- Following a recent wave of press reports on unregulated machines, specifically in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri and Nebraska, AGEM and the American Gaming Association are working together on a project to put a spotlight on unregulated machines and the overall threat they pose to regulated gaming in the long term. A short fact-sheet document highlighting the difference between regulated and unregulated gaming is being prepared as an effective way to spread the message to a wider audience. Additional support is being provided by state gaming associations, corporate casino companies, problem gambling organizations and independent test labs.
- Connie Jones, AGEM director of responsible gaming, recently attended the 29th Executive Development Program in Lake Tahoe as a judge. AGEM has been a major sponsor of the EDP, which aspires to be the place to learn, grow, and network with the next generation of industry leaders. This year’s program was titled “Confronting Challenges and Embracing Opportunities: Strategic Leadership in the Gaming Industry.” There were seven eight-member teams from gaming jurisdictions around the world, which included the ECA/AGEM/Clarion Gender Diversity Scholarship winner Dolly Sananes Bascou from Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. Each team prepared a proposal for an integrated resort in a gaming jurisdiction. The winning team’s proposal focused on the reimagination of the Circus Circus Casino in Las Vegas.
- AGEM members recently approved the decision to once again support the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, March 24-27 in San Diego. The $50,000 contribution is for Platinum sponsorship of the event.
- The AGEM Cup Golf Tournament and Holiday Reception took place on November 22 at the Bali Hai Golf Club, Las Vegas. This year’s tournament winner was Konami and the team of Tom Jingoli and John Garner. Second place went to Scientific Games and third place went to Aristocrat.
- AGEM membership reached an all-time high of 177 in December with four new Associate members. eConnect in Las Vegas develops technology which delivers actionable information to the gaming and hospitality industry. General Touch Co. Ltd., based in China, is a leading manufacturer of touch screens and touch solutions. Nutanix, based in San Jose, California, is a global leader of hyperconverged data systems, and UL, based in Northbrook, Illinois, promotes safe and secure working environments.
- The UNLV Boyd School of Law Speaker Series, Artificial Intelligence, Biometrics & Big Data in the Gaming Industry, will be held January 17. This all-day conference brings together industry experts and policy leaders to cover the foundations, legal framework, and potential gaming regulatory issues for this emerging technology while analyzing future discussion for best practices and model regulations.
- ICE 2020 will take place February 4-6 in London. AGEM will have a booth located in the North Halls and looks forward to welcoming friends and members as well as meeting proposed new members.
AGEM will once again sponsor the International Casino Conference (ICC) to be held during ICE on Monday, February 3. This forms part of AGEM’s annual $15,000 support of the European Casino Association, which sees the contribution split between the ICC and European Dealer Championship taking place at Sun Casino Monte Carlo, Monaco, April 27-29.