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Safer gambling hub launched to help clubs and fans

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The UK Football Supporters’ Association in partnership with BeGambleAware, have created a ‘safer gambling hub’ with assets for clubs to help them provide a safer gambling environment for their fans.

The digital hub hosts a number of materials available for free download that are part of a national safer gambling campaign – Bet Regret – helping to inform fans about the risks of impulsive betting.

These include posters to be used in stadiums, programme advertisements, digital LEDs and social media content featuring safer gambling ambassador David James, all aimed at educating football fans about safer gambling.

FSA deputy chief executive Dave Rose said: “Supporter groups have real concerns about harmful betting and impulsive gambling behaviours among some football fans.

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“We’ll be helping fans across the country lobby their clubs on the issue and get the safer gambling message out there. Football clubs have a unique position in their communities – so this is something they need to take seriously.”

The hub aims to raise awareness amongst football fans of the risks of impulsive betting, to help them recognise the behaviours that can lead from low-risk betting to a more serious gambling issue.

The FSA and BeGambleAware are encouraging football fans, clubs, and associated groups to use any of the safer gambling materials.

Marc Etches, chief executive of BeGambleAware, said: “It is important that for anyone who chooses to gamble, they are able to do so in an environment where the risks are made clear. As highlighted in the FSA Survey conducted at the end of last year, only 10% of supporters felt that their club was doing enough to encourage safer gambling.

“The safer gambling campaign, Bet Regret, is designed to encourage regular sports bettors to think twice about their gambling habits and help keep them safe from gambling harms.”

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“We hope that football clubs and associated groups find the tools useful in helping to create a safer gambling environment for everyone.”

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GGPoker Launches Exclusive WSOP Circuit UK Satellites Press Release

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GGPoker, the World’s Biggest Poker Room, is proud to launch exclusive online satellite tournaments to the upcoming WSOP Circuit UK £1,100 Main Event, which will be hosted at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club from March 15 through March 24.

The winner of the WSOP Circuit UK Main Event, which boasts a £500,000 guarantee, will claim a prestigious WSOP-C Gold Ring and the lion’s share of the massive prize pool.

Phased WSOP-C UK satellite tournaments are currently running at GGPoker, with buy-in to Centroll satellite tournaments set at £0.01, Phase 1 at £1,10, Phase 2 at £11 and the Final Phase at £110. At least five WSOP-C UK £1,100 Main Event tickets will be won in each Final Phase satellite.

Players that win £1,100 Main Event tickets will be registered into the exclusive OnLive Day 1 hosted by GGPoker on March 19, with all Day 1 survivors making it through to the live Day 2 on March 24.

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“We’re delighted to partner once more with World Series of Poker and Dusk Till Dawn, with UK and Irish players promised a super event in Nottingham next month,” said Angela Martin, UK & Ireland Head of Marketing at GGPoker. “Players can win their way to the WSOP-C £1,100 Main Event for just a single penny and take aim at a guaranteed £500,000 and WSOP Gold Ring!”

New GGPoker players can also claim the poker room’s Welcome Bonus, earn even more rewards with the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion and automatically join GGPoker’s Fish Buffet loyalty program, with regular cash prizes on offer.

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PAGCOR SEEKS GCG APPROVAL TO IMPLEMENT SALARY STEP INCREMENT

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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation said it has asked the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) for approval of salary step increments based on employees’ length of service to correct distortions caused by its new Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS).

In a letter to GCG Chairperson Atty. Marius Corpus dated February 22, 2024, PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Alejandro H. Tengco said the PAGCOR Board of Directors has approved the implementation of step increments but it needs GCG approval.

“Parallel to the thrust of the PAGCOR Board of Directors to prioritize the welfare of the employees, the PAGCOR Board approved the Implementation of Step Increment based on Length of Service, subject to GCG’s review and approval,” he said in the letter.

The PAGCOR chief said the step increment is only the first of many appeals that the agency plans to lodge with the GCG so that PAGCOR employees may enjoy competitive salaries and benefits comparable to other revenue-generating GOCCs.

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PAGCOR received its Authority to Implement the CPCS on January 31 this year. However, majority of the employees were dismayed to see that their take-home pay decreased when they received their salaries on the first payday under CPCS on February 15, 2024.

The CPCS also caused distortions in pay scale since all employees were reverted to Pay Step 1 regardless of their years of service. This means that a new employee in a certain position gets the same salary as someone who has been in the same position for 15 years or more.

Chairman Tengco said the Step Increment appeal is only the first of many which the agency plans to lodge with the GCG to remedy the overall decrease in employees’ take home pay, especially for those who occupy the lowest rungs in the organization.

“We hope that the GCG will positively respond to our appeal so that all tenured PAGCOR employees will not feel shortchanged, and instead receive the compensation that they deserve under the bounds of the law,” he added.

A provision under the CPCS implementing guidelines states that “one step increment shall be granted to qualified personnel for every three years of continuous satisfactory service in the present position.”

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Records show that as of December 31, 2023, a total of 7,057 PAGCOR personnel or 72.60% of the agency’s workforce have been in service for more than three years in their respective positions.

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ClearStake secures seven-figure funding round to drive further growth

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ClearStake, a leading solution for smart financial data requests, has completed a seven-figure funding round that will allow the company to scale its business and further its mission to reduce the number of players lost by operators when asked to share financial information, a huge problem for the gambling industry.

The technology solution, built on Open Banking and designed specifically for the gambling sector, helps operators lower the costs of compliance by doing in minutes what can take hours and increases the number of players who opt-in to share their data to become eligible for approval. Early adopters have already reported up to a 6x increase in player retention when data is required.

ClearStake is already backed by industry stalwarts and its latest round has attracted more investors, including former and current senior executives from major brands such as Flutter, Paddy Power, PointsBet, Stats Perform and EML Payments.

Affordability and AML checks are a focus in numerous jurisdictions and the ClearStake platform is a simple, easy-to-implement solution that makes these checks fast and easy for players. Demand for a tool like ClearStake has never been greater, as both mid-sized and larger operators look to make checks as frictionless as possible.

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The technology has proven to deliver results and the company is now preparing for a significant period of growth, with further product development in the pipeline. ClearStake also now has its sights on international opportunities, as it continues to establish itself as the go-to provider for financial data requests for the gambling industry.

Martin Burt, CEO at ClearStake, said: “We are delighted to have secured additional funding for our journey, which will enable us to deliver our solution to a greater number of operators.

“We are lucky to have an investor group consisting of prominent industry experts who understand the potential of our technology globally and are on board with our vision of solving the challenge of requesting financial data from players.”

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