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West Virginia files new bill to regulate iGaming

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West Virginia files a new bill this week for the legalisation of online and land-based sports betting with the regulation of online poker and casino.

A new House Bill 2178 has been introduced by the representatives Shawn Fluharty and Joe Canestraro, which looks to amend the 1931 Code of West Virginia, allowing online gaming for players aged 21 and above. The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for further scrutiny, after which it will be passed to the House Finance Committee.

As per the bill, video lottery and table games deliver substantial benefits to the state by providing financial support to West Virginia’s racing and agricultural industries.

“Developments in technology and recent legal decisions have created an opportunity to legalize interactive poker as a means to further enhance and complement the benefits delivered by casino gaming and licensed facilities to or for the benefit of the communities in which they operate,” it explains.

Regulation for iGaming will be entrusted to the West Virginia Lottery Commission, with only authorised gaming facilities and entities that have been granted racing licences from the state Racing Commission will be eligible for certification.

According to this, only five venues would be able to apply for iGaming licences: Penn National’s Hollywood Casino, Eldorado Resorts’ Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort; Delaware North’s Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island venues, and Casino Club.

Licence fee is $50,000, and 14 per cent gross gaming revenue tax has to be paid by each applicant. None would be allowed to offer third party skins under their licence.

Strict penalties are also set along with the proposal for unlicensed gambling, with first-time offenders liable to be hit with a fine of up to $150,000, and a year in prison. Second offenders see the maximum fine jump to $300,000, with the potential prison term raised to three years.

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Google Allows NJ iGaming Companies to Advertise Using Google Ads

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Google has updated its Google Ads policy. The behemoth tech corporation will now allow sports betting companies in New Jersey to advertise using the Google Ads.

This decision is a complete reversal of a previous decision by the company to narrow down the presence of gaming apps in the Google Play Store. A number of high-level gaming executives especially in New Jersey have welcomed the new decision.

According to Yaniv Sherman, an 888 executive, the new Google Ads policy update would enable the company to have “a competitive edge, and it broadens the marketing pie for us to choose from.”

The new version of the Google Ads policy is very effective in helping its users to differentiate between regulated-market operators and unlicensed sites targeting users from other parts of the world.

“The Google ads policy on gambling and games will change in june 2019 to allow state-licensed gambling entities to promote sports betting content in new jersey, as part of a limited beta. After the update, advertisers who wish to promote online sports betting content in new jersey must submit a gambling certification request through the updated policy page,” reads a section of the update.”

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Newgioco Appoints Two Independent Directors to its Board

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Newgioco Group Inc., a global sports betting and gaming technology company, has appointed Paul Sallwasser and Steven A. Shallcross as the independent directors of the Board. Sallwasser and Shallcross will also serve on the audit committee, the compensation committee, and the nomination and corporate governance committee of the Board.

“As a key first step towards accomplishing the goals stated in our recent Letter to Stockholders, we are very pleased to announce today the appointment of Paul and Steven to the Board and expect to announce a third independent member in the near future,” Michele (Mike) Ciavarella, CEO said.

“The accomplished caliber of our new Board members and their willingness to work with Newgioco is a testament to our commitment to good corporate governance. Their combined experience with publicly listed companies and SEC reporting will strengthen our ability to understand and address the needs of all our stakeholders. I look forward to working harmoniously with our Board and management team to accelerate the positive momentum of our leading-edge ELYS betting platform in the US sports betting market,” Ciavarella added.

Mr. Sallwasser currently serves as the CEO of the Florida Community Health Network and a director of Youngevity International, Inc. He is a certified public accountant and began his career with Ernst & Young LLP in South Florida. He spent 39 years as a partner of the firm serving some of the largest publicly traded and government healthcare and biotechnology companies across the southeastern United States.

Mr. Shallcross currently serves as CEO, CFO, and Director of Synthetic Biologics, Inc. and is a certified public accountant and senior executive with over 25 years of comprehensive international, financial and operational experience.

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MGA Cancels the Gaming Licence of ASAP Italia SRL

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The Malta Gaming Authority has cancelled the gaming licence of ASAP Italia SRL. ASAP Italia SRL has thus been directed to proceed with the cancellation process of the authorisation, and to suspend all gaming operations with immediate effect.

In addition, a notice on the Authorised Person’s website is to be displayed informing all players that the Authorisation has been cancelled.

Due to the cancellation of the licence, ASAP Italia SRL is, therefore, not authorised to continue conducting gaming by means of distance communications under an Authority licence.

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