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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 survey was carried out between August 2014 and August 2015, and involved 7,005 respondentsThe 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, […]

Consultation on customer interaction & ADR and call for evidence on gambling website blocking software

The Gambling Commission has today launched a “three-pronged” consultation on planned changes to requirements within its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) relating to customer interaction and alternative dispute resolution. It is also calling for evidence on gambling website blocking software It says that each of the above issues are designed: “to accelerate progress in its drive […]

RGA agrees a “whistle-to-whistle” TV sports betting advertising ban … or does it?

The gambling advertising debate might have taken a further significant move forward today, dependent on whether BBC Sport’s headline article this morning entitled “Gambling firms agree ‘whistle-to-whistle’ television sport advertising ban” (that can be downloaded below) has correctly reported that members of the Remote Gambling Association (“RGA”) have agreed to ensure that no TV advertisements by betting operators for any sport […]

Two more online casinos and their senior management heavily penalised for AML and social responsibility failings

As anticipated, the Gambling Commission’s ongoing investigation into the way the industry combats problem gambling and money laundering has resulted in enforcement action being taken against yet further online casino companies. We have already reported (on 13 November) on the £7.1 million fine imposed on Daub Alderney Limited. Today, the Commission has announced that, following […]

See you at Betting on Sports today and tomorrow

As we have previously reported, this is “Betting on Sports” week, taking place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. David Clifton and Suzanne Davies will be very actively participating in the conference because: at 12.10pm today (Wednesday 19 September), David will moderate a CasinoBeats panel session entitled “UK Tax Hike” in conference room 4. His panellists are Clive Hawkswood (CEO of the Remote Gambling Association), Steven […]