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Play Your Cards Right: Preventing Criminal Abuse of Online Gambling

Founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world’s oldest independent think tank on international defence and security. On 12 November 2019, RUSI published an occasional paper entitled “Play Your Cards Right: Preventing Criminal Abuse of Online Gambling”, authored by Anton Moiseienko. You can download the paper below. On […]

Running lotteries and raffles during the festive season

With the Christmas and New Year festivities approaching, the Gambling Commission has published on its website advice on running lotteries and raffles during the festive season. The advice states as follows: With the festive season approaching we know many people are looking at ways they can raise money for a charity. Lotteries (including raffles and tombolas) are […]

BGC launches with the announcement of five core safer gambling commitments

Today has witnessed the launch of the Betting and Gaming Council (“BGC”), a replacement trade body for the Remote Gambling Association and the Association of British Bookmakers that represents 90% of the gambling sector (excluding lotteries), as reported by us in July. Announcing the launch, the BGC’s Chairman, Brigid Simmonds OBE, has said: Today, I’m delighted to announce […]

Changes to Gambling Commission online service

Two important communications are contained in today’s fortnightly e-Bulletin from the Commission. The first is entitled “Update – Do it online: All services moving online from 1 November 2019” and states as follows: In September we informed you that from 1 November 2019 we will no longer accept hard or emailed copies of applications that can […]

ASA publishes response to GambleAware’s interim Synthesis Report

The Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) has published an update on the work it is undertaking in response to the “Interim Synthesis Report: The Effect of Gambling Marketing and Advertising on Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults” (arising from research commissioned by GambleAware, led by Ipsos MORI). The ASA states as follows on its website: The UK Advertising Codes already have tough […]

New LCCP rules on ADR and customer interactions come into force today

As we have previously reported, two changes to the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice have come into force today, namely: changes to provisions relating to alternative resolution providers (ADR) – in relation to which an up to date list of approved ADR providers can be found on the Commission’s website here – and […]

See you at SiGMA – all the more important since the UKGC CEO’s speech in Malta yesterday

The agenda in the highly topical and very well-attended Safeguarding Standards conference (that we co-hosted with Valletta-based boutique law firm City Legal in Malta earlier this month) was dominated by the same gambling sector issues – AML, affordability, social responsibility/customer interactions, responsible gambling – that featured in yesterday’s ARQ Gaming Compliance Forum in Malta. The keynote speaker at yesterday’s conference was Neil McArthur, CEO […]