KSA issued €3.5m worth of fines in 2019

first_img Regions: Europe Western Europe Netherlands Topics: Legal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) imposed fines worth a combined €3.5m (£3.0m/$3.9m) in 2019, a 105.8% increase from 2018.In total, the KSA issued a total of ten fines in the year. The fines were issued to 1xBet in February, Casumo Services and Onisac in April, Simbat and Spinity in June, Trannel International and ElectraWorks in August, The Stars Group in September and Royal Panda and LeoVegas in October. In 2018, seven fines were imposed.KSA chairman René Jansen said the increase in fines was due to stricter enforcement of rules and higher penalties against targeting Dutch players with online gambling offerings in the lead-up to the opening of the Dutch regulated market, scheduled for 1 July 2021.“The online gaming offer is huge. Enforcement choices must be made,” Jansen said. “In mid-2017, while awaiting the legalisation of online gambling, the KSA tightened the criteria it uses to select online providers for enforcement measures. These criteria are all aimed at protecting Dutch consumers against illegal online offers. Parties that use the Dutch language, Dutch symbols and Dutch payment methods, for example, will have to deal with the KSA.“There are several reasons for the doubling of the amount collected. For example, the basic fine has been increased, a recidivist has been included and more large providers have been fined than before.”Jansen added that he cannot guarantee that every fine will be paid, but that non-payment would prevent any gambling business from receiving a licence when the market opens.In November 2019, the KSA announced that it is to begin publicising operators that refuse to pay fines, in order to help consumers to identify unlicensed and illegal websites.“We cannot yet say whether the fines imposed in 2019 will all be paid, because there are still time limits. We do see, however, that more and more people do pay,” Jansen said. “That is, we think, because the Remote Gambling Act has been adopted by the Senate. Probably from 1 January 2021 online gambling licences can be applied for.“If a fine has not been paid, we consider a party to be unreliable. And by definition, non-reliable means no licence.”In addition, the KSA withdrew 41 operating licences for slot machines in 2019. The regulator said most of this withdrawn licences were due to non-payment of fees or failing reliability tests.Jansen said the fight against online gambling offerings will continue in 2020.“We will continue to [punish illegal gambling operators] long as online offerings are illegal,” Jansen said. “Earlier this month we announced that we will be adding age verification as a criterion from January 1, 2020. Illegal providers of online gambling who do not visibly verify the age of participants before the registration process is completed, will be dealt with as a priority.“Preventing minors from taking part in gambling is an important priority of the KSA.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) imposed fines worth a combined €3.5m (£3.0m/$3.9m) in 2019, a 105.8% increase from 2018. 3rd January 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle KSA issued €3.5m worth of fines in 2019 Tags: Online Gambling Email Addresslast_img read more

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PointsBet launches mobile sports betting in Indiana

first_imgLegal & compliance PointsBet launches mobile sports betting in Indiana Regions: US Indiana Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter PointsBet has launched mobile sports betting in the state of Indiana after it secured approval from the state’s Gaming Commission. Tags: Mobile Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 6th March 2020 | By contenteditor Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting PointsBet has launched mobile sports betting in the state of Indiana after it secured approval from the state’s Gaming Commission.The operator will be active in the state via its PointsBet Indiana subsidiary, with consumers able to place a wide range of sports wagers via its mobile platform.The launch means PointsBet is now active in three US states, with the operator also offering sports betting in New Jersey and Iowa.“The PointsBet team is excited to share that we are now officially live in Indiana – our third state of operation – where we look forward to providing the sports-loving community in the Hoosier State with the fastest, premium sports betting product they deserve,” PointsBet US chief executive Johnny Aitken said.Read the full story on iGB North America.last_img read more

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MGA warns licensees about marketing during Covid-19

first_imgCasino & games The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has reminded licensees to be socially responsible with their commercial communications during the Covid-19 pandemic.The regulator reminded licensees that the current situation is likely to be highly distressing to many players and said that any marketing communication that makes a reference to the disease – either directly or indirectly – would be considered in breach of its regulations.The MGA added that commercial communications must not encourage antisocial behaviour or suggest that gaming can be a resolution to social, educational, personal or professional problems, portray gaming as socially attractive or suggest that solitary gaming is preferable to social gaming.In addition, communications must not suggest that gaming can be an alternative to employment, solution to financial concerns or a form of financial investment.The MGA also instructed operators to remind affiliates of these rules to ensure that they are marketing and licensees’ products responsibly.The Maltese regulator’s intervention is the latest instance of a gambling supervisory body cracking down on those that may look to exploit the pandemic for financial gain.Earlier this month, Dutch regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) criticised unlicensed operators for publishing adverts encouraging consumers to use their illegal online services to gamble while gaming venues in the country are closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19. It then announced a €50,000 premium on any fine levied on offshore operators that referenced the pandemic in its marketing.Yesterday (26 March), British Gambling Commission chair Neil McArthur issued a message to online gambling operators, reminding them of the importance of consumer protection and responsible marketing amid the effects of the novel coronavirus.McArthur said that, given the massive increase in people who will be at home for most of the day, licensees must make sure their standards of consumer protection remain as high as possible. There had already been a notable increase in activity around online slots, poker, casino gaming and virtual sports, he noted. Regions: Europe Southern Europe Malta Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has reminded licensees to be socially responsible with their commercial communications during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 27th March 2020 | By Daniel O’Boylecenter_img Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter MGA warns licensees about marketing during Covid-19 Email Addresslast_img read more

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8 April: Where’s the action?

first_imgSports betting Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter iGB, in partnership with sports data specialist Abelson Info, is providing an updated list of the sporting events taking place each weekday throughout the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 8th April 2020 | By contenteditorcenter_img 8 April: Where’s the action? Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting iGB, in partnership with sports data specialist Abelson Info, is providing an updated list of the sporting events taking place each weekday throughout the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.This will ensure our readers have a regularly updated roster of the sporting events happening that day. The format has been tweaked, with a full table of the day’s action at the bottom of the page.Basketball Taiwan’s Super Basketball League returns today. Darts Today’s darts schedule expands as organisers move to remote, live-streamed events. Joining the ongoing Icons of Darts Live League is the Professional Darts Corporation’s PDC Darts at Home. Featuring 2019 Open winner Nathan Aspinall and former world number one Steve Beaton, it will see four players compete throughout the evening.Football Today’s football schedule is fairly expansive, with Belarus’ main cup competition taking place. The Nicaraguan Premier League (and its reserve league), as well as the Tajikistan League will all play today.Golf As usual, the action is centred on Arizona, where the Outlaw Tour’s Orange Tree Classic moves into its second round, and The Cactus Tour’s Apache Creek event begins its first.Greyhounds Events in Australia and the US are taking place today.Horse Racing Today we have coverage of Hong Kong racing, from Happy Valley Racecourse. The US schedule narrows to events in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Florida, and as usual the bulk of the action takes place in Australia.Ice Hockey Ice hockey remains concentrated in Eastern Europe, specifically Russia and Belarus.Table Tennis Today’s table tennis events see the Russian Liga Pro and Ukraine’s Setka Cup continue.This list is not intended to be exhaustive, and all events are subject to change. iGB is working on adding an esports component to this round-up.Abelson Info was set up by Ed Abelson in 2003 to supply the bookmaking industry with the crucial sports data it required as the online betting industry began to boom. Starting with just a handful of employees and even fewer clients, the business has since grown and evolved to accommodate the ever-changing requirements of the industry.We now supply data and technical services to the majority of the top tier bookmakers and platform providers in the UK, along with many of the biggest media corporations and development firms across the world. We have a stellar reputation for delivering top quality data and are always on hand to support customers, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.last_img read more

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L&L Europe penalised for Swedish self-exclusion breach

first_img Sweden’s Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has issued a SEK600,000 (£48,200/€54,800/$59,600) penalty fee to L&L Europe Ltd for its failure to enforce self-exclusions from national self-exclusion register Spelpaus.se.L&L Europe Ltd operates 14 casino sites in Swede, including the Fun Casino, HyperCasino, No Bonus Casino and Norge Casino brands.An investigation into L&L started after self-excluded players told Spelinspektionen that they had been able to play at its sites.L&L said the issue was due to a change in its bank ID verification supplier, which led to a delay in processing self-exclusion requests from Spelpaus for players who had set up accounts before 1 January, 2019. This issue affected self-excluded customers from 28 April 2019 to 6 May 2019.The operator has since returned all deposits to a self-excluded player that was still able to gamble.Spelinspektionen said that the violation was to be considered “serious”, which would mean an operator’s licence may be revoked unless a warning is deemed sufficient.“The fact that L&L did not complete the required Spelpaus.se checks speaks for itself that the violation should be considered serious,” Spelinspektionen said. “In addition, that a player was able to play despite being registered in Spelpaus.se further indicates that the violation is serious.”However, as L&L corrected the issue themselves meant that a warning and penalty fee was considered appropriate the regulator concluded. The penalty fee was set at 0.1% of L&L’s turnover. Topics: Legal & compliance Sweden’s Gaming Authority (Spelinspektionen) has issued a SEK600,000 (£48,200/€54,800/$59,600) penalty fee to L&L Europe Ltd for its failure to enforce self-exclusions from national self-exclusion register Spelpaus.se. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Legal & compliance L&L Europe penalised for Swedish self-exclusion breach Tags: Online Gambling 22nd April 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Email Addresslast_img read more

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Betsafe inks sponsorship deals ahead of Kenya launch

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Betsson brand Betsafe has agreed three-year sponsorship deals with Kenyan football clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, both of which had been struggling financially since the withdrawal of their previous sponsor, local operator Sportpesa. Regions: Africa East Africa Kenya Betsafe inks sponsorship deals ahead of Kenya launch Marketing & affiliates Betsson brand Betsafe has agreed three-year sponsorship deals with Kenyan football clubs Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, both of which had been struggling financially since the withdrawal of their previous sponsor, local operator Sportpesa.Betsafe does not currently operate in Kenya, but Tom Bwana, public relations and partner manager of Betsson’s Kenyan subsidiary Bet High Kenya, said that Betsafe plans to enter the Kenyan market in the coming months.“We will be launching in the Kenyan market very soon and our top priority is to support Kenyan football,” Bwana said.The operator will be the main shirt sponsor for both Nairobi-based clubs, which had previously been sponsored by Sportpesa. However, the operator cancelled all sports sponsorship agreements in the country in August 2019 after Kenyan authorities ordered telecoms companies to block payments to Sportpesa because of a dispute over taxes on betting stakes.In September, Sportpesa withdrew from the Kenyan market after a further tax on stakes was implemented and the operator has not yet returned, despite a November 2019 court ruling determining that the initial controversial tax should be levied on player winnings instead.According to media reports in Kenya, both clubs faced serious financial trouble after Sportpesa withdrew as a sponsor, with each team asking fans for funds after being forced to delay paying player wages.Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier said the club – which won the Kenyan Premier League on 18 occasions including in 2017, 2018 and 2019 –  was in need of long-term financial support and was pleased to have found a partner that it believes to be reliable.“We are very happy to announce this deal with Betsafe,” Rachier said. “It is a very welcome message to all our fans that we have secured long term financial support from a strong and safe partner.“With Betsafe, we get an engaged and reliable partner with a focus on responsible gaming, but also a partner who shares our passion and values about football and the excitement that comes with it.”Dr. Dan Shikanda, chairman of 13-time Kenyan champion AFC Leopards, said the new sponsor helped ensure the club’s financial security.“We are very proud to announce this new major deal with the Betsafe brand, especially to our fans. For us, this sponsorship means everything, as it gives us a sense of security and work peace to be able to focus even more on becoming the best team in the country.“With Betsafe, we have a reliable partner with strong focus on responsible gaming and passion for football”, Shikanda said.Bwana added that Betsafe looked forward to building engagement with fans of both clubs.center_img Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting 18th June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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Diamond Inferno by Microgaming

first_img Topics: Casino & games Slots AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Diamond Inferno by Microgaming 28th July 2020 | By Aaron Noy Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Casino & games Email Address Diamond Inferno™, by Triple Edge Studios for Microgaming, sets the reels ablaze with sizzling-hot gameplay, flaming graphics and amped up sounds.This fiery five-reel slot is ready to raise the heat with free respins, expanding reels, lucrative diamond scatter pays and a rewarding multiplier trail.It’s time to fire up the action with Diamond Inferno™!You can download the First Look Games affiliate pack for this slot here!last_img read more

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William Hill rolls out online and mobile sportsbook in WV

first_img Topics: Sports betting Email Address William Hill rolls out online and mobile sportsbook in WV Bookmaker William Hill US has announced the launch of its online and mobile sportsbook in the state of West Virginia.Built on William Hill’s proprietary platform, the sportsbook website and app offer a range of markets and bet types across professional and collegiate sports.The app also includes multiple deposit and withdrawal options, as well as live scoring game casts and a built-in registration process.When registered, players can access the William Hill sportsbook mobile app from anywhere inside the state.William Hill now offers mobile sports betting in four states, with its platform also active in Iowa, Nevada and New Jersey. The bookmaker also provides trading services for the Rhode Island Lottery’s mobile app.Read the full story on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img Sports betting Bookmaker William Hill US has announced the launch of its online and mobile sportsbook in the state of West Virginia. Regions: US West Virginia 4th September 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

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Bally’s and Barstool granted approved for sports betting in Virginia

first_img Tags: Bally’s Corporation Barstool Sports Read the full story on iGB North America The announcement signifies Bally’s arrival into the Virginia gaming market. It also hopes to build a a new $650m casino resort in the city of Richmond. This permit will allow Virginia-based sports fans to avail of both Bally’s Bet.Works sports betting platform and the Kambi-powered Barstool product from Penn National Gaming. Barstool Sportsbook and Bally’s have both been approved to launch sports betting in Virginia Topics: Sports 17th March 2021 | By Marese O’Hagan Regions: US Virginia Bally’s and Barstool granted approved for sports betting in Virginia Sports AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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Oregon sports betting revenue up 293.0% YoY in May but down from April

first_img Regions: Oregon The Oregon Lottery has reported a 293.0% year-on-year increase in sports betting revenue to $2.4m (£1.8m/€2.0m)in May, while the US state’s handle also jumped 280.8% to $27.7m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 7th June 2021 | By Robert Fletcher In terms of consumer spending, the state’s handle grew significantly year-on-year, with the $27.7m wagered by players in May also 9.5% higher than the $25.3m bet in April. However, revenue in May was down 11.1% from the $2.7m posted in April this year. Tags: Revenue Handle May Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports betting Oregon sports betting revenue up 293.0% YoY in May but down from April Gross gaming revenue (GGR) from the DraftKings-powered Scoreboard sportsbook was significantly higher than the $598,061 generated in May 2020, though last year’s figures were impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, with players’ betting options limited due to the cancellation of many sports events. Read the full story on iGB North America. Basketball remained by far the most popular sport to bet on in May, with players spending $16.2m during the month, resulting in $1.5m in GGR. Topics: Sports betting Online sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

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