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IGT Expands its Senior Leadership Team

Bob Vincent to Become Chairperson of IGT Global Solutions Corporation; Wendy Montgomery Named Senior Vice President of Global Brand, Marketing, and Communications; and Scott Gunn Appointed Senior Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs

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LONDON, U.K. (February 13, 2019) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) announced that it has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointments of three members to new roles.

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...

Bob Vincent has been named Chairperson of IGT Global Solutions Corporation, the primary operating subsidiary for the U.S. lottery business, effective April 8, 2019. Bob will serve as a senior consultant to IGT Chief Executive Officer Marco Sala and the rest of IGT's senior leadership team. Bob began working as a consultant for IGT in 1990 and joined the Company in 1996.  He has held several leadership roles, including his current role as Executive Vice President for Administrative Services and External Relations, which he will be leaving on the effective date of his new role. Bob is a member of several Rhode Island-based boards and committees, including the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation, the University of Rhode Island Foundation and the University's Harrington School of Communication and Media.

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Wendy Montgomery joins the senior leadership team as Senior Vice President of Global Brand, Marketing, and Communications, effective immediately. Reporting directly to Marco Sala, she will oversee the strategy for IGT's global brand, trade shows, and external communications, including community relations, responsible gaming, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining IGT in 2018 as Senior Vice President of Global Lottery Marketing, she spent 13 years at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation where she led marketing, sales, operations, policy and planning, and the iGaming business.

Scott Gunn also joins the senior leadership team as Senior Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs, effective immediately. Reporting directly to Marco Sala, Scott is responsible for public affairs related to government relations strategy, and is instrumental in directing and facilitating government relationships and public engagement to advance global business interests for the North American and International business units. Scott has been with the Company for more than 24 years and has held positions in operations, sales, business development, and public affairs. Scott serves on the Board of Advisors to Reviver Auto, is Chairperson of IGT's Political Action Committee, and is a member of IGT's Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council.

"Bob, Wendy, and Scott are all seasoned industry professionals with specialized individual skills who bring great value to IGT. I look forward to Bob's continued contribution as the new chairperson of our operating subsidiary, and I am pleased to have Wendy and Scott join our senior leadership team," said IGT Chief Executive Officer Marco Sala. "IGT is constantly evolving to maintain our position as the industry leader in gaming, and I am confident that these appointments will positively impact our business and serve us well in the coming years."

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

IGT CONTACTS:

 

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

Giuliano Frosini,

+39 06 51899584;

for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

(401) 392-7190

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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INTRALOT Announcement on Sportoto Tender in Turkey

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ATHENS, Greece (February 14, 2019) - -INTRALOT informs the investor community that on 11/02/2019 we submitted through INTELTEK, our subsidiary in Turkey, an offer to the Sportoto State Organization competition for the management of Sports Betting for 10 years. INTELTEK submitted its final financial offer on 13/02/2019 and awaits the decision of the Competition Committee.

INTELTEK has been active in Turkey's sports betting market since 2004 and manages the current IDDAA betting license with a contract expiring on 28/08/2019.

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In addition to participating in INTELTEK, INTRALOT owns 50.01% of BILYONER, one of Turkey's online betting agents, with a market share of approximately 40% of the online market. BILYONER's activity accounts for 42% of INTRALOT’s EBIDTA and 55% of INTRALOT's revenues in Turkey.

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 52 regulated jurisdictions around the globe.

With €1.1 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,100 employees (3,100 of which in HQ and subsidiaries and 2,000 in associates) in 2017, INTRALOT is an innovation – driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience.

The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. The company has designed a new ecosystem of holistic omni-channel solutions across verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT) for Lotteries digital transformation.

INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) and the WLA certificate for the Security Control standard.

For more info: Ms. Spyranda Anamouroglou, Corporate Communications Manager, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: anamouroglou@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names Chris Kwon iGaming Client Services Representative

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LAS VEGAS, NV (February 11, 2019) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has named Chris Kwon as iGaming Client Services Representative. In his role, Kwon is responsible for helping GLI’s valued clients obtain maximum benefit from its world-class iGaming and sports wagering testing, certification, and professional consultancy services. He will also support various clients’ professional services and security auditing needs. Kwon is based out of GLI’s Las Vegas laboratory.

We are pleased to welcome Chris Kwon to our experienced global iGaming and sports wagering team,” said Salim Adatia, GLI’s Vice President of iGaming and Canadian Services.

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Chris brings a solid background in iGaming, sports wagering, customer retention, and affiliate development. His understanding of the domestic and international land-based and online sports wagering markets and his proven track record of outstanding customer service will help us better serve our rapidly growing list of iGaming and event wagering clients across the country and around the world.

Prior to joining GLI, Kwon was the Sales Manager/Customer Retention and Affiliate Director for SportsOptions, LLC, a sports wagering data feed supplier in Las Vegas. During his eight-year tenure with SportsOptions, Kwon exceeded multi-platform sales targets, cultivating new sales accounts and managing an affiliate program with more than 700 revenue-streaming accounts.

While at SportsOptions, Kwon developed detailed sales strategies and created promotional platforms focused on customer retention and development. He was also responsible for creating new domestic and international sports wagering clients, as well as maintaining a high level of customer service with Las Vegas sportsbooks and casinos. Additionally, Kwon managed promotional projects, customer outreach, and affiliate programs with sports information websites and sportsbooks.

Kwon graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies – Communications.

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. GLI also holds ISTBQ certification. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.

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

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Registration and Identification is Now Available on Lotto-Bayern Website with Giropay

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MUNICH, Germany (February 12, 2019) -- Register, identify and play in just a few minutes. This allows LOTTO Bayern its Internet customers with giropay.

"For us as a state-owned gambling provider, protection of minors, security and data protection are given the highest priority," comments Friederike Sturm, President of LOTTO Bayern, on the use of the newly integrated examination procedure.

Every customer who registers on the website of LOTTO Bayern and selects the verification with giropay-ID, will be forwarded directly to the SSL-encrypted online banking of his house bank.

Here he logs in as usual with his access data. After successful login, the customer confirms by entering a TAN that he would like to have his legal age confirmed to LOTTO Bayern.

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While the customer is redirected back to LOTTO Bayern, LOTTO Bayern receives the verification result from the house bank at the same time and can fully unlock the customer profile for playing.

A list of banks participating in giropay is available at: https://www.giropay.de/kaeufer/

About LOTTO Bayern

LOTTO Bayern in Munich is the only state-owned gambling provider for all players resident in Bavaria. With us you play legally - even online! At LOTTO6aus49 with the additional lotteries Spiel 77 and SUPER 6 you can not only participate in all reception points, but also on the internet. But our portfolio goes well beyond LOTTO. That's what we offer: LOTTO 6aus49 : our classic with the additional lotteries Spiel 77 and SUPER 6. Euro Jackpot: probably the most popular Europe-wide lottery with high jackpots. Lucky Spiral (with the Winner Chance): Final number lottery with the chance to win an immediate withdrawal. KENO : sophisticated game system with the additional lottery plus 5th TOTO: the LOTTO Bayern football bet. You will find the latest jackpots and odds on lotto-bayern.de, Facebook and Twitter as well as in our lucky leaf . Or download the LOTTO Bayern app on your smartphone and stay mobile up to date. LOTTO Bayern - Take your luck in the hand .

CONTACT:  Oliver Albrecht, Press and Public Relations Telephone number: 089 / 28655-586 Fax number: 089 / 28655-0 E-Mail Address: oliver.albrecht@lotto-bayern.de

SOURCE: Lotto Bayern.

 

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Arizona Lottery Goes All-In with Our New Casino-Themed Games

Players Can Win up to $100,000 While Enjoying Casino Fun On-the-Go!

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PHOENIX, Arizona (February 12, 2019) – Arizona Lottery players can now bring casino fun home with the Lottery’s new lineup of casino-themed games. The five new tickets feature favorites like blackjack, poker, craps and slot machine-style play, with price points ranging from $1 to $10 and prizes up to $100,000.

We are pleased to introduce this fantastic collection of casino-themed games to our players,” Arizona Lottery Executive Director Gregg Edgar said. “This new lottery gaming experience gives our players the chance to win big while having casino-style fun in the comfort of their own home.

The Arizona Lottery’s five new casino-themed games include four Scratchers® tickets and the first-ever $10 Fast Play ticket:

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  • $1 Blackjack – If players play their cards right they can beat the dealer or score 21 in any hand to win up to $2,100.
  • $2 Lucky Deal – Players can put on their poker face and scratch off their cards.  Three-of-a-kind could win the pot - a $10,000 top prize.
  • $5 Casino Gold – Players can strike gold with this ticket’s top prize of $50,000.
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This new collection of casino-themed lottery games is available now at all 3,000+ Arizona Lottery retail locations.

For more information, visit: AZplayersclub.com and arizonalottery.com.

Scratchers® is a registered service mark of the California Lottery.

About Arizona Lottery

Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $4 billion in net funding in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales — more than $4 million per week – fund programs in education, economic development, environmental conservation and health and human services. The mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com

CONTACT: John Turner Gilliland, (480) 921-4438 desk, (602) 702-2758 cell, E: jgilliland@azlottery.gov

SOURCE:  Arizona Lottery.

 

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The Lottery Celebrates Crawfish Season with Launch of Zatarain's Scratch-Off Game

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Baton Rouge, LA (February 12, 2019) -- The same one-of-a-kind, flavorful fun that is packed into a Zatarain’s seafood boil can now be found on a Louisiana Lottery scratch-off game, when the new $2 game ‘Boil It Up!’ launches today.

Every year our players look forward to our seasonal crawfish game, making it the perfect opportunity to partner with Zatarain’s and that ‘can’t do without’ essential ingredient that makes a Louisiana boil authentic,” said Lottery President Rose Hudson.

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The Lottery is pleased to bring the brand’s popularity to a scratch-off game, another seasonal essential for having a good time!

The Lottery printed 1.4 million ‘Boil It Up!’ tickets featuring nostalgic graphics from Zatarain’s seafood boil packaging. The game contains over $1 million in cash prizes, including four top prizes of $15,000.

Overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 4.45.

Revenue potential for the game is $2.8 million, 35 percent of which is transferred to the state for K-12 public education as is the case with all Lottery sales.

To tie in with the crawfish season theme, the Lottery’s $1 Mudbugs game will launch at the same time with top prizes of $3,000.

For 130 years, Zatarain’s authentic flavors have been an important part of Louisiana’s cuisine and fun gatherings for every occasion, especially boil season,” said Claude Davis, of Zatarain’s.

It’s just natural to marry our hometown zeal for good food with another local favorite pastime – playing the Lottery.

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A web-based promotion for ‘Boil It Up!’ will run Feb. 25-March 8 on the Lottery’s website, www.louisianalottery.com. To enter, players will be asked to upload a picture of themselves showing both the ‘Boil It Up!’ ticket and a bottle, bag, box or jar of a Zatarain’s Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil, as well as share what their favorite item is to add to a Zatarain’s boil.

Five winners will be randomly selected to win a Lottery apron, crawfish tray, $20 in ‘Boil It Up!’ and Mudbugs scratch-offs as well as a selection of Zatarain’s products.

A sixth winner will also receive a set of four club level tickets to the March 26th Pelicans vs. Atlanta Game, including an autographed basketball, pregame arena access to watch players warm up and participate in a pregame presentation.

The minimum age to purchase a Lottery ticket is 21.

The Lottery encourages those who may have a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867.

Zatarain’s® and associated marks and logos are registered trademarks of McCormick & Company, Incorporated, licensed to the Louisiana Lottery.

SOURCE: Louisiana Lottery.

 

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adesso Helps the Moroccan National Lottery SGLN Implement a New System

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DORTMUND, Germany (February 13, 2019) -- adesso has successfully completed a lottery consultancy project in Morocco. The Moroccan National Lottery SGLN again placed its trust in the extensive industry experience of the IT service provider adesso as it switched to a new lottery system operator. The new central lottery system was developed by the Italian Sisal Group and went into operation in Casablanca at the start of January as planned.

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adesso supported the transition from the previous lottery system provider Intralot, a Greek supplier of lottery technology, to the new operator, Sisal Loterie Maroc, a subsidiary of Italy’s second largest lottery provider Sisal. Last year it secured the tender for the creation of a new lottery company in Morocco in connection with a ten-year licence.

During the ambitiously timed project phase, from September 2018 to early January 2019, the lottery experts from adesso supported the Moroccan National Lottery SGLN in an advisory capacity and orchestrated the transition to the new system environment. In a public tender process, adesso was able to convince the client, SGLN, of its concept for specialist support in the change of operator and the migration of all functions from the old platform to the new central lottery system.

Mohamed Sulaimani, Managing Director of SGLN, explains a further reason for working with adesso: “In 2010 adesso advised us during a previous change of operator and the associated porting project. The company’s extensive international experience in the area of lottery technology is a great benefit to us and once again proved itself during the current project.

Within the scope of the advisory contract with SGLN, adesso primarily offered support during the conception phase and took control of the various testing activities, as well as inspecting the specialist, technical and security concepts for the gaming operations. The IT service provider also ensured that the organisational and process-related implementation met the requirements of the World Lottery Association (WLA).

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Mohamed Sulaimani sums up the result: “The change of operator went seamlessly: Our lottery customers did not notice the background technical changes at all, and gaming operations continued as usual.” adesso’s project manager, Michael Kübbeler, was also pleased about the successful go live of the central lottery system: “The ambitious implementation period made the project a real challenge, but that also means that everyone involved has an even greater feeling of satisfaction with the results.

The new operator, Sisal Loterie Maroc, will be responsible for the technical operation and sales development of the lottery business in Morocco until 2028.

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adesso is one of the leading IT service providers in the German-speaking area and focuses its consulting and software development activities on the core business processes of companies and public authorities. adesso’s strategy is based on three pillars: the deep industry-specific know-how of its staff, the comprehensive expertise in technology and the application of reliable methods in software implementation projects. Following this approach, adesso develops superior IT solutions, which enhance the competitive position of a company.

adesso was founded in Dortmund in 1997 and employs more than 3,100 members of staff. The share is listed on the regulated market. Some of the most important customers are Allianz, Daimler, Commerzbank, Münchener Rück, Hannover Rück, Union Investment, Bosch, Westdeutsche Lotterie, Swisslos, Zurich Versicherung, DEVK, DAK, Medizinischer Dienst der Krankenversicherung (MDK-IT), DZR Deutsches Zahnärztliches Rechenzentrum, TÜV Rheinland, Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministeriums des Innern.

SOURCE: adesso (www.adesso.de) press release.

 

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The European Lotteries Celebrates Its 20th Consecutive Successful Marketing Gathering in London

LONDON, U.K. (February 8, 2019) -- “What’s New? What’s Hot? What’s Not?” for the Lotteries’ sector in today’s multi-channel marketing trends and technologies? This was the main focus that drove a day and a half of debates and presentations at the 20th Marketing seminar organised by the European Lotteries (EL) in collaboration with the World Lotteries Association and hosted once again in London, this year by Camelot Group.  Over 170 marketing professionals from around the world gathered together in what over the last 20 years became one of the most attended and highly appreciated seminars in the sector.

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New marketing trends come to the surface year by year. Some of them stay to reshape the industry and some fade away quickly,” says Hansjörg Höltkemeier, President of the European Lotteries, who then explains that:

the purpose of this year’s Seminar was to give our Lottery Members the tools needed to help them distinguish between the lasting trends and the ones that are bound to fade.

Over the years this event has proved to be not only a great opportunity for networking among lotteries professionals, but as well a very important moment of reflection upon the latest and most relevant business cases and lessons-to-be-learnt from inside and outside the lotteries sector itself.

Arjan van‘t Veer, Secretary General of The European Lotteries comments: “The strength of our Association lays on the solid values at the core of the companies we are proud to represent and with this 20th Marketing seminar I believe we did our part in helping them to stay ahead of the game, to future proof their lotteries in this ever-changing marketing landscape.”

About The European Lotteries Association

The European Lotteries Association (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from more than 40 European countries including all EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion EUR 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.

CONTACT: Jutta Buyse, EL Deputy Secretary General, Tel: + 32 2 234 38 20, mobile +32 476 896 376, E: jutta.buyse@european-lotteries.eu.

SOURCE:  The European Lotteries Association.

 

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Global Lottery Monitoring System Partners with Key Stakeholders to Kickstart IntegriSport Project

GLMS Partners with Key Stakeholders in Order to Support Capacity Building of Law Enforcement Authorities (LEAs) Across Europe

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (February 8, 2019) -- GLMS joined on 30-31 January 2019 a series of strong partners in the official kick-off of the IntegriSport project. The project, which is co-funded by the EU ERASMUS+ programme, will seek to raise awareness among law enforcement authorities across Europe on risks related to sport competition manipulations. With criminal organisations infiltrating sports, strong education and capacity building activities for law enforcement agencies are crucial for the global fight against the phenomenon.

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The project that comprises two phases – the research phase and the awareness-raising phase – is run by CSCF – Foundation for Sport Integrity and beyond GLMS, its partners include 7 Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) across Europe.

The project will also have the support of the Council of Europe – which was present at the kick-off meeting -  and will be complementary to the Keep Crime out of Sport (KCOOS+) of the Council of Europe, in which GLMS is also a key partner.

 

Project Manager, Norbert Rubicsek, has stated "I am delighted that GLMS is a partner to this project. I am looking forward to further cooperating with GLMS and I am sure that with the years of expertise in the Sport Integrity field and thanks to its global network, GLMS will significantly contribute to the success of our project." GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi has added: “It is with great pleasure that we are part of this important initiative. GLMS is very well placed to support the project partners in the development and deliverance of the educational tools and we look forward to the next steps to cooperate effectively with all key stakeholders.” 

 

GLMS CONTACTS:

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• Giancarlo Sergi, GLMS General Secretary: giancarlo.sergi@glms-sport.org

• Evangelos Alexandrakis, GLMS Deputy General Secretary, evangelos.alexandrakis@glms-sport.org

 

About GLMS

GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition.

Building on six years of experience with the establishment in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015 extending the network to other continents.

GLMS facilitates the sharing of sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports organizations.

GLMS currently has 32 individual Members from 4 continents and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association).

GLMS also has 2 associate Members: Scientific Games International (SGI), INTRALOT.

SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) Website: www.glms-sport.org

 

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Gambling Commission: New Rules to Make Online Gambling in Britain Fairer and Safer

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (February 7, 2019) -- The Gambling Commission has today announced new rules which online operators must follow to make gambling safer and fairer.

The new rules, which follow an open consultation, will ensure operators verify customers’ age and identity details faster which will benefit consumers.

Safer for children

Until now, online gambling businesses have been allowed 72 hours to carry out age verification checks. The operator cannot permit customers to withdraw winnings until age verification has been completed and must return stakes if the person is found to be underage.

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But to guard against the risk of children gambling, new rules mean operators must verify customer age before the customer can:

  • deposit funds into an account
  • gamble with the licensee with either their own money or a free bet or bonus.

 

In addition, the Commission is now also insisting that customers must be age verified before they are able to access free-to-play versions of gambling games on licensees’ websites. While free-to-play games are not technically gambling (there is no prize involved), there is no legitimate reason why they should be available to children.

Fairer and safer

In March 2018 the Commission announced that some online operators were treating customers unfairly by requesting additional identity information when the customer attempted to withdraw winnings. Around 15% of complaints to its contact centre were about licensees not allowing a customer to withdraw funds until they submit certain forms of ID.

The new rules require remote licensees to:

  • verify, as a minimum, the name, address and date of birth of a customer before allowing them to gamble
  • ask for any additional verification information promptly
  • inform customers, before they can deposit funds, of the types of identity documents or other information that might be required, the circumstances in which the information might be required, and how it should be supplied to the licensee
  • take reasonable steps to ensure that information on their customers’ identities remains accurate.

 

The changes will help operators better prevent harm or detect criminal activity because they have more information about their customers. In addition, the changes will mean that operators cannot demand that customers submit ID as a condition of cashing out, if they could have asked for that information earlier.

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Finally, the changes will increase the likelihood that someone will be identified if they attempt to gamble while self-excluded. This applies equally to the operator’s own self-exclusion schemes and the online multi-operator self-exclusion scheme, Gamstop. This is because effective verification by operators will mean that a customer will not be verified, and therefore unable to gamble, until they provide correct details. These details will then be checked against both the operator’s own self-exclusion database and the verified data held by Gamstop. 

Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, said: “These changes will protect children and the vulnerable from gambling-related harm, and reduce the risk of crime linked to gambling.  They will also make gambling fairer by helping consumers collect their winnings without unnecessary delay.’’

Britain’s online gambling market is the largest regulated market in the world and we want to make sure it is the safest and the fairest. Today’s changes follow our review of online gambling and our ongoing widespread regulatory action into the online sector.  We will keep using our powers to raise standards for consumers.

Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said:

These significant changes mean operators must check someone’s age before they gamble, and not after. They rightly add an extra layer of protection for children and young people who attempt to gamble online. By extending strong age verification rules to free-to-play games we are creating a much safer online environment for children, helping to shut down a possible gateway to gambling- related harm.

The new rules come into force on 7 May.

The Gambling Commission will shortly be launching a consultation on plans to make explicit our expectations about how to interact with a customer who may be experiencing gambling-related harm and will be calling for evidence on the use of gambling blocking software.

SOURCE: The Gambling Commission.

 

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New Nevada Gaming Chairwoman Keynote Speaker at UNLV Gaming & Hospitality

HENDERSON, NV (February 11, 2019) -- The UNLV Gaming & Hospitality Education Series today announced that Sandra Douglass Morgan, recently appointed as chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, will serve as a keynote speaker for the first Episode of the 2019 UNLV Gaming & Hospitality Education Series, “The Road to 2020.”

The Episode will be held on February 21 at the UNLV Stan Fulton Building from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Chairwoman Morgan will deliver her keynote at the luncheon beginning at 12:30 pm.

Morgan was appointed to this role by Governor Steve Sisolak for a four-year term from January 28, 2019 to January 28, 2023.

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Morgan was previously appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission by then Governor Brian Sandoval in April 2018. While serving as a commissioner, she was also the director of external affairs for AT&T Services, Inc. and was responsible for managing AT&T’s government and community affairs in Nevada. Morgan previously served as the city attorney for the city of North Las Vegas, and was the first African-American city attorney in the state of Nevada. Prior to her public service with the city, she served as litigation attorney for one of the world’s largest gaming companies. For the Nevada Gaming Control Board, she is the second woman chair and the first African American.

“We’re very excited to welcome Chairwoman Morgan as the Keynote Speaker on the Road to 2020 Episode,” said Roger Gros, publisher of GGB magazine, one of the organizers of the UNLV Gaming & Hospitality Education Series. “The newest member of the Gaming Control Board already has extensive regulatory experience and her views on how regulators will view the changes in gaming in 2020 and beyond will be very valuable.”

The “Road to 2020” will help attendees prepare for the big events scheduled to happen beginning that year. The year 2020 will bring major changes to Las Vegas and to the gaming industry as a whole. In Las Vegas, a variety of new casinos and sports and entertainment attractions will open, turning the Strip on its head. In gaming, changes in technology will only accelerate during the next year and begin moving at the speed of light as we enter the new decade. From new ways to play casino games to shifting demographics to a reconfigured casino floor, fueled by innovative technology that will change the casino experience, gambling in 2020 and beyond will change fundamentally. The Road to 2020, a full-day Episode, will prepare operators, suppliers, regulators and educators for what lies ahead.

The Road to 2020 will be held February 21, 2019 from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on the campus of UNLV at the Stan Fulton Building-International Gaming Institute. A Networking Cocktail Reception will follow the event. Can’t attend in person? Register for the webcast and view it live or whenever you have the time.

For more information and registration, visit UNLVGHES.com.

SOURCE: UNLV Gaming & Hospitality Education Series.

 

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Positioning the Gaming Industry for Success in the New Congress

Dear Gaming Colleague,

 This is a remarkable time for gaming in America. The industry continues to grow, and acceptance of gaming as a form of mainstream entertainment has never been higher.

Fundamental to the gaming industry’s continued success is ensuring that policymakers at all levels of government understand our positive economic impact and commitment to responsibility.

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With nearly 20 percent of the new U.S. Congress composed of freshman members, it is incumbent on AGA to engage and educate them aggressively with the goal of developing a regionally and politically diverse group of future industry champions.

With that in mind, I sent an introductory letter to Capitol Hill last week providing a brief overview of the gaming industry and outlining the policy priorities we hope to work with members of Congress from both parties to advance.

Among the key policy areas we highlighted are:

  • Growing legal sports betting by directing federal attention to illegal sports betting operators that put consumers and the integrity of sports at risk, while allowing state and sovereign tribal nations to build on their proven record of successfully regulating gaming without federal involvement;
  • Reviewing the current anti-money laundering (AML) framework to ensure a strong culture of compliance while alleviating unnecessary industry burden;
  • Supporting a corporate tax policy that encourages industry investment and lowers administrative time and costs; and
  • Implementing smart immigration and travel policies that meet the needs of the gaming industry’s diverse workforce and customer base.

    As always, we want to be a resource for you as we work to advance our industry’s interests in Washington, DC. If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out.

 

Bill Miller

President & CEO

American Gaming Association.

 

 

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