GambleAware commits extra £3.9m to tackle problem gambling

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Bingo Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Poker Slots Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Slot Machines 14th May 2019 | By contenteditor GambleAware commits extra £3.9m to tackle problem gambling Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland GambleAware has confirmed it will invest an additional £3.9m (€4.5m/$5.0m) to help fund the expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service through GamCare and its network of partners across Great Britain.The investment will run over a period of three years, with funds split across a number of initiatives. Most of the money (£2.35m) will be used to expand the provision of face-to-face treatment services in England, Scotland and Wales.A total of £705,000 will help the National Gambling Helpline provide advice and brief interventions to more people, while £435,000 will be spent on offering computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to more people, where clinically appropriate.In addition, £438,000 of the total investment will go towards developing peer support so that people who are recovering from gambling addiction can help others to access treatment and aftercare.“This announcement reflects a commitment by GambleAware to take a strategic approach to commissioning treatment services, to give people the help that they need to tackle the hidden addiction of problem gambling, and to improve the quality of life for them and their families,” GambleAware chief executive, Marc Etches, said.“This significant expansion of the existing National Gambling Treatment Service demonstrates the shared commitment between GambleAware and GamCare, as commissioner and prime provider respectively, to make a real difference to people’s lives, by reducing barriers to treatment and increasing the capacity in the treatment system.”Funds will begin to be distributed across these initiatives with immediate effect, supplementing the other developments that GambleAware and GamCare are also working on as part of a Grant Agreement running from 2018 to 2021.These projects include working with the Adfam charity to improve support for those affected by the gambling of others, and a major investment to open the NHS Northern Gambling Clinic and newly extended services from GamCare in Leeds this summer.Last week, GambleAware reiterated calls for UK operators to offer more financial support its problem gambling efforts after revealing that industry funding failed to meet its 2018-19 target.Voluntary donations from the industry during the 12 months to March 31, 2019 amounted to £9.6m, which, although up on the previous year, is short of the £10m that trustees of the problem gambling charity had asked of the market. GambleAware has confirmed it will invest an additional £3.9m (€4.5m/$5.0m) to help fund the expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service through GamCare and its network of partners across Great Britain.last_img read more

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Kenya proposes 10% tax on sports betting stakes

first_img Topics: Finance Legal & compliance Sports betting Regions: Africa East Africa Kenya AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Kenya proposes 10% tax on sports betting stakes The Kenyan Government has set out plans to introduce a new 10% tax on sports betting stakes as part of a wider effort to clamp down on problem gambling in the country.Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich unveiled the proposal yesterday (June 13) as part of the 2019-20 financial budget.The government has also sought to target tobacco and alcohol in the budget, with both set to be subjected to new 15% excise duties.“Betting has become widespread in our society and its expansion has had negative social effects, particularly to the young and vulnerable members of our society,” Rotich said.“In order to curtail the negative effects arising from betting activities, I propose to introduce excise duty on betting activities at the rate of 10% of the amount staked.”The tax would be separate to a bill that looks to revamp the country’s regulatory framework for gambling.Currently under consideration in the Kenyan National Assembly, the Gaming Bill 2019 includes measures to introduce higher costs on licensed operators and establish the country’s first national lottery.The bill proposes replacing Kenya’s existing regulatory authority, the Betting and Licensing Control Board, with a new entity, the National Gaming Authority. This body would take control of enforcing regulations and issuing licences.Other measures include setting up the Gaming Appeals Tribunal to adjudicate in gambling-related disputes, while foreign operators would be required to have a physical presence and base servers in the country.The bill also sets out higher licences and related application fees, but does not include any language for higher gambling taxes. The 15% tax rate has been retained, though the legislation makes no mention of the 20% tax imposed on player winnings in September last year.Kenya raised the gambling tax rate to 35% last year, but later reduced it to 15% after heavy criticism from the industry. Finance Tags: Online Gambling The Kenyan Government has set out plans to introduce a new 10% tax on sports betting stakes as part of a wider effort to clamp down on problem gambling in the country. 14th June 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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Spirits Of The Valkyrie™ by Greentube

first_imgCasino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Deep in the majestic ice-deserts of the distant north, the Valkyrie hunts for frozen treasures. 9th July 2019 | By Aaron Noy Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Slots Spirits Of The Valkyrie™ by Greentube Deep in the majestic ice-deserts of the distant north, the Valkyrie hunts for frozen treasures.Brave slot fans and those seeking new adventures can join the beautiful warrior’s quest in the latest addition to Greentube’s Home of Games, Spirits of the Valkyrie™, which is available soon to all B2B partners.Discover more about the game here!last_img

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Gambling Commission backs new Economic Crime Plan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Gambling Commission backs new Economic Crime Plan 26th July 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Strategy The GB Gambling Commission has given its endorsement to the UK Government’s new Economic Crime Plan, which sets out plans to combat industry-related issues, such as money laundering and terrorist financing.The plan, which will run from 2019 to 2022, covers seven priority areas that were agreed in January by the Economic Crime Strategic Board, the ministerial level, public-private board tasked with setting the UK’s strategic priorities for combatting economic crime.These include developing a better understanding of the threat of economic crime and the Government’s own performance in combatting crime, as well as pursuing greater sharing and usage of information to tackle crime.The Government is also keen to ensure the powers, procedures and tools of law enforcement, the justice system and private sector are as effective as possible, and could take action to strengthen such capabilities in order to better detect, deter and disrupt economic crime.There are also plans to build greater resilience to economic crime by enhancing the management of crime risk in the private sector and the risk-based approach to supervision, as well as improve the systems for transparency of ownership of legal entities and legal arrangements.In addition, the Government is seeking to deliver what it has described as an “ambitious international strategy” to enhance security, prosperity and the UK’s global influence.The plan features roles for a number of UK-facing organisations and regulatory bodies, including the Gambling Commission, which has been singled out for two focus areas in particular.First, the Commission will promote digital identity services, with the regulator and other organisations work with the Treasury on the scheme, covering issues such as money laundering and terrorist financing.The Commission will also play a role in enhancing overseas capabilities, with a focus on helping other countries tackle economic crime and illicit finance, as well as sharing and developing best practice.As part of this, the Commission will work with the Financial Conduct Authority and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs on international engagement and assistance in business planning for the sharing of best practice.This will include developing links between professional body supervisors to help share understanding of risk, best practice and the UK’s experience in regulating professionals.“Gambling operators will play a vital role in assisting the Commission, and the UK Government realise this step-change plan for combating economic crime in the UK, and we urge operators to pay close attention to the plan and amend their risk assessments, policies and other controls where necessary,” the Commission said in a statement. The GB Gambling Commission has given its endorsement to the UK Government’s new Economic Crime Plan, which sets out plans to combat industry-related issues, such as money laundering and terrorist financing. Email Addresslast_img read more

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GRH APPG claims victory in slot stake debate

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) claims that it has secured a significant victory after Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur confirmed that changes to online slot stakes were to be considered. Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance People Slotscenter_img The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) claims that it has secured a significant victory after Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur confirmed that changes to online slot stakes were to be considered.McArthur had been speaking at a hearing held earlier this week, in which he answered questions on issues including whether the Gambling Commission was fit for purpose and its enforcement activities, something the APPG considers to be ineffectual.The APPG claims that McArthur “confirmed for the first time” that the Commission would be reviewing online stakes within six months.“A review of stake limits online has been clearly recommended by the All Party Parliamentary Group and is long overdue,” the group’s chair Carolyn Harris MP commented. “I am very pleased that the Gambling Commission has finally seen sense on this.”However, a Commission spokesperson pointed out that the regulator said in October 2019 that it would be looking at online slot stake limits as part of its ongoing work to reduce the risks of gambling related harm.McArthur’s intervention this week could be viewed as the first time the Great Britain regulator has suggested that concrete action (rather than just a discussion) would be take place, though.This forms part of a wider project to tackle a number of issues.“This work is in addition to us focusing on VIP practices, advertising technology and game design,” the spokesperson explained. “We will publish our assessment and next steps for online stakes and further protections later this year.”The six-month timeline mentioned by McArthur in the hearing also referred to an already agreed period for the Commission’s assessment of these issues, the regulator added.These are being tackled through a series of industry-led working groups, with a view to developing new codes of conduct that will become part of the Licensing Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP).The APPG has questioned whether the industry should be leading these harm prevention efforts.At the hearing, McArthur also said that if operators failed to take action to reduce the harm caused by VIP schemes, they would be banned by the Commission – repeating a warning first issued in January this year. He also admitting that action to reduce gambling advertising was necessary, again an issue long under discussion.Whether the review of online stake limits results in a £2 cap for online slots, as proposed by the APPG in its interim report in November 2019, remains to be seen.“Online slot content games should be reduced to £2 a spin in line with the rules in betting shops,” Harris said this week. “The Gambling Commission must stop being reactive and take action to protect the vulnerable from harm in line with their licensing objectives.”David Clifton, co-founder of the industry advisory body Clifton Davies Consultancy, pointed out that the call for parity between online and offline staking limits was inconsistent with a £2 stake cap.That online-offline parity would be achieved with a cap of £5, which is currently in place on B1 gaming machines in land-based casinos, he explained, arguing that these devices were a more appropriate comparator than B2 machines (fixed odds betting terminals).Talk of parity across channels suggested a shift from the APPG’s interim report, he continued. In that document, Clifton noted, it argued “there is no justification for having slot machine style games online with staking levels above £2, in line with land based venues” rather than directly referring to parity.Should the APPG’s recommendation be adopted, analysts at Regulus Partners estimated around 30% – or £650m – of online slot revenue would be lost, mitigated in part by around 30% of that spend moving to other products.“This would therefore hit some operators very hard but would be a net benefit to others; the overall impact would be to reduce the online sector by around £480m in revenue terms or around 8% (assuming growth into the impact period),” it explained.“This may sound manageable (if operationally painful), but purely financial analysis is almost as dangerously simplistic a view as the policy itself, in our view, because the economic and behavioural impact is likely to be much more profound.” GRH APPG claims victory in slot stake debate 14th February 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

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Operators to donate virtual Grand National profits to NHS

first_img Operators to donate virtual Grand National profits to NHS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Regions: UK & Ireland A group of major gambling operators have announced that they will donate any profits from this Saturday’s virtual Grand National event to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Topics: Casino & games Finance Social responsibility Sports betting Video gaming CSR A group of major gambling operators have announced that they will donate any profits from this Saturday’s virtual Grand National event to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).The funds will be sent to NHS Charities Together, the umbrella organisation that represents more than 140 approved NHS charities that collectively contribute £1m (€1.1m/$1.2m) a day to support the NHS.Standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) said the initiative has the support of a number of its members including bet365, William Hill, Sky Bet, Flutter Entertainment, GVC, BetFred and BetVictor.The BGC said it had also agreed with NHS Charities Together that stakes on the virtual horse racing event would be limited to £10 per horse per customer or £10 each way per horse. In addition, the Tote will run a pool on the race and donate any profits to charity.The virtual Grand National will run on 4 April, the same day this year’s edition of the actual Grand National had been due to take place. Last month, The Jockey Club, the governing body of horse racing in the UK, announced the 2020 event would not run as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.“With the UK understandably and rightly in lockdown, unfortunately the Grand National can’t take place,” BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said. “However the virtual Grand National will be the closest we can get to creating one of those moments when we can all come together in celebration, not just for the world’s greatest sporting events, but for the NHS heroes working on the front line to keep us all safe.“I am delighted that our members have stepped up in this way to support the national effort to combat Covid-19 by contributing all of their race profits to NHS Charities Together. Millions of us love a flutter on the Grand National.”ITV will broadcast the virtual event in partnership with Carm Productions and Inspired Entertainment. The race has been pre-recorded and only a small number of people will know the outcome – all of who will be subject to strict confidentiality obligations.The Grand National is not the only horseracing event to have fallen victim to the coronavirus, with the British Horseracing Authority last month announcing that all races in Great Britain will be suspended until at least the end of April.All Irish horseracing has also been suspended for the foreseeable future, with the Irish Grand National, scheduled to run on 13 April also facing cancellation or at least a postponement. Email Address 1st April 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Charitable Gaming Video Gaminglast_img read more

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Covid-19 wipes out China lottery sales in February

first_img Covid-19 wipes out China lottery sales in February China’s Sports and Welfare Lotteries saw sales almost entirely wiped out as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in February, bringing in just CNY1.3m (£149,825/€171,640/$186,640) for the month.Sales across almost all provinces were suspended from 22 January until 11 March, when officials gave the green light to resume activity.Certain provinces, such as Hubei where the pandemic began, did not resume sales until 8 April.This resulted in CNY1.3m in instant win games sales from the Sports Lottery, being the only money raised during the month. This represented a major drop on the CNY23.4bn generated in February 2019.It comes after January’s sales fell 43.3% year-on-year, as was affected by the Chinese New Year celebrations – during which sales are stopped – and as the government began to take measures to slow the spread of Covid-19.This meant that for the year to date, total lottery sales amounted to CNY27.2bn, down 61.9% from January and February 2019. Topics: Finance Lottery Finance China’s Sports and Welfare Lotteries saw sales almost entirely wiped out as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in February, bringing in just CNY1.3m for the month. Email Addresscenter_img Regions: China 20th April 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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Digital growth drives National Lottery to record sales in 2019-20

first_img Camelot UK Lotteries has revealed the UK National Lottery was able to generate a record £7.91bn (€8.90bn/$9.90bn) in total ticket sales in its 2019-20 fiscal year, aided by significant year-on-year growth from its digital offering. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 2nd June 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Email Address Camelot UK Lotteries has revealed the UK National Lottery was able to generate a record £7.91bn (€8.90bn/$9.90bn) in total ticket sales in its 2019-20 fiscal year, aided by significant year-on-year growth from its digital offering.Overall sales in the 12 months to 31 March 2020 were up 9.7% from £7.21bn in the same period in the previous year, with Camelot, which currently operates the National Lottery, seeing growth across a number of areas.Investment in digital channels led to record online sales of £2.46bn, up 34.0% on last year and a result that marked the first time sales for Camelot’s online offering surpassed £2.0bn.Much of this came from the National Lottery’s mobile products, for which sales rose 57.5% year-on-year to £1.61bn, another record figure. For the year, sales for smartphone and tablet prdoucts accounted for 65.0% of the digital channel’s total.Camelot also noted that with 7.5m million active registered players, the National Lottery site is Europe’s largest online lottery in terms of sales.Looking at retail, sales for this segment were up 1.4% to £5.45bn, meaning that it remains the main source of income for Camelot and the National Lottery.Total sales of draw-based games during the 12-month period were up £455.3m to £4.54bn, which Camelot said was down to effort create a more compelling and distinct range of games.Camelot noted that draw-based games sales continued to be helped by changes made to the Lotto in November 2018, including larger cash prizes and ‘Must Be Won’ draws where the jackpot is often shared among all cash prize winners, as well as strong sales for the EuroMillions and the new Set For Life gameIn-store scratchcards and online instant win sales also increased by £243.0m to £3.37bn, which Camelot said was partly due to the introduction of a wider range of games, including a 25th birthday product as well as titles based on popular TV shows Friends and Love Island.Over the course of the year, £4.51bn was awarded as prizes to players, up £376.5m on the previous year, creating 355 new millionaires in the process. This included awarding £170m EuroMillions jackpot to a player in October 2019.Total returns to good casuses in the year, meanwhile, rose to £1.85bn, when excluding investment returns on National Lottery Distribution Fund balances. Of this, £56.6m was used for marketing expenditure, as agreed with the Gambling Commission.Camelot said that when combined with Lottery Duty it pays to the government and the commission earned by its retail partners, it returns around 95% of all sales revenue to winners and society.“Three years on from our strategic review, we are seeing growth across all areas of the business; crucially, our best-ever sales performance has delivered a £200 million boost to Good Causes at a time when the UK needs it most,” Camelot chief executive Nigel Railton said.Railton also pointed out that the National Lottery was able to put together a support package worth up to £600m for charities and organisations negatively impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in April this year.“Like many businesses, Camelot has seen disruption as a result of the pandemic – particularly in retail,” Railton said. “But, thanks to a combination of the foundations we’ve laid over the last three years and some urgent interventions to respond to the current situation, our sales are currently proving resilient.“That’s not to say there is no impact, but the business is adapting and continuing to adjust well to the changing situation. We’re also keeping the government and our partners at the National Lottery Distributors up to date on a weekly basis.”Considering the long-term impact of Covid-19 on National Lottery sales, Railton said with ongoing uncertainty in the UK, the year ahead will be challenging for Camelot and the Lottery, but he is confident that the business will continue to succeed.“I’m very confident that we’re in great shape to meet those challenges – and that we have the strong track record, creativity and determination required to continue generating vital funds for those who need it most in the UK,” Railton said.“All of us at Camelot are fully aware of the important role that we play every single day, and I feel immensely privileged to be part of an institution that makes a real difference.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Finance Lottery Finance Digital growth drives National Lottery to record sales in 2019-20 Regions: UK & Irelandlast_img read more

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Gauselmann UK launches political charm offensive

first_img Gauselmann UK, the British subsidiary of the German gaming giant, has launched its Constituency Campaign, a new push to develop closer relationships with politicians representing the communities it serves, and to highlight the benefits of its business.The initiative was launched with the operator welcoming Conservative MP for Rugby, Mark Pawsey, to the Warwickshire town’s Merkur Cashino adult gaming centre (AGC).Mr Pawsey was hosted at the AGC by Mark Schertle, chief operating officer of the Cashino brand’s operator Praesepe, as well as Gauselmann UK’s director of public and political relations, Tony Boulton, and head of compliance, Amanda Kiernan.Gauselmann UK described the core objective of its political campaign as getting to know as many as possible of the MPs representing those constituencies where the group operates gaming venues.“From our perspective, it’s absolutely vital that MPs understand exactly what the AGC sector is all about,” Boulton explained.“A lack of understanding has often been the root cause of many of the policy/political miss-steps that have held back the industry, something which we simply cannot afford as we approach the review of the Gambling Act.”The Member of Parliament added: “It was great to visit the Merkur Cashino in Rugby, meet the team and to see the measures that they’ve put in place to make the AGC a Covid-secure environment for visitors.”“Now more than ever, it’s absolutely vital to support local businesses on our high streets as we look to rebuild and recover after lockdown. The months ahead will be challenging for businesses and retailers, but the government is committed to ensuring they have the support they need, and it was important for me to get honest feedback from Tony, Mark and the team. I look forward to visiting again soon to see how things are progressing.”The anticipated review of the Gambling Act is a major topic of discussion in the UK gaming industry at present. Garnering broad public and political support, it’s expected to be launched by the current government this year, after being among the manifesto pledges which saw the Conservative Party elected in 2019.Updates such as the classification of loot boxes as gambling products, a ban on overdraft or credit card use for gambling, and further restrictions on advertising are among the measures being called for.With potential pitfalls for the industry looming, Boulton went on to explain that meeting MPs face-to-face to discuss industry concerns “has to be far more effective than writing a letter or sending an email.“Instead, our focus is on building relationships and creating a dialogue with our constituency MPs.” Regions: UK & Ireland Casino & games 31st July 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Gauselmann UK, the British subsidiary of the German gaming giant, has launched its Constituency Campaign, a new push to develop closer relationships with politicians representing the communities it serves, and to highlight the benefits of its business. Gauselmann UK launches political charm offensivecenter_img Topics: Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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