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VIXIO GamblingCompliance announces 2020 Global Regulatory Awards shortlist

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VIXIO GamblingCompliance announces 2020 Global Regulatory Awards shortlist

Today, VIXIO GamblingCompliance unveiled the shortlist for their Global Regulatory Awards (GRA).  Now in their fourth year, the VIXIO GRAs recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, teams and businesses who have excelled in the field of compliance, corporate social responsibility and responsible gambling over the course of the year.

This year’s shortlist showcases a host of progressive businesses, all who have demonstrated their ability to adapt to an increasingly complex regulatory environment, to innovate, and embrace safer gambling.

Mike Woolfrey, CEO, VIXIO, said “This year has been one of the most competitive years yet, with the judges having to consider hundreds of entries to shortlist finalists across 18 categories. Every year the standard gets higher as the industry moves to an ever-greater culture of compliance. Our judging process is extremely rigorous and the awards are hotly contested, so being shortlisted is a highly significant achievement. Whilst this year we are disappointed we won’t be able to host our black-tie gala dinner, we are looking forward to announcing the winners at our virtual event, which everyone can join to celebrate the industry’s achievements”.

Robert Chvatal, CEO, SAZKA Group, said: “Congratulations to all those shortlisted. The operational excellence, innovation and commitment to drive up standards demonstrated by those shortlisted is a really positive sign for the future of the industry. We are delighted to be partnering with VIXIO GamblingCompliance on these hugely important awards and we look forward to seeing who emerges as winners on 29 October”

Due to on-going safety concerns around COVID-19, this year’s presentation of the 2020 VIXIO Global Regulatory Award winners will take place via an online live stream, broadcast globally on 29, October at 16:00 GMT.  To find out more, including how to register, go to: gamblingcomplianceawards.com

Award for Commitment to Compliance by An Affiliate Company

  • AskGamblers

  • Better Collective

  • Bojoko

  • Gambling.com Group

  • iBet Directory

  • Little Star Media

Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Responsible Gambling

  • Amina Norgosanow, Videslots

  • David Caruana, Kindred Group

  • Jon Duffy, Genting Casino UK

  • Stefania Colombo, IGT

Best Regulatory Lawyer or Law Firm of the Year

  • CMS

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Herzog Fox & Neeman

  • Mishcon de Reya Betting & Gaming Group

  • Pinsent Masons LLP

  • Tommaso di Chio, Kambi

  • WH Partners

Best Regulatory Lawyer or Law Firm of the Year

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Paul Hasting LLP

Chief Compliance Officer of the Year

  • Jon Duffy, Genting Casinos UK

  • Ori Monheit, Skywind Group

  • Sissel Weitzhandler, Play’n GO

  • Yurri Shevchuk, Parimatch

Chief Executive Officer of the Year

  • David Briggs, GeoComply

  • Giovanni Garrisi, Stanleybet Group

  • Phil Horne, Scientific Games UK

  • Sergey Portnov, Parimatch

Compliance Innovator or Innovation of the Year

  • BetConstruct

  • Gamalyze, Mindway AI

  • Genesis Global Limited

  • Location Validator App, GeoGuard

  • GiG Comply

  • Stoiximan / Betano Group

Compliance Officer of the Year

  • Adam Torres, San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission

  • Emma O’Neil, Sky Betting & Gaming

  • Ewout Wierda, VideoSlots

  • Jennifer Aguiar, DraftKings

  • Keith Caruana, Play’n GO

  • Mark Halstead, iSoftBet

Compliance Outstanding Achievement Award

  • iSoftBet

  • Kindred Group

  • Paysafe Group

  • Skywind Group

Award for Commitment to Compliance by An Affiliate Company

  • IGT Compliance Team

  • iSoftBet Compliance Team

  • NOVOMATIC AG Compliance Team

  • Paysafe Group Compliance Team

  • People’s Postcode Lottery Compliance Team

  • Play’n GO Compliance Team

  • Playtech Compliance Team

  • Sky Betting and Gaming Compliance Team

Head of AML/MLRO or AML Team of the Year

  • Anti-Fraud Legal and Compliance Team, Estoril Sol Digital

  • AML Team, Genting Casinos UK

  • Group Compliance Team, Paysafe Group

  • Jonathan Galea, VideoSlots

Head of Regulatory Affairs/Government Relations

  • Jon Duffy, Genting Casinos UK

  • Kimberley Broad, Microgaming

  • Lindsay Slader, GeoComply

  • Malcolm Fleming, People’s Postcode Lottery

  • Martin Lycka, GVC Group

  • Pablo Espuela, Luckia Games

  • Sabine Stoppel, NOVOMATIC AG

In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year

  • Andrei Andronic, Playson

  • GVC Group Legal Team

  • Nicole Metzgar-Schall, Sportradar

  • NOVOMATIC AG Legal Team

  • Riva Richard, Pollard Banknote Limited

  • Skywind Group Legal Team

  • William Hill Group Legal Team

In-House Counsel/Legal Team of the Year

  • ECOMMPAY

  • Passport Technology

  • Paysafe Group

  • LexisNexis Risk Solutions

  • Trustly

  • Worldpay

RegTech Provider of the Year

  • GeoComply

  • IDnow

  • iovation

  • SBTech

  • Trulioo

  • w2 Global Data

Responsible Approach to Advertising Award

  • 32 Red / Kindred Group

  • Catena Media

  • NetBet Enterprises

  • Stoiximan / Betano Group

  • William Hill

Rising Star Award

  • Denisa Bialá, Play’n GO

  • Erica Okerberg, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Esther Scheepers, Kindred Group

  • Hayley Doherty, Sky Betting & Gaming

  • Joonas Karhu, Bojoko

  • Melissa Shuba, BMM Testlabs

  • Zlatan Omerspahić, Nsoft

Compliance Lifetime Achievement Special Award

  • To be announced

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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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