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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

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FACR and Sportradar renew integrity and data partnership

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The Football Association of the Czech Republic (FACR) and Sportradar – the world’s leading supplier of sports integrity solutions – have today entered a long term integrity partnership.

Under the agreement, all matches in FACR third tier and youth competitions will be monitored by Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System (FDS); the most technically advanced bet monitoring system available, and the only such system to be independently assessed and verified by recognized experts in the field of sports betting and integrity. The partnership will also see Sportradar’s Intelligence & Investigation Services support FACR’s intelligence programme, utilising big data and open source analysis, powered by cutting edge technology solutions and a team of dedicated intelligence experts.

In addition to the integrity partnership, Sportradar will act as FACR’s official data partner across all major men’s, women’s and youth competitions during the course of this agreement.

Speaking about the partnership, Jan Pauly, General Secretary of FACR said: “Sportradar have been a valued and trusted partner of ours since 2012, with their FDS bet monitoring solution providing valuable oversight of global betting data surrounding our competitions. By adding their Intelligence and Investigation services to our integrity programme, we are confident that we will gain an extra layer of visibility and insight into potential integrity risks, as we have already witnessed through collaboration on previous projects.”

Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: “We have been proud partners of the FACR since 2012 and are delighted to be extending – and expanding – our integrity partnership well into the next decade. Our long term partners know best the importance we place on establishing strong working relationships, as they help put safeguarding efforts in the best position to succeed. Moreover, our Intelligence and Investigation products will now put FACR competitions in an even stronger position to thrive. We look forward to building our relationship with FACR over the coming years and playing an even stronger role in helping to uphold the integrity of Czech football”.

 

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STS to Open Premium Outlets in Polish Cities

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STS, the largest bookmaker in Poland, is going to open premium outlets. STS claims that despite the development on the Internet, stationery business still makes sense.

STS has the largest share in the domestic market. The company generates the majority of revenues on the internet, but states that the fixed-line network being built since the 1990s still accounts for around 20% revenues.

“We will invest over a dozen million PLN in launching premium premises in the largest Polish cities. The first facility of this type has already started in Szczecin, and the next will be opened in Warsaw, Wrocław, Kraków and Gdańsk. Standard premises have about 30-35 square meters of space, these will have more than 150 sq m. We want top locations so that these facilities can serve as a showcase of the company,” Mateusz Juroszek, president of STS said.

“A few years ago, it seemed that the bookmaking business would quickly move to the internet and keeping the stationery premises would have no point. However, it did not happen – and there is no indication that this will happen. Land-based outlets have a large, loyal group of clients, and – contrary to stereotypes – they are not, above all, old people staying in them. The average age of a customer is less than 40 years,” Mateusz Juroszek said.

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Czech Government to Increase Taxes on Alcohol, Tobacco and Gambling

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The Czech government is going to raise the taxes on alcohol, tobacco and gambling. The Czech Finance Minister Alena Schiller has cited an increase in average salary and purchasing power of the citizens to advocate an increase in taxes.

“The average wage growth [in the Czech Republic] between 2009 and 2018 was 45%, while consumer tax on alcohol was last increased in 2010 and we will not raise it again until 2020,” Alena Schiller said.

As per the proposed tax revision, taxes on hard liquor would increase by 13%, cigarettes by 10%, sports betting by 2% and lotteries and games of chance by 7%. The revised and increased taxation could chip in an additional 10 billion crowns in annual tax revenue once it comes into effect.

“Both the World Health Organization and the OECD recommend that we do something about alcohol and tobacco consumption, and one of the most effective recommendations is a higher tax burden,” Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtech said.

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