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European Casino Association Elects New Board


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The European Casino Association (ECA) has elected a new Board of Directors. Voting took place at the ECA General Assembly, held on June 28 via video conference.

The ECA General Assembly voting results:

Chair: Per Jaldung (CEO, Casino Cosmopol – Sweden)

Vice Chair: Pascal Camia (Executive Vice President of the Gaming Activity, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer)

Vice Chair: Bettina Glatz-Kremsner (General Director Casinos Austria AG and Austrian Lotteries)

Treasurer: Thomas Schenk (Chief Compliance Officer, Deutscher Spielbankenverband e.V.)

Board Member: Guido Berghmans (Director-General, CASINO 2OOO – Luxembourg)

Board Member: Laurent Lassiaz (CEO, JOA Group – France)

Board Member: Marc Friedrich (Director, Swiss Casino Federation)

Board Member: Erwin Van Lambaart (CEO, Holland Casino)

Board Member: Domi De Wilde (Belgian Casino Association)

Board Member: Tiina Siltanen (General Manager, Casino Helsinki)

Votes from the General Assembly have been gathered and for the first time two vice chairs have joined the ECA Board. Bettina Glatz-Kremser doubles down on her former Board Member role by joining Pascal Camia to confidently steer the direction of the association. Thomas Schenk has been re-elected as ECA Treasurer for an additional term and the ECA extended a warm welcome to three new Board Members, Erwin van Lambaart, CEO Holland Casino, Domi De Wilde, Belgian Casino Association and Tiina Siltanen, General Manager, Casino Helsinki.

“The ECA is delighted to welcome three new members to the Board at this year’s General Assembly. The breadth of experience and knowledge that every Board Member brings to their role is vital for the recovery of the land-based casino sector, and I am very grateful to Domi, Tiina and Erwin for committing their time and energy to the ECA. And I am especially pleased that Bettina Glatz-Kremsner has stepped into the Vice Chair role alongside Pascal Camia. Having the ability to call upon two such dedicated and experienced casino industry professionals is an invaluable resource for the ECA,” Per Jaldung said.

“I am honoured by the faith and trust placed in me by the ECA membership. I look forward to fulfilling my additional duties as Vice Chair during this exceptionally difficult period for the land-based casino sector as we meet and adapt to the challenges of sustainability, responsibility, safety and inclusion,” Bettina Glatz-Kremsner said.

The ECA also thanked its partners and sponsors for their unstinting support of the association during the ongoing crisis.

“I would like to thank all of our partners and sponsors for their continued support of the ECA during the exceptional circumstances of the past year. As the European Casino Association continues to grow both in numbers and relevance, the support of our partners enables us to continue to provide a unified voice for the land-based casino sector that is heard at all levels of government, resonates with regulators and legislative bodies, and supports the message that this sector makes a valuable contribution to the local communities in which we operate. I would further like to thank all our members for their participation in the General Assembly and for their continued support throughout the year,” Hermann Pamminger, said.

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Dallmeier Shortlisted for the European Casino Awards 2023

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Dallmeier, an expert in video technology for casinos, has been shortlisted in two categories for the upcoming European Casino Awards 2023, its Panomera W8 360° cameras as “Best new innovative product” and Casino Automation Technology CAT as “Best table gaming product”.

The Panomera W8 is a 360° camera with 4K resolution ensuring complete 360° coverage without a “blind spot” below the camera. Six sensors are arranged in a circle, a seventh sensor covers the overall scene and an eighth sensor captures the blind spot below the camera. From these eight images, the software then stitches a complete image of the half-sphere around the camera location that has been captured without gaps. Within this overview image, multiple operators can open any number of detail areas with a mouse-click and zoom in and move around in these areas as if it was a PTZ cam.

Casino operators who use such systems report that they regularly reduce the time needed from the detection of an incident to the resolution – e.g., by catching an offender – by a factor of up to 10 or more.

Furthermore, the overall costs for monitoring the gaming floor are reduced. Although the costs per camera are higher than a PTZ system, far fewer cameras need to be installed. The resulting savings in installation, infrastructure, and maintenance as well as in operation itself outweigh the additional costs for the cameras themselves.

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Gaming Innovation Group: Share issue

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Reference is made to the announcement from Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) on 15 December 2022 regarding the acquisition of casino affiliate websites Askgamblers.com, Johnslots.com, Newcasinos.com and several smaller domains from Catena Media Plc.

As stated in the announcement, GiG will finance part of the initial consideration through a share issue and the Board of Directors has approved commitments of EUR 10.2 million from a group of investors to finance the equity part of the acquisition. Pursuant to agreed terms, the share price has been set to NOK 25.61, which represent a discount of 2.6% from the volume-weighted average share price for the GiG share so far in 2023.

4,267,112 new shares will be issued, and the number of outstanding shares will increase by 3.5%, from 122,786,526 to 127,053,638. The new shares are expected to be issued and admitted to trading next week and will be issued under the Company’s 150,000,000 authorized shares.

Closing of the acquisition is expected by end of January 2023.

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Euromat Adds Spain to its Growing Membership

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The European federation of gaming machine trade associations, Euromat, has added Spain to its membership.

The organisation has welcomed the Club de Convergentes as its 14th country member. Novomatic, Merkur, Zitro, Aristocrat and Bally Wulff are among the Club de Convergentes’ members.

Euromat now covers 11 countries and has nine corporate members. Last year it added Serbia and three new corporates into its membership.

Bernhard Teuchmann, president of the Club de Convergentes, said: “Joining Euromat and collaborating more closely with our colleagues across Europe reflects our desire to continue to grow our sector responsibly and ensure that we have the best possible offer for our customers.

“We want to play our role in helping to raise the standards for our industry across Europe and learn from the experience of others.”

Euromat president Jason Frost said: “Having the Club de Convergentes in Euromat is a vote of confidence in our association and its capacity to benefit its members.

“The Club de Convergentes shares our belief that our industry is stronger when working together to share knowledge and expertise, while always making the case with policymakers for a better business environment.”

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