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GrooveGaming jazz up North and South American prospects with Jazz Gaming Solutions

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Aggregator GrooveGaming continues a juggernaut of alliances and partnership announcements with the news of a major deal to drive growth in Latin America on the back of a tie-up with established South American specialist Jazz Gaming Solutions, 34-year veterans of the Americas market.

With over 427 million people making up the continent, and around 320 million eligible to gamble, South America is attractive to the online gaming industry with pioneers like GrooveGaming making the leap to market development through this strategic content partnership with journeyman Jazz Gaming Solutions.

In only 3 years GrooveGaming has built a mighty aggregation of top igaming software providers in the industry, with diverse content ranging from slots, online casino and live casino, to poker and table games. As an aggregator of choice for some of the biggest names in the business, GrooveGaming recently went live with EveryMatrix, iGP, Digitain, ALEA and Quickfire, amongst others, and with over 2500 casino games alone available on the platform, the GrooveGaming value-proposition continues to go from strength-to-strength.

GrooveGaming has significantly grown its presence in 2019 across key global markets and important regulated jurisdictions over the past several months through partnerships with major online gambling operators. GrooveGaming has carved out a significant space within Europe’s regulated gambling markets, and a recent announcement about a new partnership with Super Spade Games has given a boost to its Far Eastern ambitions, while this deal with Jazz Gaming Solutions bolsters its growth prospects in the Latin American market.

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GrooveGaming’s global reach is underpinned by tailoring games lists and promotions for operators working in multiple markets to reflect typical regional player attitudes thereby helping to drive player engagement and revenue. A key reason why GrooveGaming is becoming a supplier of choice around the world is that GrooveGaming is powered by technology innovation which provides operators with the ability to activate a range of features that enhance customer experience and engagement, improve retention, encourage extended play and produce higher yield.

Jazz Gaming Solutions is a pillar of the South American market having a successful 34-year record in developing products and services for a wide range of casinos and entities throughout the region using a variety of business models. Jazz Gaming Solutions has a focus on delivery via online and has enjoyed an excellent reputation within the developing Latin American industry for high-quality technology and innovation.

Eddye Guevara, CEO at Jazz Gaming Solutions said: “South America has emerged as the next big online gaming market and is hungry to experience the best of the global gaming market’s content which is why we chose to go with GrooveGaming. We believe that the Latin American market has enormous potential, and we want to be present and broaden our brands. We also seek strategic alliances with other providers to incorporate into our platform other attractive products like the gems GrooveGaming have secured for their portfolio.”

Rebecca Sotomora, Head of Sales at GrooveGaming said: “With so many game titles available, a constantly expanding content offering, recruitment of exciting new providers, and hundreds of new games added every year, GrooveGaming has quickly become the aggregator of choice around the world, with some of the very best names in the world of gaming like Jazz Gaming Solutions. We look forward to reaping the benefits together as the South American market continues to open up.”

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The Cordish Companies Celebrates Major Construction Milestone During “Topping Off” Ceremony for New $270+ Million Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana Project

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LRGC Gaming Investors LLC, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, marked a significant milestone in the construction of the first land-based casino in the Shreveport-Bossier market during the “Topping Off” ceremony for the new $270+ Million Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana, a project that will serve as a regional destination for world-class gaming, dining, entertainment, and hotel amenities.

The Cordish Companies and General Contractor AnderCorp were joined by State of Louisiana, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Former Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin; Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Chris Hebert; Louisiana State Senator Sam L. Jenkins, Jr.; Bossier City Mayor Thomas Chandler; Bossier Parish Police Jury President Philip Rodgers, along with dozens of other state and local elected officials, and regional business, community and tourism leaders, to celebrate the final commemorative beam being raised to complete the superstructure of the new world-class property.

“Today marks an incredibly special day for The Cordish Companies as we continue to expand our Live! brand in the Southeast region of the country with the development of Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana. With the first land-based casino in the market, Live! Casino & Hotel will be a transformative development that will bring a first-class gaming and entertainment experience to millions of visitors, create significant new jobs, and generate millions of dollars in economic benefits for the community for generations to come,” said Rob Norton, President of Cordish Gaming Group, the gaming division of The Cordish Companies.

Located along the scenic Red River in Bossier City, directly across from Shreveport, Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana will feature more than 47,000-square-feet of gaming space; 1000+ slots and electronic table games; 40+ live action table games; a sportsbook; an upscale 550-room hotel, resort pool and fitness center; a 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose Event Center for top name entertainment, meeting, conventions, non-profit and social gatherings; a 31-site RV park with concrete pads and full hook-ups; structured and surface parking; and 30,000-square-feet of best-in-class dining entertainment venues with new food and beverage outlets.

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The project, which is scheduled to open in Q1 2025, is projected to generate more than $35 million in gaming tax revenues for Bossier City and more than $168 million for the State of Louisiana within its first five years of operation and create approximately 1500 new jobs including 750 new construction jobs and approximately 750 permanent jobs for local and regional residents.

Careers will be available in every field, including hotel operations, finance, marketing, human resources, information technologies, food and beverage, facilities, security and surveillance and casino operations. Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana will also purchase tens of millions of dollars in goods and services in the region. As recognized leaders in community outreach with unparalleled track records of supporting local and regional businesses, The Cordish Companies is committed to ensuring contract opportunities for local, MBE/WBE, and veteran-owned companies.

“I am honored to lead the board at such an exciting time for the gaming industry in Louisiana. Our team has worked so hard to establish this first land-based casino in the Bossier market, and we are ecstatic to be one step closer to realizing it with today’s topping off of Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana,” Chris Hebert, Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, said.

“We have already seen the benefits that Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana has brought to Bossier City. As we get closer to opening this landmark property, our anticipation continues to build, and I couldn’t be happier for my community and more appreciative of Live! for its partnership and positive impact,” Thomas Chandler, Mayor of Bossier City, said.

“Bossier Parish is very excited to have Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana that will soon become a destination for many locals and visitors. We are very thankful for the investment they are making in this area and cannot wait to see it to completion,” Philip Rodgers, President of the Bossier Parish Police Jury, said.

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“Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana is a spectacular one-stop destination for excitement for everyone from gaming enthusiasts, foodies, sports fans, concert goers or just locals and visitors looking for their next night out. Hundreds of men and women are working hard to make sure that this property will be unforgettable the moment it opens its doors, promising an experience that will entice visitors from near and far to return again and again. Today marks a significant milestone in this journey, and we eagerly anticipate showcasing all the incredible offerings we have planned for early 2025,” John J. Chaszar, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana, said.

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Sac & Fox Casino and CasinoTrac Partner for CMS Upgrade

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Table Trac Inc. announced a new agreement to replace a competitor’s system with the CasinoTrac casino management system at Sac & Fox Casino in Powhattan, KS.

Eric Wright, General Manager of Sac & Fox Casino, stated: “CasinoTrac has come a long way since I first worked with the system. It should easily accomplish what we need at our property.”

Chad Hoehne, President of Table Trac, stated: “Eric and his team really put us to the test, drilling deep into the CasinoTrac revenue audit and accounting functions for compliance with their audit standards. These exercises were diligent and necessary in earning their trust, business, and our 41st Native American tribal partnership.”

Sac & Fox Casino will deploy PlayerLINQ-CasinoTrac’s 6.2” touchscreen player tracking interface, CTLoyalty for all patron marketing, promotions, and bonusing administration and management, KioskTrac promotional games with account management, and slot accounting solutions.

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Rush Street Appoints Susan Foster as General Manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia

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Rush Street Gaming announced that international gaming executive Susan Foster has been appointed general manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia.

“Having worked in various gaming jurisdictions in America and several other countries, I’m both an advocate for and an example of the tremendous opportunities casino gaming provides. I’m very excited to be back in Pennsylvania at such a dynamic property,” Foster said.

Foster began her casino career as a table games dealer in the UK, Nigeria, and the Bahamas. She later spent 14 years in Mississippi at Grand Casino & Resort and Bally’s Entertainment, where she led table games and poker operations. She then served as director of table games for Odawa Casino in Michigan, before accepting her first Pennsylvania job with Harrah’s Philadelphia.

While at Harrah’s, Foster received Caesars Entertainment’s highest award for excellence in leadership. Thereafter, Foster transitioned from the gaming floor to casino operations in 2015 with Hollywood Casino, where she served as vice president of operations at multiple Penn Entertainment properties for nearly a decade. Her direct responsibilities included the performance and operations of slots, table games, poker, food and beverage, environmental services, security, facilities, and various hotels.

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Foster joined Rivers Casino Philadelphia in April 2024 as assistant general manager. She succeeds Eric Althaus, who recently departed the Philly property.

“Susan’s broad worldview of gaming operations has significantly benefited Rush Street since she joined last spring. Her history and familiarity with the southeastern PA gaming market has proven to be a great advantage for Rivers Philly,” Tim Drehkoff, CEO of Rush Street Gaming, said.

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