Monday, September 28, 2020

Tag: operators

Peter Hannibal: Is driving National Lottery revenues compatible with protecting the vulnerable?

Peter Hannibal Gambling Business Group National Lottery revenues
Peter Hannibal, chief executive of the cross-sector strategic body, the Gambling Business Group, is calling on the DCMS and the Gambling Commission to explain how they propose to balance the drive to maximise National Lottery revenues and deliver high returns at the same time as protecting the vulnerable

Regal’s Bicknell and Bell lead senior team mapping single site route to recovery

Matt Bicknell Regal Gaming and Leisure route to recovery
Regal Gaming and Leisure have strengthened their line-up with new MD appointments focusing separately on operations and commercial. Matt Bicknell and Andy Bell will be driving the vision forward adding their key experience to pubco customers around the country.

‘Despite the social and economic earthquake players still want to be entertained’, argues Blueprint MD

David Purvis Blueprint Operations
Blueprint are determined to meet the ‘demands of the new normal’ and MD David Purvis tells Coinslot exactly how they continue to do this.

“Pay us back your grant money,” Welsh council tells yet another AGC owner

emergency grant repayment request showcase amusements welsh government
As arcades remain closed - seemingly indefinitely - throughout Wales, yet another AGC operator has been told by their local authority to repay £25,000 of emergency grant money.

Lockdown takes its toll on Buzz Bingo as 26 clubs close in CVA arrangement

Buzz Bingo CVA
It was the kind of news no-one wanted nor expected, but Covid-19 claimed another victim from the industry this week as Buzz Bingo, considered in the prime of its health pre-coronavirus, found itself in the grip of a CVA.

The fact that the industry cannot use price of play as a mechanism to either attract players or protect margins puts it at an extreme disadvantage

David Purvis Blueprint
Reprofiled games and rebalanced menus are just part of what Blueprint is delivering for its customers as managing director David Purvis explains it’s all about content.

Bacta advise members to follow the guidance as they keep their eye on the bigger prize

John White Bacta re-opening
Bacta’s chief executive John White reports back on what he’s heard from those operators able to re-open after 100-plus days in limbo.

Welsh government leaving AGCs in the lurch, says Crole

Jamie Crole AGC operator Wales
AGC operators in Wales have been facing yet more grief in dealing with their local councils, with one business owner lamenting that his gaming outfit has not only been denied any relief on business rates - but is still none the wiser as to when it might re-open.

Britain’s operators in military style challenge to liberate pubs in time for Independence

Pub Operators re-opening business Pubs
Coinslot spoke to four of the industry’s leading players - Chris Haley, Greg Wood, Matt Bicknell and Nick Rudd - to find out how they were working behind the scenes as part of the unglamorous supply chain helping pubs to get their game face on ahead of the big day.

Amusements back in action by 15 June

Boris Johnson briefing AGCs reopen
With the government announcing that “betting shops and arcades” can re-open on 15 June, Bacta has confirmed that AGCs can make a comeback next month, with a clarification on FEC’s return date underway.

Operators divided on options for new safety measures

Social distancing mandatory screens
The prospect of mandatory screens between machines has sparked heated discourse within the amusement trade, with voices speaking passionately both for and against.

Commission issues new guidelines for online operators in lockdown

GC data online gambling during lockdown
The Gambling Commission has said new data suggests a hike in spend and playtime on gambling sites since the introduction of lockdown, prompting it to tighten regs on digital operators.

Arcade owners warned to empty machines during lockdown

Business arcade owners need support
The Arcade and Pub Fraud Alert Group has urged operators to ensure all machines are visibly empty and all stock cleared from venues during the lockdown.

No leeway for operators, states Commission

Neil McArthur Gambling Commission
As a woefully unprepared world attempts to clamp down on the fast-spreading Coronavirus, the Gambling Commission is threatening to clamp down on the industry.

Gambling APPG suggests £50 daily cap to online operators

Gambling APPG Parliament DCMS Committee
The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group has suggested that online operators self impose a £50 daily cap on players during the coronavirus..

Gambling Commission reaches out to operators to head up new focus group initiative

Neil McArthur Gambling Commission operator focus group
In an unprecedented move, the Gambling Commission has teamed up with some of the biggest businesses in betting and gaming to form three bespoke focus group

Industry set for radical step on the SR ladder: Bacta unveils new under-16s trial

John White Bacta membership under 16 trial social responsibility
The Bacta membership agreed to evaluate a change to its Code of Conduct which would tell customers that players on low stake cash payout fruit machines must

“Not the end of this conversation”

Jeremy Wright Secretary of State for DCMS
In an oral statement to parliament, Secretary of State for the DCMS, Jeremy Wright, his views on the recent commitments made by some of the gambling..

Ireland rife with opportunity as regulatory countdown begins

Flag John Purcell Irish regulation
Following March’s Irish Gaming Show, the country’s government has confirmed a regulator will be in place within the next 18 months. John Purcell explains..

Operators make the most of glorious bank holiday

Funfair Easter Bank Holiday
The bank holiday was a successful one for many operators as parts of the UK basked in glorious sunshine and record breaking temperatures...

FEC operators turn to SmartHUB to record customer interactions for updated LCCP

Blackpool SmartHUB Seaside FEC
As well as being the industry’s leading self-exclusion solution, IHL Tech’s SmartHUB is being utilised by FEC operators as an affordable and easy to use...

Playnation: Investing in exceptional people, exciting products and a entirely paperless environment

Playnation Director Operations Stuart Green
Drafting in Bulldog pushers, coin-op VR and interactive redemption in time for the summer season, Playnation director of operations Stuart Green explains how the Novomatic Group operator has got into “the best shape it has ever been” in for the 2019 season.   How is the general health of the British seaside, and what is the current state of the seaside...

Minehead’s Marcus Kravis calls for rates and regulation rethink

Marcus Kravis The Arkade Minehead Marcus Kravis
The Arkade’s Marcus Kravis sets out what he sees as the challenges - and potential achievements - on the cards for seaside operators.

Visitors still seeking the “nostalgic, family-friendly seaside experience that’s synonymous with Blackpool”

Seaside Blackpool Tower North Pier
Chris Higgitt, operator of Higgitt's Las Vegas Amusements, explains that despite the ongoing rail disruption...

Low season no time to rest for operators

Lycetts, amusements, arcade
The winter means quieter times and, in some cases, closure for the UK’s amusement arcades - but owners are being urged to remain vigilant and not take a gamble with their business. Arcades up and down the country have shut up shop or are experiencing minimal footfall in the late winter months. This quieter period brings the opportunity for owners to...

Reflex close 2018 on a high as operators continue to back GamePro

Reflex,operators, GamePro, gaming
The enduring success of Reflex Gaming’s GamePro cabinet continues with the procurement of two significant orders in the final weeks of the year helping to underline the machine’s popularity with players in the UK pub market. Following significant orders from both Keeday Leisure and Chilvers Automatics, independent manufacturer Reflex Gaming closed 2018 on a high recording over 500 machine sales...

Market quality at an all time high, says Tony Glanville

RLMS, Tony Glanville, operators, gaming, gaming equipment
There has scant been a time when operators have had a better selection of gaming equipment, according to RLMS managing director Tony Glanville. In an interview with Coinslot’s Quarterly Review out this week, Glanville explained that an industry-wide dedication to constant self improvement and a player demographic becoming ever the more expectant, if not demanding, has meant that gaming manufacturers...

SR workshops transform strategies into action for operators

Bacta SR Exchange Operators strategies
At the recent Social Responsibility Exchange, organised by Bacta, operators went to discuss strategies to deliver enhanced customer protection. What they...

Playdium offer helps operators secure top earning digital gaming sites

The digital AWP's ‘coming of age’ as evidenced by the success of products such as King of Games, iPub, Casino King and Games Master is seemingly having a positive knock-on effect for other technology driven non-gaming products.   According to feedback from operators, the enhanced performance of digital gaming terminals and the importance of catering for technology savvy players has paved...

Double poker launch as Project provide strategic options

Coinslot - Project double poker launch average
Project, the UK’s leading creator of poker-based gaming machines, has expanded its portfolio with a double launch comprising Bank it alongside Multi-Poker, a high play appeal compendium featuring four of the company’s most popular and proven models.   Project is widely regarded as the industry’s poker experts with the majority of high street AGCs having at least one Project poker themed...