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The WEEK in REVIEW
Vol. 70 No.9 - Monday March 9, 2015

A weekly snapshot of the top lottery and gaming news stories




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  • GTECH S.P.A. Announce Name of New Company as “IGT” Full Story.
  • Scientific Games Expands Gaming Technology Presence in Canada with Atlantic Lottery Corporation's Lottery and iLottery Systems Contract. Full Story.
  • Florida Lottery Has Highest Scratch-Off Sales Week Nationwide. Full Story.
  • SLI Global Solutions Joins the GLI Group of Companies. Full Story.
  • Hoosier Lottery, Speedway Partnership Offers Big Prizes. Full Story.
  • Idaho Lottery Gives Cash Incentive to Finish Those Makeover Projects. Full Story.
  • Government Issues Decree Establishing New Legal Regulation of Conditions to Reduce Indiscriminate Proliferation of Gambling Halls. Full Story.
  • New Mexico Lottery Launch “Mustang Money” Scratcher™ For Car’s 50th Anniversary. Full Story.
  • Fantasy Sports Promotor to Bring Amazing Fan Experiences and Rewards to UFC Fans. Full Story.
  • Gaming Standards Association Welcomes Austrian Gaming Industries (NOVOMATIC Group of Companies) as Newest Platinum Member. Full Story.
  • California Lottery Joins Problem Gambling Awareness Month Effort. Full Story.
  • Playtech Unveil Rainbow Riches Bingo. Full Story.
  • Macao Gaming Summit - November 17 to November 19, 2015 at Venetian Macao. Full Story.
  • International Association Of Gaming Regulators Announce 2015 Conference In Lima, Peru. Full Story.
  • Lottery Corporation is a Proud Sponsor of Ontario Scene. Full Story.
  • Adjarabet Live on Microgaming Poker Using Babelfish Technology. Full Story.





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GTECH S.P.A. Announce Name of New Company as “IGT”

  • Planned corporate structure and executive leadership team announced
  • Organization will include distinct North America Gaming and North America Lottery units, also responsible for global products and services

 

ROME, ITALY and PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (February 26, 2015) – GTECH S.p.A. today announced that upon completion of its acquisition of International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT), the combined entities will be branded as “IGT” and that the holding company, Georgia Worldwide PLC, has changed its name to International Game Technology PLC. Upon the completion of the acquisition, IGT will be the global leader in delivering innovative end-to-end gaming solutions across the full spectrum of regulated gaming while continuing to transform the industry with cutting-edge technology and innovative content.

In addition, GTECH has announced the corporate structure and executive team that will lead the combined organization. The new company will leverage the strengths of the two combined gaming industry leaders to become the largest gaming and lottery company in the world.

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The combination of GTECH and IGT brings together two highly complementary legacy businesses to form the true blue chip company in global gaming. The new name and branding reflect this positioning. In addition, our two companies have similar core values; in fact, our respective names are derived from the same origin. The comprehensive footprint of our new group fully validates the global claim inscribed in the IGT name,” said Marco Sala, GTECH S.p.A. Chief Executive Officer.  “Our new logo, marrying the IGT name and the iconic GTECH globe, draws upon the substantial brand equity of our two companies.  It symbolizes our unique capacity to transform the industry with cutting-edge technology and innovative content; to deliver exciting game experiences through every channel, including gaming, lottery, interactive, mobile, and social; and to be the partner of choice in the global gaming industry.

Corporate Structure

Building on GTECH’s success with its current organizational structure, the new company will be shaped as a customer-facing organization with four business units operating in three regions: North America, International and Italy.

With the specific intent to offer customers a single point of contact, the North America region will be comprised of two business units focused along different customers. Each will be separately responsible for driving the growth of the entire product portfolio for WLA customers (North America Lottery) and for Commercial customers (North America Gaming).

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North America Gaming will also have global responsibility for the product development, manufacturing, marketing and delivery of all of the company’s gaming offerings.  This includes interactive and sports betting, as well as oversight of the DoubleDown Casino™ online social gaming business. The respective legacy IGT groups across gaming and interactive will be integrated into North America Gaming as appropriate.

North America Lottery will have global responsibility for the product development, marketing, and delivery of all the company’s lottery offerings.

Consistent with the current GTECH structure, the International business unit will be responsible for the strategic development and management of all business conducted outside of North America and Italy, across the company’s entire product portfolio.

The International organization will have specialized and separate sales and operations groups, each supported by the respective North America product and services organizations.  The respective legacy International IGT groups will be integrated into the International business unit as appropriate.

The Italy business unit will operate as it does today. All product development, marketing, manufacturing, and servicing will be supported by North America Lottery and North America Gaming as appropriate.

The corporate functions related to Finance, Legal and Human Resources will be managed on a global basis. 

Leadership Team

The Corporate Leadership team will be comprised of the following:

  • Marco Sala – Chief Executive Officer, International Game Technology PLC
  • Renato Ascoli – Chief Executive Officer, North America Gaming/Interactive (DoubleDown Casino)
  • Walter Bugno – Chief Executive Officer, International
  • Fabio Cairoli – Chief Executive Officer, Italy
  • Michael Chambrello – Chief Executive Officer, North America Lottery
  • Alberto Fornaro – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Donald R. Sweitzer – Chairman, IGT Corporation (North America) and Senior Public Affairs Advisor
  • Robert Vincent – Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications

 

"We have brought together a talented team of proven leaders to combine two great companies, forming a powerful lottery and gaming enterprise that will provide leadership and value to our customers around the globe," continued Mr. Sala.

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"In the coming months, the new executive team will work together to optimize integration planning to achieve the synergies we have committed to delivering. By listening and learning from both companies, they will build on our combined strengths and craft the new organization’s future as a winning combination."

As previously announced, the Company will establish a corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom with operating headquarters in Rome, Italy, Las Vegas, Nevada and Providence, Rhode Island. Upon the close of the transaction, the company will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “IGT.” 

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. edited media release.

 

 

Scientific Games Expands Gaming Technology Presence in Canada with Atlantic Lottery Corporation's Lottery and iLottery Systems Contract

ATLANTA, Georgia (March 2, 2015) -- Scientific Games Corporation(NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced it has signed a contract with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation ("ALC" or "the Lottery") to provide a lottery gaming system and internet-based iLottery gaming system. The Company is responsible for developing and implementing its AEGIS NGS lottery gaming system and Sciplay® iLottery system for ALC, as well as providing ongoing operational monitoring and maintenance support beginning in mid-2017. Implementation is expected to begin this month, with conversion to the new system in 2016. The five-year contract, awarded by ALC after a competitive procurement process, includes extension opportunities up to 15 years, for a total of 20 years. The contract extends Scientific Games' gaming technology service presence to 70 percent of the provinces and all three territories in Canada.

"We are delighted to continue innovating with Scientific Games to bring entertaining lottery games to Atlantic Canadian players through technology that both serves us today and leads us into the future," said Brent Scrimshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Lottery Corporation. "Our conversion to the AEGIS NGS and Sciplay systems will provide ALC with the opportunity to securely and responsibly grow through traditional retail channels, and now mobile, internet and emerging channels."

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ALC operates the gaming business on behalf of the governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. With this new contract, ALC will replace its current lottery gaming system with a next generation gaming system and iLottery platform that will support its retail and internet gaming channels with advanced functionality and services. The open-architecture of the new system offers flexibility, scalability and speed to market for new products.

"The combination of the AEGIS NGS gaming system and the Sciplay iLottery system will offer ALC a completely integrated technology solution and a deep entertainment portfolio of traditional and digital lottery games for players," said Pat McHugh, Senior Vice President, North American Lottery Systems for Scientific Games. "ALC will be well-positioned to become an industry leader in multi-channel player engagement and promotions that can successfully grow their business."

McHugh said that Scientific Games has provided iLottery and internet-based loyalty solutions to 20 World Lottery Association members, beginning in 2001 with Germany's Lotto Bayern. The Company's Sciplay system is currently the leading iLottery, lottery loyalty and lottery player subscription service technology in the U.S. with implementations in Arkansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and most recently, North Dakota.

Scientific Games began its nearly 40 year relationship with ALC in 1978 as the Lottery's instant game provider. The Company currently provides ALC with instant games and licensed properties and has supplied the Lottery's gaming systems technology since 2001.

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; 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.

About Atlantic Lottery Corporation

Atlantic Lottery is publicly owned by the four Atlantic provinces. Its revenues exceeded $1 billion in 2013-14, and its products range from draw games to sports wagering to online offerings. All profits are returned to the governments of Atlantic Canada for investment in public services. Since Atlantic Lottery was created in 1976, it has returned $8.2 billion.

Company Contacts

 

Investor Relations:
Bill Pfund
(847) 785-3167
Media Relations:
Mollie Cole
(773) 961-1194

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Florida Lottery Has Highest Scratch-Off Sales Week Nationwide

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 4, 2015) -- The Florida Lottery announced today that Scratch-Off ticket sales for the week ending March 1, 2015, exceeded $91.7 million, the highest, single-week Scratch-Off sales of any lottery in the country. This record-breaking Scratch-Off sales week resulted in $16.99 million being generated for the benefit of Florida students and schools.

By continuously launching new games with a multitude of instant cash prizes, and offering a variety of second chance promotions, we are giving our players what they want and the results speak for themselves,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell.

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The high performance of our Scratch-Off games means that our players are winning big, retailers are earning higher commissions and more revenue is being generated for education programs in Florida.”

Last week’s sales were led by the new $10,000,000 FLORIDA CASH Scratch-Off game, with $17.1 million in sales, followed by the $600,000 GOLD RUSH Scratch-Off game, with more than $10.92 million in sales.

The Florida Lottery offers approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines or counter displays at more than 13,000 retail locations statewide. Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 64 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $640 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2013-14.

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: Florida Lottery.

 

 

SLI Global Solutions Joins the GLI Group of Companies

LAKEWOOD, New Jersey (March 2, 2015) – The Gaming Labs International group of companies is pleased to announce the addition of SLI Global Solutions (SLI), a leader in Quality Assurance and Software Testing Services, to its growing portfolio of companies. With this acquisition, SLI Global Solutions and GLI combine to form one of the largest organizations with a singular focus on software testing and quality assurance worldwide.

GLI President/CEO James Maida said, “Just as GLI is recognized for its global leadership in gaming testing and professional services, SLI has long been recognized as the leader in government solutions; testing for certification of health IT, and voting system certification testing; software testing and quality assurance. Those similarities extend to the culture of each company. With testing and certification at our core, both GLI and SLI have shared beliefs in excellence, passion and commitment to our clients and to providing the best services available anywhere. Moving forward together, we will share that culture and commitment to excellence, providing even more customers with broader levels of testing, certification and professional services.”

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SLI President Mark Phillips said, “SLI has built a scalable delivery model using documented and repeatable processes delivered by highly credentialed and experienced staff and enhanced by innovative tools and techniques. Because of this, SLI has been able to provide significant value to both private and public sector clients as they develop their most strategic IT products. We are excited to join the GLI family of companies to rapidly scale and deliver these solutions to a much broader range of clients.”

SLI ensures information technology investments result in products that are built according to agreed upon standards, perform as expected, and fulfill business needs. Together, GLI and SLI will represent one of the world's largest providers exclusively dedicated to quality assurance, technology testing and IT governance-related solutions.

SLI brings a broad portfolio of services and solutions to GLI including world class software test automation, quality assurance, and independent verification and validation for commercial and government agencies.  SLI has earned a number of designations including an ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Quality Management System and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation for software testing for electronic health records and voting systems. SLI leads the industry with its own proprietary quality management methodology, SQM3, which is based on practical applications of IEEE, PMI and ISO standards.

About SLI Global Solutions

Since 1996, SLI Global Solutions has been helping customers manage their technology risks and investments. As a company that has earned an ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Quality Management Systems and ISO 17025 accreditation for all laboratory work, we provide software testing, quality assurance (QA), and independent verification and validation (IV&V) for commercial and government agency clients that are based upon our proprietary quality management methodology, SQM3.

www.sliglobalsolutions.com.

About Gaming Laboratories International

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 20 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.

 

GLI Contact:
Christie Eickelman,
Vice President of Worldwide Marketing
+1 (702) 914-2220,
Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com
SLI Contact:
Cassandra Pierce,
Market Operations/Recruiting
+1 (303) 575-6881, x161,
Email: cpierce@sliglobalsolutions.com

 

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Hoosier Lottery, Speedway Partnership Offers Big Prizes

Customers can win free fuel, chance for cash

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 2, 2015) -- Would you like to win free fuel for a year? Lottery tickets that offer a chance to win a big cash prize?

Between March 2 and April 29, the Hoosier Lottery and Speedway are offering a special promotion that will allow Speedy Rewards customers the chance to do both, and more!

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For every $1 spent on Hoosier Lottery products by Speedy Rewards members, one entry into a drawing will be earned.

The top three prizes in the drawing are free fuel for a year (valued at $2,500 each)! 

In addition, there will be six prizes of $1,000 worth of fuel, eight prizes of $250 worth of Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off tickets, and 15 prizes of $50 worth of Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off tickets.

Customers will need to show and swipe their Speedy Rewards card at the time they make their purchase in order to be entered into the drawing. Promotion is valid at all Indiana Speedway locations.

About The Hoosier Lottery

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the Teachers' Retirement Fund.

In fiscal year 2013, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund.

To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit: www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback. Download the official Hoosier Lottery app and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Hoosier Lottery, Public Information Officer, 317-264-4898 (office), 317-653-0561 (cell), Email: carango@hoosierlottery.in.gov.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

 

Idaho Lottery Gives Cash Incentive to Finish Those Makeover Projects

BOISE, Idaho (March 1, 2015) -- This spring, the Idaho Lottery is offering a new $5 Scratch Game, Money Makeover, with multiple ways to win cash to help you complete those lingering home improvement projects, large or small, up to $40,000!

 

 

SOURCE: Idaho Lottery.

 

 

Government Issues Decree Establishing New Legal Regulation of Conditions to Reduce Indiscriminate Proliferation of Gambling Halls

PARAGUAY (February 25, 2015) -- To reduce the indiscriminate and irregular proliferation of gambling halls, and promote responsible gaming programs and prevention of pathological gambling, the Government issued Decree No. 3,083 / 2015 establishing a new legal regulation of conditions of authorization gambling to operate at the municipal and departmental levels.

The legal advisor to the President of the Republic, Minister Sergio Godoy, reported on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 24, the Head of State, Horacio Cartes, signed on the date the official respective provision. He announced that "One of the main reasons for this new regulation is aimed at reducing the indiscriminate and irregular proliferation of gambling halls."

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Godoy explained that "As a means to this end, the government seeks to standardize and provide legal certainty about the provisions establishing the criteria for approval at the departmental and municipal level, taking into account the diversity of provisions currently existing ordinances that have consequently not allow an orderly system."

"Please note that the Government has taken into account in the creation of this regulatory system, the need to promote programs Responsible Gaming and Gambling Prevention for the purpose of obtaining an orderly and responsible gaming cultural development, thus avoiding the consequences harmful associated with this kind of disorder," he said.

PLAN PUBLIC POLICY

He added: "In this context, the Executive authorizes the National Commission on Gaming (Conajzar) to plan public policy Responsible and Prevention of Gambling Game, as well as Corporate Social Responsibility for adoption by companies engaged in the exploitation of gambling.”

The minister Godoy said "it should be noted that Decree sets minimum requirements framework for regulating the operation of games of chance, as include: characteristics of function rooms and places where gambling character classroom; standards, features and technical specifications of the systems, machines and tools that can be used, among others."

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Appropriated also "provides that the games and electronic machines aimed at children, exposed in public and those who work in places that do not conform to the regulations, will not be accepted. It also regulates local gambling should be a minimum distance of five hundred (500) feet and educational centres, schools, colleges, universities established similar rules governing the matter," as he said.

PAYMENT OF SALARIES

The legal advisor to the president said “on the other hand, by Decree No. 3,082 / 2015, President Horacio Cartes authorized the payment of salaries of public administration and Retirement and Pension.”

The Executive has authorized the Directorate General of Treasury, under the Secretariat of State for Financial Administration of the Ministry of Finance, to proceed to the payment of salaries of public administration and retirement and pension for the month February this year," Godoy said.

SOURCE: Office of President of the Republic of Paraguay (www.presidencia.gov.py).

 

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New Mexico Lottery Launch “Mustang Money” Scratcher™ For Car’s 50th Anniversary

Game Includes Chance to Win Limited Edition 2015 Ford Mustang GT

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (March 4, 2015) -- The New Mexico Lottery’s latest Scratcher™ has true horsepower.

Available in stores now, the “Mustang Money” Scratcher features cash prizes of up to $50,000. 

Win a Limited Edition Ford Mustang GT

The $5 game also offers players with non-winning tickets a chance to win a limited edition Ford Mustang GT* manufactured to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary.

Thanks to Rich Ford, the New Mexico Lottery is the only lottery in the world to have a 50th anniversary edition Ford Mustang GT to give as a prize,” said Karla Wilkinson, New Mexico Lottery product director.

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The limited edition Ford Mustang GT is car number 443 of only 1,964 made.  The Mustang made its debut in 1964.  The prize, which comes in Wimbledon White with an automatic transmission, is parked now at the Rich Ford showroom in Albuquerque.

It’s a sweet ride for a trip down Route 66,” Wilkinson added.

The Ford Mustang GT prize is valued at $70,000, and will include tax, title and license.

Players enter non-winning “Mustang Money” tickets at www.nmlottery.com.  The deadline to enter is July 7.  Three finalists will be drawn for a live grand prize giveaway event scheduled for Aug. 8 at the Isotopes game in Albuquerque.

More New Scratchers

The “Mustang Money” Scratcher is one of five launching today.  The other games are:

  • “Hot 5s” is a $1 game that features top prizes of $2,500;
  • “Power 7s” is a $2 game that features top prizes of $14,000;
  • “3 Times the Money” is a $3 game that features top prizes of $30,000;
  • “Big Money” is a $10 game that features top prizes of $100,000 as well as prizes between $30 and $250 totaling more than $1 million.

 

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

Since its inception in 1996, the lottery has raised $633 million for education in New Mexico.  More than 97,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.  More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at: www.nmlottery.com.

Follow the New Mexico Lottery on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMexicoLottery).

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

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Fantasy Sports Promotor to Bring Amazing Fan Experiences and Rewards to UFC Fans

BOSTON, Massachusetts (February 25, 2015) -- DraftKings, Inc., the largest U.S.-based destination for daily fantasy sports, today announced a partnership with the UFC®, the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Through DraftKings, UFC fans will be able to enter into weekly fantasy MMA contests to win numerous prizes, including individual time with UFC stars and personalities and trips to premier UFC events.

The new partnership between UFC and DraftKings will make UFC fans a priority by offering exclusive opportunities to meet and interact with their favourite UFC athletes and personalities. UFC and DraftKings will be providing fans with multiple contest opportunities, including:

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The Dana White Experience: Winners will receive travel and accommodation to attend a major UFC event as Dana White’s special guest. Winners will attend the press events, workouts and stand on the stage at weigh-ins leading up to the event, get a photo taken in the world-famous Octagon™ with Dana following weigh-ins, and sit in Dana’s special guest section during the fights.

UFC International Fight Week: Winners will receive travel and accommodations, plus two VIP passes to every event at UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas from July 7-12.

Fights with Dana: Winners will receive two tickets to attend a UFC event and sit in Dana White’s VIP section.

The UFC is the fastest growing sports organization in the world, driven by the millions of fans who passionately follow MMA. We’re excited to partner with the UFC to provide its fans with games that provide tremendous payouts and amazing, unique prizes,” said Jeremy Elbaum, Vice President of Business Development at DraftKings. “This partnership reflects DraftKings’ deep commitment to MMA and its fans.

We’re thrilled to partner with DraftKings to provide UFC fans with new opportunities to engage with the UFC,” UFC Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Partnerships Michael Mossholder said. “Like all major sports and leagues, we continue to strive for ways to offer the most thrilling and innovative experiences for our fans and working alongside the leaders of the daily fantasy sports industry offers a cutting edge platform for daily action and entertainment.

The partnership with UFC builds on DraftKings’ commitment to mixed martial arts and its growing legion of fans. DraftKings recently unveiled Daily Fantasy MMA, the biggest daily fantasy contest for mixed martial arts, and announced an exclusive partnership with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. As part of the UFC agreement, DraftKings will become the Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner of the UFC and will receive prominent stadium and PPV brand placement for all major events, as well as joint promotion across all UFC web properties and social channels.

SOURCE: UFC edited media release.

 

 

Gaming Standards Association Welcomes Austrian Gaming Industries (NOVOMATIC Group of Companies) as Newest Platinum Member

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 3, 2015) – The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) proudly welcomes its newest Platinum member, Austrian Gaming Industries (AGI) part of the NOVOMATIC Group of Companies.

Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH (AGI) a 100-percent subsidiary of NOVOMATIC AG (www.novomatic.com) is an integrated global gaming company specializing in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and sales of electronic gaming machines and advanced technology products. As Europe's leading manufacturer AGI delivers one of the broadest product ranges in the industry.

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GSA President Peter DeRaedt said, “We are pleased Austrian Gaming Industries has become a Platinum member of GSA.  AGI has been a longtime Gold member, and recently made the decision to upgrade to Platinum status, join the board of directors and further their commitment to the work of GSA.  As a proven leader in our industry with extensive influence in Europe and valuable insights into the industry on the continent, we welcome their strong show of support and input.”

Established in 1998, GSA continues to deliver the freedom and power to do what you want through GSA’s standard and protocols.” Our members represent a wide cross section of the global gaming industry.

Platinum members include: Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission; Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; GTECH; Austrian Gaming Industries, NOVOMATIC Group of Companies; International Game Technology (IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation; Scientific Games International (SGMS), and Sega Sammy Creation, Inc.

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

SOURCE: GSA.

 

 

California Lottery Joins Problem Gambling Awareness Month Effort

SACRAMENTO, California (March 3, 2015) -- Every year the California Lottery joins other state and national organizations to recognize the month of March as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). The goal is to educate and raise public awareness that problem gambling is an addiction with similarities to the causes and consequences of alcohol and drug dependence. It also affects people from all segments of society.

This year’s theme, “Don’t Ignore the Signs” urges the public to recognize that problem gambling is a “hidden disease,” as compulsive gamblers do not exhibit visible signs in the way individuals with other addictions do. Signs that an individual may have a gambling disorder often include depression, lying, guilt, shame and financial devastation.

While most Californians enjoy recreational gambling responsibly, an estimated one million adults of all ages, races and ethnicities from all communities in California meet the criteria for problem or disordered gambling. Popular forms of gambling include casino gambling, online wagering, the lottery, horse racing and sports wagering, among others.

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During the PGAM campaign, the California Lottery and its partners also stress the importance of finding free treatment assistance for gambling disorders by calling California’s 1-800-GAMBLER helpline. The helpline is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week and 365 days a year — offering callers a brief intervention and crisis stabilization to get them to the next step, which is treatment. The California Lottery partially funds 1-800-GAMBLER helpline via an Interagency Agreement with the California Department of Public Health.

Problem gambling is a treatable disease, and treatment is effective in minimizing harm to individuals, families and society as a whole. In 2010, the Office of Problem Gambling and UCLA Gambling Studies Program developed California Gambling Education and Treatment Services (CalGETS), which has now provided treatment to more than 7,000 individuals suffering negative impacts on their lives due to a gambling disorder.

Since its inception, the Lottery has remained committed to being a responsible corporate citizen that strives to ensure the highest standards of responsible gaming. In fact, the California Lottery is the only lottery in the United States to hold a Level Four Certification from the World Lottery Association. Over the last few years, the Lottery has made several improvements to its RG program, some of which includes:

  • Training 97% of its workforce on how to identify problem gambling behavior;
  • Launching the first U.S. lottery industry Corporate Social Responsibility website;
  • Improving treatment referral; and
  • New collaborations with the California Office of Problem Gambling (OPG) and the California Council on Problem Gambling.

 

For more information on National Problem Gambling Month visit OPG’s website http://problemgambling.securespsites.com. To learn more about the California Lottery’s Responsible Gaming Program visit www.californialottery.com.

The California Lottery is a $5 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2013-14, the Lottery created 89 new millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and Lottery retailer compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

SOURCE: California Lottery.

 

 

Playtech Unveil Rainbow Riches Bingo

Sky’s the limit for first variant of UK’s most popular slot game

LONDON, U.K. (February 27, 2015) -- Playtech, the world’s leading multi-channel gaming software and services supplier, today launched Rainbow Riches™ Bingo – the first ever bingo variant of the iconic cross-channel brand, licensed and developed in partnership with Scientific Games.

The UK’s most popular retail slot game, which enjoys huge success in the land-based bingo market, is available today as a mobile and online bingo variant and launches with a £100,000 promotion in the run up to St Patrick’s Day on March 17th.

Playtech’s experienced bingo team spent several months perfecting the product, developing a number of innovative features, and paying particular attention to ensuring the brand’s unique elements and characters remain aligned with the original casino game.

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Playtech’s development of the game was mobile-led, first across handset and bespoke tablet platforms, followed by desktop client delivery.

Rainbow Riches™ Bingo includes two new, industry-first, network-based jackpots ensuring a maximum amount of daily winners. Split between gold, silver and bronze prize bands along the games’ ‘Rainbow Road’, the first jackpot is triggered once the correct amount of shamrocks has been drawn.

The second jackpot is triggered on an individual basis via the wishing well bonus. Players select a lucky number and every time their number is drawn, they collect a gold coin. Once a player fills his or her well a bonus is awarded.

Gary Keaney, Head of Bingo, Playtech, said: “I'm incredibly proud to bring such an established brand to the Playtech Bingo network. Rainbow Riches has an extremely loyal community and we have worked very hard to build and deliver further social elements to the new game that will both engage existing players, and also attract a new audience."

With such an innovative and mobile-focused product, we have kicked off 2015 with a bang and I’m extremely confident we will continue to build on this throughout the year.”

Jeremy Bowskill, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer – Interactive, Scientific Games, said: “The Playtech Bingo team have done a fantastic job with Rainbow Riches Bingo, adding some highly innovative new features that differentiate the product from our standard player-popular Rainbow Riches bingo side games as well as remaining true to the brand’s original and classic gameplay, bonuses and characters.”

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About Playtech

Playtech develops unified software platforms and content for the online and land-based gaming industry, together with providing a range of ancillary services such as marketing, CRM services and hosting.

The group’s capabilities enable the delivery of an integrated software or turnkey solution, with players accessing online, broadcast, mobile and server-based gaming terminals through a single account.

New licensees include existing online operators upgrading or diversifying their offering, land-based casino groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants making their online gaming debut, particularly in newly-regulated markets.

Founded in 1999, Playtech is listed on the London Stock Exchange and has more than 3,900 employees located in 14 countries. Its leading gaming applications include casino, bingo, poker, sports betting, live, mobile and social gaming, casual and fixed odds games.

SOURCE: Playtech (www.playtech.com).

 

 

Macao Gaming Summit - November 17 to November 19, 2015 at Venetian MacaoFull Story.

MACAO (March 3, 2015) -- The Macao Gaming Show will again be accompanied by the Macao Gaming Summit - a three day conference featuring esteemed and knowledgeable speakers from a number of different organizations around the world. The theme of this year's show is Asian Gaming: Looking beyond the horizon and there will be a specific focus on iGaming.

This includes an in-depth look at online gaming in Asia, what opportunities currently exist in this space and the barriers standing in the way.

iGaming will undoubtedly play a huge role in the future of gaming across Asia but how can we best capitalize on it?

Plan your visit now by heading to the Macao Gaming Show Official Site Click Here.

SOURCE: The Macao Gaming Show.

 

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International Association Of Gaming Regulators Announce 2015 Conference In Lima, Peru

NEVADA, U.S.(March 2, 2015) -- The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) today announced that its 2015 Annual Conference will take place in Lima, Peru on October 13-15, 2015.  The event will explore issues affecting gaming regulators, policymakers and industry executives in gambling markets around the world.

The conference will focus on challenges faced by regulators as they seek to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of gambling oversight.  Expected to attend the annual gathering are IAGR members who represent gaming jurisdictions from throughout the world including those in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.  Industry representatives are also invited to attend the conference.

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This will be IAGR’s first conference to be held in South America and we are very enthusiastic about this important development,” said Birgitte Sand, President of IAGR and Director of the Danish Gambling Authority.  “We are looking forward to enhancing our relationships with gaming regulators in Peru and throughout the Latin American continent.  South America has a very active gaming industry and as we welcome its regulators into the IAGR family, we expand our knowledge base to the benefit of all our members.”

Conference Planning Sub-Committee Co-Chair and Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Licensing Director, Susan Hensel said, “We are putting together a first rate conference program focused on leading edge issues and technologies.  Together with my Co-Chair and Director-General of the Swedish Gambling Authority, Hakan Hallstedt, we are planning sessions examining not only the latest developments in the ever evolving gaming industry but also how those developments impact gaming regulation.”

The conference is being held in conjunction with the International Masters of Gaming Law annual conference which will run October 14-16, 2015. 

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It is our hope that many members from both IMGL and IAGR but also a significant number of gambling stakeholders from industry will take advantage of this excellent opportunity to meet and establish or consolidate professional relations and exchange valuable knowledge and latest views on gambling from both regional and global perspectives,” underlined Birgitte Sand.

Both conferences will take place at the JW Marriott Hotel Lima.

For more information on the IAGR Conference visit:  http://iagr.org/lima2015/.

About the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR)

The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) consists of representatives from gaming regulatory organizations throughout the world. The mission of IAGR is to advance the effectiveness and efficiency of gaming regulation by providing a forum in which gaming regulators from around the world can meet, exchange views and information, and discuss policy issues among themselves and with representatives of the international gaming industry; a means of fostering cooperation between gaming regulators in the performance of their official duties; and a central point of contact for inquiries from governments, gaming regulatory agencies and personnel, and representatives of the international gaming industry.  You can follow IAGR on Twitter at IAGR_org or join our LinkedIn Discussion Group

CONTACT:  Mariah Echele, IAGR Secretariat, Email: mariah@mecheleconsults.com, Phone: 314-973-4784.

SOURCE: International Association of Gaming Regulators.

 

 

Lottery Corporation is a Proud Sponsor of Ontario Scene

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (March 2, 2015) -- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is pleased to be the exclusive Presenting Partner of Ontario Scene.

Ontario Scene, presented by Canada’s National Arts Centre, is a major national festival showcasing 600 of Ontario’s established and emerging artists. It takes place throughout Ottawa and the National Capital Region from April 29 to May 10, 2015.

With 90 events over 12 days, festival participants will enjoy events in music, theatre, dance, visual and media arts, film, literature, and culinary arts. These events will occur at different venues across Ottawa and Gatineau, Quebec.

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Ontario’s vibrant cultural scene contributes to the vitality of the province,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “Ontario Scene offers a unique way to spotlight Ontario’s world-class artists, from all creative fields, who reflect our rich diversity of talent. OLG is honoured to join the National Arts Centre in celebrating the energy and spirit of Ontario artists as we show the country and the world what Ontario has to offer.”

OLG has a proud tradition of supporting events and festivals that bring people together and strengthen communities. Each year, OLG supports about 250 local events and festivals in communities across Ontario.

Ontario Scene is the seventh in a series of biennial festivals that celebrate artists from the various regions of Canada. For more information on Ontario Scene, visit ontarioscene.ca.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

SOURCE: OLG.

 

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Adjarabet Live on Microgaming Poker Using Babelfish Technology

ISLE OF MAN (March 3, 2015) -- Adjarabet has completed a full migration of its poker offering to the Microgaming platform; they are the first operator to use the revolutionary Babelfish API.

The project, a joint effort with Georgian development house Singular (singular.ge), involved Adjarabet building their own custom poker software. Using Microgaming’s Babelfish API, this software is ‘plugged in’ to Microgaming’s servers, giving Adjarabet a completely tailored, unique poker client with none of the hassle or cost of server-side development and hosting.

Adjarabet (adjarabet.com) was founded in 1998 and has firmly established itself as the Georgian market leader in poker, casino, sports betting and skill games. The company made waves in 2013, when it was revealed that the Georgia-regulated operator was one of the world’s biggest standalone poker sites. In 2014, following a promotion giving away over 500,000 Georgian Lari, it was the third-largest poker room in the world.

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Adjarabet has generated a lot of interest in the last couple of years and naturally I am thrilled that they have chosen Microgaming and our Babelfish technology to take their poker platform to the next level,” comments Alex Scott, Head of Poker at Microgaming. “It has been a pleasure working with Singular and Adjarabet to do something that has never been done before in poker, and I’m very excited to see how we can grow poker together over the coming years.”

Adjarabet’s custom-designed software is available in both download and instant-play versions, with mobile coming soon. Adjarabet’s players will continue to play at tables in Georgian Lari, but because their software is running on the MPN systems, they can add network liquidity to their offering at any time with the flip of a switch.

We were looking for a partner to help us grow and improve our poker offering; when Microgaming presented Babelfish we knew it was exactly what we needed,” comments Alastair Ives, Head of Poker at Adjarabet. “The Babelfish API allows us to offer a product that is completely tailored to our customer base, eliminating the pain of migrating to a new software provider. We are very happy with how the process has been handled and with the results of the migration so far.”

With Adjarabet live, Microgaming can also reveal that the MPN Poker Tour’s planned stop in Tbilisi, Georgia, will be run in conjunction with Adjarabet. Held at the Tbilisi Sports Palace from the 28th to 31st May 2015, the event will offer players a substantial guaranteed prize pool for a minimal $550 buy-in. Players can qualify for the event online for as little as €0.25 and a list of poker rooms can be found at mpnpokertour.com.

The launch of Adjarabet comes at an exciting time for Microgaming poker, with several other new operator signings to be announced in the coming months, and major changes to the poker software also on the way.

For further information please CONTACT: Microgaming Press Office, Phone: 01624 647777, Email: pressoffice@microgaming.co.uk.

SOURCE: Microgaming.




 

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