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    World Gambling News … August 2018 State should restrict gambling ads seen by children, industry says 10/08/2018 – 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...
  • 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...
  • William Hill could close up to 900 betting shops after FOBT clampdown

    William Hill blamed the government’s clampdown on fixed-odds  terminals (FOBTs) as it warned that up to 900 betting shops could close, putting 4,500 jobs at risk. The bookmaker reported a loss of £820m in the first six months of the year, as the decision to slash maximum stakes on FOBTs from £100...
  • UK betting firms face complaints deadline and ads crackdown

    Betting firms face a crackdown on breaches of advertising rules and consumer law in a drive to ensure fairer treatment for gamblers. From October the Gambling Commission will have powers to impose unlimited fines for promotional campaigns that appeal to children or glamorise gambling. The watchdog will also introduce an eight-week...
  • It’s incredibly widespread’: why eSports has a match-fixing problem

    In 2017, the global eSports economy was estimated to stand at around $696m, attracting an audience of over 385 million people, according to Newzoo. But the industry’s formidable growth has attracted more than just hordes of professional gamers, avid viewers and brands offering lucrative sponsorship deals. Organised criminals and low-level chancers...
  • Casino owners donated to IEA after thinktank’s pro-gambling report

    The casino industry donated thousands of pounds to the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) after the thinktank published a report on gambling policy that called for restrictions on the number of casinos to be lifted. The National Casino Industry Forum (NCIF) confirmed it donated £8,000 to the IEA having...
  • 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...
  • Bookmakers land £1bn tax rebate in fixed-odds betting VAT

    Bookmakers are in line for a £1bn tax rebate after a court ruled they were wrongly charged VAT on revenue from controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The finding, in a case brought against HM Revenue & Customs by the high-street bookmaker Betfred, will be seen as a major victory for an...
  • Macau authorities to care for 600 greyhounds after notorious track closes

    Authorities in Macau, the world’s largest gambling hub, will care for more than 600 greyhounds after their owner renounced them ahead of the closure of China’s only dog-racing track on Saturday. The move is likely to save former Australian racing dogs, which were exported to Macau in huge numbers and...
  • 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...
  • As the World Cup brings joy to fans, it brings misery to online gamblers

    Kevin McKenna Opinion After a while, you find yourself getting accustomed to the absurd chauvinism of English commentators at World Cups. The BBC and ITV seem to vie with each other every four years to provide the most asinine and uninformed coverage of this global extravaganza. There are 32 nations...
  • 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...
  • The Guardian view on betting advertising: not during the games

    Editorial – Opinion The World Cup starts next week, a truly global festival that unites bookmakers all around the planet in pursuit of gamblers’ cash. Whichever team wins on the pitch, the firms which advertise on the virtual hoardings all around it and in the commercial breaks will profit. Sports gambling is...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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