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Gaming Law Masterclasses to be Focus of Second Day of Winter Meeting of Legislators from Gaming States, January 4-6 in New Orleans

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The legal and regulatory issues of sports-betting expansion and emerging payment technologies will be the focus of two IMGL Masterclasses at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States Winter Meeting, January 4-6 in New Orleans.

Registration for the three-day NCLGS Winter Meeting is now open to the public at http://www.nclgs.org/meetings.html. Although the room block at host Harrah’s New Orleans is sold out, numerous nearby hotel options are posted on the conference website.

“The International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclasses at NCLGS will bring the expertise of practicing gaming attorneys and regulators to address issues of critical concern in the gaming industry,” said IMGL Second Vice President Marc Ellinger, an attorney with Ellinger and Associates, LLC. “As a practicing gaming attorney, the information discussed is of paramount importance to knowing the issues we have today and the solutions for the future of the gaming industry. It is truly invaluable.”

The first IMGL Masterclass will analyze the regulations of the ever-expanding sports betting market. With eight states now offering betting and more looking to launch in 2019, legislators and regulators now have real-world examples to create new sports-betting schemes – or modify the ones they have. Regulators and gaming attorneys will examine the current best practices and suggest how they may be improved. Panel speakers are:

  • Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker LLP
  • Marc Ellinger, Partner, Ellinger and Associates, LLC
  • Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

The second IMGL Masterclass will examine how new payment technologies fit in the gaming world. Are state laws, gaming regulations, operators, and suppliers equipped to embrace and employ new forms of payment at slot machines and table games? What are the implications for anti-money-laundering compliance? Experts discussing the status of these new forms of payment and how they will impact the gaming industry are as follows:

  • Mark Hemmerle, Vice President Legal & Compliance, Worldpay Gaming Solutions
  • Sean McGuinness, Attorney, Sean Butler Snow LLP
  • Donna More, Partner, Fox Rothschild
  • Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

More than 200 attendees, including dozens of state legislators, are expected to attend the three-day NCLGS Winter Meeting. The conference agenda includes:

  • Keynote Luncheon Address from former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose arguments before the Supreme Court resulted in overturning the federal prohibition on sports betting
  • Six legislative committee sessions: Casinos, Emerging Forms of Gaming, Lotteries, Pari-Mutuels, Sports Betting/iGaming, and State-Federal Relations
  • The Big Picture: Focus on Freshman Class of Legislators – an introduction to gaming
  • Two Masterclasses presented by the International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Thursday evening and Friday evening welcome receptions
  • Saturday afternoon back-of-house tours of Harrah’s New Orleans
  • Sunday general session focusing on the relationship between gaming and tourism

The Winter Meeting has been approved for 10.25 and 10.0 Continuing Legal Education credits by the Louisiana and Nevada bars, respectively, underscoring its importance as a premier gaming policy forum.

For sponsorship information, contact [email protected]. Legislators and others seeking NCLGS membership information should contact Wayne Marlin at [email protected].

NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming. Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the regulation and economic and social impacts of the industry. The NCLGS Foundation is the educational and research arm of NCLGS. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is a source of non-partisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation.

Spectrum Gaming Group, which has performed advisory and consulting work for gaming operators, regulators and legislatures in 36 US states and territories and in 47 countries on six continents, serves as the Executive Director of NCLGS.

 

Source: National Council of Legislators from Gaming States

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Station Casinos Launches Enhanced Team Member Benefits Programme

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Station Casinos has launched an enhanced Team Member benefits programme, available at its twenty properties located throughout Las Vegas. As a part of this, the company is providing greater benefits to its Team Members and further enhancing their quality of life by introducing free healthcare and a custom 401(k) programme.

“Station Casinos is a family run business and our Team Members are like family to us, and we are always looking for ways to make our company an enjoyable and rewarding place to work and looking for ways to attract the best candidates to our properties. We are excited to offer our Team Members great healthcare and retirement options so that they and their families are taken care of. Our Family Focused initiative will truly benefit our Team Members and further enhance our position as the best place to work in Las Vegas,” Bob Finch, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company, said.

Since January 2020, Station Casinos has been pleased to offer a free healthcare plan to its Team Members that make less than $41,600 in salary or $20.00 per hour annually. This benefit extends to the spouses and families of eligible Team Members.

Station Casinos’ enriched benefits package now offers a unique and expanded 401k programme. Team Members who have been employed for one year or longer benefit from a 401(k) programme that is funded by Station Casinos, to which Station Casinos contributes a select amount per hour for every hour worked.

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D.C. United and Caesars Entertainment Announce Partnership

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D.C. United and Caesars Entertainment have announced a strategic partnership commencing at the beginning of the 2020 MLS Season. The partnership, the first-of-its-kind in MLS, will see the global casino-entertainment company feature its “Caesars Sports” logo on D.C. United jerseys in addition to other sponsorship activations at Audi Field.

In only the second announced sleeve branding deal in MLS, and the first to feature a casino-entertainment company, the partnership will see the Caesars Sports logo prominently displayed on the sleeve of D.C. United jerseys for both home and away matches.

The partnership will include a number of Game Day activations at Audi Field, including promotional giveaways, LED signage, special match moments, and suites for usage during D.C. United home games and Audi Field events.  In an effort to support the dream of turning Audi Field into a year-round hub of entertainment in the Buzzard Point community of Washington D.C., multiple entertainment and bar/restaurant concepts are being considered, including Caesars Entertainment hosting events in the stadium itself.

“We are extremely excited to announce this partnership with Caesars Entertainment, who are truly best-in-class in their field,” said D.C. United Co-Chairman Jason Levien. “Partnering with Caesars provides us with a great opportunity to realize the dream of Audi Field being a year-round hub of entertainment and activity and is another strong indication that global brands continue to see value in partnering with our organization. We are truly thankful that Caesars has decided to partner with D.C. United on this landmark deal in the Washington, D.C.”

“Caesars Entertainment has been a world-wide leader in entertainment for many years, but now, including this new landmark partnership with D.C. United, we have quickly become a leader in the world of sports,” said Chris Holdren, Chief Marketing Officer for Caesars Entertainment. “We are excited to share our sports, hospitality and entertainment expertise with D.C. United fans and Audi Field guests.”

 

About D.C. United:

One of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer in 1996, D.C. United are one of the most decorated teams in the United States with 13 domestic and international trophies.  The Black-and-Red have won the MLS Cup four times (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004), the Supporters’ Shield four times (1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times (1996, 2008 and 2013).

About Audi Field:

D.C. United have called the District home for the past 24 seasons and continued that tradition when they moved into their new state-of-the-art and soccer-specific stadium, Audi Field in Buzzard Point, Southwest D.C., in July 2018.  Beyond being a soccer stadium Audi Field hosts over 100 events year-round ranging from corporate meetings, receptions, galas and festivals. Audi Field is also home to the XFL’s D.C. Defenders, Premier League Lacrosse and the art, culinary and music festival – Unite The District Fest.

About Caesars Entertainment:

Caesars Entertainment is one of the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment providers and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars Entertainment’s portfolio also includes the Caesars Entertainment UK family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars Entertainment is committed to its employees, suppliers, communities and the environment through its PEOPLE PLANET PLAY framework.

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Churchill Downs Incorporated Partners with Scientific Games and Ainsworth on Advanced Historical Racing Machines

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Churchill Downs Incorporated announced a partnership with Scientific Games Corporation and Ainsworth Game Technology to introduce a newly developed historical racing machine (“HRM”).

This newly engineered Scientific Games product, that has been granted approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, will operate on the Ainsworth proprietary HRM system. Scientific Games will supply its most popular titles from player-favorite slot series including 88 Fortunes, Tree of Wealth, Quick Hit, Lock It Link and Ultimate Fire Link, among others. The games will be showcased on their innovative and top-performing TwinStar family of cabinet platforms, including the Wave XL, J43, TwinStar 24/24/, TwinStar Slant and three-reel mechanical stepper.

CDI’s Derby City Gaming in Louisville, Kentucky, will be unveiling the new cabinets in first quarter. CDI’s other HRM facilities at Oak Grove, Turfway Park and Churchill Downs Racetrack will also feature a full complement of these new cabinets when these entertainment venues open.

“Scientific Games makes some of the best-performing games in the industry and we are delighted to add their product to our HRM properties,” said Austin Miller, Senior Vice President, Gaming Operations for CDI. “Our guests will recognize the Scientific Games themes and they will love the way the games play.”

“We have enjoyed a great partnership with the CDI team and are excited to bring in Scientific Games to this unique partnership,” added Ryan Comstock, Chief Operating Officer for Ainsworth. “The addition of Scientific Games and platforms on our proprietary HRM system will create an even more robust gaming mix for both of these properties.”

“The team at Scientific Games is extremely excited to partner with CDI and Ainsworth in this new venture,” said Robert Parente, EVP and Chief Revenue Officer for Scientific Games. “Both companies have been pioneers in opening up this burgeoning new segment of the gaming market and we are honored they have chosen to work with us in offering the very best in player experiences.”

 

About Churchill Downs Incorporated:
Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. We own and operate Derby City Gaming, a historical racing machine facility in Louisville. We also own and operate the largest online horseracing wagering platform in the U.S., TwinSpires.com, and are a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines / video lottery terminals and 200 table games in eight states. We operate sports wagering and iGaming through our BetAmerica platform in multiple states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

About Scientific Games Corporation:
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. The company 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.

About Ainsworth Game Technology:
Ainsworth Game Technology is a premier manufacturer of global gaming products committed to a culture of quality, innovation and excellence. Ainsworth distributes a range of gaming products, entertaining standalone progressives and linked games through its sales offices and distributors in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Americas, and Europe. Ainsworth is an Australian publicly listed company (code: AGI) headquartered in Newington, Sydney, Australia. For more information, please visit www.agtslots.com.au.

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