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Greentube enters Switzerland with mycasino.ch by Grand Casino Luzern

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Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has launched its games in Switzerland with mycasino.ch by Grand Casino Luzern, building on the success of its land-based business as one of the first suppliers to go live in the newly regulated online market.

The integration marks Greentube’s debut in Switzerland and gives Grand Casino Luzern access to a premium selection of popular land-based classics, as well as new online-only content which is primed for local players. Golden Games’ iconic Super Cherry Slots, a famous brand in the territory, will also be offered exclusively by Greentube in line with high customer demand.

The launch comes after the successful completion of ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) audit and initially includes over 50 titles that are already well known to Swiss players in the land-based casino segment. mycasino.ch by Grand Casino Luzern cooperates with PAF, which is also a direct partner of Greentube for operations in Finland, Latvia and Estonia.

Daniel Lechner, Greentube Head of Sales, said: “The Swiss market is expected to be particularly strong for us given the familiarity of our games with local players, and we are thrilled to be among one of the first suppliers to launch in this exciting region. Grand Casino Luzern’s leading position in and knowledge of the market, combined with its extensive customer base, will help us grow our brand in Switzerland and build on our land-based reputation.”

“As Greentube’s portfolio contains some of the most sought-after games currently in the Swiss market, this partnership will allow us to meet customer demand for popular titles such as Super Cherry Slots and strengthen mycasino.ch’s position as the most attractive Swiss online casino,” said Wolfgang Bliem, CEO at Grand Casino Luzern. “Together with Greentube’s impressive interactive offering, the company provides an integration process which has been seamless throughout, making it a fantastic partner to help us develop our online business.”

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SAZKA to Acquire Novomatic’s Stake in Casinos Austria

Niji Narayan

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SAZKA Group has reached an agreement to acquire Novomatic AG’s 17.19% shares in Casinos Austria AG. This transaction is in the best interest of CASAG to have key and long term shareholders aligned. Novomatic AG will further keep its 11% shares in Österreichische Lotterien GmbH.

SAZKA Group publicly assures and promises to ÖBAG fair Supervisory and Management Board representation for the future, regardless of size of SAZKA Group shareholding in CASAG.

“The previous ownership structure has led to no satisfactory development of Casinos Austria. As the smallest major shareholder, we have therefore decided to sell our CASAG shares in order to allow CASAG a clear ownership structure. It is important to enable a stable and sustainable shareholder structure that secures the company in the long term for the future challenges of national and global markets,” Harald Neumann, CEO of Novomatic AG said.

“We believe it is the best solution for the company. We want to ensure stable positive development for CASAG in a long-term partnership of its two biggest shareholders. We are committed to work jointly with ÖBAG and CASAG team to achieve well-being for its customers, employees and communities we do business with. We are prepared to focus on CASAG business and bring innovations to the market,” Robert Chvatal, CEO of SAZKA Group said.

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Prague Court Rules Against Casino Kartáč

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The District Court for Prague 1 has ruled in favour of the Czech government in a legal battle with Casino Kartáč over online roulette.

The case dates back to 2006, when the company lobbied the Ministry of Finance to allow it to operate the game. However, the Czech authorities refused to give it a permit for online roulette, even later as well, after regulations passed.

Casino Kartáč filed a lawsuit against the Ministry, demanding it a €270.3 million payment in calculated lost revenue, plus interest.

However, the company was unsuccessful, just like it already was with the District Court. Previously, they have noted that the lost revenue was totally hypothetical and dismissed the claim. However, the Czech Supreme Court ordered to reconsider the online roulette payment case.

“Despite the fact that this was a protracted dispute lasting more than five years, the courts repeatedly support the Ministry of Finance,” Czech Finance Minister Alena Schillerová said.

“I am glad that our lawyers effectively defend the state’s interests in these disputes without having to hire expensive external law firms,” ÚZSVM director Kateřina Arajmu said.

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Slovak Authorities Charges Tipos CEO with Money Laundering Case

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Slovak authorities have charged two employees of the Tipos national lottery on charges of violating their duties and money laundering. The CEO of the lottery, Ján Barczi, and the head of the IT department, Miloš Prelec, were charged.

Both are accused of “violating their duties when managing entrusted property and of money laundering,” Slovakian police wrote on their Facebook page.

The National Criminal Agency of Slovakia (NAKA) is investigating Tipos for allegedly allowing money to pass from gambling accounts to private bank accounts without placing any gambling bets.

The national gambling company has been under investigation by NAKA for more than a year. In April 2018, the company closed 142 player accounts on suspicion of being part of a money laundering scheme. Tipos said at the time about 260,000 euros was laundered, though authorities continue to investigate whether the number is larger.

Thirty NAKA members participated in last month’s raid on Tipos following a tip about the scheme from a whistleblower. NAKA was looking for evidence of the alleged money laundering.

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