Monday, November 13, 2017

Pennsylvania Gaming Expansion: Will Taxes limit Interest in Online Gaming?


Pennsylvania Gaming Expansion has an extremely high rate of taxation for I Gaming. While the rate for table games and fantasy sports are moderate and in the teens, the legislature took a more aggressive posture with slot play. The tax on slots for casino operators is at 54%. While this matches the amount that brick and mortar facilities pay presently, it is high for a online situation. The initial thought is that will diminish interest in the product. 

Our take is a resounding no. It is too large an upside not to take part of. We will share one creative way that intelligent operators can find success in the I Gaming world. Look at the compact agreement that Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada have. They can share players and increase liquidity. Imagine the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania added to such an agreement. The monetary upside would be worth the cost of investment.


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

G2E 2017 Instagram Photos

                                 Here are 6 people to follow as you reflect on the G2E 2017.

Shekinah Hoffman- UNLV

Jan Jones Blackhurst- Caesars Palace


David Purdum - ESPN

Donna Vecere - Cooper Levenson

Jay Jabczynski - Rush Street Gaming


Bo Bernhard-UNLV

Over the next three weeks, we will cover the different facets of the Pennsylvania gaming expansion in detail.This would be a good time to follow me on Twitter or download my Smart Responsible Gaming app.
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pennsylvania Gaming Expansion: How will it impact you



It is finally here. After over a year of debates and haggling, Pennsylvania passed their 2017 budget and included sweeping gaming legislation. They are the 4th state to have internet gaming. Pennsylvania also has extended the number of casinos allowable in the commonwealth. There can be up to 10 additional satellite casinos. The current operators will have the first bid to purchase one of these locations.

How will this impact you? The obvious is more job opportunities and positions that require middle management experience. This possibility is exciting to every gaming employee in the Mid Atlantic Region. Internet Gaming will change the entire landscape of how we do business.




We are excited and await 2018 with great anticipation. It will give us more to write about and increase the engagement with the audience. The expansion will challenge me professional to be more innovative and a stronger asset than I am presently. I encourage anyone that reads this to do the same.

Over the next three weeks, we will cover the different facets of the gaming expansion in detail.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

G2E Interview with Andre Barnabei: Part 2


These questions were design to show the personal side of Andre.



5). What book would you recommend as a motivational tool? "Rich Dad Poor Dad."

6). What is your favorite restaurant and what would you order? "La Tavola. I would order a selection from the homemade pasta."

7).If you had a choice of a concert ticket, who would you go see out of this group?  Bruno Mars. BeyoncĂ© or Lady Gaga. Tell the reader why. "Definitely Bruno Mars. He came to Pittsburgh and I wanted to take my wife but the tickets sold out before I could order two!"



8). What advice would you give a college student that is looking a gaming as a career?  "What are you waiting for! Get in the door as quickly as possible. Consider a PT job while in school or focus on securing an internship. Once you have your foot in the door, do not be afraid to try multiple departments Take the opportunity seriously,build your skill set and develop positive business relationships along the way."

This link to part one of this interview is here.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

G2E interview with Andre Barnabei - Rivers Casino

Andre' Barnabei serves as the Vice President of Slot Operations for Rivers Casino. Barnabei has more than 19 years of Human Resources and Operations experience in the gaming industry. He has been with Rivers Casino for 10 years and spent the initial 8 as the VP of Human Resources. Barnabei has work for Harrah Philadelphia and Mountaineer Casino in West Virginia. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration & human resource management from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington Pa.




Andre' is attending G2E 2017 and agreed to answer a range of questions.

1). Describe your typical day?  "There is no typical day in the casino as every day bring new and exciting challenges. The only guarantee is that they will be guest interaction,team member interaction and business strategy discussions. The level of detail and involvement range  on a regular basis. I do my best each day to be home in time to be with my family prior to my children going to bed. Once they are settled in, I spend time with my wife, review some e-mail for work and watch TV."

2). What are you looking for when you attend the G2E?  "The next big thing! My goal is to keep our slot floor as refreshed as possible. Electronic Table games will surely be on the list of things to review closely."

3).You attended a pre G2E meeting in Atlantic City. Tell us what goes on prior to the conference in Las Vegas? "Multiple vendors conduct pre-G2E meetings which provide a more in depth personal review of their new software and hardware. It allows me the opportunity to better understand the vendors release schedule for their products but they always keep a few things back for the game show!"

4}. What are the differences between the gaming experience in a resort versus an urban market? 
"A big difference is the quanity regular guests. In an urban market, guests frequent the casino more often. Some of the urban guest have multiple trips per week. With that level of repeat customers. it is very important to find innovative ways to provide excellent guest service and to continue to refresh the gaming floor regularly."

Stay tune for Part two of this interview at the conclusion of the G2E.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

G2E countdown: The Players to Watch

In two weeks, the G2E 2017 will begin. We have decided that with so much information that you won't have time to network and have coffee with everyone. But there are a select group of people
and companies that always set trends and lead the way. We have chosen 5 that are listed in alphabetical order.

Calvin Ayre - The news coverage that they provide is totally comprehensive of the gaming conference.Rebecca Liggero gets interviews from innovative game makers and game changers in the casino industry.

Hard Rock Casino and Hotel - Hard Rock is making a big splash on the east coast with the opening of a 2000 room casino in Atlantic City in 2018. They announced that they will have a presence in the I gaming market in New Jersey sometime this year. Hard Rock is lookin to expand Atlantic City tourism market to week days. The brand is internationally known.

MGM - MGM is doing great numbers in Atlantic City at the Borgata and the National Harbor in Maryland. They continue to roll sevens as they enter and dominate major markets all over the world. They are currently looking at skill base gaming and e sports as a way to attract millennials.




Rush Street Gaming - Rush Street has shown a propensity for the urban market and has casinos in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago and Schenectady. A model for what gaming should look like in a large metropolis. Check out the link to the Pittsburgh Property.


UNLV- This is the top gaming institution in the United States. They provide direction from top industry leaders along with statistics that cover revenue and historical data. UNLV also meshes the operations of casinos with the business acumen of what works in other facets of hospitality.



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Saturday, September 2, 2017

NFL and GTLivechat



We are about to start up again. This is the start of a new season and conversation on Twitter featuring NFL games. We focus on the prime time telecasts during the regular season on ThursdaySunday and Monday Nights.  A  new feature this season will be the best 1PM match-up. You tell  us what  game you like at 1 and we will give our opinion. The opinion will range from selecting a side to suggesting a better match-up. We also do a recap of the headlines that affect the season such as injuries and personnel moves. If you love the NFL then you'll like us. Tell your friends. Invite them to join in. Go as far as to add the name or twitter handle to expand the conversation.
If anyone attends an NFL game then take a picture of the event or the tickets and post it on Instagram. We would like you to share those moments with us. We want to extend the engagement beyond our 140 characters. We want to make the audience international so we welcome #London and #Mexico football fans.
Always use the #GTLivechat at the end of each tweet or photo you post.


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