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New South Wales to adopt a 10 per cent tax regime on online gambling

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The Australian state of New South Wales has decided to enforce a 10 per cent tax rate on gross gaming revenue (GGR) on online betting. This is somewhat more than the 8 per cent tax in Victoria. The government has faced the pressure of from local gambling group Tabcorp who lobbied for 15 per cent point-of-consumption tax on online betting – like the tax regime that was introduced in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland. But the New South Wales government has withstood the pressure to introduce a more balanced tax regime of its own.

All the operators will get a tax-free threshold of A$1 million a year.

State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet revealed Tuesday that the tax will be formalised on all online sports bets within the state when the state budget is finalised next week, and will commence from January 1 next year. Observers say that the Treasurer will shortly announce that a substantial portion of the p.o.c. tax harvest is earmarked for the state racing, thoroughbreds, harness and greyhounds industry.

NSW hopes to raise about A$100 million from the tax. The government was lobbied on the tax proposal by online companies, who argue that the 15 per cent rate is based on the British p.o.c. tax model which does not take into account the fact that the betting operators in Australia already pay GST, payroll tax and product fees…and TAB has an exclusivity arrangement in relation to on-the-ground betting.

 “The introduction of a point of consumption tax is an important step to ensure that we are levelling the playing field given the wagering tax paid by on-site (retail) operators,” Perrottet said in a statement.

“Following an extensive consultation period with stakeholders, this decision will resolve the disconnect between the jurisdiction where gambling activity occurs and where it is taxed. We also want to make sure that the racing industry is no worse off under these changes, which is why we have taken steps to ensure that they receive fair compensation and that existing parity arrangements are unchanged.”

“We think 10 percent strikes the right balance and that online corporate bookmakers should contribute their fair share,” Perrottet said. “However, a 15 per cent additional tax on top of GST and race field fees would be an excessive burden on players in the market. We will review our 10 percent rate in 18 months and also keep a close watch on how other states progress with their POCT.”

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MGM Ends the Talks to Buy Encore Boston Harbor Casino Resort

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MGM has ended the talks with Wynn Resort to buy the Encore Boston Harbor Casino. The nearly finished property and Wynn Resorts as a whole were roped in a scandal of massive proportions that stemmed from multiple sexual misconduct allegations leveled against the casino operator’s ex-boss and founder Steve Wynn.

MGM said in a statement that they “have noted the anxiety raised by various stakeholders regarding a transaction” and that they think “the best course of action is to discontinue discussions” concerning the opportunity to buy Encore Boston Harbor. The statement further read that the company wishes to have “a positive impact on communities in which we operate.”

Wynn Resorts said in a statement that it has agreed to cease discussions with MGM “after careful consideration.” The company added that it is committed to opening and running the 671-room hotel and casino resort located along the Mystic River in Everett.

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Genting Completes the Refurbishment of Luton Casino

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The Genting Group has completed the £750,000 refurbishment works on the Luton Casino. The refurbishment work has been done to make the gaming experience better for visitors. As such, the company worked on remodeling and adding new amenities to the venue including additional facilities at the bar and lounge areas.

Refurbishment includes the increase in gaming space to host additional gaming machines. The number of slot machines at the property has also increased from 28 to 40. New electronic terminals have also been installed.

“We are all incredibly proud to unveil our brand-new refurbishment. We are confident that the changes will offer our valued customers an improved gaming experience, and we are particularly excited about the new poker offering. Customers looking to socialize and meet up with friends at the casino can also enjoy the newly refurbished bar and lounge areas,” James Harvey, general manager at Genting Casino Luton said.

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BetMakers Signs Deal with Betgenius

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Global Betting Services, the wholly-owned subsidiary of BetMakers Holdings Limited, has entered into an agreement with Betgenius Limited, the global wagering technology company, for the distribution of its complete racing solution.

Betgenius provides services to over 150 licensed bookmakers in regulated markets around the world with its premium sportsbook management solutions, which includes live data and outsourced trading for pre-match and in-play betting.

The Agreement provides Betgenius customers with access to rich horse racing data via eventlife cycle information, BetMakers’ proprietary fixed pricing and enhanced data packages for around 250,000 races per year includes content from the UK and Ireland, Asia, Australasia, and North and South America.

“Betgenius is a world-wide leader in providing B2B solutions to wagering operators for their sports offering. We are delighted they have chosen BetMakers for their racing solution to offer their clients. This deal allows us to accelerate our racing product and pricing into a range of wagering operators globally and we believe it gives Betgenius clients the best horse racing product in the market, to sit alongside their already established sports services,” CEO of BetMakers, Todd Buckingham said.

“We are always striving to give our partners simple access to high quality content that will drive their turnover and margin, and this deal with BetMakers does exactly that,” Matt Stephenson, Global Partnerships Director at Betgenius said.

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