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The Navajo Nation of New Mexico is battling to keep a five casinos compact proposal with the state intact New Mexico - Tribal compacts

A New Mexico legislative committee has asked for an amendment to legislation to limit the number of casinos granted to the Navajo Nation of New Mexico tribe from five to three.

The three casinos would be limited to the sites of the tribe’s current two casinos; the Fire Rock Navajo Casino and Northern Edge Navajo Casino, and one Class II gambling facility. It hopes to pre- vent a new casino project to be built along Interstate 40 west of Albuquerque.

The tribe’s President Ben Shelly said: “At the last committee hearing, several tribal leaders raised concerns on the future locations for the Navajo Nation’s gaming facilities along the I-40 corridor and Albuquerque area. While I respect the recom- mendations from the tribes, the Navajo Nation will not agree to any geographic restriction.”

President Shelly claimed any limitation would infringe upon Navajo sovereignty, arguing that it was the Navajo Nation’s right to develop any eco- nomic venture on tribal lands.

“During the last hearing, a tribal leader requested that the Navajo Nation Gaming Compact be tabled. We cannot endure further delay,” he added. “We

US IGT has appointed Jim Veevaert as its new Vice President of Games for DoubleDown Casino. A 20-year industry veteran, Mr. Veevaert has a remarkable game development background and successful track record of bringing world- renowned hits to life. From console to social gaming, Veevaert has held executive positions at Zynga, Jerry Bruckheimer Games, Microsoft and Vivendi/Sierra Entertainment. He served as Vice President over the Half-Life and Counter- Strike franchises, as well as Executive Producer of the video game sensation Halo 3. Additionally, he brought the mega-successful Gears of War franchise to Xbox. Prior to joining IGT, Mr. Veevaert served as General Manager of Zynga’s Game Studio in Seattle, Washington.

are on a very strict timeline to extend the term of the compact before it expires in 2015.”

Chair of the Naabik’íyátí Committee’s Gaming Task Force Subcommittee Council Delegate LoRenzo Bates said that a result of concerns brought forth by various New Mexico gaming tribes and by the US Department of the Interior, Naabik’iyátí’ Committee members determined that it was necessary to reopen negotiations to amend the proposed Gaming Compact.

Among the concerns addressed were revenue sharing as it relates to “free play” in casinos, the removal of all references to Class II gaming within the Compact, the removal of internet gaming pro- visions, contributions to problem gambling pro- grams, and the number of gaming facilities the Nation is allowed to operate within the State of New Mexico, according to Delegate Bates.

According to the term sheet, the Nation will be able to establish a third Class III gaming facility after five years from the date of execution of the Compact, a fourth after 10 years, and a fifth after 15 years. In addition, the Nation is required to have 15,000 enrolled members residing in New Mexico for each additional facility.

Novomatic adds three new faces to American sales team

US Novomatic Americas is continuing to build its presence and capability in American markets and has today announced a trio of key appointments to its sales and technical staff as Mike Medlin, John Peterson and Jeffrey Rios take their place in the company’s ‘Team America’.

Following the Fall 2013 appoint- ment of Rick Meitzler as Vice President of North American Sales, Novomatic now moves ahead with the appointment of a trio of gam- ing professionals to key sales and technical support positions.

Mike Medlin takes up the post of Regional Sales Executive with specific responsibilities for the fast expanding Florida market and will also represent Novomatic throughout the Caribbean. Medlin’s resume reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the American gam- ing industry and, in a career span- ning more than 20 years, he has

held senior positions with many of the leading companies and has a wealth of experience that covers not just slot machines but also systems technology and compo- nent supply.

John Peterson will also hold the Regional Sales Executive title and will be responsible for the Californian market territory. Another industry veteran with more than 20 years tenure in gam- ing, Peterson is widely regarded as a specialist in Native American gaming and brings to his Novomatic role a wealth of knowledge and market-specific experience.

To bring additional capability to the Novomatic Americas technical support team Jeffrey Rios is appointed as Field Technician. Although a relative newcomer to the gaming industry Jeffrey has solid experience of the gaming environment and is keen to bring his technical skills to Novomatic.


US - MEI LAUNCHES NEW SITE The launch of offers Gaming OEMs and operators a streamlined resource for content related to MEI cash management solutions. Visitors will be greeted with simplicity, convenience and more comprehensive infor- mation than ever before. Previously, Gaming-specific con- tent was part of MEI’s corporate website The growth of MEI’s Gaming business, fueled by products designed for the industry’s unique needs, has resulted in a dedicated location for case studies, news, products, ROI models and videos.

“This website is reflective of our desire to create products and services that are easy for our customers to use,” said Tom Nugent, president – Banking, Gaming and Retail. “It highlights our commitment to casino and AWP operators and shows how our entire business emphasizes the impor- tance of complete cash management solutions. This focus that we place on our customers’ success is what has driven our own success in Gaming.”

NEW MEXIC0 – INTRALOT EXTEND ONLINE CONTRACT After a smooth conversion to INTRALOT’s systems and six years of successful operations in New Mexico, INTRALOT USA was awarded an extension of its contract by the New Mexico Lottery Board for the provision of the on-line Lottery Gaming System and related products and services. The new amendment extends the current seven (7) year contract, for three (3) additional years from 2015 until 2018.

The extension amendment provides that INTRALOT will con- tinue to offer the New Mexico Lottery INTRALOT’s LOTOS O/S On-line Gaming Computer System. This includes its state-of-the-art terminals, peripheral devices and a satellite network that links retailer terminals across the state to the central system. Incorporated into this package are additional services, such as marketing support, hotline, maintenance and repair as well as field operations.

According to David Barden, Interim Director of the New Mexico Lottery: “I look forward to continuing our productive relationship with INTRALOT as the lottery moves towards new technology and sales channels benefiting the future of New Mexico through our support of higher education. New Mexicans have benefitted from our relationship with INTRALOT. As our partner INTRALOT has consistently provid- ed excellent technology and service at a value-based price.”

US - BIELAK JOINS THE SUZO-HAPP TEAM Sim Bielak has joined Suzo-Happ as Executive Vice President & General Manager for the Global Bill-to-Bill Product Line. “Sim possesses a wealth of experience in the payment business through his knowledge of the products and the industry,” said James Brendel, CEO of Suzo-Happ. “His customer-centric approach is a perfect fit for the Bill-to- Bill product line.”

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