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Court Declares Rīga’s Ban on Gambling Unconstitutional

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The Constitutional Court of Latvia said on April 4 that it had deemed the restriction on the organisation of gambling throughout Rīga unconstitutional, as the municipality has not justified why gambling is prohibited in the specific areas.

The case was brought before the Constitutional Court following applications by the gambling companies Olympic Casino Latvia Ltd, Alfor Ltd and Joker Ltd. They requested an assessment of the compliance of the Rīga spatial plan with Article 105 of the Constitution, which provides for the right to property that may be restricted only following the law. Compulsory expropriation of property for public needs is only allowed in exceptional cases on the basis of a separate law against fair compensation.

The contested norm provides, however, that the organisation of gambling and the provision of gambling services are prohibited in the entire administrative territory of Rīga, except where such gambling venues are located in four- or five-star hotels.

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Six years ago, the Riga City Council decided to close down 42 gambling venues in the city centre, and last September it decided to cancel 139 permits for gambling venues outside the city centre. They must close within five years.

The Constitutional Court found that the organisation of gambling is a legal commercial activity existing in conditions of free competition.

The legislator has given the municipality the competence to assess independently which areas or territories of the municipality should be subject to restrictions on the organisation of gambling. The municipality is also entitled to designate an unlimited number of areas in the spatial plan where gambling is not allowed. However, the municipality must comply with the principle of territorial assessment laid down in the authorisation granted by the legislator.

The Constitutional Court found that the municipality had failed to state reasons why the organisation of gambling was prohibited in the functional zones of the spatial plan, where commercial activities were envisaged as one of the permitted uses of the territory.

In accordance with the principle of assessment of territories laid down in the Law on Gambling, the municipality must assess, for example, in the spatial planning process, the built-up area and the location of infrastructure facilities, the population density, the interests of residents and traders and other relevant aspects which may be the basis for imposing restrictions on the organisation of gambling.

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No such assessment has been carried out by the municipality prior to the establishment of restrictions on gambling throughout the territory of Riga.

The Constitutional Court held that the restriction on fundamental rights contained in the contested norm was incompatible with Article 1 and the first, second and third sentences of Article 105 of the Constitution.

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BETBY TO POWER ESTONIAN BRAND WINNERZ WITH SPORTSBOOK SOLUTION INCLUDING PROPRIETARY ESPORTS FEED SOLUTION

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Betby, a leading provider of sportsbook solutions, has announced a long-term partnership with the Winnerz brand. The partnership entails the provision of Betby’s cutting-edge sportsbook solution and its proprietary esports feed solution to the Estonian online casino brand.

The inclusion of the Betby Games esports feed solution comes on the heels of Betby Games receiving approval earlier this year from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), which allows the sports betting supplier to provide its esports odds feed comprising of pre-match and live odds, round-the-clock content coverage, statistics hub, and resulting, either as part of the Betby Sportsbook solution or as a separate esports data feed to all operators holding an MGA license and other licensed operators in jurisdictions which accept MGA license.

Players on Winnerz’s casino platform now have access to an enriched sportsbook content portfolio featuring over 210,000 monthly events covering as many as 125 sports. The Betby Games esports feed solution will further boost the content offering with a broader and more engaging esports content, including 11 Betby Games e-simulator titles. This includes Betby Games’ renowned customized leagues, enabling operators to offer customizable esoccer football tournaments which are fully tailored to any brand’s identity.

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Chris Nikolopoulos, Betby’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “I am very pleased to have agreed a broad collaboration with the Winnerz brand, as together we seek to grow the brand’s local marketshare. By continuing to deliver our extremely strong esport vertical to noteworthy brands, we stay true to our growth strategy, and bring incredible betting experiences to the operator’s customers.”

Kevin Liivamägi, Winnerz’s Head of Sportsbook, said: “I’m thrilled to provide our players with a premium sportsbook solution featuring one of the most extensive content portfolios in the industry. Their extensive range of content is truly impressive, and we’re confident that Betby’s comprehensive sportsbook solution and products are in line with our mission to provide our players with a fully immersive and well-rounded betting experience.”

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Hitting the Networking Jackpot: Iconic MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit Launch at Tallinn Olympic Park Casino

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HIPTHER, leading event organizer and parent brand of online media outlets for Gaming and Technology, is thrilled to announce the iconic kick-off of their MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit at the flagship Olympic Park Casino!

The Welcome Meet, scheduled for 3 June 2024 from 18:30 to 22:00, promises to set the stage for an unforgettable experience! Attendees will gather at the renowned Olympic Park Casino, located in the heart of Tallinn at the Hilton Tallinn Park hotel, where the MARE BALTICUM Summit is scheduled to take place. This premier venue offers a stunning 1,600 square meters of Las Vegas-style entertainment and is open 24/7, ensuring a lively and engaging atmosphere for all participants.

Guests at the Welcome Meet will enjoy a stylish, warm reception with welcome drinks, snacks, a separate lounge area, and €10 play money to experience the casino’s exciting games. Olympic Park Casino boasts the city’s nicest cocktail bar and a comfortable lounge, along with 76 state-of-the-art slot machines from top manufacturers like IGT, Novomatic, and Aristocrat. The casino also features 14 table games, including Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, and various forms of Poker, with a 24-hour table hall, poker tournaments, multi-level jackpot systems, and a VIP room.

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The #hipthers are proud to announce Olympic Casino and OlyBet as official Welcome Meet Sponsors of the MARE BALTICUM Summit 2024, and are excited to host the event at the prestigious and iconic venue of the Olympic Park Casino, setting the tone for an extraordinary summit promising insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and a deep dive into the future of gaming and technology.

Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG), the parent brand of Olympic Park Casino and online brand Olybet, is the leading sports betting and gaming services provider in the Baltics and operates casinos across Slovakia, Croatia, and Malta. With a presence in six countries and 145 casinos, OEG is renowned for its commitment to regulated markets and exceptional customer service.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to network in style with industry leaders and enjoy the luxurious amenities of the Olympic Park Casino. Register now for the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024 and join us for an iconic kick-off in Tallinn!

For more information and to register, visit: https://hipther.com/events/tallinn/

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Rise, Shine, and Connect: HIPTHER’s Networking Sessions at MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit Tallinn

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HIPTHER, the leading event organizer for Gaming and Technology industries in Europe, is thrilled to announce holistic Wellness Networking Sessions for MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit 2024. This year’s Summit is not just about insightful discussions and groundbreaking tech showcases. As we gather in the beautiful city of Tallinn, Estonia, from June 4th to 5th, we’re excited to announce that the #hipthers are adding a touch of wellness and active networking to the event. With 125 participants joining us this year, the summit promises to be a vibrant platform for professionals to connect, learn, and grow together.

Conference Zen: Morning Yoga & Mindful Breathing

To kick off the summit on Day One (June 4th), join us for the “Conference Zen: Morning Yoga & Mindful Breathing” session. This peaceful morning routine is designed to set the tone for a day of productive discussions and networking. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or a beginner, this session is a perfect way to awaken your mind and body in the serene setting of Tallinn.

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The session will start promptly at 7:30 AM, allowing you to breathe in the crisp Baltic air and enjoy a moment of tranquility before the day’s activities. Led by a certified yoga instructor, this 45-minute class will include a variety of stretches, yoga poses, and mindful breathing techniques to center your thoughts and energize your spirit.

Morning Networking Run

On Day Two (June 5th), get your heart pumping with our “Morning Networking Run.” This invigorating start to the day is ideal for those who want to combine fitness with networking. Scheduled to begin at 7:30 AM, this run is an opportunity to explore the charming streets of Tallinn while making new professional connections.

The run will cover a scenic route through the historic city, offering breathtaking views and a fresh perspective on the local culture. Participants of all running levels are welcome, and the pace will be set to accommodate everyone, ensuring a comfortable and inclusive environment. It’s a fantastic way to energize your body and mind while sharing interests and ideas with fellow attendees.

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These networking sessions are a testament to HIPTHER’s commitment to creating a holistic experience for all summit participants. By integrating wellness and physical activity into our program, we aim to foster a supportive and dynamic environment where ideas flow freely, and connections are made naturally.

We invite all attendees to take advantage of these unique opportunities to rise, shine, and connect in new and meaningful ways. Remember to bring your yoga mat, running shoes, and an open mind — we’re excited to see you there!

As we look forward to these sessions and the many exciting activities planned for the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit, we’re reminded of the power of community and the importance of taking care of our minds and bodies.

Ready to Join Us? Register Now!

Haven’t registered for the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit yet? There’s still time to join us in Tallinn on June 4-5 for an exceptional blend of professional growth and personal wellness. Engage with industry leaders, explore the latest trends in gaming and tech, and participate in unique activities like our Morning Yoga & Mindful Breathing and the invigorating Morning Networking Run. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this vibrant community of 125 professionals. Register now and prepare to rise, shine, and connect at this premier event!

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See you in Tallinn for a truly enriching experience!

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