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AGA Announces Gaming Hall of Fame Class of 2023

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Anoatubby, Miodunski, Murren, Whittemore to be Inducted

The American Gaming Association (AGA) announced the Gaming Hall of Fame Class of 2023, honoring four leaders for their significant contributions to the industry:

* Bill Anoatubby, Governor, Chickasaw Nation
* Robert Miodunski, Former Chief Executive Officer, American Gaming Systems; Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Gaming and President, Bally Gaming
* Jim Murren, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM Resorts International
* Ellen Whittemore, Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary, Wynn Resorts

“This year’s Gaming Hall of Fame class enshrines industry leaders that have positively transformed businesses and communities through their contributions to gaming,” the President and Chief Executive Officer for the AGA, Bill Miller, said. “From leading casino and supplier operations to advancing industry regulation and tribal gaming, Bill, Ellen, Jim and Robert’s far-reaching impacts on gaming are indelible and undoubtedly worthy of inclusion in the Hall of Fame.”

Since 1989, the Gaming Hall of Fame has recognized gaming legends, pioneers and business leaders for their lasting impacts on the industry. The Class of 2023 will be honored during an invitation-only induction ceremony at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas this October.

“The Gaming Hall of Fame honors the diverse ways gaming leaders elevate our industry,” said AGA Chairman of the Board and Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming Chief Executive Officer Jim Allen. “This year’s class epitomizes this principle and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at G2E 2023.”

Hall of Fame honorees are selected by an independent panel of gaming executives. This year’s selection committee members include:

* Brett Abarbanel, Executive Director, International Gaming Institute, UNLV
* Jim Allen, Chairman, Hard Rock International, and Chief Executive Officer, Seminole Gaming
* Kirsten Clark, Executive Director, International Association of Gaming Advisors
* John Connelly, Chief Executive Officer, Interblock
* Brian Hansberry, President, Gaming, Delaware North
* Bill Lance, Secretary of State, Chickasaw Nation
* Mark Lipparelli, Chairman, International Center for Responsible Gaming
* Cassie Stratford, Senior Vice-President, Legal Operations and Compliance, Boyd Gaming; President and Chair, Global Gaming Women
* Howard Stutz, Senior Reporter, The Nevada Independent

Bill Anoatubby, Governor, Chickasaw Nation

Anoatubby has served as Governor of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987. Early in his tenure, Anoatubby recognized the important role gaming could play in advancing sustainable economic development and self-determination for the tribe. Since 1987, gaming operations have helped drive the number of Chickasaw Nation employees from 250 to more than 14,000, expanding tribal assets two-hundredfold. As Governor, Anoatubby oversees the tribe’s operation of more than 100 diversified businesses, including 24 tribal gaming locations, generating funding for 200-plus programs and services that benefit education, healthcare, housing and more for Chickasaw families, Oklahomans and their communities. Anoatubby also played an integral role establishing the Indian Gaming Association and Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association as well as negotiating the 2004 Oklahoma gaming compact that solidified the future of tribal gaming in the state. Under Governor Anoatubby’s direction,?the?Chickasaw Nation also places a strong emphasis on preserving and sharing its heritage, history, language and culture.

Robert Miodunski, Former Chief Executive Officer, American Gaming Systems; Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Gaming and President, Bally Gaming

As President of United Coin Machine Company (a division of publicly-traded Alliance Gaming Corporation) from 1994 to 99, Miodunski built the nation’s largest gaming route operation, totaling more than 8,000 gaming devices. He also led the development and launch of Gamblers Bonus, the first patented cardless player tracking and bonusing system for route operation in Nevada. Promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Gaming and President of Bally Gaming in 1999, he led a team that resurrected the venerable Bally brand to its place as one of the global gaming industry’s top casino suppliers, eventually transforming into Bally Technologies. Miodunski retired in 2004 and then returned to the industry in 2010 to head American Gaming Systems (AGS) as Chief Executive Officer, expanding the company’s footprint in Class II and Class III gaming before AGS was acquired by a private equity firm in 2014. Most recently, Miodunski served as a board member of Golden Entertainment from 2015 to 2021.

Jim Murren, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM Resorts International

Murren is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts International, serving in the role from 2008 to 2020. During his time leading MGM Resorts, Murren guided the company through the wake of the ‘Great Recession’, overhauled the company’s healthcare policy to better serve employees, led technological innovation in gaming and drove increased tourism to Las Vegas. Following his tenure at MGM Resorts International, Murren headed Nevada’s COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force as its gubernatorially-appointed chairman, working closely with local government leaders and the private sector to secure personal protective equipment, establish a robust statewide testing system and ensure Nevada students were provided with the resources to learn remotely. Murren has also been an integral figure in bringing professional sports to Las Vegas, leading the construction of T-Mobile Arena, becoming a founding partner of the Vegas Golden Knights, organizing the purchase and relocation of the Las Vegas Aces and more. He currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.

Ellen Whittemore, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Wynn Resorts

Whittemore serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Wynn Resorts. In her role, she leads the company’s global legal affairs as well as the entirety of its philanthropic, community relations and government affairs activities. She has been instrumental in Wynn Resorts’ efforts to enhance its workplace culture as well as its corporate ethics and governance and was integral in crafting the company’s global response to the pandemic. Whittemore is also a member of the board of directors of Wynn Macau Limited. Her legal career spans more than 30 years in gaming and hospitality, during which she has represented many of the industry’s largest companies in noteworthy regulatory matters. Before her career in private and corporate practice, Whittemore served in the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, Gaming Division, where she authored several Nevada Gaming Commission regulations that remain in place today. Whittemore has long been an active community and industry leader and is the current Chair of the Nevada Resort Association and the former President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.

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American themed slots are increasingly popular

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​​The stars and stripes, the land of the free, the magic of Hollywood and the aura of the Super Bowl. America has always enthralled and provided a sense of optimism and a clean, bright future for those who emigrate there. As the standard-bearer of all forms of culture over the last century and more, America has also been home to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, and with that the onslaught of popularity that the slot machine had on the general public! With that in mind, how does the modern online slots stack up with the American dream? Are there many American themed slots for you to play at your favourite online casino?

The answer is yes, of course there is! We’ve put together a list of some of the finest American themed online slots for you to play, hot dog in hand and a game of baseball on the telly. 

 

Liberty 7

Freedom is one of the key concepts of America as an ideal. The national flag is synonymous with this, and that is seen through the themes and design of the Liberty 7 online video slot. It brings you the classic casino atmosphere that has the air of old-school gambling but within the modern format of an online casino. The colour scheme is red, white and blue, of course, and the rewards are super-sized. This is a reproduction of a classic slot machine, with flashing buttons, a lever for you to spin the reels and a casino in the background. You could be in Vegas! The rules are simple, a classic 3-reel setup and a single star-spangled paytable. It is a simple game that evokes the classic American casino. 

 

Bars and Stripes

A popular video slot with a 25-payline. There are a whole host of American symbols on show, with plenty of food and drink symbols too. The wild multiplier in this online slot is the Bars and Stripes logo, and there are also football and hat icons that are the scatters of the game. When you get 3 or more hat icons the Hat bonus game is activated where you can win big. The RTP is 95.50% and with the autoplay feature you can sit back and enjoy racking up the wins on this big American-themed online slot. 

 

American Treasures

What’s more American than the Wild West frontier? This incredible online slot also has a soundtrack that makes you feel like you’ve just swung the doors open to walk into a saloon, with the punters inside all going quiet and turning to stare at you, a few twitchy hands on pistols in the corner to be aware of! The RTP on this slot is 95.93% and the features along with the theme and design are quite quirky when compared with other online slots of today. It is laid back with the saloon score and the dustbowl sands in the background. It is a simple, five-reel slot with 20 fixed win lines playing from left to right. To up the ante with the American feel, there is a firework celebration and a freedom bonus when the Patriotic colossal symbols fill the screen. Apple pie scatters provide that sweetness you’re looking for too! 

 

Evel Knievel

A 95.01% RTP game with low volatility, 50 paylines, 5 reels and 3 rows, this brings the danger of a stuntman’s life to the online casino screen. There are expanding wilds, a wheel bonus, and colossal symbols. You’ll be jumping over barrels and trucks with Evel Knievel, based on the legendary stunt performer. It is a truly enjoyable, fast-paced and simple online slot for you to play, as you’ll also get to see some of the famous stunts on the screen that the famous man succeeded with back in the day! It is the ideal game for both low-stakes and high-stakes players. 

 

Slots Angels

Get on your motorbike and head for the highway with the Hells Angels in this magnificent American themed slot machine. It is a rebellious 3D video slow with heavy metal music keeping you on the open road. There are different bikers and other symbols that cascades down the reels, with a win triggering a re-spin, with ever-greater multiplier the more you win. With 5 bearded bikers on line 1 you’ll start the big progressive jackpot, and three or more scattered dartboard symbols brings an instant cash bonus. It’s a great game to play and has a 97.00% RTP.

Some of best online casino providers, such as Play North, understand the need to diversify and build up online casino game catalogues that are varied and have many different designs and themes to meet the needs of a varied audience of customers. In a country such as the Netherlands, for example, where online gambling has only been legal since 2021, the landscape is ripe for exploration, with gamers wishing to play many different slots, whether that’s an American themed slot, a sports theme, tumbling candy on the screen, or travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. As you can see with this list, there are some great American slots at the online casino of your choice.

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1/ST Announces $25 Million on the Line with Introduction of New Racing Series Linking Preakness 149, The California Crown and 2025 Pegasus World Cup

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149th Preakness Stakes Purse Increases to $2 Million to Kick Off Series

$5 Million Challenge Coast-To-Coast Pick’ Em Challenge Sweepstakes Connects 1/ST Premier Events

1/ST, the innovative brand behind North America’s most prestigious thoroughbred horse racing, entertainment and wagering events, has announced a $25 million dollar racing and incentive series connecting Preakness 149, The California Crown and the 2025 Pegasus World Cup.

Kicking off at Preakness 149, 1/ST’s three premier race days will feature more than $12.5 million in elevated purses and $7.5 million in incentives for both dirt and turf participants. 1/ST is offering a $5 million bonus in addition to the respective purses to the owner(s) of the horse who wins the 149th Preakness Stakes (GI), The California Crown (GI) and the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (GI). For turf stars, 1/ST will award a $2.5 million bonus, added to the elevated purses, to the connections who win the Dinner Party Stakes (GIII), The California Crown John Henry Turf (GII) and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (GI).

Preakness 149 celebrations, taking place on May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, will mark the inaugural races in this new series. The 149th Preakness Stakes purse will increase to $2 million and the Dinner Party Stakes will increase to $500,000, making Preakness 149 race day the most lucrative in the event’s history with a total of $3.3 million on the line. The decision to elevate the purses for the 149th Preakness Stakes and for the Dinner Party Stakes reflects 1/ST’s ongoing commitment to maintaining and growing the thoroughbred horse racing industry to usher in a new era for racing in Maryland.

On September 28, The California Crown will debut at Santa Anita Park for a reimagined opening day experience for the track’s 2024 fall meet. The California Crown will replace the Awesome Again Stakes for three-year-olds and up and will be run on 1 1/8 mile offering a $1 million-dollar purse. The $750,000 California Crown John Henry Turf along with the $750,000 California Crown Eddie D Turf Sprint (GII), taking place on Santa Anita Park’s famed downhill turf course featuring American racing’s only right-hand turn, will add to the excitement of what will be California’s richest day of racing.

Since 2017, the Pegasus World Cup has become the premier luxury event in the sport and has set the standard for the modern thoroughbred horse racing experience. The 2025 Pegasus World Cup, to be held on January 25 at 1/ST’s Gulfstream Park, will feature the coveted $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The live broadcast of the Pegasus World Cup – horse racing’s hottest party – will feature the presentation of the potential $7.5 million in bonuses for any owner(s) who manage to achieve this remarkable feat.

In its continued effort to engage the next generation and provide game-changing opportunities for existing customers, 1/ST is putting up $5 million for a Coast-To-Coast Pick’ Em Challenge sweepstakes to successfully pick the first four finishers of each race, in order, for the 149th Preakness Stakes, The California Crown and the 2025 Pegasus World Cup Invitational. The challenge is free to enter through the innovative 1/ST Bet app. If there is no perfect winning entry, the entry with the most overall correct selections will win a $100,000 cash prize.

“My team and I continue to believe and invest in the modernization of thoroughbred horse racing with a commitment to the highest level of international safety standards and horse care as we continue to elevate our already industry-leading wagering, entertainment and hospitality programs,” the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer for 1/ST, Belinda Stronach, said. “To back this up, 1/ST is adding to the legacy of the Preakness by increasing the purse, creating a new marquee race event for the majestic Santa Anita Park – The California Crown – and continuing to build on the phenomenal success of the Pegasus World Cup. We’re proud to work with incredible partners who share our vision and see the future of world-class thoroughbred racing combined with unique and elevated guest experiences.”

“The $25 million in racing purses and bonus incentives available for Preakness 149, The California Crown and the Pegasus World Cup including a $5 million sweepstakes for bettors and fans shows our commitment to innovation and excellence in thoroughbred racing,” the President for 1/ST, Aidan Butler, said. “Providing lucrative opportunities for owners and bettors while also delivering exceptional entertainment experiences is our speciality.”

1/ST’s industry-leading horse care and safety protocols including increased veterinary oversight will be strictly enforced throughout the new racing series under the leadership of Dr Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer for 1/ST Racing.

For more information and to purchase tickets to Preakness 149, visit www .Preakness. com or @ PreaknessStakes on social.

To stay connected on The California Crown, visit @ CaliforniaCrownOfficial on Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, YouTube and @ TheCaliCrown on Snapchat. Tickets for California Crown go on sale in the spring 2024.

For more information on the Pegasus World Cup, visit www .PegasusWorldCup. com or follow on social @ PegasusWorldCup.

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EvenBet Gaming expands presence in Latin America with Betplay launch

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Integration sees provider significantly strengthen its position in key market

EvenBet Gaming, a leading developer of online gaming software and solutions, has announced its poker solutions going live on Betplay, one of the top sports betting operators in Colombia.

BetPlay, owned by Corredor Empresarial, has a user base exceeding 3 million players. In six years of operation, it has become a major player, contributing to 60% of the country’s online betting market.

Under the terms of the agreement, EvenBet provides its full suite of gaming products to Betplay, including its industry-leading poker software. Integrating EvenBet’s innovative and flexible gaming solutions will allow Betplay to enhance its gaming offering and provide Colombian players with an exceptional online entertainment experience. Currently, BetPlay is gearing up for a robust communication campaign to strengthen its poker operation in the Colombian iGaming landscape.

This partnership, secured in 2023 and resulted in poker going live now, marks EvenBet’s continued expansion in the Latin American iGaming market and entry into the rapidly growing Colombian online gaming industry. Colombia represents a core target market for EvenBet due to the country’s thriving regulated online gaming sector.

Dmitry Starostenkov, CEO at EvenBet Gaming, said: “Partnering with a premier brand like Betplay is an exciting opportunity for EvenBet Gaming as we further expand our footprint in Latin America.

“As one of the biggest sportsbooks in Colombia, Betplay has an outstanding reputation and reach with players. We look forward to powering the next phase of growth for their gaming business and increasing our presence in this key strategic market.”

Daniel Arias, Online Manager of BetPlay, highlighted the importance of the partnership: “The integration of EvenBet has significantly enriched our digital entertainment offering. We are committed to further expanding our content portfolio and offering customers an exciting range of products.”

Manuel Jiménez, Sales Manager in LatAm, added: “It is gratifying to see the steady growth of the poker vertical in BetPlay’s operation since our solutions went live on their platform. Colombia now has an operator offering the country’s main iGaming poker network, allowing players of all levels to rely on a solid, responsible, and recognized brand backed by the Colombian regulator, Coljuegos.”

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