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Gaming Arts’ Keith Kruczynski Named to Emerging Leaders of Gaming “ELG 40 Under 40”

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Gaming Arts, LLC,  (“Gaming Arts” or “the Company”) an end-to-end gaming technology provider, including electronic gaming machines, bingo, keno and interactive casino-wide promotions, today announced that Keith Kruczynski, Director of Game Development, has been named to the 2018-2019 class of Emerging Leaders of Gaming (“ELG”) and Global Gaming Business Magazine (“GGB”) ‘ELG 40 Under 40’. Kruczynski will accept the notable award this week during the Global Gaming Expo (“G2E”) at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The ‘ELG 40 Under 40’ awards, produced in conjunction with The Innovation Group (TIG), Emerging Leaders of Gaming (ELG) and Global Gaming Business magazine (GGB), recognizes professionals under the age of 40 who are making significant impacts in the gaming industry.

Gaming Arts’ President Mike Dreitzer said, “On behalf of Gaming Arts we’d like to congratulate Keith for this award. It’s very well deserved and we’re very proud of what he has accomplished. We look forward to great things from him in the days ahead.”

Gaming Arts’ CEO and founder David Colvin said, “Keith has done an incredible job advancing our EGM initiatives. He and his team follow the company’s mission to always think outside of the box, bringing truly innovative products to the gaming industry. All who know Gaming Arts understand that we are ‘compulsively creative’ in all we do, and Keith is no exception.”

Kruczynski joined Gaming Arts in January 2018 to oversee a team of developers in the design, creation, testing, and release of innovative and high performing slot, bingo, and casino games, many of which will be launched at G2E in Gaming Arts’ booth no. 4447.

Before joining Gaming Arts, Kruczynski was a Game Producer at International Game Technology (IGT), where he designed and managed the production of multiple games for the Evolve Studio.

Prior to IGT, Kruczynski served as Director, Game Development with Bally Technologies/Scientific Games where he oversaw four game-development studios; helped lead the transition of the Las Vegas game development team to Windows and Unity on the ArgOS platform; and managed relationships with third-party game development studios. He led studios responsible for creating games based on popular licensed consumer brands, working closely with brand licensing and third-party licensors to effectively launch these products to gaming operators and players.

During his twelve-year tenure with Bally Technologies/Scientific Games, Kruczynski also served as Game Producer and Software Engineer. He was nominated by his peers to participate in the company’s Excellence in Leadership program – an executive development initiative for aspiring leaders. Kruczynski was also recognized by Bally Technologies as Inventor of the Quarter for the 7 Reel Two-Way Frenzy patent and was named inventor or co-inventor on five Bally Technology patents.

Kruczynski holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Siena College in Loudonville, New York, with a certificate in Theatre.

 

About Gaming Arts:
Gaming Arts, LLC, a privately owned and operated business headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the world leader in bingo and keno games and technology and is now entering the electronic gaming machine market with some of the world’s most innovative slot games along with the world’s first casino-wide interactive promotional system. Gaming Arts holds gaming licenses in approximately 80 jurisdictions, including North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim, and South Africa. To learn more, visit http://www.gamingarts.com or call 702.818.8943.

 

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UNITE HERE Warns About Potential Gaming Tax Revenue Declines, Job Cuts, and Other Problems of Proposed Merger of Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment

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Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment jointly announced a proposed transaction to combine the two corporations, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals. The deal is to be based on $7.2 billion of new debt financing and $500 million of cuts and other “synergies.” UNITE HERE, the hospitality workers union, represents approximately 25,000 workers at Caesars and Eldorado properties.

UNITE HERE-represented union casinos accounted for approximately 68% of the pro forma $30 billion combined Caesars-Eldorado EBITDAR in 2018. These 22 UNITE HERE union casinos altogether include over 50% of the combined company’s total hotel rooms, over 30% of its total slots, and nearly 40% of its total table games. UNITE HERE locals are currently in contract negotiations with Eldorado at Circus Circus Reno and Isle Pompano Beach. Contracts at six additional UNITE HERE union casinos in the combined Caesars and Eldorado portfolio will expire in 2020, including four properties in Atlantic City.

UNITE HERE issued the following statement from President D. Taylor:

“UNITE HERE has had a positive relationship with Caesars Entertainment over the years, and 25,000 union members have been excited to help the company reinvest and rebuild as it recovers from the disastrous leveraged buyout led by Apollo and TPG. It is in this context that we approach the proposed sale of the company with great concern.

Yesterday, Eldorado announced cost-savings of $500 million in the first year of the combined company. Where are they going to cut? We will not stand by idly if the proposed Caesars-Eldorado transaction will lead to significant job losses, worse wages and benefits for our members, and lower state gaming tax receipts in the many communities where members we represent work and live. Casinos operating under privileged licenses are meant to create significant benefits for host communities, including family-sustaining jobs and local government funding based on gaming taxes.

We will support changes at Caesars that preserve the company’s long-term financial health and provide a sustainable path to good jobs in vibrant gaming markets across the country.”

2018, 7,700 UNITE HERE members went on a multi-city strike at Marriott hotels across the United States and won historic settlements in Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, San Diego, and Hawaii.

UNITE HERE represents over 300,000 hospitality workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America and provides analysis from the perspective of those who work in these industries.

 

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UK NHS to Open Gambling Clinic for Children

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The UK’s NHS is going to open its first gambling clinic for children.

According to the Gambling Commission, there are 55,000 children classed as having a gambling problem in Britain. The Commission also found that a total of 450,000 are gambling regularly.

“This action shows just how seriously the NHS takes the threat of gambling addiction, even in young people. The links between problem gambling and stress, depression and mental health problems are growing and there are too many stories of lives lost and families destroyed,” Simon Stevens, the NHS England chief executive said.

The move was welcomed by Carolyn Harris, the Labour MP for Swansea East, who said attitudes around problem gambling was at last shifting. “For too long the industry has dismissed problem gambling but now is the time for polluters to pay,” she said.

“The clinic will open as part of a new network of services for addicts being rolled out as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Specialist face-to-face NHS treatment for gambling addiction has only been available in London but is being made available across the country as part of the new strategy,” NHS England said.

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Mobile Betting Bill Fails to Progress Through New York Assembly

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Senator Joseph Addabbo’s mobile betting bill has failed to progress through the New York Assembly. The legislative session saw S17 fail to progress beyond the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes.

Addabbo tweeted that he saw no clear reason why the state could not implement mobile sports betting in 2019. Failure to do so would see the state miss out on around $75m in revenue, funding for education, and both job creation and retention.

“NY will be stuck like a disabled car on the shoulder, while we allow an illegal sports betting business in our state thrive and idly watch other neighboring states pass us up with enormous revenue gains from mobile sports betting,” Addabbo said.

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