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Vol. 82 No. 13 - Monday March 26, 2018


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Maltco Lotteries in “2018 Year of Retail”

Maltco Lotteries Collaborates With GRTU, LRU, and Band Club Associations on a €400,000 POS Maintenance Financial Support Scheme

MALTA (March 15, 2018) -- Maltco Lotteries Ltd. dedicates the year 2018 to Retail. To this effect the Company launches a €400,000 POS Maintenance Financial Support Scheme, in collaboration with the GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs (GRTU), Lotto Receivers Union (LRU) and the Malta Band Clubs Association, addressing all Agents.

The POS Maintenance Financial Support Scheme aims to upgrade the image of Maltco Lotteries Points of Sale network, operated by self-employed Agents under an Agency Agreement with the Company.

All Maltco Lotteries Agents will be able to participate in a POS upgrade process in which, Maltco Lotteries provides specific design guidance and financial support of up to 50% of the expenditure incurred by an agent, offering up to a €1,000 to every agent who invests in his/her Maltco Lotteries Point of Sale up to the same amount.

The Scheme will run from next week, whilst all Maltco Lotteries’ Agents will be able to submit their applications of interest. Maltco Lotteries Agents will participate on a first come first served basis from the date that their applications will be submitted to Maltco Lotteries offices in Iklin.

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All entities involved, maintain that the Maltco Lotteries POS Maintenance Financial Support Scheme will provide a state-of-the-art entertainment environment for the player, a harmonised image across all Maltco Lotteries Points of Sale in the market, thus providing top notch service to all players.

INTRALOT Group Retail Director, Mr George Vassilaras pointed that digitisation is increasingly penetrating every aspect of modern shopping. Gaming, however, continues to be a very interpersonal experience and that is why Maltco Lotteries is delighted to assist the Agents in their effort, to considerably improve the point of sale ambience and the subsequent experience of our players.

GRTU’s President, Mr Paul Abela commented that it is of great satisfaction for GRTU to be part of this collaboration and that he believes that this will be a very positive joint investment initiative. Consumer expectations have changed over the years and the retail sector needs to constantly upgrade to meet these demands in order to remain successful.

LRU’s President, Mr Alfred Muscat expressed the LRU’s appreciation for the tangible cooperation shown by Maltco Lotteries in helping the Lotto Agents to refurbish their point of sale.

Whilst Dr Noel Camilleri, President of the Malta Band Club Association also stated that “the POS Maintenance Support Scheme will assist our member’s Band Clubs to upgrade their Maltco Points of Sale and to provide to the agent and members an environment and service which meets today’s exigencies. Such a scheme creates a win-win situation to all parties involved including our Member’s Band clubs, and I am sure that this will be received very positively.”

Maltco’s CEO Mr Vasileios Kasiotakis, remarked that it is our aim to provide a contemporary image throughout Malta and Gozo’s biggest retail network and offer to our Maltese players the environment they deserve. It is in the best interest of both the Agents and the players that Maltco Lotteries has come up with such a Financial Support Scheme that should match today’s Maltese high retail environment standards.

For further information email info@maltco.net, visit the Maltco website: www.maltco.com.mt or call 2388 3000.

SOURCE: Maltco Lotteries Ltd.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Names Raul Bouchot Senior Client Services Representative

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LAS VEGAS, NV (March 19, 2018) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) is pleased to announce that it has named veteran gaming executive Raul Bouchot Senior Client Services Representative. In joining GLI’s growing Client Service team, Bouchot will play a key role in providing unparalleled and personalized customer service to the company’s valued gaming and lottery clients across the country and around the world.

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We are happy to welcome Raul to the Client Services team here at GLI,” said Manager of Client Services, Justine Clay. “Raul brings a wealth of gaming industry experience to his new position as Senior Client Services Representative. His expertise will no doubt enhance our ability to deliver world-class customer service to our valued clients.”

During his more than 25 years in the gaming industry, Bouchot has held key executive management positions with several major domestic and international gaming companies.

His skill set includes a strong emphasis on the Australasia, European, and Latin American gaming sectors.

He also brings a broad range of knowledge regarding slots and live and electronic table games.

Bouchot recently completed a consultancy as VP of Business Development with Vancouver, B.C.-based Jackpot Digital.

He assisted Jackpot Digital’s senior management in developing a new company culture as part of the purchase by Jackpot Digital of electronic table game manufacturer Pokertek, Inc., where Bouchot had served as Sr. VP of Business Development.

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Previously, Bouchot served as Business Development Manager for International Game Technology’s Multi-Player Series and Digi Deal product lines.

He also was the Executive VP and COO of TCS America, Inc. (dba TCSJOHNHUXLEY), where he was responsible for bottom-line operational management encompassing all aspects of manufacturing, sales, and finance. Bouchot also held several key management positions at Shuffle Master Gaming, including VP of International Sales, Director of Sales, and Regional Sales Manager.

He began his professional career at Tripp Plastics in Reno, Nevada, where he established the company’s casino sales division.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services.

GLI’s 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: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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Lottery and Betting Operator OPAP’s Horse races SA in Strategic Partnership with Nicosia Race Club

Two additional horseracing meetings per week and common pool for players in Greece and Cyprus

ATHENS, Greece (March 12, 2018) -- The strategic cooperation of OPAP’s Horse Races SA and Nicosia Race Club was presented in a special event that was held on Friday, March 9 at Athens Hippodrome in Markopoulo. The event was attended by the Board of Directors of Horse Races SA and representatives of the management of Nicosia Race Club. The entire horseracing community, owners, Greek and Cypriot jockeys, as well as coaches, were also present at the event and expressed their optimism for the big step by Greek and Crypriot horse races.

In the context of the new partnership, which is already met with success during its first steps, players from Greece can bet on races conducted at the Nicosia racetrack every Wednesday at 15:30 and every Sunday at 15:00, and participate in a common pool.

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2nd Vice President of Horse Races SA, Odysseas Christoforou and Chief Operations Officer of Horse Races SA, Kostas Alexopoulos welcomed the new partnership that enriches the betting product and thanked Nicosia Race Club.

Vice President of Nicosia Race Club, Alexis Charalampidis, stressed: “I hope that our partnership will soon enter the second phase, which includes new initiatives such as “All Star Show” events with the participation of Greek and Cypriot champions. The common goal of the two organizations is the constant upgrading of horse races and the enhancement of the partnership for mutual benefit”.

The President of the Association of Greek Owners of Racing Horses, Marios Koutsomitis, has mentioned: “I would like to congratulate Horse Races SA and OPAP for implementing steady steps for the development of Greek horse races.

The Association of Greek Owners of Racing Horses is open to any joint actions with Cypriot horse owners or Nicosia Race Club, aiming at the promotion of the horseracing product”.

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This new addition enriches the Pame Stoixima-Horse Races coupon, which already includes French horseracing (PMU), British and Irish races (GBI Racing), and South African meetings (Phumelela).

Fans have the opportunity to play the popular SUPERFECTA, SCORE 6 and JACKPOT 9 games of the Cypriot horse races, among other options.

The SWINGER, SCORE 4 / SCORE 6 and JACKPOT 9 bets offer guaranteed amounts of 1,000 Euros, 5,000 Euros and 20,000 Euros, in winnings respectively. The JACKPOT 9 game has handed out up to 1,000,000 Euros in winnings to players

The minimum bet is set at 2 Euros. In JACKPOT 9, the minimum bet is 0.5 Euros. Moreover, the SUPERFECTA bet costs 1 Euro per column for four combinations or more.

SOURCE: OPAP.

 

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OLG Selects Service Provider for Central Gaming Bundle

TORONTO, Canada (March 15, 2018) -- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) as the service provider for the Central Gaming Bundle, following a competitive procurement process.

The Central Gaming Bundle includes OLG Slots at Georgian Downs and Casino Rama Resort. Gateway will have the opportunity to build a new gaming and entertainment facility in Wasaga Beach or Collingwood. The proposed new facility will be subject to all necessary approvals.

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"Selecting Gateway is the latest step OLG is taking as we continue to bring new jobs and economic development to communities across Ontario," said Stephen Rigby, OLG's President and CEO.

"The investments Gateway will make in the central region will enhance the gaming experience for customers and help OLG increase its contribution to the Province of Ontario."

"We are very pleased to once again partner with OLG as the service provider in the Central Gaming Bundle. Gateway has become the standard for gaming and hospitality in Canada and the award of this bundle allows us to build on that leadership position," said Tony Santo, Gateway's Chief Executive Officer.

"We look forward to working with our new team members at Casino Rama Resort and OLG Slots at Georgian Downs.

To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance. In order to ensure an open and transparent process for all proponents, OLG has engaged the services of an impartial Fairness Monitor to advise throughout the process and provide oversight on the fairness of the procurement.

While Gateway will be responsible for the day-to-day gaming operations in the bundle, OLG will continue to:

  • Provide strategic oversight of the Central Gaming Bundle and Ontario gaming marketplace -- including approvals related to material operational changes
  • Conduct and manage gaming in the bundle
  • Require compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards
  • Be the owner of key player information
  • Require service providers to uphold the high standards of OLG's Responsible Gambling program, including the self-exclusion program
  • Make Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to host communities.

 

Gateway will be required to retain employees for a period of no less than 12 months in their current position and geographic location. Unionized employees will transfer to the service provider under the terms and conditions of their current collective agreement. Gateway will also be required to provide eligible employees with benefits and a registered pension plan.

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OLG has entered into a Transition and Asset Purchase Agreement with Gateway for the Central Gaming Bundle, which sets out the customary closing conditions to be satisfied for OLG and Gateway to enter into a Casino Operating and Services Agreement (COSA).

OLG expects that the service provider will take over day-to-day operations in summer 2018.

Gateway is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada. Operating in British Columbia, Edmonton and Ontario, Gateway has 6,000 employees and operates 25 gaming properties with 282 tables, over 9,500 slots, 68 restaurants and bars and 272 hotel rooms. As the selected service provider in Southwestern and Northern Ontario, Gateway will undertake two new planned builds in North Bay and Kenora. Gateway is undertaking an ambitious growth strategy to dramatically improve the customer experience and attract new customers. This includes the development of proprietary casino and food and beverage brands like Match Eatery & Public House and Atlas Steak + Fish. In 2017, Gateway celebrated 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Further information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.

OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $47 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.

SOURCE: OLG.

 

 

Fortuna Entertainment Group Report Net profit in 2017 Increased by 86.4%

AMSTERDAM (March 15, 2018) -- Fortuna Entertainment Group N.V. announces its preliminary unaudited consolidated financial results for the fiscal year to 31st December 2017, prepared according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

  • Total Amounts Staked in 2017 increased by 93.1% to EUR 2,007.1 million
  • Total Gross Win in 2017 increased by 87.4% to EUR 305.4 million
  • Total EBITDA amounted to EUR 55.0 million up 148.1% y-o-y
  • Net profit in 2017 increased by 86.4% to EUR 15.4 million

 

The strong preliminary financial results for 2017 reflect our growth strategy with investments into operational excellence, new platforms and regional expansion. Thanks to that, we recorded a substantial growth in all reported key indicators.

Our Amounts Staked increased by 93.1% yoy to EUR 2 billion, Gross Win amounted to EUR 305.4 million and EBITDA reached EUR 55.0 million a yoy increase of 87.4% and 148.1% respectively.

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If we adjust for one-off costs related to M&A and Integration, the EBITDA increased 169.0% y-o-y,” said Per Widerström, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Fortuna Entertainment Group.

Fortuna, the leading Central Eastern European regulated fixed-odds sports betting and gaming operator present in the markets of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Croatia recorded in 2017 total Amounts Staked figure of EUR 2,007.1 million, 93.1% more than in 2016. This increase was driven primarily by the growth in online, particularly in fixed-odds betting in all original countries, by online gaming in the Czech Republic and consolidation of new acquisitions of Hattrick Sports Group and Fortbet Romanian entities.

In 2017, total Gross Win reached EUR 305.4 million, an increase of 87.4% compared with 2016. The Gross Win increase was driven by Amounts Staked growth and improved profitability of retail sports betting channel as well as by the continuous strong performance of underlying key indicators. Gross Win margins improved in the second half of 2017 and especially in December 2017 thanks to favourable sport results and partially offset low margins in the first half of 2017 which were below average resulting in total Gross Win margin for 2017 of 15.2%.

Total consolidated EBITDA recorded in 2017 was EUR 55.0 million, up 148.1% yoy. EBITDA adjusted by one-offs related to M&A and integration costs was EUR 57.4 million, up 169.0% yoy.

In 2017 the Company recorded Net Profit for the period of EUR 15.4 million, 86.4% more than in the previous year. If adjusted by one-offs related to M&A and integration costs, the Net Profit would be EUR 20.3 million.

SOURCE: Fortuna Entertainment Group.

 

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The Quality Group – Lottery Solutions GmbH / New Focus - New Name

HAMBURG, Deutschland (March 2018) -- With its team of experienced lottery experts, TQG has developed from being a pure technology provider to a consulting company and solution provider. In order to communicate this expansion in services externally, The Quality Group Lottery Technology Systems GmbH (TQG-LTS) has changed its name to The Quality Group Lottery Solutions GmbH (TQG-LS). Since the beginning of 2018, the business activities of TQG in the lottery sector have been gathered together in The Quality Group Lottery Solutions GmbH (www.tqg-lotterysolutions.com).

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TQG-LS offers a full service for state-run lottery operators. With its TQG-LotterySuite standard software, TQG-LS provides an all-encompassing lottery management system, with a central Customer Management System (CRM) and modular game management, including draw management. The TQG-Lottery-Suite offers solutions for all of the sales channels innovative lottery companies use today.

TQG-LS supports lottery operators in every aspect necessary to achieve an optimised lottery process - from market analysis, creating the front-end and designing new games, to technical implementation, operation and service. The topics of system availability, data protection and performance, coupled with an innovative spirit, are what drive TQG-LS’s activities.

TQG-LS enables lottery companies to benefit from of all of the advantages of the TQG-LotterySuite standard software. These include, for example, cost-effectiveness in terms of software service and follow-up costs, the high quality and maturity of the software, as well as detailed technical and specialist documentation.

In addition, the TQG-LS customer benefits from lower investment costs and faster time to market for its new products. By using the TQG-LotterySuite standard software, a lottery can be operated successfully by a small number of people.

Karsten Hagemeister, COO and Head of Business Development at TQG-LS, is proud of the successes they have achieved: "Our customers have recognised the advantages of our approach and have already been able to use them when implementing their projects. The renaming to The Quality Group Lottery Solutions GmbH makes it even clearer what the lottery division of TQG is all about, while also under-scoring the focus of our activities."

For all enquiries please Contact: The Quality Group Lottery Solutions GmbH, Public Relations / Marketing Claudia Köhler, T: + 4940689468-41, Email: claudia.koehler@tqg-ls.com

SOURCE: The Quality Group Lottery Solutions GmbH (TQG-LS) (www.tqg-lotterysolutions.com).

 

 

PA Lottery's New MONOPOLY™ Second-Chance Drawing Opens

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (March 20, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's MONOPOLY™ second-chance drawing is now open, offering second chances to win up to $75,000.

VIP Players Club members can submit non-winning MONOPOLY™ Scratch-Off tickets into the second-chance drawing. The tickets, which began sale today, range in price from $1 to $10.

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Randomly selected entries will be awarded a $200 instant cash prize or a 5X or 10X multiplier. Plus, with each qualifying entry, players will have the opportunity to play the MONOPOLY™ Property Match Interactive Game, which is strictly play for fun.

Enter through the VIP Players Club at palottery.com or scan-to-enter using our official mobile app. Enter qualifying tickets as soon as possible after play. The entry deadline is May 24, 2018.

Review entry instructions, prize details, official rules, and drawing information at palottery.com. Mailed entries will be disqualified and late entries are not accepted. Winners will be announced in the Second Chance™ winners section of palottery.com.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $28 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

Players must be 18 or older. Please play responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for help with a compulsive gambling problem.

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

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

SOURCE: Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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From Construction to Cash Counting, AGE 2018 Has Everything a Hospitality Venue Needs

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SYDNEY, Australia (March 20, 2018) -- There’s a lot more to the Australasian Gaming Expo than gaming, with a veritable “who’s who” of exhibitors supplying a diverse range of hospitality related goods and services.

Already committed to this show are exhibitors in the following categories; audio visual and related entertainment systems, ATM equipment, building and construction services, cash handling equipment, music entertainment services, food and beverage suppliers, furniture suppliers, interior plant and landscape suppliers, flooring suppliers, guest paging systems and point of sale systems.

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Whether your venue requires a bespoke lighting solution or a hidden outdoor strip heating system, hospitality managers will be sure to find something.

In addition to 6 new exhibitors, as always this year’s AGE has an international flavour with exhibitors confirmed from the USA, Canada, Taiwan, New Zealand & the British Virgin Islands.

With 85% of the floor space sold out at AGE 2018, any hospitality supplier considering exhibiting at this year’s show will need to get moving to ensure a spot. For stand sales enquiries contact Judy Rayner on 0417990000 or visit http://austgamingexpo.com/forexhibitors/

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The Australasian Gaming Expo is on the 14th to the 16th August, 2018. Visitor registration

is available at www.austgamingexpo.com or call the Gaming Expo Help line on 02 9211 7430.

NOTE: The Australasian Gaming Expo is a trade exhibition, for management representatives of Gaming Industry Organisations only including government, regulatory, research and support bodies, clubs, hotels, casinos, resorts and similar Hospitality Industry venues. Trade suppliers are not eligible to attend the event unless exhibiting.

GTA’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, IGT (Australia), Interblock Asia Pacific, Konami Australia, Scientific Games and Tabcorp.

For further information contact: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

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Global Lottery Monitoring System President Inaugurates New Operational Hub in Hong Kong

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (March 20, 2018) -- The President of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), Ludovico Calvi announced on March 15 the official opening of the GLMS New Hub at the Hong Kong Jockey Club premises.

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GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, with GLMS Vice-President, Rupert Bolingbroke and the Hong Kong Hub Operational team, Franco Lai and Daniel Chan

GLMS and The Hong Kong Jockey Club have consolidated their strong cooperation by setting up an operational hub at the Club’s premises with the objective to monitor, detect, analyse and report irregular and suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of sport competitions.

GLMS main goal is to provide high quality information and Intelligence through a peerless monitoring system supplemented by an extended human analysis.

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GLMS President presents GLMS mission and vision to high level stakeholders in China

On March 20 the GLMS President has presented to our Chinese public stakeholders, China Sports Lottery Operations, China Sports Lottery Administration Center, China Ministry of Finance, Chinese Super League and China Ministry of Security the GLMS strategic objectives and new vision and mission.

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Giancarlo Sergi,

GLMS General Secretary

giancarlo.sergi@glms-sport.org

Evangelos Alexandrakis,

GLMS Deputy General Secretary

evangelos.alexandrakis@glms-sport.org

 

About GLMS

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 organizations. GLMS comprises 29 Members from all over the globe.

SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring System.

 

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INTRALOT Receives Anti-Bribery Management Systems Certification ISO 37001

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ATHENS, Greece (March 22, 2018) -- INTRALOT is proud to announce that it is one of the first companies in the gaming industry globally to be certified under the ISO 37001 standard for anti-bribery management systems. The certification was granted to INTRALOT Group CEO, Antonios Kerastaris, during an official ceremony held at the company’s premises in Athens on March 21 in the presence of the senior management of INTRALOT and TÜV HELLAS (TÜV NORD), the independent certification body which conducted the assessment procedure. The certification covers INTRALOT S.A. as a whole, the Business Headquarters in Maroussi and the Technology Division and Products and Services in Peania.

While receiving the award Mr. Antonios Kerastaris, INTRALOT Group CEO, underlined the company’s commitment to the fight against corruption stating “INTRALOT Group has established a corporate culture of transparency, integrity and compliance across its operations worldwide. The certification we received today is a testimony of our dedication to business ethics and the careful selection of our business partners following due diligence. We will continue to focus on placing internationally recognized good-practices and anti-bribery controls to our everyday operations securing sustainable growth for the benefit of our stakeholders.”

Mr. Yiannis Economidis, Certification Manager of TÜV HELLAS (TÜV NORD), has praised the high level of commitment of both top management and all of INTRALOT executives as well as the effective way of implementing the standard requirements to all operations of the company. Together with TUV HELLAS's CEO, Mr. Savvas Peltekis, congratulated all members of the Compliance Team for the successful completion of INTRALOT's certification process with the new ISO 37001: 2016.

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ISO 37001, Anti-bribery management systems, specifies a series of measures to help organizations prevent, detect and address bribery. These include adopting an anti-bribery policy, appointing a person to oversee anti-bribery compliance, training, risk assessments and due diligence on projects and business associates, implementing financial and commercial controls, and instituting reporting and investigation procedures.

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 55 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.32 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,300 employees (3,450 of which in subsidiaries and 1,850 in associates) in 2016, 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. Through the use of a dynamic and omni-channel approach, INTRALOT offers an integrated portfolio of best-in-class gaming systems and product solutions & services addressing all gaming verticals (Lottery, Betting, Interactive, VLT). Players can enjoy a seamless and personalized experience through exciting games and premium content across multiple delivery channels, both retail and interactive. INTRALOT has been awarded with the prestigious WLA Responsible Gaming Framework Certification by the World Lottery Association (WLA) for its global lottery operations.

For more info: Ms. Dimitra Tzimou, Corporate Relations Manager, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: tzimou@intralot.com - www.intralot.com

 

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The World of TÜV HELLAS (TÜV NORD) at a glance

TÜV HELLAS is a certification and inspection body, 100% subsidiary of the German TÜV NORD Group. It has been active in Greece since 1987, providing Third Party Inspection-Certification services, for all types of enterprises, in both the private and public sector, in the fields of Technology, Quality, Security, Energy, and the Environment.  TÜV HELLAS (TÜV NORD) has become a leader in the field of Inspection-Certification, offering services with prestige, reliability, visibility and added value. It has managed to link the Organisation’s name with the largest infrastructure and development projects in our country, contributing through its services to the quality and safety of products and constructions.

Subsidiaries in Cyprus, Egypt and Lebanon II Offices in Thessaloniki and Heraklion Crete II Worldwide presence through certifying and inspecting projects from Asia to Mexico and everywhere in Europe.

SOURCE: INTRALOT.

 

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Wymac Gaming Solutions Joins Gaming Technologies Association

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SYDNEY, NSW, Australia (March 22, 2018) -- The Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) is pleased to confirm Wymac Gaming Solutions as an Associate Member.

“Wymac Gaming Solutions is an increasingly influential industry participant and we welcome its expertise and knowledge to our Association” said GTA Chairman Adrian Halpenny. “Wymac will provide welcome input, particularly to GTA’s Technical Committee and to various important industry discussions.”

About Wymac Gaming Solutions

Wymac Gaming Solutionsis a solutions-focused manufacturer and developer of gaming machines, integrated promotional systems, electronics and consumables. For further information about Wymac Gaming Solutions contact info@wymac.com.au or +61 3 9543 7575

About GTA

GTA’s primary members are Ainsworth Game Technology, Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming Australia, IGT (Australia), Interblock Asia Pacific, Konami Australia, Scientific Games and Tabcorp. For further information about GTA contact: info@gamingta.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Technologies Association Limited.

 

 

Playtech BGT Sports Unveils Retail Cash-Out Improvements

LONDON, U.K. (March 21, 2018) -- Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has introduced several significant improvements to its unique retail cash-out tool.

Shop customers will now experience cash-out for a longer period, across more events and with improved margins on PBS’ proprietary self-service betting terminals (SSBTs).

The cash-out option will stay open for longer on matches with strong favourites, increasing the availability of the tool in multiple bets. Previously, players had to wait until traders had settled results, but the favourites price will now be factored in while the match is live, even if it’s not available as a selection.

Suspension times in-play have been reduced, significantly lengthening the time available for customers to both place and cash-out bets, driving stake turnover and operator revenue.

Tennis matches no longer suspend while players change ends and football matches go live much sooner after the occurrence of a match-changing event like a goal or penalty.

A further improvement will see margins now more consistent across market type and length of price. Overrounds are now shared equally across selections, allowing for more competitive pricing and a better user experience for bettors.

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It’s expected the upgrades to the PBS cash-out tool will further enhance retail customers betting experience, while bringing the high street shop in-line with its online counterparts.

John Pettit, Managing Director for UK, Ireland, Asia, and Australia at Playtech BGT Sports, said: “We believe the retail space can, and should, offer the same experience as digital, and improving our cash-out feature is one way of doing so.

“With lower suspension times, consistent margins and more events available with the cash-out option at any one time, customers will enjoy the flexibility and choice of bet offering that they deserve.”

Improvements to its cash-out service follow the recent announcement of the PBS MatchAcca tool, which allows customers to create their own single match multipliers based on related contingencies, a first for the retail sector.

About Playtech

Playtech is a market leader in the gambling and financial trading industries. Founded in 1999 and listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech has more than 5,000 employees in 17 countries.

Playtech is the gambling industry’s leading software and services supplier with more than 140 licensees globally, including many of the world’s leading regulated online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in newly-regulated markets. Its business intelligence-driven gambling software offering includes casino, live casino, bingo, poker and sports betting.

It is the pioneer of Omni-channel gambling which, through Playtech ONE, offers operators and their customers, a seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online, mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet. It provides marketing expertise, sophisticated CRM solutions and other services for operators seeking a full turnkey solution.

Playtech BGT Sports (“PBS”) is Playtech’s sports betting division, headquartered in Nicosia with more than 600 employees across 6 different business centres. PBS is the provider of the market leading Self Service Betting Terminals product with over 26,000 terminals supplied to retail operators in the UK and internationally as well as digital sports betting platforms and user interfaces to many major online licensees.

Playtech’s Financials division operates both on a B2C and B2B basis. Its B2C focused offering is an established and growing online CFDs broker, operating the brand markets.com. Its B2B offering includes the division's proprietary trading platform, CRM and back-office systems, as well as its liquidity technology platform which provides retail brokers with multi-asset execution, prime brokerage services, liquidity and complementary risk management tools.

SOURCE: Playtech plc (www.playtech.com).

 

 

Realistic Games Adds New Account Managers

Supplier bolsters client support with double signing

READING, U.K. (March 21, 2018) -- Award-winning casino supplier Realistic Games has moved to bolster its client support services with the appointment of two new account managers.

Colin Weaver and Lidia Suero started their roles last week and will be based in the provider’s office in Gibraltar to help their operator partners on the Rock.

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Weaver joins the team from Betsson, where he was Casino Insight Manager, after previous roles at Bet365, whilst Suero leaves an account manager role at Optima over the border in Spain.

Robert Lee, Commercial Director at Realistic Games, said: “We’re delighted to have Colin and Lidia on board and welcome them to the Realistic Games family at an exciting time.

“We have a host of great new games on the way and with an even stronger account management team to help role them out we are in a very strong position.”

Weaver added: “I’m very pleased to have joined Realistic Games and am excited about helping take one of the most respected suppliers in the industry to the next level as a business.”

Suero, who also previously worked for iGT, said: “I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and am looking forward to the next chapter in my career, as well as the development of Realistic Games in the coming months.”

About Realistic Games:

Based in Reading, Berkshire, Realistic Games is a leading supplier of high-quality, electronic gaming content to some of the world’s most successful operators. Our technologists, designers and modellers have many years of experience in both the land-based and digital gaming markets. We are passionate about the products we create. The team specialise in creating roulette, blackjack, slots, and fixed odds games tailored to a wide variety of devices, including PCs, iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets. The games are fully-hosted on our ReGaL games platform and are accessible to customers through a simple integration. ReGaL first went into production for Stan James in April 2011. Subsequent launches followed with BetVictor, Ladbrokes, bet365, Boylesports, Paddy Power, William Hill, Coral, Gala Bingo, Bede Gaming, Gaming Realms, Daub, Betfair, NYX, Rank, Optima, FSB, Leo Vegas, Vera and John, Betsson, GVC, and The Kindred Group.

SOURCE: Realistic Games press release.

 

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PA Gaming Control Board to Accept Interactive Gaming Petitions By Casinos Starting April 16th

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (March 14, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced that beginning on April 16, 2018, and for a period of 120 days, licensed Pennsylvania Casinos can petition the Board for an “Interactive Gaming Certificate.”

If approved, a Certificate Holder may be authorized to offer interactive gaming in three categories:

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  • peer-to-peer interactive games where players compete directly against other players, like poker
  • non-peer-to-peer interactive games where players compete against the dealer’s hand, which simulate table games
  • non-peer-to-peer interactive games which simulate slot machines

 

With this announcement, the Board’s process of issuing Interactive Gaming Certificates will begin as follows:

  • In the first 90 days, only existing Pennsylvania casinos may petition to offer all three categories; at an authorization fee of $10 million
  • From 91-120 days, existing Pennsylvania casinos may petition to offer one or more categories; at an authorization fee of $4 million per category

 

At the conclusion of the 120-day period, the Gaming Control Board may authorize a qualified gaming entity to file a Petition with the Board for an Interactive Gaming Certificate upon a finding of suitability.

Act 42 of 2017 allows for a total of 13 Interactive Gaming Certificates for each type of online gaming for a total of 39 certificates.

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The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in the PGCB’s Office of Hearings and Appeals located on the second floor of Strawberry Square Complex in Harrisburg.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, along with oversight of new gaming initiatives created through amendments to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act recently approved by the signing of Act 42 of 2017.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 17,000 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 gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

SOURCE: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 

 

Online Lottery Wagers to More than Double, Reaching $76 Billion by 2022, as Mobile Drives Demand

New markets & innovation deliver growth of 160%

HAMPSHIRE, U.K. (March 21, 2018) -- A new study from Juniper Research has found that online lotteries will be disrupted by the opening up of markets coupled with a drive towards mobile offerings. Wagers placed on online lotteries will increase from $29 billion in 2017, to $76 billion by 2022 with mobile devices accounting for more than half of this by 2022.

For more insights, download the free whitepaper: 3 Disruptors to Boost Online Gambling Revenues,

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New Markets Emerge

Mobile & Online Gambling: Casinos, Lotteries, Betting & VR 2018-2022, found that there will be a doubling of digital lottery users, from 317 million in 2018, to 624 million by 2022, driven largely by the Far East & China. The research anticipates that the considerable Chinese online lottery industry will re-emerge during the period, alongside the launch of a South Korean digital lottery this year.

Western markets face disruption too. Juniper believes that the US is on the cusp of a wave of legislation that will facilitate online gambling, following Pennsylvania's landmark decision to allow such activities in October 2017. Juniper also identifies New Jersey, New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Illinois as those set to follow. For state-run lotteries, legalisation will likely allow online delivery, as well as pools between states, further driving participation.

Disruptors Challenge Traditional Players

However, the research found constraints, with traditional lottery providers, often monopolies in their home markets, now facing increased competition. Research author Lauren Foye explained:

"The rise of lottery betting providers will concern traditional players; Juniper calls attention to Lottoland, which saw revenues of $320 million in 2016. The company enables users to effectively 'bet' on a range of lotteries globally, users pay to enter and pick the required numbers. Whilst customers do not buy a physical ticket, Lottoland's insurance model pays out on any wins, should they occur."

Juniper found that these activities are a draw for consumers seeking better odds or jackpots from international games, and as such, advises traditional providers to re-evaluate prize structures and entry fees.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

CONTACT: sam.smith@juniperresearch.com.

SOURCE: Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com)

 

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New Hampshire Lottery Will Not Appeal Powerball Ruling

CONCORD, N.H. (March 19, 2018) -- The New Hampshire Lottery will not ask Hillsboro Superior Court to reconsider findings or file an appeal in the Jane Doe v. New Hampshire Lottery Commission case, which allows for a $559.7 million New Hampshire Powerball winner to maintain her anonymity.

The New Hampshire Lottery issued the following statement:

"We respect the Court's decision and are satisfied to have a resolution. We are pleased that our winner has claimed her prize money and that she has already shared a substantial amount of her winnings with New Hampshire non-profit organizations-and has indicated plans for future donations. It is gratifying and humbling to see her commitment to the Granite State. We wish her and her family all the best.

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"We never want to be in an adversarial position with our players but we take our obligation to uphold the laws set forth by the New Hampshire Legislature seriously. Rather than appealing this ruling, we believe this matter should be taken up by the Legislature if it believes changes are in order.

"As the first state-run lottery in the country, the New Hampshire Lottery is proud to offer players fun, exciting and innovative games and we are proud of our track record of winning. Since we began offering Powerball, we have awarded 11 jackpot winners, including two record-setting jackpot winners in the last year and a half, and we look forward to having many, many more winners in the years to come, along with continuing our commitment to funding education in the Granite State."

New Hampshire Lottery

Since 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery has had a significant financial impact on the state. For the past 53 years, the New Hampshire Lottery has recorded more than $6.3 billion in lottery sales and other earnings, with over $4.2 billion paid in prizes and other cost of sales. Net proceeds to education total nearly $1.9 billion to date.

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission, located at 14 Integra Drive in Concord, currently manages all lottery operations in the state, including instant games, New Hampshire Powerball®, New Hampshire Mega Millions®, Tri-State Megabucks Plus, Tri-State Pick3®/Pick4® Daily Numbers games, Gimme 5, Fast Play games, Lucky For Life® and KENO 603.

SOURCE: The New Hampshire Lottery.

 




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