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What Finland’s Online Gambling Sector Can Learn from Sweden’s New Regulation

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On January 1, 2019, Sweden opened up its online gambling sector, regulating the sector but largely relaxing the tight grip that it had on the digital entertainment industry. More than 30 online casino operators have been awarded licenses thus far, though, more than 70 casinos had submitted their applications.

The move is expected to revolutionize the online gaming industry in the region. But, more than that, some also expect it to be a beacon for other European countries – like Finland  – to follow, using Sweden’s online casino reform as a guideline for its own regulatory efforts.

Like Sweden, Finland Should Expect a Flood of Applications

The Finnish online casino sector, similar to that of Sweden, has been regarded as a restrictive industry. Finland’s industry is state-controlled with just one brand, called Veikkaus, providing lotteries, sports betting, slot machines, and horseracing, on the block. But as Finland prepares to overhaul its online gambling sector following a review (as announced in December 2018), the country should expect to be flooded with applications. This is especially the case as Veikkaus’ earnings are already down having decreased by 1% during the first quarter of 2018 due to its introduction of responsible gambling tools. Plus, Finland’s population famously loves gambling and it is part of everyday life says yle.fi. This gives casinos an additional incentive to focus on the region.

There are already several international online casino operators that promote themselves in Finland, with suomicasinot.net explaining that many of these allow players to cash out to Finnish bank accounts and offer games in Finnish. These casinos are specifically targeted towards Finnish gamblers but if the country’s gambling sector is revamped, these efforts within the region may be renewed and the Finnish authorities will have to be prepared for the influx.

The Need for Localized Games

The new Swedish regulation also highlights the need for localized games and how important these could be for any online casino that wants to achieve success in Finland – or any other European country in which English is not the primary language. Several major slot game developers such as Microgaming (which develops games like Game of Thrones and Immortal Romance) are already offering localized games, as noted in this europeangaming.eu report. This is despite Sweden’s new regulation having gone live just days ago.

Developers and online casinos in Finland will have to be just as prepared for the country’s new regulation to go live, being ready to appeal to Finnish customers in the best way possible. It could be a significant undertaking as in addition to text translations, games may need to be changed in order to be compliant with any new rules. There may also be limits on how much players are able to spend in one go and how long they can play for. It will also be necessary to appeal to Finnish interests in terms of themes.

We could still be a while away from Finland’s gaming overhaul. But judging by the way in which Sweden’s online gambling operators have shot off from the line, preparation is the key for success.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
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ComeOn enters into agreement with payment provider Zimpler

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Gaming operator ComeOn, a subsidiary of Cherry AB (publ) – STO: CHER-B.ST, has entered into an agreement with Zimpler, a Swedish payment provider specialized in payments via mobile devices. ComeOn is planning to go live with Zimpler during the first half year of 2019.

Zimpler has recently launched Zimpler GO, an innovative payment solution facilitating deposits as well as quick withdrawals, and an identification of the customer. ComeOn expects the agreement to bring reduced expenses for transactions in 2019.

“We are continuously looking for new ways to offer innovative solutions to our customers therefore we are happy to be able to enter into this collaboration with Zimpler, further strengthening our range of payment options for our Pay and Play sites”, says Lahcene Merzoug, CEO at ComeOn.

“ComeOn has been very successful with their B2C operation. Zimpler’s payment options allows end-customers to choose other payment methods than just bank deposits. We typically see a third of our end-users favor to pay with the card they have saved in the Zimpler Wallet”, says Zimpler’s CEO Kristofer Ekman Sinclair.

 

About Zimpler

Zimpler is one of Sweden fastest growing Fin Tech companies offering innovative payment solutions in Sweden, Finland and Germany. The aim has always been to make mobile payments simpler and to be a really fair company. Today Zimpler’s main product is a modern mobile wallet which gives the user control over their consumption. The company has received awards from Deloitte Fast 50 for two consecutive years and is under the supervision of Swedish Financial Institution.

 

About Cherry

Cherry is an innovative and fast-growing company within gaming, entertainment and media. Established in 1963, today Cherry operates through five diversified business areas: Online Gaming, Game Development, Online Marketing, Gaming Technology, and Restaurant Casino. The Group’s objective is to grow organically in combination with strategic acquisitions of fast-growing companies. Cherry employs some 1,400 people and has about 9,325 shareholders. The Company’s class B share is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, Mid Cap segment. More information is available at  www.cherry.se

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Hard Rock International Announces Collaboration with Clean the World

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Hard Rock’s motto of “Save the Planet” rings true as currently participating properties begin efforts to recycle hygiene products for worldwide distribution

Hard Rock International announces an impact collaboration with Clean the World (CTW), a leader in global health dedicated to WASH (water, sanitization, and hygiene) and global sustainability. The brand continues to live up to its “Save the Planet” creed as participating HRI hotels will implement the immediate collection and donation of recycled hotel soap and bottled in-room amenities such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion, to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases through the distribution of sanitized hygiene kits crafted with these recycled materials.

With headquarters in Orlando and recycling centers in OrlandoLas VegasHong KongPunta Cana and Amsterdam, Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. On average, more than 3,600 children die every day from hygiene-related illnesses, primarily pneumonia and diarrheal disease, which are two of the top killers of children under the age of 5. This program aims to eliminate the aforementioned crisis, while sustainably discarding waste from participating hotels.

Along with contribution of soaps and recycled amenities, Hard Rock International will implement Clean the World’s “hygiene kit building program” as a group and community engagement activity offered at participating Hard Rock Hotels across the U.S. This hands-on program allows meeting professionals and event planners to incorporate an eco-friendly exercise that promotes team building and group cooperation, while giving back to impoverished individuals and reducing waste.

“The Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos brand is a true leader in CSR through their ‘Save the Planet’ initiative, and we are thrilled to partner with them for a Clean the World Hygiene Kit building event,” says Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “These kits give event attendees the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community by serving our local neighbors in need and providing them with necessary hygiene supplies to stay clean.”

“We’re incredibly excited to offer such a positive and philanthropic team-building initiative to the MICE community,” says Danielle Babilino, senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “One of Hard Rock’s founding mottos is ‘Save the Planet.’ This is an extension of how we live our brand creed through giving back to the communities that our properties reside in.”

Clean the World provides all of the guidance and materials, so attendees can build hygiene kits and donate them to local organizations. Each standard hygiene kit contains soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, wash cloth and an inspirational card, however, CTW offers a variety of specialty kits, including a women’s, children’s and veteran-specific hygiene kit. Once completed, the Clean the World Hygiene Kits are donated to a local charity of the property’s choice.

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona and Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood were some of the first properties to contribute to the Clean the World’s efforts, with the rest of Hard Rock’s international portfolio finalizing contribution arrangements.

As leaders in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, the iconic Hard Rock brand plans to announce more Save the Planet initiatives, including partnerships with key charity partners sharing the values of the business to help protect the earth’s natural resources and environment.

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The Stars Group’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship Combine for a $63 Million Prize Pool

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The Stars Group today announced the success of the annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), which immediately followed the first ever PokerStars Players No-limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), two major live poker tournaments sponsored by its flagship poker brand.

Combined, the PCA and PSPC, which both took place at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas, awarded a total $63 million over 11 days of competition.

“Together, the PCA and PSPC have set a new standard for live events of this kind,” said Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group. “These tournaments created many winning moments and exciting stories for our players and staff, particularly for Ramon Colillas, who won over $5 million from a free entry. It’s a great start to the year.”

The PSPC took place from January 6 to 10 and was the largest $25,000 buy-in poker tournament in history with a field of over 1,000 players from and a total prize pool of $26.5 million, including $1 million added to the prize pool by PokerStars for first place.

Spanish poker player Ramon Colillas took home the $5.1 million PSPC first-place prize and was one of six millionaires made during the event. Colillas qualified for the PSPC for free as one of 320 PokerStars customers who won a PSPC Platinum Pass during 2018, which in addition to the $25,000 buy-in covered travel and hotel accommodations.

The PCA ended on January 16 and awarded a total prize pool of $36.3 million. The event attracted over 1,600 players representing 79 countries and generated over 11,000 entries. The $10,300 buy-in 2019 PCA Main Event attracted 865 entries, with a total prize pool of $8.4 million and Main Event first place prize of $1.6 million.

The next major live poker tournament on the PokerStars 2019 calendar is the PokerStars-sponsored European Poker Tour (EPT) Sochi, which takes place in Sochi, Russia from March 20 through 29 and is the first stop of the 2019 EPT.

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