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Riga to close gaming venues in city and neighborhoods

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The City Council of Riga, Latvia’s capital, is going to close down all gaming venues in the city, including the downtown and neighborhoods.

Riga Mayor, Nils Usakovs has asked the municipality’s Legal Affairs Department and Urban Development Department to prepare a decree that will revoke all gaming venues’ licenses in Riga, except for those given to four- and five-star hotels.

According to the Law on Gambling, if the operation of gambling on the particular premises creates a substantial impairment to the interests of the State and the residents of the respective administrative area, the city or the local government council is entitled to terminate the permit to establish a casino, a gambling hall, a bingo hall, a betting or a wagering shop and to operate the respective type of gambling on the particular premises, by means of a reasoned decision.

“This is one task that we have to accomplish. We made the first step in 2017 when we banned gaming venues in the historical center of the city. At the same time, it is clear that the problem of gambling is the worst in the neighborhoods of Riga. That is why the municipality has to do everything in its power to finally make Riga a city completely free of gambling,” said Usakovs.

To stay up to date with the latest changes in the Baltic region make sure you register here for the second edition of the Mare Balticum Gaming Summit. The conference will take place on the 9th of May at Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel in Vilnius (Lithuania).


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Romanian Investors to Relaunch and Turn Lebada Luxury Resort & Spa into Casino

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Two Romanian entrepreneurs are going to relaunch the Lebada Luxury Resort & Spa in the Danube Delta. They have invested EUR 20 million in the complex, purchased in 2017 for EUR 3 million from the tax agency ANAF. ANAF sold the complex to recover damages owed to the state by convicted businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vantu.

The re-opening comes at a time when the lawmakers discuss a law that extends special fiscal regime to gambling operations located on islands “including in the bioreserve Danube Delta.”

“We have a casino building, but we are waiting for the regulations in place,” said Laurentiu Niculae, general manager Lebada Luxury Resort & SPA.

Lebada Luxury Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the Danube Delta, on the Sulina branch. The complex has a land of almost four hectares. The complex has over 200 accommodation rooms, of which 140 are for the guests and the rest of the employees.


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Swedish iGaming Market Posts a Turnover of €313.8 Million in Q1

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Swedish iGaming market has revealed its first financial report for the first quarter and posts a total turnover of €313.8 million. ATG, the former horse racing monopoly, led the market with a turnover of €102 million.

In January, online gaming turnover reached €106 million, slightly declined to €104 million in February and was flat in March.

The Svenska Spel Sport & Casino reported turnover of €55 million for the three months, €18 million in January, €18.3 million in February and repeated in March.

The newly-regulated Swedish iGaming market was launched on January 1, introducing major changes for the local industry, such as the rebrand of the local regulator and the introduction of new iGaming companies.


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Iowa House Passes the Bill to Legalise Sports Betting

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The Iowa House has passed a bill which legalises betting on sporting events and fantasy sports and send it to the governor for consideration.

The Senate gave its approval and the bill now goes to Gov. Kim Reynolds who has said she will await the final version of the bill to decide whether she will sign it.

The bill authorises the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to establish rules for betting on professional, collegiate and international sporting events, including motor racing.

The bill also legalises fantasy sports contests and internet fantasy sports betting but delays betting based on college sporting event statistics until May 2020.

The commission regulates the 19 state-licensed casinos in Iowa. Once the rules are set up by the commission as early as this summer sports bets can be placed at casinos or on a mobile application they establish.

Sports betting would be limited to those 21 and older, and the bill sets a 6.75% tax on net receipts. Taxes and licensing fees could bring in estimated annual revenue of $2.3 million to $4 million annually.


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