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Wales to Draft a National Strategy to Tackle Gambling Harms

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The Gambling Commission of the UK and its Wales partners have decided to prepare a new National Strategy that can reduce gambling harms at an event held in Cardiff.

The three-year strategy will come into force across Wales and the other nations in Britain, to bring a measurable impact on reducing gambling harms. The strategy takes into account the activities of Welsh health bodies, charities, regulators and businesses.

The Commission is continuing to call for action and combined efforts on two strategic priority areas:

  • Prevention and Education – making significant progress towards a clear public health prevention plan which includes the right mix of interventions.
  • Treatment and Support – delivering treatment and support options that meet the needs of users in Wales.

 

The Cardiff launch is accompanied by similar events to unveil the new strategy in London and Edinburgh.

Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, said: “The new strategy will provide us and our partners across Wales the opportunity to make faster progress to reduce gambling harms. It will address not only the harms experienced by people who gamble but will also focus upon the impact that can be felt by friends, family and the wider community.

“The success of this strategy relies on everyone working together to reduce gambling harms through prevention and education, and treatment and support. I’m delighted that those within the health, charity and business sectors in Wales are showing their commitment to making the strategy a success.

“We all need to better understand the harms that can be caused by gambling, moving away from simply counting problem gamblers and instead build a greater understanding of the harms experienced. Over the lifetime of the strategy we will better understand the full range of harms and how to protect against them.’’

Dr Frank Atherton, chief medical officer for Wales, said: “I welcome the shift in emphasis in this new strategy to focus on reducing gambling harms, rather than simply promoting responsible gambling as an approach to tackling this public health issue. Building the resilience of children and young people is essential to reducing these harms, as is understanding, through increasing the availability of robust and independent research, the most effective measures for intervention.

“I have championed the introduction of a mandatory levy to support harm minimisation, prevention, evidence-based treatment options and research into gambling-related harm since taking on the role of Chief Medical Officer for Wales and wholly endorse the Gambling Commission’s commitment to pushing industry to meet their responsibilities here.”

 

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Betsson Becomes Largest Stakeholder in Suaposta

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Online gambling and betting operator Betsson has acquired a 75% stake in Suaposta and become the single largest stakeholder in the Brazilian race betting operator.

According to the deal, despite Betsson now becoming the largest stakeholder, Suaposta’s founders André Gelfi and Fernando Corrêa would be in charge of the brand’s local online operations.

Gelfi said that the increased involvement of Betsson will put them in “an interesting position to contribute to the development of the onshore sports betting market in Brazil.”

Brazil is about to legalise gambling and Betsson’s deal with Suaposta will strategically benefit the company when the gambling market opens up in Latin America’s largest country.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Opens Gambling Addiction Treatment Centre in Las Vegas

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a new in-patient gambling addiction recovery centre in Las Vegas.

The facility is the second of its kind in nearly 50 years at VA: the department’s first gambling addiction centre – a trailblazing treatment facility that was the first of its kind in the country for addressing compulsive gambling – opened at the Brecksville, Ohio, VA Medical Centre in 1972.

Now part of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Centre, it was the sole inpatient treatment centre for gambling addiction, drawing more than 100 veterans annually from around the country for care.

Tim Jobin, chief of behavioural health at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, said the new gambling addiction centre “fills a gap in our mental health continuum of care.”

“The staff has dedicated countless hours of planning, mindfulness and reviews to make this happen here today,” Jobin said.

The new gambling addiction centre has 20 beds, including a separate wing with five beds for women veterans, and will focus on individual treatment plans using a “whole health approach” geared to emotional, physical and mental healing.

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Booming Games partners with Luckydays

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Malta-based slot supplier Booming Games have launched their slots on Lucky Days Casino. Booming Games’ slot portfolio comprises of more than 60 HTML5 slot games including popular titles like Booming Seven Deluxe, VIP Filthy Riches, Gold Vein and latest release Dragon’s Chest. Booming Games release up to two new games per month. Soon to be released are Chicken Party, Hooked and Wild Energy.

“We are delighted to partner with Lucky Days Casino” said Frederik Niehusen, Chief Commercial Officer at Booming Games. “Lucky Days Casino is the next valuable addition to our constantly growing network of operators. 2019 has been a very successful year for Booming Games with even more to come in 2020. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with Lucky Days”, he added.

Booming Games was an obvious partner to include in our mission to build a wide range game offer suitable to new and experienced players. Look and feel is key in today’s competitive market of game studios and we are looking forward to adding their content to our existing portfolio of +1,000 titles. Andre Swedberg, CPO”

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