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Europol Supports Portugal In Huge Operation Targeting Illicit Lotteries And Sports Betting

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The Fiscal Action Unit of the Portuguese Republican National Guard, together with the Territorial Command of Setúbal and with the support of a number of other Territorial Commands from Portugal*, as well as Luxembourg and Europol successfully carried out operation SHADOW GAME from 6 to 8 November.

 

After an investigation of 15 months, coordinated by Eurojust and Europol, participating law enforcement forces carried out 267 house searches in Portugal and 8 house searches in Luxembourg earlier this month. As a result of these, 30 individuals were arrested in Portugal, and one detained in Luxembourg in accordance with the European Arrest Warrant. EUR 576,000 have been seized in cash alongside some 3,000 computer devices used for illegal gambling, 22 firearms, 86 vehicles, including several luxury vehicles and several bank accounts resulting in the recovery of more than 6 million EUR in criminal assets. Fourteen commercial companies and 93 people from Portugal, Luxembourg, as well as Brazil and Switzerland were also indicted.

The investigation revealed a structured and hierarchical transnational criminal organisation operating in various EU Member States (Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal) and Switzerland. The criminal organisation was active in the field of servers and software for the development of games of chance, lotteries and sports betting. The purpose of the network was to obtain and maximize illicit revenues by dividing them along the chain of operators and reinvesting them in economic sectors and licit enterprises. The total amount of criminal profits obtained in Portugal and in Luxembourg is currently estimated at EUR 80 million.

Europol supported this investigation by providing on-going analytical support, organising and funding operational meetings between Portugal and Luxembourg and by deploying its staff members and mobile office capabilities to Portugal and Luxembourg during the action days to prepare and assist both country’s National Authorities with on-the-spot real time intelligence analysis, which has already allowed for the identification of new international links.

* Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Vila Real, Aveiro, Viseu, Coimbra, Guarda, Leiria, Lisbon, Évora and Faro

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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Jackpocket Announces Gaming Industry Veteran Gavin Isaacs as Senior Board Advisor at Betting on Sports America

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Jackpocket, a mobile-first startup helping to modernize state lotteries, proudly appointed Gavin Isaacs as a senior advisor to its board of directors. Isaacs is currently the chairman of SBTech, a sports betting and gaming technology supplier, which he joined in January 2019 after serving as the president and CEO of Scientific Games.

Isaacs will work with Jackpocket’s board, which includes investor partners from Silicon Valley-based BlueRun Ventures and Conductive Ventures, New York-based Subversive Capital, and the executive team, to help set growth strategy and guide the mobile lottery startup’s expansion to new jurisdictions in 2019 and beyond.

“It’s been so thrilling to witness Jackpocket’s evolution over the last few years, and to see it fully embrace all of its hurdles and turn them into opportunities for creating a better lottery experience,” said Mr. Isaacs. “It’s an exciting road ahead, and I’m eager to do my part to help the team navigate regulated spaces and shape new strategies for modernizing the industry.”

Based in Las Vegas, Isaacs brings 20 years of experience building multi-billion dollar businesses around the world, which includes leadership positions as COO of Bally Technologies, CEO of SHFL Entertainment (acquired by Bally Technologies) and president of Aristocrat. An Australia native, he started his career as a commercial real estate lawyer in Sydney before transitioning to the gaming industry.

“We’re fortunate to be in a position where we can be really thoughtful about who we have in our court, as we fortify our leadership position as a gaming technology company in a changing industry,” said Jackpocket Founder and CEO Peter Sullivan. “With lotteries and iGaming undergoing such rapid transformation, and in many cases starting to converge, we know that Gavin will bring valuable counsel and foresight in making more inroads for our growth.”

Jackpocket’s leadership team along with Mr. Isaacs are in attendance at this year’s Betting on Sports America, and available to discuss the announcement and their plans for 2019 with attending media. Jackpocket, which raised a Series B round of funding in October 2018, plans to make its flagship app, which lets players order official state lottery tickets, available in 10 states by the end of the year.

 

About Jackpocket:

Jackpocket is the first third-party app in the U.S. that offers players a secure way to order official state lottery tickets, such as Powerball, Mega Millions and more. As a no-cost, no-integration, turnkey platform, Jackpocket helps lotteries drive incremental revenue—benefiting essential state programs such as public education, veterans assistance, natural resources and more—while attracting new customers like millennials who otherwise would not be active lottery players.

Jackpocket’s mission is to create a more convenient, fun and responsible way to play the lottery. Through the app, players can place orders for their favorite games, check lottery results, join lottery pools with other Jackpocket players, and turn on autoplay so they never miss a drawing. And by being the first company to automatically lock a player’s identity to their ticket serial number, Jackpocket makes the lottery even more secure. Jackpocket is currently available in Minnesota, New Hampshire and Texas, and expanding to many new markets in 2019.

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SPIRIT GAMING Signs Partnership Deal with Moniko

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SPIRIT GAMING from Germany has signed an agreement with Macedonia based TITO ticket specialist, Moniko, to bring its high-quality tickets to Austria, Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland and The Netherlands. The contract was officially signed during the ICE exhibition in London by both company owners.

Moniko is the only manufacturer of slot tickets in Europe. This guarantees less delivery time and transport cost to European companies. Standard tickets are available from stock.

“We are very excited to be an exclusive partner for Moniko. We look for partners that innovate and wish to bring new solutions to the industry. Moniko fits the bill perfectly. The German paper quality is just one example of the difference Moniko makes to slot tickets. The environmental benefits, especially in times when climate change is being discussed all over the world, play an important role as Moniko is the only European manufacturer of TITO tickets,” commented Frank Ziegler, founder and CEO of SPIRIT GAMING.

“SPIRIT GAMING is making a name for itself in the European gaming market and not just in its home country of Germany. We need strong partners who know and understand the market and can anticipate and lead change. We wish the team at SPIRIT GAMING every success,” added Vladimir Kjurchiev, owner and CEO of Moniko.

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Reflex Gaming’s B3 offering set to ‘level the playing field’

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As the impact of this year’s FOBT stake reduction begins to be felt across the wider UK amusement and gaming industry, the independent games creator Reflex Gaming continues to deliver on its strategic development across both the digital and bricks-and-mortar space as it broadens its B3 offering via the Genesis menu housed in the state-of-the-art GamePro cabinet.

Commenting on the menu’s successful integration within the AGC market, Mat Ingram, Chief Product Officer at Reflex, said: “As a relative newcomer to the B3 market it is sometimes difficult for us to get traction in an AGC market that is already well-supplied by the incumbent providers. However, our Genesis menu and GamePro cabinet combo along with our highly-functional Slingshot ecosystem has given players something a little different and is continuing to deliver for operators. The effective removal of B2 games from LBO venues does “level the playing field” somewhat but the mid-to-long term effects of this are yet to be understood. Certainly, Reflex feel that we are well-placed to become a key supplier to the new B3 landscape and our development roadmap reflects this.”

While Reflex aim to maximise player satisfaction, the company also keeps operators at the forefront of its machine design and has been analysing the profitably of grouping B3s to enhance the machines capabilities on premise. Ingram continued: “There’s no doubt that our B3 machines perform much better in groups. This isn’t peculiar to Reflex machines, it’s just how it works. The presence you create by banking multiple machines outweighs the sum of the parts, and we have certainly found this to be true for GamePro. It is much easier to ignore a single machine in a busy AGC, particularly as these tend to be put on the end of banks of other machines or in a corner away from the main traffic. Banking machines also helps with the Community games as these are a lot more effective when the players are adjacent to one another.”

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