Click here to see it live! “GTECH’s solution supports OLG’s plan to become a more innovative and sustainable organization, while continuing to be a North American leader in Responsible Gambling,” said Matteo Monteverdi, GTECH Senior Vice President, North America Interactive and SVP, iGaming.  "With the launch of PlayOLG, OLG joins seven other Canadian provinces in offering provincially regulated, safe Internet gaming," said John Wisternoff, Vice President of iGaming at OLG.
The Santa Ysabel situation, however, plays directly against ongoing legislative efforts in California to legalize intrastate online poker.  Those Cali efforts are funded primarily by other, larger tribes, but if the Iipay Nation successfully defends itself with its tribal-sovereignty claims, the entire legislative process going on in Sacramento might become moot.
"We believe that the government's proposal to open lottery market goes too far and that turnover limits are too wide. We are afraid this could weaken consumer protection", said Torbjorn Almlid, Managing Director for Norsk Tipping. Consultation response from Norwegian Tipping was submitted to the ministry on Monday 5 January.
There's some irony in legislation to reshape the lottery by a senator who fought its efforts to expand the revenue pool through new types of games, as other states have done. (this note is from the article.)
“Gambling is the wagering of money or something of material value on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods. Gambling thus requires three elements be present: consideration, chance and prize.”  Does the element of skill enter into the legal definition of gambling?  This is an important question in determining whether new game formats, like Fantasy Sports, will be regulated and taxed as “gambling” or not.
"IGT has always been committed to supporting education-enriching programs,” said Tim Shortall, IGT VP of Eastern Region Sales. “The Jerry Young Scholarship Awards program is a great way to give back to our partners in the public gaming sector but also to remember Jerry, whose legacy as an IGT employee will always be remembered.” IGT is the only company to launch a public gaming scholarship program and recognizes that education is vital to the success of the gaming industry. IGT will award the 2015 scholarships at the annual IGT Public Gaming Roundtable in Cleveland, Ohio.
Eight buzzy tech trends/ideas to watch in 2015, the 20th anniversary of the Internet’s big bang: Netscape’s IPO
The province didn’t just squeak past its previous best year. That was 2012, which saw 32 prizes of $1 million or more for a total $175 million. It positively sprinted to its new record of 45 million-dollar prizes, which totaled $206.4 million.
63% of retailers indicated "enable seamless customer experience online and in the store " as one of their top corporate initiatives and 29% ranked the "ability to buy anywhere, get anywhere, return anywhere" as a key priority.
“We had a lot of good weeks this season,” Sports Lottery director Vernon Kirk said.   Any way you cut it, the Delaware Sports Lottery has been a winner in its fifth year.     “The awareness of sports lottery’s availability at retail sites played a large part in the growth of sales,” he said.    “We’ve received a lot of ideas from retailers, who are regularly in touch with the public’s interests, that has proved to be a valuable asset in moving forward, and will continue to help guide us in the future, Mr. Kirk said.”
Statistics show that people only retain 10% of what they hear and about 20% of what they read. In an era defined by dwindling attention spans and voracious content consumption across multiple devices, cutting through the proverbial clutter has never been more difficult. Today’s content marketers are faced with the challenge of populating myriad platforms with constantly updated content, satisfying the market’s need for instant gratification whilst at the same time establishing a real connection with customers. So how do you create compelling content that not only resonates with your customer base, but also promotes understanding of your brand and generates real ROI for your business?
HB: What was the mistake with the phone? Or are you saying there is no mistake?   Jeff: I think it takes more time to analyze something like that. Again, one of my jobs is to encourage people to be bold. It's incredibly hard.  Experiments are, by their very nature, prone to failure. A few big successes compensate for dozens and dozens of things that didn't work. Bold bets - Amazon Web Services, Kindle, Amazon Prime, our third-party seller business - all of those things are examples of bold bets that did work, and they pay for a lot of experiments. I've made billions of dollars of failures at Amazon.com. Literally billions of dollars of failures. You might remember Pets.com or Kosmo.com. It was like getting a root canal with no anesthesia. None of those things are fun. But they also don't matter.  What really matters is, companies that don't continue to experiment, companies that don't embrace failure, they eventually get in a desperate position where the only thing they can do is a Hail Mary bet at the very end of their corporate existence. Whereas companies that are making bets all along, even big bets, but not bet-the-company bets, prevail."
Our best defense against federalization of i-gaming regulation is for more states to implement their own regulatory system. Opponents of Internet gaming only have to win once with a federal prohibition to mark the end of internet gaming for all 50 states.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton continues to use his power to save the states online lottery scratch card product from receiving the axe by lawmakers. The governor supports the 31,000 players and will continue to fight until the end right alongside Ed Van Petten, MN Lottery Director.
PokerStars’ average of 19,000 players is more than the rest of the industry's other top ten poker rooms and networks combined.







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