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Valley Forge Resort Casino is in Fighting Trim


Valley Forge Resort Casino may be small by U.S. standards but, as Vice President Ron Bailey attests, it packs a wallop. By David McKee

Although outgunned by larger casinos in the crowded Philadelphia market, Valley Forge Resort Casino has always punched above its weight. The Boyd Gaming property, acquired in 2018, is part of a small subclass of Pennsylvania casinos. So-called “Class III” or resort-oriented properties are strictly limited in terms of slot machines and table games.
Yet, despite this, Valley Forge Casino – which lies immediately across the street from the national historic park of the same name – has always been competitive with the other casinos in the area. It recently surpassed larger Harrah’s Philadelphia in its monthly gross.

The Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas revival is in full swing with Dreamscape founder and CEO Eric Birnbaum,


Renovations and partnerships enhance the iconic resort. By Ryan Slattery

Lights. Canteen. Action. The Rio Hotel & Casino’s revival is in full swing, and it’s a dream come true for Dreamscape founder and CEO Eric Birnbaum. His company acquired the property from Caesars Entertainment in 2019 and is now breathing new life into the historic, just-off-the-Strip property.

Durango Resort Debuts


Station Casinos' newest property is a neighborhood hit. By Ryan Slattery

Emphasizing food, sports and gaming, Station Casinos has opened a new neighborhood resort in the southwest valley of Las Vegas. The 209-room, 15-story Durango Casino & Resort, which opened December 5, is the company’s first major casino-resort opening since Red Rock Resort debuted in 2006.

Comfort and Joy to be Found at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Indiana


Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Indiana completes a $40 million expansion. By Ryan Slattery

Caesars Entertainment has poured $40 million into a full-scale renovation of Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Anderson, Indiana property, which the company acquired in 2018, underwent a massive remodel that added gaming space to a casino that holds 1,450 slot machines and 40 table games, as well as new dining experiences. The exterior includes a redesigned porte-cochere, a prominently lit Harrah’sHoosier Park sign and a new façade.

Agua Caliente Resort Casinos Provides the Ultimate Guest Experiences


Agua Caliente Resort Casinos, build for the long term. By Peter White

Success begets success at the Agua Caliente casino chain, which continues to grow in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. It’s an unforgiving land for the unprepared, but the Agua Caliente casinos were ready for their moment in the sun, a moment which is stretching into generations. One casino has grown into three, and a fuel station and standalone spa have been spun off for good measure. For a look at how this gaming phenomenon continues and burgeons, Publisher Peter White spoke with the casinos' Chief Operating Officer Saverio Scheri. Their conversation follows …

ZItro Continues to Create Great New Games


Zitro looks back on ICE 2024 and ahead to 2025. By Peter White

As 40,000-plus attendees flooded ICE, one of the standout booths they would have seen was that for Zitro. The game maker brandished a fistful of new casino-floor games, in addition to its online repertory. ICE London also marked the European debut of Zitro’s wide-area progressive (WAP) games. To sort through the rush of sensations, Publisher Peter White sat down with Zitro International President Sebastian Salat.

With regard to Zitro's presence at ICE 2024, what novelties did attendees find at the company’s booth?

MONOGRAM Is the marketing agency for luxury lifestyle operators


Amy Colbourn, managing director of business strategy for MONOGRAM, chats with Peter White

You’re running a Las Vegas resort that’s due to open soon. How do you stand out in a crowded marketplace? Ideally, you find an agency that thinks outside the box. In the case of Virgin Las Vegas, you pick up the phone and call MONOGRAM. It’s a newish marketing agency that paradoxically has a wealth of experience in Sin City. MONOGRAM Managing Director of Business Strategy Amy Colbourn unravels that paradox for our own Peter White in a recent conversation.

Could you begin by telling us a little about yourself?

Hard Rock Sacramento Is Where Performance is Key


Mark Birtha, President, Hard Rock Sacramento speaks to Peter White and David McKee

Hard Rock is one of the best brands in gaming, maybe *the* best. What differentiates it in a crowded casino landscape?

Hard Rock International is in the midst of unprecedented growth and is seeing significant expansion opportunities around the world in our casino, hotel, and café divisions. It is hard to believe the organization recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, and yet the brand is fresh and the most in-demand it has ever been. But there are clearly reasons why the company has been and continues to be so successful.

Gaming Prevention Against Fraud


Casinos and other gaming businesses: Change mindset to protect against fraud. By David Navarro, Nevada Regional President Enterprise Bank & Trust, Member FDIC

The bulk of popular culture references and media coverage related to fraudulent activity at casinos focus on threats within the confines of a building. From card counters to machine manipulation to nefarious employees, the gaming industry continually adapts to trends in an effort to minimize losses. However, a recent high-profile cyber attack provided a stark reminder that increased and necessary reliance on technology continues to change the nature of threats industry leaders face.

IFX Payments & the Global Payments Sector


From its humble origins in Amersham, IFX Payments is growing into a force in the global payments sector. What once was a handful of staff has become a workforce of almost 200.

Vendors looking to tackle the problem of making mass payments to multiple clients in multiple currencies can find IFX to be a one-stop shop. To examine this phenomenon, Publisher Peter White recently sat down with Simon Hughes, sales director of 360 Sales at IFX Payments. Their ensuing conversation has been edited for clarity.

Let's begin by explaining your 'backstory' and how you got started in this industry.