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Otium Casino Batumi Georgia: The Gaming Environment

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An interview with Ramachander Siva, CEO Otium Casino Batumi 

One of the newest casinos in Batumi, Otium, is located in the architecturally significant high-rise building of the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. Quite quickly the casino gained popularity among local and international players, despite a harsh competition in this market. We have met Mr. Ramachandar Siva, the CEO of Otium casino.

Can you tell us about the history and background of the casino in Batumi? Why did you decide to open a casino in this city?

Casino 2000: At the crossroads of Europe

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Reflecting upon the storied past of Casino 2000, its leader outlines a regimen for its future by Peter White and David McKee

Tucked away in the spa town of Mondorf-les-Bains is Casino 2000, a smallish but innovative property that markets itself to both France and Germany, each of which is a stone’s throw distant. The adults-only property is run by General Manager Guido Berghmans, who has been with Casino 2000 for nearly all of its four decades. Catering to grown-up gamblers and Francophone audiences, particularly in its entertainment regime, Casino 2000 strives to be up to date and cosmopolitan in its offerings.

Casino Management System means Modulus Group

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Modulus Group Casino Management Systems grows from modest beginnings to a global force. By David McKee

It took a lifetime’s work to bring Fivos Polymniou to Modulus Group, the gaming-solutions company he founded in Monaco. His beginnings in casinos can be traced back almost 40 years, to the United Kingdom. Polymniou got his first gaming job with Bass Leisure, working on sports betting and bingo. Following a flyer into an Internet IPO, he landed at Bally Gaming, which was looking to expand substantially in the UK, thanks to revisions of the 1968 Gaming Act. Polymniou rose with Bally, as its business expanded, to become the head of its UK office.

Boyd Gaming 'Creating a Better Experience'

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Interview with David Strow, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Boyd Gaming by Victor H. Royer

Casino Life Magazine and Outsource Digital Media recently had the opportunity to interview David Strow, vice president of corporate communications for Boyd Gaming, one of the United States’ largest and most respected casino operators. In his role at Boyd Gaming, David oversees the company’s strategic communications functions, including media relations, public relations and publicity, internal communications, financial communications, crisis communications, and ESG reporting. David is also a member of the Boyd Gaming Charitable Giving Committee and oversees the company’s philanthropic budget.

Image: The Orleans Casino Resort in Las Vegas

Grosvenor Casinos Nottingham And The Training Game

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Damien Connelly chats with Grosvenor Casino Nottingham General Manager, Daren Brain

The last three years have been extremely challenging for the service sectors. Having endured the pandemic they are hit with recruitment challenges, followed by the massive increases in costs due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. What has been Grosvenor Casino’s approach to recruitment and retention?

We have a few programs going on now. We have our career pathway, ‘Raising Your Game.’

Shangri Las Casino Customized with Innovation

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Michael Boettcher, founder, Storm International speaks with David McKee ahead of the opening of Shangri La Batumi

Storm International, a casino company with a quarter-century of experience, is bringing its brand to Batumi. Visit the Ramada Plaza Hotel by Wyndham Batumi and you will find Casino Shangri La Batumi, the latest jewel in the Storm International crown. Having gone live on August 2 of this year, Shangri La Batumi offers 130 slot machines and 28 table games of varying genres. To get a look behind the scenes, Casino Life Publisher Peter White spoke with the men at the eye of Storm International, Michael Boettcher and Darren Keen. The following interview has been edited for clarity.

Thunder Valley Casino Resort are Champions of Diversity

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Interview with Dawn Clayton, general manager, Thunder Valley Casino Resort by Victor H. Royer

Casino Life Magazine recently had the opportunity to interview Dawn Clayton, general manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort, in Lincoln, California. Dawn joined Thunder Valley Casino Resort in August 2010 as vice president of gaming operations. Shortly thereafter she was promoted to assistant general manager and then in March 2013 she was promoted to general manager with direct oversight for the day-to-day operations of Northern California’s premier casino destination resort. She is a 40-year veteran of the gaming/hospitality industry, having held executive-level positions at commercial, riverboat, racino and Native American properties.

European Dealer Championship Finals 2023 Review

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Peter White was present to experience this must-attend industry event organized by the European Casino Association

The crème de la crème of our European industry’s croupiers battled it out recently in Brussels. Casino Life continued its involvement with the European Dealer Championship by being present to witness this essential industry event – we’ve been attending the European Casino Association’s EDC now for 10 years, and like a good whisky or cognac, the EDC is getting better with age.

Image: Alessandro Mesina, UK, Les Ambassadeurs Casino

A cosmopolitan man for Cosmopol

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Yared Gabretensaye, General Manager, Casino Cosmopol speaks with David McKee and Peter White

Gaming is a transcontinental and cosmopolitan industry but few of its executives can boast a more globe-trotting resumé than Yared Gabretensaye does. General manager of Casino Cosmopol in Malmo and overseer of table games at all Cosmopol-branded properties in Sweden, he’s worked on at least three continents, as well as the oceans. And he’s not done yet.

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Ambassadeurs Group Building better futures – one year at a time

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To mark its first year and the raising of £2m for good causes, Ambassadeurs Group celebrated with a special performance by the world-famous Kingdom Choir Photography by David Loftus

When Ambassadeurs Group (AG) was set up in early 2022, the leadership team had a clear idea about what they wanted to achieve in the first year. They shaped a group around a core purpose of raising standards and giving back, with an overarching aim of building better futures for their people, planet, members, and communities.