Interview with Anthony Miranda, Chairman, CNIGA

This week, the GGB Podcast features Anthony Miranda, the chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, about the recent gaming referendum approved in his state. The Western Indian Gaming Conference convened in Palm Springs last week, just days after California voters approved four compacts that allow the tribes in the southern part of the state to install up to 7500 slot machines each. But opposition from two tribes during the bitter campaign has left its mark. Miranda explains how the day was won and why he's urging unity at this crucial period in the history of Indian gaming in California. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros during a break at the conference in Palms Springs.

Published in the February 2008 issue.

Interview with Steve Morro, President, IGT

In the second installment of a special two-part package, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Steve Morro, the president of IGT. Last week, we sat down with TJ Matthews, the chairman and CEO of the company to discuss the future of the IGT. As the leader of the worldwide slot industry, IGT has been under tremendous pressure to maintain its market share and its lead in the technology area of the business. Morro is involved in almost all aspects of the company and explains how he has helped to streamline a company that has grown into a multi-national corporation. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros over the phone from his Reno office for the cover story of the February issue of Global Gaming Business.

Published in the February 2008 issue.

Interview with TJ Matthews, Chairman & CEO, IGT

For the next two weeks, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features a special two-part package. This week, we speak with TJ Matthews, the chairman and CEO of IGT and next week, we'll have a similar discussion with Steve Morro, the company president, on where IGT is headed in the next few years. IGT has been the leader in the slot market for almost 20 years now. The company's ability to produce games that people play has always been its strength. But now, according to Matthews, the "I" and the "T" have become as important as the "G" because the international reach of the company has only been matched by the amazing new technology being developed. Matthews spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros for the cover story of the February Global Gaming Business at his Las Vegas offices in January.

Published in the January 2008 issue.

Interview with Tracey Chernay, Transact Corp.

This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Tracey Chernay, senior vice president of marketing for the Transact Corp., about the ticket printer business that is so hot right now in the gaming business. Ticket printing really took off after the ticket-in, ticket-out systems for slot machines became so popular in the late 1990s. Transact Corp., a manufacturer of commercial printers for several applications, is one of the leaders in the gaming industry. Chernay describes the state of the art in the printer business and how tickets are now being used for more purposes than simply to designate a specific payout. She spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at G2E at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Published in the January 2008 issue.

Interview With Matt Muta, Managing Director, Microsoft

This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Matt Muta, managing director at Microsoft, which is developing innovative products for the gaming industry. They say you know you've made it when a giant company like Microsoft begins to develop products for your company, but the truth is Microsoft has been involved in the gaming industry for some time now. Muta led a presentation at G2E in November that demonstrated some of the new software the company is developing for gaming companies-most notably Harrah's-that focus on business intelligence, loyalty programs, social networking, mobile gaming and database development. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at G2E at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Published in the January 2008 issue.

Interview with Dan D’Ariggo, Sr. VP & CFO, MGM Mirage

This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Dan D'Arrigo, the senior vice president and CFO for MGM Mirage, on his recent promotion.D'Arrigo has been with MGM Mirage for many years, but just recently took over the CFO position from company president Jim Murren. D'Arrigo has learned from one of the best so his efforts to explain how the company plans to diversify its revenue stream beyond the gaming industry will be well-founded. He explains why recent investments from Dubai World and joint ventures with other non-gaming entities will keep MGM on the cutting edge of public companies in the gaming industry. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at his offices at the Bellagio in December.

Published in the January 2008 issue.

MIT Blackjack Team: How Did They Do It?

One of the most popular sessions at November's Global Gaming Expo featured two members of the famous MIT blackjack card-counting team that beat the casino industry for millions in the early '90s. Team members Mike Aponte and Dave Irvine were joined by security expert Andy Anderson on a panel moderated by Douglas Florence, the vice president of Nice Systems, a security equipment company. The team was the subject of a best-selling book by Ben Mesrich, Bringing Down the House, which tells how they did it. They discuss the formation of the team, why it succeeded and how casinos today combat similar teams. More than 300 people attended the session, proving the importance this issue still holds with casino executives.

Published in the December 2007 issue.

Interview with Jay Snowden, General Manager, Showboat Atlantic City

This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Jay Snowden, senior vice president and general manager with Showboat Casino-Hotel, on the developments at his casino in Atlantic City. Three years ago, the Showboat opened a House of Blues outlet, with all the amenities associated with that brand in other locations. While the HOB has distinguished Showboat from other casinos, it has only recently begun to work the way Harrah's executives though it should. Snowden, the general manager of the Showboat, came to the property with one mandate: make it work! His role cannot be understated as the HOB begins its first full year under Showboat management. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at his office in the Showboat in December.

Published in the December 2007 issue.

Interview with Alan Soloman and Doug Shipley, Isle of Capri Casinos

This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Alan Solomon, executive vice president and general counsel, and Doug Shipley, corporate vice president of racino operations for Isle of Capri Casinos, discussing the state of the gaming industry in Florida. It's been more than 10 years since Isle of Capri bought Pompano Park in Broward County, and the company officials thought they hit the jackpot when slots were legalized in the county in 2005. But low returns, a high tax rate and competition from Indian gaming make operating there more difficult than first imagined. Solomon addresses the issues from a corporate perspective and Shipley explains how they impact operations. They spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at Pompano Park in Florida in early December.

Published in the December 2007 issue.

Interview with Eric Meyerhofer, CEO, FutureLogic

This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Eric Meyerhofer, the chief executive officer and chief technology officer for FutureLogic, one of the leading companies providing ticket printers for the gaming industry. FutureLogic won the bid to provide IGT with ticket printers in the early days of ticket-in, ticket out. Meyerhofer explains how the printers were developed and what role they play in the gaming industry. He also talks about new trends, such as coupons printed on the payout tickets. Meyerhofer spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at G2E 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in November.

Published in the December 2007 issue.

Interview with Buddy Frank, VP, Slot Ops, Pechanga Casino Resort

This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Buddy Frank, the vice president of slot operations for Pechanga Casino on a large purchase of a Bally slot system. Bally Technologies has developed the iVIEW interactive player-communication displays and announced a big deal with the Pechanga Casino Resort at last month's G2E. Frank explains what the system will do for his casino and how it will serve the customers. He also discusses the Class II vs. Class III distinctions in his casino. Frank spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at G2E 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Published in the December 2007 issue.

Interview with Mat Petek, Alfa Street Gaming Instruments

Community gaming is the new buzz word for an established device, the multi-player gaming machine. One of the leaders of the industry is Alfa Street Gaming Instruments, which is known for its multi-player roulette games, popular in Europe and now spreading around the world. Mat Petek is the company's marketing manager and explains how the company views the European market and why it has just announced a distributorship with Atronic to spread its products around the world. Petek spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas in November.

Published in the December 2007 issue.

Interview with Gary Selesner, President, Caesars Palace

This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Gary Selesner, the president of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on the completed and ongoing expansion and renovation at the legendary Strip resort. Gary Selesner has been president of Caesars Palace for two years. His vast experience in the gaming industry has culminated in his leadership of the iconic Las Vegas property. He explains how Harrah's Entertainment is planning to maintain the exclusive status of Caesars Palace in the face of growing competition for the high-end market. He also puts to rest the impression that Harrah's would not continue to pursue that market. Selesner spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros from his offices in Caesars Palace in September.

Published in the December 2007 issue.

Special Edition: Entertaining Dealers-Will Table Games Ever Be the Same

This week, on a special edition of the Global Gaming Business Podcast hear a podcast of one of the Signature Series presentations at last week's G2E, "Dealers or Entertainers: Will Tables Ever Be the Same?"As casinos stress entertainment to a great extent, the role of the dealer is bound to change. In this session, Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros moderates a panel of experts-C.J. Graham, director of table games for the Palms Casino Resort; Vic Taucer, the president of dealer training company, Casino Creations; Barney Vinson, the author of Las Vegas Behind the Tables and the former gaming instructor at Caesars Palace; and Jimmy Wike, vice president of table game operations at Caesars Palace-and discusses the current state of table game dealers in today's gaming industry. The insights into the motivation and expertise needed these days is very revealing.

Published in the December 2007 issue.

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