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Hippodrome London ‘10 Years a Legend’


London’s Hippodrome looks back on 10 years as a casino and forward to a brave new world for British gaming. By David McKee and Victor H. Royer

Casino Life Magazine and Outsource Digital Media recently had the opportunity to interview Simon Thomas, CEO of Hippodrome Casino London.

The story of the Hippodrome Casino in London begins in 2006. By 2008 Simon and his group received their gaming license, and then began the work physically on-site in July of 2009. After about three years – and £50 million of investment to regenerate and restore the primary building, and the building next to it – and then connecting the two – there was finally a light at the end of the long tunnel and the project neared completion. The grand opening was in July 2012, and so by today Hippodrome Casino London is coming up to 10 years’ of operation.

How operators can help make gambling safer.


When the World Cup ends later this year, the UK is expected to have spent an estimated £2.5bn on bets related to the tournament[1]. It is no secret that Britain loves a bet. With one of the highest rates of gambling globally, Sky Bet’s slogan “It matters more when there’s money on it” seems to ring true[2].

Awareness initiatives such as Safer Gambling Week, happening from 17-23 October, are therefore vital in stimulating conversations around how gambling can and should be done safely. Also working with operators themselves, as Better Change does, is another way of ensuring change is achieved.

Individuals and operators need to work together.

Batumi Gaming Fest 2022


Lavrenty Gubin, Managing Director, Plasma 8, the organiser of the Batumi Gaming Fest 2022. Interview by Damien Connelly

Can you introduce to readers the Batumi Gaming Fest 2022?

Batumi Gaming Fest will be a unique business forum in which to discover market entry and growth opportunities: a combination of a conference, a demo zone, a real estate area to promote opportunities for investors, and a series of entertainment events and networking parties.

Image: Lavrenty Gubin, Managing Director, Plasma 8, the organiser of the Batumi Gaming Fest 2022.

Business Event Sections include:

• Regulators and Legal Firms;

• Equipment, Tech and Software Suppliers;

• Online and Offline Operators;

• Payment Systems and Crypto Providers;

The Best Gaming and Leisure Offering North of Manila


Bill Healey hosts a roundtable with four top executives at Hann Casino Resort in the Philippines

The Philippines is known for its growing casino and leisure sectors, particularly in the greater Manila metropolitan area. Casinos, spas and golf are plentiful in the area. We were fortunate to speak with four directors at the new integrated resort, Hann Casino Resort in Clark Freeport, Pampanga.

What is your position and what do your daily responsibilities entail?

Liway Alba – Director of Gaming Operations

RemotePlay & Remote2all


Dan Ciobanu Co-Founder & CEO Remote2all chats with Peter White

What can you tell us about the services your Remote2All Solutions provides?

Over the past two years working with top international gaming expert Lucien Wijsman, we have completed the development and patented RemotePlay© Technology, which is a streamlined solution for allowing players to play remotely on electronic gaming and gambling machines. Our solution is changing the market-addressability segments, by increasing the geographical availability of land-based casinos and also the time frames when machines can be operated, regardless of lockdown or any access restrictions. The players have now the possibility of playing their favourite machine from wherever they feel comfortable and they can remotely interact by “pressing” buttons or “touching” the touchpanel of the machine.

Les Ambassadeurs: Sustain and Grow


Kevin McGowen, Chief Executive of Les Ambassadeurs Interview by Peter White

When visualizing a posh, private, high-end London casino, centuries-old Les Ambassadeurs is what comes to mind. CEO Kevin McGowen walks us through its history, its future and what it is doing to promote safer gambling.

Upon joining what surprised you most about this famous and iconic establishment?

Anything is possible at Las Vegas Neon Museum


Las Vegas’ Neon Museum approaches its 10th anniversary. By David McKee

Historic preservation has never been high on Sin City’s list of priorities but the Neon Museum, just north of Downtown, is helping to change that. Founded in 2012, it catalyzed a scrapyard of defunct signage into a beautiful, curated collection, fronted by a visitors center that was created from the lobby building of the curvilinear La Concha Motel, a handsome, 1961 vestige of Googie architecture that used to adorn the Las Vegas Strip but moved to 770 N. Las Vegas Boulevard in 2006. Out back is a massive array of neon signage (and some not-so-neon, like the Treasure Island marquee that is best viewed by satellite) mainly from casinos, but also from restaurants and other bygone Vegas landmarks.

DR Gaming Technologies business in a post-pandemic World

DR Gaming Technology™ CEO Jurgen De Munck talks to Peter White

How have the last 12 months been for DR Gaming Technology™?

All things considered we can’t complain. I think being a global service provider has assisted us significantly in enabling us to weather ‘COVID year 2’ relatively well. Notwithstanding that, when the pandemic hit in early 2020, and during that initial period when lockdowns were the norm, the entire planet was adversely affected; we were always of the view that as a global supplier we would be able to mitigate our exposure to market risks due to our geographical spread, but as we all know that was not the case. Luckily we managed to weather the initial land-based storm, and as jurisdictions started to open we were all able to start generating revenue again.

How have the care and safety provisions the organisation now provides assisted land-based gaming operators from casinos to slot halls during the pandemic?

Hard Rock Sacramento A Shining Jewel at Fire Mountain


Casino Life Magazine and Outsource Digital Media recently had the opportunity to interview Mark Birtha, President of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain. By: Victor H Royer

Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas Flourishing again


Palms Casino prepares to reopen under new ownership and the direction of Cynthia Kiser Murphey. By David McKee

In its 21 years, Palms Casino Resort has seen its share of ups and downs. Its star-studded opening on Nov. 15, 2001, was a shot in the arm for a Las Vegas that was reeling from the effects on tourism of the Sept. 11 attacks. Owner and creator George Maloof developed the innovative and canny stratagem of marketing to locals weekdays (especially with good slot and video poker values) and to party-hearty California tourists on weekends. It was a formula that succeeded spectacularly, even though the Palms was a healthy jaunt off the Las Vegas Strip. So popular was it that a second tower was opened in 2005 and the Pearl Concert Theater two years later. (There was even a short-lived Playboy Club.)