Look for an increase in electronic table games at Calder Casino and Race Course, notes Paul Pippen, senior director of slot operations.
Pippen, who worked in Las Vegas and elsewhere, joined Calder in July, and is evaluating the casino's next step.
That includes considering adding other versions of the electronic blackjack, roulette and craps that have become part of South Florida casinos in recent years.
"Obviously, we'd prefer live table games, but in the meantime, we want to offer the best variety we can," he said.
The biggest surprise he has seen is player's interest in Diamond Lotto, a lottery-type slot machine where patrons pick six numbers.
"I've worked in four markets and that game hasn't worked in those, but it clearly does here," he said.
After starting his career with Harrah’s Entertainment in Las Vegas in a variety of roles from Human Resources to Casino Operations, Pippin most recently comes to Calder from Penn National Gaming, where he served as the Director of Slot Operations for two of their casinos since 2009.
“With his broad experience from across the country, Paul will undoubtedly be a great addition to the Calder Team,” Calder president Austin Miller said.
Because it sits on the Broward-Miami Dade border, Calder is the least affected by the recent opening of Hialeah Park. Both Magic City Casino, Casino Miami Jai-Alai and Hialeah are all within five miles of each other in the center of Miami-Dade.
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