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National Council on Problem Gambling Publishes NGAGE Research

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The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the advocacy organization for people and their families who are affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction, has announced the publication of the results from their groundbreaking National Survey of Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experiences (NGAGE).

This past November, thanks to the support of GVC Holdings, NCPG commissioned Ipsos, a global market research and consulting firm, to conduct a U.S. national consumer study to examine the experiences with various forms of gambling as well as attitudes about gambling among participants in the study. The survey included 3,000 participants from across the U.S. and the results provide an overview of both national and state-by-state gambling participation and problem gambling trends.

“NGAGE is a big initiative for NCPG and will provide important baseline data as gambling, especially sports betting, continues in the U.S. In analyzing the data, we hope to better understand problem gambling and people’s attitudes toward it. The data will be a critical tool for advocates, industry and legislators as they consider state-by-state sports betting initiatives, providing evidence to illuminate patterns of past behaviors as they consider possible future impacts,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG. “We also expect that the data will bolster our efforts to gain support for better access to treatment and services for those affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction.”

The study includes questions on gambling participation, emphasis on sports betting and fantasy sports betting, problematic behavior and positive play, as well as beliefs and opinions about problem gambling.

Initial findings show that the vast majority of Americans support responsible gambling measures. When asked about responsible gambling requirements if their state was to legalize sports betting, 63% felt it was important for operators to implement such measures. By a 2 to 1 margin, clear majorities also believe it is important to set aside some revenues for treatment and for public awareness campaigns.

“We’ve learned that almost three quarters of the American public likes to gamble every now and then and that most do so responsibly. However, there are a small but significant number who are indulging in risky practices or who don’t understand how gambling works,” said Don Feeney, Gambling Policy Consultant for National Council on Problem Gambling and President of Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance. “As we continue to analyze the data we anticipate learning more about these people and how we can help reduce their risks.”

For additional insights on problem gambling, please visit www.ncpgsurvey.org.

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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Expectations on Online Gambling in the US

Niji Narayan

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The U.S. casinos have already entered into the list of the burning issues of the United States. Nevada is a national gambling symbol in the US, while some of the states impose strict restrictions even on the online casinos. The recent tendencies in the American online gambling market look quite promising.

Around 90% of the American gamblers easily switched from a traditional casino to the online platforms introducing the same services. At the same time, 85% of the US gambling niche income is generated by its online segment. On average, the industry of sports betting reaches the exorbitant figures – $400 billion a year.

It is obvious that the US cannot impose a strict federal ban on online gambling. The only obstacles may exist on the state level, where the situation is quite paradoxical. Depending on the state, the national operators have to satisfy a long list of the legal requirements to get a proper license.

It seems that the endless war between the operators and the state laws is getting tense: many of the gambling icons keep pushing the respective bills about partly legalisation of online casinos.

The milestone to block the decision-making process on a state level is taxation rates for the online casino operators. Some of the fees make it clear that the government would like to benefit from the business as much as the actual providers.

Despite a few legal opportunities, the online gambling niche in the US is blossoming. This business will soon reach its peak and will demand some more room for expanding its influence and audience.

In the nearest future, we can expect some further improvements. There is nothing to hold the industry from further development. Recognising the providers’ needs will resolve lots of issues related to illegal gambling. This should be a minimum benefit the federals cannot resist.

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DOJ Appeals the District Court Decision on Wire Act Case

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The Department of Justice has filed its intent to appeal a district court decision on the Wire Act to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

In June, a federal judge in the New Hampshire District ruled that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting and not to other forms of interstate gaming.

The New Hampshire Lottery and its vendor had filed the federal case because of the DOJ’s change in stance on the interpretation of the Wire Act.

The DOJ in 2011 had stated that the Wire Act applied only to sports wagering. But it reversed the course with a memo from 2018, expanding the possible reach for federal prosecution which triggered worries about its applicability to online gambling, lotteries and other forms of gaming that potentially cross state lines.

The New Hampshire District judge had forecast that the case would likely reach the US Supreme Court. While the case is going on, the DOJ has said it would not enforce the new interpretation of the Wire Act until 2020.

“The Department’s action, while hardly unexpected, is certainly unwarranted. DOJ generally files appeals of adverse district court decisions as a matter of course. We hope that, rather than engaging in a protracted, expensive and ultimately unsuccessful legal fight, the Department will take this opportunity to negotiate a settlement which will focus the Wire Act and DOJ’s enforcement resources on the right targets – the unlicensed illegal offshore Internet gambling operators who do not create jobs or tax revenue in the U.S. and do not appropriately protect consumers,” Jeff Ifrah, founder of iDEA Growth (an online gambling lobbying group) said.

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NFL Issues Prohibitions on Sports Betting

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NFL has issued strict prohibitions on sports betting. In an email sent to NFL employees, vendors and contractors, the league made it clear that gambling on sports could lead to losing one’s job.

NFL’s communication said, in part:

“Gambling, particularly betting on NFL games or other sports, presents risks to the integrity of our competition and team cohesion, and can undermine the confidence and trust of our fans and colleagues in America’s greatest game. We therefore owe it to our fans and everyone associated with the League to take all appropriate steps to safeguard our game against possible threats from illegal gambling as well as gambling in a legal, regulated context.”

The memo spelled out forbidden activities and practices in detail. Prohibitions include:

Gambling at offshore sites or in states without legal sports betting

Gambling in any form on NFL games

Offering inside info or tips on a team or game

Setting foot in a sportsbook during the season

Betting in any form on anything in any NFL facility

Promoting any kind of gambling entity

Owning any part of a casino or sports betting operation

These restrictions are applied to owners, players and various vendors and contractors. Players are also implored to always give a “best effort” in any game to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

Non-sports wagering is allowed so long as employees do not physically enter a sportsbook to place the bet. Online or third-party wagers are allowed if done through state-approved operations. The league has made an exception for fantasy leagues with prizes under $250. Daily fantasy sports remain a violation of league policy.

The process of review and potential punishment for the rule violations lay at the feet of Commissioner Roger Goodell, who, according to the memo will make assessments on a case-by-case basis.

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