September 2018
 
 
 
Mike Meczka
by Buddy Frank

Sometimes you'd like to have an outside professional validate and praise your strategies and methodologies. One way to do it is to use a market research firm. Just make sure that you don't call Mike Meczka of MM/R/C. That's not because he isn't good; he and his firm are widely acknowledged as the best in the industry. The facts are pretty supportive of that claim, since no one else has 35 years of casino research experience, has worked in every jurisdiction in North America, performed over 2 million casino surveys and hosted 2,500+ qualitative interviews with players, employees and gaming executives. If that weren't enough, he and his wife love to gamble. There's simply no one better.

So why not use him?  Because he'll tell you what the research says, which is not always what you want to hear. One would think that's what every research firm does. They're supposed to do that. And yet many firms have been known to work very hard to massage or bend the truth a bit to present the conclusions in a positive and client-friendly way designed to meet management expectations. That's not the Meczka way. "Blunt" is a fairly apt description of his style. 


Next Gaming taps into decades of casino operations experience to enter the nascent skill-gaming space
 
by Frank Legato, CDC Gaming Reports

There are a few relatively young companies arriving at this year's Global Gaming Expo to promote skill-based games, created in an effort that began when Nevada and New Jersey approved games with variable payback percentages according to skill levels.
 
Most, like Gamblit and GameCo, were founded by executives with experience in the world of video games. One company, however, breaks that mold - Las Vegas-based Next Gaming, LLC. Unlike other companies introducing skill-based games, Next Gaming is run by seasoned executives from the operational side of the gaming industry. 
 

 
by Buddy Frank

 Given that you're a subscriber to CDC Gaming Reports, I think it's safe to assume that you've been to G2E, probably more than once. Several years back I wrote a piece for G2E Freshmen with tips about seeing the show for the first time. Most of my suggestions were obvious to veterans but invaluable to rookies, such as "It's all about the shoes" and "Take twice as many business cards as you think you'll need."
 
I've attended G2E for more years than I care to admit, including the earlier version known as the World Gaming Congress. And, like many of you, I've been to many NIGA shows and countess other conferences. During that time, I've learned that some folks seem to get more out of these shows than others. 


Upcoming Industry Events of Interest
Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV - 10/08/2018- 10/11/2018
Set yourself up for success at Global Gaming Expo (G2E)-the largest gathering of global, commercial and tribal gaming professionals in North America. G2E has everything you need for your casino floor and across your entire operation-from traditional casino fare to sports betting, non-gaming amenities and digital products-G2E is where your business growth is accelerated.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV - 11/05/2018- 11/08/2018
Set yourself up for success at Global Gaming Expo (G2E)-the largest gathering of global, commercial and tribal gaming professionals in North America. G2E has everything you need for your casino floor and across your entire operation-from traditional casino fare to sports betting, non-gaming amenities and digital products-G2E is where your business growth is accelerated.
Paris Las Vegas, 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV - 11/05/2018 - 11/07/2018
The Cutting Edge Table Games Conference, presented by Casino Journal magazine, is an annual two-and-a-half-day conference designed to empower Table Game Executives with the knowledge and tools they'll need to leverage the full potential of their table games businesses.
Convene, 117 W 46th Street, New York, NY - 11/27/2018 - 11/28/2018
Positioned at the intersection of sports and gaming, this event is the only platform in the USA where all parts of the ecosystem, both gaming and sports, meet to discuss the future of regulated sports betting in the USA. It will take a further step in discussing the role of various stakeholders, shaping the regulatory and taxation reality of sports betting in the USA and facilitating strategic partnerships enabling commercial advantage.
   
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