Gambling news update – NOVEMBER

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ACMA intends to block offshore gambling sites from operation in Australia

The ACMA, which is short for the Australian Communications and Media Authority announced publicly that it will begin to block illegal offshore gambling operations in Australia. This comes as no surprise, as the rise of sai illegal offshore operations has had a great impact on the country.

According to the investigation that resulted in the decision, no less than 65 illegal operations have been withdrawn from the Australian gambling market just In the last 2 years, since 2017.

The new proposed and accepted ACMA strategy will involve IP tracking to block offshore gambling websites that are found to be in breach with the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act, itself being initiated in the first place to curb the enthusiasm of outsider gambling companies.

The Australian Minister for Communications and Cyber Safety, Paul Fletcher, declared that the country spends up to no less than AU $400 million/year to ensure that illegal offshore gambling companies are eliminated as close to inception as possible.

The ACMA Chair, Nerida O’Loughlin, declared: “The ability to have ISPs block illegal websites will be a valuable additional weapon to the ACMA’s arsenal in the fight against illegal online gambling.

“In many cases, these sites refuse to pay significant winnings or only a small portion. Customers have also experienced illegal operators continuing to withdraw funds from their bank account without authorization.

Star Casino has Sydney tower on hotel rejected

The Star Entertainment Group was denied permission to build a new luxury hotel tower inside the venue they have in inner Sydney. The plan sought by the operator involved demolishing part of the existent complex, in order to construct in place a 237-meter tower that had no less than 220 rooms, a Ritz Carlton hotel, over 200 apartments, a car park in the basement and a recreational center.

The motive that the Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment offered for its refusal of the project was that the US $360.2 million proposals is not

The conclusion was that the new center and all of its buildings will be in direct visual contradiction with the scenery already in place and that it would very likely disrupt the design. The scale of the whole project was also considered to be a problem. The supporters of the project, however, declared that the refusal is not beneficial at all for the Sydney gambling and social scene, as the job creation opportunities would have been a big plus for the area.

Macau revenue for gaming falls aprox 9 percent for November

Considered one of the gambling capitals of the world, Macau had a rather poor November, with its gross gaming revenue dropping an astounding 9% percent year-on-year to less than $2.9 bn. The Us-China trade war and the ongoing protests in Hong Kong continue to plague the earning of Macau, with no real improvements being seen in the immediate future.

The situation is even bleaker if taken as a yearly view, this being the 7th month of decline and the second consecutive without any growth. If things continue, experts believe that we could assist in a crash of the gambling industry in Macau.

Though over the previsions of the experts, that predicted a maximum of 13% loss on the month, the continued decline has sparked a lot of controversies and rumors in the sector.

Habanero is scaling and eying Italy

Habanero, the premium slots, and table games providers look to impact the Italian market and gain a quick advantage over its competitors in ‘’The Boot’’, partnering with SISAL, one of the biggest operators in Italy. The company agreed to first release no less than 12 slots from Habanero’s latest, all done through GAN’s aggregating platform.

AS part of the deal, Habanero has included and licensed its most popular online games, with names like the Egyptian Dream, 5 Lucky Lions, Hot Hot Fruits, and Wild Trucks being the driving force of the deal. Considering both Habanero’s and SISAL’s preference for graphically-rich slots, this could be a partnership and a match made in heaven.

The Head of European Business Development at Habanero, Arcangelo Lonoke, publicly declared: “The penetration of SISAL in Italy goes well beyond being one of the most popular and respected operators and agreeing on this deal will help us

The BU Online Gaming Director at Sisa, Marco Tiso, latter added: “The goal is always to give players the best slot offering in Italy and Habanero will help us to achieve that. They will be a welcome addition to our rapidly growing portfolio.”

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