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IGT Appoints two
Party Gaming pays up
Rolf Klug moves
Vice Presidents
in ‘no prosecution’ deal
from Gauselmann
GT has named Craig Billings as Rolf Klug,
its new Vice President, Corporate
K-based online gambling interests of shareholders. We are member of the
Finance and Investor Relations, operator Party Gaming has now well-placed to seize organic as management
and Tom Mikulich as its new Vice struck a ‘non prosecution’ well as strategic opportunities that board of the
President MegaJackpots. deal with the US Government as previously were beyond our reach.” Gauselmann
Billings joined Goldman Sachs in part of which it has agreed to pay Two other UK online gaming Group, has
New York in 2004, and most $105 million dollars over the next service providers, SportingBet and decided to
recently served as a Vice President three years. 888 Holdings are also understood leave the company after 13 years to
in the Investment Banking Division The US Justice Department has to be in talks with US authorities on pursue a career as a self-employed
in London covering the gaming and undertaken not to prosecute the issue. consultant in the gaming industry.
leisure industries. PartyGaming or any of its “The non-prosecution As a member of the management
Mikulich has more than 25 years subsidiaries for providing agreement with the US board responsible for Merkur-
of professional experience in the internet gambling services authorities will be welcomed Spielothek, Klug was co-responsible
gaming and hospitality industry. He before the Unlawful by the majority of those in for further expanding the premium
was most recently the president of Internet Gambling the online industry as a arcade brand. These activities
Treasure Island (TI) in Las Vegas, Enforcement Act was break from the past with the allowed him to get to know the
where he continued the passed in October 2006. opportunity now to move business segment, which led to his
transformation of TI into an adult- Jim Ryan, Chief forward,” commented decision to start a career as an
focused, world-class resort. Executive Officer of Party Warwick Bartlett, Chief independent entrepreneur in this
Prior to TI, Mikulich was Senior Gaming said: “The resolution of our Executive of Global Betting & segment. He will stay closely
Vice President of Casino Operations position with the US authorities Gaming Consultants. connected with the Gauselmann
at Mirage. marks an important day for “The moot question is that after Group, which expressly supports his
PartyGaming. It has been a long all of this will the UK-listed decision and would like to thank
Cath Burns is a
and complex process, but we have companies be granted US licences him for his commitment and
reached an amicable solution that in the future. The USA, the land of dedicated work for the Group.
‘Proven Leader’
makes commercial sense for our the free? It is if you are American,”
business and is in the best he added.
Cath Burns,
Bally’s Vice
join forces
President and
End of Roulette in Russia?
Managing people and job losses have already
Director, Asia- started as operators close down
Pacific, has W
ith the looming July 1st
deadline for the closure
of casinos outside four operations before enforced closures T
he Gaming Standards
Association (GSA) and the
Gaming Technologies
received Casino designated gaming regions in kick in. Association (GTA) co-hosted a
Enterprise Management Magazine’s Russia, a lack of investment in Some casinos are planning to Gaming Communication Technology
2008 Great Women of Gaming replacement infrastructure does not switch to providing poker, which was Workshop in Sydney, Australia, to
‘Proven Leader’ award. bode well – at least not for the classified as a sport rather than a review recent changes in technology
“We are delighted that Cath has future of the legal casino industry. gaming activity in 2007. and explore how Australasian
been chosen for this impressive Only three of the four zones have Issues surrounding the move jurisdictions might be affected by
gaming-industry award,” said been properly constituted – Azov- away from local, land-based casinos those changes and by the
Ramesh Srinivasan, Bally City; Sibirskaya Moneta,and will be hot topic at the 18th application of GSA protocols.
Technologies’ Executive Vice Yantarnaya. Legislation needed to International Gambling, Lottery and The two-day workshop was
President – Systems. “She is a formalise a zone in the Primorye Amusement Trade Show EELEX, attended by more than 50
world-class individual who is a Region has not been completed. which is being held in Moscow, technologists, regulators, suppliers
dynamic, motivated, and At its peak, the Russian casino Russia on the 9-11th of June this and operator representatives from
experienced leader.” industry employed around 40,000 year. around the Asia-Pacific region.
London Hippodrome redevelopment in family hands
£15million refurbishment of Thomas and his father Jimmy, who Hippodrome as a world-class plans to launch what is destined to
the UK’s London sold their Beacon Bingo business in venue. Having successfully become one of Europe’s top
Hippodrome, due to 2006 for £80 million. developed the project to this stage entertainment venues.”
complete in 2011, is set to create Simon Thomas, Chairman of as part of a consortium, and The Thomas family has bought
the largest casino in London. The United Leisure Gaming, the achieved all the necessary permits out consortium partners Mike
relaunched Hippodrome will offer company behind the and licences, my father and I Pemberton, Eddie Fairless and
fine dining and live entertainment redevelopment, said: “This is a decided that we would like to see leisure operators Jon and Harry
alongside gaming. The project is flagship development for London through the redevelopment as the Shipley, and will now undertake the
being taken forward by, Simon and we are recreating The sole operator and see through our development on their own.
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