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AML IN GAMING: A MANUAL AGAINST CRIMINAL INFILTRATION IN THE INDUSTRY

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Written by Antonio Arrotino, AML Manager and MLRO of SKS365, and Prof. Ranieri Razzante, President of the Ass. Italian Anti-Money Laundering Officers, the book photographs the current legal system and measures to prevent and combat organized crime incursions in offline and online markets

 

Il GAMING – Prevenzione e contrasto alle infiltrazioni mafiose (GAMING – Prevention and fight against mafia infiltrations) is the title of the guide written by Antonio Arrotino, lawyer, AML Manager and MLRO of SKS365, together with Professor Ranieri Razzante, President of the Italian Anti-Money Laundering Association, professor of Anti-Money Laundering Legislation at the University of Bologna and vice-president of the supervisory body of SKS365. With a further contribution that always comes from SKS365, or that of Luca Grisci, Director of Retail.

A guide for operators and all professionals who make up the gaming industry in Italy, to gather in a single volume what concerns the subjects involved, the current legislation, the types of risk and the measures to be taken to prevent potential inferences by crime within such a delicate and changing system and, therefore, particularly exposed to illicit interests.

The purpose of money laundering deriving from criminal activity, as is known, is to reintroduce into the legal economic circuit those resources which have been drained from it through criminal activities, and which return to it in different forms and features, to allow reinvestment in lawful activities – is written in the Preface signed by Roberto Fanelli, head of the Central Legal and Litigation Department of ADM, italian gaming authority – The volume of Razzante, a well-known expert on this subject, and Arrotino, expert and operator in the sector, systematically deals with these issues, providing a complete picture and flanking the necessary legal framework profiles with those who preside over concrete operations.

The objective that Arrotino and Razzante aim in making the guide stems from two considerations: the size of the damage that the crime of money laundering entails for the Italian economic system – almost 120 billion a year – and the evidence that infiltrations criminals in the gaming chain occur to the detriment of the concessionaires themselves and almost never, however, with their complicity. Nonetheless, the false myth has been created that associates the game with the crime on several levels (political, journalistic and social). This has led to see the gaming sector as an enemy rather than as an ally of Authorities and Institutions.

The gaming sector, like other sectors that generate high money movements, is of very high interest in crime. Only in Italy the illegal game is worth a fifth of the legal collection – commented Antonio ArrotinoHowever, more and more in recent years, a fundamental contribution in the fight against crime has come precisely from the operators of the sector, primarily from the concessionaires themselves, who are become authentic sentinels of illegal or potentially such behavior, as evidenced by the significant increase in reports of suspicious transactions, to the police. This is a twofold commitment: on one hand the State Authority, on the other the operators and dealers, in a relationship based on trust, involvement and above all awareness of the tools to defend the clean system.

We wish that this book will help to dismantle some prejudices, in the Authorities and Institutions, according to which the gaming sector is dominated by crime where, on the contrary, crime would find easy way in a market that is not sufficiently manned – added Prof Ranieri RazzanteFor a long time I’ve been supporting the need to issue a Single Text on the Game, which collect all regulatory sources, now dispersed in a thousand streams, and which allows operators and the police themself to follow their technical and legal evolution.

This book reconstructs the entire ecosystem around the game in Italy, institutional actors, entrepreneurial subjects, typology of existing products and services, deepening the business circuits to identify the potential vulnerabilities of the industry, i.e. the areas in shadow where the concrete risk of criminal infiltration lurks. To conclude with a detailed regulatory overview of the obligations of dealers and operators, together with reporting methods and authorities in charge of surveillance and intervention.

 

The volume is published by Pacini Giuridica, specialized in the publication of manuals in the artistic-cultural field and in-depth scientific, academic and regulatory study.

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MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit ’22 Speaker Profile: Ondrej Lapides – CEO at Tom Horn Gaming

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The 5th edition of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit & BSG Awards will take place on 12 May 2022 and welcomes leading operators, service providers, and gambling industry experts from all across the Baltics and Nordics.

Find more details here | Register / Get tickets here 

 

#marebalticum2022 – You are invited to join the Baltic region’s most important in-person gathering. The conference series has been launched in 2018 and has enjoyed yearly growth while continuously bringing innovation to the boutique-style events landscape. As mentioned above the conference will take place on the 12th of May in Vilnius, Lithuania at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel and is bringing a new format that will allow more interaction among the attending delegates.

 

The event gathers +30 experts who share their knowledge around compliance-related matters and updates from the Baltic and Nordic regions to the +100 participants! Make sure you are one of them!

Each week we are introducing some of the great minds that are going to share the stage in Vilnius and bring you the latest and most vital information.

Today, we are introducing our next speaker: Ondrej Lapides – CEO at Tom Horn Gaming

 

Ondrej Lapides is an accomplished executive with over 15 years of experience in the online and offline betting and gaming industry. In 2015 he assumed the position of CEO at Tom Horn Gaming, and has since led the business with distinction. Through a combination of strategic innovation, strong business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit Ondrej has been instrumental in building Tom Horn Gaming into an internationally successful brand, while driving sales growth and tapping into new markets. He has played an important role in creating and solidifying the company culture based on an open, collaborative approach, and fostering personal growth and equality of opportunities. His passion for entertainment and sustainability have led to innovations across the board and helped immensely in creating award-winning games Tom Horn Gaming is famous for as well as introducing new product lines and solutions. With his expertise in local gambling markets, in-depth knowledge of operator and player needs Ondrej takes the lead in the company’s expansion strategy. Tom Horn Gaming became the first approved igaming software supplier in the regulated Lithuanian market in 2016. Since then the company has added a number of jurisdictions to its running tally of regulated markets. Leveraging considerable industry insights, a strong network of connections, and diplomatic skills, Ondrej contributes to the development of the future of his beloved igaming industry by providing strategic advice and mentoring to a number of entities.

 

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The summit has the support of Tom Horn Gaming and Nordic Gambling as sponsors.

Here is what the participants of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit series are saying:

Domenico Mazzola – Commercial Director at Altenar

 

MBGS was a pearl in the sea of so many conferences around the world. Such interesting panels! Zoltan and Betty did a great job inviting so many relevant people from the industry, regulators, and from governments putting all of them together to discuss regulations, exchanging ideas, and solutions on how different countries regulate the gambling sector. A must-attend event!

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MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit ’22 Speaker Profile: Gustaf Hoffstedt – Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling

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The 5th edition of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit & BSG Awards will take place on 12 May 2022 and welcomes leading operators, service providers, and gambling industry experts from all across the Baltics and Nordics.

Find more details here | Register / Get tickets here 

 

#marebalticum2022 – You are invited to join the Baltic region’s most important in-person gathering. The conference series has been launched in 2018 and has enjoyed yearly growth while continuously bringing innovation to the boutique-style events landscape. As mentioned above the conference will take place on the 12th of May in Vilnius, Lithuania at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel and is bringing a new format that will allow more interaction among the attending delegates.

 

The event gathers +30 experts who share their knowledge around compliance-related matters and updates from the Baltic and Nordic regions to the +100 participants! Make sure you are one of them!

Each week we are introducing some of the great minds that are going to share the stage in Vilnius and bring you the latest and most vital information.

Today, we are presenting to you our following speaker Gustaf Hoffstedt, Secretary-General at the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling

 

Gustaf Hoffstedt is the Secretary-General of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling since January 2015. Among the association’s members are all major operators and suppliers that operate with a license inside the European Union, but outside of Sweden. Prior to joining BOS, Gustaf served as a Member of the Swedish Parliament for the Moderate party, and as vice mayor and chairman of the Social board in his constituency Gotland before that. Gustaf has fought for the abolition of the Swedish gambling monopoly and the implementation of a licensing system for more than a decade. He is pleased to see that things currently appear to be moving in the right direction. Gustaf resides in Uppsala with his wife Caroline, who serves as vice mayor in the municipality for the Social Democratic party – the traditional rival of Gustaf’s own party. In their leisure time, they enjoy hiking in the mountains of northern Scandinavia.

 

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The summit has the support of Tom Horn Gaming and Nordic Gambling as sponsors.

Here is what the participants of the MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit series are saying:

Sissel Weitzhandler – Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at Play’n GO:

 

It was an honor to take part at Mare Balticum Gaming Summit in Riga last week. The agenda and topics were extremely relevant, as demonstrated by the high level of interest and the entire event was very well organised. It was an absolute pleasure to take part in the forum so well attended by regulators, legal experts, industry representatives and operators where ideas and lessons can be shared and learned. I would like to thank the organisers, the individual panels including my distinguished fellow panelists. I hope to be back again as I believe this is an event one should not miss.

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Pariplay’s Portuguese Prominence Flourishes through Partnership with Casino Portugal

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Pariplay’s Portuguese Prominence Flourishes through Partnership with Casino Portugal
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Portfolio of industry-leading casino content continues to take over Portugal with latest partnership

Pariplay Ltd., the No. 1 aggregator and content provider behind innovative products including the Fusion™ aggregation platform and the Ignite Studio development programme, has today announced it will be taking its presence in Portugal to new heights by partnering with the respected online casino and sports betting operator, Casino Portugal. Through the agreement, Pariplay’s wide breadth of high-quality games, which have already become major hits among Portuguese players, will extend even further by being made available at CasinoPortugal.pt, rounding off a hugely successful 2020 for Pariplay.

Consistent with Pariplay’s ongoing efforts to offer more games to more players in more markets across the globe, bolstering its presence in promising spaces such as Portugal is instrumental.

The agreement will see first-class content from Pariplay’s own propriety game library and the Fusion™ aggregation platform, which have been certified for Portugal and are already live in the market, made available on CasinoPortugal.pt. Hit titles, like Dragons Of The North Deluxe, Wolf Riches, King of The Tirdent Deluxe, Treasure Temple, and Rumble Rhino, all of which are hugely popular in regulated Europe, will complement CasinoPortugal.pt’s existing offering by giving its players access to a whole new assortment of state-of-the-art casino games.

António Laranjo, Co-CEO at Casino Portugal said: “We are happy to be collaborating with leading supplier Pariplay, who have demonstrated their dedication to growth and innovation since the beginning. Thanks to our partnership with them, we’ve enhanced our player offering significantly by introducing an interactive suite of their leading casino games, which have had so much success in this market already.”

Christine Lewis, CCO & MD Malta at Pariplay said: “We are very pleased with how much we were able to broaden our presence throughout regulated markets this year, signing several deals with prominent European operators, including this latest one with Casino Portugal. It’s exciting to see our game studio extend in a country with as much potential as Portugal, and we’re confident that we will continue adding substantial value to the gaming experience for players in this market and many others, as we move forward and expand in 2021.”

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