Gaming Visionary Robert 'Bob' Luciano to Receive First Gaming Technology Hall of Fame Award

Gaming Visionary Robert 'Bob' Luciano to Receive First Gaming Technology Hall of Fame Award

Gaming visionary Robert "Bob" Luciano Jr. will be honored next month as the inaugural winner of the Gaming Technology Hall of Fame Award.

The award will be presented during a reception at 5:30 p.m. June 18 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, the location of this year's Gaming Technology Forum.

Among those speaking in Luciano's honor will be John Acres, founder of Acres 4.0; Randy Hedrick, vice president of Bally Technologies' Innovation Lab; and Don Speer, chairman of VCAT LLC.

WhiteSand Gaming and Casino Enterprise Management, producers of the Gaming Technology Forum, created the award to honor individuals who have pioneered cutting-edge technologies or innovative products that have made significant contributions to the gaming industry.

"There is no more fitting or deserving inaugural recipient for this award than Bob Luciano," said Saverio "Sal" Scheri, president and chief executive officer of WhiteSand Gaming. "His visionary leadership and innovative engineering have led to gaming system solutions and entertaining games and platforms that have helped shape the Native American casino industry in several states and have delivered tremendous value to casinos across the country."

"I have long admired Bob's ability to think outside the box to truly understand what makes players tick and what it takes to build great games with innovative design that are profitable but also really resonate with players," said Peter Mead, publisher of Casino Enterprise Management. "It is a privilege to be able to honor such an accomplished leader in gaming and such a stellar individual."

Luciano's accomplishments while at the helm of the company he founded, Sierra Design Group, include developing systems technology that helped pave the way for many successful gaming operations in Native American jurisdictions, including California and Washington, and creating unique gaming products, such as Raining Diamonds slot machines that dispensed real diamond jewelry and the Auction Fever bonusing concept. Luciano was also at the forefront of many technological innovations in gaming and systems at Bally Technologies.