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UK National Gambling Helpline to Operate 24 Hours a Day

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GamCare charity has announced that the National Gambling Helpline is going to operate 24 hours a day from October 1, 2019. The National Gambling Helpline is operated by GamCare and funded by GambleAware.

The helpline features a live chat and Freephone channel, with trained advisors providing callers with advice on gambling-related problems and connect them with local treatment services.

The 24-hour-a-day service will initially run as a pilot scheme and will likely be extended if this trial proves to be successful.

“With the 24-hour nature of gambling, people sometimes feel at their most isolated overnight, when other support services are closed. They will now be able to reach our highly trained advisers 24 hours a day, who can offer immediate support, advice and referral to our network of treatment services nationally,” GamCare chief executive Anna Hemmings said.

“GambleAware is responsible for commissioning the National Gambling Helpline, which is a core element of an emerging National Gambling Treatment Service. Our priority is to keep people safe and to ensure support services are easily accessible. As such, we are pleased to be funding an extension to the helpline’s operating hours, and we will evaluate its performance over time,” GambleAware chief executive Marc Etches said.

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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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