Anti-Gambling Campaigners Insist on 1% Mandatory Levy on All Gambling Operators to Fund Problem Gambling Treatment

Anti-Gambling Campaigners Insist on 1% Mandatory Levy on All Gambling Operators to Fund Problem Gambling Treatment

The largest gambling operators in the UK have recently pledged that they will increase their voluntary contribution to the country’s Government to help the latter tackle rising problem gambling rates. As Casino Guardian has reported earlier, the owners of William Hill, bet365, GVC Holdings’ Ladbroke Coral, SkyBet and Flutter Entertainment’s Paddy Power Betfair had shared their willingness to boost the current voluntary levy of 0.1% of their gambling profits to 1% over the next five years. According to estimates, this step would eventually provide a total of £100 million as…

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Crown Casino Denies Basketball Superstar Ben Simmons’ Accusations of Racially Profiling Customers before Entry

Crown Casino Denies Basketball Superstar Ben Simmons’ Accusations of Racially Profiling Customers before Entry

Crown Casino has denied the allegations of the Australian basketball player Ben Simmons who claimed that he was racially profiled by bouncers at the entrance of the casino’s gambling premises. The 23-year-old basketball superstar shared in his Instagram account that he was suspended from entering the casino after the staff required him to present his ID. In a video, shared with his 4.3 million followers, Simmons suggested that he was denied entrance in the gambling room of the casino because of the colour of his skin. Turning the camera to…

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Crown Resorts High-Roller Business’ Situation Could Get Worse, Analysts Say

Crown Resorts High-Roller Business’ Situation Could Get Worse, Analysts Say

It has been a tough week for the largest casino operator in Australia, and according to analysts, things are about to get even worse. Crown Resorts Ltd has been found to have been seeking positive presence in local media with full-page advertisements to respond to a series of articles alleging it to have made links with junket operators supporting its high-roller operations and organised crime, Chinese influence operations, etc. In its advertisements in the local media, Crown Resorts has called the reports a “deceitful campaign”, as the company no longer…

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Victoria’s Gaming Minister Insists on Re-Examination of Crown Casino

Victoria’s Gaming Minister Insists on Re-Examination of Crown Casino

Marlene Kairouz, Victoria’s Minister for Customer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, asked the state’s gambling regulator to re-examine the allegations against Crown Resorts aired by local media earlier this week. Australia’s biggest entertainment and gaming operation faces accusations of illicit activities like money laundering and connections to organized crime. The gaming minister confirmed her department is also to evaluate the regulations imposed on gambling operators that offer junket casino trips to Chinese high rollers. Australia’s media network Nine has linked some of these junket VIP players to the Triad organized…

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Ladbrokes Coral’s Owner GVC Holdings to Pay £5.9 Million in Penalties over Failure to Protect Vulnerable Customers

Ladbrokes Coral’s Owner GVC Holdings to Pay £5.9 Million in Penalties over Failure to Protect Vulnerable Customers

Ladbrokes Coral’s parent company GVC Holdings has agreed to pay a £5.9 million fine, one of the largest penalty packages ever imposed by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC). The massive payment will settle a UKGC investigation into past failings in Ladbrokes and Coral, including an inability to protect vulnerable customers from gambling-related harm and insufficient anti-money laundering measures. The penalty package comes as a result of multiple transgressions by Ladbrokes Coral, which became the largest British bookmaker in 2016 after the merger between Ladbrokes and Gala Coral Group. In…

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Crown Casino and Government Officials to Face Integrity Investigation into Corruption Allegations

Crown Casino and Government Officials to Face Integrity Investigation into Corruption Allegations

Following media allegations of corruption and special visa deals for Asian high-rollers, Crown Casinos and Commonwealth agencies will face an integrity investigation. The probe was ordered by Attorney-General Christian Porter and comes amid claims in media publications that Australian consulate employees fast-tracked visa applications for Chinese gamblers. On Tuesday, Attorney-General Christian Porter told the federal government that he had referred the investigation to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity. The national integrity watchdog will be probing the relationship between Crown Casino and government agencies, accused of helping the casino…

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MansionBet Inks Two-Year Partnership with Newcastle United

MansionBet Inks Two-Year Partnership with Newcastle United

Online gambling operator MansionBet has been confirmed as the official UK betting partner of Newcastle United F.C. The two-year partnership was announced by the football club of Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday and it will allow MansionBet to operate the betting terminals across St. James’ Park. The professional football club, which plays in the Premier League, has just revealed its new sleeve sponsor, namely the cryptocurrency platform StormGain. Now, it is partnering up with the rapidly growing Internet-based gambling and betting operator MansionBet. The agreement, which was facilitated by SEM…

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New UKGC Initiative Explores How Gambling Fits Into People’s Lives

New UKGC Initiative Explores How Gambling Fits Into People’s Lives

A new initiative in the UK is exploring how gambling fits into people’s lives and what their motivations are to gamble. Introduced today by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC), the findings of the project will be published in a series of blogs online. The new initiative is based on in-depth qualitative research conducted by a private agency and commission by the UKGC. It aims at providing insight into the psychology of gambling and helping the industry to deliver “fairer and safer” gambling. The first blog was published on Friday…

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Anti-Gambling Campaigner Accuses VCGLR and Victoria Police of Corruption Regarding Crown Casino Melbourne Operations and Licence

Anti-Gambling Campaigner Accuses VCGLR and Victoria Police of Corruption Regarding Crown Casino Melbourne Operations and Licence

The long-time anti-gambling campaigner and independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie has shared an opinion that the failure of the Victorian gambling regulator and police to properly investigate claims of Crown Casino Melbourne’s wrongdoings hinted of an actual possibility of corruption. Mr Wilkie addressed the Victorian anti-corruption regulator when reminding the Parliament that since 2017 he had provided both state’s police and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VGLR) with evidence of illegal poker machine tampering and money laundering taking place at the Southbank casino property of Crown. According…

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Loot Boxes Not Constituted as Gambling but UKCG Could Take Action against Companies That Do Not Prevent Children from Gambling

Loot Boxes Not Constituted as Gambling but UKCG Could Take Action against Companies That Do Not Prevent Children from Gambling

MPs have learned from the UK gambling regulatory body that video game developers could face prosecution should they fail to prevent children from reaching gambling services by using special features in games such as Counter-Strike and Call of Duty. In an evidence session with the select Committee of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which has been empowered to examine the links between gaming and gambling, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) revealed that it has been greatly concerned about some video games features such as skins and loot boxes.…

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