• Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett and his team met with AGEM representatives for a working session after the August meeting. A key issue discussed was the idea of introducing what the chairman has termed a New Innovation Beta program. This would be a major breakthrough for suppliers, as it allows them to place machines on the gaming floor in field trials prior to approval to evaluate player acceptance, test new features, and fix and update software. AGEM introduced a letter at a subsequent workshop supporting the chairman’s proposal. The language of this is now being finalized, and will be submitted to the Nevada Gaming Commission for a vote in October.
• AGEM recently presented a document at a public meeting in Florida regarding regulatory changes and future product introductions. Following the meeting, revised draft rules are being prepared for AGEM members to comment on. The head of the regulatory agency in Florida will be visiting G2E to see the latest products and to gain further knowledge of the gaming industry.
• Following recent activity in Brazil, James Kilsby of Gambling Compliance (the regulatory intelligence agency) presented an update at the September meeting. With a new government in place, two new bills have been proposed that are seen as the most significant step toward approving gambling in the last decade. Legislation to allow casinos, bingo halls and gaming machines in bars was passed by a special Chamber of Deputies committee on August 30.
• AGEM welcomed two new members in September. Exacta Systems, a historical horse racing technology supplier based in Florida, was approved as a Bronze member and Gambling Compliance, a provider of independent business intelligence to the global gambling industry based in London and Washington, was approved as an Associate member.
• The Executive Development Program (EDP) will be held November 10-19 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. AGEM has been a supporter of this event since its inception, which is said to be gaming’s most prestigious leadership development academy.