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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.

Still The Forgotten Game

If I were to tell you that there is an existing casino slot machine game that has a wide following among players, is inexpensive to manufacture, contains a high yield for the operator – traditionally somewhere between 8% and 14% house hold – but one that is being substantially ignored by both gaming manufacturers as well as casino operators, would you know to which game I am referring?

Gaming’s Future Has Arrived at Interblock

John Connelly is Chief Executive Officer at Interblock. He was extremely busy during G2E 2015 showing off the company’s revolutionary Pulse Arena. However, Connelly took time to sit down with Jack Bulavsky, Special Assignment Correspondent for Casino Life in Las Vegas, to discuss the future of gaming

Interblock is a worldwide leading developer and supplier of luxury electronic table gaming products. Its multi-player gaming devices provide the ultimate in luxury interactive entertainment experiences. The Interblock brand is globally recognized for quality gaming solutions and technical support in more than 130 jurisdictions. The company’s multi-player gaming machines are setting new industry standards that have earned the brand its position as market leader in its business segment.

The Buzz This Year at G2E, “Millennials.”

Those “M’s” and all things social…They just happen to be my students. Bob Ambrose

 

I am excited that the gaming industry is studying the next generation of customers. Quite frankly I am bored with my baby boomer counterparts.

Those “M’s” are 80 million strong; according to the US Chamber of Commerce. This is the first generation that has grown up from diaper to “cap and gown” centered in a planet sized evolution of technology.

They are also my students. Not all 80 million! But I do have a microcosm of multi-cultural 18-30 year olds that don’t like being generalized. I get it! As a child of the 1960’s in the US I felt the same way with the entire “flower-power” hippie-generation tag I had to bear.

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.