Indy Gaming: Aristocrat Americas president sees convergence with online and casinos

Indy Gaming: Aristocrat Americas president sees convergence with online and casinos

Tom O'Brien was promoted to president of Aristocrat's Americas Division in February. O’Brien's predecessor, Hector Fernandez, was appointed CEO of the company's land-based gaming products and services division. Mitchell Bowen, who was CEO for the land based division, is now heading the group that is growing Aristocrats' online gaming segment. Online gaming is hot and both players can play both online and at casinos. Aristocratic has been working with "a couple of big operators" on building an online platform that appeals to both market segments. It's aimed at increasing the presence of land base casinos in the online market.

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The Palms Casino Resort will reopen on April 27 after being closed for more than two years. Southern California's San Manuel Band of Mission Indians acquired the property for $650 million from Red Rock Resorts in December. The tribe is planning a fireworks show on the Palm's opening night. Scientific Games completed the previously announced sale of its legacy lottery business to Brookfield Business Partners for a reported $5.8 billion. Light & Wonder is expected to see $ 5 billion in after-tax proceeds from the sale. MGM Reserves International donated $250,000 to the International Center for Responsible Gaming.

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