May/Jun 2021

Editors Letter

Our capacity for survival, both in the business sense and for life in general, has been tested beyond our most perverse imaginations over the last year. But we're finally seeing some semblance of ordinary life returning.

Whether it's meeting up with colleagues or a friend, knocking over a few pins at the local bowling alley or rolling the dice at a casino, we're all starting to crawl from out of the wilderness. It's too early to process the enormity of everything that's happened over the last year or so, and there's not enough radius to get any hindsight clarity, but with Nevada about to go 100% capacity again, there's reason to celebrate and keep the momentum going forward.

Ezra Amacher, our man on the ground in Las Vegas, examines Governor Steve Sisolak's decision and calls it a "no-brainer" since a steady drumbeat of pressure has been amplifying for a couple of months. In mid-March, Las Vegas saw thousands of out-of-state visitors descend on casinos for the NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick's Day. "Each successive spring weekend has generated sprawling crowds on the Strip and Downtown, and operators are surely thrilled to raise hotel room rates to match demand," says Amacher.

And that kind of enthusiasm is something they'd certainly want to maintain.

Another reason to celebrate is that conventions and trade shows are starting to return, like the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention being held at the Caesars Forum from July 19-22. The show, a reunion of sorts, will run concurrently with NCAIED's Reservation Economic Summit (RES).

"We are excited to announce this partnership, as well as our new dates and location," commented Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of NIGA. "It's more important than ever for Indian Country to unite at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention and RES as we continue the rebuilding of tribal businesses following the Covid-19 pandemic."

Usually people like to avoid the peak of the summer in Las Vegas, but the occasion to meet people en masse again, both indoors and out, won't be lost on anyone.

Hope to see you there!

In The Magazine
A Dash To The Finish

Linda Ellis' fast-paced non-fiction work Joe’s Dash tells the story of Joe Dorsey, a detective turned casino security director who stood witness to the dark side of gaming.

Gaming In The Post-covid Era

Thomas Zitt, EVP, The Innovation Group, examines whether the Roaring 20s are really around the corner.

Taking Aim

Elena Kvakova, head of US market at hosting service Internet Vikings, speaks with Peter Lynch about the intricacies of the American market and the need to adopt a strategy that aligns with a state-by-state approach.

Chris Kape: Success In The Us

Chris Kape, JAMCO Capital founder and CEO, discusses the hot topics of in-play sports betting and micro-markets in the US.

By The Numbers

Tim Poole reviews Elys Game Technology’s financial performance for 2020, as the sports betting organization targets North America.

State Of Mind

New York Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. speaks candidly about his state’s integral role to help carry the torch for online sports betting in the United States.

Sports Data 101

Stephen Crystal, founder of SCCG Management, writes on driving data and opportunity in the US sports betting sector.

Picking Up The Pace

Canadian Gaming Association CEO Paul Burns provides an in-depth update on the legalization of single-event sports wagering in Canada, including witness testimony from key industry figures.

Gaining The Edge

With sportsbook innovation constantly evolving, the offering and experience that operators can provide customers becomes more paramount. Ed Peace, MD of Sporting Solutions, gives his take on what a stand-out tech offering truly looks like.

Sky's The Limit

Bill Pascrell, III, is partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group and a strategic gaming advisor and consultant across the US, Canada Europe and Australia. Here he catches up with GamingAmerica on the current regulatory landscape in the US and why M&A will be key moving forward.

Food For Thought

Oliver Lovat, CEO and MD of the Denstone Group, a consultancy that focuses on customer-facing, asset-backed investments, including casinos, mixes unmet expectations and misplaced trust to cook up a cautionary tale for Las Vegas.

The Right Connection

Sportech CEO Richard McGuire walks Gaming America through its transformational 2020, and the critical role the company must play in shaping the Connecticut online gaming market.

From Land-based To Igaming

Industry experts from Galaxy Gaming, AGS, GameCo and IGT discuss the benefits of expanding from land-based to igaming amid changes due to the ongoing pandemic.

All In

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s recent decision to move casinos to 100% capacity by June 1 makes Las Vegas poised for a stellar summer season.

All The Ingredients

Andrea Rossi, Betsson Group’s commercial director for Southern Europe and LatAm, discusses Latin America’s rapid growth, outlining key considerations across the region’s many markets.

True To Form

Kambi’s VP of sales Sarah Robertson explains the unshakable determination and dedication to enterprise a company must adopt in order to grow and stay relevant.

The Name Of The Game

This June marks three years since the United States Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports ProtectionAct (PASPA), paving the way for regulated sports betting across the country. In the time since, more than half of all states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized sports wagering. Several more state legislatures are debating bills to regulate the activity as early as this year. In states where sports betting is already legal, the question is no longer whether operators can attract customers, but rather how fast and large sports betting can grow. Gaming America recently spoke to state officials from a half dozen regulated markets to gather what they’ve learned from the past year, their expectations for the rest of 2021 and why American sports betting has only scratched the surface.

Eventful

With comment from the National Indian Gaming Association and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Gaming America looks into the return of the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention, running concurrently with the Reservation Economic Summit, and a partnering to illustrate economic diversification in Indian Country

At Odds

With the country in a period of serious and consequential self reflection and change, Jeffrey Silver, Of Counsel at Dickinson Wright, PLLC, explores the possibility of the gaming industry moving toward a more socialist framework.

From The Top: Diversifying M&a

Tim Poole looks at how gaming mergers are changing in the US, as companies like DraftKings and Bally’s aim to offer an ever-broadening scope of products.

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