This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview Steven Crystal, the president of TableMAX, one of the world’s leading developers of electronic table games. Crystal has a long background in gaming, on both the operator and supplier side. His last position helped elevate Las Vegas Gaming as one of the most dynamic gaming suppliers. With TableMax, he hopes to help the company capitalize on the rapidly growing electronic table games field. He discusses the company’s products and expansion plans and why he believes TableMax is in the right place and the right time with the right products. Crystal spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros in his offices in Las Vegas in March.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Rep. Jon Porter, who has represented Nevada’s Third Congressional District since it was formed in 2003. Porter has been serving the public as an elected officials for more than 20 years. He served as the mayor of Boulder City, Nevada and also served in the state Senate. Along with other Nevada representatives and members of the House from other states, he serves on the Gaming Caucus that looks out for the gaming industry in Congress. He talks about tribal gaming, internet gambling and issues important to the Nevada gaming industry. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros in his offices in Washington D.C. in early February.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Ed Thorp, the author of the 1962 book Beat the Dealer, which launched the blackjack card counting phenomenon that continues to this day. Thorp is a mathematician by trade and his interest in gaming actually began when he was trying to beat the roulette wheel. He switched to blackjack after reading a study by several MIT students in the mid-1950s that demonstrated the vulnerabilities of blackjack. Beat the Dealer caused a sensation when it was released and actually caused casinos to come up with some defense mechanisms. He explains how he developed the strategy, the early years and his views on casino games today. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at the World Game Protection Conference in Las Vegas in February.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Rep. Frank LoBiondo, who represents New Jersey’s District 2, which contains Atlantic City.LoBiondo was first elected to Congress in 1994. A resident and businessman in Vineland, New Jersey, LoBiondo represented the First Legislative District in the New Jersey Assembly from 1988-1994. LoBiondo has been a tireless champion of the gaming industry and Atlantic City in his time in Congress. His ability to work with politicians from both parties on issues crucial to his district has been one of his hallmarks. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros in his offices in Washington D.C. in early February.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Lubov Loginova, CEO of Unicum Gaming, on the new direction her company is taking following the decision to minimize gaming in Russia.Loginova was appointed CEO of Unicum Gaming in January. She previously served as commercial director, where she led the sales and marketing departments. Unicum is known for its unique products in the Russian market, and Loginova explains how the company is attempting to retain that reputation in the new markets. Unicum is active all over the world, she says, and will continue to explore new markets for opportunities and joint ventures. She spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros and Editor Frank Legato at the ICE trade show in London in January.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Steve Arcana, vice president of operations for Golden Gaming, on the rapid growth of a company that was once just a slot route operator in Nevada. Golden Gaming was born when former Station Casinos executive Blake Sartini bought a slot route operator and began opening pubs and small casinos in the state. Now, Golden Gaming is one of the premier management companies, running the Hard Rock before Morgans Hotels received their license. Arcana describes how the company has grown and the jurisdictions that have become targets for the company. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Associate Editor Greg Jones at his offices in Las Vegas in February.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.