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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.

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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Swedish Court Reduces Casino Cosmopol’s AML Penalty

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Sweden’s Administrative Court has reduced the penalty issued to Casino Cosmopol in 2018 from SEK8m to SEK3m.

The fine was issued by Lotteriinspektionen in relation to systematic deficiencies in Casino Cosmopol’s policies related to money laundering and terrorist financing in November 2018.

Casino Cosmopol submitted an appeal against this in December 2018, which was heard in Sweden’s Administrative Court last week. The hearing found that while the court agreed that the casino had breached its licence conditions, there should be a reduction in the penalty fee paid.

In response to the ruling, Lotteriinspektionen has said it will consider launching an appeal of its own against the Administrative Court decision.

“Casino Cosmopol AB has applied for a license to operate games when the new Gaming Act comes into force at the turn of the year. The Lottery Inspectorate has now informed Casino Cosmopol that they need to supplement their application with a description of the measures planned to comply with the money laundering regulations,” the regulator said.

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Analysts Predict Decline in Macau’s Casino Revenue for Q4 2019

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Analysts have predicted a decline in Macau’s casino revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019. Financial giant Morgan Stanley said that casino gross gaming revenue (GGR) is likely to be down every month of Q4 in Macau.

Analysts Praven Choudhary, Thomas Allen and Gareth Leung said that October GGR would be 6% down year-on-year. November and December would both register a 9% decline year-on-year, ending Q4 on a bad note.

“We expect Q4 revenue growth for both mass and VIP to decelerate compared to the first nine months in Macau. Driven by high [2018] base, lower [tally of] overnight visitors and general economic slowdown,” the analysts said.

The Morgan Stanley analysts also said that they expect third-quarter property EBITDA to be down 1%. “Also weaker than seasonality of an 8% increase quarter-on-quarter,” they said.

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GAN Partners with Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

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GAN plc has partnered with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. As per the deal, GAN will supply its Simulated Gaming software to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians owns and operates three locations: Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage and Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs. The agreement with GAN will enable the Client to provide an expanded suite of online gaming and services throughout the region and beyond.

“We are enormously privileged to bring one of America’s largest and most vibrant Native American casino resort operators online with our Simulated Gaming solution. Southern California is a significant regional US gaming market, with the largest population concentration in the US, reinforcing GAN’s market position as the leading B2B enterprise software solution provider to ‘brick and mortar’ US casinos,” Jeff Berman, CCO of GAN said.

“We selected GAN for its proven success in helping casino properties launch online gaming and for its ability to embed our on-property rewards programme into an online experience. Equipped with GAN’s Simulated Gaming, we will now introduce our casino properties online to a wider audience of casino enthusiasts located in adjacent regional markets,” Bill Oliver, CIO of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians said.

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