More than 200 operators are interested in a remote gambling license once new legislation comes into force.  But if operators currently act illegally, they run the risk that a request for a license under the new Remote Gambling Act will be denied.
Wanda Young Wilson recognized by the Public Gaming Research Institute for outstanding leadership, accomplishments. “Without a doubt, Wanda is one of the finest lottery executives in the country, a wise and experienced voice whose many contributions to our organization have been invaluable to the record-breaking success of the Tennessee Lottery,” said Lottery President and CEO, Rebecca Hargrove. “We are fortunate to have her here and, speaking for everyone affiliated with the Tennessee Lottery, we offer our heartfelt congratulations for this extraordinary and well-deserved industry recognition.”
“Regulated gaming clients across both the government and private sectors are seeking reliable, secure and innovative ways to increase revenue and drive profitability, and IGT is the trusted go-to partner in this space,” said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT. “We will provide top-performing content across multiple platforms enabling players to experience their favorite games across all regulated segments and channels, all with our unwavering Customer First approach.  With a truly global reach, we will share expertise and experience both geographically and across market segments. The combination of GTECH and IGT is a winning combination.”

We are pleased to welcome IGT to the NYSE,” said Thomas W. Farley, NYSE Group President. “IGT is a premier global gaming operator shaping the future of entertainment and gaming, and an excellent addition to the NYSE’s community of the world’s leading companies.”



Amaya Inc. is divesting more of its non-core assets as it focuses on building its online games business.  NYX Gaming Group buying two assets for $150 million.  The transaction follows Amaya’s decision last month to sell its Cadillac Jack casino games business for $476-million and to spin off its Diamond Game unit.  Last June, Amaya acquired the operator of popular brands PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker for $4.9-billion (U.S.).
Disney is deepening its relationship with hard-core sports fans by investing $250 million in the fantasy, play-for-real-money sports business DraftKings. This is an interesting business for Disney to invest in, considering its child-friendly brand and reputation. But both DraftKings and larger rival FanDuel (owned by  Comcast) steadfastly maintain that these are games of skill and not gambling, and are legal for online play. Specifically, they note the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act carves out space for fantasy sports.
Major League Baseball announced last week an extension and enhancement of its previously under-the-radar partnership with DraftKings, a leading daily fantasy sports website.  Baseball is smart to leap into the daily fantasy sports business, a booming industry that will provide the league new revenue and, more importantly, boost engagement with fans, particularly those in the coveted 18-to-35 male demographic. Daily fantasy sports companies make a profit -- a large profit -- by taking a cut of prize pools created by users who enter contests for cash. Major League Baseball is now in the business of supporting and profiting from the public risking money on the performance of its players.  What ethical difference, then, does Commissioner Rob Manfred see between daily fantasy and regular sports betting?  Manfred has declined to take the public stance of NBA counterpart Adam Silver, who argued for the federal legalization of sports betting in a New York Times op-ed last November.
"Full credit to Vermont Lottery for making the $5 Frogger game so incredibly successful," said Sina Aiello, Vice President Marketing at Pollard Banknote. "Konami's Frogger brand has proven time and again in jurisdictions all over North America it can generate real excitement among players. The success is reflected at retail and in the participation rates we are seeing in the interactive game and second chance draws." "Frogger is great for existing instant players and attracting newer players, especially those who like to play games online," said Greg Smith, executive director of the Vermont Lottery. "Our work with Pollard Banknote has helped make Frogger one of the biggest contributors to our instant game success. And that has helped us boost overall revenue for the benefit of the entire state of Vermont."
PGRI Note: Comprehensive and interesting synopsis of Amaya’s history and assessment of where it goes from here.
RAWA would violate states’ rights, which is a big reason why it will have trouble passing. While Republicans have traditionally been on the wrong side of the internet gambling battle (read: anti-online gambling), many are staunch states’ rights supporters and would be reluctant to back a bill that would run contrary to their values. Delaware players can now sit at the same tables as Nevada players, thanks to the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement between the two states.
What a day Tuesday for International Game Technology.  It began with the official completion of the $6.4 billion merger/acquisition by Italy-based GTECH, first announced last summer and which retains the iconic IGT name dating to the 1970s in Reno. Then Marco Sala, CEO of the company now headquartered in London, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on IGT's first day on the markets as a combined entity.  By the close of trading, IGT shares rose 13.5 percent from Thursday, or $2.40, to $20.08.
Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries sales increase 3.34% year-on-year.
Last year there was $423 billion in total gaming win (gaming revenue) across the globe.  Lotteries accounted for 29 percent at $121 billion, with what the report terms “other gambling” such as sports betting and parimutuel racing as the next biggest chunk at $118 billion or 28 percent and online gambling at $37 billion or 9 percent. Of the $146 billion from land-based casinos, US commercial and tribal operations took in $67 billion (46 percent), Asia and Australia casinos $61 billion or 42 percent. The rest of the world’s brick-and-mortars had $18 billion or 12 percent.
Click here to watch a video from Marco Sala, CEO of IGT about the vision for the new company. 'Proven Solutions with a Customer Focus IGT is uniquely positioned to help customers excel in the rapidly evolving gaming industry.'    The shares of International Game Technology PLC (ticker symbol:IGT)(ticker symbol:ISIN code GB00BVG7F061) will commence trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 7 April 2015.
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Jumbo Interactive Ltd., a leading interactive lottery business,  launched the world's first lottery application for the new Apple watch at the SMART-Tech 2015 Lottery Conference hosted by the Public Gaming Research Institute for U.S. and international lottery executives in New York City, March 30-April 1. This innovative application brings the action of the lottery right to users' wrists. It sends immediate alerts regarding prizes, winning numbers and upcoming draws and enables users to manage ticket purchases from their Apple Watch. Mike Veverka, Founder and CEO of Jumbo Interactive Limited, noted, "There are things you want to be told about immediately and winning the lottery is certainly one of them. The Apple watch paves the way to a new era in wearable technology and we are excited to leverage this personalized platform to bring Jumbo's lottery experience to new heights." The Jumbo lottery app will be available through the Apple app store when the watch begins shipping on April 24, 2015. Live demonstrations of the new app are available at
PGRI Note:  Individual states need to regulate and tax the online gambling industry.  If they don’t, the federal government will.
This new instant ticket game offering as its grand prize a luncheon hosted for 10 lucky winners by Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, known to fans as Big Papi. The winners then will be invited to watch the Red Sox play ball from the team's private suite at Fenway Park.   "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," says Michael Boardman, the lottery's marketing director. "We're pretty excited about it."
“We take great care to develop innovative and entertaining instant games for our players,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. “Combined with an effective distribution system and continual focus on the retailer network, our program of instant tickets has been highly successful, propelling our Lottery to 11 consecutive years of record growth. The upshot, of course, is that this success has allowed us to raise a remarkable sum of money for vital education programs in Tennessee.”
"The Board of Directors believes Jim Lightbody is the best person to lead this organization in this time of renewal," said Smith. "He has demonstrated strong leadership in the last 14 months as interim CEO. That combined with his understanding of the organization, his commitment to innovation and to employee engagement make him the ideal person to lead the organization going forward."



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SMART-TECH 2015 Video presentations

SMART-TECH 2015 Kevin Gass Vice President, Lottery Gaming BCLC, British Columbia

SMART-TECH 2015- Gardner Gurney, Acting Director, Division of the Lottery at New York State Gaming Commission - Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Terry Rich CEO Iowa Lottery -Keynote

SMART-TECH 2015 - Michael Chambrello Chief Executive Officer of North America IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Jim Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive, Scientific Games

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Consideration, Chance, Prize: Is this foundational definition of gambling being circumvented by game developers and online operators? Moderator: James Maida, Co-Founder & President, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Nationalizing Brand Messaging and Public Relations; Terry Rich Moderator CEO Iowa Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015- Panel Discussion: Reinvigorating the Draw-Games Category -Moderator: Rebecca Hargrove, Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation and Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association (WLA)

SMART-TECH 2015 - Panel Discussion: Retail Modernization Drives Lottery Modernization -Moderator: May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Phil Holmes, Vice President, Strategy & Planning, Atlantic Lottery Corporation

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: The New Science of Customer-Centric R & D What are the most forward-looking trends in the science of understanding -Moderator: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 - Interactive Goes Mainstream Panel Discussion - Moderator: Scott Bowen, Commissioner, Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Panel Discussion: Managing Uncertainty as the Key to Successful Innovation - Moderator: Gary Grief, Executive Director, Texas Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Richard Bateson, Commercial Director/Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Camelot Global

SMART-TECH 2015 Max Goldstein Director Sales Marketing CARMANAH Signs

SMART-TECH 2015 Leigh-Ann Goad Research & Consumer Strategist Virginia Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Matteo Monteverdi Senior Vice President iGaming and Senior Vice President Americas Interactive, IGT

SMART-TECH 2015 Adam Perlow, CEO, Hudson Alley Software

SMART-TECH 2015 Fivi Rondiri Corporate Marketing Coordinator Intralot

SMART-TECH 2015 Brian Roberts President North America and Levi Putna Project Development Coordinator Jumbo Interactive

SMART-TECH 2015 James Bader Partner The Parthenon Group (LINQ3 Presentation)

SMART-TECH 2015 Christine Thoma, Business Development Manager, Lottovate

SMART-TECH 2015 Julin Shaw Marketing Manager, POLLARD Bank Note

SMART-TECH 2015 Gordon Medenica Former Director of the New York Lottery & Former President of NASPL

SMART-TECH 2015 Sara Navidazar Director of Marketing Diamond Game

SMART-TECH 2015 Susan Golightly Founder CODEI

Beyond the Bricks - Scott Bowen Commissioner, Michigan Lottery Danny Bogus Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Operations at Michigan Lottery

SMART-TECH 2015 Brad Cummings President & CEO EquiLottery, LLC

SMART-TECH 2015 Rick Perrone Chief Executive Officer GAMEOLOGY

SMART-TECH 2015 - Tony Fontaine Vice President, Business Development, Interactive Gaming and Lottery Solutions InComm

SMART-TECH 2015 Brendan McCarthy Novomatic Lottery Solutions

SMART-TECH 2015 Matt Isaacs Director, Retail Development POLLARD BANK NOTE

SMART-TECH 2015 Frank Rash Chief Operating Officer SHOUTZ

SMART-TECH 2015 Paul Jason CEO PGRI Conference Introduction

SMART-TECH AWARD Presentations

Wanda Young Wilson, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the Tennessee Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Peg Rose Deputy Director Rhode Island Lottery -Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Marty Gibbs Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kentucky Lottery Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Sharon Sharp Award for Good Causes Hoosier Lottery, Indiana - Sarah Taylor, Executive Director

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