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CASINO NEWS
Grosvenor
launches
Bally appoints vice presidents for
“informal”
sales and technology
electronic venue
lly Technologies has named three vice responsibility for sales of
presidents to spearhead technology development video and reel-spinning
in Leeds
B
a
and North American sales. products across the
Walt Eisele, who joined Bally in 2004 when it acquired continent. He will also
R
ank Group’s Grosvenor Sierra Design Group, becomes VP of strategic lead the gaming
Casinos unit has opened a technology. operations division, which
new venue offering slots and In his new role he will lead the company’s efforts to handles the company’s
electronic roulette in the northern integrate games and systems, oversee Bally’s Innovation recurring-revenue games
English city of Leeds. Lab in Pleasanton, California, and head its technical and wide-area progressive
The firm has invested £300,000 committee. products. Derik
($500,000) in the Electric Casino, “Walt possesses the perfect combination of gaming “Derik is a gaming-
Mooberry
located beneath its existing casino and systems technical expertise that we need to take industry and Bally
in the Podium Building on Merrion our systems and games technologies to the next level of Technologies sales veteran who is highly respected
Way, installing ten slots with £4000 customer-driven quality and innovation,” said CEO throughout our industry,” said Bally COO Gavin Isaacs.
($6700) jackpots and 11 electronic Richard Haddrill. “In his previous position, Derik developed strong
roulette terminals as well as a “Walt is also highly regarded by his peers throughout relationships with a number of Bally’s largest systems
lounge area. the industry, as evidenced by his outstanding three-year customers, and therefore keenly understands the
Grosvenor Managing Director Phil chairmanship of the Gaming Standards Association’s importance of delivering on our customer-centric
Urban said the Electric Casino S2S Committee.” philosophy in all that we do.”
would complement the Leeds venue Meanwhile, Derik Mooberry – previously VP for He is replaced in the western North America systems
already operated by Grosvenor, systems sales in western North America – becomes VP sales role by Rob Jackson, director of regional systems
offering “the chance to experience in charge of North American game sales, with sales for the past five years.
the latest in gaming technology
within a friendly, safe and informal
MEI
environment”.
recruits
B
epi Mottes has joined payment mechanism maker MEI as Vice
President of new business development for EMEA.
“He is well-known in the gaming industry for his determination to help
Hermes SoftLab
Mottes to
customers find a solution that adds tremendous value,” said Tom
pledges backing
build
Nugent, MEI President of gaming and retail.
Previously Managing Director at JCM International, Mottes has also
for association’s
EMEA
worked at firms including Bally Gaming International and Sun International.
Said Mottes: “In the gaming industry, nobody gets old – only more
G2S protocol
business
mature.”
G
aming software developer
Hermes SoftLab says it is
Pai Gow makes London debut at
supporting version 2.0 of the
Gaming Standards Association’s
Game-to-System (G2S) protocol,
Empire and Golden Nugget
devised to improve communications
and interoperability between casino
systems and devices. L
ondon Clubs International (LCI) is attracting Chinese “Since we launched the game, there has been a huge
gamers to two of its venues in the British capital buzz on the gaming floor at both Golden Nugget and
with the addition of Pai Gow to its range of games. Casino at The Empire and feedback has been extremely
Ales Gornjec, Hermes SoftLab’s Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square and the positive. There is no doubt the launch has been a
Business Development Manager for Golden Nugget on Shaftesbury Avenue, both close to success – we are welcoming new members daily who
gaming, said: “Synchronised and London’s Chinatown, now offer the game. had specifically heard about the game in their local
updated interfaces to aid with easier Pai Gow poker is about a thousand years old and community, and once the trial period is complete, we
integration were developed, whilst played with Chinese dominoes. To support its hope to roll the game out across all our UK venues.”
extensions to the automated test introduction, LCI enlisted Billy Woo – an authority on the LCI – a Harrah’s Entertainment subsdiary since 2006
coverage means that we can provide game and creator of Pai Gow poker, a variant played with – also operates Fifty, The Rendezvous and The
greater support to all customers.” cards rather than dominoes – to train dealers. Sportsman in London as well as six venues in other
The software engineering and LCI Operations Director Chris Block said: “London parts of the UK and casinos in Egypt and South Africa.
consulting firm’s gaming division Clubs International has always been interested in Separately, it has been running a series of regional
assists specialist vendors in bringing new and exciting games of significance to key heats in England and Scotland for the World Series of
developing gaming platforms as well ethnic communities to the gaming floor in UK casinos. Poker Europe, hosted by LCI annually at Casino at The
as peripherals such as cash-handling We have had so many requests to introduce Pai Gow to Empire. Winners from games at The Rendezvous in
devices and ticketing machines. It our venues over the years as it is such a traditional and Brighton and Southend-on-Sea, Alea in Leeds,
also works on integration and testing, much-loved game for our Chinese customers, we really Nottingham and Glasgow, and Manchester235 will go on
and on gaming content technology. wanted to trial it in two of our key London venues. to the London finals.
6 SEPTEMBER 2009
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