Finnish Court Suspends Betsson Payment Block Order

Finland has initiated action against the Betsson subsidiary BML Group, which is regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority. This is a big step. The BML Group was blacklisted as a result of this move, which was unusual in Finland and required Finnish financial institutions to stop accepting payments from the operator.

Following the subsidiary’s heavy EUR 2.4 million punishment from the Helsinki Administrative Court for allegedly targeting the Finnish market, the Finnish National Police Board took quick action and banned BML Group. This is a strong statement against illegal gaming operations operating in the nation.

Betsson’s Response

Betsson, in response, vehemently opposed the fine, pledging to safeguard its interests by pursuing legal avenues. A spokesperson emphasized their commitment to challenging the ruling, stating, “We will continue defending our interests and seek redress through the appropriate legal channels.”

The Supreme Administrative Court’s decision to suspend the fine pending Betsson’s appeal offers a glimmer of hope for the operator. This reprieve allows Betsson to continue its operations without the burden of the hefty penalty until the legal process concludes.

Betsson’s recent strategic maneuver, transferring its brands to Rizk Nordic Limited, reflects its efforts to navigate regulatory challenges. This restructuring aims to mitigate the impact of the payment blockade, ensuring continuity in its services for EU customers, excluding Sweden and Ireland, under the umbrella of a Malta Gaming Authority-licensed entity.

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