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Martin Lycka: From the abyss of agony to the peak of ecstasy… and sometimes back!

In his monthly column for SBC, Martin Lycka, Entain’s Senior Vice President of US Regulatory Affairs & Responsible Gambling, believes cake is in order for some of those regulatory regimes that have turned agony into ecstasy… Dear reader,  I can hardly believe that I am welcoming you to the third season of my SBC column. but here we are at …

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Canada moves out of gambling wilderness as Bill C-218 secures final approval

Canada has ended its decade long drama to legislate single sports wagering, as yesterday evening the Senate approved the third and final reading of ‘Bill C-218 The Safe & Regulated Sports Act’.  Approved without any amendment, Bill C-218 will allow Canada’s 10 provinces to choose whether to independently regulate for single-event wagering on pro-sports events. Of heightened significance, Bill C-218 …

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ComeOn nets CPL partnership ahead of Canada makeover

ComeOn has become the first wagering partner of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) – Canada’s highest-ranking professional soccer organisation. From the 2021 season, the ComeOn brand will be displayed across all CPL club jerseys as the Malta-based operator serves as the “official sports betting and online casino partner of the Canadian Premier League”. As a principal partner, ComeOn will be …

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Young and male — is the iGaming player stereotype true?

Young and male — is the iGaming player stereotype true?

When considering what makes a ‘typical bettor’, many often imagine a male aged between 18-35, but – according to Slotegrator – “there’s more and more reason to consider female gamblers and those in other age brackets as well”. A new guide published by the iGaming software provider highlighted the importance of operators having an in-depth knowledge of their customers – …

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Martin Lycka – O Canada when will you revamp sports betting?

Despite all the sports betting regulatory action in the US following last week’s votes, GVC Holdings Senior Vice President of US Regulatory Affairs & Responsible Gambling Martin Lycka is looking at the reaction further north. The fearless men who stand on guard at the Ontario border, through snow, wind and sleet, noticed something rapidly whirling through the plains of Michigan …

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GVC promotes Martin Lycka to lead US regulatory affairs

Martin Lycka

GVC Holdings has continued to restructure its global senior management team after confirming the promotion of Martin Lycka to the newly created role of ‘Senior Vice President of US Regulatory Affairs & Responsible Gambling’. Lycka has formally served as GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs (2018-2020), leading the FTSE100 firm’s management of regulatory stakeholders, group-wide licensing requirements and compliance controls and …

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Inbound budget sees Ontario pull the trigger on its igaming framework  

The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is set to move ahead and establish the foundations for a liberalised igaming market – a move that will likely have significant consequences for how Canada chooses to regulated sports betting. Publishing its provincial budget, Ontario’s legislative assembly will reveal its conditions for launching a regulated igaming marketplace – a subject that …

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Canada’s sports betting hearings threatened by Trudeau’s ’emergency recess’ 

Further frustrations appear on the legislative horizon for the Canadian sports betting marketplace, after the Liberal Party government prorogued Parliament until 23 September.  The decision to recess Parliament and Commons presents a blow to the progress of Bill C-221, Canadian betting’s third attempt to implement a federal framework for ‘single sports wagering’. Authored by long-term sports betting advocate Brian Masse, …

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Federal or provincial… Canada stuck at regulatory crossroads

Canada’s continued resistance towards legalising a ‘single sports betting’ framework has perplexed industry observers, as a subject matter that has all political party support, professional sports’ blessings and a ready-made audience.  One-by-one as US states regulate sports wagering, the Great White North continues its slumber on adopting some form of a modern sport betting framework, replacing its antiquated parlay systems. …

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Masse pushes for third Canadian Single Sports Betting Bill

MP Brian Masse, the representative for Windsor West Ontario, has put forward his third attempt to legalise ‘single sports wagering’ federally across Canada. Despite securing cross-party support, in 2016 Masse’s Bill C-221 ‘The Safe & Regulated Sports Act’ was rejected in its final Ottawa House hearing, as PM Justin Trudeau’s newly installed Liberal Party refused to support a Canadian wagering …

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