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Buzz Bingo and Playtech launch groundbreaking platform

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Leading gambling technology specialist Playtech has partnered with Buzz Bingo to deliver a ground-breaking content delivery and CRM solution across both Bingo and Casino, integrating their award-winning IMS player management platform.

Playtech has collaborated closely with Buzz Bingo since the brand’s high-profile launch earlier this year, offering players a range of Bingo variants and a wide selection of Playtech Casino content. Backed by the industry-leading IMS platform, the solution includes a comprehensive CRM toolset, with Playtech’s new Engagement 360 platform giving Buzz Bingo the power to design and fully optimise end-to-end player journeys.

Additionally, integration with the Playtech Open Platform (POP) gives Buzz Bingo access to an exceptional range of original and third-party game content. With several major content providers on board from day one and many others launching soon, Buzz Bingo players can choose from one of the industry’s widest selections of Bingo variants and Casino slot games.

The next stage of the project is the synchronisation of Buzz Bingo’s retail and online offerings to create a true omni-channel experience, including a full retail player account base migration to IMS. The move will allow players to use their retail accounts to play online, and vice versa, using a single wallet for all channels, whilst also creating a single customer management and CRM activity view for Buzz Bingo.

Shimon Akad, Chief Operating Officer at Playtech, comments: ‘The launch of the Buzz Bingo platform is the most ambitious project our team has delivered to date. A huge amount of work has gone into delivering a comprehensive ‘day one’ experience, including a rich third-party games offering, from both a Bingo and Casino perspective. With further technical enhancements to come and with a series of major third-party content providers already on board, we’re confident that this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with Buzz Bingo’.

Chris Matthews, CEO at Buzz Bingo, adds: ‘It’s fantastic to see all the amazing work that has gone into this project come to fruition. Our collaboration with Playtech allows us to offer one of the widest selections of Bingo games and slots in the market, as well as delivering an enhanced player journey across our physical venues and online.

‘Delivering and implementing the new platform has been a major undertaking, but the commitment and professionalism of the Playtech team has made it a smooth experience – and we’re delighted with the results. The wider Buzz Bingo team and I are looking forward to continuing to work with Playtech as we take the platform to the next stage’.

Find out more about Buzz Bingo at www.buzzbingo.co

 

About Playtech:

Founded in 1999 and premium listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech is a technology leader in the gambling and financial trading industries.

Playtech is the gambling industry’s leading technology company, delivering business intelligence-driven gambling software, services, content and platform technology across the industry’s most popular product verticals, including casino, live casino, sports betting, virtual sports, bingo and poker. It is the pioneer of omni-channel gambling technology through its integrated platform technology, Playtech ONE. Playtech ONE delivers data-driven marketing expertise, single wallet functionality, CRM and responsible gambling solutions across one single platform across product verticals and across retail and online.

Playtech’s partners with and invests in the leading brands in regulated and newly regulated markets to deliver its data-driven gambling technology across the retail and online value chain. Playtech provides its technology on a B2B basis to the industry’s leading retail and online operators, land-based casino groups and government sponsored entities such as lotteries. As of June 2018, through the acquisition of Snaitech, Playtech directly owns and operates the leading sports betting and gaming brand in online and retail in Italy, Snai. Snaitech operates a B2B2C model as a service provider, allowing franchisees to utilise the Playtech technology stack in in the retail environment while operating the leading brand, Snai, directly online as a B2C business.

Playtech’s Financials Division, named TradeTech Group, is a technology leader in the CFD and financial trading industry and operates both on a B2C and B2B basis.

Playtech has in total c.5,800 employees across 17 countries and is headquartered in the Isle of Man.

 

About Buzz Bingo:

Buzz Bingo is the largest retail bingo operator in Britain and launched buzzbingo.com in September 2018. Backed by Caledonia Investments plc, Buzz Bingo runs its clubs and website from its Nottingham and London headquarters.

From brand name research through to market intelligence and the best way to build online communities, Buzz Bingo was developed with customer needs guiding every decision made. This approach has resulted in new, exciting, accessible ways for customers of all ages to play and engage with each other both on and offline.

Buzz Bingo’s community is home to over 1.1 million active club members and every week, 103 clubs welcome 200,000 players through their doors.

buzzbingo.com is an omni-channel platform delivering gaming and player engagement capabilities on mobile, tablet, desktop and on Touchpads in all clubs. There are no wagering requirements at buzzbingo.com so players can withdraw their winnings instantly.

Buzz Bingo began a rebrand from Gala Leisure Ltd in May 2018 following the sale of Ladbrokes Coral Group Plc’s retail clubs to Caledonia Investments plc in December 2015. Since then 103 clubs have been rebranded, including 98 in September alone. 19 remaining clubs will reopen in February 2019 under the new name, completing the rebrand.

Galabingo.com and its associated Gala Bingo online brands remains the property of GVC Holdings PLC.


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PAGCOR Press Statement on Quezon City’s insistence to impose casino entry fees

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As Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte continues to insist on the imposition of entrance fees to Quezon City residents who wish to play in casinos and other gambling facility in the area, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) underscores several cases and provisions that cite the supremacy of national government over local government units.

First, in “Basco vs. PAGCOR (1991)”, wherein the City of Manila filed a case seeking to annul the PAGCOR charter, the court ruled that Presidential Decree (P.D.) 1869 waived the right of the city to impose taxes and fees. The court decision cited that the power of the local government to impose taxes and fees “is always subject to limitations which Congress may provide by law.”

It furthered that P.D. 1869 remains an operative law, until amended or repealed.

Another case, “City of Cagayan de Oro vs. Pryce and PAGCOR (1994)”, cited that ordinances should not contravene a statute that is obvious. It stated that “municipal governments are only agents of the national government; and local councils exercise only delegated legislative powers from Congress as the national law-making body.” Hence, local government units cannot be superior to Congress from which they derive their powers.

The third case, “Herbert Bautista vs. PAGCOR (2016)”, cited that under its Charter, PAGCOR and its agents are exempted from paying local taxes as P.D. 1869 Section 13 provides that “no tax of any kind or form, income or otherwise, as well as fees, charges or levies of whatever nature, whether national or local, shall be assessed and collected under this Franchise from the Corporation nor shall any form of tax or charge attach in any way to the earnings of the Corporation, except a franchise tax of five percent of the gross revenue or earnings derived by the Corporation from its operation under this franchise.”

The entry fees on the city residents who will enter the casino which the Quezon City local government is contemplating on imposing, takes the form of “tax” because of its nature to generate revenues.

However, if the purpose of the imposition of entry fees is to discourage citizens to frequent gaming facilities, such practice is an obvious exercise of police power, and in fact, an encroachment on the function of a national regulatory entity.

PAGCOR, having been granted by Congress with the power to regulate gambling, has the authority to determine the rules and regulations that may deem fit in the regulation of the gaming industry.

If PAGCOR does not find it necessary to impose entrance fees to its clients, then Quezon City’s local government cannot supersede this even if it claims that the imposition of entry fees is only applicable to their constituents.

Besides, if the local government of Quezon City believes that doing such is tantamount only to “safeguarding the welfare of their people”, why did it grant so many Letters of No Objection (LONOs) and Resolutions of No Objection (RONOs) to bingo and other electronic gaming sites in Quezon City?

As of February 28, 2019, there are 97 electronic gaming sites in Quezon City. Of this number, 63 are bingo sites and 34 are eGames gaming sites. This figure does not include the LONO and RONO granted by Quezon City government to Solaire Resort and Casino.


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Blackstone to acquire Ukrainian gaming development company

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The Blackstone Group LP, a US-based investment and asset management company, is all set to acquire Murka Ltd and Murka Entertainment Ltd, an Unranian company that develops unique social and mobile games. The Blackstone Group has already informed Cypriot Commission for the Protection of Competition about the plan.

Murka, established in 2011, is known for its social-casino games like Slots Journey, Slots Journey 2, TX Poker, S & H Casino, Vegas Slots, Royal Fortune Slots, Bubbla Cadabra and Scatter Slots.

These games, where real money cannot be won, exist as mobile apps and on Facebook. Publisher of social casino games earns money via selling in-game content and/or advertising. According to various data, the global social casino market in 2018 brought publishers from $ 3.2 billion in total to $ 3.46 billion on mobile platforms.

Currently, over 100 people work in the Kiev, Dnipro and Lviv offices of Murka. The company has not commented the conditions of the upcoming transaction yet.


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Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein to re-open casino at Atlantic City site

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Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein has announced his plans to re-open a casino at Atlantic City that was closed in 2014. Blatsetein owns the Showboat which has been functioning for three years as a non-gambling hotel.

When this happens, this will be the 10th casino at Atlantic City. In 2014, the City had 12 casinos. The competition from neighbouring states forced the closure of the four of them. The state Casino Control Commission has given Blatstein preliminary approval to apply for a casino license. He strongly believes in the potential for another casino.

“There are 104 casinos in Las Vegas in the middle of nowhere,” Blatstein said. “We have nine casinos well within a short trip from one-third of the nation’s population. The market is looking for something different.”

Blatstein said he has a casino concept in mind but would not reveal it. A report from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement says Blatstein plans to convert the property’s bus depot into a family entertainment centre and that he intends to offer a full range of slot machines, table games, sports betting, and internet gambling.


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