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Things to Know Before Gambling Online

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Online casinos are revolutionizing the gambling world. They’ve become very popular over the last few years. Although they are reaching peak status during these times, casino sites are not new to the market. The first sites like them appeared back in 1994. Microgaming is the company that created the first software for online casinos that year and then they created the first mobile casino software in 2004.

At first, online casinos weren’t popular because people didn’t trust them. Safety and fair-play were some of the issues that the sites had to deal with, apart from the domination of the land-based casinos. As you can see now, all of that is changed. Statistics show that online casinos have an $80 billion annual revenue, and that number is expected to top $100 billion by 2024. In Europe, the best market for online casinos is the United Kingdom.

Since this type of gambling is so popular these days, we decided to explain some things that you need to know before making your first wager at these sites.

Is It Allowed in Your Country?

Logically, gambling restricted in many countries in the world. Some of them allow gambling at land-based casinos but hold a restriction for online gambling. Some European countries where gambling online is restricted are Greece, Turkey, the Netherlands, and Albania.

The problem with the restrictions is that governments have trouble regulating these activities. There are many ways to hide your IP address and make it seem like you are accessing online casinos from another country. Governments are yet to respond to this problem.

Is the Site Licenced?

This is a key factor to check if you want to know whether the site is eligible to play or not. Every country that legalized online gambling has commissions that issue licences and regulate online casinos. If the casino sites are licenced by some legitimate and real commission, then you are safe to play games and leave your account information.

Profits Have Processing Times up to Several Days

Usually, every winning has a processing time of 2-3 days. The money goes through numerous verification processes to make sure that everything is legal. But, the processing time can vary, depending on the chosen method of withdrawal.

This is completely normal, but the waiting time sometimes can be as long as 2 weeks, which is a bit long for someone impatient. Nevertheless, this is a standard procedure because online casinos want the money to be transferred to the right person.

It Has Advantages over Land-Based Casinos

Let’s explain how people started to favour online casinos over land-based ones. For starters, online casinos are the front in the battle against theft and corruption. They invested a lot of money in the latest SSL-encryptions and Random Number Generators to make their sites safe to play and give every player an equal chance of winning.

They are also easily accessible – all you need is a computer/phone with a stable Internet connection. You can enjoy the best casino games in the comfort of your home or any other place. To make things even better, their services are available 24/7.

Online casinos also have tons of promotions in store for every player. Free games, bonus on winnings, Welcome Offers for new players, Loyalty Programs for the more loyal players, etc. In short, they are keen to reward the people who play on their sites in every way possible.

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DAZN Appoints Brice Daumin as CEO of French and Swiss Operations

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DAZN Group, the world’s leading sports streaming service, announced the appointment of Brice Daumin as CEO of its French and Swiss operations. Daumin will oversee DAZN’s growth strategy in France, using his experience and knowledge of the French market garnered over 25 plus years in the French media and telecoms industries.

The move further underlines DAZN’s commitment to France after its launch in August 2023. DAZN brings its French subscribers the best of combat sports including a weekly schedule of top-quality boxing, MMA with the Professional Fighters League and PFL Europe featuring world-class fighters such as Francis Ngannou and Cédric Doumbé, huge PPV boxing line-ups featuring Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, such as “Day of Reckoning”. DAZN also brings its customers top-tier football including Ligue 1 Uber Eats, and the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

DAZN has also delivered a distribution strategy, striking deals with prominent telco and cable operators, to ensure as many French sports fans can access DAZN’s compelling catalogue of premium live sports content, magazine programming, archive and other sports entertainment products. Daumin will report directly to Alice Mascia, whose group responsibilities include her roles as Group Chief Marketing Officer and CEO of DACH.

Shay Segev, CEO of DAZN Group, said: “DAZN’s global sports offering expanded into France last year and we’re excited to announce that Brice Daumin is joining our team to help us grow in this evolving market. With his extensive in-market experience across our strategic imperatives – customer focus, commercial development, and distribution – Brice will play a key role in our long-term development in France. This is a clear statement of DAZN’s commitment to France and our ambition to continue growing in this exciting sports entertainment market.”

Brice Daumin, CEO of DAZN France, said: “This was an easy decision for me to make. DAZN has already demonstrated its offer right across Europe, with its operations in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Working with the biggest rights holder, in local markets and on a global level, DAZN delivers a fantastic service in a way that works for fans and rights holders. The opportunities for further growth in France are clear, especially when you look at the expanding range of sports entertainment products DAZN is creating – e-commerce, ticketing, social experiences and gaming. The French sports fan is ready for a new experience, one that DAZN will deliver.”

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Betsson Acquires Gaming Operator and Game Developer in the Netherlands

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Betsson announced that the Group has acquired Holland Gaming Technology Ltd, a gaming operator with a license in the Netherlands, and Holland Power Gaming B.V., a game studio that develops casino games for Holland Gaming Technology Ltd. The total consideration amounts to EUR 27.5 million on a cash- and debt-free basis and is financed with own liquid assets.

Holland Gaming Technology Ltd is a gaming operator, which holds a gaming license for casino games in the Netherlands and offers games through the websites www.goldruncasino.nl and www.goldruncasino .com.

Holland Power Gaming B.V. is a game development company in the Netherlands that supplies casino games exclusively for Holland Gaming Technology Ltd.

The total consideration amounts to EUR 27.5 million, out of which EUR 16 million is paid upfront at closing, and deferred payments of EUR 9 million and EUR 2.5 million will be paid in six months and twelve months respectively.

The acquisition will over time contribute to a higher share of revenue from locally regulated markets and is in line with Betsson’s strategic ambition to deliver profitable growth through geographic expansion.

The acquisition is subject to post-closing approval by the Dutch gambling regulator KSA.

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IGT Earns Gold Medal from Leading Sustainability Rating Agency EcoVadis

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International Game Technology PLC announced that it has earned a gold medal sustainability rating from EcoVadis, a leading provider of business sustainability ratings. This gold medal rating positions IGT among the top five percent of global companies assessed by EcoVadis for its comprehensive sustainable business practices. IGT scored particularly well in the areas of environment, ethics and sustainable procurement.

IGT’s sustainability programme was assessed under the EcoVadis criteria using 21 benchmarks within the categories of environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. EcoVadis methodically evaluates environmental, social and ethical performance using these international sustainability standards for more than 85,000 companies worldwide.

“Receiving a gold medal from EcoVadis validates IGT’s long-time commitment to continuously improving our ESG results and the effectiveness of our Sustainable Play initiatives. IGT will leverage the gold medal honor from EcoVadis as inspiration for enhanced sustainability innovation and performance, as we help contribute to a more sustainable future for our business and stakeholders,” said Wendy Montgomery, IGT SVP Marketing, Communications and Sustainability.

EcoVadis’ business sustainability ratings are based on international sustainability standards such as the Ten Principles of the UN Global Company, the International Labour Organisation conventions, the Global Reporting Initiative standards and the ISO 26000 standard. The ratings provide an evidenced-based analysis on performance and an actional roadmap for continuous improvement.

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