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  • 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

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 1 April 2019, 5:12 pm

    New high-stakes games pop up after government reduces stakes from £100 to £2Bookmakers have been accused of trying to cheat rules curbing fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) after a Guardian investigation found high-stakes roulette-style games being launched on the same day restrictions on the machines came into force.A reduction in FOBT stakes from £100 to £2 was introduced on Monday, after the government branded them a “social blight” following a long-running campaign highlighting huge losses suffered by gamblers, some of them addicts. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 30 March 2019, 6:00 am

    Industry hopes to push customers towards online gambling to offset lossesBookmakers are preparing to shut shops and push customers towards online gambling, as they brace for curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that take effect on Monday.The industry has repeatedly warned that reducing FOBT stakes from £100 to £2 – a move hailed by the culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, on Friday as a “significant step forward in protecting vulnerable people” – would trigger store closures and job losses. Related: Killing machines: Tracey Crouch on why she resigned as minister over FOBTs Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 29 March 2019, 2:52 pm

    Prime minister Ramush Haradinaj implements 10-year ban in attempt to cut crimeKosovo has banned all gambling for the next decade in an attempt to crack down on crime after two casino staff were murdered last week.Betting, particularly on sport, has become hugely popular in recent years in Kosovo, where about a third of its 1.8 million people are unemployed. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 25 March 2019, 5:35 pm

    Up to 900 shops could close if rents are not slashed now, bookmaker tells landlordsWilliam Hill has asked its landlords to reduce its rents by 50% to help it offset the cost of revenue lost due to imminent curbs on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).After a long and bitter political battle over FOBTs, which provide about half of bookmakers’ high-street revenues, the maximum bet on the machines will be reduced from £100 to £2, starting on 1 April. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 22 March 2019, 5:00 am

    In the new series Action, an increasingly legalized world comes out of the shadows, changing the narratives of those involvedSeveral years ago, friends of Luke Korem, a documentary film-maker and Texas A&M grad, dared him to favor his team, an underdog, over college football powerhouse Alabama. He Googled “sports betting”, clicked on a website, and placed a $100 wager. Weeks later, his credit card statement included a mysterious and unassuming $100 debit for a spa treatment in the Caribbean. Without realizing it, he’d made an illegal offshore sports bet. Related: From Serial to Bryan Singer: why Amy Berg is the documentarian to fear Action starts on Showtime on 24 March Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 15 March 2019, 6:00 am

    Gambling transformed reservations 40 years ago, but often only enriched a few. Could the legal marijuana business prove more broadly beneficial?By David TreuerIn February 2015, amid the cedar masks, canoe paddles and totem poles at the Tulalip Resort Casino north of Seattle, the talk was all about pot. Indian country had been abuzz about cannabis since the previous autumn, when the Justice Department had released a memorandum which seemed to open the way for tribal cannabis as a manifestation of tribal sovereignty. (I grew up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, and I use the word “Indian” to refer to indigenous people within the US. I also use “indigenous”, “Native” and “American Indian”. These terms have come in and out of favour over the years, and different tribes, and different people, have different preferences.)The gathering at Tulalip was technically a legal education conference, so a slew of lawyers in thousand-dollar suits were there, of course, but so were private-equity entrepreneurs, tribal officials and tribal potheads. One of the last – a gangly twenty- or thirtysomething wearing Chuck Taylors, a very ripped T-shirt and a headband that held back his lank hair – slouched low in his chair and didn’t speak a word all day. His companions spoke a bit more, but with the sleepy demeanour of people who have just purchased a dime bag and smoked it all. They didn’t talk business as much as they talked relationships: We have a relationship with pot. It’s a medicine from Mother Earth. Like, cannabis is tribal. It’s consistent with our relationship with Mother Earth. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 13 March 2019, 12:01 am

    Swedish research, if applied to UK, suggests 550 suicides a year are linked to gamblingPeople with a gambling problem are 15 times more likely to take their own life, according to the largest study of its kind, prompting calls for swifter action by the government to tackle betting addiction.Academics at Lund University, Sweden, monitored more than 2,000 people with gambling disorders, finding a significantly elevated risk of suicide among participants compared with the general population over an 11-year period.In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 13 March 2019, 12:01 am

    ASA finds advert irresponsible for implying good knowledge of sport could improve chancesA gambling advert fronted by the Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling has been banned by the advertising watchdog for being socially irresponsible.The TV ad promoted a Sky Bet service that allows gamblers to place wagers on combinations of events happening during a football match, such as the number of corners, red cards and goals. In the ad for the “request a bet” service, Stelling is seen calling on viewers to “spark your sports brain” and ask “how big is your sports noggin”? Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 8 March 2019, 9:58 am

    Regulator says it is ‘urgently engaging’ with the firm, but where is the reassurance that such voiding of bets is not allowed?I got a new line out of the Gambling Commission on Thursday night, when I asked what they were doing about the disgraceful goings-on at BetBright. A spokesman said: “We are clearly concerned that an operator has indicated that it will void all outstanding ante-post bets and are urgently engaging with the business, with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome for consumers.”Which is encouraging, but only up to a very limited point. This controversy has been rumbling on for days. Why does the GC not reassure us that bookmakers are simply not allowed to act in this way? Why is there no suggestion of sanction against those involved? Can it be that, when the Commission has finished being “concerned”, it might not actually take any action? Related: Rich Ricci defends voided stakes at BetBright amid punter fury Leicester 1.50 Hatcher 2.20 Cobra De Mai 2.50 Quantum Of Solace 3.25 Waikiki Waves 4.00 Eastlake 4.30 Waitinonasunnyday Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 1 March 2019, 10:57 am

    A deeper understanding of betting is essential if any future Labour government is to make a better fist of gambling regulation than the last oneTom Watson, the deputy leader of the Labour party and a politician with a long-standing interest in the regulation of gambling, offered some hints of what might be in a new Gambling Act if or when his party returns to power in a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research on Thursday morning.Watson was a prominent figure in the long-running and ultimately successful campaign to reduce the maximum stake on betting shop gaming machines (FOBTs) from £100 to £2. Related: Tom Watson calls for crackdown on in-game gambling Newbury 1.45 Crystal Lad 2.20 Christopher Wood 2.50 Awake At Midnight 3.25 Emitom 3.55 Jabulani 4.30 Orchardstown Cross 5.00 Glasha’s Peak  Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 28 February 2019, 6:56 pm

    Features such as loot boxes need tighter regulation, says deputy Labour leaderGambling-style features in computer games, which encourage players to pay for items such as loot boxes that may be worth very little, warrant stricter oversight by the Gambling Commission to prevent them becoming a “gateway” to betting addiction, Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, said.Speaking as he proposed much tighter controls on online gambling, including caps on the amount that consumers can gamble, Watson said not enough was being done to deal with gambling through games. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 28 February 2019, 12:01 am

    Deputy leader Tom Watson to call for major overhaul of law to stop ‘gross excesses’Labour is to propose an overhaul of online gambling law, including new restrictions on how much customers can bet and a system of checks to stop people placing wagers they cannot afford.The deputy leader, Tom Watson, will say on Thursday that a series of high-profile scandals have proved that regulations governing online casinos and bookmakers are inadequate, leading to “gross excesses, abuse and vulnerable problem-gamblers being let down”. Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 24 February 2019, 6:05 pm

    Ticket was sold at KC Mart in SimpsonvilleWinner of second-biggest prize ever has until 19 April A $1.5bn Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize in US history, has not been claimed, four months after the winning ticket was drawn. Related: We have a winner: one ticket scoops $1.6bn Mega Millions lottery jackpot Related: How to protect your money, privacy and yourself if you win Powerball Continue reading…Read More

  • Gambling | The Guardian - 24 February 2019, 5:45 pm

    Some experts think message behind gambling industry-funded ad ‘counterintuitive’A gambling industry-funded public health advert has been criticised for potentially increasing feelings of self-blame among gamblers and was unlikely to encourage people to address their addiction.The “counterintuitive” advert was broadcast for the first time on Sunday during the Manchester United vs Liverpool game as part of a landmark national campaign to encourage safer gambling. Related: Gambling apps more dangerous than FOBTs, study finds Related: Gambling trade bodies plan to merge to create powerful lobby group Continue reading…Read More