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28 January 2013

Gaming News: International and Australian: Europe, United States and more

Gaming News: International and Australian: Europe, United States and more

Gamesys Group Acquires Virgin Games Business and Forms Long Term Partnership for Global Online Gaming



Gamesys Group and Virgin Group announce that they have signed an agreement that will see the Gamesys Group acquire the assets of Virgin Games and form a long term partnership to develop real money and social gambling propositions globally under the Virgin brand.

Gamesys Group CEO, Noel Hayden, commented; “We have been long term admirers of the Virgin brand and all it stands for. We are delighted to have the opportunity to leverage our unique platform, games and services to power Virgin gaming propositions around the world.”

Gamesys Group is a UK success story. Built on true entrepreneurship, the Group was founded back in 2001 by Noel Hayden, Robin Tombs and Andy Dixon and now employs more than 700 people.

Virgin Games, which was founded in 2004, has grown consistently since launch and regularly won awards for its customer service and advertising.

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group said; 'We are delighted the Gamesys Group has acquired Virgin Games and formed a partnership to build a global games business. Simon Burridge and his team built a strong platform and now with the help of the Gamesys Group we can expand further internationally. We believe the Gamesys Group shares our vision and will be great partners in the sector.'

Simon Burridge, CEO of Virgin Games said: 'With many new opportunities opening up across the world, it was important to attract a new partner to capitalise the power of the Virgin brand. We are delighted Virgin Games is being acquired by the Gamesys Group, whose track record of growth and innovation speaks for itself.'

Gamesys Group will relaunch the existing Virgin Games UK site in the first quarter of 2013.

Virgin was advised by Oakvale Capital.

ABOUT GAMESYS The Gamesys Group was founded by Noel Hayden, Robin Tombs and Andy Dixon in April 2001 with a small team of developers. The aim was to build a profitable online entertainment business providing Instant Win, Bingo and Casino games to a worldwide audience using proprietary gaming software.

After eight years, the Group's leading brand Jackpotjoy.com has built a considerable UK and pays out in excess of GBP250 million in winnings every month. The success of Jackpotjoy.com has established the Gamesys Group as one of the UK's leading online gaming businesses. In 2006 they were named No. 1 in the Microsoft / Sunday Times Tech Track 100 League Table, and they're now one of only four companies to have appeared on the list four years in a row. This feat reflects both the company's capacity for sustained growth and its remarkable resilience during periods of financial instability.

In 2008 Gamesys Group entered into an agreement with News International to build and operate Sun Bingo and have since launched Fabulous Bingo with the same Partner.

For more information on the Gamesys Group please see http://www.gamesyscorporate.com

ABOUT VIRGIN Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors ranging from mobile telephony, travel, financial services, leisure, music and holidays to health & wellness. Virgin has created more than 400 branded companies worldwide and employs approximately 50,000 people, in 34 countries. In 2012 global branded revenues were £13bn ($21bn).


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Media Man inks b2 deal with Red Returns: Red Flush Casino, Casino La Vida and more

International internet publishing, advertising, management and publicity company, Media Man, has come to business terms with leading igaming firm, Red Returns.

Red Returns is best known for their excellent online casino brands, Red Flush Casino and Casino La Vida.

Red Flush was awarded the “Best New Casino for 2008” award from CasinoMeister, and it is no surprise as to why. In only a few months they had staked their claim in the online casino arena as a no nonsense, no frills attached online casino that pride themselves on excellent service and superior gaming pleasure above all else. There is no doubt that Red Flush will continue to strive for stellar performance ratings and superior online casino quality.

Red Flush online casino has over 450 excellent games in their repertoire. They make use of the pioneering casino software from Microgaming that has seen some of the best casinos enter onto the internet. Every month, four new exceptional game releases are added to the online casino to ensure that the freshness and diversity of Red Flush always remains intact. A comprehensive range of slots, table games, video poker and progressive jackpots all merge together to form a competitive package of brilliant entertainment for any and all casino enthusiasts.

The b2b deal is initially for 3 months duration, which both parties agree is a very good period of time to gauge the initial success of the campaign.

It's understood dozens of European based igaming firms are watching on with great interest.


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Media Man inks deal with Bingo Australia aka The Bingo Affiliates

The Media Man agency has inked yet another deal with one of the world's leading igaming promoters, Bingo Australia aka The Bingo Affiliates.

In an age where the igaming space is somewhat saturated, including in the online bingo sector, Bingo Australia - The Bingo Affiliates continue to be in the global igaming front runners.

Industry insiders expect Bingo Australia to give competitors such as PartyBingo, Foxy Bingo and Virgin Bingo a run for their money.

Expect to see some highly competitive online bingo promotions on the Media Man network, as The Bingo Affiliates pull out all the stops as they aim towards being a world's top 3 igaming operator.



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bwin.party rebalances board of directors - 16th January 2013

In the wake of last month’s news that Jim Ryan had decided to step down as its Co-Chief Executive Officer, online gambling operator bwin.party digital entertainment has announced that Joachim Baca has resigned as its Chief Operating Officer.

Gibraltar-based bwin.party revealed that Baca has stood down so that the composition of its board of directors remains compliant with a UK corporate governance code recommendation regarding the balance of independent and non-independent members.

Baca joined bwin Interactive Entertainment AG as Chief Operating Officer in 2006 before that firm’s subsequent 2011 merger with PartyGaming where Ryan had been Chief Operating Officer since 2008.

“Mr Baca remains a core member of the group’s senior management team and continues to report directly to Norbert Teufelberger, Chief Executive Officer for bwin.party,” read a statement from bwin.party.

bwin.party digital entertainment is best known for its popular PartyCasino.com and PartyPoker.com online gaming brands.

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Foxy Bingo become Super League official Bingo partner

Super League has announced that Foxy Bingo, the UK's top online bingo site, will become the competition's official bingo partner in 2013.

Foxy Bingo, a subsidiary of bwin party digital entertainment plc, who count Real Madrid and Manchester United in their sponsorship portfolio, have signed up as Super League's bingo partner in a multi-year deal.

In addition to more traditional sponsorship rights - including in-stadia perimeter and programme advertising, a television broadcast presence and a high profile on the Super League website - Foxy Bingo will use the new partnership to bring its unique brand of fun directly to Rugby League fans, who share a love of thrilling entertainment.

An extensive programme of community -based activity, involving the much-loved Foxy himself, has been planned to support the partnership and will be rolled-out throughout the season.

Welcoming Foxy Bingo to the competition's growing stable of partners, Super League Commercial Director James Mercer said: "It gives me great pleasure to welcome Foxy Bingo on board as an official partner of Super League for the next three years.

"We look forward to working closely with Foxy Bingo and to developing a partnership which will enhance our successful brands.

"Super League's popularity continues to grow and with Foxy Bingo on board I am sure we will build on our achievements of 2012, when attendances reached an all-time high and more TV viewers than ever before tuned in to see the extraordinary action."

Golan Shaked, Group Director of Bingo at bwin.party said: "We are really excited about our new partnership with Super League. Foxy Bingo is the top UK bingo site spreading the fun and thrill of winning across the nation. These attributes fit perfectly with Rugby League.

"The partnership will be a cornerstone of our campaign to directly engage the Foxy brand with the players who make it such a thriving online bingo community. Eyes down for a thrilling Super League in 2013!"

The partnership with Foxy Bingo is the latest development of a strategy that will see an increasing number of official partners aligned to the Super League competition throughout 2013.


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Gamesys acquires Richard Branson owned Virgin Games to boost gaming and igaming business

Gaming Executives join forces to offer operators dynamic new ways to use social media in order to retain and reactivate players

World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific announces 2013 schedule

Barangaroo casino report to stay secret

NSW govt to release casino plan assessment

Las Vegas casino faces $US1m drug sting fine: Australian casinos taking note


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Gaming News: International and Australian: Europe, United States and more

MGM Resorts offers free Wi-Fi service at Las Vegas Strip casinos

Positive predictions from bwin.party

Gamesys acquires Richard Branson owned Virgin Games to boost gaming and igaming business

Gaming Executives join forces to offer operators dynamic new ways to use social media in order to retain and reactivate players

World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific announces 2013 schedule

Barangaroo casino report to stay secret

NSW govt to release casino plan assessment

Las Vegas casino faces $US1m drug sting fine: Australian casinos taking note


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Red Flush Casino Casino La Vida Bingo Australia PartyCasino.com PartyPoker.com World Poker Tour PKR Bingo Australia

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Betfair teams up with Crown Casino Aussie Millions

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Online casino and gaming operator Betfair have inked a deal with Crown Limited to sponsor the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship.

The deal will see Betfair become the presenting partner of the tournament, officially named the Australian Poker Championship. The company's logo will be displayed around the tournament including on the poker tables.

Betfair have slowly but surly increased their focus on their Australian operations since gaining a licence in 2006 and will be using the tournament to increase awareness. The company had previously had success with advertising in sporting grounds but there was recently a clampdown on gambling advertising.

The tournament is run by Crown Limited and is held at their famous casino, Crown Melbourne (formally known as Crown Casino). The company advise that the event is the largest and most prestigious poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere. The main event is has paid out AU$15 million in prizes to date and will commence on January 17.

Speaking about the deal Betfair Australia's CEO Giles Thompson described the deal as groundbreaking and explained how important it was to the company's operations in the area.

He said: "Betfair has changed the wagering landscape in Australia with its unique betting exchange offering. We see this as an invaluable opportunity to engage Australians on the unparalleled benefits of exchange betting."

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Crown Casino does deal with Betfair...

Betfair has announced that it has signed a lucrative deal with Crown Casino in Melbourne in terms of which Betfair will be the Presenting Partner in the prestigious Aussie Millions which is scheduled to be held at Crown Casino in Melborune, Australia.

Betfair will be allowed to occupy several leading branding positions during the 2013 Aussie Millions which includes each table of play in the tournament area. The tournament is scheduled to commence on Thursday, 17th January, 2012 and will continue until Sunday, 3rd February, 2013. The Aussie Millions is the richest, largest, longest and most prestigious gaming event in the Southern Hemisphere and the Main Event has, since 2003, generated a 10 year total prize pool of AUD$ 52,580,000. The Aussie Millions was also the first to introduce the six figure buy in event to the circuit schedule.

Betfair is the largest betting exchange in the world and has a presence in several jurisdictions which include the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.

Betfair’s Australian operation is the only licensed betting exchange in the country where the company supports sporting and racing bodies through the payment of product fees and sponsorships.

Greg Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer at Crown Casino, said that they are very excited to announce that Betfair will be the Presenting Partner of the Aussie Millions Poker Championship in January, 2013. Hawkins added that The Aussie Millions is its marquee poker event and that there is fantastic affiliation between these powerful established brands. Hawkins also stated that with sport being a huge part of Australian culture, Betfair’s unique betting exchange will be a wonderful complement to the Aussie Millions as well as to their poker patrons.

Betfair is licensed with the Lotteries and Gambling Authority of Malta.

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Betfair signs Aussie Millions sponsorship deal...

Betfair has been unveiled as a presenting partner of the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship which kicks off later this month.

Aussie Millions is a series of poker tournaments held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, which begins on Thursday January 17th, featuring 26 poker tournaments over 18 consecutive days with buy-ins ranging from AUD$500 to $250,000.

Under the sponsorship agreement, Betfair will occupy a number of premium branding positions, most notably on each table of play during the tournament.

“We are thrilled to announce that Betfair will be the Presenting Partner of the Aussie Millions Poker Championship in January 2013,” said Greg Hawkins, CEO of the Crown Casino. “The Aussie Millions is Crown’s marquee poker event, and there is terrific alignment between these great, established brands. Sport is an enormous part of Australian culture and Betfair’s unique betting exchange is a fantastic complement to the Aussie Millions, and our poker patrons.”

Betfair Australia CEO Giles Thompson said that its ground-breaking partnership with Aussie Millions was an ideal fit for both organisations.

“Betfair has changed the wagering landscape in Australia with its unique betting exchange offering, whilst the Aussie Millions has introduced an innovative tournament which has heightened interest in the game of poker,” said Thompson. “Already Betfair boasts close to four million customers in over 55 countries and we see this as an invaluable opportunity to engage Australians on the unparalleled benefits of exchange betting.”

A total prize pool of more than $20m is expected to be generated from all of the Aussie Millions events, with the $10,600 main event, won last year by Australian poker pro Oliver Speidel, beginning on Sunday January 27th and reaching its final table on Saturday February 2nd.


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WWE Star Visits Australian Children's Hospital - January 24, 2013

WWE Star Visits Australian Children's Hospital

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National children’s charity TLC For Kids is very excited about the special guest they’re bringing to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Australia, this week.

WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler, is one of WWE’s most famous faces and is sure to be a welcome distraction for the little ones as they battle health complications in hospital. The Hospital is the largest paediatric centre in NSW and cares for many critically and chronically ill children, so TLC for kids is thrilled to be presenting the global superstar to this special audience.

Dolph Ziggler is well known for his career in the WWE ring, including a stint as World Heavyweight Champion, but a look into his personal life reveals he is somewhat of an academic, holding university degrees in law and political science.

WWE is a global entertainment brand that takes community social responsibility seriously. WWE is working with TLC for kids to bring smiles and fun distraction to kids in hospital.

TLC for kids is Australia’s urgent-response children’s charity, providing practical and emotional support to kids in hospital and their families. They are the only children’s charity equipped to assist within the critical 48-hour timeframe anywhere in Australia, with services that reach over 600,000 kids annually. Visit the website to make a donation.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is the highly respected, largest paediatric centre in NSW, providing excellent care for children from NSW, Australia and across the Pacific Rim. It forms part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is world renowned for providing the best care for sick children and their families.