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Robert Ziems Joins AGS as Chief Legal Officer




PlayAGS announced that Robert “Rob” Ziems will join the Company as Chief Legal Officer, effective immediately.

Ziems brings over 24 years of gaming and legal experience to AGS and will lead the Company’s legal and compliance affairs and oversee the Latin America and Interactive business strategy.

Ziems joins AGS from Aruze Gaming America, where he served for over 12 years. Most recently he served as President of Aruze, Global Chief Legal Officer of Aruze Gaming Group, and Corporate Secretary. At Aruze, Ziems led global legal affairs, regulatory compliance, and global human resources. In addition, he oversaw operating efficiencies, business development, and procurement in the Americas.

“Rob is a great addition to our leadership team as we diversify AGS’ portfolio and advance our business strategy. He has deep gaming and regulatory experience combined with a forward-thinking and collaborative leadership approach,” David Lopez, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGS, said.

Ziems has served as in-house counsel for gaming corporations for most of his career handling legal and regulatory matters worldwide. Prior to Aruze, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Mikohn Gaming, later known as Progressive Gaming International Corporation (PGIC), where he managed the global legal, human resources, compliance, and internal audit departments, in addition to overseeing all corporate activities. He began in the gaming industry as Associate General Counsel at Station Casino and later joined Aristocrat Technologies as Associate General Counsel.

Ziems succeeds Victor Gallo, who has retired as AGS’ General Counsel after serving since 2010. Gallo will remain as Secretary for the Company.

“Looking back, it is difficult to overstate the extraordinary impact Vic has had on AGS over the past 12 years. He was instrumental in the acquisition and integration of Cadillac Jack, as well as the Company’s IPO in 2018, and he has helped shape the strategy, structure, and culture that have made AGS successful as a Company today. On behalf of the entire leadership team, we wish him a well-deserved retirement,” David Lopez said.

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GLI Named Approved Data Standards Auditing Body by IBIA




Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has been named an approved auditing body for International Betting Integrity Association’s (IBIA) Data Standards. Sports data providers wishing to be audited for the IBIA Data Standards and its kitemark will now be able to utilize GLI’s unparalleled expertise and global network of testing locations, streamlining the product auditing process and ensuring seamless compliance with IBIA standards.

This milestone underscores GLI’s commitment to excellence in gaming compliance and further solidifies its position as a trusted industry leader.

IBIA’s Data Standards process was launched in 2020. The association, which represents many of the leading regulated sports betting operators in the world, established the Standards in response to concerns about the adverse impact of the manipulation of data and the related corruption of betting markets. IBIA believes that the Data Standards are an effective means of protecting the integrity of sport, its data, betting markets generated by that data and consumers enjoying those products. Leading global data providers Stats Perform, Sportradar and GRID are all currently accredited.

IBIA CEO Khalid Ali said: “GLI is a globally recognized leader in its field, and IBIA welcomes the company’s desire to gain accreditation as an auditing body for the Data Standards. It recognizes the importance of the Data Standards and to maintaining the integrity of the processes underpinning the creation of the sports betting market. We look forward to working with GLI, which becomes one of only two companies that are accredited to provide auditing services for the IBIA Data Standards.”

Joseph Bunevith, VP of Government and Regulatory Affairs at GLI, said: “We are grateful for the opportunity to embark on this promising partnership, and we are thankful to IBIA for placing their trust and confidence in GLI. GLI’s testing, auditing, and depth of knowledge in sports betting is second to none, and we expect this relationship to foster great outcomes for the global sports betting industry.”

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HALLO Compliance Network to Discuss Sports Integrity in the US



HALLO Compliance Network to Discuss Sports Integrity in the US


HALLO Compliance Network, the platform bridging the gap between technology and the law, and Home of monthly online meetups fostering growth, education, and collaboration, returns with its 2nd HALLO Compliance Meetup featuring a powerhouse panel on “Safeguarding Integrity in Sports“!

The next HALLO Compliance Network Virtual Meetup will take place on December 19 via Zoom at 12:00 PM EST, featuring a compelling panel discussion that delves deep into the pressing issues surrounding sports integrity, match-fixing, and betting addiction.

The sports betting industry, including operators, providers, regulators and customers, recognizes that the essence of exhilarating sports betting lies in fair sports competitions. Consequently, numerous gambling laws prioritize the pivotal element of sports integrity. Locally, various educational initiatives have been implemented, and on a global scale, the Macolin Convention—a unique initiative dedicated to promoting fairness in sports—has garnered ratification from nine countries and signatures from an additional 32. Moreover, major sports federations such as the IOC and FIFA have initiated their own programs and initiatives in support of this cause.

The HALLO panel will have a closer look at how the prevention of the manipulation of sports competitions looks like in the US at this point in time, five years after first states regulated sports betting.


Meet the Panelists

This powerhouse panel features renowned experts in the field of sports integrity and regulatory compliance:

–        Jim Brown, Head of Integrity Services, North America & Athlete Wellbeing globally at Sportradar

–        Martin Lycka, SVP American Regulatory Affairs & Responsible Gambling at Entain

–        Jai Maw, Co-Founder and President of Betting Hero

–        Bill Pascrell III, partner at Princeton Public Affairs group and long-time advocate for reasonable regulations in igaming and sports betting in the US.

HALLO Compliance Network brings together a distinguished panel of experts to shed light on critical topics, exploring the multifaceted challenges and innovative solutions in the industry.


Discussion Topics

  • Confronting Match Fixing: Is match fixing a significant concern in the US? We’ll explore its prevalence, the effectiveness of the educational and sports systems in combating it, and the role of legislation.
  • A Global Perspective:Understanding why match fixing is a hot topic in regions like Asia, Europe, and South America, and discussing the cultural and systemic differences.
  • Technological Implications: Examining how new technologies like deepfakes impact sports integrity, alongside the growing intersection between esports and sports integrity.
  • International Initiatives: Delving into the Macolin Convention, educational campaigns, and transparency projects aimed at tackling these issues globally.
  • Betting Addiction Among Athletes: Addressing recent cases and the ongoing challenge of betting addiction in the sports community.

This panel promises an in-depth exploration of the challenges facing sports integrity today, offering perspectives from legal, regulatory, technological, and ethical viewpoints. Join us for a session that’s as informative as it is engaging, perfect for professionals, enthusiasts, and anyone keen on understanding the evolving landscape of sports integrity.

Register Now For the 2nd HALLO Compliance Virtual Meetup!

Register and Tune in on December 19 via Zoom at 12:00 PM EST | 09:00 PST


Introducing HALLO Compliance Network and its Mission

The Acronym “HALLO” stands for “Highly Aligned Leaders in Legal Operations”. As the name suggests, HALLO Compliance Network is a platform putting Legal Operations at the forefront, especially in the contemporary Technology sector.

HALLO is a platform for bridging the gap between technology and the law, combining a  trusted directory of legal experts specializing in Gambling, Blockchain, Fintech, and AI, and monthly virtual meetups focusing on learning and networking. HALLO is your Global Compliance Guide in Today’s cutting-edge fields, connecting Highly Aligned Leaders in Legal Operations.

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Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Unanimously and Definitively Rules Pennsylvania Skill, powered by Pace-O-Matic, a Legal Game of Skill




The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania unanimously ruled that Pace-O-Matic’s (POM) Pennsylvania Skill games are legal games of skill.

In the case, originally brought forth in Dauphin County, the Commonwealth Court ruled that the POM game is a game of predominant skill, not a game of chance, and that the “POM machines are not slot machines [and] the POM machines are not illegal” as noted in the ruling.

“This is a major victory for Pennsylvania Skill, but it’s equally a victory for our operators and the thousands of small businesses, volunteer fire companies, and fraternal clubs who have come to depend on the revenue our games provide,” said Paul Goldean, President and CEO of Pace-O-Matic. “This is also a win for many players across the commonwealth who enjoy skill games as a popular entertainment option. Our games have always been legal, and this ruling proves that once and for all.”

In the ruling, the Commonwealth Court states explicitly that “POM machines are not slot machines” and goes on to reject the Commonwealth’s intentionally broad definition of a slot machine to include games of predominant skill, going so far as to state that “such an interpretation is inappropriate.”

The court agrees with the appellees that “substantial evidence supports the trial court’s legal conclusion that skill predominates over chance” in the POM game. The court also states in the ruling that the Commonwealth’s argument that the game’s skill-based elements are secondary, insignificant, or hidden is “factually untrue.”

The court therefore concludes that “POM machines are not gambling devices” and “therefore, do not constitute derivative contraband” and that “these electronic games are not illegal.”

Lastly, the court notes that “the Commonwealth was aware of adverse legal authority [referring to the Pinnacle case in which the POM game was determined a game of skill], it was required to cite and distinguish it.” Yet the Commonwealth omitted it. The court goes on to state that they “caution the Commonwealth that the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct require candor toward the tribunal and, specifically, the disclosure of directly adverse authority.

Chief Public Affairs Officer Michael Barley added, “We have won every Pennsylvania county court decision that has questioned the legality of our games, and this ruling should put an end to any discussion on the matter. Additionally, the Court took note and objected to the continued actions of state actors who have purposefully ignored the law, and court decisions, continually and purposefully misrepresented how our games operate, and put their fingers down on the scales of justice in a reckless attempt to have our skill games found illegal. Largely at the behest of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and a handful of casinos, led by Parx Casino. Thankfully, the court saw through those actions, analyzed the facts, and ruled appropriately our games are legal games of skill.”

Earlier this month, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania also affirmed the return of several skill game terminals by the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County – in doing so, also ruling the POM game a legal game of skill.

“Now that this ruling is in place, I hope we can focus on the more pressing matter of regulating and taxing skill games,” Barley concluded. “We are urging the General Assembly to pass reasonable legislation, not only to support the small businesses and organizations who benefit from skill games but to generate tax revenue for the state while also to giving law enforcement the framework they need to tackle illegal gambling. It’s a win-win for the commonwealth.”

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