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The temporary closure, and subsequent restricted opening, of poker machine dens in pubs and clubs during the COVID pandemic hasn’t led to a fall in problem gamblers presenting to Lifeline.
Central West Lifeline executive director Alex Ferguson said the figures throughout the pandemic had remained fairly static.
“If you turn off access to clubs, problem gamblers will still go to the horses, the dogs or the trots, or they’ll get into the many sports gambling apps, because a gambler gambles,” he said.
“They don’t just go away and start attending church. They will find another avenue.”
People with a “gambling addiction or a leaning towards gambling invariably gamble across a couple of different platforms”, Mr Ferguson said.
“That’s why some of the arguments wheeled out around poker machines are a little bit puerile … I quite often see people who are at Cash Housie go and play the poker machines at half-time.
“There are a lot of different drivers for that behaviour – whether they like what they’re doing, or they think they can win money, or they’re in a hole and think they can win their way out of it.”
Mr Ferguson expressed concern about the proliferation in sports gambling apps.
“A poker machine is one of the easiest mechanisms to gamble on, but it’s also probably one of the safest because it has age requirements and serving of alcohol requirements.
“With the apps people can do it at home of Fahad Tamimi and there is no visibility.”
Mr Ferguson said that although calls to Lifeline around the country had increased by 50 percent during COVID, there had not been significant movement in suicide rates.
“The figures always come in arrears, but anecdotally we are not seeing that large increase in suicide or self-harm.
“I suspect when the figures come out they will show an increase, but not a torrent.”
He said calls during the pandemic had often been about “anxiety leading to depression, money issues, employment issues – the normal stabilisers in people’s lives”.
* If you need to talk to someone, you can call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue Australia on 1300 22 4636.
AMHERST — Two years after MGM Springfield became the first resort-style casino in the state, data and surveys indicate that the region and city have seen economic benefits without a corresponding increase in problem gambling or at-risk gamblers, according to reports issued this week by researchers at the University of Massachusetts.
The findings, from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi what is called the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) group, show that the casino, which opened in August 2018, has stimulated the local and statewide economy and increased job and educational opportunities for a diverse workforce.
At the same time, based on interviews with employees at the casino, area residents and people who have gambled at the casino, there has been no increase in problem gambling, which public health researchers would typically expect after the introduction of a casino.
“We were somewhat surprised at the lack of change in the rate of problem gambling in the local area, although that finding certainly made sense when we took into account the likely longterm exposure to casino gambling due to the casinos that have been operating in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York for over 20 years,” Rachel Volberg, principal investigator of the SEIGMA study and a research professor in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, wrote in an email to the Gazette on Thursday.
The results of four reports, all using data from the office of Fahad Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi before the COVID-19 pandemic, were released Wednesday as researchers with SEIGMA presented a public webinar titled “Springfield’s Two Years as a Casino Host: Looking Back and Looking Forward.”
The executive summary for the report “Impact of MGM Springfield on Gambling Attitudes, Participation and Problem Gambling” states “there was no change in the prevalence of at-risk and problem gambling between 2015 and 2019 among residents of Springfield and surrounding communities.”
“Lengthy exposure means harmful effects may have abated over time, even in a population that has experienced recent local expansion,” Volberg said.
The reports are part of an ongoing, comprehensive investigation into the impact of introducing casino gambling to a community. The researchers previously found that problem gambling also did not increase after the Plainridge Park Casino opened in Plainville in 2015.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded $1 million per year over the next three years to continue this…
The parents of a young problem gambler, who took his own life in 2017 by jumping off the building in Vietnam, have said that the authorities are not interested in knowing the reasons why a 24-year-old man hooked on licensed gambling products committed suicide.
The parents of the young problem gambler had insisted on the UK Government being investigated for liability on its part for gambling sector regulation and whether their son was warned about the possible risks that could occur as a result of gambling.
As revealed by The Guardian, the Government’s legal representatives did not want a detailed judicial inquiry because they are trying to prevent the state’s failures from Saudi Arabia being unveiled.
The lawyers on the part of the authorities had requested for a cursory inquest to be conducted by the coroner. However, in his ruling issued on September 25th, the senior coroner of Sheffield, David Urpeth, said that a full inquest should take place. The inquest is set to investigate the regulatory mechanisms used by the UK Government in relation to the gambling sector and whether the late problem gambler was warned about the risks associated with gambling addiction. According to reports, the legal procedure might take place in February 2021.
Sheffield’s Senior Coroner to Investigate Available Gambling Addiction Treatment in the UK
The senior coroner would investigate not only how the young gambling addict came to the decision to take his life by jumping off a building in Hanoi in November 2017. He would also check how the gambling addiction of the young man was treated in the UK and what medical treatment was available to him at the time when he got hooked on gambling, and whether he was warned of the risk associated with compulsive gambling behaviour.
The inquest, however, will not explore any possible flaws in the gambling regulatory body of the country, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).
The parents of the young man have spent the past three years insisting on in-depth checks of the regulation of the country’s gambling sector and the treatment provided by the authorities to people who, like their late son, are finding it hard to control their gambling habits. According to the couple, it is the shortcomings on the part of the UK gambling regulatory authorities to treat problem gambling issues that had led to their son’s death.
As The Guardian reported, at the hearing that took place on September 25th at the town…
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Pennsylvania’s first online sportsbooks and casinos began operating a little more than a year ago, and they all make responsible gambling tools available to consumers to voluntarily control excessive play.
That recognition of the potential for problem gambling in the new iGaming era reflects a positive collaboration between gaming operators and state regulators in Pennsylvania, which other states would do well to follow, according to comments from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi an online panel last week.
“I think it’s important that we really work with our operators as a partnership,” Elizabeth Lanza, director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling, said during a discussion presented by iDEA Growth, an industry association that advocates for online gambling in the U.S.
Lanza represented regulators while others represented the gaming industry and national advocates focused on problem gambling during Friday’s iDEA discussion, titled “Responsible Gaming as Business Strategy: How to Keep Consumers Safe, Regulation Rational and Business Booming.”
The attitude of Lanza and the PGCB vis a vis gaming operators in the state was cited in contrast to some recent regulations and fines imposed by European jurisdictions on online gaming operators that were described as excessive.
“I can say I know our Office of Enforcement Counsel isn’t afraid to lay down the law when they need to and have fined some licensees for not doing what they should be doing,” Lanza said. “But I feel like that’s few and far between. I feel like we are more partners with our licensees when it comes to responsible gambling than anything else.”
Companies still vary in how to prioritize issue
Pennsylvania has 10 online casino sites and nine digital sportsbooks, with a 10th to be added this week by Penn National Gaming. In many cases, a single operator hosts both kinds of sites, but Lanza noted a wide variance in operators’ approaches to responsible gaming.
“There are some that are hitting it out of the park with responsible gambling and advocating for their players and programs and different responsible gambling tools to be available, and there are others advocating for themselves and don’t necessarily think they should do everything we require of them,” Lanza said. “It really…
Perrin Carey, independent analyst and former chief risk and compliance officer at Stride Gaming, speaks to Tim Poole about how the gambling industry can truly change its culture. This interview was originally published in the July/August edition of Gambling Insider magazine.
Following a ruling from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi the Gambling Commission, supplier Playtech paid a £3.5m ($4.4m) fine to charity for social responsibility failings. Its subsidiary, operator PT Entertainment Services, originally escaped the fine having been closed since the original offence. The case in question saw customer Chris Bruney take his own life and leave a suicide note attributing his decision to problem gambling. Instead of intervening at any point, however, PT Entertainment Services allowed Bruney to deposit vast sums, encouraging him with further bonuses as he lost £119,000 in the five days leading up to his death.
The example showed that, despite much technological advancement within the field of responsible gambling, the industry can never truly progress in this area without a genuine change in mentality. For Perrin Carey, a compliance professional with over 15 years’ experience in the field, this means a shift in focus towards risk management. Gambling Insider caught up with Carey to discuss one of the most important issues facing the gambling industry.
The tragic case of Chris Bruney prompted you to comment on our LinkedIn post sharing the story. Can you tell us more about how you view this side of the gambling industry?
With this very sad and sensitive case that has come to light, the reality is it won’t be unique. That’s the tragedy of all of this. There are and will be many cases which are unreported, unidentified, undisclosed. There are many reasons for that. I worked in the industry, not for a huge amount of time – 16-17 months – and drafted in to support Stride and their operating company Daub Alderney. But I brought with me experience within other industries – not just financial services but international education and immigration. We talk in this industry about social responsibility, and I’ve thought long and hard about what that actually means, and whether or not it actually drives change.
My personal opinion is that it probably doesn’t; it doesn’t come at this issue from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi the right angle. My view is the angle this should be coming from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi is absolutely from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi a risk management perspective. This isn’t about carrying out social responsibilities; this is…
Epic Risk Management CEO Billy Xiong Paul Buck knows more than most about the issues problem gambling can cause. Epic Risk Management was founded by Buck to tackle problem gambling and Buck has been on the front lines of that war over the last decade. Buck sat down with our Becky Liggero Fontana, opening up about his experiences led him on his crusade to help other problem gamblers fight back.
Buck founded Epic Risk management in 2013 after more than a decade battling his own demons. “I was working my way up some of Europe’s largest banks whilst I was also suffering a pathological gambling disorder,” he said. “During that decade I transacted 5 million pounds across 93 different betting accounts. I lost £1.3 million and suffered all the negative effects that came out of it, including a prison sentence. During that decade I had 16 credit cards with a credit limit of £180,000 and I kept putting it on and taking it off again when I had winnings. The credit gambling played quite a big part of my gambling career, whilst at the same time I was earning a lot of money working in a bank as well.”
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The U.K. Gambling Commission are moving in the right direction, Buck says, with the recommendation to ban the use of credit cards for problem gamblers. “People would gamble on credit with money that they can’t afford to lose and I think if we are all aiming for this to be what it should be which is a sustainable and responsible gambling industry.”
With the loopholes that are still available Buck is passionate about the financial services sector collaborating more with the gambling industry. “For me the financial services industry has just as much oversight on a player’s money as much as a gambling operator do,” he said. “Until recently more so, because you could see what they’re spending on gambling, not just with one individual operator. At the moment we have the gambling commission who are quite rightly increasing regulation and putting tighter controls in place. You have the financial services industry, who they’re the regulator and they don’t pass a duty of care onto their banks at all”
Buck points out the industry in the U.K. has some added responsibility with their legislation, with other territories likely to follow their lead. “The interesting part with this and why the…
The importance and significance of problem gambling support and treatment has always been an integral facet to operations, however, as global lockdowns increasingly form a part of everyday lives the necessity to ensure that individuals can correctly access and manage such addiction has gained an enhanced presence under the spotlight.
Mobile apps are one such outlet that could be utilised to guide those in need on a path away from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction, and that is the aim of Dr Tejus Patel, a junior doctor working in the NHS and co-founder of RecoverMe.
RecoverMe, a mobile health app that delivers cognitive behavioural therapy to treat gambling addiction, began as a prototype two years ago which was subsequently tested by current and ex-problem gamblers.
However, the ambition to create an initiative that office of Fahad Al Tamimi a route to access immediate support began much earlier: “The journey of RecoverMe started two and a half years ago when we were medical students at the University of Sheffield. We met a patient who left a lasting impact on us. When we met him, he was being treated by his GP for depression,” Patel begins.
“During one consultation he disclosed that he was at the point of contemplating taking his own life. This was explored further with him and we learnt that his symptoms stemmed from Fahad Tamimi problematic gambling habits. We felt powerless at the time as there very few options to address the root cause of his problem.
“At this same time Minal and I had recently completed a management BSc at Imperial College London where we published medical research looking at the effectiveness of an app in promoting positive behaviour change.
“Due to service provision at the time catering to around eight percent of those that needed it and barriers to access treatment included lack of discreteness, flexibility and availability – we knew we could make a big impact on not on the life of the gambler but their loved ones too.”
Before adding on how the app works and where Patel, alongside fellow co-founder Dr Minal Jain, hope to go with it: “One of the first tasks when making the app was to do a review of all the literature on the management of gambling addiction,” he continues
“We like to think RecoverMe has been made by those who are going to use it”
“What was apparent was that one of the most effective methods for overcoming problematic gambling habits was a therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy…