Europe

Irish sportsbook operators adopt credit card and whistle-to-whistle ad ban

Bookmakers in Ireland have agreed to adopt an industry-wide ban on using credit cards to fund gambling as well as a pre-watershed whistle-to-whistle ban on gambling advertising around live sporting events. These changes were introduced in an updated code of practice for safer gambling from the Irish Bookmakers’ Association (IBA). The IBA’s code of practice …

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EGBA safer gambling report reveals an increase in use of responsible gambling tools

The European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) has published its first-ever Sustainability Report, revealing that its members’ customers are using responsible gambling tools more frequently. Earlier this week, the EGBA came out in support of several new proposed changes to anti-money laundering (AML) rules in Europe. EGBA’s report The EGBA’s Sustainability Report 2020/21 outlines the …

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ANJ issues warning to operators over number of ads during Euros

The French gambling regulator L’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has issued a warning to operators after carrying out a review into betting practices during the UEFA European Championship 2020. According to the regulator, “a line was crossed” when it came to the volume of ads during the tournament. The ANJ’s warning The ANJ brought operators …

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Esports Entertainment Group completes Bethard acquisition

The online operator Esports Entertainment Group (EEG) has completed its acquisition of the Malta-based online gambling operator Bethard Group. EEG first announced plans to acquire the online gambling brand from Gameday Group back in May. EEG acquires Bethard EEG has now completed its purchase of Gameday Group’s B2C Bethard sportsbook operation. First announced in May, …

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Ukraine gambling regulator launches national exclusion system

Ukraine’s gambling regulator, the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL), has launched the country’s register of players who are not permitted to gamble. This comes after a Ukrainian parliamentary committee finalised the country’s gambling tax bill after making minor amendments. National exclusion system goes live Ukraine has become the latest country to …

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Former Paddy Power CEO labels mobile betting a “major social problem”

Stewart Kenny, one of the co-founders of the bookmaker Paddy Power, has labelled gambling as a “major social problem” due to the proliferation of mobile betting and regulatory shortcomings. Kenny helped to establish Paddy Power in 1988 and oversaw the operator’s expansion into the Australian and UK markets during his time as chief executive. Kenny …

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Kindred Group to acquire Relax Gaming for €295m

Online gambling operator Kindred Group has announced plans to acquire the remaining 66.6% of Relax Gaming’s shares for approximately €295m. This marks Kindred’s latest effort to expand its iGaming operations after announcing last week that its 32Red online casino went live with a bespoke version of the Fast Track CRM platform. Kindred to acquire Relax …

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Germany’s legal online casino market goes live with implementation of State Treaty

Today, Germany’s legal online casino gambling market officially launched with the implementation of the country’s State Treaty on Gambling (GlüNeuRStv). This comes after the Treaty was approved by lawmakers in Germany last year. German online casino goes live As of today, gambling operators will now be allowed to legally offer poker and slot games via …

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