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Vol. 66 No.12 - Monday March 24, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories





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  • GTECH Selected as OPAP’s Online Sports Betting Provider. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Becomes Technology Vendor of the National Lottery of Ireland. Full Story.
  • Sciplay Receives 2014 Product Launch of the Year Award from Technology Association of Georgia. Full Story.
  • MDI Announce Expanded Asset Library for “The Wizard of Oz™” Licensed Property. Full Story.
  • Thorsborg Institute LLC Provides Quantified View of the Lottery Industry to New Investors. Full Story.
  • Four European Countries Combine for a Brand New Game Experience for Players. Full Story.
  • University of Iceland Lottery Celebrates 80th Birthday. Full Story.
  • RGA Expresses Disappointment with UK Budget Announcement. Full Story.
  • Lottery Association Disagrees with Retroactive Regulations for the Operation of Video Lottery Terminals! Full Story.
  • Northstar Illinois Appoint New Chief Executive Officer. Full Story.
  • $400 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Hit in Maryland. Full Story.
  • Hoosier Lottery Ad Agency Wins Gold Award. Full Story.
  • LottoInteractive Selects GeoComply for Lottery Geolocation Compliance. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International Welcome Nearly 300 Regulators to North American Roundtable. Full Story.
  • IGT Provides Oregon Video Lottery Fans with 850 More Ways to Play. Full Story.
  • WatchandWager.com LLC Announce Pari-Mutuel Pools Agreement with Hong Kong Jockey Club. Full Story.




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GTECH Selected as OPAP’s Online Sports Betting Provider

Agreement includes open-architecture GTECH Player Account Management System, enabling Greek operator to implement single player account across multiple games and gaming channels

ROME, Italy and PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – (March 17, 2014) -- GTECH has been selected by OPAP, one of Europe’s largest listed betting companies, as its strategic partner for OPAP’s operations

in online betting in Greece. GTECH’s proposal to OPAP, awarded as part of a tender procedure, includes the provision of GTECH’s Sports Betting and GTECH Player Account Management system.

GTECH is delighted to be awarded the opportunity to provide OPAP with our fully integrated Sports Betting gaming solution. This decision is a validation of the successful ongoing performance and cross-channel capabilities of GTECH’s online portfolio, which we are providing to World Lottery Association customers, including the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Norsk Tipping in Norway, and Veikkaus in Finland,” said Walter Bugno, CEO, GTECH International.

This solution will ensure that OPAP has the flexibility and technological innovation it needs to provide its players with a convenient, easy-to-use Web- and mobile-based program, enabling live betting. This will fulfill OPAP’s online betting strategy by reliably driving program growth as technology and player preferences evolve. In addition, the open architecture of the GTECH Player Account Management system will enable OPAP to implement its preferred strategy for a single view of the player through the creation of a single player account across multiple games and gaming channels.”

GTECH’s industry-proven Sports Betting system supports all sports and bets; all distribution channels, including retailer-based, Web-based, and mobile channels; and all methods of payment. The open architecture of the GTECH Player Account Management system is essential as cross-channel promotion and play become a key driver of a lottery’s successful online sales and overall growth.

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The system provides full access to past and present player activity, in addition to all future events they have scheduled. Players can also enjoy this capability for their own account. The GTECH Player Account Manager integrates all land-based and online gaming channels with the customer’s back-office, payment systems, Customer Relationship Management database, and affiliate management, and is specifically designed to link to software from other developers with the minimum amount of configuration.

GTECH

GTECH is a leading provider of Sports Betting and Interactive systems and services to WLA markets and regulated commercial markets. Its interactive WLA gaming customers include Austrian Lotteries; the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Loto-Québec, and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in Canada; Sazka in the Czech Republic; Veikkaus in Finland; Française des Jeux in France; Norsk Tipping in Norway; and Svenska Spel in Sweden. Its WLA Sports Betting clients include La Loterie nationale in Belgium; Polla Chilena in Chile; Veikkaus; Szerencsejáték in Hungary; Lottomatica in Italy; Pronósticos in Mexico; and Singapore Pools. GTECH’s major commercial Sports Betting customers include Betfred, Stan James and Paddy Power.

GTECH S.p.A

GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets, delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation. The Company is listed on the FTSE MIB at the Milan Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “GTK” and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In 2013, GTECH had approximately €3.1 billion in revenues and more than 8,600 employees in approximately 60 countries. For more information, please visit www.gtech.com.

For further information, CONTACT: Rhonda Whittaker, GTECH Corporate Communications, Phone: T: +1 506 878 6471, Email: rhonda.whittaker@gtech.com.

SOURCE: GTECH Corporate Communications.

 

 

INTRALOT Becomes Technology Vendor of the National Lottery of Ireland

ATHENS, Greece (March 20, 2014) -- INTRALOT has been selected by Premier Lotteries Ireland Limited (PLI), as its technology provider for the supply, set up, maintenance and support of new lottery software platforms and terminals in Ireland. Premier Lotteries Ireland is a company that has been awarded a 20 year licence to operate the Irish National Lottery that recorded revenues of €735m in 2012.

Within the framework of the 10-year contract, INTRALOT will provide its state-of-the-art LOTOS™ O/S On-line Gaming Computer System for the operation and administration of Lottery and instant games over both the retail POS network, as well as the Internet and mobile channels. The technology suite will also include INTRALOT’s CRM solution and LOTOS™ Horizon content management software platform. In addition, INTRALOT will supply PLI with more than 4,000 of its sophisticated Photon terminals that are based on INTRALOT’s cutting-edge Icon Digital Imaging Technology.

Aiming to offer the most efficient on-site support, INTRALOT has set-up INTRALOT Ireland that will be responsible for the implementation and configuration of these platforms, simultaneously offering a combination of high quality maintenance, support and repair services for the delivered software and terminals, as well as on-going consultancy services for the complete project term. Additional options from INTRALOT’s product portfolio have also been made available to Premier Lotteries Ireland for the duration of the contract.

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Mr. Dermot Griffin, CEO Designate, Premier Lotteries Ireland, said: “Premier Lotteries Ireland is looking forward to working with INTRALOT, as its technology partner to transform the National Lottery and our customers’ gaming experience.  INTRALOT’s state-of-the-art Photon terminals will be rolled-out to retailers across the country to provide a more interactive touch screen experience and implementing its range of LOTOS systems to underpin greater game and channel innovation.”

Mr. John Pantoleon, INTRALOT Group Chief Operating Officer, stated: “We are delighted to announce our new contract in Ireland. I am confident that our global experience and cutting-edge technology together with the operational capabilities of Premier Lotteries Ireland will yield excellent results for the benefit of Ireland and bring exciting gaming experiences to the Irish players.” 

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 56 jurisdictions, more than 5.500 people and revenues of €1.4 billion for 2012, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more info:

Ms Persa Kartsoli, Head of Corporate and Public Relations, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com  - www.intralot.com

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

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Sciplay Receives 2014 Product Launch of the Year Award from Technology Association of Georgia

ATLANTA, Georgia (March 19, 2014) -- Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) (the “Company”) announced that its Sciplay™ technology platform received the 2014 Product Launch of the Year Award from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the largest trade association in the Southeast U.S. with more than 22,000 members from 2,000 companies.

"The Product Management Awards celebrate Georgia's best and brightest in the industry,” said Tino Mantella, TAG President. “Scientific Games exemplifies the level of innovation and success that we cultivate in our technology community and I congratulate them for their impressive win for Product Launch of the Year.”

Sciplay is a scalable, flexible technology platform that securely delivers lottery and gaming content, player account management and payment processing through traditional digital and mobile channels. The open architecture platform is designed with best-in-class ease of integration for third-party content and technology. The product’s main components include Sciplay.Logic, a management hub for player information and game content; Sciplay.Director, a back-office toolset and platform configuration utility; Sciplay.Intelligence for analytics and reporting; and Sciplay.Studio, a third-party game development community.

Sciplay launched in August 2013 as a replacement to the existing Minnesota Lottery subscription system and again in December 2013 as a new product offering with the North Carolina Educational Lottery‘s new player subscription service. Both product launches were managed by Mike Brandsma, Sciplay Product Manager at Scientific Games, and a team of interactive technology professionals at the Company’s Global Technology Center of Excellence in Atlanta.

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Scientific Games is very proud to accept the Product Launch of the Year Award from TAG,” said Michael Lightman, Vice President, Lottery Interactive at Scientific Games. “Building upon more than a decade of interactive experience serving lotteries worldwide, we developed Sciplay to meet the growing digital and mobile needs of our customers and their players who want to experience games anytime, anywhere as regulation permits. Sciplay allows our customers to offer players exciting game content, monitor responsible gaming and deepen engagement through an interactive experience.”

Since creating the world’s very first secure instant scratch lottery game in 1974, Scientific Games has produced innovative technology, game content and customized program solutions for lotteries and regulated gaming organizations around the world.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 22,500 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah.  TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org.   

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets.  The Company’s portfolio includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming machines and game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive content and services.  For more information, please visit: www.scientificgames.com.

CONTACT: Therese Minella / 770-825-4219.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

MDI Announce Expanded Asset Library for “The Wizard of Oz™” Licensed Property

ATLANTA, Georgia (March 18, 2014) -- MDI Entertainment, LLC, a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS), announced today the expansion of its asset library for “The Wizard of Oz.” The expansion is a result of Scientific Games’ acquisition of WMS Industries Inc. WMS has been a licensee of Warner Bros. Consumer Products for “The Wizard of Oz” property for many years and now that the companies have merged, the assets available to WMS for its gaming machines featuring “The Wizard of Oz” property are available to MDI and its lottery customers as well.

Licensed games are a great way to engage players. Having access to more licensed artwork is yet another example of how the combined strength of Scientific Games and WMS benefits our lottery customers,” said Chuck Kline, Senior Vice President, MDI. “With more artwork and choices available to lotteries, the opportunities to create exciting games and point of sale pieces to market the games are multiplied.”

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The availability of the new game assets comes at an opportune time, too, as ‘The Wizard of Oz’ celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014,” continued Kline. “With increased media attention on it this year, there’s never been a better time for lotteries to offer their players a game featuring this classic film.”

New game assets include artwork representing themes entitled “Ruby Slippers,” “Land of Oz,” “Haunted Forest” and “Emerald City.” More than 80 still images from the film, as well as an enormous catalog of illustrated images, are now available to lotteries throughout the United States and Canada for game art and marketing materials.

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets.  The Company’s portfolio includes instant and draw-based lottery games; electronic gaming machines and game content; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive content and services.  For more information, please visit: www.scientificgames.com.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

CONTACT:  Therese Minella / 770-825-4219.

SOURCE: MDI Entertainment, LLC.

 

 

Thorsborg Institute LLC Provides Quantified View of the Lottery Industry to New Investors

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ROSWELL, Georgia (March 17, 2014) --Thorsborg Institute, LLC is proud to announce that in the past three years the firm has completed more than 100 financial/strategic due diligence studies of the global lottery and gaming industries. The most unique component of these studies is that the majority of the clients are currently outside the lottery/gaming industry; but who are investigating if a particular jurisdiction/operator has any potential.

The importance of financial and strategic analysis for the jurisdiction’s authorizing government often gets overshadowed by political campaigns by third party parochial interests, but analysis has shown that the structures that produce the most revenue to the governments are the para-statel corporation and concessionaire models.

Independent analysis by the experts of Thorsborg Institute, LLC; who have operated in 97 countries for more than 34 years in the; gaming/lottery, privatization and global strategic-competitive-intelligence industries provide a dynamic overview that is not constrained by tunnel vision of those who have no perspective outside of the gaming/lottery industry.

The insatiable global need for more public revenues has attracted new potential investors/operators who have a completely different insight on the lottery/gaming industry. These new organizations will become more involved in the industry as they have the means to investigate the options and become a force in the future to change the industry.

Thorsborg Institute LLC’s proprietary FLID® due diligence system quantifies the various aspects of business operation which allows for the stakeholders to see areas that need attention and make the adjustment to maximize the efficiency. We have been able to identify some of the organizations that could significantly improve their return-on-investment to their jurisdiction’s government if certain processes/policies were changed.

As an Associate Member of the World Lottery Association; Thorsborg Institute, LLC is an established partner of the global lottery/gaming industry which will undergo significant changes that will reward the organizations that have a clear vision of their strengths and weaknesses.

Thorsborg Institute, LLC provides the clarity for new strategies.

Thorsborg Institute, LLC

CONTACT: Email: Info@Thorsborg.com, Telephone: 01 770 518-0704.

SOURCE: Thorsborg Institute, LLC (www.Thorsborg.com).

 

 

Four European Countries Combine for a Brand New Game Experience for Players

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (March 13, 2014) -- Four EL/WLA-member lotteries combined forces to experiment with a brand new game experience for players. Czech Sazka, Hungarian Szerencsejáték, Slovak TIPOS and Polish LOTTO are to launch a common instant this spring to prove how teamwork and commitment lead to even more significant results.

Four lotteries – Sazka, Szerencsejáték, TIPOS and Totalizator Sportowy (owner of the LOTTO brand) – agreed to join forces and launch a common product at the end of March 2014 with the project name Big Four. The idea was inspired by an existing good relationship resulting from the EL/WLA membership and the common cultural and historical background, together with the fact that the cooperating lotteries all share the same ideas about the keys to development: innovation, flexibility, openness to novelties, in order to satisfy customers' needs. The combination of the above led to an almost trivial conclusion: they should develop a product that is, in a way, brand new and special on their markets, and reflects their relationship. The result is an instant providing the same experience for players in all four countries.

The manifestation of the idea was not a question. As BoD Chairman and General Manager of Hungarian state lottery Szerencsejáték Zrt. Kálmán Szentpétery says "the best area for experimenting was definitely instants: they not only offer the widest range of opportunity by freely choosing the number of games (play areas) and the materials, colors and artworks applied, but are also the most dynamically growing segments. Instants are one of the most popular products in our portfolio and we are proud to widen the palette with this unique game".

The result of the teamwork is the Big Four instant with an identical concept: the artwork, the slogan and the names (Wielka Czwórka, Velká Čtyřka, Extra Štvorka and Nyerő négyes – all referring to the concept of Big/Strong/Winning/Extra/Great FOUR) emphasize cooperation. The product is easy to distinguish in all local portfolios thanks to the luxurious and rich colors of red and gold referring to the medieval royal cooperation, which is the historical base of the cooperation between the countries. All four instants have a similar game structure and the same number of prize levels. Each has an own prize fund and prize structure, and prices were also determined individually in each market.

As BoD Chairman and General Manager of Slovak TIPOS Ladislav Kriška says "Big Four is historically the first instant lottery in our scratch card portfolio created on an international platform in close cooperation between four lotteries of the V4 countries which gives it a brand new dimension as well as international credit. I believe it will become another example of the many successful products of our company".

The project was a successful proof of co-work: close cooperation included the ground planning of the concept and the product, working out details like the game structures, the instant design and also joint international communication. The four lotteries believe that the successful teamwork and the instant as a result will only be the first step leading towards an even more complex cooperation. As Chairman of the Totalizator Sportowy Management Board Wojciech Szpil says "we are approaching a breakthrough moment in lottery history. I strongly believe that this instant will not only scratch borders symbolically but that it will also be a strong impulse for new 21st century products and new cooperation patterns."

The four lotteries are thus determined to maintain the close relationship and take its opportunities also by sharing experiences and know-how. "I am very glad that we have started a successful cooperation with Poland, Slovakia and Hungary – with our closest neighbors with whom we share historical roots and cultural traditions" – says BoD Chairman and Czech Sazka CEO Robert Chvátal. "The excellent teamwork proved that the four lotteries can cooperate successfully and effectively. We believe we should be looking at further targets, new challenging opportunities for cooperation. The launch of Big Four is also a confirmation of a large potential for future collaboration in the lottery business."

SAZKA sázková kancelář, a.s – the Czech Republic (www.sazka.cz)

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Sazka is the largest domestic operator of number and instant scratch cards as well as one of the largest lottery companies in the Czech Republic. Its main business consists of operating number betting, odds and sports betting and instant lotteries. Sazka has had a new owner since 2013, the transnational financial and investment group KKCG. The company managed to achieve a 30% growth (GGR) in 2013 and grew significantly in instant lotteries, last year alone over 77%. Sazka operates a network of over 6,800 points of sale. It is an EL and WLA member, a responsible operator.

Szerencsejáték Zrt. – Hungary (www.szerencsejatek.hu)

The 100% state-owned lottery has exclusive rights to distribute number draw games and instant tickets throughout the entire territory of the country, owns a casino in the capital city and has interests in another one. It operates an online sales technology with national coverage and extensive retail network of more than 6,000 points of sale, nearly 300 of which are owned and run by the company. Its 2013 revenue totaled a record amount of EUR 811 million, which exceeds last year's revenue by 14%. The most popular games are Tippmix (sports betting, fixed odds), a 5/90 draw-based game and instants with a share of 27%, 20% and 20% respectively. Though the state lottery is currently the only legal provider of sports betting, the presence of illegal online operators is a considerable fact. In order to sustain its competitiveness, Szerencsejáték launched a brand new sport betting site last year (2013) and is to renew the electronic background of its sales network by 2015. It is an EL and WLA member, a certified responsible operator.

TIPOS – Slovakia (www.tipos.sk)

TIPOS is the only exclusive provider of number and online games that are monopolized by the state in accordance with Slovak legislation. Though instant lotteries and e-sports betting are liberalized and therefore operated by competing companies in Slovakia, TIPOS has managed to maintain a stable and strong position on the market during its 20 years of existence.

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TIPOS operates a network of nearly 2,500 points of sale. In 2013 their total sales reached more than 370 million euros, which represents an annual increase of 3.19%. The sale of scratch cards increased by 10.63%. The share in the overall sales achieved by instant tickets was 12.46%. It is an EL and WLA member, a certified responsible operator.

Totalizator Sportowy Sp. z o.o. – Poland (www.totalizator.pl)

Totalizator Sportowy, owner of the LOTTO brand, is one of the most recognizable Polish companies. For the past 58 years, we have been working in numbers games and lotteries. We have a network of more than 13,500 points of sale as part of an online system that uses the latest technology, allowing for real-time betting, among other things. The most popular TS products are Lotto 6/49 (draw game) with a share of 49.3%, Multi Multi draw game (keno type, drawn 2 times a day) with a share of 23.2%, and Instants with 13.7%. We are a socially responsible company that is constantly evolving in order to stay ahead of the market and meet the demands of our customers, while, at the same time, ensuring that our products are completely safe. But we do not ignore our history either; instead, we take lessons from the past that allow us to invest boldly in the future. We are pleased that, thanks to Totalizator Sportowy, many Poles have been able, and are still able, to enjoy their winnings. Hundreds, if not thousands, have been able to fulfil their wildest dreams, while millions have benefited from the sports facilities established with funding from the company.

Good Causes

For Sazka, Szerencsejáték, TIPOS and Totalizator Sportowy, the principles of responsibility serve as the basis for their operation and employment. Feeling responsible for the communities they get in touch with, they put special emphasis on preventing the harmful effects of excessive gaming by raising awareness and educating players. Due to their contribution to state budgets, their successful and effective operation serves the good causes of societies by contributing to sport, healthcare and culture. Besides, they spend considerable amounts on direct support (donation and sponsorship).

SOURCE: SAZKA sázková kancelář.

 

 

University of Iceland Lottery Celebrates 80th Birthday

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (March 17th, 2013) --The University of Iceland Lottery (UIL) has just reached its 80th birthday since it held its first draw on 10 March 1934. The UIL is the oldest lottery in Iceland and was founded with the aim of generating funds for the construction of buildings for the then newly founded University of Iceland. Since that time, all of the by now over twenty buildings of the University of Iceland have been constructed, thanks to the proceeds of the activities of the UIL, which also funds the maintenance of the buildings and the acquisition of equipment for research.

From the very outset, the University of Iceland, with the support it has received through the UIL, has been intrinsically linked to Icelandic independence and the national identity, since there has been a very high level of participation from the public since the very beginning.

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The funding and construction of the first University of Iceland in 1934, through the concerted efforts of the UIL, was a national dream and almost a fairy tale, in fact – a tale that has most certainly been transformed into a reality. And the fairy tale continues.

In its first decades, the UIL only ran a Class Lottery, but in 1993 Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) were introduced into the market and scratch tickets first came into use in 1987.  With the exception of the Class Lottery, the UIL’s products are still land-based, since Icelandic legislation prohibits online money gaming, but there are hopes that this ban may be lifted in the coming months and that the UIL will be authorised to run online money gaming.

Over the years, the UIL has placed a great deal of emphasis on responsible gaming and took the initiative to, for example, encourage the Psychology department of the University of Iceland to commence research on problem gambling and gambling addiction with the aim of increasing our knowledge and understanding of the problem.  The UIL has also adamantly supported associations that offer assistance to people grappling with gaming problems. The UIL obtained the European Lotteries certificate for responsible gaming in January 2012.

The following commercial, which was made to mark the UIL’s anniversary, shows the construction of the university in a lively and entertaining manner. The commercial opens with the slogan "fortunately there are people who believe in fairy tales."

View the commercial Here!

SOURCE: University of Iceland Lottery.

 

 

RGA Expresses Disappointment with UK Budget Announcement

LONDON, U.K. (March 19, 2014) --In response to the Budget Announcement today and the draft Finance Bill, the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has restated its view that (i) a rate of 15% for the new point of consumption tax is too high; and (ii) the regime still does not appear to make allowances for bonuses and incentives. This heightens the risk that British licensees will lose significant market share to black market operators and that this will undermine the regulatory objectives of DCMS and the Gambling Commission.

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The Government is going ahead with its proposal to introduce a point of consumption tax for remote gambling and has included the details in the draft Finance Bill. From December 2014 operators will have to pay 15% duty on the gross profits they make from bets placed by customers who are located in the UK.

All of the economic analysis that has been undertaken indicates that if the tax burden is too high then there is a serious risk that this will lead to a reduction in value and choice for consumers. This could act as an incentive for them to seek out non-licensed companies who choose to operate outside of the British regulatory and tax regime. If that happens it would seriously undermine the objectives of the British licensing regime.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed regulatory reforms stated that: “in setting a tax rate for remote gambling, the Treasury should bear in mind that too high a rate would be liable to drive customers and companies into the unregulated, black market.” The Government does not appear to have taken account of their views.

For Full RGA press release, click here.

For the full details of Budget 2014, click here.

CONTACT details: For further information or comment please contact Brian Wright, RGA Director, Business +44 (0) 20 3585 1241.

The RGA is the largest online gambling trade association in the world representing the largest licensed and stock market-listed remote gambling operators and software providers.

Further information and a full list of members can be found at: www.rga.eu.com.

SOURCE: RGA.

 

 

Lottery Association Disagrees with Retroactive Regulations for the Operation of Video Lottery Terminals!

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (March 13, 2014) – The Association SPELOS fundamentally disagree with the changes that according to available information prepared by the Ministry of Finance in the area of ​​video lottery terminals (VLTs). It draws particular attention to the fact that interventions validly issued permits for the operation of video lottery terminals are impermissible retroactivity, against which the lottery company will defend legally.

"It is not possible that the state has made ​​of its laws, regulations, and also issued permits off calendar and no discretion is changed only on the basis of the current social demand while ignoring the legitimate rights of all affected by such changes affect. Association SPELOS therefore urges the new leadership of the Ministry of Finance and invites him not to take such measures as may be inconsistent with the legal principles of a democratic state," said the executive director of SPELOS, Petr Vrzáň.

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SPELOS has long been outspoken on that shortening validly issued permit to operate a central lottery system with end video lottery terminals deemed retroactive interference with the rights of the legitimate lottery companies. Within a very short time, namely Czech state not only reduce the length of permits issued for 10 years, respectively for three years, but due to the ruling of the Constitutional Court to annul the transitional provisions of the amendment last lottery law, freed lottery companies of any fair trade deadline, which is the same as in most European countries addressed to the individual actors adapt to the new legislative requirements.

"Against retroactive State interference in our business, we defend with all available legal actions, both within the Czech Republic and the European Union.  It's why we have filed a complaint with the European Commission and national courts in the so-called preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice in the conflict Czech legislation with EU law. In addition, our association informed about the situation in the Czech Republic seriously deal with foreign shareholders of some Czech companies as well as owners of foreign supply companies who are prepared in accordance with international agreements on investment protection claim not only failed investments, but also lost profits, which was caused by the wrongful conduct of the State," said Petr Vrzáň with the fact that such arbitration may be up to 10 billion CZK.

The fact that the state intervention is retroactive into the business side, is also confirmed by distinguished lawyers.

"Assessment Plan of the Ministry of Finance to issue permits for the operation of VLT only one year is ultimately antipodnikatelské, when at the same time clearly shows this type of business in the investment and operational uncertainty. Bulk Delete valid permit in addition raises the idea, whether it is in fact parallel retroactive intent. Printed limiting the rights of business in the past gives the Treasury pseudolegitimitu proceed limiting steps in the future. Anyway, it is conduct in violation of the constitutional principle of the rule of law," said prof. JUDr. Karel Klima, an expert on constitutional and European law.

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JUDr. Jan Barta, director of the Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences said: "The retroactivity of the tool is generally undesirable, always partially disrupts legal certainty and changing relationships, someone who believed and built on them. Pak disputes arise , like the lost gain against the state, which today tend operators such as photovoltaics and the lottery. "

Only for media gesture SPELOS then considered the last press release of the Ministry of Finance, in which he announced that the new permits will be issued on video lottery terminals only for one year, instead of the previous practice of permitting for three years.

"This is a completely useless measure and only attempt to create the impression that the new leadership of the Ministry is doing in the lottery industry quick order. Today it is de facto matter for how long the Ministry shall issue permits because the municipality may at any time approve or regulatory prohibition ordinance and the Ministry of the conflict immediately cancel the permit," explained Petr Vrzáň.

However, SPELOS association points out that this volatile business environment makes lottery companies no assurance that their investment, they have to spend to meet the conditions required by the state (CZK 100 million principal amount, capital-intensive data base, hardware and software necessary to ensure transmission line, etc.) at least back.  

ABOUT SPELOS

Association of operators of central lottery systems and other games ("SPELOS") is an association of legal persons. Its aim is to co-professional point of view of lotteries and other similar games, especially in the operation of a central lottery system ("CLS") and other games, such as local lottery systems, electromechanical roulette, casino games and more.

SPELOS defends the interests of its members in professional forums in negotiations with state and local government, cooperates with similar associations and, last but not least, supports its members in the business. To achieve this goal SPELOS organizes and supports operators meeting with representatives of state and local governments and cooperates with other associations with similar focus and experts in the area of ​​operation of the CLS and other similar games. At the same time helps to create a legal framework in this area.

CONTACT: Petr Vrzáň, CEO SPELOS, Mobile: +420 724 834 375.

SOURCE: SPELOS.

 

 

Northstar Illinois Appoint New Chief Executive Officer

CHICAGO, Illinois (March 13, 2014) -- Northstar Illinois, a majority-owned subsidiary of GTECH S.p.A. today announced that Tim Simonson has been appointed as Northstar's Chief Executive Officer.

In making the announcement, Northstar Chairman and GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin Patel said, "Tim has been with GTECH for more than 10 years and is credited with helping to drive the Company's business development and growth opportunities. He is a proven leader who will work in partnership with the Illinois Lottery to drive their success and build on the progress made thus far."

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Prior to joining Northstar, Simonson served as a Regional Vice President for GTECH Americas, guiding the development of GTECH's strategy in various regions. In his new role, Simonson will assume responsibility for continuing the business relationship with the Illinois Lottery and increasing sales and profits for the state of Illinois.

Former Northstar CEO, Marco Tasso, will lead a new division at GTECH, Lottery Management Services, with responsibility for overseeing all lottery private management service contracts in North America. Simonson will report to Tasso who will continue to help guide Northstar activities as a member of the Northstar Board of Directors.

Mr. Patel continued, "I want to thank Marco for his dedication to the success of Northstar. Under his outstanding tenure, he delivered a number of advances that have positioned the Illinois Lottery as one of most innovative lotteries in the United States."

The appointment was effective March 2, 2014.

About Northstar Illinois

Northstar Illinois is a consortium of best-in-class companies with more than 50 years combined experience in Illinois. Northstar is led by a partnership between GTECH Corporation and Scientific Games Corporation. For more information about Northstar Illinois, please visit: www.northstarlotterygroup.net.

Media CONTACT: Avis LaVelle, Phone: (312) 368-5812, Email: avis.lavelle@northstarlottery.net.

SOURCE: Northstar Lottery Group.

 

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$400 Million Mega Millions Jackpot Hit in Maryland

$1 million second-tier winner sold in Crownsville

BALTIMORE, Maryland (March 20, 2014) -- Maryland is once again the home of a Mega Millions jackpot after selling one of the winning tickets for last night’s drawing. The winning ticket, which was sold at Lady’s Liquors located at 6474 Crain Highway in La Plata, matched all six numbers including the Mega Ball. The $400 million jackpot has a cash option of $224.8 million. Since there were two winning tickets sold nationwide, after taxes the Maryland winner will take home approximately $74.4 million if choosing the cash option. For selling the winning ticket, Maryland will receive more than $9.8 million in tax revenue. The winning numbers were 11, 19, 24, 33, 51, and Mega Ball 07.

In addition to the big winner, there was a $1 million second-tier winning ticket sold at Waterbury Liquors located at 1021 Generals Highway in Crownsville. That winner matched the first five winning numbers, missing only the Mega Ball.

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This is the first Mega Millions jackpot win in Maryland this year, following two Maryland jackpot wins in 2013 when an Anne Arundel County man won $189 million in October and a Mt. Airy couple won $26 million in February. So far this year there have been four $1 million Mega Millions second-tier tickets sold in Maryland.

Maryland was fortunate to have two jackpot winners last year. We are pleased to welcome the Mega Millions jackpot back to the state,” said Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino. “A heartfelt congratulations to the Maryland Mega Millions winner.

The Lottery encourages the ticket holder to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until he or she claims the prize. Winners have 182 days from the date of the drawing to claim their winnings and must do so in person at the Baltimore Claims Center at Lottery Headquarters located at 1800 Washington Boulevard.

The ticket holder isn’t the only one who wins; the retailer who sold the winning jackpot ticket will receive a $100,000 commission. The retailer that sold the second-tier winner will receive $1,000.

Mega Millions drawings can be seen on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV, Channel 11.  The multi-state game is sold in 45 states and jurisdictions. 

Since its inception in 1973, the Maryland Lottery has awarded nearly $21 billion in prizes to players and $13.3 billion in revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment. For more information, go to mdlottery.com.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery Ad Agency Wins Gold Award

Honored for firefighter video

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 19, 2014) - A video depicting retired firefighters expressing gratitude for the Hoosier Lottery's support of their pension fund has resulted in an award for the Indianapolis-based advertising agency of Mortenson Safar Kim (MSK).

The American Advertising Gold Award was presented at the March 7 annual American Advertising Federation awards ceremony in Indianapolis and was in the category of Video Branded Content Over: 60 Seconds. MSK, the Hoosier Lottery's agency of record, produced the 3-minute video

The video is used to show people just one of the many ways in which proceeds from the Hoosier Lottery are helping people and communities throughout Indiana.

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The award competition featured 15 categories besides the Video Branded Content Over :60 Seconds. A total of 377 entries were submitted in all the categories. Judges were Jerry L. Bergeron, designer and principal at redcap creative in Amarillo, TX; Trace Hallowell, founder of the branding firm Tactical Magic in Memphis, TN; and Jennifer Kohnhorst, associate creative director at Initio3i in Minneapolis, MN.

The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.

ABOUT MORTENSON SAFAR KIM, INC.: MSK is a full-service, integrated marketing communications agency with offices in Indianapolis, Indiana and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  MSK serves a wide range of clients including Hoosier Lottery and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For more information visit www.mskadvertising.com.

About The Hoosier Lottery

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2012, $147.6 million in Hoosier Lottery earnings helped reduce motor vehicle excise taxes by 50 percent.

To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit: www.hoosierlottery.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please contact Stephanie McFarland at: smcfarland@hoosierlottery.in.gov.

SOURCE: The Hoosier Lottery.

 

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LottoInteractive Selects GeoComply for Lottery Geolocation Compliance

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 17, 2014) - LottoInteractive, the next generation mobile lottery

games platform for the regulated market, has selected GeoComply USA as its geolocation solution provider.

Brian Ward, CEO of LottoInteractive said, "Balancing the serious criminal liabilities for Lottery Operators from accidentally taking play from neighboring States with the need to enable simple sign-up and log-in for players, requires a very sophisticated and state-of-the-art technical geolocation solution. We are very pleased to be the first Lottery platform to have secured the services of GeoComply in the development of an integrated solution to ensure both compliance and the commercial success of our customers."

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"We are really excited that LottoInteractive chose us after a very thorough selection process. We look forward to working with them across all targeted jurisdictions in the coming months and years," said Anna Sainsbury, CEO of GeoComply USA.

GeoComply is licensed by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to provide geolocation solutions to approved operators in that market and has also been approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement where it supports 10 of the 11 sites live today.

GeoComply offers regulators and operators a reliable, secure and user-friendly solution for the geolocation of online users. Focusing on the regulated iGaming, financial and digital rights industries, GeoComply works closely with its customers to harness cutting edge technology to better serve their needs.

For more information visit: www.geocomply.com

For more information CONTACT: GeoComply USA, Inc., Anna Sainsbury, Chief Executive Officer, Email: anna@geocomply.com.

About LottoInteractive

LottoInteractive is focused on making lottery and iGaming fun, interactive, and mobile. By creating compelling entertainment that appeals to a broad spectrum of consumers, LottoInteractive connects demand for high quality mobile games with the thrill of winning tangible prizes, across devices and worldwide. In turn, LottoInteractive creates value for governments by ensuring that the good causes funded by lotteries will be adequately supported in the future via optimization of digital channels.

LottoInteractive is based in Santa Monica, California.

CONTACT: Wendy Boylan, Phone: (310) 795- 3505, Email: wendyboylan@lottointeractive.com.

SOURCE: LottoInteractive.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International Welcome Nearly 300 Regulators to North American Roundtable

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 18, 2014) – Nearly 300 regulators from across North America and the Caribbean gathered in Las Vegas last week for GLI’s North American Roundtable.

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the world’s leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, put a sharp focus on cutting-edge technologies and their potential impact on North American jurisdictions during the Roundtable, which took place March 12 and 13 at the Flamingo Las Vegas.  The event was produced by GLI University®.

GLI President and CEO James Maida said, “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we were thrilled to welcome so many regulators from such a wide range of jurisdictions to the Roundtable. There is no other event in the world that draws this many regulators together, and our Roundtable has become recognized worldwide as one of the most informative and important gaming education events of the year. It is our pleasure to produce the event and provide regulators with the most up-to-date information possible to help them in their important responsibilities.”

The event also drew thought-leaders from across the gaming industry spectrum. Delivering the keynote address was Dr. Bo Bernhard, Executive Director of the International Gaming Institute at UNLV, who gave a historical context to the future of gaming and regulation.

Next, Maida and GLI Senior Director Technical Compliance Patrick Moore led a discussion of the ten most important technological issues that regulators are likely to face in 2014, including experiential gaming, multi-state agreements, virtual WAP environments and game-level facial recognition.

GLI Director of Engineering Mackenzie Haugh led a panel discussion on modern content delivery systems and the growing trend of convergence. Panelists were Craig Durbin, Assistant Director of Security at the Oregon State Lottery; Matthew Katz, Chief Executive Officer of CAMS; and Stephen Patton, Senior Development Director at Bally Technologies.

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GLI VP of Government Relations and General Counsel Kevin Mullally led a discussion of what may be the most significant issues facing the industry since regional expansion of gaming in the early 1990s, including iGaming, Social Gaming, the use of virtual currency, and new technologies for responsible gaming. Panelists included Elizabeth Cronan, Director of Gaming Policy for the American Gaming Association; Jamie Hummingbird, Director of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission; Charles LaBoy, Assistant Director for Gaming for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency; Tom Mungham, COO of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario; and Jeanne-Marie Wilkins, Senior VP & CIO for Isle of Capri Casinos.

iGaming in North America was the focus of a two-part session. First, discussing iGaming’s potential impact on Tribal operations were GLI’s National Director of Tribal Development Russell Witt and panelists Jana McKeag, President of Lowry Strategies;  Jeffery Nelson, Counsel for the Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance (TIGA); and Valerie Spicer, Executive Director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association.

Part two of the discussion focused on non-Tribal operations in North America, including lotteries. GLI Canada CEO Salim Adatia led panelists Michael Ellen, Director of Licensing for the Alderney Gambling Control Commission; Terry Johnson, Commissioner for the Nevada Gambling Control Board and Jim Logue, Deputy Director of Video Lottery at the Delaware State Lottery.

Class II gaming continues to be of vital socioeconomic importance to gaming Tribes, and a spirited town hall-style forum covered a range of related issues. Witt moderated panelists Dan Little, Associate Commissioner for the NIGC; Daniel McGhee, Tribal Gaming Commission Administrator for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama; and Shelia Morago, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association.

The importance of Title 31 compliance and safeguards against fraud and reinforcing player protection came into sharper focus in a panel led by GLI VP of Global Services Ian Hughes. Len Senia, Owner & Manager, Senia Casino Management Service, began the discussion with a review of nine critical compliance areas, then joining the discussion were NEWave COO Tom Bechtel and Sr. VP of Global Marketing at JCM Global Tom Nieman.

GLI Director of Software Development Zack Hollis and Power Strategies President Stephanie Maddocks gave an in-depth overview of GLI’s newest exclusive tool, GLiCloud®. Developed from direct feedback from regulators GLiCloud saves time, saves money, reduces errors, and increases compliance by storing all device compliance information digitally in the cloud, all in real-time.

In addition to the panels, attendees took part in three learning modules. “Publishing Land-based Content to Websites” was addressed by Hughes and GLI Development Representative and Technical Project Manager Stephen Naylor.

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GLI Technical Compliance Manager Faisal Khan and GLI Manager of Technical Compliance Chad Kornett led attendees through the topic “Improving Technical Regulations in an Interconnected World.

Last, GLI Director of Professional Services William Higgins; Development Manager Professional Services, Salim Adatia; and Sean Mason, Senior Field Engineer reinforced the importance of network security in the session, “Project Health Check & Recovery, Network Risk Assessments and Network Communication Testing.”

The Roundtable was presented free of charge to regulators. GLI will present the Latin America Roundtable in August in Colombia and the European Regulators Roundtable in September in Italy.

Visit: www.gaminglabs.com for more information.

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC

For 25 years, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality land-based and iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy while reducing time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020 and guide 65 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

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IGT Provides Oregon Video Lottery Fans with 850 More Ways to Play

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 13, 2014) --  International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT), the global leader in driving technology innovations in the gaming industry, today announced its agreement to provide 850 new video lottery terminals (VLTs) to the Oregon State Lottery. This new contract represents a big win for IGT, which now holds more than 40 percent market share in the Oregon State Lottery program. This adds to the 1500 VLTs that the Oregon State Lottery committed to last year.

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IGT's line-up of VLTs offers games such as Vamps and Cats, both of which are also top performers on casino floors nationwide. In addition to the sensational slot line-up, poker is also scheduled for release in Oregon, giving fans even more opportunities to play and win.

"As a leader in the VLT space, IGT remains focused on expanding into every regulated gaming jurisdiction, bringing the best possible content and technology to players who demand the ultimate gaming experience," said Eric Tom, IGT EVP of Global Sales. "On a global level, VLT markets continue to grow rapidly and IGT's recent deal with the Oregon State Lottery is just one example of how the Company is on the forefront of the VLT market's growth."

In addition to its agreement with IGT for new VLTs, the Oregon State Lottery will upgrade 2,700 IGT Trim Line and Game King machines already in the field, with a new "best of the best" game set that offers top player favorites together on a single program.

For more information on IGT please visit IGT.com or visit IGT on Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, or follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews.  Join the conversation at: #IGTBlue.

About IGT

International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) is a global leader in casino gaming entertainment and continues to transform the industry by translating casino player experiences to social, mobile and interactive environments for regulated markets around the world. IGT's acquisition of DoubleDown Interactive provides engaging social casino style entertainment to more than 6 million players monthly. More information about IGT is available at IGT.com or connect with IGT at @IGTNews orfacebook.com/IGT. Anyone can play at the DoubleDown Casino by visiting http://apps.facebook.com/doubledowncasino or doubledowncasino.com

SOURCE: International Game Technology (IGT).

 

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WatchandWager.com LLC Announce Pari-Mutuel Pools Agreement with Hong Kong Jockey Club

DOUGLAS, Isle of Man (March 13, 2014) -- The Board of Webis Holdings Plc is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, WatchandWager.com LLC ("WatchandWager"), has signed an agreement with the Hong Kong Jockey Club Horse Race Betting Limited ("HKJC") to provide access to the HKJC pari-mutuel pools. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, WatchandWager conducts US licensed advanced deposit pool wagering and racetrack operations.

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The HKJC agreement is of particular significance as no other wagering operator in the world is currently able to wager internationally into these betting pools.

Connecting into the Hong Kong Jockey Club pools will commence with a select group of WatchandWager customers on Sunday, 16 March. WatchandWager will access the Hong Kong betting pools via Typhoon Hub Ltd, the first tote company to integrate into the Hong Kong Jockey Club pools this season.

Both parties have the option to renew the agreement for the racing Season 2014/15. Internationally, the HKJC offers the highest quality of racing and racing integrity and also provides significant pool liquidity across all its bet types. As a result, WatchandWager expects the positive impact on its handle and gross margin to be substantial, especially should the agreement continue into a second season of racing in Hong Kong.

Ed Comins, President of WatchandWager.com LLC, said: "We are honoured to partner with an organisation as prestigious as the HKJC. The integrity of their international product and the huge pool liquidity are sure to be attractive to our players, especially with our high volume operators. As with many of our recent content license agreements that we have signed, it was our licensed online and racetrack operations in the US, and our contributions back into racing both in the US and worldwide, which won us this important contract."

SOURCE: Webis Holdings PLC.

 




 

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