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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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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – January 10-16

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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 acquisitions. Read on and get updated.

Latest News

The wait for mobile sports betting to arrive in New York is officially over. After being named one of the first operators to receive a license for mobile sports wagering operations in the state, Caesars Entertainment made history with its online and mobile sports betting app, Caesars Sportsbook, accepting its first sports wagers in the Empire State.

MGM Rewards is the revamped loyalty rewards programme that MGM Resorts is set to launch on February 1. The “reimagined” programme offers new ways to earn for both gaming and non-gaming spend, plus enhanced guest experiences.

Caleta Gaming has announced that its full game portfolio is online at Foliatti Casino, the first online casino from Mexican Group Foliatti. Video bingos, video slots, kenos, lottos and scratch cards provided by Caleta are already available to Foliatti Casino players.

JCM Global has installed its core product suite at Penn National Gaming’s new Hollywood Casino Morgantown. The $110m Pennsylvania property opened in December 2021, with JCM having installed its product suite – which includes its iVIZION bill validator, GEN5 Thermal Printer and ICB Intelligent Cash Box system – in all 750 games on the casino floor.

Aristocrat Gaming’s Neptune Canopy is now live on casino floors and has made its eastern US debut at Mohegan Sun. Aristocrat’s Neptune Canopy cabinet is a landmark in casino game play. When placed back-to-back, two games create a connected canopy for a sweeping gaming experience unlike any other.

PayNearMe has announced that it has been granted approval by the New York Gaming Commission to provide its MoneyLine platform to licensed operators across the state.

Partnerships

PointsBet Canada has joined the NHL Alumni Association as their exclusive sports betting partner in Canada and official partner in the US.

Madison Square Garden Sports Corp has announced a multi-year marketing partnership with Socios.com, naming the all-in-one influence and rewards blockchain app for sports fans across the world an Official Partner of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

The PGA TOUR and FanDuel announced a three-year extension through 2024 to their content and marketing relationship designating FanDuel an Official Betting Operator of the PGA TOUR.

BestOdds.com, a leading sports betting and education brand, has signed affiliate-partnership agreements with Caesars and FanDuel, two of the major US online sports betting operators licensed in New York.

International Game Technology has signed a strategic sports betting agreement with Meruelo Gaming, an affiliate of the SAHARA Las Vegas and Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev., and the Arizona Coyotes.

The New York Gaming Commission has officially legalised the operation of sports betting platforms in the state. The Game Day, an affiliate partner to the major sportsbook operators, has secured partnerships with the four sportsbooks and has begun to market NY-specific promotions and offerings to in-state gamblers and bettors.

New Acquisition

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming has acquired assets of Fantini Research, including its gaming news publications and virtual trade show business. Fantini Research will continue to operate under the Fantini Research brand and will be a separate division of Eilers & Krejcik Gaming.

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New horizons in the world of mobile: WakeApp agency received a license to promote gambling in the state of Arizona

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The mobile marketing agency WakeApp, which is a guide to the world of mobile, has received another license to promote products in the igaming and sports betting verticals from the Arizona Department of Gaming. This means that from now on, licensed clients of the company can use the services of the agency and get hundreds of thousands of new players in this state.

WakeApp is actively expanding its presence in promising countries and opening up new opportunities to promote products in their territories.

In the state of Arizona, the sports betting vertical was fully legalized only in September 2021.

According to the Arizona Department of Gaming, in the first 2 months after the legalization of betting in this state, players made more than $777 million in bets, most of which were made using mobile devices. This is almost double the previous record in Virginia, where more than $324 million in bets were made in the first 2 months after legalization.

“Right now is a great time to master this market! Structural advantages and unparalleled player enthusiasm will enable advertisers to make the most of the existing acquisition opportunity in the new region.” – CBDO Nikolay Belikov.

Already, the agency has received applications from regular advertisers for promotion in the state of Arizona and is actively preparing to launch new advertising campaigns.

Note: WakeApp is an international project and has been on the market for 7 years, it is also a leader in the development and promotion of gaming and non-gaming mobile applications in the e-com, video streaming, food delivery, sport, utilities, and finance verticals. Earlier in 2021, WakeApp was ranked in 5 categories in the 13th AppsFlyer Performance Index XIII. WakeApp has positioned itself amongst major international competitors such as Search Ads, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, TikTok and others, and also became the only agency represented in the ranking.

 

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Emerging Gambling Markets

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There’s no stopping the rapid rise of gambling markets and the unprecedented growth they’re witnessing within their respective sectors. The United States of America has long been burdened by-laws and legislation to prevent its citizens from placing wagers and gambling on casino games – with the exception of Nevada.

However, since 2018 when the U.S. supreme court abolished PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act), a significant number of states have adopted total legality of gambling online and in casinos.

Gambling culture has always existed in the U.S., and the black-market era is eventually becoming a thing of the past. Emerging gambling markets such as online wagering are still illegal in many states. Still, with an undeniably positive outcome on the economy, new regulations are coming to fruition in most regions.

Thanks to federal law, online sports betting has been illegal, and, surprisingly, America took a long time to alter this downfall. The lucrativeness of the gambling markets and potential revenue is what states have missed out on. Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia have set the precedence, showing incredible revenue figures from markets such as online sports betting.

The state of Arizona is one of the most recent areas to adopt online gambling, and if you’re an Arizona native, you can take advantage of their welcome promo codes right now. Because of bonuses, greater populations, and already booming markets, Arizona, alongside New York, Maryland, North Carolina, and Indiana, are expected to enter the top 10 highest-grossing states inside this sector.

New York, in particular, has been predicted to develop into America’s number one gambling state, as they’ll transition into a complete gambling state in 2022. One factor in New York’s expected success is their bonus offers, which could provide customers with matched deposits as high as $5,000. In addition to the large bonuses, the sheer volume of gamblers in New York should assist their expected market dominance and the state’s willingness to introduce multiple licenses.

With that said, an outsider in America’s sister country, Canada, is likely to become the most significant player in 2022. Both gambling and iGaming markets in Ontario are seeing huge interest from brands and players alike. With a population nearing 16 million, sportsbooks, casino enthusiasts, and 80 something brands are hunting for a license within Ontario.

Fintan Costello, the manager of BonusFinder.com, said:While the larger established U.S. states will continue to play a crucial role in stateside growth in 2022, our index shows that newly regulated markets such as New York and Maryland will outmuscle many others due to their immense player volume potential and highly competitive markets and bonuses which many simply don’t have right now.

While the new U.S. markets will be the benchmark for other emerging and existing states, nothing will compare to Ontario, which will explode when regulated in early 2022.

It’s already a booming market pre-regulation, but we fully expect it to significantly outperform any U.S. state by some distance and for brands to race to the border to secure a significant piece of the action.”

As of now, all U.S. states have the right to legalize gambling and sports betting to any level. Several gaming markets have jumped at the opportunity. These provinces are where you’ll need to be located if you want to participate in locally regulated sports betting, and most of them have/ or are in the process of adopting online gambling. The complete list of states with online gambling include:

  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Iowa
  • New York
  • Indiana
  • Oregon
  • Illinois
  • New Hampshire
  • Michigan
  • Washington D.C
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • South Dakota
  • Connecticut
  • Arizona Wyoming

Of course, over 50% of American states now provide some form of sports wagering – the fastest growing sector within the gambling market. The states above have joined the online betting market or are close to, but we anticipate that by 2024, the majority of states in America will embark on claiming their piece of the pie. The potential profits from this sector cannot be ignored, so it’s no surprise that consideration has flared within so many regions in such little time.

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