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Responsible Gambling Week Launches Across The UK And Ireland

George Miller



Responsible Gambling Week Launches Across The UK And Ireland
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The biggest ever industry-wide campaign to promote responsible gambling is under way today (November 1), involving every major operator in the UK and Ireland.

More than 127,000 staff at over 11,000 gambling venues and online sites in the UK and Ireland are taking part in Responsible Gambling Week, triggering a national conversation with customers and their friends and families about what it means to gamble responsibly.

The campaign is being strongly supported by all major operators and the hashtag #RGWeek18 had already garnered more than 2.3million impressions 48 hours before the campaign’s official launch.

Leading football clubs have also lent their support to the campaign. Last weekend, Premier Leaque club Crystal Palace played an #RGWeek18 video in the fan zone and on the big screen during its televised match against Arsenal and carried advertising in the match programme while Sky Bet Championship club Middlesbrough carried responsible gambling messages on the big screen and LED screens during its televised match against Derby County. Other clubs which have already announced their support include West Ham, whose players wore Responsible Gambling Week training tops before their Carbao Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur, and Swansea City, whose shirts will feature the campaign logo for their match against Rotherham this weekend.

The English Football League has written to all its 72 clubs asking them to back the campaign and responsible gambling messages and videos are being shared on their social channels.

Responsible Gambling Week is also supported by The Racecourse Association and the British Horse Racing Association. Responsible gambling messages will be displayed at several meetings, including at Ascot on November 3rd where every runner in the televised 3pm race will have Bet With Ascot/ RGW saddle cloths and the winner’s podium and parade ring will carry responsible gambling artwork, animated videos will be played on the big screen and staff will wear responsible gambling badges. Other racecourses supporting the campaign, including Chester and Bangor-on-Dee, and advertising will be carried in all race cards.

The campaign is being run by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), which through its member trade associations, encompasses all sectors of the gambling industry: online, amusement arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers and casinos. The week runs from November 1-7, and for the first time also includes Ireland, where the campaign will be supported by more than 800 bookmakers, and by the Irish Amusements Trade Association, Horse Racing Ireland, Irish Greyhound Board and the Irish Greyhound and Horse Racing Tote.

The theme of the week is ‘Let’s Talk About Responsible Gambling’ and, at every gambling venue, responsible gambling literature will be made available to customers, designed to trigger conversations about how to keep gambling fun and safe. Customers who need further help or information will be signposted to GambleAware. Among the activities taking place during the week are training and advice sessions being run by GamCare in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Leeds and Hull for professionals who work with younger people and parents.

Responsible gambling messages will also be delivered on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the #RGWeek18 hashtag. A dedicated website has been created for the event

John Hagan, Chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, said: “The aim of the week is to spark a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly, conversations between operators and their customers, between customers and their family and friends and between industry stakeholders. The fact that every sector of the industry has come together to drive this campaign, which has been a year in the planning, and agree common messaging tells its own story. By speaking together with one voice, they can have maximum impact”.

Sharon Byrne, Chairperson of the Irish Bookmakers Association, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the IGRG and joining their Responsible Gambling Week. Merging both campaigns can only help to increase the impact and reach of the campaign and reach of the campaign and ensure maximum coverage for the week.”

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Rapid growth leads to office move for Altenar

George Miller



Rapid growth leads to office move for Altenar
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Leading sportsbook platform provider Altenar on June 12 celebrated the opening of its new office in Malta with a party attended by a large number of the island’s gaming professionals.

The event featured a jazz band and was catered by restaurant Ali Baba.

Altenar’s relocation to the Pendergardens Business Centre from its previous office in Sliema became necessary due to the company’s outstanding growth over the past few years.

Its headcount has risen from just 26 employees in 2016 to more than 100 today across its three locations in Malta, Greece and Russia.

Altenar has also doubled its revenues each year from 2016 to 2018, and already 2019 has seen a number of exciting launches for the company. These include its first regulated Swedish client launch with Lucky Casino in May, as well as its entry into Romania with Red Sevens in January.

Domenico Mazzola, Commercial Director at Altenar, said: “We are very proud of our phenomenal success over the past few years and look forward to expanding further in future. Our new office in Malta gives us space to continue to grow and we will shortly start the hiring process to ensure we have the right people to help us do so.

“This year has seen a number of exciting developments for Altenar and we have a number of new launches coming up imminently.”


About Altenar:
Altenar is a leading provider of sportsbook software and services to gaming operators. Its clients include, the dominant sportsbook operator in the regulated Colombian market, Betrebels in Greece, Winbet in Bulgaria and Betbiga in Nigeria.
It offers an extensive range of markets and sports, with its premium data package from Betradar enhanced further by the recent addition of the Betgenius live events portfolio.

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Microgaming Launches Ruby Casino Queen

Niji Narayan



Microgaming - Ruby Casino Queen
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Microgaming, one of the leading software providers to the online gambling industry, has launched Ruby Casino Queen, developed exclusively by Just For The Win. This luxurious five-reel, 20-payline slot transports players into a glamorous world of riches. Ruby Casino Queen features respins, free spins and three types of wilds, all accompanied by sumptuous sounds and dazzling graphics.

In Ruby Casino Queen, wins are awarded when three or more successive matching symbols appear from left to right. When a player lands a free spin symbol on reels two, three and four, a magnificent nine free spins are awarded. In free spins, players can expect all the thrills of the casino floor, with Sticky Wilds and a 2x multiplier on all wins.

“Just For The Win have once again created an outstanding gaming experience, combining exquisite graphics with sophisticated features in Ruby Casino Queen. The second chance respin feature adds an extra level of excitement, while the 6x multiplier maximising potential rewards. Players can experience the true essence of casino elegance, along with all the action that can lead to big wins,” Jagoda Barber, Head of Games at Microgaming said.

“We are thrilled to serve up a slice of casino royalty in Ruby Casino Queen, our latest title developed exclusively for Microgaming. Exhilarating mechanics combine with awesome aesthetics to deliver the ultimate casino experience. Players can feel like a high roller brushing their chips across the velvety felt tops of casino tables, with our casino queen Ruby leading the way towards big wins,” Johan Persson, CEO at Just For The Win said.

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Intralot Announces New Board Of Directors For Its U.S. Subsidiary

George Miller



Intralot Announces New Board Of Directors For Its Us Subsidiary
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INTRALOT announces the appointment of a new Board of Directors at its fully owned US subsidiary, INTRALOT Inc. to include three new Independent Directors.

  • Ambassador (Ret.) Thomas Miller, Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Director
  • Mr. Daniel Rappaport, Non-Executive Vice-Chairman and Independent Director
  • Mr. Nicholas Mitropoulos, Independent Director
  • Mr. Byron Boothe, Director and Interim CEO, INTRALOT Inc.
  • Mr. Nikolaos Nikolakopoulos, Director and INTRALOT Group Deputy CEO

INTRALOT Group Chairman and CEO Mr. Sokratis Kokkalis stated: “I am very pleased to welcome three very senior Independent Directors at the Board of INTRALOT Inc. joining a very experienced team, in support of our efforts to strengthen corporate governance as a driver for growth and customer satisfaction.”

Thomas Miller is a former American diplomat and three-times U.S. Ambassador, including ambassadorships in Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and as Cyprus negotiator. He has also served as CEO of Plan International, a UK-based NGO, working to help children in developing countries; President/CEO of International Executive Services Corps (IESC); President of the United Nations Association; Chairman of the International Commission of Missing Persons (ICMP); and a board member of The Partnership for a Secure America. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Daniel Rappaport has served as Chairman of the Board/CEO of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX); member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC); and member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Global Markets Advisory Committee. He served as a board member of the Futures Industry Institute, a trustee on the Board of Trustees of New York Law School, and as an appointment of the Governor of the State of Connecticut on the board of directors of Connecticut Innovations.

Nicholas Mitropoulos is a political and business consultant who has previously worked with the Monitor Company. He served as Executive Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, was the Director of the Forum at the Kennedy School, as well as Deputy Director of Institute of Politics at Harvard.

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