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FBM® brings Asian fortune to the United States with Jí Hǎo Link™

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FBM® is ready to spread the golden wealth in the United States with the four slot themes of Jí Hǎo Link™ – Golden Lóng™, Fortunate Héping™, Eternal Fènghuáng™ and Great Weiyan™. This product line of Asian inspiration presents a new gaming experience to American players, merging captivating graphics and alluring sounds with amazing payouts offered by an attractive feature set.

The FBM slots portfolio keeps growing in the United States. After successful introductions of the Easy$Link™ and Mythic Link™ game suites, the global gaming brand takes another step in its growth path in the USA by installing Jí Hǎo Link at Hialeah Park Casino in Miami.

The brave white tiger, the powerful dragon, the wise turtle, and the eternal phoenix are the mythical creatures of the Jí Hǎo Link game suite united by a lucky pagoda that is deeply connected with ancient Asian culture.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES THE JÍ HǍO LINK GAMING EXPERIENCE?

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Jí Hǎo Link delivers a vibrant entertainment experience to slot players in the US. The new games offer a diverse selection of features to ensure every moment is a thrilling adventure.

Heading these features is the astonishing Jí Hǎo Link bonus – a special feature triggered by the games’ pagoda which is sure to entice lucky slot players with potential riches. This bonus allows players to get a Mini, Minor, Major, or Grand jackpot and may also result in another fantastic prize. If players fill all 15 positions available on the reels, they will double the non-progressive prize amounts collected during the bonus rounds.

Players may also get their hands on the golden coins spread by Jí Hǎo Link through the activation of the Triple Wild and Wild Multiplier game features in free spins mode. Triple Wild is available on Golden Lóng and Fortunate Héping making the Wild symbols fill all the positions of reels 2, 3 or 4 to guarantee better chances for big wins. Wild Multiplier is available on Eternal Fènghuáng and Great Weiyan multiplying earnings up to 30 times with the X2, X3 or X5 factors in the Wild symbols.

EXPANSION IS FBM’S WATCHWORD

Expansion continues for FBM with the Jí Hǎo Link product line, also available under the trademark Jin Qián Link™ in other markets. Following successful installations in Spain and impressive expansion in Mexico, FBM launches the slots suite in the United States at Hialeah Park Casino with a promising introduction and immense growth potential.

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In the sequence of this remarkable step, Mike Medlin (Sales & Operations Manager at FBM) expressed his gratitude to Javier Fernandez (Slots Director at Hialeah Park Casino) and Steve Calabro (General Manager at Hialeah Park Casino) for their continued loyalty and support to FBM’s operation in the market, once again proved with the Ji Hao Link debut in the United States through the Hialeah Park Casino facilities.

FBM strengthens its position in the United States adding a new option to its game portfolio. This new step reaffirms the global gaming brand’s commitment to growing its market presence in the US with reliable and innovative games that add value for casino operators and provide thrilling entertainment experiences to their players.

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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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Detroit Casinos Report $105.44M in June Revenue

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The three Detroit casinos reported $105.44 million in monthly aggregate revenue (AGR) for the month of June 2024, of which $104.55 million was generated from table games and slots, and $889,014 from retail sports betting.

The June market shares were:

  • MGM, 46%
  • MotorCity, 30%
  • Hollywood Casino at Greektown, 24%

Monthly Table Games, Slot Revenue, and Taxes

The casinos’ revenue for table games and slots for the month of June 2024 increased 2.6% when compared to the same month last year. June’s monthly revenue was 6.1% lower when compared to the previous month, May 2024. From Jan. 1 through June 30, the Detroit casinos’ table games and slots revenue increased by 0.4% compared to the same period last year.

The casinos’ monthly gaming revenue results were mixed compared to June of last year:

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  • MGM, up 3.6% to $48.71 million
  • MotorCity, down 3.1% to $31.47 million
  • Hollywood Casino at Greektown, up 9.0% to $24.37 million

In June 2024, the three Detroit casinos paid $8.5 million in gaming taxes to the State of Michigan. They paid $8.3 million for the same month last year. The casinos also reported submitting $12.4 million in wagering taxes and development agreement payments to the City of Detroit in June.

Monthly Retail Sports Betting Revenue and Taxes

The three Detroit casinos reported $8.4 million in total retail sports betting handle, and total gross receipts were $894,867 for the month of June. Retail sports betting qualified adjusted gross receipts (QAGR) were down by 52.2% in June when compared to the previous month, May 2024.

June QAGR by casino was:

  • MGM: $154,265
  • MotorCity: $460,693
  • Hollywood Casino at Greektown: $274,056

During June, the casinos paid $33,605 in gaming taxes to the state and reported submitting $41,072 in wagering taxes to the City of Detroit based on their retail sports betting revenue.

Fantasy Contests

For May 2024, fantasy contest operators reported total adjusted revenues of $806,636 and paid taxes of $67,757.

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JCM Installs iVIZION and ICB System at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans

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JCM Global (JCM) has installed its award-winning iVIZION bill validator and ICB Intelligent Cash Box system at the historic Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans.

JCM upgraded its UBA bill validator to iVIZION and installed ICB on each of the 620 slots at Fair Grounds. Previously, JCM installed its GEN5 Thermal Printer at Fair Grounds, and now with iVIZION and ICB, the path is open for the property to take full advantage of JCM’s FUZION technology in the future.

“The storied Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, and now that history meets JCM’s leading and advanced technologies, providing a perfect blend of security, efficiency, and guest service. We are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with Fair Grounds,” Dave Kubajak, SVP of Sales, Marketing and Operations at JCM, said.

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