BCGC Working With NJ Casino Gaming Expert

April 19, 2017

The Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission [BCGC] has formed a working relationship with a casino gaming expert from New Jersey, former Deputy Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement [DGE], George Rover.

Mr. Rover recently retired from the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office after 26 years of government service, the last 17 years of which he spent with the DGE. In January 1999 he was promoted to Assistant Attorney General and assigned to the DGE. In September 2011, until his retirement in November 2016, he served as a Deputy Director of the DGE.

“The DGE has a reputation for being the most stringent gaming regulatory agency in the world having investigated the largest gaming companies in the industry as well as multi-millionaires such as Carl Icahn and current U.S. President Donald J. Trump,” the BCGC.

“Mr. Rover was directly involved in many of DGE’s most complex cases including MGM’s departure and return to New Jersey as a result of its business activities in Asia; Amaya’s $4.5 billion USD acquisition of PokerStars/Full Tilt in 2014; as well as New Jersey’s commencement of online gaming in 2013.

George Rover Bermuda April 19 2017

“In his career with the State Attorney General’s Office, he also ­­­­worked closely with New Jersey State and Federal Law Enforcement officials in other non-casino gaming matters such as New Jersey’s response to the 9/11 attacks as well as security planning for several high profile events held in New Jersey, such as the 2005 and 2016 PGA Championship Golf tournaments and the 2014 Super Bowl.

“Hired as a consultant to the BCGC, Mr. Rover will be on Island once per month to provide advice and counsel on all gaming related matters, including the drafting of regulations, assistance with background and suitability investigations and with respect to the Request for Proposal [RFP] process.”

“I was flattered to be asked by Bermuda officials to assist in developing a world class gaming regulatory structure that will stress integrity in both the licensing of individuals involved in gaming operations as well as how the games are operated”, Mr. Rover stated.

To establish a casino gaming environment that is more likely to instill confidence in how the games are operated and to also encourage foreign investment which helps create local employment opportunities, Mr. Rover said it was “critical to ensure that the entities involved, including owners and senior management, were able to establish the good character, honesty and integrity necessary to be licensed by the Commission.”

Mr. Rover noted that such investigations “involve a careful review of each organization’s background and financial history, as well as the personal background, ­­business and personal associations of all key owners and executives”.

He added, “The DGE is known as being tough but fair in its licensing investigations. The objective is to get everyone successfully through the licensing process so that all key licenses possess the necessary suitability to allow Bermuda to have a gaming industry that is recognized as fair and transparent to all players and the citizens of Bermuda.”

Since Bermuda is a highly respected banking and financial services jurisdiction, Mr. Rover said anti-money laundering protocols would also be a critical component to any casino operation on the Island.

“Bermuda has to date been quite successful in the area of anti-money laundering and it is imperative that its casino industry mirror that same success in its operations,” he noted.

Mr. Rover agreed to take on the role as a consultant to the BCGC because of his five-year relationship with its Executive Director, Richard Schuetz.

“I knew that if I accepted the job, with Richard at the helm, the casino regulatory regime in Bermuda would only be handled one way; the right way,” he said. “Richard has an outstanding reputation with gaming regulators from around the world and his experiences as an operator and as a regulator, will be an invaluable resource as Bermuda launches its casino industry.”

Mr. Rover added that he was “confident the balanced attitude of Bermuda’s gaming regulators, including the implementation of responsible gaming policies, will allow Bermuda to launch a successful gaming industry. One that will stimulate the local economy, provide jobs to Bermudians and protect those who may be vulnerable.”

For more information on the Request for Proposal [RFP] stage of the casino licensing process, visit www.bcgc.bm.

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  1. Hurry says:

    When does the local job training start?

  2. frank says:

    Another person to come here and add to his retirement
    Fund

  3. Godyftyt says:

    Wait a minute. People cannot just jump from one commission on to another as a consultant and this guy has a previous relationship with Scheutz? When is someone going to put a stop to this guy? He is spending all of our money! Was he supposed to be the expert and if so why do we now need all these consultants? We need to wake up Bermy

  4. Triangle Drifter says:

    What happened to all of the research done in Singapore?

  5. Jonathan Land Evans says:

    Yet more public money being wasted on this abhorrent foolishness.

  6. The Original Truth™ says:

    Atlantic City went bust so what can this guy tell us about gaming when it didn’t work for NJ.