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Vol. 82 No. 5 - Monday January 29, 2018

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PA Lottery's Lots O'Luck Second-Chance Drawing Opens

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (January 23, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's Lots O'Luck second-chance drawing is now open, offering second chances to win up to $50,000.

Players may immediately enter non-winning O'Lucky 7s Scratch-Off tickets. Starting February 6, non-winning Tic-Tac-Luck Fast Play tickets can be entered.

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The random drawing will award 25 prizes of $1,000, ten prizes of $5,000 and one top prize of $50,000.

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 March 22, 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.

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

SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery.

 

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Bill Enables Lottery to Increase Return to Players

Lottery Bill Introduced Today

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (January 22, 2018) -- Representative Smith introduced HB 147 today, which is estimated to provide an additional $25 million in scholarship funding for students over the next five years.

The Lottery transferred $37.8 million to the scholarship fund in fiscal year 2017, which equates to paying sixty percent (60%) of a student’s tuition bill.

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A similar bill has been introduced in each of the prior three legislative sessions by Senator John Arthur Smith. It is very important the lottery continues to meet with and inform key constituents regarding legislation that impacts scholarship transfers.

The bill guarantees students a minimum of $38 million each year for the scholarship program which is a $200,000 increase over last year’s transfer. The bill includes a sunset provision that requires the lottery to return to the thirty percent (30%) mandate if scholarship proceeds fall below the $38 million floor.

By alleviating the mandate, the Lottery will be able to put more prizes in games, in turn increasing sales and thus increasing dollars raised for students.

The bill is a win for students and is like a bill passed in Oklahoma last June which repealed their mandated return. Oklahoma anticipates an additional $110 million in transfers over the next five years.

The mandate repeal in Oklahoma has been so successful that it is exceeding previous fiscal year estimates. So far, this fiscal year, they’ve seen a sixty percent (60%) increase in Scratcher sales and a forty percent (40%) increase in transfers.

Legislative Lottery Scholarships

All profits from the sale of New Mexico Lottery games fund an in-state college tuition assistance program.  Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has raised $755.2 million for education and more than 116,000 students have attended college on Legislative Lottery Scholarships.

More information about Legislative Lottery Scholarships is available at: www.nmlottery.com.

Follow the New Mexico Lottery on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nmlottery).

CONTACT: Wendy Ahlm, T: (505) 342-7638, (800) 642-6689, ext. 7638, E: wahlm@nmlottery.com.

SOURCE: New Mexico Lottery.

 

 

Pollard Banknote Receives Award for Its Commitment to Quality

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada (January 23, 2018) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (“Pollard Banknote”), a leading lottery partner that provides instant tickets, interactive solutions, and marketing support, is proud to announce that it was recently presented with the BSI Canada Award of Excellence for Management Systems. This award recognizes companies that demonstrate world-class management systems, as well as a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.

BSI Canada is a division of the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The internationally-recognized business standards organization provides metrics for best practices in systems management. BSI’s standards are leveraged by 80,000 clients in 182 countries, setting quality expectations around the globe.

The Award of Excellence was first presented in 2011, with the aim of recognizing organizations that demonstrate world-class systems and management, along with continual improvement over time. To select nominees for the Award of Excellence, BSI examined quality management systems, as well as audit performances and business results of organizations across Canada.  A multidisciplinary panel at BSI Canada then conducted interviews with employees, auditors, and client-facing personnel at 10 nominated organizations to select Pollard Banknote as the award recipient.

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This award is a testament to Pollard Banknote’s commitment to continuous improvement. At the core of the company’s business is a commitment to providing quality products to its customers. This is achieved through rigorous quality control systems and policies that are enforced and improved throughout the company. Quality and security of products are essential for an instant ticket provider, and Pollard Banknote’s management systems allow for consistency in the products it provides for over 60 customers around the world.

Pollard Banknote has spent many years building, auditing, refining, and improving its management system. The company achieved its first ISO certification in 1996 for Quality Management (ISO 9001), and is currently certified to OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), ISO 27001 (Information Security), and the World Lottery Association Security Control Standard (WLA-SCS). Most recently, the company expanded its Information Security Management System scope to include its iLottery customer support services in 2017.

Pollard Banknote is proud to be selected from such a strong pool of nominees, all highly respected organizations,” said Darrell Ward, Pollard Banknote’s Vice President of Manufacturing. “The active participation of Pollard Banknote’s employees in our integrated management system has been a key factor in creating a system that adds significant value to our business, and ultimately, our customers. The staff and management at Pollard Banknote are always looking for ways to improve our products, services, people, and management systems.”

Pollard Banknote’s management review, internal audit, and continuous improvement processes are very efficient,” said David Blaby, AVP, Operations, BSI Canada. “The company consistently demonstrates continuous improvement; in fact, additional systems, such as ISO 27001 and WLA-SCS have been implemented in order to protect client information and secure data privacy.  BSI recognizes that Pollard is a world-class organization and a worthy recipient of the BSI Award of Excellence.

Pollard Banknote strives to provide its clients with the most secure, high-quality products possible. This award contributes to the company’s sense of corporate pride and is a great indicator that it is meeting its goals, and has the policies and procedures in place to continue providing this level of quality in the future.

About Pollard Banknote

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide. We provide high quality instant ticket print products, licensed games, and a full suite of digital offerings ranging from game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including related strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales, and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in providing pull-tab tickets, bingo paper and its Diamond Game-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 73.5% by the Pollard family and 26.5% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at: www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

CONTACT:

 

Doug Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: dpollard@pbl.ca

John Pollard,

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: jpollard@pbl.ca

Rob Rose,

Chief Financial Officer,

Telephone: (204) 474-2323

E-mail: rrose@pbl.ca

 

SOURCE: Pollard Banknote Limited.

 

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INTRALOT Executive Joins Blockchain Lottery Operator as Chief Technology Officer

DOUGLAS, Isle of Man (January 22, 2018) -- The world’s first licenced blockchain lottery operator, Quanta, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of former Intralot Executive Konstantinos Farris.

Konstantinos joins the Isle of Man-based firm as Chief Technology Officer and will provide technical leadership and ensure Quanta’s powerful Ethereum blockchain technologies are used appropriately and effectively.

He will oversee IT project management, product testing and integration, and will work closely with Quanta’s experienced technical development teams. In addition, Konstantinos will develop technical aspects of the firm’s IT strategy.

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Konstantinos joins Quanta following a prosperous twenty-year career at Greek lottery giant Intralot; from 2007 to 2016 he was the Chief of Technology for the Intralot Group, holding the executive roles of General Technical Director then Group CTO.

Lee Hills, Chief Operating Officer at Quanta, said: “I am delighted to welcome Konstantinos to the team; he is a heavyweight when it comes to gambling and technology, and is a huge asset for us as we continue to leverage the power and capabilities of our blockchain platform.

It is going to be an exciting era in the gambling industry from a business and technical perspective, and we look forward to the vision and input Konstantinos will bring to the future global development of our business and IT strategies.”

Konstantinos Farris, Chief Technology Officer at Quanta, said: “I am thrilled to join Quanta at such an exciting time for the business. It is clear blockchain technologies have a significant place in the online gambling and lottery industries, and I am excited by the challenge of making Quanta a global leader in the space.”

Quanta is the first fully compliant blockchain lottery in the world. Built on the Ethereum blockchain, Quanta utilizes smart contracts for tickets sales, the selection of winners and prize payouts, ensuring fully autonomous, transparent, manipulation-proof gaming.

Developed with breakthrough RNG (random number generation), the first provably fair lottery can operate independently or be adopted as a white label solution.

Quanta’s decentralized global network provides not only safety and credibility to players and operators but democratizes the experience by making it available to people regardless of border or economic status

About Quanta

Quanta is the first fully compliant blockchain lottery in the world. Built on the Ethereum blockchain, Quanta utilizes smart contracts for tickets sales, the selection of winners and prize payouts, thus ensuring fully autonomous, transparent, manipulation-proof gaming. Developed with breakthrough RNG (random number generation), the first provably fair lottery can operate independently or be adopted as a white label solution. Quanta’s decentralized global network provides not only safety and credibility to players and operators but democratizes the experience by making it available to people regardless of border or economic status. This is a new lottery system that can deliver unprecedented trust and excitement.

SOURCE: Quanta press release distributed by GameOn Marketing.

 

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Online Privacy: European Online Gambling Operators File Data Protection Complaint Against Unlawful Payment Blocking Scheme in Norway

BRUSSELS, Belgium (January 18, 2018) --The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has asked the Norwegian Data Protection Inspectorate (DPI) to urgently investigate a Norwegian payment blocking scheme for serious breaches of the privacy of Norwegian citizens when conducting online payments. The scheme established by the Norwegian Gaming Authority (NGA) is in contravention of Norwegian Data Protection laws and the European Convention on Human Rights according to the EGBA, representing Europe’s leading online gambling operators.

The Norwegian Payment Blocking Regulation exists since 2010 and essentially prohibits businesses from carrying out payments of bets and prizes in online gambling services which do not have a licence in Norway. Despite the NGA’s own analysis which determined the payment blocking regulation to be ineffective,1 in March of 2017 the NGA suddenly imposed orders on Norwegian banks to block transactions to 7 identified account numbers.2

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According to the EGBA, the manner in which the NGA obtained that account number information breaches the privacy protection rules of Norwegian citizens, including citizens that do not have any financial relation with online gambling service providers. The only place the NGA could have obtained the information about these account number is from a database containing data of Norwegian citizens (the Foreign Exchange Register) to which the NGA has no right to access according to Norwegian law. To obtain the account information the NGA would have scanned and obtained login data of payment details belonging to Norwegians citizens that may or may not be not related to online gambling services – and this contravenes Norwegian citizens’ privacy rights as laid down by the European Convention of Human Rights.

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, comments: “Online data protection and the right to privacy are a major concern to all Norwegian and European citizens and rightly so. As more and more of our information goes online, we must be able to trust that our online data is protected. The data protection rules for online gambling companies are very stringent, and these companies are rightly expected and forced to comply with those rules - but the law requires the same from public authorities like the NGA. In this case we believe the NGA has made a clear breach of data protection rules which the Norwegian DPI should investigate and take appropriate action if necessary.

The underlying issue is that the current Norwegian online gambling law does not fit with today’s digital reality. Rather than focusing on keeping the Monopoly model in place with increasingly repressive but ineffective enforcement measures, the regulation should focus on the actual needs of Norwegian consumers and provide a safe and competitive offer which enables consumers to play online in a secure and highly regulated environment based on Norwegian law,” Haijer added.

 

(1) Evaluering av forskrift om forbud mot betalingsformidling til pengespill uten norsk tillatelse, Annex 4 (p. 2), Norwegian Gaming Authority (2012)

(2) Decree with order to reject payment transactions to and from foreign gambling operators, Norwegian Lottery Authority (2017)

 

For more information, please CONTACT: Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), E: maarten.haijer@egba.eu. T: +32 25 540 890

About the EGBA:

The EGBA is an association of leading European gaming and betting operators Bet-at-home, BetClic, GVC Holdings PLC, Expekt, Kindred Plc, ZEAL Network, Betsson Group and Bet365. The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) and Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) are affiliate members of EGBA. As a Brussels-based non-profit association, EGBA promotes the rights of more than 20 million adult European citizens to participate in online gambling of their choice in an informed, regulated, safe and secure environment. While online gambling remains a smaller part of the total gambling market (15%), based upon innovation, technology and digital consumer demand, online gambling transformed itself into an industry champion of the European digital economy with material spin-off effects towards other digital economies and strong synergies with sports. EGBA members have invested more than €600M into digital security and contributed to sports with more than €800M, mainly via sponsorship deal and purchasing innovative sports streaming rights.

SOURCE: EGBA (www.egba.eu).

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Invites ICE 2018 Attendees to Make Success the Only Option

  • GLI on Stand N3-210;
  • CEO James Maida Speaking on Panel
  • "Business Leaders: Doing Business in Indian Country" on 6 February

 

 HAARLEM, The Netherlands (January 22, 2018) – In an ever-changing world of new technologies, at ICE 2018 Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) will have a team of collaborative industry experts on its stand to help regulators, operators, and suppliers to pave a way for success.

GLI will be on stand N3-210, where its team of global experts will meet with attendees and present the many ways GLI can help regulators, operators, suppliers in land-based gaming, iGaming, and lottery make success the only option.

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Additionally, GLI President/CEO James Maida will address ICE attendees on the panel "Business Leaders: Doing Business in Indian Country" at 14:30 on 6 February. Tribal gaming is a $32 billion a year industry, and GLI has been working with Tribal leaders, operators, and regulators since the beginning. Maida will help attendees understand the similarities and differences between Tribal gaming and the global market.

"Each of the 1,100 employees at GLI is committed  to delivering the highest levels of quality and accuracy, rapid testing times, and supreme resource capacity to our clients in land-based, online, and lottery. We are thrilled with the opportunity to present our leading services at ICE, and we look forward to welcoming the industry to this outstanding event," said GLI EMEA Managing Director Martin Britton.

In addition to its land-based services, at ICE, GLI will be discussing its global leadership in testing all areas of iGaming, including:

  • DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports
  • iLottery
  • eSports
  • Geo-Location
  • Interactive Games
  • Internet Gaming
  • Live Dealer
  • Mobile Gaming
  • Play-for-Fun
  • Professional Services
  • Platforms / RGS (Remote Gaming Services)
  • RNG (Random Number Generator)
  • Security Auditing
  • Skill-Based Games
  • Social Gaming
  • Sports Betting

 

GLI’s experts also provide a wide range of testing, certification and professional services for operations of all sizes, including lotteries who are upgrading systems. Additionally, GLI Cybersecurity Services will discuss tools to help regulators, operators, and suppliers shore up their cybersecurity defenses to be better prepared to detect and react to a cyberattack.

Earlier this year, GLI acquired NMi Gaming, providing NMi’s clients with instant global reach through GLI’s accredited 475 jurisdictions. NMi will be on stand N4-122. Both GLI and NMi representatives can discuss all available services.

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.

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

 

Fortuna Entertainment Group N.V. Provide Pre-Close Trading Update 2017

AMSTERDAM (January 17, 2018) – Fortuna Entertainment Group N.V. (further „FEG“ or „the Company“), announces updates of its full year guidance based on the preliminary unaudited financial results:

  • Group´s Amounts Staked for the full year 2017 are expected to be on the  previously communicated guidance of EUR 1,900 million.
  • Group´s EBITDA growth in 2017 is expected to be in the range of 135% to 150% y-o-y, compared to the previous guidance of 80 - 95% yoy. The key reasons are higher sports book margins than expected in Q4 and especially in December 2017 thanks to favourable sports results as well as to the continued strong performance of underlying key indicators.
  • Total CAPEX in 2017 is expected to be on previously communicated guidance range between EUR 11-14 million.

 

FEG will release the 2017 preliminary unaudited financial results on 15 March 2018.

SOURCE: Fortuna Entertainment Group N.V.

 

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Research Update: UMass Amherst Team Reports Gambling Research Results to Massachusetts Gaming Commission

First Major Cohort Study of Adult Gambling in the United States

AMHERST, Massachusetts (January 10, 2018) -- Results of a baseline study on gambling behavior in Massachusetts that establishes how people participated – or not – in gambling prior to the opening of any casinos were reported today to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) by epidemiologist Rachel Volberg and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences. This is the first major cohort study of adult gambling to be carried out in the United States.

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Volberg and colleagues were selected by the MGC in 2013 to conduct a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive, multi-year study on economic and social impacts of introducing casino gambling in the state. The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) team is examining an array of social and economic effects.

As part of MGC’s robust research agenda, today’s results are from the separate Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) study of factors critical to developing strategic and data-driven problem gambling services. Cohort studies survey the same individuals over time and provide information on how gambling and problem gambling develops, progresses and how individuals may experience remission. “This has significant value as it can highlight risk and protective factors important in developing effective prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services,” Volberg notes.

Today’s report is based on analyses of 3,096 Massachusetts residents who completed the SEIGMA baseline study of self-reported past-year gambling behaviors in Wave 1 in 2013/2014 and Wave 2 in 2015. The researchers observed a statistically significant increase in overall gambling participation as well as in participation in casino gambling and horse race betting within the cohort between Wave 1 and Wave 2. They also report a statistically significant increase in the cohort in the average number of gambling formats engaged in over the previous 12 months. However, in all cases this increase was “quite small,” they note, between 2 and 3.2 percent.

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Prior to beginning this research, Volberg predicted that the state’s sweeping research initiative would change the intellectual landscape and knowledge base about gambling, and she says results released today support that view. “This tells us new things, but it is nuanced,” she notes. “Based on this new study, researchers will think about gambling behavior in new ways.”

One interesting finding is “the apparent ease with which people move in and out of problem gambling status within a given year,” the lead author points out. “It’s pretty clear that people phase in and out of the problem gambling group. This movement is different than the way problem gambling has been characterized in the past. Until recently, the general orientation has been that disordered gambling is an unremitting chronic condition.” According to the report, only 49.4 percent of individuals who were Problem or Pathological Gamblers in Wave 1 were in this same category in Wave 2, with sizeable portions transitioning into At-Risk Gambling and Recreational Gambling.

At-Risk Gamblers were the most unstable members of the cohort, with only 37.5 percent being in the same category in both waves. Most of these individuals transitioned to Recreational Gambling, but a significant minority transitioned to become Problem or Pathological Gamblers.

Volberg adds, “We’ve seen this movement in studies done in other jurisdictions, but this will be news to some researchers who are used to thinking of problem gambling as a progressive and chronic disorder.”

MGC Research and Responsible Gaming Director Mark Vander Linden states, “There is great value for the MGC and our public health partners in knowing the movement of people into and out of problem gambling because this data has public health implications for identifying and supporting the spectrum of services that will be most useful in preventing and treating problem gambling.”

An important aspect of all physical and mental disorders is incidence, Volberg says. That is the proportion of a population that newly develops a condition over a specified period of time.

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The study reported today found problem gambling incidence in Massachusetts, at 2.4 percent, to be high compared to studies elsewhere. The authors point out, however, that those other studies have different “gambling landscapes,” used different measures of problem gambling and had shorter follow-up periods.

The report notes that the cause of the high incidence rate is unclear given that there was no significant change in the actual availability of legal gambling opportunities in Massachusetts during this time period. Researchers suggest that post-casino cohort survey data will shed additional light on the incidence rate in Massachusetts.

In addition to Volberg and colleagues at UMass Amherst, co-investigator Robert J. Williams of the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, provided oversight of study design and implementation as well as help with data analysis and reporting. Future analyses will focus on predictors of problem gambling onset and whether there are gender differences in these predictors as well as predictors of problem gambling remission and the extent to which accessing treatment is one of these factors.

Link to SEIGMA blog post.

Link to MGC site and report.

CONTACT:  Janet Lathrop, 413.545.0444; jlathrop@umass.edu | Rachel Volberg, rvolberg@schoolph.umass.edu | Elaine Driscoll, 617.571.2964; Elaine.Driscoll@state.ma.us.

SOURCE: Massachusetts Gaming Commission Communications.

 

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Lotto NZ Choose Cloudcheck

NEW ZEALAND (January 22, 2018) -- Leading local Electronic Identity Verification provider and RegTech company Verifi Identity Services (‘Verifi’) has today announced that the New Zealand Lotteries Commission (‘Lotto NZ’) has successfully implemented Verifi’s Cloudcheck product for online age verification.

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Lotto NZ has integrated Cloudcheck into the account sign-up process for its new online Instant Play games to ensure all players are over the age of 18. A player can use their driver licence or passport details to prove that they are over the age 18 in just a few seconds providing a seamless player experience.

We’re extremely proud that Lotto NZ has chosen a local company to assist them in verifying the age of their players,” says Verifi’s Managing Director Vincent McCartney.

Cloudcheck is predominantly used by entities to assist them in meeting their obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act 2009 by electronically verifying their customer’s details,” explains McCartney, “but the successful implementation of Cloudcheck by Lotto NZ shows that it can be used by any sector that needs to verify the personal details of its customers such as education providers, online liquor stores and peer-to-peer websites.”

About Verifi

Verifi is a leading provider of online electronic identity verification solutions and PEP screening to companies requiring name, date of birth and address verification of their customers.

Verifi was founded in 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand by legal and financial services professionals Tyler McNamee and Vincent McCartney, and interactive pioneers Karl von Randow and Matthew Buchanan of Cactuslab. Together they provide over 30 years of global financial services experience and 30 years of modern, functional and accessible web solutions.

SOURCE: Press Release: Verifi Identity Services.

 

 

ICE London to Host Official Launch of ICE Africa

LONDON, U.K. (January 22, 2018) -- ICE London, the world’s most international gaming event, will host the official launch of its sister show, ICE Africa, scheduled to take place in October.  The official launch reception will be held in the Pyramid Bar, ExCeL London on the Tuesday of ICE (6 Feb), from 6pm to 7.30pm, and is an invitation only event.

ICE Africa, which will comprise an exhibition and co-located ICE VOX style conference dedicated to the development of the domestic industry, marks the first occasion the ICE brand has been extended beyond its London, UK, home.  The launch reception will provide an invaluable opportunity to network with industry leaders and international stakeholders who have a mutual interest in the successful development of a sustainable gaming industry in Africa.

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Commenting on the extension of the ICE brand into Africa, Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion Gaming, explained: “Whilst the scale of ICE Africa will not be the same as ICE London, we will be bringing the same level of commitment, thinking, creativity and professionalism that has made ICE London the world’s favourite B2B gaming event.  There has already been a significant uptake for the launch reception where attendees can participate in key conversations and build important working relationships with the stakeholders of key African regions during their time at ICE London.”

She continued: “We launched in Africa following requests from the industry for us to develop and organise a professional showcase that the continent could be proud of.  Similarities with ICE will be based around the standards of organisation, of content and of professionalism that we are bringing to this new event brand.  Whilst there is huge growth in Africa, it takes many decades of nurturing to develop an event anywhere close to the scale of ICE, which in 2018 will comprise over 500 exhibitors occupying 43,500 sqm of net space.”

 ICE London is the world’s most international business-to-business gaming event, with 151 countries represented by the record 30,213 visitors who attended the 2017 edition. Featuring world-leading innovators drawn from across the gaming landscape, ICE London provides visitors with the most comprehensive shop window on the international industry. To register for 2018 edition of ICE London, which will comprise 500+ exhibitors occupying a record 43,500sqm of net space, visit: icetotallygaming.com.

SOURCE:  Press Release from Clarion Events.

 

 

Slot Creator Tom Horn Agrees to Make Available Full Portfolio to Platform Provider Digitain Deal

MALTA (January 23, 2018) -- Leading slots provider Tom Horn Gaming has agreed a deal to supply its full portfolio of titles to Digitain.

Tom Horn’s full portfolio of video slots will be made available to the industry-leading sports betting and online gaming platform provider.

Omni-channel offerings including 243 Crystal Fruits, Book of Spells, Dragon Egg and Panda’s Run will all be integrated by Digitain.

Ondrej Lapides, CEO at Tom Horn Gaming, said: “Tom Horn Gaming enjoyed a 2017 to remember and it’s great to kick off the new year by agreeing a partnership with Digitain.

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We have put a lot of effort into ensuring our portfolio is as immersive and exciting as it possibly can be, and we hope that Digitain’s players enjoy what we have to offer.”

Suren Khachatryan, Digitain CEO, said: “We’re always looking to add high-quality games to ensure our players remain loyal and happy, and that’s what we have done with Tom Horn.

Their portfolio contains something to suit every taste and we are sure they are going to prove very popular. We look forward to pushing forward to achieve common goals.”

Tom Horn Gaming is a leading casino software supplier with an extensive portfolio of titles, all of which feature with pitch-perfect sounds and eye-catching graphics.

The Tom Horn Gaming team will be attending ICE 2018 in London, demonstrating its games on stand N7-410.

About Tom Horn Gaming

Tom Horn Gaming is an omni-channel software supplier with a rich portfolio of casino games. This includes an extensive collection of cross-platform video slots, available on mobile, desktop and terminal. Their content boasts a multitude of features and promotional tools, as well as a wide variety of themes. It also offers eye-catching graphics and engaging maths models, which have been carefully developed to suit players in international markets. The company’s considerable experience in both the online and land-based environment, allows them to deliver highly-engaging and commercially successful content that players want to play. For more information visit: www.tomhorngaming.com.

SOURCE: Tom Horn Gaming.

 

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Stadium Casino, LLC High Bidder At Second Category 4 Casino Auction

HARRISBURG, PA (January 24, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today held the second in a series of auctions in a process that establishes the order in which the winning bidders select a location for a Category 4 casino.

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In today’s public bid opening, in which 4 bids were received, Stadium Casino, LLC, which holds a Category 2 license and will construct a casino in Philadelphia, was the high bidder with a bid of $40,100,005. Stadium Casino, LLC is a joint venture between the Cordish Companies and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, LP which currently operates the Parx Casino in Bucks County.

The center of the Category 4 location, which is an area 30 miles in diameter, chosen by Stadium Casino, LLC is located in Derry Township in Westmoreland County.

Stadium Casino, LLC is required to pay the bid price to the Commonwealth within two business days, and then has up to six months to submit an application for the Category 4 Slot Machine License.

The application will contain the precise site of the proposed Category 4 casino, as well as detailed plans and information concerning the proposed building plan, amenities, employment projections and other related information. Once the application is received and determined to be complete, the Board will post public information about the project on its website for interested persons to review.

A Category 4 Slot Machine License would permit the entity to operate between 300 and 750 slot machines. The entity could also petition for permission to initially operate up to 30 table games for an additional fee of $2.5 million with the capability of adding an additional 10 tables games after its first year of operation.

In the first auction held on January 10, 2018, Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC, which operates Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, was the high bidder with a bid of $50,100,000. The center of that Category 4 location is located in the Borough of Yoe in York County.

Both Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association and Stadium Casino, LLC are ineligible to bid on additional Category 4 locations during the initial round of auctions. The Gaming Control Board could hold a subsequent round if all 10 available licenses are not auctioned off. If that occurs, successful bidders in the initial round could compete for additional Category 4 casino locations.

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Additional information on the Category 4 auction process is available on the Board’s web site at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

The Gaming Control Board plans to hold its next public auction on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in its Harrisburg Public Hearing Room in Strawberry Square just prior to its regularly scheduled Board meeting. The auction will also be streamed live from the Board’s web site. Subsequent auctions are planned every two weeks thereafter on Wednesdays at the same time and location.

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 to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act recently approved through 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 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 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: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

 




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