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Vol. 73 No.10 - Monday December 14, 2015


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IGT Licenses Innovative Game Feature Patents to Gamesys

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LONDON, U.K. (December 9, 2015) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced that it has reached a licensing agreement with Gamesys, providing the entertainment online gaming company with intellectual property usage rights for certain game features offered in IGT's innovative patent portfolio.  As the leading end-to-end gaming company, IGT holds more than 2,000 game feature patents worldwide.

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...

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The license agreement provides Gamesys with compelling game and bonus features found on IGT slot machines.  This enables Gamesys online players to experience player-favorite game features in the Gamesys library of slot titles.

"We are very pleased to reach an agreement with Gamesys to provide licensing for IGT's best-in-class game feature patents.  Working in partnership with Gamesys to enhance its online games leverages our industry-leading R&D investment to deliver better games to more players," said Victor Duarte, IGT's Global Chief Product Officer, Gaming.

"This agreement with IGT allows Gamesys to utilize compelling and well established game mechanics in key jurisdictions where such IP is protected by patents. By further extending our partnership with IGT we have ensured we can benefit from their investment in R&D to develop yet more compelling, unique content for our partners and players," said Hans Elias, Head of Games Studios at Gamesys.

About IGT

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 has approximately 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

CONTACT: Phil O'Shaughnessy, IGT Corporate Communications, +1 (702) 669-2975 or Ortal Dahan, IGT Corporate Communications, +1 (702) 669-7662

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

INTRALOT Successfully Rolls Out the Awarded Pre-Commitment System in Australia

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ATHENS, Greece (December 7, 2015) -- INTRALOT Gaming Services Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of INTRALOT Australia Pty Ltd, rolled out on December 1st the first Voluntary Pre-commitment Scheme branded “YourPlay” for a network of 28,500 electronic gaming machines (EGM) across the State of Victoria, including the Melbourne Casino. The official launch follows a contract sealed in 2014 between INTRALOT and the Victorian Government to operate the pre-commitment service for a period of 12 years, until August 2027.

The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, the Honourable Ms. Jane Garrett, stated: “The Andrews Labor Government is leading the way when it comes to the rollout of YourPlay. This is just one of the tools we are giving people to reduce gambling-related harm in the community.

Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos, INTRALOT Group COO, commented: “INTRALOT has a successful track record in the delivery of demanding and challenging projects across geographies. We are extremely pleased to celebrate today the launch of an unprecedented Voluntary Pre-commitment Scheme.  We are confident that it is a great asset of the Victorian Government and will strongly support it in its endeavours to enhance Responsible Gaming across the state.

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The Pre-Commitment solution in Victoria, Australia is a state-of-the-art and world leading Responsible Gaming initiative. The scheme is voluntary for players, it is, however, mandatory to be offered on all gaming machines operating in Victoria including at the Melbourne Casino. Victorians will have the power to track and limit their betting on any electronic gaming machine in the state. The technology allows players to limit their spending spend, track their time, and set personalised warning messages.

INTRALOT has been recently awarded with the Platinum Distinction for its Responsible Gaming Pre-commitment Scheme by the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN). This prestigious award recognizes innovative solutions that add value to the lives of people and demonstrate the company’s dedication to social responsibility. Responsible Gaming is a key element of INTRALOT’s CSR strategy, with its principles applied at the whole spectrum of INTRALOT’s operations. As a token of its commitment, INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification for associate members by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage, which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in 57 jurisdictions, about 5.400 people and revenues of €1,85 billion for 2014, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more information please CONTACT: Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

 

Retired Bank Manager from North Carolina is Fourth Million Dollar Winner on “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB™” National TV Game Show

Companion Instant Lottery Game Hits Milestones with More Than $200 Million in Sales and 19 Million+ Entries Awarded in Online Promotion

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LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (December 7, 2015) – After just 27 episodes, “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB”, the weekly, nationally-syndicated television game show produced by Scientific Games Productions, LLC (a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation) under license from Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) announced a fourth millionaire winner. The show’s companion lottery instant game, which benefits good causes in 15 participating U.S. states, hit a milestone, exceeding $200 million in sales. More than 19 million entries have been awarded in the game’s online promotion to win trips to Las Vegas and potentially be chosen to appear on the TV game show.

On the episode that aired the weekend of November 21-22, Hickory, North Carolina native Elizabeth Davolio made it to the final round by winning $100,000 playing “Bank Buster.” Davolio then risked it all for her chance at becoming the show’s next million-dollar winner. After her fifth and final roll of the dice, Davolio rolled a lucky seven, landed on “Go” and won the top prize of $1 million. Host Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly”) celebrated alongside the ecstatic retired bank manager.

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Contestant Elizabeth Davolio of Hickory, North Carolina, makes her way around the life-sized MONOPOLY board with host Billy Gardell after rolling the seven she needed to win $1 million. Photo credit: “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB”/Steve Reed

My experience playing ‘MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB’ has been life-changing,” said Davolio. “From the hospitality and travel accommodations, to the genuine excitement from everyone in my audience section who also won money when I won big, we all left Las Vegas with memories we’ll cherish for a lifetime – not to mention an extra million dollars that my family and I will put to good use!

Since debuting earlier this year, the television game show has averaged more than one millionaire per seven episodes, which outpaces any other game show. The companion instant lottery game has been on sale in 15 states since spring 2015. A 16th state lottery offers players the opportunity to participate in the ‘MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES CLUB’ promotion via their loyalty program.

The “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” studio audience consists of lottery players and their guests. The lottery players all won a five-day, four-night trip for two to Las Vegas, with a stay at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and a seat in the audience to watch the taping and potentially be chosen as a contestant on the show.

Contestants are randomly selected from the live studio audience to compete in an array of MONOPOLY-themed games to win cash and prizes valued at up to $2.3 million per episode.

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On “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB,” the studio audience is deeply invested in the game play, as contestants split cash winnings with their section of the studio audience in each of the signature games. In the final round, the contestant willing to risk the most of their winnings plays for a chance at $1 million. If they pass GO, they collect $200,000 to split with their audience section. If contestant lands on GO, they win $1 million and their audience section splits a cash prize worth up to another $1 million.

Kevin Belinkoff, Executive Producer, said, “The fourth millionaire makes ‘MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB’ the winningest game show ever. The show awards more money faster than any other show in television history, surpassing the timeframe in which all its competitors awarded million dollar grand prizes.”

 “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” films on the largest, custom-built soundstage in Nevada, atop the largest LED floor ever used for a television series. The stage is located on the Las Vegas Strip adjacent to Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino where Gardell greets contestants and takes them through a series of games inspired by the iconic MONOPOLY game for their chance to win a million dollars.

The one-of-a-kind game show can be seen on stations owned by Tribune, Sinclair, Hearst, CBS, Tegna, Media General, Graham Holdings, and other leading station groups covering more than 90 percent of U.S. television households. Visit the “MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB” website for local listings.

About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading innovator and developer of gaming content and technology-based products, systems and services for the worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. Recognized for its innovation, leading entertainment products and global security, the Company’s comprehensive portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and shufflers, instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; player loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit us at: www.scientificgames.com.

Company CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund:

847-785-3167

Media Relations:

Mollie Cole:

773-961-1194

MMC Contact:

Amber Williams

646-762-8701

amber@beckmedia.com

 

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Michigan Lottery Launch Pollard Banknote's New Power Bingo WebPlay® Interactive Game Guaranteed to Call Out the Word S-A-L-E-S!

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (December 7, 2015) - Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) ("Pollard Banknote"), a leading lottery partner that provides instant tickets, interactive solutions, and marketing support, is excited to congratulate the Michigan Lottery on the launch of its latest interactive product—the Power Bingo app. Developed by Pollard Banknote, the new app has a refreshed look and game play that rivals the design standards of the most popular mobile Bingo apps. The Power Bingo app is the company's latest interactive and technology-enabled 'Space Between' product that adds an interactive component to support instant tickets at retail.

The app offers more ways to win, with multipliers and instant wins with more prizes, including Players Club points and dollars off coupons that all add to the anticipation and excitement of the game. The new app also has improved technology, built to give players the ability to not only play on the mobile app or desktop computer, but also on a mobile browser. This widens the choice for how players access their favourite Bingo game. The new landscape orientation gives players a widened view of up to two cards in play, call numbers at the top of the screen and a condensed call history diagram. A bright blue background, fun music and playful sound effects all contribute to the overall game experience.

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The Power Bingo app is the Lottery's latest WebPlay® game, an innovation created by Pollard Banknote to add value to instant tickets while supporting brick-and-mortar retailers. These games extend the life of instant scratch tickets by providing a dynamic, interactive game that is tied to an instant ticket and played on a lottery's website or through a mobile app. Since the launch of the first WebPlay® game in January 2012, more than 34 million WebPlay® games have been played. These games have been proven sales drivers for the associated tickets at retail, and are a way to engage the younger demographic.

Both the app and the web-based versions can also be played for fun without the purchase of an instant scratch ticket. Since the play style of the interactive game closely matches the play style of the instant ticket, this play-for-fun option gives players the opportunity to try Power Bingo before they buy it—a proven way to effectively increase positive purchasing decisions.

The Michigan Lottery was the first to launch a WebPlay® game — Cashword — first as a $3 ticket, but over time, the Lottery's Cashword family has expanded to include the $5 and $10 price points. With each new launch, Pollard Banknote enhanced the interactive game with added play features and new graphics. The sales results have been outstanding. With each new Cashword addition, each price point in the family has experienced significant growth in sales. Since the first Cashword app was offered in 2012, overall crossword sales have grown from approximately $119 million to $156 million in 2015, an increase of 31%! The Lottery's Cashword game also won the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries' Best New Instant Game of the Year in 2012. Taking a lesson from the Crossword category, lotteries can introduce the new Power Bingo app to rejuvenate the Bingo category, which, in many jurisdictions has experienced growth challenges over the past few years.

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"At Pollard Banknote, we focus on developing innovations that will drive sales and attract younger players. Our WebPlay® games extend the play value of an instant ticket with the understanding that technology—especially mobile technology—is an integral part of people's lives," said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development. "The statistics support the importance of the mobile channel. Three-fifths of games played for fun are played on mobile. Research shows that the 18-to-34 demographic accounts for about 60% of WebPlay® app downloads. For all of these reasons, we anticipate that the Power Bingo app will prove to be very appealing to the Michigan Lottery's players."

The Michigan Lottery is on a fast-growing list of lotteries that areengaging players with Pollard Banknote's WebPlay® interactive games and apps, including those in Idaho, Maryland, California, Kansas, and Québec.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Telephone: (204) 474-2323, E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Telephone: (204) 474-2323, E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer, Telephone: (204) 474-2323, E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

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OLG Pays Out First $1 Million Online Lottery Jackpot

LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed $1 Million Winning Ticket Sold on OLG’s New Internet Gaming Site

TORONTO, Ontario (December 3, 2015) -- OLG’s new internet gaming site, PlayOLG, has its first-ever million dollar lottery win! The winning ticket for the December 2, 2015 LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw was sold on PlayOLG, making this the biggest win on PlayOLG since the site launched last January.

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We’re pleased that one of our PlayOLG members has the winning ticket for the LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed $1 Million prize,” said John Mahony, OLG’s Vice-President, iGaming. “PlayOLG players should log into their accounts or check their email to see if they are a big winner!

PlayOLG, the only Internet gaming site regulated by the Ontario government, launched province-wide in January 2015. It offers Ontarians a convenient way to purchase LOTTO 6/49, LOTTO MAX and ENCORE tickets, and features a wide range of interactive casino-style games, including slots and table games such as Blackjack, Baccarat, Single-player Poker and Roulette. Visit PlayOLG.ca for more information.

The next LOTTO 6/49 draw is on Saturday, December 5, 2015 for an estimated $7 million jackpot and the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draws. Ontario adults can purchase their tickets by registering with PlayOLG.ca or at lottery retailers by 10:30 p.m. for the draw that evening.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

SOURCE: OLG.

 

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IPLyC Launch Online Sports Betting Site

CÓRDOBA, Argentina (December 3, 2015) -- El Instituto Provincial de Loterías y Casinos de Misiones (IPLyC) (English: The Provincial Institute of Lotteries and Casinos of Misiones) launched the online sports betting site "MisionBet", through which players can participate in sports betting and other gambling online.

The site became available yesterday:

The debut of Misionbet, the portal of sports betting and online gaming Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos of the State Society (IPLyC SE) was performed at midmorning at the Maitei Posadas Hotel & Resort, Posadas.The announcement was attended by the president of IPLyC SE, Eduardo Torres; Games manager of the Institute Raul Segovia; the owner of the company Integrated Systems Game, Luis Bernstein; Technology Director, Matthias Spilkin; Project Misionbet chief, Omar Irrazábal; the head of the Department of Creative Management and Public Relations On Line Games, Patricia Bertolotti; the general supervisor of IPLyC SE, Fernando climbing, and general supervisor of IPLyC Comfort, John Re.

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Torres welcomed the launch of Misionbet and recalled that it was a pending issue and demanded much effort it started. He noted that after taking the first term, in 2003, he began a dialogue with the owners of those based casinos in Misiones to initiate this development because he understood that this was the future of the game in the country and the world. "We had little support and our concern to move within the Association of Lotteries, Pools and Casinos of Argentina (ALEA) and long we struggle, discussed, debated, proposed, to treat all lotteries we assume the role It corresponds," he confided.

He said there are more than seven thousand pages in which you can make sports betting, casino games explode, slots, but "unfortunately, our colleagues, some in particular, acted only against legalized gambling in the country. When otorgábamos a permit or a concession to operate a gaming site, we had problems with National Lottery judgment made both us and the page that exploited the game, but never took action with hundreds of thousands of illegal games that raised the betting irresponsibly ". As a state and State Lottery "not only have to regulate the activity of gambling game but also control who are playing, and from other provinces avoided that responsibility: on those websites there is no control over whether play minor , where the money comes from, how it is paid or if they are scammed punters ".

He explained that this fight was exposed in the various meetings that took ahead ALEA, and then withdrew from the Association because "we understood that we could not keep up with the hypocrisy of traveling the world to learn about the latest technologies, to talks and when it came time to act nobody took over and continued to denounce the game that had a legal authority and turning a blind eye to illegal sites."

That's why "we will start working on missions and from there we will expand to the rest of the country. I think we will have a chance to start arguing again with colleagues from other lotteries to promote this game and compete with all illegal pages in the world. We spoke with many companies until we met the members of this firm and after many twists and turns, arguments, disappointments, today we present this page to be advanced.”

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"We are aware that in any business, social entrepreneurship, the human factor is of fundamental importance, and for this development we considered the Sales Network, as with everything we do," he said.

A before and after in the way you play

Bernstein thanked the trust and highlighted the tenacity and determination of Torres, whom he considered "the forerunner in Argentina of online games, which are rife in Europe, America and Asia and we thank IPLyC SE insertion into missions, opening the door to regulation in the country."

He described Misionbet as the next-generation platform online game that allows access to casino games, slots, sports and other games regulated by the Institute. "It is the online game platform of IPLyC SE. It is the first and only online gaming site a Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos in Argentina. It is a platform in the province of Misiones, which will mark a before and after in the way you play expanding possibilities than from anywhere with internet access, using computers, tablets and mobile phones. And it essential to providing a network of agencies that are equipped with computers to allow all clients to access Misionbet tool," he said.

He alleged that the platform, which was developed entirely in Argentina by Argentine and Argentine, regulation IPLyC add SE will allow legal access to all missionaries, to the comfort of playing from their homes, workplaces, and allowing that the funds paid to the Institute by such concepts, once the prizes and taxes paid, enter the provincial treasury to its application to social purposes made by the body.

According to Bernstein, born with the first platform Misionbet regulated online gaming a Provincial Institute in Argentina "that is here to stay and grow permanently for those who like to entertain and play for the benefit of the entire network of official agencies and workers in the sector with the opening of a new way of playing both times to the public as the 24 hours 365 days from anywhere with an Internet connection."

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He struggled because the example that IPLyC is provided from missions with the launch of Misionbet allow the 23 jurisdictions, "to identify the benefits of the regulation of online gaming in each of its territories for the money of their activities to audit taxed and which corresponds in taxes."

Spilkin then spoke about the functioning of the platform Misionbet, the new way to play in Argentina.

At the end of the conference they were presented to the promoters were recorded in www.misionbet.com.ar  "bonus" credit to users to bet on Misionbet.

Varied sports

MisionBet is the new way to play proposed by the Institute of Lottery and Casinos of Misiones. It is a proprietary online platform through which they can work and play sports betting online. Managed in conjunction with the company Integrated Systems SA, the platform will offer missionaries the possibility of betting on the various sports: football, tennis, rugby, basketball, etc., while playing slots and other games as online casinos.

Thus, the IPLyC stands at the forefront of lotteries in the country to be one of the few that offers this type of game mode from a platform. The system, available only to the missionaries, who may start playing www.misionbet.com.ar registering in credit and loading from a varied menu of possibilities:

  • Through a prepaid card that will be available in official agencies and sub-agencies of IPLyC.
  • Loading credit directly in any of the official agencies and sub-agencies of IPLyC authorized to do so.
  • Using services PaySafe Card or Pay U, available in a wide network of stalls enabled.
  • Making a deposit into the account Misionbet owns Banco Macro.

 

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Misionbet meets Responsible Gaming Program, gambling and other behavioral addictions implementing a comprehensive strategy to prevent addictive behaviors risk. That's why users Misionbet offer a variety of options to assist them gamble responsibly, such as self-restraint and self exclusion through a configurable auto profile which may establish their own parameters of game.

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Initials are: Agency No. 1 (Córdoba 1820); Agency No. 207 (Ayacucho 1810); Agency No. 211 (Colón 2093); Agency No. 219 (Cabred 170); Agency No. 224 (Lavalle 5678); Agency No. 229 (National Route 12, km 7 ½), and Agency No. 230 (Córdoba 535), all of Posadas.

CLICK HERE to read the official press release (only available in Spanish).

SOURCE: -- El Instituto Provincial de Loterías y Casinos de Misiones (IPLyC).

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Name Marina Wong New Business Development Manager

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MACAU, China (December 4, 2015) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the world’s leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, has named Marina Wong as Business Development Manager in its Macau-based laboratory, GLI Asia Ltd.

Wong, a Macau native, is well known in the region’s gaming industry. Prior to GLI, she was General Manager and Event Director of the Macau Gaming Show, responsible for organizing the show from sales, marketing and administration to daily operation. She has also worked as General Manager for MM Marketing Communication Consulting Ltd., leading the account servicing team. She is fluent in English and Chinese and holds several higher-education certificates. She is passionate about service delivery and customer support, making her ideal for the position.

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GLI Australia’s Chief Operating Officer APAC Espee de Robillard said, “Bringing someone of Marina’s caliber to GLI Asia is fantastic news. Marina’s wealth of experience and knowledge within the gaming industry makes her a key addition to Gaming Laboratories International and specifically, to GLI Asia in Macau.

Marina’s appointment is a demonstration of our commitment to being the right choice for independent testing and professional services in the APAC region. Our dynamic and new approaches to testing and evaluation, combined with the increasing demand for the industry, led us to look for an addition to our team who compliments GLI’s ethos of providing high quality testing, evaluation and exceptional service. I’m confident that Marina will play a key role in providing and implementing the highest quality of services that our new and existing customers expect from GLI,” he said.

GLI continues to build its profile in the growing APAC region by expanding client services resources.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and consulting services. GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds 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.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Marketing, Phone: +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: GLI media release distributed by Steinbeck Communications.

 

 

Mise-o-jeu+ - Better Odds for Online Sports Betting Customers

MONTRÉAL, Quebec, Canada (December 7, 2015) - Sports betting customers can now take advantage of better odds thanks to the new Mise-o-jeu+, available only online. With Miseojeu+, the payout rate for most of the betting offer's event questions will increase from 84% to 90%, and even 92% in some cases. Everything to make our sports betting customers very happy!

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The more favourable odds offered by Mise-o-jeu+ are available using the Mise-o-jeu mobile application or the web site miseojeu.com. Customers must become members of Espacejeux.com (Loto-Québec's transactional web site) in order to make online purchases.

Purchases from retailers made easier

In addition, improvements have been made to simplify sports betting purchases made from retailers. Now, when new odds change customers' potential winnings, they are no longer required to fill out a new selection slip. Customers can continue to make purchases from their lottery retailer and take advantage of the benefits of doing so, for instance the fast payouts of winnings, or they can opt for online purchases.

Mise-o-jeu's mobile application, first launched in 2012, continues to gain in popularity among sports betting customers. Using this app, they are able to view the full betting offer for multiple sports, verify the results of their bets, read the columns of export sports analysts and check tickets purchased from a retailer, as well as, of course, purchase bets.

Loto-Québec, 45 years of entertainment

Loto-Québec's mission is to responsibly and efficiently manage games of chance in a controlled and measured fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. The Corporation is the only entity authorized to legally offer sports betting in Québec. Entertainment is at the heart of its activities. Since January 1, 2015, Loto-Québec has paid out 72 prizes worth $1 million or more.

For further information CONTACT: Patrice Lavoie, Director, Communications and Press Relations, Loto-Québec, 514 4995130; Information: Elise Paquet-Mori.

SOURCE Loto-Québec.

 

 

Texas Lottery Introduces Newest Scratch Ticket Game Benefiting Texas Veterans

AUSTIN, Texas (December 8, 2015) -- Texas Lottery players can show their support for Texas veterans by purchasing Solid Gold, the newest scratch ticket game benefiting the Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

The $2 game features six top prizes of $30,000 and more than $11.5 million in total prizes. The overall odds of winning are one in 4.64 for any prize including break-even prizes.

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Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $52 million for programs supporting Texas veterans. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance makes grants available to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. With 1.7 million veterans spread across the state, these programs provide financial assistance, transportation services, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling and housing assistance.

The Texas Lottery first launched the veterans’ themed scratch ticket game on Nov. 9, 2009, following the passage of a bill during the 81st Legislature.  Players interested in finding the game in their area can use the Scratch Ticket and Retailer Locator on the Texas Lottery website.

About the Texas Lottery

Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $24 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $47 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed $18 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. Since the first veterans’ themed scratch ticket game was launched  in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $52 million for programs supporting Texas veterans.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media Relations, 512-344-5131, Email:  mediarelations@lottery.state.tx.us

SOURCE: Texas Lottery.

 

 

Comtrade Gaming Joins WLA as an Associate Member

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (December 8, 2015) -- Comtrade Gaming, a leading software provider to the gaming industry, has become an Associate Member of the World Lottery Association. Comtrade is also an active member of the Gaming Standards Association, and provides open gaming platforms and professional services to both the online and land-based gaming sectors.

Aleš Gornjec, General Manager of Comtrade Gaming stated:

Becoming a member of World Lottery Assotiation is a great honour for us. I'm very happy for recommendation of our clients to the WLA Excetutive Committe and their acceptance. Digital transformation of lotteries business that is taking place in various states around the world requires open platforms that unify management and control of all content and data across all distribution channels. Comtrade Gaming is committed to help the gaming industry modernise their technology ecosystem and WLA endorsement strengthens our mission.

The World Lottery Association is the global authority on the lottery business, and whose goal is to uphold the highest ethical principles, and support their members in achieving their vision for their own communities. Standing behind values, such as responsibility, integrity, professionalism, innovation, and creativity it fits well with the Comtrade Gaming corporate values.

Comtrade Gaming is a leading independent software supplier to the gaming industry, delivering open gaming platforms and professional services to both the online and land-based gaming sectors. Comtrade’s strengths are in the development of enterprise software solutions that are based on industry standards. The company’s product portfolio includes iGaming platforms, server-based gaming systems, live casino, and solutions which enable regulators to monitor and control gaming activities.

CONTACT: Sara Rotter, Marketing Manager, Comtrade Gaming, Email: sara.rotter@comtrade.com.

SOURCE: Comtrade Gaming (http://www.comtradegaming.com).

 

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OID Calls for end to ONCE Lottery Monopoly

SPAIN (December 9, 2015) – la Organización Impulsora de Discapacitados (OID) , born 26 years ago with the purpose of assisting people with social, labour, cultural and sporting disabilities

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The OID includes more than 4,000 people with some type of physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities through the sale of EUROBOLETO lottery for the disabled.

The OID is a legally constituted Association in the Register of Associations of the Ministry of Interior (Protocol No. F-1667), it is discharged in the IAE of Finance to the activity carried out: Organization and holding of lotteries.

It has 139 judicial decisions that endorse and support the legality of the project, based on that monopolies are forbidden in the field of Spain and the European Union.

Despite all this, the Government still supports the monopoly of the Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE) against Community law and various court rulings holding, holding and sheltering the only monopoly that exists in Spain since the Civil War.

We ask for your support so that the OID has its own draw and end the ONCE Monopoly.

Unanswered questions that have motivated the OID president’s hunger strike.

  • Why the Government maintains the monopoly of the ONCE also subsidizing this organization?
  • Why the Ministry of equality allows question differently to the Spanish blind, compared with more than four million disabled, allowing the first decent alternative work and denying it to the rest of the disabled?
  • Is Spain better placed in a blind ONCE, than other types of disabilities: physical, psychological, sensory ...?
  • Why ONCE dismissed or put impossible conditions to their workers while selling tickets at gas stations and watertight?
  • Why not let the state make charity sales to other operators and promote spent on the ticket of the ONCE charged to pocket all Spanish?

 

Today, Wednesday 9 December 2015, Dionisio González Otero, president of the OID, its sixth day of confinement at the headquarters of the organization in Talavera.

Six days on hunger strike that led to today has to have been visited by medical staff who have proven their health and control his constant during the closure.

SOURCE: Published by Communication On December 9, 2015.

 

 

ACM Approve Dutch Lottery Merger

NETHERLANDS (December 8, 2015) -- The Authority for Consumer and Market (ACM) approved the merger between the Dutch State Lottery Management Foundation and the National Foundation Sporttotalisator (De Lotto) after thorough research.

Chris Fonteijn, CEO of ACM, "It appears that the State Lottery and Lotto in practice and in competition, including through the strict regulation around gambling. Our research shows that this merger has only a limited effect on the gaming market."

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In the lottery market remain after the merger of two large organizations. The first is the new combination-State Lottery Lotto which the State Lottery, Million Game, Lotto, Euro Jackpot, Lucky Day and Toto Scratch market. The second is the Charity Lottery, including the lottery and the Friends Lottery. Both organizations following the merger, about half of the current gambling market.

All these lottery games have their own group of players. The study of ACM appears that few consumers switch between different lotteries.

Sufficient competition as online gaming market is coming

In 2017 is probably the online gaming market in the Netherlands legally. Therefore, ACM also examined the competitive position in that market. There are at least strong competitive foreign parties. Chris Fonteijn: “Besides the foreign parties also have the Charity Lottery the opportunity to compete in the online gaming market with the combination Lottery-Lotto. So there are plenty of competing domestic and foreign parties. We see the merger now no risk of a dominant position of the State Lottery-Lotto on the online gaming market."

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Netherlands has strict regulations on gambling. For example, the national government provides for any kind of lottery on one license. This prevents a lot of lotteries are all vying for the favor of the same players. The rules should include preventing gambling addiction and contribute to it that there is little competition between the lotteries.

SOURCE: Autoriteit Consument & Markt.

 

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Gaming's Impact on Tourism to Be Addressed at the NCLGS 2016 Winter Conference, January 8-10

ORLANDO, Florida (December 9, 2015) - Gaming and tourism experts will convene to discuss the impact of gaming on the tourism industry... and vice-versa, at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) Winter Meeting, which takes place January 8-10 at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, FL.

The session, titled, "Boosting Tourism: What Role Can Gaming Play?" will take place on the morning of Saturday, January 9, and will be moderated by New Jersey Senator Jim Whelan. Speakers include:

  • Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive VP Government, Corporate Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment
  • Michael Goldsmith, VP of International Marketing, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Matt Levinson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey Casino Control Commission.
  • William J. Pascrell, III, Lobbyist, Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc. (PPAG)
  • Lori Pennington-Gray, Ph.D., Director of Tourism Crisis Management Institute, University of Florida
  • Jeff Vasser, (former) Director General & CEO, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association

 

The NCLGS conference examines topical gaming issues of primary concern to legislators, and includes panel presentations that provide a variety of viewpoints.

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The NCLGS meetings provide a vital forum to directly address legislators on issues that industry professionals find most relevant. Registration is open to all legislators and gaming-related professionals.

The meeting begins Friday with presentations from industry experts to the five gaming committees, comprised of Responsible Gaming, Pari-Mutuels, Lotteries, Casinos, and State-Federal Relations, which covers both Internet and tribal gaming issues.

The remainder of the weekend will consist of the Gaming and Tourism panel, and general sessions that will address skill-based games and the daily fantasy sports debate.

Paul Steelman, CEO of the award-winning firm Steelman Partners and recognized visionary designer of global entertainment, hospitality and gaming architecture, will be the luncheon keynote speaker on Friday, January 8.

NCLGS has a block of rooms available January 7-10 at the Rosen Shingle Creek until December 17, 2015, at a discounted conference rate.

You must be a registered attendee of the NCLGS Winter Meeting in order to receive the discounted conference rate. Make your reservations before December 17 as the hotel is sold out aside from our block and will release those rooms after December 17.

The NCLGS Foundation, the educational and research arm of NCLGS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, strives to educate lawmakers through scholarships to NCLGS meetings and is a source of nonpartisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation.

For more information, please email: events@spectrumstrategic.org or visit NCLGS.org.

SOURCE: National Council of Legislators from Gaming States.

 

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Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Release November 2015 Index

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (December 7, 2015) - After reporting a strong month-to-month increase of 7.6 percent in October 2015, the AGEM Index returned some value in November 2015. The composite index ended the month at 194.33, representing a decline of 2.89 points (-1.5 percent) from the prior month. Compared to a year ago, the AGEM Index reported a gain of 8.74 points (+4.7 percent), which represents the second consecutive month of positive annual growth. Agilysys (AGYS), a technology company that provides software and service to the hospitality industry, was added to the index in the latest period.

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In November, 12 of the 14 global gaming equipment manufacturers reported month-to-month declines in stock price, with five down by more than 10 percent. Of the two manufacturers reporting gains in stock price during the month, both were up by less than five percent.

The broader stock markets reported modest improvements from October 2015 to November 2015. The S&P 500 ended the month at 2,080.41, which represents a gain of 0.1 percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average reported a gain of 0.3 percent, rising to 17,719.92. NASDAQ reported the greatest month-to-month increase of the three major indices, rising 1.1 percent to 5,108.67.

Selected positive contributors to the November 2015 AGEM Index included the following:

Aristocrat Technologies (ALL) contributed 2.43 points, due to a 1.8-percent increase in stock price to AU$9.49.

With a stock price of ¥2,881 (+4.5 percent), Konami Corp. (9766) contributed 1.27 points.

Selected negative contributors included the following:

  • Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) reported a stock price of $9.22 (-16.9 percent) and contributed negative 1.60 points.
  • Due to a stock price of $15.53 (-4.3 percent), International Game Technology PLC (IGT) contributed negative 1.56 points.
  • Ainsworth Game Technology (AGI) contributed negative 1.52 points, due to a 24.5-percent decline in stock price to AU$2.40.

 

In November 2015, many of the gaming equipment manufacturers released their financial results for the period ending September 30, 2015. Selected performances are noted below.

One quarter removed from its merger with GTECH, International Game Technology PLC (IGT) reported revenues of $1.2 billion in the third quarter of 2015, up 29.5 percent from a year ago. An adjusted EBITDA of $413.8 million also displayed strong gains, up 21.1 percent from the third quarter 2014. However, on a pro forma basis, IGT reported a 17.6-percent year-over-year revenue loss and a 23.5-percent reduction in EBITDA. Net income attributable to IGT was $7.1 million, while total net income on an adjusted basis was $82.5 million.

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The company delivered $0.04 per diluted share or $0.41 per share on an adjusted basis. IGT's total installed based fell 7.8 percent annually to 59,126 during the quarter, while total machines shipped declined 47.9 percent to 6,622. However, global lottery same-store revenue growth was 6.2 percent during the period.

Continuing the trend of industry consolidation, Everi Holdings Inc. (EVRI) reported third quarter revenue of $208.7 million and adjusted EBITDA of $51.5 million. The company reported a net loss during the quarter of $6.1 million, resulting in a net loss per diluted share of $0.09. The loss is attributable in part to the acquisition of Multimedia Games at the end of 2014, which is still in the process of being digested. However, the payments portion of the business reported positive trends, as revenue rose 6.4 percent to $154.8 million, and both operating income and adjusted EBITDA for the division reported gains.

Agilysys (AGYS) reported second quarter fiscal 2016 revenue of $29.6 million, which is a 12.6-percent improvement from a year ago. Gross margin decreased, resulting in an adjusted EBITDA of $1.5 million compared to the $1.6 million in the same period of last year. The strong growth in revenue can be attributed to the double-digit growth in new customers and a 35-percent increase in subscription revenue, which have value given the predictability and loyalty of customers using these services.

Galaxy Gaming (GLXZ) announced revenues of $2.8 million in the third quarter of 2015, a 9.4-percent increase from last year. Adjusted EBITDA decreased 3.0 percent to $894,000, primarily due to increased regulatory and legal costs. However, net income saw a significant increase of 36.9 percent to nearly $120,000, due to an increase in recurring revenues. Galaxy Gaming's focus on table games has led to strong gross margins in both the second and third quarters of this year. However, with the changing regulatory environment, those healthy margins were offset by a 12.1-percent increase in operating expenses, driven primarily by SG&A and other costs.

The AGEM Index

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) produces the monthly AGEM Index that comprises 14 global gaming suppliers throughout the world. A total of 9 suppliers are based in the United States and are listed on the NYSE, Nasdaq or OTC market, while two trade on the Australian exchange, one supplier trades on the Athens exchange, one on the Tokyo exchange, and another trades on the Taiwan OTC exchange.

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The index is computed based on the month-end stock price (adjusted for dividends and splits) of each company and weighted based on approximation of market capitalization. Market capitalizations for manufacturers trading on foreign exchanges have been converted to US dollar-equivalents as of month-end for comparability purposes. The AGEM Index is based on a 100-point value as of January 2005.

About AGEM

AGEM is an international trade association representing manufacturers of electronic gaming devices, systems, and components for the gaming industry. The Association works to further the interests of gaming equipment manufacturers throughout the world. Through political action, tradeshow partnerships, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM and its member organizations have assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a positive business environment.

AGEM Index

The AGEM index and overview is prepared by Applied Analysis (AA). AA is a Nevada-based advisory services firm providing consultation services for public and private entities. The company utilizes extensive experience in economics, information technology and finance to provide a wide range of services, including urban economic consulting, financial advisory services, market analysis, public policy analysis, hospitality industry and gaming consulting, and information system and technology consulting.

For More Information, CONTACT: Marcus Prater, Executive Director, Phone: 702.812.6932.

SOURCE: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications.

 

 

NCPG Release First Fantasy Sports Consumer Protection Guidelines

All fantasy sports companies urged to adopt these guidelines developed in conjunction with the industry to cover essential age verification and customer assistance provisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 8, 2015) -- Today the National Council on Problem Gambling released the world’s first fantasy sports consumer protection guidelines. The guidelines outline essential age verification, player information, self-exclusion and data and customer assistance provisions. These guidelines were based on NCPG’s best-practice Internet Responsible Gambling Standards and adapted specifically for the fantasy sports industry.

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NCPG encourages all fantasy sports companies and organizations like the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and Fantasy Sports Control Agency to adopt these provisions. NCPG President Wiley Harwell commented: “While we take no position on the legality of daily fantasy sports, we know that some players have developed problems so our goal is to set a clear and high standard for consumer protection.” The guidelines build on the fantasy sports resolution adopted by the Board of Directors on October 8, 2015.

Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director noted: “We have been working on these issues for several years and appreciate the support of many individuals and operators in the fantasy sports industry.”  Several fantasy sports operators were involved in developing the guidelines and DraftDay is the first to implement these policies. Rich Roberts, President of Sportech/DraftDay said: “As the only B2B daily fantasy operator that has built and operated regulated platforms in other markets, it was important to work with NCPG as we have done previously. Robust consumer protections are essential to build confidence among regulators, legislators and customers.”

For a copy of the guidelines go to: www.ncpgambling.org/responsible-gaming

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NCPG serves as the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families with the vision to improve health and wellness by reducing the personal, social and economic costs of problem gambling. NCPG is neither for nor against legalized gambling.

CONTACT: Keith Whyte, 202.547.9204 x 23 or Email: keithw@ncpgambling.org.

SOURCE: National Council on Problem Gambling.

 

 

New Date Revision: Macao Gaming Show 15-17 November 2016

MACAO, SAR (December 3, 2015) -- The Macao Gaming Show will now stage its fourth edition on 15-17 November 2016 at the Venetian Macao.

The date revision follows intensive consultation over the past two weeks, with MGS able to negotiate its original preference of 15-17 November following the slot's late availability at the Venetian.

Show organisers MGEMA confirmed: "This is excellent news for the show. The growth of the MICE programme in Macau has meant that there is strong competition for exhibition slots and as a major international show, we have a number of factors we need to consider. Most importantly, MGS has established itself as a traditional November event - equidistant in timing between G2E Las Vegas and ICE in London."

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"That's where the Macao show sits - a bridge which links the global gaming and entertainment industry during a crucial manufacturing and selling period for all the businesses. We feel compelled to maintain that positioning and to stay focused on delivering Asia's primary event to both a domestic and international audience. We were able to push hard and negotiate the November slot and appreciate the support of the Venetian, our sponsors - the SAR Government departments - and our exhibitors who have all backed our endeavours in this matter."

The Macao Gaming Show continues to enjoy strong growth in the international marketplace with the recent 2015 edition attracting a record number of exhibitors (168) on the showfloor, plus representations in the separate French, Korean and Macau pavilions. The exhibition occupied a record breaking 12,000 sqm of stand space - nearly 20 percent larger than last year - to establish itself as one of the top three independent exhibitions in the Macau SAR.

 For more information on 2015 Macao Gaming Show and the associated Macao Tourism and Cultural Summit, visit: www.macaogamingshow.com.

CONTACT: Ken Scott, Director, GB Media Corporation Ltd, Tel: +44 (0) 1273 699 900, Email: ks@sjc.co.uk.

OVERVIEW

Macao Gaming Show (MGS) is organised by the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association (MGEMA), co-organised by the General Association of Administrators and Promoters for Macau Gaming Industry, Associação de Mediadores de Jogos e Entretenimento de Macau, Macau Jockey Club, MACAUSLOT, and Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome. MGS is the first large scale gaming and entertainment exhibition organised and run by Macao organisations. MGS commands a floor area of over 12,000 m2.

Exhibitors and buyers eyeing the Asian market will be coming from all corners of the world. The event covers the wide ranging elements of the broad based entertainment industry: Manufacturing (Gaming Equipment and Accessories); Tourism (Promoters, Junkets and VIP Clubs); Infrastructure (Casino, Hotel and Leisure Fixtures and Fittings); Services (Promotional, Investment, Finance); Memorabilia, Food and Beverage, Entertainment and Performance. In addition, the show features a special Macau Creative and Culture zone promoting the innovations and technical skills of young entrepreneurs in the city.

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SOURCE: MGS media Release.

 




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