Peter Wolff grew up a fan of video games. While the engineering skills he acquired at DeVry University helped when he joined Gaming Laboratories International in 2008, he found his love of games carried over to the dissection of slot machines.
“I thought it was cool that through testing I could fully understand how the gaming devices worked at a hardware and code level,” Wolff says.
He spent 13 years with GLI, ascending to director of global technical compliance for the company. In February 2021, he moved to Bet365, where he serves as head of compliance for U.S. markets. What kept Wolff at GLI was the diversity of devices he worked on, from slots to table games, from accounting systems to bingo, from iGaming to sports betting.
“As a member of the engineering team I had the ability to be involved in testing all of those types. Work never became stagnant,” he says.
With GLI, Wolff oversaw a team of more than 30 engineers across the globe, ensuring test standards were met. His team also worked on new technology, including sports-wagering systems, iGaming, esports, cloud-based computing, blockchain technology, skill-based gaming and cashless solutions.
“My favorite part of my job in the last five years has been helping to explain new technologies to regulators and also getting to be involved with innovative and new technology solutions. I can’t wait to provide these services to Bet365,” says Wolff, who will help guide the firm’s expansion across the country.
Obstacles are part of any job, Wolff says. “I also think you can learn the most from those experiences and use them to make your life easier moving forward.”
Take Covid-19. Wolff credits the technical compliance team, engineering test teams, suppliers, operators and regulators with coming up with creative solutions to help keep the work flowing.
Wolff credits his success to a raft of mentors, starting with his parents, who instilled a strong work ethic. The list from GLI alone includes Jim Luccarelli, technical compliance manager; Chad Kornett, senior director of engineering; Chris Gallo, vice president of technical compliance and quality assurance; Kevin Mullally, vice president of government affairs and general counsel; and Michael Capen, most recently director of client services.
“I can truly say that I learned something different and unique from each one of these individuals and they each have helped guide or mold me to get me where I am at today,” says Wolff, a Jersey guy who explores the shore towns, and takes walks with wife Erin and their dog, Chase.
To industry newcomers, Wolff says stay humble, but take every chance you have to try new and different things.
“It’s OK to push yourself a bit outside your comfort zone,” he says. “Get to know the people you work with on a personal level. While our industry is big in some respects, it is also small in others and you’ll find yourself working with the same people, just in different positions.”
To unwind, Wolff does chores others shy away from, like mowing the lawn or cleaning the pool. “It might sound silly, but I think there is something to be said about doing a task that doesn’t require a lot of thinking and has an achievable goal tied to it.”