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News Roundup w/e 18th October: News

News Roundup w/e 18th October: News

In this week’s news round-up, Aspire Global’s online casinos go live with new games from Yggdrasil, the UK Gambling Commission seeks help from the finance sector, casinos and bingo halls across Liverpool are forced to shut, Gamble Aware announces plans to create a problem gambling network, Dunder Casino stops taking UK customers, the UKGC publishes August’s gambling stats, and Mecca Bingo hosts a £1m prize draw.

For all the juicy details and more breaking news, continue reading.

Aspire Global to launch Yggdrasil slots

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The online casino operator, Aspire Global, whose brands include the popular Casiplay site, is set to welcome an extensive library of slots from Yggdrasil thanks to a new content supply agreement.

Aspire’s player base is expected to gain access to some of Yggdrasil’s most popular titles such as Lucha Maniacs, Vikings Go to Hell, and Gem Rocks, as well as newly released slots like Temple Stacks, Lucky Neko Gigablox, Multifly, and Valley of the Gods 2.

UKGC asks finance sector to help it reduce gambling harms

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As well as continuing to look at the impact of Coronavirus on gamblers, the UKGC is also ramping up its efforts to tackle gambling harm by enlisting the help of the financial sector.

The Commission recently held an online conference with representatives from across the UK’s finance industry with the aim of creating a “multi-sector partnership approach to tackling gambling harm”.

The conference looked at recent initiatives that the financial sector has put in place such as gambling blocking services, and it also welcomed discussion on how “further progress and innovation” can be made to make gambling safer for all.

Liverpool shuts its casinos and bingo halls

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As Liverpool has entered Tier 3 of the UK government’s lockdown framework, its bingo halls, casinos, betting shops, and adult gaming centres must once again close their doors.

As the city region also encompasses other areas such as Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens, Halton, and Sefton, the rules will also apply to premises there.

Liverpool is home to several bingo clubs including Club 3000, Buzz Bingo, and Mecca Bingo.

UKGC publishes August gambling behaviour stats

The UK Gambling Commission has just released its latest set of stats than show how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered gambling behaviours since the end of March 2020.

Both online and offline players statistics are included in the report published this week and data from August is now taken into consideration.

The findings show that fewer spins and bets were placed in high street betting shops during August, and the gambling market as a whole also declined by 12% as life began to return to normal following lockdown. The number of players spending more than an hour playing online slots has also dropped by 7% while 11% more customer interactions occurred than in July.

GambleAware to create “Lived Experience” problem gambling network

GambleAware is creating the UK’s first “single, inclusive network” that will better represent people with real-world experience of gambling harms.

The charity hopes that once the network is up and running that its members will help to influence gambling policies, legislation formation, and welfare research.

However, GambleAware first needs to receive tenders from interested parties before it can start work on its 18-month programme. Bidders will be expected to set out recommendations for how they would engage and collaborate with a range of “communities of people with lived experience of gambling harms”.

Dunder Casino to exit UK market

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One of MT SecureTrade’s most popular casinos is to cease operating in the UK gambling market at the end of this month.

Dunder Casino has already contacted its players to inform them that it is no longer accepting deposits and new registrations and that anyone with an outstanding balance should make a withdrawal before 30th October. To assist customers with their impending account closures, the casino has lowered its minimum withdrawal amount to £3.

Mecca Bingo is running a £1m slots prize draw

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Mecca Bingo is currently holding a £1m Slots Prize Draw that is set to run until 8th November 2020.

During each week of the promotion, the operator will give away £250,000 across two draws, with a top prize of £5,000 going to four lucky winners in each draw.

Players must stake £10 on the selected slots for each draw to gain one entry or wager £10 on the weekly top slot to earn double entries.

To find out more, visit Mecca Bingo.

It’s been a busy week, but there is plenty more to come from the online bingo world as we enter the busy autumn period.

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