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New Report Finds Maryland Gaming Delivers Positive Economic and Social Benefits to Communities, Promotes Responsible Gaming

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American Gaming Association kicks off Responsible Gaming Education Week with Get to Know Gaming event at MGM National Harbor

The Maryland casino gaming industry supports small businesses, strengthens communities and provides good jobs that pave a path to the middle class, according to new American Gaming Association research released today at a Get to Know Gaming event at MGM National Harbor.

AGA’s newest report, Casinos & Communities: Maryland, offers a narrative look at the gaming industry’s economic and social contributions to communities in the Free State. The research couples key data on gaming’s economic impact—15,364 jobs supported and $713 million in wages generated annually—with testimonials from local business owners, nonprofits and elected officials about gaming’s positive impact in their communities.

“Maryland’s six casinos are driving tremendous opportunity for communities across the state. As a native Marylander, it is remarkable to see how fast this industry has grown and, at the same time, supported the communities where they operate,” said Bill Miller, president and chief executive officer of the American Gaming Association.

AGA’s Get to Know Gaming campaign engages local leaders in a discussion about the critical role gaming plays as a community partner. The event also kicked-off Responsible Gaming Education Week, taking place Sept. 15-21, with perspectives on responsible gaming programming and resources available to Maryland gaming operators, casino employees and patrons throughout the state.

“I’m pleased to be in Maryland today to kick off the 22nd annual Responsible Gaming Education Week and highlight the state’s efforts in this essential area,” Miller added. “This week serves as an opportunity to highlight gaming’s unwavering commitment to responsible gaming and, importantly, promote transparency and gaming literacy to customers.”

Monday’s Get to Know Gaming roundtable panel included U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-04); Mary Drexler, program director at the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gaming; Melonie Johnson, president and chief operating officer of MGM National Harbor; Bill Miller, AGA’s president and chief executive officer; and small-business owners William Parker of the Parker K-9 Group and Carla Truitt of Be Clean Cleaning Services, Inc. Former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III moderated the discussion.

Background

  • August 2019 was the fourth best month ever for gaming revenue for Maryland’s six casinos.
  • The Greater Baltimore-Washington D.C. commercial gaming market is now the fourth largest in the United States.
  • Gaming revenue in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. market has more than tripled since 2011, sparking economic growth that extends across the state of Maryland.

 

About Responsible Gaming Education Week:

The American Gaming Association and its members prioritize responsible gaming as an integral part of our industry’s daily operations. Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW)—Sept. 15-21, 2019—provides an opportunity to showcase our dedication to responsible gaming programs. It also provides a specific opportunity to refresh employee training, promote transparency and gaming literacy to customers and work with community partners on advancing responsible gaming initiatives.

About AGA:

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, gaming suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.

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Interblock Signs License Agreement with National Hockey League

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Electronic Tables Games Decorated with all 31 NHL Team Logos

Luxury gaming manufacturer and electronic table game (ETG) market leader Interblock® announced it has signed a license agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL ®) to incorporate League and Team logos into Stadium and standalone products.

John Connelly, CEO of Interblock commented “The historical synergy between sports and table game players made signing a deal with the NHL all the more exciting.  This collaboration will create a new portfolio of Electronic Table Games designed to attract a new type of patron to casino floors across North America. The NHL has given Interblock the ability to feature all 31 team logos in the design of our machines, where available, across North America.  Interblock will begin introducing the initial products in Q1 of 2020.

 

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Gaming Regulators Seek Ban on Steve Wynn from Nevada Casino Industry

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Nevada gambling regulators have filed a complaint against Steve Wynn, saying that the casino magnate’s alleged sexual misconduct has damaged the industry’s reputation in the state. The complaint lists multiple instances of sexual misconduct allegations that have been lodged against Wynn since January 2018.

The 23-page complaint, filed to the Nevada Gaming Commission, says Wynn is “unsuitable to be associated with a gaming enterprise or the gaming industry as a whole.” Wynn has denied all misconduct allegations against him.

The move follows a $20 million fine the commission levied on Wynn’s former company in February to settle allegations that former executives failed to investigate claims of sexual misconduct against Wynn by female employees. Gambling regulators in Massachusetts levied a $35 million fine on the company in April but allowed it to keep a casino license for a Boston-area resort.

An investigation by the Nevada gaming control board detailed allegations that Wynn paid hush money to multiple women who claimed he had pressured them into nonconsensual sexual relationships.

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Two new speakers added to Sports Betting USA roster

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Senator Raymond Lesniak and Jamaal Lesane set to join stellar line-up

Two new speakers are to share their knowledge with delegates at next month’s Sports Betting USA conference in New York after being added to the roster.

Former New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak and Jamaal Lesane, Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs at The Madison Square Garden Company, will take to the stage on the second day the Metropolitan West.

Senator Lesniak, who was the instigator and driving force behind the legal battle that led to the repeal of PASPA, will deliver the keynote address.

Lesane is at the vanguard of venue owners looking to optimise in-stadia facilities for sports fans and will join the panel discussing the monetisation of the game day experience.

Sports Betting USA, which takes place 5-6 November and follows a one-day investor summit, will examine the opportunities and challenges of the wagering industry that has been estimated to be worth up to $150 Billion.

Event director Rory Credland believes the show, now in its third year, has a stronger line-up than ever and has become a must attend event for those with a stake in the growing market.

He added: “We’re delighted to welcome another two great speakers to Sports Betting USA and are confident they will have a lot to contribute to the exchange of knowledge.

“Senator Lesniak in particular needs no introduction and is one of the main reasons we are all gathering in New York. It will be fascinating to hear his take on the way other states can follow the lead of New Jersey in the coming months.”

Among the other highlights of this year’s show will be a presentation by New York Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr, who will share his state’s vision for sports betting as they look to include its legalisation in the 20/21 budget.

They will be joined by senior executives from leading operators, suppliers and media companies, including William Hill USA, Penn National Gaming and Sportradar, as well as representatives of sporting organisations including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, PGA Tour, and NASCAR.

 

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