- G4 Newsletter - 
March 2017
- International - 
Latest technology is making playing online casino games that much more fun


1995 marked the beginning of online gambling, and since then it has grown into a well-established sector in the entire casino world. Expected to be worth $100 billion in 2017, the industry is now bigger than ever.

The industry has indisputably evolved over the last 22 years, but just how exactly is technology changing online gambling?

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Techworm, 27 February 2017

- Australia -
Online gambling: harmful or harmless?
For some it is a little bit of fun, for others it has ruined their lives. It's a difficult topic and one tackled by our community.
For many, a flutter on the Melbourne Cup once a year is the extent of their donation to the gambling industry. The Melbourne Cup sweep and the race that stops the nation sits below the Australian flag as an institution, a monument to Phar Lap, a giant amid his kind and Kingston Rule that has run the three thousand two hundred metres faster than any other.  These horses have gained the respect of the nation as battlers that got a fair go.

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Startsat60, 7 March 2017
- United Kingdom -
Britain's youngest EuroMillions winner wants to sue lotto organisers after jackpot made her life worse

Britain's youngest EuroMillions winner has confessed she sometimes wishes she had never bought her winning ticket.

Jane Park was just 17 when she scooped £1million in 2013 with the first ticket she ever bought.

But she now says the huge win has left her incredibly stressed and she is even said to be considering legal action against Camelot, Daily Mail reports. 
Speaking to the Sunday People, Ms Park, who now owns two properties and calls herself a developer, said: "I thought it would make it ten times better but it's made it ten times worse. I wish I had no money most days.

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Nzherald, 13 February 2017

- Canada -
Man says anti-psychotic meds turned him into gambling addict

A Quebec man is sounding the alarm about an unwanted side effect to taking the anti-psychotic medication Abilify.  

25-year old Simon Bergeron says Abilify turned him into a compulsive gambler and he squandered $25,000 dollars in just a few months playing online casino games.  

Health Canada did issue a warning in 2015 that the medication may be associated with compulsive behaviours including gambling and promiscuity.  A class action lawsuit is being organized.. 

For his part, Bergeron tells the Journal de Montreal that he is off Abilify and is no longer feeling the compulsive need to gamble.  

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iHeart Radio, 7 February 2017
- Australia -
Gambling operators are cashing in on teens' addiction to online games

Problem gambling is a significant societal concern that is set to get bigger.

Game and gambling operators are chasing the proliferation of new technologies readily accessible via your phone or tablet. This is breaking through traditional barriers to advertising, leaving the switched-on generation in the firing line. 

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The sydney Morning Herald, 15 February 2017

- USA -
27 drinks for gambler lead to fine for casino, state says

The operator of Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine for allowing a visibly drunk patron to gamble, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said.

The fine approved Wednesday by the board is in addition to $2,500 in costs related to the investigation into last fall's incident, according to a consent agreement between the casino operator and the state.

So far this year, the gaming board has approved a total of $190,000 against five casinos for violations. That includes a $50,000 fine levied against the operator of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for underage gambling, according to the board.

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Lehighvalleylive, 1 February 2017
- Canada -
Is it ethical for Canadian casinos to so aggressively target Asians? It’s hard to say — they’re not talking

During recent Lunar New Year celebrations, senior managers at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, B.C., gussied up in colourful Qing Dynasty-era costumes and held a cash giveaway with a prize pool of $88,888.

The Fallsview Casino overlooking Niagara Falls boasts that its resort was designed according to feng shui principles and features “very authentic Asian cuisine.”

The newest resort in Las Vegas, the Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino, is swimming in red and delivers an assortment of Asian-themed eye candy — glass-dragon chandelier and lantern-lit night market — and table games popular with the Asian crowd — pai gow and baccarat.

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National Post, 21 February 201
- United Kingdom -
One in six UK adults gambled online in 2016

Roughly one in six UK adults gambled online last year, thanks in part to excitement over a pair of quadrennial sporting events.

The UK Gambling Commission’s latest gambling participation survey shows that 48% of respondents aged 16 years or older reported engaging in at least one form of gambling last year, although this figure drops to 33% if you exclude National Lottery play.

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Calvin Ayre, 28 February 2017
- Japan -
This Japanese Slot Game Generates More Revenue Than Las Vegas and Macau Combined
Last month, legislators in Japan passed a law that legalizes casino gambling in the country. It ended 15 years of political back-and-forth and paves the way for the eventual development of integrated resorts, which could add an additional $10 billion to national coffers, or 0.2% of GDP according to the Daiwa Research Institute.

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Fortune, 30 January 2017
- Canada -
University Professor Urges Canada Operators to Join DFS Industry
The situation with the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in Canada has been a bit complicated lately. The thing is that local players are not forbidden to participate in any online contests by the federal authorities, but the legislation’s provisions do not explicitly allow them to take part in such events. What is more, the Canadian Parliament has not been keen on making the DFS legality issues part of its agenda, despite the increasing presence of this industry.

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Casino Guardian, 22 February 2017
G4 Conference agenda

The Vienna International Gaming Expo 2017
20 - 22 March 2017
Vienna, Austria

Discovery 2017
18 - 20 April 2017
Toronto, Canada
14th Responsible Gaming Academy
11 May 2017
Vienna, Austria
31st National Conference on Problem Gambling
21 - 22 July 2017
Portland, USA
Certifications in progress
- Enteraction

G4 Board Members
- Leigh Barret, Australia
- Jeffrey Derevensky, Canada
- Connie Jones, USA
- Gracemary Leung, Hong Kong, SAR of PRC
- Pieter Remmers, The Netherlands

RGAB Scientific Avisory Board
- Bo Bernard, USA
- Silvia Martins, USA
- Marc Potenza, USA
- Cesar Sanchez-Bello, Venezuela
- Kate Spilde, USA
- Hermano Tavares, Brasilia
- Ken Winters, USA
- Keith White, USA
- Harold Wynne, Canada
What G4 can do
for you

- Ethical Business practices
- Information systems for staff and players
- Staff training
- Staff and consumer information
- Intervention and referral service
MAY 2017

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