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Great Canadian Entertainment Appoints Matthew Anfinson as CEO, Jordan Banks as Executive Chairperson

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Great Canadian Entertainment has announced that Anthony ‘Tony’ Rodio, Chief Executive Officer, is retiring as CEO and director and the Board of Directors has appointed Matthew Anfinson, previously the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Rodio as CEO. Great Canadian has also appointed Jordan Banks, a highly respected Canadian business leader as its first Executive Chairperson.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, the management team and Great Canadian’s team members, we want to thank Tony for his outstanding leadership. Tony has guided the company through a transformative period of recovery and growth, while navigating the industry-wide challenges of COVID-19. His contributions to Great Canadian will be valued by the Company, our team members and our guests for many years to come,” Alex van Hoek, Chairperson of the Board of Great Canadian and Partner at Apollo, said.

“We are also pleased to name Matthew as CEO, whom we are excited to have lead Great Canadian in its next chapter. Matthew is a North American leader in our industry with a deep understanding of the business. He has been responsible for driving top-line growth across all 25 of our properties and has held leadership roles in operations, marketing and analytics,” van Hoek added.

“It is an enormous privilege to lead Great Canadian Entertainment, especially at this defining juncture of the Company as we set a new industry standard for gaming and entertainment in Canada. We are incredibly excited to bring to market what will be among the premier casino resorts in North America in 2023 with the projects currently underway at Pickering Casino Resort and Casino Woodbine, as well as new innovative programs and initiatives that will drive growth at our other properties and in local communities across the country,” Anfinson said.

“We remain focused on continuously enhancing the overall experience for our guests, delivering long-term growth and value creation for our stakeholders, and doing so in a socially responsible way,” he added.

Jordan Banks will also be appointed as the first Executive Chairperson of Great Canadian Entertainment. Banks is a leading technology, sports, and media executive, having worked most recently as the President of Rogers Sports & Media, and as the VP and Country Director of Facebook and Instagram in Canada. He was also the CEO of JumpTV, a leading digital streaming company of professional sports and international television. Banks’ experience will be a strong addition to the Company’s Board of Directors, particularly with its recent launch of the Great Canadian Rewards program and in-person sports betting across 10 of Great Canadian’s Ontario destinations.

“I am excited to join the Great Canadian team at such an exciting time for the Company, and as the expectations of our guests and stakeholders continue to evolve across the gaming and entertainment landscapes. I look forward to being part of the team that will meet and exceed those expectations in new and innovative ways,” Banks said.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Jordan to ensure that Great Canadian continues to up the ante for gaming and entertainment in Canada, creating a positive impact for all our stakeholders – including the Company’s guests, our team, and local communities across the country. Jordan’s track record of leadership, coupled with his vast experience in sports, technology and media, make him the ideal person to take on this new, valued position,” van Hoek said.

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Ellipse Entertainment Enters Geolocation Partnership with GeoLocs

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mkodo Limited (mkodo) is proud to announce that it has partnered with United Kingdom-based casino operator Ellipse Entertainment. Ellipse Entertainment has chosen mkodo’s advanced geolocation verification service, GeoLocs, to enhance its iGaming operations in Ontario, Canada.

Ellipse Entertainment has seamlessly integrated GeoLocs’ specialised iGaming geolocation platform into its High Flyer Casino brand. This integration will provide a safe, secure and fraud-free environment for its players across Ontario that meets and exceeds the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO) regulations and requirements.

GeoLocs is a leading geolocation verification service, one of the largest in the Ontario region, specialising in North America’s regulated sports betting and iGaming markets. The platform was built specifically to support iGaming operators, ensuring they are operating in licenced jurisdictions and guaranteeing that they are providing responsible gaming to their customers.

Through this partnership, GeoLocs will bring its cutting-edge solution to Ellipse Entertainment’s High Flyer Casino brand, addressing unique challenges faced by iGaming operators through a swift and smooth integration process. Ellipse Entertainment will benefit from GeoLocs’ support in enhancing compliance strategies, optimising revenue opportunities and meeting regulatory standards. Additionally, users will experience a seamless journey, eliminating the need for additional downloads or companion apps.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Ellipse Entertainment in Ontario introducing GeoLocs to enhance its iGaming operations,” the Managing Director for mkodo, Stuart Godfree, said. “Our partnership supports Ellipse Entertainment’s High Flyer Casino brand, ensuring a secure and seamless geolocation verification experience for players across Ontario.”

“GeoLocs has been the ideal solution for our geolocation verification needs in Ontario,” the Director for Ellipse Entertainment, Andy McDowall, said. “The platform’s advanced technology and expertise, tailored for iGaming operators, align perfectly with our commitment to responsible gaming. Teaming up with mkodo and its GeoLocs service allows Ellipse Entertainment to provide High Flyer Casino players with a compliant and enjoyable online gaming experience.”

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GGPoker and Great Canadian Casino Bring WSOP Circuit to Toronto

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GGPoker partners with Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto to bring first-ever WSOP Circuit event to Daniel Negreanu’s hometown

From March 22 through April 1, Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto will host eight WSOP Circuit events

GGPoker, the world’s biggest poker room, and Great Canadian Entertainment, Canada’s leader in gaming and hospitality, today announced the richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series, the World Series of Poker (WSOP), is heading to Toronto for its first-ever WSOP Circuit event at Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto from March 22 to April 1, 2024.

The new series builds on the momentum generated by the record-breaking 54th annual WSOP, which took place this past summer. Featuring eight Circuit ring events in total, the Toronto edition of WSOP boasts a total of $3.9 million in estimated prize pools including a $2,000 main event with a $2.1 million estimated prize pool and $3,500 high-roller event with over $850,000 in estimated prizes.

“We are thrilled to partner with GGPoker to bring the World Series of Poker to the city of Toronto for the very first time,” the General Manager for Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto, Robert Katsavelos, said. “This is a fitting milestone that will create further momentum for our 30-table poker room that recently opened at Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto, Canada’s newest and largest casino resort. We are excited to welcome tournament participants from across the North American poker community and from right here in the city of Toronto.”

GGPoker, which sent 774 players to the main event at last summer’s WSOP and 1,000 players to WSOP Paradise, is launching satellites today across Ontario and Canada with buy-ins starting at only $1.

As well as online qualifiers, GGPoker will be represented at Toronto’s first-ever WSOP Circuit event by some of its brand ambassadors including local poker hero Daniel Negreanu.

“I have been playing WSOP events around the world for over 25 years,” GGPoker Global Ambassador Negreanu said. “There is something quite special about being able to finally compete in one in my hometown.”

The full schedule of events will be announced in the coming days. The WSOP reserves the right to cancel, change or modify the tournament or any tournament event, in part or in whole, without notice.

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Push Gaming and NEO.bet roll out Ontario deal

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Push Gaming and NEO.bet roll out Ontario deal

 

B2B gaming supplier Push Gaming has secured fresh regulated expansion in North America thanks to a new partnership live with NEO.bet, providing content for its online casino in Ontario.

Push’s critically acclaimed slots portfolio is now available to players in the burgeoning Canadian province including its high-profile titles. The smash hit of 2023, Razor Returns, now graces the screens of Neo.bet’s players, along with established titles such as Jammin’ Jars, Big Bamboo and Retro Tapes. 

Also featuring in the agreement is the studio’s recent launch Hearts Highway and upcoming launches, Samurai’s Katana and the keenly anticipated sequel to one of Push’s most popular games, Wild Swarm 2.

The partnership marks Push Gaming’s latest commercial activity as it continues to ramp up its 2024 expansion in regulated markets across the globe.

Fiona Hickey, Director of New Business and Markets at Push Gaming, said: “NEO.bet is a fantastic example of a slick, contemporary brand and an exciting new operator, so of course, we’re pleased to see our content feature on its platform.

“We’re proud to boast an equally compelling content library that will suit its players, and with our release schedule for this year, the outlook is extremely positive for slots fans in Ontario.

“We have a busy year ahead of us at Push and we’re hard at work with new deals in regions worldwide to match our expanded content roadmap.”

Simon Erpenbach, Head of Casino at Neo.bet, added: “Push has one of the most vibrant and invigorating range of slots in the market today so we had to make sure they were part of our online offerings. We pride ourselves on providing the very latest in entertainment for our loyal customers and this partnership with Push fits the bill perfectly.”

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