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Games Without Frontiers

Interview in Cairo by Glyn Thomas who chats to Scott Cowan, Managing Director, Inter Casino Management (EGYPT) Limited

Scott as you know Casino Life Magazine takes great pride in interviewing leading industry CEO’s and Senior Level Management to better understand both the companies that they work for or own, as well as what are the key attributes for their success. Please tell our readers about yourself and your role at Caesars Entertainment.

I have been in the gaming industry for 34 years starting in the homelands in South Africa and have since worked around the world in both land based gaming as well as a short stint in online and SMS lottery. My current role is Managing Director of ICM which is a part of Caesars Entertainment (EMEA), looking after the three properties we have in Egypt, developing those businesses and growing them year on year as well as looking for potential new opportunities in the region.

Strength in Versatility

By Tracy Damestani, CEO, NCF

On 23rd May last year senior members of NCF made a series of presentations on the future of the casino industry, and the regulatory regime which governs it, to a group of Parliamentarians. The event was an opportunity to set out our stall and articulate the case for change. The ideas discussed were well received, underpinned as they were by strong social responsibility credentials. But whilst we expected those in the room to be broadly sympathetic we were also aware that any tinkering with gambling policy would be a tough political decision and the path to change would likely be slow, painstaking and bumpy. But we were prepared for the long-haul; operating within a political landscape where we could look far into the horizon with, we thought, a degree of clarity.

Simon Thomas, CEO, The Hippodrome Casino

Like the Government, the Hippodrome Casino - along with the entire UK sector - strongly supports a healthy gambling industry. An industry that generates investment and employment and provides a safe gaming environment for all.

This is why I am heartened by its Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures and its intent to ensure a proper balance between socially responsible growth and the protection of consumers and the wider communities.

It’s time for some bold, headline-grabbing, fundamental changes.

Alive & Kicking

Gambling in the US is alive and well but less of a gamble as part of the entire non-gaming model. 2016 has shown modest revenue uptick in New Jersey and Nevada gaming. By: Robert Ambrose

With the recent release of year-end gambling figures for both Atlantic City and Nevada, we see a modest upturn in gaming numbers and or stabilization at best.

According to the recent State figures out of Atlantic City, gaming is up 1.5% in 2016. Casino win $2.6 billion.

It must be noted that the last time New Jersey saw a gaming revenue increase was 2006. By coincidence it was also the last time I worked in a casino in New Jersey. Just saying!

Of course the on-line gaming component in New Jersey played a part and with the close of the Taj Hotel Casino; business has settled in at the other seven properties.

Online Casinos Battle It Out With Promotions

Always fighting to attract and retain players, online casinos offer more promotions than their land-based counterparts.

Online casinos face much fiercer competition with each other than land based casinos. Requiring significantly lower start up costs than land based casinos, online casinos have been expanding at a prolific rate. And while the growth of online gaming isn’t necessarily coming at the expense of land based gaming – Forbes compares it to watching a sporting event at home versus attending the event itself - online casinos do offer certain advantages – playing from the comfort of one’s home is one. With the ease of just a click, you can start playing.

What criteria to use when choosing the best online casinos?

Online casinos pop up on a weekly basis, and it becomes increasingly difficult to know which ones you should choose and what separates one vs. another. What we do know is that there is a lot of information available online, which details pros and cons of each, we’d advise you to check out reviews online and make up your own mind, about what you deem as the best online casino available.

Make sure the casino you do end up signing up with is registered to a legal body such as the UK gambling commission, which means that it has to adhere to certain criteria and commit a certain quality of service to its customers, which is a good thing! These licenses also mean that the online casino in question must keep up with continuous regulation from them bodies and always ensure best practice.

What Kinds of Casino Bonus offers and Promotions Exist Online?

When you’re researching the best online casinos to pick for you, they tend to come with a huge range of uk casino bonus offers and promotions. This can make it an often laborious and complex journey in making the right decision for you.  What you should be aware of when researching and investigating is that you want to pick an online casino that is reputable, established, and positively reviewed by the wider community.

Barrière, the French leader

Eric Cavillon, General Manager Casinos & Development Casinos of group Barrière, speaks to Peter White

What would you say are some of the additional unique aspects about Barrière Casinos that set them apart from their rivals?

Why are New Slot Sites and Games so Popular Amongst Players?

Slot games are one of the most popular and biggest games in the online casino industry today. So many avid gamblers love nothing more than enjoying their part in an enticing slot game where it’s you against the slot machine. The most popular slot machines were actually derived from land based casinos and were then developed by some of the worlds famous software developers such as Playtech and Microgaming to give players a truly amazing and almost real life experience as if they were still sat in the casino hall and playing the game as a reality. If you want to find the newest and best slot sites available, visit this website to see a full range.

Poker: Skill or Chance?

“Chance favours the prepared mind” - Louis Pasteur by: Carl Sampson

The age old argument of whether poker is a game of skill or chance has reared its head again. In fact this argument has even been taken to the courts in the past few years. Many sharp minds have decreed that it is a game of chance. Are they right or wrong?
The answer to the argument is actually a simple one and as a professional poker player then I am best placed to answer it properly and accurately. Poker is a game of skill…..end of story! Well actually that can’t be the end of the story because otherwise there wouldn’t be an article.
 
Which people call it a game of luck?