Mar/Apr 2022

Editors Letter

With Spring just around the corner – and while the world around us faces its share of problems – we have much to be thankful for at Gaming America. Beyond that general sense of excitement, we’d like to welcome you back. Our design team has been hard at work sprucing the place up for you and we hope you like the new look. You have before you our tribal edition, where we take on the issues which define this vital segment of the industry.

The overriding question we have asked is how tribal operators have met the challenge of the rapid rise of commercial gaming in the market. Is it a threat or an opportunity? Unsurprisingly, the answers we received were varied, indicative of an industry that eschews easy characterization. Looking ahead, we have also dedicated a number of pages to looking at the looming battle over sports betting in California. With multiple propositions on the ballot in November, this market could go any number of ways (and in the process, possibly becoming the single largest in the country). Beyond these main focuses, there are a broad range of interviews. Among other fine features, we talk to PointsBet about its drive for inclusion and diversity; we read about esports; and, looking away from the future and toward the past, Oliver Lovat provides a fine historical account of the legendary Mirage casino in Las Vegas.

One final note: at Gaming America, we have taken pains to be sensitive to preferred nomenclature. While in the US, ‘tribal’ is an appropriate word to use when discussing Native North American people, in Canada this word can cause offense. The preferred terms here are ‘Indigenous peoples’ or ‘Indigenous populations.’ We have tried to be sensitive to these distinctions and apologize ahead of time for any offense that may have been caused.

In The Magazine
From The Top: All Systems Go

As the Omicron wave eases, Gaming America speaks to the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) as the show comes to Anaheim in April.

What The Metaverse Means For Casino Gaming

Gaming America regular and SCCG Management Founder Stephen Crystal looks at how the metaverse may affect gaming.

Mohegan Sun Rising

Gaming America had the opportunity to sit down with Ray Pineault, President and CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE), to discuss major trends in the industry today.

Only A Mirage

Gaming America regular, Denstone Group CEO Oliver Lovat, provides a final appreciation of the resort that made modern Las Vegas.

A Diverse Future

Gaming America's Henry Moore spoke with Dr Eric Lee, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at PointsBet, to discuss his history, the operator's goals and the challenges facing a gaming industry seeking a more diverse future.

A Payments Perspective On Tribal Gaming

We spoke with Gina Lanphear, Director of Marketing at Flexia Payments, to discuss the company’s perspective on tribal gaming, as well as the upcoming NIGA tradeshow.

Esports In The Casino

We spoke with Ari Fox, of the Casino Esports Conference, about all things esports betting; including the future of the casino experience, how publishers can capitalize on the huge gamer market globally and the importance of authenticity when creating an esports wagering platform.

Tribal Gaming: Past And Future

Gaming America’s Cameron Saunders takes a look at the journey tribes took to become one of the most significant pillars in American gaming... and where they are going next.

Oklahoma Tribes Take A Stand

Gaming America sits down with Matthew Morgan, Chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, to talk about the standoff between the state governor and tribes over their gaming compact; as well as the future of an industry that is being upended by change.

Strength In Unity

As regulated gaming becomes a reality in parts of Canada, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Gaming America had the chance to speak to Chief Mike Delisle of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke, to learn more about how Indigenous peoples are staking a claim for themselves in this evolving landscape.

Golden State, Golden Prize

With sports betting legalization to be put to voters in the Golden State next November, Michael Bartlett reports on the divergent opinions.

California: The Scorecard

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard... So here is a detailed look at all four potential sports betting ballot propositions in California.

The Commercial Perspective

What is the best way for a tribe to integrate with the fast-evolving commercial market? Gaming America sat down with David Bretnitz, Kambi’s Senior Director of Sales in the US, to get his views.

The Indigenous Perspective

We spoke with Chief Mike Delisle of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke, to discuss the current state of Indigenous gaming in Canada, specifically examining the soon-to-launch iGaming and single-event sports betting markets in Ontario.

First Off The Block

Jeff Millar, Commerical Director North America, Evolution, speaks to Gaming America about the industry giant’s plans for 2022.

High-octane Loyalty

We spoke with Richard Pistilli, Founder and CEO of Gambit Rewards, following its acquisition by Snipp Interactive, to discuss the company’s creative take on loyalty rewards and how this approach can impact the gaming industry.

Tribal Aspirations

Gaming America sat down with Quincy Raven, Managing Director US at Aspire Global, to discuss tribal gaming.

Kick-off In Canada

We spoke with Aubrey Levy, Senior VP of Content & Marketing at theScore, to discuss the upcoming launch of sports betting in Ontario.

Product Reviews
Product Review: Vip Preferred & Vip Mobility

VIP Preferred is Global Payments’ e-check and ACH network, and serves as the engine that brings the company’s product suite to life.

Product Review: Foundation

Acres knows how important it is for casinos to access their data and makes it its goal to make gaming technology work for them, and their customers.

Product Review: Curlx

Gaming hardware and software manufacturer Velvix has announced the launch of its cabinet product, “CurlX”, into the North American market.

Product Review: Pinwheel Prizes

Incredible Technologies introduces two new slot products for its latest Prism VXP cabinet, the Pinwheel Prizes Majestic Oasis and the Pinwheel Prizes Cat & Tiger.

Product Review: Repuls

With over 25 years in the gaming industry, Table Trac Inc continues to lead the way in bringing innovative solutions to casinos worldwide.

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