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Briefly: EGR Live seminar schedule released; Washington considers “scratch-ticket” machines

TAGs: EGR Live, scratch-tickets, Washington State

egr-liveMay’s EGR Live 2011 conference has today announced the schedule for the some 50 free seminars that will be on offer to delegates.

The two-day event, taking place from 3-4 May at the Business Design Centre in London, will be an invaluable chance to learn and also network with those at the forefront of the online gambling industry.

Everything from monopolies and regulation to the role of social networking in the gaming industry will be covered, in addition to EGR Live’s renowned CEO panel.

There will also be subject specific seminar streams on bingo, casino, mobile, payments, poker, regulated markets, sportsbetting, acquisition and retention, and IT and infrastructure.

More information on the conference is available at this link.

washington-stateWashington state is also in the news as a study has estimated that they could gain up to $380million every two years in taxes by allowing “scratch-ticket” machines to be installed at non-tribal casinos.

The Recreational Gambling Association (RGA) undertook the study that was released on Wednesday, as they looked at the moneymaking potential of the machines that are currently only permitted at tribal casinos.

Their proposal would see 125 machines installed at each of the state’s 63 established card rooms. The state would collect a 30% privilege tax on all winnings and it’s believed that it could generate $150million next year if the machines are installed at established locations.

There is no bill on the table as yet so this may be a long way off but the RGA is obviously very enthusiastic about the money that this venture could bring the state.

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