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11/10/2018
  • Action Plan 2018-2020 sees Spain reclassify gambling-harm as a drug addiction

    Seeking to revamp Spain’s support structures for tackling addiction, Spain’s ‘Drug Support Council’ will introduce gambling harm to its upcoming ‘Action Plan on Addictions 2018-2020’ mandate. The Action Plan incorporates the recommendations of a number of Spanish national health stakeholders, regulatory policy advisors and industry standards associations. Amongst the stakeholders taking part...
  • Game over? China to rein in online games in latest industry setback

    China will restrict the number of video games and take steps to curb playing time by minors to address growing rates of childhood visual impairment as the government steps up its crackdown on the world’s biggest online gaming market. A statement posted on the Education Ministry website late on Thursday...
  • State should restrict gambling ads seen by children, industry says

    Senior gambling industry figures have admitted concerns that children are being exposed to too many betting adverts on TV and have called on the government to act. The growing consensus among of industry bosses prompted calls from Labour for the government to crack down on “out of control” gambling ads. Philip...
  • Man behind FOBT curb wins case against machine manufacturer

    The man behind a successful campaign to reduce stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has scored a second victory over the machines’ biggest manufacturer, after a court ordered the company to pay damages of $315m (£244.5m). Derek Webb, 68, who funded the anti-FOBT Fairer Gambling group, is expected to pocket tens of millions...
  • Number of clubs sponsored by betting firms is ‘disturbing’, say campaigners

    Experts on problem gambling have described the growing number of football clubs with betting firms and online casinos on their shirts as “disturbing” and “worrying” and said a national debate on the potential harm is overdue. Nearly 60% of the clubs in England’s top two divisions will have gambling...
  • Watchdog reviews complaints about World Cup betting ads

    The UK’s advertising watchdog is examining complaints about World Cup ads by Bet365, William Hill and Coral that potentially broke new rules designed to crack down on problem gambling. The Advertising Standards Authority received 115 complaints from viewers about TV gambling ads during the four weeks of the 2018 World Cup. This...
  • Online casino 32Red fined £2m for failing problem gambler

    The online casino company 32Red has been fined £2m for missing 22 opportunities to help a problem gambler, offering the customer VIP status and free bonuses instead of advice. The Gambling Commission said 32Red should have intervened after the customer, who deposited £758,000 over more than two years, admitted to staff...
  • £20,000 losses and late-night casino binges: the student gambling epidemic

    The cocktail of new-found freedom at university, easy availability of borrowed money and the ever-present opportunity to gamble has driven some students to academic failure, bankruptcy and mental health problems. Gambling is a growing issue for students at British universities. The Gambling Commission estimated that more than 100,000 students are in debt...
  • Fixed-odds betting delay unacceptable

    We applaud the announcement that there will be a stake reduction of highly addictive fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 a spin to £2. The ability of players, including the most vulnerable in society, to place bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds is a matter of the deepest concern...
  • The ‘cash for patients’ scandal sabotages addicts

    Graham Beech opinion This weekend, hundreds of people from all walks of life will gather for a party in the splendid grounds of a former stately home in Wiltshire to celebrate the fact that they are alive and well. There will be music, yoga sessions and a stall selling...
  • Banning ads is not the best way to protect gamblers

    Many people within the gambling industry would agree with one contention in your editorial (Live gambling ads during sporting events are a sure bet against the vulnerable,9 June): that there is too much advertising of gambling products around live sport. The more intractable question you don’t address is what...
  • Gambling website adverts for games based on fairytales banned

    Adverts on a gambling website for games called Fairytale Legends and Fairies Forest have been banned because of the likelihood that they would appeal to children. The m88.com website promoted three games – Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood, Fairytale Legends Hansel and Gretel, and Fairies Forest – in January....
  • Gambling ads must have serious addiction warnings, demand MPs

    Gambling companies should be treated like tobacco firms and forced to display prominent health warnings about the potential harms of betting, according to a cross-party group of MPs and peers concerned about rising levels of addiction. They call for gambling to be treated as a public health issue, with companies...
  • Regulator unconvinced by industry problem-gambling measure

    Online gambling firms could be banned from sending promotional material to customers amid concern from the industry regulator about “unacceptable” flaws in a system designed to help problem gamblers bar themselves from betting. In a letter obtained by the Guardian, the Gambling Commission warned the industry trade body, the Remote Gambling...
  • LeoVegas fined for accepting bets from problem gamblers

    LeoVegas has become the latest betting firm to be fined for accepting bets from problem gamblers who had asked to be barred, as a planned industry-wide self-exclusion scheme is delayed. The Gambling Commission forced LeoVegas to pay a £600,000 penalty for a series of transgressions after a review of the company’s licence to...
  • Revealed: how bookies use AI to keep gamblers hooked

    The gambling industry is increasingly using artificial intelligence to predict consumer habits and personalise promotions to keep gamblers hooked, industry insiders have revealed. Current and former gambling industry employees have described how people’s betting habits are scrutinised and modelled to manipulate their future behaviour. “The industry is using AI...
  • Belgium is right to class video game loot boxes as child gambling

    Yesterday, the Belgian minister of justice, Koen Geens, announced the result of an investigation that the country’s Gaming Commission conducted into video game “loot boxes”, a mechanic that lets players pay real money for a chance at winning virtual items. It found that three popular games – Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive...
  • ‘A vicious circle I couldn’t break’: the software helping tackle online betting

    “Iself-excluded from the major online casinos but there was always a new company I could open with and some of them don’t make it easy to self-exclude,” says Michael, a bricklayer from Glasgow, who started betting on football and greyhounds when he was 15, before developing a serious gambling...
  • Lessons about risks of gambling piloted in British schools

    Thinktank trials scheme to teach children about problems that can ‘wreak havoc on people’s lives’ Lessons about the risks of gambling have been trialled in secondary schools in an attempt to address high levels of gambling among school-age children. Around 25,000 children in the UK are currently classed as problem gamblers, with one...
  • Cabinet reshuffle could threaten gambling curbs, say campaigners

    Anti-gambling campaigners have voiced fears that new culture secretary, Matt Hancock, will shy away from strict curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals, as it emerged the machines are taking more revenue than ever from British punters. Anti-FOBT campaigners warned that Hancock, who replaced Karen Bradley in this week’s cabinet reshuffle by Theresa May,...
  • Nasal spray aimed at tackling gambling addiction to be trialled in Finland

    Could gambling addiction be treated with a nasal spray? A group of Finnish researchers are launching a study to find out. The fast-working spray contains naloxone, which is commonly used as an emergency treatment for overdoses of opiates such as heroin, opium and morphine. It blocks the production of...
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