and William Hill U.S. Form Strategic Partnership for U.S.
and Operational Expertise Combined to Deliver Full Service Solutions
LONDON, U.K. (Sept. 25, 2018) -- IGT
Global Solutions Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Game
Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE:IGT) and William Hill U.S., a subsidiary of
William Hill PLC (LON:WMH), today announced that they have entered into a
multi-year agreement to offer U.S. lotteries a full service solution for sports
betting. Together, the companies are able to offer U.S. lotteries a
fully-managed solution to meet all their current and future needs in sports
betting, both maximizing revenues to each state and ensuring a reliable,
attractive, and innovative service for players.
IGT is the global leader in gaming.
We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and
regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and
Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment
in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and
leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships...
This new partnership seeks to build
upon the already successful pairing between the companies which resulted in IGT
being awarded the contract to run sports betting for the Rhode Island Lottery
together with William Hill. Under the terms of the partnership, the companies
will jointly consider all future sports betting opportunities and bid requests
from U.S. lotteries on a mutually exclusive basis. Commercial terms between the
partners were not disclosed.
The combined offer to U.S. lotteries
under the new agreement will comprise IGT's PlayShot end-to-end sports
betting platform for land-based, retail, online, and mobile with William Hill's
operational, trading, player management, and strategic expertise in U.S. sports
books. IGT's PlayShot sports betting platform is already live in four U.S.
states as a dedicated B2B solution for sportsbook operators. William Hill
operates sports books under its own or partner brands or provides risk
management services in all five states where sports betting is active
"We are delighted to be
partnering with William Hill, whose proven leadership and capability in U.S.
sports betting operations will ensure that we are able to fully support our
lottery customers as states start to regulate these products. Through this
unique partnership, our customers will be able to enter this new activity with
total confidence and trust in the service being offered," said Renato
Ascoli, IGT CEO, North America.
"IGT is uniquely positioned as a
leader in both lottery and sports betting technologies to deliver innovative
solutions that will expand the possibilities for players and for lotteries
themselves in this exciting new market. By forming this partnership with
William Hill, we are able to bring to our lottery customers in every state a
world-class combination of technology and operational expertise."
"We are delighted to be expanding
our relationship with IGT to address the U.S. lottery market together," said
Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill U.S. "William Hill's track record as an operator
globally, and our clear leadership as a sports book operator in the U.S., in
particular, mean that U.S. lotteries can be confident that in choosing IGT and
us together, they will be benefiting from a reliable, trustworthy, and
responsibly-managed solution maximizing revenues to each state with a
quality product and service."
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader
in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all
channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital
and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial
investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise
and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of
consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local
presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100
countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest
standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000
About William Hill
William Hill PLC is one of the
world's leading betting and gaming companies, employing over 15,000 people. Its
origins are in the UK where it was founded in 1934, and where it is listed on
the London Stock Exchange. The majority of its $2.1 billion annual revenues are
still derived from the UK, where it has a national presence of licensed betting
offices and one of the leading online betting and gaming services. In 2012, it
established William Hill US with a focus on retail and mobile operations in
Nevada, which is now the largest sports betting business in the USA. William
Hill US currently operates 108 race and sports books in Nevada and the state's
leading mobile sports betting app. Following the ruling in May 2018 by
the Supreme Court that the federal ban on state sponsored sports betting was
unconstitutional, the company is planning to operate where permitted by law
throughout America. William Hill US is already operating in New Jersey at
Monmouth Park Racetrack and is the exclusive risk manager for the sports
lottery in Delaware. William Hill also has licensed operations in The
Bahamas, Italy and Spain and serves online customers throughout the world from
its Online headquarters in Gibraltar.
Robert K. Vincent,
toll free in U.S./Canada (844)
IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada (401) 392-7452
T: (401) 392-7190
Italian media inquiries,
T: (+39) 06 51899030
William Hill CONTACT: Michael
Grodsky, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations, (702)
SOURCE: International Game
Technology PLC (IGT).
Pollard Banknote Awarded Six-Year Instant Ticket Printing
Contract Extension with the Texas Lottery®
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada
(September 20, 2018) -- Pollard Banknote Limited (TSX: PBL) (Pollard
Banknote) is pleased to announce a six-year extension to its Instant
Ticket Printing and Production Services contract with the Texas Lottery®.
Under this agreement, Pollard Banknote will continue to provide the Lottery
with instant ticket printing and related services through to August 31, 2024.
Based on our most recent level of volumes, the estimated dollar value over the
term of this extension is $70-80 million (CDN).
This agreement extends the
successful and nearly 20-year partnership between Pollard Banknote and the
Texas Lottery. The Lotterys success over the last two fiscal years has
been particularly impressive, with instant ticket sales significantly above the
U.S. average, which in turn generates additional revenue to go toward good
causes within the state, most notably for Education and Veterans
assistance funds. Throughout the relationship, but particularly during this
timeframe, Pollard Banknote has supported this growth with the launch of 20
innovative products; products that make us a proud part of the Lotterys
continued success. Supporting services including game design, marketing and
promotional support and strategic planning have also played key roles in
The Texas Lottery has leveraged many
of Pollard Banknotes innovative products over the years that have proven
successful in engaging Texan players, including the irresistible sparkle and
shine of Pollard Banknotes Scratch FX®, most recently featured on the
Lotterys CA$H family of games. Eye-catching Neon inks that stand out at
retail and the North American debut of Pollard Banknotes patented Flip
Scratch product have also added variety to the Texas Lotterys
outstanding product line-up and contributed to its continued success.
With a strong focus on
collaboration and partnership, combined with industry-leading products and
services, Pollard Banknote has proven to be a great asset to the Texas Lottery
for almost two decades, said Gary Grief, Executive Director of the
We are pleased that this
contract extension allows us to continue to build on our history of combined
success, allowing us to offer Texans the most exciting and entertaining instant
lottery products available.
We are thrilled to continue
our long-standing relationship with the Texas Lottery, said Brad
Thompson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Pollard Banknote. We
have worked together to launch many innovative and engaging products over the
years that have captured the attention of players throughout Texas, and can
proudly continue along this mutually beneficial path for all parties
Established in 1992, the Texas
Lottery is committed to generating revenue for the state of Texas through the
responsible management and sale of entertaining lottery products. Maintaining
the highest standards of security and integrity, the Texas Lottery has
generated more than $28 billion in revenue for good causes in the state of
Texas, including public education, veterans services, and other important
state programs. Overall, the Lottery has contributed $22 billion to the
Foundation School Fund and $100 million for veterans programs, with $1.313
billion and $16.2 million contributed to these programs respectively in FY
About Pollard Banknote
Pollard Banknote is a leading
lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality
instant ticket products, licensed games, and a full suite of digital offerings
ranging from game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery
solutions, including 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 and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and
other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is
owned approximately 67.6% by the Pollard family and 32.4% by public
shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information,
please visit our website at
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
Chief Financial Officer,
Telephone: (204) 474-2323
SOURCE: Pollard Banknote
Laboratories International (GLI®) Presented Informative Half-Day Regulators
Seminar at IAGR 2018
GLI President and CEO
James Maida and Team of Global Experts Shared Valuable
LAS VEGAS, NV (September 25, 2018) -
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) President and CEO James Maida and
a team of locally focused, global experts led by GLI EMEA Managing Director
Martin Britton presented an informative, complimentary half-day regulators
seminar during the recently completed IAGR 2018 Conference.
Maida welcomed participants to the
seminar and gave a brief update of GLI activity in jurisdictions around the
world. He said, It was both a pleasure and a privilege to present our
half-day regulators seminar to such an esteemed group of industry colleagues.
My thanks the outstanding team at IAGR for giving us the opportunity to host
this valuable educational event during this years annual
Set against the backdrop of
an ever-changing global regulatory landscape, the thoughtfully curated topics
we presented offered a great deal of relevant, timely, and useful information
to help regulators around the world successfully overcome challenges and
accomplish their goals and objectives. We appreciated the positive reaction
from seminar attendees and look forward to partnering with IAGR for future
educational events such as this, Maida added.
One of the many highlights of
GLIs seminar was a special Ask the Experts panel on
Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Virtual Reality, Fantasy Sports, and Sports. GLI
panelists included Senior Compliance Engineer Sergio Suarez; Regulatory
Development Manager Alex Haberl; and Andrés Méndez, head of
GLIs Penetration & Vulnerability Testing Services. Britton moderated
Cybersecurity continues to be a
major concern to regulators worldwide. Marco Capozzi, GLI Europes
Director of ISS, helped seminar participants sharpen their cybersecurity
knowledge by speaking on Information Security: Autopsy of a Cyber Attack.
The seminar also featured three
bonus educational workshops:
- Marco Capozzi, GLI Europes Director of ISS,
led Workshop 1: Bulletproof Services Top 5 Gaming Cybersecurity Issues,
along with Andrés Méndez, GLIs Head of Penetration and
Vulnerability Testing Services
- Sergio Suarez, GLI Senior Compliance Engineer, led
Workshop 2: GLI University® Training Program
- Alex Haberl, GLI Regulatory Development Manager,
led Workshop 3: Advance Game Concepts & Skill-based Gaming
Gaming Laboratories International,
LLC delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery, and iGaming testing and
assessment services. GLIs 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, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories
International, LLC press release.
Lottery Achieves New $5.627 Billion Sales Record
Record revenue for Texas
public schools and Texas veterans
AUSTIN, Texas (September 24, 2018)
For the eighth consecutive year, the Texas Lottery has set a new sales
record, achieving $5.627 billion in sales for fiscal year 2018,
resulting in a record total contribution of $1.450 billion for the state of
The Texas Lottery continues to
set sales records and generate record revenue for Texas education and
veterans, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.
This fiscal year, we experienced an increase in sales of $549 million or
more than 10 percent over the previous year. We could not continue this record
growth without the hard work of our employees, retailers and vendor
This years revenue transfer
included $1.432 billion to the Foundation School Fund and
$18.1 million to the Fund for
Veterans Assistance, the Lotterys largest contributions to Texas
education and Texas veterans. The Texas Lottery has now contributed more than
$22 billion to Texas public education and more than $100 million to Texas
veterans since the dedication of such funds by the Texas Legislature.
The Beneficiaries: Texas Education
and Texas Veterans
The Foundation School Fund,
administered by the Texas Education Agency, funds the operational needs and
special program services for Texas school districts including teacher salaries,
utilities, equipment, bilingual education, special education, gifted and
talented education, and career and technical education.
The Texas Veterans Commission Fund
for Veterans Assistance makes grants available to eligible charitable
organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations
that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. With 1.7
million veterans spread across the state, these programs provide financial
assistance, transportation services, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder counselling
and housing assistance.
The Texas Veterans
Commission values our great partnership with the Texas Lottery
Commission, said Thomas P. Palladino, executive director of the Texas
Veterans Commission. With their contribution and others, over 250,000
veterans and their families received vital services from over 400 non-profits
and local governments through Fund for Veterans Assistance
Record Scratch Ticket
Scratch ticket sales for FY 2018
totaled $4.42 billion, the highest scratch ticket sales in Texas Lottery
history. Scratch ticket sales accounted for 78.5 percent of total sales and saw
a 12.3 percent increase over FY 2017 sales.
In addition to record scratch ticket
sales, strong performance for draw games generated $1.2 billion in sales. Daily
4 set an all-time sales record for the game, with $114.2 million in sales.
Record Year for Retailers and
FY 2018 was also a record year for
the Texas Lotterys nearly 18,000 retailers across the state. Retailer
commissions totalled $281.5 million, the highest commission paid to retailers
in Texas Lottery history and amounting to an average of $15,679 for each of the
Texas Lotterys retail partners.
Nearly 8,000 of our
retailers, 45 percent of our retailer base, are located in counties that were
declared disaster areas following Hurricane Harvey, making this years
record commissions all the more important, said Grief.
FY 2018 was also a big year for
Texas Lottery players. Players collected $3.737 billion in prizes, the highest
amount of prizes paid out in Texas Lottery history.
The Texas Lotterys careful
spending kept administrative costs to just 3.99 percent of FY 2018 sales, one
of the lowest administrative expenditure rates in the country.
The cost containment measures
taken in our administrative budget continue to contribute to our success and
our ability to provide revenue to Texas schools, said Grief.
Any unspent administrative
funds are returned directly to the Foundation School Fund.
FY 18 by the Numbers
- If it was a publicly traded company, $5.627 billion
in annual sales would place the Texas Lottery on the 2018 Fortune 500 list
right behind Harley Davidson and ahead of other well-known brands including
Western Union, Caesars Entertainment, Marathon Oil, and Hasbro.
- This is the 15th consecutive year that the Texas
Lottery generated more than $1 billion in revenue for Texas.
- 97 percent of Texas Lottery sales are returned to
the state in the form of contributions to the Foundation School Fund, the Fund
for Veterans Assistance and other state programs, and through prizes and
retailer commissions, bonuses and incentives.
We continue to provide
significant support for Texas education and veterans, said J. Winston
Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission.
I am proud of the Texas
Lotterys employees, retailers and vendors for once again doing an
outstanding job in the strategic development, management and marketing of our
portfolio of games.
About the Texas Lottery
Beginning with the first ticket sold
in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $28 billion in revenue for the state
and distributed $57 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas
Lottery has contributed $22 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which
supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature,
certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for
Veterans Assistance. Since the first veterans themed scratch ticket
game was launched in 2009, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $100
million for programs supporting Texas veterans.
The Texas Lottery provides several
entertaining games for lottery players including Powerball®, Mega
Millions®, Lotto Texas®, All or Nothing, Texas Two Step®,
Pick 3, Daily 4, Cash Five and scratch ticket games. For more
information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or at
CONTACT: Media Relations, T:
512-344-5131, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Texas Lottery press
Finds Lottery Players Look Similar to All North Carolinians
RALEIGH, North Carolina (September
24, 2018) -- A study of who plays lottery games in North Carolina shows that
demographically they look similar to the overall population of the state.
The N.C. Education Lottery partnered
with Ipsos, a research and polling firm, to conduct a demographic profile of
lottery players. The statewide telephone survey interviewed 2,001 North
Carolinians, aged 18 or older, between May 23 and June 19. The results have a
margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percent.
The survey defined a lottery player
as someone who had played any lottery game in the last year. Of those surveyed,
nearly half, 46 percent, were lottery players.
We meet North Carolinians
every day as they buy tickets and win prizes so we have a good idea of who our
players are, said Mark Michalko, executive director of the lottery.
Its good to see this survey confirms what our experience told
us. Folks from all walks of life enjoy playing lottery games.
- Lottery players matched the general population in
terms of household income with 37 percent of players having a household income
of $25,000 to $75,000 a year; 24 percent, under $25,000; 22 percent, $75,000 to
$150,000; and 7 percent, $150,000 or more.
- More lottery players are middle-aged with 42
percent in the 35-54 age group, 33 percent in the 55 plus age group, and 24
percent in the 18 to 34 age group.
- More lottery players held university degrees or
attended some college, including 25 percent university graduates, 34 percent
with some college, and 41 percent with a high school degree or less.
A good deal of assumptions
are made as to who play lottery games, said Michalko. A
valid and reliable scientific survey, such as this one, answers important
questions that will help guide the responsible growth of the
Comparisons of lottery players with
the states overall population also showed:
- A higher percentage of lottery players are
middle-aged, 42 percent are in the 35-54 age group vs. 35 percent in general
- A slightly higher percentage of lottery players are
male, 52 percent vs. 49 percent in the general population.
- A slightly higher percentage of lottery players are
African-Americans, 23 percent vs. 20 percent in general population.
The survey is part of the
lotterys corporate social responsibility program and was a commitment the
lottery made as it achieved the highest level of responsible gaming
certification recognized internationally last December. The Level 4
accreditation from the World Lottery Association attested that the lottery has
implemented responsible gaming practices into its day-to-day operations and
continuous improvement of them.
CONTACT: Van Denton, Director of
Communications, Brand Management & Communications: PHONE: (919)
SOURCE: N.C. Education Lottery press
to Purchase TCB Holdings Stake for 50m
Announcement of Regulated
Information of L. 3556/2007: OPAP makes investment in Stoiximan
ATHENS, Greece (September 24, 2018)
-- OPAP S.A. (OPAP) announces that its 100% subsidiary, OPAP
Investment Ltd, has signed a preliminary agreement for the acquisition of
shares in Stoiximan Group.
OPAP Investment Ltd has pre-agreed
to acquire a 36.75% stake in the mother company of Stoiximan Group, TCB
Holdings Ltd (TCB), for a consideration of Euros 50 million subject
to the relevant betting regulatory clearance.
The latter offers, through its
100%-owned subsidiaries, online gaming services in Greece and Cyprus, under the
Stoiximan brand, and in Romania and Germany, under the Betano brand. In 2017,
Stoiximan Group had revenues of Euros 136 million and EBITDA of c. Euros 16
OPAP has also reached pre-agreement
with TCB to make an additional investment to acquire joint control with TCB in
Stoiximan Groups Greek and Cypriot operations. This investment is subject
to the satisfaction of various conditions precedent, including clearance by the
competent gaming regulatory and anti-trust authorities and the performance of
due diligence. Once the due diligence is concluded, the terms of the investment
will be crystalized and the full details will be disclosed.
Stoiximan Group, with the existing
Stoiximan management team, will continue to operate independently from
OPAPs own online business.
These investments are aligned with
one of OPAPs key strategic priorities - Leveraging the latest Digital and
After the conclusion of its
large-scale retail technology transformation programme this summer, OPAP has
been focusing on building up its own online activities and will also be
launching its new online/mobile sportsbook, Pamestoixima.gr, in the next few
Damian Cope, OPAP CEO commented:
As part of our ambition to become a world-class gaming entertainment
company, we know that we must offer our customers an attractive and competitive
online gaming experience. The imminent launch of our new online sportsbook
Pamestoixima.gr is the first step in this direction, with the intention to add
further products online over the next 12 months. The new sportsbook will offer
competitive odds for our customers in Greece and generate additional commission
income for the agents in our retail network.
The strategic investment in
Stoiximan that we are announcing today directly compliments OPAPs own
online activities and also gives us online presence at an international level.
Stoiximan has proven itself to be a successful online operator and we are happy
to be working with them. We therefore look ahead with confidence to the next
stage of OPAPs modernisation and development in the delivery of our
overall 2020 Vision.
George Daskalakis, Stoiximan CEO
stated: OPAPs strategic investment in Stoiximan, Greeces
largest online betting operator, is a tangible acknowledgement of the hard work
of the 450 members of our team and of our companys successful growth
model. At the same time, it underscores its potential, as we are entering the
stage of the permanent regulation of the online gaming market in
strengthens Stoiximans leading position in Greece and additionally allows
us to accelerate our growth in international markets, as well as to intensify
our strategic focus on technology. Our vision is to become established as one
of the top GameTech-companies in Europe while maintaining our Greek character
and it is towards this direction that we will continue to work with the same
passion and dedication.
SOURCE: OPAP S.A. press release.
Licensed Gambling Operators Lose Ground (-1.9%) to International Online
Operators (+12.5%) in 1H 2018 Despite Continued Growth of Swedens Gaming
SWEDEN (September 24, 2018) -- The
gaming market in Sweden had a turnover of SEK 11.2 billion after paid earnings
in the first two quarters of 2018. This is an increase of 1.5 percent compared
to the corresponding period last year. Swedish actors traded SEK 8.2 billion, a
decrease of 1.9 percent. Non-Swedish actors traded SEK 3.0 billion, an increase
of 12.5 percent. The market share for gaming players with Swedish licenses
amounted to 73 percent in the first two quarters, while non-Swedish players had
27 percent of the market. Games on the internet increased by 13.8 percent,
while land-based games decreased by 8.6 percent.
- Svenska Spel had a turnover of 4.3 billion kronor,
a decrease of 1.3 per cent. The land-based games decreased by 8.8 percent while
online games increased by 22.6 percent.
- ATG traded SEK 2.0 billion, an increase of 1.8
percent. The land-based games decreased by 8.8 percent. Games on the internet
increased by 9.8 percent.
- National Lotteries
Postkodföreningen had a turnover of SEK 1.1 billion, a decrease of 7.8
-- Folk games, with Bingolotto and Sverigelotten, had a turnover of
253 million, a decrease of 7.3 percent.
-- IOGT-NTO, which has, among other
things, the Million Lottery, sold SEK 129 million, a decrease of 13.1
-- SAP / SSU , which, among other things, has the Combined Lottery,
sold SEK 97 million, a decrease of 11.2 percent.
-- Other organizers of
rikslotterier, such as the Cancer Fund and PRO and others, had a turnover of 96
million kronor, a decrease of 1.4 percent.
--Non-Swedish actors traded SEK
3.0 billion, corresponding to an increase of 12.5 percent.
Sales figures for some of the
smaller lotteries, land-based bingo, restaurant casinos and local and regional
lotteries are missing, but the Lottery Inspectorate estimates that they have
sold about 250 million kronor during the period.
See quarterly figures for 2018, click here!
About the compilation
The Lottery Inspectorate
continuously collects and analyzes data to monitor trends in the game area. For
Swedish-licensed players, sales figures are based on data from each player. For
players without permission in Sweden, sales figures are retrieved from H2
Gambling Capital. Revenue figures refer to sales after paid earnings (net
For further information:
Magnus Granlund, analyst, tel.
0152-650 171, 0765-330 171, E:
My Hamrén, Press Officer,
tel. 0152-650 174, 0765-330 174, E:
Acquires Its Long-Time Bingo Supplier Proactive Gaming
operator Paf invests in product portfolio development through the purchase of
its bingo supplier Proactive Gaming Scandinavia AB
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 24, 2018) --
The acquisition is a continuation of a successful collaboration between Paf
(Ålands Penningautomatförening) and Swedish gaming technology
company Proactive Gaming Scandinavia AB.The two companies started working
together in 2014, when Proactive became the new bingo supplier for Paf.
More unique gaming
Proactive, headquartered in
Norrköping, is known for their experience and competence in developing
unique and flexible gaming solutions. Since bingo is one of the central product
categories in Paf's product portfolio, the company is ready to invest in
product development. Purchasing Proactive gives Paf the freedom and technical
edge to take the product further in order to continue catering to its
Bingo is an important
product category for Paf, and this acquisition enables us to take control over
and further develop this category in order to deliver more unique gaming
experiences for our customers at Paf.com, Paf CEO Christer Fahlstedt
Added value from Proactive
Having previously successfully
collaborated with Proactive, Paf feels confident that the transition period
after the acquisition will go smoothly.
We truly appreciate the
broad technical expertise of Proactive and warmly welcome the team members
based in Norrköping to Paf. Since we have already worked together with
these dedicated professionals at Proactive for several years, we know that they
will make an important contribution to our organisation, Fahlstedt
CONTACT: Christer Fahlstedt, CEO, T:
+358(0)40-632-9990, E: email@example.com.
GambleAware Announce a New Two-Year, £1.5 Million
Partnership with Citizens Advice
LONDON, U.K. (September 25, 2018) --
GambleAware has announced today a new two-year, £1.5 million partnership
with Citizens Advice to help debt advisors better understand, prevent or reduce
gambling related harms.
Being delivered across nine regions
in England and Wales, the project will provide training to frontline debt
advisors. The training will give staff the necessary tools to identify and
support people who may be suffering from gambling related harm, as well as
directing those at risk to the specialist help that is available.
The project will establish regional
hubs with dedicated support staff across the country and will enable staff to
deliver training to other frontline workers in other professions who come
across people suffering from gambling related harm, such as frontline local
authority staff, youth practitioners and healthcare workers.
The funding commitment comes after a
successful six-year pilot project GambleAware ran with Newport Citizens Advice
to deliver the Gambling Support Service.
Dr Jane Rigbye, Director of
Education at GambleAware said: The debt advice workforce has an enormous
role to play in supporting and reducing the likelihood of people experiencing
gambling-related harms, as do many professions who come into contact with the
general public on a daily basis. Encouraging and enabling staff in all
public-facing settings to be aware of the possibility that the presenting
problems could be related to gambling is key in helping to tackle this
I am particularly delighted that we
will continue to work with Katie Fry to lead this programme, and with her team
at Newport Citizens Advices Gambling Support Service
as we roll out the programme at far
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of
Citizens Advice said: Gambling can have life-changing effects, not just
on the individual but also their families and friends. People seek our help to
deal with the practical problems that come out of this - including increased
debt and relationship breakdown.
We are pleased to be
partnering with GambleAware to develop services across England and Wales. These
will help our staff make a real difference to people struggling with
Katie Fry, Manager of the Newport
Citizens Advice Gambling Support Service said:
We know those we help with
gambling often experience significant mental health problems. In two years,
weve trained more than 2,000 advisors and volunteers to recognise
gambling issues and help people to overcome them.
"Im delighted the success
of our project can now grow beyond South Wales.
CONTACT: Sarah Evans, T: +44 7523
609 413, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: GambleAware press
EquiLottery Games Pioneering New Live Sports Lottery
Company to Offer Lottery
Games of Pure Chance Based on All Live Sports
LOUISVILLE, KY(September 27, 2018)
-- EquiLottery, a gaming company best known for its live horse racing
lottery game Win Place Show, is transitioning its corporate identity and
evolving its mission to better serve its lottery customers. Rebranded as
EquiLottery Games, the company will expand its pioneering vision for live
sports lottery games from a single horse racing product to now include
baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, soccer and stock car racing.
These games are built on the same
patented platform as Win Place Show, EquiLottery Games flagship
product based on the results of live horse racing. Win Place Show will be
launched on a trial basis by the Kentucky Lottery in March of 2019.
We have always been a
future-focused company, leading the way on products that combine the excitement
of live sports with the lottery draw experience, said EquiLottery
Games CEO Brad Cummings. Our original vision was to introduce live
horse racing to new fans through government lotteries. We have now
expanded our offerings to include lottery games based on all live sports. This
solves a pain point for lotteries by allowing them to offer a form of sports
wagering through their existing statutes and retail channels with low-risk
games designed to appeal to their player base.
EquiLottery Games will now introduce
six new games for lotteries to offer their players in addition to Win Place
Show. The team sport parlay game allows players to buy lottery tickets
based on a slate of ten games from the big five professional sports in the U.S.
-- baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer. Matching the winner of
all ten games returns an estimated top prize of $1,000. Car Cash features
tickets listing three drivers in a 40-car race and pays out an estimated
$50,000 top prize. Golfing for Gold is based on a ticket featuring three
golfer and pays an estimated top prize of $2,000,000. All games are quick pick
only, meaning the randomization happens at the pick while the draw is a live,
authentic sporting event.
All EquiLottery duties will be
assumed by EquiLottery Games, including the preparation for and launch of Win
Place Show by the Kentucky Lottery beginning March 24, 2019. For
more information on these new live sports lottery games, including specifics on
how they work, as well as the vision for EquiLottery Games, visit
Click here to read more about this new suite of lottery
CONTACT: Brad Cummings, T: (502)
SOURCE: EquiLottery Games.
Authentic Gaming Launches in Italy
Innovative live casino
supplier enters regulated market through partnerships with tier one operators
LeoVegas and Eurobet
MALTA (September 26, 2018) --
Premium live casino supplier, Authentic Gaming, has entered the Italian market
for the first time, launching with two of the largest operators in the region,
LeoVegas.it and Eurobet.
Players at LeoVegas and Eurobet will
now gain access to live table games streamed from the floors of real world
casinos, featuring real croupiers and real players via the suppliers
innovative Authentic Roulette platform.
Games are streamed in high
definition from premium land-based casinos, including: the Platinum Casino at
the Radisson BLU Hotel in Bucharest, the Royal Casino in Denmark and soon the
Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City, London.
Both operators will also gain access
to Authentic Gamings latest live roulette innovation; ARENA.
The state-of-the-art studio contains
six Live Auto Roulette tables, with four different game formats: Classic
Roulette, Speed Roulette, VIP Roulette and a never-seen-before variant, Blaze
Jonas Delin, CEO of Authentic
Gaming, said: Authentic Gaming is delighted to have expanded its
geographical footprint and to launch its products to Italian players for the
very first time and with such prestigious operators.
Italy is the third of our
regulated market entries since our launch and is a very important market for
our continued growth.
LeoVegas and Eurobet are
ideal partners in this regard. They are innovative and exciting, and both have
already built a reputation for their live casino offerings. The addition of our
products will take this to the next level.
About Authentic Gaming:
Authentic Gaming is a provider of
premium live casino systems to online and land-based gaming operators. All
Authentic Gaming tables are broadcasted live from the floors of luxurious
resort casinos across the world. The company was founded in 2015 and is
headquartered in Malta.
For Sales Queries, please CONTACT:
Authentic Gaming, Magdalena Podhorska-Okolow, Head of Sales & B2B
Marketing, E: email@example.com.
SOURCE: Authentic Gaming press
Lottery Monitoring System President Discusses the US Sports Betting Landscape
at the BOS Conference
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (September 20,
2018) -- GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, attended the Betting on Sports
Conference on 19 September 2018 in London, UK. Ludovico was part of the
high-level panel Holding Integrity focusing on sports integrity
matters mainly in the US market following the repeal of PASPA. Ludovico
welcomed again the US Supreme Court decision of May 2018 which enabled US
states to establish their own regulated sports betting and fight, as a result,
illegal betting activities.
The original Federal intent of
prohibiting legal sports betting throughout the US was to preserve sports
integrity, but PASPA failed and had clearly the opposite effect by creating a
massive and unobserved black market.
GLMS President highlighted the
importance of a sustainable sports betting market environment in each US state
and recalled that it is imperative to establish guidelines and processes to
ensure a high level of integrity in all sports by detecting and preventing
match fixing. At the same time while it is important to invest resources in
responsible gaming, quality work needs to be done to create a sustainable
fiscal environment which will enable legal, regulated sports betting to compete
against the black market.
Ludovico highlighted that sports
betting patterns need to be effectively monitored and analysed at local and
global level and shared with key stakeholders and a monitoring system, such as
GLMS, can play a key role in this regard. GLMS strategic guidelines are based
on the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulations of Sport Competitions,
which has the aim to combat the manipulation of sports competitions globally in
order to protect the integrity of sport and sports ethics in accordance with
the principle of the autonomy of sport.
In our opinion, the Convention is by
far the most complete international legal instrument available against all
types of manipulations of sports competitions. It is truly a complete set of
provisions covering all key matters: education & prevention, sharing of
information, criminal provisions, conflict of interest provisions, sports
betting regulation (including against illegal sports betting), money
laundering, fraud, corruption, cross-border judicial co-operation, data
protection and human rights.
Giancarlo Sergi, GLMS General
Evangelos Alexandrakis, GLMS
Deputy General Secretary,
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
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
GLMS currently has 31 individual
Members from 4 continents (Österreichische Lotterien - Austria,
Loterie Nationale Belgium, Hrvatska Lutrija Croatia, Danske
Spil Denmark, Veikkaus Finland, La Française Des Jeux
France, Staatliche Loterieverwaltung in Bayern Germany,
Opap SA Greece, Szerencsejatek Hungary, Islenk Getspa
Iceland, Israel Sports Betting Board - Israel, Lottomatica
Italy, Sisal Italy, Maltco Lotteries Ltd
Malta, Norsk Tipping Norway, Santa Casa De Misericordia da Lisboa
Portugal, STOLOTO Russia, Sportna Loterija
Slovenia, Svenska Spel Sweden, Loterie Romande
Switzerland, Swisslos Switzerland, Nederlandse Loterij, the
Netherlands, Hong Kong Jockey Club Hong Kong, Singapore Pools
Singapore, Ktoto Co South Korea, China Sports Lottery
China, Loto-Québec- Canada, Polla Chilena de Beneficencia
Chile, Banca de Quinielas de Montevideo Uruguay, La Marocaine des
Jeux et des Sports, Morocco, Loterie Nationale du Sénégal
Senegal) and 2 collective Members (European Lotteries Association and
World Lottery Association).
SOURCE: Global Lottery Monitoring
You Registered Yet for the WLS 2018 in Buenos Aires?
It is already July, and WLS 2018 in
Buenos Aires, the lottery event of the year, will soon kick-off in grand style.
If you have not yet registered for
this important event, we encourage you to do so today. As a member-based
association with a global reach, a key goal of the WLA is to provide our
members with a platform for learning international lottery best practice, as
well as a forum for networking with lottery colleagues from around the world.
There is no other event in the industry that meets these goals better than the
World Lottery Summit.
In the interest of our attendees, we
have negotiated excellent room rates. We recommend you to act now and take
advantage of this great offer, which will only last until October 12, 2018.
The WLA together with host ALEA look
forward to welcoming you in Buenos Aires for WLS 2018, the WLAs flagship
To register, please
Further information about the
convention can be found at the WLS 2018 website at:
See you in Buenos Aires!
APLA Regional Conference 8 - 12 October 2018 - Registration
Dear friends of APLA
Hurray! We are pleased to announce
that the Registration for the 2018 APLA Regional Conference is now open!
The details for this event are as
- Date: 8 - 12 October 2018
(Business Program on 9 - 11 October 2018)\
- Venue: Hilton Kuching Hotel,
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Rumble in the Jungle
This Conference is being hosted and
organized by Magnum Corporation Sdn Bhd.
A very interesting and varied
business program has been drawn up to keep the attention of the delegates'
interests on all 2.5 days.
Have a read at the ebrochure
attached and you will find we have invited a Global Keynote Speaker, Guest
speakers with domain knowledge on the topics selected, our very own Panelists
from our peers to share their experiences, our popular debate with a
thought-provoking topic and a special half day workshop on Design Thinking. Not
forgetting the sharing from our valued Sponsors on their commitment and
direction towards embracing which new technologies.
Do keep checking the APLA website
for more announcements and updates (www.asiapacific-lotteries.com)
and note that the Closing Date for the Conference Registration and Hotel
booking is 24 September 2018.
See you all in Kuching!
Beh Swan Swan APLA Secretariat