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Unibet Breach Australian Advertising Law – FINED AU$48,000

Published 25.07.2021  Author: S.Knight  Category: News

Gambling operator Unibet has been fined AU$48,000 by Liquor & Gaming New South Wales after being convicted of posting three illegal gambling adverts in the Australian state.

On November 26th 2020, Unibet published advertisements on their own website and on the Apple App Store for its Uniboost, Uplift and Reboost offers, which are all forms of special or enhanced odds.

The New South Wales Betting and Racing Act 1998 states that it is an offence to publish a gambling advert that offers inducements to participate in any gambling activity.

NSW Liquor & Gaming’s compliance director Darren Duke said:
“Special or enhanced odds have the ability to induce people to open a betting account when they otherwise may be refraining from gambling, and they may encourage people to gamble more frequently.”

Betchoice Corporation Pty, trading as Unibet, were fined AU$16,000 per offence, totalling to AU$48,000 overall after pleading guilty to three offences during a hearing at Downing Centre Local Court on July 15th. The operator was also ordered to pay AU$3,900 in legal costs.

Duke also added: “During sentencing the Magistrate noted that Unibet had a record of previous convictions and had most recently been fined $15,000 in 2019 for breaches of the betting legislation.”

“The advertisements were designed to entice people to engage with gambling products and are a breach of the legislation.”

Belgium – Report shows Rise in Safer Gambling Tools Usage

Published 24.07.2021  Author: J.Dale  Category: News

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) of Belgium has posted a “Sustainability Report” which looked into the usage of “Safer Gambling Tools” which have been introduced and pushed in their jurisdiction.

This report finds that 75% of customers used at least one of these tools in 2020 to aid their gambling experience, which was up from 61% in the year prior. The mentioned tools included personal deposit limits (22%), self exclusion (5%), time checks (5%) and product blocks (1%).

The EGBA reported that their members had sent 2.8 million personalised communications, including messages and calls to their customers about their betting behaviour, in an attempt to promote safe gambling habits. They believe they their proactive communication has been responsible for the spike in safe gambling tools usage, as in 2019 they had sent only 1.2 million personalised messages.

In addition to the personalised messages, their employees had also sent 14.2 million “generic” messages on safer gambling as well as spending €408m on sports sponsorships to get their points across. Internally, they also trained over 32,000 employees across the market on safer gambling

Maarten Haijer, Secretary General at EGBA said: “EGBA and its members are committed to lead from the front on safer gambling and our yearly sustainability report is part of our commitment to be accountable and transparent about our activities, track our progress and support our overall efforts to put safer gambling at the heart of what we do.”

“The personal commitment of the CEOs to achieve these objectives is vital and welcomed. It is very encouraging to see that our members are already putting their commitment into action through the greater deployment of safer gambling tools and by communicating more than ever before to their customers about safer gambling, and in an increasingly personalised and targeted way.”

The Netherlands – Gambling Regulators New Rules on Player Exclusion

Published 23.07.2021  Author: J.Dale  Category: News

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Dutch gambling regulator has finalised their rules on the new involuntary exclusion of players from gambling. The new Dutch Remote Gambling Act allows for family members, employers and gaming operators to add individuals to the Netherlands’ self exclusion registry.

The KSA which only began their online gaming licensing process in April of this year, will officially go live with a number of operators on the 1st of October. Operators under the license will be required to check all of their players against the CRUKS self exclusion listing before they can approve accounts.

In the new player exclusion rules, one of the conditions which allows for a third party to add someone to the register will be that in doing so, they are preventing them from financial, social or personal damage. This measure should only be used as a last resort when other measures have not worked in reducing harm.

A third party can register a player to CRUKS either online or via post, by first explaining their relationship with the player and why they are requesting the exclusion. The KSA will then begin an investigation into the player’s gambling behaviour, checking the
financial loss, personal damage, neglect of health and the impact on social relationships. The regulator may also involve experts to get their advise on the situation as well as directly speaking to the player, giving them a chance to give their opinion.

KSA mentioned that involuntary registration on CRUKS is a final resort in a situation where the player is clearly having issues and is ignoring all forms of help. The idea is more to help the problem gamblers realise their addition and encourage them to take the assistance, rather than immediately forcing their hand.

Poland Issues Warnings about Illegal Online Gambling

Published 22.07.2021  Author: J.Dale  Category: News

Poland’s Ministry of Finance and the National Revenue Administration have issued a public warning about illegal online gambling. It has been found that a number of Polish players have been gambling outside Poland on unlicensed websites, which is a direct breach of the local Gambling Act.

The Polish authoritative bodies reminded operators that those who offer unlicensed gambling should expect fines of up to PLN4.4 million (EUR975,750), as listed in Article 23 under sections one and three of Poland’s fiscal penal code.

A number of new domain names have been added to Poland’s blacklist of illegal gambling sites on a regular basis, now listing over 15,000 sites. The most recent additions have been, and many of the Campobet sites.

The National Revenue Administration and Ministry of Finance stated that it is also illegal for individuals to use foreign licenses and permits to offer gambling in Poland. Additionally, operators who have a Polish license could also face a fine if they offer gambling products in a way that contradicts a license of permit they have received.

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