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On Monday, gambling regulators from more than a dozen countries and one US state including the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) and the Washington…
UKGC and 15 International Gambling Regulators to Study Relation Between Gambling and Social Casino Games

International Gambling Regulators including the Washington State Gambling Commission in the US join forces to address concerns over video games in-game purchases gambling risks.

AdBlocker attempts to block gambling adverts and access to gambling sites for people that want it. The new ad blocking software currently only works on Windows devices.
Unibet Extends Partnership with Betfilter to Offer Gambling Ad Blocking Software

The collaboration sees the launch of a social responsibility tool to block gambling adverts to those under 18 years old.

Two separate studies, one from the UK Gambling Commission and the other from a Danish National Research Center, have interdependently concluded that the incidence of gambling among minors has fallen significantly in the last decade, during a period where both countries overhauled their online gambling regulation.
UK and Danish Studies Show Significant Decline in Underage Gambling

While underage gambling may still appear high, figures actually show a remarkable drop over the last ten years.

Online gaming companies are looking to capitalize on Euro 2016. Senet Group has launched a new set of advertisements to promote responsible gambling.
Marketing Insight

More Euro 2016 promotions, operator interaction in the forums, online poker sponsorships beginning and ending and more.

California online poker bill clears hearing. CSIG is ramping up its lobbying again.
US Insight

California, Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Washington and more.

Reports released this week show the online gaming market in Italy grew 13% in 2015. A bill amendment was presented in the French Senate that would introduce an ombudsman to mediate disputes between online gambling operators and their players.
Regulation Insight

Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Russia, the UK and more.

The Belgian government has confirmed that it will try to introduce a new tax on gambling in the next budget.
Regulation Insight

Belgium, Italy, Poland, India and more.

A report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government questions whether state licensed gambling in the US is a viable means of resolving fiscal problems.
Report Suggests Fiscal Needs Do Not Justify State Licensed Gambling

Politicians reading the report will find plenty of evidence to undermine their enthusiasm for new state gambling legislation.

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has issued a National Responsible Gambling Strategy. The strategy is advisory only, but as the RGSB is funded by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) licensed operators are likely to support the strategy as far as is possible.
The UK Responsible Gambling Strategy Board Issues a National Responsible Gambling Strategy

The strategy is advisory, but forms a sound basis for the development of responsible gaming which will interest all regulators worldwide.

Amaya announced today that PokerStars has received RG Check accreditation from the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) in Canada. Simultaneously, the company announced that it is sponsoring the McGill University Faculty of Education’s International Centre for Youth Gambling and High Risk Behaviors.
PokerStars Receives Accreditation From the Responsible Gambling Council

Amaya extends the industry trend of taking responsibility for safe gambling.

PokerStars hosted a meeting with player advocates at their Montreal offices earlier this week to discuss the ongoing dispute over the reduced VIP benefits in 2016.
Poker Room Insight

PokerStars, partypoker, Unibet, iPoker and more in this week’s wrap-up of online poker platform and software news.

Unibet to offer free licenses to customers “who needs support in refraining from gambling.” Betfilter, the “world’s number 1 anti-gambling software,” is a personal content blocker for Windows and Apple Mac that blocks browsers from accessing online gambling websites.
Unibet to Provide Blocking Software to Those Who “Need to Have a Break” From Gambling

Deal with Betfilter means at-risk customers will be offered free licenses.

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