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Vol. 67 No.3 - Monday April 21, 2014
A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories


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  • GTECH Presents New Turnkey Jackpot Solution, Award-Winning Systems and Games at G2E Asia. Full Story.
  • Double Achievement for Maltco Lotteries on Responsible Gaming. Full Story.
  • Wyoming Lottery Corp. Hosts a Series of Retailer Workshops Throughout The State. Full Story.
  • La Fleur’s Magazine Issues Call for Ad Submissions for Fleurry Awards for 2014 Lottery Symposium. Full Story.
  • Luck to Go: Lotto24 Launch First Mobile App for State Lotteries in Whole of Germany. Full Story.
  • Four More US States Weigh up Web Gambling. Full Story.
  • LaFleur’s World Lottery Almanac Reports Worldwide Lottery Sales Total $284 Billion. Full Story.
  • Paddy Power and PokerStars Are Currently the “Social Stars”on Facebook and Twitter. Full Story.
  • Lotterywest Raise Millions to Support the WA Community from OZ Lotto Draw. Full Story.
  • Unibet - Invitation to Financial Presentation. Full Story.
  • Texas Lottery Commission Defers Proposed Amendments to Bingo Rules. Full Story.
  • GTA Release App for Australasian Gaming Expo. (AGE). Full Story.
  • Amaya Announce Agreements for Gaming Machine Shipments in United States. Full Story.
  • American Gaming Association Builds on Momentum by Hiring New Top Talent. Full Story.
  • Gambling Commission Updates FAQs and Provides More Clarity Over Grey Markets Issue. Full Story.

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GTECH Presents New Turnkey Jackpot Solution, Award-Winning Systems and Games at G2E Asia

Stand features new JP2go™ standalone solution customised for the Asian market, plus industry’s top-ranked Rub4Riches™ on-screen scratch cards and SPHINX 3D™ glasses-free slot game from the new True 3D™ SPIELO product line.

MACAU, SAR (April 14, 2014) -- GTECH is showcasing new and award-winning products from its SPIELO Casino Systems solutions and SPIELO slot gaming product portfolios at booths #501 and #601 at the Venetian Macau during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia from May 20 to 22, 2014.

GTECH is introducing its JP2go™ turnkey jackpot solution, which is offered in straightforward standalone packages. Independent of other systems, JP2go deployment is quick and easy. It offers targeted, revenue-building mystery, progressive and wide-area jackpots to create excitement on the floor and increase machine play for an all-inclusive, per-machine price. A high-tech multimedia signage solution is included in the package to promote jackpots and share the excitement of big wins. At G2E Asia, JP2go will be introduced with an Asian version, specifically created with Asian players in mind.

GTECH’s Rub4Riches™ on-screen scratch card product, the newest in the GALAXIS™ BONUSING module, brings the thrill of scratch cards to slot machines and provides operators with a novel, interactive bonusing tool that instantly rewards players at the point of play.

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Once a player reaches a play threshold or meets other criteria predetermined by the casino, Rub4Riches displays a customized scratch card on the CRYSTAL.net™ touch-screen player interface. Players use the interface to rub areas on the screen for a chance to win promotional credits in real time, directly at the slot machine.

Rub4Riches helps casinos promote loyalty, encourage longer play and differentiate the casino from other gaming venues. A customized campaign design with Asian-style themed scratch cards is available.

Integrated into the GALAXIS ANALYTICS portfolio and supplied in partnership with BIS2™, gameViz™ advanced gaming analytics will also be demonstrated at G2E Asia. gameViz provides a new way to visualize advanced business intelligence using sophisticated “Super Graphics.” It helps operators to understand slot machine performance and customer preferences to identify practical ways to improve revenue and profit.

The full range of the powerful and comprehensive GALAXIS Casino System will be on show at G2E Asia as well as GTECH’s SYSTEM2go essential slot management system. SYSTEM2go combines on-line accounting and remote monitoring with a complete jackpot system in a single package.

We have continuously increased our presence here in Asia and are very pleased to bring our greatest and most innovative products to G2E Asian and to the market,” said Chiang Lai Fatt, GTECH General Manager for Casino Systems in Asia. “Just one example of our successful work in Asia is the systems installation at Kangwon Land in South Korea, the country’s biggest and busiest gaming venue. With 200 tables and 1,496 slot machines, it’s the perfect venue to demonstrate the robustness and flexibility of our GALAXIS casino management system,”

In addition to SPIELO Casino Systems solutions, innovative and award-winning slot products will also be on display. By introducing the three-time award-winning SPHINX 3D™ and two extremely popular PopCap® titles at G2E Asia, GTECH is reinforcing its commitment to the Macau slot market.

SPHINX 3D is the first title in the new SPIELO True 3D™ product line, which uses a glasses-free 3D display designed exclusively for GTECH for the gaming industry by SeeFront. It uses a unique, patented autostereoscopic technology with integrated eye-tracking to make images jump off the screen or stretch into infinity in high resolution. SPHINX 3D is presented on the AXXIS™ cabinet, which is designed to maximize player comfort, create a sense of personal space, and immerse the player in the game.

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The GTECH stand will also feature two popular titles that casual gamers know and love from PopCap – Plants vs. Zombies™ Gargantuar and Plants vs. Zombies™ Backyard Showdown. GTECH has worked closely with PopCap to stay true to the spirit of their internationally acclaimed brands, creating terrifically fun and engaging new slot gaming experiences. The PopCap library of games are available on the MaXVusion™ cabinet, with a 32” portrait high-definition LCD top screen.

GTECH’s full complement of top-performing and systems solutions games and cabinets are on display at booths #501 and #601 at G2E Asia, where GTECH´s Chiang Lai Fatt, Maria Garcia, and other members of the GTECH team look forward to meeting visitors.

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 Manager, T: +1 506 878 6471, Email: rhonda.whittaker@gtech.com.

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

 

Double Achievement for Maltco Lotteries on Responsible Gaming

Company celebrates its 10th anniversary with a huge accomplishment

MALTA (April 14, 2014) -- Maltco Lotteries Ltd. has recently added another major milestone to its successes whereby it was accredited with the Responsible Gaming Certification from both the European Lotteries Association and the World Lotteries Association. These associations are the top ranked Lotteries Associations with more than 143 International Lotteries being affiliated to them.

This is not just a great achievement for our company, being the first ever local company to achieve such a high level certification, but also for the whole country,” commented Maltco’s C.E.O Dr. Ioannis Katakis. With such an important accreditation, Malta through Maltco Lotteries will surely make a global impact and will be surely exposed further on an international scale. Malta is considered as being a fast growing country in the Gaming Industry.and a hub in the Mediterranean, offering various entertaining games through various gaming sectors. Maltco’s C.E.O said that such a certification should serve as a good practice for other gaming industries based in Malta to also embark on this important project.

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Being recognized by the European Lotteries on such an important subject is indeed a huge landmark not only for Maltco Lotteries but also for Malta. I congratulate all the Maltco’s team for the hard work they have put towards this project”, commented ELA’s President Mr Friedrich Stickler.

The company was audited by an international audit firm who found the company to be aligned with all the requirements to acquire this certification. The company reaffirmed that whilst wanting players to entertain themselves, it also encourages them regularly to play in a very responsible way.

Mr Jean-Luc Monet-Banet, President of the WLA said that: “this is indeed an accomplishment for the company who has been certified with a level 4 certification, being the highest level that a lottery can attain in this certification”.

On behalf of Maltco Lotteries Ltd. Dr Ioannis Katakis thanked both the World Lotteries  Association and the European Lotteries Association for this recognition and promised  continuous collaboration with them. The EL official Certification ceremony will be held next June in Lisbon whilst the WLA official Certification will be held in Rome next November.

About Maltco Lotteries Ltd

Maltco Lotteries Ltd, subsidiary of Intralot, established in 2004 is the exclusive Operator of the National Lottery Games and Additional Games for Malta. It is fully regulated and licensed by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority. Innovation, dedication, responsible gaming and good practices place Maltco amongst the top Companies in Malta. The company offers secure and reliable numeric and sports games to its players. The games are offered through all Maltco Lotteries’ dedicated points of sale.

CONTACT: Erika Micallef  / Corporate Communications & PR Manager.

SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries Limited.

 

 

Wyoming Lottery Corp. Hosts a Series of Retailer Workshops Throughout The State

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (April 11, 2014) -- Starting April 18, the Wyoming Lottery Corp. will hold a series of workshops as part of its retailer recruitment efforts to gain feedback on the draft application and contract.

Any interested Wyoming retailer wanting to sell WyoLotto™ tickets should attend one of these workshops, which continue through April 30 in key cities in Wyoming. The lottery will announce specific dates, times and locations early next week and post the information on wyolotto.com. Additionally, anyone interested can sign up to be notified about the dates on the website.

"Retailers are the backbone of the lottery," said Jon Clontz, Wyoming Lottery's Chief Executive Officer. "We need to make sure that the process not only is equitable, working for the majority of retailers, but also allows the lottery to be effective, efficient and operate within the provisions of state statute."

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During the workshop, attendees will learn about the lottery, application and selection process, the retail contract, and the next steps lottery will take to push WyoLotto live later this year. In a facilitated discussion, the lottery also will seek input from retailers on the application and contract.

The lottery will take the input into consideration when solidifying the application and contract, and then request their adoption by the board of directors in a public meeting. The board's approval will open the application process and launch efforts to recruit retailers.

Clontz explained that the lottery will hold more workshops as the lottery becomes operational and takes further steps to sell Powerball® and Mega Millions® tickets in Wyoming.

About the Wyoming Lottery

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead last March. The corporation operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money. State law requires the first $6 million of Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and counties based on Wyoming's sales tax formula.

Any additional earnings will be deposited into the state's Permanent Land Fund's Common School Account.

CONTACT: Jon Clontz, Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming Lottery Corporation, Phone: 307-432-9300.

SOURCE: The Wyoming Lottery Corp.

 

 

La Fleur’s Magazine Issues Call for Ad Submissions for Fleurry Awards for 2014 Lottery Symposium

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (April 14, 2014) -- La Fleur’s Magazine will present the 2014 Fleurry Awards for the lottery’s choice of its best 30-second TV ad at our La Fleur’s 2014 Lottery Symposium. This means that the lottery chooses what it considers to be its BEST TV commercial produced between July 1, 2013 and April 2014. It can be a draw game ad, an instant ad, a brand ad or a beneficiary ad.

La Fleur’s 2014 Lottery Symposium will be held June 1-4, 2014 in Washington, D.C. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Awards are determined by peers voting on peers’ submissions, basically the Peoples’ Awards for the best lottery TV ad.

 

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1) - Each lottery organization can submit one 30-second lottery TV ad.

2) - The TV ad must have aired between July 1, 2013 and April 2014.

3) - The lottery’s ad submission must be uploaded on YouTube.com. The lottery organization will need to email the link to access its TV ad on YouTube.com to terri@lafleurs.com no later than Wednesday, April 23. Please also remember to send the Submission Form (attached).

4) -  If the lottery does not have the necessary Internet talent usage rights to post the spot on Youtube, you may submit via a .mpg format or .mov format. The file size must be smaller than 1 GB. We need to receive this file by Wednesday, April 23. Please also remember to send the Submission Form (attached).

5) -   The deadline for your submission is Wednesday, April 23. 

6) -  There is no fee to enter the Fleurry Awards.

7) -   Email questions to terri@lafleurs.com

 

The submissions will be posted on www.lafleurs.com on the Fleurry Awards voting page. Voting will commence at the end of April.

Fleurry Award trophies will be presented to the winners at the symposium. The Fleurry award winners will also be showcased at the symposium

SOURCE: La Fleur’s Magazine.

 

 

Luck to Go: Lotto24 Launch First Mobile App for State Lotteries in Whole of Germany

HAMBURG, Germany (April 11, 2014) -- As of today, millions of lottery fans throughout Germany can now play Lotto on the go: with its new Lotto24 app, Lotto24 AG is the first provider to enable customers to play the official state lottery from their smartphones and tablets. As well as being convenient and secure, the app means that Germans can now play their favourite game wherever and whenever they like. It has never been so easy to play the lottery.

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The free app includes all the functionality of the online offering (www.lotto24.de) as well as extensive additional information, such as current jackpot sizes, the odds of winning and countdowns to the next draw. Besides the popular 'Quick Tip' - which picks random numbers and takes just a few seconds or three clicks to submit - lottery players can of course select their own numbers in the traditional way.

Players can also quickly and easily access all their tickets and winnings details and are always informed about the latest Lotto numbers.

If selected, the app can also push information to the user about winnings or new draw results. Winnings are automatically credited to the customer's account. The Lotto24 app is available for Android (Google) and iOS (Apple) and has been optimized for the respective smartphones and tablets.

Registered Lotto24 customers can use their existing online login details for the app. New customers can easily register from within the app. Payments can be made via Mastercard, Visa or EC card. The fully encrypted payment process is completed within the app - without the need to register with another system.

Petra von Strombeck, CEO of Lotto24 AG, says: 'We are delighted that we can now offer up to 20 million Lotto players every week throughout Germany the possibility to play the lottery via their mobile devices. The Lotto24 app is fully in line with the growing trend of mobile internet usage.'

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After the successful launch of the app, Lotto24 plans to provide regular updates to ensure Lotto fans always receive the best-possible service - wherever and whenever they need it.

Further information on the Lotto24 app, together with pictures, can be found at http://app.lotto24.de/ and on the corporate website www.lotto24-ag.de

About Lotto24 AG

Lotto24 is Germany's leading online broker of state-licensed lotteries (www.lotto24.de). On behalf of its customers, the company enters into gaming contracts with the respective lottery companies for lottery products such as »Lotto 6aus49«, »Spiel 77«, »Super 6«, »EuroJackpot« and »Glücksspirale«. Following its foundation in 2010, the company was one of the first private online lottery brokers to receive all the necessary state permits in 2012, when the new State Treaty on Games of Chance came into effect, and to resume activities on the German market. Lotto24 AG has been listed in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 3 July 2012. Lotto24 aims to extend its position as Germany's leading online broker of lottery products.

CONTACT: Lotto24 AG, Vanina Hoffmann, Tel.: +49 (0) 40 / 82 22 39 – 501, E-mail: ir@lotto24.de

SOURCE: Lotto24 AG (www.lotto24-ag.de).

 

 

Four More US States Weigh up Web Gambling

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CASTLETOWN, Isle of Man (April 11, 2014) -- You know the U.S. casino industry is hurting when the Bible- Belt is willing to talk about online gaming.

Three attempts to open conservative, Deep South Mississippi to the Web have been tried, all three have failed. But the pending shutdown of Harrah’s Tunica, the largest casino in the north of the state, with the loss of 1,300 jobs, appears to have gotten everyone’s attention.

There’s just too much supply in that market,” said John Payne, president of the Central Markets division of Caesars Entertainment, in explaining the company’s decision to close the property after 18 years of operation.

Tunica has seen gaming revenue shrink to $738 million last year from $1.2 billion in 2006.

The Harrah’s has not been profitable for a while,” Payne said.

It’s a lament being heard in markets around the country. In January, Atlantic City’s Atlantic Club Casino Hotel shut its doors, a victim of intensifying competition in the Northeast, where Atlantic City flourished for years as the only game in town. Then the recession and a wave of legalizations across the Mid-Atlantic combined to gut revenues citywide by more than 40 percent since their peak in 2006.

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Some 39 states have casino gambling of some kind, up from only two in 1988, and more sizable resorts are on the way in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Maryland. Nationally, revenues were flat at $34 billion in 2013. Through February they had fallen for six straight months in the four largest Midwest markets: Indiana, Missouri, Illinois and Michigan. Even Las Vegas was down 12 percent through the early part of this year.

The new reality of the gaming industry—or at least what has been the reality in recent years—is that more markets are becoming saturated and new competitors are increasingly cannibalizing their neighbors rather than growing the pie,” says Frank Fantini, an investment analyst and publisher of a series of widely read financial reports.

Gaming revenue in Mississippi fell 6 percent in 2013. That’s bad news for a state that relies on the industry for about 5 percent of its annual budget. The Legislature has responded by commissioning a blue ribbon panel to study the experiences of the three states—New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware—that have inaugurated online regulation.

In Pennsylvania, which has grown since casinos were introduced in 2006 to become the second largest market in the country, largely at the expense of Atlantic City, an analysis by the Legislature’s Budget and Finance Committee is due for release on the “potential impact of online gaming on the gaming industry, including the impact online gaming may have on the Commonwealth’s tax revenues and employment at the Commonwealth’s casinos”.

Year on year, gaming revenue was down 1.4 percent in Pennsylvania in 2013 to $3.11 billion. Slot machine revenues fell in both January (-7%) and February (- 7.54%). Experts believe increased competition from neighbouring New York, Maryland, Ohio and Delaware are taking a toll, and that has several lawmakers pushing for expansion to cover a growing state deficit. Gov. Tom Corbett wants to legalize keno and tavern gambling and expand the land-based market to fund part of his $30 billion spending plan for 2013-2014.

In neighbouring New York, Republican state Sen. John J. Bonacic has introduced a bill that would legalize online poker and allow for interstate compacts for sharing liquidity and revenues.

Discussions have resumed in Massachusetts on two bills introduced last year for expanding state lottery ticket sales to the Internet and authorize state-regulated online poker and blackjack.

Michigan has already moved in this direction and is slated to begin selling lottery tickets and offer lottery games online by the end of the year via a contract with Pollard Banknote Limited of Canada and Malta’s NeoGames. The deal is worth $23 million over the first four years, a period in which the state hopes to pocket $120 million in revenues for public education.

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Michigan will join Illinois and Georgia as one of three states with an internet lottery.

GBGC provides top flight consultancy services, data and publications for the global gambling industry. We look at all segments from the traditional land based business of casino, bingo, sports betting and lotteries to the new vibrant and rapidly growing on line gambling business.

GBGC has helped governments develop their policy toward gambling, companies with their corporate strategies, investment banks and private equity with their due diligence and served some of the major consultancies with the flow of data about the gambling business

About GBGC

GBGC has completed six assignments for governments including Botswana where we have advised the government on the implementation of its new Gambling Laws.

The government of Malta where GBGC produced the concept for Malta to become the most successful online gambling destination. GBGC has also completed contracts with the regional Government of Lagos, Nigeria and two projects for the Isle of Man Government. GBGC have undertaken assignments for UBS, Dresdner Kleinwort, Charterhouse Development Capital, Stanley Leisure plc, General Atlantic Partners, William Hill plc, Ladbrokes plc and GTECH.

GBGC produced the widely acclaimed Global Gambling Report some 1500 pages of data and information. Other publications include No Chips Without Fire an in depth sturdy of the effect of the smoking ban for casino and bingo.

The Mobile Gambling Report and The Chinese Gambler. Our publication clients include Les Francaise Des Jeux, Camelot, GTECH, and Santa Casa Warwick also spent six years as a member of the Horserace Betting Levy Board

SOURCE: GBGC.

 

La Fleurs 2014 World Lottery Almanac

 

LaFleur’s World Lottery Almanac Reports Worldwide Lottery Sales Total $284 Billion

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (April 11, 2014) -- TLF Publications, Inc. released its latest annual survey on worldwide lottery sales.  In 2013, worldwide lottery sales excluding video lottery terminals [VLT] totaled $284 billion, an increase of 3% from 2012’s $275.2 billion, according to La Fleur’s 2014 World Lottery Almanac. TLF Publications has tracked worldwide sales for the last 22 years for the World Lottery Almanac.

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For the six straight year, there has been only single-digit growth for traditional global lottery sales (excluding VLT revenue). Over the last decade, worldwide lottery sales have grown from $159.6 billion in calendar 2003 to $284 billion in calendar 2013.

Lotto remains the undisputed champion as the world’s favorite lottery game, hardly a surprise now that U.S. lotteries are at the $1 billion jackpot threshold. In 2013, combined lotto and spiel sales totaled $118.7 billion. Lotto accounts for 41.8% of total worldwide sales.

Combined instant/pulltab sales topped $79 billion, up 4% from $76 billion in 2012. Instant tickets constitute 27.7% of total worldwide sales. Passive (draw) sales totaled $21.4 billion in 2013, a 7% decline over 2012.

Numbers sales amounted to $17.4 billion versus $17.6 billion in 2012. Keno sales totaled $12 billion, up 2%. Toto sales (which includes fixed odds betting), topped $20.6 billion, a 9% increase over 2012.

Lottomatica is ranked number one worldwide in total gross traditional sales in calendar 2013. Two U.S. lotteries made the top 10 lotteries worldwide in  total gross traditional sales in calendar 2013—New York Lottery (#8) and Florida Lottery (#10).

Singapore Pools is ranked number one worldwide in total gross traditional per capita sales in La Fleur’s survey. Three U.S. lotteries made the top 10 lotteries worldwide in  total gross traditional per capita sales in calendar 2013—Massachusetts Lottery (#2), Georgia Lottery Corporation (#9) and New York Lottery (#10).

In calendar 2013, VLT net machine income totaled $25.9 billion. The continent of Europe leads with $17.7 billion in VLT net income, followed by North America ($8.3 billion).

CONTACT: Terri Markle, Co-Publisher, La Fleur’s Magazine, Tel: (301) 610-6070 / Fax: (301) 610-6072 / Email: terri@lafleurs.com.

SOURCE: La Fleur’s Magazine.

 

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Paddy Power and PokerStars Are Currently the “Social Stars”on Facebook and Twitter

Comprehensive quarterly report analysing the online gambling industry’s social marketing successes

LONDON / MUNICH, (April 14, 2014) -- Marketing and communication via Facebook and Twitter are becoming more and more important for online gambling operators. The researchers at MECN therefore compiled an overview of the activities and successes of the key online gambling operators on the key social networks.

Overall, Paddy Power and PokerStars are currently the “social stars”

In nearly all social communities analysed, Paddy Power and PokerStars currently (Q1 2014 analyses) rank at the top. Paddy Power slightly lags only on YouTube.

Paddy Power dominates Facebook

MECN analysed the number of Facebook Likes. The number of Likes shows how many Facebook users appreciate a particular Facebook page, ... The most recent analyses provide the following insights:

Average number of Likes – The average number of Facebook Likes of the online gambling operators analysed was 212,574 .

Paddy Power dominates – The Facebook page of Paddy Power has the greatest number of Likes/fans with 1,180,684 . The two runner-up operators are William Hill and PokerStars.

Growth trend – An analysis of the total number of Likes of the entire sample shows that the “industry’s” Facebook Likes have increased by 80% since beginning of 2013.

 

Setting the number of people “talking about this” in relation to the number of overall Likes/fans can serve as an indicator of the level of engagement. The most recent analyses provide the following insights:

Average number of people ”talking about this” in % of Likes/fans – The average percentage of people "talking about this” as a proportion of Likes/fans of the online gambling operators we analysed was 2.3%.

Bet365 dominates – The Facebook page of Bet365 has the highest level of engagement with the percentage of people ”talking about this” as proportion of Likes/fans coming to 8.3%.

 

Paddy Power also dominates Twitter

MECN also analysed the number of Twitter Followers - the most recent analyses provide the following insights:

Average number of Followers – The average number of Followers of the online gambling operators analysed was 49,202 .

Paddy Power dominates – The Twitter page of Paddy Power has the greatest number of Followers with 252,000 . The two runner-up operators are PokerStars and Ladbrokes.

Growth trend – An analysis of the total number of Followers of the entire sample showed that the “industry’s” Twitter Followers have increased by 93% since beginning of 2013.

Online Gambling Quarterly – Q1 2014 - Comprehensive quarterly report analysing updated benchmarks, KPIs, trends, ... covering all sectors of the online gambling industry

 

This quarterly report covers a wide range of topics from key company sectors, such as finance, marketing, strategy, .... Due to this extensive coverage, the report is a must-read for executives and departments of all companies active in the online gambling market.

This regular report offers unprecedented insights into the industry, including:

Strategic issues – Strategic topics, such as overall industry climate, trends, forecasts, stock development, ...

Financial benchmarks – Quarterly and half-year revenue benchmarks, EBIT and cost benchmarks, ...

Marketing benchmarks – Social benchmarks, SEO benchmarks, affiliate marketing benchmarks, …

Product-related topics and benchmarking – Growth potential for selected products, benchmarking of product offers, ...

Analyses of regions and regulated markets – Regional analyses, such as the level of internationalization and in-depth coverage of regulated markets, ...

 

In total, the report has ca. 100 pages and ca. 150 graphs/exhibits.

The study can be obtained at www.mecn.net or the report website

About MECN

MECN is a network of experts on issues concerning the media and entertainment industry. Together they provide in-depth knowledge, analysis, and advice to global clients.

Contact: Martin Oelbermann, Tel: +49 (0)89 3835 6785, e-mail:pr@mecn.net

SOURCE: MECN.

 

 

Lotterywest Raise Millions to Support the WA Community from OZ Lotto Draw

Lotto luck strikes WA three times in six days, this time taking home OZ Lotto $15 million prize

PERTH, Western Australia (April 15, 2014) -- The lucky local was the nation's only Division 1 winner. The winning ticket was purchased from newsXpress Meve in Beeliar.

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Lotterywest spokesperson Pina Compagnone said tonight's win follows a run of local Division 1 Lotto wins in WA in the last six days.

"WA delivered a million dollar Lotto prize on Wednesday and then a winning ticket worth just over $1 million in Saturday's Lotto draw. It looks like three times a charm with an incredible $15 million prize won by one WA player tonight," she said.

"We are thrilled that Lady Luck is surrounding our State and fulfilling many of our players dreams of striking Lotto luck."

A further 51,819 other WA players collected an OZ Lotto prize in the draw's other Divisions.

Lotterywest encourages all players who may have purchased a ticket in the draw to check them as soon as possible for the winning numbers 35, 5, 22, 27, 17, 31 and 29

Tonight's $15 million Division 1 Lotto prize is the sixth largest Lotto prize won in WA. The record for the State's largest Lotto win sits at $30 million which has been won three times – in October last year, in 2007 and in 2001.

Lotto winners are not the only ones who benefited from tonight's jackpot, with Lotterywest raising millions to support the WA community from the draw.

Local groups to benefit from Lotterywest funding include the Southern Cross Village Success Residents' Committee located in Beeliar's neighbouring suburb of Success. The group received a $4,764 Lotterywest Grant last year for equipment to encourage community members over 55 in the area to get fit and healthy.

SOURCE: Lottery West.

 

 

Unibet - Invitation to Financial Presentation

LONDON, U.K. (April 16, 2014) -- Unibet Group plc will publish its Interim report for the first quarter 2014 on Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 07.30 (CET).

In connection with this, Unibet’s CEO Henrik Tjärnström will host a presentation in English at Financial Hearings, Operaterrassen in Stockholm at 09.00 (CET).

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Kambi’s CEO Kristian Nylén will also participate in the presentation.

Please go to www.financialhearings.com to sign in, in advance.

The presentation is also web casted live on www.unibetgroupplc.com.

For those who would like to participate in the telephone conference in connection with the presentation, the telephone number is UK: +44 20 3194 0553 US: +1 855 269 2606.

Please call in, well in advance and register.

After the presentation there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

The presentation will also be available on demand on www.unibetgroupplc.com.

About Unibet

Unibet was founded in 1997 and is an online gambling company listed on NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm. Unibet is one of the largest privately-owned gambling operators in the European market and provides services in 27 languages through www.unibet.com, www.unibet.dk, www.unibet.fr, www.unibet.it, www.unibet.be, www.unibet.com.au, www.maria.com and www.mariacasino.dk. Today, Unibet has over 8.6 million customers in over 100 countries. Unibet is a member of the EGBA, European Gaming and Betting Association, ESSA, the European Sports Security Association and is audited and certified by eCOGRA in relation to responsible and fair gaming.

More information about Unibet Group plc can be found on www.unibetgroupplc.com

CONTACT: Unibet Group plc., Inga Lundberg, Investor Relations, +44 788 799 6116.

SOURCE: Unibet Group plc.

 

 

Texas Lottery Commission Defers Proposed Amendments to Bingo Rules

AUSTIN, Texas Lottery (April 16, 2014) -- A vote on proposed rule amendments regarding pull-tab bingo and card-minding systems has been deferred by the Texas Lottery Commission at the agency’s meeting today.

The Commission’s five-member board oversees the state’s regulation of Charitable Bingo.

With these proposed rules, the Commission was responding to the industry we regulate,” said Texas Lottery Commission Chairman J. Winston Krause.

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We studiously honor the statute, the Attorney General’s opinions and the Texas Legislature on this and all matters. As this technology is something that the industry is interested in, and technological advancements are a part of good business practices, we recognize that the interest in this is not likely to go away, but we are going to defer the matter,” said Chairman Krause.

The proposed amendment to rule 402.300, which governs pull-tab bingo, was requested by the Veterans of Foreign Wars-Department of Texas and K&B Sales, Inc. through petitions received by the Commission.

The primary purposes of the requested amendments were to allow multi-play pull-tab tickets and to authorize video-confirmation for instant pull-tab prizes.

Pull-tab bingo games are played with paper tickets and are not played electronically. Video-confirmation for instant pull-tab tickets involves a player using an electronic device to reveal whether the ticket is a winner.

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The proposed rule amendment would not have authorized the play of pull-tab tickets on an electronic device, only the utilization of an electronic device to reveal the paper pull-tab ticket’s outcome.

The Attorney General issued an opinion in 2008 stating that video-confirmation alone does not transform bingo into electronic bingo and statutorily, the proposed amendments would not have resulted in electronic bingo or the expansion of gambling.

The proposed amendment to rule 402.300 as well as the proposed amendments to rules 402.321-402.323, 402.325 pertaining to card-minding systems would not have authorized slot machines.

The Commission recognizes that the authorization of slot machines and electronic gaming devices are policy decisions to be determined by the Texas Legislature.

SOURCE: Texas Lottery Commission.

 

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GTA Release App for Australasian Gaming Expo. (AGE)

SYDNEY, Australia (April 16, 2014) -- The Gaming Technologies Association has announced the release of an Australasian Gaming Expo Mobile App that’s available for both Apple and Android Smart Phones.

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Developed exclusively for the 2014 Australasian Gaming Expo, the App features all the important information that visitors to the show will be seeking including; how to get to the new venue, transport timetables, an interactive floor plan and a detailed exhibitor list. The App includes a registration form for interstate visitors to book bus transfers between Sydney Airport and the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

There’s also information about how visitors to the show are eligible to win one of three trips for two to Las Vegas to attend the Global Gaming Expo held at the beginning of October.

Further details about the app are available at the AGE web site or it can be downloaded by simply visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play.

The Australasian Gaming Expo

The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.  Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

For further information CONTACT: Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association, (02) 8216 0931 or 0418 686 075, Email: rferrar@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Australasian Gaming Expo.

 

 

Amaya Announce Agreements for Gaming Machine Shipments in United States

MONTREAL, Canada (April 16, 2014) -- Amaya Gaming Group Inc. ("Amaya" or the "Corporation") CA:AYA -1.36%  , an entertainment solutions provider for the regulated gaming industry, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Cadillac Jack has entered into multiple agreements to ship approximately 1,100 gaming machines to existing and new customers in the United States.

Installation of the machines is anticipated to occur in the second quarter of 2014.

The shipments are primarily comprised of outright sales of gaming machines as well as upgrading existing revenue share-generating gaming machines. The majority of units shipped will be Class II machines, but will include sales of Class III machines including into Oklahoma and California.

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"We are very happy to extend and improve our relationship with longstanding customers in the United States as well as create relationships with new customers," said David Baazov, CEO of Amaya.

"Additionally, we are excited about continuing our expansion of land-based solutions into Class III gaming markets, which we have identified as a strategic growth opportunity for us since our acquisition of Cadillac Jack."

The Corporation also announced it has received a license to provide its land-based solutions to Class III gaming operations in Wisconsin.

About Amaya

Amaya provides a full suite of gaming products and services including casino, poker, sportsbook, platform, lotteries and slot machines.

Some of the world's largest gaming operators and casinos are powered by Amaya's online, mobile, and land-based products.

Amaya is present in all major gaming markets in the world with offices in North America, Latin America and Europe. For more information please visit: www.amayagaming.com

SOURCE: Amaya Gaming Group Inc.

 

 

American Gaming Association Builds on Momentum by Hiring New Top Talent

Team to champion gaming’s positive impacts, drive industry growth and better connect gaming professionals

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 16, 2014) -- The American Gaming Association (AGA) announced today it is adding three members to its executive leadership and public affairs teams to bolster membership engagement, media outreach and ally development. These newly created roles, in addition to five hires in January, will enhance the AGA’s ongoing efforts to champion gaming’s positive impact, drive industry growth and better connect and inform gaming professionals.

I am proud to complete 'Phase One' of the AGA's team building by welcoming Ron Rosenbaum as chief operating officer, Brian Cohen as director of ally development and Chris Moyer as director of media development and relations to our growing team of top talent,” said AGA President and CEO Geoff Freeman.

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Together with our five recent hires, our new talent will strengthen our organization with deep expertise in association growth strategies, policy advocacy and media relations as the AGA works to affirm the value of gaming, expand membership value and pave the way for industry expansion and innovation.”

• Ron Rosenbaum, Chief Operating Officer. Rosenbaum brings more than 20 years of experience leading marketing, development and event management efforts. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, marketing and development for the Sports & Fitness Industry Association where he led a significant rebranding and positioning initiative that resulted in greater organizational relevance, sustainability and member alignment. Rosenbaum will join the AGA’s executive leadership team to drive member engagement and retention, conferences and events, finance, human resources and IT.

• Brian Cohen, Director of Ally Development. Cohen has a decade of experience in advocacy, government relations, strategic outreach and campaign initiatives in the private sector and government. In his most recent post as director of external state government affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America, Cohen built coalitions to support issue campaigns and protected studios’ interests to combat piracy.

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As the AGA’s director of ally development, Cohen will identify and manage a network of gaming champions to support the industry’s legislative goals at the federal, state and local levels.

• Chris Moyer, Director of Media Development and Relations.  Moyer joins the AGA from Capitol Hill, where he served as press secretary and new media director for Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC).

In this capacity, he built and managed relationships with reporters and expanded the Senator’s reach on social media. He also previously worked for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), serving as personal assistant and deputy press secretary based in Las Vegas during his 2010 re-election campaign. Moyer will execute the AGA’s earned media strategies, support the AGA campaign communications and manage media relations and social media content.

Contact: Chris Moyer 202.552.2687

About the American Gaming Association

American Gaming Association (AGA) is the national trade association representing the interests of the $37.34 billion commercial casino and gaming industry that directly supports more than 332,000 American jobs.

The AGA’s mission is to protect and promote the gaming industry.

For more information visit www.AmericanGaming.org.

SOURCE: American Gaming Association.

 

Gambling Commission Updates FAQs and Provides More Clarity Over Grey Markets Issue

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (April 8, 2014) -- Today (April 8), the Gambling Commission published an updated version of its FAQs, providing updated guidance to the industry in relation to a variety of questions that both we, and the industry generally, have been asking. One key aspect that is addressed is the Commission’s requirements in relation to “grey markets”.

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As part of the business plan required to be lodged by all applicants, they need to explain to the Commission their rationales for taking business from, or targeting, jurisdictions in which they do not possess a licence and that account for over 3% of their total revenue (or 10% if total revenue is less than £5 million). The Commission has made it clear that the total revenue figure applies to the applicant entity and not its wider group.

The rationales put forward by applicants must demonstrate to the Commission that the provision of gambling services to a particular jurisdiction is not illegal, either because the applicant holds a licence or they have satisfied themselves (based on legal advice) that it is not illegal to provide such gambling services into the territory. However, for those jurisdictions that fall under the 3% (or 10%) threshold, the applicant does not need to provide a rationale for each jurisdiction, but it does need to inform the Commission of the procedures and processes it has in place in order to assess the applicability and enforceability of the local laws. To the extent there are no arguments to support continued supply, the Commission would expect certain measures to be put in place in order to block access by residents of that territory.

The updated FAQs can be accessed HERE.

SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.

 




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