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Honoring leading companies, breakthrough up-and-comers and the most dynamic individuals, and how they made their mark in the global gaming industry over the past year

Lead Partner




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What a joy it is to be back to full throttle after so long spent under the cloud of Covid. Last year, of course, we were able to hold our annual Global Gaming Awards, but with restrictions on international travel put in place, it was not quite the same. 2022 marks a return to full form. And what a year we are honoring in these awards. The industry has grown tremendously, with vast markets opening, laudable new products and a growing roster of companies and personnel. The industry has continued to exhibit

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GLOBAL GAMING AWARDS

LEAD PARTNER

We feel incredibly privileged to serve again as the lead partner for the annual Global Gaming Awards in Las Vegas on October 10th at The Venetian Convention and Expo Center. We are eager to reunite with our international industry colleagues after a year of hard work and new achievements, recognize all the accomplishments, and toast to success. BetConstruct continued to improve its platform throughout 2022, helping operators to stand out in a highly competitive environment. We understand to establish BetConstruct in the US market successfully, we will need to create credibility and visibility while differentiating BetConstruct’s offerings from those of its more recognized competitors who have already begun courting US operators. Innovation never stops at BetConstruct, as our global teams

constantly refines and redefines the boundaries of the iGaming industry with ever-evolving products. We value industry recognition and responsibility and will continue to provide operators with the best possible content, services and solutions. Hard work, success and commitment will be celebrated at the Global Gaming Awards Las Vegas 2022. We are happy to meet our peers at such a major gathering, and we wish the best of luck to all the nominees. To all winners, our congratulations on their well-deserved success. Good luck to everyone and see you soon. Anna Shahbazyan Regional Director, BetConstruct LatAm

dynamism in the face of this massive change, and that is what we hope to commemorate. As an indication of the changes over the past 12 months, in our latest iteration of the Awards, we are happy to be honoring companies in a new category: sportsbook supplier. The Global Gaming Awards is rightly regarded as celebrating best-in-class individuals and companies. Our efforts to maintain this reputation are both tireless and full proof. We gather self-nominations, assemble a judging panel, narrow down a shortlist, and then have KPMG independently adjudicate the voting process. These are the elite accolades in the industry. While winning means being voted in by both friends and competitors alike, even the act of nomination is an achievement unto itself. With another ceremony upon us, I would like to thank lead partner BetConstruct, KPMG in the Crown Dependencies, the GA and GI Events and Editorial staff, the Judges, and those who have come to attend the ceremony. Gary Roudette CEO, Players Publishing and host of the Global Gaming Awards



FROM THE AWARDS

ADJUDICATOR KPMG have acted as independent adjudicator to the Global Gaming Awards since their inception in 2014, and I have been the person lucky enough – for every year until 2020 of course – to travel to represent KPMG at the ceremony. In 2021, KPMG was represented by Michelle Wroan, the Senior Partner of our LA office, but this year I’m delighted to be returning to G2E after a three year absence! However, whether attending virtually or in-person, our voting and adjudication process for the Awards remains consistent: we review the GGA’s system and tools for collecting votes (and ensure judges cannot vote in categories where they have a conflict), check that the winner and runner-up in each category has been determined correctly based on votes cast, and select a random sample of judges whom we contact to check that the votes recorded for them in the system are a complete and accurate reflection

of their voting. KPMG’s commitment to and involvement with this sector is, I believe, unparalleled, and that is why we so welcome the opportunity to support the Global Gaming Awards. The combination of a thorough selection process, a highly distinguished panel of judges, and the organizers’ commitment to independent verification of the judges’ decision means that any company or individual that makes it to the final shortlist should be extremely proud. Even when we have not been able to meet in person to celebrate that, the achievement has remained undimmed, but it will be particularly good to back with you all again this year! Micky Swindale COO, KPMG Islands Group

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AGA

PRESIDENT A year ago, we convened at G2E as our industry was getting back on its feet and coming together for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. G2E 2022 comes at a much different juncture for our industry, as US commercial gaming revenue is on pace to set an all-time high for a second consecutive year. Despite potential macroeconomic headwinds, our foundation for success is stronger than ever as gaming enters a new era of growth. Since 2014, the Global Gaming Awards have celebrated gaming’s top companies and leaders that are pushing the industry forward and creating the best player experiences. This year’s Global Gaming Awards

nominees reflect the excitement and momentum surrounding our industry. From land-based and digital casino gaming to sports betting and digital payments, each company and individual on this year’s shortlist is advancing gaming through innovation. I’m proud that many American Gaming Association members continue to be finalists for these prestigious awards, and I wish every short-lister the best of luck when the winners are announced this October at G2E. Congratulations to this year’s honorees and finalists!

Bill Miller President and CEO American Gaming Association



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IN REVIEW What a year it has been since the last Global Gaming Awards. As a journalist covering the industry, I must be careful to avoid using clichéd language, those turns of phrase that begin cropping up in every second piece of writing. The cliché of this past year? Record breaking. Record breaking growth, record breaking expansion in markets across the Americas, record breaking amounts of money. According to one report, the value of the legal gaming market in the United States now exceeds $200bn. And what has happened as the industry has expanded? Not just a breakneck pace of growth in the market, but also a breakneck pace of growth in innovation. The year 2022 began thunderously. In early January, sports betting came to New York, and overnight the Empire State became the biggest market in the US, with handle consistently breaking the $1bn monthly mark. Other states opened too, including Connecticut (which now allows sports betting and iGaming) and, more recently, Kansas (where mobile sports betting was introduced just in time for this autumn’s football season). Over thirty states, plus Washington DC, now allow sports betting. As these new markets join ones already active, the volume of bets has continued to grow, especially during the all-important months of September to June, when the NFL, NBA, NHL, college football and the March Madness basketball tournament are all active and attracting bettors. In

the last year, no fewer than one-fifth of adult Americans bet on sports. In the 2022 NFL season, 46.6 million Americans say they will place a bet, an increase of 3% compared to last year (according to data from the American Gaming Association). And, in a change from how things were done in the past, a full 80% of these bets were done online. Indeed, it would not be an understatement to say that betting has become an important pillar of sports fandom in the Americas. An entire economic ecosystem is emerging around the pastime. Major media companies like ESPN and Bartstool Sports are looking for a piece of the action and adapting their offerings to feature more information related to betting. Anyone watching a sports game, whether on TV or in the arena, will be confronted with a deluge of advertising by sportsbooks pushing their latest promotions. Beloved franchises and leagues have entered into media partnerships. The eagerness of the teams to welcome betting (which just a few years ago was unheard of) appears to be paying off. NFL viewership, for instance, has grown significantly from a low point a decade ago. Much of this growth has been attributed to the rise in popularity of sports betting. The year’s other big debut market in the Americas was Ontario, Canada, which in April welcomed both mobile sports betting and iGaming. The move was significant. Some say it might even be a bigger market than New

York. Without a doubt, it is the most populous province in Canada and serves as a bellwether for other markets in North America, where growth is expected in the coming year.

“One must not forget to note the continued growth and recovery of land-based casinos” The move also signals greater maturity for the iGaming market across the region as a whole. Pundits predict that iGaming will one day exceed sports betting as a source of revenue for the industry. While compared to Canada, expansion was not overly impressive in the United States (only Connecticut was welcomed to a group that includes five other states), it is expected that this


vertical will expand in the coming year. The New York State Legislature, for instance, is due to introduce a bill in the coming session, and, given the success of sports betting last year, it is widely expected to pass. Latin America is also a region for iGaming that has shown progress and growth over the past year. The rising star of iGaming in the Americas is indicative of another major trend of the year: European iGaming operators crossing the ocean to set up shop. Europe has had a vibrant iGaming sector for years now. It has evolved to markets and to the tastes of customers. Now it is training its sights in these new jurisdictions that promise untold potential. We in the Americas can use the time-tested expertise of the Europeans. Expect more arrivals as companies like Relax Gaming and Pariplay set up shop on these shores. Expect, too, more blockbuster partnerships and acquisitions. One must not forget to note the continued growth and recovery of land-based casinos. Land based remains the single biggest pillar of the industry and, with every passing month, the pandemic recedes further into the past. The land-based industry has made a full recovery. People, freed from

the confines of their homes and the strictures of Covid-19, have been visiting Las Vegas, Atlantic City and regional destinations in record droves. The residual effects of the pandemic are mainly being felt in the supply chain crisis, where shortages of materials have not kept up with demand. Materials will certainly be needed as new casinos are built, such as in Chicago, where Bally’s was recently awarded the city’s sole license, or in Bristol, Virginia, where Hard Rock is in the process of constructing one of the Southeast’s premier destinations. Tribal, that stalwart of the land-based industry, has been a great beneficiary of the return to normalcy. But in other ways, too, the Tribal sphere of the industry has been evolving. Among the most significant occurrences in this realm to have happened over the last year can be seen in the movement to commercial operations. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians completed its purchase of the Palms Casino Resort and became the first Tribal operator to have a location on the fabled Las Vegas Strip. There have also been partnerships between tribes and commercial operators in instances where online betting goes live. An example of this would be

in Connecticut, where a license to operate iGaming required a deal between Tribal interests and commercial interests (Foxwoods teamed up with DraftKings, while Mohegan Sun did so with FanDuel). With the further evolution in land based, one must not overlook the nitty-gritty areas of operating that have been improved: cashless technology, casino management systems, rewards programs. All of these areas have refined their offerings to better suit the needs of both the operator and the customer. At the Global Gaming Awards, we celebrate these rapid changes. All the companies nominated have played an impressive role in shaping this fast-evolving industry. It is a testament to sound management and sagacious perspicacity that the industry has been able to keep up so well and continues to satisfy the demands of the customer. Of course, whatever the monumental changes that have occurred over the last year, we must not forget that this is only the beginning. There is so much more to come. Cameron Saunders Editor, Gaming America


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2021 DIGITAL OPERATOR RICHARD TAYLOR, RESPONSIBLE GAMING, PROGRAM MANAGER, BETMGM

DIGITAL PRODUCT SARAH MCAUGHEY, HEAD OF CUSTOMER SUCCESS, GEOCOMPLY

PAYMENT SOLUTION OMER SATTAR, CO-FOUNDER AND CO-CEO, SIGHTLINE PAYMENTS

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SLOT OF THE YEAR JON HANLIN, SVP, COMMERCIAL STRATEGY & BUSINESS ANALYTICS, ARISTOCRAT

AMERICAN EXECUTIVE SOO KIM, CHAIRMAN, BALLY’S CORPORATION

PROPERTY - LATAM GINA MORALES, VP OF BRAND REPUTATION, HARD ROCK INTERNATIONAL

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PRODUCT INNOVATION NICK KHIN, COO, IGT

PROPERTY - NORTH AMERICA DEREK STEVENS, OWNER & CEO, CIRCA RESORT & CASINO

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS PETER ARCEO, GENERAL MANAGER, YAAMAVA’ RESORT & CASINO, SAN MANUEL

DIGITAL INDUSTRY SUPPLIER TODD HAUSHALTER. CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER, EVOLUTION

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CUSTOMER LOYALTY PROGRAM GAVIN WHITELEY, CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT, HEAD OF LOYALTY & CRM

LAND-BASED PRODUCT CATH BURNS, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE, ARISTOCRAT

LAND-BASED OPERATOR BRIAN GULLBRANTS, PRESIDENT OF WYNN LAS VEGAS

LAND-BASED INDUSTRY SUPPLIER HECTOR FERNANDEZ, PRESIDENT, AMERICAS, ARISTOCRAT

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100+ JUDGES CHRIS WIENERS

CECILIA WACHTMEISTER Kambi CCO

DAVE KUBAJAK JCM Global SVP

Velvix Managing Director

Passport Technology CEO

CLEVE TZUNG

DANIEL KUSTELSKI

DEBRA NUTTON

DAVID MARSHALL

VLADIMIR DOKOV

DR.LAILA MINTAS

CATHRYN LAI

SUE ASCANIO River Rock Casino CEO & General Manager

Resorts World Las Vegas Executive Coach & Gaming Consultant

DERIK MOOBERRY Zitro USA CEO

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Dr Mintas Consulting Founder

Game Play Network CEO

OpenBet CCO

Chalkline CEO & Co-Founder

EGT CEO


100+ JUDGES

ALEX DIXON

ANDREW BURKE Bluberi CEO

ANGELA SHEFVELAND Treasure Island Resort & Casino Gaming Operations Manger

WAYNE SMITH

JANIE DILLARD

HECTOR FERNANDEZ Aristocrat Gaming CEO

Table Mountain Casino CEO

GREGORY LEE

EVE KOLAKOWSKI

ALLIE EVANGELISTA Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol President

KARI SMITH

KIMBERLY VAN AMBURG

Q Casino CEO

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort General Manager

ERNIE STEVENS JR. Indian Gaming Association Chairman

JOHN DOMINELLI

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Senior Executive Officer

Eureka Casino Resort Chairman & CEO

NRT Technology Founder & CEO

Cache Creek Casino Resort COO & General Manager

ANNA SAINSBURY

BROOKE FIUMARA

GeoComply CEO

OPTX Co-Founder & Co-CEO

JOHN DINIUS

Rymax President

Casino Del Sol CEO

BROOKS PIERCE

Inspired Entertainment President & COO

ANNA SHAHBAZYAN BetConstruct Regional Director, LATAM

JENNIFER INNES Betting Jobs Managing Director

JENNY LU

OtherLevels General Manager, NA

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100+ JUDGES

MARINA BOGARD

Betsson Group Managing Director, NA

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resorts CEO

LUANN PAPPAS

MARTIN DE KNIJFF

Metric Gaming Chairman of the Board

MELANIE CHASE HESKETT Indigo Sky Casino General Manager

PATRICK DUGGAN

MICHAEL DEJONG

RANDY L.TAYLOR

RENATO ASCOLI

Churchill Downs Senior Director of Gaming

Wynn Las Vegas SVP-Slot Ops & Marketing

RICK MEITZLER

RICHARD SCHWARTZ Rush Street Interactive CEO

Novomatic Americas

President & CEO

SAL SEMOLA

ROBERT CINELLI

Everi Holdings President & CEO

RICKY TROMP

Hyatt Regency Aruba Director of Casino Operations

SCOTT WINZELER

IGT CEO Global Gaming

ROBERT ZIEMS

Aruze Gaming America President

SETH SCHORR

Gun Lake Casino President & COO

Sycuan Casino & Singing Hills General Manager

Sega Sammy Creation USA Chairman & CEO

Fifth Street Gaming CEO

SIOBHAN LANE

SIM BIELAK

TINO MAGNATTA

TRACEY CHERNAY

Light & Wonder SVP & CCO, Gaming

SuzoHapp President of Global Gaming & Amusement

MAX MELTZER

TRISTAN SJOBERG

Strive Gaming CEO

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TCSJOHNHUXLEY Executive Chairman

GT Advertising Founder

TODD CRAVENS Galaxy Gaming President & CEO

TransAct Technologies

SVP, Global Casino, Gaming & Lottery

STANDFORD LE

Snoqualmie Casino CEO & President



100+ JUDGES

CAMERON CONN

TIM MINARD

OneComply CEO

JOHNNY AITKEN

Eclipse Gaming CEO

Thunder Valley Casino Resort General Manager

DAWN CLAYTON

DAVID LOPEZ

CHERAZ ECKER

JEAN VENNEMAN

JOEY HURTADO

PointsBet USA CEO

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Reno General Manager

MARY CHEEKS

DERMOT SMURFIT

Jamul Casino President & General Manager

MANUEL STAN

AGS CEO

Gaming Arts COO

Wizard Games Managing Director

GAN CEO

Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma CEO

KELLY CARPINO

CHAD HOEHNE Table Trac President & CEO

Kindred Group SVP USA

Cherokee Nation Entertainment VP Strategy & Business Development

MICHAEL WARD

MICHAEL CARPENTER

MARY BETH HIGGINS

JEFF MILLAR

VALERIE SPICER

TIMOTHY MORRISSEY Saratoga Casino Black Hawk General Manager

PENN Entertainment SVP Regional Operations

RAY PINEAULT

MATTHEW MINGRONE

Evolution Commercial Director, NA

Mohegan CEO

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Trilogy Group Founding Partner

Eagle Mountain Casino General Manager

Ruby Seven Studios CEO

KEVIN NEPHEW

Seneca Gaming Corporation President & CEO

Affinity Gaming CEO

JUSTIN CARTER

TJEERD BRINK

Pechanga Resort Casino General Manager


NICK NALLY

MANDI HART

JOHN CONNELLY

Couer d’ Alene Casino Resort & Hotel CEO

Continent 8 Technologies Managing Director, Americas

Sightline Payments Chief Client Solutions Officer

RICHARD CAMMEGH

ANIKA HOWARD

CARSTEN KOERL Sportradar CEO & Founder

Union Gaming Group Principal

PETER ARCEO

SISKA CONCANNON

ELIANA ESKINAZI

JERRY ALLEN

CHRIS BEVILACQUA

Cammegh Managing Director

JOHN ACRES

Acres Manufacturing Founder & CEO

CHRIS HARRISON

Wondr Nation CEO

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino General Manager

GARY PALMER

Affiliated Sports Fans Co-Founder

Interblock Global CEO

100+ JUDGES

LAURA STENSGAR

BILL LERNER

Wagr Co-Founder & CPO

Google Industry Head

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel President & CEO

7 Cedars Resort CEO

CAMI CHRISTENSEN

SHEILA MORAGO

HOWARD MITTMAN 888 U.S. President

Circa Resort & Casino CEO

DAVID WANG

BRYAN BENNETT

SCOTT BUTERA

Westgate Las Vegas Resort President & General Manager

MELINDA COFFIN

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort CEO

Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Executive Director

Bally’s Corporation EVP, Strategic Initiatives

Betfred USA COO

Simplebet Co-Founder & CEO

DEREK STEVENS

Fubo Gaming President

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Hard Rock International

MGM Resorts International

Wynn Resorts

Bally’s Corporation

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San Manuel Gaming & Hospitality Authority


Boyd Gaming

PENN Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment Churchill Downs

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Mohegan

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land-based operator BALLY’S CORPORATION

In Q1 2022, Bally’s revenue reached $548.3m, more than double what it generated during the previous year’s quarter. Toward the end of last year, Bally’s completed its $2.69bn merger with Gamesys, thus transforming from a regional casino operator into an industry leader in retail, sports, media and iGaming. In May this year, the city of Chicago awarded the city’s sole casino license to Bally’s Chicago – a $1.7bn destination casino, entertainment and hotel project.

WYNN RESORTS

Wynn Resorts’ operating revenues for Q1 2022 was $953.3m, an increase of $216.7m from Q1 2021. The results reflect continued strength at both Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Boston Harbor, with both properties delivering a new first quarter record for Adjusted Property EBITDA. Earlier this year, Wynn also set its sights on a new market and announced a multi-billion dollar deal with the United Arab Emirate city Ras al-Khaimah that will see it open a 1,000-room luxury hotel with ten restaurants, a gaming area and more.

HARD ROCK INTERNATIONAL

The legendary hospitality and entertainment company had an eventful 2022. In July, Hard Rock International opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol. It is a temporary full-service casino (Virginia’s first), boasts 30,000 square feet of casino space and features 870 slots, 21 tables and a sportsbook. In the past 12 months Hard Rock was also granted a license by Illinois for its Rockford casino project. Last but not least, Hard Rock signed an agreement to acquire the operations of The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International for $1.075bn.

MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

MGM Resorts International reported net revenue of $2.85bn for the first quarter of 2022, a 73% increase from Q1

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2021. In May this year, MGM Resorts completed its acquisition of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for $1.62bn. The transaction advances MGM Resorts’ vision to be the world’s premier gaming entertainment company. The operator also debuted its revamped customer loyalty program and extended league partnerships.

CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT

Caesars Entertainment’s first quarter operating results for 2022 demonstrated sequential improvement each month of the quarter in revenues and EBITDA. The company’s Las Vegas segment posted an all-time first-quarter EBITDA record, and its regional segment delivered solid margin growth. In the past 12 months, Caesars announced the formation of a 20-year exclusive naming-rights partnership with the New Orleans Saints that rebrands New Orleans’ iconic downtown stadium as the Caesars Superdome, whilst also working on a $325m renovation to transform Harrah’s New Orleans into Caesars New Orleans.

PENN ENTERTAINMENT

PENN Entertainment (formerly Penn National Gaming) generated record first quarter results with revenues of $1.56bn and Adjusted EBITDAR of $494.7m. The past year has seen PENN complete its acquisitions of Barstool Sports and Score Media and Gaming Inc., thus fortifying its digital media and gaming strategy. In December, PENN also opened the $111m state-of-the-art Hollywood Casino Morgantown, its 44th gaming property in North America.

MOHEGAN

Mohegan announced positive Q1 2022 results with 74% year-on-year net revenue growth. After months of construction, last February Mohegan – in partnership with FanDuel – launched an on-site sportsbook at its flagship Mohegan Sun property. Mohegan Sun also embarked on a $15m renovation. In addition, following the successful completion of financing in November 2021, Mohegan announced

that it will recommence construction of Inspire Korea, an integrated resort project in Incheon, South Korea.

SAN MANUEL GAMING AND HOSPITALITY AUTHORITY

After 35 years of operating San Manuel Casino in Highland, CA, a new chapter began for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. San Manuel acquired the Palms Casino Resort for $650m and re-opened the property in March this year (following a two-year shutdown due to the pandemic). This was a historic moment, as San Manuel became the first Native American tribe to own and operate a casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

CHURCHILL DOWNS

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) saw group revenue for the first quarter of 2022 increase 12.3% year-on-year to $364.1m. In the past year, Churchill Downs also completed the first two phases of the $90m expansion of Rivers Casino Des Plaines, and the company’s application to develop the Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort in Vigo County, Indiana was approved. CDI also announced it is embarking on a $185m-$200m paddock redevelopment project which, once complete, will provide new, unique and extraordinary guest experiences for Kentucky Derby fans.

BOYD GAMING

Boyd Gaming finished 2021 with record quarterly performances across every segment of its operations. For the fourth straight quarter, the operator set new records for company-wide EBITDAR. And on a full-year basis, it surpassed its previous EBITDAR record by more than 50%. Additionally, 2022 started well for Boyd, with $860.7m reported revenue in Q1. The company also took an important step in advancing its online gaming strategy after agreeing to acquire Pala Interactive, which will provide Boyd with the technology and expertise to build a leading regional online casino gaming operation.



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BetRivers

Barstool Sportsbook

PointsBet

Caesars Sportsbook

BetMGM

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digital operator FANDUEL

FanDuel’s 2021 revenue of $1.9bn far outpaced all its competitors. According to data released in June this year, FanDuel has continued its domination of New York’s online market, taking 55% of the market share and 45% of the handle. In the past 12 months, FanDuel also launched in Ontario, Louisiana and Wyoming. Moreover, the operator signed a number of partnerships with sports teams, leagues and sports personalities, including the Buffalo Bills and the New York Yankees.

SI SPORTSBOOK

In 2021, 888 launched SI Sportsbook, it’s new US sportsbook that leverages 888’s proprietary technology and Sports Illustrated’s iconic brand. Currently available to players in Colorado and Virginia, with plans to launch in more states over the coming year, SI Sportsbook offers a unique, content-rich customer experience, with enhanced in-play betting opportunities powered by official data from popular sporting leagues and tournaments. Customer feedback so far has been strong, and, with plans to deepen integrations with Sports Illustrated, players have even more to look forward to.

DRAFTKINGS

DraftKings’ revenue for 2021 amounted to $1.3bn, up 110.9% from the previous financial year, as the company continued its expansion into new markets across the US. DraftKings deepened the content offering for its sportsbook by adding micro markets and introduced several player markets to the DraftKings Sportsbook’s college basketball ‘Same Game Parlay.’ For DFS, DraftKings added additional leagues to its portfolio of contest offerings, including Formula 1 and the new USFL. In May this year, the operator also closed on its acquisition of Golden Nugget Online Gaming.

FUBO SPORTSBOOK

Fubo Sportsbook made its debut last November in Iowa as the first

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owned-and-operated live TV streaming -integrated mobile sportsbook in the US. The operator launched with a unique feature, Watching Now, which leverages fuboTV’s first-party user data to allow users to instantly view wagering content based upon what they are streaming. Fubo also launched its sportsbook in Arizona toward the end of last year and later on secured market access to Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Fubo Sportsbook also became an official sports betting partner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Dynamo FC and the New York Jets.

BARSTOOL SPORTSBOOK

Barstool Sportsbook took in $775m in betting handle in 2021 and held 11%, the highest in the industry and double the average. In January, Barstool Sportsbook launched in Louisiana, the twelfth state where PENN Entertainment operates the mobile app. Last year PENN made significant improvements to Barstool Sportsbook, including the introduction of Parlay+ and shareable bet slips. Nearly 50% of customers bet with Barstool exclusives and participated in merchandise promotions, odds boosts and opportunities to bet with or against popular Barstool talent.

BETMGM

BetMGM reported a strong financial performance in FY 2021 and expects to deliver net revenue of over $1.3bn for FY 2022. It released its horse racing app in Ohio, Florida and Louisiana, and launched mobile sports betting in Arizona, Louisiana, Illinois, New York and Ontario. It also launched Puerto Rico’s first regulated sports betting platform. BetMGM also announced an agreement with Sony Pictures and IGT to launch Wheel of Fortune Casino.

CAESARS SPORTSBOOK

Caesars debuted its new Caesars Sportsbook app in August last year following its acquisition of William Hill.

The app immediately went live in eight states and continues growing. It is now live in 18 states. Moreover, Caesars formed a partnership with NYRA Bets to launch the Caesars Racebook app. Caesars also signed a multi-year deal with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions, which will see Omaha producing video and audio content.

POINTSBET

PointsBet continued its North American expansion by launching its offerings in a number of states. The company now operates its sports betting product in ten states and Ontario, and online casinos in four states. This year, PointsBet became the first sportsbook to offer in-game parlay options for NFL and NBA contests. The operator also partnered with NBC Sports for the first dual-market sports betting telecast.

BETRIVERS

Rush Street Interactive’s flagship brand BetRivers operates over 350 of the latest slots and table games, while its online sportsbook offers the ability to bet on numerous leagues worldwide. In the past 12 months, BetRivers entered Ontario and continued its US expansion. BetRivers is the only operator in New York offering multi-game same game parlays, where players can combine same game parlays from numerous sporting events.

MAXIMBET

MaximBet made its debut last year. It first launched in the state of Colorado and quickly secured market access in 11 additional US states and Ontario. MaximBet is gaining popularity by rewarding players with real-life ‘money can’t buy’ experiences. Most recently the operator announced a partnership with Nicki Minaj, who will work with MaximBet on merchandise, parties, partnerships, fan experiences and branding, all designed to bring together entertainment, sports, celebrity and betting.



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VIP Host Aristocrat Gaming

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Casino Management System Table Trac

Lush Passport Technology

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that thermally prints tickets at 300 DPI, meaning operators can customize tickets with crisp and eye-catching graphics. This high-quality printing isn’t only for show: by printing razor-sharp barcodes, the Epic Edge increases ticket acceptance rates and optimizes casino performance. CasinoTrac Management System TABLETRAC delivers comprehensive insights to land -based casinos ranging from accounting and revenue audits, to Players Club and promotions. Now processing millions of transactions daily at over 150 casinos worldwide, it provides full functionality on all levels of casino operations. VIP HOST ARISTOCRAT GAMING is a casino host prompted by the lack of tools available to make informed decisions while approaching a guest, as well as a lack of resources to convert non-carded players to carded players. Aristocrat solved this by giving casino hosts the tools needed to operate at optimum potential. This unique product enables a deeper understanding of each guest. It allows staff to identify and approach players while on the go, providing real-time performance data, floor mapping, notifications and more. OPTX PLATFORM OPTX embodies the company’s faith in intelligent, real-time sources of truth via data analysis. Its system connects the casino behind the scenes and pulls together the knowledge operators require into an easy-to-use web and mobile platform, where action can be initiated and executed through various features and functionality. OPTX’s cutting-edge AI models automate the extraction of knowledge from various sources of casino data, so that operators can take the guesswork out of their trade. FOUNDATION ACRES MANUFACTURING is a first-of-its-kind casino management system that provides

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Relax Gaming is a leading supplier and aggregator of casino content including slots, jackpots, bingo and poker. Founded in 2010 with the goal of simplifying B2B content delivery for the modern iGaming landscape, Relax Gaming revolutionized business practices and brought about a streamlined way of working. With integrity at its core and driving differentiation in its DNA, the company’s recent and rapid expansion has been conceived in order to deliver unparalleled global reach. The Relax Gaming portfolio stands out for its innovation, technology and graphics.

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digital product OfferCraft NRT Technology OfferCraft is a software and content platform that turns marketing and HR programs into fun interactive digital experiences. OfferCraft builds customer loyalty by creating engaging opportunities that allow operators to connect with customers and learn from their behaviors, enabling them to market to consumers more effectively and efficiently. OfferCraft reduces expensive paper promotions and direct mail by creating digital offers that can be adjusted in real time with zero reprint costs. Lightning Shenlong Lightning Box Games Lightning Shenlong has been a global success for Lightning Box. With a revamped Lightning Respin feature, it has taken slot players on a ride to try and obtain gigantic wins, including the jackpots available. The Colossal symbols land and split in the active reel of Lightning Respin feature, creating further opportunities for the player to win. Players are able to see their collected prizes tally up at the end of the feature. With its beautiful Asian-themed artwork, it has taken the North American market by storm.

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BetConstruct’s omni-channel product and service portfolio, as well as third -party integrations, including sportsbook, peer-to-peer games (skill games), RNG games and slots, poker, virtual sports etc. and is currently integrated with all major providers. As an open platform, it allows for integration with any choice of platform, product or service and provides operators with a best-in-class solution. Another benefit is the presence of a robust back office and tools needed to operate a business and promote it for better reach. One Platform for 360° Compliance Management OneComply One Platform for 360° Compliance Management has quickly changed the game for licensing and compliance management. It centralizes, organizes and provides dashboards for all licensing and compliance data, including key person, corporate entity and occupational/ product licensing, enabling organizations to streamline and automate the application creation process, and instantly track the status of all licenses and compliance issues for multiple business entities, license types and jurisdictions. Unique to OneComply is its scalable design and SaaS pricing model, ensuring every type and size of company in the gaming industry can benefit from its capabilities.

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QCI Loyalty eliminates the burden of systems integration and the need for an app. It uses the now ubiquitous QR code for permissioned interactions, linking every touchpoint of a resort. Guests earn rewards and offers based on their property-wide activity tracked through smartphones. QCI Loyalty has been purpose-built to manage loyalty member data, member transactions and the operational aspects of a guest loyalty system across the entire property. IDComply GeoComply IDComply is one of the industry’s most effective compliance solutions, including its innovative and trusted

solution IDComply. The product helps online gaming operators handle their player onboarding digital identity verification processes. By automating data collection from a driver’s license or passport, IDComply simplifies the user onboarding process. It provides a 95%+ data verification success rate. Customer Acquisition Program Intelitics Customer Acquisition Program is a leading performance marketing and analytics platform provider for iGaming operators and affiliates targeting the US market and beyond. Companies can track, analyze and grow all of their acquisition partnerships and campaigns across web and mobile with real-time data, unlocking hidden revenue and boosting ROI. Real-time reporting, actionable insights and business intelligence are layered throughout the platform. Vault Cracker Red Tiger Vault Cracker hit America’s shores in August of 2021 and its success has been staggering. Vault Cracker scores highly across all metrics: wager, players, rounds and GGR. When measured against Red Tiger’s list of all-time-best slots, it easily ranks in the top ten. Vault Cracker comes packed with exciting features, including Instant Cash Wind, second-chance spins, four kinds of multipliers, a host of engaging features and exciting gameplay. Dragons of the North Wizard Games Dragons of the North inhabits a medieval world with the popular fantasy genre providing ample opportunity for Wizard to highlight its commitment to creating engaging titles through elegant artwork. The artistic style has been created to provide a familiarity for American players, with it visually evoking the land-based feel through its environment. Dragons of the North’s YoY growth makes for impressive reading, with a 311% increase in GGR, 348% more bets placed, and 365% more unique players across the Americas.



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land-based industry supplier AGS Over the last two years, AGS entered the Class III premium market with its Starwall X Orion immersive video display and its Orion Curve Premium configuration. Entering this hyper -competitive segment of the market is a big feat for a smaller supplier, and AGS’ revenue per day on its lease base have hit multiple records in the last year as a result, exceeding $30 for 3 quarters in a row. As AGS’ slot offerings expand and it enters new product categories, its tables segment has continued to witness tremendous growth, delivering 74% EBITDA growth in 2021 vs pre-Covid-19 2019. From innovations like Bonus Spin Xtreme to entering the card shuffler market with its Pax S specialty-game shuffler, AGS has quickly become a ‘partner of choice’ for the tables section of the casino floor. Interblock Gaming Interblock is a leading developer and supplier of luxury electronic table gaming (ETG) products, globally recognized for reliable and quality gaming solutions. Its technical support covers more than 200 jurisdictions. Interblock has developed a reliable, protective solution for customers, dealers and players to help them feel safe and comfortable on the casino floor after experiencing a global pandemic. IGT In the last year, IGT grew and defended its footprint as a leading casino supplier. IGT strengthened its leadership in cashless gaming via its Resort Wallet with IGTPay solution, the industry’s only fully integrated turnkey cashless payments solution. IGT PlaySports is a top B2B sports betting solution with deployments in 20+ states, powering more than 70 sportsbooks. IGT made advancements in ETGs with the introduction of Concurrent game software and continued to dominate the VLT market. Additionally, the company continues to offer chart-topping slot titles including Money Mania, Samurai 888, and Regal

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Riches, and dominates video poker with 90%+ market share. Konami Konami Gaming, a premium slot product company, has been a driving force in delivering fresh entertainment and memorable player experiences to today’s casinos. This comes in the form of landmark gameplay innovations, convenient mobile solutions, cashless gaming and cardless technology with transformative potential. Within the past year, the company’s core focus on R&D has introduced novel gaming entertainment like Fortune Mint, valuable systems tools like the Konetic employee app and fresh historical horse racing experiences with its first HHR machines. Incredible Technologies Incredible Technologies (IT) emerged out of the pandemic stronger, with more diverse product offerings and a growing international footprint. IT’s release of the game-changing PrismVXP in 2021 marked a new era of incredible hardware and software. In 2022, IT installed its first ETG. The company continues to expand its Class II footprint while releasing the PrismVXP to Class III customers across the country. Everi Everi has seen significant growth and market penetration in the last year. Driven by significant success in both its games and fintech segments, Everi achieved new all-time full-year records for revenue, net income, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow. With annual industry replacement sales expected to increase in 2022, the investments Everi has made to expand and extend its games portfolio have positioned the company to achieve consistent progress, towards the longer -term target of a 15% ship share for units sold. Aristocrat Gaming Over the past year, Aristocrat inked a landmark deal with the NFL; forever changing the way slot makers &

film studios work together, with the simultaneous launch of the Dune movie and slot game. It also created a game-changing experience with the groundbreaking Neptune™ Canopy cabinet, a unique slot that takes the play up and over players’ heads. Meanwhile, independent reports continually show its products outperform that of competitors. SUZOHAPP SUZOHAPP is a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of gaming, amusement and sports betting products. Serving operators and OEMs for over 60 years, SUZOHAPP carries a vast portfolio of components available for immediate distribution and for developing custom-built solutions. Over the past year, SUZOHAPP launched its complete sports betting ecosystem to help sportsbooks make a seamless transition to the retail space. The company now offers a self-service ecosystem to support the entire life cycle of a bet. EGT EGT’s portfolio includes slot machines and games, multiplayer solutions, casino management systems and an online gaming platform. The company has built great relationships with tribal casinos across the US and LatAm. In May this year, EGT launched its fourth EGT Lounge (a special area equipped only with EGT machines and games) at a gaming establishment of Mexico’s Big Bola Group. In June, EGT also closed an agreement for the provision of over 300 slot machines to one of the largest casino operators in Peru. Light & Wonder Light & Wonder elevates the player experience by investing in research and design, to bring compelling content and innovative products to its partners. The Mural and Kascada Dual Screen showstopping cabinets have continued to attract more and more players since their launch last year. Last year, Light & Wonder acquired ACS PlayOn, which further expanded its portfolio of cashless gaming solutions for land-based operators.



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digital industry supplier IGT PlayDigital IGT has prioritized and significantly grown its global iGaming business in recent years. In the US, IGT’s PlayCasino operations are live in Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The company also expanded its iGaming business to Ontario, Canada. IGT has a massive library of original PlayCasino content and brings the world’s best-known brands to players. IGT recently acquired iSoftBet, doubling its proprietary game content and providing an advanced third-party game aggregator. GAN GAN is well recognized for its innovative platform, GameSTACK™, which allows operators to extend their brand to onproperty players at any time, in any place and on any device. GAN’s universal platform and patented process deliver a competitive advantage, resulting in higher conversion rates, better payment processing rates, cutting-edge sports betting modules, mature and fullyfeatured simulated and real-money internet casino. Evolution Evolution provides the widest & most innovative choice of online live casino & RNG games. Its content portfolio, studio & infrastructure offering is unmatched. The company’s presence in North America has increased over the last 12 months to meet the growing demand from US licensees, with studio expansions & the launch of its Michigan studio (its largest to date). Its live games portfolio has grown exponentially, now including Lightning Roulette US, as well as superior 3D animated ‘First Person’ titles and leading slots from group brands, NetEnt and Red Tiger. BetConstruct BetConstruct delivers the ultimate control to operators, while providing the most extensive gaming and betting portfolio to players. Popular products offered by BetConstruct are social games, designed to excite and engage new players, 360°

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marketing solutions, data feed solution, exclusive esports content, and of course, a number of sportsbook solutions for both online and land-based operators. Everi Digital Over the past three years, Everi Digital has extended the footprint of its proprietary Spark™ Remote Game Server, which houses its iGaming content, to include Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in the US, as well as to British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. After launching in Ontario with OLG in October 2021, Everi Digital recently announced opportunities to deliver its top-performing slot content to multiple online operators throughout Ontario. Continent 8 Technologies Continent 8 is a provider of global managed hosting, connectivity and security solutions. When it comes to US GGR, the company is servicing and supporting over 80% of the market. Its global network is growing rapidly with 80+ connected locations across Europe, the Americas and Asia. This includes 24 US states with 5+ states to go live in 2022. The company has introduced framework structures, with pre-defined pricing and timescales for implementations. Continent 8 also invested in the LatAm market, launching its cloud solutions in Colombia in 2020, and Puerto Rico went live with all its solutions in Q1 2022, soon to be followed by Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Pariplay Pariplay is a leading iGaming aggregator and content provider, available in 20+ regulated jurisdictions worldwide, including Colombia, New Jersey, West Virginia, Michigan, Alberta and Ontario. It supplies 12,000+ games to 100+ major operators globally (including BetMGM, RSI, Caesars, 888 and PlayAlberta) from 80+ studios (both Tier 1 and localized). The Fusion Aggregation Platform is the

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sportsbook supplier OpenBet OpenBet reaffirmed its position as a leading sportsbook supplier, evident from the multiple state launches, several new commercial agreements and major product upgrades the company achieved during the previous 12 months. The acquisition of SportCast’s pioneering BetBuilder product sharpened its digital content offering. The product has brought a new level of engagement for customers, including DraftKings, which is live with the same-game parlay offering in 12 states. Its sports betting engine is able to facilitate huge volumes of bets at scale, including a record 8 million bets processed on Super Bowl LVI. IGT PlaySports IGT PlaySports is a high-level B2B sports betting solution with deployments in 20+ states, powering over 70 sportsbooks and includes self-service betting technology such as PeakBarTop. Most recently, IGT extended its successful partnership with SuperBook Sports to Tennessee, where the IGT PlaySports platform is powering the SuperBook Sports mobile betting app. Earlier this year, IGT also became the first US supplier in the gaming industry to receive Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4) responsible gaming accreditation for its sports betting operations. Kambi Kambi is a leading industry provider of premium sports betting technology and services. The company is a trusted partner to 40 operators across six continents. Kambi has delivered impressive commercial performance, achieving revenue uplift of 38% to an all-time high of $181.7m for 2021, alongside an increase in operator turnover of 40%. Eight new partners joined the Kambi network in 2021 and the company powered more than 70 partner launches. This commercial progress is underpinned by the strength of Kambi’s technology; it is the only sportsbook supplier which

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enables game parlays to be combined across matches and sports. Sportradar Sportradar offers bookmakers everything from full business solutions to all-round marketing and management services. The company has secured critical partnerships with NHL, NBA and MLB. Towards the end of last year, Sportradar signed a multi -year agreement with PointsBet, the sixth multi-year deal Sportradar has secured with a multi-state US betting operator for top-tier US sports data in 2021 alone. Genius Sports Genius Sports powers the global ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media. Earlier this year, Resorts World Bet selected Genius Sports to help power its digital sportsbook in New York and to provide its leading LiveData and LiveTrading solutions, powered by the highest quality official data. Genius Sports also expanded its presence in South America after securing a deal with online sportsbook Betsul. Amelco Amelco delivers one of the most comprehensive platforms available to operators. Spanning sports betting, iGaming, retail, player account management (PAM), as well as multiple data feeds, Amelco is now live across 12 states. In May of this year, Amelco went live in Arkansas with Saracen Casino in a move that strengthens the Natural State’s newly established online sports betting market. The deal marked yet another major landmark for Amelco, which already services numerous leading operators globally, including Flutter, Hard Rock Digital, FuboTV and Wynn Interactive. Inspired Entertainment Inspired’s virtual sports are popular worldwide. The company’s V-Play Plug & Play™ solution – a complete end-to -end online and mobile virtual sports offering – was deployed on BetMGM Casino, Borgata Casino and Party Casino in New Jersey last year. Over the past 12 months, Inspired’s virtual sports business

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property - north america Foxwoods Resort Casino The largest resort casino in the Northeast celebrated its 30th anniversary this year with an exciting new endeavor for the property is its partnership with Great Wolf Lodge. This will bring one of Great Wolf Lodge’s beloved indoor water park resorts to Mashantucket, CT. In July, Foxwoods opened its new High Stakes Bingo Hall, unveiling a 2,200-seat facility with an offering of prizes and features. Circa Resort & Casino Since its grand opening in 2020, Circa Resort & Casino has revolutionized the downtown LV experience. The property boasts Stadium Swim and the world’s largest sportsbook. Earlier this year, the property announced a multimillion-dollar project: 35,000-square-foot meetings and convention area, which is expected to be ready for business in September. Furthermore, Circa became the first Las Vegas casino to debut its own NFT collection. Ocean Casino Resort In May, Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort announced over $85m in property development. Updates include the completion of over 460 hotel rooms and suites, and The Gallery Bar Book & Games which was introduced to the public this July. It features a 100-foot elevated bar and lounge, video poker, blackjack and roulette tables, as well as 140 feet of LED walls. A 17-foot open-air staircase connects to the Balcony Bar, where guests can enjoy the ultimate VIP sportsbook experience. Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel In September last year, Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel began its three -phase multi-million dollar expansion project. The casino added additional slot machines, bringing the total to over 7,000, more high-limit gaming rooms and other amenities. Yaamava’ Resort & Casino also opened its new 17-floor

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hotel featuring 432 guest rooms and the 3,000-capacity Yaamava’ Theater. Casino del Sol Located in the secluded mesquites of the high desert in Tucson, AZ, Casino Del Sol is pivoting towards entertainment. In 2021, the property added many new games and amenities, including slot machines, table games, a poker room, and a 4,000-square-foot sportsbook, SolSports. The property also boasts 1,379 of the newest slot machine titles and 27 table games. Its integrated mobile app engages and rewards loyalty club members with exclusive perks. Its PRO-Host platform uses stored data for enhanced personalized service. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort Last year, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort opened its new $4m VIP Lounge. Exclusive to E.I.P. and Scarlet cardholders in the Pearl Rewards loyalty program, the new area catered to players with three unique areas. The luxury extends from chevron marble floors and gravity-defying bars to a buffet including charcuterie and an assortment of award-winning desserts. E.I.P. card holders also can enjoy the Parlor, a plush salon inspired by the nostalgia and glamor of private clubs from the early 1900s. Pechanga Resort Casino Pechanga Resort Casino offers 5,400 slots, 152 table games, world-class entertainment, 1,100 hotel rooms, dining, spa and golf at Journey at Pechanga. The casino continues to deliver on its health and safety pledge, and on its AAA Four Diamond standards. Its leadership has gotten rid of indoor smoking, and made recent improvements to the hotel. Snoqualmie Casino Snoqualmie Casino combines breathtaking mountain valley views in a sophisticated gaming setting, complete with nearly 1,700

slot machines, 55 classic table games and is Seattle’s closest sportsbook. In September last year, Snoqualmie Casino and Tribe became the first in Washington to open and offer legalized sports betting, ten weeks before the nearest competitor, and remains the only with a mobile app. In May, the property commenced a multi-phase expansion which will include a new hotel, expanded gaming floor, destination spa, a 2,000-seat entertainment and convention center, parking structure and restaurants. Mohegan Sun The first legal sports bet ever placed in Connecticut occurred at Mohegan Sun last September at the Bow & Arrow Sports Bar. Just a few months later, the Mohegan Sun FanDuel sportsbook opened; it stretches 11,000 square feet, and is home to a 140-foot video wall, 30+ additional hi-res flat screens, a mezzanine level and 39 betting kiosks. Recently, Mohegan Sun announced it is embarking on $15m renovations that will include a new 6,500-square-foot VIP Lounge & Bar in Casino of the Earth, which will debut in the fall. Bally’s Atlantic City Bally’s Atlantic City has been undergoing over $100m woth of renovations and early this year the property debuted its incredible transformation. A refreshed hotel lobby represents a whole new experience from arrival to departure. The new Carousel Bar features 360-degree views of the casino and hotel lobby. This immersive experience features an elevated 24-seat rotating bar reminiscent of a carousel and is the first venue of its kind in New Jersey. There is also an all-new High Limits Room which features mini-baccarat (19), blackjack (6), roulette and craps tables, and a custom-made green wall and signature chandelier that creates a unique ambiance. Last but not least, Bally’s unveiled 750 newly renovated rooms and suites in its Bally’s Tower.



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property - latam Baha Mar (Bahamas) Located beachfront in Nassau, The Bahamas, Baha Mar resort offers luxury hotels, world-class dining, an elegant casino and an all-new waterpark. The Baha Mar Casino is like no other, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea. It is the largest and most luxurious casino in the Caribbean, designed for gaming of every level, from casual players to high-stakes rollers. There are 119 tables offering 18 types of games, over 1,000 slot machines, and live sports betting at the William Hill sportsbook. As of last year, there is also an outdoor casino called The Pavilion, which brings the thrill of gaming to the beach. Foxwoods El San Juan at the Fairmont El San Juan (Puerto Rico) Fairmont El San Juan is one of Puerto Rico’s most luxurious properties. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and LionGrove opened the highly anticipated Foxwoods El San Juan Casino at the Fairmont El San Juan Hotel in April this year. The casino floor features 15,000 square feet of the best slot machines and table games, complementing the resort’s well-appointed luxury accommodations and vibrant amenities. A DraftKings online and retail sportsbook is also expected to open at the property’s casino in the coming weeks. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) Hard Rock Punta Cana boasts 1,775 rooms of the highest luxury, an 18-hole golf course and the largest Vegas-style casino in the Dominican Republic. The casino floor rocks with over 340 player favorite slot and video poker machines, 25 table games, and a fabulous poker room offering cash games every night of the week. There are daily slot happenings as well as a $5,000 weekly slot event. Hipódromo de Palermo (Argentina) The Hipódromo de Palermo is not only Argentina’s main racetrack, but it also

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has huge slots halls, which this year are celebrating their 25th anniversary. The property expanded and significantly diversified its gaming offering in the past 12 months. The popular Egyptian Stars, Majestic Stallion, Wolf Peak and Wolf Run Gold are among the latest slots to arrive at the property. Recently, the property also opened the BetWarrior Sportbar, the biggest sports bar in Latin America. Casino Del Mar at La Concha Resort (Puerto Rico) Epitomizing the “Latino Chic” lifestyle, La Concha offers stylish amenities and breathtaking ocean views right in the heart of San Juan’s trendy Condado district. The property is home to the Casino del Mar which has over 400 slot machines and player-favorite table games such as mini baccarat, craps, roulette (with Luminar system and display - available only at Casino Del Mar), blackjack and poker. In February this year it was announced that BetMGM will be accepting wagers at the resort through 12 kiosks and five betting windows. A full-scale BetMGM retail sportsbook is set to open at La Concha Resort later this year. Casino Del Lago at Enjoy (Pucón, Chile) Earlier this year Enjoy was given the green light to open its new Casino del Lago at its property in Pucón Chile. The new casino has 500 slots, 27 table games (including eight roulette tables). Players can also enjoy bingo there. The next phase of renovations at the property, which has a deadline of October this year, includes a 5-star hotel, a convention center, museum and shops, among other things. Wyndham Grand Rio Mar (Puerto Rico) Whether it’s golf overlooking the mountains of Rio Grande or relaxing at a cabana during sunset, Rio Mar offers exceptional resort activities for all. The resort is home to the 7,000-square -foot Rio Mar Casino which vaguely resembles a Las Vegas-style casino. It

has over 150 slots, video poker games and classic table games, including blackjack, roulette and Texas hold ‘em. Live music entertainment is regularly offered on the casino floor. Nuevo Casino Alberdi (Argentina) In June this year, Argentina’s newest casino, Nuevo Casino Alberdi, opened its doors, offering unmatched entertainment to the locality. The casino has over 200 of the latest and most-popular slot games. 140 of these are IGT player favorites such as Olympus Link, Bubble Blast Link, Treasure Box and Super Wheelmania, among others. Electronic table games, such as Interblock’s popular Organic Roulette, are also present on the casino floor. Since its opening, Nuevo Casino Alberdi has given away over $10m in prizes. Ocean Sun Casino at JW Marriott (Panama) Located on Panama Bay, the 70-story JW Marriott offers guests a getaway in the heart of the business area in Panama, where they can enjoy infinity pools and majestic views. The property is home to the Ocean Sun Casino, which is located across three levels. The casino, operated by Sun International, has swiftly become a leader in the entertainment and gaming space within the city limits. Players can enjoy 600 slots, almost 40 table games (including baccarat, blackjack, roulette and poker), and a sports and entertainment bar where bets can be placed. The Ritz-Carlton (Aruba) Set along the beachfront, the Ritz-Carlton Aruba is the island’s only luxury resort, offering oceanfront hotel rooms, a casino, two pools and a private beach amongst other amenities. The 15,000-square-foot casino features 15 traditional table games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, and Texas Hold’em Bonus. It also has a selection of over 260 player-favorite slot machines and two sports betting kiosks. Guests at the casino can also enjoy live entertainment.



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product innovation GOLDEN BALL ROULETTE INTERBLOCK GAMING Interblock’s Golden Ball Roulette offers a unique spin on a classic table game favorite. With patented technology and unique lights, this exciting ETG provides roulette players with an opt-in side bet to increase the level of entertainment, time on device and hold percentage. Housed in the company’s popular MiniStar cabinet, Golden Ball Roulette combines both mechanical challenges and software ingenuity. ‘always on’ pointsbeT This year, PointsBet became the first US sports betting operator to offer clients live, in-game betting opportunities with zero suspensions across the core markets of spread and moneyline. The testing of the ‘Always On’ technology was a huge success. This first-of-its-kind, innovative step follows PointsBet’s acquisition of Banach Technology – a Dublin-based provider of proprietary quantitative driven trading models. The models support complex pre-game and live, in-game betting products across numerous sports. GO GO CLAW ARUZE GAMING Go Go Claw a hit among players and properties alike, the newly launched Go Go Claw is expecting placements in over 100 different casinos by year’s end. This innovative game reimagines the player’s casino experience. In this blend of arcade and casino-style play, a physical claw is used to place one of the prize balls in the collection bin, where (hopefully) a jackpot is unveiled. Go Go Claw has two theme variations: Go Go Claw - Gold Bars and Go Go Claw - Cash Grab. SPORTS BETTING APP wagr Earlier this year, sports betting app Wagr announced its public launch after completing a $12m Series A funding round that will allow the company to further develop its product and, more importantly, expand to other states.

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During its private beta release, the app was available in Tennessee. Wagr stands out from other sports betting apps and appeals to more casual users by incorporating a social component. The app matches a bettor with someone else in the same state who’s willing to wager the opposite side. Leaderboards and community posts will also form a part of the user experience. IGT ADVANTAGE in the Cloud IGT IGT ADVANTAGE in the Cloud IGT recently took its proven IGT ADVANTAGE CMS to the next level by hosting the technology in the public cloud. As the only supplier to offer this convenience, IGT is helping operators save unparalleled time, space and money, all while maximizing system uptime and performance. The cloud-based version of IGT ADVANTAGE is deployed at several casinos in Oklahoma and is supporting a Historical Horse Racing customer in Wyoming. The technology has achieved a record-setting 400+ consecutive days of uptime with no infrastructure-related service events. Precision Bonusing Acres Manufacturing Acres has developed Precision Bonusing, a suite of bonus applications that utilize the Acres Foundation™ system, to address the growing use of mobile technology among US consumers. Each bonus application is highly configurable, allowing casinos to adjust the bonus pay table, trigger events, and even the theme and appearance of the bonus sequence. Importantly, while legacy bonusing products deploy the same themes across multiple casinos, Precision Bonusing empowers casinos to differentiate themselves by integrating their unique brand identity into on-thefloor casino bonusing. THE BIG SHAKE CARNIVAL ECLIPSE GAMING The Big Shake Carnival is an immersive retro 1980s pinball-themed game that combines a three-reel slot with a classic arcade-style coin pusher. It capitalizes on

arcade-favorite coin pushers to offer a Big Wheel Bonus and perceived skill feature. Players can choose their favorite tune to play for a truly immersive audio and visual gameplay experience. TRAVELLING WALLET WHITE HAT GAMING Travelling Wallet, as part of its partnership with PENN Entertainment, White Hat Gaming has been entering the US not only at astonishing speed but also bringing one of the most agile, 100% in-house built platforms to the market. The Travelling Wallet was built from scratch on White Hat’s proprietary tech and introduced as a first-to-market solution for sportsbooks and casinos. The Travelling Wallet enables players to move from state to state and between gaming verticals, retaining their cash, bonus and loyalty balances in each, without the need to transfer additional funds. White Hat Gaming enabled Barstool to be the first sportsbook in the US to offer crypto deposits. Lightning roulette Evolution Lightning Roulette Redefines live casino in the US. This revolutionary, record-breaking game combines classic Live Casino Roulette with highpayout RNG elements, giving players extra opportunities to win through random-generated lucky numbers, with multipliers of up to 500x! In every game round of Lightning Roulette, one to five numbers are randomly struck by lightning and those lucky numbers will then offer payouts from 50x-500x. RICHER SPIN ROULETTE TCSJOHNHUXLEY Richer Spin Roulette, which debuted towards the end of last year, is an exciting new side bet that adds a twist to roulette. Played alongside the traditional game, Richer Spin Roulette features a unique TCSJOHNHUXLEY Roulette wheel, a quick and easy-to-learn game which is available for single, double and triple zero games. The game is extremely attractive to operators as it increases table drop while retaining a strong house edge.



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CasinoTrac’s ™ newest casino management system gives operators the tools to retain loyal players, improve operations, and increase profitability. Extensive built-in functionality that supports the entire casino operation includes everything from providing the highest level of auditing, accounting, and regulatory reporting features to delivering exciting player loyalty programs aimed at increasing play. CasinoTrac’s ™ System takes data and transforms it into a dynamic point-and-click format that allows casinos’ teams to make quick and effective decisions – when it counts – while players are right on the property.

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slot WHEEL OF FORTUNE IGT IGT’s Wheel of Fortune High Roller made its industry debut in October 2021 at G2E, showcasing the new Peak65 cabinet, with an imposing 65” 4k monitor. Wheel of Fortune High Roller routinely performs over 2.5-3X floor averages and shows a 3.13X house index performance on Eilers. High Roller is highly entertaining and a standout in the Wheel of Fortune slots portfolio, with thrilling growing reels mechanics. The base game includes the opportunity to win free games leading to the wheel bonus. baobao king velvix BaoBao King launched in 2022 as a premier title for the Velvix brand. The game centers around a unique ‘battle feature,’ which sees players selected randomly go head-to-head in a battle for credits. Making it more exciting is the fact that both players are guaranteed winners. The game is based on the Chinese Zodiac and includes four unique characters from Chinese mythology. ultra rush gold x wei yi Incredible technologies Ultra Rush Gold X Wei Yi is the next generation of the smash-hit Ultra Rush game family. The PrismVXP-exclusive title builds upon renowned features and brand recognition in a jaw-dropping iteration. The iconic lock and spin Ultra Rush bonus reaches unprecedented heights on the physically expanding PrismVXP cabinet. When just five scatters land, the VXP display surges to life for an expanded bonus canvas. Ultra Rush Gold X adds a twist to the popular lock and spin mechanic with growing bonus grids and a player-favorite progressive wheel. REELS OF STEEL BLUBERRI Housed on Bluberi’s new Big Mech cabinet that stands at over 9 feet tall, is a mechanical reel product. These are not the reel strips you normally see in the interior of a slot machine, these are laser -cut pieces of steel. It is a traditional 3-reel,

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1-line mechanical slot game, full of wilds, multipliers, free games and an exciting top award chase. The world premiere of this game was in January this year at the Yaamava’ Resort and Casino. GAMING ARTS X BRIAN CHRISTOPHER SLOTS POP’N PAYS MORE™ gaming arts Having already had great success across North America with its Pop’N Pays™ brand slots, this recent collaboration took Gaming Arts products to an entirely new level. The slot game takes all the fun of Pop’N Pays™ and puts it in a larger format with expanding reels, more pops, more pays and now branded with renowned slot influencer Brian Christopher Slots’ one of a kind stamp. The slot is featured on Gaming Arts’ VertX Grand 49” portrait cabinet and debuted at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. WILD WILD BUFFALO ARISTOCRAT GAMING The legendary Buffalo took the fun to new heights in casinos across the country in Wild Wild Buffalo. The game performs at 2.7x house average and is the top MSP game title on Neptune Double. It gives players a wild experience that combines the iconic Buffalo brand with the symbol-driven simplicity of Wild Wild Cash-on-Reel pays, plus a Buffalo Grand-style wheel that awards progressives, progressive multipliers, and free games. Players enjoy Wild Wild Buffalo on Aristocrat’s Neptune Double cabinet and on the Neptune Canopy. wheel of legends zitro Wheel of Legends, a 4-level Multigame Progressive Link, has achieved deep market penetration since its launch less than a year ago, with a record of more than 1,300 slot machines installed worldwide. Zitro’s latest release includes four exclusive game titles, ‘243 ways’ game mechanics and features such as Free Games, Multipliers and Extended Wild Multipliers. During the base game, when any of the legendary themed characters is full of energy and explodes, the bonus

jackpot is triggered. Wheel of Legends is featured on the new Altius Glare cabinet, which features impressive visuals and premium sound effects. all aboard konami Following success in the Australian market, Konami Gaming’s All Aboard train-themed slot series has amassed a spectacular following in North American land-based and online gaming sites. This slot offers the chance to win collected prizes again and again in the same bonus event, all on a spectacular 4K Ultra High -Definition curved screen display. All Aboard has ranked in the Eilers – Fantini Top 25-Grossing Parent Games - Premium Leased & WAP for 16 consecutive months. Konami’s All Aboard stands out as a slot series that has helped spur postpandemic success. TICK TOCK JACKPOT ECLIPSE GAMING Tick Tock Jackpot video slots are delivering performance and entertainment across the US through an adrenaline -pumping experience for players. During the Countdown Pick Game, players choose a bomb and work to beat the clock to pick the best symbols and create chain reactions that explode to reveal prizes; while the hold-and-spin bonus, expanding reels and progressive jackpots give players opportunities to win more. This game is full of opportunities for explosive wins. ULTIMATE FIRE LINK EXPLOSION LIGHT & WONDER Ultimate Fire Link Explosion debuted earlier this year at the Yaamava’ Resort & Casino and is displayed on Light & Wonder’s most visually dramatic cabinet, Mural™. The game gives players the ability to add cash to reels, to trigger the Hold & Spin feature that has expanded to 12 rows, allowing for greater opportunity for Fire Balls of cash to land on. For the first time, the game’s wheel bonus spans the entire Mural canvas, giving players a chance to win free games, trigger Ultimate Fire Link features, and score bonuses and jackpots.



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payment solution IGT Through Resort Wallet and IGTPay, IGT offers the gaming industry’s only fully integrated, turnkey cashless solution. The IGTPay payments gateway connects with a range of funding options. Players can fund their Resort Wallet Cashless Wagering Account at a casino cage, kiosk or slot, and also via a mobile app or web browser when combined with IGTPay. They can then use those funds for transactions on slot and table games, sports betting and retail points of sale, using a mobile app or loyalty card. PayNearMe PayNearMe offers flexible and scalable payments platform configurable to meet the needs of all operators. With MoneyLine, operators manage the full payment journey, from the initial deposit through to settlement and management of funds; new payment types can be toggled on with ease. MoneyLine highlights include all major payment types in a single platform; cardless cash at ATM withdrawals and cash deposits at retail. Global Payments Gaming Solutions Global Payment’s VIP Mobility™ app is a mobile solution that enables a true cashless experience from funding through cash-out, facilitating the easiest transfer of funds from mobile devices to slot machines with an intuitive interface. VIP Mobility shows strong adoption and retention rates that beat industry standards by 2X-10X. VIP Mobility is powered by Global Payments’ e-check network, VIP Preferred®, which connects patrons to over 400 gaming institutions. It also interacts seamlessly with Global Payments’ VIP Financial Center kiosks, which provide ticket redemption, bill breaking, e-check, ATM and cash advance capabilities. Sightline Payments Sightline powered the world’s first cashless casino - Resorts World Las Vegas. Now, Sightline is leading the country in

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rolling out cashless technologies at casinos nationwide.The company has helped power the exponential growth of legal sports betting and online casino, and now has 70+ partners in the sports betting, gaming and lottery markets. In January, Sightline Payments convinced the Nevada Gaming Commission to change regulation that shortened waiting lists for set-up. Now, casino patrons can utilize the safety and security of modern identity verification measures. Flexia Payments Flexia has transformed the customer experience with a truly cashless solution, providing players flexibility to fund their gaming accounts and earn loyalty points. Flexia takes cashless beyond simply funding an account by combining casino & online gaming accounts, loyalty accounts and a Mastercard digital wallet into a single mobile solution. There is streamlined customer onboarding across multiple systems which controls instant account activation, provides seamless connectivity with financial networks and improves KYC/AML compliance. Passport Technology Passport’s LiveCage solution is a leading cage automation and management payment solution. Its platform combines Passport’s proprietary cash transaction software suite with award-winning cash dispensing hardware. The solution streamlines and automates cashierexecuted cash dispense transactions in the cage environment and includes centralized administration, reporting & monitoring. LiveCage features Passport’s proprietary data capture technology, which integrates casino payment, slot management & RFID chip technology providers into one interface. Transactions are completed with an automated cash dispense. Marker Trax Marker Trax provides instant digital casino marker funds to casino customers.

The technology ensures those funds stay on-site, reducing operator risk. Players benefit from revolutionary digital funding and payment mechanisms. The company has increasied its partnerships with Native American operators by 88% over the last six months. Paysafe Paysafe’s Skrill USA digital wallet enables players to make frictionless deposits and payouts. A streamlined registration process with Skrill USA allows players to link their bank accounts with the digital wallet. They can then deposit into their gaming account in a matter of seconds via instant online bank transfer. In May, Paysafe unveiled a new program for its Skrill USA digital wallet catering to high-stakes US online gamblers. Once a player is onboarded into the VIP program by the operator and Skrill USA, the single transaction limit for an instantly funded deposit is increased by as much as several hundred times the standard limit. Nuvei In 2021, Nuvei exclusively partnered with leading financial institutions, enabling players to withdraw funds from their gaming accounts directly to their bank accounts, via the Clearing House’s Real Time Payments Network. The company’s exclusive partnership with Plaid gives it access to 11,500 banking connections. with one-click deposits and payouts for returning players. Nuvei recently partnered with Fifth Third Bank to launch real-time deposits. Everi Everi’s CashClub Wallet® is a mobile digital wallet that allows casino operators to offer their guests the option of cashless and contactless funding of electronic game play. The wallet is currently live at 17 properties that host more than 35,000 electronic gaming devices; it launched this technology with PENN last year, powering the operator’s mychoice wallet.



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PENN Entertainment

Golden Hearts Games

Sportradar

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responsible business PENN Entertainment In 2021 PENN Entertainment dedicated over $4m to fund a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (“STEM”) Scholarship Program. Moreover, the company contributed more than $7m to help fund Covid-19, hurricane relief efforts and other charitable causes. PENN also announced the expansion of its exclusive myheroes program to recognize and engage the company’s team members who are veterans, active-duty military or first responders. Caesars Entertainment Caesars Entertainment donated over $3.3m to dozens of NFOs across the US through Caesars Foundation. Earlier this year Caesars awarded 22 US students with up to $20,000 to go toward a college or degree-granting program, also announcing an all-new education assistance program for its nearly 50,000 eligible team members. The program, ‘All-In On Education’, includes student loan debt repayment options, tuition assistance, scholarship opportunities and a 529 college savings plan. The Cordish Companies The Cordish Companies is one of the largest corporate philanthropists in Maryland. The company’s charitable arm – The Cordish Family Foundation – made a $1m donation to the National Medal of Honor Museum. The Cordish Companies have made a commitment to raise an additional $1m for the museum. Hard Rock International To combat the risk of sexual exploitation and human trafficking, Hard Rock International partnered with ECPAT -USA to launch The Social Identity Quest (SIQ), that educates online safety literacy amongst high school students. This quest -game format challenged youth to examine how they express themselves online and understand risks that can arise on the internet. Altogether, around one million students completed

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the SIQ curriculum taught by 54,401 teachers in 45 US states, resulting in a 13.3% increase in online safety literacy. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated over $300m to charitable organizations to make a difference in its surrounding communities and Indian Country over the last 20 years. For instance, the tribe donated $100,000 to the Las Vegas non-profit, Three Square Food Bank. It also announced that it has awarded a $2.2m grant to the City of San Bernardino to help fund a new mobile veterinary clinic, improvements at Seccombe Lake Park and new police vehicles. Golden Hearts Games Golden Hearts Games, announced over $10m in donations since its launch in August 2020. A percentage of its players purchases are donated to a charitable cause of their choice. Over 54,000 NFOs in the US have been granted funding by the charity to date. Golden Hearts Games has also invited NFOs to join its ‘Philanthropic Partner Coalition,’ which offers additional avenues for boosting funding for charities through its games. The coalition boasts over 90 organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital and The Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City. Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Each December, members of the Sycuan Tribal Council select a charity to support on behalf of Sycuan. Last year’s celebration marks Sycuan’s 15th Holiday Gift Giving Ceremony, with $175,000 being donated to 25 charities. Earlier this year, the San Diego Symphony announced that the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and Sycuan Casino Resort have made a $1.1m donation. The historic gift is given to the Symphony’s ‘The Future is HEAR’ campaign and operational support of the Symphony’s artistic and community programs.

MGM Resorts International In 2021 MGM Resorts completed the MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array. The array’s clean energy now produces up to 90% of MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas daytime power. Moreover, MGM Resorts launched a new Matching Gifts Program, which matches up to $10,000 of employee donations to the MGM Resorts Foundation each year. The company also gave $250,000 to the International Center for Responsible Gambling. Sportradar Sportradar recently announced the launch of Athlete Wellbeing, a global program developed for sports bodies to help support athletes and reduce the potential impact of sports betting on their mental health. The program will focus on prevention and education through a comprehensive curriculum including on-demand virtual sessions, pre-recorded webinars and in person workshops. The supplier partnered with industry leaders in sports betting addiction and athlete mental health, including Kindbridge Behavioral Health; Dr. Timothy Fong, the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program; and Brianne Doura-Schawohl, an expert in responsible gambling and harm prevention. Additionally, Sportradar recently renewed its membership in the National Council on Problem Gambling, with NCPG agreeing to advise on the development of the Athlete Wellbeing program. NRT Technology NRT Technology reinforced its commitment to sustainability by converting sunlight into energy through the implementation of a 55,000-square -foot solar power system at its Toronto headquarters. The solar panels form the basis for a 385 KW solar PV generation plant which will produce 98% of NRT’s annual electricity requirements. The new solar installation will lower CO2 emissions by 61 tons annually.



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Renato Ascoli

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Jay Snowden CEO & President, PENN Entertainment

Brooke Fiumara

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Jason Robins Co-Founder & CEO, DraftKings

Derek Stevens

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Anna Sainsbury

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Jordan Levin CEO, OpenBet

Dan Schrementi President of Gaming, Incredible Technologies

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Alex Dixon

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Kelly T. Gee

Kimberly Van Amburg CEO, Casino del Sol

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Amy Howe CEO, FanDuel This brilliant executive continues to take FanDuel to new heights in the US market, following her permanent appointment in October 2021. In a recent interview, she told Gambling Insider that she wants to grow FanDuel into a $7-10bn brand. Howe wants to boost the brand’s iGaming presence, with its US sports betting market share already claimed by parent company Flutter Entertainment to be 51%. Renato Ascoli CEO, Global Gaming, IGT Renato Ascoli leads IGT’s entire gaming enterprise, which extends across six continents and approximately 100 countries. Under his leadership, IGT led in 2021 North America unit sales, emerging as the premiere cashless gaming technology supplier. It maintained its dominance in global video poker and VLTs. Ascoli is the executive co-sponsor of PRIDE with IGT, the group that was integral in IGT achieving the “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ + Equality” distinction from the Human Rights Campaign. Jay Snowden CEO & President, PENN Entertainment Jay Snowden has overseen an exciting year in PENN’s history, which included the company’s recent rebrand. Under his leadership, the company has continued to post strong financial results, finalized the acquisition of theScore (which has already taken the lead in the Ontario market), and purchased the remainder of Barstool Sports, effectively turning PENN into a betting and media behemoth. Jordan Levin CEO, OpenBet Jordan Levin has overseen over 20 US launches in the past year and a 25% increase in revenues, driven by OpenBet’s ability to enter new markets efficiently with an unrivaled portfolio of technology, content and services. He was instrumental in the company’s acquisition of SportCast and its pioneering BetBuilder product, significantly improving OpenBet’s content offering. He was pivotal in securing OpenBet’s long-term future following its $1.2bn sale to Endeavor, providing a platform for the company to enter a new era. Brooke Fiumara Co-CEO, OPTX Heading up OPTX is a team of civic -minded leaders who are not only dedicated to the company and clients,

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but to their communities as well. Co-CEO Brooke Fiumara regularly volunteers with her local Southern Nevada food bank, mentors other women entrepreneurs, and uses an inclusive leadership style to ensure OPTX provides an unparalleled customer experience. Dan Schrementi President of Gaming, Incredible Technologies Dan Schrementi has overseen Incredible Technologies’ gaming initiatives in one of the most challenging set of circumstances to impact the industry. Under his leadership, Incredible Technologies has entered new markets beyond the US, launched its first electronic table game, expanded its Class II footprint and released the game-changing PrismVXP to casinos across the country. Allie Evangelista President, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol This year, Allie Evangelista opened the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Bristol, Virginia, which has seen huge success since its launch in July. Under her leadership, the temporary casino’s popularity exceeded expectations and received great support from the community. Hector Fernandez CEO, Aristocrat Gaming In just three years as Aristocrat’s President of the Americas and EMEA, Hector Fernandez has left an indelible mark on the company. Now, as CEO of Gaming, he has led the company to strike landmark deals with the NFL, changed the way the gaming industry and film studios work together (with the milestone Dune game), and has inspired the global company to take care of its employees. Soo Kim Chairman, Bally’s Corporation Bally’s Corporation continues to expand at a breakneck pace: it has been on a casino acquisition spree, and last year it acquired European iGaming operator Gamesys. Overnight, Bally’s turned from a strictly land-based operator to half land based, half online. The main person who has driven the company throughout the process is Soo Kim. Under his leadership, Bally’s also secured the sole casino license in Chicago. Derek Stevens Owner & CEO, Circa Resort & Casino Since the grand opening of the Circa

Resort & Casino during the Covid-19 pandemic, Derek Stevens has continued to change the face of downtown Las Vegas. Stevens’ sports betting brand, Circa Sports, known for the world’s largest sportsbook at the flagship downtown Las Vegas property, also continued to expand. It recently opened its first brick-and-mortar sportsbook at Legends Bay Casino in Northern Nevada. Latisha Casas Chairwoman, San Manuel Gaming & Hospitality Authority Latisha Casas leads the San Manuel tribe’s gaming business arm. Under her leadership, the tribe recently ventured into commercial gaming and made history as the first tribe to own and operate a casino in Las Vegas, following San Manuel’s purchase of Palms Resort Casino. Casas is also actively involved in various charity initiatives that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians organizes. Jason Robins Co-Founder & CEO, DraftKings Under Jason Robins’ leadership, DraftKings continued its expansion throughout the US by launching in more states, diversifying its product offering and officially finalizing the $1.56bn acquisition of Golden Nugget Online Gaming in May this year. Robins commented that acquiring GNOG will give DraftKings synergies across its business. Stephanie Lepori Chief Administrative and Accounting Officer, Caesars Entertainment Stephanie Lepori has guided Caesars Entertainment during a merger with Eldorado Resorts. Following that, she now leads Caesars’ CSR strategy, which addresses the ways in which the company makes a positive contribution through its responsible business conduct. Lepori is dedicated to giving to others by sitting on the board of the Boys & Girls Club and supporting organizations that encourage women in accounting and other professions. Jyoti Chopra Chief People, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer, MGM Resorts International Jyoti Chopra is a key asset to MGM Resorts as she oversees ESG reporting and is responsible for directing enterprise-wide human and social capital initiatives. She also oversees the MGM Resorts Foundation and community relations. Chopra



champions diversity and inclusion, not just across MGM Resorts but in the industry as a whole. Alex Dixon CEO, Q Casino and Dubuque Racing Association Last year, Alex Dixon was tasked with heading the Dubuque Racing Association and Q Casino, one of only two not-for -profit casinos in the country. He has focused on reinvesting in the casino; beyond that, he works to unlock the potential of Dubuque, Iowa and the Mississippi River, and attract more people to the region. Last but not least, Dixon oversees the African American Gaming Network, a resource to pay it forward through coaching, mentoring and developing future executives in the industry. Brian Gullbrants President, Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Gullbrants took part in Wynn Resorts’ series of leadership classes, teaching a large number of executives. In a recent interview with HOTELS Magazine, Gullbrants revealed that he constantly communicates with his team and tells them stories from throughout his career, thus helping them better understand the business. By doing so he also develops future industry leaders. Kelly T. Gee Executive Director, Virginia Lottery After serving as a member of the Virginia Lottery’s leadership team as the Manager of Government Relations for several years, Kelly T. Gee was appointed Executive Director earlier this year. She has navigated the legislative journey towards opening the state’s first land based casino (Hard Rock Bristol) and oversaw the launch of the Virginia Lottery’s new app. Additionally, she ensures that the Lottery has a positive impact in every corner of the state. John Connelly Global CEO, Interblock Gaming While the industry struggled with the effects of the pandemic, John Connelly made health and safety a priority for Interblock’s workforce, while methodically ramping-up R&D efforts to better serve the company’s customers and offer unique solutions that have aided in bringing players back to the casino floor safely. Earlier this year, under Connelly’s

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leadership, Interblock was acquired by Oaktree Capital Management. The deal has given Interblock the ability to further accelerate its momentum, concentrating on both organic growth and potential acquisitions. Anna Sainsbury CEO, GeoComply In January of this year, Anna Sainsbury stepped back into the CEO role of the company she co-founded and since then has reaffirmed GeoComply’s mission to power the future of digital trust for customers, regulators and communities. In addition to growing the company’s footprint, Sainsbury is also dedicated to philanthropy and is a strong advocate for gender equality in the workplace and stopping digital child exploitation. As soon as the war in Ukraine started, Sainsbury and her team put their colleagues first, endeavoring to successfully relocate GeoComply’s Ukraine-based staff to Poland and Canada. Ernie Stevens Jr. Chairman, Indian Gaming Association Ernie Stevens, Jr. is not just the Indian Gaming Association’s leader, he has now become the global face of Tribal gaming. In his role, he continues to educate Congress, the media and the public about the positive impacts of gaming on Tribal and nearby communities. In the past years, he continued to represent the Tribal gaming community and its interests at various industry events worldwide. Kimberly Van Amburg CEO, Casino del Sol Casino Del Sol has experienced continued growth with Kimberly Van Amburg as CEO. Under her leadership, Casino Del Sol recently completed an extensive expansion with a second hotel, new RV park, expanded conference center, new event center and a brand new sportsbook. She leads a team of more than 1,400 employees and believes in teaching others. She serves as a mentor to team members, preparing them for roles which will propel Casino Del Sol to future success. She has also been instrumental in organizing the property’s nonprofit partnerships, events and fundraisers. LuAnn Pappas CEO, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort Under LuAnn Pappas’ leadership, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort was the first

casino in the country to have a 100% vaccination rate among all applicable employees via a concerted effort of one-on-one communication, vaccine education, and on-site vaccinations for associates and their families. Additionally, the executive has taken steps to support employees at times of financial need by implementing the UKG Wallet, a financial wellness mobile application that provides employees immediate access to a portion of their unpaid wages. UKG Wallet Scarlet Pearl also empowers people with budgeting tools, educational resources and financial counseling. Jennifer Carleton Chief Legal Officer, Sightline Payments Jennifer Carleton has spent her entire legal career in the gaming sector. Currently, as the Chief Legal Officer at Sightline Payments, she shares her expertise and speaks to state and Tribal gaming regulators about the implementation of cashless, as well as other issues such as cryptocurrency and its role in the payments industry. Carleton also dedicates a substantial amount of time to professional development and corporate philanthropy within her community. Brooks Pierce President & COO, Inspired Entertainment Brooks Pierce supports his team with training, resources and an open door, and then encourages them to drive change and innovate. He has been in his role at Inspired for a little over four years. In that time, the company has grown significantly, not only in performance and revenue but also in its culture and team development. The executive has led the company to expand and achieve tremendous success across the US. Anika Howard President & CEO, Wondr Nation Anika Howard is widely recognized for her unparalleled ability to drive gaming companies and products into evolving territories. Up until recently, she was VP for Brand and Digital at Foxwoods before the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe tasked her with heading its new business arm – Wondr Nation, which was created to expand the tribe’s digital footprint. In her new role, Howard is focusing on innovation, creativity, and bringing a fresh approach to what’s next for the gaming industry.



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