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Vol. 79 No. 11- Monday June 12, 2017


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Lynne Roiter Named Loto-Québec’s President and CEO

MONTRÉAL, Quebec (May 31, 2017) – Loto-Québec’s Board of Directors wishes to officially announce the appointment of Lynne Roiter as the Corporation’s President and CEO. Ms. Roiter’s appointment, which follows her term as interim President and CEO since August 6, 2016, was approved today by the Conseil des ministres and followed the recruitment process prescribed in the Act respecting the governance of state-owned enterprises.

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For the past thirty years, Lynne Roiter has truly been a pillar of Loto-Québec. She advanced in the organization to become Secretary General and Vice President of the Legal Department, and then interim President and CEO. She has gained an excellent reputation on the international scene and has held the position of Secretary General of the World Lottery Association since 2006. On behalf of the Board of Directors and all Loto-Québec personnel, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to her and wish her every success. She will of course enjoy the full support and cooperation of the Board of Directors,” said Board Chair Hélène F. Fortin.

Ms. Roiter proudly welcomed the news. “I am very fond of Loto-Québec. I intend to pursue the Corporation’s vision and projects in cooperation with the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Loto-Québec and its subsidiaries possess a team of high-calibre employees and managers, and I will continue to work closely with them to promote our entertainment offerings within the framework of our commitment to responsible gaming.”

Lynne Roiter is the first woman to hold the position of President and CEO at Loto-Québec.

Information: Patrice Lavoie, Corporate Director, Public Affairs, Press Relations and Social Media, Loto-Québec, T: 514-499-5130 , E: patrice.lavoie@loto-quebec.com

SOURCE: Loto-Québec.

 

 

IGT Completes Sale of Double Down Interactive LLC to Doubleu Games

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LONDON, U.K. ( June 1, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”)

(NYSE:IGT) today announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its social casino subsidiary, Double Down Interactive LLC, to an affiliate of DoubleU Games Co., Ltd. for a cash purchase price of $825 million. IGT expects to use the proceeds from the transaction primarily to reduce debt.

Today, we are also entering into a long-term game development and distribution agreement with DoubleU Games for social casino content,” said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT.

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This is an important development in supporting our strategy of leveraging our substantial content catalogue across multiple distribution platforms. Through this partnership with DoubleU, we will continue participating in the social casino market, as we will be collecting ongoing royalties on our casino game content.”

The Raine Group and Credit Suisse International are acting as financial advisors to IGT, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Cooley LLP are providing legal counsel.

Deutsche Bank is acting as financial advisor to DoubleU Games, and Kim & Chang and

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP are providing legal counsel.

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to 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 over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit: www.IGT.com.

About DoubleU Games

DoubleU Games (KRX:192080) is one of the leading social casino gaming publishers based in Seoul, Korea. Founded in 2012, DoubleU Games is the only Asia-based social casino game operator among global top-tier players. For more information, please refer to: www.doubleugames.com.

CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

Corporate Communications,

toll free in U.S./Canada (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

Italian media inquiries,

T: (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: IGT.

 

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The European Lotteries Association Elects New President and Executive Committee

KRAKOW, Poland (June 5, 2017) -- National lotteries united under the umbrella of The European Lotteries Association elected their new President and Executive Committee for the 2017-2019 period during the Association’s General Assembly on 5 June 2017 in Krakow, Poland.

The General Assembly precedes 9th European Lotteries Congress in Krakow hosted together with Totalizator Sportowy.

Hansjörg Höltkemeier has been re-elected as the President of the Association through a direct vote of the members.

Hansjörg Höltkemeier has been a member of the Managing Board of the Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin (Germany) since 2005, a member of the Association’s Executive Committee since 2009 and the Association’s President since 2015.

I am extremely honoured to have been appointed as the President of the Association for yet another term. As we are about to implement the new EL strategy, I look forward to continue working with my dedicated colleagues in the best interest of the society respecting the three core EL values – responsibility, society sustainability and integrity’ Hansjörg Höltkemeier said.

The newly elected members of the Executive Committee of The European Lotteries Association are (in alphabetical order):

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  • CHVÁTAL Robert, Chief Executive Officer, SAZKA a.s., Czech Republic
  • DAYAN Uzi, Chairman of the Board, MIFAL HAPAIS, Israel
  • GARCÍA Inmaculada, President and Chief Executive Officer, SOCIEDAD ESTATAL LOTERÍAS Y APUESTAS DEL ESTADO, Spain
  • HAEK Jannie, Chief Executive Officer, NATIONALE LOTERIJ/LOTERIE NATIONALE, Belgium
  • HÖLTKEMEIER Hansjörg, Co-Chief Executive Officer, DEUTSCHE KLASSENLOTTERIE BERLIN, Germany
  • KRIŽAN Franci, Member of the Board, LOTERIJA SLOVENIJE, d.d., Slovenia
  • MAGGI Giovanni Emilio, Director, SISAL Spa, Italy
  • MARTINHO Edmundo, Vice-President, SANTA CASA DA MISERICÓRDIA DE LISBOA, Portugal
  • PALLEZ Stéphane, President and Chief Executive Officer,  LA FRANÇAISE DES JEUX, France
  • SAREKOSKI Olli, President and Chief Executive Officer, VEIKKAUS OY, Finland
  • VLASENKO Evgeniy, Vice- President, Member of the Board, MSL, Ukraine

 

Arjan van‘t Veer, appointed Secretary General in March 2017, is the Secretary to the Board.

For further information please CONTACT: Jutta Buyse, Deputy Secretary General, Brussels, Tel: + 32 (0) 2 234 38 27, Mobile: +32 476 89 63 76, E:  jutta.buyse@european-lotteries.eu

European Lotteries (EL)

European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from more than 40 European countries including all EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

SOURCE: European Lotteries (EL).

 

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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Launches New Games for June

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (June 6, 2017) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery unveiled its new instant games for June today, with four new games offering players top prizes ranging from $500 to $200,000.

The new instant -- or “scratch-off” -- games for June are: $1 Tic Tac Dough, with a top prize of $3,000; $2 Money Stacks, with a bonus scratching area and a top prize of $20,000; $5 $500 Bonus, with a top prize of $500, a bonus scratching area, and with up to 16 ways to win; and $10 All The Money, loaded with $100 prizes and with a top prize of $200,000.

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The Lottery releases several new instant tickets roughly every month,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley explained.

Maintaining the fun for our players and maximizing the revenue for college scholarships for Arkansas students are our main goals.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

The Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for more than 235,000 scholarships in the state since it began. (The deadline to apply for scholarships has been extended to June 15 by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Visit scholarships.adhe.edu/

for more information.) More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other expenses in Arkansas. Since Lottery sales started in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $2.2 billion in prizes to players, and more than $193 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit: www.MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions, and to join the free Play It Again Rewards Club.

To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

CONTACT: Stephen Koch at 501-683-2055 for more information.

SOURCE: The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

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Florida Lottery Celebrates Best May Sales on Record

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (June 2, 2017) -- The Florida Lottery announces its strongest May ever, with record sales for the month totalling more than $529 million. This represents a $26.6 million increase over the previous May record reached in 2013. Sales from the month of May alone allowed the Lottery to contribute $133 million to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).

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Since opening our doors almost 30 years ago, the Lottery has remained committed to our mission of generating additional funding for education,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

Thanks to our outstanding players, retailers and staff, we have been able to achieve unprecedented sales records that directly benefit Florida’s students and schools.” 

Over the past 29 years, the Florida Lottery has established itself as a dependable funding source for public education. For 15 consecutive years the Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion to education, while remaining one of the most efficient lotteries in the nation. Additionally, the Lottery has contributed more than $5 billion to the Bright Futures Scholarship Program to send over 750,000 students to college.

Florida Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state's total education budget. Lottery funds are appropriated by the Florida Legislature and are administered by the Florida Department of Education.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $31 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

CONTACT: Florida Lottery Communications, T: (850) 487-7727.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

 

Nearly $167 Million in PA Lottery Scratch-Offs Prizes Won in May

MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (June 5, 2017) -- Pennsylvania Lottery scratch-offs players claimed nearly $167 million in prizes during May, including two prizes of $3 million claimed by players in Northampton and York counties. Both of those wins were on the $3 Million Spectacular scratch-off game.

Other notable scratch-offs prizes claimed during May included a $1 million prize; seven prizes of $300,000; one $250,000 prize; and 17 prizes of $100,000.

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Winner lists for all games are posted monthly in the Winners section of palottery.com. The lists include all winners of $1,000 or more, although many prizes below that threshold were won.

Current scratch-off games offer prizes ranging from a free ticket to $3 million. Scratch-offs winners claimed a record of more than $1.9 billion in prizes last fiscal year.

Before purchasing any game, players should review and understand the rules, prizes remaining and specific chances of winning found at palottery.com. The overall chances of winning any prize vary by game and are printed on the back of each scratch-off ticket. Overall chances are expressed across all tickets produced in a game and not by tickets sold per pack.

Chances of winning are not influenced by where a ticket is sold. Random distribution of tickets ensures the Pennsylvania Lottery and its retailers do not know where winning tickets will be sold. Scratch-offs prizes must be claimed within one year of a game's posted end-sale date.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $27 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Do not give lottery games to children. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

Visit palottery.com for winning numbers, rules, chances of winning, and to join the VIP Players Club for second chances to win. Install our official mobile app, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @PALottery.

CONTACT: Lottery Media Relations, T: 717-702-8008.

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

 

The European Lotteries Congress: Eurojackpot Soon in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (June 7, 2017) -- Eurojackpot - a European lottery featuring EUR 10 m of guaranteed prize pool and the maximum jackpot of EUR 90 m - will arrive in Poland this September, as announced at the 9th European Lotteries Congress in Kraków. The Congress guests are discussing the challenges faced by the sector - all largely related to the current technological revolution. 

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From all over Europe, the Congress has attracted industry representatives that are affiliated with the European Lotteries Association. On the first day, a new president of this organisation was selected, with Hansjörg Höltkemeier appointed for his second term.

In his address, he stressed the fact that while the technological revolution we are witnessing has brought about many new opportunities for lottery aficionados, these are not always safe due to operators who infringe the law. In his view, the European lotteries have traditionally been guided by well-established values and that this is where their strongest point lies. "We should keep in mind that social responsibility is what's important to us," Höltkemeier said.

The Congress' motto is "New Directions". As argued by Olgierd Cieślik, President of Totalizator Sportowy: "Each day, we see more reasons for exploring new directions"; one of such directions for the lottery sector is the social media. "Customers dictate the rules - if we fail to live up to their expectations, we will lose them," stressed Cieślik.

The 9th Congress of European Lotteries in Kraków will end on 8 June. Its topics centre not only around new challenges for the sector, but also on how to responsibly organise and hold games of chance. The event is organised by Totalizator Sportowy, owner of the LOTTO brand in Poland.

CONTACT: Damian Wiśniewski, T: +48-22-518-21-09.

SOURCE: European Lotteries Congress.

 

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Australian Competition Tribunal Determination on Proposed Tabcorp-Tatts Combination Extended

SYDNEY, Australia (June 7, 2017) -- Tabcorp Holdings Limited (‘Tabcorp’) today announces that, as foreshadowed during its hearings last week, the Australian Competition Tribunal (the 'Tribunal') has confirmed that it has formally extended the period in which to make its determination on Tabcorp’s application for authorisation to proceed with its proposed combination with Tatts Group Limited (‘Tatts’) (the ‘Transaction’) to no later than 10 September 2017.

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In extending the period beyond the previous date of 13 June 2017, the Tribunal has said that it:

  • anticipates that it may need additional time to consult with parties to ensure that its final determination and reasons comply with the confidentiality regime established by the Tribunal;
  • anticipates that, should it decide to grant an authorisation subject to conditions, additional time may be required in order to finalise the conditions prior to the formal granting of that authorisation; and
  • is mindful that it can only extend the relevant period once and, in those circumstances, has formally extended for the full three months permitted.

 

Tabcorp and Tatts are progressing the other government and regulatory approvals required for the Transaction and working towards implementing the Transaction in third quarter 2017.

SOURCE: Tabcorp Holdings Limited.

 

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FDJ Gaming Solutions Sign an Agreement to Provide Sports Betting Managed Services to Loterie Romande

June 8th, 2017 (9th European Lotteries Congress, Krakow, Poland)

FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS, are proud to announce the signing of an agreement with Loterie Romande (LoRo), in order to provide a turnkey sports betting solution.

FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS services will be provided using the Advanced Betting Platform (ABP), LVS’s omni-channel technology that will integrate directly with LoRo terminals and their online and mobile applications.

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The services will be operated on a highly secured infrastructure from FDJ’s datacenter, in line with the strongest security standards of the World Lottery Association (WLA) industry.

FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS offers customized managed trading services which combine technology integration, operations, consulting and expertise, specifically designed for lottery businesses.

We have selected FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS as a result of a competitive procurement process. We are confident that this project will be a long-term success for both parties.’ said Francisco GOMES, CIO & COO of LoRo.

After successful achievements in developing sports betting solutions for WLA operators, notably in France and Portugal, FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS are now working on a dynamic offer for its Swiss Romande partner; We are very happy to strengthen our partnership.’ said Xavier ETIENNE, FDJ Executive VP for Technology & International.

We firmly believe FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS are the ideal partner to support LoRo in establishing and securing a powerful betting business, compliant with our WLA DNA. They have already proven pedigree in creating high value with other WLA members and operators.’ added Jean-Luc MONER-BANET, Managing Director of LoRo and President of the WLA.

Thanks to our team of skilled international professionals, we build our operation on trust with our partners, taking also into consideration all the compliance, security and responsible gaming aspects’, added Pascal BLYAU, Development Director for FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS.

 

CONTACT:

 

FDJ

Cédric LHOTE

Head of International Marketing

Development

clhote@lfdj.com

FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS

LVS Ltd. UK office

Jean CHRISTOPHE

CEO LVS

jean.christophe@lvs.co.uk

FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS

Pascal BLYAU

Development Director

pblyau@lfdj.com

 

FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS is the brand under which operate FDJ’s B2B subsidiaries (LVS Ltd. & Lotsys). For more information please visit: www.fdj-gamingsolutions.com:

  • LVS Ltd., based in the UK, is a 100% subsidiary of FDJ, delivering modern and open sports betting and gaming solutions based on the Advanced Betting & Lottery Platform (ABP), which enables bets on any kind of sport and markets, live betting, multiple price lines on all digital and retail channels, state of the art risk management, cost efficient operation and has been extended to Toto pool games.
  • Lotsys SAS in France, is a 100% subsidiary of FDJ, delivering products, solutions and integration services to lotteries and betting operators. Lotsys has prestigious references from around the world and has already installed nearly 250,000 lottery terminals in partnership with Safran Morpho.
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Loterie Romande: Since 1937, Loterie Romande (LoRo) has been operating lottery games and sports betting to a 2 M population in the 6 French speaking cantons of Switzerland (Vaud, Fribourg, Valais, Neuchâtel, Genève et Jura).

LoRo provides 30 different scratch cards, including pillar games and seasonal tickets, lottery games such as Euro Millions and Loto, but also sports betting and horse racing. LoRo distributes 100% of its 216.8 M CHF profits to non-profit-making bodies and organizations across a broad spectrum such as social welfare, culture, sport, education and the environment.

 

FDJ (Française des Jeux) is ranked 4th lottery worldwide with 14.3 Bn EUR of sales in 2016.

FDJ offers lottery and sports betting to its 26+ million customers, providing secure and responsible entertainment. The group including its B2B subsidiaries LVS & Lotsys employs 2,130 people. FDJ distributes lottery and betting through a retail network of 32.000 points of sale and online to 1.3 M players. FDJ redistributed 95% of its gaming proceeds in 2016: ca. 9.5 Bn EUR winnings to the players, 3.1 Bn EUR to the community, and 0.7 Bn EUR to retailers.

SOURCE: FDJ GAMING SOLUTIONS – Press Release.

 

 

GAMSTOP Announced as the Brand Name for UK National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme

LONDON & BRUSSELS (June 1, 2017) -- The Remote Gambling Association (“the RGA”) announced today that GAMSTOP would be the name of the national online self-exclusion scheme which it agreed to design and implement to meet the aims of the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.

The Gambling (Advertising and Licensing) Act 2014 requires all remote gambling operators who wish to provide gambling facilities to the British market to be licensed by the Commission.

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The Act provides the framework for a national online self-exclusion scheme to be established because every operator is now subject to the Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.

GAMSTOP will therefore enable UK consumers to exclude themselves via a single website process from all online gambling operators that are licensed by the Gambling Commission. The website will also set out other measures that are available to help people manage their gambling and will signpost specialist advice and support services for those who might benefit from it.

Fiona Palmer, RGA Director of Social Responsibility, speaking on behalf of GAMSTOP said ‘We are at a very exciting stage in the development of GAMSTOP.

With the branding now established and process design well advanced, the focus in the coming months will be on technology integration and industry communication.

We are therefore confident that we will deliver self-exclusion on the truly national scale needed to assist consumers who need this kind of help to manage their gambling.’

Speaking on behalf of the Gambling Commission, Paul Hope, Programme Director said ‘The ability for consumers to exclude themselves from all online gambling with a single request will be a powerful tool for those that need it. We welcome the work the RGA is doing to develop GAMSTOP and look forward to it becoming available.’

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The RGA is a London & Brussels -based trade association whose members are all licensed for gambling purposes in Europe.

  • Further information about the RGA and a list of its members can all be found at www.rga.eu.com.
  • The aim is to have GAMSTOP fully implemented before the end of December 2017.
  • For more information about GAMSTOP contact: Fiona Palmer, Director of Social Responsibility at fpalmer@rga.eu.com

 

SOURCE: RGA media release.

 

 

Maryland Casinos Generate $136.5 Million in Revenue During May

MGM National Harbor tops $50 million for the second time

 BALTIMORE, Maryland (June 5, 2017) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced May 2017 revenue numbers for the state’s six casinos: Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County and MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County. Maryland’s casinos totaled $136,464,277 in revenue during May 2017 – an increase of $32,113,058, or 30.8%, compared to the May 2016 figure of $104,351,219.

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In a year-to-year comparison not including MGM National Harbor, which opened on Dec. 8, 2016, state-wide casino revenue in May 2017 decreased by $18,439,027, or 17.7%.

MGM National Harbor generated $50,552,085 from both slot machines and table games in May. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day in May at MGM National Harbor was: $273.10 for slot machines, $5,708.55 for banked table games and $1,403.19 for non-banked table games. MGM National Harbor operates 3,137 slot machines and 165 (126 banked and 39 non-banked) table games.

Maryland Live Casino totalled $45,890,411 from both slot machines and table games in May. Maryland Live’s gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $241.64 for slot machines, $3,144.97 for banked table games and $880.73 for non-banked table games. May 2017 revenue at Maryland Live decreased by $13,196,052, or 22.3%, from May 2016. Maryland Live Casino operates 3,980 slot machines and 202 (150 banked and 52 non-banked) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $23,594,950 from both slot machines and table games in May. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $184.25 for slot machines, $2,215.64 for banked table games and $729.61 for non-banked table games. Horseshoe Casino’s May 2017 revenue decreased by $5,198,534, or 18.1%, from May 2016. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 177 (152 banked and 25 non-banked) table games.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6,358,053 from both slot machines and table games in May. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $204.91 for slot machines, $2,406.17 for banked table games and $354.60 for non-banked table games. Hollywood Casino’s May 2017 revenue decreased by $540,354, or 7.8%, from May 2016.

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Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 846 slot machines and 20 (12 banked and 8 non-banked) table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $4,750,443 from both slot machines and table games in May. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $199.24 for slot machines and $1,244.53 for banked table games. This facility does not have non-banked table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s May 2017 revenue increased by $328,270, or 7.4%, from May 2016. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 662 slot machines and 17 table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $5,318,335 from slot machines in May, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $214.27. Casino at Ocean Downs’ May 2017 revenue increased by $167,642, or 3.3%, from May 2016. Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines and does not have table games.

Under Maryland law, casino revenue supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund as well as small-, minority- and women-owned businesses, local impact grants, local jurisdictions and the state’s horse racing industry. May 2017 contributions to the state from all six Maryland casinos and fiscal year-to-date totals are documented in the attached spreadsheets and available online.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming is responsible for oversight of the state’s casinos. In this role, the agency provides direction and guidance to its casino partners on financial, security, regulatory and licensing procedures for the facilities. To keep Marylanders informed and to maintain transparency of casino operations, monthly financial reports are posted on gaming.mdlottery.com. Maryland Lottery and Gaming reminds players to play responsibly and within their budget; resources are available at mdgamblinghelp.org or by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.

CONTACT: Carole Bober Gentry, 410-230-8725 (office), 410-365-6384 (cell), E: carole.gentry@maryland.gov.

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

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Kiron Interactive Agrees Veikkaus Deal

Virtual Games Provider’s Full Catalogue Available to Finnish Operator

LONDON, UK (June 6, 2017) -- Specialist virtuals provider Kiron Interactive has been selected as a virtual sports supplier to Finnish betting operator Veikkaus.

The deal will see Kiron’s full 17 virtual sports games portfolio, including its exclusive winter themed sports, Hockey Shots and Speed Skating, made available to Veikkaus’ land-based and online sports betting operations.

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Kiron was chosen by the government-owned Veikkaus, which has an exclusive betting licence on lotteries and sports betting in Finland, following a public tender process.

Steven Spartinos, CEO of Kiron Interactive, said: “We are always looking to expand our operations in regulated markets, and that’s exactly what we have done once again with Veikkaus.

This deal marks yet another step forward for Kiron Interactive and we are very eager to get started as we know our varied portfolio of games will prove popular in Finland – especially our winter titles.

Timo Kiiskinen, Senior Vice President of ICT, said: “Veikkaus is always looking to increase value for customers. We have analysed the market well and Kiron Interactive provides us with the best possible content for Finnish customers.

“Kiron’s tailored content, is sure to prove a big hit with our players as we look to offer them something fresh, new and of the highest quality.

About Kiron Interactive

Kiron Interactive, established in 2001, is a leading supplier of virtual games and gaming systems to the global gaming industry.

Kiron’s virtual gaming products have been successfully deployed across a number of distribution platforms including the internet, mobile, satellite broadcast, And WAN/LAN networked environments and gaming machines.

Using the latest animation and proven gaming systems, Kiron's solutions have grown to be the leaders in their field.

SOURCE:  Kiron Interactive.

 

 

EquiLottery Continues Kentucky Momentum with Ellis Park Agreement

LOUISVILLE, KY (June 5, 2017) -- EquiLottery and Ellis Park have entered into a broadcast rights agreement that will allow races from the Henderson, Kentucky racetrack to be utilized in conjunction with EquiLottery’s lottery game based on the results of live horse racing. This agreement marks the second such arrangement with a Kentucky racetrack and comes on the heels of a recent endorsement of the product from the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA).

I was first approached about this product six years ago when it was in a very early development stage,” said Ellis Park Owner and President Ron Geary. “As someone who has had business startup success, it’s exciting when you get to watch another entrepreneur take a seedling of an idea and turn it into a real, workable product, especially in your home state. Ellis Park is proud to stand with Brad Cummings and the entire EquiLottery team and we look forward to watching this exciting opportunity for horse racing come to fruition. With this product, we see nothing but upside for the racing industry in Kentucky and beyond.

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Ellis Park joins in-state racetrack Kentucky Downs along with Penn National’s Charles Town Races and Eldorado Resorts’ Mountaineer Park in West Virginia as early adopters of EquiLottery. As with other such agreements, Ellis Park will make their daily race video available for streaming through the EquiLottery mobile app in exchange for a broadcast rights fee. This fee will be split between the racetrack and purse funds.

It’s a real pleasure to be working with Ron and his team at Ellis Park,” said EquiLottery Founder and CEO Brad Cummings. “When starting a business in Kentucky, you quickly become aware of what Ron has done to help build successful businesses and create good-paying jobs in this state. So to have his backing as we build out the vision for EquiLottery is a great honor. Every day our momentum gets stronger and we get closer to delivering a product we believe will do great things for the sport of horse racing while being able to send more Kentucky students to Kentucky universities through a bevy of successful in-state scholarship programs.

Since its public announcement over the summer of 2014, EquiLottery has worked diligently to develop its lottery product based on the results of live horse racing. During that time, this innovative company has structured agreements with lottery industry leader IGT Global Solutions and tote system leader AmTote International to be able to deliver a cohesive lottery experience for state lotteries and their players. EquiLottery is also in development on its IOS and Android mobile app which will allow players features such as watching races live and on replay, scanning tickets and setting push notifications for upcoming races all from the convenience of their mobile devices.

CONTACT: Brad Cummings, T: (502) 644-1454, E: brad@equilottery.com.

SOURCE: EquiLottery.

 




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