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Bespoke Modular Vaults are a safe bet for Casino Owners

The importance of obtaining a secure facility for storing cash and chips in casinos.

It is not surprising that compliance regulations in the gaming industry are among the most stringent of all businesses. The UK is one of the largest contributors to the international gambling industry, generating a gross gambling yield of £6.2 billion between October 2011 and September 2012 according to the latest available figures.

The Gambling Commission is the regulatory body for commercial gambling in the UK and was set up under the Gambling Act 2005. Its list of responsibilities includes work to ensure that licensees act in accordance with the requirements imposed by the Gambling Act 2005 and other related regulations and standards.

Capital Casino

Peter White talks to Madis Jääger, CEO of Olympic Entertainment Group

Hilton Tallinn Park is an impressive building. Can you outline some of the world-class features?

This will be the first Hilton hotel in the Baltic countries. The hotel will also offer top-notch conference facilities, fitness centre, spa with an indoor swimming pool, outdoor sun terrace and an all-day restaurant. The ground floor of the hotel will also feature Estonia’s flagship Olympic Casino.

How many and what type of rooms does the hotel have?

Mercury Rising

Cammegh Where Quality Counts

What are your plans for 2015? What are the main challenges for you as a company and for the industry in general?

2015 looks set to be a very exciting year for Cammegh; we have already had a very busy year, as well as celebrating our 25th anniversary in March, my father Bill Cammegh received the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award at this year’s Gaming Awards. John Grannell has joined us on a more full time basis to assist in the sales of our roulette side bets and we’ve had a fabulous showing at this year’s ICE Show.

Social Gaming vs. Casino Gambling by: Victor H. Royer

Why “social” isn’t the same as “casino”

The latest buzz-words in corporate boardrooms seem to be “Social Gaming”. At the same time, executives from all areas of the casino industry appear to be using the words “social” and “casino” as if they were synonymous. Or at least interchangeable. Recent corporate excitement on this topic has reached new heights, as the “social gaming” market topped $2.7 billion in annual revenue. OK, great. Nice. Ummm … but aren’t we forgetting something? Global casino gambling still makes over $160 billion annually. That’s a lot more than this “social” something.

So why this sudden euphoric excitement over “social gaming”?

Atlantic City the “Come-Back-City”

Atlantic City-It will be every idea you had about winning and losing.” (From the movie, Atlantic City, Louis Malle 1980.)

A great deal about Atlantic City’s history is a tug of war between the “old and new,” and the marketing models vs. customer perceptions. In the 1980-90’s I was there along with countless others employed in this first experimental gaming model outside of Las Vegas.

In control were various corporate power players and politicians full of visionary dreams. Their idealism was fed by the excitement of being at the beginning of a new industry in the city, their ego and a daily unrealistic infusion of cash. This daily flow of funds from the casino floor sometimes blurred the lines of business realities.  Added to this a somewhat controlled chaos with an endless supply of "political buffoonery" that prevailed for decades.

Ocean views aboard the Casino Sunborn

Dominick Stenson Casino Manager speaks to Andrew Behan

How old is the Cruise Ship and is it a permanent mooring or can it still set off on the high seas?

The Super Yacht as we prefer to call it has been in it's permanent mooring for just over a year and was delivered new, purpose built to Gibraltar from a shipyard in Malaysia.

It can in fact sail at a speed of 10 knots if required.

Dominick Stenson Casino Manager at Sunborn Gibraltar Hotel & Casino along side Andrew and Louise Behan

What in your opinion are amongst the most impressive Facilities of the Cruise Liner?

Success Breeds Success

Hull is successful. Hull will soon take on the well-earned title as 2017 UK City of Culture and on top of other major investment projects will soon be hosting a major casino that is due to open to the public for mid 2017, in time for the 17/18 academic year. Peter White spoke to Mark Bailey, Hotel Development Director, Manor Property Group

Save the Riviera! by Victor H Royer

This article is an appeal to Warren Buffet. Warren, loan me enough money so I can buy the Riviera, and save it. It won’t cost much – just about $200 million, or so. Maybe another $100 million for upgrades and operational expenses. If done right, this venerable old Star of the Strip can be rescued, and saved from the wrecking ball.

It is unfathomable to me that Las Vegas power-brokers have become so utterly stupid that they are systematically destroying and dismantling all that made Las Vegas great. And what are they doing to replace it? Building yet another series of bland convention halls, and a parking lot in the middle of the Strip.

And for what?

So that Las Vegas can get even more conventions, populated by endless streams of conventioneers, almost none of whom gamble.

Multi Million $ Baccarat

Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Casino Officer (CCO), Marina Bay Sands, Andrew MacDonald speaks with Bill Healey Associate Editor Asia

Considered the world’s biggest Baccarat Tournament, the 3rd Annual Grand Dragon Master Baccarat Championship is currently in progress.  Starting in August 2014 and ending in March 2015, what is the role of Marina Bay Sands in this year’s global championship?

We are so pleased that our Annual Grand Dragon Master Baccarat Championship has become a key event on the global Baccarat calendar. Seeing this event start from a concept that involved 30,000 participants in its first year and grow into a tournament that has 70,000 participants today is very rewarding.


Is it time for us to stop using the word “casino” when describing a property that has more to offer the customer?  

Understanding that the smaller casino floor of the future may help to better define the entire property experience.

 I was a panel member at a city planner’s conference in Philadelphia this past fall. The session was about the future of casino gambling in Pennsylvania.   A member of the audience asked me, “Is it time for us to stop using the word “casino” when describing a property that has so much more to offer the customer?”

My response was yes. Here on the east coast of the US it is definitely an over- used phrase to generically describe a property.