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A lively discussion on cards at inaugural social responsibility exchange

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Simon Bradbury, Head of Social Responsibility and Compliance at Bacta, has predicted a lively discussion at the Association’s Social Responsibility (SR) Exchange initiative. He bases his prediction on the high level of positive feedback so far. The SR Exchange, scheduled on 21 November, will focus on encouraging best practice and has already garnered support from many professionals operating in the field of Social Responsibility.

The free-to-attend event will break new ground by encouraging operators to bring their front-line staff to play their part in the discussions and workshops, guaranteeing a real world perspective. Simon will be playing a key role in the proceedings, including delivery of the welcome address and facilitating a session about dementia. Simon joined bacta four years ago, having previously retired as an Inspector in the police service. He leads the SR and compliance teams and still works with bacta members in the Midlands, the North West and Lincolnshire and Yorkshire regions. Simon also provides adjudication in gambling disputes.

Anticipating a highly productive event Simon explains: “I am excited by bacta’s first Social Responsibility Exchange. It will feature some interesting guest speakers on safer gambling issues and those from the industry with a social responsibility perspective. There is a focus on customer-facing staff but we also anticipate representation from operators, manufacturers and suppliers. Those attending will also have an opportunity to attend workshops and discussions around a number of subjects including self exclusion, safeguarding and supporting individuals who experience problem gambling. We hope to provide an interesting day where we can share good practice in the workplace and promote social responsibility,” confirms Simon.

Social Responsibility and protecting people from gambling-related harm are at the very heart of bacta and it is anticipated that the involvement of front-line staff in the event will facilitate a valuable two-way exchange of ideas and experience.

Those wishing to participate in this exciting event should contact Linda Malcolm at bacta on +44(0)20 7730 6444 or at Lindam@bacta.org.uk


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Gambling-focused cryptocurrencies valued at more than $100m

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Cryptocurrencies dedicated exclusively to gambling have a combined market capitalization of more than $100m, according to research from CryptoGamblingNews.com.

While the cryptocurrency market has suffered a tough 12 months, investors are still backing gambling coins to the tune of nine figures.

The top 10 gambling-focused cryptocurrencies currently hold a combined value on trading exchanges of $86.7m. With dozens of other gambling coins also being traded, the total sector is worth over $100m.

The leading crypto gambling project by market capitalization of its cryptocurrency is currently FunFair Technologies, a B2B blockchain gaming platform launched by Jez San OBE. Its coins are currently valued at $29m, according to data from CoinMarketCap.com.

FunFair is followed by decentralized sportsbook platform Wagerr ($15.1m) and decentralized casino platform Edgeless ($12.5m).

The cryptocurrencies are actively traded on a number of exchanges, including the world’s largest exchange, Malta-based Binance. FunFair’s FUN token reported trading volumes in excess of $8m over the past week alone.

Despite the impressive figures, the values are significantly down on the January 2018 highs, when gambling cryptocurrencies held a combined value in excess of $1.5 billion.

A spokesperson for CryptoGamblingNews.com, the leading portal for news from the crypto gambling sector, said there are early signs of a recovery.

“The 2018 peak was fuelled by speculation, but what we are seeing now is the emergence of a handful of platforms that are finally live and accepting wagers in these cryptocurrencies. The prices have reacted accordingly as demand for the coins increases,” the spokesperson said.

“Gambling remains a key early use case for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. We are seeing these projects implementing some fantastic features that are simply not possible with fiat currencies, such as provably fair games, full decentralization and near-instantaneous withdrawals.”

Gambling-focused cryptocurrencies are distinct from the broader crypto gambling sector, where Bitcoin remains dominant.

By some estimates, around half of all Bitcoin transactions are gambling related, with billions of dollars’ worth of Bitcoin gambled each year.

However, while Bitcoin operates simply as an alternative payment method, projects such as FunFair, Wagerr and Edgeless have built entire platforms upon blockchain technology.

CryptoGamblingNews.com is the world’s leading portal for crypto gambling, visited by thousands of industry professionals, crypto traders and players every month.

 

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Intralot and Intracom deny news of merger

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Greek gambling company Intralot and local IT holding firm Intracom have both denied news about their potential merger. In their separate statements, which curiously looked identical, both companies stressed that the news did not “correspond to reality.”

There had been rumours that a mega-merger of Intralot and Intracom was on the cards. The rumours emerged after Intralot suffered a drop of the nominal value of its bond and a downgrading of its credit rating at the start of the year.

The rumour gained ground because Intralot and Intracom have the same founder and majority shareholder – Greek business mogul Sokratis Kokkalis. Mr. Kokkalis stepped in as the new CEO of the gambling company early this month, replacing Antonios Kerastaris. The now former Chief Executive of the Greek gaming, betting, and lottery group departed after Intralot lost its bid to continue providing sports betting technology to Turkey’s state-owned operator Iddaa.


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PAGCOR Press Statement on Quezon City’s insistence to impose casino entry fees

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As Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte continues to insist on the imposition of entrance fees to Quezon City residents who wish to play in casinos and other gambling facility in the area, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) underscores several cases and provisions that cite the supremacy of national government over local government units.

First, in “Basco vs. PAGCOR (1991)”, wherein the City of Manila filed a case seeking to annul the PAGCOR charter, the court ruled that Presidential Decree (P.D.) 1869 waived the right of the city to impose taxes and fees. The court decision cited that the power of the local government to impose taxes and fees “is always subject to limitations which Congress may provide by law.”

It furthered that P.D. 1869 remains an operative law, until amended or repealed.

Another case, “City of Cagayan de Oro vs. Pryce and PAGCOR (1994)”, cited that ordinances should not contravene a statute that is obvious. It stated that “municipal governments are only agents of the national government; and local councils exercise only delegated legislative powers from Congress as the national law-making body.” Hence, local government units cannot be superior to Congress from which they derive their powers.

The third case, “Herbert Bautista vs. PAGCOR (2016)”, cited that under its Charter, PAGCOR and its agents are exempted from paying local taxes as P.D. 1869 Section 13 provides that “no tax of any kind or form, income or otherwise, as well as fees, charges or levies of whatever nature, whether national or local, shall be assessed and collected under this Franchise from the Corporation nor shall any form of tax or charge attach in any way to the earnings of the Corporation, except a franchise tax of five percent of the gross revenue or earnings derived by the Corporation from its operation under this franchise.”

The entry fees on the city residents who will enter the casino which the Quezon City local government is contemplating on imposing, takes the form of “tax” because of its nature to generate revenues.

However, if the purpose of the imposition of entry fees is to discourage citizens to frequent gaming facilities, such practice is an obvious exercise of police power, and in fact, an encroachment on the function of a national regulatory entity.

PAGCOR, having been granted by Congress with the power to regulate gambling, has the authority to determine the rules and regulations that may deem fit in the regulation of the gaming industry.

If PAGCOR does not find it necessary to impose entrance fees to its clients, then Quezon City’s local government cannot supersede this even if it claims that the imposition of entry fees is only applicable to their constituents.

Besides, if the local government of Quezon City believes that doing such is tantamount only to “safeguarding the welfare of their people”, why did it grant so many Letters of No Objection (LONOs) and Resolutions of No Objection (RONOs) to bingo and other electronic gaming sites in Quezon City?

As of February 28, 2019, there are 97 electronic gaming sites in Quezon City. Of this number, 63 are bingo sites and 34 are eGames gaming sites. This figure does not include the LONO and RONO granted by Quezon City government to Solaire Resort and Casino.


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