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Legal Online Sports Betting Now Live in Colorado

Colorado became on Friday the latest state in the US to be offering legal sports betting after the Supreme Court invalidated a long-standing federal ban on the practice nearly two years ago.

Wagering via retail and digital channels was authorized in the Centennial State last November when voters approved the legalization of the practice in a statewide referendum.

State regulators were tasked with licensing interested sports betting operators and readying the market for May 1 opening, a challenging task they said Friday they were relieved to have achieved.

Unlike other states, Colorado is getting into the US athletic gambling fold amid a very specific situation and at a time when the coronavirus has paused nearly all sports (and pretty much all contours of life as we know it).

With all of the state’s casinos being closed amid the global pandemic and residents being urged to stay home and practice social distancing, Colorado offers them the opportunity to place bets digitally.

Four online sportsbooks were launched in the state on Friday, the first day of legal sports betting, and more are expected to follow suit later this month.

The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission has issued nearly 20 licenses for the provision of online sports betting services, so the state is clearly poised to host a busy marketplace once the local betting sector matures and things get back to normal, or at least back to some relative normalcy.

Four Online Sportsbooks Now Active in Colorado

Colorado now has four operational online sportsbooks and more are expected to arrive soon. BetMGM and BetRivers were the first brands to go live with betting products in the newly opened market.

BetMGM is owned by ROAR Digital, the joint venture between Las Vegas casino giant MGM Resorts International and British gambling group GVC Holdings.

ROAR Digital announced Friday that it has signed an exclusive primary skin agreement with Midnight Rose Hotel and Casino in Cripple Creek. Sports betting operators must sign such skin agreements with local land-based casinos in order to be able to operate on the territory of Colorado.

Of their launch in the Centennial State, ROAR Digital CEO Adam Greenblatt said that they “look forward to offering Colorado sports fans the excitement and ease of betting with BetMGM and working alongside Midnight Rose Hotel and Casino to provide top class betting experiences in the state of Colorado.”

BetRivers, owned by Rush Street Interactive, the online gambling division of regional casino operator Rush Street Gaming, was too among the first entries in the new market. The betting brand has partnered Triple Crown Casino in Cripple Creek to offer wagering in Colorado.

Commenting on their debut in the state, Rush Street Interactive President Richard Schwartz said that they have achieved success in other regulated markets because they focus on offering “a high quality product with exciting sports betting options, knowledgeable customer service, and an overall friendly approach that treats every player with honesty and care.”

Arch-rivals DraftKings, which became a publicly traded company just a couple of days ago, and FanDuel also announced their launch in Colorado on Friday.

The Centennial State became DraftKings’ seventh market in which it offers sports betting services. The company’s Co-founder and President, Matt Kalish, said that they are “thrilled to introduce Colorado’s passionate sports fans to DraftKings Sportsbook” and that customers across the state “will always have a number of year-round, skin-in-the-game opportunities to engage with the premier sports betting experience DraftKings prides itself on.”

DraftKings has been able to enter Colorado through a partnership with Twin River Worldwide Holdings, which operates the Golden Gates, Golden Gulch, and Mardi Gras casinos in Black Hawk.

FanDuel, which too has teamed up with Twin River, was the fourth online sportsbooks to greet Colorado sports fans for the first time on Friday.

The gambling group’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Raffensperger, said in a statement that “Colorado is home to a passionate group of sports fans and we are incredibly excited to show them why FanDuel is the number one sportsbook in the country.”

Aside from its real-money gambling offering, FanDuel is also offering the ANYTHINGBOOK free-to-play game that tests sports fans’ knowledge in sports and pop culture.

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Wazdan Delivers Slots Portfolio to Lithuania’s Uniclub Casino

Online slots developer Wazdan has teamed up with Lithuanian gambling operator Uniclub Casino to deliver its portfolio of HTML5 titles to local players.

Wazdan games are now available to Uniclub Casino customers as the content developer and provider looks to further expand its footprint into a rapidly-growing regulated European market.

Aside from Wazdan’s gaming titles, Uniclub Casino and its players have also been granted access to the provider’s Unique Wazdan Features that tailor games according to each player’s personal preferences.

Wazdan’s features include Volatility Levels, which enables players to adjust the volatility of their game, Ultra Lite Mode, which reduces the time a game takes to load, Ultra Fast Mode, which speeds up the pace of the game, and Big Screen Mode, which zooms the reels of the game to fill up the entire screen.

The Uniclub Casino brand has been part of the Lithuanian gambling sector for nearly two decades now. Since its inception in 2001, the operator has been running a wide network of slot machine halls across the Baltic nation. It has also expanded into the Lithuanian online gambling space.

News about Uniclub Casino’s partnership with Wazdan emerge shortly after the gambling operator announced the addition of content from popular game development studio BF Games as part of its efforts to enhance its online offering.

Lithuanian Expansion

The partnership with Uniclub Casino marks Wazdan’s expansion into the regulated market of Lithuania. The online gaming supplier brings more than a decade of experience and expertise in the development of tech-rich online slots games.

Commenting on their alliance with Uniclub Casino, Wazdan Head of Sales Andrzej Hyla said that they are thrilled to announce this new partnership as Uniclub Casino offers a platform that is just as dedicated to slots as Wazdan’s team.

Mr. Hyla went on to say that teaming up with Uniclub Casino allows his company to extend its reach in the Lithuanian iGaming market while providing the gambling operator with “access to our top-quality games, sure to delight their slot loving players.”

Wazdan debuted the latest addition to its ever-growing slots portfolio – Lucky 9 – just a couple of days ago.

Lucky 9 is a fruity slot title with a pixel twist. The game arrives with a colorful and retro theme where single pixels take on massive proportions offering players a glimpse into those old days when the first arcade slot machines were making waves in the gambling space.

Wazdan’s new slot title features a 6-reel grid and 20 paylines with images of fresh, juicy fruits serving as the game’s symbols. The red strawberry symbol offers the highest win potential and can be additionally multiplied with the pixelated Variable Win Multiplier.

The starry scatter symbol triggers the Free Spins feature while the special Unique Gamble Feature offers players the chance to multiply their winnings by directing traffic so the taxis avoid collision.

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ORYX Gaming Offers Retention Boost with New Slot Tourneys Tool

Major online gaming provider ORYX Gaming this week debuted its new Realtime Tournaments and Leaderboards tool that aims to further enhance player engagement and retention through different exclusive competitions.

The company’s new product offers online gambling operators the opportunity to run slot tournaments across multiple gaming providers.

The tool also provides real-time data feed which allows tournament participants to track and compare their progress and results with others.

ORYX Gaming’s recently unveiled new tool boasts Plug’n’Play nature, which means that no additional integration is needed and that the product becomes instantly available to all existing partners of the provider and across all games available on its content aggregator ORYX Hub. The platform currently features more than 8,000 gaming titles from some of the industry’s biggest content developers and suppliers.

Part of the Bragg Gaming Group, ORYX Gaming is a rapidly growing provider of B2B solutions for the online gambling industry. Its offering includes an omni-channel retail, online, and mobile iGaming platform, marketing and operational services, as well as the above mentioned ORYX Hub aggregator.

In addition to a wide variety of content, ORYX Hub also offers product integration and marketing tools for the online casino, sports betting, and lottery verticals. The aggregation platform provides rapid and seamless integration and is fully compliant with a number of major regulated jurisdictions.

Unique in Many Ways

ORYX Gaming’s new Realtime Tournaments and Leaderboards product enables gambling operators to set all tournament parameters, including game type, number of players that can participate, currency, and language. Once all these are set up, the tournament gets up and running within a few minutes.

ORYX Gaming says that Realtime Tournaments and Leaderboards’ capabilities allow for an active and dynamic use of the product as “a powerful marketing tool” that helps operators keep players entertained, excited, and engaged while playing the slots games they like and love the most.

Commenting on their new product, ORYX Gaming Managing Director Matevz Mazij said that the new tool “is unique in many ways” as it offers a real-time data feed and easy set-up and does not need to be integrated separately.

Mr. Mazij went on that Realtime Tournaments and Leaderboards provides operators with the opprotunity to “create exclusive competitive environments” that enable players not only to win in the game they enjoy but also to do that against others.

According to the ORYX Gaming executive, this adds “another layer of excitement and offers a great incentive for players to battle to win or return to a game where a tournament is running.”

Mr. Mazij also revealed that their new tool has been launched with several online gambling operators and has already seen “amazing results” with doubled player session times and significant increases in bet sizes.

Realtime Tournaments and Leaderboards is set to go live with several big industry names in the coming weeks, it also became known.

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Blueprint Brings Four Retail RTG Hits to Online Casino Fans

UK-based online casino games developer Blueprint Gaming today announced that it has adapted four Realtime Gaming classic slots for the online gaming space.

All titles are now available through the development studio’s RGS platform and can be exclusively accessed by Blueprint’s global operator network.

The studio’s design and development teams have reimagined four hit retail titles from RTG for the online gambling market, with these four being:

  • 7s Deluxe – the newly developed online slot is based on the classic sevens game; it features a 5×3 grid and includes a Wild Seven Substitute where the flaming 7 wild symbol substitutes for the classic 7 symbol for some extra win potential.
  • Crown Gems – this 5-reel, 10-payline slot arrives with stacked symbols that offer the chance for multiple wins across all active lines.
  • Thai Flower – this Thailand-themed slot comes with a 5-reel grid and 10 paylines; it features three Lotus Flowers awards and 12 free games.
  • Hot Frootastic – as it name suggests, this a classic fruit slot that offers great potential for wins of up to 5,000 times the line bet.

News about the conversion of four RTG retail classics emerged shortly after Blueprint adapted retail hits Eye of Horus and Fishin’ Frenzy for the online gaming environment. Including the latest conversions, Blueprint’s online casino content library now includes more than 30 titles that have been optimized for the iGaming market.

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Converted Retail Titles Prove Particularly Popular

Commenting on today’s news, Blueprint Gaming Director of Marketing and Relationships Jo Purvis said that the range of Realtime Gaming retail slots they have transformed for the online casino space “have proved really popular with players” and that they are excited to bring the four new games to the market.

Ms. Purvis also praised the Blueprint development team for once again doing great job in converting retail classics to “work seamlessly on our RGS and in stunning HTML5 format.”

Blueprint is part of German gambling group Gauselmann. As mentioned above, the studio is based in the UK and specializes in the development of content for the gambling industry. Its games are available across desktop and mobile and can also be played on more than 100,000 land-based gaming terminals across the UK, Germany, and Italy.

In separate news from the past few days, Blueprint announced that it has joined the list of providers delivering content to NetBet. Blueprint titles are now live into all .com domains of NetBet Casino. The integration was carried out via iSoftBet’s iGaming platform.

The integration includes popular Blueprint titles such as Genie Jackpot Megaways and Goonies as well as recent branded Megaways release Rick and Morty Megaways.

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Red Rake to Add Casino Games to United Remote Aggregator

Spain- and Malta-based online casino developer Red Rake Gaming has recently announced a new strategic agreement that would provide it with new distribution channels to deliver its content through.

The developer has teamed up with United Remote in a deal that would see Red Rake integrate its content onto its new partner’s platform.

The partnership covers the integration of more than 40 games from Red Rake’s ever-growing portfolio, including the gaming studio’s latest releases as well as the recently launched progressive tournament tool.

Games to be added to United Remote’s aggregator include hit Red Rake title Gustav Minebuster – a cluster slot offering players the chance to win up to 20,000x, Mother of Horus – one of the studio’s fastest growing games with its fixed jackpot and free spins mode, and Million7 – a 10×6 slot with one million win ways, and last but not least, Secrets of the Temple – the latest addition to Red Rake’s portfolio.

United Remote, an iGaming content aggregator, has gone through a period of restructuring since industry veteran Jeremy Fall took its reins. The company has also grown significantly with its new CEO and has gained a number of new top-tier clients, including some of the industry’s biggest names.

A Packed 2020 Roadma

Since its inception, Red Rake has remained focused on delivering innovative and engaging titles to its partners. The company says that this year will not be different as it has a packed roadmap ahead.

The online gaming supplier has also been busy signing strategic agreements with fellow B2B companies as well as with B2C providers of online gambling services. Most recently Red Rake has agreed to launch its content with Malta-licensed online casino brand CasinoSecret.

Aside from growing its library of online casino games, the supplier has also recently delivered an innovative progressive tournament tool. The new promotional product has already gained positive reactions across Red Rake’s network of clients.

Of their partnership with United Remote, Nick Barr, Managing Director at Red Rake Malta, said that this is a great alliance due to “the synergies between the companies” and that it would allow them to increase their foothold in already very strong markets for their content.

Mr. Barr went on to say that they are looking forward to working with United Remote and that they are confident in the mutual benefits the two companies would reap thanks to this collaboration.

United Remote CEO Jeremy Fall commented that through this partnership they will be able to ramp up Red Rake’s content to the operators on United Remote’s aggregation platform and that these operators and their players will gain access to “all sorts of innovative Red Rake Gaming content including a raft of thrilling slots.”

Mr. Fall also pointed out that the recently signed partnership is a step forward for both his company and Red Rake and that they are particularly looking forward to make the supplier’s specialist Hispanic titles available for operators pushing into Latin America.”

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Save the Date: Flutter, Stars Group’s £10 Billion Marriage Set for May 5

Irish gambling powerhouse Flutter Entertainment today announced that it is set to complete its £10 billion tie-up with The Stars Group on May 5.

The announcement comes after both Flutter and The Stars shareholders overwhelmingly approved the deal last week and the two companies secured all the remaining regulatory approvals.

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After the closure of the deal, Flutter will own a 54.64% stake in the enlarged gambling group, while The Stars will hold a 45.36% stake in it. The combined business will be headquartered in Dublin with premium listing on the London Stock Exchange and secondary listing on Euronext Dublin.

In a statement on its official website, Flutter said today that it will continue to employ a federal operating model, which it first adopted in early 2018. The company explained that said model “leverages the teams’ local knowledge and ensures that they have the autonomy to respond to developments in each of their local markets while still having access to the substantial resources that the broader Group has to offer.”

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Five Reporting Segments

Once the deal closes later this week, Flutter will initially have five reporting segments, the company pointed out today.

These five are:

  • The Stars Group International, excluding current US operations
  • Paddy Power Betfair, including Paddy Power online, Betfair, Adjarabet, Paddy Power retail and B2B arm
  • Sky Betting & Gaming
  • Australia, including Sportsbet and BetEasy
  • US, including FanDuel and all of The Stars Group’s US-facing operations

Later on, the enlarged group intends to move to a four-divisional management and operational structure that will be adopted in two steps. Firstly, the group will merge the current The Stars Group International division with Paddy Power Betfair’s operations. Secondly, Paddy Power will move into a new UK & Ireland division along with SkyBet.

Flutter said that each of the changes due to be implemented will aim to maintain momentum within each business as the group looks to “achieve the potential revenue and cost benefits of integration.”

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A Transformational Combination

Commenting on the approaching finalization of Flutter’s tie-up with The Stars, Peter Jackson, CEO of the Irish operator and future CEO of the enlarged organization, said that the combined group “brings together exceptional brands, products, and businesses, a hugely talented and experienced team, and a diverse global presence.”

Mr. Jackson went on to say that “the strength of our combined portfolio of assets means that we approach the future with confidence in these uncertain times.”

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The executive also praised The Stars’ CEO, Rafi Ashkenazi, for “creating the exceptional business that [the group] is today” and that his role in “transforming TSG from a single product operator to a diverse global leader with multiple product offerings” has been instrumental.

As mentioned earlier, the merger can now be completed after both Flutter and The Stars investors blessed the deal at special meetings last week. The tie-up awaited approvals from the gambling regulators of the US states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and in Bulgaria as well as approval from Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board in order to be finalized. All these were obtained this past week.

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Danish Watchdog Penalizes 16 Illegal Gambling Websites

The Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, has blocked access to 16 gambling websites operating illegally on the territory of Denmark, the regulator announced on Wednesday.

The agency sought a district court permission to block the unauthorized gambling operations this past February. It was given the green light to proceed with the planned blocking a month later.

The regulator informed the public on Wednesday that it has carried out the task successfully in collaboration with Danish Internet service providers.

Denmark reorganized its gambling market in 2012 when it adopted a legal framework authorizing the Danish Gambling Authority to issue licenses to online gaming and sports betting operators interested to provide their services in a regulated environment.

After the reorganization of the local market, the regulator has also been monitoring the space for unauthorized operations and has uncovered multiple unlicensed activities being conducted on the territory of Denmark.

Including the latest 16 websites, the Gambling Authority has brought successful actions before the district court for a total of 90 illegal online gambling operations.

According to information posted on the regulator’s official website earlier this week, the latest 16 penalized operations included seven online casino websites, seven skin betting websites, and two sports betting websites.

Skin betting constitutes gambling with virtual items from video games under Denmark’s gambling law.

Clamping Down on Unauthorized Gambling

Commenting on their latest action against illegal gambling operations, Spillemyndigheden Director Morten Niels Jakobsen said that they “work to protect players against illegal gambling” and that they also need to make sure that locally licensed operators “can run their businesses under orderly conditions.”

The gambling regulator went on to say that this is the reason why it is “very important for us to clamp down on gambling offered without a license.”

It is part of the Danish Gambling Authority’s responsibilities to monitor the local market by conducting regular searches for potentially illegal operations targeting Danish players. The regulator does this in collaboration with the Danish Tax Agency.

When Spillemyndigheden uncovers websites that offer illegal gambling or “illegal mediation of gambling”, it sends a petition to the owners of the websites, notifying them that they are violating the country’s gambling laws and that they should shut their operations for Danish customers.

If the websites continue to service Danish gamblers after receiving the petition, the Danish Gambling Authority can have them blocked by local Internet service providers after receiving district court permission.

As mentioned above, 90 websites have been blocked after the regulator had interfered since the reorganization of Denmark’s online gambling space in 2012. The Gambling Authority has uncovered more unauthorized operations but most of them have ceased targeting Danish customers after receiving a petition, the regulatory body says.

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Relax Gaming Pens Infinity Reels Lisense Deal with ReelPlay

Online casino content supplier and aggregator Relax Gaming today announced that it has penned an intellectual property deal with ReelPlay for the application and licensing of the Australian iGaming studio’s Infinity Reels trade dress and mechanic.

ReelPlay first introduced its Infinity Reels innovation in the fall of 2019 when the El Dorado Infinity Reels slot hit the market.

The new slots mechanic allows for each spin within a game to offer the chance to add an additional reel and re-spin with a progressive multiplier. The process of adding reels repeats, creating maximized win potential.

ReelPlay released its second Infinity Reels game – Giza Infinity Reels – just days ago and is gearing up preparations for the June 2020 launch of Odin Infinity Reels.

As part of their recent partnership, Relax Gaming has secured the rights to trademark and license the Infinity Reels mechanic on behalf of its wide network of partners. The deal allows the supplier’s in-house game development studios (part of its Silver Bullet program) as well as third-party provider partners (part of Relax Gaming’s Powered By program) to incorporate Infinity Reels into their future games.

Extending Existing Relationship

The recent intellectual property deal comes as an extension of a previously formed partnership between Relax Gaming and ReelPlay.

The two B2B gambling companies first joined forces in 2019 when the Sydney-based developer of online casino content integrated its proprietary titles onto Relax Gaming’s platform.

Earlier this year, the two companies extended their distribution agreement to cover third-party content from ReelPlay’s selected studio partners, including Gameslab and Boomerang Games.

It should also be noted that ReelPlay’s latest slot title, Giza Infinity Reels, was first launched exclusively on Relax Gaming’s aggregator earlier this month ahead of its industrywide release.

Management’s Comments

Commenting on their extended partnership with ReelPlay, Relax Gaming Chief Product Officer Simon Hammon said that the rollout of the Australian studio’s El Dorado Infinity Reels game “marked the introduction of a truly unique and original mechanic that we believe will be a big disruptor in the industry.”

Mr. Hammon went on to say that the recently penned intellectual property deal reflects their commitment to “enhancing value and passion for innovation and that they are looking forward to delivering even more Infinity Reels titles through both their in-house and partner studios “that will push the boundaries even further.”

ReelPlay Chief Commercial Officer David Johnson commended that they expect this latest deal to “unlock a world of new potential for all involved” and that they are excited to see how Relax Gaming and its partner studios will “incorporate the Infinity Reels IP into a wide variety of slot games.”

News about ReelPlay’s deal with Relax Gaming emerge just days after the Australian studio announced that it has sealed an intellectual property partnership with Swedish iGaming provider NetEnt that would help the two companies strengthen their rights associated with their respective Infinity Reels and InfiniReels franchises.

Source: Relax Gaming lands branding deal for ReelPlay’s Infinity Reels™

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Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf Casino to Feature 2,500 Slot Machines

The new casino at the Queen’s Wharf destination resort, currently under development in Brisbane, will have more slot machines than The Star Entertainment Group’s existing gambling venue in the city, Treasury Casino.

The Star and its Chinese partners Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium won the right to develop the Queen’s Wharf gaming, entertainment, and hotel precinct in Brisbane, Queensland in the summer of 2015. The multi-purpose resort is expected to open doors in 2022.

Star Queensland Managing Director Geoff Hogg said earlier today that the casino at Queen’s Wharf will feature 2,500 slot machines (or pokies as they are called in Australia), which is 800 more than what Treasury Casino currently has.

It should be noted that The Star’s existing gambling venue in Brisbane will close once the Queen’s Wharf resort is launched. The Treasury Casino’s license will be transferred to the new gaming operation. The Star’s old casino will be transformed into a department store in about 2023.

Mr. Hogg said today that “there has been no change to the casino’s licensing conditions” and the city would still be having only one casino when their new resort swings its doors open for guests and visitors.

The Star and its Chinese partners are ploughing more than A$3.6 billion (approx. $2.4 billion) into the scheme. Construction work on the property kicked off last summer following nearly two and a half years of excavation work at the site.

Work on Riverside Gardens Under Way

Mr. Hogg, together with Queen’s Wharf Project Director Simon Crooks and ProBuild General Manager Jeff Wellburn, walked local journalists through the cement base for The Landing, the two semi-circular gardens that will be sticking 50 meters into the Brisbane River and will be part of the multi-purpose integrated resort.

The two cement bases will support more than 6,500 square meters of landscaped, riverside gardens that will be facing South Bank.

Mr. Wellburn explained that construction workers drilled pilings 26 meters into bedrock so the riverside park space would survive a collision with a vessel in the event of a flood.

Mr. Crooks told journalists that The Landing would make the Queen’s Wharf precinct stand apart from South Bank. The official went on to say that while South Bank is more a family-friendly destination, the Queen’s Wharf integrated resort “with all of the things here – is probably the flipside as families will still be able to use it, but “this is entertainment for adults as well.”

The new multi-purpose complex will feature hotels and residential towers, a casino, multiple food and beverage facilities, retail centers, and other amenities between George and William Street in Brisbane.

Mr. Hogg said today that the multiple buildings comprising the resort will be about 20 meters above ground level by Christmas.

Source: Queen’s Wharf will have more gaming machines than Treasury Casino

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Germany Slams Unnamed Online Casino Payment Processor

Germany’s state of Lower Saxony this week ordered an unnamed payment service provider to refrain from processing transactions related to illegal online gambling.

Last summer, the state issued a similar order, yet again to an undisclosed online payment processor, which was widely believed to be PayPal as the company announced in August 2019 that it was shutting down its services to German online casino players.

Earlier this week, Lower Saxony’s Ministry of Interior and Sports announced that it has “once again prohibited an internationally active payment service provider from participating in payment transactions in connection with illegal gaming in Germany.”

The state’s Ministry of Interior and Sports is the responsible gaming supervisory authority in Germany under the country’s Third State Treaty on Gambling.

Under that treaty, online casino-style gaming and poker activities are prohibited from being conducted on the territory of Germany except the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

The country’s gambling law, which is only a temporary one until a permanent framework takes effect in mid-2021, permitted interested sports betting operators to apply for licenses and operate in a regulated environment. However, the Darmstadt Administrative Court earlier this month halted Germany’s sports betting licensing process until further notice, saying that it was marred by lack of transparency and other issues.

War on Payment Processors

In a Monday statement, Lower Saxony Minister of Interior and Sports Boris Pistorius reminded payment service providers that they are “legally obliged to refrain from making payments in connection with illegal gambling” and that if they fail to refrain from such activities Lower Saxony lawmakers “will take action.”

The Ministry further said Monday that more prohibition orders in connection with illegal gambling-related transactions are in preparation.

Minister Pistorius also noted that the Ministry expects financial services firms to live up to their responsibilities “and to critically review and, if necessary, immediately stop working with companies that practice illegal gambling.”

Earlier this year, the Lower Saxony Minister of Interior and Sports sent a letter to Germany’s banking sector warning financial institutions to refrain from processing illegal gambling money.

On a more positive note, Minister Pistorious praised the successful measures taken by individual payment service providers, saying that these show “an effective approach is possible and has an impact in the industry.”

As mentioned above, the errant payment processor was not identified by Lower Saxony officials, but there have been reports that the recent prohibition might have yet again been issued to PayPal. According to industry sources, the major financial services firm was listed earlier this year as an available payment option with some Germany-facing online gambling operators.

Source: Germany still targeting online casino payment processors

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