INTRALOT Expands Its WLA Security Control Standard & ISO
27001 Certification in the USA, Italy, Peru & Morocco
ATHENS, Greece (September 9, 2015)
-- INTRALOT has been
awarded the World Lottery Association Security Control Standard (WLA SCS:2012)
and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for its operations in the United States of
America, Italy, Peru and Morocco, in line with the Group strategy to operate
worldwide under the highest security standards.
More precisely, the Group US
subsidiary, INTRALOT Inc., has been certified for its Central Monitoring and
Accounting System that operates in Georgia as well as for its overall operation
in Ohio. These new certifications extend the existing certification of INTRALOT
The new certifications in the USA,
Italy, Peru and Morocco cover all corporate functions of each operation,
formalizing the existing management systems that control the integrity of the
games and corporate conduct as a whole and are complementary to the WLA SCS,
ISO 27001, ISO 20000 and ISO 9001 certificates of INTRALOT Headquarters in
"Integrity and trust are the key
elements of our successful lottery business operation. The new awarded
certifications demonstrate our Group's commitment and investment in security
control practices in order to achieve and sustain public confidence in our
operations", stated INTRALOT's Group COO Mr. Nikos Nikolakopoulos.
"As an industry leader, we seek
to build long term relationships with our customers and form trusted
partnerships where our high quality products and services add value, ensure
operational excellence, maintain leading position and deliver sustainable
Mr. Jean Jorgensen, WLA Executive
Director, added: "Once again, I would like to congratulate INTRALOT for
adding four more sites to the scope of their WLA-SCS certification. The new
sites include INTRALOT de Peru from South America; INTRALOT Maroc from Africa;
INTRALOT Italia S.p.A. from Europe; and INTRALOT in Ohio from North America.
INTRALOT's ongoing program of certifying to the WLA-SCS demonstrates INTRALOT's
profound commitment to keeping security a number one priority for the lotteries
of the world lottery community."
The certifications cover the
complete life cycle of system and service design, development, implementation,
support and operation in a particular country. The audits were performed by TUV
Nord, one of the world's largest certification bodies which performed on-site
inspections, examining the local operations.
About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)
INTRALOT, a public listed company,
is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing
systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive
gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide.
Its broad portfolio of products
& services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery
operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive
advantage, which contributes directly to customers' efficiency, profitability
and growth. With presence in 57 jurisdictions, more than 5.500 people and
revenues of 1,54 billion for 2013, INTRALOT has established its presence
on all 5 continents.
For more information please CONTACT:
Ms. Persa Kartsoli, Group Director of Corporate Communications, Phone: +30-210
6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Lottery Choose NEOPOLLARD INTERACTIVE for Enhanced
Subscriptions Digital Solution
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (September 9,
2015) -- NeoPollard Interactive LLC ("NeoPollard Interactive") is pleased to
announce that it has been awarded a contract by the Virginia Lottery to provide
an enhanced subscriptions (eSubs) digital platform and related services. With
this award, the Virginia Lottery will expand on its 23-year history of offering
lottery subscriptions services with a new state-of-the-art digital solution
from NeoPollard Interactive. Upon implementation, this new contract comprises
an initial term of five years, and may be renewed for five successive one year
The integrated eSubs digital
solution provided by NeoPollard Interactive will comprise all necessary
software, hardware, and services-including an innovative, new, and completely
independent draw-based games system-to allow lottery players in Virginia to
securely purchase subscriptions, account for associated wagers and winnings,
and manage their player accounts via the Virginia Lottery's website.
"This has been a long-planned
modernization to our existing subscriptions program," said Paula Otto,
Executive Director, Virginia Lottery. "The Virginia Lottery has been a
leader in lottery subscriptions, offering subscriptions sales through the mail
since the early '90s, and subsequently adding an Internet purchase option about
a decade ago. Through this initiative with NeoPollard Interactive, we will be
able to build on this history by better leveraging technology in order to meet
consumer demand and grow our player base in a responsible manner to the benefit
of all Virginians."
"NeoPollard Interactive is proud
to be a part of the eSubs initiative in the Commonwealth of Virginia," said
Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NeoPollard Interactive. "In 2014,
Pollard Banknote, one of NeoPollard Interactive's parent companies, was awarded
a primary instant ticket printing contract with the Virginia Lottery, and we're
very excited to build upon and grow this relationship on the interactive front.
More importantly, as a recognized leader in the digital space for lotteries in
North America, NeoPollard Interactive looks forward to helping the Virginia
Lottery launch a cutting-edge solution that enhances the player experience and,
ultimately, generates incremental revenue to support public education in
Ilan Rosen, Co-Chief Executive
Officer, NeoPollard Interactive, added, "We are excited that our new and
innovative draw-based games solution has been selected to be the engine for the
Virginia Lottery's eSubs offering. This is the second North American lottery
that will soon launch this player-centric solution, which was developed with a
'mobile first' approach, and we are confident that it will drive growth and
become an important part of the Lottery's overall future strategy."
For nearly three decades, the
Virginia Lottery has been producing fun and exciting games for Virginians to
enjoy. Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been used to support
public education in the Commonwealth. Operating entirely on revenue from the
sale of lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated nearly $534 million
for Virginia's public schools in fiscal year 2015.
NeoPollard Interactive is a joint
venture between Pollard Banknote Limited ("Pollard Banknote") and NeoGames
S.A.R.L. ("NeoGames"). NeoPollard Interactive combines the marketing expertise
and extensive worldwide lottery experience of Pollard Banknote with the proven
leadership and technology of NeoGames in launching new online and mobile gaming
products and services in response to an ever-evolving marketplace. This joint
venture leverages the strengths of each partner company to develop, implement,
operate, and maintain innovative online gaming services for regulated lottery
clients in order to generate revenues for good causes.
For More Information About
Neopollard Interactive CONTACT:
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive.
Skilrock to Participate at CIBELAE Congress
NEW DELHI, India (September 7, 2015)
-- Skilrock Technologies -
Associate member of CIBELAE is delighted to announce its participation as GOLD
sponsor during CIBELAE Congress, 22 - 24 September, 2015 in Mendoza,
XV CIBELAE Congress themed "Joining
the world across the Lotteries", three days program with the principal aim of
sharing and expanding lotteries experiences, CIBELAE also feature a trade show
which includes the latest in lottery systems and services from cutting-edge
lottery technology to innovations in lottery marketing.
Skilrock being an Emerging Market's
leading Lottery Technology provider will be showcasing its multi-jurisdiction
ready innovative lottery and gaming solutions for Retail Channel, Direct Player
Channel as well as Managed Services during the Expo of CIBELAE Congress.
Mr. Sujit Lahiry, Director of
Skilrock Technologies, commented, "We are very proud of our Lottery
solutions being used in Asia & Africa which are helping operators to
delight their players as well as meet its business objectives. Our clients are
being provided with a range of products and services based on technology which
is very comprehensive and relevant for Emerging as well as Developed markets.
Our solutions are ready for
launching any Iberoamerican initiative which is the theme of the CIBELAE
congress. We look forward to attending CIBELAE Congress and demonstrate our
world-class expertise and professionalism which can be of immense benefit to
the Latin American lotteries."
SKILROCK is the technology arm of
US$ 1.8 billion Sugal & Damani Group - the largest Lottery operator in
India. With over 45 years domain knowledge of the Lotteries industry and one of
the finest development centers in India, Skilrock is an ideal technology
partner for Lotteries and Gaming technology. Its Technology solutions for
Lottery and Commercial Services are popular in the emerging markets due to
their scalability, cost-effectiveness and Ease of customization.
Skilrock has strong credentials with
CMMI Level 3 certification; ISMS approved operations, UK Gambling Commission
Approved software development house, Certification from iTech Labs, Gaming
Patents and having live solutions in Asia, Africa and Europe.
For further information, CONTACT:
email@example.com and visit:
CONTACT Person: Sourabh Goyal,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone:
+91 8826 315550.
SOURCE: Skilrock Technologies.
Laboratories International (GLI®) Hosts Extremely Successful Latin American
and Caribbean Roundtable with Representation from 21
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (September 9,
2015) Gaming and lottery regulators and government lotteries from 21
countries across the North, Central, South America and Caribbean regions
gathered in the prospering city of Bogotá, capital of Colombia, on
August 26th and 27th to attend what turned out to be
Internationals (GLI®) largest and most successful Latin American
and Caribbean Regulators Roundtable to date.
In total, 92 representatives
attended the exciting event. Countries represented included Argentina, Aruba,
Bahamas, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Curacao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten,
Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Venezuela, and U.S. Virgin Islands. GLI
was also honored with the attendance of the following gaming and lottery
associations: CIBELAE (Iberoamerican Association of State Lotteries), ALEA
(Association of State Lotteries of Argentina), and FEDELCO (Federation of
Lotteries of Colombia).
GLI Director of Latin American and
Caribbean Development Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes said, We are
extremely thankful to the government entities that joined us this year. Our
main challenge was to balance the agenda to fulfill the expectations of an
audience that have common objectives and also, very specific ones. We were
successful in this effort as this Roundtable proved to be the only
international conference that gathers both gaming and lottery government
entities at one event. We are thankful to our speakers as they contributed to
the unique and unsurpassed quality of the agenda, and we are also thankful to
Coljuegos, our host regulator, who kindly provided their organizational support
for the on-site demos that were part of the program. We are already working on
the 2016 event as our goal is now to exceed the success of this years
conference for the benefit of the regulators and government lotteries of the
The two-day, educational event was
presented through GLIs world-renowned GLI University® and free of
charge to government entities. It offered attendees the unique opportunity to
attend in-depth discussions about todays most relevant topics, which were
lead by gaming regulators, government lotteries and GLI experts. Topics
- The Basics and Processes of Creating a New Gaming
- Achieving Industry Supervision and Control
- Development and Challenges of Interactive Gaming
and Regulatory Models
- Government Procurement Process in Sports Betting
- Analyzing Lottery Profitability and Challenges for
- How Lotteries Operate in Federal Jurisdictions and
at Multi-Jurisdictional Levels
- Preventing and Controlling Money Laundering
- Illegal Gaming vs. Skill Games
- Regulatory Experience and Challenges of the Horse
- Responsible Gambling in the Lottery and Gaming
- Monitoring and Control Systems: The Latin America
and Caribbean Experience
Attendees also enjoyed an on-site
demonstration of the Colombia Regulators Data Center and a guided tour
and demo of the Super Astro Draw Studio, both hosted by Coljuegos.
Dra. Cristina Arango Olaya,
President of Coljuegos, expressed gratitude to GLI for organizing events that
allow interaction with and integration of Latin American and Caribbean
We have been honored to
host such an important event that brought together over 90 representatives from
different countries from the region and the opportunity to share the experience
of Coljuegos on issues such as control of illegal gaming, technology in the
sector and its regulation. We need to maintain this atmosphere of fraternity to
keep strong ties with Latin American and Caribbean regulators, Olaya
The Bahamas Gaming Board said,
This being our first time attending the event, we were pleased to be a
part of a forum to share our concerns faced as regulators as well as the
advances made in gaming within our jurisdiction. We look forward to
participating on an annual basis.
Lic. Luis Felipe Cangas
Hernández, General Directorate of Games of Chance, SEGOB, Mexico, said,
I am pleased to express my recognition to GLI for the excellent
organization that allowed for the success of the Latin America and Caribbean
Gaming and State Lotteries Regulators Roundtable. The event promoted a rich
exchange of ideas with a dynamic program that prompted the interest of the
audience. The invited countries shared problems in areas such as illegal
gambling and money laundering; there is also a momentum that seeks to encourage
the regulatory authorities to adopt uniform policies and actions to control
such practices and to promote responsible gaming. Moreover, it was noticeable
that there is a consensus to achieve an effective supervision and control of
the gaming industry in particular, with the regard to the online gaming
and its regulatory models, the horse racing industry, as well as monitoring and
controlling systems this with the joint participation of the various
stakeholders that converge in the regulation and certification of this sector.
Lastly, we are grateful for the attention and complete willingness shown by all
and each one of the members of the GLI Latin American and Caribbean
Ing. Manuel San Roman Benavente,
Director of General Direction of Casinos Games and Slot Machines, Peru, said,
Sharing experiences with other regulators, thanks to GLI, is a bonus
when doing our work as it allows us to expand our knowledge and improve and
strengthen our regulations in many aspects that are of daily concern. We also
recognize the excellent program that GLI so carefully prepared for this
Lic. Luis D. Muñíz
Martínez, Executive Sub Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company,
said, The participation of the PRTC team in the Roundtable, organized
by GLI, was an excellent opportunity for the exchange of ideas among regulators
of our region. Being able to see how each jurisdiction addresses gaming and
lottery issues is an enriching experience with a lot of potential growth for
the economies of our countries.
A cocktail event on the
Roundtables last evening provided gaming and lottery regulators and state
government lotteries the chance to network with each other and discuss
regulatory developments in their own regions.
GLIs Latin American and
Caribbean team is gearing up for the companys next large event
Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas at the end of this month.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
consulting services. GLIs laboratory locations are found on six
continents, and the company is the only global organization of its kind to hold
U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020,
and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and
lottery industries. For more information, visit:
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Marketing +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Brandenburg Report a Positive Result After Its Conversion to Responsive Design
with Software from The Quality Group
GERMANY (August 31, 2015) -- With a
relaunch of its internet lottery platform at lotto-brandenburg.de,
LAND BRANDENBURG LOTTO
GmbH (Lotto Brandenburg) is delighted to present itself through a new,
fresh and efficient experience.
For the relaunch, The Quality Group
(TQG), working together with Gaming Performance GmbH, compared and evaluated
over 120 international lottery portals, taking the best aspects to create a
more effective overall concept for Lotto Brandenburg.
"The idea of this relaunch is not
to do things differently, but better. It's not just about visual changes, but
also closeness to customers, customer friendliness, service ideas and new
opportunities in online marketing and sales", says Karsten Hagemeister, COO
and Business Development at TQG Lottery Technology Systems GmbH.
The responsive design makes a
significant contribution to an optimal user experience on all modern devices.
The structure of the entire presentation is more intuitive and understandable.
The editorial content has been revised and is now presented in a more
accessible way. The contents blend in harmoniously with the overall design of
the site and meet all of the requirements for the protection of players, known
as "Responsible Gaming".
The change has also been used to
update the existing technical basis of the Internet platform with the latest
technology. "Our standard software TQG LotterySuite allows our customers to
stay at the cutting edge of technical development, keeping their systems
constantly up to date. In doing so we avoid the need for large migration
projects and also reduce operating costs both for lotteries and TQG", said
Marcus Frey, CEO at TQG.
For Anja Bohms (CEO of LBL and
responsible for sales) the introduction of responsive design has been an
holistic success: "We have achieved all of our goals with this project. The
game sales have developed positively, the players are enjoying a totally modern
experience and the system has been received well, both with players and
The Quality Group is a provider of
innovative and efficient IT solutions for the global state-licensed lottery
market. TQG has grown by offering traditional Internet solutions for lotteries
and authorised lottery agents and, with its TQG LotterySuite software, by
positioning itself as a strategic partner and technology provider of holistic,
end-to-end lottery games systems.
CONTACT: The Quality Group GmbH,
Presseabteilung, Claudia Ko¨hler Email:
+49-40-689468-41, Telefax: +49-40-689468-99.
SOURCE: The Quality Group.
Française des Jeux Launch New Online Scratchcards Featuring French
Championship of 2015 in France offers FDJ® sports and games paris online
scratch with the image of the France team
PARIS, France (September 7, 2015) --
To mark the 2015 Basketball European Championship to be held from September 5
to 20 in France, La
Française des Jeux (FDJ®) supports the French team Basketball
that has been a partner since 2010. Throughout the competition, FDJ® paris
offers sports a scratch game exclusive web and free predictions contes.
FDJ offers event-paris sports on the
Euro Basketball 2015, 10 million of expected updates
FDJ® offers sports paris on 78
games of the competition. This offer is available on channel 2 game jacks
(ParionsSport and ParionsWeb) or several hundred paris offered in total. At the
event including bettors can bet on the following formulas paris "which team
will win the Euro basketball", "Who will finish top scorer of the
match", "Who will score 20 points or more? ".
FDJ® expects more than 10
million set for the event. In 2014, basketball was the second most bet on
sports paris sports FDJ® with 179 million of betting, after football
( 1.3 billion) and before the courts ( 118 million).
FDJ® launched online game
"FRANCE BASKETBALL" which features five players from Equipe de France: Tony
Parker, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Gobert, Boris Diaw and Antoine Diot. This digital
game takes a very simple mechanical (2 zones to "scratch" and immediate gains
revelation) and can win up to 15,000 for a bet of 1 .
From 5 September until 31 October
ParionsWeb launches website:
Players find themselves a free
predictions contest on Euro Basketball 2015 where the best tipsters will be
rewarded. The public can win tickets to attend the training of the team of
France basketball, a jersey, a balloon, e-credit ParionsWeb).
The competition is open to all
including non members of ParionsWeb bettors (excluding minors).
CONTACT: Patrick Germain or Julie
Salzmann Tel. : 01 41 10 33 82, Email:
FDJ® is a registered trademark
in the name of La Française des Jeux.
SOURCE: La Francaise des Jeux.
Carolinas First Scented Ticket BBQ Bucks Smells
Like Smoky BBQ
RALEIGH, North Carolina (September
3, 2015) -- With fall weather, football and tailgating season just ahead, meet
BBQ Bucks: North
Carolinas first-ever scented lottery ticket. When scratched, it
smells like smoky BBQ.
At kick-off events Tuesday at Queen
City Q in Charlotte and Clyde Coopers BBQ in Raleigh, the lottery gave
away prizes on the buy, spin and win wheel, including BBQ Bucks tickets and
I love some
BBQ, said one man who attended the Raleigh event and got a free
ticket. Now hopefully, I'll get some BBQ Bucks so I'll love BBQ even
Other states have introduced tickets
that smell like bacon. But for North Carolina, it was obvious what cuisine to
People in our state love
their BBQ and this ticket is a fun way to celebrate that tradition,
said Alice Garland, the lotterys executive director. So not only
are there cash prizes, but folks can also win BBQ and grills.
The $2 game begins with four top
prizes of $25,000. All tickets can be entered into second-chance drawings as
part of the 1,000 lbs. of Pork Giveaway. Ten BBQ lovers will win 100 lbs. of
pork and a Big Green Egg grill.
The lottery is also inviting people
to weigh in via social media on the age-old BBQ debate in the Tar Heel State:
Which is Best, East or West? Enthusiasts aged 18 and up can
cast their vote on the lotterys Facebook page by commenting
EAST or WEST or on Twitter by using the hashtags
#bbqbucks and either #east or #west. Weekly drawings will be held to award ten
$50 gift cards and a BBQ Bucks T-shirt to lucky winners.
Ticket sales will make it possible
for the lottery to achieve its goal of raising, for a third straight year, more
than half a billion dollars for education. For totals to programs in all 100
North Carolina counties, click on the Where the Money Goes
page on the lotterys website.
SOURCE: North Carolina Education
EZmatch Offer Easy Way to Boost Your Favorite Hoosier Lottery
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Sept. 8,
2015) - For more pep, you grab an energy drink. For a little kick, you use hot
sauce. When you want to supercharge your favorite Hoosier Lottery draw game,
you can add EZmatch.
EZmatch lets lottery players play
their draw numbers twice. Players can add EZmatch to Hoosier Lotto, Quick Draw,
Daily 3, Daily 4 and Cash 5 tickets and win by matching their EZmatch numbers
to their game numbers. It's that easy, and it pays prizes from $2 to $500
EZmatch costs just $1 per play. To
add EZmatch, players should ask for it by name when purchasing draw games.
Overall odds of winning EZMatch are
1 in 5.1. Players win an average of $13,000 every day playing EZmatch, with an
average of 4,000 winning tickets a day.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER
Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county
throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police
and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In
fiscal year 2013, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $164.5 million to the Build
To learn more about the Hoosier
www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback. Download the official
Hoosier Lottery app and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Hoosier Lottery logos
are available online.
CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Hoosier
Lottery, Director of Public Relations, Email:
email@example.com, Phone: 317-264-4898 (office)
SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.
Michigan Lottery Veteran's Day 50/50 Raffle Offers Jackpot, Aid
to Local Veterans
Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle to Benefit Michigan Veterans and their
LANSING, Michigan (September 9,
2015) -- Michigan Lottery
players have a chance to win a big jackpot and help Michigan veterans and their
families by playing the new Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle.
The Lottery has teamed up with the
National Guard Association of Michigan to launch the Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle
on Sept. 28. A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will benefit the
lives of Michigan veterans and their families.
Tickets for the Veterans Day 50/50
Raffle may be purchased at Lottery retailers starting on Sept. 28. Players may
purchase a single play for $5 each, five plays for $20, 15 plays for $50, or 40
plays for $100. Tickets for the raffle will be sold until 11:59 p.m. on
Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
The Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle
jackpot drawing will take place on Nov. 12. One lucky player whose number
matches in exact order the number drawn by the Lottery wins the huge
The Veterans Day 50/50 Raffle
jackpot will grow with each ticket purchased. Fifty cents of each $1 wagered
will be added to the jackpot. Players may check the amount of the growing
jackpot by visiting www.michiganlottery.com.
In addition to the jackpot drawing,
bonus drawings will be held each week starting Oct. 7 and run through Nov. 4.
Each bonus drawing gives players a chance to win $25,000. Players automatically
are entered in the bonus drawings when they purchase their tickets. Players
will be eligible for all bonus drawings after they purchase their Veterans Day
50/50 Raffle tickets.
Players who win the bonus drawings
still will be eligible for the jackpot drawing.
SOURCE: Michigan Lottery.
Gambling Commission Issue Important Lessons for the Gambling Industry
Concerning Anti-Money Laundering and Social Responsibility
LONDON, U.K. (September 7, 2015) --
Grosvenor Casinos Ltd
Rank Digital Gaming (Alderney) Ltd
(trading as www.meccabingo.com)
The Gambling Commission calls on the
gambling industry to act on the lessons that have emerged from recent
investigations into AML and social responsibility shortcomings in
Grosvenor Casinos and meccabingo.com and critically review the
effectiveness of their policies and procedures to prevent gambling being used
to support crime or risk more formal regulatory action.
The Commission has recently
completed an investigation of weaknesses in anti-money laundering (AML)
controls at Rank Groups Grosvenor Casinos (Grosvenor) prompted by the
money laundering conviction of a former leading customer, Mr Da Feng Ding.
The Commission has investigated a
separate case involving Customer B, a Rank meccabingo.com customer
who is awaiting sentencing after recently pleading guilty to defrauding a
six-figure sum from her employers.
As a result of the investigations,
Rank has acknowledged serious shortcomings and failures to apply the lessons
learnt from previous scrutiny. The Commission has agreed the operators
remedial actions including a third party audit of its revised AML arrangements
and the surrender of an estimated £950,000 profits that resulted
from these shortcomings, to be spent for agreed socially responsible
Further detail into the background
of both cases, the learning for the industry and what remedial action Rank
Group has taken can be found in a full public statement on the
In the first case the Commission
investigated Grosvenors handling of its relationship with a Mr Ding, who
spent a large volume of cash over a period of approximately three years from
2008 to 2011. The Commissions findings included that Grosvenor:
- failed to take effective and timely action to
verify the identity of the customer
- failed to take a sufficiently robust and risk-based
approach in establishing the customers source of funds
- failed to take appropriate action when Grosvenor
staff had suspicions about the customers transactions or when it would
have been reasonable for them to have had such suspicions
- failed to take and keep adequate records
- misunderstood its responsibilities in relation to
the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, particularly in relation to the reporting of
suspicious activities to law enforcement agencies.
In the second unrelated case,
Customer B was able to gamble a six-figure sum without Rank Digital undertaking
sufficient AML checks or undertaking adequate monitoring from a social
Rank Group is taking the
following steps to address the shortcomings identified:
- undertaking a critical review of AML controls
within the business, led by an external provider
- disseminating learning from the shortcomings
identified through seminars or other forms of direct engagement with other
- divesting itself of the gross profits made as
a result of the shortcomings, and apply the substantial six-figure sum to
agreed socially responsible purposes pay an amount to the Commission to cover
the costs of the investigations
The key messages for the gambling
industry relate to:
- monitoring whether appropriate and risk-sensitive
policies and procedures relating to the prevention of money laundering and
ensuring that people are not exploited or harmed by gambling are being followed
- ensuring that operators manage the risk of money
laundering by taking a range of measures, including a consideration of where
the money a customer is gambling with comes from
- making sure that money laundering risks relating to
established customers are monitored effectively on an ongoing basis
- ensuring that, where there is a suspicion that a
customer may be committing money laundering offences, operators take an
appropriate range of actions, including both making an appropriate disclosure
to law enforcement agencies and reviewing whether to continue with the business
relationship with the customer in question
- having a clear understanding on how to manage the
risk of tipping off customers
- effective record keeping
- misplaced confidence in the effective
implementation of policies and procedures.
The Commission is bringing to the
attention of all operators the need to take a critical approach to assessing
their own policies and procedures and, crucially, whether they are being
followed and remain fit for purpose, to avoid generating a false sense of
The Gambling Commission
The Commissions approach to
regulatory sanctions are set out in its published policies, specifically the
Statement of principles for licensing and regulation (March 2015) and the
Licensing, compliance and enforcement under the Gambling Act 2005: policy
statement (March 2015).
The Commission's press office can be
contacted on (0121) 230 6700 or Email:
SOURCE: The Gambling Commission.
Football Bets to Total $95 Billion This Season
Vast majority of bets
will be placed illegally
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 9, 2015)
-- One day before the NFL season kicks off, the American Gaming Association
(AGA) is estimating that sports fans will wager $95 billion on NFL and college
football games this season. The vast majority $93 billion of
wagers will be placed illegally. Just under $2 billion will be wagered at
sports books in Nevada.
On last seasons Super Bowl
alone, Americans made $3.8 billion worth of illicit bets an amount 38
times greater than the total bet legally.
Illegal sports betting is
reaching new heights of popularity in America, said Geoff Freeman,
president and CEO of the AGA. Its clear that a federal ban on
traditional sports betting outside of Nevada is failing.
Illegal sports betting is one of
four key illegal gambling areas of focus as part of the AGAs Stop
Illegal Gambling Play it Safe initiative, which seeks to
distinguish the highly regulated, $240 billion legal gaming industrywhich
supports 1.7 million jobs and generates $38 billion in taxes across 40
statesfrom the criminal networks that rely on illegal gambling to fund
violent crimes and drug and human trafficking. The initiative is also focusing
on black market machines, Internet sweepstakes cafes and illegal online
In June, the AGA formed an Illegal
Gambling Advisory Board composed of former top law enforcement officials from
the federal, state and local levels.
The Board is comprised of: Tim
Murphy (chair), former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations
(FBI); Ed Davis, former Boston Police Commissioner; James Dinkins, former
executive associate director at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Homeland Security Investigations; J.B. Van Hollen, former Wisconsin State
attorney general, U.S. attorney, and district attorney; and Bill Young, former
Clark County Sheriff and head of Las Vegas Metro Police Department; current
senior vice president of compliance and security at Station Casinos.
The American Gaming Association is
the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S casino
industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include
commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated
with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most
effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and
often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for growth, innovation and
SOURCE: The American Gaming
Announce Extension of Agreement with Missouri Lottery
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (September
8, 2015) -- INNOVA Gaming Group Inc. (INNOVA, the
Company) (TSX: IGG), today announced that its wholly owned
subsidiary, Diamond Game Enterprises (Diamond Game), has signed a
one-year extension (the Agreement) to its current pilot agreement
with the Missouri Lottery.
The Agreement enables Diamond Game
to continue installing its LT-3 ticket dispenser (LT-3) in veterans
and fraternal clubs in the state and to begin installing LT-3s in a limited
number of liquor-by-the-drink (LBD) locations.
Pursuant to the Agreement,
dispensers will be installed in 100 new LBD locations. In addition, it is
anticipated that dispensers will be installed in new and existing club
This Agreement builds on
the successful LT-3 pilot program we commenced in November 2013 in
Missouri, said Richard Weil, Chairman and CEO of INNOVA. It
represents both an extension and an expansion of the current pilot program,
which to this point was run exclusively in veterans and fraternal halls. By
adding LBD locations, the Missouri Lottery has offered us an opportunity to
demonstrate the broad appeal of the LT-3 in non-traditional gaming venues,
while bolstering revenues to small businesses, non-profits, and education in
The pilot program has been
a success, added May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri
We expect that introduction
of LT-3s into select LBD locations will build on that success. Lottery players
will enjoy a fun, new product, while local businesses will benefit from
increased visits by patrons, and the States education fund will receive
much-needed additional revenue.
About INNOVA Gaming Group
INNOVA develops unique games and
products for the global gaming industry, with particular focus on state and
provincial lotteries. Through the Companys wholly owned subsidiary,
Diamond Game, INNOVA focuses on enhancing the revenues of government-sponsored
lotteries and other regulated operators by offering its unique
stay-and-play products in traditional and non-traditional gaming
Its primary product is the LT-3, an
instant ticket vending machine that dispenses tickets while simultaneously
displaying the results of each ticket on a video monitor in an entertaining
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SOURCE: INNOVA Gaming Group Inc.
Gaming Accepted as Associate Member of NASPL
Grover Joins the North
American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
GREENVILLE, N.C (September. 9, 2015)
-- Grover Gaming Inc. (Grover) announced today that it has been accepted
as an Associate Member of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
"Joining NASPL was really an easy
decision for Grover Gaming," said Warren Allen, Marketing Director at
Grover. "Grover has been quietly developing products that have
relevance in the lottery world and we think that joining NASPL is an absolute
NASPL has been around for over forty
years and now represents over fifty lottery organizations on the North American
"I think NASPL is a good match
for us," stated Garrett Blackwelder, President of Grover, "Grover is
really involved in charitable gaming and one of the central tenets of NASPL is
furthering the public confidence in, and support for, the agencies and entities
that generate revenue to meet public needs."
"This will be our first year exhibiting at NASPL's Annual Conference and we
are excited about being a part of that show and the industry as a
whole!" Grover will be demonstrating its charitable pull-tab system
that is the market leader in several jurisdictions with regulated charitable
CONTACT: Warren Allen, Phone:
252.902.7730, Email: Warren@grovergaming.com.
SOURCE: Grover Gaming Inc.
Lotterywest Announce Appointment of New Strategic Marketing and
PERTH, West Australia (August 31,
2015) -- Lotterywest is pleased
to announce the appointment of our new strategic marketing and communication
agencies after a competitive tender process.
The contracts will commence in early
November 2015 for an initial period of two years and include three, one year
"We are pleased to welcome a
strong panel of Western Australian companies to our strategic marketing and
communications services. We have ambitious goals to responsibly grow our
portfolio of products and services and build our brand and reputation,"
said CEO of Lotterywest, Paul Andrew.
"Our agencies provide the
strategic and creative expertise to help us remain relevant and contemporary in
Lotterywest will use a service
structure of three tiers with a panel of suppliers, working with the following
Tier 1: Strategic Marketing
Communications Services: Awarded to Marketforce
Tier 2: Creative and Concept
Development Services: Awarded to Marketforce and Longtail
Tier 3: Design and Asset
- Radio and Television awarded to Marketforce and
- Digital and content creation awarded to Longtail
- Print and publications awarded to Marketforce
- Brand activation awarded to Gettin Hectic and
Mr Andrews said our agencies are
vital in supporting Lotterywest to achieve successful business results.
"Engaging players in the dream of
winning Lotto and playing Scratch'n'Win, whilst evidencing the difference
Lotterywest Grants make in the community, provides an opportunity for agencies
to capture our unique brand position," he said.
In response to their appointment to
the Lotterywest account, Marketforce said they are delighted to once again be
working closely with one of WA's most iconic brands.
"We look forward to working with
the team, helping them to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing
communications landscape in what has become a highly competitive
environment," said Chairman, John Driscoll.
CEO and Founder of Longtail, Carlo
Bertozzi, said they are excited to have the opportunity to continue their work
"When Longtail were first
appointed to Lotterywest as their digital agency five years ago it was a
milestone for our newly independent business. Five years later our
re-appointment as a fully integrated agency is just as significant, so we're
excited to have the opportunity to continue on the journey with such a great
team and brand," he said.
Gettin Hectic said they also are
thrilled to be working with Lotterywest.
"We have the opportunity to
deliver outstanding brand activations that contribute to marketing one of WA's
most respected brands. The team is dedicated to producing world-class
experiential work and it's fantastic that Lotterywest has recognised the
benefits of appointing a specialist activation agency. We can't wait to get
started!" said Managing Director, David Saraga.
Lotterywest's comprehensive tender
process involved a four stage approach and followed a diligent assessment
process. Respondents submitted a written response and were selected to attend a
discovery meeting. Shortlisted agencies were then invited to respond to a
campaign brief and the final stage was the pricing submission and negotiation.
The successful agencies were awarded on merit.
Lotterywest would like to
acknowledge our incumbent agencies Meerkats, Longtail and Spirit Visual
Communications and acknowledge and thank them for their contribution to the
Lotterywest account over the past five year contract period.
Media Enquiries CONTACT: Jody Nunn:
9340 5340 / 0413 705 028.
Gambling Operators Enjoyed on Average a Revenue Growth of 17% in
analysing updated benchmarks, KPIs, margins, ... of the online gambling
LONDON / MUNICH (Sepotember 9, 2015)
-- The online gambling industry is more and more grown up, and like other
industries, it now has to contend daily with increased competition and pressure
on margins. Accordingly, ca. 75% of industry executives stated in a recent
survey that the focus of their work in the future will be on improving existing
operations rather than on exploring new revenue sources. Therefore, MECN now
provides the tools for operational excellence with the 2015/2016 edition of its
comprehensive benchmarking report analysing business figures, KPIs, relevant
margins, ... of the online gambling industry.
Maybe it's time for an
increased focus on costs and operations
Online gambling operators, at least
the large sample of key operators analysed in MECN's report Online Gambling
Benchmarking, apparently enjoyed in average an annual revenue growth of 17%. in
However, after years of explosive
growth, this "normal" growth rate and increased pressure on profit margins
might seem to some in the industry a severe hit. In our view, though, the
online gambling industry is "just" now all grown up, and like other industries,
it has to contend daily with increased competition, pressure on margins,
It's therefore understandable that
ca. 75% of industry executives stated in a recent survey that in future they
will focus primarily on improving existing operations rather than on exploring
new revenue sources. Clearly, Martin Oelbermann, co-author of the study
explains, "The basis for operational excellence is a comprehensive analysis
and benchmarking of key performance indicators, business figures, and relevant
analysing updated benchmarks, KPIs, margins, ... of the online gambling
MECN's researchers took several
months to compile and analyse a wealth of current as well as historical
business data and KPIs and have now published the 2015/2016 edition of its
benchmarking report on the online gambling industry.
The report is a must-read for all
strategists and executives in the industry who want to save time and money
compiling their own database. For those outside the industry the report is the
go-to resource for all relevant business data needed to evaluate business
plans, investment opportunities, ...
The 2015/2016 report offers
unprecedented insights into the industry:
- Current data and historical data -
The benchmark analyses are based on the most recent annual data and also trace
long-term developments as far back as 2007.
- Revenue growth benchmarks are broken down by
- Analyses of financial results, such as EBITDA,
EBIT, ... including comparison of margins.
- Expense/costs benchmarks and margins, such as
marketing, bonuses, CPA, IT, R&D, staff costs, chargebacks, ...
- Player/customer-related benchmarks, such as active
player development, ARPU (also broken down by products/verticals), churn rates,
- Product-related benchmarks, such as
product/vertical split, cross-selling, number of bets placed, breakdown of
betting revenues by type of sport , ...
- Live betting benchmarks, such as live betting's
share of total revenue, live betting gross revenue margins, ...
- Mobile business benchmarks, such as share of total
online business, number of mobile players, revenue per player, ...
- Geographical analyses, such as the level of
internationalization and geographical diversification
- In total, the report has 118 pages and 176 graphs/
The study can be obtained at:
MECN is a network of experts on
issues concerning the media and entertainment industry. Together they provide
in-depth knowledge, analysis, and advice to global clients.
View The Report
CONTACT: Martin Oelbermann, Tel: +49
(0)89 3835 6785, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government Confirms Support for the Fast Expanding Macao Gaming Show and
MACAU, SAR (September 9, 2015) --
The Macao Gaming Show 2015 and its pioneering tourism and culture summit have
received the backing of three of the key departments of the Macau SAR
Government. Recognising the achievements of the worlds fastest growing
exhibition on the gaming and entertainment stage, the Gaming Inspection and
Coordination Bureau (DICJ), Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute
(IPIM) and sponsor, the Macao Foundation, have all confirmed their support for
the expanding international event. Two of the government departments (DICJ and
IPIM) have agreed to become supporting organisations, whilst the third, the
Macao Foundation, will be Sponsor of the exhibition and summit at this
years 2015 edition at the Venetian Macao, 17-19 November 2015.
The highly prized government
endorsement is regarded as a crucial marker of the show and summits
credentials. Welcoming the news, owner and organizer, the influential trade
body MGEMA, expressed its delight at the official support and
responded with a pledge to press on with its vision of growth, diversity and
technological innovation for the international exhibition.
Jay Chun, Chairman of the MGEMA,
said: Macao Gaming Show has worked extremely hard to establish itself
in an extremely fierce market, and our By Asia for the world
message has gained traction not only here in Macau and the Asia Pacific
continent, but also around the globe. The support of government departments is
fundamental to our vision going forward and a major signal of trust and
credibility. The MGS proposition is simple: if people are serious about doing
business in Asia, then our show is the perfect starting point. With support
from the government departments, DICJ, IPIM and the Macao Foundation, and the
backing of the biggest 100 businesses in Macau and Asia, our message is one
that will resonate with the worldwide market.
Looking ahead to the 2015 edition of
MGS and the Macao Tourism and Culture Summit, the Director at Gaming Inspection
and Coordination Bureau Macao SAR, Manuel Joaquim das Neves, paid special
tribute to the exhibition emphasizing its strengths,
international acclaim and its status as a strong local
The MGEMA has spent the past two
years investing in its relationship with the government departments, and
establishing itself as a major contributor to the Macau community and business
infrastructure. Fatima Maria Nunes, Secretary-General of the MGEMA, described
how the government department support will work. IPIM is a government
agency designated to promote trade and investment activities within the
territory, she explained. With their support, we hope that
both the show and the summit can attract more international companies to do
business in or invest into Macau.
With DICJ, the department
has a very close involvement with our industry. They provide guidance on the
definition and execution of the economic policies on gaming to the Chief
Executive of Macau SAR. Gaming is, understandably, a core industry in Macau and
its fitting to have a leading exhibition that knows the local industry
and represents it on the world stage. Our task now is to move this on and
diversify the Macau economy, Fatima Maria Nunes added.
The Macao Foundation's work will be
of specific importance to MGS and its associated summit, with its objective of
promoting cultural and economic exchange delivering an important force for the
show. Fatima Maria Nunes confirmed: "The Foundation's purpose is to promote
and develop cultural, social, economic, educational, scientific, academic and
philanthropic activity in the region. It's a perfect fit for the show and
summit as it seeks to launch initiatives that project Macao to an international
audience. MGS and the Macao Tourism and Culture Summit provide just that - and
we share common goals with Foundation."
The official support of DICJ, IPIM
and the Macao Foundation completes a very important month for MGS following the
recent partnering with another government department, the Labour Affairs Bureau
of Macau (DSAL), to establish a new training course specialising in the
operation of electronic and live table gaming equipment. In addition, a
fortnight ago officials from MGEMA, MGS and its associated summit met with the
Macau Government Tourist Office to discuss promotion of the show through the
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SOURCE: Macao Gaming Show 2015.
iGaming Seminar (MIGS 15) Confirms November Event Almost Sold
ST. JULIANS, Malta, (September
10, 2015) -- MIGS15, the iGaming industry event held in Malta, which will kick
off on the 16th November with a Poker Tournament Sponsored by Pokerstars, will
feature several major players as sponsors, exhibitors and partners.
This year the conference has been
built around the theme of iGaming past, Present and Future and has
brought together a qualified mixture of veteran speakers, major operators,
specialists, international regulators, associations as well as celebrities
creating a certain buzz around the Malta event.
The MIGS organisers confirmed that
its 7th edition has almost sold out of sponsorship and exhibiting
Companies such as Greentube, IGTECH,
Bet Construct and BMIT have signed up as Platinum sponsors whereas other
sponsors include NetEnt, Every Matrix SBTech, WorldPay, NYX Gaming Group,
ApcoPay, Continent 8, GO plc, Bit 8, NMI, GLI, Akamai and Secure Trading are
amongst the line-up.
Speaking about the supporting
companies, Mrs. Sue Schnieder, Partner of MIGS, commented by saying,
We are very honoured to have the support of Maltese authorities such
as Malta Gaming Authority, Malta Remote Gaming Council and Malta Tourism
Authority whereas the response for exhibition and sponsor opportunities has
IGaming Business recently confirmed
that they will be supporting MIGS for the seventh year in row. MIGS
has also confirmed Yogonet, Calvin Ayre, Asia Gaming Brief, Online Casino
Reports, Gambling Insider, Press Giochi, Lottery Insider and eGaming Review
amongst other outlets as partners.
MIGS 15 will be held between the
16th and the 19th November at the Corinthia Hotel, St. Julians, St.
Georges Bay and the organisers are urging delegates to book their place and
hotels to avoid disappointment. Mrs. Schneider continued by saying,
We are encouraging delegates to book their rooms for the period due to
the busy season and the fact that there a number of conferences being held in
the month of November.
For more information, including a
complete conference programme and schedule of networking events at MiGS, visit
the event website at:
www.maltaigamingseminar.com and follow MiGS on Facebook,
LinkedIn and Twitter.
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