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American Gaming Association Announces 2019 Gaming Hall of Fame Honorees

George Miller

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Gaming Pioneers Elaine Hodgson, Stanley Mallin, and Ernie Moody Awarded with Top Honor

The American Gaming Association (AGA) announced today the induction of three honorees into the Gaming Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019: Elaine Hodgson, co-founder, president, and CEO of Incredible Technologies; Stanley Mallin, real estate, hotel, and casino developer; and Ernie Moody, president of Action Gaming and creator of Triple Play Poker.

Since its establishment in 1989, the Gaming Hall of Fame has recognized leaders who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the gaming industry.

“Elaine, Ernie, and Stanley are pioneers in the gaming industry and have earned their well-deserved induction into this elite group,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. “Under Elaine’s leadership, Incredible Technologies introduced the most successful pay-to-play game in the U.S., Ernie’s resilience and innovation changed the landscape of video poker, and Stanley’s contributions to the trend of themed casino properties are ubiquitous. We’re pleased to honor them with this great distinction.”

 

The 2019 inductees’ accomplishments include:

Elaine Hodgson, president and CEO, Incredible Technologies

In 1985, Hodgson founded Incredible Technologies (IT) in a basement with fewer than a dozen employees, establishing IT as a pinball and amusement gaming hardware manufacturer with co-founder Richard Ditton. In 1989, IT created Golden Tee Golf and in 2007 strategically decided to enter the casino gaming market. Today, IT is one of the fastest growing U.S. video slot game developers, with Hodgson overseeing all aspects of the company and its staff of more than 250. She takes great pride in the brand and reputation she’s built while breaking barriers and overcoming obstacles, and continues to guide her teams to create original products, focusing on their operator and player audiences, rather than competitors.

Ernie Moody, president, Action Gaming

In the 1990s, Moody created Triple Play Poker and several other poker games that are still performing strongly on casino floors, including Five Play, Ten Play, and Hundred Play Poker. He has created new video poker concepts such as Spin Poker, Super Times Pay Poker, and Ultimate X Poker, and continues to create games to this day. With 20,000 machines across North America utilizing his patents and inventions, he single-handedly changed the video poker industry, providing massive value to his casino customers, players, and to IGT, his longtime manufacturer and distributor. He has continued to invent games for nearly 20 years and is a prominent part of the Las Vegas community.

Stanley Mallin, real estate, hotel, and casino developer

Stan Mallin grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After the war, he completed his college years at the University of Missouri. It was during college where he and Jay Sarno forged their relationship and ventured into real estate and hotel/motel development. They built the well-known Atlanta Cabana hotel, Dallas Cabana, and Palo Alto hotels before their big venture into gaming and Las Vegas. In 1966, they opened Caesars Palace for $24 million, starting the trend of themed casinos in Las Vegas, and sold the property in 1969 for $60 million. He also introduced the concept of experiential casino properties with the opening of Circus Circus in 1968, which was leased in 1974 and ultimately sold to William Bennett and William Pennington.

An invitation-only ceremony honoring the inductees will take place during the Chairman’s Reception at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E).

Hall of Fame honorees are selected by an independent panel of gaming executives. This year’s selection committee members were:

  • Holly Gagnon, CEO, Seneca Casinos
  • Phyllis Gilland, past chair, Global Gaming Women and SVP & general counsel, Golden Entertainment
  • Eileen Moore, regional president, Caesars Entertainment
  • Phil Satre, president, National Center for Responsible Gaming Board of Directors
  • David Schwartz, associate vice provost, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Howard Stutz, executive editor, CDC Gaming Reports
  • Steve Sutherland, president and CEO, Konami Gaming, Inc.
  • Ellen Whittemore, EVP and general counsel, Wynn Resorts
  • Tim Wilmott, chair, American Gaming Association and CEO, Penn National Gaming

 

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, 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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GAN Reports Robust Revenue Growth in New Jersey

Niji Narayan

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GAN plc, the US-based award-winning developer and supplier gambling software, services and online gaming content, has posted robust growth on almost all metrics in January 2020, according to the financial statement published by New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (“DGE”) of Internet gaming and Internet sports betting financial information.

The following are the main points of the report.

Internet Gaming Win rose by 64.0 per cent to $55.1 million in January, compared to $33.6 million in the same period last year.

Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle reached approximately $471.1 million in January.

Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues may vary from month to month due to the payouts for future events occurring months after the original wager was made and unredeemed winning wagers from prior months will become deductible upon redemption in future months.

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DraftKings Signs Multi-year Partnerships With Three NBA Franchises

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Expanding League Relationship Through New Celtics, 76ers, Pacers Deals

DraftKings Inc. announces expanded partnerships with three National Basketball Association (NBA) franchises, making DraftKings an official partner of the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Indiana Pacers. All three partnerships include the use of official team marks and logos, in addition to various branding options, ultimately enhancing DraftKings’ user experience and bringing sports fans closer to their favorite NBA teams.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we announce these multi-year partnerships with the Celtics, 76ers, and Pacers. The NBA represents DraftKings’ second-most-popular sport, and we are thrilled to offer our fanbase a continually unique and authentic sports gaming product,” said Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer at DraftKings. “Each of these partnerships represent a common strategy and stress the importance NBA teams and DraftKings place on fan engagement and overall customer experience.”

PACERS: The partnership with the Pacers makes DraftKings the Official Daily Fantasy Sports and an official Sports Betting Partner of the Indiana Pacers. With this comes rights to marks and logos, as well as in-game promotions, activations, and branding. As part of the sponsorship, DraftKings will offer unique experiences for customers, including a VIP “Fantasy Camp” opportunity and “Honorary Team Captain Presentations”. This diverse suite of experiences, comprised of practice court scrimmages, game tickets, and alumni meet and greets, will provide unparalleled access for fans and users alike.

“We are delighted to welcome DraftKings into the Indiana Pacers’ family of corporate partnerships,” said Rick Fuson, Pacers’ sports and entertainment president and COO. “With prominent in-arena presence, presenting sponsorship of our popular post-game show hosted by Eddie White and other elements, our fans are certain to understand the strength and value of this partnership for both of us. It truly is a win-win.”

76ers: Per the agreement with the 76ers, DraftKings is now the exclusive and Official Daily Fantasy Partner – and a sportsbook and online casino partner – of the Philadelphia 76ers. As part of the partnership, along with traditional marketing and promotional opportunities, DraftKings will offer VIPs a “Court of Dreams” excursion allowing them an all-access, inside look at the 76ers’ training complex, in addition to season tickets and suites for hospitality and promotional use.

“Today marks a new, exciting chapter in the long-standing relationship between two of the sports industry’s most innovative companies, whose dedication to fan experience consistently raises the bar in the sports partnership space.  The 76ers are proud to continue to stand alongside DraftKings as we together create and amplify expanded and differentiated opportunities for fans to engage with our team, dynamic players and sport,” said Philadelphia 76ers President Chris Heck.

CELTICS: As part of the Celtics partnership, which focuses solely on Daily Fantasy Sports, DraftKings has been named the team’s Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner. With this strategic relationship, DraftKings will continue to bolster its presence in its hometown market, gaining access to specific marketing promotions and impactful customer experiences like VIP watch parties, a “Play on the Parquet Event” and sweepstakes.

“Daily fantasy sports players are amongst the most highly engaged NBA fans,” said Celtics Team President Rich Gotham. “We’re happy to collaborate with our hometown partner, DraftKings, to serve Celtics fans through a variety of group activations and game day elements, including the presentation of our starting lineup across social channels.”

Since launch, DraftKings has seen over 500 million entries into DFS contests and about an astounding 40 percent of all DraftKings bettors have placed a wager on an NBA game. As an Authorized Sports Betting Operator of the NBA and the Official and Exclusive DFS and Sports Betting Partner of Madison Square Garden, DraftKings continues to invest heavily into NBA properties and fanbases. Ultimately, these partnership deals emphasize DraftKings continued commitment to growing its customer base and further positioning the company as an industry leader in sports gaming.

All DraftKings Sportsbook and Daily Fantasy offerings, including the NBA, are available for mobile download on both iOS and Android.

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Betfred Official Sponsor Of Wilder vs Fury II

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The World’s largest independent bookmaker Betfred will be an official sponsor of the biggest fight of the year when Deontay Wilder takes on Tyson Fury on Saturday the 22nd of February.

The fight, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena and on pay-per-view around the world, is a rematch after the split decision draw on December 1st, 2018.

Betfred boss and founder Fred Done said, “I’m delighted to be a sponsor of the most anticipated fight of the year and if Wilder v Fury II is anything like the first fight we are in for a superb night.”

Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions and Bob Arum, Chairman of Top Rank, said in a joint statement, “We’re happy to have BETFRED as an official sponsor for the highly anticipated Wilder vs. Fury II rematch on February 22. This is a 50-50 fight for the heavyweight championship of the world and we’re sure that fans all around the globe will be watching to see all of the drama unfold.”

The sponsorship is great news for Betfred who have ambitious plans for the USA. Betfred Sports has already opened its first US sportsbook at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort in Iowa and has recently agreed on deals with both Wind Creek Bethlehem (for Pennsylvania sports betting operations) and Saratoga Casino (for Colorado sports betting operations).

Latest betting for the fight shows the pair cannot be split with both fighters on offer at 10/11 and a repeat of the draw at 20/1.

 

ABOUT BETFRED:
The Betfred Group is a UK based bookmaker that owns and operates over 1500 betting shops in the UK as well as industry leading online and mobile products in the UK and Spain. Betfred was founded by brothers Fred and Peter Done in 1967 when they started with just one shop. Back then Betfred differentiated itself by offering excellent customer value and excellent service and those principles are still at the heart of the business now. Based in Las Vegas Betfred USA Sports was created in 2019 specifically to enter the robust and ever-expanding US sports betting market. Betfred have an extensive sponsorship portfolio including the World Snooker Championship, in golf the British Masters, World Matchplay Darts, Rugby League’s Super League and Betfred is the Official Bookmaker of Royal Ascot.

 

SOURCE Betfred USA Sports

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