32Red hit with £2m penalty for single problem gambler

32Red had been hit with £2 million penalty for single problem gambler

The penalty of £2 million was given by the gambling commission to the online gambling operator 32Red as they failed to protect a problem gambler and also for money laundering failure. The customer was allowed to make a deposit of £758,000 to 32Red without running a check for social responsibilities and not even for money laundering.

The Gambling Commission had carried out an examination between Nov’14 and Apr’17 on the way 32Red was dealing with their players. During the inquiry there were minimum 22 incidents showing the customer was a problem gambler. But in those incidents rather than running a check on well being of the player with problem gambling behavior, the firm encouraged players to gamble more which was clearly the opposite of what 32Red was supposed to do.

When any problem gambling signs are spotted the operators must take action regarding it and should pay attention and keep reviewing their players.

Bonuses offered by 32Red

As mentioned above, there were occasion emphasizing the problem gambling but rather than inspecting these, the players were offered bonuses encouraging them to carry on playing. As from what The Gambling Commission mentioned, 32Red need to review the players in Aug’16 but they only done it in Jan’17 since a win of more than £1 million was immediately gambled again.

According to The Gambling Commission, the player responded after five weeks to the request, to provide their financial position, and failed to justify the information he had given. The payslips and other reports for the commission earned from work was not trustworthy and there were lot of volatility in the income he had received.

While the average monthly deposits made by the player was more than £45K, the documents and information provided was showing a monthly net income of £13,000 only. Actually the player’s net salary was £2,150 only.

The £2 million penalty given calculated as £709,046 for abatement of the financial gains, £1.3 million to be utilized on National Responsible Gambling Strategy in order to tackle problem gambling and £15,000 for the cost of investigation.

When it was asked, to the spokesman of The Gambling Commission, from where the player received that money, was it stolen to gamble? The reply was, 32Red was not aware of the source of the player’s fortune as they botched the anti-money laundering obligations.

A Swedish online gambling operator Kindred took over 32Red in June 2017.

Japan gets its first casinos

In Japan, the Buddhist community’s concern against the crime and gambling addiction has long prevented the casinos. Due to the profit interest of the government the casino operators are in better place, with the new gambling law implemented the parliament has cleared the way for Japan’s first casino.

That does not mean that there was no gambling in Japan till now, everywhere in the inner cities of Japan the silver bullet rolls in Pachinko machines making thunderous noise. Even though players can lose a lot of money, Pachinko is a game of entertainment and not a game of chance while specking in legal terms. Also there are six type of betting games which are played in Japan, for example horse racing, managed by the state. Casinos on the other hand are highly controversial as the casino house acts directly with the customer, which is very hard for the state to control. Even in the seemingly harmless game of Pachinko, organized crime plays along and with the turnover of over 150 billion euros per year – it is worthwhile for Japanese Mafia as well as the Police.

It’s known to everyone that in reality the operator or Pachinko machines and the Police are under the same roof. The police or we can say the civil servants get a job from these operators once they retire.

Prime Minister Abe: “New casino law will hike to Growth”

It’s an open secret that North Korean syndicates are often the one behind the operators of 11,000 gambling halls in Japan. They serve the illegal procurement of foreign currency. While Pachinko being considered a pleasure for the lower class, casino would be addressing other groups of customers, said the supporters of the current governing party. And above all, to flush money into the hopelessly over-indebted treasury, Prime Minister Abe emphasized two weeks ago:

“The casino law will boost economic growth across the country, and for Japan to become a leading tourism country, I want to do it with all my strength.”

But the head of government could not calculate the economic effect. Professor Mihara warns:
“The contribution that casinos would make to tourism is certainly less than five percent, so in terms of numbers it will not do much, and the government likes to emphasize that foreigners, in particular, should spent their money into the casinos. I do think the assumption that 80 percent of the casino clientele will be Japanese is absolutely realistic.”

Measures to prevent gambling addiction
Due to that, after a lot of struggle, it’s been agreed take measures to limit the domestic gambling addiction, Japanese people will only be allowed to enter the casino 3 times in a week or a total of 10 time per month. Also there will an entrance fee of 6,000 yen which just under 50 euros.

Incidentally, the Japanese are by a large majority against the law. 70 percent do not want casinos. The main reason: Gambling addiction and money laundering and other crimes would be encouraged. Even “Yumiuri Shimbun,” the largest daily newspaper in Japan and usually a zealous supporter of the government, has in this case expressed sharp criticism: “A growth strategy,” wrote the paper, “which exploits the bad luck of others, is extremely unhealthy.”

Hard Rock casino has officially received permission for expansion in Ottawa

Hard rock casino

The city council has formalized an agreement with the Hard Rock casino for expansion plans.

Hard rock casino is hoping to increase the number of gaming tables from 35 to 55, will also build a 2,500-seat theatre along with restaurants, a nine-storey hotel and parking facilities for more than 1,200 vehicles.
Hard rock casino requested the zoning change in the past which was approved by the City Council last may on a condition that, Hard rock casino would need to improve the surrounding road infrastructure.

After striding the issues the Agriculture and rural affairs committee recommended that the access need to be given from the Bank Street to enter the new expanded complex in order to prevent the traffic passing through Albion Road. The company will also be working with the City Council in the improvement of intersection of Albion Road and Lester Road, north of the Casino.

The company’s management has accepted the terms, in writing by sending letter to the City Council twice, to fulfil the requirement by improving the roads and other work mentioned by the City Council of Ottawa.
Scott Moffatt from the Agriculture and Rural affairs committee said, it’s in the best interest of Hard Rock to have better road network in the surrounding. They are trying for a world class complex built with good roads to get there, no matter what impact the newly built facilities will have on traffic, no matter what the company have to do in order to limit these impacts.


The decision to grant the permission of expansion will allow increased access to gambling has not been taken lightly by the City Council. The councillor, “Scott Moffatt”, noted comments from many of his colleges who believed that even adding a single gaming table would increase the risk of creating new problem gamblers.

In last week’s vote, the council adopted a special measure. If Hard Rock Casino wishes to increase the number of gaming tables again, it will have to apply to City Council. Even if the request would normally require the sole approval of the Committee of Derogation.

There was some concern that going through the committee of override to increase the number of gaming tables was not the most transparent way” says Moffatt. It gives people a chance to say yes to a potential increase in the number of gaming tables, to vote on a proposal, to be heard. The Committee of Derogation is public, but it is not the same as going to the municipal council.

Starburst, the most famous slot in the world

Starburst Game Image
There are various slot games that achieved great fame in online casinos due to their quality. It’s but obvious that these games are more sought after than others and are easier to access. There are plenty of slots out there which can be played at any time, but there are only few ones that attract the most players making them play again and again. Starburst is one of those slot which had a huge success over the online casinos.

The Legend of Starburst

Starburst is undoubtedly the best slot where one should start playing. It contains everything any player would look for in any slot. Starburst is a slot like many other and has nothing special but it has had a quite unusual fame as it is very bright, alive and with thematic symbols. The game was developed by one of the industry leader in gaming vertical, NetEnt. It has 5 lines and 10 pay lines like any other slot game. Players can play from 10p up to £100 per spin.

The game would catch attention of any player with its bright colours and the symbols which makes the game visually very pleasing. Its symbols are made up of colourful illuminated jewels making it more attractive to players. In addition to these visual effects one more thing that catches attention is the games music which blends perfectly with the theme.

Players do not get free spins which are normally given in other slots when they get 3 or more same symbols but there are specific symbols which can get expanding starburst available. These symbols are very advantageous as when they appear in line, they have ability to expand on the line and stay there for 3 spins. When it happens, winning prize has the possibility of being much bigger.

These starburst expansion symbols can change the final pay-out amount that is given to the players making this symbols the most like one by players along with this slot game itself. Generally this symbols are knows as Wild. If the player gets another wild starburst symbol while there is one present on the line, the second one will also expand and stay in place for the rest of the spins. All this will only ends when there are no more wilds left.
If a player gets expansions of 3 wilds, the winning prize can go up to £5,000.

The game that makes the players win

As we all know, among the games of casino, slots are the one where the players have very low chances of winning and even if someone wins the amount would be very low nothing huge. The fact that winning is very unlikely in slots makes the players to avoid them. However, starburst is quite outstanding slot in that matter which is one of the reason why it’s famous. It has much more benefits than others, be it the possibility of winning or the amount you can win on slots.
Starburst is considered as one of the most slot machine with benefit of being able to win at least what you have bet. Also as mentioned before, if player is lucky enough to get multiple wilds they can win up to £5K.

Wonderful game features

It was released in year 2012, yet it has the ability to compete with today’s slot games due to its extremely high quality graphics, the background music and of course the game itself. Also the game is available to be played on every devices be it a PC, Tablet or Smartphone.

Casino bonus types and use

Different types of casino bonus explained

Today, here we going to simply guide you through the many types of bonuses offered by online casinos. There are many common bonuses all the casinos normally offers to their new players to welcome them. In most cases these bonuses are in form that allows new players to try casino games offered by the operator. This has been also practiced and existed in traditional casinos and nowadays it is becoming a must in online casinos.

Brick and mortal casino

There are many land based super casinos which offers different kind of bonuses. This includes casinos in Las Vegas and Monaco etc. which rewards their players for being loyal to them. Some casinos also rewards players based on the amount they wager in games. The rewards may be given in different forms and are not always in cash. Meaning the land based casinos often give away rewards by offering the players hotel stay, invite them for dinners in their cousin or sometimes give away tickets to famous attractions in the city. Pro players are mostly aware of this sort of rewards given by casinos and to take advantage of plans their budget accordingly.

Different bonus types

The bonuses offered in online casinos works with similar principle then in land based casinos. They often gives players free money added to their account when they join casinos portal. They also offers free spins, sometimes offers fixed time in which players are allowed to play certain games for free and try their luck. Online casinos competes heavily against and comes up with unique and generous offers to attract new players. And that is the reason most of the online casinos offers more tempting offers others. Even though the online casinos offers high amount bonuses, players needs understand how the bonus works, they need to go through the terms and conditions to determine if they can actually benefit from it or not. Since its bit complicated, we have created a small summary for different types of bonus which exist in the universe of online casinos. These are quite common bonuses offered by most casinos and below is how they actually works and benefits.

No Deposit bonuses

Available only to new player, the no deposit bonus is a welcome bonus in a form of credit given to the players in their account when registering and thus to attract player to open an account. Generally varying between ten to several hundred pounds this welcome bonus comes with strict and very well defined terms and conditions. Players can benefit to familiarize and get used to the site by using this sort of bonus, playing the games offered by the site in subject, how things works and improve their winning chances by practicing with this credit.

As mentioned this bonus follows a very well structured conditions and involves casino asking you for your social security number to allow you to benefit from it. Players should understand that this process is legal and pretty standard in gaming industry. The information given by players remains safe and secure. The casinos follows this process to prevent players from opening many accounts. The no deposit bonus awarded can be used to play all the games available. There are strict conditions that has to be fulfilled before you can withdraw any winnings made using this bonus.

Free game time

The free game time bonus was launched a decade ago by online casinos sometime in 2007. This bonus allows mainly newly registered players to play certain games for allotted time for free, for example bonus of an hour on games on casino generally at slot machines. This sort of bonus has not achieved great success and disappeared over time by getting replaced with cash bonuses. The protocols for this bonus are rather easier to understand.

Bonus for Deposits

This is the most common bonus amongst the online casinos and are offered by each and every good casino on the net. This bonus allows players, benefit of certain percentage of the amount deposited or a fixed sum added in their account, at the time of first time players makes their real money deposit on casino. It’s also commonly known as Match Bonus. Let’s take an example to better understand it. Say the casino has 200% first deposit bonus, this means that the casino will add 200 pounds extra on player’s account who would make a first deposit of 100 pounds, and the player will ultimately have 300 pounds to play with.

Some casinos often awards bonus of second and third deposits as well. The most important thing to understand is that this sort of bonus is good for players who likes to play slot machine games as with this bonus they will benefit of playing considerably longer time and maximize their chance of hitting the jackpots. This bonus type is not recommended for players looking to play table games like blackjack, roulette or poker, since this bonus comes with very strict withdrawal conditions specifically for table games.

Bonus for use of payment method

Many online casinos offers extra bonus on deposits separately from the welcome bonus amount, when the deposits are made with e-wallets like Paypal, Skrill, Neteller and other. The bonus generally range from 10-15%. The casinos offers this type of bonus to promote use of such payment methods since its more secure and faster way to make payments.

Loyalty or VIP bonuses

The casino rewards their high rollers with this type of bonus. The bonus is rewarded at a fixed percent of the amount of losses made by players. Usually it’s calculated automatically and rewarded. It’s a sort of loyalty programme which is reserved exclusively for players visiting casino more often and wagering over certain amount, sometimes called as VIP players. Players can enjoy exclusive rewards like trips, hotel stays and other gifts being a VIP player at the casino.

In conclusion, one thing a player must understand that, all these bonuses with or without deposits, are structured and strict when it comes to withdrawals. Withdrawals can only be made once you have fulfilled all the conditions, which includes the amount wagered per game play, number of times the game played, and other conditions which must not be neglected.