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Pinnacle Solution granted Malta sports betting licence

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Pinnacle Solution, the B2B arm of pioneer sportsbook Pinnacle, has – as of March 8, 2022 – been licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) to provide its services to sportsbook partners within its jurisdiction.

The highly-regarded MGA licence, along with a new esports product which is to be showcased for the first time at ICE 2022, will underpin the supplier’s ambitious growth plans for H2 2022 and beyond, with the company looking to unlock partnerships in a number of new territories, with particular focus across Europe and Latin America.

Recognition by the MGA is the latest milestone for the risk management experts, having grown exponentially in recent years by adapting Pinnacle’s B2C sports betting and trading heritage into an award-winning, revenue-driving B2B product which now services more than 50 operators globally.

The granting of the licence follows a thorough process which placed Pinnacle Solution’s technology and working processes under intense scrutiny, with the end results showing that the sportsbook supplier was operating transparently, within EU rules, and with no technical changes required for approval.

Pinnacle Solution will now look to use its flexible product suite, which will include its recently-expanded esports offering, to target new partners looking for an accredited supplier capable of extracting the full potential out of their sports betting brands.

Paris Smith, CEO of Pinnacle, commented: “We’ve made great efforts to ensure our trading practices and technology stack can be scaled quickly, openly, and transparently in order to give our sportsbook partners a first-class service that delivers the enhanced hold and revenue performance they’re after.

“Obtaining the MGA licence is proof that our expert teams have developed products that meet the market’s demands and high standards, and we’re now looking forward to servicing new partners in more markets with the ultimate sports betting, esports, and risk management solutions.”

Pinnacle Solution will be exhibiting at ICE 2022, from April 12–14, showcasing its iFrame Solution, Risk Management API, and award-winning esports product to all interested parties looking to boost their sportsbook’s performance.

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3 Oaks Gaming obtains Portugal certification

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Established iGaming distributor enters key European market

3 Oaks Gaming, an established distributor of iGaming content, has certified 40 games in its portfolio against the technical requirements for the online gambling system, regulations and rules of Portugal’s gambling regulator (Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos Turismo de Portugal).

This new certification will ensure Portuguese-licensed operators now have access to the company’s ever-expanding slots library, including top-performing titles such as Gold Nuggets, Aztec Fire 2 and Sun of Egypt 4.

Online casino brands will also benefit from the distributor’s wide collection of promotional tools that further elevate the user experience and drive increased engagement. This includes the Flip2Win feature, an in-game bonus engine designed to reward players with guaranteed prizes throughout each gaming session via a unique guaranteed win mechanic.

Entering’s Portugal iGaming market is set to broaden the distributor’s reach in Europe and further solidify its position as a key provider of engaging content across the continent. As seen in other key iGaming regulated markets such as Italy, the company is anticipating strong demand for its popular range of Hold and Win titles.

Sebastian Damian, Managing Director of 3 Oaks Gaming, said: “Being approved by the Portuguese regulator is another significant milestone for 3 Oaks and reflects our continued growth trajectory.

“Strong demand for our games and promo tools means we can enter new markets such as Portugal with confidence. We know there remains a strong appetite from players for the slots we produce across Europe, including those with the iconic Hold and Win experience that continues to evolve, so we’re looking forward to working closely with Portuguese-facing operators in the near future.”

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Gammix Limited slams “outrageous and unsubstantiated” €19.7m KSA penalty

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The operator vows to fight on all fronts against the Dutch regulator’s ‘unjust’ ruling.

Gammix Limited has announced its intention to contest the “outrageous and unsubstantiated” penalty handed to them by the Netherlands Gaming Authority (KSA).

In response, Gammix stated that the record €19.7m penalty imposed is based on “falsified data, extreme inaccuracy and highly suspect mathematics”.

In the ruling the regulator said that Gammix was adjudged to have allowed online gambling access for Dutch consumers, as well as not requiring age verification upon sign-up – something the company wholeheartedly disputes.

Gammix reports that accounts used to access its sites during the investigation were created in Luxembourg, with deposits made via credit card. Gammix added that such action violates the sites’ terms and conditions, specifically the provision of false information upon sign-up.

The operator asserts that the penalty, totalling €19,679,000, has been calculated using figures from a proprietary web-traffic aggregation service and a multiplier of 240 Euros per click. Gammix believes this would show turnover that doesn’t exist.

Furthermore, Gammix strongly condemns the KSA’s “mystery shopper” style of investigation, which, the operator states, is an unjust basis for this record-breaking penalty.

Phil Pearson, Director of Gammix Limited, has vowed to “fight on all fronts until it receives an apology and retraction!.

He said: “The KSA has imposed upon our company a penalty that is both outrageous and unsubstantiated. Now that we are able to talk openly about the case, we can confirm that we are fighting on all fronts as, to us, this is an extraordinary and unnecessarily heavy-handed action from a regulator that many already regarded as unapproachable.

“When we received the first notice of a possible penalty, we reached out to them to say we have blocks in place. We also asked for any information they had that was material to the investigation, to ensure we remained in compliance with all guidelines  – a request they appeared to ignore. Our lawyers also approached the regulator, in writing, to gain more information, but again no response was forthcoming.

“We had enabled a block on Cloudflare for any Dutch IP, we have no Dutch language or direct Dutch payment methods, and categorically do not target Dutch traffic. If affiliates list any of our brands on Dutch-facing sites, we cannot be held responsible for those promotions. However, once players reached the end site, they would not be able to register an account.”

Pearson concluded: “This fine is an absolute joke, and we will contest this in every possible way, at every possible turn. We will only rest once this outrageous penalty has been rescinded and we have received the apology we deserve.”

 

 

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BHA Chief Executive Julie Harrington Statement Following Parliamentary Debate on Affordability Checks

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BHA Chief Executive Julie Harrington has issued the following statement after MPs debated the impact of affordability checks.

“Yesterday’s debate on the impact of affordability checks on British racing has shone a light on a hugely important issue for our sport.

“It was vital that MPs were given proper parliamentary time to thoroughly interrogate the Government’s proposals and we were encouraged by the high turnout for a Westminster Hall debate.

“Many MPs made valuable contributions to the debate, and we are sure that Sports Minister Stuart Andrew will have listened with interest to the views expressed.

“From MPs of all parties and all sides of the debate, there was a clear recognition of the need for the Government to protect and support British racing when reviewing gambling legislation.

“If our sport is to remain a healthy industry, supporting jobs in the rural economy and remaining competitive with our international rivals, we hope that Government will heed this advice.

“We were encouraged by Minister Andrew ruling out the use of job titles and postcodes in the implementation of enhanced spending checks and confirming that these changes will at least be subject to a genuine pilot.

“We will continue to make the case into the heart of Government that the impact of these checks both on our industry and racing bettors needs to be carefully considered and look forward to further discussions on this important issue for British racing with the Gambling Commission and DCMS.”

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