International casino round-up

International casino round-up

Dec 1, 2015

If you like to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening around the world in the casino and gaming sector, then we are here to provide a helping hand with our summary of some of the key stories and developments that have caught our eye this week. Los Angeles Icon Gets A Facelift The Bicycle Casino has been one of the mainstays of the Los Angeles...

The tumbling fortunes of Macau’s casinos

The tumbling fortunes of Macau’s casinos

Nov 19, 2015

Without doubt it has been an interesting couple of years for Macau’s casinos sector, but the forecasts now being released for 2016 show no sign of things getting easier for the world’s largest gambling destination. Macau is forecasting that combined revenue from casinos will be around USD$25 billion in 2016 – that sounds like an incredibly big number, and...

Japan embraces casino culture

Japan embraces casino culture

Nov 10, 2015

In terms of retail and consumer trends, it is always interesting to keep an eye on Japan. While there are a lot of things that are unique about this extraordinary country, from a consumer perspective they tend to be at the forefront of emerging trends and developments. This is why it is interesting to see reports about a new demographic being targeted by...

The changing face of slot machines

The changing face of slot machines

Oct 26, 2015

It has many different names around the world, but the slot machine game is one of the linchpins of most casino operations. Whether you call them slot machines, fruit machines, poker machines, or pachinko, this has traditionally been a game that uses spinning reels (triggered by the player) that produce a random result that could result in a cash-prize...

Wynn Resorts and the Macau problem

Wynn Resorts and the Macau problem

Oct 16, 2015

Wynn Resorts is one of the biggest players in the casino business, however their operations in Macau are starting to cause them a bit of a headache. The main issue is profits – they are falling and they are falling dramatically, with Wynn’s Macau operations reporting a decline of almost 40% in the current reporting period. What is causing the decline in...

Latest developments in online gaming

Latest developments in online gaming

Oct 5, 2015

The emergence of online gambling and online casinos has dramatically changed the landscape of how and where we gamble. No longer do you need to go to a physical casino to get your gambling fix, you can gamble from home, while you are travelling, on your phone during your daily commute. In this article we take a look at some of the recent developments in the...

Why does the casino world attract organised crime?

Why does the casino world attract organised crime?

Sep 10, 2015

If you’re a fan of casinos movies then you’ll have appreciation that there is generally some element of crime involved – from the stylish thieves of Ocean’s 11 to the cocaine fuelled excess envisaged by Martin Scorcese. But what is it about the casino business that attracts criminal interests? In this article we investigate to find some answers. Beware...

Is it getting harder to win at slot machines?

Is it getting harder to win at slot machines?

Sep 2, 2015

Without doubt, slot machines are one of the iconic games of casinos around the world – simple to play and a relatively low entry threshold, they are the casino games that really anyone can play. However reports have been emerging from Las Vegas that the payout probabilities of slot machines have got tighter – making it harder for players of slot machines to...

The history of gambling

The history of gambling

Aug 17, 2015

We talk a lot about gambling, about casino games, and risking it all in the hope of winning your fortune. But when did we start gambling? Why do we gamble? Who invented gambling? In this article we take a look back at where it all began and start to think about where it might take us in the future. The origins The evidence suggests that gambling is one of...

How did Danny Ocean do it?

How did Danny Ocean do it?

Aug 6, 2015

One of my favourite casino heist movies is the reboot of Ocean’s 11. To start with you’ve got a killer cast – George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, and Andy Garcia to name just a few. It’s a glamorous setting – the casinos of Las Vegas, high stakes, everything to play for. Then there is the clever scripting – the action moves swiftly...