Bally Installs Solutions at The Downs at Albuquerque
Bally Technologies Inc. announced it has installed iVIEW Display Manager (DM)™, Elite Bonusing Suite (EBS)™ and a host of other trailblazing systems solutions at The Downs at Albuquerque in New Mexico. iVIEW DM is backward compatible on most gaming devices with a touch screen display and provides a way for casino operators to present self-service player-account access, marketing messages and secondary bonus games on the main game screen—without interrupting play—drawing crowds of thousands and creating frenzied excitement across the casino. The casino operator will use EBS to add excitement across its iVIEW network using player-centric, real-time interactive promotions such as Virtual Racing™, U-Spin Bonusing™ and DM Tournaments™. The Downs at Albuquerque has also added Bally’s SDS™ slot-management system and CMP™ player-tracking systems. The casino will utilize Bally’s CoolSign® media-management solution and install the state-of-the-art Promotional Kiosk™ application across the gaming floor. For more information, visit www.ballytech.com.
Aristocrat to Replace Competitor’s System at Grand Lodge Casino; MGM Grand Detroit Adds 20 Aristocrat Slots Floor; Aristocrat’s Facebook App Reaches 500,000 Installs
Aristocrat Technologies Inc. has won a competitive RFP to replace an existing system with its award-winning Oasis 360™ casino-management system at the Grand Lodge Casino at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. The installation outfits the entire gaming floor with nCompass™ LCD, the award-winning nRich™ bonusing solution, the advanced business intelligence module nVision™ and SpeedMedia™ with Ricochet Rewards™ and Jackpot Announcer™. Aristocrat’s Oasis 360 was rated the Most Widely Used System in the 2013 Goldman Sachs Slot Manager Survey.
MGM Grand Detroit has announced the addition of 20 new slot machines from Aristocrat Technologies to its gaming floor. Of the new slots, six are Wonder 4™-themed, which combines four of their most popular titles in one game: Buffalo™, Fire Light™, Pompeii™ and Wild Splash™. Its preferred denomination is one cent. Buffalo, Fire Light and Pompeii are all part of Aristocrat’s Reel Power series, which features five reels and wins are triggered by how many identical symbols appear. Wild Splash is a 40-line machine with five reels and four rows. Wins are determined by patterns of three or more like symbols. Each title has different rules, minimum bets, bonuses and symbols related to its theme.
Aristocrat has released its first Facebook app since acquiring successful social casino publisher Product Madness late last year. The first game, Heart of Vegas™, has been an instant hit, garnering 500,000 installs in the first few weeks of its release. Heart of Vegas features free-to-play versions of several of Aristocrat’s slots, the same slots that delight players worldwide. Players have come to know and love these slot games in Las Vegas and in casinos all over the world. Facebook users can become a fan of Heart of Vegas for special rewards and enjoy bonuses such as extra free coins and access to personalized promotions. For more information, visit www.aristocrat-us.com.
TransAct’s Epicentral® Goes Live at BlueWater Resort & Casino
TransAct Technologies Inc. announced the successful installation of its industry-leading Epicentral® Print System on 523 games at BlueWater Resort and Casino in Parker, Ariz. With this installation, Epicentral is now live at four casinos on a total of more than 5,000 slot machines. The Epicentral Print System—connected directly to TransAct’s ServerPort™ device inside the slot machine—is an easy-to-use, cost-efficient software system that enables casinos to internally develop marketing programs and promotional coupons for distribution to customers on a real-time basis at a slot machine via the Epicentral technology. BlueWater Resort and Casino, the first casino in the southwest to install Epicentral, is currently using the system to provide players with a variety of customized promotions. For more information, visit www.transact-tech.com.
NEWave Successfully Installs at Tulalip Resort Casino, Twin River Casino
NEWave has won a competitive RFP and installed its Title 31 Manager and Tax Form Validator software at Tulalip Resort Casino, further increasing NEWave’s casino software dominance in the Pacific Northwest. Title 31 Manager and Tax Form Validator are two modules of NEWave’s sophisticated and award-winning myCompliance Manager™ software suite. With Title 31 Manager, casinos maintain absolute compliance because the software completes, files and archives forms required to comply with FinCEN Title 31 anti-money laundering requirements. The software provides real-time tracking for cash transactions, check transactions with the slot system and outside third-party check cashing suppliers, as well as consolidation of all audits as well as creation of the CTR, SAR, W/9 and W/8 and electronic filing.
The company has also completed its first software installation in Rhode Island. NEWave won a highly competitive contract and has installed its Title 31, Tax Forms Validator, eFileIRS, TinCheck and OFAC Watch List software solutions at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. NEWave has been very active in bringing its products to casinos along the eastern seaboard. Recently NEWave announced a software contract at Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Cumberland, Md., and expects more deals in the region in the near future. For more information, visit www.mynewave.com.
Tracey Weber Joins IGT’s Board of Directors, Eric Brown Joins IGT’s Board of Directors; IGT Expands Systems Offering in Asia
International Game Technology (IGT) announced the appointment of Tracey Weber to the company’s Board of Directors. Weber served as CitiBank’s managing director, North America Internet, mobile and global product from 2010 to 2013. While there, American Banker’s Bank Technology News named Weber the 2012 Mobile Banker of the Year. She also honed her leadership working as EVP, Textbooks and Digital Education at Barnes and Noble Inc. in 2010, as well as president, chief operating officer-N.A. and other senior leadership roles at Travelocity.com from 2002 to 2010.
IGT also announced the appointment of Eric Brown to the company’s Board of Directors. Brown is chief operating officer, chief financial officer and executive vice president of Polycom Inc. since 2012. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Electronics for Imaging and chairs its Audit Committee. Prior to his current position, Brown demonstrated his financial acumen serving as chief financial officer for several publicly-traded technology companies, including Electronic Arts Inc., McAfee Inc. and MicroStrategy Inc. For more information, visit www.igt.com.
IGT announced that it has been selected to provide its state-of-the-art sbX® system to the prestigious The Grand Ho Tram Strip in Vietnam. The deal also marks the first time that a casino in Asia will implement a floor-wide Game-to-System (G2S) floor, all done in conjunction with IGT’s Advantage® casino-management solution. For more information, visit www.igt.com.
SHFL to Provide Table Games to Mobile Gaming Platform; NYX Interactive to Offer SHFL’s Suite of iGaming Products
SHFL entertainment Inc. announced it has signed an agreement to provide its proprietary table games to mobile gaming platform provider oneLIVE Inc. Under this agreement, oneLIVE will receive rights to develop and offer many of SHFL’s proprietary table game titles on its easyPLAY™ mobile gaming platform. easyPLAY allows commercial, tribal and cruise ship casinos, card rooms and racetracks to televise their own floor dealers live in HDTV to players throughout their property, onboard their ships or online to mobile devices in regulated markets. The easyPLAY casino-grade system allows casinos to set up individual, secure player accounts for real money gambling with no change to existing operations.
SHFL entertainment has signed an agreement with NYX Interactive AB to have SHFL’s online gaming products integrated onto NYX’s Open Gaming System (NYX OGS™) for real-money gaming in regulated online markets. The agreement will enable SHFL to offer its popular online proprietary table games such as Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Casino War and Fortune Pai Gow Poker to NYX’s online casino partners using NYX OGS™. For more information, visit www.shfl.com.
Pinnacle Signs Agreement to Sell Lumiere Place to Tropicana
Pinnacle Entertainment announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of Lumiere Place Casino, HoteLumiere, the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis and related excess land parcels (collectively “Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels”) to Tropicana Entertainment Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Tropicana will purchase Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels for cash consideration of approximately $260 million. The sale of Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels is expected to close by the end of the 2014 first quarter, subject to the approval of the Missouri Gaming Commission and Federal Trade Commission, as well as customary closing conditions. For more information, visit www.pnkinc.com.
Snoqualmie Casino Launches Next-Gen Play4Fun Network™
Williams Interactive announced the launch of its next-generation Play4Fun Network iGaming and marketing platform in partnership with Snoqualmie Casino in Washington state. The Play4Fun Network is a first-of-its-kind B2B white-label free-play online gaming and marketing platform designed with the tools and capabilities that land-based casinos need to expand their brand online and build an engaged online player community. The Play4Fun Network is completely branded and customized to the casino with capabilities across desktop, tablet and mobile devices and is centered around games that players love from the casino floor. In the enhanced Play4Fun Network platform, Williams Interactive combines proven i-gaming content with an award-winning marketing platform that enables Snoqualmie Casino to fully engage their players online and drive incremental visits to the casino floor. The Play4Fun Network allows Snoqualmie Casino to customize, deploy and manage native mobile applications for iPad®, iPhone® and Android® devices and provides players with a seamless social casino gaming experience across desktop, tablet and mobile devices that saves their progress and allows them to pick-up where they left off. For more information, visit www.williamsinteractive.com.
GLI Names Joseph Cox Development Representative for Okla.
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has named gaming expert Joseph Cox the company’s new development representative in Oklahoma. In his position, Cox will oversee GLI’s tribal gaming development efforts in the Oklahoma area. Cox will be based in Tulsa, putting him on the ground with tribes throughout the region. Cox has a long history in gaming, dating back to when he began his career at International Game Technology (IGT). Most recently he served IGT as account manager in the Oklahoma market where he worked closely with tribes throughout the state, consulting on their gaming operations relating to both games and systems. He has served in numerous positions at IGT, starting as a field service technician and working his way up to account manager, achieving record sales goals for his region and becoming intimately familiar with operator needs. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.
Scientific Games Signs Contract with Rhode Island Lottery, Greek State Lotteries
Scientific Games Corporation announced that the company has signed a contract with the Rhode Island Lottery to serve as the sole supplier of instant ticket printing services. The company was selected following a competitive procurement process. The three-year contract, which began on July 1, includes options for the Lottery to extend the contract for five additional one-year periods. Revenue to Scientific Games will continue to be based on a price per thousand tickets basis.
Scientific Games Corporation also announced that the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund has signed a 12-year concession agreement with the consortium in which Scientific Games Global Gaming S.a.R.l, a subsidiary of Scientific Games, is a participant for the exclusive rights to the production, operation, circulation, promotion and management of the Greek State Lotteries. The consortium, incorporated as Hellenic Lotteries S.A., is principally composed of Scientific Games and subsidiaries of OPAP S.A. (ATH: OPAP) and Intralot S.A. (ATH: INLOT). The concession will cover current and future instant and passive ticket lotteries that are conducted using physical tickets that will be sold through traditional retail outlets, street vendors and the Internet. For more information, visit www.scientificgames.com.
ICE Marketing Exec to Participate in Kilimanjaro Challenge
The Responsible Gambling Trust confirmed that ICE Totally Gaming’s Rebecca Harris will be taking part in the charity’s first-ever overseas fundraising challenge to Kilimanjaro in October. Consisting of three strato volcanoes, Kilimanjaro is one of the largest volcanoes to ever break through the earth’s crust and is one of the seven summits of the world. During the seven-day expedition, Harris—along with 27 other intrepid adventurers—will trek through four climatic zones. On days five and six, they will be faced with their greatest challenge: in a 30-hour period, they will have to trek for up to 22 hours with 1,615 meters of ascent and 2,200 meters of descent, as well as endure the effects of the arctic zone, where oxygen levels are nearly half of that at sea level. If they are successful, they will have reached Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters), the roof of Africa. For more information, visit www.icetotallygaming.com.
GuestREV Key in Expansion at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
The Rainmaker Group announced that Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has implemented its market-leading GuestREV® profit optimization system as a key technology element of its major expansion project at the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., property, one of the largest and most distinctive entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in the Commonwealth. Tabbed Project Sunlight, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ multi-million dollar initiative will add a new seven-story, 238-room hotel, an adjacent 20,000-square-foot convention center, a 4,000 square-foot spa and salon, and roughly 270 permanent positions that cut across the spectrum of hotel management and operations. A grand opening is slated for the fall, though no official date has been set at this time. For more information, visit www.letitrain.com.
C.R. Laurence Opens New Branch in Rock Hill
C.R. Laurence announced that its newest branch is now open in Rock Hill, S.C. The new facility features a 110,000-square-foot combined service center offering both C.R. Laurence and U.S. Aluminum products. This new stocking warehouse will feature a large display showroom and bring the company’s inventories and service closer customers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. C.R. Laurence is putting this new operation into the hands of Steve Jordan and John Adimaro, two of its most dedicated managers. For more information, visit www.crlaurence.com.
INTRALOT Introduces TAPP IT!: The Future of Lottery
INTRALOT USA announces the TAPP IT!™ product line, providing the future of lottery today. TAPP IT! games are a series of fun, interactive, quick-play style games. Utilizing the self-service Coronis MP terminal, and the Touch Activated Player Portal, these games can be experienced in existing brick and mortar lottery locations. Offering an extensive library of games, INTRALOT has developed the TAPP IT! product line to provide content-rich, advanced gaming products to U.S. lottery players. The TAPP IT! platform enables INTRALOT to provide content from multiple game developers under one umbrella. The extensive game library and flexible platform together offer a fast to market and easily scalable solution for every U.S. lottery. For more information, visit www.intralot.com.
G.H.I. Solutions Welcomes Steve Kompst to Expert Team
G.H.I. Solutions Inc. has welcomed gaming and hospitality IT leader Steve Kompst to its team. Kompst is one of the gaming and hospitality industry’s most respected IT experts, having earned a stellar reputation for designing and executing IT initiatives that have delivered real results to the bottom line in start-up and enterprise-level environments. Kompst comes to G.H.I. Solutions from a technology consortium in Las Vegas, where, as a member of the senior executive team, he led multiple extended enterprise teams in a myriad of functions. Kompst has also served as director of IT for Caesars Entertainment, where he oversaw enterprise IT initiatives in departments across the corporation including gaming, marketing, finance, networking, telecom, HR, hotel and regulatory. He has also served as vice presidemt of IT at Cendant Settlement Group, director of IT at NRT Inc., and as regional systems manager for LandAmerica. For more information, visit www.ghisolutions.com.
Flextronics Receives Perfect Quality Award From Lenovo
Flextronics announced that Lenovo recently honored its Sarvar, Hungary, location with the prestigious Perfect Quality Award. Janos Lang, general manager at Flextronics Hungary, accepted the award on behalf of the company at Lenovo’s annual global supplier conference held in Hefei, China. The Perfect Quality Award from Lenovo was the result of Flextronics’ near perfect quality and service record for Lenovo products shipped over the past 12 months. On top of outstanding external quality results, Flextronics’ Sarvar site continues to maintain outstanding internal quality performance in First Pass Yield and Out of Box, demonstrating good supplier quality management and dedication to Lenovo’s continuous improvement initiatives. For more information, visit www.flextronics.com.
Everi Launched by Global Cash Access
Everi™ was recently launched by Global Cash Access (GCA). Everi will bridge the payments gap between land-based and interactive gaming, integrating seamlessly with GCA’s extensive network of kiosks and land-based operations while simultaneously reducing operators’ PCI burden, increasing operator brand awareness and giving operators more control over their interactive gaming solution. Everi Product Suite includes Everi™ Payments, a straight-through payments system that consolidates numerous payment options into one simple to integrate payment wall; Everi™ Digital Wallet, a funds management and payments solution that manages real money and social currencies while bridging disparate game and loyalty systems to provide operators with more robust player data and marketing opportunities; and Everi™ Productivity Suite, which focuses on increasing revenue through player monetization. For more information, visit www.gcainc.com.
FutureLogic’s GEN2 Universal™ Chosen by French Casino Groups
FutureLogic announced that its GEN2 Universal™ printer has been selected by Groupe Partouche and Groupe Tranchant, along with several leading independent casinos, totaling more than 70 casino sites, as the preferred thermal ticket printer for the roll-out of Ticket-In-Ticket-Out (TITO) across France. After a careful evaluation process, Groupe Partouche, the largest casino operator in France with 42 casinos, selected the GEN2 Universal printer for their TITO roll-out. Another one of the largest casino operators and owners in France, Groupe Tranchant has also specified the GEN2 Universal printer across all of its 16 casinos. In addition, several leading independent casinos supported the decision to go with FutureLogic, specifying the GEN2 Universal as their printer of choice due to its unmatched performance and reliability. For more information, visit www.futurelogic-inc.com.
Incredible Technologies Announces Changes to Management Teams
Incredible Technologies (IT) announced the promotion of two of the company’s current employees to its executive management team. Beena Blake was named vice president of casino gaming sales and Tony DeFeo was named vice president of software engineering. Changes to the casino gaming sales team include the promotion of Jim Esposito to regional sales manager for Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The company also announced that the states of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin will be handled by David Stone. Blake brings more than 25 years of casino gaming experience to the company ranging from product sales, development and casino operations. DeFeo joined IT in 1999 and brings more than 17 years of gaming experience to IT with previous roles at Capcom and Konami. Esposito is making a transition to the gaming industry after serving as regional sales manager for the Midwest/Eastern regions for IT’s Amusement Sales Division since 2006. IT President and CEO Elaine Hodgson is excited about this adjustment for the company. For more information, visit www.itsgames.com.
Reward View Offers Simplicity for Players
Reward View offers a new website where casino players can sign up for free to register their multiple player club loyalty card accounts and track available points, current rewards and special offers. The company was founded in 2011 with a goal to help players maximize and manage their rewards by combining all their casino player accounts into one single account. Jeff Jordan, president and founder, thought of the idea after finding himself increasingly frustrated with sorting through offers and promotions from various casinos. When it came to wading through a full mailbox, he realized he was missing out on expiring promotions and points. Knowing he wasn’t alone in this frustration, the idea of accessing all offers and promotions in one view was born.
Reward View will help market to qualified players and deliver offers tailored to players without wasted circulation. Reward View will be segmenting players based on the entire gambling spend versus a singular property or loyalty program view. The next step will be to deploy a mobile application. The site has launched, covering 150 casinos, and has begun its nationwide marketing campaign to introduce the service to casino players. Reward View can also help casinos create cost-effective online portals if needed for club signups.
Jordan has nearly two decades of experience in the gaming industry, including work at IGT, Acres Gaming, the Bellagio and the Mirage. Keith Russell, vice president of product development and technology, has more than 25 years of experience and is a pioneer within high-performance real-time multi-user software applications and games. For more information, visit www.rewardview.com.
Jennifer Carleton Elected to Serve as IAGA Trustee
Jennifer Carleton, a shareholder in the Las Vegas office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, was elected to serve a 3-year term as a trustee of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA). In this role, she will provide strategic direction and leadership to help address key issues affecting the gaming industry. Carleton, a member of the firm’s Gaming Group, counsels clients on corporate and regulatory matters, focusing on the licensing aspects of deal structures and transactions, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and public finance. She has spent the last 15 years of her career in gaming, first as in-house counsel for an Indian casino and now as an adviser to premier public and private gaming companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.bhfs.com.
MICROS Wins Dealer-Voted RSPA Gold Award, Hires Russell Butler to Lead Global Development
MICROS Systems Inc. was presented with the Gold Award for Outstanding Provider of Software from the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA). Every year, the association presents highly coveted Awards of Excellence, an honor awarded to a vendor by the industry’s distributors. RSPA Awards of Excellence are the only awards in the industry where distributors cast votes for their favorite vendors.
MICROS appointed Russell Butler as senior vice president of global research and development. In this new role, Butler will be responsible for leading MICROS’ development teams around the world, spanning its vertical markets hotels, food and beverage, and retail, as well as eCommerce. Most recently, Butler served with IBM as vice president of messaging and collaboration. For more information, visit www.micros.com.
IMGL Honors 2013 Regulators of the Year
The International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Gaming Regulator of the Year awards. These awards are given annually to individuals in recognition of their contribution to the regulation of gaming. This year, awards are presented to the outstanding gaming regulator in three categories: Gaming Regulator of the Year–Americas: David Rebuck, State of New Jersey, Division of Gaming Enforcement; Gaming Regulator of the Year–Indian Country: John Roberts, San Manuel Gaming Commission; and Gaming Regulator of the Year–Evolving Jurisdictions: Giselle Ivelin Brea Rodriquez, Gaming Control Board of Panama. The awards presentation will take place at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas on September 24 at the Country Club Restaurant, Wynn Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.GamingLawMasters.com.
Spin Games First to Submit Content to New Jersey
Spin Games announced that through a license agreement with KGM Gaming, its technology and content is the first to be submitted to New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. KGM, which has a license to the ROC technology and content for the New Jersey market, submitted the ROC a few weeks ago in accordance with the new regulations. The ROC is a HTML 5 remote gaming server that delivers content on mobile devices and desktop applications. Content submitted includes Video Poker, ball games and table games. For more information, visit www.spingames.net.
Two New NCRG Publications Show Landmark Findings
The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) released two new publications that will provide a clearer picture of how a gambling disorder develops and potential roads to recovery. The NCRG’s eighth volume of Increasing the Odds: A Series Dedicated to Understanding Gambling Disorders highlights research findings from the NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research at the University of Minnesota and Yale University. The second volume of the Gambling and Health series, “Gambling and Health in the Justice System,” was developed to help judges, parole officers, attorneys and other professionals within the judicial system address gambling disorders with individuals in their courtroom. Both resources are free to download from the NCRG’s website. For more information, visit www.ncrg.org.
ComTrade Gaming Promotes Ales Gornjec to General Manager
ComTrade Gaming has announced that it has promoted Ales Gornjec to the position of general manager. He joined ComTrade Group in 1996 as a software developer and project manager. In 2001 Gornjec founded the gaming unit within the company and has steadily built a team of more than 200 engineers. As general manager, he will be primarily responsible for the further expansion of the company. This will include seeking out new opportunities that will enable the company to grow and maintain its enviable reputation as the leading provider of technology that bridges the gap between the online and land based industries. For more information, visit www.comtradegaming.com.
MGM Resorts Named a Finalist For Conde Nast Traveler Awards
Condé Nast Traveler has named MGM Resorts International a finalist for the 2013 World Savers Awards. The international awards contest annually recognizes travel and hospitality companies that demonstrate strong leadership and exceptional achievements in the area of corporate social responsibility. MGM Resorts is the only company in the integrated resort industry to be named a finalist for the 2013 World Savers Awards. Other finalists include Taj Hotels, Wilderness Safaris and Terra Incognita Ecotours. With a record of 174 applicants, the 2013 World Savers Awards has proven to be the most competitive in the program’s six-year history. Finalists were selected by an expert panel that judged submissions according to five areas: education, environmental and cultural preservation, health, poverty relief and wildlife conservation. Winners will be announced by Condé Nast Traveler in its September issue. For more information, visit www.mgmresorts.com.
Tiffany Named Senior VP of Hospitality, Intili Named Senior VP Casino Marketing for Seminole Gaming
Victor Tiffany has been named senior vice president of hospitality for gaming operations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The newly-created position puts Tiffany in charge of operations at all food and beverage outlets, nightclubs and hotels of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla. He also oversees food and beverage operations and entertainment venues at the five Seminole Tribe casinos in Hollywood.
Joseph Intili has been named senior vice president of casino marketing for gaming operations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. He is responsible for marketing programs to attract casino guests at the Seminole Hard Rock Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., as well as the five Seminole Tribe casinos. In his new position, he plans to grow the overall Seminole casino market by attracting more high-end casino players from a wider geographic area, including the northeast U.S. and select international markets. For more information, visit www.gotoworkhappy.com.
Yggdrasil Premieres Cash Play Games at EuroSlots
Www.EuroSlots.com, the online casino of EuroSlots Ltd, has become the first operator in the world to launch the innovative games from Yggdrasil Gaming Limited. EuroSlots launched 10 live games, including a combination of both Video Scratch and Video Keno 3D character games with an exclusive premier to a number of EuroSlots players. Cherry is the first licensee of the Yggdrasil Games catalogue, taking the initiative to challenge national lottery monopolies, a market which is estimated to be worth more than $280 billion a year. For more information, visit www.yggdrasilgaming.com or www.euroslots.com.
Twelve H&H Lawyers Win Best Lawyers in America 2014 Award
Howard & Howard Attorneys is pleased to announce that 12 of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice area under which they are listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 are as follows: Dean W. Amburn, Trademark Law; Jess A. Bahs, Tax Law; Thomas W. Davis II, Commercial Litigation; Joseph J. DeVito, Corporate Law; Lisa S. Gretchko, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Michael V. Kell, Commercial Litigation; Rodger A. Kershner, Energy Law (Best Lawyers’ 2014 Detroit Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year”); Henry P. Lee, Trusts and Estates; Patrick M. McCarthy, Commercial Litigation; Gwen Rutar Mullins, Construction Law; Robert L. Rosenthal, Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor and Employment; and Jeffrey A. Sadowski, Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law. For more information, visit www.howardandhoward.com.
Ultimate Poker Only Legal Online Poker Site in the U.S.
Ultimate Gaming received final approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission for its real money online poker product Ultimate Poker, the only legal poker website in the United States. Ultimate Gaming made history on April 30 when it became the first company in the United States to offer legal and secure online poker at UltimatePoker.com. Once the first hand was dealt, a trial period began during which Ultimate Gaming proved its ability to adhere to the rigorous requirements set forth by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. On July 11, the online gaming company successfully completed its field trial for Ultimate Poker, receiving a recommendation for approval from the control board. Ultimate Poker has dealt more than 9,100,000 hands of poker since it launched in April. For more information, visit www.ultimatepoker.com.
OEG Enters Estonian and Latvian Sports Betting Market
Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) has expanded its online business into the regulated Estonian and Latvian sports betting market. The launch of sports betting coincides with the rebrand of Olympic-Online to OlyBet. Furthermore, Olybet’s new sports betting service is available in a newly created network of sports bars as well as online. OlyBet’s new gaming environment is an open platform created and delivered in partnership with the eGaming software developer Iforium. In addition, OlyBet is launched in cooperation with premium gaming partners including casino games under the casino tab delivered exclusively by Playtech, further games via Microgaming Quickfire with NetEntertainment to follow. For more information, visit www.olympic-casino.com.
VingCard Names New President for Latin America, Caribbean
VingCard Elsafe announces the appointment of Nicolas Aznar as president of Latin America and the Caribbean. Aznar will be based out of the company’s regional offices in São Paulo and will report directly to company president Tim Shea. Aznar joins VingCard Elsafe following 13 years with MICROS Systems, Inc., most recently holding the title of managing director L.A. South for MICROS-Retail Division. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Aznar is responsible for all VingCard Elsafe operations in Latin American and the Caribbean. With an extensive worldwide service and support network, VingCard Elsafe provides continuous support to its clients around the globe. For more information, visit www.vingcardelsafe.com.
New VP of Hotel Operations Named at Seminole Hard Rock
Drew Schlesinger has been named vice president of hotel operations at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. His appointment was announced by Michael Volkert, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino president. With more than 34 years of experience, Schlesinger has served as general manager and director of operations in several major metropolitan cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta and Sydney, Australia. Most recently, he served as general manager of the Warwick Hotel in Manhattan. Schlesinger has also managed operations and openings for high profile properties such as The Darling in Australia, The Water Club at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, Kimpton hotels in New York City and two major Ian Schrager Hotels—The Paramount in New York City and the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, California. For more information, visit www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
Rocket Gaming Names Ingster As VP of Sales
Rocket Gaming Systems has named Dan Ingster as vice president of sales. Ingster briefly served with Rocket as director of gaming operations. Prior to joining Rocket, Ingster previously served at MGM Resorts for 11 years in a variety of positions. Most recently he worked at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino as executive director of slots and marketing. While at Monte Carlo, Ingster was responsible for all aspects of slot operations including gaming floor design, analytics, casino marketing, promotions, special events and M Life VIP guest services. Ingster will provide strategic direction in product merchandizing and gaming analytics for Rocket, as well as provide direction for new game development. For more information, visit www.rocketgaming.com.
Wirex Empowers Live Casino Platforms with Weswit
Weswit and Wirex have signed a partnership agreement to empower innovative live casino platforms via Lightstreamer real-time data streaming technology. Lightstreamer, Weswit’s flagship product, is a scalable solution for pushing live data over WebSockets and other web protocols with up to millions of users. Wirex deployed Lightstreamer for its successful online integration with Portomaso, the famous Maltese land-based casino. Following the initial success of Lightstreamer, the scope of the partnership is due to expand. A growing number of businesses, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, are turning to Lightstreamer for the streaming of real-time data and messaging across multiple channels and apps, including HTML5, Android, iPhone, iPad and many other platforms. For more information, visit www.weswit.com or www.wirex.it.
Full House Resorts Announces Agreement for New Hotel
Full House Resorts announced that its subsidiary, Gaming Entertainment Indiana, has entered into a lease agreement with Rising Sun Ohio County First Inc. (RSOCF), a non-profit corporation, to operate RSOCF’s 104-room hotel adjacent to the Rising Star Casino Resort, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year. The lease agreement provides that GEI will be the sole lessee and assume all responsibilities, revenues, expenses, profits and losses related to hotel operations. For more information, visit www.fullhouseresorts.com.
Krugerbets.com Turns to BetTech Gaming for Online Relaunch
BetTech Gaming has agreed a deal to supply its flagship BetTech Sports product to Krugerbets.com, the sports betting site operated by South Africa’s Kruger Racing. BetTech has provided a total refresh of Krugerbets.com, significantly improving its functionality and adding an optimized mobile betting experience. Cape Town-based BetTech also boosted the range of sports and markets offered, including full pools and fixed-odds wagering on all South African and European racing fixtures and opportunities for in-play betting. The new Krugerbets.com products launched to help Kruger Racing satisfy the growing demand in South Africa for online and mobile sports betting, the main driver behind the country’s expanding gambling industry. For more information, visit www.krugerbets.com.
Microgaming Forges Relationship with William Hill
Microgaming and William Hill have signed an agreement that will see William Hill take Microgaming’s casino and mobile content through Quickfire, powered by Microgaming. William Hill’s online offering comprises sports betting, casino, poker and bingo. The online gaming giant will benefit from Microgaming’s depth of content, first-class integration and robust technical infrastructure; they went live on the open platform on July 17, 2013. Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, commented: “William Hill is a giant in the world of online gaming, highly recognizable and respectable. Naturally we are thrilled to include them on our list of customers. We are confident that the collaboration between Microgaming and William Hill will prove fruitful for both parties and go from strength to strength.” For more information, visit www.microgaming.co.uk.