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ITIA: Moroccan tennis player banned for life

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The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has confirmed that Younes Rachidi, a Moroccan former tennis player, has been banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of 135 match fixing offences. This is now the highest number of offences by one individual ever detected by the ITIA or its predecessor the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The sanction means that Rachidi, who had a highest ATP doubles ranking of 473, is permanently prohibited from playing in, coaching at or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis.

The case was ruled on by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Office Janie Soublière who found all charges proved, the 135 breaches “egregious” and imposed a fine of $34,000 in addition to the life ban.

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Rachidi was involved in match fixing with two Algerian players recently banned by the ITIA with the cases uncovered following law enforcement investigations in conjunction with the ITIA in Belgium.

The ITIA is an independent body established by the International Governing Bodies of Tennis to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.

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3 Oaks Gaming granted UKGC licence

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iGaming supplier advances growth strategy with key regulatory approval

3 Oaks Gaming, an established distributor of iGaming content, has announced that it has been granted its remote operating licence from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

This prestigious achievement is a monumental landmark for the company who will now be able to distribute its games to licenced operators within the United Kingdom. This milestone not only expands the company’s reach, but also solidifies its position as a provider of choice within the industry.

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Operators can anticipate access to a diverse selection of the supplier’s top-performing games, such as 3 Hot Chillies, Coin Volcano, and Sun of Egypt 3 which are currently undergoing certification, ensuring compliance and seamless integration for future partners.

Securing a UK licence represents a pivotal moment in the trajectory of 3 Oaks Gaming, as the provider prepares to announce significant commercial agreements in the coming months. This strategic business development achievement is set to complement the company’s current operations, bolstered by its existing Isle of Man licence.

Sebastian Damian, Managing Director of 3 Oaks Gaming, said: “We are thrilled to have obtained our UKGC licence, an esteemed accreditation within one of the world’s most recognised gambling markets. With this milestone achieved, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality, engaging content to UK-licenced operators.

“Our focus remains on progressing our market position and achieving ambitious growth goals, all while upholding our commitment to promoting responsible gaming.”

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DSWV Calls for Changes as Black Market Betting Rises in 2023

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The German Sports Betting Association (DSWV) has analysed the development of the German sports betting market for 2023 at its annual press conference. The main focus was on tax revenues, the black market and player protection.

Decline in Tax Revenue

In 2023, legal sports betting providers in Germany recorded stakes of €7.72 billion, a decrease of 5.4% compared to the previous year.

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“Instead, the money flows into the coffers of the black market providers,” DSWV President Mathias Dahms said.

This development illustrates the challenges facing the legal market. One important reason for the decline is the migration of many players to illegal offerings. For example, since the State Treaty on Gambling came into force in 2021, regulated providers have not been able to keep up with the extensive betting offers of the black market due to a limited betting programme. The association is, therefore, calling for attractive framework conditions for regulated providers so that they remain competitive.

Combating the Black Market

Despite regulation, the black market has a significant market share in Germany. Studies, such as the Schnabl study by DSWV and DOCV, show that around half of the time spent by German online gambling users is spent on illegal sites. This alarming development requires urgent action on the part of the Joint Gambling Authority of the federal states (GGL). The DSWV is, therefore, calling for a reorientation of the current regulatory policy in order to strengthen the legal market and curb the black market.

Promotion of Player Protection

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Many interested parties will open betting accounts during the European Football Championship. It is, therefore, all the more important that gamblers are directed to the legal market. Advertising helps to make the brands of legal providers stand out from the illegal offers on the black market. Only companies permitted by the GGL protect players. In the debate on sports betting advertising, the DSWV is, therefore, expressly opposed to a ban on advertising.

“No company can survive if it is not allowed to advertise, and this must remain the case for sports betting providers. Otherwise, players are left with the black market, where there are no protective measures and controls,” Dahms said during the conference.

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Supremeland Gaming Moves into the United States Gaming Market After Gaining Landmark Approval in Pennsylvania

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The innovative brand is set to pave the way for unprecedented gaming excellence and innovation in ‘The Keystone State’

Supremeland Gaming Incorporated (Supremeland Gaming), the dynamic and innovative iGaming challenger, is thrilled to announce the attainment of its first-ever gaming approval in the United States, marking a significant milestone in the company’s expansion strategy. The studio has received official interim authorization from the state of Pennsylvania, a key market for the gaming industry in the United States.

The approval allows Supremeland Gaming to operate in the state of Pennsylvania and propels it into a new era of opportunities and growth on the global stage. The brand is set to unveil multiple explosive titles in the coming months designed by the in-house design studio Powderkeg with an unwavering commitment to delivering unparalleled entertainment experiences.

“Securing our first United States gaming approval in Pennsylvania marks not just a milestone, but a testament to our commitment to innovation and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead,” the Executive Chairman for Supremeland Gaming, Johan Apel, said. “With ‘The Keystone State’ as our gaming canvas, we eagerly anticipate transforming the landscape, pushing boundaries and creating immersive experiences that resonate within this new American base.”

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With a team of skilled developers, designers and storytellers, the company is committed to delivering games that will captivate audiences and establish Supremeland Gaming as a prominent player in the United States iGaming industry.

“We are thrilled to have obtained our first approval in the United States and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce our titles to the American iGaming community,” the Chief Executive Officer for Supremeland Gaming, Rickard Ohrn, said. “This is a momentous occasion for Supremeland Gaming and we are eager to contribute to the vibrant gaming culture in Pennsylvania and beyond.”

For more information, visit Supremeland. io.

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