Swedish government introduces new temporary rules

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Swedish government approves temporary online casino limits
11 June 2020
Sweden’s government has approved plans to introduce a number of temporary restrictions for the country’s regulated online casino market as part of an effort to protect players from gambling-related harm during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The new measures will come into effect from 2 July and remain in place until the end of 2020, with the restrictions to apply to online casino games and slots.
Consumers will face an SEK5,000 (£428/€476/$540) mandatory weekly deposit cap, while licensees will only be able to offer bonuses up to SEK100.
Players will also be required to set time limits as to how long they play online casino games and slots with licensed operators in Sweden.
“As a result of the current pandemic, we see a mix of circumstances that together create great risks in the gaming sector,” social security minister Ardalan Shekarabi said. “These need to be counteracted. With these measures, the government will strengthen the protection of Swedish consumers.”
 

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The unregulated casinos are very very happy with this decision, soon their numbers go sky high!

Exactly what i was thinking.

Pushing people towards them this does.

Why not just let them play in safe casinos if they want and trust the safe casinos to look after them.

A very narrow minded decision with no consequences considered IMO.
 

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When the Minister responsible was asked what facts this decision was based on, he couldn't give an answer, just said "we have to protect the players". A perfect example of when over-regulation for the sake of it will worsen the situation and problem gamblers and other players will head off to unregulated casinos :(
 

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Yeah, any streamers that are still based out of Sweden will be packing their bags for Malta. Personally, I’d rather they just stop streaming altogether. I stopped watching streamers weeks ago.

If they bring this to the U.K., I’m sure Nick will also move to Malta.
 

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The unregulated casinos are very very happy with this decision, soon their numbers go sky high!

I actually think unregulated is the way to go for players. Obviously not to scammy casinos, but legit ones who pay but that you can use without all the BS that playing entails these days. Sort of like how people in the UK have to use agents for Pinnacle sports, totally unregulated but they are as safe as it comes.

That way we get no stupid limits on deposits, spin amounts, bonus buys, spins per minute etc and also no stupid SOW, excessive ID, third party ID etc
 

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So let's get this right. Player deposits 100, withdraws 1k. He can then only re-deposit another 400 in that week? The casinos will love that. Or the player will have to withdraw less in order to leave something back to avoid depositing again.
 

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I mean, theres about 100 licenses on the Swedish market.
So anyone who wants to can blow thru around €50k per week before any need to go to unlicensed casinos appear.

People who deposit more than €500 per deposit may seek sites outside of regulation tho.
Probably a rather small % of gamblers doing that.
 

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Sidenote.
Its not like its "dangerous" to play on a site without a license.
Same procedure as always, research before deposit.

Its not like spelinspektionen helps anyone with casino-disputes if someone has trouble with a licensed casino.
I dont play much on unlicensed casinos, but have never had any trouble when i do/did.

Edit: I recommend playing on licensed sites tho. ;)
 

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Isn't it often the case that the "good" unlicensed sites will not accept players from jurisdictions with strong licensing, if only because the games suppliers don't want to jeopardise their profitable licensed markets?
 

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Isn't it often the case that the "good" unlicensed sites will not accept players from jurisdictions with strong licensing, if only because the games suppliers don't want to jeopardise their profitable licensed markets?
Can probably be the case for some sites.
Last time i went outside of licensing i played on 3dice, and that does not really apply to them.
Fun site tho.
 

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I mean, theres about 100 licenses on the Swedish market.
So anyone who wants to can blow thru around €50k per week before any need to go to unlicensed casinos appear.

People who deposit more than €500 per deposit may seek sites outside of regulation tho.
Probably a rather small % of gamblers doing that.

I believe the limit is per player, not per casino?
 

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Depositing £1800 into a casino in a month is already an expensive leisure pursuit. There will be, I am sure, lots of people who can do this easily but they will be dwarfed by the vast majority who absolutely cannot afford this. So this is a state intervention which should be welcomed. Money lost in a casino is money lost for other things in the economy. It's the most unproductive kind of money. Setting a limit is, effectively, the same as paying £30 for a theatre ticket or £60 for a meal out. It actually sets a fixed price to the entertainment being offered. Can't see the problem here and it might help those who struggle to control their gambling.
 

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Can probably be the case for some sites.
Last time i went outside of licensing i played on 3dice, and that does not really apply to them.
Fun site tho.

Aye. From what I can see, they offer mostly their own (or a very restricted range of 3rd party) slots. And don't accept UK registrants.
 
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