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Waukegan (Illinois) approves new video gambling regulations

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Waukegan approves new video gambling regulations

New rules aimed at stopping the proliferation of video gambling cafes were approved by the Waukegan City Council (Illinois) last week.

The council had put in place a moratorium on video gambling licenses, set to expire March 1, while it worked on the new regulations.

The ordinance approved last Monday evening requires new businesses seeking a video gambling license to be at least 1,500 feet, or about three blocks, from each other. Businesses with existing licenses will be grandfathered in.

Aldermen had been hearing from the public that “there’s just too much of it,” said Ald. Lisa May, 7th, who heads the judiciary committee that initially reviewed the proposal.

The ordinance will prevent two or three establishments with video gambling from opening in a single strip mall, but the council could still grant exceptions in business districts like Waukegan’s downtown, May said.

“It leaves us a lot of discretion,” she said.

The new ordinance also mirrors the state’s regulations, giving the city the local authority to enforce those rules and to revoke a license if the holder fails to pay taxes or any bills it owes to the city, or doesn’t take adequate steps to prevent crimes from occurring at the location.

“There’s really not a lot of new regulation in here for local business owners,” City Attorney Douglas Dorando said.

The ordinance was approved in a 5-3 vote, with Ald. Sylvia Sims Bolton, 1st, Patrick Seger, 2nd, and Edith Newsome, 5th, voting no. Ald. Bill Valko, 8th, was absent.

Attempts by the News-Sun to reach Newsome, Bolton and Seger were unsuccessful.

The proposed ordinance would have also upped the fee businesses pay per machine to $1,500 from $1,000 to help cover the added administrative costs of having to take each application to the council for review, as well as the new enforcement efforts, Durando said. But, a 50-percent increase was just too much for May and Ald. Greg Moisio, 3rd.

Moisio said he would be in favor of gradually increasing the fee each year, and he also backed May’s suggestion of a rebate program where, perhaps, businesses that reach a certain amount in food and beverage tax would be partially reimbursed.

Video gambling, something May said she’s generally not a fan of, has helped some of Waukegan’s struggling businesses stay open, she said. She doesn’t want a fee increase to hurt those businesses.

What she’s more concerned about are video gambling cafes, especially franchises that are not locally owned, she said. They offer limited menus, employ very few people and are “strictly a place for people to gamble.”

Video gambling cafes offer players a “calm, cool environment” to play, said Bridget Weber, the manager for the locally owned Lucky Jack’s Gaming Café.

Unlike some restaurants where the games are just an extra feature thrown in a back corner, video gambling cafes strictly monitor who’s playing and ensure a safe environment, Weber said.

“It’s not the casino,” she said. “It’s more intimate in a gaming café. It’s less of a crowd. It’s more quiet. We can cater more one on one with people.”

May suggested keeping the fee the same for now and sending the issue to the council’s finance committee for consideration, though the new ordinance provides for a 3-percent increase in the fee each year.

The finance committee is led by Valko, who has been a strong advocate for revisiting how much the city charges and regularly points to how much money some businesses are earning off the machines.

For example, one of Waukegan’s biggest earners for video gambling is Lucky Jack’s where nearly $900,000 was gambled in December, according to city records. That resulted in $80,000 in taxable income, of which the city got $4,000 and the state took $20,000. The business also operates locations in Zion, Park City and North Chicago.

But those numbers don’t reflect the business’s other costs — payroll, utilities, rent, taxes, phone bills and alarms — which all add up, Weber said.

 

Source: chicagotribune.com


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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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