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Gambling industry veteran, Steve Donoughue opposes recent illiberal statements in an open letter

Zoltan Tundik

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There is a fresh statement published by the organizer of ICE Totally Gaming, which has been released due to the recent turn of events. (You can read the statement here…)

This statement should be taken seriously by the industry and should be debated in order to reach a common ground, otherwise the escalation of the harm done to the gambling industry can lead an irreversible situation.

We have pointed out some clear facts about some clear radical feminist acts coming from both the regulator and event organizer, however it seems that we are not the only one considering that such acts should be commented.

The subject has been dissected on social media and we have found that most of the comments come from individuals that are not taking any sides in the topic which is very alarming. This is certainly a sign of fear and it seems that some companies are scarred to comment this issue just for the sake of avoiding discussions from certain crowds.

This is not the case of industry veteran, Steve Donoughue, who is one of the UK’s leading management consultants and specializes in the gambling industry, both offline and online. Steve has today published an open letter which you can read below or on this link.

Open letter to Clarion’s Kate Chambers
posted by Steve Donoughue

In an article posted on iGaming Business entitled ‘Clarion pledges Action Plan to tackle industry sexism’ http://www.igamingbusiness.com/news/clarion-pledges-action-plan-tackle-industry-sexism posted on the 12th February 2018 it states that Clarion will be canvassing stakeholders views about your plan to eliminate promotional girls from all your gambling events through your Ampersand Think Tank and Research initiative that you say enables you to communicate directly with the industry.

As an industry veteran of 25 years who speaks at many conferences and has done for over 20 years, I am unfortunately not one of your chosen Ampersand members so have been forced to write this open letter.

I am categorically against your plan to dictate to the gambling industry what is acceptable behaviour at industry events. We have laws made by Parliament that control our behaviour not diktat laid down by unappointed and unaccountable industry suppliers

In no way am I condoning sexism, exploitation, discrimination and all the other nasties that the world is beset with, but I do not think this is what is happening at ICE or any other show.

What I do think is happening is that a small bunch of privileged women from outside our industry are trying to impose their own political agenda on an industry they dont know and possibly dont like and as a result, hundreds of promotional girls will have food taken from their tables for no justifiable reason.

The promotional girls are not exploited, they know fully well what is expected of them and they do their jobs professionally and happily. There has been no reports of harassment or assault and if there was, the law would apply and the perpetrator prosecuted. The promotional girls like the job, keep coming back and most of all value the employment that you begrudge them. They are in most cases employed by female run agencies being commissioned by female run marketing departments.

I fully understand the argument that using promotional girls is old-fashioned, that may be the case, but it is not up to you regulate it. Much as flares are old fashioned but we dont ban them however much we might want to. Market forces may make exhibitors try another approach to presenting their business but this is their choice not one to be forced upon them

Not only have what you and Sarah Harrison done is unfairly bring more acrimony upon an already under attack industry but you have ignored the hundreds of women who work in the industry throughout the year, not just at the conferences that pay your wages. Some of us are old enough to remember when there were practically no women working in this industry, the mirror image of what the exhibition industry now just you have very few men and seem not to be so exercised about this lack of diversity.

We can at least be very proud of the numbers of women we have and safe in the knowledge that more are being attracted to the industry. I have not heard any voices against the promotional girls from women in the industry, all the ones I have talked to do not consider it an issue. yet again this attack on our industry is coming from a small number of privileged outsiders

What is at stake here is your attempt to tell us – your customers – what to do and how we should do our business and that is wrong.

You can dress it up by saying its about respecting women but you seem to have no respect for those you wish to force out of legal employment.

Once you ban the girls what will you ban next?

Will you lead a campaign against the costumes women competitors wear on Strictly?

I would not be saying this if this was another industry. Skimpily clad girls are out of context at an accountancy exhibition. Not at a gambling exhibition where members of the public are not invited. Gambling has always been an adult form of entertainment with sexual motifs prevalent throughout both time and the breadth of the industry.

The girls must stay

No one is asking for nudity just the ability to dress as the client wants – which is no more than many girls dress on a Friday night

We are kindly asking all our readers to send us their opinion to editor@europeangaming.eu and let us know what would they do in order to keep radical feminism out of the industry.

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After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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California could legalise sports betting in 2020 ballot

Niji Ng

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California could legalise sports betting in 2020 ballot
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Alex Padilla, Secretary of State in California, has said that the processes to include sports betting legalisation on the 2020 ballot in California has been started. Russell Lowery, a political consultant, is pushing the proposal.

The proposal would require 585,407 signatures collected by February in order to get included on the 2020 election ballot. It would expand tribes’ rights over certain games but would also expand competition for them as it would clear nontribal cardclubs to take sports wagers.

“This proposed measure would bring Vegas-style gaming to nearly 100 locations and urban areas throughout California,” said Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. “This is not in keeping with California’s longstanding policy of limited gaming, and we will vigorously oppose this measure.”

“The tribes are in no rush,” added lobbyist David Quintana, who represents tribal gaming groups such as the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians near San Diego. “Our first priority with sports wagering is to ensure that brick-and-mortar casinos are protected,” he assured.

 

Source: focusgn.com

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AXES Network to supply products for Totalizator Sportowy

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AXES Network, the Canadian company offering cloud technology in the field of information management, will supply its products, including 1200 gaming machines in 50 salons for Totalizator Sportowy to launch its new pilot package.

The products from AXES Network, including solutions and applications, are designed to improve security and integrity in the field of data collection and management. The company also offers tools that increase operational and organisational efficiency. The company provides support to the whole spectrum of betting and gambling businesses: government monopolists, casino network operators and slot game salons, manufacturers of gaming machines and AWP operators in over 20 countries.

The AXES platform offers native applications and solutions such as: jackpot system, loyalty system, reward generation but in particular non-cash and accounting operations necessary to improve network efficiency and customer profitability. The advantage of the AXES system is simple: you can connect to any type, number of machines at any time and location.

The AXES Information Management System (AIMS) is a cloud-based solution for managing all aspects of the game. AIMS performs analysis of players, can conduct marketing work, tracks all operations, ensures security and reporting to units with access and all other requirements regarding the performance of financial and accounting operations.

AXES Smart Card Cashless System is a chip-based transaction system that streamlines cash management in casinos and arcades, used in the Merkur Group machines currently in operation at Totalizator Sportowy in the newly opened slot game salons.

 

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Jiangsu Police cracks illegal online gambling racket

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Jiangsu Police cracks illegal online gambling racket
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Police in Jiangsu, China, has cracked a sophisticated gambling racket who were providing illegal online gambling services. The racket is believed to have dealt with a massive CNY7.8 billion (approximately $1.1 billion in wagers over the course of last few years.

The probe into this racket was launched more than two years ago, after receiving a tip-off. So far, the police have arrested 56 persons.

With very few exceptions, gambling is illegal across China. However, operators of illegal gambling operations have been circumventing existing prohibitions for years, becoming more and more resourceful in their approaches to Chinese customers.

In the case of the Jiangsu illegal gambling ring, those involved were found to have operated a betting website the servers of which were based in the Philippines. Locating an illegal operation abroad is a traditional practice among operators of illegal betting and gaming websites.

As mentioned above, as many as 56 individuals were arrested on illegal gambling charges over the course of the investigation. According to police records, the gambling ring earned more than CNY650 million in profits.

The betting website was based in the Philippines and had more than 114,000 registered customers. Four prime suspects were identified through bank card information, Xinhua reported yesterday.

 

Source: casinonewsdaily.com

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