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Waukegan (Illinois) approves new video gambling regulations

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New rules aimed at stopping the proliferation of video gambling cafes were approved by the Waukegan City Council (Illinois) last week.

The council had put in place a moratorium on video gambling licenses, set to expire March 1, while it worked on the new regulations.

The ordinance approved last Monday evening requires new businesses seeking a video gambling license to be at least 1,500 feet, or about three blocks, from each other. Businesses with existing licenses will be grandfathered in.

Aldermen had been hearing from the public that “there’s just too much of it,” said Ald. Lisa May, 7th, who heads the judiciary committee that initially reviewed the proposal.

The ordinance will prevent two or three establishments with video gambling from opening in a single strip mall, but the council could still grant exceptions in business districts like Waukegan’s downtown, May said.

“It leaves us a lot of discretion,” she said.

The new ordinance also mirrors the state’s regulations, giving the city the local authority to enforce those rules and to revoke a license if the holder fails to pay taxes or any bills it owes to the city, or doesn’t take adequate steps to prevent crimes from occurring at the location.

“There’s really not a lot of new regulation in here for local business owners,” City Attorney Douglas Dorando said.

The ordinance was approved in a 5-3 vote, with Ald. Sylvia Sims Bolton, 1st, Patrick Seger, 2nd, and Edith Newsome, 5th, voting no. Ald. Bill Valko, 8th, was absent.

Attempts by the News-Sun to reach Newsome, Bolton and Seger were unsuccessful.

The proposed ordinance would have also upped the fee businesses pay per machine to $1,500 from $1,000 to help cover the added administrative costs of having to take each application to the council for review, as well as the new enforcement efforts, Durando said. But, a 50-percent increase was just too much for May and Ald. Greg Moisio, 3rd.

Moisio said he would be in favor of gradually increasing the fee each year, and he also backed May’s suggestion of a rebate program where, perhaps, businesses that reach a certain amount in food and beverage tax would be partially reimbursed.

Video gambling, something May said she’s generally not a fan of, has helped some of Waukegan’s struggling businesses stay open, she said. She doesn’t want a fee increase to hurt those businesses.

What she’s more concerned about are video gambling cafes, especially franchises that are not locally owned, she said. They offer limited menus, employ very few people and are “strictly a place for people to gamble.”

Video gambling cafes offer players a “calm, cool environment” to play, said Bridget Weber, the manager for the locally owned Lucky Jack’s Gaming Café.

Unlike some restaurants where the games are just an extra feature thrown in a back corner, video gambling cafes strictly monitor who’s playing and ensure a safe environment, Weber said.

“It’s not the casino,” she said. “It’s more intimate in a gaming café. It’s less of a crowd. It’s more quiet. We can cater more one on one with people.”

May suggested keeping the fee the same for now and sending the issue to the council’s finance committee for consideration, though the new ordinance provides for a 3-percent increase in the fee each year.

The finance committee is led by Valko, who has been a strong advocate for revisiting how much the city charges and regularly points to how much money some businesses are earning off the machines.

For example, one of Waukegan’s biggest earners for video gambling is Lucky Jack’s where nearly $900,000 was gambled in December, according to city records. That resulted in $80,000 in taxable income, of which the city got $4,000 and the state took $20,000. The business also operates locations in Zion, Park City and North Chicago.

But those numbers don’t reflect the business’s other costs — payroll, utilities, rent, taxes, phone bills and alarms — which all add up, Weber said.

 

Source: chicagotribune.com

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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New Report Finds California Cardroom Industry Generates Over 32,000 Jobs and Nearly $5.6 Billion in Annual Impact on State’s Economy

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Cardroom industry supports $1.64 billion in total wages and $500 million in state and local taxes that play a vital role in underserved communities throughout California

A new economic impact analysis report released today found the total annual economic impact of California’s cardroom industry to be $5.6 billion dollars, providing over 32,000 in total local jobs. Commissioned by the California Gaming Association, John Dunham & Associates conducted an in-depth review of the direct, indirect and induced economic impact cardrooms have on California communities. The analysis reviewed jobs, wages, linked industries, state and local tax dollars, and total economic output.

In total, the California cardroom industry directly and indirectly creates about 32,425 living wage jobs with wages and benefits estimated at $1.64 billion. Tax revenue generated by California cardrooms totals roughly $500 million, with $398.8 in state taxes and $100.9 million in local jurisdiction gaming taxes.

“The data is clear – the cardroom industry is a vital part of local economies, creating irreplaceable jobs, needed state and local taxes to support local services, and, all totaled, a significant economic impact on California’s economy,” said John Dunham, President of John Dunham and Associates.

The jobs, wages, and tax dollars provided by cardrooms serve as a vital economic stimulant in communities across California. The local cardrooms support communities, and in some cases, entire cities where over 50% of the local general fund budget is derived from city gaming taxes.

“The economic impact report illustrates what we know and experience every day – local cardrooms are essential to California communities across the state,” said Kyle Kirkland, President of the California Gaming Association. “California cardrooms provide tens of thousands of steady, living wage jobs, providing an opportunity for working Californians to support themselves and their families.  Furthermore, cardrooms across California spark additional economic activity, revenue and jobs by their presence and provide valuable tax revenue to host communities.  In fact, some cardrooms generate over 50% of a city’s general fund revenue, providing the majority of funds for emergency services, fire departments, parks and other critical city programs and services.”

The economic impact analysis defines the cardroom industry as cardrooms and related third parties, associated restaurants, security services, gift shops, bars and hotels. Its findings show that the cardroom industry touches all corners of California, directly employing almost 18,000 people, providing $728.8 million in wages and benefits and generating $3.0 billion in economic activity in the state.

KEY REGIONS IN CALIFORNIA

Region

Total Jobs*

Total Economic Impact*

L.A. County

13,463

$2.3 billion

San Diego County

1,936

$318.6 million

Bay Area

6,196

$1.1 billion

Sacramento Region

1,831

$313.3 million

Fresno County

764

$128.5 million

* includes direct, indirect and induced

Methodology
“This economic impact analysis was developed by JDA based on data collected from the California Gaming Association, Infogroup, the California Gambling Control Commission, and survey information provided by cardrooms and related third parties. The analysis utilizes the IMPLAN model in order to quantify the economic impact of the cardroom industry on the economy of California, as well as in state legislative districts, counties and cities. The model adopts an accounting framework through which the relationships between different inputs and outputs across industries and sectors are computed. This model can show the impact of a given economic decision – such as a factory opening or operating a sports facility – on a predefined, geographic region. It is based on the national income accounts generated by the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).”

To view regional data from the report, please visit: https://californiagamingassociation.org/cardroomimpact/.

To learn more about the California cardroom industry, please visit Calgaming.org.

 

SOURCE California Gaming Association

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Mazooma Appoints Korry Dickout as Director of Marketing

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US payments provider Mazooma has appointed Korry Dickout as its Director of Marketing.

“So far, 2019 has been a record year thanks, in part, to the continuing expansion of online gambling and sports betting across the US. Korry brings great skills and knowledge to help us solidify our market leadership position. I’m happy to welcome him to our senior management team,” Mazooma CEO Justin Ferrabee said.

Korry has a successful track record in the payments sector which includes positions with Global Payments, TouchBistro and Ceridian. He also held senior marketing roles at multinational companies including IBM, Dell, Rogers Communications and Blackberry Limited.

“I’m pleased to join Mazooma’s team and look forward to the challenges ahead as we continue to lead payments innovation in the fast-growing US igaming market,” Korry said.

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Aristocrat CEO Trevor Croker to Serve as American Gaming Association Chairman

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Board of Directors Elects Chair for Two-Year Term Beginning January 2020

The American Gaming Association (AGA) Board of Directors elected Trevor Croker, CEO and managing director of Aristocrat Leisure Ltd, as AGA’s new chairman. Croker succeeds outgoing AGA Chairman Tim Wilmott, president and CEO of Penn National Gaming, Inc., who has led the AGA Board since 2018.

Croker has been an active participant in the AGA, serving on the board and in executive committees, since his appointment as Aristocrat CEO in 2017. Croker came to the CEO position with broad experience working across Aristocrat’s regulated and social games businesses, in key leadership roles including EVP, global products and insights, chief digital officer, and managing director of Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific.

“It’s a great privilege to lead the AGA during a time of great growth and change in the gaming industry,” said Trevor Croker, CEO of Aristocrat and AGA’s incoming chairman. “I look forward to continuing the progress made under Tim’s leadership to modernize the industry and make responsible gaming a signature priority.”

“I’m thrilled to have such a well-regarded leader in the industry step into the role of AGA’s next chairman,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO of the AGA. “Trevor brings with him invaluable insight from our supplier members and fresh perspectives on how to propel the industry into the next generation of gaming.”

Miller continued, “Tim led the AGA during a dynamic period for the industry and provided a steady hand throughout the association’s own evolution. The entire gaming industry benefited from his leadership, and I’m personally grateful for his continued and wise counsel.”

“It’s been an honor to serve the gaming industry as chairman of AGA the past two years,” said Wilmott. “I’m proud of the strides we’ve made to highlight gaming’s role as an economic engine and mainstream form of entertainment. The future of the organization and industry is bright with Trevor and Bill’s leadership.”

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