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Nearly anywhere you go, it’s easy to find children and adults alike transfixed by their phones, and while texting and social media certainly claim a big part of that attention, increasingly it’s gaming that’s drawing us in.

At the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly on Saturday, member states officially recognized gaming addiction as a modern disease. Last year, the WHO voted to include gaming disorder as an official condition in the draft version of its latest International Classification of Diseases (ICD); the vote finalizes that decision. The WHO’s ICD, currently in its 11th edition, serves as the international standard for diagnosing and treating health conditions.

Scientific Games based in Las Vegas has revealed that it is partnering with the National Council on Problem Gambling once again as it meets international lotteries in the responsible gaming campaign “Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play.”

The company participating in the 2018′ Gift Responsible ‘ campaign, which also brought together U.S., Canadian and international lotteries, follows the widespread support for the initiative.

Pat McHugh, group chief executive of lottery for Scientific Games stressed: “Scientific Games is one of the first companies to be certified by the World Lottery Association as a responsible gaming supplier.

Gambling is the preferred source of entertainment for millions of people around the world. Most people gamble for recreation, but there are also those who do it because they are incapable of controlling the impulse to place bets.

This serious condition has many names – gambling disorder, compulsive gambling, pathological gambling, gambling addiction. Call it what you will, but one thing is certain – it leads to financial disaster and has the potential to ruin lives and relationships.

As a gambling-industry news outlet, casino guardian recognizes the dangers associated with such lack of control. Their latest infographic aims to help readers acquaint themselves with the symptoms of gambling addiction.

The NCAA is embracing “change” and starting the process of allowing student-athletes to profit off of their name, image and likeness, the organization announced Tuesday.

The group’s top governing board voted unanimously to allow college athletes to be compensated, though the NCAA’s three divisions must still craft their own rules and detail the specifics.

Roughly a year and a half after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal law against sports betting and ruled that the question should be left up to individual states, Ohio lawmakers are mulling two bills that would make betting on sporting events legal.

Now, the debate among lawmakers is about who will regulate the industry and exactly what kinds of betting will be legalized, among other details.

Vici Properties Inc. agreed to buy the real estate assets of the Jack Cleveland Casino and the nearby Jack Thistledown Racino for about $843 million in cash.

Vici, which spun off from Caesars Entertainment in 2017, agreed to lease the properties to seller Jack Entertainment LLC at an initial annual rent of about $66 million, according to a statement.

Billionaire Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is the chairman of Jack Entertainment.

Ohio House Bill 194 (HB 194) has been in consideration for years, trying to determine if Ohio should be the next state to legalize betting on sports.

Bruce Johnson is president of the Inner-University Council of Ohio (IUC) representing all 14 of Ohio’s public universities, and testified last week before the Finance Committee, trying to keep betting on college sports out of HB 194.

“In a nutshell, we oppose gambling on college athletics because it will bring with it the potential to corrupt our students, cost a lot of money to maintain control, and lead to additional cases of problem gambling among our students,” Johnson said.

The IUC isn’t alone. Since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban in 2018 the NCAA has been against the ability to bet on college sports.

As Ohio legislators consider whether the state should join Indiana and 17 others that have legalized sports betting, the president of the Inter-University Council consisting of Ohio's 14 public universities - including University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University and Miami University - testified before a House Finance Committee to oppose gambling on collegiate sports in the state.

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The Pennsylvania Lottery has more than 1,850 outlets with screens displaying virtual animated football and auto races. The odds of finding someone watching a bet play out on the simulated sports action is pretty low...

While some companies acted swiftly to form partnerships in the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic sports betting ruling, Penn National Gaming has taken a more thorough, judicious approach...

An Arizona man accused of trying to launder more than $1 million in drug money by making it appear it came from cashed out winnings at Hollywood Casino Toledo pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple felony charges...

Ohioans who fashion themselves digital Bill Belichicks or Terry Franconas could have to draft their fantasy teams themselves rather than leaving it to their computers to do the work...

The Ohio Casino Control Commission’s new rules for fantasy sports wagering in the state would ban participants from allowing systems to pick their players, a practice known as “auto drafting.”

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