Gambling News 08th December, 2016

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SPORTECH PREVAILS IN MULTI-MILLION POUND VAT CLAIM (Update)

08th December, 2016 at 20:48:48
HMRC denied permission to appeal lower court ruling.

An eight-year long, GBP 97 million VAT repayment claim dispute between Sportech PLC and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has come to an end with the Supreme Court refusing HMRC permission to appeal a previous Court of Appeal ruling.

Full Story: Sportech Prevails In Multi-million Pound Vat Claim (update) »

BRIT MPS SEEK F.O.B.T. CHANGES

08th December, 2016 at 20:48:48
But are their recommendations realistic...and what are the probable consequences?

The controversial issue of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in retail betting shops is back in the press today (Thursday) thanks to an unofficial (ie not a Select Committee) group of politicians led by Labour MP Carolyn Harris which published an interim report on their recommendations regarding the machines.

Full Story: Brit Mps Seek F.o.b.t. Changes »

PHILIPPINES PRESIDENT NOW SAYS JACK LAM CAN MAKE THINGS RIGHT (Update)

08th December, 2016 at 20:48:48
Stick-and-carrot politics?

The always controversial president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, offered fugitive online casino mogul Jack Lam an opportunity to make things right Thursday, saying that he would allow Lam back into the country if he apologised for his wrongdoing (something Lam lawyers have denied) and paid his local taxes.

Full Story: Philippines President Now Says Jack Lam Can Make Things Right (update) »

IGT IN LICENSING DEAL WITH SONY PICTURES

08th December, 2016 at 15:05:19
For development of Shark Tank branded games.

International Game Technology, through its IGT Global Solutions subsidiary, has entered into a multi-year licensing deal with Sony Pictures Television Inc. (Sony) for the development and release of Shark Tank branded games in the US.

Full Story: Igt In Licensing Deal With Sony Pictures »

ARJEL'S FUTURE HANGING IN THE BALANCE?

08th December, 2016 at 15:05:19
As amendment seeks to consolidate independent authorities.

According to French publication Les Echo's, the future of French regulatory body L'Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) hangs in the balance as French Parliamentarians debate the potential consolidation and possible dissolution of independent administrative authorities and independent public authorities.

Full Story: Arjel's Future Hanging In The Balance? »

PADDY POWER BETFAIR BOOST DATA CAPABILITIES

08th December, 2016 at 15:05:19
In licensing deal with Football DataCo

Paddy Power Betfair will boost its capabilities following a data usage licensing agreement with Football DataCo.

Full Story: Paddy Power Betfair Boost Data Capabilities »

SPORTRADAR IN MULTI PARTNERSHIP DEALS

08th December, 2016 at 15:05:19
MotoGP, Norwegian Government and Associated Press.

Sports integrity services provider SportRadar has clinched a number of deals over the past week with MotoGP, the Norwegian anti-match manipulation platform and the Associated Press.

Full Story: Sportradar In Multi Partnership Deals »

OPPOSITION MOUNTS TO INCLUSION OF ANTI-ONLINE GAMBLING BILL IN LAME DUCK SESSION OF CONGRESS (Update)

08th December, 2016 at 08:52:04
Action groups appeal to House Appropriations Subcommittee to ensure that RAWA style language is not attached to unrelated spending bill.

The political tactic of attaching unrelated bills to end-of-the-year, must-pass important legislation in the lame duck session of Congress has again come under the microscope this week following an appeal by several US action groups to Rep. John Culberson, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, not to allow the practice.

Full Story: Opposition Mounts To Inclusion Of Anti-online Gambling Bill In Lame Duck Session Of Congress (update) »

REALISTIC GAMES STRIKES KINDRED GROUP CONTENT DEAL

08th December, 2016 at 08:52:04
Partnership offers players a wider range of games

The UK-based online gambling games developer Realistic Games has signed a deal to supply its games to online operator Kindred Group, parent company of quality brands that include Unibet, Stan James and Maria Casino.

Full Story: Realistic Games Strikes Kindred Group Content Deal »

SOUTH AFRICAN CASINO OWNERS STILL INSIST THAT ONLINE GAMBLING IS A THREAT

08th December, 2016 at 07:08:14
Despite government bans on online gambling, land casino owners continue to see it as a threat.

The latest annual report of the Casino Association of South Africa, a trade association for most of the country's land casino operators, continues to cite online gambling among its assessment of business threats to its members, despite the national government's clearly strong opposition to online gambling and the growing enforcement of bans on the vertical.

Full Story: South African Casino Owners Still Insist That Online Gambling Is A Threat »

MORE HURT FOR ONLINE GAMBLING TYCOON JACK LAM (Update)

08th December, 2016 at 07:08:14
Now Lam's Jimei group distances itself from his Philippines activites.

Beleaguered Asian online gambling and junket businessman Jack Lam's troubles grew further Wednesday when the Macau-based Jimei International Entertainment Group Limited, in which he is a controlling stakeholder and an executive director, issued a statement distancing itself from the gambling billionaire.

Full Story: More Hurt For Online Gambling Tycoon Jack Lam (update) »

CAMBODIA TO MORE CLOSELY CONTROL ONLINE GAMBLING

08th December, 2016 at 07:08:14
Government plans centralised management through a server in order to ensure that locals do not gamble online.

Cambodia, where online gambling is operated by licensed land casinos alone, and Cambodian punters are banned from participating, is to tighten monitoring, control and management of the activity by setting up a centralised server, a Ministry of the Economy official revealed this week in a media interview.

Full Story: Cambodia To More Closely Control Online Gambling »