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NHS to Open Two New Gambling Addiction Clinics in England

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The NHS is going to open two new gambling addiction clinics in England to meet the increasing demand for specialist support for gambling addiction.

The two new clinics, based in Southampton and Stoke-On-Trent, will open from May and mean there will be seven specialist clinics in place across England.

The north of England has the highest prevalence of at-risk gamblers, with 4.4% of adults in the North West and 4.9% in the North East being at the most risk of addiction.

Between April and December last year, 668 people with the most severe gambling addiction issues were referred to NHS gambling clinics – up from 575 during the same period in 2020 – a 16.2% increase.

The news comes alongside a letter from NHS mental health chief Claire Murdoch to GambleAware, confirming that the NHS will be fully funding its own gambling services from April – bringing the support in line with other NHS services.

The decision follows feedback from patients and clinicians opposing the conflict of interest from the gambling industry, which generates profits of over £14 billion a year in the UK, in funding treatment for addiction.

Research published by Public Health England (now the UK Health Security Agency) last September estimated around 0.5% of the adult population, around 246,000 people, are likely to have some form of gambling addiction with around 2.2 million people either problem gamblers or at risk of addiction.

NHS mental health director Claire Murdoch said: “Gambling addiction is a cruel mental health condition that can devastate people’s lives – our pilot clinics are already having a lasting impact in helping people to take back vital control of their lives.

“The opening of two new gambling clinics in May, as a part of our £2.3 billion investment into mental health services, will mean we can help even more people with the most serious gambling problems.

“It is also absolutely right that the NHS now funds these clinics independently, recognising the harmful effects this addiction can have on the nation’s mental health, and that predatory tactics from gambling companies are part of the problem, not the solution.”

Later this year the NHS will launch a new Gambling Harm Network and Clinical Reference Group, which will bring expertise together and enable clinical teams to share best practices for helping to treat gambling addiction.

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BETER’s Setka Cup opens table tennis arena in Poland

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Setka Cup, the international table tennis platform, has opened its venue in Gdańsk, Poland. This is the 13th sports arena of the Setka Cup, powered by betting and gaming content provider BETER, and the first launched by the platform in Poland. The opening of Gdańsk sports venue is another step in the Setka Cup’s ambitious expansion strategy.

The new table tennis arena will hold one tournament a day. The tournament system consists of round-robin stages in which 6 players compete with each other for prizes. In total, the tournament includes 15 fast matches. Thus, BETER will provide its operator partners with 450+ additional matches every month.

The Setka Cup has already launched sports locations in several European cities, such as Prague and Chisinau, as well as in a range of Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, Dnipro, Sumy, and Lviv, collaborating with local table tennis federations and associations.

Being powered by BETER, Setka Cup organizes more than 10,000 fast and dynamic table tennis events every month, available via BETER Sports with live streaming, data and odds. Each match lasts around 30 minutes, giving viewers plenty of time to soak up the action and pick the best bets from up to 25 different markets of each event.

Maria Mashchenko, General Manager of BETER Sports, said: “We are thrilled to share news about the Setka Cup’s international development. The launch of the new arena will strengthen and expand our tournaments and sports community, which already consists of 800 athletes.
Setka Cup’s tournaments comply with the principles and rules of fair play, which are part of BETER’s in-house Integrity policy. All events of the Setka Cup maintain a consistently stable margin, fit the high demands of the betting industry, and are designed to meet the needs of next-gen players.”

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The Second Phase of Fasttoken’s Private Sale is Open

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On November 29-30, the Harmony Meetup 3.0 by Fastex hosted around 300 partners from around the world in a fantastic Web3-based gathering for Fastex and Betconstruct partners.

Within two days, the industry’s leading professionals gathered for exciting discussions around Web3 technologies and games, networking and an eventful agenda.

The first stage of this initiative was a huge success, and the second phase of Fastex’s native token’s sale is now open. The public sale of Fasttoken will be unlocked on January 18.

Harmony Meetup 3.0 by Fastex ended with unforgettable memories, new deals, clear business promotion plans, and the confidence to be a guest of SoftConstruct again in Armenia.

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NetEnt’s New Cupcakes Slot Brings a Sweet Experience with Delicious Features

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NetEnt has launched its sweetest video slot this season, where Gumdrops and fluffy Cupcakes come together in a symphony of mouth-watering features boosted by Scatter Pays and signature Avalanche™ mechanics.

When at least eight Gumdrops of the same color pop onto the reels, the Scatter Pays kick in for potentially delightful payouts. As giant Cupcakes fall to the bottom of the reels, they will collect Gumdrops of the same color. When at least ten Gumdrops fill the frosting atop the Cupcakes, they turn into Multipliers to enhance the original wager. Multipliers reset on each spin in the Main Game, as opposed to Free Spins when they only reset at the end of the Bonus Round.

During the spectacular Crush feature, giant Cupcakes may randomly rain down the reels to the bottom, crushing symbols in the way. Coming to rest at the base of the reels after the Crush, Cupcakes will start collecting Gumdrops atop their whipped cream to enhance Multipliers, once again. Free Spins Scatters may also hit the reels during the Bonus Round for retriggers.

Gionata La Torre, Chief Executive Office Europe at Evolution said: “Gumdrop symbols stockpiling on giant Cupcakes for Multipliers is an engaging concept created by the teams to bring additional excitement into this delicious-looking game. This novelty comes in addition to the well-known Avalnche™ mechanic, when the symbols disappear on payout and the empty places are filled with new characters. Cupcakes will surely be a mesmerizing title for all the cake enthusiasts and gum candy aficionados.”

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