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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UKGC Provides Guidance on Credit Card Transactions Carried Out through MSBs Following Recent Ban

UKGC Provides Guidance on Credit Card Transactions Carried Out through MSBs Following Recent Ban

On June 10th, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) issued guidance on its recent credit card ban for gambling payments carried out through any money service business (MSB). The major gambling regulatory body in the UK has implemented a new licence condition for gambling companies. Under licence condition 6.1.2, gambling operators are prevented from accepting credit card payments either directly or through any money service business, such as electronic money institutions, e-wallets or other financial technology that allows credit card deposits. As the UKGC itself explained, one of its key objectives…

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Andrew Wilkie MP Moves Private Member’s Bill in Federal Parliament Seeking to Ban Social Casinos in Australia

Andrew Wilkie MP Moves Private Member’s Bill in Federal Parliament Seeking to Ban Social Casinos in Australia

Anti-gambling advocate and independent MP Andrew Wilkie called for the Government to ban social casinos in Australia, saying they are a dangerous form of gambling. In an interview with Tom Elliott, Mr Wilkie, who has been fighting against gambling-related harm for quite some time now, has highlighted that online gambling websites were getting a bigger problem literally every day, especially considering they have managed to escape legislation. At a time when the coronavirus outbreak has forced the retail gambling sector to cease operation, with no sports events available to bet…

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Loot Boxes in Video Games Could Be Reclassified as Gambling Product by the UK Government

Loot Boxes in Video Games Could Be Reclassified as Gambling Product by the UK Government

British Ministers have called for evidence on video games that encourage customers to pay with real money for rewards – a move that could lead to loot boxes being reclassified as a form of gambling following concerns they were targetting children. The last few years have seen loot boxes become a controversial issue associated with video games. This week, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is set to roll out a call for evidence on the feature that has increasingly become more and more common in video games…

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Brexit Uncertainties Fuel Lots of Questions Regarding the Fate of the UK Gambling Sector

Brexit Uncertainties Fuel Lots of Questions Regarding the Fate of the UK Gambling Sector

The withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (EU) is already a reality but the Brexit and its potential effect on the country’s gambling sector has remained a topic greatly discussed. For the time being, the UK gambling industry is estimated at about £15 billion on an annual basis. More than 100,000 people are employed in the sector and gambling operators generate tax revenue of about £700 million to the country’s coffers. According to estimates, gambling accounts for 0.5% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the UK. Following…

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New 18-Month Research to Study Coronavirus Lockdown Impact on British Gamblers

New 18-Month Research to Study Coronavirus Lockdown Impact on British Gamblers

New major research has been released to study the impact that the Covid-19 lockdown has had on the UK gamblers’ behaviour, including the behaviour of individuals who are part of so-called “high risk” groups. The project is carried out in collaboration between the Universities of Stirling and Glasgow. It is set to study and analyse the effect that the restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic had on young adults and sports punters. In addition, the research is to also focus on the marketing and advertising of gambling companies’ products during…

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Alderney Gambling Commission Reports a Decline in Issued Gambling Business Licences in 2019

Alderney Gambling Commission Reports a Decline in Issued Gambling Business Licences in 2019

The Alderney Gambling Commission revealed in its 2019 annual report that the number of gambling businesses that were granted with operating licences declined from 53 in 2018 to 33 in 2019. As revealed by the gambling regulatory body itself, the Alderney Gambling Commission issued a total of six new licences, down from eight licences issued in the previous year. Also, a further 27 gambling operating permits were renewed. The gambling watchdog said Cashbet and Genting were among the companies that saw their licences expire in the period. The same applies…

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