The Predictive Casino is a casino that utilizes the latest technological developments to connect with its customers to deliver an exceptional personalized experience that will keep them coming back. Today, technology such as AI, Machine Learning, Augmented Reality, facial recognition, IoT, Real-time stream processing, social media, and wearables are altering the Customer Experience (CX) landscape and casino operators need to jump aboard this fast moving technology or run the risk of being left out in the cold. The Predictive Casino reveals how these and other technologies can help shape the customer journey as well as provide insights into every facet of the business.

The book details how the five types of analytics—descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, prescriptive, and edge analytics—affect not only the customer journey, but also just about every department in a casino operation. Facial recognition technology can spot a customer stepping onto a casino bus at the Macau/China border and that can set off alerts which will notify he necessary departments, where that is a host on the floor, a restaurant manager, a dealer, or even the hotel’s GM should the player be a high-end VIP. A whole other sequence of events can get triggered as the player’s favorite table is prepared, his favorite meal is cooked, and his or her Theo gets added to a real-time table games revenue management model that takes into account his personal play. Labor needs are also considered and alerts can be sent to the required or unneeded staff. An IoT connected casino can make its operations smart. Connected devices can help with inventory optimization, supply chain management, labor management, and waste management. With machine learning algorithms, data centers can be kept green and their energy use smart.

For a casino operator, social media is no longer a vanity platform, but rather a place to both connect with current customers as well as court new ones. It is also a powerful branding channel that can be utilized to both understand a casino's position in the market, as well as a place to benchmark its position against its competitors. Today, technology moves at break-neck speed and it can offer the power of deep customer understanding and insight, but it also comes with a confusing variety of technology and technological terms--Big Data, Cognitive Computing, CX, Data Lakes, Hadoop, Kafka, Personalization, Spark, etc., etc.

The Predictive Casino will help make sense of it all, so that a casino executive can cut through the confusing clutters of technological jargons and understand why a Spark-based real-time stream processing data stream might be preferable over a TIBCO Streambase one, or an even IBM InfoSphere one. Or maybe not. This book will help casino executives break through the technological clutter so that they can deliver an unrivaled customer experience to each and every patron coming through their doors.