RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, will be discussed by the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on RAWA Thursday, March 26th.  RAWA (Bill HR 707) seeks to amend the federal law’s Wire Act in order to outlaw the transmission of Internet betting and wagering activities.  Backed by casino tycoon  Sheldon Adelson, the world’s 18th richest person according to Forbes, RAWA would effectively eliminate online poker and Internet casino games in the United States. In addition, HR 707 could prevent state lotteries from offering Internet services even for its drawings.

Though conservative Republican lawmakers have tended to steer clear of online poker, the GOP is no longer completely on the same page. Adelson is a longtime financial backer of conservative candidates and will likely have a considerable impact on the 2016 election process through political action committees.  But not all GOPers are on-board with Adelson and RAWA, including former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a two-time presidential candidate who associated with both the Republican and Libertarian parties. Paul called RAWA “crony capitalism” and said it has no business being in mainstream politics.  Grover Norquist, perhaps the most influential person in DC for conservative politicians said, “States don’t need federal government babysitting them.” Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), a likely 2016 candidate, is also thought to be against RAWA as he signed Internet gaming into law in New Jersey.

"As the lottery’s executive director, I would much rather see more people buying a few tickets, than a few people buying more tickets, said Otto."  The theme of this year’s National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is “Have the Conversation.” Take some time to learn more about problem gambling and gambling addiction, and if you see the telltale signs in a friend, colleague or loved one, don’t chance it. Talk to them and let them know help is available.
Up 23.9 percent from the same month last year.  Welfare lottery sales increased by 10.7 percent, while that of the sports lottery surged 42.7 percent  2014 lottery ticket sales totaled 382.38 billion yuan ($61 billion), up 23.6 percent from 2013.
Slot machine giant International Game Technology signed a deal with Bahamian resprt to provide games to half of the casino’s slot machine floor. IGT will install more than 500 of the company’s slot machines and deploy its management system in the casino, which is set to open later this month.
Really?  Back to analog?  “The standard digital computer cluster equipped with multiple central processing units (CPUs), each programmed to tackle a particular piece of a problem, is just not designed to solve the kinds of equations at the core of large-scale simulations.”  These critical equations, known as partial differential equations, describe fundamental physical principles like motion, diffusion, and equilibrium.  They involve continuous rates of change over a large range of physical parameters relating to the problems of interest, so they don’t lend themselves to being broken up and solved in discrete pieces by individual CPUs.
In the 43 states with state lotteries, Chaffetz’s bill would mandate how those lotteries can be run to the point where some lottery sales will be prohibited. That has repercussions for states that fund education (or other) priorities through lottery proceeds.   And, absent those lottery finds, we all know where the states would move next to raise those funds – taxpayers.
Today, we estimate that more than 70 million NCAA March Madness brackets were completed. With an estimated 40 million Americans betting $2 billion dollars on brackets – and another $7 billion on individual games – it is clear that gaming is increasingly embraced nationwide.
Lobbyist JeremyChou said, “The lottery is operating efficiently. … You have a problem at the Racing Commission, I think. … But if you do have a problem with the Racing Commission, we ask you, fix the Racing Commission. I don’t think the answer is the creation of a new agency. I don’t think that addresses your issue.”
“This is an entertaining instant ticket that continues the MONOPOLY™ theme and ties-in with the dynamic new television game show of the same concept,” said Rebecca Hargrove, CEO and President of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “We believe this innovative collaboration will add excitement for our players while furthering our mission to raise funds for education in Tennessee.”
Anne Noble, CEO of the Connecticut Lottery Corp., said any new gaming would cannibalize lottery revenue, which totaled nearly $320 million for the state last year. That's more than the two existing casinos combined, she noted.
Idaho House panel Introduces bill to create a gaming commission that would oversee all gambling in Idaho, putting racing and lottery both under one commission.
Betting on college basketball is more than twice the amount wagered on the Super Bowl, which was closer to $4 billion. While some state legislatures grapple with the issue of legalizing professional and college sports gambling as another means of beefing up gaming revenue that otherwise goes to places like Nevada, betting has increasingly become acceptable within popular culture.
Sen. Lindsey Graham's lack of email use is surprising since he is one of the lawmakers spearheading Sheldon Adelson-backed efforts to ban online poker nationwide via a proposal to augment some of the language in a 1961 federal bill called the Wire Act. You would think someone bold enough to outlaw a certain Internet industry would at least know something about the internet, the worldwide web, and its business applications.
Three years after the Denmark National Lottery operator Danske Spil lost its monopoly on online gambling, there are 29 different companies licensed to offer casino games and 15 licensed for betting.

Danske Spil is still the biggest company in the Danish market, but the changing gambling habits of Danes have come at a cost to the company.  Danske Spil's financial statements for 2014 show that their profits were DKK 95 million down on 2013, representing a 5.8% drop.

"With the combination of Scientific Games and Bally, we are focused on becoming the partner of choice for gaming, lottery and interactive customers," said President and Chief Executive Officer Gavin Isaacs. "To this end, we plan to launch an exciting array of new products across our Bally, WMS, Shuffle Master, Williams, Barcrest and lottery brands throughout the world in 2015. At the same time, as we continue to invest in developing innovative new products and services to help our customers grow their businesses, we also are just as committed to quickly implement our integration plans to realize targeted cost savings and generate growing free cash flow." Mr. Isaacs continued, "We believe that our planned new product and service introductions will demonstrate that no other company can match the breadth and depth of our differentiated solutions to address the needs of gaming, lottery and interactive customers. The diversity of our products and services and the scale of our operations uniquely position Scientific Games to effectively serve our customers and achieve long-term growth."
“We ended 2014 on another robust quarter, with strong product sales in the Americas and International and steady service revenues overall,” said Marco Sala, CEO of GTECH S.p.A. “We are finalizing the acquisition of IGT, ready to initiate the integration of our two companies, and to consolidate our leadership of the global gaming industry.” "Our underlying operating performance was very solid in the fourth quarter,” said Alberto Fornaro, CFO of GTECH S.p.A. "Excluding one-off items primarily related to the IGT acquisition, we achieved or exceeded guidance in all our key full-year metrics: EBITDA, CapEx, Operating Income, and Net Financial Position.”
"We are very pleased with our financial results for the 2014 fiscal year and the fourth quarter," commented Co-Chief Executive Officer John Pollard. "The positive trends experienced during the year have continued and we expect the same to carry on through 2015."   "We achieved record revenue in 2014, driven by the success of our proprietary products including our Scratch FX® and PlayBook® instant tickets."
The first-of-its kind television game show will launch a new multi-state companion lottery scratch ticket. "This lottery scratch game captures the essence and fun of the 'MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB' game show that has already started production in Las Vegas," said Steve Saferin, president of properties group and chief creative officer for Scientific Games. "The studio audience reaction to the show has been wildly enthusiastic, and there's no better way to celebrate the 80th anniversary of MONOPOLY™  than to give fans of the game yet another way to play."    Scientific Games Productions recently kicked off production on "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" at the  Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas inside a custom-built, 48,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art structure.
It has been a testament to the professionalism of our thousands of retail partners around the country who engaged with us over the course of this new rollout and transition that we have managed to steady the ship and are confident about the future.  The Irish lottery continues to be one of the most successful lotteries globally with a strong ethos, exceptional staff and a culture of delivering for our players and good causes. To date, it has raised over €4.5bn for Good Causes; delivered over €7.5bn in prizes and created over 450 new millionaires.
“It has been an honor to work with you and serve the State of Maryland during this time of extraordinary change for the agency and the state’s gaming policy,” Martino wrote in the email to his staff. “We’ve successfully opened five casinos that have increased revenues to Maryland’s public education system and employed thousands. The traditional lottery is one of the most accomplished in the world, annually sending more than half a billion dollars to the state general fund. And, all of our work has been done with integrity, transparency and a commitment to responsibility. I’m proud of what we have done together and appreciate your considerable efforts, which have been the bedrock of our success.”
Legislators must decide whether such a law should be classified as a gambling activity or as a social gaming activity. Bowman said he believes fantasy sports are a game of skill.  Both Jochum and Bowman said they didn’t think the bill would interfere with casino business.
"I am pleased the Hoosier Lottery and Ivy Tech now offer this financial tool to Lottery winners, Ivy Tech students and adults throughout the State," said Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor. "We support responsible lottery play and encourage winners to seek counsel from a trusted financial professional or attorney before making decisions on how to manage their windfall." "Our financial investment to assist in the production of the MOOC exemplifies GTECH Indiana's commitment to corporate social responsibility, which is a pillar of the Lottery's annual business plan," said GTECH Indiana COO & General Manager Colin Hadden.
Commenting on 2014 performance Norbert Teufelberger, Chief Executive Officer, said: “The full year impact of ISP blocking in Greece coupled with the structural decline of regulated poker markets in Continental Europe affected our overall financial performance for the year.”
“Twenty Florida Lottery games had sales of more than $1 million last week,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “This is good news across the board because higher sales result in more winners, increased commissions for retailers and more revenue generated for Florida’s students and schools.”


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