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Resorts World Catskills opened to the public – an array of innovative table games waiting to be explored

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Resorts World Catskills, Catskills highly anticipated Las Vegan-style casino resort, which offers unmatched experience in excitement, entertainment, and luxury has come up with a massive array of live table games, on the blissful occasion of its opening to the public on February 8th.These games were introduced intending the players in Las Vegas. The live gaming expanse makes playing at the brand-new luxury resort casino property a world-class experience.

Upon completion, Resorts World Catskills will feature more than 150 live table gaming options, including blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette and Pai Gow Tiles, bringing energy, excitement and high stakes to its casino floor.

Taking full advantage of the approximately 100,000 square feet of Las Vegas-style gaming, the casino resort also offers areas for both domestic and Asian slot machines. A poker room and luxurious private gaming salons are expected to open in March and will enable Resorts World Catskills to offer the very best in resort gaming.

Jack Kennedy, the Executive Director of Table Games for Resorts World Catskills, said: “With more than 150 table games, we are thrilled to offer our guests the region’s most extensive luxury gaming experiences. Providing innovative live table games and high limit opportunities that are unique to the region, coupled with our impeccable level of service and amenities to players of various cultural backgrounds and skills, allows us to offer an unmatched gaming experience for our guests.”

Kennedy joins an executive team with a wealth of experience leading casinos throughout the country. A 20-year veteran of gaming operations, Kennedy provides unique insight into table game operations that enhance the guest experience. Kennedy began his career in Las Vegas as a valet and quickly moved up through the ranks to become a table games Shift Manager at The Venetian/The Palazzo in 1998. He was Table Games Director at Sands Bethlehem in 2010, where he stayed until joining Resorts World Catskills.

Kevin Kline, the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager at Resorts World Catskills added: “With his extensive background at some of the top casinos around the country, Jack brings invaluable knowledge and insight to the team. Jack is an integral part of our team, and we are confident that his knowledge and skills will help make Resorts World Catskills the ultimate gaming destination.”

The luxury gaming options offered at Resorts World Catskills appeal to the most discerning, competitive and upscale of casino guests looking for the ultimate in thrill and adventure at the tables. The high limit room is available for VIP players who wish to stay off the main casino floor and includes an array of table games and slot machines. The exclusive third floor VIP lounge, scheduled to open in March, is designed for top-tier players, and will offer a private restaurant and gaming area to include six luxurious gaming salons with private decks adjacent to the lush pool area with elegant palace suites and villas.


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Kindred Futures Challenges Voice Driven Betting

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Kindred Futures, the innovation arm of Kindred Group, has launched the first-of-its-kind prototype for voice-driven betting.

The prototype is built in partnership with tech start-up Artificial Solutions. It makes use of the tweaked Google Action to facilitate voice betting on six top European football leagues & competitions. It provides a hassle-free betting experience and has the potential to redefine the way the users bet in the future. “Google was a great foundation for us thanks to its years as a search engine, meaning it had a wealth of data on a broad range of topics that its speech recognition understood. But despite this, it still required many hours of tuning and training to build the recognition of nuanced betting terminology and phrases” says Michael Franklin, Natural Language Lead at Kindred Futures.

The prototype was developed after 80 hours of extensive testing, during which more than 9,000 betting phrases were inputted to find out betting terms were understood and what were missed. Mark Jones, Head of Presales at Artificial Solutions said: “Speech recognition has made massive leaps over the last few years, and it’s now reached that tipping point where it’s good enough to be used to explore the future of voice-activated betting. This pioneering conversational AI application means Kindred Futures is in the perfect position to exploit voice technology moving forward.”

Will Mace, Head of Kindred Futures describes the project as “an experiment to see whether the technology was at a level or standard to cope with the nuance of sports betting.” He continues: “Delivering great experiences for our customers is at the forefront of what we do, making the best use of cutting-edge technology to deliver the products and services they want, or may require in the future.”

The product is in prototype mode now. When it is fully developed, it can be plugged into smart personal assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Cortana.

To find out more about Kindred Futures, visit http://www.kindredgroup.com/kindred-futures


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Swiss Casinos forges partnership with Playtech for online launch

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Swiss Casinos, a major land-based casino operator in Switzerland, has signed a partnership with Playtech, the premier gaming software development company based in Isle of Man, for the launch of its online casinos.

The move is significant as the Swiss market will host iGaming for the first time from January 2019.

According to the newly passed Swiss legislation, only the land-based casino operators in the country will be eligible for the licence to run iGaming facility through their online channel from January.

“We are extremely excited to have found an internationally experienced and innovative partner in Playtech,” Swiss Casinos Group chief executive Marc Baumann said. “We will now be able to offer our customers in Switzerland an attractive iGaming offering.”

Playtech chief operating officer Shimon Akad added that his company was pleased to have partnered Switzerland’s leading casino brand.

“Playtech has a long history of success in cooperation with leading brands in the world’s most important gambling markets, and we are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with Swiss Casinos,” he said.


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UK may implement cut of FOBT maximum stakes earlier than announced

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The British culture minister Jeremy Wright said the government is planning to prepone the implementation of the planned reduction of the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Earlier, the date of implementation was October 2019. It could be proposed by six months to April 2019.

It is a real twist in the tale, following the resignation of sports minister Tracey Crouch, who blamed the government of delaying to October the planned the reduction of maximum stake from 100 pounds to just two pounds.

The government had been staring at a possible defeat on its budget legislation in parliament, as many legislators from the governing Conservatives backed an amendment which would have forced them to bring forward the timing of the cut.

Wright said the implementation of the proposed rise in Remote Gaming Duty, paid by online gaming operators, could also be preponed to April to cover the negative impact on the public finances.


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