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Poland approves Gambling Act amendments

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The Polish government has approved a series of amendments to its Gambling Act that will see an increased focus on player protection, a relaxation of certain land-based laws and the introduction of an expanded catalogue of online games.   The Polish Council of Ministers has approved a series of amendments to the country’s Gambling Act, which, it argues, will help reduce...

Danish Gambling Authority issues new licence fee structure

Danish Gambling Authority
The Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, has brought into force a new casino licence fee structure, where the cost of annual payment is stipulated by each casino’s GGR. The new framework, effective from July 1, replaces an older fee structure - where Danish casinos recompensed the state regulator for costs associated with operational supervision. Under former legislation, a DGA officer had...

Importance of unity underlined at ECA Summer Meeting

Venice ECA Summer Meeting
On June 28-29, European Casino Association (ECA) members and associate members convened at the Casinò di Venezia in Venice, Italy, for the association’s annual Summer Meeting.   The two-day event brought together more than 40 representatives from all key branches of the European casino sector. Maurizio Salvalaio, president of the historic Casinò di Venezia, welcomed delegates to the meeting and said...

UK Gambling Commission reflects on a ‘year of change and progress’

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The British regulator, the Gambling Commission, has released its yearly retrospective, tipping the last 12 months as game-changing to the make-up of the UK industry.   The UK’s Gambling Commission has published its annual performance report, which heralds the last 12 months as “a year of change and progress” for the organisation. An opening statement from outgoing chairman Philip Graf noted that...

Dutch Lower House passes Remote Gaming Bill

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Following years of delays and the increasingly vocal frustration of gaming industry stakeholders across Europe, the Lower House of the Dutch parliament has finally passed a historic bill to regulate online gambling in the country. James Walker reports.   On July 7, the Dutch Lower House passed a bill to regulate online gaming in the country for the first time. The...

Genting safe from Brexit effect as Malaysian developments spur growth

Genting Brexit Malaysia
Genting Malaysia has announced that its Malaysian operations be able to cushion its UK casinos’ earnings from any Brexit impact.   Investment researchers AllianceDBS said the group’s UK operations contribute less than 10 percent of its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA). “Brexit should not be a key drag. Although the group has overseas operations covering the UK and US,...

Land-based operator wins Portugal’s first online licence

Portugal Licence Estoril Sol
Estoril Sol, the Portuguese branch of Stanley Ho’s global gaming conglomerate that runs some of the biggest casinos in Europe – Estoril, Lisboa and Póvoa – has been awarded the country’s first online gaming licence.   The group has partnered with Gaming1, an online gaming solutions provider and member of Ardent Group, to launch EstorilSolCasinos.pt – the first licensed website to...

Former Italian online gaming regulator joins Playtech as CPO

Regulator Playtech Francesco Rodano
Former Italian online gaming regulator Francesco Rodano has joined Playtech’s executive management team as chief policy officer, the company has announced. Rodano will be based in London and report to Mor Weizer, the group’s chief executive. Rodano’s new position will see him engage with policymakers and advise company executives on governmental policies at the local, state, national and EU levels,...

Brexit stage left: Uncertainty reigns following UK referendum

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While initial reactions to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union have run the gamut, it seems that uncertainty will be the defining term for the country’s gaming and leisure industry for the foreseeable future. James Walker explains.   Perhaps unsurprisingly, the majority of the UK’s gaming and leisure operators and suppliers have remained tight-lipped in the immediate aftermath of...

Planning underway for Italy’s ENADA show in October

ENADA Rome
The final planning stages are being reached in the organisation of the 44th edition of ENADA expo in Rome, which is to take place for three days from October 4 at the Rome expo centre. The show will take place slightly earlier than last year’s event - a decision which event organiser Rimini Fiera claim will put it “more in...

Legal experts call for a ‘balancing act’ in Europe’s gaming taxation

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Senior gaming lawyers in Europe are demanding tax reform across the continent to ensure that the regulated industry can successfully compete with the black market. At the iGaming Super Show, held in June at Amsterdam’s RAI Conference Centre, five legal experts came together to examine the state of the market in multiple jurisdictions and speculate on the possibility of an...

Grosvenor Casinos launches sports betting

Grosvenor Kambi Sports Betting
UK operator Grosvenor Casinos has launched a new online sports betting service powered by Malta’s Kambi Group. The new offering is available on the Grosvenor website and grants the company’s 1.7m British customers a comprehensive range of betting experiences. “This is a really exciting time for Grosvenor and the Grosvenor sports betting experience is a key addition to our product set:...

Novomatic buys Talarius, closes in on Ainsworth purchase

Novomatic Harald Neumann Talarius
Australian gambling firm, Tatts Group, has sold Talarius, its UK-facing slots operator and owner of the Quicksilver adult gaming centre brand, to Novomatic UK for £111m (E136m). Talarius operates more than 7,500 electronic gaming machines in approximately 170 venues across the UK. Commenting on the transaction, Tatts’ CEO and managing director, Robbie Cooke, said: “The sale of Talarius follows three years...

Too early to tell? Brexit vote draws mixed response from UK stakeholders

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After a week of political and economic confusion, UK gaming and leisure industry stakeholders have been both celebrating and lamenting the country’s decision to leave the European Union. James Walker explains.   On the morning of Friday, June 24, members of the British public who had not stayed up all night to watch the referendum being played out on their television...

Yggdrasil sees stellar growth of 519 percent in Q1 2016

Yggdrasil
After what CEO Fredrik Elmqvist described as a “hugely impressive” 2015, games developer Yggdrasil has begun 2016 with reports of 519 percent revenue growth year-on-year.   Swedish games developer Yggdrasil has recorded revenues of 14.2 SEK in the first quarter of 2016 - a 519 percent improvement on the same period last year - with EBITDA increasing to 7.9 SEK, up...

Richard Noble – Aspers: Growing the UK to capacity

Richard Noble Aspers
With the recent announcement that the Aspers Group had won the UK’s final remaining large casino licence, chief operating officer Richard Noble discusses the group’s upcoming expansion.   International Casino Review: Aspers has expanded to take up the final available UK casino licence in Southampton. How significant do you view this development to be? And how are plans shaping up? Richard Noble:...

Dutch parliament urged to push ahead with remote gaming bill

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With Holland Casino on the cusp of privatisation, the company’s CEO Erwin van Lambaart has urged the Dutch parliament to push ahead with the country’s remote gambling bill in order to create a fully liberalised and regulated gaming market. James Walker reports.   The wind of change is blowing through the Dutch gaming industry. The country’s stateowned casino operator, Holland Casino,...

Socially responsible gaming: casinos, Swedish style

Casino Cosmopol Malmo socially
With its first casino having opened in 2001, casinos remain a relatively new enterprise in Sweden - and are the exclusive domain of the country’s state-owned corporation Svenska Spel. Chris Webster spoke to Yared Gabrentensaye, general manager of Casino Cosmopol in Malmoe, to gauge market characteristics in socially progressive, trendy Northern European kingdom.   Chris Webster: You have over 25 years’...

New tax imposed on Czech slots

Czech Slots
The Czech lower house has given its final approval to a bill that will raise taxes on betting firms from next year. The tax on slot machines will be raised to 35 per cent from 28 per cent, while all other areas like sport betting or lotteries would remain taxed at 23 per cent. This taxation is on top of...

European Dealer Championship heads to the Netherlands

Dealer Championship
Following a successful event at the Hit Nova Gorica casino in Slovenia last year, the 2016 edition of the European Dealer Championship is scheduled to take place at Holland Casino Breda, Netherlands, on May 11-12. Organised by the European Casino Association (ECA), the European Dealer Championship was created to highlight the importance of dealer training and promote best practices in...

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