Double trouble in Europe: Malta and Ireland 

The Irish regulator reportedly withheld payments from an operator and Malta revoked a licence.

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Both Malta and Ireland have had to discipline operators for not following regulations this week. The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has cancelled Tipster’s licence and Ireland’s national lottery regulator has withheld €150,000 ($161,000) of payments from operator Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI).

Tipster's news of its revoked Malta licence follows its Maltese suspension, and it also follows on from the company recently having had its German sports betting licence revoked from German regulator Gemeinsamen Glücksspielbehörde der Länder (GGL) with immediate effect. Tipster was removed from Germany's white list of approved gambling operators.

The MGA determined that 'the cancellation of the authorisations is the most appropriate measure.’ The authority has ordered Tipster to notify players of its cancellation and settle any outstanding fees with the regulator.

Meanwhile, in Ireland, the National Lottery Regulator withheld €150,000 of payments to operator PLI after breaches of its licence.

This came after it emerged there was a mechanism put in place to delete closed accounts after two years, essentially permitting self-excluded users to continue gambling. 

This action marked the first occasion that payments were withheld from the operator due to a breach of obligations. The matter involved 126 permanently banned accounts where the owners have self-excluded. 

The regulator found that the deleted accounts should have been monitored by the operator and changed to ‘permanently closed’ so that their owners could not open new ones.

Four of the players also received marketing emails sent to them from the operator.

Its investigation found that, as a result of the error, 16 players had opened a new account and 10 had bought tickets through their new accounts, totalling €3,292.

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