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Vixio announces the finalists for the 2023 Global Regulatory Awards



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Now in its seventh year, the GRAs recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations across the gambling industry who have excelled in compliance, corporate social responsibility and safer gambling.

“We received a record number of submissions, making this year’s awards the most competitive since inception. The quality of nominations demonstrates how the industry views the importance of compliance and the ongoing requirement to maintain compliance excellence,” stated Mike Woolfrey, CEO of Vixio. “Thank you to the judging panel for your hard work and rigorous and independent judging to ensure the awards are hotly contested. Those who made the shortlist should consider this a significant achievement.” Woolfrey further stated.

The 2023 Global Regulatory Awards presentation will take place on November 29th at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Due to the popularity of the awards, tables will sell out fast. Vixio advises booking now to ensure you don’t miss out.

The official 2023 shortlist is as follows:

AML/MLR Professional of the Year

  1. Antonello Cuschieri, Greentube
  2. Camila Caresi, Pay4Fun
  3. Laura KolensMatley, Flutter Entertainment
  4. Ross Ferguson, Genting Casinos

Award for Commitment to Compliance by an Affiliate Company

  1. Better Collective
  2. Group

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Safer Gambling Category Sponsor: San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission

  1. 888 William Hill
  2. Betsmart Consulting
  3. Betting and Gaming Council
  4. Casino Guru
  5. DraftKings
  6. Entain
  7. EPIC Risk Management
  8. Gauselmann
  9. Genting Casinos
  10. Kaizen Gaming
  11. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
  12. YGAM

Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Responsible GamblingCategory Sponsor: BetConstruct

  1. Aaron GlynWilliams, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
  2. Anna Davies, Metropolitan Gaming
  3. Martin Lycka, Entain
  4. Paul Buck, EPIC Risk Management

Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year

  1. Bird & Bird
  2. CCA Law Firm
  3. CMS
  4. Greenberg Traurig
  5. GTG Advocates
  6. Herzog Fox & Neeman
  7. Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm
  8. RM Legal
  9. Segev LLP
  10. Simion & Baciu

Best Regulatory Lawyer or InHouse Counsel of the Year

  1. Alcina de Oliveira Alves, CCA Law Firm
  2. Andy Danson, Bird & Bird
  3. Cosmina Maria Simion, Simion & Baciu
  4. Emeline d’Ollone, Catena Media
  5. Erica Okerberg, Greenberg Traurig
  6. Filipe Mayer, CCA Law Firm
  7. John Kyriakides and John Broupis, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm
  8. Matthew Plampton, Bally’s Interactive
  9. Sue Dawson, Light & Wonder
  10. Thalia Siamani, OKTO

Chief Compliance Officer of the Year – Category Sponsor: DraftKings

  1. Alex Henderson, GIMO
  2. Ashley Padgett, Flutter Entertainment
  3. David Webb, BetConstruct
  4. Jimmy Howard, Metropolitan Gaming
  5. Tom Cunningham, National Indian Gaming Commission
  6. Zeljka Perkovic, Huddle

Compliance Innovator of the Year

  1. ArdentSky
  2. Compliable
  3. Department of Trust
  4. Docaposte
  5. Neccton
  6. OneComply
  7. Pay4Fun
  8. SQR Group

Compliance Professional of the Year

  1. Blaine Preston, Light & Wonder
  2. Christina ThakorRankin, 1710 Gaming
  3. David Webb, BetConstruct
  4. Helen Davies, Flutter Entertainment
  5. Jessica Feil, OpenBet
  6. Jimmy Howard, Metropolitan Gaming
  7. Karine Kocharyan, BetConstruct
  8. Mike Robbins, Gaming Laboratories International
  9. Roxana Numa, Department of Trust
  10. Roxane Scicluna, Greentube
  11. Sara Condo, IGT
  12. SarahJayne Van Greune, Ilixium

Compliance Rising Star Special Award

  1. Adelayo Banjo, Games Global
  2. Antoine Vandemoortele, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
  3. Daniel Spencer, EPIC Risk Management
  4. Jessica Keogh, Games Global
  5. Johannes Ingi Kolbeinsson, PAYSTRAX
  6. Melanie Dunmar, Design Works Gaming
  7. OanaAdina Rusu, Greentube
  8. Thomas Zhong, IMG Arena

Compliance Team of the Year

  1. BetConstruct
  2. Estoril Sol Digital
  3. EveryMatrix
  4. Flutter Entertainment
  5. Gauselmann
  6. Genting Casinos
  7. Gaming Laboratories International
  8. Huddle Tech
  9. Kaizen Gaming
  10. Metropolitan Gaming
  11. Scientific Games
  12. Videoslots

Head of Regulatory Affairs/Government Relations of the Year

  1. Adam Torres, San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission
  2. Antony Gevisser, Super Group
  3. Charmaine Hogan, Playtech
  4. David Foster, Entain
  5. Jessica Feil, OpenBet

Legal Team of the Year

  1. Campeón Gaming
  2. EveryMatrix
  3. Kambi
  4. Light & Wonder
  5. Oryx Gaming
  6. Paysafe
  7. Segev LLP
  8. Soft2Bet

Outstanding Contribution to Safer Game Design

  1. Design Works Gaming
  2. Light & Wonder
  3. Print Studios

Outstanding Contribution to Sports Betting Integrity Award

  1. Entain
  2. Flutter Entertainment
  3. Genius Sports
  4. Neccton
  5. Sportradar

Payment Service or Solution Provider of the Year

  1. Freemarket
  2. Ilixium
  3. OKTO
  4. Paramount Commerce
  5. Passport Technology
  6. Pay4Fun
  7. Paysafe

Regtech Provider of the Year

  1. BetConstruct
  2. Department of Trust
  3. Gaming Innovation Group
  4. GeoComply
  5. IDnow
  6. Mindway AI
  7. Neccton
  8. OneComply
  9. Playtech
  10. Rightlander
  11. SG:certified
  12. Synalogik

Regulatory Initiative of the Year – Category Sponsor: Docaposte

  1. DGOJ (Spain)
  2. iGaming Ontario
  3. San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission
  4. Slovak Gambling Regulatory Authority

Responsible Approach to Advertising or Marketing Award

  1. Flutter Entertainment
  2. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
  3. Slovak Gambling Regulatory Authority

Responsible Gambling Service or Solution Provider of the Year – Category Sponsor: Kaizen Gaming

  1. Betknowmore UK
  2. Department of Trust
  3. EPIC Risk Management
  4. Focal Research Consultants Limited
  5. Gamban
  6. GamCare
  7. GBG
  8. Gordon Moody
  9. LexisNexis Risk Solutions
  10. Mindway AI
  11. Neccton
  12. YGAM

The 2023 recipient of the Compliance Lifetime Achievement Special Award, sponsored by eCogra, will be named via a separate special announcement prior to the Global Regulatory Awards ceremony.

Henry Berger

Pragmatic Play Partners with Starkbet





Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is celebrating the signing of a new partnership with Starkbet, enhancing its standing across Latin America.

Like many partnerships in the region, this latest tie-up with Starkbet includes three of Pragmatic Play’s popular verticals. Its Slot provision will see players able to enjoy recent releases including Rocket Blast Megaways and Diamond Cascade, as well as a host of award-winning popular hits like Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus among 300+ quality titles.

The operator’s Live Casino offering will be significantly stronger once the deal goes live, with consistent top-performing titles such as Sweet Bonanza CandyLand and Mega Wheel being available for players along with a comprehensive collection of classic games such as roulette and blackjack.

Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports titles which offer a wide range of realistic games to complement real-life sporting schedules also form part of the new deal. Products like Force 1 and Horse and Greyhound Racing are among the sports soon to be available, giving bettors on-demand opportunities to enjoy a large selection of bet markets.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome the Starkbet team on board as Pragmatic Play’s latest partner in Latin America. It’s another fantastically strong brand that we’re delighted to see Pragmatic Play bringing its content to and we’re sure the relationship is going to work out incredibly well for both parties.”

Henry Berger, CEO at Starkbet, said: “Starkbet has always been a popular choice for LatAm players and that will be even more true now we will have content from Pragmatic Play in our portfolio. Its games are among the most requested among our players and we’re going to able to offer them so much more as a result of this agreement.”

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Illawarra Hawks






The Illawarra Hawks have joined the Sydney Kings and Sydney Flames as partners in the NSW Government’s Reclaim the Game program, offering fans a new chapter to enjoy the National Basketball League (NBL) and Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) without being bombarded by betting ads.

Liquor & Gaming NSW Policy and Programs A/Executive Director Natalie Wright said the Reclaim the Game partnerships allowed fans to watch the game and barrack for their favourite clubs, with less distraction from sports betting advertising.

“We are pleased to see the collective commitment to Reclaim the Game, which challenges the normalisation of sports betting and advertising in sport,” Ms Wright said.

“For all NSW-based NBL teams to take this stand sends a powerful message, especially to younger fans.”

“You can watch and enjoy basketball for the action, rather than the odds.”

Under this initiative, the Illawarra Hawks, Sydney Kings and Sydney Flames have all pledged to decline sports betting sponsorships and help reduce the amount of betting advertising in the NBL and WNBL for the next two seasons.

As well as the clubs, the fans are also on board with a Reclaim the Game survey revealing that 86% of Kings supporters and 93% of Flames fans believe excessive gambling advertising is concerning.

Illawarra Hawks General Manager Commercial Sam Attrill said the Reclaim the Game partnership will play a meaningful role in educating the community about sports betting and gambling risks.

“We look forward to welcoming our members, fans, and partners to WIN Entertainment Centre this season to enjoy the excitement of Hawks basketball with family and friends without the distraction of betting.” Mr Attrill said.

Sydney Kings and Sydney Flames Chairman Paul Smith said the clubs are doing their part to promote responsible behaviour towards gambling.

“It is our fundamental duty to support the well-being of players, community and sports integrity.” Mr Smith said.

The NSW Government’s Reclaim the Game program has been a huge success boasting 10 partners across 16 teams in five sporting codes including AFL, NRL, A-League and cricket.

The initiative has reached millions through more than 200 home games, both on TV and in stadiums.

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Benjamin Keller

INTELITY to Exhibit at Global Gaming Expo 2023 in Las Vegas





INTELITY, provider of hospitality’s leading guest experience and staff management platform, announced that it will exhibit at the 2023 Global Gaming Expo from October 9–12 at The Venetian Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

During G2E 2023, INTELITY will highlight the latest updates to its cloud-based Platform R5, as well as its newly updated API capabilities, both used by dozens of casinos around the world.

Supported by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, G2E 2023 will highlight the continued evolution of every aspect of the industry — from traditional and online gaming to digital payments and new technologies like AI. G2E is the premier gathering of commercial and tribal gaming professionals globally. The four-day event will feature exhibits, education sessions, and networking events.

“We are committed to elevating G2E in tandem with the industry’s growth. Reflecting our commitment, this year’s show will feature the updated G2E brand, new expo hall activations, and our most in-depth education program yet. For both exhibitors and attendees, G2E 2023 will once again offer an opportunity to do business with key players, discover winning solutions, gain exposure, and connect with a diverse audience,” said Korbi Carrison, G2E’s Event Vice President at RX.

During G2E 2023, INTELITY will showcase the latest updates to its award-winning guest experience platform that streamlines the pre-arrival and check-in process for casino resort guests so they can head straight to gaming upon arrival. Recent updates include expansions to the platform’s mobile check-in process with shared and multi-room digital keys and full ID verification. The platform continues to offer casino resorts the widest range of digital guest experience features including customizable guest-facing branded mobile apps, and marketing and promotion support to draw guests to food and beverage options or to straight into promoted gaming events and activities. The platform also helps casino resorts drive non-room revenue and, with INTELITY’s smart-room tablets, allow guests to digitally order in-room dining, adjust in-room temperature and lighting controls, review casino resort compendiums, and even continue gaming from the comfort of their hotel room.

Additionally, INTELITY will showcase uses and examples of its latest platform APIs supplying casino properties with existing apps with access to the INTELITY platform’s suite of guest experience capabilities brought into their custom-created environments, including casino resort apps, embedded or interactive tablets or displays, and captive portals.

On the operations and staff side of the house, the INTELITY platform includes INTELITY’s GEMS (Guest Experience Management System), a robust back-of-house ticketing and operations solution. Featuring more than 100 certified integrations with industry-leading systems, including PMS, POS, ticketing, in-room controls, spa management, and more, INTELITY provides an extensive suite of solutions for independent and enterprise-level operators.

“G2E serves as an annual showcase for innovation in gaming, and this year’s event promises to be especially impactful as the industry transforms at a record pace. We can’t wait to welcome back the global gaming community to Las Vegas this October to chart the future of gaming,” said AGA Senior Vice President Maureen Beddis.

“For the gaming and casino resort industry, G2E is the must-attend show. As such, we are excited to connect with the industry and showcase the latest updates to the INTELITY platform that not only improve the guest’s in-room experience, but their gaming experience, as well,” said Benjamin Keller, INTELITY SVP of Sales & General Manager of Customer Relations.

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