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Vol. 78 No13- Monday March 27, 2017


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IGT Honored in Casino Journal's Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products Awards

The Company is awarded for SPHINX 4D and Cardless Connect mobile solution

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LONDON, England (March 20, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced that its SPHINX 4D™ game and Cardless Connect™ mobile software solution were named as two of Casino Journal's Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Products Awards.

"It's an honor to be recognized by Casino Journal for excellence in gaming innovation. Winning these awards reinforces IGT's commitment to setting a new standard of innovation in the gaming industry. By leveraging our leading R&D investment to deliver solutions such as SPHINX 4D and Cardless Connect, we offer our valued customers compelling content and services that can drive unique player experiences," said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO North America Gaming & Interactive (DoubleDown Casino).

IGT's SPHINX 4D was recognized for being the industry's first slot machine to combine glasses-free TRUE 3D™ graphics with gesture recognition and mid-air haptic technologies. Set on the Company's new CrystalCurve TRUE 4D™ cabinet, SPHINX 4D is packed with dynamic content and enables players to see, touch, and interact with the slot machine's 3D graphics, creating an immersive gaming experience.

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The Company was also awarded for its revolutionary payment solutions technology, Cardless Connect. The versatile product is modernizing the player experience and casino floor by replacing cash and paper transactions with a digital wallet that also serves as a player-loyalty card. The integrated technology can be embedded into a casino's mobile app, conveniently allowing players to access it via their smartphones.

Casino Journal recognizes the most innovative technology offerings in the gaming industry. The awards are evaluated by a panel of judges who represent a cross-section of the industry.

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.

IGT CONTACTS:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

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

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

(401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

Italian media inquiries

(+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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Veikkaus and Austrian Oesterreichische Lotterien Launch Joint Poker Network

FINLAND (March 17, 2017) – Since Tuesday morning Veikkaus, guests can play online poker against the Austrians, as Veikkaus and the Austrian Oesterreichische Lotterien -peliyhtiö open a joint poker network.

Previously, Veikkaus has had to limit online poker only Finnish players, which has kept the prize pools compared to the low international competitors.

"Bringing together the Poker Network will enable us to significantly increase the size of the tournament. In the future, for example, the week the Main Event has a guaranteed prize pool of at least EUR 10 000," Veikkaus sports, horse and table games director Sami Kauhanen says.

The game returns in order to turn the home country

On Tuesday morning, the old online poker cash tables turned off and connected to the use of the new tables, which therefore played together with the Austrians. Poker unification of networks, the number of players of Veikkaus' service doubles. It is expected that the wider poker network to increase significantly the Finnish Veikkaus 'players' interest in online poker, which in turn controls the gambling profits to stay in the home country.

“Finland played abroad EUR 140 million per year. One of the main tasks of the new Veikkaus is to channel this money to their home countries, and the improvement of the poker service in this work is one step ahead, Sami Kauhanen says.

Partner selection of poker betting in particular has emphasized the integrity and accountability of partner gaming. In practice, the Österreichische Lotterienin gaming activities run by its subsidiary Win2day that meets the lottery and accountability standards required by the Finnish authorities.

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SOURCE: Veikkaus.

 

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The Florida Lottery Introduces Two New Loteria Scratch-Off Games

 

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 17, 2017) -- The Florida Lottery is introducing two new LOTERIA Scratch-Off games that offer more than $155 million in total cash prizes. The games, LOTERIA™ GRANDE and LOTERIA™, go on sale today. All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new tickets in stock and available for purchase within 72 hours.

The $5 game, LOTERIA GRANDE, features 16 top prizes of $250,000, and more than five million winning tickets! Overall odds of winning are one-in-3.98.

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For just $2, players can win up to $30,000 with LOTERIA. There are more than 13 million winning tickets totaling over $82 million in cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.50.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Florida Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 65 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $734 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2015-16.

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 (www.flalottery.com).

 

 

Scientific Games Awarded Contract to Provide 2,800 New iVIEWÒ4 On-Device Messaging Controllers to Muckleshoot Casino

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 20, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced a contract to provide Muckleshoot Casino with 2,800 new iVIEWÒ4 displays – an award-winning technology that provides unrivalled marketing opportunities and player experiences through its interactive and personalized player content capabilities.

Muckleshoot Casino, the Northwest's largest casino located in Auburn, Washington, is upgrading to Scientific Games' innovative new iVIEW4, a cutting-edge technology solution that displays dynamic marketing content, animations, and video on the gaming machine and offers instant response through a sophisticated multi-touch screen.

Johnny Walker, Director of Gaming Operations at Muckleshoot Casino, said, "We are very excited to be the first operator in Washington State to implement Scientific Games' latest innovative product in iVIEW4 to deliver an unparalleled experience for our guests at the point-of-play. After careful evaluation, we were convinced that the superior performance capabilities of iVIEW4, along with enhanced content-delivery mechanisms, are a game-changer for what we strive to deliver to our guests at point-of-play."

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Scientific Games' robust new iVIEW4 technology supports Fast-Boot for seven times faster start-up, and 10 times more memory for increased content. Utilizing an advanced upgradeable operating system, iVIEW4 supports HTML5 graphics and uses web widgets to enable Muckleshoot Casino's marketing team to easily update content dynamically throughout the casino's 2,800 gaming devices with current promotions, advertisements, videos, and more. The new technology also enables web-based content, which provides improved content management for casino personnel and enhances omni-channel marketing and bonusing opportunities across iVIEW displays, player kiosks, and mobile devices.

Scientific Games Chief Revenue Officer – Gaming Bob Parente said, "Muckleshoot Casino has been a forward-thinking operator in Washington State and we're grateful for their continued belief in the partnership with Scientific Games. iVIEW4 is a transformational product for our customers.  We're thrilled that iVIEW4, which has gone through rigorous testing and certification at numerous jurisdictional levels, is bringing incremental value-add to casino operators worldwide."

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 Muckleshoot Casino

Proclaimed a "local favourite" by Thrillist, Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, Wash., is the clear choice for food, fun and gaming. Offering the biggest casino in the Pacific Northwest, guests will find more than 3,100 games to play, thrilling new ways to win instantly and the largest smoke-free gaming in the state. Muckleshoot Casino also provides eight delectable dining experiences, from the finest in Asian cuisine at "8" to the endless culinary delights of Spice Bay Buffet®. Keep the fun going all night long at Club Galaxy, where live entertainment is always free! Muckleshoot Casino is located 30 minutes from Seattle, Wash. For more information, visit muckleshootcasino.com

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

Vice President, Investor Relations

T: +1 702-532-7663

E: bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Susan Cartwright

VP Corporate Communications

T: +1 702-532-7981

E: susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

Hoosier Lottery Gives Daily Games More Power with SUPERBALL

INDIANAPOLIS, India (March 19, 2017) -- Daily 3 and Daily 4 players now have more chances to win with a new add-on for Daily games launched today by the Hoosier Lottery. 

The new SUPERBALL add-on allows players to power up their play. The SUPERBALL number replaces any one of a player's numbers, with the power to create more winning combinations.

Daily 3 and Daily 4 drawings will continue at their normal times, around 1:20 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET daily. The cost of SUPERBALL matches the cost of the wager a player selects for Daily 3 or Daily 4. SUPERBALL replaces the EZMatch add-on game for Daily 3 and Daily 4.

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Before the Daily 3 and Daily 4 drawings and after sales cut-off, a SUPERBALL will now be drawn. If the SUPERBALL is 3 and a player only needs a 3 to make their numbers a winning combination, the SUPERBALL allows the player's numbers to win. For more details on playing Daily 3 and Daily 4 with SUPERBALL, click here for a video explaining how to play.

Daily 3 and Daily 4 had more than $3.2 million in combined payouts to winners between March 1, 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017.

Players now have a chance to win even more by playing Daily 3 and Daily 4 with the SUPERBALL add-on. Players making a $1 wager can now win up to an additional $180 with SUPERBALL on Daily 3 and up to an additional $1,360 with SUPERBALL on Daily 4. SUPERBALL prizes are in addition to any prizes won on Daily 3 and Daily 4.

Daily 3, Daily 4 and SUPERBALL odds vary by player selection. SUPERBALL is not available with a 1-Off wager.

Click here to download the Hoosier Lottery Mobile App.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2015, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $182.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT: Jerry Grider, Hoosier Lottery Sr. Manager of Public Relations, T: 317-264-4676 office, E: jgrider@hoosierlottery.com.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

 

Neopollard Interactive Welcomes Scott Bowen, Lottery Industry Leader

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LANSING, Michigan (March 17, 2017) -- NeoPollard Interactive LLC (“NeoPollard Interactive” or “NPI”) is pleased to announce that Scott Bowen has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Business Development. In this role, Scott will work with NPI to help inform the industry of the value of iLottery products and services, and assist North American lotteries in navigating the complexities of legislative approval and responsible internet gaming.

Mr. Bowen joins NeoPollard Interactive after serving nine years as Commissioner of the Michigan Lottery, where he oversaw the development and implementation of several innovative initiatives, including the launch of online games in 2014. Under Scott Bowen’s leadership, the Lottery’s launch of online games has been the most successful in North America. Since the launch, more than 500,000 Michigan players have registered to play online, and online games are expected to generate an additional $480 million for the state’s School Aid Fund over the first eight years of operation. In addition to launching the most successful online lottery sales platform, he also guided the Michigan Lottery to similar success with traditional retail sales. Since 2014, retail lottery sales in Michigan have increased by approximately 18%.

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I am very eager to embark on this new opportunity and continue to play a significant role in the digital lottery space,” said Scott Bowen. “NeoPollard Interactive has proven to be the iLottery leader in North America. I am enthusiastic about the potential that iLottery offers to North American lotteries, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with other lottery directors to assist their efforts to offer online games to their players and increase the support they provide to their beneficiaries.

We are thrilled that Scott Bowen will be joining us at NPI,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive. “His esteemed reputation and longstanding success at the Michigan Lottery will be a valued addition to our company and an excellent resource for our customers looking to expand their portfolio with digital products. Scott’s experience implementing iLottery solutions will undoubtedly be a tremendous asset when guiding lotteries through the intricacies of internet gaming. His expertise and strategic advice will be beneficial in launching iLottery initiatives and driving sales growth for our lottery clients.”

We are excited to welcome Scott Bowen to the NPI team,” said Ilan Rosen, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive. “The Michigan Lottery has had great success with their digital products and Scott’s belief in the potential of iLottery within a responsible gaming framework is unparalleled. We are certain that his passion for the industry will enhance our ability to deliver iLottery solutions to our customers.”

About NeoPollard Interactive

NeoPollard Interactive LLC was established on July 31, 2014 and is jointly owned by two of the world’s most trusted and reputable companies in lottery and internet gaming—Pollard Banknote Limited (“Pollard Banknote”) and NeoGames S.A.R.L. (“NeoGames”). NPI combines the marketing expertise and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming products and services in response to an ever-evolving marketplace. The company leverages the strengths of each partner company to develop, implement, operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services for regulated lottery clients in order to generate revenues for good causes.

CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

Ilan Rosen,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: +356-2-2494832

E-mail: ilan.rosen@neopollard.com

 

SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive LLC.

 

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National Lottery Retail Campaign to Support ‘The People’s Projects’ Hits Stores

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WATFORD, UK (March 17, 2017) -- A nationwide retail campaign to support The People’s Projects has kicked off in National Lottery stores this week. The campaign aims to encourage customers visiting National Lottery outlets to vote in The People’s Projects – a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and The National Lottery that gives the public a say in awarding National Lottery funding to local projects across the UK.

Since January, Camelot’s retail sales teams have been spending time briefing over 16,000 retailers about The People's Projects as part of their store visits, encouraging retailers to get involved at a community level with their customers and to give players a chance to have a say in where some of the National Lottery funding will go as part of the initiative.

POS kits in two phases are being distributed to every single National Lottery outlet across the country. Phase one, in place already, includes a poster, Playstation Tax Disc and Playstation Feature Game Area insert.

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Phase two begins next week, when voting on The People’s Projects goes live, and all stores will receive an additional Playstation wing and window poster. Select stores will also receive up-weighted POS items such as a banner, window vinyl and bunting and Camelot staff will be out in retail speaking to retailers and players alike and distributing additional POS and promotional items.

Since 2005, around £36 million has been awarded through The People’s Projects (and its predecessor The People's Millions) to 770 Good Causes across the UK.  This year £3 million of National Lottery funding is up for grabs, which will be distributed across 19 regions in the UK, with three prizes of up to £50,000 being awarded per region and a further two discretionary prizes of up to £5,000 available, making a difference to local communities across the country.

James Pearson, Head of Retail for Camelot, said: “The People’s Projects really gets people involved in how National Lottery funds are distributed in their local area. It’s a great opportunity for retailers to engage with their customers and actively involve them in the voting – reinforcing that important link between the money people spend in stores each week on their National Lottery tickets, and the massive difference that National Lottery funding makes to communities up and down the country.”

Members of Camelot’s retail sales team will also be visiting retail outlets across the UK after voting opens on 20th March, to speak to retailers and National Lottery players about The People’s Projects and to encourage as many people as possible in each local area to get online and vote for their favourite project.  Retailers and their customers can go to thepeoplesprojects.org.uk and search by their postcode to find and vote for projects in their area.

For further information, please CONTACT: Camelot Press Office, T: 020 7632 5711.

SOURCE: Camelot Press Office.

 

 

February Table Games Revenue 3% Lower Than Last Year

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (March 16, 2017) -- Gross revenue from gambling at table games in Pennsylvania casinos during February 2017 was down 2.8% compared to February of last year, according to figures released today by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Posted on the Board’s web site,www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, the report shows that this February’s gross table games revenue was $66,302,623 compared to $68,187,957 in revenue produced by the 12 casinos during February 2016.

The Board does note that the comparison month of February 2016 occurred in a leap year resulting in an extra day of gaming play last year.

Total tax revenue from table games play during February was $10,717,173* with an average of 1,229 tables in operation statewide on a daily basis.

Gross table games revenue for each of the casinos for February 2017 and February 2016 is as follows:

 

Casino February 2017 Table Games Revenue February 2016 Table Games Revenue % Change
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem $18,727,468 $17,504,519 6.99%
Parx Casino $13,612,477 $13,239,507 2.82%
SugarHouse Casino $7,641,238 $9,240,443 -17.31%
Harrah's Philadelphia $5,399,119 $5,025,714 7.43%
Rivers Casino $4,379,663 $5,564,370 -21.29%
Mount Airy Casino Resort $3,893,638 $3,491,418 11.52%
Mohegan Sun Pocono $3,350,080 $3,684,555 -9.08%
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course $2,910,660 $2,859,409 1.79%
The Meadows Casino $2,655,641 $2,627,269 1.08%
Valley Forge Casino Resort $2,233,741 $3,237,771 -31.01%
Presque Isle Downs and Casino $1,196,822 $1,195,639 0.10%
Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin $302,076 $517,343 -41.61%
Statewide Total $66,302,623 $68,187,957 -2.76%

 

The decrease in table games revenue coupled with the earlier reported 4% decrease in slots revenue for February resulted in an overall gaming revenue decrease for the month of approximately 3.6%, per the below table:

 

Casino February 2017 Total Gaming Revenue February 2016 Total Gaming Revenue % Change
Parx Casino $44,528,440 $46,318,857 -3.87%
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem $44,049,849 $42,594,634 3.42%
Rivers Casino $27,422,305 $28,579,235 -4.05%
SugarHouse Casino $22,769,853 $25,072,941 -9.19%
Harrah's Philadelphia $21,758,891 $23,367,026 -6.88%
The Meadows Casino $20,364,790 $21,428,128 -4.96%
Mohegan Sun Pocono $20,323,551 $22,255,443 -8.68%
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course $20,119,800 $20,503,665 -1.87%
Mount Airy Casino Resort $15,088,041 $15,123,613 -0.24%
Presque Isle Downs and Casino $10,194,422 $10,801,447 -5.62%
Valley Forge Casino Resort $9,037,367 $9,596,395 -5.83%
Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin $2,913,784 $2,712,848 7.41%
Statewide Total $258,571,093 $268,354,231 -3.65%

 

*Tax revenue figures reflect amount generated prior to any adjustments by the PA Department of Revenue

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos. These facilities collectively employ 18,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey, T: (717) 346-8321.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

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Virtual Currencies, eSports and Social Casino Gaming – Position Paper

BIRMINGHAM, UK (March 2017) -- The Gambling Act 2005 sets out the framework for the provision of gambling in Great Britain.

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The regulatory framework in the Act is based on the concept that it is unlawful to provide facilities for gambling unless an operating licence is in place, or a specific exemption applies. The Gambling Commission is the national regulator for gambling in Great Britain.

Gambling is defined as betting, gaming or participating in a lottery. Those definitions distinguish the activities which need to be licensed and other activities which, although they combine expenditure and the influence of chance, do not fall within our regulatory remit.

This position paper summarises the conclusions from our engagement exercise undertaken in late 2016. That exercise included the publication of a discussion paper to promote debate on a number of issues which have emerged from the development of interactive entertainment products such as video games.

Click here to read/download the position paper: Virtual Currencies, eSports and Social Casino Gaming.

SOURCE: UK Gambling Commission.

 

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EGT Marks Its 15 Year Jubilee and Reports a Very Successful 2016

SOFIA, Bulgaria (March 17, 2017) -- In March 2017 Euro Games Technology celebrated its 15th anniversary. The company has become one of the fastest growing participants in the gaming industry, having 1300 employees, offices in 20 locations around the globe and machines operated in over 80 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and North, Central and South America.

In 2016 EGT confidently continued its ascending line of sustainable development and reported a significant leap in its sales by 30%. Along with several new jurisdictions in Spain and USA the company entered also the markets of Netherlands, Belgium, Russia and Morocco, where its products were well accepted by the domestic audience. The manufacturing capacity of EGT has also grown with 30% totaling 16,000 gaming stations for the year.

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The sales and distribution network has been expanded with three new offices in Peru, Colombia and Mexico, strengthening the company’s positions in the highly potential Latin America. In addition the Bulgarian manufacturer has also secured a contract for the distribution of its VLT gaming equipment in Italy with the local key player in the industry GlobalStarnet Ltd.

The accelerated development of EGT is accompanied by many new developments of the R&D teams of the company. In 2016 Euro Games Technology introduced its first curved slot cabinets - Super Premier, P-42V St and P-42V Up, as well as the jackpot systems Fu Gui Rong Hua, 4 Happy Hits, 3 Happy Hits and many new multigame mixes. The Luxury touch table series welcomed another new member in its family – the Lucky Circle Cash, that almost immediately gained a nomination in the top 10 land-based gaming innovations of the year in the GGA competition. EGT Interactive entered the sport betting niche with its online casino platform and the Spider CMS added several new modules on its path to further deployment.

EGT’s progress has not remained unnoticed and the company received two recognitions – the award “Most successful business, 2016” in VIP Business Awards competition and the accolade “True Leader 2015” of ICAP Bulgaria. The manufacturer was ranked 12th out of 300 most successful Bulgarian enterprises from all industries. In 2016 EGT has also widened its presence at international exhibitions and trade events, taking part for a first time in the Irish Gaming Show, Indian Gaming Show, Peru Gaming Show and iGaming Show, where all its product novelties had a warm reception from the visitors.

2017 is also shaping to be ambitious as expectations for EGT. The company plans on further increase in its manufacturing capacity to 20,000 gaming stations per year and on another 30% sales growth. It also intends to solidify its positions in Central and South America, penetrating the markets of Costa Rica and Chile, and to gain ground in several more USA jurisdictions. In Europe EGT will work towards establishing its AWP portfolio in Spain and VLT products in Italy, adding also UK as a targeted region.

SOURCE: Euro Games Technology.

 

 

Federal Court Approves Tabcorp AUSTRAC Settlement

MELBOURNE, Australia (March 16, 2017) -- As outlined in the ASX release on 16 February 2017 ‘AUSTRAC proceedings resolved (subject to Court approval)’, Tabcorp and AUSTRAC have entered into an agreement to settle the Federal Court Proceedings.

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The Federal Court has today approved that settlement, under which Tabcorp will pay a penalty of $45.0 million (plus AUSTRAC's legal costs on an agreed basis).

Tabcorp Managing Director and CEO, David Attenborough said: "Tabcorp is pleased to have concluded the proceedings.

We remain firmly committed to continuing to work co-operatively with AUSTRAC into the future.

We have made a significant investment in enhancing our AML/CTF compliance over the last three years and remain focussed on being the industry leader in regulatory compliance across all of our operations.

This is in line with our vision to be the world’s most respected gambling-led entertainment company.”

Tabcorp will recognise an expense in respect of the penalty amount in its financial statements for the year ending 30 June 2017.

This expense will be treated as a significant item.

The FY17 dividend target remains the greater of 90% of NPAT before significant items and the amortisation of the Victorian Wagering and Betting Licence or 24 cents per share.

SOURCE: Tabcorp press release.

 

Pennsylvania Lottery Awards $167.8 Million in Instant Game Prizes in February

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (March 16, 2017) -- Pennsylvania Lottery instant game players across the state won more than $167.8 million during February, based on prize claims received.

Last month's top instant winners included two winners of $3 million and four winners of $1 million. Other large instant wins included:

  • Seven prizes of $300,000;
  • Three $250,000 prizes;
  • Two $150,000 prizes;
  • Two $125,000 prizes; and
  • Thirteen $100,000 prizes.

 

Winner lists for all games are posted monthly at palottery.com. Click "Winners", then "Instant Games Winners".

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The instant games winner lists include all winners of $1,000 or more, although many prizes below that threshold were won.

To review the rules, prizes remaining and specific chances of winning for each game, visit palottery.com. The overall chances of winning any prize vary by game and are printed on the back of each instant ticket. Overall chances are expressed across all tickets produced in a game and not by tickets sold per pack.

The chances of winning are not influenced by where a ticket is sold. Instant games are distributed at random, meaning the Pennsylvania Lottery and its retailers do not know where winning tickets will be sold.

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.

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

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Greentube Inks Content Partnership with iGaming Cloud

Cloud-based platform provider iGaming Cloud is now offering world-famous NOVOMATIC game content

VIENNA, Austria (March 13, 2017) -- Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, launched its content with online gaming operators: guts.com, rizk.com and betspin.com. Under the agreement, Greentube is offering NOVOMATIC’s market-leading interactive content via the operator’s cloud-based platform provider iGaming Cloud (IGC). Greentube’s content will be widespread on iGaming Cloud associated websites.

The online casinos, operating on the gaming license of IGC, comply with its own high demands by offering Greentube’s market-leading interactive content, along with providing the highest quality in terms of safety, security, payback and entertainment value.

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NOVOMATIC´s famous blue chip slots such as Book of Ra™ deluxe, Lucky Lady´s Charm™ deluxe, Sizzling Hot™ deluxe, as well as table and video poker games, are available on the operator’s gaming platforms with immediate effect.

Gernot Baumgartner, Head of Marketing & Sales at Greentube, commented:  “We are very happy to announce another successful partnership and excited to introduce our well-known games selection to IGC players.”

Ben Clemes, Managing Director of iGaming Cloud, added: “I am very pleased to complete the Greentube integration into the iGaming Clouds open cloud-based platform. It is exciting to see popular land-based titles such as Book of Ra, Sizzling Hot and Lord of the Ocean assessable online and the Greentube portfolio will be a fantastic complement to our ever growing games portfolio.

About Greentube

Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions, the global interactive unit of NOVOMATIC, is a leading developer and supplier of iGaming solutions. Greentube is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NOVOMATIC Group, one of the biggest producers and operators of gaming technologies and one of the largest integrated gaming companies in the world. Greentube’s industry leading Omni-channel technology allows the convergence of online, mobile and land-based games. The well-diversified product portfolio includes Classic Slots, Table Games, Live Dealer Gaming, AWP Reloaded Slots, Server-Based Gaming, Social Casino Gaming, Bingo, Poker and more.

About iGaming Cloud

iGaming Cloud is part of the Gaming Innovation Group Inc. an emerging gambling solutions and interactive entertainment provider. The Group offers cutting-edge Cloud-based Services and B2B Performance Marketing, and owns B2C gambling operators offering games from the best-of-breed suppliers across the online sports betting and casino industry. Gaming Innovation Group operates out of Malta and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “GIG”.

More Information: www.iGamingCloud.com.

SOURCE: Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GMBH.

 

 

Instant Cash Prizes Are Springing Up With The Florida Lottery’s Latest Ezmatch™ Promotion

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (March 20, 2017) -- Just in time for spring, the Florida Lottery’s EZmatch™ promotion is back! For a limited time, players who add EZmatch™ to their FANTASY 5® or LUCKY MONEY™ purchases can win cash prizes of up to $1,000 instantly.

From Monday, March 20, through Sunday, April 30, 2017, the EZmatch top prize will double from $500 to $1,000 and the second prize from $250 to $500!  EZmatch players will also enjoy an increased minimum prize of $5, up from $2. Additionally, the number of $500 instant-win prizes will be increased throughout the six-week promotion.

EZmatch is an add-on feature that gives FANTASY 5 and LUCKY MONEY players the opportunity to win cash prizes instantly, for an additional $1 per play.

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When players add EZmatch to their FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY purchase, five EZmatch numbers and instant prize amounts will be printed on the ticket. If any of the EZmatch numbers match any of the FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY numbers on the ticket, the player instantly wins the prize amount shown. Players can win up to five times on a single ticket.

All EZmatch prizes of less than $600 can be redeemed at any Florida Lottery retailer. Prizes of $600 or more must be claimed at a Florida Lottery district office. If an EZmatch prize is paid by a retailer before the applicable FANTASY 5 or LUCKY MONEY drawing on the ticket has occurred, a continuation ticket will be provided to the player.  EZmatch prizes can be claimed up to 180 days after the first draw date on the ticket. More information about this promotion, or any Florida Lottery game, is available at www.flalottery.com.

FANTASY 5 drawings are held seven days a week, at 11:15 p.m., ET and LUCKY MONEY drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:15 p.m., ET. Florida Lottery drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state and are available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery website, at retailers statewide and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.

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 (www.flalottery.com).

 

 

The Advertisement of Online Gambling Services

AVMS Directive to Exclude Minors from Gambling Advertisements

Information from: EGBA NEWS Issue 23

BRUSSELS, Belgium (March 2017) -- Nicola Caputo, Member of the European Parliament, talks to the EGBA about the need to strictly prohibit gambling advertising targeting minors to ensure consumers at large are better protected.

European countries have shifted their views from viewing gambling as something to be repressed, even morally questionable, to an activity seen as a normal part of the leisure industry, which has to be regulated and monitored.

Since its dematerialization in the early 2000s, online gambling has gradually become an attractive service to European consumers representing today almost 15% of the total European gambling market.

In December 2014 I presented, together with 13 other Members of the European Parliament, a written declaration on this specific issue, highlighting the concerns related to gambling and new technologies. In the context of the increased accessibility to gambling options, such as the possibility to gamble through mobile phones, as well as unregulated gambling, European lawmakers have to pay particular attention to commercial communications to ensure the same level of regulation and monitoring as with gambling itself.

The Audio-visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), which is currently under revision and will be voted by the European Parliament in the coming weeks, regulates both traditional TV broadcasts as well as on-demand services. Today, many audio-visual services fall outside the range of application of the AVMS Directive. This is because the content is not hosted by traditional TVs anymore, but by online video-sharing platforms or online intermediaries. The change in this audio-visual landscape means that there is a need to guarantee greater flexibility to ensure commercial's fairness, objectivity and control. The platforms or intermediaries under a «lighter» version of control (on demand services) need to be subdued into a more regulated and controlled field.

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European lawmakers have to pay particular attention to commercial communications to ensure the same level of regulation and monitoring as with gambling itself.”

Nicola Caputo, Member of the European Parliament

Regardless of this evolution, it is necessary that the proposed AVMS Directive keeps gambling advertisement among the regulated audio-visual media services, since all the core principles of the AVMSD – including Article 3, known as «freedom of reception» -- should be consistently applied to the audio-visual promotion of gambling. This will have a positive outcome for the overall safety of the sector, and will provide guidelines to be followed by every audio-visual media provider. In fact, monitoring advertisements would have the effect of channelling consumers into regulated, supervised markets. This would is an advantage for the general public, as channelling protects them by legally raising the public awareness and fostering a fair use of this type of entertainment.

Since one of the AVMS Directive's main goal is to protect the public from the possible risks of certain audio-visual media content, including gambling advertisement in the scope of the revised Directive is a matter of consumer protection. Such measure protects the most vulnerable citizens, in particular those who are exposed to the consequences of an indiscriminate use of audio-visual advertisements. Specific provisions to protect minors are necessary. Gambling advertisements should not target minors and should always carry a no "underage gambling" sign.

Including a prohibition of targeting minors will increase consumer protection, by harmonising the already established national practices, based on the Commission's 2014's Recommendation on consumer protection. Regardless of this evolution, it is necessary that the new version of the AVMSD keeps gambling advertisement among the regulated audiovisual media services.

Last but not least, stronger rules on gambling advertisements are in line with the direction indicated by the Commission and the Council. Both the Commission and the Council have highlighted the necessity to promote public campaigns to inform and educate European citizens about potential risks of gambling and to take coordinated action in order to fight illegal gambling across the whole Europe. 

For further information please CONTACT: Maarten Haijer, T: +32 2 554 08 90, E: egba@egba.eu

SOURCE: EGBA (www.egba.eu).

 

 

 

 


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mybet Holding SE: New Sports Betting and Casino Platform Fully in Operation

BERLIN, Germany (March 21, 2017) -- As announced before, the mybet Group has fully put its newly developed sports betting and casino platform into operation today. The new hard- and software now presents an enormously enlarged sports betting and casino offering in a completely new visual design on the website www.mybet.com.

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Along with the enlarged offering, that for example enables mybet for the first time to provide a casino for usage on mobile devices, the new system enables new functions facilitating the navigation through the increased offering. An efficient search function and a freely adjustable favourites menu provide quick access to the desired content and a newly structured betting slip provides an easier overview of open and recently settled bets.

Further new features to follow step by step

In addition to the immediate extensive improvements the new technical infrastructure provides above all the foundation for the continuous further development of mybet's product offering. "The new product platform immediately pushes our online offering to a completely new level.

But for us, this is only the beginning as we are up to a lot more. Some features will follow shortly, some improvements will take a little longer. But first of all we are now able to catch up with the speed of innovation in the industry, which was no longer possible with the old infrastructure", says Markus Peuler, CEO of mybet Holding SE. For example, the mybet Group signed a contract with the live casino specialist Evolution Gaming, which will expand the live casino offering at mybet.com significantly.

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The mybet Group, licensed in several European countries to offer sports betting and online casino games, has its registered office in Berlin and locations in Cologne and Malta. mybet offers its betting and gaming products over the internet platform mybet.com as well as at land-based betting shops operating under a franchise system. In addition, the group supplies regional betting providers in Europe and Africa as a B2B service provider.

mybet Holding SE is the parent company of the mybet Group. The shares of mybet Holding SE (ISIN DE000A0JRU67) are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the Prime Standard.

For further information, visit: www.mybet-se.com | www.mybet.com | www.mybet-shop.com

CONTACT: mybet Holding SE, Sebastian Bucher, Investor & Public Relations, T: +49 30 22 90 83 161, F: +49 30 22 90 83 150, E: sebastian.bucher@mybet.com.

SOURCE: mybet Holding SE via DGAP-News.

 

 

Nederlandse Loterij Proud Partner of TeamNL

THE HAGUE (March 17, 2017) -- Nederlandse Loterij (Dutch Lottery) is a major financier of the Dutch Sport. The annual contribution is indispensable to organize the sport in the Netherlands, large and small, across the board to the top and for each target group.

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March 10, 2017 - With the signing by Dutch Lottery, shortly before the World Cup short track in Rotterdam, has joined one of the Dutch Sport Partner.

TeamNL

TeamNL is the multidisciplinary sports team representing Netherlands 365 days a year at international level. It is the collection of the very best athletes who will represent the Netherlands at European Championships, World Championships and Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than 25 associations have joined to face with NOC * NSF TeamNL.

Gerard Dielessen, CEO NOC * NSF: "The connection of Dutch Lottery and the Dutch Sports Partner today we have put an important step On the one hand, NOC * NSF, along with more than 25 sports federations and on the other hand strong. partners of the Dutch Sport is an unprecedented collaboration started making TeamNL and Dutch society will be linked together 365 days a year."

Thomas van Schaik, Manager Marketing Communications and Sponsorship NOC * NSF: "TeamNL put explicitly in the connection with sports fans Fans athletes can meet more easily than ever, and follow through the various online Team GB channels TeamNL brings athletes and fans, sports.. and fans, sponsors and fans and athletes themselves closer together. in addition TeamNL also plays an important social role and will actively contribute to events and associations also play a role in social projects."

Theo Fledderus, director / manager of the Dutch Federation: "This is a new step in the cooperation between sports federations, NOC * NSF and industry, but also between sports federations themselves through TeamNL we present ourselves as the common sport of Netherlands Companies with the Dutch.. sport sympathetic to commit and thus help the sport. Together we will ensure that our fans the full width of the Dutch sports can experience and learn better. Together we can make as the Dutch sport even better, more beautiful and stronger."

Nederlandse Loterij (Dutch Lottery)

The Dutch Lottery is a major financier of the Dutch Sport. The annual contribution is indispensable to organize the sport in the Netherlands, large and small, across the board to the top and for each target group.

Niels Onkenhout, CEO Dutch Lottery, "Dutch Lottery goes for a happy and healthy Netherlands Dutch Lottery embraces TeamNL and we activate it in both top - width - as disabled as typically Dutch company, we make as the Dutch elite and Tea.. NL visible to the Netherlands, year-round Dutch Lottery closes happy with the inspiration, pride and national feeling that Team GB at major sporting events such as may bring about the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we say not for nothing:.. What really Netherlands wins! "

SOURCE: Nederlandse Loterij (Dutch Lottery).

 

 

JCM Global Wins 100 Percent of Bill Validator, Printer Business at New Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady

LAS VEGAS (March 22, 2017) – JCM Global has won 100 percent of the bill validator and printer business at the new Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady. Each of the casino’s 1,150 slots is protected by JCM’s award-winning iVIZION® bill validator, GEN2 U™ thermal printer, and ICB® (Intelligent Cash Box) system. JCM will replace the property’s GEN2 U printers with JCM’s new GEN5™ thermal printer later this year.

For more than 60 years, JCM Global has dedicated itself to creating innovative, industry-leading products that protect our customers’ businesses while also providing better, smarter, faster ways of connecting with customers,” said JCM Global Vice President of Sales Jason Cribbs. “We are excited that Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady chose iVIZION, GEN2 U as well as the new GEN5, which will bring advanced marketing capabilities to the casino.

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JCM’s landmark iVIZION is the most advanced bill validator in its class. Its Contact Image Sensor (CIS) technology scans 75 times more data points than any bill validator in its class, capturing the full image of both sides of a banknote or ticket. The CIS validation technology is combined with a patented anti-stringing device to detect and prevent manipulation or mechanical cheating.

Additionally, JCM’s GEN2 U will help the property make even better connections with its customers. GEN2 U has a superior electro-mechanical design that guarantees high reliability and easy maintenance.

The GEN5 is the next generation of printer technology and features a faster processor, dual channel communications, Intelligent Ticket Handling™ technology and TITO and promotional couponing. Additionally, the GEN5 is FUZION™ technology-ready. Because Rivers Casino will have both iVIZION and GEN5, it will be able to take advantage of a wealth of new features with FUZION.

Accounting and reconciliation processes are aided by JCM’s award-winning ICB system, which eliminates multiple points of human error. ICB is field-proven to streamline drop processes and decrease drop collection time by electronically pairing cashbox and EGM. Additionally, the amount in cash box is automatically reported to database, adding more security to count room. Optional web reporting give detailed, customizable reports from across the casino floor.

Visit JCM online at www.jcmglobal.com, and join JCM on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About JCM Global

JCM Global is the world’s leading transaction technologies supplier for the banking, retail, kiosk and gaming industries. With unsurpassed service and support, JCM Global is trusted by operators, manufacturers and integrators on six continents. Its extensive line of award-winning products set global standards with ground-breaking peripheral transaction components, innovate digital media hardware and the systems to tie them together. For more information, visit www.jcmglobal.com.

CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, T: +1-702-413-4278, E: paul@steinbeckcommunications.com.

SOURCE: JCM Global.

 




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