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Casino Guru’s Safer Gambling Efforts Reach Record Awareness in Q3/2021

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Casino Guru has revealed the blue paper for its global initiative

 

Thanks to Casino Guru’s long-term efforts in making iGaming safer and promoting sustainable gambling – which have been part of the project right from the start – it is clear that these endeavors are one of Casino Guru’s priorities.

The team’s separate projects like the Global Self-Exclusion Initiative, which seeks to improve responsible gambling tools available to players, and Casino Guru Academy, which aims to educate iGaming professionals for free, are a testament to that. Now that the topic of responsible and sustainable gambling is coming up more and more in the entire industry, these Casino Guru’s projects and initiatives are getting a growing amount of attention and awareness.

As a result, members of the Casino Guru team got a chance to represent the company and present their efforts to other industry leaders at some of the biggest iGaming events, including SBC Barcelona, iGB Affiliate Amsterdam, and the Discovery Conference organized by the Responsible Gambling Council, with even more conferences planned for the future.

As Casino Guru wishes to promote responsible gambling initiatives and push the industry to be more sustainable and safer for players, Simon Vincze, the company’s Responsible Gambling Projects Manager, has been featured the most. He’s attended a panel discussion related to responsible gambling at SBC Barcelona, gave a speech about sustainable approach to gambling from the side of affiliates at iGB Affiliate Amsterdam, presented the Global Self-Exclusion Initiative at the Discovery Conference, and will also talk about player protection and sustainability at the upcoming Sigma Europe conference in Malta.

Commenting on these public appearances, Vincze said, “We have been working on our responsible gambling projects for a long time now. I’ve been having fruitful remote discussions with iGaming stakeholders during the lockdowns, but it’s been great to finally talk about these important topics in person, both publicly and privately.”

He added, “I am thankful for these opportunities to go onto the stage and talk in front of a larger audience about the importance of sustainable gambling. On top of that, the conferences allowed me to get in touch with new people. These contacts can benefit our initiatives and help push them forward, and that’s one of my ultimate goals.”

In addition to Vincze, two other members of the Casino Guru team spoke publicly at SBC Barcelona. Petronela Kontos, Casino Guru’s Complaints Team Lead, also talked about responsible gambling, while Matej Novota, the team’s Head of Data & Complaints, talked about new regulations on the German market.

Casino Guru’s efforts are capturing the attention of the industry, as attested by being shortlisted at multiple iGaming award ceremonies, including the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Safer Gambling at Vixio Gambling Compliance Awards, Safer Gambling Initiative of the Year at iGB Affiliate Awards, as well as Affiliate of the Year at Sigma Europe Gaming Awards.

Vincze commented on these recognitions, “It’s an honor and joy for our entire team to see our endeavors recognized in this way. Not only does it reflect all the hard work we’ve been putting into pushing the industry to be better, but it also shows that our initiatives are heading in the right direction, and their potential impact is great. We will keep working hard towards making our goals a reality. Stay tuned!”

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Current Situation on US Gambling Law

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According to the American Gaming Association, the United States gambling industry is worth some $240 billion. That’s more than double the value of the entire US film industry.

However, despite its size and popularity, it’s still illegal to bet on sports in almost all 50 states. Only three states — Nevada, Delaware, and Montana — are legalizing sports betting. New Jersey is allowing bets on single games through a court ruling.

In this article, we will look at what you can expect if you want to wager on your favorite sport in different states.

Ohio

In terms of legal gambling in Ohio, the state has an extensive history with horse racing and casinos. There are currently five racetracks in the state which offer various betting options. The most popular form of wager is pari-mutuel betting, where you can bet on certain horses or the race. You can also place wagers on greyhound races at one of the tracks in Ohio.

The most popular form of casino gambling in Ohio is slot machines available at riverboat casinos across the state and at three racetracks that offer slot machines. Several Native American casinos operate within the state’s borders.

Maryland

The state of Maryland is one of the most regulated states in the U.S. Therefore, it is no surprise that there are stringent laws regarding gambling. Maryland has some of the most restrictive laws regarding gambling in the country.

The state has a long history of gambling, and it is still considered one of the top gambling destinations in the entire country. Moreover, the state continues working hard to develop its casino industry. This is by creating new legislation on how casinos can operate and what types of games they can offer their customers.

Maryland has many types of laws that deal with all aspects of gambling. This includes licensing requirements, taxation rules, and other regulations. These affect every aspect of online gambling.

Arizona

The state of Arizona is one of the few states that does not have any laws against gambling. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. The state does have laws against certain types of games, including bingo and raffles. Bingo is like any game in which cards are sold by chance. This is at a price greater than the cost of the card.

In other words, if you buy a $1 card and win $50, you can be arrested for running an illegal bingo game. Raffles are also illegal in Arizona if they are conducted by someone not registered with the state to do so.

The exception to this law is that if you are running a non-profit organization like a church or community group, you can conduct raffles without being registered with the state first.

Final Takeaway

The state of online gambling in the US continues to ramble on. However, different states are making significant strides to legalize it for US gambling sites. The current situation is that the gambling laws vary from state to state.

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Royal Partners as Platinum Sponsor of AffPapa iGaming Awards

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Royal Partners as Platinum Sponsor of AffPapa iGaming Awards

 

Royal Partners will join AffPapa iGaming Awards 2022 as the Platinum Sponsor of the event, honoring affiliates and operators.

The event will convert into a genuine melting pot, mirroring the incredible dynamic of the iGaming industry – promoting and bringing along affiliates and operators for a unique chance to participate among the industry’s biggest names.

The virtual Awards will be accompanied by an offline event for industry members on July 5th of this year, in the heart of Netherlands – Amsterdam.

All attendees will not only get the chance to network and have fun, but the winners will also be handed with physical awards right there in front of their whole team and the rest of the iGaming industry, who will be cheering them on!

Denis Nikishin, Head of Affiliates at Royal Partners, commented:

“Royal Partners is delighted to be this year’s Platinum Sponsor of the AffPapa iGaming Awards. This is an amazing opportunity to not only reconnect affiliates and operators, but to also have some fun. We’re pleased to see several of our affiliate partners join the list as well.”

Royal Partners joined AffPapa’s directory at the end of 2021, and the operator’s collaborations with our AffPapa-registered affiliates have been quite fruitful to say the least. This is yet another milestone in strengthening the cooperation between the two companies.

Yeva Avagyan, CCO at AffPapa, stated:

“We’re honored to welcome Royal Partners as our Platinum Sponsor for our first-ever AffPapa iGaming Awards. Working with the operator has been a pleasure so far, with communication and honesty being at the heart of just about everything. Having a major sponsor for AIA that also shares our AffPapa values is a big win!”

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Largest Dutch poker affiliate complies with regulatory changes post introduction of new Dutch gambling law

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Largest Dutch poker affiliate complies with regulatory changes post introduction of new Dutch gambling law

 

PokerKamers.nl, one of the Netherlands’ first and largest poker affiliate sites, introduced a new policy that fully complies with the regulatory changes that came in effect after the Dutch Gambling Authority (Kansspelautoriteit/ KSA) introduced its set of rules for operators to offer legal poker in the Netherlands.

As of October 2021, PokerKamers.nl, a Dutch spoken website existing since 2006, launched its new website. The founders introduced a policy to comply with new regulations, after the new Dutch gambling law took effect on October 1st of 2021.

“Being fully compliant meant saying farewell to online poker sites that did not receive a license to legally operate in the Netherlands; this includes renowned sites like partypoker and bwin, as parent company Entain’s initial application got rejected,” said PokerKamers.nl founder Joris Koningsberg.

Entain plc, one of the world’s largest gambling/ gaming, poker, and betting operators, did not receive a license to offer their brands in the Netherlands, including their online poker sites, because they continued to accept Dutch customers after the market closed due to the Dutch Remote Gambling Act (Kansspel op Afstand/ KOA) on April 1st of 2021.

“It was an easy decision, because the only other option was working with illegal poker sites. And besides, one of our favorite partners (ed: Hillside plc’s bet365) did receive their license,” said Joris Koningsberg.

Meanwhile, all Entain brands now comply to the Dutch Gambling Authority’s cooling off period and the company is expected to obtain a license in the first half of 2022.

With the decision to be fully compliant to Dutch law and regulations, PokerKamers.nl also improved the overall quality of its website. A new look and feel, a comprehensive audit of all existing pages and many new, were completed before the launch of their new website.

“And there is more,” said PokerKamers.nl co-owner Oscar Oosterling, “We have added a poker course, several tools including a tournament filter and the M-Calculator, and poker cheat sheets. And our to-do list is only getting bigger.”

PokerKamers.nl is a website to keep on your radar the next few months. New gambling licenses will be issued, and this website will only list the very best of them. You can expect continuous updates and new features that improve the overall quality and user experience. And with PokerKamers.nl being a compliant poker affiliate, you can rest assured that you’re not going to be misled into signing up with shady – or illegal poker sites.

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