Mar/Apr 2023

Editors Letter

As we look ahead to another industry union in California, for the Indian Gaming Association tradeshow, we invite you to read all about the latest Tribal topics in this March/April issue of Gaming America magazine. Our cover theme addresses whether sports betting is a sustainable method of growth for Tribes across the US, while we also welcome contributions from the National Indian Gaming Commission and address all things Tribal in our traditional Viewpoints feature. Elsewhere, we take a close look at the American Gaming Association's commercial state tracker, which broke down how much revenue was made across different US states; additionally, we review our US-facing Huddle video interviews at ICE London. At the show, we had the privilege of being joined by Light & Wonder Gaming CEO Siobhan Lane, Stephen Crystal and Will Armitage to discuss all things US betting, while we also spoke to Hard Rock's Paul Pellizzari about the Tribal operator's anti-human-trafficking strategies. Further illuminating interviewees present themselves in the form of Eclipse Gaming CEO Tim Minard, who further delves into the Tribal market, as well as Mike Vela, who discusses the intersection between esports and daily fantasy sports. Meanwhile, Chris Wieners writes a very informative article on the differences between US and Asian gaming, while Keith Whyte of the National Problem Gambling Council joins us for a Q&A. Completing a jam-packed edition are updates on Fanatics, the much-anticipated sports betting would-be giant, Optimove debunking responsible gambling myths, Sightline discussing cashless and the Innovation Group reviewing Canada's progress so far. If that isn't enough for you, there's also Declan Raines, Brett Abarbanel, Philip Bell and more. Enjoy!

In The Magazine
From the top: commercial gaming in 2023

Gaming America takes a deep dive into the AGA's Commercial Revenue Tracker, which shows that, for US commercial gaming, breaking records has become a habit.

Eclipsing the class II slots market with Eclipse Gaming Systems CEO Tim Minard

Tim Minard speaks to Gaming America about Tribal partnerships, slot influencers and how casino manufacturers can step up their game.

Meeting in the middle: esports and fantasy sports

Gaming America speaks to World Champion Fantasy CEO Mike Vela about his proposed hybrid evolution of esports and fantasy sports leagues.

Some like it slot: the world of slot media influencers

Gaming America talks to two of the biggest names in this niche sector – BC Slots Founder Brian Christopher and Slotaholic Founder Josh Duffy.

The long game: can sports wagering be a method for sustainable Tribal gaming growth?

Tribes have long benefited from gaming in the US but, with legalized sports betting, Gaming America takes a look at whether they have a unique opportunity to build something evergreen.

The way of the dragonlink: Velvix MD compares US and Asian slots

Chris Wieners makes a comparative overview of what slot games need to perform well in each industry.

Sports betting regulation: is 'free play' free of risk?

James Lewis and Kristine Marsilio, Associates specializing in gaming law at Duane Morris LLP, consider reducing and eliminating promotional play to increase tax revenues.

IGRA: 35 years of Tribal gaming growth

NIGC Chairman E. Sequoyah Simermeyer outlines the sovereignty and flexibility that IGRA and NIGC regulations have provided to Tribes, and what the future holds.

Fanatics: a new player on the scene

Beginning as a merchandiser of licensed sports apparel, Gaming America reflects on Fanatics' anticipated entry into the sports betting market.

NCPG Q&A: the failing states

Gaming America once again took the time to speak with the NCPG's Keith Whyte, who highlights the states failing to meet the minimum standards for responsible gambling.

Think you know responsible gaming? Think again.

With March being Problem Gambling Awareness Month in the US, Tomer Imber, Senior Director of Sales at Optimove, debunks no less than five responsible gambling myths.

Understanding the business needs of US operators

Relax Gaming CEO Simon Hammon discusses the supplier's ambitions in the US with Gaming America, recognizing that the provider has a long way to go in terms of getting its name out there – with high-quality content being the best way to try and achieve this.

Going for Gold

Gaming America speaks to Brett Abarbanel as she prepares for the 18th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking.

What the App is Omnichannel?

Omer Sattar, Co-CEO of Sightline Payments, says cashless and omnichannel experiences will unite the digital and physical worlds of gaming.

IGaming in Canada: What's next?

Kevin Dennis, Senior Vice President, Canada, The Innovation Group, and Troy Ross, President of TRM Public Affairs, discuss the coming months and years for iGaming in Canada. What lies ahead?

A class II act

Interblock Global CEO John Connelly provides an outlook for 2023 trends in Tribal gaming, including how best to partner with Tribes, the importance of reservations and Tribal growth in recent years.

Affiliates Crossing the Atlantic

Philip Bell of affiliate QIH Group talks Gaming America through the latest trends in the US affiliate market, as well as the company's strategy in key states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Online Sportsbook: A shift in player retention?

To improve profitability, online sportsbooks are turning from player acquisition to player retention, writes Declan Raines, Head of US Gaming at TransUnion.

Product Reviews
Product Review: Morse Watchman's Keywatcher Touch

Secure all facility keys and important assets safely and efficiently with Morse Watchmans' KeyWatcher Touch electronic key control system.

Product Review: Company Focus – Lifescapes International

Lifescapes International is not "new" by any stretch of the imagination but is always reinventing itself for the ever-evolving gaming market, designing the landscape environment for regional, Tribal casinos to multi-billion-dollar Vegas resorts.

Product Review: Aruze Gaming – Shoot to Win Craps™ Lucky Roll: Modern Upgrades to a Casino Classic

There is always room for new and exciting changes to classic favorites, including wildly popular Shoot to Win Craps™!


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