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Paf creates history by introducing a loss limit

Niji Narayan

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Paf, a gambling company based in Åland, an autonomous region of Finland, is going to make a history sorts by introducing a loss limit. This will be the first tie such a limit is set in the betting scene. The limit will be applicable to all customers on all markets and stipulates a customer playing at Paf.com should not lose more than 30,000 euro during one year.

It must be added some gambling companies have set loss limits in monopoly position. This is the first time it is going to happen in a broader manner.

The loss limit is just one among the many responsible gambling initiatives by Paf. Their measures include identifying risk behaviour and contacting customers to provide them data about their gaming habits in order to prevent problem gambling.

During 2017, Paf increased the number of customer contacts to prevent problem gambling by almost 500 per cent since the previous year, from roughly 1900 to roughly 9400 contacts.

We will continue presenting personal gaming history graphs to our customers and encourage them to use the tools we provide online for voluntarily setting gaming limits that match each customer’s individual conditions, CEO Christer Fahlstedt says.

Paf is one of many gambling companies that aspire to gain a license in the Swedish market when the market is opened after re-regulation on January 1, 2019.

We suggested a collective hard cap for the entire market in our official comment letter regarding the re-regulation of the Swedish market. Although our suggestion for the whole market was not employed as such, we choose to take the next step now and hope that the authorities will follow and introduce an obligatory hard cap.

The reputation of the gambling business is at a low, and concrete measures need to be taken in order to regain the trust of the public. We do not want to see people’s lives destroyed because of gambling addiction. There has to be a way back. We hope that Paf’s new hard cap will take us in the right direction, Christer Fahlstedt says.

Another reason for introducing an annual loss limit is that since Paf’s profit is distributed to public community projects, it is not acceptable that the money should come from persons who may, for example, have engaged in criminal activity in order to finance their gambling.

This action means that Paf will lose about 5 per cent of its income. But we believe that this loss of profit can be accepted by the people of Åland whom our owner represents. At the same time, it is our mission to generate a reasonable profit annually, and introducing a hard cap set some more pressure on us to recruit new customers who play at a sustainable level.

The customers that reach the 30,000 euro limit can naturally play at any of our competitors after reaching the limit, but we hope that being shut out from us will be a warning signal for those who have a gambling problem, perhaps even prompting them to seek help.

Among those who have reached the limit are also those who don’t have a problem, but who can afford to play with high stakes. We will lose these customers, but for us the annual loss limit is still something we want to commit to. The good sides simply outweigh the bad, Fahlstedt says.

 

Source: 5StarMedia

Niji Narayan 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. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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BetBright closes UK operations

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BetBright has closed its operations in the UK by selling its entire technology stack and assets to 888 Holdings for €15 million. The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) approved the move and termed it as the right step as there was a strong chance of going into insolvent liquidation if the company remained operational.

BetBright will refund all pending payments and winnings in 30 days’ time.

The gambling commission confirmed that it had been overseeing the company and that there was a “very real possibility of going into insolvent liquidation if it remained open,” resulting in customers receiving no winnings and no refunds on stakes which had been placed.

“This was a significant risk for BetBright’s customers and therefore we are content that the return of stakes, as part of an orderly closure of the business, is the best option available for the vast majority of customers in what is an unusual and difficult situation,” explained the UKGC.

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A new Ireland trust to collect funds from bookmakers to support gambling addiction research

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The Ireland-based Gambling Awareness Trust will raise funds from bookmakers to support gambling addiction research and counselling services.

The Irish Bookmakers Association will donate €1 million a year to help a newly established body to tackle problem gambling and gambling addiction in the country, local news outlet the Independent reports.

The Gambling Awareness Trust was formed just recently and aims to raise funds for research into problems caused by excessive gambling and information campaigns. The new body will also help finance agencies that provide counselling and related services.

Former Irish Junior Agriculture Minister Tom Hayes will chair the trust. Its board will not have a representative from the Irish Bookmakers Association, it became known. An official announcement about the body is yet to be released.

News about the new Gambling Awareness Trust emerged amid growing criticism towards the Irish government, which has been delaying the adoption of a bill that aims to re-organise and regulate the local gambling market for six years now.

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Czech gambling investment groups KKCG and EMMA Capital decide to split on SAZKA

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Czech gambling investment companies KKCG and EMMA Capital have agreed up on splitting their share holdings of SAZKA Group.

According to the agreement, KKCG, owned by investor Karel Komarek, will get the following: full ownership of SAZKA Group, the biggest shareholder position in Greek betting firm OPAP, and the shares it holds in its Czech lottery unit, as well as OPAP, Italy’s LOTTOITALIA and Casinos Austria.

EMMA Capital, the investment group of investor Jiri Smejc, will now own SAZKA’s shares in Croatian sportsbook company SuperSport and financial compensation of several hundred million euros. SAZKA Group had previously announced that it was looking at an initial public offering in London to help fund growth in Europe and both Karel Komarek and Jiri Smejc have confirmed such a move is still on the table.

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