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UK Casinos Urge Chancellor to Let Them Re-open This Month

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Casinos in the UK have urged Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to allow them to reopen this month to help kick-start the local economy and contribute tax revenue.

The venues were dealt a huge blow last month when ministers ruled that they could not open their doors again on July 4, having been closed since the start of lockdown in March.

 It meant that thousands of casino staff remained on furlough – costing the Exchequer around £5m a week. The closures mean the Treasury is also missing out on vast revenues, with casinos last year paying £5.7m each week in tax and duties.

 Casinos have invested heavily to ensure their premises are covid-secure, with measures such as perspex screens, santisation equipment and sophisticated track and trace systems, as well as introducing other changes and strict social distancing measures.

 In an open letter to the Chancellor, Betting and Gaming Council chief executive Michael Dugher says the sector is ready to help get the UK economy back on its feet again as soon as it gets the green light from the Government.

 Mr. Dugher says: “The UK casino sector were sorely disappointed not to be included in the list of industries allowed to reopen on 4 July.

 “The support from HM Treasury, such as the Job Retention Scheme, has been extremely welcome, however support for casinos is costing the Exchequer around £5 million per week while they are closed.

 “Casinos want to get back in business and once again contributing to the economy, not costing the Exchequer money. Last year, casinos paid over £5.7m million in tax per week.

 “With phased reductions in wage support kicking in soon, there is however a real fear that if reopening doesn’t happen in July there will be severe damage caused to the casino industry.

 “To our knowledge, casinos have met all Covid safety requirements and yet they are still not permitted to open. We urgently ask for your help to get casinos reopened and back to contributing to the UK economy.”

 The letter adds: “The cost of remaining in a reopening ‘holding pattern’ is significantly higher as it means businesses are kept in a state of preparedness, including maintaining the premises for reopening, cleaning, restocking supplies and staffing.

 “Having made the necessary preparations for a July reopening, casinos are ready and able to open at the earliest opportunity. We would greatly appreciate any help you can give to get our businesses back open and contributing to the UK economy.”

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Meridianbet extends casino offering with Booming Games

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Booming Games’ full slot portfolio is now available on Meridianbet with more than 60 HTML5 slot games including popular titles like Burning Classics, Howling Wolves, Gold Vein and latest release Jesters Joy.

Booming Games release up to two new games per month. Soon to be released are Freezing Classics, Book of Tombs and Cash Pig. “We are delighted to partner with a leading operator like Meridianbet to further extend the reach of our content in their key markets. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership” said Frederik Niehusen, Chief Commercial Officer at Booming Games.

Milan Đurmez, Head Of Online Casino at Meridianbet added, ‘’Meridianbet takes great pleasure in enhancing its slots offer with Booming’s quality titles. We expect nothing less than their great popularity across all our markets.’’

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GVC Appoints Dr. Mark Griffiths as Special Adviser on Player Protection and Safer Gambling Issues

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GVC Holdings has appointed online gambling addiction specialist Dr. Mark Griffiths as a special adviser on player protection and safer gambling issues.

Dr. Mark Griffiths, Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction and Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, will audit GVC’s policies and processes on responsible gaming and suggest improvements. He was a part of the World Health Organisation working party that formally recognised “gaming disorder” as a psychological condition last year.

Last week, GVC’s CEO Shay Segev set out his direction for the Group, focusing on two strategic pillars of sustainability and growth, underpinned by the Group’s industry-leading proprietary technology. This included a commitment, under the new Sustainability Charter, to continue to lead the industry on responsible gambling.

A core part of this is the launch of the Advanced Responsibility & Care (ARC) programme. The ARC programme encompasses scientific analysis of player behaviour to inform the enhancement of player protections. GVC’s data scientists then derive predictive models and analytics to score players for potential indicators of protection. Each player has a dynamic risk rating aligned to their play patterns and other criteria to enable real-time monitoring and analysis tools to enable early interventions to improve player protection.

Professor Griffiths’ work will be instrumental in delivering ARC. He will work with the business to apply findings from the behaviours of over 160 million players on GVC’s global database to help develop stronger rules, measures and interventions. He will also draw on GVC’s existing multi-million-dollar partnership with Harvard Medical School, now two years into a five-year study into addiction.

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Synot Games Integrates its Full Suite of Slot Titles with LeoVegas

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Gaming content provider SYNOT Games has integrated its full suite of slot titles with online gambling operator LeoVegas.

Players on LeoVegas brands will now be able to access the complete slot suite of SYNOT Games, which includes its recent releases Rock´N´Roll Rooster and Jack & The Mystery Monsters.

“We are ecstatic to have partnered with LeoVegas, a company with almost a decade of industry experience and an acclaimed product suite enjoyed by players all over the world. We have no doubt that our games will be well received across all their extensive network” Priscilla Gatt, Head of Business Development at SYNOT Games.

“SYNOT Games prides itself on providing high caliber slots, so we are thrilled to have signed with a provider that is everyday gaining more and more reputation with the creation of their top-tier casino games. Introducing SYNOT Games’ fresh portfolio will be a very exciting prospect. We are confident that this partnership will thrive over time,” Johan Ekberg, Casino Operations Manager at LeoVegas.

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