Svenska Spel to Cease All Online Casino Advertising

In an effort to curb problem gambling, Sweden’s state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel has pledged to stop advertising its online casino offering for the rest of 2019, CEO Patrik Hofbauer confirmed.

The decision was made by Svenska Spel’s executive team following “intensive internal discussions.”

Pointing to recent Swedish public health statistics, Hofbauer noted that “30% of online casino players detail problems managing their online gaming habits,” a figure that is notably higher than problem gambling rates found in other online gambling verticals.

Furthermore, figures released by Swedish gambling helpline Stödlinjens show that “over 60% of callers indicate online casino as their main source of problems.”

In related news, Svenska Spel has remained the largest operator by turnover in the re-regulated Swedish market during the first two months of 2019.

The leading private operator in the market is ATG, the former horse racing monopoly that has transitioned to a private business, followed by Kindred Group, Bet365, and LeoVegas.

 

Sportradar and Guardia Civil Sign Cooperation Agreement to Combat Match-Fixing

Sports data provider Sportradar and Spain’s Guardia Civil have signed a collaboration protocol in order to improve mutual cooperation in the fight against match-fixing.

Even though regulated sports betting has proven to be an excellent vehicle for boosting fan engagement with a wide range of sports, the growing popularity of betting also increases the risk of match-fixing or other forms of fraud.

With the Dutch online betting market expected to open in late 2020 or early 2021, the issue of sports integrity is becoming increasingly relevant for sports associations and clubs in the Netherlands.

 

Sports Integrity Key Topic at Upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference

At the upcoming Gaming in Holland Conference, which takes place 5-6 June, 2019, high-level representatives from Sportradar will discuss the steps associations and clubs can take in order to protect against fraud and preserve the integrity of sports in the Netherlands.

Additionally, Declan Hill, one of the world’s foremost experts on match-fixing and corruption in sports and author of the ground-breaking book The Fix: Organized Crime and Soccer, will be among this year’s keynote speakers.

Check out the Conference’s preliminary program here or register today!

 

Upcoming Events

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

  • Betting on Sports America is 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, 2019 in New York/New Jersey.
  • GamblingCompliance Global Regulatory Awards 2019, which celebrate excellence in compliance and responsible gambling initiatives, will be awarded on 1 May, 2019 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London. The event will be hosted by comedian and acclaimed actor Stephen Mangan.
  • Registration for this year’s Gaming in Holland Conference, taking place 5 – 6 June, 2019 in Amsterdam, is now open! Among this edition’s keynote speakers are Netherlands Gambling Authority chairman René Jansen, Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart, and – last but not least – investigative journalist, academic, and match-fixing expert Declan Hill.
  • 115+ speakers already confirmed their attendance at the World Gaming Executive Summit, 2 – 4 July, 2019 in 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 concurrently with 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, 2019 in Brussels, will focus on what operators and regulators can and should do to create an effective and workable responsible gaming policy.

 

Netherlands Gambling Authority Issues €450k Fine to Gibraltar-based Onisac Ltd

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has hit Gibraltar-based online gaming operator Onisac with a €450,000 fine for illegally targeting consumers in the Netherlands. Onisac operates the Casino.com gambling site.

An investigation by the Dutch regulator found that the operator allowed customers to pay through iDEAL, an online payment method which requires a Dutch bank account. Contrary to certain other countries, customers from the Netherlands were not blocked from accessing the operator’s services.

Because Onisac had already been fined in 2013 for the same offense, the Dutch regulator imposed an additional €200,000 on top of the €200,000 base fine for offering online gambling services without a license.

As the operator also charges a monthly inactivity fee – which the Netherlands Gambling Authority considers an aggravating factor – the fine was increased with another €50,000 to a total of €450,000.

The Casino.com domain is currently no longer accessible from Dutch IP addresses.

 

Other News

A clear majority of the German population believes that online gambling should be regulated rather than prohibited.

 

The Danish Gambling Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has successfully petitioned a local court to force the country’s telecommunications providers to block access to 25 unlicensed gaming websites.

 

Swedish online gamblers who mistyped the website for Sweden’s self-exclusion scheme Spelpaus.se were being redirected to Lottoland.se, according to the Swedish regulator Spelinspektionen.

 

For the first time, the majority of Swedes with a gambling addiction are women, the health authority’s latest survey figures show.

 

In order to reduce the exposure of young people to gambling advertising, policymakers in the UK should consider comprehensive approaches, similar to those applied in tobacco control, which cover all forms of advertising, including promotion and sponsorship, a new study in Harm Reduction Journalfinds.

 

Ladbrokes Belgium has penned a new long term agreement with Arena Racing Company (ARC) which will see the bookmaker roll out ARC’s European Racing Channel (ERC) across its Belgian retail division.

 

The Czech Ministry of Finance announced plans to increase most gambling tax rates in the country.

 

Gambling group GVC said that it had achieved 17%online growth in the first quarter.

 

New UK retail products launched by Paddy Power Betfair(PPB) and Betfred have been withdrawn after less than a day in action following media reports they attempt to circumvent curbs on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

 

The Greek Government has submitted a list of reforms for the country’s online gaming market to the European Commission.

 

Kindred Group has announced a deal with fellow operator Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) that will see its affiliate sites monitored by GiG’s compliance software.

 

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the sport’s anti-corruption body, has reported 21 match betting alerts for the first quarter of 2019, the lowest quarterly figure since its integrity data was first made public in 2015.

 

Las Vegas-based casino operator Wynn Resorts has terminated “all discussions” with Crown Resorts over a potential takeover.