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Sustained Excellence Found at Suncoast Casino Resort in Las Vegas

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Interview with Tony Taeubel, Senior Vice President at Boyd Gaming, General Manager, Suncoast Casino by Victor H. Royer

Casino Life Magazine recently had the opportunity to interview Tony Taeubel, senior vice president of Boyd Gaming, and general manager of the Suncoast Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Suncoast Hotel & Casino is located in an affluent, northwest suburb of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin. It is surrounded by golf, shopping, and incredible views of the Las Vegas Valley and the nearby Spring Mountains. The property offers exclusive restaurants, gaming, deluxe accommodations, a salon/spa, an award-winning bowling center, luxury movie theaters, bingo and a 500-seat showroom, and 25,000 square feet of convention space.

Winning in Style with 21STUD

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Interview with Brandon “Buzz” Zyxnfryx, CEO - ZFX Gaming, Inventor of 21STUD® by: Victor H. Royer

Casino Life Magazine recently had the opportunity to interview Brandon “Buzz” Zyxnfryx, CEO and founder of ZFX Gaming, and inventor of the new table game 21STUD®. Brandon has been in the gaming industry for more than 15 years. Active as a senior software developer for FIS Global, a Fortune 500 financial-products and services company, based out of Jacksonville, Florida, since 2014, he also excels as the owner of ZFX Gaming LLC since 2018.

Image: Playing 21STUD® at the Boston Billiard Club and Casino (Photo Credit: Chris Boncoddo)

Atlantis Bahamas, ' A Paradise On Earth Sea'

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With crystal-clear turquoise waters and fabled beaches, a favoured warm-weather destination for many is the Bahamas archipelago. A top vacation draw for families and casino enthusiasts in the Bahamas is The Atlantis Paradise Resort. We were fortunate to chat with Joe Brunini, chief gaming and customer-development officer at Atlantis.

Could you give us a bit about your background in the gaming industry and what brought you to The Atlantis?

Ambassadeurs Group's Year of Giving Back

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Ambassadeurs Group, under the leadership of CEO Kevin McGowen, has raised more than £2m for good causes since February 2022, has just increased its GGY donation to support GambleAware in 2023, and is now focused on its corporate philanthropy for the year ahead. As Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Tracy Damestani explains, it is a team effort.

Photography by Hamish Brown

Open for Business, Station Casinos 'Durango Casino and Resort'

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Fast-moving Station Casinos remakes its image yet again with Durango Casino & Hotel. By David McKee

Station Casinos is on a tear. The company and its parent corporation, Red Rock Resorts, has resolved to double its presence in the Las Vegas Valley by 2030, a presence built up over the past 47 years. It has projects in various stages of incubation: at the Inspirada master-planned resort in Henderson, Nevada, up at Skye Canyon, at the Tule Springs development in North Las Vegas, and just next door to Michael Gaughan’s South Point, at the southern terminus of the Las Vegas Strip. That’s a lot of pots for one stove. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Vision and Innovation all on display at Casinos Tampere and Helsinki

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Recently, Casino Life Publisher Peter White discussed Finland’s Casino Tampere on its first anniversary, with General Manager Tiina Siltanen. Here is their conversation about the Finnish casino scene.

Tell us about the city of Tampere and what has been the reaction from visitors since the opening night to this new leisure gaming entertainment venue in their town?

Les Ambassadeurs Club operating pathways for diversity

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Women in senior roles across Ambassadeurs Group and beyond are helping push the gambling industry forwards

When it comes to diversity, Les Ambassadeurs Club has been pushing barriers for many years. Across the Ambassadeurs Group (AG), which includes the prestigious club in London’s Mayfair, 45 nationalities are represented and some 37 languages are spoken among the 311 staff. Of the total team some 136 are women and many of the senior management – including gaming director and the dead of business development – are female.

DR Gaming Technology and Casino Management Systems

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Jurgen De Munck, CEO, DR Gaming Technology™ speaks with Casino Life

Why do your customers select DR Gaming Technology over competitors?

You know Peter, as the world becomes a smaller and smaller place, almost every product or service to some extent becomes commodified. The land-based casino sector is no different.

For all intents and purposes, all operators have access to the same product and services as their competitors and the challenge for all of us is defining what it is that differentiates us in some way. We all need do something or present something that makes us stand out. Alternately one needs to find a less-traded market or develop a new one in order to survive.

Borgata Atlantic City '20 Years Strong'

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As Atlantic City’s Borgata heads toward a milestone anniversary, President Travis Lunn sets a course for the future. By David McKee

Twenty years ago, Atlantic City got a wake-up call. It had evolved – or perhaps devolved – into a sleepy, even stagnant gambling market. Steve Wynn had fled and Donald Trump talked big but did nothing. Then came Borgata, a collaboration between Boyd Gaming and the company then known as MGM Mirage. It opened at 11:50 p.m. on July 2, 2003 with an inaugural roll of the dice on a craps table by actor Stephen Dorff. (Whatever became of him?) Nothing was ever the same. Borgata immediately leapt to the forefront of Atlantic City and grew the market. Over the years, some things have come and gone at the resort, including Boyd’s ownership share (which it invested into growth in other cities) but MGM, now MGM Resorts International, has been a constant.

Casino Operations Summit 2023

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Organisers of the Casino Operations Summit Lucien Wijsman and Arjan Korstjens explain their exciting plans for this year’s event in Bucharest with Peter White

 
The Casino Operations Summit had its launch last year in Riga, Latvia. So this is the second one?
 
LW: Not precisely. We have been doing these kind of conferences since 2011 and previously it was called the Slot Summit and the Totally Gaming Summit, the latter in cooperation with Clarion Gaming. But these stopped with the pandemic and last year we picked it up again. So counting them this is the 14th edition.
 
Surely this summit is different from the previous ones. The casino and conference landscape has changed a bit since 2011.