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Simon Thomas

Executive Chairman, Hippodrome Casino

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The Hippodrome in London has a long history as an entertainment venue, featuring circuses, a 100,000-gallon pool and superstar entertainment. When Simon Thomas and his family took it over, they spent four years transforming it into what is today, London’s largest and Europe’s most popular casino. Thomas explains how the renovation occurred and what has been added in the last few years. He talks about how the U.K. gaming laws have changed and now the Hippodrome can offer more slots and tables to the clientele.  He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at a suite in the Bellagio in Las Vegas in November when he was in town for the inaugural Formula One race on the Strip.

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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.