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AGTech Wins Technical Service Bid For Jiangsu Virtual Football Game For the Next Five Years

Zoltan Tundik

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AGTech Holdings Limited (“AGTech” or the “Company”, HKEX stock code: 8279) is delighted to announce that Asia Gaming Technologies (Beijing) Co., Ltd., which is a subsidiary owned as to 51% by the Group, has won the technical service tender to provide construction and development of virtual football game management system to Jiangsu Sports Lottery Administration Center (“Jiangsu SLAC”), and to set up a local technical service team to be responsible for the virtual football system installation, commissioning, third-party testing, daily operation, maintenance and product update. The service term of the project is 5 years, the project will be officially launched upon the service agreement is signed by both parties.

This successful bid is another major business development of our group in Jiangsu Province, a major sports lottery province. In 2017, Jiangsu became the first province in China to achieve RMB 20 billion in annual lottery sales, and the virtual football game made quite an important contribution. In the past three years, the game’s sales volume has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 63%, much higher than the annual compound growth rate of the national lottery market.

John Sun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AGTech, said, “Once again we are pleased to  reach a cooperation with Jiangsu SLAC and continue to supply virtual football game for the next five years and provide entertainment for domestic lottery customers. Virtual football game has been launched in Jiangsu Province for five years and was well received by the market. This winning bid indicates that the maturity, reliability and after-sales service of AGTech’s series of virtual sports products have been widely recognized, we are very excited that AGTech’s brand has been deeply rooted. Our group has always been aiming to promote innovation and healthy development of the industry. We look forward to promoting virtual football and other diverse virtual sports games to the whole country, to consolidate the industry’s leading position and serve the national sports and public welfare.”

Virtual football (e-Ball Lottery) joined the Group’s exceptionally popular and highly successful Lucky Racing game as one of the only two nationally-approved, rapid-draw, fixed-odds virtual sports lottery games in China. Televised in sports lottery stores, virtual football offers customers cutting edge graphics, exciting audio commentary and provides similar betting types to another popular fixed odds sports lottery product, JingCai, such as: half time and full time outcome (win, lose, draw); correct score; total goals and accumulators. All bets offer players a most delightful fixed odds payout (i.e. not pool betting).

With the significant scale of lottery sales in Jiangsu Province, combined with Alibaba Group’s vast offline retail network, and our expertise and experience in lottery channel business, technology and data services, this continued cooperation with Jiangsu SLAC will help to further improve the overall consumption pattern and experience of sports lottery products, and promote the development of the lottery industry.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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9stacks Launches Pokerface With Gopal Datt: India’s First Poker Chat Show

George Miller

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9stacks Launches Pokerface With Gopal Datt: India's First Poker Chat Show
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Pokerface with Gopal Datt is a first-of-its-kind poker chat show which celebrates the lives and stories of poker players. This first episode can be watched on the 9stacks YouTube Channel here. Episode 2 of the series was released on Friday, 17th May 2019, on the 9stacks YouTube channel. The episode that has Datt interview poker heavyweight Deepak Bothraand TVF Bachelors fame Badri Chavan, can be watched here.

The twist is that each episode features one actor/celebrity and one poker player, and gets both to spill the beans about their journey to fame and fortune. In a fun way, this draws parallels between the featured celebrities and poker players and celebrates the achievements of both guests.

The first episode of the show, hosted by Gopal Datt (the Internet’s very own funny man), features Amol Parashar, of TVF Tripling fame, and one of India’s top poker players Nishant Sharma. Last year Nishant won the highest ever prize money by an Indian poker player at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas.

Nishant, along with fellow poker pro Vivek Rughani, was part of the 9stacks Team India at the World Series of Poker and they became the first two Indians to enter the top 100 in the prestigious WSOP Main Event. Read the article here.

In the episode, Nishant speaks candidly about achieving his poker dreams and how he became a ‘Hero’ for other players in the industry. Many players now come to him for advice on their gameplay and some even ask him for selfies. His ‘Bina Darre’ playing style has won many hearts.

Nishant is accompanied by the celebrated actor Amol Parashar, who is also an avid poker player himself. An IIT Delhi alumnus, Amol was always into acting and was very interested in theatre. Amol recalled how his poker skills helped him sniff out a bluff early in his career: “Once I was offered a film with big casts like Mr. Amitabh Bachhan, Naseeruddin ShahSharman Joshi. Since I was new in the industry, I was asked to attend the workshop for the same where I was asked to pay Rs. 15,000 as room rent. I couldnt help but smell a bluff there. I mean, after all, if they were such a big film company, they surely wouldn’t ask me to pay Rs. 15,000 to book a room to rehearse in, right?”

Many more revelations came in the rapid fire segment of the show where the answers were ‘rapid and full of fire’. Unlike Koffee with Karan, the guests here got a lot of love instead of hampers!

 

Source: 9stacks

 

About 9stacks:

9stacks is India’s fastest growing online poker platform which provides a fun gaming experience with its easy-to-use interface, fastest withdrawals, attractive promotions and leaderboard prizes.

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Interblock Renews its ETG Lease Deal with PAGCOR for an additional 3 Years

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Interblock Renews its ETG Lease Deal with PAGCOR for an additional 3 Years
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Luxury gaming manufacturer and electronic table game (ETG) market leader Interblock® announced the renewal of its ETG lease deal with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) for another 3 years via its long term partnership with Indepth Insights Inc. (Indepth).

Interblock together with its local agent, Indepth, inked the very first ETG revenue-share lease deal with PAGCOR in June of 2015 at 12 PAGCOR operated casinos for a period of 3 years. As part of the deal Interblock supplied, installed and maintained 192 G5 Diamond play stations with fully automated Roulette and video Baccarat Stadiums. At the end of December 2018 the total number of seats had increased to 204 G5 Diamond play stations spanning across 14 PAGCOR operated casinos throughout major cities in the Philippines.

Interblock’s President of Asia Pacific, Michael Hu, said: “The revenue generated from our first installations had increased strongly from month to month through our continuous performance appraisals. It is with great honor that through our partnership with Indepth and PAGCOR and their continued support of our ETG products we have been able to extend the lease agreement for another 3 years, through January of 2019. This is a win-win partnership combination.”

 

About Interblock

Interblock® is a worldwide leading developer and supplier of luxury electronic table gaming products. Its multi-player gaming devices set industry standards and provide the ultimate in luxury interactive entertainment experiences. The Interblock brand is globally recognized for diamond quality gaming solutions and technical support in more than 200 jurisdictions. Interblock’s exclusive collection of fully and semi-automated electronic gaming tables and video gaming solutions provide casinos, arcades and gambling halls with superior product performance and their guests with an unforgettable gaming experience.

 

 About PAGCOR:

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is a 100% government owned and controlled corporation under the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines through the Presidential Decree 1067-A.  This was in response for the Philippines Government to put a stop to the growing proliferation of illegal casino operations in various parts of the country.  The law creating PAGCOR was later amended and consolidated under PD 1869 otherwise known as the PAGCOR Charter.  In June 2007, Republic Act No. 9487 was passed by the Philippines Congress, extending the corporate life by 25 years, renewable for another 25 years.  Currently, PAGCOR operates 9 casino branches and 31 satellite casinos in major cities across the country’s three major islands.  For more information, visit http://www.pagcor.ph.

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MGM Resorts and Orix announces formal bid for Osaka IR

Niji Narayan

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MGM Resorts and Orix Announces formal bid for Osaka IR
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MGM Resorts International, the US casino operator, is going to develop an IR in Osaka with the local partner Orix.

Osaka prefecture and city is aiming to open an IR in 2024, with the public offering for submission of a concept starts on 24 April. Participant registration will remain open until 24 May with the formal offering for bidders to take place in the Fall. The winning bid is expected to be announced in Spring.

“We are hoping to see many Kansai corporations participate in our business effort, regardless of their size, in order to express the local flavor,” Ed Bowers, CEO of MGM Resorts Japan said.

He describes Orix as “an excellent company deeply rooted in Kansai. Their passion really stood out in their research and study of an IR.”

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