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Caesars to roll out Pivot3 for surveillance

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Caesars Entertainment, the US-based casino operator, has decided to implement Pivot3 hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances on 14 sites across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea) to enhance its video surveillance facilities. This is after the company’s existing digital video recording system is inviting close legal and police scrutiny.

The roll-out – which has seen Caesars replace existing Dell servers and iSCSI storage – has allowed the company to deploy advanced CCTV functionality using Milestone software to avoid falling foul of licensing requirements to submit video footage to police and court requirements. Caesars has 14 sites in the Emea region – in the UK, Egypt and South Africa – with between 70 and 250 cameras at each.

It had previously used digital video recorders (DVR), with footage stored on hard drives on JBOD-like arrays.

A key drawback to the DVR system was that if disk failure occurred it was hard to recover footage, said IT director Charles Rayer.

“Because it was not a proper Raid array, data was recorded across drives with no structure, so some data was lost, or at least until the maintenance company could recover it,” he said.

“We had a lot of problems getting footage out of storage for court cases and police requests. Disks would fail, we didn’t necessarily know if footage had recorded, or sometimes it just wasn’t there.”

“At the end of the day it was a licensing issue and we needed something reliable,” said Rayer.

Another limitation was that to achieve the best quality video, fewer cameras could be attached to each DVR. For the best resolution and longest retention period, only four could be connected.

Caesars has so far deployed Pivot3 vSTAC hardware to nine sites, with all 14 planned to benefit. About half of its sites so far have had data migrated from the Dell MD arrays to Pivot3 capacity.

Hyper-converged infrastructure marries server and storage hardware in a single node, which can be built into clusters with scale-out connectivity between them.

Rayer initially looked at a bigger version of the Dell MD-series storage array that was already in place, but he had concerns about limitations to access to footage if there were problems with the Dell hardware.

“We had two servers for live recording with one to two hours’ footage,” said Rayer. “This was then archived to the storage array. But if the array went offline, we couldn’t get to anything older than a couple of hours.”

“With Pivot3, everything is distributed. You can lose an entire box and everything carries on. There’s better survival to failure.”

Rayer was initially wary of going down the hyper-convergence route, but is pleased with the benefits. “This move is about getting rid of risk. There’s no risk of not fulfilling licensing obligations, of not producing video quickly enough,” he said.

Rayer added that Caesars has also saved “tens of thousands of pounds” by being able to do away with a maintenance contract for 200-plus DVRs.

 

Source: computerweekly.com


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Record Loss for Russian Bookmakers In The World Cup Final

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In the 2018 World Cup final, France defeated Croatia and won the world championship for the second time in its history. Deputy General Director for Trading BC “League of Stakes” Maxim Afanasyev said that the match was a record loss for Russian bookmakers.

“We recorded a record for the loss – 3.5 times more than at the Champions League final. They played all the outcomes, which were mostly put by the clients: the victory of France, the handicap (-1.5) for the French, both will score, goals in both halves, and, of course, all conceivable and inconceivable totals, ” said Mr. Afanasyev.

He also noted that the final match was probably the most record on payments in the entire bookmaker industry.

“The loss on the Russian market from one final match, according to my estimates, is about $ 100 million,” the expert believes.

In the final match of the 2018 World Cup, France defeated Croatia 4: 2.


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Roundtable discussion on Romania’s current gambling issues

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The Association of Distance Gambling Organizers (Asociația Organizatorilor de Jocuri de Noroc la Distanță) and Casino Inside offered an exciting event

 

The Association of Distance Gambling Organizers (Asociația Organizatorilor de Jocuri de Noroc la Distanță), a representative association of the largest and most respected authorized gambling operators in Romania, held the first working meeting last month in the Fortuna Hall of the Intercontinental Hotel, Bucharest dedicated to the latest developments in the countries gambling regulation.

The meeting was honored by the presence of several officials:

  1.    Liliana Kleininger, Vice-President of the Competition Council
  2. Daniel Staicu, President of ONPCSB
  3. Lilian Onescu, Secretary General ANAF
  4. Rodica Tuchilă, ARB Executive Director
  5. Mihăiţă Ruiu, Director of Authorization Division, ONJN
  6. Tudor Simota, Director of Control Department, ONJN
  7. Alexandru Enăchescu, Chief Commissioner, Economic Police
  8. Dana Cristina Matache, GDPR Expert, lawyer
  9. Iulian Matache, GDPR Expert, lawyer
  10. Monica Gubernat, Member of CNA
  11. Odeta Nestor, President of ADGO
  12. Dr. Sorin Constantinescu, gambling expert

The Roundtable discussion was a good opportunity for authorities, gaming operators and media outlets to be together and to discuss and share information, ideas and opinions about the latest and upcoming trends in the industry.

“There is a need for industry to continuously participate in debates and to support authorities in improving the regulatory framework,” said Odeta Nestor, ADGO President. “We are a success story at European level, and the effects are particularly good, reflected by players’ satisfaction and the contribution of the field to Romania’s economic development,” added Nestor.

Organized in partnership with CasinoInside, the event approached subjects such as:

  • Competition in the gambling industry
  • Problems encountered by gaming operators in relation to banking institutions in our country
  • Latest Tax Changes in Gambling
  • Draft Law on the Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing on Transposition of
  • EU Directive 2015/849 into national legislation
  • The CNA Order on Gambling Advertising
  • Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation.

In conclusion, the event organized in June at the initiative of the Association of Distance Gaming Organizers (ADGO) was a majir success and arose from the continued need of our gaming industry to discuss and debate the stringent issues of this moment and willingness to support state authorities to improve the current regulatory framework.

The gaming industry has reached a high level of transparency and regulation precisely because of this type of events.

 

Source: casinoinside.ro


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Northern Cyprus to remove casino gambling ban on residents

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Northern Cyprus authorities are planning to remove a long-standing ban on its Turkish Cypriots to engage casino gambling.

Discussions are believed to have been triggered by the recent opening of a casino in the Republic of Cyprus’ city of Limassol. According to media reports, Northern Cyprus officials have expressed concerns that Turkish Cypriots could feel tempted to cross the Green Line (the United Nations Buffer Zone that separates the two parts of the island of Cyprus) and visit the new gambling venue.

While it was only last month that the Republic of Cyprus opened its first legal casino, Northern Cyprus has long been home to flashy gambling facilities.

However, residents of the northern portion of the island are prohibited from visiting and gambling at the local casinos.

Hong Kong-listed gaming and hospitality giant Melco opened late last month its temporary casino in Limassol, while a larger integrated resort is under construction in the city. The facility features 242 slot machines and 33 gaming tables. Melco said yesterday that Cyprus Casinos or C2 as the property is branded welcomed more than 34,000 unique visitors during its first three weeks of operation to beat owners’ expectations.

According to reports from Turkish Cypriot news outlet Haberal Kibrisli, Northern Cyprus Finance Ministry Serdar Denktash has revealed that discussions over the potential lifting of the casino gambling ban have been taking place.

However, in a separate rollout of reports, Kudret Ozersay, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Northern Cyprus, has denied the move on social media. The official has pointed out that there were no such plans and that there was no need for such reports to be spread around.

Mr. Ozersay further explained that instead of offering residents of Northern Cyprus a free entry into casinos, the government should introduce stricter controls at the gambling venues and stricter license conditions as well as increased taxes.

Another local news outlet, Vatan, has cited the leader of the United Cyprus Party, Izzet Izcan, saying that Turkish Cypriots should not be encouraged to gamble at casinos and that the Prime Minister of the republic should clarify the ongoing debate.

Aside from its temporary casino in Limassol, Melco is also set to open four satellite facilities across the Republic of Cyprus, with the first two of these likely to be launched by the end of the year.

 

Source: casinonewsdaily.com


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