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Research Shows that Gambling Operators Pay “Very Little Attention” on Safer Gambling Messages on Twitter

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Researchers from Northumbria University has found that, “very little attention” was given to safer gambling messages by gambling operators, while only one affiliate made a post primarily referring to safer gambling.

Gambling firms are not doing enough to promote safe betting on Twitter amid the “sheer scale” of their marketing, according to researchers. Operators promote safe gambling messages just over once in every 100 tweets.

“The online gambling industry in the UK is now the largest gambling sector in the country. Tweets made to promote safer gambling behaviour were sparse for gambling operators and even more so for affiliates. Our findings will be used to advise current British policy to ensure gambling is marketed in a way which allows for recreational enjoyment and also protects the vulnerable,” Researcher Scott Houghton said.

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How to Make SMS Casino Deposit?

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Mobile phones have become an irreplaceable part of our lives. Can we even imagine a life without them? In 1996, only 16% of households in the United Kingdom had a mobile phone, while in 2016 that number was 95%. Considering that nowadays most households have more than one smartphone, the numbers get even more impressive. Mobile phones affected not only our lifestyle, but many industries as well, and the casino industry is no exception. With the mobile casino industry on the rise, more and more players rely on a reliable sources of online gambling info to experience the thrill of a spinning roulette or the excitement of having the final hand in poker. This payment method is very convenient, safe and easy to use, so no wonder it is taking up the casino industry by the storm.

 

What is Pay by SMS? 

Pay by SMS is a payment method that is becoming widely accepted in online casinos. By sending an SMS from their mobile phones, players can deposit funds to their casino account, without using credit cards, eWallets or vouchers. The amount deposited is either deducted from their pay-as-you-go balance or added to their monthly bill.

How to Make a Deposit in a Pay by SMS Casino?

Casinos that accept Pay by SMS are widely present all over Ireland and the UK, as local teleoperators offer this service. In case your phone operator is not enabling you to make such a transaction, you can always use apps that act as a mobile payment method. Players who use apps will sometimes have to connect their credit card to the app as in most cases it won’t be possible to subtract the deposited amount from your phone.

Some of the popular apps used for SMS deposits are Boku, PayZone, Payforit, and Zimpler. Many of these apps are regulated by the FCA, so players shouldn’t have difficulties in finding a reliable app for smooth SMS transactions.

Step by Step SMS Deposit guide

Making a casino deposit via SMS can be significantly different than depositing by using traditional methods.

  • Find a casino. First and foremost, the player has to find an online casino that supports this payment method by taking a closer look at their banking section. Usually one can find out the accepted payment methods before the registration by checking the website for more details or by contacting customer support.
  • Choose the SMS payment method. Once you have registered with the online casino, go to the deposit section and find the method of your choice. Enter the amount you want to deposit.
  • Type your phone number. You will have to enter your phone number, and don’t even try to mess with other phone numbers, as the deposit won’t be successful.
  • Approve the transaction. This step may be different for different teleoperators or casinos. In most cases, you will have to enter a PIN, a code sent via SMS, or approve the transaction directly in the app.

This may seem complicated, but all the player has to do is follow the steps and not skip any of them.

Is Pay by SMS Safe and Reliable?

Pay by SMS is as reliable as any other online payment method. However, it tends to be a lot safer as you never have to give your credit card details to the third party. This is especially important for players who like to play with different casinos and try out new brands on the market. The only time one has to give credit card information is when funding the SMS pay app.

Pay by SMS is also very fast. The transactions are executed almost immediately. In comparison, the bank wire transfer may take up to 48 hours. Even though players might encounter some small fees when using pay by SMS, these are still not as high as with eWallets.

The only downside of pay by SMS is that players are not able to make a withdrawal by using this method. The main reason for this is that the technology used is simply not meant for receiving money. Most good online casinos will still offer a great number of safe alternatives that can be used to withdraw the winnings and enjoy.

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Colorado’S Sports Betting Industry Market Should Thrive When Games Are Back On

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Set to launch on May 1, Colorado could attract as much as $6 billion in sports bets annually, according to PlayColorado analysts

Colorado’s fledgling sports betting industry will eventually generate billions of dollars in bets annually, hundreds of millions in operator revenue, and tens of millions in tax revenue, according to estimates by PlayColorado.com, which researches and analyzes the state’s newly regulated sports betting market.

Despite the sports world being indefinitely shuttered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, regulators are preparing for a May 1 launch of online and retail sports betting. When it does, Colorado will become the 18th state to have some form of legal sports betting. And the Centennial State has a bright future, capable at maturity of generating as much as $6 billion in sports bets annually, $400 million in gross operator revenue annually, and $40 million in annual tax revenue, according to PlayColorado projections.

“With a significant base of existing land-based casinos, a regulatory framework that will be attractive to operators, and one of the largest metropolitan markets in the country to draw from, Colorado is well-positioned to capitalize on sports betting,” said Dustin Gouker, chief analyst for PlayColorado.com. “But assuming the industry does launch on May 1, it will be doing so in unprecedented circumstances with almost no sports to wager on. There are some advantages to a forced soft opening, but it also means that it will be some time before we learn with confidence just how Colorado’s bettors will respond to legal sports betting.”

Colorado regulators have been deliberate in creating a regulatory framework for casinos, opting for a later start date to ensure that the state gets sports betting right. Its 10% tax on net revenue is comparable to some of the most successful sports betting markets. New Jersey, which is neck and neck with Nevada as the nation’s largest sports betting market, levies a 9.75% tax on revenue from retail sportsbooks and 13% on online sports betting revenue. Indiana, the No. 4 sports betting market in the U.S., taxes sports betting at a 9.5% rate.

In addition, Colorado has avoided some of the pitfalls of earlier adopters, such as imposing maximum bet limits, a decision state regulators left to operators.

“Colorado legislators and regulators have made many smart, measured decisions based on input from casinos, operators, and bettors, and that has led to the adoption of an excellent collection of rules and restrictions,” Gouker said. “They have also had the undeniable benefit of seeing what has worked in other states. Colorado’s methodical approach might have been frustrating to bettors by slowing the launch, but there is plenty to be encouraged about. Sports betting operators have inked partnerships and regulators are listening to stakeholders. That will serve Colorado well.”

Until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, bettors will largely have to wait to wager on anything other than futures on pro sports and a handful of international sports.

In other states, legal online casino and poker wagering has meant millions in additional revenue for operators and states, helping to bolster bottom lines during a difficult time in the gaming industry.

“There is no question that the revenue from online casinos and poker rooms has helped operators in states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania weather the shutdowns of land-based casinos and essentially all sports,” Gouker said. “Coloradoans will likely someday decide if and when the time is right to legalize online casino wagering. In the meantime, it has put the right framework in place for its sports betting industry to thrive once sports are played again.”

For more information and analysis on regulated sports betting in Colorado, visit PlayColorado.com/news.

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Inspired Virtual Sports Are Filling The Live Sports Gap

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4.8 million viewers tuned in to watch the Virtual Grand National 2020 created by Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE), the Company announced today. Potters Corner won the virtual race, but the real winner was NHS Charities Together, the UK National Health Service organization that will receive the event’s approximately £2.6 million in profits, donated by Inspired and all bookmakers operators as part of the fight against COVID-19.

Inspired’s Virtual Grand National was televised on ITV in the UK at 5:00 PM on Saturday, April 4, 2020, in place of this year’s Randox Health Grand National, which was canceled due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Featuring a stunning, fully accurate re-creation of the Aintree Racecourse, Inspired delivered an ultra-realistic 3D CGI representation of The Grand National, as officially licensed by the Jockey Club, allowing viewers to experience the world’s most exciting and iconic steeplechase using the latest, best-in-class graphics animation.

“Virtual Racing has predominantly been used as an added feature, providing a continual stream of betting content during quiet periods or leading up to some of the biggest sporting events. However, this year’s race has proven Virtual Sports are realistic enough to take center stage,” said Steve Rogers, Chief Commercial Officer of Virtual Sports for Inspired. “In addition to the extensive viewership, Virtual Grand National was trending second worldwide on Twitter on Saturday.   This is a great example of how Virtual Sports can plug the gap and bring people together for some relief during these difficult times just as real sports do.”

The Virtual Grand National TV special featured the 40 horses and riders who were most likely to run in the Aintree spectacular. 18-1 shot Potters Corner, the Coral Welsh Grand National winner, clung on to beat Walk In The Mill, earning a place in the virtual history books. Tiger Roll, who won the 2018 Virtual Grand National and was the 2018 and 2019 Grand National champion, was the 5-1 favorite but finished fourth.

 

Major betting operators throughout the UK offered odds on the Virtual Grand National and contributed their profits from the race to NHS Charities Together as did Inspired.

Announcing the donation to NHS Charities Together, Betting and Gaming Council Chief Executive Michael Dugher said, “We are overwhelmed with the public support for the Virtual Grand National and for NHS Charities Together. Millions joined in the fun in honor of one of Britain’s greatest sporting events and helped raise a fantastic amount for our brave heroes in the NHS. It was heartwarming to see pictures on social media of so many people enjoying themselves.”

Inspired’s Virtual Sports uses life-like graphics to mimic the experience of real sports betting, thanks to the technology that has evolved over nearly two decades. Each event lasts around 90 seconds and games are designed to be easy to play.   Inspired has the largest array of sports available 24/7, providing a consistent stream of sports betting content, even at times when live sports are not feasible. Virtual Sports provide new revenue streams for gaming providers that can be easily integrated into existing sportsbooks and websites.   Trailers and demos of the latest Virtual Sports offerings are available at www.inseinc.com/virtuals/.

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