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Gambling industry veteran, Steve Donoughue opposes recent illiberal statements in an open letter

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There is a fresh statement published by the organizer of ICE Totally Gaming, which has been released due to the recent turn of events. (You can read the statement here…)

This statement should be taken seriously by the industry and should be debated in order to reach a common ground, otherwise the escalation of the harm done to the gambling industry can lead an irreversible situation.

We have pointed out some clear facts about some clear radical feminist acts coming from both the regulator and event organizer, however it seems that we are not the only one considering that such acts should be commented.

The subject has been dissected on social media and we have found that most of the comments come from individuals that are not taking any sides in the topic which is very alarming. This is certainly a sign of fear and it seems that some companies are scarred to comment this issue just for the sake of avoiding discussions from certain crowds.

This is not the case of industry veteran, Steve Donoughue, who is one of the UK’s leading management consultants and specializes in the gambling industry, both offline and online. Steve has today published an open letter which you can read below or on this link.

Open letter to Clarion’s Kate Chambers
posted by Steve Donoughue

In an article posted on iGaming Business entitled ‘Clarion pledges Action Plan to tackle industry sexism’ http://www.igamingbusiness.com/news/clarion-pledges-action-plan-tackle-industry-sexism posted on the 12th February 2018 it states that Clarion will be canvassing stakeholders views about your plan to eliminate promotional girls from all your gambling events through your Ampersand Think Tank and Research initiative that you say enables you to communicate directly with the industry.

As an industry veteran of 25 years who speaks at many conferences and has done for over 20 years, I am unfortunately not one of your chosen Ampersand members so have been forced to write this open letter.

I am categorically against your plan to dictate to the gambling industry what is acceptable behaviour at industry events. We have laws made by Parliament that control our behaviour not diktat laid down by unappointed and unaccountable industry suppliers

In no way am I condoning sexism, exploitation, discrimination and all the other nasties that the world is beset with, but I do not think this is what is happening at ICE or any other show.

What I do think is happening is that a small bunch of privileged women from outside our industry are trying to impose their own political agenda on an industry they dont know and possibly dont like and as a result, hundreds of promotional girls will have food taken from their tables for no justifiable reason.

The promotional girls are not exploited, they know fully well what is expected of them and they do their jobs professionally and happily. There has been no reports of harassment or assault and if there was, the law would apply and the perpetrator prosecuted. The promotional girls like the job, keep coming back and most of all value the employment that you begrudge them. They are in most cases employed by female run agencies being commissioned by female run marketing departments.

I fully understand the argument that using promotional girls is old-fashioned, that may be the case, but it is not up to you regulate it. Much as flares are old fashioned but we dont ban them however much we might want to. Market forces may make exhibitors try another approach to presenting their business but this is their choice not one to be forced upon them

Not only have what you and Sarah Harrison done is unfairly bring more acrimony upon an already under attack industry but you have ignored the hundreds of women who work in the industry throughout the year, not just at the conferences that pay your wages. Some of us are old enough to remember when there were practically no women working in this industry, the mirror image of what the exhibition industry now just you have very few men and seem not to be so exercised about this lack of diversity.

We can at least be very proud of the numbers of women we have and safe in the knowledge that more are being attracted to the industry. I have not heard any voices against the promotional girls from women in the industry, all the ones I have talked to do not consider it an issue. yet again this attack on our industry is coming from a small number of privileged outsiders

What is at stake here is your attempt to tell us – your customers – what to do and how we should do our business and that is wrong.

You can dress it up by saying its about respecting women but you seem to have no respect for those you wish to force out of legal employment.

Once you ban the girls what will you ban next?

Will you lead a campaign against the costumes women competitors wear on Strictly?

I would not be saying this if this was another industry. Skimpily clad girls are out of context at an accountancy exhibition. Not at a gambling exhibition where members of the public are not invited. Gambling has always been an adult form of entertainment with sexual motifs prevalent throughout both time and the breadth of the industry.

The girls must stay

No one is asking for nudity just the ability to dress as the client wants – which is no more than many girls dress on a Friday night

We are kindly asking all our readers to send us their opinion to editor@europeangaming.eu and let us know what would they do in order to keep radical feminism out of the industry.

Please take our survey about the topic, by submitting your reply below:

 

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Las Vegas South Point Hotel and Casino to go down the road to renovation

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The Las Vegas South Point Hotel, Casino and spa, which offers a 16-screen movie theatre, bowling alley, casino and full-service spa is all set to go down the road to renovation.

By unveiling a US$40 million remodelling plan for its Las Vegas property throughout the company’s three towers, the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa have set all its duck in a row. This comprises 2,049 rooms and 84 suites featuring new furniture, luxury flooring, crown moulding, mini refrigerator, and bathroom upgrades. The first phase of the redesign, scheduled to commence in April 2018, will be completed by September 2018.

The three-year project will refurbish one hotel tower each year and is estimated to be completed by September 2020. By the end of 2018, more than 630 newly-fashioned rooms will be available for guests at a US$10 upgraded room fee. The guest rooms offer a refreshed look, with new Bernhardt types of furniture such as beds, dressers, nightstands, chairs, sitting tables, and lounge chairs with an ottoman. In addition, the guest rooms will offer lamps with power and USB ports, functional desks for business executives, and a new colour palette.

In association with this new undertaking Ryan Growney, the General Manager of South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa said: “We live in a city that is continuously evolving, and we are always looking for opportunities to improve our guests’ experiences to set us apart from other properties. The last five years have consisted of a lot of exciting development projects that we strongly believe create a unique experience that only we can offer, and we are excited to unveil our new room upgrades, which we believe our guests will really enjoy.”

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Accused of ravishment, Steve Wynn, who lost his face – to be replaced by Matt Maddox

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Wynn Resorts board of officials finally gave a nod to its decision to replace the post of Steve Wynn, the former Chairman and CEO of American casino company Wynn Resorts, who stepped down prior to a few weeks, losing his face owing to sexual assault allegation.Consequently, Matt Maddox who has been the President of Wynn Resorts, since 2013 will take over as the new CEO.

In addition the company stated: “Pursuant to such registration rights agreement, Mr. Wynn may not sell during any quarter after the date of such agreement more than one-third of the company shares he holds as of the date of such agreement.”

Steve Wynn’s whose resignation will be completed by June, will leave his residence adhering to the agreement demands. Simultaneously he will not receive any severance or financial compensation.

The agreement also establishes that Wynn will provide reasonable assistance “in connection with any private litigation or arbitration and to the board of directors of the company or any committee of the board in connection with any investigation” related to his service.

Former employees of Wynn claimed he had displayed inappropriate sexual behaviour in front of them, while a manicurist told the Wall Street Journal that he forced her to have sex in his office.

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Sportingtech showcased their online gaming platform at ICE Totally Gaming

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The company offered an unrivalled CRM, a top notch CMS, Win-Win partnerships, bonus tools, flexibility and integration options as a part of a powerful back office

 

Lisbon, February 19th, 2018 – Sportingtech, the new online platform provider with world wide operations, was present for the first time as exhibitor at the ICE Totally Gaming show. The company’s team, with more than 15 years of experience, came up successfully with the presentation of its gaming solution and achieved important agreements to be developed this year in countries like the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Ghana and other regulated markets.

In the most important and biggest event of the igaming industry, the Pulse Sportingtech’s platform attracted a lot of attention due to its ability to combine sports, technology and betting into robust gaming business suite. Attendees gained insights into multi-management platform packed with risk, content and sportsbook management, with in-depth reporting, powerful CRM and CMS, complete modularity and flexibility in business, design and integrations.

We are very proud of ICE Totally Gaming’s results. It was three days of doing networking with stakeholders and operators and we accomplish an agenda full of meetings that are going to bring us interesting projects for 2018”, said Elvis Dzombic, Head of Business Development at Sportingtech.

ICE Totally Gaming is the only B2B gaming event that truly brings together the international online and offline gaming sectors. It is the annual launch pad for gaming innovation, with hundreds of new product launches over the three days.

If you could not come to the ICE, we are going to be at Betting on Football Conference in London on March 20th to 23rd on the booth 26. Feel free to meet us there and in the meantime, you can visit our website through this link.

About Sportingtech
Sportingtech is a gaming platform provider with unrivalled back office for successful online operation. It is a new player on the market established in 2017 with betting industry veterans and experts behind it.
The company, with offices in Portugal, Malta, UK and Uruguay, has world wide operations with access to regulated markets.

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