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DANK EINES VERTRAGES MIT GTECH HAT NORSK Tipping seine erste Reihe von iGaming-Produkten exklusiv für den norwegischen Markt lanciert. Die Entwicklung von 65 Spielen ist die umfangreichste Markteinführung ihrer Art in der Geschichte der Lotterie.


EVOLUTION GAMING UNTERZEICHNETE EINEN Vertrag mit Danske Licens Spil über die Einführung eines einzi- gartigen neuen Online-Live-Casinos für Dänemarks liberal- isierten Spielmarkt. Der neue Service des in Staatsbesitz befindlichen Danske Licens Spil wird bestimmte Live- Casinotische umfassen, die sich in den neuen Studios von Evolution auf Malta befinden.


DIE REGIERUNG VON BERMUDA HAT BESTÄTIGT, DASS sie dem in Singapur genutzten Modell des Integrated Casino Resort folgen und „mit der Etablierung des legalisierten Casinospiels durch den parlamentarischen Prozess fortschreit- en will“. Der Minister für Tourismus, Shawn Crockwell, erklärte, er sei davon überzeugt, dass dies die richtige Entscheidung für Bermuda war.


EIN GESETZGEBUNGSAUSSCHUSS IN NEW MEXICO hat um eine Gesetzesänderung ersucht, um die Anzahl der Casinos, die der Navajo Nation des Stammes von New Mexico von fünf auf drei zu begrenzen. Die drei Casinos würden auf die Standorte der aktuellen zwei Casinos, das Fire Rock Navajo Casino und das Northern Edge Navajo Casino sowie auf eine Spieleinrichtung der Klasse II begrenzt werden.


UNGEACHTET DER TATSACHE, DASS DIE GERÜCHTE um ein zweites Casino in Malaysia in den lokalen Medien an Intensität gewinnen, haben malaysische Politiker eine solche Spekulation deutlich zurückgewiesen. Medien hatten spekuliert, dass eine wachsende Anzahl an Informationsquellen auf die Errichtung eines zweiten Casinos in Danga Bay in der Region Johor Baru hinwiesen.


DIE SOCIEDADE DE JOGOS DE MACAU WILL DIE Spieleinrichtung in ihrem Jockey Club in Macau wiedereröffnen, nachdem diese vor fast einem Jahrzehnt geschlossen worden war. Das frühere Casino des Jockey Club war nur an Tagen in Betrieb, an denen Rennen stattfanden. Es bot nur eine Handvoll an Tischen und Spielautomaten, bevor es dann 2004 in das Grandview Hotel umgesiedelt wurde.


MACAUS GLÜCKSSPIELREGULIERER DENKEN JETZT darüber nach, eine Obergrenze bei elektronischen Spielterminals einzuführen, die den Limits bei traditionellen Live-Dealer-Tischen entsprechen soll. Der Minister für Wirtschaft und Finanzen, Francis Tam Pak Yuen, hat öffentlich eingeräumt, dass die Beschränkung des Wachstums tradi- tioneller Tischspiele bei einer durchschnittlichen jährlichen Wachstumsrate bis Ende 2022 eventuell nicht ausreichen könnte.


ASPERS BESTÄTIGTE JETZT SEIN INTERESSE AN DEM £330 Mio. schweren Projekt des Aufbaus einer „großen“ Casinolizenz am Royal Pier von Southampton. Der Betreiber, der die einzigen beiden aktuellen „großen” Casinolizenzen im Vereinigten Königreich besitzt, ist dabei den Erschließungsplan zu erarbeiten.


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ASPERS’ SOUTHAMPTON INTEREST


Aspers has now confirmed its interest in the £330m project to build a ‘large’ casino licence on Southampton’s Royal Pier


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Aspers has now confirmed its interest in the £330m project to build a ‘large’ casino licence on Southampton’s Royal Pier. The operator, which owns the only two ‘large’ casino licences currently open in the UK, is preparing its blueprint for the development. Southampton Council will officially launch the tender once planning permission has been granted.


Just as the Aspers venues in Milton Keynes and Stratford, the licence would allow up to 150 slot machines with jackpots of up to £4,000, and up to 30 tables for blackjack and poker, compared to the limit of 20 machines for regular casinos.


Aspers’ Chief Operating Officer, Richard Noble, said: “Although it is still in early stages, I can con- firm that Aspers has a strong interest in the plans for the Royal Pier development in Southampton. We have been monitoring this redevelopment opportunity for several years and believe that the modern leisure facilities and the socially respon- sible gaming commitment we deliver to local communities would be a great fit for the Southampton area. We are very proud to have delivered the only two operational large licence casinos in the UK and feel that our track record of delivering exceptional venues, creating local jobs and supporting community initiatives shows exactly what we could deliver for Southampton.”


The Southampton casino is more likely to have a similar footprint to the 36,500 sq. ft. Milton


Keynes casino than the 65,000 sq. ft. Stratford site. Southampton council leader Simon Letts said: “I’m pleased that a major company like Aspers is will- ing to spend money in Southampton. When the competition opens we will welcome bids from as many organisations as wish to bid. In the current economic climate, any additional funds that may be used to protect council services are to be wel- comed.”


The council leader added that concluding which casino company would operate the large licence could still take three to five years. Stewart Dunn, Chief Executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce added: “The chamber has always sup- ported the application for a casino as part of a strategic and much needed development to open up the waterfront and provide permanent facili- ties for the PSP Southampton Boat Show. This could bring further investment and importantly jobs to the area as well as enhance the waterfront.


“However, it is important that full consultation with the port authorities and residents is under- taken to understand and meet their concerns. The chamber will offer to work with Southampton City Council to address some of these issues, par- ticularly transport, planning and infrastructure.”


Europe A cyber-attack at the end of January affected bookmakers in Austria, Italy, UK and Malta. Federbet, the organisation of European casino owners, i-gaming operators and bookmakers, described a ‘very strong internet attack' and believed it to be the most significant of such attacks in the last 15 years. Apparently there has been a limited acceptance of bets due to attempts to overthrow the network where the betting websites are hosted. The affected operators reacted immediately by protecting personal information and exerting efforts to prevent damage to the database. According to Federbet, investigations are currently still ongoing.


RAY commences construction of Finland’s second casino site


FINLAND Finland’s Slot Machine Association RAY has now broke ground on its second casino, which is to be developed in Vaalimaa in Virolahti, close to the Vaalimaa border crossing.


Excavation work for the foun- dations of the casino has now been initiated. Located in the southeastern corner of Finland, the new shopping centre and casino are being developed to serve the growing number of


Russians crossing the border each year. The annual number of Russians passing through this border point alone is more than 1m but that number is expected to double in the next few years. The overall project will include a Best Western hotel and an outlet offering products from Italian fashion companies. The Russian-owned Vaalimaa Shopping Center (VSC), is fund- ing the construction of the non- gaming aspects of the project believed to total around €70m.


The start of construction was delayed by VSC’s Italian partner Arcoretail wanting the external and internal designs for the out- let to be revised. The casino was scheduled to open in December 2014, then by July 2015 and now with the current opening date pencilled in for October 2015.


It will become the second casi- no operated by RAY with the aim of attracting gamblers from Russia. Although it has the option of placing up to 500 slots in the new casino along with 90 table games, RAY said the casi- no would be roughly half the size of the Helsinki venue which boasts 300 slots and 20 table games.


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