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Game of Chance

Games of chance have been with us all through the ages.  Records abound in Ancient Greece and Rome with evidence of different gambling techniques, as well as an account of Chinese gambling that dates back to 2300BC.

These days, an increasingly large number of people like to gamble online, at their own pace.   This is possible due to gambling sites like the PayPal casinos covered here www.paypal-casinos.co and the manner in which they’ve simplified the gambling process.

In the cards

California’s Bicycle Club Casino is reinvented with a new look, focus and mission. By David McKee

In its 30-plus years, the Bicycle Casino, in Bell Gardens, has led a colorful life. “The Bike,” as it’s known to players and locals, was founded in 1984 by George Hardie Sr. The elder Hardie, however, was not fortunate in his choice of financiers. His backer, Sam Gilbert, was alleged to have underwritten the Bicycle Club as a means of laundering drug money. In April 1990, a federal court in Miami, Florida, ordered the Bicycle Club to be forfeited to the government to satisfy a tax lien. Thus, the U.S. government would find itself for much of the 1990s in the piquant position of running a California card room.

60 Years of Proven Quality, Service and Support

Peter White chats to Harald Wagemaker, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing of Gaming and Casino EMEA SUZOHAPP

How has 2015 treated SUZOHAPP?

This 60th anniversary year has been tremendously successful for SUZOHAPP. I am proud to say that this is our fifth consecutive year that we are showing strong growth, which is due to our strategy and the great achievements of the entire team. The gaming industry is not growing at this rate. That shows that we are gaining market share through our focus and dedication on innovation and providing the right set of solutions for our customers all around the EMEA region.

River Spirit – Revisited

Glyn Thomas talks to Pat Crofts CEO of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos

Aristocrat leads the way with THE BIG PLAY

Worldwide tour to continue on to EMEA with addition of ICE 2016 dates – by Andrew Behan

Having successfully completed star-studded performances at G2E and SAGSE, Aristocrat Technologies has now added new dates to its ‘Big Play’ tour with ICE 2016 providing the next stage on its global circuit.

“Every casino operator wants to make the big play – creating an experience for their player that is exciting, engaging and that builds loyalty,” says Chief Commercial Officer Maureen Sweeny, explaining the rationale behind Aristocrat’s latest comprehensive package of Class III gaming solutions.

The Future of Gaming

Gaming has come a long way since sitting around a table to enjoy a game of whist or a board game with all the family was considered the norm. And nowadays, video games also bear very little relation to the ones that first appeared in pubs and clubs in the 1980s.

With technology changing at such a quick rate, what can we expect to see in the near future?

Unsurprisingly, it’s an area that virtually every month brings exciting new developments and innovations, and close observers of games and the gaming world are already making bold predictions for the future.

Mobile Casino Gaming: Better Tech Sparks Mobile Boom

If there was one iGaming trend that captured the industry's attention in 2015, it was mobile gaming

If there was one iGaming trend that captured the industry's attention in 2015, it was mobile gaming. Despite many sites launching mobile products as early as 2010, the industry has only just started to come into its own and many are now predicting that 2016 could be the year the medium starts to overtake desktop gaming.

Indeed, thanks to a combination of improved smartphone technology and increased gaming options, mobile casino operators are now gearing up for a major push over the coming months.

JOA Acquires and Grows

Laurent Lassiaz, CEO of Groupe JOA, discusses the acquisition of Casino de Besançon and JOA’s developments with Damien Connelly

We are accelerating the development of Groupe JOA by making acquisitions of other casinos. On November 1, we completed the acquisition of Casino de Besançon from Groupe Lucien Barrière. We made this acquisition because it allows JOA to better serve the market in the newly created grande région Bourgogne Franche-Comté, which has a population of almost 3 million and whose major cities are Dijon and Besançon. Our acquisition of Casino de Besançon may also see JOA acquire some new Swiss customers, as the border with Switzerland is quite close.

Resorts World Birmingham ‘Has That Winning Formula for Success’

Interview with Barry Clemo Strategic Marketing Director Genting UK. Peter White reports back from the opening night of Resorts World Birmingham

Genting International Casino at Resorts World Birmingham is the first new-build resort casino to open in Europe for a generation. What amenities do you think set it apart from other European casino properties?

Saddle Up!

Alfastreet places a big wager on Royal Derby. By David McKee

Back in 1992, Alfastreet was founded to manufacture furniture. Today, the company is still making tables and consoles – but of a very different kind. When Iztok Pockaj took over the family business in 1994, he saw the potential of redirecting the company’s energies into the gaming industry, starting with the R8 electronic-roulette console, still the company’s best-selling product. Their high numbers of spins endeared them to casinos, while players liked the private betting terminals that came with the game.