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The GGB Podcast features interviews with leaders in the global gaming industry.

Latest Episodes

Paul Pellizzari

Hard Rock International runs casinos around the world, so a major responsible gaming program like Players Edge will make a difference. Paul Pellizzari was recently hired as Hard Rock’s vice president of global social responsibility and is responsible for implementing the program. Pellizzari discusses the different aspects of Players Edge, from the education of the players to the recognition by employees of symptoms of problem gambling. He talks about the research that went into Players Edge and why he believes it will be an important cog in the wheel that will be able to truly help patrons afflicted with problem gambling. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the GGB offices in Las Vegas soon after the program was announced in December.

28 MIN20 h ago
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Paul Pellizzari

Jay Chun

When Macau opened up casino gaming, several gaming suppliers became market leaders, including Paradise Entertainment. Chairman and CEO Jay Chun was very connected to Macau leadership. He developed an electronic table game that fulfilled all requirements of Macau regulations, and eased the crunch on live table games. Chun’s Paradise is now making aggressive moves into the U.S. with Empire Gaming. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the GGB offices in Las Vegas in January. (This interview was conducted prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China.) Over the past year, we’ve been reading about a lot of difficulties that Macau is suffering, but what is the reality on the ground there? Jay Chun: We just had a new government take power on December 20. In a speech by the new secretary of the finance and the economy, he talked about the casino market and the forecast for 2020. He was thinking the mass market would be getting stronger, and he is very confident about the entire m...

24 MIN1 w ago
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Jay Chun

Joe Pappano

When was the last time you wrote a check or pulled out cash to pay for anything? Right, I thought so. But if you’re a casino player, that’s how you roll, which eliminates a wide percentage of the younger demographic. So it’s imperative that the casino industry—both online and land-based—figure out a solution to payment processing. Joe Pappano has been involved in gaming payments for almost 30 years and understands what the consumer wants and what regulators will allow when it comes to depositing and collecting cash from casino clients. He spoke to GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October 2019.

29 MIN2 w ago
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Joe Pappano

Brooks Pierce

Inspired Entertainment got its start as a virtual sports gaming company serving up games for players who wanted the thrill of sports betting but without having to wait for actual games to be played. Today, however, Inspired reaches far beyond virtual sports with products that land in casinos, betting shops and online. Brooks Pierce has long experience in gaming particularly in slot manufacturing and was brought on to expand the reach of Inspired, particularly in the U.S. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October.

23 MIN3 w ago
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Brooks Pierce

Travis Foley

Technology testing labs in gaming got their start in the late 1980s when it became clear that the regulatory agencies weren’t going to be able to tackle the problem of testing slot machines on a timely basis. BMM Testlabs was one of the first companies that arose to fill this void. Travis Foley has been COO of the company for more than 10 years and he explains how BMM works with regulators to ensure that not only slot machines but all the technology that is available to operators from gaming suppliers does what it says it does. This now includes online gaming and sports betting technology. Foley spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October.

26 MINJAN 27
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Travis Foley

Kristian Nylen

Kristian Nylen joined Sweden’s Unibet in 2000, and a few years later was put in charge of the Unibet spinoff, Kambi, which focuses on B2B services for sportsbook operators. So when sports betting in the U.S. became legal in 2018, Kambi was well positioned to take advantage, and has become one of the most important technology partners for many U.S. operators. Nylen spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October. GGB: How important was legalization of sports betting in the U.S. to Kambi? Nylen: In Europe, online and mobile sports betting has been very prominent, and Kambi has two and a half decades of experience of working with operators there. Because of this experience, we were ready when the U.S. came online. That was always part of our plan when we formed Kambi back in 2003. We have been developing the product over so many years, it gave us a big advantage over what has been available here in the U.S. The depth and the breadth of the products has been much big...

25 MINJAN 20
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Kristian Nylen

Anthony Curtis

Anthony Curtis has been assisting gamblers for more than 25 years with his Las Vegas Advisor newsletter and his publishing company, Huntington Press, which has the largest collection of books on gambling than any other company. Curtis helps gamblers get the best of it when they arrive in Vegas or any casino destination by arming them with the knowledge to stay competitive in any game. But recently he assisted the “Mattress King” in placing millions of dollars of sports bets on the Houston Astros in the Major League Baseball World Series to offset any losses that the King might suffer if the Astros had actually one the Series. It’s a fascinating tale. Curtis spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at his offices in Las Vegas in December.

37 MINJAN 13
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Anthony Curtis

Julia Carcamo

Julia Carcamo has a long history in casino marketing for the gaming business. Starting with four years in the Harrah’s organization, she moved to Wynn Resorts in 2004 as executive director of advertising and public relations. In 2006 she joined Isle of Capri where she served as vice president of brand marketing for almost seven years. In 2013, she launched her own company, J Carcamo & Associates, to advise clients on brand building, casino marketing and player development. The company also hosts an intense conference called Casino Marketing Book Camp, scheduled for March 9 -10 at the Hotel Mazarin in New Orleans. She spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October.

27 MINJAN 6
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Julia Carcamo

Andrew Tottenham

Andrew Tottenham has a long history in gaming in Europe both in operations and development. He’s worked for some of the major gaming companies in the world helping them to explore opportunities in Europe. Now a British-based consultant, Tottenham’s expertise extends both to land-based development and iGaming. He explains how the industry is operating today in Europe and some of the challenges it will have to overcome in the future as it attempts to keep pace with the rest of the world. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October.

32 MIN2019 DEC 30
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Andrew Tottenham

Scott Butera

Scott Butera made his name in the gaming industry early on by working as a turnaround expert. His ability to refinance and reposition companies was on full display during his time with the Trump organization, the Tropicana Las Vegas, and Foxwoods. Then he pivoted to become commissioner of the Arena Football League for a few years. Now with MGM, Butera is in charge of the company’s interactive efforts including sports betting, social casinos and iGaming. He met with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at his offices at Bellagio in December. GGB: You’ve had such a varied career. What made you take on this challenge at MGM? Butera: This is a really important job to me. I enjoyed being an operator, and I love the gaming business. But I also had a real passion for sports. My time with the Arena Football League allowed me to understand the business of sports. I began to realize that people are changing the way they consume sports. No longer do they just watch games or matches. They want to interac...

25 MIN2019 DEC 23
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Scott Butera

Latest Episodes

Paul Pellizzari

Hard Rock International runs casinos around the world, so a major responsible gaming program like Players Edge will make a difference. Paul Pellizzari was recently hired as Hard Rock’s vice president of global social responsibility and is responsible for implementing the program. Pellizzari discusses the different aspects of Players Edge, from the education of the players to the recognition by employees of symptoms of problem gambling. He talks about the research that went into Players Edge and why he believes it will be an important cog in the wheel that will be able to truly help patrons afflicted with problem gambling. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the GGB offices in Las Vegas soon after the program was announced in December.

28 MIN20 h ago
Comments
Paul Pellizzari

Jay Chun

When Macau opened up casino gaming, several gaming suppliers became market leaders, including Paradise Entertainment. Chairman and CEO Jay Chun was very connected to Macau leadership. He developed an electronic table game that fulfilled all requirements of Macau regulations, and eased the crunch on live table games. Chun’s Paradise is now making aggressive moves into the U.S. with Empire Gaming. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the GGB offices in Las Vegas in January. (This interview was conducted prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China.) Over the past year, we’ve been reading about a lot of difficulties that Macau is suffering, but what is the reality on the ground there? Jay Chun: We just had a new government take power on December 20. In a speech by the new secretary of the finance and the economy, he talked about the casino market and the forecast for 2020. He was thinking the mass market would be getting stronger, and he is very confident about the entire m...

24 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Jay Chun

Joe Pappano

When was the last time you wrote a check or pulled out cash to pay for anything? Right, I thought so. But if you’re a casino player, that’s how you roll, which eliminates a wide percentage of the younger demographic. So it’s imperative that the casino industry—both online and land-based—figure out a solution to payment processing. Joe Pappano has been involved in gaming payments for almost 30 years and understands what the consumer wants and what regulators will allow when it comes to depositing and collecting cash from casino clients. He spoke to GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October 2019.

29 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Joe Pappano

Brooks Pierce

Inspired Entertainment got its start as a virtual sports gaming company serving up games for players who wanted the thrill of sports betting but without having to wait for actual games to be played. Today, however, Inspired reaches far beyond virtual sports with products that land in casinos, betting shops and online. Brooks Pierce has long experience in gaming particularly in slot manufacturing and was brought on to expand the reach of Inspired, particularly in the U.S. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October.

23 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Brooks Pierce

Travis Foley

Technology testing labs in gaming got their start in the late 1980s when it became clear that the regulatory agencies weren’t going to be able to tackle the problem of testing slot machines on a timely basis. BMM Testlabs was one of the first companies that arose to fill this void. Travis Foley has been COO of the company for more than 10 years and he explains how BMM works with regulators to ensure that not only slot machines but all the technology that is available to operators from gaming suppliers does what it says it does. This now includes online gaming and sports betting technology. Foley spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October.

26 MINJAN 27
Comments
Travis Foley

Kristian Nylen

Kristian Nylen joined Sweden’s Unibet in 2000, and a few years later was put in charge of the Unibet spinoff, Kambi, which focuses on B2B services for sportsbook operators. So when sports betting in the U.S. became legal in 2018, Kambi was well positioned to take advantage, and has become one of the most important technology partners for many U.S. operators. Nylen spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October. GGB: How important was legalization of sports betting in the U.S. to Kambi? Nylen: In Europe, online and mobile sports betting has been very prominent, and Kambi has two and a half decades of experience of working with operators there. Because of this experience, we were ready when the U.S. came online. That was always part of our plan when we formed Kambi back in 2003. We have been developing the product over so many years, it gave us a big advantage over what has been available here in the U.S. The depth and the breadth of the products has been much big...

25 MINJAN 20
Comments
Kristian Nylen

Anthony Curtis

Anthony Curtis has been assisting gamblers for more than 25 years with his Las Vegas Advisor newsletter and his publishing company, Huntington Press, which has the largest collection of books on gambling than any other company. Curtis helps gamblers get the best of it when they arrive in Vegas or any casino destination by arming them with the knowledge to stay competitive in any game. But recently he assisted the “Mattress King” in placing millions of dollars of sports bets on the Houston Astros in the Major League Baseball World Series to offset any losses that the King might suffer if the Astros had actually one the Series. It’s a fascinating tale. Curtis spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at his offices in Las Vegas in December.

37 MINJAN 13
Comments
Anthony Curtis

Julia Carcamo

Julia Carcamo has a long history in casino marketing for the gaming business. Starting with four years in the Harrah’s organization, she moved to Wynn Resorts in 2004 as executive director of advertising and public relations. In 2006 she joined Isle of Capri where she served as vice president of brand marketing for almost seven years. In 2013, she launched her own company, J Carcamo & Associates, to advise clients on brand building, casino marketing and player development. The company also hosts an intense conference called Casino Marketing Book Camp, scheduled for March 9 -10 at the Hotel Mazarin in New Orleans. She spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October.

27 MINJAN 6
Comments
Julia Carcamo

Andrew Tottenham

Andrew Tottenham has a long history in gaming in Europe both in operations and development. He’s worked for some of the major gaming companies in the world helping them to explore opportunities in Europe. Now a British-based consultant, Tottenham’s expertise extends both to land-based development and iGaming. He explains how the industry is operating today in Europe and some of the challenges it will have to overcome in the future as it attempts to keep pace with the rest of the world. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October.

32 MIN2019 DEC 30
Comments
Andrew Tottenham

Scott Butera

Scott Butera made his name in the gaming industry early on by working as a turnaround expert. His ability to refinance and reposition companies was on full display during his time with the Trump organization, the Tropicana Las Vegas, and Foxwoods. Then he pivoted to become commissioner of the Arena Football League for a few years. Now with MGM, Butera is in charge of the company’s interactive efforts including sports betting, social casinos and iGaming. He met with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at his offices at Bellagio in December. GGB: You’ve had such a varied career. What made you take on this challenge at MGM? Butera: This is a really important job to me. I enjoyed being an operator, and I love the gaming business. But I also had a real passion for sports. My time with the Arena Football League allowed me to understand the business of sports. I began to realize that people are changing the way they consume sports. No longer do they just watch games or matches. They want to interac...

25 MIN2019 DEC 23
Comments
Scott Butera
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