Law and Regulations

Swedish regulator issued warning to PSPs

The Swedish Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has written to payment service providers (PSPs) warning them not to do business with unlicensed gambling operators targeting the country’s regulated igaming market. In the letter, the regulator warned that facilitating payments to and from unlicensed operators puts Swedish consumers at risk by allowing them …

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US senators working on federal sports betting bill

New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Utah Senator Mitt Romney are collaborating on a federal sports betting legislation. They are supported by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the collegiate sports body. According to media reports, the legislation would be similar to the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act, which was …

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bet-at-home hit with €12m tax bill in Austria

bet-at-home, Betclic Everest Group-owned sports betting operator, has revealed that it expects to receive an €11.9m ($13.1m) bill from the Austrian tax authorities, relating to the activities of its Linz-based subsidiary. Austria is conducting a tax assessment on bet-at-home.com Entertainment through the Ministry of Finance. According to bet-at-home, auditors have …

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UKGC suspends EveryMatrix license

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has suspended with immediate effect the online casino and betting operator license of EveryMatrix as part of a review of the company’s customer interaction framework. Throughout the commission’s review, EveryMatrix would not be able to provide B2C services, including offering real event betting or betting …

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Philippines president rejects calls for gambling ban

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced that he will not ban online gambling in the country despite strong pressure from China. Duterte announced it at a news conference upon his return from a five-day official visit to China, during which he met the country’s President Xi Jinping. “We decide to …

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Cambodia bans online gambling

Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, has ordered a complete shutdown of all online gambling activities in the country. The decision has sparked a massive exodus of Chinese workers. The 67-year-old Prime Minister used an official government statement to declare that his nation must not rely on such iGaming licensing …

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96 domains blacklisted by Swiss regulator

The Swiss gambling regulator, Eidgeosssische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK) and Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission (Comlot) has released a first blacklist of foreign gambling sites. Comlot’s blacklist has launched with 65 domains, including multiple sites operated by a single company, with 39 on the ESBK list. However, there is a lot of …

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Videoslots granted green light to launch in Denmark

Malta-based online casino operator Videoslots.com has been awarded a license by the Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden). The license adds Videoslots online casino offer to existing markets in Malta, Sweden and the UK. Danish players will now have access to Videoslots’ portfolio of over 3,500 games, including popular titles Battle of …

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Ukraine targets new gambling law

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has directed his government to legalize gambling in an effort to combat the shadow economy and stimulate investment activity in the country. After winning a big victory in Ukraine’s presidential elections, Mr Zelensky, a former comedian, was inaugurated as the country’s top official in May. About …

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Golden Casino with clear path to NBA betting

New Jersey’s State Senate passed a law that would enable Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget Casino to take bets on all NBA contests, aside from those that involve the Houston Rockets team which was acquired by the casino’s owner, Tilman Fertitta, in 2017. Under current rules, introduced last year, casinos that …

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Maltese regulator unveils new Sports Integrity Unit

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has established a new Sports Integrity Unit to gather and share intelligence on suspicious betting activity. The Integrity Unit will be serving as the MGA’ liaison to foreign regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies, wagering monitoring systems and sports governing bodies combatting the manipulation of sports. …

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Blackbet license suspended after UKGC review

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has instigated a review of the online gaming and betting license held by platform supplier FSB Technology and used for one of its licensees – Blackbet.co.uk. The website, offering casino and sportsbook, has voluntarily suspended all activities. Blackbet.co.uk has become the second issue for FSB …

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SKS365 hit with €124m Italian tax claim

SKS365 Group, the operating company of Italian bookmaker PlanetWin365, has been charged by the Italian Financial Police of corporate tax evasion totalling €124 million. According to a statement by the Guardia di Finanza (GDF) of the Reggio Calabria region, a law enforcement body that handles financial crimes, SKS365 had failed to declare …

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PayPal to shut down services to German online casino players

Starting on October 21, German gamblers will no longer be able to use their PayPal accounts for online casino gambling purposes after a recent update of the payments giant’s German-language guidelines. After the government recently ordered the payment processor to stop facilitating unauthorized online casino activity, PayPal updated its German market …

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Kindred subsidiary hit with €470,000 Dutch fine

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands Gambling Authority, has fined Stockholm-listed operator Kindred Group’ subsidiary Trannel International €470,000 for serving Dutch players without a local license. The company has already launched an appeal against it. The fine was issued under the current Dutch Gaming Act, which prevents online operators from securing a …

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Suspicious betting decrease in football

The Global Football Report 2019 has revealed that suspicious betting patterns in the sport have decreased following a year-long data study which spanned 62,250 football matches played across 115 countries in 6 continents. The report, which was was released by the working partnership of Stats Perform’s integrity unit, Starlizard Integrity Services and TXODDS, found out that …

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1xBet suspends UK operations following investigation

Online gambling operator 1xBet has suspended its operations on the territory of the UK after an investigation held by ‘the Sunday Times’ into improper conduct. ‘The Times’ reported last week, that the major gambling regulatory body in the country, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) had launched a probe into the activities of 1xBet, which had operated in the UK …

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