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Right Place Right Time Interview with Austrian Gaming Industries Managing Director Jens Halle by Glyn Thomas

It’s been almost a year since we last caught up with you and at that time you were busy setting up your new home in Fort Lauderdale – are you all settled in? Anything you miss from back home?

Is it almost a year? It really seems like just yesterday that my family and I took up residence in Florida and since I started on what is a huge professional challenge. What is the Latin expression? Tempus Fugit (‘time flies’). That has certainly been the case, as based on my experience to date.

The challenge was, and is, in two parts. Firstly, to base myself closer to Novomatic’s hugely successful and ever expanding business in central and south America and thus make the task of  directing and assisting the activities of our many subsidiary companies throughout the region easier, from a logistics point of view.

Expansion & Integration at Grosvenor Casinos

Expansion & Integration at Grosvenor Casinos

Casino Life’s Daniel Lindsay met up recently with Paul Armitage, Operations Director of the UK’s biggest Casino Operation

Recently, Grosvenor Casinos completed the transaction acquiring the Gala Casino estate giving you a market leading position in terms of live casino venues of 55, across England, Scotland and Wales (and 2 operations in Belgium).  Your workload must have increased dramatically, how’s the integration of that business going?


Peter White chats with 3J Gaming during the Table Gaming Showcase hosted at Grosvenor Casino Coventry, a bi-annual event that trials the very latest in table gaming technology the industry has to offer.

Daryl Jendras and Jim Lemanski (pictured above), founders of 3JGaming, LLC, have pioneered the invention of a new revolutionary table game being introduced to the market, "Match'em  Hi-Lo".

Could you explain to our readership who you are and the history of your company?

New AGA President/CEO: “We’re A Global Entertainment Association”

After 17 years, a new person is leading the American Gaming Association (AGA). Geoff Freeman was appointed president and chief executive officer on July 1. He takes over from Frank J. Fahrenkopf who was AGA’s president since its founding in 1996. Fahrenkopf is being retained as a consultant to assist with the transition through the end of the year.

Working Together Casino Life Interview with AGEM Executive Director Markus Prater

AGEM Working Together for the Common Good of the Industry

Marcus Prater is Executive Director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), a non-profit trade organization comprised of the world’s top gaming industry suppliers.  AGEM is a sponsor of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the preeminent international gaming industry trade show and conference held annually in Las Vegas. It also sponsors G2E Asia and partners with SAGSE, South America’s premier gaming trade shows in Panama and Buenos Aires. 

Is Manila the region’s next World Class Gaming Destination?

Is Manila the region’s next Macau?

The gambling world is on the lookout for its next international hub, and the city of Manila is firmly on the radar. But can the Philippine capital handle an influx of junket operators and criminal undercurrents?  

Skyscrapers, jeepneys, Lake Taal and shoe production…the bustling metropolis of Manila is famous for many things, but can world-class casinos be next? With the PSEI - the Philippines’ regional stock market index - emerging as one of 2012’s top performers, there has been speculation that that the city can rival Macau as Asia’s flagship gambling centre.

Developing new Casinos by Chris Moore


Recollections – Developing New Casinos by Chris Moore

When I began my casino career in 1974, most of the casinos in London were owned by individuals. One or two owners had slightly disreputable backgrounds and a few were actually ex-croupiers. The casino business has changed since then, becoming much more regulated and far more corporate. At the same time it has become slightly less vibrant and a little less stimulating. That is of course only an opinion, many accountant-types would argue that the industry has improved beyond recognition with no core damage whatever. What seems undeniable is that the casino industry has a dynamic future, as it continues to adapt and expand around the globe.

The Casino Club at The Greenbrier

The Casino Club at The Greenbrier

Casino Life’s Steve Karoul chats with Todd Fishon VP Casino Operations , Greenbrier Resort, West Virgina USA.

Vapelux providing a genuine alternative for those gamblers who enjoy a cigarette

Vapelux providing a genuine alternative for those gamblers who enjoy a cigarette.

Glyn Thomas chats with Nick Roman, Commercial Manager of Vapelux Ltd about their range of e-cigarettes.

"Aspers Casino Stratford is the largest Casino venue in the British Isles with more tables and slots than any other competitor.

Hosting thousands of visitors throughout the Summer Olympics, they now have a bustling, lively entertainment venue featuring slots, roulette, black jack and London’s largest poker room. Sky Bar and Tanzibar offer a selection of fine cocktails against the throb of live music, with live betting on 27 huge plasma screens.

'Inspirational' Casino RAY Helsinki


Glyn Thomas chats with Janne Perakyla VP COO RAY Finland

What are amongst your many responsibilities are what you would consider the most essential involved your role of as VP & COO.

Now when world around gambling is quite challenging I try to focus my work to three things: look the future, inspire staff and follow profitability.

What aspects of your role do you find most satisfying?

I have to say that future forecasting and inspiring young experts.