Håkan Hallstedt has been appointed as the new chairman of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF). Hallstedt is also the director general of the Swedish Lotteriinspektionen (Swedish Gaming Board) and replaces Signe Birne of Latvia’s Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection. Upon his appointment, Hallstedt said: “Now I will put together a work programme together with the board, which will aim at making GREF more effective in its work. It is important to have a clear agenda when the different gambling laws and regulations look very different from country to country and where the interests do not always coincide.”
JCM Global has won a contract to become the preferred supplier of German gaming hall operator Noro-Automaten. German gaming halls owned by the firm will now benefit from JCM’s UBA-RC bill validator, Intelligent Cash Box (ICB), PayCheck thermal printer and digital display solutions. The deal also includes certain bet & win shops run by Noro-Automaten and the Managing Director of Noro Automaten, Harry Karolczyk, said, “It was very important for us to optimize our cash handling processes. The UBA has been considered to be the top-of-the-line product across Europe for years, and we were extremely impressed by its new recycling functionality, and we found it to be the perfect solution for our needs.”
Casinos Austria is expanding their services in Belgium only a week after they entered the market. The company, in association with Grand Casino Brussels, is expanding the win2day.be site to offer sports betting, bingo and poker, as well as the original casino games.
Net Entertainment has announced that they are sponsoring Sweden’s IT-Geek of the year award. Applications are already open and the company’s HR Director, Maria Z Furenmo stated: “We hope that the applications we receive in our nomination of the IT-Geek of the year in Sweden 2012, will reflect the amazing diversity and creativity that is exploding today within the IT sector as well in the gaming industry, We are very excited and proud to be part of this event.”