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Slovakia’s new legislation aims to ease online restrictions

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The countries online gaming sector greets the Slovak government’s new proposal for a regulated market which could be implemented in 2019.

Slovakia aims to replace the current legislation with a new one which could open up the market for private operators from March 1, 2019. The new legislation is set to mirror the neighbouring countries positive realizations in the field.

The now submitted legislation has a three-month period of standstill as the European Commission examines whether it is constitutional.

The new law is a significant change for Slovakia, which has black-listed more than 200 gambling domains – including household names such as Bet365 and 888 – since a previous bill was passed in 2016. Currently, online casino and poker activity remains the sole responsibility of the state-owned TIPOS national lottery.

“The state began blocking illegal companies. But that was only the first step. Now comes the second, clear rules for everyone – anyone who wants to offer online casino games will be able to do so if they meet the prescribed conditions,” said Peter Papanek, head of the Association of Betting Companies of the Slovak Republic, according to Sport Aktuality.

“Experience from abroad shows that, if the state wants to intervene against tax evasion and illegal gambling, it must go through the liberalisation of the market and the setting of fair conditions, inter alia, to motivate operators to operate legally.

“Illegal companies thus lose the incentive to circumvent the rules, and the state, in addition to income, also gains the certainty of consumer protection. The countries that have been chosen liberalisation have rapidly reduced the share of the black market.”

In its submission, Slovakia’s Ministry of Finance, which will have responsibility for gambling, said it wants to “relax restrictions on access to the internet gambling market”. Companies with a base in Slovakia or another EU state are able to apply for a licence.

A new Regulatory Office for Gambling is proposed in order to centralise activities in the gambling sector. With the exception of legislation, the office’s scope would cover all activities related to the gambling sector, in particular licensing, supervision, imposing sanctions and the administration of fees.

Online operators would pay a 23% tax rate under the new regime, with various operational charges.

The Slovakian authorities said they were inspired by European countries that have introduced new regulated gambling frameworks in recent years such as Denmark, Sweden, Romania and the Czech Republic.

“[The draft act] would take technological progress and the findings of regulatory authorities in other European countries into account more fully, while simultaneously improving the protection of players from possible harmful effects directly related to services provided in this sector,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry explained that operators would need to provide the newly created regulatory authority with access to a server so that it can have oversight of data.

 

Source: igamingbusiness.com

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Partypoker obtains Czech online gambling license

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Europe’s leading poker company Partypoker has secured online gambling license in Czech Republic after a long roller-coaster process.

The company can now operate in the Czech Republic’s regulated online gambling market.

The Czech Ministry of Finance ’s confirmed that PartyPoker was given its license on 10 November 2018. The ministry’s white list of licensed gambling operators, available on its website, contains the name of PokerStars as well.

Czech Republic’s present gambling legislation, which came into force on 1 January 2017, allows international gambling companies to obtain license from the country and operate in a regulated environment.

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Austrian court orders gambling company to pay €2.5m compensation to problem gambler

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In an interesting new judgement, an Austrian court has ordered Novomatic, an Austrian gambling technology company, to provide €2.5 million as compensation to a gambling addict.

The complainant filed a case seeking compensation citing that he spent around €2 million over 10 years from 2002 to 2012 in slot machines run by the company in Vienna.

Experts opined that the man was “partially incapacitated” through his addiction, which rendered his bets invalid. The court in the town of Wiener Neustadt considered this opinion.

Novomatic said it will appeal the judgement.

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Polish betting portal launches help center for users

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Zagranie, a sports and bookmaking portal based in Poland, launched the first-ever help center in the country called Zapytaj Buka! (Polish for ‘ask the bookmaker’). Now users can ask any questions about their doubts and get quick responses.

Here is how it works.

Every player who has played a little, encountered on his way more or less problems with the bookmaker. Late payment, ambiguity in the coupon calculation or no bonus. These problems will be solved by Zagranie.com experts who constitute a bridge between the user and the bookmaker.

The user asks a question which is forwarded to Zagranie.com experts. They try to solve the player’s problem – until he is satisfied with the answer. If the thread is too complex, then the experts forward the case to the bookmaker, who prioritizes the user’s query as much as possible.

“This type of project was born quite naturally. So far, we have received many inquiries from players on our Facebook or groups, just about the rotating conditions of bonuses, the best offers or coupon settlements. Help Center is the answer to such queries. Everyone can ask a question and other users can go back and save time. The knowledge base is huge. In the Response Help Center, answers “do not get lost in the network” – commented Wiktor Wojtkowski, editor-in-chief of Zagranie.com

 

Source: E-PLAYOnline

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