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Application deadline extends for Greece Casino license

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The deadline for submitting the license applications for the development of a casino complex, as the part of a larger €8 billion integrated resort, at the site of the former Ellinikon International Airport has been extended by 40 days. The previous deadline was April 22. The new deadline is May 31, 2019.

The Hellenic Gaming Commission opened the license application process in February. The deadline extension is due to pending zoning issues at the Ellinikon site.

Ellinikon International Airport was the international airport of Athens for more than six decades before its closure in 2001. The project for its redevelopment into a luxury integrated resort was part of Greece’s privatisation programme, which the country signed in 2010 under its bailout arrangements.

According to reports, there is an unspecified number of ministerial decisions in relation to the privatisation yet to be made. The ministerial decisions and the environmental impact study could take months before finalised, which could further delay the bidding process for the casino portion of the resort.

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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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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