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Bookmakers criticised for delay in FOBT

Niji Ng

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The UK’s Local Government Association (LGA), a body that represents councils across the country, has stated that a delay of two years for implementing a £2 stake limit for FOBTs is because of “unacceptable” pressure from the bookmakers.

LGA claims that an extra £3.6bn (€4.1bn/$4.8bn) could be wagered on FOBTs in the next two years if there is a delay in its implementation.

If the government has accepted, in principle, the Gambling Commission recommendations for a new £2 stake limit, a considerable reduction from the existing £100. Bookmakers claimed the decision would lead to 4000 shop closures and 21,000 job losses.

However, it has since emerged that the changes are unlikely to be implemented until 2020 due to the need for parliamentary approval for the introduction of a new statutory instrument.

It said as much as £3.6bn could be lost by people using FOBTs over the next two years.

“The harm and anti-social behaviour these machines can cause has become an issue of growing national concern. Councils are extremely concerned about reports that the betting industry are blocking an early implementation,” said Cllr Simon Blackburn, chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board.

“This is hugely worrying and frankly unacceptable. The government needs to resist any pressure and move quickly to implement these changes to prevent further harm in our society.”

The Association of British Bookmakers told iGamingBusiness.com that betting shops are “now working to adjust to this seismic change” and called for an “appropriate timeframe” for implementation.

A spokesperson said: “While the implementation timeframe is a matter for the government, an appropriate timeframe would enable staff redeployment where possible, the introduction of voluntary redundancy schemes, the renegotiation of shop leases and the termination of contracts with many local suppliers in an orderly way.”

“In addition software changes to the architecture of over 200 games will be made. This process will also require each game to be independently verified.”

“Those shops that survive will continue to provide a safe place to gamble with staff interaction and industry leading responsible gambling measures and to support British sport.”

 

Source: iGamingBusiness

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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Week 8 slot games releases

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Sit back, relax and check out this week’s latest slots releases!

 

First up it’s Wazdan‘s new game title, Space Gem – an intergalactic journey packed with colourful gems for collecting and cosmic prizes to be won, ready to inject a blast of colour to the middle of winter. Showcased earlier this month at ICE London 2019, Space Gem takes players on a ride through the galaxy, with the mission to collect colourful gems and access rich-space bounties with Expanding Wild symbol and Re-spins for a hyper engaging player experience.

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Pariplay has released Zombies Gone Wildan original online video slot inspired by pop culture’s deep-rooted fascination with the living dead. Engaging characters, an atmospheric soundtrack and an array of exciting gameplay features, will have players of all experience players feeling like they are part of humanity’s last stand for survival. Pariplay’s Zombies Gone Wild features 50 lines that pay both ways for even bigger rewards as well as a collection of wilds, free spins and jackpots.

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NetEnt merges magic and mystery in it’s latest slot title Golden Grimoire! Moments of magic await in the 5-reel, 4-row, 20-fixed lines video slot, where symbols are transformed and can cover the whole row in winning combinations, thanks to a theme based around the Golden Grimoire, a powerful book of spells, sorcery and symbol transformation.

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Pragmatic Play, is whisking players away to the African savannah in its latest video slot Safari King. The 4×5, 50 payline game packs the reels with excitement, featuring elephants, zebras and rhinos as well as immersive sound design. Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Players are sure to love the roar of Safari King, an excellent addition to our range of games bearing all the hallmarks of our flair for game design. Excellent central mechanics are combined with an engaging theme to create one of our most exciting products yet.”

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Yggdrasil Gaming has released its heroic new slot, Champions of Rome, where mighty gladiators face off on the reels. Jonas Strandman, Head of Slots at Yggdrasil, said: “Champions of Rome is a visually impressive game where players are in control of how much they want to risk. Seasoned slot warriors can satisfy their thirst for adrenaline by choosing to risk it all, while more casual players can make a more conservative choice with guaranteed winnings.”

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We finish this roundup with Microgaming, who has signed a long-term supplier agreement with game development studio, Crazy Tooth. The first game of the partnership is Arctic Valor™, a riveting new six-reel, 4,096 ways online slot. Crazy Tooth Studio® developed this exclusively for Microgaming. The new game involves fierce Valkyries and has a mythological background. David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming, added: “Arctic Valor provides a visually stunning journey into a land of ice and snow, complete with a fantastically vibrant, Norse-tinged atmosphere.“

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UK Gambling Commission mulls banning credit card for gambling transactions

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The UK Gambling Commission is considering a ban on credit cards for gambling-related transactions. The commission has invited recommendations and suggestions from the members of the public, gambling businesses and other stakeholders.

Paul Hope, an executive director at the Gambling Commission, said: “We are exploring measures that could help reduce the risk of harm to consumers who use their credit cards to gamble online, and to those who play on all Category B machines. We want consumers, gambling firms and other interested parties to have their say and provide evidence that will help us make gambling safer.”

UKGC has already agreed in principle that consumers should not gamble with money they do not have. Gambling with borrowed money is already well-established as a risk factor for harmful gambling.

Now it is seeking meaningful input to help determine if restrictions—potentially including an outright ban—are necessary to limit risks to consumers.

The other call for evidence gives an opportunity for gambling businesses to outline how they will meet the challenges set out in the UK Government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures over the protections for players using FOBTs.

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Sports betting bill passed in North Dakota

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North Dakota’s House of Representatives have passed the sports betting bill. This will move the state closer to legalising sports betting. The legislation approves betting on both collegiate and professional sports. The bill has been now sent to the Senate.

The state has changed its long-held stance against sports betting with this vote.

The bill will now be heading to the Senate, where it may finally be approved and sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed into Law. It is expected that it will, as both chambers have a Republican majority and the Lower one has already supported its approval.

Rep. Michael Howe emphasised on the fact that unregulated sports betting already takes place in the state. “It’s already occurring in North Dakota,” Howe said. “Let’s keep that money in North Dakota for charities, addiction services and tax revenue.”

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