ACT Government Rejects Proposed Poker Machine Betting Limits Amid Campaigners’ Gambling Harm Concerns

ACT Government Rejects Proposed Poker Machine Betting Limits Amid Campaigners’ Gambling Harm Concerns

It seems that residents of Canberra will be able to continue spending thousands of dollars while playing controversial poker machines after a proposal for some betting limits was rejected. This fuelled rumours that even more people will suffer gambling-related harm during the coronavirus crisis. Currently, the existing Covid-19 restrictions do not allow for poker machines to operate in Canberra, once the restrictions are lifted, local problem gamblers will still be considered vulnerable to spending over AU$1,000 an hour on controversial pokies. The maximum betting limit for poker machines that is…

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Scottish Government Faces Criticism after Keeping Gambling Machines Ban to Prevent Further Spread of Covid-19

Scottish Government Faces Criticism after Keeping Gambling Machines Ban to Prevent Further Spread of Covid-19

Only days following the Scottish Government’s announcement that it was lifting the controversial ban on gambling machines, betting shops in the country have been ordered to once again switch off the machines. A shocking U-turn was made by the authorities, who told local bookmakers they must stop offering their customers access to the machines until further notice. The most surprising about the change was the fact that the Scottish Government has agreed to lift the additional restrictions that were faced by local betting shops at the time they reopened on…

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Newcastle United F.C. Extends Gambling Sponsorship Deal Despite Questions Regarding Pending Ownership Change

Newcastle United F.C. Extends Gambling Sponsorship Deal Despite Questions Regarding Pending Ownership Change

Newcastle United F.C. revealed it has agreed on an extension of its shirt sponsorship deal with a gambling operator at a time when the English Premier League (EPL) is expected to give the green light to a sovereign wealth fund based in Saudi Arabia to purchase the club. As the football club itself has shared, it has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Fun88, an online gambling operator based on the Isle of Man. Currently, the company does not hold an operating licence issued by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) but…

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National Lottery Faces Criticism for Allowing Children as Young as 16 Spend Up to £350 a Week

National Lottery Faces Criticism for Allowing Children as Young as 16 Spend Up to £350 a Week

Campaigners have warned that the National Lottery is exploiting a legislative loophole that allows individuals as young as 16 to gamble hundreds of pounds online on a weekly basis. According to some campaigners, the loophole helps the National Lottery take advantage of the situation, which could lead to what they called “an epidemic of gambling” in the years to come. The latest figures have revealed that 16- and 17-year-old children spent a total of £47 million on games offered by the National Lottery in 2017-2018. Reports have shown that two-thirds…

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Problem Gambling Charity Reveals More UK Gambling Addicts Tend to Seek Help during Coronavirus Lockdown

Problem Gambling Charity Reveals More UK Gambling Addicts Tend to Seek Help during Coronavirus Lockdown

According to a leading problem gambling charity organisation, the massive lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic has fuelled a significant increase in the number of gambling addicts who seek help. The charity shared that the trend could be the first sign of a more serious “storm” in the sector. The Gordon Moody Association that is a leading provider of problem gambling treatment programmes for UK residents, who suffer from severe gambling disorders, revealed that the number of interactions of the charity organisation with gambling addicts had risen from 30 to…

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Gambling Legislation Changes Will Be Discussed by the UK Government in the Months to Follow

Gambling Legislation Changes Will Be Discussed by the UK Government in the Months to Follow

Gambling legislation in the UK has not seen any considerable changes since the Gambling Act of 2005 was passed. The gambling industry, however, has been constantly changing, and the rising popularity of online gambling campaigners have been claiming that the UK gambling laws need changing. The beginning of the 21st century has been marked with many online gambling operators, who flooded the market, offering an inexhaustible source of gambling options to their customers. On the other hand, this made it much easier for gamblers to play a variety of casino…

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New Research Finds Loot Boxes Are Not the Only Link between Gambling and Video Games

New Research Finds Loot Boxes Are Not the Only Link between Gambling and Video Games

A recent study has suggested there are some practices used by video games developers and providers, including real-money gambling, token wagering, social casino spending, etc., which are considered significantly associated with problem gambling. As revealed by the study, the potentially dangerous links to gambling addiction have been originating from a range of video game practices. The latest findings came from a research building on a previous study by the same author, Dr David Zendle, which has revealed that a link between loot boxes offered in some video games and problem…

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Australian Greens Insist Gambling Rooms and Poker Machines Should Be Closes as Soon as Possible

Australian Greens Insist Gambling Rooms and Poker Machines Should Be Closes as Soon as Possible

With the recent controversy surrounding Australians’ addiction to poker machines, information that the coronavirus lockdown may lead to permanent closures of the machines fuelled some discussion. Problem gamblers who have been hooked on pokies have been reported to be happy that the machines had been switched off because of the Covid-19 shutdown, and many anti-gambling campaigners have shared concern that with health restrictions being relaxed, more and more pokies across the country will be reopened. Of course, owners of clubs and pubs that host poker machines have gladly welcomed the…

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Latest Changes Brought by the UKGC to Its Remote Key Equipment Policy to Be Deployed as of July 29th

Latest Changes Brought by the UKGC to Its Remote Key Equipment Policy to Be Deployed as of July 29th

Earlier this year, on April 29th, 2020, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) issued a response to the consultation under which the removal of condition 2.1.1 in its remote key equipment policy was proposed. The condition in question requires licensees to file an application for a variation of their gambling equipment licence when adding or changing the location of key equipment to a different jurisdiction. As part of the proposal made at the end of April, the gambling watchdog proposed that the regulator would no longer require gambling equipment licence holders…

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UKGC Starts Public Consultation on Online Slots Game Design to Ensure Better Customer Protection

UKGC Starts Public Consultation on Online Slots Game Design to Ensure Better Customer Protection

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) revealed that on July 9th it started a consultation on changes to the design of online slots machines as part of its efforts to make them safer for British players. Now, the gambling regulatory body is seeking public input on the matter, as it would like to know the opinion of as many people as possible how to ensure greater protection from gambling-related harm that could be inflicted to more vulnerable consumers from online slots. The consultation that was officially opened yesterday on the gambling…

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