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ACMA moves to block another ten illegal iGaming sites in Australia

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has asked the country’s internet service providers (ISPs) to block a number of additional unlicensed online offshore gambling websites.

Continuing its fight against unlicensed iGaming sites targeting Australian players, the ACMA requested earlier this month that ISPs block ten more domains, with customers urged [...]

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Kindred Group loses appeal against Norwegian withdrawal order

Stockholm-listed Kindred Group has lost its appeal against the Norwegian Gaming Authority’s decision to force the operator’s four brands from the market.

The regulator issued the withdrawal order last year against Kindred subsidiary Trannel International, which operates the Unibet, Maria Casino, Storspiller and Bingo sites, for targeting Norwegian consumers from Malta [...]

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Oklahoma AG Opinion finds Governor’s gaming compacts invalid

The Attorney General of Oklahoma has quashed the state’s tribal sports betting plans with an Opinion that Governor Kevin Stitt does not have the authority to authorize new forms of gambling under State-Tribal gaming compacts.

Governor Stitt agreed new gaming compacts last month with the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Nation [...]

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Denmark secures blocking orders against 16 illegal gambling websites

The Danish Gambling Authority has secured court approval to request internet service providers to block access to a further 16 websites that offer unlicensed gambling to consumers in Denmark.

Seven of the websites that have now been blocked by Danish ISPs offered skin betting, where players stake virtual items in video [...]

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Lithuania

Lithuanian expands online gambling blacklist as Q1 revenue declines

Lithuania’s regulated gambling market contracted by 2.76 per cent in the first quarter of 2020, as growth in online gaming failed to offset the fall in revenue from retail gaming outlets that were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Land-based gambling venues in Lithuania were closed on March 16, resulting [...]

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Spelinspektionen fines L&L Europe for self-exclusion failures

Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has issued a warning and SEK600,000 penalty fee to licensed operator L&L Europe for failures relating to the country’s self-exclusion programme.

The penalty follows complaints from Swedish players who were able to play at L&L sites last year, despite having self-excluded using the Spelpaus.se programme.

In its defence [...]

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PMU handed €900,000 penalty after failing to separate online and offline liquidity

French betting and gaming operator PMU has been hit with a €900,000 penalty by France's Competition Authority for failing to separate its retail and online horse race betting liquidity.

The competition authority had ordered PMU to split its online and offline horse racing liquidity in February 2014 after finding that operator's [...]

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Darmstadt court explains decision to suspend licensing procedure

The administrative court in Darmstadt, Germany, has published details of last week’s ruling which once again brought the country’s sports betting licensing procedure to a halt.

The licensing process was suspended on April 1 after the court ruled that the procedure was neither transparent or competitive.

The court explained its ruling Monday, [...]

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German sports betting licensing suspended

German sports betting association DSWV has lambasted a decision by the Darmstadt Administrative Court to suspend the country’s sports betting licensing procedure.

DSWV said Thursday that the licensing process has been suspended following a legal challenge by an Austrian sports betting operator, who challenged whether the procedure was transparent and non-discriminatory.

The [...]

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Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment agrees £13m payment for UK AML failures

The UK Gambling Commission has penalised casino operator Caesars Entertainment for historical failings in its social responsibility and anti-money laundering controls.

Caesars will pay £13m for the failings, which in one case resulted in a customer being allowed to drop £3.5m and lose £1.6m in three months, without being asked to provide proof of source [...]

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ASA bans misleading ad for Lucky Goal free-play app

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an ad by a Hong Kong-based gaming operator targeting consumers in the United Kingdom.

The in-app video advertisement for the Lucky Goal app, seen on 25 November 2019, was found to be misleading and unsubstantiated for exaggerating the chance of winning.

It first showed the mobile phone screen [...]

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PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg pleads guilty in New York

PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg is facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to running a multimillion-dollar illegal online poker business in the United States.

Scheinberg was the final defendant to be charged by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York for continuing to make [...]

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