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Matthew Robins Joins SMP eGaming To Head Up Regulatory Compliance

George Miller

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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.

 

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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TOM HORN GAMING Content Available In Portugal

Zoltan Tundik

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The award-winning, Malta-based outfit is set to expand its business reach into the regulated Portuguese market after the supplier has secured a certification to supply its content to operators in this jurisdiction.

The supplier’s Portuguese offering includes its highly popular titles such as 243 Crystal Fruits, Frozen Queen, or one of the latest additions Sherlock. A Scandal in Bohemia among many others. Tom Horn Gaming will now be able to work with both its existing and new customers who are licensed in Portugal.

Ondrej Lapides, CEO at Tom Horn Gaming commented on yet another milestone in the company’s growth strategy: ‘We have been massively pushing into new regulated markets worldwide and the Portuguese certification ticks yet another box to set our foot firmly in a market with huge business potential. We want as many people as possible to enjoy our games and we look forward to exploring more new ground in Portugal going forward.’

Currently, Tom Horn is compliant to supply its gaming products to operators in the UK, Lithuania, Alderney, Serbia, Belgium, Gibraltar, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, with a multiple new jurisdictions to follow suit.

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Missouri Gaming Commission Considers Gaming Terminals as Illegal

Niji Narayan

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The Missouri Gaming Commission has deemed the gaming terminals illegal to slow the rapid-fire spread of untaxed and unregulated slot machines in Missouri.

The lead attorney for the Missouri Gaming Commission ruled that the terminals contain functions that make them “gambling devices,” which are prohibited outside of licensed casinos.

The ruling came in response to a question by the St. James Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5608, which asked if having one of the terminals in their facility would jeopardise the organisation’s state-issued bingo license.

After testing the machine, the gaming commission said it would.

Although the gaming commission’s findings only apply to establishments that have bingo licenses, the decision comes as state and county officials are investigating what to do about the machines.

The terminals work like slot machines. A player inserts money, selects a game and decides how much to wager. Players who win money can cash out and get paid by the store cashier.

May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery told that she fears the terminals could divert money from the lottery’s games, which generate money for public schools.

Senate President Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, also has pushed for legislation that would prohibit the machines and strip businesses of their liquor licenses if the terminals are present.

Dave Grothaus, executive director of the Gaming Commission said there have been discussions about whether state officials, like the commission, could use their licensing powers to strip businesses of their ability to sell lottery tickets or alcohol if they have the slot machines on their premises.

“Certainly that would be an administrative tool that the state could use to address the problem,” Grothaus said.

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Canada Amends the Criminal Code Offence of Money Laundering

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The Government of Canada has amended the Criminal Code offence of money laundering. The regulation changes criminalise moving money on behalf of someone despite money laundering suspicions.

“This change modernises Canada’s money laundering criminal offences to be consistent with key allies (e.g. U.K. and Australia) and provides an additional tool to disrupt and more effectively investigate and prosecute money laundering, particularly when dealing with sophisticated actors such as professional launderers,” Finance Department spokesman Greg Sommerville said.

Canada also considers other recommendations produced in the past 18 months. 120 recommendations were filed, but only 19 have been approved so far.

“Canada has fallen so far behind for so many years, we’re playing catch-up,” James Cohen, executive director of Transparency International Canada said.

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