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National Assembly, Ljubljana (Slovenia ) backs a coalition MP-sponsored bill to liberalise the sports betting market

Niji Narayan

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The National Assembly, Ljubljana, backed a coalition MP-sponsored bill on 20th March seeking to liberalise the sports betting market by 35 votes against 26 in a ballot crossing block and party lines.

The bill, was submitted by Branko Zorman, the  MP for the senior coalition Modern Centre Party (SMC),  with the intention of ending the monopoly of Športna Loterija, a renowned sports betting company.

Conventional games of chance, including bets, to two providers namely  Loterija Slovenije, the national lottery operator and Športna Loterija, sports betting operator are restricted by the current gaming act.

Zorman-sponsored amendments open the market to foreign providers, which Zorman says are already present in the Slovenian market through online services, but do not have a concession or pay taxes here.

The bill requires providers to obtain a licence and pay licence fees, which Zorman said would generate more funds for sports and for disability and humanitarian organisations.

In last weeks debate, a majority of MPs for the outgoing coalition’s Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) and Social Democrats (SD) announced a vote against, while SMC MPs voted according to individual preferences.

The opposition Left announced a vote against and the Democrats (SDS) and the independents announced they would vote in favour.

Opposition to the bill had already been voiced before by the government, Športna Loterija and the National Council, the upper chamber of parliament.

Gorazd Renčelj, a state secretary at the Finance Ministry, said the bill was flawed and that it failed to provide comprehensive solutions which were required in the field, also under EU law.

The position was echoed by DeSUS, which also suggested the amendments would lead to “ill-thought-through and haphazard privatisation”, and the SD said the bill was not tackling key social dilemmas.

“Ending monopoly is nothing but privatisation of a new segment of our society,” commented Matej T. Vatovec from the Left.

By contrast, the SDS commended Zorman for doing the job the government and the coalition should have. “We believe the proposed amendments mean positive budget receipts and more money for sports clubs,” Marko Pogačnik said.

Independent MP Bojan Dobovšek backed the amendments on the grounds that they would bring more competition, curb the illegal market and generate more budget money.

Source: total-slovenia-news.com

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Totalizator Sportowy Hits PLN5.2 Billion in Overall Sales 2019

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Olgierd Cieślik, the President of Totalizator Sportowy, has announced that his company’s new Total Casino product had returned profits of PLN48m to the government since the site’s launch in December 2018.

Total spending on the site hit PLN2.3b, of which all but PLN100m was returned to the site’s customers, whose ranks currently stand at over 64k. One of these lucky customers won a PLN514k jackpot in July, the biggest payday in the site’s eight-month history.

Totalizator Sportowy’s overall sales in the year to date hit PLN5.2b, almost equalling the PLN6.1b sales figure the company generated in all of 2018. Cieślik said Total Casino’s performance to date has “not only met our expectations, but are better than we expected.”

Besides Totalizator Sportowy, Poland currently has 14 online gambling licensees, all of which are limited to sports betting. The government protects these licensees by constantly expanding its blacklist of unauthorised online gambling domains deemed to be serving Polish punters without local approval.

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STS Deals with BetGames.TV

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Bookmaker STS has signed an exclusive deal with BetGames.TV to launch the gaming developer’s products in Poland.

BetGames.TV’s offering has already gone live on the STS.pl website, with mobile applications set to launch in the country next week, the bookmaker said. The tenure of the deal was not disclosed.

“We implement modern solutions, developing our functionalities to ensure that our customers have access to a unique offer. The agreement with BetGames.TV has allowed us to introduce a wide range of TV games to our website,” Mateusz Juroszek, chief executive of STS said.

STS is the dominant force in the Polish sports betting sector with 80% of its revenue generated by online and mobile channels.

The company’s products are now available in the UK and Germany, as well as Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar, Slovakia, Malta and Latvia.

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Merkur Sportwetten Rebrands Totolotek

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Merkur Sportwetten GmbH has started its expansion in the Polish online gambling market by rebranding its newly acquired Polish sports betting provider Totolotek. Totolotek has been a part of Merkur since April 2019.

“Totolotek is one of the most renowned sports betting providers in Poland. By integrating Totolotek into our company structure, we want to further advance its success and sustainably strengthen its position in the market. We are convinced that we will succeed in doing this with our innovative products and by drawing on our experience and financial strength,” Niko Steinkrauß, MD of Merkur Sportwetten said.

The Totolotek betting shops in Warsaw are now shining with the laughing MERKUR sun as a widely visible trademark. The shops were fitted out with high-quality “Made in Germany” betting terminals. All Totolotek stationary points of sale will be branded in the new Merkur look before the European Football Championship in 2020.

Totolotek’s online presence has also been revamped so that Merkur sports betting can be experienced at any time and any place. The highlight of the new www.totolotek.pl website is its user interface. All of the betting options can also be called up conveniently and securely using the Totolotek app for Android smartphones.

“Such an extensive modernisation as the one undergone by Totolotek has never before taken place in the Polish sports betting market! The great commitment of our parent company is paying dividends: The response from our customers is overwhelming, both in the betting shops and online,” Adam Lamentowicz, CEO of Totolotek said.

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