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20th December 2017  
The Story

Paraguay’s Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) has identified red flags in the awarding of a monopoly gambling concession to Daruma Sam SA by the Conajzar (National Gaming Commission).


What are these red flags?

Some of the “irregularities” that were raised include the disqualification of the sole competitor of Daruma in the bidding due to an alleged failure to submit certain financial documents. Also, Daruma President Manuel Lugo’s closeness with an adviser of Paraguyan President Horacio Cartes was also seen as a factor on why the sports betting operator got the concession.


But the CGR has no muscles to flex

CGR chief Enrique Garcia admitted that his office has no formal enforcement powers to prevent the concession being awarded. Garcia is not discounting the possibility that Conajzar chief Javier Balbuena could still face charges in court for giving the concession to Daruma. Paraguay is promised a 21% share in Daruma’s revenue, if the concession pushes through.


Jesper Karrbrink: Operators shouldn’t push the buttons of high risk players

In this interview with’s Becky Liggero, the Mr. Green executive discussed the benefits of having social responsibility programs.


Bitcoin Cash trends on Twitter as CoinBase and GDAX add support

More than 18.4k tweets about Bitcoin Cash (BCH) were sent on December 19 after cryptocurrency exchanges GDAX and Coinbase announced full support for BCH. Coinbase had to stop its trading functionalities for four minutes as the influx of users pushed the price of BCH to $9,000.

Macau busts WeChat livestream of Philippine casino baccarat

Macau authorities arrested three persons for operating an illegal online gambling operation. The gang used the popular social networking app WeChat to livestream action from a lone baccarat table in an unspecified Philippine casino to their customers.

Spread betting firms reel on possible EU restrictions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has released the results of its probe on the sale of contracts for differences (CFD), including rolling spot forex, and binary options to retail clients. ESNA said that it is considering a blanket prohibition on marketing, distribution or sale of binary options or CFDs to retail clients in EU member states.

NJ lawmakers: North Jersey casino referendum not happening anytime soon

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney said that it is highly unlikely for the people to vote on a measure that will authorize casino projects, a year after the idea was rejected overwhelmingly by the public past year. Lawmakers said that they need good timing in presenting the measure again to the public.


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Dench eGaming Solutions partners with Booming Games

The turnkey platform provider is set to provide its entire portfolio of over 50 casino games to its new partner, Isle of Man-based slots developer Booming Games. Booming Games said this partnership will allow Dench to increase and extend its reach to new players in regulated markets.


Congratulations to Michael Kanaan for winning the main event at the World Series of Poker Circuit in Sydney. Kanaan defeated 1,066 other players to take home A$394,837. Kanaan’s latest win takes his overall live tournament earnings to the $1.3m mark.

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