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June 22, 2021

They both renewed their exclusive contract

GLI celebrates 20 years with South Dakota Gaming Commission

(US).- Twenty years ago, when South Dakota was just entering the world of gaming, becoming the first state in the union to have a video lottery system, the state's Lottery Commission turned exclusively to a new company for start-up consultation and video terminal/system testing and certification.


oon after, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming was created to regulate casinos, and contracted with the same company for slot machine testing. Twenty years later, Gaming Laboratories International and the South Dakota Commission on Gaming are celebrating their relationship by renewing their exclusive contract.

Since it first began, the contract between GLI and the Commission has developed along with gaming in the state, and now GLI exclusively tests a wide variety of electronic gaming equipment for the state, including slots, peripherals and, of course, VLTs.

GLI President James R. Maida said: “We have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the State of South Dakota for two decades. They were our first champions, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for believing in our company and sharing our vision of how gaming could flourish under the protection of independent testing.”

Larry B. Eliason, executive secretary for the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, stated: “GLI has been an invaluable part of our accomplishments in South Dakota from the very beginning. When we were first beginning, we needed to ensure our residents, and ourselves, that gaming could be conducted honestly and successfully, while protecting competition and public policy, and our relationship with GLI was and is key to achieving those goals.”

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