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Perseverance Pays Off

Perseverance Pays Off

Scott Butera, Chief Operating Officer & President, Foxwoods Resort Casino talks to Glyn Thomas about recent challenges that have been met - with sleeves rolled up and determination.

Could you provide details on how the year has been for Foxwoods?

This year, Foxwoods has gone through a significant transformational stage that’s been incredibly exciting.

Casino Secret Shopper


One of the specific contracts we enjoy the most is our Casino Secret Shopper program but making a change for the better within a casino business doesn’t always mean we will retire early.

We (not always secretly) are engaged by the casino owner of a land-based or online casino who feels that they are doing a good job but wishes to know if they can do better.

The two industries are very different but our extensive backgrounds give us the edge in knowing what we are looking for in both fields.

Poker Tips: Online and Real-Life By Simon Fitzpatrick 11.12.13


Poker Tips: Online and Real-Life

By Simon Fitzpatrick 11.12.13





It seems that everyone and their grandmother is playing poker these days, whether online, in a casino or round the kitchen table. Whether you’re new to the game or you’ve been playing a while, a few tips never hurt anyone – especially as a refresher course. If you play a lot it’s easy to fall into bad habits, so here’s a recap of fundamental strategies. We’ve concentrated on Texas hold ‘em because of its popularity, though of course many of these ideas will translate to other poker games.

Blithe Spirit


Blithe Spirit

Pat Crofts brings a youthful attitude to Muscogee Creek Nation Casinos, interview by David McKee

Pat Crofts, CEO of the Muscogee Creek Nation Casinos, recently estimated the reach of Tulsa-area tribal casinos at 50-70 miles. He’s hoping to expand that radius exponentially with the expansion of River Spirit Casino into a Vegas-worthy destination property. The $335 million project will add a 22-story, 500-room hotel, additional food and beverage outlets, 1,500 parking spaces and enlarge the gaming capacity, just for starters.

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.