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Vol. 74 No.10 - Monday March 7, 2016


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Scientific Games' Technology Expertise Wins New Deals in Denmark for Lottery Systems and Interactive Player Account Solutions

LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (March 1, 2016) -- Scientific Games Corporation ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that after a competitive procurement process Danske Spil A/S in Denmark has awarded the Company two major contracts with their lottery and gaming business. Scientific Games was awarded a seven-year contract for Danske Lotteri Spil's (the "Danish Lottery") new systems technology including game solutions and services.

The Danish Lottery's legacy systems technology had been provided by another supplier since 1990. In addition, the Company won a five-year contract for Danske Spil's interactive player account management (PAM) solution and services that will unify the player experience across products and distribution channels. Both contracts may be extended by Danske Spil for up to two years.

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Scientific Games, which also provides instant games and interactive products to Danske Spil, is well-positioned to develop their new systems and PAM technology through a holistic understanding of Denmark's market and consumers.

H.C. Madsen, CEO for Danske Spil A/S, said, "Scientific Games has demonstrated that their integrated systems technologies, expertise and quality of service meet the complex business needs of Danske Spil for secure lottery and gaming operations. We believe that a new open architecture system, advanced lottery numbers games and unified PAM solution will play an important role in our overall mission to increase revenues in the coming years."

The heritage of the Company's world-class gaming systems, combined with its ability to enhance player experience through a proven unified PAM solution, have made Scientific Games the partner of choice for Danske Spil's next generation technology.

The Company is currently the leading provider of lottery gaming systems in Europe and the global leader in unifed PAM solutions for lotteries.

Patrick McHugh, Senior Vice President, Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, said, "Danske Spil is one of the most progressive lottery and gaming organizations in the world. Scientific Games is leading innovation in the industry for integrated technology that creates a seamless player experience across all products and all channels of play. We are a great match."

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Michael Lightman, Senior Vice President, Lottery Interactive for Scientific Games, said, "The Danske Spil interactive PAM contract demonstrates that Scientitifc Games is on the leading edge of the convergence of the lottery and gaming industries, and offers the most complete technology solutions for progressive operators seeking to  deliver a unified player experience across all games and channels."

With operations on six continents, Scientific Games provides lottery games, services, systems and retail technology to more than 150 lotteries globally, including nearly every North American lottery.

About Scientific Games

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 Company's 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 http://www.scientificgames.com.

Company CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

(702) 532 7663

Media Relations:

Mollie Cole

(773) 961-1194

Lottery Communications:

Therese Minella

(770) 825-4219

 

SOURCE Scientific Games Corporation

 

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CASAG: Novomatic and Sazka Group Formed Partnership

GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (February 27, 2016) --  NOVOMATIC, Europe's leading gaming technology group, and Sazka Group a.s. (Sazka Group), which represents the investment groups KKCG and EMMA CAPITAL, have formed a long-term strategic partnership of equals. The partners will bring in their respective shares in Casinos Austria AG (CASAG) and Austrian Lotteries – already acquired or to be acquired – into a joint-venture company.

NOVOMATIC and Sazka Group will be strong and stable shareholders of CASAG and the Austrian Lotteries. In cooperation with other shareholders, NOVOMATIC and Sazka Group will use their vast gaming industry experience to further expand the business of CASAG and the Austrian Lotteries. This complies with the request of the Austrian Finance Minister to settle the dispute for the benefit of CASAG. The partners will now engage in discussions with other shareholders in order to align and preserve joint interests in the best possible way.

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To NOVOMATIC's CEO Harald Neumann this is "the first essential step towards providing a clear shareholding structure to Casinos Austria and making the company fit on the long term for the future challenges of the domestic and global markets.

Furthermore, it is important for us, to reach a common understanding with all shareholders on the way forward."

We are very pleased to reach an agreement with such a strong partner as NOVOMATIC and we believe that our cooperation will bring future success to CASAG. We understand the importance of CASAG for Austria,” says Štěpán Dlouhý, Investment Director of Sazka Group. “We have always stressed our intention to sustainably develop CASAG’s gaming and lottery business jointly with Austrian partners, with a paramount focus on responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility.”

The clear target is to settle as quickly as possible the existing legal disputes between Sazka Group and MTB Privatstiftung as well as Medial Beteiligungs GmbH with respect to any rights of first refusal in order to then swiftly establish an effective and sustained joint shareholding structure.

Subject to approvals from anti-trust and supervisory authorities being given, the two companies intend to establish a joint venture company, where their shares in CASAG will be joined together, to establish an evenly leveled partnership and pool the existing know-how in the best possible way for the future development of CASAG.

About NOVOMATIC und Sazka Group:

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As a manufacturer and operator, NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest gaming technology groups worldwide and employs more than 24,000 people. Founded by industrialist Prof. Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group is operating in 50 countries worldwide and supplies innovative gaming equipment, system solutions, lottery solutions and services to 80 countries.

NOVOMATIC AG is part of the NOVOMATIC Group. In addition NOVOMATIC AG has two Swiss sister holding companies, which were founded by Professor Graf as well. Together with these two Swiss sister holding companies ACE Casino Holding AG and Gryphon Invest AG, the NOVOMATIC Group achieved 2014 joint not consolidated revenues of approximately EUR 3.8 billion.

Sazka Group is a company which is going to own all gaming assets owned by KKCG and EMMA CAPITAL. Sazka Group will be jointly owned by KKCG and EMMA CAPITAL, who are the largest shareholders in OPAP (via Emma Delta investment fund), one of the largest European gaming and lottery companies, listed at Athens stock exchange, with 2014 revenues over EUR 4.2 billion. KKCG owns SAZKA, a leading lottery and gaming company in the Czech Republic.

KKCG is an international investment group managing approx. EUR 1.6 billion of assets and employing more than 3,000 people.

KKCG is focused on long-term strategic investments in lottery & entertainment, oil & gas, technology, tourism, real estate, machinery as well as other industries. KKCG operates in 10 different countries worldwide.

EMMA CAPITAL is an investment group founded on the initiative of its major shareholder, Jiří Šmejc in 2012. It is focused on strategic investments and concentrates its activities primarily on the retail sphere; the usual strategy followed by the companies associated in the EMMA CAPITAL is an active involvement in the management of acquired companies. It is currently present on Greek, Russian, Czech and Slovak markets. It also owns a share of 13.37% in Home Credit Group – one of the world´s leaders in consumer financing.

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC AG.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery Teams Up with Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Offer Official Indy 500® Scratch-off game

Commemorative tickets offer cash prizes, epic experiences

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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 1, 2016) - The Hoosier Lottery is teaming up with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to launch the official Scratch-off game of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. This is the first time fans will have the opportunity to purchase Indianapolis Motor Speedway themed Hoosier Lottery tickets.  

"This is a big year for Indiana and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Hoosier Lottery is proud to offer the official Scratch-off of the Indy 500®," said Sarah M. Taylor, Hoosier Lottery executive director. "We are especially thrilled to be able to offer the various second-chance race experience prize packages." 

INDY 500 SECOND-CHANCE

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The $5 tickets are available at Hoosier Lottery retailers state-wide beginning today and feature six different collectible scenes commemorating the 100th Running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing®.  Players can win instant cash prizes up to $100,000 as well as a variety of epic race experiences through the mylottery second-chance promotion.  

In honour of the 100th Running, the new game is loaded with $100 instant prizes - more than 32,000 of them are available. 

"Both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hoosier Lottery are all about celebrating and promoting the great state we live in," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "I'm so excited fans will have the chance to play this new game that commemorates a monumental moment in Indiana's history, the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race." 

A second-chance at glory! All non-winning Indy 500 Scratch-off tickets are eligible for the second-chance mylottery promotion. Players can enter to win the race experience that most suits them, but they must enter by April 24 to be eligible for the Legends, Champions and Heroes race experience packages.

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Be a Legend! Enter to win one of four Legends packages and you and three friends could be in the middle of all the action with race tickets that include Legends Row hospitality, post-race garage passes and tickets to the Firestone Legends Day Concert featuring Blake Shelton. Winners will receive access to pre-race driver introductions and the post-race victory podium. The Legends package also includes a four-night hotel stay with transportation, spending money and more. 

Be a Champion! Enter to win one of two Champions glamping packages for a chance to experience this epic prize. Indy 500 glamping packages have been sold-out for months. Now, the only way to experience the phenomenon that is Indy 500 Glamping is through the Hoosier Lottery's second-chance promotion. The Champion Glamping packages include race tickets and glamping accommodations (think glamorous camping) for you and three friends, as well as Miller Lite Carb Day passes, tickets to the Firestone Legends Day Concert featuring Blake Shelton, Snake Pit passes, post-race garage passes, spending money and more.

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Be a Hero! Enter to win one of 10 Heroes packages and you could win race tickets with Race Day VIP Experience for four, hotel accommodations, free food and beverages, post-race garage passes, spending money and more.

Ride in a pace car! All second-chance winners may also enter to win a ride in a pace car at the start of the race. 

$100,000 grand prize drawing on June 29! Players may continue to enter non-winning tickets through June 26 for a chance to win $100,000 in the grand prize drawing on or around June 29! 

The countdown to the 100th Running is on. Hoosier Lottery Street Teams are hitting the road in March with retailer wheel-spin events around the state with more chances to win cash, tickets and amazing race-related prizes, including driver-signed merchandise.   

Visit hoosierlottery.com for full promotion details, entry deadlines and retailer event schedule. 

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2015, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $182.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT: Carrie Stroud, Hoosier Lottery Chief of Staff, T: 317-264-4840 office or 317-319-9075 cell, E: cstroud@hoosierlottery.in.gov.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

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Four Weeks Left to Win Big with The Florida Lottery’s EZmatch™ Promotion

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 29, 2016) -- Players have just four weeks remaining to participate in the Florida Lottery’s EZmatch™ promotion. The limited-time promotion allows players to enjoy higher prize payouts, including a top prize of $1,000 – double the regular top prize of $500! Since the promotion began on Monday, February 1, more than 459,000 EZmatch players have won more than $3.1 million in instant cash prizes.

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During the promotion, in addition to the EZmatch top prize being doubled, the second prize has increased from $250 to $500.

Plus, there are more $500 instant-win prizes and the EZmatch minimum prize is increased to $5, up from $2 throughout the entire promotion.

The Florida Lottery’s EZmatch promotion will end at midnight on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

EZmatch is an add-on feature that gives FANTASY 5 and LUCKY MONEY players the opportunity to win cash prizes instantly, for an additional $1 per play. When a player adds EZmatch to his or her FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY purchase, five EZmatch numbers and instant prize amounts will be printed on the ticket. If any of the EZmatch numbers match any of the FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY numbers on the ticket, the player instantly wins the prize amount shown. Players can win up to five times on a single ticket.

All EZmatch prizes of less than $600 may be redeemed at any Florida Lottery retailer. Prizes of $600 or more must be claimed at a Florida Lottery district office. If an EZmatch prize is paid by a retailer before the applicable FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY drawing on the ticket has occurred, a continuation ticket will be provided to the player.

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EZmatch prizes may be claimed up to 180 days after the first draw date on the ticket. More information about this promotion, or any Florida Lottery game, is available at www.flalottery.com.

FANTASY 5 drawings are held seven days a week, at 11:15 p.m., ET and LUCKY MONEY drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:15 p.m., ET. Florida Lottery drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state and are available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery website, at retailers statewide and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $29 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education.

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.

SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).

 

 

La Mini: Soon Offered Exclusively on Loto-Québec's Game Terminal

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MONTRÉAL, Quebec, Canada (March 2, 2016) – La Mini, the lottery favourite first offered by Loto-Québec retailers in May 1970, is changing with the times. Starting on March 5, 2016, it will be offered exclusively on the game terminal, at the same low price of 50¢.

Reasons for the change

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  • Printing and packaging La Mini tickets, currently delivered to retailers in packages of 10, entailed considerable costs.
  • Tickets were packaged that way for security reasons: The selection on each ticket could not be made visible until the ticket was purchased first by the retailer and then by the consumer, as the numbers are not hidden under latex like they are for other instant lotteries.
  • By offering La Mini on the terminal, Loto-Québec can reduce costs while maintaining the integrity and security of the product when the tickets are sold.

 

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It is certainly exceptional that a lottery launched in 1970 is still sold in essentially the same format and at the same price of 50¢,” said Simon Patenaude, President, Lottery Operations.

“It is a simple game that has stood the test of time and brings in some $10 million per year. Considering that La Mini has not benefited from advertising in recent years except for in-store displays, its durability is as surprising as it is unexpected.”

About Loto-Québec

Loto-Québec's mission is to responsibly efficiently manage games of chance in a controlled and measured fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. Entertainment is at the heart of its activities.

Since April 1, 2015, Loto Québec has paid out 84 prizes worth $1 million or more.

SOURCE: Patrice Lavoie, Director, Communications and Press Relations, Loto-Québec, 514-499-5130, Email: patrice.lavoie@loto-quebec.com.

Information: Marisol Schnorr, Advisor, Media Relations, Loto-Québec, T: 514-499-8691.

SOURCE: Loto-Québec.

 

 

Gambling Commission Investigation: Lessons to be Learned from Failures at Paddy Power Group

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (February 29, 2016) -- An operator is set to share lessons with the wider industry and contribute £280,000 to socially responsible causes after failing to keep crime out of gambling and protect vulnerable people.

Paddy Power has also agreed to improve its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes following a Gambling Commission investigation.

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The failings relate to the way Paddy Power handled relationships with two customers at one of its betting shops, and with one of its online customers who was later convicted of serious criminal offences. 

All operators are advised to read Paddy Power Group: Failures in anti-money laundering (remote and non-remote) and social responsibility controls (non-remote) for further details and lessons to be learned.

Richard Watson, Programme Director at the Commission said: “We expect the industry will learn the lessons from this case – it is their duty to keep crime out of gambling and protect vulnerable people from harm. If operators don’t implement processes and policies aimed at doing this then they risk losing their operating licence. Paddy Power failed in its dealing with three customers and is now facing the consequences of these actions in a very public way.”

Details of how Paddy Power failed to meet its anti-money laundering and social responsibility duties are included in the Commission’s public statement.

CLICK HERE to download Paddy Power Holdings Ltd, Failures in anti-money laundering controls, Public statement

CONTACT: press office, T: 0121 230 6700 or E: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

 

Danish Gambling Authority Announce Change of Practice Concerning Self-Service Betting Terminals

DENMARK (February 24, 2016) – As of of April 1, the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) is making a change of practice which allows self-service terminals in betting shops without using NemID.

In Newsletter no. 5 the DGA has previously laid down the framework for the provision of land-based betting. The following is stated in Newsletter no. 5 concerning the provision of betting via terminals:

 

4. In betting shops and land-based casinos you may set up:

a. Terminals operated by staff.

b. Terminals where the player logs on his gaming account with the licence holder.

 

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This will be changed to:

4. In betting shops and land-based casinos you may set up:

a. Terminals operated by staff.

b. Terminals where the player logs on his gaming account with the licence holder.

c. Terminals which are operated by the customer.

 

This entails that betting can be provided via self-service terminals in betting shops.

Players’ funds online and land-based must not be merged

Deposit on a player’s account must not be merged in regard to land-based and online provision of gambling. This is due to the fact that the executive order on online betting states that cash deposits cannot be accepted.

Reporting of game data to the DGA

The DGA will make a change to the standard records concerning how to report data on betting from self-service terminals, so that games from self-service terminals differ from other forms of betting.

The DGA’s guidance on reporting of games will in this connection be updated no later than the middle of March. The guidance on reporting of games can be found here.

About Danish Gambling Authority

The Danish Gambling Authority is an independent government agency residing under the Danish Ministry of Taxation.

The Danish Gambling Authority is responsible for securing a proper and regulated gambling market in Denmark so that players are protected against unfair and illegal gambling.

SOURCE: The Danish Gambling Authority.

 

 

Maryland Casinos Generate $93.27 Million in Revenue During February

BALTIMORE, Maryland (March 4, 2016) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced February 2016 revenue numbers for the state’s five casinos – Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. February 2016’s combined state-wide revenue totalled $93,273,076.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6,508,517 from both slot machines and table games in February. 

Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $224.20 for slot machines, $2,507.13 for banking table games and $353.87 for non-banking table games.

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Hollywood Casino’s February 2016 revenue increased by $485,563, or 8.1%, from February 2015.  Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 22 (12 banking and 10 non-banking) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $25,012,475 from both slot machines and table games in February. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $224.95 for slot machines, $2,272.70 for banking table games and $937.43 for non-banking table games.

Horseshoe Casino’s February 2016 revenue increased by $2,023,099, or 8.8%, from February 2015. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 176 (151 banking and 25 non-banking) table games.

Maryland Live Casino generated $54,010,644 from both slot machines and table games in February.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $290.74 for slot machines, $4,087.39 for banking table games and $1,355.33 for non-banking table games.

Maryland Live’s February 2016 revenue increased by $7,040,636, or 15%, from February 2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,994 slot machines and 206 (154 banking and 52 non-banking) table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $3,907,852 from slot machines in February, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $168.16. Casino at Ocean Downs’ February 2016 revenue increased by $569,752, or 17.1%, from February 2015. 

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The Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines, and does not have table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $3,833,588 from both slot machines and table games in February.  Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $178.27 for slot machines and $1,026.63 for banking table games.

This facility does not have non-banking table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s February 2016 revenue increased by $359,013, or 10.3%, from February 2015. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 631 slot machines and 19 table games. 

In a year-to-year comparison, February 2016 casino revenue increased from February 2015 by $10,478,062, or 12.7%.  See attached document (or click HERE) for a detailed breakdown of February 2016’s fund disbursement, fiscal year-to-date totals for the individual casinos and combined state total.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for all matters relating to regulation of the state’s casinos.  In this regulatory role, the agency oversees all internal controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing and accounting procedures for the facilities.

To keep Marylanders informed and maintain integrity and transparency in its regulation of the state’s casinos, monthly financial reports are posted on gaming.mdlottery.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at mdgamblinghlep.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

For Information, CONTACT: Carole Everett, T: 410-230-8725 (office) or 410-365-6384 (cell), E: carole.everett@maryland.gov.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

 

Ladbrokes Join as Gold Coast Titans Jersey Sponsor

GOLD COAST, Queensland (March 3, 2016) -- The Aquis Gold Coast Titans will have leading international and online betting agency Ladbrokes branded on our playing jersey for Sunday’s Telstra Premiership opener against Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday.

Ladbrokes will join the Titans’ corporate family as sleeve and lower back sponsor as part of a valuable partnership just in time for our 2016 campaign.

Ladbrokes entered the Australian market in 2013 and have continued to grow rapidly and are regarded as leading innovators in the industry.

Aquis Gold Coast Titans CEO Graham Annesley today described the partnership with Ladbrokes as “incredibly important for the future success of the Titans both on and off the field”.

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The Ladbrokes brand internationally is older than the game of Rugby League itself with over 130 years of history behind it,” he said.

We are very excited to be joining forces with such a major well-established multi-national brand that shares the Titans vision for future growth and success.

Sponsorship is incredibly important to our club with the associated revenue helping to ensure we can provide as many resources as possible to Neil Henry and the players to give them the best possible chance of success

In return, I have no doubt the Titans association will assist Ladbrokes continue to raise the profile of their brand in Australia and increase market share.

Both Ladbrokes and the Titans are absolutely committed to only promoting responsible gambling and ensuring the integrity of sports is protected at all times.”

Ladbrokes Australia chief marketing officer Simon Jarvis responded:

Ladbrokes are delighted to partner with the Titans for the 2016 NRL season,” Jarvis said 

It should be a record breaking season and, as a proud Queensland-based business, the Titans deal further cements our strong position in this market.

The Gold Coast region is important to our ambitions as we continue to evolve and grow our brand and reach new customers.

We're very optimistic that our brand association will yield mutually.

SOURCE: The Aquis Gold Coast Titans (http://www.titans.com.au).

 

 

Amaya to Launch PokerStars in New Jersey in March

Launch marks the global gaming leader's entry into U.S. regulated online gaming market

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (February 25, 2016)  - Amaya Inc. (NASDAQ: AYA; TSX: AYA) today announced that it expects to initially launch its PokerStars brand in New Jersey on Monday, March 21, 2016.  The launch quickly follows the September 2015 authorization by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (the "DGE") to operate the PokerStars and Full Tilt brands in the State. Amaya currently expects to conduct an interim testing period with the DGE and a beta period for a limited player base beginning in mid-March.

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"PokerStars is the global leader in online poker and trusted by its customers for its robust and innovative technology, world-class security and game-integrity.  We are honored and excited to now bring these experiences to New Jersey," said David Baazov, Chairman and CEO of Amaya.  "We're also thankful to Morris Bailey and the fine team at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City and look forward to a successful collaboration."

"Resorts Casino Hotel continues to be the preferred Atlantic City partner and home for outstanding global brands," said Morris Bailey, owner of Resorts. "First with Mohegan Sun and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and now, with PokerStars joining that portfolio, Resorts is poised to offer players the best online and bricks & mortar casino experiences anywhere. We expect that the launch of PokerStars will further spur the positive momentum we have already made in the New Jersey online gaming market."

As one of the world's most regulated online gaming companies with licenses in more than a dozen jurisdictions and more than 100 million cumulative registered customers around the world, Amaya is committed to implementing the highest standards of regulation, safety and security for customers. The PokerStars offering in New Jersey will be at www.pokerstarsnj.com and utilize the same stringent verification, technology, account segregation and responsible gaming practices to regulate player activity that the brand has pioneered elsewhere globally.

Focused on providing the most authentic, competitive and convenient online poker experience, the PokerStars offering in New Jersey will be available across desktop, tablet and mobile platforms, and will provide customers with some of the world's most popular online poker games and titles, including the Sunday Special tournament and recently introduced Spin & Go tournaments. PokerStars will also offer customers an array of online casino games, including a wide selection of different Blackjack variants, as well as Roulette, Baccarat, Video Poker and Slots. Many games will also be available with multi-player tables.

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About Amaya

Amaya is a leading provider of technology-based products and services in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Amaya owns gaming and related consumer businesses and brands including PokerStars, Full Tilt, BetStars, StarsDraft, the European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour.

These brands have more than 100 million cumulative registered customers globally and collectively form the largest poker business in the world, comprising online poker games and tournaments, live poker competitions, branded poker rooms in popular casinos in major cities around the world, and poker programming created for television and online audiences.

Amaya, through certain of these brands, also offers non-poker gaming products, including casino, sports book and daily fantasy sports.

Amaya has various gaming and gaming-related licenses or approvals throughout the world, including from the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Romania, the Isle of Man, Malta, the state of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario in Canada, and the State of New Jersey in the United States.

SOURCE Amaya Inc.

 

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Saisei Help First Cagayan Deliver Online Gaming

SUNNYVALE, CA (Wednesday March 2, 2016) -- Saisei today announced that First Cagayan Converge Data Center, Inc. (FCCDCI) has deployed Saisei’s FlowCommand network performance enforcement software. The Saisei software has enabled the gaming, hotel and casino operator to eliminate network congestion, postpone new bandwidth purchases, increase network security, and offer fair access to all users and new premium services in the future.

As the technology partner of a recognized interactive gaming jurisdiction in Asia, FCCDCI provides IT and network services to more than 100 licensed online gaming operators. Most games and sports occur in real time, so the network that streams the activities must continuously operate at optimum levels to avoid service disruption. Delays, freezes, or outages severely impact the bottom line – a second of downtime can translate into thousands if not millions in lost revenue potential.

"If the game or video freezes for even a moment, a gamer can feel gypped out because he's betting on what he's able to see," says John Cornejo, IT consultant to FCCDCI.

Not only that, an addition of a mere five-millisecond delay will cause a gaming operator’s network to terminate, putting paid gaming sessions and sports bets in jeopardy."

FCCDCI also services hotels and gaming casinos, where it needs to provide fair and equal network access to paying customers. So finding a way to deliver fair bandwidth and eliminating network congestion remain a primary focus for the company.

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A few years ago, two gaming operators were threatening to pull out because of really bad network congestion that was rendering service unavailable,” says Edgardo Lopez, FCCDCI’s chief technology officer.

The amount of bandwidth to be delivered to each gaming operator is specified in the operator’s subscription contract. To supply the contracted capacity, FCCDCI first tried to use the traffic management capabilities embedded in their WAN routers.

The routers weren’t very good at controlling usage, which then became an issue at billing time. We have to make sure what we sell is what’s paid for. If we don’t control bandwidth properly, we lose out on revenue. What’s more, over-usage by one customer infringes on the bandwidth of others, and this leads to poorer service,” says Lopez. “We also tried different WAN optimization solutions with minimal improvement.”

Ultimately FCCDCI chose to implement Saisei’s FlowCommand software, which has allowed the company to retain once-disgruntled customers and to boost the utilization of its network for a far greater return on its bandwidth investments. The Saisei software uses patented technology to allocate a guaranteed bit rate to each discrete network traffic flow. It simultaneously monitors millions of concurrent IP flows, tracks each individual flow with 40 metrics, applies any combination of these metrics in a policy, and can execute those policies in less than a second.

FCCDCI has installed FlowCommand in multiple locations as a virtual edge appliance to control congestion and manage fair usage. The deep visibility provided by FlowCommand has enabled FCCDCI to regain control of what experiences its operator customers – and their customers – have. Using the software, every single flow is associated in real-time with the application it’s serving, geographic locations, hosts or customer groups.

Saisei’s software has paid off in a number of ways,” Cornejo says. “The two gaming operators who threatened to take their business elsewhere have decided to remain our customers. And we’ve been able to eliminate the 5-millisecond latency that can terminate a gaming session and its associated revenue.”

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Because the traffic flows have become controllable and predictable, the company now operates its network at 80% utilization, up from 50% utilization before Saisei FlowCommand was installed. As a result, FCCDCI has been able to realize a bigger return on its existing bandwidth investment, and it can postpone new bandwidth investments by getting more out of what it already has.

Detailed visibility into the network also helps FCCDCI verify with its customers how much bandwidth they are using. In some cases, the company determined that operators were using more bandwidth than they had contracted for. However, FCCDCI was able to show reports of the traffic loads, which included a breakdown of traffic by application type. Sometimes, there was application traffic on the network that the customer didn’t know about, consuming valuable bandwidth in the background.

In fact, we were able to identify application traffic that our customers’ own internal policies did not allow on the network,” says Cornejo. “For example, some operators forbid use of Facebook and other social media – the Saisei tool was able to show that such application traffic was indeed on the operators’ networks, sometimes pushing the customer over its subscribed bandwidth limit.”

FCCDCI also uses FlowCommand to ensure equal Wi-Fi access for all its own hotel and casino guests. FlowCommand’s host equalization capability makes sure that every user sharing a link gets exactly the same percentage of the available bandwidth that every other user has, regardless of what application(s) they might be running. FCCDCI is also considering using the Saisei software to create premium services for those who are willing to pay a premium for additional bandwidth. By controlling the rate of each specific flow, the company can successfully provide equal services to all, premium services to some users willing to pay more, or a mix of the two.

What’s important is that we now have the ability to make sure all parties have access to the bandwidth that they’re entitled to, whether that’s a minimum 1 Mbps for an individual user, 2 Mbps for a gaming table, or 5 Mbps for VIP users. No one gets kicked off the network anymore,” says Cornejo.

SOURCE: Saisei.

 

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Maryland Lottery and Gaming Promotes Responsible Gambling

Agency participates in national organization’s Problem Gambling Awareness Month

BALTIMORE, Maryland (March 1, 2016) -- As part of an ongoing commitment to encourage responsible gambling, Maryland Lottery and Gaming is supporting a nationwide effort to raise public awareness of the resources available to people with gambling problems.

As many as 8 million Americans meet the criteria for gambling addiction, according to the non-profit National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Maryland Lottery and Gaming is once again participating in NCPG’s campaign to promote March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

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We are proud to be part of this nationwide effort to emphasize the importance of responsible play,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. “Lottery and casino games are intended to be sources of entertainment, and we encourage people to play within their means.”

Those who find it difficult to play responsibly can reach a problem gambling helpline counsellor 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-GAMBLER. The helpline is run by the Maryland Centre of Excellence on Problem Gambling, which can assist callers in finding local treatment and counselling. All calls are free and confidential.

Promoting responsible play is a year-round endeavour for us, but we are especially supportive of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s efforts this month,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Responsible Gambling Coordinator Mary Drexler. “If you or a loved one has trouble playing responsibly, we want you to know that you can find help in your community.”

Maryland Lottery and Gaming has placed increasing priority on responsible gambling initiatives. In 2010, the agency established the Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling (MARG), which provides a forum for collaboration between Maryland Lottery and Gaming staff, the problem gambling treatment community and other stakeholders. MARG focuses on enhancing support and resources for Marylanders with gambling problems.

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The agency also established the voluntary exclusion program (VEP) in 2010, allowing individuals to formally exclude themselves from playing Lottery or casino games in Maryland.  Information on enrolling in the VEP is available at any of Maryland’s casinos or by calling 410-230-8798.

In 2015, Maryland Lottery and Gaming deepened its commitment to promoting responsible play by joining the World Lottery Association (WLA) – a global organization that requires the ongoing development and expansion of responsible gambling programs. The WLA offers four levels of certification in responsible gambling. Maryland Lottery and Gaming has completed Level 2 certification and currently is pursuing Level 3 status, which will require new initiatives, including a responsible gambling training program for Lottery retailers.

We’re determined to be a leader on responsible gambling issues,” Medenica said. “By joining the WLA, we’re taking a proactive approach, and we’re developing programs that will help Marylanders who are impacted by gambling problems.”

Since its inception in 1973, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming has awarded nearly $22.2 billion in prizes to Lottery players and $14.4 billion in Lottery revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment.

For more information, go to mdlottery.com. Please remember to play responsibly and within your budget. For confidential help or information about gambling problems, visit mdgamblinghelp.org or call 1-800-GAMBLER.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery.

 

 

Invitation: Please Submit Your Lottery's Best TV Advertisement for La Fleur's 2016 Fleurry Awards: Friday, March 11 (Deadline)

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (February 24, 2016) -- La Fleur’s Magazine will present the 2016 Fleurry Awards for the lottery’s choice of its best TV commercial at our La Fleur’s 2016 Lottery Symposium. This means that the lottery chooses what it considers to be its BEST TV commercial produced or aired between July 1, 2015 and March 2016. It can be a draw game ad, an instant ad, a brand ad or an institutional/beneficiary ad.  

If you plan to submit an ad, please email me back at terri@lafleurs.com the name, title, direct phone and email address for the person who is my contact at your lottery. This will be the person who I can reach with any questions on your submission.

La Fleur’s 2016 Lottery Symposium will be held May 3-6, 2016 in Washington, D.C. at the Capital Hilton Hotel. Awards are determined by peers voting on peers’ submissions, basically the Peoples’ Awards for the best lottery TV ad.

  1. To submit, please complete this submission form.
  2. The deadline for your submission is Friday, March 11.
  3. Each lottery organization can submit one lottery TV ad.(We prefer a 30-second ad but a 60-second ad or 15-second ad will be accepted.)
  4. The TV ad must have been produced or aired between July 1, 2015 and March 2016.
  5. The lottery’s ad submission must be uploaded on YouTube.com.The lottery organization will need to email the link to access its TV ad on YouTube.com to terri@lafleurs.com no later than Friday, March 11. Please also remember to send the Submission Form (attached).
  6. If the lottery does not have the necessary Internet talent usage rights to post the spot on Youtube, you may submit via a .mpg format or .mov format. The file size must be smaller than 1 GB. We need to receive this file by Friday, March 11. Please also remember to send the Submission Form (attached).
  7. There is no fee to enter the Fleurry Awards.

 

I will send an email to confirm receipt of your submission within 24 hours after it has been received. If you are worried that you haven’t heard back from Byron or myself, leave a message at 301-610-6070 or email terri@lafleurs.com and byron@lafleurs.com to verify receipt.

The submissions will be posted on www.lafleurs.com on our Fleurry page. Voting will commence at the end of March.

Fleurry Award trophies will be presented to the winners at the symposium. The Fleurry award winners will also be showcased at the symposium.

 

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Vancouver and BCLC are the host city and jurisdiction for the La Fleur’s 2016 Global Lottery Forum (June 28-30th). The theme is ‘Retail Transformation’.

The format allows only jurisdictions and third party experts as speakers; traditional industry vendors can participate as sponsors and attendees.

This event also coincides with senior Executive and marketing meetings for Canadian lotteries in Vancouver and all plan to attend the conference.

La Fleur’s Magazine has booked a block of discounted rooms at the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver, at a reduced rate of C$225 (deluxe guest room). Attendees can reserve their room after they register for the conference.

Confirmed speakers include Marty Ramos, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft; Andy Duncan, CEO, Camelot UK Lotteries;  Jock Finlayson,  EVP & Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia; Brent Scrimshaw, CEO, Atlantic Lottery; Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery; and Hans-Erland Ringsvold, Head of iGaming/Instaspill, Norsk Tipping, along with a number of other senior industry and retailer speakers from Europe, USA and Canada.

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Less Than 9% of Exhibition Space Left, at Australasian Gaming Expo 2016

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SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (February 22, 2016) -- The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) is delighted to advise that 143 exhibitors have taken exhibition stands to date at the annual Australasian Gaming Expo, to be held on 9-11 August 2016 at Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

With less than 751 square metres of exhibition space remaining available, any company wishing to connect with thousands of qualified gaming and hospitality industry decision making executives is advised to contact Rayner Sales & Marketing on 02 9360 6177 or at rayner@bigpond.net.au as soon as convenient.

Fully serviced exhibition facilities including a range of café facilities will be provided for the Australasian Gaming Expo. Complimentary ferry services will operate from Darling Harbour and complimentary shuttle buses will operate from Central Station during the event.

Further information about the venue is available at http://sydneyexhibitioncentre.com.au and further information about the event including an exhibition floor plan is available at www.austgamingexpo.com or from the event app which can be downloaded free of charge from the event website, from the Apple store or Google play.

 

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Entry is complimentary for gaming industry executives, who can register at www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming Expo Help line on 02 9211 7430.

Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend unless exhibiting.

Note: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.  Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Limited, IGT (Australia), Konami Australia and Scientific Games.

For further information CONTACT: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

 

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Want to speak at NASPL Professional Development Seminar? Interested in sharing your expertise, strategies and knowledge with others? Submit your topics and speakers now for this year's sessions.

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Submissions are due by Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Submissions sent by email will not be accepted.

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Are you looking to grow or tap into your leadership potential, network with colleagues, challenge your creativity and have fun? Then this seminar is for you. Over 1400 lottery professionals have completed this unique seminar since 1994.

The NASPL Lottery Leadership Institute is designed to develop business leaders at all organizational levels and to bring out the very best performance in each and every employee. In this seminar, we focus on the key issues in today's ever-changing workplace and those that affect our industry.

Sessions are fun / interactive and focus on:

  • Self-Preservation Strategies
  • Effective Communication
  • Team Building and Motivating
  • Change Management

 

This program will reinforce an individual's leadership development through specifically designed exercises and activities that support the leadership practice principles, concepts, and ideas discussed during the week.

The NASPL Lottery Leadership Seminar website is now open.

Click the link below to learn more about the Seminar and how to register.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Cleveland, Ohio for another great event!

 

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Registration for APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 (18 - 21 Apr) Now Open

Myanmar

"Operational Excellence - Getting Things Done from Good to Great

18 - 21 April 2016

Sule Shangri-La Hotel

Yangon, Myanmar

 

Click here (Seminar brochure) for more information on the Seminar program.

Click here (Seminar registration form) to register now!

 

The Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA) and the World Lottery Association (WLA) are pleased to announce that registration for the APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 is now open!

Operational Excellence is an imperative, alongside the lottery industry’s pressure to perform in this highly competitive environment, to be leaner and more efficient to drive better productivity and bottom line for stakeholders.

With the theme of "Operational Excellence – Getting Things Done from Good to Great”, this Seminar is specially put together with a different format this year.

Led by distinguished invited speakers, its workshop format focuses on best practices and in-depth interactive learning and sharing, which will come in useful for both emerging and mature lottery organisations.

Each workshop will be followed up with insightful discussions among lottery industry leaders sharing best practices from their respective organizations.  There is also a panel comprising APLA Sponsors, most of whom are also WLA Contributors, sharing their insights from the supplier’s and partner’s perspectives.  

This Seminar caters to both senior and middle managerial levels, particularly those of us working in or dealing with operations.

It gives us insights into achieving operational excellence and also exposes us to other aspects such as web services (also known as cloud computing) and cybersecurity/cyberfraud which will also impact operations.

Hosted by Singapore Pools, the Seminar will be held in Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, a country with unspoiled beauty and mythical allure, undergoing rapid transitions on every front and emerging as the next travellers’ and investors’ hotspot. 

A definite high-point in the networking program is a visit to the 2,600-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the oldest and most beautiful pagodas in the world.

Highlights of the seminar program include: 

  • Ms Catherine DeVrye, Best-selling Author of 8 Books, Speaker on Customer Service, Managing Change and Resilience, and past winner of Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award
    Add Value – not Cost – to Your Bottom Line… and Your Life
  •  Mr Sam Wong, Partner, Performance Improvement, Ernst & Young Solutions
    The ABC’s of Activity Based Costing
  • Mr Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Japan (Global Public Sector), Amazon Web Services
    Using Web Services by Lotteries to Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiency & Increase Productivity
  • Mr Simon Piff, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, IDC Asia/Pacific
    Managing Cyber Security in the Era of the 3rd Platform
  • Mr Goh Su Gim, Senior Enterprise Cyber Security Consultant, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
    It’s Not Just Security, It’s Defence

 

We look forward to seeing you in Yangon, Myanmar from 18 – 21 April, 2016.

 

Accommodation:

The Seminar hotel, Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, is offering discounted room rates specially for APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 participants and their companions.  As April is a peak period for tourism in Yangon, please make your booking early.  The necessary information is in the Seminar brochure.

 

SOURCE: Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA).

 



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