Any doubt that the tribal casino segment of the North American gaming marketplace is still very much in a growth phase was likely alleviated last month when the NIGC released the fiscal year 2016 gross gaming revenue statistics for 244 federally recognized tribes across 29 states.
Before social media, it was possible for an operator to own nearly all the data associated with the casino-player relationship. That was because most of this information originated from casino-centric systems such as player tracking, hotel management, point-of-sale, and valet parking.
Casinos are the largest users of surveillance cameras in single location sites, with camera counts often totaling in the thousands. Footage from those cameras help operators guard against fraud, staff collusion, security threats and theft.
As budget season rolls around, executives are busy planning, calculating and justifying their proposed spending. This process hopefully is top of mind throughout the year, so when it comes time to put the spreadsheet together, it is much less painful.
It’s hurricane season for us along the Gulf Coast, and with that comes a steady stream of news stories that feature a well-meaning government official or correspondent telling us to have an emergency plan in place and up-to-date.
More than three centuries ago, Sir Isaac Newton pointed out that to every action there is always opposed an equal reaction. At the time, he was talking about physics, but he might well have been talking about gaming law too.
Chairman Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, Vice Chair Kathryn Isom-Clause and Associate Commissioner Sequoyah Simermeyer of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) released the Fiscal Year 2016 Gross Gaming Revenue numbers totaling $31.2 billion, an overall increase of 4.4 percent.
Scientific Games Corp. recently announced the acquisition of Red7Mobile Ltd., a Bristol, UK-based firm that designs, develops and delivers innovative and award-winning mobile and desktop casino games and sports apps for real-money gaming partners.
Casinos continue to integrate non-gaming amenities into the enterprise mix. Casino resorts have found it beneficial to incorporate family friendly entertainment at resorts as an additional way to appeal to a wider demographic base.
It has been nearly four years since Apollo Global Management acquired AGS with the intention of making the firm, whose roots were in the Class II tribal market, into a global diversified gaming supplier.