Playtech shares dropped nearly 9%. Up to 36% of Playtech’s total revenues come from Asian countries. Company representatives said that out of the EUR212.4 million made in the first half of this year, regulated markets accounted for just 35%, while unregulated ones generated 65%.  Malaysia’s new attitude towards online gambling has drawn the industry’s attention to Asia last week. British betting giant William Hill’s operations in the Philippines are also being investigated.  Some have speculated that the two events, while unrelated, could be the beginning of a broader crackdown on online casinos and sportsbooks in Asia.
“In a solid quarter, we were able to make up for the significant product sales of 2013 and for lower jackpot activity this year, and deliver stable revenues and higher profitability, thanks to the diversity of our revenue base,” said Marco Sala, CEO of GTECH S.p.A. “Our planned acquisition of IGT is progressing on schedule.”
Commenting on 9M14 results INTRALOT Group CEO, Mr. Constantinos Antonopoulos, noted: “In the first 9-months of 2014 major existing projects in the US, Australia and Asia were extended and new ones are being successfully implemented.   While the gaming industry undergoes consolidation, INTRALOT keeps focusing strongly on the lottery sector, its technological superiority and organic growth as we have done over the past years. The Group is making great technological leaps in order to offer innovative products and services to its customers, both on a B2B and a B2C basis. Moreover, we are in the process of taking actions in certain projects around the world in order to improve the Group’s financial performance in the near future. From a financial stand point, the Group continued to grow its sales, maintained its EBITDA profit before any foreign exchange impact and stabilized its net debt position.”
Italian retail and online sports betting operator Sindacato Nazionale Agenzie Ippiche (SNAI) has cited an increase in its video lottery terminal business and the introduction of virtual sports betting as drivers of a year-on-year 11.8% increase in revenue during the nine months through to September 30
Malta Secretary of Economic Growth Dr José Herrera said that changes to European legislation were inevitable and would provide a set of new challenges to Malta’s licensed igaming operators.
An arduous months-long process has concluded with National Action Party (PAN) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) forging an agreement to implement a new legal framework for live and online gambling punctuated by new protections targeting money laundering. The law provides for a 10-year licensing system, regulation of online gambling, and the establishment of a new Advisory Council to oversee the regulation. The adaptation of laws in Mexico brings hope for a larger gambling tournament and larger casinos that have shown positive results in other Latin American areas such as Brazil.
Jdsupra.com is a very informative business intelligence website. These attached articles are updates on the status of regulatory changes in Belgium, Italy, and Great Britain
Patti Hart, IGT Chief Executive Officer said "While we continue to see muted demand in our core business, our DoubleDown Casino business drove 28% revenue growth for the full year while maintaining industry- leading player monetization rates and growing daily active users."
The Pala tribe runs the land-based Pala Casino and Spa in San Diego County, California, and wanted to expand its brand onto the Internet. The Pala will use one of the Borgata's online gambling licenses. Their palacasino.com web site should go live in the second half of November or early Decembe. In early 2015 its palapoker.com site will go live. Pala, like other New Jersey Internet gambling providers, can only take bets from customers within New Jersey's borders. The tribe founded Pala Interactive about a year and a half ago, and originally hoped to be ready for an expected approval of Internet gambling in California.
The Ontario lottery will shortly make the Canadian province the fifth to launch a fully regulated online gambling platform, with the announcement that PlayOLG.ca, operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), is to launch “in the coming weeks.” It’s been a long road to regulation for Ontario, which first announced its intention to offer online gaming back in 2010 as an extra source of revenue to plug the budget deficit. The so-called “gray market” has a huge customer-base in Canada, which has traditionally turned a blind eye to its citizens gambling on offshore sites, but Ontario believes it is losing out as a result. With an estimated half-million Ontarians gambling regularly on sites like PokerStars (recently acquired, of course, by Toronto-based Amaya), that’s somewhere between $400 million to $500 million in lost gross revenue that could be siphoned into government coffers, according to OLG. While spokesman Tony Bitoni clearly doesn’t believe a giant like PokerStars can be toppled overnight, he says that OLG’s market research shows that there is an appetite for “trusted” government-regulated gaming. The Canadian government ceded the right to offer lotteries and games of chance to the provincial governments in the 1960s. Currently, British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, and all of the Atlantic provinces already offer online gaming. Meanwhile, around 50 online gambling companies are licensed in Kahnawake, a reserve of the Mohawk Nation in Quebec, by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has stated that it is part of their “aboriginal rights,” which have existed since time immemorial, to regulate online gaming on their land. It is a stance that has never been questioned by the Canadian government.
"Our retailers and our customers are important to us and we appreciate their patience during this conversion process," Lottery Director Laura Solano said. We are 100 percent confident in the new system's ability to issue and redeem tickets and we expect that players will enjoy an easier and more rewarding game experience than ever before. I am very proud of our Lottery staff and the new system provider as they have done everything possible to make this a smooth transition. "
“I take this opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful contribution of our current CEO Jan Stewart.  I have every confidence that Paul Andrew will prove to be a very fine successor to Jan and will make a great contribution to the future of Lotterywest, building on Jan’s outstanding legacy,” Lotterywest chairman John Atkins said.
"We look forward to continuing our nearly 30-year relationship with Scientific Games to develop innovative products for New Zealand players," said Wayne Pickup, Chief Executive Officer, Lotto New Zealand. "We are focused on growing instant game sales and funding for our communities by taking our instant games to the next level with the vibrant new designs, foils, proprietary play styles and licensed brands offered by Scientific Games."
Rebecca Hargrove, President & CEO, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation said, "The success of our instant product category with consumers in Tennessee has been integral to the more than $3 billion we have raised for education programs in Tennesseesince the Lottery began 10 years ago. We look forward to continuing our team effort with Scientific Games and our more than 5,000 retailers to offer entertainment value to consumers in Tennessee through a superior instant game portfolio."

Mark your calendars to attend the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame Ceremony to induct Jean M. Jørgensen, David Loeb, and Tan Soo Nan into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.

Tuesday November 4th  at 5pm (17:00) at the at the Rome Cavalieri Hotel & Convention Center in the Room Sala Ellisse all are welcome to attend.

The four 2014 Hall of Fame inductees:

Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery Commission, USA (Gary's induction ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 30, at 4:00 pm, Room 312, at the Atlantic City Convention Center during NASPL)

Jean M. Jørgensen, Executive Director of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

David Loeb, President of the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC)

Tan Soo Nan, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Pools Pty Ltd

Chief Executive Officer Lennart Käll, said: “The decrease is according to plan. In recent years, we have seen the Swedish gambling market evolve in the wrong direction. Therefore, we show the way to a healthier gaming market through the introduction of several gaming action, including compulsory registration. It’s a position that comes before short-term profit motives.”
"During the quarter, the Company generated $126 million of cash flow from operations, which after $62 million of capital expenditures resulted in $65 million of free cash flow," said Gavin Isaacs, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While our operating results still require further improvement to achieve the level of performance we expect, we believe we are making solid progress in utilization of working capital, implementation of WMS-related integration initiatives, strengthening the organization-wide focus on disciplined cost management and directing capital allocation only toward our highest-return opportunities."







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