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Hard Rock Sacramento Is Where Performance is Key


Mark Birtha, President, Hard Rock Sacramento speaks to Peter White and David McKee

Hard Rock is one of the best brands in gaming, maybe *the* best. What differentiates it in a crowded casino landscape?

Hard Rock International is in the midst of unprecedented growth and is seeing significant expansion opportunities around the world in our casino, hotel, and café divisions. It is hard to believe the organization recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, and yet the brand is fresh and the most in-demand it has ever been. But there are clearly reasons why the company has been and continues to be so successful.

Gaming Prevention Against Fraud


Casinos and other gaming businesses: Change mindset to protect against fraud. By David Navarro, Nevada Regional President Enterprise Bank & Trust, Member FDIC

The bulk of popular culture references and media coverage related to fraudulent activity at casinos focus on threats within the confines of a building. From card counters to machine manipulation to nefarious employees, the gaming industry continually adapts to trends in an effort to minimize losses. However, a recent high-profile cyber attack provided a stark reminder that increased and necessary reliance on technology continues to change the nature of threats industry leaders face.

IFX Payments & the Global Payments Sector


From its humble origins in Amersham, IFX Payments is growing into a force in the global payments sector. What once was a handful of staff has become a workforce of almost 200.

Vendors looking to tackle the problem of making mass payments to multiple clients in multiple currencies can find IFX to be a one-stop shop. To examine this phenomenon, Publisher Peter White recently sat down with Simon Hughes, sales director of 360 Sales at IFX Payments. Their ensuing conversation has been edited for clarity.

Let's begin by explaining your 'backstory' and how you got started in this industry.

Casino Kiel: No Jacket Required


Ambassador of a port city, Casino Kiel celebrates 25 years of entertainment. An interview with Tilo Schwonbeck, Director, Casino Kiel

Voyagers to Kiel, Germany, can find a welcome at the city’s eponymous casino. Opened in 1998, it offers a modest but widely varied repertory of gambling, as well as other amenities. The dress code is described as “upscale leisure,” not requiring that players wear jackets, let alone ties. (However, the casino will lend you such attire if you feel the need for it.)
The casino’s lounge is another heavy draw, especially for those who want to eschew gambling but still have a glass of wine or other libation in an elegant setting.

Station Casinos Las Vegas: New Wine for Old Bottles


Station Casinos dramatically revamps two of its signature properties. By Ryan Slattery

It’s turning out to be a big year for Station Casinos. The Las Vegas-based casino giant has been busy not only building a brand-new casino-resort, Durango, but also renovating its other properties all across the Las Vegas valley.

Otium Casino Batumi Georgia: The Gaming Environment


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


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


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'


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


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.’