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Report shows sharp rise in mobile problem gambling

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The number of people being treated for gambling addiction on mobile phones and tablet devices has jumped significantly in recent years, according to a new report by the National Problem Gambling Clinic (NPGC).

 

Published by the BBC, the study shows that while 24% of NPGC patients in 2012-13 were struggling with mobile gambling, this has risen to 63% in 2016-17.

The total number of addicts referred to the NHS-supported clinic increased from 632 in 2012-13 to 778 in 2016-17, despite ongoing efforts in the UK industry to tackle such issues.

Of this total, 59% were treated for problems related to the much-criticised fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), while 59% were also said to have struggled with sports betting in land-based sites.

In addition, 8% of NPGC patients reported problems related to bingo.

Dr. Neil Smith consultant clinical psychologist and service manager at the NPGC, said: “The use of mobile phones as platforms to gamble on over the preceding five years is not surprising given their ubiquity in society.

A spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has also called for the industry to take further action over such issues.

There is clearly more work needed in this area,” the spokesperson said.

We are currently undertaking a review of the gambling sector that includes looking at social responsibility measures across the industry, including protections around gambling advertising.

However, a spokesperson for the Remote Gambling Association has said that the “technological advantages of remote gambling” means that operators have more power to encourage responsible gambling.

It was also highlighted that a number of major software companies working on apps to block gaming sites from the phones and tablets of problem gamblers.

The revelation comes after the Local Government Association (LGA), formed of local councils in the UK, issued a call for “greater restrictions” on betting-related advertising, in order to help minimise the risk of young people from developing gambling problems

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Armenian parliament adopts bill on gambling in the first reading

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The Armenia National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to adopt the draft law on making amendments in the law on combating terrorism in the first reading at today’s sitting.

 

The parliament fully adopted the draft law on making amendments and supplements in the law on the “RA Investigative Committee” and the attached package of draft laws in the second reading with a vote of 85 for and 7 against.

The issue of adopting the draft law on making addendum to the Criminal Code initiated by MPs Karen Avagyan and Hrayr Tovmasyan in the second reading was also put up to voting.

The bill passed overwhelmingly the parliament’s second reading. In a speech ahead of the voting, Tsarukyan faction MP Naira Zohrabyan voiced the faction’s intention to support the bill in the second reading since the proposals submitted by the bloc over the measure had been accepted.

The Armenian parliament also overwhelmingly voted to adopt the draft law on making amendments and supplements in the law on energy and the attached bill package in the first reading.

The draft law on making amendments and supplements in the law on “Games of Chance, Online Games of Chance and Casinos” and the attached package passed the parliament’s first reading, receiving a total of 93 votes in favour.

The National Assembly also fully adopted the law on the Constitutional Court and the attached draft package in the second reading with 87 votes for and 7 against.

 

Source: panorama.am

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Play’n Go launches Mystery Joker 6000

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Omni-channel slots specialist Play’n Go has reinvigorated the much-loved fruit slot in its latest title Mystery Joker 6000.

 

The three-wheel, five-payline game delivers the same classical symbols known to slots fans, with the introduction of the Joker symbol which triggers free spins and big wins on finding it.

When players land a Joker on a payline that runs across reels one and two, the third will re-spin while the rest are held, and if a third Joker is found, the innovative mystery wheel feature is triggered, potentially paying out up to 6000 times the current coin value.

Mystery Joker 6000 allows players to transfer winnings from the main game into the super meter mode, where bets cost double but wins even bigger, and with the mystery wheel even easier to find.

Landing three jokers randomly across the reels in the base game will pay out randomly up to 6000 times the coin value, with three on the one payline automatically awarding the full 6000 times to the player.

Significantly, super meter mode offers an RTP of over 100%, hugely attractive to players looking for consistent wins, and unique for what appears to be a traditional fruit slot.

Johan Törnqvist, chief executive officer of Play’n Go, said: “The traditional fruit slot has been a mainstay of the casino space for decades with players loving its simplicity and regular payouts.

We’ve decided to add the Play’n Go creative touch to the classic and reinvigorate the genre for today’s player, and we’re sure they’ll enjoy Mystery Joker 6000’s much-improved gameplay.

The Super Meter mode will offer players constant choice between big wins or potentially even greater ones should they feel lucky, particularly as the Mystery Wheel will come into play when finding just two Jokers.

Mystery Joker 6000 marks Play’n Go’s final release of an award-winning year, which has seen it launch 60 new titles across various genres. It’s set to build on this in 2018, with a product roadmap in place that will see even more innovative and enjoyable slot releases.

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Hard Rock details Maldives plan

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The casino operator announced its plans to expand its portfolio in the Maldives.

 

Hard Rock International revealed yesterday its plans to expand its portfolio with Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and Hard Rock Cafe Maldives. The operator is set to participate in what will be the first integrated resort in the Maldives.

The facility that will be located within one of the Maldives’ largest lagoons, Emboodhoo Falhu, is expected to debut in October 2018. The first phase of the development includes a US$311 million investment that expected to boost tourism, and offer new services like hotels, entertainment and retails. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is set to be part of the three resorts included in the project, and will include 178 guest rooms, family suites and beach villas.

Todd Hricko, senior vice president, head of global hotel development for Hard Rock, said: “Known for its vibrant culture, top-of-the-line luxury and some of the most breathtaking white-sand beaches in the world, Maldives is truly a slice of paradise and one of the world’s most desirable destinations. Traditionally regarded as being a popular honeymoon destination, we at Hard Rock are excited to work with the Singha Estate team to captivate multi-generational travelers, showcasing that the destination can cater to more than just newlyweds.

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