IGT Wins "Diverse and Inclusive Team of the Year" Award at 2019 Women
in Gaming Diversity Awards
LONDON, U.K. (May 29, 2019) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) today announced that the
Company won the "Diverse and Inclusive Team of the Year" award at the
10th annual Women in
Gaming Diversity Awards, held this month in London. The global awards
program honors excellence in promoting diversity and inclusion within the
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..
Inclusive Team of the Year IGT
IGT Las Vegas' Women's Inclusion
Network ("WIN with IGT Las Vegas") was the team recognized for realizing its
mission of empowering women at IGT through networking, professional
development, and mentorship opportunities.
"I am tremendously proud of the
work that the member-led WIN with IGT Las Vegas group is doing to advance
diversity and inclusion within IGT," said Kim Lee, IGT Vice President
Diversity and Inclusion. "Winning the Diverse and Inclusive Team of the Year
award reinforces the importance and quality of this group's work, and supports
our commitment to making IGT a diverse and inclusive workplace for all
12,000-plus of our employees around the world."
WIN with IGT Las Vegas was founded
in 2018 and is one of several Employee Business Resource Groups within IGT. In
its inaugural year, the employee-led group achieved many milestones such as
creation of Comfort Zone parking for expectant mothers, deployment of Lean In
circles within IGT, and participation in multiple community events that benefit
women in the Las Vegas community.
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:
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The WiG Diversity &
Employee Wellbeing Awards
16th May 2019 @ The Stunning
Savoy Hotel London
The 10th Anniversary of the Women in Gaming
which presented the Diversity Awards to reflect the positive changes in our
industry. These awards honour excellence in promoting diversity and inclusion
within the gaming industry. The Diversity in Gaming industry Awards will reward
and recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding devotion to
enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion and will include categories like
Diverse and Inclusive team and Positive role models in different categories
including LGBT; Colin Thompson Director of Clever Duck Media said,
Diversity is not just a priority, but should be part of the culture in
our industry. We are very proud promoting gender gap in technology and female
leader roles for 9 years and believe we are ready to recognize some of the
outstanding diversity efforts we witnessed by a number of organizations in our
industry Diversity in Gaming Awards took place on 16 May 2019 at the
Savoy Hotel in London. See the video below For more information please contact:
INTRALOT Enters the Canadian Market Through a New Contract with
British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC)
ATHENS, Greece (May 27, 2019) --
INTRALOT S.A. announces the signing of a contract between BCLC, which operates
lottery on behalf of the Government of British Columbia and INTRALOT Inc., its
US subsidiary to provide a lottery central system with its novel platform Lotos
X, its holistic lottery solution that includes INTRALOTs cutting edge
lottery terminals with their innovative camera based technology along with
additional software products, and ongoing maintenance services. The contract is
for an initial 5-year term that can be extended up to another 6 years.
BCLC completed a public procurement
process for new lottery terminals and software in 2017, and entered into a
contract with Novomatic Lottery Solutions (NLS). However, in October 2018, BCLC
and NLS agreed to use the contract assignment provision to assign the contract
to INTRALOT, which was already working on the project as a provider of terminal
In January 2019, BCLC conducted a
subsequent public procurement process for Gaming Engine Services with INTRALOT
as the successful bidder.
Enhancements underway at BCLC
include new lottery terminals, stand-alone ticket checkers, printers and
display units, as well as the related software systems. Once launched in fiscal
year 2021/22, the project will support the evolving needs of retailers and
players with a faster purchasing experience, enhanced functionality and a more
The upfront value of BCLCs
contract with INTRALOT for the implementation of the new lottery terminals and
systems, and Gaming Engine Services, is CAD 24.5 million and is included in
BCLCs capital budget through to fiscal year 2021/22.
INTRALOTs Group Deputy CEO,
Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos commented: We are pleased to have been
awarded by BCLC with a new contract to deliver our next-generation lottery
solutions which will drive players engagement and transform their playing
experience. This agreement represents a significant milestone for INTRALOT
entering the Canadian market, offering our industry-leading product portfolio
to enable long-term innovation and constant growth, ultimately generating more
revenue for the benefit of the Province of British Columbia
INTRALOT, a public listed company
established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active
in 47 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With 0.9 billion turnover
and a global workforce of approximately 5,200 employees (3,000 of which in HQ
and subsidiaries and 2,200 in associates) in 2018, 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 information please CONTACT:
Ms. Spyranda Anamouroglou, Corporate Communications Manager, Ph.: +30
2106156000, Fax: +30-2106106800, email: firstname.lastname@example.org -
BCLC conducts and manages lottery,
eGaming, bingo and casino gambling entertainment on behalf of the Province of
British Columbia. Since 1985, BCLC has delivered more than $21 billion in
revenue to the Province to support health care, education, social programs and
For more information please CONTACT:
BCLC Media Relations, 604.225.6460, E: email@example.com.
WCLC Puts an Exciting New Spin on Its Lineup of Scratch
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (May 29,
2019) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard Banknote)
congratulates the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) on the tremendous
success of its Zing scratch ticket, THE BIG $PIN, launched on March 4, 2019.
THE BIG $PIN -- printed by Pollard
Banknote and based on the innovative and incredibly successful game created by
the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporationis breaking WCLC records. Based
on five-week average sales, THE BIG $PIN is the Lotterys best-selling
game across all price points since 2013. When compared within its own price
point, THE BIG $PIN is selling 400% above the average of other $5 games
launched by WCLC in the last 10 years, making it the Lotterys
best-selling $5 game ever!
THE BIG $PIN is unlike any other
scratch ticket, expanding the familiar scratch-and-win process to scratch,
watch, spin, and win. When scratching a ticket, players have a chance to win an
instant cash prize or a SPIN WIN. A player that uncovers a
SPIN WIN then visits a Lottery retail location to watch an animated
wheel on the Lottery terminal screen, which stops on a guaranteed prize between
$10 and $10,000 or a BIG SPIN.
Players that land on a BIG
SPIN automatically win $10,000 and the opportunity to attend a BIG $PIN
event. At the event, the player spins a wheel for a guaranteed prize of
$100,000 to $500,000. There have been three big winners already.
THE BIG $PIN is designed to capture
the emotional moment when a players anticipation (of an unknown prize
amount) transitions to excitement (when discovering the amount)at retail
and at BIG $PIN events. WCLC is sharing the BIG $PIN events on its website to
let everyone join in on the excitement
WCLC is increasing awareness of this
revolutionary new game with an advertising campaign that includes in-store ads,
television commercials, website banner ads, and social media advertising.
THE BIG $PIN is a
completely new concept for our Zing scratch product line and, as indicated by
incredible sales, players are embracing it, said Adam Cortiula,
Director of Marketing, WCLC. This game offers high entertainment value
and boosts player engagement with the Lottery. We look forward to offering
players new experiences like this in the future to help support the good causes
funded by our partnering provinces and territories.
Pollard Banknote is
delighted with the sales success WCLC is having with THE BIG $PIN,
noted Julia Cloutier, Director of Sales & Marketing, Pollard Banknote.
Over our 34-year partnership with WCLC, the Lottery has offered its
players unique and entertaining games. THE BIG $PIN is the latest offering that
illustrates the Lotterys innovative spirit.
WCLC is a non-profit organization
authorized to manage, conduct, and operate lottery and gaming-related
activities as an agent for its members, the governments of Alberta,
Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and associate members, Yukon, Northwest
Territories, and Nunavut. Through its activities, WCLC supports the efforts of
its Members to raise funds that benefit thousands of good causes, ranging from
education and sport to innovation and health care. The causes supported by
lottery revenues contribute to active, healthy, and culturally-enriched
lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities in Western Canada and the
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail
merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings, ranging from
game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including
strategic marketing and management services. 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 provides pull-tab
tickets, bingo paper, and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket
machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America.
Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the
Pollard family and 32.5% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the
TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Uruguayan Lottery Commemorates 200 Years of the First Draw with the
Participation of the Board of Directors of CIBELAE
URUGUAY (May 28, 2019) -- On
Monday, May 27, 2019, the announcement was made at the Press Conference on the
occasion of the commemoration, on July 9, of celebrating 200 Years , the first
lottery draw. .
It was attended by the National
Director of Lotteries and Quinielas Luis Gama , the Minister of Economy and
Finance; Cr. Danilo Astori , the Minister of Education and Culture; Dr.
María Julia Muñoz and the Sub Secretary of the Ministry of
Economy and Finance; Ec. Pablo Ferreri.
This event announced; so important
in the history of the country will be developed on Monday July 15, 2019 in the
emblematic Teatro Solis and will coincide with the meeting of the Board of
Directors of Cibelae , whose current president is the current National Director
of Lotteries and Quinielas of Uruguay Mr. Luis Gama Hernandez
History of the First Draw
It still separated Uruguay a few
years from the great date when it would reach its independence, since the
period of Portuguese domination was over, when in 1818, at the initiative of
the Head of the invading forces, General Carlos Federico Lecor, Baron de The
Laguna, with the purpose of solving the problem that created the support of the
Founding Children and in order to help the Hospital of Charity, resolved that
lotteries were made in the country. The first draw was made on July 9, 1819, in
the Plaza Mayor in front of the Puertas del Cabildo.
In those raffles that were held at
the dawn of the Uruguayan Lottery, the
amount of 750 patacones was distributed in prizes, with a Prize of 200
patacones and a total of 48 winning lots. History of the Uruguayan Lottery
The price of the cedulas, which were
thus dominated at the time by the documents that allowed participation in the
draws, was of a "real" participation or fraction in which the whole was divided
that constituted the 8 thousands that were issued, and It was marketed on
public roads by street vendors, who responded to Loteros' name, which continues
to this day.
The date of the draws was fixed once
the entire issue sent to circulation was exhausted, and they were performed in
public at the door of the Hospital de Caridad. They gave faith to them a Judge
and a Notary.
In March 1846 the first Lottery was
played in favour of the Society of Charity, created in 1844.
The birth of the National
Directorate of Lotteries and Quinielas , dates from July 12, 1856, 37 years
after the first draw , date in which promulgated the legal precept that had to
adjust its operation the current National Lotteries and Quinielas.
Western Canada Lottery Corporation Board of Directors Names New
WINNIPEG, Canada (may 24, 2019) --
Niaz Nejad, Chair of the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) Board of
Directors, announced today that Paul Erickson has been appointed President and
CEO of WCLC, effective immediately. Mr. Erickson has served as Interim
President of the Corporation since June 2018.
Mr. Erickson began his career with
WCLC in 1987; initially working in IT-related roles, he eventually moved to the
audit department, where he became Manager in 1997.
His role prior to his appointment as
Interim President was as Director, Risk and Compliance, where his portfolio of
responsibilities included IT Security, Enterprise Risk Management, Compliance,
Internal Audit, and Player Protection.
He holds a number of professional
designations, including Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Mr. Erickson has also been active
with Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) sub-committees for many years,
chairing both the Lottery Risk Assessment and Common Standards teams. He has
been a member of the ILC Executive Committee since June 2018.
About Western Canada Lottery
Western Canada Lottery Corporation
(WCLC) is a non-profit organization authorized to manage, conduct and operate
lottery and gaming-related activities as agent for its members, the governments
of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Yukon, Northwest Territories, and
Nunavut participate as associate members.
WCLC's affairs are governed by a
Board of Directors consisting of two representatives appointed by the
government of each member province.
SOURCE: Western Canada Lottery
Lottery Jackpots Continue to Grow, Sales Boost Proceeds for
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (May 24, 2019)
-- In the past 11 days the Arkansas Scholarship Lotterys (ASL) three
major draw game jackpots have grown a combined $135.1 million. Powerball®
now stands at $308 million, Mega Millions® has climbed to $393 million and
the Natural State Jackpot is up to $400,000.
As people start their long weekend,
ASL Director Bishop Woosley reminds the public to pick up some tickets for any
of the jackpots and take a chance at turning this Memorial Day into one they
will never forget.
We would love to make
someone an instant millionaire this weekend, said ASL Director Bishop
Woosley. Or winning $400,000 on the Natural State Jackpot
wouldnt be bad either.
Lottery players can select their
numbers in any of the jackpots or simply ask for a Quick Pick and let the
computer select the numbers for them. The next Mega Millions drawing is tonight
at 10 p.m. The Natural State Jackpot drawings this weekend will be at 8 p.m.
tonight, Saturday and Monday. The next Powerball drawing will be at 9:59 p.m.
Draw game sales actually
produce more proceeds for scholarships, Woosley said. And
when jackpots get big, our sales go up, which means more money for
The lottery has raised $82.5 million
for scholarships so far this fiscal year, and thats more than $11 million
over the projected budget, according to Woosley. The scholarship deadline is
July 1. To apply, go online to scholarships.adhe.edu.
May is the third and final month in
the lotterys Spring Cash Giveaway promotion. Players can enter winning
and non-winning Powerball tickets along with non-winning instant tickets that
launched in March, April and May for a chance to win cash. The final drawing
will be June 4. For details on the promotion, go to MyArkansasLottery.com and
click on The Club.
Woosley said he wants to remind
players that the lottery is designed as entertainment so to play for fun and to
About the Arkansas Scholarship
More than 92 cents of every dollar
of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and
other expenses in Arkansas. Since 2009, the Lottery has provided more than $965
million for more than 542,307 college scholarships, more than $2.8 billion in
prizes to players, about $248 million in retailer commissions and more than
$125 million state and federal tax revenue.
Follow the Arkansas Scholarship
Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for
more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions and
to join The Club for free. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers
Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the
National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.
CONTACT: Kara Lee Ford at
501-920-6287 for more information.
SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship
Online Consumers Must Be at the Centre of EU Single Market
BRUSSELS, Belgium (May 29, 2019) --
European Economy ministers have called on the European Commission to propose
measures to modernise Europes single market to make it fit for purpose in
the digital age. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomes
the Competitiveness Councils conclusions and urges the incoming European
Commission and Parliament to ensure Europes online consumers are put at
the centre of EU single market policies.
Making the single market work for
online consumers fundamentally requires the European Commission to act when
Member States do not correctly apply existing single market rules in the online
Unfortunately, the current European
Commission has failed to fully enforce the freedom to provide services in many
online sectors including online gambling where in 2017 it decided to
shelve infringement cases in the sector.
This political decision has been to
the detriment of the many Europeans who like to place a bet online, who
currently do not benefit from equally enforced rules to protect them and their
In this respect, EGBA welcomes the
Councils recognition today that single market rules need to better ensure
a high level of consumer protection when consumers buy services online.
EGBA also considers that proposals
for targeted regulation are necessary to ensure that current gaps in the
digital single market are closed and EU consumers can profit from a truly
integrated digital single market.
The incoming Commission and
Parliament have a responsibility to recalibrate the single market to ensure
online consumers benefit from the same rights and protections regardless of
which member state they live in. But to enable this, the starting point must be
for the new Commission to fully enforce existing EU single market rules for all
digital services, including online gambling. EGBA companies have more than 12
million active customers and these online customers deserve equal treatment
under EU law but this is currently not the case.
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA.
In its recent manifesto for the new
EU term, the EGBA proposed the following measures to strengthen the single
market for online gambling:
Ensure the implementation of the
European Commissions 2014 Recommendation on consumer protection in online
gambling, taking into account digital developments such as in electronic
identification, artificial intelligence and Fintech.
Reinstate the European
Commissions expert group of national gambling authorities to ensure
regular exchanges of best practices, dialogue and regulatory cooperation.
Develop and introduce further
standardisation of national technical requirements for online gambling, ranging
from IT and auditing requirements to anti-money laundering reporting.
The European Commission must fully
enforce EU law in the online gambling sector.
The European Gaming and Betting
Association (EGBA) is the Brussels-based trade association representing the
leading online gaming and betting operators established, licensed and regulated
within the EU, including bet365, BetClic, Betsson Group, Expekt, GVC Holdings
PLC, Kindred Group Plc, MRG, and ZEAL Network.
EGBA works together with national
and EU authorities and other stakeholders towards a well-regulated online
gambling market which provides a high level of consumer protection and takes
into account the reality of the digital economy and consumer demand.
Today, EGBAs member companies
together have more than 12 million customers in Europe.
SOURCE: The European Gaming and
Betting Association (EGBA).
René Jansen Has Been Appointed Vice-Chairman of the Gaming
Regulators European Forum
THE HAGUE (May 23, 2019) --
René Jansen, chairman of the board of directors of the Gaming Authority,
has been appointed today (Thursday, May 23, 2019) as vice-chairman of the
Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF), the European organization of gambling
Gaming supervisors exchange
experiences in the context of the GREF. René Jansen: 'The laws and
regulations concerning gambling are not the same in any country. Yet there are
many common ground in our work. The protection of consumers, the prevention of
gambling addiction and the fight against illegality and crime are of paramount
importance to all regulators. By sharing experiences, we learn from each
We are also confronted with the same
issues. For example, a current topic is the appearance of gambling elements in
All supervisors are looking at how
to deal with this. Then it makes sense to work together, partly because there
is a strong international character on both the gaming and the gambling market.
International cooperation is
currently of extra importance for the Ksa because the licensing process is
currently being organized in the context of the Remote Gambling Act .
The Senate passed this law in
February 2019. This allows companies to offer online gambling in the
Netherlands under strict conditions in the long term (after the law comes into
force). Ksa chairman René Jansen: 'Other countries preceded us. All the
more reason, therefore, where possible, to participate in experiences gained
It will be a long time before the
market for online gambling actually opens up: other preparations need to be
made in addition to the licensing process. The objective of the Remote Gambling
Act is to create a safe, legal market for online gambling.
The appointment of René
Jansen as vice-chairman of GREF took place today during the annual meeting of
the GREF. This week he is in Cyprus and has the theme ' Exploring the
boundaries between gambling and regulation '.
The 35 members of the GREF also
elected a new chairman: Jorn Starck. Starck is the executive director of the
regulator of the Channel Island of Alderney.
SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.
Global Lottery Monitoring System Members Elect New Executive
Committee. Ludovico Calvi (Lottomatica) Re-Appointed
ANTWERP, Belgium (May 28, 2019) --
GLMS Lottery-Members elected today their new Executive Committee for the
2019-2021 term during the Associations General Assembly on 28 May 2019 in
Antwerp. Ludovico Calvi (Lottomatica) has been re-appointed President of the
Ludovico Calvi stated I am
extremely honoured to have been appointed as the President of the Association
for yet another term. I am proud of GLMS many achievements of the last term and
I am privileged to carry on the mission of growing GLMS network worldwide and
disseminating its core values while guaranteeing continuity and strengthening
the association. I strongly believe that protecting Sport Ethics means
safeguarding the passion and integrity of our children and therefore the future
of our society. I am fully convinced that GLMS represents a tremendous vehicle
not only for our network and its members but also for all other key interested
stakeholders, our communities, and our society as a whole. I personally thank
all individual and collective members and all my colleagues for the renewed
trust, leading to this second mandate. I assure all our members, public,
private stakeholders and partners, that I will continue with the same energy,
passion and dedication to make my best efforts for the global success of
The elected members of the Executive
Committee of The Global Lottery Monitoring System GLMS for the term
2019-2021 are (in alphabetical order):
- Calvi Ludovico, Lottomatica, Italy
- EL Mechrafi Younes, MDJS, Morocco
- Kauhanen Sami, Veikkaus OY, Finland
- Lee Ilho, KTOTO, Korea
The Executive Committee also
includes the following Members appointed as per the GLMS Statutes - by
the GLMS collective founding members (EL & WLA):
- Bolingbroke Rupert, HKJC, Hong Kong
appointed by WLA re-appointed GLMS Vice-President
- Folmann Niels Erik, Danske Spil, Denmark, appointed
- Garcia Fabian, La Banca, Uruguay appointed
- Maillet Gilles, FDJ, France, appointed by EL
The new executive committee
is a geographically diverse powerful group of leaders that will work together
on the implementation of our vision and strategy for GLMS. Ludovico
I would like to warmly
welcome the new members of the Executive Committee, Fabian Garcia and Ilho Lee,
who will no doubt bring significant knowledge and experience to the global
spirit of our Association. At the same time, I would like to wholeheartedly
thank the outgoing Members, How Sheng Lee and Edmunto Dupré. Their
dedication and input have been very much appreciated during the last 2 years.
Finally and most importantly, I would like to thank the GLMS General
Secretariat and all staff members of GLMS in our 2 hubs for their hard and
relentless quality output, setting new standards of excellence for the whole
sport integrity sector.
GLMS General Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandrakis, GLMS Deputy General Secretary,
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
GLMS currently has 32
individual Members from 4 continents and 2 associate Members: Scientific Games
International (SGI), INTRALOT
SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring
System (GLMS) (www.glms-sport.org).
Government Introduces Online Gambling Restrictions to Reduce Consumer
MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia (May
24, 2019) -- In an Australian-first, the Andrews Labour Government is
tightening rules for online betting operators in a bid to provide stronger
consumer protections for Victorians gambling online.
From 26 May 2019, online betting
operators must comply with strict requirements for betting account deposit
limits, restrictions on direct marketing and a ban on perks that encourage
consumers to continue betting.
Gambling is moving increasingly to
apps and websites, and new rules are necessary to keep up with technological
advancements while also providing consumers with autonomy to make informed
decisions about their gambling.
The new betting rules will:
- Ban wagering service providers from offering
credit, vouchers or other rewards to an account holder as an incentive to refer
their family or friends to open a betting account;
- Stop operators from providing complementary or free
bets on the condition that account holders can only use the winnings to
continue to bet, rather than giving customers an option to withdraw the
- Require consumers to opt-in to receive direct
marketing from a wagering service provider;
- Provide consumers with simple and easy-to-use tools
to set limits on the amount of money that can be deposited into their betting
- Ensure consumers can easily close their betting
account if they choose to do so, while also restricting gambling providers from
offering credit or other rewards to encourage consumers to keep their betting
The measures have been introduced
following an agreement between state and federal governments to commit to the
National Consumer Protection Framework for Online Wagering.
Consumer protections will be
implemented progressively, with all other measures to commence by May 2020.
Quotes attributable to Minister
for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz: These
Australian-first changes are about tightening the rules for online betting
operators and empowering consumers to make better choices and I
encourage other states and territories to follow our lead.
Victoria is the first state
to sign up to the national framework because it offers greater protection to
people who gamble online and gives them practical steps to better manage their
Quote attributable to Victorian
Responsible Gambling Foundation Chief Executive Shane Lucas:
Providing individuals with
easily accessible tools and information to monitor and manage their gambling
are important steps in reducing and preventing gambling harm.
CONTACT: Stephanie Jones 0448 359
507 | email@example.com.
SOURCE: Office of Minister for
Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz MP.
REPORT: CGS 2019 A Niche Market with Unlimited
CYPRUS (May 27, 2019) -- The 3rd
Annual Cyprus Gaming Show (CGS) concluded on the 21st of May 2019 at the Hilton
Cyprus in Nicosia, capital of Cyprus. The event attracted key operators and
industry stakeholders from across the globe and provided valuable insights
through keynote presentations and panels as well as engaging networking
CGS 2019 A
niche market with unlimited potential!Each year Eventus International aims to
unite the online and offline industry in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean
The 3rd Annual Cyprus Gaming Show,
which attracted major operators such as Megabet Plus and Parimatch, has
provided software providers, payment solutions service providers and relevant
stakeholders such as BetConstruct, Digitain, ECOMMPAY, Digital Choo, Quazard
Uncharted Gaming, Infocredit Group, Russian Media Group and others, the
opportunity to grow within the Eastern Mediterranean gaming market.
We hope to continue to grow the
iGaming market in this region for the years to come. Yudi
Soetjiptadi, Managing Director, Eventus International
The event kicked off with a warm
welcome from the chairperson, David Schollenberger, Director, Policy and
Compliance of Cyprus National Gaming & Casino Supervision Commission. David
set the scene for the next two days by highlighting the key challenges and
opportunities in the Cyprus market. After his opening remarks, he handed over
to the first speaker and the event was underway.
Insightful presentations and a vast
array of thought-provoking panels followed over the course of the first day of
Nick Tofiluk, Chief Executive of
Cyprus National Gaming & Casino Supervision Commission, kicked off the
first presentation discussing strengthening Cypruss national gambling
framework to enhance administrative cooperation among other regulated markets.
Ioanna Fiakkou, Chairwoman of the National Betting Authority of Cyprus,
delivered welcome remarks and addressed the future landscape of the gambling
industry in Cyprus.
Andreas Matsas, CEO of Sibilla
Solutions, thereafter moderated the interactive panel discussion on the ICR
benefits to Cypruss economy, its impact on the gross domestic product and
effective processes in tackling unemployment.
Day one of #CGS2019 ended off with
an exclusive networking cocktail reception, hosted by the proud producers,
Eventus International, providing all attendees with the opportunity to network
within a relaxed and sociable atmosphere to discuss the highlights of the first
day of Cyprus Gaming Show 2019.
On day two Christina Thakor-Rankin,
Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming in the UK, took the stage as Chairperson.
She welcomed back all the attendees of CGS and kicked off with her opening
address: Generation Z Betting and Gamings New
Challenge. After her opening remarks, a panel on gender diversity in the
gambling industry followed.
Later that day implementing
practical aspects of compliance and AML/KYC was also addressed by Keynote
speakers Isobel John, Head of Regulatory Compliance and AMLRO at Melco Resorts
& Entertainment, and Pinelope Georgiou, Compliance Manager at Melco resorts
& Entertainment. A panel discussion on KYC ensued addressing changes in the
latter, and what operators can practically do to better know their customers in
order to make the industry safer, profitable and more sustainable.
In addition to the above
discussions, CGS was filled with various practical and fruitful discussions,
led by experienced local and international speakers. The full presentations can
now be found on https://www.cyprusgamingshow.com/.
CGS 2019 has exceeded our
expectations, although a lot of work needs to be done in order to capatalise
from the unlimited opportunities Cyprus has to offer. Working closely with the
National Betting Authority of Cyprus and The Cyprus National Gaming &
Casino Supervision Commission, we have the right connections and formula to
open up Cyprus as the next iGaming hub in the region. Yudi
Soetjiptadi, Managing Director, Eventus International.
The 4th Annual Cyprus Gaming Show
has already been confirmed and will take place from 18 19 May 2020 in
Nicosia, Cyprus. Early-bird registrations are now open and attendees can save
up to 50% on Delegate passes. This special offer is valid until 31 May
SOURCE: Cyprus Gaming Show
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Launches Self-Exclusion Program For
HARRISBURG, PA (May 28, 2019) -- The
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) today announced that a self-help tool
for individuals to voluntarily exclude themselves from participating in the new
internet-based gaming (iGaming) activities for sports wagering and casino-like
games is now available.
Modeled after the successful
Self-Exclusion Program that has assisted thousands of persons by allowing them
to voluntarily ban themselves from gaming in Pennsylvanias casinos, the
iGaming Self-Exclusion Program will similarly allow individuals to voluntarily
choose 1-year, 5-year, or lifetime bans for on-line gambling activities.
Information and a sign-up tool for
the iGaming Self-Exclusion Program can be accessed from a special link under
the Quick-Links section of the homepage on the PGCBs
All Commonwealth on-line gaming
sites must refuse wagers and deny gaming privileges to all persons on the
iGaming Self-Exclusion list, as well as refuse any player club membership,
complimentary goods and services, and other similar privileges; and, ensure
that persons on the iGaming Self-Exclusion list do not receive solicitations,
targeted mailings, telemarketing promotions, player club materials or other
promotional materials relating to iGaming activities.
It is important to note that the
PGCBs iGaming Self-Exclusion Program is separate from the existing casino
To speak with a representative with
the PGCB about the iGaming Self-Exclusion Program, call (717)346-8300.
About the Pennsylvania Gaming
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the states casino industry,
including sports wagering offered currently at eight locations. The oversight
also includes other new gaming initiatives, expected to be launched in the
coming months, which were created through Act 42 of 2017, an amendment to the
Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.
The Commonwealths casino
industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in
operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos. These facilities
collectively employ over 16,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4
billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest
portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to Pennsylvania
Additional information about both
the PGCBs gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvanias gaming
industry can be found at
You can also follow the agency on
Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.
SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the World Lottery Association (WLA)
BASEL, Switzerland (May 23, 2019)
--The year 2019 represents a milestone for the WLA, as we celebrate our 20th
anniversary. On August 30, 1999, the final hurdles were cleared and AILE and
Intertoto united to form the World Lottery Association.
We would like to ask all WLA members
to join us in this celebration by sending a short video (maximum two minutes)
telling us what the world lottery community means to you and your organization
and how you see the lottery sector developing over the next 20 years. We are
looking for informal videos, taken with your smart phone or mobile devices. As
we would like to hear from all our members, all video submissions are welcome;
submissions do not need to come exclusively from CEOs or other senior
At the beginning of your video
please state your name, your job title, and the organization for which you
work. Ideally, you should hold your mobile device horizontally so that all the
videos we receive have a consistent visual format. For optimal exposure record
your video in a well-lit environment and avoid backlighting.
Your video can be sent to us using
either WeTransfer or Google Drive.
Send your video to us via
wetransfer.com using the following steps:
- Go to WeTransfer.
- Accept the terms of service for free usage.
- Click the plus sign and add your files for
- In the field Email to type
- Add your email address in the field Your
- In the field Message type your name,
the name of your organization, and your job title.
- Click the Transfer button to send your
- Wait until the upload is complete before closing
Alternatively, you can upload your
video to our Google Drive.
The best video submissions will be
showcased on the WLAs social media channels. A selection of those videos
received before Friday, June 14, will be transcribed and appear in the next
edition of the WLA magazine.
Feel free to send the video in your
native language. We see the diversity of cultures that the WLA represents as
one of its greatest assets.
We look forward to hearing from you
SOURCE: World Lottery