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Portugal’s regulated online gambling market enjoyed record-high revenue in the final quarter of 2017, thanks to a surge in online sports betting.

Figures released Friday by the Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) regulatory body show the seven locally-licensed online gambling operators generated combined revenue of €36.5m in the three months ending December 31, 2017, nearly €10m higher than the same period last year and over €7m higher than Q3 2017.

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Italy’s regulated online gambling market started 2018 off on the right foot, posting double-digit sports betting gains and setting a new online casino record.

Figures compiled by Italian gaming news agency Agimeg show total land-based and online sports betting revenue of €150.5m in January, up 15.5% year-on-year. However, the online portion of that total was up 27.5% to €60.8m, dramatically outpacing retail betting’s 8.7% growth.

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On a day when his company announced record fourth quarter profits, casino developer magnate Steve Wynn announced plans to build a new Wynn Resorts hotel in Las Vegas.

The Wynn West, which will be located just across the street from the Wynn and Encore hotels, will be a 2,000-3,000 room hotel development on a 38-acre site that the company purchased in December for $336m.

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Would you bet $1 billion to start a business in a market that experts call “over saturated?”  Would you start that business knowing that all your recently opened competitors are failing to make the money they expected?

The people behind the Resorts World Catskills casino near Monticello in Sullivan County are taking that bet. They are opening the initial phase of their project Feb. 8, amid widespread reports that the Upstate New York casino market is “crowded” and “tough.”

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This year’s edition of the annual ICE Totally Gaming exhibition is due to be held from February 6 to 8 at London’s ExCeL Centre and organizer Clarion Gaming has revealed that it expects the extravaganza to attract well in excess of 30,000 visitors.

The three-day ICE Totally Gaming 2018 is to see hundreds of firms from the casino, betting, bingo, lottery, mobile, online, social, sportsbetting and street gaming sectors showing off their latest and most popular wares. Attendees will moreover be able to attend a range seminars to gain insights from experts such as prominent British economist Sir Alan Budd, who is to provide the keynote address for the event’s Annual Regulators Luncheon.

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Espresso Games, the historic on-line gaming brand, has received its first game certificates in line with ADM regulations and announces its presence in the Italian market.

Talenta International Limited, the British multinational held in part by a major private equity, confirms the acquisition of the brand for the new launch of the popular Espresso Games products in Italy.

Max Rizzo, CEO of Talenta declares:

“We believe the acquisition of this prestigious brand, and its know-how, to be of significant strategic interest. In fact, the company has decided to transfer its development activities to Italy following requests of Italian players who are very fond of the brand. To note, Espresso Games products were developed for over 15 years in the UK almost exclusively by Italian staff, so I wholeheartedly agree with the vision of Talenta’s founding partners and its private equity to identify the brand in its natural role as a Made in Italy supplier, thereby making a significant contribution to the highest level of worldwide excellence. For our launch we’ve signed our first agreement with SKS365, the holder of the Planetwin365.it brand, and are extremely proud to continue our existing collaboration together in this precious market”.

Enrico Berton, Chairman of SKS365 says:

“From the experience gained over years of working together internationally with Espresso Games, we’ve earned much profit and satisfaction from this excellent brand. Espresso Games has always been the highlight of our gaming offer, so we are thrilled to finally expand our agreement to the Italian regulated market as well”.

Italian creativity combined with extensive international experience satisfies the widest range of interest in a market that can never have enough quality and innovation.

The company confirms that as of November 2017 it is available for the signing of new software license agreements in Italy and Talenta’s CEO adds:

“If I was an important actor in the Italian concessionaire market I woud have no doubts! Espresso Games is a bespoke desktop and mobile product with an unmatched level of customer care. It’s a matter of style, and of course if the price is also right…”

For info visit espressogames.com


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Gaming Africa, the inaugural conference dedicated to the development of the industry across the continent, is being viewed as a landmark event by delegates, sponsors and organisers. The high profile two-day learning and networking event, which closed in Johannesburg (25 October), attracted industry thought leaders and regulators from 52 countries, including 16 African nations.
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Greece.- Euclid Tsakalotos, Finance Minister of Greece, revealed on Friday that two bills will be presented to Parliament before Christmas. The bills will talk about the regulation of online gaming and the casino market.

Tsakalotos’ claims come after a meeting of the house’s Financial Affairs Committee that talked about the revision of the legislation on video lottery terminals (VLTs) presented in 2011. The Minister said that he’s in favor of the new regulations for VLTs, as he believes that the modality can bring annual revenues of more than US$380 million to the state in the long run, local media reported.

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Scientific Games Corp has announced the signing of an agreement with Google subsidiary Apigee to utilize its full lifecycle application programming interface (API) management platform as part of the company’s portfolio of casino management technology solutions for the gaming industry.

The agreement will allow Scientific Games to deploy Apigee API management software in its suite of casino and slot management systems solutions and will enable the company to design, secure, deploy, monitor and scale APIs. Apigee’s industry-leading solution will make integration with third-party applications easier, more secure, more reliable and more operationally efficient, Scientific Games stated.

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