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Incomplete variation applications to be rejected by the Gambling Commission w.e.f. 4 February

The Gambling Commission has announced that, in the same way that it now refuses to accept incomplete new operating licence applications, it will soon cease to accept incomplete applications to vary Operating Licences. With effect from 4 February, the Commission will be: updating its website to: clearly signal a change in the acceptance of incomplete applications and make […]

House of Lords suggests in-play betting will stop altogether

On 16 January 2019, Question Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate posed the following Question in the House of Lords: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ban gambling advertising, particularly on television, to counter the negative effects on vulnerable and younger people, and others. Lord Ashton of Hyde, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department […]

SARs Annual Report published by the NCA

The National Crime Agency (“NCA”) has published its 2018 SARs Annual Report (that can be downloaded below). The report sets out: Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) reporting statistics by sectors key engagements how SARs analysis has supported partner agencies case studies and the plan for 2018-19. It shows that in the period April 2017 to March 2018: […]

GamStop under the spotlight

A month after we reported that GambleAware had commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct an evaluation of both the online Multi-Operator Self-Exclusion Scheme (GamStop) and the non-remote such schemes, a BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates programme reported that it was possible for someone who had self-excluded from online gambling via GamStop to open a new account with a gambling […]

The mystery of the missing comma – the Wire Act reconsidered

Earlier today in a report entitled “UK gambling stocks drop after U.S. DOJ reverses opinion on internet betting”, Reuters reported on the U.S. Department of Justice Opinion memorandum from the Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”), reversing its previous (2011) interpretation of section 1084(a) of the Federal Wire Act, that reads as follows (with the crucial words […]

Gambling Commission requires greater transparency for customers

The Gambling Commission has posted on its website a call for greater transparency for customers, specifically in relation to the question “do they know who they’re participating against?” This question arises from the practice of some licensed operators to participate in their own gambling products either directly or indirectly through a Group company. In its posting, the Commission states […]

A summary of recent AML & POCA updates

1  Updated Gambling Commission AML guidance and advice The Gambling Commission has updated (with effect from 1 January 2019, despite it only being drawn to the industry’s attention six days later, on 7 January, in the Commission’s fortnightly e-bulletin) its: guidance for non-remote and remote casinos on The prevention of money laundering and combating the financing […]

David Clifton to speak in gambling regulation debate at ICE VOX

Clarion Gaming has reformatted the International Casino Conference (“ICC”) and World Regulatory Briefing (“WrB”) to incorporate within the ICE VOX conference series its new HIVE, Boardroom and Counsel formats. ICE VOX will take place between Monday 4 and Wednesday 6 February 2019 at ExCeL London. You can download the ICE VOX agenda and book tickets here. At 10.30am on the first day […]

GambleAware evaluates self-exclusion schemes and welcomes Barclays’ gambling spend blocking tool

Evaluation of Multi-Operator Self-Exclusion Schemes GambleAware has commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct an evaluation of the online and each of the non-remote Multi-Operator Self-Exclusion Schemes (“MOSES”). The evaluation will take a phased approach, the first phase of which will focus on: research into overall awareness of self-exclusion, MOSES, and barriers to their use, preliminary research with MOSES […]