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Hard Rock International Names Paul Pellizzari Vice President of Global Social Responsibility

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Hard Rock International announces the appointment of Paul Pellizzari as vice president of global social responsibility. In his new position, Pellizzari will hold overall accountability for the growing entertainment brand’s social responsibility programs and initiatives.

In his previous role, Pellizzari led social responsibility for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and developed a global leadership position for the corporation. This work included building and leading OLG’s responsible gaming program, which was named “Best Overall Responsible Gaming Program in the World” by the World Lottery Association in 2014 and won 16 other national and international awards.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Paul to our Hard Rock family,” said Jeff Hook, executive vice president of development and marketing, Hard Rock International. “Paul’s expertise and background will help contribute to the strength and development of the brand, as we strive every day to live out our brand mottos of Love All – Serve All, All is One, Take Time to be Kind and Save the Planet.”

Prior to leading social responsibility for the OLG, Pellizzari led a research consulting practice at EthicScan Canada, developed social purpose marketing strategies for J. Walter Thompson and worked in corporate communications for Noranda Inc. Throughout his career his work has led to collaborating with all orders of government, the United Nations and with international, national and local not-for-profit organizations.

Pellizzari has written two books and dozens of articles focusing on the topics of corporate social responsibility. Some of his published works include “Conscious Consumption: Corporate SR and Canada’s Grocery Giants” and “Shopping with A Conscience” as well as articles in Canadian Business magazine, The Globe & Mail, Corporate Knights magazine, NOW magazine, Corporate Ethics Monitor and Canadian Gaming Business. In 2015, Pellizzari was named “World’s Top 50 Social Responsibility Leadership Talents” by Global Corporate Social Responsibility Day.

Pellizzari holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Montréal and both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, where he has taught as an adjunct professor.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Reports January Fantasy Contests Revenue

George Miller

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board posted on its web site the January Fantasy Contests Revenue Report. The report provides a breakdown on fees collected from the play of Pennsylvania participants, Fantasy Contests Operators’ adjusted revenue, and tax revenue due to the Commonwealth. The report can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

Fantasy adjusted revenue for January was $2,116,499 compared to adjusted revenue of $2,860,503 in December 2018.

Tax revenue is derived through a 15% assessment on the adjusted revenue reported by the Fantasy Contest Operators and is deposited into the Commonwealth General Fund. This resulted in tax revenue generated during January of $317,475. Seven of the Fantasy Contest Operators reported tax revenue due.

Fantasy revenue and tax revenue for each of the providers for January 2019 is displayed in the following table:

Fantasy Contest Provider

January 2019

Fantasy Contest

Adjusted Revenue

January 2019

State Tax Due

DraftKings

$1,026,565.22

$153,984.78

FanDuel

$998,218.08

$149,732.71

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

$41,878.21

$6,281.73

DRAFT

$35,986.44

$5,397.97

Sportshub Technologies

$8,795.00

$1,319.00

Fantasy Draft

$4,201.20

$630.18

Boom Fantasy

$854.78

$128.22

Total

$2,116,498.93

$317,474.59

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, including sports wagering offered currently at six locations. The oversight also includes other new gaming initiatives, expected to be launched in the coming months, which were created through Act 42 of 2017, an amendment to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ nearly 17,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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William Hill strengthens activity in Nevada

Niji Ng

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William Hill has expanded operation in Nevada, as it is now now operating all Golden Entertainment, Inc. race and sportsbook operations in the state.

The expanded partnership allows bettors use William Hill’s innovative wagering technology, including its award-winning mobile sports betting app and live InPlay wagering menu.

“We are excited to continue expanding our relationship with William Hill, which has a proven sports wagering platform not only in Nevada but around the world. We look forward to growing our business in Nevada and other jurisdictions through this partnership,” said Steve Arcana, COO of Golden Entertainment, Inc.

“The addition of the four new casino resorts marks an exciting new chapter in our relationship with Golden Entertainment. We look forward to working together to offer sports fans an amazing experience for many years to come in Nevada and elsewhere as opportunities arise,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill U.S.

The new development expands Golden Entertainment’s existing partnership with William Hill, which includes operating the race and sports books at Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Gambling Hall and full-service kiosks at Gold Town Casino – Pahrump, and Lakeside Casino & RV Park in Pahrump, as well as depositing kiosks at approximately 80 Golden Entertainment wholly-owned taverns and third-party-distributed gaming locations throughout Nevada. William Hill will also continue to operate the race and sports books at Edgewater and Colorado Belle casino resorts in Laughlin, following Golden Entertainment’s recent acquisition of the properties.

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Sacramento Kings and Swish Analytics to test innovative predictive gaming lounge

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Sacramento Kings and Swish Analytics have joined hands to launch the first of its kind gaming lounge, named ‘Sacramento Kings Skyloft’. It presents a new entertainment experience to the club’s fans Both the companies will demo the NBA’s first dedicated space for the free-to-play, in-arena predictive gaming experience.

“Basketball fans across the country are clamoring for gaming options, and we’re thrilled to be the first NBA team to bring this unique experience to Sacramento,” said Vivek Ranadivé, Owner and Chairman of the Sacramento Kings. “Predictive gaming is incredibly disruptive and will only continue to gain popularity in the NBA and beyond. Working with industry leaders like Swish Analytics allows us to test and perfect this technology to give fans the best experience in future seasons.”

“We’re proud to bring this gaming technology to the NBA with a forward-thinking and creative organization like the Sacramento Kings,” said Bobby Skoff, Co-Founder of Swish Analytics.  “Nobody is better than the Sacramento Kings at building best-in-class fan experiences utilizing technology. The popularity of predictive gaming shows no signs of slowing down and we look forward to continuing to build and iterate the BetRush platform in Sacramento.”

 

About Swish Analytics:
Swish Analytics is the leading platform for powering U.S. sports betting products. We deliver odds origination, risk management and trading software for the core four U.S. sports, with specializations in player propositions, in-play and Bet Request odds making solutions.

About BetRush:
BetRush is a Live Bet Stimulation engine: a real-time streaming feed of betting-focused analysis, content, statistics, odds and visualizations to help viewers engage with live games and to stimulate betting activity. All content is derived from Swish’s proprietary in-house sports analytics and odds making platform. BetRush helps league gaming partners, streaming providers, media partners, affiliates and sportsbook operators to attract more betting interest, increased turnover and higher revenues around NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL betting. BetRush is available via API, white-label iOS application, iframe, SDK or HTML feed.

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