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Eastern Promise

Peter White Casino Life talks to Ian Wood - Vice President of Slots at “The First Gambling Company of the East” about their new development in Vladivostok 

Ian, Can we start with the history from when FGCE was founded to present day?

The First Gambling Company of the East (FGCE) was formed in November 2010 in Vladivostok, with the initial construction of the building works commencing in 2011. In 2013, Summit Ascent Holdings teamed up with FGCE and some associated changes were introduced to the project, including a plan to target and bring groups of international visitors to Vladivostok, aimed at boosting the success of the overall project.

The Trouble in the Casino - By: Victor Royer

This is a true story. It is still happening, right now, at a major Las Vegas casino resort. I decided to write about it because what is happening there is symptomatic of the gaming industry as a whole. I’ll explain shortly. But first, here’s the premise for this article, and the reason why it was written:

Up until very recently, gaming revenues were falling. Only in the past couple of months have we seen a rise in casino win, on the Las Vegas Strip, and in general. This is a fact, well documented by respected research. This fact has also been reported in gaming industry magazines and publications, and in mainstream press. But the market is still volatile, and has not settled into an observable pattern that can speak of some predictability in revenue maintenance, or reasonably-accurate growth forecasts.

Sporting Life

Glyn Thomas puts the questions to Neil Howells Venue Director at the Sportsman Casino 

The Sportsman Casino is one of London's most well known Casinos – please could you provide a brief history of the iconic gaming venue?

The Sportsman Casino has been around since the 1960’s and originally had strong links with the sporting industry hence the name. It was originally located in Tottenham Court Road, then moved to Bryanston street and then 10 years ago moved to Old Quebec Street in Marble Arch. Many famous sporting legends have graced us with their presence over the years but in more recent times the Sportsman casino has moved away from its links with sports and now concentrates solely on gaming.

Defining Social Media Marketing by Rick Campbell

The internet has transformed the rules of the overall marketing world.  A marketer has to transform marketing strategies to make the most from the web-enabled ideas and technologies and this includes social media and social networking.

The trouble with any discussion about social media and social networking is the vague definition of either term.  In discussions with some marketing executives, I have found that some marketing executives do not see a difference between the two terms.  If you search the terms social media and social networking, thousands of definitions come up and all the definitions between both social media and social networking intertwine and overlap.

Chris Moore Author of Hidden Casino & Dark Casino

Interview with Chris Moore - Author of Hidden Casino & Dark Casino

You have been writing recollection articles for Casino Life for a few years now. Is there a connection between your recollections and your thrillers?

My recollection articles have been factual. My thrillers are purely fictional. A famous author advised me some years ago that the thrillers I wanted to write should never be anecdotal.  He said it would limit my imagination, he was right.

How long did it take to write your first novel?

The Linq Las Vegas!

In 2005, when then-Harrah’s Entertainment purchased the venerable Imperial Palace hotel-casino, it was thought to be only a matter of time before the building was imploded to make way for a reinvention of its side of the Strip. However, time passed and nothing was done. Then, a 2008 leveraged buyout of Harrah’s (now Caesars Entertainment) made a completion teardown-and-rebuild of the site financially unfeasible.

Business Blunders - by: Victor H Royer

It’s no secret that casino operators are hurting. Caesars is drowning under some $30 billion in debt, and they are now turning their major operating unit into a REIT. Casinos as a real estate firm? Well, I guess it makes sense, from a bankruptcy point, I suppose. Casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, are closing, including the $2 billion-plus Revel. The State Governor, Chris Christie, wants to move some casinos up north, to the beach. Well, good luck, is all I can say to this idea. And then there are the recent reductions, such as Foxwoods in Connecticut. Newly appointed CEO, Felix Rappaport, had this to say about the problems at Foxwoods:

“We think we have too much gaming.”

50 Years of Excellence

Glyn Thomas talks to Svetlana Buckova, Director of Operations at Dragonara Casino in Malta.

Svetlana, can you provide some background to the casino? How large and what facilities does it have?

Bally Tech Table Games Find Home in Europe

Gabe Baron is general manager and senior director of Electronics Table Systems for Bally Technologies. Mike Trask is its senior manager of corporate communications. Both are familiar with the company’s latest table and utility products for the European market. They spoke about these products to Jack Bulavsky, Casino Life special assignment correspondent.

How did Bally Technologies get into the table games market?

Terra incognita

Reports of the death of online gambling in the United States have greatly exaggerated.