Archive | May, 2018

“Managing World Cup Success” guidance for pubs

Just two days after David Clifton’s World Cup related article for Pub & Bar “Looking forward to some positive goals” was published, the British Beer & Pub Association (“BBPA”) has produced (with the support of the Local Government Association and the National Police Chiefs’ Council) guidance for pubs with the aim of encouraging police, licensing […]

FOBT revenue shortfall to be covered by increased RGD

Somewhat hidden by today’s news of the reduction of FOBT maximum stakes to £2 is an announcement on the DCMS website that says: “In order to cover any negative impact on the public finances, and to protect funding for vital public services, this change will be linked to an increase in Remote Gaming Duty, paid by online […]

No change to pub machine entitlements

In its response to the consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, the Government has today confirmed that it will maintain the status quo on Category C gaming machine stakes and prizes and allocations for the time being but “will continue to monitor impacts, including current consumer demand as outlined by the pub sector […]

Gambling Commission reaction to Government machine review

The Gambling Commission has published its reaction to the Government response to the consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, as part of which the Government has decided that it will reduce the maximum stake on an FOBT [B2 gaming machine] from £100 to £2. Two months ago (on 19 March […]

Government announces FOBT maximum stake is to be cut to £2

The Government has just published its review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures (that can be downloaded below, together with its accompanying Impact Assessment). As part of the review, the Government has decided that it will reduce the maximum stake on an FOBT [B2 gaming machine] from £100 to £2. Insofar as timing is concerned, […]

David Clifton quoted on the Gambling Commission’s new Business Plan

David Clifton is quoted in a news article for the May 2018 edition of “Online Gambling Lawyer” entitled “GC Business Plan 2018-19 echoes three-year Strategy”, saying that he expects to see additional requirements for ADR providers given priority, given the focus on this within the Commission’s recently concluded consultation on “fair and open” provisions within the LCCP. You can […]

US Federal ban on sports betting is ruled unconstitutional

The US Supreme Court has today delivered its opinion in the case of Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Court’s 6-3 ruling has determined that the federal ban on sports betting as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is unconstitutional. The opinion of the Court (that you can read here) was […]

RGA publishes Complaints Handling Good Practice Guidelines

The Remote Gambling Association has published good practice guidelines that are intended to assist operators to improve, and achieve greater consistency in, complaints handling across the remote gambling sector. Those guidelines can be dowloaded below. In an accompanying press release dated 10 May 2018, the RGA states as follows: “The handling of complaints can create challenges for both […]