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Deborah Roil Recognised At Global Regulatory Awards For The Success Of Responsible Gambling Week

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Deborah Roil, of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), won the Compliance Outstanding Achievement award at the third annual Global Regulatory Awards.

She was given the award for her role as project manager of the successful 2018 Responsible Gambling Week, which encompassed more than 12,000 gambling venues and online sites, involved 120,000 employees across Great Britain and created around 20 million impressions on social media. Leading football clubs and racecourses also took part, promoting safer gambling messages through their own channels and reaching new audiences.

Hosted by actor and comedian Stephen Mangan, the 3rd Global Regulatory awards took place at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The outstanding achievement award is presented to an individual who has implemented industry-leading compliance initiatives in 2018-2019.

The awards are judged by an independent panel of experts and honour people working in a constantly changing regulatory landscape, who demonstrate a dedication to trustworthy gambling but rarely receive the plaudits they deserve.

Deborah Roil said: “I am honoured to have received this award, on behalf of everyone in the industry who worked so hard to make the 2018 campaign a success. The objective is to trigger a national conversation about responsible gambling and, with the support of the trade associations and operators, I have no doubt we will make the 2019 campaign even bigger and better”.

John Hagan, chairman of the IGRG, said: “During Responsible Gambling Week, operators want to reach not only their customers, but also their families and friends and the wider community. The IGRG is hoping to work with a broad range of groups, including charities, local authorities and information services, to ensure we connect with the widest possible audience. We want to find new ways of making this an open and inclusive conversation”.

Responsible Gambling Week 2019 will take place from 7th – 13th November 2019. The campaign brings together every sector of the industry through the IGRG, highlighting the work done throughout the year by operators to promote responsible gambling.

Information about RG Week 2019 will be made available at https://responsiblegamblingweek.org/ and social media channels are also live on Facebook and Twitter @RGWeek19.

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ODJ Survey Reveals France’s Gambling Activity Declines, Problem Gambling Rises

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The latest survey by Observatoire des jeux (ODJ), the regulating body that monitors the gambling activity of France, has revealed that gambling activity in the country is declining, but the cases of problem gambling rise.

Problem gambling is one of the biggest setbacks of the gambling industry. Protocols that ensure that players are protected from themselves are required for every company before approval of their licenses.

The decline in gambling activity for a country could mean two things. First, the country gets lesser revenue from the industry. And it also means that fewer people are attracted to gambling which means more money for their families.

ODJ reported that 47.2% of the ten thousand respondents are engaged in some gambling last year, a decline from the 2014 survey’s 57.2%.

The report also showed that the country’s excessive gambling activity doubled from 0.8% in 2014 to 1.6% in 2019. Gamblers at risk of becoming problem gamblers rose from 3.8% in 2014 to 4.4% last year.

The regulating body concluded that around 370 thousand French adults are problem gamblers, while about 1 million are at risk of becoming one. ODJ also claimed that 6% of spending on problem gamblers and those at risk of becoming one contributed 38.3% of all gambling spending in 2019.

The survey also revealed that lottery games lead France’s gambling activity, but problem gambling among lottery players remained low at nearly 1%. The report revealed that lottery scratch games are twice more addictive than traditional draw games. Poker and casino players are four times more prone to problem gambling compared to lotteries, while sports and race betting is six times more addictive.

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Holland Casino Reopens to Public

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Holland Casino has reopened the doors of all 14 of its facilities on July 1. The opening act was performed in the atmospheric dome hall of Holland Casino Amsterdam Centre by singer Tino Martin and CEO Erwin van Lambaart.

Under the supervision of croupier Sharize, the first spin on the roulette table was symbolically given. This ended the closure of almost four months.

“We are very happy that we are open again and that we can fulfill our social task. As of today, our valued guests can safely and responsibly enjoy our hospitality and our exciting range of games during a pleasant afternoon or evening. We have fully furnished all branches in accordance with the 1.5 meter guidelines, while retaining the atmospheric ambiance that the Netherlands is used to from us. Not only the latest slot machines, but also the familiar table games such as Black Jack and Roulette are available again today. Our restaurants and bars are also open. We do ask everyone to make a reservation and adhere to the known guidelines. Our 4,000 employees are ready for our guests with special instructions,” Erwin van Lambaart, said.

“I love this beautiful location in the middle of our capital. A few weeks ago I recorded a number of acoustic sessions in this intimate dome room for my fans and for the employees and guests of Holland Casino. That was of course very special to be allowed to do and it produced beautiful images, but at the same time it was also very unreal. I am very happy for all the people at Holland Casino that they can get back to work and that everyone can return here for a relaxing afternoon or evening,” Tino Martin said.

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Dutch Legal Protection Minister Seeks to Ease Tensions Over Gaming Addiction

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Sander Dekker, the Netherlands’ Minister for Legal Protection, has spoken out against a ban on online games over the potential risk for addiction among young people. Instead, he explained that the Dutch authorities will focus on prevention and treatment.

Responding to a question from Socialist Party politician Michael van Nipsen on how gambling legislation is enforced in relation to video games, Dekker looked to highlight the distinction between video games and games of chance.

He explained that gaming was a popular and generally accepted leisure activity for young people, pointing out that players used games to socialise online, and noted the products could even help minors develop skills. However, Dekker acknowledged that these games, especially free-to-play online titles, could be designed in a way that encouraged continuous play.

He said a changing revenue model meant that rather than purchasing the titles outright, online games were often offered for free, with players purchasing in-game items to enhance the gameplay. Microtransactions could build up, meaning users spent significantly more than they intended, and some elements where blind boxed items such as loot boxes were purchased for cash could – and have – been classed as gambling.

He admitted that some young people developed problems, to the point that it could be classed as an addiction.

This was not enough to justify a total ban on these games, Dekker said, noting there was no “one size fits all” approach to preventing gaming addiction.

“Prevention and education are, in the case of (online) gaming, a task shared by the national government and the gaming industry itself,” he explained.

Dekker pointed out that he has asked the Ministry of Justice and Security’s research centre, the Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum (WODC) to investigate links between gaming and gambling addiction, as well as identifying gaps in current and incoming regulations.

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