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King Billy Casino, a proud holder of MGA license

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One of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos (yes, Malta is not just one island). Set of epic films and TV shows, like Troy, Gladiator and Game of Thrones. A walker’s paradise during almost all seasons of the year, with stunning views from dramatic cliff edges. Fantastic cuisine. Picturesque capital Valetta.

And yet, when it comes to online gaming, there is something more in Malta than the above, something that has turned it into the Mecca of the gambling world. We are talking of course about the Malta Gaming Authority which has become the world’s preferred remote gaming regulator. Don’t get us wrong Curacao license holders, your license is still decent, but Malta is in a league of its own.

How have the Malta Gaming Authority done it? By offering a solid legal framework for service providers, operators and online players. Any company which wishes to obtain the coveted MGA gambling license has to meet a number of strict criteria, ranging from ownership structure and credibility to integrity and competence.

Which brings us to the happy news from the King Billy Kingdom. It was due and it is now a fact, that King Billy Casino, owner of several impressive industry distinctions, awards and trophies in less than 3 years of operations is now also a proud holder of the MGA license.

Good news from the Kingdom, so we reached out to a few key persons of the organization for statements. King Billy Casino CEO Volodymyr Harkusha (and “First Lord” of the Kingdom) explains: “At King Billy Casino, we view our course, so far, as a journey where the destination can only be reached by taking methodical steps. One of these steps, actually a giant leap for us, is our MGA license.”

So, what has changed for King Billy Casino with the new license? Harkusha points out “You know, even before the MGA license, we were implementing a modus operandi at King Billy Casino, exactly as if we had a Malta license. This means a policy of full transparency. We expect that combining this policy with the Malta regulations will make the relationship with our players even more reliable, trustworthy and secure.”

And what about new opportunities? Ruslan Legenzov, King Billy Casino Head of Affiliates (and “Lord of Affiliates” of the Kingdom) shares his thoughts with us: “Plenty of opportunities, which we will try to capitalize at a maximum level. New payment systems, like Trustly, the “darling” PSP of European players will now be available at King Billy, along with tax-free transactions.

Furthermore, our King Billy Casino MGA site will feature a brand new Loyalty Program with a refined bonus system and no less than 7 levels: Citizen, Baron, Earl, Marquess, Duke, Prince, and finally King, next to King Billy himself. Female titles apply too for ladies, so we invite everyone, above 18 years of age for a ride.”

The King Billy Casino CEO compared the casino’s course to a journey. So, what is the destination of the journey? Volodymyr smiles “We are trying to make it the most interesting type of journey – a never ending one!”

We must admit that we like this way of thinking, and for the time being we reckon that “His Majesty King Billy and his faithful servants” could use some rest on this long journey. And what best place to rest than Malta?

MGA, the Malta Gaming Authority, is a Malta-based Gaming Control Board. Its mission, since its inception in 2001, is based on the principle of having a transparent and fair gaming sector in Malta, to safeguard against corruption and crime and offer protection to vulnerable players and minors.

King Billy Casino is a new generation online casino, available in 6 languages (English, German, Russian, Finnish, Norwegian and Japanese) with an impressive record in awards and a remarkable variety of games and features. King Billy has prioritized the creation of a superb user experience focusing on the myth of King Billy and his Kingdom and treats all players with the specialness they deserve.

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Northern Ireland Gambling Amendment Bill Reaches Assembly

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New regulations for the gaming industry in Northern Ireland have been introduced this week in the country’s Assembly, significantly amending the current laws.

The Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill creates new offences in permitting children to play gaming machines and provides powers to impose a statutory levy on gambling operators.

It establishes a mandatory code of practice for licence holders, broadens the definition of cheating to include attempted cheating, makes gambling contracts enforceable in law and permits bookmakers and bingo clubs to open on Sundays and on Good Friday.

The minimum age for minors to play a gambling machine is now 18 and it will become an offence to invite a person below that age to play. Previously, it was not an offence to permit an under-age person to gamble.

The statutory levy on gambling operators will be employed in a manner similar to the practice in England, where the money raised is used for community projects and treatment of problem gamblers.

An overhaul of online gambling legislation will form a second phase of the changes to Northern Ireland’s gambling scene and will follow after discussions.

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OKTO receives PCI DSS certification

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Confirming once again OKTO’s commitment to deliver high-quality, reliable, secure, and compliant service offerings to its customers, OKTO obtained the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard certification

OKTO has received the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification proving once more its continuous investment in leading and reliable technologies, adhering to high industry technological standards to offer enhanced security on consumer financial data and increased trust in the payment ecosystem. The fintech firm’s OKTO.WALLET solution meets all the requirements set forth as a Level 1 Service Provider, ensuring the security and protection of payment cardholder data.

Compliance validation of the OKTO solution involved the evaluation and confirmation that the security controls and procedures have been properly implemented as per the policies recommended by PCI DSS. According to the requirements formed by the international payment systems, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and other members, all entities that store, process, and ensure the transfer of data to their cardholders must comply with the unified PCI Data Security Standard.

John Zacharakis, CTO at OKTO, comments: “PCI DSS certification is a key step of our high-quality offering to our customers and commitment to the industry’s highest standards in the most regulated markets. OKTO meets the objectives of the PCI DSS and assures that its clients obtain a fully PCI DSS compliant services, adhering to high security technical standards which ensure the security of the network infrastructure, and apply required controls around cardholder data to minimize credit card fraud.”

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1400 Arrests, $8M Seized in Illegal Gambling at Euro: Interpol

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An Interpol operation targeting illegal gambling during Euro 2020 led to 1400 arrests and the seizure of $7.9 million (6.7 million euros) in cash, the Lyon-based global crime agency reported.

Thousands of raids in Asia and Europe also resulted in the confiscation of computers and mobile phones connected to almost $465 million in bets.

“While most of us were watching the UEFA European Football Championship as simple fans, hundreds of specialized officers across 28 countries were targeting organized crime groups looking to earn millions from illegal gambling and related money laundering activities,” an Interpol statement read.

Hong Kong police detained more than 800 suspects, “including the alleged kingpin of a triad-controlled bookmaking syndicate,” the statement said.

In what was described as one of Hong Kong’s most successful operations ever they seized $2.7 million in cash and records detailing hundreds of millions in bets.

In Italy, home of the European champions at the pandemic-delayed tournament, Operation SOGA VIII inspected 280 betting shops and delivered 1.3 million euros in sanctions for illegal betting schemes.

In all, Interpol’s eight SOGA operations have led to more than 19,000 arrests, cash seizures of more than $63 million and the closure of over 4000 illegal betting dens.

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