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A Closer look at Italy’s AMMS license

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The number of gambling players is still increasing in Italy, and the reason is simple: Italians love to gamble. Italians love casinos games such as poker, slots, jackpots, and bingo.

The game in Italy has been around for centuries. It is worth remembering that it all started with the Roman Empire, when the predecessor of the modern game of backgammon, Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum, became popular among Roman legionnaires

According to Italian criminal regulation law, gambling is illegal, be it organized in a public place or a private club. However, the Italian authority also considers that there’s a difference between games of luck and games where the outcome depends on the player’s skill. As result of this consideration, sports-betting, lotteries, and some other activities fall into the category of legal and regulated gambling activities.

The AAMS (Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato – Autonomous Administration of State Monopolies) is the regulator body responsible to inspect operators and regulate gambling sector in Italy by issuing licenses for the approved operators.

Since March 2010, foreign gambling operators have been able to launch online real-money games. Before this change, gambling operators were obligated to get an Italian.

AMMS License

The Agenzia Dogane e Monopolio di Stato (AAMS) is responsible for ensuring a proper conduct of the online operators, preventing the violation of gambling rules and avoiding any fraud, corruption and money laundering in the Italian gambling sector.

The Italian gaming authority are responsible for issue the licenses. The licenses cover skill games, poker games, casino games, sports betting, lotteries, bingo and horse pools. The number of licenses that can be issued by AAMS is limited to 120.

AMMS License Costs

The Italian regulator authority AMMS requires to pay €350,000 + 20% VAT for them for covering the technical management, administration, and supervision expenses. Online casinos must also pay a corporate tax of 27.5% and an additional tax of 0.6% that is based on their turnover on top of this. Once the license is granted, the operator can offer online gambling games for up to nine years.

AMMS license Requirements

It is not so easy to be qualified for an online gambling license in Italy, all operators must meet certain requirements. These include financial, technical, social, and other aspects of the business sector.

To be granted a license, the operator company must manage games in Europe with a turnover of no less than €1,500,000 in the last 2 years. The company must function at a high technical level, providing stable, secure, and easy-to-use services and be incorporated as a limited company. Other important requirements are also imposed, the operator must have reliable administration members, its official residence and a Italian-speaking technical support in one of the EU countries.

Some extra important requirements:

  • Casinos may not advertise their services to underage players.
  • Players must have at least a 90% of winning margin or ROI on casino games.
  • Winning must be paid out within a week.
  • Casinos must use a software that’s proven to offer a sage gaming environment with no fraud and risk.
  • Casinos operators must enforce and maintain measures for secure transactions.

While the AAMS license gives Italian customers a sense of security, there are also downsides to the license as well. According to Non-aams.com, an increasing number of Italians are looking for casinos licensed by other regulatory bodies such as Curaçao. This shows that not all Italian players are satisfied with the imposed Italian gaming laws and how the escape option is being.

Non-AAMS Casinos

Non-AAMS casinos are casinos that do not have an AAMS license, but usually have licenses from authorities in other countries. Are non-AAMS casinos safe to play? The answer is yes, they are reliable and safe to play too. There are many other gambling authorities offering iGaming players protection and operating around the world such as Curacao Gaming Control Board, Malta Gaming Authority, UK Gambling Commission and Swedish Gambling Authority.

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Georgian Govt to Introduce Permit Requirement for Specific Online Gambling Operations

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Online gambling businesses – including online casinos, slot machines and betting – will be subject to mandatory permits for specific types of operation, following the Georgian government’s reveal of amendments to the relevant law on Monday.

According to the bill, online casino permits will be issued only to casino holders, with online slot machine permits likewise granted only to slot machine holders and betting permits issued only for holders of betting businesses.

The amendments seek to replace the current regulations that allow online gambling businesses to add different types of operations without acquiring additional permits.

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NOVOMATIC Attains G4 Certificate in Italy and Spain

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NOVOMATIC has announced that it has been certified in Italy and Spain for its player protection and the protection of minors by the Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4).

For NOVOMATIC, as an international operator of gaming venues as well as a globally exporting technology supplier, Responsible Gaming has always been a top priority. Following the certifications already achieved by the top-selling subsidiaries in Austria, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, the G4 certification in Italy and Spain now underlines NOVOMATIC’s position as a leading supplier of Responsible Gaming in these core markets, as well.

Johannes Gratzl, Member of the Executive Board of NOVOMATIC, said: “The successful G4 certification according to the highest international player protection standard now also in Italy and Spain is a remarkable success for us and proves the high importance of player and youth protection at NOVOMATIC.”

Ryszard Presch, his colleague in the Executive Board of NOVOMATIC, added: “As an operator of international casinos and a globally exporting technology supplier, compliance with the strictest Responsible Gaming standards and our commitment to social responsibility are an essential part of our corporate strategy. The certifications in Italy and Spain are further milestones on the chosen path, which will be consistently implemented as we move forward.”

Ynze Remmers, Lead Auditor at G4, said: “G4, as a worldwide accreditation program, urges the gambling industry to take responsibility and minimize the impact of problem gambling on communities. NOVOMATIC, successfully passing audits in their five biggest markets and the Netherlands, with the most recent successful audits in Italy and Spain is showing that the chosen route is working. NOVOMATIC demonstrates that Responsible Gambling and harm minimization is a top priority.”

NOVOMATIC was the first Austrian gaming company to be certified according to the internationally recognised standard, which is considered the strictest in the field of player protection worldwide. The fact that the majority of the Group’s revenues are already certified according to G4 is also unique in the industry. Every three years, the relevant standards are audited in line with the latest scientific findings on the basis of around 100 criteria from all business areas – these include, for example, internal guidelines on prevention training, player and youth protection measures, responsible marketing activities, customer education on the risks of gambling, and self-limitation or blocking options.

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Lady Luck Games Group secures B2B UKGC licence

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ReelNRG Limited, part of the LL Lucky Games AB Group of companies has obtained its B2B United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) licence.

By securing this licence the company is now able to distribute both Lady Luck Games and ReelNRG content to a host of leading operators via its own platform.

Players will be able to enjoy Lady Luck Games’ top-performing titles The Treasures of Tizoc, Beetle Bailey and Astro Anna, as well as its latest release SpinJoy Society Megaways. Top ReelNRG titles such as Dark Spells, Genie`s Gold and Mr. Mostacho will also be available to play.

The UKGC processes every application with the highest attention to detail and is recognised globally as one of the highest bars of entry for a gaming company. Receiving a UKGC licence will allow Lady Luck Games to continue their impressive growth and build upon new and existing partnerships with leading operators.

Mads Jørgensen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LL Lucky Games AB said: “Securing a UKGC gaming licence is a significant moment for our company. We are now able to provide our premium gaming content to our partners in the world`s preeminent and established market, the United Kingdom. This is a moment we`ve all been waiting for, and to see this finally happening is a massive achievement and will open many new doors for Lady Luck Games.”

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