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Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli Announce Provisional Award of Italian Lotto Concession to IGT-led Consortium

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LONDON, U.K. (April 15, 2016) – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE:IGT) today announced the Italian regulator Agenzia delle Dogane e dei  Monopoli has provisionally awarded the concession for the Lotto game to a consortium led by IGT subsidiary Lottomatica. The final award of the concession is expected to be made during the second quarter of 2016 and it has a duration of nine years.

The consortium’s bid was comprised of €770 million in upfront concession payments that will be paid in three installments between the time of the award and April 2017. IGT currently expects the first two installments of €350 million and €250 million to be made in 2016, with the balance made in April 2017.

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In addition, €130 million will be invested by the consortium to upgrade the technological infrastructure (systems, terminals) supporting the Lotto game. IGT expects that approximately 25% of the capital related to the infrastructure upgrades will occur in 2016 and the balance in 2017.    

Members of the consortium will contribute to both the upfront concession payments and capital investments on a pro rata basis as follows: Lottomatica, 61.5%; IGH, 32.5%; Arianna 2001, 4%; and Novomatic, 2%

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:

Robert K. Vincent, Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452.

Investor Relations, James Hurley, (401) 392-7190.

Italian media inquiries: Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030.

SOURCE: IGT.

 

 

Tennessee Lottery Sets New Record For Education Funding

3RD Quarter Proceeds Highest to Date; Fiscal Year Remains on Track to Set New Record

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 15, 2016) -- The Tennessee Lottery continues to shatter its own records announcing today the highest quarterly return to education since it began January 20, 2004.

The period from January 1, 2016, through March 31, 2016, realized a record return to education of $119.1 million, a 27.2 % increase over the previous quarterly record of $93.6 million set during the third quarter of 2015.

Other notable records broken during this quarter include:

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  • Highest quarter of Instant ticket sales of $355.4 million
  • Highest quarter of Draw-Style sales of $125.7 million
  • January, March and February 2016 represent the top three selling months for Total Sales since inception

 

Total Lottery funding for education-related programs in Tennessee, including funds used for scholarships, grants, and after-school programs, now exceeds $3.6 billion. The Lottery’s stellar performance—growth every year since inception—is thought to be a U.S. record for consecutive years of sales growth, continuing its place as one of the top organizations in the industry.

This success is incredible news for students, families and education in Tennessee,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery.

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This record quarter adds to what was already shaping up to be an all-time high fiscal year. We continue to see growth across all products, proving a varied lineup of games remains popular with players.

Since the first awards were given in the fall of 2004, Lottery-funded programs have grown to include 12 different scholarships and grants, multiple after-school programs, an energy-efficient schools program, and the recent Tennessee Promise initiative.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the number of Lottery-funded scholarships and grants reached over one million.

These achievements are only possible with the support from enthusiastic players, the hard work of over 5,000 retailers statewide, the guidance of our board of directors, and the hard work and commitment of our employees.” said Mrs. Hargrove.

We remain dedicated to ongoing success by developing new and innovative products, expanding our retailer base, emphasizing customer service, and operating with efficiency and integrity.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $9.9 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $953 million in retailer commissions.

For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Have Fun. Play Responsibly.

 CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, Tennessee Lottery, 615-324-6556 or 615-604-2827, E: kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com.

SOURCE: The Tennessee Lottery.

 

 

Veikkaus’ 75th Anniversary Year Was a Record Year - Net Profit Rose to €537 Million

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VANTAA, Finland (April 15, 2016) -- Thanks to persistent long-term development, Veikkaus’ 75th anniversary was a year of success.

The lottery managed to improve its profit by 3.2 percent, the financial result attaining EUR 537 million.

The turnover for the Financial Year went up to EUR 2,095 million (+6.9%).  

Among the games, especially Eurojackpot, Fixed Odds Betting, and the eInstants were thriving.

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Further, it was particularly gratifying to see that Lotto’s sales took an upward turn.

The share of the digital channels out of Veikkaus’ total sales reached over 43 percent and the number of our registered customers went up to 1.8 million.

Responsibility continued to be in focus in operations last year. The lottery invested especially in communicating responsibility, promoting registered gaming, and training our staff in responsibility issues.

The year 2015 meant a lot of hard work for Veikkaus, since besides the normal business, the upcoming merger of the gaming operators required preparations.

The plans for the merger of the Finnish gaming operators Veikkaus, Finland’s Slot Machine Association, and Fintoto will be finalized primarily during 2016.

Read more about Veikkaus’ year in the Annual report!

Veikkaus’ CSR report will be published at the end of April.

Veikkaus – Joy for Life

Veikkaus is the most efficient gaming company in Europe. The joy of playing our games benefits every Finn. We cater to a wide customer base that plays moderately.

CONTACT: Riitta Nissi, Development Manager, Communications, Veikkaus Oy, Tel. +358 40 776 1459, E: riitta.nissi@veikkaus.fi

SOURCE: Veikkaus.

 

 

Mr Green Ltd Selects Kambi as Its Sportsbook Provider

SWEDEN (April 21, 2016) -- Mr Green Ltd has selected Kambi as its Sportsbook provider with the aim to launch at the latest this Fall. Kambi will provide Mr Green with a fully managed Sportsbook service.

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Kambi is the perfect partner to deliver the same high standards for our Sportsbook as our players are used to in our highly appreciated casino environment" says Per Norman, CEO of Mr Green & Co AB.

The fact that Mr Green has chosen Kambi’s managed service is further testimony to the quality and integrity of our offering.” says Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi Group Plc.

We are looking forward to empowering Mr Green to create a personalised sports betting experience for their customer base. Mr Green is very well positioned in a number of interesting geographies and we are looking forward to working together in these markets.”

We feel that the Kambi Sportsbook has strong focus on quality in terms of availability and reliability, while not sacrificing the quantity aspect. It delivers top of the line live betting across a large selection of sports. In particular, it is very strong in the quick/fast-betting parts of the live betting product. This is a steadily growing segment and a key factor for success for Mr Green.” says Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of Mr Green Ltd.

About Mr Green & Co AB

Mr Green & Co AB - a Swedish company owning, acquiring and developing leading online gaming companies. The core investment is the online gaming company Mr Green Ltd. Mr Green & Co AB is listed on Swedish Aktie Torget since 2013.

For further information CONTACT:

 

Per Norman,

CEO

Mr Green & Co AB,

phone +46 (0) 72 230 91 91

per.norman@mrgco.se

Jesper Kärrbrink,

CEO

Mr Green Ltd,

phone + 356 991 00 139

Jesper.karrbrink@mrgreen.com

 

SOURCE: Mr Green & Co AB.

 

 

The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is Seeking Candidates for the Position of Executive Director

 

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Organization: The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL)

Job Title: Executive Director.

Position Reports to: MUSL Board of Directors

Date Posted: April 15, 2016

Close date: May 11, 2016

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Details: The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by 37 member lotteries, is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director oversees a team of 15-20 people, administers a portfolio of lottery games that generate over $6 billion in sales, and serves the interests of the MUSL Board of Directors.

Skills: The successful candidate will possess a record of demonstrated ability in leadership, interpersonal and listening skills, building and nurturing productive teams, strategic planning and implementation, budget development and responsible fiscal oversight, understanding modern information technology, delegating work, engaging with the media, good judgment, creativity, and reliability. Excellent verbal and written skills are a must.

A serious commitment to the association’s Code of Conduct, dedication to high ethical standards, and a thorough understanding of responsible governance are required. Identifiable experience with trade associations or similar organizations serving multiple stakeholders is essential.

Experience: The candidate must have a minimum of five years of experience in an executive or senior-level leadership position. A Bachelor’s degree is required.

This position offers a very attractive compensation package, is based in Des Moines, Iowa and requires frequent travel. The projected start date is on or before July 5, 2016.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and references by May 11, 2016 to:

Jeffrey R. Anderson

President

Multi-State Lottery Association

P.O. Box 93312

Des Moines, IA

50393

Note: Candidates will be interviewed by the following MUSL member lottery directors: Jeffrey R. Anderson (ID), Gary Grief (TX), Rebecca Hargrove (TN), Rose Hudson (LA), and Terry P. Presta (KS).

 

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Wiesbaden Administrative Court: Limiting the Number of Sports Betting Licenses is Contrary to EU Law; New Gambling Legislation Required

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BERLIN, Germany (April 15, 2016) -- After a judgment delivered today, the Verwaltungsgericht Wiesbaden limiting the number of sports betting licenses to 20 in the State Treaty on Gambling is contrary to EU law.

Background was the action of a DSWV-member company, which had applied for a nationwide sports betting license and meets all quality requirements, would, however, left empty-handed.

In the main proceedings, the Court ruled that the competent Hessian Interior Ministry must provide the applicant Betting company a concession.

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The court stated that licensing procedure sick to significant deficiencies of transparency and proportionality. Limiting the number of sports betting licenses to 20 constitutes an unlawful interference with the EU fundamental freedoms and is not applicable.

The president of the German Betting Association (DSWV) Mathias Dahms commented the verdict:

"For the first time a German court has found that the limit to the number of sports betting licenses is contrary to European law. Following the judgment of all candidates who meet the qualitative requirements, qualify for a concession."

The judgment is likely to have an impact on the current political debate. The Prime Minister had agreed at its last meeting in March it, hold on to the numerical limitations and wanting to increase the number of licenses on 40th

Mathias Dahms says:

"A limitation to 40 concessions is as arbitrary as a restriction on 20. We call on the Prime Minister to reconsider their plans."

The Hessian Ministry of the Interior had been in the trial for the record that there are currently at least 85 serious applicants for Betting concessions. Already pay 79 sports betting provider in Germany betting taxes. Mathias Dahms added:

"The State Treaty on gaming must be fundamentally reformed to finally establish legal certainty. The State of Hesse has therefor submitted a constructive proposal."

About the German Betting Association

The German Betting Association (DSWV) was founded in 2014 by the leading German and European sports betting providers in Berlin. Based in the Federal Press Association, the association sees itself as a public contact, especially in politics, sports and media.

All member companies are licensed in EU Member States and aim for a regulatory and licensing for the German market. Most members are active as sponsors in professional sports.

SOURCE: Deutscher Sportwettenverband.

 

 

Georgia Lottery Sets New Record with $317Million to Education

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ATLANTA, Georgia (April 19, 2016) – The Georgia Lottery has posted record transfers to education for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, officials announced today.

Georgia Lottery transfers to the Lottery for Education Account for the third quarter of FY16 will total more than $317 million. FY16 third-quarter profits also include funds generated from coin operated amusement machines (COAMs) in Georgia.

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FY16 third-quarter profits increased $55.1 million over third-quarter FY15 and year-to-date lottery transfers to education are up over $102 million - making the first nine months of FY16 the most successful start in the lottery’s history.

The Georgia Lottery’s mission is to maximize revenues for HOPE and Pre-K.

Strong lottery sales across the board have contributed to the lottery’s success,” said Debbie D. Alford, president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp. “Our success is important to us because our proceeds benefit Georgia’s Pre-K and HOPE Scholarship students.

A key factor contributing to the lottery’s FY16 third-quarter success was the record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in January. The record-breaking jackpot generated $43.5 million toward lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $17.36 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com.

CONTACT: Kimberly M. Starks, Media Relations Manager, Georgia Lottery Corp., (404) 215-5062 office, (404) 831-4995 mobile, E: kstarks@galottery.org.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery.

 

 

Some Kentucky Lottery Games Now Available For Purchase via the Internet

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (April 19, 2016) -- Ushering in a new era, the Kentucky Lottery has launched sales of several products via the Internet.

Eligible players who register for an account at kylottery.com and are within the boundaries of the state will be able to purchase Powerball, Mega Millions and Kentucky Cash Ball draw games. At launch there will be five Instant Play games ranging in price from 50 cents to $3 available, with more being introduced in the future.

Our customers are aging, and in order to maintain our business, we need to be more attractive to a younger demographic who are accustomed to conducting a majority of their retail purchases online,” said Arch Gleason, president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery. “This group is very mobile, and they expect brands to be accessible online and on their devices. We’re delivering what they want.”

Gleason said the move to Internet sales should not be interpreted as competition to the Kentucky Lottery’s 3200 retailers. “Brick and mortar retailers are and will continue to be the most important part of our business,” he said. To that end, Gleason announced:

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  • Players will be able to fund their online account for play at stores which sell lottery tickets. Retailers will receive their standard 5% commission for the sale of these products.
  • For at least the first six months of Internet lottery sales in Kentucky, players who add funds to their accounts by purchasing at least $20 in account funding on a single transaction at brick and mortar retailers will receive an extra $5 in Bonus Bucks in their online account.
  • The lottery will continue to invest in retailers, recently adding 300 new Gemini ticket vending machines and 250 new jackpot signs. The lottery will also continue to partner with retailers in co-promotions which will help drive traffic to their stores.

 

There are two other states currently selling lottery tickets via the Internet – Michigan and Georgia. “In the first full year of Internet lottery sales in Michigan, they had a 6% increase in traditional brick and mortar business.  In the first full year of Internet lottery games in Georgia, they had a 4% increase in traditional brick and mortar business,”

Gleason said. “The key here is that overall sales increased at retail once Internet sales was launched in these two states, and we expect this to hold true in Kentucky.”

Gleason also said the platform was designed with a number of responsible gambling controls in place to protect players. “Our system was designed to follow the Internet Responsible Gambling Standards developed by the National Council on Problem Gambling. Our limits are among some of the most conservative in the nation, and continue our long history of offering games in the Commonwealth in the most socially-responsible manner available,” Gleason said.

Safeguards include:

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  • Account deposit maximum limits of $200 daily, $500 weekly and $1000 monthly. These limits can be lowered by players at any time, and if they subsequently raise them, a 24 hour cooling off period is in place before new limits are activated.
  • Identity verification to confirm a player is over 18.
  • Self-exclusion from the site, meaning they will not be able to access any of the site’s wagering functions.
  • In conjunction with the KY Council on Problem Gambling, the Lottery will soon be underwriting the addition of text and chat capability to the 1-800-GAMBLER service. Players who may not feel comfortable talking with someone with questions about the issue will be able to text or chat with experts who can help.
  • Other features such as visible play clock available at all times showing length of play, the display of bets, wins, losses and account balances as cash, and free or demonstration games with the same payout percentages and odds as games available for purchase.

 

Sales for the platform in its first full year (FY17) are estimated to be $7 million. In contrast, overall lottery sales for the current fiscal year are projected to be $994.5 million.

For More Information CONTACT:  Chip Polston, T: (502) 560-1675.

SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery.

 

 

The Florida Lottery’s Newest Wheel Of Fortune Scratch-Off Ticket Sets Two Sales Records in Its First Two Weeks

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (April 18, 2016) -- The Florida announced today that Scratch-Off ticket sales for the newest $5 Scratch-Off game, WHEEL OF FORTUNE, exceeded $6.1 million in its first week; setting a record for the highest first week of sales by any game at that price point. The game also set a record for having the highest single week sales ever for a $5 game, with $7.6 million in sales in its second week, eclipsing the previous record set by $500,000 GOLD RUSH in 2015 by 10 percent!

Every new game the Florida Lottery releases is done with our players in mind, and based on these tremendous sales figures, I think we nailed it with this WHEEL OF FORTUNE Scratch-Off game,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

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When we release a game as successful as WHEEL OF FORTUNE, it’s not only a win for the Lottery, but more importantly, it’s a win for education.

These Scratch-Off sales have resulted in more than $2.59 million being generated for the benefit of Florida students and schools. Six million more WHEEL OF FORTUNE Scratch-Off tickets have been ordered after just two weeks of sales, which will bring the total contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund to $16.65 million once the game is sold out.

The new $5 WHEEL OF FORTUNE Scratch-Off game launched on April 5 and features eight top prizes of $250,000 and more than $42 million in total cash prizes! Players can also enter non-winning tickets into the Wheel of Fortune Big Money Second Chance Promotion for the chance to play an exclusive, non-broadcast Wheel of Fortune game in Hollywood, CA.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $29 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

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

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Illinois Lottery Launch New ‘Lotería™’ Instant Game

Well known bingo-style game joins Lottery instant ticket lineup

CHICAGO, Illinois (April 18, 2016) – Today, the Illinois Lottery launched an instant ticket version of the well-known Bingo-style game, Lotería™, at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Lotería, often referred to as ‘Mexican Bingo,’ allows players to track and mark the draw of cards featuring characters and objects significant to Mexican culture.

With the new Lotería instant game, players scratch off the ‘caller’s card’ to reveal fourteen symbols.

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To win, they must match four images with the ones on their Lotería card.  Reveal four beans in any horizontal or vertical line, and the player wins the prize for that line!

The Lottery is proud to introduce the new Lotería ticket in Illinois,” said Illinois Lottery Acting Director B.R. Lane.

This new game shares the fun and excitement of a traditional pastime celebrated by the Mexican-American community for generations.”

A popular game played by family and friends in the Hispanic community, the new $3 Illinois Lottery instant game features familiar images such as the rooster, rose, and star.  Lotería comes in four colorful scenes and offers five top prizes of $50,000 each.

For more information on Lotería, CLICK HERE.

LOTERIA ™/©: Licensed by Don Clemente, Inc. 2016.  All Rights Reserved.

About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed nearly $18 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all Illinois Lottery draw-based games at: www.illinoislottery.com.

Players must be at least 18 years old.

CONTACT: Steve Rossi, (312) 793-3034.

SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.

 

 

Vermantia Joins the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA)

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ATHENS, Greece (April 21, 2016) -- Vermantia, leading omni-channel provider of Virtual and Live Sports Content to licensed operators and lotteries globally, is delighted to announce that it has been accepted as an Associate Member of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association, one of five regional associations of the World Lottery Association (WLA), representing 25 lotteries from 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region with combined annual revenues in excess of US$21 billion.

With its growing global presence with partners, tailored content and strong team of lottery and gaming experts, Vermantia provides unique integrated gaming solutions for its global clients.

As a member of APLA, Vermantia joins a community of acknowledged gaming organisations, committed to cultivating and strengthening communications for the benefit of sharing information and experience within the worldwide lottery industry.

Filippos Antonopoulos, Vermantia’s CEO, said:

This new membership in APLA association recognizes Vermantia’s remarkable growth and progress in a transformational 2015 within the lottery industry. We firmly believe that our participation in APLA will benefit our business, as this will enable us to move into a US$21 billion gaming market, introduce our premium content and bring best-of-breed gaming services to Asia Pacific lotteries.

CONTACTS:

 

Vermantia

Zoe Mavrofora,

Head of Product Marketing

Tel: +30 213 00 65 500

Hudson Sandler

Alex Brennan, or

Bertie Berger

Tel: +44 (0) 207 796 4133

 

SOURCE: Vermantia.

 

 

Game360 Extends Reach with Sisal in Italy

Sisal goes live with casino games from NYX and broad partner network via Game360 platform

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ROME, Italy (April 15, 2016) -- NYX Gaming Group (NYX), a market leading content and technology supplier to lotteries, casinos and gaming operators across the globe, extend their reach in the Italian regulated gaming market with the release of digital casino content to Sisal via the Game360 platform in Italy.

Game360, NYX’s Italian gaming operation, delivered a broad selection of casino games to Sisal from their own portfolio and wide partner network. The package includes global desktop and mobile hits from their NextGen Gaming studio, such as Foxin’ Wins and Merlin’s Millions and is complemented by a single-integration delivery of premium partner content.

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Andrea Guzzon, General Manager for Game360 commented, “We are delighted about our robust delivery of games to Sisal. Through Game360 technology and our large portfolio of NYX content certified in Italy, Sisal now offers players the most comprehensive and engaging suite of mobile and desktop slot games available in the Italian market.

"I am very pleased with our launch of the new NYX content, in addition to the great games we already offer from Game360. This release extends on our existing partnership with Game360 and represents a very positive partnership moving forward”, said Marco Tiso, Online Gaming Business Manager.

The new deal reinforces the NYX strategy to increase their global footprint and expand relationships in Italy through the acquisition of Game360, while growing their international profile as the leader in digital gaming solutions.

For more information CONTACT: Andrea Guzzon, General Manager, Game360 (An NYX Gaming Group Company), Email: andrea.guzzon@nyxgg.com web: http://www.game360.it/

About NYX Gaming Group Limited (http://www.NYXGamingGroup.com)

About NYX Gaming Group Limited NYX Gaming Group Limited is a premier digital gaming supplier headquartered in Las Vegas, USA with a staff of more than 445 employees based in 8 countries across Europe, North America and Australia.

The Company provides one of the world’s largest portfolios of leading content and technology to some of the foremost gaming operators, lotteries and casinos across the globe.

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NYX also has one of the broadest distribution bases in the industry with over 170 unique customers and a collective game catalogue of over 650 games.

The market leading game catalogue includes slots, table games, scratch cards, lottery, bingo and poker available across web and mobile formats.

NYX Gaming Group Limited is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol (TSXV: NYX).

About Sisal Group

Sisal Group S.p.A., together with its subsidiaries is the second largest gaming company and the largest convenience payment services provider in Italy based on turnover(1). Sisal was the first Italian company to operate in the gaming sector as a government concessionaire and it has been operating for over 65 years.

In addition to gaming, the Group operates in the convenience payment services market. The Group offers slot machines and video lottery terminals, betting, lottery games and convenience payment services. Sisal distribution network includes approximately 46,000 points of sale, nearly all of which also offer convenience payment services.

The Group network is made up of newsstands, bars, tobacconists, betting shops and corners, points of sale that are dedicated to gaming machines, multifunctional gaming halls and online gaming platform.

SOURCE: NYX Gaming Group Limited.

 

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Betting Industry to Open Up Machine Data for Independent Evaluation by PricewaterhouseCoopers

LONDON, U.K. (April 18, 2016) -- The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to evaluate independently a recent betting industry initiative – Player Awareness Systems (PAS) – designed to help people avoid gambling-related harm when using gaming machines in licensed betting offices.

Independent research commissioned and published in December 2014 by RGT showed for the first time that it is possible to distinguish between problem and non-problem gambling behaviour on machines. In response to this finding, betting industry operators have deployed PAS across the whole UK betting estate, using a variety of analytical algorithms to provide alerts and appropriate interventions for customers showing signs of problem play.

To evaluate the ongoing implementation of these systems, RGT’s independent Research

Committee (which includes only those RGT trustees who are wholly independent of the gambling industry) ran an open, competitive tender process in February 2016.

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As a result of their appointment, PwC will:

  • understand the systems and controls designed in order to implement PAS.
  • have full access to machine data and the algorithms being used to identify problematic behaviour in order to understand whether the systems have been implemented as described.
  • observe the PAS controls operated within Licensed Betting Offices in order to aid in understanding their operation.
  • share observations, findings and best practice.
  • submit their report to RGT for academic peer review this summer, prior to publication.

 

Marc Etches, Chief Executive of the Responsible Gambling Trust, said: “When RGT published independent research into machine gambling in December 2014, we hoped to see a positive and a coherent policy response from the gambling industry. We look forward to analysing the insights from PwC’s evaluation and encouraging the lessons it highlights to be applied across the industry.”

Mark Jordan, lead partner for PwC said:

At PwC helping the community is part of our core values. We are proud of the work that we do both voluntarily and professionally with charities, social enterprises and the social investment sector around the country. To ensure the future success of the PAS initiative, it is critical to have an understanding of the different approaches designed and implemented at this early stage.

Malcolm George, Chief Executive of the ABB said:

“PAS marks a significant step forward in the continued development of the harm minimisation measures available in betting shops by allowing for earlier interactions with customers who may be at risk, before they are displaying overt signs of harm. This evaluation will help ensure that we are able to build on this progress on the basis of evidence and continue to improve the existing PAS systems on machines.

We hope that the lessons learnt from this initiative can eventually be transferred into other areas of player protection within shops and this evaluation is an important first step.”

 How PAS works

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  • Systems analyse the behaviour of those playing on gaming machines when they are logged in to a customer account
  • Customer behaviour is then assessed against a range of markers of problem gambling
  • Alerts (via text, email, or on-screen) can subsequently be sent to players. These include signposting to responsible gambling tools such as setting limits on machines or selfexclusion, and directing customers towards the National Gambling Helpline / gambleaware.co.uk or to speak to a member of staff
  • PAS encourages customers to think about how they are gambling. Continued problematic play may result in direct interaction from a member of staff
  • Currently, a variety of analytical algorithms are being used by member companies which will ultimately lead to more effective processes for each operator as best practice and learnings are shared

 

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The Responsible Gambling Trust is the leading charity in the UK committed to minimising

gambling-related harm. As an independent national charity funded by donations from the

gambling industry, the Responsible Gambling Trust funds education, prevention and treatment

services and commissions research to broaden public understanding of gambling-related

harm. The aim is to stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and ensure that

those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support. CLICK HERE to find out more.

http://www.responsiblegamblingtrust.org.uk/

CONTACT: Vanessa Pine, T: 07779 151 720, E: vanessa.pine@atlas-partners.co.uk.

SOURCE: The Responsible Gambling Trust.

 

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Masse and Stakeholders Set to Push Safe and Regulated Sports Wagering Act

OTTAWA, Canada (April 18, 2016) – Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) accompanied by representatives from the Chamber Community, Canadian Labour Congress and the Gaming Industry are ready to push The Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act (Bill C-211) through the Legislative process. 

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The legislation if enacted will have a profoundly positive economic impact by protecting and creating hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs in the Entertainment Industry.

In addition passing C-221 will hurt organized crime by significantly reducing a major revenue stream.

Masse spoke about the Bill: “The Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act simply removes the federal restriction on single event sports wagering allowing the provinces the choice to develop new gaming products that will assist them to capture new non-tax revenues from a massive illegal marketplace. "

"The federal restriction on single event sports wagering has led to the creation of a $14 Billion black/grey market that benefits mostly organized crime. "

"Enacting C-221 will shift a significant portion of those revenues into the legal and regulated market place thereby increase the public sector’s capacity to deliver programs and services that benefit all Canadians.”

Tomorrow the Bill will be read at Second Reading, proponents want to see it referred to Committee for a thorough vetting. "Canadians will have the opportunity to make fair wagers in safe, secure, and regulated environments thanks to Bill C-221,” said Paul Burns, Vice-President of the Canadian Gaming Association.

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Additionally, hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue will stay in our economy, supporting people, jobs, and communities. Other jurisdictions have shown us that the public overwhelmingly prefers to gamble through regulated and legal means. Canadians deserve the same protection.”

The Safe and Regulated Sports Wagering Act re-introduces legislation brought forward by the NDP in the previous Parliament – Bill C-290 which fell incomplete at 2nd Reading in the Senate at dissolution.  “I am optimistic that after a full debate Members of Parliament from all parties as well as Senators will understand the significant benefits that this legislation could have. I look forward to continuing the work with our partners on this legislation to help all Parliamentarians understand this Bill” Masse added.

The Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act has the formal support of a broad array of stakeholders including Labour, Business, Law Enforcement Professionals and Gaming Industry Experts.

For further information, please CONTACT: Brian Masse 613-996-1541 or E: brian.masse@parl.gc.ca.

SOURCE: Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West).

 

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Rhode Island Lottery Issues RFP for the Creation of a New Website

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Organization: Rhode Island Lottery

Solicitation: Request for Proposals (RFP)

Title: New Website and Hosting Functionality, VIP Club/Loyalty Program, Email Marketing Solutions

Scope: The selected vendor(s) will be responsible for the creation of a new website for the Rhode Island Lottery.

Date Posted: April 11, 2016

Close Date: May 9, 2016

Bid Opening:  May 10, 2016

Contact: Contact with RIL personnel is limited to written questions sent to the attention of the Evaluation Committee either by email (tkiernan@rilot.ri.gov) or faxed to 401-463-5669 by the date stipulated herein.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the RFP (pdf format).

 

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GiH Conference Program Update: Book Today and Take Part in the Conversation!

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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (April 22, 2014) --The next few months promise to be decisive in shaping the Netherlands' gaming regime for the foreseeable future. Ahead of the expected adoption of the Dutch remote gaming bill, secondary legislation is already being drawn up, while the Netherlands Gaming Authority continues to flesh out its licensing process.

Now that the plenary debate on the Dutch remote gaming bill has been rescheduled to May 17, 18, or 19, this year's edition of our annual Gaming in Holland Conference will take place in the immediate aftermath of the Lower House's vote: on June 7-8, 2016 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Center in Amsterdam.

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Due to the support of both government coalition parties, the current bill is all but guaranteed to pass the Lower House. The Gaming in Holland Conference will thus be the first and foremost event to discuss the bill's contents and progress with national and international industry insiders, as well as regulators and legal experts. (It should be noted that the postponement of the debate has been caused by scheduling conflicts, rather than a lack of political support for the bill.)

Book your risk-free ticket now! In case the debate in the Lower House will end up being postponed beyond May 31, we will reschedule our conference to the fall. If it turns out you will be unable to attend at the new date, we will offer restitution of the amount paid.

Last year's edition of the Gaming in Holland Conference sold out, so book today! And don't forget: the Gaming in Holland Conference is co-hosted with the iGaming Super Show

Our own high-quality, two-day program, however, should definitely not be missed either.

Day 1 topics:

 

  • Outcome of the plenary debate on the Dutch remote gaming bill
  • Secondary legislation (possibly in consultation during event dates)
  • Legal ramifications: tax advantages and illegal state aid
  • The upcoming sale of Holland Casino
  • Dutch lottery licensing and the role of lotteries in funding sports and good causes.
  • Responsible gaming

 

Day 2 topics:

 

  • Marketing for iGaming: data & analytics
  • The Dutch affiliate market
  • Key ingredients for a successful iGaming operation: staffing & HR; efficient player identification
  • New kids on the block: eSports, daily fantasy, binary options
  • Innovation in iGaming with David Sargeant, founder of iGaming IdeasInnovation in iGaming with David Sargeant, founder of iGaming Ideas
  • Player panel:  speak directly to your future customers. Already one million punters are playing online in the Netherlands!

 

Confirmed speakers include: Daniel Macadam (GamblingCompliance), Marja Appelman (Netherlands Gaming Authority), Dennis van Breemen (Ministry of Security and Justice), Justin Franssen (Kalff Katz and Franssen), Peter-Paul de Goeij (Lottovate Nederland), Pieter Remmers (Assissa), Wouter Sleijffers (Fnatic), Eric Olders (JVH Gaming), Andy Lulham (Oddschecker), Robert Andersson (Catena Media), Martin van Geest (Meneer Casino), Armijn Meijer (OneTime), Frank Tolboom (Kalff Katz and Franssen), Lennert de Rijk (Metapeople), Dennis van Maanen (Esanda), Martijn de Boer (CDDN), and David Sargeant (iGaming Ideas).

Register Here and See you in Amsterdam!

 

AUSTRALASIAN GAMING EXPO 2016

 

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Save the Dates for Australasian Gaming Expo 2016

 

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August are the dates for the 2016 Australasian Gaming Expo to be held at Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

Featuring more than 200 exhibitors across 17,000 square metres of exhibition space, the Australasian Gaming Expo is easily the biggest event of its type in Australia and one of the world's biggest.

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All indications are that the exhibition will again be full to capacity with a wide range of companies showcasing the world’s best gaming and related equipment and services.

Following on from last year’s Gaming Expo where we saw a 16.5% increase in visitors over the previous year’s Expo, there are a number of improvements being introduced this year.

These include greater use of the Glebe Island site resulting in a 9% increase in floor space, the installation of a visitor’s lounge that takes advantage of the panoramic views of the harbour and an exhibitor’s sales area which will preview the Australasian Gaming Expo for 2017.

This year’s event still includes complimentary ferry travel from Darling Harbour to Glebe Island, providing all visitors with a spectacular Sydney Harbour cruise.

Of course there’s more to the Expo than a cruise, with one visitor summing up their Gaming Expo experience in the following words: “I find the AGE great for networking and I’m easily able to compare products & services under the same roof.” In fact, our post show research showed that 93% of the visitors saw the Expo as an opportunity to see new products and technology.

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Event owner and operator, the Gaming Technologies Association, will again add to the fun by offering a surprise trip for 2 to Las Vegas for visitors at each day of the Expo, which was won last year by Liz Jacobs from the Hellenic Club in the ACT, Rod Pittorino from the Bayview Hotel at Gladesville in NSW and Gavin Hood from Skycity in Auckland.

Of course the Gaming Technologies Association’s members, whose exhibition stands would sit comfortably alongside the world’s best at any global event, will be in full force at the Australasian Gaming Expo - which is the “must attend” 2016 gaming trade event.

Note: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues.

Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

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

For further information CONTACT: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).

 



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