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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.”

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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

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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.

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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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Fast Track Secures Landmark Deal with Suprema Group – Setting a New Standard in the Brazilian iGaming Market

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Fast Track, the industry leader in CRM solutions for the iGaming sector, is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Suprema Group, one of Brazil’s largest and most influential operators. This deal solidifies Fast Track’s position as the dominant force in the Brazilian iGaming market.

Suprema Group, renowned for its extensive portfolio of brands, will leverage Fast Track’s cutting-edge CRM platform to enhance its operational efficiency and player engagement. Suprema collaborates with BetConstruct, empowering multiple brands in Brazil with premier online casino and sports betting experiences. As the holder of licences and a key stakeholder in all these brands, Suprema’s decision to partner with Fast Track is a testament to the platform’s unrivalled capabilities and industry-leading solutions.

By integrating Fast Track’s powerful CRM platform, Suprema intends to revolutionise its player engagement strategies, guaranteeing personalised, real-time experiences for the many monthly active users across all its brands.

“We are ecstatic to join forces with Suprema Group,” said Simon Lidzén, Co-Founder and CEO of Fast Track. “Suprema shares a commitment to innovation and excellence in the iGaming industry. We are honoured to support their vision and look forward to a successful collaboration that will benefit their extensive portfolio of brands.”

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Suprema Group’s COO, Rodrigo Teixeira, recognizes the unparalleled value that Fast Track brings to their operations. With our comprehensive suite of automation, real-time data integration, and AI-driven personalization, Suprema will be well-equipped to handle the complexities of its multi-brand environment. This collaboration will address key operational challenges, such as price scalability for smaller brands and streamline CRM strategies, ultimately driving growth and efficiency.

Fast Track’s robust platform will support Suprema’s ambitious goals, including the onboarding of all brands and the seamless integration of casino and sports verticals.

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Light & Wonder Expands Presence in Oregon with Additional Placements of KASCADA Dual Screen Multi-Games

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Light & Wonder Inc. announced that the Oregon Lottery has purchased more than 1200 additional Video Lottery Terminals (VLT). This comes less than a year after the Oregon Lottery purchased 1175 VLTs following the successful trial phase in the state.

The gaming machines will house diverse player-favorite games such as BLAZING HOT CELEBRATIONS, LIGHTNING TUSKS, AMERICAN ORIGINAL, BIER HAUS, AMERICAN ORIGINAL STARS & BARS, QUICK HIT MONEY WHEEL, TREASURE FRUITS, FLUSH FRENZY Poker, and more.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Oregon Lottery and to provide their players with our state-of-the-art KASCADA Dual Screen Multi-Games. The additional placement of over 1,200 VLTs is a testament to the success and popularity of our games in the region. We are committed to delivering innovative and engaging gaming experiences that enhance player enjoyment and drive growth for our customers,” said Niaz Nejad, Managing Director – Americas, Gaming at Light & Wonder.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership in bringing Light & Wonder’s popular games and product expertise to our Video Lottery players. They consistently use our feedback to deliver quality products that benefit our team and customers,” said Sar Richards, Oregon Lottery’s Manager of Video Gaming Products.

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White House National Security Official Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for BSA/AML Gaming Conference in Las Vegas

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The BSA-AML Compliance Group announced that Carole House, White House National Security Council (NSC) Special Advisor for Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure, will deliver a keynote address at the Annual BSA-AML Gaming Conference on Thursday, August 15, at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Carole House brings a wealth of experience in cybersecurity, digital innovation, and financial crime prevention to the conference. Her background includes roles as an Executive in Residence at Terranet Ventures Inc., a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Chair of the Technology Advisory Committee to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). House previously served at the NSC as the Director for Cybersecurity and Secure Digital Innovation and at the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), where she led cybersecurity, virtual currency, and emerging technology policy efforts.

“We are thrilled to welcome Carole House as a keynote speaker at this year’s conference. Her extensive experience in cybersecurity, digital innovation, and financial crime prevention will provide invaluable insights to our attendees, especially as the gaming industry continues to navigate the complex landscape of emerging technologies and associated risks,” said Brian Lopez, Co-Founder of the BSA-AML Compliance Group.

House’s military background as a former Army Captain, including a deployment to Afghanistan, adds a unique perspective to her expertise in national security and critical infrastructure protection.

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The annual BSA/AML Gaming Conference is the largest and most comprehensive anti-money laundering compliance conference in North America dedicated to the gaming industry. Last year, individuals from forty-one states plus Puerto Rico, four foreign countries, and over a hundred tribal gaming properties attended the conference.

Other keynote speakers this year include Brian Nelson, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; James Barnacle, Deputy Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Guy Ficco, Chief of IRS-Criminal Investigation Division. The conference will feature leading experts in anti-money laundering compliance in the gaming industry, including government officials, regulators, and industry professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in money laundering prevention, emerging illicit finance typologies, fraud, and cyber threats to casinos.

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