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Sweden raps media outlets over gambling ads

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Lotteriinspektionen, the gambling regulator of Sweden, has warned 39 digital media outlets for publishing advertisements of international gambling companies.

This incident shows Sweden is serious in its approach to regulate gambling advertising. The warning was issued for publishing clickable ads that would lead to international gambling websites.

The regulator ordered the websites to remove the ads that have links that direct customers to lottery operators based outside Sweden.

It especially focused on lottery operations but also considered other types of operations. All the ads seem to be from abroad, where Swedish media’s most active advertising clients come from.

The Lotteriinspektionen is leading a war on unauthorised gaming operators and Marcus Aronsson, the man behind it, explained that the body’s intention is to force media outlets “to comply with the law, which will put illegal ads to an end.”

The upcoming online market liberalisation, coming next January, is set to allow international operators to be able to apply for local licences as of August 1st. It will also allow locally licensed companies to advertise with local media but, according to Aronsson, the prosecution of illegal advertising is important even as the new scheme is being developed.

Source: focusgn.com

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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Hard Rock looks for real estate partner to develop IR facility in Japan

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Hard Rock’s CEO for the Asia–Pacific region Ed Tracy said the company is seeking a construction or real estate partner in order to win Japanese IR license.

“We expect that even though it’s not outlined in the legislation that you have to have local partners, it just makes good sense,” Mr Tracy said in an interview with Bloomberg Television and added: “Significantly in Japan real estate costs are pretty high on a global scale, so a real estate partner would be great, and obviously a construction partner. That’s kind of the starting point.”

The Hard Rock executive also explained that the company, which “has significant content and technology partners that are Japanese based,” is focused on developing its IR in Hokkaido: “Our evaluation shows us that Tomakomai city is exactly the right place… We’ve been forming partnerships there and we’ve been working very hard with a tourism company,” he said.

 

Source: focusgn.com

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William Hill and SBTech receive Mississippi sports betting licenses

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SBTech and William Hill, two of European betting giants, have obtained sports betting licenses in Mississippi. The new license will allow them to manufacture and distribute sports betting platforms in the state to land casino operators.

William Hill USA will be working with casino operator Penn International Gaming on sportsbooks for five of its properties, with the Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast and Boomtown Biloxi casinos launching sports betting.

West Virginia sports betting will start legal sports betting from September 1, the fifth US state to legalise sports betting.

Penn National Gaming will also launch its Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, powered by the US division of William Hill, in West Virginia, the first of its kind in the state.

 

Source: reviewed-casinos.com

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Vietnam to cut hassles for industries, including gambling industry

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) has proposed a series of cuts to bureaucracy and red tape hassles for a wide range of industries, including the betting, casino and lottery industries.

The MoF is believed to have proposed a cut of around 51.4 per cent of the business investment commissions under its control. It would also modify 16 decrees, which could be beneficial for insurance, gaming, accounting, customs and securities verticals.

The outlets did not specify exactly what could be stripped out or amended. However, the mere fact that the MoF wants to make monumental changes is a step in the right direction. It has the potential to reinvigorate the gambling industry and comes after regulators have made several changes to gambling-related legislation.

Vietnam approved a measure last December that would allow locals to gamble in two casinos during a three-year trial programme. Currently, casinos are only open to foreign gamblers. While the casinos have yet to be designated, it is believed that the Phu Quoc resort as well as a project in the Quang Ninh province could be included in the pilot programme.

More recently, the country gave sports betting a nod. In May, it approved new gambling regulations that now cover a variety of sports and would see new players enter the industry. The law is expected to take effect January 1 of next year and would provide the framework for a five-year pilot programme that allows local gamblers to place bets on international soccer games, as well as horse- and dog-racing.

Vietnam also loosened its grip on the casino industry in May when it awarded its first casino license in more than a decade. That license went to Laguna Lăng Cô for its $2-billion resort project in the Thua Thien Hue province. The resort initially opened five years ago, and has been hoping ever since to be granted a casino license. Even though it has the license in hand, Laguna Lăng Cô is not yet dealing cards or handing out chips. The casino would not be ready until 2022.

 

Source: calvinayre.com

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