Mail blocks controversial gambling site - Thursday 26th of July 2007

Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers has blocked access to its gambling website mailbingo.com after campaigners raised concerns about the type of games available on the site.

The Observer revealed last week that an unusual alliance of church leaders and gaming firms had hit out at the site, which allowed punters to play internet poker, roulette and slot-machine games that failed to adhere to guidelines set out by Gamcare and Responsibility in Gambling Trust, organisations which offer help and advice to addicts.

Mail blocks controversial gambling site

James Robinson and Nick Mathiason

Sunday July 22, 2007

The Observer

Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers has blocked access to its gambling website mailbingo.com after campaigners raised concerns about the type of games available on the site.

The Observer revealed last week that an unusual alliance of church leaders and gaming firms had hit out at the site, which allowed punters to play internet poker, roulette and slot-machine games that failed to adhere to guidelines set out by Gamcare and Responsibility in Gambling Trust, organisations which offer help and advice to addicts.

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The site was run by Cashcade, but sources at Associated confirmed it had been suspended. They said executives decided to terminate the companys contract several weeks ago, and Cashcade subsequently introduced games they felt should not be included on the site.

Production will be taken in-house and the site revamped. Sources at Associated pointed out that although the paper has campaigned against supercasinos, it is not opposed to gambling. The Daily Mail and its Sunday sister title carry horse-racing tips and have run articles on organising office sweepstakes. It also runs online bingo sites similar to those operated by rivals including the Sun.

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