IGT SPHINX 3D Game Wins "Best of Show" at Southern Gaming
LONDON, U.K. (May 18, 2015) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) emerged from the 2015
Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, Miss. a winner, after the Company's SPHINX
3D game was named "Best of Show" in the tradeshow's annual Best of Show
Slot Award Competition.
The winning slot machine was
determined by Southern Gaming Summit attendees who cast their votes for the
slot machine that boasted the best overall appearance, entertainment value,
bonus rounds and a series of other attributes.
"It's an honor to have IGT's
SPHINX 3D game recognized as 'Best of Show' at the Southern Gaming Summit. The
SPHINX 3D game continues to perform exceptionally well in markets around the
world," said Victor Duarte, IGT Global Chief Product Officer. "Both
operators and players alike are impressed with the game's compelling
True3D technology and extraordinary entertainment value."
This accolade joins the SPHINX 3D
game's roster of other honors, including first place in Casino Enterprise
Management Magazine's 2014 Slot Floor Technology Awards; a platinum award for
the most innovative product of 2013 in Casino Journal's Top 20 Most Innovative
Gaming Technology Products Awards; and first place in the Best Slot Product
category for Global Gaming Business Magazine's 12th annual Gaming &
The SPHINX 3D game is part of IGT's
award-winning TRUE 3D product line that offers slot players from around the
world rich, glasses-free 3D gaming experiences. The SPHINX 3D video slot
features an integrated eye-tracking system that detects player position and
relays it to an internal 3D engine. The image is processed and displayed so
that the ideal 3D picture self-matches the player's precise line of sight,
allowing freedom of movement in all directions - all without the need for
For more information, visit the IGT
or GTECH website, go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, and follow us on Twitter,
twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on YouTube, youtube.com/igt. Play IGT's
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IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to
Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content,
substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence,
operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions
anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a
well-established local presence and relationships with governments and
regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by
adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility.
IGT generated approximately $6 billion in revenues in 2014 and has more than
13,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.merger.igt.com.
Contact: Michelle Schenk, IGT
Corporate Communications, +1 (702) 669 - 8177
Proposal for the Creation of a National Lottery in
ATHENS. Greece (May 19, 2015) -- In
his address to the annual General Meeting of
INTRALOT Shareholders held
today at the company's Innovation Centre in Athens, Mr. Socrates Kokkalis,
Group Chairman, announced INTRALOT´s proposal to the Greek Government for
the creation of a National Lottery, submitted to the Hellenic Minister of
Finance, Mr. Yianis Varoufakis.
"According to our proposal, a
National Lottery should be established upon the announcement of an
international tender by the state. The tender should be organized and run by
the new Hellenic Gaming Commission (HGC), that should be restructured and
operate independently and not in favor of the current private monopoly"
stated Mr. Kokkalis, adding that "the Lottery may be owned exclusively by
the state, or co-owned by the state and insurance funds or it may even be built
on a public-private partnership. The management of the Lottery ought to be
awarded to an established and globally recognized company in the sector upon
the submission of a business plan, for a specified time period and following
the afore-mentioned international tender process."
"According to industry estimates
internationally, the fee for the concession of such a license may range from
100 to 250 million for a period of 10-20 years, while the annual
revenues for the state could amount to as much as 500-600 million,
including other additional side benefits. The creation of the National Lottery
would follow the guiding principles of the European Union towards the
liberalization of the gaming sector; it would significantly boost government
revenues and it would create new jobs. The winning bidder could assume any
costs of eventual litigation from legal claims against the establishment of the
National Lottery potentially made by the private monopoly" added Mr.
Referring to the current Greek
financial situation, Mr. Kokkalis underscored "the only way to increase the
domestic product growth is to release productive capacity on a vision of
economic growth. INTRALOT is globally the ideal example of such a model of
Presenting the new growth strategy
of INTRALOT, Group CEO Mr. Antonios Kerastaris stressed the following:
"Placing the player at the center of our operation, the new strategy focuses
on further enriching and strengthening our products and services portfolio. We
are streamlining operations focusing on B2C projects; we are strengthening our
subsidiaries' management, while expanding our offer in existing jurisdictions
and seeking opportunities for selective growth and greenfield development".
Mr. Kerastaris added "technology is a platform for INTRALOT to accomplish
its corporate goals."
"Ever committed to the values
that have led INTRALOT to become one of the leading companies in the gaming
industry, the new strategy of INTRALOT will further enhance the successful
course of the company to the benefit of our customers, employees and
shareholders", concluded Mr. Kerastaris.
INTRALOT Group's Consolidated
Revenues for FY2014 grew by 20.4%, to 1,853.2m from 1,539.4m in the
FY 2013 period, an increase of 313.7m. EBITDA reached 175.4m. Cash
Flow from Operations reached 95.4m in the FY 2014 period, increased by
17.3% compared to the same period of 2013 (81.3m).
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, about 5.400 people
and revenues of 1,85 billion for 2014, INTRALOT has established its
presence on all 5 continents.
For more info: Ms. Persa Kartsoli,
Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax:
+30-210 6106800, email: firstname.lastname@example.org - www.intralot.com.
Scientific Games Passes Go
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (May 14, 2015) --
Scientific Games Corporation (Company) today announced several
milestones in its relationship with the Hasbro MONOPOLY brand across the
Companys Interactive business.
Scientific Games Interactive
recently launched the MONOPOLY Big Event online slot game for European
customers of its Remote Game Server. MONOPOLY Big Event is the first slot
launched under the MONOPOLY brand since Scientific Games became the exclusive
digital distributor of wagered MONOPOLY branded content outside of North
America. MONOPOLY Big Event, created by the Companys Barcrest game
development studio, is an HTML5 execution of the Companys recently
introduced UK retail product of the same name, and is available simultaneously
for players wagering on web and on mobile devices from launch. Scientific Games
becomes the exclusive global online distributor of wagered MONOPOLY branded
casino games this summer.
In addition, Scientific Games
Interactive has finalized a deal that brings its MONOPOLY-branded content to
social casino game players through native iOS®, Android®, and
Kindle® applications. Previously announced rights to distribute MONOPOLY
branded social casino content in browser-based executions.
And further expanding on its success
with the MONOPOLY brand, Scientific Games Interactive recently launched the
land-based player favorite slot title Super MONOPOLY Money Cool
Nights for social casino fans around the world. Now available for players
of the Jackpot Party Social Casino game on Facebook®, Super MONOPOLY Money
Cool Nights is the first of many social casino executions expected to launch in
Calendar 2015 from the Companys Hasbro brand library, with future
launches planned for multi-channel availability on web, smartphones, and tablet
Jordan Levin, President, Interactive
at Scientific Games, said, With nearly two decades of MONOPOLY brand
casino game development and more than 65 unique titles in our library, we
couldnt be more excited about the launch of our authentic MONOPOLY brand
games for social casino and online wagering players. The addition of this and
other top-tier brands from the Hasbro library to our Interactive business and
distribution platforms is a marquee milestone in our journey to provide the
worlds most compelling online casino entertainment.
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services
and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets.
The Companys portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and
systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery
games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology;
loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more
information, please visit www.scientificgames.com.
SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Doubles Size of its
Barcelona, Spain Lab Responding to Increased Customer
BARCELONA, Spain (20 May 2015) -
Responding to ever-increasing demand for its services,
Gaming Laboratories International
(GLI®) has doubled the size of its operation in San Cugat, Barcelona,
The lab, GLI España, opened
in 2012, and since that time the company has secured a continuously increasing
number of clients. The demand required GLI to devote more space, resources and
manpower to accommodate its clients and maintain its fast turnaround times.
Martin Britton, Managing Director of
GLI España BV said, "We have a great team working in the Barcelona
office, headed by David Jimenez Gracia, who are known throughout Spain and
across Europe for delivering excellent customer service. Now this expansion was
necessary to ensure we are able to maintain and improve service levels to our
"We recently recruited Brais Pena
Sanchez as Development Manager to handle client liaison activities. In addition
we have recruited additional engineering resources and are actively seeking
additional staff, which is a positive sign for the future," Britton
For more information on the
land-based, iGaming and lottery services offered at GLI España, contact
the lab at:
SC Trade Center
Building III of Sant
Cugat del Valles
GLI serves more than 475 global
jurisdictions, more than 130 of which exclusively accept GLI certification
About Gaming Laboratories
For more than 25 years, Gaming
Laboratories International, LLC has continuously delivered THE best quality
land-based and iGaming testing and consulting services with supreme accuracy
while reducing time to market. With 21 laboratory locations spread across
Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South
America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and
international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and
17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery
industries. For more information, visit:
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Worldwide Marketing +1 (702) 914-2220, Email:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
There's a Lot to Like at this year's Australasian Gaming
Australasian Gaming Expo will be
Tuesday 11 until Thursday 13
GLEBE ISLAND, Sydney, Australia (May
15, 2015) -- The Australasian Gaming Expo is less than 100 days away and the
event organisers and exhibitors are ready for an even better show this year.
Some of the improvements over last year are:
- More exhibitor space - over 7,500 square metres of
- 23 new exhibitors - from "Barista in a Box" to
- More café space - a new café area in
- Improved AGE app - with live updates and tailored
- Taxi commissionaire - outside Hall 3 to help
organise taxi services.
- Shuttle bus from James Craig Road - so pedestrians
can get to the venue.
- Venue improvements - better electrical power,
better air conditioning, new pedestrian crossings and outdoor walkways.
And visitors will again be boarding
the complimentary ferry service from Darling Harbour to Glebe Island - a free
Sydney Harbour Cruise on all 3 event days! Complimentary shuttle buses will
also operate from Central Station and Pyrmont; and from Sydney Airport.
Again this year Australasian Gaming
Expo will also be offering three lucky visitors the opportunity to win a trip
for two to visit the world's largest Gaming Expo, G2E, held in Las Vegas in
October. (See the AGE web site for details).
This year's Australasian
Gaming Expo will be Tuesday 11 until Thursday 13 August at the Sydney
Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island. Register at the AGE web site or call the
Gaming Expo Help Line on 02 9211 7430.
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
The Gaming Technologies
Association's primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, Bally Australia, Ebet Limited, IGT
(Australia) and Konami Australia.
For further information contact:
Ross Ferrar CEO, Gaming Technologies Association (+61 2) 8216 0931 or
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Lottery Association Claims Industry is in
Lottery operators are struggling
to have the government create clear and transparent legislation
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (May 14,
2015) The Association of operators of central lottery systems and other
games (SPELOS) in the Czech Republic has issued a statement criticizing the
government for: releasing irrelevant studies, nonsensical tax changes
and delaying legislation. In its statement SPELOS President, Petr
Vrzáň, said: the current situation in the gaming business
is already very confusing for the operator.
Officials of the Ministry of Finance
headed by Deputy Andrew Závodským in its fight against legal
gambling brandishes non-relevant studies. On the basis of the media reports
that the costs associated with gambling 4X exceed the benefits. This
information, however, is false. No trials have proved a similar matter, is
there! The statement said.
"The Ministry frequently refers
to the study called Social costs of gambling in the Czech Republic. However, it
is important to know that this study (that cost a quarter million dollars)
originally should have been awarded so that charted the costs and revenues from
gambling, which did not happen. The material, which is referred to as a new
bill in Ynos are purposefully omits explaining that this area cannot
The model for said material,
however, was an Australian study that a suitable methodology for the
calculation of income and as a result found a yield of up to $12 billion!
Logically, then, the same methodology have led to the positive figures in our
country, which, however, officials apparently did not fit. Strangely, it is the
fact that the study, which deals with economic indicators, prepared by doctors
and not by economists," said SPELOS President, Petr Vrzáň.
Treasury insists on using the study
as a basis for the creation of a new law on gambling, even though it is its
predictive value is almost zero.
"The officers when dealing with
the financial implications should not ignore the fact that, according to
another expert study, by world-renowned legal expert agencies PWC - are in the
case of termination of operation of gaming devices more than 60% of these
machines move into illegal businesses and revenues from these machines then
wander into the gray zone. The result is that hundreds of millions of failures
of public budgets and financing of sport," explained Vrzáň.
There are already hundreds of
illegal gambling casinos and private clubs in our country.
The state cannot cope with the
growing number of kvízomatů and similar devices that bypass the
"While over a year ago Deputy
Finance Minister Závodský said that the state would crack-down on
illegal operators, it did not happen. Conversely, for some reason the illegal
kvízomaty devices are being tolerated.
For example, the Brno politician
Matthew Hollan recently defended these illegal facilities, stating that they
are truly knowledge questions and promote a black market, adding that according
to him is better to have five 5 illegal devices illegal than 5 legal devices.
At the same time he informed that already fell first fine operators. He forgot
to add that it is just a media bubble. Company VINDARON PRO that nearly ten
million penalty was given, it does not have to pay for now, saying it would for
her would be a liquidation," adds Vrzáň.
Lottery operators are struggling to
create clear and transparent legislation that would firmly determine operating
conditions in the Czech Republic with regard to public revenue, business
investment and the fight against illegal, mostly internet operators. In recent
years, the conditions changed almost from day to day. The last change is the
amendment to the Members Volny, who is unsystematic and only addresses changing
the tax burden, and it's completely different than the vision of the Ministry
The adoption of the new law, after
which all long call is postponed.
Association of operators of central
lottery systems and other games ("SPELOS") is an association of legal entities.
Its aim is to co-create professional looking in lotteries and other similar
games, especially in the operation of a central lottery system ("CLS") and
other games, such as local lottery systems, electro-mechanical roulette, casino
games and more.
SPELOS defends the interests of its
members at professional forums, in negotiations with national and local
government, cooperates with similar associations, and finally supports its
members in the business.
To achieve this SPELOS organizes and
supports operators' meeting with representatives of state and local governments
and collaborates with other associations with similar focus and experts in the
area of operation of the CLS and other similar games. Co-creating
the legal framework in this area.
SPELOS association is also very
beneficial to municipalities.
It provides them with a partnership
in the preparation of regulatory generally binding regulations in legislative
terms to define the conditions for specific establishments.
Members SPELOS always fulfilling the
agreed parameters by which governments making the continued operation of
lotteries and other similar games in their district. It tries to be a good
neighbor and responsible citizens, and within its capabilities to contribute to
the development of the places where it operates.
Whether for financial assistance for
projects or necessary respect for the principles of decent business in everyday
life. Under applicable law levies taxes and fees, which contribute
significantly to the development of communities, cities and regions.
CONTACT: Petr Vrzáň,
President of SPELOS, Tel: +420 724 834 375, Email:
SOURCE: SPELOS media release
(translated by Google).
iGaming Expert Panel and Demo Room take Centre Stage at Gaming In
AMSTERDAM, (May 19, 2015) -- Gaming
In Holland - announced two major initiatives are taking place at this year's
The first is the iGaming Expert
Panel sessions discussing 'The Future of the Dutch Regulated iGaming and
Lottery market'. In which an international line-up of keynote speakers that
include Walter Bugno, CEO of GTECH Lottomatica, Mor Weizer, CEO of Playtech,
Joe Saumarez Smith, Chairman Bedegaming and NED Horseracing Authority. Shall be
joined by their Dutch counterparts, Marja Appelman, CEO at the Dutch Gaming
Authority, Justin Franssen, Partner at Kalff, Katz & Franssen, Dennis Van
Breemen, Manager Ministry of Security & Justice, Rutger-Jan Hebben,
Director the Dutch remote gaming association to debate this highly anticipated
The second major initiative of this
years' show is the Demo Room. Located at de Zwijger near to Amsterdam Central
Station. It promises to offer a dynamic and interactive experience, where
software providers and delegates can immerse themselves in the latest
technologies for iGaming.
Willem van Oort founder of Gaming In
Holland, said, "The confirmed speakers on the iGaming Expert panel streams,
demonstrate how important a market Holland is to these multi-national iGaming
businesses. There aren't many conferences that can provide a platform for such
leaders to tell their story in one location to a room full of discerning
He further added, "Gaming In
Holland is in its fourth year, and we asked past delegates, what new features
would they like included at future events. The Demo Room at de Zwijger was a
direct result of our research program to improve the experience for our
delegates. We are delighted with the location for the interactive Demo Room and
we anticipate further positive feedback from delegates attending this stream at
About Gaming In
- With 1,400+ members, it serves as a platform for
the exchange of information, knowledge and contacts for iGaming and Lotteries
- The event is a 2-day conference. Registration has
started. Save 150 with the Early Bird Fee of 700 expires May 23rd
- Official Conference Dinner: takes place on the
evening 22nd of June. The dinner will be hosted by the City of Amsterdam, in
Jamie Oliver's Restaurant FIFTEEN, right next to the conference venue
- Industry partners include Gaminglaw.Eu , EGBA,
Assissa, VAN, Speel Verantwoord, GBA, IMGL
- Media Partners: iGaming Business, Calvin Ayre,
Lottery Insider, Gaming People
- Confirmed sponsors: NMI, IAMSTERDAM, Lottovate, NYX
Gaming, mGage, CDDN, Meneer Casino, Dutch Gaming Studios, Gaming Ventures,
For Press Contacts and Further
Conference Media Information
Gaming In Holland - Willem van Oort
Gaming In Holland Conference
Coordinator - Maria Jose Munera Email: email@example.com Website:
Mainstream Marketing &
Communications - Mark McGuinness Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: Gaming In Holland.
Launch of Cambodian National Sports Lottery
HONG KONG (May 19, 2015) -- China
LotSynergy Holdings Limited (the Company) is pleased to announce
that on 19th May 2015, National Sports Lottery Company Limited, which was
established by Khmer First Investment Holding Group, officially launched
operations under strong support from the Cambodian government and the National
Olympic Committee of Cambodia.
In collaboration with National
Sports Lottery Company Limited, Ace Metro Limited (Ace Metro), a
wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, has successfully launched Cambodia
National Sports Lotterys hotline transaction system, betting terminals
and lottery games, marking a milestone in the development of the Companys
international lottery business.
The 32nd Southeast Asian Games will
be held in Cambodia in 2023, which is of great significance to the improvement
of the nations image and status. To this end, in 2014, the National
Olympic Committee of Cambodia formally authorized National Sports Lottery
Company Limited to operate and issue lotteries, to raise funds for Southeast
Asian Games and to support the development of the nations sports and
public welfare activities.
National Sports Lottery Company
Limited signed an exclusive 10-year cooperation agreement with Ace Metro, where
the two parties agreed on comprehensive collaboration to develop
Cambodias national lottery business. Ace Metro will provide all lottery
betting terminals and lottery hotline transaction and management application
systems, and hold responsibilities for game development, new media lottery
sales operation and management, customer service and point-of-sales training,
and relevant technical support and maintenance tasks. The Company will receive
The National Sports Lottery hotline
transaction system project is the only Sports Lottery project authorized by the
National Olympic Committee of Cambodia. The construction of the system meets
advanced international standards, supporting upwards of 10,000 sales terminals,
online transactions of over 10 million player accounts, and simultaneous
operation of hundreds of different game types.
The lottery printing and terminal
operation interfaces support operation in both Khmer and English, and provide a
full range of services, including SMS, voice calls, handheld mobile terminals,
mobile apps and internet lottery purchasing services. To date, this is
Cambodias largest, most technologically advanced and highest construction
standard lottery transaction system. Ace Metro will successively roll out
approximately 7,000 betting terminals across Cambodia, which will become the
nations largest lottery project by the scale of terminal installed base
points-of-sale. To date, Ace Metro and National Sport Lottery Company Limited
have jointly developed the lotto-type 40 pick 6 and digit-type
4D games, which feature high payout ratios, interesting gameplay,
and are highly adaptable to the market. In the future, according to market
developments, the two parties will develop more games, such as single match and
high frequency games, and utilize mobile and internet channels to further
expand the lottery market.
Company management believes that, as
a major participant in the China lottery industry, the Company has earned the
full trust of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and National Sports
Lottery Company Limited. The launch of this extensive collaboration is another
indication of the outstanding performance of the Companys comprehensive
strengths in the international lottery market.
The Company will use its actions to
build a responsible and enterprising Chinese corporate identity, and join hands
with National Sports Lottery Company Limited to contribute to Cambodias
national sports and public welfare activities.
SOURCE: China LotSynergy Holdings
Oregon Lottery Launch Loteria Scratch-It Game
SALEM, Oregon (May 19, 2015) -- On
Cinco de Mayo, the Oregon
Lottery launched its own version of the well-known Mexican Bingo-style
KTVZ.COM news reports that a
popular game played by family and friends in the Hispanic community, the new
Oregon Lottery Scratch-it features familiar Oregon images such as the beaver,
the thunder egg and Sasquatch. The new game offers players a $10,000 top prize.
"Oregon's population is becoming
increasingly diverse," said Oregon Lottery Associate Marketing
Communications Manager Thais Rodick. "Currently, 12.3 percent of Oregonians
are Hispanics, 4 percent are Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and 2
percent African American."
"In order to be more inclusive in
our communication efforts, the Lottery has developed a multicultural plan that
encompasses advertising and product development efforts to engage with the many
diverse communities in Oregon."
The Lottery also created support for
the Loteria Scratch-it including posters in both English and Spanish, and
Spanish radio ads that will run on Hispanic radio stations statewide.
Since the Oregon Lottery began
selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic
development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more
information on the Oregon Lottery.
SOURCE: Oregon Lottery.
THATS A LOT OF ZEROS!
$500,000,000 Cash Scratch-Off Offers Half a Billion in Total
AUSTIN, Texas (May 19, 2015) --The
new Texas Lottery®
scratch-off $500,000,000 Cash offers players the chance to play for a lot of
zeros! The $20 game offers half a billion in total prizes, including 50 prizes
worth $1 million or more.
In conjunction with the launch of
the game, the Texas Lotterys advertising campaign will introduce players
to the Zero Factory, which gives players a fun behind-the-scenes
look at how all those zeros are made.
$500,000,000 Cash will feature 10
top prize tickets worth $2.5 million and 40 second-tier prizewinning tickets
worth $1 million. Overall odds of winning any prize in $500,000,000 Cash are
one in 2.76, including break-even prizes.
About the Texas
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $23 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $45 billion in prizes to lottery players.
Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has
contributed $17 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public
education in Texas.
As authorized by the Texas
Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including
the Fund for Veterans Assistance.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five® and scratch-offs.
For more information visit us on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at:
SOURCE: Texas Lottery.
10th Edition of the Famous Global Gambling Report from
ISLE oF MAN (May 19, 2015) -- The
world's global gambling revenues surpassed US$ 450 billion in 2014, according
to the analysis in Global Betting and Gaming Consultants' new tenth edition of its Global Gambling
The market grew by just 1.1% in 2013
but performed more strongly in 2014, rising by 3.2%, according to the
Asia overtook North America as the
largest gambling region in 2010 and Asia continues to hold the top spot,
accounting for almost 33% of global gambling revenues. This celebrated report
containing more than 2250 pages plus 80,000 data points is unsurpassed in
detail and accuracy and is widely accepted by governments, operators,
lotteries, tech firms, investments banks as the most informative work on the
global gambling industry. Every country where gambling takes place has a
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Contact +44 (0)1624 827138.
Just Released - Interactive Gambling Report - May 2015
This report (latest update April
2015) discusses the main issues surrounding the Interactive gambling industry
from regulatory and payment issues to advertising, along with hundreds of data
points for each segment of the industry. There is detail on Interactive
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European Parliament Approve Fourth Anti-Money Laundering
BUSSELS, Belgium (May 22, 2015) --
EGBA welcomes the final agreement of the 4th anti money laundering directive,
which will ensure that for the first time the online gambling sector will be
subject to one set of AML rules in the whole of the European Union.
Now that the European Parliament
approved the new anti-money laundering directive after two years of
negotiations, the directive is soon to be published in the Official Journal of
the EU. Member States will, from then on, have two years to transpose the
directive into national law.
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of
EGBA said: "EGBA has actively engaged with the EU institutions to include
online gambling in the new directive. It should ensure that EU online gambling
providers now have 1 rather than 28 sets of AML rules to comply with to provide
their services in the EU. "
"The risk based assessment
underpinning the directive will apply to all services, with the exception of
land based casino's where there can be larger sums of cash money
"Thanks to the perfect
traceability of transactions and the already existing identification tools used
by online gambling operators, EGBA is confident that the directive will further
add to the safe provision of EU regulated online gambling services."
He also stated: "The Member
States now have to transpose the directive into their national legislation.
EGBA stands ready to assist the national regulators in this exercise in order
to arrive at national frameworks which are consistent among each other and do
not add to the fragmentation of the market. Special attention should also be
dedicated to consistency with already existing local gambling
The European Parliament press
release is available on this
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For more information, please
CONTACT: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA: +32 2 554 08 90, Email:
The EGBA is an association of
leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwin.party,
Expekt, and Unibet.
The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming
Association (GBGA) is an affiliate member of EGBA. EGBA is a Brussels-based
non-profit association. I
t promotes the rights of more than
20 million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their
choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment.
While online gambling remains a
smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation,
technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into
an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-over
effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports.
EGBA members have invested more than
600M into digital security and contributed to sports with more than
800M, mainly via sponsorship deal and purchasing innovative sports
In February 2013 the European
Commission published its proposal for a renewed anti-money laundering
In December 2014 the negotiating
teams of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of
Ministers reached an agreement of the text.
The Council of Ministers adopted its
final position on 20 April 2015.
China LotSynergy Successfully Expands Terminal Business to Cover 11
Provinces and Become the Top Sports Lottery Terminal
CHINA (May 15, 2015) -- China
LotSynergy Holdings Limited (the Company) is pleased to announce
that Guangzhou Lottnal Terminal Company Limited (Lottnal), a
subsidiary of the company, has successively won bids to supply Sports Lottery
terminals to Shaanxi and Hunan provinces. So far this year, the Company has
become the top Sports Lottery terminal supplier by sales volume.
In recent years, the Sports Lottery
markets of Shaanxi and Hunan provinces have been on a high growth path. Over
the past three years, Sports Lottery sales in the two provinces have, on
average, exceeded a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than
35%, surpassing the roughly 20% CAGR growth of both the nationwide Sports
Lottery market and the overall China lottery market. Shaanxi Sports Lottery
sales reached RMB 4.1 billion in 2014, representing growth of 83.5%
year-on-year (YOY); from January to March 2015, it maintained sales
growth of 85% YOY. Hunan Sports Lottery sales reached nearly RMB 6.0 billion in
2014 and represented growth of 62.5% YOY, ranking 13th nationwide by sales
With the addition of Shaanxi and
Hunan, the Company has successfully expanded its Sports Lottery terminal
business to cover 11 provinces and regions across China. So far this year, the
Company has secured an approximately 32% share of the total purchase volume of
Sports Lottery terminals nationwide, and has become the top Sports Lottery
The Company launched its Sports
Lottery terminal supply business in 2013. In 2014, it advanced to become a top
three supplier, and in only two years time, secured its position as the
industry leader in 2015. This is a result of the Companys many years of
focus on the public welfare lottery industry, and reflects the continued
popularity of the China LotSynergy brand. Faced with increasingly fierce
competition in the Sports Lottery market, the Company will redouble its efforts
to continuously strengthen and expand its competitive advantages, accelerate
expansion into new markets and maintain its industry leading position, in order
to contribute to the Chinese public welfare lottery market.
SOURCE: China LotSynergy Holdings
Xcelmobility Announce Expansion of Lottery
PALO ALTO, California (May 18, 2015)
-- XcelMobility, Inc. (OTCBB: XCLL), a leading online lottery service provider,
today updates investors on lottery business market in China.
In January of this year the Company
announced the strategic decision to focus the company on its online lottery
opportunity. The company is proud to announce that we have completed the
transition and we are now expanding our facilities and services to keep up with
the demand in China. The company is now fully operational to meet the needs of
online lottery players in China. Our lottery business expansion included these
important changes and additions:
- Completing our move into new and larger facilities
to allow the lottery group to grow rapidly without worry of disruptions. The
new facility is located in the Central Business District of Shenzhen China in
the heart of the very modern Futian business district.
- The Company has launched a new and updated
corporate website. www.xcelmobility.com to better reflect the new lottery
business direction of the company.
- The company has launched a new online lottery
portal allowing for lottery players to quickly and easily administer lottery
accounts and purchase lottery products.
- Numerous experienced gaming professionals were
added to help grow the lottery business.
- The company is adding third party distribution
partners in all regions of China.
- The company recently announced an important
marketing partnership with China Mobile to make it easy for customers to buy
lottery products and collect lottery winnings.
Xcelmobility's mobile lottery
business is now fully operational and is servicing mobile lottery customers in
We have begun to generate revenues
from lottery services and we expect to see a rapid growth in service revenue in
the second half of the calendar year. The Company's CEO Ryan Ge comments
"The Xcelmobility team has worked hard to make this important transition to
the lottery market. We are happy to see things fully operational so that we can
grow quickly in this lucrative and high growth market. Our recent partnership
with China Mobile gives us great credibility with lottery players. Having
strong and trusted partners is an important ingredient for lottery business
success in China."
The Ministry of Finance announced
that 2014 was another record year for lottery business growth. Total lottery
sales in 2014 came to US $61.5 Billion, up 23.6% from 2013's total.
About XcelMobility, Inc.
XcelMobility is a leading online
lottery service provider in China. The company aggregates and processes lottery
purchase orders from registered user accounts and derive revenues from service
fees paid by provincial sports lottery administration centers for the purchase
orders of welfare and sports lottery products. We focus on China's burgeoning
online lottery market of well over 300 Million Users and growth rates of over
23% per year.
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SOURCE: XcelMobility, Inc.
KeyToCasino Collated Information on Gambling Laws Around the
GERMANY (May 12, 2015) --
KeyToCasino research team has collected information on gambling laws for 225
countries and territories of the world and conveniently organized it as a table
and as a map. The laws for land-based casinos and for online gambling are
For the land-based casinos, the
information is color-coded as follows:
red for banned, orange for legal for
foreign travelers only, yellow for legal in limited localities, and green for
legal all over the country.
Online gambling laws are split into
two categories: laws for the operators and laws for the players. Operators are
- Red if they are banned in the given country,
- Orange if local casinos are banned and foreign ones
- Yellow if license is required for all online
- Light green if license is required for local
casinos only, and
- Green if online gambling is not prohibited at
For the players, red color means
criminal penalty for online gambling, yellow means administrative penalty, and
green means no penalty at all
All the sources and links to the
original laws as well as their English translations are available in the table,
the Sources column. The number in the Score column means how the country stands
in terms of gambling availability. The closer this score is to the 1 000, the
better this country is for the online gambling.
The scores were out of 1,000 with
500 points based on online casino accessibility. For the remaining 500 points,
casino laws, penalties, access and financial blocks were taken into
consideration. The United States got the worst Gambling Availability Score with
311 points followed by Iran with 407 points and France with 412 points. In the
United States, where online gambling is banned on a federal level, gamblers
cannot access 72 percent of the worlds online casinos. Other
countries scores are also available.
Over 50 percent of the world's
population is banned from accessing online casinos in their own countries. On
the other hand, over 60 countries around the world license online gambling
which allows their citizens to bet. This is according to new research. It found
that the situation in terms of gambling availability varies greatly from
country to country.
In some countries casinos of any
type, either land-based or online, are banned, while in others they are
allowed. In those countries where casinos are allowed some ban local companies
from operating a casino, while foreign firms continue to trade. Quirky rules
also exist. For example, some countries ban their citizens from casinos but
allow visitors play, and in at least one country casinos are only available to
people who earn a high enough salary.
The research was carried out by the
KeyToCasino research team. The authors analyzed the gambling laws in 225
countries and territories by looking at a range of sources in 46 different
languages. The sources in each of the countries where the information was
- In 83 percent of the countries, the information on
casinos was available on official, local sources such as government run
- In 12 percent of the countries, the information
obtained for the research came from reputable local sources, but they were not
official websites. Examples include major local newspapers and the websites of
- In the remaining five percent the information was
only available from non-local or less reliable sources.
Thus, for the 95 percent of the
countries, or 98 percent of the world population, the information came from
local, reputable sources. All of the underlying data and the sources are
available on the
The report is based on the data as
of March 1st, 2015. The tables, however, are constantly updated to reflect the
current position of casino and gambling availability around the world.
In conducting the research,
KeyToCasino team wanted to give a snapshot of the state of global regulations
on casinos, and the different barriers faced by players around the world.
Regulations governing gambling have
been enforced by governments and leaders for almost as long as gambling has
existed. This goes all the way back to ancient Chinese and Roman societies. The
modern casino, as we know it today, has its origins in the 17th century Europe.
It was called the Il Ridotto and it was located in Venice in Italy. It opened
in 1638 and facilitated gambling during the carnival season, under control by
the Italian government.
Today almost every country in the
world has its own gambling laws, although in some places gambling is not
regulated at all. In many countries the industry is controlled through
licensing and supervision, but there are some places where gambling is
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