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ComeOn brands fined SEK175m for Swedish bonus offer violations

Sweden’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has issued a warning and combined SEK175m (€17.4m) penalty fee to ComeOn and three of its operating subsidiaries for offering unauthorised bonuses to players.

The regulator said that the four companies had violated the country’s gambling legislation by offering bonuses on repeated occasions, and by distributing gifts [...]

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Advertising Standards Authority

ASA bans Ladbrokes ad on social responsibility grounds

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad by Ladbrokes which showed a man excitedly waiting for the start of a horse race.

The ad prompted one complaint from an individual who believed that it depicted gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible.

The video on demand ad on All4 was seen [...]

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Videoslots

Videoslots warned against reverse withdrawals in Sweden

Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has issued an injunction to iGaming operator Videoslots for violating the country’s online casino deposit limit.

The regulator said Tuesday that Videoslots players were able to circumvent the Covid-related SEK5,000 per week deposit limit by cancelling withdrawal requests from their gaming accounts, in some cases up to [...]

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First Circuit Court of Appeals rejects DOJ appeal of Wire Act ruling

US lotteries and gaming operators are celebrating the decision of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which on Wednesday upheld the 2019 ruling by the US District Court of New Hampshire regarding the applicability of the Wire Act to online gaming and lottery sales.

The New Hampshire court issued a ruling [...]

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PokerStars

Flutter vows to fight $1.3bn PokerStars judgement in Kentucky

The Kentucky Supreme Court has reinstated an $870m judgement against online poker operator PokerStars, which is now owned by Flutter Entertainment.

The case dates back to 2010, when the Commonwealth of Kentucky sought recovery of alleged losses by Kentucky residents who played real-money poker on PokerStars' website between 2006 and 2011.

Kentucky [...]

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Spelinspektionen

Spelinspektionen looks to close deposit limit loophole

Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has order two licensed operators to rectify a loophole in their systems which allowed players to easily circumvent the SEK5,000 per week deposit limit for online casino games.

The deposit limit was introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic amid fears that economic uncertainty and periods of [...]

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Football

UK football data case to proceed to hearings in early 2021

Britain’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed an application made by Football DataCo (FDC) and its official data partner BetGenius to transfer Sportradar’s competition claim to the High Court.

Sportradar initiated legal proceedings against FDC and Betgenius in February, arguing that the current arrangements for UK football betting data rights are in [...]

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Tabcorp

Tabcorp fined for illegal gambling ads in New South Wales

Sydney-listed gaming operator Tabcorp has been fined AUD$30,000 for publishing an illegal inducement to gamble.

The ruling was handed down on November 25 by Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court and published Monday, and concerns an Instagram post from December 2019.

Regulator Liquor & Gaming NSW launched an investigation after a former Tabcorp [...]

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Northern Ireland darts player banned for match-fixing

Northern Irish professional darts player Kyle Mckinstry has been banned from the sports for eight and a half years after being found guilty of fixing two matches earlier this year.

An investigation was launched by the Darts Regulation Authority in May after the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) uncovered suspicious betting [...]

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European Commission

Sazka gains EC competition clearance

Sazka’s bid to assume joint control of Casinos Austria has secured European Commission approval.

Sazka agreed a deal in March with Austrian state-owned holding company ÖBAG for joint control of Casinos Austria, having increased its shareholding in the business to over 50 per cent through the acquisition of the stake held [...]

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Evolution

CMA clears Evolution Gaming’s acquisition of NetEnt

Evolution Gaming has secured competition approval to complete its proposed acquisition of NetEnt.

Evolution submitted its all-share bid to acquire NetEnt in June, valuing the company at SEK19.6bn, with the bid subject to necessary approvals, including competition clearances.

The company secured approval from the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority in late [...]

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AG Communications warned for breach of gambling regulations in Sweden

Aspire Global subsidiary AG Communications has been warned that it faces financial penalties if it breaches gaming regulations in future.

The Patent and Market Court division of the Stockholm District Court found that AG Communications breached five separate gaming and advertising regulations in Sweden during 2019, with each breach attracting a [...]

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