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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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Top C-level Executives, State Representatives are joining the speakers’ lineup at Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America

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CEOs, decision-makers, and Government officials among the speakers at the virtual edition of Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America.

With less than a month to go until the Sports Betting & Casino Summit North America (Virtual Conference) will open its virtual doors, we are honored to announce some big names of the North American gambling industry that will be joining the speakers’ lineup.

The top industry companies have all confirmed their interest in the inaugural event which will break all records for the organizing company.

Register now to secure your seat(s)! REGISTER HERE!

Among the already confirmed 40 speakers, you can find:

  • Brandt Iden (State Representative at the State of Michigan)
  • Nick Papadoglou (Chief Commercial Officer at Intralot Inc/US – Head of Sports Betting in the US)
  • Joe Asher (CEO at William Hill US)
  • Seth Schorr (CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino)
  • Jay Kornegay (Vice President Race & Sports Operations – Westgate LV Resort & Casino)
  • Grant Johnson (CEO at Esports Entertainment Group)
  • Dmitry Starostenkov (CEO at Evenbet Gaming – the leading poker platform provider)
  • Daniel J. Kustelski (CEO & Co-founder at Chalkline Sports)
  • Benjie Levy (President/COO at Score Media and Gaming Inc
  • Lloyd Danzig (Founder & CEO at Sharp Alpha Advisors)

You can view the full list of speakers on the official site.

We are happy to also reveal the program of the conference which will start on 23 June at 12:00 PM EDT (New York Time) / 9:00 AM (Pacific Time) / 6:00 PM (CET), and looks the following way:

Day 1 (23 June)

  • THE STRATEGY OF RESTARTING THE ONLINE SPORTS BETTING INDUSTRY
  • NAVIGATING THE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES IN US SPORTS BETTING & ONLINE GAMING IN AN EVER CHANGING WORLD POST COVID-19
  • THE FUTURE OF LEGALIZED SPORTS BETTING IN CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, AND TEXAS
  • OUTLOOK FOR US GAMING – WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE US GAMING MARKET TO NORMALISE
  • LAS VEGAS – RE-LAUNCH OF THE STRIP
  • ESPORTS BETTING VS CLASSIC SPORTS BETTING IN NORTH AMERICA
  • VIRTUAL GAMING, IS IT GAINING TRACTION IN AMERICA AND CANADA AUDIENCE?

Day 2 (24 June)

  • IS THERE REALLY AN ONLINE POKER RENESSAINCE?
  • INNOVATION DURING AND POST COVID-19 – HOW IS THE INDUSTRY ADAPTING?
  • COMPLIANCE AND CERTIFICATION DURING COVID-19
  • TRIBAL GAMING INDUSTRY – A NEW ERA?
  • THE FUTURE OF ONLINE GAMING IN CANADA
  • RESPONSIBLE GAMING: LESSONS LEARNED FROM EUROPE AND VICE VERSA
  • THE CURRENT & FUTURE STATE OF THE SPORTS BETTING INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE

The full schedule is available on this link!

Register now to secure your seat(s)! REGISTER HERE!

The virtual conference is designed to bring together regulators, operators, suppliers, marketing managers, C-Level Executives, policymakers, and more for two days of quality online learning and networking.

More speakers and moderators are being added daily so make sure to visit, the event’s official website frequently for updates: summits.gamingamericas.com

For further sponsorship/speaking and marketing inquiries, make sure to reach out to Andrada Bota (B2B Sales Executive at Hipther Agency).

For media-related inquiries, please contact Alexandru Marginean (Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency).

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – May 25-31

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news.

Last week, several gambling companies have re-entered into their businesses despite the ongoing pandemic. Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which includes casino reopening, new partnerships, product launches, award winnings, latest approvals, and recent announcements. Read on and get updated.

Casino Reopening

Most of the casinos have resumed their operations this week. Some are on the preparations to restart their business.

Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said that the plans to partially reopen Foxwoods Resort Casino on June 1 are still moving ahead despite opposition from Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.

Rodney Butler told in an interview that Lamont is welcome to tour Foxwoods and see firsthand the safety precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, ranging from fewer open slot machines to air filtration systems.

New Deals

AGS announced a new partnership with the Kindred Group to provide its online, real-money games for the Kindred Group’s Unibet brand in New Jersey.

The Vancouver Titans esports team entered into a new partnership agreement with Pizza Hut Canada and designated Pizza Hut as the Official Pizza of the team and their fans.

Microgaming signed an exclusive distribution agreement with game design and development studio, Neko Games. The studio’s Super Showball video bingo game is live on Microgaming’s content aggregation platform from 26 May 2020.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) and Aristocrat Leisure entered into an agreement in principle to settle the Kater v. Churchill Downs, and Thimmegowda v. Big Fish Games lawsuits.

New Launchings

The igaming publishing company Oddschecker Global Media announced the launch of RacingPicks, a standalone horse racing site. The site’s purpose is to provide day-to-day expert content to the American racing community.

TransAct Technologies Incorporated launched its new Epicentral Clean2Play Sanitization Tracking System for casinos. This new casino product provides real-time printed proof that a slot machine has been cleaned, sanitized, and is ready for play.

The D.C. Lottery is set to launch its sports betting platform in the coming days. The online sportsbook GambetDC will take its first wagers in June, even though a large number of global sports events remain canceled due to COVID-19.

Awards

Michigan State Rep. Brandt Iden received an honorary American Gambling Award for his extraordinary efforts in legalizing sports betting, online poker, and online casino gaming throughout the state in 2019.

Latest Approvals

Illinois lawmakers have approved an approximately $40 billion state budget that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino.

The budget, which largely relies on federal funding, mostly maintains funding from the current budget, which the exception of health care agencies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Legislators also approved a plan pushed by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to change the tax structure for a casino in the city. The Chicago casino was included in last year’s gambling expansion authorizing six new casinos, part of a critical funding source for the state’s $45 billion capital plan.

Financial Help

Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) is going to receive a $500m loan from the Provincial Government.

With Ontario’s state of emergency shuttering casinos, slot machines, and racetracks for the past two months, the gaming monopoly was in dire need of a cash injection.

Announcements

Brazilian Deputy Bacelar has affirmed that the legalization of all gambling verticals could play a key role in economic stability in the country.

He stated that following the current health pandemic, he is in favor of legalizing all gambling verticals, including jogo do bicho, on the grounds that gambling could save Brazil from its current financial crisis and rejuvenate the economy.

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GAN Signs Platform Deal with Cordish Companies

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Cordish Gaming Group, the global gaming division of the Cordish Companies, has selected GAN Limited as the enterprise software Platform provider to power its new “PlayLive!” branded Internet gambling business in the State of Pennsylvania, complementing the development of two new Live!-branded gaming facilities in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The new Live! Casino & Hotel, located in the Stadium Entertainment District in the City of Philadelphia, will be a world-class hotel, gaming & entertainment destination featuring 2200 slot machines and 150+ live action table games.

The second new Live! Casino, located in Westmoreland County, near Pittsburgh, will feature more than 100,000 square-feet of gaming, dining and entertainment space, including 750 slots and approximately 30 live action table games. Both locations are expected to open in 2020.

Live! Casino will be GAN’s third client of real money Internet gambling enterprise software in the State of Pennsylvania, expanding GAN’s real money Internet gambling operations in the U.S. These operations now include the following states—New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, as well as Michigan and Ohio, both of which are expected to commence operations in the first half of 2021.

“We’re delighted to expand upon our long-standing relationship with one of America’s premier commercial real estate families. Bringing Pennsylvania’s newest casino online later this year will be a genuine privilege, and we look forward to supporting their on-property gaming business by leveraging our U.S. patented iBridge Framework, bridging the Internet gambling experience with that of retail gaming. Online will remain the growth driver of this Industry for decades to come, not just in Pennsylvania but across the nation,” Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN Limited, said.

“With our established relationship, GAN was the logical provider of our enterprise platform for launching real money Internet gambling and offers Cordish the ability to extend on-property rewards into the online channel, which has been shown to increase loyalty amongst players of Simulated Gaming,” Robert J. Norton, President of Cordish Gaming Group, said.

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