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Nevada Gaming Control Board and Wynn Resorts Agree to Settlement

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Wynn Resorts today issued the following statement in response to the filing of a disciplinary complaint by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) and the accompanying settlement of that complaint:

“The completion of the NGCB’s investigation of the response of certain employees to allegations against our founder and previous CEO Steve Wynn is an important remedial step.  We have fully cooperated and been transparent with the Board in this in-depth investigation.  We look forward to appearing before the Nevada Gaming Commission to review the settlement and establish the final resolution of the investigation.

“Upon learning of the extent of the allegations, the new leadership of Wynn Resorts took immediate actions to ensure an open and safe work environment for all employees and made dramatic changes at every level of key decision-making in the Company.  As an example, any employee mentioned in the NGCB report who was aware of allegations of sexual assault against the company’s former chairman and did not investigate or report it is no longer with the company.

“We have undergone an extensive self-examination over the last 12 months, intended to reinvigorate and implement meaningful change across all levels of the organization, cultivate a safe, healthy and supportive workplace culture, and build on our core values of respecting our employees, corporate responsibility and citizenship, and service to the community.”

Philip G. Satre, Chairman of the Board of Wynn Resorts, issued the following statement:

“In my extensive experience working in the highly-regulated gaming industry I have never seen a company take action that was as swift and comprehensive as the executive team at Wynn Resorts.  Much of that occurred before I joined the Board in August 2018, however I believe our board’s follow-up and reaction to the regulatory investigations has been just as thorough and decisive.”

Over the past year, the Company has taken many actions related to its relationship with Steve Wynn, its Board of Directors and Company executives, including the following:

  • Appointed Matt Maddox as CEO of Wynn Resorts.
  • Executed a separation agreement with Steve Wynn that paid him no severance and arranged for liquidation of all his Wynn Resorts shares.
  • Commenced a robust Board refreshment process and, as of today, the median tenure of our eight independent directors is now less than two years.  In April 2018, the Board elected three new female directors, resulting in a Board that is now nearly 50% women. In August 2018, the Board elected Philip G. Satre as Vice Chairman and Richard Byrne as a Director.  In November 2018, Mr. Satre succeeded D. Boone Wayson as Chairman.
  • Any employee who was aware of allegations of sexual assault against Steve Wynn and did not investigate or report it is no longer with the company.
  • Appointed Ellen Whittemore, a recognized expert in gaming regulatory matters, as General Counsel.
  • Appointed Marilyn Spiegel, an executive with significant hospitality and human resources experience, as President of Wynn Las Vegas.
  • Appointed Rose Huddleston, a seasoned human resources executive, to the newly created corporate position of Senior Vice President of Human Resources- North America.

Under the leadership of CEO Matt Maddox, the company has taken the following steps to further transform its workplace environment:

  • Refocused efforts on the company’s workplace culture by making it a priority for the company’s new Human Resources leadership.
  • Launched enhanced Workplace Compliance and Prevention of Sexual Harassment training for all employees, designed and delivered by a third-party expert.
  • Launched a Women’s Leadership Council to promote equality within the workplace.  The group’s first activity was to produce a speaker series, “Women Who Thrive,” to educate and inspire employees through powerful female role models.
  • Commissioned pay and promotion equity studies to measure pay equality among men and women in the workforce.
  • Launched a new Paid Parental Leave program that provides six weeks of paid time off to new parents.
  • Implemented new Diversity, Inclusion and Unconscious Bias training for all employees taught by third-party experts.  Company senior executives completed an eight-hour training program.
  • Launched the Great Places to Work survey and focus groups which measure employee engagement against the Fortune “100 Best Places to Work.”
  • Launched a new annual Wynn Employee Foundation scholarship program, which has awarded ten $7,500 college scholarships to employees and their dependents.
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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 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 and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

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The Michigan Gaming Control Board recently convened a panel discussion focused on college sports betting regulations and compliance measures. The June 3 informative session offered insights into the intricacies of governing college sports betting, emphasising the importance of maintaining integrity within the industry.

Traderland.io, an innovative interactive trading simulator gaming universe, has officially launched. The dynamic trading platform offers users the chance to immerse themselves in a socially-driven game landscape while honing their investment and asset-trading skills. Since its initial release, Traderland.io has rapidly gained popularity, attracting over 15,000 users.

Oxygen Esports announced the establishment of Quick Fix Media (QFM), a new, independent esports content and media incubator. QFM’s charter provides material and strategic assistance to community-based esports news, content and media outlets, to support their growth in esports coverage and community cultivation.

Fanatics Betting & Gaming has appointed Selena Kalvaria as Chief Marketing Officer to lead brand development, leveraging an integrated marketing approach to drive creativity and growth through oversight of Brand Management, Media, Content, Creative and Communications. Selena joins Fanatics’ betting division after three years at luxury label Gucci, where she was most recently SVP, Brand & Client Engagement for its Americas business.

Boyd Gaming Corporation announced the appointment of Michael A. Hartmeier to its Board of Directors. Hartmeier is the former group head of lodging, gaming and leisure investment banking for Barclays, and previously served as group head for hospitality and gaming for both Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Mohegan announced the promotion of Nelson Parker as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. Parker was previously the SVP of Strategic Development for Mohegan. In this new role, Parker is responsible for identifying, assessing and executing growth opportunities and strategic new ventures for the company.

RotoWire.com has launched its latest innovation: the “Picks & Props” app. Unveiled within the app store earlier this month, it is now easier than ever to stay up to date on recommendations and predictions for all fantasy pick’em and players props from any mobile or tablet device.

Partnerships

Blazesoft’s Zula Casino has entered into a partnership with Casimba Gaming, which will see it become its newest aggregation partner. Through this alliance, Habanero’s hit slot titles like Laughing Buddha, Disco Beats and Lucky Lucky were launched on ZulaCasino.com. With the popular online social casino gaining access to Casimba Gaming’s entire content portfolio from more than 95 of the industry’s top studios, users can discover fresh titles in the lobby’s “New” category.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Integrity Compliance 360 (IC360), formerly U.S. Integrity and Odds On Compliance, have announced a comprehensive partnership. This partnership will provide each ACC member institution access to Integrity Compliance 360’s integrity monitoring technology and data insights. The proprietary integrity monitoring technology analyses various data sets to identify irregular contest-level officiating and wagering patterns proactively.

Midnight Gaming Corporation announced that it has entered into a Venue Event Booking Services Agreement with Compass Arena. The agreement gives Midnight a five year exclusive service period to provide esports and gaming events, conventions and tournaments to Compass.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – June 3-9

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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 and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

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BetConstruct is set to showcase its extensive array of leading-edge products and solutions at the Peru Gaming Show, Jockey Exhibition Centre, Lima, from June 12 to 13. The Peru Gaming Show (PGS), with 21 years of history, is Latin America’s largest gaming fair bringing together top brands, slot machine manufacturers, software developers and platforms for online games and sports betting.

OLG has begun the process of selecting a technology platform provider to replace aging, back-end lottery technology systems. On May 31, 2024, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was posted on MERXTM to initiate this work. The future implementation of a new lottery platform will give OLG the foundation needed to capitalise on emerging technological trends and offer market-leading products and experiences.

Jackpot Digital Inc., a leading manufacturer of electronic multiplayer dealerless poker tables, announced that it has completed the installation of one Jackpot Blitz casino machine at Gray Wolf Peak Casino, located in Missoula, Montana. Currently, the Company has over 70 Jackpot Blitz tables in the field. The Company’s order book continues to grow and now includes more than 90 additional Jackpot Blitz tables, an increase of approximately 120% over the current installation base.

Bragg Gaming Group announced the appointment of Robbie Bressler as interim Chief Financial Officer, effective July 1, 2024. Bressler brings a wealth of experience to the role, previously holding senior finance positions, including SVP Finance, at Bally’s Corporation, Gamesys Group plc and The Intertain Group Ltd. He is currently serving as CFO of ForumPay Ltd., a crypto payment processing company. He began his career at Ernst & Young, where he spent over a decade in their financial services assurance group.

Evolution announced that its highly successful, world-leading Crazy Time live game show has launched to online players in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Pennsylvania and West Virginia have become the latest states to join Crazy Time’s much-anticipated US rollout, following the game show’s US debut in New Jersey in December last year.

Partnerships

PENN Entertainment has announced that it has reached an agreement with Golf Canada on a multi-year extension for theScore BET to continue as the organisation’s exclusive Official Gaming Partner. The partnership includes sponsorship of Canada’s marquee national golf championships, the RBC Canadian Open and CPKC Women’s Open.

BetMakers Technology Group Ltd has announced that it has signed two-year market access and content agreements with bet365 relating to New Jersey and Colorado. Under the agreements, bet365 will be licensed by BetMakers to offer fixed odds bets on thoroughbred horse racing to bet365 customers within New Jersey. Bet365 will also be licensed to distribute BetMakers’ thoroughbred racing content to bet365 customers in New Jersey and both thoroughbred and harness racing in Colorado.

Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, has reinforced its commitment to Latin American expansion by strengthening its existing relationship with Colombian operator FullReto. The latest agreement will see FullReto offer its players a broad selection of Pragmatic Play’s unique Virtual Sports titles, building on an already extensive offering of over 300 Slots and Live Casino games.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – May 27-June 2

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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 and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

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DraftKings Inc. announced the completion of its previously announced proposed acquisition of Jackpocket Inc. This acquisition empowers DraftKings to tap into the expansive U.S. lottery vertical, while expanding its position in sportsbook and iGaming by enhancing customer lifetime value and bolstering customer acquisition capabilities.

ODDSworks announced that Kunal Mishra has been appointed as Chief Strategy Officer and COO, enhancing its leadership team. Prior to joining ODDSworks, he was Chief Operating Officer – Americas, for Bragg Gaming Group where he was instrumental in expanding the company’s day-to-day business operations throughout America.

Caesars Entertainment and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced the launch of an all-new real-money poker platform, WSOP Online that combines player pools in Michigan, Nevada, and New Jersey into one network. The move makes online poker history, as WSOP becomes the first poker operator to pool liquidity across three U.S. jurisdictions.

Galaxy Gaming has appointed Steve Kopjo as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. Amid an impressive career in the gaming industry, Kopjo joins Galaxy Gaming on May 28, bringing extensive experience from senior finance and accounting positions held at various publicly traded gaming companies.

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River has opened its casino floor addition, representing a significant milestone in a $275 million expansion project. Spanning 25,000 sq. ft., the extended casino floor features a curated selection of gaming options. Players can now try their luck at one of the 300 new slot machines or eight additional table games.

Partnerships

Carnival Cruise Line is welcoming more casino players to join the fun on board its fleet of 27 ships by partnering with Bally’s Corporation, one of the world’s leading gaming and entertainment companies, to extend cruise benefits to Bally’s Rewards guests. In addition to special events, Bally Rewards’ Legend, SuperStar and Star tier guests are now eligible for complimentary and discounted Carnival cruises. The new partnership between Carnival and Bally’s also extends the reach of both brands.

International Game Technology PLC announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation, has extended its contracts with the Mississippi Lottery Corporation for an additional three years to continue providing online gaming systems and instant ticket services through Dec. 1, 2029. As part of the agreements, IGT will deploy a mobile convenience app, new GameTouch 28 self-service terminals and its Sales Wizard retail automation tool.

SCCG Management announced its role as the title sponsor for the highly anticipated 1st FightPFC Rio Challenge, set to take place on July 20, 2024, at Legustarecreio. Pillow Fight Championship is the world’s first professional pillow fighting league, featuring professional fighters engaging in intense, fast-paced and family-friendly combat. This unique sport, renowned for being a safe alternative to traditional combat sports, offers cardiovascular benefits and an exhilarating experience for participants and spectators alike.

Betlounge is the new website integrated with Pay4Fun. The platform arrived to bring a wide range of entertainment options to the Brazilian public. Betlounge’s interface is fun and simple, making navigation easy and fun. In addition, the site offers a wide selection of bonuses, promotions, agile support, among other resources.

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