Scientific Games' Technology Expertise Wins New Deals in
Denmark for Lottery Systems and Interactive Player Account
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.
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."
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
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
(702) 532 7663
SOURCE Scientific Games
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
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.
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
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 těpán
Dlouhý, Investment Director of Sazka Group. We have always
stressed our intention to sustainably develop CASAGs 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
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
KKCG is an international investment
group managing approx. EUR 1.6 billion of assets and employing more than 3,000
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 mejc
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
offer cash prizes, epic experiences
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
"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
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
In honour of the 100th Running, the
new game is loaded with $100 instant prizes - more than 32,000 of them are
"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.
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.
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
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:
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Weeks Left to Win Big with The Florida Lotterys EZmatch
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (February 29,
2016) -- Players have just four weeks remaining to participate in the Florida
Lotterys 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.
During the promotion, in addition to
the EZmatch top prize being doubled, the second prize has increased from $250
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 Lotterys 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
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.
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 Floridas 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
CONTACT: Florida Lottery
Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com).
Mini: Soon Offered Exclusively on Loto-Québec's Game
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
- 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
- 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.
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,
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
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
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:
Information: Marisol Schnorr,
Advisor, Media Relations, Loto-Québec, T: 514-499-8691.
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.
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
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
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 dont 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 Commissions 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: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Gambling Authority Announce Change of Practice Concerning Self-Service Betting
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
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
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.
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
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 players 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
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
The DGAs 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
The Danish Gambling Authority is an
independent government agency residing under the Danish Ministry of
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
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 states 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 2016s combined
state-wide revenue totalled $93,273,076.
Hollywood Casino Perryville
generated $6,508,517 from both slot machines and table games in
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.
Hollywood Casinos 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 Casinos 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 Lives 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)
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.
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 Resorts 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 2016s 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 states
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 states
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:
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and
Ladbrokes Join as Gold Coast Titans Jersey
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 Sundays
Telstra Premiership opener against Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium on
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
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
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.
"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
"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
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.
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
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.
First Cagayan Deliver Online Gaming
SUNNYVALE, CA (Wednesday March 2,
2016) -- Saisei today announced that First Cagayan Converge Data Center, Inc.
(FCCDCI) has deployed Saiseis 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 operators 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.
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,
FCCDCIs chief technology officer.
The amount of bandwidth to be
delivered to each gaming operator is specified in the operators
subscription contract. To supply the contracted capacity, FCCDCI first tried to
use the traffic management capabilities embedded in their WAN routers.
The routers werent
very good at controlling usage, which then became an issue at billing time. We
have to make sure what we sell is whats paid for. If we dont
control bandwidth properly, we lose out on revenue. Whats 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
Saiseis 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 its serving, geographic locations, hosts
or customer groups.
Saiseis 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 weve been able to eliminate the 5-millisecond
latency that can terminate a gaming session and its associated
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
didnt 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
FCCDCI also uses FlowCommand to
ensure equal Wi-Fi access for all its own hotel and casino guests.
FlowCommands 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.
Whats important is
that we now have the ability to make sure all parties have access to the
bandwidth that theyre entitled to, whether thats 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.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Promotes Responsible
Agency participates in
national organizations 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 NCPGs campaign to promote March as Problem Gambling
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 Gamblings 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.
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 Marylands
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.
Were determined to be
a leader on responsible gambling issues, Medenica said. By
joining the WLA, were taking a proactive approach, and were
developing programs that will help Marylanders who are impacted by gambling
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 Marylands 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.
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 Fleurs Magazine will present the 2016 Fleurry Awards for the
lotterys choice of its best TV commercial at our La Fleurs 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
If you plan to submit an ad, please
email me back at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
La Fleurs 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.
submit, please complete this submission form.
- The deadline for your submission is Friday, March
- 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
- The TV ad must have been produced or aired between
July 1, 2015 and March 2016.
- The lotterys 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 email@example.com no later than Friday, March 11.
Please also remember to send the Submission Form (attached).
- 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).
- 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 havent heard back from Byron or myself, leave a
message at 301-610-6070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and
email@example.com to verify
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.
Bird for Vancouver
Vancouver and BCLC are the host city
and jurisdiction for the La Fleurs 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 Fleurs 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.
Be sure to book your hotel room
quickly before the cheap rates run out!
GAMING EXPO 2016
Than 9% of Exhibition Space Left, at Australasian Gaming Expo
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
The Gaming Technologies
Associations primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Limited, IGT (Australia), Konami
Australia and Scientific Games.
For further information CONTACT:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Call for Speakers/Participation 2016
Professional Development Seminar
Join us for the 2016 NASPL Professional
hosted by the
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.
are due by Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
Submissions sent by email will not be
For up to date information visit:
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Concord, OH 44077
NASPL Lottery Leadership
Registration NOW Open!
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.
forward to seeing you in Cleveland, Ohio for another great event!
Registration for APLA/WLA Seminar 2016 (18 - 21 Apr) Now
"Operational Excellence - Getting
Things Done from Good to Great
18 - 21 April 2016
Sule Shangri-La Hotel
Click here (Seminar brochure) for more information on the
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 industrys 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 suppliers and partners perspectives.
This Seminar caters to both senior
and middle managerial levels, particularly those of us working in or dealing
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
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
- 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
not Cost to Your Bottom Line
and Your Life
- Mr Sam Wong, Partner, Performance
Improvement, Ernst & Young Solutions
The ABCs of Activity
- Mr Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director,
Asia Pacific and Japan (Global Public Sector), Amazon Web
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
Just Security, Its Defence
We look forward to seeing you in
Yangon, Myanmar from 18 21 April, 2016.
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