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Kenyan Betting Operators Turn Down proposed law

Kenyan betting operators are relieved that the legislators declined the plans to drastically hike the betting taxes even though retaining the hikes for other gambling operators.

Kenyan Betting Operators Turn Down proposed law.

The Kenyan parliament rejected the proposed plans to increase Kenyan betting operators’ tax from 7.5% of revenue up to 50%. The proposed change to the Lotteries, Gaming Act and Betting was to be part of the finance bill. The bill sought to impose 50% tax on all gambling revenue. Whether its lotteries, betting or gaming.

Henry Rotich, the Treasury secretary, reported that the proposed hike in taxes was to generate revenue for the government and also act as a way to discourage local gamblers from going overseas. However, SportPesa, a Kenyan betting operator, mounted a legal challenge that the increase in tax was unconstitutional.

The proposed law was rejected on Wednesday by the Finance Assembly Committee. They issued a report that states that the increase rate was punitive enough to discourage the activity. Furthermore, some government representatives opposed this, advising the members of the Assembly to ‘abide by proposed law for the good of the society.’

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Kenyan Betting Operators Responses

The proposed law on the rise in betting tax has been opposed by many sporting bodies in Kenya. With that said the KPL (Kenya Premier League) is confident in this case to bite the hand that it feeds from and oppose the proposed law.

On Thursday, the members of the Parliament voted for retaining the current 7.5%. However, betting was the only exception. The new 50% tax be imposed on the lottery, prize competition revenue and gaming. The MPs decided to meet again for another meeting next week with the stakeholders and the Treasury to determine if they should maintain the 50%tax rate or not.

If the tax is increased on online gambling, this might affect the gaming for New Zealand players. We at Kiwi Casinos will do all we can to keep Kiwis posted on the latest changes that may affect them.



Playtech Signs a Deal with a Player Retention Guru

Playtech, the provider of Casino gambling services and solutions, is now looking at player retention as an essential driver of the growth of the industry. 

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Playtech decided to engage with Captain Up’s retention platform. According to the terms and conditions of the deal, the two companies made an announcement on Monday last week.

In general, Captain Up products and services permit operators to attract and retain casino players. They do this through exploiting and exploring behavioural economics provides content that’s helpful to the needs and wants of individual players.

Most casino gaming operators are in partnership with Captain Up. Being assimilated into a bigger management system, Playtech and Captain Up will use this chance to get a wider base in the realm of international casino gambling.

What does Captain Up do?

Simply put, Captain Up attempts to engage players through providing them with an opportunity to level up and compete in various leaderboards for better positions.Through this, casino players can also take part in tournaments, win badges and brag about their accomplishments.

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Through the use of real-time, Captain Up offers insights on how casino players react. More so, it’s advised to take note that the organisation has a back office that helps with managing and monitoring activities, as well as analysing players’ behaviours and actions.

In this competitive industry, player retention and attainment have grown to be challenging tasks. Offering casino players high quality and innovating experience is just not enough on its own nowadays.

As a result, data analysis and deployment of tools have been internationally gaining popularity. Of late, these platforms have mainly been deployed by Sports Betting Operators. As well as those that offer various gambling solutions. However, we are excited to see how Playtech will be supporting their players from now on.

J Cole in New Zealand

J Cole, the America rapper is making a fleeting visit to New Zealand in support of his 4th Album, “4 Your Eyes Only”. The last time the American rapper was in NZ, he only opened for Eminem’s show at the Rapture event in Auckland. However, he’ll be in Auckland, playing his own stadium show.

J Cole in NZ.

Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole initially gained recognition as a rapper following the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in early 2007. Intent on further pursuing a solo career as a rapper, he went on to release two additional mixtapes after signing to Jay Z’s Roc Nation imprint in 2009.So Kiwis, brace yourselves! J Cole will be performing in Auckland, Vector Arena in the first of December. He will be doing a world tour that starts on the 1st of June in South Carolina and ends on the 9th of December in Perth, Australia.

We take pride in our number one online casinos featured on our website. But entertainment is also a top priority for us as well. We strive to make sure that players in New Zealand are kept posted with all the latest news that might be in their interest. So with that being said, we are happy to announce that the tickets for the show will be available for sale on from the 28th of February 2017. Get yourself a ticket New Zealanders before the run-out!

All Blacks Herding For Test Match with Japan

The All Blacks will be preparing for their 2019 World Cup Tournament by playing against Japan late next year.

The All Blacks of New Zealand.

The CEO of New Zealand Rugby team confirmed to Newstalk ZB that the match is more like a test for the All Blacks and will certainly happen next year. The All Blacks will make use of this opportunity to familiarise themselves with the country. As the next World Cup will be held in Japan. The rugby team’s CEO further added that it’s a good strategy. This is because the players only have limited exposure to the country over the past few years.

All Blacks are set to play Japan on the 3rd of November 2018. And play three more games after that. They will be playing in Europe and one of the games will be against England. The venue is soon to be confirmed next year. This will be done as soon as more details about the 2019 World Cup are revealed.

In all honesty, the All Blacks would want to play against Japan in a city where the World Cup will be hosted. The rugby team has made it a routine to play the host nation of the world cup. Normally less than a year before the World Cup starts.

In 2006, they played two test matches in France where they were preparing for the 2006 World Cup Tournament. Three years ago, they played against England, 10 months before the 2015 World Cup in London.

All these test matches have allowed the New Zealand national Rugby team to replicate a mini World Cup scenario. The test match in Japan, followed by three more in Europe will be a challenge that is going to prepare them for the big tournament.

“The test matches won’t only be a great chance to prepare for the 2019 World Cup Tournament. But it will also give the All Blacks first-hand experience of playing in Japan a few months before the tournament”, said Steve Tew, the CEO of New Zealand Rugby.

We at Kiwi Casinos believe this is a great opportunity for the sports betters in New Zealand to start preparing their bets and wagers. 2018 test matches and the 2019 World Cup Tournament comprise of big games that NZ players can bet on. You may never know – the odds might be in your favour.

Ed Sheeran in New Zealand

Ed Sheeran has added a second Auckland show to his tour plans for New Zealand following overwhelming demand for pre-sale tickets today.

Ed Sheeran in New Zealand.

Ed Sheeran had already confirmed plans for two shows in 2018. At Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on March 24, and at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on March 29. But pre-sale demand was so high today that Sheeran added a second Auckland show – on Sunday, March 25 – to his itinerary “to meet demand”.

Promoters said pre-sale tickets for his first two shows were snapped up in minutes when they went on sale this afternoon. A pre-sale for Frontier Touring members for his new Auckland show begins later today, at 3 pm. Tickets for all three shows are due to go on general release next Tuesday.

One fan who was online at 1 pm in an attempt to buy pre-sale tickets told the Herald she missed out – along with three friends who were doing the same thing. “We were all on a conference call. We were trying everything. At first, we were trying to get four tickets, and we were going for any seats … and it just wasn’t working.”

The fan, who asked not to be named, said her sister broke down in tears after missing out. But she admitted they’d try again at 3 pm when the pre-sale began for the new show.

The new show means it will be Sheeran’s biggest New Zealand tour yet. He’ll be playing in support of his new album. He was last here in December 2015, when he played one Mt Smart Stadium show. That was his last before taking a break from music. Adele holds the record for shows at Mt Smart Stadium when she played three sold out dates in March.

We at Kiwi Casinos know that Kiwis are also high on entertainment. We will do our best to keep them in the loop.