|Fernando Paes Afonso, CEO of Jogos de Santa Casa da Misericórdia, stated that “as games of chance have, including those offered by Santa Casa, a pro-cyclical behavior, 2013 results lead us to conclude that there was a transfer of household expenditure from illegal gaming to the games offered by Santa Casa”.|
|NACSonline.com: The legislation reverses the Department of Justice’s 2011 decision that clarified the interpretation of the Wire Act. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has strongly opposed that earlier decision and supports the new bill because it would block lotteries from going online.|
|Recently, there have been reports that PokerStars and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians have been working together to oppose any sort of “bad actor” clause in potential online poker legislation in the state. A “bad actor” clause is the portion of a bill which prohibits certain operators from obtaining a license because of something they did when poker was explicitly prohibited by federal and state laws. Typically, this refers to a potential licensee continuing to operate in the U.S. after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) was passed.|
|Many “Internet cafes” that have popped up in suburban strip malls and gas stations offer something more than coffee and access to the Web and email. Known as Internet sweepstakes cafes, they sell time on computers that can have the look, sound and feel of slot and video poker machines, sometimes with cash payouts for winners. State and local authorities say the operations are illegal gambling, but shutting them down hasn't been easy. More than $10 billion in revenue a year is the incentive to stay in business for these storefronts, numbering in the thousands. For some gamblers, the allure of cybercafe gambling is that the facilities are as near as the local mall or service station.|
|The Wall Street firm cited worse-than-expected technical issues in its projection, but said it's optimistic about the new industry's long-term prospects. It forecast an $8 billion market by 2020 compared to its initial $9.3 billion estimate. "While we remain bullish on the online gaming opportunity in the U.S., we are lowering our estimates to better reflect the insights we have gained following the first few months of operations in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware," the company wrote in a research note. It also lowered its first full year estimate of New Jersey's Internet gambling revenue from $541 million to $203 million.|
|“These bills trample on the rights of states, but of greater concern is the fact that they will deny consumers of any meaningful protections that can only be achieved through responsible state or federal regulation. Today, three states are safely and effectively regulating Internet poker. This misguided attempt at prohibition will turn back the clock in those states and destroy the opportunity for others to gain the economic and societal benefits of offering its citizens a safe and regulated place to play online,” said John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players’ Alliance (PPA). “We hope Senator Graham and Congressman Chaffetz and the other supporters of these bills will sideline any political motivations and choose to support what’s in the best interest of American consumers by reconsidering these bills.”|
|The two governors use near-identical language at times to pan the “flawed” reasoning of DOJ and call for Congress to restore the previous interpretation of the Wire Act. “When gambling occurs in the virtual world, the ability of states to determine whether the activity should be available to its citizens and under what conditions - and to control the activity accordingly - is left subject to the vagaries of the technological marketplace. This seriously compromises the ability of states to control gambling within their borders,” Perry wrote. The missives from the two powerful and well-known state executives boosts legislation banning Internet gambling from Graham and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). The letters are also a boon to casino magnate and GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, who has formed a coalition calling for the ban. “Internet gambling is a bad idea, hard to regulate. If you want to gamble, go to a licensed facility. I don’t like the idea of sitting in one’s basement and trying to regulate gambling because I think it’s just very subject to abuse,” Graham said in a brief interview Monday. “Allowing Internet gaming to invade the homes of every American family, and to be piped into our dens, living rooms, workplaces, and even our kids’ bedrooms and dorm rooms, is a major decision. We must carefully examine the short and long-term social and economic consequences before Internet gambling spreads,” Haley in the letter.
PGRI NOTE: This ridiculous posturing and scare-mongering over non-existent threats is a transparent and shamelessly disingenuous attempt to pander to the interests of Big Casino as now represented by the multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Presumably, other legislators will see through this kind of hyperventilating that is so clearly driven by the orchestrated dis-information campaign of commercial interests. And hopefully the sponsors of bills that are so contrary to the interests of their own states will be penalized by their electorate.
|U.S. casinos may soon have to vet where their high rollers' funds come from under a requirement being developed by the U.S. Treasury Department, according to two people familiar with the matter. The move is part of a push to address longstanding regulatory and law enforcement concerns that criminals can use casinos, which have not historically been as closely monitored as banks for compliance with anti-money laundering laws, to convert proceeds of crime into money that appears clean. Existing rules do not explicitly require casinos to vet the source of gamblers' funds. The new rule is likely to require casinos to get more information about certain customers in order to shed light on high-risk transactions such as international wires and large cash deposits, said the sources, who asked not to be named. A spokeswoman for a casino trade group, the American Gaming Association (AGA) "Our industry is committed to a culture of compliance and we appreciate FinCEN's open dialogue and look forward to future collaboration,". In August Las Vegas Sands Corp agreed to pay the Justice Department more than $47 million over anti-money laundering lapses at its Venetian and Palazzo hotel complex in Las Vegas.
PGRI Note: What this industry needs is uncompromised federal enforcement of the laws and regulations that eliminate criminality. Referring back to internet gaming, the notion that Sheldon Adelson (the same guy whose company was just charged a $47 million fine for laundering money) is concerned about consumer protection, and that the best way to protect the consumer is to prohibit states and lotteries from regulating the industry, is so stupid that it is hard to believe a federal legislator could try to sell it, no matter how much campaign support they receive. What’s needed from the federal government is stricter effective enforcement of against criminality, like money laundering. And federal laws and enforcement mechanisms to prevent commercial online operators from violating state laws and regulations.
|A bill to restore a ban on online gaming was introduced Wednesday in Congress. The bill by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., seeks to reinstate federal law to prohibit “all forms of Internet gambling.” The issue has split the American Gaming Association and provoked a backlash from attorneys general in 16 states focused on worries about crime and money laundering, and potential harmful effects on youngsters and problem gamblers.
PGRI Note: This bill would prohibit Lotteries from selling even their traditional products online. It appeared a few months ago that this policy was not likely to gain traction with federal legislators. But there is huge money from Big Casino interests led be Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas Corp. funding the lobby to gut states’ rights to regulate and tax the industry. MGM Resorts nd Steve Wynn were supporters of responsible regulation of the i-gaming industry but now they have gone neutral in order to smooth a path for the lobby impose federal government will on the states’ rights to regulate gambling.
|“Pollard Banknote is very proud of our 28-year partnership with BCLC,” said Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote. “BCLC is a long-valued customer, and we have worked hard to increase sales and offer the Lottery an expanding selection of innovative products and services to meet the consumer behavior of its jurisdiction. We embrace this opportunity to help BCLC continue its impressive growth in its instant ticket category to maximize revenues that support health care, education, and communities in British Columbia.” “We’re excited to build upon our relationship with Pollard Banknote and grow the partnership that has been forged over nearly three decades,” said Kevin Gass, BCLC’s Vice-President of Lottery Gaming. “The company is known for driving sales and providing leading-edge product innovations and we look forward to bringing some of those new, innovative products that will engage and entertain our customers to the market.”|
|Andrea Marantz, Director, Corporate Affairs and Communications at Western Canada Lottery Corporation, says they want to attract to a generation raised on video games and social media, a generation more inclined to spend its petty cash on double lattes than lottery tickets. “We want to see if a different kind of prize or a different kind of game might appeal to this particular age group.”|
SMART-Tech 2015 Preliminary Conference Program
(We outgrew our space so have new larger Ballrooms :)
Updated March 27th
Monday Reception 5-7p - 16th Floor Sky Lobby
*New - Meeting room Tuesday and Wednesday in Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 - 5th Floor
*New Luncheon Tuesday and Wednesday - Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor
*New Reception Tuesday and Wednesday Lyceum - Complex - 5th Floor
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March 30, 31, and April 1
Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York City
· Join over 200 of your colleagues for Smart-Tech NYC. · Fabulous Program: Cutting Edge Topics, World-Class Speakers (See below) · Fabulous Venue: Marriott Marquis is at 45th & Broadway, the heart of Times Square and the Theatre District · Fabulous opportunity to visit with the leaders from 50+ different lotteries. · Fabulous Networking Opportunity: Three Receptions from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
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SMART-Tech 2015 Conference Program
March 30, 31, and April 1
Marriott Marquis Times Square, New York City
Visit www.PublicGaming.org for conference updates, more info, and Links for registering
Monday Reception from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday at the Fabulous 16th Floor SkyLobby Lounge
Tuesday, March 31 Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor
7:30 to 8:30 am: Continental Breakfast Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor
8:30 AM: Conference Sessions Begin Note that sessions begin at 8:30 am.)
Ø 8:30 am. Paul Jason, Chief Executive, PGRI, opens the conference sessions Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor
Ø Gardner Gurney, Executive Deputy Director of the New York State Gaming Commission and its Acting Director of the Division of the Lottery
Ø Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery; President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)
Ø Panel Discussion: Nationalizing Brand Messaging and Public Relations
Nurturing a positive public persona is key for all brands. Multi-billion dollar companies all have a public relations departments that build the brand image on the national level, not just the local level. Lottery's counterparts in the gaming and casino gambling industries certainly have very well-funded PR machines. How can Team Lottery carve out a more prominent place in the national consumer consciousness, and promote a positive public image for Brand Lottery on the national stage? (Yes, we do need to deal with limitations on self-promoting PR; and the fact that 45 lotteries do not have identical PR agendas. But still…)
Moderator: Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery and President of the North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)
Gerald Aubin, Executive Director, Rhode Island Lottery
Gary Gonder, Chief Branding Officer, Missouri Lottery
Cynthia O’Connell, Secretary, Florida Lottery
Michael Chambrello, Chief Executive Officer of North America Lottery, GTECH
Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive Lotteries, Scientific Games
Ø Panel Discussion: Reinvigorating the draw-games category
What can we do to recapture the magic and growth in the draw games? How can we improve the player experience, perhaps augment the jackpot-driven buyer-motive with other attributes and promotional angles to stimulate consumer interest, and otherwise increase the appeal of the draw-games?
Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA)
Sean Athey, Vice President, Systems Sales, Scientific Games Corp.
Dennis Berg, Executive Director, Ohio Lottery
Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Lottery
Anne Noble, Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Lottery Corp.
John Pittman, Vice President Marketing, INTRALOT USA
Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery
Chuck Strutt, Executive Director, Multi-State Lottery Association
12:30 to 1:30 pm: Luncheon Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor
Ø Presentation: Leigh-Ann Goad, Research & Consumer Strategist, Virginia Lottery Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor
Ø Panel Discussion: The new science of Customer-Centric R & D What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding consumer behavior? For instance, market analysis methodologies are moving beyond the limitations of conventional segmentation that focus on age, sex, and income classifications; and beyond surveying customers in stores or conducting of in-person focus groups. How are “virtual focus groups” and “psychographic profiling” and other new methodologies changing our perspective from product-centric to customer-centric? What are the forward-looking methods in consumer research - and how will they improve our understanding of consumer behavior and enhance our ability to design and sell lottery products? Moderator: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery, and Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium Panelists:
Don Feeney, Research & Planning Director, Minnesota Lottery
Nikki Orcutt, Deputy Director of Marketing, West Virginia Lottery
Wendy Montgomery, Vice President Marketing & Sales, OLG
Zurine de Saez Viteri, Managing Director, Lottovate
· Fivi Rondiri, Corporate Marketing Coordinator, INTRALOT, USA
· Brian Roberts, President, North America, Jumbo Interactive
· Max Goldstein, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs
· Adam Perlow, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Alley Software, Inc.
· Jamie Bader, Managing Partner, Parthenon
·Richard Bateson, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Camelot Global
· Christine Thoma, Business Development Manager, Lottovate
Ø Panel Discussion: Consideration, Chance, Prize: Is this foundational definition of gambling being circumvented by game developers and online operators?
The government-lottery industry depends on the effectiveness of regulatory frameworks to protect its business model. Market-driven changes and well-funded private interests (off-shore online gaming operators, Facebook and Google, Sheldon Adelson, etc.) are making it increasingly difficult for governments and their regulators to control the industry. “Non-money” online games (paradoxically, some that are making more money than real-money games) are integrating prizes into their game structures in ways that defy the traditional definitions of “gambling”. Games are being invented that have an element of skill, or some twist on prize structure or the precise nature of the “wager”, or otherwise finding ways to avoid being classified as "gambling". What about Fantasy Sports – why is it not classified as gambling? Bitcoin and cyber-currencies threaten to unleash underground economies that evade regulatory constraints and the obligation to pay taxes. Online betting websites that replicate the lottery-playing experience and others that appear to be selling the most popular lottery games like Powerball, Mega Millions, Euromillions but are illegal and fraudulent … What are the front-lines in the battle to preserve the integrity of the gaming and gambling industry? What can we do to prevent the breakdown of regulatory discipline and effectiveness?
Moderator: James Maida, Co-Founder & President, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) Panelists:
Mark Hichar, Partner, Hinkley, Allen Snyder Law Firm, Chair of Gaming Law Practice Group
Friedrich Stickler, Managing Director of Austrian Lotteries and President, The European Lotteries Association (EL)
Philippe Vlaemminck, Partner, Altius Law Firm, Legal Counsel to various European Lotteries & Operators
5:00 to 7:00 pm: Reception Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor
Wednesday, April 1 Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor
7:30 am to 8:30 am: Continental Breakfast inside Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor
8:30 AM: Conference Sessions Begin 8:30 AM: Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor
· Julin Shaw, Manager of Interactive Sales & Marketing, NeoPollard Interactive
· Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Panel Discussion: Interactive goes Mainstream: Everyone is online, connecting with merchants, with information resources, and with each other. Lotteries’ huge brand awareness is already driving huge website traffic. How are successful lotteries leveraging this online connection to drive consumer engagement, disseminate information, and drive sales? How are some lotteries positioning themselves for a successful long-term sustainable business by integrating interactive strategies into every aspect of the business? Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Panelists:
Debbie Alford, Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Lottery Corp.
Danny Bogus, Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Operations, Michigan Lottery
Richard Bateson, Commercial Director/Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing at Camelot Global
Doug Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote
· Matteo Monteverdi, Senior Vice President, iGaming, and Senior Vice President, Americas Interactive, GTECH
· Buddy Roogow, Executive Director, DC Lottery and
Tracey Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, DC Lottery
· Brendan McCarthy, Novomatic Lottery Solutions North America
· Sara Navidazar, Director of Marketing, Diamond Game
· Tony Fontaine, Vice President of Business Development, Interactive Gaming and Lottery Solutions, InComm
· Matthew Isaac, Director, Retail Development, Pollard Banknote Limited
· Rick Perrone, President & CEO – Gameology®; dba of Tournament One Corp
· Frank Rash, Chief Operating Officer, Shoutz, Inc.
· Brad Cummings, Chief Operating Officer, EquiLottery
· Kevin Gass, Vice President, Lottery Gaming, BCLC (British Columbia)
Ø Panel Discussion: Retail Modernization drives Lottery Modernization Retail is changing. What can Team Lottery do to make sure make sure that Retail Modernization results in increased sales of its products? Merchandising and POS trends, demand for better data capture and analyses and reporting, transaction processing technologies, increased consumer options like self-serve and digital connections, cross-promotional marketing, adding entertainment value to the in-store shopping experience. Integrating Retailer products into Lottery promotions, and vice-versa. How can Team Lottery continue to modernize itself to take full advantage of these trends? Moderator:
May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery Panelists:
Max Goldstein, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs
Adam Perlow, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Alley Software
Brian Roberts, President North America, Jumbo Interactive
Daniel Cage, Chief Executive Officer, Linq3
Sarah Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Luncheon Wednesday Afternoon Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor
2:00pm -5pm - Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor
Ø Presentation: Phil Holmes, Vice President Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery Westside Ballroom Salon 1 & 2 5th Floor
Ø Panel Discussion: Managing Uncertainty as the key to successful Innovation Lotteries operate in an unforgiving business and political climate, the stakes are high, and the rate of change is increasing while visibility into the future is decreasing. How do we know when to move from the research and study mode to launch mode? Are there ways for an action-plan to include the flexibility to adjust course on the basis of new information gleaned from the real-world consumer response? How can this new science of managing uncertainty be applied to the business of designing and launching new lottery games, promotional campaigns, and innovation in general - - and building a solid and sustainable growth plan? Moderator:
Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery Panelists:
Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery
Phil Holmes, Vice President Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery
Greg Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery
Wojciech Szpil, Chief Executive Officer, Totalizator Sportowy (Polish Lottery)
Ø Presentation: Peter Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, Jackpocket
Ø Presentation: Gordon Medenica, Former Director of the New York Lottery & Former President of NASPL
Ø Presentation: Susan Golightly, Principal, CODEI Marketing
Ø Award ceremonies
· Sharon Sharp Award for Good Causes
See page 12 for the announcement of the Sharp Award Winner for 2015:
Hoosier Lottery and Sarah Taylor, Executive Director, Hoosier Lottery
Awarded to the Lottery which produces the largest year-over-year increase in net funding to Good Causes
· Major Peter O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
See page 10 for biographies of the 2015 Recipients:
· Margaret Gibbs, Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Lottery Corporation
· Peg Rose, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Lottery
· Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.
Reception 5-7pm Lyceum Complex - 5th Floor