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Polish gambling market dominated by unlicensed operators

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A report published by Polish legal association Graj Legalnie has claimed that despite a recent amendment to the country’s gambling act, over 60% of the Polish gambling market is still controlled by unlicensed bookmakers. 

Legislatory changes introduced in December 2016 means bookmakers who operate in Poland pay a 12% tax on turnover, one of the highest in Europe, and has prompted many international operators, including William Hill, to leave the market. 

More than a year on from these changes, the report estimates that the tax has raised over PLN 396m for the Polish economy. However, Graj Legalnie has claimed that if the new law were fully enforced, the state treasury would potentially increase this amount to PLN 594m.

At the same time as the regulatory changes, the Register of Domains for Illegal Offering of Gambling was created, blacklisting over 1,200 gambling website domains to date and blocking access to these sites for Polish players.

Although far ranging in its scope, the list is incomplete and not updated on a regular basis. To avoid getting blacklisted, unlicensed operators often change their domain names, allowing them to continue to operate unfettered.

Of the remaining licensed sector, STS has the biggest market share with 48%, while Czech based operator Fortuna and native Polish operator Tototlotek are the next biggest players with 31% and 10% respectively.

Despite a high number of restrictions, the Polish legal bookmaking sector is flourishing, delivering turnover of PLN 3.3bn in 2017, almost double the PLN 1.7bn turnover reported in 2016.

Łukasz Borkowski, member of the Graj Legalnie Association has called upon the Polish government to do more, saying: “In our opinion blocking of illegal operators’ websites and payments must be more effective. The Polish Ministry of Finance should update The Register of Domains for Illegal Offering of Gambling more frequently and efficiently.

It will lead to fairer competition on the Polish bookmaking market and reduce the ‘grey market’ in the Polish betting industry.” 

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Scientific Games reports record performance at Melbourne Cup

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This year’s Melbourne Cup saw OpenSports hit a peak of 35,000 bets per minute for a single operator that is now hosted fully in the cloud. OpenSports is known for powering seamless player experiences for its partner operators through its proven, reliable and scalable OpenBet platform as seen across key sporting events across the globe.

The demand through peak times during this year’s Melbourne Cup event was 35 percent higher than the maximum number of bets per minute ever seen previously on the platform in 21 years of operation.

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 3200-metre race for horses three years old and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races.

Keith O’Loughlin, SVP Sportsbook for SG Digital, said, “This record performance is a great new benchmark for us and for our partners as OpenSports continues to grow. We’re capable of processing record transaction numbers, and our global customers are benefitting from the scalability of our platform.”

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Greentube granted G4 certification

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Supplier marks Responsible Gambling Week with key accreditation

Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has marked Responsible Gambling Week by becoming the first Austrian supplier to receive Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4) certification, the world’s strictest international player protection standard.

The G4 award, which covers all business verticals of a gaming company, underscores Greentube’s commitment to responsible gambling and the effectiveness of its player protection measures. The certification extends across the NOVOMATIC group, recognising achievements as both an operator and supplier of terrestrial slot arcades and casinos, sports betting, as well as online gaming and technology development.

Greentube’s responsible gambling measures were tested against nearly 100 criteria by independent auditors, who analysed in-house guidelines and codes of conduct, staff training on addiction prevention, age identification and youth protection. The supplier was also tested on the information available to customers on the risks of gaming, self-limitation tools and self-blocking options as part of the voluntary process.

Its parent company, NOVOMATIC, is the only gaming technology group worldwide to have successfully undergone G4’s strict analysis on such a scale and across multiple business segments, with a total of ten top-performing subsidiaries in Austria, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands achieving the accreditation. According to G4, the vast majority of Group revenue and its 30,000 employees will be certified in the coming year as auditing of the remaining companies progresses.

Barbara Zemann, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Manager at Greentube, said: “Receiving G4 certification is a monumental achievement for Greentube and the wider NOVOMATIC Group. It recognises our dedication to ensuring that player protection runs through the core of the business and that our gaming technology adheres to the highest responsible gambling standards.

“We are very proud that we have adopted the ‘responsible entertainment first’ mindset effectively at every level and been independently endorsed accordingly. The accreditation sends a clear message that we are committed to not only the continuous improvement of our games and products but to help players enjoy them safely.”

The G4 certificate must be renewed annually by means of a re-certification process, with standards regularly updated to reflect the latest scientific findings.

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Swintt signs landmark deal with GiG

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Swintt, the innovative new star in the iGaming market, is delighted to announce a games licensing agreement with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG).

The agreement provides for the distribution of over 50 games from the Swintt catalogue including land-based classics such as ‘Master of Books’ and ‘Heart of Earth’, plus new titles including ‘Legendary’ and their latest release ‘Wild Wild Witch’.

The agreement also includes the delivery of Swintt’s gamification product SwinttGamify®.

Commenting on the agreement, David Flynn, CEO for Swintt said “I am thrilled to be announcing this deal between Swintt and GiG. Our focus in delivering high quality, localised content for growth markets directly appeals to the GiG brands and their platform customers. They are also a company who share our values of corporate social responsibility and responsible gaming, making this deal a perfect partnership for mutual growth.”

Ben Clemes, CCO at GiG, said of the deal, “We have been very impressed by the depth and appeal of the Swintt portfolio, which is notable despite their short history. Being able to partner a start-up game provider in their early stages and working closely with their team is very exciting as we get to offer the latest games and innovations they provide not only to our player base but also our platform clients.”

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