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Exclusive Interview with Armen Ghazaryan of Fairsportbet



Our new content editor colleague, Szaló Réka has managed to catch up with Mr. Ghazaryan developer of the website.

First of all I would like to ask you to introduce yourself, tell us a bit about yourself. How did you venture in this industry? 

Armen: I live in Yerevan, I’m mathematician by my major. It has already been years that I’m working in the sphere of bookmaking. In 2006, when the bookmaking agencies were just developing in Armenia, I started collaboration with local bookmaking companies on franchise basis. During the time, my interest grew on the field and international bookmakers and I started working with nearly all the well-known bookmakers on affiliate basis. During the working process we had discrepancies between the Clients and the Bookmakers that we were trying to solve. Recently, we’ve faced discrepancies among the latter’s on fixed matches which gave me the idea to develop the website

Fairsportbet, as its name indicates, struggles for fair sport, and its aim is to reveal fixed matches. Please, tell us more about this website. Who do you want to reach, how does this all work?

Armen: Yes, the name of the website reveals its activity – struggle against fixed matches. The working scheme of the website is rather simple. It’s founded on the voting basis. The bookmakers that have joined us and have doubts on any match, simply add the match in our website and the rest of the bookmakers vote based on the bids of the
match they have. In the result we reveal the fact of the fixed matches during a couple of minutes. 

What were your expectations when you launched this website and what is your opinion about its present functioning?

Armen: The main target is to have fair sport and I think we can reach this only via mutual struggle. The website is currently rather functional and has all the possibilities to satisfy the need of the Customers. I’d like to state the website is designed for bookmakers only and the letter can join us after we check all the details. 

What are the feedback’s from the bookmakers who started using this website? Do you find these comments, suggestions useful?

Armen: It’s been 2 weeks that we have started working and we get only positive feedback that we are happy with. Many bookmakers offer their support on the website in nearly all the issues. 

Would like to share some figures with us regarding the users, reported cases of suspicious betting, sports which had the highest number of alerts, etc?

Armen: During the 2 weeks’ period we have discussed more than 50 fixed matches, the 70% of which were fixed according to the opinion of the bookmakers that have joined us. This is the disappointing statistics that we have, as there are a lot of fixed matches. We had matches that had voting from all the bookmakers. What’s that? Of course, arranged/fixed match. We have fixed matches mostly in tennis and it’s a bit difficult to reveal them as it happens in seconds. e.g of the set of the game. The case in football is different. Here the bookmakers have time to reveal fixed matches and cancel/close the match in their company. 

Which has been the most successful experience since you launched this website?

Armen: The most pleasant thing is that our website can really struggle against fixed matches and the project we have worked on several months gives its results. We have not received any negative feedback from bookmakers to join our website. 

Tell us please about your future plans regarding Fairsportbet.

Armen: We have a lot of plans, to be more professional day by day, work on the website and improve it daily for our Customers. Cooperate with as many bookmakers as possible, correspondingly paying too much attention on the quality.

What do you think about the impact your website will have on the European gambling market?

Armen: Currently we have bookmakers from Europe that have joined.

Do you know about similar initiatives? 

Armen: As far as I’m informed our website is the first in the world. There are many other projects designed to struggle against the fixed matches, but they operate only after the match has finished. The difference of our website is that we reveal fixed matches before they start or during the live broadcast.

If you could change anything in the world of online betting what would that be?

Armen: If I have the possibility I’d like the bets to be made only for pleasure. 

Who is your favourite actor or actress?

Armen: That person is Morgan Freeman that you can learn from all the time.

Where would you travel the most in Central Europe?

Armen: I travel a lot to European countries, most commonly in the cities that the bookmaking conferences take place.

Which are those places in Central Europe that you are not interested in, and you would not like to visit them?

Armen: There is no such city that I’m not interested to visit and not only in Europe but in the whole World. I think traveling makes the human being happy.

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.


Armenia amends gambling and advertising regulations



Armenia has amended its laws related to gambling and advertisement. As per the new regulations, only the local gambling operator will be allowed to advertise in the country.

An additional requirement is that gambling advertising should be targeted at citizens over 21 years of age. Advertising of gambling on radio and TV will be limited to 22:00 and 06:00 period of time. The penalty for violation of the law will be 1 million drams (about $ 2,067).

The Armenian government has also amended the Law on Lotteries, according to which the gambling business will be restricted to special zones of Tsakhkadzor, Sevan, Jermuk, and Meghri.

Tsaghkadzor is a city in the Koktaisk region, one of the most popular ski and climate resorts in the country which accepts tourists all year round. Sevan is a city popular with tourists due to the largest source of fresh water in Armenia – Lake Sevan. It is expected that the construction of the gambling zone will promote the development of this region. Jermuk is another resort town with at least nine hotels opened.

Meghri is a city rich in historical monuments in the south of Armenia. Due to its climate, as well as its developed infrastructure, it is potentially a successful project for the gambling and entertainment resort area.

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Armenia toughens stance against legal gaming




Nikol Pashinián, the prime minister of Armenia, has voiced his concerns about the “social problems in village communities” that the growing gambling activity in the country causes. He urged that “these devices should simply be removed.”

“How should we organise this in order for us to truly solve this problem accurately, this is a very important question,” the statement begins. “Overall when we look at our economic growth indicators it turns out that these gambling machines have become the leading branch of our economy.”

Then continues: “This is totally absurd, and our policy should be to change our logic: on one hand it encourages poverty, on the other hand, pardon me, [gambling addiction]”.

 “We must pursue a kind of policy where we won’t encourage neither the first one nor the second, this is a very serious problem and people, families, fates and others are being affected,” the PM said.

“There is no problem, we will discuss openly, transparently, publicly, we will understand whose interests are more taken into account, whose not, where objective issues exist, we will exclude them and solve this problem, because this really is a serious problem, and people are alarming about this problem in masses,” he concluded.


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Armenia changes gambling rule on allowable age



Armenia has changed the section of gambling regulation that deals with the permissible age on gambling. Gamblers in the country’s casinos must be at least 21 years of age from now on.

In fact, this particular provision has been there since September 2014. But with the new amendment, casinos must have a provision to check the age of the visitors. Atom Janjugazyan, the Minister of Finance of Armenia, signed the new order that made mandatory the checking of passport or any other identity document of the casino visitor. The casinos will be liable for a penalty up to 300 thousand drams (about 500 EUR) for any violation of the rule.

The Armenian authorities systematically tighten legislation related to online and offline gambling. Currently, Armenian Ministry of Finance is considering the possibility of restricting the activities of foreign online casinos and a partial ban on advertising of casinos on the streets of cities and in the mass media. At the same time, the government does not plan to revise the profit tax on gambling, now it is 20 per cent.

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