ASA Rebukes ProgressPlay for Game Ads That Could Attract Minors

ASA Rebukes ProgressPlay for Game Ads That Could Attract Minors

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) scolded the gambling operator ProgressPlay for promoting some games that could be appealing to children. The online gambling company, which owns and runs the website www.m88.com, felt the UK advertising regulatory body’s backlash after the ASA investigated and upheld three issues related to the operator’s products. Fairer Gambling challenged the website, seen on January 25th, 2018 for promoting three games that young individuals could find attractive. The first game, “Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood” depicted an animated image of a pixie and a wolf. The…

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Are UK Gambling Operators Really Taking the Right Direction by Unveiling New Responsible Gambling Measures?

Are UK Gambling Operators Really Taking the Right Direction by Unveiling New Responsible Gambling Measures?

Recently, two of the gambling operators which suffered massive fines imposed by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for social responsibility failures and misleading advertising, have unveiled campaigns for responsible gambling. First, Sky Betting & Gaming (SkyBet) has introduced a fresh campaign for responsible gambling, aimed at minimising gambling-related harm, and now LeoVegas followed by registering with GAMSTOP. The measures taken by the two companies towards improved customer protection come soon after both operators felt the UK gambling regulator’s backlash for certain violations related to misleading advertising, self-exclusion violations and other…

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Paddy Power Betfair Readies for US Sports Betting with FanDuel Acquisition

Paddy Power Betfair Readies for US Sports Betting with FanDuel Acquisition

Gambling giant Paddy Power Betfair announced Wednesday that it would merge its US operations with fantasy sports operator FanDuel in a bid to expand its US footprint and place itself in a better position for the upcoming legalization of sports betting across different states. Paddy Power Betfair’s US assets are valued at $612 million. The company said that it would contribute these as well as $158 million in cash to assume control over 61% of the newly combined business. FanDuel’s current owners will own 39% of it, once the transaction…

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Lawrence Ho Sets Eyes on Japan Casino License following Russian Stake Divestment

Lawrence Ho Sets Eyes on Japan Casino License following Russian Stake Divestment

Macau gaming tycoon Lawrence Ho revealed that he has shifted his focus from Russia to Japan, where he believed his company could take advantage of the newly-opened casino market. As reported by Nikkei Asian Review, Mr. Ho who is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment said that he is decided to voluntarily surrender the control of a Russia-based casino resort late in 2017 in order to improve his company’s chances to apply for an integrated casino license in Japan. Lawrence Ho has previously shared…

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Wynn Macau Focuses on Non-Gambling Operations Development

Wynn Macau Focuses on Non-Gambling Operations Development

The Chairman of Wynn Macau, Allan Zeman, revealed that non-gambling operations would be a crucial part of the future of Macau’s casino industry. Mr. Zeman further explained that Wynn Macau has already started working on two sites in close proximity to Wynn Palace. He also revealed that the company is making plans for non-gaming facilities’ development, with the venues’ design being considered at present times. The Wynn Macau’s Chairman gave an example with Las Vegas-located casino resorts, sharing that non-gambling operations currently account for approximately 60% of operators’ overall revenue.…

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Paddy Power Betfair Confirms Merger Negotiations with FanDuel

Paddy Power Betfair Confirms Merger Negotiations with FanDuel

According to media reports, Paddy Power Betfair has entered negotiations for the acquisition of the online daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator FanDuel in an attempt to take advantage of the recently-lifted federal ban on sports betting in the US. Rumour has it that the two parties have already been close to completing a deal, but a person close to the UK and Ireland-based sports betting operator explained that the purchase talks with FanDuel are still ongoing. Earlier today, the company itself confirmed the rumoured deal, saying that it is currently…

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Tabcorp Would Hardly Be Affected from New Online Gambling Tax in Victoria

Tabcorp Would Hardly Be Affected from New Online Gambling Tax in Victoria

The Australia-based gambling behemoth Tabcorp could try go get a discount for the fees’ amount paid by it to state racing authorities, following the decision of the Victorian Government to impose a new tax on online gambling operations. As reported yesterday by Casino Guardian, Australian bookmakers are preparing to face the introduction of a new point-of-consumption tax in the state of Victoria. The 8% levy is set to be rolled out in 2019 and is to be imposed to companies’ revenue generated from all Internet-based betting services and applications. According…

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Tokoroa Gambling Venue Denies Exploiting Legislation Loophole for 30 Pokies Addition

Tokoroa Gambling Venue Denies Exploiting Legislation Loophole for 30 Pokies Addition

Tokoroa gambling venue’s boss, Wendy Cook, has rejected increasing doubts that the facility is taking advantage of a loophole in New Zealand Government’s legislation – a violation which the gambling site had been alleged in. A local community group has opposed the planned new gambling venue which would feature 30 poker machines and shared intentions of taking the matter to court. Lately, the South Waikato town of Tokoroa has seen an increased criticism faced by the Pockets 8 Ball Club, following a gaming license obtained by the venue which would…

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Global Gambling Operators Await Japan’s Final Decision on Casino Bill

Global Gambling Operators Await Japan’s Final Decision on Casino Bill

International gambling operators have been lucky to understand that the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and the Government passed a casino bill which would make casino gambling legal in the country. For some time now, a total of two operating licenses have been rumoured to be initially approved, but the cabinet managed to ensure three casino integrated resorts, along with other measures that could make sure that the Japanese gambling industry is more favourable to customers. Now, the legislature of Japan has until June 20th to give a final…

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Paddy Power Betfair Could Seek Reasonable Merger and Acquisition Options in Australia

Paddy Power Betfair Could Seek Reasonable Merger and Acquisition Options in Australia

The international gambling operator Paddy Power Betfair has its eyes on boosting investments in its Australian brand in order to take advantage of the fact that its rival companies have been focused on consolidation lately. As revealed by the Ireland-based bookmaker, an additional marketing revenue amounting to £10 million is planned to be poured into its local brand Sportsbet, while Australian businesses are “distracted” by targets of merging their companies to stay strong on the market. The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Peter Jackson, commented on the revealed strategy,…

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