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 Dublin illegal gambling goes through amusement establishments

Dublin illegal gambling goes through amusement establishments
Published: 2018-06-28

According to Revenue’s definitions, an amusement machine is one that allows players to win “no more than an opportunity to play again” or “to obtain a non-monetary prize” the value of which does not exceed €7.

Once this has been said, various properties in the Dublin city center feature casino-style gaming machines, although are supposed to be amusement site and gambling type machines are banned from being featured in the city.

However, in Dublin there are three proved establishment where this happens Dr Quirkey´s on O’Connell Street, Empire Amusements on Burgh Quay and Amusement City on Westmoreland Street.

The establishments had found a way to converted into a gambling facility with casino-style games such as video poker, roulette, and blackjack their facilities. Also, there were no age checks at the property to ensure that underage customers are prevented from playing the casino-style games featured there (READ SO: GAMBLING IN IRELAND PREPARING A RENOVATION IN THE LAW)

However, the Dr Quirkey´s is owned by one of the richest man from Ireland, Richard Quirke (pictured), he operates casinos with licenses from Ireland’s Revenue (Revenue Commissioners) that are actually only applicable to amusement machines.


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Italian gambling sector is ruled by foreigners 

Dublin illegal gambling goes through amusement establishments

In 2020, the online Italian casinos market saw a strong growth due to the lockdown. As of October 2020, a total of €103.6 million has been spent in this market, an increase of 57.5% from the previous year (€65.7 million in 2019).


But how are these revenues distributed among the best online Italian casinos?


The market data updated to 2020 on Italian casinos saw the leader with 11.46%, taking the biggest slice. It was followed by a 9.06%, the third position with 7.93%, fourth with 6.33%, William Hill with 2.64%, and finally the fifth casino with a share of 1.78%.


The online game was regulated in Italy in 2006 with the legislative decree 223/2006. The regulatory system has been appealed several times by operators from other states, but all legal proceedings have confirmed the full validity and applicability of the Italian licensing regime for online gambling.


Any operator licensed anywhere in the EEA, with a minimum gambling turnover of EUR 1.5 million in the last two years and meeting the standard requirements, is in principle eligible to apply for an ADM concession. In general, Italian law gives legal entities the right to apply for a concession for the management of gambling activities, while individuals are not granted the same possibility.


The only way to make such an application is to participate in the public procedures that are announced by the Regulatory Authority. The number of concessions that can be granted for online casinos in Italy is decided by the Government, while the duration of the concessions is established from time to time in the contract concluded between the State and the concession holder.


Currently, the key requirements for Italian casinos are the following:


1. The operator must alternatively have a gambling license issued by any European State (for at least one of the games authorized in Italy) or an adequate technical capacity, i.e. sufficient infrastructure to offer at least one of the games authorized in Italy, and a bank or insurance guarantee of €1,500,000.


2. Minimum share capital of €1,500,000, proven by financial statements for the last two years of activity related to the gambling sector.


3. It is not expressly required that the servers be located in Italy, but they must be located within the territory of a European State.




“Decreto Dignità” and how it affects companies’ promotion


The Decree-Law No. 87 of 2018, also known as the “Decreto Dignità”, introduced an absolute ban on the advertising of games and bets including sponsorships and forms of indirect advertising. In particular, Article 9 concerns the prohibition of any form of advertising, including indirect advertising, relating to games or bets with money winnings, regardless of the medium used, including sports, cultural or artistic events.


Excluded from the prohibition are national lotteries with deferred draws, lotteries and tombolas organised at local level for charity and must include the logos of the Customs and Monopolies Agency. Violations of the regulations are subject to a sanction of 20% of the value of the sponsorship or advertising, with a minimum amount of €50,000 per violation.


The Authority for Communications Guarantees (AGCOM) is the body responsible for imposing sanctions, which go into the Fund for countering pathological gambling. Until 2018, gambling advertising was allowed within certain limits. In particular, the 2016 Stability Law (Legge di Stabilità) had introduced a series of prohibitions with reference to gambling advertising, implementing the principles contained in Recommendation no. 478/2014 of the European Commission.


It was forbidden to advertise excessive gambling, to deny the risks associated with gambling, to advertise gambling as a means of solving financial problems, target or refer to minors, to make unfounded statements about the chances of winning.


It was also prohibited to advertise games with cash winnings on national and local radio and television broadcasts from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, except specialized media, identified by decree of the Minister for the Economy in agreement with the Minister for Economic Development, and national lotteries.


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France players having troubles with gambling cash-out payments 

Dublin illegal gambling goes through amusement establishments

The national gambling regulator, l’Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ), has published its first report on the French online gambling dispute moderation service, Mediateur des Jeux en Ligne (Mediateur). Created in September 2019, Mediateur is an independent service to moderate disputes between licensed gambling operators and customers.


It covers the entire online gambling sector including the national monopoly lottery operator FDJ and horseracing operator PMU. Led by honorary magistrate Denys Millet, the service seeks to provide impartial moderation and find a fair settlement between parties.


With a country that has just entered to a national lockdown for a whole month, the mediateur recorded 1,420 dispute requests by French consumers in 2020. The majority, 82%, involved sports betting wager cancellations.


More than half of the requests (761) were deemed inadmissible, in most cases because the player had not provided a written complaint to the operator. Of the remaining admissible complaints (659), 530 reached a resolution on average 62 days after the dispute was raised.


The dispute service said sports betting operators needed to revise and clarify terms and conditions on bet cancellations. It found that players needed more detailed information on how cash-out payments are settled.


It also reminded French players to contact operators in writing and to clearly state that they intended to use Mediateur services before proceeding to make a complaint


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Online gambling “send to the moon” to The Isle of Man owing to the huge demand  

Dublin illegal gambling goes through amusement establishments

The Isle of Man has seen a huge increase in demand from global gambling operators amid proposed changes to regulation and structure in some jurisdictions.


Initial enquiries, sparked by uncertainty about the impact and scope of jurisdictional and political changes, and positive follow-up discussions have seen service providers on the Isle of Man report an uptick in enquiries from businesses wanting to relocate to the Island over the last 12 months.


There has been a 30% increase in demand this year with the number of licensees to be supervised by the Gambling Supervision Commission now at 55 with several more in the pipeline, an increase of 21 in last 12 months, in comparison to 8 licence approvals in 2019.


The recent regulatory changes in alternate jurisdictions, combined with the Island’s handling of Covid-19 and the introduction of a new software supplier licence has contributed to a significant surge in the number of applications as businesses seek strong regulation around player protection providing comfort to banks, PSP’s and investors.


Steve Brennan, Chief Executive of The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, comments:


“We are exceptionally busy at the minute processing a significant rise in the number of applications for online gambling operators. We continued to work throughout lockdown, and over the last 10 months, we have received or completed a considerable number of applications. By the time we have closed those out and added recent applications, we will have 60 licences to supervise.”


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First fine in Lithuania by the Gambling Supervisory Authority 

Dublin illegal gambling goes through amusement establishments

Lithuania’s Gambling Supervisory Authority has imposed a fine of €15,000 on operator UAB Tete-a-Tete Casino for unreasonably setting betting limits on an online customer.

This is the first fine imposed by the Gambling Supervisory Authority since Lithuania’s Gambling Act introduced the power to impose economic sanctions on operators.

Following an inspection, the Authority found that the company had limited the amount of bets placed and winnings received by the player. It did not reveal any objective reasons for the operator’s decision to limit the player’s bets, the Supervisory Authority said.

The decision to issue a fine was based on Lithuania’s remote gambling regulations, which do not entitle the company to apply betting restrictions without finding a breach in regulations.

The regulator stated that the relationship between a customer and an operator may not be unreasonably uncertain, and a player therefore may not be restricted from participating in gambling without any objective grounds for the restrictions defined in the regulations.

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Portugal and Netherlands will collaborate on online gambling 

Dublin illegal gambling goes through amusement establishments

The associations APAJO, from Portugal, and NOGA, from the Netherlands, signed a collaboration agreement on online gambling.


The articulated work of online gambling associations is key to the development of the sector and, therefore, two entities from Portugal and the Netherlands will work together.


The Netherlands Association for Online Gambling (NOGA) and the Portuguese Association for Gambling and Online Games of Chance (APAJO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week. Thus, they will exchange information about the sector and work to promote best practices in each country.


"We are grateful for this initiative by NOGA to formalize and institutionalize cooperation and the regular exchange of data and information between the two countries," celebrated APAJO president, Gabino Oliveira.


Although the social, economic and historical specificities of each EU Member State are reflected in the respective local regulations, we are all European and as such there is broad common ground when it comes to betting and gambling issues. online, like consumers. protection standards, sporting integrity or data protection and publicity.


Peter-Paul de Goeij, Director of NOGA added: “This new partnership with APAJO is exciting. The Portuguese market is similar to the Dutch market but has a few years of advantage in terms of regulation of the online gambling and betting market. Therefore, we intend to exchange information frequently and learn from best practices. Cooperation with APAJO will greatly benefit us in the joint development of the online gambling market in the Netherlands with local stakeholders. We are confident that this step will also contribute to organic regulatory growth towards the harmonization of gambling regulations in the EU.”


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