Archive for May, 2019

Nairobi Judge Suspends Gambling Ad Ban Due to Musician’s Complaint
May 24th, 2019 By April Bergman

Nairobi Judge Suspends Gambling Ad Ban Due to Musician’s Complaint

Nairobi high court Judge James Makau suspended a ban on gambling ads after a famous musician complained the ban robbed him of celebrity endorsements. Muriji Kamau Wanjohi called the ban “irrational and unreasonable” in a court filing. Muriji Kamau Wanjohi filed the legal case after Kenya’s government instituted a ban on gambling advertisments. The new […]

Blackstone Group Buys Stake in Romania’s Superbet Sportsbook
May 23rd, 2019 By April Bergman

Blackstone Group Buys Stake in Romania’s Superbet Sportsbook

The Blackstone Group bought a minority stake in Superbet, Romania’s largest sports betting operator. The private equity firm paid €175 million for its stake in Superbet. Blackstone Group’s Tactical Opportunities division conducted the purchase on behalf of the parent company, which is the largest alternative investment firm in the world. Superbet is the Romanian equivalent […]

Groupe Barriere Pledges $2.5 Billion toward a Japanese Resort
May 22nd, 2019 By April Bergman

Groupe Barriere Pledges $2.5 Billion toward a Japanese Resort

Groupe Barriere will spend as much as $2.5 billion on a Japanese integrated resort. The French casino company marked the Osaka and Wakayama prefectures as its target for hosting an integrated resort. Speaking at the Conrad Hotel in Tokyo, Jonathan Strock of Groupe Barriere said his company plans to buy a minority stake in a […]

Schleswig-Holstein Passes Online Gambling Extension until June 30, 2021
May 21st, 2019 By April Bergman

Schleswig-Holstein Passes Online Gambling Extension until June 30, 2021

Schleswig-Holstein passed a gaming bill last week which extends the current online gambling regulations until mid-2021. The German state’s online gambling regulations met challenges by the federal government over the last 7 years, but lawmakers on both sides of the debate continue efforts to pass a comprehensive regulatory framework. State lawmakers in Schleswig-Holstein passed online […]

David Stanton Calls for Irish Gaming Commision in 18 Months
May 20th, 2019 By April Bergman

David Stanton Calls for Irish Gaming Commision in 18 Months

The Irish gaming industry gave full support to the government’s proposal of an independent gambling regulator. David Stanton, a junior minister known for his pro-gambling regulator stance, said gaming companies understand the stakes. David Stanton, who serves as Irish Minister of State for Equality, Immigration, and Integration, gave a public statement which said, “You are […]

Sweden Fines Betway $520,000 for Bonus Abuse
May 18th, 2019 By April Bergman

Sweden Fines Betway $520,000 for Bonus Abuse

Spelinspektionen, the Swedish gaming regulator, imposed a $520,000 fine on UK gaming site Betway for it bonus offers. The Swedish agency said Betway offered deposit and rebate bonuses to Swedes which violate the country’s new gambling law. Unlike most European countries, Sweden does not allow licensed betting sites to offer bonus promotions beyond basic signup […]

H.R. 312 Casino Bill Passes in U.S. House of Representatives
May 17th, 2019 By April Bergman

H.R. 312 Casino Bill Passes in U.S. House of Representatives

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe received a major legislative boon when the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 312 by a 275-146 margin on Wednesday. Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump tweeted his opposition to H.R. 312, which would give the Mashpee Wampanoag access to 321 acres of land for a casino. The Massachusetts tribe […]

Czech Republic Raises Taxes on Lotteries, Casino Betting
May 16th, 2019 By April Bergman

Czech Republic Raises Taxes on Lotteries, Casino Betting

The Czech Republic plans a tax increase on gambling, as well as the sale of alcohol and tobacco. Czech Finance Minister Alena Schiller said an increase in average salaries and purchasing power of Czech citizens convinced the government to raise taxes on “vices”. The average wage growth took place over a 9-year period. During that […]

Iran Bans Game Show for Lottery Style Gaming
May 15th, 2019 By April Bergman

Iran Bans Game Show for Lottery Style Gaming

Iran state TV banned the nation’s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire after complaints by Iranian conservatives and senior clerics. The ban came after complaints were made by senior clerics and conservatives that the show acted like lottery-style gambling. Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi, a senior Shia cleric, made the ruling in a […]

Basque Public Broadcaster EITB Bans Gambling Adverts
May 14th, 2019 By April Bergman

Basque Public Broadcaster EITB Bans Gambling Adverts

The Basque public broadcaster Euskal Irrati Telebista (EITB) banned gambling-related advertisements. EITB is the second Spanish broadcaster to ban such ads, which is a growing trend in Europe. TeleMadrid earlier ended gaming adverts. Regulators in Italy, Albania, and Georgia each have banned gambling ads, while officials in Germany and Ireland have talked about doing the […]

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