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Betway extend Irish racing support with Punchestown deal

Zoltan Tundik

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Punchestown Racecourse today announced that leading online betting and casino company Betway have joined the sponsorship ranks at the home of Irish jump racing.

The Grade 2 Betway Craddockstown Novice Steeplechase will be the feature race on the opening day of the 2018 Punchestown Winter Festival, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November.

The prestigious two mile chase worth €44,500 has produced top quality winners in the past with names such as Sizing John, Sizing Europe, Moscow Flyer and Limestone Lad appearing in the role of honour.

The race has proven a happy hunting ground for Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead who has won four of the last nine runnings, most recently in 2016 with Gigginstown House’s Identity Thief.

Earlier this year, Betway made their first step onto the Irish racing sponsorship scene during this year’s Galway Festival and now join forces with Punchestown to gain traction on the Graded jump racing stage.

Betway’s Alan Alger said: “The Galway Festival was excellent and we’re now very much looking forward to our second phase of sponsorship in Irish racing. Punchestown is right up there with the best of stages for jumps racing across the UK and Ireland, so we’re thrilled to be a part of that.

“It’s a great place for us to be branching out and we’re hugely excited to be sponsoring the feature race on the opening day of the Winter Festival. The race has produced some brilliant chasers over the years and we’re looking forward to the 2018 renewal with an added interest.”

Welcoming the news, Punchestown Sales and Sponsorship Manager Janet Creighton said: “The team at Betway focus on quality, high profile sporting sponsorship opportunities and we are delighted to welcome them to Punchestown.

“They are a company who clearly recognise the value of the Irish racing product and we very much look forward to working with them to optimise their sponsorship activity with us.”

Entries for the 2018 Grade 2 Betway Craddockstown Steeplechase close at 12 noon on Tuesday 13th November. For full information please visit www.punchestown.com

About the Betway Group

The Betway Group is a leading provider of first-class entertainment across sports betting, casino, bingo and poker. Launched in 2006, the company operates across a number of regulated online markets and holds licences in the UK, Malta, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Ireland. Based in Malta and Guernsey, with support from London, Isle of Man, Stockholm and Cape Town, the Betway team comprises over 1,000 people.

Betway prides itself on providing its customers with a bespoke, fun and informed betting experience, supported by a safe and secure environment. Betway is a member of several prominent industry-related bodies, including ESSA, the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) and the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), and is accredited by trusted international testing agency eCOGRA. It is also a partner of the Professional Players Federation (PPF) and is a donor to the Responsible Gambling Trust.

In addition to the flagship Betway brand, the Betway Group operates a number of other brands including Dream Bingo, Bingo on the Box, Spin Casino and the Hippodrome Online Casino. For more information about Betway’s various products and licenced brands, please visit www.betwaygroup.com.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Paf adopts Swish for faster customer transactions in Sweden

George Miller

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Paf adopts the popular payment method Swish used by 6.7 million Swedes. In the first month of the newly-regulated Swedish gaming market Paf has adopted what is said to be the fastest payment method available in Sweden.

Swish uses mobile telephone numbers to make transfers and is currently used by around 6.7 million Swedes and 180,000 business.

Paf CEO Christer Fahlstedt says: “Swish is without doubt the favourite way for Swedes to transfer money. Our site already offers Swedish players games they can’t get anywhere else. And now our Paf gaming account also offers the speediest payments available. We fully expect the strong growth we experienced in Sweden in 2018 to continue.”

Paf has been operating online in Sweden for 18 years and was granted the maximum possible 5 year licence for the newly-regulated market beginning 1 January 2019.

 

 

About Paf:

Paf is a Nordic gaming company founded on Åland in 1966 to generate profit for the benefit of society. We were one of the very first gaming companies to go online in 1999. Many of our games on Paf.com are exclusive to Paf and developed by our in-house Games Studio. We are an award-winning industry leader in responsible gaming. Our physical gaming operations include over 30 cruise ships criss-crossing the Baltic and North Seas.

Paf has roughly 400 employees representing over 30 nationalities. Our offices are located on Åland, in Helsinki, Stockholm, Riga, Tallinn, Oslo, Norrköping and Madrid. Paf (Ålands Penningautomatförening) is licensed and controlled by the Government of Åland.

In 2017, the Paf Group had a total revenue of 116.5 million euros and a profit of 29.4 million euros.

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Lolita Sumskaite (Head of Unit at Ministry of Finance, Lithuania) to speak at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2

Zoltan Tundik

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Leading industry expert responsible for designing the national gambling policy in Lithuania through legislation for more than 17 years, set to join the “Gambling Industry in Lithuania” (Compliance Panel Discussion) at the second edition of the most important gambling industry conference in the Baltic and Scandinavian region.

We are honoured to announce that Ms Lolita Sumskaite will represent the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania at MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit 2019, which will take place on 9 May 2019 at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.

Lolita Šumskaitė is working for the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania and was responsible for designing the national gambling policy in Lithuania through legislation for more than 17 years. She was the main author of the first Law on Gambling, which was adopted in 2001. Lolita is a member of EC Expert Group of Gambling Services.

Since 2010, her responsibilities also include insurance – designing insurance policy through legislation and her main responsibility is to implement EU regulation into national legislation.

Starting 2013, she is responsible for anti-money laundering acts – following and participating in the negotiations in the EU Council on the text of Anti Money Laundering Directive, preparing LT positions. Lolita was Chair of the EU Council’s Working Party discussing fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive during LT Presidency of the EC.

MARE BALTICUM – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit will once again bring together the leading companies in the Baltic and Scandinavian region for a full day of quality learning and networking with local regulators and industry experts.

You can find more details about the Agenda here or you can register here!

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.com

You can view the photo gallery from the inaugural event on the following this link.

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Zitro Video Bingo arrives in Monte-Carlo

George Miller

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Zitro has installed its Video Bingo machines in the emblematic Monegasque casino Café de Paris, operated by the prestigious Société des Bains de Mer (S.B.M), which also operates the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, as well as the other two gaming establishments of the Principality of Monaco. It is the first time that this type of game, of which Zitro is a world leader, comes to the Principality.

Pascal Camia, Executive Vice-President of Gaming Operations, said: “Bingo video games are a distinct and innovative concept, and that is why we want to offer our customers this type of product, unknown until now in Monaco. We thought it was best to introduce video bingo in our operation in the hands of the largest specialist in the market in this type of machines. We are convinced that, thanks to the Zitro video bingo, our customers will find new experiences, excitement and entertainment”.

For her part, Nadège Teyssedre, Regional Director for EMEA, said: “At Zitro, we are enormously grateful to the Casino Café de Paris for its commitment to our product, totally unknown in this market. We are convinced that the expectations deposited in our video bingo will be exceeded, and we trust that this will help us in future to have a growing presence of our products in the casinos of Monte-Carlo S.B.M., a casino operator of reference in Europe and around the world.”

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