Before USC Village opened, it was already changing lives.
“It’s always going to be here, and I can say I was part of
it,” says Marcellous Bell, a carpenter who started working
at the site in January 2016 and is one of thousands of
local workers who built the complex. Five years ago CONSTRUCTION ,

he couldn’t have imagined being part of such an enormous
project. Back then, he was on a diff erent path. The talented high school
football player had drifted into petty theft and fi ghting, and was once shot
in the back. But he found support from a community group that helped
him turn his life around and fi nd a job at USC Village. CONSTRUCTION “I did a full 180. I’ve
learned stuff here I didn’t even know I could do,” Bell says. With the project
completed, he’s proud of his work. Says Bell: “Someday I can say, ‘I helped
put a roof over your head.’”

Designers drew on colors and textures
inspired by Italian landscapes when they
created USC Village’s interiors. Each building has its own unique
color palette, with fabrics and furnishings
to match. Students’ rooms
were designed with their needs in mind.
First-year students new to college life
live in settings that help them get to know
each other, while upperclassmen have
suites that share a common kitchen.

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Un Certain Regard

An operational audit is an examination of the manner in which an organization conducts business.

with the objective of pointing out improvements that will increase its efficiency and effectiveness.

And there are various manners in which business can be conducted.

Un Certain Regard They can all be equally effective and reach the same results with the same effort.

But mostly they are not. In casinos a good example would be procedures.

Those of you who had the chance to work in multiple jurisdictions and for various companies, know how a simple procedure.

of paying out 105 chips on roulette can differ from one place to another.

Is there a perfect way to do it? Is any one of these various procedures more effective than all the others? Probably yes. Does it matter? Probably not.

At other times there might be a significant difference and a case for change which could mean improvement in revenues.

reduction of costs or both, resulting in increased profits for the operation and eventually thicker bonus envelopes for management.

Operational optimization is a phrase repeated that many repeat but a very few practice. The nudge mostly comes from ownership and hardly ever from management.

And when it does, it usually means an operational audit for starters by an outside company or consultant to point out possible areas of improvement that management hasn’t seen for various reasons.

Un Certain Regard Not because they are incompetent or don’t care, but simply because running an operation can be rather.

I remember the first time I had to face an outside auditor as property manager. I felt insulted and betrayed by the very company I did so much for. I ran the place as if it was my own, with care and lots of extra hours.

Operational optimization is a phrase repeated that many repeat but a very few practice. The nudge mostly comes from ownership and hardly ever from management.

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Stiff Competition

New Mexico tribes cope with an overheated gambling market

New Mexico is known for its panoramic landscape of desert, forests and mountains stretching from horizon to horizon under an oceanic sky.

When it comes to scenic wonder, the license plates are correct: New Mexico is, indeed, a Land of Enchantment.

But at least a few casino managers for the state’s American Indian tribes must view New Mexico more as a difficult and unforgiving place to do business.

Fifteen Native American tribes and pueblos operate 21 casinos, a bingo machine parlor and four travel plazas equipped with slot devices that in 2015 generated $830 million in gross gambling revenue, according to state officials.

Unfortunately for the indigenous communities dependent on casino revenue to fund services for their citizens, the gambling enterprises are competing in a state with less than 2.1 million residents.

Stiff Competition Indian casinos are not only embroiled in a hotly competitive marketing war against each other, but they are confronted with five state-licensed racinos, each with up to 600 slot machines.

A license for a sixth New Mexico racino is out for bids.

Then there’s the lottery. Sales last year reached $46 million. Locals Market New Mexico does have a robust tourism industry along heavily trafficked Interstates 25 and 40.

But most of the approximately 33 million yearly visitors are not drawn to the casinos. They come for outdoor recreation, indigenous culture and the aforementioned scenery.

Stiff Competition “Is the New Mexico gaming market saturated?

“New Mexico in terms of Indian gaming is probably one of the most competitive gaming markets in the country.

Being able to compete with each other in this market is very difficult. It is a major challenge.”

“The opportunity for growth in New Mexico is limited,” agrees Skip Sayre, chief of sales and marketing for LDC, which owns two Albuquerque casinos and a travel plaza.

LDC in August announced it is purchasing the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Destination in the Desert

Destination in the Desert


THE SYCUAN CASINO AND RESORT MAY HAVE originated as “a humble bingo palace,” but the property in El Cajon, San Diego County, California has grown into a premier tourist destination and literal oasis in the desert.

Operated by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the property recently embarked on a major $226 million expansion that will add a 12-story luxury hotel with 300 rooms including 50 opulent suites.

The contemporary tower in the semi-arid climate of the San Diego Valley will be surrounded by lush greenery,

gardens and palms; a pool and garden area with cabanas; a bar and grill; a rolling lazy river feature; and dedicated adult and family pools.

The hotel will also feature an 8,000-square-foot spa and fitness area with full-service treatment rooms offering steam and sauna.

A multi-purpose 11,400-square-foot ballroom will do at least triple duty, serving as a conference space, a 1,200-capacity concert hall, and banquet facilities with seating for 700.

A junior ballroom overlooking the pool, gardens and surrounding hills will be the picture-perfect spot for weddings, parties and other social functions.

A mix of restaurants will include everything from fast-casual to fine dining and a craft brewery. The expanded casino floor space will accommodate a total of 2,500 Class III machines, 300 Class II machines and 80 table games.

An additional 21,000 square feet of gaming space will be added in a planned Phase II expansion, which will also add an additional hotel tower.

“It is with great excitement and pride that we are making this investment,” says Cody Martinez, chairman of the Sycuan Tribal Council.

“This is not only on behalf of the tribe, but on behalf of our team members and our guests. We are taking Sycuan to the next level.”

The expansion will be complete in December 2018.

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Much of the focus on chairs in a casino environment relates to slot machines because slots generate the most revenue. But chairs have their own affinity with certain table games, notably blackjack.

Patrons still stand while playing craps and to an extent, roulette. And for good reason. “Mostly this is because of practical concerns.

TablesandSeating Placing bets in roulette would have players standing anyway, and shooting dice while sitting down would take much of the excitement out of craps,” Schwartz says.

Chairs for blackjack tables need to be solid, having a firm center of gravity, while being easy to slide into position and be very comfortable, Alvarado says.

Blackjack is more of a social game, with more interactions between players that can have an effect on play, Keranen says.

“Think about when someone wins a jackpot on a slot machine; people stop and think, ‘Wow, that’s cool. Hope I win like that!’ Compare this to table games: ‘Look, we are all winning. Keep this streak alive.’

That drives other players to want to come join, hence, more seats are needed around the table for one game,” he says. Blackjack players stay and play hour after hour, Corrick says. “If they aren’t comfortable or experience discomfort in their legs or body, they leave.

TablesandSeating Sitting in an uncomfortable chair leaves you feeling physically exhausted; you constantly move your legs, hips and back to make yourself more comfortable.” There’s that word again. Comfort.

Chair design differs when it comes to table games.

Ongoing development of proper ergonomics based on posture of the player is a focus, specifically with table game patrons, as they tend to sit differently than slot players, Weiss says.

“We often see table game players leaning forward, whereas, a slot player is more likely to be leaning against the chair back,” he says.

As designers studied table games, they found that chairs needed to add different heights to ensure the participant is at the optimum height, Corrick says. “The result is much less fatigue to a player’s body or arms. Our research has also led us to create chairs with specialized lumbar sup

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Straight Up

Sometimes, the robot is… you.

Straight Up Smartender, from the Smart Bar company of Henderson, Nevada, is a self-contained portable automated device that can pour hundreds of cocktail choices.

from martinis and specialty drinks to juices and soft drinks at the touch of a button. Any authorized individual can use it on behalf of a company.

A dispense head ensures the accuracy of the pour within 1/20th of an ounce, officials say.

The liquor drawer holds room for 16 bottles and 12 mixers with easy access to replace empty ones.

A bartender starts the process by tapping the device and inserting an unlock code. Player cards and room keys can also be swiped.

A selection menu includes soft drinks, shots, martinis, tropical drinks, recently poured, user favorites, specialties and liquor/mixer to build one’s own drink.

Straight Up Ice is taken from a dispenser, the glass put under the head, and voila! A drink in seconds, perfectly poured, recorded on a database and placed in a spreadsheet-type list of drink type, time of day and who used it.

Smartender has a feature telling the operator when a bottle is empty.

It also connects to the mixer bay.

And like an ideal employee, it can relocate. In this case, from room to room. Used in stadiums, theaters, hotels and casinos, Smartender is among the family of products trumpeting large savings.

Seemingly minor elements of the bartender-under-pressure scenario become costly. Smartender officials estimate a staggering loss for a simple overpour.

Take the average price of a drink at $5. Multiply that by 15 cases of liquor. In one year, that can amount to more than $175,000 in losses—that’s for one-eighth of an ounce. Imagine a slightly more substantial overpour, not to mention giveaways. Double the loss for drinks costing $10.

There’s overpour, spillage and theft.

Bar owners have long been wary of these problems, employing everything from mystery shoppers to security cameras to curb their impact. Now comes something just as useful to them, and, to some bartenders: another sales associate.

Throughout the industry, automated bar service is gaining momentum. The technology of tomorrow greets the patrons who wanted the drink yesterday, and it’s working. Pick the stylish presentation of a robot or the savvy engineering of a portable drink factory

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Willy Wonka Everlasting Gobstopper

Scientific Games

This latest entry into Scientific Games’ Willy Wonka series presents a load of mystery features and bonuses on the immersive Gamefield 2.0 cabinet. The base game is a six-reel game, with four rows of symbols per reel and 25 paylines.

The game employs a three-level symbol-driven progressive, with a Minor jackpot resetting at $250 and a Major resetting at $2,000. The top progressive jackpot is a wide-area prize either on the Reel Adventures link, resetting at $200,000; or the Cash Connection link, resetting at $400,000. (There also is a near-area progressive version.)

The top jackpot is won with six scattered Willy Wonka symbols at max bet.

There are several mystery events in the base game. The “Oompa Loompa Feature,” randomly triggered on any spin, stretches the reels to five, six or eight active rows, and three reels are replaced by an alternate reel that contains more high-paying symbols.

Each Everlasting Gobstopper symbol that lands on the reels awards the following credit prize: Regular Gobstopper symbol: 10–250, Mystery Gobstopper symbol: 25–500, and Golden Gobstopper symbol: 100–1,000. If at least one Golden Gobstopper symbol lands on the reels, then a multiplier of 2X–10X may be awarded.

 Also randomly on any spin, a wild symbol will be placed on up to six reels—a minimum of two reels, or three reels if the Enhanced Bet is active. Also random is a Reel Replacement Feature, in which a number of positions on each reel are replaced with one of nine highpaying symbols.

Five Golden Egg symbols trigger a bonus feature. Each egg is randomly placed in either the Free Spins egg collector or the Chocolate River Bonus egg collector. The first egg in the Free Spins collector awards five fee spins, and each additional egg adds one free spin.

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NIGA’s Roots as a BIA Advisory Group

NIGA’s Roots Frank Duscheneaux is considered by many to be the “father of IGRA,” (along with IGRA’s “mother,” Virginia Boylan). He believes it was Hazel Elbert who first recognized the need for a tribal advisory group to advise the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on Seminole bingo and other forms of gaming being offered across Indian Country. Elbert started in 1967 and worked her way up to acting commissioner at the BIA. According to Duscheneaux, in the late 1970s, Elbert “put together a tribal advisory group, and the tribal representatives there took over a meeting in Oklahoma City.”

NIGA’s Roots Rick Hill’s 2013 speech picked up the narrative from there. He recalled how the BIA “called an emergency meeting to gather facts about high-stakes bingo after a lot of complaining by the states. Mark Powless was elected chairman of what was being called the National Indian Gaming Task Force. Shortly after that, Senator Daniel Inouye organized a meeting to tell the tribes that if we do not get organized, we are going to get rolled by the states. Powless went coast to coast, visiting tribes to get recommendations for the task force.”

At that time, NIGA also established an alliance with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) committee on Indian gaming.

There were no records, no office beyond a kitchen table, and NIGA was in debt with no budget.

As Hill described it, “We had to build NIGA at the same time we maintained the fight. We set up the NCAI-NIGA Task Force, and created a board with 12 regions, two from each region. It was the perfect size, since we had exactly 12 chairs in the room.

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