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Albania’s new betting regulation could bring betting monopoly

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Albania is planning to introduce new betting regulation, which includes some radical proposals. First, sports betting will be banned in residential areas. Electronic casinos will also be relocated. The most important proposal is that there could be a state-monopoly on sports betting so that the state can effectively control gambling in the country.

“We are considering the possibility of treating sports betting and betting on races as a state monopoly and allow their operation by specially set up state structures,” a government report says.

Until now, gambling is privately run and generates over €130 million in income yearly, employing around 7,000 people. However, it could soon be partially turned into a state-run activity as sports betting would be controlled by the government, as it happens in many other European Union countries.

According to Prime Minister Edi Rama, upcoming changes – to be enforced as of January 2019 – will limit gambling and generate an extra €700 million in household consumption. However, there’s some opposition from the Democratic Party, which voiced its concern over gambling, and the government, allegedly being linked with organised crime, accusations that have been quickly dismissed by the majority.

 

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Bulgarian Revenue Agency Assumes Power to Regulate Gambling

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The National Revenue Agency (NRA) has officially assumed the power of regulating the gambling industry in Bulgaria. The country’s National Assembly passed a resolution to this effect last month. It replaces the State Commission on Gambling (SCG).

NRA Director Galya Dimitrova, who has the option to nominate a deputy to oversee the regulated gaming market, will be in charge of all proceedings.

The previous licenses will remain valid till they expire. NRA will process license applications and renewals within six months.

SGC was dismantled from the gambling regulation responsibility following several scandals, leading to the resignation of Chairman Alexander Georgiev in February after he was questioned in connection to an investigation into Vasil Bozhkov, owner of Bulgaria’s oldest betting operator, Eurofootball.

The state-owned Sports Totalisator (BST) presently has a monopoly over lottery products in the country.

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Habanero continues rapid growth with SuperSport

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Studio launches with Croatian market leader 

Premium slots and table games provider Habanero is now live with SuperSport, Croatia’s leading operator.

SuperSport’s players can now enjoy all 64 of Habanero’s Croatia-certified games, including Lucky Lucky, Wild Trucks and Hot Hot Fruit, especially popular in a jurisdiction where classic fruit-themed games have established themselves as strong performers.   

The deal further strengthens the supplier’s commercial presence in the territory, following a partnership signed last year with PSK, a prominent online casino run by the renowned regional operator Fortuna Entertainment Group.

Commenting on the deal, Arcangelo Lonoce, European Head of Business Development at Habanero, said: “Croatia is undoubtedly among the most exciting markets in Europe, so we are thrilled to go live with its best-known operator in SuperSport.

“The popular sportsbook has earned a deserved reputation for excellence, so our innovative catalogue of slots and table games fits perfectly with its unique offering.”

Tugomil Cerovečki, Online Casino Manager at SuperSport, “Habanero is becoming one of the most respected suppliers in our industry, boasting a consistently strong track-record with players from across the globe.

“We are delighted to have the provider on board and look forward to cultivating a long and productive commercial relationship.”

 

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Playson to launch slots portfolio with Sesame’s new online casino

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Casino software provider Playson has agreed a deal with Bulgarian gaming group Sesame to supply the company’s new online casino with its content.

With a 20-strong retail estate in locations across the country, the operator is strengthening its position in Bulgaria by launching a new online offering, with Playson’s range of games set to feature prominently.

An assortment of Playson’s hit games will go live with Sesame, including Pearl Beauty: Hold and Win, Solar Temple, Solar Queen, its Funky Fruits portfolio and Timeless Fruit Slots.

The operator’s offering will also be boosted by the addition of Playson’s integration-free engagement tools, which have been demonstrated to significantly increase player retention.

Blanka Homor, Sales Director at Playson, said: “Sesame is a well-respected operator in Bulgaria with highly promising commercial prospects, so we are delighted to have signed this agreement to launch our games with its new online casino.

“With an immersive range of in-game mechanics, inviting themes and engagement tools, our portfolio will undoubtedly be a hit with its players.”

Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Sesame Online said: “Playson is earning a deserved reputation as one of the most dynamic slot providers on today’s market, so we are delighted to partner with the exciting games studio.

“The addition of engaging content such as Playson’s will help us attract new customers by offering fresh and exciting gaming experiences to an ever-expanding fanbase.”

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