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Court upholds government’s online gambling blacklist in Poland

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Poland’s Provincial Administrative Court has upheld an online gambling blacklist prepared by the government for violating the country’s gambling laws.

The court upheld the Ministry of Finance’s right to compile and publish a list of online gambling domains deemed to be serving the country’s gamblers without local permission.

It is reported that several unspecified international online gambling operators challenged the publishing of the black list. They argued that the Ministry had no right to spoil their good names by adding their domains to the blacklist without a court order.

Polish internet service providers are compelled to block local punters’ access to the offending domains, something even the Polish ombudsman believed represented “a serious risk to freedom of speech and access to information.”

But the Court noted that the amended Polish Gambling Act had been submitted to the European Commission, which found no issues with its restrictions. As such, the Court found that the Ministry was within its rights to swing its censorial ban-hammer as it saw fit.

Poland’s online gambling blacklist now contains nearly 2400 naughty domains, including several hundred variants of the Curacao-licensed Casino-X that were added at the end of June.

Despite the country restricting online casino operations to the state-run Totalizator Sportowy lottery monopoly, Poland continues to issue new online sports betting licenses, including one to Nordic operator Cherry AB, Cherry Online Polska earlier this month. Local operator Totalbet also received an online diploma for its Totalbet.pl site on July 2.

SLOTS ROLLOUT IS GO

While Totalizator Sportowy’s Playtech-powered online casino isn’t expected to launch until September or October, the monopoly is finally getting around to launching its land-based slots parlors. A pilot project that will see 50 land-based venues featuring a total of 1,200 slots got underway late last month as the first venues opened in Warsaw, Krakow and Bygdoszcz.

Assuming Polish society doesn’t implode from these first test venues, Totalizator Sportowy plans to open a further 250 slots parlors in 2019, bringing the installed slots base to a maximum 38k machines. But the monopoly has placed an advert seeking technical help in monitoring its slots that suggests the company is making up a lot of its plans as it goes along.

The ad seeks a technician to help the monopoly monitor and analyse its slots returns and its slots players’ behavior, with the ultimate goal of creating solutions that boost slots revenue. Word to the wise, but Totalizator Sportowy is looking for an applicant who has a “resistance to stress and the ability to work under time pressure.”

 

Source: CalvinAyre.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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Parimatch releases ranking gambling Cities in Russia and Ukraine

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Parimatch, Curacao-based bookmaker popular in Russia, has released a ranking of various regions in the Russian Federation and Ukraine, based on the number of gamblers in each of these regions. The company compiled the list following a detailed study.

Not so surprisingly, Moscow topped the list. The majority of Russians who engage in sports betting live in Moscow. St. Petersburg comes second, followed by the Krasnodar Territory and the Sverdlovsk region.

The ranking for Ukraine does not throw up any surprises either, with Kyiv topping the list. Kharkov comes second, while Lviv bags third.

Dnepr and Odessa are the fourth and the fifth respectively. In these cities, there is approximately the same number of gamblers. Here, number of bets on sports is almost equal.

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Casino Technology honoured with 2018 Best General Manager of a Gaming Equipment Company in Romania award

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Casino Technology‘s General Manager for Romania Valentina Dobre was honoured with the Best General Manager of a gaming equipment company, operating in the East European country award. The prize category was designed to recognize the exceptional contribution of a professional to the gaming industry in the country and was granted on a special ceremony during Women in Gambling Gala at the 12th edition of Entertainment Arena Expo in Bucharest. Valentina Dobre`s nomination was among the proposed by prominent industry representatives and was chosen after voting of an independent Prize Committee.

“This candidate has established herself as a valuable professional with a proven track record and a high level of achievements in the gaming industry”, the organisers explained.

Valentina Dobre joined Casino Technology’s team in 2017 as a General Manager for Romania, contributing with her profound expertise, professional background and in-depth knowledge of the gaming industry in the country.

Milo Borissov, founder, president and CEO of Casino Technology commented: “We could not be more proud of Mrs Dobre receiving the award. As a well respected leader within the gaming community in Romania, Valentina Dobre is a very important and valuable to Casino Technology, bringing extensive knowledge of the market and making a substantial contribution to the overall company development”.

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Abbiati renews Romanian license

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Abbiati Casino Equipment, an Italy-based company that has been offering its service in Romania for a quarter of a century, has renewed its license in the country, in accordance with the existing regulations.

Abbiati has declared that the renewal of license equip it to consolidate and expand its business in the manufacture and supply of high-quality casino equipment and related components.

“We are very glad to have obtained this new licence for Romania as we strongly believe it can reinforce our presence in the market and increment our synergy with local operators,” said Giorgio Abbiati, CEO of Abbiati Casino Equipment.

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