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Dennis Gomes Memorial Casino Training Lab

Casino Training Lab

Students with an interest in casino operations and management can now learn directly in the Dennis Gomes Memorial Casino Training Lab, made possible in part by generous donations from Bally Technologies, Konami, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers and Tropicana Atlantic City.

The new casino training lab has been dedicated in the name of the late gaming executive, Dennis Gomes, a gaming visionary, and with the support of the Gomes family. Gomes was well known in the casino industry, holding top executive position both in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Prior to his gaming career he was a top investigator for the Nevada Gaming Commission; the 1995 movie “Casino” was based on his investigations.

The casino training lab offers students a live operational experience of slot machine protocols and mock customer interactions in a real-time learning atmosphere. Going beyond the standard text books and field trips, the slot machines enable students to study the operational elements of electronic gaming equipment.

The casino management program is designed to expose students to the unique operating conditions and management challenges associated with the operation of a casino. Courses include discussions of gaming legislation, electronic boards, slot validations systems, slot communication systems, player tracking, preventative maintenance and general troubleshooting of slot machine problems. Students also gain hands-on experience through cooperative education opportunities at major industry establishments.

The slot machines were installed in Drexel’s Paul Peck Problem-Solving Building (101 N. 33rd St.) in April 2014, making Drexel the first university on the East Coast to provide on-site casino gaming equipment for educational purposes.

The machines do not accept currency and are subject to all of the rules and regulations that apply to casinos, including 24-hour surveillance and notification of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s Enforcement Agency of every use. When not in use by casino management classes, the machines are locked down.

On Monday, October 6, 2014, the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception for the new Dennis Gomes Memorial Casino Training Lab attended by the Gomes family, industry professionals and university faculty and staff. 

For additional information on how you or your company can partner with the Dennis Gomes Memorial Casino Training Lab, please email Bob Ambrose: rja73@drexel.edu