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The GPI European Poker Conference comes to the SiGMA 2017 Conference in Malta on Nov. 23​rd

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The 2 nd Annual GPI European Poker Conference is coming to SiGMA 2017 this November 23 rd at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre. GPI’s European Poker Conference is the year’s defining opportunity for the European poker community to come together for collaborative brainstorming. Operators, media, organizers and players are all welcome to join in on and learn from discussions on current player, operator ecosystem trends, as well as the future outlook of the industry and more held between experts via moderated panels.

 

Eman Pulis - SIGMAThe GPI European Poker Conference is excited to build on its offerings via partnership with SiGMA, Malta’s seminal gaming convention held in one of Europe’s gaming and poker business hubs. As SiGMA Managing Director Eman Pulis notes, “For [SiGMA] this is a partnership made in heaven – thanks to GPI’s authority and leadership, SiGMA can truly claim to be a 360° showcase for igaming. We look forward to welcoming poker executives and stakeholders to network and do business together and with the rest of the igaming community.

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GPI Chief Alex Dreyfus offers equal optimism for this partnership; explaining that, “…the GPI European Poker Conference needed a stronger platform to connect the live and online poker industry. SiGMA attracted almost 4,000 visitors last year and expects that number to grow to over 7,000 in 2017. Working with them will allow us to have a much broader reach and develop initiatives aimed at growing the game of poker, by connecting more and more the industry stakeholders.

 

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The 2017 GPI European Poker Conference will be highlighted by five different 45 minute long panels. Each panel will be centered around a different contingent of industry experts, with discussion focused on a diverse array topics currently most relevant to the poker ecosystem.

The goals are clear – opening conversation on what different pockets of the European poker world is doing right and wrong, synthesizing a clear outlook on the future of the game throughout the region, and finding solutions to work together to push towards evolution and growth. Operators, sponsors, casino executives, tournament directors, players and media will all be heard from. This is a great opportunity for European poker industry members to come together, network, meet and set up future business.

For more information on the 2​ nd​ Annual European Poker Conference please visit ushere​.

SiGMA 2017 – the 4​ th Edition of the Malta iGaming Summit will be held on November 22​nd​-25​th​, 2017 in Malta. For more information on the convention please visit SiGMA online ​here​.

 

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Compliance Updates

MGA: Updates Relating to the “New Recognition Notice Certificate” and “Recognition Notice Certificate Annual Maintenance” Applications

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has notified all prospective and current holders of a Recognition Notice Certificate (RN Certificate) that the guidance pages for the following applications have been updated:

New Recognition Notice Application; and,

Recognition Notice Annual Maintenance Applications.

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The Applications Page has been updated to reflect the documentation that is required to be submitted via the Licensee Portal to apply for a new RN Certificate. Particular attention is to be paid to the details which are to be covered in the “Legal Opinion” section.

The Compliance Page now reflects the documentation that is gathered annually when the RN Certificate maintenance application is reviewed by the MGA. The RN Certificate holder has to submit a “Recognition Notice Annual Maintenance” application via the “Online Services” dropdown in the Licensee Portal on an annual basis, prior to the anniversary of the RN Certificate. The application should be submitted at least two months prior to the anniversary.

Should there be any changes made to the licence/s issued by the foreign jurisdiction, the addition of new foreign licence/s, or pertinent changes to company details, RN Certificate holders will now be required to submit a new application found within the “Online Services” dropdown: “Changes to Recognition Notice Certificate” application. This application must be submitted whenever there are updates to the details previously provided to the Authority. This includes adding new foreign licences, modifying existing foreign licences in the current RN Certificate, and updating company details, directors, or domains.

RN Certificate holders should ensure that the information held on record is accurate and representative of the RN Certificate holder’s operations at all times, and not just at Annual Maintenance stage.

The changes to the application requirements for both new RN Certificates, as well as the Annual Maintenance of the RN Certificate, will come into force as of 1 July 2024, although applications submitted in line with the revised guidelines before this date will also be accepted.

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MGA Publishes New Guidance Manual Related to Reporting of ADR Proceedings

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published a new guidance manual related to the reporting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proceedings. The manual aims to provide licensees with a clear outline of the expected requirements and procedures relating to the submission of monthly ADR reports using the Licensee Portal on the website.

In line with Part V of the ADR Directive (Directive 5 of 2018), B2C licensees are required to report to the Authority each dispute that has been referred to the ADR entity, together with the conclusion of such dispute once a decision has been taken by the ADR entity. In this regard, a new report entitled “ADR Report” has been created and can be accessed from the “Company Timeline” on the Licensee Portal.

This reporting requirement comes into effect from this month. Consequently, the first submission needs to be made by not later than 20 June 2024, whereby licensees are required to report the disputes that were referred to their respective approved ADR provider in the previous month.

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MGA and AGCO Enter into a New Memorandum of Understanding

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) have entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding, building on their continued relationship to solidify the collaborative efforts between the two gaming regulators.

In light of the transnational nature of the gambling industry, both the MGA and the AGCO acknowledge the necessity of international cooperation. Both regulators align on common objectives and values in overseeing the gaming sector, including protecting the public interest, safeguarding of vulnerable individuals from gambling harm, and consumer protection.

The new MoU aims to further strengthen the long-standing collaboration between the two regulatory bodies, as it facilitates the exchange of crucial regulatory information and best practices, and mutual operational assistance concerning gaming operators. It also aims to cultivate a safer and more secure gaming environment across both jurisdictions, as it enables the MGA and the AGCO to perform their functions more effectively.

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MGA CEO Charles Mizzi said: “Our ongoing collaboration with AGCO has yielded tangible results in the past, and through this MoU we are committed to further bolstering our inter-jurisdictional relationship. Our focus remains on fostering the exchange of information, with the overarching goal of improving our regulatory practices and addressing mutual challenges effectively.”

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