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Grave new world order for British gambling operators

David Clifton explains why two recent events – a Gambling Commission speech at the IAGA International Gaming Summit and the Commission’s new enforcement strategy – have served to disclose a clear dichotomy between: on the one hand, the Commission’s very firmly held opinion that the gambling industry must take its social responsibilities seriously and focus more on what […]

A tale of two fat ladies and Danny La Rue

David Clifton explains why a recent Court of Appeal judgment in the litigation between Greene King and the Gambling Commission means that no high turnover bingo can be played in pubs and bars. More information about the case (and the judgment itself) is available here

U.S. Supreme Court to hear New Jersey sports betting appeal

On 27 June 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that it would hear the appeal currently before it, arising from the desire of the State of New Jersey to authorise legal sports betting within its borders. This was the central theme of David Clifton’s main IAGA International Gaming Summit panel session “Sports Betting: Time to Play the Trump Card?”. […]

GBGA Tax Ruling – Are all bets now off in Gibraltar?

David Clifton comments in his monthly Licensing Expert article for SBC News on the judgment delivered on 13 June 2017 by the Court of Justice of the European Union, that appears to have effectively put paid to the force of the arguments by the Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association that gambling operators based in Gibraltar (but licensed […]

Welcome break for the sector on money laundering exemptions

David Clifton explains why the UK Government’s decision to exempt all gambling sectors apart from casinos from the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 is somewhat inconsistent with the Gambling Commission’s views. You can read more about this subject in our website postings here and here and in David’s comments for SBC News and Online Gambling Lawyer.

UK Expands Grey Market Assurance Programme

David Clifton is quoted in a Gambling Compliance article (that can be downloaded below) regarding the Gambling Commission’s recent announcement that, with effect from April 2018, licensees will be required to submit data on revenue generated by their sister companies in other jurisdictions (including in grey markets), as part of its mission to “keep crime out of gambling”.

Time to play the waiting game

Suzanne Davies wraps up comment on the House of Lords Select Committee licensing recommendations (in relation to the Licensing Act 2003), on which we have commented in the previous three editions of Pub & Bar, each of which can be accessed on this website: Health and wellbeing Long time coming, but is a change gonna come? Planning […]

Gambling industry warned over GDPR preparation failure

David Clifton is quoted in a Totally Gaming article (that can be downloaded below) commenting on recent research findings from DMA, a trade association for the marketing industry, that suggests that nearly half of UK businesses will not be ready in time for the new General Data Protection Regulation. A quarter of the companies involved in […]