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Widespread UKGC regulator action results in further £4.5m in penalties for online gambling sector

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Four gambling businesses are to pay a total of £4.5m in penalty packages as part of the Gambling Commission’s ongoing investigation into the online casino sector.

InTouch Games Limited will pay £2.2m, Betit Operations Limited will pay £1.4m, and MT Secure Trade will pay £700,000 in lieu of financial penalties, and BestBet will pay a financial penalty of £230,972.

The penalty packages relate to the businesses failings to put in place effective safeguards to prevent money laundering and keep consumers safe from gambling harm.

The penalty packages form part of an ongoing investigation into the online casino sector. Over the last 18 months the regulator has conducted assessments of, or engaged with, 123 online operators – and of the 45 told to submit an action plan to raise standards 38 have already showed signs of improvement. A further 34 were compliant with standards expected by the Commission or had minor issues which have been, or are in the process of being, remedied.

Since the investigation began five operators have surrendered their licence and can no longer transact with consumers in Britain. In November 2018 three companies paid nearly £14m in penalty packages as result of their failings to put in place effective safeguards to prevent money laundering and keep consumers safe from gambling-related harm.

Richard Watson, Gambling Commission Executive Director, said: “We have been working hard to raise standards in the online industry to ensure that gambling is crime-free and that the one in five people in Britain who gamble online every month can do so safely.

“But our work will not stop here. As a regulator, we will continue to set and enforce standards that the industry must comply with to protect consumers.

“We expect operators to know their customers and to ask the right questions to make sure they meet their anti-money laundering and social responsibility obligations.”

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Read MT Secure Trade public statement

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Idaho Lottery Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

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Pollard Banknote Limited has congratulated Idaho Lottery on the success of its 30th Anniversary family of Scratch Games™, which launched in February at the $5, $10 and $30 price points. The three games performed extremely well and represents more than 22% of the Lottery’s total instant sales since their launch.

The Lottery’s 30th anniversary year also marked the launch of their first $30 ticket as part of this family of games. Players could also enter any non-winning 30th Anniversary Scratch Game ticket for a second chance draw with an opportunity to win cash prizes up to $30,000.

“Pollard Banknote’s collaboration on our 30th Anniversary family of games captured the playing public’s interest in this milestone year. We have been extremely pleased with the results of our 30th Anniversary Scratch tickets. They’ve led the way in the Idaho Lottery achieving record sales and dividends for our good causes. It’s been a terrific way to celebrate our success on behalf of public education in Idaho,” Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director said.

“We’ve had the pleasure of bringing many exciting games to market in Idaho. It’s an honor to help the Lottery celebrate its 30th anniversary with these three eye-catching tickets, and we look forward to helping the Lottery introduce innovative new games for many more years to come,” Byron Peterson, Director of Sales and Marketing, Pollard Banknote said.

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Playson signs partnership with Superbet

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Casino software developer Playson has signed a deal to provide its impressive suite of games to top Romanian operator Superbet.

The agreement will see the innovative slot provider boost the sportbook’s casino offering with titles including Solar Queen, Vikings Fortune: Hold and Win and Fruit Supreme: 25 lines, the latest addition to its Timeless Fruit Slots series.

Having recently obtained its Romanian licence from the country’s regulator (ONJN), this deal is an important step in expanding its influence in the Romanian market and across Eastern Europe.

Blanka Homor, Sales Director for Playson, said: “We’re delighted to have inked this partnership with Superbet and to offer its players our popular suite of slots.

“Expanding our presence in Romania has been paramount after obtaining our licence from the ONJN and we’re thrilled to offer our games to Superbet’s customers.”

Heather Faulkner, Head of Gaming at Superbet, said: “We’ve been hugely impressed with Playson’s portfolio, and we’re sure its games are going to be a big hit with our players.

“We’re delighted to be working alongside such a well-respected provider and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial business relationship.”

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Blueprint Gaming unleashes fury with Gods of Olympus Megaways™

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The gods of ancient Greece are rising once again to bring the power of Megaways™ onto the reels in Blueprint Gaming’s latest release, Gods of Olympus Megaways™.

The action-packed slot, which features the most powerful gods Ares, Athena, Poseidon and the greatest of them all, Zeus, is full of modifiers and free spins rounds.

During the gameplay, the king of gods has the power to award a mystery modifier on any spin, while the Zeus thunderbolt gives players the choice of a godly artefact to reveal one of four free spins rounds – Colossal Free Spins, Wild Storm Free Spins, Mighty Wild Free Spins or the epic Rise Of Olympus Free Spins.

The Megaways™ mechanic, under licence from Big Time Gaming, raises excitement levels even further with up to 15,625 ways to win.

Jo Purvis, Director of Marketing and Relationships at Blueprint Gaming, said: “Gods of Olympus is an exciting addition to our slots portfolio, with plenty of bonus rounds to keep players gripped and entertained.

“The superpowers that these famous Greek gods hold ensures that the gameplay can change in an instant, keeping players on the edge of their seat. We’re confident the game will make a thunderous impact in the coming months.”   

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