Category: News

10 May 2012

Merkur Gaming looks back on excellent FADJA exhibition in Bogota

mekurfadjaMerkur Gaming took prime position at the recent FADJA exhibition that was held between 11th and 12th April in Bogota, Columbia. Following the stated company strategy of the Gauselmann Group to focus even more on the international business opportunities, the FADJA was an ideal exhibition for Merkur Gaming to put this strategy into lived practice.

The exhibition itself reflected the growth and opportunities in the Columbian market. Over 3,000 visitors came to the trade show that had over 100 companies exhibiting. Merkur Gaming has positioned itself extremely well in Latin America, providing the unique combination of decades of experience in gaming within the group of companies, international knowledge from operating gaming machines in a multitude of countries and the in-depth knowledge of local player needs.

It was precisely this last point that brought in the crowds on the Merkur Gaming stand. The new Cantinflas game is based on the much-loved actor and comedian from Mexico. The game revolves around this popular personality and the Merkur Gaming machines were played upon practically non-stop with visitors lining up to get to know this fantastic game. Having been named ‘the funniest person in the world’ by Charlie Chaplin, it is no wonder that Latin Americans still carry Cantinflas in their hearts. Today players in Columbia are revelling at the opportunity to play Cantinflas – even more as the game is packaged in state-of-the-art cabinets from Merkur Gaming.

In addition Merkur Gaming presented the popular multi-game ‘Games Unlimited’ that is available in the Premium Casino cabinet and the Vision Slant Top as well as the Highflyer. These ‘made in Germany’ cabinets bring together the best games with the most modern cabinet innovations. The Highflyer gaming machine was a true eye-catcher with its second, upper monitor seeming to be floating in the air. The specially designed and produced chairs to match with the Highflyer create a complete and unique solution. Players can lean back and even control the start button from their chair.

Another innovation that was presented at the exhibition in Bogota was the server-based gaming system. On Merkur’s stand visitors received first-hand information on how this technology allows the operators to configure, control and analyse their machines – both locally and remotely.

The continued focus of bringing innovations to the market which bring true value and gaming fun has brought success to the Gauselmann Group for over five decades. Local operators are in agreement that they can stand out from their competition in attracting and keeping players at their locations with the combination of the Highflyer cabinet, the corresponding gaming chair and the huge variety of games offered by ‘Games Unlimited’ to catch each type of player. Furthermore, Merkur Gaming had a wide range of accessories on display. Naturally, Merkur Gaming entertained guests on their stand with great catering, cocktail hours with music from the Mariachis band and a Cantiflas look-alike who enjoyed the music so much that even he joined in the dance!

Mr. Thomas Niehenke, COO of the Gauselmann Group, summed up the exhibition, stating, “The welcome we received from the visitors to our stand in Bogota is a great reflection on how Merkur Gaming is in a unique position to bring added value to both operators and players. Our technology together with our ‘made in Germany’ gaming machines and local games concepts puts us at a real advantage. These are very exciting times for Merkur Gaming”.

09 May 2012

Lottomatica Group spa conduct annual shareholders’ meeting: approved 2011 stand-alone finanzial statements

lottomatica stand2Lottomatica Group S.p.A. held its Annual Shareholders’ Meeting today, chaired by Lorenzo Pellicioli, at which the Company’s stand-alone financial statements for the full year ended December 31, 2011 were approved, as well as the proposal for the dividend distribution of €0.71 per share, for a total of €122.2 million. The dividend will be payable on May 24, 2012, with an ex-dividend date of May 21, 2012, coupon no. 8. Additionally, Lottomatica Group presented to its shareholders the consolidated financial statements and the corporate governance report as of December 31, 2011.

2011 key figures and dividend distribution

Lottomatica Group’s stand-alone Net Income in 2011 was €51.66 million compared to €72.88 million in 2010. Total Equity and Liabilities in 2011 were €5,143.69 million versus €5,193.27 million in 2010. Cash and Cash Equivalents at the end of 2011 were €15.3 million compared to €33.6 million in 2010.

The Shareholders’ Meeting approved the proposals of the Board of Directors to allocate a portion of the net profits for completion of the legal reserve fund. The remaining portion of the net profits, equal to €51.63 million, together with €70.58 million as carried forward profits, will be used to distribute the ordinary dividend.

Appointment of new Board of Directors member

Following the resignation of Severino Salvemini which became effective at today’s Shareholders’ Meeting, Donatella Busso was appointed by the Shareholders’ Meeting as a new Director upon proposal of majority shareholder De Agostini S.p.A. Donatella Busso certified that she meets the requirements of independence set forth in article 148, paragraph 3, of the “Unified Financial Act” as well as in the Corporate Governance Code promoted by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.. As a consequence, three Board members out of a total of nine will qualify as independent members pursuant to the law and the Corporate Governance Code.

New share buy-back plan, Group’s compensation policy, and new stock-based incentive plans

The ordinary Shareholders’ Meeting also approved a share buy-back plan that would authorize the acquisition and disposal of ordinary shares of the Company. The plan allows the Board to purchase, in bulk or in several stages, and on a revolving basis, a maximum number of ordinary shares representing an interest not exceeding 20 percent of the Company’s share capital. The Company does not have any immediate plans to acquire shares.

The Group’s compensation policy was also examined. The Shareholders favorably resolved on the first section of the compensation policy which relates to the policy for the remuneration in 2012 of the Board of Directors and of the General Manager of the Company, as well as of the other executives vested with strategic responsibilities. The Meeting also approved the 2012–2016 stock allocation plan, and the 2012-2018 stock option plan, both reserved for employees of Lottomatica and/or of its subsidiaries.

08 May 2012

European revolution in Spanish style: soon a meeting between Spain, Italy and France

spain revolution gioconewsA meeting between the regulators of the gaming field in Spain, France and Italy. According to what learns from institutional sources, an international briefing dedicated to gaming will be held in mid-June, in Madrid, and it will gather Enrique Alejo, the new Spanish person in charge for the field, Jean François Vilotte, president of the Arjel, and Raffaele Ferrara, “our” general manager of AAMS. There would be nothing to be surprised in the news of the meeting from the point of view of international relationships and following the logic of an international cooperation, as pressed by the European Commission over and over again. But, besides being a good example for the other Member States, the summit dedicated to gaming market that the three European countries are preparing, looks like a much more interesting date. For example, we must look at the rule that Spain has just written – and that now they are putting into effect – to understand. Is not coincidence that Gioco News dedicated a report about the Spanish situation in the May issue of the paper magazine that we are delivering during these days (and that is available, as usual, even in the digital free version).

The gaming revolution in Europe begins from Spain. If Italy has acted as a forerunner on the regulations survey, also laying the foundations for the cooperation between Member States through the Memorandum of Understanding signed with France, Spain seems destined to mark time of gaming regulation, introducing national legislations on online gambling and, above all, bursting the banks of territoriality in favor of the international liquidity.
The new rule is clear: open door for the gaming coming from other countries to gambling sites with a license ‘dot es’. This means that players from other countries can play on Spanish (virtual) tables. Respecting, of course, the rules in force in other States. For an Italian player is inevitably confirmed the prohibition of gambling on foreign sites; therefore, a “dot es” gambling site will still be inaccessible, like a ‘dot com’ one. Unless  we establish a cooperation aimed at sharing the market and, in this sense, the discussion started between Italy and Spain during the past few months would suggest some chances, but it is still too early to guess real opportunities . And it is too early also to know the new Spanish operators of online gaming, after the change imposed by Enrique Alejo, General Director of  the “Ordenacion del Juego’ (the branch of the Ministry of Economy in charge for the field). The licenses will be assigned by the end of June, and the intention is to analyze very well the requirements to be sure to charge healthy and totally reliable operators. There are nearly 60 requests on the table: too many according to the experts, with the risk that some licenses will remain unrealized. Due to the online race rouse at the end of 2011 with short times imposed by the rule, without permitting at the market the appropriate considerations.
Three general licenses are expected: betting, competitions (including television), and ‘other games’. The first and third ones include other single licences, which will be awarded by the operators who will choose the respective channels. Besides the individual kind of bets who are part of the first part, the general license for ‘other games’ contains poker, bingo and three casino games (roulette, blackjack and baccarat). So the general licenses are translated into a pre-condition necessary to achieve the specific one, without it no one can enter the market until the next tender.
So, a totally changing market and with remarkable potentialities. Especially because of the opening of borders mentioned above. If the sharing of gaming network that presupposes the introduction of an international liquidity may seem complicated into the EU, everything changes thinking a little bit big. Shifting the attention away from the Old Continent and considering the linguistic advantage that Spain has as regards other European countries, which would favourite a lot the international play. A part of the market not yet rated (even  if government, in general, had expected an increase of up 50% of the number of online players in comparison with the ones estimated today) but without a doubt an important one, considering all the neo-Latin countries where the online gambling is not yet regulated or not forbidden abroad. Although, we must say that for the ‘.com” sites the matter is reduced to a mere trade-off between the opportunities of the present market and the “.es’ one, studying in depth the issue of taxation.

07 May 2012

Crompton’s Coaster presentes a new modular pusher signed Brent Sales

DSCF3418The first of the new Crompton’s Coaster pushers are coming off the production line in the very factory that has created so many classic pushers in the past for the family business. “I think it is important that customers know that Crompton’s Coaster doesn’t just bear our name, it is actually built by us here in Ramsgate,” says Gordon Crompton, Managing Director of Game Concepts.

Crompton’s Coaster is a two-player modular pusher, which can be linked together to form 2,4,6, or 8, player combinations to suit available space. “You can create a central island of pushers or arrange them along a wall,” says Gordon. “They are incredibly versatile and offer fantastic value for money as well as the Crompton’s guarantee of quality. The deeper play-bed design allows space for higher net-worth items to be placed on it, to stimulate greater repeat play.”

Crompton’s Coaster is available to buy in the UK and Europe exclusively through Brent Sales. “We are really excited about this product which has already attracted a great deal of interest due to its quality build and versatility,” says John Brennan Commercial Director at Brent Sales/Bandai Namco.

04 May 2012

RocketFrog Launches Largest Free To Play Online Casino App to the Facebook Platform

rouletteRocketFrog is set to change the landscape of casino entertainment on Facebook with the launch of the world’s most complete free-to-play online casino. RocketFrog’s fast paced multi-player tournaments for prizes include poker (Texas Hold ‘Em), blackjack, and slot alongside real-time stand-alone games such as no-limit poker, blackjack, slots, roulette and deuces and joker, deuces wild and jacks or better video poker games. “We’ve created social tournaments where players can interact and compete to win real prizes against their friends; not just leaderboard points or status increases,” said RocketFrog co-founder and chief executive officer Brett Calapp. “There’s no better place to do that than Facebook because that’s where your friends are at online. Who doesn’t like beating their friends and winning a prize?”.

RocketFrog runs poker, blackjack and slot tournaments everyday with small fields (80-300 players) and lightning fast levels (2-5 minutes). A different advertiser each day will guarantee players a variety of prizes ranging from movie tickets, music, food and more. Additionally, RocketFrog’s traditional casino games allow players to choose their stakes and limits so they can customize their game experience. If you’re new to the game, RocketFrog has a full suite of learning tutorials, game strategy articles and tips from the pros. RocketFrog gives players a one-stop social casino shop for every level of player.


RocketFrog’s centralized game environment allows players to challenge friends, keep track of their bank roll, share achievements, earn loyalty rewards, and compare game stats and rankings with friends. RocketFrog brings a slice of comedy relief to social games with laugh out loud virtual gifts and descriptors where players can select from a large assortment of light-hearted gifts to share with friends. New in-game gifts unlock as players build their points in RocketFrog’s loyalty club, which adds exclusive benefits and perks for players.

RocketFrog was launched by online gaming and casino industry veterans Brett Calapp, Matthew Osborn, and Uri Kozai. Calapp former was the CEO and co-founder of Centaurus Games, subscription-based gaming network that sold to PartyGaming in 2010. He was also the President of the Ultimate Blackjack Tour, an international gambling tour, online game network and hit television show on CBS. Tom Anderson, co-founder and former president of, joined the company’s Advisory Board based on the company’s vision for fully branded social game integration. Also joining RocketFrog is reality TV Star and celebrity poker player Brody Jenner, who personally invested.

“Advertisers are always looking for something different, something that engages users and cuts through the noise. RocketFrog delivers. The entire game experience is branded by the daily advertiser and at the same time users get to play for with real world prizes,” said Tom Anderson.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, RocketFrog was founded in 2010. The company plans to regularly release new games, along with mobile apps, with the aim to build the largest free-to-play social casino on the web. To learn more about the company and its newest games visit


04 May 2012

IGT and Casino Campione Deliver Customized, Thrilling Player Experiences

campione-italiaInternational Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) announced today the installation of IGT’s sbXTM systems solution, award-winning Premium Products games, also known as MegaJackpots®, and newly designed cabinets at Casino Campione in Como, Italy. As Casino Campione implements the sbXTM system, it will deploy IGT Floor Manager and Analytics to maximize the performance on the casino floor, while accessing the unparalleled IGT game theme library, which includes more than 500 of the industry’s most engaging game themes. The ability to refresh games quickly and incorporate customizable marketing messages will further enable Casino Campione to deliver a personalized, market winning experience for its players. “As a premier casino destination in Italy, we strive to deliver thrilling gaming entertainment to our players,” said Carlo Pagan, Casino Campione chief executive officer. “IGT’s games are popular player favorites and we know the addition of sbXTM and these new titles will add to our award-winning floor and property”.

Delivering unrivaled gaming experiences to players, IGT’s elite MegaJackpots® portfolio includes some of the most universally loved pop-culture icons. Casino Campione has installed MegaJackpots® themes including Sex and the CityTM Big Diamonds, and the highly anticipated The Dark Knight on the Center StageTM. Along with these blockbuster titles, Casino Campione also installed Dirty Dancing® video slots and Diamond VaultTM. The Italian property also has added 62 IGT AVP machines to its floor including 30 Universal Slants and 24 G23 cabinets, as well as eight SMLD machines, each designed with player comfort in mind.”We are thrilled with Casino Campione’s strategic business decision to bring IGT’s innovative products to their floor,” said Sabby Gill, IGT regional vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “IGT’s sbXTM casino management system, combined with the biggest names in pop-culture slot machines, gives Casino Campione new ways to maximize revenue, while delivering world-class gaming entertainment.”

04 May 2012

Bally Technologies implements system and games at Pennsylvania’s

BallyBally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a leader in slots, video machines, casino-management, interactive solutions, and networked systems, today announced that it was awarded a systems and games contract for Pennsylvania’s newest casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pa., which opened last month.  Bally Technologies was selected after a competitive and detailed evaluation process. The new casino chose a broad array of Bally’s industry-leading systems solutions, including the iVIEW™ floor-wide player-communication network for each of their 600 gaming machines, and the  iVIEW Display Manager™ (DM) picture-in-picture-style player-user interface on a majority of their games across games from six manufacturers.

The savvy new operator also chose Bally’s award-winning Elite Bonusing Suite™ to add excitement across their iVIEW network using player-centric, real-time interactive promotions such as Virtual Racing™, U-Spin Bonusing™, and DM Tournaments™. “When deciding who to partner with for our systems solutions, Bally’s proven and long-term commitment to systems was very important, as well as their many compelling, end-to-end systems solutions that will enable us to compete creatively in our increasingly competitive market,” said Saverio (Sal) Scheri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Valley Forge Casino Resort. “Not only does Bally offer an incredibly solid, proven, and powerful solution of core systems products, they bring to the table iVIEW DM and the Elite Bonusing Suite, which are going to allow us to differentiate ourselves and add tremendous excitement across our whole floor,” Scheri said. iVIEW DM is backward compatible on most gaming devices with a touch-screen display and provides a way for casino operators to present self-service player-account access, marketing messages, and secondary bonus games on the main game screen – without interrupting play. Bally’s Elite Bonusing Suite, when combined with iVIEW DM, adds dramatic new levels of excitement and anticipation to the slot-play experience. The EBS applications deliver floor-wide, personalized promotions, second-chance-to-win events, and the ability for players to earn valuable rewards, all without interrupting play on the base game.  These interactive solutions enable players to spin wheels, select and root for their favorite contest-driven car or horse, get instant rewards on their birthday, and participate in instant floor-wide slot tournaments.

Valley Forge Casino also selected a host of products from Bally’s broad systems portfolio including:

  • CMP™ slot management system to manage casino, slots, and hospitality data.
  • SDS™ and CMP player-tracking system.
  • Bally Business Intelligence™ advanced data analysis and visualization solution for powerful data mining and campaign management.
  • CoolSign® media-management solution for centralized management across the casino floor.
  • TableView™ real-time table management solution for management of its table-games operations.
  • Service Tracking Manager™ rules-driven automated dispatch and alert system.

Valley Forge Casino Resort opened with Bally gaming machines accounting for approximately 25 percent of their floor, including Bally’s exciting new Grease™ video slot based on the world-class brand. In addition to Grease, they selected a wide range of core video, spinning reel, and premium games, including exciting titles like Cash Wizard™, Vegas Hits Roadtrip, Cash Spin Jackpot™, and Betty Boop’s Love Meter™. Valley Forge also chose a selection of games on Bally’s award-winning Pro Curve™ cabinet, featuring the industry’s only curved LCD to emulate spinning reels on a video slot.

“We are very appreciative of Valley Forge Casino’s confidence in Bally,” said Sridhar Laveti, Vice President of Client Services for Bally Technologies. “The expansive integrated Bally solutions will give Valley Forge powerful new ways to entertain and market to their players right on the casino floor, while providing solid, secure, and flexible systems technologies for their inevitable growth.”

04 May 2012

New Merkur Casino opens in Almere (Netherlands)

merkurThe laughing Merkur sun, the trade mark of the family-managed Gauselmann Group from Espelkamp (North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany) now also shines on premium gaming fun in Almere (Netherlands). The Gauselmann subsidiary Merkur International has opened a modern entertainment centre under the ‘Merkur Casino’ brand in this seventh largest city in the Netherlands and offers exciting leisure entertainment and gaming machines over an area of 800 square metres.

The first Merkur Casino was opened in 1986 in Amsterdam, followed by entertainment centres in Hoofddorp, Rotterdam and Boskoop. The building in Almere used to house a disco and stands out with an exceptional futuristic design. German design concepts that were exclusively developed at the company headquarters in Espelkamp can be found in the interior of the entertainment centre.

The Merkur Casino offers guests a whole range of modern electronic entertainment – from roulette to Texas Hold’em gaming machines and right up to modern multigamers with diverse exciting games. Following on from the expansion of the international activities of the Gauselmann Group, gaming machines from the Gauselmann subsidiary Merkur Gaming will also be installed in the Netherlands.

The team there naturally plays an important role in the success factor of Merkur Casino alongside the ultra-modern entertainment and stylish surroundings. The arcade manager Chris Hallie and his team of eleven ensure that guests are served with small snacks and drinks and are available for any questions concerning how the games work.

The Merkur Casino in Almere is open between 10am and 2am.

04 May 2012

Women in gaming 2012 let the judging begin

WIG_LAUNCH_LOGOWOMEN IN GAMING (WiG) 2012 has announced that the judging process is about to begin. After receiving a high volume of notable nominees from across the global gaming sector, the Women in Gaming (WiG) prestigious judges are set to carefully assess who they think are leading, inspirational women in gaming. The glitzy gala of women who have dynamically stayed two-steps ahead of their male counterparts will have the chance to shine in their spotlight at the sophisticated Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge, London on the 27 June 2012. it’s a officiale Media Partner of hte event.

The conference will be at the heart of WiG, as prominent industry experts explore insightful topics such as how social media can be fully utilized within the business world and the evolution of technology, including how mobile optimization is integrating itself into the gaming world…topics that we can all apply within our industry. The leader panel discussion will also take a look at where gaming will be going next . The aim of the conference is to spark debate and discussion within an evolving gaming world. For more details about the conference, visit

The prestigious panel includes high-flyers such as Gloria Irwin, Founder of Gaming & Hospitability Industry Professionals Association, Lyndsey Barrett, Director of Operations from The Ritz Club, London, Sue Schneider, who is one of the world’s leading experts on the internet gaming industry and Tracy Cohen, marketing manager for TCSJOHNHUXLEY. These are just some of the high-caliber women joining Women in Gaming 2012. More information about the impressive line-up of judges can be found here:

The Women in Gaming Speakers include industry experts such as Anna Conley-Bingo/Ops Manager William Hill, Britt Boeskov COO of Unibet, Claire Tribert from Sportingbet, Daniela (Attard) Castillo – Poker Affiliates Manager, Betfair, Linda Lewis – Aspers Group, Stella Dalton from Gamcare and many more professionals. More details about the speakers can be found here:

The judges will carefully select deserving winners from the following competitive categories.

Hidden Talent of the Year
Star of the Future Award
Leader of the Year Award (iGaming)

Leader of the Year (Landbased)

Team of the Year Award (iGaming)

Team of the Year (Land based)
Industry Achiever of the Year

Inspiration of the Year
Affiliate Manager of the Year Award
Innovator of the Year Award

The Industry Pride of the Year Award
Man Championing Women in Business Award


More information can be viewed here:

Women in Gaming 2012 is supporting ‘Break Through Breast Cancer.’

Last year, attendees told us that “the calibre of the female influencers throughout the industry blew us away” and this year is set to be bigger and better with women being recognised again, for their wealth of knowledge, power and perseverance. Others described it as “one of the best conferences” that they have ever been to.



02 May 2012

Gioco News: the issue of May is online with a lot of scoop!

cover_maggio2012s“Healthy mind in healthy gaming’, states the claim on the cover of the May issue of our magazine Gioco News, that we are delivering during these days. We quoted (a little bit ‘revised!), the famous Latin saying, because the matter of responsible gaming is of great interest and even the government is getting down to work, within the ‘tasks’ that will be awarded by the tax enabling act, to dictate new rules to favor a correct approach to gaming. Everybody hopes not in the point of view of prohibitionism with uncertain results, but perhaps finally adding the gaming addiction between the diseases which are dependent on the National Health Service. In this issue of May we wanted to explore the therapeutic communities that deal with gambling and that, even waiting for national rules, are working in our country. Three excellent communities, which operate with great difficulties, three different approaches, but all aimed to recover some difficult situations that can be lead again on the right way for a healthy gaming.

Read our magazine online also!

But we have been also interested in a lot of other subjects: we gave space to politics, with the exclusive interview with the italian politician Paolo Ferrero, secretary of the Rifondazione Comunista party, but also to new technologies, with an interesting special about the mobile gaming and in particular to its (rosy) prospects in Italy. And then the first news about how the future new slots will appear and the cover story dedicated to Nazionale Elettronica, an analysis of the Betting Exchange, a new gaming manner that soon will make its debut in our Peninsula, to proceed with the analysis of quality models for the racecourses and of the possible privatization of the companies that manage the casinos. There are also the VLTs, the pinball competition, with the interview to the champion Daniel Acciari – the best italian palyers and third on pinball world rankings. And not to mention the big part dedicated to poker, with a report about the skin and a lot of reports from the major Italian and European gaming locations. Two, as usual, the “vip” interviews: Gianfranco D’Angelo and Massimo Dapporto talk about their relationship with gaming.
But we do not want to disclose too much, to not deprive you of the pleasure of glancing through our pages with curiosity andexpectations.

Who wants to already virtually find out more, can (free) register himself to the site, while those who want to subscribe to the ‘paper’ magazine only have to fill the ‘subscriptions’ form which is located on the home page. Happy reading!