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National Revenue Agency Takes Charge


National Revenue Agency takes responsibility of Bulgaria’s gambling regulation following the government’s decision to axe the State Commission on Gambling


Bulgarian government hopes to put a lid on the disarray caused by the disbanding of the State Commission on Gambling


BULGARIA GOVERNMENT


Te Bulgarian National Revenue Agency (NRA) will oversee the regulation of gambling in Bulgaria, following the decision by legislators to axe the country’s previous gambling regulator, the State Commission on Gambling (SCG).


Galya Dimitrova will oversee the new authority as the NRA’s Executive Director. Te abolition of the State Gambling Commission (SGC) followed fierce criticism with links between senior members and organised crime.


Te Government prosecuted businessman Vasil Bozhkov whose Eurofootball business, the oldest sports betting operator in Bulgaria, had its operating licence suspended in March over unpaid taxes. Another of Bozhkov’s gambling businesses, National Lottery AD, handed back its operating licence, that same month with SCG chair, Alexander Georgiev, resigning after being linked to the controversy. On July 25, 35 people were arrested in connection with the investigation against Mr. Bozhkov who remains in Dubai, despite stating in June that he would return to Bulgaria.


Te special operation of the Bulgarian Ministry


of Interior and the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office was conducted in several Bulgarian towns. Te detainees are Vasil Bozhkov’s guards. Some of them are former employees of the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior, including the Bulgarian Special Counter Terrorist Unit (SOBT). Te Prosecutor’s Office has not yet pressed charges against the detainees. Te National Revenue Agency is now pushing a bill to reserve 10 per cent of gambling proceeds to fund cultural projects within Bulgaria. Proposals being considered by the local Legislature would see an increase in licensing fees for slot halls and casino in the country.


Under the proposed changes, individuals looking to establish a slot hall would be required to prove financial reserves of no less than BGN500,000, an increase from BGN7,500. Licenses for opening a casino would cost BGN1.5m. Another proposal is looking to restrict casinos in the country to five-star hotel resorts and sites within 20 km of the state borders. Tere have been demonstrations outside Parliament amid claims that small- and medium-sized gambling businesses would be wiped out leading to mass redundancies.


Ireland DigiWheel partners with Abbiati for distribution


DigiWheel, manufacturer of the world’s first, patented, HD Spinning Wheel, has entered into an agreement to work with Abbiati Casino Equipment of Turin, Italy, to distribute the DigiWheel family of products to land based casinos in UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the online gaming and betting market worldwide.


“We look forward to bringing the DigiWheel products to the casinos of EMEA with the incredible professionals at Abbiati Casino Equipment. We share a lot of values with the team at Abbiati to ensure we deliver great product that performs for our customers.


“We want to maximise the unique DigiWheel experience for their customers in their properties, supported by an unerring commitment to excellence in customer service” said John Purcell, CEO of DigiWheel. Giorgio Abbiati, CEO of Abbiati


Casino Equipment, added “the continued expansion of the Abbiati product range is an increasing demonstration of our commitment to innovate for our customers.


“We are excited to be bringing DigiWheel, one of the most unique products ever launched in the gaming market, to existing and new customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa.”


As the spinning wheel is an HD screen, Operators may run any money wheel game or any prize wheel game ever created on DigiWheel. Players can even choose a new game with every spin, if they wish, or even multiple game spins and/or promotional spins at the same time.


Various add-ons to the DigiWheel include; DigiWheel Casino Terminal, DigiWheel Casino Table, DigiWheel Mobile Apps and DigiWheel Kiosk.


Ireland


SIS has expanded its greyhound offering with the inclusion of every race from the Irish Greyhound Derby across both online and retail channels for the first time. Live pictures and data of all six rounds of the competition will be made available through the supplier’s services, including its 24/7 Live Betting Channels.


Te 2020 Irish Greyhound Derby, which takes place at Shelbourne Park in Dublin from the 14th August to the 19th September, provides an opportunity for operators to broaden their offering with profitable short-form content.


Securing these rights for both online and retail strengthens SIS’s portfolio of greyhound racing, which consists of premium UK and Irish meetings from tracks across the region.


SPAIN – JCM has further strengthened its relationship with Novomatic Spain, who have successfully integrated the globally recognised Ticket2Go system across the country with Admiral Gaming. JCM Global General Manager EMEA Payam Zadeh, said: “We are extremely happy with the successful integration of Ticket2Go at Admiral Spain through our cooperation with Novomatic Spain, who are such a major player in the gaming space. In addition, Novomatic Spain decided to offer and distribute JCM’s Ticket2Go solution as a fantastic opportunity for Spanish operators to update their machines to a globally recognised TITO system.”


This new level of cooperation between JCM Global and Novomatic Spain, a supplier and operator of gaming equipment, is a natural partnership that will help Spanish gaming operators make the most of their existing machines. Ticket2Go is a flexible ticketing solution for both digital and analogue machines. Developed for AWP/Low Payout Machines, it provides operators with a networked Ticket In/Ticket Out solution as well as a networkless payout-only feature.


Designed to be retrofitted; Ticket2Go is compatible with most of the popular gaming machines, creating a simple, single ticket-based solution to replace coin payout technology, eliminating hopper jams and refills to increase play time and reduce operator intervention. Since this TITO solution is made for upgrading existing operations, it can operate over existing ethernet networks, meaning there is no need for a whole new network, keeping costs down for small and medium operators.


“We are excited to be able to offer Spanish operators this simple retrofitted TITO solution, enabling them to move away from outdated coin- operated technology and boost their business. This single solution for analogue and digital machines is sure to help operators become more efficient and deliver a more enjoyable experience to their customers,” said Novomatic Spain CEO Bernhard Teuchmann.


UK – Inspired Entertainment reported positive financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 with online revenue more than doubling year-on-year with July online revenues increasing by 82 per cent.


Second quarter revenue came in at $15.6m with Adjusted EBITDA of $2.1m despite customer closures related to COVID-19. Inspired said that approximately 90 per cent of of its server-based gaming machines were available for play as of August 1 with encouraging results; July's average customer gross win per unit per day was tracking at or above Pre-COVID Levels.


NEWSWIRE / INTERACTIVE / MARKET DATA P19 EMEA


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