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Amatic Industries have their Focus on the Future



AMATIC Industries Thomas Engstberger Feature chats to Glyn Thomas

We would like to commence this interview with Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary and the celebrations commenced at during ICE Totally Gaming. How have you celebrated this achievement?

Thank you for your kind words. We are naturally proud to have reached this company milestone and were able to celebrate this with many of our customers and partners at the beginning of the year at ICE. At AMATIC we focus on the future and even though this is a big occasion, it is not our style to continue to talk about this. We are looking to the next years and the next innovations we will be bringing to the market.

How is 2018 performing for AMATIC Industries?

Hard Rock hits the big time

The Seminole Tribe’s gaming and entertainment arm flexes its muscles from Atlantic City to Japan. By David McKee

It’s early going yet but, by all indications, Hard Rock International has come up trumps in Atlantic City. That has a double meaning. Not only is Hard Rock Atlantic City playing a winning hand in its first months of operation, it has made a success of what used to be failing Trump Taj Mahal. This entailed a $500 million commitment on Hard Rock’s part, redoing the property from the minarets on the roof to the plumbing in the hotel rooms. Nothing was too small for Hard Rock’s attention. “Our first goal was to make sure that,” CEO Jim Allen explains, “when you arrive at the property, that there is no ties back to the previous ownership scheme … and I think we did a good job there.”


Executive Connections with Recruiting by Marie Maher International



Damien Connelly chats to Marie Maher Founder Recruiting by Marie Maher and Peter White Partner Global Business Development, about how their Executive Search Firm is helping companies to grow strategically within the fast-paced Leisure Gaming Industry

Marie Maher, could we commence with a brief history of the company and your experience prior to setting up the organization?

Truly Mediterranean



Christos Tsemperas, CEO, Maestral Resort & Casino Interview by Peter White

What is it about Montenegro and the Maestral Resort & Casino that swayed you to move here and take up the position of CEO?  

At the beginning there is always the first impression from a beautiful destination and a very professional offer. But I believe what finally convinces someone to accept such an offer and challenge at the same time, is the vision of the shareholders and their commitment in realizing it.

What qualities do you bring to the role?

Join the conversation about Responsible Gambling


Casino Life talks to Tracy Damestani CEO National Casino Forum about the National cross-industry campaign promoting responsible gambling Join the conversation

Can you explain what Responsible Gambling Week is?

Will the Evolution of Sports Betting Bring a Resurgence to the Strip? By Vlad Edelman


My most recent trip to The City of Lights was colored with inefficiency. While the predilection may be to blame travel, in actuality my flight went without a hitch. Thanks to the conveniences of modern life, I received the morning text alert informing me of my flight’s delay and adjusted my travel schedule accordingly, got to the airport on time via Uber, avoiding those pesky parking fees, checked in using a self-check-in kiosk, and, after clearing security quickly thanks to pre-check, ordered myself some wings and a beer using a tablet at one of the modernized lounge restaurants while I waited to board.

Perhaps it is because of these conveniences that I came to see Vegas for the first time without rose colored glasses. Don’t get me wrong - Vegas is an amazing city and very dear to my heart. But one thing it is not is digital at its core.

Blossoming Future in Sri Lanka



Bally’s Colombo General Manager of Operations Simon Best. Interview by Bill Healey

Sri Lanka is well known as a treasure for international tourists, with its rich colonial heritage, bountiful beaches, tea plantations, mix of religion and culture, and much more. In this issue we catch up with Simon Best, General Manager of Operations at Bally’s Casino Colombo in the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital.

EPIC Innovation continues at TransAct Technologies


Casino Life chats with Rashid Suliman, TransAct’s Vice President of Global Gaming in the Asia Pacific

How long have you been working at TransAct Technologies and can you explain your role at the company along with your primary responsibilities and objectives?

I’m Vice President of Global Gaming in the Asia Pacific region and have been with TransAct for over six years. I have been in the industry for 24 years, working previously at Orion Art, Ainsworth & Mikohn Gaming Corporation in various roles from sales and operations manager to project management. At TransAct, I’m responsible for building customer relationships and driving gaming sales across Asia Pacific.

TRANSACT is primarily known for manufacturing highly reliable TITO printers. Can you provide readers with more detail on the other products you supply to the Australasian market?

20 Years in Tbilisi



Tbilisi-based Casino Adjara celebrated its 20th anniversary early this summer with a party lasting two nights (15 & 16 June). Casino Life featured this trendy Georgian casino at the start of this year in Issue 114, and now follow-up with Vedran Bajat, Managing Director at Casino Adjara after the anniversary event.

How many guest were at the party, and was there a good turn-out from celebrities and TV personalities?

Attendance each night was around 1500 visitors. Entertainment on the first night was performed mostly by local artists and TV celebrities and it was attached to a 100.000 GEL (40K USD) lottery for slot players only.

'The Player First' Damien Connelly Interview with DRGT CEO Jurgen De Munck



Jurgen De Munck, the CEO of DR Gaming Technology™ talks to Damien Connelly

DRGT™ achieves strong staff retention. What have been amongst the most appealing aspects of working for the company?

At the outset, let me state that at DRGT™ we are truly blessed with a team of talented colleagues, not ‘’just’’ employees.

Michiel (van Dam, co-founder and CTO), and I have been fortunate enough to find and secure some of the most committed and genuinely interested staff, who just also ‘happen to be’ really good at their jobs.