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Peter Davies back
Two new German
to Gamestec roots
Clarity struggles to come
clubs for Ritzio
Peter Davies
to USA online gaming laws
has joined
Gamestec as R
itzio has opened two new
Vulcan Stern gaming clubs in
Germany, one in Erkelenz,
Business T
wo legislative steps have been block financial transactions of
taken towards clarifying what companies on that list.
will and won’t be illegal under Meanwhile, Senator Robert North Rhine-Westphalia, and one in
Development the USA’s Unlawful Internet Menendez introduced the “Internet Osnabrueck, Lower Saxony.
Director. Gambling Enforcement Act. Skill Game Licensing and Control Vulkan Stern Erkelenz, which is
Davies, The Financial Services Committee Act” to the Senate, which calls on located in an old windmill building
formerly Director of Business of the House of Representatives the US Treasury Department to set that now serves as an office,
Development at Games Media, passed a bill that may go forward to up a licensing framework for games restaurant and entertainment
heads up a newly-established team be debated and voted on by the full that use “simulated cards, dice, or complex, occupies 500 square
responsible for developing House this year, or may ‘die’ and tiles in which success is meters and offers 36 of the newest
commercial opportunities both in have to be reintroduced in a session predominantly determined by the gaming machines, internet services
existing and in emerging markets. of Congress next year. skill of the players.” and amusement devices.
Davies brings with him The “Payment Systems Protection Poker, bridge and mahjong are The new club in Osnabrueck, a
considerable industry experience Act” calls for a prompt end to online listed as examples of such games, 600-square-meter venue, is the
having previously held senior sports betting transactions being and the bill goes on to define second Vulkan Stern location in the
management positions at Barcrest processed, but would stop the permitted bets as wagers “made town. It features 36 AWP machines
Group after working in customer development of any further with respect to the outcome of an providing classical and the latest
relationship and product regulations until legal and illegal Internet skill game that is a non- generation of games, internet
development roles with Music Hire internet gambling is formally defined. housed bank game.” terminals, and entertainment
Group (which is now Gamestec) and It also calls for the Treasury If this bill is not taken up by the services.
Bass Leisure. department to draw up and maintain Senate Banking Committee before
“With Gamestec’s acquisition of a list of online gambling businesses the current session ends, it, too, will
EELEX future is
Inspired's Pub Division earlier this that operate illegally, and only to ‘die’ and have to be reintroduced.
year, this is a very exciting time to secure for 2009
be joining the business,” he said.
Ukash adds UkashOut card
Chung is interim
CEO for Elixir
mart Voucher Ltd, owners of customer service and expects to W
ith the new Russian
Gambling Zones due to
come into force in July
Ukash, the online cash attract new customers and increase next year, EELEX, the Eastern
payment solution, has its retention rate. European Leisure Exhibition, is
launched UkashOut, a MasterCard- Alex Dreyfus, Chilipoker CEO, moving from its September slot and
lixir Gaming Technologies has endorsed prepaid card said: “For a long time will take place in June 2009,
appointed Clarence Chung, to replace cheques, we have wanted to according to organisers Smile-Expo.
the Chairman of the bank transfers and other offer a debit card that This year’s show, the 17th in the
Company’s Board of Directors, as traditional payout allows customers to event’s history, attracted some
Interim Chief Executive Officer. Mr methods. withdraw and deposit 4,000 visitors and featured public
Chung replaces Gordon Yuen, who Chilipoker, the first cash directly from a sessions with representatives of the
resigned as Chief Executive Officer operator to offer UkashOut, is Chilipoker account. This project has Gambling Zones.
and as a member of the board for initially issuing it to its VIP finally come to fruition thanks to More information at
health reasons. The Board of customers free of charge. By Ukash and Mastercard. We are
Directors is engaged in a search for adopting UkashOut, Chilipoker, happy to announce the release of
a permanent replacement. which targets the high rollers in 30 this card which is the first of its kind
7 new members...
Mr Chung said: “The Company countries, aims to enhance its in the world.” The Board of the Directors
appreciates all of Gordon’s efforts of the Association of
in developing and initiating Elixir’s Gaming Equipment
new business model. We wish him
Growth slowing in Macau
Manufacturers (AGEM) has approved
good health and a swift recovery.”
ross casino gaming revenue reduce the number of Chinese the membership applications of
in Macau is slipping, with a nationals visiting Macau by placing seven new companies, bringing the
ten percent decline in the increasing restrictions on visas for trade group’s roster of members to
third quarter of this year as its nationals to travel to the resort. a total of 58.
compared to the second quarter, Visas for residents of Guangdong, The new AGEM members are:
according to figures provided by the neighbouring province were Nanoptix Inc, a thermal printer
Macau’s Gaming Inspection and originally available once a fortnight, manufacturer; Octavian International;
Coordination Bureau. but availability has been Aruze Gaming America; Global Cash
While Macau may not be immune progressively reduced to once every Access; KSK Digital Printing;
Tabcorp, owners of Sydney’s Star City
to the general economic downturn, three months. Chinese gamblers Elektroncek, manufacturer of
casino, have applied for permission to
carry out an AUS$475 million (US$395
additional downward pressure is who could previously make 26 visits multiplayer electromechanical
million) makeover that will see the
being applied by the Chinese to Macau a year, may now only gaming machines under the
property expand and face the harbour. government, which is seeking to travel to gamble four times a year. Interblock brand; and Intel.
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