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FIREWORKS AT I.C.E. OVER EVERLEAF POKER SITUATION?
The apparent failure of the Malta regulator Lotteries and Gaming Authority to ensure that player funds are segregated from operational finances at licensee operators, and the consequent prejudice to players when these operators fail, is likely to be front-and-centre at next year's International Casino Expo if player activists have their way.
Discussions on several player forums regarding what they see as inadequate actions by the LGA have focused on the Everleaf Poker situation, now two years old and still frustrating players burned in the debacle (see previous InfoPowa reports).
The more militant players are agitating for a demonstration at next year's ICE show in London to draw attention to what they consider to be an intolerable situation, and the languid and unsatisfactory manner in which the LGA is allegedly handling it.
Following a Malta government investigation into the affair, instigated by player pressure according to some accounts, there has still been no public release of the results, further inflaming the situation
Mario Galea, who headed the LGA at the time of the crisis, has since moved on and been replaced by Joseph Cuschieri, who has made encouraging noises indicating his support for the concept and enforcement of a segregated accounts policy, for which there is already provision in the LGA regulations.
Cuschieri has also publicly promised that the Everleaf crisis - and the monies owed to players by Everleaf - will be resolved, acknowledging that the issue is a test of the LGA's credibility and must be successfully addressed.
He further recently revealed that the regulator has called in the Malta police to assist with international warrants in the pursuit of the owners of Everleaf.
In the meantime, the LGA could tap a Malta account which is in part funded by unclaimed winnings and currently has a reported positive balance of Euro 3.5 million, although this has been primarily earmarked for online gambling education and combating problem gambling.
Cuschieri's assurances and appeals for continued patience by the players may be falling on ears deafened by the frustration of a two-year wait...and the activists are working on the assumption that this could be enough to persuade players to join in demonstrating at one of the industry's prime exposure spaces to draw media attention to their plight.
NEW POINT-OF-CONSUMPTION ONLINE BETTING TAX GETS ROYAL ASSENT
The British government's bill requiring all online gambling operators accessing the UK punter to take out licensing with the Gambling Commission and pay British taxes has successfully passed the Royal Assent stage and now moves closer to implementation.
Operators seeking to comply with the UK Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill have had online access to the requisite application facilities since February this year.
The controversial bill imposes a 15 percent tax rate on registered and licensed online operators, but carries additional expenses for internet bookmaking companies in the shape of contributions to the British horse racing levy in respect of bets taken from UK punters.
Serious punitive measures exist for operators who access the UK market without the necessary licensing once the full system comes into effect in December this year.
32RED BECOMES CRAWLEY TOWN SHIRT SPONSOR
Online gaming firm 32Red has been named official shirt sponsor of Crawley Town Football Club for the next two seasons taking over the flag from GFS.
Crawley Town F.C. is an association football club from Crawley, West Sussex, England that plays in Football League One, the third tier in the English football league system.
32Red branding will appear prominently across the front of Crawley Town FC adult kits. Children's replica kits will, however, not carry the branding due to 32Red's ethical stance and standard betting advertising regulations.
"We are delighted to support Crawley Town as they look ahead to their second season in League One," 32Red's head of marking Mark Quayle said. Our previous football sponsorships have been a great success. We sponsored Aston Villa and watched them climb the Premier League table and we were lucky enough to sponsor Swansea City and share their success when promoted to the top flight.
Were looking to extend our reach to the roots of football and were thrilled to announce our second shirt sponsorship in the Football League this week. Were confident that Crawley has what it takes to make the sponsorship a success for both parties and hope the trend of 32Red being a lucky sponsor continues.
Ewan Dunlop, Crawley Town's commercial manager added: This is a tremendous deal for the football club. We have attracted an internationally renowned company with a well-known brand who have an excellent track record of working with football clubs."
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