This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Paul Oneile, the chief executive officer and managing director of Aristocrat Technologies.Since Oneile was appointed chief executive officer and managing director of Aristocrat Technologies in December 2003, he’s been constantly putting out fires. Whether it was over-enthusiastic earnings reports or creating a new marketing team, he’s spent a lot of time righting a listing ship. And now that the economy is listing as well, it seems Oneile’s hands-on leadership is needed more than ever. Despite the difficult times, Oneile believes Aristocrat is poised to make a dramatic rebound once the economy comes back. He cites the company’s slot products, gaming systems and R&D capabilities as its core strength. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros and Editor Frank Legato at G2E Asia in Macau in early June.
This week, we feature an interview with Bruce “Two Dogs” Boszum, the chairman of Mohegan Tribe, on the future direction of the tribe with the advent of the opening of the new facility at Pocono Downs and expansion in Connecticut. Boszum took charge as leader of the Mohegans two years ago and has demonstrated a respect for the past with a vision for the future. His understanding of gaming and the development of the tribal gaming authority is unquestioned. Leading off the podcast this week are some questions and answers from Mitchell Etess, the president of the tribal gaming authority. Etess explains what the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs means to his company. Bobby Soper, the president and CEO of the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, talks about how the project was designed immediately after the facility opened. And finally, Bruce Boszum spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at G2E Asia in Macau in June about the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and other tribal projects.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Martin R. Baird, the chief executive officer of Robinson & Associates, Inc., on his expertise in customer service and employee satisfaction. Baird has advised casinos on training and human resource issues for more than 10 years. His “Advocacy Index” recognizes that customer loyalty and word-of-mouth marketing can often be the most powerful form of marketing around, and he suggests that employees become advocates for their own properties. Baird explains how to accomplish that when he spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros in San Diego in April.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Mark Brandenburg, the co-owner of the Golden Gate Hotel Casino in Las Vegas on recent improvements at his property. Brandenburg recently sold half of the Golden Gate to the Stevens family, who also own the Las Vegas 51s minor-league baseball team. The Golden Gate is the oldest still-operating casino in Las Vegas on the original site. The price of the signature shrimp cocktail was recently doubled to $1.99, but it still remains popular and an iconic Vegas offering. Brandenburg explains his plans for the hotel and his views on Downtown Las Vegas. He spoke with GGB Associate Editor Greg Jones in May.
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.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Shawn Kreloff, the CEO of Sona Mobile, one of the world’s leading providers of gaming products and systems for kiosks and hand-held devices. Sona Mobile is one of the few companies that actually has a server-based gaming system up and running in a casino environment. Kreloff explains how the company developed its platform and what applications it serves. He also talks about the future of server-based gaming and why Sona spent years in R&D before introducing their products and services two years ago. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros in San Diego in April.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features a special interview with Gary Loveman, the president, CEO and chairman of Caesars Entertainment, formerly Harrah’s Entertainment. Caesars has just recently been taken private by two private equity companies, Apollo Management and Texas Pacific Group. Loveman talks about the differences between operating as a public and a private company and explains how the company’s previously announced expansion plans stand now, given the new owners and the economic situation. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros at the East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City in May.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Curtis Bashaw, a partner in Bashaw-Barr Inc., which is planning a massive new casino project in Atlantic City. As executive director of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Bashaw became an advocate, not only of Atlantic City, but of the entire Jersey Shore. His experience with building and renovating hotels in Cape May, just south of Atlantic City, enforced the notion that Atlantic City is only the main attraction on the extended Jersey Shore. With a new “boutique” hotel in Atlantic City scheduled to open this month, and plans for a $2 billion project at the western end of the Boardwalk, Bashaw is a major player in Atlantic City these days. He spoke with Global Gaming Business Editor Frank Legato at his offices in May.
This week, in a special edition of the Global Gaming Business Podcast the last in a series of four podcasts is presented, featuring people who played roles in the city over those three decades. In the final installment of this series, we give the entire session over to Steven Perskie, who many call the father of casino gaming in Atlantic City. As an assemblyman in the early 1970s, Perskie’s work with Governor Brendan Byrne helped clear the way for gaming. He then, as a state senator, helped to write the Casino Control Act that established the parameters of the industry (and became a blueprint for states legalizing gaming from then on). Then he returned as chairman of the Casino Control Commission in the early 1990s, reforming the regulatory process in such a manner that it encouraged the growth of gaming in Atlantic City to become what it is today.
This week, in a special edition of the Global Gaming Business Podcast the third in a series of four podcasts is presented, featuring people who played roles in the city over those three decades. In this edition of 30 Years of Gaming, we focus on Atlantic City itself and the impact casino gaming has had on it. Steve Batzer, now one of the leading authorities on insurance in the gaming industry and a former chairman of the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, explains why it was so difficult for city businesses to capitalize on casinos. Next, Mac Seelig, the president of AC Coin and Slot, discusses the early years and how his company was positioned perfectly to take advantage, despite the onerous regulatory process. And finally, former state Senator Bill Gormley talks about how the legislative leaders adjusted their strategies through the years to encourage development in Atlantic City.
This week, in a special edition of the Global Gaming Business Podcast the second in a series of four podcasts is presented, featuring people who played roles in the city over those three decades. In this edition of 30 Years of Gaming, we talk with Dennis Gomes, now head of Gomes-Cordish Gaming, but in those days he was an investigator for New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement. Gomes tells a tale of intrigue during the probe of Resorts International in 1977. Next up is Frank J. “Pat” Dodd, a former state senator who was appointed to the Casino Control Commission in 1989. He explains how difficult it was to institute the reform of the agency. And finally, we speak with CCC Chairwoman Linda Kassekert about the debt she owes to her predecessors and why the New Jersey regulatory system is considered the best in the world.
This week, in a special edition of the Global Gaming Business Podcast the first in a series of four podcasts is presented, featuring people who played roles in the city over those three decades. In this edition of 30 Years of Gaming, we talk with Governor Brendan Byrne, who supported and encouraged the gaming industry to redevelop Atlantic City in the 1970s. Former mayor and now state Senator James Whelan explains his role in moving Atlantic City to the next level during the 1990s. Legendary gaming attorney Joel Sterns talks about the Resorts International licensing hearings and how he got it approved despite opposition from state agencies. And Dan Heneghan, now public information officer for the Casino Control Commission, but then the lead gaming reporter for the Atlantic City Press discusses the campaign to legalize gaming in 1976.
Interview with Vincent Wickliffe General Manager and Vice President, Eldorado and Jokers Wild Casinos
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Vincent Wickliffe, the general manager and vice president of the Eldorado and Jokers Wild, two casinos owned by Boyd Gaming in Henderson, Nevada.Wickliffe started in the gaming industry as a dealer in Downtown Las Vegas, and he is now running two casinos for Boyd Gaming Corp. His is the quintessential story about how to advance in the gaming industry: work hard, be flexible concerning hours and where you work and take advantage of any and all opportunities that present themselves. After starting Downtown, Wickliffe has worked in burgeoning markets including Kansas City, Missouri, and New Orleans before returning to Las Vegas where he now oversees the Eldorado and Jokers Wild casinos in Henderson. Wickliffe spoke in April with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros and Associate Editor Greg Jones at his office-formerly the office of Boyd Gaming Chairman Bill Boyd-at the Eldorado in Henderson.
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.
This week, the Global Gaming Business Podcast features an interview with Marcus Prater, the newly named executive director for the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, or AGEM. Prater has a long history in the gaming industry, most recently serving as senior vice president of marketing for Bally Technologies. He takes over AGEM at a crucial time in the group’s history, as gaming expands throughout the world. AGEM is mainly a political organization, trying to influence the legalization of gaming in new jurisdictions and the transformation of regulations that will make it easier for its members to sell their products and services. He met with Global Gaming Business Publisher Roger Gros in Las Vegas in April.
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.