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65 suspicious betting alerts reported by IBIA in Q3 2021

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The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 65 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the third quarter (Q3) of 2021. The Q3 2021 total represents a 14% decrease compared to Q3 2020, which saw 76 alerts. The Q3 2021 alerts covered tennis (23 cases), football (18), table tennis (17), esports (2) and one each in handball, cricket, squash, basketball and futsal. From a geographical perspective, Europe accounted for nearly 60% of all alerts reported during Q3, followed by Asia with 15% and Africa 12%.

Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, said: “The 65 cases in Q3 brings the nine-month total to 167 alerts, a 17% decrease on the same point in 2020 with 202 alerts. Tennis provided the highest number of alerts during the first three quarters with 47, followed by football with 46, table tennis 33 and esports with 25 cases. These four sports made up 90% of alerts reported in the first nine-months.

“The benefits of being part of an international integrity monitoring body continue to be recognised; the association welcomes the decision of the Ontario authorities to require all licensed betting operators to be part of an integrity monitoring body, a position which is already in force in the recently opened market in the Netherlands. IBIA members are well-placed in those markets.”

Other key data for Q3 2021:

  • 28 – different countries where alerts were reported
  • 23 – alerts reported in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia (more than one third of the Q3 total)
  • 9 – the number of different sports on which alerts were reported
  • 6 – alerts on sporting events in the Americas

The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global voice on integrity for the licensed betting industry. It is run by operators for operators, protecting its members from corruption through collective action. Its monitoring and alert platform is a highly effective anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. The association has longstanding information sharing partnerships with leading sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption. It represents the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, UN, Council of Europe and European Commission.

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Push Gaming rolls out in Romania

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Push Gaming has launched its growing range of player-first games in Romania as the provider continues to grow its European footprint.

The announcement will see Push Gaming bring its award-winning games to the Romanian market, following its full certification to the standards set by Romania’s national regulator, the ONJN.

The highly respected accreditation and Push’s recent growth will allow it to partner with multiple leading operators as the supplier prepares to announce a series of multiple high-profile deals in the next few months.

Established as one of Europe’s most exciting tier-one game providers, Push’s content provision to new operators includes the SiGMA Europe Game of the Year, Jammin’ Jars 2, as well as winner at the CasinoBeats Developer Awards – Dinopolis, proving hugely popular with players with a one-of-a-kind dinosaur-based theme.

Led by Fiona Hickey, Head of Sales, the highly popular studio aims to continue its record-breaking 18 months of commercial success – with a mission to keep players at the heart of its highly engaging and immersive content.

Commenting on the supplier’s expansion plans, Fiona Hickey, Head of Sales at Push Gaming said: While already well-established in a relatively short space of time, the Romanian market has great potential to become even bigger and our innovative portfolio of games sets us up perfectly to make the most of the opportunity.

“These are exciting times for Push, we’re growing at a remarkable pace and with new key hires in place behind the scenes to support our accelerating expansion we’re in fantastic shape to make our mark in several new regions.”

The announcement comes on the back of a hugely successful year for Push Gaming, having picked up the Game of the Year crown at the 2021 SiGMA Europe Awards.

Established as one of the industry’s most entertaining suppliers, Push Gaming is live across the majority of Europe’s key regulated markets with the likes of Casumo, LeoVegas, Entain, The Rank Group, Betsson and PaddyPowerBetfair. Its growth roadmap is set to see entry into more global jurisdictions with further top-tier partners throughout 2022.

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UKGC: Regulatory action against Greentube Alderney Limited

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An online gambling business must pay £685,000 after a Commission investigation revealed social responsibility and money laundering failures.

Greentube Alderney – which operates admiralcasino.co.uk and bellfruitcasino – will also undergo extensive independent auditing for the failures which occurred between December 2019 and November 2020.

The Commission investigation revealed that the operator failed to:

  • interact with customers in a way which minimises the risk of customers experiencing gambling harms
  • conduct adequate assessments of the risk of money laundering
  • have in place and implement appropriate policies, procedures and controls to prevent money laundering
  • to alert the Commission to an event that could have a significant impact on the nature or structure of a licensee’s business

Helen Venn, Commission Executive Director, said: “Compliance with Commission rules aimed at keeping people safe and gambling crime free is not optional. We will always take firm action against those operators who fail to meet the high standards we expect for consumers in Britain.”

A public statement reveals more details of the failings.

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Finnish Committee Says Gaming Payment Blocks Could Violate Article 15 and 18 of Finland’s Constitution

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Along with Norway, Finland is one of the few countries in Europe to retain a state-controlled monopoly system for gaming. However, a government committee has suggested it sees no justification for protecting that.

Analysing a proposed amendment to Finland’s Lotteries Act which would allow for payment blocking against non-licensed operators, the Constitutional Committee has concluded that there are no grounds to protect the monopoly of the state-controlled operator Veikkaus.

The bill filed in September would allow Finland to block payments to all gaming operators other than Veikkaus. Payment providers would have to implement the ban from January 1, 2023.

However, the Constitutional Committee argued that the payment block would be “a far-reaching restriction of fundamental rights” and could not be justified by the argument that it aimed to prevent gambling harm.

It said such a block could violate Article 15 of Finland’s constitution, which covers the protection of property, and Article 18, which guarantees the freedom to conduct business.

The Committee has asked the government to investigate whether “less intrusive methods” could be explored to achieve the desired goals.

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