Expands Strategic Partnership With Optima Group for Delivery Of Sports Betting
international customers with quality ongoing support, maintenance, and
development of current platform
LONDON, U.K. (December 19, 2017) --
IGT has announced that it has signed an agreement with Optima Group for the
licensing, support, and development of IGTs sports betting platform in
all international regions outside of Italy, the United States, and Canada.
As part of the agreement, signed on
Dec. 15, 2017, IGT is licensing its Sports Betting platform to Optima, enabling
it to provide the day-to-day management of IGTs existing sports betting
relationships in international markets, and to be IGTs preferred supplier
for delivering sports betting solutions in these regions.
IGT, as legacy GTECH, has
successfully partnered with Optima since 2014 when we licensed our sports
betting platform to them for a group of existing GTECH betting and gaming
customers, said Walter Bugno, IGT CEO International. With
this new agreement, Optima will ensure that all IGT sports betting customers in
the international market receive high-quality ongoing support, while
benefitting from Optimas ability to develop and enhance the IGT sports
This strategic partnership
gives Optima the opportunity to focus on our strength as a B2B Sports Betting
provider in the international space, said Optima Group CEO Jacob
Lopez Curciel. As a result, we can continue innovating on our previous
investments in the IGT platform, and ensure a first-class experience for sports
betting customers and their players.
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to
Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content,
substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence,
operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions
anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a
well-established local presence and relationships with governments and
regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by
adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility.
IGT has over 12,000 employees.
About Optima (www.optimagaming.com)
Optima is a licensed B2B supplier of
turnkey sports betting and gaming solutions, based in Gibraltar, Spain and
Malta. Optimas aim is to supply first class technology solutions that are
branded and customised to a partners requirements so that partners can
deliver, to their players, an excellent sports betting and gaming
IGT CONTACT: Robert K. Vincent,
Corporate Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside
U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
James Hurley, Investor Relations,
(401) 392-7190 or Simone Cantagallo, (+39) 06 51899030 for Italian media
Optima CONTACT: Carmen Garcia
Barranechea, E: Carmen.firstname.lastname@example.org,
Tel.: +34 678 660 318
Technologies Association Statement in Respect of Labor Partys Attack on
Poker Machines in Hotels and Clubs
SYDNEY, Australia (December 19,
2017) -- The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) today said the Tasmanian
Labor Partys attack on poker machines in hotels and clubs was an act of
economic vandalism that will cost jobs and strip
millions from the Governments capacity to fund essential services for the
This policy is a disaster
for the 3,000i Tasmanians who rely on jobs in the hospitality sector,
GTA Chief Executive Ross Ferrar said today.
The facts speak for
themselves. Expenditure on poker machines in Tasmania has declined
significantly in both real and per-capita terms since 2003 but still
contributes $31 million to Tasmanian Government revenue.
Labors policy creates
a $31 million black hole in the Tasmanian budget, that can only mean cuts to
Our Association is calling
on the Tasmanian ALP to be honest and open with the Tasmanian people; which
services does it propose to cut to pay for its promise?
Electronic Gaming Machines
in pubs and hotels are a legitimate and legal activity. The overwhelming
majority of Tasmanian poker machine users are responsible
Removing poker machines
from all hotels and clubs rides roughshod over their legitimate choices and
those who enjoy poker machines responsibly.
Tasmania has one of the
strictest regulatory environments for poker machines in the world. Regulators
impose comprehensive conditions at every stage and on every aspect of poker
machine design and operation, Mr Ferrar said.
All poker machines
operating in Tasmania are subject to stringent legislation, regulation and
national standards which ensure that machines available for play in Tasmania
are safe and enjoyable for consumers.
The GTA strongly supports
harm minimisation efforts, however, we do not believe banning our products is
any more likely to assist problem gamblers, then alcohol prohibition would help
- The Opposition has proposed to remove 2,400 poker
machines from 98 venues across Tasmania.ii
- The Tasmanian Opposition claims this will create
183 jobs at a cost of $50 million in government grants to venues.
- Gaming in clubs and hotels supports approximately
3,000 jobs in the Tasmanian hospitality sector.1
- In 2015-16, poker machines, along with Keno, in
hotels and clubs provided $31,514,000 in revenue for the Tasmanian Government,
as part of $81,846,000 in total revenue produced by the Tasmanian gaming
- Expenditure on gaming machines in Tasmania has been
in decline for more than ten years on both an overall and per capita
- In 2003-2004, Tasmanians spent $461.78 per capita on gaming
machines. In 2015-16 it was $282.86.iv
-In 2003-2004, Tasmanians spent
$167.6 million on gaming machines. In 2015-16 it was $114.2 million.v
i Employment figures for gaming
machines are taken from page 122, Volume 1 of the
Third Social and Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania
produced by Liquor and Gaming in the Tasmanian Department of Treasury and
Finance. The total figure provided in the study was 4,061, however two
sub-categories Licensed Premises Gaming Operatives and
Technicians are relevant here.
ii See Gambling Industry Data on
Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming website.
iii See Australian Gambling
Statistics 199091 to 201516, 33rd edition, page 340, available
iv See Australian Gambling
Statistics 199091 to 201516, 33rd edition, page 336, available
v See Australian Gambling Statistics
199091 to 201516, 33rd edition, page 334, available
SOURCE: Gaming Technologies
Diamond Game Announces 2-year Contract Extension with
Los Angeles, California (December
19, 2017) -- Diamond Game Enterprises, Inc. (Diamond Game,
Company), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pollard Banknote Limited, is
pleased to announce a two-year extension to its Managed Services Agreement to
provide, install, manage, operate, maintain and support the Break Open Ticket
(BOT) dispensers and system for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation (OLG). The dispensers launched in November 2012 in
Ontario Charitable Gaming Centres (CGCs) as part of OLGs
Charitable Gaming Revitalization initiative. Under this agreement, Diamond Game
will continue to provide the OLG with BOT system managed services until
November 24, 2019.
The OLGS Charitable Gaming
Revitalization program was designed to revitalize the provinces
Charitable Bingo and Gaming industry. To achieve this, new products and
technologies have been introduced that have invigorated the traditional
charitable gaming experience. The new products include Electronic Bingo, Play
On Demand, and Diamond Games BOT dispensers, branded as Tap Tix in the
community. Under the program, 31 CGCs have raised more than $175 million in
revenue for local charities and their communities. Diamond Game Tap Tix
dispensers are a significant contributor to this success.
We are very proud of our
relationship with OLG, said Bill Breslo, President of Diamond Game.
I commend the OLG on the Charitable Gaming Revitalization initiative
and am especially proud of the part our product plays in supporting the many
charities that benefit from Charitable Gaming in Ontario.
Thus far, over 900 Diamond Game Tap
Tix dispensers have been installed in 31 Charitable Gaming Centres.
We are excited to continue
our relationship with Diamond Game, said Rick Gray, Vice President,
Charitable Gaming at OLG. The Tap Tix dispensers provided by Diamond
Game have been such an integral part of our initiative and I am truly
enthusiastic about their further contribution to our CGCs and
About Diamond Game
Diamond Game designs, produces, and
services games, gaming systems, and tickets for the public gaming, Native
American, and charity markets. Diamond Game maintains its corporate
headquarters in Los Angeles, California and service facilities in Hamilton,
Ontario, and Jefferson City, Missouri. Learn more about Diamond Game at
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
For more information CONTACT:
T: (818) 727-1690 ext. 203
Director of Marketing
T: (818) 727-1690 ext. 206
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Pollard Banknote Limited
T: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Diamond Game Enterprises
Scientific Games Interactive Brings Online Games to
LAS VEGAS and CHICAGO (Dec. 14,
2017) -- SG Interactive, a division of Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:
SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company"), announced today that the Company's
titles launched in Italy on November 27, marking the first time SG Interactive
games are accessible in the regulated Italian market.
Eleven SG Interactive titles are
currently certified for release in Italy, including player-favorite brands such
as Spartacus Gladiator of Rome, Rainbow Riches Free Spins and 88 Fortunes.
Branded titles including Monopoly,
Wonder Woman, Titanic and other popular licensed brands are also available.
A strong roadmap of proven games and
new innovative titles will follow from the SG Interactive game studios: WMS,
Bally, Barcrest, Shuffle Master and the newly acquired Red7Mobile.
The initial offering is available
first with Betsson Group's StarCasino.it, and other clients including Snai,
Sisal and Bwin will follow.
The Company expects more partners to
jump on board as the market continues to grow.
Andrea Rossi, Managing Director of
Southern Europe and LatAM at Betsson Group, said, "We're excited to be the
first to launch the new SG Interactive titles in Italy.
The Company's library has proven to
be popular and successful in our other jurisdictions, and we're confident
Italian players will be thrilled to have these themes available."
Leigh Nissim, SVP and Managing
Director, B2B for SG Interactive, said, "It's encouraging to see our games made
available to new players in untapped markets.
This launch is a fantastic milestone
for SG Interactive and an indicator that we're constantly looking to expand our
online presence in Europe.
We look forward to working with our
partners in Italy to bring players best-in-class gaming content."
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) is the global leader in technology-based gaming systems, table
games, table products and instant ticket games and a leader in products,
services and content for gaming, lottery and interactive markets.
Scientific Games delivers what
customers and players value most: trusted security, creative content, operating
efficiencies and innovative technology.
Today, we offer customers a fully
integrated portfolio of technology platforms, robust systems, engaging content
and unrivaled professional services. For more information, please visit:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Baden-Württemberg New Year's Eve Million Sold Out in Record
(December 15, 2017) -- As early as this year, the lots of New Year's Eve
million were never sold out. However, since Wednesday morning (December 13),
the lottery is officially sold out.
Now the tension rises: The draw of
the winning numbers takes place around the turn of the year in the Stuttgart
With no other lottery of the
national Toto-Lotto GmbH Baden-Wuerttemberg the chance on a million-profit is
as big as with the new-year-millions. The eighth edition was in demand: as
early as this year, the one million tickets were never sold out.
Sales start in early
It has been available since November
6 in the Baden-Württemberg Lotto acceptance points and under lotto-bw.de
and the LottoBW app to buy.
The gameplay principle of the New
Year's Eve million is simple: From the number range 000000 to 999999 a number
is randomly determined. This number will be printed on the game receipt and
handed over to the tipper.
Each lot number for the price of ten
euros will be awarded only once.
If all lottery numbers from 000000
to 999999 are in the race, the lottery is sold out.
Draw in the lottery
The drawing of the winning numbers
takes place around the turn of the year under supervision in the Stuttgart
Lotto Baden-Wuerttemberg will
publish all lottery numbers on lotto-bw.de, among others.
Education Lottery Achieves Top Certification for Responsible
Becomes only 4th and
youngest - U.S. lottery to reach top level in world program
RALEIGH, NC (December 19, 2017) --
The N.C. Education Lotterys commitment to build the best practices in
responsible gaming into all of its operations has won it the highest level of
responsible gaming certification recognized internationally. It is only the 4th
U.S. lottery to obtain the certification and the youngest U.S. lottery to do
The Level 4 accreditation from the
World Lottery Association (WLA) attests that the Education Lottery has
implemented responsible gaming practices into its day-to-day operations and is
committed to continuous improvement of them. The principles govern the
protection of lottery players, cooperation with stakeholders, advertising
practices and the monitoring of game activities.
In its assessment, a WLA panel of
corporate social responsibility experts wrote it saw a strong
management commitment to responsible gaming in the lotterys
goals, strategies, policies and procedures. It is clear
responsible gaming considerations are embedded in the culture and in the
day-to-day operations, the panel said.
The Education Lottery has followed
important principles of responsible gaming since its inception and has worked
to strengthen its practices over time. It achieved Level 1 in 2009, Level 2 in
2011, and Level 3 in 2014, and set the goal of obtaining Level 4 as part of its
Responsible gaming has
always been a part of the Education Lottery because we understand that is the
expectation of our players and the public we serve, said Alice
Garland, executive director of the lottery. Our duty is not only to
grow our sales and increase the money we raise for a good cause, but to work at
the same time to protect the interests of those who enjoy playing lottery
Since the start of the lottery, it
has been the sole source of funding for the N.C. Problem Gambling Program
(www.morethanagamenc.com) providing $1 million a year for treatment and
counseling and a 24/7 helpline for anyone with a gambling problem. To improve
its responsible gaming program, the Education Lottery also has:
- Created a stakeholders panel to review its
operations and provide feedback on how to improve.
- Obtained a license to offer a new interactive
player education program that will be introduced in the spring.
- Began using a new tool to evaluate new games for
risks before they are offered to players.
- Made responsible gaming training mandatory for all
lottery employees and retailers who sell lottery tickets.
demonstrates how serious the N.C. Education Lottery is about operating games
that can be played responsibly in our state, said state Rep. Jason Saine
of Lincolnton, a co-chairman of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on
the N.C. State Lottery. By participating in this program and committing
to continuous improvement, the lottery can ensure that it minimizes any harm
that could come from games created to serve the public good.
CONTACT: Townley Cheek, T: (919)
SOURCE: NC Education Lottery.
ENGSO Renew Their Joint Commitment to an Inspirational and Values-Driven
European Grassroots Sport
LAUSANNE / BRUSSELS (December 19,
2017) -- ENGSO and EL have decided to renew their partnership for two
additional years. Having both renewed their strategy, EL and ENGSO are looking
forward to leverage the results of the cooperation to additional projects and
activities which will further support the two associations strategy.
EL President, Hansjörg
Höltkemeier, states The strategy of both associations is based on
similar core values, like society, integrity and responsibility and I am
convinced that on this basis in the next two years we will achieve much more
together, taking the cooperation onto a higher level, in the highest interest
of a credible, values-driven and inspirational grassroots sport in
ENGSO President, Carlos Paula
Cardoso has also highlighted Driven by the natural nexus between the two
associations, we will be looking on how ENGSO and EL can be of further support
to each other. We need to work further together to raise awareness about the
significance of grassroots sport in Europe and the importance of EL Members in
this domain, but also see how we can further support each others strategy
through concrete activities.
EL and ENGSO have been cooperating
for the 9 last years. During the last term, the two associations have many
achievements to look back on, including the organisation of successful events
during the European Week of Sport (EWOS), in which they raised issues of
significance, the launch of the ERASMUS+ co-funded project ASPIRE
for the integration of refugees through sport, and the promotion of the
importance of grassroots sport in different fora.
Visit the EL website
Visit the ENGSO website
Read more about the EL
Related press release:
Lotteries, policy makers and sport stakeholders highlight the importance of
grassroots sport as a tool for inclusion and empowerment: available
Related press release: ASPIRE
Project on the social integration of refugees through sport: available
About European Lotteries
European Lotteries (EL) is the
European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance
for the public benefit. EL has members from 43 European countries including all
28 EU Member States. The associations EU members contribute more than 20
billion p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture,
social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many
commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and
betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the
respective national government.
EL CONTACTS: Evangelos Alexandrakis,
EL Sport Executive Secretary, T: + 41(0)21 311 30 25, E:
SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL)
Selects Service Provider For West GTA Gaming Bundle
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (December
19, 2017) -- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Ontario
Gaming West GTA Limited Partnership (OGWGLP) as the service provider for the
West GTA Gaming Bundle, following a competitive procurement process. OGWGLP
consists of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (Great Canadian) and
Clairvest Group Inc. Great Canadian will operate the gaming facilities within
the West GTA Bundle on behalf of the partnership.
The West GTA bundle includes:
- OLG Casino Brantford
- OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack
- OLG Slots at Flamboro Downs
- OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway.
OLG is bringing economic
development and innovative entertainment to the west GTA region by selecting
OGWGLP as the service provider for the bundle, said Stephen Rigby,
OLGs President and CEO. OGWGLPs expertise and significant
investment will help create up to 1,650 jobs while providing customers with
exciting new entertainment options in newly-improved facilities.
Great Canadian is an
established gaming and horse racing operator that will build strong
relationships with local communities, employees, stakeholders and the horse
racing industry. We are confident Great Canadian will operate the bundle in a
Being awarded the West GTA
Bundle is a true milestone for Great Canadian and the Partnership. We thank OLG
for their confidence in our company and for providing us the opportunity to
showcase and apply our gaming, racing and hospitality expertise to the selected
properties, said Rod N. Baker, Great Canadians President and
CEO. As a Canadian company that has a long history of responsibly and
successfully operating gaming and racing facilities across Canada, we are both
eager and excited to undertake what we feel will be a dramatic transformation
of the gaming experience at these four properties, for the teams that work
there, and the communities they reside in.
We are thrilled that OLG
has selected the Partnership as the service provider for the West GTA Bundle.
Together with Great Canadian, we are confident in our ability to deliver a
unique and spectacular gaming and entertainment experience at the four
properties within the bundle, said Jeff Parr, Co-Chief Executive
Officer and Managing Director of Clairvest Group Inc.
To OLG, the integrity of its
procurement process is of the utmost importance. In order to ensure an open and
transparent process for all proponents, OLG has engaged the services of an
impartial Fairness Monitor to advise throughout the process and provide
oversight on the fairness of the procurement.
While OGWGLP will be responsible for
the day-to-day gaming operations in the bundle, OLG will continue to:
- Provide strategic oversight of the West GTA Gaming
Bundle and Ontario gaming marketplaceincluding approvals related to
material changes to the business
- Conduct and manage gaming in the bundle
- Require compliance with applicable regulations and
standards set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
- Be the owner of key player information
- Require service providers to uphold the high
standards of OLGs Responsible Gambling program, including the
- Make Municipality Contribution Agreement payments
to host communities.
OLG employees will transfer to the
new service provider and OLG will work with OGWGLP to ensure they have as
smooth a transition as possible. This includes a requirement for the service
provider to retain employees for a period of no less than 12 months in their
current position and geographic location. OGWGLP will also be required to
provide eligible employees with benefits and a registered pension plan.
OLG has entered into a Transition
and Asset Purchase Agreement with OGWGLP for the West GTA Gaming Bundle, which
sets out the customary closing conditions to be satisfied for OLG and OGWGLP to
enter into a 20-year Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA). OGWGLP is
required to follow all applicable laws including AGCOs regulated
standards which require, among other things, rigorous Responsible Gambling
policies and programs.
OLG expects that the service
provider will take over day-to-day operations in spring 2018.
Founded in 1982, Great Canadian
Gaming Corporation is a BC based company that operates 22 gaming, entertainment
and hospitality facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova
Scotia, and Washington State. Fundamental to the companys culture is its
commitment to social responsibility. PROUD of our people, our business,
our community is Great Canadians brand that unifies the
companys community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under
the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually invests over $2.5 million in our
communities, and in 2016, over 1,500 charitable organizations were supported by
Great Canadian. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of
gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our crown partners
on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs
like healthcare, education and social services.
Clairvest Group Inc. is a private
equity investor which invests its own capital, and that of third parties
through the Clairvest Equity Partners (CEP) limited partnerships,
in businesses that have the potential to generate superior returns. In addition
to providing financing, Clairvest contributes strategic expertise and execution
ability to support the growth and development of its investee partners.
Clairvest realizes value through investment returns and the eventual
disposition of its investments.
OLG is the Ontario government agency
that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG
conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery
games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic
gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is helping to build a more
sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided
nearly $47 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to
the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the
Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling
prevention, treatment and research.
CONTACT: OLG Media Relations, T:
SOURCE: Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Danish Gambling Authority Release Certification Programme for Online
ODENSE, Denmark (December 20, 2017)
-- Due to the liberalisation of online bingo from January 1st 2018 the Danish
Gambling Authority (DGA) is currently working on an update to our certification
An updated version is published
later this week. We know that a number of interested parties are awaiting the
updated requirements, so these will be specified here.
The requirements in the
certification programme will reflect the requirements in the executive order.
Here are the most significant:
- Only online bingo with 75, 80 or 90 numbers/symbols
- Bingo cards for games with 75 numbers/symbols must
have 5 times 5 squares
- Bingo cards for games with 80 numbers/symbols must
have 4 times 4 squares
- Bingo cards for games with 90 numbers/symbols must
have 3 times 9 squares
- The sale of bingo cards cannot start until 30
minutes before the game starts
- There must be at least 3 seconds between the
draw/presentation of each number/symbol
- The player cannot select numbers/symbols for the
bingo card themselves or make changes to their bingo cards. The players are
however allowed to select bingo cards between a number of bingo cards randomly
generated by the gambling system
- Both manual and automatic marking of drawn
numbers/symbols must be possible
- The game must end when the first player has a full
The specification above is with
reservation for the content in the final executive order, which will come into
force on January 1st 2018.
The DGA is aware of and appreciate
the fact that it will be very difficult to have games tested and inspected
before the end of the year. We must however point out that whether or not a
bingo game is tested, it must comply with requirements in the coming executive
SOURCE: Spillemyndigheden (The
Danish Gambling Authority).
What Tax Reform Means for Gaming
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 20,
Dear Gaming Industry Colleague:
Moments ago, Congress approved
the most extensive changes to the tax code since 1986. While time will tell
whether this broad overhaul ultimately leads to the type of economic growth
proponents have promised, AGA is proud to have actively led an inclusive
industry effort to ensure changes to the corporate tax code provide a net
benefit to our members.
A reduction in the corporate tax
rate from 35 percent to 21 percent requires many industries to concede
significant, long-standing tax preferences and deductions. In this climate, the
gaming industry emerged with several important wins. Specifically, the final
agreement protects three priorities for our industry:
- Largely preserves the ability for our customers who
itemize to net their gambling income, despite a late effort in the Senate to
eliminate this deduction;
- Exempts most operators from limitations on interest
deductibility and provides reasonable transition provisions for all businesses
that pay interest on corporate debt; and
- Helps to ensure favorable rules for research and
development, which gaming suppliers rely on to constantly innovate.
A more detailed summary of the key
provisions to the gaming industry is available HERE and a document discussing
the impact of tax reform on casino patrons can be found HERE.
While there were wins, there are
other areas where we will need to continue to engage to protect and promote the
industry as fixes are considered in 2018 and beyond. High priority
- Lifting the Slot Tax Reporting Threshold: The
$1,200 slot tax reporting threshold was set in the 1970s. The tax reform debate
provided us an opportunity to introduce this topic to legislators and pave the
way for adjusting the threshold in a favorable way for our members and
customers. I encourage your continued engagement to help us make a compelling
case for how a higher reporting threshold will help lower administrative costs
and provide our customers an improved experience when they visit your
- Promulgating Regulations that Work for the
Industry: Legislation of this size and scope will undoubtedly require
significant details to be determined by the IRS and the Treasury Department.
AGA will remain vigilant to ensure any rulemaking by executive agencies is
consistent with industry practices and priorities; and
- Assessing and Addressing the Impact of Certain
Changes: It may take some time to fully understand the effect some changes have
on the industry and our customer base. For example, doubling the standard
deduction for individuals will likely result in fewer taxpayers electing to
itemize and net their gambling income/losses. AGA will need your continued
input to know whether this has a measurable effect on customer behavior, and we
stand ready to work with Congressional champions to help address any unintended
consequences that threaten the health of the industry.
We recognize Congressional
consideration of major changes to the federal tax code creates both
opportunities and challenges for our multifaceted industry. AGA initiated an
inclusive process to determine the most important aspects of tax reform to our
membership and to develop a consensus list of priority issues. Through your
partnership, we are pleased with the outcome and look forward to continuing on
this success in 2018.
President and CEO
American Gaming Association
Swedish Gambling Authority Warns Newspaper About Carrying
Advertising for Foreign Online Gaming Companies
SWEDEN (December 15, 2017) --
On December 1, 2017, the Lottery Inspectorate has decided to post Newspaper AB
Metro in the Metro newspaper to cease to expose promotion to the foreign gaming
companies Multilotto.com, The Lotter, Ninja Casino and Jackpotjoy.
The order is accompanied by a
penalty of 250,000 kr.
Tidnings AB Metro has, despite the
previous consideration of the lawsuit, ceased to market the foreign gaming
companies, so the Lottery Inspectorate has now moved on and publicized Tidnings
The order implies that Tidnings AB
Metro may not market any of the foreign gaming companies in the newspaper
Metro, if Tidnings AB Metro violates the injunction, they will be required to
pay a penalty of 250,000 kr.
According to Paragraph 38 (1), the
Lottery Act is prohibited from promoting in a professional activity or
otherwise for the purpose of acquisition participation in a lottery organized
outside the country.
The Lottery Inspectorate may, in
accordance with Section 52 of the Lottery Act, notify the injunctions and
prohibitions necessary for compliance with the Lottery Act.
Such an injunction or prohibition
may be combined with a penalty in accordance with the Proof of Law (1985:
It is not allowed to advertise games that are not allowed in
Sweden, click here to read more!
SOURCE: Swedish Gambling Authority
Instant Win Games Supplier Partners with William Hill
Operator extends online
instant win suite with Progressive Play integration
U.K. (December 18, 2018) -- IWG
the award-winning supplier of online, instant win games has
rolled out its full portfolio of games with William Hill in a deal which
greatly enhances the bookmakers online instant win offering.
Following the integration of
IWGs Progressive Play RGS via OpenBet, Hills now offers a much improved
instant win portfolio with over 100 games to choose from.
The operators customers will
now be able to enjoy popular IWG games including the industry leading Cash
Buster and Slingo.
The deal marks another significant
commercial agreement for the award-winning supplier, with its content already
live with 888, Foxy Bingo and Mecca Bingo.
Rhydian Fisher, CEO at IWG, said:
Partnering with one of the industrys most recognised names is a
major deal for us and were thrilled William Hill has entrusted us to
expand their online instant win offering.
Through our Progressive Play
RGS network, Hills will now be able to offer a comprehensive portfolio, and
were sure their players will enjoy the vast array of games on
Ciara Nic Liam, Head of Gaming at
William Hill, added: The demand for instant win games has grown
exponentially in recent times and weve been looking to boost our offering
in this space.
Choosing IWG to deliver a high
volume of games was a no brainer for us, with their quality content renowned in
the industry. The ease of integrating the Progressive Play RGS has made the
whole process simple, and we look forward to a long-standing relationship with
IWG has provided a full online
instant win service to lotteries for over 15 years, producing more than 250
high quality instant win games. It won online lottery supplier of the year at
the 2017 EGR B2B Awards.
IWG is a world leader in supplying
online, instant win games to lotteries and commercial brands and platforms in
the online gaming industry. It has over 12 years experience of making top
selling, high quality instant win games and the strategic know how to make them
IWG has launched over 300 games that
perform consistently at the highest level, engaging and retaining players while
driving excellent results for customers. It has the knowledge to deliver a
winning portfolio of games, the experience to make it grow and the sales
figures and data to back this knowledge up.
IWG delivers an end-to-end solution
covering all aspects of game development and portfolio management and a Remote
Game Server (RGS) delivering content in multiple regulated jurisdictions from
data centres in the UK, Gibraltar, Canada and North America. It has a broad
library available via the RGS with games covering many proven themes and
mechanics that can be developed into an ideal offering for a partners
instant win portal.
SOURCE: IWG press release.
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) Announce
Nine New Members Join Organization
LAS VEGAS, NV (December 15, 2017) --
The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today that
its Board of Directors has approved the membership applications of nine new
companies, bringing the trade group comprised of the worlds leading
gaming suppliers to a total of 162, an all-time high.
The new AGEM members are:
- Betson Enterprises, based in Carlstadt, New Jersey,
is a leader in providing profitable solutions to the VLT market and
location-based entertainment industry.
- Dominode, based in Boca Raton, Florida, provides
verified identity and licensing solutions for gaming businesses and
- DR Gaming Technology, based in Aalst, Belgium, with
offices around the world, is a supplier of integrated casino management and
jackpot system solutions.
- Genlot, based in Shenzhen, China, is a provider of
goods, services and technology to the Chinese lottery.
- GET IN Global, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is
a global gaming events company with 16 years of experience in the industry.
- Jackpot Digital, based in Vancouver, Canada, is a
leading electronic table games manufacturer for the cruise ship and regulated
- JP Morgan Chase, based in New York City, offers
comprehensive global banking solutions and investment services for mid-tier
companies up to large corporations.
- Kiron Interactive, based in Johannesburg, South
Africa, provides virtual sports content to sports betting and gaming businesses
for deployment online or in retail venues.
- Visualplanet, based in Cambridge, UK, is a globally
recognized leader of large-format touch-sensor technology.
AGEM is a non-profit international
trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming
devices, lotteries, systems, table games, online technology, key components and
support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further
the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through
political action, regulatory influence, trade show partnerships, educational
alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the
members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the
organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory agencies and participated
in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment
where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to
education and responsible gaming initiatives. For more information, visit
SOURCE: The Association of Gaming
Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).