March 19, 2013
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Technology in the industry
Technology plays an important role in the gambling and hospitality business, and this report focuses on what innovations and trends are playing out in the industry. We're taking a look at top tech stories from the past month to bring you news from the cutting edge.

Part 2 of this report will publish on Thursday.

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  Gaming Technology 
  • Nevada Gold & Casinos introduces online casino app
    Nevada Gold & Casinos launched its free-to-play online casino application last month on Facebook. "Social gaming is one of the leading technology innovations in our industries," said Trevor Taylor, a vice president with Nevada Gold. Taylor said the Gold Star Slots application allows its customers to play at home while familiarizing new players with the company's South Dakota and Washington gaming properties. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Atlantic City's Borgata to start offering in-room gambling
    Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City on Monday will launch its E-Casino program, which will allow its guests to gamble through hotel television sets. Four kinds of video poker and slots will be available under the new program. "This puts us in a position to leverage the technology into true mobile gaming and Internet betting later on. We're moving forward with the future of gaming, and this is that first step," said Tom Ballance, Borgata's president and chief operating officer. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile game company banks on its online casino games
    Matt Hulett, the president of mobile game firm GameHouse, said the company is shifting its focus on its social casino games. The firm recently debuted two casino games. Its GameHouse Casino was introduced on Facebook, while its GameHouse Slots was launched on the iPhone. "This is not an off-strip lobby. Our big bet is to build a high-class casino experience where you feel like you are at the big hotel. We feel we can bring a lot of innovation to these games," Hulett said. VentureBeat (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Technology and Hospitality 
  • 4 hotel technology trends to watch in 2013
    Technology trends for U.S. hotels in 2013 include high-speed Internet, booking online, interactive reception and eco-friendly policies. Starting in the lobby, hotel guests will be able to see services offered by hotels through touch screens and tablets. Tourism Review (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hoteliers can't ignore Gen Y
    Hotels are appealing to millennials with modern amenities, new spaces to socialize and of course, plenty of plugs for technology. "Their world is so interconnected, they learn about new destinations and want to go sooner than we ever did as baby boomers ... Global travel today is second nature, especially to these American consumers," notes Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Institute. Hotel Interactive (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Innovation and Trends 
  • Silicon Valley companies bet on Internet gambling
    Game developers in Silicon Valley are anticipating a boom in the online gambling business as states increasingly pursue efforts to legalize gambling on the Internet. Some tech companies are focused on international markets, where laws are more relaxed, while they wait for the U.S. market to open up. "There is no question there is great interest from all kinds of people in games of chance, whether it is for real money or virtual rewards," said Mark Pincus, chief executive of Zynga. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • See the hotel room of the future
    Catch a glimpse of the hotel room of the future, created by the SerranoBrothers Design Studio in Lleida, Spain. Dubbed the ITH Room Xperience, this video shows the surfaces and technologies that make up this customizable hotel room. "We opt for a room with the ability to transform itself according to guest needs and their experiential expectations," said Diego Serrano, co-founder of the studio. "That is also a challenge in itself, that technology should resolve the ability of a space to adapt to different situations, roles, times of day, moods, etc." CNN (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel tech executives talk challenges, innovation
    Hotel chief information officers and chief technology officers discussed their challenges recently at the Hotel Technology Next Generation's annual North America conference. Peter Engel, chief technology officer for Marcus Hotels & Resorts, said more after-purchase support from vendors would be beneficial so hotels can better understand the systems they use. Other issues that executives face include whether to use cloud services and how to deal with security and government regulations. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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