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Women in Gaming: Sun International’s first female Gaming Manager on challenging the status-quo

Women in Gaming: Sun International's first female Gaming Manager on challenging the status-quoThroughout August South Africa celebrates Women’s Month and to honour the work of women within the industry, ICE Africa is showcasing the inspiring work across gaming’s many sectors. From the world of casinos, Elmarie van Wyk, Gaming Manager at Sun International’s Flamingo Casino discusses her inspiring success in a previously male-dominated industry and why it’s important to embrace new methods in the face of modern challenges.

She explained: “The Casino industry, especially Gaming has historically been predominantly male. My proudest achievement has therefore been when I was given the opportunity to become Sun International’s first female Gaming Manager. I am a pro-active, motivated, goal-driven and confident person and love what I do – every day is different.”

Elmarie van Wyk has a wealth of experience in the gaming and leisure industry and has experienced a number of major technological developments with Sun International during her more than 13 year career with the company. Commenting on current innovations in the industry, she said: “I am able to work with some of the latest and greatest technology and get to ‘play every day’. I am not afraid to try new things and am always looking for more effective ways to deal with every day challenges. I believe that my passion positively influences others working closely with me. It encourages the need to challenge conventional thinking and become more creative and innovative and as such, positively impacts the business.”

She concluded: “I would like to leave young aspiring professionals with the following: If you believe in yourself, you can do and be anything you want to be. You can and will succeed if you are willing to take risks, accept when you fail, get up when you fall and try again. Trust in yourself and your abilities, you can do it!”

ICE Africa will comprise an extensive learning agenda, world class training and staff development modules, products and services from leading gaming brands and extensive networking opportunities. Supporting partners for ICE Africa include, the South African Bookmakers’ Association, the Western Cape Bookmakers Association, the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling and the European Casino Association.

August 13, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

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July 30, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Early NFL week 1 odds roundup: Betting lines and trends

 

Early NFL week 1 odds roundup: Betting lines and trendsNFL handicappers and oddsmakers will tell you that the first week of the regular season is the hardest to pinpoint because no one really knows what teams truly are yet.

The NFL has the most parity of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States, and every year a few clubs that were supposed to be good aren’t and a few that were supposed to stink don’t. Just look at the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2016, they were last in the NFC East. Last year, they won the franchise’s first Super Bowl.

The biggest Week 1 home underdogs for 2018 are, to no surprise, the Cleveland Browns as they are +6.5 against the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns come off the second 0-16 season in league history and have one victory in 32 games under head coach Hue Jackson.

In addition, Cleveland hasn’t won a season opener since 2004. Last year, Cleveland also opened at home against Pittsburgh and managed to cover a 10-point spread in a 21-18 loss. It was only the Browns’ fourth cover in their past 20 season openers.

One interesting game is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the New Orleans Saints, which we will call the Suspension Bowl. That’s because Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is suspended the first three games of the season for an off-field issue and Saints running back Mark Ingram is banned the first four because he failed a drug test.

The Saints opened at -7 but that line already has moved as high as 9.5 points at some sportsbooks in the wake of the Winston news. Veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, barring injury, would start in his place.

There is one game currently listed as a pick’em on the Week 1 NFL betting board: Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals. Both teams will have new starting quarterbacks: Alex Smith for Washington and, presumably, Sam Bradford for Arizona, which also has an entirely new coaching staff.

The first Sunday night game of the year is Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, the NFL’s oldest rivalry. That had the biggest spread on the board at Packers -8 but has been passed at some books by Bucs-Saints.

Aaron Rodgers is the early betting favorite to win a third NFL MVP Award. He missed a big chunk of last season due to a broken collarbone and the Packers missed the playoffs. Green Bay has been a good Week 1 bet in recent years, covering eight of its past 11.

And it’ll be the head coaching debut of former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy for Chicago. The Bears were busy this offseason adding offensive weapons around second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

July 14, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments

Maryland casinos have solid, albeit non-record-breaking June

maryland-casino-gaming-revenue-june-2018Maryland casinos failed to set another revenue record in the month of June but all six venues posted year-on-year growth.

Figures released Friday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Agency show statewide casino gaming revenue hit $148.9m in June, up 14.1% from the same month last year. However, the figure was well back of the record $156.5m the state reported in May 2018.

Slot machine revenue was up 16% year-on-year to $93.7m, while table games revenue improved 11% to $55.2m. It’s again worth noting that June’s slots revenue alone was $1.7m higher than the overall casino market revenue generated in November 2016, the last month before MGM Resorts’ new National Harbor venue opened to the public.

National Harbor has never relinquished its role as the state’s top casino earner, earning $59.3m (+18.3%) in June, easily beating out former #1 property Live! Casino & Hotel’s $48.2m (+15.1%). Caesars Entertainment’s Horseshoe Casino Baltimore had its second straight month of year-on-year growth, rising 3.3% to $22.8m.

The other three properties were also in growth mode, led by Ocean Downs Casino at $7.3m (+29.8%, thanks to its new table games), followed by Hollywood Casino Perryville ($6.6m, +4.5%) and Rocky Gap ($4.75m, +5.2%).

SPORTS BETTING A LONG WAY OFF
Like many US states, Maryland’s casino operators would welcome the opportunity to add sports betting to their mix but legislators’ most recent effort at approving the activity failed to achieve liftoff this spring. David Cordish, whose company owns the Live! casino, recently told Business Journal that he “wouldn’t hold my breath” waiting for legal wagering to arrive on Maryland’s shores. At least, not anytime soon.

Cordish said his casino would be “happy” to add wagering “when the time comes and if it’s done right … but it has to be done right, and I think that’s going to take time.” Cordish pointed to disagreements between the state’s casinos and racetracks over who will be allowed to offer wagering as one likely flashpoint.

In the meantime, Cordish is converting the existing 500-seat concert venue at Live! into a sports bar and lounge it’s calling Sports & Social. Cordish said the casino no longer needed the event center after launching an even larger venue at the recently opened Live! Hotel next door.

Cordish said the conversion plans predated the US Supreme Court ruling in May that struck down the federal betting ban, but sports betting “could certainly fit in” the sports lounge if the state gets its act together.

July 9, 2018: posted in News And Reviews No Comments
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