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Gamstop Casinos Vs. Online Casinos

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The UK Gambling Commission is dedicated to protecting online gamers from common gambling pitfalls like scams, lost funds, and problem gambling. One way it does this is through the self-exclusion system Gamstop, which shuts gamblers out of all Gamstop casinos to prevent impulsive and harmful gambling. However, despite this obvious benefit and the popularity of Gamstop casinos, many online casino players find the Gamstop system highly restrictive. This is why non-Gamstop online casinos are growing increasingly popular by the day. But how exactly do these two gambling providers differ? Here is a look at the differences between Gamstop and online casinos. 

Regulation

The most fundamental difference between Gamstop and non-Gamstop online casinos is how they are regulated. As mentioned, Gamstop casinos are monitored and licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. The Commission launched the system to address the rise in problem gambling that came with the increased access to online casinos caused by mobile gaming. Over the years, it has implemented even stricter limitations so that operators must join Gamstop if they want a UKGC license. 

In contrast, non-Gamstop casinos have to get their licenses elsewhere. Since they cannot operate without regulation, most of these providers turn to reputable offshore regulatory bodies like the government of Curacao and the Malta Gaming Authority. These bodies ensure that non-Gamstop casinos operate ethically, legally, and fairly. If you need more information about these casinos and how they are regulated, you can find it here, along with guides on gambling on non-Gamstop casinos.

 

Reliability

Many online gamers assume that Gamstop casinos are more reliable because they are regulated by the UKGC. This is partly true – you can always trust a UKGC-licensed casino because the regulator goes above and beyond to protect players. In fact, the Commission regularly imposes penalties on casinos that violate consumer safety regulations and keeps a very close eye on gambling activities. It constantly revises and improves the rules so that a license from the Commission is a sure mark of credibility.

This is not to say that non-Gamstop casinos are unreliable. These offshore sites still operate under a license, usually issued by an offshore regulatory body. However, since how these bodies operate can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, it is important to verify the validity of a non-Gamstop casino’s license. Unlike with Gamstop casinos, you need to do your homework to ensure a casino is credible.

 

Self-Exclusion

The UKGC uses the Gamstop service to provide problem gamblers with avenues for self-exclusion from all Gamstop gambling sites. The measures used in the pursuit of safe gambling can vary from limited maximum stakes for some bets and games and extended wait times between spins to irreversible self-exclusion periods. Simply put, once you get locked out of Gamstop casinos, you cannot access them until the exclusion period has expired.

In contrast, non-Gamstop casinos do not use the self-exclusion service. Some individual sites offer self-exclusion tools and programs designed to limit betting activity. However, these are usually controlled at the site’s discretion and do not extend to other casinos. If you self-exclude from one non-Gamstop casino, you can still access other non-Gamstop sites. Some sites do not offer these programs at all.

 

Legality

The UKGC only recognizes and monitors Gamstop casinos, with non-Gamstop casinos being considered “offshore” providers. However, contrary to popular belief, non-Gamstop casinos are not illegal in the UK. UK residents can either play on UKGC-licensed sites or use offshore providers. That said, non-Gamstop sites are sometimes prohibited from marketing directly to UK residents. But this rule is rarely implemented because it is difficult to determine how a player got onto a site. This then means that both types of sites operate legally within the jurisdiction. 

 

Limitations

By definition, non-Gamstop casinos feature fewer limitations than Gamstop casinos. They do not regulate how many spins you can make, your maximum bets, or wait times. They also do not limit transaction amounts, which makes them very attractive to high rollers. Moreover, bonus and promotion offers are often more lucrative on non-Gamstop casinos, with these providers also offering more extensive game libraries. 

 

Confirmation Process

Offshore online casinos often have simpler confirmation procedures. You can usually complete the verification stage of the account creation process within a day. On the flip side, joining a UKGC site can be a hassle. The verification process is very rigorous and typically requires a lot of paperwork submission. It can take several days. That said, both providers take verification very seriously. Extra measures are usually taken to exclude minors and prevent access to questionable parties.

 

Financial Transactions

Non-Gamstop online casinos often allow multiple transaction methods for site withdrawals and deposits, including credit cards, debit cards, and cryptocurrency. However, due to recent updates to UKGC regulations, some of these methods are not available on Gamstop casinos. 

 

Conclusion

Many players appreciate the credibility, protection, and safety that come with UKGC regulation. However, for players looking for a lot more freedom in their gambling activities, non-Gamstop online casinos are a more feasible option. It all comes down to your gambling preferences and whether or not you can handle problem gambling on your own.

 

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Meridianbet Launches ‘Scan. Help.’ Humanitarian Initiative to Support Maternity Hospitals in Southeast Europe

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Meridianbet, a member of the Golden Matrix Group (NASDAQ: GMGI), in partnership with Meridianbet Foundation, Expanse Studios, and BC Crvena zvezda Meridianbet announces the launch of a significant humanitarian initiative, ‘Scan. Help.’, aimed at supporting maternity hospitals across Southeast Europe.

The rollout of this action to other market territories is expected in the remainder of 2024.

How It Works

For every scanned QR code and subsequent registration on the Meridian Foundation’s website, funds will be allocated towards equipping five maternity hospitals in Serbia. This innovative approach not only raises awareness but also actively involves the community in our CSR activities.

The initiative is currently ongoing with high media presence and is broadcasted during Southeast Europe’s regional basketball Finals series (ABA League). BC Red Star players wear jerseys featuring the QR code, with additional promotion through basketball arena ads, TV ads, and more, encouraging fans and supporters to participate.

A Unified Effort for Community Impact

The ‘Scan. Help.’ campaign is a collaborative effort involving Meridianbet, Meridianbet foundation, Expanse Studios, and basketball club Crvena zvezda Meridianbet, Southeast Europe’s leading basketball club, of which Meridianbet is the name sponsor. The initiative is designed to leverage our collective resources and influence to make a meaningful impact on local communities.

Multi-Stakeholder Support and Growing Participation

The ‘Scan. Help.’ campaign has received institutional support ad backing from the Ministry of Health, reinforcing the importance and legitimacy of this cause. Additionally, several companies have already expressed their desire to contribute, with provisions made for donations through the Meridian Foundation’s account. This broadening support network amplifies the initiative’s reach and potential impact.

This campaign exemplifies Meridianbet’s dedication to sustainable development and community well-being. In 2023 alone, the company has launched 225 CSR campaigns, reflecting the commitment to making a lasting impact.

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SiGMA Asia Awards 2024: Boomerang Partners Nominated for ‘Rising Star Affiliate Program’

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The fast-growing Boomerang Partners affiliate program continues gaining global recognition, earning a nomination for the prestigious ‘Rising Star Affiliate Program 2024’ category in the Asia region

With a rapidly growing network of over 5,200 affiliates across 70+ countries, the dynamic Boomerang Partners affiliate program has been recognized as a finalist for the ‘Rising Star’ category at the SiGMA Awards Asia 2024. While Asia is not currently the central focus for brand promotion, this prestigious recognition from SiGMA is a notable honor that inspires Boomerang to fortify its global footprint and industry-leading position.

In 2023 alone, Boomerang’s achievements included paying over €50 million to affiliates, creating 22 exclusive branded games, hosting 82 tournaments across 30 regions, and expanding into 31 new markets. This followed prestigious wins like ‘Casino of the Year’ at the SiGMA Balkans/CIS Awards, ‘Commission Offer of the Year’ at the AffPapa iGaming Awards, and ‘Best PPC Affiliate’ at the SiGMA Europe Awards.

This year, Boomerang Partners is highlighting innovations like a worldwide traffic tournament and has already been nominated at the AffPapa, MAC, and AskGamblers Awards – eagerly awaiting the results across these prestigious voting processes and final selections.

“We actively collaborate with SiGMA, having participated in their events and been honored with SiGMA awards in other regions previously,” said Vitalii Prokofev, CEO at Boomerang Partners. “SiGMA sets the standard with premier industry events and accolades worldwide. This nomination at their Asia awards is valuable recognition that fuels our ambition to raise our global profile further.”

Boomerang Partners invites all affiliate managers and industry enthusiasts to learn more about their award-winning program. Voting for the SiGMA Asia Awards runs until May 20th. Winners will be announced at the June 3rd ceremony during the June 2-5 event in Manila.

Support Boomerang in the ‘Rising Star’ category while voting for other favorites at SiGMA.

 

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PopOk Gaming Unveils Exciting New Instant Game: “Dice”

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PopOK Gaming, a leading innovator in the gaming industry, is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest Instant game sensation: “Dice”.

“Dice” is a dynamic game that puts players’ instincts and strategies to the test. Participants can jump in at any moment and predict whether the resulting number will be higher or lower than their selected number. With every roll, the excitement mounts as players watch the green fields light up, indicating their path to victory.

It’s not just about luck – it’s about strategy too. Players have the opportunity to adjust their multiplier, choose their odds, and press start for a thrilling gaming experience.

Here’s how it goes down:

📈 Move the dice higher or lower on the screen.
🚀 Choose over or under.
⏳ Place your bet and hold on tight.
🎲 Launch the dice!
🏆 Win big, with potential rewards of up to x9600!

With its user-friendly interface and exciting gameplay, “Dice” promises to captivate players of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or new to the world of Instant games, “Dice” offers endless opportunities for fun and excitement.

Join the action today and roll the dice for your chance to win big! Visit PopOK Gaming to start playing now.

 

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