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UK Gambling Commission Revokes Park Lane Casino Operator’s Licence

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has revoked the operating licence of Silverbond Enterprises Ltd which runs Park Lane Casino.

The decision was made because there was a change in corporate control at the operator and the Commission is not satisfied that it would have granted the operating licence to the Licensee had the new controller been a controller of the company when the application for the operating licence was made.

“We regulate gambling in the public interest and to maintain public confidence in the industry. In doing this we must be provided with information about those who run or have significant interest in gambling businesses,” Helen Venn, Executive Director of UKGC, said.

“We revoked this licence because we are not satisfied as to the source of funds (SOF) used to acquire and support the Licensee at the time of the change of corporate control or to whom future profits of the Licensee would be paid. We also identified concerns with the suitability of the new controller because of its unsatisfactory history in providing information requested as part of our enquiries,” Helen Venn added.

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Endorphina completes another security milestone!

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Starting 2024 strong, the top casino game provider Endorphina successfully completed the external audit by the renowned Testing Laboratory, achieving another milestone in the form of an ISMS Certificate according to local requirements in Italy! This plays an important role in cementing Endorphina’s position in the iGaming world.

Earlier this year, the iGaming software provider Endorphina successfully passed an external information security audit according to regulations governed by ADM. The goal of the multi-day audit was to map out the overall setup within the company, examine every detail involving security, and ensure the company’s games are completely safe for every player.

Over three years ago, Endorphina set a goal to be authorized in all regulated jurisdictions and continues to campaign across markets. By 2024, the company has reached 28 regulated markets and continues progressing rapidly.
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n March 2024, Endorphina will organize a grand event, La Mistica dell’Endorphina, where guests can experience the true spirit of the innovative developer. The luxurious party promises to create the perfect networking opportunity for iGaming enthusiasts.

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Spillemyndigheden Blocks 83 Illegal Websites

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The Danish Gambling Authority has been successful in the court in Næstved to have 83 websites that offer illegal gambling in Denmark blocked.

It is the 10th time that the Danish Gambling Authority has gone to court to have illegal websites blocked, and the DGA has now intensified its efforts to block illegal sites.

Since 2012, when the gambling market in Denmark was partially liberalised, the Danish Gambling Authority has blocked illegal websites that offer games such as betting and online casinos to Danes without permission. Blocking of the websites takes place through the court, and on 15 February 2024 the court in Næstved agreed with the Danish Gambling Authority that all 83 websites that the report referred to must be blocked. In total, the Danish Gambling Authority has blocked 359 illegal sites since 2012.

Anders Dorph, Director of the Danish Gambling Authority, said: “We have intensified our work to shut down the illegal sites, so that we now get them blocked twice a year instead of once as previously. In this way, we can get hold of even more sites and minimize the period when Danish players are exposed to games that are offered illegally in Denmark.

“Children and young people in particular are a vulnerable group. For instance, many of the illegal websites have very lenient requirements for age verification. Some of the sites also offer games that particularly appeal to children and young people, such as skin betting.”

The Danish Gambling Authority constantly monitors the gambling market to detect illegal gambling. Automated searches are used, but the Danish Gambling Authority also follows up on reports from citizens and businesses. If the Danish Gambling Authority discovers pages that offer illegal gambling, the Danish Gambling Authority informs the owners of the pages of the infringement and asks them to stop the illegal offering. If they do not stop, the Danish Gambling Authority requests the district court to have the illegal sites blocked. The procedure is this way because it is the Danish internet providers who must implement the blocking of the illegal gambling websites.

The blocked websites mainly offer traditional casino games such as roulette, slot machines and poker as well as betting. Eight of the websites are so-called skinbetting websites. Skinbetting covers betting, casino games and lotteries where the deposit and/or winnings are a skin, which is a virtual object in computer games.

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UK FCA Approves Department of Trust as Registered Account Information Services Provider

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First dedicated safer gambling platform given direct access to open banking infrastructure

Department of Trust (DOTrust. co. uk), the award-winning provider of financial risk assessments for safer gambling, has received official status from the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a Registered Account Information Service Provider (RAISP) under the terms of the Payment Services Regulations 2017.

The registration makes Department of Trust the dedicated safer gambling AIS provider. With its new status, Department of Trust can now connect directly to dozens of United Kingdom banks and payment institutions to provide gambling operators with its low-friction and privacy-friendly model of enhanced financial vulnerability, source of funds and proof of income assessments.

Additionally, it powers its consumer-facing BetBudget personal finance tool to independently assist consumers in keeping on top of their spend, controlling their data and tracking their overall gambling P&L.

This latest development, which has taken over a year to achieve, follows the provider’s recent launch of its DoTrust Complete platform with The Rank Group. The major brand is the first to use this bespoke, integrated suite of frictionless assessments that gives operators end-to-end risk evaluation of their players to spot and support potentially vulnerable customers from the moment of registration onwards.

“Becoming a RAISP is a major step forward not just for us, our customers and users, but also for the place of open banking in supporting safer gambling generally,” the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Department of Trust, Charles Cohen, said. “Financial risk assessments of gamblers are different to those in other sectors and demand a bespoke approach that is sensitive to the needs of consumers and operators alike. The industry needs providers able to deliver high-acceptance, low-friction and privacy-protecting financial assessments of players that are both accurate and proportionate throughout the player journey.

“Being registered as a RAISP is the gold standard of open banking and allows us to do that alongside our frictionless checks for lower-risk situations seamlessly and without being distracted from the task at hand. Having direct access to the banks means we can offer the highest level of service, innovate faster and ensure integrity throughout whilst providing the best value for money in the sector.

“In combination with our recently launched platform, DoTrust Complete, this development further reinforces our commitment to providing the tools required to ensure compliance in regulated markets around the world.”

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