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Scientific Games’ Success In Turkey Continues With National Lottery Program

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Scientific Games Corporation announce the official “go live” of the Turkey National Lottery’s new instant ticket retail and digital gaming systems and point-of-sale terminals across an initial network of more than 5,000 retailers, growing to 10,000 retailers later this year. The project, which began a year ago in the nation with a population of 82 million, also brings Scientific Games’ world-leading retail and digital instant “scratch” games to Turkish players for the first time through the 10-year concession awarded by the Turkey Wealth Fund to Sisal Şans, a joint venture between Turkish Şans Dijital and Italian SISAL S.p.A. (“SISAL”).

As part of the National Lottery program, Scientific Games has provided an advanced instant ticket gaming system, 10,000 WAVE retailer terminals, and its Open Gaming System (OGS) platform for launching first and third-party digital scratch game content. Additionally, Sisal Şans has provided a mobile app to 800 instant game street vendors. New instant games from Scientific Games, including GOLD, LUCKY MOUNTAIN and 12 MONTHS LUCK, have been well-received by Turkish players, with a 200,000 (TL) top prize paid on the third day following the National Lottery’s launch.

Pat McHugh, Lottery Group Chief Executive for Scientific Games, said, “We are thrilled to continue our success in Turkey with back-to-back, high-profile projects, both with significant growth objectives focused on developing retail and digital engagement. Through our collaboration with trusted, longtime partners, Şans Dijital and SISAL, Scientific Games is driving maximum sales and profits to the Turkish Government and bringing great new gaming entertainment to Turkish players.”

The large-scale National Lottery project follows the successful August 2019 launch of Turkey’s national sports betting concession, one of the world’s largest state-sponsored fixed odds sports betting markets, by the Company’s joint venture with Şans Dijital. Scientific Games’ full turnkey sports betting solution is driving record sales and returns to the Government of Turkey, with a record week of more than $220 million (USD) in wagers in July.

Scientific Games’ sports solution in Turkey is powered by its world-leading central gaming systems technology and includes nearly 5,000 WAVE terminals, its OpenSports managed trading solution,  and six licensed virtual live betting sites.

Şans Dijital is an affiliate of Demirören Holding, one of Turkey’s largest companies with significant business interests in energy, real estate and media. Recently, Şans Dijital has become a gaming operator that is growing aggressively in Turkey and looking to expand in the region.

SISAL is one of Italy’s largest and most prominent gaming operators holding significant market-share in lottery, sports betting, AWP machines, VLTs and digital gaming. SISAL is also recognized as the country’s leading provider of payment solutions.

Currently the largest lottery technology provider in Europe and the fastest growing in the U.S., Scientific Games provides games, technology and services to more than 150 lotteries in 50 countries, and sports betting solutions to 24 lotteries and numerous private operators. The Company is also the world’s largest creator, manager and manufacturer of instant games, providing products that drive 70% of the world’s instant game retail sales.

© 2020 Scientific Games Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


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Boyd Gaming Partners with Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. to Launch Enhanced Player Loyalty App



Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. has partnered with leading casino operator Boyd Gaming Corporation to launch an all-new player loyalty mobile application: B Connected Mobile.

Developed by the Aristocrat Customer Experience (CX) Solutions team in conjunction with the Boyd Interactive team, B Connected Mobile utilizes best-in-class mobile technology to enhance the Boyd guest experience. Available on both Android and iOS, B Connected Mobile is the next generation of player connectivity, offering engagement at home, on-the-go, or on the casino floor.

Through B Connected Mobile, Boyd Gaming customers will be able to view account balances and tier status in the B Connected loyalty program, as well as activate promotional offers and drawing entries. A personalized B Connected inbox, tied to the patron’s B Connected card, will share discounts, offers and feature exclusive entertainment and promotions, allowing the guest in real-time to redeem or plan their activities for an upcoming stay or visit.

“Thanks to our strategic partnership with Aristocrat, Boyd Gaming now has a best-in-class mobile platform that will allow us to greatly enhance the guest experience at our properties,” said Blake Rampmaier, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Boyd Gaming. “Ultimately, we will make B Connected Mobile the hub of a unique digital experience – a mobile tool that can be used as a cashless wallet, player loyalty card and hotel room key, all available from a player’s smartphone.”

Cath Burns, Executive Vice President Customer Experience Solutions at Aristocrat, said, “We are thrilled that Boyd Gaming has selected the Aristocrat suite of solutions to help transform both the guest experience and the industry.”

Under terms of the agreement, Boyd Gaming will utilize all of Aristocrat’s Oasis 360 CX Solutions as its patron engagement ecosystem at all of its casino properties nationwide. Boyd Gaming currently operates 29 casino properties nation-wide.

Aristocrat’s Oasis 360 system is one of the most widely used casino management systems in North America. It combines an award-winning portfolio of casino management technology comprised of slot management, bonusing, digital, table management, single card loyalty solutions, kiosk, and a media management hub.

SOURCE Aristocrat Technologies Inc.

Stakelogic Launches its Latest Slot “The Legend of Hercules”

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Online slot developer Stakelogic has launched its latest slot “The Legend of Hercules” which takes players to the heart of a fierce ancient Greek battle.

Players fight alongside the legend himself in this 5×3 reel, 30 payline slot in order to claim their share of ancient treasures and gold. They are helped in their fight for dominance and big wins with a range of bonus features including Stacked Wilds and Stacked Scatters.

Wilds can land at random at any time during the base game where they stack on top of each other to increase the chance of landing a winning combination. Stack seven Scatter Symbols across the reels and the Free Spin bonus round will be triggered.

“The Legend of Hercules takes a classic and popular slot theme and gives it the Stakelogic treatment. This means striking graphics, authentic sound and the most engaging and entertaining gameplay imaginable,” Stephan van den Oetelaar, CEO of Stakelogic, said.

“The Stakelogic team has incredible momentum behind it following a run of hugely successful games and we believe The Legend of Hercules will prove to be just as popular as other chart-topping titles launched earlier in the year,” Stephan van den Oetelaar added.

New watchdog formed to protect punter’s interests

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A new voluntary organisation has been formed with the aim of protecting members of the betting public from rogue tipsters. The UK Association of Sports Tipping has just launched after 2 well known reviewers joined forces to organise things.

Chris Sowerby and Peter Philipson together have conducted over 2000 service reviews and have wide experience of the range of tipsters that are available. They commented that “UKAST will for the first time allow punters to check if a service being promoted operates in an open and honest manner.”

UKAST’s aim is to offer independent verification and accountability for tipster services operating in the UK. It provides objective information to allow potential customers to make informed choices about tipster services, whilst at the same time providing genuine and authentic services with a recognisable accreditation that attests to their fairness, transparency and integrity.

All membership applications will be actively vetted and approved members will be entered on the public database. In addition a disputes resolution facility is available which certified members have agreed to comply with.

Approved members may display their registered details with a watermarked badge as shown.

The first commercial member is Bet Chat which publishes football services and general betting advice. Founder Josh Allen said “The sports tipping industry has been sorely in need of a verification body for many years now. Not only does the lack of one lead to consumers falling foul of scams and incompetent tipping, it also results in scepticism around genuine tipster platforms.

In Chris and Peter, UKAST is run by two people with exceptional experience in the world of proofing and reviewing and I see them as the ideal duo to head up this new venture. I didn’t need to think twice about submitting my platform to their verification service, and nor should anybody else!”

Other industry players have welcomed the formation of UKAST including Brian Chappell from Justice for Punters which fights for a ‘fair playing field’ for those who like a bet. He said, “J4P welcomes this new Association and the standards it is trying to achieve. We wish UKAST all the best.”

Soon the public should be asking any tipster or service that is not a UKAST member why that is.

MGE’s Mohegan Sun Voted “Best Casino Hotel” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards



For the third consecutive year, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment’s (MGE) flagship property Mohegan Sun was voted “Best Casino Hotel” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Nominees for the awards were selected by a panel of experts, including editors from both USA Today and 10Best.com, as well as relevant expert contributors. This year’s list of nominees featured some of the most well-known casinos and resorts in the US.

“To be voted ‘Best Casino Hotel’ for the third consecutive year by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards is truly an honor. At Mohegan Sun, we pride ourselves on providing guests with the highest quality of service, as well as exciting amenities and experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. We believe these recognitions are a testament to our outstanding team members, and we’ll continue to provide best-in-class service for our guests and devoted fans in 2021 and beyond,” Jeffrey Hamilton, President and General Manager of Mohegan Sun, said.

GLI Tests GameScanner’s Performance

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Mindway’s GameScanner has become the first responsible gambling solution to have its performance on detecting at-risk and problem gamblers tested and validated in a sample by Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), the gaming industry’s leading testing and assessment company.

GameScanner is part of the Mindway Solution Suite that offers a range of solutions to ensure gambler protection through the synergy of highly advanced artificial intelligence, neuroscience and expert ratings. Implemented at iGaming operator sites and platforms, GameScanner automatically monitors and analyses every event of every gambler 24-7-365, resulting in the profiling of gamblers according to their risk level.

“We see it as a true milestone for Mindway’s GameScanner software to have been tested and proven in a sample test as the first problem gambling solution by GLI, who deliver world-class and highly acknowledged testing in the gaming industry. We are proud of getting the claims about GameScanner’s performance validated by an independent third party. This is another step towards raising the bar in player protection and making gambling sustainable and fun for the players at the same time,” Rasmus Kjaergaard, CEO of Mindway AI, said.

Carson Nugget Casino Selects TableTrac’s CasinoTrac Management System



The Carson Nugget casino in Nevada is going to replace and upgrade its old casino management system with Table Trac’s CasinoTrac management system.

“We have been very happy with the CasinoTrac system and are both eager and excited to expand our relationship to the historic Carson Nugget,” Dean DiLullo, CEO of the Carson Nugget, said.

“Being a small part of keeping this legendary casino in downtown Carson City vibrant and modern, with the latest in player club systems technology is really an honor. I want to thank Dean DiLullo for trusting Table Trac Inc. to provide the gaming systems serving this Nevada landmark,” Chad Hoehne, President and CEO of Table Trac, said.

GAMING REPORT – IBERIAN PENINSULA – Focus on Spain and Portugal at European Gaming Congress VE (#EGC2020VE)

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Spain and Portugal in focus at European Gaming Congress VE (Virtual Edition).


#EGC2020ve – You may already know this, but Spanish and Portuguese are classified as a Romance language, along with Catalan, Italian, French, and Romanian. Both are beautiful languages with a wide global influence on business and culture.

However, one does stop and reflect on the curse words that have been going on when the Spanish Minister of Consumer Affairs Alberto Garzón has proposed a series of measures that will toughen up regulations on betting companies, including restrictions to sponsorship agreements and advertising exposure.

This happened 2 months ago and the ban follows the approval of laws as part of Spain’s “Royal Decree on Advertising” which currently permits a four-hour advertising window for betting companies, but does not authorize any exposure out of the timeframe.

In addition to the ban on shirt sponsorships, the new decree will prevent gambling companies from being allowed to sponsor stadium names nor any other aspect associated with the teams.

Also in Spain, CONFAD (Spain’s National Commission to Combat the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and Betting Fraud) has published its action plan for 2020/2021, outlining 21 directives to safeguard the integrity of Spanish sports.

Supporting CONFAD directives, Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry states that the action plan will be implemented by the DGOJ and further coordinated with Spain’s National Sports Council, federal police force, and Guardia Civil.

In Portugal, the RJO (Regime Jurídico dos Jogos e Apostas Online) received constant and heavy criticism within the gambling community during its implementation procedure, with the special gambling tax the main subject of criticism and within this context.  However, the online gambling tax regime has recently been amended and the Portuguese State Budget for 2020 states that the tax regime will be reassessed within a maximum period of two years.

The SRIJ (Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos) has been also closely monitoring social games that are made available in Portugal and that use themes similar to the ones subject to regulation (for example, casino games, slot machines, poker or bingo), to assess whether these games should be subject to the licensing regime provided under the RJO.

As you may see, there is plenty of news to share about the Spanish and Portuguese gambling industry, but we will leave that to the expert who will join the “GAMING REPORT: IBERIAN PENINSULA” panel discussions at the virtual edition of European Gaming Congress 2020.

The virtual edition of European Gaming Congress 2020 is taking place between 6-7 October and gathers top names of the gaming industry who will present their insights to create Europe’s largest gaming compliance gathering.


The conference covers which cover +28 jurisdictions you have the opportunity to dive into quality information about the Iberian peninsula with Óscar Madureira (Senior Associate at Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés) and Arcangelo Lonoce (Head of Business Development – Europe at Habanero Systems).

The panel discussion will be moderated by Fernando Saffores (Founder & Director at Focus Gaming News) and promises to bring a wealth of Latin information.

You can find more details about the speakers’ and moderator on the official website of the conference: www.europeangamingcongress.com


Petition to Withdraw Yokohama IR Bid Gains Only Less Number of Supporters

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The Yokohama city has examined a petition regarding an IR bid from its residents at the City Council Building, Urban Development and Road Committee on September 11. The petition was titled “Withdrawal of Casino IR Bid Plan and Formulation of New Business Plan Independent of Casino.”

It made two demands – the withdrawal of the IR bid and implementation of a new business plan that does not include an IR and which can be implemented even in a post-COVID-19 world.

Masato Yamashita, a member of the city council (Liberal Democratic Party), said, “I do understand the sentiment of the petitioners. I hate gambling and do not gamble. There are some in the LDP as well who do not like it.”

However, he continued, “This opposition campaign from residents when nothing has been decided is only based on liking or hating gambling. I do not want to have a conversation that will divide Yokohama city.

“Regarding an IR, I would like you to try and understand more [because there may be misunderstandings among the residents].”

He asked the city to promote more understanding among its residents.

EveryMatrix relaunches BonusEngine solution across casino and sports

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EveryMatrix relaunches BonusEngine, the complete solution for creating impactful bonusing campaigns across casino and sports. BonusEngine makes available unlimited ways to reward players and up-level bonusing by offering a wealth of bonus types and configurations on a flexible architecture.

BonusEngine takes bonusing to the next level by providing a single point for managing player acquisition, retention and engagement, across brands and verticals. Operators using the new system can run their operations effortlessly, raise engagement levels, and get their players to engage in real-time through targeted campaigns.

BonusEngine brings together efficiency and performance in bonusing while enabling gamification and access to a wide variety of exciting tournaments, challenges, and mission-based achievements, with no gameplay interruptions. Built on a highly flexible framework, the solution can be tailored based on new feature requests to accommodate specific operator needs.

Stian Enger Pettersen, CasinoEngine CEO, says: “BonusEngine is the result of long-term development together with our clients. We’re pleased to present the new solution, which delivers many exciting features for operators to enhance their bonusing strategies.

“There is no doubt that great bonusing brings a lot of value for casinos and sportsbooks, but managing multiple bonuses, promotions, and campaigns on multiple brands is a time-consuming activity. BonusEngine acts like a single point of control, therefore streamlining the process and allowing brands to focus on their marketing, not on repetitive operational tasks.”

While EveryMatrix’s PAM clients are already leveraging BonusEngine, the new relaunched product is now also available as a stand-alone integration.


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