The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced the creation of their own new Sports Betting Integrity Unit as part of an initiative to increase focus and resources towards the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions and the increasingly popular betting round them
The MGA is the one of the most progressive and proactive online casino and sport betting licensing jurisdictions in the world and licenses many of Europe’s top online bookmakers and casinos.
The MGA Sports Integrity Unit’s role will consist of the gathering of intelligence and information relating to suspicious betting and will serve as a liaison with local and foreign regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies, betting monitoring systems, sporting bodies and gaming operators in order to investigate irregular and suspicious betting activity.
The Sports Betting Integrity Unit will also be liaising with other Directorates within the MGA to implement various policy initiatives, such as bringing into force the provisions at law relating to the reporting of suspicious betting activity by gaming operators to the MGA, signing agreements and deepening collaboration with entities having similar objectives and otherwise establishing a culture of cooperation amongst industry stakeholders to tackle the worldwide problem of corruption in sports.
The new Sports Betting Unit will be headed by Senior Executive Antonio Zerafa as Sports Integrity Officer. Mr Zerafa has been at the MGA for four years, and has held various positions within the Criminal Probity Screening Department within the Enforcement Directorate and serves as Secretary to the MGA’s Fit & Proper Committee. Mr Zerafa holds a Degree in Criminology from the University of Malta, wherein he is a Visiting Lecturer, a Master’s Degree in Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption Studies from the University of Portsmouth, and is currently reading for a PhD in Law and Criminology with a focus on gaming-related crime at the Sheffield Hallam University.
The MGA’s CEO Heathcliff Farrugia stated that: “Having a dedicated Sports Integrity Unit is vital for the MGA’s statutory objective to ensure that gambling is free from crime, specifically the manipulation of sports competitions. The MGA is committing to cooperation with stakeholders to the extent permitted by law to act against a pervasive phenomenon that threatens the integrity of both the sports and the betting industries.”
The Malta Gaming Authority has informed the online public that any matters and queries related to sports betting integrity or suspicious betting are to be forwarded via email to [email protected] The MGA has assured the public that it treats all cases in strict confidence as per article 8 of the Gaming Act (Chapter 583 of the Laws of Malta).
Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has signed on to join the hardcore and rapidly growing Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships (BKFC) roster.
Announcing the major signing BKFC President David Feldman said “He has fought and beat some of the best in the world. We have some intriguing matchups that we are talking about with him now. I really expect great fights from Antonio.”
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A professional MMA competitor since 2005, the Brazilian “Bigfoot” has competed for the UFC, Strikeforce, EliteXC, Cage Rage, Fight Nights Global, World Victory Road, K-1 HERO’S, and Cage Warriors. He is the former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion, Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion, and Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion.
The 6-foot-4 Silva was knocked out in the second round by former Bellator champion Vitaly Minakov his last MMA fight in Russia in 2017, and hasn’t been seen inside the cage since. While no opponent is yet to be named for “Biogfoot” a match against BKFC’s current new heavyweight champion Chase Sherman would appear most likely.
Silve has enjoyed a 32 fight MMA career for 19 wins, 12 losses and 1 no contest. The now 39 year old has career wins racked up against formidble opponents such as Alistair Overeem, Fedor Emelianenko, and Andrei Arlovski.
Silva defeated Fedor Emelianenko in 2011 in the opening round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, before losing the next fight to Daniel Cormier. Coincidentally Cormier will defend his UFC heavyweight title this weekend at UFC241 against Stipe Miocic.
Of concern for “Bigfoot” Silva, he has now lost his past five fights, with the big fella being knocked out in four of them. They are worrying stats for a fighter looking to make his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships debut where his chin is sure to be tested.
Vietnamese police have arrested 13 people over a $VND1.6 trillion gambling racket.
TECH giant Apple might be releasing their own credit card, but it will not be able to be used for online gambling deposits or to buy cryptocurrencies.
The announcement of the credit card and an impending release date in the USA came at a launch event, which was only expected to feature news about Apple News Plus, Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade, three newly unveiled subscription services.
Despite the announcement of the credit card, which will be heavily iPhone orientated, Apple has ruled out the card mirroring other credit companies and allowing it to be used for real money gambling deposits.
Apple Card is going to work off the Mastercard network, while Goldman Sachs has also partnered in the project, with their involvement set to give it never-before-seen functionality.
Apple has been clear in its communications about the restrictions placed on card holders, with some of prohibited acts including:
- Cash advances
- Travellers cheques
- Cash transactions
- Gambling – both retail and online
Specifically talking about gambling, Apple has stated their banned transactions list also includes “Lottery tickets, casino gaming chips (whether physical or digital), or race track wagers or similar betting transactions.”
The Apple Card has been touted as a next generation credit card, with many features that have not been seen before.
One of the biggest pros about the Apple Card is that, within minutes, you can sign up on your iPhone and use it anywhere in the world, although at this time the card is only due to be available to USA residents in August, 2019.
The Apple Credit card will then be available across all linked devices, with your spending tracked, transactions listed and details about when your next payment is due.
Apple has also vowed the credit card will have fewer fees and low interest rates.
BettingPlanet.com will keep an eye on any developments surrounding the Apple Card and online betting and gambling and provide information as it breaks.
William Hill’s Redbet brand will deliver sports betting and casino games to Swedish punters.
Giant online betting sites operator Paddy Power Betfair have reported a 17 percent rise in first quarter revenue, due largely to an increase in market share in Australia and the United States.
Paddy Power Betfair revenues officially surged £478 million (USD 625.7 M), up 47 percent while online revenues increased by 4 per cent to £228 million (€266 million).
In the US sports betting market, the company credits its growth to the acquisition/merger of former fantasy sports betting brand and now sports betting bookmaker FanDuel. That merger has delivered Paddy Power Betfair a 50% share of the New Jersey sports betting market.
Paddy Power’s Australian sports betting brand Sportsbet capitalised on its base as the largest of the corporate online bookmakers, which have had to weather a storm of tax hikes and online gambling advertising restrictions around inducements to open new betting accounts.
CEO Peter Jackson said the company was on target to meet full-year projections “despite the adverse sports results in the first quarter”.
SB 153 has passed through the Louisiana Senate and now awaits approval from the House.
Fanduel has taken the first steps towards a new evolution for online bookmakers in the United States. The bookie announced today that it would be offering live streaming for certain tennis and soccer games on their website and smartphone app.
One punter will have celebrated harder than the Tiger Woods after the incredible 2019 US Masters result after netting $US1 million in winnings in the biggest pay-out in the history of golf wagering.