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Over $100k worth of free support to problem gamblers

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Gambless hits first milestone: $100k worth of resources given free to problem gamblers
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Gambless first big milestone offers a glimpse into where its users come from and confirms the importance of mhealth support

The release of Gambless, a new mobile app tackling gambling addiction, was announced last September. The app, which is accessible on both iOS and Android devices, offers resources to problem gamblers, including informative articles, a self-care diary, coping-skills exercises, diagnostic tests and an emergency chatbot.
Today, less than 5 months later, Gambless announces to have already given away several hundred free codes, allowing access its psycho-educational resources, amounting to over $120.000.

GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION
After the initial months of organic growth, at the beginning of December, Gambless decided to start surveying its users about their location and their most frequented gambling operators.
These data was gathered anonymously, and now it gives a better understanding of its userbase: in the past 8 weeks, 27% of registered users came from the United Kingdom and Ireland, 24% from the USA, 12% are Australians, 10% Italians and 5% Canadians. And while there are people registering from all over the world (30+ countries), a handful of countries account for more than 3/4 of its users.

The pie doesn’t aim to give a global picture of the gambling addiction issue, considering that at the moment Gambless is available in just 3 languages (EN, IT and RU). But it offers an interesting vantage point.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND MHEALTH
Gambless has been created and developed by the same team of psychologist who designed Mindspa, another mobile app targeting a broader audience on mental health topics. Combined, the two apps count over 250,000 registered users in less than a year, with 000s of positive reviews.
Studies show that problem gambling often overlaps with other issues. 43% of problem gamblers have also alcohol issues, 25% struggle with drugs, 60% have comorbidity with anxiety and depression, and the list goes on. And from its conception, Gambless mission has been to provide prevention and support to problem gamblers, with a holistic approach on mental health.
Gambless aims to address first and foremost the mental health of vulnerable individuals, offering programs covering emotional intelligence, loneliness, stress, jealousy, and features a collection of hundreds of coping skill exercises on feelings like anger, anxiety, resentment, self-distrust, frustration, sadness, guilt, apathy, fear, and so on.
In this context, it is also extremely important that the role of mhealth (mobile health) support.
Smartphones nowadays have a penetration of over 80% in many countries. Thus, thanks to mhealth, treatment and other resources can be accessed more easily, regardless of socio-demographic aspects. Furthermore, support via mobile phone gives that sense of privacy that often prevents problem gamblers from getting the help they need.

GAMBLESS PLEDGE
It is a known fact that only between 1 and 3 percent of problem gamblers get support each year. With the help of technology, there is the opportunity to both increase awareness and create a diverse and more accessible landscape of support options. And Gambless vows to take its active part to this change.

 

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Betsoft Gaming Delivers The Ultimate V.I.P. Gaming Experience in Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™

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Betsoft Gaming Delivers The Ultimate V.I.P. Gaming Experience in Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™
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Life just suddenly got so much better. The legendary Mr. Vegas is back and bringing the ultimate Vegas experience to players’ fingertips.

With five reels and 60 paylines, Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ delivers a feature overload with Stacked Mystery Symbols, Free Spins, a Pick Bonus and the innovative Big Money Tower for gold, silver or bronze winnings.

The sequel to Mr. Vegas™ – one of Betsoft’s most popular releases of all times – Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ takes our handsome hero back to the high rollers’ casino for some serious action.

The Mr. Vegas icon and his two beautiful companions are surrounded by the classic symbols of dice, diamonds and casino chips. With the Big Money Tower symbol, Roulette Wheel Wild and neon Las Vegas sign Scatter, there is no doubt that players have joined Mr. Vegas in gaming heaven.

Each reel contains Stacked Mystery Symbol positions that will not only be replaced with a random symbol before each spin but can turn into Wilds. As the positions are always filled with the same symbol, the winning chances just get better with each spin.

Wilds can appear on any reel and substitute for all symbols except the Scatter and the Big Money Tower.

Naturally, Free Spins is the V.I.P. version in Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower. Trigger the round when three Scatters or more appear on reels two, three and four. Two face-down playing cards will appear. Click one to discover your Wilds Bonus and get ready to win.

Will you receive Sticky Wilds which give 10 Free Spins and stay in place throughout the round on winning combinations?

Perhaps Expanding Wilds with 12 Free Spins will appeal more? These cover the reel, sticking in place for one Free Re-Spin. Should you trigger another Wild, then one more Free Spin is added to the counter.

Or could 15 Free Spins with Random Wilds and the chance of two to six Wilds just appearing with each spin be your ticket to big wins?

For those who want immediate access to Free Spins, the Buy feature enables players to specifically choose one of the three Wilds Bonuses without the random flipping of a card.

However, in Vegas there is V.I.P. and then there is V.V.I.P. and finding three Big Money Tower symbols simultaneously on reels one, three and five moves players straight into the casino super league.

Three Towers – Bronze, Silver and Gold – are available. Triggering the feature means a random Tower will open in a new screen as Mr. Vegas welcomes players into his marble columned private casino.

Flip a coin to climb the Tower for the big money prizes. Each rung climbed takes players up a level to a new Multiplier value of their stake. However far players get, there is always a win, but the higher you climb, the more guests arrive at the party and the bigger the multiplier!

Who will make it to the top of the Golden Tower for the ultimate 1,000x stake payout? Flip the coin to find out your fortune.

Alongside the stunning graphics and mellow, jazz inspired soundtrack, Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ brings very high volatility play and the chance for mega wins on the nail biting flip of a coin or turn of a card.

Why go to Vegas when Vegas can come to you? And with a default RTP of 96.08% and a max win of 2601.66x, Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ is the sequel that is well worth the wait.

Anastasia Bauer, Head of Account Management, Betsoft Gaming, said: ‘Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ is a slot that players can truly own. The many different features and winning opportunities ensure the gameplay constantly provides action and engagement. Players will love the connection with the high roller casino vibe that they originally found in 2012’s Mr. Vegas™. This time, a more personalised experience ensures that players can set their own path to even bigger wins.’

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BGAMING DONATES $5,000 TO UKRAINE CHARITY FOLLOWING ICE LONDON PLEDGE

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iGaming content provider BGaming has donated $5,000 to UNITED24, a charity raising money for medical aid and critical needs in Ukraine.

At this year’s ICE London, the fast-growing firm gave visitors the chance to receive merchandise featuring designs by renowned London artist Thumbs.

As an alternative they pledged to give $50 to the charity instead, which more than 70 generous partners opted to take up.

After boosting the final amount, BGaming has now pledged to continue its fundraising drive at IGB Live! Amsterdam, SBC Barcelona, and SiGMA Malta later this year as part of a commitment to ‘create positive change’.

UNITED24 was set up by the Ukrainian government to provide a secure platform for donors to raise funds for medical aid, defence and demining and rebuilding Ukraine.

Currently, they are running two medical aid projects which seek to raise money for more urgently needed ambulances in the war-torn country.

At the time of writing, it is estimated more than 8,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict, while more than 13,300 are believed to have been injured.

Catherine Puteiko, CMO of BGaming, said: “Small acts of kindness can have a big impact on the world, from caring for others to creating positive change. BGaming’s recent charity initiative at the ICE London exhibition was a shining example of this ethos.

“Our partners had the option to donate to a worthy cause or receive our branded merchandise, and we’re thrilled to share that this simple initiative raised 5000 dollars for victims of war in Ukraine. Let’s continue to think big and act small to make a positive impact on the lives of others!”

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PRESS STATEMENT OF PAGCOR REGARDING OFFSHORE GAMING OPERATIONS

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Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sherwin Gatchalian presented the chairman’s report which cited that the risks of allowing the continuous operations of offshore gaming operations outweigh their benefits to the country. Citing R.A. No. 11590, he further states that offshore gaming should be shutdown, now that there is no third-party auditor monitoring their income.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) would like to reiterate its firm commitment to uphold the integrity of the gaming industry in the Philippines, including offshore gaming.

After determination of Global ComRCI’s default in its obligations and commission of unlawful acts under R.A. No. 9184, a Notice of Decision to Terminate the Consultancy Contract was served to third-party auditor Global ComRCI on March 9, 2023, effective upon thirty (30) days from receipt thereof.

PAGCOR is now in the process of engaging a capable and reputable third-party auditor who can independently and accurately conduct verification of the offshore gaming licensees’ gross gaming revenues.

Further, PAGCOR reassures the public that to maintain the integrity of regulated gaming in the country, the state-run firm will not hesitate to impose appropriate sanctions or penalties to erring licensees or service providers. We will ensure that all revenues from regulated gaming will continue to support the government’s nation-building efforts and uplift the lives of Filipinos.

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