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Paf creates history by introducing a loss limit

Niji Ng

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Paf, a gambling company based in Åland, an autonomous region of Finland, is going to make a history sorts by introducing a loss limit. This will be the first tie such a limit is set in the betting scene. The limit will be applicable to all customers on all markets and stipulates a customer playing at Paf.com should not lose more than 30,000 euro during one year.

It must be added some gambling companies have set loss limits in monopoly position. This is the first time it is going to happen in a broader manner.

The loss limit is just one among the many responsible gambling initiatives by Paf. Their measures include identifying risk behaviour and contacting customers to provide them data about their gaming habits in order to prevent problem gambling.

During 2017, Paf increased the number of customer contacts to prevent problem gambling by almost 500 per cent since the previous year, from roughly 1900 to roughly 9400 contacts.

We will continue presenting personal gaming history graphs to our customers and encourage them to use the tools we provide online for voluntarily setting gaming limits that match each customer’s individual conditions, CEO Christer Fahlstedt says.

Paf is one of many gambling companies that aspire to gain a license in the Swedish market when the market is opened after re-regulation on January 1, 2019.

We suggested a collective hard cap for the entire market in our official comment letter regarding the re-regulation of the Swedish market. Although our suggestion for the whole market was not employed as such, we choose to take the next step now and hope that the authorities will follow and introduce an obligatory hard cap.

The reputation of the gambling business is at a low, and concrete measures need to be taken in order to regain the trust of the public. We do not want to see people’s lives destroyed because of gambling addiction. There has to be a way back. We hope that Paf’s new hard cap will take us in the right direction, Christer Fahlstedt says.

Another reason for introducing an annual loss limit is that since Paf’s profit is distributed to public community projects, it is not acceptable that the money should come from persons who may, for example, have engaged in criminal activity in order to finance their gambling.

This action means that Paf will lose about 5 per cent of its income. But we believe that this loss of profit can be accepted by the people of Åland whom our owner represents. At the same time, it is our mission to generate a reasonable profit annually, and introducing a hard cap set some more pressure on us to recruit new customers who play at a sustainable level.

The customers that reach the 30,000 euro limit can naturally play at any of our competitors after reaching the limit, but we hope that being shut out from us will be a warning signal for those who have a gambling problem, perhaps even prompting them to seek help.

Among those who have reached the limit are also those who don’t have a problem, but who can afford to play with high stakes. We will lose these customers, but for us the annual loss limit is still something we want to commit to. The good sides simply outweigh the bad, Fahlstedt says.

 

Source: 5StarMedia

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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Police Nabs Four Ukrainians for Running Fake Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Police Nabs Four Ukrainians for Running Fake Cryptocurrency Exchanges
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Ukraine’s National Police nabbed four suspects, who reportedly ran six fake cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. They were arrested last week from Dnipro city, after which their homes were raided, and several computers and smartphones were seized. The police do not have any report on the stolen funds yet.

The alleged culprits lured users by promoting the exchanges with fake positive ratings and online reviews. The police reportedly said that the suspects had “special knowledge and skills in the field of programming” and “have created their own CMS-system for managing the content of exchange sites.”

During the raid of the suspects’ homes, the police reportedly seized computers, flash drives, smartphones, and other devices. According to a spokesperson for the Ukrainian National Police, “the list of sites is not complete.” Now authorities are asking users to provide information about whether they were deceived by fraudulent exchanges before.

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission received an additional emergency court order to freeze the assets of Dominic Lacroix, owner of PlexCorps. Lacroix and his partner, Sabrina Paradis-Royer, were accused of violating securities law in respect to the PlexCoin initial coin offering (ICO) conducted by PlexCorps in August last year. The ICO reportedly raised $15 million from “thousands of investors.”

 

Source: Cointelegraph.com

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Record sales for China’s sports lottery thanks to the World Cup

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China’s sports lottery is wittnessing a true boost from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, even without state-approved online sales channels.

According to the official China Sports Lottery website, sales for the week of June 11-17 totaled RMB7.33b (US$1.13b). The results reflect proceeds from the first few days of World Cup action, which kicked off on June 14. The sales total is 126% higher than the same week in 2014, the most recent World Cup year.

Looking at the first three days of World Cup action shows a distinct upward trend. June 14’s sales totaled RMB1.6b, rising to RMB2b on the 15th and then RMB2.3b on the 16th. Each day’s total represents a new record since the sports lottery launched in 2009.

The growth in this year’s World Cup lottery sales is all the more impressive given that sales are now entirely land-based, as the government suspended all official online sales in early 2015. The suspension followed an audit which revealed that many provincial lottery administration centers weren’t reporting all online sales while pocketing the difference.

But nature abhors a vacuum, and Chinese media reported last week that a number of popular online platforms and apps had been doing a brisk business via sports lottery sales. That is, until Beijing publicly reminded these platforms of the 2015 suspension and threatened backsliders with the usual consequences.

However, Chinese media noted that the cessation of this unapproved online lottery offering has led to a surge in informal World Cup betting pools on WeChat groups, with betting information being conveyed via private messages and money changing hands via the network’s infamous ‘red envelope’ feature. Wagers in some of these groups reportedly start at RMB300 ($46) and max out at RMB20k ($3,100).

Of course, every yuan spent via these unofficial online channels is one more yuan that’s not going to the government, which really should be sufficient motivation for Beijing to rethink their 40-months-and-counting online own goal.

 

Source: CalvinAyre.com

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Belarus’s Oldest Casino Operator Faces Bankruptcy

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After the Olympic Casino, Belarus’ gambling market is very near to lose another well-known gambling brand.
From this month, the Economic Court of Minsk began proceedings on the bankruptcy case of one of the founders of the Belarusian gambling business – Novo-BR. The company operates the famous local casino network “U Admirala”.

The owners of the “most reliable casino in Belarus”, as the brand is positioned on its website, applied to the court to initiate bankruptcy proceedings. The reasons are related to debts of Novo-BR. According to the Ministry of Taxes and Duties, the Novo-BT failed to pay it’s taxes, and more likely that the casino operator has not paid salaries to its employees.

According to the data of the website of the Unified State Register of Information on Bankruptcy, a protective period was introduced on Novo-BR from June 13. It will be in force until August 1 this year.
“Novo-BR” is one of the oldest operators of the Belarusian gambling business. The company was established in 1993. Currently it owns the casino “U Admirala” and the slot machine halls in the hotels “Orbita” (Minsk) and “Tourist” (Gomel).

According to the Register of Special Permits (Licenses) for Gambling Activities, as of June 1, 2018, 106 companies owned gambling licenses. This year, five companies were granted permits to open casinos, slot machines and bookmaker offices. Establishments will be located in Minsk, Polotsk, Brest, Grodno and on the M-1 motorway in Dubrovno district.

 

Source: e-playonline.com

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