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...
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  • Sands employees get advanced problem gambling training

    Nearly 100 Sands China team members attended the company’s annual advanced responsible gaming training programme, which is the only one in Macau offered in coordination with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It is the sixth consecutive year that Sands China Ltd. has offered the advanced training, which supplements...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A MGM Resorts International foi homenageada com o Prémio de Responsabilidade Social Corporativa do Conselho Nacional sobre o Problema do Jogo (NCPG)

    A MGM Resorts International foi homenageada com o Prémio de Responsabilidade Social Corporativa do Conselho Nacional sobre o Problema do Jogo (NCPG), na sexta-feira, na 32a Conferência Nacional sobre o problema do jogo em Cleveland. O programa da empresa GameSense já está a transformar a forma como a indústria...
  • 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...
  • Phillip Bowcock: William Hill aponta para uma “nova direção” no jogo problemático.

    Para além de apresentar o novo objetivo corporativo da William Hill ‘Ninguém prejudicado pelo jogo’, o Chefe Executivo do Grupo, Phillip Bowcock, já escreveu uma carta aberta aos investidores e partes interessadas do setor com os detalhes aperfeiçoados das iniciativas da William Hill sobre a responsabilidade social e sustentabilidade...
  • 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...
  • Safeguarding against Corruption in Major Public Events – Facilitator’s Guide

    Contents The structure of the five-day workshop at a glance How to use this training package: LESSON 1: Organizational vulnerability to corruption – the risk management solution LESSON 2: Challenges associated with the organization of major events LESSON 3: The United Nations Convention against Corruption LESSON 4: Strategic planning...
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