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AGA Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Invite Solicitor General to Examine New Jersey’s Sports Betting Case

Washington, DC – American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman released the following after the United States Supreme Court invited the U.S. Solicitor General to examine New Jersey’s sports betting petition: “We are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has expressed interest in the problems posed by PASPA, the failed law that fuels a $150 billion illegal sports betting market. We are optimistic that the 25-year-old federal sports betting ban will be removed and sports fans will soon have safe, legal ways to engage in sports that also protect the integrity of games.” BACKGROUND Read AGA’s amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the failed, unconstitutional sports betting ban: President-elect Trump on Colin Cowherd in 2015 Acknowledging $150B Illegal Betting Market: “I’m OK with [sports betting and daily fantasy sports] because it’s happening anyway. Whether you have [legalized sports betting] or you don’t have it, you have it.”… [continue reading]

AGA’s Geoff Freeman to explain the impact of the Trump administration at International Casino Conference

The International Casino Conference (ICC), which opens the ICE VOX programme of learning and networking, will feature keynote addresses from some of the most influential figures in the gaming industry, including Geoff Freeman, President and CEO of the American Gaming Association.  Ahead of his appearance at the ICC, which is taking place at London’s Hippodrome Casino on Monday 6th February, ICE VOX caught up with Mr Freeman to ask his opinion on international gaming collaboration, engaging with pressure groups, his views on ICE Totally Gaming and what the AGA thinks about having a casino operator as the 45th President of the United States. You are speaking at the International Casino Conference, part of ICE VOX – what topics/themes are you intending to cover? I look forward to providing an update on the U.S. gaming industry, including how the incoming Trump administration will affect gaming. Do you consider it a plus to… [continue reading]

ICE provides all the answers

International gaming professionals throughout the world can test friends and work colleagues on their knowledge of geography, the work of William Shakespeare and facts about London, following the distribution of a branded, 40-page Puzzle Book to promote attendance at ICE Totally Gaming. Entitled ‘ICE – providing all the answers’, the piece of direct marketing was mailed to the extensive ICE database and has been made available in digital format at Dan Stone, Senior Marketing Manager who is responsible for ICE, said: “Many of the ‘firsts’ to impact the gaming business, notably, the many thousands of ground breaking product launches which have defined the industry, have taken place at ICE, so we felt it was appropriate to launch the first ‘Puzzle Book’ in support of a gaming event. “As our theme for the book, we have taken our 2017 Shakespearean World Theatre of Gaming creative and added questions about our… [continue reading]

Association Of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announces Results Of Officer Elections; Nieman Ascends To President Position

LAS VEGAS (January 11, 2017) – The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today that its Board of the Directors has elected a new slate of officers under the leadership of a new President — Tom Nieman, Vice President of Global Marketing for JCM Global. Previously AGEM’s Treasurer, Nieman replaces Thomas Jingoli as President for a 2-year term, while Mr. Jingoli moves to the Treasurer position for a 1-year term. One-year terms were approved for: First Vice President Dan Savage (Chief Administration Officer, Scientific Games) Second Vice President David Lucchese (Executive Vice President, Games, Everi) Secretary Mark Dunn (Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Aristocrat Leisure Limited) Treasurer Thomas Jingoli (Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, Konami Gaming) Vice President of Government Relations Steven DiMasi (Vice President of Global Government Relations, IGT) Co-General Counsel Harper Ko (Deputy General Counsel – Gaming, Scientific Games) Co-General Counsel Daron Dorsey (General Counsel,… [continue reading]

Casino Industry Unveils Updated Best Practices to Bolster Compliance Efforts

Washington, DC – One month after the influential international Financial Action Task Force (FATF) praised the casino industry at large for “an increased focus on raising awareness and improving compliance” around anti-money laundering (AML) and illicit activity, the American Gaming Association (AGA) today released an updated set of Best Practices for AML Compliance (2017) in conjunction with the industry’s Culture of Compliance video to strengthen casino gaming’s compliance efforts. The updated Best Practices incorporate critical aspects of new guidance by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and an enhanced emphasis on a strong culture of compliance and industry engagement with law enforcement. AGA first released its set of Best Practices in 2014 after more than a year of work to identify and enhance industry guidelines. “Our updated Best Practices ensure our industry’s commitment to a culture of compliance that prevents illicit activity,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the… [continue reading]

Golden Entertainment continues wholly-owned tavern expansion in 2017

LAS VEGAS (January 10, 2017) – Golden Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:GDEN), the largest traditional tavern gaming operator in Nevada, announced Tuesday the company currently plans to open seven new taverns in the Las Vegas Valley that are scheduled for completion in 2017. Five of the taverns will be located in the growing southwest region of Clark County. A sixth location is in the City of Las Vegas’ northwest area near Centennial Hills. The seventh tavern is in the Green Valley Ranch section of Henderson. The seven locations include six greenfield developments plus the acquisition of an existing tavern operated by a third party. The development plans will give Golden Entertainment a total of 60 taverns in Nevada by the end of 2017 and follows the company’s 2016 growth activities, which saw Golden Entertainment open five new taverns. The company’s tavern brands include PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Co.,… [continue reading]

Gaming Companies Urge Next Attorney General to Join Fight Against Illegal Gambling

Washington, DC – In a letter sent today, the American Gaming Association (AGA) urged Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking member, to consider the important role the next U.S. attorney general will play in enforcing laws combating illegal gambling operations. The AGA’s letter comes as the Judiciary Committee begins nomination hearings of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) to be the next attorney general. “The American Gaming Association requests that you bear in mind the importance of the Department of Justice in cracking down on illegal gambling activities across the country,” wrote Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA, in the letter. “We hope the next attorney general will welcome opportunities to work with Congress to effectively address illegal gambling.” The gaming industry has forged strong ties with law enforcement to expose and eliminate illegal gambling activities, which fund large criminal… [continue reading]

AGA: IRS Officially Drops Burdensome Gaming Proposals, Marking Big Win for Casino Patrons

Washington, DC – American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman released the following statement after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today released its final regulation on its 2015 proposal for tax reporting of slot winnings. “Today’s final IRS regulation is a big win not only for gaming companies and millions of casino visitors, but also for state and local governments who would have received fewer gaming tax dollars as a result of what would have been burdensome federal requirements,” said Freeman. “Our grassroots campaign mobilized thousands of casino customers, members of Congress from 11 states urged restraint and compelling research demonstrated that the tax threshold should be at least $4700 when adjusted for inflation. We look forward to continuing to work with the IRS and our federal partners to modernize regulations and protect millions of casino customers around the country.” The final IRS regulations: Drops its electronic player tracking… [continue reading]

Alon founders committed to advancing the project

Las Vegas, NV – Dec. 15, 2016 – The founders and developers of Alon Las Vegas will continue to explore all of its options to advance the project and optimize the value for its stakeholders. Crown Resorts, the principal financial and strategic partner of Alon, has elected not to move forward with the Alon Las Vegas project at this time. The Alon site is the most compelling new development opportunity on the Strip. It is positioned directly across from Wynn Las Vegas and Encore and bordered by Fashion Show mall, Trump Tower and the new Resorts World Las Vegas development. Having invested two years in the program planning, design, development, pre-construction and entitlement process, the Alon resort project has been thoroughly vetted and is considered “shovel-ready.” The Alon Team is comprised of an accomplished and diverse group of industry experts, all of whom remain committed to the project and to… [continue reading]

Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announces 11 New Members Join Organization

LAS VEGAS (December 15, 2016) – The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the membership applications of 11 new companies, bringing the trade group comprised of the world’s leading gaming suppliers to a total of 157, an all-time high.   The new AGEM members are: ·         AVUITY, based in Cincinnati with a location in Las Vegas, provides real-time location, rewards and digital display services that directly empower retail, hospitality and gaming organizations with meaningful data. ·         EFCOtec Corporation, based in Taipei City, Taiwan, is an innovative technology company focusing on delivering the latest embedded computing solutions and services. ·         Exacta Systems, based in Boynton Beach, Fla., is a leading provider of historic horse racing technology, including a state-of-the-art wagering platform and an extensive library of games. ·         Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, based in Washington D.C., offers full-service intellectual… [continue reading]