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First Illinois Sportsbooks Could Open ahead of March Madness

Legal sports betting is coming to Illinois and odds are that this is going to happen right in time for the upcoming March Madness tournament.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s press secretary, Jordan Abudayyeh, said in a statement this week that the state’s top official “is pleased that Illinois sportsbooks will open for business by March Madness, generating revenue to rebuild universities, hospital, and other facilities across the state.”

Gov. Pritzker last summer rubber-stamped an 816-page bill authorizing massive expansion of the state gambling industry that, among other things, included the legalization of sports betting at retail locations and across digital venues.

The bill’s enforcement into law was a big triumph for the rookie governor who has the challenging task to find funds for his ambitious $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital plan in a state that has been perennially strapped for cash.

First Sports Betting Licenses Granted

The Illinois Gaming Board opened the sports betting license application window in December. The regulator issued the first three temporary operating permits early this month. Under the state’s newly enforced athletic gambling law, all of Illinois’ ten existing casinos are allowed to apply for sports betting licenses.

The three casinos that received temporary permits were Argosy Casino Alton, Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, and Rivers Casino Des Plaines. The properties will be able to conduct both retail and digital wagering activities.

As mentioned above, hopes are that Illinois residents will be able to place first legal bets by mid-March, when the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, or March Madness, is set to kick off. The major basketball event traditionally attracts a lot of attention and betting action.

According to industry insiders, Argosy Casino could be well on track to open Illinois’ first sportsbook, but it is yet to be seen whether this would be the case.

Commenting on the possible start of legal sports betting in the coming few weeks, Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman said this week that “by the time March Madness comes around and the NCAA tournament that’s a heavy time that people like to bet on sports […] I think the state still hopes to have an operation in place by that time to take advantage in the increased interest in betting on sports.”

DraftKings, FanDuel Have to Wait for 18 Months to Get Into the Betting Fold

The legalization of sports betting in Illinois came with a rather controversial provision that blocked companies like DraftKings and FanDuel from applying for online sports betting licenses until 18 months after the start of legal athletic gambling in the state.

There will be three online-only spots betting licenses available after that 18-month period and they will cost $20 million each.

DraftKings and FanDuel have, of course, not been very happy by that turn of events. The CEO of DraftKings, Jason Robins, even took to Twitter last year, saying that “while it is good to see sports betting bills passed, excluding DraftKings and FanDuel is like passing a ride sharing bill that excludes Uber and Lyft.”

The tweet went on that it was “very disappointing that Illinois customers will not have the best options available to them for 18 months.”

Elsewhere around the US, the two daily fantasy sports turned sports betting operators have been among the leaders in the provision of sports betting services.

Source: Sports betting could be operational in March

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Resorts World Las Vegas Picks Konami’s SYNKROS Casino System

Resorts World Las Vegas, the luxury $4.3-billion integrated resort currently under development in the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, has selected technology provider Konami Gaming as its exclusive gaming system management partner.

Set to swing its doors open in the summer of 2021, Resorts World Las Vegas will feature a 110,000-square-foot casino among a number of other amenities.

The resort’s partnership with Konami enables it to utilize the provider’s SYNKROS gaming technology system that will help the property “streamline, manage, and optimize” its gaming operations by “converting meaningful data into actionable information.”

Resorts World Las Vegas will be the first casino property on the Strip to harness the full suite of tools available through SYNKROS and its enterprise software license.

The dynamic and comprehensive system will provide the casino resort with all the necessary marketing, communication, and tracking tools that are all designed in a manner that aims to enhance player engagement through individually tailored incentive offerings; assess and optimize the casino’s performance in real time through detailed reports and visual analytics, and manage accounting as well as slot and table game operations.

Through their partnership, Resorts World Las Vegas and Konami will also work to constantly improve player experience through a wide range of benefits, including cashless wagering, mobile account management, and loyalty and bonus rewards, among others.

Reinventing the Hospitality Experience in Las Vegas

Commenting on their decision to team up with Konami, Resorts World Las Vegas President Scott Sibella said that “reinventing the hospitality experience in Las Vegas means enhancing our service measures and boosting customer engagement through every touch point of the Resorts World Las Vegas experience, including gaming.”

Mr. Sibella also noted that the implementation of the SYNKROS system will enable them to contact with their casino patrons in real time and provide them with “the most cutting-edge, personalized gaming experience” on the Strip.

Tom Jingoli, Executive Vice President and CCO at Konami, said that “for years, Konami’s SYNKROS has worked to deliver guest experiences at the forefront of innovation, so the chance to create new heights of engagement and entertainment for future Resorts World patrons truly resonates with our shared, enduring vision.”

About Resorts World Las Vegas

Resorts World Las Vegas is on track for its planned summer 2021 opening. The property is being developed and will be managed by Malaysian gaming and hospitality group Genting and will be the latest addition to the company’s already rich portfolio of luxury properties in key casino hubs.

When it opens doors, Resorts World Las Vegas will feature a hotel with 3,500 rooms, suites, luxury villas and penthouses in the property’s two towers; a 110,000-square-foot casino with slot machines, table games, private gaming areas, a poker room, and high-limit gaming spaces; and more than 200,000 square feet of food and beverage offerings, including authentic street food experience and Michelin star dining.

The resort will also feature more than 70,000 square feet of retail space with 28 shops offering globally recognized brands; 350,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space; a 220,000-square-foot pool complex with seven unique pool experiences, including an infinity pool with some of the most amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip; a 14,000-square-foot entertainment zone with a race- and sportsbook and featured entertainment; and a 5,000-capacity theater that will be hosting A-list residencies and corporate events.

As mentioned above, the luxury resort will have two towers. Its West Tower will feature a 100,000-square-foot LED screen (one of the largest building displays in the US), while the East Tower will feature a 19,000-square-foot one. A 50-foot diameter video globe that will display more than 6,000 square feet of LED content will also be part of the captivating technology innovations that visitors will be able to see at the property.

Source: Resorts World Las Vegas Names Exclusive Gaming System Management Partner

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Relax Gaming Unveils Ninja Casino Partnership

Provider of online casino content and an aggregation platform Relax Gaming has teamed up with Swedish gambling group Global Gaming to launch its entire portfolio of proprietary gaming titles as well as games by third-party suppliers with the operator’s flagship brand Ninja Casino.

Under the terms of the recently signed content supply deal, Relax Gaming will make available its in-house content, including hit titles Temple Tumble and Money Train, as well as its upcoming releases to Global Gaming and its biggest and most popular brand.

The deal also makes it possible for Ninja Casino to go live with games by third-party suppliers that work with Relax Gaming. Big Time Gaming, Push Gaming, Kalamba Games, and STHLMGAMING are few of those third-party suppliers that will be able to launch their content with the popular online casino brand under its parent company’s partnership with Relax Gaming.

Relax Gaming was established a decade ago and has built a reputation for providing simplified content delivery for the modern online gaming landscape.

Through a single integration, Relax Gaming provides its operator partners with access to more than 1,000 online casino games by a number of suppliers as well as to proprietary titles, including poker and bingo games and a rapidly expanding in-house slots portfolio.

The third-party content is delivered through Relax Gaming’s highly successful Silver Bullet program for commercially represented providers and Powered By program for commercially independent gaming studios.

Latest Major Operator to Join Cluster of Relax Gaming Partners

Global Gaming and its flagship casino operation became the latest high profile partner secured by Relax Gaming, which has expanded its footprint significantly over the past 12 months through partnerships with leading gambling operators, studios, and platform providers.

Commenting on their deal with Ninja Casino, Relax Gaming CCO Daniel Eskola said that it demonstrates that their “offer of technical excellence and business simplicity provides real value to major operators in the European market.”

Mr. Eskola went on that Ninja Casino’s “broad customer base will boost our distribution in both new and existing markets and help us to reach new players.”

Ninja Casino’s Head of Casino, Dirk Camilleri, said that their new partner “not only offers a quality range of content but also a simple aggregation model and user-friendly interface that provides quick and smooth integration.”

Mr. Camilleri also pointed out that their partnership enables them to further advance their offering with industry leading games.

Global Gaming recently received a bit of bad news in relation to its effort to bring the Ninja Casino brand back to the Swedish market after Sweden’s gambling regulator, Spelinspektionen, revoked its license last summer.

The regulatory body last week rejected the requested transfer of Ninja Casino’s .se domain to Global Gaming’s marketing partner Viral Interactive. Spelinspektionen ruled that no Ninja Casino-related domain would be allowed to be launched in Sweden.

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High 5 Games, bet365 Forge Casino Content Supply Deal

Independent casino games provider High 5 Games today revealed a major partnership that would significantly expand its foothold across important markets and would provide a wider gambling audience with access to its content portfolio.

The New York-based studio has partnered with online gambling powerhouse bet365 to provide its huge global customer base with access to its entire games library.

Through this partnership, bet365 will further enhance its existing offering with popular slots such as Triple Double Da Vinci Diamond, Goldstruck, and Way Out Wilds, all produced by High 5 Games.

Games by the developer will be made available to the gambling operator’s customers across the globe, including European markets and the United States. High 5 Games’ deal with bet365 will thus enhance significantly its international presence.

Established in 1995, High 5 Games has grown to become one of the largest, if not the largest, independent providers of games for the land-based, digital, and social casino industries. Its content is available across six continents and in more than 150 countries.

High 5 Games’ library currently includes more than 450 games. Through its remote game server, High 5 VAULT, its selection of titles can be integrated with multiple online casinos for real money play.

To ensure that it is a truly global operation, High 5 Games has obtained licenses and certifications from a number of reputable regulators, including the UK Gambling Commission, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, the Malta Gaming Authority, and the Danish Gambling Authority.

Account Management from Malta

As part of its content supply deal with bet365, High 5 Games will additionally provide the gambling operator with dedicated account management support from the supplier’s Maltese team following the opening of its new office in Sliema.

High 5 Games noted that its recently inked partnership with bet365 demonstrates the growing appeal of the provider’s desktop and mobile gaming content as it has gone live with a number of tier-one companies.

Commenting on their latest important milestone, High 5 Games CEO Anthony Singer said that they have been working with the bet365 team for more than five years and that they are thrilled to have secured a new global agreement that would take the provider and the operator’s partnership to the next level.

Mr. Singer went on that integrating their games directly with bet365 would prove highly beneficial for the operator as it would be able to launch the titles more efficiently.

High 5 Games is expected to deliver its new content to the gambling operator in the coming months.

Last month, the New York-based studio entered a multi-year deal with Iforium. Under that agreement, High 5 Games would integrate its library onto its partner’s Gameflex content aggregator that already contains more than 9,000 titles from over 100 providers.

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Flutter’s Merger with The Stars Group Gets Informal OK in Australia

Flutter Entertainment’s multi-billion merger with Canadian rival The Stars Group has received informal regulatory approval by Australia’s competition authority.

The approval comes as welcome news, but the mega-merger still requires formal approvals by a number of regulators in the countries where the two companies have significant presence.

Flutter announced today that its £10-billion all-share combination with The Stars Group has been granted informal approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

However, the mega-merger that will create one of the world’s biggest online betting and gaming company is still subject to approval by the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board and other regulatory bodies.

News about the informal approval of the tie-up in Australia emerge just a couple of weeks after UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it has opened a probe into the deal. A CMA review is among the mandatory regulatory hurdles Flutter and The Stars Group need to clear before being able to close the deal.

The CMA is set to probe whether the high-profile marriage of the two gambling powerhouses will hurt competition in the UK gambling market.

The combined entity will own some of the largest sports betting and gaming brands, including Paddy Power, Betfair, Sky Betting & Gaming, and PokerStars, and will have more than 13 million active customers in over 100 international gambling markets.

Deal Expected to Close in Q2

Flutter and The Stars Group announced their tie-up in October 2019. The deal, if allowed to go ahead by all competent authorities, will create one of the world’s largest gambling operators. The merger is expected to close at some point in the second quarter of the year, subject to approvals and other customary conditions.

The two major operators are targeting cost synergies of £140 million per year by the end of their third full year as a combined group.

Flutter and The Stars Group also hope to use their combined strength to secure a bigger slice in the US sports betting market where a recently annulled federal ban on athletic gambling has caused a stampede, with more and more companies looking to tap into the lucrative space.

In the US, The Stars Group provides online gaming and sports betting services in several states through its PokerStars and FOX Bet brands. The latter operation was launched as a result from the Canadian gambling company’s partnership with sports media giant FOX Sports.

As for Flutter, it conducts activities through its Betfair and FanDuel brands. FanDuel, the daily fantasy sports turned sports betting operator has claimed and been holding the lead in the important New Jersey sports betting market.

In Australia, the combined group will easily dominate the market. Flutter’s Sportsbet is the second largest sports betting operator, and The Stars Group’s BetEasy is the third largest sports betting operator.

Source: Flutter’s planned merger with Stars gets informal approval in Australia

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1X2 Network, White Hat Gaming Announce Content Deal

1X2 Network announced that it has teamed up with fellow provider of content and solutions for the online gambling industry White Hat Gaming to cement its footprint across a number of regulated markets.

Under the terms of their deal, 1X2 Network will provide its new partner with access to online slots and table games from its 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studio arms. The partnership between the two industry providers will also see White Hat connect to 1X2 Network’s 3PI content aggregation platform.

The aggregator boasts titles from 16 unique game development studios that, according to 1X2 Network itself, cannot be “commonly found with other aggregators”, including recently formed Black Pudding Games studio, which already has three titles in its portfolio.

Among the games that White Hat will gain access to following its partnership with 1X2 Network are hit titles Blood Queen, Battle Maidens, Viking Wilds, and the supplier’s first slot to utilize the widely popular Megaways mechanic, Pirate Kings Megaways.

The deal will also enable White Hat to provide its partner operators with access a selection of 1X2 Network table games and virtual sports.

News about 1X2 Network’s partnership with White Hat emerge weeks after the company announced that it had strengthened its existing partnership with online gambling software provider Iforium. Under that extended partnership, Iforium has gained access to 1X2 Network’s third-party game studios via its 3PI aggregation platform.

Delighted to Partner with White Hat

Commenting on their partnership with White Hat, 1X2 Network Chief Commercial Officer Kevin Reid said that they are delighted with this partnership as they regard White Hat “as one of the most reputable platform providers in the world.”

Mr. Reid went on that this deal will propel their online casino and RNG content onto going live with more iGaming brands and to more players than ever before.

White Hat Gaming Head of Games Mike Dearling commented that they have built a reputation for offering one of the largest portfolios of quality content across the industry and this is why they wanted to add games from 1X2 Network’s 1X2gaming and Iron Dog Studios.

The Head of Games at the major content provider added that titles from the above-mentioned studios have soared in popularity in recent months “thanks to their incredible design and entertaining gameplay.”

This is the latest of several major partnerships announced by White Hat in recent months. Late last year, the company forged a multi-state platform agreement with US casino operator Penn National Gaming.

Under the terms of the deal, Penn National would deploy White Hat’s Player Account Management solution and would integrate with the provider’s platform as it looks to embark on a “multi-state real money online rollout.”

Source: 1X2 Network strikes White Hat Gaming partnership

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Gambling Blocking App Gamban, Lloyds Banking Group Unveil Partnership

Gamban has teamed up with Lloyds Banking Group in a multi-brand partnership that has now provided customers of Lloyds, Bank of Scotland, and Halifax with access to the gambling blocking software.

The initial integration of the Gamban software across Lloyds’ multi-brand portfolio of banking offering was finalized in late January. According to official information published today, the software has been used by a significant number of people who have activated the gambling blocking protection.

Gamban is supported by multiple devices and across multiple operational systems. Android, iOS, Windows, and MacOS users can all utilize the software to limit their access to thousands of gambling websites and gaming and sports betting apps.

News about Lloyds’ partnership with Gamban comes amid growing regulatory pressure and heavy political criticism in the United Kingdom that the gambling and banking sectors as well as related industries are not doing enough to protect vulnerable people from falling victims to problem gambling behavior and gambling addiction.

Commenting on their partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, Jack Symons, Founder of Gamban said that it is “very positive to see forward-thinking banking institutions such as Lloyds Banking Group rise to the challenge of protecting vulnerable customers from gambling addiction through barriers such as spend control and collaboration with market-leading gambling-blocking technology.”

Gambling Freeze

Lloyds’ collaboration with Gamban comes in addition to recently introduced Gambling Freezes, which customers of the banking group’s brands can activate from their mobile banking apps and which enable them to limit their gambling spending by self-excluding their credit and debit cards from being used for gambling-related transactions.

Customers can reverse their decision to freeze such transactions after 48 hours. According to the banks, this time period provides people with enough “thinking time to ensure their decision isn’t made in haste or under duress.”

Lloyds brands introduced the freeze option last November, which was shortly before the UK Gambling Commission announced a ban on the use of credit cards for gambling purposes that is slated to take effect this coming April.

Of the implementation of what it calls layers of protection from potential gambling harm, Lloyds said that it has been working closely with gambling support experts to ensure that its customers have an easy access to a wide variety of help and support tools.

Elyn Corfield, Managing Director of Consumer Finance at Lloyds Banking Group said that they know “gambling-related harm can have serious and long-term impacts on our customers and we are committed to making sure they can easily access a wide range of support.”

The banking official went on that in addition to their card controls that enable customers to freeze gambling transactions, they are delighted “to have developed a pilot with Gamban offering our customers three months free access to their software, providing another level of protection.”

Source: Lloyds recruits Gamban’s gambling blocking software

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ORYX Gaming Hails Successful Partnership with Pragmatic Play

ORYX Gaming has lauded a successful recently signed partnership with Pragmatic Play which has seen the online casino supplier and its content rapidly rocket among the best performing on ORYX’s content aggregator ORYX Hub.

Pragmatic Play successfully integrated its games portfolio onto ORYX’ gaming platform in late 2019. Pragmatic Play now ranks among top 10 of suppliers featured on the content aggregator.

The content provider boasts a wide portfolio of multiple different, mobile-focused products that are certified across multiple markets. Pragmatic Play’s range includes online slots, live casino, and bingo products that are all available via a single API.

As for ORYX’s ORYX Hub, the content aggregator currently includes more than 8,000 gaming titles from over 80 content providers. The platform gives ORYX’s clients access to its entire library through a single account and integration, and is one of a limited number of aggregators offering Pragmatic Play’s games portfolio.

The partnership between ORYX and Pragmatic Play includes the supplier’s slots, its Live Casino product, which was launched last year, as well as its set of in-game promotional tools, Pragmatic Play Enhance.

The promotional tools include tournaments, prize drops, free round bonuses, free card bonuses, and prize multipliers. These all aim to boost player experience and engagement.

A Great Player Response

Commenting on their partnership, ORYX Gaming Managing Director Matevz Mazij said that since adding Pragmatic Play’s multi-product offering, they have seen a great response from their partner operators and that “it is evident that their portfolio of games and promotional tools are a real hit with players.”

Mr. Mazij went on that they are particularly excited about this partnership as it enhances significantly their offering on ORYX Hub.

Pragmatic Play Chief Commercial Officer Melissa Summerfield added that they are thrilled that their casino titles and promotional tools have been so well-received by ORYX’s partners and their players.

Ms. Summerfield pointed out that ORYX’s partners include top-tier operators in global regulated markets “so this partnership was an obvious choice for us as we continue to expand our business.”

During the ICE London exhibition show which took place earlier this month, Pragmatic Play introduced its first Virtual Sports titles as it looks to venture into this lucrative vertical. The first titles of the new range include Horse Racing, Penalty Shooting, and Fantastic League.

The company also unveiled recently three new roulette table that further expanded its Live Casino offering. The new tables – Roulette Russia, Roulette Germany, and Roulette Italy – and, as their names suggest, are language-dedicated to serve the specific needs of three major markets.

ICE London delegates were also able get a first look at Pragmatic Play’s new Asian Live Casino studio.

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MGM Sole Casino Bidder to Qualify in Osaka RFP Process

A consortium formed by Las Vegas casino giant MGM Resorts International and Japanese financial services group Orix Corp. has remained the sole candidate deemed suitable to bid for a license to develop and operate an integrated resort with a dedicated casino facility in Osaka.

The announcement was delivered by the Osaka prefectural government on Friday, the last day for interested parties to submit their bids to participate in a request-for-proposals process that was launched in November 2019.

Prefectural officials said Friday that the MGM-Orix consortium was the only qualified applicant to have participated in the process. It is believed that Osaka prefecture and city lawmakers will announce their decision on whether they would partner MGM and Orix to bid jointly for one of three casino licenses up for grabs from the central government by mid-2020.

Three private companies were announced in November as the ones to have remained interested in building and running an integrated casino resort in Osaka. These were MGM and its local partner, the Japanese unit of Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group, and Genting Singapore, a subsidiary of Malaysian casino resort operator Genting Group.

Osaka officials have announced that if the city wins the right to host one of Japan’s first integrated resorts with casinos, the property will be developed on a 49-hectare site on the man-made Yumeshima island in Osaka Bay.

Osaka Lawmakers Move Forward with Casino Bid Despite Bribery Scandal

Osaka prefectural and city lawmakers are looking to move forward with their casino plans, despite the massive bribery scandal that hit Japan late last year.

Tsukasa Akimoto, the lawmaker who oversaw the drafting of the policy that would introduce casino-style gambling in the country, was arrested in December on suspicion that he took bribes from Chinese gambling firm 500.com to spearhead its bid to build a license in Hokkaido.

Mr. Akimoto was indicted on bribery charges and was released on bail earlier this week. He has maintained his innocence.

The lawmaker’s arrest and the snowballing scandal he was at the heart of delayed the publication of the central government’s so-called basic policy on integrated resorts. Japanese legislators decided to push back the publication of the policy in order to add provisions aiming to combat corruption.

The piece of legislation is now expected to be released at some point this month.

Up until this summer, Osaka was considered among the front-runners in the casino race and multiple international casino companies had their sights set namely on the city. However, since Yokohama entered the race in August, many of the those operators focused their efforts on winning the right to build an integrated casino resort in that city.

Las Vegas Sands, Melco Resorts & Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts were among the companies to assert their commitment to running luxury properties in Yokohama, known to be Japan’s second largest city by population.

Source: MGM-Orix sole qualified partner for Osaka in its IR effort

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GVC-Owned Ladbrokes, Neds Get Record Fines in New South Wales

Ladbrokes Australia and fellow Australia-facing sportsbook Neds have been slapped with a record fine in the state of New South Wales over illegal gambling advertising activities.

It emerged this week that Liquor & Gaming NSW, the agency tasked with monitoring the state’s gambling industry, has fined the two sports betting operations a record A$207,500 fine for offering state residents inducements to gamble in a manner that breached local rules and regulations.

Both Ladbrokes Australia and Neds are owned by gambling group GVC Holdings. The six-figure fine the two brands were recently hit with was the largest ever issued by Liquor & Gaming NSW.

The New South Wales gambling watchdog found during an investigation that Ladbrokes and Neds released a number of gambling ads across a local television channel and social media that offered bonus bets to bettors who opened new accounts with the operators. One of the ads stated: “Deposit $50, get $250 in bonus bets.”

The adverts ran on Channel 7 and across Facebook and Instagram in 2018. Ladbrokes’ campaign involved four ads, while Neds ran two ads.

Under New South Wales gambling law, locally licensed sports betting operators are prohibited from publishing gambling advertisements that include inducements for bettors to participate or participate frequently in gambling activities. Both Labrokes and Neds violated rules by offering bonus bets to new account holders.

Bonus Bets Are Restricted to Existing Customers

The Downing Centre Local Court this week ruled that the two sports betting brands had breached New South Wales law and should be hit with a hefty fine.

Of the record fine issued, Liquor & Gaming NSW Assistant Director of Compliance Dimitri Argeres said that “inducements are known to increase the risk of gambling harm and these advertisements reached a broad segment of the population.”

He went on that in New South Wales bonus bets ads are restricted to existing betting account holders and that the record fine they issued “should serve as a reminder that betting operators have an obligation to ensure their gambling advertising complies with NSW laws.

Ladbrokes and Neds can appeal the fine.

In December, Kindred Group’s Unibet Australia brand was hit with a A$25,000 fine in New South Wales over similar violations of state gambling advertising rules.

The operator appeared on the state regulator’s radar screen after running an ad on The Canberra Times’ website in November 2018 that read “Deposit $20, Bet with $100.” One more ad got the sports betting brand in regulatory trouble. That one was featured on Unibet Australia’s own website in February 2019 and said “Earn $50 CASH For Each Friend You Refer!”

Both ads offered inducements for bettors to open new accounts or participate in gambling activities in a manner that breached state advertising rules.

Source: Australian sportsbooks issued with record AU$207,500 fine for gambling inducements

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