The Global Gaming Awards (GGA) was recently held at the Venetian Palazzo Congress Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The GGA is widely recognized as the most popular global gaming convention and award show in the gaming industry and the award ceremony took place at the Venetian ballroom.

The event was attended by all of the major gambling companies and their key executives. There were close 600 key decision makers representing the likes of MGM Resorts International, Playtech, Microgaming, NYX Gaming Group, IGT, GeoComply, SG Interactive and Unibet.

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A total of 12 awards were given away on the night covering both live gaming and online gaming. The nominees for the 12 categories were shortlisted by a nomination panel that comprised of eight industry veterans who had vast knowledge of the gaming industry. Some of the categories that were recognized at the GGA included Best Digital Operator, Casino Product of the Year, Land-Based Industry Supplier of the Year, Land-Based Gaming Innovation and Digital Gaming Innovation award.

The eventual winners were decided by a panel of 60 judges who also comprised of industry veterans and experts in their respective fields. One of the top awards of the night, which was the Best Digital Operator award was presented to 888 Holdings for their offering. 888poker is the second biggest online poker website in the world after PokerStars.

In a statement, Alex Hammond, Gambling Insider Editor who presented the award to 888 said “Congratulations to 888, a first Global Gaming Award win for the operator who has made great strides in challenging the dominance of PokerStars in both the US and Europe in the past 12 months and in the process given the online poker industry a jolt that many believe the industry needs to return to its former glory.”

888 Holdings’ chief executive officer Itai Frieberger stated that his company was delighted to be recognized by the GGA and received the prestigious Best Digital Operator award. Frieberger once again reaffirmed 888poker’s commitment to providing its players an exceptional online poker experience and a robust online poker platform.

Some of the other winners included IGT which won two awards for the Land-Based Industry Supplier of the Year and the Casino Product of the Year; Playtech for the Digital Supplier of the Year award; Microgaming for Digital Product of the Year category and Unibet for Digital Acquisition Program of the Year.