New Payment Platform for Gambling and Liquor Transactions Unveiled by the NSW Government

New Payment Platform for Gambling and Liquor Transactions Unveiled by the NSW Government

The government of New South Wales (NSW) has started providing local citizens with the chance to pay for some online government services through the New Payment Platform (NPP). Last week, the new near real-time payment method was released by the Department of Customer Service on the Liquor and Gaming portal by the state’s governmental authorities. The New Payment Platform is available and could be used alongside the payment options, such as BPAY, which already exist for local customers. It can be used by entities to pay their gambling and liquor…

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NSW to Become the First Australian State to Welcome Poker Machines Back into Action Following Covid-19 Shutdown

NSW to Become the First Australian State to Welcome Poker Machines Back into Action Following Covid-19 Shutdown

Clubs in New South Wales (NSW) could soon welcome crowds of more than 500 people in some venues. According to an internal industry document, large clubs that have multiple dining areas will be permitted to accommodate hundreds of people in case they meet certain conditions. Josh Landis, the CEO of ClubsNSW, sent a memo to member clubs across the state boasting that the industry heavily influenced the state government’s decision to ease the restrictions on the hospitality sector in New South Wales. Mr Landis explained that before making the decision…

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Legal Dispute between Mayfair Casino and Saudi Businessman over Gambling Debt Remains Open

Legal Dispute between Mayfair Casino and Saudi Businessman over Gambling Debt Remains Open

A multimillionaire Saudi businessman has remained clenched in a lengthy dispute with a Mayfair casino over an alleged gambling debt amounting to £2 million. Sheikh Salah Hamdan Al Balawi, who is known for having assets exceeding £100 million, has been charged with a failure to settle a debt with the Les Ambassadeurs Club. The global assets of the Sheikh were halted in February 2020 after the London-based casino claimed that it had been unable to reach the Sheikh. According to reports, the 52-year-old Sheikh become inaccessible when cheques issued in…

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Brick-and-Mortar Betting Shops and Gambling Arcades in the UK Could Resume Operations as of June 15th

Brick-and-Mortar Betting Shops and Gambling Arcades in the UK Could Resume Operations as of June 15th

Retail betting outlets and gambling arcades, which have been included by the British government on the list of so-called non-essential brick-and-mortar businesses, may be permitted to resume operations in June. At the daily coronavirus briefing held by the Government at the beginning of the week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed provisional plans under which the above-mentioned “non-essential businesses” will reopen on June 15th. During the briefing, the Prime Minister announced that a “staged reopening” of the country’s retail sector is set to be managed by the UK Government. As revealed…

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UKGC Sticks to Enhancing Customer Protection Following Credit Card Ban and Stricter ID Verification for Online Gambling Services

UKGC Sticks to Enhancing Customer Protection Following Credit Card Ban and Stricter ID Verification for Online Gambling Services

The rising problem gambling rate among UK customers have been one of the main reasons why competent watchdogs need to regulate existing gambling practices. In the last few years, many anti-gambling campaigners have shared concern with the rising number of punters who spend more than they could actually afford to on gambling-related activities, especially the ones who use their credit cards for gambling. Compulsive gambling habits have led many campaigners to call for quick and fierce action of the regulators to make sure the latter take all the necessary actions…

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New Zealand Anti-Gambling Campaigners Fear Problem Gambling Rates Could Grow Due to Covid-19 Restrictions

New Zealand Anti-Gambling Campaigners Fear Problem Gambling Rates Could Grow Due to Covid-19 Restrictions

The financial difficulties and economic downturn that followed the restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic are expected to cause an increase in problem gambling. According to some experts, the situation is likely to become worse, considering the fact that thousands of jobs are expected to be lost in some regions of New Zealand over the next 12 months. A recent report provided by the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce showed that 63% out of a total of 470 businesses operating the region were being seriously hurt financially due to the…

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UK Players’ Interest in Online Gambling Sites Jumps, Despite a Decline in Top Gambling Websites’ Traffic in April

UK Players’ Interest in Online Gambling Sites Jumps, Despite a Decline in Top Gambling Websites’ Traffic in April

According to reports, search interest in online casinos has reached a record high in the UK since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown. Google Trends data shows that the shutdown of all physical gambling venues in the country and the cancellation and postponement of all major sports events have led to an increase in online gambling. Such a rapid increase in interest in online gambling has raised fears that vulnerable individuals could be affected by problem gambling. Recently, the industry watchdog – the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) – confirmed that…

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UKGC Claims No Increase in Complaints about Illegal Gambling Websites Is Registered During Covid-19 Lockdown

UKGC Claims No Increase in Complaints about Illegal Gambling Websites Is Registered During Covid-19 Lockdown

The UK Gambling Commission revealed that according to new data released on May 19th, no increase in the number of complaints about unlawful gambling websites was registered during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown in the country. The data shows that there has been no increase in the reports to the gambling regulatory body since March 23rd. According to records, there were a total of 12 complaints regarding nine gambling websites in March 2020, while in April there were 11 complaints regarding 11 gambling websites. The number of reports has remained stable…

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New YouGov Research Claims Gambling Addiction Rates in the UK Are Much Higher Than Announced

New YouGov Research Claims Gambling Addiction Rates in the UK Are Much Higher Than Announced

According to recent research, the gambling addiction rates in the UK may be much higher than the regulators have previously thought. Furthermore, the research has also raised a red flag that almost 50% of the people who suffer from problem gambling are not getting any help to deal with the problem. In a survey that was initiated by the charity organisation GambleAware, YouGov concluded that up to 2.7% of British adult citizens, which represents almost 1.4 million people, can be categorised as problem gamblers. However, some experts have expressed doubts…

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Nicklas Bendtner Opens Up about His Gambling Addiction at the Time When He Was Part of Arsenal FC

Nicklas Bendtner Opens Up about His Gambling Addiction at the Time When He Was Part of Arsenal FC

The former striker of Arsenal FC Nicklas Bendtner has revealed that he gambled away a staggering amount of £5.4 million on poker during his early days of the English Premier League (EPL) club. The ex forward of the football club has confessed that he was hooked on the game of poker at the time. Bendtner revealed some details about his addiction on his Danish reality TV show, which he took part in alongside his girlfriend, Philine Roepstorff. As revealed by the ex-Arsenal striker, he used to blow large sums of…

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