Friday, 31 May 2013

news update as at May 31, 2013

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FRIDAY MAY 31st 2013

Texas Has Its First Powerball® Jackpot Winner!
$40 Million winning ticket sold in Northeast Texas! 
AUSTIN, Texas (May 30, 2013) -- In the tiny Texas town of Bells, one Powerball® ticket was sold that matched all six numbers (9-14-17-49-57, Powerball 2) in last night's drawing for an estimated $40 million

Tabcorp, NSW Near Betting Deal 
SYDNEY, NSW (May 31, 2013) -- Tabcorp Holdings Ltd looks increasingly likely to negotiate a payment with the New South Wales (NSW) government to allow the company to maintain its retail betting monopoly, in part because there appears to be no competitor seeking to break the monopoly

Bill to Prohibit Sports Betting Machines Passes Senate
CARSON CITY, Nevada (May 30, 2013) -- The Assembly voted unanimously Thursday to pass Senate Bill 416, which prohibits the free-standing sports-betting machines in small establishments with restricted gambling licenses as of July 1.

Maryland Lottery and Baltimore Ravens Continue Partnership
Board Of Public Works Approves Contract 
BALTIMORE, Maryland (May 30, 2013) -- The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) and the Baltimore Ravens have joined forces for the fifth year in a row. The Board of Public Works yesterday approved the contract, which will include the Ravens Champions $2 scratch-off ticket

THURSDAY MAY 30th 2013

Sheriff Gaming on Suspicion of Money Laundering
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands (May 29, 2013) -- Gaming media publications and G3 Newswire are today reporting that the Dutch police and the Dutch gaming authority Kansspelautoriteit have raided the offices of Alderney-licensed Sheriff Gaming in Eindhoven in the Netherlands with a team of more than 150 law enforcement officers, on suspicion of large scale money laundering.

The State Lottery Has Been Found Guilty Of Misleading Participants
HEERHUGOWAARD, Netherlands (May 29, 2013) -- The court in The Hague on Tuesday said the lottery has advertised a higher payout then was actually transacted

Ohio Internet Cafes to File New Affidavits By June
COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 29, 2013) -- Ohio's attorney general is telling more than 600 Internet cafes to file new affidavits with his office by next month

Sports Ministry Dismisses Reports it is in Favour of Legalising Betting 
NEW DELHI, India (May 29, 2013) -- The Union sports ministry on Wednesday dismissed reports suggesting that it has favoured legalising betting in the wake of the spot-fixing controversy

Bill Proposed as Solution to Fraternal Organizations and Lottery
DOVER, Delaware (May 29, 2013) -- A proposed solution for the stalemate between fraternal and veterans organizations and the Delaware Lottery is in the state Senate.

Charitable Gaming Owners Laud Casino Defeat, but Still face Uncertainty 
HAMPTON, New Hampshire (May 28, 2013) -- Some charity gaming owners were reported to have breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday, when the state House of Representatives rejected a bill that would have allowed a casino in New Hampshire, while others are still concerned about the effect that Massachusetts casinos might have on the Granite State.

THURSDAY MAY 30th 2013

Sportech Racing Awarded Contract to Provide New Wagering Terminals to Betfred's Totepool Operations at UK Horse Racing Courses 
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (May 28, 2013) -- Sportech Racing LLC (Sportech Racing), a division of Sportech PLC (LSE: SPO), announced that has entered into an agreement to provide wagering terminals to UK-based Betfred, owner of Totepool (formerly UK Tote), for installation at horse racing courses in the UK. Sportech Racing will provide a total of 1,000 Flair™ wagering terminals in phases, with a portion of the installation to occur in time to support the 2013 race meeting at Royal Ascot.

Tribe Prepares for Long Term Stability should Over Saturation of Gambling Impact on Future Revenue
DETROIT, Michigan (May 29, 2013) -- Borrowing a page from Warren Buffett's playbook, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi tribe is redirecting money from its highly successful Four Winds Casinos into brick-and-mortar businesses outside of gambling to build its sovereign nation into an economic powerhouse

As Internet Gaming Gains Ground, Technology Fights to Keep Pace 
LAS VEGAS (May 29, 2013) -- Critics of online gaming say a new generation of problem gamblers is likely to emerge with Internet poker being so readily available.
But a news report says that two presenters at this week's 15th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking at Caesars Palace say computer programs are being used to educate online gamblers and force them to think twice before making wagers they can't afford.

Ultimate Gaming Deals Two Million Hands to Poker Lovers so Far
NEVADA (May 29, 2013) -- Online gambling was almost a bust in the U.S., but now, players are being dealt in once again, and Nevada is cashing in.
His website might look like a standard video game -- old school even. But it's new and it's big. Breitling's website went online in Nevada last month and has already dealt two million hands to poker lovers

Planning Rules may pave way for an Increase in Betting Shops
LONDON, UK (May 29, 2013) -- Ministers have brought in changes in the planning rules to make it easier for owners to convert buildings from one use to another, in an effort to re invigorate business and put an end to derelict shopfronts. A Media source suggests however that there are fears the measures could decrease the number of independent shops on high streets and hasten the decline of the British pub by allowing businesses to convert them into offices without the need for planning permission.

Gambling Act Aimed at Securing Employment by Assisting the Gaming Industry
BARCELONA, Spain (May 29, 2013) -- The Council of Government has given the green light Wednesday to the new Gambling Act that, among the main novelties, will allow opening a casino Appendix room Asturias in Oviedo and reduction in taxation, aimed at securing employment in the region

U.S. Vice President Holds Frank Discussions with Caribbean Community
Meeting Strengthens Relationship Between the US and Caribbean
MIAMI, Florida (May 28, 2013) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday after what he and leaders of the mostly English-speaking 15-member Caribbean Community and the Dominican Republic called "frank" discussions on issues of mutual interests.

Playtech Launch New Mobile Bingo Slots 
LONDON, UK (May 28, 2013) -- Playtech (LSE: PTEC), the international designer, developer, licensor and provider of software and services for the online, mobile, TV and land-based gaming industry, announces the launch of 8 new slot games for mobile bingo. The games are mini-embedded in the Bingo pages on mobile and also available in full screen mode across the HTML5 and native offering.

Talks on Manila Casino Put on Hold
MANILA, Philippines (May 30, 2013) -- Universal Entertainment Corp. said talks with Philippine billionaire John Gokongwei's Robinsons Land Corp. to jointly build a casino in Manila were put on hold


Gambling Firms Commence Legal Action against Government over Levy
VICTORIA, Australia (May 29, 2013) -- Tatts Group is the latest gambling firm to launch legal action against the Victorian government over a levy expected to cost the company more than $42 million.

Philippines Draws Major Attention at the G2E 2013 Conference
MANILA, Philippines (May 28, 2013) -- The Philippines remains on track to open the remaining three major casino projects in the Entertainment City Manila complex in three to four years, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. said in a statement

Loterie Calls for Equal Footing Against Competition 
BERN, Switzerland (May 25, 2013) -- Loterie Romande announced Friday a stable fiscal period compared to last year, but called for more resources to fight illegal competition that develops online.

Government to Impose a Third Party Visit Limit 
SINGAPORE CITY, Singapore (May 28, 2013) -- Singapore authorities will put in place a casino visit limit scheme to cap the number of visits a financially vulnerable resident can make to the country's two casinos

Rival Claims Casino Proposal does not meet the Criteria of Integrated Resort
SYDNEY, Australia (May 29, 2013) -- ECHO Entertainment chief executive John Redmond has accused rival Crown of mislabelling its proposal for Sydney's Barangaroo site as an integrated resort when it really planning a "casino on steroids"


Casino & raceway to Move Forward with Expansion Plans
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (May 28, 2013) -- The Saratoga Casino and Raceway will move forward with plans for a $30 million expansion.

Proposal to Add Casinos Requires its Own Separate Bill 
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (May 29, 2013) -- Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe told news servicess that a proposal to add casinos in Chicago and four other areas raises so many oversight questions that the city casino should be separated into its own bill.
Jaffe told the media that the bill's trying to do too much.
The proposal remained in committee Tuesday.

Commission Secures Well-Credentialed Problem Gambling Specialist 
BOSTON, Massachusetts (May 28, 2013) -- The state gambling commission has named a well-credentialed problem gambling specialist to a high-level post running the commission's efforts to prevent and combat compulsive gambling

Scientific Games Signs Contract with Oklahoma Lottery to Provide Lottery Gaming and Instant Ticket Services 
NEW YORK, NY (May 28, 2013) -- Scientific Games Corporation (Nasdaq: SGMS) today announced that it has signed a Lottery Gaming Services contract with the Oklahoma Lottery. The new contract provides for lottery systems and services, including terminals and statewide communications, instant ticket printing, warehousing and distribution, technical and sales staff as well as additional lottery services. The contract, which was awarded through a competitive procurement process, begins August 9, 2013, has an initial term of one year and includes nine additional one-year contract extension options.

Illinois Lottery Introduces a Summer Raffle Game 4th Of July Millionaire Raffle 
Awards Prizes Every Week in June 
CHICAGO, Illinois (May 28, 2013) --- The Illinois Lottery launched its July 4th Millionaire Raffle game this week at more than 8,100 retailers state-wide. Raffle tickets for the first time cost only $10 and will remain on sale until July 4th or until tickets sell out.
This is the lottery's first raffle game that includes $500,000 weekly prizes to ticket holders leading up to the grand prize drawing for two $1,000,000 prizes on Independence Day. Weekly drawings will take place each Thursday in June; allowing ticket purchasers multiple chances at substantial raffle prizes.

Lottery & Sweepstake Scams Target Attorney General's Office
FARGO, North Dakota (May 28, 2013) -- North Dakota's top state and federal prosecutors shared the podium for the first time Tuesday because they don't believe people in the region are getting the message about telephone lottery scams that have bilked residents out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A Call was even put through to the Attorney General's Office..............

Congress Committee Expresses Opposition to Online Lottery Proposal
CHANDIGARH, India (May 28, 2013) -- Partap Singh Bajwa President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) today strongly opposed the cabinet decision to restart the online lottery system.

TUESDAY MAY 28th 2013

Players Just Love Their Lotto
ROME, Italy / LONDON, UK (May 27, 2013) -- The largest operators of lotto, lotteries and betting are of Italian nationality, according to report that was dedicated to the study of the worldwide market of Lotteries.

The French Online Games Market shows Stabilization
PARIS, France – ROME, Italy  (May 27, 2013) -- According to the latest data published by the Regulatory Authority of online games (ARJEL) for the French gambling industry, 2012 was a year of strong market concentration, especially as regards the number of operators.

UK Gambling Bill ‘Not About Taxation’
LONDON, UK (May 24, 2013) – Following recent confirmation that the government hopes to introduce the Gambling (licensing and advertising) Bill during this parliament, the Department of Media, Culture and Sport told InterGame that it is “not the case that the licensing reforms are being pursued in order to generate tax income.”

Amendment German Gaming Ordinance, Date Adjustment
KIEL, Germany (May 27, 2013) -- At its meeting on May 22, the Gaming body has advised the Cabinet on the draft amending Spielverordung. Small linguistic corrections were necessary to be made and this therefore changed the date of entry into force, reports the Association of vending business.

Gaming Regulator Tackles Proliferation of Slot Machines in Public Areas
PARAGUAY (May 27, 2013) -- The National Gaming (Conajzar) has requested the Attorney General to intervene on the proliferation of slot machines in public areas.

Ministers Oppose Unstable Source of Revenue
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (May 27, 2013) -- A group of Chicago area pastors is opposed to a proposal that would add five more casinos in Illinois.

Plea for Sports Betting Kiosks to Remain in Bars & Taverns
CARSON CITY, Nevada (May 28, 2013) -- Bar and tavern owners are making a late-session appeal to Nevada lawmakers to try to keep sports betting kiosks, at last for the time being.

Agencies Cannot Afford to Lose Gaming Advertising Spend
Betting & Gaming Advertising at $40 Million a Year
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia (May 27, 2013) -- Labor has cut more than $250 million from the cost of doing business for television networks since 2010 but Communications Minister Stephen Conroy insists the industry can’t afford to forgo the advertising dollar of betting companies – estimated at $40 million a year.

Hans-Peter Friedrich - Betting Manipulations Are A Cancer That Threatens The Whole Integrity Of Sport
Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU) is Minister of the Interior and is responsible for the sports policy of the federal government in this function
BERLIN, Germany (May 27, 2013) -- German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich wants tougher action against future betting manipulation in sports. He is calling for law enforcement agencies, sports organizations and betting to pull together. What measures he intends to take otherwise, he reveals in an interview with Tagesspiegel.

Lottomatica Rebrands and Ticker Symbol Change
ROMA (ITALY) - PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (US), (May 27, 2013) -- Lottomatica Group S.p.A. announced the enrolment with the Rome Companies’ Register of the notarial deed regarding, inter alia, the change of the Company name to “GTECH S.p.A.,” as resolved by the Shareholders’ Meeting on May 8, 2013.

Monday, 27 May 2013

News updates as at Monday May 27, 2013 @ 7.15pm

Monday May 27, 2013 @ 7.15 PM (AEST)
What's Happening

Invoice Lottery Millionaires Still to Claim Prizes
TAIPEI, Taiwan (May 26, 2013) -- Five invoice lottery winners who are eligible to claim NT$10 million and three winners who won NT$2 million for the January-February period have not come forward for their prizes yet, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said yesterday.

School Turns to Raffle to Climb Out of Debt
NAMPA, Idaho (May 25, 2013) -- A southwestern Idaho school district facing money problems due to financial mismanagement is considering a raffle to get out of debt.

Lottery Benefits Players as well as Communities when Jackpot Won!
BARBADOS (May 25, 2013) – Upon the drawing of a winner for the Super Lotto, representatives of the gaming bodies stated that not only do the winners benefit along with their families and close friends, but great contributions are made to the development of sectors and to charities throughout the region when the Super Lotto jackpot is won.

Bill to Allow Betting on Horse Races via the Internet
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (May 26, 2013) -- Illinois lawmakers took steps Sunday to restore a law that would allow Illinoisans to bet on horse races via the Internet.

Bookmaker Increases Advertising Spend by 340 Percent
SYDNEY, Australia (May 27, 2013) -- Undeterred by the furore raging over the spruiking of betting odds during live sports broadcasts, Bookmaker Tom Waterhouse has lifted his spending on free-to-air television ads by 340 per cent in the first four months of this year compared with the same period last year.

Marketing Roles to Go at Crown Melbourne
MELBOURNE, Australia (May 27, 2013) -- Melbourne’s Crown Casino is set to slash up to 50 jobs, with marketing roles reported to be in the firing line.

A Race To Become the New President of Sportaccord
Marius Vizer injects fresh ideas such as International Bank of Sport and International Lottery to Help Generate Income for the Members
LONDON, UK (May 26, 2013) -- Marius Vizer has turned up the pressure in the race to become the new President of SportAccord by warning that the organisation risks remaining a weak body with no real financial or political power and which keeps being manipulated if they do not elect him this week.

Sports Betting Syndicate leads to Arrests
MACAU, SAR (May 27, 2013) -- Macau and Guangdong police jointly cracked a crime syndicate, that had reportedly collected over RMB 100b in illegal soccer bets, and arrested the top leaders of the group active on both the mainland and in Macau..

Strikes for Responsible Gaming NCPG and Stakeholders Come Together To Promote Responsible Gaming
WASHINGTON, DC, (May 24, 2013) -- "Strikes for Responsible Gaming” was the theme as attendees at the LaFleur’s Lottery Symposium came together to bowl on Tuesday, April 30. Participants at the charitable event enjoyed an evening of food, fun and bowling at Lucky Strike Lanes in Washington, DC, with proceeds benefitting the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). The event was hosted by TLF Publications and sponsored by Diamond Game, the Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Virginia Lotteries. Signs Direct Co-Mingling Contract with PMU
DOUGLAS, Isle of Man (May 23, 2013) -- The board of Webis, the Group specialising in the provision of sports betting, pool wagering and Californian harness racing, announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, LLC ("WatchandWager"), based in San Francisco, California, has recently signed a direct co-mingling contract with Pari Mutuel Urbain ("PMU") for wagering on French horseracing. The PMU is owned by the French Racing Association and operates online and offline pari-mutuel wagering on all French and international horseracing available in France, with a total turnover of 9.818 billion euros in 2012.

Ex-Chairman Says Betting Company Confident to Take on Debt
LONDON, UK (May 27, 2013) -- The co-founder and former chairman of Betfair has told media sources that the online betting exchange could consider restructuring its balance sheet in the wake of its rejection of a £985m offer from a consortium led by private equity firm CVC.

OLG Workers Reach Tentative Agreement At Woodbine
ONTARIO, Canada (May 26, 2013) -- A tentative agreement has been reached between the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission and the workers at its facility at Toronto's Woodbine race track.

Friday May 24, 2013 @ 8.30 PM (AEST)
What's Happening

Weather Lottery PLC Appointment of Director & Changes to Senior Management
LONDON, UK (May 24, 2013) -- The Company is delighted to announce the appointment with effect from 23 May 2013 of Phil Jackson as Chief Executive Officer of TWL. Mr Jackson has over twenty years of experience in general management, sales and marketing, and is currently the Chairman of AIM quoted Media Corporation plc. He has held senior international marketing positions for UnitedHealth Group, driving their clinical research and data management group revenues from $50m to $1bn in the period 2004-2010

Can MACAU Support Two Gaming Expos
MACAU, SAR (May 24, 2013) -- The new Macau Gaming Show planned for November will have "a totally different concept and different approach" to Global Gaming Expo Asia, the new show's organiser Jay Chun

The Weather Lottery has acquired Poseve Ltd for £0.35m 
Poseve Brings With It A Set Of Unique Software Products, Focused On Lottery Products
LONDON, UK (May 24, 2013) -- The board of TWL (the "Board") is pleased to announce the acquisition on 23 May 2013 of Poseve Limited ("Poseve"), a company registered in the Isle of Man.

GameAccount Network Appoints President, North America 
LONDON & LAS VEGAS (May 24, 2013) -- GameAccount Network (GAN), leading providers of Internet gaming systems and content, appointed Mr. Julius Patta (46) to the role of President, North America. Mr. Patta's immediate responsibility will be to develop comprehensive support infrastructure for GAN's regional partners and customers. "We're delighted Mr. Patta will be joining our management team. With an extensive background in gaming operations, technology, business development and entrepreneurial leadership, Mr. Patta represents a new breed of gaming management, perfectly suited to develop our business in one of the world's most exciting, regulated, emerging Internet gaming markets", said Dermot Smurfit, GAN's Chief Executive.

Gaming Company Links Removed from Responsible Gambling Awareness Week website 
SYDNEY, Australia (May 24, 2013) -- Direct links to the websites of Crown Casino, Tabcorp and the Tatts Group have been removed from the Responsible Gambling Awareness Week website, after the ABC raised questions about the links this week.

Friday May 24, 2013 @ 7.30 PM (AEST)
What's Happening

Crown Exits Echo, Paves the way Forward for Packers Barangaroo Casino
MELBOURNE, Australia (May 24, 2013) -- Crown boss James Packer has dumped his defensive stake in rival Echo in a move seen as signalling his confidence in building his dream Sydney casino. Australian News reports that James Packer's exit from Echo Entertainment is a signal the Crown boss no longer sees the rival casino company as a threat to his plan for a luxury Sydney gambling resort.

Bill May Block the Path for Lottery to Sell Online Tickets Lotteries Must Evolve to Meet Player Demands
CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 23, 2013) -- The Ohio Lottery has not joined the move to sell tickets directly to players on the Internet, and a provision in a state budget bill appears likely to ensure that path is closed

Health Ministry Predicts an Increase in Spend on Lotto, and Gambling Products Play on Poker Machines will see a Decrease
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (May 24, 2013) -- New Zealanders are forecast to spend more on Lotto, casinos, racing and sports betting in the next three years. News sources report that a three-year problem gambling strategy, released by the Health Ministry yesterday, forecasts that spending on Lotto and other NZ Lotteries games will grow by 8 per cent between last year and 2016.

Gambling bill in Final Negotiations
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (May 23, 2013) -- The new sponsor of a plan to expand Illinois' gambling told news reporters that the legislation proposing five new casinos is in final negotiations.

Casinos Tackle the Issue of Problem Gambling vs Attracting Patrons
MACAU, SAR (May 24, 2013) - Questions have been raised over the effectiveness of a policy to reduce the number of problem gamblers in Macau, with a former gambling addict and an academic calling it unhelpful and superficial

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) and NYCE Conduct Successful iGaming Training for Mexican Industry 
MEXICO CITY, México (May 23, 2013) - Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), the world's leading gaming technical consulting and independent certification laboratory, has completed a very successful iGaming training in México. The event, produced through the company's GLI University®, was offered to the Mexican gaming industry by Normalización y Certificación Electrónica (NYCE).

Governor Named Salvatore Maniaci to The State Gaming Control Board
NEW MEXICO (May 24, 2013) -- A retired Rio Rancho police officer has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to a board that regulates gambling in New Mexico

Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 7.30 PM (AEST)
What's Happening

Bookmakers on a Level Playing Field
BLAYNEY,  NSW (May 23, 2013) -- NSW on-course bookmakers are set to fight back against their corporate cousins after finally being able to offer tote odds as part of their service this month.

Analysts advise that Internet Gaming may Boost Casino Revenues
ATLANTIC CITY (May 23, 2013) -- A panel of 'Wall Street' experts says Internet gambling can help revive the flagging fortunes of Atlantic City’s casinos.

Technology Mixes with Imagination to produce the Casino Products of the Future
An Article by the Macau Daily Times
MACAU (May 23, 2013) -- The cap the Macau government placed on the number of gaming tables means more business opportunities for electronic table game (ETG) suppliers, who are trying to combine imagination with technology and turn them into products placed in casinos, the 'Macau Daily Times' reports.
In the panel discussion titled “Gaming Technology Innovations: Traditional Tables & Electronic Games,” speakers from the industry discussed how the suppliers and vendors intend to use innovation to target the Asian market, and explored how the various jurisdictional authorities are responding to the latest advancements.

Marketing and Sales Director to Depart Position after Acquisition
SYDNEY, Australia (May 23, 2013) -- The marketing and sales director at Sportingbet Group Australia is to depart following its acquisition by William Hill UK, according to PR Publication and Human Resource news publication reports.

Pagcor Appeals to BIR on Tax Bill
MANILA, Philippines (May 22, 2013) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) is appealing to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to soften its stance on taxes slapped on Pagcor and its casino licensees.

Lottery Introduces New Prize Structure for Games
MANILA, Philippines (May 23, 2013) -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office implemented a new prize structure for its Lotto games on May 17, news sources report.

Levy on Gambling Sector to Cover Problem Gambling
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (May 23, 2013) -- Details have been released of the Government's new problem gambling strategy.
Associate Minister of Health, Peter Dunne, told the newspaper that a little over $55 million will be spent on the initiative over the next three years.

Corporate Bookmakers Backing Ban on Spruiking of Live Odds During Sports Broadcasts
NAMBUCCA, NSW, Australia (May 23, 2013) -- Australia's biggest corporate bookmaker, Sportingbet, has backed calls for a complete ban on the spruiking of live odds in sports broadcasts, the Guardian reports.
It joined market leader Tabcorp in voicing concern at the damage being done to the industry by the growing public outrage at the intrusion of betting into TV.

Tabcorp May be Contender for NRL Sponsorship
SYDNEY, Australia (May 21, 2013) – Betting corporation Tabcorp may be positioning itself to secure a multi-million sponsorship deal with the NRL in time for the first State of Origin game after a breakdown in negotiations with bookmaker Tom Waterhouse, Australian media has reported.

Caesars Entertainment Group to Launch Online Poker Site
LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2013) -- Caesars Entertainment Group said it plans to go live this summer with an online poker site in Nevada, the only U.S. state so far to offer legal Internet gambling, and will promote the nascent service to thousands of poker players at its World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament in Las Vegas starting May 29.

Online Gambling Becoming an Issue for Far North Queensland
CAIRNS, Queensland (May 23, 2013) -- Online casino, poker and bingo games have led to an increase in problem gamblers, says a Cairns-based gambling support service.

SPIELO INTERNATIONAL Wins New Brunswick “Exporter of The Year” Award
Moncton company recognized for outstanding export performance in the international marketplace
MONCTON, Canada (May 23, 2013) -- SPIELO International has won “Exporter of the Year” at the 2013 New Brunswick Export Awards, recognizing the company’s success in exporting to Canadian and international markets. The award was presented at a ceremony in Moncton tonight.

Cantor Gaming® Releases Future Odds for NFL Regular Season And Post-Season
LAS VEGAS, (May 22, 2013) -- Cantor Gaming® announced today that it has released future odds on NFL season wins. Cantor Gaming® is offering advanced wagering on weeks one through sixteen of the NFL season, in addition to wagering on NFL Season Win Totals, Division Odds and Super Bowl Odds. Cantor Gaming® has offered odds on every game, every week, for the first 16 weeks of the NFL season for five consecutive years, using its sophisticated future odds-making technology.

Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 4.30 PM (AEST)
What's Happening

Triple Sevens Drawn May 21 in The Pennsylvania Lottery's Daily Number Evening Game
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania (May 22, 2013) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery's The Daily Number evening drawing winning numbers were 7-7-7 on Tuesday, May 21, resulting in a total payout of $5,561,250 to 22,398 winners.

Legislature's judgment on Internet Cafes Continues to Confuse and Alienate Organizations
BRADENTON, Florida (May 23, 2013) -- The Legislature's rush to judgment on Internet cafes in the wake of a massive scandal has led to unintended consequences that were predictable when the bill passed so swiftly, the newspaper suggests.

ARJEL President Describes the Current Market for Online Gaming
Interview Jean-François Vilotte, President Arjel, the French regulator of online gaming with  - Agence France-Presse (AFP)
PARIS, France ((May 23, 2013) – Jean-François Vilotte, President Arjel, the French regulator of online gaming in an Interview with AFP, summoned up the recent withdrawal of Partouche from the Online Market as indicative of a problem in the economic model of operators.

PCSO to Phase Out STL by June 30
MANILA, Philippines (May 23, 2013) -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has given small town lottery (STL) gaming firms until June 30 to operate, to allow the entry of the Pambansang Loterya ng Bayan (PLB).

Baha Mar selects Global Gaming Asset Management (GGAM) to manage a resort casino integrated $ 3,500 million
GGAM executives involved in the development and operation of world-class destinations provide outstanding experience in casino management for the project Bahamian
NASSAU, Bahamas , and MACAU , (May 22, 2013) -- Baha Mar Ltd. announced today that Global Gaming Asset Management (GGAM), one of the most successful management teams of the casino industry, was hired to handle Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, shaft Baha Mar resort of $ 3,500 million in Bahamas , whose opening is scheduled for December 2014.

Company Rolls Out Introduction Lower Denomination Slot Machines in Tokyo Metro Area
Parlors in Shinjuku and Fuchu Increased Gross Wagers by Offering Players Slot Machines That Accept 5 Yen Tokens
HITACHI, Japan (May 20, 2013) - Kinbasha Gaming International, Inc. (OTCQX: KNBA), owner and operator of retail pachinko gaming centers in Japan, today announced that it has successfully introduced lower denomination slot machines at two of its parlors in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. Gross wagers at the company's locations in Shinjuku and Fuchu have increased due to the fact that customers have the opportunity to play slots using 5 yen tokens, as opposed to standard 20 yen machines.

Cirsa Increased 5.1% Operating Profit in the First Quarter to 81.3 million
MADRID, Spain (May 22, 2013) -- The Catalan multinational leisure and gaming operating profit was 81.3 million euros in the first quarter, an increase of 5.1% over the same period a year ago, while operating income reached 390 million ( +0.3%). In a statement, the group has attributed these results to the efficiency and productivity of their activities and investments, as well as business growth in Latin America, in addition to improvements in Spain and Italy