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AGS Wins ‘Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation®’ Award For Second Year In A Row

Zoltan Tundik

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AGS is the only gaming equipment supplier named to the prestigious list

– Company honored in 2018 and 2017 with national and Atlanta wins for commitment to employees, exceptional corporate culture

– AGS employees completed confidential survey as part of evaluation to win award

AGS, (NYSE: AGS) (or the “Company”), a leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table products, and interactive solutions for the gaming industry, today announced that it won the ‘Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation®’ award for 2018 –the second year in a row that AGS has won this coveted distinction.

AGS also won Atlanta’s 2018 and 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, a testament to the Company’s employee-focused culture at its R&D centers in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area.

Out of the 2,400 companies that submitted nominations for the 2018 Best and Brightest national award, only 512 were named to the prestigious Best and Brightest list.

AGS was selected following a confidential survey by an independent research firm of all U.S. employees that evaluated key measures in various categories, including compensation, benefits, and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement, and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection, and orientation; employee achievements and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance.

AGS President and Chief Executive Officer David Lopez said, “We are elated to win the nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® two years in a row and dedicate this award to our employees. 2018 was an incredible year for AGS. We took the Company public and are now listed on the New York Stock Exchange, received key approvals that are fueling our growth, and announced several strategic acquisitions that will accelerate our momentum. But few events are as meaningful for us as this win, which underscores and recognizes our focus on having a great corporate culture in which our team loves coming to work every day, takes great pride in contributing to our shared success, and passionately believes in our mission and values.”

Sponsored by the National Association of Business Resources, the 8th annual ‘Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in the Nation’ not only honors organizations as Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, but also celebrates achievement and success in empowering employees’ lives through culture, diversity, and community engagement.

About AGS
AGS is a global company focused on creating a diverse mix of entertaining gaming experiences for every kind of player. Our roots are firmly planted in the Class II Native American gaming market, but our customer-centric culture and growth have helped us branch out to become a leading all-inclusive commercial gaming supplier. Powered by high-performing Class II and Class III slot products, an expansive table products portfolio, highly rated social casino solutions for players and operators, and best-in-class service, we offer an unmatched value proposition for our casino partners. Learn more at www.playags.com.

About the Best and Brightest Programs
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® program, sponsored by the National Association for Business Resources, identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and financial performance. This competition scores potential winners based on regional data of company performance and a set standard across the nation. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives, and building a stronger community as a whole. For more information, visit www.thebestandbrightest.com.

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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Caesars becomes the official casino for the NFL

Niji Ng

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Caesars Entertainment signed on as the official casino for the National Football League (NFL). But the deal has some significant shortcomings, so its value is much less than the rest of the jewels snagged by MGM Resorts , which has partnered with professional baseball, basketball, and hockey.

The deal between Caesars and the NFL gives it some opportunities, but because the football league cannot get past its opposition to sports gambling generally, it diminishes the potential.

Starting with the 2019 NFL playoffs, Caesars will have the right to use NFL trademarks, like the logo and the words “Super Bowl,” to promote its casinos and properties here and abroad to create “unique experiences” for fans.

The agreement only names Caesar’s the league’s official casino and specifically excludes sports betting, daily fantasy football leagues, and non-casino hotels and resorts. As a result, Caesar’s cannot use NFL trademarks to promote its sportsbooks. Since sports betting — and arguably fantasy football, too — are where the real potential is, Caesars is basically just getting the chance to advertise its casinos at games and related events.

Caesars’ deal is much less than what MGM Resorts has secured through its agreements with the other sports leagues. They allow MGM to use official league branding with both its casinos and its digital sports-betting operations.

 

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Delaware continued it’s strong performance in December

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Delaware shows another strong performance on legalised sports betting in December. An increase in stakes on its online gaming market pushed annual revenue for the sector up 8 per cent year-on-year.

Net proceeds from legal sports betting amounted to $2.2m last month, up from $1.1m in November. This was mainly down to players winning less in December, with the $13.6m.

Delaware Park remains the main source of sports betting income for Delaware, with revenue in December amounting to $1.5m, from handle of $10.8m. Since launching legal sports betting on June 24, Delaware has generated revenue of $8.9m in total, with punters staking $87.0m.

There is good news for Delaware’s struggling online gaming market after a strong performance in December helped push full-year revenue to $2.6m, up by 8 per cent on $2.4m in 2017.

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NBA to change gambling policies

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Mark Tatum, NBA COO and Deputy Commissioner, has revealed that the league is preparing to double down their policies, as legalised sports betting expands in the United States. The COO said that the ruling brings extra resources to the table to prevent in-house infractions.

“We’re spending a lot of time learning from the mistakes that were made and what we’re seeing in sports betting in places around the world. We’re trying to educate our fans. We’re educating our players and our teams. We’re taking a little bit of a cautious approach here… but generally, we think it’s a good thing for sports betting to be regulated, to be legalised, so there is better information being captured,” said Tatum.

Tatum said that how the soccer league from the UK manages a balance between revenue and responsibility has been observed.

“That really helped inform some of our thoughts on how sports betting could work in the United States. We’re seeing a large shift now and a change in the landscape of sports betting in the US” Tatum said. “We’ve gone to school on them. We’ve actually shared a lot of information with them and have a great partnership with them.”

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