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New Jersey slaps $30K penalty on Rush Street Interactive for underage online bets

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New Jersey gambling regulators have slapped their first penalty, of $30,000, on Rush Street Interactive, which is running playsugarhouse.com, for allowing underage internet gambling. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement said that the website did not record accurately the users’ birthdates between November 2016 and January 2018 because of a software defect. The bug has been rectified.

As a result of the defect, 13 players between the ages of 18 and 20 created accounts and make online bets worth nearly $5,000. Gamblers must be at least 21 to make legal bets in New Jersey.

The fine was issued Jan. 7 and made public Wednesday. It was the first for underage internet gambling issued by New Jersey regulators since online gambling began in the state in Nov. 2013, according to Kerry Langan, a spokeswoman for the gaming enforcement division.

Rush Street Interactive NJ and the state agreed on the $30,000 penalty.

“We take this matter very seriously,” the company said in a statement issued Wednesday. “As soon as our team discovered the misconfiguration, we self-reported it to the gaming commission and took immediate action to correct and prevent recurrence. Responsible gaming is a top priority for us.”

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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Latvian Parliament Approves the Amendments to the National Legislation on Gambling

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The Latvian parliament has approved the amendments to the national legislation on gambling. The new rules prohibit the Latvians from gambling on the websites of international online gambling operators who operate without a license in Latvia.

Latvian citizens who used the services of unlicensed gambling casinos will face a fine of up to € 350 per incident. Players who avoid taxes for winnings can also be fined. It is assumed that the fine will be 23% for any amount of winnings over € 3,000. There is a €20 thousand penalty for Internet providers who fail to report information about the cases of illegal online gambling.

The Latvian Inspection on lotteries and gambling has blacklisted more than 1500 gaming domains, however, according to media reports, Internet providers blocked only a third of domains form the blacklist.

 

To stay up to date with the latest changes in the Baltic region make sure you register here for the second edition of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit. The conference will take place on the 9th of May at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel in Vilnius (Lithuania).

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Spillemyndigheden Issues Warning on Marketing Bonus Offers

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The Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, has released a statement and issued warning to the operators.

The regulator assessed that the use of the word “free” when marketing a bonus offer is misleading if a wagering requirement is attached to the offer.

In accordance with the Consumer Ombudsman, in 2016, a statement contemplated the use of the word “free” in bonus offers. “The Consumer Ombudsman found that the chance of winning a win was impaired because consumers could not raise their winnings if they stopped the game before the wagering requirement was met, and the total sum of consumer deposits and winnings was higher than the consumer’s initially deposited amount,” said the statement.

The gambling authority said that this is similar to other concepts such as “free spins” and “free bet” if a turnover requirement is attached to the offer. “The use of these terms can create an expectation on the part of the consumer that the offer is actually free without any limitations and will therefore be contrary to the law if this is not the case,” said the watchdog.

 

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FDJ Sets New Plans for CSR Efforts

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Française des Jeux (FDJ), the French gaming operator, has set out new plans for corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts to clamp down on issues such as problem gambling, underage players and fraud.

This year onwards, the operator will commit 10% of its annual television advertising budget to responsible gambling.

Last year, FDJ has trained more than 13,000 members of staff on how they can prevent underage gambling. This year also, FDJ will continue its retail training initiative.

This year, FDJ will develop and launch a new money laundering risk assessment tool that will be applied to all of its retail and digital bets.

The operator will also implement an action plan with the aim of becoming a carbon neutral business in 2019 and reducing its carbon emissions by 20% by 2025.

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