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PA Gaming Control Board to Hold Public Input Hearing on May 6th for Stadium Casino License Renewal

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 6, 2019 to gather evidence, including public comment, on the renewal of the Category 2 Slot Machine Operator’s license for Stadium Casino, LLC which is constructing the Live! Casino in Philadelphia.

The hearing will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Penn State at The Navy Yard, 1101 Kitty Hawk Ave., Building 7R, Philadelphia, PA19112.

Complete information on the hearing, including links to sign up to present oral comment at the hearing or to provide written comment prior to the hearing, is on the Board’s web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, under its Quick Links section of the home page. The deadline for registration to speak at this hearing is noon on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Written comments can also be e-mailed to [email protected], or mailed with a postmark no later than Friday, May 3, 2019 to:

PA Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106
Attention: Board Clerk

Pursuant to section 1326 of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, all licenses shall be subject to renewal every five years.  The renewal application must include an update of the information since its last renewal.

To implement the renewal requirement, the Board utilizes a two-step process:

  • First, the May 6th public hearing will be held before the Director of the PGCB’s Office of Hearings and Appeals for the purpose of receiving documentary evidence, hearing testimony and building a record upon which the Board will base its licensing decision.  The hearing record, along with a report from the Director of Hearings and Appeals, will be transmitted to the Board.
  • The second step is to hold a separate public hearing in Harrisburg at a later date where Stadium Casino, LLC representatives will offer oral arguments and Board members can ask additional questions.

At the renewal hearing, the burden is on the renewal applicant to establish and demonstrate, by clear and convincing evidence, its eligibility and suitability for renewal of the gaming license awarded in November 2014.

Following these proceedings, the Board will then be able to determine whether the licensee remains eligible and suitable consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth and are otherwise qualified to have the license renewed for a five-year period.

All questions that are not press-related should be referred to the PGCB’s Office of Hearings and Appeals at (717) 265-7451.

 

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 eight 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 over 16,000 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.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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Habanero strikes Rush Street Interactive deal

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Supplier debuts games with high-profile online operator in Colombia – with US social casino to follow

Premium slots and table games provider Habanero has announced an agreement with Rush Street Interactive (RSI), the first United States-based gaming operator to launch a legal and regulated online sportsbook on a national basis in Latin America and a market leader in online casino and sports betting in the United States.

The Chicago-based company is known among its industry peers as the preeminent operator in the US online gaming market, having won the EGR North America “Mobile Operator of the Year” Award for 2019 as well as “American Operator of the Year” and “Casino Operator of the Year” at the 2019 American Gambling Awards.

Under the agreement, more than 50 titles from Habanero’s portfolio of engaging slots and table games have been launched on Rush Street Interactive’s RushBet.co, as well as taking its full portfolio of 170 games live with the group’s US-based social casinos in the near future.

The deal sees the supplier’s immersive gaming suite reaching a US audience for the first time, in addition to extending its LatAm reach following a string of major continental partnerships.

Commenting on the deal, Vera Motto, Business Development Executive at Habanero said:We are thrilled to partner with Rush Street Interactive, a highly acclaimed group with an impressive multi-brand portfolio.

“We’re honoured to have been selected by an operator with such high standards and see this as testament to our record-breaking expansion over the past year. We look forward to a long and productive relationship together, especially when it comes to the US.”

Omar Calvo, GM at Rushbet.co added: “Habanero is a premium quality provider with a widely celebrated product suite, so we are delighted to partner with them as we continue to grow our existing catalogue of games for our players to enjoy.

“The supplier’s innovative slots and table games catalogue fits perfectly with our commitment to offer our players the most exciting mobile playing experience in Latin America, and we look forward to a productive commercial relationship across the Americas.”

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IGT Drives Casino Hardware Innovation with Nationwide Launch of PeakSlant49 Cabinet

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International Game Technology PLC announced that its newest upright cabinet for casino gaming, the PeakSlant49™ gaming machine, has premiered at casinos throughout the U.S. The sleek, performance-driven cabinet is backed by IGT’s engaging, player-tested content library and includes a range of innovative features that contribute to its remarkable player experience.

“IGT’s PeakSlant49 cabinet is a performance-driven hardware solution that is supported by an exceptional game library with marquee titles such as Fortune Coin Boost! and Bubble Blast slots, and is loaded with compelling technology that makes it attractive to our customers and their players,” said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming. “As our customers look to IGT for technologies to re-engage their players, differentiate their casino floors, and ignite growth, the PeakSlant49 emerges as a cabinet that they can deploy with confidence given its research-backed design and quality game content.”

The PeakSlant49 cabinet features a progressively curved, 49-inch, ultra-HD touchscreen display that offers players an immersive player experience with ideal game-viewing angles. The cabinet’s innovative Dynamic Player Panel includes a 13.3-inch multi-touch display, inductive wireless charging pad and USB charging port for player convenience. Standing at more than six-feet tall, the PeakSlant49 is equipped with intelligent cabinet lighting and dynamic attract features that make the striking hardware a destination on the casino floor.

The first IGT game title made available on the PeakSlant49 is the celebrated Fortune Coin Boost! video slot game. An evolution of IGT’s award-winning and high-performing Fortune Coin game, Fortune Coin Boost! is a vibrant, multi-level linked progressive with a range of player-favorite mechanics. Other multi-level linked progressive IGT game themes slated for release on the PeakSlant49 include international sensation, Bubble Blast and the compelling Dragon Lights slots.

SOURCE International Game Technology PLC

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Compliance Updates

Gaming Innovation Group receives CSIE license in New Jersey, USA

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Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) is pleased to announce its subsidiary, iGaming Cloud Inc., has today been granted a permanent casino service industry enterprise license (CSIE) from the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) in New Jersey, USA. The application was filed back in June 2018, and GiG has supported Hard Rock International’s casino operations in New Jersey under a so-called transactional waiver pending the final approval.

The license is granted for five years and gives GiG a permanent license to provide its real-money online casino platform solution to operators in the state of New Jersey.

Richard Brown, CEO of GiG says: “We are delighted to receive the CSIE license after a long and comprehensive process. This is a great achievement for GiG and gives us a solid confirmation that our platform, procedures and operations are meeting the highest standards out there.”

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