1. G2E Asia 2022 moving to Singapore

G2E Asia is relocating from Macau to Singapore for 2022. Organizers Reed Exhibitions and the American Gaming Association revealed via the G2E Asia website today that the event will be held at Marina Bay Sands from 24 to 26 August 2022. This replaces the previously announced trade event, which had been scheduled to take place at The Venetian Macao from 30 August to 1 September 2022.

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2. Victorian government makes changes to Oz Lotto odds and cost

The Victorian government has been accused of a cash grab after it proposed changes to Oz Lotto draws that opponents say will make it harder for people to win the jackpot. The government has proposed increasing the number of balls in the lotto draw from 45 to 47 and increasing supplementary numbers to three.

A spokesperson for Oz Lotto said the odds of winning the division one jackpot would change, from one in 45,379,620 to one in 62,891,499. The chance of winning any prize would improve, from one in 55 to one in 51, and the base jackpot would increase, from $2 million to $3 million.

Under the change, the price of an Oz Lotto entry would increase by 10 cents per game.

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3. ACMA closes more offshore gambling sites

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has requested Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block a further 6 websites that have been offering offshore gambling in Australia in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2000. Since making its first blocking request in November 2019, the ACMA said it has blocked 426 illegal gambling websites in the country and more than 160 illegal services have also pulled out of Australia since the ACMA began to enforce illegal offshore gambling rules.

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4. Match-fixing increasing as global sports betting hits record levels of turnover

The detection of a record number of suspicious matches exposes the serious, ongoing threat match-fixing presents to the integrity of global sport at all levels as the amount of money bet on sports reached record heights in 2021. This is a key finding of a new report, ‘Betting Corruption and Match-fixing in 2021’, prepared by Sportradar Integrity Services

Sportradar’s bet-monitoring service, the Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS), uncovered suspicious activity in 903 matches last year, across 10 sports and in 76 countries worldwide. It is the highest number of suspicious matches recorded in Sportradar Integrity Services’ 17-year history — a 2.4% increase on the previous high of 882 suspicious matches recorded in 2019.

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