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Rūta Giedrienė (Gaming Control Authority, Lithuania) will join the speakers’ list at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2019

Zoltan Tundik

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The second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit is just 10 days away and we are delighted to announce that the upcoming conference in Vilnius has already recorded 80% more registrations versus the 2018 edition making it a must-attend event in the Baltic and Scandinavian region.

With topics ranging from compliance, marketing, innovation, CRM, safe gambling, KYC and AML, the conference will give the opportunity for the attending delegates to gain access to quality learning sessions and will also offer exclusive networking possibilities.

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit will take place on the 9th of May at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel and is gathering the gambling industry from the Baltic and Scandinavian.

Register here or View the Agenda!

The recently announced speakers, Rūta Giedrienė (Gaming Control Authority, Lithuania) and Kaido Ulejev (Managing Director Baltics at Betsson Group), will join the “Gambling Industry in Lithuania” compliance panel discussion alongside Lolita Sumskaite (Head of Unit at Ministry of Finance, Lithuania) and Karolis Gogaitis (General Manager at CBet.lt) under the moderation of Andrius Gabnys (Gabnys Law Firm).

 

About Rūta Giedrienė

Rūta Giedrienė is the Compliance and Regulatory Officer at the Gaming Control Authority of Lithuania and works for Lithuanian Government for more than 10 years. During the last 4 years, Rūta has been specializing in the AML/CFT field.

She has a Master’s degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. After finalizing her studies, Rūta was appointed as a lecturer at the Economics and Finance Faculty (Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania).

Between 2017 and 2018, Rūta received an International Diploma in Anti Money Laundering issued by the International Compliance Association, Alliance Manchester Business School.

Since 2014, she became a member of a Working Group for the Prevention of ML/TF and works closely with different stakeholders such as Lithuanian FIU, Bank of Lithuania, State Security Department, Ministry of Justice, Law Enforcement Authorities, etc. to ensure that Lithuania meets the EU requirements in combatting ML/TF.

In 2018, Rūta became one of Lithuania’s Delegation member to lead the country through the MONEYVAL 5th Round Evaluation. It was intense and constant work with the assessors and lasted more than a year. The Report was adopted at the FATF Plenary December 2018 in Strasbourg France.

About the Gaming Control Authority

The Gaming Control Authority is an institution under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania that, together with other state and municipal institutions, takes part in the implementation of the state policy in the area of gaming and conducts gaming control to ensure fair and transparent gaming activities and to protect the rights and legal interests of players.

Gaming Control Authority is responsible also for the supervision and control of the organization of National lotteries. The main task of the institution is to supervise and control the operation of this activity with the purpose to protect the interests and rights of players and of operators.

These aims and tasks of the Gaming Control Authority are established in the Gaming Law of the Republic of Lithuania and in the Law on Lotteries of the Republic of Lithuania, regulating the mentioned activities in the Republic of Lithuania.

One of the main priority trends of the Gaming Control Authority is to ensure proper activity of the institution enforcing the provisions of legal acts regulating gaming and national lotteries also to ensure the results-based activity.

Main functions of the Gaming Control Authority are:

  • issue and cancel gaming and national lottery licenses;
  • issue permits to open gaming machine halls, bingo halls, betting and totalisator stations and gaming establishments (casinos), supplement, change and cancel such permits;
  • control compliance of gaming and lottery operators with the requirements of the laws and other legal acts regulating the operation of gaming and lotteries;
  • draft legal acts regulating the operation of gaming;
  • administer the Register of Gaming Devices of Lithuania.
  • administer Register of Persons Restricted from Participation in Gambling.

The administration of the Gaming Control Authority consists of 4 divisions – Licensing and Permission Division, Control Division, Division of  Legislation, Staff and General Affairs and Gaming Devices Type Approval and Register Division. Now we have the staff of 27 civil servants and employees working under employment contracts and Director, who is appointed by the Minister of Finance by way of competition for a four years term.

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the Baltic and Scandinavian region via the MARE BALTICUM Gaming platform which has been launched in 2018 and is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the Baltic and Scandinavian region on a yearly base.

Browse the official event website here: www.marebalticumgaming.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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Latvia’s Gambling Regulator to Offer Psychologist Support to Problem Gamblers

Niji Narayan

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Latvia’s gambling regulator, the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection (IAUI), is going to provide state-funded psychologist support to problem gamblers in the country.

The gambling regulator announced that Magdalēna Pranaite, the famous psychologist in Latvia, would be delivering the sessions on every weekday from 8:30 to 17:00 at its premises in the Latvian of Riga, free of charge. The family members of problem gamblers will also have access to specialised sessions.

“When gambling becomes addictive, not only the player suffers, but also people close to them and they need the help of their whole family. However, it’s up to the player to take the first step themselves. A psychologist can help them take this first step, which involves recognising, accepting and finding solutions to a problem,” IAUI said.

IAUI also said that those who are willing to have psychologist support can now contact them and register.

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Enlabs: Launching live casino from Evolution Gaming in Estonia

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Enlabs continues its product development with the launch of live casino from Evolution Gaming in Estonia via Optibet, the Baltics leading gaming brand.
In line with the company’s strategy of having the best and most complete experience for their customers across the Baltics this is yet another step in positioning Optibet as the obvious choice for the customer.

The Estonia launch is the first stage of a long-term collaboration with Evolution Gaming, the world’s leading live casino provider.

“I believe that live casino represents a big opportunity for Enlabs in the Baltics and beyond, our decision to partner with Evolution Gaming is a clear indication of this. This new provider addition is the most important live casino product improvement in Enlabs history. Live casino has become a popular product and the fact that Evolution Gaming is the market leader in this vertical, we have no doubt that this partnership will generate continued growth for what is already our fastest growing brand. The Evolution Gaming integration is part of a larger focus on the live casino vertical. To compliment this new provider arrival, we have also revamped our live casino lobby and have improved our promotional capabilities. I look forward to seeing the results of this hard work and rolling out these product improvements into our other markets as well” says Chris Davis, Head of Product.

Robert Andersson, CEO and President continues: “With this, we have delivered on all our launch plans for Q2 and will continue our plans for Q3 and Q4. On top of many minor launches and updates we have now also delivered BestCasino for the US, the new betting product in Lithuania, Poker and now Evolution Gaming in Estonia. All this sets us up for a strong finish to the year and further strengthens our position as the most competitive operator in the Baltics and beyond.”

 

About ENLABS:
ENLABS stands for Entertainment Laboratories. We are a company that creates entertainment through innovative thinking within three business areas: Gaming, Media and Solutions. The corporate group has offices in Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Malta, Marbella and Stockholm. The operating subsidiaries hold national licenses for their operations and the Group employs approximately 200 employees. ENLABS AB is listed on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm. The company’s Certified Adviser is Redeye, +46 (0) 8 121 576 90, Certifiedadviser@redeye.se For more information, visit enlabs.se

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Latvia Launches Receipt Lottery to Promote Voluntary Fulfilment of Tax Obligations

Niji Narayan

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Receipt lottery has been launched in Latvia to promote the voluntary fulfilment of tax obligations.

“There is no age limit to participate in the lottery. Children can also take part to learn that one ought always to take the receipt. In order to participate in the lottery, a receipt, cheque, or a ticket has to be registered on cekuloterija.lv by providing some information. No personal data is required – you only have to provide a phone number so that VID could contact you in case of a win. The winner would then have to come to VID and fill in an application to receive the prize. Only then will the winner be identified,” Anna Šapalova, the Project Manager of VID’s receipt lottery explained.

The results of the lottery will be available on VID and “Latvijas Loto” websites or live on the Superbingo Television program. The winner will also be notified by phone. The monthly prize will consist of 30,000 euros, whereas, the yearly prize will be 70,000 euros.

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