Ex-Caesars executive Seth Palansky is slated to join Vancouver-based Conscious Gaming as the company’s vice president of corporate social responsibility and communications. He had previously served as the vice president of corporate communications for Caesars Interactive, where he assisted with the launch of Caesar’s casino app in New Jersey and Nevada.
Prior to working at Caesars, Palansky was the first to be employed at the NFL Network, assisting in the launch of the cable network in 2003; now, the NFL Network is available to 55 million subscribers.
Conscious Gaming’s PlayPause Technology
Palansky will now use his extensive experience in sports betting and iGaming to help launch Conscious Gaming and convince gaming operators to use its PlayPause technology.
Working across state lines and spanning different gaming operators, PlayPause helps to expand self-exclusion options for gamblers, while making the administrative task supporting the exclusion databases more streamlined. PlayPause assists gamblers to self-exclude across multiple states while helping mobile gaming operators learn more about the players seeking self-exclusion in a single state, but trying to gamble in another.
“Casino gaming and sports betting operators are spreading quickly throughout the US, and to ensure their longevity, all stakeholders must have their responsible gaming initiatives fit the modern habits of the users they want to protect,” Palansky said.
About Conscious Gaming
Conscious Gaming is a non-profit whose aim is to use technology for social good within the gambling industry. Established by Anna Sainsbury, a co-founder of GeoComply, Conscious Gaming works with gaming operators, responsible gaming groups, regulators, and others to protect problem gamblers and promote responsible gambling. In September, during the American Gaming Association’s Responsible Gaming Education Week, GeoComply announced the launch of both Conscious Gaming and PlayPause.
“We believe the benefits of a technology-based self-exclusion tool are vital for the gaming industry to ensure the protection of all stakeholders,” Sainsbury said.
GeoComply provides geolocation and compliance technology to mobile gaming operators worldwide. It’s currently in use in 45 US states for regulated iGaming, online poker, mobile sports betting, lottery, daily fantasy, and advanced-deposit wagering for horse racing.
While PlayPause is Conscious Gaming’s first product, the responsible gaming non-profit will also work to bring together all types of gambling stakeholders. Among Conscious Gaming’s other goals is to also use technology platforms to stop digital crimes and keep criminal gangs from being able to launder money.
BetMGM and GVC the First Operators to Use PlayPause
Late in November, Conscious Gaming announced that GVC Holdings, the parent company of both BetMGM and PartyPoker, had come on board officially as the first partner of PlayPause. That partnership allows both BetMGM and PartyPoker to use the PlayPause technology to manage its responsible gaming platforms across all of the states where they operate either mobile sports betting, iGaming, or both.
BetMGM is a joint venture between GVC and MGM Resorts International.
A cross-state approach to responsible gambling and self-exclusion is an important step for the gaming industry, advancing its protection for problem gamblers in a meaningful way.
“We’re delighted to play a leading role in collaborating on this important and timely initiative,” said Adam Greenblatt, BetMGM CEO.
Conscious Gaming Partners with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and Conscious Gaming recently announced the deployment of PlayPause. Pennsylvania is the first deployment of PlayPause in the country, and it’s available at no cost to operators via Conscious Gaming.
The deployment underscores the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s and Conscious Gaming’s commitment to responsible gaming and consumer protection.
“Pennsylvania is thrilled to be the first jurisdiction to join the PlayPause program,” said Elizabeth Lanza, Director of the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. “By using this solution, both regulators and the industry can improve the wellbeing of consumers and increase the effectiveness of self-exclusion.”
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