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GUN LAKE TRIBE NAMES SAL SEMOLA PRESIDENT AND COO OF GUN LAKE CASINO

On October 16th, the Gun Lake Tribe (Tribe) announced the hiring of Salvatore (Sal), Semola as President & Chief Operating Officer of Gun Lake Casino.

Semola comes to Gun Lake Casino with over 40 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, including experience at numerous successful Las Vegas properties. He also held management roles at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Cannery Casino Hotel, and Detroit’s Greektown Casino Hotel. Most recently, Semola was the president and owner of Semola Consulting/Cornerstone Gaming Management, a casino consulting company.

Semola has earned several awards, including the Eastern Division of the Casino Management Association “Gaming Professional of the Year,” and the University of Nevada- Las Vegas William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration “Industry Executive of the Year.” Semola has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, instructing casino management programs.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work for the citizens of the Gun Lake Tribe, and to lead an incredible group of team members at the Gun Lake Casino,” commented Semola. “Gun Lake Casino is a beautiful property that is poised for tremendous growth that will produce mutual benefits for the Tribe and local community.”

 

NORTHVILLE DOWNS OFFERING VIRTUAL REALITY HARNESS RACING EXPERIENCE

This racing season, Northville Downs is offering a live action "virtual reality harness racing experience."  The experience allows fans to sit in a sulky of a harness race and to see, hear and feel the experience of driving a horse in a real race.  

This three-minute experience gives fans the full 360 degree high definition view of a complete harness race from start to finish. The track has indicated that it will be adding more races to its virtual reality menu to further enhance the experience.

The virtual reality experience is being offered this weekend for free.

Live harness racing takes place at Northville Downs on Friday and Saturday night. Complete details and rules of the virtual reality harness racing experience are available at the track.

 

NEOPOLLARD INTERACTIVE WELCOMES LIZ SIVER AS NEW GENERAL MANAGER

On October 17, 2017 NeoPollard Interactive announced Liz Siver joined the company as General Manager on September 25, 2017. NeoPollard Interactive is a contractor working with the Michigan Lottery on new interactive games.  In this newly established role, she will report directly to Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Ilan Rosen, Co-Chief Executive Officer. Ms Siver previously had 18 years of experience at Microsoft, and extensive experience overseeing public sector sales teams. As General Manager, she will be responsible for leading with an emphasis on adding new iLottery accounts and managing operations.

Ms Siver has held sales, marketing, and operations positions during her tenure with Microsoft.  Most recently, she was Director of Public Sector Sales, responsible for the sale and implementation of large software solutions to government agencies in 21 states, generating annual revenue of $88 million. Prior to her career with Microsoft, Liz worked at Deloitte & Touche as a Senior Marketing Manager, Business Development, where she gained strong foundational experience in Marketing and Business Development. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton (Ohio).

"I am very eager to embark on this opportunity to enter the digital lottery space," said Liz Siver. "It's a growing industry, and I'm excited to leverage my public sector knowledge and solution-selling experience to take advantage of the opportunities that iLottery can offer our clients."

"We welcome Liz Siver to the NPi team," said Ilan Rosen, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive. "Microsoft has had great success with their digital products, and Liz possesses a wealth of industry expertise. We are certain that her passion for innovative digital products will enhance our ability to deliver the best possible iLottery solutions to our customers."

 

FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL HOSTED MSPT MICHIGAN STATE POKER CHAMPION

Firekeepers Casino Hotel announced this week that it had recently hosted the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT). The MSPT Main Event took place Thursday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 14. The Final Event was held on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

“We are proud to partner with the Mid-States Poker Tour to bring such a high caliber tournament series to the FireKeepers Poker Room,” stated Lance Allen, Vice President of Table Games at FireKeepers Casino Hotel.

The 2017 Michigan State Poker Championship was won by Chris Meyers of Buffalo, NY. Meyers walked away the champion with the top prize of $191,196.  There were 1067 participants in the tournament, and a prize pool that exceeded $1 million.   

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

 

Volume 23, Issue 33

October 20, 2017

 

 

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