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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 17-23

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

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The International Centre for Responsible Gaming has welcomed Dr. Travis Sztainert as its new director of research and education. Dr. Sztainert, a distinguished researcher and knowledge translation professional, brings a wealth of experience and expertise in responsible gambling research to the ICRG. With a proven track record in effectively bridging the gap between knowledge, policy and practice, he will help further the impactful work of the ICRG.

BetMGM announced that Great Place To Work and Fortune magazine have recognised the operator as one of this year’s Best Workplaces in New York. The leading sports betting and iGaming operator landed at No.16 and secured the spot on the prestigious list by surpassing rigorous benchmarks, establishing itself as one of the best workplaces among companies headquartered in the New York region. About 92% of employees surveyed said that BetMGM is a great place to work, 35% points higher than the average U.S. company.

idPair Inc., an award-winning provider of safer gambling technology, announced the upcoming launch of free self-exclusion assistance in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan and Tennessee this August, as part of the first phase of the National Voluntary Self-Exclusion Programme (NVSEP). Where states require a notarised form, a free remote online notary will be provided through the NVSEP platform to remove any cost for individuals.

The Mill Adventure has announced that it has secured a gaming-related supplier license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. The Mill Adventure can now provide its full-service player account management (PAM) platform to licensed operators in Ontario. This achievement demonstrates the provider’s proactive approach to capturing opportunities in fast-evolving, regulated markets.

Caesars Entertainment announced the closing of the previously announced acquisition of the operations of WynnBET’s Michigan iGaming business and the long-term extension of iGaming market access rights with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Caesars will assume operations on the existing platform under the WynnBET brand with no anticipated interruption to the customer experience.

Partnerships

Inspired Entertainment announced that it has entered an agreement with Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis, an agency of the government of the Canadian province of Alberta that oversees casino gaming (AGLC). Following a successful six-month trial period, AGLC has committed to purchase 150 new Valor terminals. Deployment of the new terminals is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2024.

PrizePicks, the largest daily fantasy sports operator in North America, and Kindbridge Behavioural Health, a pioneering mental health service provider dedicated to supporting individuals facing challenges related to problem gaming, announced a groundbreaking collaboration that will provide access to Kindbridge’s top-tier clinical services at no initial cost to PrizePicks players and customer-facing employees. The programme will support problem gaming prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.

SCCG Management announced a groundbreaking partnership with AmplePool, a leading B2B online white-label universal loyalty rewards platform. This collaboration aims to transform loyalty rewards for gaming operators and online betting partners, combining the innovative rewards platform of AmplePool with the extensive industry expertise of SCCG Management to deliver unparalleled benefits to gaming operators worldwide.

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Innovative Technology Americas welcomes Jeff Tash, Business Development Manager

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Innovative Technology Americas, Inc. welcomes Jeff Tash, Business Development Manager for North America. Jeff will focus on the amusement and vending industries, identifying and generating new sales opportunities. Innovative Technology specializes in note handling equipment and age and identity verification technology.

Welcoming Jeff to the US team, Lauren Fabbri, Business Development Manager for the gaming side of the business, said, “Jeff joined us back in March and hit the ground running spending his first day in the Innovative booth at the Amusement Expo show in Las Vegas!  Jeff has settled into life at Innovative Technology and is already connecting with our amusement and vending customers across America and Canada.”

Commenting on his role, Tash said, “I am really enjoying working for Innovative! The overwhelming support and enthusiasm from both the team and our customers on my first day at Amusement Expo validated my choice to join ITL. I’m up to speed with all our products and really enthusiastic to share them with the many contacts I have in the industry.”

Fabbri continued, “Jeff has 15+ years in the amusement industry, primarily with OEMs in a sales and business development role, so has an extensive book of contacts including manufacturers, distributors, route operators and parts providers. He will be responsible for monitoring industry trends, identifying growth opportunities and emerging markets, conducting product demonstrations and facilitating strong client relationships.  Jeff has phenomenal relationships and has already demonstrated his ability to motivate decision makers when representing us at trade shows, meetings and events.”

Concluding Tash said, “I am eager to provide reliable and innovative product solutions to the amusement industry and customers, and continue to ensure note handling remains at the forefront of the amusement and vending industries. I am excited to collaborate with Lauren and the rest of the North American team in the growth of the GAV (Gaming, Amusement, Vending) markets. Innovative is an organization with a strong sense of purpose and a passion to support its employees, and I am privileged to be a part of this.”

 

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AGA Announces Gaming Hall of Fame Class of 2024

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Allen, Feldman, Nutton to be Inducted

Today, the American Gaming Association (AGA) announced the Gaming Hall of Fame Class of 2024, honoring three leaders who have made significant contributions to the industry:

  • Jim Allen, Chairman, Hard Rock International; Chief Executive Officer, Seminole Gaming; Former Chairman, American Gaming Association
  • Alan Feldman, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming, UNLV International Gaming Institute; Former Executive, MGM Resorts International
  • Debi Nutton, Board Member, Everi Holdings; Executive Coach-Consultant; Former Casino Operations Executive, MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts

“From helping transform tribal gaming and pioneering responsible gaming research to blazing new paths in casino operations, Jim, Alan and Debi have been integral to shaping the modern gaming industry,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller.

Since 1989, the Gaming Hall of Fame has recognized gaming icons and leaders for their enduring influence on the industry. The Class of 2024 will receive recognition at an invitation-only induction ceremony held during G2E 2024 in Las Vegas this October.

“The Gaming Hall of Fame honors leaders that have had a distinct impact on our industry’s success,” added AGA Chairman of the Board and Everi Executive Chairman Mike Rumbolz (Gaming Hall of Fame Class of 2022). “This year’s inductees have met and exceeded this threshold throughout their careers and continue to do so in their current work. We look forward to celebrating their achievements at G2E 2024.”

Hall of Fame honorees are selected by an independent panel of gaming executives. This year’s selection committee members include:

  • Maureen Adams, EVP, Gaming, Churchill Downs Inc.
  • Jay Dorris, President and CEO, Wind Creek Hospitality
  • Siobhan Lane, EVP and CEO, Gaming, Light & Wonder
  • Alex Dixon, CEO, DRA and Co-Founder and Co-Chair, African Americans in Gaming
  • Mark Lipparelli, Chairman, International Center for Responsible Gaming
  • Kirsten Clark, Executive Director, International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • Lauren Bates, Chair, Global Gaming Women
  • Dr. Brett Abarbanel, Executive Director, UNLV International Gaming Institute
  • Mike Rumbolz, Executive Chairman, Everi and Chairman of the Board, AGA

Jim Allen, Chairman, Hard Rock International; Chief Executive Officer, Seminole Gaming; Former Chairman, American Gaming Association

A gaming and hospitality industry veteran with more than 44 years of experience, Allen currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International and Hard Rock Digital. He also recently served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AGA. Since 2001, Allen has overseen all gaming, hospitality and entertainment operations for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, including leading the tribe’s 2007 acquisition of Hard Rock International, the first acquisition of a major international company by a North American Indian tribe. Under his leadership, Seminole Gaming and Hard Rock International have grown their global business footprint and their leadership in U.S. casino gaming, winning numerous awards for excellence in operations, hospitality and employment. Allen has also led the expansion of the company’s entertainment offerings to sports and sports betting, including the 2020 launch of Hard Rock Digital—an online and retail sportsbook and internet gaming platform—and partnerships with Formula One Racing in both Miami and Las Vegas, Red Bull Racing, Lionel Messi, and Hard Rock Stadium which hosts the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Allen also lectures at many professional conferences, governmental programs and college campuses and makes frequent appearances on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business and other financial news networks.

Alan Feldman, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming, UNLV International Gaming Institute; Former Executive, MGM Resorts International

Alan Feldman currently serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, where he is at the forefront of developing programs and policies that enhance industry knowledge and regulatory practices around responsible gaming. During his 30-year tenure at MGM Resorts, Feldman was instrumental in launching GameSense, a pioneering initiative that now promotes healthy gambling behaviors across all MGM U.S. properties. Feldman is also a globally sought-after speaker on responsible gaming and holds key advisory roles in the industry, including serving as Chair Emeritus of the International Center for Responsible Gaming, where he formerly served as Chair of the Board. Feldman’s significant contributions have been recognized with awards such as the Gaming Professional of the Year by the Casino Management Association in 2002 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Gaming Communications from the American Gaming Association in 2009.

Debi Nutton, Board Member, Everi Holdings; Executive Coach-Consultant; Former Casino Operations Executive, MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts

Nutton currently serves as a Board Member at Everi Holdings while also helming her business as a gaming consultant and executive coach. Her career in the gaming industry began in 1980 as one of the few female dice dealers on the Las Vegas Strip. She notably contributed to the opening team of The Mirage in 1989, where she distinguished herself as the sole female dice pit manager at the time. Over her 24-year tenure with MGM and Mirage, Debi rose to Senior Vice President of Casino Operations and Marketing for MGM and Bellagio before assuming the role of Executive Vice President of Casino Operations at Wynn Resorts in 2013. Today, she is shaping the next generation of gaming as an executive coach-consultant, advising the industry on leadership practices and casino operations. A founding board member of Global Gaming Women, Debi has received numerous accolades, including the 2018 Great Women of Gaming Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2009 Casino Enterprise Management Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader Award, and being named a “Woman of Distinction” by the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2007.

 

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Three Rivers Casino Resort Pays Out Over $1.1 Million in Jackpots on AGS’ Bonus Spin™ Xtreme Progressive

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A lucky table games player recently made history at Three Rivers Casino Resort by hitting the casino’s first ever Triple Diamond jackpot on AGS’ Bonus Spin™ Xtreme progressive side bet.

The player placed a $5 side bet while playing a Bonus Spin Xtreme linked blackjack game and landed on the hot seat trigger, winning the top progressive prize of $79,759.

Director of Gaming Operations for Three Rivers Casino Resort, Rick Ray expressed his excitement about the success of Bonus Spin Xtremesince first going live in September 2023.

“The addition of Bonus Spin Xtreme to our table games has been a real game-changer for our casino and guests. Incorporating slot-style video wheels into our classic table games creates an exciting and engaging experience for all our players,” said Ray.

Three Rivers Casino currently has 12 linked Bonus Spin Xtreme tables that share a single progressive jackpot and has paid out over $1.1 million in jackpots since first launching.

 

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