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Playtech Online presents an automatically updating news feed from 2 of the best online casino news and gambling news resources available in the world! For those interested in USA Casino news we have a news feed from Play USA and for those interested in UK casino news and a lot more we have arguably the best and certainly the most comprehensive gambling newspaper in the world, The Guardian.

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 13 June 2019, 6:00 am

    The ‘unconquered tribe’ is withholding $350m under a revenue sharing agreement, but tribe says the state has reneged on the dealIn more than a century and a half since the end of Florida’s Seminole wars, the Native American tribe has proudly boasted of its status as the only one never to sign a peace treaty with the US government.Now leaders of the “unconquered tribe” are skirmishing again with the authorities, in a long-simmering dispute over gambling income that has prompted the Seminoles to withhold $350m due to the state of Florida under a revenue-sharing agreement. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 9 June 2019, 1:32 am

    It’s an uncertain road ahead for the billionaire, as he cuts his stake in his beloved empire and looks to diversify• Crown has a new king – but regulators may get in the wayCrown Resorts’ $2bn luxury casino and apartment tower rising at Barangaroo has been synonymous with James Packer, one of Australia’s richest men, reflecting his greatest achievement as well as a heavy personal burden.Packer shed some of that load on 31 May, when he sold 19.99% of his stake in Crown to Lawrence Ho, his former business partner in a joint venture in Macau, realising nearly $1.8bn. Related: Crown has a new king – but regulators may get in the way of deal I was like Icarus. I flew too close to the sun Related: US casino giant Wynn ends takeover talks with James Packer’s Crown Resorts Related: Billionaire casino owner James Packer quits business interests Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 7 June 2019, 10:06 pm

    Regulators are running the ruler over James Packer’s sale of a 19.9% stake in his gaming empire to Melco – and the investigation could take yearsJames Packer’s decision to sell 19.9% of his Australian gaming empire, Crown Resorts, to his former Macau business partner faces a labyrinth of regulatory approvals from three state gaming authorities and, potentially, the foreign investment review board.With Crown holding casino licences in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, each of the state-based gaming authorities is likely to want to run the ruler over Lawrence Ho’s acquisition and assess whether the newest significant shareholder meets requirements that casino operators are fit and proper people. Related: James Packer sells almost half his stake in Crown Resorts Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 29 May 2019, 2:25 pm

    Kenny Alexander’s basic salary is reduced from £950,000 after ‘feedback’ from investorsThe boss of the UK’s largest gambling company has taken a £150,000 pay cut in an effort to stave off a shareholder rebellion at next week’s annual meeting over his £19.1m pay package.GVC, which owns the bookmakers Ladbrokes and Coral as well as multiple online betting brands, said its chief executive, Kenny Alexander, had volunteered to have his basic salary reduced from £950,000 to £800,000 after “feedback” from investors. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 19 May 2019, 6:59 am

    Things may seem dire, but screwing up isn’t the end of the world. By ‘owning’ your blunder, you can turn your life aroundIt’s a moment in his 14-year career as a headteacher that Simon Kidwell will never forget. “The husband of a member of my staff was rushed to hospital – and she came in the next day, after being up most of night, panicking because she hadn’t done the marking for her class.” At the time, he expected all the teachers at his Cheshire primary school to mark their pupils’ work daily and give each child detailed feedback – a lengthy process which typically took around 2.5 hours a day, but had been praised by Ofsted.The teacher’s panic made him realise he had made a mistake. “It was a wake-up call for me. I had a teacher more worried about her workload than her husband being in hospital.” Kidwell decided to reduce the marking workload of his teachers, cutting their working hours by around seven hours a week on average. “Staff retention rates are now very, very strong and our teachers have a healthier work-life balance.”Don’t be in denial about your mistakes. The faster you fess up, the faster you’ll recover Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 15 May 2019, 5:01 am

    Advertising watchdog upholds complaints saying bookie’s invite to Tinder breached codeA William Hill advert that invited users of dating app Tinder to bet their way out of the “friend zone” has been banned for linking gambling to sexual success.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which has upheld a string of complaints against gambling firms this year, said the message breached the code governing the promotion of gambling. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 9 May 2019, 6:00 am

    Overhaul of laws needed, with onus on industry to reduce problem gambling, says BMJ paperGambling laws should be radically overhauled, including a mandatory tax on the industry to fund addiction treatment, according to the authors of a paper.The report, which was published in the British Medical Journal, claimed that the economic cost of gambling-related harm had been “significantly underestimated” and pointed to research that linked betting addiction to suicide. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 8 May 2019, 5:00 am

    Once compared to Oxford, the university city of Pavia is now better known for gambling. These activists are fighting to change thatAt the start of this year, Massimo was standing on a bridge “determined to jump off”. The 45-year-old had been struggling with gambling addiction since 2001.“I started to play slot machines and video poker after the death of my father and ended up spending €5,000 a day,” says the artisan fence-maker, from the city of Pavia in northern Italy. He was soon in debt to loan sharks and ended up stealing to fund his habit, including from his own mother, before considering suicide.In Pavia you stumble on a gambling opportunity every time you buy a cappuccinoAs a series of crises puts Europe under strain, some cities are fighting back with innovative solutions. From hyper-specialist shops beating the online threat in Berlin to the Bulgarian city reversing the country’s brain drain, from the Italian city finding new ways to tackle addiction to gambling to the Swedish town that has found innovative ways to combat extremism, we look at what European cities are doing to live better in our increasingly urban world. Related: Sinking city: how Venice is managing Europe’s worst tourism crisis Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 7 May 2019, 11:01 pm

    Ad showing Rhodri Giggs driving sports car and drinking champagne glamorises gambling, says watchdogThe UK advertising watchdog has banned a Paddy Power TV campaign featuring the brother of Ryan Giggs, the former Manchester United player and current manager of the Welsh national team, for glamorising gambling as a route to a wealthy lifestyle.The TV campaign featured Rhodri Giggs as the face of the bookmaker’s loyalty scheme, the Paddy Power Rewards Club.#THFC: Lloris (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Kane.Latest odds from @WilliamHill ⚪️ #UCL Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 5 May 2019, 10:56 am

    Advert breaches code which protects children from being targeted, ASA claimsAn advert for a Monopoly-themed online casino game is to be banned by the advertising regulator over concern that use of the board game’s familiar cartoon mascot – Rich Uncle Pennybags – might appeal to children.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found that the ad, which appeared on the Mirror Online website, breached its code, which says that gambling ads must not be designed to appeal to young people. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 3 May 2019, 5:04 pm

    MPs call for compulsory levy as GambleAware reveals many firms gave £10 or less in 2018-19The gambling industry has fallen short of a target of £10m in voluntary donations to the leading charity that funds addiction treatment and research, fuelling renewed calls from MPs for a compulsory levy.Data released by GambleAware, the recommended recipient of donations, showed the industry gave it £9.6m in 2018-19, with some firms ensuring their presence on the list of donors by giving £1 or £5. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 25 April 2019, 5:40 pm

    Sports minister defies call from UK regulator to raise funding for addiction treatmentThe government has come under fire for its “outrageous” failure to back a mandatory levy on betting firms to increase funding for addiction treatment, in defiance of a call from the industry’s regulator.Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, accused the government of “dragging its heels”, after the sports minister, Mims Davies, said in a speech that the existing voluntary levy “does work”, moments after the chair of the Gambling Commission said the opposite.At the launch of the gambling commissions report & disappointed to hear that the U.K. government have still not decided to apply a statutory levy to raise money for gambling related harm. The gambling commission is supporting it. Why won’t the government?#reducinggamblingharms Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 22 April 2019, 7:00 pm

    Woman who lost £125,000 on LeoVegas and Casumo says they offered her bonuses to keep bettingA problem gambler who lost £125,000 with the online casinos LeoVegas and Casumo has accused them of ignoring obvious signs of her addiction, instead offering her bonuses to keep betting.Katie, 42, formerly a successful accountant, has been receiving addiction treatment after racking up debts on nine credit cards.My Name Is Katie was broadcast at 8pm on BBC Radio 4, and will be available to listen again on the BBC Sounds app. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 20 April 2019, 11:00 am

    The system Harry Ogden invented on Newmarket Heath in the 1790s has endured but the industry it spawned is eating itselfThe world’s first bookmaker, so the story goes, was a man called Harry Ogden. One afternoon in the early 1790s, when organised thoroughbred racing was already almost a century old, Ogden went to Newmarket races and did something no one in the business of taking bets had ever done before. He chalked up odds about every runner on the card. In doing so, he immediately became the only proper bookie on the planet.He was not the only one for long. Until then the standard offer for punters had been a binary choice between the favourite and “the field”. The simple but effective technique that allowed Ogden to price up every runner was so wildly popular with the punters – and profitable for the layers – that before long, everyone else in the betting business was doing it the same way. Related: Talking Horses: Pipes Of Peace tuned up for big prize in Queen’s Cup Related: Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 14 April 2019, 12:00 pm

    LeoVegas under investigation for bombarding suspended user with marketing emailsThe Gambling Commission is investigating claims that the online casino company LeoVegas accepted £20,000 from a problem gambler who had stolen the money from his mother, and then bombarded him with emails encouraging him to keep betting.Details of the case, uncovered by the Guardian, sparked renewed calls from campaigners and politicians for gambling companies to perform more rigorous checks before customers place bets. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 11 April 2019, 4:03 pm

    One-armed bandit on sale in London risked normalising gambling for children, said criticsThe confectionery giant Mars has bowed to pressure to remove a product that dispenses M&M’s in the style of a slot-machine game, after MPs and an academic said it risked normalising gambling for children.The product, on display in the M&M’s World store in London’s Leicester Square, works like a one-armed bandit gambling machine, where users pull on a lever to make three reels spin.With all the discussion in the UK about gambling harm and the normalisation of gambling for kids, very surprised to see M&M selling this product in its Leicester Square store. @ArtScienceDoc @tom_watson @mattzarb @ByRobDavies @ProfRCassidy @carolynharris24 @NoRoomToLive Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 8 April 2019, 5:00 am

    When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town – to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about today’s AmericaWhen Donald Trump opened the towering Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City in March 1990, he declared it “the eighth wonder of the world” and joined in the celebrations at a launch ceremony filled with portly actors dressed as genies brandishing tacky golden lamps. Even though it was purchased with almost $700m worth of junk bonds – which meant the Taj had to come up with $94m a year just to pay off its debts, and $1m a day to be profitable – Trump insisted the casino would make Atlantic City great again, returning the area to its prohibition-era glory days.When photographer Brian Rose arrived in the city in 2016, the bankrupt Taj was practically empty. His images of the building’s exterior look eerily quiet, as if all its workers had left in a sudden hurry, with what was once a thriving casino now unkempt and surrounded by damaged sand dunes. He photographed a family of stray cats nesting in a spot where gamblers might once have collapsed in a drunken stupor.The fact that Atlantic City is freezing cold for at least two thirds of the year doesn’t help Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 3 April 2019, 11:01 pm

    Watchdog uses child ‘avatars’ to catch out firms including Aston Villa sponsor UnibetThe UK advertising watchdog has caught five gambling firms, including Aston Villa’s sponsor Unibet, breaking strict rules that ban them from targeting children with online betting ads.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) created a number of child “avatars” – online profiles that simulate children’s online web browsing – to see the type of ads with which children are bombarded when they are online. Related: Football is addicted to gambling – and it’s harming children | Jonathan Freedland Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 2 April 2019, 5:34 pm

    Bookmakers were accused of trying to cheat rules curbing fixed-odds betting terminals with high-stakes games Paddy Power and Betfred could face sanctions from the Gambling Commission after being told to remove new roulette-style games similar to those on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).The bookmakers were accused of trying to cheat new regulations that cut the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to £2 after launching the games on Monday, the same day restrictions on FOBT roulette came into force. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 2 April 2019, 2:13 pm

    Fashion chain’s investors may hope Julian Dunkerton brings change as its fortunes fadeWhat was it that Superdry’s board said about enjoying support from its major City investors? Here it is, from the 1 March announcement confirming that co-founder Julian Dunkerton would force a vote to try to get himself back in harness. “None of the other shareholders that the board has engaged with has indicated support for Mr Dunkerton’s return to the company,” said the incumbents. Too presumptuous. Too arrogant.Maybe chief executive Euan Sutherland and chairman Peter Bamford were “engaging” with the wrong shareholders. Or perhaps they were talking to the right people but in the wrong way. Certainly the board’s approach came across as imperious. Insults were thrown at Dunkerton – his return would be “highly disruptive” – without pause to consider that a few investors might be up for some disruption after a 75% fall in the share price in little more than a year.Julian Dunkerton is the first to admit that Superdry is his obsession. “I live, breathe and wear Superdry,” the 54-year-old entrepreneur said recently of the fashion brand he co-founded 16 years ago. “I have other businesses, but Superdry is my obsession.” Related: Superdry: Julian Dunkerton wins battle to rejoin board Euan Sutherland, who quit as chief executive of Superdry hours after Dunkerton forced his way back into the company, is best known for the way he walked out of his previous job – running the Co-operative Group. Continue reading…Read More