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French Online Gaming Revenue Grows 22% in Q1 2020

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French regulator ARJEL has published the Q1 2020 results. According to the figures released by the regulator, online gaming revenue for Q1 2020 grew 22% year-on-year. Gross gaming revenue (GGR) up to 31 March rose to €435m ($491.9m). Poker amounted for 23% of total GGR, up 4%, while sports betting represented 60%, down 2%.

Poker GGR grew 44% to a record €98m, with nearly 30% of revenue generated in the last two weeks of the quarter after the suspension of live sport, which saw poker activity rise 180%. Weekly average players also grew, increasing 37% to 374,000.

Sports betting GGR rose 18% to €263m; however, wagers were down 4% to €1.22bn, the first decline in nine years, which was due to French Ligue 1 and 2 being suspended on March 13, eventually cancelled in late April.

Since the suspension, sports bets were down 40% and while average player accounts increased 2% to 655,000 for Q1, only 220,000 were active in the last two weeks of March.

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Casino.org Launches “Player Assist” Service

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Casino review site Casino.org has launched its exclusive “Player Assist” service, bringing a new level of support to its players. The casino review site’s new service allows its users to issue complaints about any of its partner sites in just four simple steps.

A site which puts honest, expert advice at the forefront of everything they do, Casino.org wanted to echo this sentiment further than just choosing a casino through their site. The Player Assist service has been launched to aid them in following through with their users if anything should go wrong past the referral stage.

The feature will run completely independent of the partners on the site, so that they can offer their services 100% free of charge.

Casino.org is one of the most popular guides to online casinos and gambling. Its team of experts provides players with a wealth of information to help them guarantee safe play online and win more.

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Spain’s CONFAD Publishes Action Plan for 2020/2021

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Spain’s National Commission to Combat the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and Betting Fraud (CONFAD) has published its action plan for 2020/2021, outlining 21 directives to safeguard the integrity of Spanish sports.

Supporting CONFAD directives, Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry states that the action plan will be implemented by the DGOJ and further coordinated with Spain’s National Sports Council, federal police force and Guardia Civil.

CONFAD and government counterparts will work together to improve all Spanish professional sports understanding of integrity threats and competition fraud related to betting. Initiatives include developing a training programme for athletes, coaches and further stakeholders on identifying integrity risks and criminal activities.

The action plan further aims to improve all core disciplines related to integrity monitoring and reporting of suspicious events, improving data transfer and cooperation frameworks between sports clubs, betting operators, government departments and police agencies.

As a final objective, CONFAD and its government counterparts will work to ensure that Spain’s legal framework is “accurately adjusted” to help prosecute sports integrity criminal cases.

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BetConstruct Adds Hi-Lo to its Live Casino Portfolio

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BetConstruct has enhanced its live casino offering by launching Hi-Lo game. Hi-Lo is an adaptation of The Higher Lower, which was once a viral web game.

 Hi-Lo is a live game which suggests players predict whether the next card dealt by a dealer is of a higher, lower or equal value to the one lying face-up on the table. Apart from a single prediction, Hi-Lo allows for a number of side bets which liven up the game and add up revenue figures.

Hi-Lo is perhaps the most straightforward game within BetConstruct’s portfolio. However, the simplicity of the rules in no way diminishes the game’s appeal to players or decreases the profitability for operators.

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