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Gambling Operators Gets Opportunity to Register Online Casinos in Belarus

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Belarus has given permission to gambling operators for legally registering an online casino, if appropriate license has been obtained. Legislation currently does not prohibit Belarusians from online gambling on overseas websites. Belarusians also have access to newsletters and information about online casinos.

According to Marina Nevinkaya, the head of gambling department at Belarus’ Ministry of Taxes and Duties, when the transition period ends, restrictions will appear in this field.

“Publishing gambling content aimed at promotion and organising unlicensed online gaming will be illegal beginning with 1 April 2021. Two years after the entry into force of the basic provisions of the decree number 305, access to the websites containing such information, will be limited,” the representative of the Ministry said.

The gambling market of Belarus remains stable. According to the recent data, 106 companies hold gambling business, 94 license holders actually operate. There are 391 gambling establishments in Belarus, including 27 casinos, 176 gaming machine halls and 188 betting offices.

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Swedish Regulator Imposes Fine on Betway and Mandalorian Technologies

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Spelinspektionen, the Swedish regulator, has imposed fine on Mandalorian Technologies and Betway for violating gambling regulations.

According to the Swedish regulations, license holders are only permitted to offer customers a single bonus, however, an investigation found that customers were continually offered bonuses by Mandalorian and Betway.

Mandalorian and Betway have been handed warning from the regulator and issued with penalty fees of SEK9m (£730k) and SEK5m (£406k) respectively.

“As the Spelinspektionen already had indications at the beginning of the year that some gaming companies did not comply with the legislation, on February 19, the authorities issued a letter to all licensees regarding bonus offers. After the letter, the Gaming Inspectorate noted some compliance from the licensees, but the assessment is that further measures must also be taken to achieve full compliance,” Spelinspektionen stated.

“The main purpose of the new gambling regulation, which came into force on January 1, 2019, is to strengthen consumer protection and reduce the negative effects of gambling. The limitation on bonuses is contained in the law to reduce social and economic damage and problem playing. The Gaming Inspectorate will therefore continue to focus on supervision of this area,” Spelinspektionen continued.

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Players File Lawsuit against Online Casino Websites in Austria

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Players in Austria have filed lawsuit against the online casino websites, reclaiming the losses incurred over a period of past two and a half years. It is estimated that players who have filed the lawsuit lost sums to the tune of €3,000 over the past two and a half years.

OVWG, the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling, said that the gambling operators would have to contest the lawsuit on their own. The lawsuit is filed against the gambling operators who were offering online gambling without having the necessary permits to operate in Austria.

AdvoFin, the Vienna-based legal services company, claims that the customers who lost money with the online casinos have a legal base to get their refunds. The firm is positive about getting gambling operators to pay back the losses.

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IPLyC Publishes Terms and Conditions to apply for Online Gambling License

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Buenos Aires Province Institute of Lottery and Casinos (IPLyC, in Spanish) has published the terms and conditions for the operators to apply for online gambling license. The deadline for proposals expires on June 25 and19 companies have already registered.

The license for operating the business will be granted by the IPLyC, as a result of the call for bids, and the regulator will be able to issue up to seven licenses for a 15-year period, not extendable.

The regulation underlines a basic requirement of minimum two-year experience in the sector and a provable annual total income in excess of 50,000,000 pesos.

As per the terms and conditions, “the executive branch shall establish the relevant regulations of the title for its practice” and “the enforcement authority will be the Buenos Aires Province Institute of Lottery and Casinos, which will establish the modality regulation for online gambling”, stating that “any modality unauthorized by the enforcement authority is considered prohibited”.

The participation fee cost 5,500,000 pesos, and each applicant is allowed for only single proposal. Once the license has been granted, each licensee must pay the amount of 65,000,000 pesos as a single fixed charge. In addition, a security deposit of 130,000,000 pesos has to be paid.

A technical evaluation committee will consider the items related to licenses, experience, financial assessment, product analysis, technical system, responsible gaming, and fraud prevention plan. Based on the results, points will be generated for each operator.

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