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New AGA President/CEO: “We’re A Global Entertainment Association”

After 17 years, a new person is leading the American Gaming Association (AGA). Geoff Freeman was appointed president and chief executive officer on July 1. He takes over from Frank J. Fahrenkopf who was AGA’s president since its founding in 1996. Fahrenkopf is being retained as a consultant to assist with the transition through the end of the year.

Working Together Casino Life Interview with AGEM Executive Director Markus Prater

AGEM Working Together for the Common Good of the Industry

Marcus Prater is Executive Director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), a non-profit trade organization comprised of the world’s top gaming industry suppliers.  AGEM is a sponsor of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the preeminent international gaming industry trade show and conference held annually in Las Vegas. It also sponsors G2E Asia and partners with SAGSE, South America’s premier gaming trade shows in Panama and Buenos Aires. 

Is Manila the region’s next World Class Gaming Destination?

Is Manila the region’s next Macau?

The gambling world is on the lookout for its next international hub, and the city of Manila is firmly on the radar. But can the Philippine capital handle an influx of junket operators and criminal undercurrents?  

Skyscrapers, jeepneys, Lake Taal and shoe production…the bustling metropolis of Manila is famous for many things, but can world-class casinos be next? With the PSEI - the Philippines’ regional stock market index - emerging as one of 2012’s top performers, there has been speculation that that the city can rival Macau as Asia’s flagship gambling centre.

Developing new Casinos by Chris Moore

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Recollections – Developing New Casinos by Chris Moore

When I began my casino career in 1974, most of the casinos in London were owned by individuals. One or two owners had slightly disreputable backgrounds and a few were actually ex-croupiers. The casino business has changed since then, becoming much more regulated and far more corporate. At the same time it has become slightly less vibrant and a little less stimulating. That is of course only an opinion, many accountant-types would argue that the industry has improved beyond recognition with no core damage whatever. What seems undeniable is that the casino industry has a dynamic future, as it continues to adapt and expand around the globe.

The Casino Club at The Greenbrier

The Casino Club at The Greenbrier

Casino Life’s Steve Karoul chats with Todd Fishon VP Casino Operations , Greenbrier Resort, West Virgina USA.

Vapelux providing a genuine alternative for those gamblers who enjoy a cigarette

Vapelux providing a genuine alternative for those gamblers who enjoy a cigarette.

Glyn Thomas chats with Nick Roman, Commercial Manager of Vapelux Ltd about their range of e-cigarettes.

"Aspers Casino Stratford is the largest Casino venue in the British Isles with more tables and slots than any other competitor.

Hosting thousands of visitors throughout the Summer Olympics, they now have a bustling, lively entertainment venue featuring slots, roulette, black jack and London’s largest poker room. Sky Bar and Tanzibar offer a selection of fine cocktails against the throb of live music, with live betting on 27 huge plasma screens.

'Inspirational' Casino RAY Helsinki

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Glyn Thomas chats with Janne Perakyla VP COO RAY Finland

What are amongst your many responsibilities are what you would consider the most essential involved your role of as VP & COO.

Now when world around gambling is quite challenging I try to focus my work to three things: look the future, inspire staff and follow profitability.

What aspects of your role do you find most satisfying?

I have to say that future forecasting and inspiring young experts.

Heritage restored for the Sofitel Montevideo Carrasco & Spa

CODERE RESORT CASINO CARRASCO URUGUAY

Heritage restored

Janice Chaka & Peter White talk with Guillermo Arcani Projects Director of Codere S.A about the impressive reconstruction of the Sofitel Montevideo Carrasco & Spa

A GALAXY OF CHOICE

Galaxy Resort Casino Macau

 

Glyn Thomas talks with Peter Johns, Vice President, Electronic Games, Gaming Operations, Galaxy Macau. 

Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd reported an annual net profit more than doubled last year to HK$7.4 billion ($953 million) from HK$3 billion in 2011. Revenue rose 38 percent to HK$56.7 billion - these are highly impressive figures in a highly competitive gaming destination.

Innovating for Growth

Ramesh Srinivasan took the helm of Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies in December 2012 when he was named president and chief executive officer. Prior to this promotion, Srinivasan had served as president and chief operating officer since March 2011. Since first joining Bally in 2005 as executive vice president of systems, Srinivasan led the Systems division to record revenues and customer-satisfaction levels, and is continuing to drive impressive performance throughout the company today.