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Stars Group Inc. has grown in leap and bounds – acquiring 62% equity interest in CrownBet

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The Stars Group Inc. which provides technology-based products and services to the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries publicised the acquiring of a 62% equity interest in CrownBet Holdings Pty Limited for an aggregate amount of approximately $117.7 million, with all dollar ($) amounts in U.S. dollars.

CrownBet, which was launched in 2014 in Australia, claims to be the world’s second-largest regulated sports betting market, and one of Australia’s online sportsbooks which has grown in leap and bounds with unaudited annual revenues escalating  from approximately A$76.5 million in 2015 to approximately A$204.0 million in 2017 and unaudited EBITDA turning positive for the first time in 2017 at approximately A$7.9 million for the year.

In relation, Rafi Ashkenazi, the Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group said: “We are excited to enter the regulated Australian sportsbook market with CrownBet.” CrownBet has become one of the fastest growing online sportsbooks in Australia through its strong management team, proprietary technology, mobile app, unique partnerships and market-leading loyalty program.”

The Stars Group acquired 62% interest in CrownBet from Crown Resorts Limited (ASX: CWN) in an all-cash transaction using cash on The Stars Group’s balance sheet. The Stars Group will go hand-in-hand with other shareholders of CrownBet, including the CrownBet management team led by Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Tripp, to complete the purchase and will persist to work directly with Mr Tripp, who will retain his position and continue to operate the business in Australia. As per the transaction agreements, The Stars Group is also entitled to appoint a majority of the directors on the Board of Directors of CrownBet.

The Northern Territory Racing Commission has approved the transaction subject to The Stars Group satisfying certain standard conditions.

 The Stars Group

The Stars Group is a leading provider of technology-based products and services in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Through its Stars Interactive Group division, The Stars Group ultimately owns gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, and the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGA STACK live poker tour and event brands.

These brands together have millions of registered customers globally and collectively form the largest poker business in the world, comprising online poker games and tournaments, sponsored live poker competitions, marketing arrangements for branded poker rooms in popular casinos in major cities around the world, and poker programming and content created for television and online audiences. The Stars Group, through certain of these brands, also offers non-poker gaming products, including casino and sportsbook.

The Stars Group, through certain of its subsidiaries, is licensed to offer under third-party licenses or approvals, its products and services in various jurisdictions throughout the world, including Europe, both within and outside of the European Union, the Americas and elsewhere. In particular, PokerStars is the world’s most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 17 jurisdictions.

 


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Potential New Casino In The Center Of Gdansk

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There is a new intention of creating a new casino in Gdansk in the newely opened IBB Hotel in Dlugi Targ. The one and only issue is that there are already two casinos in the city and the current gambling legislation does not allow another one.

The Warsaw-based company Casino, which manages, among others: a casino in Sopot, wants to open another one in Gdańsk. The company applied for permission to rebuild the premises for a casino and a club with a small gastronomy. Where? In the basement and ground floor of the IBB Hotel in Długi Targ, which opened in April.

We have accepted the casino offer, but now it has to deal with a number of procedures, including getting permission from the Ministry of Finance and the City Council of Gdansk” – said Adam Trybusz, the owner of the object.

The Gambling Act of Poland states that in towns with up to 250,000 residents only one casino can be created, and for each subsequent started 250 thousand inhabitants, their number is increased by one. The number of casinos in the region can not be higher than one casino for each full 650,000 inhabitants.

 

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ACMA probes .cc gambling websites

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is investigating the allegation that gambling websites using the .cc domain extension have breached of the Interactive Gambling Act (IGA).

As per the IGA, website operators are prohibited from offering casino-style games and live sports betting to Australian customers.

Gambling operators without an Australian licence are also prohibited from taking bets from Australian customers.

“When deciding if a site should be investigated, the ACMA considers a number of factors, including whether the service being provided may be a prohibited or unlicensed service … and whether it may have an Australian-customer link,” an ACMA spokesman said.

Dr. Charles Livingstone, a gambling law expert from Monash University, said the sites do appear to have breached the act.” The avowed purpose of the IGA is to protect Australians from less well-regulated gambling sites, and to prohibit non-wagering gambling being available online,” he said. “Using a web address of an Australian territory to offer online gambling services is an offence, unless the provider is registered in an Australian jurisdiction.”

 

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MGA | FIAU issues the Implementing Procedures – Part II addressed to the Remote Gaming Sector

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The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) has today issued the Implementing Procedures – Part II (found here) addressed to the remote gaming sector.  This document focuses, and provides guidance, on certain aspects of the Prevention of Money Laundering and Funding of Terrorism Regulations (“PMLFTR”) which warrant further elaboration at industry-specific level to ensure that they are understood and interpreted consistently by licensees.

The Implementing Procedures – Part II for the remote gaming sector were drawn up in conjunction with the Malta Gaming Authority and following due consultation with the relative sector.  All interested parties are to take note thereof. These Implementing Procedures are also accessible through the FIAU’s website – http://www.fiaumalta.org/ – and are considered to have come into force on the date of their publication.


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