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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 69 No.9 - Monday December 1, 2014

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories
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  • GTECH S.P.A. Subsidiary Gtech Corporation Awarded Seven Year Integrated Services Contract To Provide New Lottery Technology And Ongoing Services To The Missouri Lottery. Full Story
  • INTRALOT Receives Award For Its Commitment To Excellence.. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Secures Nevada Gaming Commission Approval for Merger with Bally Technologies. Doing business in China: Five Points of corporate etiquette. Full Story.
  • Doing business in China: Five Points of corporate etiquette. Full Story.
  • Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Holds Incredibly Successful Seminar during SAGSE Argentina. Full Story.
  • Sisal Matchpoint on air with Betradar's Live Channel Retail and Online. Full Stroy.
  • International Lottery & Totalizator Systems Warn of Lottery Winner Scam. Full Story.
  • Guide to Gambling Advertising Codes. Full Story.
  • Lottery Names Apparent Successful Offeror for I-Lottery Services. Full Story.
  • Statement on claims suggesting the State will be at a Loss due to State Treaty on Gambling. Full Story.
  • NetEnt Launches Cosmic Fortune. Full Story.
  • AFF calls on Sportradar to Monitor Suzuki Cup 2014. Full Story.
  • Lotterywest Doing Great Things in West Australia. Full Story.
  • iSoftBet Unveils Updated Brand Identity alongside new website launch. Full Story.
  • Jens Halle to leave NOVOMATIC GROUP. Full Story.
  • Alabama Woman Wins Largest Florida Lotto® Jackpot Of The Year. Full Story.
  • Norsk Tipping Rolls Out Separate app for iPad. Full Story. Full Story.

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GTECH S.P.A. Subsidiary Gtech Corporation Awarded Seven Year Integrated Services Contract To Provide New Lottery Technology And Ongoing Services To The Missouri Lottery

Company to receive approximately $112 million in revenues over seven-year term

ROME, (ITALY) and PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (U.S.), (Nov. 21, 2014) -- GTECH S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary GTECH Corporation (GTECH) has been awarded a seven-year integrated services contract to provide a new central gaming system, a variety of lottery/self-service machines, multimedia displays, an upgraded telecommunications network, and related ongoing services to the Missouri Lottery.

GTECH has been the major lottery technology and services provider to the Missouri Lottery since 1991. The new contract, which is scheduled to run for seven years beginning in the second half of 2015, is the result of a competitive procurement, and includes one three-year extension option, exercisable at the Lottery's discretion. GTECH expects to receive revenues of approximately $112 million over the seven-year term.

Over the past 23 years, GTECH’s flexible technology solutions and marketing insights have supported the Missouri Lottery’s innovative approaches and multi-faceted portfolio,” said

GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel. “Through this agreement, our robust, forward-thinking solutions will help to ensure that the Lottery continues to grow and raise funds for good causes.”

The Missouri Lottery is continuously seeking new ways to increase profits for public education through strategic innovation,” said Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve Reardon. “This agreement with GTECH will continue to drive the Lottery’s performance to greater levels as technology and player demographics evolve.”

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Under the terms of the new contract, GTECH will provide the Missouri Lottery with a full set of integrated services, including a new central gaming system and replacement of Lottery Scratcher Validation and back-office systems, based on GTECH’s Enterprise Series® platform. It will also replace draw-based lottery terminals with approximately 3,500 full-service Altura® GT1200 terminals and 1,500 Altura GT1200 Compact terminals, both featuring the fastest play slip reader and fastest thermal printer in the industry.

In addition, the Company will provide self-service machines, as well as its Enterprise Series MultiMedia (ESMM) monitors, including Smart Shows, for Lottery and Keno. ESMM allows the Lottery to manage, distribute, and display vibrant multimedia content, such as games, Lottery advertising, promotions, jackpot updates, and other messages through a single point of control, while Smart Shows technology gives operators the power to load and display automated yet dynamic and flexible marketing content precisely displayed by audience type, geographic location, and/or terminal type and display. The Company will also upgrade the existing VSAT communications network.

GTECH will continue to provide ongoing services to the Lottery, including field service management, operations data center services, communications, software and QA testing, marketing and events specialization, and retailer training. Since Missouri Lottery sales began in 1986, the Lottery has provided the state and public education with nearly $5 billion, including currently funding 65 percent of the A+ Scholarship program.

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 Italian 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 8,600 employees with operations in approximately 100 countries on six continents.

For more information, please visit www.gtech.com.

 

Robert K. Vincent

GTECH S.p.A.

Corporate Communications

T. (+1) 401 392 7452

Simone Cantagallo

GTECH S.p.A.

Media Communications

T. (+39) 06 51899030

 

This news release and those archived are available at www.gtech.com

SOURCE: GTECH S.P.A.

 

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INTRALOT Receives Award For Its Commitment To Excellence

ATHENS, Greece (November 26, 2014) -- INTRALOT received the honorary award for business excellence from the Hellenic Management Association, at the 2014 Business Excellence Awards ceremony held in Athens yesterday before an audience of government and business representatives.  The honorary distinction recognizes INTRALOT for its enduring participation in the certification process and for its continued commitment to business excellence.

INTRALOT holds the "Recognised for Excellence (R4E) in Europe - 5 Stars" award of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) since 2011, for its commitment to operational excellence and the highest quality standards, its ability to innovate and pledge to create value for customers and stakeholders alike. The company’s dedication in business excellence has been ongoing, having begun with the ‘Committed to Excellence’ distinction in 2007.

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Receiving the award, Mr. Konstantinos Farris, Chief Technology Officer of INTRALOT Group, commented: "Today's distinction is a great honor for us and I would like to express my appreciation to the Board of the Hellenic Management Association. Our persistent effort to develop business processes according to principles of excellence, quality and innovation has been the basis of our growth. It has enabled us to earn the trust of our customers and partners, while expanding our presence worldwide, to gain competitive advantage and to further our strategy of sustainable leadership.”

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 57 jurisdictions, more than 5.500 people and revenues of €1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more info: Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications,

T: +30-210 6156000, E: kartsoli@intralot.com, http://www.intralot.com

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Scientific Games Secures Nevada Gaming Commission Approval for Merger with Bally Technologies

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 20, 2014) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that the Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approved the Company's pending acquisition of Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI) ("Bally").  The Commission's approval was the final regulatory approval required to complete the merger.  The Company expects to complete the Bally merger on November 21, 2014, subject to the satisfaction of the remaining customary closing conditions.

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"We are pleased to have received unanimous approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission, and we thank the Commission, the Nevada Gaming Control Board and its staff for their diligence in reviewing the transaction," said Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) 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.

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games:

Bill Pfund

Vice President, Investor Relations

+1 847-785-3167

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Mollie Cole

Director, Corporate Communications

+1 773-961-1194

mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

 

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Doing business in China: Five Points of corporate etiquette

Article for the Benefit of LI Readers, by Carly Mae Penworthy - Global Marketing Executive at Geonomics

Carly Mae Penworthy is Global Marketing Executive at Geonomics

LONDON, UK (November 27, 2014) -- Wherever you are in the world, business people will have different ways they go about working. As the lottery industry grows and globalises, this creates exciting, dynamic opportunities as well as the potential for mishap. In the interests of helping you avoid such pitfalls, I want to share some of the tips I’ve discovered from my experiences of working in Asia with Geonomics.

1.  Red isn’t a lucky colour all the time

We’ve all heard that red is a lucky colour in China, but there are exceptions to the rule. Names, for instance, should never be written in red. This is because traditionally the names of the deceased were painted in red on their gravestones. Therefore, if you write a business associate’s name in red, the more traditional may think you’re wishing ill upon them.

2.  Avoid the aggressive handshake

A strong handshake is often thought of as a sign of professionalism and competency, but in China this isn’t the case. Those “squeezing” contests that are so common at conferences in the West won’t impress in Asia. There, handshakes last far longer. This might seem uncomfortable at first, but don’t be shy about holding on if your counterpart is enjoying the contact – it’s just cementing a good business relationship.

3. Beware of the business card

Business cards are exchanged for a multitude of reasons in China, even in more casual circumstances. This means that business cards are ubiquitous, and that you should think carefully about having professional, up-to-date cards ready your trip.

There is also a ritual to follow when handing over your business card. Always offer or receive a card with both hands, and remember to look at the card before storing it away in your wallet or purse. Treat the card itself with respect, too: it’s vitally important not to write on it or shove it away hastily. And above all, never place a business card in your back pocket.

4.  Don’t try to split the bill

We all know the feeling: after a lovely meal, the bill arrives and there’s an awkward scramble to ascertain who will be paying, or how to split the amount owed. In China, this simply doesn’t happen; the host will always pay. Therefore never attempt to settle the bill when you’ve been invited to dine with a business associate, and be prepared to pay for everyone if you have organised the meal.

5.  Keep it formal

In a world of dress-down Fridays, we are used to the business world and our interactions within it becoming increasingly casual. However in China, formality is very important. Avoid coming across as overly relaxed, both in your demeanour and how you dress. And in business situations such as meetings, remember a few key rules of etiquette. Find out who the most senior person in the room is, and address this person first. Then when speaking to your counterparts, refer to them by their job title, rather than their name (for example, Chairman or Vice President). Likewise, use nin – the polite “you” in Mandarin – when you’re addressing your elders. And finally, understand the format of Chinese introductions and the respect this shows for institutions: first your business contacts will refer to their company, then their job title and finally their name.

This may seem like a lot to remember, but making an effort is paramount to impressing overseas business contacts and cementing a good working relationship. As someone brought up in another culture, your attempts to learn about and follow Chinese customs will show you in a very positive light to potential business contacts – which will stand your organisation in great stead for developing partnerships in the future.

About Geonomics

Our flagship products – GeoLotto and Treasure Hunt – are online games that use maps to engage a new generation of online gamers and lottery players. The games are running in the UK, and in September 2014 a TV advertising campaign began for GeoLotto. Geonomics games and technology can be licensed by lottery and gaming operators around the world.

Contact: Carly Mae Penworthy is Global Marketing Executive at Geonomics, a gaming company that creates location-based lotto games.

SOURCE: Geonomics.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Holds Incredibly Successful Seminar during SAGSE Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (26 November 2014) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has been bringing more gaming education to Latin America and the Caribbean, where the company recently completed an incredibly successful Argentinean Regulators Seminar during SAGSE.

The seminar, produced under the company’s GLI University® program, drew 37 regulators from across Argentina’s nine gaming jurisdictions. The seminar covered today’s most relevant topics for the region, including new regulations, sports betting, forensics, carbon footprints, data center architecture and ISS, and verification tools features.

In addition to critical programming for regulators, the event featured a Regulators Open Forum, at which 15 supplier representatives were able to gain even greater understanding of regulators’ main concerns and challenges in this growing and competitive industry.

Education has been a critical part of GLI’s mission to provide more than just testing in Latin America and the Caribbean. Between September’s Latin American Roundtable and the Argentinean Regulators Seminar, GLI brought together more than 90 representatives from regulatory entities and state lotteries from 25 jurisdictions across the region.

GLI Director of Latin American Development Karen Sierra-Hughes said, “This seminar brings to an end an incredibly successful year for GLI in Latin American and the Caribbean. We continue to be absolutely committed to this region, and we are very pleased to be the only gaming laboratory that is bringing so much more than just testing to Latin America and the Caribbean, from educational events to many other professional services. We are already planning our GLI University series for 2015, and we invite the industry to keep in close contact with us to ensure they benefit as much as possible from everything GLI has to offer.”

GLI South America Director Javier Diaz said, “We are grateful to have the support of the many regulators, suppliers and presenters who helped to make this event such a big success. With new and emerging technologies, there are many important issues facing regulators across Latin America, the Caribbean and around the world, and we are proud to offer training forums such as this to our clients so they can benefit from GLI’s global experience and insights.”

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 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

 

Sisal Matchpoint on air with Betradar’s Live Channel Retail and Online

GALLEN, Switzerland (November 27, 2014) -- We are proud to announce the successful launch of our Live Channel products with Italian bookmaker Sisal Matchpoint. Sisal Matchpoint has already integrated the Live Channel Retail in 500 retail outlets across Italy. Furthermore, the implementation of the Live Channel Online into the company’s website sisal.it has been concluded and punters have access to live streams with immediate effect.

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Jörn Anhalt, Managing Director Media Rights at Sportradar, said: “We’re very delighted to have sealed the partnership with Italian key player Sisal Matchpoint. The integration of Live Channel Online and Retail strengthen Sisal’s portfolio significantly with entertaining and revenue-generating live streaming solutions, dedicated for every platform.”

The Managing Director of Sisal Entertainment, Francesco Durante explained: “Today, punters are looking more and more for interaction with sports, as shown by the growth and appreciation for live betting. Sisal Live Channel offers a rich schedule of sports events, supported by information, statistics and the latest technology.”

With the launch of the Live Channel Online in August 2014, Betradar fulfilled a key milestone in the execution of being the world-leading one-stop shop provider for the betting industry. The Live Channel Online provides online bookmakers around the world with 24/7 live sports content to increase their business’ turnover.

Betradar’s Live Channel Retail, launched in summer 2013 and incorporated in over 1,500 betting shops across the world, combines live odds, live statistics and most importantly live pictures from sporting events around the globe on one single screen. The easy-to-implement streaming offer includes a wide range of international media rights, such as the German DFB Cup and DFB National Team Home Matches, French Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue, U.S Major League Soccer, German and Spanish Basketball league and several international ATP and WTA tournaments.

SOURCE: Betradar.

 

 

International Lottery & Totalizator Systems Warn of Lottery Winner Scam

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VISTA, California (November 20, 2014) -- Currently, there are email scams claiming to be from or associated with International Lottery & Totalizator Systems, Inc. ("ILTS") (PINKSHEETS: ITSI) circulating on the internet. You might have received an email announcing that you have won a lottery prize and are asked to provide your personal information or to pay a fee to release the winnings.

To be clear, International Lottery & Totalizator Systems, Inc. is not associated with this apparent scam in any way.

These fraudulent emails use International Lottery & Totalizator Systems, Inc.'s name and other details without our permission, and have been sent without our knowledge or consent. ILTS does not run lotteries.

We are in the business of designing, manufacturing and selling of lottery systems, terminals and services to lottery organizations around the world. ILTS can be found on: http://www.ilts.com.

If you receive such email scams, do not reply to any of these emails and do not send any money if you are asked to wire money. We urge caution and appreciate your understanding.

CONTACT: Marketing Department, International Lottery & Totalizator Systems, Inc., Phone: 760-598-1655

SOURCE: International Lottery & Totalizator Systems.

 

 

Guide to Gambling Advertising Codes

UNITED KINGDOM (November 2014) -- The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 requires that only gambling operators licensed by the Gambling Commission (the Commission) are permitted to advertise to consumers in Great Britain or provide them with remote gambling facilities.

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This simplifies the position for carriers of advertising. Carriers of gambling advertising will need to ensure they only permit gambling operators licensed by the Commission to advertise in Great Britain.

Licensed operators who offer online gambling are required to display a link (on all web pages that are used to access gambling) to their licensed status with the Commission so consumers can quickly verify that the operator has a licence.

Consumers and carriers of advertising can also check whether operators have a licence by accessing the Commission’s register of licensed operators.

It is a requirement of the Commission’s Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) that gambling operators wishing to advertise must comply with the advertising codes of practice which apply to the form and media in which they advertise their gambling facilities or services.

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) write and maintain the UK Advertising Codes which are administered by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

CLICK HERE to download the Guide to Gambling Advertising Codes .

SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.

 

 

Lottery Names Apparent Successful Offeror for I-Lottery Services

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (November 24, 2014) -- The Kentucky Lottery Corporation's (KLC's) board of directors on Friday approved GTECH S.p.A. as the apparent successful offeror to provide iLottery services and games in Kentucky. The action followed an extensive competitive bid process, and will allow contract negotiations to begin.

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The KLC hopes to have the iLottery platform ready to launch by later in calendar year 2015. "As a business, we have to continue to change and evolve to meet the demands of our players and to stay competitive in the entertainment marketplace,” said the KLC's President and CEO Arch Gleason. "Many consumers today want to do business online, and we view this as a different channel to offer our games to new customers. It’s vital we stay up to date with our products, as students across the Commonwealth depend on us for scholarship and grant proceeds."

"We really don't see this as competition for our existing brick-and-mortar retailers," said Gleason. "In states where Internet sales are currently underway, the amount of these new sales have been small, yet at the same time traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have seen their lottery business continue to grow. This has also been the experience for European and UK lotteries, which have been selling lottery products online for more than a decade. We expect this to be the same case in Kentucky, and are looking at ways that would potentially involve traditional retailers in the program."

Gleason also said no decision has been made as to which lottery products will be available at launch. “Our product launch plans will be set through discussions with GTECH in the coming months,” said Gleason.

According to Vice President of Finance Rick Kelley, sales for FY15 thru October were $287 million, which is $13.5 million more than the same period in FY14 but $8.2 million below budget. Scratch-off ticket sales showed the most growth, surging $11.2 million ahead of the same period last year with $178 million in sales. Draw game sales however dropped $12 million from the same period last year with $94.8 million in sales. Keno, which first went on sale in November 2013, has seen $14.2 million in sales. This is $2.9 million below budget.

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Executive Vice President and CFO Howard Kline reported draw game sales have definitely been hurt by the lack of large jackpot runs in the Powerball game. "Powerball is currently down 41.3% or $14.1 million from last year," Kline said. "The game has not

hit its sales target for a single week this year, and it’s our most profitable product. Powerball sales as a whole are down 49% across the industry."

In other business, the board approved rules and regulations for 13 scratch-off tickets and one draw game.

The next meeting of the KLC’s board of directors will be January 23 2015. The meeting will begin at 9:30 AM EST, and will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville. Committee meetings will begin at 8:30 AM EST.

The Kentucky Lottery

The Kentucky Lottery has earned more than $4 billion for the Commonwealth since 1989.  KLC dividends pay for college scholarships, grants and literacy programs. Visit www.kheaa.com to find out more about grants and scholarships paid for by the KLC.

For More Information

Chip Polston, Jennifer Cunningham,

Sara Westerman (502) 560-1675

SOURCE: The Kentucky Lottery.

 

 

Statement on claims suggesting the State will be at a Loss due to State Treaty on Gambling.

KIEL, Germany (November 19, 2014) -- The media coverage that Schleswig-Holstein in 2015, will lose an additional 60 million euros from occupying the gambling tax, is wrong. In the proposed amendments to the State Government on the draft budget 2015 (so-called. Nachschiebeliste) amount taken into account is an adjustment of payment from the settlement process between countries for the sports betting tax.

"The German Tax Law is very complex, sometimes it’s necessary to read deeper into the matter, "said Finance Minister Monika Heinold.

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The Schleswig-Holstein Act on the Restructuring of gambling from 20.10.2011 was in the field of sports betting replaced by a federal law amending the Betting and Lotteries Act on 29.06. 2012.

For the sports betting tax was introduced on 01.07.2012 nationwide. Linked to this was a change of responsibilities:

Responsible for the execution of the sports betting tax under the Betting and Lotteries Act were by the end of 2013, a tax office in Schleswig-Holstein and one in Hesse. As of 2014, this is only responsible for the account between the states of Hesse, Hamburg is responsible.

Schleswig-Holstein had from the sports betting tax in 2012 and 2013, a relatively high volume. This is followed by the decomposition amounts to be paid and prepayment amounts calculated for the following years. As a result, Schleswig-Holstein has in 2014, a negative volume of about 104 million euros. 2015 parts thereof shall be reimbursed by the other countries after settlement of the decomposition.

This reimbursement was taken by the state government in connection with the tax assessment taking into account the fiscal equalization in the proposed amendments to the draft budget for 2015. The Treasury expects recoveries totalling about 60 million euros. However, owing to the inclusion in the financial equalization, these revenues reduce the balance on a seven-figure sum.

Responsible for this press release: Eugen Witte

Düsternbrooker Weg 64, 24105 Kiel

Telephone 0431 988-3906 | Fax 988-616 0431 3906 |

Email: pressestelle@fimi.landsh.de

SOURCE: Ministry of Finance – Kiel.

 

 

NetEnt Launches Cosmic Fortune

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (November 24, 2014) -- NetEnt, the world’s leading provider of high-quality online casino games, has unveiled its first ever five Jackpot video slot, Cosmic FortuneTM.

This star attraction is packed with fantastic features, including the Jackpot game, two bonus games, Free Falls, Avalanche FeatureTM and Wild substitutions.

Cosmic FortuneTM is a 5-reel, 3-row, 15-line video slot that ensures players will love this intergalactic adventure through deepest, darkest space.

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The main mission sees three scatter symbols award 10 Free Falls. Once the Free Falls Bonus game is launched, players can start collecting balls. The more balls the player collects increases the possibilities of hitting the jackpot cups in the Jackpot Game.

One of the five Jackpots can be secured if the target is hit three times.

NetEnt has also added Jack and the Beanstalk to its stand-out TouchTM portfolio. This mobile version of the classic slot tells the tale of a boy on his quest for riches. Jack’s story is portrayed through the featured Free Spins Treasure Collection in a land ruled by giants.

Simon Hammon, Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, comments: “Cosmic FortuneTM is an action-packed space journey that leaves players wanting more and more of this mysterious intergalactic trip. It’s the first time we’ve included five Jackpots as we continue to drive the online casino market forward.

For additional information please contact:

Simon Hammon, Chief Product Officer NetEnt, Phone +356 2276 8145

simon.hammon@netent.com

Anna Romboli, Communications Director NetEnt, Phone +46 709 124 531

anna.romboli@netent.com

Net Entertainment NE AB

Net Entertainment NE AB (Publ) is a premium supplier of online casino games used by many of the world’s most successful online casino operators. The NetEnt CasinoModuleTM is a leading-edge gaming system which includes high-quality online casino games, powerful bonus programs and a sophisticated Back Office. CasinoModuleTM creates the ultimate gaming experience for the player, while managing billions of transactions every year and gives online casino operators full control and management of their casino activities.  Operators are provided with a customized casino that is easily integrated ensuring short time to market and a cost efficient operation. NetEnt is listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm (NET-B). More information about NetEnt is available at www.netent.com.

SOURCE: Net Entertainment NE AB.

 

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AFF calls on Sportradar to Monitor Suzuki Cup 2014

Asean Football Federation move to protect integrity of their biennial showpiece tournament

HANOI, Vietnam (November 24, 2014) -- At yesterday's signing ceremony, the Asean Football Federation (AFF), which promotes and supports the interests of the 12 South East Asian football federations, entered into a partnership agreement with Sportradar to secure their unparalleled coverage and analysis of the global betting markets across all 18 matches of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014. Under the agreement, Sportradar will also be providing its unique education workshops to the tournament officials, both in Hanoi and Singapore, before the tournament kicks off in Hanoi on 22 November 2014.

The AFF Suzuki Cup takes place every two years, and this year, the tournament will be jointly hosted by Vietnam and Singapore, with the eight teams contesting the group stages until 29th November, after which the four qualifying teams will look to reach the finals and get their hands on the trophy on 20 December 2014. Sportradar's Fraud Detection System will notify the AFF if there are any suspicious betting patterns on any of the 12 group games or the six games in the knock-out stages.

Speaking about the deal, Lt Gen Dato' Azzuddin Ahmad (Retired), the General Secretary of the AFF, said: "The AFF Suzuki Cup is the most exciting competition in the region and has been electrifying fans since 1996. But we are not blind to the dangers that match fixing and manipulation poses. Together with the best monitoring system available, we will be vigilant, precisely so that our fans don't have to be. They can just focus on enjoying the highly competitive and entertaining tournament and doing all they can to will their respective teams to the title of champions!"

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Representing Sportradar at the signing, Senior Manager – Asia Oscar Brodkin had this to add: "The last 12 months has been a whirlwind for Sportradar in Asia. We have been welcomed and supported by so many federations. It should be incredibly encouraging and reassuring for all football fans in the region that leaders across Asia are standing strong in the face of match-fixing. The AFF today have shown their unwavering commitment to integrity and we will work tirelessly to help the tournament officials spot the danger signs and to keep the AFF abreast of any suspicious behaviour in the regulated and unregulated betting markets. The players and fans will make this is a magic tournament; we will do all we can to keep it honest."

About the ASEAN Football Federation

The AFF Suzuki Cup is a biennial football competition organised by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), accredited by FIFA and contested by the national teams of Southeast Asia.

A total of eight teams will vie for the AFF Suzuki Cup trophy from November 22 to December 20, 2014. The top two teams from the qualifiers, Laos and Myanmar, will join the six seeded ASEAN nations - holders Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam - to make up the final field of eight nations.

The semi-finals and final will be played on a home and away format from December 6 to 20.

For more information about the AFF Suzuki Cup, please visit: http://www.affsuzukicup.com/2014

About Sportradar (www.sportradar.com)

Sportradar is a worldwide leading premium partner for the sports betting and media industry. Sportradar provides sports data services to the bookmaking world with its brand Betradar, and to the international media with its brand Scoreradar. Besides market leading companies in the sports betting and media industry, Sportradar also operates a unique Fraud Detection System (FDS) for several federations, including UEFA and German DFB/DFL. Furthermore, Sportradar is the exclusive, worldwide distributor for ITF (International Tennis Federation) Official Data. More than 500 businesses in over 80 countries rely on Sportradar's data depth and quality services in their daily business. Sportradar employs over 700 highly experienced staff worldwide. Headquartered in Switzerland, Sportradar has offices in 30 other cities.

www.sportradar.com

Contact: Alex Inglot

Head of Communications

Sportradar AG

Phone: +44 203 695 22 14

Email: a.inglot@sportradar.com

SOURCE: Sportradar.

 

 

Lotterywest Doing Great Things in West Australia

Premier opens refurbished Wanslea - listed on the State Register of Heritage Places

Cancer Wellness Centre completed with Lotterywest grants of more than $8m

PERTH, West Australia (November 14, 2014) -- Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the refurbished Wanslea in Cottesloe, now home to a unique support centre for West Australians affected by cancer.

Using more than $8 million in Lotterywest grants, the heritage-listed building has undergone extensive refurbishment to become the Cancer Wellness Centre with four cancer support organisations offering information and support from a central location.

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"The redevelopment of Wanslea was a significant conservation project which has also highlighted the potential to adapt heritage projects for use as community facilities," Mr Barnett said.

"The conservation and re-use of this beautiful building has not only taken it back to its former glory but also restored Wanslea to the original purpose of caring for West Australians."

Wanslea was built as an orphanage in 1905. Throughout its history, the building has been used by various organisations including the Red Cross to nurse returned service personnel and by the State Government as a home for the children of sick mothers.

The Premier also acknowledged the scale of the work undertaken in the refurbishment project and the benefit to the wider community.

Breast Cancer Care WA, Melanoma WA, Cancer Support WA and the Brady Support Cancer Foundation are now located in the refurbished centre, allowing the organisations to share ideas, resources and programs to benefit clients.

Mr Barnett said cancer was a leading cause of death in Australia and many West Australians needed cancer support services while they were receiving medical treatment.

"The Cancer Wellness Centre will offer a unique integrated cancer support campus, conveniently drawing together the services and expertise into one place to provide cancer support, learning and prevention," he said.

Fact File

The National Trust of Australia (WA) received Lotterywest grants totalling $6.59m for the redevelopment of Wanslea into the Cancer Wellness Centre

The Cancer Wellness Centre received Lotterywest grants totaling $1.6m for project costs, information technology, fit-out and website costs

For a full list of grants recommended by the Lotterywest board and approved by the Premier, visit http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au

SOURCE: Lotterywest.

 

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iSoftBet Unveils Updated Brand Identity alongside new website launch

LONDON, UK (November 26, 2014) -- iSoftBet, leading provider in online and mobile gaming software is proud to announce the launch of a new brand identity representing the growth of the company’s industry presence and better reflecting its unparalleled range of content and services.

Embodying the core company values of simplicity, creativity and personality, iSoftBet has today launched its brand new logo and website featuring a cleaner, lighter and more user-friendly layout to support the ongoing expansion of the services on offer from the gaming provider.

Operators and players will now have access to iSoftBet’s ever-growing catalogue of branded, original, mobile and games direct from the homepage alongside clearly laid-out and accessible information on the myriad of B2B services available to its customers.

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iSoftBet’s rebranding comes at a great time for the company, coinciding with its recent Alderney accreditation and the release of a number of stunning new branded and original titles available in both Flash and mobile formats.

iSoftBet’s Commercial Director Nir Elbaz said the rebrand goes far deeper than simply changing the logo and company visuals.

Looking the part is vital, of course: we want our branding to reflect the fact that iSoftBet is at the vanguard of gaming innovation. We’ve also been working with all departments to enhance our offering from the bottom up: from game development, to integration methods and account management.

We feel we’ve created the perfect brand identity to reflect the nature of our business and highlight the unique services we can offer to customers.”

We strive to offer our customers the best possible service, and we can’t wait to introduce the new brand identity to new and existing customers.”

About iSoftBet

With a wealth of knowledge and experience in regulated markets, iSoftBet has quickly become a household name in the online casino industry. Boasting an impressive collection of high-powered

games with stunning audio-visual effects, iSoftBet’s unparalleled casino games collection also features a range of unique and innovative HTML5 mobile content along with exclusive branded content and a brand new online and terminal-based sports betting platform. Each of iSoftBet’s products is created to ensure that it meets industry standards and we combine innovation with experience to provide world class gaming software to our partners.

Contact: Luci Apostolou, Sales Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 208 133 2907

Email: sales@isoftbet.com

Web: www.isoftbet.com

SOURCE: iSoftBet.

 

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Jens Halle to leave NOVOMATIC GROUP

GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (November 26, 2014) -- The NOVOMATIC Group has announced that gaming industry veteran Jens Halle is to leave his joint positions as Managing Director, Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH and CEO of NOVOMATIC Americas Sales LLC.

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This move, which was reached by mutual agreement, will see Jens Halle relinquish his roles within NOVOMATIC by the end of this year.

Commenting on the decision Mr Halle said: “Fifteen years ago I was honoured by the invitation of President and majority shareholder Professor Johann F. Graf to join the iconic NOVOMATIC Group as Head of Sales. Later, I was appointed Managing Director of Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH and, assisted by a loyal team of true gaming professionals, was able to see NOVOMATIC achieve notable success not just in Europe but around the world. However, although I now feel the need for new challenges and new directions, I will always be grateful for the experience of working together with colleagues and friends and for the satisfaction that I gained from being within one of the gaming industry’s true leaders.”

Commenting on the decision reached jointly by NOVOMATIC and Jens Halle Mr Herbert Lugmayr, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NOVOMATIC AG, said in recognition of Mr Halle’s work:

I extend my appreciation to Mr Jens Halle on behalf of the owner, the management board and the supervisory board, for his long-standing commitment. Mr Halle has made a significant contribution to the international orientation of this company. I wish him all the best for his future.“

SOURCE: Novomatic Group.

 

 

Alabama Woman Wins Largest Florida Lotto® Jackpot Of The Year

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (November 25, 2014) -- The Florida Lottery announces that Carolyn Bell, 64, of Montgomery, Alabama, claimed the $48 million FLORIDA LOTTO® jackpot from the drawing held on November 19, 2014. Bell chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $32,609,501.60.

Bell is a loyal FLORIDA LOTTO player and plays her lucky numbers every time she visits Florida. Bell said, “I play with the hopes of winning, but never think it is actually going to happen. All I could say was ‘Wow!’ when I realized my numbers were finally chosen.” She and her husband have decided to officially retire, but have no plans of changing their current lifestyle.

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Bell purchased her jackpot-winning ticket at Stateline Liquors, located at 1065 Highway 179 A in Westville. The retailer received a bonus commission of $210,000 for selling the jackpot-winning FLORIDA LOTTO ticket. Total ticket sales for this jackpot generated more than $46 million for Florida’s students and schools.

The next FLORIDA LOTTO drawing will be Wednesday, November 26, at 11:15 p.m. ET, with a $3 million jackpot. FLORIDA LOTTO drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state. Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery website, at retailers statewide and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.

About The Florida Lottery

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $27 billion to education and sending more than 700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $40 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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International Association of Gaming Regulators Announces New Officers and Trustees At Philadelphia Conference

PHILADELPHIA, USA (November 25, 2014) -- The International Association of Gaming Regulators, Inc. (IAGR) has announced its 2014-2015 Officers/Trustees at the 2014 Annual Business Meeting held in Philadelphia, USA in conjunction with its annual conference.

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Ms. Birgitte Sand of Denmark was inducted as President during the association’s conference in Philadelphia.  Ms. Sand is the Director of the Danish Gambling Authority.  Mr. Bheki Mlambo of South Africa was inducted as Vice President of IAGR.  Mr. Mlambo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mpumalanga Gambling Board.  Treasurer A.G. Burnett, Chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, and Secretary Trude Felde, Senior Advisor of the Norwegian Gambling and Foundation Authority, retained their respective offices for the next two years.  In addition, four new Trustees were elected to the Board.

The 2014-2015 Officers/Trustees are:

Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority (President)

Bheki Mlambo, Chief Executive Officer, Mpumalanga Gambling Board (South Africa) (Vice President)

A.G. Burnett, Chairman, Nevada Gaming Control Board (Treasurer)

Blair Cairncross, Executive Director, New Zealand Gambling Commission

Dale Fuga, Chief Operating Officer, Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba

Susan Hensel, Director of Licensing, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

David Rebuck, Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

Michael Sarquis, Executive Director, Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation

Håkan Hallstedt, Director General, Swedish Gambling Authority (incoming Board member)

Jerry See, Chief Executive, Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (incoming Board member)

Fortune Sekgaphane, Chief Executive Officer, North West Gambling Board (South Africa) (incoming Board member)

Nick Tofiluk, Director of Regulatory Operations, Gambling Commission (United Kingdom) (incoming Board member)

The conference, which was held October 27-29, 2014, gathered over 200 attendees from 32 countries

Among the topics covered during the conference were: 

 

• Bitcoin: Regulating the Next Generation Payment Solution

• Problem Gambling - A Glimpse Around the World

• Current & Future Trends in Social Gaming

• Testing; Probity & Investigations

• Audit & Compliance

• Internet Gambling; Integrity in Sportsbettting

• Is Horse Racing a Dying Industry?

• How to Build a Gambling Authority; and The Future of Gaming - 2014, 2015 and Beyond.

 

The conference featured an opening address from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and special keynote address by Kevin Slavin of the MIT Media Lab.

Begun in the 1980’s, IAGR works to advance the effectiveness and efficiency of gaming regulation throughout the world and provides a forum in which gaming regulators from various countries can meet, exchange views and information, and discuss policy issues. 

In addition, IAGR creates a means of fostering cooperation between gaming regulators in the performance of their official duties and is a central point of contact for inquiries from governments, gaming regulatory agencies and personnel, and representatives of the international gaming industry.

IAGR will hold its next annual conference in Lima, Peru , October 2015.

CONTACT:  Mariah Echele, IAGR Secretariat

mariah@mecheleconsults.com

+1 (314) 973-4784

SOURCE: International Association of Gaming Regulators - www.iagr.org.

 

Norsk Tipping Rolls Out Separate app for iPad

Now we have launched a special Norwegian Tipping app for iPad. Many have wanted this to exploit the screen size better - and now the first version is ready.

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HAMAR, Norway (November 19, 2014) --

We have received many questions for why could we not make a separate app for the iPad, so that those who have iPad can utilize the screen size and the iPad features. It is finally here, says Tor Erik Hagen in Norwegian Tipping.

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  • Among what you get in this app, we mention
  • Improved results service My Games
  • New results service for sport
  • Opportunities to get push notifications
  • New design

 

Because of Apple's policies, we are not allowed to accept bets in the app, but it has a seamless transition to a website for delivery. As it is mobile, explains Hagen.

He stressed that this is a first version and that Norwegian Tipping would like feedback and improvement wishes.

SOURCE: Norsk Tipping.

 




 

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