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"Many international gambling sites are very aggressive with their direct marketing," Timo Kiiskinen, Senior Vice President of Business Operations at RAY said. “And they make no effort to care for their customers. They can, for example, promise new customers 100 euro bonuses when they register," he said. The foreign companies are making offers that Finnish companies are not allowed to. "It's clear that often customers will take the best deal when they’re considering gambling," Kiiskinen said.  Raha-automaattiyhdistys (RAY), Veikkaus and Fintoto were set up as monopolies, and are required to give away profits to charitable organisations. They’re also charged with the promotion of moderate gambling. Foreign gambling sites have no such restrictions and by using social media and paying Finnish bloggers to help recruit gamblers to these sites, they circumvent current law.


Germany’s association of state-owned lottery operators, DLTB requests the German Federal Government to intervene to prevent the partly state-owned Deutsche Telekom from launching online sports-betting without a German license.   Operators contend that their licenses in Austria (or Gibralter or Malta) entitle them to operate in Germany.  It is the position of government-lotteries, the European Lotteries Association, and in fact the Parliament of European Union member states, that license in the country where the consumer/player resides is required to offer online gambling to those consumers.


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