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Gamblers do not have to repay credit card transactions for illegal gambling: German court

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Gamblers do not have to repay credit card transactions for illegal gambling: German court
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In a significant development, a German court in Munich has ruled that gamblers who used credit cards to perform gambling activities with an illegal online gambling website need not have to repay the credit card companies for these specific transactions. The court is basically putting the onus checking the legality of the transaction and the license of the gambling company on the financial institutions that offer credit cards.

The District Court of Munich ruled this when dismissing a case filed by Landesbank Berlin against a Visa credit card holder. The card holder had claimed that he was not liable to pay his debts because they had been incurred while playing on an online gaming site that was not legally licensed in Germany.

Landesbank has not filed an appeal against the judgment, meaning the ruling is here to stay.

Germany’s online gambling laws are complicated. Broadly speaking, online gaming is illegal, although the country retains a monopoly on lottery games and a semi-monopoly sports betting. This has been challenged several times by the European Commission, the governing body of the European Union.

The country’s Interstate Gambling Treaty of 2012 dictated that online casino gaming would remain illegal unless individual states pass laws to regulate it. Schleswig-Holstein was the only German state to legislate to license online gaming, in 2012, but it repealed the law the following year after a change in government.

Many online gaming operators based within the EU view Germany as a grey market because they believe its internal gambling laws violate European laws on free cross-border trade between EU member states.

As recently as 2016, the Court of Justice for the European Union ruled that Germany could not impose penalties on online gambling companies operating without a German license because it was not possible for a company licensed in other EU member states to obtain a license.

But the news that German citizens can take out credit with gambling sites that are licensed in EU member states, although not in Germany, and then refuse to pay them back, is likely to give operators pause for thought, whether the German court’s ruling is illegal under EU law or not.

The court in Munich applied Federal Court of Justice (Germany’s highest court) case law when it ruled that the onus is on the banks to refuse payments to unlicensed online gambling companies.

Further, it said, the transactions in the Landesbank Berlin case would have flagged up a special code to the bank that identified them as an online gambling payment. The court found there was no question the bank had failed to spot this code because it added its own special commission for “casino sales.”

“The court cannot recognize any wrongful action on the behalf of the defendant. Rather, it is the plaintiff who behaves in an abusive manner if it clearly violates a legal prohibition … the purpose … [of which] … is to protect the defendant from the dangers of gambling,” said the ruling.

 

Source: Casino.org

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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Multilotto strengthens its executive leadership team

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Online lottery betting company sees the appointment of former Chief Financial Officer, Christian Hellbjer as CEO after the departure of Thomas Biro, and the appointment of Mark Knighton as Head of Operations.

Christian Hellbjer has been named Multilotto’s new Chief Executive Officer after the departure of Thomas Biro who served as CEO for the past 7 years and has seen the company’s impressive growth journey from a messenger service to an established online lottery betting service with licenses in the UK, Ireland, Malta and Sweden.

After completing his studies at Lund University, Christian joined The Multi Group as Financial Controller. He quickly rose through the ranks to become the company’s CFO strengthening not only the senior management team but also structuring and streamlining the financial processes within the organisation. Talking about his new role as CEO, Christian says: “It’s an honour for me to take over the role of CEO and I am very excited to have the opportunity to guide the Multilotto team to the highest levels and continue building on our strong foundations.”

2019 also sees the appointment of Mark Knighton as Multilotto’s new Head of Operations.

With over 25 years’ experience working within various iGaming, lottery and technology sectors, Mark’s former roles as the Chief Sales Officer at Swedish National Lottery operator Svenska Spel and former Founder of Obsidian Consultancy, provide the in-depth knowledge and experience needed to drive Multilotto’s company culture and operational direction to advance Multilotto’s industry dominance.

Mark says: “This is a very exciting time to join a company which has been making substantial headway in the online lottery betting industry, and I look forward to playing a key role at Multilotto in keeping the drive of such an ambitious operation moving forward.”

Multilotto is one of the leading international betting services for lotteries offering secure and competitive bets. With Multilotto, players can break down borders and bet on a wide range of international lottery jackpots including America’s Mega Millions and Powerball draws.

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StarCasinò and Lega Basket Serie A together at the Italian Basketball Cup 2019

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Lega Basket Serie A and StarCasinò are proud to announce a sponsorship that will bring Lega Basket Serie A and the number one casino in Italy together at the Italian Basketball Cup 2019. StarCasinò will be the Official Gaming Partner for the Italian Basketball Cup event that will see the final eight qualifying teams playing for the cup, known as Coppa Italiana di Pallacanestro. The tournament is taking place in Florence between 14th and 17th February.

The sponsorship includes brand presence during all matches through LED boards, logo on the basketball court and visibility in the Lega Basket offline and online media. The package provides StarCasinò the opportunity to increase brand recognition and includes several elements for brand activation. The seven matches will be broadcasted live from the Nelson Mandela Forum on Rai Sport HD, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player.

Pietro Lechiara, Marketing Manager at StarCasinò, Betsson Group said of the announcement: “StarCasinò is delighted to be part of the Basketball Cup 2019, one of the most important events for basketball in Italy. We’re passionate about sport and it’s a very important part of our brand strategy. This strategic partnership will further allow us to promote our responsible gaming values.”

Lega Basket Serie A president Egidio Bianchi, said: “We are very proud to have StarCasinò with us, as it yet again demonstrates that Lega Basket Serie A and Basketball Cup 2019 are establishing a strong brand with a key showcase event in the Italian sports calendar. With this partnership, we are sure that we’ll also give new entertainment experiences to the fans”.

About StarCasinò
StarCasinó is Betsson Group’s Italian brand which holds iGaming license AAMS n. 15230. The quality of StarCasinó is highly recognised locally as one of the best casino operators within the Italian online casino market. Everything is in full harmony with the vision and objectives of the Swedish company, Betsson Group, which wants to provide the best gaming experience in the field. Betsson Group has won several international prestigious awards, such as the EGR Best Operator Award, EGR Best Customer Support and also recognised for its Best Affiliate Programme at the EGR Italy Awards 2018.

About Betsson Group
With 17 brands, including Betsafe.com, Betsson.com, NordicBet.com and CasinoEuro, offering Sportsbook, Casino and other games, Betsson Group is one of the world’s largest gaming groups, at the heart of entertainment for over five decades. The company’s vision is to provide the best customer experience in the industry – listening to, and learning from, its customers, and then exceeding their expectations. Betsson Group is wholly owned by Betsson AB – listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap.

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NSoft brings iGaming Future to february London event

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The sports betting technology provider NSoft will be showcasing its comprehensive suite of products including a full Sportsbook platform, Virtual games and the latest innovations in AI solutions at ICE London 2019.

NSoft’s Self-Managed Pre Match application is fully integrated into Seven Platform and gives the betting operators full autonomy of sports events creation, odds management and risk management. Except for already supported option of importing Betradar Unified Odds Feed, the customer has the ability to manually create any sport, tournament, market and event, as well as to resolve the markets.

The upcoming ICE London 2019 is the only B2B gaming event that truly brings together the international online and offline gaming sectors. During this event, held from February 5 to February 7, 2019, NSoft’s focus shall be on promotion of new products and comprehensive business solutions.

NSoft team is performing the latest product polishing before presenting it to the industry’s leading stakeholders. This year we shall be hosting you on our stand with impressive design and demo zones.

Don’t miss out on the chance to find out more about NSoft’s products. Please meet us at Stand S1-260. Book a meeting with our team or contact sales@nsoft.com.

 

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