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BGC Urges Scottish and Welsh Governments to End the Uncertainty Over Casino Reopenings

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The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the Scottish and Welsh governments to end the uncertainty over casino reopenings.

Venues in England were told earlier this month that they will be able to get back to business on August 1, more than four months after they were closed as part of the Covid-19 lockdown. But so far, venues in other parts of the UK remain in the dark about when they can open again.

Casinos across the UK have introduced a range of anti-Covid measures to ensure the safety of their staff and customers. These include perspex screens, advanced track and trace systems, hand sanitizer stations and strict social distancing guidelines.

BGC said it was now time for the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to follow the example of their English counterparts by letting their casinos re-open.

A BGC spokesperson said: “We were delighted when the UK government announced that casinos in England could re-open from 1 August.

“It was a tremendous boost for their staff and customers, but also for the Treasury, which has been spending £5 million a week on furlough costs for casino workers during lockdown.

“It is now time for ministers in Edinburgh and Cardiff to end the uncertainty which still faces 2,000 casino staff in Scotland and Wales by giving them a date for re-opening. Businesses need clarity and so far this has been lacking from both administrations. We urge them to work with casinos to allow to re-open safely.”

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Casino.org Launches “Player Assist” Service

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Casino review site Casino.org has launched its exclusive “Player Assist” service, bringing a new level of support to its players. The casino review site’s new service allows its users to issue complaints about any of its partner sites in just four simple steps.

A site which puts honest, expert advice at the forefront of everything they do, Casino.org wanted to echo this sentiment further than just choosing a casino through their site. The Player Assist service has been launched to aid them in following through with their users if anything should go wrong past the referral stage.

The feature will run completely independent of the partners on the site, so that they can offer their services 100% free of charge.

Casino.org is one of the most popular guides to online casinos and gambling. Its team of experts provides players with a wealth of information to help them guarantee safe play online and win more.

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Spain’s CONFAD Publishes Action Plan for 2020/2021

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Spain’s National Commission to Combat the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and Betting Fraud (CONFAD) has published its action plan for 2020/2021, outlining 21 directives to safeguard the integrity of Spanish sports.

Supporting CONFAD directives, Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry states that the action plan will be implemented by the DGOJ and further coordinated with Spain’s National Sports Council, federal police force and Guardia Civil.

CONFAD and government counterparts will work together to improve all Spanish professional sports understanding of integrity threats and competition fraud related to betting. Initiatives include developing a training programme for athletes, coaches and further stakeholders on identifying integrity risks and criminal activities.

The action plan further aims to improve all core disciplines related to integrity monitoring and reporting of suspicious events, improving data transfer and cooperation frameworks between sports clubs, betting operators, government departments and police agencies.

As a final objective, CONFAD and its government counterparts will work to ensure that Spain’s legal framework is “accurately adjusted” to help prosecute sports integrity criminal cases.

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BetConstruct Adds Hi-Lo to its Live Casino Portfolio

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BetConstruct has enhanced its live casino offering by launching Hi-Lo game. Hi-Lo is an adaptation of The Higher Lower, which was once a viral web game.

 Hi-Lo is a live game which suggests players predict whether the next card dealt by a dealer is of a higher, lower or equal value to the one lying face-up on the table. Apart from a single prediction, Hi-Lo allows for a number of side bets which liven up the game and add up revenue figures.

Hi-Lo is perhaps the most straightforward game within BetConstruct’s portfolio. However, the simplicity of the rules in no way diminishes the game’s appeal to players or decreases the profitability for operators.

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