Problem Gambling

  • Labour propose a new ombudsman for gambling industry

    Labour would set up a new gambling ombudsman to protect consumers, deputy leader Tom Watson will say on Tuesday, citing a string of scandals that have raised concerns about “predatory” practices in the industry. In a speech at the thinktank Demos, Watson will unveil the latest plank of a plan to...
  • New National Strategy to tackle problem gambling

    The Gambling Commission says under its three-year strategy they will cut gambling-related harm “much faster”. The national strategy focuses on prevention, education and treatment and support for problem gamblers. Ahead of the announcement, two UK betting giants said they would change how they advertise as part of their attempts to...
  • Ladbrokes wooed problem gambler – then paid victims £1m

    One of Britain’s biggest bookmakers agreed to pay £1m to the victims of a problem gambler who had stolen the money he was using to bet, in return for a pledge not to inform the industry regulator. Ladbrokes showered the gambling addict with thousands of pounds-worth of gifts over two...
  • BETFAIR AUSTRALIA MISSES PROBLEM GAMBLING RED FLAGS & MUST REFUND $150,000

    Northern Territory Racing Commission orders Betfair Australia ordered to refund A$150,000 to problem gambler. Betfair Australia (owned by Crown Resorts), has been ordered to refund A$150,000 and pay a fine of A$13,000 for allowing a problem gambler to reverse a withdrawal request. An investigation by the Northern Territory Racing Commission...
  • UK sports minister resigns in protest at gambling reform ‘delay’

    LONDON (Reuters) – British sports minister Tracey Crouch resigned from government on Thursday, accusing it of delaying a proposed reform of gambling regulations. The government is to cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from 100 pounds ($130) to just two pounds, but announced this week the...
  • MGM Springfield Underage Gambling Problems Dampen Massachusetts Casino’s Initial High Turnout, COO Blames ‘Porous’ Design

    MGM Springfield is surpassing early expectations in terms of the number of people visiting Massachusetts’ first casino resort. But MGM casino executives admit that they’ve had issues with minors finding their way onto the gaming floor, which is not exactly the most comforting news to area residents. MGM Springfield president...
  • 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...
  • Macau e Singapura dão lições sobre a luta contra o vício em jogos de fortuna ou azar

    O balanço de custos e benefícios é a chave como o Japão se prepara para abrir portas dos casinos Enquanto o Japão planeia abrir seu primeiro casino, possivelmente em meados da década de 2020, as preocupações com o vício do jogo são cada vez maiores. O Japão pode ser...
  • 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...
  • £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...
  • 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....
  • The real battleground in gambling isn’t betting shops – it’s online

    Adam Bradford Opinion have been dubbed the crack cocaine of betting, having destroyed thousands of lives over the past few years and become the topic of heated public debate. On Thursday, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport finally ruled that the stakes on the highly addictive machines...
  • 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...
  • Ministers expected to cut FOBT stakes to £2

    The government will announced its final decision on whether to curb stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) on Thursday, with the maximum bet widely expected to be cut to £2. The machines have become a focal point for campaigners’ concerns about problem gambling and the potential for racking up large losses on machines...
  • 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...
  • Sky Bet fined £1m for failing to protect vulnerable customers

    Online gambling firm Sky Bet has been fined £1m for allowing hundreds of potentially vulnerable people to keep betting after they asked to be barred from doing so, while sending promotional material to 50,000 more. Industry regulator the Gambling Commission said Sky Bet was guilty of failings in its self-exclusion...
  • Gambling Commission considers ban on credit card betting

    The Gambling Commission is considering banning people from using their credit cards to place bets. The regulator said on Monday gambling on credit cards “increases the risk that consumers will gamble more than they can afford” and it would “consider prohibiting or restricting the use of credit cards” in order to...
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