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Massachusetts Gaming Commission observes March 2018 as “Problem Gambling Awareness Month”

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission that aims to create a fair, transparent and participatory process for implementing the expanded gaming law made loud and clear about its  support and recognition of March 2018 as Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM).

PGAM is a national public awareness and outreach campaign framed to bring awareness to issues associated with problem gambling and to throw light on the national and local resources available to back up individuals and families. This month, MGC will put forward  an upgraded  version of its Responsible Gaming Framework. Originally published in 2014, the RGF was  intended to inform gaming regulation in Massachusetts and provide an overall orientation to the responsible gaming practices and policies adopted by MGC and its licensees.

After a comprehensive review process which comprised  participation of independent experts and members of the recovery community, the latest RGF now comprise  updated key principles, expanded strategies  rooted  in the most contemporary  research.

MGC is currently advancing  a new marketing and advertising campaign for the GameSense programme, MGC’s innovative and comprehensive responsible gaming strategy to propel  responsible play and mitigate programme gambling. Anticipated  to launch this summer, the new outreach campaign will extend to Western Massachusetts looking forward to  the MGM Springfield opening.

Throughout the month, MGC will implement a targeted social media campaign to increase awareness about problem gambling prevention and the resources available. Working hand-in-hand  with MGC, GameSense Advisors at Plainridge Park Casino will conduct a series of training and awareness-building activities for casino employees.

MGC remains committed to its robust research agenda and using findings to further inform problem gambling intervention, prevention and treatment strategies. Last month, the MGC released the first significant report of the Massachusetts gaming impact cohort study. Information from this study provides new and much-needed information about problem gambling incidence rates and behavioural trajectory. This study will yield important information leading to tailored treatment and prevention programs.

MGC supports the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Gambling Disorder Screening Day. On 13 March 2018, the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Division on Addiction and Outpatient Addiction Services are sponsoring a Gambling Disorder Screening Day as part of the Cambridge Health Alliance Readiness for Gambling Expansion (CHARGE) Initiative.

“In an extraordinary effort to mitigate any negative consequences of the casinos, the Casino Law established a Public Health Trust Fund that — when all of the casinos open — will operate with US$15-20 million a year to fund a comprehensive research agenda and an extremely robust deployment of public health strategies to promote responsible gaming and combat problem gaming. The Fund is administered by a unique partnership between the Department of Public Health and the MGC,” said MGC Chairman Stephen Crosby. “PGAM provides an important opportunity to highlight the innovation and forward-thinking approach demonstrated by the Massachusetts Legislature when developing the gaming statute.”

MGC’s Director of Research and Responsible Gaming, Mark Vander Linden, said: “We acknowledge the tremendous pain and suffering experienced by individuals with a gambling problem and their loved ones. We will do everything that we possibly can to prevent this by funding research, creating effective programs and increasing awareness.”

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Innovative Technology Americas recruits new Office Manager

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Innovative Technology Americas, Inc. is pleased to welcome Beth Clark, Office Manager, to their Wisconsin office.  Beth joins Innovative Technology’s US operations at a crucial time of growth and is an integral part of ensuring excellent customer service provision to its extensive US customer base.

Rebecca White, VP of Sales & Business Development commented, “I am delighted to welcome Beth to the US team. Beth has been with us for a few months now and she has made a real difference to the running of the office. Beth has a long work history of office management in the manufacturing and distribution industries making her an ideal fit for the role. The role is varied with responsibility for customer service, order processing, data entry, accounts and sales assistance and Beth has made improvements in all areas already.”

Commenting on her new position Beth said, “I joined the company back in June and I am settling in well, enjoying the job and getting to know the broad range of cash validation products we offer. I am applying my extensive office management and purchasing skills to the role and I have already put in place new procedures to fulfil customer orders as efficiently as possible. I am excited about the opportunity and growth potential here at Innovative Technology Americas and look forward to working with the rest of the US team and my international colleagues as we to expand our reach in the region.”

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GameOn, A First-Of-Its-Kind, Free, Zero-Risk Sports Betting App With Real Cash Prizes, Available For Download Today

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GameOn’s 100% FREE App Allows Sports Fans of all Levels – Casual & Hardcore – to Compete, Watch and Win Prizes of up to $1 Million During LIVE Sports

 

Available on the App Store and Google Play, GameOn App Inc. has launched GameOn – a new and free way for fans to compete, watch and win during live sports! FREE to play with real cash prizes of up to $1 Million!

To celebrate Thanksgiving and Americans love of football, GameOn will give away a $1 million prize for Perfect Picks across all three Thanksgiving NFL games. Any players who get all picks right, including the game winners and first touchdown scorers, will take home a share of the $1 Million prize!

GameOn takes the free-to-play model of trivia apps and applies it to the sports world with game predictions. Unlike fantasy and gambling, GameOn is simple and completely free. No player drafting or hard-to-understand points systems.

Just three simple steps:

Before the game
Make picks from player and team-related questions. For example, “Who will win?”, “Who will score the first touchdown?” and “Who will hit the most three-pointers?”

During the game
Accumulate points for each correct pick. The riskier the picks, the more points up for grabs!

After the game
Fans with the most points wins cash and brand partner prizes. A tie-break question will split winners if multiple fans finish equal, so no $0.80 grand prizes like trivia apps.

GameOn’s free platform is also designed to be social, connecting you with other fans in your circle. The app features a group chat and leaderboard where you can follow, engage and keep tabs on how friends are tracking for bragging rights.

A recent GameOn player, Gabriel from Brooklyn NY, won $1,000 on his first time trying the app. Gabriel commented: “I played after a good friend of mine referred the app to me, and the experience was great. Real-time updates on the score, and being able to chat with other app users throughout the game was pretty cool, too.”

“We’re shaking up the sports and betting industries by providing a completely free and legal way for all sports fans – even casual” said Matt Bailey, Founder and CEO of GameOn App Inc. “We’re removing the barriers that casual fans experience when engaging in fantasy and gambling. GameOn is free, intuitive and riskless, with real cash prizes up for grabs thanks to our partnerships with major brands.”

GameOn’s exclusively advertiser-funded gameplay means no risk for players, only rewards, including real cash. Burger King and Motorola are the first brands to integrate the app as strategic partners, offering cash prizes and rewarding products – such as free Burger King menu items and Motorola devices. GameOn has also partnered with Global Sports Data Leader, Sportradar, as part of their Acceleradar program, leveraging their stats and scores data, as well as their relationships with major sports leagues.

In just two weeks since launching, GameOn has driven more than 5,000 installs, with 1,500+ playing in each game who’ve won a total of more than $10,000. The demographic is predominantly millennial, with 25% being female – significantly higher than seen in fantasy and gambling, and a testament to the casual fan-friendly gameplay.

To learn more or to download GameOn, visit gameon.app.

 

Source: GameOn App Inc.

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Penn National Gaming Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Operations of Greektown Casino-Hotel

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Penn National Gaming, Inc., announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the operations of Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, Michigan for approximately $300 million in cash.

Simultaneous with the closing of the transaction, Penn National will enter into a triple net lease agreement with VICI Properties Inc. for the Greektown facility. The lease will have an initial annual rent of approximately $55.6 million and an initial term of 15 years, with four 5-year renewal options. The rent coverage ratio in the first year after closing is expected to be 1.8x.

Timothy J. Wilmott, Penn National’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The acquisition of the Greektown Casino-Hotel operations from JACK Entertainment, LLC will further expand Penn National’s already diverse operating base with a facility that is extremely well-positioned in one of the nation’s largest regional gaming markets. At the same time, Greektown and its customers will benefit from becoming part of a larger gaming operator, with access to properties in Las Vegas and across the country. We are pleased to partner again with VICI Properties to structure this transaction in a manner that is immediately accretive to Penn National’s operating results upon closing.

“Detroit is undergoing an exciting renaissance as a result of billions of dollars of new investments in the city’s residential, commercial, entertainment and cultural center, all of which are driving new residents, businesses, tourists and employment to the downtown area. Greektown is the only casino in the heart of downtown, and we look forward to welcoming patrons from the many nearby attractions, such as Comerica Park, Ford Field, Little Caesars Arena, the city’s theater district, GM’s Renaissance Center and the Cobo Conference Center. We also look forward to working with JACK Entertainment and VICI to ensure a seamless transition for all of our constituents including customers, employees, vendors, local government and Michigan regulators.”

The transaction will be financed with a combination of cash on hand and debt. On a pro forma basis, and reflecting the October 15, 2018 completion of the acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment and expected late fourth quarter close of Margaritaville Resort Casino, the Company continues to forecast to be at its target debt levels within 12 -18 months.

Mr. Wilmott added, “Greektown Casino-Hotel further strategically diversifies our revenue, operating and customer base, and presents well-defined paths to the realization of significant synergies. With an OpCo purchase multiple of 6.3x anticipated annual run-rate adjusted EBITDA and including synergies to be realized within eighteen months, we believe this transaction again highlights our commitment to enhancing shareholder value. With the expected increase to our free cash flow, we remain well positioned to reduce leverage, evaluate additional accretive strategic growth investments and opportunistically return capital to shareholders.”

Opened in 2000, Greektown Casino-Hotel features 100,000 square feet of casino space, approximately 2,700 gaming machines and 60 table games, a poker room, three restaurants, seven fast casual food outlets, four bars and a coffee shop. In addition, the casino boasts a AAA Four Diamond 400-room, luxury high-rise hotel with 14,000 square feet of event and catering space. The property employs approximately 1,700 team members and has partnered with nearly 20 local restaurants to offer fine dining rewards to guests.

Upon closing the Greektown transaction, Penn National’s portfolio of regional gaming facilities will increase to 41 properties in 19 jurisdictions.

The transaction, which is expected to close in mid-2019, is subject to the approval of the Michigan Gaming Control Board and other customary closing conditions.

 

About Penn National Gaming:
Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities and video gaming terminal operations with a focus on slot machine entertainment. Reflecting the recent completion of the Pinnacle Entertainment transaction the Company now operates 40 facilities in 18 jurisdictions. In total, Penn National facilities feature approximately 49,000 gaming machines, 1,200 table games and approximately 9,000 hotel rooms. The Company also offers social online gaming through its Penn Interactive Ventures division and has leading customer loyalty programs with over five million active customers.

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