Ukraine Reveals Far-Reaching Proposals

THE NETHERLANDS – 33 years after opening its first own arcade in Amsterdam, the Gauselmann Group in the form of its subsidiary MERKUR Casino International will open its sixth branch in the Netherlands this autumn: As of October 2019, the MERKUR sun will shine over Valkenburg.

MERKUR Casino International took over the new location in Muntstraat 8 from the previous operator in July 2019. Almost 70 gaming machines over an area of 249sq.m are now offered to visitors in a modern atmosphere. The branch’s opening hours will be: Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

GERMANY – Robert van Roosendaal has been appointed as the new NOVOMATIC Key Account Director for Germany, BENELUX, Iceland, Portugal & France. Robert van Roosendaal is

a gaming industry expert with many years of sales experience. In line with the internal restructuring process and the continued expansion of market leadership in key European casino markets, Robert van Roosendaal is now responsible for the distribution of the complete portfolio of casino products in Germany, Iceland, Portugal, the BENELUX countries and France. He reports into Jens Einhaus, VP Int. Sales, Europe & The Americas.

“With Robert van Roosendaal we have been able to assign this key position – especially in the German and French casino markets – to an expert with extensive sales experience as well as excellent market and product knowledge,” says Jens Einhaus. Robert van Roosendaal joined NOVOMATIC AG in 2016.

UK – SIS has appointed Ian Baynes as its new Commercial Director to further drive the company’s international expansion strategy. Mr. Baynes has held several key senior

international roles and has a wealth of experience in managing and developing large international sales teams in multiple vertical markets.

He previously worked in the betting and gaming industry, formerly holding the position of Regional Vice President EMEA at IGT and joins the 24/7 Live Channels supplier from digital marketing agency Fluid Ads where he was Global Commercial Director.

In his new role, Baynes will be responsible for SIS’s Sales function, tasked with increasing the company’s international penetration and commercial revenues, as well as maximising opportunities with existing customers.


Details of Ukraine’s proposed new gambling sector have emerged with a draft bill including provisions for casinos in hotels, slot halls, sports betting and online

Details of Ukraine’s proposed new gambling sector have emerged with a draft bill including provisions for casinos in hotels, slot halls, sports betting and online gaming.

Casinos will only be allowed in the capital of Kiev in hotels with over 200 rooms. Hotels in smaller cities such as Odessa, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Lviv will need to have at least 120 rooms to open a casino. According to the draft, a casino license will cost UAH38m ($1.5m) for operating a casino in Kiev, UAH25m for a casino in one of the four other cities with a population of a million or more and UAH12.5m for a casino in smaller towns v.

Slot halls will be allowed to open with a top limit of 250 slots as long as they are not near


Following the recent fall of the Conte government, the Italian gaming industry is awaiting with interest to see who will form a new government as this may lead to a reprieve of the hard hitting legislation issued 14 months ago.

Some of the most sensitive issues are the proposed ban on advertising, or any form of sponsorship of sports event and the issue of gaming machines. Te Italian AWP industry is the largest in Europe, with around 400,000 machines in operation and one of the problems has been the length of time it takes for a new machine to reach the market, having to go through protracted processes.

Other plans included the reform of the football pools market that will also come under review, plus the announcement of a new lottery by the outgoing Conte government - despite its hostility to gambling. Also left hanging, is the issue of online betting.

Digitain launches startup hub in Yerevan, Armenia


Digitain has announced its ambitious plans to support gaming and tech startups across the Caucuses.

Announced during this year’s World Congress WCIT, Digitian unveiled its scale model of the project’s headquarters; a custom-built complex located in Yerevan. Te complex, set to be named ‘DigiTown’, will offer free working space for an initial year to the region’s most ambitious tech startups in a full-service ecosystem - designed to provide the

foundations for harnessing growth at the crossroads between Asia and Europe.

As well as fostering regional growth, Digitian hopes that the launch of DigiTown will further attract foreign investment to a country already famed for its tech talents, as well as leading position within the B2B gaming tech space.

Commenting on the launch of DigiTown, Suren Khachatryan, CCO at Digitain said Armenia’s contribution to tech world of IT and tech speaks for itself. As one of Armenia’s most successful companies, we’re delighted to be launching such as ambitious project – one that we hope will continue to put one of the most dynamic, fast- growing regions on the planet.

schools, churches, hospitals, residential apartments and public buildings. Te plan is to cap the number of slots in the country at 40,000. Licences for slot halls will cost UAH7.5m (US$0.3m) with poker rooms costing UAH1.3m (US$50,000).

Te draft suggests the potential of 800 sports betting shops being offered to 80 different companies with Ukraine companies reserved for at least 32 of these. A maximum of 40 betting shops would be allowed in any one city with operators being allowed to operate no more than 10 each. A sports betting licence will cost UAH750,000 (US$30,200). A gambling regulatory board will be established with a Chairman and six Commissioners. Te government will retain ownership of the lottery.

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