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ESCAPE TO AN ISLAND PARADISE WITH LIGHTNING ECLIPSE™ FROM LIGHTNING BOX™

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ESCAPE TO AN ISLAND PARADISE WITH LIGHTNING ECLIPSE™ FROM LIGHTNING BOX™

 

Light & Wonder, Inc.  announced the launch of Lightning Eclipse, a Hawaiian-inspired island adventure from specialist slot provider Lightning Box, one of Light & Wonder’s in-house studios.

Lightning Eclipse will initially be exclusively available to leading operator FanDuel in New Jersey, before being released across all markets thereafter.

The 5×3 reel slot builds upon the island theme with coconuts, fire dancers and tropical birds making up the title’s symbols. These are joined by wilds which substitute all other base game symbols making it easier to create a matching combination of winning symbols across the game’s 243 winning ways.

Landing wilds on two or more reels will trigger an upgrade respin, allowing for extra wilds to be landed and the creation of wild reels increasing the winning potential.

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The popular Lightning Respin bonus round is available and triggered after landing six or more Lightning Respin symbols. Electricity will highlight random reels, if a Lightning Respin symbol is landed on a highlighted reel the three respins initially awarded are reset. These can contain jackpot prizes and be landed as colossal symbols up to 3×3 in size.

At least three scatters are needed in the base game to trigger the free spins round, with additional scatters awarding extra spins. Here the multiple wild feature is again available, and players can also be awarded the Lightning Respin bonus from within the free spins round.

Lightning Eclipse is available to customers of Light & Wonder’s industry leading OPENGAMING™ platform alongside popular new titles such as RITUAL RESPINS™ and BLOOD AND GOLD™.

Michael Maokhamphiou, Operations Manager at Lightning Box, said: “Exceeding player expectations is one of our core ambitions and with the launch of Lightning Eclipse we will be delivering multiple bonuses, innovative mechanics and highly stylized visuals that we are confident will impress.

“The slot will see the return of our popular Lightning Respin round introducing jackpot prizes that will be a draw for both players and operators alike.”

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Rob Procter, VP Game Development at Light & Wonder, said “Offering an immense amount of replayability with Lightning Eclipse, Lightning Box has carefully crafted a slot that has varying features to appeal to a wide audience base whilst providing easy-to-understand, yet surprisingly deep mechanics. By having an additional bonus available within a bonus round, players can expect high volatility and big win potential in this island adventure.”

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Rush Street Appoints Susan Foster as General Manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia

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Rush Street Gaming announced that international gaming executive Susan Foster has been appointed general manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia.

“Having worked in various gaming jurisdictions in America and several other countries, I’m both an advocate for and an example of the tremendous opportunities casino gaming provides. I’m very excited to be back in Pennsylvania at such a dynamic property,” Foster said.

Foster began her casino career as a table games dealer in the UK, Nigeria, and the Bahamas. She later spent 14 years in Mississippi at Grand Casino & Resort and Bally’s Entertainment, where she led table games and poker operations. She then served as director of table games for Odawa Casino in Michigan, before accepting her first Pennsylvania job with Harrah’s Philadelphia.

While at Harrah’s, Foster received Caesars Entertainment’s highest award for excellence in leadership. Thereafter, Foster transitioned from the gaming floor to casino operations in 2015 with Hollywood Casino, where she served as vice president of operations at multiple Penn Entertainment properties for nearly a decade. Her direct responsibilities included the performance and operations of slots, table games, poker, food and beverage, environmental services, security, facilities, and various hotels.

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Foster joined Rivers Casino Philadelphia in April 2024 as assistant general manager. She succeeds Eric Althaus, who recently departed the Philly property.

“Susan’s broad worldview of gaming operations has significantly benefited Rush Street since she joined last spring. Her history and familiarity with the southeastern PA gaming market has proven to be a great advantage for Rivers Philly,” Tim Drehkoff, CEO of Rush Street Gaming, said.

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National Council on Problem Gambling Launches Tribal Advisory Council

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The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the only national nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce the economic and social costs associated with gambling addiction, has launched the Tribal Advisory Council. While NCPG has worked with Tribal gaming entities for many years, the formation of the Tribal Advisory Council represents a deeper level of collaboration to address matters of responsible gambling and problem gambling that are of importance to Native American communities.

The Tribal Advisory Council seeks to increase awareness and respect for Native cultures as they relate to all facets of gambling so that these cultural practices can help other Native and non-Native communities. The Advisory Council will provide expertise and momentum for NCPG’s culturally specific work while recognizing the importance of Native American history and sovereignty in consultation with Native American leaders and experts.

“Our work with tribes is based on a deep respect for Tribal sovereignty and our core values of neutrality, collaboration, respect and credibility. We have a responsibility to listen and learn, as well as the opportunity to share our knowledge as we seek to reduce the social costs of gambling addiction and improve health and wellness in all communities. The relationships and partnerships we have forged over the years are the strong foundation for this exciting new project,” said Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director.

To help facilitate the work of the Tribal Advisory Council, NCPG has partnered with Valerie Spicer and Sheila Morago of the Trilogy Group. The Trilogy Group is a Native American-owned and operated organization with over 50 years of combined experience in governmental affairs, business, economic development, and Tribal gaming.

“We applaud the formation of the NCPG’s Tribal Advisory Council and look forward to supporting stronger connection with the Tribes. This work acknowledges the significance of Tribal Gaming in the gambling sector, the impacts of Tribal gaming on communities, and ways we can support finding balance in helping people heal from gambling-related harm respectfully amid the complexity,” said Valerie Spicer, Trilogy Group Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer.

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Vermont Department of Mental Health Launches Problem Gambling Support Site

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The Vermont Department of Mental Health has launched a new website designed to assist individuals and families affected by problem gambling. The new site, VTGamblingHelp.org, serves as a valuable resource for those seeking immediate assistance and support for problems related to gambling, as well as those looking to promote healthy and responsible gaming behaviors.

Over 11,600 Vermont residents are estimated to be struggling with a gambling problem. VTGamblingHelp.org provides new and vital support services to Vermont Lottery and Vermont Mobile Sports Wagering players. Key features of the website include:

  • 24/7 Helpline: Immediate assistance through the problem gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER, staffed by trained professionals.
  • Live Chat: A live chat feature available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, staffed by problem gambling peer specialists.
  • Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program: A program allowing mobile sports wagering players to opt out of playing for self-selected periods.
  • Recognizing the signs of problem gambling: Tools to help individuals assess their gambling behavior and determine if they need help.
  • Treatment Options: Access to referrals for various treatment options available in Vermont, including counseling and support groups.

“Problem gambling can deeply affect mental health, finances, and family dynamics. This website offers a space for individuals to find the resources and care they need to navigate problem gambling behavior or learn about gaming responsibly,” said Elliott McElroy, the newly appointed DMH Responsible Gaming Program Coordinator.

Vermont treatment providers can use VTGamblingHelp.org “For Providers” page to learn more about upcoming free trainings to become certified problem gambling specialists. The Vermont Problem Gambling Clinical Training offers a free 10-session, 30-hour course to develop skills in gambling disorder assessment, treatment, and recovery support. Participants can earn up to 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – 3 CEUs per live class attended – while learning from award-winning experts.

“As millions of Americans grapple with gambling addiction and millions more face the risk, these services are vital in promoting responsible gaming practices within our communities and providing support to individuals affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction. We are thrilled to have launched this site and optimistic about the resources it will provide to Vermonters,” DMH Medical Director Dr. Kelley Klein said.

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