Archive | March, 2018

No surprises from UKGC’s review of online gambling

In an article for SBC News on the Gambling Commission’s “Online Gambling Review”, David Clifton suggests that it can have come as no surprise that, after all that has happened in recent months, the Commission has announced proposals designed to provide greater protections for children, reduce problem gambling risks to vulnerable customers and act on […]

Italy – Living without the World Cup

On 21 March, at Day 1 of SBC Events’ Betting on Football conference 2018 at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium, David Clifton moderated a panel session entitled “Italy – Living without the World Cup”.  David is pictured at the left in the below photograph, with his following panel members (left to right): Quirino Mancini, Partner, Tonucci & Partners Francesco […]

2017 ML/TF risk assessment of the British gambling industry

The Gambling Commission has today published its Money laundering and terrorist financing risk assessment 2017 highlighting the core and emerging risks associated with each of the gambling sectors within the British licensed gambling industry. The Commission intends that this risk assessment (that can be downloaded below) should “act as a valuable resource for the industry in informing their own ML/TF risk assessments”. […]

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 […]

Responsible gambling message to be included throughout TV gambling ads

The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling has today announced a further enhancement to the Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising (“the Industry Code”). It requires that throughout each television advert a responsible gambling message or a reference to will appear. This provision will come into force at the end of June 2018. The new […]

First thoughts on UKGC’s FOBTs & social responsibility recommendations

In this month’s “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton provides his initial comments on the Gambling Commission’s advice, that was published earlier today, in which it identified a package of measures that – taken together – could “form a coherent strategy for tackling harm in relation to machine play”, that will undoubtedly have a […]

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, […]