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Can We Agree On What Gambling Is? Don’t Bet On It

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Responsible Gambling Week - YouGov poll
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ONLY ten per cent of people consider themselves to be gamblers even though one in two of those surveyed buy lottery tickets, one in three purchase scratch cards and nearly one in five enjoy betting on sporting events, a new poll has revealed.

YouGov questioned more than 2,000 adults about their gambling habits over the last 12 months and found widespread confusion about what counts as gambling. Forty-two per cent do not think that playing machine games in a seaside arcade is gambling and there is similar uncertainty about other ‘softer’ activities – 40% do not think playing in a bingo club constitutes gambling, or playing the lottery (33%), or buying scratch cards (29%).

Whilst 51% of people surveyed say they gamble for fun and enjoyment, or as a sociable activity, more than one in five (22%) say they do it to make money, highlighting a knowledge gap that needs to be addressed. Only 34% are familiar with the idea of researching the odds, setting a time limit (21%) or setting a loss limit (37%).

The poll was commissioned by the Industry Group For Responsible Gambling to coincide with Responsible Gambling Week (November 7th-13th), a national campaign in the UK and Ireland to promote safer gambling, supported by the industry and leading gambling charities. The objective is to get people talking about how to gamble responsibly, without putting themselves and others at risk, and to provide year-round advice and help at www.responsiblegamblinguk.org.

Although 77% of people believe they have enough information to gamble safely and responsibly, there is strong support for a public education campaign to promote safe gambling. Six out of ten (59%) believe it is as important, or more important, than a campaign to promote responsible drinking; or active lifestyles (55%), a smoke-free environment (55%), safe sex (54%) and healthy eating (53%). However, more than half (53%) are unaware of a campaign to promote safer gambling.

YouGov asked about the extent of people’s gambling over the last 12 months.The Gambling Commission’s most recent research (Gambling participation in 2018: behaviour, awareness and attitudes) found that 46% of people surveyed had participated in some form of gambling in the previous four weeks – up slightly from 45% in 2017.

The YouGov poll highlights the distinction people make between ‘softer’ forms of gambling, which many do not regard as gambling at all, and so-called ‘harder’ gambling, which they believe may not apply to them. However, Responsible Gambling Week encourages everyone to remember simple tips whenever and wherever they are gambling. The poll gives an insight into the safer gambling messages people found most relevant to them:

  • ‘Only spend what you can afford’: 55%
  • ‘Set your limits’: 40%
  • ‘Never chase your losses’: 39%
  • ‘Gambling is not the answer to any problem’: 36%
  • ‘Gambling shouldn’t interfere with personal relationships: 32%
  • ‘Gambling when angry or upset is not a good idea’: 30%

More than 120,000 staff at thousands of gambling venues across the UK and Ireland and online sites are taking part in Responsible Gambling Week, initiating conversations with customers about safer gambling as part of an on-going commitment by operators to train staff to engage pro-actively with customers and intervene when necessary.

The poll found that customers expect to receive information about safer gambling from operators. Thirty-five per cent said they would find it most useful to be given information when they register to play or begin playing; 25% want to be signposted to information whilst playing; and 20% would find it most useful to be contacted directly by operators by email or telephone. Only 15% of customers would find it most useful to receive information from family or friends.

John Hagan, chair of the Industry Group For Responsible Gambling, said:
“This research highlights the importance of educating everyone about the importance of safer gambling, including those who think the messages do not apply to them. Every problem gambler is someone who once thought they didn’t have a problem. Most people gamble responsibly and purely for enjoyment, but we want safer gambling messages, such as setting time limits or spending limits, to become as instinctive as putting on a seatbelt when you get into your car.

“Promoting safer gambling is a year-round responsibility, which operators and their staff take very seriously. The poll shows there is strong support for a public education campaign and the objective of Responsible Gambling Week is to educate people about safer gambling, but the campaign is just one aspect of the work being done by the industry throughout the year to protect its customers”.

YouGov interviewed 2,006 adults in Great Britain on August 22-23, 2019. Questions relating specifically to gambling messaging and motivation for gambling were asked to an unweighted base of 1,811 adults who said they had taken part in one of the listed gambling activities.

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Week 22/2020 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

Microgaming has introduced its newly revamped version of its classic Immortal Romance game. The original Immortal Romance online slot game has been remastered to a new HTML5 format to support a host of performance and feature upgrades, including free games and autoplay, quick spin, enhanced animations and improved audio to complement the universally celebrated original soundtrack.

Microgaming - Immortal Romance Slot Game

 

MGA Games is going to launch its latest hyperrealism series named Samantha Fox. This latest release is a tribute to the famous singer Samantha Fox. Samantha Fox hyperrealism series includes 4 mini-games that relive the career of the sex symbol with photo-shoots, recording studio, concerts and autograph signing. And, the figures of the 5 reels remind us of the personal objects of the artist and of the time period, such as leather jackets, record players and cassettes. Wild figures are especially important; they act as wildcards and substitute all others except Scatters and Bonus. Additionally, all prized spins with Free Spins have a ×2 multiplier.

MGA Games Hyperrealism Series Samantha Fox

 

Love is in the air at Greentube’s Home of Games with the addition of the romantic new slot, Romeo & Juliet – Sealed with a Kiss™, now available for all B2B partners! Players accompany the two romantics in the fair city of Verona and help them find love across 5 reels and 30 win lines in the captivating new online casino game. As the reels spin, Romeo tries to woo Juliet with all manner of wonderful and exciting features that make this slot a must-have, including reel modifiers, a Free Spins Bonus, and the show-stopping ‘Sealed With a Kiss’ feature, in which Romeo writes a love letter to Juliet.

Greentube's Latest Slot Release - Fall In Love With Romeo & Juliet – Sealed With A Kiss™

 

Swedish slot specialist Quickspin has released its latest slot game “Diamond Duke.” With a look and feel inspired by the 50s, this game will transport players to the heyday of American diners and classic cars with chrome and wings. The inspiration has been taken from jukeboxes, vintage cars and classic 3×3 slot machines.

Quickspin Releases Diamond Duke Slot Game

 

High 5 Games (H5G), the industry’s leading independent casino games provider, droped its latest hit on May 27th that will have players dancing worldwide! The latest release to the company’s tentpole library is jammed pack with fun features that will keep the players grooving to the spinning reels of this 4×5 slot game. Beat the House debuts this week, featuring H5G’s newest game feature Beat Boxes. Players can hit the turntables and land a “beat” symbol to leave behind a Beat Box. Each symbol with the highlighted Beat Box are now doubled when a win is landed. When the player gets a full reel of Beat Boxes, the entire reel turns into a Locked Wild, which will lock for the next three bets. If the player activates all five reels with Locked Wilds, they will enter the Free Games bonus!

Turn up the winning sound of Beat Boxes in High 5 Games Rocking New Game!

 

Genesis Games launches a brand-new online casino slot game that features extendable paylines from 30 to 80 that can pay up to 3000x your bet. This latest addition would be the 12th game under the Radi8 series. Tiki Tower, a 5×3 online casino slot game, starts with 30 pay-lines and reveals a new row by landing Tiki Tower symbols on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th reel in the game. These towers will magically convert to a set of random symbols for a chance at stacked line wins. At 5×8 reels, when players hit the 3 Tiki Towers, they will enter free spins that sends players into a re-trigger frenzy.

Tiki Tower, new game release by Radi8 with an extendable reel up to 80 pay-lines!

 

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the gaming industry, has released its colourful new title, Fruit Party. The 7×7 videoslot is packed with fruity flavour and colour, with a cluster pay mechanic setting it apart from your traditional game. With every successful spin, more fruit cascades down onto the reels with Pragmatic Play’s tumbling wins feature.

Pragmatic Play Gets Summer Started With Fruit Party

 

iSoftBet, the leading online and mobile casino content provider, has launched Hot Shots 2, inviting players to lace up their boots and score huge wins in this supercharged sequel. Always at the forefront of innovation, iSoftbet has included their new Ultra Bet* feature on this slot-based football extravaganza, allowing players to place a single wager to unlock 50 high-octane games, collecting wins, multiplier stars and bonus rounds along the way. Ultra Bet offers a unique way to play, prioritising the most exciting game features for a more engaging player experience.

iSoftBet scores slot hit with Hot Shots 2

 

Red Rake Gaming has just announced the release of a new and spectacular game, a 6×5 reel video slot with a free spin feature where players can multiply their winnings. 1st of the Irish is a video slot loaded with different features, including bet multipliers, Wild symbols on one single reel, Sticky Wild symbols and a free spin feature with multipliers that players will find very appealing. This new video slot has 5 meters that fill up bit by bit each time these symbols appear: pipe, beer, shamrock, hat and rainbow.

1st of the Irish, the new cluster video slot from Red Rake Gaming

 

Play’n GO have announced their latest release this week, another chapter in the adventures of their most prominent character Rich Wilde titled Rich Wilde and the Shield of Athena. Rich Wilde has spawned a string of successful games for the slot supplier, with previous adventures including Pearls of India, Book of Dead and his most recent outing Tome of Madness. Rich Wilde and the Shield of Athena is a 5×3 slot that sees the infamous explorer travel to the lost city of Atlantis in search of the legendary Shield wielded by the goddess Athena.

Play’n GO Release another ‘Wilde’ Adventure Slot

 

 

Realistic Games has launched its next Game Changer title, Bar–X™ Game Changer, based on the iconic land-based brand. After announcing a landmark partnership with Electrocoin, the supplier has taken the classic Bar-X™ brand to online slot players, featuring the ground-breaking Game Changer bonus round to add a unique and modern twist to the gameplay. The 5-reel, 20-win line title features over two million game boards in the bonus round, which is triggered by any combination of boxed symbols forming around the edge of the reels.

REALISTIC GAMES LAUNCHES BAR-X™ GAME CHANGER IN COLLABORATION WITH ELECTROCOIN

 

 

Spearhead Studios is pleased to announce the launch of the bespoke title Book of Gates on the successful German casino operator Wunderino. The new slot release sees British explorer, Sir Percy Forcet, on a quest to discover the treasures hidden deep inside the tomb of a powerful pharaoh, using the ancient Egyptian scroll as his guide. Book of Gates was specially developed to rise to the high expectations of Wunderino’s players. The title has high-volatility and features a 5X3 videoslot with ten paylines and a maximum win of over 11,000X.

Spearhead Studios launches bespoke title Book of Gates on Wunderino

 

 

Booongo is aiming to brighten up the evening sky with its latest slot, Moon Sisters, with cash prizes and three lucrative jackpots on offer for players. The visually stunning Asian-themed 3×5 game features 25 paylines and is the newest addition to the developer’s Hold and Win portfolio. Collect six moon symbols to gain entry to the bonus round, where multiple respins provide the potential for players to claim the three in-game jackpots – Grand, Major and Mini.

Booongo illuminates the night sky with latest release Moon Sisters

 

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Playtech “Takes Full Responsibility” and Apologises for PTES Failings

Niji Narayan

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Playtech has issued an apology for the failings of its PT Entertainment Services (PTES) subsidiary.

The case saw a customer sign up for an account in December 2016, ultimately spending £4.5m (€5.0m/$5.5m) on PTES’ Winner and Titanbet brands – losing £119,395 between 1 to 5 April 2017 alone – before committing suicide.

The UK Gambling Commission’s investigation uncovered widespread failings in the business’ social responsibility and anti-money laundering processes that resulted in no action being taken over the individual’s excessive gambling.

“We take full responsibility for these regulatory breaches. As a technology specialist, Playtech focuses on harnessing its capabilities in data-driven intelligence to place consumer protection at the centre of every stage of the player experience from game design to real-time engagement and messaging,” More Weizer, Chief Executive of Playtech, said.

“In recent years, we have invested significantly to seek to ensure that these types of breaches do not happen again, including addressing the specific issues raised by the Commission,” More Weizer added.

Playtech’s board extended its “deepest sympathies” to the victim’s family. Its interim chair, Claire Milne, will be contacting the family to apologise personally for the B2C subsidiary’s failings.

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MGA Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Gaming Sector

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The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has conducted a survey among its licensed online operators to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the gaming sector.

The results of the survey show that the worst-hit sector is projected to be the B2C sector, in particular the operators exposed to Type 2 game types. Indeed, the gaming revenue for this sector is projected to be 40% lower than that projected in earlier budgets for the same full year 2020. Most of the operators are considering postponing investment plans for a later date, subject to a notable degree of uncertainty.

The survey covered the areas including the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on gaming revenue, operating costs and investments. It also focused on the industry concerns and actions taken by operators during this pandemic.

 

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