Mar/Apr 2019

Editors Letter

As NIGA 2019 is just around the corner, this is a perfect time for us to present to you the very first printed edition of Gaming America.

With more than 6,000 people expected to be in attendance and over 300 companies exhibiting, the show looks set to be stronger than ever. This is the perfect place for you to read all the details you need to prepare for the event, as we present a full event preview and interview some of the event’s exhibitors on a range of gaming topics (p10).

At ICE London this year, one of my key aims was to speak to as many people in tribal gaming as possible, to learn and understand what the key trends are that we should be covering in a tribal-themed gaming publication. It was fascinating to hear about the role of women in tribal gaming and the matriarchal systems within tribes, and we wanted to focus on areas that the rest of the industry could learn from. So, we decided to let the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association’s Sheila Morago explain all to us about some of the key female figures in tribal gaming through a panel discussion, including representatives from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission and Kaw Gaming, Inc (p12).

Elsewhere in this issue, Tim Poole perfectly summarizes all the noises that have been coming out of Caesars Entertainment in recent months, as a potential merger or acquisition looks increasingly likely (p8). Meanwhile, Sean Chaffin provides a comprehensive outlook on the key numbers behind New Jersey sportsbooks (p16), and we also hear from Kambi’s Max Bichsel on the supplier’s next steps for growth in the US (p24).

The Gaming America team will be at NIGA next month, so please feel free to reach out to us and let’s get acquainted!

DC Editor

In The Magazine
Women In Leadership: A Win For Tribal Gaming

Sheila Morago, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, presents a panel of tribal gaming execs about the example tribal operators have set for women in gaming

Head-to-head: How The Nj Sportsbooks Are Faring

Almost one year on from the PASPA repeal, Sean Chaffin weighs the New Jersey sportsbooks against one another, and gives a full round-up on sports betting in other US states

Niga 2019: What You Need To Know

This year's NIGA is set to be the biggest show yet, and here are all the key details

Why Tribes Could Lead Online

Indian nations could be at the forefront of online gaming and embrace new players despite a setback in Michigan, according to Peter Causley, founder and CEO of slots provider Lightning Box

Us Sports Betting: A Crawl-walk-run Approach

Kambi US Director Max Bichsel speaks to Tim Poole about what the supplier has learned so far from its New Jersey and Pennsylvania operations and how this is shaping plans going forward

Opportunities Through New Compacts

Interblock CEO John Connelly tells us why several new compacts can help electronic table games (ETGs) expand

Correcting The Misconceived Notions

Gaming America speaks to Jamison Hill, Director of Central Sales & Tribal Relations of Incredible Technologies, about how some stereotypes about tribal gaming do not compare to the supplier’s own experiences

Can Rewards Operators Withstand The Wire Act?

Gambit Founder Richard Pistilli and AD:60 CEO Alex Matjanec talk to Tim Poole about their new token, which can be exchanged for loyalty points. Despite this offering a way around the Department of Justice's (DoJ) new Wire Act interpretation, they don't want to see it upheld

From The Top: What's Going On At Caesars?

With Carl Icahn and Tilman Fertitta investing in the casino behemoth, Tim Poole examines the constant headlines regarding Caesars Entertainment over the past few months

Coming Round Full Circle

AGS tells us about the supplier's long-standing connection with tribal gaming

Is It Showdown Time For Online Poker Legislation?

Sean Chaffin looks into the difficulties online poker regulation continues to face in the US