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Danish government introduces new social responsibility controls for gambling

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The Danish government has proposed new social responsibility controls on licensed gambling companies, with a focus on improving player protection standards in the market.

The government issued draft executive order, which puts in place a number of new requirements on operators, such as mandatory deposit limits, and a requirement for problem gambling support resources to be prominently displayed.

The most notable controls are on sales promotions, bringing in limits on how operators can market offers to players, and restrictions on the sums that may be offered.

These constraints on sales promotions are clearly spelt out, with operators required to immediately award any money on offer to players when these conditions are met.

The following are the other controls:

Players must be required to deposit no more than DKK1,000 (£120.7/€133.9/$154.3), and no sum above this amount may be offered through the promotion. Wagering requirements must not exceed more than 10 times the players’ stake. Any money won through the promotion must not be subject to any such requirements.

Players must be given at least 60 days to fulfil the terms of a promotion, and no offer can be tailored to a single player—at least 100 players must be targeted with the same offer.

The social responsibility controls will see operators required to display links to country’s problem gambling helpline and self-exclusion system ROFUS on their website or user interface at all times. They must also place a link to their licence from the country’s regulator Spillemyndigheden on the upper left or right-hand corner of each web page.

Licensees must also have all players set weekly, daily or monthly deposit limits before they are permitted to start gambling. Operators will also be required to familiarise themselves with each players’ gambling habits, to ensure they can quickly flag any potential problems as soon as they arise.

All information on player’s behaviour, as well as a risk assessment, must be kept on file for at least five years. Licensees will also be required by law to develop internal rules and processes for responsible gambling, as well as train staff to ensure all employees are familiar with these processes.

Rules for self-exclusion have also been tightened, with the regulator required to determine the periods for which players can block access from gambling. Those that self-exclude are to be added to a centralised database, which will be available to all licensees, and have the option to be removed from this list from seven days—and up to 30 days—after requesting they be added.

Operators must check the self-exclusion register before allowing any player to sign up for their services. Before any player receives marketing materials from an operator, the licensee must check the self-exclusion register.

All marketing materials must also include an age restriction, as well as links to ROFUS, the problem gambling helpline and clearly show that the operator in question is licensed by Spillemyndigheden.

The proposals have been put to the iGaming industry for consultation, with submissions accepted until February 4.

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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BetBright closes UK operations

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BetBright has closed its operations in the UK by selling its entire technology stack and assets to 888 Holdings for €15 million. The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) approved the move and termed it as the right step as there was a strong chance of going into insolvent liquidation if the company remained operational.

BetBright will refund all pending payments and winnings in 30 days’ time.

The gambling commission confirmed that it had been overseeing the company and that there was a “very real possibility of going into insolvent liquidation if it remained open,” resulting in customers receiving no winnings and no refunds on stakes which had been placed.

“This was a significant risk for BetBright’s customers and therefore we are content that the return of stakes, as part of an orderly closure of the business, is the best option available for the vast majority of customers in what is an unusual and difficult situation,” explained the UKGC.

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A new Ireland trust to collect funds from bookmakers to support gambling addiction research

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The Ireland-based Gambling Awareness Trust will raise funds from bookmakers to support gambling addiction research and counselling services.

The Irish Bookmakers Association will donate €1 million a year to help a newly established body to tackle problem gambling and gambling addiction in the country, local news outlet the Independent reports.

The Gambling Awareness Trust was formed just recently and aims to raise funds for research into problems caused by excessive gambling and information campaigns. The new body will also help finance agencies that provide counselling and related services.

Former Irish Junior Agriculture Minister Tom Hayes will chair the trust. Its board will not have a representative from the Irish Bookmakers Association, it became known. An official announcement about the body is yet to be released.

News about the new Gambling Awareness Trust emerged amid growing criticism towards the Irish government, which has been delaying the adoption of a bill that aims to re-organise and regulate the local gambling market for six years now.

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Czech gambling investment groups KKCG and EMMA Capital decide to split on SAZKA

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Czech gambling investment groups KKCG and EMMA Capital decide to split on SAZKA
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Czech gambling investment companies KKCG and EMMA Capital have agreed up on splitting their share holdings of SAZKA Group.

According to the agreement, KKCG, owned by investor Karel Komarek, will get the following: full ownership of SAZKA Group, the biggest shareholder position in Greek betting firm OPAP, and the shares it holds in its Czech lottery unit, as well as OPAP, Italy’s LOTTOITALIA and Casinos Austria.

EMMA Capital, the investment group of investor Jiri Smejc, will now own SAZKA’s shares in Croatian sportsbook company SuperSport and financial compensation of several hundred million euros. SAZKA Group had previously announced that it was looking at an initial public offering in London to help fund growth in Europe and both Karel Komarek and Jiri Smejc have confirmed such a move is still on the table.

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