Introduces Market-Attuned Innovations at G2E Asia 2016
LONDON, U.K. (May 3, 2016) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) will present a broad
portfolio of gaming innovations and market-leading systems solutions at G2E
Asia, May 17-19 at The Venetian Macau. IGT's stand 601 will feature numerous
gaming solutions, including the award-winning OnPremise mobile betting
solution with new baccarat back-betting functionality.
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...
"IGT is constantly evaluating how we
can leverage meaningful innovation in new and existing product segments to
differentiate our customers' casino floors and exceed players' expectations. At
G2E Asia, IGT will introduce the next generation of our OnPremise mobile
betting solution with back betting and side betting features that can help our
customers further capitalize on the immense regional popularity of baccarat,
while meeting the increasing player demand for mobile gaming solutions," said
Walter Bugno, IGT CEO International.
OnPremise's new back betting feature
utilizes embedded technology that enables casino patrons to play at multiple
live tables simultaneously through their smartphone or tablet from any
permitted area within a casino. IGT will also demonstrate the Product's back
betting with side bets capabilities that can seamlessly integrate into existing
Players' Club programs and enables players to earn rewards for OnPremise play.
IGT's OnPremise solution is designed to open up the mobile world to land-based
casinos and provide gaming opportunities that go beyond the limits of physical
expansion. Other key features of OnPremise for players and operators include:
omni-channel games, one-touch access, player loyalty programs, convenience
applications and more.
Guests visiting IGT's systems
demonstrations can get a first-hand look at the Company's comprehensive systems
solutions portfolio. IGT continues to expand its systems footprint throughout
the APAC region, and can meet the unique systems needs of any size or type of
gaming venue. IGT will present IGT Advantage®, GALAXIS and
SYSTEM2go casino management systems -- all tools designed to run
efficient operations, attract and retain players, and drive revenue.
Additionally, IGT will feature multiple mobile apps including Mobile Host and
Mobile Responder, along with more specialized systems products such as IGT
Floor Manager and JP2go systems. IGT's Floor Manager with Analytics is a
leading analysis tool that generates real-time performance data and analytics.
Operators can deploy IGT's JP2go system to amplify jackpot excitement on their
properties with turnkey mystery and Wide Area Progressive jackpot
Other items in IGT's stand 601
- Linked progressive titles such as the Fu Gui Ji
Li, San Xing Bao Xi and Shake the Money Tree games
- Standalone themes on IGT's CrystalDual® cabinet
such as the 99 Riches, Legends of Chang'e, Yin Yang and
Dragon Journey games
- Standalone themes on IGT's G23 cabinet such as the
Money Frog, Imperial DragonTM, Jade RabbitTM, Ju Boa Pen, Lucky
LotusTM, and King Koi games
- TRUE 3D® technology titles Dreams of Asia
3D, Sphinx 3D® and Aladdin's Fortune 3D games on the
AXXIS 3D cabinet
- Spinning reel S3000® cabinet titles such as the
I Heart Jackpots®, Triple Red Hot 7's Spitfire Free Games and Hot
Hit Rainbow Riches® Diamonds games
- Ascent® platform-compatible titles such as the
Fortune Ingot and Majestic Gorilla games on the CrystalSlant
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, youtube.com/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
CONTACT: Phil O'Shaughnessy, IGT
+1(702) 669-2975 or Michelle Schenk, IGT, +1(702) 669-8177.
Lottery Has Best April on Record
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (May 3, 2016)
The Florida Lottery had its strongest start ever to the last quarter of
the fiscal year, with record sales for the month of April totaling $513
million, an all-time record high. Ticket sales during the month of April
generated approximately $130 million in contributions to the Educational
Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).
The Lottery's April sales figures
represent all product offerings, with Scratch-Off sales being primarily
responsible for the record numbers. Sales of Scratch-Off tickets alone exceeded
$350 million, boosted with the recent launch of the new WHEEL OF FORTUNE game,
which surpassed $26.8 million.
With the support of our
players, retailers, vendors and employees, the Florida Lottery has once again
achieved record sales, said Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie.
These sales are translating
into millions of dollars for education. Moving forward, the Florida Lottery
will continue to create new and exciting games that will help maximize revenue
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
For more information, please visit
CONTACT: Lottery Communications
Office, T: (850) 487-7727.
SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.
Games Awarded Expansive Contract with Quinault Beach Resort and Casino for
Systems, Games, Interactive Solutions
Washington Casino Resort
Chooses the Industry's Only One-Stop-Shop for Innovation Spanning the Entire
Casino Floor, Including 100 New Games
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (May 4, 2016) --
Scientific Games Corporation ("Scientific Games" or "the Company") (NASDAQ:
SGMS) today announced the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean
Shores, Washington, has selected Scientific Games' industry-leading systems,
games, and interactive solutions for its new casino expansion.
Angel of the Winds Casino patrons
will explore a land of fantastical beauty with the dazzling warrior Precious
Jade, who leads players through a journey of exciting Free Games with
re-triggers and abundant Mystery Stacks.
The $25 million Quinault Beach
Resort expansion project, scheduled to be complete later this year, will add 70
percent more casino space to accommodate additional slot machines.
Quinault Beach Resort and Casino
Chief Executive Officer Don Kajans said, "We went through a rigorous
selection process before choosing to partner with Scientific Games, and
ultimately it came down to which solutions would help us increase player
satisfaction and coin-in. The Scientific Games' integrated systems and
interactive portfolio will enable one single view of our player across multiple
channels, providing us with powerful, actionable business intelligence that
we'll use to create even more engaging experiences for our patrons."
As part of this major upgrade to its
resort amenities, Quinault elected to upgrade their legacy Bally
casino-management system with Scientific Games' modern and robust SDS
slot accounting and player-tracking systems the preferred choice of many
of the world's largest casino operators.
To elevate excitement on their
larger casino floor, Quinault Beach Resort is adding 100 new Scientific Games
slot platforms and games. On the expanded Quinault Beach casino floor, players
will experience the ALPHA 2 Pro Wave®, ALPHA 2 Pro V27/27, and ALPHA
2 Pro V22/22 slot cabinets, along with engaging game titles including 88
Fortunes®, Ca$h'm If You Can!®, Precious Jade®, Lucky Tree®,
and a number of premium licensed brands.
Quinault Beach Resort selected SG
Universe, a holistic mobile solution with compelling content for
land-based casino operators to connect with players everywhere all with
a single view of the player through Core Systems Integration. Through
award-winning platforms Mobile Concierge, VenueBet, and Play4Fun
Network, SG Universe enables casinos to increase player engagement
between casino trips and reach patrons at home, on-the-go, and in the
Scientific Games' President and
Chief Executive Officer Gavin Isaacs said, "The fact that Quinault Beach
chose our games, systems, and interactive solutions for their casino upgrade
reflects confidence in our solutions to deliver tangible business value. SG
Universe integrates with our SDS® system to provide a 360-degree view of
the player which is critical in attracting more revenue growth,
increasing overall operational agility, and enabling better customer
experiences. We are greatly appreciative of this expanded partnership with
In addition to the SDS
slot-management solution, the savvy casino operator also chose to take
advantage of these Scientific Games system innovations to improve operating
efficiencies, customer service, drive revenue, and add excitement across the
iVIEW Display Manager ("DM")
on-device messaging technology presents self-service player-account access,
marketing messages, and secondary bonus games on the main game screen
without interrupting play.
Elite Bonusing Suite ("EBS")
enables operators to increase coin-in, carded play, and new player's club
signups, while increasing engagement and excitement on the casino floor through
12 different secondary bonusing events.
TableView is a table-management
solution that replaces the manual player rating process with digital automation
and integrates with the casino-management system to provide secure and instant
access to table ratings and financial accounting data thus enabling
casinos to more efficiently and effectively reward and engage table
All ® notices signify marks
registered in the United States. © 2016 Scientific Games Corporation. All
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services
and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets.
The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems;
table games products and shufflers; instant and draw-based lottery games;
server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology; loyalty and
rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more information,
please visit ScientificGames.com.
Vice President, Investor
SOURCE Scientific Games
Enjoys Success With Instant Scratch Game Printed By Pollard
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (May 4,
2016) Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) is pleased to congratulate
Swisslos, the Swiss lottery company that serves the German-speaking cantons, on
the impressive sales results achieved with its instant game, Das Traum-Los (The
Dream Ticket). Das Traum-Los, featuring Pollard Banknotes patented
Spectrum Scratch FX®, launched on January 6, 2016 and is significantly
outselling previous versions of the game. After nine weeks, sales were an
amazing 38% above that of the 2015 version. While this game typically stays in
the market until December, Swisslos expects to be out of stock as early as
August and has therefore requested a new order!
Every year since 2011, the two Swiss
lotteries, Swisslos and Loterie Romande, have partnered to offer players this
multijurisdictional game. While each lotterys game has a unique name and
design, they both feature common elements such as the same play
mechanicswhich closely match bingoand a shared prize structure
(both developed by Loterie Romande).
Das Traum-Los, sold at the 25 Swiss
franc price point (approximately $26 USD), is designed to reflect a theme of
dreams and aspirations. The inside of the ticket includes images of an
extravagant home, a motorboat, expensive jewelry, a dream vacation, and a
luxury car. To maximize the play area and accommodate nine separate games, Das
Traum-Los is a large 8 by 11 (20 cm by 28 cm) ticket that is folded
in half for a unique card-style format.
The 2016 edition of Das Traum-Los
marks the first time Swisslos has enhanced one of its instant tickets with
Pollard Banknotes patented Spectrum Scratch FX®a print
treatment that adds sparkle and shine for a visual appeal that exceeds that of
foil and metallic inks. The front of this stunning ticket features shimmering
holographic wording and design elements on a contrasting black
backgroundoffering a high-value, luxurious look that stands out at retail
and attracts impulse buyers.
Sales of our Das Traum-Los
instant game have been growing slightly year-over-year, but the jump in sales
this year is unprecedented, explained Rolf Kunz, Head of Marketing at
Swisslos. We like to change the ticket art each year and the change
this year is very significant. We have been impressed with samples of instant
tickets that feature Pollard Banknotes Spectrum Scratch FX® treatment
and decided that it would be a perfect addition to Das Traum-Losgiving it
an elegant feel that reinforces the tickets theme of dreams and luxury.
As sales are proving, the result is a very attractive ticket that is being
noticed at retail.
Pollard Banknote is excited
to see the exceptional sales performance of Swisslos first Scratch
FX® instant game, said Michelle Annadale, Director, Sales &
Marketing, Pollard Banknote. Das Traum-Los is the latest in a long
list of successful instant games that utilize our patented Scratch FX®
process. Swisslos sales numbers match our expectations: on average,
initial launches of Scratch FX® games sell 40% higher than average games at
the same price point. We look forward to working with Swisslos to add more of
Pollard Banknotes print innovations to its instant game
Swisslos was established on January
1, 2003 as a result of the merger of three lotteries. In 2014, Swisslos, across
its multiple product lines, generated 389 million Swiss francs for charitable
purposes. While 29 million Swiss francs were allocated to national sports, the
remaining 360 million Swiss francs were distributed to the lottery funds of the
cantons, which used the money to fund charitable projects and institutions in
the fields of culture, sports, environment, and social issues. Since its
inception, Swisslos has generated 6 billion Swiss francs for charitable and
Loterie Romande, founded in 1937,
serves Switzerlands French-speaking cantons. Loterie Romande distributes
its profits to associations that support the social, cultural, educational,
research, environmental, and sports aspects of the local community. In 2014,
the Lotterys contributions to the community reached 209 million Swiss
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 50 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games, and strategic marketing and management
services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of
web, mobile, and social channels. The company is a proven innovator and has
decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales,
and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the
charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907,
Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5%
by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more
information, please visit our website at
For more information CONTACT:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.
NOVOMATIC Achieves Highest Turnover Since the Groups
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (April 29,
2016) -- In fiscal year 2015, NOVOMATIC AG, Europes largest gaming
technology group, recruited some 1,900 new employees and was able to increase
its turnover by 5.5% to a new record high of more than EUR 2 billion.
According to the companys
annual financial report that was officially published today on the ÖKB
(Österreichische Kontrollbank) website, the NOVOMATIC AG Group was able to
generate the highest turnover in its 35-year history. The revenue for the past
fiscal year 2015 amounted to EUR 2,086.3 million, which corresponds to an
increase of 5.5%. The largest gains were generated from proceeds in the area of
gaming technology rentals, which increased by 7.9% to EUR 594.7 million. The
EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) reached
EUR 616.7 million (2014: EUR 647.4 m). In fiscal year 2015, the NOVOMATIC AG
Group employed 20,188 staff members an increase of 10.4%. The growth
dynamic of the NOVOMATIC AG Group is further documented by the fact that the
number of fully consolidated companies increased from 178 to 188 during fiscal
Harald Neumann, NOVOMATIC CEO, said:
This annual result is proof of the successful implementation of our
strategy to cover all the segments of the international gaming industry as a
full-service supplier and to further extend our market share in key European
gaming markets such as Spain, UK and Italy.
In Spain, NOVOMATIC has developed a
strong presence based on its successful duality strategy with the take-over of
the third-largest manufacturer GiGames and the acquisition of several arcade
operations. In the UK, Playnation, a renowned operator in the amusement segment
operating some 20,000 amusement machines in over 1,700 locations, was
The accumulated turnover of the
NOVOMATIC Group comprising the NOVOMATIC AG Group as well as the two
Swiss sister holding companies ACE Casino Holding AG and Gryphon Invest AG
amounted to a record level of EUR 3,929 million in 2015 (2014: EUR 3,827
m). The NOVOMATIC Group employs more than 24,000 staff worldwide, of which
3,300 from 78 countries are located in Austria.
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
Systems Inc. Extends Contract with the Ohio Lottery Commission
Ohio Lottery Commission
Awards Schafer Systems Inc. with a Contract Extension
ADAIR, Iowa (April 27, 2016) -
Systems Inc. announces an awarded contract extension by the Ohio Lottery
Commission. The contract provides the Lottery with ticket dispensers and other
products produced and supplied by Schafer Systems Inc. through March 31,
About Schafer Systems
Schafer Systems Inc. is a subsidiary
of Owner Revolution Inc. located in Adair, Iowa. Schafer Systems Inc. is an
innovative leading manufacturer of plastic products for the lottery
Servicing clients domestically and
internationally, Schafer Systems Inc. has a solid reputation for quality and
customer service; producing and manufacturing products for over 25 years.
If you would like more information
on this topic, CONTACT Kayt Gabrielson at 641-742-5140 or email:
About Ohio Lottery
The Ohio Lottery Commission was
created in May 1973 by a voter-approved constitutional amendment. The first
tickets went on sale in August 1974.
Today, the Ohio Lottery Commission
offers customers a wide variety of instant games and on-line games to play at
more than 10,000 licensed retailer locations across the state and VLT play at
the states seven racinos.
Since 1974, the Lottery has provided
more than $22 billion to public education.
Annually, we provide about 4 percent
of the funding needed for public educationan effort shared by local,
state and federal governments.
Laboratories International (GLI®) First to be Awarded Class II License in
HILLEGOM, The Netherlands (2 May
2016) Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is the first
international gaming laboratory to be awarded Class II Gaming Systems licenses
in Romania. This honour further increases GLIs activity across Europe and
allows the company to provide assistance to the Romanian ONJN (Oficiul National
pentru Jocuri de Noroc).
GLIs Managing Director of GLI
Europe and Africa Martin Britton said, We would like to thank ONJN in
awarding the first Class II license to GLI, and we wish them every success.
This will allow our clients to move forward in this regulated market, and we
would be happy for suppliers and operators to contact GLI as we have
up-to-the-minute information about the Romanian regulation, along with all the
various certification and audit requirements.
We see Romania as a key
regulated jurisdiction for suppliers and operators moving forward, he
Lending our global
expertise is a vital service we provide in our role as an independent advisor
in driving industry standards, providing a global approach to regulation to
avoid reinventing the wheel. GLI has always provided standards across all
products in the gaming arena, which are freely available on our website, to
highlight the need for standardization. This is where our internal and
international expertise assists through our compliance teams. Our European
Compliance and Quality Assurance team is headed by Compliance Manager Dennis
Granting Class II licenses in
Romania, coupled with the recent release of Ordinul nr.93/2016 (scope of the
certification and audit), allows licensees in Romania to begin the process
For more information about
GLIs testing, certification and professional services, please visit
www.gaminglabs.com or contact GLI
Europe directly by phone at +3-125-252-9838.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs 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 Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
NLS Experience Takes Place in Vienna
GUMPOLDSKIRCHEN, Austria (May 2,
2016) -- From April 26th 27th NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) hosted
the first NLS Experience at the prestigious NOVOMATIC forum in the
heart of Vienna. CEOs and CTOs from lotteries across Europe were invited to
attend a series of presentations, demonstrations and active discussions on the
future of lottery technology.
The event was moderated by the now
retired former CEO of Austrian Lotteries and former President of The European
Lotteries Association, Mr. Friedrich Stickler.
30 Representatives from 14 European
lotteries had the opportunity to learn about NLS and the NOVOMATIC Group of
Companies, its history, operations and ongoing commitment to the lottery
industry. Harald Neumann, the CEO of NOVOMATIC, in his welcome note emphasized
the complete commitment of the whole company to its lottery division and the
strategic importance of NLS within the Group.
The participants spent two days
learning about NLS lottery vision, the philosophy behind its products as
well as its passion for innovation and technology. Demonstrations provided a
hands-on experience of a true Omni-Channel approach. Michael Woodford, a former
CEO of the Olympus group of companies gave a thought provoking and dramatic
talk on his experiences and lessons from the Olympus scandal. Ólafur
Andri Ragnarsson, Visionary and Futurist from the University of Iceland,
provided a glimpse into the future of consumer technology.
We are a company that
strives to bring people together from across the globe sharing the same values,
innovative spirit and the drive to move the lottery industry forward and
provide our customers with up to date technology and services that will help to
improve their contribution to the good causes they in turn serve,
said Frank Cecchini, the CEO of NLS.
Our guests were impressed
by the enthusiasm and creativity of the NLS team which only assures me that we
are on the right track to establishing a leading position in this
industry, added Heidar Karlsson, the CTO of 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 major player in the international
NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions
Governor Announce Record Quarterly Transfer to Arizona Lottery
Powerball® jackpot delivers $20 million increase to community organizations
and programs served by the Arizona Lottery
PHOENIX, Arizona (Monday, May 2,
2016) Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Lottery are announcing a
record breaking third quarter transfer of funds to statewide community
organizations for fiscal year 2016.
More than $64 million was
transferred to Lottery beneficiaries in the third quarter, which is
approximately $20 million more than the average quarterly transfer. The
increase is a result of record sales during the third quarter, driven by the
$1.5 billion Powerball® jackpot. Since July 2015, the Arizona Lottery has
transferred more than $145 million back to the State of Arizona and is on track
to surpass its fiscal year 2016 goal of distributing more than $184 million
This announcement is
exciting news for Arizonans who directly benefit from the programs and
community organizations funded by the Arizona Lottery, said Governor
This historic lottery
transfer supports a number of important priorities including educational
excellence, protecting our communities and the health of all
The Arizona Lottery transfers
dollars to 13 legislatively mandated funds that serve 18 beneficiaries. Funding
supports organizations throughout Arizona in the areas of Arts and Education,
Community Enrichment, Economic Development, Environmental Conservation, Health
and Human Services and Public Safety.
The growth in our
beneficiary transfers this quarter will have a direct impact on the people of
our state, said Gregg Edgar, Executive Director of the Arizona
Every ticket purchase
supports the mission of the Arizona Lottery, inspiring its employees and retail
partners alike to have a positive impact on the state. In its 35 year history,
the Arizona Lottery has transferred more than $3.4 billion to Arizona
About the Arizona Lottery
Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and
its retail partners have generated more than $3.4 billion in net funding to
support programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of
Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales
nearly $3.4 million per week fund Arts and Education; Community
Enrichment; Economic Development; Environmental Conservation; Health and Human
Services; and Public Safety programs.
Our mission is to support Arizona
programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible
manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com
CONTACT: Shelby Alessi, Arizona
Lottery, (480) 921-4406.
SOURCE: The Arizona Lottery.
Lottery Launch New Loteria Scratch-It
SALEM, Oregon (May 2, 2016)
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the Oregon Lottery has launched its second
Scratch-it ticket version of the well-known Mexican Bingo-style game,
This was a very popular
Scratch-it last year, and it resonated well with all Oregonians, so we decided
to bring it back again this year, new and improved, said Oregon
Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick.
Loteria is a Mexican Bingo-style
game played by family and friends in the Hispanic community. The Loteria
Scratch-it ticket offers players a $10,000 top prize.
Oregons population is
becoming increasingly diverse, said Rodick. Currently, 12.3
percent of Oregonians are Hispanics, 4 percent are Asian American and Pacific
Islanders, and 2 percent African American."
"We are broadening our product
offerings to make sure our games remain relevant with our consumers, and the
recent success of Loteria Scratch-it and our most recent Chinese New Year
ticket illustrate that were on the right track.
New versions of the Loteria
Scratch-it will be available in the coming months incorporating themes like
Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and
Navidena during the holidays.
Since the Oregon Lottery began
selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for
economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements.
For more information on the Oregon
Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.
CONTACT: Thais (ty-EES) Rodick,
Phone: 503-540-1032, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Oregon Lottery.
Dollar Loses Its Crown As The Most Popular Currency In Online
GERMANY (May 5, 2016) -- New
research has shown the Euro is now the most common currency option offered by
online casinos around the world. It has overtaken the US Dollar, which
historically was always at the top of the table. The Euro is now offered as an
option in 78 percent of global casinos.
The research was carried out by
KeyToCasino.com research team which is dedicated to studying online casino
industry and published a number of reports in the past.
Their latest research looked at the
currency options offered by casinos from all over the world. This gives an
interesting insight into the consumer market that the online casino industry is
currently targeting, and the way trends are changing.
Full report is available here
Before 2006, almost every online
casino in the world offered US Dollar as a currency option. Things started to
change after the introduction of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act
(UIGEA) in the United States. At first, many casinos banned US customers, but
US Dollar option was left available to all other players. However, later they
began to eliminate that option, and some new brands that started operating
after 2006 have not even considered it. By 2014, just about 90% of the casinos
allowed US Dollar player accounts, and today the number is less than 75%.
Now, for the first time in online
casino history, the Euro is the most common currency option offered to online
Olena Prachenko, the research
coordinator from KeyToCasino said: "The UIGEA effectively banned online
casinos, and without the large US market to target, the US currency became less
of a priority for online casino operators. This is particularly true for those
casinos that began trading after 2006."
Ms. Prachenko added that there are
other reasons that have contributed to this changing currency trend, including
the fact that online casinos remain popular in Europe. In addition, the Euro is
one of the world's leading currencies, with more countries adopting it as their
currency since 2014.
The top five currency options in
online casinos around the world are Euro, US Dollar, British Pound, Australian
Dollar and Canadian Dollar.
Currencies that are more common now
than they were in 2014 include the Russian Rouble, South African Rand,
Norwegian Krone, South Korean Won and, of course, the Euro.
In addition to the US Dollar, the
currencies that are now less common than they were two years ago include the
Canadian Dollar, Swiss Franc, British Pound and Danish Krone.
The research is a snapshot in time
as the currency options offered at online casinos often lag behind the
economic, legal and political realities of a particular country. The findings
do, however, show clear trends, and changes to those trends, over time.
The full report is available
Olena Prachenko, Research Coordinator, KeyToCasino, E: email@example.com
SOURCE: KeyToCasino (http://www.keytocasino.com).
Casinos Generate Record Revenue of $103.9 Million During April
BALTIMORE, Maryland (May 5, 2016)
Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced that monthly combined
revenues for the states casinos reached a new high of $103,891,225 in
April 2016. The total surpassed the previous best month, July 2015, which saw
casinos generate $98.95 million.
Marylands first casino opened
in September 2010, and there are now five casinos operating in the state:
Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in
Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino
in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County.
This is another great
milestone for Marylands casinos, said Maryland Lottery and
Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. Were looking forward to
continued growth of the states casino industry, and of course, that means
more funding for important state programs.
Casino contributions to the state go
to the Maryland Education Trust Fund and also support small-, minority- and
women-owned businesses, local impact grants and the states horse racing
Hollywood Casino Perryville
generated $7,010,172 from both slot machines and table games in April.
Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $235.58 for slot machines, $2,505.23
for banking table games and $335.01 for non-banking table games.
Hollywood Casinos April 2016 revenue increased by $135,000, or 2%, from
April 2015. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 22
(12 banking and 10 non-banking) table games.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated
$30,248,185 from both slot machines and table games in April. Gross gaming
revenue per unit per day was: $239.97 for slot machines, $2,938.81 for banking
table games and $1,182.47 for non-banking table games. Horseshoe Casinos
April 2016 revenue increased by $7,306,306, or 31.9%, from April 2015.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 178 (153 banking
and 25 non-banking) table games.
Maryland Live Casino generated
$57,791,248 from both slot machines and table games in April. Gross
gaming revenue per unit per day was: $298.71 for slot machines, $4,490.84 for
banking table games and $1,311.43 for non-banking table games. Maryland
Lives April 2016 revenue increased by $6,847,478, or 13.4%, from April
2015. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,902 slot machines and 206 (154 banking
and 52 non-banking) table games.
Casino at Ocean Downs generated
$4,675,615 from slot machines in April, and its gross gaming revenue per unit
per day was $194.58.
Casino at Ocean Downs April
2016 revenue increased by $381,060, or 8.9%, from April 2015. The Casino
at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines, and does not have table games.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated
$4,166,005 from both slot machines and table games in April. Gross gaming
revenue per unit per day was: $189.34 for slot machines and $1,011.86 for
banking table games. This facility does not have non-banking table games. Rocky
Gap Casino Resorts April 2016 revenue increased by $238,576, or 6.1%,
from April 2015. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 631 slot machines and 19
In a year-to-year comparison, April
2016 casino revenue increased from April 2015 by $14,908,408, or 16.8%.
See attached document (or click HERE) for a detailed breakdown of April
2016s fund disbursement, fiscal year-to-date totals for the individual
casinos and combined state total.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming is
responsible for all matters relating to regulation of the states
casinos. In this regulatory role, the agency oversees all internal
controls, auditing, security, surveillance, background investigation, licensing
and accounting procedures for the facilities. To keep Marylanders
informed and maintain integrity and transparency in its regulation of the
states casinos, monthly financial reports are posted on
gaming.mdlottery.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play
responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at
mdgamblinghlep.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.
For Information, CONTACT: Carole
Everett, 410-230-8725 (office), 410-365-6384 (cell), E:
SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and
Jackpocket App Launch the First Way to Play New York Lottery
Daily Games on Your Phone
- Lucky Birthday Feature Lets Users
Discover How Lucky Their Birthday Is
- Jackpocket launches the ability for New
Yorkers to play the daily Numbers (Pick 3) and Win 4 (Pick 4) representing
nearly 60% of all NY Lottery sales.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 29, 2016) --
Jackpocket, an innovative mobile app that lets users play the NY Lottery from
their phones just released a big update to support two additional lottery
games. Users now have the option of playing Numbers (Pick 3) and Win 4 (Pick 4)
lotteries from their phones.
Jackpocket is the first mobile app
to offer Numbers/Win 4, bringing the total number of state games they support
to eight within the app. Combined, Numbers & Win 4 games account for nearly
60% of all draw games played in the state of New York.
This launch marks the first time in
US history lottery players can play a states daily numbers games via a
mobile app. Users can try the app and get their first ticket for free by using
the promo code DAILY.
Both of New Yorks daily
numbers games are drawn twice per day at 12:24 PM and 7:35 PM, and they give
players a better chance at winning smaller prizes.
Players can win up to $500 on the
Numbers game and $5000 on the Win 4 game for a $1 wager.
More information about these games
can be found on the NY Lottery website.
To support the launch of the new
daily games, Jackpocket is releasing the Lucky Birthday campaign to
bring a fun and personal experience to the lottery.
Using Facebook Connect, Lucky
Birthday takes a user's birthday and discovers how many times and how
much their birthday combination won in the last 15 years (Example: April 17
translates to 4-1-7 & 0-4-1-7). It provides a scrollable infographic and
timeline full of fun statistics to see how their birthday and zodiac sign
compares to others.
The most interesting statistic
showcases the numbers of days it's been since their birthday has hit which gets
users wondering if their birthday is due.
The campaign automatically creates a
personalized video that is shared with their Facebook friends to illustrate how
lucky their birthday actually is.
Jackpocket (iOS Version 1.5.0) gives
users access to new games as well as other gamification features that
werent previously available. It also includes technical improvements to
make playing even smoother.
Check out some of the new features
- Ability to play Numbers (Pick 3) & Win 4 (Pick
4) draw games.
- Improved On-Boarding Experience for Users to
- Enhanced graphics and interface for app browsing
- The ability to fund their Jackpocket account
directly from their bank or by using Bitcoin.
Since launching Jackpocket,
by far the most requested feature has been to support the daily games. It
required us to rethink the entire user experience and ensure lottery players
would be super comfortable playing these new game formats. The Lucky
Birthday campaign is just the tip of the iceberg of what we can do to
personalize and socialize the lottery experience for our users. --
CEO Peter J. Sullivan III
To download Jackpocket 1.5.0 for
iPhone visit the app store. Users on Android devices can download the latest
version from the Jackpocket website. In order to play the lottery Jackpocket
users must physically be in New York State when placing an order.
About Jackpocket (https://jackpocket.com/)
Jackpocket is a mobile lottery app
based out of Brooklyn, NY that allows users to play NY state lottery games on
The new app, which launched in
September 2015, currently supports all eight state draw games including Mega
Millions and Powerball.
Users have the option of picking
their numbers manually or selecting the Quick Pick option to
randomly select their numbers.
Feature allows users to set their Jackpocket account to automatically
make ticket plays when the jackpot reaches certain threshold amounts set by the
Users on Jackpocket can get their
first ticket free by utilizing a promo code after downloading the app, and can
buy additional tickets through the various payment methods supported in the
Users are notified if they win so
they dont have to check their numbers.
Winnings up to $600 are credited
directly to the user's account where they can use it for future plays or
withdraw to their bank.
Prizes over $600 are sent via
certified mail or claimed in-person depending on the user's
Jackpocket operates as a service
between the user and licensed retailer by purchasing tickets on the
user's behalf from partnered retailers using a cutting-edge technology
The app hopes to expand nationally
in the near future by providing its innovative technology to help other states
sell lottery tickets on mobile devices.
SOURCE: Jackpocket media
Attorney General Reaches Agreement to Terminate Paid Daily
Fantasy Sports Contests in Idaho
SOURCE: Press release Office of
Attorney General State of Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (May 2, 2016)
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says executives of two companies offering
various paid Daily Fantasy Sports contests have agreed to quit providing those
contests to consumers in Idaho.
The agreement with DraftKings Inc.,
and FanDuel Inc., two of the nations biggest companies offering paid
fantasy sports contests, was reached after three months of negotiations, Wasden
Under terms of the agreement, the
companies, as of May 1, 2016, will not allow any consumers based in Idaho to
participate in any of their daily paid online fantasy football, baseball,
basketball and other sports contests.
Both DraftKings and FanDuel have
agreed to process requests by Idaho participants to withdraw their account
balances in a timely manner.
The companies will monitor Idaho
players based on geoblocking technology or through IP addresses.
The concern I have is that
the paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling
under Idaho law, Attorney General Wasden said.
I have a duty to enforce
and uphold that law. I commend the companies for negotiating in good
faith and agreeing not to make these contests available in Idaho.
Wasden began a review of the
companies and their websites in January amid concerns regarding the legality of
the daily fantasy sports contests offered by those companies.
The Idaho Constitution prohibits
gambling except for the state lottery, pari-mutuel betting as well as bingo and
Idaho defines gambling, in
part, as risking money or other thing of value for gain that is contingent in
whole or part upon chance or the outcome of an event, including a sporting
event, Wasden said.
My concern is that the
daily fantasy sports offerings my office reviewed require participants to risk
money for a cash prize contingent upon individual athletes collective
performances in various future sporting events. As I see it, this falls within
Idahos definition of gambling.
Nothing in the agreement precludes
FanDuel or DraftKings from offering free daily fantasy sports leagues or other
free contests that offer prizes to players in Idaho.
The agreement signed by both
companies also provides a path to resume offering paid fantasy sports contests
to Idaho consumers, including the Idaho Legislature changing the law to allow
for and regulate such contests.
Paid daily fantasy sports contests
could also resume if a court with authority and jurisdiction in Idaho rules in
favor of any form of such contests.
The companies can also restart
offering such contests at any time, but executives have agreed to provide the
Attorney General written notice 30 days prior to doing so.
The notice serves to give the
Attorney General time to evaluate the proposed contests to determine whether
they comply with Idaho law.
The agreement does not constitute an
admission of liability or evidence of wrongdoing by the companies, Wasden
CONTACT: Todd Dvorak, (208)
SOURCE: Office of Idaho Attorney
Scholarship Lottery Awards More Than $2 Million in Prizes
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 3, 2016)
-- More than 250 players won a total of $2,079, 193 playing the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery in April. These arent all the cash prizes claimed
during this time period, just those of $500 or more.
Jo of Lonoke claimed the lions
share with her top prize win playing the $1,000,000 Golden Ticket. An
incredible 49 players were top prize ($10,000) winners of the $10,000 Blowout
and $10,000 Stacks games, with winners in Crossett, El Dorado, Batesville, Hot
Springs, Ozark, Benton, Hope, Jacksonville, Texarkana, Rosie, Fordyce, Heber
Springs, Jonesboro, Sweet Home, Desha, Lincoln, Alexander and beyond.
Jimmy of Bay was a top prize
($100,000) winner of $100,000 Bonus Play; Jens of Sherwood, Eddie of Mountain
View and Freddie of Forrest City each won $50,000 playing 200X The Money.
And while lots of other winners
statewide combine to make the more than $2 million figure, the many other
lottery players winning less than $500 are not even included in this
From the life-changing,
multi-million dollar wins, to the smallest cash prize, our players and
retailers are the ones that make scholarships happen for college students in
Arkansas, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said.
Big or small, we are proud of all of winners and
About the Arkansas Scholarship
Since Lottery sales started in
Arkansas in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $573
million for in-state college scholarships to Arkansas students, while players
have won nearly $2 billion in prizes -- and Lottery retailers have earned more
than $162 million in commissions.
More than 92 cents of every dollar
of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships and retailer commissions in the
Please follow the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Visit www.myarkansaslottery.com for
more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions -- and to
join the free Play It Again Rewards Club.
To hear winning numbers, call the
Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem
gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.
CONTACT: Stephen Koch at
501-683-2055 for more information.
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship
Institute, LLCs CEO to Speak at Brazilian Gaming Congress
BRUNSWICK, Georgia (May 4, 2016) --
Thorsborg Institute, LLCs CEO to Speak at
Gaming Congressin the Capital City of Brasilia, Brazil on the 11th to 12th
of May 2016
Captain Kip Peterson, CEO of
Thorsborg Institute, LLC will provide an overview on the re-entry of various
lottery/gaming options within Brazil.
Thorsborg Institute, LLCs CEO
was the global lottery/gaming expert that provided a 2015 overview analysis of
the Brazilian lottery/gaming market to the Brazilian Government and is uniquely
aware of the opportunities and the obstacles that are in the path for one of
the largest economies to re-enter into legalized gaming.
Captain Peterson will present in the
WORKSHOP: Preparing to enter
the Brazilian gaming market
Understanding the size of the commercial opportunity for both local and
international organizations who is best, placed to enter the newly
Kip Peterson, CEO of Thorsborg Institute, LLC
This presentation will be timely as
the major international vendors accelerate their due diligence into entering
into this immense market along with the local operators who will be involved as
a consequence of the forthcoming regulations stemming from the new gaming laws
that are being considered and passed in rapid succession.
Thorsborg Institute, LLC has an
affiliated company (Thorsborg do Brazil) that has provided an in-situe centre
to understand the dynamics of the changing Brazilian culture and political
environment. Independent analysis by the experts of Thorsborg Institute, LLC;
with projects in 99 countries and more than 35 years expertise in the
gaming/lottery, privatization and global strategic competitive intelligence
industries provide a dynamic overview that is not constrained by tunnel vision
of those who have no perspective outside of the gaming/lottery industry.
The lottery/gaming industry tends to
be insular; yet the insatiable global need for more public revenues has
attracted new potential investors/operators who have a completely different
perspective on the lottery/gaming industry from the existing vendors/operators.
These organizations will become more
involved in the industry as they have means to investigate the options and
become a force in the future to change the industry.
Thorsborg Institute, LLC provides
the clarity for new global strategies.
For further information please
contact Mr. Axel Myer at: Thorsborg Institute, LLC, P.O. Box 2017, Brunswick,
Georgia 31521 USA, Email: Info@Thorsborg.com, Telephone
SOURCE: Thorsborg Institute, LLC (www.Thorsborg.com)
LLC and IGT Global Solutions Corporation Sign Agreement for Innovative Lottery
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (May 4, 2016)
-- EquiLottery, LLC (EquiLottery) and IGT Global Solutions
Corporation, a subsidiary of International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT)
(IGT) have entered into an agreement whereby IGT can elect to
promote EquiLottery to lotteries across the U.S. Touted as The Next
Generation of Lottery Draw Games, EquiLottery offers a compelling new
game for lotteries that delivers the excitement of live horse racing to lottery
players. This unique offering provides lotteries an opportunity to grow the
revenues going to lottery good causes while increasing the exposure and
revenues to the sport of horse racing, an industry that supports hundreds of
thousands of jobs across the country.
EquiLottery Founder and CEO Brad
Cummings said, IGT is the global leader in lottery services and this
arrangement shows their commitment to growing the industry through third-party
innovation. We are excited to pursue our goals of increasing support for
lottery good causes and creating a new way for players to experience the thrill
of live horse racing.
Studies conducted over the summer of
2015 with global research leader Ipsos show that the EquiLottery game concept,
which allows players to purchase quick pick lottery tickets based on future
live horse races and watch these races at their convenience through mobile,
online and in-store platforms, has widespread appeal across all major
demographics in Kentucky. Projected player appeal and spend scores make
EquiLottery a viable game for state lotteries searching for ways to increase
lottery profits and appeal to new player bases, including the Millennial
Under this arrangement, IGT has the
ability to make EquiLottery available to current and potential lottery
customers as an established game and software solution. Learn more about
EquiLottery at www.EquiLottery.com.
About EquiLottery LLC
Touted as the next generation of
lottery draw games in North America, EquiLottery has made a big splash in the
lottery and horse racing industries since its public unveiling in July of 2014.
A novel way to grow sales for lottery and horse racing, this game concept
allows players to enjoy a sport important to many state economies, while
introducing an exciting and profitable new gaming option for state lotteries
and their players.
EquiLottery LLC has been built
around the idea of delivering an innovative opportunity for lotteries looking
for ways to fund the good causes they support.
|EquiLottery Founder and CEO Brad
Products and services provided by
EquiLottery can include systems integration, plug and play mobile app,
intellectual property licensing, multi-channel marketing support, racing
calendar development, government and legal affairs, and investment in market
About Brad Cummings
Cummings first developed the
concept for EquiLottery in late 2009 as a response to a life-changing
Breeders Cup experience at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Since
then, he has spent years designing the game and business model to suit the
needs of lottery and horse racing, two multi-billion-dollar industries of vital
importance to the states they serve.
The initial success of the
EquiLottery launch along with the proven track record of his first start up, a
website called the Paulick Report he started in 2008 with
internationally-renowned journalist Ray Paulick, has helped Cummings build a
name for himself as an innovator with the persistence necessary to follow
through on his vision. Cummings most recently served as COO of PM Advertising,
a Lexington, KY ad agency specializing in Thoroughbred racing, penned a regular
column with the Courier-Journal and previously served as a political operative
in his adopted home state of Kentucky.
SOURCE: EquiLottery, LLC.
Government Short of the Mark on Wagering
AUSTRALIA (April 28, 2016) -- The
Australian Wagering Council Chief Executive, Mr Ian Fletcher, today said the
Federal government had flinched in the face of the opportunity to deliver fit
for purpose wagering reform.
Mr Fletcher was responding to the
release by Human Services Minister Alan Tudge of the Review into the Impact of
Illegal Offshore Wagering and the governments response to the
Offshore operators will be
delighted. Nothing announced today will stop those determined to flout the
Land-based operators, pubs and
clubs too may see this as a protectionist lifeline. But as Warren Buffett said,
its only when the tide goes out that you see whos been swimming
naked. And the tide of wagering consumer choice is inexorably moving online.
Its a matter of time. Sadly, denial is a poor substitute for good
Perhaps the gravest omission, and
the real missed opportunity, is the apparent abandonment of Australian sport
and sports integrity. Sports themselves made clear that they needed in-play
wagering to be integrated into the onshore, regulated world; failure to do so
means the integrity and enforcement gap they identified gapes wider with each
Innovation is intense in wagering
markets globally, and Australia is missing the chance to cement a place as a
leading market for product development and design so missing out on tax,
jobs, economic growth and significant regional and global e-commerce
The AWC believes these goals can
be achieved only through national regulation and, today, the Federal Government
has flinched in the face of the opportunity to provide meaningful and
long-lasting reform of the wagering industry balanced reform the
industry itself wants.
Mr. Fletcher stressed that the story
of wagering regulation and reform in 21st century Australia is really a story
of customer choice.
For too long, parliaments
have passed up the opportunity to respond to shifts in consumer demand for
wagering, arising from the mobile internet and the globalization of sports. As
a result, Australians have chosen to bet with illegal, offshore wagering
operators thats what the OFarrell Review was designed to
Australians will continue to use
the power and freedom the internet gives them to make choices about what they
bet on (racing or sport, domestic or international events), when they bet
(pre-match or in-play) and how they bet (in person, on the phone, or via the
On online in-play
Regrettably, the government
has decided to maintain the archaic prohibition in the Interactive Gambling Act
2001 on online in-play wagering, despite overwhelming international evidence
that access to live betting online is of the key factors in why Australians
choose to wager with unlicensed offshore operators, explained Mr.
The OFarrell Review
recommended that the question of lifting the prohibition to allow licensed
Australian wagering operators to meet the demands of Australian consumers
should be deferred until a national framework is in place.
The legalisation of online in-play
was recommended by the Department of Communications in its previous review of
the Interactive Gambling Act in 2012.
Yet, government inaction
continues. Australian consumers and sports deserve better. Mr.
Fletcher noted that since the Australian parliament legislated a prohibition on
live betting via the internet in 2001, 35 other countries around the world had
enacted gambling regulation and no other jurisdiction imposed a similar ban on
their own citizens.
The Australian government
has gone against the grain of international regulation. Australians use the
internet to access unlicensed operators in droves. Surely those same
Australians can be trusted to use the internet to place their bets with
Australian licensed operators in a highly regulated and safe
Australian customers want
to be able to access wagering products in the same way as they do other
services and the development and use of click to call facilities
have responded to that demand.
These products have been
available in the Australian marketplace for over 12 months, with significant
uptake and use by customers who now view the innovative technology as an
accepted and expected way, in todays modern digital age, of placing their
The governments decision to
seek to introduce legislation to ban click to call products clearly
demonstrates a pattern of penalizing Australian licensed wagering operators,
while keeping the back door open for illegal offshore operators to target
Australian customers. Nonetheless, wagering operators will of course continue
to work constructively to address legitimate concerns as they emerge in the
The combined effect of attempting
to ban click to call technology and maintaining a prohibition on online inplay
betting will ensure wagering by Australians with illegal offshore operators
On consumer protection:
While the AWC welcomed the
governments announcements on enhanced consumer protections (many of them
already in place, of course), Mr Fletcher stressed much work would need to be
done to see these skeletal recommendations through to implementation.
The AWC has long supported
the establishment of a national self-exclusion register, funded by industry but
run independently by Government, to assist people manage their gambling
A properly resourced national
regulator is best placed to oversee such a scheme yet there is no
commitment by the government on this front. The AWC would like to see it happen
sooner, rather than later.
On financial transaction and ISP
While the Australian
Wagering Council does not oppose the governments decision to explore
internet and financial transaction blocking measures, we simply dont
believe they will be effective in stopping Australians gamble with offshore
operators and experts in these areas support our view, Mr Fletcher
The Australian Wagering Council
represents the interests of Betfair, Bet365, Sportsbet, William Hill Australia
Media CONTACT: Mary Collier, M
0403506073, E firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: The Australian Wagering
Council press release.
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
Exhibitors at the Gaming Expo with the AGE 2016 App
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (April 26,
2016) -- Last year, AGE
visitors were able to download an App for their mobile phone. This year at the
AGE we have updated the App with new features which will help visitors to find
exhibitors at the show and also keep the visitors abreast of news and
activities while they are at the show.
As with last year, visitors who have
installed the AGE App on any of their mobile devices will receive a welcome
message as they pass through the entry gate.
Once theyre inside the
exhibition and pass various points they will get updates to remind them about
such things as the time of the Daily Vegas Draw, entertainment and other
In addition to this, visitors can
use the App to locate any exhibitor at the show. They can search the
alphabetical exhibitor database thats included in the App and then simply
click on the stand number for an exhibitors location on the interactive
In order to get these features,
visitors must install the latest version of the AGE 2016 App.
Further details about the app are
available at the AGE web site or it can be downloaded by simply visiting the
Apple App Store or Google Play.
Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August
are the dates for the 2016
Australasian Gaming Expo Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island
|Install the latest version of the AGE 2016
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. 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
Last years Gaming Expo saw a
number of changes resulting from the move to the temporary location at Glebe
Island, all of which have been favourably received. Interstate visitors were
particularly pleased with the free Ferry travel from Darling Harbour to Glebe
Island, affording them 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: Always interesting not just to see new products
but totally new ideas and ways of doing business..... new areas of thought into
how to trade.
In fact, our post show research
showed that 97% of the visitors saw the Expo as an opportunity to see new
products and technology.
The Gaming Technology
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. The Australasian Gaming Expo is the must
NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a
trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry
Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support
bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry
venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless
The Gaming Technologies
Associations primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat
Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Limited, IGT (Australia), Konami
Australia and Scientific Games.
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SOURCE: Gaming Technologies