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Vietnamese court sentences two ex-police generals for gambling

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A court in northern Vietnam on Friday has sentences two former police generals to jail term for protecting a multimillion-dollar illegal online gambling ring.

Former national police chief Phan Van Vinh and former head of hi-tech crimes police department Nguyen Thanh Hoa have been slapped with imprisonment for nine and ten years, respectively by the People’s Court in Phu Tho province.

Two gambling ring leaders, Nguyen Van Duong, former chairman of the private company CNC, and Phan San Nam, former chairman of VTC Online joint stock company, were also sentenced to 10 and 5 years, respectively.

The ring had functioned from April 2015 till August 2017. The ring allegedly made $200 million in illegal profits, according to the government.

“Vinh’s acts have caused discontent among the public, reduced the reputation of the police force and people’s trust,” state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted the verdict as saying. “Vinh had intentionally covered up the crimes committed by Duong and his accomplices.”

Vinh, who was general director of the General Department of Police under the Ministry of Public Security until his retirement two years ago, was arrested in July while Hoa was arrested a month earlier. Following their arrests, the ministry stripped both men of their ranks.

The two allowed CNC company to rent an office from the General Department of Police, which indirectly facilitated the crimes and hindered their staff and other agencies in investigating the gambling ring, the verdict said.

During the hearing, prosecutors quoted Duong as telling police investigators that he bribed Vinh with $2.8 million, a $7,000 Rolex watch and gave Hoa $936,000, state media reported.

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PAGCOR Considers Allowing Casinos to Operate Online Gambling

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The Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) has confirmed that it is considering a proposal to allow online gambling in casinos.

The regulator said it has received requests from operators to allow online bets from known patrons in order to reduce the financial impact of pandemic-related restrictions.

PAGCOR said the departments involved are currently conducting studies on the proposals.

The regulator is already evaluating the legalisation of streaming sabong events in authorised arenas.

An industry source said the change was likely to be made soon but only for Philippine clients.

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The Game Awards Expands Streaming and Broadcast Footprint in India

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Today, The Game Awards, the world’s biggest celebration of video game culture, announced a significant expansion of its live distribution plans in India for its the 2020 gala broadcast, airing live on Thursday, December 10.

The Game Awards will air live on television on MTV India, in addition to streaming live and free across OTT platforms including Disney+/Hotstar, Viacom’s VOOT, Reliance’s JioTV, Airtel and MX Player. These distribution points are in addition to continued free availability of the show on platforms such as Facebook, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube, where an exclusive Hindi co-stream of the show will air in partnership with NODWIN Gaming.

These new livestream partners in India join a slate of more than 45 global digital networks that will stream The Game Awards live and free around the world. Additional distribution partners will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We’re thrilled to grow our distribution in India with an incredible group of partners that share our view that gaming is a universal language that challenges, inspires, entertains and ultimately unites cultures,” said Geoff Keighley, creator, The Game Awards.

The Game Awards partnered with NODWIN Gaming to manage the distribution deals in India. Speaking about the partnership, Akshat Rathee, co-founder and Managing Director of NODWIN Gaming said, “The Game Awards have always been the epitome of our industry. A true celebration of our art form. This COVID year, we all know that gaming has done well and NODWIN is proud to bring The Game Awards back to India. With the strong backing of MTV on linear TV and Airtel Xstream, Hotstar, Jio, Voot and MXPlayer, we can positively say that this will be the first time that The Game Awards will reach more than 100 million Indians on their most preferred TV channels and OTT platforms. We look forward to celebrating our love for gaming with everyone across the country”

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TransAct to Supply Printing Products to Hoiana Suncity

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Hoiana Suncity has chosen two TransAct products, the Epic 950 for ticket-in, ticket-out (TITO) in the casino’s 300 slot machines and the Epic Edge TT printer for cash desk applications.

“We could not be more excited about partnering with Hoiana Suncity to support their gaming floor and entertainment efforts at this new state-of-the-art integrated resort. For over 15 years, our industry-leading Epic printers have offered time-tested reliability, minimizing down time and thus maximizing player time on machines. We look forward to working with yet another fantastic client and are excited for future opportunities to expand our relationship,” Bart C. Shuldman, Chairman and CEO of TransAct Technologies, said.

“Our choice of TransAct’s Epic family of printers for our casino floor and cash desk operations was driven by the combination of their excellent reputation for reliability as well as the newest most advanced features. The Epic 950 and Epic Edge printers deliver proven performance that is enhanced by TransAct’s personalized customer service and support. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with TransAct,” Alex Khoo, General Manager of Casino at Hoiana Suncity Resort, said.

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