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Turkey initiates massive illegal online gambling hunt

Niji Ng

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The government of Turkey has started a nationwide illegal online gambling crackdown, even as its search for a new technology partner for the functioning of state-run sports betting is on.

The Cybercrime Division Branch of the Istanbul Security Directorate conducted simultaneous raids across 40 provinces. As many as 5000 police officers were involved in the raids, which resulted in the arrest of 394 individuals. The police arrested 207 persons from Istanbul alone.

The raids were conducted after it was found that a number of companies that ostensibly doing other businesses such as cosmetics, food and travel were actually involved in illegal gambling operations. It was also found that these companies conducted wagers worth TRY3.5b (US$671m) through a total of 4,345 local bank accounts. The raids have so far resulted in the seizure of TRL42m, $94k and €133k.

The nabbed persons could receive stiff fines and likely prison sentences, as Turkey has stringent anti-gambling laws. According to the Turkish law, gambling outside the state-run SportToto (sports betting) and Milli Piyango (lottery) operations are prohibited. But it is estimated that Turkish gamblers continue to wager around $11.4b each year via unauthorised channels.

Niji 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. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Breaking News: Dutch Senate votes to legalize online gambling

Zoltan Tundik

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The Netherlands Senate voted today in favor of the country’s long-awaited online gaming legislation, which was approved by the House of Representatives back in 2014.

The new regulatory regime will allow operators to secure online sports betting and casino gaming licenses to serve Dutch consumers, subject to secondary legislation that is yet to be submitted for European Commission approval.

Today, the Dutch Senate voted in favor of legislation to legalize internet-based gambling, clearing the way for foreign and Dutch firms to apply for licenses.

On Monday, the Financieele Dagblad said some 300 companies have expressed interest in running a gambling website in the Netherlands and about 50 are expected to make a formal application for a license when they are up for grabs next year. Tuesday’s vote comes two years after the lower house voted in favor of allowing third parties to legally offer online gambling.

Holland Casino is the Netherlands’ only state-regulated gambling establishment but foreign firms widely flout the ban and continue to target Dutch punters.

The two Christian parties in the ruling coalition voted against the legislation. They claim allowing more companies to offer online betting will lead to more problems with addiction.

Source: DutchNews.nl

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Green light for ORYX’s integration with Mr Green

George Miller

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ORYX Gaming, a Bragg Gaming Group company, has gone live with Mr Green and has integrated its world-renowned casino titles onto the platform.

The start of the year has been incredibly busy for ORYX and this latest content agreement with Mr Green is a significant one for the business. Under the terms, ORYX has integrated a full library of proprietary games, its portfolio of Aggregator games and a strong selection of premium games from Gamomat, Kalamba, Golden Hero and Givme Games.

Mr Green is famed as a leading gambling company that offers online casino, Sportsbook, Live Casino, Bingo, and Keno. The company is licensed in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Malta, Italy, and holds a sportsbook license in Ireland. Recent survey results showed Mr Green as the fifth most well-known brand in Sweden, with a significant European presence. In January 2019, Mr Green was acquired by one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies William Hill PLC.

At the end of 2018 ORYX was acquired by Bragg Gaming Group, a next generation gaming group that focuses on the newly emerging area of legalized U.S. sports betting.

“Adding our casino content to the Mr Green platform is a major step for ORYX and we expect big results from the deal as we move through 2019,” said Matevz Mazij, CEO of ORYX Gaming CEO. “I strongly believe our portfolio of games is a perfect match with its player base and we look forward to a successful partnership.”

Antoine Bonello, Chief Operating Officer at Mr. Green added: “ORYX will give us the opportunity to expand our current content portfolio, adding specific content that we know has a strong appeal in some of our key markets. This is aligned with our strategy to provide a  customer proposition with a localized twist, taking into consideration the insights from focused market research and customer feedback from specific regions”.

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Synot Secures iSoftBet Deal

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With major expansion plans for the year after acquiring the MGA license, SYNOT has signed agreement with a major platform and online gaming supplier iSoftBet.

Based on the agreement, our games are to be integrated into iSoftBet’s unique Game Aggregation Platform (GAP), allowing us to go live with several Europe’s leading operators.

GAP provides a flexible and straightforward content aggregation technology. Its impressive library now provides 2000+ unique games from 50+ providers, enabling operators to acquire each delivery of content in a single integration.

Our extensive portfolio now includes more than 35 cutting-edge slots and roulettes, becoming widely popular in online casinos throughout Europe. Integration with iSoftbet will further expand our market presence with our popular titles including Alchemist’s Gold, Book of Secrets, Mysterious Atlantis or Respin Joker and many others.

Ivan Kodaj, the CEO of SYNOT Games adds: „Striking the deal with iSoftBet has a special significance as we get to become a part of a highly influential igaming family. iSoftBet is one of the most licensed aggregation platforms and suppliers, currently serving 12 regulated markets which is our key target this year. Thanks to their seamless integration process we can now easily deliver our product to the players, who I am sure will love our games.“

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