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28.04.2019

Japan’s Anti-Gambling Addiction Plan

The government of Japan has announced that they intend to expand the gaming industry in the country, however this comes with the concern of a parallel increase in problem gamblers.

Casinos will soon arrive in Japan and the government wants to take considerable steps to prevent the risk of gambling addiction and to promote responsible gambling. After observing the successful and unsuccessful efforts of other countries around the world, Japan has confidently released their anti-gambling-addiction plan to the public.

The “basic plan of gambling addiction countermeasures” span over a period of three years, starting from the fiscal year in 2019 and will affect
the entire industry. These upcoming changes will not be limited to just casinos, with all government-operated gambling venues such as horse racing and keirin cycle racing tracks having to buckle down.

The first action taking was to remove all cash withdrawal machines from their facilities, which will be the running rule for the upcoming casino venues which are expected within the next couple of years.

The Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga said “We will create a healthy society by implementing thorough measures based on the basic plan in order to prevent people from finding themselves in difficult situations…”

The anti-gambling plan also requires for gambling addiction warnings to be included in advertisements. Along with a new ruling that will add a new cap on both the amount and the size of bets individuals can place on horse racing and other events.


26.04.2019

Iowa's Sports Betting Moving Forward

The past few months saw the Iowa lawmakers evaluating the benefits of legalising sports betting in their state. As of earlier this month, the Senate and the House passed the bill onto the Governor, waiting for the final stamp of approval.

When the bill first reached the Senate, it was passed with a 31-18 vote. The planned action of the bill would be to allow Iowa Racing and Gambling Commission, who are already in charge of the state’s casinos, to set rules on professional, collegiate and international sporting events. However, coming with some small restrictions, not allowing for events such as minor leagues and in-state college team games to be bet on
.

Sports Betting will be available for people over the age of 21 and sets a 6.75% tax on net receipts. Lawmakers believe that taxes and licensing fees could bring up to $2-$4 million in revenue every year. Senator Roby Smith, R-Davenport added that “This just brings people out of the shadows and gives them a regulated environment. It gives people the freedom to choose to do sports wagering, legally.”


25.04.2019

Sweden Gambling Commission Considering Total Ad Ban

Earlier in the month, we saw the gambling operator Svenska Spel entirely stop their advertising efforts to promote their gambling products. The most recent development comes from the countries gambling commission, considering whether to extend Svenska Spel’s attitude to the entire industry.

Ardalan Skekarabi, Sweden’s Minister for Public Administration announced that they have assigned the commission the task of determining whether to impose “a total or partial ban on gambling advertising”. The final decision on the matter is expected to be delivered in early October of 2020.

The commission will be given the ultimate decision, with consideration going into whether to issue a ban of the same nature as tobacco in the past. The new rulings may leak over into casino offerings as well, with thought going into adding limitation onto the size of bonus offers, free spins and jackpots
. Many countries, including the UK have been working towards preventing gambling advertisements between live sports broadcasts and there is a good chance Sweden will follow in these same steps.

There have been several complaints from smaller operators, since the announcement – with claims that smaller operators will stand no chance against the already established brands who have been advertising for years and are already household names.


23.04.2019

White Hat Gaming and Wazdan Partnership

Wazdan has recently announced their new partnership with White Hat Gaming, which will allow for the popular white label to use Wazdan games across their many operations. The partnership which was agreed at SIGMA 2018, is now put to action across the UK and MGA markets.

White Hat Gaming provide online gaming solutions, with their products including Player Account Management and a Digital Wallet through their well-made back office along with fraud detection, CRM integration and a Content Management System. The new addition to their offering will be a newly expanded selection of games, with Wazdan’s slots to join the catalogue with NetEnt, Microgaming and Elk Studio games
.

Wazdan has been working in the industry for more than 10 years, with a wide selection of slots that have been immensely popular within the online gambling community. Games such as Magic Stars 3, Great Book of Magic, Space Gem and Larry the Leprechaun will now be available to players who spend their free time on any of the White Hat Gaming casinos.

Phil Gelvan, the CEO of White Hat Gaming had this to say: “We pride ourselves on offering a leading tech-rich solution to our B2B customers and partnering with gaming producers that share this passion for both games and technology is crucial when we secure partnerships. Wazdan games are known for being feature-rich, high-tech, and player pleasing. A combination we are excited to bring to our offering.”

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