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Ontario 2019: Online Gaming

Ontario 2019: Online Gaming, Alcohol and Cannabis From cultural conservatism to permissive next-door neighbor: Is this the new Canada?

Canada has long been seen as the conservative cousin of the U.S., staid and dull.

This view was best exemplified in the 1980s when New Republic Editor Michael Kinsley said the most boring newspaper headline in world history would be “Worthwhile Canadian Initiative.”

Is Canada experiencing a reputational shift? Let’s look at key highlights of the Ontario budget, with its overarching theme of trusting adult consumers to make responsible choices in their indulgences.

Gaming The budget suggests that the Ontario government intends to establish a competitive market for online gaming.

This would ensure that players in Canada’s largest province have access to safe gambling options.

To carry out this mandate, the province will consult with key stakeholders to develop a market that reflects consumer choice while creating an exciting gaming experience.

The monopoly mandated by Canada’s criminal code only permits provincial governments to “conduct and manage” gaming.

Ontario 2019: Online Gaming The budget is therefore likely considering a request-for-proposal model for operators when it refers to a “competitive online gambling regime.”

Dirk Whitebreast faced a turning point in 2003, one borne of tragedy. His 18-year-old sister, Darcy Jo Keahna, committed suicide.

Whitebreast returned to his Iowa hometown of Tama, ready to turn his life around to honor his sibling.

“The day that I got the phone call about my sister was the last time I touched alcohol,” he says.

Whitebreast got work with the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. He went from players club to surveillance to a supervisory role to marketing, the latter stemming from his successful bid to win a seat on the tribal council in 2009.

“My public relations, communications and campaign-building efforts came in handy for the digital media strategist position,” says Whitebreast, who enjoyed marketing and hesitated before submitting a resume for a leadership development program.

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million rebrand

Jamie Queen joins Buzz Bingo as Chief Commercial Officer

Jamie Queen has joined Buzz Bingo in the newlycreated role of Chief Commercial Officer.

million rebrand with responsibility for all aspects of the group’s marketing across all territories.

Buzz currently has a nationwide network of 119 bingo clubs.

In his new role Jamie will oversee all marketing communications for the brand, as well as its food and beverage operations,

million rebrand gaming and bingo propositions, and will report directly to CEO, Chris Matthews, incoming Chair of The Bingo Association.

Prior to joining Buzz, Jamie was Group Marketing Director for Thomas Cook Group,

with responsibility for all aspects of the group’s marketing across all territories.

his interest in disruptive innovation and his ability to harness the latest technology

before then becoming Group Marketing Director.

Prior to Thomas Cook, Jamie has held roles within marketing, e-commerce and digital areas across a number of household brands including The AA, Saga Group and Budget Insurance.

Chris Matthews, CEO of Buzz Bingo said, “Jamie impressed us with his passion for understanding what drives customer behaviour,

his interest in disruptive innovation and his ability to harness the latest technology. 

He has an excellent track-record in managing businesses across digital and retail platforms.

“At a time when Buzz is going through rapid change and exciting development,

we are extremely positive about what Jamie will bring to both the executive management team and the organisation as a whole.”

Carlton Bingo is one of the UK’s leading independent licensed bingo operators and the largest in Scotland,

with twelve clubs

located in Buckie, Dalkeith, Dunfermline, Dumbarton, East Kilbride, Elgin, Fraserburgh, Inverness, Livingston,

Partick, Stirling and Whitley Bay.

The company was formed in 1998 when Peter Perrins, George Carter, Brian King and Chris Barr bought out the bingo interests of Taylor Clark Limited.

The out-of-town club set a new standard for bingo venues and opened to great acclaim, offering outstanding food and beverage offerings,

through continually developing its customer offering (games, food, drinks) and its venues: having successfully renovated their Stirling club last year to great effect,

this year they set their sights on Dunfermline.

Carlton Dunfermline opened in 2005 and was the first purpose built Carlton club. 

Located on Fife Leisure Park the club was in a new location, having previously been at The Alhambra, in Canmore Street.

The out-of-town club set a new standard for bingo venues and opened to great acclaim, offering outstanding food and beverage offerings,

luxury comfort seating and stunning computer controlled lighting system

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THE POWE ROFS TORY TELLING

While many dramatic arts graduates choose careers on stage and
screen, their technical training is also great preparation for a
variety of careers beyond acting. Stephen D. Wilson MFA ’89 uses
his acting education every day… just not in front of a camera.
Two decades ago, he earned an MFA in acting at USC, learning
from such professors as Charles Macaulay and Sharon Carnicke.
In L.A. he also studied with legendary teachers Stella Adler and
Joanne Linville, acting alongside then-unknown actors like
Mark Ruffalo.STORY TELLING


Five years later he reconsidered his career path. Inspired
by his grandfather’s experiences as a trial lawyer and judge
in West Virginia, Wilson went to law school. Today he’s a trial
lawyer in Dallas and east Texas, handling civil litigation cases
for businesses.STORY TELLING

The most obvious application of his acting degree is in the
courtroom, where he narrates stories for judge and jury. His
storytelling chops come in handy there—projecting, timing,
emoting—but so does his study of scripts.
“In screenwriting, you don’t want to preach the movie’s message
into people, you just want to tell a story and tell it so well that
they take that message out of it,” he says. “When you’re putting
your points across at trial, a lot of times you don’t state the conclusion. You just leave it, and the jury comes to that conclusion
on their own. It’s more believable to them if they discover it
themselves.”

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Professionals

SUZOHAPP will be exhibiting at ICE London, the premier gaming technology exhibition for industry professionals.  This year’s event takes place at the ExCel Center in London from February 4-6. 

Visitors will find SUZOHAPP at booth

At ICE, SUZOHAPP will be showcasing the most complete range of components on the market today, including monitors, locks, printers, scanners, bill and coin handling, cabinet parts, and more. 

A key player in the Gaming industry for decades, SUZOHAPP uses its deep expertise and strong engineering team to deliver technological innovations.

 that add significant value to its customers. One such innovation is the new VisionPro™ line of LCD monitors which now includes edge-lit and 4K UHD models,

narrow border touch and ThruGlass capabilities, allowing touchscreens to work through 9mm of tempered glass.  Also on display will be the new dropin replacement E-PRL electronic

reprogrammable lock which enables remote authorization, traceability, and the benefit of never again needing to change locks when a key is lost or an employee dismissed.

The Dynamic Panel Systems (DPS) feature the latest innovations in player interfaces,

offering all the adaptability of touch screens while maintaining the satisfying feel of mechanical pushbuttons that keeps users engaged. These are only a few of the many new products to be displayed at ICE.

”The depth and breadth of our product line is unmatched – we can provide every component operators

and gaming OEMs need to run their businesses efficiently,

” said Mike Sigona, SUZOHAPP’s Business Development and Global Gaming Product Manager. 

”Even more, we deliver the kind of value-added innovation that our customers can use to drive demand for their offerings.”

Also at ICE, SUZOHAPP will display its new, award-winning Components website which offers comprehensive product information,

organized in an intuitive and easy-to-navigate format.

“Our goal at SUZOHAPP is to simplify the sourcing process for our customers,” said Sim Bielak, SUZOHAPP’s President of Global Gaming & Amusement. 

“This new website advances our goal by giving our customers easy access to the product information they need when they need it.”

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CONSTRUCTION

Before USC Village opened, it was already changing lives.
“It’s always going to be here, and I can say I was part of
it,” says Marcellous Bell, a carpenter who started working
at the site in January 2016 and is one of thousands of
local workers who built the complex. Five years ago CONSTRUCTION ,

he couldn’t have imagined being part of such an enormous
project. Back then, he was on a diff erent path. The talented high school
football player had drifted into petty theft and fi ghting, and was once shot
in the back. But he found support from a community group that helped
him turn his life around and fi nd a job at USC Village. CONSTRUCTION “I did a full 180. I’ve
learned stuff here I didn’t even know I could do,” Bell says. With the project
completed, he’s proud of his work. Says Bell: “Someday I can say, ‘I helped
put a roof over your head.’”

Designers drew on colors and textures
inspired by Italian landscapes when they
created USC Village’s interiors. Each building has its own unique
color palette, with fabrics and furnishings
to match. Students’ rooms
were designed with their needs in mind.
First-year students new to college life
live in settings that help them get to know
each other, while upperclassmen have
suites that share a common kitchen.

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Un Certain Regard

An operational audit is an examination of the manner in which an organization conducts business.

with the objective of pointing out improvements that will increase its efficiency and effectiveness.

And there are various manners in which business can be conducted.

Un Certain Regard They can all be equally effective and reach the same results with the same effort.

But mostly they are not. In casinos a good example would be procedures.

Those of you who had the chance to work in multiple jurisdictions and for various companies, know how a simple procedure.

of paying out 105 chips on roulette can differ from one place to another.

Is there a perfect way to do it? Is any one of these various procedures more effective than all the others? Probably yes. Does it matter? Probably not.

At other times there might be a significant difference and a case for change which could mean improvement in revenues.

reduction of costs or both, resulting in increased profits for the operation and eventually thicker bonus envelopes for management.

Operational optimization is a phrase repeated that many repeat but a very few practice. The nudge mostly comes from ownership and hardly ever from management.

And when it does, it usually means an operational audit for starters by an outside company or consultant to point out possible areas of improvement that management hasn’t seen for various reasons.

Un Certain Regard Not because they are incompetent or don’t care, but simply because running an operation can be rather.

I remember the first time I had to face an outside auditor as property manager. I felt insulted and betrayed by the very company I did so much for. I ran the place as if it was my own, with care and lots of extra hours.

Operational optimization is a phrase repeated that many repeat but a very few practice. The nudge mostly comes from ownership and hardly ever from management.

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Willy Wonka Everlasting Gobstopper

Scientific Games

This latest entry into Scientific Games’ Willy Wonka series presents a load of mystery features and bonuses on the immersive Gamefield 2.0 cabinet. The base game is a six-reel game, with four rows of symbols per reel and 25 paylines.

The game employs a three-level symbol-driven progressive, with a Minor jackpot resetting at $250 and a Major resetting at $2,000. The top progressive jackpot is a wide-area prize either on the Reel Adventures link, resetting at $200,000; or the Cash Connection link, resetting at $400,000. (There also is a near-area progressive version.)

The top jackpot is won with six scattered Willy Wonka symbols at max bet.

There are several mystery events in the base game. The “Oompa Loompa Feature,” randomly triggered on any spin, stretches the reels to five, six or eight active rows, and three reels are replaced by an alternate reel that contains more high-paying symbols.

Each Everlasting Gobstopper symbol that lands on the reels awards the following credit prize: Regular Gobstopper symbol: 10–250, Mystery Gobstopper symbol: 25–500, and Golden Gobstopper symbol: 100–1,000. If at least one Golden Gobstopper symbol lands on the reels, then a multiplier of 2X–10X may be awarded.

 Also randomly on any spin, a wild symbol will be placed on up to six reels—a minimum of two reels, or three reels if the Enhanced Bet is active. Also random is a Reel Replacement Feature, in which a number of positions on each reel are replaced with one of nine highpaying symbols.

Five Golden Egg symbols trigger a bonus feature. Each egg is randomly placed in either the Free Spins egg collector or the Chocolate River Bonus egg collector. The first egg in the Free Spins collector awards five fee spins, and each additional egg adds one free spin.

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NIGA’s Roots as a BIA Advisory Group

NIGA’s Roots Frank Duscheneaux is considered by many to be the “father of IGRA,” (along with IGRA’s “mother,” Virginia Boylan). He believes it was Hazel Elbert who first recognized the need for a tribal advisory group to advise the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on Seminole bingo and other forms of gaming being offered across Indian Country. Elbert started in 1967 and worked her way up to acting commissioner at the BIA. According to Duscheneaux, in the late 1970s, Elbert “put together a tribal advisory group, and the tribal representatives there took over a meeting in Oklahoma City.”

NIGA’s Roots Rick Hill’s 2013 speech picked up the narrative from there. He recalled how the BIA “called an emergency meeting to gather facts about high-stakes bingo after a lot of complaining by the states. Mark Powless was elected chairman of what was being called the National Indian Gaming Task Force. Shortly after that, Senator Daniel Inouye organized a meeting to tell the tribes that if we do not get organized, we are going to get rolled by the states. Powless went coast to coast, visiting tribes to get recommendations for the task force.”

At that time, NIGA also established an alliance with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) committee on Indian gaming.

There were no records, no office beyond a kitchen table, and NIGA was in debt with no budget.

As Hill described it, “We had to build NIGA at the same time we maintained the fight. We set up the NCAI-NIGA Task Force, and created a board with 12 regions, two from each region. It was the perfect size, since we had exactly 12 chairs in the room.

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