Britain hits offshore gambling industry with 300 million pounds | Reuters

Taxes on online casino gaming operations based in the British territory are levied at 1 percent on gross profit, with fixed-odds betting taxed at 1 percent of turnover. The focus for us now is on trying to get the actual rate of the tax reduced,” Clive Hawkswood, chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association said.

Land-based betting is also mostly taxed at a rate of 15 percent, except for land-based gaming, which takes in the likes of gaming machines and bricks-and-mortar casinos. This attracts a variable tax rate of between 15 percent and 50 percent, a Treasury spokeswoman told Reuters.

Under rules published on Friday, Britain will tax gambling according to where customers are based rather than where the online operator is registered, meaning that offshore operators pay the same 15 percent tax rate as domestic remote-betting companies.

William Hill, which has the largest share of the UK’s remote-gambling market, has previously suggested that it could challenge the changes on the grounds that they breach European Union competition law.

Traditional land-based betting will be unaffected, the government said.

Plans to bring offshore gaming companies under the British tax system were outlined in the government’s 2012 Budget, but the industry had been waiting for the detail – most crucially the rate at which they will be taxed.

The tax will be levied on companies’ gross profit – total bets placed minus prizes paid out – in the 2 billion pound remote-gambling market from December 2014.

“It is unacceptable that gambling companies can avoid UK taxes by moving offshore, and the government is taking decisive action to ensure this can no longer happen,” Economic Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid said.. Ladbrokes, Bwin.party, William Hill and Betfair all have online operations based in Gibraltar, which offers a benign tax regime for gambling companies.

The government, which said it will confirm the 15 percent rate in its Budget statement next March, estimates that the new rules will bring in 300 million pounds a year in additional tax revenue.

Shares in Ladbrokes, Bwin.party, William Hill and Betfair did not move significantly on the news.

LONDON Online betting companies based in offshore havens to sidestep Britain’s gambling taxes will be hit with a new levy that could cost the industry 300 million pounds ($467 million).

“These reforms will ensure that remote-gambling operators who have UK customers make a fair contribution to the public finances.”

“We knew it was coming … Both are capped at 425,000 pounds.

(Reporting By Christine Murray and William James; Editing by David Goodman)

The shift will affect some of the industry’s largest players

Bookmaking for Dummies with the Price Per Head system

They trust me, hence they trust where I lead my onshore gambling business and they WILL follow. Size of the agent credit sportsbook and their reputation is always good…but not a must. If there is so much as an inkling of an idea that your business is being compromised, BAIL OUT!. They tend to grow and grow…and at just the right time…sell out. Big is never good. There are tons of perfect examples out there, the companies you hear the most about, yes children, those were sold out, bought out, and merged. It is called a Price Per Head service fee also known as PPH fee. Reputation/Integrity: DO YOUR HOMEWORK….we are talking about YOUR business here = your money. Period!

5. How simple is it? Very… I insist that every person I hire for my staff must be 100% fluent in English. There are several ways to run checks on the Offshore Sportsbooks and offshore per head services at hand. They will have internet access for your players and alternate back up sites for emergencies or problems on the main site. Troy, CA, Agent holding 798 players, been in business for 13 years : “I have been around for some time. Avoid new sportsbooks. The PPH concept has been there since the beginning of time. . Google the Company in question. Years In Business: As you should always do when you are dealing with either your own clientle or your money (which is usually one and the same) make sure that the Company you choose for your PPH Provider has been around for at least 6 years…with a proven track record in the online gaming industry; needless to say. Service / Offerings: Most turnkey sportsbooks now are open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year. They don’t treat your bookmaking business with the same respect as you do. The gambling agent or bookmaker then pulls reports at the end of the week, and pays or collects what the client won or lost. But times have changed and its easy to spot a fly by night betting offshore operation with a wishy washy service…they rarely last through the 1st season. Believe me there are more than one of those out there endorsing their own book. I have learned through painful experience that a big over-rated online sports book and casino service is not necessarily a good thing or a good place to put your moneys worth. With so many choices, the mother of questions is: “How do I know which Price Per Head provider or sports book to choose?” “Where do I go?”

This article was posted on January 17, 2006

The offshore online gambling industry now a days has grown to such proportions that its not like the old days where you saw small tiny offshore sports betting books sprouting like weeds in a garden left and right. We see them all time. (they actually get time to enjoy the money they are earning…for those at home). They see you as another market, another onshore betting agent they need to lure and conquer and will try to take your players and flush you out.

Well my little grass hopper…allow me to shed some light upon thee..

From the dawning of legal offshore gambling, came the Price per head concept …and no..it is not a cattle weight conversion project to get more dough out of your beef.

This is a win win situation for all parties involved. Time in business is a must. Not all is good and true . Currently has 3 packages, over 1250 players. The bookmaking agent and their players (package) receive abundant benefits from the Price Per Head Agent Solution

About The Author

Andy Vecchio is a proffesional bookmaker that has been in business successfully for many years. The only money that trades hands is the money between the agent or bookmaker and the Price Per Head software provider . Customer service is also a top prioirity for me. An offshore Book that is offering you a PPH option must have safeguards and must keep your information and clients secure and anonymous. They can barely understand them. Check Internet Casino and sportsbook blacklists, there are hundreds of posting forums and Blogs out there with VERY useful information on the offshore gaming and casino industry. An exceptionally reputable book offshore will look to accommodate your players by offering to actually hire personnel for your players language needs as is the case with OldSchool Bookie (www.oldschoolbookie.com) . Do your homework…a nice gold seal of approval from the somethingnot betting association of never never land is not necessarily a company touched by God.”

Price Per Head Agent Solution or Outsourcing Bookmaking to an Offshore Sportsbook by using online sportsbook software and technology provided by this type of companies, allows agents – credit bookmakers to outsource the writing of their business to sportsbooks or companies such as www.OldSchoolBookie.com (Contact them at 800-382-2825). Patterson, NJ: “One of the hardest things to find when you are outsorcing your bookmaking business is someone who treats your business as their own. You should consider the service mentioned above to be the minimum acceptable. The right to remain Silent – : Sammy Valeski, onshore bookmaker, 38 years in the buisiness: Security is Number ONE issue. You may have the best english speaking clerks in the business, but if your players are getting shunned out from the customer service portion, its time for you to take your package and go elsewhere.

Bookmaking for Dummies with the Price Per Head system

 by: Andy Vecchio

2. If their Integrity is at question, you can assume your data will be passed on to the wrong people.

1. If not they will remain open untill the last game of the day goes off the board. You are looking for a price per head turnkey solution to better service your clients – therefore service is one of the key deciding factors on who to go with.

6. Try to lean for a more conservative price per head operation …they understand that this market is not one you want to lead a head on battle with. Where as a conservative price per head bookmaking operation…you see them, they go from season to season…and their quality of service never diminishes, their packages, their fees, their staffing….they remain the best in the industry…consider it as a family business..and you are part of that family. They will give you the availability to grow…YOU have the edge. Proven track record does not necessarily mean a flashy logo of some 2 wit “watchdog organization”. You must not afford to risk your clients or your sports season to a fly by night operator or ‘wanna be’ operator. Integrity within the company you choose should never be left second hand. As an offshore sportsbetting business grows..the big men behind it all become greedy. Don’t let your self be led by the next Tom, Dick or Harry that crosses the street saying that he came up with the Price per Head concept. This is very common particularly in the sportsbetting offshore industry …companies being bought out by other companies which in return are bought out by yet another larger firm…and so forth down the line…its the Circle of life in the Corporate world. You are moving your business off shore for convenience and lets face it….for protection.

The crem de le crem – Walter Fox, Full time bookie. I see it time and time again. He has now outsourced 70% of his business to an offshore price per head sports betting provider www.bookoldschool.com For more information on a price per head system please visit: http://www.offshorebook.net.

Gambling agents that come to us and choose our per head turnkey services for their customers complain that X book has the worst english speaking clerks. You should be able to understand the staff. the betting agent simply points their clients to a phone number and/or website and allows them to place their sports wagers online with a simple Pin/Password system that is either chosen or provided to by the sportsbook. The trick to a turnkey sportsbetting business is not the fee you pay. There are some verifiable and known sources: The Prescription, Bettors World, etc. You should have full trust in the one you are dealing with. Some onshore bookmakers have foreigners as part of their package and as additional service this book offers staff who can accommodate your players. They often will see you and your players as just another account number….another onshore bookie out of the pile. Yet as mentioned before…be carefull. Location: This should be the first thing you do…Make sure that the PPH provider you choose is Legally Licensed and Bonded in the Country it claims to be in. If you plan on going for the publicly traded bookmaking services offshore chances are you and your players information will be handled by more than one hand….and eventually will fall into the wrong pair of hands. The more accessible the service is and the more wagering options that exist, the more money the betting agent will make. But as an internet gambling business changes from hand to hand so does the way it is managed. Back then you had to be careful where you went because there was no telling what would happen to you and your players. David Brunner.

Price Per Head Bookmaking for Dummies

When evaluating an offshore turnkey sportbook operations , it is often difficult to actually see facts through fiction, for this reason, you must rely on the following to make a sound choice:

The number of Offshore sportsbooks operations that offer this type of development for the “Local bookie” has grown exponentially over the last twelve months with new offers sprouting daily, top of the line turnkey sportsbetting software and more and more handsome offers and promises to be the best.

The Real Deal:. They respect your work and your business and treat you with the professionalism you and your players deserve and expect. Go for the safe way…they are out there and when you do find a good price per head turnkey service stick to it like a bad habbit, you and your business will grow rather, when a company is tied to a loser post-up sportsbook, you know what to expect for your clients.”

3. Security: This is a MUST (needless to say) Your assets and your players should have the necessary security to continue doing business.

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(i) improved earning potential for the agent, (ii) decreased legal exposure for the bookmaking agent, (iii) increased customer service for the gambling agent’s clients, and (iv) ability for the agent to do something other than answer wagering calls AND having to deal with figures AND trying to increase his business without having time to sit back on the pool deck with a cocktail in one hand and a cigar on the other. These marketing tricks may work for the weak at mind and bring you more evil than good. Their own book??? Yes…their own offshore sportsbook…that’s right boys and girls…there are these so called watchdog or betting organizations which where created and owned by the same sportsbooks and casinos they so gleefully refer and endorse. Your business should not be compromised by the sportsbook solution you choose. It is keeping your players satisfied. Avoid excuberant bonus promises for your players and ridiculous promotions which you nor your players don’t really need.

The who is who in the business – Jake Wesson, Floor Manager for BetEZ.com: “This isn’t rocket science…My business goes to the one who offers more options for me and my players. On the same note neither you nor your players should have to go through an intensive language comprehension course for foreigners. I know for a fact that my players remain with me out of the relationship I have built with them. Always consider that if the company you are considering is publicly held, as is the case with most large Sportsbooks, then your security is compromised (it CAN BE accessed via the government). The staffing changes, policies change, Prices on fees or any special treatment that you may have had where thrown out the window…they threw a monkey wrench in your whole operation and your players are stuck in the middle of this whole mess.

4. Their staff should be FLUENT in english. I can never stress this enough…don’t believe everything you see (or read for that matter). Reputable price per head sportsbooks will offer quarter lines, half time lines, game lines, money lines, propositions, multiple casinos, horse betting, and more

CNN – Gambling online? You bet!

attorney for the Southern District of New York, indicted 14 managers of six Internet companies for offering gambling on their sites.

The amount spent on Internet gambling is harder to calculate. One of Microsoft (MSFT)’s less-publicized adventures is Ninemsn, an Australia-based Internet service to which Bill Gates has pledged tens of millions of dollars. “Federal legislation will make it difficult but not impossible for Internet gamblers in the U.S. One Australian state, Queensland, is already awarding licenses for online gambling, and others may follow soon. If, on the other hand, an activity is in the physical world – betting on horses, or casino betting with Indian tribes – it becomes subject to federal criminal sanction when it occurs in cyberspace.

Prosecutors focus on sports betting

Intriguingly, though, all the bets that make up the U.S. Her higher-ups in the Justice Department appear to agree. The minimum amount to begin an account varies.

So how is it that these companies appear to operate legally, but a dozen Caribbean cowboys found themselves under felony indictment?

Second, legislation should be technology-neutral.

The original version of Kyl’s bill failed most of these tests. And for sports bettors – who make up a majority of online gamblers, according to industry insiders – the ease of using cyberbookies can’t be beat. The American Gaming Association, a trade group of gaming firms, maintains this view regarding online wagering: “The industry has been state-regulated and we think it should remain that way. Legislation tied to a particular technology may quickly become obsolete and require further amendment. Failure to account for that specificity in legislation could stifle the Internet’s growth or chill its use as a communications tool.

Although it uses a CryptoLogic template similar to several other online casinos, Kennyrogerscasino.com may be unique in letting bettors wager as little as a penny at a time. attorney’s case involved the casinos’ sportsbooks.

You might think that the prospect of competing against the likes of Microsoft would terrify a $20 million company like Inland. Packer is a man with a voracious gambling appetite.

That partnership leads many observers to believe that an online casino – using Microsoft platforms, of course – is in the works. citizens, it will be increasingly tempting for them to turn to locations abroad. … In November 1998, for example, a division of Hilton Hotels acquired the company that runs Centrebet, a Web and telephone sports-wagering system based in Australia (www.centrebet.com.au). (The company’s Indian casino and Web-development divisions make more.) “This is the really exciting point, because I know where it goes from here,” Speer said in an interview.

Similarly, the Las Vegas-based public company American Wagering, owner of Leroy’s Horse and Sports Place in Nevada, also operates a sports gambling site located in Canberra called MegaSports (www.megasports.com.au). 474, introduced into the Senate by Arizona’s John Kyl in 1997 as the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act. For decades, Vegas was about the only legal option for gamblers.

Take Interactive Gaming and Communications, another publicly traded company, located in Blue Bell, Pa. Blackjack players can very easily count cards, or even consult odds charts; the Kennyrogerscasino.com site actually has a printable chart showing the best strategy for every possible hand of blackjack. I’ve not had problems being paid.”

All the sites indicted by the U.S. “Think about what would happen to Wal-Mart (WMT), General Motors or Microsoft if these companies had to continue to dodge federal roadblocks to access their customers,” says Sebastian Sinclair, senior associate at Christiansen/Cummings Associates, a management consulting firm. Inland, for example, operates two Web sites in addition to the one bearing Kenny Rogers’ likeness: Casinoaustralia.com and Goodluckclub.com. His equal partner is Australian tycoon Kerry Packer of the Crown Casino in Victoria. (However, an HBO sports program attempted to locate one of these ventures in Aruba, and ultimately found that the genuine server was in a residential neighborhood in Bethlehem, Pa.) And the Caribbean nations would like to keep their haven status.

More than a year later, however, no cases have come to trial, and nine defendants have accepted plea bargains for state misdemeanor charges with no jail time.

But a hard-core base will continue to turn to Internet betting for its clear advantages. Kyl introduced a revised version earlier this year, removing some of the more onerous and hard-to-enforce provisions. In 1998, the Senate passed, by a large margin, an amendment prohibiting Internet gambling, but that bill died before becoming law. Attorney White has proceeded slowly and quietly. “Since there are no controls at present regarding Internet wagering, I would urge investors to shun these firms at present,” he says.

If such gamblers are not satisfied by options available to U.S. Casino games are available on a site or via downloadable software. attorney’s office theoretically operate out of the Caribbean. Together, these sites have about 4,300 registered customers in 96 countries around the world. In 1997, published reports put the total number of operating online casinos at 15. Like the Communications Act passed in the 1930s, technology has now leapfrogged the law.

Finally, the DoJ believes that any federal law must recognize that the Internet is different from other communications media: It’s a multifaceted communications medium that allows for both point-to-point transmission between two parties (like the telephone), as well as the widespread dissemination of information to a vast audience (like a newspaper). Says Opel, “Bringing in the big names and established companies only adds credibility and visibility to what we’re already doing.”

Is it legal?

A few hurdles have to be cleared before such ventures can take off – beginning with the federal government. The Justice Department doesn’t think that online casinos (including those that offer gambling on sports events) can legally conduct business in the United States, even if they are based in places where gambling is legal. Legislators have considered enlisting Internet service providers to patrol for undesirable sites, although Internet gambling insiders consider that proposal dead on arrival.

First, legislation should treat physical activity and cyberactivity in the same way. White’s hesitancy suggests that the law may not be as solid as she thought when she indicted. college and professional sports. “The telephone is being used to facilitate these wagers and I believe the government has a solid case,” explains Tony Cabot, a Las Vegas-based gaming lawyer and author of a book on Internet gaming. That makes for an Internet gambling environment too porous for U.S law enforcement to plug. . “I wager on football games and usually bet in the neighborhood of $1,000 every weekend. But according to Inland CEO Don Speer, elusive profits need not be one of them. Passed during the term of crime-fighter Attorney General Robert Kennedy, the law was intended to outlaw betting over telephone lines. Aruba, for one, is refusing to extradite any indicted individuals to the U.S., and thus far the U.S. But the travails associated with fending off lawsuits have essentially put the company out of business. FBI agents placed bets on games – uniformly National Football League matches, although many other options are available – and followed up, whether they won or lost. For one thing, gambling from one’s home allows for a variety of techniques that would get one tossed out of a regular casino. Tony Cabot, an attorney specializing in gaming issues, says flatly, “When you see Kerry Packer get together with Microsoft, you have to believe there is a future for this type of wagering.”

Running an online casino carries all the usual challenges of Internet businesses, from low click-through rates to servers that fail. Today, a roster on one “gambling portal” site lists well over 200. But following a 1997 indictment, the state of Missouri settled a suit against the company and its president, Michael Simone, for about $35,000. “I use the service because it’s convenient and I have access to it when I want,” says one online gambler. The Wire Act obviously has no mention of wagering over the Internet.

But the growing acceptance of online betting and the Internet’s inherent ability to shatter jurisdictions bring the inconsistencies of American gaming law to a boil. In January, MegaSports began taking Internet bets from Australians; it expects soon to allow global gambling on sporting events. The vast majority of customers will satisfy their demand for commercial gambling through less onerous and risky alternatives, such as lotteries, bingo, pari-mutuels and casinos.”

Nonetheless, some experts think the case could be made to stick. Why should it be legal to bet online on a horse race in another state, but not legal to bet on a basketball game in one’s own state? If Native American tribes can establish new, legal, physical places where adults can gamble, why shouldn’t someone be able to do the same in cyberspace?

Does the seeming invincibility of online gambling make it an enticing business? Jason Ader of Bear Stearns, urges caution. Would-be wagerers open an account with a credit card, although some sites also accept cash and cashier’s checks. Estimates range from $650 million to $1 billion a year, worldwide – a tiny fraction of the amount spent on more traditional formats. “Ultimately, Internet gambling operators are selling a product. The Internet is presently unregulated and we support a federal law regulating Internet gambling.”

Internet Gambling Worldwide, Past and Future

The office of U.S. Even the firms that have enjoyed some stock-price popularity – such as Youbet.com – have shaky fundamentals. Almost all online gambling sites work the same. has had little cooperation from any other nation. If an activity is prohibited in the physical world but not on the Internet, the Internet becomes a safe haven for that criminal activity.

But over the last several months, at least some traditional casinos have pursued the time-honored strategy of joining an Internet gambling trend that they can’t beat. That may suggest that, as some legal observers have argued, the 1961 federal Wire Act is too old and too loosely written to prohibit online gambling. That figure exaggerates the size of the Internet gambling sector, since some companies operate more than one online betting parlor. But they say the more bettors, the better. Even the precise number of online casinos is hard to calculate. Nor would it prohibit online fantasy sports leagues, online lotteries in states where they are legal, or online betting on any live horse race where it would otherwise be lawful to wager. He claims Inland’s Internet gambling business went slightly into the black in March, on annualized revenues of about $1 million. About 2,000 years later, Bugsy Siegel took the concept a step further and built the Flamingo Hotel in the desert town of Las Vegas. But as more and more traditional firms become involved, the consumer will look for the brand name. At one point, Interactive Gaming looked like it could be an industry leader. As Timothy L. In most cases, this means operating out of Australia. Justice believes that any legislation addressing criminal misuse of computers or computer systems (including the Internet) should have three vital characteristics. to gain access to offshore sites,” says Sebastian Sinclair of Christiansen/Cummings. Anyone over the age of 18 can set up an account with Centrebet and place money on a variety of worldwide sporting events, including U.S. O’Brien observes in Bad Bet, his comprehensive account of America’s gambling industry, “Judging by dollars spent, gambling is now more popular in America than baseball, the movies and Disneyland combined.”

It’s not because they operate in any fundamentally different way. (The company did not respond to repeated requests for an interview.)

Group calls for regulation of Net gambling

For years, another barrier to the growth of Internet gambling has been strong opposition from those most threatened by gambling sites: legal American casinos. According to an analysis by Sue Schieder of Rolling Good Times, the online gambling magazine, the new legislation would not punish the casual bettor. Says Sinclair of Christiansen/Cummings: “You are going to feel more comfortable wagering with a Hilton than you will with Joe’s Casino.”

Today, Americans spend some $600 billion a year on legal gambling, making it by far the favored national pastime. But even if Congress comes up with the best-crafted legislation in history, there are significant factors beyond its control.

The prosecutors’ focus on sports bets appears to stem from legal precedent in the law they relied on. The defendants, many of whom live abroad, were threatened with up to five years in prison and $250,000 fines. They almost always include slots, blackjack and video poker, but many sites carry more exotic games, from baccarat to pai gow. A Ninemsn spokesperson says that the site does not now offer online gambling and would not comment on future plans. In a highly publicized March 1998 “raid,” Mary Jo White, the U.S. “We get daily reports, and you’ll see these people who spend a couple of hours gambling, and the total amount they bet is like $1.81,” says Thomas Holmes, Inland’s head of technology.

Is Microsoft betting too?

The potential action is too compelling for even the largest tech tycoons to resist. “And it is possible that records could be subpoenaed of various banks where these companies maintain accounts.”

One major barrier to profitability is the law. The Standard obtained a Department of Justice analysis of the bill S. Bets generally range from $1 to as much as $300. Their case is based on the 1961 Wire Act.

Gambling is as at least as old as Christianity (that is, if Ben Hur can be trusted). In the ’70s, Atlantic City legalized casino gambling; in the ensuing decades, state lotteries, Indian casinos, gaming ships, offtrack betting parlors and card clubs have sprouted across the landscape

Casino-Gaming :: Sports betting tips

Squares usually bet later in the day (or week, for football) and they tend to pick the favorites. If you like an underdog, it is best to get your bet in as late as possible, where there is heavy action from squares on favorites.

. Slim underdogs regularly win outright.

Sports betting tip #1 – Money Management

Sports betting tip #3 – Never Gamble While under the Influence

As a bettor, you have the advantage of streamlining your research, which is something the sports books are not at liberty to do. Some sports books have better odds on parlays and teasers. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.

Below you will find a short list of basic sports betting tips and advice.

The second most important aspect of betting on sports is shopping for the best number. Teams play inspired ball at home. When you are betting big bucks the difference in odds translate into a huge difference in your payout. They must keep on top of EVERY sport and EVERY game. The first key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.

Sports betting tip #2 – Shopping for Numbers

Sports betting tip #4 – Do your Homework

The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early. The best way to win money betting sports is to develop a niche and follow it closely.

Sports betting tip #7 – Bet at the Right Time

This is without a doubt the most important aspect of betting sports and possibly the most neglected. All it takes is a little research of the sports books you usually bet at.

There is a reason the casinos in Las Vegas supply you with free drinks while you are gambling. Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make. There will be more discrepancy in the numbers on different sports at different sports books.

Sports betting tip #5 – Check the Odds

Sports betting tip #6 – Play Home Dogs

There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home

Negative Effects of Gambling

They tend to stay away from their near ones, resulting in distrust between them and their loved ones.

? Problem gamblers and addicts tend to abuse their family members. This proves to be detrimental to their social and family life. Six to eight million people in America are estimated to have a gambling problem.

? Over time, the practice of gambling starts becoming a habit and begins to have damaging effects at psychological, physical, and social levels. They engage in gambling activities at the cost of their time with family and friends. In the following sections of this Buzzle article, we discuss the negative effects of gambling on the individual and society.

? People who fall prey to gambling tend to remain away from their families and waste money on other bad practices. The stress of risking huge amounts of money or the frustration after losing it can increase the tendency of abuse in gamblers. On giving a serious consideration to the negative effects of gambling, we realize that it is best avoided.

? According to a study by the George State University, 50% of the problem gamblers commit crime. It can drag you into crime, gambling isn’t fun.

Gambling = Thoughtless Expenditure + Waste of Time

? As gambling leads to increased criminal activities, in a way, gamblers add to the burden on prisons and the legal system.

? Addiction to gambling has been linked with substance abuse. The decision to gamble money is based on three parameters namely; how much to bet, the predictability of the event, and the conditions agreed upon, between the gamblers. Sports betting and arbitrage betting are the other types. ? People continue gambling with the greed of winning money. It soon becomes a habit that can’t be broken.

Compulsive gambling leads to bankruptcy

? An Austrian study said that around 1 in 5 suicidal patients had a gambling problem.

? A majority of those addicted to gambling have substance abuse disorders.

Gambling refers to the betting of money on an event with an uncertain outcome, with the intent of winning additional wealth. According to the National Research Council, 10 to 17% of the children of problem gamblers have been abused and so have 25 to 50% of the partners of problems gamblers.

? Children of parents who are problem gamblers or gambling addicts tend to feel abandoned and angry, further increasing stress and leading to strained family relations.

Initially, one looks at gambling as a way to run away from life’s problems, or from stress, anger, and loneliness. A recreational activity is supposed to be refreshing and relaxing, but something like gambling is contrary to the very purpose of recreation. When they lose the money they had risked, they further gamble to recover the lost amount and it becomes a vicious circle even they can’t escape from.

? The addiction to gambling can leave one in bankruptcy. The addiction has negative effects on one’s physical and mental health and it proves to be detrimental to one’s social, personal, and professional life. Some go that way to forget the sorrow of losing big sums when gambling.

? The stress from gambling may lead to health issues like ulcers, stomach problems, muscle pains, headaches, and problems with sleep.

? Similar to how an individual keeps consuming substances like drugs or alcohol to experience an altered mental state, he continues to gamble. It causes a decline in his/her work performance, thus hampering his career.

Mental and physical health problems, financial issues, and conflicts in the family are among the common negative effects of gambling. Their mental state can even lead to suicidal tendencies.

? Additionally, rehabilitation and public assistance systems are taxed.

? Gamblers often exhibit mood swings and a strangely secretive behavior. Thus, gambling practices cause a huge financial burden on the families of the affected and on the society at large.

? According to the University of New York, in people with alcohol use disorders, the chances of developing an addiction to gambling are 23 times higher.

? Gambling has proven to be addictive. The addiction leads people to continue with gambling irrespective of whether they earn or lose in the deal. A study by the same university suggested that 73% of the individuals who are imprisoned are found to be problem gamblers.

? They start borrowing money and take secret loans. Rehabilitating the gambling addicts needs money and time, and the process is not very easy. The addiction robs a gambler of all the productive time and leads to loss of efficiency at work. Their debt keeps building and it may reach an amount that exceeds their capacity to repay.

? Substances of abuse are served at casinos and in pubs and clubs, thus increasing the likelihood of gamblers consuming them. The two go hand in hand. It only leads to a thoughtless expenditure of money and valuables.

? Gambling is practiced as a means of recreation. To add to the so-called merry atmosphere, gamblers often smoke or drink while playing.

You could be at gunpoint or holding the gun. The skill of a gambler lies in weighing the three parameters and making a decision about what amount should be staked and how much should be expected in return.

? Apart from absence at work and drop in efficiency, a common observation is that gamblers tend to steal money and engage in fraudulent behavior to recover from financial losses incurred when gambling, or to get more money to bet.

? Gambling at the cost of one’s job results in a decline in the quality of his professional life. The greed never ends and they keep betting more and more. Betting is a mentally taxing activity, and as one goes on risking more and more money, anxiety starts building.

? Studies show that children with a sibling or parent addicted to gambling, are more likely to take to substance abuse.. Forget satisfaction or peace, it is not even refreshing in the real sense. In spite of the losses incurred, they continue betting. Because of this, they land in worse situations and take the wrong decisions in life.

? The costs of treating compulsive gamblers are huge. Addiction to gambling, coupled with substance abuse can make the gamblers physically abusive towards their family. Over time, it becomes a habit, and eventually an obsession that can’t be overcome. Some take to substance abuse to supplement the high they get from winning huge sums while gambling. Due to lost mental peace, they may ill-treat their spouse and children. Thus, gambling can have a grave economic impact which is difficult to reverse.

? According to a research by NCPG, 76 percent of problem gamblers are likely to have a major depressive disorder.

Games offered in casinos, table games like poker, Red Dog, and Blackjack, as also electronic games like Slot Machine and Video Poker are some of the common types of gambling. The effect is similar to that of having a drug or a drink, which is why gambling changes one’s mental state and mood.

? Gambling can lead to criminal activities. The National Council of Problem Gambling (NCPG) describes this type of gambling behavior as problem gambling.

? Research has shown that gambling can lead to harmful behavior in people. The addiction gets on to the gamblers to such an extent that they fail to think wisely before acting. Card games, coin tossing, and dice-based games are some non-casino based forms of gambling

Kambi Group plc: LeoVegas selects Kambi Sportsbook

In addition, the

agreement with Kambi will further enable LeoVegas to expand into

international markets.

About Kambi

Following an extensive selection process, we are thrilled to be

partnering with Kambi whom we identified as the partner that can match

our high ambition and provide enabling technology and capability for us

to innovate and drive the sports betting experience in the mobile era. Kambi Sports Solutions

is eCOGRA certified. The agreement will see Kambi’s sportsbook

tightly integrated into LeoVegas’ proprietary platform enabling its

players to move seamlessly between casino and sport. The Mobile Gaming Group

LeoVegas holds a leading market position in mobile casino

gaming. LeoVegas is characterised by award winning innovation and strong

growth. The operations of LeoVegas are based in Malta while the

technology development is in Sweden. Kambi Group plc is listed on First North at Nasdaq

Stockholm under the symbol “KAMBI”. Our mutual interest in driving innovation in mobile

sports betting forms a powerful foundation for this partnership. More at www.LeoVegas.com

Kristian Nylén, CEO of Kambi Group plc, commented:

“LeoVegas mobile gaming group´s success to date has been based on a

passion for the greatest gaming experience, innovation and a genuine

mobile first focus. At LeoVegas, we would never compromise on

the customer experience and in sports we believe no one has yet taken

the mobile leadership position.

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About LeoVegas Mobile Gaming Group

“LeoVegas is a very exciting and fast growing brand in mobile gaming.

Kambi Group plc (STO:KAMBI) is pleased to announce that it has signed an

agreement to deliver its fully managed Sportsbook solution to mobile

gaming operator LeoVegas. We

are excited to work with LeoVegas as our services will complement their

existing casino offering with a premium sports betting service that will

accelerate growth. Kambi’s customers include Unibet, 888,

Paf, 32Red and Napoleon Games.

We are excited by this partnership and look forward to delivering a game

changing mobile sports betting experience.”

STOCKHOLM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:

Disclaimer: The information in this report/press release is such that

Kambi Group plc is required to disclose under the Swedish Securities

Market Act.

LeoVegas´ vision is to create the greatest gaming experience and be

number one in mobile gaming entertainment. The Company’s Certified Advisor is

Redeye AB.

. Kambi’s service

encompasses a broad offering from front end through to odds compiling

and risk management. The ultimate parent company

LeoVegas AB (publ) invests in companies operating in gaming on mobile

and other online devices, as well as companies developing related

technology. We look

forward to supporting LeoVegas in delivering on its ambition to create a

game changing mobile sports betting experience.”

Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO and Co-founder of LeoVegas, said:

Kambi Group plc is a B2B supplier of fully managed sports betting

services on an in-house developed software platform, providing premium

turnkey sports betting solutions to B2C operators.

The company’s current coverage includes more than 120,000 live betting

events and 250,000 pre-match events per year, covering 65 different

sports from all over the world. Kambi utilises a best of breed security

approach, with guiding principles from ISO 27001. Kambi employs approximately 433 staff across

offices in Malta (head office), Bucharest, London, Stockholm and Manila. LeoVegas has been internationally recognised and has won

several awards, including “Slot operator of the year 2015″, “Marketing

Campaign of the year” and “Innovation in Mobile and Tablet” at EGR

Awards