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Greater Canadian Wins Toronto Bundle NORTH AMERICA


Le député Amado Florentín, membre du parti libéral radical authentique (PLRA) du Paraguay, vient de présenter une nouvelle ébauche de loi destinée à interdire les casinos dans les étab- lissements détenus par l'état. Cette nouvelle loi devrait être analysée par l'ensemble de la chambre des députés d'ici le mois prochain, modifiant ainsi les lois sur les jeux d'argent au Paraguay, qui datent de 1997.


Le comité de contrôle des jeux colombien (Coljuegos) vient d'accorder sa première licence en ligne à Wplay, une société locale. Basée dans la ville de Medellín, l'entreprise a été créée en juin de l'an- née passée et appartient au groupe Aquila Global. Les colombiens peuvent ainsi émettre des paris sportifs sur une large gamme de sports, notam- ment le football, le basketball, le tennis et le baseball.


Luis Gama, le directeur du bureau des loteries nationales d'Uruguay, travaille actuellement en collaboration avec le ministère de l'économie et des finances sur une mesure juridique qui interdirait les jeux d'argent en ligne non autorisés par l'état.


Emeterio Ochoa Bazua, le représentant de l'état mexicain de Sonora et membre du parti révo- lutionnaire institutionnel (PRI), demande aux municipalités de la région d'émettre des lois plus strictes pour réglementer l'octroi des licences de jeux d'argent.


L'un des plus grands opérateurs deColombie, Winner Group CIRSA, vient d'adopter la machine à sous P-24/24 Up d'Euro Games Technology, pour quatre de ses établissements de jeux. Les casinos, situés à Bogota, Medellin, Cali et Buga, viennent de recevoir 15 machines d'EGT, le modèle best-seller.


Le plus important actionnaire des Casinos Austria, le groupe tchèque Sazka, « a l'intention d'acquérir le contrôle exclusif de Casinos Austria », d'après une information publiée par l'autorité fédérale de la concurrence (BWB).


Le secteur des jeux d'argent en Arménie cherche à entrer dans une nouvelle ère suite à l'ap- probation de nouvelles lois par le gouvernement garantissant l'octroi d'une licence de casino aux projets qualifiés de « développements majeurs ».


Le gouvernement grec cherche à réviser les conditions de son accord avec OPAP pour que le nombre total de jeux de loterie vidéo que le groupe opère passe de 35 000 à 25 000. En compensa- tion, il est prévu que le contrat d'OPAP soit prolongé de huit années supplémentaires.


JVH Gaming, propriétaire de la chaîne de salles de casinos Jack’s Casino, souhaite acquérir des « parts du Holland Casino », d'après Eric Olders, PDG du groupe.


La société d'investissement américaine Blackstone Group envisage d'acquérir le groupe de casinos français Joa. Blackstone est récemment entré sur le marché des jeux avec l'achat commun de Paysafe et l'achat direct de Clarion, organisa- teurs du salon des jeux d'argent ICE Totally Gaming.


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Great Canadian Gaming Corp and partner Brookfield Asset Management has been awarded the 22-year license to operate slot halls and casinos in the Greater Toronto Area


Great Canadian Gaming beat off competition from Genting Group and Caesars Entertainment


CANADA CASINOS & LOTTERIES


Great Canadian Gaming Corp and partner Brookfield Asset Management has been awarded the 22-year license to operate slot halls and casinos in the Greater Toronto Area.


It beat off competition from Genting Group and Caesars Entertainment to win the right from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to buy OLG Slots at Woodbine, OLG Slots at Ajax Downs and the Great Blue Heron Casino in the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Te three casinos house over 4,000 slot machines and 60 gaming tables between them.


Te portfolio is believed to be capable of generating US$72m per year including and to 70 per cent of gambling revenue.


Known as the GTA Bundle, it is the largest award by the OLG as part of the modernisation of its casino operations. In 2016, its three facilities, OLG Slots at Woodbine, OLG Slots at Ajax Downs and Great Blue Heron Casino located in the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, generated gross gaming revenue of over $1bn.


Paysafe agrees deal with CVC and Blackstone


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Digital payment business Paysafe has agreed on the terms of a £2.96bn offer from private equity companies CVC and Blackstone. Te deal will give Blackstone and CVC exposure to the online gambling and gaming sector.


Dennis Jones, Chairman of Paysafe, said the company had enjoyed a ‘remarkable journey’ of growth. Te offer from the Consortium represents an opportunity for shareholders to crystallise a certain cash value from their investment in Paysafe. Te independent directors believe that Paysafe will continue to play a key role in payments innovation, leveraging the state of the art technology it has built over a number of years,” he added.


CVC already owns a share of a


As a result of this award, Great Canadian and Brookfield will acquire all the gaming assets in the GTA Bundle through a transition and asset purchase agreement with OLG, and will have the exclusive right to operate these assets for a minimum period of 22 years, in accordance with the requirements of a Casino Operating and Services Agreement. Great Canadian and Brookfield will invest through a newly formed partnership, Ontario Gaming with Great Canadian and Brookfield each holding a 49 per cent interest in the Partnership. Clairvest Group will hold a two per cent interest. Great Canadian will operate the gaming facilities within the GTA Bundle on behalf of the Partnership. Te Partnership will bring considerable gaming, urban redevelopment and hospitality expertise to the operations and strategic repositioning of the GTA Bundle. Tis development (subject to approvals) and modernisation will include integrated property expansions that will enhance the gaming offerings to service the GTA market. It will also include leading world-class amenities consisting of conference facilities, hotels and premier entertainment venues.


number of gambling companies including Sky Bet, Sisal and Tipico. Blackstone meanwhile is buying Clarion Events, the organiser of London’s gambling show ICE Totally Gaming.


Martin Brand, Senior Managing Director of Blackstone, added: “We are delighted that our proposal has been recommended by the Board and excited by the prospect of working with management to develop Paysafe as one of the leading, global providers of online and mobile payment solutions. Paysafe’s innovative alternative payment systems and risk management capabilities form a strong value proposition for consumers and merchants alike. As a leading technology investor, Blackstone believes that Paysafe is an ideal platform for continued innovation in the payments space, and look forward to supporting Paysafe’s growth both organically and through acquisitions.”


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Officials with the American Gaming Association (AGA) met at Stockton University in South Jersey last month to unveil a new code of conduct to help promote responsible gaming. Te announcement was made at the AGA's Responsible Gaming Event as part of the gambling industry's 20th anniversary of Responsible Gaming Education Week. Officials hope the new code of conduct will shape the industry's responsible gaming efforts in the future, and help raise awareness for problem gaming. "Tis is a voluntary measure that we [in] the industry put together that really dictates how we work with our customers to protect them," said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. We have an obligation to protect them, make sure that they know the odds, make sure they know where to get help, give them the tools they need to protect themselves, and, in those instances where appropriate, to stay out of the casino environment."


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