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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.

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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.

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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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Kindred Group handed SEK100m penalty by Swedish gambling regulator

Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has imposed a SEK100m (€8.9m) penalty on Kindred Group subsidiary Spooniker for offering unauthorised bonuses on its website in Sweden in early 2019.

The penalty relates to the first six months of Sweden’s regulated online gambling market, which opened in January 2019 and limited bonuses to one per customer.

A review of [...]

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Swedish Competition Authority dismisses complaint against Svenska Spel

The Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) has dismissed a complaint from operator association BOS, which had claimed that Svenska Spel had abused its dominant position in the re-regulated iGaming market.

The authority's investigation mainly focused on issues related to Svenska Spel Sport & Casino’s use of its main brand in the competitive market for commercial online [...]

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UK Advertising Standards Authority bans irresponsible matched betting ad

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad by matched betting provider Profit Accumulator for suggesting that its service can provide a solution to financial concerns.

Profit Accumulator offers a subscription service which allows customers to take advantage of free bets and promotions offered by online bookmakers.

Two posts on the company’s Instagram account last [...]

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Illegal sports betting business shut down in Northern Illinois

Authorities in Illinois have charged 10 people with conspiring to conduct an illegal multi-million dollar sports betting business in the Chicago area.

Among those named in the nine-count indictment returned by the US District Court in Chicago was Vincent Delgiudice, also known as ‘Uncle Mick’, who is alleged to have directed an [...]

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GVC issued record fine in NSW for illegal gambling advertising

GVC’s Australian-facing brands Ladbrokes and Neds have received a record fine in New South Wales for offering illegal gambling inducements to players in the state.

Ladbrokes and Neds were ordered to pay a fine and costs of AUD$207,500 by state regulator Liquor & Gaming NSW, after being found guilty of breaching NSW gaming regulations at [...]

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