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Merkur Gaming’s
Eastern Europe: land
New US CEO for
new S&M director
of gaming opportunity?
Gaming Support
Frank Ziegler is Gaming
now Director
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he emerging gambling people, four times the UK ratio. Support has
Sales & Marketing markets of Eastern Europe Internet gambling is also offering appointed Don
for Merkur could provide rich pickings, increasing opportunities in Eastern Baugh as Chief
Gaming GmbH, even during the global downturn, Europe, with the Czech Republic, Executive
part of the according to a new report published Slovakia, and Slovenia embracing Officer, Gaming
Gauselmann by Global Betting & Gaming the online gambling revolution by Support USA,
Group. He has over 20 years of Consultants (GBGC). allowing operators other than the effective upon receipt of the
relevant experience: from 1988 to The report suggests that the 17 state lottery to hold licences. required regulatory approvals.
2000 he worked in the industrial Eastern European gambling markets Bulgaria and Croatia are scheduled Mr Baugh joined Gaming Support
sales and wholesale arms of the it examined are not yet in to follow suit with new legislation USA in August 2004 and was most
Gauselmann Group, then he recession, and reveals that the later in 2009. recently its General Manager. He is
became the head of Business gaming industry as a whole in Membership of the EU has a gaming industry veteran, having
Development with Germany’s Eastern Europe was still showing benefited the economies and living worked in operational and
largest Casino operator in 2000. growth in 2008. standards of many Eastern manufacturing segments since the
He was responsible for buying Researchers found that there is a European countries. Operators late 1970s.
technical Casino equipment and for strong propensity to gamble among cannot afford to ignore the Mr Baugh was one of the first
the marketing performance of the many populations in Eastern opportunities that exist in the employees at Mikohn, which he
group and made major contributions Europe. Croatia, for instance, has region’s respective gambling joined in 1984. Over the past
to the conception of Europe’s most 562 betting shops per million markets, the report concludes. 30 years, he has played a crucial
modern casino in Duisburg, part in the successful development
Germany before rejoining the Group.
Olympic expands in Lithuania
and introduction of a large number
of products for the gaming industry,
Smiley’s people
set up in China
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he Lithuanian subsidiary of Olympic Entertainment operates including various industry-standard
the Olympic Entertainment casinos in Estonia, Latvia, jackpot controller and display
Group has invested Lithuania, Belarus, products.
€1 million to open its first Ukraine, Romania, “Don has an amazingly unique
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ollowing two years’ experience casino in the city of Poland and Slovakia. depth and breadth of knowledge of
of building bill validators in Siauliai. The company has a the gaming industry,” stated
China with a partner, Designed with a further ten casinos in Herman van Linden, Senior Vice
Innovative Technology has now tropical theme, the new The Olympic Siaulia: Lithuania – six in the President at Gaming Support. “I’m
opened its own, wholly-owned casino is located in the
offering a tropical theme
capital city Vilnius, two in confident that Don will continue to
manufacturing plant in Shenzhen. Akropolis shopping centre and Kaunas, one in Klaipeda, and one contribute enormously to Gaming
The new plant is intended to offers 31 slots and four tables. in Panevezys. Support’s growth and success.”
provide the company with 80
percent more
capacity for
First-ever on-site gaming machine inspection
new products The inspection covered more than GLI also became the world’s first
coming out later in the year. 1,500 slot machines and electronic test lab to conduct or assist in such
“We have learned a lot about G
aming Laboratories
International, GLI South
America and the Instituto de roulette games in casinos in Chajarí, an inspection in the region.
manufacturing in China and now is Ayuda Financiera a la Acción Social Paraná and Victoria in Argentina’s IAFAS General Manager Silvio
the time for us to expand our (IAFAS, Gaming Regulatory Entity in Entre Ríos province. Vivas said: “The objective was to
manufacturing plant,” said David the Province of Entre Rios), have With the inspection, the IAFAS gain better control, to modernise the
Bellis MBE, Chairman of Innovative completed the first-ever field became the first gaming regulatory gaming industry in the Province, and
Technology and inventor of the inspection of electronic gaming entity in South America to perform a to give more confidence to the
original NV1 Smiley. devices in South America. direct control on-site of this nature. operators and the patrons.”
Tropicana Entertainment prepares to leave Chapter 11
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ropicana Entertainment could Spring with a completely revamped we move another step closer to and community relationships and
emerge from Chapter 11 in ownership and management emerging from Chapter 11 and to prepare our people and systems
May this year, following structure. Former owner William J. implementing our business plans,” to compete in today's challenging
approval of the company’s Yung, III, who resigned as CEO and said Tropicana CEO Scott C. Butera. market.”
Disclosure Statements by the a Director, will have no equity “The ruling marks the culmination The next step in the process is
Delaware Bankruptcy Court. interests and will hold no positions of an intense 10-month process for the company to solicit creditors'
Tropicana filed for protections in the newly-constituted companies. during which the new Board and votes to approve the plans in April,
from its creditors last May and “The Court approval of our senior management team have which could allow Tropicana the to
hopes to leave Chapter 11 this disclosure statements means that worked hard to repair our regulatory emerge from Chapter 11 this May.
4 APRIL 2009
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