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Michigan passes online gambling bill

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Michigan legislators have sprung a surprise by passing Rep. Brandt Iden’s online gambling bill on a 68 vs. 40 vote.

As per the bill, licensed land-based casinos can now obtain licenses from the state to offer internet gaming. They will have to pay an 8 per cent tax on GGR based on intrastate activity. The minimum age for betting would be 21 years. The total cost for each application and five-year licensure would be $800,000.

 “It will allow internet gaming as it relates to all of the currently allowed games in a brick-and-mortar casino, that’d be poker, roulette, black jack, craps,” Iden told local media, noting that his legislation also sets up the framework for legal sports betting, although he said the Michigan Gaming Control Board first would need to legalise sports betting state-wide following the recent US Supreme Court decision striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

“The gaming commission is looking for the Legislature to take the initial step,” said Iden. “They believe they have the parameters to do it, but one of the things we need to set up is that tax rate.”

Iden said tribal casinos would be included in the online gambling provisions.

“I believe that the tribal casinos ended up with 90-plus percent of what they wanted in this,” Iden said, indicating a “poison pill” that would rescind online gambling from tribal casinos if the federal government rules that tribal casinos are not able to participate in gaming off-reservation.

According to a House Fiscal Analysis, tax revenue from online gambling would be divided four ways, Iden said. Five percent would go towards school aid, with 5 per cent for transportation, 55 per cent to the city of Detroit and 45 per cent to the Internet Gaming Fund, which will administer the online gambling programme.

The bill now moves to the state Senate, but likely will not be taken up until August this year. 

 

Source: reviewed-casinos.com

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Patagonia Entertainment gears up for expansion in the Philippines

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Patagonia Entertainment gears up for expansion in the Philippines following a number of its popular Video Bingos have been certified for the iGaming market.

Patagonia’s in-house creative studio produces the best Video Bingo titles in the market. These have a fast-learning curve and perform equally well with players looking for some light entertainment and more adventurous high rollers. These games are particularly popular in the LATAM and Asian markets where Bingo has a strong historical and cultural presence. Each game is developed in HTML5 to enable players to access content from any mobile device.

Patagonia Entertainment’s Global Business Development Manager Victor Arias said: “The Philippines is an exciting opportunity for Patagonia as it represents a huge growth area for the business. Video Bingos are very popular in the region and the games will be a major asset for any iGaming companies expanding into this territory.”

 

About Patagonia Entertainment:

Patagonia Entertainment is a Video Bingo game development company known for creating innovative solutions for the e-gaming industry. Video Bingo is a hybrid between Bingo and Slot games. The company has managed to become one of the most popular game developers in the Latin American market and are rapidly growing into other markets. More information about Patagonia Entertainment can be found at www.patagonia-e.com.

 

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The Wire Act in the USA could affect the iGaming industry

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has clarified that the Wire Act should apply to all forms of gambling and not only to sports betting. The clarification could prove a problematic to all forms of igaming in the country that crosses state lines.

The clarification could adversely affect daily fantasy sports, intrastate online casino and poker, online lottery sales and marketing across state lines for all types of gambling.

The DOJ’s new opinion replaces its 2011 iteration released under the Obama administration, which stated that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting.

The Wire Act originally emerged in 1961 and was designed to fight against organised crime by outlawing racing and sports betting across communications systems in the US. Controversy then reined concerning its scope when it was used in the 1990s to prosecute online gambling.

The OLC’s new opinion states: “While the Wire Act is not a model of artful drafting, we conclude that the words of the statute are sufficiently clear and that all but one of its prohibitions sweep beyond sports gambling. We further conclude that the 2006 enactment of UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) did not alter the scope of the Wire Act.”

 

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New legal regulations in Poland

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New regulations on the documentation of gambling will enter into force on 18 January 2019. On 28 December 2018, the Minister of Finance amends the ordinance on the documentation of entities operating in the field of gambling.

Pos. 26 Overview:

Entries for documentation kept in paper form shall be made in a permanent and legible manner. Amendments and corrections in this type of documentation shall be made in such a way that the crossed out original text remains legible. However, each change or amendment is confirmed by the signature of the person making the change or amendment, giving the date of their introduction, and if necessary, it is described under the heading “comments.”

On the other hand, entries in the documentation kept in electronic form are made using a computer programme, in accordance with the written instruction manual of this programme, in such a way as to:

* provide an insight into the content of alerts and ensured protection of recorded data against destruction or loss, in accordance with the principles of confidentiality, integrity and accessibility;

* provide protection against unauthorised access, in particular through the use of authentication and authorisation mechanisms;

* enable printing of entries and reports from entries made, along with the changes made, in chronological order;

* ensure identification of the person making the change in the documentation along with the date of making this change.

The documentation should be registered by the competent head of the customs and tax office. In the case of paper-based documentation, the documentation must also be officially sealed by the appropriate head of the customs and tax office, and individual documentation cards—numbered consecutively.

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