GTECH Presents End-to-End Gaming Solutions at ICE
Line-up includes new games,
system solutions, and services across land-based gaming, interactive, sports
betting, and lottery
LONDON, U.K. (December 16, 2014)
GTECH, with its
Interactive, Betting, Lottery, and SPIELO Gaming pillars, will be
presenting its comprehensive portfolio at ICE Totally Gaming Exhibition at the
ExCeL exhibition center in London, U.K. from Feb. 3 to 5, 2015. Featuring the
All Together GTECH theme, visitors to Booth N3-160 will experience
a full array of games, cabinets, systems and interactive solutions, including
an expanded library of TRUE 3D titles.
Using patented, award-winning 3D
display technology, GTECH´s innovative TRUE 3D product line provides an
unrivalled gaming experience. The SPHINX 3D game has won three industry
awards and is live in numerous casinos across Europe, the United States and
Latin America, enjoying success and generating excitement among players. At ICE
2015, GTECH will be introducing several additions to its TRUE 3D game library
that are specifically designed to appeal to different player segments. Titles
include BEJEWELED 3D, DRAGON´S TEMPLE 3D, DREAMS OF ASIA
3D and ALADDINs FORTUNE 3D.
Emphasizing its expertise in linked
gaming products, GTECH will be featuring several new linked products in its
booth. PERUVIAN RICHES and SECRETS OF THE SEA are two powerful
multi-level mystery jackpots. These concepts allow operators to select nearly
any title from GTECHs core game library and insert them into a
THE MONEY DROP will be making
its global debut at ICE. The multi-level progressive is a title licensed by
Endemol and features an innovative risk-based progressive play-off.
TERRIFIC TEAL and LUXURY LILAC are
brand-new editions to the well-known and highly successful diversity
multigame suites for the European market. GTECH will also present a new suite
specifically adapted to U.K. requirements. Furthermore, plenty of core games
will be presented to visitors with a variety of new and unique game play
GTECHs line-up also includes
yet another internationally-recognized licensed title from the exciting DEAL OR
NO DEAL franchise, with the newest version in the series, DEAL OR NO
DEAL LAS VEGAS! presented on the MaXVusion cabinet.
On the interactive gaming side,
visitors will be able to experience GTECHs total iGaming solution,
including entertaining interactive casino games, bingo, poker, sports betting,
and iLottery products, as well as exciting new mobile additions for players on
the go. GTECH´s open architecture platforms allow fast integration of
third-party products to easily create a successful online solution tailored to
New casino games include favourites
from the popular SPIELO casino games library, with many new titles launched for
desktop and mobile devices, such as Moving Moments, Goldify,
Egyptian Dreams and Treasure Blast. With a strong selection of
content, GTECH will illustrate the player journey and convergence from
land-based to desktop gaming, tablets and smartphones.
GTECHs networked bingo and
poker solutions will also be on show. Attendees will be able to test the newly
launched, cutting-edge Poker Mac client and app, as well as HTML tablet bingo
with user-friendly features that are the result of extensive research and
Play for Fun and Social Casino are
great tools for operators to build their brand in the interactive arena,
helping them to acquire new players, increase player lifetime value, and drive
players back to operators land-based or real-money offerings.
GTECH´s Play for Fun and Social Casino offerings contain a complete mix
of games from a large, ever-growing library, and are available across platforms
including mobile. Additionally, they offer the ability to monetize social
gaming by selling virtual currency for real money.
GTECH will also show its
market-leading suite of interactive solutions for Lottery markets, including a
comprehensive game portfolio of more than 100 eInstant games. GTECHs
mobile first approach will be demonstrated with the latest releases of baseline
wagering and a convenience app, featuring a rich suite of player features and
functionalities. Key player engagement features such as group play, second
chance draws and loyalty will also be presented.
In addition, WagerWise is
GTECHs new single-integrated, end-to-end sports betting platform, backed
by the comprehensive GTECH Betting Services to provide support across all
channels and markets. It allows operators to connect with players anytime,
anywhere, on any device, ensuring that they never miss a moments
As the provider of the
top-performing and top-selling single and multi-games in the Italian AWP
market, GTECH will showcase several outstanding performers on the delite
cabinet. As part of GTECH Content Sales program, visitors can choose which of
these exciting titles they would like to adapt to player preferences in their
On the Casino Systems side,
GTECHs SYSTEM2go slot management system will be impressing with new
features. SYSTEM2go is the essential packaged solution for single and
multi-side slot venues. It is simple to operate, requires less training than
traditional slot systems, and does not require a large IT infrastructure. With
the latest addition of the Platinum View edition, GTECH has added a Player
Display to the mix. The Player Display can be connected to any gaming machine
and helps operators to set themselves apart from the competition.
The GALAXIS portfolio of
casino systems solutions and innovative applications streamline operations and
help casinos to attract, bonus and reward their players to create a distinct
competitive advantage. Its nine different modules include solutions and
applications that manage operations across every area of the casino. The
GALAXIS TABLES module is GTECHs advanced table management system,
providing a wide range of automated features that make daily table game
operations easier to manage. JUNKETS, the newest product in the GALAXIS TABLES
module, streamline the management of junkets for the casino by providing
reliable accounting and reducing the cost of operations.
JP2go is GTECHs turnkey
jackpot solution, offered in straightforward standalone packages. Independent
of other systems, deployment is quick and easy. JP2go offers targeted,
revenue-building mystery, progressive and wide area jackpots to create
excitement on the floor and increase machine play for an all-inclusive,
per-machine price. A multimedia signage solution is included in the package to
promote jackpots and share the excitement of big wins.
On the Public Gaming side, GTECH
continues its commitment to provide innovative solutions for the Video Lottery
market with the launch of a brand-new cutting-edge cabinet designed to meet the
specific needs of WLA markets. On the systems side, as part of the
INTELLIGEN Central System, GTECH is launching Account Based Play,
providing players the convenience of cashless play by establishing a monetary
account with the lottery. Visualization Analytics will also be debuted,
providing lottery operators with an enhanced way to analyze and ultimately
optimize their operations.
GTECH S.p.A. is a leading commercial
operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets,
delivering best-in-class products and services, with a commitment to the
highest levels of integrity, responsibility, and shareholder value creation.
The Company is listed FTSE MIB at the Italian Stock Exchange under the trading
symbol GTK and is majority owned by De Agostini S.p.A. In 2013,
GTECH had approximately 3.1 billion in revenues and 8,600 employees with
operations on approximately 100 countries in six continents. For more
information, please visit www.gtech.com.
For further information, CONTACT:
Nadine Levermann, GTECH Marketing, T: +49-5741-240 999 31, M: +49-151-125 463
47, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: © Endemol
International B.V., Deal or No Deal and The Money Drop are registered
trademarks of Endemol International B.V. Used with permission. All rights
SOURCE: GTECH S.p.A.
Texas Lottery Suspends Sales of Monopoly Millionaires Club
AUSTIN, Texas (December 11, 2014)
The Texas Lottery
announced today that it will suspend sales of the multi-state MONOPOLY
MILLIONAIRES CLUB game following the drawing on Friday, Dec.12.
Texas is one of 23 states participating in the game that was launched on Oct.
Sales for the game have not met the
lottery industrys projections and have continued to decline nationally
since its introduction. After careful review, the Texas Lottery has
decided to suspend sales of the game because of the prize liability risk
created by the unexpected low sales of the game.
This is a difficult
business decision that is based on numerous discussions regarding the health
and viability of this game, both here in Texas and nationally, said
Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.
Unfortunately, players have
not embraced the game as anticipated, and our options to change the game while
it is being sold are limited in scope and challenging to implement. I believe
its critical for the Texas Lottery to take a step back, reduce our
liability risk, participate in the ongoing national discussions regarding the
games future, and carefully monitor what the next steps
CLUB players in Texas will be able to claim prizes for 180 days following
the draw date.
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $22 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $44 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas
Lottery has contributed $17 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which
supports public education in Texas.
As authorized by the Texas
Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit other state programs
including the Fund for Veterans Assistance.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five® and scratch-offs. For more
information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or at
CONTACT: Media Relations,
512-344-5131, Email: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Texas Lottery media
Governor Appoints New Wyolotto Board Member
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (December 12,
2014) -- Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has appointed Sandi Chitwood, from Rock
Springs, to the board of directors of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation. Chitwood
will finish the term of former board member Barry Sims. Her term expires in
2017 with the possibility of reappointment for an additional four-year
The corporation is governed by a
board of directors, composed of nine members appointed by the governor.
According to state statute, the board provides the chief executive officer with
private sector perspectives of a large marketing enterprise, and has the
authority to approve the budget and terms of major lottery procurements, hear
appeals and adopt regulations, policies and rules.
Im looking forward to
working with Sandi, said Jon Clontz, CEO of the Wyoming Lottery
Corporation. She brings a wealth of private business experience in
both hotel management and the oil industry to the board, as well as her time
spent on the Wyoming Transportation Commission.
Im honored to be
asked to serve on the lottery board, Chitwood said. I have
been a supporter of the lottery and look forward to working with the lottery to
ensure that it continues to contribute the states economy.
Chitwood has over 25 years
experience in hotel management and now works in the oilfield industry assisting
her husband, Bill, with his equipment rental business, Cherry Pie, LLC. She
also works for Elmore & Elmore Wireline Service, Inc. Previously, she
served as a commissioner for District 2 on the Wyoming Transportation
Commission and on the steering committee for the Business Leadership Network,
an employer-led coalition dedicated to promoting opportunities that benefit
businesses by supporting people with disabilities. She has co-chaired the
Chamber of Commerce Auction Committee, was a member of the Business and
Professional Women's Organization, and served on the Sweetwater County Travel
and Tourism Board. She and her husband have lived in Rock Springs for over 30
years, and have three children and seven grandchildren.
SOURCE: Wyoming Lottery.
GBGC Looks to 2015 with Predictions for the Online
ISLE OF MAN (December 14, 2014) --
Warwick Bartlett, a 40-year gambling industry veteran and respected gambling
consultant with the Isle of Man-based Global Betting and Gaming Consultancy,
has published his thoughts on what might lie ahead in 2015 for the online
sector and developments that impact it.
Bartlett likes the concept of
cybercurrencies as a transaction medium that cannot be abused by government
overprinting and is in growing demand by punters.
However, he cautions that it is
unlikely to gain mainstream approval quickly due to the resistance of both
banks and governments concerned about money laundering and other criminal
The payment solution market
is very competitive I doubt there is any cost benefit at all in using
digital currency over existing banking and payment providers. Risks and no
benefits so far is all I see, he comments, predicting that 2015 will
see the profile of digital currencies fall.
Describing the current regulatory
landscape in Europe as dysfunctional, Bartlett says that reform is necessary
but there is little appetite for it in Europe with a stream of nationalistic
and largely negative news, including the potential for countries to levy VAT on
bets, something Germany has already implemented.
That could encourage other
governments to follow suit.
On the positive side, Spain is
warming to online gambling and will focus on this in 2015, whilst
the Netherlands is gearing up for legalised and regulated internet gambling in
the year ahead.
Intriguingly, Bartlett suggests that
the Russian economy, under international sanctions and debt pressures and an
oil price in free fall, may relax its opposition to online gambling, beginning
with poker. However, he warns that there is likely to be a parochial approach
favouring local operators through the inclusion of bad actor
He predicts that for all the debate
in Poland the officials in that country will fail to eliminate illegal internet
Although Bartlett in general
confines his comments to a broad view, he does single out Bwin Party Digital
Entertainment for examination, positing that the three possibilities for the
company in 2015 are a sale, a break up or for the status quo to
he feels that the latter will be the case.
Referring to Britain, he expects to
see a hung parliament with a Conservative Prime Minister in 2015, and a good
year for retail betting that could see the Coral group sell off its bingo
interests and focus on being a bookmaker.
point-of-consumption tax imposed in the UK will probably not really impact the
industry until 2016, Bartlett opines, noting that the improvement in the UK
economy with the same spend on marketing from the major operators will see the
industry through 2015. But profits will fall by 20 to 30 percent despite robust
He does not see too much change in
player pay-outs, and value will be maintained. The point-of-consumption tax
measures will start to bite around the fourth quarter of 2015, and Bartlett
expects to see more industry consolidation on the supply side.
Discussing the online gambling
situation in the United States, Bartlett anticipates that 2015 will be another
year of frustration with low returns and continued political interference. The
conservative Republicans now dominate Congress, making sports betting
liberalisation unlikely, whilst the outcome of online poker legalisation in
California four years on now remains uncertain in 2015.
US state lotteries may increasingly
turn to the internet to boost sales, but as far as general online gambling in
the United States is concerned 2015 will probably be another year of waiting
for a major state to join the roster of those which have legalised online
Online gambling in Asia remains a
risky business with crackdowns in Malaysia and hardline e-gaming legislation in
Singapore, but Bartlett doubts that other regional governments will follow
Singapores example during the year ahead.
As a general observation, Bartlett
notes that the current fall in the international oil price is good for many
economies and their industries.
He observes: Cheap oil is
very good for the consumer; it is like every wage earner having a reduction in
tax and every pensioner having a lift in pension. A fall in the oil price
benefits everyone and this multiplies throughout the economy.
GBGC - http://www.gbgc.com/news/
IHF and Sportradar Partner up to Prevent Betting
GALLEN, Switzerland (December 15,
2014) -- The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has today announced a
landmark three-year partnership with integrity specialists Sportradar. Under
the partnership, Sportradar will monitor a total of three flagship tournaments
per year from 2015 to 2017 and will deliver a total of 12 educational
workshops, which will be targeted at participating players, officials,
administrators and coaches.
Sportradars Fraud Detection
System will monitor the worlds betting markets on the IIHF Ice Hockey
World Championship, IIHF World Junior Championship and IIHF Ice Hockey U18
World Championship each year, ensuring that any suspicious odds movements or
patterns are flagged, analysed and promptly forwarded to the IIHF. Furthermore,
each of those tournaments, each of those three years, will find Sportradar
experts travelling to the host cities and providing all relevant participants
with valuable insight and understanding of the global markets on ice hockey and
the dangers posed by fixers.
Very few sports excite and
engage fans like ice hockey does. And we want to keep it that way,
said IIHF President René Fasel. The integrity of our World
Championships and our sport are central to that.
What this partnership does
is send a powerful message. It sends a powerful message to our fans that we
will not compromise when it comes to protecting the honesty of the game we all
love. By including the U20 and U18 competitions, we send a message that we are
doing all we can to safeguard our sport for today and tomorrow. By partnering
with a professional organisation like Sportradar, we send a message to the
fixers that we are watching them. Zero compromise; zero
Sportradar Managing Director Andreas
Krannich added: Hearing President Fasels words is reassuring to
me and should be reassuring to all those that love ice hockey. By asking us to
monitor 126 ice hockey games and deliver 12 workshops over three years, the
IIHF has shown a keen awareness of this vitally important issue. We have worked
hard to develop the ice hockey Fraud Detection System and we have honed it to
the needs and sensitivities of the sport. This partnership is a powerful show
of trust and confidence in our system, but also in our educational programme,
which has been reworked and tailored and is now ready to be delivered to the
best players in the world!
About the IIHF
The International Ice Hockey
Federation (IIHF), founded on May 15, 1908 in Paris, France, is the governing
body of international ice hockey and inline hockey. The IIHF features 73 member
associations, each of which is the national governing body of the sport in its
nation. Besides controlling the international rulebook, processing
international player transfers, and dictating officiating guidelines, the IIHF
runs numerous development programmes designed to bring hockey to a broader
The IIHF also presides over ice
hockey in the Olympic Games, and over the IIHF World Championships at all
levels, men, women, juniors under-20, juniors under-18 and women under-18. Each
season, the IIHF in collaboration with its local organising committees, runs
around 25 different World Championships in the five different categories.
For more information about the IIHF,
please visit: www.iihf.com
OLG Announces Stephen Rigby as President and Chief Executive
TORONTO, Ontario (December 16, 2014)
-- The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today announced the
appointment of Stephen Rigby as President and Chief Executive Officer, starting
January 5, 2015.
Stephen Rigby was chosen
for his skills and experience in leading organizational change, said
Philip Olsson, Chair of OLGs Board of Directors. The Board is
confident that Mr. Rigby has the ideal experience for the job and will follow
through on OLG's renewal plan. Under his leadership, OLG will keep its focus on
responsible gambling while building a strong lottery, gaming, charitable gaming
and iGaming industry.
Mr. Rigby has led major
transformations as President of the Canada Border Services Agency and in the
role of Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade. Most recently, Mr. Rigby was the National Security Advisor
to the Prime Minister of Canada.
As OLGs new President &
CEO, Stephen Rigby will lead an organization supported by 7,000 employees
throughout the province. OLG is responsible for 24 gaming sites and sales of
lottery products at approximately 9,800 retail locations. At approximately $2
billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source
of non-tax revenue. Modernization will help OLG provide more money to Ontario
for health care and education. Mr. Rigby will also lead OLG as it integrates
horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy to further the Ontario
governments commitment to a sustainable industry.
I am eager to begin my role
with the OLG Board and management team at this critical point in OLGs
transition, said Stephen Rigby. I will be focused on helping
to ensure OLG is offering its customers the best possible lottery and gaming
entertainment experience for the benefit of the people and the Province of
OLG reports through its Board of
Directors to Ontarios Minister of Finance. Charles Sousa, Minister of
Finance, stated: I look forward to working with Mr. Rigby as he leads
OLG in its continued modernization to increase returns supporting important
priorities for Ontarians, including health care and education, while promoting
a sustainable horse racing industry.
OLG is a provincial agency
responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975,
OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario.
OLGs annual payments to the Province have helped support health care;
education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur
sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial
Las Vegas Sands Names Robert G. Goldstein as President And Chief
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (December 11,
2014) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) today announced the company has
named Robert G. Goldstein as its president and chief operating officer,
replacing Michael A. Leven, who is retiring at the end of the year after having
served as president and chief operating officer since 2009.
Mr. Goldstein joined Las Vegas Sands
in 1995 and has served in several executive positions for the company,
including president and chief operating officer of The Venetian and Palazzo
and, most recently, as president of global gaming operations.
"Our company is in the enviable
position of having the most diverse set of assets and the strongest balance
sheet in our industry, as well as being best-positioned to capitalize on future
growth opportunities as they happen," said Las Vegas Sands Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson. "With Rob's strong leadership,
passion and energy, I'm fully confident we will expand our industry leadership
to deliver even greater achievements in the years ahead. Considering the depth
of the team we've assembled, I can't help but be even more bullish about what
the future has in store for Las Vegas Sands."
Widely known as one of the
hospitality and gaming industry's most knowledgeable and respected executives,
Mr. Goldstein spent 15 years developing casino-hotels in both the United States
and the Caribbean prior to joining Las Vegas Sands. In addition to overseeing
Las Vegas Sands' industry-leading gaming operations, Mr. Goldstein has been
instrumental in the development of the company's successful global retail
strategy, as well as bringing innovative dining, nightlife and entertainment
concepts to each of the company's properties.
"For nearly 20 years I've had the
privilege of working with one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs. The
tremendous success of this company is a testament to Sheldon Adelson's vision
and determination and the dedication of our nearly 50,000 team members
worldwide," Mr. Goldstein said. "I've been part of this industry for my
entire professional career, and I'm humbled and thankful for the opportunity to
help lead a company that by almost any metric has become the most successful in
our industry's history."
"We've set a high standard with
our success, and I'm focused on continuing to execute Sheldon's vision and the
strategic objectives laid out by our board of directors and management
team," Mr. Goldstein added. "We will continue to concentrate on getting
the most out of our existing properties, pursuing new development opportunities
and driving shareholder value. We also will enhance our industry-leading
approach to compliance, further our efforts as a community partner and continue
to grow our leading position as a best-in-class employer. There is much work to
do, but I couldn't be more excited about the opportunities ahead of
Mr. Goldstein and his wife, Sheryl,
live in Las Vegas. They have two adult children.
About Las Vegas Sands
Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is the
world's leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts. Our collection of
Integrated Resorts in Asia and the United States feature state-of-the-art
convention and exhibition facilities, premium accommodations, world-class
gaming and entertainment, destination retail and dining including celebrity
chef restaurants, and many other amenities.
Our properties include the
five-diamond Venetian and Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas,
Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in
Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd. (HKSE: 1928), LVS
owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The
Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao and Sands Cotai Central,
as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.
LVS is dedicated to being a good
corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working
environment for nearly 50,000 employees worldwide, driving impact through its
Sands Cares corporate citizenship program and leading innovation with the
company's award-winning Sands ECO360 degrees global sustainability program. To
learn more, please visit www.sands.com.
SOURCE: Las Vegas Sands.
Experts to gather for 2015 New Horizons in Responsible
VANCOUVER, Canada (December 16,
2014) -- Responsible and problem gambling industry leaders and experts from
around the world will soon gather in Vancouver to discuss mitigation strategies
for harm reduction and new treatment approaches.
The 3rd annual New Horizons in
Responsible Gambling conference takes place February 2-4, 2015
at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
This 2015 conference will feature a
thought-provoking keynote address from behavioral economics expert, Kristen
The annual conference is meant to
facilitate discussions on new treatment approaches, show how to use player data
to customize responsible gambling messages and how to mitigate gambling-related
harm, and to facilitate face-to-face dialogue with the brightest in the
This conference provides an
innovative, insightful opportunity to connect with the brightest minds in the
fields of responsible and problem gambling, says Jim Lightbody,
interim President & CEO, BCLC. Attendees hear first-hand
what responsible gambling means to players and learn best practices from
colleagues and professionals across the industry.
New this year, the Canadian
Consortium for Gambling Research will host a workshop to explore approaches in
recruitment and retention; research methods for small samples; ethics of
research within small populations; and implications for communicating research
The 2015 New Horizons in Responsible
Gambling conference features 29 guest speakers, including keynote speaker,
Kristen Berman (San Francisco, USA). Ms. Berman co-founded Irrational Labs with
leading behavioural economist and best-selling author, Dan Ariely, in 2013 to
help companies understand behavioral economics how and why people make
the decisions they do. Her presentation, The Behavioural Science Behind
Addictions and Proposals for Prevention, focuses on understanding the
gamblers mindset to help shape prevention strategies.
A complete list of speakers, online
registration and conference details are available at
For more information:
BCLC Media Relations
SOURCE: BCLC Media Relations
Online Gambling Included In Deal On Fourth Anti-Money Laundering
BRUSSELS, Belgium (December 17,
2014) -- EGBA is pleased that the entire gambling sector is now included in the
scope of the fourth anti-money laundering directive. EGBA welcomes the deal
reached by the negotiating teams of the European Parliament and the Member
States on 16 December, which will ensure that the online gambling sector is
subject to one set of rules in the whole of the European Union.
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of
EGBA said: EGBA has actively engaged with the EU institutions to
include online gambling in the directive. The new directive ensures that EU
online gambling providers now have 1 rather than 28 sets of AML rules to comply
with to provide their services in the EU. The risk based assessment
underpinning the directive will apply to all services, with the exception of
land based casinos where there can be larger sums of cash money involved.
With only electronic payments, no cash and perfect traceability on the
internet, EGBA is confident that the directive will further add to the safe
provision of EU regulated online gambling services.
He also stated: The
inclusion of the online gambling sector in the new anti-money laundering
directive adds to the growing number of European legislation applicable to the
online gambling sector. Following this success, EGBA encourages the European
Commission to come forward with additional EU initiatives to address the
regulatory fragmentation that the sector is currently facing. Consumers and
operators alike benefit from a more harmonised approach at the European
Please see link to European
Parliament press release on the agreement:
For more information, please
contact: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA: +32 2 554 08 90,
The EGBA is an association of
leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwinparty,
Digibet, Expekt, and Unibet. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association
(GBGA) is an affiliate member of EGBA. It promotes the rights of more than 20
million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their
choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment. While online
gambling remains a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon
innovation, technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed
itself into an industry champion of the European digital economy with material
spin-over effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with
sports. EGBA members have invested more than 600M into digital security
and contributed to sports with more than 800M, mainly via sponsorship
deal and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights. www.egba.eu
For more information, please contact
us at: www.egba.eu or firstname.lastname@example.org
In February 2013, the European
Commission published its proposal for a renewed anti-money laundering
directive. In the last months the negotiating teams of the European Parliament,
the European Commission and the Council of Ministers negotiated on the
provisions of the directive during their trilogues. The directive will later be
approved at COREPER level and then by the European Parliament early next year
during a plenary session.
Special leave to appeal to the High Court of
MELBOURNE, Victoria (December 17,
2014) -- Tabcorp Holdings Limited (Tabcorp) will apply for special leave to
appeal to the High Court of Australia in respect of a judgment of the Court of
Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria handed down on 4 December 2014.
The judgment relates to Tabcorp's
claim for a payment of approximately $686 million from the State of Victoria.
If special leave is granted, Tabcorp
will appeal the Court of Appeal's decision to the High Court of Australia and
seek an order for a payment of approximately $686 million plus statutory
interest from the State of Victoria. Tabcorp's claim is that the State of
Victoria was obliged to make the payment to Tabcorp in August 2012, when
Tabcorp's Gaming and Wagering Licences expired and new licences were granted.
The claim is based on a statutory provision included in legislation from 1994
when the State privatised the Victorian TAB and listed Tabcorp on the
Australian Securities Exchange. Tabcorp's initial public offering was
underpinned by this statutory entitlement.
For more information: Financial
analysts: Lachlan Fitt, GM Investor Relations and Strategy, 02 9218 1414 Media:
Nicholas Tzaferis, GM Corporate Affairs, 03 9868 2529
Sponsors announced for the London Affiliate Conference
LONDON, UK (December 11, 2014): As
we come closer to the headline affiliate event of the year, LAC 2015 has
confirmed their premium sponsors that will also attending the four day event.
The sponsors are familiar faces that have helped make LAC a continual success
and are as below:
Platinum Sponsor Affliliates
United (William Hill)
Gold Sponsor 888.com
Silver Sponsor E-Gaming
For those who are in the iGaming
affiliate industry LAC is the must attend event in 2015 as the opportunities to
network and learn from some of the brightest and most innovative minds in the
industry are plentiful.
Last year, LAC drew in a crowd of
over 3400 attendees, making it one of the biggest events of the year and Alex
Pratt, Head of iGaming Business stated We are expecting more people
attending this years London Affiliate Conference. With the numbers
weve seen in the last three years, Im confident in seeing continual
growth. iGaming Business Affiliate Events also couldnt be here without
our sponsors and I wanted to say a big thank you to them.
Remember LAC 2015 is free admission
for ALL affiliates and introducing brokers!
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schedule, please visit
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iGaming Business has been involved
in the iGaming sector for over 12 years. They specialize in publishing and
providing high level information to the iGaming sector through magazines,
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operators and vendors regularly reading our information off-line and 75,000
online iGaming Business is the biggest publishing company within the sector.
Please visit www.iGamingBusiness.com for further information.
About the London Affiliate
The London Affiliate Conference
(LAC) is organized by iGaming Business under the iGB Affiliate brand. The event
is part of a series of affiliate conferences and expos which began as CAP Euro
in January 2007, and has grown from 600 attendees to over 3000 attendees in
just over five years, making it the biggest iGaming affiliate event in the
sector. This rapid success has come about by keeping true to a simple
philosophy: Put Affiliates First, which is the backbone of the
events. For more information on the London Affiliate Conference, please visit
www.LondonAffiliateConference.com or for information on iGB Affiliate please
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BetSoftGaming Announce Launch at ComeOn.com
NICOSIA, Cyprus (December 11, 2014)
-- BetSoftGaming, the leader and originator in true 3D cinematic gaming, have
announced that the entirety of their iGaming catalogue has launched and is now
live with CO-Gaming LTd, one of Europe's premiere iGaming operators. The games
now available are comprised of the iconic Slots3 collection of true 3D
video slots and the best-in-class ToGo line of mobile games, featuring
such proven favorites as Mega Gems and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.
"When we partnered with ComeOn,
we were impressed with the depth of their commitment to excellence in this
industry," said Matt Avison, BetSoft Account Manager. "That is one of
our primary goals at BetSoft, and when we can align with our partners in such a
way, there is no limit to the quality entertainment we can produce and bring to
"We are delighted to be going
live with BetSoft games," said Hans Martin Nakkim, spokesperson of ComeOn
Group. "We are assured of a constant stream of the best content in the
industry, and we are especially excited to be offering BetSoft's ToGo
mobile games. We're finding that more and more players today are choosing to
play on their mobile devices, and the ToGo collection reigns
BetSoft's industry leading games are
now available via all CO-Gaming Ltds site;
BetSoftGaming, broadly known as the
innovator and leader of true 3D cinematic gaming, is a Tier One developer and
provider of complete system online gaming software. With a game library of over
180 games including the iconic Slots3 series, BetSoftGaming has met and
exceeded the quality found in console video games and animated feature films.
Starting in 2012, BetSoft initiated a concentrated push into the mobile gaming
sector, with many of their popular Slots3 games becoming available as the
ToGo collection. BetSoft began releasing the highly anticipated
Slots3 Interactive line of games in mid-2013, representing the
future of online slots gaming. BetSoft Gaming's extensive portfolio of clients
includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry.
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Lottery Drawings Continue On WGN-TV Chicago During Chicago-Area
Midday And Evening Newscasts
Lottery Drawings to Discontinue
on WGN America at end of year;
Players to See Drawings
Nationally at WGNTV.com
CHICAGO, Illinois (December 12,
2014) -- Illinois Lottery drawings held at WGN-TV studios in Chicago will
continue to air on WGN-TV's local Chicago-area midday and evening
newscasts. Drawings will no longer be seen on WGN America, which is
converting from a superstation to a cable network and will be prohibited from
carrying local news due to regulatory restrictions, beginning December 15.
The drawings will continue to be
available nationally via live streaming at WGNtv.com
http://wgntv.com/on-air/live-streaming/, with recordings of past drawings
available on the site as well.
The Lottery drawings being
held at WGN-TV studios in Chicago will continue into the new year with the same
drawing talent and the same sets of auditors that currently accompany each and
every drawing there, said Lottery Director Michael Jones.
Through the end of the year, WGN
America will re-broadcast a recording of the day's 12:40 p.m. midday Lottery
drawing during the noon hour. The midday Lottery drawing re-broadcasts on
WGN America will end December 31.
Beginning January 1, 2015, Lottery
drawings will only be broadcast in the Chicago market on WGN-TV during the
stations midday and evening newscasts. WGNs website will continue
to stream the newscasts live and host a library of previously recorded Lottery
drawings that can be viewed via the internet.
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the states Common School Fund
to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to
the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the
fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with
HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online
and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at
www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery.
China LotSynergy completes purchase of Beijing Bestinfo Cyber
BEIJING, China (Dece,ber 18, 2014)
-- China LotSynergy Holdings said that its Beijing Kexun Tiandi Technology unit
has completed the acquisition of Beijing Bestinfo Cyber Technology for $75.4
million, consolidating its position in the China lottery market.
Bestinfos team specializes in
the research and development of lottery transaction and management systems.
Prior to the acquisition, Bestinfo
had established a technical services collaboration with the
Groups subsidiary, Guangzhou
San Huan Yong Xin Technology Company Limited (廣州市
in a relationship which has spanned over 10 years.
The two companies jointly provide
CTG hotline sales system services, lottery terminals and other related services
to Guangdong Province Welfare Lottery Centre, which oversees Chinas
largest provincial Welfare CTG market in terms of terminal installed base and
sales. The two companies have won broad acclaim from lottery authorities and
lottery points of sale, and enjoy an incident-free track record, setting the
benchmark for collaborations within the industry.
SOURCE: China LotSynergy
EquiLottery and AmTote Announce Strategic Partnership to Provide
Lotteries with Tote Integration Services
KENTUCKY (December 18, 2014) --
EquiLottery and AmTote are announcing a newly formed strategic relationship
that will make AmTote the preferred tote provider for EquiLottery moving
forward. This agreement gives lottery companies and vendors a fully ready
implementer to allow seamless integration into racetrack pools essential to the
EquiLottery gameplay structure.
We believe games like
EquiLottery, that incorporate horse racing into peoples existing
routines, are the future for the sport we all care so deeply about,
said AmTote President Steve Keech. AmTote has evaluated the
feasibility and potential of this innovative product and is proud to stand with
EquiLottery moving forward. We are excited about the opportunity to work with
domestic and international lotteries in the months and years to
A leader in wagering systems with
global reach, AmTote will provide multiple services under this agreement
including Lottery and Totalisator Systems Integration (LATSI), pooling
assistance, and ongoing technical support without cost to EquiLotterys
lottery partners. Additionally, this partnership gives lottery vendors a
consistent partner dedicated to the development of long-term lottery and
totalisator integration solutions.
We are thrilled to be
working with an industry leader like AmTote, said EquiLottery
President & CEO Brad Cummings. This partnership ushers in the next
phase of our rollout strategy and really illustrates the kind of traction we
have received since our launch earlier this year. Having a dedicated tote
provider is a key part of our mission to bring this innovative new product to
both the lottery and horse racing industries.
This agreement will also allow
racetracks and state lotteries to participate in EquiLottery regardless of
local tote provider agreements. AmTote will provide tote-to-tote communications
as part of their LATSI services.
EquiLottery launched as a public
innovation for the international lottery and racing industries on July 9th of
this year. Lottery and racing interests from over 30 states and provinces and
across 5 continents have reached out to EquiLottery to explore future business
relationships. Next steps in multiple jurisdictions will be announced in the
SOURCE: Equi Lottery.
Microgaming Develops Industrys First Native Casino App For
Windows Phone Store
ISLE OF MAN (December 18, 2014) --
Microgaming continues to spearhead the movement in mobile gaming with the
release of the industrys first real-money casino app on the Windows Phone
Released in November, the app is
suitable for any device running on either Windows Phone 8.0 or Windows Phone
8.1. Developed from scratch using native code and native user interface
components, it features over 35 of Microgamings premium games, including
online slots, progressives, table games and video poker.
The app has been designed with the
end user in mind; a simple and intuitive user interface allows a player to
install and play a game in just two taps. It also detects the players
device type and alters the experience accordingly to ensure faultless
Now live, the app will be updated,
adding new games, new features and enhancing its performance, regularly. In
addition, updates will be made to ensure compatibility with new Windows
operating systems, such as Windows 10, which when released will enable the app
to run on even more Windows devices.
John Quinn, Head of Casino at
Microgaming, explains: We follow mobile developments very closely and
recent statistics show that the Windows Phone market share is increasing
significantly across many European countries. With this in mind, we believe
that Microsofts mobile platform is an important one to invest in. We saw
an opportunity and we jumped at it!
The app is live with
Microgaming-powered operator, JackpotCity, and available to download here.
Spokesperson at JackpotCity Casino,
comments: This app, created by Microgaming, is the perfect gaming
stage for our players with Windows Phones. It is feature rich, with a plethora
of Microgamings first-class games, whilst also being incredibly
user-friendly and reliable. It offers a first-rate gaming experience.
Whats more, apps such
as these play an integral role in an online casino strategy, particularly in
terms of retention and customer loyalty; it puts us in a great position to take
full advantage of the thriving mobile gaming industry.
It is expected that the app will be
rolled out to additional Microgaming operators in 2015.
For further information please
Microgaming Press Office
T: +44 (0) 1624 647777
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