Latest ACMA Decision to Block Offshore Gambling Sites Could Not Have Actual Effect on Australians’ Gambling Participation Rates

Latest ACMA Decision to Block Offshore Gambling Sites Could Not Have Actual Effect on Australians’ Gambling Participation Rates

As revealed earlier this week, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is set to start forcing local Internet services providers to suspend certain foreign gambling websites. The decision follows the 2016 review of the Interactive Gambling Act commissioned by the former premier of New South Wales (NSW), Barry O’Farrell. The above-mentioned review was aimed at deriving more information regarding the risks associated with the illegal gambling websites that did not provide their customers with the same level of protection ensured by licensed gambling businesses on the territory of Australia.…

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Community and Public Health Urges Timaru District Council to Adopt Stricter Sinking Lid Policy for the Area’s Gaming Machines

Community and Public Health Urges Timaru District Council to Adopt Stricter Sinking Lid Policy for the Area’s Gaming Machines

Community and Public Health (CPH) has urged the Timaru District Council to adopt a strict sinking lid policy as a measure to reduce the large number of gaming machines in the area. The public health service branch has made a submission to the draft gambling venue policy introduced by the Council and highlighted the fact that no limit for the number of gambling venues or terminals has been established for the district. The CPH has also criticised the Timaru District Council for its lack of commitment to a sinking lid…

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Crown Court to Hear Charges against the Man Accused of Hacking National Lottery Users’ Accounts in December

Crown Court to Hear Charges against the Man Accused of Hacking National Lottery Users’ Accounts in December

A man, who is accused of unlawfully accessing accounts of National Lottery users, is set to be taken to court in December. Next month, the 29-year-old Anwar Batson will appear at Crown Court to face charges that he used Sentry MBA, a hacking program, to gain access and steal money from the online gambling accounts of some users of the UK National Lottery. According to the claims of prosecutors, the young man accessed the aforementioned accounts in November 2016, after he downloaded some hacking tools in 2015. As explained by…

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Former Problem Gambler Claims British Gambling Sector Simply Ignores Gambling Addicts’ Problems

Former Problem Gambler Claims British Gambling Sector Simply Ignores Gambling Addicts’ Problems

A police officer, who has once lost £250,000 due to his gambling addiction, said that the gambling industry has ignored the problems and gambling-related harm faced by its customers. After only a week ago an all-party parliamentary group made a recommendation for some changes to the online gambling sector that would be aimed at protecting the most vulnerable members of society, Alex Macey has also called for improved regulation of the sector. According to him, betting companies have exploited problem gamblers thanks to the practices they use. Mr Macey, a…

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Gambling Addiction Fuels Serious Public Health Issues in the UK, Says All-Party Parliamentary Group

Gambling Addiction Fuels Serious Public Health Issues in the UK, Says All-Party Parliamentary Group

Over the last few years, anti-gambling campaigners have been trying to bring more attention to gambling addiction, describing it as a serious medical condition that could not only have a negative impact on players’ finances but also on their families and even drive compulsive gamblers to suicide. As Casino Guardian reported earlier in November, the Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group urged the local gambling regulators and the Government to make sure the same betting limits that have been imposed on land-based fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) must be introduced on…

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ACMA Urges Australian People to Withdraw Their Money from Illegal Offshore Gambling Operators Following New Crackdown Measures

ACMA Urges Australian People to Withdraw Their Money from Illegal Offshore Gambling Operators Following New Crackdown Measures

Today, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) warned local punters to make sure they withdraw their funds from accounts they may have with illegal offshore online gambling operators before the latter are banned. The warning has followed an announcement made by the Australian communications watchdog that it intends to use its new powers to block illegal gambling websites that are hosted overseas and offer their services to local customers. As revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald, online gambling sites such as FairGo Casino and Emu Casino that are run…

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Junior Maltese Minister Belittles UKGC’s CEO Concerns with Local Gambling Companies’ Lack of Compliance

Junior Maltese Minister Belittles UKGC’s CEO Concerns with Local Gambling Companies’ Lack of Compliance

Silvio Schembri, the junior minister for financial services of Malta, has tried to make the problems regarding local gambling operators, which the head of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) recently highlighted, look less significant. In an interview with a local news agency, Mr Schembri played down the concerns raised by Neil McArthur, Chief Executive Officer of the UKGC, at the recent ARQ Conference in Malta. During his keynote speech at the ARQ Conference, Mr McArthur signalled that Malta-based gambling operators were actually among the most common offenders of British gambling…

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Gambling Industry Critic Tom Watson to Step Down from His Role as Labour Party’s Deputy Leader in December

Gambling Industry Critic Tom Watson to Step Down from His Role as Labour Party’s Deputy Leader in December

Last night, the most gambling reform advocate in the UK Parliament – Tom Watson – announced that he is to step down from his position as a deputy leader of the Labour Party. Mr Watson further revealed that he would not take part as a candidate for re-election in December’s general election in the country. The announcement came as a shock to everyone, as Tom Watson has been one of the veterans of the Labour party and there was hardly anyone who has expected him to quit from his proactive…

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GambleAware and Researchers from the University of Bristol Urge Banks to Help Them Tackle Gambling-Related Harm

GambleAware and Researchers from the University of Bristol Urge Banks to Help Them Tackle Gambling-Related Harm

One of the largest charity organisations which helps British problem gamblers, GambleAware, and researchers from the University of Bristol have urged local banks and other firms that offer financial services to help them tackle gambling-related harm. The charity has called for them to take part in a program that is focused on using technology to prevent people from suffering the negative impact of problem gambling. Over the last two years, a number of UK banks, including Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Monzo, NatWest and Starling, have rolled out so-called “gambling blocks”…

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HSBC Bank Uses Twitter to Reveal New Limits for Online Gambling Transactions Will Be Implemented by the End of 2019

HSBC Bank Uses Twitter to Reveal New Limits for Online Gambling Transactions Will Be Implemented by the End of 2019

HSBC Bank, one of the largest banking and financial service operators in the UK and on a global scale, is likely to implement some restrictions on transactions related to online gambling services by 2020. This could mean that daily spending limits similar to the ones on withdrawals from ATMs could be underway. At the beginning of the week, HSBC UK confirmed in a tweet that the bank is preparing to introduce a special algorithm into its online and mobile banking platform as part of the upcoming technical updates that are…

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