Category: News

05 Feb 2013

Online gaming and betting: EGBA welcomes extension of revised anti-money laundering directive to all gambling services

EU online gambling operators salute the European Commission’s updated rules (see link) on anti-money laundering. The new rules, which we hope will bring a greater level of consistency between national rules, confirm that online gambling is a clear cross-border economic activity covered by a growing number of EU-harmonised legislation.

The European Commission’s new AML proposal seeks to protect the financial sector but also other sectors such as gambling from being misused for money laundering purposes. The new rules update the 2005 directive, which only included in its scope casino activities. The new rules cover for the first time all types of gambling activities, in particular online gambling, and will be subject to a risk-based approach (RBA).

The EU-licensed online gambling industry has already been applying standard AML provisions as part of their national licensing regime(s) for a number of years despite the fact that the risks associated with money laundering in regulated online gambling are very limited.(1)

Sigrid Ligné, Secretary General of the EGBA, said: “Today’s changes will improve the legal certainty of the sector by being incorporated into another piece of EU-harmonised legislation. They will also improve market access for regulated operators as some Member States today still use the fight against money laundering as a justification to prohibit online gambling services.”

With the proposed changes, the EGBA hopes that Member States will implement the provisions of the directive in a consistent way by allowing online operators to continue to evaluate money laundering risks on a risk-based approach. The traceability and transparency of internet transactions mean that Member States should leave it to operators to decide, based on the risk factor, when to apply simple or enhanced due diligence. This is the best way to identify potential fraudsters and ensure consumers remain with regulated operators.

EGBA hopes as well that the new rules on anti-money laundering practices for online gambling will lead to harmonizing certain aspects of how customers should be identified. Multi–licensed online gambling operators have to comply with an increasing number of fragmented and inconsistent national regulations. This is particularly true in relation to know your customer (KYC) requirements which, in most countries, are not adapted to the online environment.

05 Feb 2013

SPIELO G2 launches CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTM

SPIELO G2 has ensured an unforgettable launch for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, its electrifying new online slot game under license by CBS Consumer Products, by creating a spoof video called ‘Murder at ICE’. Based on the U.S. drama series, one of the world’s most popular television programmes, Murder at ICE invites the industry to watch a series of clips as they discover a body has been found at ICE – that of ‘Michael Lyceum’, the fictional character played by publisher Michael Caselli.

Viewers must decide who killed Mr Lyceum – and have a chance to win a trip for two to Hollywood, including a visit to the set of CSI, if they vote correctly.

There are five suspects: ‘Catherine Clarion’ (Kate Chambers, Clarion Events portfolio director); ‘Mr Big’ (Simon Burridge, former Virgin Games CEO); ‘Susie St Louis’ (Sue Schneider, leading eGaming expert); ‘Jim E. Pageant’ (James Bennett, eGaming Review editor); and ‘Alexi Abercrombie’ (Alex Pratt, iGaming Business head of business).

The perpetrator will be unveiled on Wednesday 6 February, during Day Two of ICE, at the SPIELO G2 stand (S7 150).

“Bringing together some of the industry’s biggest names to collaborate on Murder at ICE made this a hugely ambitious project. Nothing like it has been done before, but we feel the results will speak for themselves,” said William Scott, VP Commercial & Operations at SPIELO G2. “As well as a memorable way to launch CSI, this concept demonstrates the great importance that our company places on constantly innovating and making our products enjoyable.”

05 Feb 2013

Bally Technologies brings content online through agreement with Openbet

Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a leader in slots, video machines, casino-management, interactive applications, and networked and server-based systems for the global gaming industry, today announced it will bring its market-leading content online through an agreement with OpenBet, one of the world’s leading providers of interactive gaming and betting solutions.

Utilizing OpenBet’s casino and centralized account, Bally Technologies will extend the reach of its top- performing land-based content to the growing online audience. OpenBet Casino will offer existing customers the ability to select and seamlessly integrate online casino content from various content providers, now including Bally.
OpenBet’s device-agnostic platform will allow Bally’s content to be available through operators on PCs, tablets, and mobile devices, enabling the world’s largest gaming content providers to expand their international online strategy across the globe in a safe, scalable, and reliable manner.

The first games will be available this month and will include titles such as Vegas Hits™, Tiger Treasures™, Cupid and Psyche™, and Mayan Treasures™.
“Our vision has always been to create a platform that is truly open and gives content providers a seamless mechanism to make their products available to a wide range of the world’s largest operators,” said OpenBet Chief Executive Officer David Loveday. “The fact that content that has historically been land-based is now being made available online highlights the flexibility and opportunity of our offering. We welcome Bally Technologies as a perfect new partner, further exemplifying the diversity of OpenBet Casino.”

Bally Technologies’ Vice President of Business Development John Connelly said: “We have been very successful at creating exciting and compelling products for our land-based customers, and many of them would like to replicate their hugely successful land-based offering in the online environment. Utilizing OpenBet’s platform, we are now able to extend the reach of our products and make them available to a truly global online audience.”

04 Feb 2013

Amaya develops Instant Rewards tool for online gaming operators Real time achievement tool increases poker player activity and revenues for Paf

Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (TSXV: AYA) today announced the first evaluation of its Instant Rewards tool showed an increase of over 30% in both player activity and revenues generated from poker players using Instant Rewards at Paf.com.

Instant Rewards is a new achievement engine enabling online gaming operators to set up a number of different challenges for players and pay out related prizes in real time. In poker, for instance, the challenge could be anything from winning a hand with two Aces to collecting a certain combination of cards.

Each Instant Reward has its own progress bar that shows clearly how close players are to achieving the prize. The player gets notified directly at the table about his or her progress and as soon as he or she has completed the challenge. The prize, which could be cash or tournament tickets, is made available immediately for players.

“Instant Rewards might be one of the most innovative poker features I have ever seen,” said Herbert Paradis, Poker Manager at Paf. “After a two-month trial we have measured an increase in both time spent by and revenue generated from players using Instant Rewards. Poker players love challenges and this product is well suited to incentivize recreational players. It gives ordinary players an experience of competence and creates a feeling of mastery when they complete the challenge at hand. Ongame is helping us to bring back the fun in poker.”

“The thrill of poker comes from the tension of tough challenges and the joy of winning,” said Fredrik Kjell, Head of Poker for Ongame Network Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Amaya. “Instant Rewards highlights those many achievements you do every day as a poker player and provides recognition to players beyond monetary values. The majority of poker players do not make any money; they play because they love the game of poker. Their goal is entertainment, fulfillment and the sense of mastery of the game. Our analysis shows Instant Rewards can not only increase player satisfaction, but also increase revenues for operators.”

Instant Rewards is built into the Ongame Poker product and requires no integration work or set-up costs for operators. The operators can turn on the product with a click. A full service version is also available with management, customization of rewards and in-depth analyses of campaigns. Instant Rewards is available in a downloadable client, on the web and in mobile clients for iOS and Android. Instant Reward is patent pending.

01 Feb 2013

Net Entertainment participates at The Totally Gaming Awards

The Totally Gaming Awards 2013 is the gaming industry’s premier award event, held in conjunction with ICE Totally Gaming, the world’s most complete gaming exhibition taking place at ExCeL London. Net Entertainment is delighted to be part of the awards ceremony and Per Eriksson, CEO and President of Net Entertainment, will be handing out the trophy for the “Best online casino operator of the year” – category winner.  The Awards ceremony will be held at the East Wintergarden on Monday 4th february 2013, the evening before ICE expo begins.

Net Entertainment wishes all of the finalists the very best of luck!

30 Jan 2013

Eca is Looking Forward to its 2013 European Dealer Championship

ECA and its members understand and recognize that training is crucial in order to learn all the necessary skills to become a good and qualified dealer. ECA, to this end, promotes training and supports its members by constantly trying to improve professionalism in casinos across Europe. The European Dealer Championship underlies this ethos whilst, at the same time, providing the perfect opportunity to exchange information, expand networks, and meet with friends.

The championship provides European dealers with the opportunity to showcase their high levels of professionalism and promote best practices in creating a welcoming, fun, safe and fair environment in European casinos. The championship is exclusively for ECA members. Each member country of the ECA has the opportunity to enter the European Dealer Championship with their ‘National Dealer Champion’ and runner up.

March 2007 saw Spain host ECA’s inaugural European Dealer Championship, which celebrated a high level of professionalism from dealers across Europe.  That year, contestants representing ten European countries participated in the final with contestants demonstrating their excellent skill levels and hospitality techniques which embody the European casino experience. Since then, the Championship has become one of the most important events on the yearly calendar, and the number of participating countries has grown to an impressive 20. Every year, the contestants exhibit exceptional, and improving, levels of skill and friendly competitive spirit.

This year the championship will take place at Casino Campione d’Italia. Jeroen Bosman (Holland Casino) and Yared Gabretensaye (Casino Cosmopol) have been the heart of the organising committee since the championship’s conception. This year, the two of them, together with Cristina Antonucci and Daniela Sassi (both from Casino Campione), are busy with the preparations and final details. About the annual organisation of the event, Jeroen remarked, “each year we try to bring the championship to the next level of experience for everyone who is present”. “Until now, I can say we have succeeded in achieving this goal. And this year promises to be no exception, thanks to the immeasurable support from Cristina, Daniela and the team from Casino Campione d’Italia. The location is superb! We are sure people will, again, be thrilled”, concluded Yared.

Hall of Fame :

2007 Torrequebrada, Spain – winner Paul van Leeuwen, The Netherlands

2008 Venice, Italy, – winner Mauro Zaia, Italy

2009 Malmo, Sweden – winner Marjolein Clarijs, The Netherlands

2010 Vilnius, Lithuania – winner Paul van Leeuwen, The Netherlands

2011 Belgrade, Serbis – winner Liisa Rennstein, Estonia.

2012 Helsinki, Finland – Davide Merli, Italy

2013 Campione d’Italia – ????

30 Jan 2013

Eag Expo: successful Show Despite The Snow

A great success for Eag international expo with visitors and exhibitors in upbeat mood. Despite adverse weather conditions and the accompanying travel disruption, the industry rallied to support its show, with both established and first-time exhibitors reporting high footfall and an increase in genuine buyers. Sega Amusements Europe reported an extremely busy three days. “We had our best first day ever and were seeing customers right up to the very last minute of the final day,” confirmed General Manager Justin Burke. At the Suzo-Happ stand, John Vallis was equally positive. “Suzo-Happ has had an excellent show in spite of the weather,” he revealed. First-time exhibitor Media Theme also enjoyed a busy inaugural event. “We have been very pleasantly surprised by the number of interested buyers and will certainly be returning next year,” confirmed Regional Sales Manager Ian Ball. Innovative Leisure’s Phil Pickersgill reported a perceptible increase in visitors. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of UK and overseas visitors representing the attractions sector, both at the show and at the First Night Party,” he observed.


Summarising the mood at EAG International Expo 2013, Chairman Martin Burlin was positive. “I’ve spoken to a large number of exhibitors during the show’s three days and am in no doubt that there is now a more optimistic spirit than we have experienced for some time. Many exhibitors view EAG International as the launch event for the new year, regarding the show as an indicator of what might be in store for the industry. "If the early indications are correct, hopefully we can all look forward to a positive outcome to 2013,” he predicted.

29 Jan 2013

Greek enforcement measures “unworkable and illegal”

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has today submitted a complaint to the European Commission about the enforcement measures introduced in Greece to protect the OPAP online gambling monopoly.

The RGA believes that they are illegal and unworkable and calls on the Greek Government to regulate an open market in online gambling for the benefit of Greek customers, the Government and online operators.

 In order to protect this monopoly, the Greek Gaming Commission issued a Decision which sets out a range of enforcement measures including the blocking of other gambling websites (internet blocking), preventing banks from facilitating gambling transactions (payments blocking), the sanctions include fines on operators, internet service providers, media companies, payment/credit institutions and even the consumers themselves.

28 Jan 2013

Boris Johnson welcomes Ice!

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given a welcome to delegates attending the upcoming ICE Totally Gaming exhibition (5th/6th/7th February), which is being held at ExCeL London, the capital's international exhibition and events centre. Organisers want to build on the success of ICE Totally Gaming in 2012, when it attracted a record-breaking number of international attendees, with representatives from 118 nations.

The Mayor wants London to maintain its reputation as one of the world's leading locations for major business events (large exhibitions, conferences and trade shows), which are currently worth over £6 billion to the London economy. Such events can also have a positive impact on tourism industry, by raising the city's profile and because delegates may stay on, or return at a future date as leisure visitors.

Writing in the Welcome to the ICE Totally Gaming City Guide, which has been produced in partnership with ExCeL, the Mayor of London says: “I am delighted to hear that ICE Totally Gaming is taking place at ExCeL London and would like to extend a warm welcome to our capital city.”

ExCeL London is a perfectly situated venue offering state of the art facilities, excellent transport links and connections to the best that London has to offer, from hotels to restaurants, and world-beating cultural attractions to exciting nightlife.

The Mayor adds: “London ranks with the best in the world for international events and is capable of delivering events of the magnitude of ICE Totally Gaming.”

The ICE Totally Gaming City Guide comprises 70 pages of invaluable information covering everything visitors need to know about London including bars, travel tips, where to stay, eating and drinking, overground and underground maps, shopping, the top 10 London attractions and the business facilities which are available on the ExCeL river-fronted campus.

26 Jan 2013

Easg: The ever changing dutch gambling landscape

The EASG (European Association for the Study of Gambling is organising a seminar on 28 March 2013 in Amsterdam. The programme of this seminar will reflect the changing Dutch gambling landscape, and give participants the opportunity to hear from experts, most influential speakers and to take part in presentations and paneldiscussions.

Each session will give serious insights across a range of important areas, such as Legal and Regulatory, Research, Compliance, Safety and Security, (Online) Regulation, Responsible Gaming and more. The panel discussions will be focusing on the ‘hot topics’ addressing the current situation and the future of gambling in the Netherlands.