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Brazil legislator: no gambling expansion talk until 2019
07/06/2018 – Brazil’s long-expected gambling expansion will have to wait until 2019, according to a key legislator. On Wednesday, Chamber of Deputies president Rodrigo Maia met with party leaders to discuss the country’s proposed must-pass tourism legislation, which is scheduled to be voted on next week. Deputy Heculano Passos told Games Magazine Brasil that resort casinos wouldn’t…
Italy sets online casino revenue record; PokerStars’ grip slips
11/02/2018 – Italy’s regulated online gambling market started 2018 off on the right foot, posting double-digit sports betting gains and setting a new online casino record. Figures compiled by Italian gaming news agency Agimeg show total land-based and online sports betting revenue of €150.5m in January, up 15.5% year-on-year. However, the online portion…
Belgium’s restrictive new online gambling rules close to reality
16/01/2018 – Belgium’s restrictive new online gambling rules appear set to become law as the European Commission’s standstill period comes to a close. Last October, Belgian legislators approved plans to impose significant new curbs on online gambling operators, including a near-total ban on gambling advertising and a virtual prohibition of affiliate marketing activity….
Spain clears decks for poker liquidity sharing with France
16/01/2018 – Spain and France have taken another step toward shared online poker liquidity following the official publication of Spain’s new regulations. On Monday, Spain’s Official State Gazette published the resolution signed on December 29 by Spanish gaming regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) authorizing online poker liquidity sharing between state-licensed…
Atlantic City casino revenues down 2.7 percent
17/08/2017 – Casino revenues of Atlantic City have dipped by 2.7 percent in July but it isn’t enough to make the state gaming officials push the panic button. In fact, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck finds the figure “encouraging” since it only reflects the continued stabilization of the casino…
Genting hit with another punto banco scandal; London casino in court
16/08/2017 – Genting has been hit with another Punto Banco scandal as the Scottish Sun reveals an internal investigation is ongoing in Genting Glasgow, and Les Ambassadeurs is in court fighting a mystery man from Singapore. Phil Ivey is an inspiration to many, and under normal circumstances ‘the many’ are poker players….
SJM Holdings revenue, earnings and profit all down in H1
01/08/2017 – Bucking overall market trends, Macau casino operator SJM Holdings reported revenue, earnings and profit declines in the first half of 2017. Figures released Tuesday show the Hong Kong-listed SJM’s gaming revenue falling 2% year-on-year to HKD 20.4b ($2.6b) in the six months ending June 30, while adjusted earnings fell 7.7% to…
Portugal online gambling market suffers first revenue decline
01/08/2017 – Portugal’s regulated online gambling market took a step backward in Q2 as locally licensed operators struggled to find new customers. The Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) regulatory body released its Q2 and H1 2017 online gambling figures on Tuesday, which showed the market’s seven…
Compliance Briefing: London to guide gaming industry to regulatory compliance
21/07/2017 – The latest Compliance Briefing event, hosted by iGaming Academy, is coming to London on October 12th 2017. This one day event is designed to educate the online betting and gaming industry on significant regulatory changes upcoming 2017-18 that will impact their businesses. The event will be a deep-dive into…
The EC rubber stamps Portugal’s online poker shared liquidity framework
11/04/2017 – After a long and laborious wait, the European Commission finally rubber-stamped a technical framework from the Serviços de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos allowing them to start negotiating with other European regulators on a shared online poker liquidity scheme. The sorry saga for online poker pros trying to ply…
China to “severely punish” illegal gambling operators
29/03/2017 – China has vowed to “severely punish” both land-based and online gambling operators who target mainland Chinese gamblers. On Wednesday, the state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun saying the authorities “must seriously investigate and severely punish those companies and individuals involved in enticing and organizing Chinese…
Kangwon Land casino paying problem gamblers to stay away
24/03/2017 – American casino industry groups are pleading with congressional leaders not to purge problem gambling support funds from President Donald Trump’s health care plan. Earlier this month, the heads of the American Gaming Association (AGA), National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) sent a…
Australia seeks national point of consumption online betting tax
24/03/2017 – Australia’s federal government wants to harmonize state-level online sports betting point-of-consumption taxes (POCT), potentially dealing a blow to the Northern Territory’s status as the country’s premier online licensing jurisdiction. On Friday, Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison (pictured) held a meeting with his state and territory counterparts to discuss the upcoming…
Bet365, William Hill latest to exit Poland’s online gambling market
24/03/2017 – A growing number of Polish-facing online gambling operators are racing for the border ahead of new regulatory restrictions that take effect on April 1. Last December, Poland’s legislature approved the amended Polish Gambling Act, which imposes new domain- and payment-blocking measures on online operators who lack a Polish gaming…
Calling the Clock: Aussie online poker dies; PokerStars storm and more
24/03/2017 – In this week’s poker news round up we remind you of the death of online poker in Australia, a storm brewing above the heads of the High Rollers competing in the PokerStars Championships and more. Australian poker players were dealt a blow this week when the Interactive Gambling Amendment…
Cyprus police investigating after OPAP declines audit
07/03/2017 – The longstanding relationship between the government of the Republic of Cyprus and betting operator OPAP is rapidly coming apart at the seams. On Monday, the Cyprus Mail reported that Cypriot attorney-general Costas Clerides had ordered a police investigation into OPAP after the Greek lottery and betting operator declined to…
Kenya gov’t committee urges parliament to scrap gambling bill
03/03/2017 – Kenya-based online sports betting operator SportPesa topped a recent list of what the country’s residents are looking up on Google. The Standard reported that six of the top-10 sites on Google’s rising search queries in Kenya over the first two months of 2017 belonged to betting companies. SportPesa’s Kenyan…
Cybersecurity: A growing focus for gambling operators
01/03/2017 – In October 2016, the world saw the most powerful Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack ever registered in cyber history. The destructive Mirai botnet brought down sites including Twitter, the Guardian, Netflix, Reddit, CNN and many others in Europe and the United States after it hit the servers of…
GVC now more transparent, but still risky
28/02/2017 – There is more than one way to understand the term defensive investing. Typically it means buying stable companies with low growth, in other words seeing it from the growth side of the equation. But defense can also be seen in terms of the loss side. Defense, other than focusing…
BCLC’s online casino earns 46% of revenue from 619 players
25/02/2017 – New research reveals that the British Columbia government’s online gambling site earns 46% of its online casino revenue from just 5% of its players. This week, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) celebrated the signing of a licensing agreement in which casino operator MGM Resorts would integrate BCLC’s GameSense…
William Hill’s profit down double-digits in “challenging year”
25/02/2017 – UK bookmakers William Hill saw their operating profit fall 10% in 2016, a 12-month span their interim CEO called “a challenging year.” Figures released Friday show Hills’ revenue inching up 1% to £1.6b last year, while operating profit fell 10% to £261.5m. Interim CEO Philip Bowcock (pictured) said
Czech court says gambling domain-blocking constitutional
24/02/2017 – A court has ruled that Czech Republic’s plan to block unauthorized online gambling domains is constitutional. This month saw the launch of PokerStars.cz, the Czech Republic’s first licensed online poker and casino operator since the country’s new regulated online gambling market took effect on January 1. While many international…
ESports betting to grow in 2020 as its audience grows to 600M
24/02/2017 – The future of eSports betting will become brighter three years from now as its global audience will balloon to almost 600 million by 2020. According to the latest report of market intelligence company Newzoo, the global eSports audience will reach 385 million in 2017 and is expected to grow…
Duterte vows to hunt down illegal gambling protectors
13/02/2017 – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned politicians protecting illegal gambling operators that he will use his iron fist to get rid of government officials who are found to be protecting illegal gambling operators. His warning comes after his war on illegal drugs takes a backseat amid the controversy over…
Slots the star of Spain’s regulated online gambling market
08/02/2017 – Slots was the star and poker the ugly duckling of Spain’s regulated online gambling market in Q4 2016. Figures released this week by Spanish gaming regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) show healthy gains in the online gambling market in the three months ending December 31, with…
Portugal finalizes online poker liquidity sharing plan
04/01/2017 – After months of delay, Portugal has finally sent its new online poker liquidity sharing technical standards to the European Commission for approval. Last November, Portugal welcomed the first online poker site (Amaya Gaming’s PokerStars) under the country’s new online gambling licensing regime, but it wasn’t until this Tuesday that…
Sweden urged to set new online gambling tax rate between 15% and 20%
14/10/2016 – Sweden’s plans to liberalize its online gambling market would best be served by imposing a revenue tax rate of between 15% and 20%, according to a new industry-funded report. In a report prepared by Copenhagen Economics, the authors note that the Swedish government has tasked a special investigator with…
Wynn Palace in Macau awarded only 150 gaming tables.
12/08/2016 – Casino operator Wynn Resorts is all set to open its new Wynn Palace property in Macau, albeit with fewer gaming tables than expected. The $4 billion integrated resort has reportedly been awarded only 100 mass gaming tables for its opening on August 22. This will be followed by 25…
AMAX To sue greek mithology casino operators over financial accounts
12/08/2016 – Operator of the beleaguered Greek Mythology Casino in Macau will have to find space for the new set of folders that will be added to the growing collection of its legal cases. This as Macau junket and casino investor Amax International Holdings warned Greek Mythology operator of suing them…
Atlantic City casinos enjoy gains at Trump Taj Mahal’s expense
12/08/2016 – Atlantic City casinos had a productive July despite the famed boardwalk featuring nearly as many striking workersas tourists. According to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, AC’s eight casinos reported total brick-and-mortar gaming revenue of just under $258m in July, up 5.3% from the same month last year….
MGM Cotai to open with no VIP tables
10/08/2016 – Casino operator MGM Resorts says its new Macau property won’t have any VIP gaming tables, at least, not to start. On Tuesday, MGM China CEO Grant Bowie discussed the company’s in-development MGM Cotai property, telling reporters that the company had “already made the decision that we’re envisaging opening only…
Bet.pt launches in Portugal with Sbtech’s Sportsbook & igaming platform
07/07/2016 – Portuguese bookmaker Bet Entertainment Technologies Limited (bet.pt) has launched a Sportsbook and iGaming platform in Portugal powered by leading Sportsbetting provider SBTech. Bet.pt has been granted an online Sportsbetting license in Portugal by gambling regulator Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ).This license will…
Russia wagering falls as ruble declines: junior hockey a betting magnet
01/07/2016 – Russia‘s sports bettors dramatically reduced the size of their average wagers in Q1 due to the sharp decline in value of the ruble. According to statistics compiled by Russian bookmaker Rub90, the average bet over the first three months of 2016 was worth $11.39, down $4.13 from Q4 2015….
Frustrated bet365 punter mulls legal action to withdraw £54K account balance
29/06/2016 – Online gambling operator Bet365 is being publicly shamed by a disgruntled punter who says she can’t get her winnings off the site. On Tuesday, The Guardian published the story of an unidentified female punter who claims to be having difficulties convincing Bet365 to fork over her £54k account balance….
Stakeholders brace for more russian gambling rules
29/06/2016 – The gambling rule book in Russia gets a little thicker as the government announces more legislation that could impact not just investors and operators but also potential players. First, the Russian government is now mulling whether to allow gambling stakeholders to use foreign currencies to pay for services in…
South Korea enjoys robust 2015 gambling tax revenue
28/06/2016 – South Korea’s gambling tax revenue rose by 4 percent in 2015 amid persisting weakness in the Asian gambling sector. Thanks to the gambling sector’s increased sale, the Asian country bucked the regional downward trend of gambling tax revenues and posted a KRW2.42 trillion (US$2.06 billion) profit in 2015 from…
Asian Euro 2016 betting busts reach knockout round
27/06/2016 – Another week brings another round of Euro 2016 betting busts by Asian law enforcement. Our first stop takes us to Hong Kong, where police are busy tallying the score of their Operation Crowbeak anti-betting crackdown. Police say they’ve arrested over 50 individuals and confiscated around HKD 130m (US $16.7m) in…
Bigger than royal baby: Brexit wagers break record for non-sporting events in UK
27/06/2016 – The referendum that marked a historic time for Britain and Europe was a momentous event for punters too. Brexit vote broke the record for gambling on non-sporting events in the UK—eclipsing even the widely popular Royal baby and previous elections in the country—with punters putting down an estimated £120…
Betclic Everest first to launch online in Portugal’s regulated betting market
26/05/2016 – French operator Betclic Everest Group has been awarded the first online sports betting license under Portugal’s new regulated online gambling market. On Wednesday, Betclic launched its Betclic.pt site after finally receiving the go-ahead from local regulator Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ). The launch comes…
Betclic returns to belgium gambling market via B+ license
23/05/2016 – French gambling operator Betclic Everest Group has re-entered Belgium’s online gambling market after spending several years in the country’s blacklist. SBC News reported last week that Belgium’s Gambling Commission (BGC) finally gave Betclic Everest the approval to offer licensed online sports betting and slot services under its betclic.be domain….
France’s regulated online poker market posts first revenue gain since 2011
10/05/2016 – France’s regulated online gambling market experienced its single largest year-on-year gain in sports betting and the highest quarterly wagering total yet recorded. According to figures released Monday by French regulator ARJEL, online sports betting handle in the three months ending March 31 reached €516m, up a whopping 47% from..
France okays online poker liquidity deals, spanish legislators urged to follow suit
05/05/2016 – France’s beleaguered online poker market got a long-desired shot in the arm after politicians authorized liquidity sharing with other European Union regulated markets. France’s ring-fenced poker market has been in terminal decline for years but politicians steadfastly refused to grant requests by French regulator ARJEL to allow its licensees to…
France rejects online poker liquidity sharing…again
27/01/2016 – France’s long-suffering online poker market will get no help from the outside world after politicians rejected sharing liquidity with other European countries. Despite pleas from local gambling regulator ARJEL, the French National Assembly declined to approve gambling law amendments that would have allowed French-licensed online poker operators to share…
Betclic Everest Group pays €80K fine. gets name off blacklist, preps belgian return
11/09/2015 – French gambling operator Betclic Everest Group is planning to re-enter Belgium’s online gambling market after having its name expunged from the country’s blacklist. Betclic Everest made the very first blacklist issued by the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) in 2012. In February 2014, the BGC seized €600k of Betclic Everest funds…
Belgium to enforce law requiring live-dealer casinos to be based in country
14/01/2015 – Belgian gaming regulators have put online gambling operators on notice that all live-dealer casinos must be based within the country’s borders. The Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) issued a notice on Jan. 7 stating that it has decided to enforce an existing edict banning all live-dealer casinos that beam their…

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