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Spain clears decks for poker liquidity sharing with France

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Spain and France have advanced towards shared online poker liquidity with another step, following the official publication of Spain’s new regulations.

The resolution signed by Spanish gaming regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) on December 29 was published by the Spain’s Official State Gazette on Monday legalising the online poker liquidity sharing between the state-licensed operators in Spain, France, Italy and Portugal.

The resolution emphasises that the new inter-jurisdictional agreement shall come into effect on the day following its publication, making Tuesday, January 16 the official D-Day of European online poker pool-sharing, owing to the need to acquire technical approvals the actual process is not likely to begin promptly.

The Stars Group’s Spanish-licensed PokerStars.es will obviously be the foremost operator to plunge into this pool, with PokerStars.fr been issued a cross-border license from French regulator ARJEL already.

The online poker markets in both Spain and France have recently shown flickers of life following a long decline, although this is largely due to the growth on online tournaments, as cash games figures continue to slide (at least in Spain).

In a recent interview with Casino News Daily, DGOJ Director Juan Espinosa Garcia sought to temper expectations of shared liquidity providing an immediate boost to locally licensed poker operators. Garcia claimed it was “necessary to give some time for the poker markets to adapt to the new reality.”

That said, Garcia is confident that the long-term benefits of shared liquidity will ultimately convince other European Union regulated markets to join the four first-mover countries.

Portugal has offered little guidance on its progress towards joining France and Spain, while Italy’s commitment to the cause is in doubt after some local senators raised discredited concerns regarding money laundering. Garcia dismissed these arguments, saying “from a substantive perspective the scheme should really be as strong as a ring-fenced national liquidity situation.”

The DGOJ has also mulled liquidity sharing deals for non-poker verticals ‘in which the number of players is key to determine the prize, such as online bingo or mutual [exchange] bets.” However, these plans will be subject to the same type of “methodical evaluation and study” to ensure regulators, operators and the public derive some benefit.

Source: European Gaming News

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EveryMatrix inks RGS Matrix agreement with Wild Boars

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EveryMatrix announces the second RGS Matrix partnership with Wild Boars, newly launched gaming studio that aims to bring creative storytelling and a fresh feel to the gaming industry.

Launched in 2019 as EveryMatrix sixth standalone solution, RGS Matrix enables gaming development teams to distribute, manage, and report upon a proprietary game product portfolio.

This ‘out of the box’ remote gaming server was built on an open architecture and caters for outstanding player experience, consistent deployment, and quicker content integration.

Mathias Larsson, Managing Director of RGS Matrix, says: “This is our second RGS Matrix agreement and it brings me a lot of joy to know that our solution starts gaining momentum in the market. Our remote gaming server aims to help the new generation of game builders by providing all the means to create, design, distribute and manage games.

“The team of Wild Boars is experienced, skilled and highly creative. I am looking forward to seeing their games live and appreciated by players in many countries.”

Oleksandr Yermolaiev, Managing Director of Wild Boars, comments: We truly believe that choosing a right partner is crucial for success. For us, RGS Matrix and its remarkable team is just that partner. We are excited to use EveryMatrix solution, focus on what we do best and bring our innovative games to a wide range of operators, territories and players. RGS Matrix is dashing ahead and we are happy to join the ride.”

RGS Matrix powers slots and table games, and is currently certified for Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Romania, and Colombia, with many jurisdictions to come in the upcoming years.

 

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EGT Romania: new promotions for slot machines!

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EGT Romania: new promotions for slot machines!

 

A challenge that EGT Romania has always accepted, both towards customers and other operators, most of them already becoming partners, is to always offer them the opportunity to grow their businesses by choosing the most performing, attractive, interactive, awarded and appreciated products from the gambling industry. So, periodically we make offers as attractive as possible to facilitate the decision to progress of each operator.

Starting with January 2020, EGT Romania offers operators the opportunity to purchase slot machines from both previous generations and the latest models, at extraordinary prices conditions.

VEGA VISION UP, VEGA VISION +UP, VEGA VISION +ST – in 12 or 24 installments without advance payment

The increasingly diverse demands of players develop the need for operators to integrate tailor-made products and services into their gaming halls. AWPs are some of them. Taking this into account, you can now take advantage of the following offer:

  • You can purchase cabinets from the Vega Vision range with AWP mixes in 12 or 24 installments, without advance payment.
  • You can also purchase Vega Vision cabinets in 12 or 24 installments, without advance payment, if you choose game mixes from the Collection Series range.

!!! In addition, we thought that you might want to convert AWP to Collection Series or vice versa at some point, so we created a minimum cost for you. Therefore, you will benefit of only 999 Euro + VAT per conversion (compared to 1950 Euro + VAT – the basic price).

P-24/24 UP, P-27/27 ST SLIM – 2 months free of charge!

These EGT slot machines, equipped also with AWP game mixes, awarded and appreciated year after year, are still in the top of the preferences of players and operators alike.

The active special offer consists in:

  • Enjoy 2 months free of charge when renting P-24/24 Up and / or P-27/27 St Slim with AWP game mix

S32/55 – S-line range – 40 E discount

Presented for the first time in Romania in September 2019, within the EAE, the S32/55 terminal, from the S-line multiplayer range, impresses with the imposing appearance, with a dominant display of 4K resolution, 55 inches.

Active offer:

  • You can rent S32/55, during this period, with 40 E discount.

For questions, complete information and additional details, we invite you to contact the EGT Romania sales team at the data available here.

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Could UK Government Policy Threaten Online Betting Promos?

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Most observers would agree that the UK political class is pursuing a dialogue on the very nature of the gambling industry. The headline issue is, of course, fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT’s), which have been the focus of a huge campaign. This week the UK Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, announced that the maximum stake in these gaming machines will be cut dramatically starting in October 2019. The move has cross-party support, and even the gambling industry has been vocally supportive, knowing that it at least makes sense from a PR perspective to seem concerned about the issue.

However, FOBT’s are not the only issue being discussed about the industry in the UK, with some changes perhaps having a big impact on punters. Advertising has come under scrutiny recently, with an almost saturated feel to the volume of sports betting adverts played on television during events like Premier League games. Sky, the UK’s dominant figure in sports broadcasting, has agreed to ‘regulate itself’ and limit the number of betting adverts beginning at the start of the 2019 Premier League season.

Sky moving to restrict advertising

The move by Sky, while seemingly commendable as they will lose out on a chunk of the estimated £460 million gambling companies spend on advertising in the UK, is also indicative of the fact that the landscape is changing. The Labour Party, in particular, has signalled that they will try to put curbs on many aspects of the industry should they win the next election. For example, Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson, has called for a ban on funding accounts with credit cards and any advertising during live sports events.

However, one area that will be keenly watched by casino players and bettors is that of promotions. Incentives like free bets, price boosts, reload bonuses and the rest are the “carrot” that usually acts as a tipping point to encourage a player to join a new site, but they are certainly not the only reason why people bet. If a Government decides that promotions force people to bet, rather than supplement a decision that has already been made, could they too be in the firing line as the UK authorities try to further regulate the industry?

Free bets offers popular with punters

One would argue that would come to the detriment of the customer, rather than the industry. Consider how a punter might want to bet with William Hill on Real Madrid at 12/1 to win the Champions League, or the Boston Celtics at 7/1 with Bet365 to win the NBA Championships; they could check a list of free bet no deposit 2018 offers and potentially make their bet for free. Is it fair to take away those incentives from the customer?

There is a fine line between the idea of a promotion and the “bet now!” command that is being looked at by the Advertising Standards Agency, but it’s hard to know where that line will be drawn in the future. Punters would be irate to learn that they can’t, for example, go to a bookie and find an incentive like a price boost on the current odds of 12/1 for Chelsea to win the Premier League.

In the end though, money usually settles these matters. While the UK Government has made moves on FOBTs, it was slow-acting because bookmaker shops were keen to point out that those betting terminals equate to jobs. 2017/18 was estimated to have raised £2.8 billion in gaming tax receipts for the UK Exchequer. The Government will be loath to jeopardise that income. The point is: if the bookies can make their case, those promos will be here to stay.

 

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