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Trust issues: only a third of the public thinks gambling industry is fair

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The reputation of gambling among the public is failing to improve, according to a report published by the Gambling Commission on Tuesday.

Those gambling operators with a reputation for treating their customers fairly and well will have a competitive advantage, the regulator added.

The commission’s gambling participation report for 2017 found that 33 per cent of those surveyed believed gambling is fair and can be trusted, down one percentage point on 2016 and from 48.8 per cent in 2008.

“As previously reported, these findings could be related to gamblers’ concerns about the fairness of terms and conditions and the odds offered by gambling companies,” said the report.

The survey also found that 41 per cent of people thought gambling was associated with crime, up two percentage points on 2016.

Gambling Commission programme director Ben Haden said: “Our research shows the main factor that influences where someone gambles is a company with a reputation for being fair and trustworthy.

The message from that is clear – gambling companies that treat their customers well and act responsibly will be at an increasingly competitive advantage.

The data, which was gathered through a combination of telephone and online surveys carried out by market research company Populus, found that 45 per cent of people had gambled in the previous four weeks – down three percentage points – a figure that dropped to 31 per cent after stripping out those just playing the National Lottery.

The most popular betting activity in 2017 was football, with five per cent of respondents, followed by horseracing at four per cent.

However, horseracing and spread betting were the only activities to display a fall in online gambling participation.

Only one per cent of those surveyed had played on fixed odds betting terminals and, in a finding that will be seized upon by betting shop operators as the government mulls over the responses to its consultation on FOBT stakes, the report noted that FOBT players were much more likely to gamble for fun (61 per cent) than to try to win money (39 per cent).

The report also quoted figures published last year which stated 0.8 per cent of the population were problem gamblers, with a further 3.9 per cent identified as being at risk.

It added that the commission’s regular telephone survey reported the problem gambling rate to be 0.6 per cent, but said that due to its small base size it “should not be considered the commission’s comprehensive estimate of at-risk gambling rates in Great Britain”.

 

Source: RacingPost

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ACMA Blocks Illegal Offshore Gambling and Affiliate Marketing Websites

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The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling and affiliate marketing websites.

The sites include Casino Moons, Winnerama, Extra Vegas, Win Paradise, LegitGamblingSites and Gamblers Lab.

The ACMA investigated and found these services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 568 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked.

Over 170 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

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Entain to Pay £17M Penalty for Online and Retail Failures

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Entain, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment Group, has confirmed that it has agreed a regulatory settlement with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) in respect of alleged historical licensing breaches. The regulatory settlement amounts to £14m in respect of Entain’s digital business and £3m in respect of its retail business.

Entain has entered into the regulatory settlement with the UKGC in order to bring the matter to a close and avoid further costly and protracted legal proceedings. Entain accepts that certain legacy systems and processes supporting the operations of its British business during 2019 and 2020 were not in line with the evolving regulatory expectations of the UKGC in respect to aspects of social responsibility and anti-money laundering (AML) safeguards. However, the Group also notes the UKGC’s statement that it found no evidence whatsoever of criminal spend within Entain’s operations.

The issues raised by the Commission relate to the period between December 2019 and October 2020, which predates the many changes in the area of safer gambling and AML that Entain has introduced. For instance, in 2021 Entain launched its Advanced Responsibility and Care (ARC) programme which, using revolutionary AI technology, operates in real-time and is individually tailored for each customer. The initial trials of ARC in the UK have shown a risk assessment accuracy of over 80%, a 120% uplift in the use of safer gambling tools by those most at risk and a 30% overall reduction in customers increasing their risk levels.

Furthermore, in May of this year, Entain was awarded the Advanced Safer Gambling Standard by GamCare, having evidenced the highest standards of player protection and social responsibility for its online and land-based gambling businesses in Great Britain.

As part of the settlement, Entain has also agreed to appoint a Board sponsor to oversee the implementation of any further improvements identified by the original 2020 compliance assessments and to undertake an independent audit of the relevant policies and procedures at a future date.

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PopOK Gaming Has Received a Certificate for Latvia

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The innovative iGaming developer PopOK Gaming is now certified for Latvia. 

Further expanding the scope of its activities, PopOK Gaming also reaches Latvia. 18 of the most beloved games from our portfolio, namely Yummy, Lost Treasure, Diamond Flash, 20 Hot Bar, Sultan’s Tale, Los Apaches, Lucky Jungle and the like, as well as the 4-level Progressive Jackpot are now available for locals to try and delight in the fun environment our games will definitely create. This approval is yet another proof of continual momentum PopOK Gaming has been enjoying, opening new doors for our partners to grow their business and powerfully contributing to their revenue streams.

PopOK Gaming Product Manager, Tsovinar Elchyan, said: “This achievement is another important step forward for PopOK Gaming and an impetus for continuous improvements. After receiving the green light to provide our games in Latvia, we are keen on ensuring a remarkable gaming experience for local players and establishing long-term partnerships with our partners.”

 

PopOK Gaming belongs to Soft Construct (Malta) Limited that holds II Class licence (2239) granted by GLI (Gaming Laboratories International).

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