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Spain Moves Forward on Gambling Ads Ban

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The PSOE minority government in Spain is going to accept all the recommendations of Ombudsman Francisco Fernández Marugán to ban gambling advertising.

The Ministry of Finance has accepted the Ombudsman’s recommendations. That way, departments would have to enforce new restrictions on the gaming industry. The authorities will soon draft a Royal Decree to establish restrictions on gambling advertising in Spain.

The Ombudsman filed his recommendation with the ministries of Treasury and the Health, Consumer and Welfare. Within the filing, he asked for a complete ban on gambling advertising in Spain.

“kids’ viewing time needs to be clean of gambling ads and no celebrities should be shown advertising gambling,” he said.

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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Gambling Research Centre Recommends to Update German Gambling Laws

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Forschungsstelle Glücksspiel, the Gambling Research Centre at the University of Hohenheim in Germany, has recommended to impose taxes on unlicensed operators in the country and to legalise online casino games.

“There is agreement that the enforcement against illegal providers on the Internet needs to be strengthened,” the Centre said.

“Currently, the offer of online casino games on the Internet is largely illegal, but still takes place. It can be assumed that some states will continue to allow online casino games or will do so in the future. Also, for player protection reasons, a regulated market is preferable to a non-regulated market,” the Centre added.

In Germany, the land-based casinos generated gross gaming revenue of €60 m in 2017 and paid €319m in casino and sales taxes. It is estimated that the illegal gambling market generated about €1.76bn for the same period.

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MGA Cancels Gaming Service Licence of Betixx

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has cancelled the gaming service licence of Betixx Limited, after ruling that the operator breached a number of regulations.

According to the MGA, Betixx breached paragraphs B and E of the Third Schedule to the Gaming Act. Paragraph B refers to the failure to submit specific documents to the regulator. Paragraph E is in reference to the failure to pay, in a timely manner, licence fees, gaming tax and compliance contributions to the MGA.

The MGA has now ordered Betixx to cease gaming operations, while it will not be permitted to register new players or accept new customer deposits. Betixx must also provide all registered players with access to their accounts and refund any remaining balances to customers.

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Latvian Parliament Approves Amendments to Gambling Laws

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Saeima, the parliament from Latvia, has approved the amendments in the final reading of the Law on Lotteries and Gambling Fee and Tax. The tax revenue from gambling that the state perceives has increased from 75% to 95%.

The amendments were designed to increase tax revenue for the state and help cover budget gaps. Before the amendments, the state budget received 75% from gambling tax revenue, while 25% went to municipalities’ budget. During the first reading, parliament members suggested to increase the state’s percentage to 90%, but the coalition agreed on 95%.

Other amendments, which will come into force with the gambling law in 2020, establish that gambling tax rate for roulette, cards and dice games will rise from €23.4k to €28k a year. Tax for gambling machines will increase from €4.1k to €5.1k.

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