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Andorra casino tender process runs into legal challenge

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Andorra’s tender process and the resultant decision to award its sole casino license to a small local company is going to face legal challenges. The bidders who lost out – some big companies among them – are going to mount a legal challenge against the tender and subsequent decision.

Here is the story so far. In June, Andorra’s gaming regulator, Consell Regulador Andorrà del Joc (CRAJ), announced that local firm Jocs SA had won the competition to build a €15m, 4,000-square-meter casino in the capital Andorra la Vella. The venue is tipped to open in September 2020.

This decision baffled many of the big international casino operators who’d submitted bids, including Malaysian giant Genting, who’d vowed to spend nearly ten times the amount that Jocs (which translates as Games) had budgeted. Now, after a little digging, five of these jilted giants think they smell a rat.

The aggrieved operators – Genting, Barrière, Casinos Austria, Cirsa and Partouche – questioned how SIQ, the Slovenian company that helped the CRAJ evaluate the bid criteria, could have awarded Jocs full marks for having 10 years experience managing casino operations, in that Jocs has zero experience running casinos, only bingo halls.

Furthermore, Jocs has partnered with Austria’s Novomatic Group to provide the new casino’s gaming technology, and it turns out that local engineer Francesc Armengol, who did freelance work with SIQ, also used to work for Novomatic’s Spanish unit.

This ‘a-ha’ moment prompted the furious five to submit formal requests to the government last month for a legal review of the tender, seeking a complete do-over based on the “serious irregularities” that had arisen. The government has three months in which to respond.

Armengol has been doing the local media rounds, loudly proclaiming his innocence and impartiality, insisting that he cashed his last Novomatic paycheck in September 2013 (although he appears to have remained on their books for years afterward), and that he wasn’t even aware that the Slovenian firm had been tasked with studying the casino bids.

Armengol has also threatened to file legal action of his own against the five casino operators who’ve made these “totally false” allegations against him.

Meanwhile, Jocs continues to proceed as if nothing happened, requesting building permits from Andorra la Vella’s mayor Conxita Marsol, who says initial work on the project could begin as early as next month.

 

Source: calvinayre.com

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Integration of EGT Global Jackpot with Winbet and Club King Marks Great Success

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The EGT Global Jackpot’s integration with Winbet and Club King has achieved success through offering entertainment and winnings for both operators and players.

The operators’ success and players’ entertainment are always the core objectives of EGT sales, development and production teams. When innovation joins these approaches, EGT solutions are the reliable choices for winning businesses.

EGT supports the operators to make proposals to its customers they couldn’t refuse, with the integration of the EGT Global Jackpot into their gaming halls. Global Jackpot is developed to connect all slot machines and any type of roulette from all locations of operators across the country. Thus, the total bet generates the possibility of higher winnings compared to those offered by the local jackpots.

At Winbet, the Global Jackpot has been functional since March this year and has brought multiple winnings to the luckiest players. Recently, Club King has also integrated the Global Jackpot in favour of top entertainment and winnings for both operators and players.

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New York State Lottery Reports Record Revenues for the 2018 Fiscal Year

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The New York Lottery has recorded $8.2 billion in sales for the state fiscal year that ended in March 31, 2019. That includes sales from Powerball, Jackpot, Mega Millions, Scratch Off, Quick Draw and other games, plus revenues generated by the state’s licensed video lottery locations.

The video lottery net win for the 2018-2019 fiscal year was $2.08 billion, third largest in the world behind two Italian lottery operators. The combined sales and net win earnings for the last fiscal year are a new record for the New York Lottery. The New York Lottery generated $3.47 billion in aid designated to support the state’s schools.

The lottery revenues are distributed to school districts according to the same formula used for state aid. A larger, poorer district will receive a higher percentage than a smaller, more affluent one. Lottery contributions account for 13% of all state aid to education for 2018-2019.

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Spillemyndigheden Introduces Whistleblower Scheme

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Spillemyndigheden, the Danish industry regulator, has launched a new whistleblower scheme for the employees of gambling operators who wish to report evidence of money laundering.

Spillemyndigheden has detailed that employees can report a company’s violation or potential violation of the anti-money laundering legislation to the regulator via a dedicated, anonymous contact form which will then trigger a legal investigation. All submissions will be encrypted to ensure that submissions are secure.

In April, Spillemyndigheden has blocked access to 25 gambling websites after petitioning the country’s telecommunications providers. Danish internet providers have now been obliged to block access to ten igaming sites, in addition to 15 skin betting websites.

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