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Limiting FOBT stakes not the answer to problem gambling

One of the key partners on the recently published research on FOBTs has said that limiting the size of stakes is not the way to deal with problem gambling issues. Featurespace, the Cambridge-based technology firm commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust to conduct the most thorough investigation into problem gambling yet undertaken, analysed almost seven billion interactions between gambling customers …

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Blanket self-exclusion trial launches in Chatham

The trial self exclusion scheme for betting shops in Medway in south east England has launched today, enabling customers to ban themselves from every betting shop operator in Chatham High Street for the first time. Under the ground breaking scheme, when a customer indicates they wish to self-exclude from a gambling shop, staff will be help them fill in a …

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Al Basti Equiworld supports Greatwood racehorse charity

Al Basti Equiworld, the UAE’s leading distributor of horse feeds, supplements and equine veterinary products has announced support for one of British racing’s most important charities, Greatwood. In a three-year agreement managed by Berkshire-based sports consultancy Sportsguide, Al Basti Equiworld will provide funding to enable the charity to expand its educational programmes which will begin with the construction of the …

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FOBT research claims it is possible to ‘distinguish between problem and non-problem gambling behaviour’

The Responsible Gambling Trust has published what it describes as ‘world-leading and independently conducted research’ into gaming machines in licensed betting offices that shows it is possible to distinguish between problem and non-problem gambling behaviour. The programme of research was commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust to build the knowledge base available to identify harmful machine play and to understand …

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China audits fund management amid growing scepticism of lottery operators

Chinese government auditors are to check the management and use of lottery funds, amid growing scepticism of approved national lottery operators. Officials from the China Audit Office have been sent to 18 provinces in order to review the management and expenditure of funds accumulated through lottery services.  The review will focus on China’s two state lotteries – The Welfare Lottery …

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93 English councils petition for reduction in FOBT stakes

A petition to lower the minimum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT’s) from £100 to £2 has been launched by a group of 93 English councils.The group led by Newham Council (East London), has called on the English government to out an end to ‘casino style gambling’ on high streets.  The petition will raise concerns to government officials that betting …

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New Zealand Racing Board appoints John Allen as Chief Executive

Former New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) John Allen has been appointed Chief Executive of  the New Zealand Racing Board. Allen will join the Racing Board as its chief executive in March, after end his five-and-a-half years heading the government department in Januaray, MFAT said in a statement. He will take over from Stewart McRobie, who has acted …

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Jens Halle leaves Novomatic Group governance

Gambling technology provisions provider Novomatic Group has announced the impending departure of Jens Halle from its governance team. Halle is set to leave the joint positions of Managing Director of Austrian Gaming Industries and Chief Executive of Novomatic Americas. Novomatic Group announced that Halle would relinquish his roles by the start of 2015. Halle said: “15 years ago I was …

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Racing Post finally secures official racing data

The dispute over official data from sport of horseracing and The Racing Post has finally been settled after the newspaper’s owner Centurycomm managed to agree a deal with the relatively new Racecourse Data Company (RDC). The heads of terms contract over the licensing and distribution of pre-race data (PRD) ends the fractious relationship between the sport and its main newspaper …

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Gambling Commission publishes UK industry & market stats

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published industry statistics for the five-year period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2014. The figures provided for April 2013 to March 2014 are provisional (6) at this stage. The Gambling Commission has also published an Excel version of the statistics to provide more transparency and an element of interactivity with the figures. Findings …

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