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October 2014

In the October 2014 issue of Casino Journal read how the impact of the Bally and IGT mergers will effect the rest of the industry. Also, find out what the changes in Atlantic City will mean for other casinos across the U.S. 

Bally and IGT's merger's impact throughout the gaming industry

How the impact of the Bally and IGT mergers will be felt throughout the gaming industry
In hindsight, nobody should say they couldn’t see it coming.


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In defense of Atlantic City

Longtime gaming observer Gary Green doesn’t pull his punches when it comes to analyzing the ongoing problems and, yes, promise, of the Atlantic City casino marketplace
A recent Wall Street Journal headline bemoaned, “Atlantic City’s Blues Play On” while a New York Times headline analyzed, “Atlantic City Grapples With Empty Spaces” and CNBC commentators wondered if “glitzy corporate headquarters, condos or timeshares, entertainment-related rentals or even student housing could be among the new uses” for the shells left behind from a dying casino industry in Atlantic City.


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Boutique resort building increases while casino development is at a standstill

With large casino development mostly at a standstill, boutique resort building is all the rage in Las Vegas
When you think of casino development on The Strip, Resorts World Las Vegas is the type of project you likely envision.


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Security and surveillance products get an upgrade

Security and surveillance companies upgrade products and systems to better protect the gaming enterprise
Security and surveillance remain top of mind at many gaming properties tasked with protecting both the enterprise and its customers from a growing array of sophisticated cheats and criminals.


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The can't miss gaming products at G2E

Improved gaming products are set to astound on the Global Gaming Expo show floor
The trade show floor of the annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E), taking place Sept.30-Oct. 2 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, is the prime spot to view this year’s crop of new or improved casino games, systems, products, technology and services from both domestic and international vendors.


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Atlantic City officials focus on non-gaming development for future growth

Responding to the closings of the Showboat Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, Revel and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, along with Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Executive Director John Palmieri and Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell released a document that reminded residents and visitors alike that significant progress is being made in the destination’s ongoing transition to a burgeoning, multi-faceted tourism mecca that is not focused solely on gaming.


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Pay for top industry chief executives is on the rise

Pay for top gaming industry chief executives is on the uptick, especially for companies concentrating on international opportunities
Chief executive officer (CEO) compensation trends in the gaming industry saw the large-cap companies paying their CEOs handsomely compared to their smaller brethren.


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The casino cage as a marketing opportunity

There are numerous customer contact positions in a casino operation that are critically important to crafting a superior service experience for guests.


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Antitrust, regulatory suitability issues impact recent M&A activity

The last 18 months of gaming company mergers and acquisitions have started to feel like the famous Sherwin-Williams logo of a paint can pouring red paint onto a globe with the motto “Cover the Earth.”


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The value of free money marketing

Within the casino industry, the science of marketing—or rather, the attempt to convert marketing into a science, quantifiable by design and predictable by outcome—is the principal goal of all gaming executives.


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The never-ending American sports betting saga

Full-fledged legal sports betting in the U.S. has been limited to the state of Nevada for the last 60 years, and, mostly, nobody cared.


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Anticipation for G2E

By my estimation, this year will mark my 15th visit to Global Gaming Expo (G2E), which I hope everyone knows by now is taking place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Sands Expo & Convention center in Las Vegas.


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New custom displays hit Canadian casinos

Almo Professional A/V and NanoLumens team up to provide custom displays for Canadian casinos
Almo Professional A/V, Philadelphia, Pa., and Norcross, Ga.-based NanoLumens, have teamed up to outfit five Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) casinos throughout Canada with custom displays.


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Casino executive news October 2014

Who’s going where and doing what in the gaming industry.


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Duetto and Komani Gaming ink product agreement

Companies team up to help casino hotels and resorts increase profitability.


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Sycuan Casino launches customer-centric mobile application

New mobile app for Sycuan loyalty club member was developed by MJD, a digital innovation agency MJD Interactive.


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Treasure Bay Casino selects Opticity data warehouse and CRM service

Opticity application helps Treasure Bay executives better manage data issues.


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Rivers Casino opts for mobile loyalty solution

 Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Rivers Casino and JOINGO, a technology company providing mobile loyalty solutions for the casino gaming industry, have launched a customer app for iPhone and Android devices. 


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i-Gamers willing to try land based casinos

One in five New Jersey online gamblers aged 21-24 first wagered with money at a land-based casino since November 2013, when regulated online gambling was launched in the state.


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Thunder valley expands online social app

 Thunder Valley Casino Resort has expanded its custom-designed Thunder Valley Casino Resort games on Win’s popular Slots Craze application. Slots Craze is a free social casino game available on Facebook, iOS and Android platforms. 


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Costa Rican Casino opts for IGT

International Game Technology (IGT) IGT will bring an authentic Las Vegas-style gaming experience to Costa Rica with its agreement to provide IGT games and systems to Croc’s Casino Resort.


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Global Cash Access, Multimedia games sign merger deal

 Fresh off the heels of recent mergers between GTECH and International Game Technology (IGT), Scientific Games and Bally Technologies and Aristocrat Technologies and Video Gaming Technologies (VGT), Global Cash Access (GCA), a Las Vegas-based supplier of fully integrated cash access solutions and related services to the gaming industry, announced last month that it was acquiring Multimedia Games, an Austin, Texas-based developer of comprehensive systems, content and electronic gaming units for Native American and commercial casinos for $1.2 billion in cash. 


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Agem announces 5 new members

 The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced that its board of directors has approved the membership applications of five new companies, bringing the trade group comprised of the world’s leading gaming suppliers to a total of 143 members.  


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Betfred taps new mobile marketing platform

 OtherLevels, the mobile marketing and analytics platform used by major games developers, travel brands and gaming companies across the globe announced that Betfred has chosen them to power the brand’s native mobile messaging campaigns that reach more than 100,000 subscribed players. 


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How Las vegas will benefit from Atlantic City's struggle

As the lights dim in Atlantic City, the prospects for Vegas are getting brighter by the day
Overall, through the first six months of 2014, the U.S. commercial gaming industry generated $18.6 billion, down 1.4 percent from the same period in 2013.


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2014 G2E Review: IGT

Joe Sigrist, vice president of game development for International Game Technology (IGT), took some during a busy G2E schedule to sit and talk about IGT’s latest and greatest games, and the company’s emphasis on re-inventing the reel slot experience for both players and operators.

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In the October 2014 issue of Casino Journal read how the impact of the Bally and IGT mergers will effect the rest of the industry. Also, find out what the changes in Atlantic City will mean for other casinos across the U.S. 

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Check out the September/October 2014 issue of Slot Manager to read about the upcoming G2E trade show floor, which is rife with new and improved products, systems and services from leading slot and peripheral vendors. Also, slot operators from around the United Stated reveal the casino and gaming products and systems they will be searching out at G2E.

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