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Court upholds government’s online gambling blacklist in Poland

Niji Narayan

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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 Narayan 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. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Playson granted operational licence by Romanian Regulator

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Slot developer further enhances its Eastern European presence with Class II licence

 

Casino software developer Playson has been granted a Class II licence by the Romanian regulator (ONJN) allowing it to enter the country’s regulated market.

The new licence enables Romanian-facing operators to offer Playson games for the first time, including its popular Timeless Fruit Slots series, as well as its latest releases including Solar Queen, Wild Warriors, Mighty Africa and Book of Gold: Classic.

This expansion into the Romanian market extends the company’s presence across Europe and follows recent operator deals with TOPsport and SuprNation within the territory.

Playson CEO, Alexander Ivshin, said: “Here at Playson we’re delighted to announce we have been granted our Romanian licence and thrilled to give players access to our innovative slot catalogue.

“We’re always looking to expand our global footprint, and we look forward to working alongside the ONJN, and developing a long and fruitful partnerships in Romania.”

Approval by the ONJN brings total the number of Playson’s licences to three including those granted by the UKGC and MGA.

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BMM Testlabs Selected as the First Test Lab Partner by The Gambling Business Monitoring Center for the Belarus iGaming Market

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BMM Testlabs, the world’s best gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, is pleased to announce that The Gambling Business Monitoring Center (GBMC) chose BMM as its first international test lab partner in February 2019 to support the opening of the regulated iGaming market in Belarus. GBMC is the only authorized lab by Belarus law to certify iGaming products for the Belarus market

EVP, Europe and South America, Gene Chayevsky commented, “We are honored to have been the first international lab that partnered with GBMC at ICE 2019. It is our pleasure to be their certification partner as they work to open the regulated Belarus iGaming market, and we look forward to working with GBMC to bring many of our customers to this new market. BMM is thankful to GBMC for the opportunity.”

“The Gambling Business Monitoring Center is proud to have chosen BMM as its first international test lab partner in February 2019 to help support the opening of the regulated iGaming market in Belarus. We are grateful for BMM’s collaboration with our laboratory in introducing leading international iGaming operators and game suppliers to our jurisdiction and look forward to a productive long-term partnership in certifying products with BMM for our market,” stated Siarghei Trukhan, Manager of the Testing Department of the Gambling Business Monitoring Center.

 

About BMM:
BMM is the longest established and most experienced private independent gaming certification lab in the world, providing professional technical and regulatory compliance services to the gaming industry since 1981.

At its core, BMM is a systems-expert company that has provided consulting for and tested many of the largest gaming networks and systems over the last 37 years. In addition, BMM has been successfully testing and certifying the full scope of Class III casino products for over two decades.

BMM authored the first set of independent gaming standards in 1992 and the first set of online gaming standards in 2001.

BMM employs some 400 people in 14 global locations and serves over 460 jurisdictions.

BMM’s world headquarters are in Las Vegas (USA), with offices in Mexico City (Mexico), Lima (Peru), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Singapore, Macau (SAR, China), Moncton (Canada), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Barcelona (Spain), Vienna (Austria), Bologna (Italy), Midrand (South Africa) and Bucharest (Romania).

For more information on BMM Testlabs, please visit bmm.com

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Imperia Casinos In Bulgaria Launches Bryke Video Slots from Zitro

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Imperia Casinos in Bulgaria has launched Zitro’s Video Slots brand Bryke, which is a sign of the latter’s growing popularity. This will allow players in Bulgaria to enjoy the world’s number one multigame progressive bank Link King. It has been made available on the cutting-edge Fusion Slant terminal, a cabinet that has proved to satisfy players and operators alike. As confirmed by Gavril Chetrafilov CEO of Imperia Casinos: “We have been watching Zitro’s video slots brand Bryke grow very fast and strong in the last couple of years and are very pleased that their products can now be played in our venues. Giving the success of Bryke in the global marketplace, and seeing the product roadmap of the company, we feel very confident investing in Zitro and look forward to a long-term partnership.”

Nadège Teyssedre, Sales Director of Zitro for EMEA comments: “We feel very proud as to how far we have come already with our products, especially in, for us, new markets where competition is very strong and only the best ones are allowed in. Link King and Link Me are both games that have outperformed the most established brands in venues across the globe and is putting Zitro on the must have list of suppliers for any operator. Being present at the Imperia Casinos in Bulgaria is yet another milestone we have accomplished in our ambitious expansion plans and we want to thank Gavril and his incredible team for their trust.”

 

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