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Predicting Problem Gambling with Payments Data – Kasra Gaharian – UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI)
6d ago
Predicting Problem Gambling with Payments Data – Kasra Gaharian – UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI)
Kasra Ghaharian is a research assistant at UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and Ph.D. student in UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. READ MORE AT  Kasra received his master’s in Hotel Administration from UNLV in 2010. During this time, he published “A Mathematical Approach for Optimizing the Casino Slot Floor: A Linear Programming Application,” the first study to apply mathematical methods to the age-old task of optimizing the casino floor. After his master’s, Kasra worked in the industry for several years, applying his data-driven techniques to the online and digital landscapes of two of the largest casino-hotel companies in the world.   Currently, for his Ph.D. dissertation and his role at IGI, he explores the implications of payment modernization for the gambling industry; specifically, his research utilizes machine learning to uncover behavioral insights and creates early detection algorithms that assist both industry operators and regulators in responsible gambling efforts as they pertain to payments.   Topics discussed:   How does payment data help predict problem gamblingWho is leading the researchWho benefits from the findingsIf a problem gambler is identified, how do you approach him/her without feeling privacy is violated. About the UNLV IGI For more than 25 years, UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) has provided research-based solutions, cutting-edge insights, and executive education to the gaming industry. Described as the “global intellectual capital of gaming” by former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and “The Harvard of Gaming” by Global Gaming Business, IGI houses several Responsible Gaming initiatives, the Center for Gaming Innovation, the International Center for Gaming Regulation, and the Expanding the Leaderverse initiative. Each of these addresses a vital need in the global gaming industry, for which the IGI serves as an answer center populated by an internationally recognized dream team of contributors. Website LinkedIn ABOUT  → The No Line Podcast The best bet is the responsible one! The No Line Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories about those leading the gaming industry forward — making it better, making it more responsible. Interested in being a guest or sharing your organization’s “responsible” story? Contact Philip Beere at philip@nolinepodcast.com or visit the website at www.nolinepodcast.com YOUTUBE LINKEDIN → Philip Beere Philip is the Head of Creative and Partnerships at PJ Media. He is Head of Marketing for Gaming Analytics. Previously he was Head of Marketing for Sightline Payments and Play+. He is the Founder of the subscription-based marketing platform for doctors, www.rfamd.com As the Host of the No Line Podcast, Philip enjoys sharing stories about those leading the industry forward toward responsible gaming.  He also hosts the podcasts Corporate Sustainability and Doctor Thyroid. Connect with Philip LinkedIn Instagram Vlog: YouTube "The Borderless Office" → Philip James Media PJ Media is a marketing agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada — offering 360° services for companies serving the gaming industry.  Website Linkedin
Predicting Problem Gambling with Payments Data – Kasra Gaharian – UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI)
6d ago
Predicting Problem Gambling with Payments Data – Kasra Gaharian – UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI)
Kasra Ghaharian is a research assistant at UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) and Ph.D. student in UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. READ MORE AT  Kasra received his master’s in Hotel Administration from UNLV in 2010. During this time, he published “A Mathematical Approach for Optimizing the Casino Slot Floor: A Linear Programming Application,” the first study to apply mathematical methods to the age-old task of optimizing the casino floor. After his master’s, Kasra worked in the industry for several years, applying his data-driven techniques to the online and digital landscapes of two of the largest casino-hotel companies in the world.   Currently, for his Ph.D. dissertation and his role at IGI, he explores the implications of payment modernization for the gambling industry; specifically, his research utilizes machine learning to uncover behavioral insights and creates early detection algorithms that assist both industry operators and regulators in responsible gambling efforts as they pertain to payments.   Topics discussed:   How does payment data help predict problem gamblingWho is leading the researchWho benefits from the findingsIf a problem gambler is identified, how do you approach him/her without feeling privacy is violated. About the UNLV IGI For more than 25 years, UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) has provided research-based solutions, cutting-edge insights, and executive education to the gaming industry. Described as the “global intellectual capital of gaming” by former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and “The Harvard of Gaming” by Global Gaming Business, IGI houses several Responsible Gaming initiatives, the Center for Gaming Innovation, the International Center for Gaming Regulation, and the Expanding the Leaderverse initiative. Each of these addresses a vital need in the global gaming industry, for which the IGI serves as an answer center populated by an internationally recognized dream team of contributors. Website LinkedIn ABOUT  → The No Line Podcast The best bet is the responsible one! The No Line Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories about those leading the gaming industry forward — making it better, making it more responsible. Interested in being a guest or sharing your organization’s “responsible” story? Contact Philip Beere at philip@nolinepodcast.com or visit the website at www.nolinepodcast.com YOUTUBE LINKEDIN → Philip Beere Philip is the Head of Creative and Partnerships at PJ Media. He is Head of Marketing for Gaming Analytics. Previously he was Head of Marketing for Sightline Payments and Play+. He is the Founder of the subscription-based marketing platform for doctors, www.rfamd.com As the Host of the No Line Podcast, Philip enjoys sharing stories about those leading the industry forward toward responsible gaming.  He also hosts the podcasts Corporate Sustainability and Doctor Thyroid. Connect with Philip LinkedIn Instagram Vlog: YouTube "The Borderless Office" → Philip James Media PJ Media is a marketing agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada — offering 360° services for companies serving the gaming industry.  Website Linkedin
Responsible Gaming Should be an Extension of Good Customer Service — GameSecure’s Cameron Conn
Sep 16 2022
Responsible Gaming Should be an Extension of Good Customer Service — GameSecure’s Cameron Conn
In this episode of The Stories Behind the Bet, Philip James and Cameron Conn discuss GameSecure, the newest addition to the world of responsible gaming. It’s a way to protect self-excluded individuals before they can even get on the casino floor – both in brick and mortar places and online spaces.  Before starting GameSecure, Conn worked for fifteen years in the industry; his impressive career includes casino design, gaming operations, customer development, revenue generation, and iGaming. In the Vancouver market, Conn organized responsible gaming programs and educated industry members on the “services and processes that would become the gold operating standard within the market.” He named Bencon Technologies, Inc. after each of his parents.  Conn graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. SUMMARY In this episode, the following topics are discussed: Cameron Conn IntroductionThe need for a solution like GameSecureThe Bennett family legacy (Circus Circus, Paragon)Room for error in self-exclusion upkeepHow GameSecure identifies individualsWhy a program like this hasn’t existed beforeAssurance in data exchangeThe impossibility of a one-size-fits-all solutionPredictive analyticsCurrent responsible gaming effortsHow operators can align with GameSecureSeeking investors to get GameSecure into the marketplaceWhat operators can do to demonstrate their commitment to responsible gamingFinal thoughts (the billboard opportunity) NOTES William G. Bennett and Circus CircusParagon Gaming Bencon Technologies, Inc.Know Your Customer New Jersey 2013 gambling launch Pennsylvania SE database Predictive analytics for problem gamblingG2E (Global Gaming Expo)  Follow the progress of GameSecure via their website. ABOUT  → The No Line Podcast The best bet is the responsible one! The No Line Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories about those leading the gaming industry forward — making it better, making it more responsible. Interested in being a guest or sharing your organization’s “responsible” story? Contact Philip Beere at philip@nolinepodcast.com or visit the website at www.nolinepodcast.com YOUTUBE LINKEDIN → Philip Beere Philip is the Head of Creative and Partnerships at PJ Media. He is Head of Marketing for Gaming Analytics. Previously he was Head of Marketing for Sightline Payments and Play+. He is the Founder of the subscription-based marketing platform for doctors, www.rfamd.com As the Host of the No Line Podcast, Philip enjoys sharing stories about those leading the industry forward toward responsible gaming.  He also hosts the podcasts Corporate Sustainability and Doctor Thyroid. Connect with Philip LinkedIn Instagram Vlog: YouTube "The Borderless Office" → Philip James Media PJ Media is a marketing agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada — offering 360° services for companies serving the gaming industry.  Website Linkedin
Cait DeBaun︱AGA︱Responsible Gaming︱What's going on with RGEM ?
Sep 16 2022
Cait DeBaun︱AGA︱Responsible Gaming︱What's going on with RGEM ?
Cait DeBaun is vice president, strategic communications and responsibility at the American Gaming Association (AGA). DeBaun leads the AGA’s responsibility efforts and integrated communications strategies to promote the social and economic value of the $261 billion gaming industry. DeBaun currently oversees the AGA’s Have A Game Plan® PSA campaign, working with sports leagues and teams and sportsbook operators to educate consumers on responsible sports betting. DeBaun also plays a key role in the association’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, executing advocacy and industry communications strategies to support casino gaming’s ongoing recovery. During this episode, the following topics are discussed: CEO commitment to RGThe change: RGEW becoming RGEMAGA’s Have A Game Plan® PSA campaignThe current landscape of RG: momentum, engagement, obstacles, resistance, etc.For operators committed to RG, how is success measured?For those wanting to get involved in RG, where can we send them?Exciting plans for G2EDistinguish between the terms: responsible gaming, responsible gambling, and problem gambling Connect with Cait on LinkedIn RESOURCES Responsible Gaming Education Month 2022 RG Industry Toolkit ABOUT  → The No Line Podcast The best bet is the responsible one! The No Line Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories about those leading the gaming industry forward — making it better, making it more responsible. Interested in being a guest or sharing your organization’s “responsible” story? Contact Philip Beere at philip@nolinepodcast.com or visit the website at www.nolinepodcast.com YOUTUBE LINKEDIN → Philip Beere Philip is the Head of Creative and Partnerships at PJ Media. He is Head of Marketing for Gaming Analytics. Previously he was Head of Marketing for Sightline Payments and Play+. He is the Founder of the subscription-based marketing platform for doctors, www.rfamd.com As the Host of the No Line Podcast, Philip enjoys sharing stories about those leading the industry forward toward responsible gaming.  He also hosts the podcasts Corporate Sustainability and Doctor Thyroid. Connect with Philip LinkedIn Instagram Vlog: YouTube "The Borderless Office" → Philip James Media PJ Media is a marketing agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada — offering 360° services for companies serving the gaming industry.  Website Linkedin
Rasmus Kjærgaard︱mindway AI︱Using virtual psychologists to detect problem gaming
Sep 16 2022
Rasmus Kjærgaard︱mindway AI︱Using virtual psychologists to detect problem gaming
Rasmus Kjaergaard has been CEO of Mindway AI for approx. two years. Mindway AI is 100 % focused on providing scientific-based Responsible Gambling Solutions and knowledge, combining neuroscience and AI. In this period Mindway AI has grown rapidly to become a significant provider RG solutions globally, and lately being a double award-winner at the Vixio – Global Regulatory Awards in the categories "Responsible Gambling Service or Solution Provider of the Year" and "RegTech Provider of the Year". Rasmus has 20+ years of experience in selling complex B-to-B it-solutions. He has also participated in developing an it-startup business from a small company to market leader with all the aspects regarding customer relationships, marketing, delivery of the it-solutions to the customers and supporting the customers afterwards at a very high customer service level. During this episode, Ras discusses the following topics: What is mindway?NeuroimagingGameScannerGamalyzeThe biggest obstacles to responsible gaming?Industry trends/happenings regarding RG?Responsible gaming or responsible gambling? Find Ras on LinkedIn ABOUT  → The No Line Podcast The best bet is the responsible one! The No Line Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories about those leading the gaming industry forward — making it better, making it more responsible. Interested in being a guest or sharing your organization’s “responsible” story? Contact Philip Beere at philip@nolinepodcast.com or visit the website at www.nolinepodcast.com YOUTUBE LINKEDIN → Philip Beere Philip is the Head of Creative and Partnerships at PJ Media. He is Head of Marketing for Gaming Analytics. Previously he was Head of Marketing for Sightline Payments and Play+. He is the Founder of the subscription-based marketing platform for doctors, www.rfamd.com As the Host of the No Line Podcast, Philip enjoys sharing stories about those leading the industry forward toward responsible gaming.  He also hosts the podcasts Corporate Sustainability and Doctor Thyroid. Connect with Philip LinkedIn Instagram Vlog: YouTube "The Borderless Office" → Philip James Media PJ Media is a marketing agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada — offering 360° services for companies serving the gaming industry.  Website Linkedin
How Technology Influences Responsible Gambling Practices – Associate Director Jennifer Roberts
Sep 16 2022
How Technology Influences Responsible Gambling Practices – Associate Director Jennifer Roberts
Jennifer Roberts is the Associate Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at UNLV. In this episode of the NO LINE Podcast, she and Philip James discuss how technology influences responsible gambling practices and why the conversation about responsibility in the industry needs to continue. Alongside her role at the ICGR, Roberts also teaches gaming law at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law and at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. As a lawyer, Roberts has represented major hotels, restaurants, bars and other entities in large cases regarding federal, state, and local alcohol licensing and compliance. Roberts has been in private practice for fifteen years, working with sports betting companies, casino operators, and small gaming operators. She is the owner of Roberts Gaming Law, Ltd. and is an active member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. Roberts earned her law degree from the University of Utah in 2002. SUMMARY In this episode, the following topics are discussed: Jennifer Roberts introductionHow technology can influence responsible gamblingHow casinos implemented responsible practices before technologyLegal issues surrounding the monitoring of customersLegal issues customers can face if they gamble irresponsiblyHow close we are to using predictive analytics to flag problematic customersExpansion of sports bettingWhat’s missing from the conversation NOTES International Center for Gaming Regulation at UNLVWilliam S. Boyd School of LawJ. Quinney College of Law Legalization of sports betting Responsible gaming compliance laws Nevada’s problem gambling diversion courtNational Center for Responsible GamingNational Council on Problem Gambling Responsible Gaming Education WeekAmerican Gaming Association (AGA) Get in contact with episode guest Jennifer Roberts via her UNLV page. You can also follow her on Twitter. ABOUT  → The No Line Podcast The best bet is the responsible one! The No Line Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories about those leading the gaming industry forward — making it better, making it more responsible. Interested in being a guest or sharing your organization’s “responsible” story? Contact Philip Beere at philip@nolinepodcast.com or visit the website at www.nolinepodcast.com YOUTUBE LINKEDIN → Philip Beere Philip is the Head of Creative and Partnerships at PJ Media. He is Head of Marketing for Gaming Analytics. Previously he was Head of Marketing for Sightline Payments and Play+. He is the Founder of the subscription-based marketing platform for doctors, www.rfamd.com As the Host of the No Line Podcast, Philip enjoys sharing stories about those leading the industry forward toward responsible gaming.  He also hosts the podcasts Corporate Sustainability and Doctor Thyroid. Connect with Philip LinkedIn Instagram Vlog: YouTube "The Borderless Office" → Philip James Media PJ Media is a marketing agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada — offering 360° services for companies serving the gaming industry.  Website Linkedin
The American Gaming Association’s Code of Conduct for Sports Betting – CEO Bill Miller
Sep 16 2022
The American Gaming Association’s Code of Conduct for Sports Betting – CEO Bill Miller
In this episode of The Stories Behind the Bet, Philip James and Bill Miller discuss the importance of responsible gaming as sports betting becomes more streamlined in the industry, and what the American Gaming Association is doing to ensure its Code of Conduct fits the bill. The current President and CEO of the AGA, Bill Miller has spent more than three decades representing business interests in Washington, D.C. He was the Senior Vice President of the Business Roundtable, a Partner at international corporate communications firm Brunswick, and a lobbyist, leading the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Political Affairs and Federal Relations efforts. There, Miller acted as the National Political Director. From 1994 to 1999, Miller served as Chief of Staff to Maryland Representative Constance A. Morella.  In each of these positions, he advocated for the business community, a passion that he’s still able to realize at the AGA. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from American University.  SUMMARY In this episode, the following topics are discussed: Bill Miller IntroductionA snapshot of the AGA’s Code of ConductThe distinction between “gaming” and “gambling”Code of Conduct for sports wagering post-PASPAWhy people should commit to responsible gamingInteractions between the industry and sports leaguesLearning from Europe’s/the UK’s cautionary talesResponsible gaming marketing in the next five yearsOverview of the AGA’s worldThe industry as a good community partnerFinal thoughts NOTES The American Gaming Association Responsible Gaming WeekAGA’s Code of Conduct PASPAStates who have legalized sports betting NFL deal with the AGA MGM at Fenway ParkBBC: “Teenagers bombarded by gambling ads ask for help” Economic benefits of sports betting Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering Follow the American Gaming Association on Twitter or like them on Facebook. ABOUT  → The No Line Podcast The best bet is the responsible one! The No Line Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories about those leading the gaming industry forward — making it better, making it more responsible. Interested in being a guest or sharing your organization’s “responsible” story? Contact Philip Beere at philip@nolinepodcast.com or visit the website at www.nolinepodcast.com YOUTUBE LINKEDIN → Philip Beere Philip is the Head of Creative and Partnerships at PJ Media. He is Head of Marketing for Gaming Analytics. Previously he was Head of Marketing for Sightline Payments and Play+. He is the Founder of the subscription-based marketing platform for doctors, www.rfamd.com As the Host of the No Line Podcast, Philip enjoys sharing stories about those leading the industry forward toward responsible gaming.  He also hosts the podcasts Corporate Sustainability and Doctor Thyroid. Connect with Philip LinkedIn Instagram Vlog: YouTube "The Borderless Office" → Philip James Media PJ Media is a marketing agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada — offering 360° services for companies serving the gaming industry.  Website Linkedin
Destigmatizing Problem Gambling Disorder → Las Vegas Attorney Dayvid Figler
Sep 16 2022
Destigmatizing Problem Gambling Disorder → Las Vegas Attorney Dayvid Figler
In this episode of The Stories Behind the Bet, Las Vegas attorney Dayvid Figler discusses the history behind Nevada’s problem gambling diversion court. Whereas prison serves to punish convicted individuals, the diversion court rehabilitates them and works to treat their addiction. Since passing the bar exam in 1991 at the age of 23, attorney Dayvid Figler has contributed to a number of high-profile cases in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. The award-winning storyteller has now been practicing law for 28 years, and was instrumental in the creation of Nevada’s problem gambling diversion court, a system that holds problem gamblers accountable for their actions without sending them to prison.  Figler received the 2019 Medal of Justice for his considerable contributions to the Nevada justice system; beyond his involvement with the creation of the gambling diversion court, he also worked to expose District Attorney Office witness payments and actively advocates for homeless people throughout the city. He served as the President of the Historic John S. Park Neighborhood and is a regular contributor to programming at the Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.   Figler currently writes for the Nevada Independent, covering topics including the death penalty and criminal justice reform in Nevada, the freedom of the press (release), and compensation for those wrongfully convicted of crimes.   SUMMARY In this episode, the following topics are discussed: 0:14 – Dayvid Figler’s contributions to Nevada law 2:10 – Nevada’s decision to pass gambling diversion court legislation in 2009 3:07 – The first case to ever implement the gambling diversion court law, and the establishment of the court 4:21 – The parameters of eligibility for diversion (first case, violent vs. nonviolent crimes, current cases that could qualify) 8:46 – Support for social responsibility in the gaming industry 10:19 – Practical aspects of the diversion court 11:19 – The country’s interest in developing more gambling diversion systems 13:43 – How industry operators can support the program’s initiatives 15:50 – Why prison just doesn’t compare 16:50 – The end of the stigma around problem gambling addiction 17:50 – Hope for the future  NOTES Information on the NRS 458A Law Determining eligibility for Nevada’s problem gambling diversion court Information on diversion programming in NevadaMental health professionals’ preference of diversion over prison sentencingHow industry officials can make a financial difference todayThe Nevada Council on Problem Gambling Learn more about episode guest Dayvid Figler via his website. You can also follow him on Twitter. ABOUT  → The No Line Podcast The best bet is the responsible one! The No Line Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories about those leading the gaming industry forward — making it better, making it more responsible. Interested in being a guest or sharing your organization’s “responsible” story? Contact Philip Beere at philip@nolinepodcast.com or visit the website at www.nolinepodcast.com YOUTUBE LINKEDIN → Philip Beere Philip is the Head of Creative and Partnerships at PJ Media. He is Head of Marketing for Gaming Analytics. Previously he was Head of Marketing for Sightline Payments and Play+. He is the Founder of the subscription-based marketing platform for doctors, www.rfamd.com As the Host of the No Line Podcast, Philip enjoys sharing stories about those leading the industry forward toward responsible gaming.  He also hosts the podcasts Corporate Sustainability and Doctor Thyroid. Connect with Philip LinkedIn Instagram Vlog: YouTube "The Borderless Office" → Philip James Media PJ Media is a marketing agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada — offering 360° services for companies serving the gaming industry.  Website Linkedin
Unicorns Aren’t Real, but the House Advantage Is – UNLV Distinguished Fellow Alan Feldman
Jun 7 2022
Unicorns Aren’t Real, but the House Advantage Is – UNLV Distinguished Fellow Alan Feldman
Alan Feldman discusses the relevance of GameSense and the International Gaming Institute with Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming Alan Feldman. GameSense is a way for casinos to prove they care about the gambling habits of their clientele, and it’s already making a difference for big names like MGM Resorts. Alan Feldman is an expert in this field. He has spent almost 30 years as a senior executive with MGM and Mirage, most recently spearheading the launch of GameSense programming throughout MGM properties. By doing so, the casino is able to both inadvertently and directly advertise responsible behavior to its players, encouraging them to adopt a less competitive attitude about gambling and reminding them that they’re there to have fun; as Feldman explains in the podcast, the house advantage is a real thing, and it’s not something that players can surmount with enough practice or a professional attitude. Feldman also serves as the chair of both the Nevada Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling and the National Center for Responsible Gaming. His expertise is immensely valuable to the industry, and he’s been honored with myriad rewards; he was named Gaming Professional of the Year by the Casino Management Association in 2002, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Gaming Communications in 2009 from the American Gaming Association. At the International Gaming Institute at UNLV, Feldman is able to advocate for best practices in responsible gaming, helping to provide research-based solutions to the global gaming industry. SUMMARY In this episode, the following topics are discussed: – Alan Feldman introduction – What is GameSense? – Who uses GameSense and how does it work? – Casino values and customer expectations – Early feedback from MGM – GameSense as a responsible gaming program, not a problem gambling identifier – The difference between GameSense and self-limiting gambling – How operators can get involved – The International Gaming Institute at UNLV: what’s there and what’s new – Compliance versus corporate social responsibility – The significance of embedding responsible gaming in corporate culture – Final thoughts NOTES UNLV’s International Gaming Institute Self-limiting/self-exclusion gamblingSelf-exclusion by GameSenseBritish Columbia Lottery CorporationGameSense MassachusettsGameSense CanadaGameSense at MGM Resorts Learn more about episode guest Alan Feldman on his UNLV page or follow him on Twitter. ABOUT  → The No Line Podcast The best bet is the responsible one! The No Line Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories about those leading the gaming industry forward — making it better, making it more responsible. Interested in being a guest or sharing your organization’s “responsible” story? Contact Philip Beere at philip@nolinepodcast.com or visit the website at www.nolinepodcast.com YOUTUBE LINKEDIN → Philip Beere Philip is the Head of Creative and Partnerships at PJ Media. He is Head of Marketing for Gaming Analytics. Previously he was Head of Marketing for Sightline Payments and Play+. He is the Founder of the subscription-based marketing platform for doctors, www.rfamd.com As the Host of the No Line Podcast, Philip enjoys sharing stories about those leading the industry forward toward responsible gaming.  He also hosts the podcasts Corporate Sustainability and Doctor Thyroid. Connect with Philip LinkedIn Instagram Vlog: YouTube "The Borderless Office" → Philip James Media PJ Media is a marketing agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada — offering 360° services for companies serving the gaming industry.  Website Linkedin
The Success Rates of Proactivity – Dr. Brett Abarbanel
Aug 20 2019
The Success Rates of Proactivity – Dr. Brett Abarbanel
Dr. Brett Abarbanel is the Director of Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ International Gaming Institute. She’s also an Assistant Professor at the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV and a research affiliate at the Gambling Treatment and Research Center at the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney in Australia. She also serves as the co-Executive Editor of the UNLV Gaming Research and Review Journal, a publication whose gambling research articles in a variety of academic disciplines are of international significance.   Dr. Abarbanel’s research covers myriad topics that fall underneath gambling, such as problem addictions, responsible gaming and best practices, the socioeconomic impacts for new and longtime gambling jurisdictions, and new gambling technology such as esports and videogames. In 2016, she made the Global Gaming Business Magazine 40 Under 40 List, and in 2015, she was honored with the Emerging Leader Award from the Global Gaming Expo and The Innovation Group. She holds a PhD and an MS at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and earned her B.S. in Statistics at Brown University. SUMMARY In this episode, the following topics are discussed: Brett Abarbanel introductionInternational Gaming Institute current projects (Nevada Problem Gambling Project, GameSense)The history of GameSenseExamples of GameSense implementationEarly data from the IGI’s MGM/GameSense researchSecondary benefits of employee engagementEmployee focus group responsesWhat problem gambling looks like, or doesn’tPercentages of those afflicted and the “harm umbrella”Wild ideas to ramp up responsible gaming effortsThe likelihood people will read responsible gaming print materialsHow companies can commit to responsible gaming by G2E in OctoberFinal thoughtsThe discursive shift in terminology: “responsible gaming” vs. “responsible gambling” NOTES The International Gaming Institute at UNLVWilliam F. Hera College of Hospitality at UNLV Gambling Treatment and Research Center at the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney Nevada Problem Gambling Project MGM and GameSenseBritish Columbia Lottery CorporationMGM Springfield Who’s affected by problem gamblingGlobal Gaming Expo (G2E)Main IGI page: Research: research integrity policy: Innovation Centers: (come take a class with us!)International Center for Gaming Regulation: (come take these classes with us, too!) Follow episode guest Dr. Brett Abarbanel on Twitter. ABOUT  → The No Line Podcast The best bet is the responsible one! The No Line Podcast is dedicated to sharing stories about those leading the gaming industry forward — making it better, making it more responsible. Interested in being a guest or sharing your organization’s “responsible” story? Contact Philip Beere at philip@nolinepodcast.com or visit the website at www.nolinepodcast.com YOUTUBE LINKEDIN → Philip Beere Philip is the Head of Creative and Partnerships at PJ Media. He is Head of Marketing for Gaming Analytics. Previously he was Head of Marketing for Sightline Payments and Play+. He is the Founder of the subscription-based marketing platform for doctors, www.rfamd.com As the Host of the No Line Podcast, Philip enjoys sharing stories about those leading the industry forward toward responsible gaming.  He also hosts the podcasts Corporate Sustainability and Doctor Thyroid. Connect with Philip LinkedIn Instagram Vlog: YouTube "The Borderless Office" → Philip James Media PJ Media is a marketing agency located in Las Vegas, Nevada — offering 360° services for companies serving the gaming industry.  Website Linkedin
7: NHL First League to Partner with William Hill → Keith Wachtel from the NHL
Jul 5 2019
7: NHL First League to Partner with William Hill → Keith Wachtel from the NHL
As Chief Revenue Officer, Keith Wachtel is responsible for day-to-day leadership and management of all revenue-generating initiatives for the NHL and has been a key contributor to the League’s path to more than $4.5 billion in annual revenues. He leads all global corporate partnership efforts for the NHL and assumes P&L responsibility across numerous business areas. Since joining the NHL in 2007, Wachtel has driven more than $1 billion in revenue to the League and member Clubs, negotiating more than 40 League partners across North America and globally including MGM Resorts International, FanDuel, Apple, and SAP. In this episode Keith discusses the following: The opportunity is around the data — using the league’s data to create opportunity in sports bettingPut and player tracking — live data and statistics for prop bets: especially for Gn Z and millennialsBetter for fan engagementWho is going to have the fastest shot?Fan engagement increasesData and and providing it in real-time is key to best betsThere are no breaks in hockey: so real-time prop bets are important: who will skate the longest, who will skate the fastest, who will have the hardest shot?A chip/sensor will be placed in the shoulder pad and the puckThere will be more fandom — which will create new business opportunities for the NHLPowerful marketing platform — and its creating new technology — and opportunity to bring the technology to other markets including EuropeIn-arena and 5GMGM will be leading from the technology standpoint   The No Line podcast is sponsored by Play+ Play+ is a payment platform, developed by Sightline, and used by leading brands nationwide, including Draft Kings, Fan Duel, Caesars, MGM, William Hill, Mohegan Sun, Boyd, Station Casinos, and many others.   Play+ is leading the industry toward cashless and an integrated resort experience, guaranteeing a better user-experience that promotes speed, security, and ease — all from the convenience of one's phone. Sightline is committed responsible gambling.
6: How Does The Wire Act Effect Payment Providers → Mark Hichar from Greenberg Traurig
May 18 2019
6: How Does The Wire Act Effect Payment Providers → Mark Hichar from Greenberg Traurig
Mark Hichar focuses his practice on the gaming industry, and brings to each project over 25 years of experience working for gaming operators, system suppliers, game developers, and gaming licensees. Mark has worked as both inside and outside counsel to gaming companies, and understands the need to provide clear, practical, and actionable advice. Mark has particularly deep experience working with operators of casinos and lottery systems, and entities licensed by or contracted with domestic or foreign government gaming regulatory bodies. Working with clients of all sizes, Mark has advised and documented a variety of cross-border transactions and lottery privatizations, and has structured joint ventures to do business in countries including China, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Africa, and Taiwan. Topics discussed: The Wire Act applies to all types of betting, including sportsThe effect on payment providers, perhaps as aider and abettorIf you are assisting in aiding and abetting then payment processors could possibly be considered as aidingThe Wire Act was passed in 1961 to go after organized crimeThe Wire Act does not carve out for state authorized gamblingTechnology have advanced significantly since 1961 and the passing of The Wire ActChanges in how we communicate compared to 1961The ideal solution is legislativeNew Hampshire and clarifying what The Wire Act means in June 2019Payment providers should be watching cautiously — in regard to the possibility of aiding and abettingDoes the Wire Act cover intermediate routing — and how do you identify where that communication goes?Continued expansion will continue throughout the country NOTES Mark Hichar LinkedIn  The No Line podcast is sponsored by Play+ Play+ is a payment platform, developed by Sightline, and used by leading brands nationwide, including Draft Kings, Fan Duel, Caesars, MGM, William Hill, Mohegan Sun, Boyd, Station Casinos, and many others.   Play+ is leading the industry toward cashless and an integrated resort experience, guaranteeing a better user-experience that promotes speed, security, and ease — all from the convenience of one's phone. Sightline is committed responsible gambling.
5: From NFL All-Pro to Venture Capitalist → Brian Westbrook from SeventySix Capital
May 18 2019
5: From NFL All-Pro to Venture Capitalist → Brian Westbrook from SeventySix Capital
Brian Westbrook is Investor at SeventySix Capital and a Member of the SeventySix Capital Athlete Venture Group. He played 9 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft after playing college football for Villanova University. He earned two Pro Bowl selections in 2004 and 2007. Topics discussed include: Sports technology and venture capitalVSiN and sports bettingE-sportsShotTrackerNFL response to legal sports bettingResponsible gamblingAnalytics and legalization of gamblingIf you have a problem gambling seek helpTheSeventySix Capital selection process for startupsLife after professional football and business bootcamps90% of NFL players will most likely need to work after pro footballToday, athletes as business-peopleNetworking important for life after footballLongterm vision for sports betting as a business NOTES Instagram LinkedIn Twitter  SeventySix Capital The No Line podcast is sponsored by Play+ Play+ is a payment platform, developed by Sightline, and used by leading brands nationwide, including Draft Kings, Fan Duel, Caesars, MGM, William Hill, Mohegan Sun, Boyd, Station Casinos, and many others.   Play+ is leading the industry toward cashless and an integrated resort experience, guaranteeing a better user-experience that promotes speed, security, and ease — all from the convenience of one's phone. Sightline is committed responsible gambling.
4: Chris Christie Says Legal Sports Betting is about Freedom of Choice
May 15 2019
4: Chris Christie Says Legal Sports Betting is about Freedom of Choice
Christopher James Christie (born September 6, 1962) is an American politician, former federal prosecutor, and political commentator who served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018. During his governorship, he chaired the Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission in 2017. Christie became an ABC News contributor in 2018 after leaving office. Christie was born in Newark and raised in Livingston. He volunteered for Thomas Kean's gubernatorial campaign at age 15. After graduating in 1984 from the University of Delaware, he earned a J.D. at Seton Hall. He practiced law from 1987 to 2002. He was elected county freeholder (legislator) for Morris County, serving from 1995 to 1998. By 2002, he had campaigned for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush; the latter appointed him U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, a position he held from 2002 to 2008. Topics include: It has been a long battle and steady determination, what was the fight all about?What was the biggest obstacle to legalizing sports betting?Where others would give up you did not, where does your resilience come from?Some states are slow to adopt legalized sports betting, what are your thoughts about this?What are some of the immediate benefits the state is seeing from legal sports betting?What does the future hold for legal sports betting? NOTES Chris Christie To Congress, Leagues: “Get The Hell Out” Of Sports Betting The No Line podcast is sponsored by Play+ Play+ is a payment platform, developed by Sightline, and used by leading brands nationwide, including Draft Kings, Fan Duel, Caesars, MGM, William Hill, Mohegan Sun, Boyd, Station Casinos, and many others.   Play+ is leading the industry toward cashless and an integrated resort experience, guaranteeing a better user-experience that promotes speed, security, and ease — all from the convenience of one's phone. Sightline is committed responsible gambling.
3: Leading the Rise of Startup Sports-Tech Companies → Wayne Kimmel from SeventySix Capital
May 7 2019
3: Leading the Rise of Startup Sports-Tech Companies → Wayne Kimmel from SeventySix Capital
Wayne Kimmel is a sports tech venture capitalist, entrepreneur and author of Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel. He is the Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital, the venture capital company he founded in 1999, and invests in startup consumer facing tech companies in the sports tech, sports betting, esports and retail industries. Among the Fortune 500 companies that have acquired his portfolio companies are Aramark, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo! His partners at SeventySix Capital are Jon Powell, a leading real estate executive, and Ryan Howard, MLB legend and World Series Champion. Wayne and his team recently launched the SeventySix Capital Athlete Venture Group, which allows professional athletes to invest, learn, and work directly with top sports tech startups and entrepreneurs. The firm aims to bridge the gap between athletes, entrepreneurs, and investors by creating opportunities for athletes to become tech investors and for entrepreneurs to access the financial and social capital that professional athletes have to offer. Athlete Venture Group members include Ryan Howard, DeMarco Murray, Ralph Sampson and Brian Westbrook. SeventySix Capital also has a partnership with Rubicon Talent, a sports marketing and talent agency based in New York City. In this episode the following topics are discussed: Startup sports tech companiesThe criteria for startup selectionSelecting people who are “nice” and whySports betting startupsAthlete venture groupThe overturn of PASPAHow will people talk about sports and sports betting: VSiN and Brent MusburgerA media studio inside a Sports Book From a 5B to 500B industry for sports bettingTo be innovative you must do things that people do not understandNext generation sports book at the Sacramento Kings arenaShotTrackerPredictive analytics and the casino OperatorGetting into the sports industry as a young college graduateThe startup profile to be considered at SeventySix CapitalSwishAnalyticsIf you are passionate about sports and technology the timing is rightAthletes thinking of themselves as entrepreneursRegulated sports betting is an exciting time to be doing business NOTES SeventySix Capital: Wayne Kimmel Instagram Twitter Facebook ShotTracker SwishAnalytics The No Line podcast is sponsored by Play+ Play+ is a payment platform, developed by Sightline, and used by leading brands nationwide, including Draft Kings, Fan Duel, Caesars, MGM, William Hill, Mohegan Sun, Boyd, Station Casinos, and many others.   Play+ is leading the industry toward cashless and an integrated resort experience, guaranteeing a better user-experience that promotes speed, security, and ease — all from the convenience of one's phone. Sightline is committed responsible gambling.
2: theScore to Launch In-App Sports Betting → interview with CEO, John Levy
May 7 2019
2: theScore to Launch In-App Sports Betting → interview with CEO, John Levy
John is a media industry entrepreneur, growing his family’s small cable business into one of the 10 largest distributors in the country, before launching Sportscope in 1994, an alphanumeric TV channel delivering sports scores and stats 24/7. This evolved into theScore Television Network, a leader in authentic and interactive sports entertainment, providing sports news, highlights and live games. By 2012 theScore was available in more than 6.6 million homes across Canada and, in October that year, John and his team structured and executed the sale of Score Media’s television assets to Rogers Media and the spin-out of Score Media’s digital assets to Score Media’s shareholders into a new entity – theScore, Inc. This allowed John and his team to focus 100% on growing theScore’s hugely popular mobile platforms, including its flagship app ‘theScore,’ one of the most popular sports apps in North America. Topics discussed in this interview: John Levy’s father was in the cable business in the 1950’sTSN — the ESPN of CanadaThe ticker on the screen with the odds displayedFrom TV to the mobile offeringBecame 100% mobile and digitalPeople love sports — people love sports bettingSecond most popular app in North America50% of The Score users bet on sportsMake betting easy and convenient inside The Score appLaunching in mid-2019, in front of the NFL seasonThe biggest challenge: staying true to the brand and allowing the user to have a good experienceStaying true to what has made The Score successful in the pastListen to the user and let them tell you what they want — provide it in a seamless conferenceThe big differentiator is a culture of entrepreneurship being easy for the user NOTES theScore John Levy The No Line podcast is sponsored by Play+ Play+ is a payment platform, developed by Sightline, and used by leading brands nationwide, including Draft Kings, Fan Duel, Caesars, MGM, William Hill, Mohegan Sun, Boyd, Station Casinos, and many others.   Play+ is leading the industry toward cashless and an integrated resort experience, guaranteeing a better user-experience that promotes speed, security, and ease — all from the convenience of one's phone. Sightline is committed responsible gambling.
1: Payment Providers are Helping Problem Gamblers → Keith Whyte from the NCPG
May 6 2019
1: Payment Providers are Helping Problem Gamblers → Keith Whyte from the NCPG
Keith S. Whyte became the Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in October 1998.  NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.  NCPG was founded in 1972 and is the oldest and most objective organization on gambling issues. Previously, Mr. Whyte served as Director of Research for the American Gaming Association where he was responsible for research and public policy issues, including problem gambling.  His prior experience includes the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities where he dealt with policy issues relating to civil rights, human rights, healthcare, and immigration law.  He began his career working on healthcare policy in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Keith graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Certificate in International Relations.  He also studied at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Topics discussed in this episode: Stance of neutralityMinimizing harm for anyone with a gambling problem while allowing Operators and vendors to maximize revenuePrograms and policies in place to reduce harmHow to get the word out to those who may have a gambling problem or who have a severe problemCrafting messagesIdentifying problem gamblers through technology and risk patternsPayments providers allowing gamblers to exclude themselvesThe payment provider as a tool to help develop identifying algorithmsGambling addiction is a disease; the goal is preventionSports betting and responsible gamingShame and stigmaGambling is not a problem for 98% of those who gambleWarning signs of being unable to set and stick to limits of time and money gamblingExcessive gambling can deaden certain segments of the brainHow do people get help?Predicting a gambling addictionSevere problem gamblers start betting for money at ages 10 - 12It is preventable and treatableVendors and operators must be ahead of the curve NOTES National Council on Problem Gambling Keith Whyte The No Line podcast is sponsored by Play+ Play+ is a payment platform, developed by Sightline, and used by leading brands nationwide, including Draft Kings, Fan Duel, Caesars, MGM, William Hill, Mohegan Sun, Boyd, Station Casinos, and many others.   Play+ is leading the industry toward cashless and an integrated resort experience, guaranteeing a better user-experience that promotes speed, security, and ease — all from the convenience of one's phone. Sightline is committed responsible gambling.