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The Most Regulated Gambling Countries in Europe

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Gambling is a pastime almost as old as human history. From Ancient China to Renaissance Italy and head-spinning Las Vegas, the fact is that gambling never gets old. Especially now, in a world more connected than ever before, gambling continues to grow in popularity. And thanks to technology, we no longer need to travel to enjoy a game of roulette.

Recent numbers show how popular gambling is today. About 25% of the world’s population gamble regularly, while approximately 4.2 billion people gamble occasionally. Because gambling has become an undeniable market force, many countries have adapted their laws to the new reality. Let’s look at how European countries are dealing with this issue.

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The EU Commission has been trying to regulate the gambling market for a while. Between 2012 and 2018, it tried to create a common legal frame for the activity in the block. The efforts amounted to little, as no common ground was created for the industry in the region.

While the sector is waiting for more assertive and effective laws, gambling has been regulated locally. Unsurprisingly, this situation has created a swamp of conflicting or redundant laws.

Check below some of the most tightly regulated countries in Europe.

Poland

Poland is one of the largest gambling markets in Eastern Europe. The sector registered a EUR five billion revenue in 2020, staying well ahead of Croatia and Russia.

Still, all land-based and online casinos or sportsbooks in Poland are state-owned and managed by a company named Totalizator Sportowy. Polish players must resort to offshore platforms for any other option. Luckily for them, there are plenty of trustworthy Polish online casinos abroad.

Norway

Like in Poland, gambling activities are tightly regulated in Norway and controlled by a state monopoly. Here, Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto oversee online casinos, sportsbooks, and lottery.

The government tried to shut operations between national banks and foreign casinos in 2010 with the Payment Act. However, this act only imposes restrictions on debit and credit accounts. E-wallets and cryptocurrencies were left out of the ban, and many Norwegian players gamble abroad using VPNs.

Italy

Italy is the birthplace of land-based casinos. The first one in history, the Casinò di Venezia, was established during the 17th century. Italy is now the second-largest gambling market in Europe. However, lawmakers were reluctant to admit offshore casinos into the mix, leading to a round of sanctions from the EU Commission.

The Abruzzo Decree, from 2009, has finally opened the doors for such operators. It has also laid the ground rules for all casinos operators. Every casino, land-based or online, must purchase licences and renew them regularly. Also, they must be completely transparent regarding fair play practises, payments, and security. Taxation applies to operators and gamblers.

Spain

Spain has one of the most advanced gambling laws in the block. Land-based casinos have always been allowed in the country. Yet, online casinos in Spain were regulated only in 2015. The new laws were very comprehensive, allowing both local and offshore platforms to operate in the country.

These laws include a 25% taxation on all operators. Gamblers must also declare their winnings and pay taxes for them, depending on how the winnings were made. Taxation may vary between 15% and 30% for punters.

Summarising

Markets like Spain and Italy took a more open approach, welcoming offshore casinos and allowing them home. Other countries took a very restrictive approach, only allowing state-owned operations and fighting problem gamble. Yet, there’s no country in the continent banning gambling altogether. On the contrary, there’s a rising trend of liberalisation of this market in the region.

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FBM Foundation elevates schools in Laguna and Cavite with donations to boost digital educational progress

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The two solidarity gestures executed by FBM Foundation in May prove once again the project’s commitment to nurturing future digital leaders and empowering communities through education.

This significant donation to Mabato National High School included 15 computer sets, tables, chairs, and 300 FBM Foundation backpacks. FBM Foundation conducted a turnover ceremony at Mabato National High School, on May 17th, attended by Pepe Costa, FBM’s Country Manager for the Philippines, and six volunteers. The ceremony highlighted the contributions of Gareth M. Prondoza, the School Head, and the teaching and non-teaching staff for their coordination.

In Dr. Jose P. Rizal Senior High School, FBM Foundation donated 35 computer sets, tables, chairs, 2 split-type air conditioners, and 800 FBM Foundation backpacks. This second social effort had a final turnover ceremony at Dr. Jose P. Rizal Senior High School. Renato Almeida, Director at FBM, Pepe Costa, and Alex Studart, Head Operation Manager at MEMO, attended the ceremony together with 15 volunteers.

During the event, special acknowledgments were given to Ms. Maria Lalaine M. Barrameda, Assistant School Principal II, Mr. Sandy U. Mera, ASP Coordinator, Mr. Robert John Dela Cruz, and the teaching and non-teaching staff for their invaluable contributions.

Alongside the computer donations, FBM Foundation facilitated the renovation of the computer laboratory and faculty room at Mabato National High School and at Dr. Jose P. Rizal Senior High School. These renovations were supported by a dedicated team of volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the learning spaces safer and more comfortable, promoting holistic development and the welfare of the entire school community. FBM Foundation’s motto, “Building a Champion by a Champion: Shaping Digital Leaders Tomorrow,” reflects its vision and impact. Through education, the corporate social responsibility project of the FBM® Group uplifts communities, drives innovation, and nurtures future leaders. The Foundation’s initiatives and partnerships are designed to catalyze positive change, inspiring students to achieve their dreams.

In total, 27 volunteers participated in the renovation and turnover ceremonies, showcasing the collective effort and dedication towards making this project a success.

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SkillOnNet Hooks Up with Spinomenal for Global Content Deal

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Global entertainment powerhouse SkillOnNet has teamed up with leading iGaming content provider Spinomenal in a new slots content deal. The multi-jurisdictional partnership means SkillOnNet’s international collection of brands are now showcasing Spinomenal’s top-performing titles, such as like Baba Yaga Tales, Demi Gods II and Queen of Ice.

SkillOnNet operates more than 40 online casino brands in numerous regulated markets. These include household names like PlayOJO in the UK and Ontario; PlayUZU in Spain, Mexico, and Buenos Aires City; BacanaPlay in Portugal, and DrueckGlueck in Germany.

Founded in 2014, Spinomenal is one of the fastest-growing iGaming suppliers in the industry. with more than richly themed 300 game releases licensed in over 25 licensed casino jurisdictions worldwide.

The revolutionary Spinomenal Universe has also now been unveiled on the SkillOnNet network which invites players to embark on a journey through an expansive world where beloved characters from various titles intertwine in fresh narratives.

Jani Kontturi, Head of Games at SkillOnNet said: “At SkillOnNet, we want partners that create games that really stand out from the crowd. Spinomenal’s portfolio is bursting with strong ideas, powerful stories, cool mathematical models and games that push the boundaries of creativity. We’re delighted to welcome them to our network.”

Lior Shvartz, CEO for Spinomenal commented: “SkillOnNet is a fantastic tier-one operator and we’re proud that our games are now available on its platform. We expect this to be the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”

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SIS and RAS combine to deliver premium Live Racing offering to global operator Stake.com

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Sports Information Service (SIS) will provide Stake.com with its extensive library of global Live Racing content, along with early pricing and derivative markets supplied by Racing and Sports (RAS), to offer its bettors a best-in-class service.

SIS is the leading muti-content supplier of 24/7 live betting opportunities and is set to deliver its round-the-clock portfolio of horse and greyhound racing to Stake. To maximise engagement for Stake bettors, RAS will provide its vast range of early pricing and derivative markets to allow for longer trading windows.

This integration will allow Stake, in partnership with SIS and RAS, to present an array of wagering opportunities in a more accessible and relatable format.

Stake is a leading global betting operator boasting an online sportsbook and casino platform. It has secured high-profile sponsorships with Everton Football Club, UFC, the Stake F1 team and many more.

SIS’ Live Racing offering consists of over 36,000 live horse races annually from over 170 racecourses across six continents. This content includes live streaming, on-screen graphics and commentary, providing a unique and comprehensive experience. In addition, the greyhound racing portfolio of SIS offers a further 26,000 races annually to Stake.

RAS will provide enhanced data for the entire portfolio of content, enabling bettors to have all the necessary “easy to read” data and live comprehensive pricing available at a fingertip.

Andy Kelly, Head of Commercial Partnerships at SIS, said: “Stake has a huge footprint across the world and this deal is a major one for us, as we seek to expand the appeal of racing products. By providing our full range of racing content, we are confident this will enrich the customer experience.”

Jarrod Febbraio, Director of Commercial at Stake, said: “It remains our goal to continually strive to enhance our product portfolio to our customers. Partnering with RAS as our platform provider and SIS providing their racing content, with their long-standing reputations, speaks for itself.”

Stephen Crispe, Chief Executive Officer at RAS, said: “Our primary focus is to provide a best-in-class service to our customers. The extensive content available through SIS, together with the enhanced data, in several different languages provides RAS with an exciting opportunity to showcase our offering.”

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