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British regulator fines Smarkets for AML and social responsibility failings

Malta-headquartered betting exchange operator Smarkets has become the latest operator to be fined by Britain’s Gambling Commission for anti-money laundering and social responsibility failings.

The operator will pay a financial penalty of £630,000 after an investigation by the Gambling Commission revealed a series of failings. They included customers being allowed to [...]

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Advertising Standards Authority

Rank and Coral found in breach of gambling advertising rules

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints against two gambling ads by bookmaker Coral and casino operator Rank.

The complaint against Rank related to an in-app ad for the online casino game Wolf Gold, which irresponsibly suggested that gambling can be a way to solve financial concerns and achieve financial [...]

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Italian communications authority takes aim at slots streamers

Italy’s communications authority AGCOM has fined Google €750,000 for hosting videos on YouTube that it considers to be forms of gambling advertising.

The creator of the videos, Top Ads Ltd., has also been fined €700,000 for violating Italy’s gambling advertising ban.

Alongside the financial penalties, AGCOM has ordered YouTube to remove more [...]

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Australia blocks a further 90 illegal online gambling websites

Efforts to combat illegal online gambling in Australia have led to the blocking of 90 websites in the three months to June 30.

The majority of the blocked websites offered illegal online casino-style games to players in Australia, with others promoting unlicensed gambling as affiliates.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) [...]

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Swedish gambling regulator confirms eight more fines

Sweden’s gambling regulator will receive SEK44.1m (€4.15m) in penalty fees from eight operators who failed to prevent betting on sporting events which involved players under the age of 18.

The penalties relate to the early days of Sweden’s regulated iGaming market in 2019 and follow the fines issued to three operators [...]

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Netherlands

KSA issues warning to Malta-licensed operator Gammix

Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has issued a cease and desist order to Gammix for offering online casino games to players in the Netherlands without a local license.

An investigation by the KSA in March found that Malta-licensed operator Gammix was illegally targeting the Dutch market with its Nordslot.com and Rantcasino.com [...]

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Betfair, Betway and SkillonNet fined in Sweden

Sweden’s gambling regulator has confirmed fines totalling SEK23.2m (approx. €2.15m) against three operators.

The fines relate to breaches of Swedish gambling regulations governing bonuses, lottery games and betting on sports involving players under the age of 18.

Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen confirmed the fines on Wednesday after years of legal challenges and [...]

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DraftKings

DraftKings fined $100,000 in Ontario for advertising violations

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has issued its biggest fine to date to DraftKings for breaching advertising regulations.

DraftKings Canada has been fined CAD$100,000 by AGCO after the operator posted and aired multiple broad gambling inducements, incuding boosted 2:1 odds between 19 May and 31 May, with the [...]

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UK National Lottery

High Court allows Gambling Commission to proceed with National Lottery licence award

Britain’s Gambling Commission has been cleared to formally award the next National Lottery licence to its preferred applicant, Allwyn Entertainment.

Allwyn was selected by the Gambling Commission as the preferred applicant for the fourth National Lottery licence in March following a protracted bidding process, beating incumbent operator Camelot, which subsequently turned [...]

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Swiss court upholds DNS blocking of unlicensed gambling websites

The Federal Court of Switzerland has upheld the legality of blocking access to unlicensed online gambling websites.

The judgment was issued in May and published by the Federal Court on June 28.

It upholds the Intercantonal Gambling Supervisory Authority’s right to use DNS blocking to prevent Swiss players from accessing gambling websites [...]

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Tipwin rapped in Denmark as Germany approves online casino licence

The Danish Gambling Authority has filed a police report against betting operator Tipwin for failing to effectively manage the risk of money laundering.

The regulator has also ordered Tipwin to correct deficiencies in its risk assessment, business processes and staff training within three months.

The regulatory action relates to the risk of [...]

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ACMA moves to block thepokies.net

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block access to illegal gambling website thepokies.net.

The request marks one of the most significant websites to be blocked since the ACMA first started using site blocking in November 2019. Payments to the site are estimated to [...]

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