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The market responds about PASPA ruling

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Gambling operators, sports leagues and organisations have made a response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).  William Hill publicizing it plans to launch in New Jersey “as soon as responsibly possible.”

The country’s Supreme Court has lifted federal ban on sports betting in the US by a vote of 7-2 on Monday.

The federal 1992 PASPA had blocked states except Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana from offering regulated sports betting.

New Jersey strived many years to revoke the ban, highlighting the prevalence of illegal sports betting across the US as one of its main arguments.

Philip Bowcock, the chief executive of William Hill, reacted positively to the ruling that the company will now pursue its plans to launch sports betting services in New Jersey.

 “This is a landmark moment for sports betting and for William Hill,” Bowcock said in a statement.

“Now, all attention shifts to the states, where steps have already been taken to prepare for this day.”

“Legalised sports betting means that consumers and sports leagues will have greater protection, states will benefit from the raising of taxes and there is the potential for over 100,000 jobs to be created.”

Elsewhere, daily fantasy sports firm DraftKings, which went public this year with its plans to expand into sports betting should New Jersey succeed in its bid, is also eyeing up a swift roll-out.

Jason Robins, chief executive of DraftKings, told Fox Business: “We’ll be ready; hopefully, we’ll be one of the first ones in.”

“Almost 80% of our customers today say they already bet illegally on the black market with sports; now we just have to convince them they are going to have a better time doing it with us.”

“When it’s regulated, we actually have rules around knowing your customers, making sure we have limits in place, making sure that people who want to self-exclude can self-exclude.”

FanDuel, a rival of DraftKings, also issued a statement praising the decision and reiterating its plans to launch its own sports betting services.

The statement read: “This decision allows us to bring the passion and engagement we have seen among our users to new and expanded marketplaces and create a sports betting product that fans will love.”

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which is already active in sports betting in Nevada, also hailed the news, with president and chief executive Mark Frissora saying: “The Supreme Court’s landmark PASPA ruling creates a golden opportunity to end illegal sports wagering once and for all by creating a well-regulated alternative that sports fans can trust.”

“As a result, we expect to be able to provide safe, exciting sports wagering experiences to consumers across the country, as we do today in Nevada.”

However, there has been a somewhat mixed response from the sports leagues that had supported the expansion of legalised sports betting, but to also uphold integrity within their various competitions.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) had both stated their backing for a wider market but called for a refreshed federal framework to be out in place.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said: “We remain in favour of a federal framework that would provide a uniform approach to sports gambling in states that choose to permit it, but we will remain active in ongoing discussions with state legislatures.”

“Regardless of the particulars of any future sports betting law, the integrity of our game remains our highest priority.”

MLB also said: “As each state considers whether to allow sports betting, we will continue to seek the proper protections for our sport, in partnership with other professional sports.”

“Our most important priority is protecting the integrity of our games; we will continue to support legislation that creates air-tight coordination and partnerships between the state, the casino operators and the governing bodies in sports toward that goal.”

The National Football League and the National Hockey League also issued similar statements urging for federal law to be put in place, while the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) had been opposed to an expanded market and had urged the court to maintain the federal law.

The NFL said: “Congress has long-recognised the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events.”

“Given that history, we intend to call on Congress again, this time to enact a core regulatory framework for legalised sports betting.”

The NHL added: “The Supreme Court’s decision paves the way to an entirely different landscape – one in which we have not previously operated. We will review our current practices and policies and decide whether adjustments are needed, and if so, what those adjustments will look like.”

Source: igamingbusiness.com

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Inspired Announces Two New Board Members

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Desiree Rogers and Steve Saferin Named to Board of Directors

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2018 – Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) announces the appointment of Desiree Rogers and Steve Saferin to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.  These appointments fill two vacancies on the Board and bring the total number of Board members to seven.

“We welcome Desiree Rogers and Steve Saferin to the board as new independent directors and look forward to the value their leadership will bring,” said Lorne Weil, Executive Chairman of Inspired Entertainment.  “As we continue our focus on North American expansion, the depth of knowledge and relevant experience of both Desiree and Steve will provide valuable perspective.

“Desiree is an accomplished business leader, a former Illinois Lottery Director, and an experienced Board member in both the public and nonprofit sector.  We are confident that Inspired will benefit from her insights, business acumen and counsel.

“Steve is a renowned innovator, having been recognized by the Lottery Hall of Fame for inventing and implementing licensed games in the lottery industry.  His creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and demonstrated track record are sure to be assets for our Company.”

Desiree Rogers was the Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, a lifestyle company inspired by the African American experience, from August 2010 until May 2017. In 2016, Ms. Rogers sold the media assets of the company. Since May 2013, Ms. Rogers has served as the Chair of the Chicago tourism bureau, Choose Chicago.

Ms. Rogers joined Johnson Publishing Company after serving as the White House Social Secretary for President Obama from January 2009 to April 2010.  During her illustrious career, she held several leadership positions at Allstate Corporation and Peoples Energy Corporation (a public company acquired by Integrys Energy Group) and served as the Director of the Illinois Lottery from 1991 to 1997.

She currently serves on the boards of two public companies, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and MDC Partners Inc She also serves on the board of DonorsChoose, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the Economic Club, the Commercial Club and World Business Chicago. She has also served on the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield, and as the Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry. She has an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Steven Saferin founded Media Drop-In Productions (later named MDI Entertainment) in 1986, a licensed lottery games and promotions business, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2003, when he sold the company to Scientific Games Corporation. Following the sale, Mr. Saferin continued to lead MDI as a division president and also assumed the position of Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games in 2009 until his retirement in 2016.

Prior to founding MDI, Mr. Saferin was the Director of Program Acquisitions at ESPN from 1982 to 1986 and served as a vice president with Viacom Communications and an assistant vice president with Warner Amex Cable from 1978 to 1982. Mr. Saferin was an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission and for Viacom International Inc. between 1974 and 1978.

Mr. Saferin serves on the Dean’s advisory committees for the School of Communication at American University and for the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He has a journalism degree from American University. He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland. He has been recognized by the Lottery Hall of Fame for innovations in lottery advertising and the invention and implementation of licensed games in the lottery industry.

About Inspired Entertainment, Inc.
Inspired is a global games technology company, supplying Virtual Sports, Mobile Gaming and Server Based Gaming systems with associated terminals and digital content to regulated lottery, betting and gaming operators around the world. Inspired currently operates approximately 30,000 digital gaming terminals and supplies its Virtual Sports products through more than 40,000 retail channels and over 100 websites, in approximately 35 gaming jurisdictions worldwide. Inspired employs approximately 800 employees in the UK and elsewhere, developing and operating digital games and networks. Additional information can be found at www.inseinc.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “plan”, “outlook”, and “project” and other similar expressions that indicate future events or trends or are not statements of historical matters. These statements are based on our management’s current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events.

Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside of our control and all of which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date, and we do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements can be found in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our current reports on Form 8-K, which are available, free of charge, on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on our site at www.inseinc.com.

Contact:
Aimee Remey
Aimee.remey@inseinc.com
+1 646 620-6737

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AGS Announces Agreement with PokerStars Play to Provide Social White-Label Casino

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LAS VEGASAug. 21, 2018 – PlayAGS, Inc. (NYSE: AGS) (“AGS” or the “Company”), a leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table games, and interactive products and services for the gaming industry, today announced that it entered an agreement to provide AGS’s Social White-Label Casino (“Social WLC“) to PokerStars Play, the play-money and social gaming brand of The Stars Group, as part of its slot-focused social casino portfolio. The Stars Group is a leading provider of technology-based products and services in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries.

PokerStars Play will deploy AGS’s Social WLC, a powerful, turn-key mobile and web casino solution that delivers an interactive social gaming experience which players can enjoy at home, work, and on-the-go through iOS or Android devices and via the web.

Lloyd Melnick, Director of Social Gaming at PokerStars, said, “When we had the opportunity to work with AGS to extend our social casino portfolio, we were impressed with their proven, high-performing land-based content and broad range of non-slots games.  Their offering is a good fit with what our existing customers are looking for and we are excited to offer our community of millions of registered players an incredible AGS experience.”

AGS President and Chief Executive Officer David Lopez said, “It is an honor and an important milestone in the growth of our AGS Interactive business that The Stars Group, one of the largest online gaming businesses in the world, with millions of registered players, selected us to power their first social casino focused on slot content following their incredible success in online poker. We feel confident that this is just the beginning of our relationship with The Stars Group as we deliver a large library of proven social and land-based slot content through our Social WLC.

The AGS Social WLC delivers over 40 proven land-based and social slot games along with popular in-app features like tournaments, live events, charms, progressive jackpots, and VIP status. Social WLCstrengthens player relationships through highly segmented in-app messaging and push notifications and offers more monetization opportunities through targeted promotions and live events. Deep analytics, live operations, promotions, live events, and VIP management help ensure a solid, secure and long-lasting revenue stream.

About AGS
AGS is a global company focused on creating a diverse mix of entertaining gaming experiences for every kind of player. Our roots are firmly planted in the Class II Native American gaming market, but our customer-centric culture and growth have helped us branch out to become a leading all-inclusive commercial gaming supplier. Powered by high-performing Class II and Class III slot products, an expansive table products portfolio, highly rated social casino solutions for players and operators, and best-in-class service, we offer an unmatched value proposition for our casino partners. Learn more about us at www.playags.com.

AGS Contact:

Julia BoguslawskiChief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Investor Relations
702-301-6090 Mobile
jboguslawski@PlayAGS.com

The Stars Group Contact:

press@pokerstars.com

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Eclipse Gaming’s Arcadia Select™ Multi-Game Delivers Greater Game Variety for Players Without Increasing Space on the Casino Floor

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Aug, 2018 –– Eclipse Gaming, a leading provider of innovative games and systems to the global gaming industry, announced the release of its new Arcadia SelectTM Multi-Game Series, an exciting collection of player-favorite games in a multi-game format. Arcadia Select effectively solves the operator’s challenge of how to expand the game mix for better player engagement, without the need for more gaming floor space.

The Arcadia Select series is a compilation of nine top-performing classic titles – including Big and Bad™, Ragin’ Bull™, and Lightning Strikes Twice™ – centralized on Eclipse Gaming’s premium Saros cabinet. Featuring striking high definition graphics, player-selected denominations and a quick load time, Arcadia Select allows casino operators to choose the number of games and theme types to offer players in a multi-game format on a single gaming machine.

“Eclipse’s Arcadia Select Multi-Game allows casinos with limited floor space the ability to increase the game variety for the player without adding machines to their floor,” noted Abhinay Bhagavatula, Eclipse Gaming’s Vice President of Engineering and Products. “The entire player experience is improved with more options – from two to six unique games in one cabinet. The multi-game format allows the player to select the game they want to play without having to move from one gaming machine to another.”

This series features proven titles including Fire™, a game that puts players in the hot seat with the chance to win on fifty lines; Wild Hot™, featuring a scorching Free Spin Bonus that awards up to fifty free spins; Lightning Strikes Twice™, a theme that defies elemental logic and leaves players in awe; Big and Bad™, a new twist on a treasured childhood tale; Ragin’ Bull™, where players grab the bull by the horns; and Wicked Mad Hot™ the fiery free spin game that all players love. Additional player-favorite titles in the Arcadia Select collection include Blazing Wilds™, Highway Hogs™ and Volcano Shakedown™.

Arcadia Select is the latest addition to Eclipse Gaming’s portfolio of top performing games.

 

About Eclipse Gaming:
Eclipse Gaming is a leading supplier of innovative games and systems for the global gaming industry. The company operates primarily in the Native American gaming markets in the U.S., as well as select commercial and international jurisdictions. Eclipse Gaming designs, manufactures and markets top performing games, local, mystery and multi-level progressives, and slot management systems. For more information, visit www.eclipsegamingsystems.com

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