Man Who Cares For His Elderly Mother Receives New Hearing Aids from Beltone

December 6th, 2017

TV STORY:  Our client, Beltone New England was featured in a story about giving the gift of hearing to their patient Daniel Bartenstein.


Peter Shankman says, ” If you have ADHD, you’re not broken, “YOU’RE GIFTED”

November 30th, 2017



Faster Than Normal Is A Must Read !

November 29th, 2017




Jake Kalpakian of Jackpot Digital on bringing you the best poker experience ever.

November 24th, 2017

ONLINE STORY:  Our Client, Jake Kalpakian, CEO of Jackpot Digital was featured in a story on



With the rise of a millennial audience and an increasing love for all things digital among players, casinos and developers are increasingly looking at new technology to refresh the games that we know and love. Once such company is Jackpot Digital, which recently launched an innovative new dealerless electronic poker table, known as jackpot Blitz.

And while it remains to be seen just how the global poker audience reacts to the lack of a dealer and playing with electronic cards, it’s hard not to admit that the new tables look pretty cool. To find out more about just what you can expect when they hit the casinos we spoke exclusively to Jake Kalpakian, founder and CEO of Jackpot Digital.

CASINOPEDIA: How do you think poker players will react to the innovative new dealerless tables?

JAKE: That’s the central question that everyone wants to understand, and why electronic table poker has not worked up to now. It’s true that most people would rather play with a dealer, real cards and so on, but, what we wanted to simulate the electronic poker experience with our product so it’s as if you were really playing with real cards and chips.

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Jackpot Digital’s electronic poker table may be dealerless, but you can still hold your cards, bend them and get down to the fine art of winning at poker

For instance, when the cards are dealt to you, you can ‘bend’ and ‘hold’ them, even though they are digital – you hold them as if you were holding real cards. Of course, you’re playing with real people, but it also simulates the chips, cards and more. Everything we’ve incorporated into the gameplay tries to simulate a real table game as much as possible, and it’s taken some really advanced technology to do so.

So far, people who’ve been playing it feel like they are actually playing at a live table, although there is no dealer. One thing we have noticed is that, when you go to a live table venue people are playing on their iPads online in between hands – they want action so they don’t get bored. With this table you can bet on blackjack, baccarat, horses or sports while waiting and order food and drinks. It gives players constant simulation.

“Everything we’ve incorporated into the gameplay tried to simulate a real table game as much as possible”

Of course, it will never replace the dealer, because some people will always prefer a ‘real’ dealer but the gap has shrunk significantly, and that’s twofold. Firstly, the gameplay feels like you are at a real table. Secondly, there are so many things to do to keep your interest.

This particular product is ideal for small and medium-sized casinos or specialty venues like racetracks or cruise ships. They might not necessarily be able to provide a full-time poker offering or staff a full poker room, so this table gives the flexibility not to have that but still offer great poker to players.

CASINOPEDIA: What about the social aspect? How do you think players will approach getting around a table without a dealer?

JAKE: Absolutely, you hit it right on the head. Tables have a social aspect to them. You’re playing with other people – of course – and you also get the benefits of speed, reliability, and efficiency from the operators’ perspective. We wanted to make the table player friendly so that players universally adopt the game, the table and the technology. It was all about simplifying it.

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The table is truly player friendly, and is designed to encourage social activity during gameplay

Alongside speed and efficiency, we wanted that simplicity so that players could understand and play the game without too much training. The game is very intuitive. When you sit down you see all your options, they are spelled out carefully for you so you don’t feel intimidated. At the same time, you’re playing with other people and getting the social aspect of the game.

The biggest comment we’ve had so far is that it’s a perfect combination of the social entertainment of playing with other people while, at the same time, not having to worry about certain nuances of the game. Everything is very simple if you are a novice player. If you are a professional, you’re able to do all the things you can do on a regular table – straddles, special bets, you can move the seats, etc.

“Tables have a social aspect to them… We wanted to make the table player friendly so that players universally adopt the game, the table and the technology”

 How can players be sure that cards dealt by the electronic system are truly completely random and that games aren’t rigged in some way?

JAKE: The product still has to go through GLA testing, which is the industry benchmark standard, where they investigate the Random Number Generator and all the payout ratios and so on. It still goes through regulatory testing just like any other gaming product, whether it is a slot machine or a casino table game. It doesn’t matter what product it is, they all have to undergo regulatory testing.

Software will be tested, payouts will be tested, electronic capabilities and more. Every single aspect is tested by third party verification; it has to go through stringent government regulations so, there is no issue in terms of fair play.

If you’re in a licensed jurisdiction, our product has to meet those regulatory requirements. There is always some type of standard in any licensed jurisdiction, so no one should worry about the integrity of the game.

CASINOPEDIA: As you’ve emphasized, these tables offer a nice alternative for those casinos who can’t maintain a full-scale poker operation with human dealers. What about your company – do you plan on selling these tables, renting them out, or working out a different type of a compensation model?

JAKE: It’s a revenue share. We license the products for the revenue share. There are certain jurisdictions where we can’t take a portion of the wins, but we have to take a set monthly fee, which is fine as well. Old tables, current tables that are in the market place, we sell those. So, if there is a group that wants to buy older tables, we’ll sell those outright. But as far as the Jackpot Blitz games are concerned, we do licensing where it’s permissible, and where it’s not we do a set fee.

CASINOPEDIA: In your opinion, how much will technology change the general gambling and poker landscape change in the coming years? What can players expect to see coming out from companies such as yours?

JAKE: Electronic table games are taking up more and more floor space in casinos, even in larger ones. Players have more options to play, different variety of games and faster gameplay. People are increasingly comfortable playing these games because, as I mentioned, in licensed jurisdictions they go through a stringent verification process.

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Electronic gaming tables are, according to Jake, becoming increasingly popular on casino floors

I think players are looking for speed and entertainment, and they don’t necessarily have to have a dealer in front of them. There’s always going to be people that like to have dealers so they can talk to them and just feel better with the human element. However, with millennials, the age of the internet and people adopting and embracing technology, players are becoming more comfortable with games like ours.

As long as they are in a social environment with their friends, and they have the regular fun environment of the casino people don’t mind sitting at the table playing with or against each other, and doing it through technology.

“Electronic table games are taking up more and more floor space in casinos, even in larger ones”

Quite frankly, electronic table games are one of the few bright areas in casino gaming where it’s actually growing and taking more and more floor space – I expect them to at least come close to taking half the market share of regular table games. For the operator, it’s equally interesting – they get more games offered to players, they make more money and the games are faster and more efficient.

I think it is a trend that’s going to continue and we hope to capitalize on that by building the best poker experience you can have.




Beltone Makes A Difference. Another Patient Can Now Hear Again !

November 16th, 2017

TV STORY:  Our Client, Beltone New England was featured in a story about giving the gift of Hearing to their patient Tina Trematerra.

‘Can You Hear Me Now?’ Caregiver thrilled with free hearing aid.

November 14th, 2017

NEWSPAPER STORY:  Our Client, Beltone Carolina/Virginia was featured in a story about giving the gift of Hearing to their patient Theresa Utley.

Deborah Salomon, Features Writer



Theresa Utley is overcome with joy after receiving a new pair of hearing aids from Eric Hanse and the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation. 

Next time life seems an uphill struggle, consider 79-year-old Theresa Utley’s Everest: Five surgeries (back, neck, both shoulders, joint replacement); abdominal aneurysm requiring four stents; complications from diabetes; loss of two son-in-laws; and a son had three strokes and open-heart surgery.

All of this rendered her unable to work, but she still cares for her 8-year-old great-grandson and helps an 84-year-old man who cannot read or write.

On top of everything, Utley’s hearing aid, which she borrowed money to buy, malfunctioned and is not repairable.

“It kept breaking and going fuzzy, finally died,” the Aberdeen resident says.

This meant she could not hear instructions from the doctor — or conversation from anyone else, or the minister at church, or the TV. It was frustrating for her and the family.

In desperation, Utley went back to the Beltone Hearing Center in Aberdeen where her first appliance was purchased.

Utley was encouraged by the practitioner to send her story to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation, a charitable organization that donates appliances to those in need. Sometimes, the practitioner will apply in the patient’s behalf. Last year, Beltone Foundation provided approximately 500 hearing aids to worthy recipients nationwide, said Nelson Hudes, PR spokesperson for Beltone Carolina/Virginia.

“I wrote the letter three times,” Utley says, trying to strike a balance between auditory and financial needs. After several weeks she feared her effort in vain; Beltone had attempted to contact her, without success. Then, on Nov. 6, they connected. “I have good news,” the foundation representative said. Utley was told to make an appointment to hear it face-to-face. She arrived on Nov. 8 to learn that she had been selected, and the hearing aid was ready and waiting.

“I was kind of shocked,” but in a good way, Utley says. The aid was positioned in her ears as a big smile lit up her face. “I could hear right away, it was great!”

Now, the kind lady’s climb is no less steep but definitely less stressful. “Yes, thank God,” she exclaims. “Give it to Him and He’ll work it round.” A pause: “I sure thank Beltone, too.”

Theresa Utley gives a hug to Crystal Davis, Beltone Patient Care Coordinator, after being fitted with a new pair of hearing aids. 


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Eric Hanse , Beltone Hearing Specialist, fits Theresa Utley with a new pair of hearing aids thanks to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation. Her friend Willie Watts is also pictured. 


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Theresa Utley bows her head in prayer after receiving a new pair of hearing aids. 


Jackpot Blitz: A Game Changing Innovation

November 9th, 2017

RADIO INTERVIEW:  Our client, Jake Kalpakian was interviewed on The Poker Action Line Radio Show.


Lucky Patient Can Hear Again Thanks To Beltone !

November 9th, 2017

TV STORY    Our Client, Beltone Carolina/Virginia was featured in a story about giving the gift of Hearing to their patient Theresa Utley.

The Future Is Now:: Jackpot Blitz: No Dealer Electronic Poker Tables Are Here

November 6th, 2017

RADIO INTERVIEW:  Our client, Jake Kalpakian was interviewed on The TKO Show with Kara Ro on 800 AM CKLW



Andreozzi receives URI Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award

November 3rd, 2017

NEWSPAPER STORY:  Our client Michael Andreozzi, CEO of Beltone New England was featured in a story in The Providence Business News


MICHAEL ANDREOZZI, owner and CEO of Beltone New England, was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award by the University of Rhode Island for making a difference in his industry and community, and for giving back to the University of Rhode Island. In addition to this recognition, ­Andreozzi was honored during the 66th Annual International Hearing Society Convention and Expo in September.

What is most rewarding about your industry? The No. 1 thing for everyone on my team is the joy and satisfaction we get when we change someone’s life with hearing aids. To have the ability to give a lost sense back is very powerful and the reactions we get each day in our offices are very touching and sensitive to all of us.

Personally, my most rewarding part of the business is seeing the amazing team members rise to the highest levels within our field and be proud they all work for our Beltone team. I have had many of my managers relocate to other parts of the USA and open their own Beltone businesses because of what they learned on my team and that is perhaps my greatest high, seeing them duplicate the business model and culture we have in New England to other parts of the USA!

How do you or your company give back to the local community? We are involved in several charities, including The National Grace Foundation – a foundation to help support students with cancer and their families navigate the college admissions and financial aid process, all for free – and the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation, which is a charitable organization that donates hearing instruments to those in need of hearing help who may be unable to access it. We are also involved with the Hasbro Children’s Foundation’s TALC [The Adolescent Leadership Council] program summer camp, a year-round program for teens who live with chronic medical illnesses and their families. We have also raised money to help support their pediatric audiology department.

Our team is most known for a mission that we do each year, the VOSH Mission. VOSH [Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity] allows us to donate used hearing aids, along with equipment from our Beltone locations, to be used by VOSH to deliver to individuals in various countries that do not have access to and/or cannot afford hearing aids. This year’s mission is going to Panama in January, where a group of 50 to 70 individuals will go down and fit these donated aids to the people who are in need of these services.

Can you tell us about Meatball Monday? Being brought up in an Italian family from Cranston with five brothers and sisters, I was always surrounded by amazing food and lots of it. I will never forget Sunday mornings: the smell of garlic, onions and “Sunday Sauce” cooking in the kitchen as I awoke to start the day. Those memories have never left me. Every Sunday for [more than] 20 years, I’ve made meatballs, sausage, short ribs, chicken cutlets, pizza, calzones and other foods for my family. I started bringing the food into the office and feeding the Beltone team on Monday mornings and it became a huge hit. I had to start increasing the production of meatballs to keep the team happy.

This started the tradition of “Meatball Monday” at our Beltone headquarters in Warwick, and now has become a worldwide social media event. I post a picture each Monday of something the “meatball” has done this past week in some kind of event or life experience. The postings have gone viral at times and I have so many people following me now to see what the Monday meatball will be involved in today! I absolutely love it because in my life, I was brought up to show love through food and this gives me the ability to bring my team the love I have for all of them.