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IGT Expands Systems Solutions Offering in Mississippi

Universal Game Adaptor Now Available for Deployment

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LONDON, U.K. (June 20, 2016) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced that the Company's comprehensive casino management systems solution, Universal Game Adaptor (UGA®), is now available for deployment in casinos throughout Mississippi to enhance floor-wide operations and player engagement.

IGT is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships...

Through IGT's advanced systems technology, UGA provides our casino partners in Mississippi with a cost-effective solution to enhance games with the Company's Service Window application.

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By deploying UGA, operators can significantly enhance their guests' experiences by featuring customized promotions and incentives across all EGMs, floor-wide, regardless of the game manufacturer," said Victor Duarte, IGT Global Chief Product Officer, Gaming.

IGT UGA empowers IGT Service Window and Media Manager through every brand of electronic gaming machine on a casino floor, enhancing an operator's capability to offer players personalized promotions, services and amenities.

As a leading innovator in casino management systems, IGT offers a wide range of systems solutions to meet the needs of any-sized operation.  IGT Advantage®, Casinolink®, GALAXIS™ and SYSTEM2go™ empower server-based solutions such as Floor Manager and Media Manager to engage players and enable more efficient casino operations.  Bonusing and applications, progressive jackpot solutions, ticketing products and the dynamic Tournament Manager application drive game play by enhancing player experiences and incentives.

For more information, visit IGT or go to Facebook at facebook.com/IGT, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/IGTnews or watch IGT videos on youtube.com/igt.  Play IGT's DoubleDown Casino on Facebook or at doubledowncasino.com.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

CONTACT: Ortal Dahan, IGT, + 1 (702) 669-7662

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Iowa Lottery Introduces New Look

New Logo & Tagline Come As Iowa’s Lottery Is Entering Its Fourth Decade

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CLIVE, Iowa (June 20, 2016) – As it prepares to enter its fourth decade in business, the Iowa Lottery is introducing its fourth logo. The new look maintains the shooting star that has been central to the lottery’s identity since its start, but abbreviates the lottery’s name in a nod to today’s shortened communications style.

This new look for the lottery has a punch to it,” said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. “It’s energetic and forward looking, but maintains themes that have been at the lottery’s core since it began in 1985.”

The new logo for the lottery moves from a circular symbol utilizing reds, yellows and oranges to a streamlined look in blue and white.

The lottery’s original logo at its start in August 1985 was largely green with four shooting stars bracketing the words “Iowa Lottery” in the center. That logo was replaced in August 1994 as the lottery celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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The lottery’s second logo maintained the shooting stars, but circled them around the words “Iowa Lottery.” That version of the logo, with green letters, yellow stars and red streaks of light behind them, was used until September 2002 when it was updated. The new version of that image, with white letters in the center surrounded by graduated red, orange and red stars, has been used since that time.

On July 1, the lottery will begin to utilize its new blue-and-white logo that features just one shooting star above the term IALottery.

The shooting star has always been central to our lottery,” Rich said. “It’s a symbol of luck but represents celebration, too. We also view it as aspirational in terms of the vital difference lottery proceeds have made in our state.” 

The new logo will be phased in over time as current supplies run out and equipment is replaced.

The lottery for several years also has used a distinctive “Woo-hoo!” recording to punctuate its advertising and as the sound that plays from lottery terminals in Iowa when a winning ticket is scanned. The new logo incorporates a “Woo Hoo for You™” tagline that, like the shooting star, references luck and excitement.

We’ve had a lot of fun through the years celebrating with our winners and making a difference for Iowa,” Rich said. “This new logo and catch phrase set the course for even more success in the years to come.”

Since the lottery's start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.6 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.7 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes:

  1. They provide support for our state’s veterans and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund,
  2. Help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund; and
  3. Backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.

 

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More Information CONTACT: Mary Neubauer, T: 515-725-7906, E: mneubauer@ialottery.com

SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.

 

Kansas Lottery Makes Record $78.2 Million Transfer in FY 2016

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TOPEKA, Kansas (June 22, 2016) -- For the second year in a row, the Kansas Lottery has set a new record for the amount of revenue transferred to the State. The amount transferred in Fiscal Year 2016 is $78.2 million. That includes $1.66 million in transfers from the sale of Kansas Lottery Veterans games.

The $78.2 million Fiscal Year 2016 transfer is $3.2 million more than last year’s record transfer of $75.02 million, and $2 million more than the original transfer goal set by the Kansas Legislature for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. 

I am tremendously proud of this accomplishment by the Kansas Lottery Team and our great network of Lottery Retailers,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “We also want to say a big ‘thank you’ to our players, who are enjoying more fun and excitement playing lottery games.”

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We were able to increase our original transfer goal because of the record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot and accompanying record Kansas Powerball sales last January,” said Presta. “That additional revenue, combined with continued growth in instant ticket sales, proved to be a winning combination for the Kansas Lottery this year.”

Presta expressed his gratitude for the hard work of Kansas Lottery Retailers who served long lines of excited players during the January Powerball run.  He also recognized the willingness of retailers to work with the Kansas Lottery in taking advantage of industry trends, such as selling tickets with higher price points and installing larger dispensers.

For the first time, two of our Retailers sold more than $1 million in lottery tickets in a single year,” Presta added.  “That represents a strong commitment by these stores and hundreds of others in the state, to partner with the Lottery to increase their bottom line.”

Examples of some of the new instant products the Kansas Lottery launched this past year include an oversized $10 Super Ticket, the second edition of the X-Games family of tickets selling at five price points, the $2 Zombie Adventure scratch game in which players can instantly win a Motoped in addition to cash prizes, and interactive games and promotions in which players can enjoy additional play online.

There are approximately 1,760 Lottery Retailers throughout the state. Retailers earn commissions on tickets they sell and prizes claimed at their store, as well as bonuses for selling tickets that win jackpots and other large prizes. The two $1 million stores Presta mentioned are Lonestar 23 in Salina and Express Corner 2 in Garden City. 

Total Kansas Lottery sales for Fiscal Year 2016 won’t be tabulated until the end of the fiscal year on June 30, but Presta said total sales for the year will also set a new all-time record. Sales in Fiscal Year 2015 were a record-breaking $250 million.

Where Does the Money Go?

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Kansas Lottery revenue goes into the State Gaming Revenues Fund. On a yearly basis, the first $50 million is divided by a formula which first transfers $80,000 to the Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund. Then 85 percent of the balance is transferred to the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, 10 percent to the Correctional Institutions Building Fund, and 5 percent to the Juvenile Detention Facilities Fund. Any receipts in excess of $50 million must be transferred to the State General Fund.

The Economic Development Initiatives Fund supports state programs that create and retain jobs in Kansas. Those programs include the Rural Opportunity Zones Program, Kansas Department of Commerce programs, Tourism and Parks programs in the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, the Kansas Board of Regents for vocational education and other programs, and many more.

Proceeds from the sale of the Kansas Lottery’s Veterans games support programs that benefit Kansas military veterans such as the Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program which brings services to veterans where they live, National Guard scholarships and Kansas Veterans Homes and Cemeteries.

For more information on how Kansas Lottery revenue is used, visit Where the Money Goes, and Economic Development Initiatives Fund.

CONTACT:  Sally Lunsford, T: (785) 296-5708, E: sally.lunsford@kslottery.net.

SOURCE: Kansas Lottery.

 

 

Lottery Launch Responsible Gambling Training for Retailers and Servers

Article by: Chuck Baumann

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SALEM, Oregon (June 21, 2016) - Beginning this month, the Oregon Lottery is launching “Responsible Gambling & You,” an online training program for Lottery retailers and their employees.

This training is one facet of the Lottery’s far-reaching responsible gambling program and illustrates our commitment to working at every level of the business to mitigate harm that can arise from gambling,” noted Lottery Commission Chair Mardilyn Saathoff.

The Lottery created the training to enable video lottery retailer staff to recognize and take advantage of opportunities to direct people to resources and help related to gambling.

Promoting responsible gambling practices and connecting people to help when needed is as integral to our mission as maximizing revenue,” said Acting Lottery Director Barry Pack.

We are proud to partner with our retailers to bring this awareness to their employees.”

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Employees from 42 Dotty’s locations are the first to pilot the training program that helps front line staff recognize opportunities to provide information on gambling and resources for problem gamblers in the context of providing excellent customer service.

We are delighted to partner with the Oregon Lottery to promote responsible gaming. The overwhelming number of our customers play the Lottery for entertainment and fun. So we share with the Oregon Lottery a strong commitment to delivering the best possible experience for our customers and we applaud the Lottery for developing this new training program that will enable our employees to recognize and address problem gaming situations as they may arise,” said Dotty’s owner Dan Fischer, President of Oregon Services Inc., which operates the popular Dotty’s chain of restaurants.

Dotty’s is supplying employees with electronic tablets to take the interactive course. Employees can take the training on a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device. The Lottery worked with Janine Robinson, an international problem-gambling expert, to design training that teaches front line retailer staff how to provide accurate information about Lottery games, such as the odds of winning and how the games work and resources related to responsible gambling and problem gambling.

The Lottery plans to roll out this training to all its video lottery retailers during the summer months. “Providing this training to customer service staff is an important step in promoting awareness of problem gambling and the importance of responsible gambling,” said Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Tom Moore. “The Lottery has worked closely with its council partners on this project and we congratulate the Lottery and its retailers for bringing this important information to retailer staff.”

SOURCE: Oregon Lottery.

 

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UK Gambling Commission Announce Co-Operation Agreement with the Portuguese Gambling Regulator

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (June 20, 2016) -- The Gambling Commission has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Portuguese gambling regulator - Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SIRJ).

Nick Tofiluk, The Gambling Commission’s Director of regulation said: “We are pleased to announce this bilateral agreement with the SIRJ as part of our continuing co-operation. Working together with other international regulators is essential to effective gambling regulation and MoUs are a useful way of formalising and streamlining the procedures for information sharing as an aid to efficient and effective collaboration."

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SIRJ Press Release

Cooperation agreement with the Gambling Commission

On May 2016 Teresa Monteiro, Vice-Chair of SRIJ - Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos of Instituto do Turismo de Portugal, and S. Harrison, Chief Executive of Gambling Commission, signed a bilateral cooperation and information exchange agreement.

The signatory authorities aim at the implementation of appropriate procedures intending to strengthen their controls, improve regulation in the field of online gambling and fight illegal gambling.

The agreement sets out a mutual collaboration plan intended to drive efforts to safeguard that online gambling is conducted in a fair and open way, to avoid excessive and unregulated gambling, to prevent gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, as well as to protect vulnerable people from addiction or exploitation.

This bilateral cooperation agreement will strengthen and complement the general framework of the cooperation agreement on online gambling services signed by the gambling regulatory authorities of EEA Member States, dated November 2015.

CONTACT: GC press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.

 

 

NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions Delivers Keynote During The European Lotteries ‘Industry Days’ Conference in Marrakesh

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MARRAKECH, Morocco (June 1, 2016) -- Once every two years, EL Industry Days provides partners and suppliers the opportunity to interact with lottery executives and share their visions for the future. Experiences gained from partnering, developing and supporting markets with lotteries across the world are shared during the three-day event.

EL Industry Days 2016 was a rallying call for lottery professionals to envision the future of the retail gaming sector, as well as share their knowledge and experience of the opportunities, challenges and threats ahead for retail.

NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions Gmbh (NLS) energized the audience with bold and creative messaging that spoke of the power of disruption and the BAMM! factor. At the invitation of NLS, Dietmar Dahmen, a professional speaker and creative consultant for innovation, delivered an exciting presentation on the power of innovation, as well as creativity and the effect of disruptive forces on the status quo.

The focus of this conference, Renaissance of Retail in Digital Times, provided an opportunity for experts from all over Europe to address the pressing issue of lottery sustainability in the retail market,” said Frank Cecchini, NLS CEO. “Mr. Dahmen spoke of the power and inevitability of disruptive market development; markets change and negative disruption comes to those stakeholders who do not anticipate and embrace the power of change. Embracing, and actually advocating, for change is the essence of the corporate culture at NLS and that was clearly demonstrated during the Industry Days conference.”

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Change will happen – either to you – or because of you,” Mr. Dahmen told the audience. “It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but those most responsive to change,” he said. “When you anticipate disruption and get ahead of change, there is a force, a BAMM! energy that produces success.” This type of responsive adaptability is the operating mandate for NLS as demonstrated through the company’s innovative technologies that help lotteries compete with the private gaming market by providing new, digital-age ideas.

The application of this pro-change thinking into NLS technology solutions was presented by NLS Technical Visionary, Ólafur Andri Ragnarsson, who captured the interest of conference attendees by demonstrating just how fast and how significantly technological change impacts society, and thereby, business. To capitalize on the never-ending cycle of disruptive change in technology, NLS has demonstrated the use of the latest Service Oriented Architectures to utilize micro-services and APIs in its Omni-channel solution with market leading ‘Agile’ project management methodology.

Throughout the conference, NLS messaging asked: “Are you ready?” By the end of the conference the creative minds at NLS had firmly demonstrated: BAMM! they are ready.

About NLS:

NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) is a full solution alternative vendor for international lottery markets delivering games and services that can be integrated with any 3rd party solution. The NLS system supports all sales channels simultaneously, creating a truly omni-channel offering while at the same time increasing lottery revenues and returns to good causes. With ISO 27001 certification, WLA Security Control Standard Certification and numerous lottery audits, NLS solutions guarantee the highest levels of security and reliability. NLS is part of the NOVOMATIC Group, one of the biggest global producers and operators of gaming technologies, with revenues of about $4bn, more than 24,000 employees and activities in 80 countries. NLS was established in 2014 after the acquisition of Icelandic lottery provider Betware and quickly became a player player in the international lotteries business.

About NOVOMATIC:

The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and employs more than 24,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries. The Group operates more than 235,000 gaming terminals in its some 1,600 plus gaming operations as well as via rental concepts.

Through its numerous international subsidiaries the NOVOMATIC Group is fully active in all segments of the gaming industry and thus offers a diversified omni-channel product portfolio to its partners and clients around the world. This product range includes land based gaming products and services, management systems and cash management, online/mobile and social gaming solutions as well as lottery and sports betting solutions together with a range of sophisticated ancillary products and services.

For further information CONTACT:

 

Martina Kruber

Head of Corporate Marketing & Communications NLS

+43 1 90717 8003

E: mkruber@novomatic.com

www.novomaticls.com

Dr Hannes Reichmann

Head of Group Communications

+43 664 301 48 20

E: hreichmann@novomatic.com

www.novomatic.com

www.novomaticforum.com

 

SOURCE: NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions GmbH.

 

 

Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) Participation at Canadian Gaming Summit Well Received

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (June 16, 2016) – Representatives from Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) wrapped up a highly successful 2016 Canadian Gaming Summit this week, held in the country's capital Ottawa and produced by the Canadian Gaming Association and MediaEdge Communications. Because GLI is known worldwide as the global leader in gaming testing, security auditing and consultancy, the company’s attendance and participation at the summit was highly positive and well received.

GLI’s Vice President of iGaming & Canadian Services Salim L. Adatia said, "As the first and longest established independent gaming test laboratory in Canada, it was reaffirming to hear GLI remains the industry`s primary lab of choice to support the successful Canadian gaming market."

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"From our bi-coastal offices in Vancouver, British Columbia and Moncton, New Brunswick, we could not be more proud than we are today to continue our 25+ years of delivering high-quality based gaming, lottery and iGaming services to regulators, manufacturers and gaming venue operators.”

GLI’s Director, Lottery & Gaming Practice Thomas Bierbach was honored to speak at two sessions during the summit. His solo session, called “How Secure is Your Random Number Generator (RNG)?”, addressed the importance of auditing both the implementation and operational processes of certified RNGs within secure automated draw environments.

His second session, which was presented with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), discussed the implications and response of the Canadian gaming industry from the perspectives of technology, business, security, compliance and audit.

A key topic at this year’s summit included electronic raffles, which utilize both physical barrels for printed tickets as well as electronic RNG-determined outcomes – an aspect of business GLI has extensive experience with. GLI’s Canadian Business Development Manager Laurie Fisher said, "Having successfully completed testing and/or consultancy on Electronic Raffle systems in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, GLI is really looking forward to working closely with remaining provinces to assist their charitable or lottery efforts."

Since 1989, GLI has been honored to provide gaming testing and security assessment services for all Canadian Provinces, as well as global existing and emerging jurisdictions.

The company serves more than 475 jurisdictions worldwide, fulfilling their independent testing and certification needs.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery, iGaming and security testing and assessment services.

GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries.

For more information, visit: www.gaminglabs.com.

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

The Malta Gaming Authority Publishes Its 2015 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements for the Financial Year Ending 31 Dec 2015

By Malta Gaming Authority

MALTA (June 21, 2016) -- The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has today published its 2015 Annual Report and Financial Statements. The theme of the 2015 Annual Report is Regulation for Innovation: Re-thinking conventional wisdom.

The MGA is the single governing body for the regulation of the gaming industry in Malta.  During 2015, the gaming sector in Malta continued to experience healthy growth in both the land-based and remote gaming sectors. The following are key highlights from the Annual Report:

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  • During the year under review, the MGA generated a total revenue of €60.9m compared to €58.4m in 2014. This represents an increase of €2.5m or a 4.3% increase year on year. Furthermore, contributions in gaming taxes made to Government in 2015 amounted to €55.8m compared to €53.2m in 2014. This represents an increase of €2.6m or a 4.9% increase year on year. The sector also made a direct contribution of 8.2% to Malta’s Gross Value Added in the economy,
  • The land-based gaming sector grew by 3% year on year with total gross gaming revenue reaching €78.1m. Amounts played in the land-based sector reached a total of €333.1m with total winnings amounting to €255m,
  • The Authority continued to focus its efforts on the overhaul of the current legislation. The new legislation will provide an innovative regulatory framework which is robust and flexible enough to provide for effective regulatory oversight and at the same time facilitate industry growth and evolution,
  • The regulatory oversight function was also strengthened through the setting up of a Supervisory Council with the responsibility for the integrity, consistency and ongoing development of the Authority’s regulatory performance,
  • The GamingMalta Foundation was set up with the aim of promoting Malta both locally and internationally as a leading jurisdiction and centre of excellence in the gaming industry,
  • The Authority also focused on improving the efficacy of its operations through a right sizing exercise including the implementation of a robust ICT infrastructure and advanced information systems designed to facilitate processes, enhance the quality of its interface with licensees, improve information security and the optimisation of resource utilisation,
  • The Authority’s corporate identity was completely refreshed to signal a new vision for the industry through the rebranding of the ‘Lotteries and Gaming Authority’ to the ‘Malta Gaming Authority’. The Authority also relocated to new offices at SmartCity Malta.

 

2015 has been a very intensive and rewarding year on many fronts for the MGA. The results strengthen our determination to continue with our plans to enhance our regulatory performance.

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The aim of the three-year strategy launched in 2014 is to create a sustainable industry base in the face of the challenges emanating from the European and global gaming sphere, as well as harnessing the growth of the sector through the diversification of markets and products made possible by innovative technologies and emerging markets,” stated the MGA’s Executive Chairman, Joseph Cuschieri.

An increased focus on quality, innovation, fairness, consumer protection, proportionality, evidence-based regulation and consistency run through the building blocks of the Authority, its processes and the policy initiatives being taken up, are an integral part of the underlying strategy,” continued Mr Cuschieri.

The MGA’s 2015 annual report provides a detailed overview of the salient developments during the year under review. Throughout the year, the Authority’s efforts were committed to a fully inclusive and transparent approach in the reviewing and design of policy and administrative initiatives, whilst keeping an open dialogue with all stakeholders, consumers, regulators, operators and service providers. The regulatory framework overhaul is critical for the successful implementation of the gaming repositioning strategy in rendering Malta as a centre of excellence of global relevance in the future.

Although Malta’s second generation of gaming regulation remains founded on the prevention of crime and fraud, fairness of games, consumer protection and other vulnerable consumers, the legislative structure and regulatory approaches proposed for adoption in 2016, will provide a coherent governing regime that is principle-based, focused on regulatory performance and outcomes.

The 2015 Annual Report may be downloaded from HERE or a copy may be requested from the Authority.

SOURCE: By Malta Gaming Authority.

 

 

Lotto24 AG Supervisory Board Appoint Kai Hannemann to Executive Board

HAMBURG, Germany (June 23, 2016) - The Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG, the leading online provider of state-licensed lotteries, has appointed Kai Hannemann, Chief Information Officer (CIO), as a member of the company's Executive Board with effect from 1 July 2016. In this position, Kai Hannemann will head the departments IT Strategy, IT Systems, IT Processes and IT Operations.

In addition, he will be responsible for the business field B2G (Business-to-Government) as well as Process and Innovation Management. Together with Kai Hannemann, the Executive Board comprises the Chief Executive Officer Petra von Strombeck and the Chief Financial Officer Magnus von Zitzewitz.

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The 51-year-old native of Bremen, Germany, has over 25 years of experience in software development, planning, developing and implementing complex IT systems, as well as managing companies in the IT sector. After studying computer sciences at the University of Bremen, he specialized in IT for the tourist industry with a focus on flight systems. In his last position, he was Managing Director of Partner Solutions GmbH in Bremen before joining Lotto24 in February 2014. He has since set up the entire IT organisation and IT infrastructure, whose highly scalable technology guarantees further growth in user figures and the continuous expansion of the company's product range.

"Over the last two years, Kai Hannemann has done a fantastic job for us. Lotto24's IT is now one of the most powerful in the online lottery segment. It provides the basis for the further expansion of our market leadership and enables us to handle fast customer growth - Lotto24 already has over one million registered customers. The creation of a new seat on the board underlines the importance of IT for the continued success of our company," states Prof. Willi Berchtold, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lotto24 AG.

About Lotto24 AG:

Lotto24 AG is Germany's leading online provider of state-licensed lotteries (www.lotto24.de). Lotto24 brokers customer tickets to the state-owned lottery companies of Germany's federal states, for which it receives a commission. The product range includes »Lotto 6aus49«, »Spiel 77«, »Super 6«, »EuroJackpot«, »GlücksSpirale«, lotto clubs and »Keno«. Following its foundation in 2010 and IPO in 2012 on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard), Lotto24 is now the market leader and well ahead of its competitors. As a fast-growing company with a strong service and customer orientation, it aims to provide its customers online as well as mobile with the most convenient, secure and modern game experience possible.

SOURCE: Lotto24 AG.

 

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Sports Betting in America

Three Takeaways: Law Enforcement Leaders Examine Federal Prohibition on Sports Betting

WASHINGTO, D.C. (June 20, 2016)

Dear Gaming Colleague,

In the latest sign of progress in the effort to repeal the failed federal ban on sports betting, more than 30 law enforcement leaders gathered last week for the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) first Law Enforcement Summit to better understand the massive illegal sports betting market in the United States and what steps can be taken to address it.

The Summit, led by members of AGA’s Illegal Gambling Advisory Board, convened leading officials from top federal, state and local law enforcement organizations, including:

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  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);
  • U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE);
  • Interpol D.C.;
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA);
  • Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE);
  • The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP);
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);
  • National Sheriffs’ Association;
  • Major Cities Chiefs Association;
  • Major County Sheriffs’ Association;
  • National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE);
  • National Association of Attorneys General Gaming Committee;
  • National District Attorneys Association; and
  • National Black Prosecutors Association.

Several gaming practitioners and regulators also attended. Educating the group on the U.K. sports betting model, Genius Sports Group showcased its ability to use cutting-edge technology to monitor the integrity of games, while Karl Bennison, chief of the Enforcement Division at the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and other gaming industry leaders discussed the Nevada model.

In a concluding town hall discussion, participants shared their experiences of combatting illegal gambling and explored the opportunities to partner on the issue.

Here are three takeaways from the Summit: 

1. Law Enforcement is Key to Addressing Outdated Federal Sports Betting Law

During the robust discussion, law enforcement personnel spoke of the illegal sports betting market as a significant problem and of regulation as a potential solution. No group is more credible in carrying that message and identifying a solution than members of law enforcement. Based on input from participants, the AGA’s Illegal Gambling Advisory Board will author an after-action report that will serve as a guide for stakeholders – including policymakers, regulators and sports leagues – to develop potential solutions.

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2. Illegal Sports Betting is Anything But a Victimless Crime

With firsthand experience of the violent crimes tied to illegal gambling, law enforcement personnel agreed that the problem is anything but a victimless crime. Illegal sports betting funds large criminal enterprises involved in racketeering, money laundering, extortion and fraud. “We need to start talking about the ramifications of illegal gambling more and help the public understand what it means,” suggested one attendee. But despite the seriousness, these leaders also mentioned a lack of resources and interest in pursuing illegal sports betting activities.

3. Regulated Sports Betting Market Could Aid Law Enforcement Efforts

As one participant said of sports betting’s widespread popularity, “it’s not something you can put back in the bottle.” Americans bet at least $150 billion a year on sports illegally and this number will only grow. As we’ve seen in Nevada and Europe, a legal, regulated sports betting market brings much-needed transparency and consumer protection to the issue – two significant concerns of law enforcement. In Australia, the U.K. and across Europe, stakeholders, including leagues, sports book operators and law enforcement, partner to give fans what they want – a legal, regulated environment to bet on the games they love to watch. It works in Nevada and it can work in states across the country.

The AGA will continue to work with the law enforcement community to expose the vast, illegal sports betting market and partner on initiatives geared toward advancing a more sensible federal policy toward sports betting. Join the conversation and explore the AGA’s “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative.

 

Sincerely,

Geoff Freeman

President & CEO

SOURCE: the American Gaming Association’s (AGA).

 

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AGA Convenes Law Enforcement Leaders To Critique Federal Prohibition On Sports Betting

Group will release major after-action report outlining best ways to address massive illegal market and promote sport integrity

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WASHINGTON, DC (June 16, 2016) – More than 30 law enforcement leaders from across the country gathered today at the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) first-ever Law Enforcement Summit to better understand the massive illegal sports betting market in the U.S and what steps can be taken to address it.

In a robust town hall discussion, law enforcement spoke of the illegal sports betting market as a significant problem and of regulation as a potential solution. Based on input from the Summit, the AGA’s Illegal Gambling Advisory Board will author an after-action report that will serve as a guide for stakeholders – including policymakers, regulators and sports leagues – to develop potential solutions.

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The illegal sports betting market is a growing problem and no group is more credible in carrying that message and identifying a solution than members of law enforcement,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “Today’s Summit highlighted that the illegal sports betting market funds large criminal enterprises and fails to protect the integrity of the sports we all love. It’s time for a modernized approach that will support law enforcement around the country.”

The reality is that illegal sports betting is a growing and dangerous problem; the scope is massive – hundreds of billions of dollars – and shows up on every street corner,” said Ed Davis, former police commissioner of the City of Boston and a member of AGA’s Illegal Gambling Advisory Board. “We need to look at the utility of a regulated, transparent sports betting market. Let’s face it, demand is only rising. Consumers would rather do this in a regulated market that provides consumer protections, integrity of the game, and I would rather have certainty and transparency. It’s easier to maintain public safety in that type of environment.”

Attendees included the following organizations: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA); International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); Interpol D.C.; Major Cities Chiefs Association; Major County Sheriffs’ Association; National Black Prosecutors Association; National District Attorneys Association; National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs’ Association; The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP); U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE);Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE); the Louisiana State Police; and the National Association of Attorneys General Gaming Committee. Several gaming practitioners and regulators also attended.

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The Summit, led by members of AGA’s Illegal Gambling Advisory Board, included a demonstration from Genius Sports Group, which showcased its ability to use cutting-edge technology to monitor integrity of games. Karl Bennison, chief of the Enforcement Division at the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and other gaming industry leaders presented on the successes of legalized, regulated sports betting in Nevada.

The Summit is part of AGA’s “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative, which is uniting gaming and law enforcement to expose the growing illegal gambling market that preys on consumers, siphons tax revenues and funds violent crime. The initiative has made significant progress over the last 12 months. More information can be found at StopIllegalGambling.org.

About AGA: The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

SOURCE: The American Gaming Association.

 

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Gaming Regulators, Suppliers Reap Benefits of New GAT Standards from Gaming Standards Association (GSA)

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (June 20, 2016) – Recently the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) released 11 new, mature standards for the gaming industry, and now regulators and suppliers are reaping the benefits of three of GSA’s new standards that relate to GAT (Game Authentication Terminal).

GSA’s suite of GAT-related standards includes GAT (Game Authentication Terminal) v4.1, NGI (Network GAT Interface) v1.0, and TGR (Trusted GAT Results File Format) v1.0. Each of the standards enjoyed review and input from regulators and is available for free download now at www.gamingstandards.com.

Identifying and authenticating gaming software and firmware in the field is an integral part of regulatory landscape. These three new GAT-related standards address each of the primary points of GAT interaction – the terminal, the network and the results – creating an all-encompassing ecosystem."

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"The benefit to regulators, suppliers and operators is a modernization and streamlining of the entire process,” said Mark Pace, Vice President, Global Technical Operations at Scientific Games International, and Vice-Chair of the GSA Board of Directors.

First in the suite is GAT (Game Authentication Terminal) v4.1 standard that broadens GAT’s appeal and further standardizes usage. With this standard, regulators and operators can better identify and authenticate gaming software and firmware in the field, streamlining the authentication processes.

Next is NGI (Network GAT Interface) v1.0 standard, which makes GAT functionality available through network connections using a simple HTTP/REST interface, providing an additional access option to regulators. NGI v1.0 also includes new commands for requesting expected GAT results from a trusted source.

Last in the GAT suite is TGR (Trusted GAT Results File Format) v1.0. This new specification describes a simple file format for distributing expected GAT results in a secure manner. Download servers can use these results to verify proper software installation. Regulatory servers can use these results to authenticate software that has been deployed in the field.

GSA standards are available for free and immediate download to all GSA members on GSA’s website, www.gamingstandards.com. There is a level of membership for every budget. Visit www.gamingstandards.com to learn more. Join GSA as a member today and join GSA on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

For more information, visit www.gamingstandards.com.

CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, +1 (702) 413-4278.

SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association (GSA).

 

 

La Fleur’s Global Lottery Forum Starts June 28 in Vancouver

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (June 23, 2016) -- La Fleur’s 2016 Global Forum, to be held June 28-30 in Vancouver, British Columbia, will focus on Retail Transformation for the USD $276 billion global lottery industry. B.C. Lottery Corp. is the sponsor and co-host of the conference.

The conference format allows only jurisdictions and third party experts as speakers; traditional industry vendors can participate as sponsors and attendees,” said Terri Markle, President and CEO of TLF Publications.

The forum will be held at the downtown Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. Speakers include CEOs from lotteries from in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. In addition, attendees will hear presentations from prominent companies in technology, digital media, retailing and research.

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The full program is available online at www.lafleurs.com/vancouver.

In terms of attendees, La Fleur’s 2016 Global Lottery Forum has attracted lottery leaders and major vendor executives from Africa, Australia, North America and Europe. “This event also coincides with senior executive and marketing meetings for Canadian lotteries in Vancouver, all of which are attending the Forum,” said Markle.

In conjunction with the Forum, La Fleur’s Magazine will hold the 2nd Annual La Fleur’s Sustainability Awards (LSAs) to recognize seven global lotteries for their responsible gaming, corporate social responsibility and environmental initiatives. 

La Fleur’s Magazine organized its first Canadian conference in Toronto in June 2015 in association with OLG.

CONTACT: Terri Markle, President, TLF Publications, Inc. (La Fleur’s Magazine), Tel: (301) 610-6070 / Mobile: (240) 723-0446 / Fax: (301) 610-6072 / Email: terri@lafleurs.com

SOURCE: La Fleur’s Magazine (www.lafleurs.com).

 

AUSTRALASIAN GAMING EXPO 2016

 

Easy Registration for AGE 2016 Through Facebook

9 – 11 August 2016

Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island

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SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (June 23, 2016) -- Visitors registering to attend the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) will find it easier this year with the addition of “social media registration”.

Social media registration fills in the necessary forms automatically via the most popular social networks on the planet – Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Visitors can then see who else from their social media network is attending, identify their most meaningful contacts who’re attending and who they can reconnect with at the event.

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So not only will visitors using social media registration save time avoiding forms, they’ll save time by avoiding having to line up at the event and they’ll know which friends and colleagues are attending.

Visit www.austgamingexpo.com and click on “Visitor Registration” to use social registration.

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 Corporation.

For further information CONTACT: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

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MGS Launch Macau Government Incentive Scheme for Visitors to 2016 Show

MACAU, SAR (June 22, 2016) -- The MGS Entertainment Show, the Asian gaming industry’s premier trade exhibition, has partnered with the Macau SAR Government to help drive more international buyers and business partners into the region. As part of its expanded project activity with the Macau SAR, MGS will be launching the Government’s targeted ‘Qualified Buyers’ program to the global market for its 2016 expo. The agreement will enable MGS, currently the industry’s fastest growing trade show, to provide extensive travel and accommodation sponsorship for visitors to the Government-supported exhibition which is being held at the Venetian Macao, 15-17 November 2016.

The Macau Government’s Buyer Sponsorship program is one of a number of key joint initiatives scheduled for launch at the MGS Entertainment Show over the next three years, as the exhibition rolls out its business programme in support of the SAR’s drive for greater diversity in the domestic and regional economy.

Designed to draw in new visitors from the expanding zones of the MGS show, the QB scheme will be open to registered visitors from all companies exhibiting at the MGS expo, including grant support of up to MOP 7,000 (US$875) to international visitors at this year’s show. The grants will be used to subsidise travel, transport and accommodation costs for visitors from anywhere in the world to the MGS Entertainment Show.

MGS Chairman Jay Chun stated: “The Qualified Buyer incentives are a pioneering initiative by the Government aimed at building trading links from Macau across the globe. MGS is excited to join the program and bring these significant benefits of financial support to our own global business community. It’s an important boost to our endeavours and cements the ever developing relationship between the SAR Government, the show and our exhibitors.”

He added: “With the push for economic diversity top of the region’s agenda, the path is opening up for fresh investment, new business opportunities and major developments both here in Macau and around the Asia Pacific continent. MGS will be using the QB scheme as a starting point for the show's three year vision - we want our vast network of visitors from all sectors and locations to come to Macau, experience our vision and join us on this economic journey. QB offers a significant investment in building not just our's but our partners' business relationships over the coming years - it’s part of MGS’s support and commitment to our visitors and our exhibitors.”

The Qualified Buyers scheme will be operated through a designated team at the MGS offices in Macau and is open to official buyers of any exhibitor at the 2016 show. Visitor subsidies will be aligned to exhibitor stand size - the larger the stand, the more visitors eligible for the subsidy. Contributions will be  available towards the costs of round trip flights, transportation services to Macau and hotel accommodation in Macau or Taipa. The maximum grants at this year’s exhibition range from: MOP 1,200 (US$150) for visitors from Hong Kong SAR & Guangdong Province; MOP 4,000 (US$500) for buyers from China (outside Guandong Province) and Asia; MOP 7,000 (US$875) for all visitors from regions outside Asia.

For Qualified Buyers wishing to apply for the MGS Entertainment Show’s Buyer Sponsorship Program, download the application form HERE.

MGS Entertainment Show | OVERVIEW

The MGS Entertainment Show (MGS) is owned and organised by the Macau SAR’s largest trade association, the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association (MGEMA). Working in partnership with the senior gaming, entertainment and sports associations in the region, MGS is supported and sponsored by the Macau SAR Government through its various labour, tourism and cultural departments. MGS, the only large scale gaming and entertainment exhibition organised and run by the Macao business community, commands a floor area of over 12,000 m2. Exhibitors and buyers eyeing the Asian market will be coming from all corners of the world. The event will cover three key zones - gaming, technology and entertainment – and features new product launches and innovations from Gaming Equipment and Accessories, Gaming Promoters (Junkets) and VIP Clubs, Casino Fixtures and Fittings, Promotional Services and Memorabilia, Food and Beverage, Entertainment and Performance. In addition, the show features a special Macau Creative and Culture zone promoting the innovations and technical skills of young entrepreneurs in the city, and includes the support and backing of the region’s primary concessionaires.

SOURCE: The MGS Entertainment Show (MGS).

 

 

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Visit us in Pittsburgh for the NASPL Professional Development Seminar hosted by the Pennsylvania Lottery

August 2-5, 2016

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  1. Networking Opportunities! Network with over 40 registered lottery organizations and industry providers over the three day span.
  2. Educational Opportunity! Learn from experienced speakers representing both inside and outside the lottery industry. Those attending and representing specific committee disciplines will receive CEU/CPE credits and a Certificate of Attendance. Actual approved credit hours granted are determined individually by each jurisdiction.
  3. Great Value! Cost of registration is affordable and includes limited meals, breaks, breakout sessions and CEU/ CPE credits for specific committee disciplines.

Hotel Reservation cut off date July 8, 2016
Transportation not provided. NASPL will provide the following meals: Opening reception, three lunches, six breaks and an Associate Member sponsored off-site event Tuesday.


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Featured Keynote:
Robbie Bach, Innovation Expert, Former Chief Xbox Officer for Microsoft & Author, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal

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