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Gaming Industry Resources Are Plentiful5 July 2006
In recent years, hundreds of thousands of new employees have entered the gaming industry as casino gaming has proliferated throughout the globe. Those of us who have lived through the emergence of a new market know that gaming is a unique industry that mixes complex regulatory constraints with an industry focused on ensuring that customers have fun. Learning the various aspects of the industry, and picking up pointers on best practices of the industry in new markets can be somewhat tricky, given that most of your coworkers probably also do not have casino industry experience. Fortunately, the gaming industry has a number of valuable publications available for us to stay informed of key developments impacting the industry, and to learn the various specialties necessary to succeed in the industry.
In today's column, I hope to highlight just a few of the important industry publications that are available. These are publications that I have come to rely on when tracking developments. If any readers are aware of additional publications that I should include in a future column, please feel free to send me the information or a link.
Global Gaming Business Magazine (www.ggbmagazine.com)
This monthly publication is published by Roger Gros and Paul Dworin, two very experienced professionals with long careers that have been fully devoted to reporting on all aspects of the gaming industry. Each month the magazine provides an excellent summary of news impacting the industry from a global perspective, and has several targeted features, including profiles of various markets and casinos, information on Wall Street developments, Internet gaming developments, and opinions and news from the American Gaming Association. The magazine does an excellent job of conducting comprehensive interviews with key industry officials on timely topics. Global Gaming Business Magazine has also shown itself to be fairly cutting edge in its approach, with the recent launch of a Podcast, and the publication of Global Gaming Russia, a new magazine targeting this important emerging market. In addition, Global Gaming Business publishes a weekly edition focused on important developments through a joint venture with Spectrum Gaming Group and Michael Pollack's Gaming Industry Observer. For those who want to closely track legislative developments, the weekly publication is an extremely valuable resource.
Casino City Times (www.casinocitytimes.com)
Casino City Times is a comprehensive Web site with tons of information on gaming and the gaming industry. It includes a daily news section, and features a list of "Gaming Gurus", all of whom are columnists in the industry. This site features a lot of information for both those in the industry, and those just interested in learning more about gaming.
Gaming Industry Observer (www.gamingobserver.com)
Michael Pollock's "Gaming Industry Observer" is an award-winning newsletter nationally recognized for spotting, tracking and analyzing trends that impact the gaming industry. Its Plantinum Service provides same-day news and analysis of key events in Northeast gaming markets and delivers the monthly Northeast Slot Report.
Ascend Media (www.ascendgaming.com)
IGWB – International Gaming and Wagering Business is a monthly publication published by Ascend Media which reports on casinos both in the U.S. and internationally. The publication also includes a lot of information on Bingos and Lotteries.
Casino Journal – This monthly publication focuses more on the casino industry than the lottery, horse racing, etc, which is covered in the IGWB publication.
Ascend Media also publishes the Slot Manager and Indian Gaming Business magazines, which are also monthly publications. The Slot Manager is the official publication of Gaming Standards Association.
Gaming Morning Report (www.gaminginvestments.com)
Gaming Morning Report is published by Delaware Gaming Investments, which specializes in news, research and analysis for institutional investors and industry executives. It is the most comprehensive and timely report of its kind. Reports are written in a timesaving, easy-to-read style. They are delivered by e-mail, assuring immediacy and convenience.
PGRI's Morning Report for Lottery, Video Gaming & Racino Executives (www.publicgaming.org)
This weekly report from the Public Gaming Research Institute provides current information on issues directly related to lottery and racinos. It is helpful for those involved in this emerging market segment.
Gaming Law Review (www.liebertpub.com)
This journal brings you the latest developments in legislative, regulatory, and judicial decisions affecting land-based, Internet, and wireless gaming at both the state and federal levels in the U.S. and in more than 75 countries. It features full text of landmark cases and summaries of major cases. Covers the legal aspects of various facets of gaming and wagering—casinos, lotteries, parimutual and sports wagering, bingo, and card games. The publication deals with every aspect of gaming law—constitutional, corporate, employment, international, tax, accounting, and Native American law.