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IGT to Launch of PeakBarTop Cabinet at G2E 2019

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International Game Technology PLC is going to launch the PeakBarTop™ cabinet at the Global Gaming Expo on Oct. 14-17 in Las Vegas.

The long-awaited gaming machine is said to have top-class features such as a curved, 23-inch display and a range of other tech-advanced features such as enhanced lighting and sound, a USB charging port, a comp-drink indicator, improved serviceability and more. IGT has tested the PeakBarTop with focus groups such as operators, players and even bartenders to ensure that the machine delivers an unrivaled experience and optimal functionality.

“Through sustained innovation and continued diversification of our video poker content and hardware portfolio, IGT has maintained commanding leadership in this important product segment,” said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO North America. “At G2E we’ll fortify this position by introducing the PeakBarTop, a cabinet that underwent extensive focus testing to ensure it’s the most elite, functional, and player-pleasing hardware in its class. The PeakBarTop will be complemented by a range of new poker products, including titles for the single-display CrystalCurve cabinet, that our customers can leverage to expand their video poker offering and engage players in new ways.”

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Sports Information Group Appoints Itay Fisher as its CEO

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Sports Information Group has appointed Itay Fisher as its Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Fisher has more than a decade of working experience in leading online gaming companies.

Fisher joined SIG in 2018 as Chief Technology Officer and was named Chief Operating Officer in April 2019. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Chief Information Officer at William Hill Online. Before joining William Hill, he served as Product and Gaming Development Director and was a member of the management team at Gala Coral Interactive. Fisher started in the online gaming industry at Playtech where he held various roles during his 5 years at the company.

“I am honored to take on the role of CEO and have the opportunity to lead this talented team. Continuing our vision and building on SIG’s industry leadership will be my primary focus as we enter into the next chapter of growth. Together, we will execute our strategies to improve the customer experience and deliver value for all stakeholders. SIG and its brands have an exciting future ahead and I look forward to the opportunity to further establish the Company as an innovative leader,” Fisher said.

“In a short period of time at SIG, Itay has made many contributions and I am confident he is the right person to lead the Company in this next chapter. Itay is a pioneer in the industry who has led the effective digital transformation of SIG and its brands. He has been instrumental in shaping the business strategy and SIG is well-positioned for the future as we see horse racing and sports betting gain increasing participation across the U.S.” James Zenni, President and CEO of Z Capital said.

“SIG has made strong progress in establishing the business as the leading digital and print provider of racing statistics and form in the burgeoning U.S. gambling and gaming market. We are delighted that Itay will continue to lead SIG on this exciting journey,” Richard Glynn, Chairman of SIG said.

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Montana Starts Sports Betting Licensing Process

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Montana Lottery has begun accepting applications for Sports Betting Licenses.

In May, the state legislature legalised sports betting and Montana Lottery was tasked with monitoring and offering sports betting in the state.

The gambling authority has already held a public consultation seeking views and opinions about the prospective sports betting operations in the state. Following the public consultation, the new regulations regarding sports betting were published in the state’s Administrative Register.

The Licensing process is the first step towards the “executive” part of launching sports betting in the state. The operators seeking a sports betting license will have to meet the specific criteria set out by the gambling regulator.

The locations which meet those requirements can apply by visiting the State of Montana’s eStop licensing portal. Once the locations are shortlisted, the operators would be provided with training and will have Sports Bet Montana equipment installed at the site.

After the licensing process is complete, Montana will join thirteen other US states which have already launched sports betting operations following the US Supreme Court’s order legalising sports gambling last year.

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Louisiana Gaming Board And Attorney General’s Gaming Divison Endorse ICE North America

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The Louisiana Gaming Board and the Gaming Division of the Louisiana Office of the Attorney General have given their seal of approval to ICE North America after it was announced the show will be hosted in New Orleans between May 13-14 next year.

The ICE brand took its show to Boston this year and has now transferred to the Big Easy next Spring just as the state expects to re-take center stage in the debate on the legalization of sports betting.

With a new bill expected to go before law-makers in the spring, Christopher B. Hebert, Director of the Gaming Division of the State of Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, is set to be a key player and believes the gathering of the industry’s key operators, suppliers and interested parties is well-timed.

He said: “Conferences like ICE North America are crucial to the operation and regulation of the gaming industry in the States. They facilitate communication among regulators, the legal community, and operators by educating those stakeholders on the issues and trends of the regulated markets and solutions to illegal markets.

“With advancements in technology and the expansion of gaming modalities, we believe that education on responsible gaming, BSA/AML, and similar topics is now vital. Having attended ICE North America in Boston last year, we are thrilled to have it coming to New Orleans.”

Chairman Ronnie Jones of the Louisiana Gaming Board was also glowing in his praise of New Orleans and encouraged those who’ve yet to sample the city’s unique charms not to miss out in May.

He said: “New Orleans is consistently ranked in the top five convention and conference destinations because the city wraps its arms around visitors and makes them feel they are in a special place.

“It has a very special culture, and we are happy to show others what makes us different. Indeed, it is a destination that visitors won’t find anywhere else in North America.

“For those who have never been to the city, I would urge that you take your time, slow down, pace your enjoyments of hospitality and you will come to love this city that many of us call home. In return, she will love you right back.”

Welcoming the endorsement of both organizations, Event Director Rory Credland said ICE North America is attracting interest from exhibitors and attendees interested in innovation and the future of betting and gaming, as well as hospitality tech, and was shaping up to be a must-attend event.

He added: “We’re very excited about the show, which is attracting attention from a really wide spectrum of industry stakeholders. I’m very confident that there will be something for everyone with a stake in U.S. betting and gaming and am delighted Ronnie and his colleagues have come on board.”

ICE North America’s 150-plus-speaker conference program will be available for free in 2020, a move that has been made to eliminate barriers of entry to the industry’s decision makers.

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