Czech SPO ups blanket tax on all gambling verticals

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Reform of the Czech Rep gambling marketplace appears to be further than ever before, as the nation’s Ministry of Finance publishes 2019 plans to increase taxes across all ‘vice sectors’.On 4 April, the Czech Finance Ministry submitted its proposals to the Senate, seeking to implement new tax plans ‘increasing public budget revenues’.The mandate hits Czech gambling stakeholders hardest, as the Ministry moves to impose a blanket 30% gross-gaming-revenue (GGR) tax across all gambling/betting verticals (lottery, sports betting, bingo, casino games).The Ministry’s hardened tax stance will likely dash hopes of the Czech government reforming its national gambling framework in 2019, moving to make its marketplace friendlier and more accessible for foreign operators/investors.Since 2016, the Milos Zeman SPO social democrat government has sanctioned one of Europe’s toughest regulatory and operating codes for operating gambling services.Introducing a 23% GGR betting tax and 35% GGR slots tax in 2017, the SPO government saw a number of international firms such as Fortuna Entertainment, William Hill and GVC Holdings exit the marketplace, with betting leadership branding Czech Rep as ‘simply unworkable’.Furthermore, the SPO government continues to require that all Czech online gambling consumers register their personal details through its administration and authorisation program.At present, The Stars Group’s BetStars and GVC Holdings’ partypoker brands remain as the market’s only foreign-licensed operators. GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Submit Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020last_img read more

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Injured Kane Picked by England for Nations League Finals

first_imgLONDON — Harry Kane was selected by England for the inaugural Nations League finals next month even though he has yet to return to action for Tottenham after an ankle injury.The striker was included in an enlarged 27-man squad on Thursday for the tournament in Portugal, which will see England take on the Netherlands on June 6 for a place in the June 9 final against the host nation or Switzerland.Kane hasn’t played since April 9 when he was hurt against Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinals.Tottenham’s season was extended by three weeks after the team reached the final of the Champions League. The team will play Liverpool in Madrid on June 1, which could be Kane’s first game back and his only competitive appearance before the Nations League finals.England coach Gareth Southgate said he was “keeping the door open” for Kane, the team captain.“He is working towards being fit for (Tottenham) for their final,” Southgate said. “We have to see how that progresses, really.”If Kane regains his fitness, he could end up playing three big games in nine days.“We are going to have to look post-Champions League final — we’ll have to assess everyone, really,” Southgate said, “because of the physical aspect of that game and the emotional fallout from that game.”Southgate’s preparations for the Nations League finals have been disrupted by England having all four representatives in the Champions League and Europa League title matches, which will take place a week earlier.There will be eight England players involved in the Champions League final — five from Tottenham and three from Liverpool. Arsenal plays Chelsea for the Europa League title on May 29, although there is only one player — Chelsea’s Ross Barkley — in the latest England squad from those two teams.“From our perspective, we just have to deal with it,” Southgate said. “I guess maybe people didn’t think about the possibility of one nation having so many players involved in that (Champions League) final. That’s the situation we’ve got.“But they are both going to be brilliant games to be part of.”Chelsea’s England contingent has been reduced after midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek sustained a suspected Achilles tendon injury playing a friendly for Chelsea against New England Revolution in Boston on Wednesday. That meant he wasn’t included in the squad, along with fellow Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi (Achilles).Midfielder Harry Winks was called up despite undergoing groin surgery late last month.Southampton forward Nathan Redmond was selected, two years after making his one and only appearance for England.The squad must be cut to 23 players by May 27.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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