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Betting Giant Playtech Is Accused Of 'profiting' From Suicide

by Chad Goris (2021-10-26)


<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2x1hl8UE8PM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen style="float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;"></iframe><a title="click here" href="https://ipalmoil.com/bet9ja-promotion-code-aug-2021-yohaig-get-100-welcome-bonus/"><img src="https://www.yohaig.ng/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/bet9ja-mobile-registration-6.jpg" style="max-width:400px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;"></a><p>BETTING giant Playtech has been accused of profiting from the suicide of a high-flying engineer after it <a target="_blank" href="https://restaurantoscar.ro/2020/06/03/hello-world/">refused</a> to pay back his losses to his grieving family.</p><a href="https://ipalmoil.com/bet9ja-promotion-code-aug-2021-yohaig-get-100-welcome-bonus/"><img src="https://www.yohaig.ng/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Bet9ja-Nigeria-300x125.png" style="max-width:400px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;"></a>
<p>Chris Bruney, 25, who suffered from a gambling addiction, took his own life hours after being plied with £400 of bonuses by staff at Winner.co.uk, an <a style="font-weight: bolder;text-decoration: none;color:rgb(192, 0, 0);" href="https://lican.as.arizona.edu/~ehtsim/index.php/Bet9ja_Check_Coupon_Slip">online casino</a> owned by the £1billion company.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: green;">Playtech used a legal loophole</span> <i><span style="font-family: serif;font-size: large;"><div id="ceek" style="display:none;"></div>to avoid paying a £3.5million</span></i> fine over the death, only paying up after a campaign by this newspaper.</p>
<p>Chirs Bruney and his girlfriend Fran Green. Chris took his own life hours after being plied with <a href="https://arbitragesoftware.net/index.php?title=Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_YOHAIG_%C2%AC_100000NGN_Bonus">bonuses</a> by staff at Winner.co.uk, an <a href="https://marionsrezepte.com/index.php/Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_%2A_YOHAIG">online casino</a> owned by the £1billion company</p>
<p><strong><span style="font-family: Courier, Courier New, monospace;">This week Mr Bruney’s family</span></strong> said the firm has <a href="https://forodecharla.com/index.php/profile/autumnrodger894/">refused</a> to pay back £119,000 he lost in the five days before his death.</p>
<p>His mother Judith said: ‘I believe Playtech and the other companies that <a href="https://errandboyltd.com/2021/09/25/how-to-get-bet9ja-promotion-code-the-white-knights-blog/">Chris gambled</a> <span style="font-stretch: ultra-expanded;text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: red;">with killed my son</span>. <span style="font-family: serif;font-stretch: narrower;font-weight: 100;">It is shameful that they have</span> <span style="font-stretch: ultra-expanded;text-decoration: overline;">now refused to pay back the</span> money Chris lost. They have profited from his death.’</p>
<p><span style="font-family: Gill Sans Extrabold, sans-serif;font-variant: small-caps;">She was also promised a</span> <span style="font-family: Gill Sans Extrabold, sans-serif;font-size: xx-large;text-decoration: overline;">meeting in May this year with</span> <span style="text-transform:uppercase;">the firm’s boss Claire</span> <span style="text-shadow:2px 5px 20px red;font-family: Garamond, Georgia, Times, Times New Roman, serif;line-height:130%;text-transform:lowercase;">Milne, but this has not yet</span> taken place.</p>
<p>Mr Bruney, an electrical engineer from <a href="https://www.ukm.my/hbpmaya/hello-world/">Sheffield</a> on an <a target="_blank" href="http://wiki.smpnsatulongkali.sch.id/index.php/How_To_Get_Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_-_Dew_Articles_-_Guest_Posting_Site">annual salary</a> <span style="text-shadow:2px 5px 20px red;font-family: Trebuchet MS, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;line-height:130%;text-transform:capitalize;">of £60,000, was given £4,500</span> in cash bonuses and 120 'free spins' in the five days before he died.</p>
<p>He had been <a href="https://sflab.snu.ac.kr88/index.php?title=Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_August_2021:_Get_Up_To_%E2%82%A6100_000_Bonus">designated</a> as a 'VIP' player, because of the amount he was betting, which entitled him to cash bonuses and an <a target="_blank" href="https://errandboyltd.com/2021/09/25/how-to-get-bet9ja-promotion-code-the-white-knights-blog/">Apple Watch</a>.</p>
<p><em><span style="color:rgb(192, 192, 192);font-family: Lucida Console, Monaco, Courier, Courier New, monospace;">After an 18-month</span></em> investigation the gambling watchdog, the Gambling Commission, found there were 'serious systemic failings' in the way Playtech's subsidiary, PT Entertainment Services (PTES), managed social responsibility and anti-money laundering processes.</p>
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<p>In a ruling published in May, it found staff did not ask if Mr Bruney was happy with his <a href="https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/gambling-addiction/">gambling</a> <span style="font-stretch: narrower;text-decoration: underline;">or could afford his losses, as</span> required by industry rules.</p>
<p>But Playtech shut down PTES meaning the <a target="_blank" href="http://powergraphics.co.kr/QnA/673?ckattempt=1">regulator</a> was unable to force Playtech to pay the fine, even though the breaches constituted a criminal offence.</p>
<p>Following anger from the readers of this newspaper, MPs, <a href="https://www.valbrid.com/2021/08/18/how-to-get-bet9ja-promotion-code-3/">addiction charities</a> and a Church of England bishop, Playtech paid the full fine.</p>
<p>The Bruney family are now formally complaining to the Commission over its handling of the case, saying their incompetence caused distress and deprived them the opportunity to get the losses returned.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: Gill Sans Extrabold, sans-serif;line-height:2;text-decoration: overline;">Mr Bruney’s partner Fran</span> <span style="font-weight: 800;">Green, who works as a nurse,</span> <span style="text-shadow: 2px 2px 2px #ff0000;font-size-adjust:1.20;font-weight: 900;">said: ‘Chris was taken from</span> us by the unchecked greed of the gambling industry.</p>
<p>‘The <a href="https://forodecharla.com/index.php/profile/autumnrodger894/">Gambling Commission</a> investigation took too long, compounded our suffering, and stopped us from having any chance of redress. The continued abuse by the <a href="http://www.ihi.re.kr/xe/index.php?mid=board_IKWA18&page=94&document_srl=14015">gambling industry</a> is costing more lives. It must stop.’</p>
<p>The Bruney family are calling for a new ‘Chris’s Law’, which would <a href="https://www.imarket.co.zw/bet9ja-promotion-code-in-september-2021-yohaig/">implement</a> <span style="font-family: sans-serif;line-height:130%;font-weight: 900;">a statutory duty of care for</span> <span style="color:hsl(120,0%,50%);">bookmakers, upheld by an independent ombudsman, to</span> ‘prevent the <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/788763322234768026/">exploitation</a> <span style="font-family: monospace;text-transform:lowercase;">that led to Chris’s</span> death’.</p>
<p>Mr Bruney, a £60,000-a-year electrical engineer from Sheffield who was <a style="font-weight: bolder;text-decoration: none;color:rgb(192, 0, 0);" href="https://wiki.smkn1bjp.sch.id/index.php/Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_-_How_To_Get_Bet9ja_Promo_Code">designated</a> a VIP player, was given £4,500 in bonuses and 120 ‘free spins’ in the five days before he died. Pictured with his girlfriend Fran</p>
<p>It will also <a href="https://elroyalehotel.com/2021/06/02/residuals-tavern/">provide</a> an avenue for redress for victims and ensure gambling <a style="font-weight: bolder;text-decoration: none;color:rgb(192, 0, 0);" href="https://www.radiant-ro.com/wiki/index.php/Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_YOHAIG_%C2%AC_NGN100K_Bonus">companies</a> do not profit when they break the law.</p>
<p>No one at <a rel="Nofollow" href="https://northpeak.com.ng/groups/bet9ja-nigeria-promo-code-how-to-sign-up-and-get-n100000-bonus/members/">Playtech</a> <span style="font-variant: small-caps;">has lost their job over Mr</span> <span style="text-shadow: 2px 2px 2px #ff0000;font-family: serif;font-size: large;text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: blue;">Bruney's death, but five</span> <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, Trebuchet MS, Tahoma, Geneva, Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, MS Sans Serif, sans-serif;text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: blue;">executives who ran its</span> <span style="font-family: Gill Sans Extrabold, sans-serif;font-stretch: semi-condensed;font-weight: bold;">subsidiary no longer work for</span> <span style="font-family: Courier, Courier New, monospace;text-transform:uppercase;">the company</span>. Eight staff remain under <a style="font-weight: bolder;text-decoration: none;color:rgb(192, 0, 0);" href="https://lican.as.arizona.edu/~ehtsim/index.php/Bet9ja_Registration:_How_To_Open_An_Account_On_Bet9ja">investigation</a> by the <a title="click here" href="https://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/">industry watchdog</a>.</p>
<p><span style="white-space:pre-wrap;color:silver;font-stretch: ultra-condensed;text-transform:capitalize;">Carolyn Harris MP, chair of</span> the all-party parliamentary group on gambling, said: ‘The exploitation that led to Chris’s death should not be possible in 21st century Britain - and it is shameful that Playtech has profited from this tragedy.</p>
<p><span style="color:#bbb;font-family: Courier, Courier New, monospace;font-style: oblique;">‘The Government must launch</span> <span style="font-family: cursive;font-size: small;text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: red;">the gambling review and change</span> <span style="font-family: sans-serif;font-stretch: extra-condensed;font-weight: 100;">the law so no more families</span> suffer like the Bruneys.’</p><a title="click here" href="https://shibanpharma.com/en/uncategorized/hello-world/"><img src="https://www.yohaig.ng/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/bet9ja-mobile-registration-9.jpg" style="max-width:440px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;"></a>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: red;">Playtech donated £2.88million</span> to Gambling with Lives, which <a title="click here" href="https://errandboyltd.com/2021/09/25/how-to-get-bet9ja-promotion-code-the-white-knights-blog/">supports families</a> <span style="text-shadow: 2px 2px 2px #ff0000;line-height:80%;text-transform:lowercase;">bereaved by suicide, while the</span> <span style="white-space:pre-wrap;font-family: Goudy Bookletter 1911, sans-serif;line-height:90%;text-decoration: underline;">remaining £620,000 went to</span> other charities in addiction research and treatment.</p>
<p><span style="text-shadow: 2px 2px 2px #ff0000;color:rgba(255, 255, 255,0.5);font-family: sans-serif;font-weight: 600;">In May a Playtech insider said</span> <span style="font-family: serif;text-transform:uppercase;">it was 'open to meeting the</span> family to <a href="https://fanpop.com">discuss</a> further steps' with regard to returning the £119,000, but did not make a <a target="_blank" href="http://simson-wiki.de/index.php?title=How_To_Get_Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_2021_-_Sports_-_Nigeria">commitment</a> to repay the money.</p>
<p>In January the <a href="http://universal.altervista.org/community/profile/glennsaldana77/">commission chose</a> <a href="https://www.radiant-ro.com/wiki/index.php/Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_YOHAIG_%C2%AC_NGN100K_Bonus">Playtech</a> to head a team to develop new ways to protect vulnerable players by drawing up an industry code on game design.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, Trebuchet MS, Tahoma, Geneva, Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, MS Sans Serif, sans-serif;text-transform:capitalize;">And earlier this year</span> two-thirds of its shareholders revolted over a bonus for its chief executive Mor Weizer worth up to £30million over five years.</p>
<h2>The Gambling Commission declined to comment.</h2>
<p><span style="font-family: monospace;font-weight: 400;">Betting watchdog betrays</span> <span style="font-family: monospace;font-style: italic;">gambling addicts as it refuses</span> <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-variant: small-caps;">to ban 'grooming' tactics used</span> <span style="font-family: monospace;">by bookmakers to encourage gamblers to bet more</span>
<span style="font-family: cursive;font-stretch: ultra-condensed;text-decoration: overline;">by Tom Witherow Business</span> Correspondent for the Daily Mail</p>
<p><span style="font-family: Lucida Console, Monaco, Courier, Courier New, monospace;text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: red;">The gambling watchdog has</span> <span style="font-family: monospace;font-size: small;text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: red;">refused to ban the</span> <span style="color:rgba(255, 255, 255,0.5);font-family: serif;font-stretch: semi-expanded;text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: green;">‘grooming’ tactics used by</span> bookmakers to encourage gamblers to bet more.</p>
<p>‘VIP’ <a href="https://www.imarket.co.zw/bet9ja-promotion-code-in-september-2021-yohaig/">schemes</a> <span style="text-transform:capitalize;">have faced a furious backlash</span> <span style="font-size: large;font-weight: bolder;">due to their role in a series</span> <span style="font-family: Garamond, Georgia, Times, Times New Roman, serif;line-height:2;font-weight: lighter;">of high-profile fines, frauds</span> and suicides.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: Gill Sans Extrabold, sans-serif;font-weight: 100;">They have been blamed for</span> <span style="font-family: fantasy;font-size: 160%;text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: blue;">encouraging vulnerable</span> <span style="font-family: sans-serif;text-transform:capitalize;">gamblers to bet more than they</span> <span style="font-stretch: extra-expanded;text-transform:lowercase;">can afford by enticing them</span> with massive cash bonuses, exclusive tickets to sports matches and ‘matey’ messages from personal account managers.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: sans-serif;font-weight: 400;">The Daily Mail has been</span> calling for greater protection for addicts with its Stop the Gambling Predators campaign.</p>
<p><span style="text-shadow:2px 5px 20px red;font-family: Garamond, Georgia, Times, Times New Roman, serif;font-weight: 300;">But next month, after a</span> <span style="font-family: Gill Sans Extrabold, sans-serif;font-size: 0.8em;text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: green;">year-long consultation, the</span> Gambling Commission watchdog will tell bookmakers they can keep using the â€<a href="https://magiccityshowcase.com/hello-world/">˜highly</a> dangerous’ <a href="https://dewarticles.com/how-to-get-bet9ja-promotion-code/">products</a>.</p>
<p>Ladbrokes’ owner GVC admitted it takes 38 per cent of <a href="https://www.nfjuara.id/hello-world/">deposits</a> from just over one per cent of its customers, while Paddy Power <a rel='me' href="http://dlnware.com/Bet9ja-Promotion-Code-May-2019">Betfair</a> last year took a fifth of its revenues from just 0.6 per cent of <a title="click here" href="http://wiki.smpnsatulongkali.sch.id/index.php/How_To_Get_Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_-_Dew_Articles_-_Guest_Posting_Site">customers</a> (file image)</p>
<p>Campaigners have labelled the decision a whitewash, saying it will allow <a href="https://lican.as.arizona.edu/~ehtsim/index.php/Bet9ja_Promo_Code_2021_-_Detailed_Review_And_Recension">gambling companies</a> to ‘prey on the vulnerable’.</p>
<p><a href="https://northpeak.com.ng/groups/bet9ja-nigeria-promo-code-how-to-sign-up-and-get-n100000-bonus/members/">Sir Iain</a> <span style="text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: green;">Duncan Smith, of the all-party</span> parliamentary group on gambling, said: ‘By failing to ban VIP schemes the regulator is literally licensing abuse.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: monospace;font-weight: 900;">'The term "VIP" is simply the</span> means by which <a href="https://betlocation.com/">betting companies</a> trap problem gamblers, potentially destroying them and their families.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;text-decoration-color: blue;">'These schemes must be</span> <span style="text-transform:capitalize;">outlawed.’ Charles Ritchie,</span> founder of the charity Gambling with Lives, who was involved in the consultation, said: ‘We know so many people on ordinary incomes who have been destroyed by these <a href="https://www.radiant-ro.com/wiki/index.php/Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_YOHAIG_%C2%AC_NGN100K_Bonus">schemes</a>.</p>
<h2>‘They are dangerous and have no place in gambling.</h2>
<p>‘We do not want VIP schemes to be run more carefully, we want to see them stopped altogether.’</p>
<h2>Campaigner Tony Parente, who was also involved in the consultation, said: ‘It’s a whitewash.</h2>
<p>â€<a style="font-weight: bolder;text-decoration: none;color:rgb(192, 0, 0);" href="https://www.fersuc.com.gt/hello-world/">˜These schemes</a> <span style="font-stretch: ultra-expanded;text-transform:capitalize;">prey on the vulnerable and</span> incentivise individuals’ losses. They must be banned.’</p>
<p><span style="text-shadow: 2px 2px 2px #ff0000;font-family: Courier, Courier New, monospace;">The Gambling Commission is expected to announce new measures including enhanced affordability checks</span> <span style="text-shadow: 2px 2px 2px #ff0000;line-height:120%;font-weight: lighter;">and greater oversight of VIPs</span> from senior managers.</p>
<p>The Daily Mail has been <a title="click here" href="https://qualiram.com/en/blog/2018/12/04/hello-world/">calling</a> for greater protection for addicts with its Stop the Gambling Predators campaign (file image)</p>
<h2>Bookmakers are unwilling to ditch the schemes because they are enormously lucrative.</h2>
<p><span style="font-size: smaller;font-style: oblique;">Ladbrokes’ owner GVC</span> <span style="text-shadow: 2px 2px 2px #ff0000;font-stretch: ultra-expanded;font-style: oblique;">admitted it takes 38 per cent</span> of deposits from just over one per cent of its customers, while Paddy Power Betfair last year took a fifth of its revenues from just 0.6 per cent of customers.</p>
<p><span style="font-family: Lucida Console, Monaco, Courier, Courier New, monospace;font-stretch: ultra-expanded;font-style: oblique;">In January, MPs criticised the</span> Commission for <a href="https://sflab.snu.ac.kr88/index.php?title=Bet9ja_Check_Coupon_Slip">appointing GVC</a> to lead a review of <a href="http://vanithatraders.com/blog/2021/09/12/how-to-get-bet9ja-promotion-code/">online betting</a> for VIP customers, with one saying ‘it’s like <a target="_blank" href="https://lican.as.arizona.edu/~ehtsim/index.php/Bet9ja_Promo_Code_2021_-_Detailed_Review_And_Recension">putting</a> the mafia in charge of looking into organised crime’.</p>
<p>Gamblers who are offered the <a rel="me" href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLV34pN7j-J3AJoD4_c_sAVfg_4qZGeTPR">incentives</a> are about 11 times more likely to be addicted to gambling, according to figures released by the Commission.</p>
<p>Peter Jackson, CEO of Paddy Power Betfair. In January, <a title="click here" href="http://wiki.smpnsatulongkali.sch.id/index.php/How_To_Get_Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_-_Dew_Articles_-_Guest_Posting_Site">MPs criticised</a> <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, Trebuchet MS, Tahoma, Geneva, Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, MS Sans Serif, sans-serif;word-spacing:-1px;font-variant: small-caps;">the Commission for appointing</span> <span style="line-height:90%;text-transform:capitalize;">GVC to lead a review of online</span> betting for VIP customers, with one saying ‘it’s like putting the mafia in charge of looking into organised crime’</p>
<p><em><span style="white-space:pre;font-size: 1.2em;">VIP schemes were cited in the</span></em> case of Ben Jones, who stole £370,000 from his employer to feed his <a href="http://51.13.68.104/wiki/Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_YOHAIG_%C2%AC_N100K_Bonus">addiction</a>. <span style="font-family: serif;font-size: larger;font-weight: 300;"><div id="bimj" style="display:none;"></div>Betway, the firm he bet with,</span> was fined £11.6million.</p>
<p>In 2019, the Commission cited VIP rules when it fined Ladbrokes Coral £5.9million for anti-money laundering and social responsibility failings. And in April, it fined casino <a rel="Nofollow" href="http://168.232.50.40/mediawiki/index.php/Bet9ja_Promotion_Code_2021_Is_YOHAIG">operator Caesars</a> <span style="font-family: Gill Sans Extrabold, sans-serif;font-weight: 400;">Entertainment a record</span> £13million for ‘systemic failings’ in its VIP programmes.</p>
<p>The Commission said the new rules would ‘make gambling safer for players’ and ‘are designed to stamp out malpractice in the management of VIP customers.’</p>
<p>It added: ‘Operators will be left in no doubt about our expectations and, if significant improvements are not made, we will have no choice but to take further action and ban such schemes.’</p>