The Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission has engaged George Rover as a consultant for their nascent gambling industry. Rover has worked in various capacities as Deputy and Assistant Attorney General for the state of New Jersey since 1992, with his last position there lasting from 2011 to 2016 as deputy director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement under the office of the Attorney General.
Rover’s latest career began in November 2016 as the owner of Rover Strategic Advisors LLC – a gaming consultancy firm focused on all components of Internet gaming, compliance/due diligence, internal investigations, legislation, regulations, policies and procedures and representing the client before all levels of Federal and State government officials, criminal and regulatory matters.
Under his engagement with the BCGC, Rover will come to Bermuda in person monthly to advise the commission on “all gaming-related matters, including the drafting of regulations, assistance with background and suitability investigations and with respect to the Request for Proposal process,” according to press from the BCGC.
Coming from one of the world’s most stringent regulatory jurisdictions, Rover called the New Jersey regime “tough but fair” and emphasized the need for exhaustive vetting to make gaming viable on the island, including anti-money laundering conventions.
“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.
Local reports indicate that Rover has known the executive director of the Bermuda commission, Richard Schuetz, for at least five years. “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,” BerNews reports Rover as saying.
Rover added, “[I am] “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.”
The filing period for applications for a casino license began Monday, April 17, 2017, and the RFP period will conclude on Friday, July 21, 2017. For more information on the Bermuda Casino RFP please visit http://www.bcgc.bm