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Operators pledge strong support for Responsible Gambling Week with eye-catching new initatives

Zoltan Tundik



Responsible Gambling Week, Nov 1- 7, 2018 - Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford. Photography Sam Pearce / Press contact details: or 24.08.2018
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Responsible Gambling Week 2018 will be bigger and bolder than last year’s inaugural campaign, with operators announcing strong support for the event in the first week of November.

More than 127,000 staff at more than 11,000 gambling venues and online sites in the UK and Ireland will take part in Responsible Gambling Week, sparking a national conversation with customers and their friends and families about what it means to gamble responsibly.

All gambling operators have committed to the campaign, taking place from November 1-7, which is organised by the Industry Group For Responsible Gambling, and will promote consistent messages and branding in venues, online and on their social channels.

Several operators, suppliers and publishers have announced significant initiatives to ensure the campaign reaches the widest possible audience:

  • JPJ Group is donating advertising space at key London Underground stations throughout Responsible Gambling Week
  • Clarion Gaming is funding a targeted influencer engagement campaign to run on Instagram before and during the week
  • Aspers, Mecca, William Hill and Cashino provided staff and venues for campaign imagery
  • Virgin Games mocked up its site for a Responsible Gambling Week ‘takeover’
  • Genting staff are organising a wide range of charity fundraising events at their venues throughout Responsible Gambling Week
  • Leading trade publications and online platforms are donating advertising space

Other operators will announce their own initiatives in the coming weeks and the event is supported by gambling charities, GambleAware, GamCare, and YGam (Young Gamblers Education Trust), and by the Gambling Commission.

Responsible Gambling Week now has its own website, which includes details of all companies and organisations who are supporting the campaign. Operators and supporters can download responsible gambling literature and other campaign materials from the site. Practical advice for customers is being shared on the campaign’s social channels @RGweek18 and the campaign hashtag is #RGWeek18.

John Hagan, Chairman of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, said:
“It is heartening to see the support of leading operators for Responsible Gambling Week. Our aim is to make the event bigger and better than last year and we are using the collective networks, venues and staff of all gambling sectors, and our digital channels, to reach a wider audience and raise awareness”.

Simon Wykes, CEO of Jackpotjoy Operations Ltd, said:

“JPJ Group plc fully supports Responsible Gambling Week. Preventing the harms associated with problem gambling is a shared goal among companies working in the gaming industry, and one of the most effective ways to ensure players gamble responsibly is to arm them with the information they need to make responsible choices.”

This year’s campaign includes Ireland for the first time, where it will be supported by more than 800 bookmakers, and by the Arcades Association, the Gaming and Leisure Association of Ireland, Horse Racing Ireland and the Irish Greyhound and Horse Racing Tote.

Sharon Boyne, Chairperson of the Irish Bookmakers Association, said:

We are delighted to be partnering with the IGRG and joining their Responsible Gambling Week. Merging both campaigns can only help to increase the impact and reach of the campaign and ensure maximum coverage for the week”.  



The theme of the week is ‘Let’s Talk About Responsible Gambling’ and practical advice will be shared through social media channels to ensure responsible gambling messages reach the widest possible audience.

The event is being organised by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), which, through its member trade associations, covers online, amusement arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers and casinos.

Among the activities taking place during the week is a responsible gambling training programme being run by the charities, GamCare and YGam (Young Gamblers Education Trust ) for teachers, university professionals and community workers who work with younger people.

At every gambling venue in the country, responsible gambling literature will be made available to customers, designed to trigger conversations about how to keep gambling fun and safe. Customers who need further help or information will be signposted to GambleAware, an independent charity which funds research, education and treatment, and is supporting Responsible Gambling Week.



  • Established in 2014, the IGRG promotes socially responsible gambling within the British gambling industry, in support of the three licensing objectives in the Gambling Act 2005.
  • The IGRG comprises the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB); British Amusement Machine Association (BACTA); The Bingo Association (BA); National Casino Forum (NCF); and Remote Gambling Association (RGA).
  • IGRG’s member associations represent some 640 operators and 8,500 licensed premises, reflecting the spectrum of gambling businesses.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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The Only Free Spins Guide Any Online Casino Lover Needs

Zoltan Tundik



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Every online casino you stumble upon has free spins and offers to lure new clients into investing a truckload of money on their website. Everyone loves the idea of making a fortune by simply playing a good game of poker or roulette on your PC or mobile phone. However, free spins are more than simply having a stroke of luck; they are calculated promotional strategies aiming to increase their business. Free spins require no deposit fee, all you need is to create an account, register, and bam – you’re done. Here are a few simple tips that every casino lover needs to know.

Different Types of Free Spins

Before we move on to the intricacies of free spins, let’s get over with the basics. There are three fundamental types of free spins that gamblers can access across online casinos.

The free spin deposit bonus comes as a part of the periodical bonus offers. They usually have a high wagering amount and have equally challenging requirements. Check the features and factors of the offer before you make a choice.

The second type, the no deposit free spins are free and often used as a promotional strategy that is most popular amongst casino visitors. The sign-ups are free; however, you might be required to pay a minimum amount when it comes to making a withdrawal.

The final type requires you to pay a fee, you can avail extra free spin though.

Know more about free spins; check out this no deposit free spins list.

Online Casino Bonus and Free Spins

Free spins and bonuses have tempted gamblers from around the world into playing with their money and placing bets. However, online casinos are not as random as one deems them to be.

Free spins can either be part of a promotional scheme or given away as a bonus round to players who have invested a considerable amount and reached a specific level in their game. To access the no deposit free spin you have to create an account, set the amount and you can use it whenever you log in.

Some virtual casinos have the option where the client has to pay a nominal fee to play the free spin. You also have to see whether the winnings from the spin or bonus round are cashable or not. It would be a waste if your earnings were added to your account but couldn’t be withdrawn upon request.

Win Real Money with Virtual Spins

Yes, you read that right. Even if you’re playing on the virtual platform and there’s no real money involved, you can earn some real cash and quickly too. Any winnings that you earn from the spins are added to your balance. What’s more, this amount is cashable- you can withdraw the money anytime you want. Some platforms, however, give you the benefits but do not allow users to access it completely. There is a chance these offers might come with some wagering requirements. These requirements are varied and depend on factors like turnover and spin through. This means you need to spin a set number of times before you get a free spin. It can go from anywhere between 0-30, the lower the number the better it is. There are plenty of other offers other than free spins playthroughs and maximum cash-outs that can get you some quick money.

Advantages of a No Deposit Bonus

Free spins are a win-win situation for everyone who tries it out. Let’s put it this way. Free spins are free, they cost you nothing, there is no risk involved and all the chances of hitting a jackpot! If that’s not lady luck smiling down upon you, we don’t know what is.

You can win quite a bit of money in a matter of mere seconds by taking advantage of the free bonus spins offered to you. All you need is to register with the casino, create an account, pick a game and spin away. Moreover, if it’s truly your lucky day, you might make millions from a single spin while sitting in comfy PJs in your home.

That’s the dream right? Listed below are a few benefits of casino free spins and reasons why you should definitely try them out.

  • You can avail free spins in more than one game from a single casino on a single account and get to keep the profits.
  • You can play with real money without the obligation to pay a dime if things don’t turn out your way
  • Free spins are almost always without any additional conditions attached, they’re transparent and there purely for expanding the business by offering guests tempting offers they just cannot resist.

Some disadvantages:

  • Oftentimes, you have to reach a certain spin or time limit to get a free bonus spin
  • Most free spins are waged on the lowest coins
  • Sometimes even the slot choices are limited

The Bottom Line

Online casinos are the best and the easiest ways to make some quick cash if you have the brains and the patience for it. It’s not sheer dumb luck that earns you a fortune; a good gamble also requires meticulous thinking and in-depth planning. You need to think through every decision you’re about to take, think about the consequences and its effect on your game. Free spins and online bonus rounds give you the golden opportunity to make money with minimum risks involved.

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GiG applies for Spanish licence as part of expansion in regulated markets

George Miller



GiG applies for Spanish licence as part of expansion in regulated markets
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Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (GiG) has applied for an online B2C casino and sports betting licence in Spain as part of its expansion in regulated markets. GiG will, as part of the licencing process, certify its B2B technical platform and offer its services and solutions to external licensed operators in the Spanish market.

GiG will enter the Spanish market with both its B2C and B2B offering and is aiming to launch in H2 2019.

Gambling is an important part of Spanish culture. The country has one of the highest per capita spending in Europe and has consistently grown during the past 20 years. Spain regulated online gambling on a national level in 2011, the offline to online transition is further driving growth, especially in sports betting. Total Gross Gaming Revenue in Spain in 2017 was approximately $10bn, of which online gambling was 10%.  Forecasts expect this to rise to more than 15% by 2023*. Spain is looking into harmonising regulation relating to responsible gaming and gambling advertising, in line with other regulated markets, increasing player safety and market sustainability.

GiG is well positioned for the market opportunity in Spain covering all verticals in the iGaming value chain, supporting operators’ growth with its full turnkey solutions and with cutting edge services, products and solutions which can be optimised for bespoke operator requirements.

GiG currently holds licences in Malta, UK, New Jersey, Germany: Schleswig-Holstein and also has two pending licences in Sweden.

*Source: H2GC


About Gaming Innovation Group (GiG):

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. is a technology company providing solutions, products and services throughout the entire value chain in the iGaming industry. Founded in 2012, Gaming Innovation Group’s vision is ‘To open up iGaming and make it fair and fun for all’. Through the ecosystem of products and services, GiG is connecting operators, suppliers and users, to create the best iGaming experiences in the world. Gaming Innovation Group operates out of Malta and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GIG.


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National Casino Forum Sets Up New Board To Promote Diversity And Inclusion In The Industry

George Miller



National Casino Forum Sets Up New Board To Promote Diversity And Inclusion In The Industry
Tracey Stevenson, chair of DICE.
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The National Casino Forum, which represents all the UK’s land-based operators, has launched a new initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the casino sector.

DICE (Diversity and Inclusion for Career Enhancement) is a new seven-member board, whose role will be to create greater awareness within the industry of the issue and to help operators combat unconscious bias in recruitment, retention and promotion.

DICE will begin by collating data from the casino sector to assess the current employment landscape and whether operators are recruiting inclusively. It will also look at career opportunities for women and members of the BAME community within the sector and representation at management and senior management level.

DICE will provide strategic leadership to develop and implement diversity and inclusion programs, leading engagement within the casino sector to advise on best practice and support operators in promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion in the UK casino sector. It will identify any potential barriers which are preventing them from doing this and develop initiatives to overcome them.

The board will map progress made by the casino sector, consulting with industry leaders on any help they might need to promote best practice in their businesses and sponsoring further research into any obstacles which are preventing the casino sector from offering equal opportunities to all.

Two well-attended industry workshops have already taken place, the most recent being in September, which was designed for middle management to address the issue of unconscious bias in the workplace.

Chaired by Tracey Stevenson, General Manager Compliance and Integrity at Crown London Aspinalls, the other board members are: Mike Rothwell, Managing Director, Caesars Entertainment EMEA; Marieanne Carmody-Weir, Head of Regulatory Compliance and Audit, Aspers UK; David Livermore, Compliance and Security Director, Les Ambassadeurs; Alison Sullivan, General Manager, Park Tower – Grosvenor; David Smith, Gaming Director, The Hippodrome Casino and Tracy Damestani, CEO National Casino Forum.

Tracey Stevenson, chair of DICE, said:
“The UK’s casinos are great places to work and offer fantastic career opportunities. We want them to become known as equal opportunities employers, where everyone has the chance to progress their career, regardless of gender or ethnicity. We want casinos to reflect the communities in which they operate, not just on the gaming floor but at boardroom level too.

“DICE can help advise operators on how to hire inclusively and to understand what training and awareness is needed for staff at all levels. We will promote a positive vision of the casino sector, which will enhance how we recruit, retain and inspire our employees”.


The National Casino Forum represents the UK’s land-based casino operators. It promotes a well-regulated, socially responsible and commercially successful casino industry. Its vision is to make the UK the most attractive destination in the world for casino gaming.

Casinos are an integral part of the UK’s entertainment, hospitality and leisure sector. Operators are committed to caring for their customers and giving the public, the government and the regulator confidence in the way they conduct business.
The NCF’s role is to encourage and highlight best practice in the industry. Its runs forums to promote innovation and promote the safe gambling agenda.

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