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Kansspelautoriteit chair René Jansen: ‘Online gambling market will hopefully be open by 1 January 2021’

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The Netherlands Gambling Authority (Ksa) expects the Remote Gambling Act (Wet kansspelen op afstand) to come into effect on 1 July 2020. In that case, licence applications can be processed from that date onwards, so the online gambling market can be open from 1 January 2021.

This message was communicated by René Jansen, chair of the Ksa, during the annual conference of the Gaming in Holland platform. René Jansen emphasised that managing the licensing process properly in the context of the Remote Gambling Act will be a priority in the coming two years.

Conditions

The Remote Gambling Act, which was adopted by the Dutch Senate on 19 February 2019, legalises online gambling under strict conditions. Pursuant to the current legislation, it is not possible to apply for a licence to offer online gambling. This situation will change under the new law. The Ministry of Justice and Security is currently drafting the subordinate legislation related to the Remote Gambling Act. As soon as this process has been finalised, the Ksa will be able to draft the licence conditions. ‘Such an operation places quite a high demand on an organisation the size of the Ksa’, says Jansen. ‘However, we are doing everything in our power to get it done. If we cannot manage with our permanent staff, we will hire external staff.’

Safe online offer

The law intends to create a safe, legal online gambling offer. By granting licences to reliable companies, it will be possible to lay down conditions and exercise the necessary supervision at the same time. The law grants the Ksa additional powers to tackle illegal online offers.

Form

René Jansen made a strong appeal to his audience today to fill in the ‘I would like to become a Ksa licence holder’ registration form on the Ksa website. René Jansen: ‘It is important for the Ksa to know how many licence applications we can expect in the future. This information will allow us to organise the licensing process properly. A smooth process is not only in our own interest but also in the interest of the companies that are going to apply for a licence.’

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UK Advertising Standards Authority Bans Coral Ad

Niji Narayan

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The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a gambling ad from Coral.

The complaint against Coral is related to a social media post which the company used to promote betting on the Cheltenham Festival horse racing meet. The social media post was with the caption “Have Another Go,” which showed a punter’s disappointment turn to a smile after receiving a free bet.

The company posted the video on Twitter with the text: “We’re as passionate about the bet as you are. So, get your stake back as a free bet if your horse fails to finish.” It also broadcast a similar ad on television. The complaint argued that the ad encouraged players to make repeat bets.

Coral said that the promotion was a “form of insurance” on a bet that is common in the industry and was not designed to encourage repetitive play.

It said the tweet had “aimed to highlight the prize of the promotion, while keeping within a certain character count and without encouraging socially irresponsible behaviour,” and said it would not use the ad or the “Have Another Go” tagline again.

The ASA ruled the commercial broke the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising and Direct and Promotional Marketing (CAP), which states that advertisements must not “portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that is socially irresponsible or could lead to financial, social or emotional harm.”

It said: “We considered that the claim ‘Have another go,’ together with the video ad which featured a man whose mood was instantly lifted following a free bet back, gave the impression that the decision to gamble had been taken lightly and was therefore likely to encourage some consumers to take up the offer repetitively.”

Coral was told it must not use the ad again in its current form and must avoid presenting promotions in ways that were likely to encourage repetitive gambling.

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Golden Race Receives ISO 27001:2013 Certification

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Virtual Sports and Betting Technologies provider Golden Race has received the ISO 27001:2013 certification.

This certification assures that the Information Security Management System of Golden Race is compliant with the standard of ISO 27001:2013.

“This is another great step in reassuring our commitment with the highest international quality standards in information security. We are very proud of obtaining such an important certification, as a reaffirmation for the trust that our partners, customers and workers have on us,” Martin Wachter, CEO and Founder of Golden Race, said.

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GGPoker Network Granted B2B License By The Malta Gaming Authority

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License to facilitate continued expansion of world’s biggest online poker network

Swatar, Malta – June 4, 2020: GGPoker Network today announces that it has been awarded a Type 3 Gaming Services license by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). The B2B License will enable the online poker network to continue its expansion into new markets.

GGPoker Network also holds a license awarded by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC). After inking deals in recent months with a range of partners, including TotoGaming and OlyBet, the MGA license allows the network to target further expansion over the course of 2020.

“It’s always a good sign and an honor to receive a license from Malta Gaming Authority and we could not be more enthused. We look forward to signing new partnerships to continue making Online Poker available all around the world.” said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of GGPoker Network.

About GGPoker:

GGPoker Network is the world’s largest online poker network and offers a range of innovative games and features such as Jackpot Sit & Go Tournaments ‘Spin & Gold’, Fast-Fold Poker Rush & Cash, Tournament Staking… all designed to enhance gaming experiences and make poker more fun than ever. In May 2020, GGPoker hosted the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series, an online poker tournament series that featured hundreds of events and awarded over $134 million in cash prizes.

 

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