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American Gaming Association Donates $100K to New Research Fund on Sports Wagering

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Support for First-of-its-Kind Research Highlights Industry’s Commitment to Responsible Gaming

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has contributed $100,000 as a founding donor of the National Center for Responsible Gaming’s (NCRG) new Fund to Support Research on Sports Wagering. The fund is the first in the nation dedicated solely to studying the impact of sports wagering on American bettors since the Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting in May 2018.

Research supported by NCRG’s fund will equip operators, policymakers and the more than 4,000 regulators across the U.S. with science-based evidence to assess and design gaming provisions and policies that protect consumers and prioritize responsible gaming above all else. The creation of the fund will be discussed today at a Get to Know Gaming event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which will highlight the industry’s commitment to responsibility during Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW).

“The expansion of legal, regulated sports betting has made it increasingly important that responsible gaming is not only a signature priority in new gaming markets, but that we also continue to deepen our understanding of effective responsible gaming practices,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. “The American Gaming Association is pleased to be a founding donor of this important endeavor.”

MGM Resorts International joined AGA as a founding donor. AGA members William Hill US, GVC Holdings PLC, IGT and Hard Rock International have also made significant contributions to the fund, in addition to NASCAR.

“The NCRG has long been a catalyst in the field of gaming research. This fund is especially significant because it will open up research in a previously understudied field in the United States – defining what we know about the effects of sports wagering for years to come,” said Dr. Russell Sanna, executive director for the National Center for Responsible Gaming. “With new opportunities for legal sports betting around the country, policymakers, practitioners, the entire industry, and the public will benefit from expanding our knowledge on this issue.”

In conjunction with RGEW, AGA also released a new version of its comprehensive Responsible Gaming: Regulations and Statutes. Updated to meet the needs of researchers, lawmakers and regulators in the ever-modernizing casino gaming industry, the latest version is a collection of the statutes and regulations addressing responsible gaming in the 28 states, plus the District of Columbia, with commercial casinos or sports betting regulations as of Aug. 31, 2019. It underscores the industry’s approach to addressing responsible gaming across hundreds of jurisdictions.

 

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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Sports Information Group Appoints Itay Fisher as its CEO

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Sports Information Group has appointed Itay Fisher as its Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Fisher has more than a decade of working experience in leading online gaming companies.

Fisher joined SIG in 2018 as Chief Technology Officer and was named Chief Operating Officer in April 2019. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Chief Information Officer at William Hill Online. Before joining William Hill, he served as Product and Gaming Development Director and was a member of the management team at Gala Coral Interactive. Fisher started in the online gaming industry at Playtech where he held various roles during his 5 years at the company.

“I am honored to take on the role of CEO and have the opportunity to lead this talented team. Continuing our vision and building on SIG’s industry leadership will be my primary focus as we enter into the next chapter of growth. Together, we will execute our strategies to improve the customer experience and deliver value for all stakeholders. SIG and its brands have an exciting future ahead and I look forward to the opportunity to further establish the Company as an innovative leader,” Fisher said.

“In a short period of time at SIG, Itay has made many contributions and I am confident he is the right person to lead the Company in this next chapter. Itay is a pioneer in the industry who has led the effective digital transformation of SIG and its brands. He has been instrumental in shaping the business strategy and SIG is well-positioned for the future as we see horse racing and sports betting gain increasing participation across the U.S.” James Zenni, President and CEO of Z Capital said.

“SIG has made strong progress in establishing the business as the leading digital and print provider of racing statistics and form in the burgeoning U.S. gambling and gaming market. We are delighted that Itay will continue to lead SIG on this exciting journey,” Richard Glynn, Chairman of SIG said.

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Montana Starts Sports Betting Licensing Process

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Montana Lottery has begun accepting applications for Sports Betting Licenses.

In May, the state legislature legalised sports betting and Montana Lottery was tasked with monitoring and offering sports betting in the state.

The gambling authority has already held a public consultation seeking views and opinions about the prospective sports betting operations in the state. Following the public consultation, the new regulations regarding sports betting were published in the state’s Administrative Register.

The Licensing process is the first step towards the “executive” part of launching sports betting in the state. The operators seeking a sports betting license will have to meet the specific criteria set out by the gambling regulator.

The locations which meet those requirements can apply by visiting the State of Montana’s eStop licensing portal. Once the locations are shortlisted, the operators would be provided with training and will have Sports Bet Montana equipment installed at the site.

After the licensing process is complete, Montana will join thirteen other US states which have already launched sports betting operations following the US Supreme Court’s order legalising sports gambling last year.

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Louisiana Gaming Board And Attorney General’s Gaming Divison Endorse ICE North America

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The Louisiana Gaming Board and the Gaming Division of the Louisiana Office of the Attorney General have given their seal of approval to ICE North America after it was announced the show will be hosted in New Orleans between May 13-14 next year.

The ICE brand took its show to Boston this year and has now transferred to the Big Easy next Spring just as the state expects to re-take center stage in the debate on the legalization of sports betting.

With a new bill expected to go before law-makers in the spring, Christopher B. Hebert, Director of the Gaming Division of the State of Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, is set to be a key player and believes the gathering of the industry’s key operators, suppliers and interested parties is well-timed.

He said: “Conferences like ICE North America are crucial to the operation and regulation of the gaming industry in the States. They facilitate communication among regulators, the legal community, and operators by educating those stakeholders on the issues and trends of the regulated markets and solutions to illegal markets.

“With advancements in technology and the expansion of gaming modalities, we believe that education on responsible gaming, BSA/AML, and similar topics is now vital. Having attended ICE North America in Boston last year, we are thrilled to have it coming to New Orleans.”

Chairman Ronnie Jones of the Louisiana Gaming Board was also glowing in his praise of New Orleans and encouraged those who’ve yet to sample the city’s unique charms not to miss out in May.

He said: “New Orleans is consistently ranked in the top five convention and conference destinations because the city wraps its arms around visitors and makes them feel they are in a special place.

“It has a very special culture, and we are happy to show others what makes us different. Indeed, it is a destination that visitors won’t find anywhere else in North America.

“For those who have never been to the city, I would urge that you take your time, slow down, pace your enjoyments of hospitality and you will come to love this city that many of us call home. In return, she will love you right back.”

Welcoming the endorsement of both organizations, Event Director Rory Credland said ICE North America is attracting interest from exhibitors and attendees interested in innovation and the future of betting and gaming, as well as hospitality tech, and was shaping up to be a must-attend event.

He added: “We’re very excited about the show, which is attracting attention from a really wide spectrum of industry stakeholders. I’m very confident that there will be something for everyone with a stake in U.S. betting and gaming and am delighted Ronnie and his colleagues have come on board.”

ICE North America’s 150-plus-speaker conference program will be available for free in 2020, a move that has been made to eliminate barriers of entry to the industry’s decision makers.

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