German States Ratify New Interstate Treaty on Gambling

The Minister-Presidents of Germany’s 16 federal states have ratified the third amended InterstateTreaty on Gambling, paving the way for operators to apply for sports betting licenses in the market, while Schleswig-Holstein will be allowed to run its own, liberal regulatory regime.

Licenses will come into force from January 1, 2020 and run until June 30, 2021. The new system will effectively act as a placeholder, with a view to a complete overhaul of Germany’s gambling regulations by 2021.

While the new legislation is a step in the right direction, the updated treaty is also a “missed opportunity” and “half-baked solution,” says Jens Bader, co-counder of online payment company MuchBetter.

 

EGBA Urges Better Enforcement of EU Single Market Rules

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) urges the incoming European Commission and Parliament to focus on ensuring the Single Market rules are better implemented and enforced to benefit European consumers, particularly in the online environment:

 “Making the Digital Single Market work for EU citizens who bet or play poker online is   crucial – because today they are less well protected than a person who buys a plane ticket or a book online. A recent study by the City University of London attributed Europe’s failure to protect online gamblers to the highly fragmented nature of the national policy rules for online gambling. The study showed that the Digital Single Market is failing to protect online gamblers and found that only one country has fully implemented the Commission’s guidelines aimed at providing EU citizens a basic set on consumer protection measures    dedicated to responsible gambling.”

 

Upcoming Events

The following events may be of interest to members of the GiH community.

  • Betting on Sports Americais the largest sports betting conference & exhibition in the US, featuring 175 leading industry speakers across 40 sessions. The event is scheduled to take place 23 – 25 April, 2019in New York/New Jersey.
  • GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2019, which celebrate excellence in compliance and responsible gambling initiatives, will be awarded on 1 May, 2019at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London. The event will be hosted by comedian and acclaimed actor Stephen Mangan.
  • 115+ speakers already confirmed their attendance at the World Gaming Executive Summit, 2 – 4 July, 2019in Barcelona.
  • Betting on Sports 2019, the world’s largest sports betting conference & exhibition, will be held 17 – 20 September, 2019, in London. Betting on Sports 2019 will take place concurrentlywith CasinoBeats Summit 2019.
  • The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR)will hold its 2019 Annual Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica from 30 September to 3 October 2019.
  • The Responsibility in Gaming Conference, taking place 23 – 24 October, 2019in Brussels, will focus on what operators and regulators can and should do to create an effective and workable responsible gaming policy.

 

Match-Fixing Expert Declan Hill to Speak at the 2019 Gaming in Holland Conference

Together with Netherlands Gambling Authority Chairman René Jansen and Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart, investigative journalist, academic, and match-fixing expert Declan Hill will be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Gaming in Holland Conference on June 5-6, 2019.

Declan Hill is one of the world’s foremost experts on match-fixing and corruption in sports. He is best known for his ground-breaking book The Fix: Organized Crime and Soccer.

Perhaps the most explosive story of sports corruption in a generation, The Fixpresents compelling evidence that some of the most important soccer matches in the world may have been fixed.

Mr Hill’s presence at the Gaming in Holland Conference is particularly relevant as several conference sessions will be dedicated to the relationship between betting and sports.

Representatives of clubs, associations, and the betting industry will discuss opportunities and challenges of the soon-to-be liberalized Dutch sports betting landscape

Registration for the conference is now open!

 

Other News

Digital security specialist Ronald Prins has been appointed as the new chairman of the Netherlands Gambling Authority’s Advisory Council.

 

Nederlandse Loterij and Fonds Gehandicaptensport, a charitable fund for handicapped sports, have extended their partnership for another two years.

 

Nederlandse Loterij has announced the four nominees for its annual “In Beweging Prijs.”

 

The Flemish Ombudsman argues for the abolition of the Belgian National Lottery.

 

Zeal Network has cited the acquisition of a record number of new customers as the main reason behind year-on-year financial growth in 2018, describing the year as a “milestone” twelve months for the lottery brokerage.

 

The Malta Gaming Authority is considering to implement a Unified Self-Exclusion System to be applied to the regulated gaming industry in Malta.

 

Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has issued fines to Genesis Global and Paf Consulting, after ruling that the two licensees breached the country’s self-exclusion regulations.

 

GVC and Hero Gaming have become the latest brands to joinSweden’s online gaming industry association, Branschföreningen för Onlinespel(BOS).

 

The Norwegian Ministry of Culture has submitted proposals to ban foreign gambling ads from being broadcast to Norwegian citizens.

 

France’s Senate has revealed that it will review the proposed sale of state-owned assets Française des Jeux (FDJ) and Aéroports de Paris (ADP) this April.

 

Gauselman Group’s Merkur Sportwetten subsidiary has acquired the Polish betting business Totolotek SA from Intralot.

 

The soon-to-be-expected Italian gambling advertising banmay contain some interesting exceptions.

 

Online operator LeoVegas has launched GoGoCasino, the first brand to go live on its new platform, Brands of Leo.

 

In a bid to offset any potential revenue losses incurred through the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) ruling, William Hill has requested that UK landlords reduce the operator’s betting shop rents by 50%.

 

Online gambling operator 188Bethas ceased all operationsin the UK and Ireland, citing a high level of competition across both markets.

 

The Republic of Ireland Government has set out plans to form a new gambling regulatory authority with oversight of the country’s online and land-based market.

 

888 Holdings has announced the first phase of its roll-out of a new poker platform, Poker 8, available to all new customers through 888Poker.com.

 

Sportech saw a decline in revenue for 2018, falling 4% to £63.7m ($83.9m).