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Vol. 79 No. 10- Monday June 5, 2017


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Arkansas Lottery Awarded For Its Financial Report

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 25, 2017) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has again been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), issued for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. The award is among the highest forms of recognition in the area of governmentalaccounting and financial reporting. The Lottery first was awarded the certificate for its FY 2012 CAFR, and has won it every year since.

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The Arkansas Scholarship Lotteryå’s CAFR was “judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive ‘spirit of full disclosure’ to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users … to read the CAFR.” The Government Finance Officers Association is a professional association of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

The Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for more than 235,000 scholarships in the state since it began. The deadline to apply for scholarships has been extended to June 15 by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Visit www.scholarships.ADHE.edu for more information. More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships and retailer commissions in Arkansas. Since Lottery sales started in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $2 billion in prizes to players, and more than $182 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Visit www.MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions, and to join the free Play It Again Rewards Club. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT:  Stephen Koch at 501-683-2055 for more information.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

 

Education Lottery Headquarters Opens in New Location Monday

RALEIGH, North Carolina (May 31, 2017) -- After eleven years, the North Carolina Education Lottery is changing the location of its headquarters and Raleigh Regional Office and Claim Centre.

Starting Monday, June 5, players should visit 2728 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh to claim their prizes. The new location is less than a mile away from the current one at 2100 Yonkers Road in Raleigh.

Players living in the Triangle region come to the Raleigh Regional Office and Claim Centre to claim prizes of $600 or more. Players from across the state come to headquarters if they win a prize of $100,000 or more.

The last day to claim prizes at the Yonkers Road location will be Friday. The lottery will move to the new location over the weekend and start operations at 9 a.m. on Monday.

After a decade of steady growth, adding more stores that sell tickets and introducing more ways to play, the lottery outgrew its current location. The new space will allow the lottery to operate more efficiently and accommodate growth in the years to come.

CONTACT: Kathleen Jacob, Phone: (919) 301-3620.

SOURCE: North Carolina Education Lottery.

 

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INTRALOT Presents Integrated Digital Transformation Strategy at the EL Congress 2017 in Krakow, Poland

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ATHENS, Greece (May 29, 2017) -- INTRALOT, as a Premium Partner of the European Lotteries Association, participates at the 9th EL Congress “New Directions”, which will take place at Krakow, June, 5-8. During the Congress INTRALOT will present an expanded portfolio of ground-breaking solutions designed to support Lotteries’ modernization by focusing on digital technology and on the personalization of player experiences through all distribution channels and gaming verticals.

Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group CEO, stated: “We are excited to meet our valuable European customers and friends at the EL Congress in Krakow. Lotteries around the world have embarked on a digital transformation process that creates enormous opportunities for growth in the gaming industry. At INTRALOT we have developed an integrated digital transformation strategy in retail supported by our best-of-breed, flexible, reliable, modular and secure solutions, which are key in delivering future sustainable growth.”

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On June 6th, INTRALOT will host a discussion panel titled “Modernizing Lotteries in a Digital World”. During this session, top business leaders and out of industry experts will discuss emerging trends and best strategies for retail digital transformation.

At the exhibition area the customer journey takes visitors through the Lottery, Betting and Interactive Areas built around the “Player at the Center” design concept.

Guests experience products and services offered across channels for either registered or anonymous players. Ergonomically designed Self-Service in-store terminals as well as mobile portals and native applications for on-the-go experiences enrich the Lottery and Betting parts of the journey in the digital era. A prime example for modernizing Lotteries in a digital world is the TapnBet proposition which effectively makes betting available on vending machines. A universal bench showcases clerk-operated countertop POS systems of various sizes and functionalities. The Interactive section of the journey features Instant Win and Casino Slot Games propositions, for both in-store and out-of-store entertainment.

The journey concludes in the Systems area with advanced CRM solutions. Player Pulse is INTRALOT’s gaming CRM developed for acquiring, engaging, retaining and managing player activity across both the retail and online channels. On the other hand, Retailer Pulse is the end-to-end solution that offers 360-degree control for managing the retailers’ operational aspects, increasing their commitment and loyalty as well as optimizing their performances.

Uniformity and comprehensiveness across channels and verticals that underpin INTRALOT’s philosophy is powered by Canvas, INTRALOT’s intuitive CMS which optimally combines content management, marketing and personalization features to deliver enticing playing experiences to audiences through a consistent UI environment.

 

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About INTRALOT

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 €1.32 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,300 employees (3,450 of which in subsidiaries and 1,850 in associates) in 2016, 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 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.

For more information CONTACT: Ms. Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: tzimou@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

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Scientific Games Wins 'Best Table Game Solution' in Asia Gaming Awards 2017

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LAS VEGAS, NV (May 25, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or "the Company") today announced that it won 'Best Table Game Solution' in the Asia Gaming Awards 2017.

A panel of independent judges selected Scientific Games for the top-place honor in this annual awards competition designed to recognize significant achievements within the Asia gaming industry.

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The 'Best Table Game Solution' award recognizes the product that has played a key role in enhancing the casino table games experience, factoring in added value, reliability, service and support. Scientific Games was vying with six other companies for the top award in this category.

Ken Jolly, Scientific Games' Vice President and Managing Director of Gaming — Asia, accepted the award during the Asia Gaming Awards' gala dinner and award ceremony on Tuesday, May 16 at The Venetian Macao.

"We are honored to win this prestigious Asia Gaming Award for our innovation in table game solutions. This recognition is a testament to our investment in developing groundbreaking table game solutions, which include our Shuffle Master line of engaging proprietary table games and table game progressives, as well as our  leading-edge utility products such as card shufflers and chip sorters," Jolly said.

"Our focus on creating pioneering table game solutions is driven by our mission to deliver the world's best gaming experiences and our commitment to excellence in providing the highest level of safety, security and reliability in the industry."

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.

COMPANY CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

+1 702-532-7663

Vice President, Investor Relations

bill.pfund@scientificgames.com

Media Relations:

Susan Cartwright +1 702-532-7981

Vice President, Corporate Communications

Susan.cartwright@scientificgames.com

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

The Spanish Supreme Court Rules in Favour of Codere vs. Pokerstars

SPAIN (May 25, 2017) -- Last May 17, the highest Court partially ruled in favour of the lawsuit filed by certain companies of the Codere Group vs. companies of the Pokerstars Group on the grounds of unfair competition, stating that: "[...] This Court considers that online gaming and, namely, the game of poker offered on the website of the defendant, was not a legal activity in Spain".

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The Supreme Court continues ruling that "[...] the activity that was developed via the website www.pokerstars.com, in Spanish and targeted at the Spanish public, lacked the relevant authorization to operate gaming activities in Spain and was not a legally marketed service in Spain. Hence, Reel committed the unfair conducts reflected in articles 21.1.c and 23.1 of the Unfair Competition Act [...]. [...] in the case of articles 21 and 23 of such Act, the protected rights are fundamentally those of the consumers to receive accurate and non-misleading information and their right to fair advertising that complies with applicable legal requirements."

 Significantly, the court points to the fact that "the conduct of the defendant was not isolated, but was generalized in the market and fully tolerated by the competent administrative gaming authorities".

This constitutes the grounds for the Supreme Court not granting the damages compensation sought by Codere, as Codere could have been part of the illegal, but tolerated, activity.

This ruling imposes an obligation on consumers and stakeholders in the gaming industry to seek new perspective in claiming for prejudices caused by this situation, in light of the Administration's tolerance of an activity that has been declared illegal.

SOURCE: Codere press release.

 

 

UKGC Releases the Latest Gambling Industry Statistics

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (May 25, 2017) -- Gambling industry statistics are published twice a year (in May and November) and provide the latest information on each industry sector we regulate, which includes online gambling services offered to customers in Great Britain.

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The latest statistics cover the period between October 2015 and September 2016.

Headline findings: 

  • £13.8billion total gross gambling yield (GGY) of the Great Britain gambling industry
  • £4.5billion total GGY for the remote sector
  • 32% market share of the remote sector
  • 106,678 total number of employees in the gambling industry
  • 8,788 total number of betting shops
  • 176,410 total number of gambling machines
  • 583 total number of bingo premises
  • 147 total number of casinos
  • 1,729 total number of licensed arcades
  • £1.7billion contributions to good causes from the National Lottery
  • £231.8million contributions to good causes from large society lotteries

 

CONTACT: our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

 

MGA Reacts to International Media Articles

MALTA (May 25, 2015) -- The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) makes reference to a number of media articles which appeared on various international online news portals. The MGA strongly objects to the articles in question which contain factual inaccuracies and a misleading portrayal of the Malta Gaming Authority and the way it operates.

The articles in question are based on unfounded allegations by an ex-employee of the MGA (Valery Atanasov, a Bulgarian national) with whom the Authority has a pending case currently being heard in front of the Industrial Tribunal over his dismissal from the Authority following a decision by an independent disciplinary board.

The comments centre around an outdated process called ‘sealing’, a legacy and internal (non-critical) procedure which has since been discontinued in light of technological developments and innovations e.g. cloud solutions.

On the other hand, the process of tagging (of equipment) was retained for inventory control purposes.

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The Authority employs various other procedures which include third party technical audits and spot checks, data extractions, 24/7 CCTV monitoring at data centres, lab certificates of critical components (e.g. servers), website/data centre traffic monitoring and verification of replication procedures for data not hosted in Malta.

This provides the Authority with sufficient assurances and capability to conduct its supervisory functions effectively including any potential tampering with equipment.

The Authority also audits its licensees information security procedures and processes against an internal manual largely adopted from international technical standards such as ISO 27001.

This provides far more comprehensive protection than any physical sealing. It is pertinent to point out that servers can also be located overseas in line with the freedoms established under the EU treaty and hence the shift in ensuring that such servers are located in ISO certified data centre facilities having world class standards including ongoing surveillance and 24/7 CCTV monitoring.

The Authority like any other regulator, acting in the public interest, has a number of discretionary powers on how to execute its functions by virtue of policies and procedures which are underpinned by a risk based approach, designed to follow a regulatory logic to achieve the regulatory objectives at play.

As a dynamic and innovative regulator, the Malta Gaming Authority keeps its processes constantly under review to ensure that regulatory processes are in sync with developments in the industry both in terms of technological advancements and regulatory performance. The Authority makes it clear that there is absolutely no link between tax evasion or money laundering with respect to the outdated practice of sealing or tagging of equipment.

The Authority has other mechanisms in place to supervise tax compliance and money laundering in line with the pertinent legislation. Any media statements to the contrary are based solely on misinformation, poor knowledge of the gaming sector or worse, misleading information.

The implementation of the new EU 4AMLD (Fourth Anti-money Laundering Directive) including attendant supervisory mechanisms later on this year will further strengthen the Authority’s oversight in this area.

SOURCE: Malta Gaming Authority.

 

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Gaming Standards Association (GSA) Welcomes Seven New Members

LAS VEGAS, NV (May 25, 2017) - The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) has welcomed seven new members from across the industry spectrum and around the world.

Joining as a Silver Member is DR Gaming Technology (DRGT) of Belgium, global supplier of integrated casino management solutions for the gaming industry.

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Joining as Bronze Members are:

  • Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut, US
  • House Advantage, Nevada, US
  • Paltronics Australasia, New South Wales, Australia
  • Sightline Payments, Nevada, US
  • TNDR, California, US
  • BHGLS Pty. Ltd., Adelaide, South Australia

 

GSA President Peter DeRaedt said, "It is very exciting to see such diversity in our new members -- operators and suppliers of a wide range of equipment from across the globe. This assortment underscores the importance of GSA's mission to bring comprehensive standards to the global gaming industry that help to make doing business better, more efficient and more profitable."

There is a level of membership for every budget. Visit: www.gamingstandards.com to learn more. Join GSA as a member today, and join GSA on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

CONTACT: Peter DeRaedt, Gaming Standards Association  President, Tel: +1 (775) 846-4422.

SOURCE: The Gaming Standards Association (GSA).

 

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Scientific Games Unveils Advanced Lottery Instant Game Software Security System and Robotics

New, Patented Technologies Offer Lotteries Advanced Security in Each Stage of Company's Secure Manufacturing Processes

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LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (May 30, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that the Company has unveiled a new, advanced software security system and robotic technologies for lottery instant game security at its Alpharetta, Georgia instant game manufacturing facility, which produces and ships more than 70 percent of lottery instant games sold in the U.S.

The new, patented KDS360 software security system was developed through a series of advancements in Keyed Dual Security (KDS) technology systems, the foundation of Scientific Games' instant games security. KDS360 extends the protection of an instant game from initial game data generation though the final delivery of the game to the lottery or its retailers, including the critical process of prize balancing.

Joe Bennett, Scientific Games' Vice President of Operations for U.S. Instant Products, said, "There is no other instant game security technology like KDS360 available to protect lotteries and their players. This software system and robotic technologies are integral to game security and to Scientific Games' ability to provide the most secure instant games in the marketplace."

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The KDS360 security system requires separate random number generation keys from multiple and independent parties to shuffle the prizes within a lottery instant game, and then further extends game security by shuffling games at the individual ticket level during the manufacturing process. The system includes the front-end security infrastructure (secured servers, algorithms, multiple keys and independent oversight), as well as the back-end robotic cells. The robotic cells ensure that each instant game meets or exceeds the lottery's prize structure requirements and that the correct packs, cartons and pallets are securely delivered to the lottery or its retailers.

"Lottery instant games are fun and exciting for players, but Scientific Games also ensures that behind each ticket the Company produces lies a rock solid layer of security," Bennett said.

Scientific Games' KDS technology systems continue to be the most sophisticated instant game protection available in the lottery industry. In 2014, the Company introduced KDS 3.0, which is rated as a superior security system by independent experts and lotteries around the world.

Scientific Games developed the world's first lottery instant game in 1974, and currently provides games, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries worldwide, including nearly every North American lottery.

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 utilities; 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 us at: www.scientificgames.com.

Company CONTACTS:

 

Lottery Communications:

Therese Minella

(770) 825-4219

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

(702) 532-7663

Corporate Communications:

Susan Cartwright

(702) 532-7981

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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Visit the Gaming in Holland Expo... It’s Free!

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (May 25, 2017) -- For the first time ever, a free-to-attend exhibition for the gaming industry will be held in the Netherlands. It is almost like ICE came to Amsterdam!

Can you afford to miss it?

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In addition to the main conference event, the sixth edition of the annual Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo will also feature an industry exhibition where game developers, software suppliers, and service providers to the international gaming industry can showcase their products and services.

The expo will include informative breakout sessions on data services, training for gaming professionals, and white label casino solutions for regulated markets.

Why now?

The Dutch gaming landscape is changing rapidly. The lottery licensing regime has already been liberalized. The opening of the Dutch regulated online market and the privatization of Holland Casino are expected to occur in short order.

As a result, there now exists a significant demand for new products and technologies. Local trade associations VAN (for the land-based gaming industry) and Speel Verantwoord (for the online industry) are therefore supporting this initiative.

For whom?

Our expo is aimed at gaming industry professionals in the land-based, online, and lottery sectors.

When & where?

The Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo will take place June 13-14, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM at De Hallen Studio’s in Amsterdam.

The Conference & Expo location is easily accessible by public transportation. Parking is available underneath the building.

It’s free!

Visiting the expo is free for qualified gaming professionals. All visitors must be 18 or older. As we can only accommodate a limited number of visitors, registration is required.

Visit our conference

If you will be visiting the expo, you should also consider attending the main conference event. Speakers will include representatives from the Netherlands Gaming Authority, the Ministry of Security and Justice, Holland Casino, and many more. Speakers from twelve different countries, including the USA, will share their insights with the audience.

The 2016 edition of the Gaming in Holland Conference was sold out. Book your place before it is too late!

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The Gaming in Holland Expo will host the following exhibitors:

  • CDDN: data and customer ID verification services.
  • Dutch Roulette Design: offering a new roulette-inspired game format.
  • Ezugi: live dealer gaming.
  • JCDecaux: local market leader in outdoor advertising.
  • Leaseweb: web hosting and IT security.
  • NMi: certification and compliance testing.
  • Novomatic: electronic gaming machine wholesaler and operator. In addition, there will be separate stands from the following Novomatic subsidiaries:
  • Amutron
  • Eurocoin
  • Stakelogic
  • Screen Impact: narrowcasting for the gaming industry

 

Last but not least, the expo will also feature an Affiliate Zone, where Dutch affiliates may meet with operators in anticipation of the opening of the Dutch market.

Visitors will have the opportunity to chat at the Microgaming Coffee Bar.

We would like to thank our strategic partners: Janshen-Hahnraths Group, JVH gaming & entertainment group, Lottovate, Leaseweb, NMi, Novomatic Netherlands, Playtech; our conference sponsors: Aspire Global, CDDN, Ezugi, Kalff Katz & Franssen, Microgaming; our media partners: CalvinAyre, Gambling Compliance, Gambling Insider, H2 Gambling Capital, iGaming Business, iGamingCalendar, JCDecaux; as well as the trade associations IMGL, Speel Verantwoord, and VAN Kansspelen.

Further information

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me: willem@gaminginholland.com.

Kind regards,

Willem van Oort.

 

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Jumbo Interactive Trading Update Full Year June 2017

  • Forecast NPAT about $5.7 million - An increase of about 21%
  • Forecast NPAT from continuing operations about $7.1 million – a decrease of about 3% - from 38% fewer major jackpots
  • Increase in dividend payout ratio to 85% of NPAT
  • Expands charity lottery portfolio to include the mater prize home

 

TOOWONG, Qld., Queensland (May 31, 2017) -- Leading internet lottery business, Jumbo Interactive (ASX:JIN) today provided a trading update for the full year to June 2017. Net profit after tax is expected to be about 21% higher than the previous financial year due mainly to a reduction in expenses following the closure of the German business.

On a continuing operations basis (removing the effect of the closed German business), a lower level of large jackpot activity in Australia (37.8% by number and 14.6% by average Division 1 jackpot value) is expected to result in a decrease in TTV and Revenue, and to a lesser extent in NPAT which is forecast to be about $7.1 million.

The growing Charity Lotteries business has signed an agreement with The Mater Prize Home to sell tickets in the popular Mater Prize Home Lottery. These games have been launched and are now available for sale on the OzLotteries.com website and app.

“It is pleasing to see that NPAT of continuing operations is expected to hold up well despite the impact of lower jackpot activity for FY2017, and the business is well placed for good growth in the years ahead”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO and Founder of Jumbo Interactive.

 

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With the long term stability of the business being underpinned by the recent Tatts transactions as announced 12 May 2017, together with good growth prospects and a current healthy cash reserve position, the board has changed the Dividend Policy to 85% of NPAT payout ratio effective H2 FY2017.

Based on the FY17 forecast NPAT and H1 FY2017 actual results, a final dividend for H2 FY2017 is estimated to be 5.1c (2016: 5.0c) for a total dividend for FY2017 8.6c (2016:7.0c). This will be the Company’s 18th dividend payment since introducing the dividend policy in 2008.

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About Jumbo Interactive

In 2000, Jumbo sold its first lottery ticket on the internet and witnessed a dramatic rise in popularity due to the convenience of buying tickets online. Customers are attracted to the security of never losing a ticket and the convenience of automatic number checking and prize payments, syndicates and auto-play. In 2012, Jumbo released a lottery app for the iPhone and a new transition began driven by the convenience of mobile lotteries.

The Company operates the popular website www.ozlotteries.com in Australia under several long term agreements with the Tatts Group (ASX: TTS).

Jumbo has proven its ability to open up new lottery markets with its innovative technology and internet marketing initiatives that have brought lotteries to new demographics via the internet.

Jumbo has succeeded in targeting a younger and more mobile demographic with mobile now accounting for 75% of all customer interactions.

For further information CONTACT: Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, T: 07 3831 3705.

SOURCE:  Jumbo Interactive.

 

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Betsoft’s Cash Splash Network Promotion Raffle a Broad Success

CYPRUS (May 29, 2017) -- 3D innovator Betsoft Gaming have announced a successful run of their first Cash Splash Network promotion. The Cash Splash Network promotion was a raffle ticket prize contest, operated jointly between Betsoft and several popular operators that serve Betsoft games, including Interwetten, Mr. Green, WildSultan, Vera & John, InterCasino, Guts.com, Happyhugo.com, Muchovegas.com and Eatsleepbet.com. Players participated in the promotion by playing a minimum of 25 spins with a minimum value of €0.20 per spin while playing one of three Betsoft Slots3™ titles – THE SLOTFATHER: PART II, SUGARPOP! and ROOK’S REVENGE – at participating sites. Playing the minimum of 25 spins in these games granted each player one raffle ticket for the contest, and there was no cap on the amount of tickets a player could earn.

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The three top winners of Betsoft’s Cash Splash Network Promotion were Nathalie R. on Wildsultan with a prize of €6,000, Heikki H. on Guts.com with a prize of €3,000 and Jeroen J. on Mr. Green with a prize of €1,000.

“We had a fantastic time rolling out our inaugural Cash Splash network promotion,” said Annamaria Anastasi, Betsoft’s Marketing Director. “We were excited to plan this event with several of our operators, with the end result being some very happy players who won great prizes, just from enjoying our games. You can be sure that Betsoft will be scheduling additional promotions in the future.”

Betsoft is also proud to announce two lucky players who won big while playing their industry-leading games. On Tuesday, 9 May 2017, player Barry V. at Omnislots won €47,662.50 in a single spin while playing Betsoft’s GREEDY GOBLINS. Another big winner from Stravanger, Norway, won 218,750.00 NOK at Mr. Green on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 while playing ALKEMOR’S TOWER. These are just two examples of winners who encountered the frequently occurring bonus features in Betsoft games.

About Betsoft Gaming:

Betsoft Gaming, broadly known as the innovator and leader of true 3D cinematic gaming, is a Tier One developer and provider of complete system online gaming software. With a game library of over 190 games including the iconic Slots3™ series, Betsoft Gaming has met and exceeded the quality found in console video games and animated feature films. Starting in 2012, Betsoft initiated a concentrated push into the mobile gaming sector, with many of their popular Slots3™ games becoming available as the ToGo™ collection. Betsoft Gaming's extensive portfolio of clients includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry.

For more information, please contact Betsoft Gaming’s sales team at sales@betsoft.com or visit: www.betsoft.com.

SOURCE: Betsoft Gaming.

 

 

CIBELAE will Attend Juegos Miami and Already Opened to Register Forth E Training in EL Salvador

ARGENTINA (May 29, 2017) -- The CIBELAE President, Luis Gama, together with Executive Director, Néstor Cotignola, will participate in the international fair Juegos Miami (“Miami Games”), hosted by Clarion Events for the second consecutive year.

It will take place next May 31 and June 1 and 2 in Miami. There, the Latin American business community and CIBELAE authorities will visit each of the stands showing the importance of, and services provided by, the Corporation in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.

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In this context, Luis Gama will give a lecture on May 31 at 9.30 AM about “What a difference a year makes? A regulatory update and forecast.” Also present as speakers will be the CONAJAZAR President, Javier Balbuena Estigarribia, and the President of the National Charitable Lottery of El Salvador, Rogelio Fonseca.

It is important to remember that Juegos Miami is the only invitation-only event where attendees can meet the most important senior decision makers from across Latin America and the Caribbean, including operators, governments and regulators.

All attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to meet more than 30 gaming experts, such as CIBELAE, Coljuegos, Sun Dreams, and Paddy Power Betfair. You will listen to their personal opinions of where they think the Latin American and Caribbean gaming industry is heading, in a relaxed networking environment.

After attending Juegos Miami, CIBELAE will be getting ready to hold the second Board of Directors meeting of the year in San Salvador, El Salvador.  It will be held next June 21, whereas June 22 and 23 will be reserved for the seminar called “The Great Bet on Social Development.

The interested already can register and know the agenda in detail through the CIBELAE website: www.cibelae.com.

The topics to be discussed will include “The impact of games on chance on Social Development” based on the experience of the National Organization for the Blind in Spain; the commitment of lotteries to Social Development in Paraguay, Uruguay, Portugal and Mexico; the Gaming Bill in El Salvador; Social Responsibility: Protection of players and gamblers and the return for society, and fraud monitoring and its impact on the image of gaming operators and repercussions on social responsibility projects, among other topics of interest for the region.

SOURCE: CIBELAE.

 

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Aristocrat Delivers Strong First Half Growth and Confirms Full Year Profit Guidance

 

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SYDNEY, Australia (May 25, 2017) -- Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) today announced its results for the half year ended 31 March 2017, and confirmed its profit expectations for the full year to 30 September 2017.

Net profit after tax and before amortisation of acquired intangibles (NPATA) for the half year was $272.9 million for the period, representing growth of 49% in reported terms and 53% in constant currency, compared to the $183.2 million delivered in the six months to 31 March 2016. This result reflected the strong performance delivered across the Group’s global portfolio, particularly growth in Aristocrat’s Americas, Digital and International Class III businesses, supported by sustained momentum in Australia.

The Directors have authorised a dividend of 14.0 cents per share (A$89.4 million) franked at 25% in respect of the 6 months ended 31 March 2017. This represents an increase of 4.0 cents (40%) on the prior corresponding period (PCP). The interim dividend is expected to be declared and paid on 3 July 2017. Dividends are expected to remain partially franked going forward.

Other key features of the result include:

  • Revenue increased by more than 21% in reported terms and over 24% in constant currency, compared to the PCP. Earnings before interest, tax and depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased 34% in reported terms and almost 38% in constant currency, demonstrating Aristocrat’s ability to grow revenue and leverage value through the P&L.
  • Aristocrat continued to invest in talent and technology in line with the Group’s strategy and in order to deliver competitive product across core markets and segments while also pursuing opportunities in key adjacencies.
  • Operating cash flow of $401.9 million was over 41% higher than the PCP, reflecting the strong operational performance of the business together with a continued, rigorous focus on cash management.
  • Net gearing improved from 1.9 times at 31 March 2016, to 0.9 times at period end, due to earnings growth and significant free cash flow generation across the Group.

 

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Aristocrat Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Trevor Croker, said “Aristocrat delivered outstanding results over the first half of fiscal 2017. Industry leading content, hardware and technology translated into exceptional operational performance despite competitive market conditions.

“Aristocrat is fully focused on growing our core business while investing wisely to capture attractive opportunities in adjacent segments and markets over time.

“Aristocrat’s strong balance sheet, improving debt ratios and substantial liquidity position provides us with ample flexibility for continued investment going forward, consistent with our strategy and shareholders’ interests” Mr Croker concluded.

Outlook

Aristocrat confirmed its profit expectations for the full year to 30 September 2017 continue to be as set out at the company’s Annual General Meeting and accompanying market announcement on 27 February 2017.

Specifically, Aristocrat expects growth in normalised NPATA over the full year in the range of 20 – 30%, compared to the corresponding 2016 result, extending our established trajectory of full year profit growth.

While this guidance implies a lower second half, it reflects a planned uplift in D&D investment, together with the impact of the concentration of new openings in the first half of the financial year, which is not likely to be repeated in the second half.

Dividend Key Dates:

  • Ex-Dividend Date: 30 May 2017
  • Record Date: 31 May 2017
  • Payment Date: 3 July 2017

 

Further Information:

Financial: Toni Korsanos (612) 9013 6661 Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Media: Natalie Toohey (61) 409 239 459

About Aristocrat Leisure Limited

Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) is a leading global provider of gaming solutions. The Company is licensed by over 240 regulators and its products and services are available in over 90 countries around the world. Aristocrat offers a diverse range of products and services including electronic gaming machines and casino management systems. The Group also operates within the online social gaming and real money wager markets. For further information visit the Group’s website at: www.aristocrat.com.

SOURCE: Aristocrat Leisure Limited.

 

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OPAP and OTE Group Form Strategic Partnership for the Upgrade of OPAP Agencies' Telecommunication Infrastructure

ATHENS, Greece (may 30, 2017) -- OPAP Group (OPAP), the leading Greek betting and lottery operator, has selected OTE Group as its strategic partner for the upgrade of OPAP agencies' telecommunications infrastructure. This agreement is consistent with OPAP's 2020 Vision and the Strategic Priorities of "investing in the network", "leveraging the latest digital and technology capabilities" and "building a world class portfolio of products and services". 

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As part of this partnership, OTE Group, partner of choice for the implementation of complex ICT projects, will set up the new network infrastructure for OPAP agencies, which will ensure high levels of network availability, seamless and more effective operation and better quality services.

The new infrastructure, based on the New Generation Network of OTE Group, plays an instrumental role in allowing OPAP to introduce new products and services, such as Play Games (VLTs) and self-service betting terminals (SSBTs); and upgrade the quality and performance of existing products.  Moreover, it will allow the company to deliver in the future a richer audio-visual content, among others, thus further improving the customers' gaming experience.

OPAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Damian Cope commenting on this agreement stated: "I am pleased to be announcing our strategic partnership with OTE Group, which is part of our broader plans to invest in our network and upgrade its telecommunications infrastructure. This is an important project for us, as it will lay the technical foundation for the future growth of our company. It will play a key role in the introduction of new products and services and the improvement of existing ones. We have selected OTE as our partner, a leading company with industry expertise and solutions that can help secure top-level implementation and undisrupted operations for OPAP's agencies network, the backbone of our business". 

"OTE Group, with its advanced services and ICT technology solutions, can fundamentally contribute to the dynamic transition of every organization to the new digital era. Our strategic partnership with OPAP proves that OTE Group has the know-how and the reliability to implement projects of cutting edge technology, which pave the way for businesses' and the country's growth", commented OTE Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Michael Tsamaz.

SOURCE: OPAP media release.

 

 

Habanero Content Live on EscapeBET

CIS-facing operator makes games available after record integration

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (May 30, 2017) -- Content supplied by quality slots and table games developer Habanero is now live with EscapeBET following one of the quickest integrations in the company’s history.

The partnership, which progressed from contract signature to go live in less than a fortnight, gives the CIS-facing operator access to slots titles including recent releases Fire Rooster, Bird of Thunder, and Panda Panda.

Habanero’s games, which deliver stunning visuals, immersive soundtracks, and intelligent math to keep players engaged, are offered via its own platform and come with their own dedicated customer service managers.

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Daniel Long, Head of Sales at Habanero, said: “This is a significant deal for Habanero, as we look to take our games to new international markets around the world, and will significantly increase our visibility in the CIS in particular.

“But we were particularly pleased with how quickly we were able to go live with EscapeBET and boost their product portfolio. In fact, it was one of our fastest ever integrations.”

Alper Tayfun, Head of Technical Team at EscapeBET, said: “Our customers demand the best gaming experience and this deal with Habanero will enable to us to satisfy their expectations.

“The content is very good but we were also impressed with how quickly and simply the games were delivered, which makes life so much easier as an operator.”

The deal with EscapeBET follows similar ones earlier this year with Russian operator 1Xbet and Austro-Maltese company SKS365, which operates the successful planetwin365 betting and gaming brand.

Habanero currently operate a stable of 75 video slots titles, 9 table games, and 50 video poker titles, which are integrated into over 45 operators and aggregators and available in 21 European and Asian languages.

About Habanero

Habanero is a supplier of quality slots and table games for the online and land-based casino industries. Hosted on Habanero’s own platform and made available at a competitive rate, these games are tailored to the widest possible variety of devices, allowing operators in multiple territories to maximise their incomes.

Purchased by a group of European investors in 2012, the company now boasts a host of skilled designers, developers and mathematicians. Its management team has over four decades’ worth of experience in betting and gaming.

For more information, please contact info@habanerosystems.com. For sales enquiries, please contact Head of Sales, Daniel Long, on daniel@habanerosystems.com.

SOURCE: Habanero

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Tatts Awarded New Public Lotteries Licence

MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia (June 1, 2017) -- Tatts Group Limited has been awarded Victoria’s public lottery licence for the next 10 years.

The licence gives Tatts the exclusive right to run a range of lotteries in Victoria for the next decade, including drawing numbers from a pool (such as Powerball) and scratchies.

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Under the terms of the new agreement, Tatts will make a $120 million premium payment to the Victorian Government when the licence commences on 1 July 2018 – almost four times the $31 million received for the two lotteries licences issued in 2007.

The licence is expected to generate close to $4 billion before it expires in 2028, which will be reinvested in the Hospital and Charities Fund and Mental Health Fund – improving vital services and facilities across Victoria.

Tatts was selected following a rigorous 20-month application and evaluation process, in which the company demonstrated the technical, commercial and financial expertise needed to run Victoria’s public lotteries.

Tatts also holds the current public lotteries licence, which is due to expire on 30 June 2018.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz

After a rigorous assessment and evaluation process, Tatts has been awarded the Victorian public lotteries licence.”

Tatts has a proven record running our public lotteries, and I’m pleased to announce they will continue to do so for the next 10 years.”

The licence agreement is a great outcome for Victoria – it will generate billions of dollars which will be invested in vital community services and facilities across the state.

SOURCE: Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Media Release.

 

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Girls in Tech Launches Gibraltar Chapter

Playtech joins as sponsor as organisation expands reach of empowerment and engagement of women in technology

GIBRALTAR (May 31, 2017) -- Girls in Tech, a global organisation focused on the empowerment, entrepreneurship, engagement, and education of women in technology, is proud to announce the launch of its latest chapter in Gibraltar with major sponsorship from Playtech, the world’s leading supplier of omni-channel gaming software, systems and services.

Playtech is partnering with Girls in Tech Gibraltar as part of its commitment to increase diversity and inclusion in the gaming industry.

The Girls in Tech Gibraltar launch will take place in the La Sala Sapphire Bar on deck 3 of the Sunborn Hotel from 18:45 on Thursday June 1st, 2017.

The event is open to guests from both the public and private sectors in Gibraltar and will feature keynote addresses from Adriana Gascoigne, Global founder and CEO, Girls in Tech, and Cristina Turbatu, Managing Director, Girls in Tech Gibraltar. Kaiane Aldorino Lopez, Her Worship the Mayor of Gibraltar GMH, will also deliver her support for the organisation.

Central to the event will be a panel discussion featuring four accomplished leaders including Shimon Akad, Playtech COO, who will explore and discuss gender diversity and technology and why a diverse business is crucial in creating and sustaining successful and socially responsible organisations.

The panel is comprised of:

  • Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO, Girls in Tech
  • Alexandru Biet, Founder of Future Day Startup Incubator and Gibraltar Startup Community
  • Shelly Hadad, COO and Managing Director, Mansion Gibraltar, Winner of Leader of the Year (iGaming) at Women in Gaming Awards, 2017
  • Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech

 

Cristina Turbatu, Managing Director, Girls in Tech Gibraltar, said: “Gibraltar is a key, internationally focused hub with technology playing a key role in both public and private sectors. Girls in Tech is here to deliver a successful and motivational platform for women to enter and succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It is important for us to recognise that change must happen on all levels, regardless of gender, which is why the organisation provides its programmes and events as all-inclusive, meaning that both men and women are welcome to engage and participate”.

Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech said: “We’re delighted to be able to partner with the Gibraltar chapter of Girls in Tech. This is a first initiative of its kind here. We have very strong ties to Gibraltar and its business community and are great believers in diversity and inclusion. We strongly believe that a diverse workplace creates a highly engaging environment and a successful business.

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With more than 5,000 employees in 17 global locations we believe that diversity and inclusion makes us who we are and plays a huge part in helping us continue to grow as a successful, socially responsible, global organisation. We are very excited to partner with Girls in Tech to spread this message across Gibraltar and the wider gaming industry.”

Girls in Tech Gibraltar has a series of events planned for the rest of 2017. In order to ensure that the events roadmap is successfully delivered to its full potential, the Gibraltar chapter is actively seeking sponsorship and collaboration with further strategic partners. To date, the chapter has successfully attracted sponsorship from Playtech, La Sala Gibraltar and Sunborn

Casino. All funds go towards the research, development, planning and successful execution of upcoming year’s events and activities.

To find out more about the Girls in Tech Gibraltar Launch Event, visit the Girls in Tech Gibraltar Facebook page or click here to save the date for the launch event.

About Girls in Tech

Girls in Tech is a global, non-profit organisation focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to promote the growth and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in the technology space.

Created in February 2007, Girls in Tech was founded by Adriana Gascoigne, and was borne out of a need to provide a place for women to cultivate ideas around their careers and business concepts involving technology and entrepreneurship. Girls in Tech is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has multiple chapters around the world, including North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Girls in Tech Gibraltar offers a variety of initiatives for women and girls to enhance their professional aspirations. Our programs include Tech Talks, Women in Tech Stories, Coding Bootcamps, Hacking for Humanity, and many more.

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 140 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 plc.

 




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