Sweden will test a new system of self-exclusion of players

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The Swedish Gambling Inspectorate Spelinspektionen has informed licensees that in May it will conduct a “testing phase” of the new centralized Spelpaus self-exclusion scheme. This is a special tool that has its own database. A separate development team will be responsible for ensuring its comprehensive modernization.

At the beginning of the year, Spelinspektionen warned Swedish licensed operators that it would launch a new Spelpaus 2.0 system in order to make the self-exclusion process more convenient and better inform the relevant health authorities by providing more data on consumer involvement in gambling.

The Spelpaus self-exclusion system was presented in early 2019 to coincide with the launch of the new Swedish online gambling market. The legal order of Spelinspektionen says that all Swedish licensed operators must remain connected to the Spelpaus database, in which more than 73,000 self-excluded players have been registered to date.

It is known that in early May, the regulator will inform operators about how to connect to the new Spelpaus system. The Authority intends to conduct a series of tests and check the stability of the program under load.

This will be followed by a live testing phase from May 9 to 13, during which licensed operators will be allowed to self-exclude customers in the new system. After that, Spelinspektionen will provide full information about the commissioning and integration of Spelpaus.

“The purpose of the update is to make Spelpaus more user-friendly. Information and recommendations on how to get help in solving gambling problems will be more understandable on the new website,” the regulator said in a press release.

The update provides that the authority will maintain its regulatory schedule for 2022, since by the end of May the agency aims to fully launch the Spelpaus 2.0 system.

Recall that LeoVegas Group increases the security of gambling in Sweden and Denmark.

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Pragmatic Play has signed an agreement with Hollywoodbets operator to work in Africa

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Pragmatic Play has announced the signing of a partnership agreement with the operator Hollywoodbets. This will allow the provider to strengthen its position in the South African market.

Under the new agreement, Pragmatic Play will provide Hollywoodbets with a full portfolio of slot machines. A line of scratch cards with instant prize payouts will also be added to them. In total, more than 100 gambling entertainments from a European provider will appear on the operator’s platform.

Yossi Barzeli, Director of Development at Pragmatic Play, stated: “Hollywoodbets has been serving gamblers in South Africa and beyond for many years. The operator provides a huge selection of gambling entertainment, therefore it is a serious player in this market. Cooperation with him will allow our company to expand its presence on the South African continent. Thanks to Hollywoodbets, we will be able to reach first-level customers. Our products are mainly focused on them.”

Yossi Barzeli added: “We have already agreed on what content we will provide to the operator. However, this does not mean that the line of games will not expand. Every month our company makes up to six releases. They will immediately integrate into the platform of our new partner.”

Dermot O’Connell, Hollywoodbets Manager, commented on the deal: “We strive to offer our customers premium gambling entertainment and the best gaming experience. That is why we thoroughly approach the choice of partners. Pragmatic Play meets all our requirements and is ready to provide its top content to our platform. This will allow us to expand the range of titles offered and attract new customers.”

Recall that the ICE London exhibition was recently held, where the largest foreign providers presented their gaming content.

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Evolution and Sisal’s relationship continues to evolve

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The developer of the online casino software Evolution has announced the signing of an additional agreement with the Italian company Sisal on the provision of online slots and jackpots from the brands NetEnt and Red Tiger. The deal is based on the existing partnership between Sisal and Evolution, under the terms of which the provider provides the operator with live-casino titles.

Currently, Sisal offers customers a full range of tables with live dealers from Evolution, including fully localized live games. Also, the operator’s users have access to a special Blackjack Italia title with dealers who speak Italian. In addition, you can play exclusive Evolution slots at Sisal sites.

The expanded agreement involves the addition of a slot machine operator from the NetEnt and Red Tiger brands to the library. Among the most popular slots that Sisal customers can enjoy are Starburst, Gonzo’s Quest, Divine Fortune and Twin Spin Megaways from NetEnt, as well as Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, Dragon’s Fire Megaways, Piggy Riches Megaways and Dragon’s Luck Deluxe from Red Tiger.

In addition, Sisal will have access to Red Tiger’s daily, hourly and random jackpots, as well as Smart Spins bonus software and tournament gamification features.

Marco Bedendo, Sisal’s managing director of slot machines and online casinos, said: “We have a close relationship with Evolution, so it was natural to turn to their group’s brands to take our offer to the next level.”

He also added: “Both NetEnt and Red Tiger are, without a doubt, distinguished by exceptional creative power. The portfolio of these developers not only contains a huge selection of the most interesting games, but is also constantly updated with innovative slots.”

James Jones, Head of Business Development at Evolution, commented: “We have been working together with Sisal for several years, being their reliable partner in delivering world-class live casino solutions.”

He also said: “Now we are happy to help Sisal in their further development not only with the help of one of the most extensive catalogues of slot machines, but also with the help of powerful tools to expand the functionality of slots. They really stimulate user engagement.”

Sisal is one of the leading international operators of the regulated gaming sector. Currently, he works in Italy, Morocco, Spain and Turkey, offering lottery, sports betting, online casinos and other entertainment to clients. The company’s network of ground offices has more than 53,000 points. At the same time, the operator’s online database contains more than 1.8 million consumers.

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Swedish Gambling Regulator Launches New Awareness Campaign

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The Swedish Gambling Authority (SGA) has launched a nationwide campaign encouraging people to play only on licensed sites. The initiative of the regulatory body emphasizes the importance of choosing officially registered operators. The program was called “Games need rules”.

The new SGA campaign includes three short films that have been published on social media and on the organization’s website. The host of these videos is Swedish TV presenter Anders Lundin. He voices each film, repeating at the end the main slogan of the campaign – games need rules.

The scenarios of the videos are associated with cheating in popular board games, which is possible only on sites that are in an illegal situation. The films humorously convey the message about the importance of choosing the right venue, both online and on the ground.

The SGA statement accompanying the videos says: “Perhaps cheating in board games is not a particularly dangerous offense. However, if you are betting with your own money, it is important that gambling companies follow the rules. The Swedish Gambling Authority only controls those who have a national license.”

These three films are connected by a single message with a longer video posted on the regulator’s website. Anders Lundin is personally present in it. The video is intended to provide additional information about the advantages of choosing a licensed gaming company.

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Yvonne Heydenberg, SGA Public Relations Manager, commented: “Our goal is to inform the public that they have a choice between companies that have a Swedish license and operators that do not have one. Citizens have the right to know all the advantages of choosing a site that has an activity permit.”

The news about the launch of the campaign appeared immediately after the SGA announced a total modernization and reconstruction of its website for self-excluded players.

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In the Netherlands, the regulator warns players about blocking illegal casinos

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The Netherlands Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit, KSA) has warned consumers about the imminent blocking of unlicensed websites operating in the local market. The authority issued a warning to consumers stating that access to illegal sites in the country will soon be completely closed.

KSA continues to strengthen measures to combat shadow operators in order to protect licensed representatives of local gambling, as well as take steps to ensure consumer protection. Back on October 1, the authority adopted a regulation on gambling regulation, announcing that illegal sites will no longer be able to count on Dutch customers. The measures that the agency will take include blocking domain names and financial transactions, as well as a significant increase in fines for violating the relevant law.

KSA also reports the discovery of 25 illegal websites that have been ordered to cease all operations in the Dutch market. In addition, the shutdown threatens any site that has applied but has not yet received a license.

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After the official launch of the Dutch online gambling market, the regulator granted only 11 gambling licenses to foreign and local operators. Another 18 did not receive the permission they had hoped for.

Representatives of the authority noted that several leading brands failed to follow the “rule of silence” mandatory for potential licensees. The regulator assumes that while waiting for a permit to operate, operators should not take actions to self-promote or otherwise interact with Dutch consumers.

Among those who have not received a license are Kindred Group, Betsson, Entain and LeoVegas. Each of these operators will make another attempt to enter the legal field by April 2022.

Changes in the legislation of the Netherlands led to the fact that the country’s Gambling Authority moved to a new office in The Hague. The regulatory body has doubled the number of staff by expanding its gambling control units in the Netherlands.

Recall that the Duma has introduced a new mechanism to combat illegal gambling.

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.

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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.