Worrell, Linkenhoker are twin 20 winners at Shenandoah Speedway

first_imgBy Jim HainesSHENANDOAH, Va. (Aug. 20) – Yogi Berra couldn’t have said it better when describing Saturday night’s twin 20 Virginia Sprint Series races at Shenandoah Speedway, which saw Glenn Worrell and Anthony Linkenhoker take wins again.For the second time this year after rain forced twin 20 features on May 14 and then again Aug. 20, both nights ended with the same winners.The first feature had Tony Harris and Bill Rice pacing to green with Harris out first but Worrell right behind as the low line was paying off early. On lap five Worrell had it pegged and moved to the front and he just slowly inched away for the win. Tony Harris was second and Linkenhoker third.After resetting the field it was Harris out first but Rice stayed tight this time as the whole field had made adjustments and the front bunch were changing places every corner.Jerald Harris and Worrell were fighting with Rice as Linkenhoker was making moves for the lead after clearing the pack.Worrell got the best of it and moved to third with Rice now fourth and Jerald Harris racing with J.D. Coats. As time ran out, Linkenhoker was smooth out front and stayed there to the checkered flag.Tony Harris repeated in second and Worrell was third.First feature – 1. Glenn Worrell; 2. Tony Harris; 3. Anthony Linkenhoker; 4. Jerald Harris; 5. Bill Rice; 6. Chris Ware; 7. J.D. Coats; 8. Josh Perreault; 9. Ron Moyers.Second feature – 1. Linkenhoker; 2. Tony Harris; 3. Worrell; 4. Rice; 5. Jerald Harris; 6. Per­reault, 7. Moyers; 8. Chris Ware.last_img read more

Select Committee hears of industry systems failing problem gamblers

first_imgShare UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Chaired by Lord Michael Grade of Yarmouth, on Tuesday 8 October the House of Lords’ Select Committee listened to the experiences of four gambling addicts, gathering further research on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry’ on UK society.The victims` shared their experiences of engaging with gambling products and businesses, detailing personal insights on their ‘journeys towards problem gambling’.The Committee began proceedings by asking the panel to share their first gambling experience, in which the majority of the panel detailed underage engagements with fruit machines or betting with school friends or family members.The panel would then share their personal experiences transitioning from teenagers to adulthood, witnessing their gambling addictions grow.As adults, the victims detailed easy access to credit loans. One victim, whose first adult job was as a police officer, stated that he had secured a £5,000 loan in less than five minutes through his mobile phone, despite having a history of ‘payday gambling’.Access to loan facilities would be interrogated deeply by the Committee, focusing on how the victims were able to ‘get around systems’ and gamble.A female panellist stated that ‘only one of the nine companies did an affordability check, and that was after spending £440,000’. Whilst an addict with a criminal past stated that in 2015, he was required to provide ‘source of funds’ verifications for the first time having gambled a total £1.8 million.Progressing discussions, the Committee would question the panellists on operator engagements focusing on VIP programmes.Detailing no care of duty undertaken by betting firms, the majority of the panel stated that they had been placed as VIP customers without background checks being referenced, and despite their spending habits indicating that they were ‘payday gamblers’.The Committee would interrogate the panel’s interactions as VIP players, focusing on betting firms’ communications and duties towards high spending customers.A panellist would bluntly label VIP programmes as ‘simply grooming’, detailing that ‘none of them do proper checks, when excessive money is being spent’.The hearing would move onto assessing support structures for problem gamblers and victims, reviewing customer access to self-exclusion mechanisms.Here, the panel criticised GamStop for limiting self-exclusion to a period of five-years and maintaining no permanent ‘lifetime exclusion‘ criteria.Despite all self-excluding, the panel detailed that were still able to engage with gambling firms using different IDs, and that they would still emerge with constant gambling communications provided by affiliate marketing websites and TV adverts.The UK Gambling Commission would be also chastised, as the addict with criminal convictions stated that he had written to the UKGC confessing that he had stolen £1.8 million – but was told that he could not be helped as had moved abroad to escape his troubles.“Surely the Gambling Commission should have shared that with all the other operators, and then maybe more damage would not have been done. I do not hold them fully accountable, but I should not be able to outsmart an operator” – stated the addict.Speaking further on regulatory frameworks, the panel stated that the UKGC lacked accountability detailing that the regulatory authority had no interest in assisting in disputes between gamblers and betting firms.“If you complain to the Gambling Commission, you think there will be some accountability—but there is not, so you complain to an operator and there is rarely accountability from them. So where do you turn if you have no money and you cannot afford a solicitor to go to court? You have nowhere to turn”The Select Committee will continue to hear evidence from all gambling-related critical stakeholders, gathering factual insights with the aim of developing better regulatory development of the UK gambling sector.last_img