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FOBT revenue shortfall to be covered by increased RGD

Somewhat hidden by today’s news of the reduction of FOBT maximum stakes to £2 is an announcement on the DCMS website that says: “In order to cover any negative impact on the public finances, and to protect funding for vital public services, this change will be linked to an increase in Remote Gaming Duty, paid by online […]

Government announces FOBT maximum stake is to be cut to £2

The Government has just published its review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures (that can be downloaded below, together with its accompanying Impact Assessment). As part of the review, the Government has decided that it will reduce the maximum stake on an FOBT [B2 gaming machine] from £100 to £2. Insofar as timing is concerned, […]

US Federal ban on sports betting is ruled unconstitutional

The US Supreme Court has today delivered its opinion in the case of Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Court’s 6-3 ruling has determined that the federal ban on sports betting as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is unconstitutional. The opinion of the Court (that you can read here) was […]

Gambling Commission proposes increased regulation in its “Online Gambling Review”

The Gambling Commission has today published its “Online Gambling Review” (that can be downloaded below) in which it sets out its “new plans to make gambling online in Britain safer than ever before”. Those plans include: further protecting children by banning operators from providing free-to-play demo games until a consumer’s age has been determined, improving the […]

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 […]