Tag Archives: Ardalan Shekarabi

Sports betting could be excluded from Swedish deposit limits

New proposals submitted to the Swedish government have suggested that horseracing and sports betting could be excluded from the previously suggested deposit limit of 5000 SEK (€500) per week. Earlier this month, Minister of Health Ardalan Shekarabi submitted proposals for a weekly deposit limit as well as a €100 limit on welcome bonuses – a directive that has been widely …

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EGBA warns against Swedish ‘one-size-fits-all’ deposit limits

The European Betting and Gaming Association (EGBA) has suggested that the Swedish government heeds advice from the country’s gambling regulator, Spelinspektionen, to not impose mandatory deposit limits over concerns regarding channelisation. The limits, which have been proposed by the country’s health minister Ardalan Shekarabi, have suggested a number of restrictions on online gambling, including an enforced deposit limit of 5000 …

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Kindred submits countermeasures on Swedish protections and market integrity 

Kindred Group has published its opinion submitted to the Swedish government on the proposal of new player protection measures, which it seeks to implement during the COVID-19 crisis. On 23 April, Sweden’s Health Minister Ardalan Shekarabi presented an emergency proposal to Riksdag, outlining a series of ‘temporary restrictions’ on online gambling operators as further COVID-19 public policy protection measures. Criticism …

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Swedish leaders warn Minister Shekarabi of channelisation consequences  

CEOs of Sweden’s leading igaming operators have warned health minister Ardalan Shekarabi not to ‘torpedo his own gambling regulations’, emphasising that further restrictions on the sector will result in an increase of punters betting via unlicensed operators. As health minister overseeing Sweden’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Shekarabi has ordered Swedish parliament to adopt a series of temporary online gambling …

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BOS – Swedish channelisation strategy failing to meet casino

Swedish trade association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) has published a report revealing that channelisation rates for both online casino and sports betting are tracking significantly below government expectations. Since the market reopened on 1 January 2019, it is estimated that between 80% and 85% of players have been channelled to licensed sports betting sites. This dropped for online casino sites …

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Tightened Swedish regulations could cause more harm than good, says EGBA

Instead of supporting gamblers during the COVID-19 lockdown, enhanced online gaming restrictions in Sweden ‘could do more harm to consumer protection’ according to the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA). Yesterday, Sweden’s Minister for Health and Social Affairs Ardalan Shekarabi  proposed that weekly deposits were limited to SEK5,000, with a SEK100 cap on bonus offers in a bid to protect …

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Sweden proposes tougher online measures for remainder of 2020

Mandatory weekly deposits and caps on bonus offers are due to be rolled out across Sweden from 1 June until the end of the year, as part of the country’s new coronavirus-led online gambling restrictions. Sweden’s Minister for Health and Social Affairs Ardalan Shekarabi has proposed that weekly deposits are limited to SEK5,000, with a SEK100 cap on bonus offers. …

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Inbound Swedish reforms to toughen advertising and online casino requirements

Ardalan Shekarabi, Sweden’s Minister of Social Security, has told national media that the government is ready to publish ‘stage two’ of its regulatory approach on gambling, focusing on enforcing tougher advertising and marketing restrictions upon licensed incumbents. Recognised as one of the highest-profile MPs within the governing Socialdemokraterna (social democrats) party, Shekarabi is the former Minister of Civil Affairs, who …

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Svenska Spel allows retailers to sell games via new online platform

Svenska Spel

Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has launched a new online gaming platform which will allow ‘all physical agents affiliated with Svenska Spel Sport & Casino to sell their participation games to customers all over Sweden.’ The new platform will be rolled out through the operator’s Svenska Spel Sport & Casino subsidiary, with retailers permitted to offer the Stryktipset, Europatipset, Topptipset, …

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Svenska Spel welcomes proposed betting ban on selected markets

Svenska Spel

President and CEO of Svenska Spel, Patrik Hofbauer, has backed proposals to issue a further crack down on selected sports betting markets as suggested by the Swedish Government.  The proposed ban follows on from a meeting held between Sweden’s social security minister Ardalan Shekarabi, the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) and the Swedish Ice Hockey Association which discussed the potential for …

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