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Vol. 58 No.4 - Monday January 23, 2012


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  • GTECH Signs Long-Term Contract Extension with Grupo Empresarial En Linea S.A. Full Story.
  • .INTRALOT Extends Its Cooperation with Lotterywest in WA. Full Story.
  • Lottery Reaches $13 Billion Mark For Education. Full Story.
  • Jumbo Interactive Eyes US$56 billion U.S. Lottery Market with Landmark Ruling. Full Story.
  • JAXX SE Planning To Sell Off Its Lottery Business. Full Story.
  • Dept of Veteran Affairs receives Initial Contribution from Lottery for Raffle. Full Story.
  • Lottery Studio to Host National Powerball® Drawings. Full Story.
  • GLI Test Labs Canada Becomes WLA SCS Certification Service Entity. Full Story.
  • Bally Tech Names Stelios Tsapatos as New Director of Game Sales.Full Story.
  • International Sports Movement Commits To Defending The Integrity Of Competitions Globally. Full Story.
  • IGT To Acquire Social Gaming Company Double Down Interactive. Full Story.
  • Aristocrat New Game Feature - Wonder 4™. Full Story.
  • Ladbrokes Signs to Acquire US Sportsbook Supplier Stadium Technology. Full Story.
  • New chairman for Microgaming Network Management Board. Full Story.
  • Mylotto Players Win a Combined Total $17.6 Million in 2011. Full Story.
  • Victor Chandler To Rebrand As Betvictor In The UK. Full Story.



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Lottomatica Group Subsidiary GTECH Corporation Signs Long-Term Contract Extension with Grupo Empresarial En Linea S.A. ("gelsa") in Colombia to Continue Providing Online Lottery Technology and Commercial Services

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ROME, Italy and PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (US) (January 17, 2012) – Lottomatica Group S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary GTECH Corporation has signed a five-and-a-half year contract extension with Grupo Empresarial en Linea S.A. (GELSA), to continue providing online lottery technology and commercial services in Colombia. GTECH has been the lottery technology and services provider to GELSA since 2002.

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GTECH Vice President of Latin America Erik Dyson said, "This contract extension with GELSA represents a great partnership for GTECH in Colombia. GELSA is the largest privately-owned "Chance? gaming company in the country, and we are pleased to continue our successful relationship with them. Over the next several years, we will work even more closely with GELSA to further develop the gaming market in Colombia."

"A decade ago, GTECH and GELSA joined together to officially launch "apuestas permanentes? (Chance), utilizing GTECH?s technology. In addition to selling Chance, we are now taking the first step to introduce additional products and services, not only to serve the local market but also the larger Colombian market, and in the not too distant future, the international market," said GELSA General Director Elkin Alonso Castaño Ramirez.

"We believe that in this new stage, and with the excellent relationship between the two organizations, we will become the leading online and real-time numbers games firm, further expand into commercial services, and have the largest privately-owned distribution network throughout Colombia."

In November 2011, GELSA signed an agreement to continue as concessionaire for Lotería de Bogotá for the Chance game in Bogotá and the State of Cundinamarca through April 19, 2017.

Under the terms of the contract extension, GTECH will continue providing lottery products and services under an integrated services arrangement, including the operation and maintenance of the central system; maintenance of the terminals and communications network; hotline management; and field services in Bogota and municipalities around the State of Cundinamarca.

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Currently, GTECH operates 2,700 terminals for GELSA, which will grow to 3,500 terminals over the next several months, and will continue to offer games including Chance Pagatodo, GELSA's proprietary brand for Chance; Baloto, the lotto game operated by GTECH on behalf of government entity, ETESA en liquidacion; and commercial services such as bill payments, wire transfers, mobile phone top-ups, and social security payments.

About Lottomatica Group

Lottomatica Group is a market leader in the Italian gaming industry and one of the largest Lottery operators in the world based on total wagers and, through its subsidiaries including GTECH Corporation, is a leading provider of lottery and gaming technology solutions worldwide. Together, the companies are the only vertically integrated full service lottery group. Lottomatica Group is majority owned by De Agostini, which belongs to a century-old publishing and media services group. Lottomatica is listed on the Stock Exchange of Milan under the trading symbol "LTO." In 2010, Lottomatica Group had €2.3 billion in revenues and approximately 7,700 employees in approximately 60 countries.

 

For further information:

 

Robert K. Vincent

Lottomatica Group S.p.A.

Corporate Communications

T. (+1) 401 3927452

Simone Cantagallo

Lottomatica Group S.p.A.

Media Communications

T. (+39) 06 51899030

 

 

INTRALOT Extends Its Cooperation with Lotterywest in Western Australia

ATHENS, Greece (January 15, 2012) -- INTRALOT announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, INTRALOT Australia Pty Ltd., has signed a 3-year contract extension with the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia (Lotterywest). Under the new contract, the current arrangement that would expire in 2013 will now extend until 2016.

INTRALOT will be responsible for the supply, ongoing maintenance and on-site support of Lotterywest’s integrated Gaming System, which is comprised of INTRALOT’s open architecture solution LOTOS O/S™, the CORONIS™ family of Terminals (CORONIS™ HEE and CORONIS™ Ticket Checker) and INTRALOT’s pioneering gaming platform B-On™ enabling Internet sales for the full range of Lotterywest’s on-line games.

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Mrs. Jan Stewart, Lotterywest CEO, commented: "We are delighted to continue our successful and well established cooperation with INTRALOT. During the last 5 years INTRALOT has supported our goals to continue to operate a lottery that offer to the people of Western Australia exciting gaming experiences with absolute security and credibility and which will support our vision of being a leader in building our community. We are confident that in the next years our partnership with INTRALOT will be as successful helping us to increase our contribution and support to the many Western Australian community organisations as well as health services, the arts and sporting organisations".

INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Constantinos Antonopoulos, stated: “We welcome Lotterywest’s decision to extend our cooperation, a result of our commitment to steadily offer to our customers high quality services and cutting-edge products that assist them to meet their business goals. Thanks to our international know how and expertise, as well as our Australian team’s dedication and hard work, we have worked in partnership with the executive team and staff at Lotterywest to provide fully integrated services. We are now looking forward to continuing this excellent cooperation and achieve even more positive results in the years to come”.

About INTRALOT (www.intralot.com)

INTRALOT, a public listed company, is the leading supplier of integrated gaming and transaction processing systems, innovative game content, sports betting management and interactive gaming services to state-licensed gaming organizations worldwide. Its broad portfolio of products & services, its know-how of Lottery, Betting, Racing & Video Lottery operations and its leading-edge technology, give INTRALOT a competitive advantage which contributes directly to customers’ efficiency, profitability and growth. With presence in more than 53 countries, with approximately 5.400 people and revenues of €1.1 billion for 2010, INTRALOT has established its presence on all 5 continents.

For more information CONTACT: Ms Persa Kartsoli, Head of Corporate Affairs, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: kartsoli@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

 

Georgia Lottery Reaches $13 Billion Mark For Education

ATLANTA, Georgia (January 17, 2012) -- Georgia Lottery Corp. officials today announced an increase in profits for the first half of fiscal year 2012. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfer to the Lottery for Education Account brings the total raised for educational programs in the state of Georgia to more than $13 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

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 Georgia Lottery proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2012 reached $418,534,000, more than $7.4 million ahead of the first half of fiscal year 2011.

Although we continue to face tremendous challenges, including the current economic climate and soaring gas prices, our team is completely dedicated to our mission of maximizing revenues for education in Georgia,” said Margaret DeFrancisco, president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery. “We continue to introduce new games as an entertainment option for our players, and we are exploring ways to keep our existing mix of games fresh and exciting for players.”

The first half of the Georgia Lottery’s fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2011, to December 31, 2011.

About Georgia Lottery Corp.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.1 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.3 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

CONTACT: Tandi Reddick, Media Relations Manager, Georgia Lottery Corp., (404) 215-5062 office, (404) 323-4644 cell, Email: treddick@galottery.org.

Follow Media Relations at: www.twitter.com/GALotteryPRpros.

SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.

 

 

Jumbo Interactive Eyes US$56 billion U.S. Lottery Market with Landmark Ruling

USA Gives Green Light To Internet Lottery Sales

  • Landmark USA ruling gives green light for Internet lottery sales
  • Jumbo appoints two senior US-based lottery executives to assist in securing contracts with state lottery operators.
  • Issues two lots of 500,000 3-year 70c options as incentive.
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TOOWONG, Queensland, Australia (January 17, 2012) -- Leading interactive lottery business, Jumbo Interactive (ASX: JIN), is pleased to announce the appointment of two senior US-based lottery executives to assist in the Company’s efforts to play an integral role in the US$56 billion US lottery market after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently gave the green light for Internet lottery sales.

Jumbo began working with US state lotteries in 2009 in anticipation of the US Department of Justice eventually clarifying the Wire Act and effectively giving US state lotteries the green light for Internet lottery sales,” said Mr. Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo.

With over 11 years experience growing lottery sales in Australia via the Internet and proven in-house technology, Jumbo is well placed to work with state lotteries and expand into the US$56 billion lottery market,” he said.

Jumbo has appointed Mr. Brian Roberts and Mr. John Carson to its team dedicated to working with North and South American lotteries. Both have over 20 years experience in American lottery markets and both believe Jumbo is well placed to sign contracts with lottery operators. Mr. Roberts and Mr. Carson have each been issued with 500,000 3-year 70c options contingent on Jumbo signing a contract with a lottery operator on terms acceptable to Jumbo. Mr. Roberts is specifically focusing on North American markets while Mr. Carson is focusing on Central and South American markets.

The US Department of Justice gives the green light

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On 23 December 2011, the DOJ declared that the prohibitions in the Wire Act do not apply to lotteries and apply specifically to sports betting. The 1961 Wire Act has historically been interpreted as prohibiting interstate transmission of bets by wire (telephone and Internet) but has been unclear in relation to lotteries over the Internet. The recent clarification was in response to queries raised by the New York and Illinois state lotteries. Expanding lotteries onto the Internet is widely seen as an effective way to help states increase revenues and reduce budget deficits. Of the 43 US states that offer lotteries, 26 saw revenue growth with total sales up 3% to US$56 billion according to lottery research firm, LaFleurs.

The Jumbo Competitive Offering

Jumbo is well placed to work with American lotteries because of its extensive 11 years of experience in the field as well as its proven technology on display at www.ozlotteries.com.

In 2000, Jumbo sold its first lottery ticket on the Internet and has accumulated vast experience in Internet security, marketing, industrial relations and partnerships.

This is in addition to traditional lottery sales via in-store computer terminals developed by Jumbo dating back to 1984.

The technology used to manage Internet sales has been in constant in-house development since 2000 and provides a very high standard of customer security, smartphone compatibility and customer loyalty solutions. The web-based system integrates with land-based retailers offering an internet solution to traditional retailers planning to embrace the internet.

Jumbo has also been accumulating and building a portfolio of Internet properties designed to attract new lottery customers and build brand loyalty similar to traditional retailers. The most visible of these properties is www.lotteryresults.com, a US-focused website with comprehensive lottery results information and ultimately, the ability to purchase tickets online.

About Jumbo Interactive

The Company recently announced profit guidance that predicted revenue in the range $44 to $48 million and Net Profit After Tax in the range $2.9 to $3.4 million for the 6 month period to December 2011. Full year results for FY2011 included revenue $76 million and Net Profit After Tax $4.8 million. A fully franked 1.0c dividend was paid for that year.

OzLotteries.com plays an important role in the Australian lottery industry with over $17 million in additional State Government revenue raised from sales in 2011 and $15 million in 2010.

Jumbo has signed Internet-based lottery agreements with the Tatts Group, NSW Lotteries Corporation (now owned by the Tatts Group) and recently with SA Lotteries.

Jumbo has proven its ability to open up new lottery markets with its innovative technology and Internet marketing initiatives that have brought lotteries to new demographics via the Internet.

For further information CONTACT: Mike Veverka, CEO and Executive Director, Ph: 07 3831 3705.

 

 

JAXX SE Planning To Sell Off Its Lottery Business

  • Target price EUR 12.5 million
  • Transaction to be completed by end of February
  • Consistent focus on the myBet brand with the products sports betting, casino and poker

KIEL, Germany (January 19, 2012) -- The Kiel-based company JAXX SE today announced ad hoc that it has entered into firm negotiations on the disposal of its Lotteries segment. The listed company says it is planning to sell the investment holdings and assets of its lottery business to a group of investors for a price of EUR 12.5 million. A corresponding provisional agreement was signed today between the Management Board of JAXX SE and the group of investors.

The lottery operations, which comprise the companies JAXX GmbH (Hamburg), JAXX GmbH (Lustenau, Austria), Vendo Spielsysteme GmbH (Lustenau, Austria), fluxx.com Telewette GmbH (Hamburg), JAXX UK Ltd. (London, GB) as well as certain assets of other group companies, are to be sold to the group of investors with economic effect from January 1, 2012. The transaction is to be completed by the end of February 2012.

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The sale also includes the JAXX domains, JAXX brands and rights relating to the name JAXX, though the change in the name of the disposing parent company JAXX SE is subject to the approval of its Shareholders' Meeting. Spanish lottery business, which is operated by the 70 percent owned subsidiary DIGIDIS S.L., Madrid, is not part of the transaction.

To ensure the smooth handover of business operations, various services such as payments, customer service and IT support will continue to be provided by companies that are part of the group. JAXX SE will thus still share in the future business development of lottery products.

The decision to sell off lottery agency business is based on the group's desire to focus on the business areas of sports betting, casino and poker, which are largely carried by the myBet brand.

'The disposal of lottery business is the logical consequence of our decision to focus on betting business and the myBet brand, which we took at the end of 2010,' explained Mathias Dahms, Management Board spokesman of JAXX SE. 'The opening up of markets throughout Europe offers us excellent growth opportunities - above all for sports betting in Germany. On the other hand the lottery market will continue to struggle for as long as the state maintains its monopoly.'

About JAXX:

JAXX SE, listed in the Prime Standard of Deutsche Börse, is a financial holding company with holdings in international companies in the gaming industry. JAXX currently holds interests in companies in Germany, the UK, Spain, Austria, Malta and Belgium. JAXX SE has its headquarters in Kiel. The holding companies cover the entire spectrum of the games and gambling industry. Depending on national regulatory structures, they broker or market sports and horse betting, lotteries, and casino and poker games. The shares of JAXX SE have been traded at Deutsche Börse since 1999 under ISIN DE000A0JRU67.

CONTACT: JAXX SE, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Stefan Zenker, Tel. +49 (40) 85 37 88 47, Fax +49 (40) 85 37 88 30. Mail: stefan.zenker@jaxx.com

SOURCE: JAXX SE.

 

 

State Department of Veteran Affairs receives Initial Contribution from Washington’s Lottery for the Hometown Heroes Raffle

OLYMPIA, Washington (January 13, 2012) --Today, Washington’s Lottery announced that it will give the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) $150,000 from sales amassed by the inaugural Hometown Heroes Raffle.

Last September, Washington’s Lottery and the WDVA partnered to launch the first annual Hometown Heroes Raffle supporting veterans across the state.

The $10 raffle tickets benefited the WDVA’s Veterans Innovations Program, which provides crisis and emergency relief, as well as education, training, and employment assistance for Washington veterans returning from post-9/11 conflicts.

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The Lottery successfully sold 98 percent of the 300,000 Hometown Heroes Raffle tickets, a big success for a first-time game. “The Hometown Heroes Raffle created a way for the Veterans Innovations Program to continue to assist Washington’s veterans where previously there was no future funding available,” said WDVA Director John Lee. “We’re very thankful to have the Lottery as a partner. With their help we can continue to serve the men and women in our state who have served us so bravely,” he continued.

While the Lottery presented the WDVA with a check for $150,000 for the Veterans Innovations Program today, there’s more to come as it plans to make a second contribution to the program later this year once unclaimed prizes and final costs are calculated. With any Washington’s Lottery prize, prizes expire after 180 days of the game’s drawing.

This gives players until May 8, 2012 to claim their Hometown Heroes Raffle prize, otherwise it will be considered unclaimed and added into the final Veterans Innovations Program contribution in June.

These brave men and women have selflessly served here at home and abroad, we’re doing everything we can do ensure they receive the most funding as possible from the game’s ticket sales.” said Bill Hanson, director of Washington’s Lottery.

To learn more about the Veterans Innovations Program, visit www.dva.wa.gov/Vet_Inn_Pro.html.

To learn more about the Hometown Heroes Raffle, visit www.walottery.com/heroes

CONTACT: Brittany Gidican, (Edelman PR on behalf of Washington's Lottery), Office: (206) 268-2290, Email: Brittany.Gidican@edelman.com

SOURCE: Washington Lottery.

 

 

Florida Lottery Studio to Host National Powerball® Drawings

Larger Starting Jackpots, Better Odds and More Millionaires

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (January 18, 2012) -- National POWERBALL® drawings are now broadcast live, in high-definition, at 10:59 p.m., Eastern Time on Wednesdays and Saturdays from The Florida Lottery’s state of the art draw studio in Tallahassee.

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The drawings were moved from Universal Studios in Orlando to Tallahassee earlier this month.  The change coincides with the launch of exciting improvements to the popular multi-state lottery game, which includes larger starting jackpots, better odds and more millionaires.

POWERBALL players in 42 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands who watch on more than 160 televisions stations across the country will have their eyes on the Sunshine State to catch the twice-a-week drawings.

The Florida Lottery is honored to host the national POWERBALL drawings from our very own draw studio in Tallahassee,” said Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “Hosting the drawings in Florida gives us some incredible opportunities. First, Florida is mentioned twice a week from coast-to-coast as millions of people tune-in to get their POWERBALL numbers. Also, the recent improvements to the game help advance the Florida Lottery’s commitment to furthering educational opportunities for all of Florida’s students. This is a very exciting time for the Florida Lottery and POWERBALL.

Since the Florida Lottery began selling POWERBALL in January 2009, $505 million has gone to fund education programs across the state

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 POWERBALL is a product of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Just this week, a new and improved POWERBALL launched with increased starting jackpots of $40 million, up from $20 million, and an increased second prize of $1 million for players who match 5-of-5 winning numbers – offering more chances to become a POWERBALL millionaire. In addition, the revised game will shrink the pool of numbers from 39 to 35 – creating better overall odds of winning a prize. The game’s overall odds will improve from one in 35 to one in 31.8.

About the Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com)

Florida voters, by a two-to-one margin, approved a constitutional amendment in 1986 authorizing the state to operate a lottery for the purpose of generating significant additional moneys for education. To date, the Florida Lottery has funded Bright Futures scholarships for more than 500,000 Florida students to attend college in our state. Floridians continue to show their support by purchasing billions of dollars in Lottery products per year, resulting in contributions of more than $23 billion to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund since 1988. For more information regarding the Florida Lottery, its games and its contributions to education, visit www.flalottery.com.

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

 

 

GLI Test Labs Canada Becomes WLA SCS Certification Service Entity

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia and MONCTON, New Brunswick, Canada (January 17, 2012) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), the world’s leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, recently announced the formation of GLI Test Labs Canada’s new dedicated global lottery consulting group. Now GLI is pleased to announce the lottery group has obtained WLA SCS Certification Service Entity status to provide WLA Security Control Standard certification audits for Lotteries.

 GLI Test Labs Canada’s status as a “Certification Service Entity” means it is now the only specialized lottery industry organization headquartered in North America to carry the distinction.

 Additionally, the company now has one of only 24 Accredited WLA Lead Auditors in the world. With GLI having both WLA SCS and ISO 27001 Lead Auditors, it means GLI can conduct a single-source complete certification audit. GLI has already completed two North American lottery certifications.

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 GLI Test Labs Canada Director of Lottery Services Gregory Doucette said, “We are very pleased to provide a North American-based, cost-effective WLA SCS certification audit solution that will permit lotteries to pursue the lottery sector’s only internationally recognized security standard. This, combined with our extensive experience, gives GLI yet another distinct competitive advantage that sets us apart from all other test labs globally.

 WLA, or World Lottery Association, is a global professional association of state lottery and gaming organizations from more than 80 countries on six continents. The ISO 27001 standard describes requirements for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). The WLA SCS, or World Lottery Association Security Control Standard, adds lottery-specific security controls to the ISMS, and specifies requirements for establishing, implementing and documenting security management systems.

About Gaming Laboratories International

For more than 20 years, Gaming Laboratories International has been the world leader in providing independent testing, inspection and certification services to the gaming, wagering and lottery industry.  GLI also offers independent network and information security assessments to its regulatory, lottery and supplier clients.  With 19 laboratory locations located across Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020 and guide 65 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Sr. Director of Worldwide Marketing, Gaming Laboratories International, +1 (702) 914-2220 or Email: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: Press release distributed by Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, +1 (702) 413-4278.

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Bally Technologies Names Stelios Tsapatos as New Director of Game Sales for Europe and Northern Africa

Stelios Tsapatos, Bally Technologies Director of Game Sales for Europe and Northern Africa

LAS VEGAS (January 12, 2012) -- Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a leader in slots, video machines, casino-management, interactive applications, and networked systems for the global gaming industry, today announced that Stelios Tsapatos has been named Director of Game Sales for the European and Northern Africa regions. Stelios will be based in Bally’s European headquarters located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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He will manage the regional sales force and oversee all gaming equipment sales throughout Europe and northern Africa. Among Stelios’ objectives will be to lead Bally’s product proliferation in both western and eastern Europe and further establish Bally’s presence and leadership in these important gaming markets.

Most recently, Stelios served as Sales Manager of Europe for International Game Technology (IGT). In this capacity, he was responsible for developing and executing the sales strategy in several European countries and maintaining relationships with key accounts. While at IGT, Stelios was vital in the achievement of exponential market growth in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) over a period of six years. He also exceeded sales targets consistently year after year, meeting both personal and business goals.

We are extremely fortunate to have Stelios leading our European sales team,” said Marco Herrera, Bally’s Vice President and Managing Director of the EMEA region. “His sound grasp of commercial aspects, good business sense, and his energetic management style, combined with a successful track record in sales within the gaming industry, make Stelios a valuable member of Bally’s global sales team and will surely help us strengthen our customer relationships.

"I am truly excited about joining Bally at this exciting time in the Company’s 80-year history,” Stelios said. “Through its unique mix of trailblazing games and systems products, Bally is ideally positioned to bring new and exciting value propositions to our European customers. I look forward to contributing to the Company’s success and our customers’ growth in the years to come."

SOURCE:  Bally Technologies, Inc.

 

 

The International Sports Movement Commits To Defending The Integrity Of Competitions Globally

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (January 11, 2012)-- Today, SportAccord kicks off its Global Programme to Stop Match-fixing in Sport at http://integrity.sportaccord.com.

The Programme aims to raise awareness about what is responsible sports betting behaviour and to help athletes and officials from having match-fixing destroy their careers and sports.

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The manipulation of sports results or ‘match-fixing’ refers to the irregular influencing of the course or the result of a sports event in order to obtain advantage for oneself or for others and to remove all or part of the uncertainty normally associated with the results of a competition.

SportAccord, the umbrella organisation for 105 Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations created a special unit dedicated to Sports Integrity in 2010.

The international sports movement has recognised that the fight against the manipulation of results is an absolute priority and therefore, with the support and expertise of the WLA (World Lottery Association) and the EL (The European Lotteries), the Global Programme has been developed.

Generic tools are available free of charge for use by international sports federations their athletes and officials including:

  • E-Learning Programme ‘How to Prevent Match-Fixing from Destroying your Career’;
  • SportAccord Guide to ‘Integrity in Sport: Understanding and Preventing Match-Fixing’;
  • Code of Conduct on Sports Betting Integrity for Athletes and Officials;
  • Model Rules on Sports Integrity in Relation to Sports Betting.

World experts have contributed to the Programme, including Dr. Declan Hill, author, journalist, academic and recognised integrity expert and Mr. Christian Kalb of CK Consulting, a strategic consultancy company specialised in sport and gambling. The technical expertise for the e-learning Programme and Integrity Guide have been provided by SportBusiness.

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Sports federations and organisations who choose to make it mandatory for athletes and officials to complete the e-learning Programme ‘How to Prevent Match-Fixing from Destroying your Career’, will require a Tailored Programme that will enable assessment and certification of athletes/officials in order for them to be able to compete in official sports competitions.

Upon the launch of the programme, Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord:

Sports integrity is without a doubt sport’s main asset. Those who trust the athletes and teams, the fans, should never have the slightest doubt about the veracity of the result of a competition; for it is this incertitude that creates the beauty and richness of sport.

For further information, please CONTACT: Sports Integrity Unit, SportAccord, Maison du Sport International, Avenue de Rhodanie 54, CH-1007 Lausanne, Switzerland, Email: integrity@sportaccord.com.

About SportAccord

SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for 105 international sports federations and organisations. Its mission is to support and to protect the common interests of the sports movement. Activities include the online video portal The Sports Hub, the organisation of multi-sports games, doping-free sport, as well as sports’ social responsibility and sports’ integrity. http://www.sportaccord.com, http://www.youtube.com/thesportshubchannel, http://www.facebook.com, SportAccord http://twitter.com/sportaccord

SOURCE: SportAccord (http://integrity.sportaccord.com).

 

 

International Game Technology To Acquire Social Gaming Company Double Down Interactive

Transaction Propels IGT Into A Leadership Position Within Social Gaming - Double Down Is Anticipated To Contribute Rapid User And Revenue Growth - Combination Allows IGT To Leverage Facebook Distribution Channel - Acquisition Estimated To Be Accretive To IGT's Fiscal Year 2012 Adjusted Earnings

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (January 12, 2012) -- International Game Technology, the global leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products, as well as online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Double Down Interactive LLC - a leading online social gaming company and developer of the popular DoubleDown(TM) Casino found on Facebook.

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Launched in April 2010, the DoubleDown(TM) Casino is the world's largest virtual casino and one of the top 4 social media games in 2011 as rated by Facebook. According to AppData.com, DoubleDown(TM) Casino currently has 4.7 million monthly active users, up from 3.3 million in October 2011. With a broad and expanding portfolio, Double Down offers blackjack, slots, slot tournaments, video poker, and roulette to social gamers all around the world.

The total consideration includes $250 million in cash, $85 million in retention payments over the next two years and up to $165 million in cash payable over the next three years subject to Double Down meeting certain financial performance targets. IGT expects to fund the transaction from cash on hand.

The addition of Double Down provides IGT instant size and scale in the fast growing world of casino-style social gaming and is expected to broaden IGT's popular gaming titles beyond the physical casino to Facebook, the world's largest social network with over 800 million global users. This powerful distribution model is anticipated to provide IGT an opportunity to entertain players with consistent, ubiquitous, thrilling gaming experiences across multiple platforms.

"Double Down and IGT share complementary cultures focused on innovation and creativity. Both companies are committed to providing unrivaled quality, service and entertainment to millions of players," said Greg Enell, CEO of Double Down. "Leveraging IGT's Research and Development, global reach, and best-in-class content will provide our loyal player base with an even more robust experience and is expected to augment Double Down's growth trajectory."

"As technological innovations increasingly influence consumer behavior, social dynamics are quickly transforming entertainment and gaming experiences everywhere," said Patti Hart, CEO of IGT. "The addition of Double Down launches IGT into a leadership position in social gaming, extends our global reach through new mediums, and leverages our unmatched expertise in game development. We intend to drive meaningful value from this rapidly growing distribution platform that reaches a new, but complementary, demographic of gamers."

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The transaction is estimated to be accretive to IGT's fiscal 2012 adjusted earnings and is projected to close within the second quarter of its current fiscal year. Greg Enell will continue to lead Double Down and the company's operations will remain in Seattle, WA after the acquisition is complete. Through the integration, IGT will operate Double Down with the appropriate level of independence needed to continue to foster exceptional growth.

Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including, but not limited to, the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The final purchase price is subject to certain post-closing adjustments.

The conference call also will be broadcast live over the Internet. A link to the webcast is available at the IGT website: http://www.IGT.com/InvestorRelations. If interested parties are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived until Friday, January 27, 2012 also at http://www.IGT.com/InvestorRelations.

Interested parties who cannot participate at the time of the call may listen to a taped replay of the entire conference call commencing at approximately 7:00 a.m. PST on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. This replay will run through Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. The access numbers are as follows:

  • Domestic callers dial 888-568-0521International callers dial 1-402-998-1495

About Double Down Interactive

Double Down Interactive is the leading casual games developer of "fun to play" casino experiences on the Internet. With veterans from top online game companies, the team is committed to providing consumers an online social casino experience that is unrivaled by anything else available. Anyone can play at the DoubleDown Casino by visiting http://apps.facebook.com/doubledowncasino/ or www.doubledowncasino.com. Double Down Interactive is based in Seattle, Washington.

About IGT

International Game Technology is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming machines and systems products, as well as online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets. More information about IGT is available at www.IGT.com or follow IGT on Twitter at @IGTNews or Facebook at www.facebook.com/IGT.

SOURCE: IGT.

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Aristocrat New Game Feature - Wonder 4™

The Newest Aristocrat Multi-Play, Multi-Game Product

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (January 16, 2012) -- What’s better than a player enjoying one favorite Aristocrat game? That same player enjoying four favorite Aristocrat games all at once! That is the magic of Aristocrat’s Wonder 4™, the latest edition to Aristocrat’s family of multi-play, multi-game products.

Wonder 4 takes full advantage of Aristocrat’s stunning VIRIDAIN WS™ widescreen monitor, with four of Aristocrat’s best titles combined in one game. The unique configuration provides players a choice where they can play a combination of all four games or one game on four spots.

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Wonder 4 is launching with four of Aristocrat’s most popular games: Buffalo™, Fire Light™, Pompeii™ and Wild Splash™.

Wonder 4 gives players more ways to win, and gives more ways to bonus the player. Plus Wonder 4 is wonderfully simple to play: the player simply selects the on-screen menu and drags the game he wants to play to the screen area.

The player can then enjoy the fun play and bonus features of the original game, plus the player can win the Wonder 4 Super Spin, where, when free games are triggered, they player can play the free games on one game or four independent sets of free games.

Volatility and RTP varies by the base game the player selects. Preferred denomination is one cent.

Wonder 4 received rave reviews when it premiered at G2E, and now casinos can get the same rave reviews from their players by putting Wonder 4 on the casino floor today. 

Wonder 4 – it’s not just a game; it’s an Aristocrat game! For more information, call your Aristocrat Account Representative at (702) 270-1000.

CONTACT: Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications, +1 (702) 413-4278.

SOURCE: Aristocrat.

 

 

Ladbrokes Signs Deal to Acquire US Sportsbook Supplier Stadium Technology

LONDON, U.K. (January 19, 2012) -- Ladbrokes plc has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Stadium Technology Group (“Stadium”) – a Las Vegas-based supplier of software and in-game betting applications to sportsbook operators.

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Stadium supplies its innovative, licensed technology to a number of sportsbook and third party suppliers in Nevada and Delaware. The deal sees Ladbrokes enter the US market at a time when a number of states are exploring liberalising gambling.

Casinos that utilise Stadium software directly or through third party suppliers include: Atlantis, Cosmopolitan, Crystal Palace, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, M Resort, Palazzo, Treasure Island and The Venetian.

Ladbrokes Chief Executive Richard Glynn commented: “The size of the US market and potential for positive regulatory change in the coming years make it a sensible place to establish a presence. Stadium Technology is already one of the key software suppliers to casinos in Nevada and Delaware and it has the potential to expand.

Ladbrokes initial investment to acquire a 65% majority stake in the business is $3 million, with a retained option to buy the remaining 35% of the business over the next five years on a performance-related basis.

For further information CONTACT:  Ciaran O’Brien, Phone: 07976 180173, Director of Corporate Affairs, Matthew Sharff, Phone: 07854 184808, Head of Investor Relations.

SOURCE: Ladbrokes Release.

 

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New chairman for Microgaming Network Management Board

ISLE OF MAN (January 17, 2012) -- The Microgaming Poker Network has now released the name of the Chairman for the Network Management Board (NMB), the collective of operators and Microgaming representatives that shape the development roadmap and operational rules for the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN).

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The Chairman is Dominic Harrison, the former CEO of the Gala Coral Group. Fresh from a year serving as the Interim Chief Executive for Business in Sport and Leisure, Dominic brings to the Network Management Board a wealth of experience in the online gambling industry.

Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, comments on the appointment: “We have a tremendous amount of respect for Dominic and we were naturally delighted when he agreed to take the position of Chairman to the Network Management Board. The NMB is the first of its kind in the industry, and we believe that with Dominic at the helm, it will remain market-leading far into the future.

Dominic Harrison, Chairman of the Network Management Board, comments: “When I was first approached by Microgaming about being the independent, non-executive Chairman for their Network Management Board, I knew it was a project that I had to be involved in. I strongly believe that the NMB is exactly what this industry needs, and I am very much looking forward to being an integral part of its success.

SOURCE: Microgaming Release.

 

 

Mylotto Players Win a Combined Total $17.6 Million in 2011

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (January 17, 2012) – 2011 ended on a high for MyLotto players who won a combined total of $17,685,294.00 million in cash prizes, says NZ Lotteries Acting Chief Executive Warren Salisbury.

"With over 992,128 winning tickets sold to MyLotto players this year alone, I'm sure they will be hoping their luck holds for 2012," says Mr. Salisbury.

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Throughout 2011, MyLotto players featured as First Division winners across all our games. In July 2011, a Big Wednesday First Division prize of $4.6 million was won by a MyLotto player in Christchurch.

The winner, who is a regular online player, won a Big Wednesday bonus ticket the week before, and it was this $4 ticket that had the right numbers to scoop him a half share of Big Wednesday First Division.

Also in July 2011, a Lotto First Division prize of $333,333 was won by a MyLotto player, also in Christchurch. The winning couple had been living in a badly damaged house since the February 2011 earthquake so the win came as a great relief for them.

MyLotto players were successful in winning large Keno and Bullseye prizes in 2011. A Keno player in March 2011 won a $100,000 prize, while a Bullseye player in December 2011 won a First Division prize worth $180,000.

In mid 2012, NZ Lotteries plans on launching a revamped website for their customers, incorporating current web standards and improving customer accessibility and information.

"With our new website, players will not only be able to have a first class purchase experience, but also check if they are winners from their mobile devices!" says Mr. Salisbury.

SOURCE: NZ Lotteries Release Via Voxy.co.nz.

 

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Victor Chandler To Rebrand As Betvictor In The UK

GIBRALTAR, (January 13, 2012) -- Today, we are delighted to announce the rebranding of Victor Chandler to BetVictor in the United Kingdom.

Victor Chandler maintains a rich heritage in the UK, from a small family business to one of the strongest independent sports and gaming companies in the world.

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The decision to change the brand name is to ensure consistency and instant recognition across all international markets. BetVictor is already successfully running across Europe, and will now be the banner under which the UK operation trades.

The uniform brand will leverage all the long-standing qualities and values, and most importantly the pioneering spirit and passion for sport, that makes Victor Chandler such a trusted and successful business.

The new home of BetVictor is www.betvictor.com. The new website offers a fresh and exciting feel and has been designed to deliver a cleaner and more engaging betting experience for customers. Ease of navigation and enhanced functionality are at the heart of the new creation and these features will compliment a continuing range of great value betting opportunities across a raft of sporting events.

Chairman of BetVictor, Victor Chandler said:

"As a company we are always innovating and moving forward, as well as extending our brand across new territories. The UK will continue to be the fulcrum of our international business and it makes perfect sense that the same brand name is used here as in foreign territories.

"I personally guarantee that we will continue to provide our superb range of betting opportunities across a comprehensive range of sporting events."

CONTACTS: PHA Media Nick Braund,Phone: 0207 021 378, Email: nick@pha-media.com.

SOURCE:  BetVictor.com.

 

 


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