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Gaming surveillance: the rise of information integration

Gaming surveillance: the rise of information integration

John Katnic is Vice President of Global Gaming at Synectics, which designs integrated end-to-end surveillance control systems for demanding security environments. Here, he talks to Casino Life about worldwide surveillance trends set to have a big impact on the gaming market in 2014 and beyond.

What’s the single biggest trend we are likely to see develop this year in relation to casino surveillance?

Taking the ‘Sin’ Out of ‘Sin City’: Has Vegas Lost Its Gambling Mojo?

Taking the ‘Sin’ Out of ‘Sin City’: Has Vegas Lost Its Gambling Mojo?

More people than ever are jetting out to Las Vegas, but city-wide gambling revenue is falling. Sam Miranda investigates…

It seems that gambling may no longer be the backbone of the Las Vegas economy. While current tourism figures are healthy, visitors are spending less overall and fewer punters are hitting the casinos. According to the Review Journal, Las Vegas hotel occupancy in July 2013 stood at 90.6 per cent – a new record. However, Nevada gambling revenue reported a $1.35 billion net loss in 2013, the fifth straight year of losses.

Roger Marris, Chief Executive Officer of The Ritz Club London, interview by Jack Bulavsky

The Ritz Club, London Ventures East

It was 4 p.m. in London one day last month (8 a.m. in Las Vegas) when Roger Marris, Chief Executive Officer of The Ritz Club London, took time to speak on the telephone with Jack Bulavsky, Special Assignment Correspondent for Casino Life.

David Schwartz latest book 'Grandissimo' a biography of Jay Sarno


David Schwartz Director, Center for Gaming Research University of Nevada, chats with Peter White about his new book 'Grandissimo' a biography of Jay Sarno.


Could we start this interview with a history your from University to present day?

The 2nd Grand Dragon Master Baccarat Championship Gand Final 2013 with a final prize pool of over USD$12 Million

Could we commence the interview with a brief history of the tournament, what was the original motivation behind it, and how impressed are you with the events success.

Baccarat is one of the oldest and most popular games in casinos all over the world. Besides just creating the biggest Baccarat tournament ever, the Grand Dragon Master Baccarat Championship offers the ultimate experience for true Baccarat lovers from around the world.

Bally Technologies Prospers with Innovation and International Growth

Richard Haddrill Visited with Jack Bulavsky During G2E Las Vegas

Richard (Dick) Haddrill became Chairman of the Board of Bally Technologies, Inc. in December 2012 after serving eight years as the Chief Executive Officer. He joined Bally as CEO in October 2004 and has served on its Board of Directors since April 2003.

Prior to coming to Bally Technologies, Haddrill was CEO for five years at Manhattan Associates, Inc., a leader in software solutions to the supply chain industry throughout the world. During his tenure there, the company expanded its product offerings and market share, more than tripled revenues, and increased its share price more than eight fold.

Recollections: 1975

Chris Moore Recollections:  1975 – Caspian Sea Casino, Ramsar, Persia (Iran). 

The Grand Hotel sat below green rolling hills facing the Caspian Sea.  An arrow-straight, tree-lined boulevard stretched from the front of the hotel all the way to the sea, over a mile away. At the heart of the imposing building was the Caspian Sea Casino. For pure dramatic impact, it rivaled any casino that I had seen before or since. The vast ceilings, massive chandeliers and marble columns made the gaming rooms feel like something out of a dreamlike movie.

The HiT Group

                                                      The HiT Group

Dimitrij Piciga MSc President of the Management Board Hit Company Interview with Peter White Publisher Casino Life

AGEM Seeks Growth Outside North America

                     AGEM Seeks Growth Outside North America

Tracy Cohen is AGEM’s Director of Europe.  Jack Bulavsky caught up with her at G2E Las Vegas.

Tracy Cohen is Director of Europe of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), a trade organization comprised of the top international gaming suppliers. Its mission is to further the interests of its members around the world. She also serves as Marketing Manager for TCSJOHNHUXLEY, the leading casino gaming equipment manufacturer and supplier with 10 offices worldwide. With more than 20 years experience in design and marketing communications for the international casino and gaming industry, Cohen oversees global trade shows and events, Public Relations, advertising, sales and marketing communications and product launch activities.

ICE’s Rebecca Harris joined the team, embracing the challenge to raise money for the Responsible Gambling Trust. Here is a diary of her expedition to the summit.



Day 1

Today is the first day of the adventure, kind of. I spent the morning packing and repacking my bags, checking my equipment lists to make sure that I hadn't forgotten anything, then unpacked and repacked one last time to make sure. I arrived at London Heathrow and meet with my group, most of whom are strangers. It’s a little weird to think that I'll be heading up Africa's largest mountain with them, but they all look like a great bunch of people. Just have to get through customs first.