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Court upholds government’s online gambling blacklist in Poland

Niji Ng

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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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Experts Suggest Legalising Gambling In Ukraine

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In Ukraine, gambling is still mostly illegal. Earlier, the government promised to lift the ban until the end of 2018, but this never happened.

According to Michail Sololov, a Ukrainian tax expert, the amount of funds that state budget could have withdrawn from the shadow of the gambling business is from two to five billion UAH. In his post on Delo.ua, he also writes that the new text of the Memorandum on the economy and tax policy in Ukraine within the new program for 2018–2020 does not contain any demands regarding gambling industry.

The expert also writes anyone who wants to bet on sports can do this despite the ban. And this is absolutely legal, because a player does not bet in Ukraine, but abroad, using the services of online offshore bookmakers.

Michail Sololov believes that the ban on sports betting is stupid and could normally be regulated and generate income. A tax on betting can be imposed on the activities of the gaming companies: on profit or turnover – this depends on the regulation.

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NSoft`s In-Play Betting MTS in CloverBet´s branch network

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NSoft has confirmed new partnership in Romania. CloverBet has selected NSoft´s In-Play Betting MTS solution for its retail network of 50 shops.

 

Comprehensive NSoft Sportsbook solution driven by Betradar’s data provides clients with an extensive offer of up to 25, 000 live events per month across 20+ sports (In-Play MTS).

“We have implemented our In-Play Betting MTS solution to CloverBet branch network. It perfectly fits the existing CloverBet`s business requiring no additional costs. Full responsiveness of our Sportsbook´s solution is a major precondition for further development of cooperation with our new client – CloverBet,” said Karlo Kralj, Regional Sales Manager at NSoft.

NSoft’s Sportsbook MTS solutions for Pre-Match and In-Play Betting are driven by the expertise and commitment of highly skilled professionals who have mastered the art of data management. In addition, the risk related issues are managed by NSoft team, enabling the client to concentrate on business growth path.

NSoft operates on the world’s market for over ten years achieving the company’s goal of becoming one-stop-shop for sport`s betting industry.

NSoft will be showcasing its comprehensive suite of products at ICE London 2019. Don’t miss out on the chance to find out more about NSoft’s products, meet us at Stand S1-260. Book a meeting with NSoft team or contact sales@nsoft.com.

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Romania promulgates new turnover tax on gambling operators

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The Romanian government has reduced the gambling turnover tax to 2 per cent. Earlier, the turnover taxes, known as gambling participation fees, were 5 per cent turnover tax for online operators, and a 3 per cent tax for land-based casinos, as per an emergency ordinance. The new ordinance slaps a, as “gambling participation fees.” The gambling operators have to pay the gambling participation fees in addition to the already existing 16 per cent tax on the gross gambling revenue.

The lowering of the turnover tax will come as a relief to the gambling operators. However, it has been reported that the government will retroactively apply the tax to last year’s performance of gambling operators with a Romanian license. Operators are given a deadline, till February 25, to pay this amount.

The Romanian government has done this before in the past—retroactively charging the gambling industry to help fund its budget requirements. In 2015, operators which were going to be licensed at the time were required to pay back taxes, which was 20 per cent of the revenue they generated from Romanian punters since 2009. The government made a last-minute announcement to force operators to pay the amount.

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