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Benefits of Legalizing Gambling in Developed Countries

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The morality of gambling has been a matter of contention in society for most of its history. While some people perceive it as a fun activity, others see it as a threat to individuals’ social and economic well-being. Whether you are for or against gambling, and that incudes sports betting, it is crucial to note that both sides of the argument offer valid points. Ultimately, the question you should ask is if the negatives to gambling outweigh the benefits or vice-versa.

Although there have been major steps in countering the negative argument with countries such as the United States and Canada legalizing gambling, some still hold on to the idea that gambling is inherently harmful. The former has created regulatory bodies that control gambling activities. These bodies strike a balance between the activity’s risk and perks by ensuring player safety and security. So what do these developed countries gain from legalized gambling?

Fair and responsible gaming

Countries that hold onto the notion that gambling should be criminalized have systems and policies to punish those who go against the law. Lack of adherence is met with jail-time or fines, and while these might sound like effective deterrents, they are not; gamblers devise ways to go against the rules by either going to underground casinos or playing online.

For the former, this comes with a need for immense secrecy and risks of altercations with the law, which also puts you in danger. On the other hand, the latter offers unmitigated risks as the increase in online casinos means a higher risk of playing on an unreliable platform.

Legalizing gambling ensures that a reputable body governs each casino a player goes to. This way, you are reassured that the authority addresses any aspect of misconduct. Hence, you reduce the risk of losing money or getting scammed. The presence of regulations ensures fair gaming.

Although thanks to the growing online casino industry in Canada and other countries, not all platforms are regulated locally, it is easier to follow up with casinos that don’t adhere to the regulations. You can access a review of Canada online casino options before choosing a gambling platform or leave feedback of any to caution other players of misconduct or let them know about good deals. Thus, legalizing gambling allows the free flow of information that is crucial to the player experience.

Provides avenues to tackle addiction

One of the greatest concerns when it comes to gambling is that it poses an economic risk to the player. Several instances of gambling addictions have been reported, with some people losing their financial resources in a game. This idea of compulsive wagering elicits fear that legalizing gambling opens the society up for more cases.

In essence, this is false. While it might be influenced by access, the rate of gambling addiction is not necessarily dependent on whether the activity is legal or not. People will gamble, whether it is acceptable in the law or not.

Legalized gambling creates room for the creation and provision of resources to deal with addiction. Since gambling is deemed a common and acceptable activity in these developed countries, it is easier for gamblers to seek help when they feel they are overdoing it. Countries with legalized gambling often provide resources to help with addiction, including counseling services or avenues to self-regulate.

 

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You will find that some platforms that offer online casinos for real money and reviews on its also caution players on the dangers of irresponsible wagering. This is a requirement from regulatory bodies and indicates a casino’s adherence to gambling laws. It helps ensure that while these casinos provide an avenue for you to enjoy your favorite games and make real money, they also ensure the player’s well-being.

Safety and Security

Online gambling offers gamblers the choice to play for free or for real money. When you choose the latter, you will need to provide personal information, such as identification documents and addresses. At times, you might have to use your credit cards to fund your account.

Online casinos use encryption technology to protect your data from external access and fraudulent activity. Legalized gambling helps ensure that if you have an issue, complaint, or are suspicious of authorised access, you can follow up with the relevant authority.

Job Creation

The gaming industry has created over 1.8 million jobs worldwide. This number is from online and land-based casinos. Additionally, when it comes to the latter, the casinos’ traffic seeps into other aspects of surrounding communities. This way, gambling has created jobs both within and without the industry.

While this isn’t necessarily considered a form of job creation, some players graduate to professional gamblers, making the activity their source of income. This form of economic benefit has alleviated some from poverty and allows them to fend for their families.

Tourism

Cities such as Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Macau are known as gambling capitals of the world. They are not only homes to some of the best casinos, but also sort after travel destinations. Although these cities were initially or are best known for their standing in the gambling world, they have morphed into all-rounded experiences. They have luxury hotels, proximity to attractions, and resources for both leisure and business travelers.

Taxes

The US government made 43.61 billion dollars from casinos in 2019, while the Canadian government made $1.25 billion and the United Kingdom made £2.9 billion. These sums are from both online and land-based casinos. Legalizing gambling allows for economic growth through tax revenues.

 

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As the industry continues to witness the growth of the online gambling market, there is an expected revenue increase.

Conclusion

While the good outweighs the bad, the latter is at times too significant to overlook. Some gamblers have lost massively. It is crucial to understand that, like every other thing, an individual’s gambling experience has to do with a lot more than the legality or illegality.

When developed countries legalize gambling, they create avenues for both players to experience the perks of the activity with security assurance. Casinos are also protected.

 

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GAMSTOP wins British Data Award for “Data for good initiative 2022”

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GAMSTOP, the free national scheme for self-exclusion from online gambling, has won this years “Data for Good initiative” at the 2022 British Data Awards.

GAMSTOP successfully enables over 280,000 UK adults to protect themselves from gambling related harm and this award further validates the significant impact a data initiative like this has on potentially vulnerable people.

GAMSTOP is the UK’s free online gambling self-exclusion scheme. Users sign up by filling in personal details, and selecting a period of six months, twelve months, or five years. Once complete, they are self-excluded from all online gambling sites in the UK until they chose to remove it after their chosen exclusion time has elapsed.

Responding to last night’s win, Fiona Palmer, GAMSTOP CEO, said:

Winning this award alongside our technology partners, The Datashed underlines our capability to use data safely and effectively to help potentially vulnerable individuals. I couldn’t be more proud of this achievement and the team who have worked so hard to continuously improve the GAMSTOP scheme.

Thank you to the judges for seeing the value of the GAMSTOP system and congratulations to all other winners at last night awards.”

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World’s largest arcade platform offers retro gamers Epic deal – giving access to over 1300 Games

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The world’s largest library of retro games, Antstream Arcade, will be slashing the price of its annual premium subscription to just $19.99 as part of Epic’s Spring Mega Sale. Between Thursday 19th May to Thursday 16th June, this discount will be available on the Epic Games Store and across all other platforms, giving retro gamers around the world ad-free access to over 1300 games. 

This world leading library of games includes retro classics like Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Monkey Island and Earthworm Jim – all of which can be streamed from the cloud without the need for additional downloads or for microtransactions. 

Players from around the world will also be able to compete in Antstreams global tournaments, moving up the global leaderboards and engaging in game exclusive  “Challenge Modes” – modes that put new spins on old classics. Like Pac-Man Hide and Seek, or Mortal Kombat On The Ropes challenges. Players will also be able to enjoy Antstream’s new “Giant Slayer” feature – where players can challenge the global Antstream community to beat their high score in a game of their choice – bringing the joy of the classic Arcade to the modern gaming audience.

Steve Cottam, CEO at Antstream Arcade, said: “Our goal as a company is to bring some of the greatest games ever created to a global community through the medium of cloud gaming. Unlike other cloud gaming platforms that might have only 100 games, Antstream currently offers players over 1200 titles – with a price tag that sits well below our competition. And with this latest deal alongside Epic’s Spring Mega Sale, we are excited to make retro gaming more accessible than ever”.

Outside of the premium subscription option gamers are still able to access their favourite retro games on their computer, mobile, tablet or other devices through the free, ad-supported tier. Antstream Arcade features fully licensed and fully playable retro games from publishers including Disney, Warner Brothers, Taito, Atari and Bandai-Namco, as well as a huge range of smaller indie developers and IP owners from the arcade era and beyond. 

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Week 20/2022 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

GAMOMAT, one of the leading independent software developers for slot games, is releasing its delectable title, Divine Fire. Set on Mount Olympus, Divine Fire is a book game which welcomes players to the abode of the gods. A powerful soundtrack complements the gameplay which helps create a dynamic experience and one that heightens tension on the reels. The game has a 5×3 design with 10 paylines and symbols that include an anvil, a mighty hammer, Hephaestus himself and a menacing bull.

GAMOMAT releases delectable Divine Fire title

As curious creatures make their way from the sea and into the fjords, Yggdrasil and Peter & Sons invite players to journey to the summit of the falls alongside a mystical Shaman to catch these bountiful beasts for great rewards. Water Blox Gigablox™ is a mid-high volatility 6×6 Gigablox slot featuring 50 paylines, Wild Re-Spins and a Monster Free Spins bonus game that boasts a lucrative Monster Multiplier.

Yggdrasil and Peter & Sons invite players to fish up big wins in Water Blox Gigablox

 

Game developer Expanse Studios has added another title to its slots portfolio with its latest release – Odd One Out. A perfect blend of old-school gameplay with modern features, Odd One Out is a five-reel video slot that includes 243 ways to win along with Magnetic Wild and Free Spins. Within the title are two special features, the first one being called Magnetic Wild.

Odd One Out – Expanse Studios’ 243 Ways To Win

 

 

Golden Rock Studios is proud to announce the release of Bonus Only, available now via Caleta Gaming Platform. Bonus Only is a first of its kind slot game featuring nothing but bonuses. That’s right, a slot game in which every win takes you to a bonus round. Trigger up to three different bonus rounds and take a trip around some of the most iconic casino locations in the world. Perfect for entertainment hungry players and bonus hunters due to the frequent bonuses available, all this makes for an exciting slot game with anticipation levels reaching fever pitch with every spin.

Golden Rock Studios rolls out Bonus Only

BGaming, a dynamic iGaming provider converting gambling into gaming, presents its new slot Penny Pelican with 20 paylines, well-loved features, and up to 3525x bet exposure. Penny Pelican is a 5×3 slot with 20 paylines and 13 colorful marine symbols that bring players into the atmosphere of a harbor on a sea beach where the main character Penny Pelican lives.

BGaming Delights Summer Slots Lovers by Releasing Its New Title Penny Pelican

 

Play’n GO let loose Animal Madness, the latest release to join their diverse content portfolio. A farmer’s work is never done… From tending to your livestock to growing crops, it can be a little hectic keeping things in order. There’s always a job to be done at this madcap farm. Animal Madness does an amazing job of replicating the hectic nature of farm life. Light-hearted gameplay progresses the narrative for immersive player engagement.

Play’n GO let loose Animal Madness, the latest release to join their diverse content portfolio

 

No one likes to pay a visit to the doctor but those that are brave enough to follow the sinister medical man into the operating theatre may emerge with potentially big wins in the latest slot launch from Stakelogic. Freaky Friday Fixed Symbols is not for the faint-hearted and promises to test the constitution of players who dare to pick up the scalpel and join the not so good doctor in his quest to become rich. In the base game, there are 20 fixed paylines and all symbols pay left to right.

The doctor will see you now: Freaky Friday Fixed Symbols from Stakelogic

 

Red Tiger has launched an exciting new big cat slot game, and players who have been fans of the Carole Baskin story so far are going to love her in the slots universe with Big Cat Rescue Megaways. Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue sanctuary has captured the imagination of millions of people worldwide. As a not-for-profit organisation providing a permanent home to abandoned and abused big cats, a portion of the proceeds from this latest slot offering from Red Tiger, will go towards supporting the sanctuary’s work – a cause that Red Tiger is proud to be backing.

Carole Baskin comes to the slot world with brand new Red Tiger launch of Big Cat Rescue Megaways™

 

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, welcomes players to a rustic American town where bandits lurk around every corner in its latest crime-thriller, The Great Stick-Up™. Landing three, four or five scatters – which appear in the form of police sirens – will trigger the Free Spins bonus round, awarding payouts worth 2x, 10x and 100x the bet, along with seven free spins. 

PRAGMATIC PLAY FOILS THE PLOT IN THE GREAT STICK-UP™

 

Push Gaming has announced the network-wide release of Fat Banker, the latest in its player favourite Fat series of titles. The 1920s-themed game will be available to all partners across regulated markets and releases hot on the heels of recent hit titles like Nightfall and Fire Hopper. Players will be exploring a life of opulence in Fat Banker with gameplay set in front of the iconic Manhattan skyline. This 50 pay-line game is home to symbols depicting top hats and cigars, alongside the banker’s wife and dog, which must all form matching combinations to award a win.

Push Gaming adds to hit series with Fat Banker

 

Kalamba Games has launched Goblins & Gemstones: Hit ‘n’ Roll, an enhanced version of one of its most popular titles, with the new iteration including new mechanics and features. The slot delivers fans of the original game a higher max win and upgraded volatility along with numerous gameplay enhancements, the highlight being the addition of the new Hit ‘n’ Roll wheel mechanic.

Kalamba Games upgrades fan favourite title in Goblins & Gemstones: Hit ‘n’ Roll

 

Evoplay has announced the launch of its latest slot, The Greatest Catch, which follows the footsteps of an elderly fisherman named Harry as he scours the pond for big wins. The fishing veteran spends most of his time snoring away in his wooden boat, surrounded by water lilies and the croaking of frogs. Occasionally, Harry will hook himself an impressive catch, relying on the assistance of players to help reel it in.

Evoplay provides the bait for The Greatest Catch

 

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