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Former gambling addict launches Safer Online Gambling Group

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Former online gambling addict David Bradford, 62, and his son, entrepreneur and social activist Adam Bradford, 26, have turned their past five tireless years of campaign work into a non-profit which will ‘slash the odds’ on punters becoming addicted to online gambling.

The Safer Online Gambling Group aims to raise awareness of online gambling addiction, bring about support for gambling addicts under an NHS framework and work with operators and the government to tighten up gambling policy to protect vulnerable players.

David and Adam already have meetings in the pipeline with Sky Bet and industry self exclusion scheme GAMSTOP with hopes of forming a customer-led coalition between gambling operators, customers with real life experiences and policy makers. They hope to ensure operators commit to a Safer Online Gambling Charter, which the group will also audit through user testing and discrete research.

Last week, the pair exposed weaknesses in the gambling industry’s GAMSTOP self-exclusion scheme which is meant to ensure addicted players cannot gamble again if they exclude themselves. Since their investigation the Gambling Commission has promised to tighten up the scheme’s loopholes.

David said: ‘Online gambling became a devastating addiction for me. An addict will not know they have the problem until it’s too late. Psychologically it takes you over. I was like a hamster in the hamster wheel. This work is going to become the rest of my life and I am proud to be able to turn a corner by providing a solution which will improve the lives of thousands of addicts across the country. Free bets and glamorous adverts kept me betting until there was nowhere else to go but to steal money to keep the whole facade alive. It was a desperate and unforgivable situation, I just wish help was around at the time.’

David’s two youngest sons, Alex and Ryan Bradford, who were 17 when David went to jail, have spoken for the first time about the impact their father’s gambling addiction had on them. In a statement released to the press, they said: ‘Our dad is a very brave man. We understand he lost control of his gambling but nothing was there to help him. We fully stand by him, no matter what happens, our family is united in providing hope and a real-life experience of gambling addiction which will help others if they find themselves in trouble too.’

David hid his 30-year gambling addiction from the family, ending up in jail after stealing £50,000 from his employers. He kept his addiction and the court case secret from his family, with them only finding out about their father’s problems through a report on the front page of the local newspaper. David had racked up over £500,000 of debt through payday loans, credit cards, bank loans and even remortgaging the family home. He was helplessly addicted to gambling and only now can reflect on his issues properly. The pair have campaigned nationally towards politicians, 10 Downing Street and industry operators to bring about change. They have had the support of the NHS, the Conservative Party and Labour deputy leader Tom Watson MP.

Recent achievements include work on the successful campaign to bring the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals stake down to £2 from £100 after widespread criticism of the machines and a roll out of NHS problem gambling clinics on the NHS in this year’s NHS Long Term Plan.

Over 430,000 people are addicted to gambling in the UK according to the Gambling Commission and a further 2 million people are at risk. 55,000 under 16s have gambling related problems according to charity GambleAware and the rate of advertising for gambling has increased by 600% since the Gambling Act 2005 deregulated many parts of the gambling industry. Adam and David would like to see advertising reduced, robust ID and affordability checks placed on online accounts and national campaigns run to highlight gambling addiction, as well as the further rollout of national NHS gambling addiction provision.

 

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Middleton Katz Joins SMP Group

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Isle of Man-based corporate services provider Middleton Katz has today announced a deal to join the SMP Group of Companies, a global professional and financial services group.  The transaction has been approved by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority.

Middleton Katz is a well-respected service provider on the Isle of Man, delivering corporate, tax, and accounting services to a broad range of clients. The company has built its reputation on professional expertise, personal service, and attention to detail.

Martin Katz, Principal of Middleton Katz, commented: ‘I am incredibly proud of the business and sense of community we have built; as a small, close-knit team, we have consistently punched above our weight in terms of the services we deliver. However, joining a larger group gives us the back-office support we need to extend and improve the services we offer clients much farther than we could alone. For us, SMP was a clear candidate from the beginning. We have dealt with them many times in the past and always been treated fairly and respectfully, so we already have strong relationships with many of their team.’

David Hudson, CEO of SMP Group, added: ‘Middleton Katz is an efficient and highly skilled company that is well-loved and respected by both clients and staff for its personable and reliable service and culture. We know they will integrate very naturally into our business, and we believe our shared history and ambitions will be hugely beneficial for their clients and staff.

‘Middleton Katz is our second acquisition since completion of the MBO on 14th June and represents another significant milestone for our Group.’

The deal has been undertaken with the support of Palatine Private Equity LLP, the UK mid-market private equity house that took SMP through its 2019 MBO, with additional debt funding from Apera Asset Management.

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GambleRock.com Launches a Social Online Gambling Community

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Introducing, GambleRock.com! Players, affiliates and gaming sites are all welcome to join the fastest growing community for the online gambling industry

 

A newfangled online casino community is now live for gamblers looking for the freshest gaming news, honest casino reviews, top 10 rankings and prodigious welcome bonus offers. Introducing, GambleRock.com! Players, affiliates and gaming sites are all welcome to join the fastest growing community for the online gambling industry.

The website is free for everyone and connects gamblers directly with online betting sites through its social media like features: private messaging, friends and followers, status updates, activity feeds, WordPress blogs and community discussion forums.

Launched in May 2019, the social gambling community already has members sharing their thoughts and providing helpful tips in the GambleRock forum. It aims to connect players with affiliates, casinos and sports betting websites. The community also provides trusted online casino reviews and lists the top ranked gambling sites organized by country. i-Gaming affiliates and casino affiliate programs are encouraged to share information about their websites and develop business brand pages on gamblerock.com.

GambleRock members have discussions on different topics in the community forum. Players will find exclusive casino bonuses and new casino promo codes from highly trusted gambling websites. Active discussion categories for online betting matters are accessible in the forums. GambleRock offers members a free dispute and mediation service for any complaints they have with an Internet gambling site. Submit your complaint to the online casino complaints forum and they’ll contact you to try and help you collect payments and resolve the matter (no cost to you).

The GambleRock top 10 online casinos list is for people who want to play for real money. In addition to their current rankings, they are also developing further lists of trusted online casinos based on the country where players are located in. The reviews are trustworthy, reliable and to the point. Learn useful betting strategies for casino games before making your decision on where to play.

Stay abreast with gambling laws and other issues affecting the online gambling community. Dive deep into the news and read important and extensive news from the industry. Its noteworthy news stories are gathered from credible news sources like CNN, Wall Street Journal, BBC News, Bloomberg, AP News, etc. Every gambling news story that you’ll read on GambleRock is from a trustworthy source.

 

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EveryMatrix signs partnership agreement with Wiraya to develop strategic commercial network

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International software provider EveryMatrix has signed a partnership agreement with Wiraya, which will support commercial expansion for both businesses in the iGaming industry. The new partnership brings together EveryMatrix’s premium offering and client network with Wiraya’s Mobile Customer Activation solution.

EveryMatrix has always strived to offer the very best technology available to its clients and the new partnership with Wiraya will support us in our efforts. By using Wiraya’s solution across the player lifecycle, we can now facilitate superior player engagement to our operators.

“One of our fundamentals is to always be a flexible and agile partner to our clients across sports and casino, which means that we have a responsibility to find or develop the best solutions available for their needs.” comments Kiril Nestorovski, Head of Sales at EveryMatrix.

“Wiraya has some ambitious growth plans, and to achieve these objectives, strategic partnerships with some of the biggest brands in the industry will be key.” says Patrik Eriksson, Wiraya’s Partnership Manager for iGaming.

“From the beginning of our discussions, EveryMatrix recognised the potential value here for their customers, as all major operators are now really understanding the benefits of focussing on customer experience. This means taking active steps to engage with players throughout the entire player lifecycle, to address the critical challenge of customer loyalty.” adds Eriksson.

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