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Mr. Halpenny Had a Very Busy 2013

In spite of a 19-hour time difference, Adrian Halpenny of Bally Technologies was able to have a long, pleasant conversation with Jack Bulavsky, Special Assignment Correspondent for Casino Life.

Adrian Halpenny became Bally Technologies’ Senior Vice President of Australia and Europe when Bally acquired SHFL entertainment in November 2013. Since October 2010, he had been serving as President of SHFL entertainment Australia. Prior to that position, he was Director of Operations and has been in the electronics manufacturing industry for a number of years. Prior to joining SHFL entertainment, Halpenny held the position of General Manager, Startronics for five years and has also held operational leadership roles with ACL Automotive Components.

On The Beach

Caesars Entertainment's Dean McBride's career has taken him from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. By David McKee

Corvallis, Oregon, in the Klamath Valley, in 1961. [Graduated from] the home of the fighting Beavers, Oregon State University. Directly after college, a family member had a business starting in Ketichkan, and part of it was charitable gaming. So I went into gaming immediately after college. From there I become involved in what you and I know as casinos. I moved to Reno, Nevada, in 1990. I spent about three and a half years in Alaska, and spent some time in Portland, Oregon, and relocated to Reno.

“The Future Looks Strong. It’s an Exciting Time.”

Before leaving for ICE in London, Derik Mooberry spoke with Jack Bulavsky, Special Assignment Correspondent for Casino Life.



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

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