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Totolotek, INTRALOT’s Subsidiary in Poland Renews EL Responsible Gaming Certification

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ATHENS, Greece (April 17, 2018) -- INTRALOT Group proudly announces that its subsidiary in Poland, Totolotek S.A., one of the leading and the longest operating omni-channel betting companies in Poland, has been recertified by the European Lotteries for its commitment to EL Responsible Gaming principles. EL recertifies operators every three years, with Totolotek first receiving certification for its responsible gaming programmes in 2015.

On the occasion of the accreditation, Mr. Adam Lamentowicz, CEO of Totolotek, stated: “INTRALOT Group fosters responsible gaming as a means of sustainable growth. Our recertification is a great achievement and recognition of Totolotek’s cross-functional efforts to always adhere to the principles of responsible gaming. We work with EL to continuously improve our RG programmes and support the lottery community to the fight against illegal gambling.”

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Mr. Edmundo Martinho, Chair of the European Lotteries CSR/Responsible Gaming Committee, congratulated Totolotek underlining: “I would like to thank Totolotek for its commitment to the EL Responsible Gaming standards. Together with our members we always strive to align lottery and betting operations across Europe with the responsible gaming principles for the benefit of the players and the society at whole. Totolotek has been a valuable partner towards this goal.”

Totolotek has successfully passed the certification through an external audit carried out by the independent EL-approved assessor TUV for offering players the highest standards of responsible gaming operations.

The European Lotteries is the umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for public benefit. EL brings together state-owned and private operators, both profit and non-profit, who offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.

About INTRALOT

INTRALOT, a public listed company established in 1992, is a leading gaming solutions supplier and operator active in 52 regulated jurisdictions around the globe. With €1.1 billion turnover and a global workforce of approximately 5,100 employees (3,100 of which in subsidiaries and 2,000 in associates) in 2017, INTRALOT is an innovation – driven corporation focusing its product development on the customer experience. The company is uniquely positioned to offer to lottery and gaming organizations across geographies market-tested solutions and retail operational expertise. 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: Mr. Chris Sfatos, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Phone: +30-210 6156000, Fax: +30-210 6106800, email: sfatos@intralot.com.

SOURCE: INTRALOT (www.intralot.com).

 

 

CT Lottery Wins “Local Corporation of the Year” Award from Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council

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ROCKY HILL, CT (April 16, 2018) -- The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) recently presented the CT Lottery with the prestigious “Local Corporation of the Year” award at its Annual Awards Luncheon in Hartford on April 12, 2018.

The “Local Corporation of the Year” award goes to a corporation that displays strong support for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) as a community.  In most cases, this corporation must have had strong impact increasing procurement opportunities for the MBEs in the Greater New England area by showing an increase in dollars awarded to MBEs from year to year.  The corporation must also display strong support for the GNEMSDC and its efforts to develop business relationships with MBEs.  The corporation acts as a role model for other corporations to follow and tracks its progress in developing MBEs and supportive activities.

The CT Lottery has consistently demonstrated strong support for minority businesses throughout New England, and for the aspirational goals of GNEMSDC: economic inclusion; and minority business development,” said Peter Hurst, President and CEO for GNEMSDC.  “The CT Lottery is a role model for all those private and public sector organizations that are looking to purchase goods and services from MBEs, and is a valuable partner to GNEMSDC.”

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I am very proud that GNEMSDC has recognized the CT Lottery and its staff, especially our Corporate Responsibility Team, for this amazing accomplishment,” said Chelsea Turner, Interim President and CEO for the CT Lottery.  “It’s an honor to accept this award in recognition of our continued commitment to promoting minority-owned businesses and economic inclusion in Connecticut.  Through these efforts, the CT Lottery’s supply chain has been strengthened and simultaneously we’ve supported local and minority businesses.”

The CT Lottery prides itself on being an active proponent in the Connecticut business community.  For the last 7 years, the Lottery has partnered with the GNEMSDC and collaborated with The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States and nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations.

In 2012, the CT Lottery hired Winston Strategic Partners, an outside consulting firm located in Norwalk, to help formalize a “Best in Class” Supplier Diversity Program.  Winston Strategic Partners helped enhance the CT Lottery’s Supplier Diversity program and provide a blueprint for the future.  Through this, the CT Lottery has partnered with over fifty minority businesses in the past few years alone.

In May, the CT Lottery will partner with GNEMSDC to host a general business opportunity matchmaking event with our Information Technology, Purchasing and Marketing departments participating.  Along with the CT Lottery, vendors can meet corporations for “matchmaking sessions” that consist of a series of 10 minute one-on-one interviews.

About GNEMSDC:

The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) advances business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. One of the region’s leading corporate membership organizations, GNEMSDC was incorporated in 1975 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

GNEMSDC is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. GNEMSDC is one of the 24 regional councils represented across the US territories. GNEMSDC serves the six (6) New England States, which are MA, CT, RI, ME, NH, and VT.

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We deliver our services to certified minority businesses and corporate members through the core value, which is Certify, Develop, Connect, and Advocate.

About WBENC:

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.  WBENC accomplishes this by focusing on the core values of Certification, Opportunities, Resources and Engagement.

About CT Lottery Corporation:

Lottery sales benefit Connecticut's residents in valuable ways.  In fiscal year 2017, players won more than $756.3 million in prize money and retailers earned $68 million in commissions.  At the same time, the CT Lottery provided $330 million to support the valuable services and programs funded by the state’s General Fund including public health, libraries, public safety, education and more.  Since the Lottery began in 1972, our contributions to the General Fund have exceeded $9.4 billion.

The CT Lottery reminds the public that purchasers must be 18 or older.  If you gamble, use your GameSense.  For information about the CT Lottery, stop by any CT Lottery retailer, visit CTLOTTERY.ORG, join us on Facebook (facebook.com/CTLottery), Instagram (Instagram.com/ctlottery), Twitter (twitter.com/ctlottery), or call (860) 713-2700. 

SOURCE: CT Lottery press release.

 

 

Tennessee Lottery Sets New Record for Sales; Total Raised for Education Crosses $4.5 Billion

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 16, 2018) -- The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation has again set records for sales as it closes out its third quarter of Fiscal Year 2018. Additionally, gross sales since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2018, which began on July 1, 2017, are 9 percent ahead of the same time period last year.

The third quarter’s $107.3 million transfer to the Lottery for Education Account is the second highest of any quarter since the Lottery began selling tickets on January 20, 2004, and brings the total amount generated for education to more than $4.5 billion.

The Lottery continues its commitment to raising the bar for our success,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery.

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And record sales equal more dollars for the grants and scholarships that allow any eligible student to enroll in a post-secondary school in Tennessee.”

Highlights from the third quarter period of January 1, 2018, through March 31, 2018, include:

  • Third quarter instant ticket sales of $364.6 million were the highest for any quarter since inception.
  • March total gross sales of $172.5 million were the highest ever for the month of March and second highest for any month since inception.
  • March’s instant ticket sales of $138.7 million were the second highest since ticket sales began.
 

 

With the Lottery’s stellar year-over-year performance, Lottery-funded education initiatives continue to grow and achieve national recognition,” said Ms. Hargrove.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $4.5 billion to fund designated education programs, including after-school programs, college grants and scholarships and the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiatives.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $12.4 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.1 billion in retailer commissions.

For additional information, visit tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun. Play Responsibly.

CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, T: 615-324-6556, E: kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com.

SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

 

Codere celebrates the 10th anniversary of the first sports bet in Spain

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SPAIN (April 16, 2018) -- Codere, Official Betting House of Real Madrid CF, celebrates today the tenth anniversary of the beginning of sports betting in Spain, activity in which the Company was a pioneer in the country.

On April 16, 2018, the first bet was taken in Spain and it was at Bingo Canoe, flagship of Grupo Codere in Spain.

As the press gathered at that time, at that time the Company had planned to have 70 stores, both its own and with alliances with partners, by the end of the year.

A decade later, Codere Apuestas is present in more than 2,500 points of sale distributed throughout the country, where it offers the best and widest range of leisure, faithful to its commitment to make available to its local customers conceived as meeting places in which to share and live the passion of sport.

SOURCE: Codere press release.

 

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Gaming Innovation Group Appoints Anna-Lena Åström New Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

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ST. JULIAN'S / Malta (April 16, 2018) -- Gaming Innovation Group plc (GiG) is happy to officially announce the appointment of Anna-Lena Åström to Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, adding her proven expertise to support the iGaming and technical solutions provider in its sustained period of growth.

Anna-Lena Åström is joining GiG from iGaming solutions provider Kambi Group plc, listed on the Stockholm stock exchange, where she successfully built and managed the investor relations function during the four years prior to this appointment.

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She has over 20 years international experience from the financial industry and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Stockholm University in Sweden. She will be reporting directly to the GiG Group CEO Robin Reed.

Anna-Lena Åström, Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at GiG:

"I am extremely excited to join GIG at this point of fast pace and high growth. Group CEO Robin Reed is visionary and inspirational and supported by strong leaders teamed with a dynamic and inclusive company culture. GiG has great potential and I look forward to assisting the market in developing its understanding of its business and unique iGaming ecosystem. I strongly support its vision of 'Opening up iGaming, to make if fair and fun for all'."

About GIG:

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. is a technology company providing products and services throughout the entire value chain in the iGaming industry. Founded in 2012, Gaming Innovation Group’s vision is ”To open up iGaming and make it fair and fun for all”. Through our eco-system of products and services, we are connecting operators, suppliers and users, to create the best iGaming experiences in the world. Gaming Innovation Group operates out of state of the art offices in St George's Bay, Malta and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GIG.

For further information, CONTACT: Natasha Gowans, Head of Communications, T: (+356 79699763), E: pr@gig.com.

SOURCE: Gaming Innovation Group plc.

 

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Successful Completion of APLA/WLA Seminar 2018: Report

INDIA (April 16, 2018) -- Sugal & Damani and Future Gaming successfully hosted the Asia Pacific Lottery Association/ World Lottery Association Seminar 2018 based on the theme “Lotteries Beyond Fortunes” at New Delhi, India.

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The seminar was attended by around 100 delegates from 23 countries. It was graced by a large number of distinguished speakers and lottery and gaming industry executives who shared their valuable experiences and insights on the global lottery and gaming industry and also highlighted the key challenges and opportunities in markets like India.

Mr. Sugalchand Jain, Chairman Emeritus, Sugal & Damani shared his vision on Lotteries for good causes, aligned with the main theme of the seminar “Lotteries Beyond Fortunes”.

Mr. Dato Lawrance, Chairman - APLA appreciated the excellent arrangements made by the APLA/WLA 2018 committee in his closing remarks.

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The seminar concluded with the announcement to have next APLA regional conference at Malaysia in Oct, 2018.

The guests also witnessed a grand cultural extravaganza with dance performances from various regional states and Bollywood performances thus presenting a true Kaleidoscope of cultures in India.

The guests also found the time to explore the historic city of New Delhi, dotted with various UNESCO world heritage sites, where the old and the modern blends seamlessly.

The seminar culminated with the grand tour of Taj Mahal, the monument of love, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

About Sugal & Damani Group:

 

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Sugal & Damani Group is a 45 year old privately held business conglomerate with leadership in Indian lottery business and presence in 3 continents.

It is the parent organization of leading Lottery and Gaming technology provider SKILROCK TECHNOLOGIES.

The group is also the largest state government lottery operator in India and runs the second largest commercial services business “Payworld” with 65,000 retail touch points along with having diverse business interests ranging from real estate to power generation to stock broking and more.

 

 

SOURCE: Our thanks to Sourabh Goyal, Manager, Marketing & Sales, Skilrock Technologies for the above report.

 

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PA Lottery Expands Debit, Mobile Pay Options

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (April 12, 2018) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery is expanding debit and mobile pay options to make playing games more convenient for the growing number of players who carry little cash.

"Just like any business, the Pennsylvania Lottery wants to make it easy for customers to make purchases in a way they find convenient," said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. "The older Pennsylvanians who benefit from Lottery sales are counting on us to modernize and stay competitive in an evolving retail environment."

Over the past year, the Lottery has been adding debit PIN pads to many of its newer touch-screen, self-service vending units and at stores where games are sold from the counter. More than 2,100 sales counters and 400 touch-screen vending units now have the equipment.

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The PIN pads also accept mobile payment options including Google Pay and Apple Pay, as well as cards with "tap to pay" capability.

"Research shows that carrying cash has fallen out of favor with many consumers," Svitko added. "One study showed nearly half of those asked carry less than $20 in their wallets."

While the Lottery's point-of-sale PIN pads do not accept credit, nothing in law or policy prevents credit card sales of lottery games. Retailers may accept credit cards at their discretion.

"It's good business for the Lottery to offer the flexibility that today's consumers want," Svitko said. "No matter how they pay, we ask players to play responsibly and within their means."

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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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Gambling Commission Appoints Neil McArthur as Chief Executive

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (April 12, 2018) --

Neil McArthur has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission with immediate effect. He had been acting as Interim CEO since Sarah Harrison MBE left the organisation at the end of February.

Today’s announcement follows a thorough search and highly competitive process to recruit the role.

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Bill Moyes, Chair of the Commission, said “Neil’s appointment is great news for the Commission. He brings to the role a thorough understanding of gambling issues and regulation, along with proven commitment to making gambling fairer and safer.

I’m looking forward to working even more closely with Neil as he leads the Commission to make significant progress in raising standards, protecting consumers and the public from gambling-related harm and improving the performance of the National Lottery.’’

Neil McArthur said “I’m looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead to make gambling fairer and safer.

I am really proud of the Commission’s achievements over the last 12 years, but there is a lot more to do.

Ensuring consumers are empowered to make informed choices about gambling while addressing and reducing the harms that can come from gambling is a challenge that cannot be overcome by us alone.

It needs continued strong partnerships with other regulators, consumer representatives and government. Most importantly, it requires gambling operators to treat their customers fairly and they can expect us to be tough but fair in making sure they meet their responsibilities.”

CONTACT: press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.

 

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14 Tennesseans Win Over $3.6 Million from Non-Winning Instant Lottery Tickets

Play It Again! Program Gives Players a 2nd Chance to Win Cash

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 13, 2018) -- The Tennessee Lottery’s “Play It Again!” program awarded more than $3.6 million to 14 lucky Tennesseans this week, with prizes ranging from $1,000 to $2 million. Players win by entering non-winning instant tickets online, and most can’t believe they’ve won when notified that their entry had been drawn. Highlights from just a few of the winners include:

Misty Moses, a restaurant manager from Benton who won a whopping $500,000, arrived with her entire immediate family, all of whom were thrilled. Misty said she will invest and pay bills with her prize.

There was no way in the world I ever thought this would be me,” said Russell Holladay, a road project employee from Huntingdon who was one of five winners of $200,000 each. “I’m going to hug your neck!” he told Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove, who notifies the winners by telephone and is on-hand to award the special prizes.

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Lea Garcia of Maryville, a paralegal and massage therapist who also won $200,000, said she will pay off student loans with part of her winnings. And who knows? She might open her own therapy practice one day, she said.

Yet another $200,000 winner, shoe salesman Robert Simpson of Hermitage, had fun with Ms. Hargrove discussing shoes and what he might do with his prize. “This puts a reset button on my finances,” he told her, as wife Sheila stood by wiping tears from her eyes.

Vincent Warr, a security guard from Chattanooga, differed from most of the winners because he had “no doubt” he would get the magic phone call. “I’ve been waiting, and I knew this day would come,” he told Ms. Hargrove as she presented him with a ceremonial $200,000 “big check.”

To “Play it Again,” players simply visit tnvipsuite.com and become a VIP Players Suite member (free). Once registered, players can scan non-winning instant tickets with the TN Lottery phone app or enter online. By entering tickets, VIP Members also receive points to enter drawings for a variety of merchandise, travel packages, and more.

See www.tnvipsuite.com  for a complete list of Play It Again! winners and to learn more.

About the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $4.4 billion to fund designated education programs, including after-school programs, college grants and scholarships and the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiatives.

 In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $12.1 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.1 billion in retailer commissions.

For additional information, visit tnlottery.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun. Play Responsibly.

CONTACT: Kym Gerlock, T: 615-324-6556, E: kym.gerlock@tnlottery.com.

SOURCE: Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

 

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SIS Continues Online Growth with Unibet Agreement

Supplier to provide exclusive horse racing and greyhound streaming content

LONDON, U.K. (April 17, 2018) – Leading live pictures and data supplier SIS (Sports Information Services), has signed a partnership with the global gambling operator Unibet, part of Kindred Group, to deliver horse racing and greyhounds live pictures and data.

SIS will provide Unibet with its British and Irish Greyhound service consisting of a market leading 42 fixtures a week. In addition to the live pictures and data SIS will also be providing Early Prices enabling Unibet to open markets to their customers earlier.

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The deal also includes live pictures from Latin American racecourses, covering 2,750 races per annum, Dubai Racing featuring 220 meetings from Meydan and Jebel Ali and a further 296 races from its Mauritian courses.

Unibet is currently undertaking a revamp and expansion of its racing offering, with SIS’s content and expertise in the area set to assist in the process.

Sandra McWilliams, Director of Sales at SIS, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with Unibet to help them launch their 24/7 racing product and our exclusive greyhound and horse racing content will provide their customers with round the clock competitive betting action.”

Erik Bäcklund, Head of Sportsbook at Kindred Group, said: “This new partnership with SIS will see us deliver a much more comprehensive greyhounds and horse racing betting product to our customers, featuring thousands of events across numerous time zones.

This allows us to provide our customers with live content already proven to be a success elsewhere, ensuring the best possible betting experience at times that suit them.”

About SIS

SIS (Sports Information Services) has been a trusted partner to the global betting industry for over 30 years, supplying short form betting content to online and retail betting operators. 

Our horse and greyhound racing content can help keep customers engaged and increase dwell time online and in shop.

SIS provides operators with an end to end solution for horse and greyhound betting including data, live pictures, prices and derivatives, creating betting events to help drive profitable sales.  For more information about SIS please visit www.sis.tv

SOURCE: Press release distributed by Square in the Air Communications.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) First Lab Accredited to Test and Certify Skill-Based Amusement Machines (SBAM) in Ohio

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 18, 2018) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) announced today that it has become the first independent testing lab to be accredited by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) to test and certify skill-based amusement machines (SBAM) in the state.

We are extremely pleased that the Ohio Casino Control Commission voted in favor of accrediting GLI as the first independent laboratory certified to test skill-based amusement machines,” said Kevin P. Mullally, GLI’s Vice President of Government Relations and General Counsel.

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We look forward to continuing our work with the Commission to implement the provisions of the skill-based amusement device law passed by the Ohio legislature in 2015. We are committed not only to serving the needs of the Commission but to providing suppliers of SBAMs and operators with outstanding value and customer service.”

According to the OCCC’s rules governing skill-based amusement machines, before an independent SBAM testing laboratory is certified by the Commission, it must undergo an investigation by the Commission to determine its competency and qualifications to conduct testing of SBAMs in accordance with Chapters 2915 and 3772 of the state’s Revised Code.

The investigation covers such areas as corporate structure, policies and procedures, experience and expertise, staffing and equipment, and demonstrated skill in conducting testing to the appropriate standards.

Under the new rules and definitions governing SBAMs developed by the OCCC which take effect April 23, 2018, there are three categories of skill-based games that fall under the OCCC’s jurisdiction:

  • Category “A” games do not enable a payer to receive a prize as a reward with the exception of free replays (e.g. pinball and arcade-style games)
  • Category “B” games involve a player using skill to obtain a prize wholly contained within the machine (e.g. crane and claw machines)
  • Category “C” games allow players to redeem tickets, vouchers, or tokens awarded from the machine to obtain a prize (e.g. games usually found at family entertainment centers and similar establishments)

 

Senior Engineering Manager, Andrew Baran, represented GLI at today’s Commission meeting. “We have put a lot of effort into ensuring that our team is prepared to fully meet the needs of the skill game market in Ohio. We appreciate the diligent manner the Commission is taking in ensuring testing labs are fully qualified and we are proud of the intensive effort we are putting into this project.”

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, LLC.

 

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Interstate Online Poker Hopeful to Launch May 1 for Delaware, Nevada & New Jersey Poker Players

New Platform to Launch to coincide with Shared Liquidity; Many Positive Changes in Store for Players

DOVER, Delaware (April 17, 2018) -- WSOP.com and 888Poker have submitted for testing their new poker software to the regulatory bodies in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey, with the goal of pooling players from all three U.S. states upon the anticipated approval by all jurisdictions – a major step for gaming operators in the U.S.

The linking of all three states is hopeful to go live on Tuesday, May 1 and would allow customers in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey to play poker against each other, if final approval is granted from all jurisdictions. This shared-liquidity* gives way for larger prize pools, better game selection, wider time zone coverage and expanded tournament offerings.

The process has demonstrated that different regulations administered by multiple regulatory bodies can work proactively together to provide entertainment in a safe and secure environment for consumers. The protection of players and game integrity drove this collaboration which serves to benefit the players, states and operators.

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This has been a huge collaborative effort from all involved and it is important to thank the elected leadership and regulatory authorities in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey for their dedication and diligence to help move online poker forward,” said WSOP.com’s Head of Online Poker Bill Rini. “Everyone has had the end user in mind throughout this process, and as a result, we believe the United States for the first time in a regulated environment, will have a large-scale multi-state offering that will propel the industry forward as soon as next month.”

During this process of pooling players from different states, WSOP.com and 888Poker have made a number of upgrades to the software that will enhance the user experience and keep players engaged.

"The DGE has been happy to be part of this process, and to see it implemented so expeditiously after the signing of the agreement is a testament to all of the parties involved,” said Robert Moncrief Jr., Deputy Chief of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcements Technical Services Bureau. “We are pleased to see this long-sought multi-state poker agreement come to fruition. This will raise jackpots and provide even greater opportunities for play. It also paves the way for additional states to join and grow the regulated, legal online poker market.”

The Delaware Lottery is very pleased to be able to offer Delaware’s online poker players this exciting opportunity to enhance their gaming experience,” said Vernon Kirk, director of the Delaware Lottery. “The Multistate Internet Gaming Agreement has proven to be a great vehicle for allowing its member states to take advantage of such cooperative efforts.”

“The NGCB is pleased to be part of this collaborative effort between regulators, operators, and the platform manufacturer to achieve the common goal of providing a sound gaming experience for patrons across multiple jurisdictions while still meeting our individual jurisdictional requirements,” added Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman Becky Harris.

Pooling poker players from three states will be a significant regulatory step in the US and is very exciting for our players and partners,” said Yaniv Sherman, 888 Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Development. “The guidance and coordination provided by the regulators in the three states has been instrumental to the potential success of shared liquidity. If approved, we anticipate that this will open up further opportunities in other states.”

The timing works well for WSOP.com as it would come ahead of the 49th annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, set to begin on May 29.

This transition will require Delaware and Nevada consumers to download the new poker client and create a new account to be able to participate. This also means the existing Delaware and Nevada poker software will cease to operate after this process takes effect. New Jersey players with an existing account will be able to play without delay.

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Once the process is complete, New Jersey WSOP.com players will be able to compete for official WSOP gold bracelets from their home state for the very first time. The first opportunity to do so should be the Sunday, June 3 $365 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em official gold bracelet event (Event #10) being held in Las Vegas as part of the 49th WSOP.

888’s proprietary technology powers 888Poker and WSOP.com and operates in all three states. 888Poker operates exclusively in Delaware for the Delaware Lottery; 888Poker and WSOP.com offer poker to the New Jersey public; and in Nevada, WSOP.com is the exclusive operator using 888’s platform.

For the past three years, the Delaware Lottery’s poker platform has shared liquidity with WSOP.com in Nevada. Customers in Delaware will be major beneficiaries when added to the New Jersey pool, as they will see even larger game selection and number of players.

Further updates will be provided as matters dictate.

*The term “shared-liquidity” is an industry term describing the method of previously segregated poker platforms combining to allow those previously segregated players access to the same shared pool.

About WSOP.com

Real-money online poker from the most trusted name in the game, the World Series of Poker. WSOP.com is licensed and regulated in Nevada and New Jersey, offering poker enthusiasts with both mobile and desktop for money poker tournaments, cash games, satellite events and freerolls. WSOP.com is owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment. For more information, please visit www.wsop.com.

About 888Poker

888poker is a multi-award-winning poker destination, operated in the USA by AAPN and powered by the 888 Holdings plc poker platform. 888poker offers a first-class poker environment that enables players of all abilities to enjoy the games of their choice, in cash or tournament format, including Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi’Lo, 7 Card Stud and other poker variations in Pot Limit, Fixed Limit and No Limit formats alongside a variety of innovative features

About the World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $2.6 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2017, the event attracted 120,995 entrants from 111 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and awarded more than $231 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of the World Series of Poker Europe in 2007 and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit: www.wsop.com.

About the Delaware Lottery:

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $5.1 billion to the state’s General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, LOTTO AMERICA, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, LUCKY FOR LIFE®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, Keno®, iGaming and assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com, at licensed locations, and from the Lottery’s office in Dover.

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