Six gaming industry professionals, many with Las Vegas ties, will be inducted into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame when the Global Gaming Expo is held in Las Vegas next month.
Jeffrey Silver, attorney in the Las Vegas office of Detroit-based Dickinson Wright PLLC and former member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and Mark Yoseloff, founder of the UNLV Center for Gaming Innovation and retired chairman and CEO of Shuffle Master Inc. , are among the six who will be rewarded at the AGA trade fair from October 4 to 7.
The AGM has announced two Hall of Fame classes, for 2020 and 2021, as the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the cancellation of last year’s G2E show. Silver and Yoseloff were among the inductees in 2020 along with James Maida, president and CEO of Gaming Laboratories International, a New Jersey-based company with offices around the world.
Class 2021 also includes Jeremy Jacobs, president of Delaware North; Jim Shore, General Counsel for the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida; and Knute Knudson Jr., vice president of global business development and tribal ambassador for IGT.
âEach of these pioneers left a unique and indelible mark on our industry,â said Bill Miller, President and CEO of AGA. âUnder their leadership, tribal games have exploded, professional sports leagues have embraced sports betting, and the gaming industry is thriving despite the challenges we have faced over the past year and a half.â
An invitation-only reception, including a Gaming Hall of Fame induction ceremony, is scheduled during G2E.
Silver, who today makes frequent appearances before the Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission on behalf of clients, was appointed to the Control Board in 1975 and has taken a stand against organized crime, laying the foundation for corporate investment. companies in the game. He developed a case against the authorization of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal to operate the Stardust as a member of the board of directors.
The money is awarded for bringing the first food and beverage business partners to the casino, leading “The Burger King Revolution” which was key to middle class tourism in Las Vegas. In the 1980’s.
Yoseloff, who has a doctorate in mathematics, created Mississippi Stud Poker and other table games and owns hundreds of game patents. He ran Shuffle Master Inc. from a small mixing machine company to a game producer eventually acquired in 2013 by Bally Technologies, now a subsidiary of Scientific Games.
Yoseloff then used his talents to create the Center for Gaming Innovation at UNLV to teach the next generation of game makers. Its program has led to the creation of new games and patents, all of which are owned by its students to enable them to enter the gaming industry.
The Gaming Hall of Fame was established in 1989 and has honored a class of industry leaders each year until last year, when the selection and event were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. . An independent panel of game executives selects the winners each year.