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Online gambling market in Netherlands hopes to open in two years

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) expects the Remote Gambling Act to come into effect 1 July 2020. In that case, license applications can be processed from that date onward, so the online gambling market can be open from 1 January 2021.

This message was communicated today by René Jansen, chair of the KSA, during the annual conference of the Gaming in Holland platform. René Jansen emphasised that managing the licensing process properly in the context of the Remote Gambling Act will be a priority in the coming two years.

The Remote Gambling Act, which was adopted by the Dutch Senate on 19 February 2019, legalises online gambling under strict conditions. Pursuant to the current legislation, it is not possible to apply for a license to offer online gambling. This situation will change under the new law. The Ministry of Justice and Security is currently drafting the subordinate legislation related to the Remote Gambling Act. As soon as this process has been finalised, the KSA will be able to draft the license conditions. “Such an operation places quite a high demand on an organisation the size of the KSA,” says Jansen. “However, we are doing everything in our power to get it done. If we cannot manage with our permanent staff, we will hire external staff.”

The law intends to create a safe, legal online gambling offer. By granting licenses to reliable companies, it will be possible to lay down conditions and exercise the necessary supervision at the same time. The law grants the KSA additional powers to tackle illegal online offers.

René Jansen made a strong appeal to his audience today to fill in the “I would like to become a KSA license holder” registration form on the KSA website. René Jansen says, “It is important for the KSA to know how many license applications we can expect in the future. This information will allow us to organise the licensing process properly. A smooth process is not only in our own interest but also in the interest of the companies that are going to apply for a license.”

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GiG launches new sportsbook on Guts

(PRESS RELEASE) — Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has launched its new sportsbook on in-house brand Guts. The operator is being repositioned as a ‘sportsbook first’ operator. Both new and existing users will experience a radically improved UI/UX, fast navigation and importantly, a mobile focused platform.

The repositioning of GiG’s original operator Guts is part of the B2C strategy communicated in the Q1 2019 report, where the focus going forward will be on further developing the two best performing brands; Guts by enhancing the sports betting experiences and Rizk by developing the focus on casino. This will be supported by growth in existing and new markets where the Company sees opportunities.

GiG is continuing to develop its sportsbook with new features. Key priorities are innovative trading tools, data driven odds together with a full retail and online solution. Break-even in this vertical is expected in the first half of 2020. This will be achieved by strengthening the sportsbook by growing the in-house brand Guts, by the developments in the new sportsbook and a focused marketing approach.

GiG launched its new sportsbook in June 2018 on its in-house brand Rizk.com and it has since been sold externally to brands such as MRG’s subsidiary 11.lv, Metal Casino and as an omni-channel sportsbook solution to Hard Rock International.

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Mansion Group secures Irish betting license

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Mansion Group have obtained their Irish betting license for their sportsbook, Mansion Bet. Mansion’s three casino brands, Mansion Casino, Slots Heaven and Casino.com will also be available to players in Ireland, with further plans to launch across other jurisdictions over the coming year.

With Mansion Bet launching last year, this will be the first time the company have been able to offer sports betting to the Irish market under a recognised brand.

Since its launch, the sportsbook has focused heavily on increasing brand awareness through sponsorship, including boxing, football and horse racing.

As Ireland gears up to play Gibraltar FC, also sponsored by Mansion, at the Aviva Stadium on Monday 10 June – this is perfect timing for Mansion Bet to be available to Irish bettors.

Karel Manasco, CEO of Mansion, said, “It’s exciting to have Mansion licensed within Ireland. We recognise the size of the competition, but with over 15 years’ experience in the industry and strong brand recognition, I believe we have the knowledge, paired with an impressive product to succeed.”

Premier Punt launches affiliate program with Income Access

(PRESS RELEASE) — Premier Punt, a U.K.-based online sportsbook and casino brand, has launched a new affiliate program with Income Access, Paysafe Group’s marketing technology and services provider. The Premier Punt program is powered by Income Access’ affiliate software platform, leveraging its comprehensive technology to strategically optimise affiliate channel performance and encourage program growth.

Premier Punt is licensed and regulated by the U.K. Gambling Commission and operates a complete online portfolio of sports betting, live betting, casino and live casino games. The brand’s product catalogue includes offerings from popular game providers such as Play‘n GO, Quickspin, Red Tiger and Evolution Entertainment.

Alongside this extensive catalogue, Premier Punt offers more than 30,000 live sporting events per month, powered by SBTech, including major and minor leagues, cups and tournaments. Dedicated to making its products accessible to a diverse customer base, Premier Punt also has a mobile-optimised version of its site for greater convenience.

Through its integration with Income Access’ tracking and reporting technology, Premier Punt will have access to an array of affiliate resources to increase its program growth. This includes Income Access’ end-to-end tracking and reporting tool, which analyses key metrics driving marketing campaigns.

Affiliates joining the Premier Punt affiliate program will enjoy a tiered revenue share commission structure of up to 35% with bespoke CPA and hybrid plans available to top-performing affiliates. The brand also provides a wide range of standard and customised creative materials, as well as dedicated affiliate support, including daily live chat and e-mail support.

Premier Punt’s first-class marketing team supports affiliates in maximising player engagement and conversion rates by developing customised landing pages and offering a range of promotional features for both new and returning players. Further details for all player promotions can be viewed on their promotions page.

Alex Drummond, U.K. Gaming Manager at Premier Punt, said, “Affiliates have been a critical part of our acquisition strategy since our relaunch on the SBTech platform, accounting for nearly 80% of registrations during that period. We wanted to give our affiliates the best possible tools in order to be successful, so there was no question when it came down to partnering with Income Access and utilising its trusted affiliate software.”

Tara Wilson, SVP and General Manager at Income Access, said, “We’re thrilled to partner with Premier Punt through our software platform, further expanding our presence in the sportsbook and casino verticals. The Income Access technology will power its newly launched affiliate program with player acquisition and retention top of mind.”

Paysafe appoints McHugh as CEO

(PRESS RELEASE) — Paysafe Group, a leading global payments provider, today announced the appointment of Philip McHugh as its CEO, effective 24 June 2019. McHugh replaces Joel Leonoff, who is taking up a new position as Vice Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors.

McHugh, who will also sit on the Paysafe Board, brings extensive experience of the global banking and payments industries to the role, and an executive leadership career spanning more than 20 years. He joins Paysafe from TSYS, a leading global payments provider, where he was responsible for heading up their merchant solutions division. During his tenure in the position, McHugh played an instrumental role in growing TSYS’ revenues and profits by over 30%.

Prior to TSYS, McHugh worked for Barclays in London where he was Global CFO of Barclaycard and CEO of Barclaycard Business Solutions. During his time with Barclaycard, he was part of the leadership team that more than doubled the size of the business over a five-year period through the implementation of various strategic growth initiatives.

Stuart C. Harvey, Jr., Chairman of the Paysafe Board of Directors, commented, “We are delighted that somebody of Philip’s calibre has accepted the role of CEO for Paysafe. His relentless focus on serving the customer, and his proven ability to drive operational excellence within complex financial organisations, has led to strong results throughout his career. This track record combined with his visionary approach will be invaluable as we advance the company’s corporate strategy.”

Philip McHugh added, “I am truly honoured to become part of the Paysafe story. Paysafe has built an incredibly unique payments business that is scaled, diverse, highly specialised and frankly hard to beat. The opportunity to continue to invest in, and leverage Paysafe’s differentiated payments assets, as well as identify new areas of growth while working with a highly focused and energised team, is a very exciting one. I look forward to meeting the team and helping to take Paysafe to the next level of growth and scale.”

Meanwhile, in his new role as Vice Chairman of the company’s board, Leonoff will continue to be closely involved in the development of Paysafe’s corporate strategy. Leonoff founded Paysafe, originally Optimal Payments, in 1997 and has held the position of President and CEO since 2008. During his tenure as CEO, Paysafe has delivered consistent top and bottom-line growth and successfully introduced innovative new payments solutions to the marketplace including its range of digital wallets and online cash solutions. In 2018 it achieved record global transactional volumes of US $85 billion.

Stuart Harvey added, “Joel is a true entrepreneur and has taken this business from humble beginnings as a Canadian start-up to a global payments provider serving millions of merchants and consumers around the world. We would like to thank him for his terrific contribution over the years and we look forward to continuing to work closely with him as Vice Chairman of our board.”

Joel Leonoff said, “I congratulate Philip on his appointment and look forward to working with him on the transition. I am confident that under his leadership Paysafe will continue to prosper long into the future. It has been an incredible honour to lead Paysafe and I am very grateful for the commitment and hard work of our people and their passion for creating a truly pioneering payments company.”

Source: Online.CasinoCity.com

GiG’s screening tool boosts bet365’s marketing compliance

(PRESS RELEASE) — Gaming Innovation Group Inc. has signed an agreement with leading operator bet365 for the provision of its B2B marketing compliance screening tool, GiG Comply. bet365 has become the latest tier one operator to sign with GiG’s proprietary self-service technology.

GiG Comply scans tens of thousands of web pages for content and links, with the widest reach in the market, across multiple jurisdictions. bet365 can check for the presence or lack of notable terms, images and promotional links and whether age gated games or code red words are present next to a promotion. Besides this, bet365 can ensure that brand mentions and keyword connotation are identified when not abating to terms and conditions.

GiG Comply’s findings are presented in an easy-to-use report, clearly displaying compliant and noncompliant findings. The report is easily shared, allowing bet365 to focus on rectifying promotions rather than locating them online.

Richard Brown, chief operations officer at GiG, says, “We are very pleased to have signed bet365, one of the leaders in the gambling industry, to GiG’s compliance screening tool and to support them in their marketing compliance. It’s great to know that we share the same aspirations for a safe and trusted environment. GiG Comply will support bet365 to keep compliance oversight and to be in control of affiliate activities, ensuring fair and fun iGaming for all.”

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