South African Bookies support equality

The Association of South African Bookmakers is supporting equality in the industry. SABA, which is an abbreviation for the organisation has declared their intentions by officially supporting the All-in Diversity Project. Learn what this means in this article. Diversity in gambling The gambling industry is pretty diverse. The latest UKGC gambling participation report shows that 46% of UK residents have gambled at least once during the month. Out of those who did gamble, 51% are men and 41% are women.

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There’s a long queue for Dutch gambling licenses

The Netherlands has declared that the government is working towards online gambling legislation. Now that the bill has passed, there’s a long list of companies that want to get licensed. Learn all the context and what it means for South Africa in this article. Why the Netherlands legalized online gambling The Netherlands doesn’t seem like a big country so there isn’t much to legalize in terms of online gambling, at least that’s how it seems to an outsider. Despite the

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The gambling regulator is holding annual conference

The National Gambling Board is holding a conference with the industry moguls on 18th and 19th July. Read on to learn the details. Who’s coming? The annual conference is the place where all the people who make up the gambling industry gather. It hosts delegates from the government and NGB members who make the policy that runs the industry. Local and central authorities and regulators come, as well as representatives of organs who issue licenses. They’re greeted by the industry

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The UK online casinos pay record fines

The numbers released for the previous year’s fines show a record number. In 2018, betting companies have paid a total of £19.7 million in fines. What does that mean for the industry? Read to find out. Enormous fines A total of nine operators were fined £19.7 million. One company in particular, Daub Alderney, had to pay a £7.1 million fine. They had to pay such an enormous amount because they failed to comply with regulations that control AML policy and

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Kenya suspends gambling ad ban

Recently, a Kenyan judge has canceled the gambling ad ban, KFGo reports. Why did he believe it was necessary to uplift the ban? Let’s find out. Kenyan ban Kenya allows online gambling. Until recently, it was legal to promote gambling as well. However, the government decided to create a new piece of regulation to stop people from advertising the gambling industry. The motivation was simple, the government officials believe that ads cause the young and the poor to gamble more

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Caesars Entertainment to exit South African market

Caesars is selling its assets in South Africa, a share in the Emerald Resort & Casino. What does this mean for the industry and for you? Let’s find out. Peermont is buying Emerald Resort & Casino Emerald Resort & Casino is a complex located in Vanderbijlpark, south to Johannesburg. It’s a complex that includes bungalow-styled hotels, a waterpark, and a huge casino floor. The property is valued at $70 million, and Caesars owns 70% of it. It’s probably not the

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Latvia GGR increases in Q1 2019

Latvia’s gambling industry is booming. The country witnesses a great increase in the gross gambling revenue, the official report shows. What’s happening with gambling in Latvia, and why it’s important? Let’s find out. The increase In the last three months of 2018, the Latvian gambling industry generated a turnover of €67 million. In the first quarter of 2019, the turnover is €77 million. That’s almost a 16% increase! The revenues are mostly concentrated in land-based gambling, with gaming machines being

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Monopoly ad banned in the UK

What can be more ridiculous? ASA has recently banned an online advertisement featuring the character associated with the Monopoly game, The Guardian reports. Or was it actually a good thing? Let’s find out. What happened? ASA, the Advertising Standards Authority, has found an ad online that featured Rich Uncle Pennybags, the character you most likely associate with Monopoly. The ad was placed on a regular website, but it didn’t lead to a monopoly website. It was a gambling ad that

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Illegal gambling cases in Vietnam

This April the number of solved illegal gambling cases in Vietnam has surged. Here’s what’s known about it and how this can affect South African gambling. State of gambling in Vietnam Vietnam is a difficult country for gamblers. Gambling is prevalent in the country. However, it’s not legal. The country doesn’t allow any form of gambling except the National Lottery. Even sports betting is illegal there unlike in South Africa. The government is afraid that its people are going to

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Men Outnumber Women in Problem Gambling in Sweden

A recent report shows women have more gambling problems than men in Sweden. Why is that and what does Sweden’s policy on gambling have to do with this? Read the article to find out. Gambling in Sweden Sweden is home to many well known gaming developers. This includes the online slot giant, NetEnt. No wonder Sweden has so much gamblers in the country. The gross gambling turnover in Sweden is as high as $2.5 billion. With only 9 million of

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FOBT Terminals To Have Warnings

If you’ve ever had a cigarette, you know what this means. South Africa hasn’t yet switched to the plain packaging, and all cigarette packs show you a grim image. It’s either an image of your lungs on nicotine, or a slogan that discourages you from smoking. The UK is going to introduce the same warnings on gambling machines. Read the article to learn why. Problem gambling as a health hazard You may not know this, but gambling can be very

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Italy bans gambling ads: are there pitfalls?

While this is definitely not the harshest of gambling regulations, Italy tried its best. Earlier this year, the country banned all forms of gambling ads, whether online or offline. What does this mean for the industry and the players there? Read to find out. $200 million lost The gambling industry in Italy was spending over $200 million a year on advertizing. While this is not a huge sum in the broader scope of GDP, it’s quite significant either way. These

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Argentina to Legalize Online Gambling

Recently, the Governor of Buenos Aires announced that he will be signing a document that would effectively make online gambling legal in the capital province. How this is going to work, and what are the problems with the regulation? Read in our article. How Buenos Aires legalization is going to work Here’s what the Governor has in mind. The only place in Argentina that will be fair game for online casinos is the capital province. That’s only one of the

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Australian Illegal Gambling Will Reach AU$2 Billion in 2020

That’s a pretty big number, isn’t it? That’s a bit over $1.4 billion or R20 billion. Join the article to learn more about how this market operates, and what this means for you. Australian gambling laws Australian gambling laws basically replicate those of South Africa. The country has quite a good attitude to gambling as a whole, but it doesn’t treat all gambling equally. Australia makes land-based gambling legal, and you can probably find a gambling machine in a bar,

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Ontario: Feds have to legalize single-event sports betting

Canada officials are speaking up in support of legalization of single-event sports betting in Canada, Toronto Sun reports. The issue is hard to understand to outsiders, as it only touches on some countries. Follow the article to dig in and understand what’s up with Canada’s laws. The current laws Currently, you can’t bet on a single event in Canada. The reasons behind this are too complex to touch in this article, but the outcome is pretty clear. If you live

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German Officials Announce New Gambling Regulation

The German government is now on the way to introduce new regulations on sports betting, Dr. Stulz-Herrnstadt reports. The report is fresh and doesn’t have wide publicity yet, as it is only reported by Dr. Stulz-Herrnstadt’s firm, DLA Piper. The information they provide hints at the fact that sports betting is not going to face a ban from the government. Here is what the draft of the legislation on gambling is focused on. Experimental periods for sports betting Sports betting

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Labour wants changes in the UK Gambling Act

The UK has been the hub of European gambling for over a decade. There are probably hundreds if not thousands of casinos that are registered with the UK Gambling Commission. It’s doing its job well too. Thanks to the Commission, we have access to self-exclusion that has become the norm in the world of gambling. The Commission promotes a healthy attitude towards gambling. So healthy that the top British sports betting companies decided to stop advertising in the hours when

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The Netherlands Announces a Blackout for Illegal Gambling Operators

Recently, we’ve reported about the Netherlands being on the path towards the legalisation of a gambling market. It was not known what steps the country’s legislators are going to take in order to make sure this happens. Today, we know one thing for sure. Illegal operators that are now operating within the country, target Dutch people, or accept players from the Netherlands will be kept away from the market. This measure will be in force right until the bill about

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The Netherlands to legalize online gambling

It’s finally happening, the Netherlands authorities are legalizing remote gambling! The Senate voted “yes” on this issue on 19 February, De Kansspelautoriteit reports. There isn’t a unanimous accord on when the Act is going to be in full power. Here is what is know as of today. The Netherlands Gambling Commission has previously stated that fining illegal gambling operators doesn’t work (link here). The thing is they’re registered elsewhere, and getting them to pay a fine is virtually impossible. This

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PayPal weakness discovered

A young man with no savings was able to spend £150,000 in debt using his PayPal account, The Guardian reports. One psychiatrist reported that her client who was under treatment for gambling addiction spent a huge amount of money overnight. The young man was struggling with his habit and ended up with no savings on his account. In that night that possibly ruined his future, he sat down to gamble and was not able to stop. How did a man

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