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UKGC asks gambling companies to tackle money laundering

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The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has strengthened its stance against money laundering and urged gambling companies to step up the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing. The regulator asked the companies to strictly adhere to the clauses in Gambling Act 2005, which states the principles licensees are subject to when operating in the UK.

“Using the money in casinos, regardless of the amount, that is the proceeds of any crime, can amount to money laundering if the person using or taking the money knows or suspects that it is the proceeds of crime,“ the Commission writes in its document “The prevention of money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism: Guidance for remote and non-remote casinos. Money-laundering offences can be committed by both the customer and casino employees, depending on their respective levels of knowledge or suspicion.”

Regarding operators’ responsibilities, the UKGC quoted the three licensing principals they must uphold as required by the Gambling Act 2005: “To prevent gambling from becoming a source of crime or disorder; that no operator can be associated with criminal activities; ensuring that no operator’s business structures or products can become a mechanism for supporting crime.”

“Senior management must be fully engaged in the processes for a casino operator’s assessment of risks for money laundering and terrorist financing and must be involved at every level of the decision making to develop the operator’s policies and processes to comply with the Regulations,” the Commission stated and warned: “Disregard for the legal requirements, for example, turning a blind eye to customers spending criminal proceeds, may result in criminal or regulatory action.”

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GAMING1 rolls the dice with Banca Francesa

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Leading gaming and sports betting partner GAMING1 has released the first ever worldwide online iteration of the classic dice game, Banca Francesa.

In development for more than a year, the engaging SRIJ-licenced title is already among the best-performing games in the Portuguese market following its exclusive launch with ESCONLINE.PT in April 2020.

The time-honoured Iberian dice game sees three participants (the ‘taxman’, the ‘player’ and a dealer traditionally referred to as the ‘horn’) gather round a semi-circular table to bet on three possible outcomes.

GAMING1’s pioneering online version features an engrossing 3D background, smooth gameplay and an authentic soundtrack to provide an original casino experience while land-based outlets remain shut.

In addition to its celebrated in-house gaming suite, the company currently operates more than 20 online gaming brands with land-based partner operators in Spain, Portugal, France, Serbia, Peru and Colombia.

Sylvain Boniver, GAMING1’s COO and Co-Founder, said: “Players searching for an authentic casino experience need look no further because Banca Francesa, our latest hit game created exclusively for ESCONLINE.PT, delivers exactly that with an innovative twist.

“The immersive title makes for a strong addition to our premium quality gaming catalogue as we continue to expand into new regulated markets across the globe.”

Rui Magalhães, Estoril Sol Digital’s CEO added: “We’ve worked in partnership with GAMING1 for a number of years now and Banca Francesa has performed incredibly strongly since launching exclusively on ESCONLINE.PT last month.

“It’s our top performing game and players clearly love it, so we’re thrilled it has proven to be such a big hit, especially as it’s the world’s first online version of Portugal’s most loved dice game. Exclusive content is a key part of our strategy and games like Banca Francesa are the reason why.”

 

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Greentube live with Mozzartbet in Romania

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Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has extended its successful partnership with Mozzartbet by launching its premium games library with the operator in Romania.

Mozzartbet’s Romanian customers now have access to Greentube’s extensive games portfolio, including popular titles from the NOVOMATIC “Classics” series. Iconic online slots such as Sizzling HotTM deluxe, Book of RaTM  deluxe, Lucky Lady’s CharmTM deluxe, Dolphin’s PearlTM deluxe and Plenty on TwentyTM  have initially gone live as part of the extended deal, next to newly launched content which is tailored for local players.

The new market launch is the latest in a long-standing partnership between Greentube and Mozzart Group with the supplier’s premium content already proven hugely successful with the operator’s customers in several countries, including Croatia and Serbia, amongst others.

Michael Bauer, CFO/CGO of Greentube, said: “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Mozzart Group and to launch our content with their online brand in yet another thriving market. Strengthening our partnership with Mozzart will bolster our position as a leading content supplier in Romania, where our games have been very popular with local players since we entered the online market in 2016.”

Miloš Ranđić, Director of the Online Casino department at Mozzartbet, said: “Following our successful collaboration with Greentube in several key markets, we are excited to have launched their portfolio in Romania where we are certain their popular and well-known titles will help us further grow our loyal customer base.”

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Blueprint Gaming’s King Kong Cash returns with Jackpot King integration

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Blueprint Gaming’s iconic release King Kong Cash is back and better than ever after becoming the latest addition to the slot developer’s ever-growing Jackpot King series.

The hugely popular game, which was first launched in 2016, now has an extra layer of excitement to its classic gameplay, giving players the opportunity of triggering entry to the progressive jackpot system and win big from the Wheel King.

All the features from the original 5×3 slot remain, which is packed with bonus rounds and modifiers. Three or more Kong Bonus symbols activates one of five bonus games, including Golden Kong Free Spins, Empire Free Spins and King Kong Trail.

The sleepy Kong can awaken randomly during any spin, initiating one of five monkey modifiers, including Banana Cannon Wilds, Golden Barrel Super Spins and King Kong Spin Streak.

This latest addition follows strong demand from operators and players for the inclusion of the main Jackpot King prize and supporting ‘must be won by’ Regal and Royal pots, enabling the slot to reach a wider audience. Blueprint will continue to deliver more games to its Jackpot King suite, including the eagerly anticipated arrival of Sausage Party™ later this year.

Jo Purvis, Director of Marketing and Relationships at Blueprint Gaming, said: “The reel king has swung into the Jackpot King series, much to the delight of our operating partners and loyal fanbase.

“King Kong Cash has become a fans’ favourite ever since it was launched four years ago and the addition of the three huge cash pots is set to make this classic slot even more appealing to players who have missed its charms so far.”

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