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This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Rafael "Butch" Francisco, the CEO of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor), the government-owned company that operates casinos and other gaming offerings in the Philippines. Pagcor recently had its charter renewed by the government for another 25 years and had its role expanded to include development of a huge casino entertainment complex on the shores of Manila Bay. Francisco explains how that project has been progressing, as well as other details about Pacgor's operations around the Philippines in an interview recorded before last week's report that James Packer was read to invest in one of the Manila Bay casinos. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at G2E Asia in Macau in June.


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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