Haven Approved to Develop Danville Casino NORTH AMERICA

Te Danville City Council has approved a casino proposal submitted by Haven Gaming to develop a $118m casino in Danville, Illinois.

Despite a recent decline in GGR, Illinois remains the fourth biggest gambling state in the Midwest with $1.34bn behind Indiana at $2.11bn, Missouri with $1.73bn and Iowa


ILLINOIS – At a Waukegan City Council Special Meeting the developer, operator and owners of the state’s most successful casino, Rivers Casino Des Plaines, shared its vision for generating as much as US$5m more per year for the city of Waukegan and other local communities than other bidders. A major expansion of gambling in Illinois has seen cities including Waukegan, Chicago, Rockford and Danville piecing together plans for casinos after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation approving six new gaming floors in the state. Five proposals have been put forward in Waukegan.

The Rivers Casino Waukegan team also committed to donating two percent of pre-tax income back to the community through ongoing charitable contributions, which they estimate will be $1m annually at the beginning. “Over the next 50 years as we grow, it’s projected that Rivers Casino Waukegan will provide over $90m in charitable contributions to local communities which can be dedicated to public schools and educational causes,” said Neil Bluhm, chairman of Rush Street Gaming.

CALIFORNIA – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain, the brand’s first Vegas-style casino in California, will open this fall, fully equipped with products from JCM Global across the casino and around the property. “We are thrilled to bring our unique brand to the region and deliver authentic experiences that rock when we open our doors in October,” said Mark Birtha, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento. “Part of that experience means world-class products that directly touch our guests, and we are very pleased to have JCM products play a role in our property.”

JCM has supplied its award-winning iVIZION bill validator, GEN5 Thermal Printer, FUZION peripheral management system, ICB Intelligent Cash Box system, and PROMONET floor-wide couponing system. Additionally, JCM installed its Digital Signage Solutions direct view LED wall in the lobby, which will dynamically communicate the property’s brand to all its guests. “We are delighted to partner with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain to create new and innovative connections with their guests, allowing for the ultimate in player convenience, coupled with the highest possible levels of transaction security,” said Dave Kubajak, SVP of Sales, Marketing & Operations for JCM Global.

JCM’s innovations will be visible to guests immediately upon entering the lobby, where they will be amazed by the stunning picture clarity of the JCM Global Digital Signage Solutions direct view LED wall featuring amazing digital content and images from the gaming floor.


Te Danville City Council has approved a casino proposal submitted by Haven Gaming to develop a $118m casino in Danville, Illinois. Te city council voted 12-0, unanimously approving Haven Gaming’s proposal, which aims to attract customers from Urbana and Champaign, Illinois, as well as Indiana and Wisconsin.

Bill Bembenek, a Haven Gaming official, added: "Tis is more than just the typical casino. It will be a resort complex. A destination. A place that people will be excited to come to, and more importantly, more excited to want to come back to. We've opened similar resorts like this across the country, and this is the new evolution of what gaming really is. It's a multi-level experience."

Phase 1 includes a temporary casino to open in 2020 with 500 slot machines and 10 to 20 table games along with two restaurants and a bar. Phase 2 would house three restaurants whilst Phase 3 includes a hotel, spa, pool, and convention centre. Te completed Danville casino and resort will boast 1,250 slots, 40 gaming tables, sports betting areas and bars, an

Major donation from GLI and AGEM to Dr. Robert Hunter Initiative


Trough their joint charitable venture, the Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative, today the AGEM and GLI have committed $200,000 to the Dr. Robert Hunter International Problem Gambling Center over the next two years. Te gift was made in part to highlight the importance of Responsible Gaming Education Week 2019, running September 15-21 and organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) as a national push for responsible gaming education, training and awareness that includes participation from many industry stakeholders.

Executive Director Stephanie Goodman said, “We are so grateful for the incredibly generous donation that AGEM and GLI have pledged to our

entertainment venue that seats 2,500 people, a conference center, a buffet that seats 300 people, a boutique hotel, rooftop spa, and stylish restaurants. In addition, the resort will feature a pool and lazy river, along with a waterfall.

State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) said: “One of the promises I made to my district was to bring home a Danville casino. Te 104th District has long deserved to be included in any expansion proposal to boost our flourishing tourism sector, and bring good paying, stable jobs, and new opportunities to our area.

“Haven Gaming’s proposal is truly exciting news for the 104th District –it will be a game changer for the community of Danville. Our area deserves the hope and stability that this project represents. We deserve the opportunity to redefine our local economy in a positive way, bring in hundreds of new jobs, and bolster tourism in our beautiful area. I look forward to seeing the progress and want to thank the countless community members whose tireless work throughout the years was essential to this becoming a reality.”

center. Te unprecedented transformation of our clients during our six-week Intensive Outpatient Program developed by Dr. Rob Hunter, speaks volumes to the effectiveness of a program that combines group therapy with cognitive- behavioral therapy and science. Because of this generous gift from our industry partners, AGEM and GLI, this money will have a direct impact on problem gamblers in our community. Problem gambling, officially termed as a Gambling Disorder in the DSM-5, is recognised as an addictive disorder, alongside alcohol and drug use disorder. PGC is working to educate our community in an effort to remove the stigma associated with this disease while at the same time, healing the clients who commit to our program.”

Commenting for the Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative, GLI Spokesperson Lori Sayde said, “AGEM and GLI, through the Lasting

Impact Philanthropic Initiative, support the Problem Gambling Center because its multi-pronged approach to helping individuals through evaluation, treatment and counseling, regardless of their ability to pay, is an essential service.”

“We are also pleased to make this contribution as Responsible Gaming Education Week kicks off, and to join forces with the countless operators, suppliers, regulators, and organizations that are united in the fight against problem gambling and who are committed to supporting programs that help individuals affected by this disorder,” Sayde continued.

Tis is the first joint effort by AGEM and GLI through the Initiative to support responsible gaming. Separately, both companies have long histories of supporting responsible gaming efforts in policy and in financial support.

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