This section contains select links to media releases on issues related to gambling and gaming from around the globe.
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The recently formed Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced they will be introducing a code of practice to do with operators treatment of VIP players and accounts. It is believed that this industry organisation will call on members to justify these accounts by performing source of wealth checks.
This in-depth longitudinal study by the University of Bristol's Children of the 90s, has shown that regular weekly gamblers were more likely to be male, and had developed habits and patterns of play by age 20.
All major UK gambling companies have agreed to five minimum standards to promote safer gambling amongst their customers. The group as part of the Betting and Gaming Council (https://bettingandgamingcouncil.com/) have agreed to commit to five core safer gambling practices:
The review will have a two-pronged approach. Sheffield University will review the effectiveness of national and international policies and interventions to reduce gambling-related harms. Secondly, PHE will carry out a broader review on the prevalence of gambling and associated health harms, and their social and economic burden.
New rules added to the licence conditions and codes of practice for alternative dispute resolution, will strengthen requirements on how licensees identify and interact with customers who may be at risk of, or experiencing, gambling harms. The rules regarding changes to alternative resolution providers and changes to customer interaction come into effect 31 October, 2019.
The UK Gambling Commission has announced a new role for research group Gambling Research Exchange (GREO). GREO will develop a programme of activity to support the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, supporting the areas of Prevention & Education and Treatment & Support.
The House of Lords' Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry has called for evidence to support its inquiry into problem gambling in the UK.
New online gambling legislation in Switzerland will come into force on July 1, 2019. The new law enables customers to access only several authorized Swiss casinos.
A new industry trade body - the Betting and Gaming Council - will launch this autumn. It replaces the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB).
This is the first time the UK Gambling Commission has published a review of their enforcement work. The aim of publishing it is to review the past year and bring together lessons and guidance. It is intended to help ensure compliance and raise standards.
The New Zealand Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019 have been confirmed by Cabinet. The new regulations come into force on 1 July 2019.
NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Racing Minister, Winston Peters, has announced a repeal of the racing totaliser betting levy currently paid by the racing industry to the NZ Government.
UNITED KINGDOM: The UK Gambling Commission has launched a new framework for measuring gambling harms among children and young people, as part of its National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. The framework is designed to help guide and focus research and action to better understand and reduce gambling harms in children and young adults.
UNITED KINGDOM: New rules for all online gambling companies in the UK have come into force today (Tuesday 7th May 2019). From now on, all remote gambling companies will have to complete age and identity checks before allowing any new custiomers to play.
The GREO (Gambling Research Exchange Ontario) has had its funding cut and has been advised to wind down operations immediately. The independent organization was formed to eliminate harm from gambling.