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Dunedin City Council hears both sides of gambling story

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Pleas to focus on community harm mixed with warnings of funding cuts for community sports during  the debate yesterday on the Dunedin City Council’s (New Zeeland) proposal to gradually reduce the number of gambling venues in the city.

Proposed changes to the council’s  gambling and TAB venue policy would extend South Dunedin’s sinking lid policy on poker machines to the rest of the city.

It would also ban new gambling venues and not allow existing ones to relocate.

The new approach attracted 56 submissions,  35 of which supported the change, but yesterday’s  hearing was dominated by organisations arguing against the move.

They included gaming trusts and the Class 4 Working Party, which represented 85% of gaming association venues, and  also Dunedin sports organisations worried about losing grants. Dunedin Netball volunteer and former general manager Lee-Anne Anderson said her organisation relied on such funding to cover costs, from competitions and equipment to court hire.

Without it, more costs would have to be passed on to  members, which “would definitely see a drop in participation numbers”, she said.

Sports organisations themselves could also be under threat, as $40,000 received by Dunedin Netball last year amounted to 15% of its annual income.

“That’s the difference between breaking even and a loss,” she said.

Duane Donovan, the volunteer chairman of ParaFed Otago, which supported members with physical disabilities to take part in sport, also opposed the change.

ParaFed depended on such funding for its very existence, and that was “not an exaggeration”.

The effects  of the proposed policy would be felt by sporting and welfare groups across Dunedin, he said.

Karen Shea, of the Southern Trust, said her organisation distributed just over $220,000 in  84 grants to Dunedin groups last year.

About half  went to sports groups and the rest to a mix of community organisations, but it was just a slice of the $5.8million in total gaming machine income distributed in the city last year.

Committee chairman Cr Aaron Hawkins questioned dire warnings of the effects on sports groups,  pointing out the sinking lid policy would take effect only if a venue closed and did not reopen within six months.

Putting an end to poker machines and community funding was not being proposed, and suggesting otherwise was “a bit of stretch”, he said.

Jarrod True, of the Class 4 Working Party, disagreed, saying a sinking lid policy implied a target of zero, and “that’s where you are heading”.

Nothing had happened since Dunedin’s policy was last reviewed in 2015 to justify the change, Mr True said.

Instead, while gaming machine numbers nationally had dropped in the last 15 years, problem gambling rates had remained static, he said.

Extra restrictions would push more people into online gambling, where “you can lose your home without leaving it” and money was not returned to communities, he said.

Others disagreed, including Eru Loach, of the Problem Gambling Foundation, who said the amount of money spent on poker machines was climbing.

The social problems that resulted — from crime and lost jobs to depression and suicide — meant his organisation was “flat out”.

“We are not talking about something that’s financial harm alone. It’s everything else which comes with it.”

He supported the council’s new approach and said the search for more sustainable sources of income “is the way forward” for community groups.

The hearing was adjourned and  will  resume for public deliberations on March 6.


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Breaking News: Dutch Senate votes to legalize online gambling

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The Netherlands Senate voted today in favor of the country’s long-awaited online gaming legislation, which was approved by the House of Representatives back in 2014.

The new regulatory regime will allow operators to secure online sports betting and casino gaming licenses to serve Dutch consumers, subject to secondary legislation that is yet to be submitted for European Commission approval.

Today, the Dutch Senate voted in favor of legislation to legalize internet-based gambling, clearing the way for foreign and Dutch firms to apply for licenses.

On Monday, the Financieele Dagblad said some 300 companies have expressed interest in running a gambling website in the Netherlands and about 50 are expected to make a formal application for a license when they are up for grabs next year. Tuesday’s vote comes two years after the lower house voted in favor of allowing third parties to legally offer online gambling.

Holland Casino is the Netherlands’ only state-regulated gambling establishment but foreign firms widely flout the ban and continue to target Dutch punters.

The two Christian parties in the ruling coalition voted against the legislation. They claim allowing more companies to offer online betting will lead to more problems with addiction.

Source: DutchNews.nl


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BetConstruct attained a partnership with SA Gaming

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BetConstruct announces a new strategic partnership with an online entertainment platform provider in Asia – SA Gaming.

As a result of the agreement, SA Gaming’s various slots and live casino solutions will be integrated into BetConstruct’s platform. Around 30 slots such as The Guard, World Cup Fever, Red Dragon, Saint of Mahjong, Indiana’s Quest, Dragon Tiger, and others currently fulfill their gaming catalog.

“This is an important partnership for us, as a result of which our gaming portfolio will be enhanced with more Asian themed slots and live casino games, ” says BetConstruct regional director Lusine Khudaverdyan.

 

Apart from the slots, SA Gaming has a wide portfolio of live casino games famous in Asia. Following the partnership, we already support such games as Baccarat, Roulette, Sic Bo, Fan Tan and Speed Baccarat from our new Asian 3rd party provider. Together with SA Gaming we believe to provide premium gaming solutions for all our partner operators.

 

About BetConstruct

BetConstruct is an award-winning developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions with development, sales, and service centers around the globe.

BetConstruct’s innovative and proven offerings include an extensive range of products and services, including Sportsbook, Sports Data Solutions, Retail Solutions, RNG & Live Dealer Casino, VR Casino, Poker, Skill Games, Fantasy Sports, Social Platform and more. The latest addition is the industry-first complete management infrastructure, SpringBME (Business Management Environment).

All partners benefit from the BetConstruct Spring platform with its powerful back-office tools and all-inclusive services that empower operators’ growth and help contain their costs. From stand-alone set up to turn-key and white label solutions, BetConstruct offers its partners unfettered opportunity to succeed.


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Bangladesh bans online gambling websites

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Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has asked all the internet gateway providers and Telecom department to run an internet safety solution programme to block online gambling websites. BTRC is believed to have received an instruction to effect the same from the country’s government.

The telecom regulator has sent the order to block the websites so that these websites will not be accessible in Bangladesh again.

“It might take few more hours to block all the sites completely as blocking any site is so technical,” said Md Emdadul Hoque, general secretary of Internet Service Provider Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB).

A top official of the BTRC said they have often found complaints from different sides about online gambling and that needs to block for the sake of safe internet.


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