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Update of the Danish Gambling Authority’s Anti-Money Laundering Guidance

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The Danish Gambling Authority has published a revised version of the Danish Gambling Authority’s Guidance on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (the Anti-Money Laundering Guidance).

The guidance is aimed at gambling operators, their employees and other relevant stakeholders. The guidance is a supplement to the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority’s Guidance on the Act on Preventive Measures against Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism.

The guidance has been circulated for consultation with a number of external stakeholders prior to publication.

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Linguistic adjustments have been made throughout the Anti-Money Laundering Guidance as well as substantive changes in particular in section 3 on risk assessment, section 4 on policies, procedures and controls and section 6 on customer due diligence procedures. With the update, more examples have been added to illustrate the rules better.

The updated Anti-Money Laundering Guidance contains a version history where it is possible to familiarise yourself with the changes in the specific sections.

The consultation has resulted in the Danish Gambling Authority preparing a new guidance on the Danish Gambling Authority’s AML Inspections. The content of the Guidance on AML Inspections is not new, as it contains information that previously appeared in the Anti-Money Laundering Guidance. The Guidance on AML Inspections contain information on the Danish Gambling Authority’s inspection, including the possibilities for reaction and confidentiality. With Guidance on AML Inspections, the Danish Gambling Authority’s tasks have thus been separated from the obligations that gambling operators must fulfil under the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

The Anti-Money Laundering Guidance will be updated on an ongoing basis in line with changes to the Anti-Money Laundering Act, when new national risk assessments are published and in cases of new or changed practice.

Each update will be announced on the website, and the version number on the front page of the guidance will be adjusted so that it is visible that a new version has been released.

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The Anti-Money Laundering Guidance and the Guidance on the Danish Gambling Authority’s AML Inspections are available via the menu “Businesses and Associations”, “Prevention of Money Laundering” and “Guidances”.

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ACMA Blocks More Illegal Offshore Gambling Websites

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block more illegal offshore gambling websites, after investigations found these services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

The latest sites blocked include A Big Candy, Jackpoty and John Vegas Casino.

Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 995 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked.

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Over 220 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

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NJ Governor Murphy Establishes Task Force to Support Responsible Gaming

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 360, establishing a Responsible Gaming Task Force responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the Governor’s Office and to the Attorney General regarding reforms to support responsible gaming and to address problem gambling in New Jersey.

A rise in problem gambling has been observed over the past few years, according to a 2023 report from the Rutgers University Center for Gambling Studies. The Rutgers study estimated that 6% of New Jersey residents are at high risk for problem gambling, which is significantly higher than the national average of 1-2%, with the highest rates affecting Black/African American or Hispanic residents.

“New Jersey is known to be a gaming destination with historic locations like Atlantic City, amusement gaming at the Jersey Shore, notable horse racing venues, and more. This Task Force will see to it that we maintain our global leadership in gaming by ensuring that we have the tools needed to address problem gaming for our residents,” said Governor Murphy.

“I applaud Governor Murphy for his leadership in elevating responsible gaming initiatives through the establishment of a statewide task force. New Jersey has been a national leader in casino and sports wagering for many years, and we owe it to our residents to review and expand our existing efforts on problem gambling. This task force demonstrates that ‘responsible gaming’ is not merely a buzzword in New Jersey, but a critical issue that demands the attention of government entities, industry, and stakeholders. As Chair of the task force, I’m eager to get underway in examining ways to help bring attention to and support the prevention and treatment of gambling disorder,” said Attorney General Platkin.

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The responsibilities of the Responsible Gaming Task Force will be to review several areas of the problem gambling landscape, including the effects on underage and vulnerable communities; develop strategies to achieve responsible gaming; and make recommendations for policy changes to address the issue of problem gambling.

Members of the Task Force will consist of seven government representatives or their designees, including:

The Attorney General, who shall serve as Chair;

The Chair of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission;

The Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs;

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The Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement;

The Director of the Division of State Lottery;

The Executive Director of the New Jersey Racing Commission; and

The Commissioner of the Department of Human Services.

The Task Force may consult with experts, representatives of regulated entities, or other knowledgeable individuals in the public or private sector with respect to any aspect of its mission.

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Compliance Updates

Flows Now Registered in New Jersey

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Technology solutions provider Flows is now officially registered as an active vendor in New Jersey.

James King, CEO of Flows, said: “Receiving approval as a vendor in New Jersey is a next natural step for us at Flows as we accelerate our North American expansion. It highlights the dedication and effort of our entire team and aligns with our mission to deliver cutting-edge innovation platform to the US market. A big thanks to our fantastic client Light & Wonder who supported our registration as well as a big shout out to North America’s finest legal outfit Saiber LLC (Jeremy and his team) for their expert guidance throughout this process.”

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