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More Hungarians Ban Themselves from Gambling This Year

Niji Narayan

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Gambling addicts have had the opportunity to make significant self-restraint statements at the Hungarian Gaming Authority since January 1, 2016. More and more people are taking advantage of the opportunity and banning themselves from different types of addictive habit. So far, 150 people have requested this year to be banned from gambling at the Gambling Supervisory Authority.

As per the data from the Gambling Supervisory Authority, in 2016, 76 people had already requested the ban, but the number is increasing every year. In 2018, a total of 218 people restricted themselves from gambling. This year, 150 people have requested to be banned from casinos and arcades so far, compared to the 107 this time last year, so the trend seems to continue.

The Authority data also shows that the majority of those concerned opt for the longest ban of five years, but more and more people ask for short-term self-restraint as well.

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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Greentube enters Switzerland with mycasino.ch by Grand Casino Luzern

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Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has launched its games in Switzerland with mycasino.ch by Grand Casino Luzern, building on the success of its land-based business as one of the first suppliers to go live in the newly regulated online market.

The integration marks Greentube’s debut in Switzerland and gives Grand Casino Luzern access to a premium selection of popular land-based classics, as well as new online-only content which is primed for local players. Golden Games’ iconic Super Cherry Slots, a famous brand in the territory, will also be offered exclusively by Greentube in line with high customer demand.

The launch comes after the successful completion of ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) audit and initially includes over 50 titles that are already well known to Swiss players in the land-based casino segment. mycasino.ch by Grand Casino Luzern cooperates with PAF, which is also a direct partner of Greentube for operations in Finland, Latvia and Estonia.

Daniel Lechner, Greentube Head of Sales, said: “The Swiss market is expected to be particularly strong for us given the familiarity of our games with local players, and we are thrilled to be among one of the first suppliers to launch in this exciting region. Grand Casino Luzern’s leading position in and knowledge of the market, combined with its extensive customer base, will help us grow our brand in Switzerland and build on our land-based reputation.”

“As Greentube’s portfolio contains some of the most sought-after games currently in the Swiss market, this partnership will allow us to meet customer demand for popular titles such as Super Cherry Slots and strengthen mycasino.ch’s position as the most attractive Swiss online casino,” said Wolfgang Bliem, CEO at Grand Casino Luzern. “Together with Greentube’s impressive interactive offering, the company provides an integration process which has been seamless throughout, making it a fantastic partner to help us develop our online business.”

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STS Scores 2 Nominations for 2019 SBC Awards

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Star-Typ Sport (STS), the leader of the bookmaking market in Poland, has secured two nominations for the 2019 SBC Awards. The two nominations are for the categories “Sportsbook of the Year” and “Omni-channel Operator of the Year” (Sports and Casino).

SBC Awards are recognition of the achievements of operators and affiliates, as well as suppliers from all major categories, including payments, marketing, platform and data providers.

The award ceremony will take place on December 3 at Battersea Evolution in London.

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Gambling in Switzerland Continues to Decline

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The average number of frequent gamblers in Switzerland has declined again. A research commissioned by the Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission (Comlot) and the Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK) shows just 16.4% of respondents gambled at least once a month.

The study focused on 18,832 respondents, with 16.4% saying they took part in at least one form of gambling each month, down from 16.9% in 2012 and 18.0% in 2007. In terms of spending, players who said they frequently gambled spent less than CHF10 a month, while 39% said they wagered between CHF10 and CHFH99.

Lotteries were the most popular form of gambling, as 48.2% of frequent players said they had played these games. Raffle and private games followed on 14.3%, then table games with 6.7%, slot machines on 6.7%, gambling halls on 5.7% and Swiss sports betting with 4.5%.

Less than two-thirds of respondents who gambled said they were at low risk of developing problems with gambling, or at no risk at all. The ISGF said that 0.2% of respondents were at risk of pathological gambling behaviour, with the majority in this percentage (22.1%) playing games supplied by international online providers.

The report also suggested that only a small proportion of respondents reported problems at work or in relation to family members or friends because of playing.

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