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New ADM chief: Italy to keep strictest monitoring on gambling incumbents

Marcello Minenna, the new Director-General of Italy’s Custom and Monopolies Agency (ADM), has issued his first public statement to licensed gambling incumbents. Appointed during national lockdown, Minenna takes charge of the agency governing Italian gambling. In his address, Minenna announced that the ADM would imminently move to form a new taskforce with the Carabinieri (federal police) targeting illegal gambling businesses. …

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Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN

Spanish gambling group Codere SA has launched ‘CODWIN’, its new Italian market AWP games (fruit machines) distribution unit, formed by the merger of its shareholdings in subsidiaries Gap Games Italia and FG Slot. Italian industry news sources report that the launch of CODWIN, had been formally approved by Gap Games and FG Slot investors at an April shareholder meeting, allowing …

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Italian betting begs for mercy on final Revival Decree conditions

Italy’s 6,000 betting shops reopened this Monday (15 June) to yet another ‘new dawn’ facing the government’s additional 0.5% wagering tax applied across all betting-related verticals (retail, digital and virtual sports). The temporary GGR tax is calculated on betting turnover and will be combined with existing net betting duties of 20% for retail, 22% for virtual games and 24% for …

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Italian nightmare continues as MPs approve new turnover tax

To the dismay of licensed incumbents, Italy’s parliament has approved the introduction of an emergency ‘turnover tax’ on betting and virtual sports wagers. The publishing of last week’s state gazette confirmed that MPs had backed amendments introducing a new ‘temporary’ 0.5% turnover tax across all betting-related verticals – online, retail and virtual sports content. The turnover tax is introduced as …

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IGT records dire 2020 opening as COVID-19 impacts all primary revenues  

IGT Plc has declared a tough opening to 2020 trading, reporting that COVID-19 restrictions have impacted ‘all business segments operating all primary revenue streams’.  Dire Q1 2020 metrics saw the firm record an 18% decline in group revenues to $940 million (Q12019: $1.14bn)  As a consequence of Mid-march lockdown orders the New York-listed technology group abruptly lost its revenue streams …

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AgiproNews Italian View – Who can save la ippica?

Italian business waits for parliament to publish its ‘Revival Decree’ outlining the terms and conditions attached to sector-specific rescue packages sanctioned by the government. Having handled the epicentre of Europe’s coronavirus outbreak, Italy enters ‘phase two’ of its lockdown procedure allowing bars, restaurants and further commercial properties to reopen obeying social distancing orders. Meanwhile, in Rome, the Chamber of Deputies …

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Italian betting lambasts parliamentary debate on wagering tax

Italian betting leadership has issued a response to parliamentary discussions on introducing a new 0.75% tax on betting and virtual sports wagers aimed at raising funds for ‘distressed Italian sports’. Italian Parliament continues to discuss the terms forming its ‘Revival Decree’ – a critical mandate which seeks to support the recovery of business and society from the long-term effects of COVID-19. …

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Highlight Games continues Soccerbet momentum with SuperSport deal

HD virtual sports specialist Highlight Games has secured a new agreement with SuperSport to supply its Soccerbet product. The agreement sees Highlight Games supply both single match and league versions of its Soccerbet product across SuperSport’s online, mobile and retail divisions – both of which will be made available in both English and Italian. Soccerbet will feature footage from English …

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ADM reveals horror show March for Italian betting

Industry Q1 2020 figures published by Italy’s customs and monopolies agency (ADM) have depicted the grim reality of COVID-19 damages on Italian betting incumbents. Recording just 10 days of wagering activity during March, Italian betting recorded a near collapse across its retail and betting channels. ADM figures reveal that March online betting revenues (GGR) decreased to circa €49 million, representing …

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Mike Ciavarella: No Tweaking… A rebuilt Newgioco is the real deal for US Wagering

Newgioco Group Chairman and CEO Michele (Mike) Ciavarella has led an eight-year project to launch the Italian legacy outfit in the US, seeking to be the best-prepared technology incumbent tackling the world’s biggest and most diverse sports market. Speaking to SBC, Ciavarella details that technology stakeholders will face a rude awakening if they simply ‘copy-paste’ European strategies to US market …

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