Unveil Expanded Scope of New Product Offerings at NIGA 2019
LONDON, U.K. (March 25, 2019) --
International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) today announces that the
Company will showcase exciting new games and solutions from its vast product
portfolio at the 2019 Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention ("NIGA"), booth
1864, from April 3-4 in San Diego, Calif.
IGT will demonstrate its deep
commitment to tribal gaming customers with compelling innovations that enhance
casino play and drive results for operators. For the first time at NIGA, IGT
will present the full capabilities of its omni-channel PlayShot sports
betting platform. It will also feature the new IncrediBell! tournament
solution in NIGA's Charity Slot Tournament benefitting the Spirit of
"At NIGA we will reinforce our
commitment to tribal gaming customers by demonstrating how our expanded
portfolio of games, systems, and solutions is designed to propel growth,"
said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO North America. "Our tribal gaming partners
continually set a strong example for casino innovation, and we identify NIGA as
an opportunity to deliver a technology showcase with new games, hardware, and
exciting evolutions in our sports betting and tournament offerings."
Under the theme "Your Best Bet," IGT
will showcase the following product highlights within its NIGA booth:
IGT PlayShot sports betting
solution: Now powering sports betting at tribal, commercial, and
lottery-run casinos across six states, the turnkey PlayShot sports betting
solution underscores how tribal casino operators can partner with IGT to
capture opportunities within the rapidly evolving U.S. sports betting market
with market-ready technology. IGT will also demonstrate compelling new sports
betting technologies such as the PlayShot QuickBet sports betting
kiosk and the CrystalBetting Terminal.
Proven core content: NIGA
attendees can experience titles such as the Griffin's Throne and Fortune
Coin games, which have earned "Proven Performer" status in the
Company's performance testing process. The Company will also showcase new games
such as Coin O Mania and Golden Jungle Grand on the
CrystalCurve cabinet, and the Wild Pirates® game on
Legendary brands on proven
hardware: IGT will showcase the depth and breadth of its premium portfolio
with games inspired by top-tier licensed brands, such as the Wheel of
Fortune® Cash Link and Wheel of Fortune® 4D More Money games.
NIGA attendees will be invited to "Come on Down" and experience IGT's trio of
The Price is Right® games including The Price is Right Showcase Showdown on
the new Megatower Universal cabinet, The Price is Right on
CrystalCurve ULTRA hardware, and The Price is Right Plinko on the
CrystalDual+ Stepper cabinet. These games will share the floor with other
pop culture-inspired games such as Adam Levine Video Slots and American
Gods 4D at NIGA.
IGT will also display a range of
multi-level progressives for the CrystalCurve cabinet including the Star
Stax game and the recently launched Fortune Link game.
New Class II and CDS content and
hardware: NIGA will mark the world debut for IGT's large-format S3000®
XL cabinet for Class II content, premiering with the Red Rich Girl game.
Building on the success of Class III Proven Performer titles, the Company will
present Class II versions of games such as Fortune Coin and Wild Fury
Jackpots® on the CrystalCurve cabinet. Additionally, IGT will present
CDS-compatible offerings on the large-format Video XL gaming machine with
titles such as the Triple Fortune Dragon® and Dangerous Beauty® games.
Other CDS-compatible games on display will include Scarab and Wu Wang
Zhe on the CrystalDual 27 cabinet, and the Golden Jungle Grand game on
the CrystalCurve cabinet.
CrystalSlant Poker cabinet
and content: NIGA will serve as the trade show debut for the CrystalSlant
Poker gaming machine, offering a modern hardware solution for industry-leading
video poker themes such as Game King®, and new Keno games such as Ultimate
X Keno and Super Times Pay Keno.
Chill Gaming's Bloomtopia
and Fortunes of the Brave: IGT's NIGA booth will also include games
with social gaming and skill-based elements. Chill Gaming's Bloomtopia and
Fortunes of the Brave games reward players with monetary and non-monetary
awards. Bloomtopia enables players to enjoy a traditional slot game while
building and nurturing their own in-display garden. The Fortunes of the Brave
theme is a game of chance with elements of skill where players enjoy a
traditional video slots base game, and then engage in skill-based fantasy
battle features using a console gaming controller. Players can leverage the
games' unique player cards to store their in-game progress for future
Additional product highlights within
IGT's booth will include:
- IGT's Dynasty Electronic Table Games (ETG)
including live baccarat, blackjack, sic bo, and roulette. The Company will also
highlight its RNG offerings with Triple Zero Auto Roulette, baccarat, and the
new triple hand blackjack with expanded options for side bets.
- Low-denomination progressive spinning reel games on
the S3000 cabinet with titles such as the Dragon of Fortune and Red Hot
Tamales!® Jackpots games, plus content on the high-denomination S3000
cabinet, which includes player-favorite features such as the progressive
jackpot meter display, iconic stepper sounds, expanded pay tables and black
- Mobile systems innovations Cardless Connect®,
Resort Wallet and Mobile Intelligent Offer, and the M5 content delivery
solution, which seamlessly integrates into the ADVANTAGE casino management
system. IGT's M5 enables operators to leverage a game screen to deliver bonus
content and offer a variety of patron conveniences such as ordering a drink and
making hotel reservations.
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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 Digital
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.
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INTRALOT Announces Agreement with Gauselmann Group to take over
Sports Betting Provider Totolotek SA
ATHENS, Greece (March 26, 2019) --
The INTRALOT Group announces that it has reached an agreement with Merkur
Sportwetten GmbH, a subsidiary of the Gauselmann Group based in Espelkamp,
Germany to take over the renowned sports betting company Totolotek SA a
fully owned INTRALOT subsidiary in Poland. The share purchase agreement has
already been concluded and both parties are now awaiting merger clearance. With
this acquisition, the German company will enter the Polish market and thus
expand its presence in Europe. Soon Polish sports betting fans will be able to
place their bets under the sign of the well-known MERKUR sun: Merkur
Totolotek has been firmly
established in the Polish sports betting market for over 27 years and is one of
the top three omnichannel betting companies in Poland. It markets its wide
range of sports betting products through stationary trade at over 260
distribution points as well as online via its website and mobile app. Totolotek
currently has 560 employees.
We are delighted to have
gained a strong strategic partner with Merkur Sportwetten, and the Gauselmann
Group behind it. With its experience and financial strength as well as its
innovative products for stationary trade and the online and mobile sector, it
will help Totolotek achieve further growth, says Adam Lamentowicz,
CEO of Totolotek.
INTRALOTs strategy of disinvesting from its non-core markets and focusing
on the groups strategic markets, such as the USA, we are very glad we can
safeguard Totoloteks continued growth within the strong Gauselmann Group
and its European-market-focused sports-betting division Merkur Sportwetten. In
my view, this transaction will create value for all involved parties
Gauselmann, Totolotek and INTRALOT which was fundamentally important
from INTRALOTs point of view when deciding to proceed with this
transaction, explains Andreas Chryssos, CFO of INTRALOT Group,
summing up the acquisition of Totolotek by Merkur Sportwetten.
Sports betting is extremely
popular in Poland and for many football fans its an essential part of a
good match. The acquisition of Totolotek is an important part of our growth
strategy to open up the Polish market and thereby gain another core market in
Europe alongside Germany, Austria, Denmark and Belgium, explains Niko
Steinkrauß, CEO of Merkur Sportwetten.
INTRALOT, a public listed company
established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active
in 52 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With 1.1 billion turnover
and a global workforce of approximately 5,100 employees (3,100 of which in HQ
and subsidiaries and 2,000 in associates) in 2017, INTRALOT is an innovation
driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer
experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming
organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational
expertise. The company has designed a new ecosystem of holistic omni-channel
solutions across verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT) for Lotteries
digital transformation. INTRALOT has been awarded the prestigious WLA
Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association
(WLA) and the WLA certificate for the Security Control standard.
For more information please CONTACT:
Ms. Spyranda Anamouroglou, Corporate Communications Manager, Phone:
+30-2106156000, Fax: +30-2106106800, email:
SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).
Regulators, Commissioners, and Operators Benefit from GLIs 30 Years of
Expertise at NIGA 2019
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 25, 2019)
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has been a trusted
supporter of Tribal Gaming Regulatory Authorities in jurisdictions across the
United States for 30 years. Now at NIGA 2019, GLI will showcase how Class II
and Class III regulators, commissioners, and operators benefit from GLIs
expertise and services.
The company will be in booth #1722
at the show, discussing the many ways GLI helps tribes protect their
investments, ensure compliance, and prepare for the future. GLI experts will
discuss the companys multiple services for tribal operators, including
gaming floor audits and field inspections; accounting system audits and
inspections, bingo system audits and inspections; and kiosk testing and
We are humbled with the
trust tribal operators place in GLI, and we work hard every day to show our
dedication to this industry. We are fortunate that today regulators and
operators rely on GLI for Class II and Class III testing and related services
more than any other lab, said GLI Director of Client Services Michael
Beyond its lab and field services,
GLI has been supportive of Tribal charitable efforts. For example, GLI has been
a NIGA Associate member for more than 20 years, and the company is also a
long-time supporter of the Spirit of Sovereignty scholarship program.
Also exhibiting in GLIs booth
are compliance solutions from Kobetron. One solution is IRIS Online, which puts
the power of modern technology in the palm of your hand. IRIS Online provides
real time software status alerts, real time floor analysis, and machine floor
data, and letter and signature access.
The technologically advanced IRIS
Enterprise system saves regulators time and money in the compliance process.
IRIS Enterprise was specifically designed to manage slot floor business
processes by marrying slot department and gaming commission functions in one
system, giving users one easy window to manage, track and audit the gaming
Off the show floor, GLIs Vice
President of Government Relations & General Counsel Kevin Mullally will
participate on the panel, Responsible Gaming Initiatives: Keep
Our Gaming Healthy. The panel takes place April 2 at 11:00
Visit GLI in booth #1722 at NIGA and
discover how GLIs 30 years of expertise can benefit your operation.
About Gaming Laboratories
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery, and iGaming testing and
assessment services. 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. GLI also holds ISTBQ
certification. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.
CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice
President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220 or E:
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
Kentucky Lottery Sales on Record-Setting
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 22,
2019) -- In todays meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Corporations
board of directors, it was announced that both sales and net income were up
from the record-setting levels of the previous fiscal year.
Vice President and Corporate
Controller Maggie Garrison reported total sales through February were $722
million. This is $51.1 million (7.6%) more than the last fiscal year and $22.2
million (3.2%) ahead of budget.
There are a couple clear
indicators for this increase, said the Lotterys President and
CEO Tom Delacenserie.
The October Mega Millions
jackpot run really helped sales. Weve sold $48.4 million in that game,
which is 94.7% more than last year and 64.5% more than budgeted sales.
Weve also seen huge gains in our Scratch-off tickets, which are $32.3
million (8.3%) more than last year and $12.2 million (3%) ahead of
Delacenserie said the Scratch-off
numbers will continue on a growth trajectory, as the Lottery launched its
first-every $30 ticket in February.
Designed to coincide with the
Lotterys 30th birthday in April, the Break Fort Knox ticket went on sale
February 22nd. Based largely on interest in this new game, the lottery realized
Scratch-off sales that day of $8.77 million.
This shatters the previous one-day
sales record of $5.1 million, set on the very first day of modern lottery sales
in Kentucky (April 4, 1989).
Garrison also reported that net
income before transfer of dividends for the year stands at $188.3 million,
which is $14.5 million more than last year and $20.7 million ahead of
These are the dollars provided to
the Commonwealth to pay for college scholarship and grant programs funded by
In other business, the board
- An agreement with Smartplay International for draw
machine maintenance and repair;
- A contract renewal with Gaming Laboratories
International for lottery ball testing, random number generator evaluation and
- Contracts with Goldberg Simpson LLC and Valenti
Hanley PLLC for legal services;
- Contracts with Ellen Williams LLC and Akin Gump
Hauer & Felp LLP for government relations services;
- An increase to the approved FY19 capital budget by
$268,000 for new facilities construction, and;
- Rules and regulations for 6 scratch-off tickets, 8
Instant Play games and revised rules for two draw games.
The next meeting of the KLCs
board of directors will be June 14. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM EST, and
will be held at the KLC headquarters at 1011 West Main Street in Louisville.
The audit committee meeting will begin at 8:30 AM EST, as well as the
procurement committee at 9:00 AM EST.
For More Information CONTACT: Chip
Polston, Jennifer Cunningham or Sara Westerman (502) 560-1675.
SOURCE: Kentucky Lottery
of the State Treaty on Gambling: DSWV Demands Association
- Minimal reform of the prime ministers
does not solve structural problems
- State Treaty must be fundamentally
revised by 2021
- Demand for involvement of associations,
sports and science
BERLIN, Germany (March 21, 2019) --
After today's agreement of the Prime Ministers' Conference on the "Third State
Treaty on Gaming", the DSWV appeals to the federal states to immediately
continue the negotiations on a fundamental reform of German gambling regulation
and to involve associations, sports and science. DSWV President Mathias Dahms
sees in today's decision of the Prime Minister's Conference a first but
insufficient step to regulate the German sports betting market:
"The 3rd Amendment to the State
Treaty on Gaming is only a temporary measure for the short transitional period
until 2021. It does not solve the structural deficits of the State Treaty, but
gives the countries time to continue negotiating the urgently needed
modernization of German gambling law."
The Prime Minister's decision
provides for a new licensing procedure for sports bookmakers; the licenses will
be issued in early 2020 for the short period until June 2021.
However, the overly restrictive
rules of the state treaty remain in place: the popular live bet - about 60 to
70 percent of the market - is disproportionately restricted, flat-rate game
limits arbitrarily set. Dahms doubts that such a prohibitive regulation meets
the demands of a modern, digital society:
"In Germany there is a solid
sports betting market. Customers have clear expectations of their sports
betting product. If countries completely ignore social realities and customer
wishes, they run the risk of failing again with their regulation. Unattractive
conditions threaten to marginalize the offers licensed in Germany compared to
the black market."
From the point of view of Dahms, it
is urgently necessary for modern and appropriate regulation to involve the
industry associations concerned, organized sport, science and representatives
of consumer protection in an orderly procedure in the further process of
will-formation and reform:
"It is good democratic practice
and a requirement of transparent political decision-making to involve norm
addressees in the legislative process. The last association hearing on German
gambling regulation took place in May 2010. Since then, the gambling treaty has
only worked behind closed doors. We and many other associations are therefore
offering countries the opportunity to contribute our decades of expertise in a
cooperative and constructive manner in order to bring German gambling
regulation together to success."
About the German Sports Betting
The German Sports Betting
Association (DSWV) was founded in 2014 by the leading German and European
sports betting providers in Berlin and sees itself as a public contact,
especially for politics, sports and the media. All member companies have
licenses in EU member states and are seeking regulation and licensing for the
German market as well. Since 2012, they have paid around 2 billion euros in
sports betting taxes in Germany. Most members are also active as sponsors in
the German professional sport.
SOURCE: The German Sports Betting
Atlantic Lottery Finds Success in
MONCTON, NB (March 22, 2019) -- Like
any company offering consumer products, lotteries can get caught up in a rut.
New games may just be variations on old games that have no interest
to todays young adults. Whats a lottery to do to change the mindset
of product creation and game development?
How about staging a
These intense design sprints focus
on exploratory programming and attract bright young minds to think differently,
in an all-out effort to create functional products or services in a short
period of time. Teams are often made up of a mix of artists, graphic designers,
product or service designers, engineers, programmers and business people. The
Atlantic Lottery started using hackathons in the fall of 2016, partnering with
companies that focus on startup incubation to encourage innovation.
Hackathons are boiling with
ideas and are a great place to get your creative juices flowing, said
Michael Sandalis, Atlantic Lotterys Manager of Innovation Execution.
Atlantic Lottery is always looking for new ways to improve our
products and services, and we like to stay on the forefront of things, so this
type of partnership was a natural fit.
He explained that one of the biggest
benefits of hackathons for the Lottery is getting that outside perspective for
new game ideas. The young people participating virtually all are under
30 have a different viewpoint than those who have been in the industry
for a long time. They see problems from angles no one ever thought of before,
identifying where lotteries are falling short and where opportunities may lie.
At these events we actually get to interact with prospective customers
those young adults who havent played lottery. We hear their ideas
and their enthusiasm about where lottery should be going.
Sandalis is always thrilled when a
group is brought together and almost no one has played lottery before.
Thats so perfect, because thats why we do these
hackathons. During the introduction, some basic information about
lottery is provided, including some guidelines about social responsibility, but
thats pretty much it. We dont want to give them a ton of
constraints, because then they are just going to develop a numbers game that
gets drawn once a week!
Atlantic Lottery has held nine
hackathons to date. For the first eight, the Lottery partnered exclusively with
Volta Labs and held the events in Halifax. The most recent hackathon, conducted
in February, was the first to also include other locations in Atlantic Canada
in addition to Halifax the Lottery added partnerships with Venn
Innovation and Startup Zone for sites in New Brunswick and Prince Edward
Island, respectively. The three companies are all start-up incubators
helping new businesses with innovative ideas get established, offering
mentoring, and fundraising assistance and facility space, among other
The events are staged in one of two
ways. One is an intensive three-day weekend where participants come in and
build a solution to the challenge at hand. The other is spread out over a week,
allowing more time for thought and flexible scheduling.
Each hackathon has a specific theme,
and participants have been challenged to bring unique, innovative ideas in such
areas as e-sports, social lottery, and East Coast-specific products or
services. There was even a Scratch Ticket Design Jam to help design new instant
tickets. But Sandalis favourite concept was Space Lotto. The spaceman
image used and the idea of sending a remote device into space to run lotto
numbers was all about encouraging out-of-this-world ideas for bringing lottery
to new places or new spaces. It was hilarious, and we just wanted to
do something open, to get people really thinking about wacky, different
The three-province event in February
encouraged the development of a new digital instant game, and attracted 62
participants who made up more than 20 teams. For most of the single-location
events, there have been anywhere from 20 to 40 young adults participating
typically fairly equal numbers by gender. In addition to the thrill of
competition, the winners get cash the top three presentations in each
competition get prizes from CAD 1,500 to CAD 500. The grand prize winner across
provinces in February received an additional CAD 2,000. Mark Podrouzek, a
student at St. Marys University, was on the team that won that grand
prize, and he loves the events. You never know what is going to
happen. Part of the fun is the nature of doing something in such a short time.
I love how the crunch influences the creative process, and how the product
transforms from your initial idea.
There have been some very innovative
ideas presented at these hackathons; several are in various stages of testing
and there are other benefits as well. We have taken some of these early
ideas and played around with them they have influenced a lot of new
thinking, said Sandalis. When a specific idea looks promising, Atlantic
Lottery sends it on for further testing with the player panel managed by the
Lotterys research department.
We take the top concepts
from the hackathons and let our player panel evaluate them on our test site, to
see how they stack up with some of the other concepts that we are working
on. He explained that ultimately, a few game ideas whether
coming from the hackathons or from the Lotterys own team rise to
the top, and those go on for further development.
One hackathon idea that looked
interesting was an Emoji lottery, but the player panel dismissed it. The good
news is that even ideas that will never work in reality often provide unique
insights. The nuggets of those ideas infiltrate our minds, and we ask
ourselves, how can we put a lottery lens on that without ruining the
Clearly hackathons have provided
inspiration for Atlantic Lottery, and the next will likely come this summer.
While the theme has yet to be determined, something in the area of corporate
social responsibility may be ideal the topic comes up often when
hackathon participants learn what the lottery is all about. The
under-35 age group is very socially conscious, so ideas that help us find ways
to make Atlantic Canada a better place could be an ideal theme for a
SOURCE: Atlantic Lottery Corporation
via World Lottery Association.
Illinois Lottery Launches Player Education
Lottery seeks to
encourage smart and responsible play
CHICAGO, IL (March 26, 2019) -- The
Illinois Lottery today announced a new responsible gaming campaign to help
players make informed decisions about their lottery play. The March launch of
the campaign coincides with National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
The campaign is comprised of social
media posts, in-store messaging and paid advertising that drive players to new
online content housed on the Lotterys website, which features information
about how games work, common myths about playing the lottery and practical tips
for how to be smart when playing.
The campaign was developed in
response to recent independent research commissioned by the Lottery that
indicated most Illinois players scored high on the Positive Play
Scale, demonstrating that they engage in responsible behaviors and have a
good understanding of how to play responsibly.
The Positive Play Scale, developed
by Canadian research firm Gamres, is designed to measure the four key
components of positive gambling-related behaviours and beliefs: honesty and
control, how honest a player is with others about their gambling and how much
they feel in control of their behaviour; pre-commitment, the extent to which a
player considers how much money and time they should spend gambling; personal
responsibility, the extent to which a player believes they should take
ownership of their own behaviour; and gambling literacy, the extent to which a
player has an accurate understanding of the nature of gambling.
Based on a survey conducted last
summer, Illinois Lottery players scored lowest in gambling literacy, prompting
the Lottery to develop the new player education campaign.
Our goal is to integrate smart
play into every aspect of what we do, from retailer training and game design to
consumer research and player education, Illinois Lottery Acting Director
Harold Mays said. While the Gamres research indicates that our players
seem to be playing responsibly, the new campaign will help ensure our players
have the information they need to make informed decisions about playing the
The Illinois Lottery is one of five
U.S. lotteries certified to Level 3 by the World Lottery Association, the
second-highest level of responsible gaming certification. Working with Camelot
Illinois, the Illinois Lotterys private manager, the Lottery aims to
obtain Level 4 certification.
Sixty percent of Illinois
residents play the Lottery at least once every year, said Camelot
Illinois General Manager Colin Hadden. We want to educate all of
our players about responsible play so that playing the Lottery stays fun -
thats what this campaign is all about.
To learn more about the campaign,
please visit illinoislottery.com.
Advertisements to be placed in print
and digital media outlets
About the Illinois
Founded in 1974, the Illinois
Lottery has contributed over $20 billion (since 1985) to the states
Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of
millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like
Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research,
Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to
playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all
draw-based Illinois Lottery games at illinoislottery.com. Players must be at
least 18 years old.
About Camelot Illinois
Camelot Illinois is the new private
manager of the Illinois Lottery. In partnership with the state, Camelot
operates a modern lottery that truly benefits the people of Illinois. Camelot
is dedicated to working with transparency, integrity and responsibility to grow
the lottery and reinforce its rightful position as a force for good. The
companys innovative approach places consumers and social responsibility
at its core, providing funding for schools, capital projects and special
SOURCE: Illinois Lottery press
Reveals Four Out of Ten Italian Men (38.8%) Spend Their Money on Legal
Scratch and win the most
popular with 8 out of 10 preferring to play
ROMA, Italy (March 18, 2019) -- A
recent study of Italian men prepared by Eurispes (Institute of Political,
Economic and Social Studies) found the following:
Men: four out of ten spend money
The turnover of games in Italy has
exceeded 100 billion euros in 2017 according to the latest figures from the
AAMS. Alongside the purely playful and healthy aspects of the game, it is
necessary to point out the problem of addictive pathologies that are spreading
as a social problem aggravated by the development of illegal gaming circuits,
alongside the legalized ones.
About four men out of ten in Italy
(38.8%) spend their money on legal gambling: of these, 23.2% only play live,
12.4% only online and 12.4% participate on both circuits. On the other hand,
61.2% of men say they do not participate in games with cash prizes.
Worrying is the fact that the
highest percentages of those who claim to play are among the youngest: 45.9%
between 25 and 34 and 40.4% between 18 and 24 (in other age groups considered
the value never exceeds about 38%).
Scratch and win the most popular:
scratch 8 Italians out of 10
Among the legal games with cash
prizes the most widespread is the Scratch card, with only 16.9% of players who
say they never play, compared to about 83% of those who play there sometimes,
often or even always . Lotto and SuperEnalotto are also very popular (78.1%).
Less than half of gamblers have the habit of playing with Slot Machines / VLT
(41.6%), of participating in non-sports bets (35.2%), card games (32.4%) ,
Bingo (30.6%), horse racing bets (27.3%) and at the Casino (23.8%).
The youngest are confirmed as the
most assiduous participants in all types of games. Only 12.7% of 25-34 year
olds never play Scratch Cards and among the 18-24 year olds the percentage of
those who say they play often (42.1%) is much higher than average. The men
belonging to the first age group are also those who participate, more often
than the others, in all games with cash prizes, with a percentage of responses
that converge on "never" always less than 50% and much below below average. The
25-34 year-olds record the highest percentage for regular Slot Machines / VLT
players (2.6%), card games (7.7%), Bingo (5.2%) and horse racing / horse
betting (5 , 1%).
The mirage of winning and fun:
the combination that makes the gamer man
Investigating the motivations that
induce them to play, the hope of a big win (27.2%) ranks first, followed by the
search for "easy" money (24.3%) and the desire to have fun (22.3% ). 8% of men
play to keep themselves busy during their free time; 5% see the game as a way
to test their skills; 4.5% find excitement in the thrill of the game and 3.9%
play by family tradition; only 1.8% of players would like to win money to
donate it to those who need it, while 3% have different motivations from those
4 men out of 10 say they spent
too much to play and a quarter of the sample was forced to borrow
39.7% of the players happened to
have the feeling of spending too much playing: "sometimes" for 28.3%, "often"
for 11% and "always" for 0.4%.
Having the feeling of spending too
much time playing is instead the mood that most frequently involved the men
interviewed: sometimes less than one in three (32.4%), about one in ten often
and at 0.5% always, for a total of 42%.
Asking for money to borrow to play
is the situation in which there were fewer players (27.4%), although it must be
emphasized that this circumstance involved more than a quarter of the players'
The men of the South are the ones
who most frequently have the feeling of spending too much time playing: only
35.9% "never happened", 53.8% sometimes happens and one in ten always ;
followed by the islanders who say they have this feeling, even if with
different intensities, in 56.5% of the cases overall. Having the perception of
spending too much money on the game also involves the islands players (overall
65.2%) and the South (64.1%) with respect to the other geographical areas taken
The men from the North-West regions
are the ones who happened to ask for a loan more frequently to be able to play
(in all 32.9%) while the players of the Center have done less than the others
(83.3% "Never"), but it is in the South that we find the highest percentages of
those who ask for loans to play "often" (10.3%) and "always" (5.1%).
The opinion of players and
non-players. One in three men had direct or indirect experience of illegal
Compared to illegal gaming circuits,
65% of the total sample of men interviewed never learned about it, 27% knew it
but never took part, while 8% participated directly. In the South, illegal
gambling seems to be more widespread, with 31.5% of men aware of these circuits
but never took part in them and 11.8% who also participated.
Between players and non-players the
prevailing opinion is that the promotion by the State of the lawful and
responsible game is not a right conduct since also the licit game creates
dependence (26,8%) and involves in any case the risk of losing huge sums of
money (15.1%). On the contrary, some believe that it is a good way to
discourage illegal gambling (17.7%) and protect players (11.2%).
The social dangerousness of some
games with cash prizes is quite widespread: a "very" high level of social
dangerousness is attributed above all to Slot Machines (37.3%), followed by
online games (24.3%) and Bingo (20%), while the games considered at no risk by
a larger slice of the sample are Lotto and SuperEnalotto (17.6%).
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SOURCE: The Eurispes, Institute of
Political, Economic and Social Studies.
Authority Outlines Measures that Gambling Providers Must Take to Prevent
Gambling Addiction and to Adequately Protect Consumers
THE HAGUE (March 27, 2019) --
Responsible gambling, responsible gambling, is achieved by using the right
tools at the right times from a well-filled toolbox. The tools required depend
on the type of game of chance, the circumstances and the consumer in
That became clear during the first
information meeting on March 26, 2019 in Eindhoven about the Duty of Care
obligation, which can be responded to since March 12. In this document, the
Gaming Authority (Ksa) outlines the minimum necessary measures that gambling
providers must take to prevent gambling addiction and to adequately protect
The Betting and Gaming Act states
that gaming providers have a 'duty of care'.
In the Duty of Care Guideline (pdf,
321 kB) there are eleven measures, including explanatory notes, that gambling
providers can or must take depending on the gambling game that they offer. The
measures do not apply one to one for all gambling providers. That is because
one game of chance, for example a lottery, is less addictive than a game of
chance or a casino game. To illustrate: all gambling providers are obliged to
provide consumers with information about the game they offer in an appropriate
manner. All providers must also provide information about the risks associated
with the game offered. Another obligation that applies to all providers is
having an adequate complaints procedure. Other obligations, such as having a
comprehensive process to voluntarily (temporarily) exclude consumers from
The meeting in Eindhoven mainly had
an informative character. Questions were asked about how to implement the
measures. It turned out that gambling providers clearly see great personal
responsibility in preventing gambling addiction. One provider said he was busy
monitoring the visit to his arcade: about sixty percent of the visitors come
one-off, twenty percent come two or three times a month and twenty percent come
regularly. 'You know the latter category. You get most of your profit from that
group, but you also have to keep an eye on those people. They are most at risk.
Preventing people from becoming addicted to gambling is tailor-made, "according
to this provider.
With the Duty of Care Guideline, the
Ksa provides guidance to providers on how to fulfil their duty of care. There
were various reasons for drafting the document. The immediate reason is that
conversations with gambling providers showed that gambling providers fulfil
their duty of care in various ways. This is understandable, since the law
states that gambling providers have a duty of care, but do not make clear what
the duty of care entails. The market therefore asked the Ksa to provide
guidance on what the duty of care entails.
The Ksa is organizing four more
meetings in the coming two weeks (in Amsterdam, Zwolle, Utrecht and Rotterdam).
Ksa employees explain the Duty of Care Guideline during the meetings, market
parties and other parties involved can ask questions and make comments during
the meetings (see also Ksa tests document (Leidraad Zorgplicht) on how to
prevent gambling addiction ).
The Ksa ultimately determines the
Guidelines for Duty of Care after the consultation period. Until 22 April 2019
there is the possibility to respond to the draft version of the Duty of Care
Guideline via firstname.lastname@example.org . The responses that are given during
the five meetings in the country and the written responses that come in are
assessed and processed. After adoption, the Duty of Care Guideline is the
starting point for the supervision by the Ksa in the area of addiction
SOURCE: De Kansspelautoriteit.
gaming Companies Take a Great Risk if They Do Not Follow the Requirement for
Moderation in Gaming Advertising: Spelinspektionen
STRÄNGNÄS, Sweden (March
18, 2019) --There is currently an intensive debate on the amount of game
advertising and its content. Many people ask themselves what the law means by
the fact that the advertisement should be moderate and that this concept needs
to be clarified.
The term moderate will in the long
term be made clear by case law, but for those gaming companies who want to be
sure of following the law, the ambiguity is not a problem. In several cases,
the Swedish Consumer Agency has already taken a position on the issue of what
For example, in the
Swedish Consumer Agency's lawsuit filing submitted to the
Patent and Market Court last December, a number of factors are decisive for the
assessment of moderate advertising.
To continue with advertising that is
not moderate in anticipation of a judgment from the Patent and Market Court is
not risk-free for the gaming companies.
The Gaming Inspectorate's sanctions
are reverse-looking, which means that the Gaming Inspectorate can, with the
help of the Gaming Act, impose backward sanctions if it is established in the
Consumer Agency's supervision that a company has violated the moderation
In case of serious violations of the
game law, the license shall be revoked, or if it is deemed sufficient, the
warning shall be notified. A warning can be combined with a penalty fee.
A violation of the requirement of
moderation is typically considered to be serious. The sanction that may be
applicable in an individual case depends on several different factors, such as
how long the infringement has been going on.
The licensee's actions in the
supervisory matter of the Consumer Agency can also be of importance.
Lottery Monitoring System President Highlights Risks and Opportunities at the
LONDON, U.K. (March 21, 2019) --
GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, attended the "Betting on Football" Conference
on March 20-22 2018 in London, UK. Ludovico took part in two high level panels,
joining world-class betting experts in discussing the opportunities and risks
sports betting can bring about.
Being part of the panel "How
sports betting fits the traditional Lotteries portofolio", Ludovico
highlighted that sports betting constitutes a tremendous vehicle for innovation
and therefore a unique opportunity for customer acquisition, notably for
younger adults and millennials who would not be otherwise attracted by
traditional Lottery products.
He underlined that Lotteries are
best positioned to find a perfect balance between market needs and social
responsibility sticking to their commitment to society and the public in
general, which may differentiate them from other operators.
Sports betting has a very low level
of vulnerability when it comes to compulsive attitudes since it is driven by
passion for sport. He concluded that Lotteries and Sport have, in fact,
relevant common values such as responsibility, integrity, transparency,
reliability and fair play.
On Thursday, 21 March, Ludovico also
took part in the panel "Integrity - Too many cooks", in which, after
informing of the latest achievements of GLMS, he pointed out its value as a
global alliance of Lotteries to support public stakeholders in the process of
legalising sport betting sustainably.
GLMS, in fact, supports regulated,
responsible and sustainable betting market environments since bans have often
favoured the proliferation of black market, criminal orgs and match fixing.
Ludovico highlighted that GLMS has generated 681 alerts over the year 2018, 81
of which have been reported to GLMS partners and stakeholders, including sport
organisations, law enforcement and regulatory authorities.
He stressed that collective
responsibility and collective actions among stakeholders from different fields
is of the utmost importance for the effective fight against sport competition
manipulations and recalled that GLMS is also very active in education and
prevention activities to create a culture of integrity and social
Finally, once again he reminded the
importance of the quick entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on
Sport Competition Manipulations.
Calvi - together with Jari Vahanen (Veikkaus OY), Jens Nielsen (Danske Spil),
Stuart Godfree (Mikodo) - in the panel "How sports betting fits the traditional
GLMS General Secretary: email@example.com
Alexandrakis, GLMS Deputy General Secretary,
GLMS is the state lotteries
mutualized monitoring system on sports betting. It aims at detecting and
analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a
sport competition. Building on six years of experience with the establishment
in 2009 of ELMS with European Lotteries, GLMS went global in January 2015
extending the network to other continents. GLMS facilitates the sharing of
sports betting information as part of the collective efforts of its members in
ensuring sports integrity globally, and is dedicated to effective cooperation
with all key stakeholders: regulators, law enforcement authorities, sports
GLMS currently has 32 individual
Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria,
Loterie Nationale Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija Croatia, SAZKA
Czech Republic, Danske Spil Denmark, Veikkaus Finland, La
Française Des Jeux France, Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in
Bayern Germany, Opap SA Greece, Szerencsejatek
Hungary, Islenk Getspa Iceland, Israel Sports Betting Board
- Israel, Lottomatica Italy, Sisal Italy, Maltco
Lotteries Ltd Malta, Norsk Tipping Norway, Santa Casa De
Misericordia da Lisboa Portugal, STOLOTO Russia,
Sportna Loterija Slovenia, Svenska Spel Sweden,
Loterie Romande Switzerland, Swisslos Switzerland,
Nederlandse Loterij, the Netherlands, Hong Kong Jockey Club Hong
Kong, Singapore Pools Singapore, Ktoto Co South Korea,
China Sports Lottery China, Loto-Québec- Canada, Polla
Chilena de Beneficencia Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo
Uruguay, La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Morocco, Loterie Nationale
du Sénégal Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European
Lotteries Association and World Lottery Association).
GLMS has 2 associate Members:
Scientific Games International (SGI), INTRALOT.
SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring
System (GLMS), Website: www.glms-sport.org.
REPORT: ALEA Responsible Gaming Unit, Meeting in
Córdoba: a Participatory Instance of Exchange and
CÓRDOBA, Argentina (March 20,
2019) -- The President of the Coordinating Unit of Social Responsibility and
Responsible Gaming of ALEA (UCRSyJR), Dr. Raúl Quiroga, made a summary
of the issues addressed by the members of the Unit, on the day of March 15, in
the city of Cordova.
After a meeting between colleagues,
the predominant sensation was the satisfaction of the participants. In the
messages of thanks to the hosts, that feature that characterizes ALEA was
expressed. In this sense, one of the participants wrote, 'for more meetings
where we accompany each other and add to this journey that, although it is
particular in each institution, we do it collectively when we share and
exchange between us'.
A permanent cycle of
With the participation of
representatives of twelve provinces, the Glossary of Terms for RSE and for JR
was discussed at the beginning of the day. "In the specific part of JR we
agreed that some of its definitions were outdated and in the CSR we agreed to
use a general glossary in each province," said Quiroga, who highlighted the
participation of Contadora Silvia Ordoñez de Lotería de
Córdoba in this regard. In this topic, Ing. Teresita Benítez, of
the IAS of Formosa and President of the Commission of Informative Affairs of
ALEA, invited to contribute about this glossary. Benítez said that
Then, a review of the news of the
Responsible Gaming (JR) programs was made. Tierra del Fuego referred to its
self-excluded loading system and a self-exclusion regime whose contents have
been modified with reference to the Lotería de Córdoba
They also exhibited the lotteries of
Catamarca, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Province of Buenos Aires,
Corrientes, La Pampa and San Luis
From Catamarca, the technical staff
of the JR program requested the participation of the President of the Unit in
the training on the theme of the construction of Responsible Gaming Programs,
in the days to be held on April 11 and 12, as a tentative date.
San Luis, like Córdoba,
ratified its Training Day, with dates also to be confirmed. Likewise, tentative
dates were set for the next meetings of the Unit in Catamarca, San Luis and the
closing of the year in Tierra del Fuego, in order to achieve the participation
of most jurisdictions. The calendar was considered by the Board of Directors of
Caja Social de San Juan sent a note
communicating a meeting or day, while the Training Days were confirmed, for the
third year, of the Lotería de Córdoba.
Also, from Entre Ríos, they
discussed the progress made in reaffirming their professional work, described
the activities, talks for employees, etc., made for the last 17th of February,
International Day of Responsible Gaming. In addition, they continue working to
aspire to level 2 in JR before WLA ', summarized Quiroga.
The San Luis and Lotería
teams of the Province of Buenos Aires made contributions explaining their tasks
and, LOTBA, announced on April 25 a federal day that will have the sponsorship
of ALEA, in which they will present speakers of great interest, like Sandra
Conde, from La Montevideana in Uruguay, among others.
Different responsible gaming teams
of ALEA member lotteries will participate in the APSA Psychiatric Congress, in
Mar del Plata, which will take place from April 24 to 27, in which, among
others, Dr. Quiroga and Dr will participate as speakers. Susana Calero This
event will also have a very prominent international presence. Finally, the idea
was to raise the possibility of developing research parameters in the different
lotteries and to promote the use of the tools of the other jurisdictions,
always indicating their origin or authorship.
In sum, an intense year of work in
the area of SR was initiated and will continue in the next quarterly meeting of
the institutional calendar.
SOURCE: la Asociación de
Loterías Estatales de Argentina (ALEA).
Registration for APLA/WLA Seminar 15 - 18 April 2019 in Danang,
Vietnam is Now Open!
Dear friends of APLA
We are pleased to announce that the
Registration for the 2019 APLA/WLA Seminar is now open!
The details for this event are as
- Date: 15 18 April 2019 (Business Program on
16 17 April)
- Venue: Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa,
- Theme: Lotteries in the digital world -
Disintermediation, Disruption or Transformation
This Seminar is being hosted and
organized by both Singapore Pools Private Limited and Vietnam Lottery
(Vietlott). You can expect a very exciting business program line up and an
interesting experiential social program specially recommended by Vietlott.
A renowned industry leader Mr. Tim
Kobe (Founder of Eight Inc,), who is popularly known as the visionary behind
Apples iconic stores has been specially invited to be our Keynote
Speaker. To quote an article, Kobe believes that studying the humanities
can help build empathy. A lack of empathy often goes hand-in-hand with a lack
of awareness about the human experience that a particular piece of technology
creates, which will restrict its widespread adoption, thus preventing true
innovation. Tech companies and products, even entire countries, Kobe said, need
to be designed with human experience in mind.
Various Industry experts will also
present on how we can captivate and reach out to the Digital Natives via
channels that are pervasive to them.
Panelists comprising of
representatives from WLA and APLA will also present on how digitalization have
brought forth both opportunities and challenges to the Lottery industry.
We hope you will take home nuggets
of knowledge and updates and embark onto your own Organisations
transformational journey if you have not already started.
The Networking day will take us to
Ba Na Hills, an area founded by the French colonials at 1919 and only lately,
investors have transformed this whole place which is now referred to as the
climate pearl of Vietnam. It's located 1487m above the ground and
boasts of chiller weather and fresh air.
Check out the
ebrochure and also keep checking the APLA website for more
Do hurry and register and as they
say, Early Bird catches the worm
N.B. It is important to note that
for the Hotel booking link, you can only book for nights from 15th to 18th
April. If you need to arrive before 15th or stay past 18th, you will need to
email to the hotel to request the room booking extension, the special room
rates are valid from 12th to 21st April.
See you all in Danang.
Beh Swan Swan
APLA Secretariat Administrator