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IGT at G2E 2018: “Your Best Bet”

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– Company highlights position as leading U.S. B2B Sports Betting solutions provider
– Expands Wheel of Fortune® portfolio to include new TRUE 4D™ and MegaTower™ games; demonstrates depth and breadth of multi-level progressive portfolio on CrystalCurve™ cabinet
– Bolsters core portfolio with new Proven Performer titles, high-denomination mechanical reel games; debuts IncrediBell!™ video tournament solution
– Continues video poker and keno leadership with new content on multiple cabinets
– Presents M5 next-generation media management system, and range of mobile systems solutions for land-based casinos

 

International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) today announces the products and solutions that the Company will showcase under the theme “Your Best Bet” at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), Oct. 9-11 in Las Vegas, Nev. With the trade show’s largest booth, IGT will display hundreds of innovations for land-based and digital gaming, and demonstrate how its solutions can help IGT customers capture the market opportunities of today and the future, including those within the rapidly evolving U.S. sports betting market.

“The abundance of opportunity for our customers in the nascent U.S. sports betting and digital gaming markets provides IGT with an exciting opportunity at G2E to demonstrate how we can leverage our leading PlayShot B2B sports betting platform and the full capabilities of our PlayDigital organization to benefit casino and lottery operators,” said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO North America.As our G2E theme ‘Your Best Bet’ reinforces, IGT will showcase a range of games, cabinets and systems that our customers can place on their floors with confidence, knowing that we prioritize performance and extensive roadmap development across our entire product and solutions portfolio.” 

IGT gaming innovations within IGT’s booth 3659 will include:

IGT PlayDigital™ organization and the market-proven PlayShot™ sports betting solution: IGT will highlight the versatility of its PlayDigital organization and “go digital” portfolio that enables anywhere, anytime gaming. Center stage will be IGT’s PlayShot sports betting solution, the leading U.S. B2B sports betting platform. Already deployed in multiple states and the sports betting platform of choice of some of the world’s largest casino operators, IGT PlayShot sports betting technology is a fully capable “plug and play” technology that offers land-based retail, on-premise and state-wide digital delivery options. Leveraging its experience as a global sports betting provider, IGT will introduce its PlayShot QuickBet sports betting kiosk, a user-friendly and modern, walk-up sports betting option. The Company will also debut the CrystalBetting™ Terminal – a slot machine-inspired hardware that applies IGT’s pedigree in land-based casinos to give players an immersive and comfortable way of enjoying the full range of in-play and pre-match wagering, live video and more.

Premium games that excite on attention-grabbing hardware: G2E attendees will be chanting “C’Mon Big Money!” as they tour IGT’s premium G2E portfolio and are greeted by the evolution of Wheel of Fortune Slots. IGT will feature two new Wheel of Fortune 4D games – Wheel of Fortune 4D Featuring Vanna White and Wheel of Fortune 4D More Money, along with new games Wheel of Fortune Triple Red Hot 7s™ for the top-performing MegaTower cabinet. New mega-sized game Megabucks® Double Diamond® Deluxe on the S3000® XL cabinet will advance IGT’s momentum in the large-format space, while IGT’s TRUE 4D title American Gods™ 4D will entertain players with its vibrant, multi-sensory gaming experience that captures the spirit of the namesake TV fantasy drama. The Company will demonstrate the depth and breadth of its multi-level progressive library for the CrystalCurve cabinet by showing new base games for its expansive library of multi-level progressive games on the CrystalCurve cabinet such as the Fort Knox®, Fortune Gong, Golden Goddess® and Jurassic Park™ Trilogy games.

Proven core content on compelling hardware: The Company’s core portfolio will be anchored by a large library of core video games that excelled in the IGT test bank program and achieved Proven Performer status. On the CrystalCurve cabinet, IGT will showcase titles such as the Fortune Coin™ and Coin O Mania™ games, along with additional newly minted Proven Performer titles. Making its G2E debut, IGT’s CrystalDual® 27 cabinet will feature a range of top-performing games such as Scarab™ and Solar Disc™, and new innovative games such as Wild Pirates® and Lucky Buddah™. IGT will demonstrate the versatility of the CrystalDual 27 cabinet by unveiling a new video TournXtreme® product, IncrediBell! and hosting spirited slot tournaments throughout the three-day event.

In the stepper space, IGT will feature titles on the S3000 cabinet such as the Red White and Blue® Drumroll game – one of many titles that incorporates classic features such as prominently displayed pay tables, iconic sounds, and retro-style jackpot meters. The Company is also increasing its focus on the high-denomination space, which will be evident with titles such as Pinball® Gold and Double Double Gold™ on the S3000 cabinet.

New video poker and keno content with market-leading brands and mechanics: As the market leader in video poker, IGT will continue to set the industry standard for excellence through new video poker and keno content. The Company will reveal a new version of the most popular video poker title of all time with Game King®. The content bundle incorporates roulette and new game concepts based on some of IGT’s most successful slot titles such as the Da Vinci Diamonds® Keno game. IGT will also showcase the evolution of its Wheel Poker® game series with the Asian-themed Lucky 8’s Wheel Poker™ game. The new Ultimate X Keno® and Super Times Pay® Keno game titles build on IGT’s winning poker brands to introduce a new keno experience.

 

Systems solutions that differentiate loyalty programs and enable agile operations: G2E attendees can experience the evolution of in-display media management through IGT’s M5 systems solution. Built with HTML-5, the IGT Advantage® system add-on places a range of conveniences such as personalized promotions, beverage ordering and exciting bonuses at the players’ fingertips within a slot game’s service window. The M5 solution enables operators to create content once and deploy it across multiple channels with a consistent user experience. Mobile innovations such as Mobile Intelligent Offer (MIO) and Cardless Connect™ technology will demonstrate how mobile devices can enhance the player experience.

Other product highlights within IGT’s booth will include:

  • IGT Dynasty Electronic Table Games (ETG) and content. G2E will be the world debut of IGT’s automated Triple Zero Auto Roulette game, and also a platform for the Company to highlight its new RNG baccarat interface, along with its expanded options for baccarat and blackjack side bets. IGT will also showcase its new signage options for Dynasty ETG terminals.
  • Chill Gaming’s dynamic game concept Bloomtopia™, and the chance-skill hybrid game Fortunes of the Brave® that reward players with monetary and non-monetary rewards.
  • New games for the CrystalDual® + Stepper cabinet such as the Alfred Hitchcock™ – Master of Suspense, and Temple of Treasure™ Triple Gold® games.
  • An expanded Class II portfolio that includes migrations of Class III video Proven Performer titles such as the Solar Disc and Mistress of Egypt™ games.
  • The CDS-compatible Triple Fortune Dragon® game on the CrystalCurve cabinet.
  • The Company’s marquee Video Lottery Terminals Quasar® VLT and CrystalDual 27 VLT, as well as market-specific content including the Shield Maiden™ and The Wild Life® Extreme games.
  • Features of the Intelligen™ System including mobile device integration with Mobile Advanced Business Intelligence.

 

About IGT:
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

 

Source: IGT

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Legal Sports Betting Begins in New York Casinos

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New York Casinos have started legal sports betting. Bettors placed their first wagers on pro sports games following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a ban on the practice last May. Gamblers at the Rivers Casino near Schenectady plunked down bets on the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners and tennis phenom Varvara Lepchenko.

“We’re going to get mobile sports betting before the middle of next year, it just has to be, because right now New Jersey is cleaning our clock when it comes to sports betting. I think New York should always be at the forefront of everything and right now we’re a little bit behind them,” Assemblyman Gary Pretlow said.

Sports betting is expected to raise millions of dollars as tax revenue. But proponents say the state is losing out on millions more because bets can only be placed at four upstate casinos rather than online and via mobile phone as is allowed in New Jersey.

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Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Makes History with Opening of New Sportsbook Lounge

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Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Makes History with Opening of New Sportsbook Lounge
(L to R) Rush Street Gaming Co-Founder and CEO, Greg Carlin; Schenectady, New York Mayor, Gary McCarthy; Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady General Manager, Justin Moore
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 Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady officially launched legal sports betting in New York State with the opening of its new Rivers Sportsbook lounge.

 

“We’re so proud to be the first gaming operator in New York to take legal sports bets,” said Rivers Casino & Resort Acting General Manager Justin Moore. “Many people worked very hard to make legal sports wagering a reality in New York State, and we thank all of them for their tireless efforts and dedication. Sports fans and bettors from across the Capital Region and beyond will be thrilled with our new state-of-the-art Rivers Sportsbook lounge. We look forward to having them as guests at Rivers Casino & Resort and the City of Schenectady.”

Casino representatives, guests, and area dignitaries gathered at Rivers Casino today to cut the ribbon on the state’s first legal sports betting location. Opening Day of the sportsbook also included appearances by Super Bowl Champion and former New York Giants punter, Sean Landeta; Pro-Bowl safety and former New York Jet, Erik Coleman; and World Series MVP, New York Yankee great, Bucky Dent.

“We couldn’t be happier for our great community partner Rivers Casino & Resort,” said Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy. “It is indeed an historic day not just for the state of New York, but for the City of Schenectady. As Rivers Casino grows, so does its positive impact on our community. The opening of Rivers Sportsbook will surely attract even more guests to the property and to our great city. Looking ahead, we are also hopeful that our leaders in Albany will see how hard Rivers Casino is working to keep up with growing regional competition and recognize how important it is for them to address structural tax disadvantages in the market.”

The new Rivers Sportsbook, which was designed by DMAC Architecture of Chicago, is a luxury sports lounge and occupies just over 5,000 square feet.  Club chairs and table seating accommodate approximately 80 guests and include five private booths with TV monitors – each accommodating up to 6 people. The lounge also includes18 individual VIP seats and 32 tabletop seats.

Rivers Sportsbook has an impressive state-of-the-art 53′ x 9′ LED video wall that anchors the sportsbook viewing area, along with 22 additional TV monitors. The sportsbook also includes 14 betting kiosks and 6 staffed betting windows to accommodate guests. Rivers Sportsbook is located directly off the casino’s main gaming floor – adjacent to Van Slyck’slounge.

Rivers Sportsbook will offer betting on a wide array of sporting events including professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, college sports and more. Bets are expected to include, but not be limited to, straight bets, parlays, totals, and in-game betting. Wagers can be placed at the betting counter with a live sportsbook writer during Rivers Sportsbook hours of operation or at a sports betting kiosk 24 hours a day.

Rivers Casino’s sports wagering supplier is Rush Street Interactive LLC (RSI), an award-winning gaming company that develops and operates real-money in-casino and online sportsbooks. Rush Street Interactive will bring the same high quality in-casino sportsbook solution to Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady as players in the state of Pennsylvania have been enjoying since 2018. RSI provides its in-casino sportsbook service to the top two performing retail sportsbooks in the state of Pennsylvania; Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia collectively account for over fifty-percent of all retail sportsbetting handle in the state since the market opened.

Recently recognized as the number one tourist destination in the Capital Region, the sportsbook lounge will complement the wonderful amenities already offered by Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady. Sports betters and fans alike will not only enjoy a world-class sports book, but they will also be able to experience top entertainment, premium dining, and  The Landing Hotel – Rivers’ luxurious riverfront hotel.

The Rivers Sportsbook hours of operation will be Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.; and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., but are subject to change to accommodate athletic seasons.

There is a $5 minimum wager amount and all bets are cash only. Betting sheets with odds will be printed and available at Rivers Sportsbook. Must be 21 years of age or older to access the gaming floor and wager at Rivers Sportsbook.

 

ABOUT RIVERS CASINO & RESORT SCHENECTADY:
Located at the picturesque Mohawk Harbor near the heart of downtown Schenectady, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady features 1,150 slots, 67 live table games and a 16-table poker room and a live, in-casino luxury sportsbook lounge.

The casino offers five distinctive restaurants—among them are Dukes Chophouse, Flipt, Johnny’s To-Go and Mian. Rivers features a multipurpose Event Center space, a lively entertainment lounge—Van Slyck’s, live music performances, free parking and daily promotions and giveaways.

The Landing Hotel is a 165-room, six-story boutique hotel with riverfront views located adjacent to the Event Center. Rivers, which opened in 2017, employs approximately 1,200 team members and has been voted a great place to work in Schenectady.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates. For more information, visit riverscasinoandresort.com

ABOUT RUSH STREET INTERACTIVE:
Rush Street Interactive (RSI) was founded by pioneers in the internet gaming industry with decades of collective experience in developing, supplying and operating online gaming sites. The Chicago-based business launched its first casino site, PlaySugarHouse.com in NJ, in September 2016 and made history in August 2018 as the first online operator in the United States to offer an integrated online sportsbook and casino.  Rush Street Interactive is also the service provider of the sportsbooks at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. RSI made history once again by next launching Pennsylvania’s first online sportsbook, PlaySugarHouse.com, and on its heels followed that with a second online sportsbook site, BetRivers.com.   

Additionally, RSI is the only U.S. gaming company to launch a regulated online sportsbook in Latin America. Rush Street Interactive is also the developer and operator of a leading social gaming platform that is currently deployed at Rush Street-affiliated casinos (Rivers Casino in PittsburghSugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois and Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, New York), as well as selected third party partners.

Rush Street Interactive was named “Mobile Operator of the Year” in North America at the EGR North America Awards 2019 and “American Operator of the Year” & “Casino Operator of the Year” by Gambling.com for their inaugural American Gambling Awards in 2019.

 

Source: Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady

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John James the New CEO and President of Foxwoods Resort Casino

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Resort Casino Veteran Brings Over 25 Years of Native American Gaming Leadership to Foxwoods

 

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council announces tribal gaming executive John J. James has been named the new President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. James currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Morongo Casino Resort & Spa located in Cabazon, California and will be taking the helm at Foxwoods beginning August 12.

James succeeds Felix D. Rappaport, whose untimely death in June of 2018 led to Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler taking over as the resort’s interim CEO shortly thereafter. With over 25 years of highly successful Native American gaming resort operations experience, James is uniquely positioned to lead Foxwoods into its next evolution as the premier entertainment destination in the Northeast. His expertise and vision will help build on Foxwoods’ solid foundation and maximize the tremendous growth opportunities that lie ahead.

“Over the past decade, Foxwoods transformed the traditional gaming model through a relentless pursuit of guest-first experiences resulting in the only true all-encompassing resort destination,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler. “With his proven track record for innovation, John is the right leader to continue that commitment to our guests, fulfill our vision and ignite our passion for delivering a resort that excites and surprises. John perfectly represents our team’s values and beliefs, and we are ready to drive the future of Foxwoods together.”

James’ deep expertise across key business units including finance, innovative marketing and award-winning design and development allows him to take a “whole-brained” approach to growth and profitability.

“Foxwoods is the premier destination in the Northeast and a pioneer in the tribal gaming community, and I’m thrilled to be joining their stellar team,” said James. “Over the past 27 years, Foxwoods and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation have built a world-class resort casino with an unparalleled array of offerings for guests, and I look forward to working with the entire team to continue fortifying Foxwoods’ position as one of North America’s premier resort destinations.”

Prior to joining Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, James was Chief Executive Officer for Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc. where he led the tribe’s three casinos in achieving the highest recorded earnings in the State of Arizona. He also held chief executive roles at Seminole Gaming, Inc. and Pechanga Resort and Casino. Additionally, James served as a Vice President and General Manager for various successful Station Casinos properties in Las Vegas.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, James attended the University of Nevada where he graduated from the accounting program. As he assumes his new role at Foxwoods, he and his wife Giselle will be relocating to Mystic, Connecticut.

 

About the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation:
The Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribal Nation is a federally recognized Indian tribe located at one of America’s oldest Indian reservations, Mashantucket, in Southeastern Connecticut.  As pioneers of the Indian Gaming casino industry, the history of the Mashantucket Pequots reveals one of America’s greatest come-back stories, featured at the Tribe’s world renowned Mashantucket Pequot Museum. Today, the Tribe owns and operates one of the largest Integrated Resort Casino destinations in North America, Foxwoods Resort Casino, along with a variety of complementary businesses including a world-class golf course, luxury spa, Pequot Pharmaceutical Network, and Pequot Plus Health Benefit Services.  As one of Connecticut’s highest revenue contributors and largest employers, the Mashantucket Pequots have provided the state more than $4 billion in slot revenue through a first-of-its-kind agreement, established in 1993.  Likewise, the Tribe has contributed hundreds of millions in donations and sponsorships for the benefit of communities and tribes in need, locally and throughout the U.S.

About Foxwoods Resort Casino:
As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods Resort Casino offers guests a premier destination resort experience throughout its six world-class casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels featuring over 2,200 rooms; dining options for all tastes; luxurious spas; award-winning golf; state-of-the-art theaters; Tanger Outlet Mall; conference space for groups of all sizes; and free online casino games at FoxwoodsONLINE.com. There is always something new at Foxwoods, most recently the arrival of Foxwoods Extreme Adventures. Adventure knows no limit as guests can zipline, free fall, catapult or race around on a European-style indoor karting track. Foxwoods Resort Casino truly is The Wonder Of It All, providing a personalized and exciting escape for everyone. Foxwoods, opened in 1992, is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a detailed look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit Foxwoods.com.

 

Source: Foxwoods Resort Casino

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