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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – May 17-23

Niji Narayan

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week at the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

The good news is that the lock-down and social restrictions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic have been eased in many states. As a result, most of the industrial sectors are resuming their operations. Same in the case of the gambling sector too. Several gambling companies too have restarted their operations and some others are on way to resume.

We also report new partnership deals, publication of financial results, and COVID-19 relief efforts in this weekly round-up. Read on and get updated.

Partnership Deals

Evolution Gaming signed a strategic agreement with online casino operator Golden Nugget. The deal will see Golden Nugget’s existing online offering further enhanced in New Jersey, and potentially in other US states in the future, by the addition of Evolution’s US online Live Casino services. As per the deal, Golden Nugget’s online players will have access to unique Evolution game types such as Dream Catcher, Side Bet City, and Top Card, as well as other games from the Evolution portfolio.

Also, the leading sportsbook and casino platform provider BetConnections inked an agreement to obtain DS Virtual Gaming’s full list of games. The integration of the games will give players access to a selection of DS VG’s hit releases with HD video content and state-of-the-art graphics.

There was happy news about Konami Gaming too as its SYNKROS CMS has been selected by Jamul Casino to deliver comprehensive gaming enterprise management across the 200,000 square foot destination.

Konami’s SYNKROS will deliver its leading systems technology across Jamul Casino’s 39 live table games, 1600+ slot games, restaurants, bars, and more.

Financial Reports

The Delaware Lottery reported a 39% year on year increase in online gambling revenues for April 2020. While the state’s land-based venues have been forced to close due to COVID-19, players have turned to online sites instead.

Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and the Harrington Raceway generated total revenues of US$856,182, up from US$615,772 the previous year. This number was and also higher than the US$514,959 generated in March this year.

COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The Alabama Food Bank Association received support from Wind Creek Hospitality, a company owned by the Alabama-based Poarch Band of Creek Indians, to help provide 250,000 meals to Alabama families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The support comes at a critical time for food banks in Alabama as they respond to a greater need during this unprecedented crisis.

Announcements

Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO of William Hill, has revealed that the company is planning to launch online casinos in the US in the second half of 2020.

Despite taking a hit to its results in Q1 2020, William Hill is determined to power up quickly in the second half of the year.

Surveys

Fantasy sports site Monkey Knife Fight (MKF) found in a recent survey of its 1000 users that the popularity of golf will soar both on viewership and participation.

Of MKF’s users, 76% reported that they would participate in a fantasy golf prop contest once golf returns. This is in sharp contrast (181% increase) to the 27% that reported ever having played one MKF golf prop contest before the pandemic.

Compliance

The Colombian gambling regulator Coljuegos published the live casino regulations. These regulations allow the country’s licensed gambling operators to offer live casino games from casinos or studios located within Colombia or overseas, subject to the certification of games by an approved testing house.

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Global Gaming Expo Announces Las Vegas Event Cancellation

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Global Travel Restrictions, Uncertain Guidance Prompt Show Organizers to Eliminate All In-Person Elements

The American Gaming Association (AGA), with partner Reed Exhibitions, formally announced the cancellation of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the gaming industry’s top global event. The show’s organizers are committed to facilitating economic, education, and networking opportunities for the global gaming industry through a series of virtual G2E events throughout the rest of the year to better reflect the current environment. G2E was scheduled to take place October 5-8, 2020; the next in-person edition of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) will take place October 4-7, 2021 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

“In light of continued uncertainty around a viable marketplace at a physical G2E show, global travel restrictions, and currently unknown guidance on large public gatherings this fall, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that we simply cannot hold an in-person G2E this year,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Health and safety have always been our top priority and the uncertainty created by the ongoing pandemic makes this the prudent decision ahead of critical deadlines for exhibitors planning to participate.”

For 20 years, G2E has welcomed nearly 30,000 attendees annually from across the globe, including executives representing key industry partners such as the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, as well as the world’s top casino operators, sports betting companies, and FinTech and digital payments facilitators, among others.

“We arrived at this decision after thoughtfully engaging with national, state, and local public health authorities, as well as exhibitors and buyers who have shared industry observations and priorities. Ultimately, it became clear that proceeding with an in-person gathering simply was not feasible,” said Hervé Sedky, Reed Exhibitions Americas President.

“It is our commitment to use G2E’s platform, as the leading convener of the global gaming community, to continue to deliver unparalleled education content, inspiring collaboration, and innovative ideas as the industry readies for continued growth,” added Sedky.

“As the country works to reopen, the American gaming industry continues to adapt and provide the safest possible experience for our employees and customers while continuing to support the communities in which we operate. We look forward to the moment when we can convene together again with our colleagues from across the world and celebrate the resilience that our industry is known for,” concluded Miller.

The event organizers will announce plans for virtual events and education in the near future.

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FlowPlay Crosses $250,000 Milestone in Funds Raised for American Cancer Society

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FlowPlay, creator of one of the most powerful immersive gaming platforms, announced that its Vegas World in-game fundraisers have surpassed $250,000 raised for the American Cancer Society (ACS). This news comes on the heels of FlowPlay’s most recent campaign, which generated $55,000 for ACS Hope Lodge facilities. This year’s momentum has built upon FlowPlay’s record fundraising year in 2019, when its players helped raise upwards of $100,000 for ACS’s Road To Recovery and Reach To Recovery programs and also extended support to local organizations Crooked Trails and the Seattle Theatre Group.

During the month of May, 2020, FlowPlay offered a virtual ACS Hope Lodge-branded charm in the company’s flagship connected game, Vegas World, which was available for players to purchase. The funds raised helped ACS open the doors of Hope Lodge facilities which had been temporarily closed due to COVID-19 to frontline health care workers. As Hope Lodge communities prepare for reopening to cancer patients and caregivers, additional safety precautions must be instituted. Building modifications, increased cleaning processes, and new necessary supplies such as PPE are adding one-time costs of approximately $350,000 making funding for these facilities especially critical during this unprecedented time.

“I’m always blown away by the ongoing generosity and support our Vegas World community has for the American Cancer Society,” said Derrick Morton, CEO, FlowPlay. “Today marks a major milestone for FlowPlay and ACS, but the needs continue to grow. As our players keep showing up to help those who need it most, I’m hopeful we can continue to make a major impact both in our own backyard and beyond.”

“We are extremely grateful to Vegas World players and FlowPlay for their generosity helping the American Cancer Society to continue to save lives,” said Howard Heino, American Cancer Society Vice President, Hope Lodge Operations & Facilities Management. “Like many organizations, the Society is facing unimaginable challenges to its fundraising. Without companies and individuals stepping forward to help, more lives will be lost to this disease that one in three people will face throughout their lives. Thank you for your critical support.”

To donate to the American Cancer Society, please visit: http://cancer.org/donatelocal.

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Royal River Casino selects Table Trac’s Table Games Management System

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Table Trac, Inc., a developer and provider of casino information and management systems that automate and monitor the operations of casinos, announced it will provide its Table Games Management System for the Royal River Casino located in Flandreau South Dakota.

“Our property is excited to partner with Table Trac to continue to improve our operations. We identified a clear need to upgrade our player tracking and accounting capabilities in our table games department.  Accordingly, after reviewing the majority of the systems available, CasinoTrac was a clear winner for our property,” said Tim Morrissey, Senior Director or Operations at Royal River Casino & Hotel. “Our Executive Team was extremely impressed with the ease of operation for the front-end user of the system. We also see future value in the dynamic nature of the CasinoTrac System to integrate with our current systems while leaving the door open to add additional module in the future.” Morrissey added that “In addition to the CasinoTrac system providing the functionality the property was looking for, the CasinoTrac Team approached the property as a partner, looking to solve our problem and be part of the long-term success of the property, something we are always looking for in our vendors.”

“Royal River Casino had a unique set of requirements.  They communicated exactly how they wanted to approach the solution, we listened and were able to demonstrate how they could utilize features in the CasinoTrac system to accomplish those objectives,” said Table Trac’s Chief Executive Officer, Chad Hoehne who added, “Table Trac, Inc. is happy to be partnering with Royal River for these system solutions.”

Table Trac will provide the Royal River Casino with a complete suite of table games management products that assists casinos in driving player revenues and creating player loyalty, which are included standard with every Table Trac Table Games Management System.

 

SOURCE Table Trac, Inc.

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