Troubling findings in Irish teenage gambling patterns

Troubling findings in Irish teenage gambling patterns

The Children and Gambling Report, published on the September 7 is a study conducted by the Institute of Public Health (IPH) in collaboration with the Department of Justice and the Health Research Board (HRB). It is based on data from the National Drug and Alcohol Survey 2019-20 and aims to provide an overview of the prevalence and patterns of teenage gambling among 16-year-olds in Ireland. The report also explores the risk factors and harms associated with gambling, as well as the policy and regulatory implications for the gambling industry.

Report is “deeply troubling”

James Browne, the Minister of state at the Department of Justice, which is responsible for the introduction of the Gambling Regulation Bill in Ireland. He supported the publication of the Children and Gambling Report and described the teenage gambling results as “deeply troubling”. He also pointed to the Gambling Regulation Bill 2022, which is currently under review, as crucial in protecting children and young people from potentially harmful gambling.

Renewed calls for gambling ads ban

Following the publication of the report, the Minister has hinted at the need for a controversial gambling advertising ban that would allow ads to appear only between 9:00pm and 05:30pm.

Key findings

Some of the key findings are:

  • Some of the key findings are:
  • More than one-in-five 16-year-olds have gambled for money in the last 12 months.
  • Boys make up the overwhelming majority (80%) of 16-year-olds that meet the criteria for problem gambling.
  • Problem gambling is particularly associated with betting on sports and betting online.
  • Nearly 30% of 16-year-old boys gambled within the previous year, compared to only 8% of girls.


The report makes several recommendations to address the issue of gambling among 16-year-olds in Ireland. Some of them include:

  • Raising the minimum age for gambling from 16 to 18 years and enforcing it effectively.
  • Restricting the advertising and marketing of gambling products especially those targeting young people and sports fans.
  • Providing education and awareness programmes on the risks and harms of gambling for young people, parents and teachers.
  • Establishing a Gambling Regulatory Authority to oversee the licensing and regulation of the gambling industry and to protect consumers and vulnerable groups.
  • Developing a national strategy on gambling that includes prevention, treatment and research components.

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  • Peter Phillips; +2000
  Royal watchers are curious about the possible appearance of Andrew, one of the king's younger brothers. A number of alleged sexual abuse scandals and his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell have forced him to keep a low profile and step back from his royal duties. It is therefore unlikely that he will waving from the balcony. Prince Edward, the current Duke of Edinburgh, spent a lot of time with the late Queen Elizabeth II. In the same way the Duke of Kent is also a long-time working royal and the cousin of the late Queen. There’s a very good chance that they’ll both appear on the balcony. In the same way the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra are both over 80 years old. This means that there is a very good chance that they will both be included on the royal balcony to wave to the 'country' and the rest of the world. Zara Tindall, Princess Anne's daughter, and her husband, former sportsman Mike Tindall will not be waving from the balcony either according to The Mirror newspaper. And the menu of the day Coronation Quiche of course. In 1953, it was Coronation Chicken !

The recipe for the official Coronation Quiche was chosen and released by the King. It will be served to guests at the Coronation lunch in Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.

People who have tried the quiche recipe have commented on social media that it is more like a spinach pie and prefer the 1953 Coronation Chicken created by celebrity chefs Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume from the Cordon Bleu Cookery School.

Trivia - History in the making The ceremony will take place on Saturday 6 May at Westminster Abbey in London  During the ceremony, Camilla will be crowned alongside her second husband King Charles III. She will be the King's second wife. Queen Elizabeth was the longest reigning monarch in the UK. However it is likely that King Charles will be one of the shortest reigning monarchs. The King is 74, and Camilla is 75. This makes them the oldest King and Queen crowned in British history. Camilla currently styled as Queen Consort, will drop the  word 'consort' and her formal title she will be Her Majesty the Queen. Dozens of world leaders, but not US President Joe Biden, are expected to be among the 2,000 attendees at the service.

Queen Elizabeth II stopped wearing fur in 2019, so no ermine for King Charles or Queen Camilla !

Content Team 5 months ago
Victory over virus: SiGMA Virtual Expo hosts 100+ exhibitors
SiGMA Europe and AIBC Virtual Expos launch with record breaking attendance, providing a cure to the industry's events sector

In the light of this year's changes in our everyday lives, SiGMA was close to having to stop doing what it does best; creating networks for people through the company's iconic physical events, but luckily, the ambition of the team swiftly enabled it to adapt to the situation and instead shift the events online. 

Content Team 3 years ago
iSoftbet sets sights on Greece with new licensing deal
iSoftbet is gearing up to enter its 20th regulated market after acquiring a distribution license in the newly regulating Greek market by the Hellenic Gaming Commission (HGC). (more…)
Content Team 2 years ago
Welcome to Day 1 of the SiGMA Virtual Expo
Good morning and welcome to the Virtual Expo live blog!
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Content Team 3 years ago
Portugal clamps down on gambling ads
Following a pandemic gambling surge in Portugal, the current executive vows to eliminate 'Wild West' ad environment

Since online gambling and betting in Portugal was legalized in 2014, advertising the adult pass-time was not subject to particularly harsh restrictions. Left-wing PCP Deputy Paula Santos exclaimed the past legislations to have been “permissive and open to incitement and stimuli”. Action on this environment was also called for in connection to the surge in iGaming during the pandemic. In Q1 2020, about 330.000 new players commenced online bettorship. Now, four bills have been proposed, seeking the same treatment for gambling in advertisement as for alcohol.

Radio and TV broadcasting would no longer feature gambling ads between 07:00 AM and 22:30 PM. Ads of all types, that includes bulletins, would be obliged to features warnings that encourage addicts to seek help and prevent new ones from emerging. On the internet, ads shall comply with tools that enable consumers to self-exclude from gambling-related content.

Certain soft goals were also formulated, as the protection of minors and the improvement of consumer protection.

Currently, Portugal is the top country of per capita expenditure on scratch cards, allegedly due to the previously lax stance of the government on public incentives.

See you at SiGMA Malta in November. Save the dates for Malta Week:

For the first time ever SiGMA Group is bringing its 4 leading shows together for the mother of all conferences. From the 15th to 19th November, SiGMA, alongside AGS and AIBC will bring the best in the business to a first-class meeting point at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre (MFCC). Malta Week is a chance for investors to leverage the significant crossover potential for multi-faceted business deals and to double down on opportunities to connect with some of the leading affiliates, policymakers, thought leaders, suppliers, and operators in the industry. Register now!

Content Team 2 years ago
ESA Gaming acquires MGA supplier licence
ESA Gaming, an innovative games provider, has secured a supplier licence from the Malta Gaming Authority ESA Gaming has managed to acquire a supplier licence from the Malta Gaming Authority. The newly acquired licence is in line with ESA Gaming's vision to continue to grow in regulated markets globally. (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
BGaming and World Boxing Council launch joint initiative to support Ukraine
BGaming and WBC partner with Klitschko Foundation to provide financial support to the people in Ukraine in their current fight for independence and freedom This 100.000$ is the first donation and expect more to come to the charitable organization which focuses on humanitarian activities helping to overcome the war crisis in the country, especially the needs of children.  BGaming along with WBC shares democratic values and stands in solidarity with Ukraine in its struggle for freedom against the Russian invaders. All of us are devastated and deeply disappointed by the war that has shaken such a beautiful country as Ukraine. Of course, we cannot stand detached from this horrible situation. Along with our partner World Boxing Council, we decided to make our contribution and send the revenue coming from our projects to Ukraine. We believe that joint efforts will help thousands of people!” commented Ivan Montik, Founder of BGaming. "We stand for Peace. We pray for Peace", adds Mauricio Sulaiman, President of WBC. "We love without borders or political affiliation. We are families and friends, united by the principles of our sport and our belief in the goodness of humanity. May God and the goodness of people lead us to a peaceful solution." BGaming and WBC strive to help the citizens of Ukraine and invite its partners and sports amateurs all over the world to join the initiative and make a contribution! The WBC has always had a special connection with the people in Ukraine. In 2018, the boxing world came together in Kyiv for the 56th Annual WBC Convention hosted by the mayor, former World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko. The Future Kyiv/Klitschko Foundation, run by Vitali and his brother Wladimir, has been supporting children in Ukraine for almost 20 years. For more information, please follow the link. "I am very thankful to President Sulaiman, my WBC family, and to our friends of BGaming", says Wladimir Klitschko. "We have received tremendous support from all over the world and it is great to see that the boxing world hasn't forgotten us or given up on us. We have seen attacks on schools, orphanages, children's hospitals. Please be assured that we will use the donations wisely to help the children who are suffering most from this terrible war unleashed by Russia. Children are our future. We are fighting for their future and we will never give up this fight." BGaming has been involved in charitable work since 2021 providing support to various sports initiatives and environmental projects. Since February 2022, the studio has suspended marketing activities including participation in ICE London to focus on providing aid to Ukraine.   Join us for SiGMA Americas – Toronto: Toronto is the perfect hub for SiGMA’s growth in North America, making it a nexus of networking and business development in the region with regards to land-based, iGaming, sports betting, and more. Playing host to a massive iGaming industry, Toronto will be the home for the SiGMA Group’s initiative to link the industry pioneers of the continent together for 3 days of networking, workshops, and awards. To learn more about sponsorship and speaking opportunities or to inquire about attending the event, please contact Sophie on [email protected].
Katy Micallef 1 year ago
TEN31 Bank cooperates with Munich-based IT specialist TANGANY for blockchain applications
Based on the high security IT technology from Tangany, TEN31 Bank will in future offer crypto custody for its customers

German WEG Bank AG operates its innovative Fintech division under the brand name “TEN31 Bank”. Now the bank is taking the next logical step and is expanding its product portfolio with a crypto custody solution.

Content Team 3 years ago
Swedish operators report 14.8% money laundering surge
Swedish gaming operators filing money laundering reports increased by 14.8% in 2020 compared to 2019 Swedish operators filed 705 cases of presumed money laundering to the financial police in 2020, an 14.8% increase from 2019. This was assumed to be the result of the increased activity in online gambling as the COVID-19 pandemic forced land-based venues to shut down. (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
Evolution cancels EGM
Online casino company Evolution has announced that it is cancelling the EGM today at 14.00 CET being held at Strandvägen 7A in Stockholm. Evolution has also contacted shareholders regarding the proposed incentive programme by the board of directors. The company announced that the incentive programme does not have "the requisite support among the shareholders." It is for this reason that the EGM has been cancelled. Background Evolution Gaming develops and licenses fully-integrated B2B live casino solutions to gaming operators. Award winning products include Dreamcatcher and Lightning Roulette. The company delivers live games such as roulette, blackjack, casino, poker and baccarat in real time with live game presenters. Evolution is licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority under license MGA/B2B/187/2010. Evolution is also licensed and regulated in many other jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Romania, South Africa. Related articles Mobinc enhances gaming suite with Evolution titles (  
Lea Hogg 7 months ago
Twin partners with Enteractive to enhance players activation and retention
Enteractive, the leader in player reactivation and retention for the iGaming industry, has announced a new partnership with Twin Enteractive, the leader in player reactivation and retention for the iGaming industry, has announced a new partnership with Twin to activate NRCs to NDCs across markets including Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Finland and Germany.  The collaboration completes a 360 degree CRM technology integration to optimise player activations and retention, now with Enteractive’s personalised one-2-one voice calls, as well as Fast Track’s digital CRM solutions.  (more…)
Content Team 3 years ago
SoftSwiss integrates with Gamzix
The SoftSwiss Game Aggregator is thrilled to announce its integration with Gamzix, a young gaming studio

According to the terms of the newly-signed agreement, Gamzix’s gaming content of almost 20 diverse slot games will become available for SoftSwiss White Label operators and Game Aggregator clients operating under the Curacao license.

Content Team 2 years ago
SiGMA Malta sustains equivalent of 950 jobs for 1 year, report reveals
SiGMA Group welcomed 25,000 delegates as part of its Malta Week event this November. An impact assessment report carried out by E-Cubed Consultants has revealed that the SiGMA Group’s Malta-based summit generates significant economic activity on the island - contributing to sustainable growth and development of the Maltese economy through job creation, leisure and retail activity, and tourist attraction. The report looked at revenue data from 2016 to 2019 and for the year 2022, the number of visitors arriving for the event and their expenditure - including accommodation and travel. The years 2020 and 2021 were excluded from the report due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Boosting Employment generation and economic value The report revealed that the Group’s November event generates enough economic activity to sustain the equivalent of 950 jobs for one year. The jobs occur across a wide range of sectors - extending across the gaming industries to retail, manufacturing, and leisure.  Firms with sectors associated with the Malta Week event (gaming, esports, emerging technology, ICT, corporate services, medical technology and digital/affiliate marketing) in 2019 directly generated €194 million in value added to Malta economy, equivalent to 7% of the direct value-added of the relevant sectors. These economic sectors are currently generating 38,000 jobs in Malta  - equivalent to 33% of the total employment sector in the country. Attracting visitors in a cold shoulder month International visitors to the event in November will occupy over 60% of 4 and 5 star hotels in Malta during their stay. This influx of guests offers a significant boost to a sector that would otherwise see an average occupancy of 40% during this cold shoulder month.  SiGMA Malta 2019 generated from both event and tourist expenditure: €6 million in value added, equivalent to 0.05% of the total value added to the economy of the country.   2022 welcomes 50,000 delegates Over the years, SiGMA has seen strong continuous growth. From a single event in 2014 hosting 1,500 people, SiGMA has expanded to host four events in 2022 - welcoming over 50,000 people. Over 25,000 participants attended the Malta Week event this November. 2023 - A calendar of events The SiGMA Group prides itself on its broad horizons, drawing on some of the most vibrant, entrepreneurial and fast-growing industries in the global economy.  The Group has announced that is will hold six world class, bi-monthly summits next year - with events taking place across 5 continents: Nairobi, Dubai, Sao Paulo, Manila, Limassol, and Malta.  Coming up, SiGMA Group will launch their inaugural event in Africa, with Nairobi 2023 set to take place next January.
Katy Micallef 10 months ago
EveryMatrix joins World Lottery Association
iGaming supplier EveryMatrix is proud to announce its acceptance by the World Lottery Association (WLA) as an associate member

The WLA is an international, member-based organization of state-authorized lotteries, sports betting operators, and suppliers to the global lottery industry.

Content Team 2 years ago
SoftSwiss extends its product portfolio with Sportsbook, a brand-new B2B platform for sports betting
SoftSwiss announces the official launch of a B2B Sportsbook solution, the company’s brand-new innovative platform designed for sports betting

As such, the company is extending its product portfolio with another exciting solution set to provide limitless business growth opportunities for its clients, as well as a secure and smooth experience for all sports fans.

Content Team 3 years ago
BGaming: 5G technology opens new new opportunities for iGaming developers
As an iGaming provider focusing on a player-driven approach, BGaming regularly learns the audience preferences to find intriguing industry insights

This time the team shares the results of the latest corporate report, and a poll conducted recently in a few reputable casinos. Analyzing the fresh data, BGaming highlighted interesting facts that characterize the iGaming market in Q2.


Content Team 2 years ago
Crypts of Fortune – an Egypt-set mystical slot
True Lab continues to explore the land of Pharaohs, in a new myth-inspired slot

High quality graphics, unique Scatter collection progress mechanics, and potential max win of up to x10,000 are waiting on the path to the realm of the dead.

According to legend, mighty rulers Akhenaten and Nefertiti are guarding the abode of the dead, where dazzling treasures are waiting to be revealed by a braveheart. The atmosphere of Egyptian tales surrounds players through the game, conveyed by deep colours, and suspenseful features. Skillfully designed, Scatter collection progress mechanics sustains gamers' involvement as they approach Free Spins.

Inspired by historical characters, Akhenaten and Nefertiti Scatter-Wilds are the all powerful icons, that replace other symbols on the reels, increase the Scatter collection progress, and initiate Free Spins. 14 Scatter-Wilds accumulated in the base game, trigger Akhenaten Free Spins with an expanding symbol by choice, or Nefertiti Free Spins with a random expanding symbol. The dedicated Free Spins granted by immortals, will unleash the unlimited power of ancient civilization.

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Igor Samardziski, CEO of True Lab, said: “Egypt-themed slots have been enjoying popularity since the early days of iGaming, and the trend is showing sustained development. The project has been created to meet the needs of an original product within the theme.”

Crypts of Fortune is the third Egypt-influenced slot in True Lab’s portfolio, in line with the adventure Book of Truth, and Day and Night’s eternal dispute on the field. The latest release develops the idea from a new side, bringing magic and mysticism to the story of Pharaohs.

Next up: Malta Week

Don’t miss out on amazing networking opportunities and exclusive industry insights at Malta Week. Four leading shows will bring the best of the business back-to-back to a first-class meeting point. Malta Week will consist of SiGMAAIBCMed-Tech World and AGS, each presenting the top developments of their focal industries.

The cross-collaboration of each brand makes Malta Week the number one destination for leading think-tanks of the gaming sector, emerging tech, digital health, and digital marketing. The middle of the Mediterranean is the perfect place for multi-faceted business deals and face-to-face conversations with leading affiliates, policymakers, and thought leaders.

Content Team 2 years ago
Altenar teams with for sports betting
Altenar, a sportsbook software provider, has partnered with, an online casino and sports betting start-up, with the initial focus to be on the Nordics and Germany.  The partnership melds Betti’s secure payment methods, a tailor-made casino promotion tool, and player promotions with Altenar’s risk management systems, several data feed providers, a plethora of sports content and 24/7 customer support. A spokesperson from Betti said: “We ended up with Altenar as our Sportsbook provider after months of comparison. What it came down to was the current feature offering within their product but also, most importantly, we felt Altenar’s ambition and future plans are in-line with where we want to see Betti Sportsbook in the future.”  Industry veterans The people behind have been in the industry since 2004-6 coming from major players such as Bet365, Betsson and Comeon in roles ranging from brand manager, to head of casino and head of sportsbook.  The spokesperson said the team is a close group of friends that felt ready to take the step to run their own business and in the summer of 2021 started the journey towards going live.  Now finally we are live and slowly finding our way forward. says its core expertise is in knowing what the player wants and when and delivering it in an innovative way.  “I see our partnership as a close relationship where we at Betti will trust the work on developments and risk monitoring to have the right decisions and priorities. And at the same time as Betti grows, Altenar will evaluate any feature requests or change requests coming in from our side. Bottom line you could say, we feel safe with making sure that if we bring in the traffic, Altenar's traders and their system will make sure we both see great ROI.” “At Betti we offer several ongoing campaigns for our sportsbetting players. All because of Altenar's excellent product. Some of the offerings are; Free bets, Risk Free Bets, Predictor challenge, Early Payout, Bore Draw and Bet Builder. THE 300 SPARTANS: After triumphing in key locations across Asia and Europe, AGS is flying 300 top affiliates to Malta, for an all-inclusive deluxe trip. The event will happen alongside SiGMA, 14-18th November, during SiGMA Europe. Read more about the 300 Spartans here.
Content Team 1 year ago
Almost 34% of gambling activated via advertising
Gambling Commission of Great Britain reveals surprising  survey results on gambling advertising efficiency The survey among 6,258 participants published by the UK Gambling Commission revealed detailed numbers on the high efficiency of gambling ads, as listed in the following: (more…)
Content Team 2 years ago
BF Games goes live with iGaming Platform
Games such as Book of Gods, Stunning Hot or Crystal Mania are now available on iGaming Platform's Gamehub

Creative development studio BF Games has extensively expanded its footprint across several markets after taking its entire slots portfolio live with iGamingPlatform (iGP).

Content Team 4 years ago