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A clueless man drowning in ​​£100k debt after five years betting on sports he knew nothing about
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A clueless man drowning in ​​£100k debt after five years betting on sports he knew nothing about

39-year-old Chris Bilham is boldly speaking out on the topic of gambling addiction, as he struggled with it for five years. At the age of 30, he decided to take a chance and bet money on a football match on an app he had downloaded. Little did he know that wasn’t going to be the last, and he went down a spiral of a destructive gambling addiction that left him with a £100,000 debt and excruciating suicidal thoughts.  

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Gambling turning into crime - New Jersey proposal comes to the rescue

Almost 70% of people in NJ participated in gambling just this last year, and 6.3% are suffering from uncontrollable gambling addictions. It’s a massive issue, considering that suchlike activities trigger parts of the brain that make it far too exciting for the participants to stop, eventually making gambling a habitual chase. What drives the addiction is usually the first successful win, which sets in a feeling of thrill and prompting a hunger for more. That in itself is a recipe for disaster, and the state of New Jersey suffers greatly, not just from addiction but also from gambling-related crimes.

New gambling technologies | Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention
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New gambling technologies | Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention

The gambling industry never sleeps - new technologies continuously surface at an impressive speed, and it's always worth checking out. Hundreds of gaming industry vendors came together for an unforgettable event at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in Las Vegas this July to share the new gambling technologies, some of which are already available across casino floors. 

Request for Internet Service Providers in Australia to block review sites with illegal gambling ads
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Request for Internet Service Providers in Australia to block review sites with illegal gambling ads

Hundreds of illegal online casinos in Australia have been blocked over the years due to illegal operations. Yet, they keep surfacing, and review sites are being less than helpful in terms of eliminating the criminal and civil offenses caused by them. Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) reaches out to the country’s internet service providers for backup, as illegal online gambling activities continue posing risks to problem players and those who underestimate the importance of a gaming license on casino sites. AMCA representatives instruct consumers to report unlicensed gambling services.

Ukraine blocks 596 illegal gambling sites | KRAIL maintains high standards
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Ukraine blocks 596 illegal gambling sites | KRAIL maintains high standards

It’s been almost a year since Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, signed the country’s 2020 Gambling Act into law. Since then, operators that wished to run brick-and-mortar casinos, online casinos, betting shops (in-person and online), slot-machine parlors, and online poker games, got a green light to offer their services within the country as long as they met the necessary requirements. Unfortunately, a good portion of operators swept the rules under the rug and carried on with illegal operations. Failure to comply resulted in hundreds of online casinos being blocked. 

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Illegal gambling streams on Twitch will now be closely monitored

A USA-based live streaming platform called Twitch (owned by Amazon) was originally designed for users to channel and provide commentary on video games. But of course, not one online platform in the world goes without a few individuals using it for completely unrelated purposes. Even strange ones like ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response), fortune telling, ladies in bikinis releasing intestinal gases, and more. But now Twitch has a new "genre" to deal with - channels streaming illegal gambling. 

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Ohio Sports Betting bill concerns | Gambling ads target Youth & minorities

Some forms of entertainment that are permissible to adults must be kept out of children’s sight. With sports betting making its way to Ohio, also come critics who are concern with potentially harmful semantics. Groups are now arguing a bill passed by the Senate this June, as sports betting advertisements appear to target minorities youth. Predatory gambling may make operators an extra buck, but the receiving ends will get a hot burn.

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Hollywood Casino York Grand Opening | Cashless gaming on the rise

Technology is advancing at an overwhelming rate, especially now that the world relies on computerized machinery more than ever. The gambling industry is no exception to such progress. Cashless gaming is one of the leading innovations that won operators’ hearts as the pandemic called for touch-less transactions. Resorts World Las Vegas became the first entirely cashless casino; up next is the Hollywood Casino York in Pennsylvania. Completing its final steps before the grand opening this upcoming August, the facility will offer a wide range of gambling entertainment accompanied by card-less, contactless, and cashless transactions. Barstool Sportsbook included!

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Poker game gone wrong - man gets shot and loses his life

Poker is a game, but since it usually involves money, it could become a lot more than a simple form of entertainment. And if people are willing to flip a table during a game of monopoly with fake cash, imagine the anger that could surface when real money is on the line. A 61-year-old man named Joseph Berry serves as an unfortunate example of how unpredictable people can be when a Poker game goes wrong.

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