Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Penn National Gaming CEO Tim Wilmott opened the Global Gaming Expo Tuesday morning with a discussion centered on responsibility. Wilmott, the current chairman of the American Gaming Association, said the gaming industry – where commercial and tribal casinos combined for nearly $73 billion in revenue in 2017 – has a responsibility to communities, its employees and customers, and to the changing gaming world. He cited the growing interest in sports betting, a key educational and discussion topic at this year’s show
Longtime gaming executive Gavin Isaacs and veteran gaming journalist Frank Legato are the 2018 recipients of two memorial awards sponsored by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM). Isaacs, 54, the current vice chairman of Scientific Games, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism. Legato, 61, the editor of Global Gaming Business magazine and a contributor to CDC Gaming Reports, will receive the 2018 Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications.
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Placing a sports bet from your slot machine will be the future at many of the nation’s casinos. That’s the vision of JCM Global. The company will showcase the technology at the Global Gaming Expo now that sports betting is proliferating around the country with the U.S. Supreme Court in May striking down the federal ban on it. The world’s leading transaction technology supplier for the banking, retail, kiosk and gaming industries is gaining traction with its technology that essentially turns the slot machine into a kiosk.
Two different approaches to preventing sexual harassment in the workplace were advanced at Monday’s Global Gaming Expo panel discussion, “Gaming Regulatory and Operator Issues in the Wake of #MeToo Revelations.” Becky Harris, Chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, described an approach involving a detailed checklist that she has developed listing what licensees would be required to do to prevent sexual harassment. She has also conducted a series of workshops to get feedback from various stakeholders.
AGS is obsessed with the game and brought a cheer team for Las Vegas' favorite team.
While states interested in legalized sports betting have typically been asking, “How soon?,” many Native American tribes have been considering a different question: “Should we?” The nationwide push for expansion of regulated sports betting and online gaming raises unique issues for the 242 tribes and the 494 gaming operations they operate across the country, panelists at a Global Gaming Expo discussion said Monday.
The growth of esports worldwide has led to the frequent staging of tournaments that can attract tens of thousands of people, and the desire to bet legally on the games is expected to continue to grow in popularity as it has for other sports. As states begin to consider regulations, and American casinos weigh the opportunity to monetize esports tournaments by taking wagers on it, legal experts are expressing their concerns over protecting the integrity of the games – and considering options for how that can be done.
One attraction of small casinos is that they have ability to be something like the bar on Cheers: People wanna go where everybody knows their name. “It’s not because it’s good marketing; it’s because that’s how you should do business,” said Skyelar Perkins, corporate senior director of slot operations for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Commerce Division. Perkins was speaking at a panel discussion on “Small Casinos: Competing with The Big Boys … Or Not,” Tuesday at the Global Gaming Expo at the Las Vegas Sands Expo and Convention Center.
Jennifer Lopez ended her run at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas at the end of September. Britney Spears completed her own four-year residency at Planet Hollywood last New Year’s Eve and is rumored to be lining up another two-year stint, this time at the new Park MGM. Celine Dion recently announced she’s ending her residency at Caesars Palace in June. For Jason Gastwirth, the president of entertainment for Caesars Entertainment, the strategy of hosting big-name performers at their venues has been a game changer in Las Vegas, giving properties greater exposure on social media and helping to bring in new visitors.
This report is edited by Justin Martin, Cory Roberts and Howard Stutz