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Keeping Crime out of Gambling conference: 22 January 2019

David Clifton is to moderate an AML Update panel session (to include the EU’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive) at the KnowNow Keeping Crime out of Gambling conference that will be held at Prospero House, 241 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1GA on 22 January 2019. His panellists (fuller details of whom can be found here) will include: Jon Duffy, Director of Corporate Assurance […]

Under-age gaming concerns move on to pub machines

The Gambling Commission has highlighted failures to stop children playing on 18+ pub gaming machines after tests on a sample of pubs in England have indicated that almost 90% failed to prevent children accessing Category C gaming machines that have a maximum stake of £1 and a maximum prize pay-out of £100. Children are not […]

Collaborate and know your customers to make gambling safer

The Gambling Commission held its third annual Raising Standards conference yesterday. On this occasion, invitations were extended solely to Chief Executives and those who chair boards of directors of gambling companies licensed by the Commission. Reporting on yesterday’s conference under the heading “Collaborate and know your customers to make gambling safer”, the Commission has posted […]

38,000 self-excluders already registered with GAMSTOP

With this year’s Responsible Gambling Week drawing to a close tomorrow, it is encouraging to learn that 38,000 persons have so far registered with GamStop to self-exclude from online gambling. Commenting on this, Fiona Palmer, GamStop‘s CEO, has said: We’re very pleased with the response so far as the initial uptake proves there is clearly a […]

The gambling advertising debate gather further momentum with Sky announcement

David Clifton’s October 2018 Licensing Expert article for SBC News entitled “Time to start a constructive gambling marketing & advertising debate?” has attracted very considerable interest. Now – following on from last month’s announcement by GVC Holdings PLC (the owner of Ladbrokes) that it supports a pre-9pm watershed gambling advertising ban – the UK broadcaster Sky has announced that […]

Gambling premises mandatory and default conditions

Potential new entrants to the UK gambling industry will find it helpful to consult the Gambling Commission’s sector specific compliance advice, that provides guidance on how to comply with the law and licence conditions and codes of practice. The Commission has now published on its website a helpful table (set out below) that existing operators might also wish […]

FOBTs claim another casualty

Yesterday Tracey Crouch MP resigned her position as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Sport and Civil Society, although she was more colloquially known in gambling industry circles as the “Gambling Minister”. Her resignation letter (below) makes it clear that she resigned in protest at what she called the UK Government’s “unjustifiable” delay until October 2019 of implementation of the reduction […]

Home Office launches airside alcohol licensing at airports consultation

In a consultation announced today (that will run until 11.45pm on 1 February 2019), the Home Office is seeking evidence on alcohol-related disruptive behaviour at international airports in England & Wales and the impact airside alcohol licensing could have on reducing this problem. You can download the consultation paper below. On its website the Home Office states […]

Responsible Gambling Week starts on 1 November

Responsible Gambling Week runs this year from 1 – 7 November, supported by the whole of the UK and Irish gambling industry. Coming at a time when the gambling industry is coming under enemy fire from parliamentary and public opinion alike, it will provide an opportunity for all sectors of the industry to converse with customers, staff and […]