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Irish Gambling Bill Features Opt-In Advertising

Irish lawmakers are getting ready to vote on a new gambling bill that would, among other things, require Irish consumers to opt-in before receiving gambling advertising on various streaming services. If passed, the bill would curtail operators' ability to find new customers, but would be in line with the regulatory squeeze on advertising that's been…

Danish Gambling Authority Ices Reactivation Bonuses

Deposit bonuses are a crucial marketing tool for gambling operators across the planet but gambling regulators in Denmark are banning one category of deposit bonuses entirely. According to a recent report in iGaming Business, the Danish Gambling Authority is implementing a total ban on reactivation bonuses for players who have already put themselves on the…

Ontario Gambling Regulators Halt UFC Betting

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is putting the brakes on all UFC wagering "due to non-compliance with AGCO's betting integrity requirements". This isn't the first time integrity concerns have popped up regarding UFC fighters, which isn't surprising considering the MMA giant's lax attitude towards insider betting. While it's unclear what specifically sparked…

AGA Says Americans Dropped $511 Billion on Black Market Sportsbooks

Despite ready access to regulated sports betting in most parts of the country, Americans are still flocking to black market websites. According to a recent report from the American Gaming Association (AGA), unlicensed operators take in $511 billion from Americans every year and robbing badly needed tax revenue from state governments. The AGA pulled its…

Swedish Regulator Says ‘No’ to Stricter Gambling Ad Rules

Swedish lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have severely limited gambling advertisements in the country and regulated gambling in the same category as alcohol. Late last week the Culture Committee of Sweden’s Riksdag released a report outlining the rules governing the Swedish-facing gaming industry, without several points anti-gambling advocates had argued should be imposed…

UKGC CEO Not There to ‘Make a Moral Judgement’

In recent public statements, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) CEO Andrew Rhodes outlined his philosophy on the moral boundaries of his office's responsibilities to UK players. In short, Rhodes says he's interested more in how operators protect players than he is in making a moral judgement about how much players spend. “I’m not saying these operators…

Ireland Launches New Gambling Regulator and Regulations

Ireland is completely re-tooling its gaming regulatory structure with the launch of a new regulator, the Gambling Regulatory Authority, and a host of new regulations for it to enforce. The GRA is tasked with updating the rules governing online and land-based gaming - including licensing and player protection regulations. One of the more significant elements…