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G2E: What's The Future Of Gaming?


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In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, people try Grab Poker, a skill-based gaming machine, at the Gamblit booth during the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. The gambling industry is trying to attract younger players to the casino floor to revive revenues that have sagged in recent years.

For years, the question before the gaming industry has been simple: how do we attract the next generation of gamblers?

Experts have said millennials don't want to play traditional slot machines and table games. To that end, there have been efforts to build interactive games or games where young people can play socially.

"There is always some great innovation," Derek Stevens, owner and operator of the D Las Vegas, said about the Global Gaming Expo, or G2E. "I think it really symbolizes what Las Vegas is all about. It always evolves."

He said among the thousands of games on the convention floor, there are sure to be a handful of home runs.

Stevens' casinos are in downtown Las Vegas and they often attract a younger crowd. He said part of that is because downtown itself has been attracting young people with new restaurants, bars and music venues.

"You see this in downtown Detroit," he said. "You see this in downtown LA. Downtown Las Vegas has a lot going on from Fremont East to some of the new projects all around downtown to the Arts District."

Stevens says he's excited to be downtown and he's excited about his new project underway on Fremont Street. It is the first ground up casino construction downtown in years.

He would not let on about the name of the new property or specifics about it.

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"We're excited about all the development," he said of the new property. "And we're excited about how it has been designed and we're getting ready to go."


Derek Stevens, owner and operator, The D Las Vegas

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