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Gavin Isaacs, Frank Legato Honored as Recipients of Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Memorial Awards Honoring Jens Halle and Peter Mead

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The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today that Gavin Isaacs has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism, and Frank Legato has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications.

AGEM previously announced the creation of this unique annual awards program to acknowledge the lasting impacts on gaming by Halle and Mead, two distinctive industry veterans who died unexpectedly in 2015. Honorees will be announced each year at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, and this year’s awards ceremony for Isaacs and Legato will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. at AGEM booth No. 3700 near the main entrance to G2E at the Sands Expo.

Currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Scientific Games, Isaacs, 54, has a long history of success and respect in the global gaming industry. Previously, from 2014-2016, Isaacs was President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games and a Board Director. Before joining Scientific Games in 2014, he served three years as the Chief Executive Officer of SHFL entertainment. Prior to that, Isaacs served five years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bally Technologies. Earlier in his career, Isaacs served nearly eight years with Aristocrat Leisure Limited. During his tenure, he held key management positions, including General Manager, Legal and Compliance; General Manager, Marketing and Business Development; and Managing Director, Europe, before being named Americas President in 2003. Before joining Aristocrat, Isaacs was a partner with the leading Australia law firm DLA Phillips Fox.

“Few people in our industry’s history have traveled the world shaking hands, meeting customers and sharing his unique personality more than Gavin has during a distinguished career that has also taken him to the top leadership position at multiple respected companies,” said Tom Nieman, President of AGEM. “The nominating criteria strictly guide the selection of these awards every year, and Gavin’s general path and dedication to customer relations are very similar to the traits Jens displayed. I know Jens and Gavin were friendly competitors when they were both circling the globe and it gives AGEM great pleasure to honor both Gavin and Frank Legato this year.”

With a background in gaming dating back 35 years, Legato, 61, has served as Editor for Global Gaming Business (GGB) magazine since 2002 and is the leading voice for new slot titles and gaming technology from both the industry and player perspectives. His career in gaming journalism began as Associate Editor for Public Gaming magazine in 1984 and he launched and served as Editor of Casino Gaming magazine in 1985 before moving on to Casino Journal, where his focus on slot companies and their new offerings became renowned throughout the industry. On the player side, Legato started sharing his humorous tales with readers of first Atlantic City Insider and then Casino Player in 1997 and also guided Strictly Slots magazine and its focus on slot and video poker players. A sought-after speaker and trade-show moderator, Legato is also the author of two books on gaming, “How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines… Or Lose Trying” and “Atlantic City: In Living Color.” He has a B.A. in journalism and M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

“When it comes to slot machines and relationships with game companies, no one can touch Frank,” said Marcus Prater, Executive Director of AGEM. “My personal history with Frank goes back to 1996 and I’ve witnessed a commitment to his craft that is unparalleled. He has certainly experienced and written about more slot titles than anyone ever and he does it with an understanding and wit that conveys the entertainment aspect of the suppliers’ place in this global gaming industry. And let’s not forget that Frank is a household name for slot players all over the country who have been reading his hilarious stories of success and misfortune for more than 20 years.”

Halle, a longtime Bally and Novomatic executive in Europe who was most recently CEO of Gauselmann Group’s Merkur Gaming based in Florida, died suddenly on May 20, 2015 at the age of 57. Mead, the founder and publisher of Casino Enterprise Management magazine, died suddenly in Las Vegas on June 24, 2015 at the age of 54.

Current gaming professionals were nominated for these memorial awards based on the following criteria that aim to capture the unique attributes displayed by Halle and Mead during their storied careers:

Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism
“Nominees must have experience working in the global gaming supplier sector for a minimum of 10 years and possess the following traits and qualities that Jens displayed throughout his working life: Professionalism, business success, international scope, attention to detail and timely follow-up; a willingness to ‘go the extra mile,’ both figuratively and literally; a sense of humanity in an oft-times cutthroat business; a recognition of the importance of a handshake and a fair deal for all; and a dedication to the health of the industry as a whole.”

Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications
“Nominees must have experience working in the mainstream media, gaming trade press or individual gaming company PR/communications for a minimum of 10 years and possess the following traits and qualities that Peter displayed throughout his working life: Quality reporting and communication with an emphasis on personal contact to generate ideas and gather information; taking risks and questioning the status quo; challenging the industry to consider new ideas; and identifying trusted partners to improve the overall product.”

Chief Executive Officer and President of Novomatic Americas Rick Meitzler and Global Gaming Business (GGB) founder and Publisher Roger Gros were the recipients of the AGEM memorial awards program in 2017. Ainsworth Game Technology founder and current Executive Chairman Len Ainsworth and then-Golden Entertainment Director of Corporate Communications and longtime Las Vegas Review-Journal gaming columnist Howard Stutz were the initial recipients of the AGEM memorial awards program in 2016.

AGEM is a non-profit international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, lotteries, systems, table games, online technology, sports betting, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through political action, regulatory influence, trade show partnerships, educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory agencies and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives. For more information, visit www.AGEM.org.

The current AGEM membership roster, 160 companies strong based in 22 countries, is a who’s who of the supplier segment of the global gaming industry: AGEM Gold Members: AGS, Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Everi, International Game Technology (IGT), Konami Gaming, Merkur Gaming, NOVOMATIC Group, Scientific Games and Sega Sammy Creation. AGEM Silver Members: Action Gaming, Aruze Gaming America, Betson Enterprises, Casino Technology, Crane Payment Innovations (CPI), Gaming Partners International (GPI), Inspired Gaming, JCM Global, Ortiz Gaming, Quixant PLC, Suzo-Happ Group, TCSJohnHuxley, TransAct Technologies and Zitro. AGEM Bronze Members: Abbiati Casino Equipment, Ace Systems Mx, Alfastreet, Amatic Industries, APEX gaming, Atlas Gaming, Astro Corp., BetConstruct, Bingotimes Digital Technology, Cammegh Limited, Century Gaming Technologies, CG Technology (CGT), Cole Kepro International, DR Gaming Technology (DRGT), Euro Games Technology (EGT), Exacta Systems, FBM, Galaxy Gaming, Gamblit Gaming, GameCo, Gaming Arts, Gaming Support, Glory Global Solutions, Grand Vision Gaming, Incredible Technologies, Interblock USA, Jackpot Digital, Jumbo Technology, Matsui Gaming Machine Co., Metronia, Patriot Gaming & Electronics, PDS Gaming, RCT Gaming, Spintec, Table Trac, Weike Gaming Technology, Wells-Gardner Technologies, Win Systems and Worldpay Gaming. AGEM Associate Members: 3M Touch Systems, Adlink Technology, Advantech-Innocore, Agilysys, ArdentSky, Arrow International, Asimex Global, Atrient, Automated Cashless Systems, Automated Systems America, Inc. (ASAI), Axiomtek, BDO USA, British Group Interactive (BGI), Capco, Carmanah Signs, Catapult Global, CDC Gaming Reports, CMC Trading Engineering (International) Ltd, Comer Holdings, Comtrade Gaming, Cooper Levenson, Deloitte LLP, Digital Instinct, DiTronics Financial Services, Dominode, Duane Morris LLP, E4 Gaming, EFCOtec Corporation, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, Elite Gaming Technology, Fantini Research, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, Fox Rothschild, G2 Game Design, Gambling Compliance, Gamesman, Gaming Capital Group, GAN, Ganlot, Gary Platt Manufacturing, Gasser Chair Company, Genesis Interactive Technologies, GET IN Global, Global Gaming Business (GGB) Magazine, Global Gaming Group (G3), Greenberg Traurig, GSL Gaming Group, House Advantage, Howard & Howard, Impact Display Solutions, Intel, IPS, James Industries, James Industry Research Group, Jones Walker, JP Morgan Chase, KEY-BAK, Kiron Interactive, Kontron, Lazcano Sámano, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Lightstone Solutions, Majestic Realty, Millennial Esports, NanoLumens, Nanoptix, Olsen Gaming / Spectronix, Outpost Creative, Patir Casino Seating, Plus Studios, Portilla Ruy-Díaz y Aguilar, Posiflex Business Machines, Proforma GPS, Regulatory Management Counselors (RMC), Rising Digital, RMMC, RSM US LLP, SAP, SCA Gaming, Sightline Payments, Southco, Southwest Manufacturing Services, Spin Games, StylGame USA, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Talent Associates, The Bright Group, The United States Playing Card Company, Touch Dynamic, Tournament One, TOVIS, TraffGen USA, Veridocs, Wells Fargo, Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) and Zebra Technologies.

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Regulated Online Gambling Market Attracts the Attention of Big Players

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The regulated online gambling market in the U.S. has attracted the attention of many big players, both within and outside the gambling industry. This includes a disproportionate amount of offshore companies, due to the fraught history of online gambling in the states.

Since the advent of the Internet, the federal government and the Justice Department have taken a hostile stance towards online gambling. With the exception of sports betting in recent years, online casino gambling still remains very much within the crosshairs of the government.

Over the years, this has led to the stagnation of the online gambling market in the U.S., with the notable exception of Las Vegas. When you discount the casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, very few homegrown companies are active in the online gambling scene, especially on the tech side of the equation.

In the global market, Europe has stolen a march on everyone else with their more liberal take on regulated online gambling. This has led to the rise of a diverse field of companies looking to enter the newly opened online betting markets in the United States in 2018–19.

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Foxwoods Resort Casino Installs Third Interblock Stadium

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Luxury gaming manufacturer and electronic table game (ETG) market leader Interblock® announced an expansion of their footprint at Foxwoods Resort Casino, North America’s largest resort casino. The most recent addition to the casino is a Diamond dealer assist stadium to the Rainmaker Casino. The expansion takes the product portfolio of Interblock to 85 seats at the property.

John Connelly, CEO of Interblock commented “The executive management team at Foxwoods Resort Casino has always strived to be first when it comes to innovation. The introduction of a third stadium within the same casino is an indication of the financial benefits Foxwoods has realized.

A combination of new players, operational savings, and the ability to increase both handle and hold percentages has proven to bring the incremental EBITDA Foxwoods was looking for. This could have only been achieved with the support of the casino.”

Foxwoods Resort Casino was one of the first properties in North America to install the company’s award-winning Pulse Arena in 2016, which was branded as PLAY Arena. PLAY Arena is a technological experience that delivers a hybrid of entertainment, gambling, and social interaction. An immersive video wall displays games in play, statistics, and game history. New Interblock technology provides players with the ability to play up to four games simultaneously from a single play station within the stadium including live Multi-hand Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and video Craps and Sic Bo.

Performance results from PLAY Arena have encouraged property management to add additional Interblock Stadiums to their casino floor. In addition to PLAY Arena in the Great Cedar Casino, the property will now feature Diamond dealer assist stadiums in both their Rainmaker Casino and Fox Tower Casino. The stadiums consist of 30 and 24 seats respectively and feature live Multi-hand Blackjack, Dual-shoe Baccarat and Roulette. Interblock stadium solutions allow operators to easily transform a dealer assisted stadium into a fully automated stadium, ensuring that the section of the casino floor is always active and able to generate constant revenue even when live dealers are not present. The live dealer tables are equipped with an easy to use dealer console and a camera that allows players to view the live gameplay from their play station screen in addition to the large LCD displays above. Play stations are also equipped with brilliant high-definition graphics offering side bets, trends, game rules and a strategy card for Blackjack.

Wayne Theiss, Vice President Table Games at Foxwoods Resort Casino said “We are very excited about our continued partnership with Interblock. Our recently expanded footprint is a testament to the tremendously successful performance of their units on our floor.”

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Scientific Games, Big Time Gaming and Golden Nugget Bring Online Content to New Jersey

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Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games”) ramped up its online presence in New Jersey through a new launch that sees Big Time Gaming (“BTG”) content available via its Open Gaming System (“OGS”) with Golden Nugget Online Casino (“Golden Nugget”).

BTG is one of Scientific Games’ top-performing network partners in the UK and European markets; this partnership brings their content to the growing U.S. space backed by the renowned OGS platform, beginning with Golden Nugget. The launch reimagines play by giving Golden Nugget an entire library of BTG and Scientific Games content, including games that use the massively popular Megaways™ mechanic like the blockbuster slot Bonanza, available at launch next week.

Nik Robinson, BTG CEO, said: “Our content and Scientific Games’ platform make for a perfect New Jersey offering. The U.S. digital gaming market is gaining traction, and we’re excited to provide Golden Nugget’s players with our growing library of innovative titles.”

Expanding on its strong partnership in Europe with BTG, this launch underpins the reliability and impact of the OGS platform, which brings thousands of games to operators with a single, easy integration. Golden Nugget now has access to a revolutionary portfolio of game content that brings together two of the industry’s creative forces.

Dylan Slaney, SVP Casino and Platforms for SG Digital, said: “Our CONNECT partner program gives developers and innovators the opportunity to offer their content to more players than ever before via one seamless integration, and this launch is a perfect example. By leveraging BTG’s innovative prowess, our strong game brands (both licensed and proprietary), and Golden Nugget’s loyal audience, we’ve created a truly unprecedented gaming ecosystem for New Jersey players.”

“Golden Nugget Casino leads the New Jersey market with the largest portfolio of slot games,” said  Thomas Winter, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Golden Nugget Online Casino. “Working with Scientific Games and Big Time Gaming to bring these innovative Megaways™ slot games to the U.S. provides our growing player base an exclusive first look at these games that are pioneering the online slots industry.”

Megaways™ is a trademark owned by Big Time Gaming. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

© 2019 Scientific Games Corporation. All rights reserved.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a world leader in gaming entertainment offering the industry’s broadest and most integrated portfolio of game content, advanced systems, cutting-edge platforms and professional services. Scientific Games is #1 in technology-based gaming systems, digital real-money gaming and sports betting platforms, casino table games and utility products and lottery instant games, and a leading provider of games, systems and services for casino, lottery and social gaming. Committed to responsible gaming, Scientific Games delivers what customers and players value most: trusted security, engaging entertainment content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology. For more information, please visit www.scientificgames.com.

Scientific Games Contacts
Corporate Communications:

Scientific Games:  Susan Cartwright +1 702-532-7981
Vice President, Corporate Communications
susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 Investor Relations:
Scientific Games:  Michael Quartieri +1 702-532-7658
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

About Big Time Gaming:

Big Time Gaming is the thought leader in slot development, providing the world’s largest online casino operators with its revolutionary OMNI product range. Big Time Gaming continues to lead the charge with games such as Bonanza and Extra Chilli breaking records in turnover and topping the European iGaming charts. With its first branded release Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Big Time Gaming has a growing portfolio of innovative slots and games available through Scientific Games, Microgaming and now Relax.

www.bigtimegaming.com

 

 

About Golden Nugget Atlantic City

The Golden Nugget Atlantic City, located on Frank S. Farley Marina is a premier resort destination, offering guests more than 740 rooms and suites. The entire property went through a $150 million complete renovation 5 years ago and has taken on a fresh, modern look to include a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, and poker room; nightly entertainment, new bars and lounges, Haven Nightclub, stylish retail offerings, as well as Landry’s signature world-class restaurants such as Chart House and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse; a luxury spa and salon; and H20 poolside lounge. The Golden Nugget has already established strong brand recognition worldwide with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, NV, Biloxi, MS and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Launched in November 2013, GoldenNuggetCasino.com offers the best user experience to New Jersey online and mobile real-money gaming players. Supported by the largest selection of games for both desktop and mobile players, a user-friendly interface and a world-class Customer Service, GoldenNuggetCasino.com was voted Operator of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 at the iGaming North America Awards and Operator of the Year 2017, 2018 and 2019 at the EGR North America Awards.

 

 

 

Forward-Looking Statements

In this press release, Scientific Games makes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will,” “may,” and “should.” These statements are based upon management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates and are not guarantees of timing, future results or performance. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated in these statements due to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors, including those factors described in our filings with the SEC, including Scientific Games’ current reports on Form 8-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its latest annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 28, 2019 (including under the headings “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors”). Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and, except for Scientific Games’ ongoing obligations under the U.S. federal securities laws, Scientific Games undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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