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Vol. 80 No. 5- Monday July 31, 2017


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Pennsylvania Lottery's Heat Wave Second-Chance Drawing Opens

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (July 25, 2017) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's Heat Wave Second-Chance Drawing is now accepting entries for chances to win three cash prizes of $100,000.

Players may enter any winning or non-winning PICK 2, PICK 3, PICK 4, PICK 5, Treasure Hunt, CASH 5, Match 6 lotto, Cash4Life®, Powerball® and Mega Millions® ticket purchased between July 25 and September 7, 2017. Look for the official entry code on eligible tickets.

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Each qualifying ticket submitted will receive one entry for every 50 cents in ticket purchase value. For example, a $1 ticket will result in two entries.  Enter by September 7 via the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or scan-to-enter using our official mobile app.

Review entry instructions, prize details, rules, and drawing information at palottery.com. Mailed entries will be disqualified and late entries are not accepted. Winners will be announced in the Second Chance Prize Zone™ at palottery.com.

Players should enter qualifying tickets as soon as possible after play and not wait until the final day to submit entries. Please play responsibly.

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. 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, 717-702-8008.

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Asia-Pacific Clients Succeeding with Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®)

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GLI to Discuss Wide Variety of Tools and Services at the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) 2017

SYDNEY, Australia (26 July 2017) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), the world leader in gaming certification and testing, is pleased to report that regulators, suppliers and operators are experiencing great success in the field with the company’s cutting-edge tools and services.

GLI Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Ian Hughes said, “As the trusted and recognised value provider in testing and certifications with access to over 475 jurisdictions and 28 years of gaming industry experience to draw knowledge from, we are confident that our experts can offer solutions that best fit your individual needs. Whether you need guidance, training or tools, our experts are strategically located across the globe so that we can be there to help you succeed 24/7. It is our goal to understand your needs so that we can support your efforts either expanding into new territory or strengthening your current operations.”

The company is known for its independent verification and validation certification, automated testing and static code analysis. In order to save time and money, Asia-Pacific suppliers have taken advantage of the company’s award-winning, patented tools, including Point.Click.Transfer.SM, Point.Click.Submit.SM and GLI Link®, which allow for suppliers to test their products remotely.

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Serving the global gaming market with 20 laboratories located on six continents, four of which are located in the Asia-Pacific region – three in Australia (Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne) and one in (Macau) – GLI specialises in helping small start-ups, large enterprises and jurisdictions reach new markets or expand into existing ones.

GLI will be discussing their exclusive tools and services at the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) 2017, 15-17 August at the newly remodelled ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour, NSW. The company’s experts, located on stand #570, are excited to meet with their clients from around the region.

Furthermore, Hughes will be participating on the AGE technology panel Tuesday, 15 Aug. in room E3.1+E3.2 (Level 3, ICC Sydney) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The panel participants will be discussing key technology issues and trends and how they will continue to impact the gaming industry.

To learn more about GLI’s extensive portfolio of testing, certification and professional services please visit gaminglabs.com. See you at AGE, stand #570.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services. GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Global Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or E: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC.

 

 

Lottery Players Gobbling Up Washington’s Lottery Pac-Man® Instant Ticket

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (July 24, 2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”) congratulates Washington’s Lottery on the outstanding success of its $5 PAC-MAN® instant ticket. Launched on April 19, 2017, the game’s 10-week average sales were 55% higher than the average 10-week sales of all other $5 games launched by the Lottery since 2014, confirming the enduring appeal of the PAC-MAN® brand.

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The PAC-MAN® arcade game was an instant hit with players when it launched in North America in 1980, and the brightly-colored mascot quickly became one of the most iconic video game characters of all time. Combining the nostalgic flair of the video game with the proven high appeal of PAC-MAN® ticket designs, it is easy to see why sales are yielding ‘a-maze-ing’ results.

To increase awareness and engagement, the Lottery wrapped the exterior of a Washington State Transit Association train with PAC-MAN® instant ticket advertising, asking players to “nom-nom-nom your way to $50K.” For maximum excitement, in addition to the chance of winning up to $50,000, the Lottery gave players the opportunity to instantly win one of four retro PAC-MAN® game consoles.

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In the first few weeks after launch, it became apparent the game would be a huge success,” said Ron Smerer, Sales & Marketing Director, Washington’s Lottery. “We work diligently to bring our players the best instant games that the industry has to offer and we look forward to continuing to work with Pollard Banknote to explore new, innovative, and fun instant game ideas and initiatives in the years to come.

The sales performance of the Lottery’s PAC-MAN® game adds to the many North American success stories to date,” said Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing at Pollard Banknote. “The powerful, well-recognized PAC-MAN® brand, with its familiar “arcade” theme and strong social presence, allows us to implement robust marketing campaigns that engage players and drive sales at retail.”

Created in 1982, Washington’s Lottery was established to generate revenues for state programs through the sale of lottery products. Presently, Washington’s Lottery offers five draw games and various scratch games that are launched as frequently as once a month. The Washington Opportunity Pathways Account (WOPA) is the primary beneficiary of the Lottery. In 2016, it received $128.8 million in proceeds to support education programs and scholarships. The Lottery also makes contributions to stadium funding and problem gambling prevention and treatment.

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About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games and strategic marketing and management services for both traditional instant games and the emerging iLottery space of web, mobile and social channels.  The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes.  Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in the charitable pull-tab and bingo markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

CONTACT: Sina Aiello, Vice President, Marketing, Pollard Banknote Limited, Telephone: (204) 474-2323, E-mail: saiello@pbl.ca.

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote.

 

 

Scientific Games Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results and Announces Intent to Refinance a Portion of its Debt

  • Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Year-over-Year Growth, Driven by Gaming and Interactive Segments
  • Operating Income Doubles, Leading to Strong Cash Flow

 

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LAS VEGAS, NV (July 24, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company"), today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 and announced plans to take advantage of favorable market conditions to refinance a portion of its debt to lower cash interest costs, extend debt maturities, and generally lower its cost of capital.

 

  • Second quarter revenue rose 5 percent to $766.3 million, up from $729.2 million a year ago. The growth was driven by revenue increases in the gaming and interactive segments. Foreign exchange had an $8.0 million, or 1 percent, unfavorable impact on revenue.
  • Operating income in the second quarter doubled to $117.3 million from $59.1 million a year ago, reflecting revenue growth, a more effective organizational structure and lower depreciation and amortization. Net loss declined to $39.1 million from $51.7 million in the prior-year period, reflecting the increase in operating income and a $14.1 million decrease in net interest expense, partially offset by a $26.0 million increase in the income tax provision. In addition, the prior year included a $25.2 million gain on early extinguishment of debt.
  • Attributable EBITDA ("AEBITDA"), a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, increased 13 percent to $314.8 million from $279.7 million a year ago driven by higher revenue and a more effective organizational structure, which was partially offset by $7.7 million of lower EBITDA from equity investments.  The AEBITDA margin, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, improved to 41.1 percent from 38.4 percent in the prior-year period.
  • Net cash flow from operating activities increased $77.7 million to $168.5 million, from $90.8 million a year ago. The primary driver was a $61.4 million increase in net income after adjustments for non-cash items, reflecting operating improvements across the Company.

 

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"Second quarter results represent our seventh quarter of consecutive year-over-year growth, including $169 million of cash flow from operating activities, as a result of ongoing improvements in our gaming, lottery and interactive operations," said Kevin Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games. "We achieved year-over-year revenue growth in global gaming machine sales, gaming systems, table products and interactive; as well as in U.S. instant games revenue. In addition, as a result of our improving organizational structure, we increased our AEBITDA margin by 270 basis points.

"Across the Company, we are maintaining a laser focus on executing our strategies and capitalizing on our many opportunities," Sheehan added. "I am proud of all of our dedicated team members who daily commit themselves to empower our customers with the best gaming and lottery experiences in the world, while remaining focused on delivering our financial goals."

Michael Quartieri, Chief Financial Officer of Scientific Games, added, "Our focus on innovative new products, continuous process improvement and fiscal discipline have enabled us to grow operating income and cash flow, leading to a reduction in our net debt.  This has resulted in our net debt leverage ratio at June 30, 2017 declining to 6.8 times twelve-month

AEBITDA.  With our strengthened performance, we are well positioned to further improve our capital structure and lower our cost of capital."

 

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About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for the worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive gaming industries. The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines and game content; casino management systems; table game products and services; instant and draw-based lottery games; lottery systems; lottery content and services; interactive gaming and social casino solutions, as well as other products and services. For more information, please visit www.scientificgames.com, which is updated regularly with financial and other information about the Company.

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

 

Packers, Wisconsin Lottery Announce New Scratch Tickets

Grand prize package includes Ultimate Packers Weekend package

WISCONSIN (July 25, 2017) -- The Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Lottery today unveiled the details of this year’s Wisconsin Lottery Packers scratch tickets that give fans a chance to experience a 2018 regular-season home game at Lambeau Field in style.

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The scratch tickets are now on sale, with an “Ultimate Packers Weekend” grand prize package that includes four Club Seat tickets to a 2018 regular season home game, along with food and non-alcoholic beverages, four pre-game sideline passes, a Saturday dinner for four with two Packers alumni, and two hotel room stays for four days and three nights.

Three different scratch-off tickets, the $1 "Hard Count Cash” ticket, the $5 "Green and Gold” ticket and the $10 "Packers," ticket are available now throughout the state, with the $10 ticket having a cash prize of up to $45,000.

Players who don't win instant cash prizes can still enter the bonus drawing and be entered for the grand prize package.

To enter the bonus drawing, players can mail $5 worth of non-winning tickets from 2017 Packers instant scratch tickets to the address on the back of the scratch ticket by Feb. 27, 2018.

The grand prize package winner will be selected from the bonus drawing in a date to be determined by the Lottery director.

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Lottery director Cindy Polzin and Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy announced the new games during a news conference Tuesday at Lambeau Field.

Last year’s grand prize winner was Susan Sayeed of Luck, Wis., which was officially awarded to her at Tuesday’s press conference.

Sayeed received 25 tickets to one Legends Suite for a 2017 Packers regular season home games, including food, non-alcoholic beverages and transportation to and from the game.

Other prizes include:

 

  • 95 tailgate party packages to either the Festival Food MVP Deck or Miller Lite Lounge include:
    - Food and non-alcoholic beverages
    - 2 Pre-Game Field passes to participate in holding the American Flag during National Anthem
    - One $50 Packers Pro Shop gift card
    - One helmet autographed by a current Packers player
  • 100 five-hundred dollar ($500) gift cards to be used at the Packers Pro Shop or PackersProshop.com
  • $1 Hard Count Cash ticket: win up to $900
  • $5 Green & Gold ticket: win up to $30,000
  • $10 Packers ticket: win up to $45,000

 

More information on the Wisconsin Lottery Packers games is available online at www.wilottery.com

SOURCE: The Green Bay Packers.

 

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National Sports Lottery Could Take Funding from Hospitals to Give to Athletes, ALNA Warns

The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association warns that a national lottery to fund athletes could be at the expense of funding for hospitals, schools, and infrastructure.

AUSTRALIA (July 25, 2017) -- A proposed national lottery to fund Australian athletes could potentially redirect funding from lottery taxes that support hospitals, schools, police, infrastructure, charities and more, according to The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association (ALNA).

Every year lotteries deliver $1.6 billion through lottery taxes to state and territory governments, and this supports a significant range of public good uses. As part of the National Sports Plan, a national lottery has been proposed to increase funding for Australian athletes and sport participation.

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Adam Joy, CEO of ALNA stated, “Australian newsagents and lottery retailers are strong supporters of local sport across Australia. In fact, they contribute more than one million dollars each year to support local sports clubs and individual athletes. A national sports lottery could not only potentially take money from these 4,000+ small business retailers and the 20,000 people they employ, but it could take away from state government lottery taxes by redirecting some of that revenue to another lottery.

It just doesn’t make sense to potentially take money from hospitals, schools, police, charities, small business and infrastructure, in order to fund sport participation.”

The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association have made a submission to the National Sports Plan consultation and proactively provided alternative solutions that would potentially raise more money than the proposed model, such as a point of consumption tax model (POCT) on all online wagering companies, most of which are sports based, that could raise more than the proposed model.

Adam Joy explained, “Online wagering companies are benefitting considerably from sport in Australia, and therefore should have a role in supporting it. Those licensed in the Northern Territory currently only pay approximately $6m in wagering tax, whereas lotteries already contribute $1.6 billion to the Australian community in lotteries taxes for public good uses annually.

The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association has requested more detail about the proposed national lottery model and, in particular, how it might grow revenue overall. We have sought assurances that it won’t take from the existing taxes and grants already being raised, and won't unfairly impact our members and their employees.”    

ALNA shares many of the goals that the government is seeking to achieve in the National Sports Plan. However, the proposed source of funding is of great concern given the lack of detail about the approach, including the regulatory and legal ramifications.

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Our members support the National Sports Plan’s goal of increasing sport participation and performance, and welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can continue to do that at a community level as part of this national push. However, we cannot support a proposal that is so light on detail and could pose a threat to thousands of businesses, funding for public good causes, and existing licensing agreements,” explained Adam Joy.

There are over 4,000 independent, family-owned lottery retailers and newsagents in Australia. The industry employs more than 20,000 people with a turnover of $6 billion and sees approximately 2.3 million people every day across Australia.

About the Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA)

The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA) is the only national and non-profit, industry body specifically for Australian newsagents and lottery agents. Representing a significant part of the Australian economy, ALNA works tirelessly to better its members businesses, and to ensure a secure future for newsagents and lottery agents.

About Adam Joy, Chief Executive Officer, ALNA

Adam Joy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA). He has held senior roles at ALNA for almost a decade.

Adam is an experienced senior executive and board director in commercial, advocacy and non-profit organisations. Previously, he worked in business process outsourcing, petrol and convenience, FMCG, QSR and marketing organisations.

Adam holds a Masters in Leadership and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

SOURCE: The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA).

 

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FY 2017: Annual Sales, Proceeds & Prizes Finish in Iowa Lottery’s Top 4

Scratch-Ticket Sales in Iowa Set Record for Third Straight Year

CLIVE, Iowa  (July 20, 2017) -- Record sales of instant-scratch tickets led the Iowa Lottery to achieve annual results in its Top 4 overall and finish fiscal year 2017 well ahead of budget projections.

The biggest difference from the previous year’s record results came in the sales total for Powerball®, which saw a world-record jackpot of nearly $1.6 billion in January 2016 that had spurred enormous sales in Iowa and across the country.

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“The ‘chance factor’ was highlighted this year in terms of the jackpots in our lotto games,” Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. “There simply won’t be a world-record jackpot every year. But the lottery is in a healthy position overall and we continue to deliver more than we had forecast for state causes. We understand that lottery results can and do fluctuate over time, which is why we budget conservatively.”

Preliminary results released Thursday show that the Iowa Lottery generated nearly $81 million in proceeds to state causes in FY 2017, which ended June 30. It was the fourth time that annual proceeds topped the $80-million mark in the lottery’s 32-year history. Annual lottery sales were $352.2 million, exceeding the $300 million mark for the sixth year in a row. Prizes to players totaled $215.6 million, while lottery sales commissions to retailers during the year totaled nearly $23 million.

Connor Flynn Jr. of Des Moines, the advertising executive who chairs the Iowa Lottery Board, said that he looks to the lottery to stress integrity, responsible play and strong communications every year.   

“In our Board meetings throughout the year, lottery staffers share the details of their work across the lottery’s operations,” Flynn said. “I believe the lottery is positioned well to continue to serve as an affordable, local entertainment option in Iowa and generate valuable proceeds for state causes.”

Flynn also noted that during the past year, the lottery received another clean report from the State Auditor’s Office in its annual review of the lottery’s operations.

The preliminary figures released Thursday show that lottery sales in FY 2017 decreased 4 percent from the previous year’s record total of $366.9 million. Lottery proceeds to state causes for the year decreased about 8 percent while prizes to players decreased nearly 3 percent from the previous year’s record numbers.

In general, the particular type of lottery product that sells best in a given time period has a big impact on overall lottery results. For example, instant-scratch games have a smaller profit margin than do lotto games like Powerball and Mega Millions. But sales in lotto games are largely jackpot driven and can fluctuate greatly from week to week and year to year. Scratch-game sales and pull-tab sales are more consistent over time.

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So in a year like FY 2017 when scratch tickets sell particularly well, lottery profits will likely be a smaller percentage of total sales simply because scratch games have a smaller profit margin overall. In a year when lotto tickets sell particularly well as they did in FY 2016, lottery profit margins will likely be higher.

Scratch games achieved record results in FY 2017 for a third straight year, with sales totaling $237.6 million, an increase of nearly $4 million from the previous record that had just been set in FY 2016. Scratch tickets were the first product introduced by the lottery in Iowa and have always been one of its top-selling items.

 “Game design, the top prize available, the color of the ticket, the artwork on the ticket, the jackpot on the line and the particular time of year involved all can have an impact on lottery sales,” Rich said. “We do our best to be cognizant of those factors and keep a good mix of games in the field to appeal to different customers.”

Powerball, without a world-record jackpot during the fiscal year, saw sales fall 27 percent from the previous year’s record performance, but still achieved a total of $54.3 million.

Rich thanked retailers for their work in selling lottery products in FY 2017, noting that local businesses across the state received $22.9 million in sales commissions from the lottery.

Another highlight of the lottery’s FY 2017 results was the $2.5 million it raised for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund to benefit our state’s veterans and their families. The lottery now has raised more than $22 million for the Veterans Trust Fund since it began providing proceeds to that cause in 2008.

Here is a year-to-year comparison of annual lottery sales by product:

 

Product FY 2017 Sales FY 2016 Sales
Scratch Games $237.6 million $233.7 million
InstaPlay Games* $5.8 million  
Pick 3 $7.3 million $7.4 million
Powerball $54.3 million $74.9 million
Mega Millions $15 million $16.4 million
Hot Lotto $8.2 million $8.8 million
Pick 4 $3.9 million $3.6 million
All or Nothing $3.2 million $4 million
Lucky for Life $5.6 million $3.2 million
Pull-tab Games $11.3 million $15.1 million

 

*The InstaPlay product debuted in Iowa in November 2016.

 

Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.9 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.7 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans and their families through the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund; help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund; and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.             

For More Information CONTACT: Mary Neubauer, T: 515-725-7906, E: mneubauer@ialottery.com.

SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.

 

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ESSA Reports 53 Suspicious Betting Alerts During Q2 2017

BRUSSELS, Belgium (July 19, 2017) -- International betting integrity body ESSA reported 53 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the second quarter (Q2) of 2017; this was made up of 31 suspicious betting cases in tennis, followed by football with 15 cases, basketball five and one case each for handball and volleyball.

ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali stated that: “Betting integrity issues continue to be a key feature of stakeholder discussions at national and international levels. To that end, ESSA has been asked by the Council of Europe (CoE) to deliver a report on behalf of the private sports betting industry highlighting the challenges facing regulated operators to feed into the CoE’s ongoing efforts to ratify the match-fixing Convention and implement international standards. This important process will also feed into ESSA’s own integrity conference in London on 12 October.”

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ESSA’s Q2 integrity report includes articles by Professor Nolte, from the Institute of Sports Law at the University of Cologne, commenting on his detailed report on the failings of the gambling regulation currently in place in Germany, and from Ian Smith, Integrity Commissioner for the eSports Integrity Coalition (ESIC), who explains how the ESIC is dealing with betting-related threats to the sector.

ESSA holds positions on match-fixing policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. It is driving a number of activities aimed at addressing match-fixing, including a player education programme with EU Athletes (see here) and an international anti match-fixing project with Transparency International, having recently finished an 18-month project with the Council of Europe.

A copy of ESSA’s Q2 2017 integrity report can be accessed here and previous reports here.

Information on ESSA’s Integrity Conference at Lords Cricket Ground on 12 October is available here.

About ESSA:

ESSA represents many of the world’s biggest regulated sports betting operators, serving over 40 million consumers in the EU alone. Concerned regulated bookmakers created ESSA in 2005 to monitor betting markets and alert sporting bodies and national regulators to suspicious betting patterns. The goal was, and is, to protect consumers from potential fraud caused by manipulating sporting events. ESSA helps to combat this with evidence-based intelligence it provides to sporting bodies and regulators.

Every year, our members invest over €50m in compliance and internal security systems in order to help combat fraud. They also give back to sport and society by spending €400m on sponsorship around the world - €250m of that in Europe alone. This increases substantially when advertising and photo and  video-streaming rights are taken into consideration. ESSA and its members also co-fund an education programme on gambling with EU Athletes that reaches out to 15,000 athletes/players across at least ten different sports in 13 EU countries.

ESSA continues to play a key role as the regulated betting sector’s representative body at national and international match-fixing policy forums and holds positions on working groups at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The organisation is continually reassessing and improving its alert and reporting systems and has established information sharing arrangements with a range of sports bodies and regulatory authorities.

ESSA members include: 888sport, ABB, Bet-at-Home, Betclic, Betdaq, Betsson, BetStars, BetVictor, Betway, bet365, bwin, Digibet, Expekt, Fonbet, Interwetten, Ladbrokes Coral, Paddy Power Betfair, Sky Bet, Sportingbet, Sporting Index, Sportium, Stanleybet, Stoiximan, Unibet and William Hill.

For more information see ESSA’s website at http://www.eu-ssa.org/ or visit us on twitter:

@ESSA_Betting

SOURCE: ESSA.

 

 

Australasian Gaming Expo Exhibitor Space - Sold Out

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (July 25, 2017) -- The Gaming Technologies Association, owner and operator of the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) announced today that the event is a sell-out.

Scheduled for 15-17 August 2017 at the new ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour, AGE 2017 has already shattered records for the most exhibition stands (248 which is 26% up on last year), largest exhibition stand space (9,558 square metres, 17% up on last year) and highest number of visitor pre-registrations (26% up on last year) in the event’s 28 year history. In addition, 1,120 complimentary seminar places are sold out.

“The results are a big vote of confidence in the future of the industry” said Ross Ferrar, CEO of the Gaming Technologies Association. “As well as providing reliable, secure entertainment for millions of Australians, poker machine operations support more than 140,000 irreplaceable jobs and have provided over $50 billion in government revenue over the last 10 years. Anyone who has driven on a road, studied at school or university, or visited a hospital in Australia over the last 10 years is a direct beneficiary of poker machine operations.”

More information about the AGE and Visitor registration are available at: www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming Expo Help Line on 02 9211 7430.

 

 

NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

The Gaming Technologies Association’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, eBet Group, IGT (Australia), Interblock Asia Pacific, Konami Australia and Scientific Games.

For further information contact: info@gamingta.com

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

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Gaming Standards Association’s (GSA) Regulatory Committee Addresses Regulatory Challenges

LAS VEGAS, NV (July 20, 2017) – Since its launch last year, the Gaming Standards Association’s (GSA) Regulatory Committee has brought the regulatory community together and has been making significant inroads worldwide.

To date, nine regulatory jurisdictions are participating in monthly Regulatory Committee meetings, which help to support an open and transparent environment to address regulatory and industry challenges. The committee’s first effort has been input into the emerging Certification Database Interface (CDI) Standard.

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Since GSA’s inception, regulators have approached us on issues needing standardization, gaming devices/databases, centrally collecting regulatory information,” said GSA President Peter DeRaedt. “As is the case with our other standards committees, with the Regulatory Committee, GSA has created a safe environment that fosters collaboration, and we are very pleased to provide this service to the regulatory community.”

GSA has provided the Regulatory Committee with a variety of tools, including:

  • A collaborative environment using online tools
  • Meeting and administrative support
  • Access to industry knowledge base of gaming technologists, engineers, compliance officers

 

DeRaedt said, “Working with input from regulators over the years, GSA successfully created GAT (Game Authentication Terminal) standards. Today the GAT Standard is supported by the industry and used by various regulators. Building on our successful past, we are pleased to see the success of this collaboration and to continue to support the regulatory community. GSA Europe is likewise collaborating with European Regulators as it works on the iGaming Regulatory Reporting Interface (RRI) standard

GSA’s Regulatory Committee is open to all regulators from across the industry spectrum and focuses on developing standards to address regulatory concerns. For more information, visit gamingstandards.com and join GSA on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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

SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association.

 

 

APLA Regional Conference 2017 - Auckland, New Zealand

Hurrah ! The Registration for the APLA Regional Conference 2017 is now open!

This year, the Conference is held in Auckland, New Zealand and is hosted by Lotto New Zealand.  The theme for this conference is “Creativity for Growth”.

This will be an exciting conference with lots to share in the business program with outstanding Keynote and Seminar speakers.

Look out for our signature Debate session and a special session that our Host has included in this year’s Conference.

New Zealand is famous for its spectacularly beautiful landscapes – the networking day will give you an opportunity to experience the beautiful black sands of a west coast beach and visit the stunning Waitakere Ranges and not to mention the renowned Kiwi hospitality which is all included in your delegate fees.

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Please click here to view the E-Brochure and all the details to register.

 

Registration (do check on the need for Travel Visa to NZ from your home country)

To register, please click here.

 

Accommodation (Recommend you book by 31 August as rooms are limited)

To book your accommodation at Pullman Auckland, please click here.

 

Special rates for the Accommodation are only available for a limited number of rooms; when this number has been booked the rate will likely rise to more than double the price per night and hotels nearby are similar prices.  If you do choose to stay at a different hotel transport will not be provided.  We strongly encourage you to make your hotel reservations by 31 August 2017 to avoid any disappointment.

 

There is also a mobile app to download for your convenience; do download the “APLA Regional Conference 2017” app from the App Store and the Play Store.

 

See you all at the “Hui” (Maori for conference) in Auckland in October 2017!

 

PLEASE NOTE IMPORTANT DATES

If you require a visa to enter New Zealand you must complete your application and send this in 2 months prior – documentation needs to be submitted by 30 August 2017.

In order to get the accommodation special rate, we recommend you book the accommodation by 31 August as rooms are limited.

 

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Beh Swan Swan

APLA Secretariat Administrator

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Playtech BGT Sports to Unveil Exciting SSBT Service Ahead of New Football Season

LONDON, U.K. (July 25, 2017) -- Playtech BGT Sports (PBS), the leading provider of omni-channel sports betting solutions, has ramped up its Self-Service Betting Terminal (SSBT) offering just days before the new football season kicks off.

PBS has delivered significant growth for customers via its terminals in the last 12 months, and the new campaign will witness the launch of a new goalscorer coupon, as well as Asian handicap betting for the first time, with both products set to greatly improve coupon building for customers.

The goalscorer coupon will highlight a list of likely scorers across multiple popular matches, following recent statistics suggesting anytime scorer betting is now outstripping first scorer bets by almost three to one.

Its Asian handicap offering will let customers take advantage of more flexible and competitive two-way total goal and handicap lines across major football leagues. These will be maximised on the terminal’s immersive 22” screens.

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John Pettit, Playtech BGT Sport’s UK, Ireland, Asia and Australia Managing Director, said: “High street bookies are facing their fair share of challenges, but the progress and increased profitability of SSBTs has been very positive, as they are successfully providing the choice and ease-of-use that today’s customers demand.

Our SSBTs help our operator partners drive incremental revenues and we’re confident that our enhanced product range, new coupons, and greater functionality will help that further.”

PBS will present an even more diverse football offering this season, with pre-match and in-play betting available across close to 1,000 competitions in more than 120 countries available on its SSBTs, with the majority of these markets unique to terminals within the retail space.

This will enable operators to drive greater incremental revenue this season, with little cannibalisation of their over-the-counter offering.

In-play customers will also see an improved service, with a greater range of matches present across hundreds of recently-installed terminals in prime position for TV coverage.

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 BGT Sports was created in 2016, following the acquisition of Best Gaming Technology and integration of other Playtech businesses into one sports division. Founded in 2005, BGT has been at the forefront of retail technology in the betting and gaming industry ever since. Its self-service betting terminals provide an automated wagering experience to customers in a variety of countries around the world. The terminals deliver a comprehensive variety of broadcast, data, and pricing models that are flexible enough to allow Playtech BGT Sports’ many operator partners to integrate their own pricing feeds and liability management practices into the system. Playtech BGT Sports offers products and services across both land-based and digital platforms and has a global footprint spanning four continents and multiple languages. For more information about Playtech BGT Sports please visit www.best-gaming.com

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 (www.playtech.com).

 

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Ladbrokes Launch New Live Casino

LONDON, U.K. (July 25, 2017) -- Ladbrokes and Playtech have worked closely to re-launch Ladbrokes Live Casino, to deliver a new studio design and improved app functionality. In an industry first, a new video system will allow customised messaging with players direct from the casino table.

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The main areas of change are a bigger and improved product range and a planned schedule of new releases as well as increased interaction with players to create an authentic live casino experience. To support the growing interest in gaming, the Live Casino will have greater prominence on the Ladbrokes.com home page.

In keeping with Ladbrokes’ deep sporting heritage, the look and feel of the new studio will pay homage to some of the best-known sporting events.

Our gaming customers want an authentic casino experience and that is why we’ve updated our live casino offer and increased player interaction to create the ultimate live gaming experience,” said Antonio Ruggeri, Live Casino Product Manager for Ladbrokes Coral.

Kevin Kilminster of Playtech comments, “Ladbrokes and Playtech worked closely to re-engineer and significantly enhance the new dedicated environment. The new area takes advantage of Playtech’s latest next-generation studio capabilities moving the design and gaming experience to the next level alongside Ladbrokes’ long-term sports oriented focus.”

Ladbrokes live casino is available via mobile, website and app.

For further information please CONTACT: Jessica Bridge, Head of PR – Sports and News; T. 020 8515 7265; M. 07884113881; E. jessica.bridge@ladbrokes.co.uk or the Ladbrokes team at ZPR.  E. Ladbrokes@z-pr.com, T. 020 7287 5006.

SOURCE: Ladbrokes.

 

 

NYX Gaming Group Expands Italian Market Share with launch of OGS on Unibet.it

LAS VEGAS, NV (July 26, 2017) -- NYX Gaming Group Limited (TSXV: NYX), a market-leading supplier to casino, sportsbook, lottery and bingo operators across the globe, has extended its partnership with Kindred Group by integrating Unibet’s Italian-facing site with the award-winning NYX OGS™ (Open Gaming System).

The agreement sees Unibet.it strengthen its portfolio with the addition of the OGS suite, hosting hundreds of proven games from well-known studios including NextGen Gaming, BetDigital and other quality partners. Delivery was undertaken via NYX’s wholly owned Game360 studio team based in Rome, furthering NYX’s commitment to working with partners in their jurisdictions.

Game360 offer a comprehensive product portfolio that includes state of the art betting and casino platforms as well as local game titles authored and created in Rome. Game 360’s recent slot release Magic Scarab is immediately available to Unibet.it alongside premium NextGen Gaming titles including DoublePlay SuperBet™, Gorilla Go Wild™, and the recently launched Glorious Empire™.

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NYX OGS™ is already live with Kindred in multiple regulated jurisdictions including the UK, Romania and Denmark as a result of the long standing partnership between these businesses.

Andrea Guzzon, General Manager for Game360, commented, “NYX Gaming Group is excited to see this initial launch of games to Unibet in Italy; a development that significantly expands our global relationship with a key partner in the Kindred Group.”

Fredrik Kjell, Head of Gaming for Kindred Group, added: “As part of our efforts to improve and expand Unibet’s product portfolio in Italy, it was important for us to offer NYX OGS™ games to our customers, which have performed strongly in the other jurisdictions we operate in. We are very familiar with NYX’s quality content, and are thrilled to have partnered with them once again.”

About NYX Gaming Group Limited 

NYX Gaming Group Limited is a leading digital gaming provider, headquartered in Las Vegas, USA, with a staff of more than 1000 employees globally. NYX delivers added value by adhering to the highest standards of customer service, probity, and responsibility.

It has one of the broadest distribution bases in the industry, with over 200 unique customers. The award-winning NYX OGS™ (Open Gaming System), which allows licensees to leverage the best-of-breed, multi-vendor casino content from around the world, is acknowledged to be the industry’s market-leading gaming offering. From its own studios and a broad partner network of the most innovative third-party suppliers, NYX offers customers the widest portfolio of content available, with access to over 2000 game titles, via OGS™.

NextGen Gaming, NYX’s content studio group is one of the world’s leading independent suppliers of innovative games to the gambling industry. Under the brands of NextGen, Game360, Side City and BetDigital, the NextGen Gaming group create and deliver exceptional slot games with proven performance and game longevity for partners and players, providing end-to-end support across all services.

In addition, NYX’s award winning sports betting division OpenBet is utilized and trusted by leading sports book operators, with its scale and performance world-renowned. In 2016, the OpenBet sportsbook processed more than two billion bets and broke new records at the 2017 Grand National, where it processed 68,000 bets-per-minute.

NYX Gaming Group Limited is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol TSXV: NYX.

For more information about the group visit: www.nyxgaminggroup.com.

SOURCE: NYX Gaming Group Limited.

 

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International Masters of Gaming Law Autumn Gaming Conference 2017 in Copenhagen

WESTERN SPRINGS, IL (July 24, 2017) -- The International Masters of Gaming Law fall 2017 gaming conference will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 10–12 at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel.

The conference will include, but not be limited to, substantive presentations on:

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  1. the impact of the United States Supreme Court’s upcoming hearing on New Jersey’s challenge of the sports book restrictions imposed by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act;
  2. the growing presence and regulation of land-based and Internet esports activities;
  3. enforcement developments in the worldwide regulatory push to identify and stop money laundering;
  4. trends in European gaming;
  5. the latest developments in addressing compulsive gambling;
  6. the future of fantasy sports if sports books restrictions are lifted in the United States; and
  7. the practical impact of the ever-expanding merger of land-based casinos, Internet gaming, skill-based games, government lotteries, and esports.

 

SOURCE: Dickinson Wright PLLC | The National Law Review.

 

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Gambling Commission: Consumers Can Use Resolver to Manage Their Gambling Complaints

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (July 24, 2017) -- From 1 August, gambling consumers will be able to use Resolver, the online support tool, to make complaints related to gambling.

Resolver is a free, independent tool for consumers. It provides information about the issue the consumer wants to complain about, and support to help the consumer write emails and letters of complaint.

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Resolver is not an intermediary, and doesn’t act on the consumer’s behalf – but it does help the consumer to make their complaint in a structured way, and to make informed choices about what actions to take.

This can help businesses to deal with complaints more efficiently when they receive them, and manages customer expectations about their complaint issue.

Resolver also helps the consumer to store all the complaint information in one place, and acts as an email service. This means the consumer’s complaint will be sent from a Resolver email address, rather than the customer’s usual email address. We expect operators to accept complaints customers send via a Resolver email address just as they would from other email services.

The Gambling Commission has worked with the team at Resolver to help develop the information that Resolver uses about gambling, though Resolver remains entirely independent of us.

You can find out more about Resolver from the Resolver website. Gambling operators might find the Resolver frequently asked questions section particularly relevant.   

CONTACT: Press Office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 




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