The week at a glance: top news from the gaming industry

This week, the new traffic light coalition dominated the German media. The gambling industry is now looking to the new government's plans that could affect the gambling business as well. Another topic was the measures that are currently being taken against the spread of COVID-19.


Pediatricians warn of renewed school closings in Germany

Pediatricians warn politicians not to consider school closings again as part of the measures to combat the coronavirus . The last lockdown left major health damage such as gambling addiction and obesity in children and adolescents.

3G rule in arcades and casinos

The law amending the Infection Protection Act (IfSG) came into force this week. The forum of the machine operators informed its members about the sometimes confusing requirements for amusement arcades and other gaming facilities in the individual federal states.

Roulette and blackjack online soon from Lotto Thuringia?

Lotto Thuringia could soon expand its portfolio to include casino games such as roulette, blackjack and baccarat. The basis for this was laid by the state parliament, which passed the 5th law to amend the Thuringian Casino Act (ThürSpbkG).

Bremen politician calls for a ban on advertising for sports betting

The Bremen Senator for the Interior Ulrich Mäurer (SPD) criticized the advertising for sports betting again. Therefore, an initiative is to be started with the aim of a general ban on gambling advertising . However, the city of Bremen benefits from tax revenues in the millions.

The German Sports Betting Association is against a sports betting advertising ban

After the demand of the Bremen Interior Senator Ulrich Mäurer (SPD) to ban advertising for gambling and sports betting nationwide, the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) also commented on this. In the opinion of the DSWV, legal gambling offers are only recognizable through advertising.

Traffic light coalition plans to step up action against money laundering

In its 180-page coalition agreement , the new government expresses its plans for the fight against organized crime and money laundering. Serious companies in the gaming industry could also benefit from this.

WestLotto is planning record investments in retail outlets

The North Rhine-Westphalian state lottery provider WestLotto has announced that it intends to invest around 48 million euros in the terrestrial acceptance points by 2026 . The aim is to offer customers a better lottery experience. In addition, the inpatient acceptance points are to be strengthened.


TV broadcaster ORF starts vaccination lottery

The Austrian state television broadcaster ORF has launched an vaccination lottery . In this way, the vaccination rate in the country is to be increased in order to get the corona pandemic under control. Participants can win prizes such as televisions, e-cars and even single-family houses.

Casinos Austria AG introduces new CEO

Casinos Austria AG has a new General Director . The Dutchman Erwin van Lambaart will take the place of the incumbent boss Bettina Glatz-Kremsner from April 1, 2022. Van Lambaart is currently CEO of Holland Casino with 14 casinos in the Netherlands.

Football betting fraud in Austria is widespread

A case of betting fraud caused quite a stir in the regional league. Four people are said to be already in custody. Several clubs and at least ten games are said to be affected by betting fraud .

Ibiza affair: trial against alleged video masterminds postponed

The drug trafficking trial against private detective Julian Hessenthaler, the alleged mastermind behind the Ibiza video , has been postponed. Many observers consider the drug allegations against the 40-year-old to be constructed. Rather, it is about trying Hessenthaler for triggering the biggest political scandal.


PokerStars helps find missing people

Online poker company PokerStars has launched a campaign. The company partnered with the Missing People charity to help locate missing people. The organization is also expected to receive a donation of £ 150,000.

Tipico study reveals interesting facts about superstition and sports betting

A study commissioned by Tipico examined the superstition of US sports fans regarding sports betting. The results of the surveys produced some interesting facts and surprises.

New law on digital services in the fight against illegal gambling

The EU Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), the Law on Digital Services adopted the Digital Services Act (DAS). The aim of the new guidelines is to make the fight against illegal gambling easier. This could have a positive effect on the gaming industry.

Gerwyn Price wins the Grand Slam of Darts again

The Welshman Gerwyn Price has again won the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, England. In a spectacular final he fought an exciting fight with Peter Wright from Scotland. Price ended up winning the trophy for the third time in four years and prize money of £ 125,000.

Gambling group Entain expands in the Baltic States

Gambling giant Entain plans to take over Estonian company Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG). This deal could allow Entain to consolidate its presence in the Baltic markets of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

EGBA supports planned EU anti-money laundering laws

The gaming association EGBA has made positive statements about the anti-money laundering legislative package that is currently being discussed by the European Council and the European Parliament. The gaming industry also benefits from efficient measures against money laundering.

British MPs are calling for tough gambling reforms

More than 160 British MPs and anti-gambling opponents have written a letter calling for strict reforms to online gambling. This includes a wagering limit of £ 2 and a deposit limit of £ 100 per month.

Belgian court orders illegal online casinos to be closed

For the first time, a Belgian court has ordered the closure of an unlicensed online casino. For the seller it is around Twino trading based on Cura ç act ao. The Belgium-licensed sports betting provider Derby, a subsidiary of Ladbrokes, had previously sued against the illegal gambling offer.

Dutch opposition calls for a ban on advertising for gambling

The Dutch opposition parties Socialist Partij and ChristenUnie have called for severe restrictions on advertisers from the gambling industry. The parties should not rule out a total ban, since gambling advertisements pose a danger, especially for children and young people.

In other news

A lot of noise about nothing? Gifts from politicians to bookmakers are "normal"

The media have reported frequently in the past few weeks about gifts that British MPs are said to have received from gambling companies. A wave of indignation broke out. However, Warwick Barlett, CEO of Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC), is said to think the excitement is excessive.

Latvian gambling company banned after showing offensive show at SiGMA festival

Two employees of Lucky Streak, a Latvian gambling company, were given a lifetime ban after improper behavior at their booth. They had taken it too far, said the organizers of the iGaming fair in Malta.

Casino Velden receives its first woman at the top

The Casino Velden of Casinos Austria AG is to be run by a woman for the first time. Marion Roseneder will take up her position as CEO at Casino am Wörthersee in the first quarter of 2022.

Poker world champion Koray Aldemir is not taxable

German poker pro Koray Aldemir has won the main event of the World Series of Poker 2021 (WSOP). He receives US $ 8 million in prize money. However, since the native of Berlin has his residence in Austria, he does not have to pay tax on his profits.

Record earnings for the UK National Lottery

The UK's national lottery generated record revenues of GBP 3.96 billion (EUR 4.72 billion) in the first half of this year. According to the operator Camelot, growth has been observed in all gaming products. But the classic game of chance still seems to be more popular than the online variants.

Woman steals over 600,000 euros for gambling with no real winnings

An Australian reportedly defrauded her employer of AUD 940,000 to invest the money in her passion for gambling. It is said to have been the "Heart of Vegas" app, on which casino games are offered without real money winnings. The severely addicted woman faces several years imprisonment.

Multi-millionaire "Mattress Mack" puts millions on the Super Bowl

Jim McIngvale from Texas, also known by the nickname "Mattress Mack", who made a fortune selling furniture, plans to bet $ 2 million on the New England Patriots' victory at the Super Bowl. Should he win, he will receive a payout of USD 46 million at odds of 23: 1.

France: Homeless person wins 500,000 euros with scratch card

A young homeless person from Montpellier won 500,000 euros with a scratch card. The money gives him the chance to start a new life. The 22-year-old now wants to buy a house and change his life from the ground up. The whole neighborhood was happy for him, reported French media.

Pragmatic Play launches new live casino game Sweet Bonanza Candyland

Live casino game developer Pragmatic Play has launched its latest live casino game entitled "Sweet Bonanza Candyland". The game is based on the blockbuster slot “Sweet Bonanza”, which is one of the game developer's most popular games.

Lottery is giving away a flight into space

A woman from Antigua won the lottery on a Virgin Galactic space flight. This was the main prize of a charity lottery organized by the American space company. The proceeds will benefit the NGO Space for Humanity. The 44-year-old will travel with her daughter.

William Hill closes three online casinos

The traditional British bookmaker has announced that it will close its three online casinos EuroGrand, 21 Nova and William Hill Casino Club. As of November 29th, no more new customers should be accepted. The final closure is scheduled for January 24, 2022.