- 1 In 2022, bookmakers will transfer 12 billion rubles to sports
- 2 Representatives of the gambling market spoke out against the expansion of powers of ERAI
- 3 In Tyumen, they discovered the work of “legitimate” slot machines
- 4 The bookmaker bought out the shopping center in Cheboksary
- 5 BetBoom loses another lawsuit over illegal advertising
- 6 Sochi gambling zone – officially the largest entertainment cluster in the south of Russia
- 7 1xBet tried to illegally enter the Indian market
- 8 The EU wants to ban Russians from using cryptocurrency
- 9 Major Dota 2 tournament could be removed from betting lines
ERAI plans to collect 12 billion rubles in sports betting from bookmakers in 2022, while the lottery and casino businesses are against expanding the powers of the Unified Regulator. In Tyumen, there are “legitimate” slot machines, bookmaker «1xBet» bought out a shopping and entertainment center in Cheboksary, and BetBoom lost another court case in an advertising case. Why a major esports tournament can be removed from bookmakers’ lines, will Russian esports be able to completely switch to domestic games, and what restrictions on the use of crypto for Russians are being prepared by the European Union – read the latest digest September 24-30 from Login Casino.
In 2022, bookmakers will transfer 12 billion rubles to sports
Alexey Grachev, General Director of the Unified Regulator, spoke about this within the framework of the Russia – sports power. In the first nine months of 2022, ERAI has already transferred 9.7 billion rubles to support sports. Analysts are sure that by the end of the year the figure will reach at least 12 billion rubles, which is 20% more than a year earlier.
As Alexei Grachev noted, 20% of these funds are directed to the development of children's and youth sports, which allows us to grow our own staff and support domestic athletes from childhood. At the same time, 115 sports federations and two professional leagues receive funds. Among the leaders in target deductions for winter sports – Ice Hockey Federation, Biathlon Union, as well as federations of cross-country skiing, figure skating, speed skating, freestyle and luge. The Russian Football Union, table tennis and tennis federations receive maximum support within the framework of summer sports.
Representatives of the gambling market spoke out against the expansion of powers of ERAI
During the forum “Russia – sports power» the experts raised the issue of a possible expansion of the powers of ERAI. Representatives of “Stoloto” and AIRIS were skeptical about a possible transition under the control of the Unified Regulator. According to the head of AIRIS Dmitry Anfinogenov, the markets of lotteries and gambling establishments are constantly controlled by the tax authorities, so they do not need additional control. If the new rules are adopted, the regional authorities will face a rapid decline in tax revenues from the gambling business and the loss of potential investors.
Representative of “Stoloto” Ekaterina Tuton supported her colleague, noting that the current regulation of the lottery business does not need to be improved. The lottery sector is controlled by the Ministries of Sports and Finance, as well as the Federal Tax Service. And since there have been no violations by the lottery business in recent years, we can conclude that such a control scheme works fine and does not need to be changed.
In Tyumen, they discovered the work of “legitimate” slot machines
An interesting investigation was conducted by Nash Gorod in Tyumen. As the journalists found out, there are a lot of slot machines operating in the city, which, under the guise of terminals for paying for the services of mobile operators and accessing the Internet, provide an opportunity to play online casinos. The city has installed at least nine such gaming terminals in the vestibules of round-the-clock grocery stores. And although the operation of slot machines outside special gambling zones is prohibited in Russia, there are still loopholes in the legislation. In fact, these devices are not gaming, as according to the documents they pass as equipment with Internet access – as well as standard payment terminals. Therefore, the owner of the installations does not violate anything, and the fact that users play slots with the help of terminals is not under his control. It turns out that there is a de facto crime, but de jure the owner of such slot machines does not violate the law.
The bookmaker bought out the shopping center in Cheboksary
In the auction for the sale of the shopping and entertainment center “Kaskad” in the city of Cheboksary, the winner was the Bookmaker Pub company, which has a bookmaker license and accepts bets under the 1xBet brand. The sale price of the center with an area of 53 thousand square meters. m started from 1.26 billion rubles. During the auction, the price for the object dropped to 1.05 billion rubles. For such an amount, the owner of “Cascade” and become the Bookmaker Pub. The lot, in addition to the mall itself, also included the right to lease land with an area of almost 32 thousand square meters. m.
BetBoom loses another lawsuit over illegal advertising
The Thirteenth Arbitration Court of Appeal did not overturn the decision of the first instance in the case between the legal entity BetBoom «Stom Firm» and OFAS. Reason for dispute – placement by the bookmaker of outdoor advertising in the form of a video panel on the facade of the building. When the FAS issued an order to remove the video panels and stop violating the law, the bookmaker began to challenge the order in court, insisting that it was not an advertisement, but an information sign. The Court of Appeal confirmed the previous verdict, and now BetBoom has two options: accept defeat or file another complaint with the Court of Cassation.
Sochi gambling zone – officially the largest entertainment cluster in the south of Russia
The awarding of regional business leaders took place within the framework of the Interregional Forum of the largest companies in the Southern Federal District. The Sochi gambling zone won in the nomination “The Largest Entertainment Cluster in the South”. Also, the entertainment cluster was included in the list of companies that have a positive impact on the development of the region and tourism. It is noteworthy that over the past five years, the gambling zone has replenished the budget of the region by 4.5 billion rubles, while the gross profit for the past year exceeded 3 billion rubles.
1xBet tried to illegally enter the Indian market
Banned in Russia, Great Britain, the USA and a number of other countries, the 1xBet bookmaker tried to illegally enter the Indian market, after which it was exposed by the local press. Since sports betting is banned in India, the operator has entered the market under the guise of a professional sports blog, which is actually an offshore betting site. To promote the “blog” the operator brought in a former Indian cricketer. After raising the hype in the press, the CEO and Secretary General of the Advertising Standards Board of India promised to consider the issue.
The EU wants to ban Russians from using cryptocurrency
The EU plans to tighten restrictions on Russian investments in the bloc by banning Russian citizens from opening crypto wallets on European crypto platforms. At the same time, the previous rule will be canceled, which allowed Russians to open wallets on crypto exchanges with a limit of up to €10 thousand. Restrictions will be introduced against the backdrop of demand for crypto among Russians, which has grown significantly after the mass departure of Russian citizens abroad.
Major Dota 2 tournament could be removed from betting lines
Another scandal is brewing around the Winline Dota 2 Champions League Season 15 (D2CL) esports event. Earlier, information was leaked to the press that the game between No Sorry and S9 could be negotiated. The tournament operator conducted an investigation and stated that there were no violations. A new incident was provoked by the collapse of the coefficients in the match between Anime Enjoyers and IVY, which took place on September 25th. Astonishingly, the odds fell from 1.70 to 1.08. Dmitry Sergeev, managing partner of Pari, drew attention to doubtful circumstances, noting that new scandals will lead to the disappearance of D2CL from betting lines. games
Dmitry Smith spoke about this – President of the Russian Cybersport Federation. According to him, the federation hopes to completely replace the games with products of domestic manufacturers, as there are a number of countries that want to restrict access to games for Russian cybersportsmen. Since most game developments are now owned by Western companies, Russian cybersportsmen have found themselves in a vulnerable position.