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EUROPEAN UPDATE Austrian lawbreaks EUrules

The European Court of Justice has ruledAustrian law breaks EU legislation

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the Austrian laws regulating the provision of gaming services are disproportionate and discriminatory and therefore not compliant with EU law.

The ECJ rejected the Austrian gaming provisions as being in clear breach of EU law, the ruling follows previous ECJ findings that the German lottery and sports betting monopoly also breaks EU legislation. The Court concluded on a number of questions, which will not only lead Austria to modernise its legislation but will also directly impact other Member States:

• “The obligation on persons holding concessions to operate gaming establishments to have their seat in Austria constitutes a restriction on freedom of establishment,”

• “There are in fact various less restrictive measures available to monitor the activities and accounts of such

NewICEsite has total gaming focus

Online visitor registration for the London ICE exhibition has gone live with show organisers Clarion Events predicting in excess of 100,000 unique visits fromgaming professionals based inmore than 120 nations. Clarion hasmade amajor investment in digital, transforming what was a conventional exhibition presence into amulti-functional portal where visitors can keep fully up to speed with developments across all gaming sectors in addition to planning their visit to ICE inminute detail.

www.icetotallygaming.comincludes a wealth of information and applications including integrated Twitter, facebook and Linkedin pages, an archive of Clarion’s weekly news service, information and click- throughs to the 70-plus community of gamingmedia and the latest information posted by the 400 companies exhibiting at ICE 2011.

“The European

Commission has been given newlegal

arguments to pursue infringement

procedures against severalMember States that have

similar provisions. Commissioner

Barnier has nowa clearmandate to go

aheadwith theGreen paper and to start discussions on EU regulation for the sector.”

Sigrid Ligné,

SecretaryGeneral of the EuropeanGaming and Betting Association

operators. In addition, any undertaking established in a Member State can be supervised and have sanctions imposed on it, regardless of the place of residence of its managers. Moreover, there is nothing to prevent supervision being carried out on the premises of the establishments,”

• “The absence of a competitive procedure when the concessions were granted to Casinos Austria AG does not comply with freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services,”

• Tendering procedures “must be based on objective, non discriminatory criteria, known in advance, in such a way as to circumscribe the exercise of the authorities discretion so that it is not used arbitrarily.”

The European Court of Justice ruling against the Austrian gambling laws confirms clearly that Member States cannot require EU licensed online operators to be physically present on their territory. In the Digital age there are obviously other and more efficient means available to monitor the activities of the operators.

Aristocratmajor Oasis Ameristar systemdeal

Ameristar Casinos has selected Aristocrat’s Oasis 360 system to continue to monitor and support its 11,000 games in six casinos in Colorado, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri and Nevada in the US. Aristocrat President Nick Khin said: “This was an exceptionally challenging RFP process in which we were battling head-to-head against every other major supplier’s system. We are absolutely thrilled that Ameristar, with every choice available to it, chose to continue our eight- year partnership. We are very confident in our product and our team, and we know that we will deliver everything that Ameristar expects to provide outstanding service to their players.”

“We carefully scrutinised every major system available, with the goal of finding the

system that best suited our extensive marketing goals. We chose to stay with Aristocrat because we believe the Oasis 360 system is extremely powerful and Aristocrat’s future development path is aligned with our corporate initiatives,” said Sheleen Quish, CIO of Ameristar.

Oasis 360 is the casino system used and trusted by nearly 270 casinos in North America, more than any other system. Oasis 360 includes robust, proprietary features like the BlackBart accounting tool; Marketing Manager that empowers casinos to market to players with offers players want most; SpeedMedia that delivers content-rich messaging directly to players on the casino floor; and PersonalBanker, that allows players to personally oversee their account.


FutureLogichassignedan agreement with SugarHouse Casino, stating that FutureLogic’s GEN2 Universal printer will be the exclusive printer used in the new casino’s gaming platforms. SugarHouse Casino’s 45,000sq.ft gaming floor will feature 1,600 slots and dozens of table games. According to SugarHouse Casino, their selection of GEN2 Universal printers was based on a proven track record of success at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

“I have used FutureLogic printers in other properties and found them to be reliable, efficient and designed with the latest technology,” said George Mancuso, VP of Slot Operations for SugarHouse Casino. “FutureLogic’s customer support is outstanding and remains an important factor in our commitment to provide our patrons with the best gaming experience.”

FutureLogic’s Nick Micalizzi, said: “We are pleased that Philadelphia’s first and only casino chose our GEN2 Universal printers for their state-of-the art property. We are also proud that SugarHouse Casino cited their previous experience with our customer service as a reason for their selection. Our goal is to provide casinos with advanced technology backed by outstanding technical service.”

TheEuropeanCasino Association (ECA) has given its unequivocal support to the new vision for January’s ICE show unveiled by organisers Clarion

Events. The ECA’s Ron Goudsmit confirmed: “The new ICE vision has the ECA’s full backing and support.” He added: “Everyone at Clarion including the company’s executive management and the team responsible for actually putting on ICE is bringing the exhibition to the next level and in the process keeping the best interest of the industry at heart.”

Kate Chambers, Show Director responsible for ICE, confirmed: “2011 marks the 21st anniversary of high stakes gaming on the ICE show floor. Just 16 pioneer companies exhibited in 1991; in January there will be over 400 travelling to London from all over the world. You can only achieve this level of growth by working with the industry and investing heavily in a marketing and communications programme which in the last decade has helped to attract 172,114 buyers to ICE from 180 territories, eclipsing both G2E Las Vegas and G2E Asia as the most international exhibition on the gaming calendar.

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