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Poland adds over 5,400 domains in the register of prohibited sites

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Poland’s Ministry of Finance has created a ministry of prohibited websites, and there are more than 5,400 domains already in the list. The telecommunications and payment companies could be fined with PLN 250,000 penalty for allowing access to these websites and thereby breaking the gambling law.

As of January 2nd this year there were 5,414 domains on the list. The Ministry indicates the obligations associated with the register, which should be kept in mind by telecommunications undertakings and payment service providers.

Failure to comply with these obligations may result in an administrative fine of up to PLN 250,000–The Ministry underlined.

Pursuant to the Gambling Act, telecommunications companies that provide internet access services must prevent access to websites entered in the register and redirect connections that refer to sites entered in the register—to the website maintained by the Minister of Finance. There is information on possible penal and fiscal liability for participants of games organised against the provisions of the Act.

Payment service providers are required not to disclose payment services on websites entered in the register—explains MF.

The statement clarifies that the control in respect of compliance with the obligations set out in the Gambling Act for telecommunications companies and payment service providers is exercised by the Ministry of Finance and the National Tax Administration, in cooperation with the Office of Electronic Communications and the Financial Supervision Authority.

Niji Narayan 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. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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More Hungarians Ban Themselves from Gambling This Year

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Gambling addicts have had the opportunity to make significant self-restraint statements at the Hungarian Gaming Authority since January 1, 2016. More and more people are taking advantage of the opportunity and banning themselves from different types of addictive habit. So far, 150 people have requested this year to be banned from gambling at the Gambling Supervisory Authority.

As per the data from the Gambling Supervisory Authority, in 2016, 76 people had already requested the ban, but the number is increasing every year. In 2018, a total of 218 people restricted themselves from gambling. This year, 150 people have requested to be banned from casinos and arcades so far, compared to the 107 this time last year, so the trend seems to continue.

The Authority data also shows that the majority of those concerned opt for the longest ban of five years, but more and more people ask for short-term self-restraint as well.

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SYNOT Games Signs Supply Deal with Superbet

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SYNOT Games has signed a supply deal with Romanian gambling operator Superbet. The deal will see SYNOT Games’ full suite of casino games go live with Romania’s leading operator. The move has been authorised by the Romanian gambling regulator, ONJN.

SYNOT Games said in a press release that through a successful integration process, its complete library will gradually become available to Superbet’s gambling customers. Players will thus gain access to a number of popular titles, including Respin Joker, Alchemist’s Gold and Fruit Awards.

The Superbet deal comes as part of SYNOT Games’ European expansion strategy. The company revealed that it had obtained licenses by the Danish Gambling Authority and the Portuguese gambling regulator that would enable it to distribute its content in Denmark and Portugal through partnerships with locally licensed operators.

SYNOT Games CEO Ivan Kodaj said that they are “happy to support Superbet’s offering with a list of fresh and entertaining titles with a proven record on the market.” Mr. Kodaj went on that this latest deal highlights their “increasing popularity and market presence” and gives them “further recognition on the regulated markets.”

Heather Faulkner, Head of Online Gaming at Superbet, added that “SYNOT’s portfolio is something we are enthusiastic to finally have” and that they are confident “this will be a long-lasting relationship given the reputation the provider has earned itself over the last few months.”

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Totalizator Sportowy Hits PLN5.2 Billion in Overall Sales 2019

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Olgierd Cieślik, the President of Totalizator Sportowy, has announced that his company’s new Total Casino product had returned profits of PLN48m to the government since the site’s launch in December 2018.

Total spending on the site hit PLN2.3b, of which all but PLN100m was returned to the site’s customers, whose ranks currently stand at over 64k. One of these lucky customers won a PLN514k jackpot in July, the biggest payday in the site’s eight-month history.

Totalizator Sportowy’s overall sales in the year to date hit PLN5.2b, almost equalling the PLN6.1b sales figure the company generated in all of 2018. Cieślik said Total Casino’s performance to date has “not only met our expectations, but are better than we expected.”

Besides Totalizator Sportowy, Poland currently has 14 online gambling licensees, all of which are limited to sports betting. The government protects these licensees by constantly expanding its blacklist of unauthorised online gambling domains deemed to be serving Polish punters without local approval.

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