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Blake L. Sartini II, Golden Entertainment senior vice president of gaming, wins top award

Golden Entertainment, Inc. is pleased to announce that Blake L. Sartini II, senior vice president of distributed gaming, has been honored by VEGAS INC as one of the top “40 under 40” business leaders in Las Vegas. The annual awards from the local business publication honors Southern Nevada business leaders with outstanding professional achievements who have also made positive contributions to the community. Sartini, 31, oversees the company’s market-leading slot machine route operations in Nevada and Montana, which covers more than 10,000 games at nearly 1,000 locations. Golden Entertainment acquired two slot machine route businesses in Montana last year. Sartini is also responsible Golden Entertainment’s market-leading wholly owned tavern business in Nevada. He helped oversee the opening of five new taverns in Southern Nevada last year and the company plans to open seven new taverns in the Las Vegas Valley in 2017. Like his father, Golden Entertainment Chairman & Chief… [continue reading]

Konami Gaming, Inc. Announces Atlantic Ventures as its Official Distributor in Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay

Leading casino gaming manufacturer forms a new key partnership for Latin American market sales Konami Gaming, Inc. announced Atlantic Ventures as its exclusive distributor for Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The Buenos Aires-based company is led by Norma da Silva, a long-recognized authority in gaming product for Latin American markets. For nearly 20 years she has worked in close collaboration with regional operators to expand their business with strategic gaming product knowledge and market expertise. Through her leadership as general manager of Atlantic Ventures, Norma da Silva is poised to provide strong support for Konami’s gaming technology presence throughout these key market jurisdictions. “Konami is pleased to welcome Atlantic Ventures to its exclusive network of distributors,” said Eduardo Aching, vice president, international sales at Konami. “We anticipate a significant benefit for our customers and look forward to a continued strengthening of Konami’s position in the region as a result of Norma… [continue reading]

IGT Honored in Casino Journal’s Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products Awards

LONDON, U.K. – March 20, 2017 – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced that its SPHINX 4D™ game and Cardless Connect™ mobile software solution were named as two of Casino Journal’s Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products Awards. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Casino Journal for excellence in gaming innovation. Winning these awards reinforces IGT’s commitment to setting a new standard of innovation in the gaming industry. By leveraging our leading R&D investment to deliver solutions such as SPHINX 4D and Cardless Connect, we offer our valued customers compelling content and services that can drive unique player experiences,” said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO North America Gaming & Interactive (DoubleDown Casino). IGT’s SPHINX 4D was recognized for being the industry’s first slot machine to combine glasses-free TRUE 3D™ graphics with gesture recognition and mid-air haptic technologies. Set on the Company’s new CrystalCurve TRUE 4D™ cabinet, SPHINX… [continue reading]

IGT Introduces Spin Ferno Tournament Solution to Mexico at Cirsa México Properties

LONDON, U.K. – March 15, 2017 – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced that it has introduced its spinning-reel tournament systems solution, Spin Ferno®, to Mexico at select Cirsa México properties.   Casino Life del Valle, Casino Life Merida and Emotion Casino Ciudad Juarez are the first properties in Mexico to install Spin Ferno. Fueled by IGT’s Tournament Manager 5.0 systems solution, Spin Ferno enables operators to host single or multi-site slot tournaments on the Company’s award-winning S3000® spinning-reel cabinet. Spin Ferno is the gaming industry’s first automated tournament product for a mechanical reel cabinet.   “This deployment marks another milestone for the global success of IGT’s Spin Ferno tournament solution. We’ve developed a strong partnership with Cirsa México, and we’re thrilled to bring the Company’s high-energy tournament slot play to its players while introducing it to the Mexican market,” said María Aldana, IGT Sales Director Mexico and… [continue reading]

Gaming Industry Opposes Plan to Revive Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository

Washington, D.C. – American Gaming Association (AGA) Vice President of Government Relations Whit Askew released the following statement after President Donald Trump included in his budget proposal $120 million to restore the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository: “AGA opposes any effort to revive Yucca Mountain as a repository and will work tirelessly with the many concerned citizens, small-business operators and members of Congress to ensure that radioactive waste is never stored anywhere near the world’s premier tourist, convention and entertainment destination.” Background In late December, following Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, the AGA sent the Trump transition team a memo detailing a number of policy issues critical to the casino gaming industry. Among them were issues like the industry’s stance on illegal gambling, sports betting, immigration, travel and tourism and Yucca Mountain. Read the full memo here.

JCM Global Bill Validators and Printers at MGM National Harbor Process More Than $72.3 Million in Property’s First Three Months

LAS VEGAS (March 13, 2017) – The 3,237 slots at the new and stunning MGM National Harbor are protected by JCM Global’s award-winning iVIZION® bill validator, and in the property’s first three months, JCM products validated and processed more than $72.3 million. JCM won 100 percent of MGM National Harbor’s bill validator and printer business, and JCM’s iVIZION bill validator and GEN2 U™ thermal printer are installed on each of the property’s slot games. In January of this year, analysts stated Maryland was America’s best regional gaming market in 2016. Across Maryland, JCM products validated $74,375,419 in December 2016, and $67,696,441 in January 2017, and $69,656,279 in February 2017 for a state-wide combined total of $211,728,140. JCM Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Tom Nieman said, “We have had the absolute pleasure of working with National Harbor Vice President of Slot Operations Alex Alvarado, and his vision for this property today… [continue reading]

March Madness Betting to Top $10 Billion

Washington, DC – Just days before the NCAA men’s basketball tournament tips off, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is estimating that Americans will wager $10.4 billion on March Madness. The number marks a 13 percent increase over last year’s estimated $9.2 billion wagered. Of the $10.4 billion that will be wagered on the tournament in 2017, only about $295 million – or 3 percent – will be wagered legally through Nevada sports books. The remaining $10.1 billion will be spent on illegal offshore websites or through bookies. Americans annually bet at least $150 billion a year on sports illegally due to the antiquated 1992 federal prohibition on sports betting largely outside of Nevada. “The federal ban on sports betting is an utter failure – depriving states of vital tax revenues and preventing millions of fans from wagering legally on games,” said Geoff Freeman, AGA president and CEO. “It’s time for Washington to get… [continue reading]

Golden Entertainment’s Fourth Quarter Net Revenue Rises 21.9% to a Record $105.4 Million

LAS VEGAS – March 13, 2017 – Golden Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:GDEN) (“Golden Entertainment” or the “Company”), a leading distributed gaming operator and owner of taverns and casinos, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 as summarized below. For comparative purposes, the 2015 results as presented include unaudited results of Sartini Gaming, Inc. (“Sartini Gaming”), which merged with a subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment (the “Merger”) on July 31, 2015 to form Golden Entertainment. Consolidated Results (2016) and Combined Results (2015) (Unaudited, in thousands)   The combined financial information for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 includes the Company’s audited consolidated statement of operations for the 2015 full year period and Sartini Gaming’s unaudited consolidated statement of operations for the seven months ended July 31, 2015. Combined select operating results have been prepared for illustrative purposes only and do not purport to be indicative… [continue reading]

IGT Receives the Internet Responsible Gambling Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) Re-Certification

LONDON, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced the achievement of the Internet Responsible Gambling Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) re-certification. IGT was commended for its commitment to responsible gaming and player protection, as well as its wide range of employee training courses. This re-certification continues IGT’s iCAP certification first received in February 2016. The iCAP certification provides assurance to operators and consumers that IGT’s business-to-consumer (B2C) websites and IGT platforms offered in the business-to-business (B2B) market are compliant with the Internet Responsible Gambling Standards (IRGS). In 2012, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) developed the IRGS, which are the highest standards for online responsible gaming in the U.S., meeting or exceeding the existing online regulations adhered to by jurisdictions around the world. “Responsible Gaming is at the core of every IGT decision,” said Giuseppe Portoricco, Vice President of Player Account Platforms and iLottery at… [continue reading]

AGS Signs Exclusive Dai Bacc™ Distribution Agreement

LAS VEGAS, March 8, 2017 – AGS (“the Company”) announced today that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with EGC LLC that will allow the Company to begin worldwide distribution of the popular commission-free baccarat table game, Dai Bacc™, outside of California card rooms. Over the last year, Dai Bacc has gained a following among players in Southern California card rooms, thanks to its three bonus bets that offer the possibility to hit at least 30-1 odds on every round. “Dai Bacc’s distinctive bonus bets offer very high payout potential with the introduction of The Kill Bet™, which means players have an added advantage of winning even if the other two side bets lose,” said John Hemberger, AGS’ Senior Vice President of Table Products. “Because of its appealing bet structure, we believe Dai Bacc has the potential to become one of the most popular baccarat variations in the world,… [continue reading]