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UK Gambling Commission welcomes launch of new application service for Personal Functional Licence

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UKGC happy to announce an improved online personal functional licence application service is available from 4 December 2018.

The service gives applicants an efficient, streamlined and improved service. It follows the in line with the GOV.UK design, making it quicker and easier to submit an application.

Supporting this new application service will be an improved processing tool to be used by the Commission’s licensing staff that includes the introduction of electronic Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks. These improvements should result in applications being assessed more quickly.

UKGC introduced text and email alerts in the new processing approach to keep applicants informed on the progress of their applications from submission through to when the licence is issued.

This improved licence application service has been developed as part of UKGC’s ongoing commitment to improve the way they regulate by simplifying, automating and digitising the licensing process. UKGC will automate more aspects of the personal licensing process by developing a new personal licence (PFL and PML) management and maintenance tool by the end of March 2019. As they develop this work, UKGC will continue to engage with the casino industry to ensure you have the opportunity to be involved in user research and inform further developments that meet your needs.

Watch this video to show you just how easy it is to use the new system:

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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MONEYVAL Criticises Malta for Failing to Act Against Financial Crimes

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Anti-money laundering body, MONEYVAL has sharply criticised Malta for inadequately tackling financial crimes, in a report highlighting the risks of banking and online gambling sectors. The report is a setback for the island that has sought to repair its reputation following the murder of a journalist investigating corruption.

Moneyval said that the Maltese police seldom used information gathered to trace criminal money and not enough was being done to tackle money laundering risks in online gambling.

A group of Maltese ministers issued a statement to say they were happy with the progress that the country had made so far and they would prepare a one-year plan to implement Moneyval’s 58 recommendations.

Moneyval said that although the country had tried to better understand money laundering risks, investigations were hampered by “limited resources, both human and financial.”

Moneyval added they were “not convinced” Maltese police could effectively investigate and prosecute “cases related to financial, bribery and corruption offences.”

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EvenBet primed for global expansion with GLI certification

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Key approval follows enhancements made to market-leading poker platform

Leading online gaming software developer EvenBet Gaming has received certification from the Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) for its newly enhanced RNG poker platform, paving the way for the company to extend its global reach.

The supplier has been granted the certification for its leading poker solution, which has been improved to offer a faster and more secure experience.

Following the integration of new software, the product has been retooled through the use of sophisticated and innovative algorithms to guarantee fair play and trust between operators and their players.

Approval from GLI allows EvenBet to confidently enter new markets as part of its global expansion strategy, with moves into Spain and Latin America already firmly in its sights.

EvenBet CEO, Dmitry Starostenkov, said: “GLI certification is an important milestone for the company and will allow us to bring our world-leading poker solution to even more players across the globe.

“We’re constantly evolving our poker platform to deliver the best user experience, and utilising this new software brings even greater sophistication to our offering.”

EvenBet delegates will be on site at this week’s CasinoBeats / Betting on Sports summit at Olympia London. Starostenkov will also be leading a panel on poker’s renaissance (2pm Thursday, Conference Room 6) debating the merits alongside fellow CEO panellists, and reframing the future for this comeback vertical, whose varied digital content and social components are second to none.

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Michigan Sports Betting Legislation to be Ready by Super Bowl

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Michigan State Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Kalamazoo, an active force behind the drive to legalize sports betting in the state following the U.S. Supreme Court order, has said he aims to complete the legalities by the Super Bowl. He said: “My goal is to have this up and running by the Super Bowl. Casinos are moving forward because they know it’s going to come to fruition at some point. If we don’t do this, we will continue to lose consumers to other states.”

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have approved sports betting in their states since the court order. Michigan lawmakers are following suit by resurrecting an old plan.

Even though the bills had widespread support in the Legislature, they were vetoed by former Gov. Rick Snyder, who opposed the expansion of gambling in the state and feared a loss of revenue for the state lottery, from which revenues are funneled to schools.

Iden is hoping for a different outcome with a new governor in office.

The bill calls for an 8% tax on sports betting, which would generate between $8.7 million to $11.2 million in tax revenues. That’s based on a sport betting market in Michigan, both in the casinos and online, of up to $225 million.

The bill comes as the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for legalized sports betting across the nation last year. The justices ruled that a 25-year-old federal law that has effectively prohibited sports betting outside Nevada is unconstitutional. The ruling set the stage for other states to expand legalized gambling as a source of government revenue.

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