All-Party Group from Northern Ireland Seeks Counsel on Gambling Reform Inquiry Set to Be Released This Autumn

All-Party Group from Northern Ireland Seeks Counsel on Gambling Reform Inquiry Set to Be Released This Autumn

Some Northern Ireland politicians have addressed their colleagues based in Westminster to seek some guidance at a time when they are rolling out an inquiry that is aimed at establishing a new gambling legislation in the UK province. The Stormont-based APG on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling that has recently been established, revealed that it is to take guidance from Westminster’s Gambling-Related Harm APPG as its inquiry is in progress, with evidence sessions set to start in September 2020. According to the Northern Ireland politicians’ group, the proposals that their…

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UK Government Further Delays Casinos’ Reopening

UK Government Further Delays Casinos’ Reopening

The British gambling standards body, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has denounced the UK government’s decision to further put off the reopening of landbased casinos while allowing other entertainment and hospitality businesses to resume their operations as planned, on July 4. In an official Tuesday statement, Great Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced he had decided to lift the coronavirus restrictions on a broad variety of businesses, including hair salons, dining establishments, pubs, hotels, and museums. However, gambling venues, which shut their doors to customers on March 23, did…

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British Gamblers Familiar with Responsible Gaming Tools, Survey Indicates

British Gamblers Familiar with Responsible Gaming Tools, Survey Indicates

A recent survey carried out by BonusFinder determined that 94% of the gamblers in Great Britain are familiar with the tools for responsible gaming, offered to them by licensed betting operators during the coronavirus lockdown in the past four months. The survey in question involved 500 casino and bingo bettors from the United Kingdom. It was established that roughly 31% of British players from different age groups admitted to having placed more wagers than they normally would between the months of March and June 2020. The survey also showed that…

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Australia Gambling Reform Proponents Fear a Potential Pokie Betting Surge after Reopening

Australia Gambling Reform Proponents Fear a Potential Pokie Betting Surge after Reopening

Australian gambling reform proponents insist on the introduction of tougher measures, following the reopening of gambling venues across the New South Wales province on June 1. The global COVID-19 pandemic caused gambling venues around Australia to close their doors to customers on March 23. It is estimated that the temporary closure of gaming rooms in the country has prevented gamblers from Down Under from losing almost $2.5 billion at slot machines, or “pokies” as Australians commonly call them. Gambling reform proponents were hoping locals who struggle with slot addition would…

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Cashino Gaming’s Plans for Adult Gaming Centre Succeed in Birmingham, but Fail in Blackpool

Cashino Gaming’s Plans for Adult Gaming Centre Succeed in Birmingham, but Fail in Blackpool

The planning committee of the Birmingham City Council has given thumbs up to the plans for a new betting arcade in Erdington despite some claims that the establishment of such a venue could lead to more criminal activity. Gambling company Cashino has filed an application to Birmingham City Council to give it permission to turn a pawnbrokers site on the high street of Erdington into an adult gaming centre. City councillors have now given the green light to the project with five votes “for”, three votes “against” and one abstain…

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Australians’ Web Searches and Traffic to Illegal Offshore Casinos Rose during Coronavirus Shutdown

Australians’ Web Searches and Traffic to Illegal Offshore Casinos Rose during Coronavirus Shutdown

Although the Federal Government has followed a stricter policy in its attempt to block unlicensed online gambling sites, there was an increase in web searches and traffic to illegal offshore casinos during the coronavirus lockdown in Australia. According to exclusive online traffic data unveiled by SEMrush, the number of “online pokies” web searches on the territory of Australia rose from 12,000 in February 2020 to 40,500 in April 2020, amid the shutdown and social isolation measures that forced local clubs, pubs and retail casinos shut operations. As revealed by the…

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Queensland Gamblers Reached Centracare’s Helpline for Assistance to Set Up Online Accounts During Coronavirus Lockdown

Queensland Gamblers Reached Centracare’s Helpline for Assistance to Set Up Online Accounts During Coronavirus Lockdown

The Centracare’s gambling helpline has registered an increase in customer calls during the closures of Queensland TAB areas and poker machines were not operational because of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The surprising part was the fact that the calls were not made by people seeking help. As Casino Guardian has already reported, the nationwide closures of gaming rooms due to the Covid-19 restrictions have made local gamblers turn to other forms of gambling. Emma Every, head of gambling at Centacare North Queensland, revealed that the sharp increase in the number…

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Anti-Gambling Campaigners Insist on £50 Online Betting Limit per Week before EPL Football Matches Return

Anti-Gambling Campaigners Insist on £50 Online Betting Limit per Week before EPL Football Matches Return

British anti-gambling campaigners have predicted that the return of sport could affect problem gamblers in the country. The English Premier League (EPL) is finally set to make a return on June 17th following a three-month stop. Many sports fans have been celebrating that, but campaigners claim that individuals suffering from problem gambling could be affected in a negative way. Now, campaigners have called for the authorities to impose a cap of £50 on a weekly basis for football fans to spend. The proposal has been made as part of their…

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New Zealand’s Government to Consider Several Racing Industry Bill Amendments

New Zealand’s Government to Consider Several Racing Industry Bill Amendments

The Government of New Zealand has unveiled several proposed changes to the country’s new Racing Industry Bill and the piece of legislation is now expected to be turned into law with a 1-month delay from the initially planned deadline. The bill was filed in December 2019 as the second part of a two-stage implementation process of the Racing Reform Act and was scheduled to come into force on July 1st, 2020. However, the coronavirus outbreak resulted in a delay of the procedures, as New Zealand’s lawmakers focused on responding to…

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New NBA Analysis Finds More Than 50% Increase in Gambling Expenditure of Australians During Coronavirus Lockdown

New NBA Analysis Finds More Than 50% Increase in Gambling Expenditure of Australians During Coronavirus Lockdown

According to a new data analysis of National Australia Bank (NAB), Australian residents have spent а significant part of their time and money on gambling during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The economics team of NAB has analysed internal bank data covering customer spending and payments carried out to merchants during the Covid-19 lockdown shows that Australians’ expenditure on gambling is 50.7% higher since the one registered at the beginning of 2020. No other sub-groups spending tracked by the NAB has shown such a massive rise in consumer spending like the…

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