Gambling industry executives form new coronavirus consultancy

Industry executives have established a new consultancy group to help operators keep staff and customers safe as businesses reopen.

Gambling industry executives Perry Stasi and David Schugar have established Assure-Bet LLC, a new consulting and compliance group that aims to help operators keep players and staff safe as businesses reopen as coronavirus restrictions are eased.

What will Assure-Bet do?

Assure-Bet aims to identify, qualify and launch products and practices that are designed to help keep people safe from viruses and contagions.

Stasi, the chief executive of Visual Limits LLC, a gaming machine limit technology provider and Schugar, president of the equity betting supplier, Equity Play, said they spent several months during the coronavirus lockdown researching and developing a range of operational protocols for the gambling sector.

The compliance group will refer to its health protocol set as BIO-MICS, which stands for Bio-Integrity: Maximum Internal Control Standards.

Stasi, who will act as CEO for Assure-Bet said: “The protocols started off as ‘safety first’ list of guidelines for the Table Games Dept. that evolved into a property-wide plan. Our mindset began with the assumption that everyone in the casino could be COVID positive and asymptomatic.

“Adopting this unique philosophy and trying to offset the associated bio-threats with firm guidelines, would serve as a strong confidence builder for both employees and customers returning to the new norms of the gaming industry.”

Schugar, who will take on the role of chief operating officer for Assure-Bet, added that the company has also been scientifically evaluating virus-killing and sanitizing devices, software programs, and apps for employee safety that can incorporate testing, social distancing-ticket sales in venues and plastic products that can help bolster safety during customer service interactions.

Schugar said: “We consider several factors we feel will be important to operators, such as bio-integrity effectiveness, operational efficiencies, and mitigation of liability, and we will be announcing the endorsement of several products in the very near future.”

“Assure-Bet is, in some degree, a response to the lack of clearly defined bio-integrity standards between and within gaming jurisdictions.”

Stasi added: “The great thing about our strategy is if the industry adopts our philosophy and products, we expect casinos may not have to close down again because of an outbreak of any contagion in the future or perhaps a false alarm in the Fall or if someone tests positive within their property.”

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