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

Niji Narayan

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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 Schleswig-Holstein was the only German state to legislate to license online gaming, in 2012, but it repealed the law the following year after a change in government.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 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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First-of-its kind social platform allowing users to ‘Pick a Fight, Talk Trash and Get Rewarded by FANDOM SPORTS

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FANDOM SPORTS Teams Up with Interdependence Public Relations for Upcoming App Launch

The highly anticipated FANDOM SPORTS App will launch in June of 2019 as a first-of-its kind social platform allowing users to ‘Pick a Fight, Talk Trash and Get Rewarded.’

FANDOM SPORTS Media (FANDOM SPORTS) is pleased to announce the company has teamed up with Chicago-based public relations agency, Interdependence Public Relations for the upcoming global launch of the FANDOM SPORTS App, which is slated for release in June of 2019.

The promising, first-of-its-kind app looks to fill a current gap in the social media space for sports fans. The FANDOM SPORTS App is a new and innovative platform where sports aficionados can specifically go to cheer, argue and celebrate their favorite teams. The app also offers real-world rewards and experiences, such as custom trips to the biggest sporting events in the world, to its most loyal users.

“This is an exhilarating time for us at FANDOM SPORTS and we are very pleased to work with this renowned agency to help get the word out to eager fans who will now have a place to express themselves,” said Henri Holm, CEO and Director of FANDOM SPORTS.

IDPR has assisted some of the most notable players in the gaming and technology space including, PUBG Mobile, among others.

“We’re incredibly excited to take part in this groundbreaking launch,” said Laura Waldron, VP of Client Services for Interdependence Public Relations. “This app promises to be a slam dunk and we are eager for users to experience it themselves.”

To learn more about FANDOM SPORTS and the upcoming app launch visit: www.fandomsports.net.

About FANDOM SPORTS:

“Play. Predict. Get Rewarded.” FANDOM SPORTS Media is an entertainment and gaming company “Hell Bent” on finding and creating the best interactive sports and esports content. FANDOM SPORTS allow super fans to unleash their primal sports passions by engaging with other fans, cheering for their favourite teams and players and jeering their opponents.

The FANDOM SPORTS app allows users to unleash their primal sports passion by allowing fans to play, predict and get rewarded on real time sport and esports events. The company’s 1-2-1 strategy is built-on a Blockchain Platform two global apps with one FANCOIN economy for super fans to fight one another within an entertaining mobile application and to get rewarded for the action.

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True Flip re-imagines wheel of fortune in its new Tony’s Reel

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True Flip re-imagines wheel of fortune in its new Tony’s Reel
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Genius flair and charisma are two basic stones of Tony’s success. His team created ELVIS, an AI combining science works in search of new energy sources. Looking for bright minds, Tony made ELVIS public — shaped like a fortune wheel for a little show. Any useful experiment will be rewarded to support further research.

Unique in mechanics, Tony’s Reel has 3 open reels and 3 fixed pay lines. The winning combos are formed from the outer to inner reel. The game is medium-volatile, with a 360x maximum win.

The only Wild is found on the middle reel. Appearing on a pay line, it stands for any symbol, and activates a re-spin with Wild expanded throughout the reel – thus giving a guaranteed win.

Based on HTML5, the game has vivid visuals to run natively on any modern device, bringing the ultimate gaming experience to a diverse range of players.

“In a will to enrich the player’s impressions, we turned to another well-known mechanic, heavily re-working it and adding all these small touches, that truly make the product stand out in the market. With the good initial feedback received, we are ready to offer this game to our partner network” – said CMO of True Flip, Konstantin Katsev.

Tony’s Reel demo is available at https://wof-games.trueflip.co/.

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International Game Technology PLC Releases Notice of 2019 Annual General Meeting and 2018 Annual Reports and Accounts

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International Game Technology PLC Releases Notice of 2019 Annual General Meeting and 2018 Annual Reports and Accounts
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International Game Technology PLC announced today the release of its Notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting (“2019 AGM”) and 2018 Annual Reports and Accounts for the period from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, and provided updated information for the 2019 AGM, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency London, 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH, on May 17, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. British Summer Time (BST).

The Notice of the 2019 AGM, 2018 Annual Reports and Accounts, and instructions to participate at the AGM are available at www.IGT.com, along with IGT’s 2018 Annual Report on Form 20-F. These materials can be viewed directly online and are also available for download in PDF format. IGT’s 2018 Annual Report on Form 20-F was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 8, 2019 and is accessible through its website at www.sec.gov.

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