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David Charnock has been named Business Development Director for LatAm at award-winning technology and services provider

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FSB, the progressive sports betting & iGaming platform provider, has strengthened its position in the fast-growing Latin America market with the appointment of industry veteran David Charnock as Business Development Manager for the region.

Charnock is a seasoned gaming industry executive with 30 years of global experience, including over a decade of boots-on-the-ground involvement in Latin America. He has previously held senior roles at TCS John Huxley and joins FSB after eight years of building his own businesses in social enterprise, digital marketing and philanthropy in the region. His latest project involved setting up a Foundation working with homeless addicts on the streets of San Jose in Costa Rica.

Based out of FSB’s San Jose office, the Englishman will be responsible for continuing the upward momentum that the provider has enjoyed in the region. Fluent in Spanish, and with a solid grasp of French, Portuguese and Italian, Charnock’s brief will be to leverage FSB’s award-winning technologies and services among potential partners in Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.

Charnock will work closely with the organisation’s Chief Revenue Officer, Ian Freeman and Rest Of World Business Development Director, Rob Wheeler.

Ian FreemanChief Revenue Officer of FSB, said: “David’s experience and deep understanding of the LatAm market will be a huge asset for FSB as we bid to continue our momentum in the region.

“Latin America offers tremendous potential for a forward-thinking, challenger organisation like FSB, and David will help us drive our technologies and services in the region to allow operators to deliver the best possible experience to their players. Our increased presence in LATAM is another indicator of our growing global footprint in what has been a fast-paced exciting year at FSB.

“I look forward to working with him closely as we aim to build on this momentum and cement our reputation as one of the fastest growing global platform providers.”

David CharnockBusiness Development Director, LatAm at FSB, said: “I am delighted to be joining such an innovative, exciting company making a major play in Latin America. FSB’s ambitions are there for all to see and I’m excited to be playing a key part in their LATAM journey.

“I am looking forward to leveraging my network of contacts in the region and to help build on the established relationships FSB have in the region to truly showcase their market-leading products and services.”

The Neon Museum Announces New Executive Director

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The Neon Museum announces that Aaron Berger has been selected as the museum’s executive director.  Selected after a comprehensive and broad-based search spanning the U.S. and beyond, Berger brings to the museum extensive experience in museum leadership, nonprofit fundraising, and community engagement.

Berger, who recently relocated to Las Vegas from Atlanta, Ga., most recently served as the executive director for five years at The Breman Museum in Atlanta, raising annual attendance by 32 percent and garnering accolades such as “Must See Destination” by Trip Advisor and one of the “Best Museums in Atlanta” by USA Today 10Best during his tenure.

Berger began his career as the curator for the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art and was ultimately named director after staging exhibitions of Winslow Homer, Robert Indiana and founding the annual juried exhibition Metro Montage, which continues today. He then went on to become director for the Albany Museum of Art, making him one of the youngest in the country to lead a nationally accredited museum. While in Albany, Berger developed the celebrated Local Color exhibitions, Full Blown Blues music series, and the heralded ARTiculate educational program for gifted high school students. As a result, the museum experienced a 104 percent growth in membership and was named Institution of the Year for 2005 by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.

Most recently, Berger was managing partner at ABC, a consulting agency focused on strategic planning, funding plans, leadership development, and effective messaging in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Aaron’s experience with nonprofit fundraising and successful track record of leading museums, including raising their profiles through developing exhibits and community partnerships, will be a valuable asset to The Neon Museum,” said Uri Vaknin, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees. “He joins the museum during a critical but exciting time, as it continues to evolve its guest experience and move forward with an expansion into the Reed Whipple Cultural Center that will double the size of the museum’s campus. As we look to mark our ten-year anniversary in 2022, Aaron’s arrival is especially well timed.”

“The Neon Museum is unrivaled not only because it’s home to an amazing repository of iconic neon signs, but because it exemplifies a great convergence of art and history,” said Berger on why he chose to take the position and move to Las Vegas. “There is no other place where you can gain the perspective that The Neon Museum offers on the unique stories behind the signs and how they fit into Vegas history and the broader community.”

Berger has earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the College of Charleston in South Carolina as well as a Master of Business Administration from South University in Savannah, Georgia. He is a proud graduate of both Leadership Albany (2003), the Getty Museum Leadership Institute (2004), and Leadership Atlanta (2017). He also served as faculty for the Jekyll Island Management Institute teaching fundraising to rising museum professionals from across the country.

Bruce Spotleson, who had been the museum’s interim executive director during the worldwide search, will remain on the museum’s executive team as deputy director and will continue to oversee the museum’s capital campaign.

Editor’s note: download a high resolution head shot of Aaron Berger here

Win Your Way To The WSOP 2021 Main Event Exclusively At GGPoker

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GGPoker today reveals details of its Road To Vegas satellite tournaments for the World Series of Poker® 2021 Main Event. This year’s much-anticipated Main Event will take place in Las Vegas beginning November 4, with the winner being crowned world champion and banking millions of dollars.

International players who want to claim their WSOP Main Event seat via online satellites can do so exclusively at GGPoker, the world’s largest online poker room. A full schedule of satellite tournaments will begin at GGPoker starting August 1. Dozens of WSOP Main Event packages will be up for grabs each week, each worth $12,500.

GGPoker’s $12,500 WSOP Main Event package consists of:

  • $10,000 WSOP 2021 Main Event tournament entry

  • Accommodation at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas for 7 nights

  • $1,250 for travel expenses (to be booked with MainEventTravel.com)

  • Entry to the GGPoker WSOP Players Party

  • GGPoker-branded merchandise

  • Access to the GGPoker Platinum Lounge at the Rio

GGPoker qualifiers will furthermore be invited to take part in a WSOP 2021 Main Event last longer promotion, with a special WSOP Europe 2021 package to be won.

“The WSOP Main Event is the most prestigious tournament on the planet, and GGPoker’s Road To Vegas will allow players from all over the world to win their way in,” said Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador. “I’ve been playing the Main Event since 1998. There’s no tournament like it. It’s every poker player’s dream to win it, including mine.”

New GGPoker players are eligible to claim the poker room’s Welcome Bonus, earn even more rewards with the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion and automatically join GGPoker’s Fish Buffet loyalty program, with regular cash prizes on offer.

For further details on WSOP Online 2021 and a full series schedule, please visit: https://en.ggpoker.com/tournaments/road-to-vegas/

Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Raiders Announce Game Day Express Service

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The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Raiders today announce the launch of Game Day Express service that will offer direct, express transit routes from five convenient locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley to Allegiant Stadium for Las Vegas Raiders home games.

The service commences with the Raiders first preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 14 and continues throughout the season for all ten Raiders home games.  The cost of the Game Day service is $2 per person each way ($4 roundtrip).  Payment may be made in cash with exact change on the bus, or passes may be purchased in advance on the rideRTC app.

Game Day Express service will vary according to game time. The first departures are planned for 30 minutes prior to the time gates open (approximately three hours before kick-off) with service running approximately 30 minutes from each site. After games, buses for each route will depart approximately 20 to 30 minutes after game end.

For the Aug. 14 preseason game which starts at 6 p.m. and for which gates open at 3 p.m., Game Day Express service begins at 2:30 p.m. and runs every 30 minutes with the last bus departing for Allegiant Stadium at 5 p.m.  For other home games that begin at 1:05 p.m. or 1:25 p.m., Game Day Express service will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run every 30 minutes with the last bus departing at noon.

 

The five locations from which Game Day Express service will operate include:

  • Route 605 – Summerlin Game Day Express: Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135
  • Route 606 – Green Valley Game Day Express: Green Valley Ranch Resort Casino & Spa, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson 89052
  • Route 607 – Centennial Hills Game Day Express: Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino, 4949 N. Rancho Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89130
  • Route 609 – East Side Game Day Express: Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, 4111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89121
  • Route 612 – West Henderson Game Day Express: M Resort Spa Casino, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Henderson 89044

 

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Raiders to provide Southern Nevada residents with a convenient, affordable and easy way to get to and from Allegiant Stadium,” said RTC Chairwoman and Henderson Mayor Debra March. “Based on the success and popularity of our similar service to T-Mobile Arena for Vegas Golden Knights games, many in the community have shared the same strong interest and enthusiasm for express service to Allegiant Stadium,” she said.

According to MJ Maynard, RTC Chief Executive Officer, “we are proud to say we heard many in our community, and our Raiders Game Day Express service is the result. This service will help further alleviate congestion in an already busy corridor benefiting both residents and tourists. For those who prefer to leave the driving to someone else and eliminate the need to park, Game Day Express is an ideal option, providing reliable and affordable service. With five suburban locations, there’s a convenient place to catch the bus from just about anywhere in the valley. We have been working closely with the Raiders to make this program a reality and are pleased it will be operational for the Raiders’ first season with fans at Allegiant Stadium.”

Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft echoed the RTC’s sentiments about the new Game Day Express Service. “The economic uplift from an NFL game is important to our County and our community as we recover from the pandemic,” said Naft. “Given the scope and scale of Las Vegas Raiders games, we believe this express transit service will be an important part of efforts to alleviate traffic congestion, while providing a great transportation alternative for local fans.”

For tourists traveling from downtown Las Vegas or the Strip, the RTC’s popular double-decker Deuce service provides convenient, 24/7 service get fans to the Allegiant Stadium. Fans can take the Deuce to the transit stop near Mandalay Bay, then walk across Hacienda Bridge which is closed to automobile traffic before and after the game.

For more information on Game Day Express, visit https://www.rtcsnv.com/gamedayexpress.

For more information on the Allegiant Stadium transportation program, visit https://www.allegiantstadium.com/plan-your-visit/directions-parking

Scientific Games’ Jin Ji Bao Xi® Game Series Receives Megaways™ Makeover

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Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) has extended the popular slot franchise Jin Ji Bao Xi with the creation of a new iGaming title that incorporates the iconic Megaways mechanic for the first time.

The release of Jin Ji Bao Xi breathes new life into the Asian-themed game series and broadens its appeal to a new demographic of players.

In this new version of Jin Ji Bao Xi, players can enjoy the full Megaways experience with a considerable number of paylines, as well as the opportunity to win one of the game’s four fixed jackpot prizes.

During the base gameplay, coins are added to the pot that sits above the reels when Wilds land in view. As the pot’s lid closes, which can happen on any spin, players are presented with 12 coins and require to match three symbols to scoop the corresponding jackpot prize.

Four or more Coin symbols will trigger Free Spins, where there are six different bonuses to choose from that differ in terms of volatility. Each Free spin mode uses the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten, Nine, Wild and Coin symbols, with the addition of one other high-paying symbol depending on which mode is selected.

In addition, a Buy Pass® feature is available in selected markets to guarantee entry into the Free Spins picker mode, and the title is fully equipped with responsible gaming tools.

Jin Ji Bao Xi is a hugely popular brand in the land-based casino sector and SG Digital continues to successfully adapt the theme into attractive and engaging iGaming titles. It is also the latest Asian-themed title developed by the Company to implement Megaways, following in the footsteps of 88 Fortunes.

Rob Procter, Content Specialist Director, Digital at Scientific Games, said: “This year has seen us produce a wide range of Megaways games that have proven to be a hit with players, demonstrating that we are capable of bringing new twists to a genre of slots that shows no signs of slowing down.

“Bringing the Jin Ji Bao Xi brand into our Megaways family made perfect sense given its global fan base. It’s a strong title packed with features that we’re sure will resonate with a wide audience.”

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Lightning Box live in West Virginia

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Specialist slots provider Lightning Box has made its debut in West Virginia via its distribution partner SG Digital.

The Australian supplier has rolled out two of its most popular slots in the Mountain State: Chicken Fox and Lightning Horseman.

It went live in Pennsylvania in November 2020 and Michigan in January 2021 via SG Digital, having featured with online casinos in New Jersey via Amaya since 2014.

Peter Causley, CEO and co-founder of Lightning Box, said he was excited the company had met the requirements in another regulated state as an increasing number open up for business.

He added: “Our games have been very popular among American players in the land-based and social casino industries, and I’m pleased more and more of them are now getting to experience them in online too.

“West Virginia holds a number of significant opportunities to Lightning Box given the number of established operators in the state and we’re looking forward to partnering with them via SG Digital.”

Steve Mayes, Partnerships Director, Digital at Scientific Games, said “After successful launches across the U.S., we are delighted to expand our content offering in West Virginia and bring our immersive experiences to players and further enhance our incredibly strong partnership with Lightning Box.”

TENNESSEE SPORTSBOOKS MAKE GAINS IN JUNE With $174 million in wagers and $18 million in revenue, sports betting enjoys offseason bounce, according to PlayTenn analysts

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(LAS VEGAS) — Tennessee’s sportsbooks capitalized on sports such as NASCAR, tennis, and golf in June to make gains in betting volume and in gross gaming revenue, producing a relatively strong offseason month, according to PlayTenn, which tracks the Tennessee gaming market.

“Tennessee remains in line with much of the country’s other legal sports betting markets, with some positive signs,” said Jessica Welman, analyst for the PlayUSA.com network, which includes PlayTenn.com. “June’s revenue and volume boost shows the industry is still healthy. Not only does it increase tax receipts, but it also better positions sportsbooks as we move closer to the football season.”

Bettors wagered $174 million at Tennessee’s online sportsbooks in June, according to official data released Tuesday by the Tennessee Education Lottery and Sports Wagering Advisory Council. That is up 8% from $161 million in May and the first month-over-month gain since March. The pace of betting increased, too, to $5.8 million per day over the 30 days of June from $5.2 million per day in May.

Sportsbooks also won a greater share of wagers in June, producing $18 million in gross gaming revenue, up 17% from $15.4 million in April. The month’s win produced $16 million in taxable revenue, yielding $3 million in tax revenue for the Volunteer State.

Tennessee’s 15.5% decline in betting volume from $206 million in March to June is outperforming much of the U.S. March brought the highest betting volume in U.S. history, with $4.6 billion in legal bets placed across the U.S. With no football or betting holiday like March Madness, combined U.S. handle fell to $3.7 billion in both April and May. That is off 19.6% from March’s high, and the combined U.S. handle in June is on pace for a similar total as April and May.

A chief reason for Tennessee’s boost in June, though, is the seasonal change of the sports landscape. Wagers on sports such as golf, tennis, and auto racing are primarily futures bets, which are much more volatile than spread or moneyline wagers that are more typical with major team sports.

“Golf and auto racing are less popular than football with bettors, obviously, but those sports can help sportsbooks offset the dip in interest that occurs every summer,” said Nicole Russo, analyst for PlayTenn.com. “They can be critically important in helping to smooth out the natural seasonality of sports betting, and that might be especially true in an Olympics year such as this one.”

The bump in revenue is good news for sportsbooks in more ways than just the profitability of a single month. June’s 10.3% hold — the share of wagers that sportsbooks keep on events that are completed — marks just the second month sportsbooks have met the state’s 10% mandatory hold requirement and the first time since November.

Sportsbooks’ hold of 9.1% since launching in November is short of the threshold, even though it is higher than most regulated markets in the U.S. That could be a topic for the Sports Wagering Advisory Council as it considers new state regulations.

“I would be surprised if the SWAC does not strongly consider a change to the state’s mandatory hold requirement,” Russo said. “Since the rule’s inception, it has felt like too high a threshold, and now we are seeing that borne out as the Tennessee market continues to mature.”

For more revenue information and analysis on regulated sports betting in Tennessee, visit PlayTenn.com/revenue.

Performance marketing and analytics platform provider now live in four US states after receiving approval from the Michigan Gaming Control Board

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Intelitics, the leading performance marketing and analytics platform provider, has been granted a vendor permit by the Michigan Gaming Control Board allowing it to work with licensed online sportsbook and casino operators in the state.

Intelitics already holds licenses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Colorado with Michigan the fourth and with more to follow in the coming months as part of plans to offer its products and services in all regulated US states.

Intelitics provides online sportsbook and casino operators with a single platform that allows them to track, analyze and grow all acquisition partnerships and campaigns across web and mobile through access to real-time data which in turn allows them to unlock hidden revenue and boost ROI.

Intelitics’ real-time data hub keeps media buyers, analysts and executives on the same page about spend and results. Operators can use one set of metrics to “slice and dice” media performance to discover what activity is delivering the best results.

Powerful, streamlined reports provide full visibility into cross-channel interaction and the customer journey. A holistic view of costs v player value means operators can easily determine the most valuable media sources which improves revenue allocation modelling and informs media investment.

CasinoAffiliatePrograms, the premier standalone iGaming specific Ad Network, which is powered and run by the Intelitics team, has delivered more than $70m in net game revenue through 150,000+ new depositing customers.

Armed with its Michigan license, Intelitics is now looking to work with licensed online sportsbook and casino operators in the state in order to help them unlock the greatest value from their marketing activity.

Allan Stone, CEO at Intelitics, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded a license by the Michigan Gaming Control Board and to be able to partner with licensed sports betting and casino operators in the state for the first time.

“There are tremendous opportunities for operators launching into regulated states such as Michigan, but already we are seeing customer acquisition costs spiralling. To succeed in the long term, operators must find a more cost-effective way to acquire players.

“Our platform provides the real-time data, insight and reporting that operators need to do just that across all the channels they use to market to players. Operators in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Colorado have already taken advantage of this, and now those in Michigan can too.”

Codere to become official sponsor of Club Atlético River Plate of Argentina

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  • The term of the agreement will be for the next four years, until the 2024/2025 season.
  • Codere will become the Official Betting Partner of the club from August 2021, being visible on the sleeve of the team’s shirt, in the initial stage.
  • With this alliance, the company strengthens the international expansion of its online sports betting business through its website Codere.com.ar.
  • Codere and Club Atlético River Plate share common values of responsible gaming, a strive for leadership, an international vocation and a commitment to excellence.

MADRID, Spain and BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, July 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Codere, a leading Spanish multinational company in the private gaming sector across Europe and Latin America, has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Club Atlético River Plate of Argentina for the next four seasons, until August 2025, becoming the Official Betting Partner of the club.

For Carlos Sabanza, Codere’s Sponsorship Manager, “This agreement allows us to reach the Argentine and Latin American public in the best and most direct way possible, providing our current and future customers the best brand experience. This alliance, with one of the most important football teams in the country, allows us to enhance our positioning as a leading online sports betting and omnichannel entertainment provider in this key market.”

2021, Gaining Momentum After the Pandemic

On June 22nd, Grupo Codere reached a merger agreement of its online gaming subsidiary — formed by the parent company Codere Online Luxembourg, S.A. (“Holdco”), Servicios de Juego Online, S.A.U. (“SEJO”) and its consolidated subsidiaries — with the SPAC DD3 Acquisition Corp. II (Nasdaq: DDMX, “DD3”), that would result in Codere Online becoming the first publicly-listed online gaming operator traded on the US Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

The new company, managed and majority owned by Grupo Codere, will drive the expansion of the digital business in Argentina and other Latin American growing markets.

This objective, strengthened by the sponsorship, will enable Codere to continue promoting its activity in Argentina through the consolidation of its brand by different marketing and promotional actions planned together with the club.

Alberto Telias, Chief Marketing Officer of Codere Online, points out, “This agreement represents a very important turning point for the development of our activity in the country, after a difficult period of protracted closings due to the pandemic. The company is thrilled about this project together with River, with whom we share the fair play and team work values on and off the field, and that will enable Codere to expand its footprint in Argentina and Latin America.”

Jorge Brito, first Vice-Chairman of River Plate Club said, “It is a pleasure to have Codere as a sponsor, a company with a wide experience, global reach and with great growth in the region, which will help us both to continue consolidating our growth, share the same commitment, effort and fair play values.”

Codere in Argentina, a Long-term Bet

Codere began its activity in Argentina in the early 1990s and is currently the largest gaming hall operator in the Province of Buenos Aires, with 13 gaming halls, in which it operates more than 6,800 casino-slots, in addition to traditional bingo and associated catering services. The group expects to start its online operations in the country as soon as the City of Buenos Aires and/or any of its other provinces authorize it.

The company is committed to Latin America by developing its entertainment offering in Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia and Panama, as reflected by its sponsorships of the main football teams (in Argentina, the Atlético River Plate Club and in Mexico, the Monterrey Rayados Football Club), in addition to the already existing one with Real Madrid C.F. since 2016. The company also promotes the main sports events with specific campaigns, such as those recently developed for the UEFA EURO 2020 and the CONMEBOL America Cup.

Codere’s Club Atlético River Plate sponsorship campaign will be launched this Tuesday, July 27thYou can access it through the following LINK.

Last June, Vicente Di Loreto, CEO of Codere, participated in a meeting between the authorities of Argentina and Spain, together with a group of businessmen from both countries, which highlighted the will to promote investments and continue collaborating in joint business development.

In his words, “The company will continue to focus its efforts and investment in the development of its entertainment offer in this strategic market for Codere, which has great potential with the recent regulation of the online activity and where we have a relevant position.”

Wazdan’s New Jersey entry bolstered with the introduction of Volatility Levels™ feature

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Wazdan, the global supplier of igaming products, has taken its Volatility Levels™ feature across the Atlantic, with it available to players in New Jersey.

Wazdan’s unique and proprietary feature provides players with complete control over their playing experience, allowing them to modify the game volatility across all Wazdan titles.

There are three Volatility Levels™ available, with High volatility bringing bigger wins but less often, and Low volatility ushering in more frequent, but smaller wins. Players based in New Jersey looking for a more balanced experience are now able to utilize the Volatility Levels™ feature and its preconfigured Standard mode, where both win size and frequency are locked in to provide a more level playing experience.

Volatility Levels™ also gives partners more control over retention, with one game offering multiple gameplay options through its adjustable volatility, thus appealing to a wider base of players.

It marks the first time US players can customize their own volatility, with the feature being unique to Wazdan.

Live in New Jersey for nearly two months now, Wazdan’s first batch of titles, including the popular Lucky Reels™, Space Spins™ and Sizzling 777 Deluxe, among others, have performed solidly with local players, stressing the worldwide appeal of Wazdan’s content across a vast range of demographics.

Wazdan’s success is based on its driven workforce that provides audiences with innovative features and a wide-ranging slot offering. With consistent, exciting additions to the supplier’s portfolio and a constant strive for innovation, Wazdan’s games range will continue to excel globally.

Andrzej Hyla, Chief Commercial Officer at Wazdan, said: “We are delighted with how well our first batch of games has been received by New Jersey players, and it gives us huge confidence as we look to continue our expansion in North America.

“Much like the Cash Drop promotional tool, our custom Volatility Levels™ feature sets us apart from suppliers in the space, and we hope that players enjoy the increased level of control they have over their gaming experience.”

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