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Spelinspektionen Dishes out fines for Bonus Breach

by Glenn Baird - May 17, 2019

Two established gambling firms in Sweden were fined yesterday for failing to comply with the country’s laws on bonuses.

Betway and Mandalorian were fined SEK5m (464,000 Euros) and SEK9m (835,000 Euros) respectively.

On Thursday, the Spelinspektionen (Sweden’s regulatory body) stated that the two firms had breached the laws on bonuses, which should only be available to customers who sign up for the first time.

Spelinspektionen released the following statement regarding bonuses:

“By bonus is meant a discount or similar financial incentive that is directly linked to the game. The main purpose of the new gambling regulation, which came into force on January 1, 2019, is to strengthen consumer protection and reduce the negative effects of gambling.

“The limitation on bonuses is contained in the law to reduce social and economic damages and problem gambling. The Spelinspektionen will therefore continue to focus on supervision of this area.”

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.

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