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George Miller

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The United Kingdom Gambling Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority have ordered gambling websites to take down games with children’s cartoon characters in them.

 

Over 450 online gambling websites will have to take down several games with cartoon characters in them after the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) decided to block them. Both regulatory bodies have issued a letter asking operators to remove such games in order to stop children from playing on gambling websites.

Some websites such as William Hill, Bet365, 888 and many others used cartoon characters to promote their operations, but the regulators consider they are luring children into gambling and decided to forbid those type of games. The decision obbeys Committee of Advertising Practice’s (CAP) rules, which states the prohibition of games with a ‘particular appeal’ to children.

Tom Watson, shadow culture secretary had recently targetted bookies saying that there was a ‘loophole’ which companies were ‘ruthlessly exploiting’ and called for the UKGC to ban these games.

Politicians and regulators were concerned about the 450k underage gamblers that play in England and Wales weekly, as they considered that this number was leading the next generations to get hooked on gambling, and so decided to ban cartoon-character-based games.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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New Jersey Gambling Regulators Imposes a Fine of $10K on PokerStars

Niji Narayan

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New Jersey gambling regulators have imposed a fine of $10,000 on PokerStars for taking bets on New Jersey college basketball teams in violation of the state’s sports betting law.

According to the documents filed by the state, PokerStars accepted 216 wagers on a game involving Rutgers and Eastern Michigan University totalling more than $2,700.

The company also took a single bet on a game involving Monmouth University and the University of Pennsylvania, whose value was not disclosed.

The fine comes as New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would set fines starting at $20,000 and ranging up to $100,000 for companies that take prohibited bets on New Jersey college teams.

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Romanian Investors to Relaunch and Turn Lebada Luxury Resort & Spa into Casino

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Two Romanian entrepreneurs are going to relaunch the Lebada Luxury Resort & Spa in the Danube Delta. They have invested EUR 20 million in the complex, purchased in 2017 for EUR 3 million from the tax agency ANAF. ANAF sold the complex to recover damages owed to the state by convicted businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vantu.

The re-opening comes at a time when the lawmakers discuss a law that extends special fiscal regime to gambling operations located on islands “including in the bioreserve Danube Delta.”

“We have a casino building, but we are waiting for the regulations in place,” said Laurentiu Niculae, general manager Lebada Luxury Resort & SPA.

Lebada Luxury Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the Danube Delta, on the Sulina branch. The complex has a land of almost four hectares. The complex has over 200 accommodation rooms, of which 140 are for the guests and the rest of the employees.

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Swedish iGaming Market Posts a Turnover of €313.8 Million in Q1

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Swedish iGaming market has revealed its first financial report for the first quarter and posts a total turnover of €313.8 million. ATG, the former horse racing monopoly, led the market with a turnover of €102 million.

In January, online gaming turnover reached €106 million, slightly declined to €104 million in February and was flat in March.

The Svenska Spel Sport & Casino reported turnover of €55 million for the three months, €18 million in January, €18.3 million in February and repeated in March.

The newly-regulated Swedish iGaming market was launched on January 1, introducing major changes for the local industry, such as the rebrand of the local regulator and the introduction of new iGaming companies.

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