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Responsible Gambling & Anti-money laundering with Dan Iliovici (Romanian National Office of Gambling) and Alex Henderson(The Ritz Hotel Casino London)

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Prague – 25 January 2018 – The leading boutique style gaming conference in Prague has announced more speaker profiles and it looks like the event will cover all hot topics of the industry.

Responsible Gambling is among the most searched topics of the online and land based industry in regulated markets of the European Union and with the Czech market regulation coming into place, the clear path towards an optimal performance has to be enlightened.

We are honored to announce that the Responsible Gambling topic will be covered by Dan Iliovici, the President of the Romanian National Office of Gambling and the panel will feature important industry speakers such as Alex Henderson (The Ritz Hotel Casino London), Martin Arendts (ARENDTS ANWÄLTE), Pieter Remmers (Assissa) and a special guest from Harris Hagan.

In a recent interview, conducted by our team, Alex Henderson was asked about what social responsibilities does preventing money laundering include?

Alex replied the following:  “In many cases, social responsibility and AML go hand in hand. If an operator has good AML processes in place they will often detect problem gambling concerns and vice versa. We have seen in the recent enforcement action that when an operator is punished for their lapses in social responsibility they are also punished for their lapses in AML, this is because operators generally do not do enough to protect their customers. If an operator has done enough to determine a customer’s Source of Wealth (SOW) they should know when that customer is spending more than they can afford. Therefore if that customer is spending outside of their known income, an operator should be doing extra checks to determine if the customer is spending more, because they either have a gambling problem or they are spending more because they also have some illegitimate funds that have not previously been uncovered.”

You can read the full interview here….

With this fresh announcement, we would also like to announce that Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska (DLA Piper) will join the “Focus on Poland” panel.

Below you will find a few details of the above mentioned speakers, who will be part of the panel discussions designed to bring the latest information at the second edition of Prague Gaming Summi.

Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska (DLA Piper)

Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska advises clients on mergers and acquisitions (both share and asset transactions), as a part of which she specialises in coordinating comprehensive due diligence reviews.

She is the head of the Media, Sport and Entertainment sector group in Warsaw, advising both offshore and domestic clients on the legal aspects of gambling, gaming and promotional lotteries. This includes advice on the legality of particular business models in Poland, the compatibility of Polish gambling law with EU law, the process of obtaining a gambling licence, payment solutions and gaming tax. She also  represents offshore gambling operators’ associations in the Polish gambling legislation process.

Anna’s articles are regularly published in the Polish media and in European sector publications. Her opinions are often sought as an expert on Polish gambling law and she frequently participates in panel discussions on the subject. She is also a regular contributor to the DLA Piper blogs All-In and MSE, dedicated to gambling and gaming issues.

Panel: Focus on Poland

Dan Iliovici(Romanian National Gambling Office – ONJN)

Mr. Dan Iliovici is the President of the National Gambling Office ONJN – the Romanian gambling regulator, monitoring and controling authority. During the last six years Mr. Iliovici represented the interests of the gambling operators as executive manager of two of the most important associations of the industry. He was also member of the Consultancy Council from NGO, actively contributing at the new gambling regulatory framework in Romania. Mr. Dan Iliovici is also dedicated to the study of problem gambling, initiating and promoting the most important Responsible Gambling projects in Romania. He participated as speaker at conferences and seminars across Europe and published more articles on responsible gambling topic.

Panel: Responsible Gambling, AML and Gambling Licensing Procedures in the European Union

Alex Henderson (The Ritz Hotel Casino London)

Alex specialises in preventing money laundering in its varying forms and has a very unique insight that is hard to find.

Alex Henderson is the current Head of AML at The Ritz Hotel Casino, one of the worlds most prestigious casinos. Alex has worked for the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of the AML expert witness team and has been involved in multiple high end money laundering investigations. As well as having worked for several years as part of the NCA’s AML expert witness team, Alex spent much of his NCA career working as part of the covert operations unit (Undercover operations) portraying many different roles, including the role of a high end money launderer. This unique insight into the mind of a criminal allows financial institutions to see the vulnerabilities and risks from a new angle. Alex advises a large number of organisations with regards to their AML compliance programmes and has lectured extensively in the UK and across Europe.

Panel: Responsible Gambling, AML and Gambling Licensing Procedures in the European Union

Pieter Remmers(Assissa)

Pieter Remmers is a veteran in the area of responsible gaming, consultancy and training of gambling industry professionals. He has been involved in projects with the gambling industry already since 1989. Pieter started his career as the director of an outpatient clinic for addiction problems of Jellinek in the early 80’s.

His company Assissa Consultancy Europe works/worked on responsible gaming policies and programmes in a number of countries i.e. Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Malta, Sweden and others. Besides Pieter is a consultant world wide for as well as the gambling and betting industry land based and online, casinos, slot machine halls and lotteries and for regulators or other governmental bodies.

He works/worked with companies like: IGT/GTech/Lottomatica, Holland Casino, Unibet, Sun International, Svenska Spel, Gauselmann/Merkur, Betsson, Krijco, Fair Play Casinos, Staatsloterij, Lotto NL, Casino 2000, Cogetech, Betfair, National Lottery and many more.

Panel: Responsible Gambling, AML and Gambling Licensing Procedures in the European Union

Martin Arendts (ARENDTS ANWÄLTE)

Martin Arendts is an expert in gaming law, EU law and securities regulation. He studied law at the universities of Passau, Hamburg, Speyer and St Gallen. In 1995, Arendts founded ARENDTS ANWAELTE, now one of the leading law firms for gaming and betting law in Germany (www.gaminglaw.de). Clients include many private bookmakers and remote gaming operators, licensed in the UK, Austria, Malta or Gibraltar, as well as affiliates and media companies in Germany. Recently, Martin Arendts dealt with several administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law, unfair competition law, trademark and licensing proceedings in connection with sports betting, lotteries and poker.

Martin Arendts regularly writes for national and international legal publications and speaks at conferences. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Internet Gambling Report, World Online Gambling Law Report, European Gaming Lawyer, Zeitschrift für Wett- und Glücksspielrecht/European Journal of Gambling Law, MultiMedia und Recht (MMR), Gewerbearchiv, Casino & Gaming International and ISA Casinos.

Panel: Responsible Gambling, AML and Gambling Licensing Procedures in the European Union

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Save the date for CEEGC 4 and CEEGC Awards 2019 Budapest, registrations are open, 24-25 September 2019 – Ritz-Carlton

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We are happy to announce that the registrations for the fourth edition of CEEGC and CEEG Awards in Budapest are open and the dates of the conference are 24-25 September 2019.

In 2019, we are adding a second day which will be dedicated for networking and a special boat trip is announced on the Danube in Budapest.

The 4th edition of the yearly must-attend conference of the gambling industry will focus on bringing new content and a different angle of view on already established and emerging market.

The discussions include compliance and investment opportunities in the regulated Central and Eastern European jurisdictions such as Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia or Slovenia, and the Emerging CEE jurisdictionsSlovakia, Hungary, and Poland.

Beside the CEE focus, the discussions include the Balkan Gaming Industry Briefing and an exclusive IMGL MasterClass™ which highlights the opportunities for the gambling industry in Asia, Africa and North America.

Starting with 2019, the conference will also focus on shedding light the recent updates of the D-A-CH region and industry experts will also examine the impact of regulations on innovation, with emphasis on Loot Boxes, Sports betting, Casino, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Fintech.

You can find more details about the speaker lineup, agenda and networking opportunities on the official website: www.ceegc.eu

Same venue as in 2018

The venue of the conference is selected with the aim of providing a luxurious and comfortable setting for the delegates. As in 2018, the 2019 edition of CEEGC & CEEG Awards will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, a luxury hotel which offers palatial retreat moments from iconic landmarks and the Danube. The Ritz-Carlton Budapest was also voted by the attending delegates as their favorite venue for CEEGC Budapest.

CEEG Awards 2019

The prestigious CEEG Awards will once again reward and applaud the top 20 companies that drive the industry forward in the region by continuing to the tradition of bringing a transparent and unbiased award for the gambling industry.

Starting 2019, the process will also involve a nominations committee, which in parallel with the industry, will nominate companies that might have been overlooked in the past years.

The public nomination phase is open and you can submit your company until 15.07.2019 on the following link.

Register here or View the Agenda!

Browse the official event website here: www.ceegc.eu

Here are a few testimonials from the attending delegates:

Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference is undoubtedly becoming one of the industry’s most iconic events. Zoltan and Betty have put a lot of thought and expertise into designing it and their efforts have certainly paid off. I personally had a great time and met a lot of amazing people and initiated new business relationships. The family-like atmosphere creates a special ambiance that makes this event stand out from other industry conferences. I look forward to attending next year.” ~ Sara Urbanovicova – Chief Commercial Officer, Tom Horn Gaming

I have been attending the yearly CEEGC Budapest for 3 years now and I can surely say that the event has proven itself as a must-attend conference for companies seeking information about compliance around Central and Eastern Europe. The conference offers content of the highest quality which is rarely seen across the events in Europe and you can also maximize the top class networking opportunities.” ~ Nadiya Attard – Director of Business Development in EMEA and Asia, NetEnt

Quality content and information, key people from the iGaming industry, a professional but friendly environment and an entire Awards procedure behind a truly Boutique Event – just congrats for the superb work!” ~ Maria E. Arnidou – Marketing & Communications Management, Fantasy Sports Interactive (FSI)

Bitpay were proud to attend and catch up with Eastern European gambling merchants who are adopting bitcoin payments.” ~ Chris Denny – European Sales Manager, Bitpay

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UltraPlay is now the Best eSports Service Provider in the Baltics

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The company received high industry recognition in the 2019 BSG Awards

 

Twenty-one industry accolades were handed to the winning companies in the first Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Awards, which were held during Mare Balticum Gaming Summit, on the 9th of May, in Vilnius, Lithuania.

UltraPlay received Best eSports Service Provider in the Baltics – the first award for the year and 6th in total for the company’s unrivaled eSports odds service. Lyubomira Petrova, Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay commented on the award:

“UltraPlay’s leadership in eSports betting was once again highly recognized. It is an honor to be acknowledged as the Best eSports Service Provider from the BSG Awards 2019 – a true inspiration for the entire team of UltraPlay and high recognition from the industry in the region.”

Above 100 delegates from the gambling industry attended the second edition of Mare Balticum Gaming Summit. This year the Summit had a strong focus on the gaming regulations and jurisdictions in the Baltics and the Nordics. As part of the discussion panel “Gambling Industry in 2020”, Lyubomira Petrova (CMO at UltraPlay) shared her knowledge on eSports and its significance in the following years, while  Zlatan Omerspahić (Data Protection and Compliance Lawyer at NSoft),  and Robert Toth (Key Account Manager at Global Bet) talked on GDPR and Virtual Sports.

“I had the pleasure to speak at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit and present why eSports is going to play a key role in the gambling industry in 2020 and beyond. Discussing what the future holds for the industry, we see the tremendous growth of eSports and its importance in terms of betting and player’s engagement.”, added Petrova.

The company is now heading to G2E Asia, Macao and is nominated in 2 categories for the G2E Asia Awards: UltraPlay’s eSports White Label Solution is shortlisted in the “Best B2B Digital Product Solution” category, and Dariy Margaritov, founder of UltraPlay is nominated in the category “Best industry rising stars”.

UltraPlay will be attending G2E Asia, Macao, from May 21st to 23rd, 2019. How to establish a profitable eSports betting brand will be the exclusive session to be held at the company’s booth #D909 by Mario Ovcharov, CEO of UltraPlay, on May 22nd, 11:30 am. You can book your meeting in advance at sales@ultraplay.net.

 

About UltraPlay:
UltraPlay is a modern technological company, founded in 2010, with the core ambition to offer an innovative approach to the online gaming industry by providing advanced betting solutions, focused on sports and eSports betting, live betting, white label, online casino and blockchain technology.
Assembled by a team of iGaming professionals with vast experience in betting product development, operations, eSports and marketing, UltraPlay is a trusted partner for delivering superior sports software and odds products to its customers. Learn more about the company here: www.ultraplay.co

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How big data helps to shape the future of marketing strategy for operators with Alex Kornilov (BETEGY) in Vilnius

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Nowadays, in the digital era, most of the gambling industry operates on the Internet and the global data volume is dramatically growing. That large portion of data is called Big Data and it is not just a large amount of information, but a unique technology aimed at data processing and usage, particularly, the ways to find the necessary information in large data sets.

When it comes to business, the concept of Big Data stands for many tools, approaches and methods to analyze and process both structured and unstructured data, its further employment in specific areas and achievement of various goals.

The Big Data term emerged in 2008. Since then, it has been explained in different ways. However, the main thing you need to know for a holistic understanding of Big Data is a few simple words: data storage and processing.

It’s safe to say that the primary purpose of using Big Data technology is to achieve maximum efficiency in processing a large amount of information. (source: https://medium.com/@slotegrator/)

During the second and up to date, the most important edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit, Alex Kornilov, CEO & Founder at BETEGY, will have a keynote presentation which is titled “How big data helps to shape the future of marketing strategy for operators” and will focus on the following key points:

– sports content as the most valuable content online
– why does the US lead the way in data visualisation
– operators vs. media companies
– how operators can utilise sport data in marketing communication
– new approaches for content creation and content distribution on a scale

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit will take place on the 9th of May at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel and is gathering the gambling industry from the Baltic and Scandinavian.

Register here or View the Agenda!

About Alex Kornilov

Alex Kornilov is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at 18. In 2007 he won “Dragons Den” TV show and had his first steps for a big success in the tech industry. Since then he got involved in several “big data” projects. In particular, he took part in various research projects executed by The State Institute of Complex Technical-Economic Researches.

In 2012, he founded “BETEGY” which is the sports data analytics company. The team created an automated self-learning system which predicts outcomes of football games with high accuracy (betegy.com). The company also licenses the data and visualization systems to global sports betting and media companies like ESPN (USA), Turkcell (Turkey), Ringier Axel Springer (Eastern Europe), Wozhongla.com (China), Yahoo Sports (UK), Bwin (Russia) and others.

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the Baltic and Scandinavian region via the MARE BALTICUM Gaming platform which has been launched in 2018 and is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the Baltic and Scandinavian region on a yearly base.

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.com

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