- 1 Other changes in the founders of Russian bookmakers
- 2 Renaming: BC Paribet is now Pari
- 3 The number of guests in Russian gambling zones continues to grow
- 4 Near the Oracle casino; from the former zone “Azov-City” new owner
- 5 Russian bookmakers are increasing traffic
- 6 The court did not allow the Federal Tax Service to cancel the Star Bet license
- 7 The Federal Tax Service wants to revoke the license from the “sleeping” bookmaker
- 8 The State Duma wants to allow horse racing to be advertised
- 9 The State Duma supported the ban on the use of digital assets as a means of payment
- 10 Mir payment system; wants to become the title sponsor of the RPL
The composition of the founders of Russian bookmakers continues to change, from which representatives of unfriendly countries come out, and the Federal Tax Service is trying to cancel the licenses of several bookmakers at once in court. BC Paribet carried out a large-scale rebranding, and the payment system “Mir” is fighting for RPL sponsorship in the new season. At the same time, gambling zones are increasing the flow of tourists, MPs are voting to ban the use of digital financial assets as a payment method and are adopting a number of concessions for advertising sweepstakes. Only the most important news of the Russian gambling industry in the Login Casino digest on June 11-17.
Other changes in the founders of Russian bookmakers
After the authorities announced that representatives from unfriendly countries may be banned from owning a gambling business in Russia, massive changes began in the composition of the founders of the country's bookmakers. According to information from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, a number of changes took place in domestic bookmakers last week:
- As part of the legal entity BC «Leon» there is no longer a Cypriot founder of Longinvest LTD, who owned a 100% share of the company. The share was transferred to the account of the organization «Kontora», among the founders of which – CEO of Bet.ru Irina Myagkova and the MatchBet company, which previously represented the VulkanBet bookmaker.
- Composition of the legal entity BC «1×Stavka» left the Cypriot company Ehrlich Limited, which owned a share of 87.9%, as well as a citizen of Cyprus Dmitry Kazorin, who owns 12.1% of the authorized capital.
- BC “Zenith” also lost the Cypriot company as part of the founders. From the legal entity “Invest Garant” the company “Strongvalho LTD” came out. And if earlier “Invest Garant” owned a symbolic share of 0.006%, now she has become the sole owner.
- A new face has appeared among the founders of the MelBet bookmaker. The legal entity of the office is the company «Melofon» now 50% owned by Maria Kebbul. The remaining 50% is still owned by Igor Lyapustin – CEO of Melofon.
Renaming: BC Paribet is now Pari
Large-scale renaming was carried out by the betting company Paribet. The operator is now officially called Pari. The name of the legal entity of the bookmaker has also changed: instead of “BK Favorit”; now BK Pari. Soon the brand will also introduce a new logo and style to completely replace the current identity. The bookmaker has already moved to the new main domain pari.ru.
The bookmaker has added a new brand to the name of the sponsored football club. FC Nizhny Novgorod became Pari NN. This is the first time in the history of Russian football that a betting brand appeared in the name of a football club playing in the strongest league in Russia. Moreover, the Pari logo will now appear on the athletes' uniforms and in the home stadium during the games. It is known that under a sponsorship agreement signed for three years with the possibility of extension, the bookmaker undertakes to allocate 400 million rubles to the club annually.
Renaming touched upon the main tournament in the Russian football off-season, which takes place on June 21 – July 7 in St. Petersburg and Moscow. The name of the tournament will now be «PARI Premier».
On top of that, the bookmaker has also become the title partner of Russian esportsmen – CIS REJECTS teams. Since June of this year, Dota 2 esportsmen will perform under the name PARI PARNI. The band's logo will remain the same.
The number of guests in Russian gambling zones continues to grow
The growth trend in the attendance of gambling clusters appeared in 2021, continuing to strengthen in the current 2022. The boom in domestic tourism was initially due to the closed borders due to the pandemic, after – difficulties with the departure of Russians abroad due to international sanctions. Russians are looking for places to stay in Russia and often choose to visit gambling clusters. So, for five months of the current year, the zone “Yantarnaya” received 84 thousand guests. At the same time, in the “Casino Sochi” visited by more than 272 thousand tourists. Most often, residents of Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Krasnodar Territory come to gambling zones.
Near the Oracle casino; from the former zone “Azov-City” new owner
The property of the former operator of the Azov-City cluster acquired by the Ufa company “Bashstroyservis”. Selling price – 53 million rubles. The purchase includes two buildings of the casino “Oracle”, a hotel complex of four floors with an area of 7.8 thousand square meters. m and public infrastructure facilities. Initially, the winner of the auction was the entrepreneur Alexei Boikov from Krasnoyarsk, who offered for the same property almost twice as much – 102 million rubles. However, the businessman refused to pay for the deal, which is why the contract was signed with Bashstroyservis.
Russian bookmakers are increasing traffic
This is evidenced by the analysis of data on the attendance of bookmakers' websites in May 2022. Compared to April, 14 out of 16 bookmakers managed to increase traffic. The maximum increase – at the sites of bookmakers «Fonbet» – +103.8% and “Astrabet” – +93.69%. The leader in terms of attendance is the platform of the bookmaker “Winline”, whose traffic in May reached 10.35 million, with a large margin from competitors. For comparison – the closest competitor of “Winline” BC “Fonbet” was able to reach the figure of 6.79 million.
The court did not allow the Federal Tax Service to cancel the Star Bet license
According to the information of the file cabinet of the Moscow Arbitration Court, the Federal Tax Service lost in the case of the annulment of the Star Bet license. The reason for the litigation was the fact that the “Star Bet” refused to join the ERAI information system, since it has not actually been working on the market since 2018. In turn, the Federal Tax Service filed a lawsuit to cancel the bookmaker's license. The court determined that Star Bet does not work on the market, so it does not have data to transfer to the ERAI information system. Therefore, by refusing to join the system, the bookmaker does not violate the current law.
The Federal Tax Service wants to revoke the license from the “sleeping” bookmaker
This is Center Investment Company, which will appear as a defendant in a case initiated by the Federal Tax Service of Russia. The Federal Tax Service demands to cancel the company's betting license, as it has not accepted bets for more than six months. According to the current legislation, this fact, as well as non-payment of earmarked contributions and violation of license requirements, can be a serious reason for revoking a license.
The State Duma wants to allow horse racing to be advertised
The corresponding bill was passed by the State Duma in the second and third readings. We are talking about the permission to advertise sweepstakes with the use of images of riders and horses in thematic print media, on websites and on the air of competition broadcasts. Sweepstakes will be allowed to place brands on sports uniforms and equipment of riders, equipment of horses, on racetracks.
Subject to the amendments made, the document provides that advertising related to equestrian sports, testing and breeding of horses can be broadcast on television. Key condition – it should not take up more than 20% of the total admissible broadcast time. It is also allowed to advertise bets in bookmakers on live broadcasts and in recordings of sports competitions, however, bookmakers are still not allowed to use images of people and animals. The purpose of the adopted changes – support for hippodromes, the development of domestic horse breeding and the creation of a national horse betting system by increasing their funding.
The State Duma supported the ban on the use of digital assets as a means of payment
In the first reading, the deputies approved a bill that prohibits the use of digital financial assets as a means of payment in Russia. The document was submitted for consideration by Anatoly Aksakov – head of the financial market committee. The purpose of the bill – eliminate the risks of using DFA as a money surrogate.
Mir payment system; wants to become the title sponsor of the RPL
It became known that the Mir payment card leads the fight for the title partnership with the Russian Premier League. The contract provides for a four-year sponsorship, but the amount of the contract with the payment system “Mir” until announced. If the contract is concluded, the RPL will be called «“Mir” Russian Premier League. Earlier, Sovcombank, VTB and Sberbank also announced their intention to participate in the tender, but the latter soon abandoned the tender, citing a difficult financial situation. “Sovcombank” was ready to allocate 1.2 billion rubles annually for sponsorship. This is four times more than Tinkoff paid. last season.