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Interview with John Acres and Rich Fiore, Acres-Fiore

This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with John Acres and Rich Fiore, the principals in Acres-Fiore, which focuses on developing slot games and systems for the casino industry. Acres and Fiore have already made their marks in the gaming industry. Acres was the leader of Acres Gaming, which he sold to IGT and Fiore with Sierra Design Group, which was recently purchased by Bally Technologies. Both have played major roles in the development of player tracking, progressives, bonusing, the bonus wheel and other aspects of slot technology that are now commonplace. They talk about their company and products and their views of the future of the gaming industry. Fiore and Acres met with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at their offices in Las Vegas in March.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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