Cellaio Restaurant by Scott Conant — RESORTS WORLD CATSKILLS | 2018-05-24



















Cellaio Restaurant by Scott Conant — RESORTS WORLD CATSKILLS | 2018-05-24 | Casino Journal






















Cellaio Restaurant by Scott Conant — RESORTS WORLD CATSKILLS | 2018-05-24 | Casino Journal




Six new brands added to gaming reward offerings — RYMAX | 2018-05-23



















Six new brands added to gaming reward offerings — RYMAX | 2018-05-23 | Casino Journal






















Six new brands added to gaming reward offerings — RYMAX | 2018-05-23 | Casino Journal




SG Digital announces Nikos Konstakis as new VP sportsbook | 2018-05-22



Scientific Games Corporation has added to the senior management team of SG Digital with the appointment of Nikos Konstakis as its new VP sportsbook product. Konstakis will be responsible for overseeing OpenBet’s product development roadmap and delivering and enhancing its sportsbook proposition for its customers following the Supreme Court’s overturning of the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Act.  He was previously VP trading at OpenBet and spent 16 years at Intralot, an Athens-based gaming company, with his last position being group director of betting.

“Appointing Nikos to the role of VP sportsbook product is an important step in our strategy towards productization and developing the next generation of the OpenBet portfolio,” said Keith O’Loughlin, SVP sportsbook and platforms at SG Digital. “His knowledge of the sports betting industry is a valuable asset for us, and he is already playing a key role in our preparations for entry into the U.S. regulated market with a significantly improved proposition.”

“I’m thrilled to have started my new role with SG Digital in an extremely exciting period for the company and our industry,” said Konstakis.“We have a strong customer base, and I look forward to working closely alongside our partners, delivering them value with our world-class OpenBet sportsbook, as well as introducing innovative product enhancements to take the platform to the next level.”



Scientific Games Corporation has added to the senior management team of SG Digital with the appointment of Nikos Konstakis as its new VP sportsbook product. Konstakis will be responsible for overseeing OpenBet’s product development roadmap and delivering and enhancing its sportsbook proposition for its customers following the Supreme Court’s overturning of the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Act.  He was previously VP trading at OpenBet and spent 16 years at Intralot, an Athens-based gaming company, with his last position being group director of betting.

“Appointing Nikos to the role of VP sportsbook product is an important step in our strategy towards productization and developing the next generation of the OpenBet portfolio,” said Keith O’Loughlin, SVP sportsbook and platforms at SG Digital. “His knowledge of the sports betting industry is a valuable asset for us, and he is already playing a key role in our preparations for entry into the U.S. regulated market with a significantly improved proposition.”

“I’m thrilled to have started my new role with SG Digital in an extremely exciting period for the company and our industry,” said Konstakis.“We have a strong customer base, and I look forward to working closely alongside our partners, delivering them value with our world-class OpenBet sportsbook, as well as introducing innovative product enhancements to take the platform to the next level.”

MoneyStorm Video Slots—IGT | 2018-05-22



Fuel player anticipation with IGT’s MoneyStorm Video Slots and its exciting bonus features. Triggered by three scattered MoneyStorm symbols, the high-energy MoneyStorm bonus turns the middle reels green and initiates three free games and the title’s signature Win Zones. When a MoneyStorm symbol, or a credit value lands on the reels in a position that corresponds with the top box’s Win Zones, additional Win Zones are activated and bonus spins and credits are awarded. When a player successfully fills all nine Win Zones, the Mega Blackout Progressive is awarded. A meter in the top glass keeps a running total of all awarded Win Zone credits.

Visit www.igt.com for more info.



Fuel player anticipation with IGT’s MoneyStorm Video Slots and its exciting bonus features. Triggered by three scattered MoneyStorm symbols, the high-energy MoneyStorm bonus turns the middle reels green and initiates three free games and the title’s signature Win Zones. When a MoneyStorm symbol, or a credit value lands on the reels in a position that corresponds with the top box’s Win Zones, additional Win Zones are activated and bonus spins and credits are awarded. When a player successfully fills all nine Win Zones, the Mega Blackout Progressive is awarded. A meter in the top glass keeps a running total of all awarded Win Zone credits.

Visit www.igt.com for more info.

Eldorado Resorts, Inc. selects Micro Gaming Technologies promotional kiosk software solution | 2018-05-17



Micro Gaming Technologies (MGT) continues its growth in the promotional software market with the announcement that it will be the promotional kiosk solution for all Eldorado Resorts, Inc. locations.  MGT will increase its market share to over 280 casinos.  The MGT casino clients reportedly now represent over 40 percent of the U.S. gaming market based on slot count.

Eldorado Resorts will incorporate all of MGT’s promotional software and integrated modules into its properties.  The MGT software will give Eldorado’s casinos the ability to automate self-service guest access to real-time account information, promotions, drawings, offers, comps and loyalty card printing. The MGT integrated modules further enhance the guest experience with live sports contests, electronic game boards and mobile delivery. 

“We are enthusiastic and honored to be selected as the promotional kiosk solution for Eldorado Resorts,” says CEO and Founder of MGT, Mark Bryant. “The opportunity to work with Eldorado Resorts is especially meaningful for MGT, as it, like our own company, is a business centered on the value of family.  I’m excited for the continued growth and success this alliance will bring.”

“Our gaming and hospitality philosophy focuses on Family-style service at all our properties,” said Rob Mouchou, Eldorado Resorts, Inc. senior vice president of operations.  “Success is never an accident and we appreciate MGT’s proven products and commitment to always go the extra mile to support Eldorado Resorts and our valued guests.”

For more information, visit www.mgtinc.net.



Micro Gaming Technologies (MGT) continues its growth in the promotional software market with the announcement that it will be the promotional kiosk solution for all Eldorado Resorts, Inc. locations.  MGT will increase its market share to over 280 casinos.  The MGT casino clients reportedly now represent over 40 percent of the U.S. gaming market based on slot count.

Eldorado Resorts will incorporate all of MGT’s promotional software and integrated modules into its properties.  The MGT software will give Eldorado’s casinos the ability to automate self-service guest access to real-time account information, promotions, drawings, offers, comps and loyalty card printing. The MGT integrated modules further enhance the guest experience with live sports contests, electronic game boards and mobile delivery. 

“We are enthusiastic and honored to be selected as the promotional kiosk solution for Eldorado Resorts,” says CEO and Founder of MGT, Mark Bryant. “The opportunity to work with Eldorado Resorts is especially meaningful for MGT, as it, like our own company, is a business centered on the value of family.  I’m excited for the continued growth and success this alliance will bring.”

“Our gaming and hospitality philosophy focuses on Family-style service at all our properties,” said Rob Mouchou, Eldorado Resorts, Inc. senior vice president of operations.  “Success is never an accident and we appreciate MGT’s proven products and commitment to always go the extra mile to support Eldorado Resorts and our valued guests.”

For more information, visit www.mgtinc.net.

Marketers will hear from industry experts at Casino Marketing & Technology Confernece | 2018-05-17



More than 30 casino executives will speak at the 14th annual Casino Marketing & Technology Conference, a one-of-kind week-long educational and networking event that will be held at Caesars Palace, July 16-19.

The speakers headline an event composed of three unique learning opportunities for attendees: Raving’s Host Development Conference, a two-day program which kicks things off on Monday, July 16; Mobile Experience and Engagement Training (MEET), the casino industry’s first ever mobile technology educational program, to be held Tuesday, July 17; and Casino Marketing & Technology, the industry’s most comprehensive traditional and digital marketing conference, which starts with an opening night reception on the 17th and runs through the 19th.

“No other event in our industry offers the wealth of hands-on, real-world marketing expertise as Casino Marketing & Technology Conference,” said Tom Esposito, group publisher, BNP Media Gaming Group, publisher of Casino Journal, producers of the event. “Whatever your focus as a casino marketer, you will be able to hear from your peers, be it at Raving’s Host Development, MEET or Casino Marketing & Technology.”

The list of confirmed speakers at the full event includes:

  • Brenda Barre, manager, marketing products and innovation, Caesars Entertainment
  • Robby Bell, social media manager, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh
  • Matt Bistodeau, marketing player development manager, Sycuan Casino
  • Michael Bonakdar, general manager, North Star Mohican Casino Resort
  • Casey Cohen, interim CMO, The Hippodrome Casino, London
  • Janis Delaney, interactive media manager, Laguna Development Corporation 
  • Mike Donovan, VP of marketing and hotel operations, Lumiere Place Casino & Four Seasons Hotel St Louis
  • Chad Eckhardt, player development manager, Little Rivers Casino Resort
  • Ryan Frohberg, executive director of marketing, Casino del Sol
  • Craig Fuller, director of marketing, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort
  • Jeremy Galinat, VP, corp benefits, Caesars Entertainment
  • Ross Gdovin, VP of marketing, Golden Entertainment
  • Serkan Gecmen, VP of innovation and application development, Affinity Gaming
  • Michael Grodsky, VP of marketing and public relations, William Hill
  • Scott Hanson, corporate vice president table games, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures
  • Mark Herring, database marketing manager, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
  • Chris Jenner, VP email and digital marketing, Caesars Entertainment
  • Jennifer Johnson, vice president loyalty marketing, Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Jennifer Jones, director of casino marketing, Rivers Casino Des Plaines
  • Michael Ka’ahanui, VP marketing, Muckleshoot Casino
  • Darrel Kammeyer, executive director, customer engagement, Wind Creek Hospitality
  • Rich LeBaron, director of emerging technologies, Sycuan Casino
  • Michael Marino, SVP of customer loyalty and chief experience officer, Caesars Entertainment
  • Yvette Matt, players club manager, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
  • Lennie Millette, Director of Casino Alliances, Caesars Entertainment
  • Steven Neely, general manager, Rolling Hills Casino
  • Shannon Redmond, vice president of marketing, ‎Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
  • Leana Schlecht, director of marketing, Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
  • Jumada Schwinden, marketing manager, Swinomish Casino & Lodge
  • Daniel Shapiro, vice president of business strategy and development, William Hill US
  • James Snead, CFO, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
  • Lauren Westerfield, Vice President marketing, Palms Casino Resort
  • Tony Williams, director gaming operations & innovation, JACK Entertainment
  • Luisa Woods, VP of marketing, gaming, Delaware North

Also on the program will be the Casino Marketing & Technology Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon on July 18, which this year will honor Claudia Winkler, president, G.H. I. Solutions; and the prestigious Romero Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Casino Marketing, which will be presented during a special breakfast ceremony on July 19. Full conference details and registration information are available at www.casinomarketingconf.com.



More than 30 casino executives will speak at the 14th annual Casino Marketing & Technology Conference, a one-of-kind week-long educational and networking event that will be held at Caesars Palace, July 16-19.

The speakers headline an event composed of three unique learning opportunities for attendees: Raving’s Host Development Conference, a two-day program which kicks things off on Monday, July 16; Mobile Experience and Engagement Training (MEET), the casino industry’s first ever mobile technology educational program, to be held Tuesday, July 17; and Casino Marketing & Technology, the industry’s most comprehensive traditional and digital marketing conference, which starts with an opening night reception on the 17th and runs through the 19th.

“No other event in our industry offers the wealth of hands-on, real-world marketing expertise as Casino Marketing & Technology Conference,” said Tom Esposito, group publisher, BNP Media Gaming Group, publisher of Casino Journal, producers of the event. “Whatever your focus as a casino marketer, you will be able to hear from your peers, be it at Raving’s Host Development, MEET or Casino Marketing & Technology.”

The list of confirmed speakers at the full event includes:

  • Brenda Barre, manager, marketing products and innovation, Caesars Entertainment
  • Robby Bell, social media manager, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh
  • Matt Bistodeau, marketing player development manager, Sycuan Casino
  • Michael Bonakdar, general manager, North Star Mohican Casino Resort
  • Casey Cohen, interim CMO, The Hippodrome Casino, London
  • Janis Delaney, interactive media manager, Laguna Development Corporation 
  • Mike Donovan, VP of marketing and hotel operations, Lumiere Place Casino & Four Seasons Hotel St Louis
  • Chad Eckhardt, player development manager, Little Rivers Casino Resort
  • Ryan Frohberg, executive director of marketing, Casino del Sol
  • Craig Fuller, director of marketing, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort
  • Jeremy Galinat, VP, corp benefits, Caesars Entertainment
  • Ross Gdovin, VP of marketing, Golden Entertainment
  • Serkan Gecmen, VP of innovation and application development, Affinity Gaming
  • Michael Grodsky, VP of marketing and public relations, William Hill
  • Scott Hanson, corporate vice president table games, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures
  • Mark Herring, database marketing manager, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
  • Chris Jenner, VP email and digital marketing, Caesars Entertainment
  • Jennifer Johnson, vice president loyalty marketing, Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Jennifer Jones, director of casino marketing, Rivers Casino Des Plaines
  • Michael Ka’ahanui, VP marketing, Muckleshoot Casino
  • Darrel Kammeyer, executive director, customer engagement, Wind Creek Hospitality
  • Rich LeBaron, director of emerging technologies, Sycuan Casino
  • Michael Marino, SVP of customer loyalty and chief experience officer, Caesars Entertainment
  • Yvette Matt, players club manager, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
  • Lennie Millette, Director of Casino Alliances, Caesars Entertainment
  • Steven Neely, general manager, Rolling Hills Casino
  • Shannon Redmond, vice president of marketing, ‎Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
  • Leana Schlecht, director of marketing, Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
  • Jumada Schwinden, marketing manager, Swinomish Casino & Lodge
  • Daniel Shapiro, vice president of business strategy and development, William Hill US
  • James Snead, CFO, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
  • Lauren Westerfield, Vice President marketing, Palms Casino Resort
  • Tony Williams, director gaming operations & innovation, JACK Entertainment
  • Luisa Woods, VP of marketing, gaming, Delaware North

Also on the program will be the Casino Marketing & Technology Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon on July 18, which this year will honor Claudia Winkler, president, G.H. I. Solutions; and the prestigious Romero Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Casino Marketing, which will be presented during a special breakfast ceremony on July 19. Full conference details and registration information are available at www.casinomarketingconf.com.

Poker Room — GUN LAKE CASINO | 2018-05-17



Gun Lake Casino recently announced plans to build a poker room, which is slated to open late summer of this year.

The 14-table non-smoking room will occupy the space that was once leased by Johnny Rockets and Villa Pizza, which includes 3,500 square-feet in space, and will be constructed by a local contractor, FCC Construction Inc.  Johnny Rockets and Villa Pizza’s lease concluded this past December, which offered the space for this new amenity.  The Gun Lake Tribe and casino has done extensive research to determine market demands.  

“We are thrilled to offer this new amenity to our guests,” said Sal Semola, president and COO for Gun Lake Casino. “The Gun Lake Tribe has done an incredible job listening to our guests and community, which this new poker room is attributed to.”

The new poker room will open just prior to the 475,000 square-foot parking structure, which was announced at the end of 2017, with an anticipated completion date of October 2018.



Gun Lake Casino recently announced plans to build a poker room, which is slated to open late summer of this year.

The 14-table non-smoking room will occupy the space that was once leased by Johnny Rockets and Villa Pizza, which includes 3,500 square-feet in space, and will be constructed by a local contractor, FCC Construction Inc.  Johnny Rockets and Villa Pizza’s lease concluded this past December, which offered the space for this new amenity.  The Gun Lake Tribe and casino has done extensive research to determine market demands.  

“We are thrilled to offer this new amenity to our guests,” said Sal Semola, president and COO for Gun Lake Casino. “The Gun Lake Tribe has done an incredible job listening to our guests and community, which this new poker room is attributed to.”

The new poker room will open just prior to the 475,000 square-foot parking structure, which was announced at the end of 2017, with an anticipated completion date of October 2018.

Videoslots Launches Industry First My RTP Feature | 2018-05-16



Malta-based online casino operator Videoslots has enhanced its offering with the launch of “My RTP,” a pioneering analytics tool designed to bring greater engagement and transparency to the online casino experience.

The ground-breaking new feature gives players unprecedented access to their personal return to player (RTP) on individual games, alongside information on record wins, hit rates and average number of spins per session, allowing players to make more informed choices on which games to play, according to company literature.

Players can track the games that give them the highest and lowest return to player, as well as save their game sessions to compare them to the return to player of others enjoying the same slot, all on a single clear and concise webpage.

With its sharp design and precise presentation, My RTP provides online casino players with the kind of comprehensive data coverage that is now commonplace in sports betting.

“As one of the world’s leading online casinos, it has always been our goal to us to deliver total transparency to online casino players in real time,” said Alexander Stevendahl, CEO of Videoslots. “My RTP delivers key information in a coherent and engaging manner, and will allow our players to enjoy an even more sociable and healthy online casino experience. We pay a lot of attention to player feedback at Videoslots, and My RTP fills a genuine gap in the market for a complete statistics package for online slot players.”

My RTP is the latest addition to Videoslots industry-leading selection of player-first features, including the innovative Battle of Slots.



Malta-based online casino operator Videoslots has enhanced its offering with the launch of “My RTP,” a pioneering analytics tool designed to bring greater engagement and transparency to the online casino experience.

The ground-breaking new feature gives players unprecedented access to their personal return to player (RTP) on individual games, alongside information on record wins, hit rates and average number of spins per session, allowing players to make more informed choices on which games to play, according to company literature.

Players can track the games that give them the highest and lowest return to player, as well as save their game sessions to compare them to the return to player of others enjoying the same slot, all on a single clear and concise webpage.

With its sharp design and precise presentation, My RTP provides online casino players with the kind of comprehensive data coverage that is now commonplace in sports betting.

“As one of the world’s leading online casinos, it has always been our goal to us to deliver total transparency to online casino players in real time,” said Alexander Stevendahl, CEO of Videoslots. “My RTP delivers key information in a coherent and engaging manner, and will allow our players to enjoy an even more sociable and healthy online casino experience. We pay a lot of attention to player feedback at Videoslots, and My RTP fills a genuine gap in the market for a complete statistics package for online slot players.”

My RTP is the latest addition to Videoslots industry-leading selection of player-first features, including the innovative Battle of Slots.

Fortunes 3—SCIENTIFIC GAMES | 2018-05-22



Fortunes 3 from Scientific Games is a sensational multi-game platform showcasing three games in the internationally successful Duo Fú Duo Cái family of games—Echo Fortunes, Fu Daddy Fortunes and the player-favorite, original 88 Fortunes. All three games feature Asian imagery, a two-level progressive that can be linked across selected denomination groups and themes, a free games bonus unique to each theme and the Fu Bat Jackpot Feature starring the famous Fu Babies symbols. When the Fu Bat Jackpot feature is triggered, players pick from 12 golden Lucky Coins to match three of the famous Fu Babies symbol for a corresponding jackpot.

Visit www.scientificgames.com for more info.



Fortunes 3 from Scientific Games is a sensational multi-game platform showcasing three games in the internationally successful Duo Fú Duo Cái family of games—Echo Fortunes, Fu Daddy Fortunes and the player-favorite, original 88 Fortunes. All three games feature Asian imagery, a two-level progressive that can be linked across selected denomination groups and themes, a free games bonus unique to each theme and the Fu Bat Jackpot Feature starring the famous Fu Babies symbols. When the Fu Bat Jackpot feature is triggered, players pick from 12 golden Lucky Coins to match three of the famous Fu Babies symbol for a corresponding jackpot.

Visit www.scientificgames.com for more info.

Avoiding common e-mail program problems | 2018-05-18



E-mail has become a key component to mobile marketing. Many casino e-mail campaigns that I have managed report, on average, that 70 percent of total opens now happen on mobile devices (55 percent on a cell phone/15 percent on a tablet). Going forward, the foundation for all casino mobile and digital marketing programs is the low-cost and high-reward casino e-mail program. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine launching a casino loyalty app without first having a finely tuned casino loyalty e-mail program.

However, creating and maintain an e-mail marketing program can be quite a challenge. To start, an inexperienced casino operator’s first inclination is to use the wrong e-mail platform, which severely limits how successful they can be with building e-mail casino loyalty programs. Many smaller casinos looking for inexpensive e-mail platform options first turn to service providers such as MailChimp and ConstantContact, only to find that neither works well with businesses involved with wagering. A casino that collects data manually at the players club is problematic for these small business e-mail systems providers, who are more likely to cut off service than deal with spam complaints and bad addresses.



E-mail has become a key component to mobile marketing. Many casino e-mail campaigns that I have managed report, on average, that 70 percent of total opens now happen on mobile devices (55 percent on a cell phone/15 percent on a tablet). Going forward, the foundation for all casino mobile and digital marketing programs is the low-cost and high-reward casino e-mail program. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine launching a casino loyalty app without first having a finely tuned casino loyalty e-mail program.

However, creating and maintain an e-mail marketing program can be quite a challenge. To start, an inexperienced casino operator’s first inclination is to use the wrong e-mail platform, which severely limits how successful they can be with building e-mail casino loyalty programs. Many smaller casinos looking for inexpensive e-mail platform options first turn to service providers such as MailChimp and ConstantContact, only to find that neither works well with businesses involved with wagering. A casino that collects data manually at the players club is problematic for these small business e-mail systems providers, who are more likely to cut off service than deal with spam complaints and bad addresses.