line Expirence

Due to the resounding success of Norwegian Breakaway, which is the first of Norwegian’s two new 146,600 gross ton, 4,000-passenger  ​Breakaway class vessels with the first launched in April, 2013; followed by Norwegian Getaway in February both of these will be followed by two further Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss vessels with the first scheduled for delivery October 2015 followed by the second in Spring 2017. Casino Life caught up with the Vice President of Casino, Jim Abbas during a brief break in his busy travel schedule

It has been a year since we last spoke, how has it treated you?

A Whole New Galaxy of Entertainment

With your second phase development already under construction, and the third and fourth also in planning, has there ever been another example to match the size and scale of your phased Resort Casino development plans?

Galaxy Macau is an investment of 16.5 billion for Phase 1 and 19.6 billion for Phase 2.  After the completion of Galaxy Macau, we still have an additional landbank of 1 million sqm which is approved for gaming, resort and retail facilities, etc. All of our land is contiguous which allows us to develop the single largest integrated resort.

With an estimated land bank of 21.5 million square feet in Macau that provides plenty of scope for Galaxy’s development plans, will that involve the construction of an entertainment arena?

Investing for the Future

Investing for the Future 

Damien Connelly visited CASINO 2000 to meet with Guido Berghmans 

With 330 machines (soon to be 340) and 6 live tables, CASINO 2000 may not be the most impressive building, but I think it is one of the best run casinos in Europe. The numbers prove this: while casino GGR (gross gaming revenue) is down 33% Europe-wide since 2007 (excluding the UK), CASINO 2000 has seen its GGR reduce only 2% since 2007. It has significantly outperformed the European market average.