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NGOs Want Veikkaus to Appoint Public Health Experts to its Board

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NGOs working to combat gambling addiction have called for Veikkaus, the state-owned monopoly gambling operator, to adopt a board composition having public health experts.

The non-profits say that the organisation focuses too heavily on making profits at the expense of reducing problem gambling.

Moreover, expertise on the drawbacks of excessive gambling plays “a very small role” on the Veikkaus board, according to Inka Silvennoinen, division manager of the NGO Peluuri said.

The Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention or Ehyt, called for Veikkaus to adopt a board composition similar to that of the state-owned alcohol monopoly retailer Alko, which typically has public health experts.

“It would be preferable for the Veikkaus board, management and administrative bodies to also have expertise in preventing harmful gambling,” Juha Mikkonen, executive director of Ehyt said.

“I think it’s important that we consider this aspect when subsequent board members are selected,” Sirpa Paatero, the minister responsible for government ownership steering said.

NGOs also suggested that like Alko, the ministerial oversight for Veikkaus could be transferred to the social and health affairs ministry. The prime minister’s office is currently responsible for monitoring the performance of the gambling firm.

“If we consider that Veikkaus’ main mission is to prevent problem gambling, it could raise the question of whether or not ownership steering should lie with the social affairs and health ministry, which is responsible for work combating the dangers of excessive gambling,” Mikkonen said.

“Alko is governed by the health ministry because the state-owned company has a specific function that is related to public health,” Mikkonen added.

“This is why it was seen as better that overall ownership steering would be in three places, because there is no justification for oversight to lie in the same functions that manage funding distribution,” Paatero said.


Source: European Gaming Media
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Google Relaxes Gambling Advertising Policies in Five US States

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Google has updated its gambling and games policy. The updated policy authorises advertising of sports betting services in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Montana, Iowa and Indiana.

These five states join Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia who all permit sports betting via Google’s “limited beta” programme launched in June as part of the company’s efforts to keep pace with the rapid spread of legal sports betting services.

Under the Google policy, operators applying for the programme will be obliged to provide a copy of their license in each of the states it wishes to advertise in. The limited beta programme will permit operators to promote their services via Google Display Network, Google Ads, AdMob and YouTube but would be restricted in promoting online sports betting services through Google Ad Manager.


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Synergy Blue Games Make Las Vegas Debut at Palms and Red Rock Casinos

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Synergy Blue has announced that its arcade-style, skill-influenced games have been officially approved for statewide rollout in Nevada. The games will go through field trial phases at two Station Casinos properties, Palms and Red Rock Casinos. The trial will debut a variety of Synergy Blue games to the Las Vegas market via an initial placement of real-money, arcade gambling machines.

“We’re very excited to introduce our games to the Las Vegas market and to be working with Station Casinos. This agreement marks a key milestone for our company and the Las Vegas market, as we work together to progress the industry with engaging new experiences,” Georg Washington, CEO of Synergy Blue said.

“Synergy Blue’s HAWG platform and gambling solutions are incredibly unique, both in the flexibility they offer our operators and the variety of arcade-style game play they offer to guests. We see huge potential in skill-influenced games and we’re proud to have Palms and Red Rock Casinos offer Synergy Blue’s products to the Las Vegas public,” Roger Pettersson, VP of Corporate Slots at Station Casino said.


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BetWarrior launches leading mobile sports betting product

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Disruptive mobile gaming brand and platform BetWarrior has added a best-in-class sports betting product as it enters the next stage of its growth.

The fully-native BetWarrior app, which first launched in the summer, is now live with a customised Kambi-provided sportsbook in selected markets across Latin America.

Via an advanced suite of APIs, BetWarior has integrated the Kambi sportsbook into its Omega Core platform while leveraging its own AI and machine-learning tools to create a game-changing personalised mobile betting experience.

BetWarrior has spent the past weeks onboarding early users to road test the product; with sports betting now live, it will scale marketing as it targets regulated markets in Latin America and Europe.

Morten Tonnesen, co-founder and CEO of BetWarrior, said: “This is a major landmark in the development of BetWarrior, and we can now offer our users a complete mobile betting and gaming experience that stands apart from everything else out there.

“We set up BetWarrior with the intention of radically transforming the way people experience sports betting, and in partnership with Kambi, we have created a personalised mobile sportsbook like none other. We are hugely excited to watch the first players enjoying the action.”

BetWarrior has also recently been expanding its casino offering, adding content from the likes of MGA Games and Microgaming.

 


Source: European Gaming Media
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