Archive | May, 2018

Encouraging comments by Commission CEO at Safer Gambling Collaboration Day

Gambling Commission Chief Executive Neil McArthur spoke yesterday at a pan-industry “Safer Gambling Collaboration” day, hosted by Skybet. His speech (that can be downloaded below) focused on the challenge “we all face … how to balance consumer choice and enjoyment against the risks gambling can create and its impact on wider society”. Based on our own experience of […]

Gambling ads likely to appeal more strongly to under-18s hit the headlines again

Rulings delivered today by the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) have issued yet another warning against advertisements that promote gambling products that may appeal to minors. Both rulings can be downloaded below. This follows: last October’s unprecedented joint action between the ASA, the Gambling Commission, the Committee of Advertising Practice (“CAP”) and the Remote Gambling Association who joined forces to […]

Century Casinos open their first UK casino in Bath

On Friday 25 May 2018 Suzanne Davies attended the opening by international casino entertainment company, Century Casinos Inc, of its first UK casino, the Century Casino in Bath, Somerset. Bath attracts approximately five million tourists annually and the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located within Bath’s leisure district at Saw Close, and […]

AML Good Practice Guidelines for LBOs and Remote Gambling

Developed by the the Gambling Anti-Money Laundering Group (“GAMLG”), new best practice anti-money laundering (“AML”) guidelines, that aim to ensure the identification, reporting and mitigation of risks for betting shops and for online gambling operators, have been published today. They can be downloaded below. The Association of British Bookmakers (“ABB”) website states as follows: While the […]

Government inquiry on the Pubs Code and PCA announced

The Government is to undertake an inquiry into the operation of the Pubs Code and the performance of the Pubs Code Adjudicator (“PCA”), with the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee holding a one-off evidence session on 26 June 2018 with the PCA, Paul Newby, and his deputy, Fiona Dickie. The Committee will look at whether the existing […]

We are getting ready for the post-GDPR world – are you?

It can hardly have escaped anyone’s notice that the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force this Friday, 25 May 2018. With this in mind, we have updated: our Privacy Policy, that explains how we collect and process personal data (that you can read by scrolling down here) and our terms of business (that you can […]

Licensing changes afoot at the Gambling Commission

Applying for an operating licence? Make sure it’s complete or risk rejection To speed up processing time for new operating licence applications, the Gambling Commission has announced that, with effect from 4 June 2018, it will be rejecting any incomplete application. It will also only accept new operating licence applications that have been submitted online. It says […]

Equality, diversity and inclusion in the gambling industry

David Clifton was attending the KnowNow “Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the Gambling Industry“ conference this morning when Gambling Commission Chief Executive, Neil McArthur, delivered the keynote speech. He concluded his speech (that can be downloaded below) with the following points on the subject of harm minimisation: Funding for research, education and treatment “I want to see […]

Time for remote operators to focus on GamStop

This month, David Clifton’s “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News, “Time for remote operators to focus on Gamstop”,  provides an update on GamStop, the new national online multi-operator self-exclusion scheme in which all remote B2C gambling operators licensed by the Gambling Commission will soon have to participate. David asked the Commission when exactly it will trigger the one […]