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Bally systems conference attracts 400
More than 400 delegates took part in Bally
Technologies’ sixth Systems Users Conference 10-12
March. “We are very encouraged that so many
customers have registered to attend despite the
economic challenges facing
the gaming industry,” said
Ramesh Srinivasan,
executive VP of Systems.
“The purpose of the
conference is to show how
to save costs, streamline
operations, analyse players
and machines better, and
further enhance operational
As the world economy contracts and people have a whole lot less to spend, now is a worrying time
for casino and gambling operators. The European Gambling Briefing is a chance to understand
European dealers
economic and regulatory changes in order to prepare for the day when the turnaround comes.
gear up for 2009
Dealers from at least 20 countries, members
of the 2009
of the European Casino Association (ECA),
will take part in the third annual European
Dealer Championship, to take place in
Sweden 21-22 April 2009.
There will be at least 28 contestants,
including the national champions of
Germany, the Netherlands and the UK,
whose representatives have already been
decided. They will all meet at the Casino
Cosmopol in Malmö, Sweden.
Chairman of the ECA, Ron Goudsmit, said:
“The European Dealer Championship offers
lawinaction liberal gaming regimes, others Clarion’s Stephanie Radl The Marriott Budapest, a forum for some of the best dealers in
EUROPEAN GAMBLING BRIEFING delaying and fighting liberalisa- added: “Nowhere else can you
venue for the European
Europe to display superior craftsmanship in
tion and still others trying to get the level of access to the
Gambling Briefing, a 1968
For a fifth year one of the most lead the way with distinctive thinking of those making the
building by Jozsef Finta
dealing the classic casino games of
on the shores of the
American roulette and blackjack.
established and respected paths of their own, it is essen- laws and key decisions in
Participants also have an opportunity to
forums for gaming operators, tial for operators in all sectors Europe. There will be several meet and build networks with counterparts
lawyers, legal councils, govern- to know where they stand. key regulators and government receive deep coverage at EGB - from member casinos of the ECA.”
ments and regulators will The programme for EGB has officials speaking and Europe’s we know that wider develop- The dealers will be judged on hospitality,
convene for two days of world- been built through a rigorous best lawyers, fighting the most ments in Eastern Europe, technical skills and control of the game. The
class speakers, important research period with leading important cases, will of course Turkey, South Africa and Asia champion will receive a prize of a trip to
updates, debate and network- gaming lawyers, key regulators be delivering their advice and are of great importance too, so Las Vegas during the G2E show in Las Vegas
ing with all the key players. The and government officials and predictions for 2009.” delegates will gain essential in November 2009.
European Gambling Briefing commercial gaming companies The popular two-hour knowledge of those legal land- In the first round of the contest, contestants
(EGB) takes place 22 -23 April at involved in legal action. Confer- roundtable discussion forum scapes too. And we know that will be divided into up to six groups and will
the Marriott Hotel in Budapest, ence organiser Clarion Gaming will again feature, allowing par- it is commercial issues that each deal blackjack and roulette for 20
the Hungarian capital. believes that in just two days ticipants to sit with a respected drive growth, so there will be minutes. Each group will have four to six
This year is shaping to be as delegates will get the most prac- legal mind in any given jurisdic- sessions looking at the com- judges who will act as players - occasionally
gruelling and difficult as any tical, up-to-date legal insights tion and ask questions that are mercial impact of gaming law getting things wrong and generally making
before it both commercially possible - last year, indeed, case relevant to them. on operations.” things complicated. The two highest scoring
and legally across Europe. With law was being interpreted on Radl continued: “While it is contestants in each group will go forward to
several key countries now stage as it happened in the EU case law that still holds
semi-final groups, with the two highest
testing the best models for more Netherlands. much of the attention - and will
scoring then going forward to the finals.
Double win for Clermont Club in UK Dealer Tournament
Two dealers from the Clermont
Club in London’s Mayfair
carried off first and second
positions in UK Dealer Tourna-
ment held 10 March at the
Clermont Club.
Anthony Caven, aged 29,
won the competition with col-
league Dokhesya Phiri in the
runner-up position. Both will
now go forward to the Euro-
pean Dealer Championship in
Malmö, Sweden on 21-22 April.
The two overcame stiff com-
petition from the eight other
competitors, in particular
Nasstassi ‘Bong’ Ali and Ryan
Houghton from Grosvenor
Casinos - Victoria Casino,
London and G Casino Bolton
respectively - who won
The participants and judges of the UK Dealer Tournament: seated are the Winners Anthony Caven and Dokhesya Phiri with Lady Cobham, the outgoing
through to the final round. winners, the Clermont Club’s Anthony Caven and Dokhesya Phiri chairman of organiser the British Casino Association
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