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Greece to open new licensing regime by October

Updating industry stakeholders, the Greek Syriza government has announced that it will implement its new gambling licensing regime by October, opening its market to foreign operators. This September, Deputy Finance Minister Trifon Alexiadis informed Greek news sources that regulatory and business provisions would be made available ‘within a month.’ Following amendments, the Syriza government is confident that its new licensing …

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Industry cold on Hesse temporary licenses

Germany’s Hesse Ministry will allow online betting operators to apply for temporary licenses, while national regulators seek to overhaul the country’s licensing and regulatory framework. Updating industry stakeholders, Hesse courts will allow national and international operators to apply for ‘orders of tolerance’ until the 15 November. If approved, betting operators will be allowed to service online betting provisions to German …

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Poland adds further restrictions to online gambling framework

To the surprise of gambling stakeholders, the Polish government has rejected amendments to liberalise its online gambling framework, instead choosing to add further operator restrictions. With foreign operators expecting Polish regulators to add online casino and poker provisions to its online gambling framework, the Polish Council of Ministers announced that slot games would be restricted to play on state-owned lottery …

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GBGA – Gibraltar will remain an industry commercial hub despite BREXIT result

Gibraltar industry trade association the ‘Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association’ (GBGA) has moved to quell stakeholder concerns regarding the UK’s referendum decision to leave the European Union. The industry body which represents twenty Gibraltar-based European online betting operators, stated that governance of the British Overseas Territory remained ‘strongly committed’ in maintaining its present industry operations and framework. Following the UK’s …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – BREXIT = No exit from robust gambling regulation

I moderated a European Update panel session at the annual conference of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, which took place earlier this month in Malta. Predictably, one topic that produced heated debate was the lack of harmonization, or even hope of harmonization, of gambling laws and licensing processes across the EU Member States but this led on to the …

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Gibraltar backs Remain as June EU Referendum approaches

The citizens of British overseas territory Gibraltar, are backing remaining in the European Union ahead of next month’s UK EU Referendum (23 June). The latest polls undertaken by various Gibraltar news sources, indicate that ‘The Rock’ is firmly committed to staying in the EU economic zone with results showing 85% of Gibraltarians wanting to remain (8% leave / 7% undecided). …

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Betfair’s ‘Brexit’ market on course to break political records

Betfair’s ‘Brexit’ market has exploded into life this week with just under £4m matched between customers in the last seven days, bringing the total traded in the market to £8m. ‘Remain’ has been backed into a heavy 2/5 favourite, with odds implying a 71% chance to win, whereas Brexit has weakened to a 12/5 outsider representing a 29% chance to win. …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – The General Data Protection Regulation

With ever increasing compliance responsibilities pursuant to the Gambling Commission’s LCCP and more soon to arise on implementation of the 4th Money Laundering Directive, betting operators might be forgiven for thinking that there was a limit to the extent to which even more onerous regulatory burdens could be heaped upon them in the near future. However, even greater focus on …

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ESSA unveils British Integrity plan to European Parliament

The fight against corruption in sport moved up a gear today when ESSA, the body representing most of the world’s biggest regulated betting firms, urged the EU to endorse plans to ensure betting integrity across Europe and to use its standing to promote the approach worldwide. Unveiling the British Integrity Action Plan at the European Parliament, Mike O’Kane, ESSA Chairman …

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ESSA detects 18 Cases of suspicious betting in Q3

Eighteen cases of suspicious betting patterns were detected in the third quarter of 2015 by the sports betting integrity association, ESSA, which represents many of the world’s largest regulated betting operators. Whilst these figures represents a slight fall from those detected by ESSA in Q1 (24 cases) and Q2 (23 cases), it highlights the continuing threat to sport, consumers and …

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