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M Resort Is Close to the Action

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M Resort may be the Las Vegas casino nearest to California but it’s got its finger on the pulse of Sin City By Ryan Slattery

Located 10 miles south of the Las Vegas Strip, M Resort Spa Casino is the first property people see on the drive in from California. It opened March 1, 2009 but growth in the area with the addition of training facilities for the Las Vegas Raiders and Las Vegas Aces has led the property outgrowing its small footprint.

Gratton Resort & Casino is Aiming for the elite

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A bigger, better Graton Resort & Casino relies upon new technological initiatives. By David McKee

California’s Graton Resort & Casino was two decades in the making. The tribal casino, near Rohnert Park in California’s wine country, opened on November 15, 2013. But the road to that debut was a long and winding one. The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria originally aimed to build on Sears Point. However, environmental and traffic concerns caused them to fall back on the Rohnert Park area, where civic leaders backed the tribe’s play.

Groupe Partouche’s Pasino.ch is Growing by Leaps and Bounds

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Casino Life speaks with Pasino.ch Managing Director Rupert Ecker. By Peter White

Over his two decades in the iGaming industry, Rupert Ecker has become on of the leading figures in the field. The managing director of Groupe Partouche’s Pasino.ch, Ecker’s career has taken him to his native Germany, to Austria, then Malta, South Africa, Gibraltar and finally Switzerland. There, he presides over a flourishing online casino. Casino Life Magazine Publisher, Peter White caught up with him recently. Their conversation has been edited for clarity and length.
 
 
Could you give us an introduction in to your background in iGaming?
 

Valley Forge Resort Casino is in Fighting Trim

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Valley Forge Resort Casino may be small by U.S. standards but, as Vice President Ron Bailey attests, it packs a wallop. By David McKee

Although outgunned by larger casinos in the crowded Philadelphia market, Valley Forge Resort Casino has always punched above its weight. The Boyd Gaming property, acquired in 2018, is part of a small subclass of Pennsylvania casinos. So-called “Class III” or resort-oriented properties are strictly limited in terms of slot machines and table games.
 
Yet, despite this, Valley Forge Casino – which lies immediately across the street from the national historic park of the same name – has always been competitive with the other casinos in the area. It recently surpassed larger Harrah’s Philadelphia in its monthly gross.
 

The Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas revival is in full swing with Dreamscape founder and CEO Eric Birnbaum,

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Renovations and partnerships enhance the iconic resort. By Ryan Slattery

Lights. Canteen. Action. The Rio Hotel & Casino’s revival is in full swing, and it’s a dream come true for Dreamscape founder and CEO Eric Birnbaum. His company acquired the property from Caesars Entertainment in 2019 and is now breathing new life into the historic, just-off-the-Strip property.
 

Durango Resort Debuts

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Station Casinos' newest property is a neighborhood hit. By Ryan Slattery

Emphasizing food, sports and gaming, Station Casinos has opened a new neighborhood resort in the southwest valley of Las Vegas. The 209-room, 15-story Durango Casino & Resort, which opened December 5, is the company’s first major casino-resort opening since Red Rock Resort debuted in 2006.
 
 

Comfort and Joy to be Found at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Indiana

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Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Indiana completes a $40 million expansion. By Ryan Slattery

Caesars Entertainment has poured $40 million into a full-scale renovation of Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Anderson, Indiana property, which the company acquired in 2018, underwent a massive remodel that added gaming space to a casino that holds 1,450 slot machines and 40 table games, as well as new dining experiences. The exterior includes a redesigned porte-cochere, a prominently lit Harrah’sHoosier Park sign and a new façade.

Agua Caliente Resort Casinos Provides the Ultimate Guest Experiences

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Agua Caliente Resort Casinos, build for the long term. By Peter White

Success begets success at the Agua Caliente casino chain, which continues to grow in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. It’s an unforgiving land for the unprepared, but the Agua Caliente casinos were ready for their moment in the sun, a moment which is stretching into generations. One casino has grown into three, and a fuel station and standalone spa have been spun off for good measure. For a look at how this gaming phenomenon continues and burgeons, Publisher Peter White spoke with the casinos' Chief Operating Officer Saverio Scheri. Their conversation follows …

ZItro Continues to Create Great New Games

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Zitro looks back on ICE 2024 and ahead to 2025. By Peter White

As 40,000-plus attendees flooded ICE, one of the standout booths they would have seen was that for Zitro. The game maker brandished a fistful of new casino-floor games, in addition to its online repertory. ICE London also marked the European debut of Zitro’s wide-area progressive (WAP) games. To sort through the rush of sensations, Publisher Peter White sat down with Zitro International President Sebastian Salat.

With regard to Zitro's presence at ICE 2024, what novelties did attendees find at the company’s booth?

MONOGRAM Is the marketing agency for luxury lifestyle operators

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Amy Colbourn, managing director of business strategy for MONOGRAM, chats with Peter White

You’re running a Las Vegas resort that’s due to open soon. How do you stand out in a crowded marketplace? Ideally, you find an agency that thinks outside the box. In the case of Virgin Las Vegas, you pick up the phone and call MONOGRAM. It’s a newish marketing agency that paradoxically has a wealth of experience in Sin City. MONOGRAM Managing Director of Business Strategy Amy Colbourn unravels that paradox for our own Peter White in a recent conversation.

Could you begin by telling us a little about yourself?