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  • RGF on TVAM

    Today RGF woke up to an early start on national television! Promotions Executive Kayne Said spoke about the foundation’s work in the presence of Antonella Vassallo on TVAM.
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  • RGF visits St. Ignatius College in Luqa

    RGF Education Campaign Coordinator Shirley Abela attending Kulleġġ San Injazju in Luqa giving an informative talk with interesting exercises to fourth-year Primary Students on the effects and causes of Responsible Gaming in our early age!
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  • RGF’s presentation of Projects Report

    The RGF presented the Projects Report to the Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, Economy & Financial Services Hon. Silvio Schembri for consultation together with other organisations as regards the Budget Financial Estimates Speech.
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  • ”Gambling controlled my whole world for many years”

    Thursday, September 21, 2017, 09:59 by Sarah Carabott / Times of Malta: Having almost ruined his marriage, 42-year-old Welshman John Hartson has enough credentials and experience to be able to raise awareness about the dangers of gambling. For Mr Hartson, gambling started at a very early age at slot machines: “It controlled my whole world for many years. […]
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  • About Us

    Foundation Background

    The Responsible Gaming Foundation was founded on the 18th February 2014 by the then parliamentary secretary for competitiveness and economic growth Edward Zammit Lewis and by the then social solidarity minister Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. The requirement for an independent Foundation emerged following the debate in Parliament on the amendments of the Lotteries and Other Games Act (Cap.438 of the Laws of Malta) to introduce regulations governing land-based gaming parlours. The Government and Opposition agreed on the establishment of a fund to promote responsible gaming and initiatives/studies in relation to responsible gaming measures and actions.


    To create a wider awareness of the extent, possible causes and consequences of problem gaming in Malta with a view to preventing it and to provide the necessary support and advice to problem gamblers and their dependents in their recovery efforts.


    The Foundation shall administer funds donated or collected from the Maltese gaming sector, be it online or offline, and direct them to its main mission. This has been identified as:

    1.To administer funds collected for the support mechanisms for individuals who are in some way affected by gambling-related problems;
    2.To promote fair gaming and responsible markets;
    3.To undergo further research into problem gambling;
    4.To increase awareness on gambling addiction through information campaigns;
    5.To embark on advertising campaigns earmarked at convincing gamblers to stop;
    6.To assist and promote activities alternate to gambling;
    7.To promote and/or provide services for the rehabilitation of problem gambler;
    8.To protect the young and vulnerable; and
    9.To safeguard against money laundering.

    Commitment and Perseverance

    The Responsible Gaming Foundation believes that it is crucial for the officers to foster the right level of commitment towards its stakeholders, the Fund, and its projects and demonstrate perseverance in achieving its objectives.

What is responsible gaming?

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Hon. Silvio Schembri


Hon. Silvio Schembri

Hon. Silvio Schembri has been appointed as chairman of the Responsible Gaming Foundation Malta, an independent institution which was set up earlier in 2014 with the scope of helping, educating and preventing problems related to gambling. He accepted the responsibility on a voluntary basis. Mr Schembri has a MasterÔÇÖs degree in economy and as a Member of Parliament Hon. Schembri chairs the parliamentary committee for economic and financial affairs. Presently he works as an advisor for the Economy Affairs Ministry and lectures Economics studies at the University of Malta.

Mr. Francis Galea

Board Member

Mr. Francis Galea

Chief of Staff at the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity, born on 28th January 1953. Educated at St. Albert the Great College and obtained a Diploma in Journalism. Joined the Civil Service and worked in various Departments and Ministries, including Health, Agriculture and Fisheries, Social Security and Labour. Served as member and Chairperson on the Co-Operatives Board and worked with the local co-operatives between 1998 and 2013. He has also participated at various conferences overseas and he enjoys writing and researching. He has been the editor of the Literary Page in a leading Sunday newspaper for the past twenty seven years. He is also the author of around fourteen books.

Mr. George Debrincat (Director of Unibet)

Board Member

Mr. George Debrincat

Presently chairman of the Remote Gaming Section ÔÇô Malta Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Chairperson of the Malta Remote Gaming Council (MRGC). Have been working in the Remote Gaming industry since the first operations started in August of 2000, and has extensive experience in the management of a local gaming company, as well as being a Key Official for more than 10 years. Have also been involved in the managing and the setting up responsible gaming within the organisation.

Carmen Nygaard

Board Member

Carmen Nygaard

Senior Probation Officer (Home Affairs and National Security) I have been working within the Depatment of Probation and Parole for the past 15 years. Also for the past 15 years I have also worked as a Youth Worker with various councils and entities. Previously I have worked as a Senior Supervisor in the Private Sector.Presently I am a member of the Offender Assessment Board as well as a member of the FES Board of Directors.

Mr. Heathcliff Farrugia

Board Member

Mr. Heathcliff Farrugia

Chief Operations Officer at the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA). He is specialised in business management and operational efficiencies, and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Leicester, UK. Prior to joining the LGA, Heathcliff spent the largest part of his career in the Telecoms Industry, specifically with Vodafone Malta, where following his early years in the Marketing division he moved to the Commercial department to occupy various managerial positions. Early in 2013 Heathcliff joined Vodafone Italy in Milan where he was appointed Customer Value Management (CVM) Manager, responsible for the overall planning and strategy of the area.

Mr. Mark Aquilina

Executive Secretary

Mr. Mark Aquilina

Executive Secretary of the Responsible Gaming Foundation, born on 3rd October 1982. Educated at Liceo Mikiel Anton Vassalli, Ħandaq and Paolino Vassallo, Paola. He later furthered his studies in customer services, economics, supervisory skills, banking operations, accountancy and legal. Mark worked for several years in the private sector before joining the public sector for the last five years occupying different managerial positions.

Getting Help

  • Online Support

    Email or chat live with a counselor.
  • Helpline 1777

    You can call RGF’s Helpline 1777 for free. Confidentiality is guaranteed, the caller can even choose to stay anonymous.  This service is in operation 24/7. The counselors are available to give advice and to offer their help.

Self-Barring Form

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Laws & Regulations

In this section you can find the laws and regulations relating to lotteries and gaming regulation in Malta. Laws and regulations are available in the two official languages of Malta – Maltese and English.

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Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions we get about gambling. If you have other queries, kindly send us an email on

What is gambling?

Actually there is no single, clear cut definition of what gambling is but it is widely agreed that:

  • Two or more people agree to take part in the activity (usually an operator and the person who wishes to gamble)
  • Normally money (the ‘stake’) is paid by the loser to the winner
  • The outcome is uncertain
  • The result is determined at least partly by chance
  • Participation is an active experience but can be avoided by not taking part.

What is Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling is an urge to continuously gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling is often explained by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler’s behavior. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria. Pathological gambling is a common disorder that is associated with both social and family costs.

Can we help?

Yes everyone can help the foundation from businesses to individuals, by filling out the donation form found here ……. and forward it by email on ………………… or by post at Palazzo Spinola, Saint Christopher Street, Valletta VLT 1465, Malta.

What is the player's charter?

Players Charter is a document which was written in order to set out guidelines for both the authority personnel as well as to consumers related to gambling and standards of service.


How many Gaming Companies are registered in Malta?

During 2014 there were 360 remote online betting companies registered in Malta, 40 gaming parlors, 4 casinos and 4 bingo halls.


Call Centre Helpline 1777

The Responsible Gaming Foundation has started to operate the National Gambling Helpline 1777. Below you can find two (2) leaflets in Maltese and English promoting this service.   “Life is the game I choose to play.. Do not be afraid […]
Corporate Social Responsability

Corporate Social Responsibility

Nowadays businesses and organisations can no longer ignore certain social and environmental issues that are so dear to service users. Service users expect companies and organisations to make a positive impact on the world around them. To this end, the […]

Education Campaign

The Responsible Gaming Foundation will be working in collaboration with the Ministry for Education and Employment to raise awareness about Responsible Gaming among all year 4 students in Malta and Gozo (state, church and independent schools). This campaign will be […]

Contribute to RGF

At EU level, between 0.5% and 2% of those who make use of gaming services end up with some sort of addiction. Youths are 5 times more exposed to addiction than adults. More awareness about responsible gaming needs to be fostered!

Your donation today will go a long way in helping us prevent pathological gaming, provide support to whoever suffers from it and continue to lead the search for more preventative measures. Make a donation to support responsible gaming.

You can download the form and send it together with a cheque or affect a bank transfer.

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Keep in touch

Responsible Gaming Foundation

90/91, Second Floor,
Psaila Street

Email address:

Telephone Number: +356 21499030/1