2014 Excellence in Gaming Regulation Award Winner
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2014 Award Winner Announced

Join us in congratulating Rodney Rickenbach.

During the 30th Annual Training & Education Conference, NAGRA awarded the Excellence in Gaming Award to Mr. Rodney Rickenbach, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. NAGRA congratulates Mr. Rickenbach on being selected as the recipient for this prestigious award.

Following is a brief biography of Mr. Rickenbach’s accomplishments.

Mr. Rickenbach joined the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement in 2003 as a State Investigator for their Regulatory Enforcement Bureau.

In 2008, Mr. Rickenbach transferred to the Division's Technical Services Bureau in order to lead their newly formed investigative unit. He quickly developed specialized auditing tools for authenticating computerized gaming systems that could not be checked by traditional means. With his custom auditing tools, he re-engineered existing field audits to achieve 100% accuracy, while simultaneously reducing the time required by more than a factor of 40. Mr. Rickenbach's tools and methods are currently used to regulate all non-slot electronic gaming equipment in Atlantic City, including, but not limited to, gaming voucher redemption machines, count room equipment, progressive controllers, and electronic table games.

In 2010, New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor recognized Mr. Rickenbach by appointing him as a Technical Expert on the state's three member Title 19 Voting Machine Examination Committee. As the state’s expert, he evaluates the security and integrity of all computerized voting equipment proposed for use in New Jersey. Due to his extensive regulatory and technical knowledge and experience, Mr. Rickenbach was deeply involved with drafting all new regulations related to Internet gaming in New Jersey after its approval by Governor Chris Christie early in 2013.

A key part of regulating New Jersey’s Internet gaming is determining the physical location of a patron attempting to wager online and prohibit those not physically located in the state. This is known as geolocation, and Mr. Rickenbach was chosen to evaluate all available geolocation technologies and to formulate New Jersey’s regulatory standards. Inclusion of these patrons, while properly excluding out of state wagering, is critical to the success of Internet gaming in New Jersey’s due to the dense population near its borders. This maximizing of eligible patrons was only possible due to Mr. Rickenbach’s thorough research, testing, and analysis.

Recently, Mr. Rickenbach was promoted to leading a team of 7 information technology specialists who are focused on both land based and Internet gaming. While he is still the Division's lead for geolocation, he is now responsible for developing the tools, systems, and methodologies for monitoring the integrity of all Internet gaming servers located in Atlantic City.

Mr. Rickenbach is at the forefront of regulating this new frontier of Internet gaming in North America and is regarded as one of the world's foremost authorities in geolocation. NAGRA is pleased to present the NAGRA 2014 Excellence In Gaming Award to Mr. Rodney Rickenbach from the New Jersey Division of Gaming.


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