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ThePOGG and BetBlocker are Proud to Announce the Launch of the Responsible Gambling Directory – Supporting Vulnerable Players Worldwide

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It is with immense pride, and after an incredible amount of work, that Betblocker.org and ThePOGG can announce the arrival of the Responsible Gambling Directory (RGD).  This incredible resource is a master index of the different organisations – free and commercial – around the world that can offer help and support to those experiencing gambling related harms. The RGD is supremely easy to navigate via its 6 master categories: Phone Lines, RG Information, Blocking Gambling, Support Groups, Therapy and Emergency Help.  Geotargeting ensures that the user is only able to view those organisations that can actually support them from their country of residence meaning their pathway to help is a direct one.

A growing frustration at the lack of a central resource of support mechanisms for those with gambling addiction issues led to the co-development of the RGD by BetBlocker – the responsible gambling charity – and ThePOGG.

Most industry experts agree on the fact that blocking softwares – such as that offered free to all be BetBlocker – are vital in bringing about recovery – but fresh insight is highlighting the fact that they work most effectively as part of a raft of support measures. BetBlocker intends to give those with problem gambling tendencies links to all means of support out there so that they are able to take back control of their lives. The RGD is giant hub for these links.

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We were interested to hear more on the RGD project from BetBlocker Trustee, Duncan Garvie.

“The Responsible Gaming Directory has been a vast undertaking due to the global scope of the data involved.  We simply would not have been able to bring this to a successful conclusion without assistance from the team at ThePOGG.com.

We are delighted that we are able to create the RGD to help those with gambling addiction issues find the right type of support for them, with ease.  Some players will merely require information on how to pre-empt problem gambling behaviours whilst others will be in the midst of a crisis precipitated by their addiction – regardless – the RGD will lead them to the appropriate category of help in the country in which they are resident.”

BetBlocker is now at the stage of offering the use of their resource to other institutions who have a need for it.  There is no other tool like this out there and so it is invaluable to those organisations that take safer gambling seriously. The BetBlocker team is most willing to build unique branded versions of their tool for any charity, non-profit, public educational institution or regulatory entity wishing to aid their users by making it clear to them just how many problem gambling support mechanisms are out there providing support.

Should any commercial enterprise wish to procure a branded version of the tool (this will include their personal logo and custom colour scheme) then this is also possible by committing to an annual donation in support of the charity, and the important work it does every day of the year.*

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We were keen to find out more about these personalised versions of the tool so asked Mr Garvie to explain:

“Well simply put, iGaming operators and other gambling related agencies have direct contact with thousands of players every single day. Way more than we do. There is the potential for any player to experience problem gambling habits, and by working with these other institutions, we can meet the needs of far more vulnerable players than if we insist on hosting this information ourselves.  We aren’t naïve – we know that in reality commercial organisations and charitable agencies – want things on their sites to look “right”.  They want their logos on the pages, the colours to match those of the branding on the rest of the site.  That’s not a big deal to us if it means more players get the help they need more quickly than ever before.  It’s an idea we were all behind.”

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IGT and Acres to Resolve All Pending Litigation

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International Game Technology (IGT) and Acres 4.0, Acres Manufacturing Company, and John Acres (Acres) announced that effective April 12, 2024, they have reached an agreement to resolve all legal disputes between the two companies. Terms of the settlement have not been announced.

The resolution was reached in the US District Court of Nevada, directed to US patents that pertain to facilitating use of a financial transaction device in a cashless wagering system in a gaming system, and Nevada State Court directed to a breach of contract claims.

“IGT is pleased to reach a mutual agreement with Acres that resolves all disputes between us. This allows us to dedicate our collective resources where they are better served, driving continued innovation in the exciting and evolving cashless gaming space,” said Nick Khin, IGT COO Gaming.

“We are thrilled to put this matter behind us and work cooperatively with IGT to build exciting new gambling experiences that can increase both player enjoyment and casino profits,” John Acres, CEO of Acres, said.

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FanDuel Mobile App is Now Live in the D.C.

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The Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) has announced that FanDuel’s sports betting app and website has officially launched. This development will introduce FanDuel’s sports wagering platform to District residents and visitors, completely replacing the current GambetDC sports betting app and website.

“With FanDuel’s launch, D.C. residents and visitors will have access to a best-in-class sports wagering platform. FanDuel’s entry into our market brings not only a reliable, customer-friendly sports wagering experience to the nation’s capital, but it also includes guaranteed revenue that will be used to fund vital city programs,” Frank Suarez, Executive Director of OLG, said.

FanDuel’s sports wagering platform will be available to all users over the age of 18 within the geographic boundaries of the District of Columbia, except for specific areas where gambling is prohibited. These restricted areas include a two-block radius surrounding designated Class A facilities (Audi Field, Capital One Arena, Nationals Park, and St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena) and all federal lands, including the National Mall, White House, Capitol, Congressional office buildings, East Potomac Park, and Rock Creek Park.

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SCCG Announces Joint Venture Investment in Numb3rs

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SCCG Management, a leading advisory firm in the global gaming industry, has announced a joint venture investment with Numb3rs, an innovative all-in-one payment solution provider built for gaming operators. The partnership aims to transform the gaming sector by integrating Numb3rs’ proprietary tech stack, ECRYPT, into the marketplace, thereby offering a comprehensive suite of payment processing solutions.

As per the partnership, SCCG Management and Numb3rs will be working hand in hand with operator partners to ensure that the solutions offered are not only innovative but also flexible and customizable to meet their unique needs. With decades of experience in the gaming industry and Numb3rs’ cutting-edge payment technology, this collaboration is poised to revolutionize payment solutions across all formats of gaming. This signifies a dedication to providing tailored solutions that adapt to the ever-evolving landscape of the gaming industry, ultimately empowering clients to thrive in this dynamic environment.

Numb3rs brings to the table its cutting-edge technology, ECRYPT, a central hub designed for all AML/KYC, fraud prevention tools, payouts, and alternative payment solutions. This integration promises to streamline operations for gaming operators around the globe, providing them with a holistic approach to premier payment and banking services. Through its unique position as the processing bank, Numb3rs offers direct access to its payment network, enabling a higher level of service at a substantially reduced price.

Chris Berman, President of Numb3rs, said: “Numb3rs is excited to partner with SCCG & utilize their 30 years of expertise in the gaming space to help bring our bank direct payment processing services to the marketplace.”

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Stephen Crystal, Founder & CEO of SCCG Management, said: “We are honored to engage in a joint venture with Numb3rs, a company that shares our vision of innovation and excellence in the gaming industry. Together, we aim to revolutionize the payment processing landscape, bringing unparalleled efficiency and value to our clients. This partnership underscores our commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions and strategic expertise that our clients have come to expect from SCCG.”

SCCG Management, with over 30 years of experience in the gaming industry, brings a wealth of knowledge and a global network of over 100 best-in-class client partners specializing in iGaming, Sports Betting, Sports Marketing, and Gaming Technologies. The firm is renowned for its strategic insights and operational assessments, making it the perfect ally for Numb3rs in their mission to navigate the complex landscape of state, card brand, and regulatory requirements.

This partnership between SCCG and Numb3rs is not just about payment processing; it’s about redefining the gaming industry’s financial transactions landscape. By leveraging SCCG’s expertise in market penetration and Numb3rs’ innovative payment solutions, this collaboration is set to provide gaming operators with the tools they need to thrive in a competitive market.

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