SG Digital Gears for Landmark Ruling NORTH AMERICA

As the sports-betting community holds its collective breath as the US Supreme Court deliberates, first movers are already in action in New Jersey

SG Digital has commenced sportsbook product review sessions with New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement


NEW JERSEY – The Golden Nugget Atlantic City has launched North America’s first real-money online live-dealer casino-floor roulette. The casino partnered with Ezugi New Jersey, a licensed and regulated supplier offering live dealer games, for the new online gaming option. A live video feed is captured on the Golden Nugget casino floor in Atlantic City and streamed directly on computer and smartphones, allowing online patrons to play roulette from anywhere in New Jersey, the same way as they would in the casino and on the same roulette table, 24/7. Online customers can play roulette with others at the table on the casino floor via a live video stream, adding to the Golden Nugget’s online studio roulette games.

US – Atrient has been named Angela Ahmet Vice President of Sales. Ahmet will be responsible for overseeing national and global growth markets. "As a proven leader in the gaming industry, Angela will be instrumental in expanding our relationships," said Atrient's CEO, Sam Attisha. "Her deep commitment to customer success meshes with our core values at Atrient, we are delighted to have her in a leadership role." “Her deep commitment to customer success meshes with our core values at Atrient, we are delighted to have her in a leadership role.”

Ahmet was previously the General Manager and Vice President of VizExplorer in Las Vegas. Prior, Ahmet was Director of Global Casino Operations at Carnival Corporation and has over 20 years of casino operations experience.

US – Konami Gaming has announced the promotions of Casey Whalen and Jay Bertsch to Vice President, North American Game Sales and Vice President, Global Systems Sales, respectively. Previously serving as senior director, systems sales, Jay Bertsch has maintained an important role in growing the company’s global partnerships for more than a decade, including three years overseas with Konami Australia. Casey Whalen joined Konami in 2012 as director of regional sales, and has demonstrated exceptional leadership and record success across competitive Western markets.

“For years, Casey Whalen and Jay Bertsch have provided key support in championing Konami customers and advancing Konami’s market presence. They offer outstanding leadership and expertise for our sales division, with proven ability to achieve operational targets,” said Thomas Jingoli, executive vice president & chief commercial officer at Konami Gaming, Inc. “As Konami’s game offering and systems technology continues to expand to new areas, the focus of our leadership remains on customer commitment and engaging entertainment.”


OpenBet, SG Digital's sports betting solution, is getting ahead of the game and is fully prepared to ensure its ambitious partners are ready to launch their sportsbook offering should the U.S. Supreme Court decide to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Association Act (PASPA), allowing legalized sports betting in the state of New Jersey.

Key to SG Digital's entry into the emerging US sports betting landscape will be the addition of market-specific product enhancements to its platform, ensuring it meets the expectations of operators and consumers. In addition, the company is undertaking a recruitment drive to support the growth of the business, hiring a significant number of people for a variety of roles across its multiple global offices.

Keith O'Loughlin, SVP Sportsbook and Platforms at SG Digital, said, "Legalised sports betting in the U.S. is an exciting prospect for us, and we're taking every step possible to ensure our product offering is fully compliant to hit the ground running when the marketplace

Buena Vista tribe to bring Harrah’s-branded casino to California


Caesars Entertainment has signed a definitive agreement with the Buena Vista Gaming Authority, an entity of the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me- Wuk Indians of California to bring a new 71,000 square-foot Harrah's-branded facility to Northern California.

Complete with gaming and dining options, this exciting announcement furthers Caesars Entertainment's plan to expand its brands into new markets.

"Tis agreement with the Buena Vista Gaming Authority advances our growth strategy to expand the reach of our brands into new markets and reinforces our over 20-year history working with tribal partners," said Mark Frissora, President and CEO of Caesars Entertainment.

eventually opens up beyond the current regulated states. OpenBet has built a strong reputation as a trusted sportsbook provider in Europe, and we're confident we can replicate that success in the U.S. and all other emerging regulatory territories. We have spent time considering U.S. customer needs and are focused on ensuring that the user experience is of high standard and can be delivered with speed."

Matt Davey, Group Chief Executive, SG Digital, said: “SG Digital has a strong presence in New Jersey with our Open Platform System (OPS) already certified in the state; our knowledge of the market will play an important part in preparing OpenBet for the marketplace. We work closely with the DGE to ensure responsible gaming experiences and congratulate the effort of the DGE and the state of New Jersey for taking progressive action to help create a safer sports betting market for the public. We are setting the foundations well in advance to help our partners establish themselves early in the emerging territory.”

"We expect our Harrah's brand and Total Rewards network to increase the earnings potential of the property while generating incremental revenue for Caesars Entertainment without significant capital investment."

Caesars Entertainment will provide brand licensing and consulting services for the casino, to be named Harrah's Northern California Casino, which will be developed, owned and operated by the Buena Vista Gaming Authority near Sacramento, California. Te 71,000 square-foot property is expected to open in 2019, and will include 950 state-of-the-art slots, 20 table games, one full-service restaurant and three fast- casual dining concepts.

Once operational, Caesars intends to enter into a management agreement with the Buena Vista Gaming Authority to manage, operate and maintain the property on behalf of the Gaming Authority and the Buena Vista Tribe.


Alex Meruelo, the new owner of SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, has named Paul Hobson as the property's new senior vice president and general manager.

"Paul Hobson brings extensive experience in gaming and hospitality and valued insight into the ever-evolving North Las Vegas Strip to SLS Las Vegas," said Alex Meruelo, principal of the Meruelo Group. "We are thrilled to have him lead the team in ushering in this exciting new era for the historic property."

Mr. Meruelo adds SLS Las Vegas, a 1,616-room, three- tower resort-casino, including the W Las Vegas, to a gaming and hospitality portfolio that includes Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. Te acquisition of the SLS Las Vegas marks the first ever privately held affiliation of large resort properties in both Reno and Las Vegas.

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