Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tag: Simon Thomas

Past Presidents look to the future

Bacta past presidents dinner
Based on the value of a room full of experience, Bacta national president, Greg Wood was in excellent company when he joined with 14 of his predecessors at a private dinner held at the Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square.

London calling!

Alex Pratt ICE London
Alex Pratt, Group Managing Director at Clarion Gaming, heralds the return of the world’s most comprehensive business-to-business gaming exhibition, underlines why London is the most popular host city, explains how he believes ICE can serve as a shop window on the industry and issues an open invitation to Coinslot readers to let him know what they would like to see on the ICE show floor.

Hippodrome Casino CEO named as first ICE London Ambassador

Simon Thomas ICE London Ambassador
Simon Thomas CEO of the London Hippodrome Casino and one of land-based gaming’s most respected personalities, has accepted an invitation to become the first ICE London Ambassador

Comment: 25 percent want casinos closed / From dither and delay to divide and dissolve

Comment roadmap recovery Covid policy
Comment: Why do 25 percent of Brits want casinos closed permanently? / From dither and delay to divide and dissolve?

Industry reaction: The 20 year battle over VAT on machines – The casino perspective

Simon Thomas HMRC VAT decision reaction
Simon Thomas has watched this VAT battle unfold and unravel all the way through the past two decades and takes a pragmatic view on things now, we assume, the matter is resolved. It’s time to look forward, he says, but it’s also time to pay the money back and as quickly as possible.

Freedom day delay: The casino operator

Simon Thomas Freedom Day delay
The capital’s premier casino has been busy preparing for ‘freedom day’ and it’s been an expensive process. ‘Disappointed’ is the most diplomatic Simon Thomas can be. He wants the ecosystem fully reopened so the industry can thrive and rebuild. As it stands, he says, British businesses are suffering.

There’s no Delta dawn for industry as lockdown easing is delayed

Boris Johnson lockdown easing delayed
“Another kick in the balls” is how machine supplier Ian Eason described Boris Johnson’s decision to move ‘freedom day’ on to July 19.

No doubting, Thomas has a clear vision for the industry

Hippodrome Casino Simon Thomas
Simon Thomas talks to Coinslot about lockdown, trading out of a pandemic, the gambling review and everything in between.

Hippodrome CEO wants ‘full and frank discussion’ with Mayor of London as capital suffers £10bn tourism hit

The Hippodrome Casino London economy Simon Thomas
Industry veteran Simon Thomas talks to Coinslot about the options facing the capital.

Does she mean us? Is gambling really the new tobacco?

Carolyn Harris Gambling new tobacco
Is gambling really the new tobacco? Industry figures speak about the consequences of such an association, how it undermines confidence in social responsibility initiatives and how important it is to recognise the distinct gambling sectors.

Simon Thomas: What makes you tick?

Simon Thomas Hippodrome Casino What makes you tick
From his first paid job with Singer & Friedlander merchant bank to being chief executive of the world-renowned Hippodrome Casino, Simon Thomas reflects on the journey of aspirations, emotions and motivations that make him tick

Euromat makes a significant impression as Covid-19 webinar generates glowing reviews

Euromat webinar
The Covid-19 virus knows no borders, so when it comes to tackling the fall-out from the pandemic an international perspective seems an obvious route to take. European trade body Euromat took the lead with a recent webinar addressing the vast issues now facing the global industry.

UK operators monitor the progress of casino protection measures across the pond

Amusement venues could mirror US protection measures
Gaming and amusement venues in the UK could begin to introduce customer temperature checks, staggered machine access, and mandatory face masks if new measures proposed by US casinos are indicative of how the industry will adapt to a socially-distant near future.

Bacta Presidents reflect on the past and look to the future at inaugural dinner

Past Bacta Presidents inaugural dinner
The iconic Hippodrome Casino in central London, played host to a distinguished group of industry thought leaders recently for the inaugural Bacta Past Presidents Dinner.   The brain child of the most recent past president, Gabino Stergides, whose Bacta presidency covered the period 2017-2019, the dinner was attended by Frank Manzi (National Chairman: 1977-1979), Martin Burlin (National Chairman: 1987-1989), Jimmy Thomas...

Hippodrome adds weight to FOBT stake reduction call

Coinslot - Hippodrome FOBT
An industry’s reputation is only as strong as its weakest link, and with casino operators joining the call, the verdict is unanimously in favour of FOBT stake reduction.   The owner of the Hippodrome Casino has joined the call for increased FOBT limitations, saying the B2 machines give the gambling industry a bad name. Simon Thomas, former owner of Beacon Bingo...

Panorama brings FOBT campaign to the masses

Coinslot Panorama fobt
The BBC has turned its lens on FOBTs in a damning Panorama program which turned many of the well-worn arguments against B2s up another notch. In what may be the most high profile critique of FOBTs yet, the BBC this week produced an edition of its investigative program Panorama that focussed on the problems surrounding B2 machines. The show was anchored...