Archive | January, 2020

Wider ramifications of the UK’s regulatory clampdown

David Clifton has been interviewed by Payment Expert in relation to (a) the new Money Laundering Regulations and updated AML/CTF Guidance for casino operators from the Gambling Commission and (b) the recently announced credit card ban for for all forms of remote gambling and for non-remote betting with effect from 14 April 2020. In the resultant article, […]

NHS criticisms of the UK gambling industry increase

A dramatic shift up in gears has occurred in relation to the NHS’s criticisms of the gambling industry in advance of the UK government’s forthcoming review of the Gambling Act 2005. This follows recent comments made by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens, who described adult gambling behaviour statistics published within the Health Survey for England in December 2019 as […]

Changes loom on the horizon

David Clifton’s monthly Licensing Expert article for SBC News – entitled “Changes Loom on the Horizon” (that you can download below) – comments on the rush of regulatory developments affecting the UK licensed gambling industry in the first two weeks of this year alone, namely: confirmation that the newly elected Conservative Party government intends to act speedily to […]

How will the decision to ban credit card gambling affect UK operators?

David Clifton is one of four legal experts interviewed by Robert Simmons for the lead article on today’s EGR Intel newsletter, entitled “Industry reaction: How will the decision to ban credit card gambling affect UK operators?” David answers the following questions arising from yesterday’s announcement by the UK Gambling Commission of a credit card ban for for all […]

All UK licensed online gambling operators must participate in GAMSTOP by 31 March 2020

Albeit slightly overshadowed by its announcement of a credit card ban for all forms of remote gambling and non-remote betting with effect from 14 April 2020, the Gambling Commission has also announced this morning (14 January 2020) that, by no later than 31 March 2020, all UK licensed online gambling operators must participate in the multi-operator self-exclusion […]

UKGC confirms credit card ban with effect from 14 April 2020

The UK Gambling Commission has confirmed a credit card ban for for all forms of remote gambling (ie betting, gaming and lotteries) and for non-remote betting with effect from 14 April 2020. It has confirmed that, from that date, a new licence condition 6.1.2 (Use of credit cards) – applicable to all non-remote general betting, pool betting […]

Identifying changes in the Gambling Commission’s updated AML/CTF Guidance for casino operators

On Friday 10 January 2020 – the same day that changes to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements, introduced by the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019, came into force – we reported on our website that the Gambling Commission had published an updated 5th edition of its AML/CTF guidance for UK licensed remote and non-remote casinos – “The prevention […]

Responsible Gambling Effectiveness Principles represent a first of their type in the U.S.

In February 2019, we wrote about work then being undertaken  in the United States by the Responsible Gambling Collaborative (“RG Collaborative”), an organisation established during 2018 by the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) to: conduct a comprehensive review of current responsible gaming policies and regulations, identify programs that work and those that fail to meet their objective, study regulations […]

New Money Laundering Regulations and updated AML/CTF guidance for casinos come into force today

As previously reported by us, the Gambling Commission announced as follows on 20 December 2019: The updated Money Laundering Regulations, which implement the EU 5th Money Laundering Directive, will come into force on 10 January 2020. On this date, the Gambling Commission …. will also publish the 5th edition of its guidance for remote and non-remote casinos […]

More choppy waters ahead in Parliament for the UK licensed gambling industry

An ‘Urgent Question on the deal between the FA and Bet365’ has provoked furious parliamentary debate. The Question was raised in the House of Commons today (8 January 2020) by Carolyn Harris MP (Chair of the Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group, whose interim report relating to its Online Gambling Harm Inquiry was published on 4 November 2019). It arose in […]