Archive | January, 2018

How serious is high-roller problem gambling?

David Clifton moderated a panel session at yesterday’s Social Responsibility for Gambling Operators conference that posed the question “How serious is high-roller problem gambling?” David and his panel members – Roger Marris (CEO of the Ritz Hotel Casino), Balthazar Fabricius (CEO of Fitzdares), Dan Waugh (Director of Regulus Partners) and Daniel Reilly (Responsible Gambling Officer at […]

New version of the LCCP to take effect from 4 April 2018

The Gambling Commission has published a new version of its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) that will come into effect from 4 April 2018 and includes changes relating to society lotteries and information requirements which were consulted on during 2017, as well as some minor clarification of the application of some of its requirements. This new version […]

Multiple UK online casinos breached longstanding AML rules

David Clifton is quoted in an ACAMS news article entitled Multiple UK Online Casinos Breached Longstanding AML Rules (downloadable below) concerning the letter sent by the Gambling Commission on 4 January 2018 to all online casino operators licensed by it, raising concerns about the sector’s approach to anti-money laundering and social responsibility and setting out the actions the remote casino sector is required to take with […]

Occasional use notice warning issued

The Gambling Commission has issued the following warning in relation to misuse of Occasional Use Notices (“OUNs”): Background “OUNs are designed to allow licensed betting operators to provide betting facilities at genuine sporting events (such as point-to point racecourses and golf courses for major competitions) within the boundaries of the identified venue on a specific […]

What gambling operators must do to address the CMA’s unfair practices concerns

David Clifton’s article for Online Gambling Lawyer entitled “Joint action by the CMA and Gambling Commission continues on unfair practices and promotions”, to which we referred in a previous website posting, can now be downloaded below. In his article, David discusses the concerns relating to unfair practices that have so far been at the centre of the CMA’s […]

Misleading lottery advertising reminder

The Gambling Commission has published on its website a reminder to lottery operators about advertising rules following an ASA ruling made on 22 November 2017 (that can be downloaded below), following complaints about the way the Health Lottery ELM Ltd had advertised some prizes. The Commission states as follows in that reminder: One of the key licensing […]

FCA crackdown on spread betting operators and binary options providers

It is not just licensed gambling operators who are increasingly falling under the regulatory microscope, as illustrated for example by the Gambling Commission’s recent letter to all remote casino operators regarding AML and social responsibility failings. Spread betting On 10 January, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) sent a warning letter (that can be downloaded below) to […]

A potentially lethal parting shot

In his monthly “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News, David Clifton comments: on the Gambling Commission’s letter sent last week to all of its licensed online casino operators, in which it raised serious concerns about the remote casino sector’s approach to anti-money laundering and social responsibility and set out actions that the sector is required to take with […]