Mia Gardner | 19 Sep 2019
The full shortlist for this year’s Awards in Las Vegas, set to unfold on the 14th of October 2019 at the Las Vegas Sands Expo and Convention Center, is now viewable.
2019 is the first year that fully regulated sports betting has been possible outside of Nevada in the United States. Since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 got overturned last year, assorted new companies have been able to enter the market. It will be interesting to see how the likes of DraftKings, Fanduel, and Kambi fare at the ceremony.
Getting nominated at all is a huge achievement for any organisation involved in the gaming industry, and is seen as evidence of that company or individual rating among the worlds finest.
There are 12 categories in total, including Land-Based Operator, Land-Based Industry Supplier, Land-Based Product, Product Innovation, and Digital Operator. Then there will be a winner in the Slots category, and one for the best Digital Industry Supplier, Customer Loyalty Programme, Digital Product, Responsible Business, Property, and American Executive.
Aristocrat and Scientific Games did exceptionally well at the Awards in 2018, winning 2 and 3 awards respectively, and both firms have been shortlisted this year as well. MGM Resorts International is in the running to get its Customer Loyalty Programme Award back, which Caesars Entertainment took home last year after MGM bagged it for 4 years in a row. SG Digital took 1st place in the Digital Supplier category last year, and this group has revealed how competitive this market is in the past. 5 different suppliers have won it over the last 5 years.
The shortlist gets put together during a meticulous process that begins with self-nominations by applicants, and suggestions put forward by the Nominations Panel. The Gambling Insider editorial team then deliberates on these and decides on the final contenders.
Firms that make it through are then requested to provide supporting statements to the Judging Panel, which this year has reached a record number of 100 judges. These are supposed to detail why the organisation thinks it should win.