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Spillemyndigheden Blocks 83 Illegal Websites

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The Danish Gambling Authority has been successful in the court in Næstved to have 83 websites that offer illegal gambling in Denmark blocked.

It is the 10th time that the Danish Gambling Authority has gone to court to have illegal websites blocked, and the DGA has now intensified its efforts to block illegal sites.

Since 2012, when the gambling market in Denmark was partially liberalised, the Danish Gambling Authority has blocked illegal websites that offer games such as betting and online casinos to Danes without permission. Blocking of the websites takes place through the court, and on 15 February 2024 the court in Næstved agreed with the Danish Gambling Authority that all 83 websites that the report referred to must be blocked. In total, the Danish Gambling Authority has blocked 359 illegal sites since 2012.

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Anders Dorph, Director of the Danish Gambling Authority, said: “We have intensified our work to shut down the illegal sites, so that we now get them blocked twice a year instead of once as previously. In this way, we can get hold of even more sites and minimize the period when Danish players are exposed to games that are offered illegally in Denmark.

“Children and young people in particular are a vulnerable group. For instance, many of the illegal websites have very lenient requirements for age verification. Some of the sites also offer games that particularly appeal to children and young people, such as skin betting.”

The Danish Gambling Authority constantly monitors the gambling market to detect illegal gambling. Automated searches are used, but the Danish Gambling Authority also follows up on reports from citizens and businesses. If the Danish Gambling Authority discovers pages that offer illegal gambling, the Danish Gambling Authority informs the owners of the pages of the infringement and asks them to stop the illegal offering. If they do not stop, the Danish Gambling Authority requests the district court to have the illegal sites blocked. The procedure is this way because it is the Danish internet providers who must implement the blocking of the illegal gambling websites.

The blocked websites mainly offer traditional casino games such as roulette, slot machines and poker as well as betting. Eight of the websites are so-called skinbetting websites. Skinbetting covers betting, casino games and lotteries where the deposit and/or winnings are a skin, which is a virtual object in computer games.

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Elys BMG Group Announces Approval for The Ugly Mug Sportsbook in Washington, DC.

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Elys BMG Group announced that The Ugly Mug in Washington D.C. has been granted provisional approval from the District of Columbia Office of Lottery and Gaming Regulation and Oversight Division (DCOLG) to open its sportsbook at 723 8th St. SE. As the fourth privately owned sportsbook venue in the District powered by Elys’ innovative Gameboard betting technology, The Ugly Mug stands as a testament to Elys’ commitment to bringing cutting-edge solutions to local businesses and sports enthusiasts.

The grand opening for The Ugly Mug sportsbook is anticipated to occur during the week of April 27th. Elys will unveil the grand opening festivities, promotions, and events as the date draws closer.

With easy access to sports wagering and a classic American menu in a relaxed setting, The Ugly Mug sportsbook is set to become a premier destination in the Navy Yard region of Washington D.C. and is another step forward for Elys becoming the leading betting technology provider for neighborhood sportsbooks in the US.

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GoldenRace is now certified in the Netherlands

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GoldenRace, global provider of award-winning Virtual Sports and betting solutions, has recently obtained a certification for its highly acclaimed Virtual Sports and Games in the Dutch market.

GoldenRace successfully navigated the stringent regulatory landscape of the Netherlands, and now will be providing its impressive betting products into the Online Dutch market, which will be an important advancement in our operational expansion.

The Netherlands betting scene is on the cusp of a substantial growth phase and with GoldenRace’s latest certification, we introduce to the Dutch market a range of highly popular games tailored to desktop and mobile, in both scheduled and on-demand modes.

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Among the offer, players will enjoy our most-played Virtual Football line-up – including Football Single, Leagues, World Cup and Euro Champions-, adrenaline-pumping 3×3 Basketball and MMA and top-notch races as Horse Racing, Greyhound Racing and Grand Prix Indianapolis 60. Last but not least, our Number Games, such as Spin2Win. All ready to captivate Dutch players.

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MGA: Update to the Incident Reporting Requirements

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The Malta Gaming Authority would like to inform its licensees of updates made to the Incident Report mechanism available through the Licensee Portal The information hereunder outlines relevant guidance and procedures for the submission of an Incident Report through the updated reporting instrument entitled the ‘Technical – Information Security Incident’.

As mandated by Articles 37(2)(c) and (d) of the Gaming Authorisations and Compliance Directive (Directive 3 of 2018), “Licensees shall notify the Authority forthwith, and in any case no later than three (3) working days after, the following:

(c) Any breach of the licensee’s information security that adversely affects the confidentiality of information relating to players;

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(d) Any breach of the licensee’s information security that precludes players from accessing their accounts for a period exceeding twelve (12) hours.”

In this regard, Licensees are obliged to submit an Incident Report in order to notify the Authority of the circumstances relating to an information security breach that meet the above specified criteria. Additionally, Licensees are advised to remain mindful of any further obligations emanating from the General Data Protection Regulation (EU/2016/679) and any relevant legislation.

The Technical – Information Security Incident option will be accessible through the “New/Change” dropdown menu via the Portal. Upon selection, users will be directed to the applicable sections of the ‘Technical – Information Security Incident’ where all compulsory fields and any relevant documentation must be submitted to the Authority.

Upon submission, the Incident Report shall undergo review by the Authority. Any missing information that may be identified by the Authority, shall be requested accordingly from the Licensee. It is imperative that any pending clarifications are addressed in a timely manner.

If no further clarifications are deemed necessary by the Authority, the Incident Report will be closed off accordingly, and any relevant documentation will be securely filed for record-keeping purposes.

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Any Incident Reports left in ‘Draft’ form (i.e. opened but not effectively submitted) for a period of ninety (90) days shall be automatically discarded.

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