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International Gaming Standards Association Appoints Mark Pace as its New President

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The members of the International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) have appointed Mark Pace as the new President, following Peter DeRaedt’s departure. Mark has been in the gaming industry for over 35 years and has been part of IGSA for over 20 years, acting as Committee Chair, Board Member, Treasurer, and Vice-Chairman of the Board, before joining IGSA as the Managing Director of GSA Europe and Vice President of IGSA.

Mark will also retain his responsibilities as Managing Director of GSA Europe.

In addition, IGSA has elected their Board of Directors for 2024. Following the election process, the Board of Directors met to select its Chair and Vice Chair. The members and appointees are as follows:

  • Chairman: Nimish Purohit, Vice President of Product Resilience, Aristocrat
  • Vice Chairman: Martin Pedak, Director of Technical Compliance, Playtech
  • Treasurer: Paul Burns, ALC (Ex-officio, retired)

Members:

  • Syed Hussain, Chief Information Officer, Oregon Lottery;
  • Keshav Pitani, Vice President, Research & Development, Light & Wonder.

“On behalf of the entire management team I would like to congratulate and thank our elected 2024 board members. I am deeply honored to take over from our long-time President Peter DeRaedt, who has graciously agreed to remain a part of the association providing advice whenever needed. I am very excited to get to work with our new Board and our members to identify areas and set up committees to create Standards and Best Practices in support of our industry’s needs,” Mark Pace, President of IGSA, said.

“Having Nimish move from Vice Chair to Chair is terrific. His background as a former US Federal and State gaming regulator along with his experience on the commercial side, gives him the ability to understand issues holistically as he leads the Board. We are equally excited that Martin has stepped up to the Vice Chair role. Our focus this year is going to be on identifying where the creation of standards and best practices, especially as they relate to new technologies, can add value to our members and benefit the industry as a whole. We will also seek to strengthen our collaboration with other industry associations and with world-wide regulatory associations to define how these technologies should be implemented, utilized and regulated. The Board and IGSA are well poised to deliver exceptional results,” Mark added.

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“I am honored and excited to represent IGSA’s global membership. Our industry is transforming rapidly across both the online and land-based space. The need for standards and best practices to align with regulated products is vital now, more than ever. I look forward to IGSA continuing to work with regulatory authorities whose challenges I understand well to help deliver solutions that drive efficiency, transparency and enhance gaming integrity,” Nimish Purohit, Chairman of IGSA, said.

“I want to thank outgoing Chairman Earle Hall for his transformative leadership and Board of Directors participation across the past four years. We appreciate his energy and dedication and he can be proud of the legacy he leaves behind with the Board and the Association,” he added.

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CT Interactive Launches its Games on Juegalo.com

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CT Interactive has launched its games on Juegalo.com, a prominent Chilean online casino brand. This partnership marks a significant step in CT Interactive’s strategic expansion within the Latin American market, extending the company’s footprint in Chile.

The integration of CT Interactive’s diverse game portfolio on Juegalo.com offers players in Chile access to a wide range of high-quality, engaging, and regulation-compliant gaming content. This collaboration is a testament to CT Interactive’s commitment to delivering exceptional gaming experiences and strengthening its position in the burgeoning Latin American market.

Maximiliano Hoyl, head of BD and Providers at Juegalo.com, said: “We are thrilled to welcome CT Interactive’s games to Juegalo.com. Their reputation for delivering excellent gaming content aligns perfectly with our commitment to providing our players with the best gaming experience. This collaboration underscores our dedication to offering diverse and high-quality entertainment options.”

This latest venture follows CT Interactive’s successful partnerships in Argentina, where their games have already gone live in multiple provinces with Jugadon.

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Diego Verano, head of BD LatAm at CT Interactive, said: “The move into the Chilean market with Juegalo.com reinforces CT Interactive’s strategic focus on expanding its presence and influence across Latin America”. He continued by saying that Juegalo.com is a renowned online casino brand in Chile and a key player in the Chilean online gaming market.

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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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