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TIG Joins AGA and AGEM on ICRG Board of Directors

Last week, the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) announced the addition of several new directors to its board. TIG President Michael Soll and other new appointees, including AGA President & CEO Bill Miller and AGEM Executive Director Daren Dorsey, join an impressive group of stakeholders from the gaming, higher education, research, banking, regulation, and non-profit sectors. Said Arthur Paikowsky, president of the ICRG, “We are honored to have outstanding leaders like Bill Miller, Michael Soll, and Daron Dorsey join the ICRG board. They bring a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to responsible gambling.” Soll himself is particularly excited by the timing of the opportunity, coinciding with tremendous industry growth in the sports betting and mobile sectors. “Now more than ever, responsible gaming, the prevention of harm and the mitigation of risks to players is at the forefront of the industry’s thinking,” he said. “I look forward to being a part of the effort to drive meaningful research in these areas.” 

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Keli Elkins: TIG Communications

After more than five years consulting for the firm, Keli Elkins has formally joined The Innovation Group as Director, Strategic Communications, to support marketing and communications, events and partnerships, and public affairs on an ongoing basis. Now based in Austin, Texas, Elkins spent more than a decade with the American Gaming Association where she led a variety of member programs, ultimately serving as Vice President of Industry Relations and overseeing the organization’s G2E portfolio. During her time with AGA, Elkins collaborated with a wide variety of industry stakeholders, including NIGA and AGEM, worked hand-in-hand with the ICRG (then the NCRG), and supported the formation of Global Gaming Women. Click here to contact her.


San Manuel Gaming & Hospitality Authority

Acquisition of The Palms Casino Resort - 2021

Las Vegas, Nevada

TIG was retained in 2021 to perform a strategic review and analysis of the Palms Casino Resort, performing an independent analysis of pro forma operating projections. TIG also assessed the competitive landscape, historical performance, cost structure, synergy, and operational improvement opportunities.

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Choctaw Casinos and Resorts

Sky Tower Hotel & Amenities – Opened 2021

Durant, Oklahoma

In 2017, TIG performed a feasibility and sensitivity analysis for the expansion of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s flagship destination resort. TIG assessed demand and revenue potential, return on investment, and reciprocal gaming demand for the 1,000-room hotel addition. Concurrently, there was also analysis of ancillary demand for new and repositioned amenities, including entertainment venues, a tropical pool attraction, F&B outlets, and upgraded retail.

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Congratulations to Gateway Casinos on the opening of Cascades Casino North Bay

TIG prepared the market study and forecast for North Bay that supported Gateway’s bid and win for OLG’s North Bundle



Eagle Mountain Casinos announces new location near Porterville

TIG supported the Tule River Tribe’s planning for this relocation project



TIG Partner Michael Zhu contributed to this outlook for the post-junket Macau market

#SollSays Fridays on Twitter

Around the company, TIG President Michael Soll keeps us thinking about what’s changing and what’s next in gaming. Rather than reserve that mind-tickling content for our team, we’ve started broadcasting some of it on Twitter each Friday. Follow @InnovGrp or #SollSays to see what’s on his mind and ours…and maybe should be on yours!


For more information, please contact a partner from The Innovation Group today:

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Michael Soll



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Thomas Zitt, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President


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Michael Zhu

SVP, Int'l Operations Planning & Analysis


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Brian Wyman, Ph.D.

SVP, Operations & Data Analytics


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