• The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee was recently reconvened by Governor Brian Sandoval for the second time since 1980s. The meeting was dominated by daily fantasy sports discussions, but AGEM Executive Director Marcus Prater was given a slot to speak at this important forum. His remarks centered on the significance of ensuring that Nevada remains the intellectual capital of the global gaming industry and how the Gaming Control Board and the suppliers worked together in the aftermath of Senate Bill 9 that legalized variable-payback slots.
• The proposed conference in Mexico organized by SEGOB has now been confirmed to go ahead May 17-18 in Mexico City. AGEM has been given a seat at the table in shaping the conference and its agenda with three main topics being proposed. These include: Machine Certification, Banning of Illegal Machines and Responsible Gaming.
• AGEM continues to work with the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission to write regulations for suppliers who want to do business with the three proposed casinos. A draft was recently submitted to Executive Director Richard Schuetz for review and it will ultimately be presented to the full commission.
• As part of AGEM’s mission to support responsible gaming initiatives around the world, the members recently approved annual contributions of two eminent organizations. The National Council on Problem
Gambling based in Washington, D.C. will receive AGEM’s annual contribution of $40,000. GamCare in the U.K. received ?5,000.
• The March board meeting saw four new members welcomed to the group, taking the total number of AGEM members to an all-time high of 154. APEX Gaming, based in the Czech Republic, was welcomed as a Bronze member, along with Casino Screens, RMMC and Tohkoh Plastics America as Associate members.
• AGEM recently agreed to contribute $5,000 toward the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) Spring Conference being held in San Francisco April 20-22.
• The 10th Annual Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling is taking place May 5-6 in Las Vegas. AGEM pledged a contribution of $5,000 to support this event.
• Held every three years, the International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking will take place in Las Vegas, June 6-10. AGEM has agreed to be a Silver Level sponsor at this prestigious event, by contributing $7,500.