IGTs Global Technology Solutions Support Organization
Reaffirms CMMI® Level 3 Rating
LONDON, U.K. (January 19, 2016
International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT)
announced that it has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institutes
Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development (CMMI®-DEV), version
1.3 for IGTs Global Technology Lotteries Support organization. While IGT
received its initial maturity Level 3 rating in 2004, this latest appraisal
confirms IGTs continued commitment to following established industry best
practices while providing high quality software solutions and services.
CMMI® Level 3 rating is highly coveted due to its rigorous assessment of a
vendors software and systems engineering, program management, and
organizational process management capabilities.
Having been successfully
appraised again at CMMI Maturity Level 3, along with our two recent NASPL
re-certifications for requirements definition and development best practices,
reaffirms the Companys commitment to software excellence, said
Matthew Whalen, IGT Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer,
Lottery. It is a reflection of the hard work of our employees and
demonstrates how IGT ensures our global lottery customers are provided with
CMMI® is an
internationally-acknowledged approach, used in 101 countries, that employs best
practices to appraise, recognize, and guide process improvements throughout an
entire organization. CMMI®-DEV, which focuses on Software and Systems
Engineering, is a framework that defines a set of objective standards for
assessing an organizations full range of engineering (systems, software,
and hardware), program management, organizational management processes, and
other supporting processes used in development and maintenance.
IGTs maturity rating was
confirmed by Process Improvement and Compliance LLC. (PI&C) via an
appraisal performed in accordance with the Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method
for Process Improvement (SCAMPISM) Class A methodology. Since 2004, IGTs
Global Technology Lotteries Support organization has instituted CMMI-DEV
compliant processes across six continents.
CMMI® is the result of more than
20 years of ongoing work at Carnegie Mellon University by members of industry,
government, and the Software Engineering Institute. The CMMI Institute, a
subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University, is working to build upon CMMIs
success, advance the state of the practice, accelerate the development and
adoption of best practices, and provide solutions to the emerging needs of
businesses around the world. Published appraisal results are available at
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to
Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content,
substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence,
operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions
anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a
well-established local presence and relationships with governments and
regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by
adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility.
IGT has approximately 13,000 employees.
For more information, please visit
Robert K. Vincent,
Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside
U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
Italian media inquiries
(+39) 06 51899030
SOURCE: International Game
Awarded 10-Year Contract in Chile
ATHENS, Greece (January 21, 2016) --
INTRALOT Group has signed a contract with the State Lottery organization of
Chile Polla Chilena de Beneficencia S.A. for the management of its
games including the provision of integrated, best-of-breed technological
solutions and services, as well as operational support services. Polla Chilena
operates national numerical, instant lottery, and sports betting games in
Chile. The ten-year contract, with the option to extend for an additional
period of two years, follows a competitive procurement process.
Under the terms of the contract
INTRALOT will install its flagship LOTOS O/S Gaming System, as well as
2,700 Photon terminals, incorporating INTRALOTs innovative Icon Digital
Imaging technology, plus 800 Genion multi-functional terminals, in Polla
Chilena Points of Sale countrywide.
INTRALOT will support Polla Chilena
in its endeavour to improve customer experience by redesigning Polla
Chilenas gaming portal using INTRALOT iGaming Console (iGC), a management
and content delivery platform, and by offering its modern native mobile
applications, for lottery and sports betting, to the Chilean players. iGC is
fully integrated with the Interactive Gaming Platform (iGP), our dynamic player
account and relationship management platform that includes, among others,
advanced marketing tools through interactive channels.
Moreover, INTRALOT will provide its
Horizon Platform for the delivery of multimedia content on screens installed in
Polla Chilena stores. As far as Fixed Odds Betting is concerned, INTRALOT will
improve the Xperto FOB game through its iFlex platform, coupled with world
class trading and sports betting management services. INTRALOT will also
renovate Polla Chilenas e-Instant games portfolio and look-and-feel with
its Remote Gaming System (RGS).
Mr. Edmundo Dupre Echeverría,
Chief Executive Officer of Polla Chilena de Beneficencia S.A., stated:
We are happy to have INTRALOT back in Chile; especially after winning
a long and very competitive tender. My congratulations to the Company for its
bid submission and we are confident that, with the collaboration of Polla
Chilenas team, we will be able to make a qualitative technological leap
in the Chilean gaming industry and demonstrate to other Latin American
Lotteries new processes and games, which offer more entertainment to our
clients and better results to all our stakeholders.
Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT
Group CEO, stated: Polla Chilena de Beneficencia is one of our first
clients and we are really pleased to re-establish our cooperation with our
valued partner. Together with Polla Chilena de Beneficencia we are entering a
new era envisaging to transform the gaming landscape of Chile, bringing in the
leading technology and pioneering gaming services of Intralot coupled with the
operational excellence and proven experience of the Intralot team. We will work
with Polla Chilena de Beneficencia to offer to the Chileans unprecedented
gaming experiences and big prizes in a responsible manner always securing the
highest levels of integrity.
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, about
5.400 people and revenues of 1,85 billion for 2014, 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: email@example.com
Scientific Games Launch Mobile Games with British Columbia
Lottery Corporation's PlayNow.com
LAS VEGAS and CHICAGO (January 13,
2015) Scientific Games Corporation (Scientific Games or
the Company), today announced the launch of mobile real money
gaming as an enhancement of its commercial relationship with Canada based
British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).
In addition to their desktop games,
BCLCs PlayNow.com is now live on mobile with games from SG
Interactives Bally and Williams game development studios. Content
includes player favorites like Cash Wizard, Montezuma, Cash Spin, Raging Rhino,
Lady Robin Hood, Zeus and Zeus III with more titles to come.
PlayNow.com is excited to offer its
players a variety of new games to engage with by bringing popular land based
content to the mobile platform.
Bob Hays, Vice President Global
Commercial, Interactive at Scientific Games said, This is a
significant step in our relationship with BCLC. Its important to be omni-
channel in a world where mobile devices now outnumber humans and the
expectation for a seamless gaming experience continues to grow. Were
excited about the opportunity to work with BCLC to deliver more content for
both desktop and mobile moving forward, ensuring players can engage whenever
and wherever they are.
About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services
and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets.
The Companys portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and
systems; table games products and utilities; instant and draw-based lottery
games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; sports betting technology;
loyalty and rewards programs; and interactive content and services. For more
information, please visit:
BCLC is a Crown corporation in
British Columbia, Canada offering socially responsible gambling entertainment
while generating more than $1 billion in net income each year to benefit
provincial and community programs across B.C. Learn more at
Bally, Williams, Cash Wizard,
Montezuma, Cash Spin, Raging Rhino, Lady Robin Hood, Zeus and Zeus III are
marks owned in the United States or elsewhere by, or under license to or from,
Scientific Games Corporation or one of its directly or indirectly wholly owned
© 2015 Scientific Games. All
Scientific Games, Bill Pfund, Vice President, Investor Relations, +1
702-532-7663, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scientific Games, Mollie Cole, Director, Corporate Communications, +1
773-961-1194, Email: email@example.com
Interactive: Lindsay Goldner, Senior Manager B2B Marketing, Email:
SOURCE: Scientific Games
Gaming Visitors to Learn 4 Ways Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®)
Helps EU-Based Suppliers
HILLEGOM, The Netherlands (January
18, 2016) Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is known
worldwide for its commitment to unrivaled testing expertise in gaming, and the
European region is no different. ICE Totally Gaming attendees will have the
opportunity to speak with GLIs leading experts about ways the company
helps its European-based suppliers.
Those specific ways include:
- GLIs global experts are passionate about
providing you the best compliance testing advice.
- The company takes your business personally
every submission counts.
- Their value-added tools can assist you with product
- GLI listens to your certification needs and
proposes efficient solutions.
GLI Europes Managing Director
Martin Britton said, In established, as well as emerging jurisdictions
across Europe, GLI provides vital services to regulators, suppliers, and
operators in all gaming sectors. People know us for our testing; they love us
for the multitude of services we provide beyond our traditional testing
practice and for our unrivalled level of customer service.
Among its global locations across
six continents, GLI has five fully staffed and functional labs across Europe,
located in Graz, Austria; Bologna, Italy; Hillegom, The Netherlands; Krakow,
Poland; and Barcelona, Spain.
Please join GLI at ICE Totally
Gaming stand N3-210 and follow the conversation on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and
GLIs laboratory locations are
found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international
accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards
for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries.
For more information, visit:
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Marketing, +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Arizona Lottery Big Money Game Book Spinner
ADAIR, IA (January 8, 2016) -- In
December, Arizona Lottery
launched their first Pollard
Banknote Game Book, Big Money Game Book, to help kick-off their 35th
With six top prizes of $150,000, the
Arizona Lottery knew the game would be a big hit.
To help promote the game at retail,
the Arizona Lottery planned to use Schafer Systems Dual 6" GEN2 dispenser as
well as various POS.
However, they were looking for
something to showcase sample tickets so players could see the unique play
action of the Game Book.
Schafer Systems offered several choices of "spinners"
in various colours and sizes and they ultimately chose the clear model shown on
"We strongly feel having sample
Big Money Game Books available for our players to easily see helped increase
trial of the game," noted Robin Peters, Senior Sales Operations
Manager. "Schafer Systems helped us find the right tool at the right
price to achieve our marketing goals."
SOURCE: Schafer Systems Inc.
Alchemy3 Partners with Washingtons Lottery to Launch
Honda Ultimate Garage Giveaway
ROSWELL, Georgia (January 20, 2016)
Alchemy3 (A3) and Washingtons Lottery have partnered to launch the
Honda Ultimate Garage Giveaway $5 scratch ticket. The
game will launch on January 20, 2016.
Honda is an incredibly
strong brand that registers with players because of the brands reputation
and quality, said Jeffrey Schweig, President, A3.
Washingtons Lottery and Honda make a perfect match; along with a
beautiful multi-scene series of tickets, the Lottery and A3 are implementing
promotional events that will appeal to many consumer segments.
The scratch tickets will feature
Honda automobiles and Powersports units including ATVs and
Scooters. Players will have the chance to win up to $50,000 instantly and
enter a series of second-chance drawings to win a Honda vehicle.
We are thrilled to be
partnering with Honda on Washingtons Lotterys newest Scratch ticket
that will give our players the opportunity to win up to $50,000 or a
second-chance prize of a new Honda vehicle, said Randy Warick,
Assistant Director of Marketing at Washingtons Lottery. Given
Hondas popularity and the multiple prize options, we are poised to reach
a breadth of players.
In addition to traditional marketing
efforts, Honda will feature the Honda Ultimate Garage
Giveaway ticket via their social media pages - supported with
messaging that encourages players to play for a chance to win. Some local
participating Honda auto dealers will also be displaying POP in the service
section and showrooms to generate awareness amongst consumers with the highest
propensity to purchase the lottery product.
After the success of the
South Carolina Honda ATV game, we cant wait to launch another great
program in Washington, said Chuck Boderman, VP Powersports Division,
American Honda Motor Co. As our brand continues to grow and
evolve, we are excited to offer not only Powersports, but also Honda
automobiles to the lottery category.
Three second-chance drawings will be
held throughout the promotion. To learn more about this game, or any of
Washingtons games, please visit walottery.com. To learn more about
Alchemy3, visit alchemy3.com.
Since 1982, Washingtons
Lottery has generated more than $3 billion to support important state programs
including the Washington Opportunity
Pathways Account. Money in the
Pathways Account goes toward helping students achieve their higher education
dreams and supports early childhood education learning programs. The
states Lottery offers consumers several types of games: Mega Millions,
Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match 4, Daily Game, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more
information, visit walottery.com or join our online community on Facebook at
facebook.com/walottery and follow us on Twitter @walottery.
Honda offers a complete line-up of
cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United
States. In 2014, Honda celebrated its 20 millionth vehicle produced in the
U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda currently operates 16
major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of
Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and
Started in 2007, Alchemy3 maintains
trusted relationships with North American lotteries and is one of a select few
companies in America that holds exclusive licenses to companies like The Home
Depot, Honda, Royal Caribbean International, Polaris and Bass Pro Shops. To
learn more about Alchemy3, visit alchemy3.com.
Phone: 770.442.6993, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Alchemy3 media release.
NOVOMATIC Boasts Very Important Player Experience at ICE
AUSTRIA (January 20, 2016) --
Already hailed as the Gaming Technopolis and unarguably
Europes major gaming show, ICE-Totally Gaming 2016, will once again
provide a magnificent setting for NOVOMATICs premiere display of new and
innovative Very Important Player Experiences. The traditionally spectacular
NOVOMATIC booth will cover all aspects of gaming with products and solutions
for a variety of international markets and their particular segments.
From February 2nd-4th the ExCeL
Exhibition Centre in Londons Docklands will be transformed into
Technopolis, a city within the city of London, entirely dedicated to the future
of gaming. A significant area of this gaming show of superlatives will be taken
by the NOVOMATIC booth with a comprehensive presentation of the collaborative
R&D efforts within the Austrian gaming group and its international
subsidiaries and competence centres.
In order for visitors not to get
lost among the plethora of product, the huge NOVOMATIC booth space will again
be sectioned into individual spaces that cater to the various industry segments
such as casino products, systems and cash management solutions, arcade and pub
products, sports betting and lotteries as well as interactive solutions.
Upon entering the south hall
visitors turning left will find themselves in an international Arcade & Pub
area where they are welcomed by the teams of LÖWEN Entertainment, Crown
Technologies, NOVOMATIC Italia, NOVOMATIC Gaming Spain and Novo Gaming
Netherlands with an extensive range of AWP/LPM and VLT products. Moving on, the
products array of NOVOMATIC UK (Astra Games, Bell-Fruit Games, Empire Games and
Gamestec) and Eurocoin for the UK and international markets follows.
On the right hand side NOVOMATIC
SPORTS BETTING SOLUTIONS and NOVOMATIC LOTTERY SOLUTIONS will reside side by
side, each with a true omni-channel offering for discerning operators. Moving
on right-handed a large NOVOMATIC Interactive area will cover the right wing of
the booth boasting varied online/mobile/social gaming products and
solutions from subsidiaries comprising Greentube, iGaming2Go, Funstage,
StakeLogic, Mazooma Interactive and Extreme Live Gaming.
At the head of the booth concludes
the main section which will be dedicated to the full range of innovative casino
gaming technologies and systems, presented by NOVOMATIC and Octavian as well as
to the traditional hospitality area and, slightly above, a tier of meeting
rooms for secluded talks and negotiations away from the noise of the show.
As in previous years theres no
way past the NOVOMATIC booth located as it is right at the heart of the
show! Visitors, partners and guests will be greeted with the famous Austrian
hospitality and treated to NOVOMATICs own Very Important Player
Experience. No enquiry shall remain unanswered and all requirements will be
elucidated by the many product experts for the various industry markets and
Theres no pleasure like the
frisson of anticipation, and well not give the game away by revealing
that for 2016 the Very Important Player Experience will be augmented with
massive additions to the V.I.P. range of cabinets. Whereas the NOVOSTAR®
V.I.P. II is already a smash hit on the international casino floors, NOVOMATIC
will launch no less than four new V.I.P. cabinets.
Further attractions on the NOVOMATIC
booth will, of course, come in the form of new games, fresh multi-game
editions, jackpots and solutions as well as the omni-present video content
delivery system Absolute Vision that will turn the booth into a truly
spectacular arena of action and innovation.
The teams of NOVOMATIC and its
various affiliate companies look forward to welcoming visitors, partners and
guests at ICE Totally Gaming 2016.
The NOVOMATIC Group is one of the
biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies and
employs more than 23,000 staff worldwide. Founded by entrepreneur Professor
Johann F. Graf in 1980, the Group has locations in more than 50 countries and
exports high-tech electronic gaming equipment and solutions to 80 countries.
The Group operates more than 232,000 gaming terminals in its about 1,500 plus
traditional and electronic casinos as well as via rental concepts. Part of the
Group is also Admiral Sportwetten GmbH, Austrias leading sports betting
operator with more than 200 outlets as well as the Vienna based online gaming
specialist Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH.
With the foundation of NOVOMATIC
Lottery Solutions in 2013 the Group also entered the lottery business
SOURCE: NOVOMATIC press release.
Lottery Celebrates 30 Winning Years with the Launch of Its First $30 Scratchers
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (January
20, 2016) -- What were you doing in January 1986? Many Missourians were trying
their luck with the Missouri Lottery for the first time by scratching off
tickets from the first Scratchers game, Jackpot 86. Fast
forward 30 years and the Lottery is now celebrating more than $5.2 billion in
profits to state and public education, more than $11.3 billion in prizes to
players and retail commissions exceeding $1.1 billion.
Theres no doubt, the
Missouri Lottery has made a huge impact on the state of Missouri,
said May Scheve Reardon, executive director for the Missouri Lottery.
Not only has it helped provide vital funding to public education, but
its also impacted many Missouri businesses and winners.
To celebrate the 30-year milestone,
the Missouri Lottery is launching its first $30 Scratchers ticket, called
$300,000,000 Golden Ticket.
The game offers the most prizes
ever, include 15 prizes between $1 million and $10 million, which can be won
instantly. In addition, three more $1 million prizes, along with several prizes
of $10,000, $1,000 and $500, will be awarded through second-chance drawings
during the year.
The Lottery has truly
evolved into a key part of Missouris fabric, Reardon said.
Whether it is providing funding for programs like A+, helping business
owners meet their bottom line, supporting local community events or making
someone a millionaire, it has made a lot of dreams come true.
Reardon noted that the Lottery has
gone from first-year sales of $206.9 million to more than $1.15 billion
annually, and proceeds of $80 million to an all-time high of $288 million. The
Lottery also started with one Scratchers game and now it offers as many as 40
different games at one time and nine Draw Games.
Prizes have gone from a maximum of a
few million to more than half a billion.
As a self-sustaining agency, the
Lottery has also grown more efficient.
Our operating costs are one
of the lowest in the industry at 4.4 percent, Reardon said. In the
early days, it was as high as 14 percent.
Since 1986, many other changes have
been made to benefit players, such as being able to cash tickets at any Lottery
retail location, a cash option on jackpot prizes, more drawings, as well as
additional ways to buy tickets and enter promotions.
Not to mention all the
technological advancements that have happened in the last 30 years, like
websites, mobile apps, loyalty programs, ticket vending machines and
Check-A-Ticket machines, Reardon said.
But the Lottery would not
have been successful without the support of so many Missourians,
Reardon said. We are so grateful to the 4,700 businesses in our retail
network, our vendors, legislators, Lottery commissioners and employees and, of
course, the players. They all play a major role in helping the Lottery Play It
Forward for public education.
We expect the next 30 years
to be even more beneficial and fun, she said. Its why
the Lottery was created to raise money for public
Missouri Lottery Quick Facts
- More than $18.5 billion in ticket sales;
- More than $5.2 billion in proceeds to the state,
including public education;
- More than $11.3 billion in prizes paid to
- More than $1.1 billion to retailers in commissions
- 444 tickets sold worth $1 million to $293.7
SOURCE: Missouri Lottery.
Lottery Celebrates 12 Years, More Than $3.6 Billion for
Continues; Technology Evolves to Keep Playing Simple and Fun
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (January 20,
2016) -- The Tennessee Lottery marked its 12 year anniversary today with the
announcement of another record quarter and a total of more than $3.6 billion
The Lotterys stellar
performance - growth every year since inception - is thought to be a U.S.
record for consecutive years of sales growth, continuing its place as one of
the top organizations in the industry.
These achievements are only
possible with the support from enthusiastic players, the hard work of over
5,000 retailers state-wide, the guidance of our board of directors, from our
very first board to our current members, and the hard work and commitment of
our employees, said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the
Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TELC).
Our success is vital to the
students and families of Tennessee, and were dedicated to making sure the
years ahead prove just as successful.
Since the first awards were given in
the fall of 2004, Lottery-funded programs have grown to include 12 different
scholarships and grants, multiple after-school programs, an energy-efficient
schools program, and the recent Tennessee Promise initiative.
And during the 2015-2016 academic
year, the number of Lottery-funded scholarships and grants reached over one
Currently for Fiscal Year 2016,
total sales of $886.1 million are $115 million, or 15%, ahead of last year.
Additional details, since Jan. 20, 2004:
- More than $14.26 billion in gross ticket
- More than $9.7 billion in prizes won by
- More than $930 million paid in retailer
- 181 winning tickets worth $1 million or more.
A key component of the
Lotterys success is meeting evolving consumer demand by continuing to
launch innovative, fun games, and offering new platforms such as:
- Phone apps that allow players to scan tickets to
see if they are winners;
- Stand-alone ticket checkers at
retailers throughout the state;
- Digital display signage;
- VIP Players Suite, a players affinity
For more information about the
Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, please visit
CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, Tennessee
Lottery, 615-324-6556 or 615-604-2827, Email:
SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery
European Online Gambling Association Welcomes the European Parliaments
Push for a Digital Single Market
STRASBOURG, France (January 19,
2016) --Today, the European Parliament adopted its Digital Single Market
report, calling for the EU to become a leader in the digital economy, fostering
jobs, innovation and consumer welfare. The Parliament asks the European
Commission to deliver concrete proposals to improve the functioning of the
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of
EGBA, concluded: We applaud that both the European Parliament and
Commission have invested significant political attention in the Digital Single
Market over the last 12 months. We are now looking forward to a swift
legislative process that will take away national barriers and ensure that the
EUs 500 million consumers have access to European digital
The EGBA shares the European
Parliaments concern about the different national approaches
taken so far by the Member States on regulating the internet
Commission to take initiatives, in line with EU competences
barriers to digital trade.
The EGBA would like to recall the
European Parliaments 2014 Cost of non-Europe study,
which pointed to the fact the absence of a single market for online
gambling results in unequal protection of consumers and that a unified
European online gambling market would bring benefits of 5.6 billion euros per
For more information, please
CONTACT: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA, Email:
email@example.com, Tel: +32 2
554 08 90.
The EGBA is an association of
leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, bwin.party,
Expekt, and Unibet.
The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming
Association (GBGA) and Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) are
affiliate members of EGBA.
As a Brussels-based non-profit
association, EGBA 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-off
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
www.egba.eu media release.
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December Table Games Numbers Spur Record Casino Gaming Revenue Year in
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (January
15, 2016) -- Record table games revenue in 2015 helped propel overall
gaming revenue this past year to the highest annual figure since legalized
casino gaming began in Pennsylvania.
Gross revenue of $808,135,353 from
the play of table games at Pennsylvanias 12 casinos in 2015 was nearly 8%
higher than revenue in 2014.
Combined with previously reported
annual slot machine revenue figures, the $3,173,787,012 total revenue produced
from casino gaming in 2015 was 3.41% higher than in 2014.
The 2015 figure also edged out 2012
as the highest gaming revenue year in Pennsylvania to date and marks the fifth
straight year in which the total casino revenue figure topped $3 billion. Total
gaming revenue generated since the first casino opened in Pennsylvania now
totals over $22.6 billion through the end of 2015.
The following chart tracks slot
machine and table games gross revenue since the first slots-only casino opened
in November 2006. Table games were added to Pennsylvania casinos in July
Gross Slot Machine
Gross Table Games
Tax revenue in 2015 from the
combined play of slot machines and table games was $1,379,226,502*. Revenue
returned to Pennsylvania in the form of taxes and license fees since the first
casino opening now stands at approximately $11.8 billion dollars.
The casino gaming market
remains strong in Pennsylvania, Gaming Control Board Chairman David
M. Barasch said.
This is good news for state
residents who once again saw a return of nearly $1.4 billion in tax revenue
that is used by the Commonwealth and communities statewide for a myriad of
projects, and to all homeowners for a reduction in their school property
Table games revenue for each of the
casinos in December 2015 has been posted on the Boards web site,
under the Revenue section of the site.
About the Pennsylvania Gaming
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control
Board was established in 2004 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the
states casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in
operation, along with the two resort casinos. These facilities
collectively employ over 17,000 people and generate an average of $3.7 million
per day in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest
portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania
homeowners with additional tax revenue going to the horse racing industry,
economic development projects, fire companies, county fairs, water and sewer
projects, the Commonwealths General Fund, and to local governments that
Additional information about both
the PGCBs regulatory efforts and Pennsylvanias casino gaming
industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.
You can also follow the agency on
Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.
CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard
McGarvey, (717) 346-8321.
SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Submits White Paper on Daily Fantasy Sports to
MASSACHUSETTS (January 11, 2016)
A message from MGC Chairman Steve
Friends Interested in Daily Fantasy
As many of you know, Daily Fantasy
Sports (DFS) was launched in 2007. It is variant of fantasy sports, that
offers a condensed version of the season-long fantasy experience, providing for
the drafting of a team and participation in weekly or daily contests.
The most popular DFS sport is
football, followed by baseball, racing, basketball and hockey, with golf on the
With the kick-off of NFL Football
season and its advertising last Fall, coupled with the widely-distributed story
of a DraftKings insider making big money on a competitors site, DFS
exploded into the publics consciousness. Gaming regulators, Attorneys
General, and Legislatures across the country suddenly confronted complex
questions about the legality of DFS, the definition of gambling, the
significance of skill vs. chance, and the overall muddled state of societal
views of gambling and the equally muddled state of much of its regulatory
The Gaming Commission has no
regulatory authority over DFS (that resides principally with the Attorney
General) and has no policy-making authority (that resides exclusively
with the Legislature). But with all this attention to DFSsurely a
gambling-like activity, at least and with encouragement from political
leaders on Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is publishing this
White Paper, offering our thoughts on a range of issues the Legislature and the
Governor will likely confront as they come to grips with the challenge of
regulating DFS, and perhaps other online (also referred to as
internet-based, or remote) gaming.
Although we have no direct
experience with DFS, and no authority over it, we do have a great deal of
experience with the challenges of introducing a new kind of gambling to
the Commonwealth, and to the fascinating and troublesome nuances of making
public policy on controversial issues. And we operate under an expanding
statute from the Legislature, many years in the making, which raised and
addressed many if not virtually all of the complex issues raised in gambling
law. With that guidance from the Legislature, coupled with our experience, we
expect that certain issues will need to be addressed soon, concerning DFS:
- Not so much the issue of whether DFS is legal under
existing relevant law, but rather whether DFS should be legal.
- If the Legislature determines DFS should be legal,
should it be regulated?
- If the Legislature determines that DFS should be
regulated, what are the critical issues that need to be addressed by that
- As the Legislature determines what issues need to
be addressed, it will likely consider what regulatory structure is appropriate,
ranging from consumer protection laws, the regulatory style of the Department
of Public Licensure (hairdressers, plumbers, etc.) or the full agency-led
regulation like the Division of Banks, the Division of Insurance or the Gaming
Right now, it appears to us that the
law concerning DFS is at best unsettled, and that there is a possibility that
DFS could be considered illegal, even though the Attorney General has seen fit
to move directly to the issues that really matterconsumer protection
regulations that will permit the pleasure of DFS play, while protecting against
its possible downsides. Until this legal uncertainty is resolvedwhich can
only be done by the Legislature -- the citizens of Massachusetts, DFS players,
and DFS companies alike (including one of the leaders, DraftKings, which is
located in Boston), will find their activities risky, and the DFS future
The last section of this paper will
suggest the possibility of the Legislature establishing a regulatory
environment which is applicable to all online gaming technologies (not just
DFS), assigning that regulatory structure to an agency for implementation, and
leaving the daily work of drafting and adapting regulation of new gaming types
to the regulatory agency that can be nimble and flexible in responding to
technological gaming innovations. Our agency stands ready to accept that role,
and stands equally ready to work with another or a new agency that the
Legislature may consider appropriate.
Special thanks go to Commissioner
Gayle Cameron, who led the background research and Education Forum on DFS, and
to Staff Attorney Justin Stempeck and Director of Licensing Paul Connelly who
did most of the research, ran the Forum, and did much of the drafting of
the White Paper, and to Commissioner Lloyd MacDonald and former Commissioner
Jim McHugh for their help in contemplating these issues and in drafting this
Too often controversial topics like
this one are discussed only with bumper sticker epithets, anecdotes, and
spinning PR strategies, rather than facts and objective contemplation. We hope
this White Paper will contribute to a sober, thoughtful and objective
consideration of regulation of this new form of gambling (or gambling-like)
activity. Until DFS gets this consideration, the citizens of Massachusetts, DFS
players and DFS operators alike will be subject to serious legal and
To view Daily Fantasy Sports white
SOURCE: Massachusetts Gaming
Approves Integrity for iGaming Online Identification and Geolocation
Ancillary Casino Service
Industry Enterprise (CSIE) License Granted by the New Jersey Department of
Gaming to Accelerate Demand in Regulated Gaming
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 19, 2016)
-- Aristotle International's Integrity division, a global leader in age and
identity verification solutions, has been granted one of the first licenses
by the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement (NJ DGE) for
Know Your Customer (KYC) and geolocation in the state of New Jersey for
regulated online gaming.
With Integrity's multi-process
approach to verification, which includes real-time global data verification,
geolocation, automated government document verification, and face-to-face
authentication, New Jersey online gaming platforms have the most comprehensive
age and verification service on the market.
Aristotle Integrity's SVP of
Business Development Michael Bolcerek said, "The New Jersey iGaming market
continues to grow, and we welcome the granting of this license to help
accelerate the demand in regulated internet gaming."
Gaming operators and suppliers who
currently use Integrity as the premier provider of age and verification
services to the New Jersey online gaming market to enable casinos under its
transactional waiver now can use the full licensed approval of the NJ DGE to
support their regulatory obligations for KYC and identity verification.
Bolcerek added, "This license is
a representation of Integrity's commitment to facilitate compliance with all
online gaming regulations. Recent initiatives in Europe combined with our 15
years of compliance experience in U.S. and European regulated markets prove
Aristotle is the only truly global KYC provider for the iGaming
Integrity is a suite of widely
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for both commercial and government sectors, Integrity is the most comprehensive
and cost-effective approach for age and identity verification available across
Aristotle is the leader in providing
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Since 1983, every U.S. president
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addition to countless senatorial and congressional campaigns, Democratic and
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Representatives from Integrity will
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SOURCE: Aristotle media release.
Virginia Lottery Names Deputy Director of Marketing
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January
20, 2016) -- West Virginia Department of Revenue announced today that Tommy
Young has been named Deputy Director of Marketing for the West Virginia
Young, a native of Sissonville,
comes to the Lottery after having served as the Director of Client Relations
and Business Development for ZMM Architects & Engineers since 2012. In that
capacity, Young helped coordinate overall business development efforts for the
firm and advertising. Prior to that, Young served as the Director of
Client Relations and Business Development for McKinley & Associates from
2007 to 2012 and as Vice President of Operations for the Providence
Construction Company from 2006 to 2007.
He also served as the Assistant
Director of Architectural Services for the School Building Authority of West
Virginia from 1996 to 2006, where he worked closely with architects, engineers,
county school systems and contractors to ensure effective and efficient use of
state funds for school facilities throughout West Virginia.
Young served his country as a combat
engineer and recruiter in the United States Marine Corps from 1984 to 1991 and
as a technical sergeant in the 130th West Virginia Air National Guard from 1991
to 2007. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation
I look forward to serving
the State of West Virginia in yet another capacity and joining the marketing
team for the start of the Lotterys 30th Birthday celebration,
Young said. Lottery proceeds make a tremendous impact on education,
seniors and tourism in West Virginia and I am grateful for the opportunity to
play a role in that.
SOURCE: West Virginia Lottery.
Arizona Lottery Director Steps Down
PHOENIX, Arizona (January 14, 2016)
The Associated press reports Governor Doug Duceys office has
announced Tony Bouie, the director of the
Arizona State Lottery,
resigned on Wednesday.
The news service said his
resignation follows a Phoenix New Times article this week
that revealed that he drove a state vehicle for personal use.
In discussing some of these
recent issues with Director Bouie, the director and the administration agreed
they would be a distraction. In the best interests of the state, Director Bouie
has stepped down, governors spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said
Thursday in an email.
Governor Ducey announced
Bouies appointment in January 2015.
At the time, the governor said Bouie
had successfully overseen corporations and brought a strong history of
leadership to the public sector.
Bouie previously was chief operating
officer for Parkinson Wellness Recovery.
He also worked as a director of a
consumer services company and as a strategic consultant.
He also played for the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers from 1995 to 1999.
Before his NFL career, he played for
the University of Arizona.
SOURCE: The Associated Press.