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Pier Paolo Baretta calls for Italy to cling to the terms of the shared online poker liquidity agreement 

Niji Ng

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Making himself loud and clear in an interview with GiocoNews, Pier Paolo Baretta, the outgoing Undersecretary of State at the Italian Finance Ministry affirmed earlier this week, that Italy should apply the terms of the shared online poker liquidity agreement it signed with France, Spain, and Portugal in Rome, last summer.

Clinging to his,  responsibility of gambling regulation, Mr. Baretta has been a long-time supporter of the shared liquidity project as a means for the revival of Europe’s segregated poker markets.The politician further emphasised that  not implementing the shared liquidity project could be considered a diplomatic gaffe of some sort  and would demonstrate lack of respect towards the partners of Italy’s Agenzia delle dogane e dei Monopoli (the local gambling regulator) from France (ARJEL), Spain (DGOJ), and Portugal (SRIJ).

The first shared poker tables went live in Spain and France in mid-January. PokerStars was the first operator to receive the essential authorization to participate in the shared liquidity project. French online poker operator Winamax also acquired a license from ARJEL to roll out shared poker tables. It now needs the go-ahead nod from Spanish regulators in order to be able to operate in the country.

Mr. Baretta told local media that the necessary technical checks that would make it possible for Italy to join the project were completed successfully. In other words, the country’s gambling regulator now only needs to publish the technical standards framework for the implementation of shared liquidity within its borders so that licensed operators are able to merge their player pools in the participating countries.

The recently held general election delayed the start of the shared liquidity scheme in Italy and, as Mr. Baretta pointed out, it is yet to be seen whether the project will be launched by the outgoing government or by the new one. And it seems that there is still a chance of Italy deciding against its participation, although it had been active in the shared liquidity negotiations. While shared liquidity has gained quite some political support in the country, it has also been opposed by a number of influential politicians who have expressed concerns that the project could create conditions for money laundering and other related crimes.

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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DC Council member introduces sports betting bill

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In a significant development in the US state of District of Columbia (DC), a council member Jack Evans has introduced the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 in the council. The bill is aimed at legalising sports betting in the state. Evans presented the bill during the Council of the District of Columbia’s regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting.

The US Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting on May, when it struck down the PASPA Act that prohibited states from regulation the gambling modality. Since then a number of states have decided to take a step forward and act on the growing industry, and as close states such as Delaware, West Virginia and New Jersey have already legalised sports betting, the country’s capital does not want to be left behind.

The Council member’s office said that it has worked closely with the District’s Lottery in order to craft the legislation that would regulate and maximise the revenue made in the state. The bill establishes that residents and visitors would be able to bet both online and in person, and the Lottery would have more authority to ensure the integrity of the system.

“Today, we take the first steps towards capturing this exciting new stream of revenue, instead of watching District resident dollars fill the coffers of other jurisdictions,” said Councilmember Evans. “The District of Columbia will be the leader in a fast-growing industry. The city should take advantage of our ability to act before the Maryland or Virginia legislatures to create a thriving sports betting market, which will attract consumers to the District and generate revenue for District residents.”

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GiG offers PAY N PLAY option to operators to enhance UX and compliance

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) now offers an instant registration and payment option for its operators using Trustly’s Pay N Play system. The system allows players to optionally register and pay through their online banking accounts in Sweden and Finland, with Germany soon to be offered. The simple system will allow GiG’s customers to further boost acquisition, build loyalty and stay compliant.

The technology is offered to operators on the GiG Core platform, with GiG’s in-house brand Kaboo live from today, alongside external brands Omnia and the newly launched Dreamz. GiG plans to offer this to other external and internal operators in the near future. GiG’s in-house brand Thrills is to become a purely Pay N Play operator in Finland, Sweden and Germany.

The new system enables instant customer sign-ups without the significant registration churn that the iGaming sector has historically experienced as a symptom of the more drawn out registration processes currently in place. New customers can register and deposit funds quickly and safely with no cumbersome account registration process necessary. Login is also made simpler, with players having the option to use Bank ID as a quick way to log in.

Both deposits and withdrawals will become instant transactions with Pay N Play, giving players more control and simplifying their experience, while retaining the strongest registration and security protocols through KYC requirements which are fulfilled with data direct from a player’s bank. The need to scan any documents for upload as part of the registration process will become a thing of the past.

CEO of GiG, Robin Reed comments:

“Pay N Play will revolutionise the registration experience for players and enable higher conversion and retention while reducing churn. With instant deposits and withdrawals, this new system makes our promise “to provide fair and fun gaming for all” stronger.

 

For further information please contact:

Natasha Gowans

Head of Communications

natasha.gowans@gig.com

+356 79699763

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Gambling legislation passed in Myanmar

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Myanmar has gone one more inch closer to welcome casino industry to the country. The lower house of the Legislature has passed a bill that would allow foreigner-casinos in the country. The bill, titled the Gambling Bill 2018, was introduced a couple of months ago. It will add amendments to the existing Gambling Act of 1986.

Though the new piece of legislation could mean progress for the segment, legislator Nay Myo Tun asserted that “it is not a casino law” as “the casino law has many sections.” He further explained that the detailed rules and regulations for a casino industry to be installed would be determined after proper framework legislation was passed.

Even though it is still unclear when the segment might arrive in Myanmar, legislators agree that it won’t be developed for locals. “Only foreigners would be allowed into the casinos,” a member of the parliament said. Lawmaker Aung Hlaing Win also explained that the government would “target areas with the most foreigners, such as near the border” to develop gambling venues.

According to director-general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration Aung Naing Oo, there has already been interest from a number of casino operators (including some that operate in Macau) to invest in the country should the segment be cleared.

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