Clubs NSW Bids Against Tatts For Pokies Monitoring Role
Leading Australian wagering and gaming company, Tatts, is being opposed in its bid to extend its deal to monitor the estimated 100,000 poker machines in New South Wales. They currently monitor all gaming machines outside of the casino, found in licensed clubs and hotels around the state. Tatts has held the existing license for fifteen years, but now that it is coming to an end, Clubs NSW is putting forward their own bid for the contract.
The NSW government retained PwC to put together a shortlist of companies to take over the license. Clubs NSW has partnered with the Hotels Association of NSW to file a bid for the contract. Clubs NSW members already control 75,000 of the state’s poker machines. They have hired US-based gaming and lottery systems company, IGT, to be their technology partner to help improve the level of service that was available under Tatts and address some of the complaints that were received in previous years.
Tatts has rebid for the contract through its Maxgaming subsidiary. There are two other companies in the running as well, US-based Scientific Games and Greek-based Intralot. The winner of the bid will be announced in the coming months. Code named Project Caesar, the new license will be managed by PwC and the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.
While Tatts is fighting to continue in its position as monitor of pokies, it has managed to extend its current license for a further 12 months. The license was due to expire on November 30 with the new contractor taking over on December 1; however the new operator will now only begin their contract from late 2017.
April 16, 2017