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UK Gambling Commission publishes latest combined Health Survey

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The Gambling Commission has published the latest combined Health Survey, which outlines participation, at-risk gambling and problem gambling rates across Great Britain. The data, drawn from field research carried out in 2016, shows that the rate of problem gambling across Britain was 0.7%

Tim Miller, Executive Director at the Gambling Commission said: “The Health Survey, along with all of our evidence and data, indicates that the problem gambling rate in Great Britain is stable. However, we want to see a sustained and significant reduction in the levels of problem gambling and will continue to drive the industry to build momentum towards this goal.

“Understanding the level of problem gambling is an important part of making gambling safer, but what this data won’t show is the extent of the harm someone may be experiencing, or the wider impact upon their families and their communities.”

Tim adds: “That is why, together with our expert advisers the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, we recently published a ground-breaking approach to understanding the full range of harms gambling can have on society.”

This work, alongside the recently published research programme marks an important step in informing the direction of the next National Responsible Gambling Strategy, which will launch in April 2019. Comments on how the social cost of gambling-related harms can be measured and better understood, along with feedback on the research programme are welcomed by email: [email protected]

 

Key figures

  • 1.2% of gamblers were classed as problem gamblers (0.7% of the population) – this is statistically stable, and consistent with both 2012 and 2015 reports
  • 2.4% of people were classed as low risk gamblers, and 1.1% of people as moderate risk gamblers
  • Problem gambling was more prevalent among people who had participated in multiple gambling activities in the past year, than those that had just participated in one
  • 57% of adults (aged 16 and over) in Great Britain had gambled in the past year – this is down by 6% compared to 2015
  • Men (62%) are more likely to participate in gambling than women (52%)
    Most popular gambling activities were: National Lottery draws (41%), scratchcards (21%) and other lotteries (14%)
  • Gambling participation (excluding National Lottery draws only) was highest among 25 – 34 year olds
  • Gambling participation was lowest among non-drinkers (36%), followed by those who drank up to 14 units of alcohol per week (59%) and were highest for those who drank more than 14 units per week (69%)
  • Problem gambling rates were higher among those with probable mental ill health (according to the GHQ-12 score), than those that indicated no evidence of probable mental ill health.

 

Source: Gambling Commission

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Meridianbet extends casino offering with Booming Games

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Booming Games’ full slot portfolio is now available on Meridianbet with more than 60 HTML5 slot games including popular titles like Burning Classics, Howling Wolves, Gold Vein and latest release Jesters Joy.

Booming Games release up to two new games per month. Soon to be released are Freezing Classics, Book of Tombs and Cash Pig. “We are delighted to partner with a leading operator like Meridianbet to further extend the reach of our content in their key markets. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership” said Frederik Niehusen, Chief Commercial Officer at Booming Games.

Milan Đurmez, Head Of Online Casino at Meridianbet added, ‘’Meridianbet takes great pleasure in enhancing its slots offer with Booming’s quality titles. We expect nothing less than their great popularity across all our markets.’’

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True Flip Group presents the all-new EMOJINO brand under the MGA permit

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EMOJINO will join the Group’s iGaming assets that have gained notable success in the last year. These include the rapidly rising True Lab games studio, as well as the EGR shortlisted True Flip casino that pioneered the common True Label software platform.

Starting November EMOJINO opens its doors to the players, backing up its vast game selection with tailored promotions and beautifully structured bonus packs.

EMOJINO will make use of the Group’s very own True Label software platform that has been rolled out in recent months. The platform utilizes a stack of effective solutions and an advanced Responsible Gaming section.

The EMOJINO launch follows up the recent MGA B2C license acquisition by the Group. The new casino will target a variety of regulated markets under the newly granted permit.

“The idea behind our new brand, EMOJINO, roots into all these vivid emotions we always chase while turning to a casino experience. Empathy is the feeling to which the entire action around EMOJINO devotes. We trust EMOJINO is going to be accepted very well by many players at our target regulated markets.” – said True Flip Group co-founder Konstantin Katsev.

EMOJINO supports English, Finnish, Norwegian, German, French, and Portuguese languages and has direct relations with a few dozen of the top game providers including Play’N’Go, NetEnt, Evolution, True Lab, Yggdrasil, Pragmatic Play, ELK, Microgaming, Quickspin and others.

The payment options will include card payments as well as a decent variety of popular payment processing services.

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Racing Post extends partnership with Leopardstown until 2022

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Racing Post has announced the extension of its sponsorship agreement with Leopardstown, providing title sponsorship and race sponsorship of day one of the Leopardstown Christmas festival. As part of the two-year agreement, day one will now be called Racing Post day with the feature race of the day the Racing Post Novice Chase.

The partnership outlines Racing Post commitment to Irish racing at the end of what has been the most unprecedented year. With no sign of crowds returning to racecourses continued sponsorship is crucial to the success of festivals and racecourses across the country.

The Grade 1 Racing Post Chase has an illustrious history and has been won by equine heroes such as Danoli, Moscow Flyer, Sizing Europe, Douvan, Min & Notebook to name but a few. This year’s renewal looks set to excite once again as it gets the festival Group 1s underway.

The Leopardstown Christmas Festival is a highlight of the festive period taking place between 26-29 December annually. The meeting usually welcomes over 55,000 people, although this won’t be the case in 2020 due to Covid. However with over €1 million in prize money on offer and featuring 7 Grade 1 races and a number of valuable Handicaps the festival is just as exciting this year.

Discussing the extended partnership with Leopardstown, Racing Post Retail Director, Alan Pepperell mentioned the importance of supporting the racing industry in Ireland.

Pepperell said: ‘It’s a hugely difficult time for racecourses across the UK and Ireland with no crowds in attendance. The work that is going on behind the scenes to get racing on in a safe environment is incredible. We’re delighted to continue our support with Leopardstown, their Christmas festival has become a pilgrimage for a lot of Irish racing fans and while that won’t be the case this year we hope Racing Post day kicks off the festival in style. We know the festival will be a success and we’re delighted to be on board for the next two renewals.’

Tim Husbands, CEO Leopardstown echoed Alan’s words saying: ‘We are delighted to extend our partnership with Racing Post and are grateful for their continued support in these challenging times. Racing has been able to continue through the most stringent of restrictions due to Covid 19 and this would not be possible without the support of our partners. We look forward to many more renewals of the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase which is the highlight of the first day of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.’

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