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.
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.