Paul Doocey was appointed editor of Casino Journal, a BNP Media publication, in 2011. He had previously served as editor of the publication from 2003 to 2006. Paul also served as editorial director of the Gaming Group for Ascend Media and editor of International Gaming & Wagering Business magazine from 2006 to 2008. He had previously worked for IGWB from 1992 to 2000, the last three years as editor of the publication. From 2000 to 2003, Paul was editor-in-chief of Bank Systems & Technology magazine, a CMP publication. He also served various editorial positions at International Council of Shopping Centers and Fairchild Publications. Paul has also had freelance articles appear in Billboard, Unique Homes, Hotel Business and other magazines. Paul is a graduate of Fordham University.
The gaming jury is still very much out when it comes to the future impact of skill-based slot machines within the land-based casino environment. One thing is certain, opinions on skill games very much run the gamut; from groundbreaking, vital and essential to unfeasible, unplayable and overblown.
Lots of marketing technology providers promise that their products and systems will help casino operators in a myriad of ways—improving everything from player procurement and retention to digital promotion and campaign management. But how many actually live up to the hype?
Land-based casino resort operators employee a variety of methods to recognize and incentivize loyal patrons. Many of these involve monetary remuneration, a free meal at a property restaurant, gratis tickets to a show or a free room night or two at the facility’s hotel.
As competition for consumer dollars within and without the land-based casino marketplace continues to tighten, operators of both small and large properties are seeking differentiation through a variety of means, including facility design and appearance.
I suppose in an ideal world, I could have my health as closely observed as that of the gaming industry. Then again, maybe I should be careful for what I wish for since—even with all these reports and studies—I still have a difficult time determining the true health of the gaming industry.
When it comes to technological innovation and the casino gaming floor, operators seeking revenue growth, cost savings or a competitive edge have an ever growing list of products and systems from which to choose.
It's likely that those who attended the NIGA Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, which was held in April in San Diego, Calif., walked away from the event with a greater understanding of Indian gaming and the vital role it plays in fostering tribal sovereignty and much needed social programs.