Some of the highlights of the 28-page report, conducted by Oxford Economics and put out by the American Gaming Association, show gaming has, so far, brought in $1.4 billion to the state's economy, approximately 8,000 jobs have been created and about $543 million in local, state and federal tax revenues have come in. PGRI Note: One leguislator commented that is not necessarily good if the gambling revenues are coming from residents of Maryland as opposed to out-of-state residents bringing new money into the Maryland economy.  This article fails to point out the obvious fact that at least some of the money gambled by Maryland residents would have been taken out of the state to casinos in WV and DE if they had no in-state casino options.

Lawmakers were on the verge of unveiling a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running through next September. Along with the necessary funding, they were negotiating possible riders affecting government actions on pensions, insurance, transportation, the environment — and online gaming. Officials cautioned anything still could happen during the hectic final days of the post-election lame-duck session that could be completed by the end of this week. The spending bill “is still open for negotiations so there is always room for shenanigans,” said John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance that has lobbied against prohibitions on Web poker.

“We can become a substantial partner to the gaming industry,” Gavin Isaacs, CEO of Scientific Games said. Scientific Games “will touch 100 percent of the customers 100 percent of the time.” With 8,300 employees worldwide — including almost 1,400 in Nevada — Scientific Games is expected to centralize its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas.

While gamblers can increase the spending limits they set, there will be a seven-day “cooling off period” before they kick in, said Paul Pellizzari of Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s social responsibility office. Such features are “comparable to seat belts and air bags in cars,” he added. Credit card access was defended because gambling websites set up by private companies over the last several years ?do the same — but without the safeguards OLG says it is offering.“We are entering a competitive marketplace,” said Paul Pellizzari of Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s social responsibility office. “We have to offer options.”
"People are going to gamble we know that," said Paul Pellizzari, OLG's director of policy and social responsibility. "The grey market has been around for a long time. What we've learned about how to protect people is a huge benefit to the creation of this site."
Adelson is pressuring the Democrat to help close a loophole in federal law that allows the states to operate and regulate online gambling.  In return for an online gaming ban, it's probably unrealistic to imagine that Adelson would publicly back a Democrat like Reid for re-election. But it's not a stretch to imagine a repeat of 2010, when the billionaire donated just   to Reid's Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, whom  Reid defeated  handily.

This year was a record setter for lottery winners across the province, with 41 ticket buyers becoming millionaires.  "On top of that, theY were all the lower amount prizes," said Western Canada Lottery Corporation spokesperson Andrea Marantz. Marantz said this year's increase was partly due to changes in the games, with more emphasis on big prizes.  "We have Scratch and Win tickets now with bigger prizes on them, and we have the Lotto Max which can go into MaxMillions mode where they have the jackpot prizes plus additional draws for $1M prizes. And Lotto 649 was changed so that for every draw there is a guaranteed $1-million prize," she said.
Mexico is getting closer to the legalization of gaming with the approval of a draft decree to introduce the country’s first update on gambling regulations in over 60 years. The new regulations that have been under the radar as of late emphasizes the granting of operating permits for land-based and online, minimum age for gambling, and safeguards against money laundering.  “With this law now all Mexicans can know how many casinos are in Mexico, which permits have been granted, which are operational, who the owners are and who the partners are.“
In a year-to-year comparison, November 2014 casino revenue increased from November 2013 by $23,330,484, or 34.9%.  In a comparison excluding Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened in August 2014, year-to-year revenue decreased from November 2013 by $40,567, or .06%.
A full-blown casino license would intensify the regulatory scrutiny by having two agencies involved in the process. The Division of Gaming Enforcement would continue to conduct a background investigation of the Internet company and its principals, but the New Jersey Casino Control Commission would ultimately decide whether to approve the license. There would be a public hearing, testimony and evidence as part of the commission’s licensing process. Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, chairman of the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee maintained that Web companies are effectively operating as “casinos on the Internet,” so they should go through the same stringent licensing procedures as their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
Casino regulators have approved a first-in-the-nation program that allows Massachusetts gamblers to voluntarily set limits for how much money they are willing to spend in a set period of time.
“Unfortunately, AB 9 is a rehash of previously unsuccessful proposals. Any bill that seeks to establish artificial competitive advantages for some, while denying Californians the best online poker experiences, will only serve to divide the community and will be opposed by our coalition.”  Morongo Band of Mission Indians, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, California’s three largest card clubs – the Commerce Club, the Hawaiian Gardens Casino and the Bicycle Casino – and the Amaya Gaming Group, which owns and operates PokerStars
“Such unlawfully earned profits are commonly diverted to more insidious criminal enterprises. In fact, the investigation uncovered evidence that the enterprise had links to organized crime.”
Black Friday saw internet traffic up 60% compared with last year, while online sales for Cyber Monday grew by 21%, with mobile sales exceeding 17% of total online sales. But while shoppers may be turning to online channels to get their retail fix, the high street has also been evolving. From interactive storefront windows to holograms in changing rooms, technology is changing the way we shop in-store. Connected shelves, robots and 3D printing are being tested in retail settings and could well become a regular fixture of high street stores in the future.
Consumers are getting savier, and are now increasingly likely to browse for items online for price, and actually make the purchase in the store. The practice is called reverse showrooming, or “webrooming,” and some have been calling it the brick-and-mortar retailers’ secret weapon in 2014.
The big bang shake out happened around the year 2008-09 when retailers shifted their focus from product-centric to customer-centric expansion and consolidation, setting up premium store locations at strategic locations which would serve as a value proposition to pave the way for a biga big leap forward and precipitate a monumental expansion in both online and brick and mortar formats, facilitating greater visibility, building allegiance and gaining referral.
Chief executive of Premier Lotteries Ireland Dermot Griffin added: “Premier Lotteries Ireland is extremely pleased to have successfully completed transition. We have successfully commenced operations and look forward to further developing the National Lottery and its associated games. The awarding of the licence to PLI represents the next step in what has been an incredible journey for the National Lottery so far. PLI is committed to responsibly growing the National Lottery over the next 20 years and to guaranteeing the ongoing support for good causes across Ireland.”
The investigated were found to be actively targeting Dutch consumers illegally without a Dutch gaming licence, and to be accepting Dutch consumer payments through PayPal Nederland payment processing services.  The €200,000 fine issued to Imperial E-Club Ltd, represents the largest fine issued to a single igaming operator by a gambling authority.  The Dutch gaming authority has publically stepped up its attempts to block unlicensed igaming operators from targeting Dutch Consumers.
Québec’s “Working Group on Online Gambling” concluded that enforcement of the Code in this respect is practically impossible. Accordingly, it recommends a solution best described using the old maxim: "if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em": petitioning the federal government to amend the Code to allow the provincial governments to license private sector iGaming operators to legally offer their services within Canada. At present, the Code requires that provincial governments remain at all times the entity that "conducts and manages" iGaming within the province. A private sector entity can only act as an "operator" under contract with the provincial government. The jurisprudence indicates that this means that the provincial government must at all times be the "operating mind" of the gaming. While the "conduct and manage" requirement is interpreted somewhat differently amongst the provinces, the Working Group concluded that the Government of Québec has to date adopted the most restrictive and conservative interpretation.
The 17-page AGA best practices document, which was released to FinCEN on Wednesday, was developed by about 20 casino compliance officers and lawyers overseen by AGA's Bank Secrecy Act compliance unit. It outlines money laundering risks, regulatory requirements and compliance strategies.   Since mid-2013, casinos have been on notice they must step up their compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act, the primary U.S. anti-money laundering law, which has required them to report large cash transactions for decades and since 2002 has obliged them to report customers' suspicious activity. For those that fail, there is an increasing threat of civil or even criminal penalties from the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Justice Department.  "For a number of years, individual properties and companies within the casino industry have made anti-money laundering compliance a priority, but the best practices are really the first time the industry came together as one to tackle this," American Gaming Association Chief Executive Geoff Freeman said in an interview.
CVC Capital Partners purchases a controlling stake in Sky Bet for $1.25 billion.   is the latest big bet by private equity investors on an online gambling business, part of a wave of deals that is reshaping the online gambling industry. Blackstone Group, the world’s biggest private equity firm, backed Amaya’s $4.9 billion purchase of PokerStars, the world’s biggest online poker company. To get the deal done, Blackstone’s GSO unit made a $1 billion investment, its largest commitment ever, and banks like Deutsche Bank and Barclays made the first sizeable bank loan against online gambling assets. Shares of Amaya have soared since the deal was announced earlier this year.  Apollo Global Management and TPG, also among the biggest private equity players, have staked a bet on online gambling by investing $484 million in Caesars Acquisition Co., which houses the online gambling assets of financially struggling Caesars Entertainment. Earlier this year another large European private equity player, Permira, was reportedly considering doing a deal for 888 Holdings, also a big online gambling operator. One major online gambling firm, Bwin.Party was even recently the subject of an activist hedge fund campaign from SpringOwl Asset Management.
PGRI Note: The actions of big-money operators in the world of Private Equity could be a signpost for where the industry is headed.
PGRI Note: The U.K. government is asserting control over regulatory and taxation as applies to the U.K. -   And positioning itself to enforce their policies and laws.  The European Union Commission should recognize the rights of its member states to do the same, to exercise complete control over all regulatory and taxation issues that relate to gambling and lottery.  Just as in the U.K., disputes should be adjudicated by the member state, not by any supra-national entity like the EU Commission.
The Virginia Lottery has transformed its game experience by keeping its players engaged through the innovative use of mobile game alerts. Once players have purchased a Virginia's New Year's Millionaire Raffle ticket, they can text 'RAFFLE' followed by their ticket number to 82568, which is followed by a confirmation text that the information has been securely stored. On January 1, 2015 players who submitted their details will automatically receive a text notification stating whether or not they hold a winning raffle ticket.
While Betfair's New Jersey online poker room failed to attract players, its online casino is alive and well, filing an October win of $855,869 and a $6,677,288 win during the first ten months of 2014.
Lotteries worldwide are waking up to the wonders of creative advertising. Commercials for the biggest lotteries these days are pretty engaging and entertaining, with a fun quotient right up there with beer ads. There’s a distinct shift in theme and underlying message, one that moves away from good ol’ heart-warming “change-your-life” to good-natured everyday fun with low risk and high stakes. This is not surprising considering the fact that most lotteries are trying to connect with a younger customer-base that probably does not buy into the concept of luck-by-numbers (unlike previous generations), or is interested in the preachy philanthropic value of the game (think National Lottery).
Since its inception, the lottery has contributed more than $17 billion for public schools, including more than $1 billion a year for the past decade.  The Texas Lottery generated $1.2 billion last year for public education and veterans programs.

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Lottery Hall of Fame Ceremony at NASPL Dallas

 Lottery Industry Hall of Fame ceremony will be

Thursday, Oct. 15 at 9:05am in the Trinity Ballroom, Hilton Anatole

Congratulations to the 2015 PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame Inductees!

 The 60 members of the PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame have voted for the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees. And they have elected these eight industry leaders to be inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame for 2015. The eight 2015 Hall of Fame inductees:

-- Joseph S. (Jay) Gendron, Senior Vice President, North America, IGT

-- Dr. Ioannis N. Katakis, Chief Executive Officer, MALTCO Lotteries

-- Stavros A.  Michael, Director Cyprus Government Lottery

-- Jim O’Brien, Strategic Marketing Vice-President, Scientific Games Corporation

-- Douglas E. Pollard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Pollard Banknote Limited

-- Thierry Pujol, Security Director, La Francaise de Jeux

-- Tom Shaheen, Executive Vice President, Linq3

-- Philippe Vlaemminck, Partner, Chair of its Gaming Law Practice Group, ALTIUS Law Firm

The Lottery Industry Hall of Fame was founded in 2005 as a means of honoring those who have done the most to promote excellence and integrity in our industry and make the world lottery industry the great success. The recipients of this award are all a credit to that ideal and you are joining a select and distinguished group of world lottery industry professionals.  You can read more about the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame and the members at The Ceremony to induct the 4 North American industry leaders into the Lottery Hall of Fame will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 at 9:05 in the Trinity Ballroom, Hilton Anatole. The ceremony to induct the 4 Global Hall of Fame inductees will be held at an event in Europe TBA that is convenient for them to attend.  Congratulations to the Class of 2015 Lottery Industry Hall of Fame Inductees!



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