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LAS VEGAS – RE-LAUNCH OF THE STRIP, an important discussion at Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America 2020

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The top industry companies have all confirmed their interest to join the Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America (Virtual Conference), which will open its virtual doors between 23-24 June

The virtual seats are limited, so hurry and register now to secure your seat(s)! REGISTER HERE

Lasvegassun.com has released an interesting editorial which is titled “Sights and sounds of Vegas give us hope for a full recovery”, and we can directly tie this piece with one of the most interesting land-based industry related panel discussions at Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America (Virtual Conference).

After the Bellagio fountains are now back to life with a playing of “Simple Gifts” to honor the Las Vegas front-liners who have protected the city during the pandemic, MGM Resorts International made another spot-on choice for the follow-up song. This is of course an anthem of the fabulous city, “Viva Las Vegas”.

Las Vegas is already booming and WADE VANDERVORT, of Lasvegassun.com wrote it so beautifully as we would not change anything:

“…it was a godsend to see waters dancing, lights twinkling and guests coming through the doors in the resort corridor and downtown. After 78 days of eerie quiet, Las Vegas took its first steps to recovery.

It’s a moment of hope and a reminder that our community has rebounded from crisis and tragedy before.”

Besides the Bellagio fountains, the gondolas are also gliding along the faux canals at The Venetian.

Up and down Las Vegas Boulevard, from Wynn Las Vegas at the north end to New York-New York and MGM Grand on the south end, gamblers are sliding bills into slot machines and wagering chips at blackjack and roulette tables.

Life is slowly returning to normal in Sin City.

As mentioned above, at Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America (Virtual Conference) we will discuss the subject, and the “LAS VEGAS – RE-LAUNCH OF THE STRIP” panel discussion has some very important guests who are joining us on the 23rd of June to share their insights.

The panel discussion is joined by Jay Kornegay (Vice President Race & Sports Operations – Westgate LV Resort & Casino), Seth Schorr (CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino) and Matthew Holt (President at U.S. Integrity), and will be moderated by Benjie Cherniak (Managing Director of SG Digital’s Don Best Sports group).

Do not miss this unique opportunity to attend a virtual conference that gathers all North American gaming industry experts for 2 days of discussions and networking. Register your seat now!

Jay Kornegay – Vice President Race & Sports Operations – Westgate LV Resort & Casino

Jay Kornegay is Vice President of the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino SuperBook. He has more than 26 years experience in the race and sports book industry. Jay graduated from Colorado State University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Restaurant Business Management. Always intrigued by gaming, Jay moved to Nevada later that year to start his path in that field.

Starting in Lake Tahoe and soon afterwards moving to Las Vegas, Jay has worked at four major sports books. He opened the Imperial Palace sports book in 1989, which soon turned into one of the more popular sports books in the state of Nevada.

In 2004, Jay took the reins of the LVH SuperBook. As the world’s largest race and sports book with over 30,000 square feet, the SuperBook is one of the top sports books in Nevada. Over the years, the SuperBook has won numerous awards and often represents the Las Vegas market with national media outlets. It is known for its aggressive nature and being a player-friendly book by offering fair odds to guests. The LVH SuperBook is also known for offering Nevada’s largest wagering menu by posting many 2nd/3rd tier sports, as well as having an international flavor. In addition, the SuperBook hosts the “SuperContest,” which is recognized as the most prestigious pro football handicapping contest. For the fourth consecutive year, the “SuperContest” set a record for number of entries and marked the most entries ever this past football season at 1034.

Jay resides in Las Vegas with wife Pam, daughter Cara and son Nicholas. He is also well known for shooting a 36 on the front nine and a 59 on the back nine.

Seth Schorr – CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

Seth Schorr is CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. The urban casino resort is the embodiments of Schorr’s vision to create a downtown Las Vegas hospitality experience delivering a superior guest experience and a genuine sense of community.

Since beginning his career in gaming and hospitality in 1991, Schorr served as an integral member of the Wynn Resorts team, developing the international marketing department in Macau, the interactive gaming division, and The Wynn Collection of Fine Art. Earlier in his career, Schorr also worked in numerous capacities at Mirage Resorts including positions at Bellagio Hotel & Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, and Treasure Island Hotel & Casino.

Schorr and his partner, Jeffrey Fine, co-founded Fifth Street Gaming which owns and operates five casinos. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through its affiliate, the LEV Restaurant Group, a food and beverage operation that owns and manages more than 50 restaurants in the Las Vegas area and Southern California including The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Jamba Juice, Lobster ME, JaBurritos, Daily Kitchen, Evel Pie, and Golden Tiki.

In early 2015, Schorr was introduced to the world of eSports and lead the effort of developing the first fully integrated eSports program in a casino resort at The Downtown Grand. The Downtown Grand’s eSports program has included weekly eSports contests, team residencies and sponsorships, a weekly broadcast and professional tournaments. Schorr sits on the board of GameCo and advised on the development and launch of the world’s first video game slot machine. In 2017 Schorr launched Commercial Streaming Solutions which developed a patent-pending media platform, KonekTV, that provides streaming content, including Esports and sports betting content, to retail venues. Schorr is a founder of the Nevada Esports Alliance and continues to be a leader in the convergence of Esports and sports gambling. Schorr is the co-founder of The Strategy Organization: a Modern Gaming and Hospitality consulting firm.

Schorr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is a member of YPO and sits on numerous boards including those for The Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Nevada Restaurant Association, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, the Advisory Board of The Smith Center for Performing Arts, One Night for One Drop and was appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve on Nevada State Board of Museums & History. He is also an executive board member and Chairman of the Communications Committee of the Downtown Las Vegas alliance. Schorr is an avid cyclist, amateur photographer and has two little angels Dax (10) and Mia (9). Most importantly, Schorr recently married Dr. Emily Schorr.

Matthew Holt – President at U.S. Integrity

Originally from New Hampshire, Mr. Holt originally honorably served in the United States Air Force. Once completing his term in the Air Force Mr. Holt attended Morehead State University, obtaining a sports marketing degree before taking up residence in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Holt founded U.S. Integrity, LLC. based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. U.S. Integrity is the gold standard of game integrity and fraud prevention services in the United States. Mr. Holt and his team at US Integrity have built innovative, technology based solutions that allow for easy accessible data and analytics for fraud prevention and game integrity monitoring.

Benjie Cherniak – Managing Director of SG Digital’s Don Best Sports group

Benjie Cherniak is the Managing Director of SG Digital’s Don Best Sports group, a leading provider of sports information products and services relevant to the North American sports betting industry. Benjie oversees the company’s sports information platform, automated data distribution, live pricing, and ancillary consulting services.

Following the acquisition of Don Best by Scientific Games, Benjie has accelerated the growth of OpenBet, the company’s sports betting platform, by integrating Don Best’s world-class pricing services into the technology. Don Best’s trading and pricing expertise have seamlessly become an integral part of SG Digital’s core offering.

Prior to joining Scientific Games, Benjie spearheaded Don Best’s international growth via tailored solutions to tier-one sportsbook operators in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and beyond. Under Benjie’s supervision, Don Best introduced (a) a proprietary pricing product for North American based sports that rapidly established itself as the industry standard; and (b) a data integrity offering to assist North American based sport leagues in identifying potential fraudulent betting patterns.

With 15 years of industry experience, Benjie is a leading voice in the emerging US sports betting industry from both an operational and legislative perspective.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – October 11-17

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

Penn National Gaming has received approval from the Minister of Canadian Heritage under the Investment Canada Act for its acquisition of Score Media and Gaming. The acquisition is expected to be closed on 19 October 2021.

Sharp Alpha Advisors announced last week the final closing of Sharp Alpha Fund I, an oversubscribed $10 million venture capital fund investing in early stage sports betting technology companies.

Online gambling has reached Connecticut, on a limited basis. A soft launch of online sports betting and gaming has begun in Connecticut on October 12. This soft launch allows several hundred people to open accounts to wager for a seven-day period.

Terry Glebocki has resigned as CEO of Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort. Glebocki’s exit reduces the number of female casino bosses after an unprecedented wave of female leadership. Just over a year ago, four of the city’s nine casinos were led by women, but two have since left.

Rush Street Interactive has soft launched a new PlaySugarHouse online sportsbook in partnership with Connecticut Lottery Corporation. From October 12 up to the full launch, 750 customers across the state can register and place bets at www.PlaySugarHouse.com and experience RSI’s award-winning sports betting platform, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once the 750-player limit is reached, customers who pre-register at www.PlaySugarHouse.com will be added to a waiting list and notified as soon as the full launch is authorised.

NOVOMATIC Americas has showcased an extensive portfolio of products at the G2E 2021. At the centre of the product presentation stood the extended Progressives offer, premiering the new ULTRA BOOST Link. This multi-level Linked Progressive comprises three roaring 50-line titles: the magnificent Great American Buffalo, the iconic Great American Eagle and the Asian title Tiger Storm.

New Partnerships

Leading sports gamification company Low6 has announced a partnership with the NFL franchise Cincinnati Bengals. The deal between the UK-based gamification company and the NFL team from Ohio will see the release of free-to-play games “Bengals Picks” and “Ultimate Bengals”.

DraftKings has announced that it has agreed to a deal with the National Hockey League to become an Official Sports Betting, Daily Fantasy Sports and iGaming Partner of the league in the US. To complement the deal, DraftKings has also reached an agreement with Turner Sports, including Bleacher Report, to be the exclusive sportsbook and daily fantasy sports provider for their coverage of the NHL.

New Appointments

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has appointed retired Clark County Judge Jennifer Togliatti and former State Senator Ben Kieckhefer to the Nevada Gaming Commission. Togliatti will serve as chair – and will be the first female to serve as the chair. Togliatti has served the State of Nevada in the state judiciary for more than 25 years and has significant legal, administrative and legislative experience. Kieckhefer has spent the last decade serving in the Nevada State Senate, where he has spent time working on legislation on complex and contentious issues.

New Acquisition

Real estate firm EKN Development Group has acquired the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino located in Crystal Bay, Nevada.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – October 4-10

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

SW Nordic Limited, a subsidiary of Betsson, has completed the acquisition of Inkabet’s B2C online gambling business, a rapidly growing sportsbook and casino business targeting the western region of South America.

The mobile cash payments platform PayNearMe has launched a new platform named “MoneyLine” to manage the complexities of iGaming money movement.

Scientific Games Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ACS’s cashless table game solution titled PlayOn. The PlayOn cashless product line conveniently provides players with a seamless debit solution at live table games.

DraftKings, a leader in the digital sports entertainment and gaming industries, announced its latest, state-of-the-art office location to be based out of Las Vegas, where the company expects to eventually have an expanded team of more than 1000 employees.

Betfred Sports has launched a new OpenBet-powered retail sportsbook in Louisiana through a partnership with Paragon Casino Resort. The Betfred Sportsbook inside The Draft Room at Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, is the first retail venue in the state to allow customers to place legal wagers on a variety of sports.

Comanche Nation Entertainment of Lawton Oklahoma has chosen Table Trac’s CasinoTrac casino management system for its new Comanche Cache Casino currently under construction in Cache, Oklahoma.

Following the signing of an exclusive agreement to distribute the game in the US, TCSJOHNHUXLEY has debuted Richer Spin Roulette at this year’s G2E.

Partnerships

Sightline Payments and Konami Gaming have partnered to bring cashless gaming solutions to Resorts World Las Vegas via Sightline’s Play+ digital payments technology and Konami’s SYNKROS casino management system.

Genius Sports has entered into a new partnership with Hard Rock Digital. As the premier mobile and desktop sports betting brand, Hard Rock Digital will have access to Genius Sports’ leading suite of sportsbook solutions, including official sports data from tens of thousands of events per year, customer acquisition and retention tools, and immersive fan engagement solutions.

The PGA TOUR and PointsBet announced a three-year extension of their multi-year content and marketing relationship designating PointsBet an Official Betting Operator of the PGA TOUR.

Genius Sports Limited has announced a new supplier agreement with PointsBet, a top-tier global online gaming operator, to provide its full range of official sportsbook data, content, and fan engagement solutions including for NFL, NASCAR and EPL.

The Esports Awards has announced Expedia, one of the world’s leading full-service travel brands, as the Official Travel Companion of the 2021 Esports Awards.

Appointments

International Game Technology has appointed Joe Asher as President of Sports Betting. Reporting to Enrico Drago, IGT CEO Digital & Betting, Asher will lead the ongoing expansion of the IGT PlaySports sports betting business in North American markets.

Flutter Entertainment has appointed Amy Howe as CEO of FanDuel. Amy joined FanDuel in February 2021 as President with responsibility for leading the company’s core commercial functions across its Sportsbook, Casino, Racing and Daily Fantasy businesses. She was appointed as Interim CEO in July.

Wynn Resorts’ online sports betting and iGaming brand WynnBET has appointed gaming industry veteran Ian Williams as its new Chief Operating Officer.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 27-October 3

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

GeoComply Solutions has announced that Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi has become the state’s first commercial operator to offer on-premise mobile sports betting via BetMGM across their entire casino floor and restaurants. The BetMGM mobile app utilises GeoComply’s on-premise mobile solution PinPoint which enables fast and reliable wagering while on the Gold Strike casino property.

Endeavor Group Holdings has entered into an agreement to acquire OpenBet, a leading content, platform and service provider to the sports betting industry, from Scientific Games Corporation for $1.2 billion paid through a combination of cash ($1 billion) and Endeavor’s Class A common stock ($200 million).

International Game Technology has announced that its U.S. market-leading PlaySports platform will power sports betting at Angel Of The Winds Casino Resort in Washington State.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and DraftKings Inc. announced that retail sports betting in Connecticut begun on September 30 at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The Texas Lottery has reported $8.107b in sales for the 2021 fiscal year, an increase of 20.9% or $1.403bn from 2020. The Lottery, in its 30 anniversary year, said it made a $1.998bn in contribution to public schools and veterans in the state.

Partnerships

EvenBet Gaming has entered into a partnership with Caleta Gaming. As per the deal, Caleta’s full portfolio including video bingos, kenos, slots, scratchcards and lotto games have been integrated at EvenBet platform.

Leander Games has entered into a partnership with ODDSworks. The collaboration will see ODDSworks utilise Leander’s LeGa remote gaming server platform in the US.

International hosting supplier Internet Vikings has announced a long-term partnership with PlayStar Casino in the United States. They will support the Swedish online casino operator’s advances into the U.S. market by providing them with bespoke iGaming-specific hosting services in New Jersey.

FanDuel Group and Port Madison Enterprises announced plans to bring America’s #1 Sportsbook to the state of Washington. FanDuel Group will form an exclusive partnership with the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort to bring retail sports betting to the state of Washington.

Gaming Realms has signed a commercial deal with 4ThePlayer.com. The deal will see 4ThePlayer games integrated onto Gaming Realms’ platform for distribution in the US.

Strendus, the Mexican-facing online betting and gaming brand of Logrand Entertainment Group, has become the Official Sponsor of LaLiga in Mexico.

Elys Game Technology Corp and New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) announced the entry into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that expresses a joint interest in promoting and facilitating opportunities for food and beverage establishments to participate in the State’s sports betting industry.

Playtech has secured a multi-state agreement in the US with Kindred Group’s Unibet Interactive. Under the agreement, Playtech will provide its award-winning RNG Casino software to Unibet in New Jersey, with further states to follow in the coming months.

Appointments

FanDuel Group has appointed sports radio and television personality and problem gambling advocate Craig Carton as its first national responsible gaming ambassador.

Gaming Arts has Promoted Jean Venneman, the Company’s current Chief Commercial Officer, to the role of Chief Operating Officer.

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