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Finnish gambling market projections

Athira A

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Veikkaus, which is a Finnish state-owned company, has the monopoly over all gambling activities in the country. The company provides a wide array of games, including the Finnish national lottery, fixed odd betting, football pools, scratch tickets and so on. In total, there are 20 different kinds of games organized by the company. Most of its revenues are derived from the national lottery, which is extremely popular among the Finnish population. Interestingly, Veikkaus is managed by the Finnish Ministry of Education and the proceeds from its operation are channeled back to it. In 2010, these profits amounted to 463 million euros. The rules of the games, on the other hand, are controlled by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

This model of regulating gambling activities in the country has been ubiquitous in the Nordic countries, but recently a new trend of liberalization has emerged. The national monopolies are having a harder time maintaining a customer base as people are switching to the online casinos, which are more difficult for the authorities to keep away. Internationally licensed online gambling providers are still able to reach the customers in countries where it is illegal for privately owned companies to provide these services. Some countries have tried to employ the banking sector in order to limit the power of such companies to process transactions for the customers. There has been a case of resorting to Apple in order to remove some gambling applications from the App Store as well.

As stated by the editor of the Finnish website Netti-casino.biz, it is interesting to see what path Finland will take when it comes to liberalizing the gambling market. There is a precedent for both liberalization as well as toughening of the regulations. Sweden and Denmark are already accepting applications from private companies for gambling licenses, while Norway is trying to strengthen the hold of its national monopoly over the market. There are no signs as to which direction Finland will follow yet. There are some obvious advantages to be had with liberalization. The government is not able to collect taxes from underground markets, which emerge when activities that are in demand are banned by the regulators. With a regulated market, it could see a surge in the tax revenues.

Online gambling is gaining popularity in Finland

Veikkaus’ revenue report shows an increase in the share of the digital activities. The company’s digital revenue increased by 10% from last year and in Q1 comprised 44% of the total revenues generated. The number of weekly active online customers stands at 626,000, which is an 11% increase. This shows that the monopoly is coping successfully with international providers, which might give the regulators less incentive to liberalize the market. Veikkaus claims to have captured 90% of the online market and furthermore, plans to “renew the company’s strategy in 2018 to respond to the strong change in the operating environment.”

Source: http://netti-casino.biz/casinouutiset/ennuste-suomen-rahapelimarkkinoille/

Athira is a self-described “logophile” – a lover of words. She loves updating her vocabulary and playing around with words, to frame a sensible world of letters. Letters come alive when they become words and when words become sentences. And that’s her job, to put them together in a meaningful way without loosing its essence. She has written content for websites, articles and poems for an international magazine, and press releases as well. She also loves writing on social media. She holds a Masters degree in bio-technology, but she has always been interested in the organic farming of words. Besides writing content for our daily news feed, she is also working as staff writer/editor with Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Win Technologies USA Installs Wigos in Chickasaw Nation Casinos

Niji Narayan

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Win Technologies USA has installed its Wigos casino management system in the Ada Gaming Center and Megastar Casino of Chickasaw Nation.

The Ada Gaming Center is a casino located in Ada which offers 355 electronic games and two table games. Ada Gaming also offers a Players Club, Traditions Bar, and an attached Chickasaw Travel Stop.

Megastar Casino is located north of the Oklahoma-Texas border in Willis and offers over 650 electronic games. The casino boasts a Players Club, Kitchen 377, a bar area and is also attached to a Chickasaw Travel Stop.

“These are Win Technologies USA’s first CMS installations with the Chickasaw Nation, and we are honored to be working with this great team of dedicated gaming professionals,” Alex Alemany, President of Win Technologies USA said.

“Win Technologies USA provides us with a scalable, cost-effective casino management system with great technological innovation that doesn’t erode profitability. We are excited for the opportunity to grow our business using the Wigos CMS and look forward to working with Win Technologies USA on future projects,” Scott Emerson Executive Officer of Business Operations in the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce said.

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New Gambling Addiction Treatment Centre opens in the UK

Niji Narayan

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NHS has launched the UK’s first gambling addiction service outside of London in Leeds. The service will provide treatment and support for people with severe addictions, complex mental health conditions, impaired social functioning.

The new NHS service, run by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT), is being funded jointly by NHS England and GambleAware. It is part of the NHS Northern Gambling Service, with further facilities in Manchester and Sunderland set to open in early 2020.

“Problem gambling is an addiction which ruins lives for thousands of people and their families. I am determined to do what I can to tackle it. No one’s access to support should depend on where they live, so we are expanding treatment outside of London to help addicts get the support they need to turn their lives around. As part of our NHS Long Term Plan, we will continue to roll out these specialist services across the country and undo the damage caused by gambling and protect our most vulnerable,” Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care said.

“Our aim is to prevent people getting into problems with their gambling, all the while making sure that those who do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support. These new services will play a vital role in making sure those with more serious and complex needs linked to gambling will have quick access to free, fast and effective treatment, wherever they may be. We very much look forward to seeing this clinic open and we would welcome the opportunity to potentially replicate this approach in other areas of the UK in the future,” Marc Etches, chief executive of GambleAware said.

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GAN plc: Internet Gambling Revenue of Pennsylvania Increases in August 2019

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GAN plc: Internet Gambling Revenue of Pennsylvania Increases in August 2019
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GAN plc has updated the market following the publication of Internet gaming and Internet sports betting financial information for August 2019 in Pennsylvania, by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

Internet Gaming Win was $6.3 million in August compared to $2.9 million in the prior sequential month, reflecting an increase of 118.6%. Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle was approximately $83.2 million in August compared to $39 million in July. Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues for the month of August were $6.3 million compared to $2.9 million in July.

Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues may vary from month to month due to the payouts for future events occurring months after the original wager was made and unredeemed winning wagers from prior months will become deductible upon redemption in future months.

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