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Denmark’s Danske Spil to Launch ID Verification Card for its Retail Network

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Danske Spil, the national lottery in Denmark, is going to introduce ID verification card for its retail network, to ensure that minors and those looking to launder money cannot access its products. More than 3000 vendors will now require individuals to show their cards before they can gamble.

“Danske Spil is Denmark’s gaming company, and we will not tolerate uncertainty as to whether our offering is in the hands of our children and young people or abused to launder illegal money. We already carry out extensive checks on betting in kiosks and working closely with the back office police to track down suspicious people who might have criminal intent, but we can’t live with the doubt as to whether a criminal goes under our radar,” Susanne Mørch Koch, Chief Executive of Danske Spil said.

Koch said that stamping out underage play has been a particular focus for Danske Spil for some time.

“In Danske Spil we will only take bets from adults. Compliance with age limits has long been a priority for us, and with the playing card we have an important and powerful tool in hand. Gambling is for adults and not for children,” Koch said.

Koch noted that the introduction of the card will likely harm profits, but said the trade-off for greater protection of children and prevention of money laundering was worth the cost.

“It is not possible to accurately calculate the negative consequence of introducing the game card. It is to be expected that some spontaneous players will go away and that it will cost us a significant three-digit million on our turnover at least in the short run. We have to take that write-down simply because we do not want to accept the alternative,” Koch said.

Lottery games will not require the card, as Danske Spil said that they are not associated with money laundering. The card will be available in both physical and electronic forms and Danske Spil expects it to be ready by 2020.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – July 27-August 2

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! It was again an eventful week at the USA, despite the still-active virus attack.

Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, financial results and new partnerships. Read on and get updated.

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Unibet, part of the Kindred Group, has officially entered into the Indiana Sports Betting Market. Unibet is now available to bettors in the Hoosier State, adding to Indiana’s already impressive sports betting landscape.

Online casino and sports betting operator Rush Street Interactive (RSI) and blank-check company dMY Technology Group have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. As a result of the transaction, RSI will become a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Financial Results

Newgioco Group has announced its operating and financial results for the first quarter of 2020. The Company reported a strong quarter in spite of global economic difficulties and shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Newgioco reported a year over year increase in revenue from $9.3 million to $10.2 million generated from $116 million in turnover (betting handle) during Q1 2020 which represents an increase in revenue of 9.8% over Q1 2019.

Partnerships

FanDuel Group has entered into a multifaceted, betting-focused partnership with The Ringer. As part of the deal, FanDuel has been designated the exclusive sportsbook, racing and fantasy sports partner of the multimedia sports and pop culture content hub created by Bill Simmons.

Transaction technologies supplier JCM Global has entered into a partnership agreement with Cash Processing Solutions which enables JCM to supply advanced high-speed count/sort equipment and cash management software in North America.

Global Payments Gaming Solutions, a division of Global Payments, has announced that Wynn Resorts has implemented its suite of igaming solutions for use in the New Jersey online gaming market. Through Global’s igaming solutions, Wynn Resorts can enable a multi-channel approach, with an online casino and sports betting.

Acquisitions

Mozzart, one of the leading sports betting and gaming companies in Eastern Europe, has acquired Meridianbet, the betting firm licensed by Colombian regulator Coljuegos since 2018. Meridianbet has been rebranded as Mozzartbet.

HeadsUp Entertainment International Inc has entered into the final stage of negotiations to acquire a licensed online sportsbook and online casino platform. HeadsUp revealed that is in the final stages of a deal to acquire between 50% and 100% of shares of the company, which has processed over $110m in wagers and reported over $5.2m in revenue in the past four years.

Soo Kim, the co-founder of hedge-fund giant Standard General, has scooped up three casinos on the cheap since the pandemic struck in March. The three acquired casinos are Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, Eldorado’s namesake property in Shreveport and Eldorado’s Montbleu in Lake Tahoe.

New Launching

Video Gaming Technologies (VGT) has launched its first-ever The Hunt for Neptune’s Gold lounge at Osage Casino Hotel, Tulsa on July 31. The 1100 square foot gaming space is adjacent to the hotel lobby and offers 32 of The Hunt for Neptune’s Gold games on the Helix XT cabinet.

Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced that it will launch its BetAmerica sports betting and iGaming platform in Michigan through a partnership with the Hannahville Indian Community.

Compliance

Las Vegas-based GameCo LLC has received a Casino Service Industry Enterprise License from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The company is now able to bring its diverse portfolio of esports betting, skill-based iGaming and Video Game Gambling products to casinos and sportsbooks in New Jersey.

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Scottish Casinos and Bingo Halls Set to Reopen on August 24

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the country’s casinos and bingo halls are provisionally set to reopen on August 24. Scotland is currently implementing phase three of its four-stage plan to ease restrictions that are in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Scotland’s 11 casinos, which employ around 800 people, have also gone above and beyond what is required to ensure their venues are COVID-secure. They include Perspex screens, hand sanitisation equipment, track and tracing mechanisms and social distancing measures.

Michael Dugher, chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, said: “We are delighted that casinos and bingo halls in Scotland have finally been given a date to re-open.

“They have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring the safety of their staff and customers, and it’s great that this has been recognised by the Scottish Government.

“We’re already looking forward to casinos in England opening their doors again this weekend, and I hope that their Welsh colleagues will soon be receiving the same good news.

“I’m also very pleased that the Scottish Government has listened to our concerns about betting shops having to switch off their gaming machines. It’s great that they will be back on again from 24 August.”

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Klirr Pay N Play Casino Set to Go Live This September

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Klirr.com, a pure new Trustly Pay N Play casino brand, is set to go live this September. The new iGaming venue is entirely localised for and will attract players from Finland and Sweden, two of Scandinavia’s most lucrative markets.

Klirr will be going live with a relatively rich catalogue of gaming titles from some of the finest game creators and suppliers in the industry.

The new online casino will give its players access to more than 1000 games from the likes of Big Time Gaming, Kalamba Games, NetEnt, Red Tiger, Evolution Gaming, Relax Gaming, Stakelogic and more when it goes live this coming September. Slots, table games and live casino titles will be included in games to become available.

Powered by the iGaming platform of The Mill Adventure, Klirr has been developed with a focus on web, promising gaming experience for “snappy” players. The website will provide help via email and live chat 24/7.

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