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Japan Government to confine the number of entries into the Casinos

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The Japanese government briefed on a venture it will take up through which it intends to prevent overindulging in gambling becoming a social issue post the opening of the first casino for business, besides the estimation of the critics that ‘it will be relatively easy to circumvent the safeguards.’

They also alarm that Japan’s organised crime groups are looking forward with escalating interest as legislation makes its way through the Diet to allow casinos to operate as part of larger “integrated resorts” that integrate hotels, convention centres, shops, and other entertainment complexes.

The government’s proposal demands Japanese nationals and permanent foreign residents to be confined in their number of entrance into a casino to up to three times in any seven consecutive days or 10 times in any 28 days.

To monitor the number of visits a person makes, the government has proposed that anyone entering a casino would need to present their ‘My Number identity card.’ The My Number system is still being rolled out by the government and which effectively acts as a repository of information on citizens and foreign residents, with the 12-digit identification number providing details on the holder’s tax, medical insurance, pension payment history, and other details.

Critically for the government’s casinos plan, it acts as proof of the bearer’s age and a function can be introduced to flag an individual who is trying to enter a casino more than the allowed number of times.

Tokyo has been toying with the idea of opening a limited number of casinos in different parts of the country to try to attract more foreign tourists who enjoy gambling but might go elsewhere in Asia – notably Macau or Singapore – but also because it will inevitably mean a windfall for the national coffers.

Japanese authorities have been watching Singapore’s experience with gambling scrupulously and it is feasible that the government will adopt some of the restrictions that are in place on gamblers in the city-state including provisions that permit a person to voluntarily halt himself from casinos or for families to impose a ban on a relative with a gambling problem.

Successive Japanese administrations have never been able to push through the law required to repeal the blanket ban on casinos due to a number of concerns, the largest of which are the likelihood of a rise in social problems caused by gambling and the involvement of organised crime groups.

There has been a degree of political resistance against the government’s plan, including from the Komeito Party, which serves as the Liberal Democratic Party’s junior partner in the ruling coalition.

According to Makoto Watanabe, an Associate Professor of Communications and Media at Hokkaido Bunkyo University : “There are a lot of people who think there are going to be a lot of new problems associated with casinos as soon as they start to open – the worries surrounding gambling addiction are genuine and it will be extremely difficult for the authorities to enforce these rules that they have suggested.”

While talking to the South China Morning Post he added: “Anyone who wants to gamble enough will borrow their My Number card from a friend or steal someone’s – I can see a growing underground trade in these cards that will be difficult to stop. I hear stories that the yakuza are very excited about the government’s plans as well. The government has said that it will take every measure possible to ensure that organised crime does not get involved in casinos, but they have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, so it will be hard to determine which companies are legitimate and which are fronts for the underworld.”


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Breaking News: Dutch Senate votes to legalize online gambling

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The Netherlands Senate voted today in favor of the country’s long-awaited online gaming legislation, which was approved by the House of Representatives back in 2014.

The new regulatory regime will allow operators to secure online sports betting and casino gaming licenses to serve Dutch consumers, subject to secondary legislation that is yet to be submitted for European Commission approval.

Today, the Dutch Senate voted in favor of legislation to legalize internet-based gambling, clearing the way for foreign and Dutch firms to apply for licenses.

On Monday, the Financieele Dagblad said some 300 companies have expressed interest in running a gambling website in the Netherlands and about 50 are expected to make a formal application for a license when they are up for grabs next year. Tuesday’s vote comes two years after the lower house voted in favor of allowing third parties to legally offer online gambling.

Holland Casino is the Netherlands’ only state-regulated gambling establishment but foreign firms widely flout the ban and continue to target Dutch punters.

The two Christian parties in the ruling coalition voted against the legislation. They claim allowing more companies to offer online betting will lead to more problems with addiction.

Source: DutchNews.nl


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BetConstruct attained a partnership with SA Gaming

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BetConstruct announces a new strategic partnership with an online entertainment platform provider in Asia – SA Gaming.

As a result of the agreement, SA Gaming’s various slots and live casino solutions will be integrated into BetConstruct’s platform. Around 30 slots such as The Guard, World Cup Fever, Red Dragon, Saint of Mahjong, Indiana’s Quest, Dragon Tiger, and others currently fulfill their gaming catalog.

“This is an important partnership for us, as a result of which our gaming portfolio will be enhanced with more Asian themed slots and live casino games, ” says BetConstruct regional director Lusine Khudaverdyan.

 

Apart from the slots, SA Gaming has a wide portfolio of live casino games famous in Asia. Following the partnership, we already support such games as Baccarat, Roulette, Sic Bo, Fan Tan and Speed Baccarat from our new Asian 3rd party provider. Together with SA Gaming we believe to provide premium gaming solutions for all our partner operators.

 

About BetConstruct

BetConstruct is an award-winning developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions with development, sales, and service centers around the globe.

BetConstruct’s innovative and proven offerings include an extensive range of products and services, including Sportsbook, Sports Data Solutions, Retail Solutions, RNG & Live Dealer Casino, VR Casino, Poker, Skill Games, Fantasy Sports, Social Platform and more. The latest addition is the industry-first complete management infrastructure, SpringBME (Business Management Environment).

All partners benefit from the BetConstruct Spring platform with its powerful back-office tools and all-inclusive services that empower operators’ growth and help contain their costs. From stand-alone set up to turn-key and white label solutions, BetConstruct offers its partners unfettered opportunity to succeed.


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Bangladesh bans online gambling websites

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Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has asked all the internet gateway providers and Telecom department to run an internet safety solution programme to block online gambling websites. BTRC is believed to have received an instruction to effect the same from the country’s government.

The telecom regulator has sent the order to block the websites so that these websites will not be accessible in Bangladesh again.

“It might take few more hours to block all the sites completely as blocking any site is so technical,” said Md Emdadul Hoque, general secretary of Internet Service Provider Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB).

A top official of the BTRC said they have often found complaints from different sides about online gambling and that needs to block for the sake of safe internet.


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