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All UK licensed online gambling operators must participate in GAMSTOP by 31 March 2020

Albeit slightly overshadowed by its announcement of a credit card ban for all forms of remote gambling and non-remote betting with effect from 14 April 2020, the Gambling Commission has also announced this morning (14 January 2020) that, by no later than 31 March 2020, all UK licensed online gambling operators must participate in the multi-operator self-exclusion […]

UKGC confirms credit card ban with effect from 14 April 2020

The UK Gambling Commission has confirmed a credit card ban for for all forms of remote gambling (ie betting, gaming and lotteries) and for non-remote betting with effect from 14 April 2020. It has confirmed that, from that date, a new licence condition 6.1.2 (Use of credit cards) – applicable to all non-remote general betting, pool betting […]

Review of Gambling Act 2005 confirmed in today’s Queen’s Speech background briefing notes

Today’s Queen’s Speech December 2019 – background briefing notes (that can be downloaded below) contain the following reference to a forthcoming review of the Gambling Act 2005: Online Harms “My ministers will develop legislation to improve internet safety for all.” The Government will carry out a review of the Gambling Act, with a particular focus on tackling issues around […]

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 […]