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Dunedin City Council hears both sides of gambling story

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Pleas to focus on community harm mixed with warnings of funding cuts for community sports during  the debate yesterday on the Dunedin City Council’s (New Zeeland) proposal to gradually reduce the number of gambling venues in the city.

Proposed changes to the council’s  gambling and TAB venue policy would extend South Dunedin’s sinking lid policy on poker machines to the rest of the city.

It would also ban new gambling venues and not allow existing ones to relocate.

The new approach attracted 56 submissions,  35 of which supported the change, but yesterday’s  hearing was dominated by organisations arguing against the move.

They included gaming trusts and the Class 4 Working Party, which represented 85% of gaming association venues, and  also Dunedin sports organisations worried about losing grants. Dunedin Netball volunteer and former general manager Lee-Anne Anderson said her organisation relied on such funding to cover costs, from competitions and equipment to court hire.

Without it, more costs would have to be passed on to  members, which “would definitely see a drop in participation numbers”, she said.

Sports organisations themselves could also be under threat, as $40,000 received by Dunedin Netball last year amounted to 15% of its annual income.

“That’s the difference between breaking even and a loss,” she said.

Duane Donovan, the volunteer chairman of ParaFed Otago, which supported members with physical disabilities to take part in sport, also opposed the change.

ParaFed depended on such funding for its very existence, and that was “not an exaggeration”.

The effects  of the proposed policy would be felt by sporting and welfare groups across Dunedin, he said.

Karen Shea, of the Southern Trust, said her organisation distributed just over $220,000 in  84 grants to Dunedin groups last year.

About half  went to sports groups and the rest to a mix of community organisations, but it was just a slice of the $5.8million in total gaming machine income distributed in the city last year.

Committee chairman Cr Aaron Hawkins questioned dire warnings of the effects on sports groups,  pointing out the sinking lid policy would take effect only if a venue closed and did not reopen within six months.

Putting an end to poker machines and community funding was not being proposed, and suggesting otherwise was “a bit of stretch”, he said.

Jarrod True, of the Class 4 Working Party, disagreed, saying a sinking lid policy implied a target of zero, and “that’s where you are heading”.

Nothing had happened since Dunedin’s policy was last reviewed in 2015 to justify the change, Mr True said.

Instead, while gaming machine numbers nationally had dropped in the last 15 years, problem gambling rates had remained static, he said.

Extra restrictions would push more people into online gambling, where “you can lose your home without leaving it” and money was not returned to communities, he said.

Others disagreed, including Eru Loach, of the Problem Gambling Foundation, who said the amount of money spent on poker machines was climbing.

The social problems that resulted — from crime and lost jobs to depression and suicide — meant his organisation was “flat out”.

“We are not talking about something that’s financial harm alone. It’s everything else which comes with it.”

He supported the council’s new approach and said the search for more sustainable sources of income “is the way forward” for community groups.

The hearing was adjourned and  will  resume for public deliberations on March 6.


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DraftKings joins hands with Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

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US-based DraftKings has signed an agreement with Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville, Mississippi to officially open DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook. The new facility will start functioning on 16 November 2018. The sportsbook will transform Scarlet Pearl’s existing PRL Bar into a multi-screen betting and social destination for sports lovers.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, whose leadership has a high bar for quality and a forward-thinking approach to sports betting; a perfect fit for DraftKings,” said Matt Kalish, Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of DraftKings. “We’re excited to bring and offer an innovative sports betting experience to sports fans in one of the largest and most competitive gaming markets in the U.S.”

DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook will offer a superior customer experience that includes the opportunity to wager on dozens of sports. In addition, the sportsbook will soon offer live, in-game betting with three windows, giving sports fans a variety of ways to place their bets. Pending regulatory approval, the sportsbook will incorporate on-site kiosks and an on-premise mobile app.

 “We are excited to introduce DraftKings, a ‘New Way’ to game for our current and future guests,” Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort CEO LuAnn Pappas said. “Our collaboration with DraftKings is an opportunity for us to continue to set high standards on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and give our players a new home for sports betting.”

Directing the Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook team will be Nicholas “Nico” Sfanos, who previously ran sportsbooks for Station Casinos throughout Nevada.

 

Source: 5StarMedia


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Aragon and Catalonia officials visit Zitro Games

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The high officials of Aragon and Catalonia have visited the facilities of Zitro Technological Campus in Barcelona. The visiting team was headed by the Interior Justice Director of the Government of Aragón, Ms. María Ángeles Júlvez León, and the Tax and Gambling Director of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Ms. Natalia Caba Alba. They were accompanied respectively by the Head of Authorisation and Sanctions Service Ms. Elena Pérez Aparicio and by the Gambling Deputy Director Mr. Amadeu Farré i Morel. The team examined the manufacturing process behind each product in detail.

Forming an exceptional entourage, and accompanied by Johnny Viveiros Ortiz, founder of Zitro, Manuela Jiménez, Vice President, Sebastián Salat, CEO, Marta Cuesta, Product Director, and Cristina García, Director of Institutional Relations, the authorities have visited the different departments which are located in the Zitro Technological Campus, where software development, video bingo and video slot game design and Zitro Interactive applications are carried out.

The campus, which is fully devoted to Research + Development + Innovation activities, also has state-of-the-art video and sound recording studios, as well as a plant that’s dedicated to the manufacture and quality control of Zitro and Bryke gaming machines.

Johnny Viveiros Ortiz said that “we are very grateful to the authorities for their interest in learning about our Technology Campus and we are very proud to show them our Factory of Ideas in detail, where Zitro’s great team turns them into unique experiences for players around the world, using the most advanced technology on the market.”


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From Alpha to Omega, BetConstruct chooses SiGMA

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Staying on a track of the latest regulatory and technological developments, on November 28 to 30 BetConstruct representatives travel to the capital of Malta, to participate in professional networking event SiGMA 2018.

“Malta iGaming Summit started 5 years ago, just when we established our office on the island. Since then the event has grown tremendously, just like BetConstruct, and became one of the most significant exhibitions in our busy calendar of events. Given all that plus a number of our products licensed by Malta Gaming Authority, we simply could not miss the expo.” – said Kristina Hambardzumyan, Regional Director in Malta.

To the world’s igaming village BetConstruct takes its fully-fledged white label offerings for the regulated European market. The line-up of gaming products has RNG and Live Casinos, Skill Games and Poker that has been recently added to our set of licensed products by MGA. As for betting solutions we have Sportsbook, Fantasy Sports and Virtual Sports. FeedConstruct will showcase the company’s data feed products with 4 in 1 solutions and Friendship Platform, a live video stock for federations and sporting video providers.

Alongside our standard package, the gaming products of well-known Malta-licensed casino providers are also available through our platform due to the recently granted approval from the Malta Gaming Authority.

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