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Brazil approves plans to establish new Health and Tourism lotteries

Brazil’s plenary of the Chamber of Deputies has approved proposals to establish a new lottery to help finance the health and tourism sectors.

Bill 1561/20 was approved this week and authorises the Executive Branch to create health and tourism lotteries covering numerical games and fixed odds sports betting, which can be [...]

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Ministry of Justice to investigate sports betting sponsorships in Brazil

Brazil’s Ministry of Justice is launching an investigation into sponsorship agreements signed in the country with unlicensed sports betting operators.

The initiative of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security’s National Consumer Secretariat (Senacon) aims to determine which companies have formalized advertising and sponsorship contracts with sports betting companies, most of [...]

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Danish Gambling Authority rectifies error in ROFUS self-exclusion system

The Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) has corrected an error in its systems that prevented more 1000 people from correctly appearing on the national gambling self-exclusion register.

The Danish gambling regulator said that an error in the ROFUS self-exclusion system over the summer resulted in approximately 1,300 self-excluded persons either not appearing [...]

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Bremen approves two more sports betting permits and rejects seven

Authorities in Bremen have pledged to further reduce the number of licensed gambling venues in the state after rejecting applications for seven retail permits in the past week. 

The Ministry of Interior of the Free Hanseatic City-State of Bremen, Germany, has received new permit applications from operators of 20 of the [...]

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LeoVegas

LeoVegas fined £1.32m by Gambling Commission

Stockholm-listed online gaming operator LeoVegas has had a new condition attached to its licence and been fined £1.32m by Britain’s Gambling Commission.

The sanctions follow a review of LeoVegas’ operations in Great Britain between October 2019 and October 2020, during which the time the company failed to employ adequate procedures and [...]

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Gambling Regulatory Authority takes over as new Singapore regulator

Singapore’s new gambling regulator takes charge of the market today, replacing the country’s three former regulatory authorities with one national Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA).

The GRA will regulate all forms of gambling in Singapore, replacing the Casino Regulatory Authority (Casinos), Gambling Regulatory Unit of the Ministry of Home Affairs (Online Gaming), [...]

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Belgium confirms weekly iGaming deposit limit of €200

Belgium’s new deposit limit for online gambling will come into force in October.

The €200 weekly deposit limit was one of a number of recommendations submitted to the Minister of Justice in June to strengthen online gambling regulations in the country.

The rolling 7-day deposit limit will apply to all online gaming [...]

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Maryland

Maryland sports betting licensing regulations revised to accelerate mobile launch

Maryland’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) has approved amended regulations to accelerate the award of B1, B2 and Mobile sports betting licenses.

The regulations must now be approved by the Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, at which time they become effective on an emergency [...]

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Victoria introduces new harm minimisation rules for online sports betting

The Australian state of Victoria has introduced strict new harm minimisation rules for online betting providers.

The new Ministerial Direction issued by the Labor Government aims to deliver more protection to online gamblers and requires operators to deliver monthly account activity statements to customers.

It also gives customers greater capacity to opt [...]

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Netherlands

Netherlands to ban sponsorship deals with new gambling amendment

All “high-risk” online gambling sponsorship agreements will be prohibited in the Netherlands under an amendment proposed by the minister for legal protection, Franc Weerwind.

Licensed providers of high-risk games in the regulated Netherlands online gaming market are already facing a ban on untargeted advertising from next year, with Weerwind’s proposed amendment [...]

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Canada

Ontario gaming regulator appoints new chief legal officer

Canada’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has expanded its executive management team with the appointment of Josée Turcotte as chief legal officer.

Turcotte begins her new role on 18 July, and brings extensive executive management, legal counsel and governance experience in financial services and capital markets, in both private [...]

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Michigan legislature increases funding for Gaming Control Board

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) is on track to secure an additional $7m in funding to promote responsible gambling initiatives and to effectively manage higher-than-expected internet gaming activity.

The additional funding was agreed by lawmakers as part of the state’s 2023 fiscal year budget, which has now been submitted to [...]

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