In my Casino Journal column last month, I began to share what I have learned in my nearly 45-year career in the gaming industry. I made the case for fun. In this month’s column, I share seven more key learnings from a career in gaming spent watching, listening, challenging, questioning, and in many cases, screwing up.
Prior to in-home megascreen televisions and sports packages on steroids, going to your local casino or bar to watch a sporting event was “a thing.” Could legalized sports betting signal the return of the packed bars at gaming facilities for college football, Super Bowl and NCAA basketball?
When the Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act last May, clearing the way for states to enact sports betting, it appeared that the online wagering industry in the U.S. was finally going to be on par with Europe and other international gaming marketplaces.
Since the landmark SCOTUS decision to strike down PASPA in May 2018, states have been passing legislation to legalize sports wagering. New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Road Island, Mississippi and New Mexico already offer sports betting at land-based casinos.
In my last few articles, I covered the various analysis that I utilized as an operator and those that we at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming are applying in the EILERS-FANTINI Central Game Performance Database (GPD). Since those articles and reports were published, operators and suppliers have requested new ways in which they would like for us to slice and dice our large dataset.
As readers well know, the U.S. gaming industry has hit the ground running in the legal and regulated sports betting space, the initial chapter of which will be well-chronicled in next month’s inaugural issue of Sports Betting Management.
I participated in a number of eSports panels over the last year, I thought it would be a good time to send out a primer on the topic. Our team at Touch This Media is pretty excited about the space, not just because we enjoy video games but also because of the growth and opportunity it provides.
I didn’t find the “Next Big Thing” to revolutionize the casino industry during last October’s Global Gaming Expo. It wasn’t for lack of impressivetechnology on display at G2E. But in my experience serving casinos and hotels, I’ve seen the most impactful innovations happen in a property’s back office, not a trade show floor.
It is a fluid process—sometimes I feel more fully retired, but at other times, not so retired at all. Through it all, I know I am very fortunate, not “having to” work and being able to take work that stimulates me, is important or innovative and is done on behalf of a very small group of clients that I feel really appreciate my candor and perspective.
In this issue of Casino Journal, gaming operators prep for reopening in the ongoing shadow of coronavirus, reopening casinos should consider going back to the beginning, architects ponder COVID-19 impact on gaming resort layout and design, and much more!