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Live! Casino & Hotel Executives Carmen E. Gonzales And Jennifer Kearns Earn Top Industry Honors

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Jennifer Kearns has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in Gaming by Global Gaming Business magazine, a leading national gaming industry trade publication.
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Ms. Gonzales Named Among Top Women in Public Relations by PR News; Ms. Kearns Included in Global Gaming Business’ Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in Gaming.

Live! Casino & Hotel today announced that two members of its executive leadership team earned top professional honors from noted industry publications.

CARMEN E. GONZALES, Director of Communications, is among the Top Women in Public Relations, chosen by the editorial staff of PR NEWS to represent women who are making the greatest impact in the field of communication. Ms. Gonzales is a Day One team member of Live! Casino & Hotel, leading communication strategy as well as government and community relations for one of Maryland’s largest drivers of tourism and economic development. In addition to leading the successful opening of the flagship Live! Hotel in 2018 and guiding communication strategy for one of the nation’s largest commercial casinos, she has made a lasting impact on some of the region’s non-profit organizations through her leadership of the property’s philanthropic program, which has contributed millions of dollars and countless hours of support. Ms. Gonzales was recently appointed by Maryland Governor Lawrence J. Hogan to the Maryland Tourism Development Board, where she leverages her 30-year career in the entertainment, hospitality, gaming and tourism industries to assist fellow leaders in the State’s hospitality industry and members of Maryland’s General Assembly to guide efforts to develop and market the State as a top tourism destination.

JENNIFER KEARNS has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in Gaming by GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS magazine, a leading national gaming industry trade publication. In her role as Executive Director of Relationship Marketing, Ms. Kearns brought a unique combination of analytics and player development skills to Live! Casino & Hotel, striking a balance between fiscal soundness and guest experience. Rising quickly through the ranks in the gaming business over the last eight years, she is now mentoring others on her team to find opportunities to take active leadership roles and advance in their own careers. Ms. Kearns continues to expand her role and broaden her marketing expertise, now leveraging her creative background as Assistant Director of Advertising and Partnerships for the property.

“It’s very gratifying to see these two professionals recognized for their meaningful work and the impact they are having here at Live! Casino & Hotel and on their industries more broadly,” said Robert J. Norton, President of Live! Casino & Hotel. “Both Carmen and Jennifer bring strong leadership to our team and we are proud of their accomplishments.”

Ms. Gonzales will be honored at the PR News Top Women in PR Awards Luncheon at the Grand Hyatt in New York Cityon January 25, 2019. Ms. Kearns will be profiled in an upcoming issue of Global Gaming Business.

For information about Live! Casino & Hotel, visit www.livecasinohotel.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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PointsBet Partners With Catfish Bend Casino in Iowa

Niji Narayan

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PointsBet Partners With Catfish Bend Casino in Iowa
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PointsBet, the top-tier sportsbook operator, has entered a multi-year partnership with Catfish Bend Casino, one of Iowa’s leading casino, entertainment, and hotel destinations.

The partnership will include the launch of both premium retail and mobile sportsbook operations in Iowa, following proper licensing afforded by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. PointsBet and Catfish Bend Casino will work in tandem to build out a multi-faceted sports entertainment venue centrally located on the Catfish Bend property.

“PointsBet is thrilled to announce this partnership, enabling us to create a first-class sportsbook for Iowa’s sports bettors at one of the best casino resorts in the Midwest. Catfish Bend Casino’s executives – Gary Hoyer and Rob Higgins – are two of the most progressive and forward-thinking operators in the industry. We knew they were the perfect match for PointsBet’s long-term vision of gaming in the U.S. from day one,” Johnny Aitken, PointsBet’s U.S. CEO said.

“We couldn’t imagine a better sportsbook to bring to Catfish Bend Casino and the state of Iowa. The potential legalization of sports betting in Iowa opens an exciting new opportunity for recreational and avid players, and PointsBet’s unmatched dedication to bettors makes them the ideal partner for our brand and go-to-market plan,” Gary Hoyer, CEO of Great River Entertainment said.

 

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Delaware North Sues Miomni Gaming Over Fraudulent Claims

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Delaware North, the US based casino operator, has filed a lawsuit against its sports betting joint venture partner Miomni Gaming.

The operator is seeking monetary damages through the suit filed in the Chancery Court of Delaware, including Miomni’s 49% stake in the BetLucky joint venture, which the supplier is apparently refusing to give up. The joint venture was made to launch the BetLucky sports betting platform. Delaware North then terminated the contract earlier this month.

The operator claims Miomni made fraudulent claims to induce it to enter into a joint venture, as well as of wilfully breaching a limited liability company agreement governing the operation of BetLucky.

Delaware North claims that Miomni and chief executive Venner repeatedly claimed to own intellectual property rights to the platform, including the source code for the front end and back end of the platform.

 

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PGCB Imposes Fine Totalling US$242k on Two Casino Operators

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has imposed the fines totalling US$242k against two casino operators.

Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC, operator of the Sands Casino Resort in Northampton County, received separate fines of US$120k for underage gaming violations and a second for US$110k regarding the awarding of free slot play. The fine stemmed from 11 incidents in which individuals under the age of 21 accessed the gaming floor.

The second fine was issued for permitting the issuance of free slot play by employees who were not authorised to do so and/or issuing free slot play of amounts above authorised levels.

Washington Trotting Association, LLC, operator of the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County, received a US$12.5k fine for an underage gaming violation. This fine stemmed from an 18-year-old male gaining access onto the gaming floor, wagering at table games and being served alcohol.

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