"Completing the Bally transaction brings together two exceptional organizations with a common culture of innovation and customer focus," said  Gavin Isaacs President and Chief Executive Officer of  Scientific Games "We are excited by the opportunities that will be created by combining each organization's core strengths in developing engaging gaming entertainment products, advanced technologies and systems, and providing value-added services to help our customers grow their revenues."
The decision from U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp was the expected outcome since the judge had ruled similarly in the past.  The state, locked in a legal battle with the NCAA and four professional sports leagues, is expected to appeal to a higher court.  "We are going to continue pursuing every legal option available," State Senate president Steve Sweeney said in a statement Friday. "The economic impact that sports wagering can have on New Jersey is far too important to simply shrug our shoulders and move on."  The ruling comes just over a week after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he supports legalizing sports gambling. Silver is the first commissioner of a major U.S. sports league to make such a stand.
“Over the past 23 years, GTECH’s flexible technology solutions and marketing insights have supported the Missouri Lottery’s innovative approaches and multi-faceted portfolio,” said GTECH Americas President and CEO Jaymin B. Patel. “Through this agreement, our robust, forward-thinking solutions will help to ensure that the Lottery continues to grow and raise funds for good causes." “The Missouri Lottery is continuously seeking new ways to increase profits for public education through strategic innovation,” said Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve Reardon. “This agreement with GTECH will continue to drive the Lottery’s performance to greater levels as technology and player demographics evolve.”
Mr. Antonopoulos commented:“After 22 years at the helm of INTRALOT since its founding I believe this is the time for a necessary management renewal. My colleagues and I are thankful for the support of the Chairman of the Board and the Shareholders in a most enjoyable journey towards the creation of a large multinational company deeply rooted in five continents. I will continue to support the Board and the management, towards the achievement of the company goals in the new era”.
The Pala Indian tribe of California is expected to launch its Internet gambling site in New Jersey, the first tribe to do so.
Senator Harry Reid may still be working with Sheldon Adelson to push through the “Restoration of the Wire ACT” (RAWA) during the “lame duck” session.  Lobbyists for Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. have been working in recent weeks to press for quick passage of the measure, holding discussions with aides to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

Millennials are growing up. And now marketers are shifting focus to "Gen Z" — the next major consumer group, comprised of teenagers who are younger than 19 today. This generation has grown up with full access to the Internet and technology. They're digital natives, and it's even tougher for brands to woo this group and win their loyalty, love and income.  Comprising  of the U.S. population, brands need to understand how to market to Gen Z. Here are three things every marketer should know about this group:

1. When it comes to social media, it's all about YouTube and Snapchat:  93% of Gen Z  say they visit YouTube at least once a week, and 54% visit the site multiple times throughout the day. 2. Empower them to do things themselves: Self-reliance and empowerment are the key elements of engagement. And marketing strategies will need to speak to this need for efficiency to be successful.Brands should give customers the tools to learn, do or experience things themselves. 3. Take a cross-platform marketing approach: Gen Z, even more than their Gen Y counterparts, will travel across digital mediums. It's important for brands travel with them. Brands will need to master platform-specific tactics for a variety of channels, ensuring maximum engagement with their target audience.Beyond the actual utility of digital, most Gen Z kids have an emotional dependence on their digital connections, which is hardly seen in other demographic groups. Many older generations also use digital devices significantly, but mostly as a utility tool. Playing to Gen Z's emotional needs and platform-specific desires will yield greater success for any brand.

For many enterprises, big data analytics may seem more like a collection of science experiments rather than a refined discipline that delivers tangible insights. And organizations experimenting with big data tools may also find their tried-and-true data-management methods aren't producing the results they had hoped for.  The solution may be to add social media collaboration and crowdsourcing to analytics.  A social media approach to analytics could help enterprises get more value from their big data systems. This social approach shows relationships between data sets.

We’re living in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world.
The state of California has filed a criminal complaint against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, over the launching earlier this month of real-money online gambling products.   The Iipay Nation moved forward with its plans while asserting that in its view, the offering of such games was already legal, and need not be approved by the state’s legislature, which has IGRA-driven gambling compacts with dozens of California tribes governing other forms of gambling.In its motion, the California Attorney General’s office asserts that the real-money bingo product, which is available to all Californians aged 18 and above, regardless of specific location within the state, is a form of Class III gaming as defined under IGRA and is thus illegal to be offered to off-reservation gamblers.  Wrote the state, “The Tribe’s self-proclaimed ‘groundbreaking’ efforts to make Internet gambling available to Californians ‘anytime & anywhere’ breach the tribal-state class III gaming compact between the Tribe and the State, do not comply with [IGRA], and violate [UIGEA].”

“The real intention of this bill is to remove the states' 10th Amendment authority to regulate online gambling as states see fit within their own borders,” the letter said.  “We hope you will not allow RAWA to become yet another instance where the federal government expands its encroachment into the states’ purview.  State governments are more than capable of making this decision.  The states have always led the way in regulating gambling,” the letter said.  “That is why a diverse coalition of organizations including the Democratic Governors Association, National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures and numerous civil libertarian, free market and conservative groups have already spoken out against this legislation,” the letter said.
The EU's proposed new draft law on VAT, which aims to collect more taxes from Internet giants like Amazon or Apple, provides that taxes are to be based not on the location of the provider of goods and services, but on the location of the customer.
The first offerings – blackjack and roulette – will roll out on a market-by-market basis beginning this month with completion anticipated by the end of 2014. PokerStars will add sports betting and other popular casino games in 2015. It also plans to launch a full-featured casino on mobile and web in 2015.
The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 28.7%. The gross profit margin is also very high, coming in at 72.45%.
"For the first time Norsk Tipping will launch a new lottery game with a prime-time TV show, says Maria Sandell. This will be the way forward in the largest segment of the gaming industry that has been standing still for so long."







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