Facebook Raffles May Be Unlicensed Gambling

Scams are everywhere and the internet is no exception in fact the scams are more insidious and dangerous. The latest social media upset comes in the form of a gambling scam being pushed on Facebook. According to a report on BBC Two, raffles on Facebook are basically allowing unlicensed gambling in the U.K.

There is, as with many offers to good to be true, the potential of having the player’s funds stolen by the fraudsters. The UK Gambling Commission has recognized the issue to be one that could be harmful and has had to issue a warning. Facebook does have a policy of removing any raffles that aren’t licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. The Facebook moderators are having a hard time coping with the immense volume of these types of pages being put up. The police have even been brought in to investigate certain allegations.

There are a number of groups on Facebook offering raffles that has expanded fast. Some players  belong to as many as ten different groups on the social media network. These sites promise enticing prizes regularly. There are also fears that many of the pages are in fact bogus with players finding no payout after their investment and nowhere to turn for compensation.  

Avoiding these offers can be tricky as the people responsible for the fraud are good at concealing their motives which is to get you interested in the web site and take your cash. Facebook and social media in general is full of things posted that are fake and made up so these are methods the scammers use. Facebook has started verifying the identities of certain pages that are likely to be fake.  Pages that Facebook has verified, have a blue check mark next to their name on their profiles. You can be confident that verified pages are legitimate. Don’t be fooled, do a little homework before you dive in and surf responsibly.

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Taxes Creating Online Gambling Mass Exodus Down Under

Some jurisdictions are a hard nut to crack for international online gambling operators trying to expand and stay legitimate. Australian politics has always played a part in the business of gambling with the current government doing its best to regulate the activity. The result of the recent reconfiguring of regulations in Australia is a number of gambling companies have exited the country.

 It has been suggested the rule and tax change is causing a massive exodus which will leave Australian players without a chance to play in a relatively safe online gambling environment. The announcement that yet another company will close its virtual doors to Australian punters comes as no surprise to anyone that has been observing the conflict between the operators and the tax man especially in Western Australia. The nation’s new gambling regulatory framework is being implemented with the approval of the Australian Senate.

Malta, Tel Aviv, London, Stockholm based and licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority, the UK Gambling Commission, and Curacao, Codeta, an online casino brand that offers live table games, and other gaming options, as well has joined the ranks of companies leaving the jurisdiction come September 15, 2017.

Among the other big online gambling operations there will be little legal companies left for players to access. Western Australian legislators have recently said that they will introduce a 15% Point of Consumption tax on operators that hold a license to offer products to local gamblers. The same tax is also applied in South Australia as of July. Operators in the United Kingdom are also taxed based on the point of consumption.  

It is no wonder international online betting concerns are going elsewhere with the Point of Consumption tax  Western Australia is one of the world’s most expensive regulated jurisdictions to operate in. Western Australia focused operators will contribute almost 40% of their revenue from the local market to the government.



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Betway Sponsors British Basketball All-Stars Championship

The internet is packed with exciting events to place a wager on and there are some new spectacles that are being introduced to the punters in the U.K. The latest move by The Betway Group, a global online gambling company is sure to stir the interest of many sports fans with the sponsoring of the new British Basketball All-Stars Championship.

Betway has agreed a deal to become title sponsor of the premier event to be held at London’s O2 Arena on 24 September 2017. During a five-hour stint the eight teams will play in a double elimination format; two wins and the team will advance straight through to the semi finals, two losses will result in being knocked out of the tournament with teams winning one and losing one of their opening matches playing a deciding match for a place in the last four. Sky Sports will broadcast the event live in over 70 countries around the planet.

The exclusive event will feature a prize pool of £100,000 (€109,300/$130,200), including £20,000 for the final champions.

Director of marketing and operations at Betway, Anthony Werkman, commented, “It’s great to be involved with this innovative and exciting spin on a well-established sport,” Werkman continued to add,  “At Betway, we like to be at the forefront of new ideas and we strongly believe that the All-Stars Championship will deliver a thrilling experience to basketball fans and Betway customers at the O2 Arena.”

Organiser of the event Matchroom Sport’s Chairman, Barry Hearn, also commented, “We’re very excited to be once again working with our good friends at Betway; over the years, we’ve enjoyed a close relationship centred on many of our sports including darts, snooker, boxing, pool, and now basketball.”

Betway has been busy with a number of partnerships in the professional sports world. It recently expanded this portfolio by responding to a deal with the professional e-sports contest, ESL Pro League.



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Sky Betting & Gaming Partners With SBTech In Germany

The expansion of online sports betting services has been a priority for the British based gambling firm Sky Betting & Gaming for some time now. Headquartered in Luxembourg the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners bought 80% of the shares of Sky Betting & Gaming in March of 2015. In April of 2016, CVC Capital Partners acquired German betting operator Tipico.

Sky Betting & Gaming has headquarters in Leeds, West Yorkshire and offices in Sheffield, London, Guernsey, Rome and Germany. Sky Betting & Gaming consists of five core brands and online betting odds comparison site Oddschecker. Sky Betting & Gaming launched sports betting products in November of 2016 in Germany and Italy for the first time outside of the UK which included a mobile application.

Now the company has gone further with partner SBTech to supply a full sports book platform in Germany. SBTech is an award-winning sports betting solutions provider with a full range of management services to over 50 partners worldwide. The partnership between these two companies will benefit both entities with the SBTech platform with pricing, trading and risk management services all included. The arrangement also involves CRM, payments, reporting and automated tools for bonuses.

SBTech’s comprehensive platform features will also provide sports betting consumers with flexible payment methods, enhanced accumulators and price adjustments.

Managing director of Sky Bet Deutschland, Jochen Weiner, commented on the deal,  "Our growth strategy is focused on agility and technological innovation and as such, SBTech was a natural choice as our sportsbook and platform provider.”

Chief Executive Officer of SBTech, Richard Carter, commented, "The deal with Sky Bet consolidates our position as the market-leading provider of sportsbook and platform solutions for premium operators worldwide. I’m particularly looking forward to overseeing close collaboration between our teams. Innovation is at the core of both of our organisations, and together we can push the boundaries of the sports betting industry, providing new products to customers in a wide range of territories.”


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Artemis Technology Group Purchased By Gaming Nation

The acquisition of companies in the internet gambling sector has proven to be an advantage for businesses that endeavour to expand. One such situation involves Gaming Nation Inc.,is a Canadian company that provides technology and information platforms to the sports and entertainment industry.  The firm’s platforms include subsidiary 5050 Central, which is an electronic real-time raffle system, BD Sport Group, providing in-stadium betting in the UK football sector, and sports information websites Fantasy Guru, FantasyGuruElite and Pick Nation. Recently Scott Secord, president and chief executive of Gaming Nation,  said the company was able to achieve a number of “key strategic and financial milestones” during the three months to June 30th 2017.

Gaming Nation’s subsidiary 5050 Central is pleased to announce it will acquire Artemis Technology’s electronic 50/50 raffle customers. 5050 Central will receive Artemis Technology’s customers including the National Hockey League franchises the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres, as well as National Basketball Association team the Boston Celtics.

Gaming Nation’s CEO Secord, commented,“We are pleased to have completed this transaction and believe the acquisition of the customer base of Artemis will further establish 5050 Central as the dominant provider of electronic 50/50 raffles globally,” adding, “We have also added key talent to our 5050 Central team as Artemis founder Jason Zent will join the management team of 5050 Central and Erinn Zent will join the company as general counsel for our U.S. based clients.” 

Jason Zent also commented on the acquisition, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to join Gaming Nation and work directly in continuing to grow their 50/50 raffle business.  Merging with the leader in this space will be extremely positive for our current clients and we look forward to working with the team at 5050 Central,”

Gaming Nation is now prepared to launch 5050 Central’s platform with all of Artemis’ clients just prior to the beginning of the NHL and NBA regular seasons.


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U.K. Online Gambling Affiliate Programs Under Fire

The recent review of the gambling industry in the United Kingdom has shaken a few operators up to the point where one firm online gambling operator Sky Betting & Gaming is doing away with its UK affiliate program.  The media recently published articles on affiliates’ alleged predatory behavior prompting the exit.

The serious post from the company informed SB&G’s UK-facing affiliates that services will no longer be needed as of October 2nd 2017. The decision came following “a comprehensive strategic review” that focused on “changing regulatory requirements” in Sky Betting & Gamings’ local market. SB&G’s notice however did not say there were any changes forthcoming to its Oddschecker and Sportinglife affiliate platforms.

The post revealed that UK online gambling operators were “experiencing increased obligations regarding their regulatory responsibilities and level of compliance.” SB&G’s stance is that its UK program “is no longer viable and managing the output of affiliates presents a significant risk to our business from a regulatory perspective.”

The U.K.’s Guardian news source published articles recently detailing affiliates’ use of third-party data to target gamblers on the lower end of the socio-economic scale, thus exposing how a number of affiliate operations push long-odds wagers on gamers in order to ensure better returns from their money sharing arrangements with the operators.

The whole gambling industry in the U.K. is getting ready for the release of the results of the government’s triennial review of the gambling industry, which is expected to recommend further scrutiny of the gambling industry’s activity.

Ladbrokes Coral was another gambling operator to feel the sting of the publication and is one of the five operators that is being probed by the U.K. Gambling Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority. The firm recently announced it keeping a closer watch on affiliates’ methods to ensure their business practices weren’t creating issues for the company.


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Gambling Systems Odds Not Affected Or Improved

Gambling online or off has been linked to mathematics with the exception of random access generated games such as slots. The use of systems for the gambler to create a perceived advantage have been around for hundreds of years. There are a number of strategies that rely on statistics, a branch of mathematics that deals with the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organization of data.

Although it is not possible to perfectly predict random events, much can be said about their behaviour and these behaviours are part of what is called probability theory. The mathematical theory of probability has its roots in attempts to analyze games of chance by Gerolamo Cardano in the sixteenth century, and by Pierre de Fermat and Blaise Pascel in the seventeenth century so it is obvious the practice is old school. Statistics is said to have begun in ancient civilization, going back at least to the 5th century BC and even with the use of computers it still has not reached a peak.

The system known as a martingale is any of a class of betting strategies that originated from and were popular in 18th century France. The fundamental reason why all martingale-type betting systems fail is that no amount of information about the results of past bets can be used to predict the results of a future bet with accuracy better than chance. It becomes evident, especially with games, based on probability, that betting strategies are by no means flawless, or a hundred percent foolproof. The majority of betting strategies with games of chance, the players’ odds are not affected, nor improved by the betting strategy.  

All players should remember that even the most adequate betting strategy is unable to completely neutralize the house’s edge. Using mathematics to understand the process is one method to count ones losses and winnings but trusting in a method is not always advisable.






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Betting Records Broken On Mayweather McGregor Fight

The recent match between the world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor was one of the most watched and wagered on events in recent history. Some operators posted record transactions during the first of its kind match where two disciplines were pitched against each other.

The OpenBet platform run by the NYX Gaming Group has reported that it processed a record breaking number of bets on the fight. The post revealed that there was an increase of 530% in total stakes and 375% in the overall number of bets over the previous record.  NYX Gaming Group stated that 85 percetn of the bets were placed on the Irish martial arts champ Conor McGregor. Gamblers put down an average bet of £20 on McGregor, but Mayweather attracted an average bet of £120.

The Executive vice-president at OpenBet, Keith O’Loughlin, commented on the match,  “OpenBet proved again that the platform we offer to operators can scale to cover very significant spikes of business.

“The resilience and scalability of OpenBet allows us to smash previous records with confidence and we continuously offer our customers a great experience 24x7 when it matters most.

“OpenBet, our customers, punters, Mayweather and McGregor all came out winners on one of the biggest fights in history – that's pretty unique.”

 Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, the NYX Gaming Group Limited is a leading digital gaming provider, with 1,000 employees globally. NYX delivers added value by adhering to the highest standards of customer service, probity, and responsibility. NYX`s OpenBet sports book processed more than two billion bets and broke records at the 2017 Grand National, when it processed 68,000 peak bets-per-minute. The fight has gone down in the books as one of the most highly-viewed contests with PayPerView and TV revenue expected to have broken the $400m hurdle.


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Online Gambling Bonuses To Be Restricted in Czech Republic

The many regulated online gambling jurisdictions in the European Union have reached a point where the rules are being challenged by a number of governments. The Czech Republic has recently amended its laws regarding gambling and it continues to try its level best to control the activity.

The Czech Republic has pledged it will restrict free bets and other bonuses offered by online gambling operators. The reasoning behind the latest move by the Ministry of Finance which has officially revealed that it has serious concerns regarding the offering of bonuses by the various online gambling service providers which the Ministry claims is inducing consumers to possibly develop unhealthy gambling issues and should be controlled.

The  government report said, “The casinos, appealing to instant and seemingly easy winnings, have become typical not only of the suburbs of the Czech cities, but also of the centres of smaller municipalities, and all of the related socially harmful activities pose a threat to public order and peaceful coexistence,”

The Czech Republic’s strict Gaming Act has been the bases for the restriction of bonuses that the administration says there is a connection between these types of promotions and problem gambling.
The lawmakers passed the Gaming Act to defend consumers’ rights and protection by controlling  spending.

The recently published article claims that “given the fact that gambling is an area of business that carries a negative social cost, as it causes pathological gambling and associated undesirable manifestations in a particular part of the population, a new legal framework has been put in place to improve consumer protection, the conditions under which gambling can be run, and not only the conditions relating to the direct provision of gambling, but also related activities such as advertising and others.”

The Czech Republic has good intentions and the restricting methods are considered helpful and a step in the right direction in harm reduction caused by excessive online gambling.


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US Federal Online Gambling Ban Would Violate Rights

The United States is one of the biggest online gambling markets in the world but it is currently in the perilous state of being banned and turned into a criminal act should the federal government decide that direction. Republican US Representative Charlie Dent who has been the Representative for Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district, since 2005 has introduced a bill amendment that could see online gambling criminalized in the United States with an expansion of federal jurisdiction over states in the process.

Former politician Ron Paul has revealed in a press editorial that the federal ban on online wagering would be unconstitutional. The champion for civil liberties under the rule of law Ron Paul is only one of many that oppose the implementation of a prohibition on online gambling. It has been suggested that the proposals to amend the laws could be put before Congress as soon as the next session.

States that already are gaining revenue from online betting because they have gone through the legislative process and legalized it are concerned the amendment proposal will jeopardize their existing revenue stream. It is being argued that a ban would violate “the principles of federalism” and take away the rights of citizens granted in the constitution. Paul claims that Dent is abusing the 10th Amendment of the constitution in his all encompassing plans to control the online betting industry.

Ron Paul wrote recently, “His proposed ban on online gambling violates the principles of federalism and threatens the constitutional rights of all Americans, regardless of whether they gamble online,” adding “Criminalizing online gaming could also set a dangerous precedent that could be used to attack other rights.”

Aside from the civil rights of Americans being trashed there is the economic issue with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie saying to Congress that a federal ban on online betting would take away “economic and employment opportunities already realized ” in Atlantic City.


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