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Gambling Commission maintains reduction of risk stance on gaming machines and social responsibility

The Gambling Commission has today published its advice to support the Government with its review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures (that can be downloaded below, together with the accompanying letter sent to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 28 February 2018). In what is a comprehensive package of measures that, taken together, […]

Systemic AML & SR failings at William Hill result in £6.2 million penalty

The Gambling Commission has found “systemic” failings within processes of WHG (International) Limited that were aimed at preventing money laundering and harm being caused to problem gamblers, as a result of which it has to pay a penalty package of at least £6.2million and appoint external auditors to review the effectiveness and implementation of its anti-money laundering and […]

New CAP standards on ‘free’ bets and bonuses take immediate effect

Accompanying today’s announcement by the Committees of Advertising Practice (“CAP”) of tougher standards on gambling advertising (focusing on advertisements’ appeal to problem gamblers), are new standards on free bets and bonuses that come into force immediately today. CAP’s Guidance for advertisers of free bets and bonuses (that can be downloaded below) are intended to help advertisers understand the ASA, […]

New tougher standards on gambling advertising announced by CAP

The Committees of Advertising Practice (“CAP”) have today updated their guidance on gambling advertising as part of the ongoing effort by all relevant regulators to ensure problem gamblers and vulnerable consumers are being treated fairly. That guidance (that can be downloaded below) is intended to help marketers and agencies interpret CAP and BCAP’s gambling rules (set out in […]

Online gambling operators ordered to stop unfair promotions

As foreshadowed in a presentation at last November’s Gambling Commission Raising Standards conference, the CMA has this morning published a press release (that can be downloaded below), explaining that as a result of: cases opened against a number of online gambling operators in mid-2017 and a new line of enquiry to look further into obstacles that people face […]

Consultation on further changes to the LCCP launched

The Gambling Commission has today launched a consultation “Proposed changes to licence conditions and codes of practice linked to the fair and open licensing objective“ (that can be downloaded below) on proposed changes to its Licence conditions and codes of practice (“LCCP”). The closing date for responses is 5pm on 22 April 2018. The proposed changes (summarised below): relate to regulations […]

Major crackdown on online casinos’ AML and social responsibility failings

The Gambling Commission has sent a letter (that can be downloaded below) to all online casino operators raising concerns about the sector’s approach to anti-money laundering (“AML”) and social responsibility (“SR”) and setting out the actions the remote casino sector is required to take with immediate effect. Due to the serious nature of its findings, the Commission has already begun investigations into […]

Gambling Commission CEO to depart

It has just been announced on the Commission’s website that Sarah Harrison, its Chief Executive, will be leaving the Commission at the end of February 2018 (less than two and a half years after taking up the post) for a senior role with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Commenting on the announcement, Chairman of the […]