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Vol. 81 No. 3 - Monday October 16, 2017


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IGT Receives Responsible Gaming Certification for Its Global Gaming Operations

First Gaming Vendor to Receive Responsible Gaming Certification for its Land-Based Casino and Lottery Segments

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LONDON, UK (October 10, 2017) -- International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) is the first gaming supplier to achieve responsible gaming accreditation for its land-based casino and lottery segments from the Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4). G4 aims to minimize the impact of problem gambling by promoting a worldwide accreditation program for operators and suppliers in the gaming industry. This certification reinforces IGT's commitment to being a responsible vendor, and demonstrates the effectiveness of the responsible gaming technology solutions it provides to gaming operators worldwide.

IGT is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming.

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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...

"IGT has successfully proven its commitment to responsible gaming by integrating effective features in its products that assist operators with minimizing harm and preventing problem gambling," said Pieter Remmers, a member of the G4 Board of Directors. "We commend IGT for its leadership, and congratulate the Company for being the first vendor to receive G4 accreditation for its land-based casino and lottery segments." 

"IGT partners with gaming operators around the world to provide innovative technology and services, and it's our responsibility to create solutions that help our customers protect their players," said Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO, North America Gaming and Interactive. "IGT prides itself as an industry pioneer, and the G4 certification allows us to transparently demonstrate our leadership in this important topic."

To obtain certification, G4 independently assessed IGT and confirmed that it complies with G4 requirements of providing responsible gaming tools on gaming machines and systems in the form of:

  • Reality checks on the game screen
    - Time clocks
    - Wager amounts
    - Pop-up reminders for the amounts of time and money spent
  • Session limits
  • Responsible gaming information screens
    - Budget-setting suggestions
    - Self-assessment test
    - Treatment referrals
  • Back-office monitoring

 

G4 comprises a group of international experts in the field of problem gambling and responsible gaming, with members from different parts of the world. They have many years of experience working with the gambling industry worldwide to encourage responsible gaming and minimize the harm caused by problem gambling.

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit: www.igt.com.

 

CONTACT:

 

Robert K. Vincent,

Corporate Communications,

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

James Hurley,

Investor Relations,

T: (401) 392-7190

Simone Cantagallo,

Italian media inquiries,

T: (+39) 06 51899030

 

SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC (IGT).

 

 

Scientific Games Named "Land-based Supplier of the Year" at 2017 Global Gaming Awards

Company Also Wins 2nd Place for "Land-Based Product of the Year" and 3rd Place for "Digital Product of the Year" Awards

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LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA (October 10, 2017) -- Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) ("Scientific Games" or the "Company") today announced that it has received three top honors from the 4th Annual Global Gaming Awards held at the 2017 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, including the highly-coveted "Land-based Supplier of the Year" Award. 

Voted upon by 60 judges from across the global industry, the prestigious "Land-based Supplier of the Year" Award recognizes the best land-based gaming supplier for product and services innovation.

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The judges also awarded 2nd Place for "Land-based Product of the Year" to Scientific Games for its WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET™ multi-state linked instant game, created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The award honors the equipment, technologies and features that have enhanced the gaming experience. Launched by 12 U.S. lotteries thus far, with four more on the way, WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET has topped $328 million in retail sales and nearly two million online second-chance entries (as of October 6, 2017).

Additionally, Scientific Games' Secret Santa Second-Chance Drawings promotion created for the Pennsylvania Lottery, received third place in the 2017 "Digital Product of the Year" category, which recognizes the features or innovations that have improved the interactive gaming sector. The holiday promotion topped $40 million in retail sales in Pennsylvania, setting an industry record for 15.8 million online entries — 65 percent through the mobile app. 

"We are honored to accept these three awards from our esteemed gaming industry colleagues. This recognition reflects the 100 percent commitment to innovation our company has strived for this past year," said, Kevin Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer at Scientific Games. "We thank the 2017 Global Gaming Awards panel, and will continue in our mission to provide the best in gaming entertainment experiences to players worldwide."

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In 2016, Scientific Games earned a Global Gaming Awards top honor for "Land-Based Gaming Innovation of the Year". The Company was also a finalist for "Land-Based Industry Supplier of the Year", "Casino Product of the Year", and "Digital Product of the Year".

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About Scientific Games

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is the global leader in technology-based gaming systems, table games, table products and instant games and a leader in products, services and content for gaming, lottery and interactive gaming markets. Scientific Games delivers what customers and players value most: trusted security, creative content, operating efficiencies and innovative technology. Today, we offer customers a fully integrated portfolio of technology platforms, robust systems, engaging content and unrivaled professional services. For more information, please visit www.scientificgames.com.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio's powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world.  WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division's successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi (opening 2018). With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

Company CONTACTS:

 

Investor Relations:

Bill Pfund

T: (702) 532-7663

Corporate Communications:

Susan Cartwright

T: (702) 532-7981

 

SOURCE: Scientific Games Corporation.

 

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Alice Garland to Retire as Executive Director of N.C. Education Lottery

Helped start lottery and led its operations for last seven years

 RALEIGH, NC (October 11, 2017) -- Alice Garland, who helped start the N.C. Education Lottery and has led its operations for the last seven years, plans to retire as executive director at the end of March.

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During Garland’s time in the lottery’s top post, lottery ticket sales have increased every year, growing from $1.4 billion a year in 2010 when she became executive director to $2.4 billion a year in fiscal year 2017. The amount of money raised annually for education has increased too, growing from $432 million in 2010 to $622.5 million last year.

Thanks to Alice’s leadership, the N.C. Education Lottery operates as a well-run business, producing through its sales and marketing operations an exceptional return every year for our state,” said Courtney A. Crowder, chairman of the N.C. State Lottery Commission. “North Carolina wanted a lottery that would benefit education. There are also the expectations the lottery is fairly run, operates efficiently, and offers fun lottery games that are played responsibly. Alice has delivered on those goals.”

Garland also has risen to leadership positions in the U.S. lottery industry, leading efforts to improve responsible gaming practices that lotteries use to look out after the interest of players as they raise money for good causes and embracing new technology that can help lotteries stay relevant in digital times.

Alice’s dedication to the entire lottery industry has been extraordinary,” said David Gale, executive director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), the professional organization representing the lottery industry in the United States and Canada. “Her greatest accomplishment has been her continued participation and leadership in the area of responsible gambling. She has not only been an exceptional leader for the North Carolina Educational Lottery, but for the worldwide lottery industry as well."

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Garland joined the Education Lottery in December 2005 as its fifth employee and served as its deputy executive director for legislative and corporate communications during the lottery’s first five years. She became interim executive director in August 2010 and was named executive director in January 2011. Nationally, Garland serves as the first vice president of NASPL and chairs the association’s Responsible Gaming Committee. She also is vice president of the Multi-State Lottery Association, a non-profit organization which operates the major jackpot game, Powerball, on behalf of its member lotteries, and serves on its Development Committee.

In September, Garland was one of five lottery professionals selected to join the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame this year. The Hall of Fame, founded in 2005, recognizes those who have done the most to promote excellence and integrity in the world lottery industry. Last year, Garland received national recognition for her leadership expanding responsible gaming efforts across the United States. She became the first lottery or gaming industry professional to receive the Don Hulen Award for Advocacy from the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Crowder said the lottery commission has started a search for a new executive director with a goal of having Garland’s successor in place before her retirement on March 31.

CONTACT: Van Denton, Phone: (919) 301-3308.

SOURCE: N.C. Education Lottery.

 

 

Hoosier Lottery Launches Revolutionary New Game

INDIANAPOLIS (October 11, 2017) - You've played Powerball and Hoosier Lotto, and you've grabbed your lucky coin to play a Hoosier Lottery Scratch-off. But you've never played a lottery game like this before.

Sunday, the Hoosier Lottery becomes the first lottery in the world to launch a ticket that combines the excitement of instant play with the anticipation of a Draw Game.

"The Hoosier Lottery is proud to be the first lottery in the world to launch this revolutionary game. The combination of a Draw Game and Instant Game on the same ticket for one price is an exciting new concept that our players will enjoy," Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor said.

The Black Pearl Now & Later game will be sold in Hoosier Lottery retailers beginning Oct. 15.

The $5 Black Pearl ticket has two parts: an Instant Game and a Draw Game. The Instant Game is scratched for a chance to instantly win up to $20,000. The Draw Game can be separated and entered into a nightly drawing to win up to $500,000.

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Players can choose when to enter the nightly Black Pearl drawing, whether it's right away or their birthday the following week. Black Pearl tickets must be entered into a nightly drawing before the game closes. Game closing information will be on hoosierlottery.com.

Each night around 11 p.m. ET, one number will be drawn. Players will then check the Draw Game on the Black Pearl ticket to see how many times their numbers matched the drawn number.

Every Draw Game has a Black Pearl number, and if it matches the drawn number, players can win bigger prizes. If all eight of the numbers on the Draw Game match the drawn number, the player wins $500,000!

Entering the Draw Game portion of the ticket is convenient and easy. Players can ask any Hoosier Lottery retailer to enter it for them. They can also enter the ticket by scanning it with the free Hoosier Lottery mobile app, or they can go to hoosierlottery.com and enter the code from their ticket. After entering the drawing, players must hold onto their ticket to see if they won and to claim any prizes.

Black Pearl Combined Estimated Overall Odds are 1 in 3. Instant Game Estimated Overall Odds 1 in 4.63. Draw Game Odds 1 in 6.60.

Click here to download the Hoosier Lottery Mobile App. Click here for a high-resolution image.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2016, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $221 million to the Build Indiana Fund.

To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACT: Jerry Grider, Hoosier Lottery, Sr. Manager of Public Relations, E: jgrider@hoosierlottery.com, T: 317-264-4676 office.

SOURCE: Hoosier Lottery.

 

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Dutch Lottery Awarded EL Responsible Gaming Certificate

RIJSWIJK, the Netherlands (October 10, 2017) – Lat month (September 2017) the European Lotteries awarded Nederlandse Loterij the Responsible Gaming Certificate of Alignment. With this, the Dutch Lottery has gained external recognition for its policy of responsible gaming. It proves that the offer of the Dutch Lottery game is reliable and accountable and that Dutch Lottery has this policy in order.

In the second quarter of 2017, an external auditor tested the game offer of Dutch Lottery to the "European Lotteries Responsible Gaming Standards", which showed that Dutch Lottery has met a lot of it.

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The audit examines, inter alia, the way in which Dutch Lottery sets up and offers its gambling games to consumers and the way in which they train salespeople and employees on responsible gaming subjects.

Worldwide recognition

For the World Lottery Association, obtaining this certificate is an opportunity to recognize Dutch Lottery with their highest achievable certificate of Responsible Gaming, Level 4 of the Certificate of Accreditation Responsible Gaming Framework.

Dutch Lottery and Responsible Playing

Dutch Lottery is a reliable and responsible provider of seven attractive gambling games. As a leader in the Netherlands, Dutch Lottery wishes to be an example of the Dutch gambling market, even when it comes to providing a gambling game in a responsible manner.

The responsible gaming policy of the Dutch Lottery is based on three principles:

  • Consumer protection: Prevent participation in gambling by minors and / or other vulnerable groups.
  • Prevention of involuntary participation and / or gambling addiction and good referral to problems or complaints.
  • Fight against illegality and crime.

 

SOURCE: Nederlandse Loterij.

 

 

Florida Lottery Warns Citizens of Mega Millions® Scam

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (October 9, 2017) -- The Florida Lottery is warning citizens of a lottery scam involving MEGA MILLIONS® in which scammers are sending emails to the public indicating they may have won $1 million, in an effort to obtain personal and financial information.

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Do not respond to these emails; if you have not purchased a MEGA MILLIONS ticket, you cannot win a prize.

The email features the MEGA MILLIONS logo as part of the letterhead, and states that the recipient was among a group of randomly selected people to participate in an ongoing MEGA MILLIONS drawing. Individuals are asked to provide general information about themselves in order to participate. The email goes on to warn the recipient not to share this information with other people in order to avoid impersonation and a double claim.

Florida Lottery players will never be required to transfer funds to secure their winnings for MEGA MILLIONS or any other Florida Lottery game. For more information and to find other tips to protect yourself, please visit www.flalottery.com. To report a lottery scam, consumers should contact the Florida Lottery’s Division of Security at (850) 487-7730.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $32 billion to education and sending more than 775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit: www.flalottery.com.

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

SOURCE: Florida Lottery (www.flalottery.com.

 

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WyoLotto Transfers $850K to Wyoming Communities

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (October 5, 2017 – On Oct. 5, the Wyoming Lottery Corporation transferred $862,263.36 to the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office as a part of their ongoing effort to support Wyoming communities.

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WyoLottoTM has prioritized giving back to Wyoming, and these funds are distributed to Wyoming’s 99 cities and towns and 23 counties. This will be WyoLotto’s seventh transfer to the state.

Each quarter, WyoLotto transfers revenue to the Wyoming State Treasurer’s Office, which then distributes funds per state statute. The revenue transfer this quarter brings WyoLotto’s total revenue transfer amount to $5,537,337.94 since April 2016. Each quarter, WyoLotto’s transfer amount is determined from sales and total revenue, which fluctuates with the jackpots.

This is a top priority for us as a corporation, and we value giving back to our great state,” said Jon Clontz, WyoLotto CEO. “Each quarter we get an opportunity to give back to Wyoming,” he added.

Revenue transfers are distributed each quarter by the State Treasurer to Wyoming’s cities, towns, and counties, which use these funds at their discretion for a range of local improvements. Starting July 1, the formula the state was using per statute changed; initial legislation mandated distributions be based on sales tax distribution, but distributions will now be based on percentage of lottery ticket sales for each county.

Prior to the passage of the new bill in the 2017 legislative session, if revenue transfers exceeded $6 million in a fiscal year, those funds would have been directed to the Wyoming Permanent Land Fund’s Common School Account.

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The new bill removed the $6 million measure, so all funds will now be solely directed to Wyoming communities.

The additional funds from WyoLotto have benefited Wyoming in a time of declining economies and have boosted projects in communities like Laramie County, which has been able to infuse the Archer Complex project. For details on distribution amounts, please visit the State Treasurer’s Office website.

The change in legislation is one we want to make sure Wyoming communities are aware of and prepared for, because it will impact how the distribution is broken down by the Treasurer’s Office,” Clontz added.

WyoLotto offers four unique draw games to players including Cowboy Draw, Mega Millions, Powerball, and the new Lucky for Life.

The Wyoming Lottery Corp.

The Wyoming Lottery Corp. is a corporate business entity established by House Bill 77 in the 2013 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Matt Mead. The corporation operates as a private business and does not employ state employees or use state tax money. State law requires Lottery revenue to be distributed to cities, towns and counties based on ticket sales. 

CONTACT: Ashley Pexton • WyoLotto, Phone: 307-459-0580 • ashley@warehousetwentyone.com

SOURCE: WyoLotto.

 

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10th Annual PA Gaming Control Board Report on Casino Industry Diversity Released

Provides Employment and Expenditure Information

HARRISBURG, PA (October 5, 2017) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today released its 10th Annual Diversity Report providing a description of each casino’s activities related to the implementation of their diversity plans and the action taken by the entities to achieve the Commonwealth’s goal of enhanced representation of diverse groups in the gaming industry.

Highlights from the Report are described in the bullet-points below:

  • Pennsylvania’s ten casinos and two resort casinos collectively employed 17,736 persons at the close of the state fiscal year of 2016-2017;
  • 15,788 of those employees (89%) are residents of Pennsylvania;
  • 37% of those employed are racial minorities while 43% are female; and,
  • Casinos spent more than a half billion dollars in 2016-2017 with other businesses for construction and non-construction expenses.

 

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 The Report can be downloaded as a PDF document from a link under the Quick Links section of the home page of the Board’s website, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

The 2016-2017 Diversity Report also provides casino-by-casino information for items such as employment trends over a four year period by race and gender and a detailed breakdown of minority, women, and local business expenditures.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ almost 18,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey, T: (717) 346-8321.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

 

Maryland Casinos Generate $134.5 Million in Revenue During September

Year-to-year revenues increase at three casinos

BALTIMORE, Maryland (October 5, 2017) -- Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced September 2017 revenue numbers for the state’s six casinos: Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County, Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County and MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County. Maryland’s casinos totaled $134,535,733 in revenue during September 2017 – an increase of $37,439,454, or 38.6%, compared to the September 2016 figure of $97,096,278.

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In a year-to-year comparison not including MGM National Harbor, which opened on Dec. 8, 2016, statewide casino revenue in September 2017 decreased by $11,922,799, or 12.3%.

MGM National Harbor generated $49,362,253 from both slot machines and table games in September. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day in September at MGM National Harbor was: $299.29 for slot machines, $5,141.37 for banked table games and $1,445.12 for non-banked table games. MGM National Harbor operates 3,087 slot machines and 168 (129 banked and 39 non-banked) table games.

Live! Casino totaled $46,960,132 from both slot machines and table games in September. Live! Casino’s gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $255.26 for slot machines, $3,830.60 for banked table games and $912.62 for non-banked table games. September 2017 revenue at Live! Casino decreased by $6,961,310, or 12.9%, from September 2016. Live! Casino operates 3,872 slot machines and 190 (138 banked and 52 non-banked) table games.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $20,994,619 from both slot machines and table games in September. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $194.05 for slot machines, $1,683.49 for banked table games and $632.88 for non-banked table games. Horseshoe Casino’s September 2017 revenue decreased by $5,946,742, or 22.1%, from September 2016. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore operates 2,202 slot machines and 176 (153 banked and 23 non-banked) table games.

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Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $5,925,449 from both slot machines and table games in September. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $211.33 for slot machines, $1,587.24 for banked table games and $392.20 for non-banked table games. Hollywood Casino’s September 2017 revenue increased by $3,287, or 0.1%, from September 2016. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 822 slot machines and 21 (13 banked and 8 non-banked) table games.

Casino at Ocean Downs generated $6,586,593 from slot machines in September, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $274.26. Casino at Ocean Downs’ September 2017 revenue increased by $710,996, or 12.1%, from September 2016. Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines and does not have table games.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort generated $4,706,686 from both slot machines and table games in September. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was: $206.23 for slot machines and $1,149.80 for banked table games. Rocky Gap Casino Resort’s September 2017 revenue increased by $270,970, or 6.1%, from September 2016. Rocky Gap Casino Resort operates 665 slot machines and 17 banked table games. This facility does not have non-banked table games.

Under Maryland law, casino revenue supports the Maryland Education Trust Fund, local impact grants, local jurisdictions, the state’s horse racing industry and the Maryland General Fund. September 2017 contributions to the state from all six Maryland casinos and fiscal year-to-date totals are documented in the attached spreadsheets and available online (click HERE).

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

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

SOURCE: Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

 

 

Danish Gambling Authority Spillemyndigheden Launch App to Help Players Keep Track of Gambling

Press Release from Spillemyndigheden, the Danish Gambling Authority

DENMARK (October 5, 2017) -- New app from Gambling Authority can help if you play too much or want an overview of its gaming usage. By registering winnings and losses, the player gets an idea of when the game might be overtaking.

The gaming authority, a government board that regulates and oversees the Danish gaming market, launched the first time "MitSpil" app in November 2016.

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The first version was an information app, while the updated version as something new contains a "game tracker". If you have downloaded the app, you can update, with the help of a few clicks, what you've been playing if you've won or lost and you can always have a simple overview of his "player accounts". It is the user himself who enters the various information while the app calculates how much money you have played for; like an Excel sheet in pocket format.

If you have forgotten to update if you have won or lost a football match, you will receive a friendly reminder from the app in the form of a push message.

The hope is that especially young people whose game usage is at risk of overtaking will download the app and use it to get an overview of their games.

A great tool

-We have developed this app because we, as a government, have a responsibility to play money in a fair way. We must always take care to protect particularly vulnerable players from ending up in a situation where they no longer have control over their games, and MitSpil can be a good tool here. The app is easily accessible and user-friendly, so I hope that many will find it valuable, says Birgitte Sand, Director of the Gambling Authority, and continues: "We use the app as a media because we know that especially sports betting is taking place on the phone and so is It's easy to use our app when you've just played.

Although the gaming agency estimates that the app can help players at risk of developing game dependence, the app is certainly not reserved for those who play a lot. Everyone who plays can enjoy the app, giving a quick overview of how much you've spent on games.

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Michael Bay Jørsel, Center Manager of Ludomani Center, believes there is a need for a tool like the MitSpil app:

-We are seeing more and more youngsters with gaming problems at the Center for Ludomani. Therefore, we welcome all new initiatives that dress the youngsters better to keep track of their gaming usage. MitSpil can provide an in-depth overview of one's consumption - both in terms of time and money. It's great if the MitSpil app will be the individual consumer's wake up call before the game starts running smoothly, thus supporting the individual for a more balanced game behavior where pluses and minuses are running out, says Michael Bay Jørsel.

The new version of MitSpil is followed by two TV commercials and online marketing, especially on social media.

In addition, the Gambling Authority offers free information visits to youth education, where students can gain an insight into the rules for money games in Denmark and what they need to be aware of.

The free app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. 

More information

Director Birgitte Sand, tel. +45 25 44 05 03, mail: bs@spillemyndigheden.dk

SOURCE: Spillemyndigheden (Danish Gambling Authority).

 

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Betsoft Gaming Seals Partnership Deal with Italian Operator Sisal

CYPRUS (October 9, 2017) -- Betsoft Gaming, the leader in 3D iGaming evolution, have announced that they have signed a partnership deal with long time Italian operator Sisal. Sisal has the honour of being the first Gaming company to operate as a Licensee of the Italian government, where the iGaming industry is strictly regulated.

Under the terms of the partnership, Sisal will be taking on Betsoft’s collection of AAMS-approved Slots3™ video slots, including such popular titles as BOOMANJI, SUGARPOP! and ROOK’S REVENGE. Betsoft have been continuously adding Slots3™ favourites to their list of AAMS-sanctioned games.

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Sisal is well known and highly familiar to the Italian iGaming community,” said Julian Camilleri of Betsoft. “Being there from the very beginning, for seventy proven years of excellence, has afforded them a unique place in the market. Their experience in the field in combination with their full dedication to superior customer service, transparency and security, we are proud to be partnering with Sisal.”

This collection of AAMS-approved video slots is brilliant,” said Valentina Tripputi of Sisal. “We are very pleased with the range of themes and incredible innovative features in every game.”

About Betsoft Gaming:

Betsoft Gaming, broadly known as the innovator and leader of true 3D cinematic gaming, is a Tier One developer and provider of complete system online gaming software. With a game library of over 190 games including the iconic Slots3™ series, Betsoft Gaming has met and exceeded the quality found in console video games and animated feature films. Starting in 2012, Betsoft initiated a concentrated push into the mobile gaming sector, converting their popular Slots3™ games to be available as the ToGo™ collection. Betsoft Gaming's extensive portfolio of clients includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry.

For marketing or press queries, please contact press@betsoft.com or visit www.betsoft.com.

SOURCE: Betsoft Gaming media release.

 

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Gaming Commission Engages Stakeholders on Best Ways to Harness the Industries’ Potential

ACCRA, Ghana (October 5, 2017) -- The Gaming Commission has engaged industry players, to find ways and measures to better develop the Gaming Industry, raise gaming to international standards, create a condusive environment for gaming of thrive in Ghana and collate inputs for the Commission’s long term Strategic Business Plan..

At a just ended Stakeholder Forum held in Accra themed, “MEETING EMERGING TRENDS TO PROMOTE GAMING, THE RIGHT WAY”, the stakeholders brainstormed on efforts to streamline activities of gaming operators, as well as measures to stop minors from participating in such games of chance in the country.

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The Ag. Gaming Commissioner, Mr. Peter Mireku noted that although the gaming industry is growing rapidly, this is not without its problems especially in the areas of problem gaming, underage gambling, money laundering and the proliferation of illegal gaming. He emphasized that the Commission as a regulator, will streamline the gaming environment to address existing issues confronting gaming and to attract and retain operators of the highest standard. Mr. Mireku called on all stakeholders, to help in championing a course which will change gaming from being perceived as a social problem to being perceived as a form of entertainment and a positive force for economic development.

The Deputy Minister for the Interior, Mr. Henry Quartey, in an address to open the forum noted that, “Given the current trend where there is public attention and constant backlash against the Gaming Commission as a regulator, for the influx of slot machines popularly known as ‘jackpot’ machines across the length and breadth of the country without effective supervision and monitoring, your input as stakeholders in tackling this menace is key”. He stressed that government and the Ministry remains committed to promoting a gaming environment where gambling is an enjoyable leisure activity, devoid of societal menace and criminality.

Mr. Quartery called on gaming operators, to offer options that help punters manage their gambling in a responsible manner and give them control over both time and money they spend on gaming. “We should aim at building a sound consumer protection policy. One area of concern is the underage gambling which has resulted in negative perception about the industry. As stakeholders, we should put our wheels together and ensure that we discourage or institute measures that would help keep our young ones safe from engaging in activities not meant for them, whilst the industry thrives. Display your signpost and discourage the young ones.”

SOURCE: Gaming Commission of Ghana.

 

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OPAP and SEGAS Extend Their Cooperation by Another Two Years

ATHENS, Greece (October 9, 2017) -- OPAP and SEGAS presented on Monday 9 October 2017, the extension of their sponsorship cooperation for the Athens Authentic Marathon by a further two years, and the commencement of an agreement for the sponsorship of the National Athletics Team.

The "35th ATHENS MARATHON. THE AUTHENTIC" will be held on 12 November 2017, with OPAP being its Major Sponsor for a seventh consecutive year. Moreover, starting this year, OPAP stands by the side of the athletes of the National Athletics Team, supporting all their sporting commitments.

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In this context, OPAP CEO, Damian Cope, stated: "Being a live and integral cell of Greek society since 1958, OPAP is a long-standing benefactor of Greek sport. The extension of our cooperation with SEGAS is yet another step in this direction. Since 2011, OPAP is the Grand Sponsor of the Authentic Athens Marathon, a truly global organization that has emerged as one of the most important athletic, cultural and social events in the country."

"Additionally, we are participating in SEGA's Run Greece events, which are a celebration of sport and an active way of living in different cities. Additionally, as of this year, we are pleased to be expanding the scope of our cooperation with SEGAS beyond the Marathon, to support the Greek athletics team. We feel privileged to support the efforts of the national team's athletes that have made Greece proud on several occasions, and act as role-models for many children aspiring to become like them."

SEGAS' Chairman, Costas Panagopoulos, referred to the excellent partnership between the two sides and highlighted OPAP's significant contribution to sport: "OPAP, the Major Sponsor of the Athens Marathon, plays a significant role. OPAP supports our efforts over the last years. We share the same goals, the same concerns and the same vision for the Athens Marathon."

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"The renewal of our cooperation is very important because it provides us with the secure environment needed for the Athens Marathon, as well as for continuing to support our champions. Everyone in SEGAS wants to say a big thank you to Damian Cope, the administration team, the executives and the employees of OPAP for their trust, cooperation, and all we have achieved together in the past years, as well as for all the things we will achieve in the future."

It is noted that over the last years, OPAP has managed to associate the Marathon with its Corporate Responsibility strategy and a very special social cause – the renovation of Greece's two largest children's hospitals, "Panagiotis & Aglaia Kyriakou" and "Aghia Sofia". Thanks to the enthusiastic participation of thousands of citizens through their virtual contribution, which OPAP automatically converted into financial support, over 3 million Euros were collected last year to upgrade the facilities of the hospitals. To date, OPAP has renovated 40% of the hospitals, significantly benefitting children, parents and medical staff.

The event held at the OPAP headquarters was also attended by Panagiotis Dimakos, A' SEGAS Vice-President, Chairman of the Marathon Organizing Committee and member of the European Athletics BoD; the national team coach, Yiannis Koutsioras; pole vault champions, Costas Filippidis and Nicole Kyriakopoulou; triple jump champion Voula Papachristou; marathon runner Costas Gelaouzos; long jump champion Haido Alexouli; and the 800 m. and 1,500 m. champion Andreas Dimitrakis.

SOURCE: OPAP.

 




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