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GAMSTOP marks fifth anniversary with highest number of self-exclusions in a single month

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  • More than 8,500 new registrations recorded in March 2023, a 24% YOY increase
  • Increase in activity comes as GAMSTOP marks its fifth anniversary
  • Independent evaluation shows support for lifetime exclusion option

The UK’s independent online self-exclusion scheme, GAMSTOP, recorded 8,504 registrations in March, its highest ever figure in a single month, and a 24% year-on-year increase.

The unprecedented spike in self-exclusions comes on the eve of the fifth anniversary of GAMSTOP’s inception. The service was launched in April 2018 and in March 2020 it became a licensing condition for all UK operators to integrate with the scheme, in addition to operating their own self-exclusion schemes.

More than 365,000 people have registered with GAMSTOP from its inception to the end of March 2023, choosing to exclude themselves from all UK operators for a period of either six months, a year or five years, with nearly 330,000 still excluded.

The most likely explanation for the surge in self-exclusions was the Cheltenham Festival, which took place from March 12-15th, attracting hundreds of millions of pounds in wagers. The biggest days for registrations were in the immediate aftermath of the festival.

GAMSTOP recently commissioned independent research agency, Sonnet, to interview a sample of its users, following up a comprehensive evaluation of the service in 2021, which showed that 84% felt safer from gambling-related harm and more in control of their gambling after registering.

The interviewees said that GAMSTOP provided an important safety net and knowing an exclusion was in place helped their recovery because it made them feel safe. Many wanted to have the option of a lifetime exclusion and felt it would help to signal the seriousness of gambling addiction, similar to alcohol or drugs, and to remove social stigma.

Fiona Palmer, CEO of GAMSTOP, said:

“Our most recent data shows that, five years after our inception, GAMSTOP is providing an increasingly important service to potentially vulnerable consumers who want to take a break from gambling. The record monthly registrations shows that we cannot underestimate the demand for  a scheme such as GAMSTOP. It is extremely important that we continue to raise awareness to make sure that anyone who needs us knows about us. We also need to continue to listen to our users and develop and improve the scheme to meet their needs.

GAMSTOP registrant Jack Scott spoke about the impact GAMSTOP has had on his life:

“I signed up to GAMSTOP in December 2020 and its impact has been nothing short of life-changing. Prior to signing up for GAMSTOP, I suffered from a lengthy addiction to online gambling that saw me gamble away a terrifying amount of money, often money which I didn’t have. 

Since then, I’ve been able to take comfort in the fact that I am unable to access or gamble on those online sites and have been able to commit myself to my real passion of ultrarunning, something I simply wouldn’t have been able to do without GAMSTOP. 

I encourage anyone who thinks that they might be suffering from a gambling-related issue to research GAMSTOP or to take advantage of the TalkBanStop partnership, which combines self-exclusion with device blocking software, bank blocks and getting the support you might need through Gamcare”.

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BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 analytical insights from GG.BET & Esports Charts

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The esports analytics service Esports Charts, in collaboration with betting brand GG.BET, widely known for its promotion of esports, has published extensive game and betting data for BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024. The stats reveal how the players and teams performed, and provide insights into who viewers bet on the most.

The final stage of the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 Counter-Strike 2 tournament took place from 12 to 16 June. Over 18,000 spectators gathered at the OVO Arena Wembley in London for the tournament playoffs. It was the first time the UK had hosted a Counter-Strike event on such a scale for six years.

Esports Charts analyzed the event and published a series of reports with reviews of the teams’ and individual players’ greatest achievements in the tournament. Before it started, the analytics service published a retrospective review of the viewership of BLAST Premier Spring tournaments over previous years, statistics on the popularity of different team members among Twitch stream audiences, and exclusive data on which teams GG.BET users bet on to win in the tournament.

After the tournament ended, Esports Charts shared its results. The collection of infographics included data on teams’ performances, such as the most spectacular comebacks and wins in rounds with the lowest budget for purchases. They also show betting statistics, such as which teams’ wins produced the most winnings. The final set of information shows how players performed and contains exclusive betting data on individual performances like total deaths and total kills.

GG.BET press office:

“The publication of insights into major CS2 tournaments is becoming a tradition. In March of this year, we shared insights into the first CS2 Major in history. Specialists from both GG.BET and Esports Charts dive deep into the tournaments, analyze a huge quantity of data, and therefore have the chance to monitor exciting esports community trends. We’ll also continue to share the insights we find in the future.

Analytics service Esports Charts is famous for its extensive analysis of esports streams. GG.BET is an international betting brand with a wealth of expertise in esports. Thanks to their joint collaboration, both companies have been able to provide information that the esports community wouldn’t normally consider.

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GGPoker Launches Second Year Of microFestival Online Poker Series with $10 Million Guaranteed Prize Pool

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GGPoker is thrilled to announce the return of its microFestival, the world’s largest micro stakes poker festival, running from June 23 through July 7, 2024. With an impressive $10 million in guaranteed tournament prizes, this year’s series promises to be even more exhilarating for poker enthusiasts of all levels.

GGPoker’s microFestival stands out as the premier online poker event for players with modest bankrolls, featuring No-Limit Holdem, Progressive Knockout (PKO) and Pot Limit Omaha tournaments with buy-ins from just $1. The highlight of the series is the $10.80 Mystery Bounty Main Event, which boasts a staggering $1 million guarantee and a top mystery bounty of $100,000.

Adding to the excitement, GGPoker has introduced a unique freeroll promotion to ensure every participant feels like a winner. Players who fail to cash in any microFestival event will receive a free ticket to one of three $5K freeroll tournaments held the following day. This “Second Chance” offer gives all players another opportunity to win cash prizes, reinforcing GGPoker’s commitment to providing exceptional value and entertainment. In total, 50 freerolls will be held, awarding $250,000 in prizes.

Sarne Lightman, Managing Director of GGPoker, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming series: “We are incredibly excited to bring back microFestival for a second year, with bigger and better tournaments and prizes. GGPoker’s goal has always been to make poker accessible and enjoyable for everyone, and with events starting at just $1, microFestival offers incredible value and excitement. Adding Second Chance freeroll tournaments is our way of thanking our players and ensuring everyone has multiple opportunities to win big.”

GGPoker’s microFestival 2024 is set to attract a diverse and dynamic field of players, from newcomers looking to dip their toes into online poker to seasoned veterans seeking to showcase their skills in a low-stakes environment. With a packed schedule of events and millions of dollars on the line, the series promises unforgettable moments and life-changing wins.

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Week 25/2024 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming

Spinomenal has expanded its otherworldly Demi Gods Series with the addition of Atlas Unleashed. This epic slots saga unfolds in ancient Greece where the gods rule the reels. The 5×4 design is brought to life with sharp graphics and a momentous soundtrack that lures players into the action. Three Free Spins symbols will instantly launch the feature and will award players with 10 Free Spins. Four Free Spins symbols will award 25 Free Spins and five will gift 50 Free Spins.

Spinomenal bolsters Demi Gods Series with heavenly Atlas Unleashed slot

Forget the dusty saloons of Deadwood R.I.P, the TV dreams of Loner and the spicy dungeons of Kenneth Must Die. This time, you’ll find yourself stranded on a lush island paradise, but paradise takes a dark turn when you discover a Tiki collector with a taste for shrunken heads! Hunted with no food or water, players must face the base game, which features a Progression Bar, where each fallen head is collected. Filling it up will unlock Soul Wilds that progressively increase in size and power. Wild Symbols add 3 points, High Paying Symbols add 2 points and Medium Paying Symbols add 1 point to the bar.

Nolimit City Takes Fans to Discover Tropical Terrors in Beheaded

 

A blistering experience awaits in Blueprint Gaming’s latest offering Cash Strike Hotstepper, as a host of thrilling mechanics take centre stage, including the eye-catching Hotstepper feature offering lavish cash rewards. Stepping into a retro 3×3 grid, a feast of fruit symbols is accompanied by flaming gold coins with the title’s five pathways offering a mammoth 50,000x the original bet. All cash symbols or fixed jackpots on reels one or three are awarded when they land alongside the sizzling Cash Strike Collect symbol on reel two.

Blueprint Gaming blends sizzling mechanics with classic slot fun in Cash Strike Hotstepper

Inspired Entertainment and Paddy Power, the retail division of Flutter Entertainment plc, proudly announce the launch of Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins, a custom game that combines the distinctive branding of Paddy Power with Inspired’s renowned Gold Cash Freespins theme. Set against the iconic green backdrop of Paddy Power’s signature colour scheme, Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins is a 5-reel, 4-row, 40-winline slot game packed with branded Wilds and symbols, as well as other player-favorite features.

Inspired Launches Bespoke Gold Cash Freespins Game with Paddy Power

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