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Charles Cohen

Vice President, PlayDigital Sports Betting, IGT

Charles Cohen

When sports betting was legalized in May 2018, Charles Cohen was in a good place. As the head of IGT’s mobile services, the company involvement with sports betting started several years before when MGM wanted a sports betting solution. Cohen’s team was tasked with building a mobile solution. Three years later the PlayDigital system was released and it was an immediate success with MGM customers. But now, says Cohen, technology is progressing so quickly the company’s recent mobile app developed for DraftKings bears little resemblance to the MGM solution. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in October.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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