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Sweden launches ‘Larsson Inquiry’ on black market matters

Sweden’s Ministry of Finance has confirmed that Gunnar Larsson, Director General of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, will lead an inquiry to safeguard Sweden’s regulated online gambling marketplace against black-market threats.    The appointment of Larsson was officially announced by Swedish Social Affairs Minister Ardalan Shekarabi, the lead advocate of recent ‘temporary player restrictions and controls’ that have ruptured Sweden’s online …

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Nigel Railton comes under political fire over u-18 lottery ban

Camelot CEO Nigel Railton has been criticised for stating that it could take up to a year for the UK National Lottery operator to impose a nationwide under-18s ban on playing National Lottery products.   Speaking as part of a recent All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) session, Railton disclosed that there are a series of ‘logistical challenges’ to enforcing such a measure, …

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SBC Leaders: Adapting to Covid and Italy’s unexpected digital payments push

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“Covid has taught us to think flexibly and react quickly using all the possible tools in a creative way,” said Snaitech CEO Fabio Schiavolin, as he told SBC Leaders about adapting his approach to leading the Italian multichannel operator through the pandemic. The exclusive interview with Schiavolin kicks off the final 2020 issue of the publication, formerly known as SBC …

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“Clear rules and market stability” – What regulation means for operators and affiliates in Greece

Greece has welcomed a new era which paves the way for strong market development and long-term investment, explained Kyriakos Fourniadis (pictured), Managing Director for Better Collective Greece and Romania – the division behind Betarades.gr. In the latest edition of the Better Collective Spotlight series, Fourniadis looks into his crystal ball to discuss how the new market structure might lead to …

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Canada ‘Single Sports Betting Act’ enters final Commons passage

The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) is monitoring Commons developments closely as ‘Bill C-218 – The Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act’ enters its final passage to become a federal legislation.   Updating industry stakeholders, the CGA confirmed that Ottawa’s House of Commons will undertake its final review of Bill C-218, which aims to amend Canada’s criminal code to allow for single …

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Juan Pérez Hidalgo resigns as Coljuegos President

Coljuegos has confirmed to SBCNoticias that Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo has ended his five-year tenure as President of Colombia’s national regulatory authority for gambling.  Updating stakeholders, Coljuegos confirmed that it has secured the appointment of César Augusto Valencia as inbound President, with Pérez Hidalgo choosing to formally end his presidency effective immediately, A South American executive of international packaging conglomerate …

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Digital transition helps Camelot bounceback from covid retail disruptions

Camelot UK has underscored its ‘digital resilience’ after the National Lottery operator recorded its second-highest interim performance, generating ticket sales of £3.85 billion. Publishing its six-month results for the financial year of 2020/2021 (period ending 30 September), Camelot revealed that it had overcome an ‘18% hit in sales’ at the start of the pandemic in April. During the trading period, …

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GVC seeks scientific edge with Dr Griffiths appointment as Safer Play advisor

GVC Holdings has appointed distinguished behavioural addiction expert and gambling psychologist Dr Mark Griffiths as a strategic advisor on player protections and the development of the firm’s ‘safer play’ technologies. Dr Griffiths, who leads gambling addiction research for Nottingham Trent University, will be tasked with auditing GVC’s group-wide policies, procedures and protocols with regards to developing safer gambling environments for …

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New survey finds licensing ‘ignorance’ among Swedish gamblers


Only 5% of Swedes know how to check if an online sportsbook or casino holds a Swedish licence, according to a new survey by the Swedish Gambling Authority (SGA). The survey, carried out in collaboration with Novus using data collected from 1,737 interviewees, found that eight out of 10 Swedes have ‘probably’ not played at a site without a licence …

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ASA ‘underage sweep’ sees marked improvement in gambling advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has revealed a drastic improvement in gambling-related adverts being restricted to underage audiences after the watchdog published the results of its ‘second online marketing sweep’. Continuing its year-long project, the ASA noted that inappropriately placed online betting and gambling adverts had ‘reduced significantly, from 70 ads in the first sweep to 5 ads in the …

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