New Gambling Legislation Reform Package Prompts Concern for Poker Machines Liberalization in Western Australia

New Gambling Legislation Reform Package Prompts Concern for Poker Machines Liberalization in Western Australia

Community organisations in Western Australia have recently shared their disappointment with the fact that the ban on virtual gaming machines was lifted in the state to allow local punters to place bets on virtual racing machines. On September 4th, the Legislative Council of the state’s Parliament voted to pass a legislation reform package for the racing industry in Western Australia. Its implementation is also expected to make the WA TAB possible. Apart from that, the piece of legislation also included a provision under which TAB outlets would be allowed to…

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UK’s Exodus from the EU Would Hit the Entire Gambling Industry Hard, Especially If No Brexit Deal Is Reached

UK’s Exodus from the EU Would Hit the Entire Gambling Industry Hard, Especially If No Brexit Deal Is Reached

A few days ago, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a significant vote in parliament, which resulted in some Members of Parliament taking control of the parliamentary timetable. They revealed plans for introducing a bill which is aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit by making Johnson ask the European Union for an extension. The Prime Minister has shared that he will seek permission from the parliament for a quick general election on October 15th. So, according to experts, nothing has been decided yet, and there is a 50/50 chance for…

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Four Gambling Operators’ CEOs Confess Harmful Impact of Gambling on British People’s Lives

Four Gambling Operators’ CEOs Confess Harmful Impact of Gambling on British People’s Lives

Labour Member of Parliament Carolyn Harris has revealed that bosses from four leading gambling operators have recognised the harm inflicted to people by their industry. As confirmed by Ms Harris, executives from William Hill, bet365, Paddy Power Betfair and SkyBet confirmed that hundreds of thousands of people show signs of problem gambling every year. At the meeting, Ms Harris, who currently heads the all-party parliamentary group on gambling-related harm, asked some questions to the gambling companies’ executives in front of people whose family members have committed suicides linked to gambling.…

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Anti-Gambling Campaigners Push for Public Consultations on Possible Ban on Gambling Advertising in New Zealand

Anti-Gambling Campaigners Push for Public Consultations on Possible Ban on Gambling Advertising in New Zealand

According to recent reports, the UK Government and charity organisations are turning directly to the public for consultations on a possible ban on certain products and services. Lately, anti-gambling campaigners have been calling for both the public and the competent authorities to consider fully banning gambling advertising, or at least putting warning labels on gambling ads. Currently, there is a large variety of advertising materials for gambling services which are being offered on the territory of New Zealand. According to anti-gambling campaigners, the main problem with these adverts is that…

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Chief Executives of UK’s Largest Betting Firms Refuse to Attend Parliamentary Hearing

Chief Executives of UK’s Largest Betting Firms Refuse to Attend Parliamentary Hearing

The chief executives of UK’s largest betting and gambling firms have withdrawn from a scheduled parliamentary session dedicated to discussing online betting and the dangers of it. During the official hearing, the gambling chiefs were due to be questioned on the measures taken by their businesses for reducing the gambling problem in the country. The heads of the three biggest gambling companies in the United Kingdom, namely of William Hill, Ladbrokes, and Flutter Entertainment (known until recently as Paddy Power Betfair), had initially confirmed their participation in a parliamentary session…

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British Gambling Firms May Lose Their Licenses for Failing to Implement the GAMSTOP Self-Exclusion Scheme

British Gambling Firms May Lose Their Licenses for Failing to Implement the GAMSTOP Self-Exclusion Scheme

The United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC), which regulates and oversees all gambling and betting operations in the country, is set to grant official approval to the national system for self-exclusion from gambling sites GAMSTOP. Gambling firms that fail to implement the scheme may be at risk of losing their licenses, according to reports in the media. GAMSTOP is a free service that allows players to ban themselves from online gambling and betting platforms but its effectiveness has been questioned multiple times. After seeing a huge delay of over a year,…

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British Underage Individuals Spend about £270 Million on Gambling Every Year, New Charity Organisation Study Reveals

British Underage Individuals Spend about £270 Million on Gambling Every Year, New Charity Organisation Study Reveals

Today, a dossier of research into online gambling and addiction has been filed at the headquarters of the British Government by the former problem gambler David Bradford and his son Adam. The two of them have exclusively unveiled that the research has found that in-app purchasing and underage gambling is widespread amongst young British people. According to data collected by the research, at least one in two young people could develop serious gambling addiction even before they are legally allowed to place bets under the existing gambling legislation in the…

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Sydney Lord Mayor Calls for Planning Committee to Turn Down Star Casino’s Hotel and Residential Tower Project

Sydney Lord Mayor Calls for Planning Committee to Turn Down Star Casino’s Hotel and Residential Tower Project

The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, has criticised the powerful special interests supporting the proposed luxury hotel and residential tower project of Star Casino in Pyrmont. Ms Moore is currently preparing a renewed plea for the Independent Planning Commission to suspend the project. Last month, the planning department of the state said no to the Star Casino’s plan to build a 237-metre-high Ritz Carlton tower in Pyrmont. The proposed tower which according to Star’s plans would house 204 residential apartments and 220 hotel rooms, however, is eight times bigger…

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Woman Who Stole Her Friend’s Credit Card to Gamble Online Faces Court’s 12-Month Community Order

Woman Who Stole Her Friend’s Credit Card to Gamble Online Faces Court’s 12-Month Community Order

A woman who stole her friend’s credit card to gamble online after drinking alcohol and taking drugs would have to pay compensation to her victim, a local court ruled. The 35-year-old woman, who is also a single mum, is to also get treatment for her addiction. The woman, called Rebecca Peters, had spent the day before the incident shopping and drinking with a friend of hers, who has mobility issues. Finally, the two of them returned to the victim’s home, Ms Peters stole the card and used her friend’s money…

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DIA’s Discussion Document on Online Gambling in New Zealand Faces Criticism

DIA’s Discussion Document on Online Gambling in New Zealand Faces Criticism

The discussion document which the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has issued on web-based gambling in New Zealand has faced a lot of criticism lately. On one hand, the paper has been strongly criticised by public health advocates, who believe that it is putting some focus on making the online sector easily accessible for companies which operate in New Zealand rather than looking for ways to tackle gambling-related harm. On the other hand, digital rights advocates have slammed the Government, saying that it is threatening to suspend access to offshore…

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