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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.

Japan’s casino dreams are founded on false hope

Japan has stepped up efforts to liberalise its gambling legislation and cultivate a casino industry, whose potential value has been put at $40 billion by some analysts. However, a poor showing in parliament for new gambling reforms means Japan’s ambitions might be strangled in the crib.

The current political debacle reveals that investors’ buzz around ‘the new Macau’ was groundless from the start. In this article, I will provide an overview of the recent, botched efforts to legalise casino gambling in Japan and demonstrate that the country’s potential as a gambling hot-spot has been drastically overstated.

Novomatic Biometric Systems™

Damien Connelly visited Novomatic’s pilot NBS site in Vienna

“NBS solves so many of the problems of TiTo and cashless, that I wouldn’t go back...NBS is a much better system,” stated Mr. Tekin Aykut, manager of the property where the pilot for NBS (Novomatic Biometric Systems) has been running for almost six months now. During this six months, almost 2,000 customers have registered to use NBS.

Johnny Rockets Universal appeal

How was 2013 for the Johnny Rockets Franchise operations and how is the year ahead shaping up?

Last year (2013) went really well for our Johnny Rockets operations.  As with any business, challenges were present everywhere like the rise of competition in the food industry, price sensitivity related concerns of the consumers, increasing price of the raw materials, not enough excellent real estate for the brand to expand and domestic economic related matters.  Even with so many challenges as mentioned above in the food industry, we view the future very positively and are still planning on expanding the brand in the Philippines.

What age group would you say are you seeing most growth in patrons to your Johnny Rockets Franchises?

Plentiful Potential

What has been the reaction to the opening of Lola’s Underground Casino.

I have to admit, the wholly positive reaction when we opened the doors to Lola’s even flummoxed me a little, and I knew what was behind them!

It’s worked wonderfully because we’re delivering both a new type of customer to the Hippodrome while delighting our existing visitors because it gives them another alternative area to explore. And people are staying longer, up to 50% longer than the average dwell time.

The Extreme Casino Makeover

Chris Moore reflects on his expirences in the Casino industry during his time in the former Eastern Block.

If we look back to 2007, initial expansion started from the casino's then 43,000 sq ft, expanding it to over 115,000 sq ft followed by a further development that added 7,000 sq ft to provide a full service nonsmoking casino for guests, plus in 2010 the 108-room 160,000 sq ft hotel was added. That all added up to over 300,000 sq ft of entertainment fun and excitement, but you haven't stopped there – further development has been undertaken. Can you provide details on how the enterprise is operating in 2013/2014?