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Vol. 78 No11- Monday March 13, 2017


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International Game Technology PLC Announces Appointment of Heather J. McGregor to Board of Directors

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LONDON, UK (March 9, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) today announced the appointment of Heather J. McGregor as an independent director to IGT's board of directors effective March 8, 2017.

"Heather's global perspective and years of experience in talent acquisition and finance, along with her commitment to diversity and board experience, will be valuable additions to the expertise of our board," said Philip Satre, Chairman of the Board of Directors of IGT.

McGregor, 54, is a British citizen and currently resides in the U.K. She is the Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, the graduate school of business of Heriot-Watt University in the U.K. McGregor is also the principal shareholder and non-executive chairman of the executive search firm Taylor Bennett.

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In addition, McGregor is a director of Non-Standard Finance PLC, a company specializing in offering consumer loans in the U.K.  McGregor has a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong in Structured Finance and is an experienced writer and broadcaster, including writing for the Financial Times for 17 years.

In her early career, McGregor worked in financial public relations and investor relations before completing an MBA at the London Business School and joining ABN Amro as a sell-side analyst, where she spent eight years working in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo.

McGregor is the founder of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to promote diversity in the communications industry by equipping talented graduates from ethnic minorities with the skills and confidence to pursue successful communications careers. She is also a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, which is working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the U.K.'s publicly listed companies. In June 2015, McGregor was made a Commander of the British Empire for her services to diversity and employment. In February 2017, she was appointed by the U.K. Government to be a member of the Honours Committee for the Economy.

About IGT

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

CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada

+1 (844) IGT-7452;

outside U.S./Canada

+1 (401) 392-7452

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

+1 (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

for Italian media inquiries;

+39 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.

 

 

INTRALOT and Amelco Form Sports Betting Platform Strategic Partnership

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ATHENS, Greece (March 7, 2017) -- INTRALOT and AMELCO announce the signing of a definitive agreement for a strategic partnership to develop a suite of next-generation sports betting products.

Under the partnership INTRALOT will integrate modules of AMELCO’s market-leading ATS platform to develop a new groundbreaking, omni-channel sports-betting solution. This new product will be tailored to suit the needs of regulated lotteries and pure sports betting operators globally, catering to customers’ needs across all channels.

The project will see INTRALOT and AMELCO’s technical teams working side by side to co-develop a unique product that combines the strong retail expertise of INTRALOT with the innovative functionality of AMELCO’s online sportsbook platform.

The new omni-channel product will build upon AMELCO’s core ATS sportsbook platform, which is already used by a range of top-tier operators. ATS will be integrated with INTRALOT’s proven, WLA-approved retail lottery solution to create the new, customised solution.

Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group CEO, stated: "INTRALOT’s legacy as global sports-betting operations leader is widely enhanced by integrating AMELCO’s innovative software functionalities. We are confident that the resulting pioneering product will quickly be recognized as the best integrated retail and online betting platform available globally."

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AMELCO owner and founder Mr. Damian Walton said: "Having the opportunity to deploy our sportsbook solution including our algorithmic trading engine, supplemented with our physical trading services, within the core of INTRALOT business, will help us demonstrate the full capabilities of the product. Our collaboration with INTRALOT on this partnership will allow us to maximise our full potential on a global scale."

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 55 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.91 billion turnover and a global workforce of more than 5,200 employees in 2015. INTRALOT is an innovation –driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail 23 operational expertise. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

More information CONTACT: Ms. Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager,

Telephone:: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: tzimou@intralot.com -

About Amelco

Amelco builds bespoke trading and sportsbook solutions tailored to its customers' specifications. The company was established in 2006 by veterans of the global finance sector experienced in building software solutions for pricing, trading and execution platforms offering electronic brokering services. Amelco’s enterprise sports betting trading solution (ATS) is now recognized as a market leader within the industry, integrating to over 50 sports data feeds and over 2000 casino games.

More information: Info@amelco.co.uk,

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

 

Scientific Games Signs Exclusive James Bond Licensing Deal

Company to Leverage First-Ever James Bond Omni-Channel License: Across Gaming, Lottery and Social Channels

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 8, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced a license agreement for the James Bond franchise, spanning land-based gaming, lottery and social slots.

The exclusive agreement with EON Productions Limited, Danjaq, LLC and MGM Interactive Inc., a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., gives Scientific Games the rights to leverage all past and future iconic James Bond films, as well as the film's talent portraying James Bond.

With the industry's broadest product portfolio and a large library of engaging, player-favorite games, Scientific Games will capitalize on the James Bond experience across its omni-channel portfolio.

Scientific Games Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sheehan said, "The Bond franchise is clearly a long sought-after and incredibly exciting brand for our industry. James Bond is synonymous with action, excitement, and next-generation technology. We look forward to harnessing the power of the Bond brand to drive innovation across the Company in the years ahead."

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Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman of Scientific Games' Board of Directors, said, "We have been excited about this license opportunity for a very long time and are thrilled that Kevin Sheehan and his team at Scientific Games were able to secure the exclusive licensing rights."

Scientific Games expects to showcase the first James Bond-themed slot games at the Global Gaming Expo October 3-5, 2017 in Las Vegas.

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.

About Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions

EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise has produced twenty four films since 1962.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous television channels.  For more information, visit: www.mgm.com.

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Scientific Games:

Bill Pfund

T: +1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations

E: bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Scientific Games:

Susan Cartwright

T: +1 702-532-7981

Vice President, Corporate Communications

E: susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery First to Launch Pollard Banknote Innovation That Pops Open a Ticket Full of Fun

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (March 7, 2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) is pleased to congratulate the Hoosier Lottery on the launch of its $10 Cash Vault instant ticket featuring Pollard Banknote’s innovative Jumbo Pop ‘n’ Play™ design. The visually dramatic $10 Cash Vault ticket marks the first-ever launch of Pollard Banknote’s Jumbo Pop ‘n’ Play™ product and offers players the chance to win up to $300,000. Cash Vault boasts a creative design and unique folded format that allows for more than double the play area of standard Scratch-off tickets! Players ‘unlock’ the Jumbo Pop ‘n’ Play™ Cash Vault ticket to reveal a jumbo layout of three money-themed games, loaded with 75 chances to win up to $300,000! The front panels incorporate the doors of a vault to invite players to open the ticket and play.

With the launch of our new ticket, Cash Vault with Jumbo Pop ‘n’ Play™, we offer our players another unique way to play our popular Scratch-off games,” said Sarah M. Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery. “We are always looking for new, exciting, and engaging games for players, and this innovation is a great addition to the large- format games that our players enjoy.

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Offering maximum play value, Cash Vault with Jumbo Pop ‘n’ Play™ follows in the footsteps of Pollard Banknote’s other popular large-format products like PlayBook®, Big Ticket and Scratch Tab™.  Jumbo Pop ‘n’ Play™ takes the big ticket format even further, and is a perfect option for lotteries’ higher price points. This folded ticket offers great flexibility in the number, size, and positioning of play areas on a ticket—from filling the entire inside panel with play areas, to the possibility of covering every surface for a maximum, jumbo play experience!

We are very excited to see the first launch of Pollard Banknote’s innovative Jumbo Pop ‘n’ Play™ product with the Hoosier Lottery’s Cash Vault ticket,” said Nancy Bettcher, Vice President, Product Innovation & Development, Pollard Banknote. “Players expect a lot of gameplay from higher price points, and this delivers big time value to players. The size and value offered by this ticket concept will guarantee that games stand out at retail and provide lotteries with a great opportunity to continue to strengthen the $10+ offering, or introduce a large-format ticket to the market for the first time.

The Hoosier Lottery is dedicated to building a stronger, safer, smarter Indiana. Every year since the Lottery’s inception in 1989, Hoosier Lottery funds have supported local police and firefighters’ pensions, the Teacher’s Retirement Fund, and the Build Indiana Fund. Since 1989, and including FY2015, a total of $4.8 billion has been transferred to State with $242 million donated to causes in FY2015 alone.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 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: www.pollardbanknote.com.

CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

 

From “Up and Away” – to the Kansas Lottery Today!

Kansas Lottery Kicks off 30th Birthday Year at State Capitol

TOPEKA, Kansas (March 7, 2017) -- The Kansas Lottery began a year-long celebration of its 30th birthday today with a “Birthday Kick-off” event at the Kansas State Capitol. 

During a program in the First Floor Rotunda, Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation designating Kansas Lottery Day on November 12, 2017. 

Also at the Capitol today, the Kansas House recognized the Kansas Lottery’s impact on the state with a special resolution and the Kansas Senate followed suit with its own Kansas Lottery resolution.

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It was November 12, 1987, when the Kansas Lottery sold its very first ticket.  First Kansas Lottery Director Larry Montgomery (1987-89), on hand for today’s festivities, recalled that sales of the first instant game “Up and Away” were $7 million the first week.

That $1 game was the only product the Kansas Lottery had to sell at start-up.  Thirty years later, the Kansas Lottery is still going strong and setting records.

Thanks to the hard work of our staff and the continued support of our players and retailers, we’ve had record sales for three years in a row and record transfers for two years in a row,” said current Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “We run the Lottery very professionally, like the business it is.

From the beginning, through June 30, 2016, the Kansas Lottery has:

  • Sold more than $5.4 billion worth of lottery products.
  • Transferred more than $1.6 billion to the State of Kansas.
  • Helped retailers earn nearly $310 million in commissions and bonuses.
  • Awarded nearly $3 billion in prizes.

 

The Kansas Lottery has created nearly 100 millionaires in its 30-year history, and the number grows every year! The number of players who have won $1 million or more and the games they won are: 8 – Holiday Millionaire Raffle; 23 – Super Kansas Cash; 31 – Powerball; 5 – Mega Millions; 7 – Hot Lotto; 9 – Kansas Cash; 8 – Lotto America; 1 – Club Keno Million Dollar Giveaway, and 1 – Cash Lotto.  Three players also won “$1,000 a week for life” in Cash 4 Life.

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The largest win in Kansas Lottery history was one third of a record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, which was captured by a Franklin County resident in March 2012. The largest Powerball winner in Kansas was Donald Damon of Great Bend, who won a $96.6 million jackpot in November 2009.

Countless other players have won prizes ranging from $1 up to hundreds of thousands of dollars without hitting a jackpot, plus the Lottery has given away an impressive array of vehicles of all descriptions – boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, even an RV – plus all kinds of trips and cruises, electronics and even original art, in second-chance drawings and special promotions. 

We’re always looking for new ways to provide fun and exciting entertainment that lets our players dream about what they would do if they won,” said Presta.  “That’s the impetus behind the interactive games we’ve rolled out in recent years, the addition of draw games like Lucky for Life, and our new PlayOn® Players Loyalty program.

Presta said the Lottery is also focused on growing sales and making it easier for retailers to sell lottery products. To that end the Lottery this year has introduced legislation that would allow the Kansas Lottery to use electronic product dispensers (vending machines) to dispense Kansas Lottery products at select locations.

The Kansas Lottery currently sells $1 and $2 pull tabs, and $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 instant scratch tickets, with its first $30 instant ticket planned for later this year. Kansas Lottery players also enjoy Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Lucky for Life, Super Kansas Cash, Pick 3, 2by2, Keno and Kansas Hold’Em draw games. Kansas Lottery products are sold at approximately 1,750 retailers. 

State-owned and -operated Casino Gaming

The Kansas Lottery entered a new era in 2007 with passage of the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act (KELA) authorizing the Lottery to own and operate casino gaming.  Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City was the first casino to open with state-owned and -operated gaming in December 2009. Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane started operations in December 2011, and Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway was right behind in February 2012.  Kansas Crossing Casino is scheduled to open later this month in Crawford County. 

The casinos generate revenue, not only for the State, but for the communities in which they are located.  So far, the casinos have generated more than $420 million for the State, more than $57 million for local governments and more than $38 million for the Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund.

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Where Does the Money Go?

Revenue from state-owned and -operated casino gaming is used for reduction of state debt and other purposes as directed by the Kansas Legislature, such as Kan-Grow Engineering Funds at state universities and the reduction of the unfunded liability of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).

The majority of funds from traditional Kansas Lottery sales are dedicated to economic development.  Some Lottery revenue also pays for prison construction and maintenance, juvenile detention facilities, the problem gambling grant fund and the State General Fund.  For more information, visit Where the Money Goes and Economic Development Initiatives Fund.

Lottery revenue from selling special Veterans tickets is directed to programs that benefit Kansas military veterans. Since legislation authorizing Veterans games was passed in 2003, the Lottery has transferred more than $15 million from the sale of Veterans games for designated programs. Programs currently being funded are National Guard Education Scholarships, Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program, and Veterans Homes and Cemeteries.

PlayOn Players Loyalty Program

The Kansas Lottery reminds its players to submit their winning and non-winning tickets in the new Kansas Lottery PlayOn® Players Loyalty program to earn points for drawing entries and a chance to win cash and other prizes! 

PlayOn® is a registered trademark of Pollard Banknote Limited used under license

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

SOURCE: The Kansas Lottery.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Observes 45th Anniversary of First Ticket Sales

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (March 7, 2017) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery today marked the 45th anniversary of its very first game, which went on sale March 7, 1972. Since then, the Lottery has paid nearly $45 billion in prizes and generated approximately $27 billion to benefit older Pennsylvanians.

"The Pennsylvania Lottery is proud of the role it has played in helping older Pennsylvanians to lead healthier lives over the past four and a half decades," said Executive Director Drew Svitko. "Without the support of Lottery players, none of this would have been possible."

The Pennsylvania Lottery's first game was a 50-cent ticket with weekly drawings, the first of which was held on March 15, 1972. The game offered a $50,000 top prize and periodic drawings for $1 million prizes. The first $1 game, Lucky 7, went on sale in November of that year and also featured a weekly drawing. 

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The Lottery's first televised Millionaire Drawing was conducted in March 1975. The first scratch-off game ("Instant Lottery") was introduced two months later. Nightly televised drawing shows came along on March 1, 1977, with the debut of The Daily Number, the first of the Lottery's numbers games. Today, the game is named PICK 3.

"From humble beginnings, the Pennsylvania Lottery has grown to offer a wide variety of in-state and multi-state draw games, scratch-off instant games, and we recently introduced Fast Play games," Svitko added. "In our last fiscal year, we achieved record sales of over $4.13 billion, from which we generated more than $1.12 billion to benefit older Pennsylvanians and paid more than $2.63 billion in prizes – which were also new records."

When the Pennsylvania Lottery first launched, players had to read a newspaper to find that week's winning numbers. Today, players can immediately learn if their ticket is a winner by using the ticket checker feature on the Lottery's official mobile app. They can also scan their tickets using a scanners found at Lottery retailers, check drawing results listed at palottery.com (launched in 1998) and watch the nightly televised drawing show.

Today, Pennsylvania Lottery games are sold through a state-wide network of nearly 9,200 retail locations. In addition to at-counter sales, may stores also offer touch-screen, self-service vending terminals or instant ticket vending machines. The Pennsylvania Lottery launched self-service instant game sales in 1993. In 2004, the Pennsylvania Lottery became the first state to introduce self-service units that sell both instant and terminal-based games.

"I want to thank our dedicated retailer partners for contributing, every day, to the Lottery's continuing success," Svitko said. "A number of retailers have been with us since the very first day of sales – and they've grown right along with us."

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The Lottery originally was created to support property tax relief for older homeowners. Today, proceeds are directed to five main program areas: property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and a variety of local services provided through Area Agencies on Aging across the state. These benefit programs help to make a significant improvement in the quality of life for older adults who receive services.

"Some of the people who were among our first 18-year-old players in 1972 may now be eligible to enjoy Lottery-funded benefit programs," Svitko said. "We're proud to be a Keystone state institution that has served generations of Pennsylvanians.

Review a full timeline of Lottery historical highlights online at our History page at palottery.com. 

Website visitors can also find full details on games, chances of winning, drawing results and how to claim a prize.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $27 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Do not give lottery games to children. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lottery Media Relations, T: 717-702-8008.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions Selected as Winner of Norsk Tipping eInstants and Digital Flax Game Contract

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VIENNA, Austria (March 7, 2017) -- NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS), a wholly owned subsidiary of NOVOMATIC, has been awarded a three-year contract with an optional one-year extension, by Norsk Tipping AS, the national lottery of Norway. Under terms of the contract, NLS will design and manage instant games and digital versions of the Lottery’s Flax game for Norsk Tipping. In addition, NLS has been selected to provide business development expertise in the area of interactive games.

Recently, NLS entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gamevy Ltd to provide innovative new instant win games to NLS customers. The partnership will combine NLS' market-leading lottery platform with Gamevy's unique content and flexible development capability, to deliver authentic, customized games to Norsk Tipping.

Norsk Tipping is a lottery that prides itself on being innovative and bold in the sophistication of our technology and products. As such, we look forward to working with NLS in the years to come,” said Åsne Havnelid, CEO, Norsk Tipping AS.

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Back, from left to right: Hans Erland Ringsvold, Head of VLTs and iGaming, Norsk, Johann Sigurdsson, Director of Business Development NLS and Ståle Rindal Business Relationship Manager Norsk Tipping; front, from left to right: Åsne Havnelid, CEO, Norsk Tipping AS, Frank Cecchini, CEO and Managing Director NLS.)

Norsk Tipping offers a wide range of lottery, sports and instant games in the Norwegian market. Since its inception in 1948, Norsk Tipping profits have successfully supported the Norwegian sport and cultural sector.

In the next three years, possibly four, Norsk Tipping will continually select from the extensive NLS eInstant game catalogue and award-winning game portfolio of our MoU partner Gamevy, and/or receive customized games developed by NLS exclusively for Norsk Tipping,” commented NLS Managing Director & CEO, Frank Cecchini. “The content NLS will deliver will ignite and renew player excitement in the Lottery’s eInstant portfolio and interactive games because NLS is truly committed to delivering new solutions and new standards to the lottery customers we serve.

Together with Gamevy, NLS has a wide-ranging game library, exciting roadmaps, and the capacity to develop customized games. NLS will support the growth and diversity of the Lottery’s eInstant portfolio, making Norsk Tipping games more attractive to a wider and younger audience – focus on mobile game development is a key success factor for eInstants in Norsk Tipping. NLS, with Gamevy, will be important partners for Norsk Tipping,” added Hans Erland Ringsvold, Head of VLTs and iGaming, Norsk Tipping.

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About NLS:

NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) is an energized, full-solution alternative technology partner for international lottery operators. Most importantly, NLS is an inspired team of people who share a mission to advance and invigorate the lottery industry. The company’s operating principles are to anticipate rather than react to consumer demand, embrace all innovative technologies, question how to surpass the expected and deliver long-term industry resilience and success. NLS does this by delivering games and services that allow for easy integration with any 3rd party systems and games. 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 surpassing 4 billion EUR, more than 29,000 employees worldwide 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 lottery business:

  • Full-service retail solutions for lotteries including POS Embedded software and advanced Instant Ticket Vending Machines
  • Intrinsic player account management that is truly player-centric
  • Open and flexible gaming platform for retail, online and mobile lottery games
  • Portfolio of all classic Lottery games, with full support for instant ticket and eInstant games
  • Comprehensive facilities management service

 

NOVOMATIC: Lottery Solutions GmbH

 

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Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU), Unveils Its New Campaign ‘Bet-on-Yourself’

For PMU, The Best Is You!

PARIS, France (March 7, 2017) – In a very competitive dynamic market, PMU, one of the world leader in horse race betting, is developing its brand platform to revive interest in horse race betting and also to renew its punters.

This first collaboration with the agency TBWA\Paris, following a call for tenders in 2016, marks a strategic turning point in its communications.

In fact, PMU has chosen to put all the emphasis on winnings and winners, thus refocusing on its DNA as a betting operator.

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By drawing on its specific character and highlighting the self-confidence needed to place a bet, the new communication platform gives a more singular and differentiated role to the PMU.

The vocation of the brand is to accompany each player by highlighting their acumen and wisdom, because betting is not a game of chance¹.

PMU is taking advantage of this new brand campaign to unveil its new signature “Bet on yourself”², understandable by all and embracing all the brand activities: Horse racing, Sport and Poker. This new signature, with the accent on action, marks a break with PMU’s usual communications.

The launch on Monday March 6, has been orchestrated around a mechanic based essentially on posters and digital. This new graphical and pop universe allows PMU to adopt a resolutely modern tone, in contrast with its usual communications.

The mechanic will be complemented by waves of “back of bus” ads and digital posters, as well as by two digital and social activations aimed at amplifying the promises of the brand, including the frequency of winning, “550,000 winning bets per day” ³.

 

¹We don’t believe in chance. We learnt that from the horse’s mouth. Bet on yourself.

² To win, you need to back the right horse. And the right horse is you. Bet on yourself.

³ 550,000 winning bets per day 5 (daily average of winning horse race bets in France and internationally seen in 2016, in the PMU point-of-sale network, on AlloPari and at the racetrack.)

 

Agency: TBWA\Paris

Advertiser Account Managers: Samuel Loiseau, Pascal Drai, Sophie Andréani, Christel Mulet-Querner, Pierre Vinogradoff

Agency Account Managers: Brice Garçon, Matthéo Pressmar, Hélène Royer, Maxime Le Toquin, Cédric Charron

 

CONTACTS: Marie-Anne Tambuté , T: +33 (0)1 49 09 71 29 , E: marie-anne.tambute@tbwa-paris.com or Paolo Antonio, T: +33 1 56 09 94 27, E: paolo.antonio@pmu.fr.

SOURCE: Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU).

 

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Florida Lottery Sets New Single Week Record for Scratch-Off Contributions to Education of $19 Million

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 6, 2016) --The Florida Lottery today announced a new single week record of $19.44 million in contributions to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) from record Scratch-Off sales.  This record $19.44 million in Scratch-Off contributions comprises more than 57% of the Lottery’s total $34 million in education contributions for the week.

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Strong Scratch-Off sales like the ones the Florida Lottery demonstrated this past week are critical to our mission to maximize revenue for education,” said Secretary Tom Delacenserie. “Thanks to the revenue generated by Scratch-Off sales, the Lottery is able to provide more opportunities for Florida’s students to receive the best possible education.

Over the past 29 years, the Florida Lottery has established itself as a dependable funding source for public education. For 15 consecutive years the Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion to education, while remaining one of the most efficient lotteries in the nation. Additionally, the Lottery has contributed more than $5 billion to the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to send over 750,000 students to college.

Florida Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget. Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and are administered by the Florida Department of Education.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $31 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 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 $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery.

 

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DCMS Opens Consultation on Prohibiting Third Party Betting on Non-UK EuroMillions Draws

LONDON, U.K. (March 4, 2017) – UK newspaper ‘The Sun’ reported Ministers last night announced they are closing a betting loophole that allows online gambling sites to offer cut-price bets on the Euromillions draw.

According to the newspaper laws ban betting on National Lottery games but sites such as the Chris Tarrant-fronted Lottoland get around the rules by offering UK punters £2 stakes on the Euromillions in other countries, including Spain.

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The loophole takes money away from good causes that benefit from lottery money.

Lotteries minister Tracey Crouch said: “We want to act to ensure that money going to good causes is protected and that there is no confusion around the EuroMillions draw, providing the same levels of clarity as there is with the National Lottery.

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Prohibiting Third Party Betting on Non-UK EuroMillions Draws

From: Department for Culture, Media & Sport

First published: 6 March 2017

This consultation closes at: midday on 2 May 2017

Summary

This consultation is seeking views on prohibiting third party betting on the outcome of non-UK EuroMillions draws.

Consultation on Prohibiting Third Party Betting on the Outcome of non-UK EuroMillions; (PDF, 180KB, 11 pages)

Prohibition on Betting on EuroMillions Impact Assessment 2016-17 (PDF, 355KB, 12 pages)

Consultation description

Section 95 of the Gambling Act sets out a clear prohibition on offering bets on National Lottery draws, yet some operators currently offer bets on EuroMillions draws outside the UK. Such products are clearly at odds with the intention and spirit of the Act.

In order to preserve the clear boundary between The National Lottery and gambling that s.95 of the Gambling Act seeks to achieve, and prevent a potential negative impact on National Lottery good cause returns, we propose introducing a licence condition to prohibit operators from offering bets on EuroMillions draws outside the UK.

Further detail on the implementation and impact of the proposal is set out in the consultation document and impact assessment above. Our preferred method of capturing your responses to our consultation questions is via the dedicated online survey to share your views with us.

Ways to respond

Respond online

Email to:

lotteryconsultation2017@culture.gov.uk

Write to:

Lotteries Consultation 2017

Gambling, Licensing and Lottery Team

DCMS

4th floor

100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

SOURCE: Department for Culture, Media & Sport March 6, 2017.

 

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Maryland Casinos Generate $128.7 Million in Revenue During February

Maryland Live leads the way for the month at nearly $46.3 million

BALTIMORE, Maryland (March 6, 2017) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced February 2017 revenue numbers for the state’s six casinos: Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County, and MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County. Maryland’s casinos totaled $128,713,443 in revenue during February 2017 – an increase of $35,440,368, or 38.0%, compared to the February 2016 figure of $93,273,076.

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In a year-to-year comparison not including MGM National Harbor, which opened on Dec. 8, 2016, state-wide casino revenue in February 2017 decreased by $10,328,702, or 11.1%.

Maryland Live Casino led the way in February, totalling $46,291,292 from both slot machines and table games. Maryland Live’s gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $264.21 for slot machines, $3,532.57 for banked table games and $1,076.29 for non-banked table games. February 2017 revenue at Maryland Live decreased by $7,719,352, or 14.3%, from February 2016. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,941 slot machines and 209 (157 banked and 52 non-banked) table games.

MGM National Harbor generated $45,769,070 from both slot machines and table games in February. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day in February at MGM National Harbor was: $263.27 for slot machines, $5,802.68 for banked table games and $1,483.00 for non-banked table games. MGM National Harbor operates 3,212 slot machines and 165 (126 banked and 39 non-banked) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $22,031,143 from both slot machines and table games in February. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $212.56 for slot machines, $1,995.95 for banked table games and $574.04 for non-banked table games. Horseshoe Casino’s February 2017 revenue decreased by $2,981,332, or 11.9%, from February 2016. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,186 slot machines and 179 (154 banked and 25 non-banked) table games.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6,210,824 from both slot machines and table games in February. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $221.36 for slot machines, $2,510.46 for banked table games and $424.81 for non-banked table games. Hollywood Casino’s February 2017 revenue decreased by $297,693, or 4.6%, from February 2016. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 850 slot machines and 20 (12 banked and 8 non-banked) table games.

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Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $4,364,925 from both slot machines and table games in February. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $205.73 for slot machines and $1,142.31 for banked table games. This facility does not have non-banked table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s February 2017 revenue increased by $531,337, or 13.9%, from February 2016. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 662 slot machines and 17 table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $4,046,190 from slot machines in February, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $180.30. Casino at Ocean Downs’ February 2017 revenue increased by $138,339, or 3.5%, from February 2016. Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines and does not have table games.

Under Maryland law, casino revenue supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund as well as small-, minority- and women-owned businesses, local impact grants and the state’s horse racing industry. February 2017 contributions to the state from all six Maryland casinos and fiscal year-to-date totals are documented in the attached spreadsheets and available online (click HERE).

Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for oversight of the state’s casinos. In this role, the agency provides direction and guidance to its casino partners on financial, security, regulatory and licensing procedures for the facilities. To keep Marylanders informed and to maintain transparency of casino operations, 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 mdgamblinghelp.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry, 410-230-8725 (office), 410-365-6384 (cell), Email: carole.gentry@maryland.gov.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

 

Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Releases February 2017 Index

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 7, 2017) - The AGEM Index reached another record high in February, continuing the momentum from previous months. The composite index stood at 351.4 points at the close of February 2017, which represents an increase of 21.3 points, or 6.5 percent, when compared to January 2017. The AGEM Index reported a year-over-year increase for the 17th consecutive month, rising 155.4 points, or 78.4 percent, when compared to February 2016.

During the latest period, eight of the 13 global gaming equipment manufacturers reported month-to-month increases in stock price, with two up by more than 10 percent. Five manufacturers reported decreases in stock price during the month with one experiencing double-digit losses.

The broader stock markets continued to gain value in February 2017. The S&P 500 reported a month-to-month increase of 3.7 percent, rising to 2,363.64. Additionally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 4.8 percent to 20,812.24, while the NASDAQ increased 3.8 percent during the period to 5,825.44.

Selected positive contributors to the February 2017 AGEM Index included the following:

  • Aristocrat Technologies (ALL) contributed 11.07 points due to a 9.64 percent increase in stock price to AU$16.60.
  • Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) reported a 21.47 percent increase in stock price, rising to $20.65 and contributing 4.82 points.
  • Konami Corp (TYO: 0766) contributed 3.74 points due to a 4.87 percent increase in stock price to ¥4,740.

 

Selected negative contributors included the following:

  • With a stock price of $9.10 (-6.47 percent), Agilysys (AGYS) contributed negative 0.17 points.
  • Ainsworth Game Technology (AGI) contributed negative 0.12 points to the index due to a 3.31 percent decline in stock price to AU$1.75.

 


AGEM

Exchange: Symbol

 

Stock Price At Month End

Percent Change

Index

(Currency)

 

Feb-17

Jan-17

Feb-16

Prior Period

Prior Year

Contribution

Agilysys

Nasdaq: AGYS (US$)

 

9.10

9.73

10.45

(6.47)

(12.92)

(0.17)

Ainsworth Game Technology

ASX: AGI (AU$)

 

1.75

1.81

2.19

(3.31)

(20.09)

(0.12)

Aristocrat Technologies

ASX: ALL (AU$)

 

16.60

15.14

10.00

9.64

66.00

11.07

Astro Corp.

Taiwan: 3064 (NT$)

 

22.60

25.60

41.00

(11.72)

(44.88)

(0.07)

Crane Co.

NYSE: CR (US$)

 

72.29

72.04

49.05

0.35

47.38

0.18

Everi Holdings Inc.

NYSE: EVRI (US$)

 

3.25

2.95

2.94

10.17

10.54

0.27

Galaxy Gaming Inc.

OTCMKTS: GLXZ (US$)

 

0.56

0.60

0.22

(6.67)

154.55

(0.02)

Gaming Partners International

Nasdaq: GPIC (US$)

 

11.43

11.88

9.64

(3.79)

18.57

(0.04)

International Game Technology PLC

NYSE: IGT (US$)

 

27.00

26.41

14.78

2.23

82.68

1.51

INTRALOT S.A.

ATHEX: INLOT (EUR)

 

1.13

1.08

1.13

4.63

-

0.08

Konami Corp.

TYO: 9766 (¥)

 

4,740

4,520

2,739

4.87

73.06

3.74

Scientific Games Corporation

Nasdaq: SGMS (US$)

 

20.65

17.00

8.51

21.47

142.66

4.82

Transact Technologies

Nasdaq: TACT (US$)

 

7.40

6.90

7.24

7.25

2.21

0.05

 

 

 

Change in Index Value

21.30

 

 

 

AGEM Index Value: January 2016

330.14

 

 

 

AGEM Index Value: February 2017

351.44

 

 

 

 

 

With the final numbers for the year tallied, it is a good time to review performances of the past year at two of the largest US domestic markets, as well as Macau China. Nevada's tourism and gaming industries showed positive trends to close out 2016. Visitation to the Las Vegas area finished the year at an all-time high of 42.9 million travelers with roughly 620,000 more people visiting Las Vegas compared to the previous year. Visitation experienced a positive boost from the convention segment, with 6.3 million trade show attendees, also a record from the 2007 high of 6.2 million. The number of conventions held in the Las Vegas area rose, as Las Vegas hosted 21,864 trade shows, a 2.6 percent increase over the previous year.

As for gaming revenue, the Nevada Gaming Control Board recently released the 2016 Gaming Abstract, which reported total revenue for casino operations in the state of Nevada at just over $25.2 billion for the fiscal year ending June 30. Of the total, gaming revenue accounted for 42.6 percent, or nearly $10.8 billion over the same period. Total revenue was up 2.6 percent from 2015 while gaming revenue increased 1.3 percent as the hospitality sector of the casino business continues to expand.

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Of the statewide revenue total, $22.6 billion, or 89.5 percent, originated in the Clark County (Southern Nevada) market area. Additionally, 86.2 percent of the statewide gaming revenue was generated in Clark County, with nearly $9.3 billion in gaming spend. Revenue in Clark County rose 2.5 percent from the $22.0 billion reported in 2015, while gaming revenue grew 1.1 percent from $9.2 billion in the prior year.

Over 66.1 percent of Nevada's gaming revenue was attributed to coin-operated devices with $7.1 billion worth of coin-operated revenues in the year 2016. By comparison, pit revenue accounted for $3.2 billion on the year, or 30.2 percent of total gaming revenue. Coin-operated devices experienced reasonable growth from 2015. In the state of Nevada, coin-operated revenue grew 3 percent from the $6.9 billion reported in the prior year.

Pennsylvania gaming revenue also experienced a moderate increase from $3.17 billion in 2015 to $3.21 billion in 2016, or a 1.2 percent revenue increase. Slot machine revenue in the area remained relatively flat year to year with a small increase of 0.2 percent from $2.36 billion in 2015 to $2.37 billion in 2016.

Macau gaming revenue declined 1.9 percent year over year from $28.9 billion to $28.3 billion in 2016, though the last five months of 2016 showed positive increases in year-over-year revenues. The number of slot machines decreased in Macau from 14,578 units in 2015 to 13,826 units at the end of 2016, and slot machine revenue followed suit with a 3.1 percent decline.

The AGEM Index is published monthly by Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) and Applied Analysis | Copyright © 2017

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The AGEM Index

The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) produces the monthly AGEM Index that comprises 14 global gaming suppliers throughout the world. A total of 9 suppliers are based in the United States and are listed on the NYSE, Nasdaq or OTC market, while two trade on the Australian exchange, one supplier trades on the Athens exchange, one on the Tokyo exchange, and another trades on the Taiwan OTC exchange. The index is computed based on the month-end stock price (adjusted for dividends and splits) of each company and weighted based on approximation of market capitalization. Market capitalizations for manufacturers trading on foreign exchanges have been converted to US dollar-equivalents as of month-end for comparability purposes. The AGEM Index is based on a 100-point value as of January 2005.

About AGEM

AGEM is an international trade association representing manufacturers of electronic gaming devices, systems, lotteries, and components for the gaming industry. The Association works to further the interests of gaming equipment manufacturers throughout the world. Through political action, tradeshow partnerships, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM and its member organizations have assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a positive business environment.

AGEM Index

The AGEM index and overview is prepared by Applied Analysis (AA). AA is a Nevada-based advisory services firm providing consultation services for public and private entities. The company utilizes extensive experience in economics, information technology and finance to provide a wide range of services, including urban economic consulting, financial advisory services, market analysis, public policy analysis, hospitality industry and gaming consulting, and information system and technology consulting.

For More Information, CONTACT: Marcus Prater, Executive Director, 702.812.6932.

SOURCE: The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).

 

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Pressure on Governments to Legalize Online Gambling and Betting to Drive Global Market

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 6, 2017) -- The global online gambling and betting market is primarily being driven by an increasing adoption of high-speed internet services in mobile devices. The overall demand for live streaming of sports and games videos through online portals and mobile devices is growing at a very high rate and provides players from the global online gambling and betting market the opportunity to integrate their betting services into live streams directly, further enhancing the growth rate of the market. Currently, the global online gambling and betting market comprises players that primarily providing online gambling and betting platforms and gaming solutions. Meanwhile, progress is being made into developing comprehensive online gambling and betting solutions that allow for better user interface and interactions, and provide an enhanced user experience.

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The global online gambling and betting market is expected to reach US$96.89 bn by the end of 2024. The market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 10.8% from 2016 to 2024. By the end of 2016, the global online gambling and betting market is expected to reach US$42.63 bn.

Europe Reigns Supreme in Provision of Online Betting and Gambling Platforms

From a regional perspective, Europe held the leading share in the global online gambling and betting market in terms of revenue for 2015. This region in marked by the presence of a large number of online operators for gambling and betting, and several of its countries hold favorable regulatory environments conducive to the growth of the market. The U.K. is especially expected to play a key role the European market, followed by Malta. Additionally, Asia Pacific is expected to contribute a steady revenue stream in the global online gambling and betting market over the coming years, due to a growing demand for online betting and gambling portals and the easing up of regulatory norms for these online portals. The market for global gambling and betting in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a CAGR of 12.9% in terms of revenue, from 2016 to 2024.

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Conversely, a heavy restriction on online gambling and betting in the U.S. has resulted in a severe loss for market players in North America. This region is expected grow at a much slower pace than others. Over the coming years, the relaxation of stiff regulations for online betting and gambling is expected to result in an upswing in their demand in states such as Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey. The Middle East & Africa (MEA) region and South American countries are expected to contribute very low revenue to the global online gambling and betting market for the foreseeable future.

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Based on the types of games, casino services segment held the leading share in the global online gambling and betting market – a hefty 26.4% of its revenue – in 2015. On the other hand, sports betting is expected to surge over the coming years due to a higher rate of adoption of live sports betting by multiple players. Online Lottery and poker are also likely to be potentially beneficial to the overall market’s growth rate. A large number of users are showing a demand for better gaming experience and also hold higher disposable incomes to spend.

Gambling and betting operators are currently evolving with the adoption of online platforms and their preference over traditional, physical operations. In 2015, the global online gambling and betting market was dominated by key names that included NetEnt AB, 888 Holdings PLC, GVC Holdings PLC, Fortuna Entertainment Group, Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC, William Hill PLC, Playtech PLC, Amaya, Inc., Kindred PLC, and Paddy Power Betfair PLC.

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TMR’s data repository is continuously updated and revised by a team of research experts so that it always reflects the latest trends and information. With extensive research and analysis capabilities, Transparency Market Research employs rigorous primary and secondary research techniques to develop distinctive data sets and research material for business reports.

CONTACT: Transparency Market Research, Tel: +1-518-618-1030, Email: sales@transparencymarketresearch.com, Website: www.transparencymarketresearch.com.

SOURCE: Press release from: Transparency Market Research (TMR).

 

 

Playtech First to Launch Online Casino in Czech Republic

Fortuna first operator to go live in newly regulated market

LONDON, U.K. (March 3, 2017) -- Playtech, the world’s leading gaming content and software, systems and services supplier, has become the first supplier to launch online casino in the Czech Republic with the rapidly expanding Fortuna brand.

On February 24th the Czech Ministry of Finance granted Fortuna the country’s first ever licence to operate ‘online technical games’. The operator has since gone live with a large selection of Playtech’s industry-leading online and mobile slot and table game content and best-performing progressive jackpot titles including the Age of the Gods™ portfolio and other Playtech favourites including Gladiator and White King. Fortuna will gradually expand this in the coming months.

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In August 2016 Playtech agreed a contract with Fortuna to supply it with a scalable, omni-channel platform and seamless wallet technology enabling it to accelerate its gaming strategy across sportsbook, gaming and CRM and become a leading regulated operator in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region.

Since then, both companies have worked closely together to launch in Romania and plan to broaden the offering across further markets including Poland and Slovakia in the future.

Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said: “We are delighted to be the first supplier to go live in the Czech Republic with our pioneering omni-channel platform technology and best-performing casino content and to further expand Fortuna’s offering in this newly regulated market.

We pride ourselves on being leaders in regulated markets and today’s announcement highlights just how we always aim to lead the way,” Akad added. 

David Vanek, General Manager, Fortuna CZ, said: “We are proud to be the first company in the Czech Republic to have met the demanding conditions defined by the new legislation and to be granted a licence as a result. Broadening our product range to complement our sports betting offering is a major priority. We are therefore very pleased that our customers will be the first to play online roulette and casino games in full compliance with Czech legislation.

Granting this licence means that Fortuna has become the first multiproduct (sports and games) gaming company in the Czech market. Our new online casino and aggressive games expansion is crucial to growing the business and means the Fortuna product offering will be comparable to some of Europe’s largest operators.

"Thanks to our close co-operation with Playtech, the industry’s leading online gaming technology company, we have a comprehensive range of best-performing products and the best gaming experience to offer our players,” Vanek added.

About Playtech

Playtech is a market leader in the gambling and financial trading industries. Founded in 1999 and listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech has more than 5,000 employees in 17 countries.

Playtech is the gambling industry’s leading software and services supplier with more than 130 licensees globally, including many of the world’s leading regulated online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in newly-regulated markets. Its business intelligence-driven gambling software offering includes casino, live casino, bingo, poker and sports betting.

It is the pioneer of omni-channel gambling which, through Playtech ONE, offers operators and their customers, a seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online, mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet. It provides marketing expertise, sophisticated CRM solutions and other services for operators seeking a full turnkey solution.

Playtech’s Financials division operates both on a B2C and B2B basis. Its B2C focused offering is an established and growing online CFDs broker, operating the brand markets.com. Its B2B offering includes the division's proprietary trading platform, CRM and back-office systems, as well as its liquidity technology platform which provides retail brokers with multi-asset execution, prime brokerage services, liquidity and complementary risk management tools.

SOURCE: Playtech (www.playtech.com).

 

 

 

 

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NASPL Professional Development Seminar; Call for Speakers!!

CONCORD, OH (February 27, 2017) -- The NASPL Professional Development Seminar is a unique event designed to bring together lottery industry employees at all levels in a small-group, hands-on format.

Workshops cover the primary disciplines in the industry: accounting, audit, information technology, legal, product managers, public relations, research, sales and marketing, game development and security.

The PDS format allows for candid discussions and information-sharing among participants, and provides attendees with tangible ideas about how to take advantage of the industry's biggest opportunities and find solutions to its biggest challenges.

If you would like a chance to speak at this year's NASPL Professional Development Seminar please click the link below and fill out the Call for Entries Submission Form.

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SOURCE: NASPL.

 

 

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