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NCAA and EPIC Provide Sports Gambling Harm Prevention Education to Over 10,000 Student-Athletes




As sports wagering expands across the US, the NCAA national office has continued to work to protect both the well-being of student-athletes and the integrity of competition. Since the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional in 2018, the NCAA has focused on increasing educational efforts surrounding sports wagering integrity.

As part of the sports wagering educational strategy, the NCAA engaged EPIC Risk Management to provide a comprehensive and customized sports wagering gambling harm prevention program. Since the first full year of the program in 2022, over 10,000 student-athletes and administrators have attended in-person programming offered free to the membership.

The most recent NCAA Social Series welcomed Paul Buck, CEO of EPIC Risk Management, and Trever Wright, associate director of athletics for Cincinnati, to talk about the importance of the program.

“We specialize in the prevention of gambling related harm. For us, working with the college athletes is a really important program because we know that athletes are four times more likely to suffer from gambling related harm than the general population for a number of different reasons,” Buck said.


As part of the program, the in-person campus sessions focus on sports wagering awareness, protecting the integrity of competitions, gambling addiction and harm, and student-athlete well-being.

“It’s really important that during these educational sessions, we make them aware of what the potential dangers are. We make sure they understand the importance of talking to the support they’ve got around them and just make sure that this doesn’t become a problem that ever affects their current life or their future career, either in the game or elsewhere,” Buck said.

With 33 states plus the District of Columbia accepting wagers on athletics competitions and 11 additional jurisdictions either considering or having already legalized sports wagering that is not yet operational, many student-athletes are surrounded by peers who wager on sports.

“What we are really trying to educate with our student-athletes is that there are a lot of things that are permissible for the general public that just aren’t for you, and it’s the same for the coaches and the administrators. We really try to focus on that aspect while really tying in our psychologists and mental health because one unique aspect of this is that when it (sports wagering) used to be illegal, they (student-athletes) didn’t really have any students or peers saying, ‘Hey, you cost me $200.’ Now with it being legal in the state of Ohio, you could face that within your own class, let alone social media,” Wright said.

Mixing gambling addiction education with real life stories from EPIC’s presenters, the sessions have been helpful for Cincinnati’s student-athletes, according to Wright.


“Our athletes really benefit from real-world experience. Having somebody sit in front of them and speak of gambling addiction, what it looked like, how they went through it, how it affected his life, really was impactful, so much so that we’re having them (EPIC) back for another session,” Wright said.

If a student-athlete or someone they know does have a problem with sports wagering, Buck said it is important to reach out to somebody about it.

“If you do have a problem, talk. It’s one of the most stigmatized and silent addictions that there are, so if somebody is suffering a problem, we need to get the environment and ethos that it’s OK for that player or that staff member to come forward and talk about it because the real problems come with this if somebody bottles it up, doesn’t talk about it, doesn’t feel like they can talk about it and suddenly something happens like a suicide or mental health problems or certainly career over or that sort of thing,” he said.

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Great Canadian Entertainment Appoints Pauline Alimchandani as CFO





Great Canadian Entertainment has announced that it has appointed Pauline Alimchandani as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 31, 2024, subject to customary regulatory approvals. At that time current CFO Darren Gwozd will step down from the role. Ms. Alimchandani will be responsible for overseeing the Company’s finance organization.

“I am delighted to welcome Pauline to our exceptional senior management team. Her extensive public company experience and deep record of successful leadership roles in finance, capital markets and financial reporting, will be immensely valuable as we continue to remain focused on delivering long-term growth and creating value for our stakeholders in a socially responsible way. I look forward to her contributions,” Matthew Anfinson, Chief Executive Officer of Great Canadian, said.

“Darren has been a valuable member of our Finance team for more than six years and has helped lead our organization through a transformational period. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the senior management team, and Great Canadian’s team members, we want to thank Darren for his many years of leadership,” Mr. Anfinson added.

“I am very excited to join Great Canadian and see significant opportunity to build upon the Company’s strong financial and operational foundation, while developing capabilities that further establish the Company’s competitive advantage,” Ms. Alimchandani said.


Prior to joining Great Canadian, Ms. Alimchandani was Chief Financial Officer for Northland Power, where she oversaw a large global team across several key functions and chaired the organization’s Investment Committee. Ms. Alimchandani has over 18 years of professional experience, previously having served in roles that included Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dream Unlimited Corp, Vice President, Corporate Strategy at Dream, and Vice President, Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets. In 2020, she was awarded one of Canada’s 50 Best Executives by the Report on Business/Globe and Mail and in 2022, she was awarded Canada’s Clean 50, which is noted as being Canada’s top sustainability award.

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Clarion Gaming Digital Expands North American Reach with Global Gaming Business Acquisition





iGaming Business (iGB) parent company Clarion Gaming Digital has acquired Global Gaming Business (GGB) as it accelerates its growth strategy across North America.

The purchase includes GGB magazine’s annual publications Casino Style, Tribal Government Gaming and Progressive Products Preview (P3) as well as its online assets including GGB News.

It will extend the digital publishing business’ global reach as the North American market enters a crucial phase, providing clients with access to a significantly bigger audience through its range of marketing services products.

Founded in 2002, GGB is trusted title with a reach beyond sports betting and iGaming into commercial and tribal gaming. It bolsters Clarion Gaming Digital’s ability to provide a comprehensive range of news, analysis and data to every sector of the industry.


The acquisition is a cornerstone of a wider multimillion pound investment to enhance Clarion Gaming Digital’s data and audience development.

“This is a major milestone for our digital business as we unlock the benefits of our investment,” the Managing Director for Clarion Gaming, Alex Pratt, said. “We are acquiring a business with deep industry heritage and with it the opportunity to build on its solid foundations in the United States.”

The B2B Global Content Director for Clarion Gaming Digital, Robin Harrison, said the acquisition came amid changes to state regulations as well as new land-based and online developments across the United States and Canada.

“We are delighted to seal this deal, which brings in new industry expertise to the team, expands our reach and consolidates our presence in a crucial region,” Harrison said. “We will build an offering that acts as the final word on key industry developments and GGB’s authority and relationships takes us a step closer to that goal.”

“We have had lengthy discussions with Clarion Gaming Digital in recent years and believe it shares our passion and vision for serving our readership in a way that will maintain the quality of the publications for decades to come,” the publisher and Chief Executive Officer for Casino Connection International LLC, the parent of GGB, Roger Gros, said. “As the gaming industry continues to grow in many different ways, our relationship with Clarion will make certain that our pivotal role in the industry remains unchanged and we can continue our important work going forward.”


Clarion Gaming Digital plans to further accelerate its North American expansion by leveraging unique partnerships on offer through the wider Clarion Events portfolio such as the DigitalPlay Summit at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention over April 10 to 11.

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ReactivAction Limited Partners with Fast Track to Underpin Growth Strategy, Starting with the Brazilian Market





ReactivAction Limited, an ambitious new player in the iGaming industry offering online casino games and sports betting, has gone live with Fast Track, marking a strategic move to cement a stronghold across multiple markets, starting with Brazil.

This partnership not only marks a dynamic alliance but also a ground-breaking integration of Fast Track with Altenar’s renowned player account management (PAM) platform. This innovative collaboration highlights Fast Track’s exceptional ability to seamlessly integrate with various leading iGaming systems, further cementing its position as the industry’s most versatile and adaptable CRM solution provider.

With plans to expand beyond Brazil into Canada, New Zealand and Ireland through a second brand, ReactivAction Limited was on the lookout for a long-term partner that not only understands its growth trajectory but is also a critical driving force behind its growth. By leveraging Fast Track’s state-of-the-art AI-driven tools, lifecycle automation and real-time data analytics, ReactivAction Limited is poised to elevate its player engagement and retention strategies. This advanced technology empowers ReactivAction Limited to customize communications, personalised promotions and bonuses, aligning them with individual preferences and behaviours for a more tailored and engaging gaming experience.

“We were looking for a platform that sets us up for success from day one, making it possible to execute and automate the entire retention strategy, a system that could scale and mould around our expansion and provide solutions to our unique challenges,” the Director for ReactivAction Limited, Leone Stranges, said. “Fast Track’s lifecycle templates, real-time capabilities and experience within the industry made it a straightforward choice.”


“We are always excited at the prospect of empowering a forward-thinking operator through our platform,” the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Fast Track, Simon Lidzen, said. “We look forward to a fruitful long-term relationship to support ReactivAction Limited’s growth trajectory as it expands its brand into new markets.”

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