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Danske Spil Appoints Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen as its New CEO

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Danish national lottery and gaming operator Danske Spil has appointed Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen as its new chief executive officer.

Lyhne-Knudsen will assume the role on October 1, replacing Susanne Mørch Koch, who has been in the role since April 2017. Koch announced her intention to step down in March to become the new CEO of Danish amusement park operator Tivoli.

Lyhne-Knudsen joins Danske Spil from Danish public-service radio and TV broadcasting company DR, where he served as director of economics, technology.

“I am delighted to welcome Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen to Danske Spil as new CEO on behalf of a single board of directors. Danske Spil is a modern and digital company that has managed to balance the difficult task of securing the financial foundation under Denmark association life and contribute to a balanced and responsible gaming market in Denmark,” Peter Christensen, Chairman of the Board, said.

“Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen has the right skills and personal qualities to continue this important community mission and lay the foundation for the future of the Danish Games,” Peter Christensen added.

“I am extremely proud to be part of a historic company that has been for the benefit and benefit of the whole of Denmark for more than 70 years. Together with the rest of the team at Danske Spil I look forward to continuing to secure the financial foundation under the associations and more than 1,300 initiatives in, among other things, cultural life, sports, health and the protection of the environment and climate, which benefit every year through the distribution funds from over DKK 1 billion from the Danish Games lotteries,” Nikolas Lyhne-Knudsen said.

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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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German States in Discussion Over Possible Transition Period for iGaming

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Several German states are in discussions over a potential transition period that could allow operators to continue offering online casino products until the vertical is legalised from July 2021.

The exact nature of the discussions and whether this would allow operators to provide online casino without any sort of restriction, is as yet unclear, with reports telling that they do not want to pre-empt the talks.

“The federal states are currently coordinating the extent to which enforcement measures against illegal gambling can be effectively implemented in the transition phase,” a spokesperson for the state government of Nordrhein-Westfalen said.

While other states are yet to respond to requests for comment, local media reports that the chancelleries in Bavaria, Hamburg and Berlin are also involved in the discussions.

The discussions are playing out ahead of the implementation of the Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvertrag (GlüNeuRStV) from 1 July 2021. This revised regulatory model, which is currently subject to a standstill period as it is considered by the European Commission, expands the online market beyond sports betting for the first time.

From July next year, online casino and poker will be regulated, albeit under strict conditions, such as a €1 per spin cap on slot stakes, and table games licences restricted to the number of land-based casinos in each state.

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UK Casinos to Remain Closed Until August 15

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Casinos in the UK are to remain closed until at least August 15 after the government postponed the further easing of lockdown measures put in place due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Last month, the government said that it would allow more indoor venues including casinos, cinemas and bowling alleys to reopen from August 1 as part of its gradual easing of lockdown in the UK.

Casinos have been closed since 20 March and remained shuttered despite other land-based gambling outlets such as betting shops (15 June) and bingo halls (4 July) being allowed to welcome back customers.

However, the government has now delayed the planned relaxation of measures on larger indoor venues, with these now set to remain shut for at least another two weeks.

“We simply cannot take the risk; we will continue to study the data carefully and move forward with our intention to open up as soon as we can,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

Michael Dugher, chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, hit out at the decision, saying there is “no evidence” to show that casinos are higher risk venues. He also blasted the decision to enforce the ongoing closures nationwide.

“What happened to the government’s local lockdown strategy,” Dugher said in a Twitter post. “Why should a casino business remain closed in Bristol in the south west, where Covid-19 is low, because there’s a spike in greater Manchester? Big threat to jobs.”

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