Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children


A deadly flu epidemic spreading across the nation has now claimed the lives of at least 30 children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

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The CDC’s latest influenza-associated pediatric mortality report released Friday shows that at least 10 children died between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, and the others have died the since the flu season started in October.

The report also shows that 8,990 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported across the nation between Oct. 1, 2017 and Jan. 13, 2018.

A total of 110 died during the 2016-17 flu season, but CDC officials said this years flu hasn’t even hit its peak.

Among the latest casualties Zainab Momin, a third-grader from Pike Road, Alabama, whose death has yet to be counted in the CDC report.

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A flu vaccine injection is administered.

The girl died Tuesday night after her parents took her to the hospital with flu symptoms and fever, Pike Road Schools Superintendent Dr. Chuck Ledbetter told ABC affiliate WBMA in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ledbetter he’s been urging parents to “do the little things that seem inconsequential,” such as washing hands, getting the flu vaccine, and making sure sick students stay at home.

“We’re working very hard to protect our children,” Ledbetter said.

PHOTO: A Fluzone influenza vaccine is shown at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in San Francisco, Jan. 9, 2018.Jeff Chiu/AP Photo
A Fluzone influenza vaccine is shown at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in San Francisco, Jan. 9, 2018.

The CDC has identified a particular strain of influenza A, H3N2, as the culprit affecting thousands from coast to coast. Agency officials said 49 of 50 states have reported widespread flu activity at the same time.

In Swampscott, Massachusetts, Phyllis Gotlib, a beloved 68-year-old music teacher at the Clark, Hadley and Stanley elementary school died from flu complications. Schools in the district were closed Friday, so students and staff could attend her funeral.

“Phyllis was a wonderful person loved by everyone. She brought music into the lives of so many children in Swampscott and Marblehead,” her family said in statement. “We are shocked and saddened and can’t express how much we will miss her.”

In Texas, the influenza outbreak is so severe that the Bonham Independent School District, which has about 2,000 students, canceled classes through Tuesday.

At Loma Linda Medical Center in San Bernardino County, California, the medical staff has erected a triage tent outside the emergency room to handle the influx of flu patients.

“This seems to be the worst flu season we’ve had here in the last 10 to 15 years,” Dr. Adrian Cotton, chief of medical operations at the Southern California hospital, told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “We’re seeing a lot more patients for the flu and the patients we’re seeing are a lot sicker than usual.”



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Game Lounge acquires Slottracker.com – a site that gives more control to the player


The Affiliate Company Game Lounge, a subsidiary of Cherry AB (publ) – STO: CHER-B.ST – has acquired the site Slottracker.com and its unique solution in order to give all casino players a better overview and control of their gaming. The seller is US company, Innovative Game Solutions Partnership, and the two founders Thomas Starkie and Brett Lawson. The purchase consideration amounts to EUR 1 million, of which EUR 200,000 is to be paid 12 months after the acquisition. An additional purchase consideration of EUR 300,000 will be paid if the seller achieves certain objectives over a two-year period.

Game Lounge acquires Slottracker.com – a site that gives more control to the playerSlottracker.com is a site that can follow the player in every bet he or she makes in casino games. By choosing Slot Tracker, players are able to have their information saved about what games are played and bets made, as well as winnings and bonuses paid. This allows the player to follow the development and analyze which casino works best, based on their specific requirements and gaming methodology. The players who have so far recorded their stats in Excel, or in other ways, can now use Slot Tracker to have that control and instead focus more on the game.

Jonas Cederholm, CEO of Game Lounge, says: “The purchase of Slot Tracker complements Game Lounge’s already strong offering in order to help players find the right casino or other online games. We look forward to working with the people who built Slot Tracker to be able to develop new features that allow each player to gain more control over their gaming. Among other things, we want to offer solutions that can warn players who risk losing control of their gaming. With Slot Tracker we can combine these goals, and I think we are the only ones in the market with this smart solution.”

Anders Holmgren, CEO of Cherry AB, says: “Game Lounge is continuing to expand its business. Slot Tracker makes it even clearer that the company’s solutions give players access to information that provides an overview, so that players can choose a game more easily based on their own criteria. With the different service levels, players can choose more complete statistics, different extensions, and comparisons between their results and those of others – called Community Statistics. With Slot Tracker, we complement Cherry’s value chain and I look forward to the new features we will launch in 2018.”

Slot Tracker is currently available in a free version and in two pay versions. The program currently works with WMS, NetEnt, MicroGaming, Thunderkick, Novomatic, NextGen Gaming, Nyx, IGT, Play ‘n’ Go, Big Time Gaming, Elk, Quickspin, Red Tiger, Mercury, SGI and Yggdrasil.

Game Lounge is part of Cherry’s Online Marketing business area (previously Performance-Based Marketing) and reported revenue of MSEK 44.6 for Q3 2017, with an EBITDA margin of 75 percent. The company has built up a strong organization focusing on organic growth and high profitability.

For further information, please contact:
Jonas Cederholm, President, Game Lounge, tel. +356 99170863, jonas@gamelounge.com
Anders Holmgren, CEO: +46 708 607 534, anders.holmgren@cherry.se
Anders Antonsson, IR & Communications: +46 709 994 970, anders.antonsson@cherry.se

CHERRY IN BRIEF

Cherry is a Swedish innovating and fast-growing gaming company established in 1963. The business strategy is to create shareholder value by owning and developing fast growing and profitable businesses within the gaming and casino industry. Today, Cherry operates through five diversified business areas: Online Gaming, Game Development, Online Marketing, Gaming Technology, and Restaurant Casino. The objective is to grow organically in combination with strategic acquisitions of fast-growing companies. Cherry employs some 1,100 people and has about 6,900 shareholders. The company’s class B share is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, Mid Cap segment. More information is available at www.cherry.se.

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Yoozoo Games and KamaGames celebrate the launch of Poker Champions into the Indian market


Dublin, Ireland – January 26th 2018 – KamaGames, the largest European social mobile poker operator today announced another successful collaboration with the recent release of Yoozoo games’ new social poker title, Poker Champions, into the Indian market.

yoozoo-games-kamagames-celebrate-launch-poker-champions-indian-marketPoker Champions is available now through the App Store and Google Play and is the first project launched since KamaGames and Yoozoo’s partnership was announced in October last year.

Based on the globally successful social poker title Pokerist, Poker Champions has adapted its graphical look and feel to appeal to the specific Indian gaming audience. In addition, the in-game mechanics, specifically the Party modes, have been made more fast-paced making the game a more exciting and familiar experience to Indian players.

“This is an especially good time for a major mobile game launch in India” said Andrey Kuznetsov, Managing Director for KamaGames Ireland. “We know that the average time Indian consumers spend on their phones has increased by 50% in 2017 and with the continued increase in smartphone penetration, it is expected to lead to a higher mobile commerce spend”.

Kuznetsov added “KamaGames’ goals for our white label business is to bring the best experience to its players by collaborating with the right partners. So far we have worked alongside some excellent partners including the Poker Night in America show, the Viber messaging service, the Tango mobile messaging service and of course Manchester United. We feel that by working with such an influential company as Yoozoo who have a strong proven track record in bringing mobile games to a wide Asian audience is yet another strong partnership to be proud of”.

Highlighting the company’s game plan, Yoozoo Games’ CEO – India, Anuj Tandon says, “Texas Hold em Poker is the fastest growing social casino game in India. With Poker Champions, we are bringing a world class poker experience to Indian gamers where they will be able to play with real players from the first day of launch. It is a major initiative by Yoozoo to capture the growing Indian mobile gaming market”.

For more information on KamaGames and its portfolio of products visit www.KamaGames.com

For more information contact

Sam Forrest
Director of Global Communications & Content
KamaGames UK
S.Forrest@KamaGames.com

About KamaGames:

KamaGames is the largest European social mobile poker operator, with over 400,000 daily active users.

Established in 2010 and employing over 250 staff, KamaGames has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland as well as offices in London and Dubai.

The operator’s flagship title Pokerist, was the #1 grossing app in 101 countries on the App Store and one of the top 5 grossing apps in 45 countries on Google Play.

Localised into 29 languages, KamaGames has built a comprehensive, industry-leading portfolio of the most popular social casino games.

For more information on KamaGames and its portfolio of products visit www.KamaGames.com 

About YooZoo Games

Yoozoo Games, formerly Youzu Interactive, is headquartered in Shanghai with offices in London, Berlin, Hong Kong, Singapore, Pune and other major cities. Since its founding in 2009, Yoozoo has launched a multitude of highly successful products and forged a global distribution network.

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Wichita illegal gambling sting ends; Brandon Steven cleared of any involvement


An illegal gambling sting in Wichita that somehow included the businessman and high stakes poker lover Brandon Steven has ended with two people pleading guilty to various charges, four more people ready to take a swing, and Steven given the all clear.

An FBI investigation.

It sounds sexy, right?

Wichita illegal gambling sting ends; Brandon Steven cleared of any involvementI guess it all depends on the soul of the song. Back in February 2017, I covered the Wichita Eagle’s ink that the businessman, and high stakes poker lover, Brandon Steven was part of an FBI investigation. A year on, I can close this one down, and it’s not very sexy at all.

Two people have pleaded guilty to charges of operating an illegal gambling business and various tax evasion offences. Four more people are expected to follow (three of whom are police officers). And Brandon Steven is not one of them.

The Wichita illegal gambling investigation has been ongoing for more than three-years, but one doubts Aaron Sorkin is going to interested in turning into Molly’s Game Part Deux.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas has slapped the invisible cuffs onto the wrists of Danny Chapman and Daven ‘Smoke’ Flax. Chapman seems to be the Molly Bloom of the outfit. The 67-year-old confessed to being an underground bookie, who took action from Wichita residents between 2013-17. In that time he amassed a $1.5m fortune and laundered his money through the ownership of classy cars – ten of them to be exact. Chapman pleaded guilty to single count of operating an illegal gambling business and one count of tax evasion.

At the height of his powers, Chapman employed five people who acted as runners. One of them was Flax, who was also running an underground poker game that got quite big. The 46-year-old is said to have continually moved the game around the Wichita area to escape the all-seeing eye of the fuzz, and he might have gotten away with it if the feds hadn’t busted Chapman.

Flax held his hands up to two counts of operating an illegal gambling business, and one count of writing porky pies on his tax return. Flax’s Achilles heel was the same as Blooms (although not as high and sharp). He took a rake.

News reports cleared Brandon Steven of any wrongdoing. His brother, Rodney, and State Senator Michael O’Donnell were also given the all clear. My impression of Sherlock Holmes assumes Steven got caught up in the wiretaps because he is the owner of a car dealership and plays poker, two activities that would have put him in the crosshairs of Chapman.

The feds have charged four more people as part of the sting.

Michael Zajowski and Bruce Mackey face charges of obstructing a criminal investigation after the court revealed they tried to use their police powers to identify undercover officers investigating the illegal poker games. A third boy in blue, Michael Frederiksen, has been charged with lying to the FBI about his involvement in the game.  (didn’t his parents tell him that was wrong) Brock Wedman, not a copper, has also been charged with obstruction of justice and telling fibs to the FBI.

The sentencing follows with those in the dock facing five years in the clink and $500k in combined gambling and tax fines. However, as anyone who has watched Molly’s Game can attest, the six of them will likely end up with 200 hours of community service and a movie deal.

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Man who aided disoriented patient says she's getting care


The man who said he came to the aid of a visibly disoriented woman discharged from a Baltimore hospital wearing only a gown and socks on a frigid winter’s night said Friday that she’s been reunited with her family.

Imamu Baraka, a psychotherapist who has an office across the street from the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, told The Associated Press he was so angry at the woman’s treatment that he decided to record Tuesday night’s events on cellphone video, fearing no one would believe him if he reported a patient being left at a bus stop like that on a cold January night.

“I knew that she was not supposed to be discharged from a hospital with no clothing on and no shoes,” he said during a Friday interview in his office.

Baraka’s cellphone video shows several guards strolling back to the hospital after escorting the patient out wearing only a hospital gown and socks. He described temperatures in the 30s and a cold wind blowing at the woman’s hospital gown, exposing her to the elements.

Her street clothes were stuffed in plastic bags and dropped at an open-air bus stop. She appeared disoriented and distressed as she stumbled along the sidewalk, making keening vocalizations but unable to formulate any words.

Baraka said he’s been in regular contact with the 22-year-old woman’s mother, who is grateful for his intervention, since his video went viral. The video alerted the woman to the whereabouts of her daughter, who had been missing for two weeks, he said.

“She’s doing a lot better. She’s getting the treatment that she needs. She’s in the company of family. This is a good thing now, because now she is getting things she could not get before because of this video,” he said.

The mother of the young woman has not immediately responded to AP requests seeking comment.

Baraka said he was furious at the hospital security guards. Of those who brought her outdoors, he said: “I asked them three times, I asked them specifically, ‘Are you going to leave this lady out here like this?’ They kept walking.”

He then went and tried to help the woman shelter in the bus stop while calling 911 for an ambulance. He said he asked the arriving ambulance crew where they would take her, and they replied “back to the hospital.”

That’s exactly where she went. That same night, she was put in a taxi and sent to a homeless shelter, according to Baraka.

Baraka questioned the judgment of the medical professionals who authorized her release, asserting that they failed to avoid doing preventable harm.

“They failed that simple test. They put her in an environment where she could have literally ended up dead because it was cold that night,” he said.

Dr. Mohan Suntha, president and CEO of University of Maryland Medical Center, told a news conference Thursday afternoon that there were no excuses for what happened.

“We believe firmly that we provided appropriate medical care to a patient who came to us in need, but where we absolutely failed, and where we own that failure, is in the demonstration of basic humanity and compassion as a patient was being discharged from our organization after having received that care,” he said.

When asked for any updates to the hospital’s internal review, spokeswoman Lisa Clough said the administration is continuing its investigation and are “working to ensure that such a situation does not happen again.”

“This includes re-examining our policies and procedures to better understand where the breakdown occurred regarding this patient’s discharge,” Clough said in a Friday email.

The hospital is cooperating with regulatory agencies such as Maryland’s Office of Health Care Quality, according to Clough.

Baraka said he has spoken twice to Suntha, who has publicly thanked him for shooting the video.

“We are going to talk again, in person, after all the bigness of this sort of calms down. Oh, but he will be held accountable fully, one way or another,” Baraka said.

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Associated Press writer Bill Cormier contributed from Atlanta.



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Resorts World Catskills moves up launch date; del Lago downgrade


resorts-world-catskills-casinoNew York state’s newest casino Resorts World Catskills is moving up its launch date to coincide with the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration.

On Thursday, Montreign Operating Co LLC, a subsidiary of Empire Resorts Inc, which is itself controlled by Malaysian conglomerate Genting, announced it was moving up the grand opening of Resorts World Catskills from March 1 to February 8 (pending regulatory approval).

The casino has decided it wants to time its opening with the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Dog, which officially gets underway on February 16. The Catskills venue is located 90 miles north of New York City, and the venue evidently hopes to lure many of the Big Apple’s Chinese ex-pat community as well as any high-rolling international guests who may land at JFK.

The property’s Lunar New Year plans include a traditional dragon dance and what Resorts World Catskills CEO Ryan Eller called “red envelope surprises,’ while the 100k-square-foot casino floor will devote at least 30% of its space to Asian-centric table games.

If you still had doubts as to what type of clientele the casino hopes to attract, the casino also announced that is official address would be 888 Resorts World Drive. The company noted that, in certain cultures (ahem), three eights symbolize good fortune and prosperity, and the new address is intended to “signify the resort’s anticipated good luck of its future patrons.”

MOODY’S BEARISH ON DEL LAGO’S FUTURE
Resorts World Catskills will be the fourth commercial casino launched since New York approved new non-tribal casinos in 2015. So far, these properties have performed far below their original revenue projections, leading to concerns of market saturation.

Making matters worse, the Oneida Nation plans to open its third gaming venue on March 1, which will bring the state’s total complement of casinos and racinos to 19. The Oneida’s new 65k-square-foot Point Place Casino near Syracuse will feature 500 slots and 20 gaming tables, in addition to restaurant and bar options.

Last week, Moody’s Investors Service cut the outlook of the new del Lago Resort Casino in Finger Lakes to ‘negative,’ based on the $100m shortfall in the venue’s projected first-year revenue.

While Moody’s said it was confident that del Lago could continue to pay the interest on its bank loans for a while longer, “without a substantial improvement in revenue, del Lago will not be able to achieve a level of performance that can support its existing debt capital structure.”

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Delaware’s iGaming suffers double-digit decline in 2017


delaware-igaming-declineDelaware’s regulated online gambling market suffered a double-digit decline in 2017, reversing 2016’s double-digit gains.

Official figures filed by the Delaware Lottery show the state’s three gaming operators licensed to take online casino and poker action – Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway – earned combined online gambling revenue of just under $2.4m in 2017, down 18% from 2016’s total.

The state’s annual revenue is essentially a rounding error for many gambling markets, but such is the glacial state of US online gambling legalization that there are still only three active intrastate markets, so it is worth mentioning, if only to provide counterweight to New Jersey’s 2017 haul of $245m.

Video lottery games (slots to the rest of us) provided the bulk of the year’s iGaming revenue, but its $1.57m revenue was 10% below 2016’s $1.75m slots total. It was a similarly sad story for table games, which earned just under $559k last year, down 28% from $777k in 2016.

Leave it to poker to grab the most garish headline. Annual poker revenue hit a whopping $231k in 2017, down 38% from 2016’s $376k, possibly because one of the state’s 15 active players lost his phone or something. Bottom line, those plans to pool liquidity between New Jersey’s much larger (but similarly struggling) online poker sites and those of Delaware and Nevada can’t come soon enough.

Delaware launched its intrastate online gambling market in 2013, and while its population of less than 1m meant it was never going to produce mind-boggling revenue numbers, it at least appeared to be heading in the right direction. For instance, the 2016 annual haul was 62% higher than 2015’s result and represented a new record for the state.

The Delaware Lottery isn’t scheduled to release its final sports lottery numbers – which essentially dovetail with National Football League activity – until next month. However, the comparable figures available for the first three months of each season indicate that the state is well on its way toward exceeding last year’s total. Always leave on a high note, as they say.

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Why this year's flu is worse and how to help prevent the spread


The flu has ramped up early this year and is rapidly spreading across the country, with widespread flu activity in 46 states, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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“This is a feature of this year’s flu — not only did it start early, but it seemed to occur all over the country more or less simultaneously,” Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told ABC News.

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How bad is it?

The flu has not yet reached “epidemic” proportions, according to last week’s CDC data, but it may happen soon. A flu epidemic occurs when the percentage of people who have died from the flu exceeds a threshold set by the CDC using data from prior years. Last week, the number of people who died from the flu this year was only 0.2 percent below that threshold.

Doctor’s visits for flu-like illness are rising. This year’s numbers are almost identical to three years ago, in the 2014-2015 season — both years surpassed what was seen last year, 2016-2017.

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Twenty-six states are reporting high flu activity, with some of the worst in Arkansas, where 14 percent of outpatient doctor visits were for influenza-like illness last week. Neighboring states of Mississippi and Texas also have high flu activity, with 12 percent of doctors’ visits related to flu-like symptoms.

But when patients must be admitted to the hospital, flu can turn deadly. The number of patients in the hospital for flu-like illness nationally has doubled in the past two weeks and is higher than in recent years — about 35 percent up from the same time last year. Most of the people who are hospitalized for the flu are over the age of 65.

The predominant flu strain this year is H3N2, a form of influenza A. This strain is included in this year’s flu vaccine, but information on how effective the vaccine has been is typically not available until the flu season is over.

Vaccine effectiveness typically ranges from 40 to 60 percent in a good year. Preliminary estimates from last year show the vaccine was 40 percent effective in the U.S., similar to 2014-2015.

Concerns have been raised about this year’s vaccine after an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine last Thursday said it was only 10 percent effective against H3N2 in Australia.

Schaffner cautions against using this statistic to predict how well the vaccine will work in the U.S., since this is not official CDC data, but warns it could be a bad sign.

“We are being affected by the basically same virus and using basically the same vaccine,” he said.

Additionally, years in which H3N2 is the predominant influenza strain tend to have higher death rates, with approximately 20,000 deaths in the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 seasons when H3N2 predominated.

The good news is that this year’s flu seems to be quite susceptible to the available flu medications, like Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir. What’s more, Tamiflu, is “widely available” according to its manufacturers, who do not expect any shortage of the medication. It is most helpful if taken within 48 hours of the start of the flu.

Schaffner points out that the vaccine provides good protection against other influenza strains, which are becoming more common this season.

“It’s an imperfect vaccine, but it’s the best we have, and it still does provide a terrific amount of protection — complete protection and partial protection,” he said. “You contribute to your own protection and a healthier community — a community where there is less likelihood of spread.”

How the flu vaccine helps

First, get the vaccine — there’s still time.

“It is late and so do not walk, run,” said Schaffner. “Run to your provider’s office or pharmacy to get the vaccine.”

It can take up to two weeks for the body to build up defenses against the virus, he added.

The vaccine protect individuals from the flu, but also helps prevent spreading it to the sick, the elderly, pregnant women, and children — all of whom are more likely to have serious consequences from influenza.

It is especially important for pregnant women to get the vaccine, according to Schaffner.

“There is dual benefit for the pregnant woman to get vaccinated,” he said. “Not only will she get protection, but she’ll also pass those antibodies along to her infant, which will protect them for the first 6 months of life when the infant is too young to get the vaccine. And the vaccine is safe for pregnant women and the fetus.”

For those who contract the flu, it could make symptoms less severe, Schaffner added. According to the CDC, the vaccine helps to reduce doctor’s visits, missed school or work and hospitalizations due to the flu.

Other precautions to protect against the flu

Next, make sure to wash hands carefully to limit the spread of the virus and try to avoid close contact with sick people.

For those who do get the flu, Shaffner said, avoid contact with others.

“Stay home, don’t go to work, don’t go to the gym, don’t go to religious services,” he said. “Nobody wants to be a dreaded spreader.”

And remember to consider antiviral medications, like Tamiflu.

“If you get sick, call your provider, because your provider might prescribe an antiviral,” Schaffner said. “If we get in early enough, we can make your infection less severe, perhaps shorten it by a day and make it less likely that you get the complications.”

People who get sick should also keep up with fluids — and seek medical attention if they start to feel worse or develop shortness of breath, worsening congestion or cough.



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PAGCOR 2017 gaming revenue close to $1.19B


Gross revenue of state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) grew by 7 percent in 2017 on the back of a strong performance by the casino sector.

PAGCOR 2017 gaming revenue close to $1.19BPAGCOR chair Andrea Domingo announced that the state regulator pocketed “close to PHP60 billion (US$1.19 billion)” in 2017, which was slightly below the target. Nevertheless, last year’s sum was higher than the PHP55.06 billion ($1.09 billion) PAGCOR posted in 2016.

The chunk of PAGCOR’s 2017 gaming revenue came from its 46 casino properties, which raked in PHP22.44 billion ($444.6 million). PAGCOR-licensed casino fees contributed another PHP19.27 billion ($382.5 million).

Traditional bingo and e-bingo licensees gave PAGCOR PHP9.45 billion ($187.58 million), while the state regulator’s share from other gaming licensees such as e-games, poker, junket operations was at PHP5.50 billion ($109.17 million).

Internationally licensed online gambling operators contributed PHP3.14 billion ($62.32 million).

“Although the biggest chunk in the agency’s revenues still comes from PAGCOR-operated casinos, the licensed casinos also contributed significantly,” Domingo told CalvinAyre.com in an e-mail.

On Thursday, PAGCOR held a celebratory cocktails and dinner soirée for its licensees and paid tribute to their social and economic contributions to the country. Among those who graced the occasion were Filipino casino mogul Enrique Razon and neophyte casino operator Dennis Uy, whose company plans to build a $341 million casino on the island of Cebu.

The Philippine News Agency reported that President Rodrigo Duterte reminded the operators in attendance that they may expand their business in the country as long as they shun graft and corruption.

Acknowledging that corruption remains a perennial problem in the country, Duterte encouraged gambling operators to report all cases of corruption directly to him, to his officials, or through the Citizens’ Complaint Hotline.

“Please do not give them [government officials] the luxury of extortion. All you have to do is just you can call anybody in government… And I will take care of it,” he said, according to the news outlet. “All I have to do is for you to cooperate and I said do not give in to extortionist. Be it the police, the BIR, Customs. If I learn that you engage in corruption, I’ll make it hard for you.”

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UltraPlay elevates its eSports betting solutions at ICE 2018


Advanced betting solutions provider UltraPlay will present its premium eSports betting suite during the upcoming ICE Totally Gaming (6-8 February), in London.

UltraPlay elevates its eSports betting solutions at ICE 2018With its 7 years at the iGaming frontline, UltraPlay is fully prepared to present its latest products and expanded portfolio to all delegates who are invited to the company’s booth #S1-110.

Among the company’s extended offerings and highlights this year to catch the attendees’ interest are:

Esports betting solutions – The revolutionary match-predicting system offering the widest odds feed on the market right now – odds.gg will be presented with the latest add-ons and upgrades made by the company in the last 12 months. Besides the most popular game titles, UltraPlay has expended its odds feed with Heroes of the Storm Live, Kind of Glory also covering live betting as well as FIFA Interactive World Cup and GWENT. Along with the diversified coverage of 25 competitive games, UltraPlay offers 3000+ eSports events monthly as well as 1500+ in-play events. UltraPlay’s team will answer why eSports betting holds great potential, and how the iGaming brands can benefit from it.

Trading services – The advanced risk management and trading panel empowers larger operators with trading teams to fully control their pre-match and live offer leading to a successful iGaming operation.

Advanced betting platform and world-class iframe solution – Turnkey solution powered by UltraPlay will meet all requirements of operators searching to expand their betting options in order to elevate players’ experience. Growth is only possible with a reliable partner such as UltraPlay with a platform backed up with a wide range of functionalities and cutting-edge technology. The figures don’t lie – 50+ sports, more than 30,000 live events per month as well as 2000+ betting markets.

eGold – the ultimate eSports betting cryptocurrency will be presented during its crowdsale. All interested in the project can subscribe to the sale at: https://egold.gg/subscribe/. Blockchain technology for eSports betting will be shown on Buff88, an eSports dedicated platform, which is going to be released this month. As a crypto and eSports dedicated brand, a number of cryptocurrencies will be available on Buff88, starting with Bitcoin as well as eGold. Attendees will be acquainted with the project’s goals and advantages of the Blockchain-based betting.

UltraPlay is in Bitcoin since 2013 and during ICE will share its in-depth knowledge on how iGaming brands can lead the Blockchain technology wave and benefit from the advanced betting solutions. Latest information regarding eGold is available at: www.egold.gg

About UltraPlay:

UltraPlay is a modern technological company, founded in 2010, with the core ambition to offer an innovative approach to the online gaming industry by providing advanced betting solutions, focused on eSports, sports betting, casino, live betting and bitcoin solutions.

Assembled by a team of iGaming professionals with vast experience in betting product development, operations, eSports and marketing, UltraPlay is a trusted partner for delivering superior sports software and odds products to its customers. Learn more about the company here: www.ultraplay.co

Press contact:
Lyubomira Petrova
PR and Marketing Manager at UltraPlay
Email: l.petrova@ultraplay.co

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