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ESSA Statement: Law Commission report proposing a regulatory framework for betting in India

Zoltan Tundik

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Brussels, 6 July 2018: “ESSA welcomes the Law Commission’s recommendation to licence and regulate sports betting in India. We strongly encourage Parliament and state legislatures to enact the broad premise of the Law Commission’s recommendations and in line with the detailed response ESSA provided to the consultation last year. As the Law Commission states, prohibition has been ineffective and has resulted in widespread unlicensed betting. The only way to address that and the significant integrity issues it brings is to enact a clear regulatory framework for betting. Such action will undoubtedly have sizable possible economic and integrity impacts. ESSA is ready to work closely with Indian sports and authorities to ensure and maintain the integrity of sporting events within that new framework,” stated Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity).

ESSA detailed response to the Law Commission’s report can be accessed here: http://www.eu-ssa.org/wp-content/uploads/Indian-Law-Commission-review-June-2017-FINAL.pdf

The Law Commission of India’s report is here: http://lawcommissionofindia.nic.in/reports/Report276.pdf

 

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ESSA’s members include: 888sport, ABB, Bet-at-Home, Betclic, Betdaq, Betfred, Betsson, BetStars, BetVictor, Betway, bet365, bwin, Cashpoint, Expekt, Fonbet, Gamesys, Interwetten, Ladbrokes Coral, Paddy Power Betfair, Sky Bet, Sportingbet, Sporting Index, Sportium, Stanleybet, Stoiximan, Unibet and William Hill. For more information see ESSA’s website at http://www.eu-ssa.org/or visit us on twitter: @ESSA_Betting

The association plays a key role as the regulated betting sector’s representative body at national and international match-fixing policy forums and holds positions on working groups at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The organisation is continually reassessing and improving its alert and reporting systems and has established information sharing arrangements with a range of sports bodies and regulatory authorities.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Macau Legislative Assembly passed new gaming bill

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Macau’s Legislative Assembly has approved a draft bill banning local casino workers from entering Macau casinos outside of working hours.

The bill, which will now head to committee for further deliberations and refining of policy details, is aimed at curbing problem gambling among casino employees. It was revealed by the Deputy Director of Macau’s Social Affairs Bureau, Hoi Wa Pou, earlier this year that around 30% of all individuals who ask for assistance in dealing with a gambling problem work in the casino industry.

Initially only barring gaming tables and machine workers, the proposed ban added workers who perform functions less directly connected to gaming such as in the cashier’s offices, public relations areas, restoration, cleaning and security in casinos.

According to the DICJ director, Paulo Martins Chan, the scope of the ban was increased after the gaming industry was consulted.

The only exception would be for the first three days of the Lunar New Year and in situations justified for entry to the casinos, such as training or associative activities.

The proposed regulations also establish a possible fine of between MOP1,000 (US$125) and MOP10,000 for workers caught infringing the law.

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HKJC raises a toast to commingling as turnover hits new heights

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Club CEO Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (centre), Executive Director of Racing Mr. Andrew Harding (right) and Executive Director of Customer and International Business Development Mr. Richard Cheung (left) toast to the successful conclusion of the 2017/18 Hong Kong racing season.
Club CEO Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (centre), Executive Director of Racing Mr. Andrew Harding (right) and Executive Director of Customer and International Business Development Mr. Richard Cheung (left) toast to the successful conclusion of the 2017/18 Hong Kong racing season.
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International betting on Hong Kong racing increases by 150% as total turnover soars to £12bn

 

Monday 16th July, 2018 – Zac Purton sealed the Hong Kong jockeys’ title on Sunday on a day that saw turnover rise to £186.4m (HK$1.938m), the highest ever for an 11-race card, while commingling for the day set a record at £32.2m (HK$335m).

Turnover for the 2017/18 season of £11.9bn (HK$124.2bn) represents a 5.8% increase year-on-year, while the total amount wagered with commingling partners reached £1.6bn (HK$16.5 billion); a massive increase of 154.8% on last season’s £625m (HK$6.5bn).

Commingling turnover, which includes everything bet into the HK pools from foreign territories, on the season’s final day came in at £32.2m, around the same amount that the UK wagers on each day of Royal Ascot.

The total turnover for the season, £11.9bn, is almost three times the amount bet on racing in the UK, where last season’s figure came in at £4.3bn (HK$44.8bn).

Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chief Executive Officer at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, said: “We are delighted with another record season, one of our most exciting seasons both on and off the track. That excitement reached a thrilling climax on Sunday, with Zac Purton holding off Joao Moreira’s final push to win the jockeys’ championship. As well as great sport, we also had record turnover for an 11-race meeting, despite receiving 35 millimetres of rain, and that shows the enthusiasm for our product.

“Commingling is quickly changing the global landscape and that is seen in the fact that it made up 13.3 percent of our season’s turnover this year compared to 5.5 percent last year. Today, we reached a new record of HK$335 million for a single race meeting, a truly extraordinary mark. It is now a significant driver to Hong Kong’s turnover and that is due to the ever-increasing international interest in our racing product, which is proving to be attractive as an exciting sports option founded upon the highest integrity.”

For all of the latest news, views, results and more from the world-class racing scene in Hong Kong, follow @HongKong_Racing.

 

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Vietnam police cracks underworld gambling network

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Police has busted an illegal online sports betting network, allegedly operated by underworld honchos, in southern Vietnam. The police has arrested the ringleader and nine of his accomplices too.

The police has also seised three high-end cars along with billions of dong and foreign currency, as police raided locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong.

The leader of the ring was 36-year-old Nguyen Van Binh, police said.

Hundreds of officers belonging to the municipal police force and the Ministry of Public Security raided a coffee shop in HCMC’s District 12 on Wednesday night and arrested Binh, who they said had been running an online betting ring through a website since 2014.

They confiscated several online devices containing evidence of illegal betting apart from cash and other assets.

Binh and his accomplices had rich family backgrounds and were big names in the Saigon underworld, police said. The transactions the ring was involved in over the past five years ran into hundreds of billions of dong, police said.

The illegal gambling ring was being investigated further, they added.

Organizing sports betting remains illegal in Vietnam but various operations have been busted during the World Cup season.

Just a week ago, an illegal online betting ring worth over VND2 trillion ($89 million) was busted and at least 10 people arrested in several cities and provinces.

Last month, another online gambling ring using the web portal 12bet was busted. Four suspects were arrested and a total of over VND300 million in cash, computers and phones were seised.

Source: e.vnexpress.net

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