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Danish Regulator Reprimands Unibet Over AML Issues

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Unibet ‘Denmark’ Limited, which is responsible for Kindred’s Danish business, has been ordered by the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) to update its risk assessment.

The regulator said it uncovered a “number of breaches” during an inspection concerning the company’s AML obligations.

The DGA reprimanded Unibet for violating its rules on business procedures, know your customer (KYC) measures and politically exposed persons etc., as well as its rules on obligation to investigate and obligation to report.

It said, until 25 January this year, Unibet did not have “sufficient written business procedures for ongoing monitoring of existing customer relations.”

The DGA added that Unibet also lacked sufficient business procedures for collecting and assessing documentation in relation to suspected money laundering, as well as mitigating existing risks through certain payment methods.

A further reprimand was given for Unibet’s insufficient business procedures “for managing politically exposed persons, their family members and close associates,” as well as for not employing adequate KYC measures for five out of 20 high-roller customers inspected during a spot check.

Unibet also, according to the DGA, allowed a young player to deposit more than DKK 1m ($152,708) without adequate knowledge of his funds’ source.

The regulator has given the company two months to update its risk assessment, though said its reprimands do not entail an obligation to act since the breaches no longer exist.

Kindred said in a statement: “As previously communicated, Unibet ‘Denmark’ Limited, which operates Kindred Group’s Danish business, has been reprimanded by the Danish gambling authority, regarding past failing related to AML.

“Since then, Unibet has, in collaboration with the regulator, updated its AML framework accordingly and will provide the regulator with an updated risk assessment.

“Kindred Group have the ambition to demonstrate the highest quality and standards in the industry and we are pleased to see that the regulator have now acknowledged that the breaches no longer exists.

“Kindred has corresponded with the regulator in the matter in an open, transparent and productive manner throughout the process.

“We will continue with the collaboration and do everything necessary to further strengthen our control procedures maintaining our ambitions on offering high consumer safety and AML security.”

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ACMA Blocks Illegal Offshore Gambling and Affiliate Marketing Websites

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The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling and affiliate marketing websites.

The sites include Casino Moons, Winnerama, Extra Vegas, Win Paradise, LegitGamblingSites and Gamblers Lab.

The ACMA investigated and found these services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 568 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked.

Over 170 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

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Entain to Pay £17M Penalty for Online and Retail Failures

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Entain, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment Group, has confirmed that it has agreed a regulatory settlement with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) in respect of alleged historical licensing breaches. The regulatory settlement amounts to £14m in respect of Entain’s digital business and £3m in respect of its retail business.

Entain has entered into the regulatory settlement with the UKGC in order to bring the matter to a close and avoid further costly and protracted legal proceedings. Entain accepts that certain legacy systems and processes supporting the operations of its British business during 2019 and 2020 were not in line with the evolving regulatory expectations of the UKGC in respect to aspects of social responsibility and anti-money laundering (AML) safeguards. However, the Group also notes the UKGC’s statement that it found no evidence whatsoever of criminal spend within Entain’s operations.

The issues raised by the Commission relate to the period between December 2019 and October 2020, which predates the many changes in the area of safer gambling and AML that Entain has introduced. For instance, in 2021 Entain launched its Advanced Responsibility and Care (ARC) programme which, using revolutionary AI technology, operates in real-time and is individually tailored for each customer. The initial trials of ARC in the UK have shown a risk assessment accuracy of over 80%, a 120% uplift in the use of safer gambling tools by those most at risk and a 30% overall reduction in customers increasing their risk levels.

Furthermore, in May of this year, Entain was awarded the Advanced Safer Gambling Standard by GamCare, having evidenced the highest standards of player protection and social responsibility for its online and land-based gambling businesses in Great Britain.

As part of the settlement, Entain has also agreed to appoint a Board sponsor to oversee the implementation of any further improvements identified by the original 2020 compliance assessments and to undertake an independent audit of the relevant policies and procedures at a future date.

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PopOK Gaming Has Received a Certificate for Latvia

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PopOK Gaming Has Received a Certificate for Latvia
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The innovative iGaming developer PopOK Gaming is now certified for Latvia. 

Further expanding the scope of its activities, PopOK Gaming also reaches Latvia. 18 of the most beloved games from our portfolio, namely Yummy, Lost Treasure, Diamond Flash, 20 Hot Bar, Sultan’s Tale, Los Apaches, Lucky Jungle and the like, as well as the 4-level Progressive Jackpot are now available for locals to try and delight in the fun environment our games will definitely create. This approval is yet another proof of continual momentum PopOK Gaming has been enjoying, opening new doors for our partners to grow their business and powerfully contributing to their revenue streams.

PopOK Gaming Product Manager, Tsovinar Elchyan, said: “This achievement is another important step forward for PopOK Gaming and an impetus for continuous improvements. After receiving the green light to provide our games in Latvia, we are keen on ensuring a remarkable gaming experience for local players and establishing long-term partnerships with our partners.”

 

PopOK Gaming belongs to Soft Construct (Malta) Limited that holds II Class licence (2239) granted by GLI (Gaming Laboratories International).

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