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Germany’s regulated betting and iGaming market opens

Germany’s regulated sports betting and online gaming market opens today, with all attention now turning to combating unlicensed operators in the market.

The new State Treaty on Gambling comes into force today following a transitional regime which began in October, with the new law imposing strict restrictions on licensed operators.

These include [...]

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EGBA supports calls to re-establish EU Expert Group on Gambling

Gambling regulators from fourteen EU Member States have called on the European Commission (EC) to re-establish the EU Expert Group on Gambling.

The regulators have written to the EC to formally request the return of the EU Expert Group, which was disbanded by the Commission in 2018.

The Expert Group provided a [...]

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Ardalan Shekarabi

Sweden opens consultation into new gambling advertising rules

The Swedish government is proposing to amend rules governing gambling advertising to bring them in line with alcohol products.

The proposed changes to advertising regulations would introduce a requirement for “special moderation”, an undefined term currently applicable to alcohol and tobacco advertising, based on the assumption that people with gambling addiction [...]

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Washington State approves sports betting rules and compact amendments

The Washington State Gambling Commission has approved sports betting compact amendments with 15 federally recognized Tribes, as well as licensing fees and draft rules to govern the activity.

The draft rules establish three classes of sports wagering vendor licenses – major, mid-level and ancillary - with major licenses required for vendors [...]

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Gambling Commission names Andrew Rhodes as interim chief executive

Britain’s Gambling Commission has appointed Andrew Rhodes as interim chief executive.

Rhodes will assume the role later this month for an 18-month term, having most recently served as registrar and chief operating officer of Swansea University.

His prior experience includes senior roles at a range of organisations including the Department for Work [...]

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German finance committee hears evidence on proposed online tax rate

German lawmakers hosted a fierce debate on Monday into the planned taxation of online poker and slot games, with experts on hand to support all viewpoints.

The public hearing before the Finance Committee of the German parliament heard evidence for and against the proposed 5.3 per cent tax that will apply [...]

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Sweden expands gambling investigation

Sweden’s investigation into match-fixing and unlicensed gambling has been extended by three months and expanded to include money laundering threats.

The investigation led by Swedish Chamber of Commerce director general Gunnar Larsson was due to submit a report to the government by June 30, with that deadline now extended to September [...]

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Nevada Gaming Control Board lifts casino occupancy limits

Nevada casinos will be allowed to resume normal operations from June 1 with the lifting of Covid-19 mitigation protocols.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) said Wednesday that gaming licensees will no longer be required to maintain occupancy limits or social distancing and mask rules as of midnight on June 1, [...]

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Arizona set for sports betting launch by September

The US Department of Interior has given its approval to Arizona’s amended tribal-state gaming compact, paving the way for the launch of regulated sports betting in the state before the start of the new NFL season in September.

The approval follows last month’s agreement to modernize gaming in Arizona, which was [...]

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Greece outlines responsible gambling requirements

Greece’s gambling regulator has released details of the self-assessment tools that online gambling operators must provide to their customers.

Licensed operators will be required to promote responsible gambling through a dedicated page on their websites, highlighting the harmful effects of excessive gambling and providing a free self-assessment tool to all site [...]

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Lithuania

Lithuania to prohibit all gambling promotions from 1 July

The Lithuanian government has moved to ban the promotion of all forms of gambling from 1 July across the country.

Amendments to the country’s Law on Gambing were adopted late last week with 105 votes in favour and 14 abstentions.

This means that from 1 July, land-based and online operators will be [...]

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Sweden’s online casino deposit limit set to continue

The Swedish government has confirmed that its covid-related temporary online casino deposit limit will not be lifted at the end of June as previously planned.

The temporary online casino deposit limit of SEK5,000 per week first came into force in July 2020 in response to the perceived risk of increased problem [...]

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