CASINO NEWS ICE tops 36,000 for another growth year I

CE London 2019 has confirmed its status as the world’s most popular business-to-business gaming expo with attendance figures recorded at 36,092, an 8 percent increase on the 2018 figure and the eighth consecutive year of growth. The interim figures, which have been calculated on the raw registration and attendance data for ICE London 2019, will now be forwarded for independent audit. Kate Chambers, Managing

Director of Clarion Gaming, believes the attendance figures tell only part of the ICE London success story. She said: “These are very encouraging and of course I’m delighted to be able to report on what would be our eighth consecutive year of growth. I would like to pay tribute to our exhibitors who

once again brought fantastic theatre and creativity to their ICE London show presence, contributing magnificently to the energy and atmosphere visitors experienced at ExCeL London. The event industry has a tendency to be consumed by attendance when actually it’s the chemistry of an event and, as a result, the quality of the interactions and connections that take place between visitor and exhibitor, visitor and visitor and between exhibitors that really count and which

Petek named Senior Sales Manager International at Merkur


atjaz Petek has joined the sales team of Merkur Gaming as

Senior Sales Manager International. The 46-year-old Slovenian will be responsible for the markets in southern and eastern Europe. “We are delighted to welcome Matjaz Petek, whose extensive

market and product know-how will continue to drive the success of Merkur Gaming in southern and eastern Europe,” says Athanasios ‘Sakis’ Isaakidis, Chief Executive International and Head of Product Management at Merkur Gaming. “Matjaz Petek knows the gaming industry inside and out and is therefore the perfect match for our team.” With over 25 years of experience under his belt, Matjaz Petek describes himself as a “veteran of the gaming industry”. Prior to joining Merkur Gaming, he worked for several of the world’s most renowned and internationally active gaming companies, where he held managerial positions in marketing and sales. “I’m looking forward to the tasks that await me, because the Gauselmann Group, with its international sales brand Merkur Gaming, is one of the biggest players in the gaming industry,” says Matjaz Petek. “I’m really impressed by the broad product portfolio of Merkur Gaming and look forward to supporting the team with my skills and experience in the future.”

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distinguish a good show from a great show. “The internationalism of ICE London remains a stand out characteristic and the global gaming industry turned out in force with representatives from Botswana and Honduras raising the number of nations present at ExCeL London to 155 – a remarkable statistic by any standards. The figures are showing fantastic growth from key geographical regions, notably LatAm which recorded an increase of no less than 43 percent.” “Once our attendance data has been interrogated and verified by the independent audit, we will be in a position to share more insights with the huge community of international gaming professionals which participate in and have an interest in ICE London.”



EGA SAMMY’s Baccarat Maximum Fortune has been installed at MGM Macau, the company has revealed. The game is a standalone electronic gaming machine based on the game of baccarat, one of the most popular casino games in Macau. It was released last year, and has already enjoyed successful installations in the region.

In the game, players can view game results immediately by pressing an action button during bet time, even if they have not placed any bets on the game. Players can proceed the game until their favoured trend appears, and bet on the game at their desired time. When a bet is placed, the card squeeze function is enabled and offers the player the excitement of squeezing a card like a real baccarat table. “We had a great start with this product since its launch.” said Masahiro Kurosaki, Deputy Managing Director, Sales Division of Sega Sammy Creation. “It would definitely turn into a must-repeat experience for the players of MGM Macau.”

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