Smartphone gambling is the main focus of the UK government’s new reforms to protect customers from problem betting. But to the amazement of gambling harm experts, the reforms are silent on cryptocasinos, which have exploded onto the scene in the past couple of years.

Cryptocasinos allow punters to bet using digital assets like bitcoin. Though users in mainland Britain are not supposed to be able to deposit crypto on these platforms, it’s not very hard to do so using a VPN. Problem-gambling specialists Philip Newall and Maira Andrade explain why cryptocasinos are a particular concern and need their own set of regulations.

You may or may not love the royal family, but this morning many UK readers will be returning to work from a bonus bank holiday due to the coronation. We report on the latest research showing that an extra day spent idle is good both for the soul and also for the economy.

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Cryptocasinos are evolving worryingly fast – here’s how to get to grips with them

Philip Newall, University of Bristol; Maira Andrade, University of Bristol

The new UK white paper reforming the gambling laws for the digital age says nothing about one of the most concerning new developments in this field in the past 20 years.


Why three-day weekends are great for wellbeing – and the economy

Tony Syme, University of Salford; Maria Paola Rana, University of Salford

Shorter working weeks bring economic benefits but also boost employee wellbeing.


Eurovision: even before the singing starts, the contest is a fascinating reflection of international rules and politics

Paul James Cardwell, King's College London; Jed Odermatt, City, University of London

Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go: this contest is way older than the European Union.

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