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ASA Bans the Adverts of BetIndex and Coral

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ASA Bans Two ‘Irresponsible’ Gambling Adverts
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Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned the adverts from BetIndex and Coral for being socially irresponsible and encouraging potentially harmful behaviour.

A BetIndex video on YouTube featured a representative of The Football Index product describing it as “basically the football stock market, where you buy and sell shares in footballers with real money and you can win daily pay-outs which we call dividends.” A viewer of the video complained that it was irresponsible because it was presented as an investment opportunity.

Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the ad created the impression that the product was an investment opportunity when, in fact, it was a betting product. It concluded that the ad did not make the associated financial risks clear and was irresponsible.

Separately, a television ad for Coral has been banned for encouraging repetitive participation in gambling. The ad featured a female voiceover stating: “Free £5 bet every Sunday. When you bet £25+ Monday to Saturday.” A viewer complained that the offer was irresponsible and potentially harmful for encouraging consumers to gamble each week.

“We considered that the suggestion that viewers should ‘join’ a ‘club’ in order to receive a free £5 bet ‘every’ Sunday was likely to encourage some consumers to take up the offer repetitively. For that reason, we concluded that the ad was likely to encourage gambling behaviour that was harmful and therefore breached the Code,” upholding the complaint, the ASA said.

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STS Secures UK License

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STS Secures UK License
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STS has become the first Polish bookmaker to secure a license in the regulated UK gambling market.

“We are not only the largest Polish bookmaking company but the first domestic company in this industry that operates outside the domestic market. Obtaining a licence in the United Kingdom is the result of a consistently implemented international expansion strategy. We are always looking at other prospective foreign markets,” Mateusz Juroszek, CEO of STS said.

STS is the first Polish bookmaker to start foreign operations, and further international expansion is planned. STS is currently conducting advanced activities aimed at obtaining its own licences in other markets.

STS expanded its business to European markets in February 2019. After years of intensive development, the company now controls almost half of the domestic sector. The bookmaker’s offer is available in the UK, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar, Slovakia, Malta and Latvia.

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Malta Gaming Authority Publishes Directive on Rules Applicable to Amusement Machines and Low Risk Games

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Malta Gaming Authority Publishes Directive on Rules Applicable to Amusement Machines and Low Risk Games
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In exercise of the power conferred by article 7(2) of the Gaming Act, 2018 (Cap. 583 of the Laws of Malta) and regulation 4 of the Gaming Premises Regulations (S.L. 583.07), the Malta Gaming Authority has issued a Directive on the rules applicable to Amusement Machines and Low Risk Games (Directive 7 of 2019).

The aforementioned directive is applicable to premises in which the only games offered consist of amusement machines and, or low risk games and provides further clarity in relation to the requirements which are applicable to such games.

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Malta Gaming Authority Publishes Enhanced Automated Reporting Platform Directive

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The Malta Gaming Authority has published Enhanced Automated Reporting Platform (Land-Based) Directive (Directive 6 of 2019) which establishes the requirements around the application of the Authority’s automated reporting system applicable to casinos and controlled gaming premises, as well as providers of critical gaming supplies to the same.

Qualifying entities under Directive 6 of 2019 are required to take all the necessary action to ensure that they have systems in place capable of generating reports in the format and frequency required by the same by the 30 November 2020.

The Enhanced Automated Reporting Platform is a tool which will allow the MGA to receive standardised data on a daily basis from land-based casinos and controlled gaming premises.

The Directive has cleared the European Commission’s TRIS process envisaged under Directive 2015/1535. The data set used in Directive 6 of 2019 is based on the Technical Reporting Standard currently being developed by CEN Technical Committee 456 for the European Commission, and in which Malta is actively participating.

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