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Sky Bet issued £1 million fine by the UK gambling commission

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The UK Gambling Commission issued a £1 million ($1.4 million) fine against Sky Bet, the British-based gambling company explicating  that hundreds of people were capable of placing bets on the online gambling company’s website irrespective of the notifications to stop doing so.

The fine is related to what is  known as self-exclusion programme, which enables  customers to make  the operators aware that they no longer want to be allowed to gamble on their sites, in their shops, or at casinos. These tools can be utilized by those who know they have gambling problems, or by vulnerable individuals who are under the threat of developing compulsive habits.

According to the investigation of the Gambling Commission, 736 Sky Bet customers were able to open new accounts despite being requested to be blocked. Many of these individuals even used the same information to open the new accounts, something that should have immediately triggered red flags for the company.Thousands more contacted after exclusion.But that was only the tip of the iceberg, as the Gambling Commission found problems with how Sky Bet dealt with tens of thousands of other self-excluded customers.

More than 36,000 bettors did not have their remaining balances returned to them after closing their accounts with the firm. In addition, about 50,000 self-excluded individuals continued to get marketing materials from Sky Bet, typically by email, text, or mobile notifications from the company’s app.

Taking all of these incidents into consideration, the Gambling Commission said that this was more than a few isolated cases, making a fairly severe fine appropriate.

Source: onlinegambling.com

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South Africa gambling operators react to new casino bill

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South African legislators are about to relocate the country’s casinos to Trade Bay, much to the sadness of many local gambling operators.

The move was opposed by the local gambling operators, which would be an enactment of the Western Cape Nineteenth Gambling and Racing Amendment Bill, 2018, and this would lead to a serious downfal in revenue as jobs as well.

The bill was intended to amend the existing Western Cape Gambling and Racing Act, 1996 (Act 4 of 1996), giving the Western Cape government the authority to compel existing casinos in five district municipal regions of the province to transfer to other areas.

While the bill has yet to be tabled before the legislative committee, South Africa-based casino operators like Sun International and Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd. have expressed mixed opinions over the possible impact of the proposed bill to their operations.

Tsogo Sun CEO Jacques Booysen said the company would support the proposed relocations of casinos in Western Cape, as long as it “is done in a manner that makes commercial sense” for them.

South Africa’s biggest hotel and casino operator had been under pressure lately to temper its mounting debt by putting the brakes on acquisitions and business expansion. Tsogo Sun also reduced its spending in the most previous fiscal year by 8%, dropping it down to $261.5 million.

Tsogo Sun planned to submit its comments on the proposed bill before July 31 after seeing the draft legislation, according to Booysen.

Sun International, which operates the GrandWest Casino, was up in arms over the proposed relocation of their competitors, saying it might lead to lower profits and more layoffs in the future. The company’s chief executive, Anthony Leeming, estimated that GrandWest could see a gross gambling revenue decline of 24 percent while “headcount” will drop by 15 to 20 percent.

“The majority of job losses will be from the casino, but a drop in footfall will result in additional and similar job losses in the supporting… operations at GrandWest, as many of these businesses are entirely dependent on footfall generated by the casino,” Leeming said, according to the news outlet.

 

Source: CalvinAyre.com

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Kansas Lottery posts positive revenue reports

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The Kansas Lottery reported impressive figures for the fiscal year 2018. The results almost match the all-time combined transfer record for traditional lottery and casinos.

The state of Kansas received through the sale of traditional lottery games US$74.7 million in revenue. The four casinos with state-owned and state-operated gaming also totalled US$89 million in revenue. Combined, traditional lottery and casino revenue totalled US$163.7 million transferred to the State in Fiscal Year 2018, slightly below the record combined transfer of US$163.9 million in the fiscal year 2016, WIBW News reported.

Traditional lottery sales in FY18 were US$283.2 million, 4.3 per cent ahead of last year’s sales of US$271.4 million. “I’m grateful to our retailers, staff and players for the good year we’ve had,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta, and added: “Instant tickets continue to grow as our biggest category. We are up in the two big multi-state jackpot games Powerball and Mega Millions, and sales show players are enjoying our new games, Lotto America and Lucky for Life.”

“While I’m very pleased with this year’s results, it’s next fiscal year that’s going to be the real game changer,” continued Presta. “The Kansas Lottery hopes to have vending machines in stores sometime next calendar year, and our new partner Scientific Games is providing us with a brand new state-of-the-art gaming system with incredibly fast terminals and a whole new central system that’s scheduled to go live at the end of this month. These changes will help create revenue next year and in years to come.”

 

Source: focusgn.com

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Three Casinos line up for Pennsylvania iGaming license

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Three casinos – Parx Casino, Mount Airy and still-to-start Stadium Casino – have submitted their application for a Pennsylvania iGaming license.

Parx Casino Bensalem became the first land-based “Main Certificate” holder in the Keystone State to apply for a Pennsylvania iGaming license, according to a report by Jessica Welman of PlayPennsylvania.

Within hours, two other casinos – Mount Airy and the yet-to-be-built Stadium Casino – also submitted their applications to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Welcome News for Pennsylvania Online Poker Players

Pennsylvania online poker players will be happy to learn that Parx Casino parent company Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment “wants all three interactive gaming licenses” (online slots, house-edge table games and poker) that are being made available by the state.

The total cost for the three licenses will be $10,000,000 USD.

Deadline to Receive Discounted Pennsylvania iGaming License is Sunday, July 15th.

There had been plenty of nerves from iGaming analysts and customers in the Keystone State leading up to this weekend, as land-based casinos held off until the last possible moment to apply.

Pennsylvania’s ginormous 54 per cent tax rate for online slots is a contentious issue with incoming operators who believe it will be hard for online businesses to turn a profit in PA.

There are also other issues dealing with PA Lottery games crossing over into the realm of slot machine mechanics, as well as doubts as to how consumers will perceive branding restrictions that mandate all iGaming services in the state be hosted on websites that clearly identify existing land-based Main Certificate Holders.

Pennsylvania brick & mortar casinos will still be eligible to apply for iGaming licenses following this Sunday, but will not receive a discounted rate of $10 million for all three licenses – and instead will have to pay $4 million for each.

Will Pennsylvania iGaming License Holders Begin Operations in 2018?

There has been much speculation as to whether real money online poker, slots and house-edge table games will be available to Pennsylvania residents and tourists before the end of the calendar year.

While this remains a distinct possibility, it will depend on how quickly the licenses from Parx, Mounty Airy, Stadium (and potentially other PA casinos) are approved by the PGCB.

Many poker players who already compete in regulated Nevada, New Jersey or Delaware games are also asking if Pennsylvania will eventually join the tri-state online poker compact that combines player pools in those three states.

 

Source: parttimepoker.com

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