Issue N21, 2013

May 22, 2013

EUR 2.8 Million Jackpot Win at

A stunned mother of two earned herself EUR 2.8 million ($3.5 million) on Cryptologic’s progressive jackpot online slot game, The Millionaire’s Club after playing the game at online casino. Since the game was launched at Cryptologic casinos in 2004, it has hit a total of 17 times, making sure that online gamblers continue to join the Millionaire’s Club as the name implies.

The 44 year old winner, who hit the jackpot on May 3rd, said that she had headed to her favorite online casino to unwind after work and she wagered a mere EUR 5 on the progressive slot game.

“When the message popped up telling me I had won €2.8 million, I nearly fainted,” said the winner,

She said that she will use some of her money to buy a brand new home and then spoil her family on a holiday to an exotic destination.

“A reasonable amount will, of course, be put into a savings account,” she said. “Other than that, the comfortable life can start.”

Cryptologic’s parent company, Amaya Gaming also congratulated the winner. “ has been a partner of Amaya Gaming since 2005 and our games have proven to be extremely popular,” said the group’s Chief Executive Officer David Baazov. “We are thrilled that the Millionaire's Club progressive jackpot has been hit again. This jackpot has paid out over €24 million since it was introduced in 2004 and continues to regularly change lives.”

New Jersey Spells out Online Gambling Regulations

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has published a list of online gambling regulations that will act as a basis for a more permanent list that is due for publication on June 3rd. The 77 page draft, which went live on the New Jersey government website, provides a list of guidelines and explains how New Jersey online gambling will work.

The rules that govern live gambling in casinos in New Jersey will also apply to online gambling. Players will need to open an account with a physical casino in Atlantic City before they can start playing online and they can then deposit funds into their account using credit cards, debits cards or casino account transfers. They can also deposit cash into their account at the casino itself.

The casinos will have to keep comprehensive records of all transactions and gameplay, and this information will need to be available should authorities wish to view it.

These guidelines are still in draft form and may still be changed before the June 3rd date.

William Hill will Continue to Support Scottish Cup

The UK gambling giant, William Hill, has announced that it will extend its sponsorship of the Scottish Cup until 2016. The deal was struck with the Scottish Football Association. Will Hill’s initial deal with the SFA was inked in 2011 for a three year period. William Hill will act as the title sponsor for the trophy and will also be the official supporter of the men’s national team.

The Chief Marketing Officer for William Hill, Kristof Fahy said: “It’s a great honor for us to be associated with the Scottish Cup and we’re delighted to be in a position to extend our relationship with the oldest association trophy in world football. We’re very excited about this new deal and look forward to working with the fans, clubs and the Scottish Football Association to make this great contribution even bigger and better over the coming years.”

The extension of the deal with the Scottish Football Association means that William Hill can continue to showcase its online, mobile and retail products to the Scottish market.

Major Changes Coming to Dutch Online Gambling

The Dutch government announced that it will be opening its online gambling market up to competition in the next couple of years. Draft legislation published this week named 2015 as the year that the state’s monopoly on the industry will end. In a statement made by justice minister Fred Teeven, applicants will be made for a license and these will be issued as long as very high standards are met.

Operators in the newly regulated Dutch market will be taxed 20% - a lower rate than the state run Holland Casino – so as to encourage them to set up their operations in the Netherlands. License holders will need to commit to the contribution of a predetermined amount into a fund that will be earmarked to educate on responsible gambling. Players will be allowed to put themselves on a national self-exclusion list, which will be made available to all licensees.

The draft of the law will be sent to parliament in two months time, and at the moment, it is being consulted on by experts and other interested parties.