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ASA reverses earlier adverse Sky Bet “Request a Bet” ruling

We reported in March 2019 on a controversial ASA ruling against an August 2018 TV advert promoting Sky Bet’s “Request a Bet” service, explaining why we considered it to be a particularly harsh ruling by the ASA. Unusually, the ASA has today published a fresh ruling that reverses that earlier ruling. Unfortunately we cannot lay claim to that decision having been prompted […]

Gambling Commission publishes its 2018-19 Enforcement Report

The Gambling Commission has this morning published its second annual ‘Enforcement Report’ (that can also be downloaded below), This year’s report contains the following sections: Chief executive’s introduction Safer gambling Safer gambling case studies Safer gambling healthcheck Anti-money laundering Anti-money laundering case studies Anti-money laundering healthcheck Marketing and advertising Marketing and advertising case studies Marketing […]

Labour proposes a new gambling ombudsman

Deputy Leader of The Labour Party, Tom Watson, has today delivered a speech to the think-tank Demos in which he proposes the establishment of a ‘new gambling ombudsman to protect UK consumers’. You can see and hear him delivering his speech on FacebookLive here. His speech was previewed by: SBC News in an article entitled “Tom Watson […]

AML and social responsibility failings cost Gamesys £1.2million

The Gambling Commission has today announced that, by way of a regulatory settlement, online gambling operator, Gamesys (Gibraltar) Limited trading as, is to pay £1.2million for failing to prevent gambling harm and breaching money laundering regulations. The Public Statement setting out the terms of the regulatory settlement can be downloaded below. This follows a Gambling […]

Further significant fines imposed on online gambling operators

The Gambling Commission has today published public statements in relation to AML and social responsibility failings by four of its licensed operators (two of which are based in Malta), in relation to which a total of £4.5million in financial penalties has been imposed, adding to the approximate £28million penalty packages imposed by the Commission on […]

Bookmakers warned not to circumvent FOBT stake cut

Ahead of the £2 stake limit on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (“FOBTs”, i.e. Category B2 gaming machines) that comes into force on Monday of next week, 1 April 2019, the Gambling Commission has written to bookmakers to remind them of their responsibilities in ensuring consumers are protected.  It states as follows on its website: From […]

Labour Party proposes crackdown on regulation of online gambling

The Labour Party deputy leader, Tom Watson, has today delivered a speech at an Institute of Public Policy Research (“IPPR”) policy seminar (that can be viewed on Facebook here). He has called for: mandatory limits on online gambling spending, staking and speed of play, on the basis that “online gambling companies have a responsibility to protect their customers from […]