Legal & compliance Topics: Legal & compliance Videoslots and Casumo fall foul of UK regulator The UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) ongoing investigation into how the industry tackles problem gambling and prevents money laundering has seen the regulator take action against Videoslots and Casumo.Following reviews of each company’s operating licence, the Commission has imposed a £5.85m (€6.6m/$7.5m) financial penalty on Casumo, and agreed a £1m regulatory settlement with Videoslots. A third company, Malta-licensed CZ Holdings, which operates the Dr Vegas site, surrendered its licence after a review had been launched.Nine other (unnamed) operators have been issued with warnings about their future conduct, and a further six remain under investigation. The investigation has already seen Stride Gaming subsidiary Daub Alderney hit with a £7.1m fine, meaning the regulator has issued £13.95m in penalty packages as a result of social responsibility failings.“I hope today’s announcement will make all online casino operators sit up and pay attention, as our investigations found that a large number of operators and their senior management were not meeting their obligations,” UKGC chief executive Neil McArthur said.“It is not enough to have policies and procedures in place,” he said. “Everyone in a gambling business must understand its policies and procedures and take responsibility for properly applying them.”The UKGC revealed for the first time that it has taken action against individuals responsible for these failings. This has seen three Personal Licence (PML) holders surrender their certification, four individuals issued with a warning, and two sent letters on their conduct. Three additional PML holders are still under investigation.McArthur added: “Anyone in a position of authority needs to be aware that we will not only act against businesses when we take regulatory action – we will also hold individuals to account where they are responsible for an operator’s failings.”In the case of Casumo, the operator was found to have failed to put appropriate risk assessment processes in place to determine whether its iGaming offerings could be used to launder money, required under Licence Condition 12.1.1(1). The regulator warned that such processes were not in place in a letter dated November 2017, with Casumo accepting that it was in breach of the licence condition in March 2018, setting out a revised, compliant process later that month.The investigation also discovered that Casumo was not conducting proper due diligence processes on customers, and failing to determine the source of players’ funds. The Commission also found that proper checks to ensure customers were not displaying signs of unhealthy gambling habits had not been carried out. Three Casumo account holders were deemed to be problem gamblers, but none had been flagged as at-risk by the operator.As a result of the failings the operator was issued with the £5.85m fine, and had additional conditions attached to its UK licence. It must appoint a qualified Money Laundering Reporting Officer, who must also take annual refresher training, alongside all other PML holders, senior management and key staff.Casumo must also bring in external auditors to assess its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes.In Videoslots’ case, the company was found to have insufficient customer due diligence processes, and failing to establish the source of customers’ funds. This saw a customer deposit more than £211,000 with the operator in November 2014, losing around £45,000 gambling on its site, without the Videoslots having conducted any sort of enhanced due diligence checks.Another customer failed automated identity checks, resulting in them using a fraudulent driving licence to prove their identity, which was not noticed by Videoslots. This saw the customer allowed to register multiple fraudulent bank cards, making £17,405 in deposits before the criminal activity was flagged.It also failed to make timely interventions when customers were spending significant amounts. This saw one individual deposit £412,000 between April 2016 and January 2017 without the operator attempting to contact them or determine the source of their funds.The operator also failed to have a PML holder leading its regulatory compliance function, and did not notify the UKGC of internal management changes.Videoslots agreed a £1m settlement with the regulator, with the money to be used to support National Responsible Gambling Strategy projects. The operator must also have its Money Laundering Reporting Officer, PML holders, senior management and relevant employees conduct annual anti-money laundering refresher training courses. It also made a payment of £12,000 towards the Commission’s investigative costs.“It is important to make clear that the regulatory settlement is distinct from a package of formal sanctions, and as such the payment is not a fine and is not recorded as a sanction,” Videoslots said.“The Commission’s investigations were part of its thematic review into money laundering and responsible gambling compliance in the remote gambling industry,” the operator continued. “We are pleased that the Gambling Commission recognises that we were open and transparent and fully cooperative throughout.“We had already started making changes prior to the Commission’s review and took proactive and timely action to address weaknesses in our systems relating to how we managed our customers for anti-money laundering and social responsiblity purposes.”Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright warned operators to take note of the Commission’s readiness to issue fines to tackle social responsibility failings.“Protecting vulnerable consumers is our prime concern, and it must be the priority for gambling operators too,” he said.“There are robust requirements to safeguard players and prevent money-laundering which all businesses must adhere to if they wish to operate in the British market. I am pleased to see the Gambling Commission taking the strongest possible action when companies fail to meet their obligations.” Two operators latest to be targeted in ongoing UKGC crackdown on player protection and money-laundering failings Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 29th November 2018 | By contenteditor
Regions: Canada Manitoba Bingo 3rd April 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Lottery Tech & innovation Bingo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter International Game Technology (IGT) has launched a new bingo gaming platform with Canadian provincial lottery operator Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL).Hosted on IGT’s CrystalSlant cabinet, the new Bingo Gaming Solution has been developed specifically for MBLL featuring live session bingo games and a customised, 10-game content bundle.Players will now have access to slots such as Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania 3, as well as three video poker games and four Keno titles.MBLL has installed 500 of the new Class III games at its two flagship casinos in Winnipeg; the McPhillips Station Casino and Club Regent Casino.“Launching IGT’s Bingo Gaming Solution with MBLL represents an exciting milestone in our long-standing relationship with MBLL,” said IGT’s regional vice-president Canada, David Flinn, said. “The bingo gaming solution that we’ve developed for MBLL delivers a dynamic player experience and leverages a wide range of proven IGT game content that was bundled specifically for MBLL and its players.”The launch comes after IGT last month also agreed a three-year extension to its partnership with Canadian provincial lottery organisation Loto-Québec.Under the renewed deal, which runs to September 2021, IGT will provide its INTELLIGEN video lottery central system to Loto-Québec via its IGT Canada Solutions ULC subsidiary.Image: Digby Fire Department Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address IGT rolls out new bingo platform with Canada’s MBLL International Game Technology (IGT) has launched a new bingo gaming platform with Canadian provincial lottery operator Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL). The platform features live session bingo games along with a customised, 10-game content bundle.
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18th September 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: UK & Ireland Topics: People AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter New UK gambling addiction treatment centre opens Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The UK’s first gambling addiction service outside of London has launched today (18 September), with problem gamblers now able to access care at a new facility in Leeds. Email Address People The UK’s first gambling addiction service outside of London has launched today (18 September), with problem gamblers now able to access care at a new facility in Leeds.The new NHS service, run by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT), is being funded jointly by NHS England and GambleAware in an agreement worth around £1m a year. It is part of the NHS Northern Gambling Service, with further facilities in Manchester and Sunderland set to open in early 2020.The service will provide care for those with severe addictions, and provide treatment and support for people with additional and complex mental health conditions, impaired social functioning and those who may present with more risk – such as a risk of suicide.In Leeds, LYPFT is working with national charity GamCare to provide the Leeds Community Gambling Service.“Problem gambling is an addiction which ruins lives for thousands of people and their families,” Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said. “I am determined to do what I can to tackle it. No one’s access to support should depend on where they live, so we are expanding treatment outside of London to help addicts get the support they need to turn their lives around.“As part of our NHS Long Term Plan, we will continue to roll out these specialist services across the country and undo the damage caused by gambling and protect our most vulnerable.”People will get support through psychological therapies, addiction treatment programmes, mental health treatment, family therapy and peer support from those whose lives have already been adversely affected by gambling. The service can also offer separate support to family members and carers of those affected by problem gambling.Marc Etches, chief executive of GambleAware, added: “Our aim is to prevent people getting into problems with their gambling, all the while making sure that those who do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support.“These new services will play a vital role in making sure those with more serious and complex needs linked to gambling will have quick access to free, fast and effective treatment, wherever they may be. We very much look forward to seeing this clinic open and we would welcome the opportunity to potentially replicate this approach in other areas of the UK in the future.”
UK-based mobile-focused bank Starling Bank has strengthened its gambling block by introducing a 48-hour delay for customers to reactivate gambling payments. Email Address Topics: Finance Strategy Starling Bank adds 48-hour delay to gambling block Finance 31st March 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Tags: Payments Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter UK-based mobile-focused bank Starling Bank has strengthened its gambling block by adding a 48-hour delay for customers before gambling payments will be reactivated.This means that if players wish to disable the block, transactions to gambling sites will only be restored after a 48-hour “cooling-off period”, which is intended to stop players from making impulsive decisions.Starling said the delay cannot be overridden by speaking to customer services or redownloading the Starling app. Customers will be told about the 48-hour delay when they first deactivate gambling and betting payments.In addition, the bank said it will add gambling as a new category when tracking spending habits so that customers can see how much they spend on gambling. This change will be introduced in an upcoming update to Starling’s app.The bank first introduced the block – which allows customers to block transactions from all merchants with a gaming licence – in June 2018 after receiving a suggestion from recovered gambler Tony Franklin. The bank said that currently 17% of customers have activated the block.“Whether gambling is an ongoing problem for you or if it’s just something you do occasionally but want to stop completely, the gambling block is a simple tool to help you with that financial goal,” the bank said.This move created a ripple effect through the UK banking industry, with Monzo, Barclays, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, MBNA, NatWest and HSBC all introducing gambling blocking features.However, within a month of introducing the block, a Starling spokesperson told iGB that the bank was looking to make it more difficult to turn the block off. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland
Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Malta Gaming Authority has suspended the B2C service licence of gaming operator BetElephant for failing to submit its interim financial statements for 2019.BetElephant had been approved to offer casino, as well as fixed-odds betting, via the Spartabet and BetElephant brands.The Spartabet.com site is currently offline, while the domain for BetElephant.com is available for sale.BetElephant may no longer carry out any gaming operations, register new players or accept new customer deposits.It must, however, allow all registered players to access their player accounts and refund all player funds it current holds.Last month (26 March), the MGA cancelled Pick Mister Limited’s B2C gaming service licence after the online operator failed to pay its licence fees for 2019.On 10 March, the regulator suspended Stakers Limited’s B2C gaming service licence after the GB Gambling Commission’s took a simliar decision the previous week. MGA suspends BetElephant licence The Malta Gaming Authority has suspended the B2C service licence of BetElephant for failing to submit its interim financial statements for 2019. Email Address 8th April 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Regions: Europe Southern Europe Malta Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
Twin River reopens Hard Rock Biloxi Casino Topics: Casino & games Twin River Worldwide Holdings’ Hard Rock Biloxi Casino in Mississippi reopened on May 21, joining other major casinos in the state in resuming activities following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19 lockdown). AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 26th May 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Twin River Worldwide Holdings’ Hard Rock Biloxi Casino in Mississippi reopened on May 21, joining other major casinos in the state in resuming activities following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19 lockdown).Mississippi – alongside Louisiana – has been among the earliest states in allowing casinos to reopen, provided that they abide by new measures to help combat the spread of the virus, including operating with limited capacity and promoting social distancing throughout their facilities.In line with new Mississippi Gaming Commission guidelines, the casino will operate at 50% capacity while slot machines and table games will be set up to allow distancing between players.Read more on iGB North America. Casino & games Email Address Regions: US Mississippi Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter
First Colombian pilot plan to reopen casinos authorised AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Bingo The Colombian city of Cartago, in the department of Valle del Cauca, is to be the first municipality in the jurisdiction to authorise a pilot plan to reopen land-based gaming venues following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.Pilot plans for reopening the nation’s casino and bingo venues were authorised in July, and related health and safety requirements approved in August by Colombia’s Ministry of Health. It comes after venues were shuttered in mid-March as a result of the pandemic.In order to be authorised for reopening, retail gaming establishments must comply with a specific set of Covid-19 safety requirements. This includes the use of physical barriers between gaming machines, increased sanitation of high-touch areas, venue capacity restrictions, and reduced opening hours. The restrictions also prohibit the sale and consumption of food and alcoholic beverages on-site.“Fecoljuegos has been actively participating in the processes of developing the pilot with the different local authorities of the country and with [gaming regulator] Coljuegos,” Evert Montero Cárdenas, president of gambling trade association Fecoljuegos, commented. “This approval in Cartago is a significant step for the industry, which we hope will multiply very soon throughout the national territory.”“With the resolution, the mayors of all the municipalities of the country no longer have any barrier to moving forward as soon as possible with the implementation of the pilot plans authorized by the National Government”.With a singular nationwide approval still not on the cards, it is down to each individual municipality to authorise pilot plans locally. There are 2,765 authorised establishments in the nation which may now begin to reopen, subject to their local authorities’ approval.Throughout the national lockdown, gaming establishments been unable to generate revenue, which Fecoljuegos says means the state has missed out on around COP225bn (£44.9m/€49.8m/$59.5m) in taxes. Tax revenue from gaming directly funds Colombia’s healthcare system, and the industry also provides the main source of income for some 240,000 families. 19th August 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Bingo Regions: LATAM Colombia Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Colombian city of Cartago, in the department of Valle del Cauca, is to be the first municipality in the jurisdiction to authorise a pilot plan to reopen land-based gaming venues following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. Email Address
Tags: Clarion Gaming iGB Live! “Momentum is building and there’s huge pent up demand to be part of what promises to be a landmark edition of iGB Live!, alongside iGB Affiliate Amsterdam,” Barton concluded. Uncategorized The iGB Esports Streamers activation, she said, “will showcase the critical role streamers play in the affiliate and core esports betting sector.” Topics: Uncategorized AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland Netherlands In February this year, portfolio director Barton said that the rescheduled event was facing a record volume of direct and indirect enquiries regarding participation. “We are delighted and honoured to be bringing the entire igaming and affiliate communities together in a physical environment for the first time in 2021,” said Naomi Barton, iGB Live! portfolio director. Barton said the Slots Pavilion at iGB Live! will comprise of a central marketplace featuring operators, new and established game development studios, aggregators, platforms and affiliates, who will explore new trends in the online slot market. 27th April 2021 | By Conor Mulheir iGB Live! to host new slots, esports & networking features Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Clarion Gaming has confirmed that 2021’s edition of iGB Live! and iGB Affiliate Amsterdam will showcase new exhibition floor features including the Slots Pavilion and iGB Esports Streamers activation. Email Address The event, which is scheduled to take place at the RAI, Amsterdam from 28 September – 1 October, will become the first major face-to-face gaming event of 2021, and will also feature Clarion’s Match!/VIP programme, aimed at matching up buyers and sellers in the industry. “It’s amazing to reflect that the last major B2B in-person event was our sister show ICE London in February 2020, a fact that makes September even more significant for the industry.” Clarion Gaming opted to postpone the 2020 editions of iGB Live! and iGB Affiliate Amsterdam until 2021 last July following the introduction of new travel restrictions related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Meanwhile, Barton described the Match!/VIP programme as an initiative that was developed to connect the right buyers with the right suppliers in a live environment, and allow for productive business networking.
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