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Sky Bet introduces campaign for responsible gambling

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Sky Bet has introduced a fresh campaign for responsible gambling campaign, which designed to make the players and staff of 72 EFL clubs aware of gambling-related harm.

The programme will be delivered by EPIC Risk Management, the leading independent harm minimisation consultancy in the UK. It will cover all clubs over the next season.

It will start at Birmingham City, Norwich City, Charlton Athletic, Brentford, Accrington Stanley, Carlisle United, Lincoln City, Newport County, Oldham Athletic and Portsmouth during the off-season.

EPIC will provide each club with training similar to that which it has delivered to Chelsea FC, the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the Rugby Players’ Association. In addition, it will work with current networks within professional football to signpost support for any player or club official who requires it.

The aim of the training will be to ensure players understand the potential risks associated with gambling, the rules around betting integrity, and know how to look out for signs of potential harm in their teammates.

CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming Richard Flint said: “When we announced the extension of our EFL sponsorship we were keen to put safer gambling at the heart of our renewed partnership. By funding such a vital service for every club we want to play our part in reducing gambling-related harm amongst their players and wider staff. I firmly believe that responsible operators can add value to sport through partnerships like this.”

CEO of EPIC Risk Management Paul Buck said: “A recent Professional Players Federation survey concluded that professional sportspeople are at least 3x more likely to be problem gamblers. Our work across other professional sports suggest this is understated. We look forward to working with Sky Bet and the EFL to ensure gambling-related harm is reduced across the players and the clubs in what we believe is the most comprehensive programme ever completed in world sport.”

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, said: “The longevity of any partnership is dependent on each party understanding what the other is trying to achieve and it is clear that the EFL and Sky Bet are aligned in our ambition to increase the collective efforts to supporting issues around problem gambling.

“Betting in football should only serve to enhance the match day experience and I hope that by providing our campaign with visibility at every single game that supporters will be encouraged to stay in control and gamble safely. The work that will take place with EFL Clubs, players and staff alike is a hugely significant step forward and will hopefully have a positive impact on all participants in the professional game for many years to come.”

Source: 5star.media

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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STS to focus on further development in Poland

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STS, the premier bookmaker group in Poland, is focusing on further business development in Poland, in spite of the several proposed challenges. STS has categorically ruled out any plans for listing on the stock exchange.

STS currently holds 49 per cent of Poland’s bookmaker’s market in Poland.

“We want to focus on business development in Poland. After the statutory changes, the market is growing all the time. We realise that we will not reach 70 per cent market share, there is an influx of new companies, competition is increasing and the challenge may be to maintain such a high market share. I would be happy if we had 43–45 per cent in five years.” – CEO Mateusz Juroszek told PAP Business.

The President pointed out, quoting the estimates of the “Graj Legalnie”(Play Legally – ed.) Association, that the turnover value of legal bookmaking activities in 2018 should generate about PLN 5 billion. Thus, STS – according to estimates – should make a turnover at the level of approx. PLN 2.5 billion in 2018. In 2017, the STS turnover reached PLN 1.6 billion.

“Analyzing the Italian market, it can be seen that the average Italian spends on one bet five times more than the Pole. The Polish bookmaking market is much younger, Polish society is getting rich, and it has more and more money for betting. Currently, the average amount per bet is PLN 25, and recently it was PLN 19. This should allow us to grow and increase revenues – said president Juroszek – as STS we want to grow faster than the industry in Poland, above all at the expense of illegal competition, which has about 40 per cent of the market” – he added.

The President of STS informed in April that the company has no plans to enter the Warsaw Stock Exchange, which had been mentioned earlier. He also pointed out that the company could make its debut on the London or Stockholm stock exchanges in the future.

 “A few years ago, we said that we would like to go public. Then the company, the stock exchange and the market were in a different situation. We do not need capital, we do not intend to sell the company. Therefore, the stock market debut today is not an interesting topic for us and we do not have any discussions in this matter” – said Mateusz Juroszek.

 

Source: E-PLAYOnline

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Arkansas court ruling paves way for casinos

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled in favour of an amendment, which will pave the way for setting up licensed casinos in the state. Specifically, the court upheld Issue 4, the amendment for allowing four casino licenses in the state.

Nate Steel, counsel for Driving Arkansas Forward that lobbies for casino licenses, said that the Supreme Court ruling clears the path for Arkansas voters to add almost US$6 million to the state’s economy and create 6,000 new jobs.

 “We are grateful the Supreme Court upheld the Attorney General’s certification that Issue 4 is clear and understandable to voters. We are confident Arkansas will vote to keep casino entertainment dollars in our state when they cast their ballots on Nov. 6,” said Steel.

The legal challenges were filed in September against the ballot and Chief Justice Dan Kemp, who was in charge of the challenges and later recused from the cases. The lawsuits were trying to get the proposal disqualified from the ballot, even after a major lobbying campaign that managed to get the question on the November election.

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GambleAware promises funding to software that blocks gambling websites and apps

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GambleAware, a leading charity working to promote responsible gambling, has promised funds to a software called Gamban, that will block gambling websites and apps.

The charity said the funding is as part of its treatment offering to people suffering with problem gambling.

Gamban software will acts as a firewall in the access to both licensed and illegal gambling sites. This way, users can easily exclude themselves from betting and gaming online or via apps.

GambleAware said it will provide funding to the software so that it can continue to be available for free to use and encourage more people to use it.

Marc Etches, chief executive of GambleAware said: “Blocking software can be an effective tool to help those at-risk of getting into difficulties resist the ubiquitous gambling adverts and special offers that surround us these days.

“This report reinforces the point that such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual rather than being effective in isolation. This evaluation gives us the confidence we needed to fund the use of this software for anyone who is referred to our treatment services.”

The move comes ahead of this year’s Responsible Gambling Week, which will run from November 1–7. Aspers, Mecca, William Hill and Cashino are among the top brands to have pledged their support to the initiative.

GambleAware has also urged parents and families to teach young people about the risks associated gambling.

 

Source: iGamingBusiness

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