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Canadian Gaming Association calls on all party support for single-event sports betting

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The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) welcomes the commitment made by Windsor West Liberal candidate Sandra Pupatello to amend the criminal code to enable single-event sports betting, agreeing with her comment that “there is no reason to hold back on this initiative.”

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Pupatello’s support and call on all parties to fight for the simple amendment that provinces requested 10 years ago that would benefit places like Windsor,” stated Paul Burns, President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association. “This change would give provinces the tools to deliver a safe and legal option to Canadians while helping economic benefits, such as jobs, flow to communities and provincial governments.”

Canadians enjoy sports betting because they are wagering approximately $10 billion annually through illegal bookmaking operations in Canada, usually operated by organized crime organizations. Additionally, more than $ 4 billion is wagered through offshore online sports wagering sites. Currently, only $500 million is wagered through legal provincial sports lottery products offered to Canadians, which means many people are betting through illegal and often dangerous means.

The Canadian gaming industry touches almost every corner of our country. From Corner Brook, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia, hundreds of communities benefit from gaming. Gaming in Canada provides almost 182,500 jobs and good salaries – the average national wage is $65,000 – and a portion of the revenue generated equalling $9.1 billion is transferred to fund government, community programs, charitable causes, and First Nations initiatives. However, inaction on single-event sports wagering means these benefits are threatened, especially in border communities like Windsor.

“Let us not lose sight of how one small change can drive enormous benefits to the Canadian gaming industry, Canadian communities, as well as Canadians, who just want to be able to bet on the outcome of the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, or World Series,” added Mr. Burns. “The CGA has been advocating for single-event sports wagering for a decade. With all party support and assistance from our federal government, its time has come.”

 

About the Canadian Gaming Association:
The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the evolution of Canada’s gaming industry. The association’s mandate is to promote the economic value of gaming in Canada; use research, innovation, and best practices to help the industry advance; and create productive dialogue among stakeholders. www.canadiangaming.ca

 

SOURCE Canadian Gaming Association

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Pollard Banknote Confirms Voting Results of the Annual General Meeting

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Pollard Banknote Limited confirms the voting results of the Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders previously held virtually on May 7, 2020, the results of which had been posted on SEDAR on May 8, 2020. A total of 22,359,241 common shares representing approximately 87.22% of Pollard’s outstanding shares, were presented at the meeting.

Nominee Votes For % Votes For Votes Withheld % Votes Withheld
Dave Brown 22,113,157 99.08 206,432 0.92
Jerry Gray 20,919,467 93.73 1,400,122 6.27
Garry Leach 20,476,486 91.74 1,843,103 8.26
Gordon Pollard 20,211,356 90.55 2,108,233 9.45
John Pollard 21,272,461 95.31 1,047,128 4.69
Douglas Pollard 21,272,461 95.31 1,047,128 4.69

In addition, Pollard’s shareholders approved the appointment of KPMG LLP as auditors. Detailed voting results for all resolutions were posted under Pollard’s profile at www.sedar.com.

 

About Pollard Banknote:

Pollard Banknote is a leading lottery partner to more than 60 lotteries worldwide, providing high quality instant ticket products, licensed games, Schafer Systems and Fastrak retail merchandising solutions, and a full suite of digital offerings ranging from world-class mkodo game apps to comprehensive player engagement and iLottery solutions, including strategic marketing and management services. The company is a proven innovator and has decades of experience helping lotteries to maximize player engagement, sales and proceeds for good causes. Pollard Banknote also plays a major role in providing pull-tab tickets, bingo paper and its Diamond Game and Oasis-branded electronic ticket machines to charitable and other gaming markets in North America. Established in 1907, Pollard Banknote is owned approximately 67.5% by the Pollard family and 32.5% by public shareholders, and is publicly traded on the TSX (PBL). For more information, please visit our website at www.pollardbanknote.com.

 

SOURCE Pollard Banknote Limited

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PBSA Introduces Peerplays RNG

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Peerplays Blockchain Standards Association (PBSA) has introduced the next generation random number generator, Peerplays RNG, which allows both players and operators to verify the randomness of spins, actions, and games.

Peerplays RNG uses Graphene-based blockchain technology to generate a random number from secret hashes. The technology guarantees provable randomness that can be verified in real-time.

Peerplays RNG was designed with the belief that trusting randomness in private code simply was not good enough for the expectations of today’s generation. Utilising the latest blockchain technology to ensure complete and provable randomness, achieved via a distributed ledger interface that generates and stores random numbers on the blockchain, PBSA is confident in the RNG’s ability to transform the world of gaming on a global scale.

“At a time when the online gaming industry is facing something of a trust problem, Peerplays RNG can deliver verifiable randomness designed to show players and operators that games are fair. For too long, random number generation has been considered something of an afterthought by games suppliers. Peerplays RNG delivers a next generation RNG with added functionality that can bring incremental benefits to games suppliers, operators, and their customers,” PBSA said.

“We have already received considerable interest in the product from game developers who believe like we do, that verifiable, trustworthy solutions in games are what this generation of gamers deserve. The first of these innovators will be announcing their partnership in the coming weeks,” PBSA added.

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Lightning Box licensed to supply BCLC

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Sydney studio’s Silver Lion goes live first

Specialist slots provider Lightning Box has earned the right to supply its games to the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).

The Australian provider has been licensed by the state’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch and can now provide its full catalogue to the lottery’s players.

Lightning Box’s hit slot Silver Lion has become the first to go live this month. The agreement further expands its footprint across North America, having launched its first titles in the Canada with Loto Quebec late last year.

Peter Causley, CEO and co-founder of Lightning Box, said: “We’re very happy to have been granted permission to supply BCLC as it marks another important step as we continue to grow the business and its reach.

“I’m sure our games, starting with Silver Lion, will be as popular with their audience as they have been among other players on the continent and around the world.”

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