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Vol. 96 No.7 - August 16, 2021

 

 

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Gaming Entrepreneur Bobby Soper Appears in Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®) Illuminating Conversations Web Series

 LAS VEGAS (August 12, 2021) – Gaming entrepreneur and visionary Bobby Soper has been a leader in the tribal and commercial gaming industry for two decades, and now he brings his insights to the latest episode of Gaming Laboratories International's (GLI®) Illuminating Conversations web series.

Fellow gaming entrepreneur GLI CEO James Maida hosts the episode, and the two explore the significance of a company’s culture, the importance of diversification, land-to-trust issues, the new Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, the relationship between tribal gaming and Las Vegas, Mohegan’s expansion into the Far East, and Soper’s involvement in green solutions.

 

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A key part of the discussion puts a spotlight on iGaming and the future of land-based gaming. Soper said, “We are all fooling ourselves if we don’t think that online gaming in any form, whether it’s lottery, sports wagering, or casino gaming as we know it, is going to continue to grow, and will, to some degree, cannibalize land-based gaming.”

Watch the episode now exclusively here.

Soper has been envisioning and creating the future of gaming for more than two decades. His latest role as International President at Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has him developing major projects in Korea and Japan for the tribe, while he is also operating Sun Gaming & Hospitality, and leading several green energy efforts. In his now-legendary tenure at Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, he led efforts to grow the organization from a single property company to a multi-property international enterprise.

The Illuminating Conversations web series is yet another way GLI gives the gaming industry critical insights that boost confidence to explore new markets.

Every episode of Season One is available now and includes appearances by Eilers & Krejcik’s Gaming Principal Todd Eilers; Jamaica Betting, Gaming Lottery Commission Executive Director Vitus Evans; Managing Director of Gaming Consultants International Neil Spencer; NIGA Chairman Ernest Stevens, Jr.; Ellen Whittemore, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Wynn Resorts; and inventor and entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell.

Follow GLI on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and be the first to know when new Illuminating Conversations episodes are available.

 About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC is committed to delivering the highest quality land-based, lottery, and iGaming testing and assessment services around the world. GLI provides suppliers, operators, and regulators with expert guidance for navigating the future of gaming and ensuring gaming innovations meet regulatory standards with confidence. Since 1989, GLI has certified nearly 2 million items and has tested equipment for more than 480 jurisdictions. GLI has a global network of laboratory locations across six continents, with U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI was named “Best Laboratory” in the SAGSE Europe, LatAm, and USA Awards 2020, “Best Test Lab in the Baltics,” and “Best Test Lab in the Nordics” in the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2020. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Global Marketing, T:+1 (702) 914-2220,, E: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International (GLI).

 

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Florida Announce Winners from The Final Trucks, Bucks, And Trips Promotion Drawing

43 GUY HARVEY Fans Reel in Major Bonus Play Prizes!

TALLAHASSEE, Florida 9August 9, 2021) – The Florida Lottery announces the winners from the final drawing in the Trucks, Bucks, and Trips Promotion! One top prize winner is driving home in a brand new 2021 Ford F-150 Guy Harvey Edition pickup truck, two second prize winners are each going on a VIP getaway trip to the Cayman Islands to meet Guy Harvey, and 40 third prize winners are each $1,000 richer!

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  • Kathleen Powers, of Lakeland, won the 2021 Ford F-150 Guy Harvey Edition pickup truck top prize!
  • Billy Hassett, of Naples, and Brent Marlow, of Bradenton, each won a VIP getaway trip for two to the Cayman Islands to meet Guy Harvey!
  • For a complete list of winners, click here.

 

The $5 GUY HARVEY $500,000 FLORIDA CASH Scratch-Off game launched in May and features more than $48.9 million in cash prizes, over $13 million prizes from $30 up to $1,000, and six top prizes of $500,000!

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 75 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $1 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2019-20.

ABOUT GUY HARVEY

Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist, explorer and entrepreneur, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. His childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Having graduated with honors in Marine Biology from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977, Guy returned home to Jamaica to resume his education, earning his Ph.D. from the University of the West Indies in 1984. Though he gave up a budding career as a marine biologist for that of a highly acclaimed artist, Guy has continued his relentless pursuit to unravel the mysteries of the sea, traveling the world to better understand the habits and habitats of the marine wildlife he paints. For more information about Guy Harvey or to learn about The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) please visit www.guyharvey.com or www.GHOF.org.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $39 billion to enhance education and sending more than 880,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $75.6 billion in prizes and made more than 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery.

 

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Veikkaus Closes Slot Machines in Cafés and Restaurants in a Coronary Situation in Areas in the Spread Phase

HELSINKI, Finland (August 6, 2021) -- In the corona situation, in the areas that have entered the spread phase, the slot machines of cafes and restaurants will be closed on Saturday 7.8.

Veikkaus follows the authorities' policies and makes decisions related to its own business in accordance with them.

The Finnish government moved yesterday, Thursday 5 August. government decree on restaurant operations and imposed a ban on dancing and karaoke in areas in the spread of the corona epidemic.

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Due to the change, Veikkaus will close tomorrow, Saturday 7.8. in the morning, slot machines in cafes and restaurants in areas where the corona epidemic is spreading.

The slot machines will be closed in the hospital districts of Kymenlaakso, Pirkanmaa and Southwest Finland, as well as in the Helsinki metropolitan area (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen). The closure of slot machines applies to those sales outlets that are classified as cafés or restaurants in Veikkaus.

In other outlets in the spread phase, some slot machines will be closed

At other points of sale in the spreading areas (including kiosks, shops and traffic stations), Veikkaus will close some of the slot machines.

There is a safety distance of two meters between the slot machines left to be played by customers. In addition, all vending machines are equipped with protective plexiglasses and there is a hand sanitizer for gaming customers. Safety distances are also used in

Veikkaus' own gaming venues, Feel Vegas, Gaming Centers and Casino Helsinki.

The coronavirus situation in Veikkaus is monitored by hospital district, and measures to close or open slot machines and gaming halls will be taken as soon as possible after the regional situation has changed.

In the areas of basic or accelerating hospital districts, Veikkaus' slot machines and own gaming venues (Feel Vegas and Gaming Centers) are open.

The effects of the coronavirus on Veikkaus' services.

SOURCE: Veikkaus.

 

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) Named an Independent Testing Laboratory for iGaming in Ontario

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (August 11, 2021) – Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) has been named an iGaming independent testing laboratory (ITL) by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

The registration means that, effective immediately, GLI is authorized to test and certify iGaming components such as games, random number generator (RNGs) platforms/RGS, and cybersecurity, GLI’s services will help to ensure an efficient and timely commencement of operations in the regulated market.

The AGCO and the province will leverage the benefits of GLI’s 30+ years of international experience in iGaming testing, certification, and consultation. Today, GLI is the only lab working with all existing and emerging jurisdictions worldwide, giving GLI unparalleled expertise and insight to help AGCO, AGCO-registered operators, and/or gaming-related suppliers successfully navigate the exciting opportunities in Ontario for iGaming.

In addition to Ontario, GLI has helped all other Canadian provinces currently online with their technical standards and/or mission-critical online gaming testing deployments to date, including the Province of Alberta’s most recent online portal’s launch.

 

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“It is extremely exciting to see the future of the iGaming landscape emerge in Ontario. GLI is proud to be a part of it and honored to have been registered as an authorized test lab by the AGCO,” said GLI CEO James Maida. “We’re always preparing for what’s next- land-based, digital, or both, with experts on the ground around the world. As the pioneer in iGaming and sportsbook testing and certification, we know we will have much to offer, and our global professionals are ready to help in ways no one else can.”

In addition to formal testing and certification work on behalf of the AGCO, GLI is ready to provide other valuable assistance to interested operators and suppliers, such as pre-certification testing, jurisdictional consultation, and regulatory advisory support to help them clearly understand the AGCO Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming. GLI also provides a full suite of critical integrated services including GAP Analyses and Transfers of Approval, educational services for iGaming or sports betting compliance, workshops, and many other forms of emerging market support and consultancy.

“Beyond wanting the AGCO and province of Ontario to greatly benefit, we also want operators and suppliers to be commercially successful, all while maintaining the highest levels of integrity in compliance. Our technical and regulatory compliance teams are ready to test, consult and advise on best practices to achieve that,” said Salim L. Adatia, Vice President of Client Services for North America.

To learn more about GLI’s tailored support in all areas of compliance, visit gaminglabs.com/services.

About Gaming Laboratories International

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC is committed to delivering the highest quality land-based, lottery, and iGaming testing and assessment services around the world. GLI provides suppliers, operators, and regulators with expert guidance for navigating the future of gaming and ensuring gaming innovations meet regulatory standards with confidence. Since 1989, GLI has certified nearly 2 million items and has tested equipment for more than 480 jurisdictions. GLI has a global network of laboratory locations across six continents, with U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. GLI was named “Best Laboratory” in the SAGSE Awards 2020, “Best Test Lab in the Baltics,” and “Best Test Lab in the Nordics” in the Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards 2020. For more information, visit gaminglabs.com.

CONTACT: Christie Eickelman, Vice President of Global Marketing, T: +1 (702) 914-2220, E: c.eickelman@gaminglabs.com

SOURCE: Gaming Laboratories International.

 

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For second time, N.C. Education Lottery Achieves International Top Certification for Responsible Gaming

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RALEIGH, NC (August 11, 2021) – The N.C. Education Lottery has received the World Lottery Association’s (WLA) Level 4 recertification for its commitment to building the best practices in responsible gaming into all of its operations.

Only a few lotteries worldwide have achieved Level 4 certification by the WLA, the highest level possible under the association’s strict responsible gaming standards. The lottery has achieved this certification twice.

“This is a great achievement for not only the lottery but for our players” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery.

“It shows that we are world leader in operating responsibly, providing our players with everything they need to enjoy the experience, make informed decisions and play the games how they are meant to be played – for fun.”

In 2017, the NCEL became the fourth U.S. lottery and youngest lottery to reach the top international standards of operating responsibly.

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To qualify, every few years gaming organizations who have achieved the first three levels must prove to a panel of independent, social responsibility experts that its organization-wide operations continue to improve, meeting standards of excellence in responsible gaming.

The lottery did so successfully, with the panel praising its commitment for the creation of the award-winning player education and prevention program, Play Smart™, and improvements made across the organization in areas like retailer and employee training, game development and design, and advertising and marketing.

“The N.C. Education Lottery has demonstrated a strong management commitment and has dedicated significant resources in the development of its responsible gaming program,” the panel said. “The program in place is solid.”

In keeping with the tradition of high-quality work in this area, the lottery recently received national attention for its work in social responsibility.

The National Council of Problem Gambling awarded the lottery three national awards for its outstanding work in problem and responsible gambling, winning awards for:

 

• Best Corporate Public Awareness Campaign,

• Best Corporate Website, and

• Best Holiday Responsible Gaming Campaign.

 

For more information about the lottery’s responsible gaming program, click on the “Play Smart” section of the lottery’s website.

Play Smart™ term is a service mark of the Illinois Lottery licensed to the NCEL.

 

SOURCE: N.C. Education Lottery.

 

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FDJ Congratulates the French Athletes and in Particular Those of "La FDJ Sport Factory" For Their Performances in TOKYO

BOULOGNE, France (August 9, 2021) - A major sports partner in France, FDJ congratulates all French athletes for their performances in Tokyo, in particular the sportswomen and sportsmen of "La FDJ Sport Factory", the French women's and men's basketball teams. -ball and handball of which it is a partner, and the cyclists from the female and male teams that it sponsors.

In addition to the medals won by the French Olympic team, and in particular those won by the athletes of its collective, FDJ salutes those who arrive at the foot of the podium such as Samir Ait Said on the rings or Alexandra Tavernier on the hammer throw. FDJ also salutes the athletes who have not experienced the success hoped for and those who have been able to mobilize to win medals in the team events after failing in the individual events.

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The medallists of "La FDJ Sport Factory" in Tokyo:

  • Cassandre Beaugrand , bronze medal, mixed team triathlon.
  • Romane Dicko , gold medal, mixed team judo and bronze medal, individual judo;
  • Althéa Laurin, bronze medal, taekwondo;
  • Enzo Lefort, gold medal, team foil;
  • Kévin Mayer, silver medal, decathlon;
  • Jean Quiquampoix, gold medal, shooting 25 meters;
  • Ysaora Thibus, silver medal, team foil.

 

The medals of the collective sports supported by FDJ and the cyclists of his team:

  • Gold medal for the French men's handball team;
  • Gold medal for the French women's handball team;
  • Silver medal for the French men's basketball team;
  • Bronze medal for the French women's basketball team;
  • American race bronze medal for Benjamin Thomas.

 

FDJ alongside the French Paralympic team in Tokyo

The Group also intends to be alongside the French Paralympic team, and more particularly to follow the four champions from its collective who will compete in Tokyo from August 24th.

They are Laurent Chardard (para-swimming), Manon Genest (para-athletics), Nathan Petit (para-judo), Alex Portal (para-swimming) from the nursery of young talents of "La FDJ Sport Factory.”

The Group, a partner of the French Adapted Sports Federation, more specifically helps four athletes present in Tokyo: Gloria Agblemagnon and Charles-Antoine Kouakou (para-athletics), Lucas Créange (para-table tennis) and Nathan Maillet (para-swimming).

FDJ will be present on social networks to encourage them with exclusive content. With the # Les Françaisdes Jeux relay, the public will be able to share their exploits live and more broadly those of the French Paralympic team.

With its support program set up in 2019, FDJ continues to support young champions, which has been going on for nearly thirty years. “The FDJ Sport Factory” brings together twenty-seven athletes and a breeding ground for young talents, all of whom share an Olympic or Paralympic medal goal, notably in Paris in 2024.

About FDJ's commitment to sport

The FDJ group has been a historical player in French sport for forty years. FDJ thus contributes to the budget of the National Sports Agency (ANS).

The Group has supported high-level sport since 1991. Thanks to its “Challenge” program, it has supported more than four hundred high-level athletes, who have won one hundred and sixty-two Olympic and Paralympic medals. The program evolved in 2020, with the creation of a collective of twenty-seven athletes, “La FDJ Sport Factory”. Athletes are supported in their preparation for the major Olympic and Paralympic events, but also in their training and retraining path. A nursery of thirty hopeful athletes completes this collective.

FDJ is an official partner of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and of the French Olympic and Paralympic team.

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A historical player in cycling in France, FDJ supports two professional teams: the men's cycling team Groupama - FDJ since 1997 and the women's cycling team FDJ - Nouvelle-Aquitaine - Futuroscope since 2017.

The Group is also a partner of the French Cycling Federation and the National Cycling League as well as team sports federations (basketball, handball).

Since 2016, FDJ has developed the “Sport pour Elles” program in favor of women's sport. This is based on four pillars: access to sport for all, the feminization of governance, support for performance, as well as media coverage of women's sport.

A sports betting operator since 1985, the Group is also a partner of two football clubs (Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille) and exclusive partner of the NBA in France in the field of sports betting, with its brands ParionsSport en ligne and ParionsSport point de sale.

About the FDJ group

National Lottery and French leader in money games, 2 nd lottery in Europe and 4 th in the world, FDJ offers point of sale and online a public offer, playful, responsible and secure lottery games (draw and instant games) and sports betting (ParionsSport). FDJ performance is supported by a portfolio of brands and iconic news, the 1 st close sales network in France, a growing market, recurring investment and innovation strategy to enhance the attractiveness of its offer and its distribution, with an enriched gaming experience.

The FDJ group is listed on the regulated market of Euronext in Paris (Compartment A - FDJ.PA) and is notably part of the SBF 120, Euronext Vigeo 20, STOXX Europe 600, MSCI Europe and FTSE Euro indices.

SOURCE: FDJ Group.

 

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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Receives Certificate of Achievement for Financial Reporting

LITTLE ROCK, AR (August 10, 2021) -- The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration Office of the Arkansas Lottery (OAL) has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.

This award was established in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

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“I am extremely proud of the lottery’s accounting team,” said Eric Hagler, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery executive director. “This is the 10th straight year our accounting department – led by Chief Fiscal Officer Jerry Fetzer – has received the certificate.

As an entity that receives great scrutiny, it is tremendously important that the lottery keeps accurate accounting records and is completely transparent financially.”

Hagler added that although the OAL accounting department has received this award multiple times, attaining this achievement is a significant accomplishment.

About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

More than 92 cents of every dollar of ASL revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and other expenses in Arkansas. Since 2009, the lottery has raised more than $1 billion in proceeds for scholarships. More than 650,000 college scholarships have been awarded to Arkansans.

The lottery has awarded more than $3.7 billion in prizes to players as well as $321 million in retailer commissions. The lottery has provided more than $147 million in state and federal tax revenue.

Follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Visit MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions – and to join The Club for free.

To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966). To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.

SOURCE: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (MyArkansasLottery.com).

 

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Global Gaming Women Announces Cassie Stratford as New President

Five new members also join board of directors

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LAS VEGAS, August 5, 2021 – Global Gaming Women (GGW) is pleased to announce Cassie Stratford has been elected as the incoming board president by the Board of Directors to begin her term effective July 2021. She currently serves as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for Boyd Gaming Corporation.

GGW is also pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its board members for 2021-23: Dorothy Costa, senior vice president of people and transformation, IGT; Jacqueline Grace, senior vice president, and general manager, Caesars Entertainment; Grainne Hurst, director corporate affairs, Entain Group; Siobhan Lane, chief commercial officer, Scientific Games; and Kate White, vice president of business intelligence and IT program management, Penn National Gaming. For a complete list of members, please click HERE.

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Stratford said, “GGW has become what it is today because of the dedication of its founding board members and sponsors in supporting and encouraging the professional advancement of women in gaming.  It is such an exciting time for our industry, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with this impressive group of leaders to continue to advance GGW’s important mission.”

“Thank you to the dedication of our Board members and the generosity of our sponsors, GGW is stronger than ever,” said Christie Eickelman, GGW past board president, and Vice President of Global Marketing for Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®).

“Women around the world have benefitted from Global Gaming Women, and we still have work to do. I am thrilled for Cassie to assume the mantle of leadership, to build on our achievements, and to take women in gaming to new heights.”

GGW membership represents women in commercial, tribal, suppliers, lottery, tourism, and digital, and the organization currently has more than 6,000 professional women as members. GGW has a presence in 42 states and 12 countries with members in job level categories of 21 percent front line leaders, 30 percent supervisors and managers, 25 percent directors, and 25 percent vice president or above. In addition to its traditional offerings, development programs now include Lean-In circles and virtual masterclasses.

For more information about Global Gaming Women and its upcoming programming and events visit www.globalgamingwomen.org or call +1 (702) 492-5320.

About Global Gaming Women

Global Gaming Women (GGW) supports, inspires, and influences the development of women in the Gaming industry. GGW brings together women from all segments of gaming to enrich their professional and personal lives. Established by the American Gaming Association to create a broad network that allows peers to connect with their colleagues, GGW's goal is for female gaming professionals to learn from one another, create lasting connections and nurture emerging women leaders. In 2016, Global Gaming Women launched as an independent charitable organization to deliver high-impact programs and events on a global scale that support, inspire, and influence the development of women in the gaming and lottery industry. Follow GGW on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

CONTACT: Kelly Hatch, Association Director, Global Gaming Women, T: +1 (702) 492-5320, Email: khatch@globalgamingwomen.org.

SOURCE: Global Gaming Women (GGW).

 

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Veikkaus Plans to Modernize, Streamline, and Reform Its Organization – Co-Operation Negotiations Concerning 830 People Launched

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HELSINKI, Finland (August 11, 2021) -- Veikkaus’ operating environment and business volume have undergone profound changes in the past few years. As a result, we need to come up with new solutions to secure the continuity of our operations.

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“Our future will be successful if we can adjust our operations to meet the demands of the operating environment while offering the players a responsible, high-quality customer experience,” says SVP, Channels and Sales, Mr Jari Heino.

It is especially the operating environment of the Channels and Sales function that has changed over the past years, with its business volume dropping. This means that we plan to adjust the size of our staff and to make our operations more efficient.

“We will continue to maintain an extensive network of retailers and game services, whilst making the operations of our gaming arcades more uniform. We also want to keep investing in our brick-and-mortar retail network and to work to preserve its vitality,” Mr Heino stresses.

Due to the changes, Veikkaus will launch co-operation negotiations on Monday 16 August, concerning ca. 830 people. According to current estimates, the projected measures may lead to personnel cuts of up to 200 employees. In addition, the terms of the employment contracts of ca. 330 employees may change essentially. 

“We will plan the changes in a way that emphasizes our care for people in order that we can offer new jobs for as many Veikkaus employees as possible. One concrete example of this is Casino Tampere, to be opened in December, which has job openings for about 50 gaming industry professionals to work in a completely new type of a casino.

“To secure the successful implementation of the change, we will launch a programme to ensure support to culture, knowhow, leadership, and supervisory work. Our goal is to secure the continuity of Veikkaus’ operations and to make sure that we continue to be a dynamic, responsible, modern company that strengthens the wellbeing of Finns,” Mr Heino says.

SOURCE: Veikkaus.

 

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Kalamba Games Grows European Presence with Portuguese Certification

PORTUGAL (August 3, 2021) -- A suite of Kalamba Games’ high-performing titles has been certified in Portugal, paving the way for the supplier to offer its content to local players.

Fifteen of Kalamba’s games are now available to local operators via the supplier’s Remote Gaming Server, Bullseye, including player favorites Blazing Bull, Ducks Till Dawn, Caribbean Anne, and hits from the Joker series.

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The certification is the latest milestone for the supplier who has recently entered a number of new markets and expanded its presence in regulated territories such as Croatia, Italy and Spain.

The Portuguese online market has seen strong growth over the last year with slots steadily growing in popularity.

Kalamba’s diverse portfolio contains a mix of classic titles and immersive and engaging content that appeal to all player types and have proven success across a number of markets.

The Bullseye platform is one of the industry’s fastest growing thanks to its legacy-free, modular architecture that ensures maximum flexibility for its partners and end-users.

Alex Cohen, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder at Kalamba Games, said: “We are heavily focusing on growth this year and on expanding the reach of our content in regulated markets via our Bullseye RGS.

“We have kept our eye on Portugal for some time and the time is now right for us to make our debut in this exciting market. We look forward to partnering with local operators and working together to establish our brand with local players.”

SOURCE: RGT Online

 

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Cutting-Edge Technology Combined with an Outstanding Sales Solution for Lotteries

adesso Launches Its New iGaming Platform LotteryForce

 

• Cloud-ready, modular IT solution for a wide range of gaming systems

• 360-degree view of all player activities

• Launch with first customers successfully completed

 

DORTMUND, Germany (August 5, 2021) – With LotteryForce, the IT service provider adesso is releasing the latest generation of iGaming platform on the market. LotteryForce provides lottery companies around the world with the opportunity to manage a wide range of games on all channels – from classic lotto to keno, scratch cards or sports betting. Thanks to a modern player account management system, lotteries can always see what players are up to. Technically, LotteryForce can be integrated seamlessly into existing centralised systems using high-performance interfaces. Its cloud-based modular architecture is flexible and can be scaled up easily.

LotteryForce replaces in|FOCUS, adesso’s previous iGaming suite. The new platform places an even greater focus on customers. The LotteryForce Player Account Management (PAM) module records all gaming activities centrally and provides a 360-degree view of all customers. Smart identity management ensures that anonymous players become identifiable participants. This helps lottery operators to address their customers in a more effective way while complying with all data protection regulations and fulfilling their responsibility to protect players. For extra convenience when playing, LotteryForce PAM features an integrated e-wallet that can be used to make cashless deposits and withdrawals quickly and easily.

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Addressing customers successfully, managing partners effectively

LotteryForce offers innovative Salesforce-based solutions for targeted marketing and sales activities. This makes it possible to address players personally across all service channels, whether by telephone, e-mail or social media. Itself suggests the optimal time and channel for this based on intelligent data analysis of gaming behaviour, making advertising and campaigns more efficient and successful.

LotteryForce provides functions along the entire process chain for the optimal management of sales partners in the retail sector, from onboarding and contract management, including e-signatures, to hardware history and case management. What is more, because LotteryForce automatically delivers reports and analyses of relevant performance indicators in graph form, lottery companies are provided with transparent information on their entire retail business at all times.

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and cloud capability

By using hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) as the basis for LotteryForce, adesso is taking the iGaming platform to a completely new technological level. Instead of having to run on customers’ own servers, operations can also be carried out via the cloud depending on their individual requirements. As a modular solution, LotteryForce can be scaled up quickly and easily. Integrating it into lottery companies’ existing IT systems is a breeze thanks to high-performance interfaces.

Sachsenlotto, WestLotto and Thüringer Staatslotterie count on LotteryForce

adesso’s team of experts drew on more than 20 years of experience in the lottery industry when designing the new platform. Several international customers have already decided in favour of LotteryForce. In Germany, three state-owned lottery companies – Sachsenlotto, WestLotto and the Thüringer Staatslotterie – have recently completed a successful launch of LotteryForce. “Thüringer Staatslotterie has been relying on the iGaming suite from adesso since 2013. We introduced the new platform, LotteryForce, this year. It is an extremely stable and reliable platform, which is connected at the back end to the central system of IGT. The coordinated and smooth cooperation of the software components have impressed us from day one,” says Jochen Staschewski, CEO Thüringer Staatslotterie, expressing his enthusiasm about the new solution from adesso.

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Striemer, head of lottery business at adesso, is pleased about the successful launch of the iGaming platform: “LotteryForce is a modular product that draws on our long-standing experience in the industry and our comprehensive technological expertise. This iGaming platform provides lottery companies with a tool that meets the highest demands placed on a modern system while also offering benefits, especially for sales and marketing.”

adesso is a member of the World Lottery Association (WLA), organiser of the World Lottery Summit, as well as of the European Lotteries (EL) and the Asian-Pacific Lottery Association (APLA).

More information about LotteryForce is available at www.lotteryforce.com.

SOURCE: Adesso press release.

 

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Washington's Lottery and Seattle Seahawks Give Fans A Chance to Win $50K, 2022 Season Tickets, And Other Prizes

Seahawks-branded Scratch ticket gives 12s an opportunity to win instant cash prizes; non-winning tickets can be mailed in for three second-chance drawings

OLYMPIA, Wash. (August 9, 2021) – Washington's Lottery and the Seattle Seahawks are continuing their long-time partnership by giving Seahawks fans a chance to win up to $50,000 instantly through this season's Seahawks Scratch ticket. Fans also can mail in their non-winning tickets for a chance to win additional Seahawks prizes, including 2022 Seahawks season tickets or a gameday experience. Seahawks Scratch tickets cost $5 each and will be available through Washington's Lottery authorized retailers beginning August 9. The second chance drawings will be on September 22, November 3, and December 15, 2021.

Washington's Lottery and the Seattle Seahawks have been longstanding partners, collaborating since 2013 on tailgate events, Seahawks Legends meet-and-greets, the Blitz Challenge, and to send fans to cheer on the Seahawks at playoff games.

"We've really enjoyed working with the Seahawks on fan engagement over the years, and are thrilled to continue our partnership this season," said Marcus Glasper, director of Washington's Lottery. "It's fun to give fans new ways to celebrate both the Seahawks and Lottery, and that makes every day feels like game day."

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The 2021 season marks the 12th Seahawks Scratch ticket from Washington's Lottery. In addition to instant cash prizes of up to $50,000, there will be three second-chance mail-in drawings. One winner from each drawing will win two 2022 Seahawks season tickets; six winners will win the Ultimate Gameday Package, containing two charter-level game tickets, a one-night hotel stay, parking pass, brunch for two in the Verizon Lounge, a $150 prepaid gift card, one pack of Seahawks Scratch tickets, a $200 Seahawks Pro Shop gift card, and an autographed replica helmet; and 12 winners will receive a $200 gift card to the Seahawks Pro Shop.

"The Seahawks are proud to work with Washington's Lottery and help support their efforts to fund education initiatives throughout the state," said Seahawks Chief Revenue Officer, Amy Sprangers. "The Lottery has a strong connection with our community and has created unique ways to engage with the 12s. This year's Seahawks Scratch ticket campaign does just that."

About Washington's Lottery: Since 1982, Washington's Lottery has generated more than $4.5 billion to support important state programs including the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, which provides grants to help college students statewide achieve their higher education dreams, and supports early childhood education learning programs. The state's Lottery offers consumers several types of games, including Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match 4, PICK 3, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more information, visit www.walottery.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @walottery.

Keep it fun. Know your limit. Washington's Lottery is an advocate for responsible gaming and collaborates with the Evergreen Council for Problem Gambling to provide resources for those in need. More information is available at www.walottery.com/Responsibility.

SOURCE: Seattle Seahawks official release.

 

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Kambi Group plc Expands Americas Reach with Island Luck Partnership

MALTA (August 11, 2021) -- The world’s trusted sports betting partner signs agreement to become the exclusive online sportsbook provider to market leader in The Bahamas

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Kambi Group plc, the leading global sports betting supplier, has signed a multi-year agreement to become the online sports betting partner of Island Luck, the leading gaming operator in The Bahamas.

The partnership will see Island Luck leverage Kambi's award-winning sports betting and technology services to upgrade its current sportsbook, offering Bahamians a best-in-class online betting experience.

Established in 2009, Island Luck is licensed by the Gaming Board for The Bahamas and is the largest gaming company in the country, offering online sports betting, casino and lottery throughout the islands.

The Island Luck partnership expands Kambi's reach in the Americas region where it recently secured deals in Argentina and Peru, in addition to powering sports betting launches across multiple US states.

Kristian Nylén, CEO and Co-founder, Kambi, said: "We are delighted to have finalised this agreement with Island Luck, extending Kambi's presence in the Americas and further strengthening our global network.

"As a local market leader in The Bahamas, Island Luck is a perfect fit for Kambi and we look forward to working closely with their team to deliver an industry-leading sports betting experience to its players."

Sebas Bastian, CEO, Island Luck, said: "Our sports product is a significant, strategic and important vertical for our group and after considerable research, it was evident that a strategic partnership with Kambi, a global leader in the sportsbook space, was the right decision for us.

"We are extremely happy to partner with Kambi to provide our customers with a superior sports betting experience and to provide us with cutting-edge risk management tools."

SOURCE: Kambi media release.

 

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