Konami Gaming joins Interblock and GameCo as lead sponsor of IAAP | 2017-08-16



GameCo, Inc. and Interblock recently announced that Konami Gaming, Inc. has joined the companies as a lead sponsor of the recently formed Innovation Adoption Advisory Panel.

The Innovation Adoption Advisory Panel (IAAP), which was jointly announced by GameCo and Interblock on August 3, was formed as a collective effort to further spur continued innovation in casino gaming product development and commercialization.  Industry topics being considered by the IAAP include many disciplines that impact the casino gaming floor including floor optimization, player marketing, game development, demographic-based guest engagement and casino gaming floor utilization and analysis.  The IAAP plans to release a white paper in mid-September that will summarize the group’s insights and recommendations and foster ongoing discussion about best practices for bringing new and innovative products to casino patrons.

“The formation of the IAAP is an encouraging development that we believe can help play an important role in fostering the adoption of new innovative solutions in the casino marketplace,” said Steve Sutherland, president & CEO of Konami Gaming, Inc. “The comprehensive range of topics the IAAP panelists are exploring are aimed at understanding how new gaming concepts can be brought to market at a faster pace as well as how to best introduce these solutions in a manner that is approachable, engaging and enjoyable for players.  We are pleased to join GameCo and Interblock to promote this effort as we share in a common goal to help spur new breakthrough in discovery and dialog.”

“The IAAP was founded with the intent of creating added dialogue and bringing increased awareness to the adoption of new and innovative products across the casino floor,” said Blaine Graboyes, co-founder and CEO of GameCo. “To this end, we are delighted to have Konami Gaming’s support of the group, as their participation further strengthens the IAAP’s ability to accomplish its mission.”

“Konami Gaming’s participation and sponsorship of the IAAP further validates the relevance and need for this industry critical study,” said John Connelly, global CEO of Interblock. “Collectively, the three companies share a commitment to fostering better understanding of how casino operations can benefit from product innovation that offers players unique, new gaming entertainment experiences.”

 



GameCo, Inc. and Interblock recently announced that Konami Gaming, Inc. has joined the companies as a lead sponsor of the recently formed Innovation Adoption Advisory Panel.

The Innovation Adoption Advisory Panel (IAAP), which was jointly announced by GameCo and Interblock on August 3, was formed as a collective effort to further spur continued innovation in casino gaming product development and commercialization.  Industry topics being considered by the IAAP include many disciplines that impact the casino gaming floor including floor optimization, player marketing, game development, demographic-based guest engagement and casino gaming floor utilization and analysis.  The IAAP plans to release a white paper in mid-September that will summarize the group’s insights and recommendations and foster ongoing discussion about best practices for bringing new and innovative products to casino patrons.

“The formation of the IAAP is an encouraging development that we believe can help play an important role in fostering the adoption of new innovative solutions in the casino marketplace,” said Steve Sutherland, president & CEO of Konami Gaming, Inc. “The comprehensive range of topics the IAAP panelists are exploring are aimed at understanding how new gaming concepts can be brought to market at a faster pace as well as how to best introduce these solutions in a manner that is approachable, engaging and enjoyable for players.  We are pleased to join GameCo and Interblock to promote this effort as we share in a common goal to help spur new breakthrough in discovery and dialog.”

“The IAAP was founded with the intent of creating added dialogue and bringing increased awareness to the adoption of new and innovative products across the casino floor,” said Blaine Graboyes, co-founder and CEO of GameCo. “To this end, we are delighted to have Konami Gaming’s support of the group, as their participation further strengthens the IAAP’s ability to accomplish its mission.”

“Konami Gaming’s participation and sponsorship of the IAAP further validates the relevance and need for this industry critical study,” said John Connelly, global CEO of Interblock. “Collectively, the three companies share a commitment to fostering better understanding of how casino operations can benefit from product innovation that offers players unique, new gaming entertainment experiences.”

 

Nextan takes first mobile bet in California | 2017-08-17



Nektan PLC has taken its first real-money wager in the U.S. following the launch of its Evolve in-venue mobile games solution with a tribal casino in California. Through Nektan’s US subsidiary Respin Games LLC (Respin), the California casino has gone live with Rapid Games, the certified Class II proprietary in-resort bring your own device (BYOD) mobile platform.

The solution gives customers the chance to play casino games on their mobile devices whilst on-premise. Nektan expects to roll out the platform across a further three casinos in Northern California over the quarter.

“We are very pleased to have taken our first ever real-money wager in North America with an established land-based operator in California,” said Gary Shaw, CEO of Nektan.“We are leading the market at an exciting time for our industry and have the opportunity to drive our technology through any number of casinos in North America. As first movers in Class II mobile casino, our team are focused on helping the tribal land-based operators evolve into successful igaming businesses.”

“After the strong growth achieved during the last year in Europe, it is a testament to the management that the company is managing to establish its business as a market leader in mobile casino gaming in the North American market,” said Jim Wilinson, chairman of Nektan.



Nektan PLC has taken its first real-money wager in the U.S. following the launch of its Evolve in-venue mobile games solution with a tribal casino in California. Through Nektan’s US subsidiary Respin Games LLC (Respin), the California casino has gone live with Rapid Games, the certified Class II proprietary in-resort bring your own device (BYOD) mobile platform.

The solution gives customers the chance to play casino games on their mobile devices whilst on-premise. Nektan expects to roll out the platform across a further three casinos in Northern California over the quarter.

“We are very pleased to have taken our first ever real-money wager in North America with an established land-based operator in California,” said Gary Shaw, CEO of Nektan.“We are leading the market at an exciting time for our industry and have the opportunity to drive our technology through any number of casinos in North America. As first movers in Class II mobile casino, our team are focused on helping the tribal land-based operators evolve into successful igaming businesses.”

“After the strong growth achieved during the last year in Europe, it is a testament to the management that the company is managing to establish its business as a market leader in mobile casino gaming in the North American market,” said Jim Wilinson, chairman of Nektan.

SJP “Bellagio Blue” Hue casino-based retail store – SARAH JESSICA PARKER | 2017-08-16



Coveted designer Sarah Jessica Parker has debuted her first West Coast standalone SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker boutique at Bellagio Resort & Casino, making it one of only two locations in the country to offer her chic label’s full collection of shoes, handbags and accessories. To mark the occasion, Parker has introduced a new color line – Bellagio Blue – exclusively available at the Las Vegas boutique.

“We’re thrilled to be in Las Vegas. I don’t think we ever imagined this early on in our relatively new business we would have, not only a first, but a second home with the MGM family,” said Parker. “And it’s particularly exciting to be at Bellagio. I don’t think we even realized how suitable a home it would be for us. This idea of a party for your foot really makes sense in Vegas.”

Celebrating Parker’s belief that color is the new neutral, shoe-lovers have the opportunity to select from all the vibrant shades of her signature “Fawn” heel, along with a bevy of chic flats, sexy sandals and stylish pumps. The Las Vegas location’s stunning Bellagio Blue hue is featured in select styles, including Tartt, Serpentine, Rampling, Carrie and Minnie silhouettes. American-made SJP LBD, the brand’s little black dress, is available in-store along with handbags, accessories and scented candles.

“Building this partnership with Ms. Parker has been an incredible experience and further elevates Bellagio’s luxury retail offerings,” said Randy Morton, president and COO of Bellagio. “We’ve worked closely to create a boutique that reflects her brand’s style, sophistication and panache. This is sure to be a can’t-miss destination for our guests.”



Coveted designer Sarah Jessica Parker has debuted her first West Coast standalone SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker boutique at Bellagio Resort & Casino, making it one of only two locations in the country to offer her chic label’s full collection of shoes, handbags and accessories. To mark the occasion, Parker has introduced a new color line – Bellagio Blue – exclusively available at the Las Vegas boutique.

“We’re thrilled to be in Las Vegas. I don’t think we ever imagined this early on in our relatively new business we would have, not only a first, but a second home with the MGM family,” said Parker. “And it’s particularly exciting to be at Bellagio. I don’t think we even realized how suitable a home it would be for us. This idea of a party for your foot really makes sense in Vegas.”

Celebrating Parker’s belief that color is the new neutral, shoe-lovers have the opportunity to select from all the vibrant shades of her signature “Fawn” heel, along with a bevy of chic flats, sexy sandals and stylish pumps. The Las Vegas location’s stunning Bellagio Blue hue is featured in select styles, including Tartt, Serpentine, Rampling, Carrie and Minnie silhouettes. American-made SJP LBD, the brand’s little black dress, is available in-store along with handbags, accessories and scented candles.

“Building this partnership with Ms. Parker has been an incredible experience and further elevates Bellagio’s luxury retail offerings,” said Randy Morton, president and COO of Bellagio. “We’ve worked closely to create a boutique that reflects her brand’s style, sophistication and panache. This is sure to be a can’t-miss destination for our guests.”

JACK Entertainment appoints new vice president of design and construction | 2017-08-15



Detroit-based JACK Entertainment LLC recently announced Gino Del Pup has joined the company as vice president of design and construction, pending regulatory approvals. In his new role, Del Pup is responsible for all design and construction activities, including remodels and expansions and facility capital improvements for the gaming and entertainment company’s portfolio of properties.

“Gino’s extensive design and construction expertise and project management skills will be a valuable addition to our leadership team,” said Matt Cullen, JACK Entertainment’s chief executive officer. “With Gino’s proven track record, we are confident in his ability to help build upon our existing world-class gaming and entertainment offerings.”

Del Pup brings more than two decades of construction experience to his new role. He joins JACK Entertainment from Plante Moran CRESA, where he was senior vice president of project management. There he was responsible for new project development, build-to-suit and renovations for commercial, industrial and public sector clients. Previously, Del Pup served as project manager for several design and construction firms, including Wold Architects and Engineers, Ford & Earl Associates and R.E. Fraley Company, Inc.

Del Pup is a certified building analyst professional and affiliated with the American Institute of Architects, the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Chamber of Commerce and the Venetian Club of Mutual Aid. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich. He currently resides in metro Detroit with his family.



Detroit-based JACK Entertainment LLC recently announced Gino Del Pup has joined the company as vice president of design and construction, pending regulatory approvals. In his new role, Del Pup is responsible for all design and construction activities, including remodels and expansions and facility capital improvements for the gaming and entertainment company’s portfolio of properties.

“Gino’s extensive design and construction expertise and project management skills will be a valuable addition to our leadership team,” said Matt Cullen, JACK Entertainment’s chief executive officer. “With Gino’s proven track record, we are confident in his ability to help build upon our existing world-class gaming and entertainment offerings.”

Del Pup brings more than two decades of construction experience to his new role. He joins JACK Entertainment from Plante Moran CRESA, where he was senior vice president of project management. There he was responsible for new project development, build-to-suit and renovations for commercial, industrial and public sector clients. Previously, Del Pup served as project manager for several design and construction firms, including Wold Architects and Engineers, Ford & Earl Associates and R.E. Fraley Company, Inc.

Del Pup is a certified building analyst professional and affiliated with the American Institute of Architects, the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Chamber of Commerce and the Venetian Club of Mutual Aid. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich. He currently resides in metro Detroit with his family.

Poydras Gaming expands footprint in Oklahoma | 2017-08-15



Poydras Gaming Finance Corp. (Poydras or the company) recently announced that it has signed a new agreement with a new customer for the addition of 100 machines. The company will begin placing the machines towards the end of August with a target completion of September 2017. 

“We are very pleased to work with this new customer as we continue to execute on our plan to expand our presence in our core markets,” said Peter Macy, CEO of Poydras Gaming. “We also look forward to working with them as they grow their casino into an attractive gaming destination. Our strategy remains to focus on building a strong pipeline for growth through the addition of new customers, organic growth with our existing customers, and by making accretive acquisitions.  In terms of new customers, we have already placed or will place by the end of the third quarter, games with four new facilities, bringing the number of total casinos we operate in to over 30.” 



Poydras Gaming Finance Corp. (Poydras or the company) recently announced that it has signed a new agreement with a new customer for the addition of 100 machines. The company will begin placing the machines towards the end of August with a target completion of September 2017. 

“We are very pleased to work with this new customer as we continue to execute on our plan to expand our presence in our core markets,” said Peter Macy, CEO of Poydras Gaming. “We also look forward to working with them as they grow their casino into an attractive gaming destination. Our strategy remains to focus on building a strong pipeline for growth through the addition of new customers, organic growth with our existing customers, and by making accretive acquisitions.  In terms of new customers, we have already placed or will place by the end of the third quarter, games with four new facilities, bringing the number of total casinos we operate in to over 30.” 

Scientific Games names Leigh Nissim managing director, B2B interactive | 2017-08-14



Scientific Games Corporation (Scientific Games or the company) recently announced the appointment of Leigh Nissim as the company’s managing director, B2B interactive with responsibilities for overseeing the company’s remote game server (RGS) and SG Universe businesses. He will be based in London, England with global responsibilities. Nissim brings extensive online gaming experience to this role, including proven expertise and success in overseeing sales, operations, account management, marketing, new market launches, product strategy and forging new partnerships.
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Leigh Nissim to the SG Interactive® team and look forward to leveraging his experience, passion, and business savvy to take our RGS and SG Universe business to the next level,” said  Barry Cottle, group chief executive Barry Cottle. “We are confident that under his leadership, our B2B business will continue to grow at an accelerated rate as we focus on delivering an exceptional player experience through our leading library of online and mobile interactive games.”
 
Most recently, Nissim served as chief executive officer of NEKTAN PLC, a publicly traded B2B mobile gaming solutions and services provider leading global teams across sales, technology, finance, player acquisition and retention — significantly growing revenues and player volumes.  Before NEKTAN, Nissim served as IGT’s interactive global commercial director, with responsibilities for the company’s interactive real-money wagering business – overseeing business strategy, product direction, and marketing. 
 
“I’m delighted to join Scientific Games at an exciting time,” said Nissim. “The Interactive business has positive momentum, and I’m looking forward to leading the teams across our global business to contribute to the Company’s continued growth and success.”
 
Jordan Levin, who has been part of the company’s interactive leadership team since 2012, will now move into a full focus on corporate development, mergers and acquisitions and driving key strategic initiatives for Scientific Games.
 



Scientific Games Corporation (Scientific Games or the company) recently announced the appointment of Leigh Nissim as the company’s managing director, B2B interactive with responsibilities for overseeing the company’s remote game server (RGS) and SG Universe businesses. He will be based in London, England with global responsibilities. Nissim brings extensive online gaming experience to this role, including proven expertise and success in overseeing sales, operations, account management, marketing, new market launches, product strategy and forging new partnerships.
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Leigh Nissim to the SG Interactive® team and look forward to leveraging his experience, passion, and business savvy to take our RGS and SG Universe business to the next level,” said  Barry Cottle, group chief executive Barry Cottle. “We are confident that under his leadership, our B2B business will continue to grow at an accelerated rate as we focus on delivering an exceptional player experience through our leading library of online and mobile interactive games.”
 
Most recently, Nissim served as chief executive officer of NEKTAN PLC, a publicly traded B2B mobile gaming solutions and services provider leading global teams across sales, technology, finance, player acquisition and retention — significantly growing revenues and player volumes.  Before NEKTAN, Nissim served as IGT’s interactive global commercial director, with responsibilities for the company’s interactive real-money wagering business – overseeing business strategy, product direction, and marketing. 
 
“I’m delighted to join Scientific Games at an exciting time,” said Nissim. “The Interactive business has positive momentum, and I’m looking forward to leading the teams across our global business to contribute to the Company’s continued growth and success.”
 
Jordan Levin, who has been part of the company’s interactive leadership team since 2012, will now move into a full focus on corporate development, mergers and acquisitions and driving key strategic initiatives for Scientific Games.
 

Megabucks video slot machine – IGT | 2017-08-09



Bring the thrill of mega-sized jackpots to your casino floor with IGT’s Megabucks Super Stacks Respin slots game. Housed on the CrystalDual + Stepper cabinet, the game features mechanical reels and Super Stacks symbols that put a new spin on one of the most celebrated slot themes of all time. The three-reel, 27-payline game features a 100 credit cost-to-cover and gives players the option to leverage the EZ Bet function with 100, 200 and 300 credit wagers. The game entertains players with six multi-level progressive jackpots and its WAP jackpot that is awarded when three Megabucks symbols land on the game’s principal payline. Pay tables, jackpots and bonus events are displayed on the cabinet’s towering LCD upper display and iconic signage package, making the Megabucks brand easy to identify on the casino floor.



Bring the thrill of mega-sized jackpots to your casino floor with IGT’s Megabucks Super Stacks Respin slots game. Housed on the CrystalDual + Stepper cabinet, the game features mechanical reels and Super Stacks symbols that put a new spin on one of the most celebrated slot themes of all time. The three-reel, 27-payline game features a 100 credit cost-to-cover and gives players the option to leverage the EZ Bet function with 100, 200 and 300 credit wagers. The game entertains players with six multi-level progressive jackpots and its WAP jackpot that is awarded when three Megabucks symbols land on the game’s principal payline. Pay tables, jackpots and bonus events are displayed on the cabinet’s towering LCD upper display and iconic signage package, making the Megabucks brand easy to identify on the casino floor.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy video slot machine – SCIENTIFIC GAMES | 2017-08-09



Breaking News! This just in – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is now a video slot game. This game is jammed pack with entertaining bonus games featuring Ron Burgundy and his comical Channel 4 News team, and hilarious footage from the movie. The central game feature of Anchorman is the engaging Big Bonus Ribbon Stop featuring the characters and the Really Good Jackpot! If the ribbon stops on a character, another bonus game starring that character is triggered.

The options for the character bonus games include the Champ Kind Free Games where Whammy symbols on the reels advance you up an award ladder; Ron’s Giant Free Games where the reels expand to 117 lines; Sex Panther Pick feature starring Brian Fantana; and Brick’s Weather Wheel which awards credits and the chance to advance to another wheel that awards even higher credit amounts, and ultimately to a third level wheel that awards a multiplier. 



Breaking News! This just in – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is now a video slot game. This game is jammed pack with entertaining bonus games featuring Ron Burgundy and his comical Channel 4 News team, and hilarious footage from the movie. The central game feature of Anchorman is the engaging Big Bonus Ribbon Stop featuring the characters and the Really Good Jackpot! If the ribbon stops on a character, another bonus game starring that character is triggered.

The options for the character bonus games include the Champ Kind Free Games where Whammy symbols on the reels advance you up an award ladder; Ron’s Giant Free Games where the reels expand to 117 lines; Sex Panther Pick feature starring Brian Fantana; and Brick’s Weather Wheel which awards credits and the chance to advance to another wheel that awards even higher credit amounts, and ultimately to a third level wheel that awards a multiplier. 

Flamingo Las Vegas $6.5 million redesign of meeting space complete | 2017-08-09



Caesars Entertainment Corp. recently announced the completion of a $6.5 million renovation of Flamingo Las Vegas’ meeting space, which began in April 2017. Executives commemorated the re-opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We are very excited to debut the newly redesigned meeting space,” said Michael Massari, chief sales officer for national meetings and events at Caesars Entertainment. “Conveniently located at the center of the Strip, the Flamingo meeting space is a great option for our existing and new clients.”

The Flamingo meeting space is the newest renovation of its kind on the east side of the Las Vegas Strip. The new space offers a fresh, bright and modern look, along with an abundance of natural light from its windows. Each meeting room is named after a different Nevada city and features historic photos from the 1950s, creating a nostalgic feeling in the space.

The redesign includes updated walls, carpet, lighting fixtures and more. With Caesars Entertainment’s Code GREEN initiatives in mind, all lighting has been converted to LED technology, which is expected to result in a 70 percent energy savings each year.

“The unveiling of our newly remodeled convention center is the first step of renovations at the Flamingo,” said Sherri Pucci, Flamingo Las Vegas and The LINQ Hotel & Casino ceneral manager. “The Flamingo features a rich history as the place where the Strip began, and Caesars Entertainment is committed to ensuring Flamingo Las Vegas continues to serve our guests for years to come.”



Caesars Entertainment Corp. recently announced the completion of a $6.5 million renovation of Flamingo Las Vegas’ meeting space, which began in April 2017. Executives commemorated the re-opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We are very excited to debut the newly redesigned meeting space,” said Michael Massari, chief sales officer for national meetings and events at Caesars Entertainment. “Conveniently located at the center of the Strip, the Flamingo meeting space is a great option for our existing and new clients.”

The Flamingo meeting space is the newest renovation of its kind on the east side of the Las Vegas Strip. The new space offers a fresh, bright and modern look, along with an abundance of natural light from its windows. Each meeting room is named after a different Nevada city and features historic photos from the 1950s, creating a nostalgic feeling in the space.

The redesign includes updated walls, carpet, lighting fixtures and more. With Caesars Entertainment’s Code GREEN initiatives in mind, all lighting has been converted to LED technology, which is expected to result in a 70 percent energy savings each year.

“The unveiling of our newly remodeled convention center is the first step of renovations at the Flamingo,” said Sherri Pucci, Flamingo Las Vegas and The LINQ Hotel & Casino ceneral manager. “The Flamingo features a rich history as the place where the Strip began, and Caesars Entertainment is committed to ensuring Flamingo Las Vegas continues to serve our guests for years to come.”

Mount Airy Casino Resort launches social casino | 2017-08-09



Mount Airy Casino Resort recently announced the official launch of its social casino, Play Mount Airy. The social platform was built using Greentube Pro, Greentube’s private label social casino solution.

Mount Airy Casino Resort looked to Greentube to create a customized solution that enabled players to experience the resort online. The platform provides a true branded experience that reflects the physical appearance of Mount Airy Casino Resort. Players who visit the site will instantly recognize a virtual rendition of the property’s lobby and main casino. In addition, the site offers popular games from Greentube and other leading providers.

The social casino – available on PC, tablet or mobile device – provides multiple in-game and external marketing channels that enhance the player experience through live operations. In addition, Greentube’s marketing expertise will assist with in-house promotions. The Mount Airy social casino is the third social platform for a major casino created by Kenny Huang and his team at BlueBat Games, a subsidiary of Greentube. 

“Our goal was to build a social platform that delivered part of the Mount Airy Casino Resort experience into players’ homes and hands,” said John Culetsu, executive vice president and general manager for Mount Airy Casino Resort. “We are proud to offer this platform to our regional players as well as casino enthusiasts throughout the country.” 

“Social casinos are the gateway to attracting new players to visit a casino property and the means by which casinos can entice previous players to return,” said Gabriel Cianchetto, president of market development, Greentube North America. “With our assistance, Mount Airy Casino Resort is aptly positioned to deploy the latest marketing technologies and game content.”  



Mount Airy Casino Resort recently announced the official launch of its social casino, Play Mount Airy. The social platform was built using Greentube Pro, Greentube’s private label social casino solution.

Mount Airy Casino Resort looked to Greentube to create a customized solution that enabled players to experience the resort online. The platform provides a true branded experience that reflects the physical appearance of Mount Airy Casino Resort. Players who visit the site will instantly recognize a virtual rendition of the property’s lobby and main casino. In addition, the site offers popular games from Greentube and other leading providers.

The social casino – available on PC, tablet or mobile device – provides multiple in-game and external marketing channels that enhance the player experience through live operations. In addition, Greentube’s marketing expertise will assist with in-house promotions. The Mount Airy social casino is the third social platform for a major casino created by Kenny Huang and his team at BlueBat Games, a subsidiary of Greentube. 

“Our goal was to build a social platform that delivered part of the Mount Airy Casino Resort experience into players’ homes and hands,” said John Culetsu, executive vice president and general manager for Mount Airy Casino Resort. “We are proud to offer this platform to our regional players as well as casino enthusiasts throughout the country.” 

“Social casinos are the gateway to attracting new players to visit a casino property and the means by which casinos can entice previous players to return,” said Gabriel Cianchetto, president of market development, Greentube North America. “With our assistance, Mount Airy Casino Resort is aptly positioned to deploy the latest marketing technologies and game content.”