Featured Editorials

Everyone’s first choice for Casinos

Richard Noble, Chief Operating Officer at Aspers Group Limited, chats to Glyn Thomas

It’s always nice to start an interview with congratulations and in this case it’s for winning approval to operate the large Casino in Southampton. Everyone involved must be very pleased?

Thanks Glyn, we are absolutely delighted to be awarded the Southampton large casino licence. It’s a very significant win for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it’s the last remaining large licence available under the 2005 Act, and in a very competitive pitch it has been a real endorsement of Aspers’ model that we were lucky enough to be chosen by Southampton Council.

Review: The 2016 WSOP

Every May the brightest stars and the most optimistic hopefuls in the world of poker descend on the gambling capital of America in Las Vegas to pit their skills against each other in the World Series of Poker. Since the very first World Series was held in 1970 in the Horseshoe Casino it’s a tournament that has steadily gained both importance and prestige in the poker world.

Not surprisingly, the potential rewards are huge – and the more people who enter, the greater the prizes will be.  In this year’s WSOP, sponsored by 888poker, the total number of entrants was 107,833 – only the second time it has ever exceeded 100,000 –  and this meant a correspondingly high prize pot of $221,211,336.

In hospitality and Gaming it’s all about the Experience

The Experience was clearly evident at the 16th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking held at the Mirage in Las Vegas in June 

This conference, presented by UNLV’S International Gaming Institute began with a key note address by Steve Wynn, Gaming Visionary and Developer who changed the landscape not only in Las Vegas but throughout the industry with the opening of the Mirage in 1989.

Dr. Bo Bernhard Executive Director, International Gaming Institute, UNLV addresses the conference

“…It wasn’t about gaming,” Wynn said. “It was about the place!” This was an obvious reference to gaming’s position then, as well as gaming’s position now within the total model of the non-gaming resort experience.

New Jersey: North vs South

More challenges ahead for New Jersey by Frank Catania

This November, New Jersey voters will not only be voting for President, they also will be voting on whether to allow two casinos in specific North Jersey locations, just minutes from New York City. This is not the first time voters in New Jersey were given the option of allowing casinos in North Jersey. A few years prior to the referendum allowing casinos in Atlantic City in 1977, a referendum allowing casinos statewide was defeated. Will the initiative be successful this time?

The increase in smartphone gambling

In the online gambling landscape of today, those who provide and operate software lay high importance on delivering a mobile friendly interface, as well as approachable characteristics to their casino players.

It is essential for the current smartphone gaming industry to cover the traditional web platforms, and also attract the latest generations of players using mobile gadgets. From now until the foreseeable future there is strong opinion that the mobile market will grow exponentially. Because of this, technological advances are crucial to observe, follow and put into operation. 

The number of mobile device users is increasing

Online Sports and Casino options for Canadians

When it comes to online gambling and online sports betting, the gambling laws in Canada don’t prohibit playing at international sites. What this essentially means is that Canadians are free to enjoy all the thrills that offshore online gambling websites offer.

This includes gambling establishments that are based in the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Malta, and Antigua.

According to gaming law expert with Dickinson Wright, Toronto, Michael Lipton, there have been no prosecutions that have resulted in convictions or guilty pleas. Offshore sports betting sites see Canada as a grey zone. Lipton has been involved with legal issues surrounding offshore gambling in Canada for a long time.

The Living Wage

Rebecca Green chats to Ian Hogg at specialist staff scheduling company ShopWorks

The UK government introduced a new Living wage of £7.20 per hour on April 1st 2016, the first increased pay checks have been paid out and Casino operators are starting to assess the impact. Casino Life spoke to Ian Hogg at specialist staff scheduling company www.theshopworks.com , which supplies Casino operators, Bingo Halls, Bookmakers and AGCs with systems designed to reduce their staff bills to find out how it is affecting the industry.

Casino Life: There is some confusion about terminology between minimum wage and living wage, can you clear this up for us?

Popularity of eSports soars in Japan

Asia's love of eSports has been clearly evident over recent years, with bumper attendances at tournaments in South Korea and high playing numbers in China. One Asian country that has taken its time to embrace eSports, however, has been Japan; something of a surprise considering the country's passion for video games. But things are beginning to change, with Game Party Japan 2016, held earlier this year, demonstrating just how big a leap is being made by the country’s gaming community. In addition to the number of fans that turned up to watch the event, the prize money of around ¥100 million highlighted just how serious Japan is getting when it comes to eSports. 

Japan's new age of eSports

Solverde Hospitality Beyond Borders, Espinho-Chaves-Algarve

José Manuel Xambre, Casino Director at Solverde, S.A. speaks to Peter White

How important is hospitality and entertainment to the Leisure Hotel Casino?

The hospitality and events organized by Casino Chaves are of the utmost importance to the success of the project carried out in the region.

In addition to essential resources to enhance the profitability of the Casino, - Solverde’s core business in Portugal, - events also allow our integrated region to be boosted through a diverse schedule of gastronomic and musical events that otherwise would not be available.

UK Gambling Commission May Tax Free Bets

What started off as an act created to ensure the UK receive its duty from online gambling companies that target its citizens, slowly transformed into a more encompassing law that will, after the following year, also force betting operators to pay taxes for their free bets, which have become such an important promotion for every casino or sport betting operator.

For the time being, players can still enjoy their favorite free bonuses (change-free) until the deadline given to operators ends on August 2017. Unfortunately, the changes may come prior to the given time-frame as game providers might want to start off adapting to the new provisions early, but, in the meantime, you can keep an eye on the situation by tracking free offers at NoDepositMonitor.com for any major changes.