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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 70 No.4 - Monday February 2, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories

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  • GTECH S.P.A. Sign Agreement for €800 Million Four-Year Term Loan Facilities. Full Story.
  • The Global Lottery Monitoring System for Sports Betting Holds Its First General Assembly. Full Story.
  • INTRALOT Take Gaming Experience to New Heights at ICE 2015. Full Story.
  • CIBELAE Invite Delegates to the Third International Seminar on Lotteries in Mar del Plata. Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Select Las Vegas as Location for Global Headquarters and Primary Gaming Manufacturing Operation. Full Story.
  • The Gaming Industry Keeps Flourishing in Malta. Full Story.
  • The Australasian Gaming Expo Will Feature More Than 180 Exhibitors Across 15,600 Square Metres of Exhibition Space. Full Story.
  • BC Lottery Corporation Launch OpenBet Promote System in Match Eatery & Public House at Starlight Casino. Full Story.
  • Pennsylvania Lottery’s The Daily Number, BIG 4 and Quinto to Become the PICK Family of Games; New PICK 2 Game to Launch. Full Story.
  • Total Winnings by Wyolotto Players Surpasses $1 Million. Full Story.
  • Euro Games Technology’s Advance in the Americas Continues. Full Story.
  • BC Lottery's PlayNow.com Release Full List of Super Bowl and Oscar Odds. Full Story.
  • The Florida Lottery Applauds Governor Scott’s “Keep Florida Working” Budget For Its Continued Support Of Education. Full Story.
  • PwC Present Conclusions of Study Developed for Remote Gambling Association to Parliament. Full Story.
  • Gaming Standards Association Calls For Comments On The Next Release Of The G2S Standard. Full Story.

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GTECH S.P.A. Sign Agreement for €800 Million Four-Year Term Loan Facilities

Additional reduction in bridge facility commitment for acquisition of IGT to $4.9 Billion from the Original Amount of $10.7 Billion

ROME (ITALY) and PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (U.S.), (January 30, 2015) -- GTECH S.p.A. (“GTECH”) entered into a €800 million four-year senior facilities agreement with BNP Paribas, Intesa Sanpaolo, Mediobanca and UniCredit.

The agreement provides for two €400 million term loan facilities to GTECH which may be used for general corporate purposes, including repayment of existing indebtedness. Upon completion of the previously announced merger of GTECH with and into Georgia Worldwide PLC ("NewCo") which is being effected in connection with the acquisition by GTECH of International Game Technology ("IGT"), NewCo will become the borrower under one of the term loan facilities and a principal Italian operating subsidiary will become the borrower under the other term loan facility.

Subject to customary limitations, both facilities are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by GTECH Corporation and, upon completion of the GTECH-NewCo merger, will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by certain subsidiaries of NewCo.  Upon completion of the GTECH-NewCo merger, the term loan facility borrowed by the principal Italian operating subsidiary will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by NewCo.

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The term loans will be repayable in full at maturity and will bear a variable interest rate based on certain credit ratings.  The agreement provides for standard covenants and restrictions which are substantially identical to those found in the senior facilities agreement dated November 4, 2014 for the multicurrency revolving credit facilities made available to GTECH and GTECH Corporation.

Following the outcome of the previously announced tender offer and consent solicitation with respect to GTECH S.p.A.'s €750,000,000 Subordinated Interest-Deferrable Capital Securities due 2066, the commitment for GTECH's 364-day senior bridge term loan credit facility (the "Bridge Facility") for the financing of the acquisition of IGT has been further reduced to $4.9 billion (the original amount was $10.7 billion).

Related news releases: July 16; August 20; September 23; October 23 and 30; November 5, 7 and 25; December 18, 2014; January 8, 20 and 23, 2015

GTECH S.p.A (www.gtech.com)

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.

For further information CONTACT:

 

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

 

SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.

 

 

The Global Lottery Monitoring System for Sports Betting Holds Its First General Assembly

BRUSSELS, Belgium (January 22, 2015) -- The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) for sports betting held its inaugural General Assembly on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, in Brussels, Belgium. This meeting marks the establishment of the GLMS as a non-­profit association, mandated by the world lottery community to monitor sports betting activity for irregular betting patterns in an effort to combat corruption in sports.

The impetus to establish such a monitoring system came through a joint effort of the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the European State Lotteries and Toto Association (EL) in 2012. The GLMS will be built upon the existing European Lottery Monitoring System (ELMS) for sports betting, which was established by the EL and has been officially operational in Europe since 2009. The GLMS will implement the most up-­ to-­date technology, offering its members global coverage on sports betting activity, service around the clock 365 days a year, and automatic alerts on live betting.

At the GLMS's inaugural General Assembly, the bylaws for the new association were adopted and the association's first Executive Committee was elected. The GLMS Executive Committee consists of seven members. Three of the members are elected to the Executive Committee by the delegates of the GLMS General Assembly. The WLA and the EL, as GLMS Collective Members, each appoint two representatives to the GLMS Executive Committee. The GLMS Executive Committee comprises:

  • Mr. Friedrich Stickler, Member of the Board, Austrian Lotteries, Austria. Mr. Stickler was elected GLMS President.
  • Mr. Younes El Mechrafi, Chief Executive Office, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco. Mr. El Mechrafi was elected GLMS Secretary.
  • Mr. Borut Bohinc, Head of Sports Betting Department, Sportna Loterija, Slovenia. Mr. Bohinc was elected GLMS member.

 

Representing the EL on the GLMS Executive Committee are:

  • Mr. Thierry Pujol, Director of Risk Management and Security - Member of the Management Board, La Française des Jeux, France. Mr. Pujol was elected GLMS Treasurer.
  • Mr. Jan Peder Stromslid, Executive Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Norsk Tipping, Norway. Mr. Stromslid was appointed GLMS Member.

 

Representing the WLA on the GLMS Executive Committee are:

  • Mr. Seah Chin Siong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Pools (Private) Limited, Singapore. Mr. Siong was elected GLMS Vice President.
  • Mr. Edmundo Dupré Echevarría, Managing Director of Polla Chilena de Beneficencia, Chile. Mr. Dupré Echevarría was appointed GLMS member.

 

The new GLMS Executive Committee will take charge of the association effective immediately. Technical operations for the GLMS will be situated in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the former operations center of the ELMS as soon as the GLMS is operational.

Twenty-­seven representatives of state owned/state licensed lotteries that offer sports betting from twenty-­five different nations came together to found the GLMS at the General Assembly.

Also attending the meeting were WLA President Jean-­Luc Moner-­Banet and EL President Friedrich Stickler.

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Commenting on the success of the meeting WLA President Moner-­Banet stated, "This meeting demonstrates the resolve of the world lottery community to counter match-­?fixing and corruption in sports, and to unconditionally preserve the integrity of sports. As I have mentioned countless times, integrity is at the core of how our members do business. It is therefore essential that we do all we can to ensure that the Global Lottery Monitoring System is an absolute success."

Echoing Mr. Moner-­Banet's sentiments, EL President Stickler added, "This is a historical day for the global fight against match-­ fixing, as the lotteries today establish the most sophisticated monitoring system in place and I am convinced that this initiative will constitute a significant step in the on-­going fight against the phenomenon. EL and its members were the first to develop an international cooperation to be able to detect irregular betting patterns. This cooperation, which had started already in 1999, resulted in the creation of ELMS in 2009 and we are now very proud to see our European Lotteries Monitoring System (ELMS) going global".

The GLMS is set to go live on June 1, 2015 and will supersede the ELMS at that time. As previously mentioned, the GLMS will expand the ELMS to a global operation and will implement new technologies to establish the GLMS as a state-­of-­the art monitoring system.

If you would like further information on the GLMS please CONTACT: Mr. Friedrich Stickler, GLMS President, E-­Mail: friedrich.stickler@lotterien.at, Tel.: +431790701300.

or Mr. Seah Chin Siong, GLMS Vice_President and Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Pools (Private) Limited, Singapore, E-­Mail: seahchingsiong@sgpoolz.com.sg Tel.: +65 62168168.

SOURCE: WLA.

 

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INTRALOT Take Gaming Experience to New Heights at ICE 2015

ATHENS, Greece (January 31, 2015) -- INTRALOT participates at ICE Totally Gaming Exhibition in London, 3 to 5 February, 2015, with a strong ambition to lead progress in the gaming industry with its complete portfolio of innovative Products and Services. Join us at booth #N6-160 and explore the novel Personalized Gaming Experience, and new products and services in Sports Betting, Lottery, Content, Gaming and Interactive Systems, a portfolio dedicated to fulfill our valued customers’ expectations.

Our cutting edge Sports Betting solutions, which are a driving force of this year’s ICE, serve the most dynamic segment of the industry with constant innovation demands. INTRALOT’s in-depth understanding and extensive know-how turned the company in one of the leading sports betting operators in the world with an impressive track-record and performance across the globe. The new iflex platform will be demonstrated at the booth, including all individual components, such as the iflexContent and the iflexTrader that generate the pre-match and live content based on multiple feeds while managing the trading liquidity. Our modular and full range of customizable Sports Managed Trading Services, which provide end-to-end pricing and risk management, complement our iflex Sports platform and give an edge to operators through a unique combination of land based, web and mobile networks.

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INTRALOT is dedicated to designing products to provide the optimal User Experience and our proposal for the new Retail era includes Retailer and Player Terminals, such us the new camera-based ICON technology terminal, Proton, and the brand new vending terminal DreamTouch Compact. StoreSmartPlay multimedia solutions covers the entire range of in-store gaming applications, such as Lottery, Betting, Racing and Virtuals, EGM jackpots and Lottery digital signage.

Content is at the core of the gaming industry and at the core of INTRALOT’s strategy. Our enriched portfolio of Instant Win Games (IWG) for interactive mobile and self-service platforms will be showcased through our Playground delivery platform. INTRALOT’s Games Studio manages and constantly extends our Instant Win Games portfolio with innovative playstyles, game mechanics and rich interactive themes. Through the Playground delivery platform own content is aggregated with feed from several select external Games Studios to support gaming operators at different steps in their evolution path towards content-driven interactive offerings. Virtual Games content will also be demonstrated on multiple platforms for retail and interactive worlds, along with the Racing Solutions, TrackBet and Racing Poker.

At INTRALOT we have created an unparalleled Mobile experience supported by our Mobile product offering. We will showcase our complete mobile solutions, including MobileLottery, an innovative, independent end-to-end solution that makes the lottery experience native on IOS & Android, the newly launched MobileLotteryTV edition along with Intelligent Gaming Messaging (IGM), which is a personalized push notification platform to connect, engage, and retain customers.

In the Lottery sector, we will present LotteryScratchChain (LSC), an end-to- end solution for the planning and fulfillment of Scratch Land based operations. LSC enables cost effective scratch’s operation cycle, and at the same time endorses real time monitoring and drives incremental sales. We will also showcase our open4all solution that upgrades Lottery’s portfolio with new game options, enriched playing experience, and personalized game models. Syndicates, GroupPlay and TeamPlay are included in the solution.

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In the Gaming Solutions area, INTRALOT will present its impressive and well tested iGEM platform. iGEM enables operators to have a complete and secure control of their electronic gaming machines network and is expanded by the addition of more G2S and SAS Classes. We will introduce the enhanced iGEM version, which includes exciting new applications that help operators generate excitement, attract new players and increase profitability. iGEM Jackpot Suite is a complete Jackpot solution suitable for casinos, VLT venues, racetracks and any other single/multi-site gaming environments, and is compatible with virtually all slot machine manufacturers.

The Responsible Play module of iGEM is the most flexible Responsible Gaming system available today, allowing operators worldwide to adapt to the evolving regulatory requirements, safeguarding business continuity and Player Protection. In addition, our GLS system offers end-to-end processing and workflow management for all Gaming Licensing and Compliance processes, to all gaming stakeholders, including operators and regulators.

At INTRALOT we deliver end-to-end personalized solutions on all components of the gaming industry to secure success in operations. To this end we introduce the cutting-edge iGaming Console (IGC), a multichannel Content Management System, along with iGaming Platform (IGP). IGC has built-in responsive designs and content intelligence to identify, understand and better serve customers. It overhauls the online user interface process, by enabling operators to deploy changes faster, more frequently and made only once without needing to be replicated across operating systems. IGP delivers a customer centric approach related to acquisition, retention, bonusing and loyalty schemes regardless of the distribution channel and offers real time segmentation and targeted campaigns for registered players.

We invite you to join us and take your gaming experience to new heights.

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

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 information CONTACT: Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, T: +30-210 6156000, E: kartsoli@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

CIBELAE Invite Delegates to the Third International Seminar on Lotteries in Mar del Plata

CIBELAE invita al Tercer Seminario Internacional de Loterías en Mar del Plata

MADRID, Spain (January 20, 2015) -- La Corporación Iberoamericana de Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (CIBELAE) together with the World Lottery Association (WLA), la Asociación de Loterías Estatales de Argentina (ALEA), and the Instituto de Lotería y Casinos de la provincia de Buenos Aires (IPLyC), announced the date and location of the "Third International Seminar Lottery Entertainment Experience".

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The event will take place on 11 and 12 March, in the NH Gran Hotel Provincial, city of Mar del Plata, Argentina.

This year, the central theme will be "entertainment experience" in order to account for how gambling are part of this industry. In addition to the keynote speeches were developed in parallel conference on "lotteries, betting and outlets in Latin America" ​​and "Latin American Meeting of compliance officers."

It is worth noting that this event is aimed at the public and private sectors linked to industry gambling, from Spain and Latin America. Furthermore, it will feature speakers from international companies and industry fair in parallel.

For more information and registration, see the official website of the event: www.preparate2015.com.ar.

Such events are part of the objectives pursued by the Board of CIBELAE, to rank the seminars, increasing the number of regular and associate members and encourage participation of existing members.

Mar del Plata is an Argentine city on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, 400 km (249 miles) south of Buenos Aires. Mar del Plata is the second largest city of Buenos Aires Province.

SOURCE: La Corporación Iberoamericana de Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (CIBELAE).

 

 

Scientific Games Select Las Vegas as Location for Global Headquarters and Primary Gaming Manufacturing Operation

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (January 26, 2015) --  Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") announced today that the Company is relocating its global corporate headquarters and establishing its Gaming Division's primary U.S. manufacturing operations at its existing facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada. Effective immediately, Scientific Games' global headquarters is located at: 6650 South El Camino Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118.

"Selecting Las Vegas as our global headquarters is a natural step in the corporate evolution of Scientific Games," said Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Las Vegas is a diverse, cosmopolitan city in business friendly Nevada where we have strong roots and an extensive and growing employee base. This move will allow us to stay closely connected to our worldwide base of gaming, lottery and interactive customers.

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"Equally important to our continued operating success is maintaining the continuity of our major operating divisions.  To that end, the Company's Bally and Shuffle Master gaming development and support operations will continue to be based in Las Vegas, while our significant WMS game development, engineering and other gaming support operations, as well as our Interactive Division, will continue to be based at our Chicago Tech Campus. The operational headquarters of Scientific Games' Lottery Division will remain in Alpharetta, Georgia."

Reflecting the Company's commitment to rapidly implement identified integration plans that are expected to drive increased efficiency and cost synergies, Scientific Games has begun to transition the WMS manufacturing operations from Waukegan, Illinois, to Las Vegas. To ensure customer needs are seamlessly maintained throughout the transition, production plans include enhancing the Company's Las Vegas operations before scaling back manufacturing operations at the Waukegan facility. Scientific Games expects all production to be transferred to the Las Vegas facilities by the summer of 2015 and anticipates closing the Waukegan facility before the end of 2015.

"It is great news for Nevada that Scientific Games, an industry leader in gaming, lottery and interactive entertainment and technology, has selected Las Vegas as its new global headquarters," stated Governor Brian Sandoval. "The relocation of the Company's manufacturing operations and corporate office to Las Vegas means hundreds of good-paying jobs for the people of Clark County and our state in the years to come. As we work together to grow and diversify the Nevada economy, I am appreciative that Gavin Isaacs and his executive team recognized the advantage of doing business in our great state."

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Thomas Skancke, CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), said "Scientific Games' bold move to establish global headquarters in business friendly Las Vegas will help LVGEA realize our goal to make the region a global business destination, while positioning Nevada as the gaming capital of the world. We look forward to working with the company as it continues to grow and thrive in Las Vegas."

The cost synergies arising from the manufacturing consolidation and the associated costs of transferring production and corporate functions to Las Vegas are included in the Company's previously disclosed estimate of $235 million of expected annual cost synergies from the Company's acquisition of Bally Technologies, Inc. by the end of 2016 and associated one-time costs to achieve the synergies of $80 million.

About Scientific Games

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

Company CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games: 

Bill Pfund +1 847-785-3167

Vice President, Investor Relations

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Mollie Cole +1 773-961-1194

Director, Corporate Communications

mollie.cole@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

The Gaming Industry Keeps Flourishing in Malta

By Malta Gaming Authority

Hon. Chris Cardona visits Betclic Everest Group offices

SLIEMA, Malta (January 21, 2015) -- Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr Chris Cardona and the Executive Chairman for the Malta Gaming Authority, Joseph Cuschieri, recently paid a visit to the offices of the online gaming Operator ‘Betclic Everest Group’ in Sliema. The delegation was welcomed by the Group’s CEO, Ms Isabelle Andrѐs.

Addressing all those present during the visit, Ms. Andres welcomed and thanked the Maltese Government and the Malta Gaming Authority for their visit and the support the Group has received locally.

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The group recently relocated all its trading and finance activities from Gibraltar to Malta, following an intensive period of consultation. This decision has also led to an increase in jobs here in Malta, which is now one of the Group’s largest office locations. Ms. Andres said, “Betclic Everest Group is delighted to be licensed in Malta and is committed in furthering its good business relationship with the Malta Gaming Authority”.

These jobs reflect the Government’s proactive approach at creating new and better jobs.” said Minister Chris Cardona. “It is always encouraging to see the continuous investment from reputable international companies like the Betclic Everest Group in Malta. The Government is committed to supporting the gaming industry in order to keep up the pace of competition and continue attracting foreign direct investment to Malta.”

The Malta Gaming Authority Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri, added that having established itself as a major player in the iGaming field, Malta will continue to deliver innovative solutions to address present and future challenges faced by the industry. “The iGaming sector has proven to be very beneficial to Malta in terms of value add, quality of labour and additional business services,” he added.

Betclic Everest Group is a European online gaming site operating a wide range of on-line gaming offers in more than 20 countries. It has a unique portfolio comprising of five diverse and complementary international brands, namely, Betclic, bet-at-home.com, Everest, Expekt and Monte Carlo Casino. Betclic Everest Group is owned equally by two European entertainment operators: Lov Group and La Société des Bains de Mer.

SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority.

 

 

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Save the Dates for Australasian Gaming Expo 2015
Featuring more than 180 exhibitors across 15,600 square metres of exhibition space

SYDNEY, Australia (January 16, 2015) -- Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th August are the dates for the 2015 Australasian Gaming Expo Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island Featuring more than 180 exhibitors across 15,600 square metres of exhibition space, the Australasian Gaming Expo is easily the biggest event of its type in Australia and one of the world's biggest. All indications are that the exhibition will again be full to capacity with a wide range of companies showcasing the world's best gaming and related equipment and services

Last year's Gaming Expo saw a number of changes resulting from the move to the temporary location at Glebe Island, all of which have been favourably received. Interstate visitors were particularly pleased with the free Ferry travel from Darling Harbour to Glebe Island, affording them a spectacular Sydney Harbour cruise.

Of course there's more to the Expo than a cruise, with one visitor summing up their Gaming Expo experience in the following words: "Always interesting not just to see new products but totally new ideas and ways of doing business..... new areas of thought into how to trade."

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In fact, our post show research showed that 97% of the visitors saw the Expo as an opportunity to see new products and technology.

Event owner and operator, the Gaming Technologies Association, will again add to the fun by offering a surprise trip for 2 to Las Vegas for visitors at each day of the Expo one of which was won last year by Victoria's own Danielle Burston from the Collingwood Football Club. Of course the Gaming Technology Association's members whose exhibition stands would sit comfortably alongside the world's best at any global event, will be in full force at the Australasian Gaming Expo. The Australasian Gaming Expo is the "must attend" event.

Note: 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.

The Gaming Technologies Association's primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Bally Australia, IGT (Australia), Konami Australia and WMS Gaming Australia..

For further information contact: Ross Ferrar CEO, Gaming Technologies Association (+61 2) 8216 0931 or rferrar@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

 

BC Lottery Corporation Launch OpenBet Promote System in Match Eatery & Public House at Starlight Casino

Pioneering betting content display will drive players to PlayNow.com

LONDON, U.K. (January 26, 2015) -- OpenBet, the world’s leading software provider to the sports betting industry, has partnered with BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation) to deploy its next generation Promote system in the casino environment.

Promote has been integrated to a gigantic 12-screen display to create a cinematic-style experience at the venue in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. The new screen will completely change the customer experience within the venue and provide a best in class promotional system designed to enhance enjoyment and engagement.

BCLC’s PlayNow Sportsbook (powered by OpenBet) first launched in 2012 on PlayNow.com and offers players more than 500 betting options, including futures, props and betting on live games while they’re in play.

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Our latest deployment of Promote, with BCLC at the Starlight property, means customers can now experience the most dynamic sportsbook experience delivered on one of the largest video walls installed within British Columbia,” said Jeremy Thompson-Hill, OpenBet CEO. “It demonstrates OpenBet’s commitment to a true omni-channel gaming experience that today’s player demands, and which delivers optimum value to operators.

In conjunction with BCLC and Gateway Casinos, OpenBet Promote has developed a tailored, high-definition betting content display that will revolutionise the Starlight Casino sports bar experience. Promote Studio centrally manages the live video feeds, TV, audio, data feeds, HTML, RSS, and social media to deliver a live picture experience across multiple sports and games with real-time price, screen and content changes.

This is a brand new and innovative way to engage our players in an interactive and fun atmosphere where they can enjoy all the amenities of a sports lounge, along with the excitement of live sports action betting,” said BCLC Vice President eGaming Rhonda Garvey. “Offering Sportsbook in the casino gives our players a best in class gaming experience.”

About OpenBet Ltd

Established: Founded in 1996, OpenBet powers the largest share of the world’s online bets with global software deployments in multiple, legal gaming jurisdictions.  With offices in North America, Australia and the UK, over 20 customers in the online gaming industry and over 50 integrated partners worldwide, OpenBet provides the most open gaming platform and a product suite that ensures the very best and most flexible solution available.

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Innovative: OpenBet prides itself on product innovation and technical excellence that makes it the technology provider and betting platform of choice for bookmakers, national lotteries and other government-backed betting organisations and operators in newly regulating international markets. OpenBet’s products include Sportsbook, Casino, Poker with a single centralised Account.  With a roadmap of continuing innovation, OpenBet Retail also offers integrated solutions bridging land-based and online.

Trusted: OpenBet is trusted by some of the world’s most successful operators including William Hill, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Betfair, SkyBet and PMU.  OpenBet is the preferred supplier of National lotteries in North America providing the underlying technology for their online operations and as the primary online casino provider for BCLC.

About BCLC

British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) is a Crown Corporation responsible for conducting and managing gambling on behalf of the Province of British Columbia. Revenue generated supports provincial, community and charitable programs. BCLC operates casino, community, and bingo gaming, national and provincial lottery games and online gambling through PlayNow.com. Commercial gaming in B.C. is a $2.8-billion-a-year industry.

CONTACTS:

 

OpenBet Ltd

Press Team

E: press@openbet.com

T: +44 (0)20 8742 1600

BCLC

Susan Dolinski

Vice President, Social Responsibility & Communications

T: 604-228-3096

 

SOURCE: OpenBet Ltd.

 

 

Pennsylvania Lottery’s The Daily Number, BIG 4 and Quinto to Become the PICK Family of Games; New PICK 2 Game to Launch

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (January 26, 2015) -- Pennsylvania Lottery players, get ready for the dawn of a new era: the PICK family of games will launch on Jan. 27.

  • PICK 2, a new, twice-daily draw game, will allow players to choose any two-digit number.
  • After nearly 38 years, The Daily Number – the Pennsylvania Lottery’s first daily draw game – will become PICK 3
  • BIG 4, launched in 1980, will become PICK 4.
  • Quinto, launched in 2008, will become PICK 5.

 

The PICK games will be played exactly like the existing games and drawn twice daily, making it easy for new and existing players to immediately understand how to play and win.

“The PICK games are ‘Easy to Say, Simple to Play’,” said Lottery Executive Director Sil Lutkewitte. “They will help to reinvigorate our draw games portfolio through a fresh, new look, a coordinated marketing strategy and new second-chance opportunities.”

The first new second-chance opportunity will take place from Feb. 2 to Feb. 26, when the Take Your Pick! Second-Chance Drawings will allow players of any PICK game to enter one of two drawings to win either a $50,000 top prize or one of 100 cash prizes of $1,000.

All PICK game tickets bearing an official entry code will be eligible for entry through the Second-Chance Prize Zone™ inside the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or via the Pennsylvania Lottery’s official smartphone app.

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Tickets must be entered before they are presented for prize validation and payment in order to be considered for the second-chance drawings.

To create a seamless change for regular players, advance-play tickets purchased for The Daily Number, BIG 4 and Quinto prior to Jan. 27 will be valid for play as PICK games. Although old playslips will continue to work, players will find new playslips at retailers in late January.

The Daily Number was launched on March 1, 1977, becoming the first Pennsylvania Lottery game where players picked their own numbers. BIG 4 joined the nightly drawing lineup on Nov. 22, 1980. Mid-day drawings for both games were added on Feb. 11, 2003.

Quinto, which allows players to pick five numbers, debuted on Aug. 26, 2008 with mid-day and evening drawings.

For more information on how to play Pennsylvania Lottery games, visit www.palottery.com.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery

The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $24.7 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state.

The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds players to check every ticket, every time. Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. For help with a gambling problem, call 1-800-848-1880.

For drawings results, winning numbers, winners’ stories and to subscribe to the Lottery’s RSS news feed, visit www.palottery.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Total Winnings by Wyolotto Players Surpasses $1 Million

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (January 26, 2015) -- The Wyoming Lottery Corporation celebrated a new milestone over the weekend when the total winnings by WyoLotto players surpassed $1 million. That’s right, $1 million won by Wyoming Lottery players which is nearly double the population of the Cowboy State.

So far, 190,908 WyoLotto players have won a total of $1,025,439 since the launch of the lottery in August 2014. The largest amount won so far was $25,000 in the Jan. 20 Mega Millions drawing, followed most recently by $20,000 won in the Jan. 24 Powerball drawing.

"Reaching the $1 million in winnings mark is an important milestone for the Lottery, showing that WyoLotto players are having fun and winning," said Jon Clontz, CEO of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation.

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"We fully expect the number of winners and size of prizes won will increase with the addition of the Cowboy Draw game on March 15 followed by potentially two more games later in the year."

The minimum jackpot for the Cowboy Draw game is $250,000. The Cowboy Draw jackpot will grow until it is hit.

To find out if you have won, check your numbers online at wyolotto.com, take your ticket to any official WyoLotto retailer or by calling toll free 1-855-995-6886 (855-WY-LOTTO).  Players can also subscribe to receive WyoLotto winning numbers notifications by email. For more information, visit www.wyolotto.com/signup. Retailers are authorized to pay up to $599 in prizes. Prizes over $600 must be processed through lottery headquarters in Cheyenne either in person or by mail. See www.wyolotto.com for details. Please remember that the ticket is your property and you need to sign it. Payment of any prize shall be made as directed by the person(s) whose signature(s) appears on the back of the ticket.

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: Rachel Girt. Wyoming Lottery Corporation, Phone: 307-286-1592, Email: rachel@warehousetwentyone.com.

SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery Corp.

 

 

Euro Games Technology’s Advance in the Americas Continues

SOFIA, Bulgaria (January 21, 2015) -- The strategy of Euro Games Technology for stepping on the US market proved successful. The company, together with its partner Reel Games, realized another major sale for the region with their first installation in Puerto Rico. It included P-24/24 Up slot machines from Premier series connected to EGT’s Vega jackpot system and was carried out at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino.

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The complex is located near the airport, right on the waterfront at the oldest settlement in San Juan.

The casino, spread across 7000 square feet, was voted “San Juan’s friendliest casino” for its rolicking atmosphere, good-natured dealers, and tons of ways to play with chance.

We are extremely excited to have the Sheraton as the first place to receive our machines in Puerto Rico. The local players are exactly what our games are designed for, and we are confident that they will feel the difference with EGT’s products,” commented Sean Smith, President and founder of Reel Games, Inc.

The P-24/24 Up cabinets, equipped with the Premier Multi-3 mix of titles, featuring the popular fruit themed games, along with the Vega jackpot system, offering its Mini, Middle and Super levels of jackpot, are expected to increase the interest towards Sheraton Old San Juan Casino. Ada R. Pérez, ‎director of the casino, commented: "It is well known that the EGT’s slot models are favorites among players throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and we believe they will be accepted with the same enthusiasm in Puerto Rico as well."

Nadia Popova, Director of EGT for Central America, supported the market observations of Sean Smith and Ada R. Pérez and expressed her satisfaction for the company’s good start of 2015: “2014th was full of success for Euro Games Technology and I hope that the entering in Puerto Rico is just the beginning of even more booming new year.”

SOURCE: EGT.

 

 

BC Lottery's PlayNow.com Release Full List of Super Bowl and Oscar Odds

KAMLOOPS, B.C. Canada (January 26, 2015) -- With two major entertainment events in the next few weeks, PlayNow.com has released their annual lists of Super Bowl and Academy Awards betting favourites.

More bets are placed each year on the Super Bowl than on any other individual sports event. It is estimated that $10 billion is wagered globally with over 200 million people placing bets on the game. Last year, players in B.C. wagered approximately $350,000 on Super Bowl through BCLC.

Super Bowl and Oscars are the two most popular events for props and novelty bettors due to the marketing hype, the connection to pop culture and the entertaining storylines. Novelties capture almost any speculation around sports, arts, sciences or any other special-interest subject.

Download a full list of Super Bowl Props for your party:

  • What colour Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach at the Super Bowl?
  • Will the Super Bowl go into overtime?
  • How long will it take Idina Menzel to sing the National Anthem?
  • Who will win Best Actor/Actress at the Academy Awards?
  • Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

 

Super Bowl odds have the Seattle Seahawks currently favoured by 1 point over the New England Patriots.

Early Academy Awards betting favourites have Boyhood to win Best Picture, Michael Keaton for Best Actor and Julianne Moore to take home the Oscar for Best Actress.

Visit PlayNow.com for more than 100 props and novelty bets, including odds for Super Bowl XLIX, Academy Awards and Grammy’s; who will play the next James Bond; will Hilary Clinton win the Democratic Presidential Nomination; Will Camilla become Queen?

BCLC offers socially responsible gaming entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians. Each year, revenue from gambling contributes more than $1 billion to fund important provincial, municipal and charitable programs across B.C

SOURCE: BCLC.

 

 

The Florida Lottery Applauds Governor Scott’s “Keep Florida Working” Budget For Its Continued Support Of Education

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 28, 2015) -- Governor Rick Scott’s 2015-16 budget recommendations will enable the Florida Lottery to continue its core mission of maximizing revenues for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).  The Governor’s $167.6 million proposal for the Lottery underscores his support for public education in Florida.

Governor Scott said, “The Florida Lottery ranks among the top lotteries in the nation, and has provided more than $27 billion to education over the past 27 years. Every great job begins with a great education, and the transfers from the Florida Lottery help to provide our students with the opportunities they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond- which is why we have included these important investments in our ‘KEEP FLORIDA WORKING’ budget.”

In order to help the Lottery continue to grow sales and maximize revenue to education, the Governor’s budget provides:

  • $532,353 to update the agency’s information technology infrastructure
  • $120,000 for OPS positions to handle the increase in workload resulting from the Lottery’s ticket sales success over the past four years
  • $224,500 to retain a security firm to conduct a comprehensive security evaluation of the department as required by Florida Statute
  • $4.3 million to increase the Lottery’s instant ticket appropriation as required, based on the November 2014 Revenue Estimating Conference forecasts, to pay Lottery gaming vendors

 

With this funding, the Florida Lottery will be able to successfully continue its efforts to efficiently and effectively operate as an entrepreneurial enterprise, generating in excess of $5.6 billion a year in sales and more than $1.4 billion in revenue to education.  Governor Scott’s budget provides significant investment in education at every level and reflects his continued commitment to ensuring that Florida has a strong and competitive education system that provides its graduates with greater opportunities and better paying jobs,” said Secretary Cynthia O’Connell.

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In Fiscal Year 2015-16, the Florida Lottery will continue to launch new and exciting games; unveil enhancements to current game offerings; expand its retailer network; explore innovative alliances with public and private-sector partners; and implement a comprehensive marketing plan that includes non-traditional advertising, social media and further development of its Internet presence.

I commend Governor Scott for prioritizing education in his recommended budget for 2015-16.  The Governor’s continued support of education at every level is helping our state ensure that we graduate students who will be prepared to lead Florida in the future,” said Senator Bill Montford.

The Bright Futures Scholarship Program still serves its intended purpose – to keep Florida’s best and brightest students in the state. By investing in these students’ pursuit of higher education, we are making an investment in the future of our state,” said John Thrasher, President, Florida State University.

Living and working in a state where the Governor places emphasis on growing businesses and supporting education is truly an honor,” said Mark Perreault, Old Northeast Rally, Tampa, Florida. “I appreciate what Governor Scott and the Florida Lottery do each day to ensure the prosperity of our economy and the success of our children.”

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"Bright Futures has given me the opportunity to put the worry of financial stress behind me in order to be successful in and outside of the classroom. Bright Futures is giving students like me the opportunity and reward for an amazing college education and experience," said University of Central Florida student, Sydney Alexander.

In business, relationships mean a lot. Governor Scott’s leadership and determination to steer the state in the right direction, along with the partnership with the Florida Lottery, create a winning environment,” said Joon Chang, Owner, Right Way Fuel and Colonial Plaza Mobil in Orlando. 

The budget proposed by Governor Scott shows the value he places on commerce, communities and education.  It’s great to see that the hard work we put into making our businesses succeed is matched by the support we receive from Governor Scott and the Florida Lottery,” said Daniel Diaz, Vice President, Government Discount Inc.

Governor Scott deserves praise for his continued focus on economic and job growth in the Sunshine State. His direction, combined with the Florida Lottery’s partnership with its network of more than 13,000 retailers, has resulted in increased revenue for Florida businesses and education,” said Richard McAllister, President and CEO, Florida Retail Federation. 

I appreciate the importance Governor Scott places on Florida businesses,” said Charles Rooney of Rainey Cawthon Distributors in Tallahassee. “Creating an environment that allows local businesses to flourish and thrive allows positive impacts to spread throughout communities around the state.”

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 $46 billion in prizes and made more than 1,400 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

 

PwC Present Conclusions of Study Developed for Remote Gambling Association to Parliament

  • Change to tax system for Online sporting bets would generate €20M more revenue to the State than present plans.
  • Current Taxation plans will lead to the loss of competiveness for regulated operators and encourage consumers to use the non-regulated market;
  • The tax regime will make it harder to promote a big regulated market.
  • The PWC study concludes that the proposed system will result in a small, inefficient and unprotected market; the countries with the alternative GGR tax system were able to create larger, efficient and secure systems for consumers.

 

LISBON, Portugal (January 28, 2015) -- Online sporting bets would generate €20M more revenue to the State until 2018 if the taxes were based on Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR). The current proposal based on betting turnover, and the revenue the Government will receive will remain at €17 million, until 2018.

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This conclusion was presented to the Commission for Economy and Public Works at the Parliament by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in a study developed for Remote Gambling Association (RGA).

To support the study “Sporting Bets Regulation in Portugal”, PwC collected and analyzed data on other European countries, according to the tributary regimes applied in each one of them and the corresponding market behavior, with especial highlight for fiscal revenue.

As observed by PwC study, the proposed model on Portuguese law chooses taxation on bet value over a GGR regime. According to the study, the former discourages the demanding of licenses and the coming of new entrants in Portugal, for the awards won’t be competitive, maintaining players in unregulated market. For the State, the biggest consequence of this scenario will be a fiscal revenue way inferior to the one expected when it was decided to regulate the online gambling market.

PwC’s analysis notes that in France, with a model identical to the Portuguese, half of the online gambling traders had left the country by the end of the first year due to the lack of profitability (18 of the total 35), which weakened the offer made to the consumers and caused a meteoric decrease of revenue to the Government.

 

 

Absorption rate at stake

Under these conditions, the ability to attract supply and clients from the unregulated to the regulated market (absorption rate) is minimal. The verified experience in other countries shows that a tributary regime based on the total amount of bets prevents market evolution and is not able to absorb more than one fourth of the market. On the contrary, GGR model increases its absorption rate over 50% (more 50% in Spain: more than 80% in Denmark), double the projected rate for Portugal under the present regime.

 

 

Consumers with less security

By analyzing the potential socioeconomic impacts of the regulation of online sporting bets in Portugal, in light of the experience and situation of other European countries, PwC’s study maintains that the present model damages the consumers for, by remaining in unregulated market, there remains no kind of juridical protection in the moment of placing and collecting the bet. Thus, there won’t exist a legal identification umbrella for the users personal data. On the other hand, there won’t be any control of addictive behavior, contrary to what happens in the traditional gambling and in regulated market of other countries.

The study concludes that the proposed system is diminished, inefficient and unprotected. The countries with a GGR model were able, in contradistinction, to create plural, efficient and protected systems.

CONTACT: Filipe Nogueira, Tel: +351 21 923 9700 / 939 239 736, Email: fnogueira@llorenteycuenca.com

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA)

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) is the largest online gambling trade association in the world, representing the world’s largest licensed and stock market-listed remote gambling operators and software provider’s. The organisation provides the remote gambling industry with a single voice on all issues of importance to regulators, legislators, and key decision-makers. Further information about the RGA can be found at www.rga.eu.com.

SOURCE: The Remote Gambling Association (RGA).

 

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Gaming Standards Association Calls For Comments On The Next Release Of The G2S Standard

G2S Version 3.0 Adds Important New Functionality and Simplifies Implementation, Testing, and Operations

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (January 27, 2015) – G2S, the Gaming Standards Association’s award-winning Game-to-System Message Protocol, drives many of the gaming industry’s newest and most exciting products. Now GSA is set to unveil G2S version 3.0, and the organization’s members are in the process of conducting final reviews and providing comments before it is released.

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“G2S Version 3.0 is the result of almost three years of work by our G2S Technical Committee, based on direct feedback from suppliers and operators, as well as regulators in jurisdictions from around the world. The result is a new version of G2S that is not only mature and rich in functionality, but which also simplifies protocol implementation, testing and operation,” said GSA Chairman Adrian Marcu.

Most significantly, the new version of G2S uses WebSockets and EXI, making message handling and communications much more efficient.”

Critical new functionality has been added to the protocol including support for Standalone Progressive Controllers, Mystery Progressive Jackpots, and Progressive Displays. Specific jurisdictional requirements have also been addressed. Further improvements to the Player User Interface have been made, allowing multi-source picture-in-picture functionality to be managed through an open protocol.

We have been listening to our membership and to the industry at large throughout this improvement process,” noted Marcu. “Now we want to make certain that member input and feedback is heard and addressed as we prepare to release the standard this Spring.”

Review and comment is open to all GSA members. The deadline for comment is January 31. A draft of the standard is available for review and download at GSA’s website: www.gamingstandards.com.

The G2S standard has won international acclaim. Global Gaming Business named it the “Best Productivity-Enhancement Technology.” Casino Journal named it one of the “Top 3 Most Innovative Products” and Casino Enterprise Management put it on the list of “Top 10 Slot Floor Technologies.”

GSA standards are created by the organization’s global membership. To find a membership level that best suits your business goals and budget, visit www.gamingstandards.com.

Established in 1998, GSA’s members represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.

For more information, visit: www.gamingstandards.com and join GSA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, Phone: +1 (702) 413-4278.

SOURCE: GSA.




 

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