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Matthew Robins Joins SMP eGaming To Head Up Regulatory Compliance

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SMP eGaming has announced that Matthew Robins – former Director of Compliance at The Stars Group and, more recently, Chief Compliance Officer of the mobile payments wallet, MuchBetter – has joined the firm as Head of Regulatory Compliance.

Matthew has been in the gaming industry for the last 12 years and involved with regulations and compliance for more than 20 years. He is well-known in the remote gaming sector and has appeared on several panels at conferences discussing challenges of new payment methods, AML and verification processes.

Ted Pepper, Director of SMP eGaming, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Matthew to our Gaming Compliance division. With more than 20 years’ experience in regulations, audit and compliance, his leadership, experience and wealth of knowledge across multiple gaming jurisdictions will be a great asset to us. He will provide a fresh outlook and insight into our products and operations as we continue to grow.

‘Having someone like Matthew join SMP eGaming is testament to the hard work we’ve been putting in over the years and shows that we are on the right track. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for SMP.’

Matthew said: ‘SMP Partners has built up a great reputation in gaming over the last 10 years and it is a pleasure to be joining them at an exciting time in their growth. The company has great ambition and has built a dynamic and skilled team which I’m excited to be part of.’

SMP eGaming is the e-gaming division of leading corporate and trust services provider, the SMP Partners Group. Headquartered in the Isle of Man, with offices in Malta and Jersey, it provides multi-jurisdictional licensing, regulatory and compliance advice and support to established and early stage e-gaming operators, platform and software providers across multiple jurisdictions.

 

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UKGC Reveals Reasons for Triplebet Licence Suspension

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published the reasons for suspending Triplebet’s licence.

Triplebet’s operating licence was suspended on February 17 as part of a package of sanctions for social responsibility and money laundering failings.

An investigation found serious failings in Triplebet’s approach to anti-money laundering, the monitoring of business relationships and due diligence checks into members of gambling syndicates. Serious failings were also found in the operator’s approach to social responsibility.

In one case, a player was able to gamble a large sum of money over the course of two days without any interaction whatsoever. Another player who registered, played and then self-excluded on the same day was subsequently able to reopen his account six months later. He then played for 10 hours a day on consecutive days and lost a large sum before self-excluding again, without any monitoring or interaction taking place.

“We have repeatedly made it clear that operators must put player protection at the forefront of their activities and ensure that they have effective anti-money laundering processes in place. We will not hesitate to use our regulatory powers, including the suspension and revocation of licences, if we need to do that to protect consumers and the public from gambling-related harm,” Neil McArthur, chief executive of UKGC, said.

“Any operator that doubted that we were ready and willing to use the full range of our regulatory powers should think again. All operators need to learn the lessons from this case and our other enforcement cases,’’ Neil McArthur added.

In addition to the licence suspension, the operator also has to pay a £740,000 fine.

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Singapore to Establish New Gambling Regulatory Authority in 2021

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Singapore is set to establish a new Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA) by 2021 to consolidate and optimise all gambling regulatory resources within a single agency.

The GRA will see the current Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA), which oversees Singapore’s casinos, and the Gambling Regulatory Unit, which regulates remote gambling services and “fruit machines,” come under one umbrella.

The GRA will also govern terrestrial gambling services currently overseen by the Singapore Totalisator Board, illegal gambling activities enforced by the Singapore Police Force and even responsible gambling measures currently controlled by the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that while Singapore’s current gambling regulatory framework has delivered positive outcomes, there are “emerging trends” that can have a significant impact on the gambling landscape.

“For example, technology has changed the way people gamble and made it more accessible. Business models have evolved to suit changing customer preferences by introducing gambling elements in products that are traditionally not seen as gambling,” the MHA said.

In response, the new GRA “will consolidate and optimize gambling regulatory resources within a single agency. This will allow GRA to stay even more effectively abreast of technological and global trends, respond faster to emerging products in particular those that cut across different domains, and take a more holistic approach to gambling policies and issues.”

“Even as we update our laws, MHA will retain a generally prohibitive stance towards gambling, and continue to maintain a risk-based regulatory approach towards existing gambling operators,” it said.

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German Court Orders Suspension of Sports Betting Licensing Process Until Further Notice

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The Darmstadt Administrative Court in Germany has ordered to suspend the nationwide sports betting licensing process until further notice. The move came after an Austrian betting operator, which is not a member of the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV), claimed that the licensing procedure was not transparent and non-discriminatory.

“The decision of the court is a big blow to our members. Even though we were promised concessions by the legislator back in 2012, an early approval, which should have been made possible by the State Treaty on Gaming, which has been in effect since the beginning of the year, is now once again in the stars,” Mathias Dahms, President of DSWV, said.

“It is particularly annoying that there could have been permits for a long time. The Gambling Council (Glücksspielkollegiums) has not been able to reach an agreement for weeks, even though decisions were all set to be made. This body of 16 competent officials from the state ministries is responsible for the final release of the permits,” he added.

“Sports betting providers in Germany are once again denied access to a regulated market and thus legal certainty. The applicants have once again invested a lot of effort and energy into the process and prepared for the regulated market. I also feel sorry for the employees in the Hessian Ministry of the Interior and the Darmstadt Regional Council, who have been very committed in the past few months to finally make the approval process a success. We hope the authorities can continue to issue permits quickly,” Dahms added.

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