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GambleAware Publishes New Maps Showing Levels of Gambling Harm and Demand for Support and Treatment in Great Britain



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GambleAware has released new data maps, showing the level of gambling harms in Great Britain at a local authority and parliamentary constituency level, as well as demand and usage of support and treatment.

Produced by PoliMapper, the maps make it possible to see where in Great Britain there are higher levels of people experiencing gambling harm and where there is more usage and demand for treatment and support.

The maps are based on the widely used screening tool, the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI), and visually highlight the level of harm across different areas. This makes it easy to understand how many people are experiencing harm from gambling in different regions and who are at risk.


Publishing the maps builds on GambleAware’s regional-first approach to tackling gambling harms, which aims to ensure that people across Great Britain can find support for gambling harms in their local communities. GambleAware’s activities include developing a comprehensive partnership of treatment and support providers across Great Britain, the National Gambling Support Network (NGSN). Operating within local communities, regional NGSN providers work in partnership with third and public-sector organisations to deliver a joined-up, person-centred approach for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing gambling harm.

GambleAware has also increased its campaign activity across the country and engages with local authorities to identify what needs to be done in different regions to ensure access to the right treatment and support.

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David Power, Co-founder of Paddy Power, Passes Away at 77



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David Power, Co-Founder of Paddy Power, passed away at the age of 77 on Monday, July 8.

David Power’s family has been associated with betting since 1895. He ran the family betting shop business for several years before deciding to expand. In 1988 he partnered with Stewart Kenny and Vincent O’Reilly, who had sold Kenny O’Reilly Bookmakers to Coral a few years prior.

Kenny and O’Reilly had gone on to open 10 shops of their own, with these merging with the Power family’s 30 shops. From here, the Paddy Power brand was established, with all shops rebranded to reflect the change.


The business continued to grow throughout the 1990s, with David Power serving as CEO from 1988 to 2002. During this period, the company expanded online and added casinos to its product offering.

Although he stepped down as CEO in the 2000s, he remained on the board until 2013. In 2000, the company was listed on both the Irish and London Stock Exchanges; it became the first bookmaker on the Apple app store in 2010; and merged with Betfair in 2016.

A couple of years later, the business also acquired FanDuel. A year later, the group dropped its Paddy Power Betfair operating name to rebrand as Flutter Entertainment. Months later, it agreed on a mega-merger with The Stars Group.

“David was immensely proud that his plucky Irish business, with its 40 shops initially, paved the way for Flutter to become the global leader in online sports betting and iGaming it is today,” Flutter said.

“Everyone at Flutter, including Paddy Power colleagues past and present, offer the Power family our condolences. May David rest in peace.”


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Grosvenor Casinos’ Dealer of the Year Competition Winner 41-Year-Old Ray



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Ray Schneider, a casino dealer at The Barracuda Grosvenor Casino on Baker Street, London, has won the Grosvenor Casino Dealer of the Year 2024.

Fighting off stiff competition from 650 other dealers in the UK and 18 finalists, he came out on top in all three areas of the competition: customer service, technical skills, and game control. Ray, who originally hails from Hungary, demonstrated his exceptional talent by scoring the highest in all the competition rounds.

41-year-old Ray won over the judges after going head-to-head in a series of skills challenges in Grosvenor Casinos’ annual “Dealer of the Year” competition final held in Coventry. Ray fell into his job as a dealer by accident, but then after a week or so of dealing, including at the roulette table, he fell in love with the role. Ray has worked at many of London’s top casinos, including his current role at The Barracuda for the last one and a half years.


Ray finished the competition with a score of 21.267 across all challenges. The skills that wowed the panel of judges included his strong customer service, technical abilities including chip dexterity and chip payout, and also game control, including the close down of betting, and ensuring everything on the table was in the right positions.

18 finalists from all corners of the country were tested by a panel of 18 judges in their aptitude and skills to deal traditional table casino games including blackjack and roulette.

Speaking after his win, Ray said: “I think I am still in shock. It’s been a great event and the competition has been fierce, so I am thrilled to have been awarded Dealer of the Year. It’s such an honour to be crowned the best in the business and show off my skills.”

Dave Allen, Gaming Performance Manager, commented on the Dealer of the Year competition: “The competition is such a fantastic platform to see first-hand the level of talent amongst our team. We have so many passionate experts at Grosvenor Casinos; the competition really highlighted this this evening. Ray stood out to all the judges in all areas of the competition including his exceptional customer service and technical skills.”

Nicci Smith, Managing Director of one of the sponsors, TCSJOHNHUXLEY, said: “We have loved being sponsors of this fantastic event over the past eleven years. We understand the vital role dealers play at casinos – from giving outstanding customer service to wowing players with skill and professionalism. It’s been a pleasure to witness so much talent at the competition.”


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BC.GAME Enters into Partnership with Leicester City FC


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BC.GAME has entered into a partnership with Leicester City FC. The new partnership – one of the most valuable in Leicester City’s history – will see BC.GAME’s branding appear on the shirt-fronts of Leicester City’s Men’s First Team and adult replica shirts from the 2024/25 season.

The launch of the 2024/25 LCFC Women home shirt – and announcement of the team’s Principal Partner – will take place on Saturday 20 July, ahead of the start of the Barclays Women’s Super League season in September.

Leicester City Chief Executive Susan Whelan said: “We welcome BC.GAME to Leicester City – an opportunity to work with an innovative partner in a new category for the Club. As a leading global operator in a rapidly evolving environment, BC.GAME already have a history of successful relationships in sport and we look forward to the development of a mutually beneficial partnership.


“The ability to attract high-value partners upon our return to the Premier League is vital to our determination to re-establish Leicester City among the game’s elite, to continue to invest in a competitive squad and to ensure the best possible experience for our supporters.”

Rayne Davis, Director of Marketing and Affiliates for BC Game, said: “We are excited to join forces with Leicester City, a club with a rich history, a passionate fanbase and authentic global appeal. This partnership represents a unique opportunity to introduce a new brand of exciting, safe and responsible online gaming to new audiences, and we look forward to a successful collaboration.”

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