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UK – DEALER SKILLS WINNERS ANNOUNCED Grosvenor Victoria Casino’s Bong Ali and Grosvenor Casino Soames’ Joe White have been named Dealer Skills Champions 2013 in recognition of their dealer expertise, skill and flair at the January event held in Coventry. The pair bat- tled it out against over 1,000 contestants, a record amount of entries to date to win the prestigious Grosvenor accolades. Bong and Joe both won cash prizes at the final which took place at the Grosvenor G Casino, Coventry along with a sur- prise bonus prize for the two to travel to Riga for a two-night stay visiting Grosvenor’s Live Casino studio in partnership with Evolution Gaming.

Bong won in the “Over Two Years” dealer experience catego- ry and Joe was the winner of the “Under Two Years” dealer experience category. Tanya Northcroft and Paul Harrison, both from Grosvenor G Casino, Walsall, were runners up in the Under and Over Two Years categories respectively. The Grosvenor Casinos “Dealer Skills Championship” involves a nationwide search across the Grosvenor Casinos group to find the best dealers out of the 2,300 it employs. The com- petition is held in a number of heats challenging dealers on different skills including chip work, dexterity, float manage- ment, timed bet calculations, customer service and, most importantly, demonstrating understanding of the various casino games on offer.

Bong and Joe were announced as the winners after impress- ing the judging panel of external gaming experts including Jeff Kimber, Grosvenor Casinos’ ‘Sponsored Poker Pro’ and G3 editor, Lewis Pek.

Kevin Grahame commented: “We’d like to congratulate Bong and Joe and all of the dealers that made it to the final. This is a tough competition and they really deserved winners. Dealers are fundamental to our customers’ casino experi- ence. It’s not just how well they cut the chips or how accu- rately they deal the cards; it’s also about the theatre that they bring to the table, as well as gauging the level and type of interaction that each customer is comfortable with. This competition is a fantastic way to reward our dedicated and skilled team within Grosvenor Casinos and helps us set stan- dards for future dealers.”

GERMANY - MERKUR CHANGE By mutual consent, Daniel van Marissing is no longer Sales Director at Merkur Gaming. However, this vet- eran of the gaming industry will con- tinue to support Merkur Gaming as an external partner for products and services further ensuring the expan- sion of Gauselmann’s business activities in defined interna- tional markets.

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Evolution Gaming has signed an agreement with Danske Licens Spil to launch a unique new online Live Casino for Denmark’s liberalised gaming market. State-owned Danske Licens Spil’s new service will include dedicated Live Casino tables hosted at Evolution’s new Malta studios. These tables will be created in an area devoted exclu- sively to the Danish national lottery and gambling operator. The dedicated area will feature Danske Licens Spil design, décor and branding throughout, as well as dedicated teams of dealers. Uniquely for the Danish market, dealers at one or more tables will be native speaking Danes.

To meet expected high demand from online play- ers, Danske Licens Spil will also give its customers access to a comprehensive range of core live tables hosted at Evolution’s studios in Latvia: Live Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Casino Hold’em, as well as Evolution’s multi-camera Immersive Roulette and Mini Live Roulette.

Until the 2012 market liberalisation, Danske Spil was, in law, the only organisation able to operate gambling in Denmark. But whilst liberalisation has allowed others to enter the market, Danske Spil has retained its monopoly in games of luck, excluding casino games.

Evolution, meanwhile, was one of the first Live Casino providers to be approved by SKAT, the Danish regulator, and to begin operations on behalf of licensees in the re-regulated Danish market.

Søren Schneider, Head of Casino, Poker & Games at Danske Licens Spil, commented: “Adding Evolution’s world-leading Live Casino will enhance our position as market leader in Denmark. Our dedicated tables in particular will enable us to strengthen our brand online and we are looking forward to provide a 100 per cent unique Danish offering to our customers. With a Live Casino product we will be able to offer a full unique casino experience which will give us an extra advantage in a very competitive market.”

Fredrik Osterberg, Chief Commercial Officer at Evolution, added: “We are very proud to announce this agreement with Danske Licens Spil. Danske Licens Spil’s new service will also include the first ever native speaking dealer Live Casino for Denmark, so it’s sure to be keenly anticipated by Danish speaking players. We are looking very much to working with the leader in this dynamic market.”

Norsk Tipping’s largest-scale game launch with GTECH

NORWAY Through an agreement with GTECH, Norsk Tipping has launched its first range of iGaming products exclusively for the Norwegian market. The deploy- ment of 65 games is the largest launch of its kind in the Lottery’s history. “With this launch, Norsk Tipping is challenging foreign bet- ting companies not licensed in Norway by providing attractive games that are not as aggressive as the cross border operators’. Responsible Gaming is our trade- mark,” said Norsk Tipping CEO Torbjørn Almlid.

GTECH has supplied Norsk Tipping, a World Lottery Association (WLA) member, with its iBingo product, an iCasino port- folio including a range of slot games, and eInstants designed to ensure that the new portfolio appeals to a wide range of players. The games, which are available to registered Norwegian players across mobile, tablet, and desktop

channels, were launched on January 14, 2014. This is Norsk Tipping’s first agreement with GTECH, which is also providing the Lottery with hosting and oper- ational services.

“This is a much-needed and long- awaited renewal of Norsk Tipping as a provider of money games in Norway. Norsk Tipping must be up-to-date to survive as a gaming company and provide customers with attractive games. We will launch a series of new games in 2014 and we will especially con- centrate on new games for mobile,” continued Mr. Almlid.

GTECH International CEO Walter Bugno added: “Thanks to GTECH’s vast experience in both the com- mercial iGaming market and the traditional WLA market, the Lottery can now offer its players an entertaining and competitive iGaming portfolio while tracking player behaviour across every gaming device.”

Iceland At ICE Totally Gaming, IGT and the University of Iceland celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their partnership to provide Iceland Lottery players with IGT VLTs. The long-standing relationship has produced meaningful benefits to the Icelandic community by generating funding for University of Iceland buildings and resources. IGT furnishes 100 per cent of the Iceland Lottery’s VLTs in addition to providing a variety of systems products including Casinolink, EZ- Pay, sbX Media Manager and sbX Floor Manager. “Today we salute our great friends and partners at the University of Iceland, as we celebrate 20 years of working together to deliver best-in-class entertainment that helps to provide important resources to the educational system,” said IGT Chief Executive Officer, Patti Hart.

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