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Clear flagposts towards future Gambling Commission direction of travel

We reported yesterday on two recent Gambling Commission website postings, including that dated 18 January 2020, entitled “Commission sets industry tough challenges to accelerate progress to raise standards and reduce gambling harm”. We chose to entitle our report on the same issue: “UK gambling industry addresses regulator’s challenge with working groups for game design, ad-tech and […]

UK gambling industry addresses regulator’s challenge with working groups for game design, ad-tech and VIP incentivisation

The UK Gambling Commission has published two consecutive website postings, each focused on the raising of licensees’ standards, namely: Commission sets industry tough challenges to accelerate progress to raise standards and reduce gambling harm and Games warning for online operators The industry code for responsible product and game design working group Following on from a call for action made by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gambling Commission publishes list of organisations to which RET contributions may be made

The UK Gambling Commission has now published its initial list of organisation to which its licence-holders may direct their annual financial contribution for gambling research, prevention and treatment. As originally reported by us on 2 August 2019, with effect from 1 January 2020 all such annual financial contributions (as required by the LCCP SR code 3.1.1) must […]

Gambling Commission advice regarding cryptoassets and the amended Money Laundering Regulations

Further to our recent website posting entitled “Urgent action required by all UK licensed casino operators to implement AML changes in force from 10 January 2020”, the Gambling Commission has published the following announcement on its website advising its licensed operators to verify whether any business activities (including where cryptoasset money service business facilities are offered […]