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LONDON, Nov. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) announced that its subsidiary, IGT Global Solutions Corporation (hereinafter "IGT"), has signed a contract extension with the Kentucky Lottery Corporation for five years through July 9, 2026. The Lottery is exercising its five one-year extension options in which IGT will provide new self-service lottery vending machines and updated technology.
"The Kentucky Lottery Corporation looks forward to continuing the innovation and growth we have experienced with IGT since the Lottery began in 1989," said Tom Delacenserie, Kentucky Lottery Corporation President and CEO. "IGT's forward-thinking products and solutions have delivered convenience to our retailers and players for the last 30 years, and we're pleased to continue our longstanding partnership in the years to come."
"IGT leads the global gaming industry by focusing our innovations in content and platform technology that deliver an outstanding player experience," said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. "Through this contract extension with the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, we will be adding IGT's convenient cashless feature to existing self-service vending machines to help the Lottery attract a new demographic of players and maximize sales growth."
Under the terms of the extension, IGT will provide the Lottery with additional 575 GameTouch™ 28 self-service vending machines and equip approximately 1,400 total GameTouch 28, GameTouch™ 20, and GameTouch™ Draw machines with cashless functionality that enables players to use credit or debit cards to purchase lottery products. In addition to these products, IGT provides the Kentucky Lottery Corporation with facilities management, field service, call center services, and marketing support.
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has more than 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.
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Gaming Arts President Mike Dreitzer said, "Our mission this G2E was to show that Gaming Arts' product is ready for the market and that slot players everywhere can 'Play Now'. We are eager to continue our partnerships with operators to place our unique slot cabinets and compelling content on casino floors today. We are delighted to have made great progress towards that goal and are incredibly proud of not only the positive feedback we received on our products, but the firm commitments received from operators on future partnerships with 50 new orders from G2E alone!"
Company Unveils Phocus® Wheel Topper and 19 New Slot Themes
At G2E, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Company demonstrated its commitment and passion to providing unparalleled gaming experiences to slot players while enhancing profitability for casino operators. Gaming Arts unveiled 19 new innovative slot themes as well as the Phocus® Wheel topper, the world's first persistent wheel games featuring a virtual LCD wheel, both of which are patent pending. In addition to its existing library, eight new slot families debuted on its booth including Wu™, Inferno Wheel™, Hamster Libre™, Fortune Finders™, Shi Fu Jinbi™, Kai Yun Jin Bi™, Replacing Royals™, and Golden Pays™.
Gaming Arts CEO and founder David Colvin commented, "We are extremely proud of the accomplishments and strides we have made this year especially on the slot and content fronts with an incredible lineup of some of the industry's most innovative and exciting games. Our commitment to excellence and quality is always paramount in all we do and our success is only possible through the hard work, dedication and creativity of the entire Gaming Arts family. Next year, we plan to enlarge our booth once again at G2E in order to display our ever-growing product lines."
Secures Approval for its Gaming Platform by Nevada Gaming Commission ("NGC") and is in Process of Requesting Field Trial in the State of Mississippi
This week, Gaming Arts received approval by the NGC on the Company's slot platform, allowing it to place its Phocus® cabinets throughout Nevada, the largest gaming market by unit count in the United States.
In addition, Gaming Arts plans to begin field trials in the state of Mississippi with its inaugural slot family, Pop'N Pays®, housed on the Phocus® cabinet subject to regulatory allowance by the Mississippi Gaming Commission.
Pop'N Pays® continues to show strong game performance results in a significant number of key states and the Company looks forward to delivering these and other thrilling games to players across North America, including Nevada and Mississippi.
Secures Gaming License in the State of Louisiana
Furthermore, Gaming Arts recently received its gaming license in the State of Louisiana. The Company looks forward to promptly beginning its slot roll out across the state, where so far, the expressed level of interest has been tremendous. Louisiana is as a key commercial jurisdiction for Gaming Arts and the Company is thankful to have reached this important milestone.
Month over month, the Company continues to expand its licensed footprint having reached well over 100 gaming licenses worldwide.
Gaming Arts Rides Upward Trajectory of Momentum and Success After G2E and into the New Year
Jean Venneman Chief Commercial Officer commented, "We believe we have proven ourselves at this year's G2E as a truly disruptive player in the gaming industry, adding to our already world-leading bingo and keno offerings with emerging slot games and content. Gaming Arts is thrilled to finish the year strong and move into the New Year with a full pipeline of games on order. We are forever grateful to our casino partners for offering us a seat at the table and giving us an opportunity to offer our solutions to their players."
Shining in the centre of the product presentation was the marvellous Samurai Beauty™ installation with 2x3 V.I.P. Lounge™ Curve 1.43 cabinets propped against a double-sided 4x3 LED screen video wall featuring game-specific, choreographed content for a high-visibility game presentation. Visitors were stoked not only by the visuals but also by the smooth gameplay of the gripping new, Asian-themed linked progressive that was presented with a photo booth featuring two real-life Samurai Beauties plus some befitting stage props.
Venturing deeper into the NOVOMATIC booth, visitors discovered more linked progressives for the US market: the MONEY PARTY™ Link featuring titles Fruity Fruity™ and Juicy Juicy™ as well as the THUNDER CASH™ Link, already a highlight in a growing number of US casinos. The PAY DAY™ Progressives series was extended with a fourth title, PAY DAY™ Plus which premiered at the show, adding a classic, straightforward version with thrilling multiplier bonus features to the set.
US Commercial, Tribal and VGT operators were treated to a broad suite of products and award-winning technology to boost their operations: games and game mixes, progressive jackpots, sports betting kiosks, system solutions and ETGs were on full display at G2E 2019. Located in the centre of the NOVOMATIC booth was an authentic sports lounge, featuring the NOVOMATIC ActionBook™ self-service sports betting kiosk – a hit product for US casino customers inclined to integrate a sportsbetting offer in their portfolio using a self-service terminal that fulfils the highest casino standards in terms of security, maintenance and style.
Especially for the VGT markets in Illinois and Pennsylvania, new mixes were on display – and the modular myACP casino management system showcased new player recognition modules for VGT operators in Illinois, including a new NOVO Rewards™ player recognition kiosk.
“This year’s G2E was really exceptional, maybe the best ever and I have heard that from all our sales teams as well,” said Jens Einhaus, VP of International Sales Europe & Americas. “We had excellent customer traffic on the NOVOMATIC booth – not only in terms of quantity but also in terms of quality – and a lot of specific interest from US and Latin American decision-makers. It makes me proud to see how we finally hit the target with our development focus for the US.”
The renewed relationship will see Scientific Games provide a fully upgraded suite of digital sports betting and iGaming solutions, including player account management services. BCLC will benefit from the full range of Scientific Games’ OpenSports™ product suite, including promotions, scoreboards, and seamless user interface. OpenSports powers sports betting operations with the player at the heart of its solutions, keeping engagement, reliability, and an intuitive interface top-of-mind.
Jordan Levin, Group Chief Executive of SG Digital, said, “We’ve worked closely with BCLC for years, and we’re excited to continue building momentum with them in the Canadian market. Our gaming platforms and sportsbook solutions are a perfect fit for their large audience, and the continued trust, confidence, and innovation on both sides will drive positive growth in the industry.”
Cameron Adams, Interim VP, Digital & Enterprise Services at BCLC, said, “We’re excited to continue our relationship with Scientific Games and offer a comprehensive array of sports betting technology to our players. Scientific Games has helped power significant growth for BCLC’s PlayNow.com digital gaming site over the past several years, and this will help us to continue to grow and evolve our customer experiences into the future.”
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As the world’s largest supplier of lottery instant games and a leading supplier of numbers games and technology, Scientific Games joins widespread support for the initiative. In 2018, the Company participated in the “Gift Responsibly” campaign along with all U.S. and Canadian lotteries and a number of international lotteries.
“Scientific Games is one of the first companies to be certified by the World Lottery Association as a responsible gaming supplier. We support a number of leading responsible gaming organizations like the National Council on Problem Gaming and we work closely with lotteries and retailers to help prevent those under 18 from playing lottery games,” said Pat McHugh, Group Chief Executive, Lottery for Scientific Games. “Additionally, we are continually innovating new technologies like our advanced SG Vision technology, which helps protect against underage lottery purchases at retail.”
McHugh said that underscoring the Company’s strong commitment to responsible gaming, it recently named, Carla Schaefer, recognized as an industry expert on lottery products and marketing, to the role of Vice President of Responsible Gaming, Lottery.
In her new position, Schaefer will lead Scientific Games’ proactive strategy to further promote responsible gaming in its lottery business. Schaefer will work closely across all Scientific Games teams to leverage data and predictive analytics to implement programs and develop products and programs for the Company’s lottery customers that help raise awareness for and mitigate potential problem gaming before it becomes an issue for any player.
“Social responsibility and integrity are cornerstones of Scientific Games, and we are extremely proud to stand with our lottery customers and the National Council on Problem Gaming in maintaining responsible play throughout the Lottery industry,” said Schaefer. “Lottery games are created to entertain, and intended to be played by adults. Lottery games are not child’s play, and we urge everyone to share this important message during the holiday season and always.”
Scientific Games provides games, technology and services to 150 lotteries in 50 countries, including nearly every North American lottery.
A role model of success for women in all industries, Townsend has over 30 years of world crisis experience, having served as the former Homeland Security Advisor to United States President George W. Bush from 2004 to2007. She also served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism. In 2008, Ms. Townsend joined CNN as a contributor, then moved to CBS in 2016 where she is the senior national security analyst. Ms. Townsend is also president of the Counter Extremism Project and on the Board at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Pat McHugh, Lottery Group CEO for Scientific Games, said, “We are honored that Fran Townsend, who has served as such a strong leader for our country and Scientific Games, will be sharing her unique and empowering experiences to inspire women in the lottery industry. As one of the largest employers of talented women in the industry, we are a strong supporter of the Women’s Initiative in Lottery Leadership and its mission.”
Launched in 2017 by PGRI and Rebecca Hargrove, who is currently World Lottery Association President and Tennessee Lottery CEO, WILL’s mission is to drive high-performance business growth for lotteries by supporting the advancement of women into top positions of management, leadership and responsibility in the lottery industry.
“We look forward to another meaningful gathering of leaders from throughout the lottery industry at our WILL event in New York City,” said Rebecca Hargrove. “The event is highlighted by Fran Townsend from Scientific Games’ Board of Directors, who is joining us to share her experiences as a very successful leader. Mentoring and advocating for women has been one of my passions since I began my career. WILL is very proud to be at the forefront of supporting advancement for women in the lottery sector.”
Scientific Games provides games, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries in 50 countries around the globe.
“Congratulations to Tamar M. from del Lago Resort and Casino for winning this year’s TournEvent of Champions The Million Dollar Event,” said Ed Peters, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, at Everi. “Since its start as statewide slot tournaments in California and Washington in 2012, we have offered the premier slot tournament in North America filled with memorable experiences for all of the players and finalists. As we have expanded the campaign across the U.S. and Canada with hundreds of thousands of players participating on an annual basis, we have had many unforgettable nights at each of the partnering casinos’ qualifying events and unmatched entertainment and excitement at The Million Dollar Event in Las Vegas every year. This success is not possible without the commitment of our partner casinos, our promotions team, and sponsors.”
The 2019 TournEvent of Champions kicked off in May 2019 featuring two tour buses traveling more than 20,000 miles across North America with The Money Man®, Everi’s iconic brand ambassador, to visit 86 partner casinos. More than 230,000 participants competed in TournEvent qualifiers to identify the top 153 players who competed in The Million Dollar Event on October 16 for a share of more than $1.3 million in cash prizes, including the One Million Dollar* top prize. The 2019 TournEvent of Champions was sponsored by Effinet, PC Promotions, Southern California Gaming Guide, and Unistar-Sparco Computers, Inc.
This year’s event also included a charity slot tournament between rounds 1 and 2 of The Million Dollar Event during which $10,000 will be donated to winners’ charities of choice. Some of the industry’s most subscribed to slot stars on YouTube and well-respected trade journalists and publishers participated in the Slot Star Charity TournEvent. Jason with King Jason Slots came in first playing for Autism Speaks, followed by Sarah with Slotlady in second place for Cancer Research Institute, and Diana Evoni with Vegas Slot Machine Videos in third place for Sunday Friends.
* The One Million Dollar top prize payable in periodic payments over 20 years or in a lump sum, present day cash value payment.
FDG launched Internet sports betting for residents of Indiana yesterday, following the parties obtaining all applicable regulatory consents, and represents a material increase in the value of the partnership to GAN. This expansion follows GAN's launch of account services for FDG in Pennsylvania (pop. 13M) on July 22, 2019 in addition to the long-standing existing services provided since 2013 by GAN to FDG in the State of New Jersey (pop. 9M).
Furthermore, GAN confirms the receipt of a Temporary Supplier License from the Indiana Gaming Commission, demonstrating GAN's continuing ability to rapidly submit to licensure in highly regulated U.S. Internet gambling markets. This is GAN's second gaming license awarded in 2019 and third U.S. gaming license, following licensure in the State of New Jersey and the State of Pennsylvania.
Dermot Smurfit, Chief Executive Officer of GAN commented:
"Our effective and compliant Platform represents a premium component of the supply chain and our team has a track record of on-time delivery for our long-standing client FanDuel, which has proven to be an exceptionally successful partnership to date in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Rapid deployment into the State of Indiana is a logical extension of our relationship to best support FanDuel in capturing early market share of Internet sports betting in Indiana."
Lucky slot players won the following million dollar-plus jackpots in September:
On Sept. 2, a Wheel of Fortune slot player won $1,462,097 at Ojibwa Casino Marquette in Marquette, Mich.
On Sept. 19, a Wheel of Fortune slots player won $1,543,089 at Casino Arizona in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Wheel of Fortune slots have awarded million dollar-plus jackpots to thirteen lucky players thus far in 2019.
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“I hope this game brings luck to all!” Giménez said to cheering crowds at the event. Giménez is the first celebrity to appear on the game, which is powered by Aristocrat’s ONE LINK™ Mystery Progressive Jackpot technology.
The entertaining game has a grand jackpot that starts at 1,300,000 Argentine pesos.
“We could not be more excited about the new install of our ONE LINK product with the exclusive license Gana Con Susana,” added Christopher Rowe, Managing Director, Latin America for Aristocrat.
Casino Buenos Aires now has 34 machines linked to the Gana con Susana progressive jackpot. In addition to Casino Buenos Aires, players can find their favorite Gana con Susana game at City Center Rosario and Casino Magic.
Aristocrat’s ONE LINK Mystery Progressive Jackpot is a customizable solution that offers a wide area or single site progressive jackpot. The solution is fully integrated into Aristocrat’s media system to create visual appeal and leverages the bonusing pool capability across the enterprise.
The progressive technology allows the operator to select any Aristocrat Game Sale product to run on the link, including the newest game themes as well as proven player favorites.
For more information about ONE LINK or any of Aristocrat’s industry-leading solutions, contact your Aristocrat representative or visit www.aristocrat-us.com. Join Aristocrat on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
The Roundtable is complimentary and offers attendees three exciting and informative days of learning, networking, and thought-provoking discussions with content curated exclusively for gaming and lottery regulators and government lotteries and the registration is limited to government representatives only.
This year’s Roundtable agenda addresses many mission-critical topics that will prepare government officials for the challenges and opportunities they will face in the years to come, including:
The ABCs of Technical Standards
Auditing and Technical Compliance
New Gaming and Lottery Trends
Online Gaming and Sports Betting
Combating Illegal Gaming
Keeping Crime Outside the Gaming Industry
Responsible Gambling and AML
“At GLI, we are convinced that collaboration among regulators is the key to develop gaming and lottery policy and legislation that allows for the sustainable and regulated growth of the industry,” said Karen Sierra-Hughes, Director of Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development. “This is why we continue to create forums that have provided the opportunity for government agencies to learn from other regulators and lotteries´ experience and replicate the best practices adopted by them.”
“The Latin American and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable reaffirms our strong and continuing commitment to our critical mission. We also believe that innovation is key for the success of the gaming and lottery industry. The roundtable also provides a global perspective of the new trends with a risk-based approach to guarantee the integrity and transparency of the industry. We look forward to another exciting conference in San Jose,” she added.
Last year’s Roundtable attracted more than 80 representatives from 33 government entities and 19 countries from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain. Registration and information are available now at gaminglabs.com/GLICostaRica19.
The biannual CIBELAE (Association of Iberoamerican State Lotteries) conference is also taking place in Costa Rica immediately after the roundtable. Event and registration information is available at this link: https://cibelae.net/costaricapuravida.
GLI is also celebrating its milestone of proudly serving the Latin American region for 20 years at this year’s Roundtable and at the CIBELAE conference.
Scientific Games brings industry leading performance to 150 lotteries across 50 countries, and operates lottery services in 44 states. It is the only full-service lottery company headquartered in the United States, providing lottery draw, instant, internet, mobile, video lottery and sports wagering solutions worldwide. Scientific Games is a premier lottery instant game provider with more than 70 percent share of all US instant game sales, and is the primary instant game supplier for 9 of the top 10 performing U.S. lotteries.
Scientific Games will offer its full suite of lottery services to the TRWH consortium that includes Camelot Lottery Solutions and Intralot, as previously announced. Specific lottery services provided by Scientific Games and the consortium members will be tailored to the details of the bid issued by Rhode Island.
According to Marc Crisafulli, Executive Vice President of TRWH, the addition of Scientific Games strengthens an already formidable partnership of gaming and technology companies hoping to compete for the state lottery contract. “Today’s announcement that Scientific Games has joined Twin River is further proof that there is significant interest in bidding for Rhode Island’s lottery and gaming business, with virtually the entire global lottery industry now confirming that they will participate if an open competitive bidding process develops in Rhode Island. We believe this is ultimately very good news for the Rhode Island taxpayers. We look forward to continuing our conversation with members of the General Assembly about the efficacy of a public bid process, the extraordinary savings to the State that likely could be realized when competition enters the marketplace and how we can collaboratively protect and enhance the State’s third largest source of revenue.”
Crisafulli noted “The lottery programs managed by Scientific Games in New England states far outperform IGT’s Rhode Island lottery programs. IGT’s Instant Game program in Rhode Island is performing 75% lower sales averages than the national weekly per capita sales average. Among a peer group of U.S. lotteries of similar size, Rhode Island has the lowest growth rate for revenue over the past eight years, and the lowest growth rate for draw games for the last decade.”
He continued, “Scientific Games is well known to us. Their machines in our two Rhode Island facilities outperformed IGT-controlled machines by over 50% last year, delivering on average over $31,000 more per machine to the State of Rhode Island taxpayers. They have a successful track record of understanding player preferences and delivering products that exceed customer expectations. The New England gaming market has become increasingly competitive, and the addition of Scientific Games to our team is an important part of enhancing our ability to compete and deliver positive results for Rhode Island.”
Patrick McHugh, Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Lottery, said, “As the only full-service lottery provider headquartered in the United States, Scientific Games is very excited about bringing our global leadership in lottery and gaming products to Rhode Island in a more meaningful way. We are confident that our products will improve the performance of Rhode Island Lottery programs and create millions of dollars in new revenue for the State. We are pleased to formalize our commitment to bidding with the Twin River/Camelot consortium. There are tremendous synergies created by our companies coming together to deliver a competitive package that seeks to increase Lottery sales and profits for Rhode Island.” He continued, “Scientific Games values the trust our 150 lottery customers have placed in us throughout 50 countries worldwide and look forward to helping make Rhode Island the leading lottery performer it should be.”
The Twin River consortium proposal thus far includes:
- Commitment of 1,100 jobs created in Rhode Island backed up by a $100 million guarantee to the State if the jobs commitment falls short;
- Investment in best of breed lottery and gaming products to maximize sales and profits;
- A 12-year contract with an approximate cost to the State of [Rhode Island of] less than $500 million dollars versus the current IGT contract [that carries with it] over $1 billion dollars in costs to the State [of Rhode Island], and if the State prefers a 20 year contract an upfront payment of $75 million, $50 million more than IGT for the same contract term;
-The development or construction of a new corporate headquarters in Rhode Island of approximately 50,000 square feet.
-The expenditure of $50 million at Twin River to include new amenities and facility upgrades as part of the overall commitment to invest $150 million.
Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a world leader in entertainment offering dynamic games, systems and services for casino, lottery, social gaming, online gaming and sports betting. Scientific Games offers the gaming industry's broadest and most integrated portfolio of game content, advanced systems, cutting-edge platforms and professional services. In business for more than 85 years through its acquired companies, Scientific Games offers customers a fully integrated portfolio of technology platforms, robust systems, engaging game content, and unrivaled professional services and marketing solutions. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada with approximately 9,500 employees worldwide, serving customers on six continents. For more information, visit scientificgames.com
Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc., or TRWH, owns and manages four casinos; two casinos in Rhode Island, one in Mississippi, and one in Delaware, as well as a Colorado horse race track that has 13 authorized OTB licenses. Properties include Twin River Casino Hotel (Lincoln, RI), Tiverton Casino Hotel (Tiverton, RI), Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Biloxi, MS), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino (Dover, DE) and Arapahoe Park racetrack (Aurora, CO). Its casinos range in size from 1,000 slots and 32 table games facilities to properties with over 4,100 slots, approximately 125 table games, and 48 stadium gaming positions, along with hotel and resort amenities. Its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “TRWH.” For more information, visit twinriverwwholdings.com
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Highlights from the PGCB include:
· Internet Gaming Win was $6.0 million in September, compared to $4.0 million in the prior sequential month, reflecting an increase of 48.2%.
· Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle(1) was approximately $153.6 million for the month of September, compared to:
- $83.2 million for the month of August;
- $39.0 million for the month of July; and
- $19.3 million for the month of June.
· Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues(2) (after payouts) for the month of September were $13.4 million, compared to:
- $6.3 million for the month of August;
- $2.9 million for the month of July; and
- $1.4 million for the month of June.
(1) Gross amount of money accepted in wagers
(2) 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
This information will be updated and published each month, following publication by the PGCB, in order to enable the investor community to readily monitor growth of Internet gambling in Pennsylvania, which remains a key market for GAN.
Speaking at the Fantini Research CEO One-On-One interview series at the industry’s G2E trade show, the CEOs continue to see business confidence on the part of casino companies that buy their products and on the part of casino patrons.
The observations by these CEOs is important in that any change in the spending of casino patrons is among the first indicators of change in consumer confidence.
Among the CEOs, Mike Rumbolz of Everi, noted that his payments company sees consumer activity in real time as it provides daily ATM, check cashing and credit check services to casinos and there is no sign of consumer spending slowing down.
Likewise, Harald Neumann of Austrian-based international gaming conglomerate Novomatic noted that, while many European business executives are predicting an economic slowdown, his company is enjoying a strong and growing second half of the year.
So far, prospects of a recession “appear to be more sentiment than reality,” said Neumann, whose company operates in 70 countries.
Those observations and others about the gaming industry and their companies are discussed in quick-to-view videos running at an average of 10 to 12 minutes each, by 21 leading CEOs at https://www.fantiniresearch.com/conventions/g2e/g2e-2019-ceo-one-on-ones.html.
The videos are produced by Fantini Research, publisher of the daily Fantini’s Gaming Report that serves executives and investors in the gaming industry. Fantini also publishes the gaming industry’s Public Policy Review and co-publishes proprietary research in the EILERS-FANTINI Quarterly Slot Survey, EILERS-FANTINI Game Performance Database and the Distributed Gaming Report with Fifth Third Bank.
More information about Fantini Research is available from Ashley Diem at ADiem@FantiniResearch.com or 302-730-3793, and www.FantiniResearch.com.
Scientific Games' OpenSports™ wins Digital Product of the Year at Global Gaming Awards; Open Gaming System and OpenPlatform™ System earn gold medal for “Best Interactive Product” from GGB Gaming & Technology Awards
LAS VEGAS – Oct. 15, 2019 – Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) is celebrating the beginning of the Global Gaming Expo with two strong award wins. The Company received the Digital Product of the Year prize at the Global Gaming Awards 2019 in Las Vegas for OpenSports, its end-to-end sports betting product suite, for the second consecutive year.
The Digital Product of the Year is awarded to the company with a product suite that has taken player engagement to the next level through its design and implementation. A judging panel comprising 100 leading industry executives chose the Company’s end-to-end, modular sports betting product, which can be mixed and matched to meet specific needs and includes its ground-breaking OpenTrade™ Managed Trading Services, powered by Don Best Sports
Over the last twelve months, Scientific Games has transformed its OpenSports offering across web, mobile and retail. Alongside a new digital user interface as part of its OpenEngage™ module, the company launched a wide range of new market-leading features such as Match HQ™ – a scoreboards widget that displays real-time game statistics and in-play animations across a wide range of American and European sporting events.
Scientific Games was presented with the award at the Global Gaming Awards’ prestigious ceremony held at the Sands Expo Convention Center as part of G2E 2019.
Keith O’Loughlin, SVP of Sportsbook and Platforms at SG Digital, said: “Kicking off G2E with this global award is credit to our teams and the work we produce for our customers across the world. Every day, we strive to find new ways to improve the user experience and the OpenSports solution embodies our player-first approach and our long-standing commitment to reliability and stability. We’re delighted that the judging panel recognized the hard work and we’re looking forward to showcasing the full product during G2E this year.”
In addition, Scientific Games received a gold medal in the “2019 Best Interactive Product” category at GGB Gaming & Technology Awards for its Open Gaming System (OGS) and Open Platform System (OPS). Both technologies are now part of the recently announced OpenGaming product suite.
The award-winning OGS and OPS are now part of Scientific Games’ OpenGaming, the end-to-end digital ecosystem for operators looking to provide a new wave of immersive gaming experiences for their players through one seamless integration.
These latest award triumphs further demonstrate the company’s reputation for delivering next level betting and gaming experiences for players across the globe.
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Internet Gambling Win Increased 84% from Prior Year Monthly Period
London & Dublin - October 16, 2019: GAN plc ("GAN" or the "Company"), an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gambling software, services and online gaming content in the United States, today updated the market following the publication on October 15, 2019, by the New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement ("DGE") of Internet gaming and Internet sports betting financial information for the calendar month of September 2019 in New Jersey.
Highlights from the DGE include:
· Internet Gaming Win was $41.1 million in September compared to $25.8 million in the prior year period, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 59.6%.
· Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle(1) was approximately $374.2 million for the month of September, compared to:
- $249.2 million for the month of August 2019;
- $213.0 million for the month of July 2019; and
- $226.7 million for the month of June 2019.
· Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues(2) (after payouts) for the month of September were $29.4 million, compared to $12.6 million in September 2018, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 134.0% and is further comparable to:
o $19.2 million for the month of August 2019;
o $13.9 million for the month of July 2019; and
o $6.9 million for the month of June 2019.
(1) Gross amount of money accepted in wagers
(2) 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
This information will be updated and published each month, following publication by the DGE, in order to enable the investor community to readily monitor growth of Internet gambling in New Jersey, which remains a key market for GAN.
IGT's CrystalBetting Terminals give players a comfortable, VIP sports betting experience unlike anything currently offered in the U.S. sports betting market. Each terminal includes a 27-inch monitor where sports enthusiasts can watch live sporting events and place a range of sports wagers. The innovative hardware features privacy wings, a personal listening audio jack, USB charging port, convenient workstation, and was recently named one of the "Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technologies" by Casino Journal.
"Pearl River Resort is proud to partner with IGT on the global launch of the CrystalBetting Terminal," said Neal Atkinson, Pearl River Resort Director of Table Games. "We prioritize being on the forefront of sports betting innovation and providing our players choice and convenience for placing sports bets at our properties. Extending our sports betting offering to include IGT's CrystalBetting Terminals elevates the player experience and gives our patrons yet another reason to choose Pearl River Resort for gaming entertainment."
"By adding the CrystalBetting Terminal to its already impressive sports betting offering, Pearl River Resort is positioned to engage sports fans in new ways and to differentiate its offering," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Commercial Officer, Gaming. "IGT's sports betting momentum in the U.S. market, paired with the player insights that we gained while testing the CrystalBetting Terminal, reinforce our confidence in the product's capacity to deliver a compelling player experience that complements the entire IGT sports betting technology ecosystem."
By leveraging IGT PlaySports platform, Pearl River Resort made gaming history in 2018 when it became the first non-Nevada tribal casino to open a sportsbook post-PASPA repeal. The pioneering operator opened its three sportsbooks with over-the-counter retail sports betting and quickly expanded its offerings to include self-service PlaySports Kiosks and mobile on-premise wagering.
The CrystalBetting Terminal is currently undergoing a 90-day field trial and has already secured GLI Certification and Mississippi Choctaw Gaming Commission approval.
For more information visit IGT.com.
London | October 15, 2019: GAN plc, an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and online gaming content in the United States, has agreed to supply its Simulated Gaming software to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (the “Client”), with new services anticipated to launch to customers in Q1 2020.
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians owns and operates three locations: Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs, Calif.; Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; and Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs, Calif. The agreement with GAN will enable the Client to provide an expanded suite of online gaming and services throughout the region and beyond.
The Client is the 15th US casino operator to license GAN’s specialist software, which permits patrons to link reward cards to their online Simulated Gaming account and receive reward points automatically triggered by the patrons’ diverse online activities. It is the sixth major Native American casino operator in the United States to select GAN as its online gaming software service provider since the launch of Simulated Gaming in 2014.
Jeff Berman, Chief Commercial Officer of GAN commented:
“We are enormously privileged to bring one of America’s largest and most vibrant Native American casino resort operators online with our Simulated Gaming solution. Southern California is a significant regional US gaming market, with the largest population concentration in the US, reinforcing GAN’s market position as the leading B2B enterprise software solution provider to ‘brick and mortar’ US casinos.”
Bill Oliver, CIO of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, commented:
“We selected GAN for its proven success in helping casino properties launch online gaming and for its ability to embed our on-property rewards program into an online experience. Equipped with GAN’s Simulated Gaming, we will now introduce our casino properties online to a wider audience of casino enthusiasts located in adjacent regional markets.”
Lopez was among 19 gaming industry CEOs nominated in the category, representing companies such as Aristocrat, IGT, Interblock, and Scientific Games. A panel of 100 judges, made up of many esteemed executives and influencers from the global gaming industry, cast their votes and chose Lopez as the 2019 'American Executive of the Year.'
According to the Global Gaming Awards organizers, the Executive of the Year seeks to acknowledge and recognize one truly unique executive in the global gaming industry who has successfully steered their respective company on the path to success. It serves to pay tribute to those individuals whose efforts serve to drive the industry forward as a whole.
AGS Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Investor Relations Julia Boguslawski said, "This award is an incredible honor for both David and AGS, especially among such an impressive group of contenders representing many large and well-established companies. We are thrilled to see David be recognized for his contributions to the global gaming industry and his leadership at AGS, where he has guided us to meaningful growth, taken the Company public, and cultivated the best employee culture in the gaming supplier space."
Lopez joined AGS as President and Chief Executive Officer in early 2014. Under his leadership, AGS grew the company organically and through numerous strategic acquisitions to become a full-service supplier of slots, table products, and interactive solutions. Lopez has led AGS to double-digit growth in revenue and AEBITDA for the last four fiscal years, beginning in 2015. In 2018, under Lopez's leadership, AGS successfully completed an initial public offering and secondary offering of the Company's stock, and AGS is now traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol AGS.
Prior to AGS, Lopez served two years as Chief Executive Officer, President, and board member of Global Cash Access (now Everi). Before that, he was Chief Operating Officer and a board member for leading table products supplier Shuffle Master, Inc. (now a Scientific Games asset). During his nearly 15-year tenure at Shuffle Master, Lopez held various executive positions, including Interim CEO, Executive Vice President, President of the Americas, and Vice President of Product Management. He was instrumental in Shuffle Master's phenomenal growth from a $27 million company in 1998 to nearly $260 million in annual revenues when he left the company in 2012.
A charismatic and popular CEO, Lopez was recognized by Glassdoor.com as one of the top CEOs of 2019 in their Employees' Choice Awards. He earned a 98 percent approval rating by AGS employees based on anonymous, voluntary employee reviews. Lopez's passionate focus on driving a positive employee culture can be attributed to AGS' third consecutive year winning 'Atlanta's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® (2019, 2018, 2017) and two consecutive years winning 'Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation® (2018 and 2017) based on confidential, independent employee surveys.
Now in its sixth year, the Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas recognizes and rewards operational excellence displayed across a 12-month period. The Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas are powered by Gambling Insider magazine in association with the Global Gaming Expo ("G2E"). The voting process is independently adjudicated by KPMG Isle of Man to ensure full transparency.
G2E roared to life for Aristocrat when the company was named Land-Based Supplier of the Year at the 6th annual Global Gaming Awards. Additionally, Aristocrat’s Buffalo Diamond™ was named Slot of the Year. The Global Gaming Awards are produced by Gambling Insider magazine in association with G2E. The winners were selected by the event’s largest judging panel to date.
Prior to G2E, Aristocrat’s EDGE X™ cabinet and its Mobile nCompass™ system solution were winners in Casino Journal’s 2019 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Awards.
Players also love Aristocrat games, and in the 2019 Casino Player readers’ choice awards, Aristocrat’s Lightning Link™, Buffalo Grand™, and Dragon Link™ were all named to the Favorite Video Slot list, with Lightning Link taking top honors. Lightning Link was also named top Favorite Bonus Round, where Buffalo Grand was also honored. Additionally, Buffalo Grand was named as a Favorite Progressive game.
“We never stop creating or innovating for our customers. These awards are fantastic; however, the greater reward comes from the joy of play our players experience in our customers’ casinos,” said Hector Fernandez, president of Americas for Aristocrat. “We are so proud of our employees – the best and most talented in the industry – for creating the world’s leading games, hardware, and system solutions.”
G2E 2019 attendees can experience these innovations and more in Aristocrat’s booth (#1133), where the company is unveiling a host of cabinets, Class III games, Class II games, and system solutions for operators of all sizes and players of all types.
For more information about any of Aristocrat’s industry-leading games, cabinets, and system solutions, contact your Aristocrat representative or visit www.aristocrat-us.com. Join Aristocrat on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
To kick-off the partnership, Lopez will visit Ainsworth booth #1259 at the Global Gaming Expo at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15.
Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy, and late-night television. Lopez is also the Co-Founder and Director of The George Lopez Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.
Additionally, Lopez has been actively involved in Tribal Gaming through work with the National Indian Gaming Association and owns Chingon Kitchen, a restaurant with locationS in San Manuel Rockin’ Casino in California and Vee Quiva Casino in Arizona.
What: In booth appearance by George Lopez to announce a partnership with Ainsworth to develop a George Lopez-themed video slot game.
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019; 2 pm
Where: Global Gaming Expo; Sands Expo Convention Center, 201 Sands Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169; Ainsworth, Booth #1259
LAS VEGAS (October 15, 2019) – Aristocrat, the leading supplier of innovative cabinets, systems solutions, Class II and Class III games will unveil a wide array of marketing partnership activations at the Global Gaming Expo this week.
“Aristocrat is the leader in the gaming industry and delivers product and system solutions to our customers to grow their businesses and entertain their clientele,” said Hector Fernandez, president of Americas for Aristocrat. “This year, we’re taking it one step further by extending our marketing arm to our customers to show them ways that they can activate our products to their players in interesting ways.”
Through these activations, G2E 2019 attendees will see in real time how Aristocrat serves as a strategic partner through compelling product launches and has developed unique ways to garner player engagement.
The activations range from interactive product-themed experiences and prize giveaways to unforgettable photo moments for social networking amplification:
Crazy Rich Asians™ Slot Game Photo Spot
Attendees can experience the ultimate social media moment to celebrate the announcement of Aristocrat’s newest slot title. The immersive experience will transport you to an environment reminiscent of the film’s iconic scenes.
Days available: 1, 2 & 3 during show hours
Locations: Booth 1500 at the entrance of Hall A
Star Trek: The Next Generation® Slot Game
Attendees can become a crew member of the U.S.S. Enterprise and obtain a 180-degree loop photo sitting in the Captain’s Chair from the TV show’s Bridge set! Costumed characters add to the ambiance and thrill.
Days available: 1, 2 & 3 during show hours
Location: Booth #1133
Mad Max® Fury Road Slot Game
Attendees can spin the wheel of post-apocalyptic fun in celebration of the official launch of the Mad Max® Fury Road slot title! Spin the wheel to win exciting prizes!
Tuesday 10/15: 11:00AM-11:30AM and 3:30PM-4:00PM
Wednesday 10/16: 11:00AM-11:30AM and 3:30PM-4:00PM
Location: Booth #1133
The perfect storm is here! Make it rain jackpots in celebration of this new linked product! Attendees can spin the wheel to enter the storm to win some cool swag.
Tuesday 10/15: 10:30AM-11:00AM and 3:00PM-3:30PM
Wednesday 10/16: 10:30AM-11:00AM and 3:00PM-3:30PM
Thursday 10/17: 10:30AM-11:00AM
Location: Booth #1133
Part of IGT’s award-winning ADVANTAGE® Systems Player Experience Product Suite, the Cardless Connect solution enables casino patrons to card in and out of a gaming session with a simple tap of their smartphone.
The awards recognize excellence in innovation and practical application in all gaming disciplines, with the Best Consumer-Service Technology category honoring groundbreaking advances in solutions aimed at players. A panel of six gaming industry judges from around the world selected IGT as the category's gold-medal winner.
When leveraged together, IGT ADVANTAGE and the Player Experience Product Suite of solutions, including Cardless Connect, Resort Wallet, and Intelligent Offer, enable casino patrons to effortlessly interact with gaming devices via their mobile phones, while casino operators benefit from greater operational efficiencies.
"The complete IGT ADVANTAGE product ecosystem elevates our customers to the forefront of advanced technology and player convenience, and we're proud to be recognized for our solution's unique capabilities," said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Commercial Officer, Gaming. "By giving players a secure, cashless experience, operators are positioned to enhance player engagement and loyalty, attract more diverse player demographics, and reduce their costs, which can ultimately lead to increased revenues and profitability."
Cardless Connect advances casino loyalty programs by enabling patrons to card in and out of a gaming session with a simple tap of their smartphone. This innovative technology eliminates the need for a physical loyalty card and the associated card-printing costs.
Resort Wallet enables players to easily transfer funds to and from gaming machines and pay for casino entertainment using their mobile device. Players can conveniently maintain slot, sports, and online balances within the same digital wallet.
With Intelligent Offer, operators can build and send promotions tailored to individual players on their mobile devices for a personalized casino experience. Intelligent Offer uses variables such as play parameters, as well as card-ins that identify, engage, and reward players based on criteria set by the operator. Operators can also leverage location-based promotions to send offers to a patron's mobile device, or to a slot machine's Service Window or Player Tracking Display.
Visit IGT's booth 3659 at G2E from Oct. 14-17 in Las Vegas to learn more about the IGT ADVANTAGE Player Experience Product Suite, and visit IGT.com to see a video showing how the IGT ADVANTAGE product ecosystem is transforming the player experience.
At G2E 2019, Everi’s Interactive product team will engage with current and potential customers as they demonstrate the advantages of integrating and deploying the Company’s RGS in their social and/or real-money interactive gaming operations. Everi will showcase its portfolio of online game content currently available including a key differentiating player feature on its RGS that offers both landscape and portrait functionality of games that are immediately available.
“Since launching our proprietary RGS a year ago at G2E and subsequently going live in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, we have had great initial success for our interactive platform and content, demonstrating the popularity of our games can transcend the land-based casino and extend to both online social and real-money environments,” said Michael Rumbolz, President and Chief Executive Officer, of Everi. “Today, we are working with partners and operators in additional states and believe that by the end of 2019, our RGS and gaming content will attract greater numbers of players wherever they may be. In addition, we have seen growing interest in our interactive solutions portfolio from operators outside the United States and plan to expand our real-money RGS footprint into Canada and Europe, two new geographies that would join Colombia, which is live today. All told, we now have agreements in place that will support the majority of existing real-money casino operators in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and we look forward to G2E 2019 where our team will focus on expanding our reach with additional operators and technology partners.”
David Lucchese, Executive Vice President and Interactive Business Leader of Everi, added, “Our early success in New Jersey and our to-date performance in the social space demonstrates that Everi is well-positioned with the right content and technology to serve our customers’ interactive gaming needs. We remain on pace to expand our RGS game library to more than 50 titles by year-end and are proud to note that all of our online titles were developed from our land-based content including our high-performing video games and best-in-class, award-winning mechanical games. All of Everi’s RGS content is delivered in a configurable form that allows us to tailor its performance for operators and with the flexibility to quickly add new online themes from our land-based content library. We are also well positioned to support our customers with omni-channel content launches across land-based, social, and real-money online. Put simply, we believe we have a compelling product offering and long-term content plan and look forward to showcasing what we can do today and what we plan to do in the future at G2E 2019.”
Everi’s RGS currently supports 30 titles with its library of content expected to exceed 50 titles by year-end. Everi designed its proprietary RGS using state-of-the-art system architecture enabling the Company to develop and distribute compelling player-preferred content directly to operators. This content includes award-winning three-reel mechanical games and attractive video slots all built around land-based slot math with the added player feature to play the game in landscape or portrait mode. Everi’s RGS also offers robust data analytics and real-time reporting and can support custom-built games for operators.
The PlaySports Bank and PlaySports Pod feature three intuitive, self-service betting kiosks and are topped with high-definition multi-media displays that can showcase a range of content including live sporting events, betting odds, lines, game day feeds and more. The PlaySports Bank is designed to go against a wall, while the PlaySports Pod can be deployed in a standalone setting.
"IGT PlaySports Bank and PlaySports Pod are designed to expand sports betting beyond the sportsbook. They provide our customers with creativity and control in designing their sports betting offerings while improving the player experience and reducing operating costs," said Enrico Drago, IGT PlayDigital Senior Vice President. "We are excited to add the PlaySports Bank and PlaySports Pod to our market-leading PlaySports portfolio, as they offer a compelling way for our customers to benefit from new sports betting market opportunities."
IGT PlaySports is currently powering sports betting in ten U.S. states. The Company will showcase the full capabilities of its PlaySports solution and sports wagering peripherals in booth 3659 at G2E. To learn why winners choose IGT PlaySports visit IGT.com.
"Inspired is a leading gaming brand throughout Europe, especially with our recent acquisition of Novomatic UK's Gaming Technology Group, and now we're bringing the buzz to North America," said Lorne Weil, Executive Chairman of Inspired. "Our products appeal to a wide variety of players and are unique to the marketplace, creating new opportunities for operators to grow their revenues. G2E is the best place for gaming and lottery operators to see the visually stunning graphics, entertaining themes and high-performing features that have proven popular around the world."
Inspired will showcase a premium suite of GSA-compliant products, including a rich variety of Video Lottery Terminal / Video Gaming Terminal (VLT/VGT) themes with proven high-performing features. Inspired's multi-game experience offers products addressing the preferences of every player on the same cabinet, whether they are looking for time-on-device or larger jackpots.
The star of this year's show will be Inspired's new VALOR™ cabinet, which is new to North America and has already been shortlisted in the Land-based Product of the Year category for the Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas 2019. VALOR is aesthetically pleasing and reliable, boasting striking dual 27" high-definition floating screens with superior sound that deliver an immersive player experience and perfectly complement the company's diverse range of visually impactful content. The cabinet also frames an elegant, easy-to-follow multi-game user interface that delivers intuitive game selection and fast loading times. Inspired just has been licensed in Illinois and expects to start making placements in the fourth quarter 2019.
Inspired has been recreating the action and settings of some of the world's most famous sporting events for over 15 years. Virtual Sports are new to North America but Inspired is a pioneer and leader, selected as Virtual Sports Supplier of the Year at the EGR B2B Awards four years running and Virtual Sports Supplier of the Year by Gaming Intelligence at the ICE Expo 2019 in London.
"Virtual Sports are the perfect cross-over product between sports and casino gaming, which makes them essential in the current environment of sports betting and online gaming expansion," said Brooks Pierce, President and Chief Operating Officer of Inspired. "Our latest partnerships with Jaromir Jagr and our favorite superstars from the NFLA allow us to create more passionate and competitive Virtual Sports experiences and attractive new revenue sources for gaming and lottery operators."
The Company remains the only provider of Virtual Football, which is live with operators now and will become even more exciting with Inspired's recent agreement with the NFL Alumni ("NFLA") to utilize the name, image, and likenesses of NFLA members in virtual football games worldwide. Also at G2E, Inspired will be introducing its groundbreaking new Virtual Basketball game. Virtual Basketball, which is offered in two variations for the US and Europe, uses the latest in motion capture technology to create a new level of realism — delivering an experience, not just a game.
With so many great Virtual Sports, operators will need to see Inspired's new V-Play Plug & Play™ solution, a complete end-to-end online virtual sportsbook product that allows operators to access Inspired's award-winning scheduled virtuals with minimal integration effort and rapid speed-to-market. Plug & Play is simple and quick to install, making the virtual product available with no sportsbook integration needed. A full bet management tool is included, delivering a complete sports betting experience with custom branding option availability.
Inspired will also feature a deep Interactive portfolio of top-performing content ranging from slots, table games, scratch cards, and the exclusive Sizzling Hot Spins feature (now available on five games), as well as new exciting games like Book of Halloween™, a spooky holiday-themed slot; Elemental Beast™, a fantasy-themed slots title; and Furlong Fortunes Sprint™, a horse racing-themed slot with an exciting Virtual Horse Race bonus.
A highlight of the show will be the introduction of Jagr's Super Slots, an interactive game that features legendary hockey player Jaromir Jagr on 6x4 reels with stacked wilds of up to 8x that can combine to deliver a maximum win of over 26,000x. In addition to launching Jagr 's Super Slots at G2E, Inspired will also provide a sneak peek at Jagr's Virtual Hockey game. Jágr himself will meet and greet fans in support of this new game at the Inspired booth (#4130) on Wednesday, October 16th from 1:00pm until 3:00pm PT.
Please visit Inspired's G2E booth to experience the strength and breadth of the product offerings that make Inspired "Essential Entertainment."
Independent, well-respected judges from across the gaming industry evaluated more than 70 gaming products and services in this year’s competition for the Gaming & Technology Awards, which represent the industry standard in the field, recognizing excellence in innovation and practical application in all gaming disciplines.
AGS’ Andrew Burke, Senior Vice President of Slot Products, said, “We knew the Starwall was special the minute we saw the initial concepts from our hardware development team. This breathtaking video display system, composed of hundreds of direct-view LED tiles, creates a bright, seamless, and elegant video backdrop integrated with our premium Orion Portrait games, attracting people from across the casino floor and adding excitement and immersion to game-play with stunning motion graphics complementary to the game theme.”
The award-winning Starwall will take center stage in AGS’ G2E Booth No. 1253, where two Starwall configurations will be on display integrated with AGS’ new premium Orion Portrait games.
WHAT: Las Vegas resident and the third-highest winning Jeopardy! contestant of all time, James Holzhauer (also known as “Jeopardy James”), will challenge G2E attendees in Jeopardy!, three questions at a time. Participants will play for bragging rights and Jeopardy! Slots-themed giveaways. Each contestant will stand behind an iconic Jeopardy! podium and have an opportunity to pose for pictures with the game show legend.
WHY: G2E will be the global trade show debut for two Jeopardy!-themed IGT slot machines.
WHEN: Tuesday – October 15, 2019
Media invited 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.; appearance will run until 3:00 p.m.
IGT will say a few words and welcome guests at approximately 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: IGT’s booth 3659 at the Global Gaming Expo (”G2E”)
Sands Expo -- 201 Sands Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169
About IGT’s Jeopardy! Slots
G2E will be the global trade show debut for Jeopardy! slots from IGT. Housed on both the CrystalDual + Stepper cabinet or the towering MegaTower™ Universal cabinet that stands 11-feet tall, the games capture the most iconic elements of the gamed TV game show. Both games include Single, Double and Final Jeopardy! bonus experiences, and the popular Jeopardy board, including Daily Doubles. The three-reel mechanical reel slot game leverages IGT’s player-favorite Triple Double Diamond base game. The games feature voiceover clips from legendary TV announcer Johnny Gilbert.
About Jeopardy! Champ James Holzhauer
Nickname “Jeopardy James”
Las Vegas resident
Known for his 32-game winning streak as a Jeopardy! champion
Won more than $2.4 million in his 33 quiz show appearances
Fourth-highest earning American game show contestant of all time
IGT is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.
James will not be doing media interviews, however an IGT representative will be available for comment.
Michelle Schenk – IGT
The expanded sports partnership will advance sports offering with the launch of OpenSports, the Company's end-to-end sports betting solution. OpenSports will be accessible to Dutch bettors across mobile and desktop. Building upon the foundation of the OpenSports technology platform, Nederlandse Loterij will receive the Company's OpenTrade managed trading services for non-Dutch sports.
The largest gaming company in the Netherlands, Nederlandse Loterij was created in 2016 via the merger of De Lotto and the Dutch State Lottery under the control of the Dutch Ministry of Finance and proceeds are dedicated to the benefit of Sports and local charitable institutions. Scientific Games currently provides Nederlandse Loterij with the OpenPlatform player account technology, as well as lottery instant games.
Sam Deporteere, Business Director Sportsbook for Nederlandse Loterij, said, "We're excited to offer our players a seamlessly connected online sportsbook that keeps quality and stability top-of-mind. Expanding our partnership with Scientific Games will help us gain new players and keep our existing bettors engaged."
Currently, the Company serves more than 30 lotteries with sports betting solutions in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, most recently launching sports betting in Turkey, one of the world's largest sports markets.
Keith O'Loughlin, SVP Sportsbook and Platforms, Digital for Scientific Games, said, "Our OpenSports solution is a natural fit for Nederlandse Loterij. We recognize the importance of transitioning from a sports technology provider to a full-service, end-to-end sportsbook partner. Teams across Scientific Games have re-engineered the full product suite by putting the player at the heart of our decision making. Sports betting is currently positioned at the core of global growth for the lottery and gaming industry, and we'll be providing NLO advanced innovation to fuel their ongoing success in the Netherlands."
OpenSports provides customers with one of the world's most robust betting engines via OpenBet™; the player account technology OpenPlatform; risk and trading through OpenTrade; turnkey front-ends through OpenEngage; and marketing services through the Company's dedicated OpenAccelerate product.
Scientific Games provides game entertainment, technology and solutions to 150 lotteries in 50 countries worldwide.
© 2019 Scientific Games Corporation. All rights reserved.
Aruze Gaming America, Inc. (“Aruze” or the “company”), announces that the Gaming Control Board of Pennsylvania has approved the company’s gaming application. This licensure allows the Las Vegas-based game manufacturer to provide its Class III gambling equipment across the Pennsylvania commercial market.
“We are pleased to announce the receipt of our license by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board,” stated Aruze Gaming America President, Rob Ziems. “Acquiring this license marks an important milestone in our business plan and furthers our strategy to provide our clients with innovative products that ignite fun and exciting experiences for players.”
These innovative products include the award-winning Muso Triple-27 cabinet, a top performer on a leading industry report for the past 7 months. The Muso cabinet family also includes the Muso Curve-43 and Muso Limited. Aruze additionally offers electronic table games such as the player-favorite Shoot to Win Craps and the new Lucky Roulette. Given the current strong product performance, Aruze is excited to provide more game options to and proudly service the Pennsylvania market as soon as product approvals are complete.
Josh Collins, Vice-President of Sales, stated “Our team is excited to enter the Pennsylvania market and we look forward to continuing to build great partnerships with the amazing operators in Pennsylvania. Our product portfolio will provide the new, fresh content for their gaming floors that have been proven as top performers in a multitude of jurisdictions across the world.”
Operators interested in obtaining information about Aruze products should contact the company’s Eastern Regional Sales Director, Nathaniel Holt at Nathaniel.firstname.lastname@example.org or the Regional Account Executive, Marek Pluta at Marek.Pluta@aruze-gaming.com.
Additional information on Aruze products can be found at www.aruzegaming.com.
About Aruze Gaming
Aruze Gaming America, Inc. and Aruze Gaming (Hong Kong) Ltd. (“Aruze” or the “company”), is a global games leader that has delivered decades of innovative gaming entertainment and value. Aruze operates in around 40 countries and is licensed in nearly 200 gaming jurisdictions. The company's mission is to convert universally entertaining and creative ideas into reality through innovative technology and to provide excitement, fun, and surprise to all consumers who interact with an Aruze game. For further information, visit the company's website at http://www.aruzegaming.com.