IGE “will remain at Earls Court until 2015”
ondon’s International Gaming Expo is to stay at its Earls Court home until at least 2015. Organisers Clarion Events took the unusual step of explicitly promising to stay at the venue after rumours circulated that IGE was to move. It has signed a five-year contract with the owners of Earls Court. Julian Graves, Managing Director of Clarion Events Gaming Exhibitions, said: “During our consultation with the casino and gaming industry it became abundantly clear that almost to a person, they consider Earls Court to be their home and that Earls Court is where they want to stay.”
Exhibitor space at the 2011 event is already 80
percent booked, according to Clarion. The belief that IGE was to move may have been plausible to some because of the venue owner’s plans to redevelop the site.
Capital and Counties (CapCo), part of the British commercial-property group Liberty International, took control of Earls Court and the nearby Olympia facility at the beginning of this year, and has acknowledged that its ultimate intention is to use the land for a mixed-use development focused on housing. However, such a project is likely to take many years to come to fruition.
Aria sports book shows video on over 100 screens
he Aria casino in Las Vegas’s new CityCenter mega-complex has deployed a sports-book video system that uses more than 100 screens. A system from broadcast equipment firm Miranda
Technologies allows an operator to direct video feeds showing sporting events and races as well as odds to any of the displays, which include Panasonic 103-inch screens and units from Barco. At the heart of the network are Miranda’s Kaleido-X16 multi-image display system, Nvision 8280 video router, and Vertigo XG graphics processors. “The new sports book offers a much more exciting gaming experience for our guests, and it also offers the casino unrivalled display flexibility for presenting real-time racing, sports and odds content”, says Darren Smith, AV Systems Consultant for Aria. The screens can also be used to promote events at Aria’s resort and convention facilities.
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Cambodian rules could let foreigners own casinos
oreigners could own casinos in Cambodia thanks to a new law aimed at increasing international investment.
Until now, non-Cambodians have been prohibited from owning real estate in the country, meaning that outside investors had to partner with locals if their business plans involved property. But a relaxation of the rules means that they can now own leaseholds, although it is understood that ownership of land itself remains restricted to Cambodians, and that foreigners are still prevented from controlling property within 30km of the nation’s borders. The more permissive regime could lead to further
foreign investment in Cambodia’s rapidly-growing gaming sector.
The country’s first casino – at Poipet, on the Thai
border – opened in 1999 and by the beginning of this year there were 32 legal gambling venues in Cambodia. Many are backed by investment from Thailand as well as China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan.
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pex Gaming says it attracted strong interest for its video lottery terminal (VLT) products at this spring’s Enada event in Rimini.
With VLTs just legalised for the Italian market, Apex was highlighting its new Pinnacle cabinet, which uses two 22-inch monitors. But it was not just product that drew Italian buyers to Apex, according to CEO Johannes Weissengruber. “The fact that we are an Austrian company and Austria borders with Italy is a real advantage, as we share a common culture and transport distances are very short,” he said. This month the firm is exhibiting at ELA in Mexico City.
Digital kiosks direct customers to slots and tables
aesars Atlantic City is using touchscreen kiosks to help gamers find their favourite slots and tables. Beverage suppliers promoted on the screens are
providing the funds to pay for the network of iFinder kiosks from Core Technology, which also offer information on entertainment, dining options, and other resort facilities.
Similar kiosks have been used by Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City since 2007, while Core has also developed digital media for properties including the Hard Rock in Las Vegas.
At Caesars Atlantic City, they are used by about 2,500 customers each week. “One of the really important things to note is the
reliability we’ve seen with these units,” said Jerry Werner, Core’s Vice President of Business Development. “In a casino environment, there are customers on the floor 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that requires a system design that makes [that] uptime level possible.”
News in brief
reader after it was integrated with a cashless online payment system from local firm DR Gaming Technology (DRGT).
The Seminole Tribe of Florida will have exclusive rights in the state to offer Blackjack, Baccarat and Chemin de Fer at its casinos, under a new pact with legislators. The deal covers all Seminole venues except those in Brighton and Big Cypress, and also extends to Class III slots. In return the state will receive a guaranteed minimum of $1bn over the next five years, although the actual payment will probably reach $1.3bn.
Work is expected to start in the
third quarter on a $300m casino project at Bagong Nayong Pilipino Entertainment City in Parañaque City, part of the Metro Manila area. The casino is being built by Bloombury Investments Holdings, which is backed by Enrique Razon of International Container Terminal Services, the eighth-richest man in the Philippines. The development will also include two hotels with more than 1500 rooms.
Britain’s Grosvenor Casinos has
rebranded another site as G Casino. The venue in the northeastern city of Newcastle upon Tyne reopens this month after a £1.5m ($2.3m) refurbishment. The Rank subsidiary hopes to have 20 locations operating under the G brand by the end of 2012, aimed at a broader market than just hardcore gamers. Separately, Grosvenor said that in the 16 weeks to 18 April it achieved a ten percent increase in like-for-like revenue, driven largely by an increasing number of customer visits, although spend per visit was also slightly up.
Australian multiplayer game maker InfinityGames has gone live with a new Website at www.infinitygames.at
. It has been developed as part of a new
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