Camelot Global Appoints Wayne Pickup as CEO
UNITED KINGDOM (November 21, 2017)
-- Camelot Global has today announced the appointment of Wayne Pickup as CEO
Designate of Camelot Global taking over from Nigel Railton who has been
appointed CEO of Camelot UK, operator of the UK National Lottery.
Wayne is currently the CEO of Lotto
New Zealand. He is expected to take on the role of CEO in the first half of
2018 once he has completed his existing commitments. Prior to joining Lotto New
Zealand in 2012, Wayne worked on the technology vendor side of the industry,
having spent four years at global gaming company, IGT.
Camelot Global is a leading lottery
operator, technology and professional services provider with a proven track
record of successful public-private partnerships around the world. Most
recently, Camelot Global was awarded a 10-year private management contract to
run the Illinois Lottery and launched a new online platform for Swiss operator,
Loterie Romande. Over the past few years, Camelot Global has also delivered an
ambitious transition programme in Ireland, on behalf of Premier Lotteries
Ireland, and is responsible for the Irish National Lottery online platform and
Bogdan Cenanovic, Chairman of
Camelot Global, commented: I would like to take this opportunity to
thank Nigel for his fantastic contribution over the last four years. Under his
leadership, we have made excellent progress in positioning Camelot Global as a
leader in digital lottery technology and services, with the recent contract in
Illinois being a key component for the companys future success. I would
like to wish Nigel all the very best in his new role.
At the same time, Im
very pleased to welcome Wayne to Camelot Global. Wayne has a great reputation
in the industry during his time at Lotto New Zealand, profits have grown
by around 50% and digital sales have increased by over 300%. Prior to that,
Wayne also worked in European, North American and Asia Pacific lottery markets.
Waynes experience will be invaluable to Camelot Globals future
CONTACT: Sarah Icken, Senior Media
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SOURCE: Camelot Global.
Australian Competition Tribunal Authorises Proposed Combination of
Tabcorp and Tatts
SYDNEY, Australia (November 17,
2017) -- Tabcorp Holdings Limited (Tabcorp) welcomes the decision of the
Australian Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) to grant authorisation for the
proposed combination (Transaction) of Tabcorp and Tatts Group Limited
The Tribunals decision to
grant authorisation for the Transaction represents a significant step towards
implementing the Transaction.
The Tribunal has decided to grant
authorisation in respect of Tabcorps new application for authorisation of
the Transaction (which was filed on 29 October 2017) and also in respect of
Tabcorps original application which was referred back to the Tribunal for
re-consideration by the Full Court of the Federal Court.
The Tribunal stated that the
Transaction is likely to result in substantial public benefits and that the
detriments identified by the other parties are unlikely to either arise or are
not otherwise material.
The Tribunal was satisfied in all
the circumstances that the proposed Transaction would result or would be likely
to result in such a benefit to the public that the acquisition should be
allowed to occur.
The Tribunals decision to
grant authorisation is subject to only one condition, being that Tabcorp must
divest its Odyssey Gaming Services (Odyssey) business in Queensland.
As announced on 18 April 2017,
Tabcorp has agreed to sell Odyssey to Australian National Hotels Pty Limited, a
subsidiary of Federal Group (subject to the Transaction becoming
The Tribunal will publish the
reasons for its decision on 22 November 2017.
The Scheme Meeting, at which Tatts
shareholders will vote on the Transaction, is scheduled to be held on 30
Tabcorp continues to work towards
implementing the Transaction prior to the end of the 2017 calendar year.
As previously announced, Tabcorp has
obtained all necessary State and Territory pre-implementation approvals in
relation to the Transaction.
SOURCE: Tabcorp Holdings
to Take Action on Unfair Terms Says Gambling Commission
BIRMINGHAM, UK (November 22, 2017)
-- Online gambling firms are being told to review the terms and conditions they
have in place before action is stepped up in the New Year to ensure consumers
are treated fairly.
This announcement comes as a result
of joint work with Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), into unfair terms
and misleading practices by online gambling businesses. The CMA has found that
many online gambling operators could be breaking consumer protection law,
through terms and conditions of bonus promotions that are not clear and
instances where they have restricted customer rights and ability to access
their own money and winnings.
In relation to promotional offers,
some of the concerns include (1):
- Restrictions on customers being able to withdraw
their deposit balance and any winnings generated from deposits.
- Consumers being unable to clearly distinguish
between play with the bonus balance and the deposit balance, in particular,
which balance they are about to play and the terms applicable.
- Promotion specific play restrictions (eg maximum
bet sizes, weighted wagering game requirements) which are not set out clearly
to consumers, reserve excessive discretion to the operator, and which can have
serious consequences for consumers, including the confiscation of deposits and
- Significant conditions in relation to promotions
are, more generally, not being provided to consumers in a clear, timely,
transparent, non-misleading and prominent manner.
- In relation to free bets, operators are not
honouring these, despite customers having already placed one or more qualifying
bets under the promotion.
- Terms which assume consumers have consented to the
use of any personal information (including their name) for promotional purposes
for the benefit of the operator.
Gambling Commission Executive
Director Sarah Gardner, said: It is of paramount importance that
consumers are empowered to make informed choices about their gambling and that
the information available about their rights is correct and clear to them.
The CMAs findings have
indicated that currently there is an imbalance between gambling firms and
consumers too often weighted in the favour of the operator. The CMA has
set out its concerns to the gambling industry this sets out clearly the
changes which online gambling operators need to make to ensure promotions and
practices are compliant with consumer protection law.
We have been making it clear to the
industry that they need to get their house in order on this. The CMA has now
set out clearly its concerns so there is no excuse for operators not to act
urgently in the interests of consumers. We plan to step up action in the New
Year to ensure that consumers are being treated fairly."
Sarah adds: Too often we have
found that the terms and conditions have been complicated, one-sided and
difficult to understand. Addressing this is a priority in our recently launched
strategy a roadmap for a fairer, and safer gambling market. Our work
over the next three years will include ensuring greater transparency from
gambling firms in the information they make available to their customers and
we'll be working with the industry to ensure that consumers can make decisions
about their gambling more confidently.
Speaking to gambling firms at the
Gambling Commissions annual Raising Standards conference yesterday, the
CMA gave advance warning of the changes operators are expected to make
following its investigation into a number of gambling businesses.
CMA presentation slides and view a video (below) of the
speech delivered at the conference.
The CMA will publish the findings
once enforcement activity into a number of gambling operators has
CONTACT our press office on 0121 230
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SOURCE: Gambling Commission.
Betfred.com Goes Live with Player-Favorite Scientific Games
LAS VEGAS and CHICAGO (November 20,
2017) -- SG Interactive, a division of Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:
SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company"), today announced that Petfre
(Gibraltar) Ltd. ("Betfred.com") has integrated Scientific Games' interactive
games portfolio on its Befred.com website, forging a new partnership that
brings SG Interactive's games to thousands of new players.
Betfred.com is now live with Rainbow
Riches Pick n' Mix, Rainbow Riches Free Spins, Rainbow Riches Reels of Gold,
Raging Rhino® and MONOPOLY Big Event®.
The launch coincides with a
promotional campaign, in which players gain one entry to win one of 162 cash
prizes totaling £10,000 for every £10 they wager on a Rainbow
Petfre will continue to launch SG
Interactive content on its Betfred.com website in the coming months, including
popular themes such as Zeus® III, Lucky Tree®, 88 Fortunes®, and
Betfred.com will also launch a
number of licensed titles, rounding out the offering with instantly
recognizable brands. The SG Interactive library also includes innovations such
as Big Bet, portrait mode gaming, and an unparalleled omni-channel
Russell Young, Commercial Director
at Betfred.com, said, "We're thrilled to announce the launch of SG
Interactive titles on our site. This will empower us to reach more players and
further expand our engaging content in the online gaming space."
Bob Hays, VP Commercial, B2B, for SG
Interactive said, "Our launch with Betfred.com signifies a fantastic new
partnership, complete with our unparalleled library of content. We're excited
to continue delivering great games from our four studios: Bally®,
Barcrest®, Shuffle Master®, and WMS®, to their players."
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reserved.All ® notices signify marks registered in the United States.
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About Scientific Games
Scientific Games Corporation
(NASDAQ: SGMS) is the global leader in technology-based gaming systems, table
games, table products and instant ticket games and a leader in products,
services and content for gaming, lottery and interactive markets. Scientific
Games delivers what customers and players value most: trusted security,
creative content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology. Today, we
offer customers a fully integrated portfolio of technology platforms, robust
systems, engaging content and unrivaled professional services. For more
information, please visit
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SOURCE: Scientific Games
Gives Players Chance to Get Closer to the Action with Its Latest Live Casino
Game - Mobile Standard Blackjack
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (November
17, 2017) -- From today NetEnt, the leading provider of digital gaming
solutions, offers players a more immersive mobile experience as the company
introduces its latest addition to the live casino portfolio with Mobile
Standard Blackjack, a mobile-first version of the table classic.
With HTML5 gameplay and unique touch
point table setup, NetEnt Live Mobile Standard Blackjack immerses players into
the heart of the casino environment - from the palm of their hand.
Thanks to the tables close
angle design, players are closer to the dealer and the action than ever before.
Their chips are simulated on the table, while upgraded streaming facilities
ensure all the action is captured in the highest visual quality.
Delivering a more tactile feel with
its re-designed betting flows, players will also be able to see all bets and
actions, while new features such as pre-decision and sidebets help to ensure
its the most immersive blackjack experience to date.
Henrik Fagerlund, Chief Product
Officer at NetEnt, said: We are now extending our mobile live casino
portfolio and are very excited with the results. Our mission is to develop the
players favorite mobile live casino, together with our customers.
Our team has designed the game
based on insights from real players, their needs and demands. Players can now
enjoy this game like ever before and were sure that with our custom-built
and optimised features, Mobile Standard Blackjack will be a successful addition
to our customers live casino offerings with unique opportunities to
strengthen every customers exclusive brand.
NetEnt AB (publ) is a leading
digital entertainment company, providing premium gaming solutions to the
worlds most successful online casino operators. Since its inception in
1996, NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the market with thrilling games
powered by their cutting-edge platform. With innovation at its core, NetEnt is
committed to helping customers stay ahead of the competition. NetEnt is listed
on Nasdaq Stockholm (NET-B), employs 900 people and has offices in Stockholm,
Malta, Kiev, Gothenburg, New Jersey, Krakow and Gibraltar.
SOURCE: NetEnt AB.
Fleurs Magazine Announces 2017 Fleurry Award Winners
ROCKVILLE, Maryland (November 20,
2017) -- La Fleurs Magazine announced the six lotteries which won La
Fleurs Magazine 2017 Fleurry Awards at its La Fleurs 2017 LotTECH
Connect conference in Austin, Texas. The six winning lotteries were California,
D.C., Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio and OLG.
The Fleurry award-winning ads were:
California Lottery (Dreams Start in Black), D.C. Lottery
(Neighborhoods), Georgia Lottery Corp. (Aunt Edith),
Louisiana Lottery (Powerball Millionaires Club), Ohio Lottery
(Headphones MaxThe Money) and Ontario Lottery & Gaming (OLG Winners
Around Every Corner-Carl).
There were entries from 42 North
American lotteries for the contest. The ads can be viewed online at
com.lafleurs.com/videos/. Lotteries could submit one television advertisement
for the contest.
The 2017 Fleurry contest represented
a record number of submissions by lotteries. The advertisements receiving the
top number of votes were the winners.
La Fleurs Magazine sent the
link to vote to its 5,500+ subscribers. The Fleurry Ad Peoples
Choice Awards originated in 2011. We were blown away by the
creativity and humor exhibited in this years Fleurry contest submissions.
We love organizing this competition because lotteries get to see what their
peers are doing. It is really an inspiration, said Terri Markle,
Publisher, La Fleurs Magazine. It is fascinating to watch what
is trending in lottery advertising.
SOURCE: La Fleurs
Realises Online Feature for e-Instants Lottery Product on
DORTMUND, Germany (November 20,
2017) -- adesso AG has realised a new online feature for its long-standing
customer, Sächsische Lotto GmbH or Sachsenlotto, for short. As of now,
lotto players on the platform www.sachsenlotto.de can also play an online
variant of the popular instant tickets. An innovation in internet distribution
for the lottery business.
The popular instant ticket segment
at lottery outlets ranges from 1-euro cards to 2 and 5-euro cards, right up to
premium "Platin 7 cards for 10 euros. adesso has now utilised technology
to take these four well-known instant tickets to the internet. This means that
lotto players can now also play the e-instants online according to a
consistent, guaranteed prize schedule.
The new digital gaming offer
provides lotto players with the opportunity to play regardless of lottery
outlet´s opening hours. More and more customers are now using the
interactive variant of the instant tickets on the website. adesso has developed
a solution that has been seamlessly integrated into Sachsenlottos
operating processes and existing systems.
At the same time, this lotto product
has been implemented on the internet sales channel in compliance with all
regulations, that is, in compliance with the law.
Mark Krannich, project manager at
adesso, says: "We have carried out the technical implementation of this
project for Sachsenlotto in line with the Responsible Gaming
guidelines. The player can trust that the e-instant ticket will work according
to the same criteria as the paper instant tickets sold at the
The new online product is one
component of the in|FOCUS 360 solution, Sachsenlottos direct customer
platform, which was implemented by adesso. In principle, the technological
realisation of the online scratch card feature will work for any lottery
operator and irrespective of existing system environments.
After the first few weeks of live
operations, Sachsenlotto managing director Siegfried Schenek is satisfied with
his new online product: "The start phase has shown us how well the new product
is being received by our customers. Our long-standing IT partner adesso has
developed a reliable addition to our internet sales channel.
adesso is one of the leading IT
service providers in the German-speaking area and focuses its consulting and
software development activities on the core business processes of companies and
public authorities. adessos strategy is based on three pillars: the deep
industry-specific know-how of its staff, the comprehensive expertise in
technology and the application of reliable methods in software implementation
projects. Following this approach, adesso develops superior IT solutions, which
enhance the competitive position of a company.
adesso was founded in Dortmund in
1997 and employs more than 2,600 members of staff. The share is listed on the
regulated market. Some of the most important customers are Allianz,
Commerzbank, Münchener Rück, Hannover Rück, Bosch, Union
Investment, Westdeutsche Lotterie, Swisslos, Zurich Versicherung, DEVK, DAK,
Medizinischer Dienst der Krankenversicherung (MDK-IT), DZR Deutsches
Zahnärztliches Rechenzentrum, TÜV Rheinland and Beschaffungsamt des
Bundesministeriums des Innern.
For additional information, please
SOURCE: adesso AG.
Camelot Appoints Nigel Railton as UK CEO
Operator Outlines Plan to
Return the National Lottery to Growth and Announces Half-Year Financial
UNITED KINGDOM (November 21, 2017)
-- Camelot UK Lotteries Limited (Camelot) has today announced that
Nigel Railton has been appointed as permanent CEO of the company, charged with
returning The National Lottery to growth. Camelot has reported total National
Lottery ticket sales of £3,280.4 million for the first half of the
2017/18 financial year a fall of 3.2% on last years first-half
performance but in line with the companys expectations.
Camelot has also provided an update
on the strategic review that it announced in June this year. The wide-ranging
review, which Nigel has been conducting on behalf of Camelots Board over
the summer, will enable the operator to get The National Lottery back into
growth and raising as much money as possible for Good Causes.
Jo Taylor, Chairman of Camelot,
said: I am delighted to see Nigel appointed as the CEO of Camelot UK.
He has a wealth of experience, a proven track record and is passionate about
the role that The National Lottery plays in society. He is also uniquely
qualified within the international lottery community, having been in a senior
management position for over 19 years, as a CEO and formerly in strategy and
leadership, the new executive team at Camelot has recently concluded a thorough
strategic review and designed a clear execution plan to put the business on a
path to responsible and sustainable growth.
Commenting on his appointment, Nigel
Railton said: Its a privilege to have been given the opportunity
to run Camelots UK business. As operator of The National Lottery,
were a company like no other a commercial organisation that raises
billions of pounds for the public good.
Coming off the back of last
years disappointing sales performance ¬ and in the face of the
very real threat posed by intensifying competition from the wider gambling
sector, which benefits from significant taxation advantages, and continuing
doubts over the economy I dont underestimate the challenge ahead
of us. It is going to take some time to turn things around.
However, given the areas
for improvement that weve identified during the strategic review,
Camelots impressive track record of success over the long term and the
first-class team that Ill be working with, I firmly believe that we have
an excellent platform to get The National Lottery back where it should be next
year in growth, creating more winners than ever before, and delivering
even more money for the millions of people and thousands of communities for
whom National Lottery funding is so crucial.
Subject to regulatory approval where
necessary, Camelots plan to return The National Lottery to growth will be
based on four main principles and will reflect the companys longstanding
commitment to responsible play and player protection. The four principles are:
improving its range of games; investing to enhance its retail offering;
upgrading its digital capabilities; and reinvigorating The National Lottery
An improved range of
- Camelot will make its games stand out from the
crowd and each other by positioning EuroMillions, Lotto and
Thunderball as distinct products, with prizes and prices to suit different
needs and pockets.
- Lotto is the UKs best-selling lottery game
but Camelot has listened to feedback from players and, in 2018, plans to make
changes to the game to give them a better winning experience. It is currently
testing a number of possible game options, all of which could be introduced
without needing to change either the price or number matrix.
- Camelot will introduce a Tuesday Thunderball draw
in the New Year to address the needs of players who value smaller, more
- Camelot will launch EuroMillions HotPicks a
variation on its popular Lotto HotPicks game in early 2018 to offer
further choice and value to players.
- Given the growing number of players who dream of
long-term financial security rather than big jackpots, Camelot will explore
ways of satisfying this demand with an annuity-style game.
- Camelot will modify its range of in-store and
online instant win games to give people greater choice and better access to the
games they really want to play.
An enhanced retail
- Camelots established network of 46,000 retail
partners throughout the UK ensures that The National Lottery is convenient to
- However, the retail landscape is constantly
changing, so Camelot will adapt its market presence to better reflect the
different ways in which people are shopping. Priorities include making National
Lottery games available at self-checkout, as well as in discounters whose
market share has grown considerably in recent years.
- Camelot will double the size of its sales force to
help it forge stronger relationships with its retail partners.
- Camelot will invest £20 million in retail
initiatives designed to boost levels of engagement and improve in-store
display, merchandising and game availability all of which will help
retailers to make the very most of having The National Lottery in their
An upgraded digital
- With over 10.5 million registered players,
www.national-lottery.co.uk is Europes largest online lottery in terms of
sales and one of the top e-commerce sites in the UK.
- The pace of change in digital, however, is
considerable and so Camelot will invest to ensure that it continually improves
the customer journey and experience with enhanced functionality to make playing
National Lottery games online as easy as possible.
- Following on from its recent launch of the full
version of The National Lottery App for Android instantly making
National Lottery games available to millions more smartphone users ¬
Camelot will continue to improve players mobile experience.
- Camelot will upgrade its CRM to keep pace with
improvements in customer marketing and personalisation to make its content more
useful, relevant and less intrusive.
- Camelot will continue to invest to make its digital
platforms even more robust and secure for players.
A reinvigorated National Lottery
- Since its launch, The National Lottery has become
part of the fabric of UK society but the unique role it plays has become less
evident in recent years. Camelot will change this by making The National
Lottery and its purpose far more relevant and visible.
- As part of this, Camelot will place greater
marketing emphasis on promoting a more unified and overarching National Lottery
- Working with the National Lottery Distribution
Bodies, Camelot will deliver a clear brand One National
Lottery with one voice to more effectively communicate the
uniqueness of The National Lottery and the life-changing good that it
- Camelot will continue to fulfil its mission to
ensure that lots of people play a little by making the best use of
the detailed player segmentation data it holds to attract the broadest player
- Camelot will continue to invest substantially in
player protection initiatives to meet the high standards expected of The
In tandem with todays
strategic review update, Camelot has announced that total National Lottery
ticket sales for the six months from 1 April to 23 September 2017 were
£3,280.4 million, a decrease of 3.2% on last years first-half
performance. During the period, Camelot generated direct returns for National
Lottery Good Causes of £746.6 million1, 4.7% lower than the corresponding
six months last year. The National Lottery has now delivered over £37
billion for Good Causes, enabling more than 525,000 individual awards to be
made across the UK the equivalent of around 185 life-changing projects
in every community.
Camelot awarded £1,861.8
million in prize money to players over the half-year, creating 144 new
millionaires in the process. The National Lottery has now awarded over
£65 billion in total prize money since launch and created more than 4,750
millionaires across its range of games. Combined with the Lottery Duty it pays
to the Government and the commission earned by its retail partners, Camelot
continues to return around 95% of all revenue back to winners and society.
Announcing the results, Nigel
Railton said: A fall in sales is never welcome but, as we announced in
June, we did anticipate a further sales decline this year so our
performance over the half-year is in line with expectations. Despite the
challenges weve faced, we succeeded in returning almost £2.6
billion to Good Causes and players in just six months underlining the
massive difference that The National Lottery continues to make to the lives of
people and communities throughout the UK.
Everyone at Camelot is
fully committed to ensuring that this success story continues, so Im
really encouraged that were now seeing early signs of improvement as a
result of what were doing and that gives us a great springboard to
return to growth next year.
(1) Figures do not include
investment returns on National Lottery balances, which are reported
For further information, please
CONTACT: Camelot Press Office: T: 020 7632 5711.
SOURCE: Camelot UK Lotteries
Lottería Chaqueña Trains It's Sales Network on
the On-Line Games Platform
ARGENTINA (November 20, 2017) --
Authorities of Lotería Chaqueña and the borrowing firm Ivisa
SA offered training to agents and subagents of the metropolitan area on the
operation of an online gaming platform, which has been subjected to a series of
pilot tests for its full implementation throughout the provincial
Attentive to the evolution
evidenced by the ludic market, mainly the irruption of new technologies, the
need to respond to the demands that arise in the field of gambling was
manifested," remarked the president of Lotería Chaqueña
during the day of training that was developed at the headquarters of the
Association of Agents and Sub-agents.
Brugnoli explained that state
intervention was motivated by the proliferation of online betting offers,
exploited by international companies that through diverse websites and
high-reach communication strategies managed to position themselves with
strength throughout the world.
"Today, anyone who has a computer
or a smartphone can play on these pages that are exploited by foreign companies
that do not tax in the country and much less in the Chaco," explained the
owner of Lotería Chaqueña.
Fight the illegal game
In view of this situation, the
Chaqueña Lottery Board began to design strategies for the implementation
of online games, in order to assume the full regulation of this market at the
local level. "There is a firm decision to combat all expression of illegal
gambling, since the only body authorized to regulate and exploit gambling in
the province is Lotería Chaqueña," Brugnoli stressed.
The first experience to advance with
the regulation of this illegal market was given by the creation of a website
that offers a wide range of on-line recreational products, regulated by
Lotería Chaqueña through its sales network.
That is why during the last weeks a
cycle of trainings began to the network of agents and subagents, tending to oil
the mechanisms of implementation of this novel tool, which will allow to give a
first and fundamental step forward in the control and regulation of a market in
frank development and expansion.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Receives Preliminary Study of Patrons Use
of PlayMyWay Program at Plainridge Park Casino
Analysis finds program
enrollment is mainly stable and associated with less gambling
BOSTON, Massachusetts ((November 21,
2017) -- Today, during a public meeting, the Cambridge Health Alliance,
Division on Addiction (CHA) presented the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC)
with a preliminary analysis of patrons use of the PlayMyWay (PMW) play
management system at Plainridge Park Casino (PPC).
CHA was contracted by MGC to provide
a comprehensive, independent, and objective analysis of the PMW test program to
determine its overall effectiveness. This report is part of a multi-year
research and evaluation agenda.
The research describes the initial
use patterns of PMW and provides a first look at how using PMW relates to
Launched on June 9, 2016, at PPC,
the PMW program is an innovative budgeting tool designed to allow customers the
ability to monitor the amount of money they spend on electronic gaming
machines, and to inform their decision to continue or stop play.
A first-of-its-kind initiative in
the United States, this pilot program is part of a comprehensive approach to
responsible gaming strategies implemented by the Gaming Commission.
PMW is intended to help players make
decisions about their gambling, allow them to monitor and understand their
gambling behavior in real time, and provide information to support their
The PMW program is one of the
several tools included in MGCs wide-ranging and unique responsible gaming
framework known as GameSense.
The preliminary study conducted by
CHA includes a basic epidemiology of Marquee Rewards Card gambling records that
provides sample characteristics, game characteristics, cash activity and
gambling activity information.
The PMW records provided CHA with
information about players budgets and notification activity.
Methodologies include the collection of de-identified player data.
Key findings include:
- Of the 101,024 Marquee Rewards® cardholders who
gambled at Plainridge Park Casino during the study period, 8.8% (8,856)
enrolled in PMW. CHA identified three primary groups of enrollees: 85.2% stable
(i.e., enrolled in PMW and remained enrolled in the program for the period of
this study); 1.3% erratic (i.e., enrolled, un-enrolled, and were enrolled in
PMW at the end of the study period); and 13.5% dropouts (i.e., enrolled in the
program, but at the end of the study period were un-enrolled from the program).
- PMW users had significantly more cash activity than
non-users on slot machines and electronic table games. For example, during the
entire study period, PMW users inserted significantly more cash into slot
machines than non-users (difference of means = $620.50, p < 0.01). They also
withdrew more funds than non-users (difference of means = $692.31, p <
- With respect to gambling activity, PMW users tended
to wager less money as well as lose less money per day compared to non-users.
Whereas the median PMW-user wagered $347.80 and lost $47.50 per day, their
non-user counterparts wagered $485.30 and lost $62.90.
- Overall, slightly less than two-thirds of all PMW
users (63.0%) never exceeded their budgets; just over one-third of all users
(37.0%) exceeded their budgets at least once during the study period.
- The vast majority of PMW users were from
Massachusetts (78.4%) and other New England states. The PMW users had an
average age of 54 and were significantly younger than the non-users. PMW and
non-users visited PPC an average of 6.5 and 6.8 times, respectively, during the
MGC Chairman Steve Crosby said,
Evaluation is a key component of any responsible gambling program to
ensure that objectives are initially met and most importantly remain effective.
I would like to commend Plainridge Park Casino for their extraordinary
commitment to the successful implementation of this pilot program and their
ongoing cooperation on this evaluation.
As part of our overall
responsible gaming strategy, we want casino patrons to have access to real-time
information that supports safe levels of play, said Mark Vander
Linden, MGCs Director of Research and Responsible Gaming. The
PlayMyWay program does not exist anywhere else in the country, and we are
encouraged by the preliminary study on its impact. The Commission can now make
data-driven decisions about how to improve its long-term effectiveness and
This test program is currently
offered to Marquee Rewards ® Card members at PPC. Marquee Rewards ®
players have the opportunity to enroll in the program at any slot machine,
GameSense Kiosk or at the GameSense Info Center located inside the casino. The
computerized program prompts cardholders to voluntarily choose a daily, weekly,
and/or monthly budget to track their spending at PPC. Once enrolled, patrons
receive automatic notifications as they approach 50% and 75% of their spent
budget. Players also receive a notification when they reach 100% of their
budget, and if they continue to play, they will receive notifications at 25%
intervals. This program is strictly voluntary and a player can un-enroll or
adjust the budget(s) at any time. A player also can choose to stop at any point
or keep playing.
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About Cambridge Health Alliance,
Division on Addiction
Cambridge Health Alliances
Division on Addiction strives to alleviate addiction-related social, medical,
and economic burdens through research, education, training, and outreach. It is
part of a community health system committed to providing high quality care in
Cambridge, Somerville and Bostons metro-north communities. CHA has
expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use
services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes
three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and
the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching
affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard
School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.
GameSense is an innovative and
comprehensive Responsible Gaming strategy adopted by the Massachusetts Gaming
Commission as part of its mission to encourage responsible play and mitigate
GameSense combines recommendations
on responsible gaming techniques with interactive tools and exhibits meant to
engage patrons at Massachusetts casino gaming facilities and online at
GameSenseMA.com. Each gaming establishment is required by statute to provide
on-site space (the GameSense Info Center) for player education. There, patrons
can learn about myths associated with gambling, the odds of the games they are
playing, take a break, and seek support from a GameSense Advisor. The
Commission is working with casino operators to ensure that responsible gaming
signage and information is available to direct patrons to the GameSense Info
The mission of the Massachusetts
Gaming Commission is to create a fair, transparent, and participatory process
for implementing the expanded gaming law passed by the Legislature and signed
by the Governor in November, 2011. In creating that process, the Commission
will strive to ensure that its decision-making and regulatory systems engender
the confidence of the public and participants, and that they provide the
greatest possible economic development benefits and revenues to the people of
the Commonwealth, reduce to the maximum extent possible the potentially
negative or unintended consequences of the new legislation, and allow an
appropriate return on investment for gaming providers that assures the
operation of casino-resorts of the highest quality. For more information on
MGC, please visit MassGaming.com or connect and share on Twitter
(@MassGamingComm) or Facebook
SOURCE: MGC Communications.
EveryMatrix Awarded Malta Gaming Licence for Greentube
MALTA (November 22, 2017) -- We are
thrilled to announce that EveryMatrix has been granted a Class 1 on 4 license
by the Malta Gaming Authority. This license gives our company the opportunity
to handle the distribution of Greentube games to its business partners
operating under Maltese jurisdiction.
Greentube, the global interactive
unit of NOVOMATIC, is a leading developer and supplier of RNG content. Besides
NOVOMATIC blue chip slots such as Book of Ra deluxe, Lucky Ladys Charm
deluxe, Sizzling Hot deluxe, a wide spectrum of the Greentubes casino
games portfolio is available via EveryMatrix casino platform as per the
agreement announced earlier this year.
Being now licensed in Malta,
our company will be able to fulfil the requests it has received for
Greentubes products in the best possible manner. The recent addition
EveryMatrix to fully support the
continuously growing demand for premium casino content. said Ebbe Groes,
The impressive Greentube game
portfolio is part of our CasinoEngine platform, the largest casino aggregator
in the world, integrating more than 60 gaming vendors delivering over 5,000
games that can be plugged remotely in external wallets via a single API, or as
part of an EveryMatrix turnkey solution.
CasinoEngine brings along a
wealth of content which permits operators to choose the best for their online
casinos. It can be directly integrated into client platforms and includes a 2nd
generation bonusing tool with unprecedented flexibility among many other
value-added services. By offering such a rich platform, EveryMatrix managed to
secure as clients established Maltese based companies like Tipico or Dragonara
Casino, along with other important operators such as Norsk Tipping, 188Bet UK,
and K8. added Ebbe Groes.
Today, EveryMatrix is a true B2B
company servicing over 70 diverse and growing set of clients. Our clients may
take the sports, casino and payment products with our front-end or they can
easily build their own, they can use our gaming platform or seamlessly
integrate our products into their own, and they can operate with our gaming
licences or use their own licences. EveryMatrix has a constant interest to
adapt and conform to the local regulatory frameworks in the European market
securing licences in several reputable jurisdictions, including the United
Kingdom, Malta, or Denmark.
SOURCE: EveryMatrix press
CasinoCoin Announce Move to New Blockchain
Technology upgrade will
better position cryptocurrency for further growth and adoption
ISLE of MAN (November 22, 2017)
CasinoCoin (CSC), the open source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency designed
specifically for the regulated online gambling industry, will initiate a
substantial upgrade to its current technology by moving onto a new blockchain
that better positions it as the cryptocurrency of choice for users and
There are several reasons behind the
move to the new CasinoCoin blockchain. Liquidity of the coin will be increased
from 40 million to 40 billion, allowing for greater scaling without the need to
fractionalise the coin.
Additionally, the new CasinoCoin
blockchain is more technologically advanced, based on the Ripple technology
infrastructure which has received institutional support from many of the
worlds leading banks. It features additional functionality including
faster transaction times, capable of processing up to 1,000 transactions per
John Caldwell, Director of Advocacy
for the non-profit Foundation supporting CasinoCoin growth, said: The
move to a new CasinoCoin blockchain will better position us to push forward
with our goal of becoming the cryptocurrency of choice for the regulated
gambling industry, and places us in line with current technology.
The past few months have been
spent putting a new team in place, raising awareness in the gambling industry
and now transferring CasinoCoin to a new, more robust blockchain.
We are confident that
CasinoCoin has the team and technology in place to have a truly transformative
impact on the regulated online gambling industry.
The move to the new blockchain will
be managed manually to ensure optimal security, and the transition to the new
blockchain, beginning at midday GMT on November 25, 2017 and completing at
midday GMT on February 14, 2018, will be executed with full transparency.
Anyone who is already in possession
of CasinoCoin should visit this page to learn more about how the blockchain
upgrade process will work. The CasinoCoin team will also be answering questions
on Reddit and Discord.
All CasinoCoin that are moved onto
the new blockchain will have their transaction IDs displayed on a web page to
prove those coins were moved during the process. Those coins not moved onto the
new blockchain by this date will be used by CasinoCoins non-profit
Foundation to support continued operations, marketing and development.
Last month, the non-profit
Foundation of CasinoCoin announced the appointment of several senior industry
professionals to its newly-established advisory board, including Lee Fenton,
CEO of Gamesys, Britt Boeskov, CPO of Kindred Group and Sam Hobcraft, CEO of
OPL Gaming Group.
CasinoCoin (Ticker: CSC) is a
cryptocurrency that is being continually developed, specifically with the
legal, regulated online gambling business in mind. In addition to world class
speed and scalability, CasinoCoin developers are currently working on features
that put operators and gambling customers first. KYC (Know your customer), AML
(Anti-money laundering), Responsible Gambling and other regulatory first
considerations have been built in to CSC at the technology level from the
French Regulator Reports Quarterly Review of the Online Gaming Market
- 3rd Quarter 2017
FRANCE (November 10, 2017) -- The
French regulator ARJEL
released its official report for the third quarter results last week.
The report showed a positive outcome
for Q3 with the market targeting its objectives and then some. The positive
results included several highlights with active tournament players up by 9%,
overall poker revenues increased 11% to Euro 58 million and cash game revenues
expressing a 5% gain, the best it s ever been in the last six or so
The market was also impressed with
its weekly active players. These figures were up by 26% to 301,000 active
players on a weekly basis. Predictions with the online poker pool remains
optimistic with France agreeing to enter with other regulated jurisdictions in
the European nation even though weekly active poker accounts were at an
all-time high with an 8% increase. The increase with poker accounts put a stop
to the last four quarter downslide.
French operators cut bonuses by
about 9% for Q3 which saves on marketing revenues while sports betting was up
by 23% to Euro 549,000. Sports betting revenues increased to Euro 106 million
with football claiming rights for 60% of those totals.
of the Online Gaming Market - 3rd Quarter 2017
American Gaming Association CEO Highlights Two-Track Strategy to
Legalized Sports Betting At National Conference
Ahead of Dec. 4 Supreme
Court oral arguments, AGAs Geoff Freeman details legal and legislative
paths to sports betting
WASHINGTON, DC (November 14, 2017)
-- American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman outlined
AGAs two-track strategy to a regulated sports betting market in the
United States today at the Sports Betting USA Conference in New York.
At the first-of-its-kind conference
in the United States, Freeman detailed AGAs strategy that sets its sights
on both the courts and Congress ahead of the December 4th oral arguments that
pit New Jersey against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act
(PASPA) legislation which currently bans full-fledged sports betting
AGA has long pursued a
two-track strategy as a pathway to legalized sports betting, said
Freeman. Working through the courts and through Congress, I am confident
we can overturn this failed federal ban and give American sports fans the
ability to legally wager on the teams they follow.
Last November, AGA filed an Amicus
brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to accept New Jerseys challenge
to PASPA. In September, AGA helped West Virginia recruit 19 other states to
sign onto a brief arguing the federal ban on sports betting was
In addition to the ongoing work in
the courts, AGA has continued to pursue its legislative strategy. This includes
educating members of Congress on the dangers of an illegal sports betting
market and the benefits of a regulated market, building and expanding a
broad-based coalition of supporters, and aligning key stakeholders who have a
critical role to play in a regulated sports betting market.
Prior to PASPAs 25th
anniversary at the end of October, the Washington Post released new polling
that shows a 55-percent majority approve of legalizing sports betting on
pro sporting events, a flip from almost a quarter century ago. According
to the Post, support for legalization is highest among those whove
placed a sports bet in the past five years (84 percent), and its nearly as high
among fans who have played in a fantasy sports league (79 percent), avid sports
fans (70 percent), men (63 percent), people with household incomes of $100,000
or more (61 percent) and pro football fans (60 percent). Theres little
partisan difference on the issue, with 52 percent of Republicans and 57 percent
of Democrats in support of legalizing sports gambling.
About AGA: 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 reinvestment.
SOURCE: American Gaming