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Luciano to Receive Gaming Technology Hall of Fame Award

Gaming visionary Robert “Bob” Luciano Jr. will be honored next month as the inaugural winner of the Gaming Technology Hall of Fame Award.

The award will be presented during a reception at 5:30 p.m. June 18 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, the location of this year’s Gaming Technology Forum.

Among those speaking in Luciano’s honor will be John Acres, founder of Acres 4.0; Randy Hedrick, vice president of Bally Technologies’ Innovation Lab; and Don Speer, chairman of VCAT LLC.

WhiteSand Gaming and Casino Enterprise Management, producers of the Gaming Technology Forum, created the award to honor individuals who have pioneered cutting-edge technologies or innovative products that have made significant contributions to the gaming industry.

“There is no more fitting or deserving inaugural recipient for this award than Bob Luciano,” said Saverio “Sal” Scheri, president and chief executive officer of WhiteSand Gaming. “His visionary leadership and innovative engineering have led to gaming system solutions and entertaining games and platforms that have helped shape the Native American casino industry in several states and have delivered tremendous value to casinos across the country.”

“I have long admired Bob’s ability to think outside the box to truly understand what makes players tick and what it takes to build great games with innovative design that are profitable but also really resonate with players,” said Peter Mead, publisher of Casino Enterprise Management. “It is a privilege to be able to honor such an accomplished leader in gaming and such a stellar individual.”

Luciano’s accomplishments while at the helm of the company he founded, Sierra Design Group, include developing systems technology that helped pave the way for many successful gaming operations in Native American jurisdictions, including California and Washington, and creating unique gaming products, such as Raining Diamonds slot machines that dispensed real diamond jewelry and the Auction Fever bonusing concept. Luciano was also at the forefront of many technological innovations in gaming and systems at Bally Technologies.

In a 2012 Casino Enterprise Management article written after he was selected as one of the magazine’s Gaming Visionary leaders, Luciano talked about some of Sierra Design Group’s achievements. “I would have to say that SDG was founded on Indian gaming,” Luciano said. “Barona was a real start for us, then Washington had us form together as a tight group of people ready for the world. We had a hand in the gaming successes in Austria, Florida, New York, Oklahoma and Mexico.”

After Bally Technologies (then Alliance Gaming) purchased Sierra Design Group in 2004, Luciano also served as executive vice president and chief technology officer for Bally Technologies before suffering a serious stroke that required him to take a medical leave.

 Prior to founding Sierra Design Group in 1996, Luciano was vice president of advanced engineering at IGT. He also previously held several engineering positions at a variety of nongaming companies, including Soabar, a division of Avery International, and Mobil Oil.
 
Luciano also has been honored by the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada, which inducted him into the TechNevada Hall of Fame. The TechNevada Hall of Fame recognizes leaders who significantly affect the technology community of Nevada through sustained contributions in or to technology practice, education, administration or research.

The 11th annual Gaming Technology Forum will be held June 17-19 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas.

Previously known as the Gaming Technology Summit, the Gaming Technology Forum will feature a new program with innovative sessions focused on enterprise-level gaming technologies, i-gaming developments, social media best practices, fresh marketing strategies and best practices, and regulation and compliance updates, as well as issues unique to Native American casinos. For more information, visit www.gamingtechnologyforum.com.

CEM Honors 2012 Great Women of Gaming Award Winners

10 Female Gaming Industry Executives Honored for Outstanding Professionalism, Perseverance, Drive, Commitment and Mentorship

FARGO, N.D. (March 25, 2013) – Casino Enterprise Management magazine, the leading gaming industry trade publication, training event producer and the “Official Publication” of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 Great Women of Gaming Awards, now in its eighth year.

The awards are broken down into two categories: Proven Leaders and Rising Stars, with five Proven Leaders and five Rising Stars.

To qualify as a Proven Leader, candidates must have worked in the gaming industry for a minimum of 10 years and have been in their current position for at least one year. They must also work for a gaming industry company, hold a position of director or higher and have demonstrated exceptional achievement in at least three of the following areas: 1) ability to go above and beyond job responsibilities; 2) commitment to company and co-workers; 3) contributions to the industry as a whole; 4) commitment to mentoring; and 5) strong overall life balance.

The 2012 Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader Award Winners are:
•    Tammy Farley, President and Co-Founder, The Rainmaker Group
•    Kelly Shaw, Vice President of System Sales and Marketing, Aristocrat
•    Randi Ingram, Vice President of Sales, Multimedia Games
•    Laura Olson Reyes, Senior Director of Corporate Marketing, Bally Technologies
•    Suzanne Trout, Chief Marketing Officer, Rush Street Gaming

To qualify as a Rising Star, candidates must have worked in the gaming industry for a minimum of three years and have been in their current position for at least one year. They must also work for a gaming industry company and hold a position of manager or higher, having demonstrated exceptional achievement in at least three of the following areas: 1) ability to go above and beyond job responsibilities; 2) commitment to company and co-workers; 3) contributions to the industry as a whole; 4) commitment to mentoring; and 5) strong overall life balance.

The 2012 Great Women of Gaming Rising Star Award Winners are:
•    Kari McCormick, Business Development Manager, Kitchell
•    Krista Clar, Director of Internal Communications, MGM Resorts International
•    Jennifer Cross, Marketing Manager for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce, Newcastle Casino
•    Christy Joiner Congleton, Chief Executive Officer and President, Stics
•    Cathryn Lai, Director of Product Management Platform, WMS

The judging committee was made up of former Great Women of Gaming award winners and other industry leaders. They included: Staci Alonso, Chief Marketing Officer, IGT; Diana Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Paragon Gaming; Dona Cassese, Vice President of Advertising and Communications, Aristocrat Americas; Tracy Cohen, Director of Europe, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers and Marketing Manager, TCSJOHNHUXLEY; Sheila Morago, Executive Director, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association; Courtney Muller, Senior Vice President, Reed Exhibitions; Debi Nutton, Senior Vice President of Casino Operations, Bellagio Resort and Casino; and Judy Patterson, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, American Gaming Association.

“It’s a pleasure to present our Great Women of Gaming Awards to the industry,” said Peter Mead, publisher of Casino Enterprise Management magazine. “Each of the women nominated truly deserve the recognition, and our judges must have struggled choosing which of them would receive the coveted spots as award winners. As always, they did an excellent job and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Congratulations to all winners, as they continue to strive for personal and professional excellence.”

An in-depth article featuring profiles of this year’s 10 award winners will be featured in the May 2013 issue of Casino Enterprise Management. The winners will also receive a prestigious crystal Great Women of Gaming Award and the chance to be featured on a CEM Audio Edge talk radio show. For more information about the Great Women of Gaming Awards, visit www.greatwomenofgaming.com.

About Casino Enterprise Management (CEM):
Casino Enterprise Management magazine delivers the most comprehensive need-to-know information in the world of casino management. All operational facets of the casino business are thoroughly covered in each issue. Readers enjoy first-hand reporting from the brightest thought leaders in the worldwide casino gaming industry. CEM puts on several prestigious awards for the gaming industry including Great Women of Gaming, Slot Floor Technology Awards, and the Hospitality Operations Technology Awards. The website, www.aceme.org, is the gaming industry’s most complete digital doorway into the world of casino management and includes audio articles, videos, web exclusives, case studies, white papers, an up-to-the-minute newswire, and much more. The newly launched www.CEMAudioEdge.com includes live Internet talk radio shows and archived podcasts from industry leaders.

Casino Enterprise Management Magazine Names Marian Green Managing Editor

Publish Date
March 21, 2013

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FARGO, N.D. (March 20, 2013)—Casino Enterprise Management magazine, the leading gaming industry trade publication and the “Official Publication” of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), has named Marian Green as its new managing editor.

Green is widely considered one of the gaming industry’s leading and most knowledgeable editorial voices. Green has been at the helm of some of the industry’s top publications and has guided editorial coverage of the global gaming industry through some of its most exciting and dramatic periods of expansion and development.

Green has dedicated much of her professional career to covering the gaming industry, beginning during her tenure as a staff writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and expanding when she moved to the trade publication side of the industry, helping lead  editorial teams at IGWB, Casino Journal and Slot Manager magazines. Green is globally known and respected for her curious nature, fair coverage and ability to spot trends.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Marian Green to the Casino Enterprise Management editorial team. I have known Marian for more than a decade and have incredible personal and professional respect for her. She is a true visionary and has spent the better part of the last two decades devoted to the gaming industry. Combining Casino Enterprise Management’s wealth of print and digital tools with Marian’s incredible editorial vision positions the magazine to further solidify its place as the top voice in industry coverage,” said Peter Mead, publisher of Casino Enterprise Management magazine.

“This is a new and exciting time for the gaming industry, and that is mirrored by a new and exciting time for Casino Enterprise Management magazine. The magazine has long attracted top voices from across the industry as recurring columnists, and it is my pleasure to work with them and guide the conversation that will help move the industry forward,” Green said.

Green will appear with the Casino Enterprise Management staff at the upcoming NIGA Indian Gaming trade show, and her tenure will officially begin with the May 2013 issue of Casino Enterprise Management. She will be based in Las Vegas.

About Casino Enterprise Management (CEM):
Casino Enterprise Management magazine delivers the most comprehensive need-to-know information in the world of casino management. All operational facets of the casino business are thoroughly covered in each issue. Readers enjoy first-hand reporting from the brightest thought leaders in the worldwide casino gaming industry. CEM offers several prestigious awards for the gaming industry including Great Women of Gaming, Slot Floor Technology Awards, and the Hospitality Operations Technology Awards. The website, www.aceme.org, is the gaming industry’s most complete digital doorway into the world of casino management and includes audio articles, videos, web exclusives, case studies, white papers, an up-to-the-minute newswire, and much more. The newly launched www.CEMAudioEdge.com includes live Internet talk radio shows and archived podcasts from industry leaders.

Casino Enterprise Management Magazine Announces Seventh Annual Slot Floor Technology Award Winners

Publish Date
February 27, 2013

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FARGO, N.D. (Feb. 27, 2013)—Casino Enterprise Management magazine, the leading gaming industry trade publication and the “Official Publication” of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Slot Floor Technology Awards, now in its seventh year.

This year’s nominations included slot cabinets and platforms, pop culture games, analysis tools, tournament management systems, mobile technologies and more. A panel of judges was assembled and tasked with reviewing the nomination materials and deciding the top 10 winners. Judges were: Robert Allen, Corporate Vice President of Casino Operations, Pinnacle Entertainment; Richard Baldwin, Managing Director, Union Gaming Group; Mark Bennett, Vice President of Slot Operations, Mandalay Bay; Chuck Hickey, Vice President of Slot Operations, Barona Resort & Casino; Charlie Lombardo, Gaming Consultant; Frank Neborsky, Vice President of Slot Operations, Mohegan Sun; Eric Pearson, Vice President of Gaming, Northern Quest Resort & Casino; and Wendy Reeve, Director of Casino Operations, Sycuan Casino.

“We love recognizing top new technologies every year, and in this year’s crop of winners, there’s great representation of the innovation occurring in the gaming industry,” said Peter Mead, publisher of Casino Enterprise Management magazine. “Our panel of judges certainly had some tough decisions to make, but we’re proud to see that they’ve made excellent selections. Our sincere congratulations go to all of the winners, and we thank all of those who took the time and effort to submit their products for consideration. All the products we saw were winners in my book!”

The winning companies and their products, in order, are:

1. Leap Forward Gaming
Patron Display Interface (PDI)

2. Bally Technologies
Challenge Connection

3. BIS2
crmViz

4. Bally Technologies
Elite Bonusing Suite™ Social Link

5. WMS
Sensory Immersion 2.0 SPIDER-MAN Slot Game

6. BIS2
Customer Preference Calculators

7. Bally Technologies
DM Tournaments’ Bonus Tournaments™

8. Bally Technologies
Virtual Racing™ NASCAR®

9. FutureLogic
TableXchange® Printer/Scanner

10. Multimedia Games
TournEvent® 4.0

An article highlighting these products will be featured in the April 2013 issue of Casino Enterprise Management.

About Casino Enterprise Management (CEM)
Casino Enterprise Management magazine delivers the most comprehensive need-to-know information in the world of casino management. All operational facets of the casino business are thoroughly covered in each issue. Readers enjoy first-hand reporting from the brightest thought leaders in the worldwide casino gaming industry. CEM puts on several prestigious awards for the gaming industry including Great Women of Gaming, Slot Floor Technology Awards, and the Hospitality Operations Technology Awards. The website, www.aceme.org, is the gaming industry’s most complete digital doorway into the world of casino management and includes audio articles, videos, web exclusives, case studies, white papers, an up-to-the-minute newswire, and much more. The newly launched www.CEMAudioEdge.com includes live Internet talk radio shows and archived podcasts from industry leaders.

LVS Mind, Adelson, Suggests Casino Resorts within India, Once again

Vegas Sands manager Sheldon Adelson says India could prevent untaxed revenue from leaving to foreign online casinos and also gambling venues by building a resort gaming complex.

Play Now at Las Vegas USA Casino! The majority owner of Vegas Sands wants India to the gambling resort business in order to taxes revenue escaping to online casinos and also illegal gaming functions. Sheldon Adelson continues to be pursuing the introduction of the gambling strip similar to Vegas or Cotai somewhere within India for more than 2 yrs, however continues to be rebuffed by the authorities.

Adelson says he’d want to open a good upscale casino complex just like the one he operates in Singapore either within Mumbai, Brand new Delhi, or another large Indian native city. He emphasizes the casino would target middle-and upper-class citizens, and will be far taken out of the subterranean gaming venues popular throughout the nation.

“There tend to be thousands of subterranean gambling holes, people wager on cricket, horses, so why not use it being a legitimate source of income and also employment, coupled with first class spas, eating places, ballrooms, ” said Adelson within a statement.

Adelson asserts the Indian authorities is allowing huge amounts of dollars to maneuver untaxed as the government ignores the gambling concern. The actual Venetian Macau, owned by Vegas Sands, features a sizeable Indian native contingent among its guests.

Adelson needs the brand new Singapore Marina Bay Casino will even depend on Indian clients as a main issue with its base. He said a resort casino would keep revenue from traveling out of the nation or exiting when played at online internet casinos.

Published on June 22, 2010 with a. J. Maldonado

Macau Hard disks Gambling World as Wynn Casinos Report Income

Macau’s reborn betting explosion has on line casino operators like Wynn rejoicing, even while Vegas recovers much more tentatively.

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Vegas gambling additionally made a return, albeit a slower a single, as Wynn revenue rose by over 9 percent, and also the Wynn casinos’ operating loss narrowed. However Macau is definitely the dominant breeze behind the actual Wynn gaming ship these days, to the stage which Steve Wynn has begun speculating upon moving his head office to Macau.

Corporate excess in developing lavish resorts financed by enormous loans, and also a corporate bottom-line mentality which cost Vegas its representative as the city of comps, got exacerbated the consequence of the actual recession on destination gambling castles. However Macau seems to forgive just about all, although video gaming operators blindly stick to the same route from which they will barely runaway, the on line casino gambling frenzy in Asia is bringing huge earnings.

Wynn reported first quarter earnings of $27 thousand, up from last year’s loss of $33. 7 million. Which means shareholders earned 22 cents a share, as opposed to dropping 30 cents a share last year.

General casino revenue rose 28 %, as well as in Vegas 19 %. However , Vegas guests rates stayed below majority, and also hotel revenue was down almost 9 %.

Published on April twenty nine, 2010 with a. M. Maldonado

Macau Surpasses Las Vegas as Wynn Opens On line casino, May Shift Foundation

The move of the Wynn Hotels casino headquarters through Las Vegas in order to Macau may concrete the Asian betting region since the world’s gaming capitol.

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Wynn is frequently given credit score as the man who revitalized Las Vegas, great shift in focus from the Nevada gaming capital in order to Macau could be the last signal that Las Vegas’ days since the world’s middle for gambling are generally over. Wynn brought Vegas through the last twenty years by popularizing themed hotels and luxurious destination accommodations, but also his Vegas assets have developed a good Asian lean as Wynn offers courted Asian visitors for the Wynn Las Vegas.

Wynn Hotels is dependent upon its individual Macau casino regarding 60 percent of the company’s revenue. Using the opening of the Encore in Macau, objectives are the number of will increase even greater.

Wynn informed reporters within the Encore celebration that the new casino is intended to attractiveness as a shop hotel, pulling high rollers which desire a selective, upscale atmosphere. The prepared project could be much bigger, competing with the tour’s largest on line casino, in then care of Las Vegas Sands.

Sam Wynn failed to give information on the potential move of his base through Las Vegas in order to Macau, but the very consideration of it suggests Las Vegas may have to be satisfied as number two among the list of betting cities around the world.

Published on April twenty one, 2010 through K. Chemical. Carmichael

Macau Casino Revenue May Be at Document Pace

The particular recession is lengthy over in Macau, where gambling growth is again reaching wonderful numbers and on line casino revenue is environment records almost monthly.

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Jan gaming totals in Macau equalled $2. 8 billion, a rise associated with 63 percent from the same month in the previous yr, as well as the most Macau’s casinos acquired done. So far in March, revenue is already at $2. 68 billion, with eight days still to go in the actual month.

Sands China and taiwan trailed just SJM Holdings, the on line casino empire Stanley Ho built from his years owning the actual region’s betting monopoly, in market share. The particular advances in Macau and bright prospects had led Vegas Sands share to move from $10 a discuss at the Brand new Year to almost $22 today.

Macau’s potential also resulted in MGM Mirage’s choice this week to market its gives in Ocean City’s Borgata Casino. MGM professionals feel their collaboration with Pansy Ho in Macau much more important than owning the top casino in Nj-new jersey.

Each Sands as well as MGM barely squeaked through the economic downturn, as deb t payments came due right whenever income was in free drop. But Macau business prospects have bounced back faster as well as far higher than those of Vegas, so companies well-invested within the Asia have already been the select of the video gaming industry lately.

Published on March twenty two, 2010 through JulieWong

Casino Owner MGM Mirage Abandons Nj with regard to Macau

Pressurized from regulators, MGM Mirage may sell its reveal of the Borgata Casino to be able to retain its relationship within Macau along with Pansy El mencionado, daughter associated with gambling excelso Stanley El mencionado.

Play the Best Slots at Superslots Casino! Forced by regulators to make tough choices, MGM Mirage officials have decided to sever ties to Atlantic City gambling so as to retain their casino operating structure within Macau. The brand new Jersey Dividing the Gaming Enforcement ruled that, to keep its license in Atlantic Town, MGM would need to end its partnership within Macau along with Pansy El mencionado.

El mencionado is the child associated with long-time Macau gambling monopolist Stanley El mencionado. The regulatory board objected to reputed links amongst the Ho family and organized criminal offense.

Regulators controlling MGM license in other says, including The state of nevada, have permitted the relationship in the China to keep, however New Jersey authorities balked, saying MGM could hardly maintain its share of the Borgata Casino if it continued in dealing with Pansy El mencionado. MGM Mirage is the owner of half the Borgata, while Boyd Gaming is the owner of the other 50 percent.

MGM reps say the company will sell its share of the Borgata over the next two years, choosing the expanding growth of the particular Macau gambling picture over the struggles of Atlantic Town video gaming.

MGM Mirage CEO Jim Murren wrote on the company website which he disagreed using the regulators’ assessment of El mencionado, but that ‘the best strategy for our company and it is shareholders would be to settle this matter and move forward with the particular compelling growth opportunities we have within Macau”.

Previously Australian regulators required James Packer and Crown Casinos to establish far between their own companion, Lawrence El mencionado, great dad Stanley, to be able to acquire approval of the carrier’s Macau gambling ventures.

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Las Vegas Sands Internet casinos Prosper within Macau While Las Vegas Suffers

The actual Las Vegas Sands casino empire is moving its revenue foundation to Macau since the gambling region dominated Las Vegas income by about four to a single.

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Profits adjusted for 1-time items found three cents a share, the amount most video gaming experts experienced foreseen for green organics. Macau was responsible for a whopping 80% of earnings in the quarter.

“Gaming quantities at kunne Venetian Macau showed a healthy increase, ” wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Karen Tang. The actual financial advisor observed that Sands needs to be the “biggest named beneficiary of strong Chinese language New Year guest inflows directly into Macau, ” creating further guarantee for leads to the present quarter.

Sands needed the great news through the Orient since it is especially hard-hit in Las Vegas. The actual Venetian and it is companion casino are made to entice convention business and large organizations, probably the most damaged facet of Vegas tourism.

Las Vegas Sands inventory rose dramatically in news reports, however quickly declined after the marketplace in general decreased on the announcement by the Government Reserve that it had raised the discount rate, a sign of credit score tightening in the future.

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