Social Responsibility

Bookmakers hope PAS masters real-time problem gambling analysis

UK bookmakers are to implement Player Awareness Systems (PAS) – a new initiative which helps people avoid gambling-related harm while using gaming machines in betting shops. PAS, which is being launched today by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) at the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) annual conference, has been developed using the RGT’s ground-breaking December 2014 research that showed it …

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Senet Group launches #gamblesmart campaign

A major social media campaign with the hashtag #gamblesmart is being launched by gambling watchdog Senet Group on Friday, 13 November. The three-week campaign targets young men with shareable, humorous online content to highlight and promote responsible gambling behaviour such as setting limits, never gambling when angry and never betting more than you can afford.  The work will build on …

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Jenny Williams: the regulatory challenge of getting things in proportion

After 10 years as the first CEO of the UK Gambling Commission, Jenny Williams talks to SBC News as she steps down from the role. The gambling legislation regarding online has pivoted from permissive to restrictive during your time in office – how much did this trigger a reappraisal of the regulator’s approach to its work? Not sure that I …

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Fiona Thorne – Senet Group – WrB Insight: BBC TV show points to a new era of transparency

 Senet Group Director  & WrB key speaker Fiona Thorne highlights the importance of openness for the gambling sector… It was one of the boldest decisions made by a gambling company in recent years, but inviting the BBC’s cameras behind the scenes at Gala Coral could point to a successful new direction for the industry, according to Fiona Thorne, the betting operator’s director …

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GamCare releases dates for social responsibility training

Problem gambling organisation GamCare is offering new dates for its one day training course Social responsibility & problem gambling awareness. The course is designed for those working within the betting and gaming industry, and aims to give staff an understanding of social responsibility and interaction with players, raising awareness of problem gambling and signposting to support. GameCare said that all …

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Industry set to debate responsible gambling & reputation matters at World Regulatory Briefing (WrB) this September

Clarion Events has announced that its World Regulatory Briefing (WrB) conference will return to London on 10 September 2015, bringing together the largest global gaming operators, regulators, and industry associations to discuss how to drive the adoption of responsible gambling and corporate responsibility. WrB London will be one the first forums to translate the true value of a good reputation as …

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Senet Group steps up Bad Betty Campaign this June

Independent gambling watchdog the Senet Group has announced that it will run a second burst of its TV and online advertising campaign ‘Bad Betty – When the Fun Stops’  from Monday 1 June.  The watchdog aims to remind UK gamblers that betting more than they can afford is a #badbetty and they should pause and think again. “Our research shows that …

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Scotbet joins the Senet Group

Scotbet, the largest chain of independent betting shops in Scotland, has become the first new member of the Senet Group, the gambling self-regulatory body. It joins founder members William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Paddy Power in committing to abide by a code of conduct designed to meet high standards of social responsibility in gambling. John Heaton, Chairman of Scotbet, said: “We’ve always placed …

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Problem gambling charity appoints new chair

National responsible gambling charity GamCare has announced that Sir Ian Prosser, the former Chairman and Chief Executive of Bass Plc, has been appointed Chairman of the charity, replacing Anthony Jennens who died earlier this year. Knighted in 1995, the chartered accountant has a long and distinguished business career predominantly in the brewing and hospitality industry. He is also active on …

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Problem gambling debate can be ‘overly complicated’

Dirk Hansen, CEO of charity GamCare, has said that debate around problem gambling can be ‘overly complicated’. In an interview in February’s Betting Business interactive, Hansen said that the problem gambling charity treads carefully on the issue. When asked if he agreed with the contention that a rational debate on problem gambling is increasingly rare. Is this your experience, Hansen …

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