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BGC calls on UK government to allow casinos to reopen

The Betting and Gaming Council has questioned the UK government’s decision to exclude casinos from the list of hospitality and leisure venues that will be allowed to reopen from 4 July under the government’s COVID-19 de-escalation plan.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the reopening date for hospitality and leisure venues such [...]

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New French gambling regulator ANJ takes over from ARJEL

France’s new gambling regulator L'Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has officially taken over from ARJEL with a significantly expanded regulatory scope and enhanced powers.

ANJ was established last year under amended gambling legislation to enable the regulator to supervise all segments of the French gambling market, assuming responsibility for online gambling [...]

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Gambling Commission seeks views on industry rewards programmes

The UK Gambling Commission has opened a public consultation on changes to the way operators treat high value customers.

The consultation aims to address two issues related to high value customers (HVCs); their heavy engagement with gambling products through spend or frequency and the disproportionate value of HVCs to licensed operators.

The [...]

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Netherlands

Netherlands releases technical requirements for online gambling monitoring

The Netherlands has submitted draft legislation to the European Commission setting out the technical requirements for connecting online gambling systems to the new Control Data Bank (CDB) that will be used by authorities for monitoring and verification purposes.

The legislation will allow operators to prepare their applications for the Netherlands licensing [...]

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Sweden names unlicensed gambling operators as new rules introduced

Sweden’s gambling regulator has published the names of 21 companies that are accused of targeting Swedish consumers without a license, as it prepares for new restrictions on licensed operators.

The 21 companies operate a total of 92 websites which the regulator has found to be targeting the Swedish market without a [...]

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Spain

Spain lifts gambling advertising restrictions

The temporary gambling advertising restrictions introduced in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect consumers will be lifted today.

The restrictions came into force in April, limiting TV and radio advertising for gambling to the hours of 1am to 5am and prohibiting all promotional activity aimed at acquiring new customers, rewarding [...]

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Ardalan Shekarabi

Swedish minister defends online casino deposit limit

Sweden’s social security minister has defended the government’s proposed restrictions on online casino games, telling parliament that the primary focus above all else is the protection of vulnerable consumers.

Responding to a question about channelling consumers to legal gambling offerings by member of parliament Roland Utbult in the Riksdag Tuesday, social [...]

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Colombia approves instant win games and online bingo for launch

Colombian gambling regulator Coljuegos has approved a change in regulations to allow licensed operators to offer instant win games and online bingo to consumers.

Colombia’s regulated gambling market generates funds for the country’s healthcare system and the addition of the new products is meant to help the gaming industry recover from [...]

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Oklahoma City

Oklahoma gaming compacts secure federal approval

Sports betting could soon be coming to Oklahoma after the U.S. Department of the Interior approved the state’s two new gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt agreed the new gaming compacts in April on the basis that the state’s existing gaming compacts automatically expired [...]

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Sweden’s leading operators propose safer gambling measures

The chief executives of some of the leading online gambling companies in Sweden have set out a proposal for achieving a safer gambling market, while at the same time warning lawmakers that arbitrary changes in the regulated market will drive consumers to unlicensed providers.

The CEOs of Betsson, Kindred, LeoVegas, NetEnt, [...]

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Illinois suspends in-person registration for online sport betting

Gamblers in Illinois will be allowed to open online sports betting accounts without having to visit a local casino under an executive order signed by Governor JB Pritzker late last week.

The executive order is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting closure of land-based casinos in Illinois, which [...]

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Louisiana Gaming Control Board gets new leadership

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed Lieutenant Colonel Mike Noel of the state police as the new chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Noel has served with the force for over 30 years, most recently as assistant superintendent and chief of staff, prior to which he spent 17 years [...]

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