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Grand scheme of things

Jim Simms and Seth Schorr are striving to create the casino of the future at the Downtown Grand. By David McKee

“Gamblers wanted” is the new mantra of Fifth Street Gaming’s Downtown Grand casino, in Las Vegas—and no wonder. On a recent midweek night, the casino floor was thinly populated and the high-limit room empty. The lively exception to the prevailing quiet was a crowded craps table. The Downtown Grand has been a victim of geography. Executives will tell you that its biggest handicap is being a block off the Fremont Street Experience, the main artery of downtown Vegas. That one, long block might as well as be a mile as far as foot traffic is concerned.

Improving Connections

Guido Berghmans, CEO, CASINO 2000, chats with Damien Connelly about its connected entertainment

We are the only casino in Europe where you find the Las Vegas concept implemented 100% throughout the property. Everything we offer is behind our entrance control; our casino and bingo, our hotel, our F&B, and our Chapito events facility. The most important thing is we now have our Chapito directly connected with our venue.”

Since 1999, the owner has invested over €60 million in CASINO 2OOO. From expanding the casino floor, through building a second hotel tower, to renewing the restaurants and adding the Chapito for events, CASINO 2OOO has improved significantly over the years. From my first visit to my latest, I am always amazed by the efficiency of the team.

Core Values Drive Scientific Games

Gavin Isaacs, President and CEO at Scientific Games Corporation, is on the road more than he is in his office. Jack Bulavsky, Special Assignment Correspondent for Casino Life in Las Vegas, was fortunate to sit with him before Isaacs began his monthly travels.

How much do you travel?

I’m in Las Vegas at least one full week every month and also a few days every other week. Otherwise, I’m traveling around the world. I get to Australia once a year and have spent about 10 percent of my time in the past 12 months in Europe. I’ve never traveled this much and sometimes I stop and think, “Where am I?” I’m hoping the travel settles down.

Are your Players Very Important?

Damien Connelly met with Max Lindenberg at NOVOMATIC Group headquarters in Austria

Are your Players Very Important?

Every single casino I have visited recently is making space for one machine: the NOVOSTAR V.I.P. slant top. In all my travels to visit and tour casinos, this is the first time I’ve witnessed every casino wanting to place the same machine on their floors.

NOVOMATIC has designed a real winner; one that generates over double the handle as the machines it replaces, according to Max Lindenberg, Director of Marketing for Austrian Gaming Industries. What’s even more intriguing, V.I.P. was created by the founder and majority shareholder of NOVOMATIC, Professor Johann F. Graf, himself, showing he still has the knack of understanding what players want.

Redefining the gaming experience

Sonya Nikolova Business Development Director Casino Technology Chats to Editor in Chief Glyn Thomas

What have been Casino Technology’s main goals for the year, and is the company on track?

The GREAT Million Dollar Candidate, Part 3

By Mark Wayman, Founder and CEO of the executive placement firm The Foundation LLC

My name is Mark Wayman, and my 15 minutes of fame was two software companies. One went public on the NASDAQ and the other (counter-terrorism software) was acquired by IBM. For the last ten years I have owned an Executive Recruiting firm focused on gaming and high tech. Compensation starts at $100,000, and last year I placed eight executives north of a million dollars. Are you looking for casino bonuses? You can check latest casino bonuses right now.

Building Better Business

A delicate balance between revenue and entertainment. Interview with Marcus Prater,Executive Director of the AGEM. Jack Bulavsky

Marcus Prater is Executive Director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), a non-profit international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, systems, table games, online technology, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. Its current membership of 147 companies in 21 countries is a who’s who of the supplier segment of the global gaming industry.

Jack Bulavsky, Special Assignment Correspondent for Casino Life in Las Vegas, spoke with Prater several weeks before the opening of G2E 2015.

Dealer Table Optimisation

Ian Hogg, Chairman of Shopworks talks to Rebecca Green

What are among the most compelling reasons why a busy casino executive should stop on this interview and read what you have to say?

If they aren’t using software to optimise staffing levels then their costs are too high and their revenues are lower than they could be.

Many casinos are asking their dealers and pit bosses to run manual processes such as using a hand ‘clicker counter’ to record cash drop and enter data into an ‘hourly pit sheet’ when they should be managing a table and looking after customers. It is now possible to automate these tasks and use the data to drive up revenue and cut staff costs by integrating staff schedules into a Table Management system. All casinos should be doing this.

Skill-based Casino Games Offer Leading Advantages

Damien Connelly talks with Aaron Hightower, VP Gaming Technology for NanoTech Gaming

Arcade games are all about short experiences, which is identical to slot games. With arcade games, you generally don’t win anything other than the kudos of getting your name on the leaderboard. It’s more about extending your time on device; the better you are at playing a game, the longer you can play it,” noted Aaron Hightower, VP Gaming Technology for Las Vegas-based NanoTech Gaming.

Progressive Innovaton

Walter Bugno, CEO, IGT International chats to Jack Bulavsky

We last spoke six months ago. How would you now describe the company and the coming together of IGT and GTECH?

What really stands out to me is the complementarity of the two legacy organizations and how well the new IGT has come together. When we exhibited at G2E Asia and AGE, it truly felt like we were one unified team that had worked together for much longer than just the few months since the completion of the merger agreement. I’m very pleased to see how our customers have embraced the new IGT. The expanded depth and breadth of our product offerings enables us to address customer needs across games, systems and solutions, on a global level, like never before.