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Three Gambling Ways for NZ Government

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Online gambling is one of the most common pass-time activities in New Zealand. There are numerous casino sites that accept punters to access different games and win real money.

Recently, the NZ government launched a public consultation to test public support for regulating modern ways of online gambling. This comes as a result of the rapid technological developments that have been witnessed in the past years. The only operators allowed to offer gambling products online in the country are Lotto NZ and TAB.

However, it’s been noted that most New Zealanders from 15 years are gambling in offshore casinos. This article covers the three gambling ways for the New Zealand government and more.

#1 Way: A Full Legalization

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) was established in 2007 to oversee all forms of gambling and betting activities. Also, they are mandated to ensure that gambling is carried out in a fair and transparent way. Similarly, Spelinspektionen plays the same role in regulating gambling activities in Sweden.

Pros:

  • Anti-Money Laundering: They ensure that online casinos are not used for money laundering. All casino operators must conduct Know Your Customer (KYC) check before releasing any money.
  • Transparent and Fair Gaming: All customers must be treated in a fair and transparent way. The bonuses and promotions offered must have terms and conditions to regulate their use.
  • Responsible Gambling: All gambling sites including bookmakers and New Zealand online casinos must provide tools and advice to ensure that customers enjoy a safe gaming environment. Gamers with problem gambling can also self-exclude by registering at GamStop or Spelpaus.se.

Cons:

  • Application Time: Both licensing authorities have lengthy legal procedures to be followed, meaning the license will take several weeks or months before its ready to use. 
  • License Cost: The cost of acquiring a license from both authorities is relatively high. They check to ensure that the operator has not been involved in any fraud cases, and the casino account has enough money to start operating.

#2 Way: Partly Legalization

Each is allowed to decide whether or not to legalize sports betting in the United States of America. The move legalizes sports betting has been supported by various state lawmakers as well as the Congress. Some of the states where betting on sports is allowed include but not limited to Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, West Virginia, and others.

Pros:

  • Increased Revenue: Legalizing sports betting leads to increased revenue income
  • Employment: online sports betting sites have created employment for many people as well as sponsoring different community projects.

Cons:

  • High License Fee: Some states charge a very high licensing fee of up to $45,000
  • High Percentage Tax: States in the US set a high percentage tax on the revenue of up to 6.5%.

#3 Way: Gambling Monopoly

Several countries around the world like Finland and Canada have state-controlled forms of gambling: both offline and online. For instance, in Finland, there are three bodies responsible for a specific form of gaming; RAY, Veikkaus Oy, and Fintoto Oy. In Canada, the province of Ontario still works under a monopoly system, where the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is the official operator offering iGaming through PlayOGA.ca. 

However, most states controlled sports betting sites are facing competition from foreign operators. That’s why the governments have decided to block oversee operators from providing services to their citizens.

Pros:

  • Successful: State-controlled gambling states have been very successful, and it’s reflected in their annual revenue.
  • Donations: Most state-run gambling monopoly platforms channel their profits to charity and other good causes.

Cons:

  • High Rate of Problem Gambling: There have been increased cases of gambling addiction in most states with monopolized gambling.
  • Competition: State-controlled monopoly gambling sites are facing stiff competition from foreign online casinos. 

Conclusion

What’s the best way to choose? Now that we have seen what the position of each country regarding gambling organizations, it’s easy to suggest the best option to select. Of the three options, I think the method used in the United Kingdom and Sweden is way better than the other. Legalization is not just making money from taxes but also security and safety for players. 

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Patrick Svensk Resigns as Chairman of Betsson

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Patrick Svensk, Chairman of the Board of Betsson AB (publ), has informed the Nomination Committee that he is resigning from Betsson’s Board of Directors and the assignment as Chairman with immediate effect. The Board has appointed Johan Lundberg, currently a member of Betsson’s Board, as the new Chairman.

Patrick Svensk has been a member of Betsson’s Board of Directors since 2005, and Chairman of the Board since 2017. The decision to resign from Betsson’s Board of Directors is based on the fact that the company’s major shareholders have stated that they no longer have full confidence in Patrick Svensk as Chairman of the Board. The lack of full trust is due to how the dismissal of the CEO was handled, which the company communicated in a press release on September 17, 2021.

“It is very sad, and I am sorry that I have disappointed our major owners, but I have done what I thought was best for the company. I am proud of what we have achieved during these years and wish everyone at Betsson great luck in the future,” Patrick Svensk said.

Johan Lundberg, who has been appointed as new Chairman by the Board, has been a member of Betsson’s Board since 2018. Johan Lundberg is the founder of NFT Ventures and a Board Member of Loomis, Svolder and Ölands Bank.

“I would like to extend a warm thank you to Patrick Svensk for his valuable contributions to the Board for almost 17 years. I look forward to continuing the work with the rest of the board to recruit the next generation of international leader to Betsson and at the same time complete the strategic work that is going on with renewal and growth,” Johan Lundberg said.

The Chairman of the Nomination Committee Michael Knutsson has expressed full confidence and support for the remaining Board members and its election of a new Chairman and supports the decision to seek the next generation of international leader for Betsson.

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Holland Casino Expects Gains in H2 2021

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Holland Casino is preparing for recovery after a rough first half of the year, having been forced to close for more than 5 months due to measures taken against the COVID-19 pandemic.

As anticipated by the Dutch state-owned company, the extended closure had a negative impact on its financial results for the first half of the year. But as its 14 branches have been operating again since June 5, the operator now expects to post positive results for the second half of 2021.

Turnover achieved in June shows that Holland Casino will soon be able “to operate in a healthy manner” again. Moreover, after having completed “necessary restructuring,” the company expects to become a more efficient and agile organisation, according to a press statement released on Wednesday.

Turnover for H1 2021 posted a low €28.8 million. Net results for tax purposes amounted to a loss of €64.8 million, compared to a loss of €37.8 million over the same period in 2020, in which the company remained open for several months.

“Although Coronavirus also hit our company head-on in the first half of 2021, notably our anniversary year in which we celebrate 45 years in business, we still look ahead with confidence. All in all, Netherlands was deprived of legal casino offer for almost a year, but now that the measures are disappearing little by little, recovery is in sight,” Erwin van Lambaart, CEO of Holland Casino, said.

“We see bright spots in the potential offer of online games of chance as of October 1, for which we have applied for a license, and the opening of our new world-class casino branches in Venlo and Utrecht,” van Lambaart added.

CFO Ruud Bergervoet considers that having sufficient liquid assets in the past six months was key to the company getting through the difficult period of closure. That, along with the NOW scheme, the deferral of tax payments, strict cost control measures and tight operation management, led to the company being able “to safeguard the continuity” of its operations over the past year and a half.

“The significant tax debt of €190.5 million is offset by a strong liquidity position without bank debt. We are therefore considering paying off this tax debt more quickly if no new Coronavirus measures are introduced and the recovery actually continues. The results after June are promising in that regard,” Bergervoet said.

Despite all branches now being open, certain pandemic measures are still being enforced, and Holland Casino is receiving guests at limited capacity in its gambling venues. The company expects that these measures will be phased out, with the hope to open at full capacity and without restrictions “towards autumn.”

“We are also looking forward to the reintroduction of poker, live bingo and our NXT zones so that gaming can really be experienced together again. We also hope to be able to offer our bars and restaurants after midnight, which currently all close at midnight,” van Lambaart said.

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Singular Signs 100% of Shares to Flutter Entertainment

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Accountancy firms Crowe UK and Partis Capital have partnered to advise the shareholders of B2B software development company Singular on the sale of its business to Flutter Entertainment.

Singular will sign over 100% of its shares to operator giant Flutter and is the latest company to emerge from the partnership between Crowe and Partis, which provides a combination of M&A expertise and market access; aiding enterprises in the gaming sector with full support on all M&A advisory services.

Darko Gacov, Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer of Singular, said: “This deal is a huge recognition of Singular and what we managed to build and it furthermore sets the foundation of an exciting next chapter. We look forward to exploring new challenges and opportunities, now being a part of the largest online betting and gaming company in the world.

“Working with Crowe UK, Partis Capital and DWF on the deal has been a really rewarding experience and their help and guidance throughout the process was invaluable in achieving an excellent outcome for the shareholders.”

Justin Edgar, Director at DWF, and Partner Edon Byrnes led the team who advised any legal aspects of the sale to the shareholders on the decision.

Partis Partners, Dan Beard and Stefan Hamann said: “The Crowe and Partis team have had the honour to support the strategic development of Singular over the past few years. It became apparent early in our collaboration that the Singular team had developed an industry-unique iGaming solution that created tremendous value for operators. We congratulate the Flutter and Singular teams on having the foresight to take advantage of this opportunity to create a very powerful partnership.”

Matteo Timpani, Corporate Finance Partner of Crowe UK, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to support the Singular team throughout this transaction which represents another iGaming deal delivered by Crowe and Partis.

“The company and culture that the Singular shareholders managed to create is an amazing achievement. We look forward to watching both Singular and Flutter flourish following this important strategic acquisition and wish them every success in the future.”

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