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Holland Casino Becomes Responsible Betting Partner of Dutch Football

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Holland Casino will be a responsible betting partner for all Dutch professional football as of next season (2021/22).

The cooperation with the Eredivisie, Keuken Kampioen Divisie (First Division) and ESPN will enable Holland Casino to present itself from October 1 as an appealing online provider with an attractive comprehensive offer of sports betting and well-known casino games. Safe and responsible gaming and Fair Play is always the top priority for all these offers.

Erwin van Lambaart, CEO of Holland Casino, said: “The value of this cooperation is not only great for all parties directly involved, but is also in the interest of the Dutch public and all professional football clubs.”

On 1 October 2021, the government will open the online gaming market. Holland Casino’s ambition is to establish a significant market position right from the start. Investing in the most popular sport in the Netherlands in the next four years is an important contribution to achieving this goal. Prevention and education about safe and responsible participation in online games of chance are central to this. Moreover, the investment is a welcome financial boost for Dutch football.

Erwin van Lambaart, CEO of Holland Casino, said: “The value of the investment in Dutch football is really great for all parties. It gives Holland Casino an enormous reach to interest a wide audience in attractive gambling games with an exciting new online dimension where safe and responsible gaming always comes first. By setting the bar high, we want to set an example in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe, in our casinos and starting on 1 October in our online offer as well. This reliability is of great importance to consumers. The value of the investment is also great, because it really supports all professional football clubs, spread throughout the Netherlands.”

Jan de Jong, CEO of Eredivisie, said: “The Eredivisie has very deliberately chosen a Dutch party, Holland Casino, an A-brand. A reliable party. With a good long-term vision. Moreover, the Eredivisie and Holland Casino share a rich, successful and beautiful history. We are now going to add another wonderful chapter of at least four years.”

Marc Boele, Director of Coöperatie First Division, said: “Holland Casino, the Eredivisie and the Keuken Kampioen Divisie have always been committed to a safe and responsible gaming offer that fully safeguards the integrity of the sport. That makes this cooperation as logical as it is desirable. We look forward to working together in the coming years, with new game concepts that will add value to the fans’ experience of the game.”

Part of it is also the cooperation with ESPN, the channel that broadcasts all live football from the Eredivisie and Keuken Kampioen Divisie. The ESPN platform will make an important contribution to the visibility of Holland Casino as a responsible betting partner of Dutch football. In addition, Holland Casino and ESPN will jointly develop new content, which is in line with the ambitions and which offers relevance and entertainment for Dutch football fans.

Van Lambaart speaks of “a future-proof, sustainable approach”, which is necessary to provide the Dutch public with both ample entertainment as well as protection when it comes to online gambling in the coming years.

“This partnership with Dutch football is going to help us get new impetus in a future-proof way in the coming years. The plan is sound, realistic and healthy. We are convinced that this will pay off on several fronts. On the one hand, the COVID-19 crisis has stressed that a digital channel is essential for the robustness of Holland Casino. It makes our company more future-proof. On the other hand, we have very deliberately chosen to integrate the right balance between appeal and responsible play into the entire collaboration,” Van Lambaart said.

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PayPal Introduces New Software to Help Block Gambling Transactions

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PayPal, one of the largest and most popular online payments services, has recently adopted new software to help give customers better control over their gambling habits. The software, developed by Gamban, allows users to set up a block to prevent their accounts from being used for gambling transactions. This move comes not long after the UK banned gambling sites from accepting credit card payments.

PayPal is widely used around the world, processing over 3 billion transactions a year, with a value of $311 billion US dollars. While the majority of these are for online shopping and other online purchases, the service is also used on gambling platforms. PayPal has become a popular way of making deposits and withdrawals at online gambling sites, as it’s fast, safe and easy to use. Users can create an account, add funds from their bank or card and then make simple online payments.

Because of how popular it is all over the world, most online gambling services accept payments made using PayPal. It’s used international, so a wide range of the best online casinos and sports betting sites offer support for PayPal payments. Most iGaming platforms advertise this fact to their users, letting them know they can sign up and easily make a deposit to start playing.

Why Does PayPal Allow Users to Block Gambling Transactions?

Although gambling is fun for most people, it can become a habit and even an addiction. There has been a strong push lately for iGaming sites to encourage responsible gaming, as well as offering support for those with a problem. Most iGaming licence providers will only offer licences to sites that protect players and encourage them to gamble responsibly.

One of the most effective ways of encouraging responsible gambling is giving users the ability to block transactions. Most sites will offer deposit limits that allow players to set how much they’re allowed to deposit each week or month. In addition, the UK recently banned all gambling sites from accepting payments from credit cards.

In 2019, PayPal reviewed its services and found that a significant percentage of transactions were used for online gambling. While this wouldn’t normally be an issue, the review also found that a lot of these transactions were linked to problem gambling. As such, it partnered with Gamban, a software provider, to introduce an automatic blocking system.

PayPal users can now go into their settings and set the service to automatically block all payments made to an iGaming site. This allows anyone with a gambling problem to easily refrain from adding funds to a gambling site if they’re trying to recover. In a statement, Gamban announced that the move was a welcome one that, along with self-exclusion and support, would give players a better chance of recovery.

What Does This Mean for the Future of iGaming Payments?

With gambling authorities such as the UK Gambling Commission now paying close attention to responsible gambling, iGaming sites need to be more mindful of what payments they offer and how they treat players. Additionally, payment services themselves need to consider the impact of allowing unrestricted gambling payments.

As software solutions improve, payment providers have more options that allow them to give players control over their spending habits. This software can automatically detect if a payment is made at any kind of gambling site, including those that are gambling-related. Users can set it to block transactions at gambling tip sites or other sites involved in iGaming.

Other payment services may also follow suit over the coming months and years, with most payment providers also wary about being associated with problem gambling. The more payment services that get on board, the better, as problem gamblers will be able to control their habits more easily and avoid falling into debt. 

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OKTO joins bacta

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OKTO, the award-winning fintech specialist, has strengthened further its relationship with the UK market by joining the domestic trade association bacta. The announcement follows the appointment of experienced gaming industry senior executive Rob Peché to the position of UK Country Manager.

Simon Dorsen, CCO of OKTO, believes joining bacta reflects OKTO’s commitment to the UK industry and is indicative of the brand’s strategy moving forward. He explained: “Rather than being an arms-length technology provider OKTO’s approach is to immerse itself in the markets where it is active. The UK is one of the most important jurisdictions internationally and one in which the brand has rapidly achieved considerable success partnering with leading brands.

“Being a member of bacta places OKTO where we want to be, which is at the centre of all of the key discussions and debates surrounding payments in the UK gaming industry, across AGC, Bingo, Casino, LBO, Pub and Bar sectors.”

Simon added: “This is another example of our company showcasing its ongoing commitment to work with the local industry in order to provide safe, secure, and responsible payment solutions in the gaming, leisure and entertainment sectors.”

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Bali Confirmed as Host of the 2022 World Esports Championships Finals

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Indonesia looks to set new standard of Esports competition at the 14th WE Championships

 The International Esports Federation (IESF) has confirmed that Bali, Indonesia will be the host of the 2022 World Esports Championships Finals. Bali was handed over the honors during a special ceremony following the conclusion of the 13th World Esports Championships in Eilat, Israel.

The 14th edition of the WE Championships Finals is slated for 27 November to 8 December 2022 and will feature the world’s best Esports athletes competing across multiple games on the beautiful island of Bali. Over 120 countries are expected to compete in the regional and national qualifiers for a coveted spot in the Finals. 

IESF President Vlad Marinescu congratulated host city Bali and said: “Big thank you to the President of the Indonesian Olympic Committee and to the entire Indonesian team here with us. We appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing the biggest and most inclusive World Esports Championships in history! We are bringing the largest and freshest sport to this beautiful tropical destination for the first time.”

IESF has staged the WE Championships every year since 2009, and it remains the sole international Esports event where athletes represent their countries. After a successful 2021 edition, the World Esports community looks to come back even stronger and generate more international opportunities and media exposure for the sport in the lead-up-to and during Bali 2022. 

Indonesian Olympic Committee Commission Chairman Desra Firza Ghazfan said during the press conference: “Bali is the island of GOD, it’s always been the melting pot of rich traditional and modern culture. Now with the 14th World Esports Championships happening in Bali, Bali is the melting pot of the past, the present and the future. I would like to welcome you all to Bali 2022 and to meet with our 45 million players in Indonesia. Be prepared and let the best win!”

 

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