Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli Announce Provisional Award
of Italian Lotto Concession to IGT-led Consortium
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 consortiums 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.
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%
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
Robert K. Vincent, Corporate
Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada
Investor Relations, James Hurley,
Italian media inquiries: Simone
Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030.
Tennessee Lottery Sets New Record For Education
3RD Quarter Proceeds
Highest to Date; Fiscal Year Remains on Track to Set New
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,
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:
- Highest quarter of Instant ticket sales of $355.4
- Highest quarter of Draw-Style sales of $125.7
- 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 Lotterys
stellar performancegrowth every year since inceptionis 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.
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
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
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
follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Have Fun. Play Responsibly.
CONTACT: Kym Gerlock,
Tennessee Lottery, 615-324-6556 or 615-604-2827, E:
SOURCE: The Tennessee Lottery.
Veikkaus 75th Anniversary Year Was a Record Year - Net
Profit Rose to 537 Million
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.
Further, it was particularly
gratifying to see that Lottos 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
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, Finlands Slot Machine Association, and
Fintoto will be finalized primarily during 2016.
Read more about Veikkaus year
Veikkaus CSR report will be
published at the end of April.
Veikkaus Joy for
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:
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
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 Kambis managed service is further testimony to the quality and
integrity of our offering. says Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi
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
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
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:
Mr Green & Co AB,
phone +46 (0) 72 230 91 91
Mr Green Ltd,
phone + 356 991 00 139
SOURCE: Mr Green & Co AB.
Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is Seeking Candidates for the Position
of Executive Director
Organization: The Multi-State
Lottery Association (MUSL)
Job Title: Executive
Position Reports to: MUSL
Board of Directors
Date Posted: April 15,
Close date: May 11, 2016
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
associations 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 Bachelors 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
Multi-State Lottery Association
P.O. Box 93312
Des Moines, IA
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.
Wiesbaden Administrative Court: Limiting the Number of Sports
Betting Licenses is Contrary to EU Law; New Gambling Legislation
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.
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
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.
Lottery Sets New Record with $317Million to Education
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.
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 lotterys history.
The Georgia Lotterys mission
is to maximize revenues for HOPE and Pre-K.
Strong lottery sales across
the board have contributed to the lotterys success, said Debbie
D. Alford, president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp. Our success
is important to us because our proceeds benefit Georgias Pre-K and HOPE
A key factor contributing to the
lotterys 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 Georgias HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgias
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
For more information on the Georgia
Lottery Corp., please visit:
CONTACT: Kimberly M. Starks, Media
Relations Manager, Georgia Lottery Corp., (404) 215-5062 office, (404) 831-4995
mobile, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Georgia Lottery.
Some Kentucky Lottery Games Now Available For Purchase via the
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. Were delivering what they
Gleason said the move to Internet
sales should not be interpreted as competition to the Kentucky Lotterys
3200 retailers. Brick and mortar retailers are and will continue to be
the most important part of our business, he said. To that end,
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Self-exclusion from the site, meaning they will not
be able to access any of the sites 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.
Florida Lotterys Newest Wheel Of Fortune Scratch-Off Ticket Sets Two
Sales Records in Its First Two Weeks
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
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.
When we release a game as
successful as WHEEL OF FORTUNE, its not only a win for the Lottery, but
more importantly, its 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
Scratch-Off games are an important
part of the Lotterys 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 Floridas
economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida
retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have
paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people
millionaires. For more information, please visit:
CONTACT: Lottery Communications, T:
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
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
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 callers card to reveal fourteen
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
For more information on
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 states
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
CONTACT: Steve Rossi, (312)
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
Joins the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (APLA)
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
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.
Vermantias CEO, said:
This new membership in APLA
association recognizes Vermantias 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.
Head of Product Marketing
Tel: +30 213 00 65 500
Alex Brennan, or
Tel: +44 (0) 207 796 4133
Extends Reach with Sisal in Italy
Sisal goes live with
casino games from NYX and broad partner network via Game360
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, NYXs 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
Merlins Millions and is complemented by a single-integration delivery of
premium partner content.
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
"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:
About NYX Gaming Group
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
worlds largest portfolios of leading content and technology to some of
the foremost gaming operators, lotteries and casinos across the globe.
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
NYX Gaming Group
Industry to Open Up Machine Data for Independent Evaluation by
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, RGTs 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.
As a result of their appointment,
- 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
- 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 PwCs evaluation and encouraging the lessons
it highlights to be applied across the industry.
Mark Jordan, lead partner for PwC
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
How PAS works
- 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
The Responsible Gambling
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
CONTACT: Vanessa Pine, T: 07779 151
720, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: The Responsible Gambling
and Stakeholders Set to Push Safe and Regulated Sports Wagering
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
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 sectors 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.
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
For further information, please
CONTACT: Brian Masse 613-996-1541 or E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor
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Conference Program Update: Book Today and Take Part in the
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
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.
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
Last year's edition of the Gaming in
Holland Conference sold out, so
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
- Dutch lottery licensing and the
role of lotteries in funding sports and good causes.
- Responsible gaming
Day 2 topics:
- Marketing for iGaming: data &
- 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
GAMING EXPO 2016
Save the Dates for Australasian Gaming Expo
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
All indications are that the
exhibition will again be full to capacity with a wide range of companies
showcasing the worlds best gaming and related equipment and services.
Following on from last years
Gaming Expo where we saw a 16.5% increase in visitors over the previous
years Expo, there are a number of improvements being introduced this
These include greater use of the
Glebe Island site resulting in a 9% increase in floor space, the installation
of a visitors lounge that takes advantage of the panoramic views of the
harbour and an exhibitors sales area which will preview the Australasian
Gaming Expo for 2017.
This years event still
includes complimentary ferry travel from Darling Harbour to Glebe Island,
providing all visitors with a spectacular Sydney Harbour cruise.
Of course theres 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 Im
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.
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
Of course the Gaming Technologies
Associations members, whose exhibition stands would sit comfortably
alongside the worlds best at any global event, will be in full force at
the Australasian Gaming Expo - which is the must attend 2016 gaming
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
Trade suppliers are not eligible to
attend the event unless exhibiting.
The Gaming Technologies
Associations primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Limited, IGT (Australia), Konami
Australia and Scientific Games.
For further information CONTACT:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Association Limited (www.gamingta.com).