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Renowned ‘Warrior Spirit’ Speaker D.J. Vanas to Deliver Keynote at Global Gaming Expo

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Must-Attend Industry Event Unveils Tribal Gaming Education Track

 

Putting a spotlight on the continued strength of the tribal gaming industry, Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2019 will present a robust lineup of tribal gaming-related content for G2E 2019, including opening keynote speaker, D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas, the internationally-acclaimed motivational storyteller, leadership speaker and member of the Ottawa Nation. G2E, the world’s premier international gaming trade show presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and organized by Reed Exhibitions, will be held from October 14-17 (Education: October 14-17 | Expo Hall: October 15-17) at the Las Vegas Sands.

“Tribal gaming is a true success story in communities across the country and an essential component of G2E’s educational program,” said Allie Barth, vice president of industry relations for the American Gaming Association.

“D.J. Vanas is a pioneer in the tribal community and is an asset to our tribal gaming educational program,” said Korbi Carrison, G2E’s event director. “We are thrilled to have him share his leadership and intuition with the world’s top gaming leaders at G2E.”

Vanas is the author of the celebrated books The Tiny Warrior: A Path to Personal Discovery & Achievement and Spirit on the Run. A former military officer, he shows organizations how to practically apply the power of the warrior spirit to perform at their best, stay resilient and thrive in tough, changing environments.

Notable tribal gaming content in the education series includes:

  • Tribal Leadership Roundtable: The Next Five Years for Tribal Gaming
  • Stephanie Bryan, Tribal Chair & CEO, Poarch Band of Creek Indians
  • Mark Macarro, Tribal Chairman, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
  • Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman & National Spokesperson, National Indian Gaming Association
  • Victor Rocha, President, Victor Strategies (Moderator)

 

  • Sports Betting in Indian Country: The Rules, Regulations & Best Practices for Tribal Gaming
  • Neal Atkinson, Director of Table Games, Pearl River Resorts
  • Jonodev Chaudhuri, Chairman, Indian Law and Policy Group
  • Matthew Morgan, Director of Gaming Affairs, Chickasaw Nation
  • Christopher T. Stearns, Counsel, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP
  • Valerie Spicer, Executive Director, Arizona Indian Gaming Association (Moderator)

 

  • Esports, Mobile Gaming & Sports Wagering: What Role Does the Tribal Gaming Regulator Play
  • Jamie Hummingbird, Director, Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission

 

  • Tribal Gaming Protection Network: Cybersecurity & I.T. Risks – Securing Your Property in the 21st Century
  • Donald Malloy, Vice President, Tribal First
  • Alex Riccardo, Director, Beazley
  • Travis Waldo, Director T., National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Eddie Ilko, Safety Manager, Sycuan Resort Casino (Moderator)

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Sports Betting Bill of Michigan Moves Forward

Niji Narayan

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A sports betting bill would allow organised sports betting in Michigan casinos and online was passed out of a state house committee. State Representative Brandt Iden of Kalamazoo is sponsoring the legislation.

“Because this is already going on in the market place so we can protect those people who want to play and want to play legally, and we can, you know, make the state a little bit of money, which I think is also a positive,” Iden said.

Iden hopes the bill continues to make its way through the legislature and onto Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk before Superbowl season.

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Gaming Innovation Group extends Hard Rock’s sportsbook in Iowa

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We found in a new press release that

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has reached an agreement with its partner, Hard Rock International (Hard Rock), to support its market entry with sports betting in the US state of Iowa. The sportsbook will initially launch with an over-the-counter solution on the casino floor at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City in Iowa. This will be followed by the launch of online and mobile sports betting in Iowa, expected in Q4 2019.

In Iowa, Hard Rock will offer a similar seamless and engaging betting experience for its consumers as it has already delivered in New Jersey, with an omni-channel sportsbook solution based on GiG’s modern and flexible technology.

For GiG, this means the Company will be able to leverage its platform in the US adding more scale to its network and revenues to the business. GiG already has the groundwork done in New Jersey after a successful proof of concept suitable and relevant to the American audience.

Iowa is one of the 12 states in the US legalising sports wagering since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal sports wagering ban in 2018. In August this year, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) authorised the 19 casinos in the state to offer statewide retail, online and mobile sports betting to consumers aged 21 or over. Iowa has approximately 3.2 million inhabitants and should also benefit with visitors from neighboring states such as Nebraska and Minnesota. It has an estimated mature sports betting market valued at revenues of around $160 million based on the total amount of money wagered by consumers. The tax rate on the sports betting revenue is 7.5%.

GiG expects this agreement to have limited impact on its revenues in 2019, with an increasing contribution from the launch of online and mobile betting in 2020 onwards.

Kresimir Spajic, Senior Vice President of Online Gaming at Hard Rock International says, “We’re excited to extend our partnership with GiG to support sports betting in Iowa, and further grow our sportsbook portfolio.”  

“Offering sports betting through GiG provides our players and guests a new level of engagement – we couldn’t be more thrilled to be launching in Iowa,” Jim Franke, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City.

Richard Brown, acting Chief Executive Officer of GiG says, “After a successful launch in New Jersey, I am delighted to further deepen the relationship with Hard Rock, delivering on our strategy to grow with our partner by entering a new state in the US with our sportsbook. The agreement is both a testament to our know-how and prowess to lead a land-based casino into the digital world of betting, and a strong validation of GiG’s commercial and product delivery capabilities. We are looking forward to growing with our partner long term. We have mutual ambitions to entertain consumers with a safe and exciting first-class sports betting experience.”

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Vegas Golden Knights home opener viewing party at the Plaza Hotel & Casino

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The Plaza Hotel & Casino will host a free viewing party for the Vegas Golden Knights home opener against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The free viewing party, open to all ages, will be held in the Plaza Events Center, which has 18 large screen high definition televisions, two projectors and a state-of-the-art sound system, making it one of the best sports viewing experiences in downtown Las Vegas.

Guests can toast the Knights with an exclusive $4 12 oz. Training Day draft beer from 7Five Brewing, Ryan Reeves’ Official Vegas Born Beer (while supplies last). A special $2 Irish Whiskey Shot will also be available with any draft beer purchase. The party will also offer pizza and wing specials from Pop Up Pizza and beer buckets: Domestic (5 bottles for $25) or Imported (5 bottles for $30).

Throughout the game, the Plaza will giveaway official VGK licensed Items, such as lanyards, car gear, hats, bags, VGK wine, and select inaugural season Items. One lucky guest will also have a chance to win a 2-night complimentary stay in one of the Plaza’s newly renovated premium Luxe rooms (restrictions may apply). Each guest will receive one complimentary drawing ticket upon entry for a chance to win prizes (21 years of age or older for certain items).

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