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05 Jun 2021

Podcast by Jesper Kärrbrink #1 – Kresimir Spajic (Deep dive into the US market)

Jesper Kärrbrink
Kresimir Spajic
Senior Vice President of Online Gaming

???? Topic: Deep dive into the US market

???? Kresimir Spajic is Senior Vice President of Online Gaming for Hard Rock International. Spajic is responsible for leading the vision, strategy and operational execution behind the brand’s investment across interactive gaming platforms. Spajic is instrumental in securing new strategic partnerships and future opportunities to further position Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos as a global leader in the international and online gaming spaces.

Spajic holds a multidisciplinary graduate degree in management, law and humanities from SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy), University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and De Montfort University (England). He is based in Hollywood, Fla., at the Hard Rock International headquarters.

In this podcast we cover:
???? 00:00 – Introduction
???? 00:59 – Who is Kresimir Spajic?
???? 03:30 – The US iGaming market history
???? 08:47 – The change in the US from land-based to online gaming
???? 11:12 – The difference between the US and other countries in terms of gaming
???? 15:33 – Will the pandemic make it easier for the US gaming legislation to
push through?
???? 17:47 – The land-based US casino positions on the era of digital gaming
???? 21:40 – Who will be the winners in the US market?
???? 24:00 – Land-based US casinos need to take a high stake gamble!
???? 25:10 – Picking states over Asia – is it more viable for the operators and how to go about it?
???? 29:30 – West to East acquisitions
???? 31:13 – Being successful in the US
???? 32:42 – Evolution’s success in the US?
???? 36:29 – Suppliers are making more profit than anybody else?
???? 38:35 – Aggregation for providers in the US
???? 41:56 – Positions for aggregators and providers
???? 43:16 – What is the new normal after the pandemic?
???? 46:21 – US gaming market leapfrog compared to others
???? 49:22 – Closing off

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