News by Topic: Indian Gaming

Design by Evolution: How to Maximize and Reinvent Every Space in Your Existing Casino

“For many gaming tribes across the country, a challenge is not trying to figure out what to new-build next (unless market opportunities and demand warrant), but how to aggressively maximize or reinvent every square foot of existing space,” says Dike Bacon, principal for the Memphis-based Hnedak Bobo Group, which has a rich tradition with tribal gaming projects.

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HBG Expands Western Presence

As we continue to strengthen our commitment to clients in the Western US, HBG is pleased to announce we will be opening an office in Southern California during the first quarter of 2016. The new office will be led by Joe Baruffaldi, AIA, who has joined HBG as Principal and Group Leader. Joe represents an exciting addition to our project leadership team, complementing other HBG principals already familiar to you including Rick Gardner, Dike Bacon, Paul Bell, Craig Conrad, Kelly DeVine, Rob Lee, and Danny Valle.

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‘Seneca Secret’, in the latest Casino Design magazine

The Seneca Nation was far from the first tribe to enter tribal gaming, but when they decided to take the plunge, they were all in. First, Seneca Niagara became a success near the famous falls. Then a second casino in Allegany, New York followed in that path. Finally, a small casino in Buffalo was more successful than anticipated, so an expansion plan was necessary. Continuing its relationship with the Seneca Nation, Hnedak Bobo Group (HBG) is currently designing a $40 million expansion to the Buffalo Creek Casino. HBG also designed the phase-one casino.

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We’re Celebrating the Grand Opening of Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phase I

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Photo from YourWestValley.com article: http://www.yourwestvalley.com/glendale/article_53defecc-a872-11e5-ad25-d76200b77a7b.html

Congratulations to our client, the Tohono O’odham Nation on the grand opening of the first phase of the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in Maricopa County, Arizona. The HBG-designed casino officially opened to the public on December 20, 2015. We have compiled articles on the project below – take a look for a peek into the project, and check back on the HBG website soon for official project photography. (more…)


A Three Step Plan to a Millennial-Ready Casino

for webBy Danny Valle, AIA, Principal, Hnedak Bobo Group

You have a thriving regional casino operation and loyal gaming customers. Baby Boomers have been your bread and butter demographic for years. Now you are wondering how to reach the millennial generation, when article after article tells you that millennials do not prefer slot machines-but your main revenue source has typically come from slot gamers. So, where do you start and how soon do you need to put a plan in place?

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HBG Congratulates Rising Leader of Indian Gaming, Joanne Israel

Joanne Israel, Corporate Director of Finance Operations for the Seneca Tribe of Indians, was recently awarded the inaugural Rising Leader Award. Co-sponsored by Hnedak Bobo Group, Wells Fargo, KlasRobinson Q.E.D. and Indian Gaming Magazine, in conjunction with the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), the nominees were reviewed and selected by NIGA. “The magnitude of responsibility that goes into these very productive gaming operations in Indian Country is remarkable and it is this hard work that builds towards a stronger, progressive future,” said NIGA Chairman Ernest L. Stevens. “The Rising Leaders have grown in our industry through  experience and education. We continue to count on this kind of rising leadership in order for us to continue to keep our industry strong.” The fundamental purpose of the award is to recognize the next generation of leaders. “There is a whole next generation of leadership in the industry that needs to be celebrated and recognized,” said Dike Bacon of Hnedak Bobo Group.

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HBG designs $40 million expansion for Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

Buffalo’s economic development revival is spurring a $40 million expansion of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino that will see the size of the two-year-old downtown gaming venue grow by more than 42 percent.

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Native symbolism creates distinctive design for The Point Hotel

Original article here from the Kingston Community News

The 12- to 18-foot totem pole that Jake Jones will carve for The Point Hotel will contain a lot of symbolism. Two hands holding a copper plate, representing wealth. A chief. A bear holding an orca, a symbol of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.

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HBG’s Tamara Goff Named a “Rising Star” in the Gaming Industry

See Full Article in Casino Enterprise Management

For nearly a decade, Casino Enterprise Management has had the privilege of bringing recognition and honor to the legions of talented women professionals in the gaming industry through our Great Women of Gaming Awards. Over the years, we have found no shortage of worthy individuals for consideration for this honor. In fact, we have been continually amazed at the quality and continuity of extremely talented, extremely qualified women nominees. 

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Indian Country Today – Prairie Band Casino: Stunning Cultural Design, Winning Architecture

ORIGINAL ARTICLE AT INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY

In the gaming world, much emphasis is placed on potential.

Facilities often tout numbers of slot machines, table games and average winnings. But ICTMN found 10 Native-owned casinos and resorts that combine state-of-art gaming options with stunning architecture and design, offering guests the best of gaming, and an authentic cultural experience.

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News by Topic: Indian Gaming

Design by Evolution: How to Maximize and Reinvent Every Space in Your Existing Casino

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“For many gaming tribes across the country, a challenge is not trying to figure out what to new-build next (unless market opportunities and demand warrant), but how to aggressively maximize or reinvent every square foot of existing space,” says Dike Bacon, principal for the Memphis-based Hnedak Bobo Group, which has a rich tradition with tribal… Read more »


We’re Celebrating the Grand Opening of Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phase I

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Congratulations to our client, the Tohono O’odham Nation on the grand opening of the first phase of the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in Maricopa County, Arizona. The HBG-designed casino officially opened to the public on December 20, 2015. We have compiled articles on the project below – take a look for a peek into… Read more »


A Three Step Plan to a Millennial-Ready Casino

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By Danny Valle, AIA, Principal, Hnedak Bobo Group You have a thriving regional casino operation and loyal gaming customers. Baby Boomers have been your bread and butter demographic for years. Now you are wondering how to reach the millennial generation, when article after article tells you that millennials do not prefer slot machines-but your main… Read more »


HBG Congratulates Rising Leader of Indian Gaming, Joanne Israel

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Joanne Israel, Corporate Director of Finance Operations for the Seneca Tribe of Indians, was recently awarded the inaugural Rising Leader Award. Co-sponsored by Hnedak Bobo Group, Wells Fargo, KlasRobinson Q.E.D. and Indian Gaming Magazine, in conjunction with the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), the nominees were reviewed and selected by NIGA. “The magnitude of responsibility… Read more »


HBG’s Tamara Goff Named a “Rising Star” in the Gaming Industry

Posted by & filed under Entertainment & Hospitality.

See Full Article in Casino Enterprise Management For nearly a decade, Casino Enterprise Management has had the privilege of bringing recognition and honor to the legions of talented women professionals in the gaming industry through our Great Women of Gaming Awards. Over the years, we have found no shortage of worthy individuals for consideration for this honor…. Read more »


Indian Country Today – Prairie Band Casino: Stunning Cultural Design, Winning Architecture

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE AT INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY In the gaming world, much emphasis is placed on potential. Facilities often tout numbers of slot machines, table games and average winnings. But ICTMN found 10 Native-owned casinos and resorts that combine state-of-art gaming options with stunning architecture and design, offering guests the best of gaming, and an authentic… Read more »