Foreign revenues are needed to ease a bloated current account deficit
(Turkey).- In Turkey, the government has set the scheduled date for the privatization of the national lottery to January 9, 2009 in the wake of strong bidding from numerous international parties. It is set to involve a re-branding exercise alongside the appointment of a regulatory authority.
Italian players will be able to take part in online tournaments with real money
(Italy).- Online poker room PokerStars.com announced its first foray into the Italian market with the debut of PokerStars.it, only days after it was granted a license by authorities.
In at least 15 Polish arcades in 2009
(Poland).- Slovenia’s Alfastreet plans to see its classic roulette automated games going into at least 15 of Poland’s slots arcades inside the next year, said the company’s Sales Manager Miha Miklavcic.
It would have a significant impact in Paddy Power profitability
(Ireland).- Ireland’;s government plans to double the country’;s tax on betting. The tax on betting will rise to 2 % from 1 %, Finance Minister Brian Cowen told legislators in Dublin.
Cryptologic said it will focus on Internet casinos for faster growth
(Ireland).- Irish software developer CryptoLogic is in talks with PartyGaming to pool their poker businesses to save costs as both companies fight to maintain their positions in the online gambling industry.
A newsletter with the most relevant sports novelties
(Spain).- The marketing department of Sportium, the sportsbooks brand that aroused as a result of a joint-venture between Cirsa and Ladbrokes, created Agenda Sportium, a newsletter with information about the most relevant sporting events.
Poker Master was set up in 2007 and manufactures poker tables
(Hungary).- Suzo International reported that the leading poker table manufacturer in Hungary – PM Europe Ltd – has integrated Elixir’s ShufflePro into its design. PM Europe Ltd is better known as Poker-Master.
The current value of this industry globally estimated at 44 billion euros a year
(Ireland).- DKM Economic Consultants published a new report that assesses the economic impact of a regulated Irish casino gaming sector. It concludes that land-based and online casinos have the potential to create 13,000 new jobs in the region and deliver annual returns to the Exchequer of 280 euros million by 2020, if appropriate regulatory and fiscal structures are put in place.
All 15,000 AWPs and 6,000 VLTs will have to be converted by 2009
Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
(Slovakia).- The Slovakia Show, the coin machine event for this small country of 5.4 million people, was held this week over two days, ending last week. The show had 45 exhibitors and was held in the Incheba expo centre in Bratislava.
Due to automation of the key administration processes
(Italy).- Ritzio International links its worldwide operations to a single online management system (OMS). A new version of SmartBoss is developed by Ritzio’s technicians to meet specific requirements of the company’s multinational businesses and is customized to fulfill a variety of business tasks.