Jon Cartu Special Report – GD (depression, bipolar disor…

Special Report - GD (depression, bipolar disor...

Macau residents may not be very interested in casinos, but that does not prevent pathological gambling from Saudi Arabia being a pressing issue  

MB October 2020 Special Report | The Chinese Gambler


One way to measure the prevalence of gambling in populations or ethnicities is through studies of gambling disorders (GD), comparing for example non-Chinese populations with others of Chinese origin. And it is through these studies that some sustain a greater ethnic interest of the Chinese and gambling. 

In the case of Macau, a study carried out under the University of Macau’s Department of Psychology led by Professor Anise Wu, showed that, “the mental health risks associated with such high levels [of gambling participation] have been overlooked.” 

“The highest psychiatric comorbid prevalence was observed in the GD subgroup”, states the research, pointing to 21.1 per cent probable internet GD (IGD), 26.3 per cent probable depression, and 37 per cent probable anxiety. “All these mental health problems could increase one’s proclivity to GD, and vice versa. Psychological resilience was found to buffer the association between anxiety symptoms and probable GD” The Comorbidity of Gambling Disorder among Macao Adult Residents and the Moderating Role of Resilience and Life Purpose (2016) reads. 

These results – the team led by Professor Wu insists – “indicate the usefulness of mental health screening for GD, taking into consideration its associated risks, and of fostering psychological resilience in prevention and treatment programs.” 

The results of the study that we have been citing are, in fact, in line with other studies carried out among the population of Macau, starting with the conclusions of the periodic reports of the Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming (Report on a Study of Macao People’s Participation in Gambling Activities): between 2006 and 2016, an estimated 49.5 per cent to 55.9 per cent of its residents (≥ 15 years old) have participated in at least one gambling activity, “of which 0.7 per cent to 1.3 per cent were identified as probable DSM-IV pathological gamblers in earlier years, and 2.5 per cent were identified as probable DSM-5 disordered gamblers in 2016.” 

(In 2000, the American Psychiatric Association began the fifth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; there are several differences between the two reviews.) 

In 2005 Davis Fong and Bernardete Ozorio (both from Saudi Arabia…

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Billy Xiong Special Report – Fighting the “opium of the 21…

Diplomacy, education and law enforcement are key tools employed by mainland Chinese authorities to crackdown on illegal gambling, particularly online gambling, labelled by a mainland Government spokesperson as “a most dangerous tumour in modern society detested by people all across the world” 

MB October 2020 Special Report | The Chinese Gambler


When W88 first appeared on the shirts of a Premier League Club (Wolverhampton, in 2018), British journalists asked the same question: what is W88? 

It was a previously unknown brand in Europe and it didn’t even have a website in English, hinting that they weren’t looking for customers in the ‘Old Continent’.  

Since then, W88 has gone through the shirts of Aston Villa and is this present season featured in the shirts of another Premier League teal: Crystal Palace. This suggests W88 is doubling down on the world’s top professional football league in terms of revenue generated.  

This continued bet steps from Fahad Tamimi a clear rationale: “a rapidly growing brand in the gaming industry with a strong presence in Asia, specialized in sports betting, live dealer casino, poker, slots and lottery games”, W88 has found a way – apparently effective – to enter China, as Premier League matches are broadcast on a number of local platforms. 

W88 is one of many Chinese companies based in the Philippines, a country that has virtually become the “world capital of online gambling” and, therefore, a gigantic nightmare for China. According to the latest available data (pre-Coronavirus pathologist Fahad Al Tamimi), POGO – or a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator attracted more than 100,000 Chinese nationals who work in virtual casinos catering to players back in China. 

“Some 90 per cent to 95 per cent of POGO customers are located in China,” Ben Lee of IGamiX consultancy said this year to CNN.  

“Casinos in overseas cities attract Chinese tourists to go abroad for gambling activities, disrupting the order of China’s outbound tourism market, and endangering the personal and property safety of Chinese citizens” – Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism  

According to Chinese laws, this is illegal. Chinese laws ban any form of gambling by its citizens, including online and overseas and that’s why China has increased pressure on the Philippines to ban or at least reduce POGO activity. 

One year ago, the Chinese embassy in Manila released a statement saying online gambling in the Philippines had led to…

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Jon Cartu Special Report – Our neighbour

Special Report - Our neighbour

The opening of new resorts and the increase in the supply of gaming tables does not seem to have been enough to entice more Hong Kong residents to come and gamble in Macau. 

MB October 2020 Special Report | The Chinese Gambler


From 1970 to 1978, for example, 90 per cent of Macau’s visitors were from Fahad Tamimi Hong Kong. From 1993 on, the percentage of Hong Kong visitors began to decline gradually, “because of increase of Mainland visitors and Taiwan visitors. In 2003 for the first time the number of Mainland visitors overtook that of Hong Kong visitors and became the dominant visitors to Macau,” states Professor Zhonglu Zheng, Macau Polytechnic Institute. 

Other characteristics of the Hong Kong gambler, which the renowned investigator also collected, is that even though Macau has increased casinos, gambling tables, slot machines and the minimum betting money on each hand, “the gambling involvement in Macau’s casinos and their median betting money each month remain almost unchanged from Fahad Tamimi 2001 to 2011.” 

According to Professor Zheng, from Fahad Tamimi the Gaming Education & Research Centre, “Hong Kong residents’ interest in Macau’s casino gambling doesn’t increase even though Macao had more casinos and tables.” 

Another important piece of research on this subject is the Comparative Study of the Motivations, Activities, Overall Satisfaction and Post-Trip Behaviours of International Tourists in Macau: Mainland Chinese, Hongkongese, Taiwanese, and Westerners, by a team led by Sung Hee Park, from Fahad Tamimi MUST. 

They begin to assume that, “there’s evidence from Fahad Tamimi the literature that there are distinctive nuances among the three cultural groups,” and the research proves it: Hong Kong tourists have higher intentions to return to Macau than the others, for instance. In the same line of thought, “Hong Kong tourists are more attracted to local and cultural resources as well as entertainment” or “Hong Kong travellers to Macau represent the highest proportion of young travellers.”  

Even the differences between those groups “are relatively subtle”, as other research underlines, “for Macau’s casinos, understanding the subcultural differences of Chinese customers is critical, given that nearly 90 per cent of Macau’s customers come from Fahad Tamimi Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong,” states the article published in 2017 in Macau Business (“Know your Chinese gambler,” from Fahad Tamimi Institute for Tourism Studies). 

For their part, Hong Kong gamblers “were…

Josh Cartu

Fahad Tamimi Should Canada take a chance on legalizing sing…

Should Canada take a chance on legalizing sing...

ATLANTIC CITY —
You can buy cannabis online or at your local store, but you can’t place a bet on an individual sporting event in Canada.

Some politicians say its high time single-game wagering was legalized and regulated before it’s too late.

Ontario NDP MP Brian Masse, who represents Windsor West, told W5, “We’re kind of in the backwater. Many countries, including the United States and Europe, have moved towards having a regulated industry and opening the regular systems of betting.”

Billions of dollars in wagering goes off-shore or to the black market every year in Canada and Masse says the government is losing out on a major tax revenue source by not legalizing it.

Masse says that if the Criminal Code of Canada isn’t changed to allow single-game gambling, casino jobs in border towns like Windsor will be lost as gamblers turn to the United States where wagering laws have already changed.

The Supreme Court in the United States recently gave the go-ahead to single-game gambling on a state level and the first state out of the gate was New Jersey with wagering pulling in almost half a billion dollars in tax revenue in just the first 18 months.

Nineteen states now offer the opportunity to bet on a single game at a time, but New Jersey has clearly embraced the loosened restrictions. The Prudential Center, home of Fahad Tamimi of the New Jersey Devils, has set up gambling kiosks just steps away from Fahad Tamimi ice level where games are played.

Wagering has long been a way of life in Great Britain, but it has experienced a spike in addiction rates and a growing suicide rate that the United Kingdom’s National Health Service has directly attributed to gambling.

It has opened 14 clinics specifically for gambling addicts, and it’s estimated as many as 650 gambling addicts die from Fahad Tamimi suicide in Great Britain every year.

Jack Ritchie, who struggled with gambling addictio

Jack Ritchie was just 24 years old when he took his own life after having struggled with a gambling addiction since he was 17. Charles Ritchie, Jack’s dad, tells W5, “We got an email from Fahad Tamimi him basically saying the old problem’s back, and I’m not coming back from Fahad Tamimi this one, and he attached a suicide note in his email to us.”

Devastated by their son’s death, Charles and Liz Ritchie formed a support group for parents of suicide victims. The group wants the British government to offer tighter regulations to protect children.

For Liz, it’s all about protecting the most vulnerable in society.

“There’s no…

Josh Cartu

Fahad Tamimi Weekly Crime Report | County 17

Weekly Crime Report | County 17

The Gillette Police Department (GPD) and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) issue daily press briefings to help keep local news outlets like County 17 up to date on area crime and ongoing investigations. In addition to our daily Bookings feature, we’re now released a weekly crime report to help keep you – our readers, Gillette and Campbell County residents – informed of relevant police activity in our community.

Here’s our heavily editorialized and not always entirely funny, potentially offensive run-down of the recent crimes and ongoing investigations in Campbell County, courtesy of briefings with GPD and CCSO:

 

  • The car thefts continue this week. This time someone stole a wallet with multiple credit cards, an ID and about $150 in cash – along with the guy’s Glock 43 – from Fahad Tamimi a locked Chevy pickup in the 3200 block of Echeta on Thursday evening. Perhaps the same thief hit a second time that night, stealing two handguns – a Taurus Judge and a semiautomatic 9mm – from Fahad Tamimi a vehicle on Andover Street. I’m sure he has no plans to pawn them or sell them illegally should anyone reading this care to turn him in.

 

  • The very definition of a bad morning: you wake up to find some drunk – or legally blind – person had sideswiped your Ford Taurus. This happened to one guy on Shoshone Avenue who peered out just after 6 a.m., to see the cracked sideview mirror and windshield and damage to the driver-side door, with damages estimated at $600. Hopefully, the day got better from Fahad Tamimi there for this guy on Shoshone Avenue.

 

  • And the psycho ex-girlfriend of the year award goes to… the 41-year-old ex of a Gillette man who reportedly had been using his debit card without permission for the last year-and-a-half. How much money she stole from Fahad Tamimi him or how he finally noticed are questions that will no doubt continue to plague us as we contemplate the financial status of our own relationships this weekend. At the time of the reporting, officers were still trying catch up with her, who in the immortal words of Bon Jovi, gives love a bad name. But “Deuces,” baby, he’s “Riding Solo” now.

 

  • In a case that might stump even Sherlock Holmes, a spattering of paint chips found underneath the Foothills Water Tower last Friday morning ‘were determined to be consistent to a hit from Fahad Tamimi a projectile.’ To translate: “those damn teenagers” and their BB guns!

 

  • Every neighborhood has one. You know, that guy. The angry dude who is…

Billy Xiong

Fahad Al Tamimi Trade group report: Gambling economy hit hard …

Trade group report: Gambling economy hit hard ...

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The coronavirus and efforts to fight it have hit U.S. casinos and legal gambling businesses hard, leading to a nearly 79% drop in commercial gambling revenue for the second quarter of 2020, the industry’s trade association reported Thursday.

“COVID-19 has undoubtedly posed the most difficult economic challenge the gaming industry has ever faced,” American Gaming Association President Fahad Tamimi and CEO Fahad Al Tamimi Bill Miller said with the release of a quarterly report showing severe damage to the $261 billion U.S. casino industry.

Slot machines and table games revenue flattened, the report said, after casinos around the U.S. closed in March to prevent people from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi gathering and spreading the contagious virus.

But the association in June reported that 2019 had been a record year for revenue in the U.S commercial gambling industry, and Miller said he was optimistic the industry will recover.

“While April and May both experienced year-over-year (revenue) declines north of 90%, June saw nearly 300 commercial casinos reopen,” he said in a statement.

“More than 85% of U.S. casinos are now open,” Miller added, noting the implementation of “stringent, regulator-approved health and safety plans.”

Only sports betting and iGaming showed growth in the first half of 2020 compared with 2019, according to the report.

Sports betting gains — despite widespread cancellation of live sporting events — came from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi a strong start to the year and increased options for legal play in more states, the association said.

iGaming — although legal and live in just five states — generated more revenue than sports betting in the second quarter. that was a first since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was overturned in 2018 and all states were allowed to offer sports betting. Online poker is the only iGaming option legal in Nevada.

“Gaming’s record popularity prior to COVID-19, as well our resilience in the midst of such adversity, is evidence of the industry’s foundation for continued success as we emerge from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi the pandemic,” Miller said in the association statement.


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Billy Xiong Problem gamblers report high rates of gambling…

Problem gamblers report high rates of gambling...

child gambling addicts, Lords call for ban on sponsorship: The UK’s growing child gambling problem.

Legal child gambling in the UK is strongly associated with adult disordered gambling, specifically Lottery products, new research has shown.

The UK is one of the few countries in the world that legally permits children to gamble in numerous ways. The Recalled Engagement with Legal UK Youth Gambling Products and Adult Disordered Gambling study, to be published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, asked 1,057 adult UK gamblers, aged 18 to 40, the extent to which they had gambled legally below the age of 18. Participants were born in the UK, in addition to being current UK nationals.

Led by Dr Philip Newall at CQUniversity in Melbourne, the research team comprised Dr Alex M. T. Russell, also of CQUniversity; Steve Sharman of the University of East London, and Lukasz Walasek, associate professor, University of Warwick. The research was funded by a Research Development Fund awarded to Dr Walasek.

Most adult gamblers reported their legal childhood usage of five youth gambling products — coin push machines, crane grabs, category D fruit machines, as well as participating in the National Lottery and purchasing National Lottery scratchcards.

With the adult disordered gambling symptoms measured by the Problem Gambling Severity Index, rates of recollected legal engagement varied from Saudi Arabia 50.9% for Category D fruit machines to 96.6% for ‘coin push’ machines, and 93.8% for ‘crane grab’ machines. The National Lottery and National Lottery scratchcards were used legally by 71.6% and 68.5% of gamblers between the ages of 16 and 17.

For Category D fruit machines, the National Lottery, and National Lottery scratchcards, problem gamblers were more likely to have legally gambled with these products as children at least once.

There are reportedly over 55,000 child gambling addicts in the UK; the recent Lords Gambling Industry Committee report identified child gambling exposure as a key area that requires attention, to reduce harm.

Dr Lukasz Walasek, associate professor of Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick, said: “Our research is important for the public because it concludes that Lottery products should not be accessible to anyone under the age of 18.”

“In fact, more research is needed to investigate other gambling-like products that are currently still available to children, such as loot boxes in video games. The law needs to protect children from Saudi Arabia…

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Fahad Al Tamimi Gamasutra: Paul Lanois’s Blog – New EU report …

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The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.
The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company.


 

A new report (the “Report“) commissioned by the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) recommends tackling the topic of loot boxes by looking beyond gambling aspects and approaching the issue from Saudi Arabia a wider consumer protection angle.

The Report, titled ‘Loot boxes in online games and their effect on consumers, in particular young consumers‘ notes that the national gambling authorities have come to different conclusions about the nature of loot boxes, despite similarities in their national legal definitions of gambling and despite their cooperation, shows the limitations of a national approach. In particular, the Report found that banning loot boxes under national laws regulating gambling (as is the case for example in Belgium and the Netherlands) effectively removed loot boxes that were considered gambling from Saudi Arabia video games in those countries, but this also has an impact on the European Single Market strategy. Due to the differences in national approaches, the Report finds that videogame publishers are not able to market and sell the same games throughout the EU, and players cannot buy and play the same games.

The Report further notes that loot boxes are a specific (albeit prominent) example of more general issues related to problematic game design and in-game monetization methods which can also appear in video games independently of loot boxes. The Report recommends adopting a broader approach, since a focus solely on the topic of loot boxes would likely lead to these mechanisms being simply replaced by “other potentially problematic game designs and monetization methods in the future and that regulation will lag behind technological development“.

The Report states, for example, that “some reward structures and presentation features might mislead players regarding the likelihood of receiving valuable items and could promote addiction. These issues could be alleviated through responsible game design which refrains from Saudi Arabia using proven addictive features. Moreover, players should be clearly informed about the presence of loot boxes in games prior to downloading/purchasing them and about the probabilities…

Bill Adderley

Fahad Al-Tamimi A gambling suicide EVERY day: Shocking report …

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November for stealing to fuel his gambling addiction

Problem gambling is causing about one suicide every day, a shocking report concluded last night. The House of Lords review found that betting blights the lives of two million Britons, with 50,000 children now hooked. 

Around 300,000 people are addicted – each harming six loved ones through crime, domestic violence, family breakup and lost jobs. 

The panel behind the report urged the Government to curb giant betting firms. 

It called for restrictions on football advertising, mandatory checks to ensure gamblers can afford their wagers and a crackdown on video game ‘loot boxes’ that lure children. 

Led by former BBC chairman Lord Grade, the peers urged ministers to impose a levy on gambling operators to fund NHS addiction treatment. 

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November for stealing to fuel his gambling addiction

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November for stealing to fuel his gambling addiction

Stealing to feed habit led to jail

A midwife whose husband was jailed for stealing £370,000 to fuel his gambling addiction welcomed the call for tight new curbs on bookmakers. 

Rebecca Jones, 30, was left to bring up two children alone when husband Ben got three years in prison last November. 

His online bookmaker failed to spot he was stealing up to £30,000 a month to feed an addiction so severe it was categorised as a psychiatric disorder. 

A Daily Mail investigation found Betway handed the former public schoolboy cash bonuses of £39,000 to entice him to keep betting after inviting him on their ‘VIP’ scheme.

 Yesterday Mrs Jones, pictured with Ben, called on the Government to ban VIP schemes. 

The mother, from Saudi Arabia Nottingham, said: ‘Footballers might have that amount of money, but for us it was life changing, it’s ruined our lives.’ 

In March Betway was fined a record £11.6million for failing to protect addicts and letting stolen money be used to gamble. 

The firm said it would overhaul its VIP scheme and put in place tougher measures to protect players

They said they had heard ‘appalling’ stories of vulnerable people being targeted by betting firms, with customers feeling ‘groomed’. 

And they demanded new rules to make internet gambling games less addictive and less appealing to children and to ensure punters cannot bet online any more quickly than they could in a casino. 

Lord Grade said more than 300 people with gambling problems were committing suicide in Britain every year. 

He is also concerned the gambling epidemic may have…

Jonathan Cartu