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Online Sportsbook and Casino BETZEST™ goes live with MGA license

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Online Sportbook and Casino Betzest™ has been granted B2C, Sports Betting and Casino MGA License seal by the Malta Gaming Authority.

This powerful EU and International license opens Betzest the doors to more European markets and guarantees 100% player security and trust to Betzest Casino and Sportsbook verticals.

Online casino and sports betting operator Betzest continues growing its operations since its launch in July 2018. Betzest is quickly becoming one of Europe’s leading and most distinctive online gambling company offering unrivalled sports betting and casino games on its cutting-edge platform powered by SportingTech.

Marius Filip, Founder/CMO at Betzest, said: “We’re thrilled to have received MGA License seal from Malta Gaming Authority, one of the most reputable and trustworthy regulators. We will continue offering Sportsbook & Casino entertainment to our players now under MGA™ license ensuring fully legal, safe and secure online gaming environment. We see it as the biggest milestone in Betzest™ rapid expansion into EU and International markets. We’ve had an extremely pro-active start to 2020 with a remarkable collection of world-class casino and payment providers on the way. I’m certain the best is yet to come.”

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Tiago Almeida, CEO at SportingTech, said: “MGA is one of the top authorities in iGaming regulation. Acquiring its prestigious License is a significant milestone for any operator and provider. The issuance of B2B License brings additional value to the Sportingtech brand, organization, and access to the new regulated markets. We are very excited and proud to see our client and partner Betzest go live with newly acquired license in Casino and Sportsbook verticals.”

Cihan Onerci, COO at Betzest said: “MGA license is one of the most reputable licenses all around the world. Operating with the MGA license is a massive accomplishment and milestone for our brand. All our services and operations are authorized with the MGA license. Betzest’s main aim is providing high standards and diversity of games to our players. MGA license will help us to empower our aim to realize it.”

About Betzest:
Betzest is your leading premier Online Bookmaker and Casino operator run by a team of experienced i-gaming experts.
Due to its unique product and marketing proposition, Betzest is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most trustworthy and reliable gaming company.
Betzest is offering unrivalled sports betting and casino games experience now under reputable MGA license. The company operations continue to expand in variety of markets and online gambling verticals such as Live Betting, Live Casino, Live Bingo and Virtual Sports. Betzest boasts its robust and multi-functional online sports betting & Casino operating on SportingTech platform. Today Betzest has more than 60 employees across four offices all committed to delivering amazing player experiences on each of their verticals, partnering with top gaming providers.

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PA Gaming Control Board Levies $212,500 in Fines

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved three consent agreements presented by the Board’s Office of Enforcement Counsel (OEC) during its public meeting resulting in a total of $212,500 in fines against casino operators:

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing LLC, two fines totaling $147,500:

  • A $97,500 fine for incidents occurring on Penn Interactive Ventures’ Internet Gaming/Sports Wagering platforms in which there were insufficient protocols that allowed for the creation, access and use of multiple online accounts using the personal identifying information of other individuals, the funding of accounts using stolen or fraudulently obtained payment devices, and the withdrawing of funds into account controlled by individuals conducting fraudulent behavior; and,
  • A $50,000 fine for three incidents at its Hollywood Casino York property in which individuals under the legal gambling age of 21 were able access the gaming floor.

The fine against Sugarhouse HSP Gaming LP for $65,000 was assessed for incidents at its Rivers Philadelphia Casino in which it:

  • failed to meet minimum staffing requirements for a period of 40 days; and,
  • failed to provide timely notification of a voucher theft to both the onsite Gaming Control Board staff and Pennsylvania State Police.

The Board also acted on petitions filed by OEC to ban three adults from all casinos in the Commonwealth for leaving minors unattended in order to engage in gaming activities:

  • A male patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a 9-year-old unattended in a vehicle with an outside temperature of 49 degrees in the parking lot of Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie County for 3 minutes while he gambled in the sportsbook;
  • A female patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving three children, ages 4, 7, and 12, unattended in a vehicle with an outside temperature of 72 degrees in the parking lot of Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie County for 1 hour and 15 minutes while she gambled at slot machines; and,
  • A female patron was placed on the Involuntary Exclusion List after leaving a 12-year-old unattended in a vehicle with an outside temperature of 50 degrees at the valet entrance at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course for 15 minutes while she gambled at slot machines.

The Board’s actions serve as a reminder that adults are prohibited from leaving minors unattended in the parking lot or garage, a hotel, or other venues at a casino since it creates a potentially unsafe and dangerous environment for the children. Leaving minors unattended at a Pennsylvania casino also subjects the offending adult to criminal prosecution in addition to exclusion from all Pennsylvania casinos. To complement the efforts by casinos to mitigate this issue, the Board created an awareness campaign, “Don’t Gamble with Kids”.

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EGBA Welcomes Confirmation Of Frankfurt As Seat Of New EU Anti-Money Laundering Authority

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The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), the association representing Europe’s leading gambling operators, welcomes the recent confirmation of Frankfurt as the seat of the new European Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA). This agreement, reached by the EU institutions, creates a European anti-money laundering authority which will operate together with, and in addition to, the already existing national anti-money laundering (AML) authorities of the EU member states.

AMLA, which will commence operations in mid-2025 with over 400 staff members, will possess both direct and indirect supervisory powers over obligated entities, including the EU’s biggest financial institutions. With the power to intervene in cross-border cases, AMLA is expected to provide comprehensive guidance that further harmonises AML rules and their application, including creating a standardised reporting template for Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs), which will greatly benefit various sectors, including gambling, by standardising reporting formats across EU countries.

The establishment of AMLA as a new authority is a fundamental part of the ongoing reform of the EU’s anti-money laundering framework, which is expected to be finalised and agreed by the EU institutions before the end of the current EU mandate in June 2024.

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As the EU finalises the new AML legislative package, EGBA has developed industry-specific guidelines on anti-money laundering to help online gambling operators comply with the AML rules in the EU, including the upcoming EU AML Regulation. Developed collaboratively with our members, the guidelines offer a risk-based approach and include practical direction for operators in areas such as risk assessments, customer due diligence processes, suspicious transaction reporting, and record-keeping.

To ensure the effectiveness of the guidelines, EGBA members will engage in regular discussions on their implementation and are obliged to submit annual reports to EGBA summarising their progress. To promote transparency and accountability, these regular discussions and reporting will help to identify and address potential issues or areas for improvement in the guidelines and ensure they remain up to date with the latest developments. Other operators are invited to adopt the guidelines and participate in the reporting requirements.

“We welcome Frankfurt as the chosen seat of the new European Anti-Money Laundering Authority. Given the city’s position as the centre of European finance, it is a logical choice. We look forward to collaborating with AMLA to ensure the representation of the gambling sector’s voice in future EU-level AML discussions and help contribute positively to the fight against money laundering. The standardisation of STRs will really benefit gambling operators, particularly those who operate in many countries, because there are currently many different reporting formats across EU member states. By implementing our AML guidelines, operators can also already be well positioned for the EU’s incoming AML rules and play their part in raising standards across the industry.” – Dr. Ekaterina Hartmann, Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, EGBA.

 

Source: EGBA

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BOS Opposes Swedish Government’s Credit Card Ban

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On Friday, the government came out with a proposal to ban the use of credit cards for gambling. The government is thus going against its own state investigation into the matter, the so-called Over-indebtedness Inquiry.

In a previous opinion, BOS has supported the Over-indebtedness Inquiry’s conclusion to continue allowing credit cards for gambling.

“It is sad that the government does not listen to its own expertise and instead proposes a ban on credit cards when gambling, contrary to what the government investigation has concluded. Interestingly, the government does not propose a corresponding credit card ban for the purchase of alcoholic beverages, which in Sweden is only offered by a retail monopoly owned and operated by the government itself,” Gustaf Hoffstedt said.

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“The government is handing yet another competitive advantage to the unlicensed gambling market, which has a 41% market share when it comes to online casino. The risk is great that unlicensed gambling will overtake and gain a larger total market share than licensed gambling in 2024. The government needs to change focus and show that it is on the same side as the licensed gambling companies and the safeguarding of consumers,” Gustaf Hoffstedt added.

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