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NJ Lobbies for Higher Penalties as PokerStars Pays $10k Fine

NJDGE fines PokerStars $10k for accepting illegal sports bets. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) has spent the last six years regulating the most successful online gambling market in the United States. There have been ups and downs. There have been mistakes made, problems realized, and solutions conceived. Is this not to be expected when pioneering any market of such a volatile nature? One thing gaming regulators in the Garden State have learned in recent times is that the penalties for non-compliance could have – nay, should have – been set a lot higher. That was the sentiment coming out of NJDGE offices last week when it was announced that one of their most prominent licensed operators had been fined just $10,000 for violating the state’s strict sports gambling laws. PokerStars Fined $10k for Accepting Illegal Sports Bets On April 12, 2019, David L. Rebuck, Director of the … Continue reading

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Gateway seeks Temporary Home for Sudbury Casino

With lease expiring, Gateway Casino at Sudbury Downs seeks temporary asylum. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, operator of the slots parlor at Ontario’s Sudbury Downs racetrack in Chelmsford, has found itself in quite a pickle. The company has spent so much time and energy working towards the upcoming Gateway casino project in the Kingsway Entertainment District, they’re now facing the fast-approaching expiration of their lease at the Sudbury casino. The way things stand now, the Sudbury slot machines will have no home as of April 1, 2020, the day after the current lease expires. Due to a number of stacked delays between the project proposal and construction phase of the KED casino, that property isn’t projected to open until 2022. That’s two years of downtime that Gateway looking for a way to avoid. Sudbury Casino Debacle 2016-2022 When Gateway won the bid for Ontario’s Northern Bundle in December of 2016, the … Continue reading

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Problem Gambling Down in the UK, Others to Follow?

UK sets bar for responsible live & online betting as problem gambling rate falls. For the last five years, the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC), the authority responsible for regulating all gaming related activities across England, Scotland and Wales, has been setting a strict standard for other reputable jurisdictions to follow. The UKGC’s ultimate goal is to protect customers, prevent fraud, and provide a safe, harmless environment for residents who enjoy gambling entertainment, both online and on land. The latest reports from the Commission show that their ongoing mission has been a successful one thus far. According to a recent poll, the rate of gambling addiction has fallen in the last year. While it’s not what anyone would call a landslide, any reduction in harmful behavior is a good sign for the future, and one that UKGC’s extensive efforts are making a difference. Problem Gambling Rate Down Compared to 2017 … Continue reading

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MGA Orders 4 Online Gaming Licensees to Cease Operations

The Maltese Gaming Authority promised it would protect online gamblers with a heavy hand, and is proving it means business. In seven days, the regulator revoked or suspended four online gambling licenses, ordering the owners to “cease operations immediately”. After decades of circumspect behavior in the global iGaming industry, a few regulatory bodies are taking the protection of players more serious than ever before. If you’ve followed internet gaming news at all in the last few years, you probably guessed the UK is one of them. The other is the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA); the only other international regulatory body to mimic the UK’s bar-setting example so closely. After thoroughly revamping its remote betting guidelines last year, the MGA promised its plethora of licensees that they mean business. Operators received plenty of notice as to what would and would not be acceptable practices come 2019. It was a classic case … Continue reading

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Malta shares AIDP’s Vision of Equality in Gaming

MGA gambling watchdog teams up with All-In Diversity Project. The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is among the world most respected regulators of the iGaming industry. The Maltese government was among the first to realize the great need for strict regulation of online gambling, establishing the MGA in 2001. In the last few years, the regulatory body has made significant strides in the cultivation of bar-setting standards. But responsibility and customer protection aren’t the only goals on the agenda. Enter stage right the All-In Diversity Project (AIDP). Established in 2017, AIDP is an organization that takes the focus off revenues and profit margins, and places it on diversity and equality in the gaming industry workforce. It’s a vision shared by the Malta Gaming Authority, motivating the European iGaming regulator to team up with AIDP for an all-inclusive future, spiraling headlong into the evolution of human equality. MGA Gambling Watchdog Partners with … Continue reading

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What to Expect from 2019 Prague Gaming Summit

Online gaming industry’s top topics of interest at Prague Gaming Summit 2019. Two weeks ago, ICE Totally Gaming, the online gambling industry’s most prestigious, must-attend trade show wrapped up in London. Less than three weeks from now, the majority of that event’s attending delegates will be on their way to the Czech Republic for one of Europe’s most important information sharing and networking conferences, Prague Gaming Summit 2019. Now in its third rendition, PGS3 will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Vienna House Andel’s Prague. It’s a single-day event, but one that’s packed with panel discussions and activities. Online Gaming Industry’s Top Topics of Interest at PGS3 From 9:00am to 5:00pm, attendees will be bombarded with information imperative to the continued growth of the global online and mobile gambling market. Many of the industry’s most challenging issues are on the agenda. Before, after, and a few times in … Continue reading

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Integrity of Ontario Slot Machines a Three-Man Job

OLG, AGCO and Ontario casino operators ensure fairness of slot machines. In Ontario, slot machines are the greatest source of gambling revenue. A virtual font of wealth, they generate millions of dollars every month, filling the provincial exchequer before spilling over into the coffers of their respective host municipalities. In part, their popularity is attributable to a positive degree of trust between players and those responsible for ensuring the fairness of each game. It’s not a single entity that takes on this formidable task. There are three such parties in charge of Ontario’s gaming oversight. They do not work in tandem, exactly, but rather like a gradual chain of command. If one link in the chain becomes weak, he must answer to the next higher link in the chain, who can either support the weak link, or banish it from the chain. Esoteric metaphors aside, let’s take a closer look … Continue reading

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AGLC Investigates Creative Writing Contest with $1.7M Prize

AGLC to determine if $1.7m creative writing contest constitutes gambling. There’s a very unique contest going on right now. It’s so extraordinary, it’s begun orbiting the globe. Participants are entering from Alberta, Canada, where the contest began, to as far away as Turkey, China, and Russia. All for the chance to win a luxury home valued at CA$1.7 million. This isn’t a sweepstakes thought up by some mogul or conglomerate of magazine companies. It’s not a gimmick to lure people into buying time shares. It’s a simple, creative writing contest, launched by a single woman from the small, picturesque town of Millarville, Alberta. Canada. Creative Writing Contest for $1.7M Home Meet Mrs. Alla Wagner of Millarville, Alberta. She is an affluent, yet down to earth woman. Due to medical ailments and severe back pain, she’s looking to downsize her multi-story home. She needs something on a single story, for she … Continue reading

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GVC Encouraging Cultural ‘Change for the Bettor’

UK firm GVC Holdings champions greater responsibility in online gambling. Does the name GVC Holdings PLC ring a bell? Unless you’re an industry insider or major player (i.e. high roller) in the iGaming market, it may mean nothing to you. However, some of its operations may sound familiar. How about Bwin, PartyPoker, Ladbrokes or SportingBet? Maybe Coral, Gala Casino or Foxy Bingo? These are just some of the major iGaming brands under the expansive wing of GVC. The UK-based firm is one of the largest online gambling companies in the world. They didn’t get their by ignoring their customers, or the higher powers that enforce strict regulations upon each of their operations. As the company grew over the years, it’s evolved into one of the most respected names in the global market in terms of business and customer responsibility. On Wednesday, GVC issued a press release announcing greater commitment to … Continue reading

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Alberta seeks a Slice of Online Gambling Pie

Will Alberta be Next Province to join the Canada Online Gambling Market? It’s January—a month that calls for inherent introspect and change. We all do it. Many of us vow to eat healthier, get more exercise, or work towards a better position of employment. Resolutions aren’t just for individuals, though,. The province of Alberta, Canada is looking to make some constructive changes, too, promoting the salubrity of its gaming revenue. For a while now, Alberta’s government has shown interest in the provincial regulation of online gambling. Up until recently, interest is all it was. Now, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) is taking steps to get the ball rolling. If successful, Saskatchewan would be the only province in Canada that does not offer any form of internet-based gambling (lottery, casino, poker, sports, racing, etc.) AGLC Seeks Partner for Online Gambling To be successful in today’s modern age of business, it … Continue reading

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