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Partial Victory for Norwegian Government in Payment Blocking Suit

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The Norwegian Government has won a partial victory in payment blocking suit. The Oslo District Court has ruled that the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Agriculture and Food does have the right to block payments to offshore igaming operators.

However, Entercash and the European Betting and Gaming Association (EGBA), the plaintiffs in the case, could still prevail in a second hearing. This will examine whether the blocking measures constitute an illegal restriction on the provision of services within the European Economic Area (EEA).

EGBA and Entercash filed the lawsuit against the Ministry in June this year, after efforts to block transactions between Norwegian banks and financial institutions and offshore gaming operators were stepped up. This comes as part of a wider enforcement drive by the Norwegian authorities to stamp out offshore activity to preserve the state-owned operator Norsk Tipping’s gambling monopoly.

The court ruled that the block does not violate the EU Payment Services Directive, as member states may still apply national laws that “may affect the functioning of the common [payment] market.”

“The State […] is acquitted in so far as the allegations are based on the assertion that the decisions are invalid because they lack internal legal authority and contravene the Payment Services Directive,” Anne Cathrine Haug-Hustad, the District Court Judge said.

“There is no doubt that the regulations, and thus the decision, are based on law. The regulations are laid down on the basis of Section 2 of the Gambling Act, Section 11 of the Lottery Act and Section 3 of the Totalizator Act,” Haug-Hustad continued.

“In today’s digital age it is virtually impossible to enforce national borders on the internet but that’s what the Norwegian authorities are trying to do by introducing payment blockings for online betting. Rather than being a tool to benefit consumers, such restrictive measures are aimed at protecting the revenues of the state-owned monopoly by cutting off outside competition from reputable EU-licensed operators,” EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer said.

“This is not only in breach of the EU’s internal market principles but out of step with the reality of a consumer-driven betting market, where players will inevitably search around the internet for value and choice in the games they play,” he added.


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BetCity Becomes the Russian Betting Partner of AS Monaco

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Russian betting company BetCity has become the official exclusive Russian betting partner of AS Monaco football club for the following two seasons.

BetCity is a Russian betting company whose live sports betting platform offers the possibility to bet live on a huge variety of sports. In 2018, AS Monaco entered China with the adapted website and official accounts on 4 different platforms.

AS Monaco attracts the attention of international partners and is currently supported by Yabo Sport in the Asian region, luxury Italian brand Phillip Plein, while BetCity will become the first official regional partner in Russia, one of key markets for the club.

“We are very happy to bring the Club closer to our Russian fans through our partnership with BetCity, famous sponsor of CSKA Moscow. Russia is a key market for us, and we are convinced that this collaboration will contribute to the development and consolidation of our relationship with Russian sports lovers. AS Monaco and BetCity will take a step forward to achieve common ambitions and join forces in the digital area to provide interesting and exclusive contents for the fans. We will also bring the opportunity for BetCity clients to discover and enjoy VIP experiences on Stade Louis-II here in Monaco. It’s an exciting new adventure,” Juli Ferré Nadal, Commercial and Marketing Director of AS Monaco said.

“I hope this is the start of a lasting collaboration between AS Monaco and the sports betting company BetCity, where we aim to join our forces to add to the development and promotion of football in both countries. We are very honored to partner with AS Monaco, such a well-renowned European football club and see the interest they expressed in working with us. BetCity has long been involved in the development of Russian football in close collaboration with the popular football club PFC CSKA Moscow. The new partnership will allow us to reach the new level in today’s world football. We are convinced that AS Monaco will help us effectively accomplish the most ambitious projects and marketing-related targets,” Sergey Samsonenko, President of BetCity said.


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GES Installs Poker Jackpot and Management System at Skycity Adelaide

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Gaming Entertainment Systems has installed its Poker Jackpot and Management System at Skycity Adelaide in New Zealand. Skycity Adelaide is the first customer to use the High Hand Bonus feature which awards a fixed prize for the highest poker hand achieved during specific time periods. The players are also offered a Royal Flush Jackpot.

“GES and Skycity Adelaide have worked closely together to deliver an integrated poker management solution including jackpots, bonusing, cash game management, waitlist and tournament functionality,” Simon Witty, GES’ managing director said.

“We are delighted to be able to enhance our poker product with unique features including a Royal Flush Jackpot and High Hand Bonus, both of which have proved very popular since launch. The GES system installation was flawless and their customer support has been outstanding,” Ash Azad, Skycity Adelaide’s general manager for table games said.


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BCLC to Launch Optional Budgeting Tool “PlayPlanner”

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BCLC is going to introduce PlayPlanner to every casino and community gaming centre in B.C. as part of its commitment to encourage positive play and informed decision-making.

PlayPlanner is an optional budgeting tool allows Encore Rewards members to set and manage daily time and money limits when playing slot or eTable games. During each playing session, players receive reminders on how they are tracking against their settings through onscreen pop-up messages.

“We’ve created PlayPlanner to make it easier for players to stay within personal limits by making decisions about time and money before gambling. We are committed to ensuring that this tool meets the needs of our players now and into the future as part of our focus on supporting healthy play,” Jamie Wiebe, BCLC Director, Player Health said.


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