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OLG to Include Windsor Casino in Modernization

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The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) intends to add the Windsor Gaming Bundle, which consists of the Windsor Casino, to its modernization procurement process.

“Launching a competitive procurement to select a long-term service provider for the Windsor Gaming Bundle will complete OLG’s modernization of the Ontario gaming marketplace,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It will also help protect the long-term competitiveness of the Windsor market.”

In order to include the Windsor Gaming Bundle in modernization, OLG has entered into a three-year agreement to extend its existing contract with the current operator, Caesars Entertainment Windsor Limited, beyond July 31, 2020. OLG will take that time to conduct a fair and competitive procurement process for the Windsor Gaming Bundle and transition the day-to-day operations to the successful proponent.

OLG will require the successful proponent to retain employees at the Windsor Casino for a period of no less than 12 months once it takes over operation of the site in mid-2023. This 12-month retention period is consistent with all other Gaming Bundles in Ontario. Unionized employees will transfer to the successful proponent under the terms and conditions of their collective agreement.

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OLG expects to release a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) for the Windsor Gaming Bundle by fall 2020.

OLG provides the provincial government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization helps OLG provide more money to Ontario for key government services.

OLG is a crown agency that develops world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario. Acting in a socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; PlayOLG Internet gaming; and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres. OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided more than $52 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment and prevention of problem gambling; and support for amateur athletes. Each year, proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local charities across the province.

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Stakelogic Joins Forces With Betty in Ontario

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Innovative slots and live casino content provider announces new deal with leading Ontario casino operator.

Leading casino content provider Stakelogic continues its rapid expansion into the Ontario market thanks to a new partnership with Betty.

Ontarians will now be able to play Stakelogic’s full suite of online slots and live casino content when they play at Betty. The deal is the latest in a string of partnerships as Stakelogic looks to cement its position as a must-have developer in the region.

Betty is a hugely popular operator in Ontario, with the casino operating exclusively in the province. Its mission statement is clear: to provide the players of Ontario with the best of the best when it comes to an online casino experience.

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It can now do this thanks to its new deal with Stakelogic. Players can enjoy a diverse portfolio of games that includes exciting new titles like Wild Wild Bass 3, Wild Hogs, and Pigeon Hut, as well as classic Stakelogic games that draw inspiration from the fruit machines and slots of the past.

The casino can also offer its players access to one of the industry’s leading live casino suites. Stakelogic’s immersive brand of live casino content transports players to a state-of-the-art studio where they can enjoy classic casino games like blackjack and roulette, all manned by professional dealers and streamed using the latest in audio and video technology.

Betty players will also have the opportunity to enjoy Stakelogic’s cutting-edge features, including the Super Wheel, which blurs the lines between slots and live casino, transporting players from one to the other for the chance to win big prizes and triggers even more bonus action.

Neil Tanti, Senior Sales Manager at Stakelogic said: “Betty is an operator that really understands what Ontarians want from their online casino experience. By focusing its operations on Ontario, it is in a unique position to fully grasp the market’s demands, making it a fantastic partner to work with as we continue to grow in the region.

We are absolutely thrilled to add another top-tier operator to our list of partners in Ontario, and we are excited to see where this partnership takes us. “

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Paraskeva Smirnova, Casino Operations Manager at Betty said: “At Betty, our singular vision is to provide the players of Ontario with the most daring and exciting gaming content on the market. Adding Stakelogic to our slots and live casino lobbies is a move that further highlights our commitment to this goal.”

“Stakelogic is an internationally recognised developer that brings a wealth of quality and experience to the table. Entering into this partnership and allowing our players to access their portfolio will only strengthen our position as one of Ontario’s top online casinos.”

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Great Canadian Entertainment Appoints Pauline Alimchandani as CFO

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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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