Tag Archives: Winning Post

Winning Post: Belgium serves as Europe’s unwitting guinea pig on spending limits

As regulatory evaluations appear on the agenda of multiple European gambling marketplaces during the second half of 2021. Regulus Partners warns stakeholders to pay close attention to Belgium proceedings, where online gambling’s strictest spending limits have been approved. It is perhaps fitting that the first identified remains of a guinea pig in Europe can be traced to Mons in Belgium, …

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Winning Post: The curious case of Portugal

Once deemed as an unworkable marketplace following its 2016 tax and regulatory reforms, Europe’s biggest operators are eyeing returning to compete in Portugal. Regulus Partners examines whether Portugal can continue to defy expectations and maintain its growth appeal catering to an enlarged igaming marketplace, or will it follow the all-too-familiar script of other European markets, where growth is drained by …

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Winning Post: Parliament debates state control on gambling and football

Regulus Partners examines a further week of Parliamentary debate, where the state has been urged to intervene on safer gambling affordability controls and on how media rights should be distributed fairly to benefit all levels of football. In Parliament – with friends like this… The parliamentary campaign against gambling resumed this week with a string of questions submitted to the …

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Winning Post: Operators count the cost of Deutschland IST4

Regulus Partners warns operators to prepare for further Bundesrat schadenfreude as the ‘toleration phase’ of the Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling reveals the unprecedented costs of operating in Germany’s re-regulated marketplace. __________ The initial financial cost of German gambling regulation is now becoming clear. In its components, it is in line with what we expected, but the impact remains sufficiently …

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Winning Post: Playing it straight on black market threats

Regulus Partners sets the record straight on how betting incumbents should represent black market threats, where the emphasis should be placed on understanding player habits and protecting integrity over market size impacts.   Whenever a regulator or government seeks to make ‘illiberal’ changes to gambling policy, the dangers of a black market will almost inevitably be wheeled out in evidence …

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Winning Post: US tribes scrabble for market advantage

Regulus Partners observes that US wagering’s heritage stakeholders are playing unsustainable word games to maintain market advantages… __________ Among all the drivers shaping sports betting adoption in the US, a very important factor often left out of accumulating lists is grammar and the meaning of words. On one level the importance of what words mean to the evolving landscape is …

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Winning Post: Q4 betting margins… Feeling lucky?

betting margins

Regulus Partners kicks off 2021 by analysing how the pent-up demand for sports betting from Covid restricted consumers enlarged betting’s Q4 margins, as well as the House of Lords’ deep interest in the Gambling Act’s review…   In the depths of the first wave of lockdowns, online sports betting was among the beleaguered sectors of the gambling industry, lacking key …

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Winning Post: ’tis the season for a Gambling Act review

'tis the season for a Gambling Act review

With the launch of the Gambling Act review dominating the betting industry’s agenda last week, Regulus Partners observed that initial reactions suggest the government debate is off to a good start. Can betting remain on the government’s good list this year, or will the festive spirit be short-lived? UK: In Parliament – the Great British Gambling Act Review – off …

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Winning Post – Swedish black market inquiry deserves a better factsheet

Closing November, the Swedish government announced the launch of ‘Larsson Inquiry’ to review Sweden’s online gambling’s safeguards against the growing threat of black market actors.    Though welcomed by all market stakeholders, Regulus Partners states that Swedish igaming incumbents must provide better arguments on market threats beyond economic constraints or a repeat of poor outcomes will simply follow the inquiry. …

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Winning Post: New UK stats tell an ex-growth story…

Regulus Partners observes new UK gambling sector realities drawn from improved granular statistics monitoring industry disciplines. Meanwhile, the strategic consultancy analyses the many binding narratives which will drive the forthcoming government review of the 2005 Gambling Act… __________________ The GB Industry Statistics to March 2020 have further improved granularity, especially in quarterly reporting. Adjustments still need to be made (especially …

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