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Lobbyists push Albany to pass sports gambling law

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As expected after the recent US Supreme Court order that allows individual states to make decision on gambling legislation, lobbyists are pushing hard in Albany, to legalise sports gambling in New York.

Lobbyists, from casino companies to former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, flew down on the state Capitol Wednesday in an effort to push for legalising betting on pro and collegiate games. They want a law before the current legislature session ends in mid-June.

 “I think the law is coming so I think it’s important for New York to be on the forefront and get something passed … this session,” Girardi said after he and lobbyists for Major League Baseball left a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans. Girardi then headed down to take photographs with a line of lawmakers from the Assembly.

The sports star power comes as the push intensifies to legalise sports gambling before the session ends on June 20 and, for some advocates, to ensure the form of wagering is in place in time for this year’s NFL season.

“It depends on what the members want to do,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said a couple of hours before he joined Girardi outside his office for a photograph and brief chat.

As part of a casino expansion effort in 2013, New York already agreed to permit sports wagering at four new commercial casinos if the federal ban was ever lifted either by Congress or the federal courts. A number of states are already considering how they might legalise and regulate sports betting. Sports wagering at those casinos cannot happen until the state Gaming Commission issues regulations, and the Cuomo administration has not offered a timetable for that to occur.

The lobbying fight in New York includes a debate on whether to expand the 2013 authority beyond the four casinos – located in Seneca, Schenectady, Tioga and Sullivan counties – to other locations, such as off-track betting parlours and racetrack-based casinos. Mostly, though, advocates for the effort want to enable online sports wagering within the geographic boundaries of New York State, allowing gamblers to bet from their couch, office or even from the seats of a live pro or college game.

A bill has been introduced in the Senate to expand sports wagering to online platforms and to permit the state to regulate and tax the industry. Pro sports leagues, once sharply opposed to gambling on their products, are now working the halls of the state Capitol to ensure they get a slice of the revenues.

Sen. John Bonacic, a Republican who is sponsor of the Senate bill, said he believes the Legislature can pass a sports gambling bill before session ends on June 20. “The problem I see, if any, is the governor’s behaviour if the Legislature passes a sports betting bill,’’ said Bonacic, who is chairman of the Senate racing and wagering committee.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has sought to slow down efforts to enact a law in June, saying the issue needs to be studied more and that there isn’t enough time before lawmakers end their session. “I know there’s enough time,” Bonacic said, noting the state enacted major gun control laws several years ago with about two days’ worth of talks.

Heastie said the issue has not yet been put before Assembly Democrats for a decision on whether to proceed with a sports gambling deal. Asked for his personal views, he said, “I’m not a big fan of gambling.’’ He did, however, vote for the 2013 casino bill, one of the state’s biggest-ever gambling expansion efforts.

Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, chairman of the Assembly racing and wagering committee, said he expects to introduce a sports gambling legalisation bill by sometime Wednesday. He said its language will be close to the Bonacic bill and with no major differences.

“Members keep telling me they want to do it,” Pretlow said of his fellow Assembly Democrats who control the 150-member chamber. “The Speaker may not be happy, but it’s for the good of the state,” he added.

Pretlow said his bill, like the Senate one, will permit online sports gambling in New York. “That’s where life is now,’’ he said of online betting authorisation as opposed to requiring gamblers to travel to a specific facility to wager on a sports contest.

One issue he said still needs to be resolved is how to put some sort of time restriction on what are called “in-game” wagers done via the internet. Besides betting on a game’s outcome, there is a vast array of potential sports gambling wagers, such as whether a certain player will hit a home run or make a touchdown reception at a certain point in a contest. Pretlow said he wants a provision to cut off bets, for instance, five minutes before the outcome of a certain kind of in-game wager.

“The time is definitely now. If we don’t get this done now, we won’t be able to do it until next year. It’s a six-month loss of revenue. As my old grammar school proverb says, ‘strike while the iron is hot,’ and this is the time to do it,’’ Pretlow said.

Girardi said he was in Albany to encourage the Legislature to pass a law “that basically protects the integrity of the game.”

How might that be done specifically in a sports gambling bill, he was asked. “I wouldn’t know where to begin … It’s for them to work it out,’’ he said of the pro sports leagues, casinos and lawmakers.

After this week, the Legislature has two weeks left in its session. Speculation of an early departure by lawmakers was rejected by leaders in both houses on Wednesday. The odds of a sports gambling bill passing before June 20 were uncertain Tuesday, though at this point two years ago many insiders were predicting a non-start to another gambling expansion effort: legalisation of daily fantasy sports. The measure passed well after midnight in the closing hours of the 2016 session.

Source: Buffalonews.com

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Camel Rock Casino Chooses VizExplorer

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VizExplorer, a leading provider of operational intelligence solutions for casinos, announced the execution of a new license agreement to deploy its floorViz™ and campaignViz™ solutions at Camel Rock Casino, operated by the Pueblo of Tesuque.

The New Mexico-based casino exists in a highly competitive market with several other gaming properties nearby. To mitigate the competition, the Tesuque Pueblo tribe announced last year its plans to build a replacement casino on tribal land near the Santa Fe Opera.

Seeking to secure its player base and optimize revenues at the new casino, Camel Rock selected VizExplorer to uncover insights it needs to make informed, profitable business decisions going forward. Using VizExplorer’s floorViz, the team will determine which games to keep, which new games to invest in, and where to place them on the new gaming floor. The marketing team will employ campaignViz to evaluate and properly incentivize players during the transition to the new casino, and determine an effective player reinvestment strategy.

“We are eager to get up and running with VizExplorer and trust that the information and insights their solutions offer will help us improve our slot floor, increase visits and encourage more play among our guests,” says Michael Beach, Camel Rock Casino’s Director of Marketing.

“We’re thrilled that Camel Rock chose VizExplorer solutions. The choice signals a commitment to using technology to derive valuable insights to improve operational efficiency, which is key to winning in a competitive casino landscape,” said Kyle Gryzanoski, VizExplorer’s VP of Sales – Western Region.

Camel Rock Casino joins more than 50 other tribal casinos currently using the VizExplorer platform. The agreement was handled by VizExplorer reseller Game Changing Technologies, a provider of licensing and consulting services to companies doing business in the casino industry.

 

About VizExplorer:

VizExplorer offers operational intelligence (OI) solutions to the gaming industry. The next generation in data-driven decision making, OI lets businesses analyze live, fast-changing data and take immediate action using a single toolset. VizExplorer’s tools help enterprises address smart space and profit optimization, marketing campaign management, CRM and customer service, and service and dispatch management. VizExplorer is led by a team of distinguished OI experts, seasoned industry veterans and world class software developers devoted to building the very best products backed by extraordinary support. VizExplorer is headquartered in San Diego, with offices in Las Vegas and Wellington, New Zealand.

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Record Loss for Russian Bookmakers In The World Cup Final

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In the 2018 World Cup final, France defeated Croatia and won the world championship for the second time in its history. Deputy General Director for Trading BC “League of Stakes” Maxim Afanasyev said that the match was a record loss for Russian bookmakers.

“We recorded a record for the loss – 3.5 times more than at the Champions League final. They played all the outcomes, which were mostly put by the clients: the victory of France, the handicap (-1.5) for the French, both will score, goals in both halves, and, of course, all conceivable and inconceivable totals, ” said Mr. Afanasyev.

He also noted that the final match was probably the most record on payments in the entire bookmaker industry.

“The loss on the Russian market from one final match, according to my estimates, is about $ 100 million,” the expert believes.

In the final match of the 2018 World Cup, France defeated Croatia 4: 2.

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Wazdan pushes the boat out at iGB Live!

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Friday, July 20; 2018, Malta – Game-producer Wazdan hosted partners and the media to a boat party on Amsterdam’s canals to celebrate what has been a meteoric rise in the gaming world in less than a year as well as to mark two major game launches during iGB Live! The company had plenty to celebrate, this week alone Wazdan launched both Fruits Go Bananas™ as well as the much anticipated Spectrum.

In what has been a great year so far, Wazdan opened a new European office in Malta with a big party last month, won Hot Product Award at G2E Asia, as well as Start-Up of the Year Award at MIGEA Excellence Awards, was nominated for the EGR awards, have released a slew of new games and signed with some of the biggest names in the industry including EveryMatrix, Videoslots, SlotMillions, Tipbet, Iforium, iSoftbet, Evenbets, Groove Gaming, Globalplay and Rabbit Entertainment, amongst others.

The hosts welcomed their guests with a delicious dinner party on board the vessel as it cruised Amsterdam’s main canals. As a special treat, wooden boxes of exquisite hand-made chocolates were distributed to guests themed for Fruits Go Bananas™.

Apart from Fruits Go Bananas™ and Spectrum, Wazdan has launched a myriad of games this year, Book of Magic Deluxe, Magic Fruits 4 Deluxe, Dracula’s Castle, Magic of the Ring Deluxe, Magic Stars 3, Great Book of Magic Deluxe, 9 Lions, Double Tigers, Sizzling 777 Deluxe, Hot Party Deluxe, Corrida Romance Deluxe, Fruit Mania Deluxe, Football Mania Deluxe and Highway to Hell Deluxe.

Head of Sales at Wazdan Andrzej Hyla said: “Innovation is in our DNA at Wazdan and we are having great fun participating in this year’s iGB Live! showcasing our technology platform and our innovative Unique Wazdan Features. By showcasing what our technologists and games developers are capable of, we help to educate the industry on the depth of our talent pool and their capabilities. Wazdan has a technology advantage, and that has always been reflected in the games we produce. We’re delighted so many partners and friends could join us for this very special occasion on Amsterdam’s canals aboard this beautiful boat.”

Wazdan’s world-class studios are experienced in developing games and technologies for desktop, tablets and mobile, with a particular emphasis on mobile. The Unique Wazdan Features, that include the world’s first Volatility Levels™, Energy Saving Mode, Double Screen Mode and Unique Gamble Feature, are a central element to deliver Wazdan’s HTML5 slots for mobile, tablet and desktop and have been showcased throughout iGB Live!.

For further information visit www.wazdan.com

 

 

ABOUT WAZDAN:
Wazdan is a popular game producer, developing innovative casino games that deliver original, fun and truly omni-channel player experience. Offering an extensive game library of over 100 HTML5 slots, table games and video pokers, Wazdan is gaining popularity on the iGaming market thanks to the great quality of their games, interesting themes and engaging gameplay. Wazdan’s game portfolio consists of such popular titles as Great Book of Magic Deluxe, Magic Target Deluxe, Valhalla and Wild Guns and soon will extended with new amazing slot games, including Los MuertosTM, Mayan RitualTM and Captain FlyntTM, among others. Wazdan releases new, exciting titles on a regular basis and equips them with Unique Wazdan Features: innovative Volatility LevelTM, exciting Unique Gamble Feature and mobile-friendly Energy Saving and Double Screen Modes. Wazdan holds a number of  European trademarks including for their world’s-first Volatility Level TM. Their extensive portfolio of clients includes some of the top gaming operations in the industry. The company is headquartered in Malta and holds licenses issued by the UKGC, the MGA and complies with Curacao regulations. Furthermore, their games use the RNG certified by the NMi, which ensures reliable, fair and secure gameplay. Wazdan’s Sales Team is showcasing their products at iGB Live! in Amsterdam from July 17th to the 20th.

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