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Denmark bans another eight; Aristocrat gets social; Tatts spends big on SA Lottery

TAGs: Aristocrat, Danish Gambling Authority, Denmark, product madness, social casino, Tatts Group

news in brief may 2Two-star rated gambling regulator the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA) has added another eight names to its online gambling industry blacklist. The list, published on the DGA’s site, includes two Playtech-powered Titan Casino sites, with the full list as follows:

  • delrio-casino.com
  • deuropacasino.com
  • titancasino.com
  • titancasino.dk
  • alljackpotscasino.com
  • allslotscasino.com
  • 1bet2bet.com
  • megamoneygames.com

Alongside the list came an injunction against the ISP “3” that means they have to block the eight sites and have 14 days to comply. It’s déjà vu for “3” as they have already been ordered to do the dirty on some of their customers once this year by blocking 12 sites and it’s likely they’ll begrudgingly honor the latest injunction.

Australian slot manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure has signed a deal to acquire social casino specialist Product Madness. The deal gives Aristocrat the entire business as well as management and staff thus giving them an immediate running start in what is an important part of the online gambling industry. Jamie Odell, managing director and CEO of Aristocrat, commented that the deal positions them “for a future in which online channels will be key” to their growth. It follows up a deal that Arisotcrat signed to take full control of nLive, the Internet gaming system and remote game server developed in conjunction with GameAccount Network and focused on the US market.

Tatts has won the right to operate South Australia’s lottery and keno service for the next 40 years. The deal comes at a huge cost of $427 million and gives Tatts an almost complete monopoly over the country’s lotteries market aside from Western Australia’s one run by the state government. Tatts have paid such a huge premium as they believe it will deliver them a huge increase in earnings, with departing chief executive Dick McIlwain admitting: “It continues our track record of securing higher margin lottery franchises with longer term arrangements.”

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