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RGA appeals for calm after the appointment of new culture secretary should target “stability”

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The UK’s Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has urged for a period of calm following the appointment of Jeremy Wright as the new Culture Secretary.

Former Attorney General Wright replaces Matt Hancock, who has appointed as Health Secretary after just six months in the job. He will now lead the department responsible for dealing gambling and sport, with Tracey Crouch remaining Minister for Sport, a post she has held since 2015.

Wright will have to face the heat immediately surrounding the debate about FOBTs – on the reduction of the maximum cap from £100 to £2 “to reduce the risk of gambling-related harm.” The announcement came after the completion of the Triennial Review that has involved government, the Gambling Commission and interested parties from across the gambling industry.

Speaking after Wright’s appointment, Clive Hawkswood, of the RGA, told iGamingBusiness.com: “After the protracted debate around FOBTs and the Triennial review process, I think the wider industry really needs a period of stability, so I’d suggest it could be counter-productive for anyone to rush forward with a shopping list of issues they might like him to consider.”

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) told iGamingBusiness.com that it hopes to work with Wright as his department implements the introduction of the FOBT maximum stake reduction, which the group has previously estimated could lead to 4000 shop closures and 21,000 job losses.

The ABB said: “We look forward to working with the new Secretary of State, Jeremy Wright QC, MP to ensure a sustainable and responsible retail betting industry.”

“Betting shops are facing a massive threat as the new maximum stake on gaming machines will result in thousands of shop closures, job losses and significant economic consequences for horse and greyhound racing. It is vital that we work with the Secretary of State and his department to mitigate these impacts where possible and ensure that betting shops remain one of the safest environments in which to gamble in the UK.”

An ABB spokesperson said: “While the implementation timeframe is a matter for the government, an appropriate timeframe would enable staff redeployment where possible, the introduction of voluntary redundancy schemes, the renegotiation of shop leases and the termination of contracts with many local suppliers in an orderly way.

“In addition software changes to the architecture of over 200 games will be made. This process will also require each game to be independently verified.”

“Those shops that survive will continue to provide a safe place to gamble with staff interaction and industry leading responsible gambling measures and to support British sport.”

 

Source: iGamingBusiness.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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Court asks lottery distribution company to pay taxes in India

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The Bombay High Court, an Indian court in the state of Maharashtra, has ordered a lottery distribution company to pay tax on the proceeds of lottery ticket sales. The court summarily rejected the challenge on Maharashtra Tax on Lotteries Act from 2006. The petitioner, Mangal Murti Marketing, a sub-distributor of the state-organised lottery operated by two other Indian state governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, sought to challenge the provisions of the act, but the court rejected the argument.

The petitioner’s counsel P S Raman argued that the act was passed to restrict and forbid the sale of other states’ lottery tickets in Maharashtra. He claimed that the Lottery Regulation Act had already been enacted in 1998 to regularise the conduct of state organised lottery business and with a view to offer security to ticket purchasers and claimed that the state government cannot levy taxes on another state government’s revenues.

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New gambling law in Switzerland will come into effect from 2019

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The newly passed gambling legislation in Switzerland, the Swiss Gaming Act, will come into force in the country on 1 January 2019. The law will regulate the licensed online gambling space and ban foreign operators altogether.

The new law legalises licensed iGaming companies.

The gaming act’s enforcement was confirmed by Switzerland’s Federal Council, which confirmed its implementation starting next January. It also explained it will consider licence applications during the first six months of 2019, in compliance with the new legislation, and the first ones are set to be issued before July 1, when the foreigner’s ban comes into effect as well.

Licensed operators can provide poker and roulette games to the customers, but need to stick with stringent constraints about the stakes.

The “concrete measures” of the new legislation were aimed to protect problem gamblers.

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Authentic re-launched the renewed Blaze Roulette

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Authentic Gaming, the Malta-based casino operator, has revamped and re-launched a studio-based live roulette product Blaze Roulette. Blaze Roulette version 2.0 has a glitzy game-show backdrop, with a team of seasoned presenters. LED lights lit the game table and a big video wall completes the showbiz theme.

The game is now played on a single zero TCS Huxley roulette wheel with innovative laser sensors offering superior security. The footage is captured from several angles on five cameras and is broadcast in high definition.

Blaze 2.0 is streamed from Authentic Gaming’s new state-of-the-art Arena Studio which is located in Malta. Arena is dedicated to delivering the most exhilarating Live Auto Roulette experience to operators and players in regulated markets around the world.

 “This is our first studio-based live dealer game, so it was imperative that the quality of the product, technology and execution were second to none.”

“Blaze was a great starting point for this, and the Authentic Gaming team has worked incredibly hard to deliver a product that will amaze and wow players, and keep them coming back for more.” – stated Jonas Delin, CEO of Authentic Gaming.

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