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High-stakes bet

 

Ryan Eller rakes the chips for Genting Group’s lavish Resorts World Catskills. By David McKee

Genting Group made a high-stakes, $1.2 billion bet on reviving the casino business in New York State’s mountainous Catskills region. Their gleaming destination-resort project opened in February 8, 2018 and there’s never been a dull moment since. The megaresort is a work in progress, with some amenities only just coming online now. It also finds itself in the jaws of a nutcracker, considering fierce competition from other upstate New York casinos, as well as ones in northern Pennsylvania—especially the former Sands Bethlehem (now Wind Creek Bethlehem) which was already deeply entrenched with New York City gamblers.

The next stop for DRGT™ is ICE London

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Following Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, DRGT™ CEO, Jurgen De Munck, DRGT™ Mexico MD, Alfredo Moreno and DRGT™ LatAm and the Caribbean MD, Alex Stiglich discuss what products and technologies drew the most interest from local operators.

G2E is the core exhibition for your local markets Alex and Alfredo. Did the event live up to expectations?

Alex: I believe so. Our market is a lot more mature than Alfredo’s and as such the upgrades to our current Tables Management System, as well as our new drReelBonus slots Bonus game were the key talking points.

The fact that all table configurations can now be done in the Cage, and our ability to now do FOREX transactions in cash at individual Tables was really well received, as was the ability for Tables players to now be able to cash out directly to their player card at the Table.

G2E Continues to Do Good

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Allie Barth, VP of Industry Relations with the American Gaming Association, and Korbi Carrison, Event Director for Global Gaming Expo at Reed Exhibitions. By Damien Connelly

Trends

As the AGA’s Allie Barth commented: “There are elements of push and pull around Global Gaming Expo (G2E). Attendees ask for specific topics to be covered (that’s the pull) and the AGA pushes select topics to our industry.

Casino Helsinki

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Tiina Siltanen, General Manager, Casino Helsinki chats to Peter White

Casino Helsinki General Manager Tiina Siltanen hasn’t just encountered the glass ceiling, she’s busted through it. After a six-year sojourn in the Swedish casino industry, she returned to her native Finland just in time to participate a ramping up of Casino Helsinki, including the introduction of new entertainment and Sports Bar. By her own description, Siltanen continues to grow and develop as an executive. Casino Life was fortunate to get time out of her busy schedule for this chat.

How did you start your career in Casinos and what attracted you to work in an industry that is almost a way of life?

Hitting a High Note: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain Amplifies Northern California

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Peter White chats to Glenda Nelson Chairperson of Enterprise Rancheria Tribe and Mark Birtha President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain

Interview Originally Published Casino Life September 2019

It’s not often that one Native American tribe looks to another to manage its gaming operations. But when the Enterprise Rancheria Tribe wanted to build a new casino, they turned to Hard Rock International, a Seminole-owned company with arguably the most potent brand equity in the casino business. Now Hard Rock Sacramento at Fire Mountain is ready to open. Tribal Chairwoman Glenda Nelson and Casino President Mark Birtha give us a virtual tour of the Tribal Showpiece.

Winning Performance with Zitro Gaming

 

Zitro Games has been leading the video bingo market for some time, and now, with its immensely successfully Bryke video lots product line that includes dynamic progressive slots such as Link King, Link Me and Link shock, and its branched out into Internet-based social gaming and real money igaming, it prepares itself to become a global leader in the gaming industry. What will Zitro be bringing to Global Gaming Expo? We sat down for a few minutes with founder Johnny Viveiro Ortiz to learn more

Why is G2E Las Vegas such an important Exhibition for Zitro Games?

G2E Las Vegas is one of the most important trade shows in the world where the global gaming industry comes together. It is a perfect place and moment to show to operators our best performing products as well as exciting new games and cabinets, which surely will contribute significantly to our expansion plans and improve our already privileged position.

What you need to know about No Wagering Casino Sites

 

There are so many factors that contribute to the gradual uptake and interest in casino gaming worldwide. The popularity of casino sites is as a result of the fact that the player only requires an electronic device and connectivity to the internet. The electronic device could be a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or simply a smartphone and internet connection. No Wagering casino sites are moreover becoming a great focus in the modern world today. A wager is simply described as the amount of times a casino bonus needs to be played before it can be taken out in real money.

Why is Online Betting so Addictive?

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When we think of gambling, our brains immediately conjure up images of flashy and extravagant casinos, with cards, spinning wheels, boards and dice, and other glamorous images. The days of traditional casinos have gone, and a new form of betting and gambling has emerged. It is none other than online betting. The online betting industry is growing at a break-neck pace and is expected to be worth 94 Billion USD by the end of 2024.

A Springboard For Success

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Dominika Zangerle, Assistant Manager and responsible for quality management at Casino Admiral Ruggell Liechtenstein chats to Peter White and Damien Connelly

From working in après ski and financing her own studies, through measuring bone density, to helping manage a casino expansion, Dominika Zangerle has learned a lot of practical skills. She should go on with that to develop her career and in the coming years step into a c-suite role with an operator. What follows is a fascinating insight, all too brief, into the choices she has taken that see her today in the role she holds with Casino Admiral Rugell.

What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?

Gaming Health with Germ Free Playing Cards

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Greg Wolfenden, Principal CEO, AMPC Global chats to Damien Connelly

Could we commence this interview with a brief history of your career to date?

My background started in the jewelry industry, where I gained knowledge about silver and its healing properties. People don’t think about how and why silverware was developed. Silver is naturally antibacterial. The reason utensils were made of silver was because people did not have hot water to sterilize their utensils. Settlers would put silver coins in their milk to stop their milk from spoiling because of lack of refrigeration. History dates back to Aristotle who documented the first use of silver and its healing properties.