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Vol. 97 No.6A - November 8, 2021




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New Holiday-Themed Scratch-Off Games Are Here To ‘Sleigh’ This Holiday Season

Players Can Also Win Prizes from the Bonus Play Getaway Promotion!


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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (November 2, 2021) – Today, the Florida Lottery (Lottery) introduces the new HOLIDAY WINNINGS family of Scratch-Off games! The four new holiday-themed games range in price from $1 to $10 and feature more than 19.5 million winning tickets! Additionally, the $20 Scratch-Off game, GOLD RUSH LIMITED, is available in a special, limited-edition holiday version for the season.

All Lottery retailers are expected to have these new games in stock and available for purchase within 48 hours.

The $10 HOLIDAY WINNINGS BLOWOUT game is loaded exclusively with prizes of $50, $100, and $500, and features more than $211 million in cash prizes! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-8.75.

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The $1,000,000 HOLIDAY WINNINGS game features more than $73 million in cash prizes, including six top prizes of $1 million for just $5! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.81.

The $50,000 HOLIDAY WINNINGS game features more than $36 million in cash prizes, including 12 top prizes of $50,000, for just $2! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.36.

The $10,000 HOLIDAY WINNINGS game features more than $14 million in cash prizes, including 16 top prizes of $10,000, for just $1! The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.72. 

Beginning November 1 through December 31, 2021, players can also enter non-winning HOLIDAY WINNINGS or GOLD RUSH LIMITED Scratch-Off tickets, or any FANTASY 5® ticket into the Bonus Play Getaway Promotion! Two drawings will be held from tickets entered by midnight ET on the last day of the entry period for each drawing. A total of 524 prizes will be awarded. In each drawing, 25 top prize winners will each receive a VIP getaway to Hawaii, including airfare, hotel, and transportation accommodations; 111 second prize winners will each receive a Royal Caribbean® Cruise Certificate for a platinum Caribbean cruise for two; and 126 third prize winners will each receive $500 in StubHub® gift cards! For more information, visit

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 $1.3 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2020-21.


The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $40 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 $79.1 billion in prizes and made more than 3,100 people millionaires. For more information, please visit

SOURCE: Florida Lottery Communications.


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GPAC’s Subcommittee on Addiction Services Holds Inaugural Meeting, Establishes Mark Vander Linden as Chair

BOSTON, Massachusetts (October 28, 2021) -- Led by Gaming Policy Advisory Committee (GPAC) Chair Meg Mainzer-Cohen, the Subcommittee on Addiction Services held its inaugural meeting in a virtual setting on October 14, 2021

One of several subcommittees of the GPAC, the group was established to “develop recommendations for regulations to be considered by the Commission in addressing issues related to addiction services as a result of the development of gaming establishments in the Commonwealth, including, but not limited to, prevention and intervention strategies.”

Members of the Subcommittee on Addiction Services include:

  • Mark Vander Linden; Director of Research and Responsible Gaming, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
  • Victor Ortiz; Director of the Office of Problem Gambling Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Rodolfo Vega; President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Lynn Community Health Center • Marlene Warner; Executive Director, Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health
  • Man Yung Yau; Director of Programs, Boston Chinatown Neighbourhood Cente


“It’s such an important committee that you are all serving on,” Mainzer-Cohen told the subcommittee members during their inaugural meeting. “It does serve as a very special element to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission law and charter, so it differentiates us in so many ways.”

At the October 14 meeting, a unanimous vote appointed Mark Vander Linden as Chair of the Subcommittee on Addiction Services.

In his role, Vander Linden will lead Subcommittee on Addiction Services meetings, helping to shape the subcommittee’s agenda and the issues that the subcommittee will tackle moving forward.

“I’m honored to chair the Subcommittee on Addiction Services,” Vander Linden said. “Seeking advice from the subject matter experts represented in this group offers the MGC an opportunity to advance our work in preventing and mitigating gambling-related harm."

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SOURCE: Massachusetts Gaming Commission.


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IGT’s Jade Luchauer Honored in Global Regulatory Awards 2021 for “Outstanding Individual Contribution to Responsible Gaming”


LONDON – Oct. 29, 2021 – International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”) (NYSE: IGT) announced today that Jade Luchauer, IGT Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, recently won the “Outstanding Individual Contribution to Responsible Gaming” award in the Global Regulatory Awards 2021. The independently judged, annual awards program is coordinated by Gambling Compliance and is designed to recognize and reward individuals and teams who work tirelessly to set new standards in compliance and responsibility across the global gambling industry.

“Jade Luchauer is a skilled Responsible Gaming subject matter expert who applies her deep knowledge, passion, and experience for the advancement of IGT, our global gaming and lottery customers and their players,” said Wendy Montgomery, IGT SVP Global Brand, Marketing and Communications. “Jade’s ability to educate others on this important topic, drive change and convert Responsible Gaming best practices into industry-leading policy is remarkable.

She also plays a pivotal role in shaping components of IGT’s corporate giving strategy and maintains relationships with globally recognized Responsible Gaming advocacy groups and certifying organizations.”


Throughout Jade’s seven-year tenure at IGT, she has made many significant contributions to Company. Most recently, she led the creation and publication of IGT’s first-of-its kind Global Responsible Gaming Policy which is now featured Additionally, Jade helped IGT earn its 2020 G4 re-certification for Responsible Gaming for its gaming and digital operations, and championed the development of an in-depth document outlining the Responsible Gaming-focused aspects of IGT’s cashless gaming technologies.

To learn more about IGT’s Responsible Gaming and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives visit

About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivaled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth.

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 approximately 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit


Phil O’Shaughnessy, Global Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti, +39 06 5189 9184; for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley, Investor Relations, +1 (401) 392-7190


SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.




Lottoland Becomes Carbon Neutral and Signs the Climate Pledge

The first gambling operator to achieve carbon neutral status and sign the climate pledge

GIBRALTAR (October 28, 2021) -- Leading online lotto betting operator, Lottoland, has recently made the transition to become a fully carbon neutral company and has also signed The Climate Pledge. Working with Tunley Engineering, a global climate reduction consultancy Lottoland has taken the necessary steps in measuring, reporting, and offsetting their carbon footprint. Lottoland is the first Gambling operator to achieve a carbon neutral status and to sign The Climate Pledge.

Tunley Engineering provided a Carbon Assessment that allowed Lottoland to fully comprehend and visualise their carbon footprint in annual tonnes of Carbon Equlivance. With Lottolands greater understanding of the Carbon Cost attached to Energy Use, Business Travel and Water Use they can make informed decisions in how to continue to make tangible reductions to their carbon footprint which by extension makes them a greener and more ethical company.

With the assessment and reduction completed in accordance with ISO 14064, Lottoland have now signed the Climate Pledge alongside over 200 other companies globally, further cementing their commitment to a greener future, and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 or sooner.


“We’re excited to continue to welcome companies to The Climate Pledge,” said Sally Fouts, global lead at Amazon for The Climate Pledge. “Businesses have played a role in contributing to climate change, but deep cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases can stabilize increasing temperatures. This is why urgent, collaborative action by companies around the world is needed. Pledge signatories are uniquely positioned to rise to the challenge of addressing climate change and helping to create the low-carbon economy of the future. I look forward to seeing all we can accomplish over the next two decades, together.”

Lottoland CEO Nigel Birrell said: “We are thrilled to have a achieve carbon neutral status and to have signed the Climate Pledge. At Lottoland we are committed to being socially and environmentally responsible not just for our customers but for our employees too. We are proud to be taking a leadership position in climate change.”

About Lottoland

Lottoland has grown rapidly to become a world leader in online lotto. Innovation, coupled with the freedom to offer players a unique and enhanced lottery experience, has been key to the company’s success. In June 2018, Lottoland paid out €90 million to one lucky winner in Germany - this win has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the Largest online gambling payout. In May 2020 Lottoland launched its first charity focused lotto in the UK, where 20p of every pound bet is donated to Prader-Willi Research, Blue Cross for pets and Hospice UK.

The Gibraltar-based business is active in 15 markets, has over 350 employees, and more than 14 million customers worldwide. Lottoland is licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar, the UK Gambling Commission, the Republic of Ireland National Excise License Office, the Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli in Italy, the Northern Territory’s Racing Commission in Australia and has recently received licences from the Swedish Gambling Authority, the Malta Gaming Authority and the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board.

About The Climate Pledge

In 2019, Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge, a commitment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. Now, over 200 organizations have signed The Climate Pledge, sending an important signal that there will be rapid growth in demand for products and services that help reduce carbon emissions. For more information, visit:

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IGT Gains Exclusive Omnichannel Lottery Licensing Rights to Marilyn Monroe

The Company has signed a multi-year agreement with Authentic Brands Group to develop omnichannel Marilyn Monroe-themed lottery games


LONDON, Nov. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology PLC (IGT) (NYSE: IGT) announced that it has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a global brand development, marketing and entertainment company and owner of the Marilyn Monroe Estate, granting IGT licensing rights to develop and distribute Marilyn Monroe-themed, omnichannel lottery games. In addition to compelling instant tickets, innovative draw-based games and engaging mobile and interactive games, IGT will develop exciting and comprehensive experiences for lottery customers and their players.

"Marilyn Monroe is one of the most recognizable female entertainment icons in history," said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Lottery. "IGT looks forward to leveraging the legendary Marilyn Monroe brand to create exciting, high-quality games across all lottery channels for our U.S. and Canadian customers and their players."

"ABG is pleased to partner with IGT to create exciting omnichannel lottery games for Marilyn Monroe fans and lottery players alike," said Marc Rosen, Group President, Entertainment, Authentic Brands Group. "IGT is a proven leader in adopting well-known brands and transforming them into extraordinary lottery products and experiences.

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A thoughtful and progressive woman ahead of her time, Marilyn Monroe remains among the most famous and influential female stars of all time. Her life has inspired countless books, films, plays, paintings, songs, and more. To date, she has nearly 15 million fans across social media platforms.

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About IGT

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivaled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. 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 approximately 11,000 employees. For more information, please visit

About Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is one of the most influential pop culture icons of all time. A true trailblazer, Monroe forged her own path, embracing her individuality and pursuing her passions in an era when paths for women were few. Her pioneering spirit, independence and confidence, along with her incomparable star power, continue to inspire modern generations and transcend cultures and backgrounds. Partnerships with both luxury and mass-consumer brands, in addition to an extensive merchandising program, reinforce her status as a global icon. For more information and exclusive updates, follow @marilynmonroe on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Phil O'Shaughnessy, Global Communications, toll free in U.S./Canada +1 (844) IGT-7452; outside U.S./Canada +1 (401) 392-7452

Francesco Luti, +39 06 5189 9184; for Italian media inquiries

James Hurley, Investor Relations, +1 (401) 392-7190


SOURCE: International Game Technology PLC.


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Gambling Commission Publishes Interim Evaluation on the Successful Implementation of the Ban on Gambling with Credit Cards

BIRMINGHAM, U.K. (November 2, 2021) -- An interim evaluation of the Gambling Commission’s credit card ban indicates the action is popular among consumers and has not resulted in harmful unintended consequences.

The credit card ban was introduced in April 2020 to add another layer of protection for consumers and add friction to the process of gambling with borrowed money. Evidence revealed some gamblers with high levels of debt were using credit cards to gamble.


When monitoring gambling and financial behaviours, the report found:

  • support for the ban among consumers has been largely positive, qualitative data from consumers supports the conclusion that the ban helps people to gamble within their means and retain control
  • the proportion of consumers reporting gambling with other forms of borrowed money has remained stable
  • there has been no increase in reports of illegal money lending related to gambling
  • while consumers are aware of ways to legally bypass the ban, far more people who previously gambled with a credit card now gamble with available (not borrowed) funds than other types of borrowed money
  • bank data showed no observed spike for credit card gamblers in money transfers in the three months after the ban
  • there was no spike in ATM withdrawals from credit cards around the time of the ban.


The report shows a major high street bank has observed the volume and value of gambling transactions with credit cards to the gambling merchant code reduced to a very low level. Continually low-level expenditure to businesses with gambling merchant codes was expected and can be explained by activities outside the scope of the ban such as lotteries and competitions spending.

Additionally, major e-wallet and electronic money providers have blocked gambling transactions if funding originated from credit cards.


Key sources used to inform the report were the Commission’s Online Tracker survey, which collects data quarterly from a nationally representative sample of approximately 2,000 adults aged 18+ in Great Britain, and Consumer Voice research completed by 2CV, which involved an eight-day online programme with 30 respondents.

Next steps: future evaluation activity

Ongoing monitoring of behaviours is important to ensure there is not an increase in harmful forms of funding gambling activity.

NatCen Social Research have been commissioned to conduct a full evaluation of the ban (opens in a new tab) on gambling with credit cards by Greo as part of their programme of work to strengthen evaluation of safer gambling initiatives (opens in a new tab).

This is scheduled for completion in early 2023 and the Commission will use these findings, along with our continued monitoring, to inform future policy development.

Andrew Rhodes, Interim Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission said: “Protecting consumers is at the heart of everything we do, we introduced this policy as part of our multifaceted work to reduce gambling harm.

“The successful implementation of the ban across the industry and the impact on consumer behaviour and financial spend we have monitored so far is an encouraging sign that the ban has reduced consumer reliance on gambling with borrowed money. We look forward to NatCen’s report on the long-term impacts of the ban and how this can inform our future policies.”

Find out more in the prohibition of gambling on credit cards report.

SOURCE: Gambling Commission.


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BCLC Eclipses $25-Million Mark in Single-Event Sports Bets on

BC, Canada (November 1, 2021) -- British Columbians have placed more than $25 million with BCLC in single-event sports bets on, within just two months of the legalization of single event betting in Canada.

“This is a significant milestone for BCLC that demonstrates further how is well positioned to provide highly entertaining and engaging sports betting in a safe and secure environment,” says Lynda Cavanaugh, BCLC’s interim President and CEO.


“It’s important for players to know that playing with BCLC supports the success of British Columbia, as is the only legal gambling website from which revenue supports important provincial initiatives, including healthcare and education.”

Since the introduction of single-event bets on, the NFL is proving to be the most popular betting choice. The number of NFL wagers has increased 97 per cent through the first seven weeks of the NFL season compared to the same period last year when bettors could only make parlayed bets under previous Canadian law.

The top betting event on since it introduced singles was the week 4 game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots, where 69 per cent of the bets and 80 per cent of money wagered were on single-event bets.

Interest in single-event bets on the NHL is a growing trend. NHL bets on have increased by 71 per cent after the first 19 days of the season compared to the same period last year.

With the increase in betting activity, BCLC will continue prioritizing the health of players. features numerous player-health safeguards, including dedicated specialists known as GameSense Advisors who are available via telephone and online chat to support players with healthy play habits, or refer them to treatment and support if needed. is the only gambling website in North America and one of the few in the world to offer this service.

BCLC continues to explore additional opportunities to provide players with single-event sports betting in British Columbia.

SOURCE: British Columbia Lottery Corporation.


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Sportradar Earns International Betting Integrity Association’s Data Standards Accreditation and Kitemark

GALLEN, Switzerland (October 29, 2021) -- Sportradar Group AG (NASDAQ: SRAD) (“Sportradar” or “the Company”), the leading global sports technology company creating immersive experiences for sports fans and bettors, today announced that it has been granted the International Betting Integrity Association’s (IBIA) Data Standards Kitemark, one of the industry’s highest accreditation related to the quality assurance processes related to the collection of data for the purposes of sports betting. Sportradar earned the honor following an audit assessed by eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA), a leading independent and internationally recognized agency specializing in the testing, inspection and certification of online gambling software and systems.

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Developed in October 2020, the IBIA’s Data Standards Kitemark is the industry’s first set of standards and guidelines for how data is collected to protect the integrity of sports against betting corruption and is subject to an annual audit. The Data Standards is a living document and set of requirements which the association intends to continually assess and update to ensure that its recipients represent the highest levels of data collation.

The IBIA is a leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry and represents many of the largest regulated sports betting operators in the world. Dr. Anja Martin, Chief Regulatory & Compliance Officer, Sportradar said: “At Sportradar, we are committed to delivering the most reliable and highest-quality data products to our customers and partners. We invest heavily in our quality control systems and processes, implementing the industry’s most stringent safeguards to ensure that the products presented to the downstream market are trustworthy. Receiving accreditation from the IBIA for its Data Standards Kitemark further substantiates Sportradar’s rigorous dedication to data quality, integrity and transparency.” Khalid Ali, IBIA CEO said: “We are excited to recognize Sportradar as our latest Data Standards Kitemark recipient. The IBIA developed the Standards and Kitemark to ensure that the collection and supply chain of sports data achieved the highest levels of transparency and accuracy. Companies like Sportradar that pass the audit have demonstrated robust internal procedures for the collation of sporting event data for betting.

Accurate data collation reassures sports fans and bettors alike that the events they watch are fair, honest and performed at the highest competitive levels.” In 2021 alone, Sportradar has established new partnerships with several major leagues and federations for betting data collection and/or integrity services, including the National Hockey League (NHL), International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), and the European Handball Federation (EHF). Sportradar operates five data collection centers which are strategically located around the world to provide 24/7 uptime and is supported by over 700 data experts, all ISO 9001 certified for Quality Management. These data collection methods are enhanced by in-stadium verification technology and augmented by direct feeds from sports leagues, computer vision and AI technology.

With up to 30 million odds changes per minute, across more than 40 languages served, and with 99.9% proven accuracy, the dependability of Sportradar’s products drives customer trust.

SOURCE: Sportradar media release.


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END 2 END Escalates Expansion Strategy with UKGC Licence


Buenos Aires, Miami (November 1, 2021) - END 2 END’s market-leading Bingo Multiplayer platform has been granted its licence by the UK Gambling Commission.

END 2 END is now able to provide its innovative platform for UK-licensed operators which features state-of-the-art real-time Bingo Multiplayer technology.

The offering features 90-ball and 75-ball bingos as well as an intuitive interface which is seamlessly available across any device. END 2 END also boasts the best social bingo features on the market that helps bring people together in a safe and friendly environment.

END 2 END’s solution is optimised for online, land-based, retail and hybrid operators; as well as aggregation platforms. Abundant network capacity allows multiple operators to share the same Bingo rooms, while the HTML5 and responsive interfaces work easily across any device, currency or language.

Based in Buenos Aires and Miami, END 2 END has developed itself into one of the world’s leading providers of Bingo Multiplayer solutions. END 2 END is constantly exploring new regions for expansion and has firm sights on the US, Australia and LATAM markets.

Alejandro Revich, CEO and founder of END 2 END said: “Obtaining our UKGC licence enables us to accelerate our ambitious growth plans and welcome more leading clients to our portfolio of partners. The UK market is one of the most reputable in the world and we cannot wait to provide our services here.”

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The National Football League and Aristocrat Gaming Announce Exclusive Slot Machine Licensing Agreement

Under multi-year, global license, Aristocrat Gaming to build NFL-themed slot machines, bringing new gaming experiences to NFL fans on casino floors

NEW YORK, NY and LAS VEGAS, NV. (November 3, 2021) – The National Football League (NFL) and Aristocrat Gaming™ have announced an exclusive multi-year slot machine licensing agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, Aristocrat will have an exclusive global license to build land-based NFL-themed slot machines as well as a non-exclusive license for virtual sports games, marking the first deal of its kind for the NFL. The partnership will provide the NFL an opportunity to further drive fan engagement through a new gaming experience.

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“The world of casino gaming is transforming, and the NFL is thrilled to be teaming up with industry leader, Aristocrat Gaming, with their proven track record in slot machine innovation and commitment to responsible gaming,” said Rachel Hoagland, Vice President, Gaming and Partnership Management, NFL. “Today’s slot machines offer engaging experiences akin to popular video game consoles that our fans adore, and we believe with Aristocrat’s vision, we can bring that exciting gaming experience to fans on the casino floor looking to show their love of football.”

“At Aristocrat, we are changing the game. In that spirit, we are thrilled to enter this agreement with the NFL, whose similar mission made this a natural partnership,” said Hector Fernandez, President of Aristocrat Americas and EMEA. “Fans worldwide love watching the NFL, and casino players worldwide enjoy Aristocrat games. This agreement presents a new opportunity to reach tens of millions of NFL and Aristocrat fans with exciting new entertainment options on the casino floor and beyond.”

The NFL-themed slot machines, which will offer fans the ability to customize their experiences based on their favorite teams, are expected to hit casino floors during the 2023 NFL season. To learn more, please click here.

The NFL recently announced the launch of an extensive, integrated league-wide responsible betting public awareness program. For more information about responsible betting tools and resources, visit


Aristocrat Technologies Inc. is a subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL), a global games leader with more than 6,500 employees. The company is licensed in over 300 gaming jurisdictions, operates in more than 90 countries, and offers a unique blend of products and services. The company is the leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of Class III games as well as Class II Innovations for Native American casinos and emerging markets. The company’s mission is to bring joy to life through the power of play. Its values are rooted in creativity and technology, and the company has a rich history of innovation that has shaped the gaming industry over many decades. For more information on all the ways Aristocrat supports responsible gaming, please click here. For further information, visit the company’s website at




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EGBA Welcomes Progress on Irish Gambling Regulations

BRUSSELS, Belgium (October 27, 2021) -- The Irish government’s proposals to establish a regulatory authority and a national self-exclusion register for gambling will help to improve the country’s regulation of online gambling and better protect its gamblers; but reports of a potential blanket ban on free bets are concerning.

On 21 October, Ireland’s Minister of State for Law Reform, Youth Justice and Immigration, James Browne TD, published the General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation Bill which aims to modernise and reform the regulation of gambling, including online gambling in Ireland.

Among the proposals includes the establishment of an independent gambling authority to oversee the country’s gambling activity and various gambling regulations, including advertising. The proposals will now be submitted for drafting to the country’s Office of Parliamentary Counsel and will also be referred to the Oireachtas Justice Committee for pre-legislative scrutiny, with the accompanying legislative process expected to take at least 12 months to finalise.

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomes the publication of the proposals and the progress made in establishing dedicated regulations for online gambling in the country. Specifically, EGBA welcomes the proposals to establish a regulatory authority for gambling and the creation of a national self-exclusion register to allow those experiencing gambling harm to omit and block themselves from accessing gambling websites.

EGBA is, however, concerned about recent media reports that the Irish Government may introduce a blanket ban on free bets. Such a measure could, for example, nudge gamblers who regularly use free bets, or bonuses, to seek these with the many gambling websites, including those in the black market, which operate outside of the scope of Irish gambling regulation.

“We welcome the Irish government’s publication of the General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation Bill. This is an important milestone, and it provides companies, including our own members, with some certainty as to the direction of travel of the legislation. The EGBA looks forward to engaging with Minister Browne and his team to share our experiences from other European jurisdictions. With Ireland one of the two remaining countries in Europe which has no dedicated regulation of online gambling, this is an important opportunity to shape an Irish online gambling market which is well-regulated, meets the consumers’ needs and expectations, and sets a high level of consumer protection.” – Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, EGBA.

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