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Rating Group’s Survey Reveals 58% of Ukrainians Not in Favour of Gambling Legalisation

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Rating Group’s latest survey has revealed that 58% of the Ukrainians are not in favour of gambling legalisation. However, about 48% said they are fine with the classic numerical lotteries.

Expert Ihor Halytsky charged on the government’s draft bill and said that they are aiming at restricting classical lottery while promoting other forms of gambling.

“Operators of numerical lotteries are already subject to 30% income tax, while they work legally and pay all taxes and fees. At the same time, illegal sites are, in principle, prohibited by law, but they supposedly may operate throughout the transitional period, even more so, for a minimal fee,” Halytsky said.

Recently, Ukraine’s parliament released the full text of the draft gambling bill. The new draft bill calls for legalising igaming, online betting, online poker and retail bookmaking.

To begin with, Ukraine will allow 10 online casino licenses, 10 online betting licenses, and five online poker licenses. On top of these, 80 retail bookmaker licenses will be issued.

There will be 20 casino licenses available only to five-star hotels. The hotels seeking to host a casino should have a minimum of 200 rooms if located in the capital city of Kiev and 150 rooms if it is in any other city.

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FeedConstruct Partners with Belarusian Premier League

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Digital content provider FeedConstruct has partnered with the Belarusian Premier League and secured the right to collect exclusive fast betting data from the matches.

“We are happy to start our cooperation with the Belarusian Premier League. Our collaborative work not only will extend the league’s reach and popularity, but support our network of operators with а first-hand credible sporting data,” George Arabatlian, Head of FeedConstrcut, said.

The partnership guarantees secure and fast delivery of reliable data to licensed sportsbook operators.

The Belarusian Premier League rarely gets a mention in normal circumstances yet it is attracting attention from foreign fans as one of the few places around the globe – and the only place in Europe – where football is still being played.

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Bulgarian Gambling Regulator Suspends Eurofootball Licence

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The Bulgarian State Commission on Gambling has suspended the licence of bookmaker Eurofootball for three months over unpaid taxes.

The commission said that Eurofootball could resume betting activities if it pays 329 million levs ($182.11 million) to the state within three months.

Eurofootball was founded in 1990 and became hugely successful with more than 800 betting shops operating around the country.

The Bulgarian government has been unable to formulate a proper law governing sports betting for some time now. Eurofootball has been the sole bookmaker in the country for many years.

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Evolution Gaming Shuts Down its Studio in Georgia

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Evolution Gaming has temporarily closed its studio in Georgia, following the latest government measures on coronavirus. A large part of its operations will continue through the company’s other studios in Europe.

Evolution’s Tbilisi studio adheres to all guidelines regarding social distancing and the company has also implemented infection prevention measures in the studio.

Evolution Gaming develops, produces, markets and licenses fully-integrated B2B Live Casino solutions to gaming operators. Since its inception in 2006, Evolution has developed into a leading B2B provider with 200+ operators among its customers. Evolution operates studios in 8 locations.

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