Monday, February 6, 2023

Tag: problem gambling

Lee Willows: ‘We should be humbled that addiction levels are coming down: do we really think that big state programmes, funded by a statutory levy and controlled by the...

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When it comes to problem gambling, lived experience and recovering from addiction via a suicide attempt, court appearance and relationship breakdowns, Lee Willows turned his life around to become one of the most influential forces in modern methods to dealing with the problem.

Sweden backs out of new deposit cap proposals

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The Swedish government has said it will no longer pursue controversial plans for a fresh set of caps on player deposits after finding no evidence it would rescue problem gambling.

UKGC: “The overall problem gambling rate has decreased significantly”

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The UK Gambling Commission’s latest survey of problem gambling for the quarter ending September 2021 has revealed that the rate has halved in the past year from 0.6 per cent to 0.3 percent. It’s now at its lowest ever level.

EGBA: Spain should focus on channeling, not ad bans

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Advertising does not increase problem gambling, writes Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) - but banning ads.

Participation, problem gambling down in UK, says no one

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A new poll from the Health Survey of England shows both gambling participation and problem gambling have continued to fall in 2018 - yet UK papers are determined to..

Top Five pledge poses big challenge for small firms

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The Big Five’s pledge to raise their contributions for the treatment of problem gambling could be enough to prevent more tightening down the line - but..

UK Bookmakers increase funding for problem gambling

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The UK’s biggest bookmakers have agreed to increase funding for problem gambling treatment to £100m over the next four years. Owners have confirmed that they will increase their voluntary levy on gambling profits from 0.1 percent to 1 percent. The companies are Ladbrokes Coral, Paddy Power Betfair, Skybet, William Hill and Bet 365. “This is an unprecedented level of commitment and collaboration...

UK betting companies paid £19.7m in fines last year

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UK betting operators paid a record £19.7m in penalty fees last year as regulators toughened stance against those failing to adequately deal with problem gamblers and money laundering. A UK Gambling Commission report announced the regulator brought fines against nine operators in the 12 month period. Overall gambling fines increased from £18.4m handed out in 2018 and £1.7m in 2017. Online...

Is the gambling industry giving players enough control?

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Leading gambling researchers met in Westminster to discuss the thorny issue of player control, and review some of the current research into what measures..

UK Gambling Commission launches new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

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The UK Gambling Commission has today (25 April) launched the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, a three-year strategy which will drive and coordinate work to bring a lasting impact on reducing gambling harms. For the first time health bodies, charities, regulators and businesses will come together in partnership to effectively tackle the issue – with the Commission calling...

UK government expands NHS problem gambling treatment

The UK government has announced a significant increase in problem gambling treatment funding as part of its ten year strategy for the NHS. The NHS Long Term Plan, announced on 7 January, outlined the provision of £2.3bn annually for mental health treatment by 2023

Ladbrokes defends £1m payment to victims of problem gambler

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Ladbrokes has dismissed accusations of misconduct made by the Guardian newspaper in a report of the bookmaker repaying £975,000 stolen from five victims by a problem gambler, providing they did not “bring any complaint or make any report to any regulator.”

From “problem gambling” to “gambling-related harm”

The Gambling Commission has often been criticised for using vague terminology, open to multiple interpretations. But as the watchdogs attention shifts from “problem gambling” to “harm”, the UK industry may come to pine for a far less explicit era.

Senet Group appoints Sarah Hanratty as new CEO

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Senet Group, the UK body dedicated to addressing problem gambling through consumer information programmes, announces that it has appointed Sarah Hanratty as its new chief executive from 6 August 2018. Sarah is currently deputy chief executive and director

Gambling industry leaders back Senet Group’s: When the Fun Stops, Stop campaign

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The move follows a decision last month to lift copyright restrictions for all non-Senet members. In a video released by the Senet Group, the UK body dedicated to addressing problem gambling through consumer information programmes, a number of industry

Paddy Power founder: Industry must tackle online problem gambling

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The founder and former chief executive of Paddy Power has criticised the company’s response to online problem gambling, the Times has reported. Stewart Kenny, who co-founded the bookmaker and was on the board until 2016, also called on the industry to limit the amount of money people lose online. He told The Times that mandatory limits were needed on money...

RGA urges use of behavioural analytics to combat problem gambling

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has published good practice guidelines to help operators recognise problematic online gambling behaviour.   The guidelines encourage businesses to make use of behavioural analytics to identify and reach out to problem gamblers. “Online gambling operators collect and retain a great deal of data about their customers,” The RGA said in a statement. “It is incumbent on...

Identifying problem gamblers with NeuralSolution

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First time ICE exhibitor, NeuralSolution, explains how nervous system biometric markers can identify problem gamblers In a long and distinguished history, ICE London has won a hard earned reputation for being the launchpad for many of the gambling industry’s stand-out products and services. The 2018 edition (6th – 8th February, ExCeL, London, UK) will see the debut of NeuralSolution, a...

Mr Green enlists gambling psychologist to analyse player behaviour

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Mr Green has taken on a chartered psychologist to evaluate the Green Gaming Predictive Tool launched last month.   Canadian psychologist Dr Richard Wood specialises in the study of gaming behaviour. His research focuses on developing effective responsible gaming strategies and he investigates both the individual causes of problem gambling, as well as the structural characteristics of games that can influence the...

UK Labour Party: gambling operators should foot gambling addicts’ health bill

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Gambling operators may be compelled to fund treatment for gambling addicts under new plans from the UK Labour Party.   Deputy party leader Tom Watson’s office released excerpts of a speech which he intends to deliver at the party’s annual conference, which kicked off in Brighton today Watson will call on UK gambling operators to pay the National Health Service bills for...

Gambling Commission renews calls for action on problem gamblers

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New research from the Gambling Commission published on 24 August has found that the percentage of "problem" gamblers remains low but stagnant. In the same report, the regulator has called for a renewed focus on addressing the harms that can arise from the issue. Tim Miller (pictured), Commission executive director, said: “For many, gambling is an enjoyable leisure activity. But for...

Could technology be the answer to problem gambling?

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In a speech at the Regulators’ Lunch at ICE, Philip Davies MP argued that machine algorithms could be a key part of the solution to tackling harmful gambling while allowing ordinary consumers to enjoy betting terminals responsibly. IBAS’ John Samuels examines the claims.   With a record breaking attendance of over 30,000 the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition, at London’s Excel Exhibition...

Approaches to problem gambling must be based on the evidence alone

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As the industry braces itself for the latest developments in the Government’s review of stakes and prizes, Malcom George, chief executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, argues that the recommendations should be based on evidence rather than prejudice.   Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is now considering the evidence submitted by the betting industry, academics, charities and campaign groups to the...