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Swedish Supreme Administrative Court won’t hear appeals on underage events

| By Marese O'Hagan
The Swedish Supreme Administrative Court has denied operators ComeOn, PokerStars and Bet365 leave to appeal over penalty fees of up to SEK10m (£799,108/€942,304/$941,978) imposed by regulator Spelinspektionen over betting on events featuring underage players.
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In total, the court heard cases for appeals from eight businesses, though four – Casinostugan, ComeOn Sweden, Hajper and Snabbare – are operated by ComeOn Group.

The remaining operators are Bet365, Zecure Gaming, PokerStars and Polar.

All operators had been handed varying penalty fees and issued warnings for allowing bets on matches that featured players who were minors.

This violates chapter 8 section 2.2 of the Swedish Gaming Act, which prohibits bets on events where a majority of participants are minors.

All then submitted appeals to the administrative court, which were ultimately rejected. As a result, they then made appeals to the Supreme Administrative Court. However, the court will not hear these appeals.

Bet365 and PokerStars received the highest penalty fees, at SEK10m each. Snabbare must pay SEK8m.

ComeOn Sweden will pay a SEK5.5m penalty. This had been lowered during the first round of appeals, from SEK6.5m. Hajper was ordered to pay SEK4m.

Casinostugan and Zecure were both issued penaltiesof SEK3m each, and Polar must pay SEK600,000.

The four ComeOn brands that attempted to appeal the rulings were also issued penalties totalling SEK175m in February 2021 for violating bonus regulations, which was upheld in May this year.

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