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Gambling is once again legal in Bratislava

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The Regional Court reversed the ban on gambling in the Slovak capital.

 

A ban on gambling in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, has been overturned. This is the consequence of the verdict pronounced by the Regional Court in Bratislava on June 7. It ruled that the ban did not comply with the law. This means that gaming houses do not need to close and can continue operating in Bratislava.

The wishes of 136,000 Bratislavans as well as all opponents of gambling in our city have been trampled,” said Bratislava Mayor Ivo Nesrovnal when responding to the verdict, adding that the city will take the case to the Supreme Court.

The Regional Court in Bratislava was not ruling on the ban itself but the way in which it was introduced. The city councillors adopted the ban at the second attempt. The first one in February 2017 failed when not enough councillors raised their hands in favour. The voting itself was initiated by a petition requiring a ban on gambling in the city, signed by about 130,000 citizens.

The Bratislava city council adopted an absolute ban on gambling in the capital on March 30 when it voted for a second time. The measure came into force at the beginning of May 2017.

With this current verdict the court has now excluded the possibility of a repeat vote.

The Association of Entertainment and Gambling (AZAH) responded to the verdict by saying that it is sad that this issue had to end up in court and that the city does not have sensible regulations controlling gambling. Nevertheless, due to a new regulation placing restrictions on gambling, which came into force at the beginning of 2018, the number of gaming houses has decreased.

“Even though gambling continues to be legal, there will be no Las Vegas in Bratislava,” said Dominika Lukáčová of AZAH, as cited by the TASR newswire, adding that out of the original 150 gaming houses only 99 are still operating today.

 

Source: The Slovak Spectator

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) 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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WSOP Europe 2018 starts on October 9

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The second edition of WSOP Europe will be held in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, where the inaugural edition was also conducted, from 9 October to 2 November 2018. The tournament will feature 10 WSOP gold bracelets events, including the €5 million guaranteed Main Event, a €5 million guaranteed High Roller and €3 million more in guarantees.

King’s Casino in Rozvadov has become the permanent host of WSOP Europe after the 2017 series attracted 7689 entries with more than €25 million in prize money awarded.

 “King’s Casino does everything big and first class, so we can’t wait to return to Rozvadov for the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.  “With €13 million in guarantees on bracelet events, plus a phenomenal cash game scene, we highly recommend you make plans to join us this fall in Europe’s best kept poker secret.”

The first official gold bracelet event will begin on Tuesday 9 October with the €550 buy-in Colossus No-Limit Hold’em event. The series will conclude with the final table of the €10,350 Main Event on Monday 2 November.

“It was a dream to host WSOP Europe and I can’t wait to do it again,” said King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik. “We hope everyone who came last year comes back for our warm hospitality and generous offerings, and for those who missed out, please join us for Europe’s biggest poker event of the year.”

King’s Casino Rozvadov is situated in the Czech Republic alongside the German border, between Prague and Munich. The location in Central Europe provides Europeans an easy travel destination to play.

Source: Asgam.com

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Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M to join European Gaming Congress (EGC 2018) Ljubljana, Austrian market update

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Ljubljana – 13 June 2018 – The inaugural edition of European Gaming Congress will be held on the 16th of October at the Grand Union Hotel in Ljubljana and it’s the latest conference we are putting together. (read more about the event here…)

The event is expected to bring together industry expert from all over Europe and create a platform which will enable both networking and learning at the highest quality.

As the event will touch base about many important updates coming from European jurisdictions, one of the subjects of the first panel discussion is the Austria gambling market.

The Austrian gaming market grew by 4 per cent and the revenues touched the €1.675 billion mark in 2017. These are impressive figures, but internationally licensed operators account for 65 per cent of the segment’s revenue.

According to Andreas Kreutzer, of the Kreutzer Fischer & Partner consultancy, online gambling, fuelled by international websites, grew by 11 per cent anyway and had the largest share of the growth.

It is not a positive news for Win2Day brand, the only locally approved online operator. The Austrian government needs to update laws to implement a proper taxation regime on the segment.

The OVWG called forth that a new regulation with a licensing procedure is urgently needed in Austria, but that 50 million and more than 1,000 qualified jobs are at risk with the planned revision. Game and betting stakes have increased by around 10 percent in the last two years, while the online market increased 25 percent in 2016.

While the BMF argues in its draft that player protection is a top priority, the OVWG said that the argument to justify the market exclusion of unlicensed reputable providers does not apply because some already have valid EU licenses, therefore they meet high standards in terms of player protection.

You may have gotten used to bad news coming about the Austrian gambling market when it comes to licensing, but Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M is hoping to bring some positive news to EGC this fall.

Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M. runs the General Secretariat of the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG). In this position, she’s the first point of contact for all association matters. Raffaela holds a law degree as well as a Master’s degree in Information and Media Law and a doctoral degree in law. Furthermore, Raffaela successfully passed the Vienna (Lawyers) Bar exam. In her professional career, she has worked as an Associate at a Vienna-based law firm with a special focus on gambling and sports betting law.

You can view the full agenda on the following link.

Full detail about the event can be found on the official website of the event: https://europeangamingcongress.com/

Make sure you grab your seat as the seats are limited to 100 registrants!

Register here!

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Wild Crypto first to launch Chopsticks in the Apps skill-based games

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12th June, 2018 – Wild Crypto (TICKER: WILD), the international lottery and casino website built upon the blockchain, has become the first online casino to go live with skill-based games from Czech Republic-based developer Chopsticks in the Apps.

Three titles from Chopsticks in the Apps have initially launched with Wild Crypto, showcasing the very latest in skill-based gaming.

The titles include Lutty Bird, a skill-based game similar to the famous Flappy Bird social game, where players must guide the player past as many pipes as possible.

There is also Fruit Road, influenced by the viral hit Crossy Road, and QO, a racing game where the player must steer a panda-driven car to avoid crashes.

The games feature ground-breaking new casino mechanics that allow operators to customise the return-to-player rate while maintaining core gameplay.

Further titles will be released later this year, including a licensed adaptation of social gaming blockbuster Drag Racing.

As part of Wild Crypto’s commitment to offering the very best casino content in the world, we are thrilled to be the first to launch these fantastic skill-based games from Chopsticks in the Apps,” said Wild Crypto CEO William Trentini.

Skill-based gaming resonates with our users, who tend to be younger and more tech-savvy than traditional casino users. We expect these games to be a huge hit and we look forward to developing a long-term relationship with Chopsticks in the Apps.

Chopsticks in the Apps CEO Michal Palecek added: “The gambling industry has talked about skill-based gaming for many years, and these titles finally deliver on that promise. Our games combine the engaging nature of the very best social apps with the thrill of real money play.

We are delighted to see them go live on Wild Crypto, an innovative casino operator that very much matches our passion for pushing boundaries and reinventing what is possible in this industry.

For more information about Wild Crypto, please join the Telegram group here.

 

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