New rules for online casino providers will come into effect in the Eurozone

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New regulations containing changes to the rules concerning illegal content and holding operators accountable for its use have been adopted by the European Parliament. During the final vote, 530 deputies supported the introduction of amendments, 80 abstained and 78 did not support the initiative. The parliamentarians plan to finally introduce the Digital Services Act (DSA), a tool for creating a safer and more reliable online environment.

The new rules have already been supported by a representative of European Lotteries (EL). Commenting on the result of the vote, Aryan van ‘t Veer, General Secretary of EL, said: “The European Lottery Team firmly believes in the need for a high level of consumer protection and is fully committed to combating illegal gambling on the Internet.”

He also added: “The DSA provides a number of new provisions that may be useful for achieving this goal. EL hopes that an improved control mechanism and enhanced consumer protection tools will soon be available to us.”

The DSA is a future EU regulation that aims to create a more secure digital space. According to the terms of the document, the rights of users will be protected by rules to combat illegal products, services or content on the Internet. It will also increase the accountability and transparency of online product algorithms, introduce content moderation.

After the announcement of the proposal to introduce DSA by the European Commission in December 2020, the EU member states adopted a general positive decision in November last year. At the same time, it was the European Lotteries company that called on the EU Council before the meeting to exclude from the DSA a direct mention of online gambling and sports betting.

After the vote, Member of the European Parliament Kristel Shaldemose, who heads the negotiating group, said: “Today’s vote shows that MEPs and EU citizens want to strengthen regulation in the digital sphere. A lot has changed in the 20 years since we adopted the e-commerce directive.”

She also said, “Online platforms are becoming increasingly important to our daily lives, offering new opportunities, but also new risks. We have an obligation to make sure that what is illegal for land-based businesses is also illegal on the Internet. We must ensure the introduction of digital rules for the benefit of consumers.”

It is reported that the adopted amendments include the possibility of “more transparent and informed choice” for recipients of digital services, a ban on the use of targeted advertising methods in relation to minors, as well as targeting vulnerable groups of the population.

We remind that Armenia intends to tighten the advertising of online gambling again.

Macau banned international flights due to COVID-19

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The Macao government has decided to ban international flights with other States. The decision will come into force on January 9. It was adopted in order to curb the next increase in the incidence of COVID-19.

The press service of the City Health Bureau said on January 6 that the agency would prohibit “civilian aircraft from transporting passengers from places outside China to Macau.”

In the special administrative region of China, as well as in neighboring Hong Kong, serious restrictions on the movement of tourists have remained. As a result of the adoption of the new air transportation rule, non-resident visitors will not be able to enter the city. At the same time, all residents arriving in Macau from abroad are subject to mandatory quarantine, regardless of whether they have tested positive for coronavirus or not.

With the exception of mainland China and Hong Kong, the period of self-isolation can range from 21 to 35 days, depending on which country the resident comes from.

Hong Kong announced similar measures on January 5. There, the authorities imposed a two-week ban on entry flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States. The restrictions will be in effect from January 8 to January 21.

It is expected that the ban on international air travel will cause serious damage to the gambling entertainment market of Macau. Prior to that, 79 cases of the disease were registered in the world’s largest gambling zone, although asymptomatic episodes are recorded separately.

On December 26, the first infected with the Omicron variant was detected in the city, which forced the authorities to begin to be more vigilant over the development of the morbidity situation in the region.

At least 650,000 people now live in the former Portuguese colony, which are located on an area of 30 square kilometers. These indicators make Macau one of the most densely populated regions on the planet.

Recall, according to Morgan Stanley analysts, in 2022 the profit of Macau casino operators will grow by 15%.

A visitor to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa won more than $1.2 million

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The administration of the popular gambling establishment Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa has published a loud news about a large jackpot won by a resident of Clearwater, Florida, named Gloria. She spent only $50 on entertainment, but eventually became a millionaire.

It is known that the guest chose the progressive Dragon Link slot machine from the renowned manufacturer Aristocrat Gaming for the game. After starting the reels, a few minutes later Gloria saw a congratulatory message about winning the jackpot. Its size was 1,241,642 US dollars.

After her triumph , the woman said: “All I wanted for Christmas was to hit the progressive jackpot. I still can’t believe that my holiday wish has come true.”

In honor of this event, all 642 casino visitors who used their Seminole Wild Card in slots within 15 minutes after Gloria’s victory won free bonus spins in the amount of $100.

It is noteworthy, but the progressive jackpot of the Dragon Link machine, which starts from $ 1 million, can be played at Seminole Hard Rock hotels in Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa and Seminole Coconut Creek Casino. Over the past 60 days, the machine in question from Aristocrat Gaming has already given two million winnings.

Throughout 2021, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa paid about $1.5 billion in jackpots to more than 55,000 customers. In total, at least 564,000 grand prizes were awarded. Thus, every minute in the casino someone became significantly richer.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is one of the largest and most successful casinos in the world. The establishment offers almost 5,000 popular slot machines, 179 table games and an ultra-modern poker room with 46 tables.

Recall that the roofer won £258,000 thanks to one of the rarest hands in blackjack.

Investors have launched a project for the development of the Yantarnaya gambling zone

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The Kaliningrad Region has resumed the implementation of a progressive project to modernize the Yantarnaya gambling zone. This information was reported in an interview by the governor of the region Anton Alikhanov.

In addition, he confirmed the previously published information that the local authorities have already drawn up a plan for organizing and holding auctions for the right to lease several plots of land in 2022. It is planned to launch the construction of gambling facilities on them.

According to Anton Alikhanov, not so long ago the management of the zone was able to achieve the signing of an agreement with new investors who are ready to invest a lot of money in the development of the local infrastructure.

“Some companies have already shown their interest in bidding. I would like to note that the price of certain rental plots increased by almost 2000% during the evaluation process. One investor already had experience in implementing such projects, because he was engaged in the construction of the Azov City casino. We plan to implement a tent complex on our territory, it is quite simple to build it. Then the stage of larger-scale construction will begin,” the governor admitted.

The official noted that the budget of the Kaliningrad Region feels a positive effect from the operation of one casino and a slot machine hall on the territory of the Yantarnaya:

“So far, only the SOBRANIE Casino and the Magic Crystal Club are fully functioning here, but they adequately help the local treasury. So, for 11 months of this year, the Ministry of Finance of the region recorded an income of 120 million rubles in the form of taxes from gambling. In addition, the budget is filled with payments for the lease of land — about 35 million rubles for six months. II am sure that these indicators will only increase in the future.”

It should be noted that the active phase of the development of the Yantarnaya gambling zone was supposed to begin in 2021, but due to financial difficulties and the coronavirus pandemic, this project was postponed.

Recall that in 2022, five large land plots are planned to be allocated for casinos in the Yantarnaya gambling zone.

For five years, almost 3 million tourists have visited the Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone

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Pavel Perov, General Director of the Krasnaya Polyana gambling zone, on the eve of its fifth anniversary, spoke about the achievements that this territory has been able to achieve since its launch. According to him, local entertainment facilities received almost 3 million visitors during the reporting period.

This was largely achieved after local gambling entertainment operators launched a large-scale project to develop junket tourism in the region. The service is aimed more at wealthy foreign guests. Now, thanks to this, the zone regularly receives customers from China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other major countries.

“Junket tours proved to be less effective during the global coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, we have established regular communication with Bahrain. The Manama – Sochi route will start operating immediately after the holidays. Now the team of the gambling zone is working on coordinating a flight between Delhi and the city of Sochi,” the press release from.

It should be noted that the official launch of gambling on the territory of Krasnaya Polyana took place in January 2017, when the iconic Sochi Casino opened for the whole of Russia.

“Our plans to further improve these promising territories have faced blockages and restrictions due to the pandemic. But we did not give up, setting a certain momentum. Not so long ago, the announcement of the launch of the construction of a completely new gambling zone took place. It will be located in the Far East,” Pavel Perov said.

According to the functionary, Krasnaya Polyana intends to take a leading position in the global segment of gambling entertainment and hospitality.

In addition to the Sochi Casino, there is a slot machine hall “Bonus Slots”, as well as a gambling establishment “Boomerang” on the territory of the zone. Each of them has its own advantages and is focused on a specific type of recreation. It also offers visitors other entertainment options — bars and restaurants, a sports complex, a five-star world-class hotel, a unique theater in the Sochi mountains.

Recall that casinos in the Krasnodar Territory have doubled tax deductions to the regional budget.

В Азербайджане предложили открыть первое легальное казино

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Депутаты парламента Азербайджана представили для рассмотрения вопрос о легализации на территории страны игорного бизнеса. В частности, в Карабахе предлагают открыть крупное наземное казино. Инициатором проекта является заместитель председателя парламентского комитета по правовой политике и государственному строительству Гудрат Гасангулиев.

Отрасль азартных развлечений в Азербайджане, включая любые виды онлайн-гемблинга, покер и ставки на спорт в сети Интернет, находится под запретом с 1999 года. Однако разрешена деятельность спортивных тотализаторов и государственных лотерей.

По мнению Гудрата Гасангулиева, массовое развитие игорного бизнеса позволит направить в бюджет дополнительный объем средств за счет привлечения повышенного числа туристов.

«В основе моего предложения лежит легализация казино. Например, целесообразно взять опыт России, где игорные заведения размещены в пределах конкретных территорий. Аналогичный проект можно реализовать и в Азербайджане, открыв крупное казино в Карабахе. Так мы сможем привлечь достаточно туристов, а вырученные деньги пойдут в бюджет. Кроме того, есть предложение о размещении аналогичного объекта на острове Наргин», — признался Гасангулиев, обсуждая вопрос легализации в парламенте.

Отметим, в ближайшее время власти представят новую редакцию статьи о наказаниях за организацию нелегальных азартных развлечений в Азербайджане. Так, к нарушителям будут применять санкции в виде штрафов от 5 000 манатов (чуть больше 218 000 рублей) для физлиц и до 50 000 в национальной валюте (более 2,1 млн рублей) для юридических лиц.

Помимо денежных взысканий, Кодекс содержит норму по конфискации имущества, включая оборудование для проведения игр (столы, слот-машины, терминалы) и блокировке всех банковских счетов преступников.

Напомним, для игорной зоны «Приморье» разработают уникальный проект модернизации.

The most popular BGaming slots have received Christmas updates

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Belarusian developer of software and online slots BGaming he does not get tired of delighting fans with new releases. So, in honor of the upcoming holidays, the company released Christmas versions of its most popular games, including those loved by millions of users Aloha King Elvis, Candy Monsta, Miss Cherry Fruits and Fruit Million. Updated titles are already available on casino platforms from the developer’s partner network.

According to the press service of BGaming, the company, in addition to a new set of slots in the theme of Christmas, has prepared an impressive number of additional surprises for its users.

“Everyone knows that New Year and Christmas are special holidays that are designed to work miracles. Our team shares the love of millions for these celebrations, so we wanted to please users with something special. We strive for every BGaming slot to charge with emotions and inspire,” said Alexandra Kavelich, Brand Communications Manager at BGaming Studio.

It should be noted that in early December, BGaming launched its first cascade machine called Bonanza Billion – the developer’s debut game, made according to the 6×5 scheme. Along with the standard replenishment function for cascade slots, the game also boasts a wide range of free spins, scatters and additional symbols. The latter can turn into a random multiplier and increase the bet by 100 times.

Bonanza Billion is already available at reputable online casinos such as WildTornado, N1, Slot Hunter and other sites.

BGaming is known not only for its advanced slots, but also for its active support of cryptocurrencies in the gambling entertainment market. Now the brand’s portfolio includes more than 70 items, including slot machines, table games, video poker and other products.

Recall that BGaming has introduced a multiversion of the Fruit Million video slot, created for Christmas.

The Dutch online gambling market has been significantly underestimated

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According to the Minister of Legal Protection of the Netherlands, Sander Dekker, the volume of the local online gambling market turned out to be much larger than originally expected. The politician published his opinion in a special letter to the country’s parliament.

The established data led to the fact that the Dutch authorities revised the initial figure of gross state budget revenue from this sector of the economy, increasing it in 2021 from 580 million euros to 814 million. This circumstance, according to Dekker, is another proof of the correct decision of the authorities to legalize gambling.

The Dutch online gambling market has been significantly underestimated

Sander Dekker – Minister of Legal Protection of the Netherlands

“Should we be shocked that the online gambling market is dealing with a larger volume than we previously assumed? I think not. You can look at the situation in a different way. For me, this primarily indicates that the political decision to legalize and regulate online gambling on the territory of the Netherlands is wise and timely. The more extensive the industry, the more reason to protect consumers well from the risks associated with gambling,” said Sander Dekker.

At the same time, the Dutch gambling authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) was able to determine that the gross revenue from this industry will be significantly higher than indicated in the preliminary plan. The adjustments were made after the regulator was able to access the official reports of licensed operators. Previously, due to a number of legislative delays, the agency relied solely on indirect data and estimates of commercial information providers.

It should be noted that today Kansspelautoriteit has officially issued 11 gambling licenses. So, local users are already served by large companies, including Holland Casino, ToTo Online, FPO Netherlands, NSUS Limited, PlayNorth Limited, bet365, Tombola, Bet365 Group, VirginBet, BetEnt BV, Bingoal BV. The JOI Gaming Limited brand became the last one who managed to join the market legalized in October.

Recall that gambling operators of Georgia criticized the initiative of the authorities to tighten supervision of the gambling sphere.

Vitus (Vituss Britva) – the story of the most famous Russian-language online casino streamer

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Vitus Britva, or Vituss Britva— is a Russian-language streamer in an online casino, who is known for scandalous commercials, as well as a 6 million rubles skid. He posts videos and conducts live broadcasts, where he communicates with fans and gives advice. Has an ambiguous reputation among gamblers. Some trust the player, while others openly hate. There are many reasons to love and hate a ludoman streamer.

  • Brief biography
  • How Vitus became a streamer
  • The secret of popularity
  • Best drifts
  • Fighting ludomania
  • Five facts about the streamer
  • Casinos where Vitus plays

Vitus (Vituss Britva) - the story of the most famous Russian-language online casino streamer

The story of the streamer Vitus is full of ups and downs that will be instructive for everyone

Brief biography

His real name is Viktor Khlusov. Born on August 25, 1985 in Krasnodar Krai. The streamer tells a little about his childhood and youth. It is known that the first acquaintance with slot machines took place in Sochi in 2002, where he was vacationing with friends. The rate of 50 rubles, he spun up to 15 thousand. I spent half of my winnings on betting, the rest on drinking and entertainment. Since that time, visits to land-based slot machine halls have begun. After the ban on gambling in Russia, Viktor for some time refused a profitable hobby.

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Overview

With the advent of the online casino, a new stage in his life began. Vituss Britva, popular today, started playing slots and getting into debt. In the 2010-2017’s, he was engaged in VKontakte public sites and received a percentage of advertising. All the earnings were spent on debt repayment and new rates. He became an avid ludomaniac. From the revelations of a top Russian-speaking streamer, it is known that at that time he earned about 120 thousand rubles a month, but still took loans, borrowed from friends and pulled money from public.

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How Vitus became a streamer

The story began with watching videos with streams of Andrey TTR. Then the player came up with the idea to launch his YouTube channel. He established contacts with the managers of the online casino and began to post the first streams.  The number of subscribers grew rapidly and Vituss became an affiliate.

The conflict with TTR caused a wave of discontent, as the streamer was accused of cheating.

The first Russian-speaking ludovode at the forum said that Vitus plays for no deposit from the casino, and not for his own money. Haters picked up the wave, and Victor was banned from the forum. By the way, according to Vituss Britva, this is exactly how Andrey TTR himself rose. Then there was a whole series of videos about Vitus’ deceptions, which he refuted, confirming his words with screenshots from an online casino. He showed his deposits and withdrawals.

In 2018, a massive blocking of YouTube channels related to gambling began. The popular streamer channel “Ludomania” also got banned. Casino Streams». He switched to Twich, where he began developing the VitussBritva channel. Six months later, he was also blocked. But this did not stop the player, he still appears on video hosting sites.

The streamer’s candid monologue is presented on his official channel, where he talks about his life path in more detail.

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  • Shocking behavior
  • Big bets on streams
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The secret of popularity

During the game Vitus is always emotional, uses obscene language, gives advice to the audience. Some people think that this is a great acting game, others think this behavior is a natural trait of Victor. He often plays under the influence of alcohol and confides, although haters claim that everything said about playing for “candy wrappers” is a lie.

In a fit of emotions and the effects of alcohol, Vituss trashed his apartment

The shocking behavior of the player attracts attention. He trashed his apartment when he spent about half a million rubles in the casino in two months. The streamer was very drunk, and losing the last money caused an inadequate reaction.

His live broadcasts and processed videos gain 200 thousand views or more. By the way, initially he paid attention to haters and got into fights with them, but then he learned to ignore them. According to him, he reads forums with hateful posts, but removes vile comments on his channels.

In his free time, Viktor Khlusov runs his travel blog

Over the years of communicating with the audience, Viktor Khlusov has developed his own formula for the success of a YouTube channel about gambling:

  • He streams for real money, and plays on maxbet. The record bet on a spin reached 20 thousand rubles.
  • Gives advice to beginners on playing in an online casino.
  • Reveals the secrets of slot machines. He bets only on licensed software from NetEnt, Microgaming, Push Gaming, etc.
  • Helps novice casino streamers.

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The best drifts

  • The drift of 6 million rubles, which gave the Jack and The Beanstalk slot from NetEnt, became fateful. From that moment on, the player’s popularity began to grow. By the way, then the player began to cry with joy. His emotionality and a big win did their job.
  • Another deposit of 8 million rubles was received on the Jammin Jars slot machine from Push Gaming. Vitus first leaked a million, then brought in 200 thousand and hit the jackpot in one spin. In a fit of emotion, he even broke the monitor.
  • Mega-skid in the Dead or Alive slot brought 6.5 million rubles. Vitus managed to catch five scatters.
  • There are more than 60 videos on the streamer’s channel with skids of one million rubles and above.

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Fighting ludomania

In his streams Vituss talks about ludomania. There are videos on his channel where he talks about the problems that gambling addiction causes. He gives all the tips and recommendations to the players, referring to his own experience. He does not promote gambling, claiming that it is impossible to get rid of the need to play.

By the way, he openly calls himself a ludoman. At the same time, he gives advice to others and tells them how to get out of the “networks”.

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Five facts about the streamer

Favorite slot machines Elements, Jack and The Beanstalk, Wish Master and Girls with Guns Frozen
Channels Vitus, Vitus online and Vitus Razor
Casino Licensed with software certificates
Reviews On casinos and slot machines
Partnership Affiliate of famous online casinos

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Casinos where Vitus plays

Earlier we told you which casino Vitus plays at – more about it here. Victor prefers only licensed and well-known casinos. In his videos, he often emphasizes that a proven gambling establishment is the key to a successful game. In the main, he streams in PlayFortuna, JoyCasino, PlayAmo, Goldfishka. His choice indicates an honest attitude towards the audience.

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Gambling operators of Georgia are dissatisfied with the authorities’ plans regarding gambling

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The Gambling Business Association of Georgia (GGA) has officially published its position on the draft law of the Government of the country on tightening regulation of the gambling entertainment industry. The organization is unhappy that the authorities decided to radically change the rules without consulting with representatives of this industry. The information was confirmed by GGA Chairman Giorgi Mamulaishvili.

The functionary demanded to organize negotiations with the team of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to discuss the announced changes. In his opinion, such drastic reforms will hit the economy hard. Mamulaishvili predicts an increase in unemployment and a decrease in subsidies to social spheres.

“The expected tightening is completely unacceptable. Not a single consultation was held with our business. The tone with which the government speaks about the work of the gambling business is outrageous. We learn all the news only from the media, no one communicates with the Association and does not consult,” Giorgi Mamulaishvili said.

He added: “If deputies and ministers maintain their point of view and do not meet halfway, representatives of domestic gambling will be forced to optimize financial activities. In such conditions, we will have to abandon any social projects, including sponsorship of the sports sphere.”

According to the GGA, legislative initiatives to ban the operation of online casinos on the territory of the country will have a negative impact not only on internal affairs, but also on the international image of Georgia.

Mamulaishvili is confident that the ban on gambling at the legislative level will literally open the way for the development of shadow gambling in the country, and citizens will be forced to use the services of foreign operators through VPN services. Accordingly, the authorities will lose control over the financial flows of this industry, and the treasury will cease to receive a significant part of the income.

Recall that the Georgian authorities have identified a list of citizens who will be restricted access to online gambling.