Pennsylvania Lottery's Heat Wave Second-Chance Drawing
News Provided By: Pennsylvania
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
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
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,
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery.
Asia-Pacific Clients Succeeding with Gaming Laboratories
GLI to Discuss Wide
Variety of Tools and Services at the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE)
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 companys
cutting-edge tools and services.
GLI Australias 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
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 companys 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.
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
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 companys 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 GLIs
extensive portfolio of testing, certification and professional services please
visit gaminglabs.com. See you at AGE, stand #570.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for
compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical
competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more
information, visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Lottery Players Gobbling Up Washingtons Lottery
Pac-Man® Instant Ticket
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (July 24,
2017) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote)
congratulates Washingtons Lottery on the outstanding success of its $5
PAC-MAN® instant ticket. Launched on April 19, 2017, the games
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.
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.
In the first few weeks
after launch, it became apparent the game would be a huge success,
said Ron Smerer, Sales & Marketing Director, Washingtons 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 Lotterys 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
Created in 1982, Washingtons
Lottery was established to generate revenues for state programs through the
sale of lottery products. Presently, Washingtons 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
NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
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
CONTACT: Sina Aiello, Vice
President, Marketing, Pollard Banknote Limited, Telephone: (204) 474-2323,
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
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
- 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.
"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."
Click Here for Summary Consolidated Results
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
Packers, Wisconsin Lottery Announce New Scratch
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 years Wisconsin Lottery Packers scratch tickets that give fans a
chance to experience a 2018 regular-season home game at Lambeau Field in
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
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
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
Lottery director Cindy Polzin and
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy announced the new games during a news
conference Tuesday at Lambeau Field.
Last years grand prize winner
was Susan Sayeed of Luck, Wis., which was officially awarded to her at
Tuesdays 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
- 2 Pre-Game Field passes to participate in holding the American
Flag during National Anthem
- One $50 Packers Pro Shop gift card
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
The Green Bay Packers.
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
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.
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
It just doesnt make
sense to potentially take money from hospitals, schools, police, charities,
small business and infrastructure, in order to fund sport
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 wont take from the existing taxes and grants
already being raised, and won't unfairly impact our members and their
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.
Our members support the
National Sports Plans 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
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).
2017: Annual Sales, Proceeds & Prizes Finish in Iowa Lotterys Top
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
The biggest difference from the
previous years 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.
The chance factor
was highlighted this year in terms of the jackpots in our lotto games,
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. There simply wont 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 lotterys 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
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
In our Board meetings
throughout the year, lottery staffers share the details of their work across
the lotterys 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
Auditors Office in its annual review of the lotterys
The preliminary figures released
Thursday show that lottery sales in FY 2017 decreased 4 percent from the
previous years 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 years 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.
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
Powerball, without a world-record
jackpot during the fiscal year, saw sales fall 27 percent from the previous
years record performance, but still achieved a total of $54.3
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
lotterys FY 2017 results was the $2.5 million it raised for the Iowa
Veterans Trust Fund to benefit our states 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:
||FY 2017 Sales
||FY 2016 Sales
|All or Nothing
|Lucky for Life
*The InstaPlay product debuted in
Iowa in November 2016.
Since the lotterys 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
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
For More Information CONTACT: Mary
Neubauer, T: 515-725-7906, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Iowa Lottery.
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
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 CoEs ongoing efforts to ratify the
match-fixing Convention and implement international standards. This important
process will also feed into ESSAs own integrity conference in London on
ESSAs 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 ESSAs Q2 2017
integrity report can be accessed here and previous reports
Information on ESSAs Integrity
Conference at Lords Cricket Ground on 12 October is available
ESSA represents many of the
worlds 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 sectors 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 ESSAs
website at http://www.eu-ssa.org/ or visit us on twitter:
Australasian Gaming Expo Exhibitor Space - Sold
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
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 events
28 year history. In addition, 1,120 complimentary seminar places are sold
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
The Gaming Technologies
Associations 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:
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Standards Associations (GSA) Regulatory Committee Addresses Regulatory
LAS VEGAS, NV (July 20, 2017)
Since its launch last year, the Gaming Standards Associations (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 committees first effort has been input into the
emerging Certification Database Interface (CDI) Standard.
Since GSAs 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)
GSAs 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:
SOURCE: Gaming Standards
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
Look out for our signature Debate
session and a special session that our Host has included in this years
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.
here to view the E-Brochure and all the details to
Registration (do check on the need
for Travel Visa to NZ from your home country)
To register, please
Accommodation (Recommend you book by
31 August as rooms are limited)
To book your accommodation at
Pullman Auckland, please
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
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
In order to get the accommodation
special rate, we recommend you book the accommodation by 31
August as rooms are limited.
Beh Swan Swan
APLA Secretariat Administrator
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 terminals immersive 22 screens.
John Pettit, Playtech BGT
Sports 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 todays
Our SSBTs help our operator
partners drive incremental revenues and were confident that our enhanced
product range, new coupons, and greater functionality will help that
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
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.
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
industrys leading software and services supplier with more than 140
licensees globally, including many of the worlds 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
Playtechs 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).
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.
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 weve 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 Playtechs 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Ladbrokes team at ZPR. E. Ladbrokes@z-pr.com, T. 020 7287 5006.
Gaming Group Expands Italian Market Share with launch of OGS on
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 Unibets 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 NYXs wholly owned
Game360 studio team based in Rome, furthering NYXs 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 360s
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.
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
Unibets 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 NYXs quality
content, and are thrilled to have partnered with them once again.
About NYX Gaming Group
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 industrys 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, NYXs content
studio group is one of the worlds 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, NYXs 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
NYX Gaming Group Limited is listed
on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol TSXV: NYX.
For more information about the group
SOURCE: NYX Gaming Group
International Masters of Gaming Law Autumn Gaming Conference 2017 in
WESTERN SPRINGS, IL (July 24, 2017)
-- The International Masters of Gaming Law fall 2017 gaming conference will be
held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 1012 at the Copenhagen Marriott
The conference will include, but not
be limited to, substantive presentations on:
- the impact of the United States Supreme
Courts upcoming hearing on New Jerseys challenge of the sports book
restrictions imposed by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection
- the growing presence and regulation of land-based
and Internet esports activities;
- enforcement developments in the worldwide
regulatory push to identify and stop money laundering;
- trends in European gaming;
- the latest developments in addressing compulsive
- the future of fantasy sports if sports books
restrictions are lifted in the United States; and
- 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.
Gambling Commission: Consumers Can Use Resolver to Manage Their
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
Resolver is not an intermediary, and
doesnt act on the consumers 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 consumers complaint will be sent from a Resolver email
address, rather than the customers 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
CONTACT: Press Office on 0121 230
6700 or email: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Gambling Commission.