September 2011

A Restructuring Success: The Inn of the Mountain Gods

By Valerie Red-Horse

Valerie Red-Horse

I recently had the pleasure of serving as the financial advisor for the Mescalero Apache Tribe with regard to the exchange offer restructure of its $200 million 12 percent bonds for the Inn of the Mountain Gods, the tribe’s casino resort property. It was a long, much awaited, publicly visible process, as well as one of the first successful win-win restructurings of bond debt in Indian country, with both the bondholders and the tribe coming away extremely satisfied with the results.

The Gaming Life: Frank Neborsky

By Taaren Haak

Taaren Haak

He’s the vice president of slot operations that helped build Mohegan Sun’s floor from the ground up. And with 30-plus years of gaming under his belt, he certainly knows his way around the business. So then why, upon meeting him, do people often say, “Oh, so you’re Frank Neborsky!?”

Gaming in Europe

By Amanda Huggett and Sarah Klaphake Cords

Amanda Huggett and Sarah Klaphake Cords

With new bills, legislation and news coming from various countries in the continent, CEM explores what’s going across the pond. Talking with a supplier and a law firm situated right in the U.K., here’s the lowdown. It may not have shattering visitation numbers like Macau, but the European gaming market is hot in its own right. With many new bills, legislation and news coming from various countries in the continent, today CEM brings you two perspectives.

Interblock Makes its Mark in the U.S.

By CEM Staff

CEM Staff

Interblock is a global business, with branches in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the U.S. and Canada. Popular for its Organic product range, dazzling displays and distinctive design, it shines as a multi-player table game producer. And with its recent entry and expansion into a new market, its future is just as bright.

The Gaming Dot to Watch: .es

By Daniel Macadam

Daniel Macadam

By the end of the year, Spain’s socialist government hopes to have handed out the country’s first-ever nationwide online gambling licenses to operators. The government has already rushed a new gambling law through Parliament in less than four months—an impressive speed—and is now in the process of putting the finishing touches on the new market.

JCJ Architecture: The Single-Source Hospitality Specialist

By Amanda Huggett

Amanda Huggett

JCJ Architecture is much more than just an architectural design firm. This distinguished company—and group of people—provides a host of services, all with a caring, collaborative and innovative touch. Their offerings include planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, project management and client advisory services, and they have an all-star team behind it all.

New Class III, September 2011

By N/A


This month's new Class III feature Aristocrat’s Rise of the Incas™, Fu Lu Shou™ from Aruze Gaming, Golden Pharaoh™ from Bally, Cadillac Jack’s Pan’s Golden Flute™,  Diamond Game’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Hot Roll™ from IGT, Incredible Technologies’ Chopper Cash™, Quest for Diamonds™ from Konami Gaming, Multimedia Games’ Carnival in Rio® and G+® Deluxe 5x4 from WMS.

Bringing Sexy Back to Slot Tournaments, Part 3: Creating Compelling Content

By Jeff Jordan and Krista Reiner

Jeff Jordan and Krista Reiner

Do your slot tournament players like furiously hitting a bet button for five minutes at a time or longer? Do they ever pop ibuprofen to keep their strained wrists and tired hands ready for the next round? The truth is, slot tournament content is painfully boring. But like you’ve heard us say before, it’s not your fault. You’re doing the best you can with the tools available. However, we think there is hope.

Community and Progressive Slots, September 2011

By N/A


This month's new community and progressive slots include Godzilla on Monster Island™ Video Slots from IGT and WMS's THE WIZARD OF OZ™: Journey to Oz.

Discounting Player Losses

By By Jim Kilby and Anthony F. Lucas

By Jim Kilby and Anthony F. Lucas

Discounts on loss were originally used to entice players to pay outstanding gambling debts. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, when few jurisdictions offered gambling, there were few premium players. Although the gaming action of these players pales in comparison to that of today’s high rollers, they were great players for their time.