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American Gaming Association Announces 2019 Gaming Hall of Fame Honorees



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Gaming Pioneers Elaine Hodgson, Stanley Mallin, and Ernie Moody Awarded with Top Honor

The American Gaming Association (AGA) announced today the induction of three honorees into the Gaming Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019: Elaine Hodgson, co-founder, president, and CEO of Incredible Technologies; Stanley Mallin, real estate, hotel, and casino developer; and Ernie Moody, president of Action Gaming and creator of Triple Play Poker.

Since its establishment in 1989, the Gaming Hall of Fame has recognized leaders who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the gaming industry.

“Elaine, Ernie, and Stanley are pioneers in the gaming industry and have earned their well-deserved induction into this elite group,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. “Under Elaine’s leadership, Incredible Technologies introduced the most successful pay-to-play game in the U.S., Ernie’s resilience and innovation changed the landscape of video poker, and Stanley’s contributions to the trend of themed casino properties are ubiquitous. We’re pleased to honor them with this great distinction.”


The 2019 inductees’ accomplishments include:

Elaine Hodgson, president and CEO, Incredible Technologies

In 1985, Hodgson founded Incredible Technologies (IT) in a basement with fewer than a dozen employees, establishing IT as a pinball and amusement gaming hardware manufacturer with co-founder Richard Ditton. In 1989, IT created Golden Tee Golf and in 2007 strategically decided to enter the casino gaming market. Today, IT is one of the fastest growing U.S. video slot game developers, with Hodgson overseeing all aspects of the company and its staff of more than 250. She takes great pride in the brand and reputation she’s built while breaking barriers and overcoming obstacles, and continues to guide her teams to create original products, focusing on their operator and player audiences, rather than competitors.

Ernie Moody, president, Action Gaming

In the 1990s, Moody created Triple Play Poker and several other poker games that are still performing strongly on casino floors, including Five Play, Ten Play, and Hundred Play Poker. He has created new video poker concepts such as Spin Poker, Super Times Pay Poker, and Ultimate X Poker, and continues to create games to this day. With 20,000 machines across North America utilizing his patents and inventions, he single-handedly changed the video poker industry, providing massive value to his casino customers, players, and to IGT, his longtime manufacturer and distributor. He has continued to invent games for nearly 20 years and is a prominent part of the Las Vegas community.

Stanley Mallin, real estate, hotel, and casino developer

Stan Mallin grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After the war, he completed his college years at the University of Missouri. It was during college where he and Jay Sarno forged their relationship and ventured into real estate and hotel/motel development. They built the well-known Atlanta Cabana hotel, Dallas Cabana, and Palo Alto hotels before their big venture into gaming and Las Vegas. In 1966, they opened Caesars Palace for $24 million, starting the trend of themed casinos in Las Vegas, and sold the property in 1969 for $60 million. He also introduced the concept of experiential casino properties with the opening of Circus Circus in 1968, which was leased in 1974 and ultimately sold to William Bennett and William Pennington.

An invitation-only ceremony honoring the inductees will take place during the Chairman’s Reception at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E).

Hall of Fame honorees are selected by an independent panel of gaming executives. This year’s selection committee members were:

  • Holly Gagnon, CEO, Seneca Casinos
  • Phyllis Gilland, past chair, Global Gaming Women and SVP & general counsel, Golden Entertainment
  • Eileen Moore, regional president, Caesars Entertainment
  • Phil Satre, president, National Center for Responsible Gaming Board of Directors
  • David Schwartz, associate vice provost, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Howard Stutz, executive editor, CDC Gaming Reports
  • Steve Sutherland, president and CEO, Konami Gaming, Inc.
  • Ellen Whittemore, EVP and general counsel, Wynn Resorts
  • Tim Wilmott, chair, American Gaming Association and CEO, Penn National Gaming


About AGA:
The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.

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Sports betting and Online Casino operator Betzest™ goes live with Rabcat™ casino games




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Online Casino Betzest™ has increased its offering by entering into a new partnership with Austrian slot provider Rabcat.

The agreement comprises Rabcat full collection of casino games, including highly innovative and entertaining online slots such as Castle Builder, River of Riches, Dragon’s Myth, Penguin Splash, Forsaken Kingdom: The Path of Valor, Castle Builder 2 and Moby Dick.

Online casino and sports betting operator Betzest is experiencing massive growth since its launch in 2018 and its portfolio now boasts over 1600 premium online slots.

After a number of major Top Casino provider’s launches over the past few months, this new partnership represents another milestone in Betzest™ rapid expansion. The company is looking forward to even more strategic collaborations with Top game providers already by the end of 2019.

Marius Filip, Founder/CMO at Betzest, said: “After the launch of twelve new top game providers since the beginning of 2019, I am proud to announce that we now concluded Rabcat Casino provider to join the Betzest platform. Rabcat games embodies what Betzest Casino is all about and matches our profile perfectly.

We are always looking to improve the Betzest™ Casino product for our players and we trust that their highly innovative and entertaining slot games will play an important part in making Betzest™ this year’s leading casino operator.

We’ve had an extremely fruitful 2019 already, with a remarkable collection of world-class casino providers on the way, I’m certain the best is yet to come.”

About Betzest:

Betzest is one of Europe’s leading and most distinctive online betting and casino company offering unrivalled sports betting and casino games experience. Betzest also offers Live Betting, Live Casino and Virtual Sports services. Betzest has gone from strength to strength in previous months and continues to dominate the online gambling industry with its robust and multi-functional online sports betting & casino company. Today Betzest has more than 50 employees across four offices all committed to delivering amazing player experiences on each of their verticals, partnering with top providers of only the highest quality.

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bwin to Quit from Russian Sports Betting Market




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Sports betting brand Bwin is going to quit from Russia’s online gambling market, as its parent company, A&NN Investments, is looking to unload its license in the country.

The license is held by Digital Betting LLC, which operates online in Russia using the domain through a joint venture with UK-listed GVC Holdings. is a joint venture of GVC and A&NN, which is owned by Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut, who also controls digital media firm Rambler.

A source for the website claimed that Digital Betting’s license may be transferred to a division of payment processing outfit Qiwi, which handles transactions for multiple Russian-licensed bookmakers. Qiwi has denied this report. Other sources claimed that The Stars Group (TSG) is in the running to acquire Digital Betting’s license.

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Playtech Partners with GVC to Launch Elevation




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Playtech has partnered with GVC Holdings to launch a brand new dedicated live casino studio, Elevation. The live casino studio will launch in stages over the next two months, backed by a major marketing campaign and will initially feature five Blackjack tables and a Roulette wheel studio.

“As the parent company behind some of the most iconic brands in online gambling, GVC has been a key partner for us for many years, and we’re delighted to be extending that partnership with the development of Elevation. We’ve significantly invested in our Live Casino technology and facilities in recent years, in addition to continually diversifying our content – so in a year when we’ve done more than ever to enhance our product, it seems only fitting to be working with an industry leader to deliver an ever-more innovative live experience,” Shimon Akad, COO of Playtech.

“Live Casino is one of the major growth areas in the online gambling market, with players looking for a more immersive, entertainment-driven experience. Significant investment has gone into delivering the first stage of the Elevation studio and we’re delighted with the results. Playtech’s track record and experience in delivering innovative Live Casino technology and content is unsurpassed. We’re looking forward to continuing our successful partnership and delivering a world-class player experience,” Shay Segev, COO of GVC said.

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