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New Zealand’s Tokoroa region may halt gaming machines

Niji Ng

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Tokoroa region in New Zealand could stop operations of local gaming machines. The government of the region has allowed the operations of a new gaming salon. However, a local anti-gambling group is waging a legal battle to prohibit the business. The salon has not started functioning yet, but it already faces a legal battle against the group.

Colin Bridle, spokesperson for the newly formed “Feed Families Not Pokies”, revealed they have taken the case to the Justice as they consider a gaming salon with 30 slot machines to be damaging for local families’ development.

 “We have gathered a lot of material under the Official Information Act and are very fortunate that a barrister and a senior policy analyst, who are both experts in this area of law, have reviewed all that material without charging us for their time,” he said. “They advised us that there is a clear case for judicial review due to some significant flaws in the official decision-making processes.”

Colin Bridle said the new venue proposed for Tokoroa exploits a loophole in the Gambling Act to create a mini-casino. The Act allows a maximum of nine slot machines in new venues, the loophole in the Act means if RSAs and other genuine clubs merge there is a possibility of up to 30 machines being permitted in one venue. “We don’t want to see a venue with 30 pokie machines in our community which is basically a commercial venture masquerading as a club,” Bridle concluded.

Niji 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. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Bryke launches Link King in Spain

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Bryke, the video slots brand of Zitro, the famous  Luxemburg-based gaming company, has launched its highly successful flagship product in Spain: Link King, a unique and innovative type of game that is not like any other games available in Spain.

Link King offers impressive new features: 4 spectacular levels of progressive jackpots that are frequently granted through the bonus game, increasing the chances of winning. In addition, prizes are linked between terminals, raising their value and the player’s excitement. Spanish players can enjoy a different way of playing never before seen in Spain and already present in the best casinos in the world.

The staging of LINK KING is impressive thanks to the new FUSION cabinet that stands out due to its advanced technology and “Ultra Slim” design, occupying less space than any other piece on the market and offering the player greater comfort.

The combination of LINK KING and FUSION will transform Spanish lounges into a game show that will appeal to both the operator and player, just like what’s happening in international markets.

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Israeli Court orders to block online gambling sites

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A district court in Tel Aviv, Israel, has ordered to block three gambling websites that offer their services to Israelis. The three websites are p2vbet.com, 1xbet.com, and totobet777.com.

Israel’s legislation bans the country’s citizen to accessing and using online gambling services. Nevertheless, a number of gambling websites are available from the country, ostensibly for foreign nationals.

The only forms of gambling allowed in the country are sports betting and lottery. The rule also states that Israel-based companies should not run online gaming operations.

While offering online gambling to local is illegal, Israel plays host to numerous companies in the domain. London-listed 888 Holdings PLC, founded by Israelis, has a development and marketing subsidiary based in Israel, and London-listed Playtech PLC, also founded by Israelis, has local marketing and technical support subsidiaries.

Non-Israeli companies like William Hill PLC and Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC have also tapped into Israel’s human talent, both operating marketing subsidiaries in Tel Aviv.

According to a legislation in Israel, which was passed in 2017, district courts has the authority to block access to websites used for serious crimes such as publishing paedophilic or terrorism-related content and selling drugs.

 

Source: Ctech

 

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GVC’s online sales increase despite retail slowdown

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GVC Holdings, the owner of Ladbrokes, has posted impressive online sales figures in the third quarter of the year, thanks largely to England’s uncharacteristically long run in the football World Cup.

The company’s net gaming revenue increased by 14 per cent in the quarter, compared to the previous year.

Online net gaming revenue rose by 28 per cent year-on-year, fuelled by a 31 per cent increase in online sports betting. Ladbrokes.com revenues saw a 23 per cent spike, while Coral.co.uk’s revenues increased by 29 per cent.

However, brick and mortar sales saw a downturn. GVC’s UK retail sales dropped by 2 per cent year-on-year. European retail was, however, up 24 per cent year-on-year with growth in all regions. The company said it recorded considerable trading increases even discounting the impact of the World Cup, which finished in mid-July.

GVC also said the integration of Ladbrokes Coral, which it acquired earlier this year, was “progressing well.”

Discussing the performance, CEO Kenneth Alexander said: “The group’s performance in the quarter was very pleasing with momentum continuing across the Online and European Retail divisions.”

“As highlighted in our H1 results, we will look to consolidate our position in markets where we are taking market share through the reinvestment of excess returns, and the board is confident in its full year expectations.”

GVC added that the “imminent” launch of its New Jersey app on iOS will trigger a “full playMGM marketing campaign” in the state.

Alexander added: “We believe our sports-betting joint venture with MGM is best placed to be the market leader in the US and we have taken the first steps on that journey with the soft-launch of our sports-betting app in New Jersey.”

 

Source: iGaming Business

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