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VGT Plans Series of Exciting Promotions for Launch of new Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Themed Gaming Machines

New Gaming Machines Premiere June 13 at More than 20 Properties throughout Oklahoma.
VGT is preparing to launch its thrilling Professional Bull Riders (PBR) themed gaming machines, the first major licensed brand in the VGT portfolio. The exciting PBR family of games will premiere June 13 at more than 20 properties throughout Oklahoma.
These fun and exhilarating games bring the PBR to life on the casino floor and will launch with the titles Blazing Bulls, VS, Fearless, and Ryan Dirteater. Each of the 3-reel mechanical wide area progressive games have a jackpot that resets at $20,000 and gives players the chance to ride the adventure towards 8 Red Spins, designed to mimic the excitement of an 8-second bull ride.
VGT is planning a series of fun promotions in support of the launch. Events include:
Special appearances by professional bull riders Ryan Dirteater and Chase Outlaw at select properties June 13 and 14 where the pros will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.
An appearance by a PBR bull rider at the June 15 and July 4 OKC Dodgers games, where the pros will show off their baseball skills by throwing the first pitch! Afterwards, they will host an autograph signing for fans.
Ryan Dirteater and PBR Announcer Matt West will make a special appearance in VGT’s booth at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Show in Oklahoma City on July 24.
VGT will showcase the PBR games on the concourse during the PBR Express Employment Professionals Classic Presented by Osage Casino tournament, held in Tulsa’s BOK Center on August 11-12.
“We are thrilled to present VGT’s PBR-themed gaming machines, which appeal directly to our customers’ players, and the series of promotions we have created clearly underscore our commitment to these games,” said VGT President Jay Sevigny. “The VGT and Aristocrat teams have worked incredibly hard to ensure we captured the thrill and fun of the PBR, and the end result is another example of the combined strengths of the VGT and Aristocrat development teams.”
The PBR, celebrating its 25th anniversary this season, is one of the world’s fastest growing sports.  The “original extreme sport” now competes in five countries (the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico) and through international broadcast agreements is available in 130 territories. The PBR is part of the Endeavor network.
Learn more about VGT’s new Professional Bull Riders (PBR) themed games and discover where to play at www.vgt.net.

 

Scientific Games Will Support Delaware Lottery In First U.S. Full- Scale Sports Betting Expansion After PASPA Ruling

Scientific Games Corporation  have announced that the Company will implement the Delaware Lottery’s expansion to full-scale sports betting following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 on May 14, 2018.
Delaware is the first U.S. state to add full-scale sports betting after the PASPA ruling. The state previously offered legal sports betting on professional football and has now expanded its offering to other sports. As the Delaware Lottery’s sports betting provider, Scientific Games is supporting the expansion to full-scale sports betting with its industry leading integrated sports wagering technology, content and managed services.
“In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on PASPA, we have been working with Scientific Games, our longtime sports betting provider, as well as training our lottery and casino staff, so that we were ready to launch full-scale, head-to-head betting on single games,” said Vernon Kirk, director of the Delaware Lottery.
Since 2009, Scientific Games technology, content and managed services have powered the Delaware Lottery to grow the state’s sports betting revenues from $10 million to more than $46 million across a network of land-based casinos and lottery retailers in the state.
“Since Delaware is known as ‘The First State’, it’s appropriate they were first in the nation to expand regulated sports betting after the PASPA ruling. We are proud to support the Delaware Lottery’s long history of industry firsts, and thrilled to be their trusted provider of an integrated sports betting program serving both casinos and lottery retailers across the state,” said Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games.
“The combination of Scientific Games and NYX Gaming Group earlier this year created a global leader across iLottery, iGaming and sports betting that offers unrivaled capabilities to lotteries worldwide,” said McHugh. “As an integrated company, we are ready to serve our customers like the Delaware Lottery with the gaming entertainment industry’s leading sports platforms, content and services.”
Scientific Games also provides lottery instant games, draw-based games including Keno, iGaming and video lottery gaming to the Delaware Lottery.
A supplier to more than 150 lotteries globally, including nearly every North American lottery, Scientific Games is known for game innovation and complex, integrated systems technology implementations. The Company is currently the fastest growing lottery systems supplier in the U.S., and the leading lottery systems supplier in Europe.

 

London’s Hippodrome seals deal for Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live

The Hippodrome Casino has announced it has signed a deal to bring  Channing Tatum’s  hit Las Vegas show ‘Magic Mike Live’ to the venue from November 2018.
 
The deal will see the Hippodrome Casino’s cabaret theatre – which earlier this year hosted the British Casino Awards – close for a three-month, multi-million pound refurbishment and re-open for previews on November 10th with a new seating capacity of 325, for ten performances each week (Tuesday-Sunday). The staging will incorporate sophisticated lighting,  sound, video and automation technology that rivals anything else in the capital, while also maintaining a uniquely intimate performance environment.
 
Conceived and co-directed by Channing Tatum, the show, which opened to rave reviews in March 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is a large-scale, live production based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL.
 
The audience will enter The Hippodrome through a bespoke entrance on Cranbourn Street into a specially-curated lounge and bar experience; and from there into Magic Mike’s mythical Club ‘Domina’ where a group of predominantly male artists will perform a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular including sexy dance routines intertwined with one-of-a-kind acts.
 
Tickets for the show will be priced between £29 and £105 and are available from ticketmaster.co.uk or by ringing 0844 453 9091.
Simon Thomas, CEO of The Hippodrome Casino, said: “In so many ways Magic Mike Live is a perfect fit for us. Since 1900 the venue has been delighting, shocking and reinventing the way London and its visitors are entertained. This is yet another example of how the Hippodrome resolutely refuses to stand still.
 
“Outside of actually opening the Hippodrome, this is my biggest – and many will say boldest – business decision yet. But when someone like Channing Tatum telephones to discuss bringing one of Las Vegas’s biggest modern-day entertainment hits to London, you take the call. 
“When we launch in November this year this show will have been more than a year in the planning and will most certainly bring a new dimension to what is recognised by many as the country’s most popular casino and entertainment venue. Much of its success will be down to the meticulous planning of Channing’s business and production team, and the amazing hard work of my own senior management and the 730 employees here.
 
“Predictions are we’ll attract a huge audience which means tens of thousands of new customers for the Hippodrome’s many other attractions. Most of these visitors will not be a traditional casino audience, but then again we’ve worked very hard at not being a traditional casino. 
 
“We fully expect a substantial knock-on benefit for the casinos, slots, poker and other gaming floors, as well as our multi-award winning steak house and six bars.
 
“We look forward to London giving Channing Tatum, the incredibly talented performers and his world-class production team, the warmest welcome the capital can muster.”
 
Vincent Marini, the show’s Executive Producer, said: “The opportunity to partner with the Hippodrome Casino was simply too good to pass up. 
 
“After the successful launch of the Las Vegas production we began looking for the right partner to help us  realise  Channing’s vision for bringing Magic Mike Live to a UK audience. 
 
“When  you combine the incredible century-long history of iconic performance at The Hippodrome, with its incomparable location in Leicester Square and its preeminent reputation as the premiere gaming institution in London, it really is the perfect venue for the show. 
 
“Together we are undertaking a magical re-imagining of the performance and reception spaces that we believe will create an intimate audience experience that encapsulates all of the visual spectacle of a much larger West End theatre while still maintaining an intimate, personal experience for each audience member.”
 
 
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Genting Casino UK to Host Memorial Poker Tournament

The Tournament will be in memory of Emma Fryer.
Genting Casino Stoke, will host a poker tournament on Sunday, May 6th in memory of Emma Fryer, a poker player who lost her life in November last year.
Emma, nicknamed the ‘Poker Queen,’ began as a professional poker player at Genting Casino Stoke and tragically lost her life in a car accident when she was attending a poker tournament in the Czech Republic.
The charity poker tournament, which is being held in her memory, will cost £60 to enter and this includes a £10 registration fee and will offer all those taking part a guaranteed prize pool of £4,000.
The £10 registration fee will be donated to the Donna Louise Children’s Cancer Trust, a charity that was selected personally by Emma’s family.  The Donna Louise Children’s Cancer Trust is a charity based in Staffordshire that supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
On the day of the tournament, the casino will serve a free buffet to all players at 1pm with the poker tournament itself beginning at 2:15pm.
Joanne Maddick, casino manager at Genting Casino Stoke, said: “Emma began her poker career at the casino a long time ago and we watched her grow into one of the best poker players around. She had such a wonderful personality and she is sadly missed by everyone here at Genting Casino Stoke.
“We wanted to put on an event to remember her and thought a poker tournament was the best way to do this. We know Emma meant so much to people and we hope as many people as possible can join us on the night.”
Tickets for the poker tournament can be purchased from the cash desk before the tournament or on the day of the tournament itself. For more information please visit thewebsite or to purchase tickets call 01782 213499.

 

New games: A standout NIGA success for Merkur

The first ever NIGA exhibition and conference to be held in Las Vegas proved to be a huge home town success for Merkur Gaming US and its locally based games development studio, Sunshine Games, thanks to a total booth display presentation of brand new game titles.
Displaying an entirely new range of 10 games ‘made in America, by Americans and for Americans’ (eight from the creative powerhouse that is Sunshine Games, based in La Vegas, and two from legendary game creators High 5 Games of New York) Merkur Gaming US made a truly dynamic presentation that attracted a high level of interest from NIGA visitors.
With four Chinese themed games, Baozang, Immortal Emperor, Immortal Princess, and Striking Fortunes, plus the Egyptian adventure Amulet of the Pharaoh, Sunshine Games demonstrated their creativity in adventure themes. Adding fun to their gaming entertainment mix, Sunshine Games also added Taco Tuesday and its latest evolution, Taco Tuesday Hot Sauce, as well as the Irish leprechaun themed Land of Charms to their growing portfolio. Add to that Wellspring, a game based on the search for immortal youth, and Legends of Troy from High 5 Games and the Merkur Gaming booth was packed with new attractions. Given the enthusiastic responses received from visitors it is clear that NIGA 2018 marked a significant forward step in the development of Merkur Games US as a top level games producer in the US market.
Merkur Gaming US is a proud associate member of NIGA and duly congratulated theassociation’s longstanding Chairman, Ernie Stevens Jr., on the huge success that this year’s show represented. Merkur Gaming US CEO, Charles Hiten, noted: “The figures show thatNIGA in Las Vegas was a major success, in terms of both exhibitors and visitors. For us, the show was a chance to show the high level of products that we are bringing to the US and it was both exciting and gratifying to receive the overall high levels of positive reaction that we received.

 

Vizexplorer momentum continues with appointment of new CEO

Technology industry veteran to lead company through expansion phase.
VizExplorer, a leading provider of analytics, data visualization and operational intelligence solutions, have announced that it has appointed technology veteran Ron Frankel as the company’s new CEO. Former CEO Ian Bonner will assume the role of Executive Chairman of the Board, and will partner with Frankel as VizExplorer continues its growth trajectory.
Since its founding, VizExplorer has focused on building its technology platform to serve the needs of the casino gaming industry. Under Bonner’s leadership, VizExplorer emerged as a leader in the real-time analytics and operational intelligence category, experiencing more than 65 percent average revenue growth and a 13-fold increase in annual recurring revenue since 2013.
With Frankel at the helm, VizExplorer will continue to invest in solutions for gaming, while expanding the focus and leveraging its patented technology to provide sophisticated analytics, data visualization and operational intelligence products for operators across industries, including manufacturing, entertainment venues and healthcare.
The announcement follows news of the company’s most recent investment round led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capitaland the formation of its new Board of Directors.
“I’m excited to join VizExplorer at this pivotal point in its transformation, and to lead it into the next phase of maturation,” said Frankel. “I am impressed with what the team has delivered to date, and believe strongly in the application of its technology to solve a range of data needs across many types of businesses,” he added.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Ron to his new role. The VizExplorer Board of Directors and I are confident in his vision and his proven ability to execute, and are eager to support him in this next phase,” said Bonner.
Frankel joins VizExplorer with a wealth of technology industry experience as a public company chief executive, board member, advisor and investor in the software industry.

 

Paragon chooses Vizexplorer platform

Agreement includes VizExplorer’s premium consulting service.
VizExplorer, a leading provider of operational intelligence solutions for casinos, have announced a new agreement with Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority for Paragon Casino Resort, its gaming and entertainment destination in Marksville, La. The casino operator has selected campaignViz, floorViz and techVizOps alongside VizExplorer’s new premium consulting service.
Situated in the heart of the South’s growing entertainment market, Paragon operators realize the importance of optimizing all aspects of the business––from its casino boasting more than 1,000 slot machines to a live entertainment venue and a hotel with golf course and spa. With growing competition serving the same surrounding cities, Paragon assessed a range of solutions, finally settling on VizExplorer for its proven reputation.
campaignViz enables marketing campaign management with advanced segmentation and direct integration with the offer management system. floorViz helps operators gauge their floor’s performance and optimize accordingly, while techVizOps helps to streamline technical operations with automated machine alerts. Additionally, Paragon has chosen VizExplorer’s new consulting service to provide analytical support, expert insights and best practice recommendations to accelerate return on investment.
“Our team is eager to get started with VizExplorer and we feel confident that we’re in good hands with their industry specialists bringing their expertise to our operation,” said Jody Madigan, CFO at Paragon Casino Resort.
“The new consulting program promises to be a true enabler of marketing and operational excellence for casinos,” says Ken Kachnic, VP of Sales – Eastern Region. “We’re excited to prove to Paragon that their investment in VizExplorer was worth it,” he added.
The agreement was handled by VizExplorer reseller Game Changing Technologies, a provider of licensing and consulting services to companies doing business in the casino industry.
Book a product demonstration todaywith VizExplorer in booth 130 at Southern Gaming Summit, held May 3, 2018 at Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Miss.

 

Alfastreet Gaming expands footprint at Solaria Manil

Recently, Alfastreet installed a very special combination of electronic table games in Solaire, Manila’s leading Casino.
The installation was special due to multiple new features and special betting options, created particularly for the Solaire. All together, Alfastreet installed 72 Wiky terminals with multiple Baccarat tables, Roulette and Sic bo. In addition, Royal Derby was added to the floor, which only reconfirms the quality and the uniqueness of Alfastreet’s product.
”We’ve been working very long and very hard, to prepare for this installation and we made sure we fulfilled all the expectations of such a reputable and successful Casino as Solaire. Multiple baccarat tables, four-game simultaneous betting, side bets, special jackpot system, combined with an enormous LED wall display, make this installation unique in Manila and a definite reference for all the other venues. Solaire is always working out ways to stay the number one casino in Phillippines and that’s why they chose Alfastreet for their supplier, as we’re the one that’s flexible and resourcefull to the point that we can efficiently accommodate the vision that Solaire presented to us,” said Alfastreet Sales Director, Albert Radman.
”We are thankful to the Solaire for extending this challenge to us, and we’re proud to use this installation as one of our top references, worldwide. Recently we have had several major installs around Asia, with several more coming up. It’s safe to say that the major operators recognise the quality and efficiency of our products and that’s the reason why we’re getting such a large momentum here in Asia. We’re creating customised solutions for every single customer and we make sure our product is perfected before it’s placed on the Casino floor,” added Deric Goh, Alfastreet’s Sales Director for Asia.

 

TCSJOHNHUXLEY Appoints LGS Gaming as a distributor in France and Switzerland

TCSJOHNHUXLEY is pleased to announce that LGS Gaming has been appointed the sole supply partner for its products and services throughout France and French-speaking Switzerland, with immediate effect.
This new agreement underlines TCSJOHNHUXLEY’s strategy to provide excellent local customer support, to ensure the requirements of operators’ can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. LGS Gaming is well established in the region, headed up by Laurent Gaubout who has extensive experience in serving the French market. Established in 2011, LGS Gaming represents several market leading gaming companies in various European countries.
Laurent Gaubout comments, “LGS Gaming is delighted to be representing TCSJOHNHUXLEY. The quality and reputation of the brand will allow strong growth in France and French-speaking Swiss markets and we look forward to introducing their exciting products and services to our customers.” 
“We are very pleased to appoint LGS Gaming as an official distributor,” said Tristan Sjöberg, Executive Chairman TCSJOHNHUXLEY. “Laurent Gaubout brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in this region and we look forward to working with such an experienced distributor to further our reach and drive sales.”

 

The Rank Group celebrates raising a record £1.8M for Carers Trust thanks to support of staff and customers

The valuable support of Rank Group staff and customers has been recognised at a special event in Coventry on 14th March, with regional winners across both Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca receiving awards for their contribution.
The evening was an homage to those who have gone above and beyond with their fundraising, making a true difference in the lives of carers across the country and a celebration of the incredible £1.8 million raised throughout this partnership. The event was attended by Rank employees from across the country, including CEO Henry Birch and Retail Director, Alan Morgan, along with Carers Trust representatives.
The partnership between Carers Trust and The Rank Group Plc, which owns Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca, first began four years ago. Since then, employees have worked tirelessly to raise money for this valuable cause through various charity initiatives, investing over 8,500 hours of their time to reach this impressive milestone.
The funds raised have gone towards Rank Cares Grant Funds which were set up to provide financial support to carers aged 16 and above.  The aim of these funds is to help remove the barriers placed on a person by their caring role and reduce some of the stress and isolation that can come with caring.
Since 2014, more than 8,500 carers have been helped thanks to the Rank Cares grant programme, with essential equipment, much-needed breaks, the opportunity to learn new skills, and the chance to meet other socially isolated carers.
Rank Group representatives were proud to name Grant Hallworth of Grosvenor Salford as overall charity champion, and Shakara Divers of Grosvenor Sheffield, Catherine Tucker (Grosvenor Broad Street), Dan Eade (Grosvenor Portsmouth) and Vicki Parker (The Vic)as the nation’s best fundraisers.
Rank Group and Carers Trust also announced the continuation of their partnership into 2018, with renewed fundraising efforts aiming to hit the incredible target of £2 million.
Henry Birch, CEO of The Rank Group Plc, commented: “Carers Trust is an organisation that is close to the heart of many of our employees and it gives me a great sense of pride to know that collectively we have been able to make such a strong contribution to the charity.”
“Our teams have worked extremely hard throughout the course of the year to run charity fundraising activities to help us achieve this impressive milestone and without their dedication and the incredible support from the communities nationwide, such an achievement just wouldn’t have been possible.”
“We’re delighted to know that we have contributed in some way to the invaluable help the charity offers, and will continue our fundraising endeavours to ensure Carers Trust can carry on assisting the amazing unpaid carers who desperately need their support.”
Giles Meyer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, said: “We are overwhelmed by the fundraising efforts of Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo. They have gone above and beyond once again and we’re delighted to continue our partnership into 2018. The reality is that three in five of us  will become carers at some point in our  lives, and with seven million carers in the UK already, staff’s fundraising plays a crucial part in providing the support carers desperately need.”

 

Country Roundtables give Juegos Miami delegates unique access to regulators

Juegos Miami will be providing delegates with an unrivalled opportunity to engage with the region’s key decision makers courtesy of a series of country specific roundtables.
Running from May 30 – June 1 and taking place at The Biltmore Hotel, Juegos Miami, the unique invitation only, C-Level event for the Pan Latin American and Caribbean gaming industry will be providing delegates with an unrivalled opportunity to engage with the region’s key decision makers courtesy of a series of country specific roundtables. The initiative will bring together regulators from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, who will provide expert insight and the very latest updates on their jurisdictions, including current thinking, market dynamics, issues of regulatory concern and the likely timetable for change.
Layla Ali, Juegos Miami Conference Producer, who has helped develop Juegos Miami into what has quickly become the most influential business to business gaming event in the region, said: “We know from our delegate research across a wide number of events, how vitally important it is for C-Level decision makers to be given direct access to regulators and the opportunity to engage rather than just listen to a speaker. The Juegos Miami Country Roundtables do exactly that and will deliver a series of powerful insights that will be invaluable to the gaming business community. Each roundtable will be chaired by a senior regulator or government official with established knowledge and experience of the region, allowing for the most up-to-date and detailed insights into both the emerging and established Pan Latin American gaming markets.”
The Country Roundtables will be conducted in four, thirty-minute slots with organisers, Clarion Gaming, recommending delegates select their countries early and registering their interest by visiting https://www.juegosmiami.com/request-invitation
Juegos Miami features a powerful, strategic learning programme presented alongside a line-up of tier one international exhibitors and sponsors. Attendance is limited to senior decision makers from operating companies as well as government and regulators from the Latin American and Caribbean region(s). The 2018 edition is co-located with GiGse, the platform of choice for US gaming operators, regulators and suppliers to network, learn and drive the industry forward.
To apply for a place at Juegos Miami, which last year attracted exhibitors and representatives from a total of 44 countries, register at www.juegosmiami.com.

 

Everi Partners With Leading Independent Game Design Studio, bZillions, for Development of New Game Content

Everi has partnered with independent game design studio bZillions for the development of new gaming content.  The new partnership, focused on creating games for Everi’s mForce platform, calls for the bZillions game development team to develop content for at least ten new games for several of the company’s newest gaming cabinets – including the Empire MPX (“E43”) and the Empire 5527 (“E5527”) – over the next 12 months.
bZillions is led by Steve Weiss, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of casino game development and manufacturing experience, including as co-founder and CEO of game design company Colossal Gaming, Inc. which developed a number of player-popular games throughout the years.  bZillions’ team of game developers has extensive expertise in developing games for both Class III and Class II markets with its latest success developing a significant large-format gaming device.
Dean Ehrlich, Executive Vice President and Gaming Business Leader for Everi, said, “This  partnership with Steve and the design team at bZillions expands our ability to bring additional exciting new content that delight players, to casinos across North America.  bZillions has a track record of creating product that drives increased performance on all sorts of different platforms.  We’re excited to work closely with them as they leverage our next generation hardware platforms including our recently introduced E43. bZillions will also utilize the mechanical reel, large format The Texan HDX cabinet, and our soon to be released E5527 cabinet to bring unique new gaming content to our customers and their players.”
Steve Weiss, founder and Chief Executive Officer of bZillions, added, “Partnering with Everi to develop new game content exclusive for their advanced platform and exciting new gaming cabinets is an excellent opportunity for bZillions to demonstrate our expertise in creating innovative new gaming entertainment experiences to market.  We are excited for the opportunity to create content that utilizes the capabilities of Everi’s innovative new and existing gaming cabinets to bring new levels of excitement and engagement to players.”