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Officials in Riga to Shut Down Six Gambling Halls

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On February 3, members of the Security, Public Order and Corruption Prevention Committee decided to approve the decision to annul the previously issued permits of six gambling halls, as confirmed by Riga City Council.

This means the gambling halls located on Parādes Street 5B, Rītupes Street 45, Lutriņu Street 1, Tallinas Street 85, Miera Street 111 and Akadēmiķa Mstislava Keldiša Street 20A will have to close down.

The reason given for this decision is that the location of said gambling halls does not meet Riga’s territorial planning. These venues are all located in residential areas or near Riga’s historic centre protection zone.

“Today’s vote proves the committee is unified in its views and able to work. The decision to annul the permits of six gambling halls was supported unanimously. I am happy with the result, considering the services offered by the gambling industry also include increased risks for invalids and society as a whole. Even the Constitutional Court admits the accessibility of gambling halls is a factor that contributes to gambling addiction. This factor can be prevented with restrictions,” Linda Ozola, chairperson of the Security, Public Order and Corruption Prevention Committee, said.

The issued permits to open gambling halls and organise gambling will expire in five years from the date of entry into force of Riga City Council’s decision on this matter.

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Entain Makes $1B Bid for Olympic Entertainment Group

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British betting firm Entain Plc has allegedly made a $1bn buy-out offer for Estonian operator Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG).

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported that Entain is looking to acquire the company’s online business, OlyBet, alongside its operations in Lithuania and Croatia. The deal would also include an option to buy Olympic’s outstanding business in early 2023 based on its performance.

OEG operates approximately 100 casinos across Europe, the majority of which are located in the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and its acquisition would see the British betting firm become the region’s market leader. However, neither company has so far issued a statement regarding the rumoured takeover.

If the sale goes through, it will build on Entain’s acquisition of Enlabs AB. The €370m purchase brought the Swedish iGaming company’s Optibet brand — OEG’s chief rival in the online gambling space — under the umbrella of Entain. At the time, the company claimed Enlabs’ acquisition was in line with its expansion into new markets.

Making the acquisition even more likely is the current position of OEG’s owner, London-based private equity firm Novalpina Capital. The company bought OEG for €300m in 2018, but the firm has been rocked by recent developments.

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CT Interactive Enters Lithuanian Market with TOPsport

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CT Interactive is about to debut in Lithuania after striking a deal that will see its games live at the TOPsport operator.

“The agreement will expand our reach and strengthen our stronghold in the regulated European markets,” Lachezar Petrov, CEO at CT Interactive, said.

A carefully selected game list from the company’s portfolio that will appeal to players in the specific market will soon be available.

“We have included bestsellers like 40 Treasures, Lucky Clover and Duck Of Luck along with many other titles that TOPsport players will enjoy and come back for more,” Milena Tsankarska, business development manager at CT Interactive, said.

A first of its kind for CT Interactive in the Lithuanian market, this collaboration sees the provider’s first steps in the Baltic country. The supplier’s games are already available in Latvia and Estonia.

“It is great to see our efforts to expand market share pay off with a new partner and new market entry. We value our relationship and co-operation with our new partner. We have high expectations for the market and couldn’t find a better operator to enter the market with,” Petrov said.

“It is a great pleasure to start working together with CT Interactive,” Gintaras Staniulis, CEO of TOPsport, said.

“We believe that a more diverse portfolio will help everyone to find for what they are looking for. We are familiar with CT Interactive content and hope that our clients will like it. We are excited to expand our TOPsport casino family with CT Interactive.”

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BF Games adds top-performing titles to Betsson Group brands

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Creative development studio BF Games has launched its top-performing content across several Betsson Group brands.

A selection of the supplier’s titles is now live with the leading operator’s brands, including Betsafe and CasinoEuro, with the partnership stretching over numerous jurisdictions such as Latvia and Estonia.

The available content includes fan-favourites such as Book of Gods, Stunning Hot 20 Deluxe Remastered, Book of Ming, Royal Crown and Book of Gates.

Betsson Group is one of the largest companies in online gaming in Europe and boasts an impressive customer base across its many brands.

BF Games’ slot portfolio offers a diverse mix of classic fruit slots and more innovative content with immersive and engaging features.

The supplier has recently enhanced its footprint across numerous jurisdictions and was earlier this year awarded an ISO 27001 certification which will enable BF Games to enter additional markets such as Switzerland and Hungary.

Claudia Melcaru, Head of Business Development at BF Games, said: “This partnership with Betsson Group is a major step for us as we continue to focus on growing the reach of our content across brands and markets.

“Through this collaboration we will be able to introduce our top-performing games to a new audience and we are certain they will resonate well with Betsson Group’s players.”

Paul Malt, Head of Games at Betsson Group, said: ”BF Games content offers great entertainment with proven mechanics and features that will be a great addition to our existing product offering.”

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