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December 11th 2017

Interblock backs The British Casino Awards

Leading developer and supplier of luxury electronic table gaming products, Interblock has announced its support of The British Casino Awards as a sponsor.

CEO John Connelly says: “The British Casino Awards is a fantastic opportunity for our industry to recognise the thought-leaders, innovators and those individuals who are constantly driving our industry forward. Interblock is proud to support this inaugural platform and celebration. We wish all of the nominees the best of luck.”

The Interblock brand is globally recognised for its quality gaming solutions and technical support. Its collection of fully and semi-automated electronic gaming tables and video gaming solutions provide casinos, arcades and gambling halls with “superior product performance and their guests with an unforgettable gaming experience,” says the company.

Organised by Datateam Business Media, the publisher of Casino International magazine, The British Casino Awards is being held in association with the National Casino Forum at the Hippodrome Casino London on Tuesday 6 February.

Celebrating the operators, products and people that keep the gaming industry thriving, the format of the event is in itself brand new to the marketplace, with several of the categories decided entirely by a secure online vote.

Individuals, manufacturers and operators will be able to enter into any of the relevant categories online via The British Casino Awards website. They are also asked to nominate other companies and individuals for a British Casino Award, using the same simple online form.

For more information, to enter and nominate visit


About The British Casino Awards

Championing excellence in the UK and Europe, Casino International publisher Datateam Business Media has announced the launch of The British Casino Awards, in association with the National Casino Forum (NCF).

In a first for the industry, a secure online voting process will produce five finalists in the voted-for categories, with an expert panel selecting the finalists and ultimately, the winners of several others.

Manufacturers and operators will be able to enter into any of the relevant categories online via The British Casino Awards website. They are also asked to nominate other companies and individuals for a British Casino Award, using the same simple online form. Entries and nominations must meet the necessary criteria to be allowed through to the voting and judging stage.

The awards themselves are split into three sections; ‘Operators’, ‘Products’ and ‘People’. The ‘Operators’ section will be voted for by the industry, categories include: Independent UK Casino Operator of the Year, Multiple UK Casino Operator of the Year, Overall Casino Operator of the Year, European Casino Operator of the Year, Best UK Marketing Programme, Best UK Casino Restaurant and Best UK Casino Customer Service.

The ‘Manufacturer’ awards cover gaming products manufactured globally and available in the UK, including Best UK Table Gaming Product (including ETG), Best UK Slot Product and Best UK CMS/Software Product. All are voted for by the industry.

The ‘People’ awards include Apprentice of the Year, Rising Star Award, Community Engagement Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and, which are all panel choice.

The Diversity Award spans the three sections, and will be awarded to a company that has demonstrated a proactive attitude towards gender diversity.

For more information, to enter and nominate visit

About Casino International

Casino International is read by industry professionals worldwide, who are able to digest the latest casino news, features and comment how they like it – in print, on the app, on the website or in the ever-growing digital publication. Its feature-led editorial is compiled by a great team of writers spanning the globe.

Casino International reports on all of the major casino trade exhibitions, and the magazine features a regular section devoted to the world of online gaming edited by Matt Broughton. Sharon Harris patrols North America, Ricki Chavez-Munoz handles Latino America, Macau Business handles affairs in Asia, and Jon Bruford, Managing Editor, covers the rest.

The longest-serving international casino title on the market is also the most forward-thinking, using the latest technology to deliver the experience and content its readers want, when and how they want it. Casino International has become the indispensable international business-to-business publication of the casino industry.

About Datateam Business Media:

Datateam is a modern and dynamic communications business with product portfolio covering five business-to-business sectors including exhibitions, awards, conferences and exhibitions.

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December 4th 2017

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November 29th 2017

Casino operators announce funding guarantee for GambleAware

The UK’s land-based casino operators have agreed for the first time to guarantee 0.1% of their annual Gross Gaming Yield (GGY) will go directly to the charity GambleAware.

Most operators currently channel donations to GambleAware through their trade association, the National Casino Forum, and also donate to other charities, totalling at least 0.1% of GGY. But they are introducing a new, transparent mechanism to show their commitment to meet or exceed the voluntary annual funding target for the sector.

Casino operators are committed to promoting safe gambling and industry donations are used by GambleAware to fund education, harm prevention, and treatment services related to gambling addiction.

The National Casino Forum is changing its terms of membership to make clear that all operators will be expected to donate 0.1% of their GGY in full to GambleAware and the NCF is guaranteeing that the sector’s total financial commitment to GambleAware will be met. Under the new system, donations to other charities will be in addition to the 0.1% donation to GambleAware and documented separately.

Under the terms of their licence conditions, the Gambling Commission requires all operators to make an annual financial contribution to organisations which research the prevention and treatment of gambling-related harm, develop harm prevention approaches and fund treatment of those harmed by gambling.

GambleAware was given the responsibility of raising funds to deliver the National Responsible Gambling Strategy under an agreement between the industry, the regulator and ministers in 2012.
It is funded by all sectors of the gambling industry and was set an annual target of £10m for 2016-17 by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, which advises the Gambling Commission and the UK government.

The charity recently announced it had received a record number of donations, raising £8m, but was 20% short of its annual target. Chief executive Marc Etches said he would support the introduction of a compulsory levy if the voluntary system failed to deliver.

Tracy Damestani, chief executive of the NCF said:

“This is a historic commitment by casino operators. They are guaranteeing that the casino sector will donate 0.1% of Gross Gambling Yield to GambleAware, in addition to making other charitable donations. They are underpinning this pledge by introducing a transparent new payment system.

“The casino sector has always supported fundraising for research, education and treatment,
and casino operators are determined to go beyond both the letter and the spirit of the Act in their support for responsible and safer gambling. They want to ensure that research, education, prevention and treatment programmes are fully funded across the gambling industry”.

GambleAware chief executive Marc Etches said:

“It is imperative that all businesses deriving a profit from commercial gambling in Britain support GambleAware in the delivery of the National Responsible Gambling Strategy. This initiative by NCF’s members will ensure transparency in relation to the casino sector’s funding of research, education and treatment, and sets an important bench-mark for others”.


For more information, please contact Tim Jotischky at PHA Media: 020 7440 0361 (direct line) 07518 171838 (mobile)

For GambleAware, please contact Sarah Evans at Atlas Communications +44 (0) 7523 609 413


About The National Casino Forum:

The National Casino Forum represents all the UK’s land-based casino operators. It promotes a well-regulated, socially responsible and commercially successful casino industry. Its vision is to make the UK the most attractive destination in the world for casino gaming.

Casinos are an integral part of the UK’s entertainment, hospitality and leisure sector. Operators are committed to caring for their customers and giving the public, the government and the regulator confidence in the way they conduct business.

The NCF’s role is to encourage and highlight best practice in the industry. It runs forums to promote innovation and the safe gambling agenda.
About GambleAware:

Guided by the National Responsible Gambling Strategy, GambleAware is an independent charity tasked to fund research, education and treatment services to help minimise gambling-related harm in Great Britain.

The charity’s strategic aim is to broaden public understanding of gambling-related harm as a public health issue and to help those that do develop problems get the support and help that they need quickly and effectively. GambleAware is a commissioning and grant-making body, not a provider of services.

GambleAware requires a minimum of £10 million annually to deliver its current responsibilities, and looks to all those that profit from commercial gambling to support the charity. This donation-based system was proposed under the Gambling Act 2005 and is prescribed by the Gambling Commission in its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.

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This press release can be downloaded here