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Partnering in Education

How is the first year of the courses proceeding?

We have accomplished a great deal in one year. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of this program at Drexel and working with an outstanding academic team.  Being in a position where you can both initiate and facilitate positive educational change is rewarding.

My goal for several years has been to establish myself academically in a university setting such as Drexel and instruct gaming and hospitality.

We Listen and Build Trust

At Bally Technologies, it’s a Team Effort that Translates into a Diverse Product Portfolio

            The Bally Technologies duo of Marco Herrera and Jean Venneman are quite a team. Herrera, Vice President of Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, is versed in the strategy of developing market-specific games. Venneman, Vice President of Product Management and Licensing, is getting ready to showcase those specific games for Europe, Australia and Asia at G2E

            Herrera is based in Amsterdam and Venneman in Reno, NV. They were together in Las Vegas for a two-day Bally Technologies global sales conference, yet found time to sit with Jack Bulavsky, Special Assignment Correspondent for Casino Life.

What’s going to be your main focus at G2E?

From Jersey with Love: An Online Casino Tale

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie approved Caesars Online Casino to start operating on 21 November 2013. The current legislation permits this gaming giant to offer online casino games to all legal age players – 21 and over – located within the state of New Jersey. Legislation was passed by the Department of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) for all real money casino games. Among others, players can enjoy roulette, video poker, video slots, progressive slots, and blackjack. Caesars Interactive Entertainment in New Jersey is an affiliate of Boardwalk Regency Corporation. CaesarsCasino.com uses the Amaya platform, based in Canada.

Atlantic City Casinos Branch Out

Getaway Try the Norwegian Cruise Line Expirence

Due to the resounding success of Norwegian Breakaway, which is the first of Norwegian’s two new 146,600 gross ton, 4,000-passenger  ​Breakaway class vessels with the first launched in April, 2013; followed by Norwegian Getaway in February both of these will be followed by two further Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss vessels with the first scheduled for delivery October 2015 followed by the second in Spring 2017. Casino Life caught up with the Vice President of Casino, Jim Abbas during a brief break in his busy travel schedule

It has been a year since we last spoke, how has it treated you?

A Whole New Galaxy of Entertainment

With your second phase development already under construction, and the third and fourth also in planning, has there ever been another example to match the size and scale of your phased Resort Casino development plans?

Galaxy Macau is an investment of 16.5 billion for Phase 1 and 19.6 billion for Phase 2.  After the completion of Galaxy Macau, we still have an additional landbank of 1 million sqm which is approved for gaming, resort and retail facilities, etc. All of our land is contiguous which allows us to develop the single largest integrated resort.

With an estimated land bank of 21.5 million square feet in Macau that provides plenty of scope for Galaxy’s development plans, will that involve the construction of an entertainment arena?

Investing for the Future

Investing for the Future 

Damien Connelly visited CASINO 2000 to meet with Guido Berghmans 

With 330 machines (soon to be 340) and 6 live tables, CASINO 2000 may not be the most impressive building, but I think it is one of the best run casinos in Europe. The numbers prove this: while casino GGR (gross gaming revenue) is down 33% Europe-wide since 2007 (excluding the UK), CASINO 2000 has seen its GGR reduce only 2% since 2007. It has significantly outperformed the European market average. 

Evolve or die: 32Red’s dinosaurs point to the future

’Online gaming’ means different things to different people. For those of us at Casino Life it self-evidently relates to what we do and how we do it: it’s about gambling. But the console-based video game industry is also keen to lay claim to that ‘online gaming’ tag. Everyone wants to be a player, it seems!

As a result there is some mild confusion. It’s not that much of a headache, since the two markets are sufficiently distinct to avoid any overlap. The point is a semantic one at best. But that minor semantic overlap is also usefully illustrative.

GameAccount Provides Players an Immersive Gaming Expirence

Daniel Lindsey Commercial Director at GameAccount Network knows games and the gaming market. He shared some of those insights with Jack Baluvsky, Special Assignment Correspondent Las Vegas for Casino Life.

You have some 200 slots from the world’s leading game manufacturers. What types of games are most popular?  What do players like to play?

Zitro exceeding all objectives and global growth expectations

 

                                            Alejandro Ortiz

                                     A lifetime of achievement

 

Chris Sanson speaks to Johnny Ortiz President Zitro

I would like to commence our interview with congratulations  to you and your father  for yet another award, presented at the opening of this year’s Fer Interazar where  Alejandro Ortiz’s professional career has made him a deserving winner of the “Lifetime Achievement” award.

Thank you on behalf of my father and from me as well. I have to say it’s really an honour to receive the recognition of the sector after so many years of hard work.