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10/16/2020

article German operators begin online casino transition period
(Germany) -- Germany’s transition period, in which operators will be permitted to offer heavily restricted forms of online poker and slots without fear of...
article Spanish online gaming GGR rises despite fall in sports betting revenue for Q2
(Spain) -- Spanish online gambling revenue rose by 18% year-on-year for Q2 2020, despite sports betting taking a significant hit. Figures from Spanish regulator...
article KSA calls for gambling machines to be removed from family centres
(Netherlands) -- Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands gambling authority, has ruled that Dutch arcades will no longer service any machines based on ‘games of chance...

10/12/2020

article BLOG: GVC and Gauselmann Secure Gambling Licenses in Germany
(Germany) -- GVC breaks ground into the German sports betting and gaming market with four landmark licenses. Others follow suit as Germany prepares to restart under the...

9/25/2020

article Spain will be at the forefront of gaming advertising regulations in Europe
(Spain) -- The Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, unveiled that in “a few weeks” the Council of Ministers will approve a decree on Commercial...

9/14/2020

article Swedish GGR lowest ever despite regulated iGaming launch
(Sweden) -- Swedish gross gaming revenue for Q2 2020 was the lowest Sweden has seen since the introduction of regulated online gaming at the start of 2019. According to...

8/31/2020

article France’s online poker sets records as sports betting slumps
(France) -- France’s regulated online gambling market suffered only a modest revenue decline in the second quarter as online poker activity more than doubled year-...

8/24/2020

article There’s a chance European gambling commissions gone too tough on legal online gambling
(Europe) -- The virtual world has a very big influence on many different things. Gambling is no exception. Big profit can be made from playing games like online gambling...

8/20/2020

article Emerging Europe’s gambling industry is betting on a quick recovery from Covid-19 losses
(Europe) -- Covid-19 restrictions left many industry sectors in the emerging Europe region, and indeed, across the world, with reduced revenues as lockdowns placed...

8/19/2020

article Swedish Casino deposit cap impossible to enforce
(Sweden) -- Sweden’s Gaming Inspectorate (Spelinspektionen) has had its say on the prospect of central register to enforce deposit limits across all licensees,...

8/5/2020

article Europe’s casinos struggling to recover in the face of strong online competition
(Europe) -- Every business sector has felt the impact of this year’s unprecedented events to a certain extent. But those in the leisure and hospitality industries...

8/2/2020

article Now & Near Future Concerns for the Betting Industry
(Europe) -- The betting industry has certainly had its fair share of challenges so far in 2020. However, even with some pro sports leagues tentatively returning to the...

7/10/2020

article Slots and sports boost Spain’s online gambling revenue
(Spain) -- Spain’s online gambling market reported double-digit growth in the first quarter of 2020, with all gaming verticals reporting strong year-on-year...

7/9/2020

article Gauselmann Group: Berlin arcades to “die a senseless death” after decision to close hundreds
(Germany) -- The decision to close hundreds of arcades in Berlin will cause the venues to “die a senseless death”, according to Gauselmann Group. The Berlin...

7/7/2020

article Germany’s online casinos set TV advertising limits
(Germany) -- Online gambling operators licensed by the German state of Schleswig-Holstein have agreed on new self-imposed advertising limits they hope will placate...

5/26/2020

article DGOJ adds venue requirements to Spain’s lockdown easing
(Spain) -- Spain’s DGOJ has issued new guidance related to gambling venues reopening their business premises. Since mid-May, Spain’s federal council has...

5/15/2020

article Holland Casino meets with Dutch government over casino closures
(Netherlands) -- Dutch state-owned land-based operator Holland Casino and national gambling industry trade association VAN Kansspelen have met with representatives from...

5/12/2020

article King’s Casino re-opens as poker returns unexpectedly
(Europe) -- After initially telling poker fans that the popular casino and biggest cardroom in Europe would be likely to be closed until September, King’s Casino...

4/30/2020

article Portugal's online gambling market sets new revenue record
(Portugal) -- Portugal’s regulated online gambling market set new revenue records in the first quarter of 2020, which could put further pressure on the government...

4/23/2020

article Sweden’s gamblers face new limits on bonuses, deposits, losses
(Sweden) -- Sweden’s gamblers are facing tough new limits on their activity after the government proposed temporary rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On...

3/31/2020

article Spain issues new online gambling ad limits during virus lockdown
(Spain) -- Spain’s online gambling operators have been told to restrict their marketing efforts to avoid taking advantage of problem gamblers on lockdown during...
article COVID-19: European Gambling Associations issue Guidance on Safer Online Gambling and Responsible Advertising
(Belgium) -- With increasing global concern about the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the health, safety and well-being of the general public is of outmost concern...
article Spillemyndigheden offers advice to players amid Covid-19
(Denmark) -- Denmark’s Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has issued guidance to consumers to encourage responsible play amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)...
article Casino focus to limit Covid-19 impact for Net Gaming
(Europe) -- Online gaming affiliate business Net Gaming Europe has said expects the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to have a “limited” impact on business, with a...
article Net Gaming expects limited impact from coronavirus outbreak
(Europe) -- Net Gaming Europe expects the coronavirus outbreak to have a limited impact on business operations, estimating Q1 revenue for 2020 to be 5% lower than Q4...

3/25/2020

article Bulgaria shuts down Eurofootball over unpaid gambling taxes
(Bulgaria) -- Bulgaria’s gambling regulator has suspended the license of bookmaker Eurofootball after concluding that the operator had failed to pay its necessary...

3/19/2020

article Dutch authority warns of licence delays
(Netherlands) -- The Dutch gambling authority, the Kanssepelautoriteit, has warned would-be applicants for licences for gaming in the Netherlands that the coronavirus...
article Italy's Serie A pushes gov't to drop gambling ad, sponsorship ban
(Italy) -- Italy’s top football league is asking the government to relax its gambling advertising rules to help the sport recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, while...

3/18/2020

article German gaming giant buys ‘significant’ share in Gosforth software company Bede Gaming
(Germany) -- A major German gaming firm has acquired a “significant majority stake” in a Gosforth-based software company. Gauselmann Group, a family-owned...

3/17/2020

article Germany to Officially legalize online gambling and poker
(Germany) -- Germany’s relationship with online gambling has been in a grey area for quite a long time. It was largely illegal, except for about 20-something...

3/16/2020

article Casinos and slot machine halls to close during emergency situation
(Estonia) -- Casinos and slot machine halls will be closed during the emergency situation until at least May 1 to help limit the spread of the coronavirus after Prime...

2/28/2020

article European Union Top Court Backs $8.7M Italian Tax Bill on Stanleybet
(Italy) -- Stanleybet — a large European sports betting operator — has lost a legal appeal over a hefty $8.7 million tax bill after the European Court of...

2/26/2020

article Top EU Court Rejects Challenge to Italian Gambling Taxes
(Italy) -- Taxes on betting in Italy do not constitute discrimination against companies based in other countries, the European Union’s highest court ruled Wednesday. The...

2/25/2020

article How Will Brexit Affect the Gambling Industry in Europe?
(UK) -- The UK’s departure from the EU at the start of the year has had profound effects on every industry, from financial services to retail, healthcare to...

2/19/2020

article EGBA proposes policy changes for German market
(Germany) -- Ahead of a meeting of German lawmakers in Nordrhein-Westphalen today (19 February), the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has proposed a series...

2/2/2020

article Tracy Damestani steps down from ECA board
(Europe) -- Tracy Damestani has left her position as vice-chair of the European Casino Association. Damestani ends a five year term during which she substantially...

1/22/2020

article German stakeholders give mixed response to new State Treaty
(Germany) -- News that Germany's 16 states have seemingly ended years of debate by agreeing on a new, expansive regulatory framework for gambling has been welcomed...

1/8/2020

article Greece: draft igaming regulations submitted to European Commission
(Greece) -- The Greek Ministry of Finance has brought forward draft online gambling regulations to the European Commission as it prepares to implement new controls on...

1/2/2020

article New sports betting licensing procedure starts in Germany
(Germany) -- The 3rd amendment to the German State Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspielstaatsvertrag = GlüStV) entered into force on 1 January. This new law removes the cap...
article A tiny Italian exclave unwillingly joins the EU’s customs union
(Switzerland) -- We feel completely abandoned,” says Giancarlo Bortoli, as a cormorant skims behind him to land on Lake Lugano. A retired croupier, Mr Bortoli is a...
article Spain to introduce tobacco-style ad restrictions for gambling (sub req)
(Spain) -- Spain’s new coalition government has said it will bring gambling advertising regulations in line with those imposed on the tobacco industry.

12/24/2019

article Bet365 switching off Germany-facing online casino on Dec. 30
(Germany) -- UK online betting giant Bet365 is preparing to shut its Germany-facing online casino before the new year in order to comply with the market’s new...

12/11/2019

article EU igaming revenue to reach €29.3bn by 2022
(Europe) -- Online gaming revenue generated by operators across the European Union (EU) in 2018 amounted to €22.2bn (£18.7bn/$24.6bn), with the market...
article Uzbekistan set to allow sports betting in 2021
(Europe) -- Uzbekistan is ready to jump into the sports gambling industry, as a presidential decree published on December 6 authorized the country to begin allowing...
article Novomatic opens another casino in Spain, second in five months
(Spain) -- Austria-based casino operator Novomatic AG might be done with certain casino operations in its base country, but it is turning up the heat with new venues...

12/9/2019

article EU Investigates Tax Deals Germany Grants To Casinos (sub req)
(Europe) -- The European Commission is investigating whether tax deals that Germany gives casino operators confer an unfair advantage on those enterprises, the body said...

12/5/2019

article Totalizator Sportowy celebrates Polish online casino’s 1st birthday
(Poland) -- Poland’s state-run gambling operator Totalizator Sportowy is celebrating its first full year of online casino and lottery activity, during which...

12/3/2019

article Denmark’s online gambling operators facing 40% tax hike
(Denmark) -- Denmark’s online gambling operators got an early lump of coal from the government via a plan to hike their gambling taxes to 28%. On Monday, Denmark...

11/30/2019

article LESSONS FOR THE U.S.: Troubling News From Abroad for Fledgling Online Gaming Markets in U.S.
(UK) -- In an ominous sign for the burgeoning online gambling markets in the United States, the United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm...

11/22/2019

article German licensing authority reiterates igaming warning
(Germany) -- The body responsible for processing German online sports betting licence applications has once again stressed that operators must shut down any online...

7/30/2019

article German betting licensees ordered to cut online casino tie
(Germany) -- Operators looking to secure a sports betting licence for the federal German market must commit to cease offering all illegal forms of gambling, such as...

7/29/2019

article Germany sports betting licensees must cut online casino ties
(Germany) -- Online sport betting operators interested in acquiring a new German license will have to demonstrate that they have no connection to German-facing online...

7/6/2019

article COLUMN: Integrated resorts in Europe, take two
(Europe) -- A while ago I wrote a short piece on why there are no integrated resorts in Europe, to date. That article focussed on the problems with financing. This...

7/5/2019

article Online gambling agent cuts ties with Betfair site
(UK) -- Asianconnect88, an online gambling agent, closed its business with a website connected to Betfair following a recent investigation by the Financial Times into...

6/7/2019

press release Switzerland issues first four online gambling permits to local casinos
(Switzerland) -- Switzerland has officially issued its first online gambling licenses to four local casino operators and their online technology partners. On Friday,...

5/27/2019

article bet365 suffers Brexit’s uncertainty
(UK) -- Brexit has presented several issues to multiple sectors within the UK, especially because of the uncertainty that comes with it. Gambling companies are not...

5/26/2019

article Odds on new laws about gambling advertising
(Spain) -- IN a series of tweets from the Office of the Defensor Del Pueblo, acting Ombudsman Francisco Fernández Marugán has called for a review on the legality of...

5/23/2019

article BLOG: The History of the Casino Industry
(Las Vegas) -- In 1638, the Great Council of Venice established the first known European gambling house, the Ridotto, which was not called a casino although it meets the...

3/24/2019

article Germany’s online gambling agony extended
(Germany) -- Last week’s amendment to the inter-state treaty on gambling in Germany failed to tackle the country’s lack of direction on online gambling,...

3/3/2019

article Why the party is over for online gambling
(UK) -- When Britain loosened its gambling laws in 2005, then prime minister Tony Blair presented it as a way to legitimise what would happen anyway. “I am not a...

2/24/2019

article The legality of online casinos
(UK) -- Gambling betting by players has frequently been a bit of human civic establishments. These municipal foundations may have been in any piece of the world any way...

2/19/2019

article Senate votes to legalise online gambling, open door to foreign firms
(Netherlands) -- The senate on Tuesday voted in favour of legislation to legalise internet-based gambling, clearing the way for foreign and Dutch firms to apply for...

12/6/2018

article Study: Europeans not fully protected by EU online gambling rules
(Europe) -- All EU member states other than Denmark have not fully implemented EU consumer protection guidelines for online gambling.

11/24/2018

article A New Game Changer in the Czech iGaming Market
(Czech Republic) -- One of the industry leading companies is set to fight off competition and launch itself into the highly competitive and much regulated Czech Republic...

11/13/2018

article There is a negative attitude towards gambling advertising across Europe, says gaming lawyer
(Belgium) -- The Belgian government recently announced new restrictions on gambling advertising. Included in the new legislation is a complete ban on online casino...

11/12/2018

article Online casino advertising to get tougher in Belgium
(Belgium) -- Government officials in Belgium have reportedly confirmed that they will be implementing a more stringent code concerning the advertising of all online...

11/9/2018

article Belgium approves tough directives on online gambling advertising
(Belgium) -- Belgium becomes the latest European jurisdiction to serve industry leadership more headaches, confirming that it will move ahead with its planned decree to...

10/18/2018

article Cherry seeks further acquisitions after Game Lounge deal
(UK) -- Cherry has said it will turn its attention to new acquisition targets after agreeing a deal to purchase the remaining 5% of shares in Game Lounge Sweden, taking...

8/31/2018

article Online Gambling Legalized in Belarus
(Belarus) -- On August 7th, a special decree was signed by the president of Belarus, which will allow online casinos to be legalized in the country. Virtual gambling...

8/28/2018

article Portugal market records double-digit growth on casino and sports betting strengths (sub req)
(Portugal) -- Portugal’s online gambling market grew 47.4% year-on-year in Q2 with revenues of €37.3m and three more licences awarded during the period....

8/9/2018

article Belarus set to legalise online gambling
(Belarus) -- Belarus is set to legalise online casinos after President Alexander Lukashenko singed a Corresponding Decree No. 305 on Tuesday, according to Belarusian...

8/2/2018

article Sweden takes 22 licence applications on launch day
(Sweden) -- Household names such as Svenska Spel and Betsson were among 22 companies that applied for Sweden’s new gambling licences on the first day of...

7/31/2018

article Gambling Associations offer a challenge to Norway’s anti-gambling statutes
(Europe) -- The EGBA is the European Gaming and Betting Association. They are starting a new legal challenge against Norway because they country is locking down their...

6/29/2018

article Bad times for gambling in Bavaria
(Europe) -- Results released recently by the Bavarian State Lottery Corporation, owner of Bayerische Spielbanken, which operates the nine casinos in Bavaria, show that...
article The current state of the Czech gaming market and the influence of the new regulations
(Europe) -- A year and a half ago, new legislation on the regulation of gambling became effective in the Czech Republic. According to the Ministry of Finance, the body...

6/26/2018

article Svenska Spel’s new CEO looking for an online gambling fight
(Sweden) -- Sweden’s erstwhile gambling and betting monopoly Svenska Spel has a new CEO to lead the company into a new era of competition.
article The Netherlands Sharpens Gambling Regulation Rules
(Netherlands) -- The Netherlands is on the cusp of overhauling its state-controlled gambling industry. Lawmakers are preparing a draft legislation that will address...

6/10/2018

article Swiss reject money proposal, approve on-line casino gambling
(Switzerland) -- Election projections indicate that Swiss voters have rejected a referendum that would have made sweeping changes in their country's monetary and...
article Swiss vote to block foreign betting sites in referendum
(Switzerland) -- Swiss voters have overwhelmingly backed a new gambling law which would block foreign betting sites, according to early results.

6/9/2018

article Greek Cypriots start work on south's first casino
(Cyprus) -- Greek Cypriots started work on June 8 on building what has been billed as the largest casino resort in Europe costing 550 million euros ($650 million) and...
article Reform of Swiss gambling law set for voter approval
(Switzerland) -- Voters have the final say on a ban on casinos operating online and located outside Swiss borders. The proposal is part of an overhaul of the country...

6/8/2018

article Cyprus starts work on building 'Europe's biggest' casino
(Cyprus) -- Cyprus started work Friday on building what has been billed as the largest casino resort in Europe costing 550 million euros ($650 million) and creating...

6/2/2018

article Appeal for funds to help problem gamblers
(UK) -- A group working with gambling addicts wants the Department of Justice to provide funding of €100,000 to hire specialist addiction counsellors, with the aim...
article Government must crack down on gambling among children - Voice of the Sunday People
(UK) -- Today we reveal the ­shocking state of gambling among British youngsters. A quarter of a million 11 to 16-year-olds are identified as ­problem gamblers.

5/30/2018

article Slovakia to open online casino market to int’l operators
(Europe) -- Slovakia is preparing to open its online casino market to internationally licensed operators. Last week, Slovakia’s Ministry of Finance unveiled draft...

5/29/2018

article How UK's regulatory reforms shape online casino
(UK) -- It's been a huge month for the UK's betting industry, with the government introducing changes that could change the way Brits bet forever. And these...

5/27/2018

article Footie fans set to bet big as the Reds take on Real
(UK) -- Online bookies are on track for a bumper week’s trading, as excitement builds in the run-up to this year’s Champion’s League final between...
article GVC faces shareholder rebellion over £67m paid to two bosses
(UK) -- The gambling company that owns Ladbrokes Coral and Foxy Bingo faces a bruising shareholder rebellion over the “excessively disproportionate” £...
article MPs want gambling firms to be treated like tobacco firms, calling for ad bans and health warnings
(UK) -- A cross-party group of MPs and peers are pushing to have gambling companies treated like tobacco firms, calling on health warnings to be displayed on their...
article Estonia: Olympic loses suit over closure of Pragas Street casino in Riga
(Estonia) -- The listed Estonian casino operator Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) announced on Friday that it has received a decision of the District Administrative...

5/13/2018

article Bingo halls are being revamped to make playing the game more like X Factor meets Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
(UK) -- The traditional British bingo hall is set for an overhaul from the entrepreneur behind ping-pong themed bars Bounce, mini golf club Puttshack and All Star Lanes...

4/21/2018

article Understanding The High Roller Appeal of Live Dealer Tables
(UK) -- The rapid and unprecedented growth of live dealer casino has taken the online gaming world by storm. Live dealer casinos mimic the best of Las Vegas casino...
article Preview: 8th KPMG eSummit in Gibraltar April 26, 2018
(UK) -- Many C-Suite and other executives are familiar with the Big Four accounting firms. Some have seen ‎PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) release reports over the...
press release PRESS RELEASE: SBTech Wins Compliance Innovator of the Year Prize at the Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards 2018
(UK) -- SBTech has once again strengthened its position as the leading provider of betting and gaming solutions in regulated markets by winning the prestigious...

4/15/2018

article Playtech Makes Billion Dollar Bid for Italy’s Largest Gaming Company
(Italy) -- British firm Playtech has agreed to a deal with Italy’s largest gaming company in a bid to offset recent losses and increase its presence in regulated...
article Hackers stole a casino's high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank
(UK) -- Hackers are increasingly targeting 'internet of things' devices to access corporate systems — everything from CCTV cameras to air-conditioning units.

4/11/2018

article 888 Holdings returning to court in Germany
(Germany) -- Online gambling operator 888 Holdings has announced that it will be returning to court in hopes of overturning an earlier ruling that prohibits it from...

4/9/2018

article Dutch lawmakers lag on iGaming regulations as pressure mounts
(Netherlands) -- The Dutch lawmakers are under pressure from European Union to change the gambling regulatory framework. To be precise, it was in 2002 that the European...
article 888 challenges German Federal Court services restriction
(Germany) -- Issuing a corporate statement, 888 Holdings has moved to challenge Germany’s Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) ruling upholding...

4/7/2018

article Gambling Tax Could Be Cut by 20% in Spain
(Spain) -- The lower house of the national government, Congress of Deputies, announced a proposal has been submitted to lower gambling taxes in Spain to 20%. The...
article Spanish Chess Grandmaster Hounded by Tax Officials Over Poker Play
(Spain) -- Francisco Vallejo Pons is Spain’s top chess player, a grandmaster who is ranked 36th in the world, according to the April FIDE ratings list.But he is...

4/3/2018

article German gambling participation rate continues to fall
(Germany) -- Germany’s overall gambling participation rate continues to decline, despite increases in gambling stakes and revenue. The German Center for Addiction...

4/1/2018

article Dutch Regulator Calling for Changes in the Remote Gambling Act
(Netherlands) -- The Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), which is the main regulatory gambling body in the Netherlands, has strengthen its efforts in try to get the country's...

3/29/2018

article Jewel Casino in the Pearl of the Caucasus
(Europe) -- The moment you arrive at the “pearl of the Caucasus,” Tbilisi, you will be met with world-renowned hospitality and a marvelous mixture of Asian...
press release SBTech inks ‘landmark’ Youbet.dk deal
(Europe) -- British online casino and sportsbetting solutions innovator SBTech has announced the signing of a ‘landmark’ deal that has seen it partner with...

3/27/2018

article Casinos in Austria: between record numbers and self-destruction
(Austria) -- Austria holds a third of the shares of all casinos, sports betting, slots and lotteries in the nation. In fiscal year 2017, state owned Casinos Austria AG (...

3/25/2018

article Prague Gaming Summit Second Edition to Commence on 29th March
(Prague) -- The last days of March are going to give the official start of Prague Gaming Summit 2018 which is one of the pivotal events in the gaming industry and on the...

3/23/2018

article The Netherlands concerned about Curaçao online casinos
(Netherlands) -- The Dutch Gaming Authority is seriously concerned about the operators of online casinos from Curaçao that focus on the Dutch market. “...
article Belgium’s Constitutional Court Restores VAT Exemption on Online Gambling Services
(Belgium) -- The Constitutional Court of Belgium annulled on Thursday a 2016 constitutional amendment under which online gambling operators were required to pay a 21%...

3/20/2018

article 888 mulls appeal after German court ruling aims to halt its websites
(Germany) -- Online gambling company 888’s future in Germany has been thrown into doubt as it considers appealing a court ruling prohibiting it from operating in...

3/6/2018

article GVC Holdings to acquire controlling stake in Crystalbet
(UK) -- After inking a $5.5 billion deal late last year to purchase British rival Ladbrokes Coral Group, online gambling and sportsbetting giant GVC Holdings has now...

2/28/2018

article CJEU Rules Hungary’s Online Gambling Law Runs Afoul of EU Treaty for Free Provision of Services
(Europe) -- Hungary’s law on the allocation of licenses for the operation of brick-and-mortar casinos and that relating to the grant of licenses for the provision...

2/20/2018

article EU court affirms online gambling guidelines
(Europe) -- The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has thrown out a petition from the government of Belgium seeking to annul online gambling guidelines set by the European...

2/16/2018

article Cherry reveals 104% revenue growth in 2017
(Sweden) -- Cherry has announced “strong” financial growth for the 12 months to December 31, 2017, with revenue up 104% year-on-year.

1/18/2018

article Play'n GO Obtains Licenses to Offer Games in Spain and Colombia
(Europe) -- Play'n GO, one of the leading casino game developers with a strong presence in a number of European regulated markets, has obtained required licenses to...

1/16/2018

article XLMedia acquires a host of Finnish gambling sites
(Finland) -- Good Game Limited, which operates a network of Finnish online gambling information sites, has sold several of its popular sites to XLMedia for a total cash...

1/9/2018

article Novomatic exits Germany online gaming market: report
(Germany) -- Austria-based gaming equipment supplier Novomatic AG has exited Germany’s online gaming market as of the end of December, reported Reuters, citing a...
article Casino Palace partners with Ezugi for Romanian expansion
(Romania) -- Land-based Bucharest casino operator, Casino Palace SRL announced that in conjunction with Ezugi a technology provider specializing in live dealer solutions...

1/4/2018

article Fortuna Entertainment Group’s largest shareholder planning takeover
(Europe) -- Big changes could soon lie ahead for Fortuna Entertainment Group after its largest shareholder reportedly revealed that it is preparing to spend big in order...

12/29/2017

article Sweden’s Proposed Licensing Laws for Gambling
(Sweden) -- It is no real surprise that, given the European Commission’s recent decision not to follow up on cases of EU law infringement in matters related to...
article ‘No Dice’ over big gambling tax hike debate in Ireland
(Ireland) -- Irish Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe put an end to a major debate on Wednesday – as well as the speculation surrounding it – as he stated...

12/28/2017

article Finland’s slots jockeys will have to authenticate their identity
(Finland) -- Finland is about to make life more difficult (or more responsible, depending on your perspective) for slot machine fans. Last week, Finland’s state...
article Finnish national betting agency to add I.D. verification to slot machines
(Finland) -- Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus has announced that in the future, users of slot games will have to authenticate their identity before being able to...

12/15/2017

article New Georgian Lottery Co-Owner Has Bulgarian Crime Links
(Georgia) -- When the Georgian National Lottery resumes operation next year, it will be owned by two experienced businessmen. Only one of them is nicknamed “The Skull.”

12/8/2017

article European Commission Draws Criticism over Closure of Online Gambling Infringement Cases
(Europe) -- The European Commission announced on Thursday that it is dropping all infringement procedures against Member States in relation to online gambling. The...

12/4/2017

article Online gambling market expands in the UK
(UK) -- According to the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC), gross gambling yield (GGY) from the online gaming market in the territory totaled £4.7 billion...

10/30/2017

article German court upholds federal ban on iGaming
(Germany) -- The Federal Administrative Court of Leipzig has ruled that Germany's prohibition of online casino, scratchcard and poker games is constitutional,...

10/20/2017

article Gambling continues to grow but is Europe ready for it?
(Europe) -- HERE at the Euro Weekly News, we like to keep on top of the news and this includes topics from all over the Europe and beyond. Recently, we have read several...

10/19/2017

article Galway casino accused of selling drink without a licence bids to stop case being heard by District judge
(Ireland) -- A West of Ireland based casino, charged with selling alcoholic beverages without a liquor licence, is seeking to prevent a District Court judge from hearing...

10/14/2017

article Las Vegas in Zagreb: Hotel & Grand Casino Admiral Opens in Vrbani
(Croatia) -- Hotel & Grand Casino Admiral has ceremonially opened at the location of the former department store Nama in Vrbani neighbourhood last night on October...

10/1/2017

article New Swiss Gambling Law Facing Rough Start As Referendum Looms (sub req)
(Switzerland) -- The Swiss parliament last week passed its controversial gambling bill after more than a year of deliberations, but the measure’s future is uncertain,...

9/28/2017

article SlotGuru expands into the Icelandic market
(Iceland) -- SlotGuru has announced that Iceland’s two slot machine operators, the University of Iceland (UIL) and Islandsspil, have combined forces to jointly...

9/26/2017

article Schleswig-Holstein votes Interstate Treaty down
(Germany) -- Online gambling is, according to experts, the future of the industry and that’s why most countries are trying to regulate the segment. However,...

9/25/2017

article Spain set to open its doors for new applications for online operators
(Spain) -- There have recently been a number of reports to the positive about Spain’s online casino market, which has seen significant growth with slot gaming...

9/21/2017

article Spain to issue more online gambling licenses
(Spain) -- Spain’s regulated online gambling market is growing sufficiently well that local regulators have decided to open up the books for new online licensees....
press release Riga Gaming Congress 2017: the main gambling event of Latvia
(Europe) -- On October 12th a significant international gambling event is to take place, Riga Gaming Congress 2017. The program is set to address many of the main...

9/18/2017

article Expected Growth In Slot Machine Market from 2017-2022 to Guide : Trends, Analysis by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application
(Europe) -- The report Slot Machine Market Research highlights key dynamics of Europe Slot Machine Industry sector. The potential of the Slot Machine Market has been...
article Offshore Operators Dominate Swedish Online Gambling Market
(Sweden) -- The Swedish online gambling market is being dominated by offshore operators, once again, according to the new H1-2017 figures released earlier this week by...
article Problem gambling on the decline in Germany
(Germany) -- Problem gambling is on the decline in Germany, according to the findings of a new national addiction study. Monday saw the release of the Drug and Addiction...
article Rise of online casinos in Spain
(Spain) -- While online gambling has continued to grow in popularity around Europe, Spain has been one country where it’s taken considerably longer to gain...
article Saxony-Anhalt finance minister urges German states to ratify new gambling treaty (sub req)
(Germany) -- Saxony-Anhalt finance minister Andre Schröder has appealed to the parliaments of Germany's fifteen other states to ratify the country's revised...
article Valencia raises its gaming taxes
(Spain) -- Beginning next year, slot machines and casino games will reportedly see an increase in taxes courtesy of the government of Valencia. G3Newswire reports that...

9/14/2017

article Georgia considers banning online gambling
(Georgia) -- The Republic of Georgia has announced its plans to ban online gambling as part of its new regulatory framework. According to local news outlets, special...
article Greek giant OPAP down 33% in Q2 net profits
(Greece) -- Greek lottery and betting operator OPAP announced this week that net profit decreased by one-third during the second quarter of this year. Breaking down the...

8/30/2017

article Online gambling firm 888 faces record £7.8m penalty
(UK) -- Online gambling firm 888 is to pay a record penalty of £7.8m after it failed to protect vulnerable customers. The Gambling Commission said there were...

8/15/2017

article I-gaming ‘struggles with fraud,’ says survey
(Europe) -- A survey conducted by the research department of CasExe, a gaming software developer, has found that 94 per cent of gaming companies regularly struggle with...
article New gaming law in Sweden
(Sweden) -- A new framework for the gaming industry in Sweden has been introduced and it could soon end the iGaming monopoly under the control of Svenska Spel. The...

8/2/2017

article Online gambling in Portugal takes step backwards
(Portugal) -- The Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal -SRIJ- (Regulatory and Inspection Service of Portuguese Tourism Games) announced the...

7/18/2017

article Italy generates €575m in H1 as Stars takes casino lead
(Italy) -- The regulated igaming market in Italy generated €575m in H1 2017, keeping it on track to break through the €1bn barrier for the first time in 2017,...

7/3/2017

article Europe moves forward with shared liquidity
(Europe) -- European major gaming regulators confirmed their intention to sign an online poker shared liquidity agreement this week. According to the governmental...

7/1/2017

article Gambling glitz in neglected part of Limassol
(Cyprus) -- After years of debate, a contract for Cyprus’ grand integrated casino resort was signed earlier this week, promising thousands of job opportunities and...

6/26/2017

article Despite a new treaty due in 2018, Germany’s online gambling sector remains complex
(Germany) -- One European nation whose name is rarely mentioned in the context of online gambling is Germany. It’s not that the Germans don’t like to bet...
article U.K. Regulator to Online Gambling Operators: Play Fair
(UK) -- The U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into online gambling companies has matured into an enforcement action, according to a June...

6/21/2017

article Money Laundering with Online Poker? British Tab Says Celeb Swindlers Soon to Be Outed
(UK) -- You probably use an online poker site to make some money and have fun playing your favorite game. But according to an investigation in the UK, at least one well-...

6/12/2017

article What effect is Brexit likely to have on online gambling?
(UK) -- Will it effect yours? People who enjoy having a little flutter online are concerned about how Brexit is going to affect their gambling pleasure. The fact of the...

5/30/2017

article Will Online Gambling Ever Push Land-based Casinos Out of Business?
(UK) -- The online gambling industry is huge. Currently, there are over 800 online casinos serving millions of players from all over the world. In most countries, online...

5/29/2017

article Online gambling keeps growing in the UK
(UK) -- The UK Gambling Commission revealed on Thursday the financial numbers of both online and land-based operations in the territory. The data was recorded during the...
article French gaming regulator says EU online poker liquidity deal by June
(France) -- Online gambling regulators in select European Union markets expect to reach a deal on online poker liquidity sharing by June, according to the head of French...

5/25/2017

article The Gibraltar problem: Brexit and the economics of iGaming
(Gibraltar) -- The gambling industry doesn’t exist in a silo – it contributes to the UK economy much like any other field of business. However, as a multi-...

5/21/2017

article How Malta rolled dice on online gambling supervision: documents
(Malta) -- Malta let online gambling firms operate from the island across the European Union between at least 2012-2014 while failing to enforce its own rules on...

5/20/2017

article ​Gibraltar based online gaming company 888 Holdings under review by the UK Gambling Commission
(UK) -- Gibraltar based online gaming company 888 Holdings has announced it’s under review by the UK Gambling Commission. The company says concerns were raised...

5/10/2017

article British territory Gibraltar, center of online European gambling, fears effects of Brexit
(Gibraltar) -- Deep inside the Rock of Gibraltar is a room known as The Vault. Dug by the British Army in World War II, the room now houses servers that power the...

5/9/2017

article PKR Poker Shut Down For “Financial” Reasons
(UK) -- Once again demonstrating the need in the States of America for regulated online gaming and poker if not in the international industry, the online poker site PKR...

4/25/2017

article How Online Gambling in the UK has Changed
(UK) -- Did you know that online gambling websites are among the fastest growing and most profitable businesses in existence today? In recent times there has been a big...

4/24/2017

article Italy moves towards online poker liquidity
(Italy) -- Daria Petralia, head of Agenzia delle dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM), Italy’s online gaming regulation agency, said that they’re working towards an...

4/9/2017

article Critics blast plans for skyscraper and casino in Malaga
(Spain) -- A proposed high-rise building and casino in Malaga city is facing fierce opposition. Critics have blasted the planned 443ft structure, saying it will...

4/5/2017

article Is Legal Online Poker Coming To Germany?
(Germany) -- GVC CEO Kenny Alexander said that he had never been more optimistic about the prospects for regulated online poker in Germany, during the conference call...

3/29/2017

article iGaming continues to grow in Europe
(Europe) -- Research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming released a report where they establish that the online gaming industry in Europe grew 6.6 percent in 2016 to US$19....

3/26/2017

press release More Operators Leaving Poland as Market Prepares for Tight Regulations
(Poland) -- Polish punters and casino players are waiting to see how the new gambling bill will shape the local market. It will go into effect on April 1 and is going to...
article Why Operators Leave Poland’s ‘Liberalized’ Gambling Market
(Poland) -- Online gambling has seen its role for the growth of the overall gambling industry increase significantly over the past decade or so. The Internet has allowed...

3/25/2017

article Cordish Gaming’s €2.2b Madrid casino plan rejected as unviable
(Spain) -- Casino operator Cordish Companies’ plan to build a €2.2b resort in Spain have hit a major stumbling block after Madrid officials rejected the plan...

3/13/2017

article European Gaming: The Dynamic Between Online and Land-Based Casino Operations
(Europe) -- Figures from the European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA) show that the European online gaming and betting market is thriving. In fact, research from...

3/1/2017

article Denmark boosted by online casino in 2016
(Denmark) -- Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has cited expansion within the country’s online casino market as one of the main reasons behind a year-on-...

2/28/2017

article Chilling: Czech Constitutional Court rules IPS blocking is legal and constitutional
(Czech Republic) -- The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic has approved the controversial provisions of the new gambling act that call for blocking of...

1/20/2017

article Switzerland rebuffs plans to block online casinos
(Switzerland) -- Switzerland has withdrawn plans to introduce regulation that would require internet service providers (ISPs) in the country to block online gambling...

12/27/2016

article What factors land-based operators need to consider before launching an online product
(UK) -- EveryMatrix has assisted a number of land-based casino operators with taking their first steps into the virtual space, including Dragonara Casino and Royal...

12/26/2016

article European Online Gambling Makes Progress in 2016
(Europe) -- While 2016 saw no real online gambling progress made in the United States, in Europe, on the other hand, several important developments resulted in a number...

12/19/2016

article Why Does New Jersey Online Poker Traffic Pale In Comparison To PokerStars Portugal?
(Portugal) -- Last week, Online Poker Report reported on a strange anomaly in the PokerScout online cash game traffic rankings. A week later, the oddity persists: The...

11/28/2016

article Here is How Online Gaming has influenced the UK Gambling Industry
(UK) -- In the past, gambling in the UK was mostly restricted to the richer individuals. This is no longer the case. You can now find a gaming site in high street...

11/24/2016

article Online now the dominant form of gambling in UK market
(UK) -- Online gambling is now the dominant form of gambling in the UK, according to new figures from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

11/20/2016

article Jackpot! Online gambling bonanza set to reel in DOUBLE expected tax take at £600m
(UK) -- Online gambling companies are facing a £100 million tax hike under plans by the Government to tax ‘free spins’ and bonuses, even as the...

11/15/2016

article Online gambling licences ‘need more scrutiny’
(UK) -- The government’s scrutiny of online betting companies has been questioned by an opposition TD after it was revealed that the state has never refused a...

10/26/2016

article Don’t Expect European Shared Liquidity To Have A Meaningful Impact On Online Poker
(Europe) -- After last week’s meeting of European regulators at the EiG Berlin, ARJEL President Charles Coppolani suggested that some form of European shared...

10/21/2016

article Online gambling firms face investigation for cheating customers
(UK) -- Online gambling companies who are refusing to pay up or are preventing players from collecting their winnings are to face a probe, the competition regulator has...
article Online gambling industry faces inquiry into unfair practices
(UK) -- Online gambling companies in the UK are facing a regulatory investigation into potentially unfair practices, such as the cancellation of winning bets and tough...

10/4/2016

article France Passes Internet Bill Favorable To I-Poker
(France) -- The French online poker market will soon be able to share liquidity with other countries, as the government has passed an Internet reform bill that will help...

7/20/2016

article Poland reverses course, restricts online casino to state lottery monopoly
(Poland) -- Poland’s government has reversed course by deciding to restrict its online casino market to a single operator. On Tuesday, the Polish Council of...

7/8/2016

article Online gaming a step nearer in Netherlands
(Netherlands) -- The lower house of the Dutch parliament has passed a bill to regulate online gaming in the Netherlands. The bill is set to be approved by the Dutch...

6/7/2016

article Spain’s online gambling market soars following legalisation
(Spain) -- SPAIN´S online gambling market grew by almost one third in the first quarter of 2016, following last summer’s legalisation for online slots play....

6/6/2016

article Czech Republic comes closer to legalization for foreign online casinos
(Czech Republic) -- The Czech Republic has become much closer to licensing international online casino operators. The relevant bill has successfully overcome another...

5/23/2016

article Why Europe Doesn’t Have Casino Resorts Comparable to Vegas, Macau
(Europe) -- Although gambling in one form or another was present in most cultures throughout history, organized gambling in the form we know it today is an European...

5/5/2016

article France Edges Closer to Online Poker Liquidity Sharing
(France) -- French online poker liquidity sharing could soon be a reality. The country’s Senate has added an amendment to its online gambling regulations that...

4/25/2016

article Bet365’s founding family fortune rises 60% in one year on Sunday Times Rich List
(UK) -- The family members behind privately held online betting operator Bet365 have made their first appearance in the top-25 of the most recent Sunday Times Rich List.

4/17/2016

article ESSA Reports Possible Illegal Sports Betting Patterns
(Europe) -- Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, a not for profit organisation with the primary purpose of protecting betting and sports integrity said recently about...

4/5/2016

article Isle of Man eGaming regulator investigating allegations made against after four online bookmakers
(UK) -- The Isle of Man’s eGaming regulator is investigating after four online bookmakers were accused of closing accounts and voiding bets. Police say they...

3/4/2016

article Online casino games maker NetEnt sees room for further expansion
(Sweden) -- Sweden's NetEnt, which makes online slot machines and roulette games, wants to double its share of the global market to 30 percent despite doubts about...

2/16/2016

article Zero Chance of European Internet Gambling Regulation
(Europe) -- EU Commissioner Harrie Temmink told delegates at last week´s ICE conference there is zero chance of European Internet gambling regulation being...

2/15/2016

article European Commission Nixes Across-the-Board Member Country Online Gambling Synchronicity, Mirroring States’ Rights Issues
(Europe) -- The European Commission (EC) has abandoned the concept of a pan-European regulatory framework for online gambling, accepting that individual member states...

1/8/2016

article Business lessons from the iGaming industry
(UK) -- If there’s one industry that’s benefited from the raise of the Internet over the last 15 years it’s gambling. It used to be the case that...

1/4/2016

article European Union sets new rules on casino betting
(Europe) -- A normative rule published in the Official Journal of the European Union establishes new rules for the gaming industry across the EU. The directive seeks to...

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