Gambling news digest 14-20 January

A single regulator will become directly involved in the fight against match-fixing in Russia, the Federal Tax Service plans to block the websites of bookmakers without licenses and online casinos without trial, and sports leagues are asking for more advertising opportunities for betting offices. Who took over as president of the Association of betting shops, in which regions of the country the most fans of sports betting, why one of the investors of Azov-City became the object of an international search and why Russia and Iran to work on the joint creation of stablercoin – read the digest Login Casino 14-20 January.

The first reading of the draft law to combat match-fixing was approved. According to the document, sports federations, leagues and competition organizers will be able to directly request information from the ERAI about bets made by athletes in official sports competitions. Based on the data received from the single regulator, sports federations will be able to disqualify athletes, referees, coaches and other interested persons for betting on the outcome of their competitions. Representatives of the ERAI say that they are ready to join the fight against match-fixing and have all the necessary data on betting in legal betting shops in Russia.

On the Federal portal with draft regulations posted a draft order of the Tax Service, which gives the agency the right to block the sites of unlicensed bookmakers and online casinos without trial. The same rule will apply to anonymizer sites, which help bettors gain access to illegal betting sites, as well as sites that place advertisements for offshore betting offices. Public discussion of the draft order will last until February 3. In case it is adopted, the document will come into force on September 1, 2023.

The Russian Football Union, the Kontinental Hockey League and the Ice Hockey Federation submitted draft amendments to the law On Advertising. In the document the representatives of Russian sports expressed their proposals regarding the permission for bookmakers to place promotions on the whole territory of sports buildings, including on the facades of buildings, not only inside the stadiums. It is also proposed to lift the ban on advertising with the images of animals and people. In addition sports leagues want to get permission to place advertising of betting offices on their websites. Such loosening, according to the representatives of Russian leagues and federations, will allow to increase the income of leagues by expanding bookmaker advertising budgets.

Not long ago Darina Denisova announced her resignation as head of the Association of betting offices. And now it became known who became the new president of the SRO. According to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, since January 19, 2023, the post is held by Irina Budyanskaya, who also heads the Association of Bookmakers’ Companies, founded in 2014.

The data of online bettors was analyzed by bookmaker BetBoom. To determine the popularity of betting in a particular region, the percentage of the population that bets was estimated. According to the results of the study in tThe top five regions where the rates are most popular among the population are Krasnodar, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Ufa and Penza. The least popular rates are in Nalchik, Khanty-Mansiysk, Birobidzhan, Gorno-Altaisk and Abakan.

The gambling territory of Azov-City in the Kuban operated from 2010 to 2018 and was completely eliminated in 2019. However, new details of its activities are still emerging. Thus, the ex-head of the Royal Time Group, the company that built the first casino Oracle in the gambling zone, announced on the international wanted list. Rashid Taimasov is suspected of large-scale embezzlement. The claims against the businessman amount to 420 million rubles.

Asia Invest Group, one of the investors of gambling cluster Primorye, presented a draft of a casino for 200 slot machines and 30 gaming tables. Apart from the casino the complex also envisages construction of a 60-room hotel. The five-storey building will be designed in a star-space theme. The authors believe that this design solution will distract visitors from the ordinary and transfer to the atmosphere of another world. The realization of the project requires at least 2,5 billion rubles of investments. Construction will begin in March 2023.

Countries are discussing the possibility of creating a Persian stabilecoin, which will simplify and speed up foreign trade payments. Authorities believe that while payments in dollars between countries are prohibited due to sanctions, the development of a gold-backed steiblocoin will be an effective way to continue trade cooperation between the countries. However, to implement such a solution, the Russian authorities need to regulate the cryptocurrency market in the country at the state level.

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