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Four Swiss casinos make play for new online licences

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Following the approval last year of the Gambling Act 2018, four Swiss land-based operators have submitted applications to the country’s regulator for licences..

Is president Duterte set to soften his stance on casinos?

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While president Rodrigo Duterte is known for his opposition to the gambling industry, his comments at a recent campaign rally suggest that he may intent to moderate his position.

Domingo highlights importance of gambling regulation

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Speaking about the importance of maintaining a regulated gambling industry and the dangers of prohibition, Domingo highlighted that the latter has the potential to create the gambling equivalent of a narco-state, with the revenue generated by illegal gaming acting to undermine government institutions. “The very big danger of not legalising gambling is that the illegal gambling lords become very powerful...

Uganda ups the ante on identity regulation

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The chief executive of Uganda’s National Gaming Board has announced the enactment of a new law that will increase the identity checks on all wagering activities. Speaking at a regional meeting in mid February Edgar Agaba remarked that the regulations would apply unilaterally as of 1 March and require both the presentation of identity cards and the registering of a...

British government to introduce fixed-odds betting terminal stake cut in April 2019

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The British government will bring forward a planned cut to the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs or Category B2 gaming machines) by six months to April 2019, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) secretary Jeremy Wright confirmed on 14 November. While the majority of FOBTs - which offer both table and slot games - are found...

Disrupting Online Gambling – Technology Security and Regulation 2018

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May 23rd & 24th, 2018 London, United Kingdom

National Casino Forum boss: UK needs ‘greater flexibility’ in regulation

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Tracy Damestani, CEO of the National Casino Forum, discusses the challenges facing the British casino industry, and suggests that more flexibility in the UK’s regulatory regime would help ensure a level playing field in the face of online and international competition.   International Casino Review: Following the underwhelming outcome of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s review of gambling...

Data experts call for clarity on GDPR and AML

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A leading industry data expert has called for clarity from gambling regulators on balancing GDPR and AML   With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to impact upon the industry in May 2018, a leading identity data intelligence expert is warning of the regulatory conflict that may arise, and the unintended consequence that may hinder the industry’s attempts to...

ICE 2018 to address the use of ‘KYC’ data to identify problematic gamblers

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A panel debate at the upcoming ICE Totally Gaming event is set to tackle one of the industry’s most important issues of 2018. The role that data and technology play in the quest to identify problematic gamblers and manage risk, to ensure operators are Gambling Commission compliant. It is set to bring a raft of regulatory changes for gaming operators as the Gambling...

Philippines floats bill to end PAGCOR ‘conflict of interest’

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Legislators in the Philippines have tabled a new bill to radically shake up the regulatory picture in the country, stripping its current gaming regulator of its ability to also function as a gambling operator.   As it stands, the state-owned Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is able to both licence and regulate gaming in the country, as well as running...

Growing calls for Guatemalan government to regulate casino gambling

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Congresswoman Nineth Montenegro has urged lawmakers to approve legislation, which would regulate betting in casinos, video lotteries and bingo halls.   The request comes amid growing concerns that the unregulated industry is being used for money laundering. Back in June, the Intendencia de Verificación Especial (IVE), the nation’s financial intelligence unit, sent an official letter to the president of the Guatemalan Congress,...

‘Legalise and regulate’ argues former Liverpool FC, CEO, ahead of Sports Betting USA

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With a stellar career which includes periods as Chairman of the UK government's Sports Betting Integrity Panel, CEO of the Premier League and CEO of the world famous Liverpool FC, International Football Consultant, Rick Parry, is one of the most qualified authorities on professional sport and its relationship with the betting sector. Ahead of his appearance at the inaugural...

William Hill Group Director to plot the path to betting integrity at EiG

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Bill South, Group Director of Security and Community Affairs at William Hill, will be using his presence at EiG to debate gaming prohibition versus regulation and to map out what a successful betting regulatory framework looks like before drawing together conclusions around the development of an effective taxation model and the structure and environment that promotes successful sports betting...

EiG taxation and regulation panel asks what’s next for Europe?

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Delegates attending the forthcoming EiG (Arena Berlin: 30 October – 1 November) will be given direct access to a panel of gaming experts and regulators who will be providing their analysis of changes to the taxation and licensing landscape across key European jurisdictions including the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Malta, Poland and Romania.   The influential EiG panel, moderated by...

Gaming Standards Association to be key regulator at G2E

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The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) will be at G2E 2017 in booth #4100. As the premier organisation for technical collaboration in the gaming industry GSA will bring together operators, regulators, and suppliers and to discuss its latest initiatives in Europe, Online Gaming and Education.   GSA, together with Howard & Howard, will host a GSA Cocktail Reception on October 4, from...

Latvia’s operators facing 30 percent tax hike

As part of its ongoing crackdown on gaming, Latvia’s Finance Ministry has announced that it intends to increase gaming tax by nearly one-third next year.
As part of its ongoing crackdown on gaming, Latvia’s Finance Ministry has announced that it intends to increase gaming tax by nearly one-third next year. According to reports in local media, the proposals to hike gambling taxes by 30 percent form part of Latvia’s ongoing tax reform plans. The Finance Ministry is seeking to boost the annual tax on electronic...

BMM to drive Tribal Regulatory “Road Trip”

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BMM Testlabs has confirmed it will host a complimentary Tribal Regulatory "Road Trip" Symposium for regulators and operators on August 8-9, 2017. The complimentary informational event will be hosted by Morongo Tribal Gaming Agency at the Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California. BMM's Director Tribal Gaming and NIGA Board Member, Jodi DiLascio said: "BMM is excited to host the...

iGaming Academy focus on GDPR compliance

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The iGaming Academy is addressing one of the key regulatory issues currently influencing iGaming, GDPR compliance, with the launch of its new eLearning course.   The leading iGaming training provider, iGaming Academy, has launched a new eLearning course focusing on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance. It claims the courses content is relevant for all employees who deal with client data, the...

Juegos Miami to debate LatAm regulation and illegal gambling

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As thought leaders from throughout the LatAm region prepare to attend the second edition of Juegos Miami (May 31st – June 2nd, The Biltmore, Miami), one of the main talking points, on what is a packed business agenda, will be the form that regulation should take in what is one of the industry’s most exciting and dynamic regions. Luis Gama,...

The missing piece of the puzzle in Brazilian gambling regulation

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Dr Witoldo Hendrich Junior, a Rio de Janeiro-based lawyer, university professor and business veteran, argues that given a hostile media, the economic logic behind the legalisation of gambling could be a bitter pill for the Brazilian public to swallow.   Speaking at the EGR Power Latam event in Montevideo this February, I commented that I do not see our congressmen sufficiently...

Cambodia’s new casino regulation bill to be ready this year

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A bill to regulate the management of the casino industry in Cambodia should be approved this year, said Ros Phearun, an official from the country’s Ministry of Economy and Finance.   The Cambodian government is in the process of amending its gaming laws in a bid to draw major casino operators. According to reports, there are currently 65 casinos in operation...

Brazilian senators on the verge of gambling history

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As Brazil eyes up the fiscal fruits of sweeping regulation, senators are poised to embark on perhaps the greatest market launch in global gaming history.   Of all the countries in the G20, Brazil is the only non-muslim member not to have legalised and regulated gambling. That only Saudi Arabia and Indonesia share Brazil’s stance, and in their case for clear...

Paraguay Moderne:National regulator drafting gaming legislation for 21st century

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Paraguay to offer improved gaming legislation and potential online gaming opportunities according to CONAJZAR.   While the full potential of the country’s legal industry has yet to be attained, Paraguay has shown promising growth in recent years. The president of Paraguayan regulator CONAJZAR has stated that in addition to a streamlined casino licensing process, proposed new legislation could also offer online gaming...

Danish Gambling Authority issues new licence fee structure

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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...

Philippine eGaming parlour crackdown commences

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A new and oft-described as unorthodox president has ushered in a new, punitive era for the online gaming industry in the Philippines - as the state regulator revokes the licences of a huge number of eGaming parlours.   Gambling regulator the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has announced that it has revoked the operational licences of over 120 eGaming facilities...

Colombia set to be a leader in online regulation

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Colombia is on track to be the first country in Latin America to have a regulated online gaming industry, with estimates suggesting that the sector could generate over $3.3m (E3m) in additional revenue for the country. “We want to be attractive for online operators, it’s a large market, internet coverage is increasing all the time and additionally one can...

Casino lobby group receives support for additional licences in Arkansas

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A pro-casino campaign in Arkansas has exceeded the qualification threshold to place the prospect of an increase in casino count in the state before voters in the US election this November.   Voters in the US state of Arkansas look set to decide on whether to permit regulated casino gaming in three additional counties, after a campaign submitted the signatures of...

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